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Monday, July 8 2013
When Meat Was A Vegetable
The English word "meat" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that referred to food in general, whether of animal, vegetable or fruit. At the time of the writing of the King James Version in 1611, the original general definition of "meat" was still utilized, as stated by the KJV translators in Genesis where "meat" was used to refer to vegetables. Humans began, by design and by command of the LORD (Who was Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), as vegetarians. They were to "rule" over the other living creatures, but not eat them; even the first animals were vegetarians.
"1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them [see also The Only Child Of The Garden and Grace In The Garden).
Humans remained as vegetarians for many centuries. It was only after the Flood (see also How Did The Flood Happen?) that the LORD declared that humans were thereafter permitted to eat the flesh of other creatures, that were classified as "clean," and that were drained of their lifeblood. Notice how that dietary law was applied, with and as, to the law against murder.
"9:1 And God blessed Noah [see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq] and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
It was also a command against cannibalism - the killing of other humans for food. There is no other reason to state the two principles together as one, when referring to food, or "meat." It was also the primary reason that people, including some of His disciples, were horrified when they misunderstood the Messiah's teaching about eating His flesh and drinking His blood ("How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"). So, "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
"6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 6:48 I am that bread of life. 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Although many people regard the book of Leviticus to be "Jewish" (to understand that the people of Judah are just one of the twelve tribes of Israel, and that "Judaism" came into existence long after the LORD gave the pure instructions to Israel, see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria, Who Is Judah? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), it is in fact a detailed prophecy of Christianity (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity). The King James Version uses "meat" for both animal and vegetable in Leviticus, but notice from these examples how they were portraying what the Messiah taught, as quoted in the verses above.
"2:11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven [see The Messiah's Days Of Unleavened Bread]: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire. 2:12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits [see Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits], ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour. 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt. 2:14 And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the LORD, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears." (Leviticus 2:11-14 KJV)
Fact Finder: All seed-bearing plants were created "good." Does that mean that all seed-bearing plants now are "good"?
This Day In History, July 8
1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), 15,000 starving Church of Rome soldiers marched in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders looked on (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1249: Alexander II, king of Scotland 1214-1249, died at age 51. He maintained peace with England and greatly strengthened the Scottish monarchy.
1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama departed on the first direct European voyage to India.
1608: The first French settlement at Quebec was established by Samuel de Champlain.
1652: The First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1654) began.
1663: King Charles II of England granted a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship to Rhode Island.
1709: Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire.
1714: The government of Queen Anne offered a 20,000 pound reward for anyone who produced a chronometer that was capable of determining longitude at sea to within thirty miles after a 6 week voyage. A Yorkshireman, John Harrison, produced a highly accurate device in 1759, which was tested and proven 2 years later.
1730: An estimated 8.7 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that damaged more than 1,000 kiliometers (620 miles) of Chile's coastline.
1755: Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France over their dispute about territorial claims in the New World.
1815: King Louis XVIII returned to Paris after the defeat of Napoleon.
1835: The Liberty Bell cracked (again, as it repeatedly did, despite efforts at repair and recasting over decades). The first crack occurred in March 1753 when the brand-new bell was tested in Philadelphia upon delivery from its manufacturer in London. The bell was ordered for use in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly (now known as Independence Hall) before the revolution of the English-established colonies of New England. The English named it the "Liberty" bell (despite the popular myth and propaganda that millions of people eagerly want to believe, the bell was not named after a revolution, or by revolutionaries) because of the partial quote of Leviticus 25:10 on the bell, "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The full Scripture, that is, what is actually written and intended in the Word of God, refers to the regular Jubilee Year (see The Seven Sabbaths Of Years To The Jubilee) in the united kingdom of Israel:
"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."
1889: The Wall Street Journal began publishing.
1892: St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
1896: Sir Wilfred Laurier became the first French-Canadian Prime Minister.
1937: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan signed the Treaty of Saadabad.
1947: News reports were broadcast that a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
1974: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered President Richard Nixon to hand over the tapes to Watergate criminal investigators.
1975: An earthquake damaged over 2,000 temples in Pagan, Burma. A 20-foot-high seated Buddha was decapitated.
1994: Kim Jong-il became the "supreme leader" of North Korea upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung.
1997: In Madrid, NATO leaders agreed to allow Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - 3 former "Warsaw Pact" nations - into membership.