The Isaiah Factor

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Posted by Truth Ignited on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

          Of all the 66 books that make up the Bible, I have been coming to the conclusion that if you can take just one of these books out and place it at a higher importance than the others, that book may very well have to be the book of Isaiah the Prophet. Now, to be clear, I do not believe we can take any book or any portion of Scripture out of the whole of the Word of God and label it more important, not even the Gospel texts that depict the life and ministry of Yeshua Himself. After all, it is stated that all Scripture is profitable to us (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

          With the unity, harmony and equality of all Scripture considered, however, I believe that through this study you will see facts surrounding the book of Isaiah that demonstrate the high level of importance of this book holds today. This is not to exalt or elevate the text above others, but to show the importance of all Scripture by showing the validity of this individual portion of Scripture, if these opening statements make sense. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this you will understanding where I am going here.

The Great Isaiah Scroll

          Initially discovered in caves near Qumran between November of 1946 and February of 1947 by a couple of Bedouin shepherds, the Dead Sea Scrolls are regarded as one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made pertaining to the history of Jewish and Christian faith. Fragments of every book in the “Old Testament” were found among them, with the one exception being the Book of Esther. There was, however, one scroll among those discovered in the caves that stands out above the rest.

          This one exhibit out of the many texts discovered in the caves near Qumran is known as “The Great Isaiah Scroll”. It is the most complete writing found in the discovery as it is almost 100% complete and contains all 66 chapters of the prophet’s book.

          The scroll dates to around 335 b.c. to 324 b.c., which is approximately 350 years after the original text was written sometime between 701 b.c. and 681 b.c. The Isaiah Scroll is among the oldest Bible texts discovered, and, since Isaiah is one of the later “Old Testament” books written, the Isaiah Scroll is closer to the original than just about any other text discovered.

          Until the time of the discovery the oldest complete record of the Book of Isaiah is the Masoretic Aleppo Codex, which dates to 935 a.d. This means that there is a difference of almost 1,300 years between the two copies of Isaiah (at a minimum, 1,270 years based on the estimated dates of the Great Isaiah Scroll). When compared, it has been concluded that there is a 95% accuracy rate between the two copies—copies that have well over a thousand years separating them. That means only 5% of the two texts shows any variation or difference at all.

          If you can think back to your childhood, it is very likely that you played the telephone game in school where your teacher lined up all the kids in the class. Whether you were first, last or somewhere in the middle, you in some way participated. The teacher then proceeded to whisper a message to the first student. It was that students job to whisper the message to the next in line, and then that student would whisper the message to the next in line. Inevitably it never seemed to fail that not only would the message be drastically different when it reached the final student, but the message usually wouldn’t even make sense when the last student blurted out what they believed to be the original message.

          This exercise has been done in childhood classrooms for years, even decades, and illustrates how unlikely it is that an original message can be preserved. Yet, that is exactly what has happened with the Book of Isaiah. Now, it is well know that the Jewish scribes were meticulous in copying the text and only allow for five minor errors to be made before a scroll would be deemed unacceptable and ultimately destroyed. But to have such precision to be 95% accurate between two copies that have approximately 1,300 years separating them? What is the likelihood?

          What makes this even more impressive is when you look at the variances within the two copies. The differences tend to be punctuation that differs but does not change the context, stray marks, and spelling variations. The punctuation and stray marks can easily be considered irrelevant because they have no bearing on the words of the book, but what about the spelling differences? Could they have some impact on the meaning of the text?

          Spelling differences are seen within modern language, including the English language, spoken throughout the world and the primary language spoken in the United States. If you compare American English to British English you will find a very common difference in words like “color/colour” or “harbor/harbour”. These are the exact same word with the exact same meaning and the exact same pronunciation, yet your use of one or the other in writing will be dependent upon which part of the world your English derives from.

          Another example of a spelling difference can be seen in the English language when looking into the history of the language itself. If you come across copies of written works from the very early 1800’s or earlier, than you may find a peculiar character known as the ‘long s’. In many printed editions of these earlier English works the character looked much like a lower case letter ‘f ‘. Here is an example of two identical sentences, one written with the ‘long s’ of dated English and the other using the modern character ‘S’:

Early English: “fhe wanted to go to the mall today.”

Modern English: “She wanted to go to the mall today.”

          Trying to read a book that uses the ‘long s’ of English past would prove quite challenging as you will naturally have to pause and retrain your mind to recognize this character as the letter ‘s’ every time you encounter it. This does, however, prove to show another example of a spelling variation that has no effect on the word itself, it’s meaning, or it’s influence on the context of the passage.

          So, at this point we have a book from the Bible, Isaiah, which has been proven accurate to within less than 400 years of when it was written. Considering how exact the Great Isaiah Scroll and the Masoretic Aleppo Codex are when compared, we can easily come to a conclusive assumption that the Great Isaiah Scroll and the original work by the pen of the Prophet Isaiah himself would likely be even more precise should we ever have the opportunity to compare them side-by-side as well.

Fulfilled Prophecy

          One of the things that the Book of Isaiah is most known for is detailed prophecies about the coming Messiah that were given with meticulous detail. These prophecies range from predictions about His birth, His life and teaching, His death and resurrection, and His return at the end of all things.

          In 1957 a well respected expert in the field of mathematics, Professor Peter W. Stoner, published his research into the probability of fulfilled Messianic prophecies in a work titled Science Speaks. The research began with a look at 8 of the 300-350 prophecies about the Messiah throughout the “Old Testament”. From there they continued by identifying the likelihood of 8 more (16 total), and then they went as high as calculating the likelihood that one man could fulfill just 48 of the prophecies.

          Starting with the original eight, the calculation concluded that the odds of one man fulfilling just the original eight selected prophecies would be 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Now, as a Believer I do not advocate gambling in any form, and that includes playing the lottery or buying scratch off tickets. However, I know enough about it to know that if my odds of winning were 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, it would pretty much be a waste of time and money to play those odds. It would certainly make true a statement I have heard in the past, “The lottery is nothing more than a tax on the stupid!”

          So the research continued with eight more prophecies added in. An illustration is given to take a single silver dollar, mark it, and put it in a pile of other silver dollars. The pile would have to be 30 times the distance between the earth and the sun. Hiding the marked silver dollar in the pile, you then take a man, blindfold him, fly him into space and at any time he can stop and land on the pile to dig through it and select a single silver dollar. The chances of him selecting the marked coin are the same chances of one man fulfilling in His life just 16 of the 300-350 prophecies about the Jewish Messiah.

          Taking it to 48 prophecies they were no longer able to use silver dollars to illustrate it, they had to imagine electrons (the smallest known thing on the face of the earth). With one electron marked and hidden in the pile, the ball of electrons would extend in all directions from the earth six billion light years. The blindfolded man is then sent out, allowed to stop at any time going around a ball of electrons that spans six billion light years in all directions from it’s center, dig through them, and select one. The chances of him finding the one marked electron, while blindfolded, is the same probability that one man could fulfill in his lifetime just 48 of the Messianic prophecies.

          Yeshua our Messiah did not fulfill 8 prophecies, He did not fulfill 16 prophecies, and He did not fulfill 48 prophecies… He fulfilled every single Messianic prophecy given in the Tanakh (“Old Testament” Scriptures), with the exception of those that specifically pertain to His Second Coming (we’ll get to that in a little bit).

          So, how does this fit into the Book of Isaiah? Let’s look at eight major prophecies about Yeshua found exclusively in the Book of Isaiah that are given with great precision:

1. The Messiah will be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). This, as we know, was fulfilled when Yeshua was born of the virgin Mary, as recorded in Luke 1:26-31.

2. The Messiah will have a Galilean ministry (Isaiah 9:1-2). This we see in Matthew 4:13-16 where Yeshua began His ministry in Galilee and throughout the Gospels as He spent the majority of His time ministering there (for the most part He only went to Jerusalem during the Feasts and festivals).

3. The Messiah will have His way prepared for Him (Isaiah 40:3-5). This we know happened when John the Baptist prepared the way for Yeshua as recorded in John1:19-28.

4. Gentiles will seek out the Messiah, a particularly interesting thing to be said by a Jewish Prophet regarding the Jewish Messiah, considering the view Jews of the time held toward the Gentile nations (Isaiah 11:10). John 12:20-21 speaks about Gentiles coming to speak to Yeshua.

5. God’s Spirit will rest upon the Messiah (Isaiah 11:2). When Yeshua was baptized the Spirit descended upon Him like a dove as recorded in Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; and Luke 3:22; 4:1.

6. Isaiah 61:1 records these words, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” In Luke 4:18-19 it is said that Yeshua opened the Book of Isaiah and read this exact passage, closed the book, and in verse 21 Yeshua says, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

7. The Messiah will be buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9). Yeshua was buried in the tomb of a wealthy man named Joseph of Arimathea as stated in Matthew 27:57-60 and John 19:38-42.

8. Isaiah 53 as a whole is a passage known as ‘The Suffering Servant’ and describes in brutal detail what will happen in the moments leading to the crucifixion, and Isaiah 50:6 speaks of His being beaten across His back, having His beard ripped from His face, and being spat on. Matthew 26:67-68 says, “Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”

          Now, looking at just these eight prophecies, and using Stoner’s research as a guide, we know that the probability of one man fulfilling these eight predictions in their lifetime, given by a prophet who lived approximately 700 years earlier, would be 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Going back to the silver dollar illustrations, the silver dollars for the 8 prophecy example would cover the state of Texas two feet deep in them, and the blindfolded man would have to search through them to find the marked coin.

          This is certainly not as impressive as the six billion light year ball of electrons he would have to search for to match 48 prophecies fulfilled, but consider for a moment the precision and detail of Isaiah’s predictions. This guy said that Yeshua would be born of a virgin! Think about that, nothing like that had ever happened in the history of the world, and it has not happened since. This prophet described in brutal detail how Yeshua would be beaten and spat on, and that is exactly what transpired between His conviction and His crucifixion. Isaiah said that Yeshua would be buried in a rich man’s tomb, and sure enough He was! Even Yeshua Himself declared that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy… and the Book of Isaiah is the only text that Scripture records Yeshua as having read from in the Synagogue.

          These things did not happen by mere chance. The odds of Yeshua doing the things that Isaiah declared 7 centuries beforehand, predictions that were so precise and detailed, and doing them exactly as they were said are seemingly impossible. There is no possible way that Yeshua could have arranged for these things to happen… think about it, the first one was that He would be born of a virgin. I don’t care who you are, you cannot arrange how you will be conceived and born into this world unless you are indeed GOD!

          I want you to think long and hard about something as you go into the next segment of this message. If Isaiah the Prophet was wrong then he would be a false prophet. This is true of any of the prophets, but it holds a unique significance with Isaiah.

          You see, if Isaiah was wrong, then the virgin birth is called into question, as the Gospels specifically refer to Isaiah to support it happening (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23). The virgin birth, after all, is what the entirety of Christian faith rides or dies on. This is a very important point, but not the most important thing to consider. As noted, Isaiah is also the scroll that Yeshua read in the Synagogue on the Sabbath and told the audience in attendance that day was fulfilled in their hearing, referring to Himself. What this means is that if Isaiah was a false prophet, then Yeshua is a false Messiah. So you better think long and hard about that as we get into the next portion of this message.

The Second Coming

          When we consider the reliability of the Book of Isaiah as validated by the Great Isaiah Scroll and the Masoretic Aleppo Codex, and the accuracy of predictions made by the Prophet Isaiah as demonstrated by the research of Professor Stoner, we can and must conclude that Isaiah is the one book of the Bible that proves true. It is for this reason I stated earlier that if any book in the Bible could be regarded as the most important, it might very well be Isaiah. What other book has such a proven reliability to support it? What other book was chosen by the Messiah Himself to be read and then declare to His people that He was the fulfillment of the prophecy?

          So then, there is something else that must be considered about Isaiah. As you know already, I mentioned that Yeshua fulfilled every “Old Testament” prophecy in His life, with the exception of those that speak directly of His Second Coming. We have such a passage in the Book of Isaiah, it is found in the final chapter of His work.

For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Then you shall feed; on her sides shall you be carried, and be dandled on her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. ”When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass; the hand of the Lord shall be known to His servants, and His indignation to His enemies. For behold, the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword the Lord will judge all flesh; and the slain of the Lord shall be many. “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says the Lord. “For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and Puland Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to the Lord out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. And I will also take some of them for priests and Levites,” says the Lord. “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,”says the Lord, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.
~Isaiah 66:12-23 (NKJV)

          Let’s consider some of the words used here. In verse 12 it tells us that this is written to the Gentiles. Anyone who has any knowledge of the Bible knows that the Gospel was only opened up to the Gentiles after Yeshua was crucified as the Lamb of God, the final sacrifice of atonement for sin. So this passage must be speaking about an event that would take place after the establishment of “the Church”—after Yeshua’s resurrection.

          Verse 15 declares that in this event the Lord will come with fire, in His chariots, like a whirlwind, and that He will judge by fire and sword. Let’s consider for a moment the Book of Revelation, which is commonly held by all mainstream Christians as a prophetic book declaring events that are yet to come in the future. Revelation 19 is widely regarded as a depiction of the Second Coming of Christ, the final act before the Millennial Reign depicted in Revelation 20.

          Revelation 19:11 describes Yeshua coming on a white horse, which fits with the chariots of Isaiah 66:15 as chariots are pulled by horses. Perhaps a stretch to some, but let’s just consider it for a moment and continue on. Revelation 19:12 says that His eyes are like a flame of fire, much like the description given by Isaiah describing the returning Lord as coming with fire. Revelation 19:14 describes His armies coming with their own white horses, again this ties into chariots (which Isaiah does pluralize). Revelation 19:15 states that out of His mouth will be a sharp sword. Isaiah said too that with fire and sword He shall judge. In the end, the passages of Isaiah 66 and Revelation 19 are in harmony with their individual descriptions of the return of the Messiah. I point this out because Isaiah 66 is regarded by many scholars as a depiction of Messiah’s return as well, and the comparison does line up.

          Isaiah 16:22 refers to the new heavens and the new earth, of which the Lord declares through the Prophet, “Which I will make…” This is a future tense declaration, which tells us that this is yet to come at the time of the prophecy. Turn now your attention once again to Revelation, this time chapter 21 and verse 1. Here it states, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”

          This passage occurs after the account of the Millennial Reign mentioned in Revelation 20, and is the first time we see a present tense reference to heaven and earth being restored to the original Creation. I have heard it said before that if one wants to know the will of God, one need only read the first two chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of Revelation. This has a lot of truth to it, as the first two chapters of Genesis are the only record we have of earth before the fall of man, and the last two chapters of Revelation are the only record we have from the point of the creation of the new heaven and new earth.

          It is important to note here that Yeshua also makes reference to the new heaven and new earth. Matthew 5:17-18 records the Lord as saying, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” This is important as there is one final point I want to show from Isaiah 66.

          Isaiah 66:17 offers up two categories of people who will be judged to death by the returning Messiah. These are they that worship idols and they that insist on eating what has been deemed unclean. I believe that Messiah chose these two categories specifically as they basically sum up all who shall be judged.

          In the first case we have idolaters. These are they that worship something other than Yahweh, or who worship Him but hold something else in their life as higher than Him. This basically covers pretty much every sin listed in the Bible as all sin can easily be classified as idolatry. You see, God and His Word are one and the same. Anything, therefore, that the Bible calls sin is, in fact, idolatry if you engage in it. This is because you cannot place your faith in Yahweh and be a follower of His Son Yeshua while at the same time live in sin, as you will essentially be placing the act you commit in sin as more important in your life than your faith in God.

          That may be a hard way for many to think of it, but really stop and ponder on this for a moment. If you know something is against God’s Word, and you do it anyway, aren’t you essentially placing your desire for that thing as more important than your love for God?

          It is important to point out that the Bible draws a clear distinction between intentional sins and unintentional sins. As for calling all sin idolatry, I am of course referring to sin committed with intent. If you have not learned that a thing is sin, than you cannot commit that sin as an act of idolatry. The reason for this is that you cannot make it more important than your faith in Messiah if you are not even aware that it is a sin. I should also point out that there is perfect agreement between the “Old and New Testaments” that unintentional sin always has a sacrifice that can wash it clean, while intentional sin never has a sacrifice that can be made to atone for it. Now, part of this distinction is also the knowledge of the distinction, so if you are not aware that there is such a thing as intentional sin than you can still get right with God. For more on this read Numbers 15:22-31, Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 10:26 and 2 Peter 2:20-22.

          Now then, Isaiah brings out one other category in chapter 66 and verse 17, and that is those who insist on eating what God deemed unclean. This is also brought into agreement with Revelation via chapter 21 verse 8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” The word abominable basically means those who commit abominations. Many have tried to argue that this refers specifically to sexual sins, and of those who do so even try to narrow it down to just homosexual sins. This does not fit with the true meaning of the word, and additionally these sins are specified by the original meaning of the word in the text that the King James Bible translates ‘whoremongers’.

          Those things that are listed by God as unclean for food are referred to as an abomination more than anything else in the entire Bible. The distinction between clean and unclean animals is first mentioned in Genesis right before the flood when Noah was charged to take 7 of every clean animal (this may be seven pairs, or it may be 3 pairs and an odd one either male or female, I believe it to be the latter which I will explain in another message) and 2 of every unclean animal (it’s been said by some that this refers to two mating pairs, but it’s most likely that of the unclean animals there was only a single mating pair taken onto the ark).

          Do you recall what I said prior to this segment? If Isaiah is a false prophet then Yeshua is a false Messiah. Isaiah prophesies that at the second coming of Messiah there will be two categories of people destroyed in His wrath. One of them being those who eat unclean things, or “the abomination”. Revelation 21:8 further validates this by saying the abominable—which would include those who eat the abomination—will have a place in the lake of fire. What this means is that if your Christian doctrine claims that it’s somehow acceptable to eat unclean things like pork, shellfish, or anything else Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 lists as unclean you might just be deeming Yeshua a false Messiah. Are you still so sure you want to hold to such a doctrine? Are you sure you want to use vague passages like Acts 10 or 1 Timothy 4 to override the clear commandments of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14? You might want to think about that.

Creation Laws

          Unclean animals are referred to in the Book of Revelation, and it is blatantly clear in the passage in Isaiah 66 that these are the subject of future judgment on the Christian Church made up of Gentiles. The question, then, is why would this be a separate category from idolaters? After all, if all sin is idolatry, sin is the transgression of the Torah (1 John 3:4), and not eating unclean animals is a part of the Torah (Leviticus 11), then shouldn’t these food laws be included as idolatry? They could, and in many cases they are, but I have come to the conclusion that, while the laws regarding unclean animals are included in the Torah, they are a Law of Creation that was in place before any Laws of God were ever given. (I have three articles available that explain this further, Laws Of Creation, The Divine Order Of Creation, and Embracing Creation: Fulfilling Your Destiny In The Earth along with several others that give insight to this as well.)

          In addition to the above points, there are those in the world today who follow these Creation Laws that were given by God in regard to diet but do not follow the Bible either in part or in it’s entirety. Look at the followers of Islam, they embrace many “Old Testament” writings as a part of their Quran (the Muslim equivalent of the Bible). As a result, Muslims have a strict practice of meat distinctions that they refer to as halal, which is very similar to Jewish kosher laws (they don’t eat unclean things, but in order to certify clean animal meat as ‘halal’ it must be slaughtered facing Mecca, which does technically make it a meat offered to an idol).

          Look at the Jewish people as well; they keep strict kosher laws, many of which go far beyond what the Bible says. A good example of this is their separation of meat and dairy. There is nothing in the Bible that supports this, and in Genesis 18:8 there is even an example of a meal where meat and cheese were served together. Many Jewish sects, however, reject Yeshua and even the “New Testament” altogether. So then, we see two examples of people who embrace portions of God’s Word but reject the most important part… YESHUA!

          You see, the first real covenant and the first set of laws given by God were the Noahide Covenant and what some call the Noahide Laws that are found after the flood. God made His covenant with Noah and his descendants (as a side note, every human being on the face of the earth is a descendant of Noah, and are therefore included in God’s covenant with Noah and his descendants, should they choose to accept being in covenant with God at all). The distinction between animals that are clean for food and those that are unclean are in place before this covenant and the laws that go with it.

          It has been argued by every leading expert who studies this subject out that unclean animals are not fit for human consumption, that they were made by God to clean up the earth, and not to provide food for people. Unclean animals across the spectrum are shown as feeding on highly toxic waste, having weak digestive systems, as a result having flesh that is filled with poisonous toxins and are heavily parasitic. On the other hand, clean animals across the board process toxins out of their bodies much better, eat a cleaner diet (usually vegetarian, with the exception of fish, but clean fish also quickly filter toxins out through their fins and scales, perhaps the reason for the qualification of clean fish being that they have both fins and scales), and as a result clean animals provide us with more nutrients and hardly any risk of consuming toxins and parasites (some risk may exist, I certainly don’t want to speak in absolutes and this article is not meant to give medical advise, but it certainly appears to be minimal and our bodies are better able to combat those minimal risks).

          It is, therefore, my conclusion that the laws concerning unclean animals are Creation Laws that are completely separate from every other Law of God found in Scripture. This is why God would separate them as a category of their own in Isaiah 66. You can live a Christian life completely free of idolatry and yet be found in this category because these laws are separate from any Covenant Law (whether of Noah or of Moses or whatever other erroneous ways people want to categorize Torah commandments that are really God’s Laws), they are Creation Laws, laws that were in place at the point of Creation when God made some animals fit for human food and others not fit.

          When I say Creation Laws, I am referring to those things that modern science might refer to as laws of nature. We are all familiar with the law of gravity: What goes up must come down. We can defy gravity to a point with airplanes, balloons, and the like, but in the end gravity will win and those things will return to the surface of the earth. Another example of a Creation Law is water. When heated to a certain temperature water will turn from a liquid to a gas, and when exposed to a certain low temperature it will freeze into ice. This cannot be changed. These are Creation Laws, laws of nature that have existed from the moment God opened His mouth and said, “Let there be…”. The Dietary Laws recorded in detail in Leviticus 11 are Laws of Creation.

          Whether they were necessary before the flood or even before the fall is irrelevant. The fact is God created certain animals to be fit for human consumption and others not. Just like grizzly bears are meant to eat salmon, sparrows are meant to eat seeds, cows are meant to eat grass, pigs are meant to eat feces ,and shellfish are meant to eat toxic sludge in the waters: humans are meant to eat certain things and refrain from others… AND GOD TELLS US EXACTLY WHAT’S WHAT IN HIS WORD!!!

          It is no coincidence that the rejection of these Dietary Laws is the one thing in the Bible that an overwhelming majority of Christians feel they can disregard. While there are those who argue that you can be a Christian and drink alcohol (you know, as long as you don’t get drunk), or that you can be a ‘gay Christian,’ the majority of Believers reject these as permissible. When it comes to pork, lobster, shrimp, clams, oysters, rabbit, squirrel, octopus, squid (calamari), alligator, snake, and whatever other creatures have been categorized as ‘unclean’ and ‘an abomination’, Christians somehow think that it’s OK to eat them. We’ve been deceived into thinking we can eat things God said not to, just like Adam and Eve in the Garden when they ate from the forbidden fruit from the Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil (which was not an apple, by the way, whoever came up with that).

          There is not a single “New Testament” verse that outright says that God did away with the Levitical food laws for Christians. Yeshua said that He did not come to abolish the Law and that it would remain until the new heaven and new earth (which happens at least a thousand years after the prophetic fulfillment of Isaiah 66:17, as the Millennial Reign has to fit in there before the new heaven and earth too), and every “New Testament” verse used by Christians to justify this rejection, when studied in context, either has to do with taking the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10), eating meat sacrificed to idols (Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 and 10) or is talking about not throwing away good (Biblically clean) food after you have received it with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 4). I have a complete word by word breakdown on 1 Timothy 4:3-5 to back it up if you are interested in knowing more (see my article titled Created With A Purpose). If you want a full breakdown of all Scriptures used by Christians to allege that the Dietary Laws are voided in the “New Testament”, read through my article titled Does The New Testament Void Old Testament Dietary Laws?

          So then, the question remains, what are you going to do with the Word of God, and what are you going to do with the Book of Isaiah? It becomes very difficult to continue in sin without it being a blatant, open rejection of God and His Word after you have been presented with solid, irrefutable facts, doesn’t it?

~Blessings and Shalom~

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