There is a place in South India that dates back to antiquity that has and still bears the name of Salem. It is the priest-king of Salem who greets Abraham after the Battle of the Kings and blesses him:
"And Melchizedek, King of Salem, brought forth bread and
wine (the Holy Sacraments of the Last Supper and Holy Communion): and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, saying, "Blessed be Abraham of the most high God... and blessed be the most high
God, which hath delivered thine enemies unto thy hand.“ And he (Abraham) gave him (Melchizedek) tithes of all.“ (Gen. 14:18-20)
It is from this action of Abraham that the concept of "tithing“ or
giving 1/10th of one’s income or wealth to God (i.e., for religious purposes) originates. Obviously this great priest-king Melchizedek was highly honored by Abraham. Who was he? Very little is known about him, but
references to him and to what he was can be found in the New Testament as well, specifically in The Epistle of Paul to The Hebrews.
In this Epistle, St. Paul points out that Jesus Christ was not a
descendent of the Levitical priesthood, having been born from the House of David, a tribe of Judah, "of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.“ (Heb. 7:13) Instead, Jesus was called by God to be the
Highest Priest and was, therefore, superior to the priests of the Order of Aaron; i.e., the Levitical priests of the temple:
"So also Christ gloriefied not Himself to be made a high priest; but God
hath said unto Him (Jesus), ‘Thou art My Son, today have I begotten Thee.’ As God saith also in another place, ‘Thou art a priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek... And being made perfect, Christ became the
author of Eternal Salvation unto all them that obey Him; called of God an high priest after the Order of Melchizedek...
"If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood... what further need
was there that another priest should rise after the Order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the Order of Aaron?... For it is evident that Our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing regarding
"And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude (or likeness) of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest, Who was made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after
the power of an endless life... The Lord sware and will not repent, ‘Thou (Christ) art a priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek.’“ (Heb. 5:5,6,9,10; 7:11,14,15,16,21)
Paul then goes on to describe who this Melchizedek was:
"For this Melchizedek, King of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him:
To wohm also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of Righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of Peace;
"Without father, without mother,
without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Now consider how great this Man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.“ (Heb. 7:1-4)
Clearly these passages indicate the existence of a Son of God - an Avatar - that
predates the arrival of Jesus Christ with Whom the patriarch of the Jews had contact. It is also interesting to note that the Epistle is directed not just to the tribe of Judah, but to all of the Hebrews or sons of
Considering the mounting evidence that testifies to the link between India and the forefathers of the Hebrews, and also considering the abundant evidence that Abraham himself came from the Kashmir
Mountains in the North of India as well, it has been suggested that the great Priest-King Melchizedek - this Son of God
of the period of Abraham - was not from the Middle East at all, but was located in India itself.
Abraham was born somewhere around 2000 B.C., although many theologians and scholars have put his date of
birth earlier by at least a few hundred years (i.e., 2500 B.C.) After Abraham left Haran (India) and after his arrival in the Palestine area, The Bible records a great Battle of the Kings. Initially Chedarlaomer, the
wicked king of Elam (Elam was an area located east of Mesopotamia or the Iraq/Western Iran area; i.e., the area of Eastern Persia and what was the Northwestern section of ancient India) along with some compatriots wage
war with five other kings, defeating them in the process. Thence onward, for 12 years, these five defeated kings have to do the bidding of Chedarlaomer. But during the 13th year, the five kings rebel, and during the
14th year, the great Battle of the Kings occurs. It is after the slaughter of the kings (which Abraham takes part in) during which the evil king and his allies are defeated and killed, that Abraham is met and blessed by
the priest-king Melchizedek.
A parallel to this story in The Bible can be found in what could be called the Hindu Bible - The
Mahabarat. In The Mahabharat and evil king, along with his allies, defeats (through deception) five other kings who are then sent into exile for 12 years. On the 13th year, the five kings go "incognito“ so the evil
king cannot find them. And during the 14th year, a great war takes place - a Battle of the Kings - where kings and their armies are slaughtered in great numbers, the battle taking place in Kurukshetra in
Northwest India. This great slaughter or war of the kings is said to have taken place around 2000 to 2500 B.C. or so.
Further, there indeed was a Son-of-God, an Avatar, on Earth at that time Who was also a King; i.e., Lord Krishna, said to be the Poorna Avatar - the Full Avatar of the Unmanifest Lord Himself. In
addition, prior to the outbreak of the war, Lord Krishna went as a Peace Messenger to the evil king to persuade him not to go to battle, and to return all the property and goods he had taken from the five
other kings. He came as an envoy of Peace and the King of Dharma or Righteousness. But the evil king, puffed with pride and ego would not listen. Hence the battle took place.
Lord Krishna was pleased with the outcome of the war as well, and did bless all those who had come to the aid of the five kings. Could Lord Krishna of India and Melchizedek of Salem be One and the same
Supreme Person? Only the Lord Himself knows for sure, but clearly from The Bible itself we see that Christ was not the only Son of God to have visited the Earth! For, as the Prophet Mohammed
has said: "The Messiah, the Son of Mary, was a Messenger; certainly, He was preceded by other Messengers.“ (Koran V: 79)“
In fact the very concept of the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God appears to have ist roots in India with this idea of God incarnating in Human Form to be found in the earliest Holy Scriptures know to man, The
Upanishads. According to several scholars (including Rudolph Otto and Dr. Radhakrishnan), while references to the Messiah are sprinkled throughout the Old Testament, one of the most vivid descriptions
of Him - including the varous titles He will bear - is to be found in The Dead Sea Scrolls in The Book of Enoch (written approximately 80 B.C.), where the entire process of His Spiritual Ascent to God in
Heaven is recounted. This process of spiritual ascent, etc. is found in India in The Kaushitaki Upanishad which was composed long before The Book of Enoch or any other scripture of Israelite or Jewish origing.
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