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Thursday, September 25, 2008

What's for Supper?

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If you love The Lord, you probably have a yearning to please God. That is important! So, when our family began to study all of the Scriptures we noticed something that simply never dawned on us before. God gives us His instruction for "living" because He loves us and He wants to protect us. He wants to give us health and life and keep us from sickness and death.

Proverbs 14:12 tells us:
There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
Think about that and consider that God tells us He never changes. The concept of change is something for you and I. We have to change our ways to return to "the faith which was once delivered".

The Bible teaches us some very simple guidelines about what we are to eat as healthy food what is good for us. The Bible also tells us what is bad for us. God gives us His instruction on eating because He wants us to be healthy. Imagine that!!

It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Some things are good for our health and some are not. It's that simple. In fact, God never defines those things that are bad or unhealthy for us -- as food. In the Bible, food is something good, something healthy, it's not just anything you can eat. That is where the confusion starts.... we call about anything that we can stick in our mouth food, but the Bible does not. What we eat is either good for us or it is not.

Some believe the Biblical food laws of good and bad, healthy and not are irrelevant thinking Yeshua has fulfilled the law, but what law? Fulfilling the law of sin and death does not mean we now eat what God says is unclean for us. Eating what He calls an abomination forbidden opens the door to the law of sin and death.

Yeshua has upheld the Torah, that is why He's known by Christians to be sinless and Believers have the responsibility and accountability to walk in that truth.

Before we understood God's word does not change, as a family we simply did not understand this basic tenet of faith. We thought that what ever "tasted" good was A-OK even if it took a lot of butter or BBQ sauce. But we discovered that amazingly, eating healthy is a simple key to the beginning of God's instruction!


Today, modern science proves God's teaching on good food and good health health, but don't take my word for it, do your own research and keep this in mind as your re-check your Bible: "healthy" = clean/good and "unhealthy" = unclean/bad in Bible terms. It's that simple.



Think about this: in the beginning, Adam and Eve fell into sin and were kicked out of the Garden of Eden because they did not heed God's one instruction and command concerning the food they were not to eat.

The result was very serious. It changed the world. It brought death to the planet.

From my Scripture studies, I now know that God has given us the freedom of choice between following His teaching and instruction or not. Doing the things He says are "Holy" makes us a 'set apart' people. The Hebrew word meaning "set apart" is "holy", and set apart is what God said we should be. Eating healthy sets us apart and I believe our Creator wants us to follow His Word, His Instruction for a reason! The instructions that God has given us is for our health benefit and blessing, it is for life. Since God is not a man, we can know that he has given us unchanging instruction throughout His Word. Numbers 23:19 teaches us that and Malachi 3:6 confirms it.

In reading The Lord's teaching on food which Moses recorded twice in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, we can see how simple His instruction is.

Our Creator's basic training on food is really very easy, just don't eat scavengers or predators! That's the simple message. That is the basic instruction from the maker of our bodies. And the Apostle Paul tells us something very important about the body of a Believer:
Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1Corinthians 6:19-20
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We are not to eat any sea or lake creatures without fins and scales. Why? Its simple, our Creator made any water borne fish or creature without fins and scales as a scavenger or predator. Oh by the way, fish should be cooked too. Uncooked fish can carry parasitic worms which will bury into the stomach when raw or sushi if you want to call it that is eaten causing an illness known as anisakiasis and in severe cases the parasites can trigger respiratory failure and lead to death.

God's 4,000 year old recorded dietary instructions are clear and simple. The yoke of Torah is not heavy, its light - do not eat fish without both scales and fins. That eliminates a number of seemingly tasty foods including shellfish, shrimp, catfish, lobster, mussels, eel, shark, sturgeon, and swordfish, just to name a few. But our Creator gives us His teaching and instruction to protect us.

As their maker, God knows everything about His design and purpose of every fish. This is something that has taken modern day marine biologists and scientists thousands of years to discover. Fish with scales AND fins are equipped with a digestive system that prevents the absorption of poisons and toxins into their flesh from the very waters they live and swim in.

Like a pig, carnivorous fish have very short digestive tracts when compared to herbivorous fish. For example, scavengers like catfish have fins, but do not have scales. Shark do not have scales and they are predators. Scavengers are primarily "bottom feeders" like vultures and they and have digestive systems designed to clean the environment by absorbing toxins into their bodies from the water. Clams, oysters, lobster, shrimp, crabs, mussels and squid do not have scales or fins and they are known by any seafood lover to be potentially toxic. They are designed to naturally absorb toxins from water. Interestingly, lobster and crabs are crustaceans and they are actually a part of the arthropod family of creatures, on land the arthropod family includes caterpillars, cockroaches, and spiders.

Have you ever thought to try to sauce on a roach?

Likewise, unless you just want to put your health at significant risk of disease, we are also instructed to not to eat certain birds like eagles (predators) and vultures (scavengers) nor animals with toes (claws), these include rabbits, bears, cats, dogs, rats armadillos, raccoons, squirrels etc...

Again, it is really simple, we are not to eat animals that have split hooves but that do not chew their cud. These of course include oink, oink a pig (they are both scavengers and predators). Pigs will eat anything including dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, garbage, and while in captivity pigs will eat their own young when stressed. Pigs do not have sweat glands so they are not able to dispose of toxins through the skin. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. So, since a pig does not sweat, toxins remain within its body. Pigs also harbor parasites and diseases as well as large concentrations of parasitic worms within their digestive tract.

Like all scavengers pigs have a simple stomach and digestive system, rather than the more complex, ruminant stomach found in split hoofed, cud chewing animals. Swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them poisons.

God defined the four legged animals by the two characteristics of how they walk and eat. Just as our Creator spoke these animals into existence, He also spoke to Moses and He distinguished the “clean” four footed animals that walk His earth with two distinct physical characteristics of locomotion and digestion. Hoofs and cuds – it’s as simple as hooves and cuds. I think this is humor of our Creator... after all part of our walk with Him is how we eat.

God wants us to eat the way He designed us to, not the way we want to. Adam and Eve proved that!

We are not to eat undercooked meat (blood), ask any doctor - undercooked red meat causes cancer, period. End of story! Our Creator also instructs us as out protecting Father. When our Creator tells us to not eat certain insects like spiders, flies, worms, scorpions, and other similar "creeping" insects that serve as the scavengers and predators of the bug world. These creepy crawlers are not at all like the grasshopper, cricket or locust which are actually the herbivores of the insect world.

Just consider them the cattle and sheep of the insect world.

It is easy for everyone to agree that "road-kill" is not a delicacy, and that the idea of eating a rat, bat or cat is repulsive.

Today, modern medicine has been able to uncover God's wisdom within His instruction: that consuming scavengers and predators, or under-cooked meat can infect people with exotic contaminants and highly infectious pathogens, carcinogens, bacteria, viruses, toxins and parasites that cause food-borne illness, organ cancers and heart disease. From our middle school biology classes we all know that illness and disease weakens our nervous and immune systems and over time will most certainly shorten our lifespan. While some of us may love eating catfish, lobster, shrimp, sushi or rarely cooked meats we are not to do it because these foods present health risks.

Our family used to indulge in shrimp, catfish, baby back ribs and snack on ham sandwiches before we realized God does not change His mind, His word stands forever.
"God's Word is absolute, He keeps His Word through eternity. For I [am] the LORD, I change not..." Malachi 3:6
We now understand plainly that God gives us His His diet instructions because He loves us. He wants to give us life that is precious, long and fulfilling, not the opportunity to become sick and diseased. His concern over the food we eat is really simple, He made the "clean" creatures for us to eat and the "unclean" to serve as nature's own disposal and garbage service.

Fatty foods are bad for you, just ask any dietitian and they will tell you to stay away lobster, shrimp and crab.

Check this out and you will see the common denominator in the prominent bacteria that are responsible for food-borne illnesses and His dietary instruction?

These include:
Campylobacter jejuni - found in intestines of animals, shellfish and birds.
Clostridium botulinum - found in intestinal tracts of animals and fish.
Clostridium perfringens - found in intestinal tracts of animals.
Escherichia coli O157:H7 - found in the intestinal tracts of some mammals, one of several strains of E. coli found in rare meat.
Listeria monocytogenes - found in the intestinal tracts of animals.
Salmonella - found in the intestines of animals and seafood.
Streptococcus A - found in lobster.
There are over 1,600 stains of Salmonella, people must burn their bacon for a very good reason!

While many may like the taste of lobster, crab or clams; medical science has found toxins and often elements like mercury in these shellfish that over time build-up in the human body. These possible exposures to these unknown dangers were advised against by The Creator and they are now proven now in our lifetime by medical science. Many say that pork, the swine that is raised for the sole purpose of going to a slaughterhouse, is 'OK' for food. But God, who created that animal to scavenge, says in His wisdom that pork, the other white meat, is not good for food.

Animals that are designed by God to be scavengers or predators are not designed to be food for us. One fact given by medical science today is that pork is closer to human flesh than any other animal. Why?

The pig's digestive time frame is very short at only four hours. This allows all impurities that the pig consumes to pass directly into the fatty tissues and meat of the animal. So, with that said, why in the world would we want to eat them?

The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. Worldwide, an estimated 10,000 cases of trichinellosis occur every year. Several different species of Trichinella can cause human disease; the most common species is Trichinella spiralis, which has a global distribution and is the species most commonly found in pigs. According to the CDC "Pigs, feral hogs, cougars and black bears can all harbor Trichinella infection."

Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.

In the U.S., the USDA and the Center for Food Security and Public Health is worried about the influenza virus in pigs. I wonder why?

We have all heard the old saying, "you are that which you eat". Then why should we eat anything that God instructs against? This is really simple, don't eat pig!

So What is it About Peter's Vision???

Many Christians have been taught by wolves in sheep's clothing to interpret the apostle Peter's vision as described in Acts 10 to justify eating just about anything including an Easter ham. For hundreds of years, many Christians may have not read all of the message given in the book of Acts. Instead, most sermons have excerpted verse bytes from the teaching. Sp, perhaps we have been innocent to a degree, because once the Bible was divided, chopped and cut up into numbered verses around the year 1200 AD as people began to read and study His word in small bits and pieces. This is dangerous, and when this is done mistaken assumptions and teachings are given.

For example, by doing this, many have added to Scripture and misunderstood Peter's vision as doing away with God's healthy dietary instruction, but if you read and study all of Acts 10, you too will see it is not about doing away with anything other than prejudice against other people. The book of Acts is a "whole" book with a complete message. It is not to read in slices, but rather whole portions. Peter's dream was a vision from God to "show" Peter know that he was not to continue holding on to an old tradition of prejudice and discrimination against Gentiles, specifically those that followed in the ways of God just like the "Ger" the sojourners and strangers that left Egypt with the 12 tribes during the great exodus from Pharaoh's slavery.

God was using this vision to teach Peter (Kepha) the spirit of the Torah words of Moses and the prophetic words of Zechariah:
"Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 23:9

"One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you." Exodus 12:49

"And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee." Zechariah 2:11
Peter's assignment was to enter the home of a Gentile named Cornelius, a Roman Centurion to bring his family and friends the Good News of the Kingdom.

The Jewish disciples were not to think of Gentiles as "unclean". The vision's message was simple, all people are created in the image of God. We are not to consider others made in His image as unclean or unfit for a close relationship with each other or the God of Israel.

Peter already knew that Yeshua did not come to establish a new religion or to do away with God's teaching and instruction. Messiah came to fulfill the word of God... the fill it with meaning. The disciples were all Jewish, they never went through a conversion per se, they "received and accepted" Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, one with the Father YHVH and they witnessed him in resurrection, but they Peter was a leader and he needed further correction.

The men of Judah never expected the humble life and death, that is why He asked them: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8:29)

More than that, they never expected His promise of resurrection from death. The glorious resurrection and ascension was hard. Everyone thought that the Messiah would be King and restore the Tabernacle of David, the Kingdom of all Israel, united again as it had been under David (see Acts 1:6-9).

Peter was adamant in his perception of the Kingship duty of Messiah because He did not yet understand His role as a humble prophet. So much so, that when Yeshua told him that He would be killed, Peter rebuked Yeshua in front of the other disciples right after Jesus declared that He was the Messiah of God:
"Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah." Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him." Mark 8:27-32 NIV
Peter did not yet understand that Yeshua would die as the humble Messiah ben Joseph and return as Messiah ben David. And there was a big problem. Other than Judah, Benjamin and Levi, the ten northern tribes had been taken and scattered abroad among the Gentiles (gowry) nations by the Assyrians some 750 years earlier. Scattered so much that they had become the Gentiles. It was the mission of the disciples to go to all mankind after Yeshua ascended. Yeshua came to bring salvation the the Jew first as shown in Romans 1:16 but the mission to all the world and all the nations is the assignment to today's disciples, and that includes you and me:
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14 NIV
It's the same instruction given in the end to the disciples:
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 NIV
Peter was a Jewish disciple stuck in ancient oral traditions that added to Torah. He believed that "the Gentiles" were unclean and unworthy of Messiah, unworthy of salvation and certainly unworthy of a relationship with righteous Jewish people that walked in the Torah principles of Messiah.

That is why the voice of God had to show a radical change in Peter's "identity" of God's family was required. God had to erase Peter's "reverse" anti-semitism that was embedded in the oral traditions [our law] of Judaism, not in the Torah that teaches man is made in the image of God. The opposite of anti-Semitism isn’t a human position, but a divine perception. God’s loving adoption of all people as His children into the family of God He calls Israel as his own people.

There's nothing in the Torah that declares for one that wants to follow God that anyone impure or unclean. In the Exodus account, everyone that followed the Shekinah glory in the wilderness became a part of the family of the God of Israel. That included the descendants of Joseph's boys by an Egyptian mother whose father was a priest of On. It also included the Egyptians to went with them and all the other strangers from the nations that chose to follow.

Simon Peter was shown in the Acts 10 vision that God will not reject people from the Gentile nations. Peter had to be shown that he must accept all nations as believers and full members of the family in the Kingdom of God.

The purpose of the vision is declared fully in Acts 10. You simply have to read it all: "He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against [our (oral) law] for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean." Acts 10:28

As Peter explained to Cornelius the Roman Centurion, "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right." Acts 10:34-35 NIV

The Greek word the NIV translates here as "favoritism" is prosōpolēmptēs, it means discrimination as in Title VII discrimination, the law that emulates the Torah right here in the good 'ol USA.

Peter is declaring the revelation that God does discriminate but accepts from every nation who fears him and does what is right. This is the same "one new man" message Paul likely gained from Peter. He called the Jewish oral tradition o discrimination the enmity and the law with its commands and regulations. He delivered the Acts 10 message to the Ephesians:
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (which is done in the body by human hands) -- remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:10-22 NIV


Incredibly, Acts 10:35 is rarely, if ever taught
from the preacher's pulpit.



Perhaps that is because the typical seminary student was not taught the "oral traditions" of the fathers of Judaism that often add to the spirit of the Torah. Instead, they have been taught to take away from the Torah saying it was done away with at the cross. But Scripture says this:
"Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 12:28 NIV

"See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it." Deuteronomy 12:32 NIV
Peter is teaching that the Torah is not done away with. Peter never went to seminary, he tells Cornelius plainly that God accepts all people who fear him and do what is right. Ouch!!

Peter then goes on, not to define a new church, but instead he points back to Mount Sinai and the message God sent to the people of Israel and the sojourners with them through Moses:
"You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." Acts 10:36

"God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:40-43
Hold on to your religious hats because the Book of Acts never teaches us to do away with the Torah to create a religion called Christianity and it never teaches we are not to follow God's principles for living by His holiness code. Peter's vision teaches the "Golden Rule" of Torah:


"Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Torah and the Prophets". Matthew 7:12


As shown in the study Messiah's Bible, Yeshua ultimately taught this:
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
The disciple Peter had finally learned the greatest command and his believing kinsmen and the other disciples continued to attend synagogue each Sabbath. They continued to eat good food ['oklah] for eating, they continued in Sabbath rest and they celebrated the appointed festivals of YHVH. After all, it was Jesus that shouted at the closing Sukkot (Tabernacles) water pouring ceremony that He was the water of life.

The disciples fulfilled the words of Isaiah:
"You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”" Isaiah 40:9
It was the Gentiles that did not fear God. That was the greatest problem, they ignored the first commandment. They worshipped false idols. They lived in perversion and sexual sin. Acts 17:16 tells us when Paul went to Athens: "his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry."

The Gentiles like Epenetus are the ones that need to convert to Messiah and receive the word of God from the Torah, leave idolatry and sin... accept the way of Messiah. The Jewish people need to receive Him and give up the oral tradition of enmity and discrimination. That's not my word, it's the message from John to the Jewish people:
"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God -- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:10-14 NIV
For thousands of years, the Ten Commandments have been known by all Jewish people as the "Ten Words". They are the words of God that were heard by everyone at the foot of Mount Sinai. With lightning flashes, shaking and the roar of thunder they start like this:
"You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth." Exodus 20:3-4
Repentance was symbolized in the ancient mikveh washing, the water baptism that includes wearing your clothes. This too appears at the Mt. Sinai account as shown in Exodus 19:10-11
"And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people."
Peter taught this to his kinsmen, the "circumcised", the Torah observant Jewish believers that went with him and entered Cornelius' home in opposition to [our law] the oral traditions:
"Then Peter began to speak:

"I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. ... "Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."

So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days...

The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God." Acts 10:28 NIV, Acts 10:34-35 NIV, Acts 47-48 NIV, Acts 11:1 NIV
Believing Gentiles are not assigned a mission to "convert" Jews to a Sunday service teaching that Torah was hung on the cross. The assignment is to show the Jewish people they need to receive Yeshua as their Jewish Messiah.


What we do is important to God. What we eat for food is important too, because in the end, He is all about life.

Our Creator made us to live for Him. To do that for long, He wants us to be healthy - so He gave us His teaching and instruction to protect us.

When any man or creature on earth, whether on land or at sea dies, they will soon have a visit by God's clean up crew. Everyone knows that when any creature dies on land, it is consumed first by vultures, buzzards, wild dogs, and then maggots and worms. Right?

So look it up for yourself, pigs are "omnivores", which means that they consume both plants and animals... yes that's right animals, dead animals in fact. Why? They are scavengers!

Other omnivores include: rodents, mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, raccoons and the wily, sly fox. Oh yeah... barbecue rodent, sounds yummy! No?

When a creature dies at sea, it is consumed by shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, barnacles and other consumers of rotting, dead flesh. These "sea maggots" eat the dead that once lived in the sea. In lakes and streams we have other wonderful scavengers such as catfish and crayfish. Cajun shrimp and crayfish anyone?

Most people know that these creatures are known as crustaceans. But many people do not know that the scientific study of crustaceans is known as carcinology. Just the sound of the word "carcinology" is too close to the word "carcinogen" for me and for you!

According to Dr. Tessler, a well known doctor who wrote in the book The Genesis Diet: "Pigs are known to carry up to two hundred diseases and eighteen different parasites and worms, including the deadly worm called trichinella spiralis. This worm is commonly called trichinosis and there is no known cure for these spiral worms. The trichinae worms are so small and transparent that only trained inspectors using high-powered microscopes can detect their existence. Trichinosis can cripple or even kill anyone that eats as little as a forkful of contaminated food! Trichinosis can mimic other diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism, or typhoid fever.

Pigs have more incidences of arthritis than any other known animals in the world. Arthritis can make its way into your body from a virus or a parasite that is transmitted by pigs to humans as a direct result of eating the flesh and blood of the hog. Perhaps many other diseases are misdiagnosed and their root cause is roundworm, gullet worms, hookworms, thorn-headed worms, trichina worms, stomach worms, nodular worms, tapeworms, as well as many other parasites found in the flesh of the unclean swine. A person may be committing slow suicide when they eat bacon, ham, sausage, or pork chops."

The American Cancer Society considers the pig and pork products like bacon, salami and hot dogs to be the number one cancer-producing agent in the world today other than smoking. The body tries to fight the trichinosis worm by forming tumors around them. Incredibly and sadly a whole industry has been built around eating Biblically unauthorized, "unclean" food.

Eating properly from a healthy, Biblically God based diet (physical and spiritual) can keep unhealthy things from our body, bringing life and vitality back, clearing the mind, memory, muscles, bones and organs and ridding us of life-threatening diseases (Deuteronomy 28). To do this, we need to keep our hearts and minds healthy and stay away from unclean foods because we become what we eat.

The amazing thing is that in Israel laws governing the pork industry date back 50 years, when the Knesset passed a law banning the production of pork. The democratic law permits raising hogs only in majority Christian Arab regions in the North as a concession to Israel’s "Christian" minority. As a result, today's Christian towns have become hog country.

Now, go back to Paul's words in 1Corinthians 6:19 and think about the spiritual reality that your body is the Temple, the Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit. Would the God of your Bible ever allow a bacon wrapped shrimp sacrifice? No, it would defile the altar and render it useless in worship and offering.

Think about that!

In the same way, would God want you to eat the worms and maggots embedded in the flesh of of a pig? No way!

God's definition of "food" in the Bible is meat that is good for you. That is what clean means in Scripture... good. God is the God of life and that is why He says - NO to animals that are unclean! These are not intended as foods for is people. They do not meet His definition.

You are what you eat. Would God want you to eat shrimp made of rotting flesh? Nope! Believe it or not, shrimp, crab, lobster, shark and other sea scavengers are the maggots of the sea and catfish, crayfish and snails are the bottom feeders of our fresh water lakes and streams. They are no delicacy, it's no wonder they smell bad and are cooked with lots of butter, lemon and seasoning to disguise.

The names of "unclean" fish can be confusing, other than catfish and bass here are some names of the most common bottom feeders, the flatfish from the sea that God does not want you to chew: halibut, turbot, flounder, plaice, sole, sand dab, eel, cod, haddock, bass, grouper, carp, hagfish, bream and snapper. There are some 400 species of flatfish, they are called demersal fish by biologists. Demersal fish are bottom feeders and really nasty. Get this: hagfish coat themselves with the remains of any dead fish they find creating a noxious slime making them inedible to other fish species.

Clean fish are called pelagic fish, most of them swim in schools. The live and feed away from the bottom in the open water. Interestingly, we all know that fish oil is what is good for us. Demersal fish fillets contain almost no fish oil, but pelagic fish have up to 30 percent of their body weight in fish oil.

Don't worry God makes it easy. He is the architect of creation. His design is really simple. God tells us you need both fins and scales to qualify as food. Bottom fish, like shark don't have scales on their sides because they are part of God's marine waste disposal system. Have you ever touched a catfish? It feels like slime.

Why would you ever add the contents of a vacuum cleaner to your soup and feed catfish and shrimp to your cat? No, it would make them sick. So, why eat a predator that was designed to clean up the sea? Perhaps now, you understand why some creatures are an abomination to life... they are not bad, they have a purpose, it just that they just have a nasty job to do, and thankfully so.

Predatory animals in each link in the food chain can have between two and seven times the mercury of their prey in the previous food chain link. Mercury levels in these top predators can be more than a million-fold higher than in the little creatures at the bottom of the same food chain.

Now you know what I know, let's get back to see just how the apostle Peter described his vision...
Acts 10:34-44 Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which [God] sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, [I say], ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, [even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God [to be] the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
So, it wasn't about food after all, was it?
Leviticus 11:1-23 And The Lord [YHVH] spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, These are the animals which you shall eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever has a divided hoof, which is clovenfooted, and also chews the cud, among the animals, that you shall eat. Nevertheless these you shall not eat of those that chew the cud, or of those that have a divided hoof, such as the camel, because it chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof So, it is unclean unto you. And the rabbit, because it chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof, it is unclean to you. And the hare (kangaroo), because it chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof, it is unclean to you. And the swine (hog, pig, pork), though it has a divided hoof, and be cloven footed, yet it does not chew the cud; it is unclean to you. Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcass you shall not touch; they are unclean to you. These you shall eat of all that are in the waters, whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, those you shall eat. And all that do not have 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 to you. They shall be even an abomination to you. You shall not eat of their flesh, but you shall have their carcasses in abomination. Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination to you. And these are those which you shall have in abomination among the fowls (birds), they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, and the vulture, and the kite after his kind; every raven after his kind, and the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind, and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, and the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. All insects that creep, going upon all fours, shall be an abomination unto you. Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that goes upon all fours, which have legs above their feet, to leap with on the earth, 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. But all other flying insects, which have four feet, shall be an abomination to you.
It's time to give up the lie... no more fish bait, no more ham or other road kill.
Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit.

Leviticus 20:25-26 You shall therefore make a difference between clean animals and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and you shall not make your souls abominable by animal, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that moves on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. And you shall be holy unto me. for I, The Lord [YHVH], am holy, and have separated you from other people, that you should be mine.
Even the popular TV show Animal Planet gets it. An unclean menu as defined by God = deadly parasites... period. Check our this special from Robert Lamb's How Stuff Works. Then watch these Animal Planet Monster Inside Me videos on the subject.(Blog update September 7, 2009.)

So in Acts 10, we read that Peter saw a vision on the rooftop where he was told to arise and eat unclean animals. Peter knew the Maker's dietary instruction from Scripture hadn't been abolished, so at first he was quite confused about the vision and its meaning which he came to realize he was simply to not judge another man.

As you study the Scriptures you will understand that it uses unclean animals as ensigns which are symbolic of idol worshiping "nations", the "Gentiles", while the Word uses clean animals as the ensign or symbol of God worshiping "believers", the whole "House of Israel".

Although Peter was initially confused, after he witnessed the salvation of Cornelius (a gentile) he realized how God wanted him to interpret the vision. The vision had nothing to do with whether or not he could eat unclean food. God the Father was showing him that the people of the nations, the Gentiles, who Peter considered to be like unclean animals, were no longer to be viewed as unclean. Look for yourself, the Biblical interpretation of Peter's vision is described in Acts 10:28-29; 11:1-18; and 15:6-9.

God's dietary teaching about "clean" and "unclean" are among the most puzzling instructions found in the Bible. Since Noah, these laws have been just one mark of identity separating God’s people from the world. Other include the Sabbath and the appointed days of YHVH. All of these have been a source of controversy and confusion.

For example, God literally tells Noah "of every moving animal which is life to you becomes food as the herbs I give." That is from Young's literal translation and the focus is life... this word is chay and spelled Chet Yod.

Genesis teaches us that God directly taught His instruction. No one wrote it down. We see that with Abraham who obeyed His voice, kept his charge commandments statutes and laws. So God taught the difference between clean and unclean... Noah took 7 clean and 2 unclean. How would he have known?

Another key is the Hebrew word the KJV Bible called meat. It is well not quite a T-bone. The word is oklah. It is food. It is seldom seen in the Torah. The first time we see it is in Genesis 1:29-30, the fruit and herbs, then the manna of Exodus 16 and in the 7th year Sabbath.

Bottom line, food from God must be clean, that means it is good and unmixed. It is tahowr. That was the problem with the mixed tree of good & evil. The good tree only had life chay... Chet Yod.

When God said life to Noah he knew what God meant.

Today, we know why because the flesh of all unclean animals are mixed as they all absorb and hold toxins, acids, viruses, bacteria, mercury, etc directly from what they eat. Heck they don't even sweat.

The first sin involved food so it is important to consider why don't we just eat "every" plant, fruit and animal on the planet. After all, God called all creation good and Genesis 9 says 'every' thing right?
Genesis 9:3 "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.
Let’s go back to the beginning for a minute and dig in a bit.
Genesis 1:29-30 Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
There's that 'every' word again, and how about this?
Genesis 2:15-16 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying: ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat.
Yet, we have to keep reading about the tree of good and evil... We can't just stop here at one numbered verse and assume everything' can be eaten. After all, the original Bible never came with chapters, verses or paragraph breaks!
'but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’
So, it’s not everything after all. Let's go back again and see how God might speak of certain animals we can eat. We speak English and think in Greek. God speaks and thinks in Hebrew. So how does God define animals as food? We know from Sinai It is tied to the descriptions of types of herbivores, but what about Genesis? Is it the green herbs and seeds?
Genesis 1:29-30 And God said: ‘Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed—to you it shall be for food; and to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is a living soul, [I have given] every green herb for food.’ And it was so.

Noah had to know about the herb connection and he learned from God that herbivores can be eaten, because they are ‘food’ by God's spoken word.

So, we can consider that in Genesis 9, Noah already knew something. After all, he brought 7 pairs of clean and 2 pair of unclean. How did he know the difference? We can know this: he did not sacrifice unclean when he built the altar to celebrate the end of the flood under the rainbow with God. And if we consider it, God might have been actually inviting Noah, just like the priests of Aaron to share in the meal on the altar.

Can we imagine the scene with a little humor?

Wow that’s a nice aroma God! OK Noah, I know you are famished, now that you are out of the boat you can eat these animals, after all they eat the same herbs I told Adam to eat. You can fire up your grill from now on for animals that eat herbs like you do because you are what you eat...

It’s cool to know the animals that eat plants are called herbivores and about all of them we call domestics. The World English dictionary tells us that domestic means: "1. of or involving the home or family' 2. enjoying or accustomed to home or family life; 3. (of an animal) bred or kept by man as a pet or for purposes such as the supply of food".

After all, by their very definition, domestic animals are under the "dominion of man (Genesis 1:26). Ask yourself a simple question. Could it possibly be something to consider... that our dominion from day six in Eden has only been over clean food to include herbivores like cattle. goats and sheep; and birds that eat grain and seeds like chicken and turkey? Still today these animals are tame. Here's an epiphany, you can walk right up to them, herd them, flock them, you know... keep dominion over them.

Funny thing, the herbivores that walk the earth are domesticated plant and seed eaters. They do not kill to eat like predators or eat the dead (carrion). Might we possibly consider God gave the same teaching to Noah that He gave to Adam and later Abraham that Moses wrote down during the 40 days at the top of the mountain of Sinai?

At the end of the day, no matter what has happened, God created herbivores as cud-chewers and God calls clean. The Bible shows us that predatory, carnivorous animals are not food for very logical and simple reasons. Science and medicine now proves and agrees with His word.

People like to argue over this, especially those that want their bacon wrapped shrimp, but the truth is God created clean animals to provide food for His set-apart people so that they might live. He created animals unsuitable to be called food to do the clean-up and sanitation work around His creation.

When Jesus, Messiah Yeshua returns to this earth there is going to be a "restitution of all things" and Acts 3:20–21 tells us that. This includes not only proper worship, the Sabbath and the Feasts but the God's diet found in the Bible. The good news is we don't have to wait for The Day of The Lord to walk behind Him.

Simply put, the teaching of the Bible is that God says stay on the grass, hold the bacon, there's danger on the half shell and don't eat the clean-up crew!

Epilogue: Have you ever noticed that the ensigns and symbols of most nations of people around the globe are the same "unclean" animals noted in Scripture? An emblem is typically something unique, a symbol that identifies a common group of people. Emblems are important to people because they represent us. Peter never says that it's okay to eat pork from now on ... in fact, he was dealing with the nature of man. Yeah that's the message, the unclean things Peter saw represented the nations of man, not food!!

Just look at the emblems of the nations:
* Australia -kangaroo
* Austria - black eagle
* Belgium - lion
* Canada - beaver
* Chile - condor
* China - giant panda
* Czech Republic - lion
* Denmark - lion
* Egypt - Saladin's eagle
* England - lion
* Finland - lion
* Germany - black eagle
* Iceland - falcon
* India - peacock & bengal
* Indonesia - Komodo dragon
* Laos - elephant
* Malaysia - tiger
* Mexico - golden eagle
* Netherlands - lion
* New Zealand - kiwi
* Poland - white eagle
* Romania - eagle
* Russia - bear & golden eagle
* Scotland - red lion
* Serbia - white eagle
* Singapore - lion
* Soviet Union - bear
* Sweden - lion
* Thailand - elephant
* United Kingdom - lion
* United States - bald eagle
Are you surprised at the irony of this relationship of "unclean" animals as the symbols and ensigns of the nations of mankind? These ensigns are seen on the coins and flags of all nations except maybe one. Yeah you probable guessed it by now, there is no "unclean" animal used as an ensign of Israel! Just the star of David.

Praise God Peter figured out his dream and I give thanks to the interpretation of his dream vision and you should too!

So I must ask... why do so many "believers" so many "followers" ignore these everlasting instructions from our Creator? If we ignore His instruction, whose path are we "following" anyway? Would you rather be USDA Certified or Torah Certified?

Why would anyone ever want to eat scavengers and predators when God himself instructs us to not eat these "unclean" foods? If this is news to you, please "believe His word and let go of your "Greco-Roman" mindset, cross over and embrace your "Hebrew" Messiah. Jesus is the Passover Lamb NOT an Easter ham!

Consider this...

The Greek word “kai” καί is translated as: “and” in Revelation 14:2... But did they (the translators) perhaps just miss something in the meaning of this word? It also means “indeed”...

“Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, {indeed} the faith of Yeshua.”

Indeed we are to walk like Yeshua walked. There are foods He did not eat after all. They are the same ones noted in the Scriptures He read and taught from!

To learn more about God's food plan I can recommend these resources:
* The Genesis Diet
* Holy Cow! Does God Care About What We Eat?
* What the Bible Says About Healthy Living
* The Maker's Diet
If you only have time for one reference check out Hope Egan's * Holy Cow! Does God Care About What We Eat?

God does care. He is all about life and living it abundantly in health. Because of that, He cares about what we eat and He NEVER changes his mind... He is life.

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Update October 3, 2015: Pork in Asda and Sainsbury’s ‘is infected with deadly superbug MRSA’

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism tested 97 British pork products – and found they carried the potentially deadly bacteria.

MRSA CC398 is less deadly than the strain found in hospitals – but can cause persistent infections and has already implicated in six deaths in Denmark.

People could catch the bug from infected meat if it is not properly cooked, the Guardian said.

In Denmark, the bacteria infects two-thirds of pig farms and is thought to have infected 12,000 people – and current regulations leave an ‘open door’ for infected pigs to arrive here."

Update May 27, 2016: It looks like the prophecy of Ezekiel 33 has come to the headlines of the Washington Post and at least one scientist is afraid the abyss lies before us —

“Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel: You have said this, ‘Our transgressions and our sins are heavy on us, and we are wasting away because of them! How then can we survive?' Ezekiel 33:10

Leviticus 11 was never done away with. It gives simple solutions.
“And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.” Leviticus 11:7-8 ESV
WSJ: The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.
For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean “the end of the road” for antibiotics.

Separately, researchers at the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services reported that testing of hundreds of livestock and retail meats turned up the same colistin-resistant bacteria in a sample from a pig intestine in the United States. USDA said it is working to identify the farm the pig came from.

"It's hard to imagine worse for public health in the United States," Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and a George Washington University professor, said Thursday in a statement about the case. "We may soon be facing a world where CRE infections are untreatable."

Scientists rang the alarm bells about the gene in November, but not enough attention was paid. "Now we find that this gene has made its way into pigs and people, and people in the U.S.," Price said. "If our leaders were waiting to act until they could see the cliff's edge -- I hope this opens their eyes to the abyss that lies before us."
According to Nutritionfacts.org...

"Smithfield, the largest pork producer in the world, launched “Deli for the Cure,” which donates money to cancer research for every pound sold of the type of meat that, according to the World Cancer Research Fund’s cancer report, causes the most cancer."

Cured meats such as bacon and ham are loaded with carcinogenic nitrosamine producing nitrites and should be avoided. The level of nitrosamines in bacon is so high that they have even been found in the smell of frying bacon. Pan fried pork chops likewise contain carcinogens.

Pork consumption has also been linked to liver failure, due to hepatitis E (which is now known to be zoonotic). Pigs appear to be reservoirs of the virus. Pork tapeworms can take up residence the human brain, and in fact are the most common cause of adult onset epilepsy. They can be contracted through pork consumption or eating food handled by a person who eats pork. Pork is a source of saturated fat as well as cholesterol. Saturated fat has been linked to lower rates of breast cancer survival.

Psychology Today... Is Pork Still Dangerous? Did Leviticus Get it Right?
"Pork consumption has a strong epidemiological association with cirrhosis of the liver. Startlingly, pork may be even more strongly associated with alcoholic cirrhosis than alcohol itself!

The evidence was summarized by Francis Bridges in a recent (2009) paper, building on earlier work by Nanji and French. A relation between pork consumption and cirrhosis of the liver is apparent across countries and has been consistently maintained for at least 40 years."

"We would expect that if pork can cause liver cirrhosis it will also promote liver cancer, since injured and inflamed tissues are more likely to become cancerous.

Indeed, there is an association between pork consumption and the primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma."

"There are remarkably strong correlations between pork consumption and liver disease, liver cancer, and multiple sclerosis.

What can be behind those relationships? The relatively high omega-6 fat content of pork may be a contributing factor, but it can't be the whole story. It seems there is something else in pork that makes pork consumption risky."
Update November 14, 2013: Even the FDA now recognizes God's wisdom in the Torah on food safety as the U.S. government agency released its amendments to the FDA food code the 2013 Food Code.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code allows restaurants to serve undercooked foods only at a customer’s request. It requires the customer to be informed about the risks associated with consuming undercooked food. This warning is a posted sign in fast-food or self-service eatery or as a posting at the bottom of a restaurant menu.

The consumer warning states, "Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness." Customers need to be aware of the risks involved in consuming raw or undercooked foods. All animal products contain some level of bacteria. Whether that bacteria is the type to cause illness or not could mean the difference between a safe meal and a dangerous one.

From Dr. Ted Broer...



What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's instruction and His covenant, return to hear and do His word, even His diet plan for healthy living so that we can walk in the faith of His Kingdom path.

It's time to ready your lamp for your coming assignment. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You do don't earn salvation by eating under His guidance but you can accept His gift of life and show Him you love and respect Him as you heavenly father by following His principles for living His way.

Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin against Him, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua then show just Him you love Him by what you do. And do it now!

Shalom.

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