You say you know God and Jesus?
Do you realize who these characters in the bible really are? Do you know the relationship they have to each other?? Do you know their true names?
Well I will tell you, if you are humble enough to listen, The knowledge I have is not of myself, Yah showed it to me. I’m just the messenger, […]
Proverbs 30:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Deception of Baal (The Lord)
Scripture says that the old serpent, called the Devil and HaSatan, has deceived the whole
world: “And the great dragon was thrown out, that serpent of old, called the Devil or Ha Satan,
leads all the world astray.” (Rev. 12:9) Do you realize just how deep that deception is?
Scripture explicitly tells us that salvation comes in only one exclusive name: “And there is no
Salvation in anyone else, for there is no other name under the heaven given among men by
which we need to be saved.” (Acts 4:12) 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 (Yahusha) means: 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah) Saves
Is it not evident then, according to the above quoted verse, that if HaSatan wants to keep us from being saved or delivered, all he has to do is to deceive us into calling on another name rather than the one exclusive name that has been given for that very purpose by our Creator?
Now surely, if there is only one name given, how can professed believers say that it doesn’t matter what name they call on?
Are they not deceived by that serpent, HaSatan the Devil, if they are calling on any other name than that one exclusive name that was given by our Creator Himself? Surely you can see that the only answer to our questions is yes, the whole World has most definitely been deceived!
WHO IS BAAL?
To find the answer to this question, a good place to begin is using the Strong’s Hebrew
#1167 ba’al, bah’al; from 1166; a master; hence a husband, or (fig.) owner (often used with
another noun in modification of this latter sense):- + archer, + babbler, + bird, captain, chief
man, + confederate, + have to do, + dreamer, those to whom it is due, + furious, those that
are given to it, great, + hairy, he that hath it, have, +horseman, husband, lord, man, + married,
master, person, + sworn, they of.
Now, if these were the only uses of the word Baal, then we really wouldn’t worry, Because
even Scripture reveals that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah) was a husband to Israel (Isa. 54:5; Jer. 31:32).
This in Hebrew, would be, “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah) is baal to Israel.” Thus, baal is used in a good
sense. But this is not the only usage of the word, as we shall show.
#1168 ba’al, bah’al; the same as 1167; Baal, a Phoenician deity:-Baal, (plur.) Baalim.
Here we find another Baal, a bad one, a false deity. Can we find out more about this false deity?
Yes, let me quote page 1212 in the Explanatory Notes of The Scriptures:
Ba’al: This word it seems, gradually became a proper name. A similar Semitic word derives
from the Aryan root Bhal, which means “to shine,” according to some.
According to W. H. Roscher’s well-known lexicon of mythology,
Ba’al (Bel, Belos) was the ancestral and national deity of the Semites, and says that Ba’al was the founder of Babel (Babylon), according to secular history. He is identified with
Zeus, Jupiter, Ammon, Asshur,
Assur, Kronos, and Bel-Marduk.
Morris Jastrow, Max Müller, and W. H. Roscher all three agree:
Baal is the Babylonian sun deity.
The Ba’als of the nations were sun deities,
and Ba’al worship means sun worship.
Jeremiah 51:44 King James Version (KJV)
44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall. […]
Now, would 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah) appreciate it if we called Him after the name of a false deity?
A closer look at a couple of Scriptures will answer that question easily!
Let us see just what the Mind of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah)
is in regards to the above question.
[…] Exodus 23:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. […]
[…] Jeremiah 23:26–27 King James Version (KJV)
26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. […]
[…] Hosea 2:16–17 King James Version (KJV)
16 And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. […]
[…] Joshua 23:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: […]
𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah) has explicitly spoken to us, by the above verses of Scripture, not to mention the name of the other mighty ones, even to the point that they not be heard coming out of our lips.
So 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah) would not be pleased if we called Him by the name of any other mighty one!
So 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah) would not be pleased if we called Him Baal in the bad sense.
But, how is it that we can call Him Baal (The Lord) in a good sense and be right, but yet use
the same word, and it be in a wrong sense, causing 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄’s (Yahuah’s) anger to burn against us? What is the answer to this apparent contradiction of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄’s (Yahuah’s) word?
There were many variations in which BAAL is known, such as
the Sun God (Sunday God),
the God of fertility (Easter), and Beelzebub, or the lord of flies”.
Baal is a Christian demon. According to Christian demonology, Baal was ranked as the first and principal king in Hell, ruling over the East.
According to some authors Baal is a Duke, with (66) sixty-six legions of demons under his command.
The term “Baal” is used in various
ways in the Old Testament, with the usual meaning of Lord, Master, or Owner. It came to sometimes mean the local pagan god of a particular people, and at the same time all of the idols of the land. It is also found in several places in the plural Baalim, or Baals (Judges
During the English Puritan period, Baal was either compared to HaSatan or considered his main assistant. “Baʿal” can refer to any god and even to human officials; in some texts it is used as a substitute for Hadad, a god of the rain, thunder, fertility and agriculture, and
the lord of Heaven.
THE LAND OF BAAL GAD
[…] Joshua 11:16–17 King James Version (KJV)
16 So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of the same;
17 Even from the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir, even unto Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them. […]
[…] Joshua 12:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on the west, from Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon even unto the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir; which Joshua gave unto the tribes of Israel for a possession according to their divisions; […]
[…] Joshua 13:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath. […]
Have you noticed that in each of the above quoted texts reference is made to a place called
Baal Gad? Just what and where was this place called Baal Gad? Let’s again go to the
Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary for the answer.
#1171 Baal Gad, bah’al gawd; from 1168 and 1409; Baal of Fortune: Baal Gad, a place in
Now that wasn’t much of an answer was it? We still haven’t found out who or what Baal of
Fortune was. Let us dig deeper to find out the truth by looking up the reference that was given
under Strong’s #1409 for more light.
#1409 gad, gawd; from 1464 (in the sense of distributing); fortune: troop.
The Baal Principality (god of 1,000 faces)
Baal (Sun god): Bel, Apollo, Zeus, Marduk, Ahura-Mazda, Osiris, Tammuz, Dagon,
Prometheus, Jupiter, Nimrod, Mithra (“Another Jesus” and “The Anti-Christ”), Ra, Lucetius,
Dyaus, Dionysus, Hermes, Adonis, Pan, Hades, Eros, Uranus, Gaea, Assur, Merodach,
Ninus, Shamas, Zeus-Belus, Bacchus
Queen of Heaven (Moon & Sun goddess): Mother of God (and child), The Great Mother,
Ashtaroth, Artemis, Aphrodite, Juno, Lilith, Minerva, Columbia, Nike, Astarte, Athena, Beltis,
Diana, Isis (Horus), Anahita, Inanna, Tanat, Ishtar, Cybele, Mylitta, Hathor, Kali
Leviathan: Neptune, Poseidon, Tiamet, King of Children of Pride
𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 (Yahusha) told us searching for truth would be like searching for hidden treasure?
(Mt. 13:44) Hidden treasure is not normally found just lying on top of the ground, you have to
dig to find it?
Strong’s #1409 reveals this false deity — Baal of fortune!
[…] Isaiah 65:11–12 King James Version (KJV)
11 But ye are they that forsake the Lord, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
Actually If you have a KJV Bible, you will find for Gad it says “that troop” (Strong’s #1409).
In fact many Bibles have center or side column references that inform the readers that Gad (that troop) is a false deity!
This can also be discovered by looking at Strong’s #1408:
#1408 Gad, gad; a var. of 1409; Fortune, a Bab. Deity: that troop.
Here is where HaSatan has played word games to deceive the whole world into worshipping a false Babylonian deity of Fortune! But who is really being worshipped behind the name of this ancient idol Baal-Gad? And how has HaSatan accomplished this so easily? Word Games!
[…] Acts 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. […]
Remember that Intro
𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 (Yahusha) also said, […] John 5:43 King James Version (KJV)
43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. […]
Notice under Strong’s #1167, one of the definitions of the word Baal into English is lord!
BAAL ZEBUWB OR BEELZEBOUL
#1176 Baal Zebuwb, bah’al zeb-oob; from 1168 and 2070; Baal of (the) fly; Baal-zebub, a
special deity of the Ekronites: Baal-Zebub. A Name of Satan
Remember when the Pharisees called 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 (Yahusha) the Messiah Beelzebub (Mat.10:25) and claimed that He cast out the demons by the prince of demons (Mat. 12:24, 27; Mk. 3:22; Lk. 11:15, 18, 19).
Well, now go to Strong’s Greek #954 and be ready for a shock!
#954 (Greek) Beelzeboul, beh-el-zeb-ool’; of Chald. Or. [by parody upon 1176]; dung-god;
Beelzebul, a name of Satan: Beelzebub.
GAD, GAWD, GOD
Are you beginning to see that Baal = lord or LORD or master and that Baal is none other than HaSatan himself?! But coupled with HaSatan’s title of Baal which equals lord, or Lord, or LORD, or master is the word Gad.
Gad meant Fortune or that troop.
Could the old saying about a person selling their soul to HaSatan
have any bearing here? HaSatan will give you a fortune for your soul, but once you have sold it to him, he will usually double cross you and
take your life (soul) away!
How many troops of lost souls does HaSatan have through his
Notice how the Masorites vowel pointed the word Gad
in Hebrew in 1409 like this: ד :When pointed like Dג :
When pointed like this, the word is pronounced Gawd or God or god in Hebrew.
Now if we translate Baal Gad into English what does it become?
Does it not become LORD GOD? Or lord god? Or Lord God?
The capitalization doesn’t change the sound of the word in any way
and even so the fact is Baal Gad is the Lord God who is Lord HaSatan or Master Satan!
Let me quote another explanatory note from pages 1214–1215 of The Scriptures:
Gad: Apart from Gad, the son of Ya’aqob (Jacob) there was another “Gad.” The astrologers of Babel called Jupiter (Zeus) by the name “Gad.”
He was also well known among the Canaanites (the Kena’anites)
where his name was often coupled with Baal, Baal Gad,
which according to the Massoretic vowel pointing in the book of
Yahusha (Joshua) is pronounced: Baal God.
This same name is discovered in the ancient Germanic languages as
Gott, Goda, Gode, God,
And searching further back into its Indo-Germanic (Indo-European) roots, we find that it traces back to the word GHODH, which means “union” even “sexual union.” No wonder this meaning is still evident in the Dutch and German gode. It is also not difficult to see it in the English “gadfly” and “gadding about.”
It is no wonder then that HaSatan was termed Baal Zebuwb in Hebrew and Beel Zeboul in Greek! So we have seen that both mean “Lord of the flies” (See Brown, Driver & Briggs Hebrew Lexicon to the Old Testament under 1176).
How ironic that HaSatan was pictured as a gadfly or as one who gads about! A look at the definition of these two words in Webster’s New World Dictionary is quite revealing:
gad·fly n., pl. flies’ [GAD² + FLY²] 1. a large fly that bites livestock 2. One who annoys others.
gad·a·bout n. a person who gads about; restless seeker after fun, etc.
Gad¹ (gad) [Heb. gadh, lit., fortune] Bible 1. The seventh son of Jacob 2. The tribe of Israel
descended from him
Gad² (gad) interj. [euphemism for GOD] [also g-] a mild oath or expression of surprise,
gad¹ (gad) vi. gad’ded, gad’ding [LME gadden, to hurry, perhaps back-formation < gadeling,
companion in arms < OE. gædeling: for IE. Base see GATHER] to wander about in an idle or
restless way, as in seeking amusement — n. an act of gadding: chiefly in the phrase on (or
upon) the gad, gadding about — gad’der n.
Now let’s compare the meanings here with Isaiah 65:11 where Gad has been translated as
“that troop.” 1. A troop is defined as a group of persons, animals, or, formerly, things; herd,
flock, band, etc. 2. Loosely, a great number; lot 3. A body of soldiers 4. A subdivision of a
cavalry regiment that corresponds to a company of infantry 5. A unit of Boy Scouts or Girl
Scouts under an adult leader 6. [Archaic] a group of actors; troupe, etc. (Webster’s New
These definitions would cause the meaning of this word to fall in the category of gad¹ in the
sense of “gather” which is why the translators rendered Gad as “that troop.” Gad¹ corresponds with the meaning of the deity of fortune which also was 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah’s)intended purpose for using the word, while Gad²
ties it all together in the sense of a “euphemism for God.”
In the book of Job, when HaSatan appeared with the sons of Alahym before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah), he was asked, “Whence comest thou?” HaSatan’s answer was, “From going to and fro in the
earth, and from walking up and down in it.” (Job. 1:7, 2:2)
HaSatan as Baal-Zebub (Lord of flies) does exactly what a gadfly and a gadabout does. He is a restless seeker after fun. He goes to and fro, up and down seeking to annoy others (especially man, but also 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah)).
HaSatan does have a terrible bite, and he can be very annoying too, just like a gadfly! Also he gads about looking for souls to devour and it must be a lot of fun for him to deceive and cause so much misery and suffering upon humanity. (Job 1 & 2; 1 Pet. 5:8).
No wonder James Strong said that Beelzeboul was a name for HaSatan (Strong’s #954 Greek Dictionary).
So what have we learned from our study of a few Scriptures using the inspired Hebrew language and a few Greek words?
We have learned that God was originally the name of an idol once worshipped in Babel (Babylon).
It was later spread throughout the land of Canaan being picked up by the Canaanites and adopted by the children of Yisrael (Israel) when they
went into apostasy!
We also have learned, from Isa. 65:11–12, the shocking truth that many of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (Yahuah’s) people have been tricked into forsaking 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄)
for this pagan idol by HaSatan playing “word games”. (Jer. 2:10–13)
The saddest part of all is that behind this pagan idol called Baal Gad (Lord God) stands the
real being who is worshipped by the whole Christian world — HaSatan himself! (Isa. 14:12–17;
Eze. 28:1–9; 2 Thes. 2:3–12).
Yes, Christians are awaiting a final anti-Christ to come,
but do not realize he is already in their midst and worshipped!
Christians are preparing a feast table for God — HaSatan;
and they don’t even know it, and wouldn’t believe it even if you told them!
Christians just don’t realize who stands behind the idol and its name to receive its praise and
worship (Lev. 17:7; Dt. 32:17; Ps. 106:37; 2 Chron. 11:15; 1Cor. 10:21–22).
Baal Gad is the LORD God of the Christians; but don’t try to tell them I told you so, because they wouldn’t believe it even if you showed it to them straight out of the Hebrew Scriptures!
But if you are a Christian, and you see the truth herein presented, what should you do about it?
The Scriptures have the answer:
[…] Acts 17:30 King James Version (KJV)
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: […]
“Baal” in the dictionary is Hebrew and means “The Lord”. So since JESUS is LORD does this
tells us who JESUS (Christ) really is, “BAAL”?
[…] Matthew 7:22–23 King James Version (KJV)
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. […]
“Ye that work Iniquity”
the Torah — 10 Commandments and Sabbaths)! […]
[…] Hosea 6:1–3 King James Version (KJV)
6 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. […]
Hosea 14:1–3 King James Version (KJV)
14 O israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.[…]
[…] Hosea 14:4–9 King James Version (KJV)
4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. […]
Yahusha will say to many he never knew them, because they were workers of iniquity,
Now do you know what it means to be a worker of iniquity?
Thats right, it means being lawless.. Greek word: Anomia
[…] Romans 6:1–2 King James Version (KJV)
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? […]
[…] 1 John 3:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. […]
[…] Ecclesiastes 12:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. […]
[…] Revelation 22:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. […]
[…] 2 Esdras 7:37
37 “Then God Most High will say to the nations that have been raised from the dead, “Look! I am the one whom you have denied and refused to serve; it is my commands that you have rejected. […]
[…]2 Esdras 7:45–47 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Only a Few Will Be Saved
45 I answered and said, “O sovereign Lord, I said then and[a] I say now: Blessed are those who are alive and keep your commandments! 46 But what of those for whom I prayed? For who among the living is there that has not sinned, or who is there among mortals that has not transgressed your covenant? 47 And now I see that the world to come will bring delight to few, but torments to many. […]
[…] Revelation 14:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. […]
[…] Revelation 12:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. […]
[…] Revelation 12:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ […]
[…] Matthew 7:21–23 King James Version (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. […]
Matthew 7:23 SBLGN 23 καὶ τότε ὁμολογήσω αὐτοῖς ὅτι Οὐδέποτε ἔγνων ὑμᾶς · ἀποχωρεῖτε ἀπ’ ἐμοῦ οἱ ἐργαζόμενοι τὴν ἀνομίαν.
1 John 3:4 SBLGN 4 Πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν καὶ τὴν ἀνομίαν ποιεῖ, καὶ ἡ ἁμαρτία ἐστὶν ἡ ἀνομία.
Keep his Commandments or perish
Strong’s Concordance anomia: lawlessness
Original Word: ἀνομία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (an-om-ee’-ah)
Usage: lawlessness, iniquity, disobedience, sin.
458 anomía (from 1 /A “not” and 3551 /nómos, “law”) — properly, without law;
lawlessness; the utter disregard for God’s law (His written and living Word). 458 /anomía (“lawlessness”) includes the end-impact of law breaking — i.e. its negative influence on a person’s soul (status before God).
Yahusha is the Son of Yah,
Yah send him to this world, so in the end he would die and carry the sins for whosoever believes in him,
Yahusha is not Yah himself,
Yahusha is the Son Of Yah.
Yahusha Came not to do his own will but the will of the one who send him, the will of his father who is Yah.
[…] John 6:38 King James Version (KJV)
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. […]
[…] Matthew 3:15–17 King James Version (KJV)
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. […]
[…] Matthew 17:1–5 King James Version (KJV)
17 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. […]
[…] Matthew 19:14–17 King James Version (KJV)
14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. […]
[…] John 6:38–39 King James Version (KJV)
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. […]
[…] Psalm 110:1 King James Version (KJV)
110 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. […]
[…] Luke 22:69 King James Version (KJV)
69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. […]
[…] John 17:1–3 King James Version (KJV)
17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. […]
John 4:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. […]
[…] Luke 24:38–39 King James Version (KJV)
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. […]
So the final conclusion rests!
Psalm 68:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.
Malachi 3:16–18 King James Version (KJV)
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 King James Version (KJV)
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Revelation 14:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
PRAISE YAH, BELIEVE IN YAHUSHA, REPENT AND OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS OF YAH!
THIS INCLUDES SABBATH KEEPING AND ABSTAINING FROM UNCLEAN MEATS, SINCE MANY CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THEY SHOULDNT OBEY THIS.. I WILL GO DEEPER INTO THIS TOPIC IN MY NEXT POST…
Best Regards, Ricardo Matse.
We have already seen that Paul and the Apostles undoubtedly kept the Seventh Day Sabbath but some ask is there any specific reference to keeping the Sabbath after the cross, and the answer is yes. Here are just a couple. In reference to the future destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Yahusha states in Matthew 24:20, “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.” Why would Yahusha say pray that you don’t have to flee on the Sabbath if we are not keeping it anymore? There is no way Yahusha would say this unless the Sabbath was still going to be kept subsequent to His death. This is solid proof of Sabbath keeping after the cross on its own. The gospel of Luke states in Luke 23:56 that when the body of Christ was being prepared by His followers, “they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.”
Note that Luke wrote this 30–50 years after the cross.
The New Covenant was sealed and set in place by the blood of Yahusha when He died on the cross that afternoon. Yet Luke says they are still physically keeping the Sabbath according to the Commandment after the New Covenant had begun. Galatians 3:15 states that no man can ADD to it or TAKE away from it. Any lawyer will tell you that the will and testament of a person CANNOT be changed after the death of a testator and Hebrews 9:16–17 states that the New Covenant is NOT in force until the death of the testator being Yahusha in this case.
Luke of course would also never make a statement like this without telling us of a change on something as important as the Ten Commandments. This would have been the perfect opportunity for Luke to say something but he still states they kept it “according to the Commandment,” and after the New Covenant begun.
While an extremely clear directive is given for Sabbath keeping in Exodus 20:8–11 and
Deuteronomy 5:12–15, the next closest passage to a command for Sabbath-keeping in the New Testament is found in Hebrews 4:9. In this verse we find the Greek word “sabbatismos”. The King James and New King James Version and a few other Bibles render the word as “rest” while the Amplified Bible the ASV, NASB, NIV, RSV and NRSV and several other translations somewhat more correctly render that word as “Sabbath rest”. A few Bibles such as the Darby translation transliterate the word as “Sabbatism”.
Its literal translation however, is “Sabbath observance” and “The Scriptures” translated by The Institute for Scripture Research render it as such while the Thayer dictionary and the Bible in Basic English give the equally literal phrase “Sabbath keeping”. So how does the excuse “the Sabbath is now just resting in Jesus” constitute “Sabbath observance” or “Sabbath keeping” as some claim? And why would you have to be concerned with physically fleeing persecution on the Sabbath day as Yahusha stated when the temple was destroyed
in 70 A.D. (Matthew 24:20) if the Sabbath was just resting in Yahusha? Those who are deceived or against the Ten Commandment law of Yah had to justify this passage somehow and I guess that was the best explanation they could come up with.
Here are just a few points that prove the Sabbath remains a physically rest.
- The Greek word for rest in Hebrews 4:9 indisputably refers to a PHYSICAL rest as we have just seen.
- When the body of Christ was being prepared, Luke says “they rested the Sabbath day according to the Commandment.” (Luke 23:56) The New Covenant began when Yahusha died on the cross and yet Luke says they are still physically keeping the Sabbath according to the Commandment. Luke wrote this 30–50 years after the cross. See also is the Sabbath in the New Covenant.
- Isaiah 66:22–23 proves we PHYSICALLY keep the Sabbath in the New Heaven and Earth.
- The words of Yahusha show that everyone was still PHYSICALLY keeping the Sabbath in 70 A.D. (Matthew 24:20)
- The Sabbath cannot be a spiritual rest if one had to worry about PHYSICALLY fleeing on this day.
- Our Creator Yah knew we needed a PHYSICAL rest at least one day a week and knowing Yahusha does not change that requirement.
- Yah and His law changes not. Hebrews 13:8, Psalms 111:7–8, Luke 16:17. See also the Ten Commandments and Yah’s Character.
Saturday Sabbath? Or Lunar Sabbath?
People in love do everything in their power to please the one they love. This is the natural reaction of the heart that loves. It is not viewed as a duty, but a joy and privilege! This is what the true Sabbath means to all who love their Maker and wish to honor Him. At the very start of the world, the seventh-day was set apart as a day to rest and worship the Creator. Those who value the care showered on them by a loving heavenly Father, want to obey Him and worship Him on the true Sabbath day.
The question then arises: “Which day is the Bible Sabbath? Which day is the true seventh-day Sabbath of Scripture?” There are many different, widely-held beliefs regarding when to worship. Three of these views are as follows:
- Many people believe that there is no need for a specific day of rest since Yahuwah should be worshipped every day.
- Saturday sabbatarians believe that because Saturday is the last day of the modern seven-day week, it must be the true seventh-day Sabbath. Because modern weeks cycle continuously, they believe Saturday has come down uninterrupted from Creation as the true seventh-day Sabbath.
- Still others believe that an accumulation of Biblical and historical evidence reveals that the true Sabbath can only be found by using the luni-solar calendar used in Bible times.
While it is true that one should worship every day, the sovereign of the Universe Himself expressly commanded that on the seventh-day, labor is to be set aside and special time spent with Him. The Sabbath is not just a day of worship. It is also specifically a day of no labor. Yahuwah even stated that the Sabbath is a sign between Himself and His children forever. This article will consider the evidence for whether the true Sabbath is a “Saturday Sabbath” or what is called a “lunar Sabbath.”
“There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions of Scripture are without an error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years . . . is not a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error into truth, and truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation.” Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 35
For all who want to know truth, there comes a time when the way divides. Personal prejudice, tradition and preconceived ideas should have no standing in the mind of one wanting to know “the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.” If the seeker for truth will study with an open mind, being willing to obey what is revealed if he is convicted that it is truth, then truth will be revealed to his mind and he need not remain in error. This is what is required of all who would study the subject of the true Bible Sabbath.
Scripture reveals that the entire conflict between the Creator and Satan is contained in the battle over worship. It is a war for the mind of every man, woman and child alive today. Therefore, it would be wise for everyone on earth to examine this subject for themselves. All should study and know for sure whether the true day of worship is a Saturday Sabbath or a Lunar Sabbath.
Solar? Lunar? or Lunar-Solar?
If it is important to worship on a specific day (the Sabbath) then it is of vital importance that the correct method of counting be used to find that day. In other words, the correct calendar must be used. Time can only be measured by movement. There are three main types of calendars:
- Solar calendar (The modern civil calendar, the Gregorian calendar, is a solar calendar.)
- Lunar calendar (The religious calendar used by Muslims is a lunar calendar.)
- Luni-solar calendar (This is also sometimes called the Lunar-Solar calendar.)
History and archeology reveal that all ancient civilizations used luni-solar calendars. While the Egyptians were the first to adopt a strictly solar calendar, their original calendar was also a lunar-solar calendar. This ancient and highly accurate method of time calculation ties lunar months to the solar year by some observable point in nature.
The movement of the sun, moon and stars is the only accurate measurement of time. Even with modern atomic clocks, all time is measured by the cycles of the heavenly bodies. Days and years are both measured by the rotation of light as viewed from the earth.
A solar year is 365 days long. The lunar year is 11 days shorter than the solar year. Thus, the dates of a strictly lunar calendar float through the seasons of the solar year. Various cultures that used a lunar-solar calendar, anchored the lunar months to different points in the solar year. Some, like the ancient Egyptians, used the rising of the star, Sirius, at the time of the summer solstice. Others, such as the Aztecs and the Maya, used the winter solstice for their new year. More recently, when France adopted a different calendar during the French Revolution, their year briefly began at the autumn equinox. (For further information on French and Soviet calendar reform, see Changing Weeks: Hiding Sabbath.)
Historical evidence shows that by far the majority of ancient calendars began their year in the spring, at or near the time of the spring (vernal) equinox. The Israelites also used a luni-solar calendar and began their year in the spring. Both their annual feasts and the seventh-day Sabbath were calculated by the lunar-solar calendar that had been established by the Creator at the very beginning of the world.
The Lunar Sabbath in Scripture
The Creator’s calendar is a vitally important tool for finding the true seventh-day Sabbath which contains the “seal of Yahuwah”: one’s pledge of loyalty to the Creator. Scripture reveals that at Creation, both the sun and the moon were given to provide light as well as the means for marking the passage of time. The modern solar calendar does not use the moon for keeping time. Nor does the Hindu or the Muslim lunar calendar use the sun. Only the ancient lunar-solar calendar meets the criteria of using both the sun and the moon in its system of time-keeping.
Many people who keep the feast days listed in Leviticus 23 still observe a Saturday sabbath. They believe that the lunar-solar calendar was used only for the yearly feasts, but that Saturday of the modern solar calendar has come down in a continuous weekly cycle ever since Creation. But this is two different methods of time-keeping! Nowhere in Scripture are two separate and distinct systems of time-keeping mentioned. At Creation, one calendar was established and it required the use of both the sun and the moon.
And . . . [Yahuwah] said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And . . . [Yahuwah] made two great lights; . . . [And He] set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:14–18, KJV.)
The Creator’s designated system of time-keeping uses
both the sun and the moon for tracking time.
Right in this passage, in the very first chapter of the first book of the Bible, the principle is established that the two great lights were to be used for marking the time for worship and as a sign, or mark of loyalty to the Creator. The word translated “signs” comes from the Hebrew word ôwth, which means a sign or mark. “This word represents something by which a person or group is characteristically marked. . . . The word means ‘sign’ as a reminder of one’s duty.” (See #226, The New Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words.)
The Sabbath is the sign by which the Creator’s people are marked and set apart as different from all others on earth. The Hebrew word that is translated “seasons” is even more revealing. It is the word mo’ed. It is the use of this word that reveals the true Sabbath of Creation is reckoned by the moon. Mo’ed is the word used specifically to refer to the annual feasts.
Since the Jewish festivals occurred at regular intervals, this word becomes closely identified with them . . . Mo’ed is used in a broad sense for all religious assemblies. It was closely associated with the tabernacle itself . . . [Yahuwah] met Israel there at specific times for the purpose of revealing His will. It is a common term for the worshiping assembly of . . . [Yahuwah’s] people. (See #4150, “Lexical Aids to the Old Testament,” Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, KJV.)
Far from presenting two different systems of time-keeping, Scripture presents only one: the lunar-solar calendar by which the annual feasts as well as the seventh-day Sabbath, are to be calculated. Leviticus 23 is a listing of the holy feasts of Yahuwah. From the Spring Anniversaries to the Fall Feasts, Leviticus 23 delineates them all out. But the very first “feast” listed is the weekly feast: the seventh-day Sabbath.
And . . . [Yahuwah] spoke unto Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of . . . [Yahuwah], which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of . . . [Yahuwah] in all your dwellings.” (Leviticus 23:1–3)
From there, Yahuwah went on to list the annual feasts (or mo’edim) but the very first feast He gave was the seventh-day Sabbath.
Lunar Sabbath: A holy day of rest, it is the seventh and last day of each week in a lunation. The weekly cycle restarts with each New Moon. Four complete weeks follow New Moon Day.Psalm 104:19 is yet another witness from Scripture that the seventh-day Sabbath is to be calculated by the moon:
“He appointed [created] the moon for seasons.” (Psalm 104:19, KJV)
The word here translated “seasons” is, again, mo’edim. The Biblical record is consistent: there is only one method of time-keeping presented in scripture. That is the lunar-solar calendar established by Yahuwah Himself at Creation. This calendar establishes all of the times appointed for worship, the mo’edim.
The Lunar-Solar Calendar of Scripture
The first day of the month on the luni-solar calendar is New Moon Day. (For use of the term “New Moon” in Scripture, see: I Samuel 20:5, 18 & 24; 2 Kings 4:23; Psalm 81:3; Isaiah 66:23; Ezekiel 46:1; and Amos 8:5.)
On the ancient calendar, the seventh-day Sabbath
always falls on the same dates of every month.
On the Biblical lunar-solar calendar, each lunation (or lunar month) always begins with a New Moon day, which is in a class of worship day all by itself. Six work days follow on the second through seventh of the month. The seventh-day Sabbath always falls on the 8th, the 15th, the 22nd and the 29th of every lunar month.
Scripture itself supports this calendar configuration. Every time the seventh-day Sabbath is given a numbered date in the Bible, it always falls on the 8th, the 15th, the 22nd or the 29th of the month. Either the actual date itself is assigned or contextual dates and other details consistently allow for that extrapolation. For example, the story of the Exodus from Egypt contains specific dates and details for three months in a row, all of which have the seventh-day Sabbath falling on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th for each month! These calendar details were confirmed 40 years later at the time of Joshua and again at the crucifixion of the Saviour on Passover.
As mentioned previously, the lunar year is shorter than the solar year and without some means of anchoring the lunar months to the solar year, the seasons would float through the calendar. The true New Year is anchored to the vernal equinox. Thus, every two to three years, an extra thirteenth month was intercalated into the year. This was called an embolismic year, because an entire additional month was added to bring the lunations back into alignment with the seasons. Ezekiel provides scriptural proof for the thirteenth month used in embolismic years. (See: Ezekiel’s 13th Month.)
The lunar-solar calendar of Creation is the most accurate method of time-keeping. It is elegant, precise. It is divinely designed time-keeping. Jeremiah 31:35 refers to Yahuwah giving the “ordinances” (or laws) of the moon. The ordinances of divine time-keeping are so simple that the shepherd on the hillside can be as accurate by observation, as the astronomer in his observatory is by calculation. Even the count to Pentecost, which has long confused people because the two specifics of the count seem contradictory, can be accurately figured only by using the lunar-solar calendar.
Jewish scholars admit that the calendar they now use is not the calendar of Scripture.
Jews and the Sabbath
While it is true that the Jews today worship on a Saturday sabbath, this does not prove that it is the true Sabbath. They did not always worship on the Saturday sabbath. Jewish scholars are very clear that the original method of calendation was different from the modern calendar and that under intense persecution during the fourth century A.D., the Jews gave up their original lunar-solar calendar.
Declaring the new month by observation of the new moon, and the new year by the arrival of spring, can only be done by the Sanhedrin. In the time of Hillell II [4th century C.E.], the last President of the Sanhedrin, the Romans prohibited this practice. Hillel II was therefore forced to institute his fixed calendar, thus in effect giving the Sanhedrin’s advance approval to the calendars of all future years. (“The Jewish Calendar and Holidays (incl. Sabbath)”: The Jewish Calendar; Changing the Calendar, www.torah.org, emphasis supplied.)
The New Moon is still, and the Sabbath originally was, dependent upon the lunar cycle. (Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 410)
Once the ancient lunar-solar calendar had been set aside, knowledge of the true Sabbath was lost with the acceptance of the pagan Julian calendar.
These stone fragments of an early Julian calendar clearly show an eight-day week. The Israelites did not use the Julian calendar for finding the seventh-day Sabbath. They used the original lunar-solar calendar of Creation.
Lunar Sabbath Lost
The calendar of the Roman Republic, like that of the Hebrew calendar, was also a lunar-solar calendar. In 45–46 B.C., Julius Cæsar reformed the original Roman calendar and, with the help of an Alexandrian astronomer, Sosigenes, created a new solar calendar with continuously cycling weeks: the Julian calendar. While the Julian calendar was in use at the time of the Messiah, the Israelites did not use it as the early Julian week was eight days long! The Israelites were still using their original lunar solar calendar and worshipping on the seventh day of its week.
From that time, until the fourth century, Israelites and apostolic Christians continued to use the Biblical calendar for their religious observances. With the rising power of the paganized Christians in Rome, this led to a centuries long battle over when to remember the death and resurrection of the Saviour. The Christians in Rome wished to celebrate the Messiah’s resurrection on the pagan Easter. Apostolic Christians, on the other hand, wished to commemorate Yahushua’s death on the original Passover.
The point of contention appeared deceptively simple: Passover versus Easter. The issues at stake, however, were immense. The only way to determine when Passover occurs is to use the Biblical luni-solar calendar . . .
Calendars calculate time and at the Council of Nicæa it was decided to set aside Jewish calculation and adopt the pagan Julian calendar. This effectively destroyed knowledge of the true Sabbath and substituted the pagan Saturday Sabbath in its place. Jewish scholars admit this fact, too.
In a colorful description of the Council of Nicæa, Jewish scholar Heinrich Graetz wrote:
At the Council of Nice [sic] the last thread was snapped which connected Christianity to its parent stock. The festival of Easter had up till now been celebrated for the most part at the same time as the Jewish Passover, and indeed upon the days calculated and fixed by the Synhedrion [Sanhedrin] in Judæa for its celebration; but in future its observance was to be rendered altogether independent of the Jewish calendar . . . . (History of the Jews, published by the Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893, Vol. II, see pp. 563–564.)
The Council of Nicæa had the most profound, far reaching effect upon the true Sabbath. To this day Catholic scholars base the authority of the Catholic Church on this act of changing the Sabbath from the true Sabbath of the lunar-solar calendar to Sunday on the continuously cycling Julian week. The pagan Julian calendar, legislated into place, an entire counterfeit system of religion. Thus the true Sabbath was buried under centuries of tradition and the assumption that the modern week has cycled continuously ever since Creation.
Repair the Breach: Restore the Lunar Sabbath
Isaiah 58 contains a beautiful prophecy of the work to be performed by the final generation. “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” (Isaiah 58:12)
The three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 contain a call to worship on the true Sabbath of Scripture.
This is the work of those who have pledged their allegiance to the Creator by worshipping Him on His true holy day, the true Bible Sabbath. To repair the hole made in Yahuwah’s law, to clear away the rubbish of error and tradition, accumulated from centuries of assumption, is the great work committed to the people of the final generation. Revelation contains a three-fold warning, calling all to “Fear . . . [Yahuwah], and give glory to him . . . and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” (See Revelation 14:6–10.)
This subject is of the utmost importance to all now living. The true Sabbath is the mark of loyalty that distinguishes those who are willing to obey from those who cling to tradition and assumption. All should study the subject of the lunar Sabbath, the related facts of calendar history, and pertinent passages from the Bible. The Battle of Armageddon, like everything else in the long-running war between Yahuwah and Lucifer, is fought on the battlefield of worship.
All who desire to honor their Creator will choose to worship Him on the day that He has blessed and set aside: the seventh day of the week on the lunar-solar calendar, the true lunar Sabbath.
As far as modern religion in America is concerned, Yah’s laws have been done away. Indeed, most who call themselves Christians seem to realize that sinning, however they define sin, is wrong, but somehow Yahusha kept the law for us, so everything will be all right. Why become worked up over something that no longer matters?
One area that the world has surely done away with Yah’s law is that of clean and unclean meats. Those who believe this quote passages from the Bible that seem to say that all food, even the unclean ones, have somehow been made fit for us to eat today. A common argument is that the clean and unclean laws were part of the Old Covenant, and that is “obsolete and . . . ready to vanish away” (Hebrews 8:13).
When one states that he does not eat pork, shellfish, or any of the other foods listed as unclean in Leviticus 11:1–23 and Deuteronomy 14:3–21, he is immediately labeled as “Jewish.” However, Yah’s law is applicable to all of mankind (notice the principle of universal applicability in Psalm 94:12; Ezekiel 18:5–9; Mark 2:27; Romans 2:12–16), and it is absolutely vital for Christians to keep it to grow in righteousness (Deuteronomy 6:25; Psalm 119:172).
Before we proceed, it helps to remember who the God of the Old Testament is — the God who commanded the laws, not just for Judah, not just for all Israel, but for the benefit of all mankind. His son unmistakenably says:
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17–18)
Since Yah gives only good things (James 1:17), and the apostle Paul certifies that “the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12), we know that His law is for our benefit.
If the Bible is not the basis for one’s discussion of religious matters, then one may as well not argue. This study will not convince anyone whose mind is set through the unbelieving arguments of this world, but it will build a foundation of biblical logic for us to stand on regarding this subject.
A Pre-Sinai Law
The clean and unclean laws are specifically mentioned early in Yah’s Word, in the account of the Noachian Flood, when Noah was commanded to take “seven each of every clean animal” (Genesis 7:2). When he and his family were back on dry land, Noah “took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Genesis 8:20). This suggests that these laws were known and practiced before the Flood — even from the earliest days of mankind (compare Genesis 4:4, Abel’s acceptable offering). Since there were no Jews or Israelites then — not even any Hebrews — these laws are obviously for all humankind.
Genesis 9:3 contains a command that has proven difficult for some to understand: Yah says to Noah, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.” Some take this to mean that Yah gives man carte blanche authority to eat any kind of animal. But is this what Yah said?
The key to this verse is “even as the green herbs.” In other words, Yah gives mankind the authority to eat flesh within the same parameters as He allows us to eat vegetation. Does Yah allow us to eat poisonous plants like poison ivy, hemlock, deadly nightshade, etc.? Of course not! Just as certain plants are harmful to us, so are certain meats. As Herbert Armstrong explained in “Is All Animal Flesh Good Food?”:
- Yah did not give poisonous herbs as food. He gave man the healthful herbs. Man can determine which herbs are healthful, but man cannot by himself determine which flesh foods are harmful. That is why Yah had to determine for us in His Word which meats are clean. Since the Flood every moving clean, healthful, nonpoisonous type of animal life is good for food — just as Yah gave us the healthful, nonpoisonous herbs.
This does not give us permission to do as we please!
Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 contain Yah’s commandment to Israel concerning clean and unclean meats. In these passages, either He lists specific animals that are clean or unclean or He provides us with instructions about how to determine if an animal is clean or unclean. For instance, He tells us specifically that the camel, the hyrax (rock badger), the hare, and the swine are unclean (Leviticus 11:4–8), but regarding fish He instructs us to determine if a species possesses both fins and scales (verse 9).
People have varying reactions to these scriptures. Some will take the position that unclean animals are harmful to the body. Many of us have had experience, either personally or by an acquaintance, with poisoning by trichinosis (a disease caused by parasitic worm larvae) in pork or becoming deadly sick from shellfish. Then others will bring up “Aunt Sarah,” who ate pork and crawdads, drank a bottle of whiskey, smoked cigars every day, and lived to be 102 years old. Indeed, Yah makes some with amazingly strong constitutions.
Yah designed many of the unclean animals for the specific purpose of disposing of the earth’s garbage. For instance, without feeling any ill effect, vultures can consume 59 times the amount of botulin, the neurotoxin that causes botulism, that it would take to kill a man. Pigs are scavengers that will eat anything, and if pork is not fully cooked to kill the Trichinella spiralis in it, it can destroy a person’s health or even kill him.
Even though people throughout the world eat unclean food and live, and even though we could probably do the same — and many of us once did — for Christians, it is more than a health matter. In the Bible, Yah never directly connects keeping the laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 with health. In reality, it is a test commandment to see if we will obey Yah.
What scriptures does this world marshal to prove that eating unclean meat is approved by the Bible? There are several such “proof texts” in the New Testament, but we will see that they are all misunderstood passages. In fact, in the final analysis, none of them is even about clean and unclean meats!
Perhaps the best known passage is Acts 10:9–16, in which a huge sheet full of unclean animals is lowered from heaven, and a voice says, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” However, without hesitation Peter replies, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean” (verse 14). The Voice then responds, “What God has cleansed you must not call common” (verse 15).
First, what is the subject of Acts 10? It is evident from a thorough reading of the chapter that it is entirely devoted to the conversion of Cornelius, a Roman centurion (verse 1), the first Gentile baptized into Yah’s church. Peter’s vision must be understood against this background to be understood correctly.
Second, it is apparent that Peter himself does not at first understand what his vision meant (verse 17); he certainly does not jump to the conclusion that all meats are now clean. While he is pondering it, a delegation from Cornelius arrives and requests that he travel with them to Caesarea to speak to the centurion. Yah tells the apostle directly to go with the men, “for I have sent them” (verse 20). Obviously, Yah was orchestrating the whole affair.
Third, if unclean meats had been approved, would Peter have not understood this from what he had learned from Yahusha? He lived with his Savior for over three years. If anyone knew that the law of clean and unclean meats had been abolished by Christ’s sacrificial death, it would have been Peter, but at this point, a decade later, he is operating under no such notion.
Fourth, his reply to the Voice, which Peter identifies as the Lord’s, is quite confident, even vehement: “Not so, Lord!” In our colloquial English, this is equivalent to “No way!” This was a command that the apostle knew went against everything he knew about Yah’s law. Even though the Voice repeats the command twice more (verse 16), Peter never changes his mind!
Fifth, within the context, Peter himself reveals what the vision meant. To those assembled in Cornelius’ house, he says, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (verse 28). The vision of unclean animals was merely an illustration Yah used to help Peter understand that salvation was open to those previously held at arm’s length (see Acts 11:18). This is further evidenced by the Holy Spirit being poured out visibly on these Gentiles (Acts 10:44–47). Neither Peter nor Luke, the author of Acts, makes any further commentary regarding clean or unclean foods, as the vision had served a greater purpose.
Lastly, nowhere in the context is it ever said that Yah had cleansed unclean meats — this is something assumed by readers with a predisposition against this statute regulating what we should eat. As Paul says, “The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). Acts 10:1–11:18 confirms that “what God has cleansed” is the Gentiles, not unclean foods.
“Every Creature . . . Is Good”
Another passage that seems to state that all flesh can now be eaten is found in I Timothy 4:1–5, especially verse 4: “For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.” The flaw with most people’s understanding of this verse is that they fail to read what it and the surrounding verses really say. They lift verse 4 out of its context, not bothering to include relevant details from adjacent verses.
The chapter begins with a prophetic warning from Paul against false teachers and their teachings “in latter times.” Their doctrines would be those of demons, and one of them commands their followers “to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving . . .” (verse 3). Many stop right there, but the rest of the verse is vital to understanding: “. . . by those who believe and know the truth.” These pesky details change the tenor of what the apostle is saying.
Notice that the subject is foods or meats in general, not necessarily unclean meats. This must be read into the passage. If we consider only the word “foods,” it is just as likely that Paul means that these false teachers would preach against eating beef as against eating pork or shellfish. However, the rest of the verse modifies the term. What “foods” did Yah create to be received — eaten — with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth? The list appears in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14! Yah has never given mankind any other list of creatures that are divinely certified as “food.”
Verses 4–5 must be taken together, as they are one thought. Paul is telling Timothy not to worry about such prohibitions because Yah created every creature as “good” (Genesis 1:21, 24–25, 31), and a Christian should accept what he is offered to eat with thanksgiving. Does this mean that we should not refuse skunk, badger, bear, tiger, snakes, slugs, snails, vultures, rats, horses, eel, and oysters, as long as we give thanks for it? Of course not! Again, this is not the end of the story.
I Timothy 4:5 adds important, modifying elements to what this means: “. . . for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” Sanctify means “to set apart for a specific use or purpose.” The apostle is saying, then, that certain “creatures” are sanctified or set apart as human food — by what means? — by Yah’s Word, the Bible! Yah reveals these “sanctified” meats to us in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.
Paul adds prayer to the setting apart of these foods because we have Christ’s example of asking Yah to bless the food before eating (see, for instance, Luke 9:16; 24:30). This further sets apart the food we are about to eat as approved and even enhanced by Yah, but in no way does it make unclean meat clean. Besides, Scripture gives us no authority to make such a request of Yah.
In summary, Paul is reiterating that 1) Yah has set certain foods apart for His people to eat; and 2) we should not be fooled by false teachers who claim either that anything and everything is good to eat or that certain biblically approved foods should not be eaten.
“Purifying All Foods?”
Mark 7:14–23 (and its parallel account in Matthew 15:1–20) is another set of scriptures that some believe state that nothing entering into a man can defile him, therefore eating whatever one wishes is perfectly all right. Can this be correct?
Yet again, those who believe this fail to understand the subject of the chapter, which is Yahusha’ denunciation of the Pharisees for their rejection of Yah’s commandments in favor of their own traditions (verse 8). Verse 2 introduces the context: “Now when [the Pharisees] saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.” The dispute was over ceremonial cleanliness — eating without first washing one’s hands — which is not even an Old Testament law but a “tradition of the elders” (verse 5), which the Pharisees had themselves proclaimed authoritative.
In addition, beyond this fact, note that the kind of food the apostles were eating is “bread,” not meat. Yahusha’ later comments speak generally of “foods” and “whatever enters the mouth,” not specifically meat. Mark 7 is not about clean and unclean meats at all!
Verse 19 contains the phrase “thus purifying all foods,” and many have jumped to the conclusion that Yahusha declared all foods clean (as many marginal references state). The context, again — the very sentence in which it appears — proves this false: “Do you [disciples] not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, thus purifying all foods?”
First, “thus” is not in the Greek text but has been supplied by the translators. Without it, the sentence plainly states that the stomach “purifies” any kind of food put in it, not that Yahusha had somehow declared all foods to be purified. Second, purified is the Greek word katharízoon, which means “to cleanse,” “to purify,” “to free from filth.” In relation to the stomach’s or the digestive tract’s ability to “purify” food, the sense of katharízoon in this verse is “to purge of waste.” This is brought out clearly in the parallel statement in Matthew 15:17: “Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated?”
Do these scriptures do away with the law concerning clean and unclean meats? Not at all!
The final passage, Romans 14, may be the most difficult one because of the way it is translated in the King James Version and in most other translations. As in the other difficult scriptures, the subject is not clean and unclean foods but eating meat versus vegetarianism (verse 2). Paul admonishes Christians not to pass judgment on others for eating meat or for eating only vegetables (verse 3).
The question that confronted Paul was not that Yah’s people were suggesting that somehow unclean animals had now been made clean, but the belief of some that no meat — even meat that had been created to be eaten with thanksgiving — should be eaten at all. The apostle points out that it would be wrong for the vegetarians to eat meat if they had doubts about it, as it would defile their consciences (verse 23). He concludes, “For whatever is not of faith is sin.”
Verse 14 is a proof text used by the world to conclude that all meat is now fine to eat: “I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” This is another verse that has been poorly translated to conform to preconceived notions.
The problem is with the word “unclean,” which does not appear in the Greek text. To mean “unclean,” Paul would have used akarthatos, but instead, the text reads koinos, which means “common,” “ordinary,” “defiled,” or “profane (as opposed to holy or consecrated).” Peter uses both “common” and “unclean” to describe meats in Acts 10:14, so there is obviously a difference between the terms.
We know that the Bible defines “unclean” meat in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, but when is meat considered “common”? The only circumstance in which clean meats are common or defiled is when a clean animal dies naturally or is torn by beasts (Leviticus 22:8) or when the blood has not been properly drained from the meat (Leviticus 17:13–14; 3:17). Such animal flesh was called common because it could be given to strangers or aliens in Old Testament times if they wished to eat it (Deuteronomy 14:21). Similarly, in Acts 15:20, 29, the apostles forbade the Gentiles to eat the meat of a strangled animal or meat that had not been drained of blood.
In the case of Romans 14:14, it is likely that “defiled” would be the best term, as the meat under discussion was probably that offered to idols then sold in the marketplace for public consumption. To paraphrase, then, the verse should read: “. . . there is nothing defiled of itself; but to him who considers anything to be defiled, to him it is defiled.” The meat was not defiled in fact, just in the minds of various church members, whom Paul had earlier called “weak” (verse 2). These “weak in the faith” Christians believed that, because the meat had been offered to a pagan idol, it had become spiritually defiled.
Paul explains in I Corinthians 8:4–7 that the demon behind the idol is nothing, for “there is no other God but one” (verse 4). Thus, there is no “spiritual” taint to the meat.
However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. (verses 7–8)
So we see that in these verses that Paul is not in any manner doing away with Yah’s laws concerning clean and unclean meat. The topic does not even come up! He is discussing meat defiled or profaned due to its association with a pagan idol.
In fact, all the scriptures we have reviewed confirm that the law concerning clean and unclean meats is still in effect today.
Two foundational verses are good to remember when questions over the doing away with Yah’s law arise.
» Malachi 3:6: “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”
» Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Yah has good reasons for the laws He gives, and James reminds us, “. . . with [God] is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Rather than assume that an Old Testament law is done away, we should trust that our Maker knows what is good for His creatures and put it into practice in our lives, unless it has been specifically set aside in the New Testament. At least its principle is still valid, which will help us to live abundantly.