Human Suffering


Perhaps the most heartbreaking image ever taken, Kevin Carter’s picture of a starving girl in Sudan, taken in 1993, sparked much controversy.

Carter would commit suicide a year after taking the photo, at the age of 33.

It is unknown if the girl in the image survived.

When it comes right down to all the human suffering through past and present, the photo’s which can be found from different locations worldwide can be so sad, and so graphic, that many would not be able to handle what their eyes have seen – therefore my purpose is to make known that the same, and much much worse is coming upon hundreds of millions leading into billions worldwide; however, those looking to Yehovah from their heart, and through obedience, will be able to endure just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose the fiery furnace over denying Yehovah Elohim in Daniel 3, or as Paul, Job, Jeremiah, Daniel, and all individuals living as spiritually instructed through our Book of Instruction known as the Holy Bible..

How can it be possible to warn our entire human race of what is coming upon them all being over 7.4 billion? According to words in the Bible over two billion don’t believe; it’s impossible. Therefore cannot be done. In fact the gospel truth itself has yet to be made known in this world under the yoke and slavery of human rule.

So when will people learn truth?


Matthew 24:4-13 makes known our nearing 3 1/2 years of wrath and affliction with verse 14 telling when hidden truth will be made known worldwide – followed by another 3 1/2 years known as great tribulation. Would you like to be of those 144,000 spreading the Good News of Yehovah’s coming Kingdom? Or would you feel very satisfied and even blessed through having Yehovah’s mercy (Psalms 33:17-21, Romans 9:15-18 KJV) during these perilous times almost upon the 326,000,000 million in America as written in many verses never taught?

Either way – you can be sealed, or will be protected — but only if you become separated as one called out of this world rather than being deceived as all calling themselves Christian, watchmen or end time messengers spreading the gospel, when in truth all they are doing is spreading their mislead upon billions because of scripture they ignore which tells exactly when that time will actually happen. – Safety with protection and basic needs supplied – if you come out of her as instructed in Revelation 18.

Who is her? America and deception in all religious beliefs regardless of their title. on those called, and those not.

Certainly, we wait with hope for you, O Yahweh,
    as we follow the path of your guiding principles.
        We want to remember you and your name.
With my soul I long for you at night.
    Yes, with my spirit I eagerly look for you.
    When your guiding principles are on earth,
    those who live in the world learn to do what is right.
Although the wicked are shown pity,
    they do not learn to do what is right.
    They do what is wrong in the upright land
        and do not see the majesty of Yahweh.

My people, go to your rooms,
    and shut the doors behind you.
    Hide for a little while until his fury has ended. (few)
Yahweh is going to come out from his dwelling place
    to punish those who live on earth for their sins.
        The earth will uncover the blood shed on it
            and will no longer cover up its dead bodies. (many)  Isaiah 26:9, 20-21  (NOG)

So what is the difference between the few and the many?

Isaiah 59:1-2, Jeremiah 17:9-10, and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 make known in great depth what is never taught through meaning as written; therefore everything about us revealing who we truly are is written in our hearts where Yehovah looks to see our true person with no words needed. Thus if our book of instruction for His commanded walk is not lived by with nothing ever hid — our iniquities have separated us from whom our lips claim to love.


1 Corinthians 12:17-31, 13:1-3

How many true believers actually look to our eternal Father to rule their hearts which makes them to be as one part of the body with dependence on other parts to properly function? How many believers really care about others when suffering or living in hardship? Why through these past 10 years have I only experienced most all knowing absolutely nothing about their commanded love with deed when possible towards others?

In what you are about to read I will share how and why Yehovah has been shaping my wife and I through these prior 10 years as preparation on how to endure within the worst times of trouble coming upon all humanity just as scripture warns.


Acts 14:22

In other words, even with 27 years of private studies, a 474 page published book, 16 free websites, over 1000 blogs, and much much more concerning worship and becoming not of this world spiritually speaking — I still expect to suffer during these coming years being the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this globe; and even though the Holy Bible warns this world of Christianity, who don’t even know their proper name being Israel that are to be living by every word and walking the walk of the chosen Israelite’s — none, no, not one worldly person according to scripture (Psalms 14:2-3) not understood, believed, or taught can see the suffering coming directly upon them all not only in America, but worldwide: and great sadness for the hundreds of millions into being over a billion that have been misled into believing they will be within the man made rapture, or snatched away from this sick and  dying world when hundreds of millions leading into billions not as good as them have been left behind. What a sick mind Christianity has developed from this world of shepherds Yehovah warns all to beware of in much scripture never taught. Want unsmooth truth from the Bible shepherds will never teach?


Yet I, and the few others called out of this corrupt misleading world can see clearly what has been written, and reason why these things must be through total disassociation while putting no trust in self nor man. Proverbs 3:5-7

My friends [Beloved], do not be surprised at the ‘terrible trouble’ [fiery ordeal; Zech. 13:9; Mal. 3:1–3] which now comes to test you. Do not think that something strange is happening to you. But ·be happy [rejoice] that you are sharing in Christ’s sufferings so that you will ·be happy and full of joy [rejoice exulting/joyously] ·when Yeshua (Christ) comes again in glory [at the revelation of his glory].

Ezekiel 5:1-17

   The third that is left I will ·test with [bring into the] fire,
    ·purifying [refining] them like silver, 
testing them like gold.

Then they will call on ·me [my name], > (
    and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘These are my people,’
    and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”  Zechariah 13:9 (EXB)

So who am I and what has made me different? How can I possibly have a spiritual understanding the multitudes have not? (Matthew 13:11, John 15:19)

Below is just a few current photos of the way we live, with many more that can be found in my links supplied.

The parents of my wife now in their 80’s never really have never had much of anything in their entire life, yet always kept their faith; and because of when Mylene, my wife, became so very ill that she could no longer continue teaching in elementary school, we were forced into a transfer making their home ours also to share.

Aside from living these past 10 years within a life of poverty, when I study and view the great suffering upon innocent people worldwide through many ways so gruesome — my wife and I feel blessed even as have nots — while also knowing that what suffering and hardship we have gone through since 2007 has been with purpose for Yehovah’s shaping and molding to prepare us for all the coming affliction which will require deep, strong, and stable roots. . .

Job 8:11:15

Rather than the shallow roots this world of Christianity has so well been showing through their cold hearts with very selfish actions through these past 10 years — my wife and I as of this day don’t even have rice to eat, and no real life; yet we keep our faith knowing our Father YHVH will touch just one heart for our basic needs.  This is our Paypal email and ID — so please help us with anything at all. Thank you  Myself  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge  My Wife  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, and more. offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet. – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of. – Accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.  – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.


The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017


Published: January 16, 2017

Source: Washington’s Blog

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute.

“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, etc.

Unfortunately, as a nation we’ve become so desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, so accustomed to reports of government corruption, and so anesthetized to the sights and sounds of Corporate America marching in lockstep with the police state that few seem to pay heed to the warning signs blaring out the message: Danger Ahead.

Remember, the Titanic received at least four warnings from other ships about the presence of icebergs in its path, with the last warning issued an hour before disaster struck. All four warnings were ignored.

Like the Titanic, we’re plowing full steam ahead into a future riddled with hidden and not-so-hidden dangers. We too have been given ample warnings, only to have them drowned out by a carefully choreographed cacophony of political noise, cultural distractions and entertainment news—what the Romans termed “bread and circuses”—aimed at keeping the American people polarized, pacified and easily manipulated.

However, there is still danger ahead. The peril to our republic remains the same.

As long as a permanent, unelected bureaucracy—a.k.a. the shadow government— continues to call the shots in the halls of power and the reach of the police state continues to expand, the crisis has not been averted.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the nefarious government programs we’ll be encountering on our journey through the treacherous waters of 2017.

Mandatory quarantines without due process or informed consent: Under a new rule proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government agents will be empowered to indefinitely detain any traveler they suspect of posing a medical risk to others without providing an explanation, subject them to medical tests without their consent, and carry out such detentions and quarantines without any kind of due process or judicial review.

Mental health assessments by non-medical personnel: As a result of a nationwide push to train a broad spectrum of so-called gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, hair stylists, bartenders, police officers and EMTs in mental health first-aid training, more Americans are going to run the risk of being reported by non-medical personnel and detained for having mental health issues.

Tracking chips for citizens: Momentum is building for the government to be able to track citizens, whether through the use of RFID chips embedded in a national ID card or through microscopic chips embedded in one’s skin. In December 2016, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation allowing police to track individuals suffering from some form of mental disability such as Alzheimer’s or autism by way of implanted chips.

Military training to deal with anti-establishment movements in megacities: The future, according to a Pentagon training video, will be militaristic, dystopian and far from friendly to freedom. Indeed, if this government propaganda-piece that is being used to train special forces is to be believed, the only thing that can save the world from outright anarchy—in the eyes of the government, at least—is the military working in conjunction with local police. The video confirms what I’ve been warning about for so long: in the eyes of the U.S. government and its henchmen, the battlefield of the future is the American home front.

Government censorship of anything it classifies as disinformation: This year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates $619 billion for war and military spending, not only allows the military to indefinitely detain American citizens by placing them beyond the reach of the Constitution, but it also directs the State Department to establish a national anti-propaganda center to “counter disinformation and propaganda.” Translation: the government plans to crack down on anyone attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights by exposing government wrongdoing, while persisting in peddling its own brand of fake news.

Threat assessments: Government agents—with the help of automated eyes and ears, a growing arsenal of high-tech software, hardware and techniques, government propaganda urging Americans to turn into spies and snitches, as well as social media and behavior sensing software—are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports aimed at snaring potential enemies of the state. It’s the American police state rolled up into one oppressive pre-crime and pre-thought crime package.

War on cash: The government and its corporate partners are engaged in a concerted campaign to do away with large bills such as $20s, $50s, $100s and shift consumers towards a digital mode of commerce that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient. As economist Steve Forbes concludes, “The real reason for this war on cash—start with the big bills and then work your way down—is an ugly power grab by Big Government. People will have less privacy: Electronic commerce makes it easier for Big Brother to see what we’re doing, thereby making it simpler to bar activities it doesn’t like, such as purchasing salt, sugar, big bottles of soda and Big Macs.”

Expansive surveillance: Whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, will still be listening in and tracking your behavior. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers who work with the government to monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere. In such an environment, we are all suspects to be spied on, searched, scanned, frisked, monitored, tracked and treated as if we’re potentially guilty of some wrongdoing or other.

Militarized police: Americans are finding their once-peaceful communities transformed into military outposts, complete with tanks, weaponry, and other equipment designed for the battlefield. Now, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are preparing to turn the nation’s police officers into techno-warriors, complete with iris scanners, body scanners, thermal imaging Doppler radar devices, facial recognition programs, license plate readers, cell phone extraction software, Stingray devices and so much more.

Police shootings of unarmed citizens: Owing in large part to the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, not a week goes by without more reports of hair-raising incidents by police imbued with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a battlefield approach to the communities in which they serve. Indeed, as a special report by The Washington Post reveals, despite heightened awareness of police misconduct, the number of fatal shootings by officers in 2016 remained virtually unchanged from the year before.

False flags and terrorist attacks: Despite the government’s endless propaganda about the threat of terrorism, statistics show that you are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. You are 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane. You are 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack. You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack. And you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.

Endless wars to keep America’s military’s empire employed: The military industrial complex that has advocated that the U.S. remain at war, year after year, is the very entity that will continue to profit the most from America’s expanding military empire. The U.S. Department of Defense is the world’s largest employer, with more than 3.2 million employees. Thus far, the U.S. taxpayer has been made to shell out more than $1.6 trillion to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. When you add in military efforts in Pakistan, as well as the lifetime price of health care for disabled veterans and interest on the national debt, that cost rises to $4.4 trillion.

Attempts by the government to identify, target and punish so-called domestic “extremists”: The government’s anti-extremism program will, in many cases, be utilized to render otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist. To this end, police will identify, monitor and deter individuals who exhibit, express or engage in anything that could be construed as extremist before they can become actual threats. This is pre-crime on an ideological scale.

SWAT team raids: More than 80% of American communities have their own SWAT teams, with more than 80,000 of these paramilitary raids are carried out every year. That translates to more than 200 SWAT team raids every day in which police crash through doors, damage private property, kill citizens, terrorize adults and children alike, kill family pets, assault or shoot anyone that is perceived as threatening—and most often in the pursuit of someone merely suspected of a crime, usually some small amount of drugs.

Erosions of private property: Private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family. Likewise, if government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property.

Overcriminalization: The government’s tendency towards militarization and overcriminalization, in which routine, everyday behaviors become targets of regulation and prohibition, has resulted in Americans getting arrested for making and selling unpasteurized goat cheese, cultivating certain types of orchids, feeding a whale, holding Bible studies in their homes, and picking their kids up from school.

Strip searches and the denigration of bodily integrity: Court rulings undermining the Fourth Amendment and justifying invasive strip searches have left us powerless against police empowered to forcefully draw our blood, forcibly take our DNA, strip search us, and probe us intimately. Accounts are on the rise of individuals—men and women alike—being subjected to what is essentially government-sanctioned rape by police in the course of “routine” traffic stops.

Drones: As corporations and government agencies alike prepare for their part in the coming drone invasion—it is expected that at least 30,000 drones will occupy U.S. airspace by 2020, ushering in a $30 billion per year industry—it won’t be long before American citizens find themselves to be the target of these devices. Drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—will come in all shapes and sizes, from nano-sized drones as small as a grain of sand that can do everything from conducting surveillance to detonating explosive charges, to middle-sized copter drones that can deliver pizzas to massive “hunter/killer” Predator warships that unleash firepower from on high.

Prisons: America’s prisons, housing the largest number of inmates in the world and still growing, have become money-making enterprises for private corporations that manage the prisons in exchange for the states agreeing to maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years. And how do you keep the prisons full? By passing laws aimed at increasing the prison population, including the imposition of life sentences on people who commit minor or nonviolent crimes such as siphoning gasoline.

Censorship: First Amendment activities are being pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. Free speech zones, bubble zones, trespass zones, anti-bullying legislation, zero tolerance policies, hate crime laws and a host of other legalistic maladies dreamed up by politicians and prosecutors have conspired to corrode our core freedoms. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remains the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”

Fascism: As a Princeton University survey indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen. We are no longer a representative republic. With Big Business and Big Government having fused into a corporate state, the president and his state counterparts—the governors—have become little more than CEOs of the Corporate State, which day by day is assuming more government control over our lives. Never before have average Americans had so little say in the workings of their government and even less access to their so-called representatives.

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, put it best when he warned: “Take alarm at the first experiment with liberties.” Anyone with even a casual knowledge about current events knows that the first experiment on our freedoms happened long ago.

We are fast moving past the point of no return when it comes to restoring our freedoms. Worse, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we can barely see the old America with its revolutionary principles and value for independence in the rear view mirror. The only reality emerging generations will know is the one constructed for them by the powers-that-be, and you can rest assured that it will not be a reality that favors individuality, liberty or anything or anyone who challenges the status quo.

As a senior advisor to George W. Bush observed, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

In other words, the government has been operating ten steps ahead for quite some time now, and we have yet to catch up, let alone catch our breath as the tides of change swirl around us.

You’d better tighten your seatbelts, folks, because we could be in for a rough ride in 2017.  Myself  My Wife  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet. – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe. – Continual bad news which reveal just how unstable and deranged our human race has become. This is our email and Paypal ID, and more than anything we need help as in just a 50 kilo sack of rice being $40. May our creator direct your path.


Government Genocide Murdering 262 Million

We all as human beings on this planet earth have always been yoked, or within a type of bondage under the extremely pathetic rule of man; therefore because world leaders have always been above the law, what they have all been doing to civilization for thousands of years should bring death upon each and every corrupt leader — but because they can get away with all their brutal crimes committed against humanity — they all just remain as free killers to do as they please until their day of judgment arrives.

Because this past decade has offered me nothing but time, I simply share the big picture of our coming human destiny according to Yehovah; and with reason why these things must be based on scripture.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Among all the democide estimates appearing on this website, some have been revised upward. I have changed that for Mao’s famine, 1958-1962, from zero to 38,000,000. And thus I have had to change the overall democide for the PRC (1928-1987) from 38,702,000 to 76,702,000. Details here.

I have changed my estimate for colonial democide from 870,000 to an additional 50,000,000. Details here.

Thus, the new world total: old total 1900-1999 = 174,000,000. New World total = 174,000,000 + 38,000,000 (new for China) + 50,000,000 (new for Colonies) = 262,000,000.

Just to give perspective on this incredible murder by government, if all these bodies were laid head to toe, with the average height being 5′, then they would circle the earth ten times. Also, this democide murdered 6 times more people than died in combat in all the foreign and internal wars of the century. Finally, given popular estimates of the dead in a major nuclear war, this total democide is as though such a war did occur, but with its dead spread over a century.

Being that all I do for life is read, study, pray, and look only to the Father for direction with zero trust in man while my wife and I living a decade of many hardships with Christians being the last to care in any way — we don’t even have any rice, but plenty mice. So any help would be nice just for rice, and traps to get rid of mice. This is our Paypal ID and email — so please help us just a little. Thank you  Myself  My Wife  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet. – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.  – continual news reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.



Yeshua the Messiah Was NOT a “Christian”!

The time has arrived for all believers to make their decision between what comes from Yehovah, or what comes from man; and because the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this earth are growing close — there remains no more time to procrastinate.

1-corinthians-2-003I Corinthians 2:13-14

Shocking as it may seem, history and the Bible prove that Yeshua the Messiah was a devout Jew who did not come to abolish the faith of Judaism or the Law of his Father, but to magnify and expand them! Modern day “Christianity” has very little in common with the carpenter’s son from Nazareth, whom they claim as the founder of their “faith”! Yeshua did not teach or observe the major “Christian” holidays of Christmas, Easter, but considered them pagan. He observed the Jewish holy days of Passover, Tabernacles, and Pentecost. Just what did Yeshua the Messiah of Nazareth teach? And why was he violently persecuted by the religious leaders who were in control during his day? What did he really teach about the Laws of YEHOVAH God?

For many months we have wanted to write upon this topic. Bruce Barton calls Yeshua the Messiah the man “nobody knows,” and that seems to be the truth! In his book entitled The Man Nobody Knows, Barton pointed out that the Messiah of the New Testament was very unlike the common conception people have of him. He was not sanctimonious, wimpy, namby-pamby, weak, whining, or effeminate. Not only was he muscular and strong, physically, having worked for years as a carpenter and mason, but he was bold, courageous, and active, even throwing the money changers out of the Temple of YEHOVAH God.

But, Yeshua the Messiah was unlike the common conception of him in many other ways, also. The truth is, he was NOTHING LIKE the modern representation or idea people have of him! Truly, as the apostle Paul warned was beginning to happen 1,900 years ago, the world has embraced “ANOTHER JESUS” — a totally different “Jesus” from the one revealed in Scripture! Paul warned the Corinthian church, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough” (II Cor. 11:3-4, NIV).

The Yeshua of modern-day Christianity all too often seems to be one who hated his Father’s law, especially the Sabbath day, and abolished it. He hated the holy days of YEHOVAH God, and abolished them. He came preaching a gospel which virtually abolished the entire Old Testament, the Laws of YEHOVAH God, and ridiculed and condemned all the religious leaders of the Jews. But is this portrait of Yeshua the Messiah accurate?

Who is the “real Jesus”?

Will the Real Yeshua, Please Stand Up?

The truth is, the “Jesus” just described is 180% opposite from the Yeshua of the Scriptures! He is a FALSE YESHUA, a false “god,” which was foisted upon the world by a devious and cunning Satan, who has indeed deceived the “whole world” (Rev. 12:9).

The Yeshua of the New Testament did not hate his Father’s Law. In fact, to clarify this very point, he told his disciples in no uncertain terms: “Do NOT think that I have come to ABOLISH THE LAW or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to FULFILL them” — that is, to fill them to the full, to bring to them their full spiritual scope and intent! (Matt. 5:17). Yeshua went on, explaining: “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (verse 18).

Has that day come yet? Has everything been accomplished? Have the new heavens and new earth appeared yet (Rev. 21:1)? Has the heavenly Jerusalem already come down from heaven to the earth (Rev. 21:2)? Has Satan already been punished and cast into the lake of fire? (Rev. 20:10.) Has the Great White Throne Judgment occurred already? (Rev. 20:11-12.) Have Yeshua the Messiah and YEHOVAH God the Father already returned and established the Kingdom of YEHOVAH God? (Rev. 10:1-7 and Rev. 19:6, 11-16).

The answer is obvious. Therefore, by Yeshua’s own admission, the LAWS OF YEHOVAH GOD are still in force today! He did not come to abolish the LEAST little law or commandment! Rather, he came to make the law of YEHOVAH God even MORE binding, in spirit, and not just in the letter!

Read Matthew 5, to the very end of the chapter. Notice. Yeshua did not just condemn the act of murder, but he added, “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment” (verse 22). Yeshua did not merely condemn the act of adultery, but he went much further, saying, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (verse 28). Although the law of Moses allowed divorce through a “certificate of divorce,” Yeshua tightened and strengthened the divorce law of YEHOVAH God. He said, “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for MARITAL UNFAITHFULNESS, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery” (verse 32).

Yeshua and the Law

Does this sound as if Yeshua rescinded or abolished the commandments of YEHOVAH God? NOT AT ALL! Rather, he amplified and expanded their meaning, showing us the full spiritual intent of YEHOVAH’s Law. As Isaiah the prophet spoke of him, “It pleased the LORD [through the agency of the Messiah] for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious” (Isa. 42:21). The Living Bible has this verse, “The LORD [through the agency of the Messiah] has magnified his law and made it truly glorious.” A possible rendering of the original Hebrew of this passage is: “He will enlarge and advance the Torah, and make it expanded.” In other words, Yeshua’s intent was not to abolish or weaken or emasculate the Laws of YEHOVAH God, revealed in the Old Testament, but to expand and magnify them to their full spiritual intent and conclusion — to show their full meaning, purpose, and relevance — to reveal their spiritual and supernatural nature and basis — to show that the commandments lead us by necessity to FAITH in him as the Messiah. We do not earn salvation by works of law, but by Faith in Yeshua the Messiah, who died for our sins and transgression of the Law, and who now gives us his spirit to enable us to fulfill the righteousness of the Law (Acts 2:38; 5:32; Gal. 2:20). The Messiah did not replace the Law of YEHOVAH God with Faith alone, but rather gives us inward Faith, through his spirit, to enable us to observe the holy commandments of YEHOVAH God!

The apostle Paul knew this truth. He wrote to the believers in Rome, “Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we UPHOLD the law” (Rom. 3:31). Not one iota, not one jot or tittle, is abolished from the Law of YEHOVAH God.

But what about offering animal sacrifices, one might ask. Aren’t animal sacrifices abolished? This is a much misunderstood area of Yeshua’s teaching. Protestants and Catholics and many others assume that the entire Law of YEHOVAH God is abolished, and they point to animal sacrifices as an example of that. But what is the truth? Is it so simple as all that? Why are animal sacrifices not done today?

What about the Law of Moses?

When a leper came to Yeshua and asked to be made clean, Yeshua had compassion on him and healed him. At once he was cured. Then Yeshua commanded him, “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and OFFER THE SACRIFICES THAT MOSES COMMANDED for your cleansing, as a testimony to them” (Mark 1:40-44). Here was Yeshua’s perfect opportunity to tell the poor man that it wasn’t necessary any more for him to offer sacrifices prescribed in the Law. But he didn’t do it! Why? Because, although those sacrifices did not forgive sin, their performance would be a TESTIMONY to all the people that a wonderful miracle had been accomplished — a marvelous, miraculous HEALING!

At that time the Temple of YEHOVAH God was still standing. The Levitical priesthood was still in operation and functioning. Therefore, the Laws involving the Temple, priesthood, and sacrifices were STILL APPLICABLE and in force!

In 60 A.D., 29 years after the crucifixion of the Messiah, the apostle Paul returned to Jerusalem from his journeys in Europe, preaching the gospel. Upon his return the elders of the Church of YEHOVAH God in Jerusalem welcomed him, and heard his report of the miracles and wonders YEHOVAH had done among the Gentiles (Acts 21:17-19).

Now notice what happened next. “When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: ‘You see, brother, how many THOUSANDS of Jews have BELIEVED [the gospel], and ALL OF THEM ARE ZEALOUS FOR THE LAW. They have been informed [or misinformed by persecutors among the Jews who hated Paul] that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a VOW. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is NO TRUTH IN THESE REPORTS about you, but that you yourself are living IN OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW” (Acts 21:20-24).

Obviously, it was not wrong to live according to the laws of YEHOVAH God, and even to perform the ceremonies of the ritual law and sacrificial law. Paul, being a Jew, therefore took part in this ceremony. However, it was not needful for Gentiles to do such things as were required in the ceremonial and ritualistic law (verse 25).

“The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them” (verse 26). This must have been the law of the Nazarite vow which is given in Numbers 6, when a man vows to separate himself to YEHOVAH God for a period of time. During that time, he cannot cut his hair or use a razor, or drink wine or vinegar, grape juice or eat grapes, or drink any other fermented drink. When the period of separation was over, he was to go to the Tent of Meeting, or the Temple. “There he is to present his offering to the LORD: a year-old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering, a year-old ewe lamb without defect for a sin offering, a ram without defect for a fellowship offering, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings, and a basket of bread made without yeast — cakes made of fine flour mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil” (Num. 6:13-15).

The priest was to present these offerings before the LORD and make the sin offering and burnt offering (verse 16). He was to present the basket of unleavened bread, and to sacrifice the ram for a fellowship offering, together with the grain offering and drink offering (verse 17). Then the Nazarite’s hair, which had not been cut for the duration of the vow, was to be shaved off and put in the fire under the sacrifice of the fellowship offering (v. 18). The priest then was to place in his hands a boiled shoulder of the ram, and a cake and a wafer from the basket (unleavened). “The priest shall then wave them before the LORD as a wave offering; they are holy and belong to the priest, together with the bread that was waved and the thigh that was presented. After that, the Nazarite may drink wine” (Num. 6:20).

If this “law of God” were abolished by Yeshua the Messiah, then WHY did the apostle Paul observe it with four other Church men in Jerusalem 29 years AFTER the crucifixion of the Messiah? Obviously, this ceremony had NOT been abolished in any way whatsoever. If there were a Temple of YEHOVAH God in Jerusalem, today, and a Levitical priesthood, then it would NOT BE WRONG for a true believer in the Messiah to observe this same ritual and ceremony TODAY!

Law Versus Lawlessness

What does this tell us, then, about the true religion that Yeshua the Messiah, proclaimed? What does it tell us about his true gospel, good news, or message? The apostle Paul wrote, “What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet’ ” (Rom. 7:7). Paul went on, “So then, the law is HOLY, and the commandment is HOLY, RIGHTEOUS and GOOD” (verse 12). He went on to say that YEHOVAH’s Law is spiritual (Rom. 7:14) — and that which is spiritual is eternal. As Paul also wrote, “For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (II Cor. 4:18). If the Laws of YEHOVAH God were all abolished, as some believe, then Yeshua did away with what was clearly holy, righteous, good, and spiritual. How ridiculous!

The sad truth is that the religion which today calls itself “Christian” in the world and which claims the laws of YEHOVAH God are abolished IS NOT TRULY CHRISTIAN AT ALL! It is a PAGAN perversion of the truth of YEHOVAH God. Its origin is not in the Scriptures of the Bible, but in the ancient pagan Mystery religion of ancient Babylon, with its false Messiah, its pagan customs and beliefs, and its hatred of the laws and customs of YEHOVAH God, which have been preserved in part by the Jews only!

That is why we say, in the title of this article, that Yeshua the Messiah was NO CHRISTIAN! He never observed Christmas (see our article, Is Christmas Christian?), which is the pagan celebration of the winter solstice and the birth of the “sun god.” He wasn’t born anywhere near December 25! He never observed Easter Sunday, named after the pagan goddess of sex and fertility, called “EESTER” (phonetic spelling) but spelled Astarte, or Ishtar, by the pagans.

Furthermore, Yeshua the Messiah never once in his entire life observed “Sunday” every consecutive week as a day of rest, nor did he ever command his followers to observe it! Sunday is the pagan day of worship of the SUN GOD! It carries its very meaning in its name. True followers of the Messiah do not worship on the “day of the sun” every consecutive week, but keep the Sabbath according to the lunar calendar as YEHOVAH God commanded, and which can fall on any day of the week! Consecutive Sunday worship stamps people as worshipping the false “god of this world,” Satan (II Cor. 4:4), who has blinded the minds of those who believe not the truth of the Scriptures. Satan comes disguised as an “angel of light,” as Paul wrote.

Those who teach contrary to the Law of YEHOVAH God, which Yeshua upheld, and Paul also taught, are false ministers, serving in false Churches, exploiting the “name” of Yeshua to cover over their pagan roots and origins. Paul writes of them, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (II Cor. 11:13-15). For more proof about this incredible deception which has pulled the wool over the eyes of MILLIONS of people who think they worship the Messiah, read our article Is the Law of YEHOVAH God Nailed to the Cross?

The True Teachings of the Messiah

First and foremost, we need to understand that Yeshua the Messiah was a Jew. He was born the son of Mary and Joseph, both of whom were devout Jews. Joseph was a “righteous man” (Matt. 1:19), which means he observed the laws of YEHOVAH God faithfully (see Psalm 119:172). When the magi came to see the Messiah, they asked Herod, “Where is the one who has been born king of the JEWS?” (Matt. 2:2).

Yeshua was brought up in the faith of his fathers, the faith of Joseph and Mary — the teachings of 1st. Century Judaism. The Church which existed in Judea at that time was the “congregation of Israel,” and the teachers of the Church were known as Pharisees. The Sadducees were a small, offshoot cult which numbered some members among the priesthood and the well-to-do. They were politically motivated, and harsh in their teachings. However, the whole nation of Judea followed the teachings of the Pharisees, who created the system of synagogue worship throughout the land. Even the Sadducees feared the Pharisees, because all the multitudes followed them. They preserved the religious faith of Israel, the Scriptures, and the laws of YEHOVAH God, handed down from generation to generation.

There were only three religious “sects” known of in Judea at that time. The third sect was the Essenes, who withdrew from society and lived in communes down by the Dead Sea, in the desert. They developed their own calendar, rejected the priesthood and the Temple worship, and sort of lived unto themselves, as a class of “hermits” with very strict codes and regulations.

The Pharisees, however, were the teachers and scribes of the Law. They were the predominant religious group in Judea. They preserved the religion of Israel, descended from the time of Ezra the scribe. Their very name means the “separated ones.” They preserved the truth of YEHOVAH God during the apostasy of the priesthood and Hellenists during the time of Antiochus Epiphanes. You can read more about them in our article, Who Were the Pharisees?

Since Joseph and Mary lived by the tenets of the religion of their forefathers, they lived by the laws of Judaism. They observed all the holy days of YEHOVAH God, and the true (lunar) Sabbath day. They were devout. After the birth of Yeshua, we read: “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’), and to OFFER A SACRIFICE in keeping with what is said in the Law of the LORD: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons’ ” (Luke 2:22-24).

Another devout Pharisee of that time was Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. We read, “In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. But of them were UPRIGHT in the sight of God, OBSERVING ALL THE LORD’S COMMANDMENTS AND REGULATIONS BLAMELESSLY” (Luke 1:5-6). These were law-abiding, devout Jews — Pharisees who practiced the religion commonly known as “Judaism.” However, be aware that the “Judaism” of the Messiah’s day was far different to the Judaism practiced today.

Another righteous Jew, or Pharisee, of that time, was “Simeon, who was RIGHTEOUS AND DEVOUT. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the spirit, he went into the TEMPLE COURTS. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the CUSTOM OF THE LAW REQUIRED, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel’ ” (Luke 2:25-32).

Joseph and Mary observed the Passover festival every year. “Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOM” (Luke 2:41-42).

Yeshua and the Pharisaic Leaders of His Time

As Yeshua the Messiah was brought up, therefore, and taught as a youth, he was obviously brought up in the teachings and doctrine of the Pharisees! Very likely he was educated by Rabbis who were of the School of Hillel. We know that his wisdom and knowledge, even when he was 12 years old, astonished the doctors of the Law and Pharisees. When he was twelve, his parents took him to Jerusalem to observe the Passover. When the Feast was over, they returned home, unaware that he was still in Jerusalem. A day after they left, they discovered he was missing, and returned to Jerusalem to find him. “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:41-47).

When Yeshua began his ministry, however, many of the Pharisees did not accept him. Many who were in power and authority in Jerusalem looked upon him as an “outsider,” an interloper, as one who threatened their power and security. They vehemently denounced him. When they saw his miracles, they ridiculed them. When Yeshua healed a demon-possessed man who was both blind and mute, the common people were astonished, and wondered, “Could this be the Son of David?” But the majority of the Pharisees, who by this time had been infiltrated by hypocrites and wicked men, rejected the evidence before their very eyes, and exclaimed, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons” (Matt. 12:22-23).

In the time of the Messiah, there were two major schools among the Pharisees — the school of Hillel, and the school of Shamai. Many among the school of Shamai were very strict, legalistic, and harsh in judgment. They stressed minutae, and legalism, adding many extra burdensome laws to the Sabbath, for example.

We read of this kind of Pharisee when Matthew records: “Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!’ Jesus replied, ‘And why do you break the COMMAND OF GOD for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received is a gift devoted to God,’ he is not to honor his father with it. Thus you NULLIFY THE WORD OF GOD for the sake of your tradition. You HYPOCRITES! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in VAIN; their teachings are but rules taught by men’ ” (Matt. 15:1-9).

Yeshua had many encounters with these apostate renegades among the Pharisees. By the time his ministry had begun, the Pharisees as a whole had degenerated into a thieving, greedy, conniving bunch of rascals and scoundrels. The majority of them had become wicked and self-righteous, vain and selfish, lusting after praise, honor and glory from men.

A Pharisee Named Gamaliel

One, however, who was not among this apostate group was Gamaliel. He was a “doctor of the Torah,” a grandson of the famous Hillel who had founded the School of Hillel. Gamaliel is mentioned favorably in the New Testament. Luke records that when Peter and John had been brought before the Sanhedrin because of the miracle they had performed in the name of Yeshua, many of the Pharisees present were furious and wanted to put them to death. The apostles had challenged their authority to command them to quit preaching in the name of the Messiah. Peter had said, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29). He then gave a witness that Yeshua, whom they had slain, was the Messiah. This bold witness enraged the apostate, renegade Pharisees who were present. But something happened, to prevent their action.

“But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was honored by ALL the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: ‘Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men….Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin it will fall. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves FIGHTING AGAINST GOD’ ” (Acts 5:34-39). His speech persuaded them to let the apostles go free, after they flogged them.

Who was this Gamaliel? He was a righteous, devout Pharisee. He was the teacher of the apostle Paul. Paul declared, when he was on trial before the Sanhedrin, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers and was just as zealous for God as any of you are today” (Acts 22:3).

Because of his thorough Pharisaic upbringing, Paul later wrote to the Philippians, “If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the LAW, A PHARISEE; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for LEGALISTIC RIGHTEOUSNESS, FAULTLESS” (Phil. 3:4-6).

This clearly shows that Gamaliel had taught Paul well. Paul had been a very devout Pharisee — just as Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, and Joseph, the legal father of Yeshua the Messiah, were.

Unger’s Bible Dictionary tells us of Gamaliel:

“The grandson of the great Hillel, and himself a Pharisee and celebrated doctor of the law. His learning was so eminent and his character so revered that he is one of the seven who, among Jewish doctors only, have been honored with the title of ‘Rabban.’ He was called the ‘Beauty of the Law,’ and it is a saying of the Talmud that ‘since Rabban Gamaliel died the glory of the Law has ceased.’ He was a Pharisee, but anecdotes are told of him which show that he was not trammeled by the harrow bigotry of the sect. He rose above the prejudices of his party. Candor and wisdom seem to have been the features of his character….Ecclesiastical tradition makes him become a Christian and be baptised by Peter and Paul, together with his son Gamaliel and with Nicodemus…” (“Gamaliel,” p. 388).

What Yeshua Really Said

Now, with this background in mind, let us examine the words of Yeshua in Matthew, where he encountered some hostile critics among the Pharisees in Jerusalem. In Matthew 22 we read that some Pharisees “went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.” They sent men to flatter him, and then ask him whether it was all right to pay taxes to Caesar or not. They intended to get him in trouble with the Roman authorities, if he said no, and with the people, if he said yes. But Yeshua discerned their motives and replied, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a coin, and he said, “Whose portrait is this, and whose inscription?” The answered, “Caesar’s.” Yeshua then silenced them, saying, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matt. 22:15-22).

After this, the Sadducees tried to trip him up also. They didn’t believe in a resurrection from the dead. They taught that this life is all there is, and there is no “afterlife.” They gave Yeshua an example of a man who had been married to seven wives, each of them dying successively. They then asked him which woman would be his wife in the resurrection. Yeshua responded, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead — have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living’ ” (verses 29-32).

The Pharisees then tried again, sending someone to ask him which is the greatest commandment of the Law. Yeshua replied quoting the Shema from the Torah. He said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (verses 34-40).

Then Yeshua confounded the Pharisees by asking them a question, saying “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They replied, “The Son of David.” Then Yeshua asked them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ‘ If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he then be his son?’ ” (verses 41-45). They couldn’t think of a reply (v. 46).

Matthew 23 and “Moses’ Seat”

At this point, we read that Yeshua turned to the crowds, and to his disciples, and said: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees SIT IN MOSE’S SEAT. So you must OBEY THEM and do EVERYTHING they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is for men to see…” (Matt. 23:1-5).

What is Yeshua saying here? Notice! He is talking to the multitudes and to his disciples about the Pharisees. He acknowledges that as a group, as descendants of the “pious ones,” that the GOOD, devout, sincere Pharisees sat in Moses’ seat — that is, they held authority in the Church, in the religion of Israel, in the promulgation of the Truth and the Law of YEHOVAH God. They exercised authority in the Church, in teaching the laws and commandments of YEHOVAH God, in determining the Temple services and rituals, and in preserving and maintaining the sacred calendar, and setting the dates for the annual Holy Days. When Yeshua said this, he was speaking of the DEVOUT Pharisees — such as Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, Gamaliel, the “doctor of the Law,” and others, such as Nicodemus.

But after saying this, he turned his attention to the OTHER Pharisees — the rascals and insincere, the mountebanks and hypocrites among them, the rogues and scoundrels — the religious renegades and apostates! It is then of THESE kinds of Pharisees that he goes on to say, “WOE to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter [so obviously he was not here talking about devout, righteous Pharisees, such as Gamaliel, or Nicodemus, or Saul of Tarsus], nor will you let those enter who are trying to. WOE to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. WOE to you, blind guides!” (Matt. 23:13-16).

Yeshua goes on to call the renegade, apostate Pharisees, who were like wolves in sheep’s clothing, masquerading as servants of YEHOVAH God, but still in positions of authority and power, “You blind fools!” (verse 17). He finally denounces them with these scathing words: “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matt. 23:33).

Yeshua was here not reprimanding Gamaliel or the other DEVOUT Pharisees of his time. Not at all! Since they were primarily in accord with his Judaic theology, and teachings, he had no need to criticize them or to denounce them publicly. Yeshua mentioned nothing here about the ethical school of Hillel in this passage of condemnation. Rather, he was denouncing and rebuking the APOSTATE scribes and Pharisees!

“The Painted Ones”

Modern Judaism calls those apostate scribes and Pharisees whom Yeshua encountered by the derogatory epithet “The Painted Ones.” Notice! Leo Trepp writes in A History of the Jewish Experience: Eternal Faith, Eternal People:

“Like any great movement, Pharisaism found in its ranks members that did not belong. They had joined, not in a spirit of idealism, but from motives of self-interest and the desire for self-aggrandizement. The leaders of the Pharisees were well aware of them and condemned them severely. In biting irony, the Rabbis called them ‘Painted Ones,’ whose piety was but painted on, a veneer designed to hide a heart of selfishness. Thus in the mouths of the rabbis, the term ‘Pharisee’ could be the highest accolade or scathing rebuke.

“Rabbi Joshua used to say: ‘A mad pietist, a cunning villain, a “Pharisaic” woman and the scourge of the Pharisees lead society to destruction (Sota 20 ff.).’

“In explanation the terms are clarifed:

“A mad pietist: he would not save a drowning woman; it is not ‘decent.’

“A cunning villain: he sees the judge alone, in chambers, before the start of a litigation.

“A Pharisaic Woman: a pray sister with an evil heart.

“The scourge of the Pharisees: seven unworthy types of Pharisees, namely:

“the egotistic Pharisee: he hopes to gain by his show of piety;

“the overmodest Pharisee: he walks with mincing steps;

“the bleeding Pharisee: he walks with eyes closed, lest he be tempted; he bleeds from hitting his head on the obstacles into which he has bumped;

“the bent-over Pharisee: he demonstrates his ‘humility’ by standing and walking in bowing position;

“the dutiful Pharisee: he has ‘never’ shirked his duty, and constantly asks for new tasks to perform;

“the Pharisee of ‘love,’ who makes a show of his love of God;

“the reverent Pharisee, making a show of his reverence for God.

“This sarcasm, which overstates the point, clearly shows the concern the rabbis felt over the penetration of unworthy people into their ranks. Their spirit is reflected in words which Jesus speaks to hypocrite Pharisees: ‘You Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness…ye tithe the mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God; these ought you to have done, but not to leave the other undone…you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues and greetings in the markets…Woe unto you scribes and Pharisee hypocrites, ye are graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them’ (Luke 12:39-44). We can almost pick the different types of ‘painted ones,’ who are mentioned here in equal sharp rebuke. But why did the rabbis permit these people to remain members of the group? Because as humans we cannot look into the hearts of men to determine their true motivations” (pp. 72-73).

Yeshua the Messiah — the True Devout Pharisee!

When we look at all the evidence, then, we see that Yeshua the Messiah did not come to bring an entirely new “religion.” Rather, he was a Jew, and he taught an enlightened, expanded truth of the Law of YEHOVAH God. He was taught of the Pharisees as a youth, and no doubt was considered as a “Pharisee” in general terms. The Pharisees of that day acknowledged him as a “rabbi,” or “teacher.” John the Baptist seemed to be indicating that Yeshua was, at least in the beginning, before he began his own separate ministry, among the Pharisees. For John said to the Pharisees who came to him, questioning him:

” ‘I baptise with water,’ John replied, ‘but AMONG YOU stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie’ ” (John 1:26-27).

Yeshua observed the requirements of the “Judaism” of his time. When he told the Pharisees that the first commandment was to love YEHOVAH God with our whole being, he was actually quoting from Deuteronomy 6:4-5. When he said the second commandment was to love our neighbor, he was quoting from Leviticus 19:18. Yeshua emphasized ALL THE MAJOR POINTS of the “Judaism” of the day, except the “excess baggage” which false teachers had added to YEHOVAH’s commandments, including various “traditions of men” (see Mark 7:5-13).

Therefore, if we take a careful look at Yeshua the Messiah of the Bible, the one revealed in the New Testament, we find that he was a true, devout Jew who obeyed all the commandments, and taught others to do so. He only parted company with the Pharisees of his time when they parted company with the revealed Law of YEHOVAH God because of their onerous traditions, which they added to YEHOVAH’s laws, and which sometimes violated the spirit and intent of the Law! YESHUA WAS A JEW! He was the Greatest Jew of all time! He was not an anemic, pale, pagan “Gentilized Christ!”

It was most likely when Yeshua began his ministry, teaching the NEW REVELATION of the truth of YEHOVAH God, that the Father gave him, that the Pharisees suddenly came up in arms, began to criticize him, began to find fault, and the more miracles he performed, the more dangerous they felt he was to their establishment and their authority, and they began to attack him with vehemence and vituperation. The renegade false Pharisees cast him out of the synagogue, and accused him of being “demon-inspired” (Matt. 11:24). Nicodemus was a member of the Jewish “ruling council” (John 3:1). He sought out Yeshua “at night” because he didn’t want the other Jewish leaders to see him (verse 2). He acknowledged that Yeshua was sent by YEHOVAH God (verse 2).

By the time Yeshua’s ministry was nearly over, and he had even raised Lazarus from the dead, the apostate, renegade Pharisees still in power decided to have Yeshua put to death. When anyone decided to follow him, that person was cast out of the synagogue or church of that time (John 9:1-34). This was well known, so many people refused to associate with the Messiah out of fear (see verses 20-23).

Those who rejected Yeshua, and caused him to be crucified, were not the devout, pious, righteous Pharisees of that time. Rather, those who condemned and betrayed him were the self-righteous, apostate, renegade Pharisees (and Sadducees), who had at that moment in history usurped control and authority in the movement! They were spiritual “wolves” who had entered into the flock of YEHOVAH God, and devoured with rapine and ferocious rapacity.

It was the APOSTATE Pharisees, who had become ringleaders and powerful figures in the movement at that time, but who were RENEGADES spiritually, that Yeshua blistered with his scathing denunciations and condemnation, in Matthew 23!

There really should be no controversy or conflict among modern day Jews, therefore, who sincerely practice true Judaism. If they can only separate in their minds between the HISTORICAL YESHUA, and the FALSE CATHOLIC CHRIST, if they can only distinguish between the TRUE and the FALSE, the REAL and the IMITATION Yeshua, then they should have no problem accepting the teachings of the true Yeshua, who taught a purified and refined and fully developed “Judaism.” He came to fulfill the teachings of the Judaism of his day — not to abolish them! He came to amplify YEHOVAH’s Law — not to destroy it!

A modern Jew, Rabbi Roland B. Gittlesohn of the Temple Israel in Boston, Massachusetts, writes of the true, historical Yeshua:

“I can certainly accept Jesus as a fellow-Jew…Jesus was not a Christian; he was a Jew. He did not preach a new faith, but taught men to do the will of God; and in his opinion, as also in that of the Jews, the will of God was to be found in the law of Moses and in the other books of Scripture. Here we must make a clear distinction between the religion of Jesus and the religion about Jesus. The religion of Jesus was Judaism; there can be no doubt of that. Christianity is the religion about Jesus. When Jesus was asked, ‘What is the first of all the commandments/’ — he answered by reciting the Shema which is the great statement of Monotheistic Judaic faith: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul…this is the first commandment’….Even though these words are often quoted — even at times by ignorant or self-denying Jews — in the name of Jesus, he himself was surely aware of the fact that they come from the Hebrew Torah…which antedates him by many centuries. Jesus was consciously citing and reiterating Judaism. This Jesus, Jesus the Jew, I can with clear conscience accept. I can and do also accept him as a superb teacher, as a restless rebel against hypocrisy, as a compassionate counselor, as one who stressed the spirit over the letter of faith, though he knew the letter to be important too. Jesus [was] an extraordinarily beautiful and noble spirit, aglow with love and pity for men, especially for the unfortunate and lost, deep in piety, of keen insight into human nature, endowed with a brilliant gift of parable and epigram, an ardent Jew, moreover, a firm believer in the faith of his people; in all, a dedicated teacher of the principles, religious and ethical, of Judaism. As a Jew and rabbi, then, I can accept Jesus…He held the basic beliefs and practices of the Jewish heritage to be precious, but strove to refurbish and refine them, to adapt them to the needs of his time. This, however, is not the Jesus of [Catholic and Protestant] Christianity, nor of Jews for Jesus…” (Smashing the Idols: A Jewish Inquiry into the Cult Phenomenon, Gary D. Eisenberg, pp. 165-166).

Modern Jewish rabbis and scholars know that Yeshua followed the first century Pharisaic practices in regards to the Sabbath and Holy days. Virtually ALL the various criticisms against Yeshua, such as healing on the Sabbath days, were totally unfounded in view of the teaching of “Nikkuah Nefesh” within Pharisaic Judaism — that is, “A Life in Danger” permitted Yeshua to heal on the Sabbath days! — otherwise the sick and afflicted people mentioned in the Gospel accounts may have died without finding another opportunity for healing in time!

Orthodox Jews will no doubt take notice of the Messianic movement among modern Jews, and within modern Judaism, long before they will pay any attention to all the various confused churches of modern Christendom, including whose who profess to observe the Sabbath and holy days, but cannot determine which are the correct days to observe! Unfortunately, the Jews themselves have become confused and today keep an incorrect Sabbath and observe many of the Holy Days at the wrong time due to their corrupted calendar. [Revelation 12:9 speaks no lie]

There were Pharisees in the time of the Messiah who were false brethren. Later some of these apostate, renegade Pharisees even entered the Church of YEHOVAH God, accepted the Messiah as Saviour, at least on the outside, and professed to worship him. But they taught that Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to be saved. The apostle Paul had a terrific struggle with them throughout his ministry. “This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them” (Acts 15:2).

These renegade Pharisees were especially prevalent among the Galatians. Paul had to write to them, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a DIFFERENT GOSPEL — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into CONFUSION and are trying to PERVERT the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6-7). [Yet all today’s preachers worldwide will preach these words while not seeing themselves being who they were written for]

The apostate Pharisees were preaching circumcision for all Gentile converts. Paul told the Galatians, “This matter arose because some FALSE BROTHERS had INFILTRATED OUR RANKS to SPY on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you” (Gal. 2:4-5).

These were “false teachers,” who were the same kind of Pharisees — wolves in sheep’s clothing — as the renegade apostates condemned by the Messiah in Matthew 23! The apostle Peter also speaks of them, when he wrote, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will SECRETLY INTRODUCE destructive HERESIES, even denying the Sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up” (II Pet. 2:1-3).

This same problem has happened within our end-time age, today. There have once again been those who entered the Church of YEHOVAH God during these last days, and have brought in diabolical heresies, changing church teaching on the healing doctrine, denying the broken body of the Messiah which was sacrificed for our healing as well as salvation (Isa. 53:5; I Pet. 2:24). They have rejected the importance of end-time Biblical prophecies, and even accuse us of being “Satan inspired.”

The apostle Jude also wrote of these modern apostates. He declared, “I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”

Jude went on, “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have SECRETLY SLIPPED IN AMONG YOU. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and DENY Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 3-4).

These men scoff at Bible prophecy. Jude wrote of them, “But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be SCOFFERS who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who DIVIDE you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit” (Jude 17-19).

What about you? Will you follow modern renegade Pharisees into error and confusion? Will you become a spiritual “shipwreck”?

What about you? Will you worship the TRUE YESHUA THE MESSIAH of Scripture and history? Or will you follow the false pied pipers of FALSE CHRISTIANITY, and the FALSE YESHUA which they portray, instead of the true Yeshua?

Your salvation itself depends on your answer!

As for us, we will worship the true Messiah — the historical, Biblical Yeshua — the Yeshua who followed, obeyed, and taught ALL of his Father’s commandments

Hope of Israel Ministries — Preparing the Way for the Return of YEHOVAH God and His Messiah!  Myself  My Wife  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, and these end times  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet. – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.  – continual news reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.


Are All Foods Clean? With Much More Revealed – Only If Scripture is Followed. . .

For any and all on this earth being within our 7.5 billion civilization; there is but one truth that remains unknown to all being of this world; therefore only those few chosen and called out of this world can deliver that message of truth none, no, not one earth dweller wants to hear.John 15:19 Psalms 14:2-3 Ezekiel 2 & 3 etc.

Also realize that of all the tags I use, any actually researching all the links used will find relation.

Proverbs 2:5-6 Psalms 32:8 Psalms 91:14

—But people who are evil and ·cheat others [impostors; charlatans] will go from bad to worse. ·They will fool others, but they will also be fooling themselves [L …deceiving and being deceived].  2 Timothy 3:13 (EXB) — Today’s Shepherds Worldwide Have Been Totally Deceived –– Thus Mislead All Congregations as in billions being blinded through blind charlatans. What does Revelation 12:9 speak that billions refuse to believe, as if being a believer in themselves?

For any and all on this earth being within our 7.5 billion civilization; there is but one truth that remains unknown to all being of this world; therefore only those few chosen and called out of this world can deliver that message of truth none, no, not one earth dweller wants to hear.John 15:19 Psalms 142-3 Ezekiel 2

We all live our daily life within a world filled with nothing but division; therefore the only way for any genuinely wanting truth accompanied with instruction for their life, [believers in the only true Yehovah and Yeshua] must according to scripture look only toward our eternal Father; because those not doing so are led by man and their own human spirit not knowing the things of YHVH: (1 Corinthians 2) and what you just read has great meaning on His sacred name being Yehovah, and Yeshua being the proper name of our Messiah rather than Jesus Christ. In addition what we must seek from above is the Sabbath, what is correct out of uncountable beliefs, pagan holidays, non biblical tithes, eternal salvation, feasts, hell, predestined, and endless subjects for discussion which through our Father will lead to us to unity and love for all.

Also take notice on my spelling of the names above, verses the spelling directly below along with the 2nd most popular name for God being Yahweh; and you just read the 1st being God – so you decide using not just these links, but all that can be found on this most extreme important subject;  –

Question with Answer – So how is it possible for any to know truth from the links supplied or any? Especially when via Internet there are hundreds of thousands all being different in small ways creating huge mislead for billions?

That is why we can only look to YHVH for spiritual knowledge – and the greatest sadness upon this entire world of Christianity – is their mislead because of so much untaught scripture, and how most all have become without required fruits with their greatest lack being love with deed for others in need making them to covet all their own material items that shall perish; therefore not known by Yeshua, separated from Yehovah; and this truth just read is well verified through much scripture – Christians in no way believe – therefore despise one of YHVH’s few end time messengers while also hating Yehovah through their actions.

Yahushua said that he did not come to destroy the law or the prophets (Matthew 5:17-20).

The dietary food law (does it still apply?) – Know also that to really gain understanding of what is clean, and what is not, requires a very extensive study just as everything about our creator, and what He expects from Israelite Christians.

Are we still required to keep the law?


In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 God gives us a list of animals that are not to be eaten as food. Included in this list declared “unclean” are some of man’s favorites: swine, shrimp, lobster, crab, catfish, as well as squid, rabbit, squirrel, etc. However, there are several places in the New Testament where God seems to indicate that He has changed His mind on these things:

MARK 7:18 And he said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) (NASU)

ROMANS 14:14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. (NIV)

ACTS 10:10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (NIV)

On the surface, it looks pretty clear, doesn’t it? Go ahead and eat what you want, God has given you the green light. But has God really changed his mind? Are these animals listed in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 now OK to eat?

In Malachi 3:6, God declares that He does NOT change. This would seem to indicate the opposite of what’s stated above. In order to determine if God has really changed His position on the issue of clean and unclean foods (considered important enough to be included in the Torah twice), let’s look at the passages above (and a few others) in more detail. You may be surprised at what the Scriptures really say on this topic.

Let’s begin in the seventh chapter of Mark. In order to fully understand Yeshua’s words, we’ll start at the first of the chapter and get the context:

MARK 7:1 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to him, having come from Jerusalem. 2 Now when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled [koinais], that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” (NKJV)

This passage is the background context for what Yeshua states afterward. As the Scripture shows, the problem that arose was related to Messiah’s disciples not washing their hands in the traditional way. The reason for this specialized washing was for ceremonial purity, not cleanliness.

The word translated “defiled” in verse 2 is a form of the Greek adjective koinos. Like many words, this word and the related verb koinoo (along with their variations) can be used positively or negatively. In the positive sense, these related words mean “common,” such as in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, where the disciples of Messiah were said to have had “all things in common.” In a negative context, these words are used to contrast the “holy” with that which is “common,” “defiled,” or “profane.” This is the sense in which koinais is used in Mark 7:2.

Yeshua uses the Pharisees’ criticism of his disciples over a non-biblical ritual to launch a scathing attack on their use of human traditions to override the scriptural commandments of God. He then spoke a parable to the crowd to illustrate the true cause of spiritual defilement:

MARK 7:14 When he had called all the multitude to himself, he said to them, “Hear me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile [koinosai] him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile [koinounta] a man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”(NKJV)

As with most parables Yeshua used, this one was not readily understood (Matt. 13:10-15). The disciples asked Yeshua for a further explanation of what he meant:

MARK 7:17 When he had entered a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18 So he said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile [koinosai] him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” 20 And he said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles [koinoi] a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile [koinoi] a man.” (NKJV)

Yeshua explained to his disciples that those things which go into a man’s body from the outside (such as dirt from unwashed hands) do not keep a man from being holy. Instead, the evil things that come out of a man’s heart and lead him to commit sin are the things that prevent him from being holy.

Now let’s look more closely at verse 19. The New King James Version renders this verse differently than does the New American Standard Bible 1995 update cited at the beginning of this article. The NASU (and most other modern translations) ends Yeshua’s quotation after “eliminated” (ekporeuetai) and sets off the final phrase as an explanatory comment by Mark. According to this interpretation, Yeshua was using the parable to declare all animals to be edible, in contradiction to Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. However, the NKJV considers this entire verse to be the words of Yeshua. Why is there a difference between the two?

[These links below contain much more of what is required for spiritual understanding through not putting trust in man.]

The reason for the differing translations is a ONE letter variation between the Greek manuscript base used by the NKJV translators and the manuscript base used by the translators of other modern versions (such as the NASU). The vast majority of the Greek manuscripts of Mark end verse 19 with the conclusion to Yeshua’s statement being “. . . thus cleansing all foods” (Gr. katharizon panta ta bromata). The “o” in katharizon (καθαριζον, “cleansing”) is the Greek letter omicron (ο). However, a very few Greek manuscripts instead have katharizon (καθαριζων) spelled with the “o” being the Greek letter omega (ω) instead of omicron. The omega changes the word’s gender from neuter to masculine, allowing for the difference in translation.

Without getting into a technical debate regarding Greek grammar or the pros and cons of each manuscript base, the overwhelming textual evidence supports the NKJV rendering of verse 19 over the NASU translation.

Most Greek manuscripts of Mark 7:19 literally read: “Because it does not enter into his heart, but into the stomach, and into the toilet passes, cleansing all foods.” It is clear that Yeshua is not declaring all foods “clean” here, because the cleansing process he refers to is digestion, which ultimately leads to defecation. Yeshua’ point here appears obvious: Breaking God’s law defiles a man, not non-adherence to man-made traditions. This parable has nothing to say about eating unclean animals.

Next, let’s look at the experience of Peter recorded in Acts 10 to see if it supports eating unclean animals. As we did with Mark 7, let’s start at the beginning to get the proper context:

ACTS 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. 6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” 7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. 8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa. (NKJV)

Here we see that Cornelius, a God-fearing Roman centurion, was given a vision of a holy angel. In the vision, the angel told him to send for Simon Peter and have him come to his house in Caesarea. In obedience to the words of the angel, Cornelius sent THREE men (two of his household servants and one of his soldiers) to get Peter. That particular number will be important a little later in the story:

ACTS 10:9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common [koinon] or unclean [akatharton].” 15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed [ekatharisen] you must not call common [koinou].” 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again. (NKJV)

Notice the situation; Peter went to the rooftop about noon to pray at the same time the three men from Cornelius were drawing near. After he had finished praying, he became very hungry. While those in the house were preparing the noon meal, Peter (still on the roof) fell into a trance and had a vision. In this vision, he saw a sheet being let down from above with all kinds of animals in it, both clean and unclean.

When a supernatural voice told him to rise, kill and eat, Peter responded the way any good Torah-observant Jew of the 1st century would have. He refused, saying that he had NEVER eaten anything “common” (koinon) or “unclean” (akatharton). That statement by itself is interesting, considering that it had probably been at least ten years since the resurrection of Messiah at that time. Clearly, Peter did not take Yeshua’s words recorded in Mark 7 (examined above) to mean that any animal could legally be eaten.

Why did Peter differentiate between “common” (“defiled”) and “unclean” in his reply? The Greek word akatharton specifically refers to those animals prohibited from being eaten in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, as an examination of the Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament clearly shows. But “common” referred to a different group of animals altogether. Only clean animals designated as food sources in the Torah could become “common” or “defiled” in such a way that they became inedible.

Peter was saying here that he had never eaten any “unclean” animals or any clean animals that had been “defiled” ceremonially. The angel’s answer to Peter is interesting; it conclusively shows that food is not the subject of this vision at all. The angel told Peter not to call “common” that which God had cleansed (ekatharisen). There is no mention of the “unclean” here at all by the angel. This statement was repeated three times before the vision ended.

ACTS 10:17 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate. 18 And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there. 19 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. 20 Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” (NKJV)

Notice that Peter did not immediately understand the vision. As he sat on the roof contemplating what the vision meant, the three men from Cornelius arrived. God’s Spirit let Peter know that he was to go down and go with the men. At this point Peter likely began to understand the vision and the reason that the angel had repeated his message three times (once for each of the Gentiles sent by Cornelius to fetch him):

ACTS 10:21 Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, “Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?” 22 And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.” 23 Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. 28 Then he said to them, “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 [koinon] or UNCLEAN [akatharton]. 29 Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. . . .” (NKJV)

By the time Peter arrived at Cornelius’ house, he fully understood the purpose of the vision given to him on the rooftop. It was not meant to allow the consumption of prohibited animals as food, but rather it was designed to show Peter (and the rest of the messianic Jews) that God was now calling people that they considered to be defiled into His family. No longer could the messianic Jews justify not keeping company with or going to a Gentile (a tenet of the oral law, not the written Torah). Instead, God showed Peter (and through him the rest of the messianic Jews) that he must accept these people as part of His chosen nation Israel.

Peter was told by the angel in Acts 10:15 that what God had cleansed (ekatharisen) he was not to call “defiled.” A review of the usage of the Greek root word katharizo (“cleanse”) in the Gospels illustrates the point God was making more fully. This word and its variants are used several times to describe the cleansing of leprosy by Yeshua and his disciples (Matt. 8:2-3; 10:8; 11:5; Mark 1:40-42; Luke 4:27; 5:12-13; 7:22; 17:12-19). Just as Yeshua physically cleansed many lepers of their disease, God was showing Peter that He was spiritually cleansing the Gentiles of their impurities (Acts 15:9; Eph. 5:26; Titus 2:14; Heb. 9:14, 22-23; I John 1:7-9) through the blood of Messiah. When properly understood, this passage of Scripture has absolutely nothing to say about the consumption of unclean animals.

Now let’s look at Romans 14 in detail. In his letter to the Romans, Paul is addressing a congregation composed of both Jews and Gentiles. Although Paul had never been to Rome to meet with the assembly there (Rom. 1:10-15), he had apparently heard of some problems between the two factions which motivated him to write them. His letter to the Romans is a compilation of instructions and explanations to help these two groups coexist as one unified body.

The entire chapter deals with food customs that were dividing the Roman congregation. From the beginning of Romans 14 to the end, food and drink are mentioned 16 times. There were two specific problems related to eating and drinking that Paul addresses in this chapter:

(1) WHAT to eat or not eat, and

(2) WHEN to eat or not eat.

Both of these issues are introduced by Paul in this chapter, along with his solutions to the difficulties they were causing the Roman assembly.

The first problem is mentioned by Paul in Romans 14:2:

ROMANS 14:1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (NIV)

Paul begins this chapter by telling the Romans not to pass judgment on one another in regards to differences of opinion. He then defines one of the areas where the Roman believers were judging each other (eating meat versus eating only vegetables).

Why would this issue present a problem for the Roman congregation? Romans 14:14 holds the key to answering that question:

ROMANS 14:14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean [koinon] of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean [koinon], to him it is unclean [koinon]. (NKJV)

The underlying Greek word translated “unclean” is koinon. As it is in the passages we’ve already looked at from Mark 7 and Acts 10, this word would be better translated “common” or “defiled.”

Verse 14, when translated properly, should read: “I know and am convinced by the Lord Yeshua that there is nothing defiled of itself; but to him who considers anything to be defiled, to him it is defiled.”

This verse is really the key to understanding why some in the Roman assembly would not eat meat. There were those in the congregation that considered the meat sold in the meat markets to be ceremonially “defiled” (koinon).

But what was it that caused some in the Roman congregation to view the meat this way? The most likely reason was that they assumed most of the meat sold in the local market was defiled because it had been offered in sacrifice to idols.

Paul had addressed a similar situation which arose in Corinth (I Cor. 10:18-28). His answer to the Corinthians’ concerns over this issue was that they should eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience about whether the meat had been sacrificed to an idol (I Cor. 10:25). But if they knew for certain that meat had been sacrificed to an idol, they were to avoid eating it (I Cor. 10:28).

Paul’s advice to the Romans was very comparable. He said he was convinced that nothing was defiled of itself. In other words, he told the Roman believers not to automatically assume that meat sold in the marketplace had been sacrificed to idols. However, he went on, if someone in the congregation could not in good conscience eat such meat (because they could not be certain it had not been sacrificed to an idol), then to him it was defiled and he shouldn’t eat it.

Obviously, Romans 14:14 has nothing to do with eating unclean meats.

In Romans 14:5, Paul addresses the second “eating” problem:

ROMANS 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. (NKJV)

What is Paul talking about here? In the first problem, he clearly explains the dispute. But here, the problem is not quite as evident. In verse 6, Paul mentions “he who eats” and contrasts him with “he who does not eat.”

The second area of contention over eating in the Roman assembly was a question about when it was proper (or expected) that congregation members would fast. It is in this context that Paul speaks of “one who esteems one day above another” (Rom. 14:5).

The very issue of setting aside particular days for fasting was a contentious one in the early church. The Didache (also known as The Teaching of The Twelve Apostles), written sometime between 80-150 A.D., addresses this exact controversy:

DIDACHE 8:1 Be careful not to schedule your fasts at the times when the hypocrites fast. They fast on the second (Monday) and fifth (Thursday) day of the week, therefore make your fast on the fourth (Wednesday) day and the Preparation day (Friday, the day of preparation for the Sabbath-Saturday). (The Didache, 1998 translation by Ivan Lewis)

“The hypocrites” mentioned here is a reference to the Pharisees. The author of The Didache urged believers in Yeshua to fast on days other than those chosen by the Pharisees. In agreement with The Didache, the Mishnah indicates in tract Taanit that the Pharisees fasted on Monday and Thursday. This is also alluded to in Luke’s Gospel:

LUKE 18:11 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ (NKJV)

Paul’s point in this passage (Rom. 14:5-6) is that no particular days of the week had been sanctioned by God for fasting. Those who chose to fast regularly on days such as Monday and Thursday (or Wednesday and Friday) would be accepted if they did it to honor God. Likewise, those who didn’t view any particular day as mandatory for fasting would be accepted if they ate in the proper spirit and gave thanks to God.

Paul goes on in the rest of chapter 14 to urge the believers in Rome not to judge one another and not to cause their brethren to stumble in these matters. Paul succinctly sums up both problems in the final verse of chapter 14:

ROMANS 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. (NKJV)

From our examination of the Scriptures, it is clear that God did not nullify Leviticus 11 or Deuteronomy 14 in Mark 7, Acts 10, and Romans 14. But there is one other Scripture that appears to show that any animal may now be eaten by believers:

I TIMOTHY 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is SANCTIFIED [hagiazetai] by the word of God and prayer. (NKJV)

This passage by Paul appears very plainly to show that every creature on earth is now edible. However, one very important limiting factor is usually overlooked by those who use this passage to teach that doctrine.

Paul tells us that “every creature of God is good,” and is not “to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving” (I Tim. 4:4). But he qualifies that statement in verse 5 by saying that these creatures are “sanctified by the word of God” (I Tim. 4:5).

The Greek word translated “sanctified” in verse 5 is hagiazetai; it literally means “set apart.” What creatures of God have been “set apart” by the word of God for use as food? Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 conclusively list those creatures of God which are to be eaten and the ones which are not to be eaten. Instead of contradicting the Torah‘s prohibition on eating unclean animals, Paul is actually supporting it in this Scripture.

Nowhere in the New Testament can it be found where all foods are conclusively declared clean and fit for human consumption. But is there a passage of Scripture that shows that this prohibition will remain in force past the time of Messiah’s first coming? Yes, there is!

In the final chapter of the book of Isaiah, we find a prophecy which speaks of the return of Messiah to pour out God’s anger, fury and wrath on those who rebel against Him. A description of some of the identifying activities of this group is revealing:

ISAIAH 66:15 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. 16 For by fire and by His sword the LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many. 17 “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. 18 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. (NKJV)

God does not change. The prohibition He placed on which animals His people can use for food still exists. As the prophecy from Isaiah 66 shows, those who do not acknowledge these commands will be among those God pours His anger out upon at the time of the Messiah’s return. Don’t be counted among this rebellious group destined for punishment.

Bryan T. Huie
December 1, 2000 Revised: April 7, 2009

Now, I have one verse not mentioned, and what has been spoken by Yeshua makes all food eatable; also know that these words are directed at the sealed 144,000.

Yeshua told the original 12 disciples what would happen to them during their preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God.  Yet his words also apply to what the 144,000 should expect as they go out into the world to preach the age-ending coming of the kingdom.

Yeshua’s comment that “he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt. 10:22) is evidence that these words also pertain to the witnesses at the end of the age.  This same statement was repeated by Yeshua just before his crucifixion.  In response to the question his disciples posed regarding “the sign of his coming and of the end of the age” (Matt. 24:3), Yeshua said:

MATTHEW 24:9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (NKJV)

Clearly the Messiah was not speaking solely to the 12 disciples here.  They did not take the gospel of the kingdom into all nations as a witness, and the end of the age and his return did not come during their days.  Therefore, we know that these words were also intended for a later group of witnesses.

Luke’s account shows that a second antetypical group was sent forth after the original 12, with similar instructions:

LUKE 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.  2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.  3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.  4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.  5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’  6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him.  But if not, it will return to you.  7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages.  Do not go from house to house.  8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.  9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’  10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you.  Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ ” (ESV)

Taken from The Two Witnesses –

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