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Wednesday, January 2 2019

A Bible Journey, 101: Why Shouldn't Unclean Food Be Eaten?

"Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you."

Most humans naturally have no problem realizing and accepting that vultures, rats and flies are life-threatening to touch, let alone to eat. It's as though the body itself recognizes danger to its well-being. That reality is based entirely upon health, not any religion.

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) provided the Israelites the laws of dietary health (that Noah knew about long before; see Biblical Eras: The Flood In The Time Of Noah), ranging from personal hygiene (e.g. Leviticus chapter 15) to not touching or eating creatures that were purposely-created as "nature's filth collectors" e.g. vultures are unclean because they clean the environment of infectious carrion.

The LORD's Laws of "clean and unclean" are about health, for all people. They only become "religious" when people disobey the LORD's Command to not eat filthy and infectious creatures - thereby making themselves filthy and infectious creatures.

Some creatures were also declared unclean for reasons that only modern science has now realized (an ancient Biblical reality that present-day scientists claim to have discovered), such as the viruses and parasites in pigs, although the clues have always been there i.e. pigs will eat anything (including humans), while cattle and sheep are very selective vegetarians.

Shepherds

Shepherds

"11:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 11:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 11:3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.

11:4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 11:5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 11:6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 11:8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you." (Leviticus 11:1-8 KJV)

As a general rule, "clean" fish are those that inhabit fresh-flowing upper-level waters, while unclean fish and water creatures are bottom-dwellers - where natural waste, and in this present age, toxic chemicals and substances, accumulate in greater density.

"11:9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. 11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 11:11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. 11:12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you." (Leviticus 11:9-12 KJV)

Vultures, eagles and owls are unclean because, although they will eat clean creatures when they can, they eat rats, mice and carrion.

"11:13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, 11:14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; 11:15 Every raven after his kind; 11:16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, 11:17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, 11:18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, 11:19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat." (Leviticus 11:13-19 KJV)

Vultures

Carrion-eating insects (i.e. flies) are unclean, while plant-eating insects, such as grasshoppers, are clean.

"11:20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. 11:21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; 11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. 11:23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you." (Leviticus 11:20-23 KJV)

Notice the entire emphasis is on protection against disease - the reason that unclean creatures are not to be eaten or touched. Notice also the emphasis on washing - an obvious anti-bacterial procedure.

"11:24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even. 11:25 And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.

11:26 The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean. 11:27 And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even. 11:28 And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.

11:29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, 11:30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole. 11:31 These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even. 11:32 And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed. 11:33 And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it. 11:34 Of all meat which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean. 11:35 And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto you. 11:36 Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean. 11:37 And if any part of their carcase fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it shall be clean. 11:38 But if any water be put upon the seed, and any part of their carcase fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you." (Leviticus 11:24-38 KJV)

Swine

The LORD's health laws for all of humanity become religious when "For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves."

"11:39 And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcase thereof shall be unclean until the even. 11:40 And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.

11:41 And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten. 11:42 Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination. 11:43 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby. 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 11:45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

11:46 This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: 11:47 To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten." (Leviticus 11:39-47 KJV)

Fact Finder: Was a pig used to commit the original "abomination of desolation"? Did Jesus Christ say that it was going to happen again just before His return?
See A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation


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This Day In History, January 2

69: The Roman Legions of the Lower Rhine army proclaimed its commander, Vitellius, as the 8th Roman emperor (see The Roman Emperors: Vitellius and The Politics Of Rome).

Vitellius

366: A large force of Alamanni (an alliance of ancient tribes of Germanic people) crossed the frozen Rhine River and invaded the Roman Empire. The Germanic nations eventually not only defeated the Roman Empire, but became "Rome" in the prophecy of the Middle Ages and yet-future (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Germanic Europe
533: Mercurius became Pope John II; he was the first pope to adopt an alias for a papal reign.

757: Aethelbald, king of the Mercians from 716, died. By 736 he was signing himself as "king of Britain."

Britain
1492: Spain recaptured the southern city of Granada from the Moors (an Arab and Berber people from North Africa who converted to Islam and conquered Spain in the 8th century), consolidating the monarchy under Ferdinand of Aragon. The same year, King Ferdinand and his wife Queen Isabella ordered the expulsion of all Jews from Spain, while sending Christopher Columbus, an explorer in their employ, off on his first voyage to the "new world" (Columbus actually only discovered the islands of the Caribbean Sea during his four voyages; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Ferdinand and Isabella were also responsible for the horrendous "Spanish Inquisition" in which many people all across Europe were tortured and killed for not allowing themselves to be subjected to the Church of Rome. "Waterboarding" was used to torture non-Catholics into "repentance."

Christopher Columbus
1602: The Spanish force in Ireland surrendered to the English at Kinsdale.

1757: Clive of India recaptured Calcutta after it had been seized by the Nawab of Bengal who used the infamous "Black Hole of Calcutta" to imprison British captives.

1839: Pioneering photographer Louis Daguerre of France took the first photograph of the moon.

1892: Sir George Airy died at age 91. The British scientist was the seventh Astronomer Royal. He reorganized the Royal Greenwich Observatory, installing new apparatus and rescued thousands of observations from loss. The Airy Disk, the central spot of light in the diffraction pattern of a point light source, is named after him (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?).

The Royal Observatory Greenwich

1905: During the Russian-Japanese War, the Russians surrendered to the Japanese after the Battle of Port Arthur.

Japan

1936: In Berlin, Nazi officials claimed that their treatment of Jews was not any of the League of Nations business (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator; also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1937: Britain and Italy signed the Mediterranean Peace Pact. They were at war less than 2 years later.

1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), in the Philippines, Japanese forces captured the capital Manila, along with the nearby air base.

1944: The first use of helicopters in actual combat, by the British Atlantic patrol.

1959: Although almost totally ignored by U.S. historians and news media (leaving many of the U.S. population with a very inward-looking, limited awareness of the genuine accomplishments of other people), the first lunar space mission was begun by the Soviet Union with its launch of the unmanned Luna I. It passed within 4,600 miles of the moon before moving on to a solar orbit.

The U.S. often sought to overshadow important dates of Russia's pioneer space accomplishments by choosing specific "cover up" dates whenever possible - there are too many for it to have been mere coincidence. Examples: the first U.S. space shuttle launch was deliberately chosen to be on the same date as Russia's putting Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, 20 years earlier and Sally Ride was made the first U.S. woman in space on June 18, 1983 - exactly 20 years to the day after the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16-19 1963.

Cosmonauts

1971: A team of Israeli scholars announced the discovery in Jerusalem of a 2,000 year-old skeleton of a crucified male. Found in a cave-tomb, it was the first direct physical evidence of the Roman method of execution (see The Crucifixion Of The Messiah and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Why Was The Messiah Crucified, Not Stoned?).

1988: The Canada-U.S. Free Trade agreement was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

1995: The most distant galaxy discovered to that time was found by scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii. It was estimated to be 15 billion light years away i.e. the light image seen in the telescope was 15 billion years old (see Your Very Own Time Machine; also Parabolic Prophecies).

2007: Teddy Kollek died at age 95. He was the mayor of Jerusalem 1965-1993.





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