The Promise to the Levites
by Peter Salemi
Many accuse the British-Israelites of false interpretation of the Bible pertaining to the Throne of David. Many say that if David's descendants occupy the throne of David according to Jeremiah's prophecy, then what of the Levites in the same prophecy? Where is that fulfilled in today's world?
In a certain article by the Hope of Israel website, this author argues, " If we turn to Jeremiah 33 we will discover a real ENIGMA! Notice!"For thus says the Lord: 'David shall NEVER LACK a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; NOR SHALL THE PRIESTS, THE LEVITES, LACK A MAN TO OFFER BURNT OFFERINGS BEFORE ME, to kindle grain offerings AND TO SACRIFICE CONTINUALLY.' -- Verses 17-18.
"Every student of the Bible knows that for the period of time between the first and the second temple, and from A.D. 70 to the present, NO OFFERINGS OR SACRIFICES HAVE BEEN MADE BECAUSE DURING THESE TIMES THE TEMPLE DID NOT EXIST! How, then, do we interpret these verses in Jeremiah?
"Greg Doudna was puzzled by these same verses: 'I remember the passage in Jeremiah 33:17-26, LINKING TOGETHER the EVERLASTING THRONE of David with the Levites offering sacrifices, as having been a question to me in my Big Sandy days. If the promise of the everlasting rule by the line of David necessitated the throne being transplanted to Ireland in order to continue, WHY WAS IT NOT THE SAME WITH THE LEVITES, whose PROMISED ETERNAL SERVICE as priests was likewise INTERRUPTED? Both promises are said in the SAME BREATH, LINKED TOGETHER in this passage. It was speculated in classes at Big Sandy that Christ AT HIS RETURN would indeed restore the Levitical, physical priesthood, for use by physical people during the millennium who did not yet have the Holy Spirit, and that as these people turned to Christ spiritually, the physical sacrifices would decline throughout the millennium. BUT WHERE WAS THE LEVTICAL, PRIESTLY SERVICE NOW, IN THIS AGE?The WCG answered this basically in [this way]:...there would always be Levites AVAILABLE to do Temple service. There are Levites now in Orthodox Judaism, but there is no temple. IN OTHER WORDS, THE PROMISES ARE INTERPRETED AS MEANING LEVITES WOULD HAVE DESCENDANTS AND WOULD BE ABLE TO SERVE AS PRIESTS. -- Afterword on British-Israelism, note 39, p.142.
"If the WWCG interpreted this part of the passage in Jeremiah 33 in this fashion, WHY in the world did they not interpret verse 17 in the SAME WAY to be consistent and logical? Because it didn't fit in with Herbert Armstrong's ideas regarding the throne of David!
"Returning to Doudna: 'David was promised his throne would last forever (II Sam. 7:12-16). Since it is unthinkable that the biblical promise would fail, logic impelled the British-Israelites and Herbert Armstrong to the conclusion that David's descendants are TODAY ruling on the throne of England.'MOST analysts have sought for a solution more in keeping with historical probability. It is explained that Jer. 33:17-26 shows the real meaning to be God's covenant would be BROKEN if David "shall not have a son [ABLE TO] reign on his throne." The same thing is said of the Levites in the same passage -- there would always be Levites serving as priests, which is explained to mean ABLE TO serve as priests. In other words, THE PROMISE TO DAVID WAS THAT HE WOULD HAVE DESCENDANTS ABLE TO RULE -- as well as have his line result in Jesus Christ, who is destined to rule forever. -- Ibid., p.131.''' (Article Does Queen Elizabeth Sit on the Throne of David? John D. Keyser, emphasis his and mine). Is there an answer to this question? Many of the church of God in their writings or sermons do not mention this part of the prophecy of Jeremiah. Does God promise the Levites the same promise as King David's descendants to always occupy the office as priests, and David's descendants to always occupy the throne of office of king? YES! The promises were fulfilled. Both parties were to occupy both offices "till the seed comes" and then Jesus was occupy both positions. What many do not understand is that Jesus would occupy one at his first coming, and the other at his second coming because the two offices had different functions that needed Jesus to occupy at different times.
The Covenant with David
God made a covenant with David that we go into great detail in our booklet Here. God said that David's seed would always be on that throne forever. Eventually Christ would come and occupy that throne, and he being a son of David, that promise would continue for ever through Christ. Now there is an interesting prophecy about the three "overturns." God says, "I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him" (Ezekiel 21:27). Jesus was to come and inherit the throne of his father David (Luke 1:32). So David's seed were to sit on that throne till the second coming of Jesus Christ, and he will occupy that throne forever.
If notice the covenant, the Throne of David is forever, and that David's seed were to occupy that throne! The office, the position of Power is forever, and they were to occupy it.
"And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
"He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
"I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
"But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
"And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
"According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David." (2 Samuel 7:12-16).
I Chronicles 17 says, "And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
"He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
"I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
"But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.
"According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David."(17:11-15).
Psalm 89 says, "I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
"With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.
"The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
"And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
"But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
"I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
"He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
"Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
"My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
"His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
"If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
"If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
"Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
"Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
"My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
"Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
"His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
"It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah." (vv.20-37). Clearly through all these passages put together. A few things are clear. Not only would the Throne of David be established on this earth for ever. But his seed would occupy that throne for ever. The last one would be Christ. David's children, even though they sin God will make sure that they would rule on the throne of David.
Jeremiah completes the prophecies, "For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
"Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.
"Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;
"Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
"As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.
"Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
"Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
"Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them." (Jer 33:17-18, 20-22, 24-26).
Judah was to always have kings ruling in this world over Jacob, as the scepter prophecy promised, "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (Gen 49:10). The kings of ancient Greece, Spain, Ireland, Scotland and England have continued until today fulfilling this prophecy as we have proved in our booklet the Throne of David in Prophecy Here. This will continue "until Shiloh come." This, all commentaries agree is Jesus Christ, the descendant from Judah and David will occupy the throne of Judah-David.
Shiloh means "The seed" (JFB Commentary). So until the "seed comes" Kings and Queens that descend from Judah-Zarah-Pharez-David will be lawgivers and Monarchs over Israel. This prophecy agrees with Ezekiel's that the throne will be overturned "until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him" (Ezekiel 21:27).
The Covenant with Levi
Now God made a covenant with Levi. Back in the book of Exodus, originally God wanted to make all of Israel "Priests" (Ex 19:4). But because of their transgressions, and the Levites not taking part in the sins of Israel, God made the Levites the ministers of the Tabernacle and the Sanctuary.
The First sin was the sin of the Golden calf. When Moses came down from the mountain and saw their sin he said, "....Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
"And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
"And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men." (Ex 32:26-28).
The Second sin was the sin at Baal-Peor. Israel committed fornication and idolatry. There the Levites again stayed loyal to God, therefore God made a covenant with Levi, "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
"Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.
"Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:
"And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel." (Num 25:10-13). Here God promised a covenant with Levi, that his seed will occupy the Priesthood, this Priesthood, LIKE THE THRONE OF DAVID was to last forever! Like the Covenant God made with David, the seed of Levi was to occupy that position, that office of Priesthood. Clarke Comments, "...The everlasting priesthood refers properly to the priesthood of Christ which was shadowed out by the priesthood under the law; no matter in what family it was continued. Therefore the כהנת עולם kehunnath olam, or eternal priesthood, does not merely refer to any sacerdotal ministrations which should be continued in the family of Phinehas, during the Mosaic dispensation, but to that priesthood of Christ typified by that of Aaron and his successors. The priesthood alone is everlasting, and a covenant or grant of that was made to Phinehas, and his descendants." (emphasis added). The Priesthood was to last forever, occupied first by Levi, but then, by Jesus. The Covenant was to last LIKE the Throne of David, "till the seed comes." There is a prophecy in Galatians, that is misunderstood by so many in the Christian world about the Priesthood!
God repeats this again in Malachi, "And ye shall know that I havesent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
"My covenant was with him oflife and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
"Thelaw of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
"For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for heis the messenger of the LORD of hosts" (Malachi 2:4-7). (See also Nehemiah 13:29).
In Jeremiah 33 when God promises David, and Levi to occupy these positions, these were to continue "till the seed comes" which is Christ. Both Priesthood and King were to continue but in Christ. The first promise to David was to last until the second coming. The second promise to Levi was to last until the first coming of Christ! This is why we do not see the Levites performing the priestly duties anymore it has been transferred to Christ. The entire book of Hebrews is dedicated to explaining this transition! And its only logical. The first coming of Jesus was about his sacrifice for the sins of the world. The second coming is about his Rulership of the world, so it understandable why one is still functioning (The Throne of David) under the the descendants of David, and the other is not (the Levitical priesthood) under the descendants of Levi!
The Promised "seed" and the "Added Law"
The Apostle Paul in the book of Galatians deals with this subject. Galatians 3:15-23 says, "Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
"And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
"For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
"Wherefore thenserveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
"Now a mediator is nota mediator of one, but God is one.
"Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
"But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
"But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed."
So what is the added Law that came 430 years after? Let's look at this verse by verse.
First, Men’s covenants, when confirmed cannot be "disannulled" meaning "made void"(see Robertson Word Pictures of N.T.), "signed, sealed, and witnessed, in a proper manner, no other man can make them void" (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible). When two parties come to an agreement, no outside parties can make it void, the agreement stands between the original two parties.
They could not "add" either because, adding "...new specifications or conditions to the original covenant, which is contrary to law....The doctrine of the Judaizers, while virtually annulling the promise, was apparentlyonly the imposing of new conditions. In either case it was a violation of the covenant." (Vincent Word Studies, emphasis added).
These rules are applied to the Covenant God made with Abraham, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." (v.16). God made a Covenant with Abraham. In that Covenant God promised him the land, his seed to be multiplied, and the promise of a savior Jesus Christ, see Genesis 12, 15, 17, 22. God promised this to Abraham, if Abraham obeyed God. Since Abraham obeyed God, God confirmed the Covenant and gave those promises to him, God said, "Bymyself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
"That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;...And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;because thou hast obeyed my voice" (Gen 22:16-18).
"And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
"Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws’ (Gen 26:4-5). Both parties met the conditions of the covenant. Abraham obeyed; God gave him the promises unconditional.
"And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ,the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect." (Gal 3:17). Obviously, the timeline in which Paul is speaking of now, is in the days of Moses. In Moses’ time, God said he was going to fulfill the promise he made to Abraham, see Genesis 15:13-19. What is this law that was 430 years after the confirmation of the Abrahamic Covenant? It cannot be the law of God. This was in effect in the time of Abraham, and Abraham obeyed them, Gen 26:5. God gave the Sabbath to Adam and Eve, Gen 2:1-3. God put Israel to the test to see "whether they will walk in my law, or no." (Ex 16:4). They law of God existed, and this was BEFORE SINAI !
God’s law comes with Promises. In the New Testament, we see the Commandment of God quoted, "Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)" (Ephesians 6:2). The first commandment with a promise. This applies also to God, "Our Father" to honor him, worship him, so we receive the promise of eternal life. "This is the promise which he promised us, the eternal life." (1 John 2:25).
There are many promises in the Commandments of God! The second commandment promises those who keep his commandments will receive mercy from God throughout the generations, "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me,and keep my commandments." (Ex 20:6). The promise of Grace and mercy from God if we love him and keep his commandments, that is a wonderful promise. So what does Paul mean? What law came 430 after, in Moses day?
We get more of a clue in verse 19, "Wherefore then serveth the law?It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator." This law Paul is speaking of was added "because of transgressions." The hand of the mediator was Moses, all commentaries agree on this.
What was ordained by angels, and was given to Moses? Acts 7:53, sheds more light on this. Stephen was preaching and ministering to the church, he was brought to the council on false charges, "...and the elders, and the scribes, and came uponhim, and caught him, and brought him to the council...Then said the high priest, Are these things so? (Acts 6:12; 7:1). He was speaking to the Priesthood, composed of course of Aaron, and the Levites. Stephen said to them, "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
"Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? (Matthew 23:29, 34 The Priesthood) and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
"Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it." (Acts 7:51-53).
The Priesthood received a law, and have not kept it. What law is this? The only law "added" at the time "because of transgressions" was the Covenant God made with Levi to be a priesthood before the Lord forever. God wanted all of Israel to be "Priests" (Ex 19:6). But, twice we read of in the Bible, when Israel sinned, and Levi did not take part. The first was the sin of the golden calf. The other was the sin of Israel at Baal-Peor. This is the "added" Law Paul was speaking of. The Covenant God made with Levi to be his Priests because of the transgressions of Israel! As God said about this covenant, "And ye shall know that I havesent this commandment [Law Strong’s #6680] unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi," (Malachi 2:4). The office of Priesthood is eternal. The descendants of Aaron occupied that office till the "seed" comes, and that is Christ. He occupies that position now.
Some might think this contradicts. That God added a law to the Abrahamic Covenant. But it does not. This covenant did not add to the Covenant with Abraham. This was a separate Covenant added because of "transgressions."Paul said it was "added" but cannot disannul the previous Covenant with Abraham. No new conditions to the Abrahamic Covenant were added. This is a totally different Covenant altogether! "…the [added] law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect." (v.17). God made a Covenant with Levi to be priests of God.
"For if the inheritancebe of the [added] law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise." (v.18). If the inheritance came from the added law of Levi, then everything Abraham did was all for nothing. All the trials and tribulations and obedience he went through of sacrificing his son were all in vain. "But God gave it to Abraham by promise." The Covenant God made with Abraham not Levi is the promises of eternal life for him and his seed. The only promise with the Covenant of Levi was long life and peace, and his descendants occupying the priesthood till Christ comes.
"Wherefore thenserveth the law [The Covenant with Levi]? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator." (v.19). The Covenant with Levi was added, because of the sins of Israel, so only Levi can serve as Priests to God and minister "till the seed should come." Of course that seed was Christ (v.16). Christ was to come and take over the Priesthood as we read in the book of Hebrews that a "time of reformation" would come "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;" (Heb 9:10-11). The Priesthood of Christ would be established with better sacrifices that would permanently take away sin.
Then Paul says, "Is the [added] law then against the promises of God? God forbid:" (v.20). So the Covenant with Levi is not against the promises, but just added because of the sins of Israel. Because of those sins only Levi, because the Levites did not take part with the rest of Israel at Baal-Peor, only they could be Priests of God instead of the whole nation. This cannot disannul the Covenant with Abraham already confirmed. So in these verses it becomes clear that the Levites were to continue in the Priesthood till the seed comes which is Christ. This was fulfilled. They continued in the priesthood offering sacrifices before God, so the prophecy that Jeremiah made was fulfilled till Christ came
Daniel's Seventy Week Prophecy
Another prophecy is Daniel's seventy Weeks.
In this prophecy, the angel Gabriel said to Daniel, "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." This prophecy pertains totally to the first coming of Jesus, and his sacrifice to make an end to sins. Reconcile man to God. Finish Transgressions by the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ "to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." (Heb 9:26). This prophecy is telling us of the great transfer from the Levitical Priesthood, to the Priesthood of Jesus and his great sacrifice for the sins of the world. "He taketh away the first [system of sacrifices], that he may establish the second [system of sacrifices]." (Heb 10:9). For a detailed study Click Here for our Daniel's 70 week booklet.
In verse 27 it says, "And he [The Messiah] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease" Jesus came, by the which "we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all...Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin" (Heb 10:10, 18).
Transfer of the Priesthood
Hebrews Chapter 7 speaks of first, the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. His was the Priesthood of "Melchisedec." Superior to the Levitical Priesthood because "...Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
"For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him." (vv.7-9). Levi who receives tithes, paid tithes to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. This Priesthood was superior to the Levitical Priesthood.
The Levites as well were always subject to death, then a replacement (v.23). But with Jesus, "But thisman, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood." (.24). And, the Levitical Priesthood was comprised of fallen men, with sin. Jesus however is the perfect High Priest who is without sin and makes intercession for us as the scripture says, "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
"Who needethnot daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself" (vv.26-27). Clearly, the Priesthood of Jesus Christ is superior to the Levitical Priesthood. But does this change the Law of God? No! The duties of the Priest are still the same, be it the Levitical or the Melchisedec Priesthood. So what does it mean, "For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law" (v.12)? We must look at the context of the chapter. It is focusing on the Priesthood of Levi and Melchisedec.
Second. The word in the Greek for "change" is "transfer." (Strong’s # 3331). Robertson’s Word Pictures writes, "Genitive absolute with present passive participle ofmetatithemi, old word to transfer."
There is nothing here about abolishment, but a transfer, from one Priesthood to another. Also, the duties of the Priesthood remain the same!
But what is this "law?" "The context makes it plain that verse 12 speaksnot about a change of law in general, but only a modification in the stipulation that the only valid priest had to be a son of Aaron through the flesh (c f. 7:16).
"At this point the author is very careful.He does not reject the law in his presentation, but notes that Scripture itself actually speaks about two types of priesthood (7:11). The law of Moses established a priesthood passed down from the descendants of Levi, but Psalm 110:4 speaks about a priest like Melchizedek, who did not belong to that tribe. With that in mind, Hebrews 7:11 asks: ‘If perfection had been through the Levitical priesthood .... what further need was there for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek [Ps. 110:4] rather than after the order of Aaron?’
"Thus on the issue of priestly succession, Hebrews has laidout a firm Old Testament case for superseding the law on that one specific point (7:11-14)" (Knight Exploring Hebrews, p.123, emphasis added). It was the law of the Priesthood which said only the descendants of Aaron could be High Priests, not the law in general.
The Levitical Priesthood from the time of Moses continued till the time of Christ. K&D Commentary says, "In accordance with this promise, the high-priesthood which passed from Eleazar to Phinehas (Jdg_20:28) continued in his family, with the exception of a brief interruption in Eli's days (see at 1 Sam 1-3 and 1Sa_14:3), until the time of the last gradual dissolution of the Jewish state through the tyranny of Herod and his successors (see my Archäologie, §38). " Then, during the last week of Daniel's prophecy, the sacrifices of bulls and goats "ceased" and the only Sacrifice valid to take away sins was the sacrifice of Christ, and his priesthood as the only priesthood for the believer.
So God fulfilled his promise in Jeremiah 33 to the Levites until Christ came, and the covenant of the Priesthood is still intact occupied by Christ and not the Levites. Jesus offering his sacrifice to God as the permanent solution to sin.. And soon he will take the throne of David as well, and rule this world on that throne. Currently he is our High Priest in the Heavenly Tabernacle making intercession for us for our sins before the Father, this is needed now! So the claims of the biblical truths of British-Israel continue to stand firm.
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