Sons of Zadok
Everyone knew the Sons of Zadok were different.
There is a clear path to how man is to minister to God and what He requires of this ministry. In this day, we are challenged to examine our faith and belief structure under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in light of the Word. The King-Priest blessings are framed in powerful perspective along with the demand for righteousness and holiness.
It's time to release the Sons of Zadok! Sons of Zadok minister under the great High Priest, Jesus. Only the Sons of Zadok were to minister to God. Eli ministered to the people. Zadok ministered to God
Who Are the Sons of Zadok?
Few people even believe that God needed ministering to or that no one would know where to begin. Unmistakably, the essence of Ezekiel 44 was 'what characterizes the person who may minister to God.' Ezekiel 44:14 was a pivotal verse, separating those who minister to the people and declaring who will NOT minister to Him. Only the Sons of Zadok were to minister to God. They ministered to God through their sacrifices, their leadership, all the while walking in holiness. Their prayers were mingled with their anointed, sweet smelling savor at the altar of incense. Their holiness exuded from their lives as they offered sin and peace offerings. People knew... they were different!
Ritual was/is not observed by the Sons of Zadok: they entered/enter into the presence of the Lord during their duties. They taught the difference between the holy and the profane. They talked differently and they walked differently. Their lives reflected the holiness of the Lord. Demonstration in the Holy Ghost and power is not the unusual but rather the ordinary for the Sons of Zadok.
Only the Sons of Zadok (Righteousness) could come before the Lord and minister unto Him. Those who walk in holiness compromising no aspect of Word or walk, and who teach the people to be holy qualify. To minister to God begins with clean hands and pure heart. It's rewards are different; instead of accolades from men, the Sons of Zadok find accolade from the Lord. His Presence insures that peace reigns and 'every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs' (Ez 44:29) Peace will rest upon the congregants houses as they minister to them holiness and the way of the Lord.
The bottom line is: Choose whether you will be a minister TO THE PEOPLE only or a MINISTER UNTO and TO GOD. Will you continue to be what you have been, or will you be a Son of Zadok? There is no middle ground: either you are a Son of Zakok, or you are not. That is why it is necessary to know what is and what is not related to the Sons of Zadok.
What it means to be a Son of Zadok speaks of the baptism of fire by the Holy Spirit, sensitivity to the Spirit of God and about determination to have Jesus as my 'only' Lord. Demonstration in the Holy Ghost and power is not the unusual but rather the ordinary for the Sons of Zadok.
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(Ezekiel 44). "Who will ascend into the Presence of the Lord or who shall stand in His Holy Place?" Psalm 24:3. Its rewards are different--instead of accolades from men, Sons of Zadok find accolades from the Lord through His Presence (Ezekiel 44:29). Sensitivity to the Spirit of God and determination to have Jesus as their only Lord is their secret and power. Demonstration in the Holy Ghost and power is not the unusual, but rather the ordinary for the Sons of Zadok. They minister to God through their sacrifices and their leadership, all the while walking in holiness. Their prayers are mingled with their sacrifices (worship).
The Earth Split With The Sound
1 Samuel 1-4 tells us that the Sons of Eli represents the flesh-religion apart from God and the Sons of Zadok represent a spiritual heritage based on intimacy with God. That which is precious to Eli (the system) is its people and its goods. That which is precious to the Sons of Zadok is their vows to God, and they have one rule--they must obey the voice of the Lord (Zechariah 6:15).
Righteousness and rejection of the system characterize the Sons of Zadok. Eli ministers to the people and Zadok ministers to the Lord. The system always substitutes something to take the place or modify the real thing. Righteousness is fluid like a river. Ezekiel 47 shows the origin in the Throne Room of the Temple of God. Sons know that one does not "take time to pray" because there simply is no time without it. We were made to commune with God. Religion/the system can only minister to man. In Eli's times, holiness was not emphasized. Zadok does not practice "being in" God's Presence, they just "live in" His Presence.
Everywhere Zadok and his Sons find themselves, there is great honor and blessing. I Kings 1:39-40 says, "And Zadok, the priest, took a horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, 'Long live King Solomon.' And all the people played on flutes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth split with the sound of it." Talk about the sound being released through their worship and intercession! We need to release the Sons of Zadok in houses of prayer and worship.
Ezekiel 44:15 But the priests the
Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when
the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me
to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the
fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:
Ezekiel 48:11 It
shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok;
which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of
Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.
40-48 deals with the glory of the future kingdom that Israel will enjoy
once the nation is reborn (chapter 37) and her enemies defeated
(chapters 38-39) at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Twice it is
repeated that the sons of Zadok will enjoy special blessings and special
privileges in that kingdom because they remained faithful to God
despite the apostasy and idolatry of the nation.
was a priest who lived and served during the reigns of David and
Solomon. He was of the line of Eleazer, Aaron's son (as opposed to the
line of Ithamar; 1 Chronicles 24:3) and became the fulfillment of God's
judgment upon the house of Eli (1 Samuel 2:35) at the outset of
Solomon's reign over Israel (1 Kings 2:27, 35). As a young man, the
Bible says that Zadok was mighty of valor (1 Chronicles 12:28). He
remained true to the Lord and the king when others were carried away by
the rebellions under Absalom (2 Samuel 15) and Adonijah (1 Kings 1).
His progeny served faithfully in Judah's great revival under King
Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31). Because of this steadfast commitment, the
Lord will richly reward Zadok and his sons when Jesus Christ returns to
rule and reign on the earth.
important practical lesson for us to learn from this interesting
statement in the book of Ezekiel. Just like Zadok and his sons, we find
ourselves in a time when God's people on a massive scale are going
astray. Despite the apostasy and the apathy and the ignorance and the
lukewarm condition of today's church, God calls on us to stand fast, be
faithful, and remain true to the charge He's given us. And there are
ETERNAL blessings and privileges that await those who will answer the
call. I believe the Sons of Zadok minister 'to' the Lord and not 'to' the people. Also the Sons of Zadok will teach the difference between the holy and the common.
Where Are the Sons of Zadok?
More than One Kind of Worship
Are you satisfied with the worship you are seeing and hearing in the
body of Christ today? This is a question I heard the Lord speak to me
some years ago. I did not have to think long for an answer. I had been
very unsatisfied with what I had been hearing in churches and Christian
meetings and on Christian television for a very long time.
Some place inside I knew that there was a higher place. A place where
the true worship of the Great Almighty God could be experienced by His
children who truly loved Him.
Jesus had promised in John 4:23, "But the hour comes, AND NOW IS, when
the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth,
for the Father seeks such to worship Him".
In saying this, Jesus made it obvious that there is more than one kind
of worship. And further He stated that there is such a thing as true
worship which is done in the spirit rather than in the flesh. And He
said the hour for that real worship was starting right then. Yet today
in the Body of Christ, I see very little worship.
Appearance of Worship
Part of the problem is our great advancements in technology. Virtually,
everything can be programmed now. And if you do not have a great voice,
no problem. The right equipment can be make anyone sound good! I am not
against the wonderful equipment that can be had today. I believe God
is the inventor of it all. After all, we are told that Satan himself
was created with tabrets and pipes right in him. (Ezek. 28:13).
However, equipment can become the instrument used to mimic reality. A
person can be made to appear to worship when his heart is not
worshipping God at all. You can be taught to look right and sound right
even when you are not right. Skill has become more important than anointing in a lot of our services. But I still believe it is not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord.
In the Old Testament there is a bit of information about a man called
Zadok. Now the name Zadok means "righteous". It means, just, or to make
right in a moral sense. Zadok and his sons were priests but they
belonged to a special order of the priestly calling. These men were men
of great integrity who were deeply committed to the call of God on their
lives to worship Him who had called them. They were sanctified and
In Ezek. 48:11 the Word says, 'It shall be for the priests that are
sanctified of the sons of Zadok, which have kept My charge, which went
not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went
The Levites were called to minister to the house of the Lord. Their
responsibility was to care for the holy things and for the tabernacle
itself. But the sons of Zadok had a different calling. They were
called to draw near to God Himself and to worship Him. You could say
the Levites were called to horizontal ministry. They ministered outward
in regard to the tabernacle and the Jewish people. The sons of Zadok
had a vertical worship. They worshipped upward to God.
Horizontal ministry is necessary. It is not a bad thing. However this ministry is 'to' the people and not as much 'to the Lord.' The vertical
ministry of Zadok is unique and it is a very high call to God Himself
before it ever touches the people of God. Both ministries are
Most important I do believe the ministry of the Sons of Zadok is unto or 'to the Lord.' We are told in Revelation 1:5-6 that we have all been made to be kings
and priests unto our God. Every Christian is a priest unto God. Yet as
surely as there were those who were Levites and those who were sons of
Zadok in Old Testament days, so there are both kinds of priestly
The reason we find ourselves unsatisfied with much of the worship today
is that it does not come to us by the Zadok anointing. It is often ego
driven and self centered. But when you sit under a true Zadok anointing
you will know it.
Under that anointing you will find release from yourself as you soar
upward into the throne room of the Great God. You will become lost in
His presence and will no longer suffer from the fear of man. It is
under this great anointing that you will experience realms of His
Spirit, seeing visions and hearing the heavenly orchestra and choir. In
this anointing you will also find healing and miracles to flow because
you are in His presence.
The worship that comes from a Zadok anointing will lift you higher and
higher as you climb the Mount of Ascension to where He becomes the very
center of your being. And at last, as you fall before His throne, you
will know the satisfaction that comes from the union of God and man. In
this place you know that He is satisfied with the worship as well.
Zadok anointing doesn't have to do with technology or voice training or
learning to play an instrument. It has to do with a spiritual
endowment, an anointing given by God and developed under His
instruction. The worship produced under that anointing comes from the
spirit of a man touched by the Spirit of God.
The purpose of the Zadok anointing is to minister to God. Yet when you
are in the presence of that anointing, even if you are not moving in
that anointing yourself, you will be ministered to as well. For that
anointing draws the presence of God and He is always so power ful and
generous that when He draws near, you can not keep from being blessed in
This is not about laying hand on people, although I very much believe in
that ministry as well. This is about the awesome presence of God as He
Himself is drawn to His people by true spiritual worship. This is not
even what has come to be called "soaking music" for it has a prophetic
edge as God speaks to His people through new song and the prophetic word
which is released by that anointing.
I do believe that this wonderful anointing is going to be poured out
upon the Body of Christ in this hour. Though we have traveled all over
the world, I can count on one hand the number of Zadok anointings I have
known. Yet I believe it is coming. The cry of God's people for true
worship is growing now. Surely He will answer this cry.
Ezekiel 44 (Amp) 1
THEN the man [an angel] brought me back the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces the east, and it was shut.
2Then the Lord said to me, This gate shall be shut;
it shall not be opened and no man shall enter in by it, for the Lord,
the God of Israel, has entered in by it; therefore it shall remain shut.
for the prince, being the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread
before the Lord; he shall enter by way of the porch or vestibule of the
gate and shall go out the same way.
he brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; I
looked, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord,
and I fell upon my face.(A)
the Lord said to me, Son of man, mark well and set your heart to see
with your eyes and hear with your ears all that I say to you concerning
all the ordinances of the house of the Lord and all its laws, and mark
well and set your heart to know who are allowed to enter the temple and
all those who are excluded from the sanctuary.
you shall say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus says
the Lord God: O you house of Israel, let all your previous abominations
be enough for you! [Do not repeat them!]
have brought into My sanctuary aliens, uncircumcised in heart and
uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to pollute and profane it,
even My house, when you offer My bread, the fat and the blood; and
through it all and in addition to all your abominations, they and you
have broken My covenant.
you have not kept charge of My holy things, but you have chosen foreign
keepers to please yourselves and have set them in charge of My
thus says the Lord God: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh
shall enter into My sanctuary [where no one but the priests might
enter], of any foreigners who are among the children of Israel.
the Levites who went far away from Me when Israel went astray, who went
astray from Me after their idols, they shall bear [the punishment for]
their iniquity and guilt.
shall minister in My sanctuary, having oversight as guards at the gates
of the temple and ministering in the temple. They shall slay the burnt
offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall attend the
people to serve them.
[the priests] ministered to [the people] before their idols and became a
stumbling block of iniquity and guilt to the house of Israel, therefore
I have lifted up My hand and have sworn against them, says the Lord
God, that they shall bear the punishment for their iniquity and guilt.
they shall not come near to Me to do the office of a priest to Me, nor
come near to any of My holy things that are most sacred; but they shall
bear their shame and their punishment for the abominations which they
I will appoint them as caretakers to have charge of the temple, for all
the service of the temple and for all that will be done in it.
the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept the charge of My
sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, shall come
near to Me to minister to Me, and they shall attend Me to offer to Me
the fat and the blood, says the Lord God.
16They shall enter into My sanctuary; and they shall come near to My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.
they enter the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed in linen
garments; no wool shall be on them while they minister at the gates of
the inner court and within the temple.
shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen breeches upon their
loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything that causes [them
when they go out into the outer court to the people, they shall put off
the garments in which they ministered and lay them in the holy
chambers, and they shall put on other garments, lest by contact of their
garments with the people they should consecrate (separate and set apart
for holy use) such persons [unintentionally and unfittingly].
shall they shave their heads or allow their locks to grow long; they
shall only cut short or trim the hair of their heads.
21Neither shall any priest drink wine when he enters the inner court.
shall they take for their wives a widow or a woman separated or
divorced from her husband; but they shall marry maidens [who are
virgins] of the offspring of the house of Israel or a widow previously
married to a priest.
priests shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the
common or profane, and cause them to distinguish between the unclean and
in a controversy they shall act as judges, and they shall judge
according to My judgments; and they shall keep My laws and My statutes
in all My appointed feasts, and they shall keep My Sabbaths holy.
they shall go near to no dead person to defile themselves, except for
father or for mother, for son or for daughter, for brother or for sister
who has had no husband; for them they may defile themselves.(B)
after he is cleansed [from the defilement of a dead body] they shall
reckon to him seven days more before returning to the temple.
on the day that he goes into the sanctuary, into the inner court to
minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, says the
[their ministry to Me] shall be to them as an inheritance, for I am
their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel, for I
am their possession.(C)
shall eat the meal offering and the sin offering and the trespass
offering, and every offering in Israel dedicated by a solemn vow to God
shall be theirs.
the first of all the firstfruits of all kinds, and every offering of
all kinds from all your offerings, shall belong to the priests. You
shall also give to the priest the first of your coarse meal and bread
dough, that a blessing may rest on your house.
31The priests shall not eat of anything that has died of itself or is torn, whether it be bird or beast.