Levi 11:3 (NKJV) `Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves [and] chewing the cud--that you may eat. 4 `Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 5 `the rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, [is] unclean to you; 6 `the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, [is] unclean to you; 7 `and the swine , though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, [is] unclean to you. 8 `Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They [are] unclean to you. 9 `These you may eat of all that [are] in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers--that you may eat. 10 `But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which [is] in the water, they [are] an abomination to you. 11 `They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. 12 `Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales--that [shall] [be] an abomination to you. 13 `And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they [are] an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, 14 `the kite, and the falcon after its kind; 15 `every raven after its kind, 16 `the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the sea gull, and the hawk after its kind; 17 `the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl; 18 `the white owl, the jackdaw, and the carrion vulture; 19 `the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe, and the bat. 20 `All flying insects that creep on [all] fours [shall] [be] an abomination to you. 21 `Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps on [all] fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth. 22 `These you may eat: the locust after its kind, the destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. 23 `But all [other] flying insects which have four feet [shall] [be] an abomination to you.
Yahuah is our Creator. He also created all the animals. Some animals were created to clean the earth and sea. Primarily, these are the animals that Yahuah does not want us to eat. Yahuah marked the animals that we are not to eat. Yahuah says that "Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves [and] chewing the cud--that you may eat." Truly, Yahuah knows best. One animal that Yahuah points out in particular is the swine. Even in those days, swine were often eaten just as they are today. Many would claim that since we have now domesticated the swine and the swine is fed grains and such, that it is a clean food. But the pig still does not chew the cud. Therefore it is unclean according to the word of Yahuah. Also, all shellfish are unclean. Shellfish, shrimp and lobster are all popular foods in seafood restaurants. However, they do not have fins and scales. Therefore they are unclean. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit:
1Cor 6:19 (NKJV) Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who] [is] in you, whom you have from Yahuah, and you are not your own?
If the body we have is not our own, but rather given to us by Yahuah, then we must take care of it and not defile it. We must present our bodies as holy and acceptable to Yahuah:
Roma 12:1 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahuah, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Yahuah, [which] [is] your reasonable service.
Knowing this, let's consider some other scriptures that speak of the importance of not eating unclean animals. Here is a scripture that has yet to be fulfilled:
Isai 66:16 (NKJV) For by fire and by His sword Yahuah will judge all flesh; And the slain of Yahuah shall be many. "Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, [To] [go] to the gardens After an [idol] in the midst, Eating swine's fleshand the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together," says Yahuah.
Checking the context, we find that it is very clear that this is yet future:
Isai 66:18 (NKJV) "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. 19 "I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: [to] Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, [to] the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. 20 "Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to Yahuah out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem," says Yahuah, "as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of Yahuah. 21 "And I will also take some of them for priests [and] Levites," says Yahuah. 22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says Yahuah, "So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass [That] from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says Yahuah.
So, judging by the context we see that the prophecy of Yahuah destroying those who eat swine's flesh is yet future. Why then do so many believe that it is now acceptable to eat unclean animals? Many believe that Yahusha declared all foods clean in Mark 7:19. Let's take a look at the context here..
Mark 7:1 (NKJV) 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, 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.
Note that this is a tradition of the elders and not a commandment from Yahuah. Although it is not evil to eat with washed hands, it is not a commandment from Yahuah either. This is Yahusha's point. He mentions that their priorities are wrong in whom they choose to obey. Continuing on...
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?" 6 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: `This people honors Me with [their] lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men.'
It is vain to worship Him with the doctrines and commandments of men.
8 "For laying aside the commandment of Yahuah, you hold the tradition of men--the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do." 9 He said to them, "[All] [too] well you reject the commandment of Yahuah, that you may keep your tradition. 10 "For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' 11 "But you say, `If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me [is] Corban"--' (that is, a gift [to] [Yahuah]), 12 "then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 "making the word of Yahuah of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do." 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 him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!" 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 him, 19 "because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, [thus] purifying all foods?"
Other translations end this verse with "[This he said], making all meats clean. (ASV)" But this is not in the majority of greek manuscripts. This is obviously a note added to the book of Mark that someone will have to answer for on judgement day. First of all, it is not a correct statement. Yahusha was not talking about clean / unclean foods but whether or not Yahuah commanded us to eat with washed hands which He clearly did not.
20 And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles 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 a man."
Consider the parallel of Yahusha's saying here in the book of Matthew:
Matt 15:19 (NKJV) "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 "These are [the] [things] which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."
Therefore, it is clear that Yahuah's perfect law was not changed here. Many believe that this commandment was abolished in Acts chapter 10. Once again, let's take a close look at the context..
Acts 10:1 (NKJV) 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 Yahuah with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to Yahuah always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of Yahuah coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!" 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, Master?" So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before Yahuah. 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. 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, Master! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean."
Now consider this, Peter (Kepha) has never eaten anything common or unclean. Yet this is many years after Yahusha's resurrection and ascension. If Yahusha had declared all foods clean in Mark 7:19 then why does he still hold to the commandment not to do so? And even go a step furthur and reject the voice that told him to do so !? Continuing on...
15 And a voice [spoke] to him again the second time, "What Yahuah has cleansed you must not call common." 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again. 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.
Now many would like to stop right here and say that now it is ok to eat unclean animals. But according to the previous verse, Kepha himself didn't even know what the vision meant. How then can we interpret the vision? We must read on..
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." 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 Yahuah 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 Yahuah has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
So this vision was not Yahuah trying to show Kepha that it is now okay to eat unclean foods, but rather it was Yahuah showing Kepha and the rest of the disciples that they are to go unto the gentiles too! Yahusha had commanded the disciples to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.." But they had not done so. So Yahuah sent a vision to Kepha to show that it is not against the commandment of Yahuah to go unto the gentiles. Rather, to the contrary! Continuing on, we see a confirmation of this...
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 Yahuah has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 "Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?" 30 So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 "and said, `Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of Yahuah. 32 `Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.' 33 "So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before Yahuah, to hear all the things commanded you by Yahuah." 34 Then Peter opened [his] mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that Yahuah shows no partiality. 35 "But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
We'll stop here but later in the chapter, Yahuah works a miracle when He pours out His spirit unto the gentiles in the presence of the Jews by having them speak in tongues. So by reading the context of this vision, we gain understanding of what it means. Another scripture that some point to to say that Yahuah has changed His mind on his commandment not to eat unclean foods is in the book of 1 Timothy:
1Tim 4:1 (NKJV) 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 Yahuah created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
Now if what Paul is speaking of here is the doctrine of abstaining from eating unclean animals then why does he refer to this doctrine as one of the 'doctrines of demons' ? Is it not a doctrine of Yahuah? It is a doctrine of Yahuah, not a doctrine of demons. Continuing on...
4 For every creature of Yahuah [is] good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of Yahuah and prayer.
Some have mistakenly thought that as long as they pray before they eat an unclean animal, that Yahuah cleanses it for them. This is not true. First we must identify what is food. According to Yahuah's word, unclean animals never were, aren't now and never will be "food." Food is something that we eat. And from the beginning, Yahuah seperated clean animals from unclean animals. Even Noah was told to take the unclean animals by pairs but the clean animals in groups of seven! Now let's take a closer look at this scripture. We are told in verse 5 that all the creatures of Yahuah are sanctified by His word. Sanctified means "Set apart". Yahuah set apart which animals are clean and which animals are unclean in His word. Yahuah's creation is to be "received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth." What is truth? Yahuah's word. Consider the insight in John 17:
John 17:17 (NKJV) "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Those who sanctify themselves by the words/doctrines of demons will be destroyed at the last day:
Isaiah 66:17 "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 Yahuah.
Another warning of Isaiah's reads:
Isai 52:11 (NKJV) Depart! Depart! Go out from there, Touch no unclean [thing]; Go out from the midst of her, Be clean, You who bear the vessels of Yahuah.
Paul quotes this verse in 1 Corinthians 10:11 and 2 Corinthians 6:17-18. This I will leave for you to look up. Let it be known that Yahuah desires a clean people. People who live clean, think clean and eat clean so that we are a fit temple for Yahuah's Holy Spirit.
If you are serious about eating clean, click here to see a list of common foods and ingredients that are not clean according to Yahuah's word.
You are the Kingdom of Yahuah!
You are the Kingdom of Yahuah!