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Colossians 2:16

In the future, after Christ's return (see The Return Of Jesus Christ; also The Coming World Dictator], God's food laws of Clean and Unclean will still be in effect, as they always have been. Foods that were "abominable" in the past, are "abominable" now, and will still be "abominable" in the future. For example, in the future, the Word of God plainly states that eating pigs and rats will still be abominable in God's sight, as they always have been:

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"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 will The Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of The Lord shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith The Lord" (Isaiah 66:15-17 KJV)

In the future, after Christ's return, everyone will observe God's true Holy Days (see The Christian Passover, The Christian Feast Of Unleavened Bread, The Christian Pentecost, The Christian Feast Of Trumpets, The Christian Day of Atonement, The Christian Feast of Tabernacles and The Christian Eighth Day) - or face God's wrath. For example, everyone of "all nations" will observe God's Feast of Tabernacles - or face God's wrath:

"And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, The Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, The Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith The Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles." (Zechariah 14:16-19 KJV)

In the future, after Christ's return, everyone will observe "new moons" (i.e. the pagan Roman calendar will be trashed and God's true calendar will be used by everyone; God's months begin at the new moon - see Bible Calendar and Bible Months) and everyone will observe God's weekly Sabbath (see God's Fourth Commandment):

"Thus saith The Lord God; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened ... Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before The Lord in the Sabbaths and in the new moons." (Ezekiel 46:1,3 KJV)

Colossians 2:16

As you just plainly read in the verses above, in the future, after Christ's return, everyone will be observing and obeying God's food laws, calendar (new months start at new moon), annual Holy Days, and weekly Sabbath - or face God's wrath. The apostle Paul was therefore not telling people to commit grievous sin by telling people to not observe and obey God's food laws, calendar, annual Holy Days, and weekly Sabbath when he said:

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days" (Colossians 2:16)

Colossians 2:16 is used by many people as their rebellious excuse to ignore and disobey God's Law. They claim that Colossians 2:16 means that humans are lawless, as lawless as Satan - they misuse Paul's words to do whatever they please. But as we read in all of the verses above, all of those things are not "done away," or "nailed to the cross," because all of those things will be observed, after Christ's return, by God's people, of all nations.

Paul, as is plainly stated in "let no man therefore judge you," merely said that you should not let any unrepentant person (regardless of how self righteous they make themselves appear) "judge" you (i.e. attempt to belittle or discourage you) for your truly obeying God.

Fact Finder: What was Paul describing as being "nailed to the cross"?
See What Law Was "Nailed To The Cross"?

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