PORK AND UNCLEAN ANIMALS
Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
Many “churches” teach that the law was “done away with”.
Which law? The food laws? The 10 commandments? Both? OR NEITHER!
When Yahweh took the children of Israel by the hand and brought them out of Egypt and made a covenant with them, He gave them Statutes, Judgments, Commandments and Ordinances.
STATUTE -noun ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed; - appointed, custom, manner, site, statute.
The first time statute is used is in Genesis.
Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.
The word of the law from the mouth of Yahweh was followed before the written law was given 6 or 7 generations later at Sinai through Moses.
The statutes that Abraham followed were the customs and traditions of our family and race which started from Adam. The manner in which we are expected to conduct ourselves, being from the family of the Spirit. Abraham didn't “just believe”, he kept the customs and manners of obedience and allegiance (faith) to Yahweh. He performed and practised The Way.
COMMANDMENT -noun a command, whether human or divine (collectively the Law): - (which was) commanded (-ment), law, ordinance, precept. Commandment (of code of wisdom)
Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.
John 14:15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments.
Mercy is shown to those that follow the Law. Following the law is the code of wisdom.
Christ is teaching to keep His commandments. Not just the 10 commandments, but all His commandments from the OT to the NT.
When we do not keep His commandments there is...
JUDGMENT -noun properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice,
Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep The Way of Yahweh, to do justice and judgment; that Yahweh may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.
Judgment is a verdict or a sentence for breaking the laws.
Joshua 8:34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
When we obey we are blessed, when we disobey we are cursed.
Judgment is justice.
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His Ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.
Proverbs 3:33 The curse of Yahweh is in the house of the wicked: but He blesseth the habitation of the just.
ORDINANCE -noun statute, ordinance, limit, something prescribed, due; an enactment; hence an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage)
Leviticus 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
18:4 Ye shall do My judgments, and keep Mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am Yahweh your God.
Ordinances are customs and manners. Customs of those outside the family of Yahweh, customs of those of the family of Yahweh.
There are customs and ordinances we are to keep, such as the Sabbath days, the feast of unleavened bread (7 days), feast of booths (7 days), day of atonement (fasting). Obeying Yahweh's laws and loving our brethren.
Ordinances are also prescribed or set appointments, limits, enactments or decrees of Yahweh.
The only laws changed were the ordinances of the law of the Levitical priesthood.
The “churches” do not understand or teach the truth concerning this matter.
Yahweh always had laws for His people. From Adam to Jacob, the Word of Yahweh was known, and the customs and manners expected of children of Yahweh.
Moses was given the written law to govern the growing nations of Israel. The Levitical priesthood became the mediator for the people to Yahweh. The sons of Levi, son of Jacob, were the priesthood tribe. Aaron and his sons were the chief priests. The other sons of Levi had other duties, such as temple duties, music, utensils and instruments, lamps, etc.
The Levites performed the sacrificial rituals and atonement for the people.
The ordinances of the law were a schoolmaster and foreshadow of things to come.
Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law (rituals), shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Faith in verse 23 can easily be compared to Christ, who has allegiance with the Father. Observe:
23 But before the Christ was to come we had been guarded under the law, being enclosed to Christ destined to be revealed.
Christ had faith (allegiance). Faith is a noun, only Christ attained it by the example He set. This is our test, our purpose, our model, our goal.
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law (rituals) was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith (allegiance).
Most of the Israelites didn't have faith or love for the law. They just went through the motions of the rituals insincerely. After a while, the Israelites lost their fear of Yahweh because they could just sacrifice an animal for their sin, and then sin some more.
Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (rituals).
They no longer had the crutch of the rituals.
Again, 25 could read: But after that Christ is come, we are no longer under the ordinances of the rituals.
These 'ordinances' were set for an appointed time and were to expire.
The Levitical priesthood also expired.
Galatians 3:21 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.
The rituals could not save you. The law can preserve (save) us.
The purpose of law, which in itself is just and good, is to prevent the wrongdoer from harming others or himself. The law reveals condemnation, not salvation, it neither justifies the sinner, nor sanctifies the believer.
The only thing that was “done away with” were these priestly ordinances and the priesthood.
When Christ came, He fulfilled the law. He demonstrated to us the model and example of the manner and custom of a child of God's. He lived a perfect and sinless life. By doing so, He was able to bear our sins. A lamb without blemish.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
He fulfilled a life of following the laws of Yahweh. In doing so, we have life. Not the right to eat bacon and ham sandwiches.
5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
When He died, the priesthood was no longer the mediator for the people, the sacrificial rituals and ordinances of those laws were no longer needed. Christ became our High Priest and mediator.
We now make spiritual sacrifices (by obedience, practice) and must go through Christ to get to Yahweh. No man is above another. No more priesthood, priests, or priestly rituals. The law was put on our hearts.
Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people.
The context does not change. The house of Israel are the descendants of Jacob (the white nations of the world). The same people of the OT here in the NT, and the fulfilment and transition of the written law to the law written on our hearts.
Romans 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith Yahweh, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
The law was NOT “done away with”. The rituals and ordinances of the Levitical priesthood were “done away with”.
Now that we understand that the customs, manners, statutes, judgments, food laws and commandments are still in effect, let us examine the vision of Peter, which the “churches” wrongly teach that it is about food and the lifting of the food laws.
Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
Cornelius was an Israelite. It is evident that he practiced The Way.
10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour (3pm) of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
10:4 And when he looked on him (the angel), he was afraid, and said, What is it, master? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner (not Peter), whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
10:7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;
10:8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour (12 noon):
10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
The vision starts here.
10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
Symbolic of the 12 Israelite tribes woven together as a group. All different sub tribes and branches of the 12 tribes. They are all of Abraham's seed. The one's that knew the food laws kept them, The one's that forgot or discarded the food laws ate all manner of unclean things.
10:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill (sacrifice), and eat.
10:14 But Peter said, Not so, master; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
'common' is a reference to something profane. Meat was bought at the marketplace which was part of the Temple, and most people were pagans, so the meat was sacrificed to gods, hence profane. Defiled.
'unclean' is a reference to the Levitical food laws. Animals deemed unclean by Yahweh. Peter, being an Israelite, would know and follow the food laws. Peter thought the vision was about food at first, Peter needed things repeated 3 times on several occasions.
Notice that this vision is years after Christ died. Peter still kept the food laws.
10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common (profane, defiled).
(Geneva notes: Do not thou hold them as unprofitable.)
What did God cleanse? Israelites that have been defiled by pagan practices.
10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
Peter needed things done three times a lot. (John 21:15-17)
10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's (the tanners) house, and stood before the gate,
10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
10:21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Judaeans, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near (necessary) friends.
10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
Peter, realizing that he, a circumcised man, among all these uncircumcised men.
10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Judaean to keep company, or come unto one of another nation (tribe); but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Peter states simply what God had showed him in the vision, i.e. “God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean”. To say that God showed Peter anything different such as, “It is now acceptable to eat unclean meats”, is to call both Peter and the Word of God both liars.
Peter did not agree with the “churches” that the symbols in his vision had anything to do with being able to eat unclean foods.
Peter understands his vision has shown him not to call these uncircumcised men unclean, for they are brethren of the dispersed tribes of Israel. The tribes of the House of Judah, in Judaea, were the circumcised, and the 10 tribes of the House of Israel were the dispersed, or uncircumcised, who were regarded as common by the Judaean House of Judah because they practiced paganism and forgot who they were.
When the Israelites were taken captive in the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, only a remnant of the House of Judah returned to Jerusalem. The rest of Israel went on to settle elsewhere, such as Greece, Spain, into Europe, etc. These Israelites forgot and lost their heritage, traditions, and knowledge of Yahweh, and became pagans, hence, 'common', or 'profane'. Kinsmen forgot who their kinsmen were. Just like today, we white Americans are kin to those in Russia and Europe. We would regard them as common or profane.
10:29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour (3pm) I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
10:32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Meaning rich, poor, popular, a nobody, high office, no office. Your stature in life.
10:35 But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.
The context is every Israelite nation. Every nation of the 12 tribes.
10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Prince of all:)
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith (allegiance) of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
No difference between the tribes of Israelites in Judaea, and the tribes of Israel of the dispersion. They are all the same people, race, kin.
Even though these uncircumcised (Israelite) men, forgot who they are, and partook in the way of the heathen (eating unclean animals like in the beginning of the vision) among other sins, they can be cleansed.
It is about forgiving those who were under the law (Israelites), that were partaking in sin.
Yahweh was teaching Peter that there were a great many of his kinsman that needed to be reminded of their heritage, history, laws and God. Paul was the apostle to these 'lost' and dispersed Israelites. Paul did not go preach our traditions and promises and covenants to those outside of our race, he was teaching the message of reconciliation and The Way (Christianity) to his 'common' kinsmen.
As the Judeans (House of Judah) thought of the 10 tribes of the House of Israel as being unclean like pigs and other unclean animals, then we can start to understand the vision. But, in no way has it anything to do with eating or not eating swine’s flesh. It is about the Word of God being sent to, and received by, the “gentilised” House of Israel.
The “churches” refuse to believe what Peter says.
Peter's vision was not about Yahweh changing His mind about unclean animals for dinner.
Malachi 3:6 For I am Yahweh, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Christ did not come to change the food laws.
It is difficult to believe that God was concerned about the health of His people in the Old Testament, but abandoned that concern in the New Testament.
Unclean animals are said to be ”detestable“ (Deut. 14:3). The same Hebrew word is used elsewhere in Deuteronomy of idolatry and other pagan practices (7:25; 12:31). Also some unclean animals (e.g., pigs) were widely used in pagan rituals.
Let's examine another passage the “churches” wrongly interpret.
Mark 7:14 And when He had called all the people unto Him, He said unto them, Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand:
7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
7:17 And when He was entered into the house from the people, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.
7:18 And He saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
7:20 And He said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
The food laws are for the benefit of man, and not man for the benefit of the law. It is not a sin to eat a speck of dust or a mite or a little dirt on our hands. Rather, it is the things which we do that can more readily harm us. The context is not about eating pork, which is not even considered food. The context as verse 2 states, is eating with unwashed hands.
In looking at this passage quoted, we should note that the “churches” do not gone back to the place where the context is established. Here this context is established earlier in the chapter where Jesus is contrasting the “commandments of men” with the “commandments of God”. In general, the “churches” do not seem to note the difference!
Mark 7:1 Then came together unto Him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
7:2 And when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews (Judaeans), except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
7:4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
7:9 And He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
In no way does Jesus discount or eliminate the “commandments of God”. It is the “commandments of men” Jesus attacks. Jesus does not commend or sanction the eating of unclean foods, or of breaking the “commandments of God” in these passages. Jesus is insisting that it was the “commandments of God” that were being rejected and thus were being broken by these Judaean leaders. They had substituted their interpretations for the “commandments of God”. What the Judaean leaders were keeping, or trying to keep, were the “commandments of men”. The “churches” need to be able to explain how “the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do” has anything to do with eating pork or unclean foods.
Jesus nowhere mentions pork or unclean meat in these passages, and in no way links the two differing sets of commandments.
When Jesus gave His explanation to His disciples, saying, “Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?”, the context concerns only those things relating to the “commandments of men”. And the little bit of dirt that you may have on your unwashed hands. It is these things of man and mans’ religion that “goeth out into the draught, purging all meats”. The fact that pork, for instance, likewise “goes out into the draught” does not mean it is no longer an unclean food, even if the “churches” say it is so. Not eating swine’s flesh is part of the “commandments of God”.
We will see later in Maccabees and Daniel that the kings food and unclean foods defile those Israelites consuming them. Is Christ contradicting them or is He saying that a little dirt on unwashed hands won't kill you?
The third passage the “churches” use to support their swine eating doctrine.
Paul went through a list of things you have to do to be faithful in chapter 13.
Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations (arguing of decisions).
14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
14:3 Let not him that eateth (all things) despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. (Col 2:16)
14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. (James 4:12)
Paul is proclaiming that we all do things differently. We should not judge each other's methods in life and worship, as long as it is in accordance with The Way.
Many Israelites had forgotten their heritage, laws and God. Without this knowledge, many were pagans and ate everything like the heathen nations did.
An example regarding verses 1-4 is as follows:
In those days, unless you owned or lived on a farm, you got your meat from the market in the city. This meat was considered “common”, thought of as defiled or profaned, by the Judaeans, those that knew and practiced the law, because it was used for sacrifice to idols. The Romans were “wild olives” (Israelites) who did not have the law, and were pagan to boot. Most of this meat was sacrificed to gods, hence “common”.
Maybe this will help explain “common”.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, to those whom have attained to the fulfillments of the ages.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye (you determine that) which I say.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
Abraham's seed became many nations, of the same bread (DNA, race). Who do you think the nations of Europe, Canada, America, Australia, and New Zealand are? I pray you are thinking the descendants of the 12 tribes.
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
20 But I say, that the things which the (other) Nations sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Prince, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers at the table of the Prince, and of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the Prince to jealousy? are we stronger than He?
Paul is stating that if you are not sacrificing to Yahweh then you are sacrificing to idols.
You can be aware, and even try to bring about awareness to them about their evil, but it's not up to you to convince them, just let Yahweh sort em' out. Worry about yourselves and do what is righteous.
Paul is against the sacrifices to idols and would rather the people not have fellowship together, but if you needed to buy meat, buy it, take it home and pray over. The same thing is going on today. If you only knew what goes on in the food industry. Do you think everyone who handles your food is a Christian?
Now we can see the importance of praying over our food.
Back to Romans.
Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Prince; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Prince he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Prince, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Prince he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Prince; and whether we die, we die unto the Prince: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Prince's.
Again, the context is eating meats sacrificed to idols from the temple markets. Not about eating pork.
Paul says to be better than these disputes and respect each others practices. Put brethren first.
Note: The churches teach that these verses say we can eat pork.
First, pork is on the unclean list of Yahweh's food laws.
Second, pork is not considered food. Chinese people eat cockroaches, should that be considered food too?
Third, Yahweh does not change (Malachi 3:6).
Fourth, Israelites following the law NEVER sacrificed pigs.
Fifth, something Yahweh deems “unclean” cannot be cleansed. He didn't say “but....”
Sixth, something that is common, or profane can be cleansed. What do you think we are when we sin?
Seventh, pork is a stumbling block.
Eighth, pork is not even the subject in the context here.
Ninth, if you love Yahweh, you will do what He asks. Will eating pork cost you your salvation? Probably not, but it most definitely costs some major brownie points!
Ten, once you get trichinosis (worms), you got em' for life.
Eleven, and one for the translators who purposefully changed the words in verse 14 to unclean where it should say profane or common. They loved pork back then too and even changed the word of God to satisfy their fleshly desires.
14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be master both of the dead and living.
14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Prince, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to Yahweh.
14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Galatians 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Prince Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
The original Greek:
14 I know and have confidence by Prince Yahshua, that nothing is of itself profane: except to he who considers anything to be profane, to him it is profane.
15 But if because of food your brother is distressed, no longer do you walk in accordance with charity (love). You must not with your food ruin that person for whose benefit Christ had died.
14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat (food) and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
14:18 For he that in these things (righteousness) serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify (build, support) another.
14:20 For meat (food) destroys not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
The Greek: 22 Do you have faith? Have it concerning yourself in the presence of Yahweh. Blessed is he who does not condemn that in which he himself approves.
Don't be a hypocrite.
14:23 And he that doubteth (makes a distinction) is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
The Greek: 23 But he that makes a distinction, if then he eats, has been condemned, because it is not from faith, and all which is not from of faith is an error.
So we see the context of chapter 14 being that of vegetarians and those eating meat. It is also about eating the meat sacrificed to other gods, and that meat which is sold at the markets, which were attached to the temple. It is NOT about eating pork. Pork is not even considered food. None of these passages so far that the “churches” use to teach that the food laws were “done away with” have anything to do with pork and unclean animals. Those laws were established in the OT.
A fourth passage used by the “churches” to support their doctrines of men.
Food offered to idols
1Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching (concerning) things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
The Greek makes more sense:
1-3 Now concerning things offered to idols we know, (because all the knowledge we have, the knowledge inflates, but love builds. If one supposes to have known anything, not yet does he know according as there is need to know. But if one loves Yahweh, this he knows by Him.)
8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world (society), and that there is none other God but one.
8:5 For though there be that are called (so-called) gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and masters many,)
8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Prince Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.
8:7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
8:10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
In those days, people got their meat in the cities. The market was attached to the temple, and since most people then were pagan, they sacrificed their meat unto idols. The Judaeans in Corinth that knew better had a conscience about eating pagan sacrificed meat. Others were weak minded and ate the meat in the temple. Paul was saying that if it bothers you, don't eat it. Otherwise, just buy your meat and take it home and don't think twice about it. Also, set a good example for those brethren who are weak minded.
8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
Matthew 25:40 ...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.
8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
Note: The “churches” claim that these verses say they can eat pork. Pork is not the context.
As was just demonstrated, this chapter is about meat (food) sacrificed unto idols.
True Israelites never ate pork, nor sacrificed pigs on the alter.
Yahweh said pig is unclean and therefore not even considered food.
The Asians eat roaches and the blacks eat everything, including each other. Are roaches and people considered food now?
Yahweh does not change His mind or His laws. What was deemed unclean cannot be made clean. Don't follow the 'doctrines of men'.
Let's observe a few more verses.
Deuteronomy 14:8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.
Septuagint 1Kings 20:19 And thou shalt speak to him, saying, Thus saith Yahweh, Forasmuch as thou hast slain and taken possession, therefore thus saith Yahweh, In every place where the swine and the dogs have licked the blood of Nabuthai (Naboth), there shall the dogs lick thy blood; and the harlots shall wash themselves in thy blood.
Septuagint 1Kings 22:38 And they washed the chariot at the fountain of Samaria; and the swine and the dogs licked up the blood, and the harlots washed themselves in the blood, according to the word of Yahweh which He spoke.
Yahweh demands we do not eat flesh that has not been drained of the blood, nor to drink blood. He would certainly not want us eating animals that drink blood.
Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
Septuagint Proverbs 11:22 As an ornament in a swine's snout, so is beauty to an ill-minded women.
Pigs are never referred to in a good way in scripture.
Isaiah 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not: I said, Behold Me, behold Me, unto a nation that was not called by My name.
Septuagint: 1 I became manifest to them that asked not for Me; I was found of them that sought Me not: I said, Behold, I am here, to a nation, who called not on My name.
The dispersed Israelites lost and forgot their heritage. They found Yahweh through the gospel later on.
65:2 I have spread out My hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
Romans 10:21 But to Israel He saith, All day long I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
65:3 A people that provoketh Me to anger continually to My face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; (to devils, which exist not)
65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; (all their vessels are defiled)
65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in My nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
Isaiah 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Septuagint: 3 But the transgressor that sacrifices a calf to Me, is as he that kills a dog; and he that offers fine flour, as one that offers swine's blood; he that gives frankincense for a memorial, is as a blasphemer. Yet they have chosen their own ways, and their soul has delighted in their abominations.
All their sacrifices were rejected.
A sinner that sacrifices is worthless. First must come acknowledgment and repentance.
66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Oh how My people love pork. They fail at the test of obedience.
It wouldn't really be a test if pork did not taste good.
Isaiah 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith Yahweh.
Pork is always accompanied with destruction, curses and evil.
Ezekiel 22:26 Her priests (pastors) have violated My law, and have profaned Mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
The unclean and the clean are always the same.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Something deemed unclean cannot be cleansed.
A child of the Devil, or a mixed race species, or unclean animals cannot be made holy, pure or clean.
Something profane or defiled can be cleansed.
A sinner, or a stinky dirty person can be cleansed.
Pigs are the only animals in the Bible where demons can enter.
Beyond the lake, Yahshua heals the Gerasene demoniac.
Mark 5:1-20 Luke 8:26-39 And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes which is over against Galilee, and when He was come out of the ship, immediately there met Him a man possessed with devils, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, who had his dwelling among the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshiped Him,
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
And, behold, they (the demons) cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
For He said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
And He asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
And they besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the deep.
And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain : and they (the unclean spirits) besought Him that He would suffer them to enter into them. And He suffered them.
And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand) and were choked and perished in the waters.
And when they that fed the swine saw what was done, they fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
And they went out to see what it was that was done.
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him that was possessed with the devil, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind
Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought Him to depart out of their coasts from them; for they were taken with great fear: and He went up into the ship, and returned back again.
They kicked Christ out! They preferred the world – and their swine – to the Word of God. That is a very good portrait of most of our own race today. Most so-called Christians would never trade in their swine for any amount of the Truth.
After the Persian Empire came Alexander the Great. The mid section of the statue of the vision of Daniel.
1Maccabees 1:7 So Alexander reigned twelve years, and then died.
1:8 And his servants bare rule every one in his place.
Alexander's kingdom was divided among his four generals.
1:9 And after his death they all put crowns upon themselves; so did their sons after them many years: and evils were multiplied in the earth.
1:10 And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.
1:11 In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them we have had much sorrow.
After conquering Egypt, Antiochus came up to the land of Judah, Jerusalem, and took it as well.
1:41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people,
1:42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.
1:43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath.
1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Judah that they should follow the strange laws of the land,
1:45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days:
1:46 And pollute the sanctuary and holy people:
1:47 Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine's flesh, and unclean beasts:
1:48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and profanation:
1:49 To the end they might forget the law, and change all the ordinances.
1:50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die.
We can see that even up to a couple hundred years before Christ, the obedient remnant of the children of Israel still followed The Way and the food laws.
The Seleucid Empire was the Persian kingdom of the Macedonian dynasty of the Seleucids, whose rule began with the collapse of Alexanders Empire and faded away between Roman and Parthian growth of power in the 1st century BCE.
The Seleucid Empire began when Seleucos I, one of Alexander the Great's former favorite companions, was given the satrapy of Babylon in the second division of the empire in 321 BC.
Antiochus IV (175-164 BC), was the 8th ruler of the Seleucid empire. He gave himself the surname "Epiphanes" which means "the visible god" (that he and Jupiter were identical). He acted as though he really were Jupiter and the people called him "Epimanes" meaning "the madman". He was violently bitter against the Judaeans, and was determined to exterminate them and their religion. He devastated Jerusalem in 168 BC, defiled the Temple, offered a pig on its altar, erected an altar to Jupiter, prohibited Temple worship, forbade circumcision on pain of death, sold thousands of Judaean families into slavery, destroyed all copies of Scripture that could be found, and slaughtered everyone discovered in possession of such copies, and resorted to every conceivable torture to force Judaeans to renounce their religion. This led to the Maccabaean revolt, one of the most heroic feats in history. The Antiochus bust discovery is important in the study of Biblical archaeology, it reveals an image of the man who was mentioned in the Book of Daniel.
A Little History
Antiochus IV usurped the throne of his brother Seleucus IV who died. Antiochus was determined to hellenize Israel and make them a people who were worthy of bordering Egypt, he needed a loyal hellenized population there. The Judaeans were quickly becoming more Greek than any other time in history. A group of Judaeans came to Antiochus with a plan. They proposed that the high priest Onias III should be removed and his hellenized brother Jason should take his place. They should set up a Greek Constitution and coin Greek money.
The plan was followed and all the Judaeans were outraged. It was the first time since the Babylonian Captivity that a non-Israelite government had interfered with the priesthood (treating the sacred office as though it were nothing other than a governmental office). But the worst was yet to come. Now the hellenizers had full control of the government in Jerusalem and they began to build gymnasiums within the city and encouraged the young to spent all their time there. The young priests engaged in sports, Jerusalem was filled with Greek styles, Greek clothes, Greek names, Greek language and worst of all, Greek religion and Greek morals.
It must be noted that the Greeks were Adamites. Descendants of Javan son of Japheth, a son of Noah the tenth from Adam. These were Ionian Greeks. Some Greeks were Israelites, tribes of Dorian and Danaan Greeks of the house of Judah. And of course some Greeks were also mingled with Canaanites and Edomites. Antiochus Epiphanes was likely a Canaanite/Edomite as verse 1:10 refers to him as a 'wicked root' and he wanted to destroy Israelites.
The most radical hellenizers felt that things were not moving fast enough so they convinced Antiochus to remove Jason and replace him with Menelaus who was not even a member of the priestly family. Menelaus had no sympathy for the Israelite traditions whatsoever and was only concerned about his own power. The Temple treasury did not contain enough money to pay Antiochus what he had promised so he sold some of the holy vessels of the Temple to raise the money he needed. It was now the goal that The Way (Christianity of the OT) was to be destroyed. In the mind of Antiochus, to be un-hellenized was stiff-necked nonsense. If The Way (Christianity) stood in the way then The Way (Christianity) was to be destroyed, so he gave the orders.
The Syrian army marched into Jerusalem and many of the people were killed and others escaped to the hills. Only the known Hellenists were allowed to remain. Orders were given: NO Sabbath, NO Holy Days, and NO Circumcision. A Statue of Zeus/Antiochus was placed in the Temple above the altar. The most detestable animals (the pig) were brought and sacrificed on the altar.
1Maccabees 1:54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Judah on every side;
1:55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets.
1Maccabees 1:62 Howbeit many in Israel were fully resolved and confirmed in themselves not to eat any unclean thing.
1:63 Wherefore the rather to die, that they might not be defiled with meats, and that they might not profane the holy covenant: so then they died.
Death over bacon. How strong is your allegiance (faith)?
1Maccabees 2:1 In those days arose Mattathias the son of John, the son of Simeon, a priest of the sons of Joarib, from Jerusalem, and dwelt in Modin.
2:2 And he had five sons, Joannan, called Caddis:
2:3 Simon; called Thassi:
2:4 Judas, who was called Maccabeus:
2:5 Eleazar, called Avaran: and Jonathan, whose surname was Apphus.
2:6 And when he saw the blasphemies that were committed in Judah and Jerusalem,
2:7 He said, Woe is me! wherefore was I born to see this misery of my people, and of the holy city, and to dwell there, when it was delivered into the hand of the enemy, and the sanctuary into the hand of strangers?
2Maccabees 6:18 Eleazar, one of the principal scribes, an aged man, and of a well favoured countenance, was constrained to open his mouth, and to eat swine's flesh.
6:19 But he, choosing rather to die gloriously, than to live stained with such an abomination, spit it forth, and came of his own accord to the torment,
6:20 As it behoved them to come, that are resolute to stand out against such things, as are not lawful for love of life to be tasted.
The history of our ancestors plainly shows that pig and the other unclean animals are an abomination to eat. There is a reason why Yahweh made unclean animals and it is not for us to eat them. They eat garbage, blood, feces, and all unclean things. They are the garbage disposers of the earth. They are living dumps. Why would you eat a cooked dump?
2Maccabees 7:1 It came to pass also, that seven brethren with their mother were taken, and compelled by the king against the law to taste swine's flesh, and were tormented with scourges and whips.
7:2 But one of them that spake first said thus, What wouldest thou ask or learn of us? we are ready to die, rather than to transgress the laws of our fathers.
Why would Yahweh make laws about unclean animals in the OT, and let many obedient Israelites die because they chose to follow those laws, and then change His mind, and lift the ban on ham? Christ did not die so you could add bacon to your breakfast!
4Maccabees 5:1 The tyrant Antiochus, therefore, sitting in public state with his assessors upon a certain lofty place, with his armed troops standing in a circle around him, commanded his spearbearers to seize every one of the Hebrews, and to compel them to taste swine's flesh, and things offered to idols. 2,
5:3 And should any of them be unwilling to eat the accursed food, they were to be tortured on the wheel, and so killed.
5:4 And when many had been seized, a foremost man of the assembly, a Hebrew, by name Eleazar, a priest by family, by profession a lawyer, and advanced in years, and for this reason known to many of the king's followers, was brought near to him.
5:5 And Antiochus seeing him, said,
5:6 I would counsel thee, old man, before thy tortures begin, to tasted the swine's flesh, and save your life; for I feel respect for your age and hoary head, which since you have had so long, you appear to me to be no philosopher in retaining the superstition of the Judahites.
5:7 For wherefore, since nature has conferred upon you the most excellent flesh of this animal, do you loathe it?
How can you possibly despise bacon?!!
5:8 It seems senseless not to enjoy what is pleasant, yet not disgraceful; and from notions of sinfulness, to reject the boons of nature.
5:9 And you will be acting, I think, still more senselessly, if you follow vain conceits about the truth.
5:10 And you will, moreover, be despising me to your own punishment.
5:11 Will you not awake from your trifling philosophy? and give up the folly of your notions; and, regaining understanding worthy of your age, search into the truth of an expedient course?
5:12 and, reverencing my kindly admonition, have pity upon your own years?
5:13 For, bear in mind, that if there be any power which watches over this religion of yours, it will pardon you for all transgressions of the law which you commit through compulsion.
5:14 While the tyrant incited him in this manner to the unlawful eating of flesh, Eleazar begged permission to speak.
5:15 And having received power to speak, he began thus to deliver himself:
5:16 We, O Antiochus, who are persuaded that we live under a divine law, consider no compulsion to be so forcible as obedience to that law;
5:17 wherefore we consider that we ought not in any point to transgress the law.
5:18 And indeed, were our law (as you suppose) not truly divine, and if we wrongly think it divine, we should have no right even in that case to destroy our sense of religion.
5:19 think not eating the unclean, then, a trifling offense.
5:20 For transgression of the law, whether in small or great matters, is of equal moment;
5:21 for in either case the law is equally slighted.
5:22 But thou deridest our philosophy, as though we lived irrationally in it.
5:23 Yet it instructs us in temperance, so that we are superior to all pleasures and lusts; and it exercises us in manliness, so that we cheerfully undergo every grievance.
5:24 And it instructs us in justice, so that in all our dealings we render what is due; and it teaches us piety, so that we worship the one only God becomingly.
5:25 Wherefore it is that we eat not the unclean; for believing that the law was established by God, we are convinced that the Creator of the world, in giving His laws, sympathises with our nature.
5:26 Those things which are convenient to our souls, He has directed us to eat; but those (unclean things) which are repugnant to them (the soul), He has interdicted (forbid, prohibited).
5:27 But, tyrant-like, thou not only forcest us to break the law, but also to eat, that thou mayest ridicule us as we thus profanely eat:
Profane. Something profane can be cleansed, such as a person that eats unclean animals. But a true Christian following The Way does not use grace and mercy as a get out of jail free card. Unclean animals will always be unclean.
5:28 but thou shalt not have this cause of laughter against me;
5:29 nor will I transgress the sacred oaths of my forefathers to keep the law.
5:30 No, not if you pluck out my eyes, and consume my entrails.
5:31 I am not so old, and void of manliness, but that my rational powers are youthful in defence of my religion.
5:32 Now then; prepare your wheels, and kindle a fiercer flame.
5:33 I will not so compassionate my old age, as on my account to break the law of my country.
5:34 I will not belie thee, O law, my instructor! or forsake thee, O beloved self-control!
5:35 I will not put thee to shame, O philosopher Reason; or deny thee, O honoured priesthood, and science of the law.
5:36 Mouth! thou shalt not pollute my old age, nor the full stature of a perfect life.
5:37 My fathers shall receive me pure, not having quailed before your compulsion, though unto death.
This man has never eaten any unclean animal.
5:38 For over the ungodly thou shalt tyrannize; but thou shalt not lord it over my thoughts about religion, either by thine arguments, or through deeds.
The old man refuses to eat swine and is horribly beaten and tortured.
4Maccabees 6:12 Wherefore, partly in pity for his old age,
6:13 partly from the sympathy of acquaintance, and partly in admiration of his endurance, some of the attendants of the king said, Why do you unreasonably destroy yourself, O Eleazar, with these miseries?
6:15 We will bring you some meat cooked by yourself, and do you save yourself by pretending that you have eaten swine's flesh.
6:16 And Eleazar, as though the advice more painfully tortured him, cried out,
6:17 Let not us who are children of Abraham be so evil advised as by giving way to make use of an unbecoming pretence;
6:18 for it were irrational, if having lived up to old age in all truth, and having scrupulously guarded our character for it, we should now turn back,
6:19 and ourselves should become a pattern of impiety to the young, as being an example of pollution eating.
6:20 It would be disgraceful if we should live on some short time, and that scorned by all men for cowardice,
6:21 and be condemned by the tyrant for unmanliness, by not contending to the death for our divine law.
He was then burned to death.
How much more disgraceful are we today that eat pig and other unclean animals DAILY!
Daniel and the children of Israel were in Babylonian captivity.
Daniel 1:5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
1:6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
1:7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat (food), nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
The Babylonians ate everything, but even in captivity Daniel chose to obey Yahweh's food laws, and that most definitely excluded pork!
1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
1:10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my master the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking (looking) than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
He was worried Daniel would be malnourished.
1:11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse (veggies) to eat, and water to drink.
1:13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
1:14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
1:15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
1:16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse (veggies).
1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
With fasting, eating clean, and obedience comes knowledge and understanding.
Our bodies are a temple and Yahweh wants a clean place to abide.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Even Christ talked bad about swine. He never opened the door for you to eat it!
Nowhere in the Scripture are we told to share the Truth with swine, dogs, or beasts – and those who do are doing us a great disservice. From the Wisdom of Sirach, 12:5: “Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for else thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.” Our history and heritage is not for those outside our race.
Here is a little info about the yummy PIG.
Trichinosis is a disease caused by parasitic roundworms (nematodes) that can infect and damage body tissues. Nematodes are a major division of the helminth family of parasitic worms (for example, Trichinella spiralis). When ingested, these parasitic worms can pass through the intestinal tract to invade other tissues, such as muscle, where they persist.
“The Other White Meat”
One of the most popular animals bred for food is the pig. This pug-nosed “treat” is served in backyards as pork chops, at breakfast tables as bacon, or in delicacies at five-star restaurants. Powerful organizations and political lobbyists push its consumption in the media and other places. The result is that swine constitutes a large portion of the North American menu.
But is it as safe and healthy as most believe?
Much insight into the pig can be ascertained by how they are raised and what they eat. Many have heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” What a pig will eat is shocking!
A pig’s digestive system—unlike a cow’s—is not designed to filter toxins from its system. These toxins work their way through the pig and are deposited in the animal’s flesh—especially in its fat. The pig itself is actually able to sustain very high levels of toxins. As such, it can eat just about anything. In an effort to keep feed costs down, pig farmers will purchase garbage, such as rotting meat and vegetables, to feed them—and the pigs can be sustained with it. There is nothing in the animal’s digestive system, or the processing of the meat, that removes these toxins.
The time it takes for these things to be assimilated is more interesting. For most animals, this is a much slower process, taking perhaps 12 to 24 hours. This gives an animal’s digestive system time to filter toxins, poisons and deadly parasites from entering the bloodstream and being deposited in its flesh. Also, because many foods can build muscle, greater time is required for that muscle to form.
The same is not true for a pig. Much of what it eats can be assimilated much more quickly. Not only does this mean that toxins are not filtered, but also most of the flesh takes the form of fat!
Even in humans, body fat is where most toxins are stored. Typically, when the body does not know how to deal with a substance, it surrounds it with fat and stores it to keep the rest of the body safe. The same is true in pigs. While they have other methods of dumping extremely deadly toxins from their systems, the highest concentration is in the fat tissue.
In addition, a March 1950 Reader’s Digest article stated that pork contains “myriads of baffling and sinister parasites.”
Dr. Maurice C. Hall, a zoology chief at the United States Bureau of Animal Industry, stated in the same article, “It appears to be a legitimate demand that, when a man exchanges dollars for pork, he should not do it, on the basis that he may be purchasing his death warrant.”
While some claim that this has changed as a result of increased scientific understanding of pathogens, the fact remains that pigs were never meant to be eaten.
Cleaners—Not Clean Meat
Pigs are designed as natural vacuum cleaners. They will eat just about anything—garbage, carcasses or even their own urine and feces. Most of this consumption causes no harm to pigs. They were designed to do such things. They are so efficient at this task that when land is cleared for a golf course, pigs are often let loose to eat all the poisonous snakes—with no harm to the pigs.
Every animal has its purpose. Scavengers, such as pigs, are designed to clean—not to be eaten!
Some of the “cleaning” features of the pig are remarkable. One is located under its hooves. Often referred to as poison ducts or running sores, these “sores” act as a conduit for poisons to ooze from the pig’s body. This is one reason pigs can eat poisonous snakes that would kill other creatures and not be affected themselves. These ducts, however, will often become “plugged” from the amount of toxins pigs must excrete from their bodies. If this is the case, a farmer must quickly slaughter the pig and send it to market before it dies. Accordingly, the meat from such an animal is riddled with parasites and toxins.
The toxicity of the pig is not just limited to its meat and organs. Even its saliva can be horribly infectious. In fact, one disease, called “mad itch,” will cause a cow to rub all the skin from its mouth—to the point of killing itself. All that is required for cows to contract this disease is to come in contact with the residue of a pig’s saliva on shared food supplies!
Other Toxic Creatures
Although the focus of this article has been on the most popular of unclean meats, there are many reasons why certain birds, seafood and other creatures are also unhealthy. One example is that of clams and oysters. Typically, these shellfish are eaten raw. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Arizona on “oysters from so-called certified-safe beds discovered that 9 percent were contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.” The study’s author also told ABC Newsthat “E. coli [was found] in 100 percent of Gulf Coast locations, and in high amounts.”
In addition, such bottom-feeding creatures are typically saturated with heavy metals, such as mercury.
Another example is armadillos. Not only are these creatures unclean to eat, but studies also show they may even be dangerous to handle, as they may serve as reservoirs for leprosy.
One final study also bears some investigation. Though it was conducted many decades ago, a modern “update” of this study, with a more exact toxicology analysis, would show similar results.
A 1953 study published in the “Bulletin of the History of Medicine,” and written by Dr. David Macht, M.D., tested a variety of biblically clean and unclean animals for levels of toxicity. His findings confirmed everything covered so far. Every animal that the Bible declared as clean was found to be non-toxic. Conversely, each animal declared as unclean was found to be toxic and inedible based on these tests. Keep in mind that this study took place in a much less toxic society, so the same animals would be much more toxic today!
Time and again, study of these scavengers show that they are well-designed to clean, but they are not clean to eat. Just as you would not go into a sewage plant for dinner, you should not eat these natural sewage processors!
It takes little investigation to learn why the Bible teaches what it has for thousands of years. God declares certain animals unclean and they are designated as such for a reason.
The Bible itself has never wavered on these teachings. If you look at the first book of the Bible—Genesis—you will find that Noah was instructed to take seven pairs of clean animals and one pair of unclean. Even then, God wanted man to eat what was created to be food and not eat things that would poison him.
This is particularly important in the context of the account of the Flood found in the Old Testament. God was cleansing the world to start anew. He could have easily allowed for anything to be eaten if that was His choice. But He inspired this grouping of animals and the recording of it in Genesis 7:2 as a lesson for mankind today.
If God cleansed everything, then why would he need to come back?
ALL THE ANIMALS WE CAN AND CANNOT EAT
Yahweh has stated in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that cud-chewing animals with split hooves can be eaten.
Leviticus 11:3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
Deuteronomy 14:6 And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat.
These specifically include the cattle, sheep, goat, deer and gazelle families.
Deuteronomy 14:4 These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,
14:5 The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois.
Elk, giraffe and Moose are also considered clean.
Yahweh lists such animals as camels, rabbits and pigs as being unclean, or unfit to eat.
Leviticus 11:4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
11:5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
11:6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
11:8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
Swine is unclean. The Boar, Peccary, Pig (hog, bacon, ham, lard, pork, pork sausage and pepperoni).
Coyote, Dog, Fox, Hyena, Jackal, Wolf, Cat, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Panther, Tiger, Donkey, Horse, Mule, Onager, Zebra.
Other unclean animals include the Armadillo, Badger, Bat, Bear, Beaver, Camel, Elephant, Gorilla Groundhog, Hippopotamus, Kangaroo, Llama (alpaca, vicuña), Mole, Monkey, Mouse, Muskrat, Opossum, Porcupine, Rabbit (hare), Raccoon, Rat, Rhinoceros, Skunk, Slug, Snail (escargot), Squirrel, Wallaby, Weasel, Wolverine, Worm, All insects except some in the locust family.
Yahweh also lists such “creeping things” as moles, mice and lizards as unfit to eat.
Leviticus 11:29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind,
11:30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.
11:31 These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even.
This includes the Alligator, Blindworm, Caiman, Crocodile, Frog, Newt, Salamander, Snake, Toad and Turtle. Unclean.
This also goes for four-footed animals with paws (cats, dogs, bears, lions, tigers, etc.) as unclean to eat.
Leviticus 11:27 And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.
Salt and freshwater fish with fins and scales may be eaten.
Leviticus 11:9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
These also include Anchovy, Barracuda, Bass, Black pomfret (or monchong), Bluefish, Bluegill, Carp, Cod, Crappie, Drum, Flounder, Grouper, Grunt, Haddock, Hake, Halibut, Hardhead, Herring (or alewife), Kingfish, Mackerel (or corbia), Mahimahi (or dorado, dolphinfish [not to be confused with the mammal dolphin]), Minnow, Mullet, Perch (or bream), Pike (or pickerel or jack), Pollack (or pollock or Boston bluefish), Rockfish, Salmon, Sardine (or pilchard), Shad, Silver hake (or whiting), Smelt (or frost fish or ice fish), Snapper (or ebu, jobfish, lehi, onaga, opakapaka or uku), Sole, Steelhead, Sucker, Sunfish, Tarpon, Trout (or weakfish), Tuna (or ahi, aku, albacore, bonito, or tombo), Turbot (except European turbot), Whitefish. All clean.
11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11:11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
11:12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
Water creatures without those characteristics (catfish, lobsters, crabs, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters, squid, octopus, etc.) should not be eaten.
Other Marine Animals without fins and scales include Bullhead, Catfish, Eel, European Turbot, Marlin, Paddlefish, Shark, Stickleback, Squid, Sturgeon (includes most caviar), Swordfish. Unclean.
Other unclean water animals and mammals that are unclean include Cuttlefish, Jellyfish, Limpet, Octopus, Squid (calamari)
Dolphin, Otter, Porpoise, Seal, Walrus, Whale. All unclean.
Yahweh lists birds and other flying creatures that are unclean for consumption. These are carrion eaters and birds of prey as unclean.
Leviticus 11:13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
11:14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;
11:15 Every raven after his kind;
11:16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,
11:17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,
11:18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,
11:19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
These also include the Albatross, Bittern, Buzzard, Condor, Coot, Crane, Crow, Cuckoo, Flamingo Grebe, Grosbeak, Gull, Kite, Loon, Magpie, Ostrich, Parrot, Penguin, Plover, Rail, Roadrunner, Sandpiper, Seagull, Swallow, Swift, Water hen, Woodpecker. All unclean.
Birds such as Chickens, Turkeys and Pheasants are not on the unclean list and therefore can be eaten. These also include the Dove, Goose, Grouse, Guinea fowl, Partridge, Peafowl, Pigeon, Prairie chicken, Ptarmigan, Quail, Sagehen, Sparrow and other songbirds and Teal. All clean.
Insects, with the exception of locusts, crickets and grasshoppers, are listed as unclean.
Leviticus 11:20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.
11:21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;
11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.
11:23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.
Yahweh has reasons for not eating unclean animals.
Animals such as pigs, bears, vultures and raptors can eat (and thrive) on decaying flesh. Predatory animals such as wolves, lions, leopards and cheetahs most often prey on the weakest (and at times the diseased) in animal herds.
Sea creatures that are bottom dwellers such as lobsters and crabs scavenge for dead animals on the sea floor. Shellfish such as oysters, clams and mussels similarly consume decaying organic matter that sinks to the sea floor, including sewage.
A common denominator of many of the animals God designates as unclean is that they routinely eat flesh that would sicken or kill human beings. When we eat such animals we partake in a food chain that includes things harmful to people.
Another great study article to read:
CLEAN AND UNCLEAN FOOD.
By Arnold Kennedy