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Is All Meat Meet to Eat? (4th Edition)

Is All Meat Meet to Eat? (4th Edition)

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A book offering extensive evidence that the Messiah never did away with the laws concerning clean and unclean animal flesh. A loving Creator knows what is best for His creation!
A book offering extensive evidence that the Messiah never did away with the laws concerning clean and unclean animal flesh. A loving Creator knows what is best for His creation!

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…“we [will] write unto [the Gentiles], that they abstain from … [eating] blood.”
Ya’acob/James, Acts 15:20

Suppose a man named Shawn, a minister of
the Good News, enters a local steakhouse and
sees a group of pastors who are all eating rare
meat which is still oozing with blood. Since they
should know the truth of the Word over this mat-
ter, Shawn appeals to the group not to defile
themselves by eating blood. And at the end of
his initial appeal, he says, “The Spirit does not
want the people of the Most High to be defiled
with blood.” In response, one of the preachers
says, “C’mon Shawn, we’re not under the Law.
We’re under grace! Get off that Old Testament
kick!” Then someone else from the group jeers,
“You’re a legalist, Shawn! You have the spirit
of Jezebel!” Finally, a third man scoffs, “If you
don’t like blood, go down the road and eat at
Goldberg’s Deli … it’s kosher!” The whole
crew roars with laughter and goes back to their
“meal” as Shawn walks out saddened for his
brothers, yet rejoicing he had been accounted
worthy to suffer reproach for the Name. But
how close has that group of men just come to
blaspheming the Spirit hwhy? For they have just
attributed the foul, unclean, lawless spirit of
Jezebel, to the Pure, Law-Imparting Spirit of
hwhy El Shaddai. Mark 3:28-30, Yeshayahu
33:22, Ya’acob 4:11,12 Was Shawn really off-
base in his concern? Was he trying to put his
brethren “under the Law?” Was he “cut off from
the Messiah” for trying to be “justified by the
Law?” And did he really have the legalistic
“spirit of Jezebel” as so many of late might judge
him to possess? The answer to all of these ques-
tions is a simple, profound, and resounding,
“No.” To see why we can know the Spirit was
with Shawn, let’s turn back the clock nearly
2000 years to the Yerushalayim (Jerusalem)
council which convened as recorded in Acts 15.
Many will be surprised to see apostolic men of
true faith were teaching the first-century, Gentile
converts to keep the Torah commandments taken
right out of the book of Leviticus! Let us estab-
lish the background: at the time in question
(around 49 A.D. … almost 20 years after the
Messiah’s ascension to heaven), there was a de-
bate about what to do with Gentiles who were

turning to faith in the Elohim of Yisrael through
the preaching of the Good News; these converts
had heard the message of various apostles and
had come to a saving faith in eswhy, the resur-
rected Messiah:

And certain men which came down from Yehu-
dah taught the brethren, and said, “Except you
be circumcised after the manner of Mosheh, you
cannot be saved.” When therefore Shaul and
Barnabas had no small dissension and disputa-
tion with them, they determined that Shaul and
Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go
up to Yerushalayim unto the apostles and elders
about this question. And being brought on their
way by the assembly, they passed through Phoe-
nicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of
the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all
the brethren. And when they were come to
Yerushalayim, they were received of the assem-
bly, and of the apostles and elders, and they de-
clared all things that Elohim had done with
them. But there rose up certain of the sect of the
Pharisees which believed, saying that it was
needful to circumcise them, and to command
them to keep the Law of Mosheh. And the apos-
tles and elders came together to consider this
matter.
Acts 15:1-6
Notice there were men who still wanted circum-
cision to be the rite of entry into a salvation
covenant with hwhy, vss. 1,6. There was a great
deal of discussion about the matter (see vs. 7)
and then Kepha spoke (vss. 7-11), followed by
Barnabas and Shaul (vs. 12). Finally, all was
summarized by Ya‘acob (or James; vss. 13-21).
The counsel of hwhy prevailed as His Spirit led
these apostles and elders in a unanimous deci-
sion, Psalm 33:11. The clear context of this re-
cord shows the council rendered a verdict by the
very Spirit of hwhy; that verdict was unanimous
and without dissension (15:22,23,25), and in it
these men concluded all of the following under
the direction of the Spirit:
I. The conversion of the Gentiles had been
clearly prophesied through the Law and the

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Prophets; this obviously could not occur without
human interaction! But some Yahudim (includ-
ing Kepha) had to be reeducated according to the
Word because of the contemporary traditions of
separation which eswhy Himself did not recog-
nize, Yochanan 4:9. For the prophets indicated
that not only would the Gentiles be converted to
the ways of the Torah through the Messiah
(Zechariah 8:23, Ephesians 4:17), but that even
the very Name of hwhy was to be called upon
these former pagans after they believed:

And after they had held their peace, Ya’acob
(James) answered, saying, “Men and brethren,
hearken unto me: Shimon hath declared how
Elohim at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take
out of them a people for His Name. And to this
agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
‘After this I will return, and will build again the
tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I
will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it
up: that the residue of men might seek after
hwhy, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My Name
is called,’ saith
hwhy, who doeth all these
things.”
Acts 15:13-17
We have already considered (in Chapter 6) some
of what it meant to have the Name of hwhy
called upon or put upon a believer. We visit this
idea once more, noting this impartation of the
Name occurred through the priestly blessing,
Numbers 6:24-27. This was the blessing by
which the Name of hwhy47

was literally uttered,
thereby imparting the Spirit of the Most High
unto the recipients, Revelation 14:1, 22:4. As
mentioned before, even the popular text from
Chronicles – used so often in contemporary Pen-
tecostal circles – was erroneously translated and
should actually read, “If My people, upon whom
My Name is called,” … 2Chronicles 7:14.)
Also, many additional texts show hwhy always
intended for Gentiles to come to Him through
Yisrael.48

Even eswhy said salvation was of the

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The Name of hwhy was imparted by this blessing. The
commonly used, substitute titles – such as “LORD” or
“Adonai” – simply fall short of the original, intended
blessing. The Name above all names places an anointing
and a blessing which is also above all others. The people
of hwhy are meant to bless others in the Name of hwhy.

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See Yeshayahu 56:8 and Yochanan 10:16 in addition to
the numerous texts already cited in this document which
show all nations were to be blessed through Abraham’s
descendents.

Yahudim just as we considered in the previous
chapter, Yochanan 4:23. In those statements to
the woman at the well, eswhy clearly taught the
need for Gentiles to enter the covenant by ac-
knowledging both the Law as well as the Law-
giver and Messiah, Genesis 49:10, Psalm 108:8,
Yeshayahu 33:22, Mattithyahu 5:17-20,
19:16,17, Ya’acob 4:12.
II. The council also agreed the light of the Torah
should be applied to the Gentiles over the most
critical, relevant, and pressing spiritual needs
which were currently facing those particular
Gentile converts. So the Gentile converts in
question were subsequently instructed in the
Spirit
by the apostles of the council. And there
was unanimous agreement among the apostles as
they authoritatively cited teachings taken directly
from the Torah! (We will see the apostle Shaul
did the same. His teachings were founded upon
the timeless authority of the Torah. And we will
shortly see he clearly taught the following: any-
thing which was contrary to the Torah was also
contrary to the Good News!) The discourse of
Ya’acob (James) given above now continues:

Known unto Elohim are all His works from the
beginning of the world. Wherefore, my sentence
is that we trouble not them, which from among
the Gentiles are turned to Elohim: but that we
write unto them, that they abstain from pollu-
tions of idols, and from fornication, and from
things strangled, and from blood.
Acts 15:18-20
So while no apostle compelled converts to be
circumcised for salvation,49

we would be will-
ingly blind to ignore the facts of what these men
did advocate for the Gentiles and from where
their mandates originated:
A. Abstaining from the pollution of idols, Le-
viticus 18:21, 20:1-9,27.
B. Abstaining from fornication, Leviticus 18:1-
30, 20:10-23.

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The rite of entry into the New Covenant is faith in
eswhy the Messiah and circumcision of the heart through
immersion into His Name, Colossians 2:11,12. Yet faith
was also Abraham’s rite of entry into a covenant with
hwhy. Circumcision was a rite of secondary importance
which followed the patriarch’s initial response of faith!
Romans 4:9-12

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C. Abstaining from things strangled, Leviticus
22:8, Yechezkel 4:14. Things strangled do not
bleed to death and are much like things which
die of themselves from sickness or old age; the
Torah forbids eating anything which “dies of it-
self.” However, in the case of strangulation, the
animals have been inhumanely treated and have
been far more traumatized before death; thus, in
those cases, the flesh of such animals contains
even more toxins in the blood. Strangled ani-
mals have died a cruel death; they retain their
blood and have failed to be humanely offered as
prescribed in the Torah: by pouring out that
blood upon the ground, Deuteronomy 12:15,16,
15:21-23.
D. Abstaining from blood, Leviticus 3:17, 7:26,
27, 17:11-14, 20:25,26. Although it is a repul-
sive practice, in many pagan cultures, blood is
drunk like water. The command to avoid eating
blood also included not eating unclean animals
when we understand Genesis 9 shows inextrica-
ble blood is a significant part of what makes
many detestable creatures unclean. If this state-
ment is unclear, please refer back to Chapter 1,
Murder and Blood. It is sad and amazing to see
the abhorrent practices to which mankind will
degenerate apart from the word of hwhy. Eating
blood is a detestable deed inspired by demons
who enslave, pervert, and destroy the human
race. A loving Heavenly Father directs us to re-
move ourselves far from such things so that we
do not follow after vanity and become vain.
2Kings 17:15, Yirmeyahu 2:5
Was the Law, then, really abolished? Here
we have the very apostles of eswhy teaching
Gentile converts in the Spirit right out of the
priestly book of Leviticus! 1Kepha 2:9 Based on
the Torah injunctions of Leviticus, the apostles
were inspired by the very Spirit of hwhy to warn
early Gentile converts not to eat blood and not to
eat animals improperly slaughtered (i.e., stran-
gled) so as to retain their blood. Evangelicals so
widely claim the Torah is no longer valid or
obligatory, but how can the Law have been abol-
ished when the apostles of the Messiah were
teaching Gentile converts directly from its Spirit-
breathed pages?
2Timothy 3:16,17 This brings
us back to the incident at the restaurant. Just
why did Shawn’s visit to the eatery result in such
a reaction from men who, like the first apostles,
are supposed to be shepherds of the people of

hwhy? In feeding themselves, those hypothetical
men (who, in reality, may not be quite so hypo-
thetical) were failing to feed the sheep of hwhy,
Yechezkel 34:2-6. All of the things which the
men of the Yerushalayim council taught the
Gentiles were laws taken directly from the
Levitical book of the Torah! And this teaching
was ultimately credited by those men to the very
Spirit of hwhy! Acts 15:28 The very Spirit of
hwhy was teaching Gentiles from the Book of
Leviticus! Yet such would not have been the
case if the Law had been abolished! And recall
who was present at this special convening: the
apostles Shaul, Kepha, Ya’acob, and Barnabas
(and, very likely, the apostle Yochanan) along
with a group of unnamed elders. And we must
point out that some theologians will surely phi-
losophize and spiritualize the incident as they
argue this decision was rendered by nothing
more than a “young, fledgling assembly groping
for an answer and finding its way over an awk-
ward issue.”50

But we emphasize the record
states the very Spirit of the Most High was lead-
ing and teaching His people just as the Messiah
had promised them:

For it seemed good to Ruach haQodesh, and to
us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these
necessary things.
Acts 15:28, Yochanan 14:16,
17,26, 16:13
These men were not groping for answers; they
were authoritatively instructing Gentiles that
they “no longer walk” as other Gentiles who are
in darkness because they do not have the light of
the Torah, Ephesians 4:17. The things addressed
at that critical time were those issues of greatest
spiritual need at that juncture in the lives of
those particular Gentile converts. Their former
life in paganism had them steeped in a number of
physically, emotionally and spiritually harmful
lifestyle habits from which they needed to come
out and be separate, 2Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1,
Revelation 18:4. In the next point, we will now
see precisely why nothing more than those “nec-
essary things
” were enjoined upon those particu-
lar Gentiles at that time.

50

This hypothetical quote is given by the author after hav-
ing read many unfounded remarks of this ridiculous sort
over the years. Theologians ever introduce unsubstanti-
ated theories, opinions, and assertions
into the clear state-
ments of Scriptures.

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III. Perhaps just as amazing as either point I. or
point II. above, was the reason why no additional
burdens were put upon these Gentiles by the
council: the apostles and elders all acknowl-
edged (and all agreed!) any further spiritual is-
sues requiring a lifestyle change or better align-
ment with the Word of hwhy would be dealt with
over time as the Gentiles in question received
Torah instruction every week on the Sabbath
Day
in the synagogues! The Spirit would lead
and teach these Gentiles as they heard the Five
Books of Mosheh read every Sabbath:
… For Mosheh of old time hath in every city
them that preach him, being read in the syna-
gogues every Sabbath day.
Acts 15:21, Luke
4:15,16, 1Timothy 4:13
Ya’acob was saying there was no need to instruct
these Gentiles further because the Spirit would
teach them additional truths as they heard the
Torah read and preached every Shabbat! An im-
portant part of their spiritual progress would
involve observing the Sabbath!
From day one,
the first, Gentile converts were observing the
Seventh Day Sabbath (that is, the day before
Sunday). And every Sabbath Day the Gentile
converts heard Scripture read in the synagogues
from one or more of the Five Books of Mosheh.
And there is no hint here of legalism! It is sim-
ply the way it was as True Worshippers followed
the Messiah and walked as He walked!
1Yochanan 2:6 Before the apostasy of lawless-
ness corrupted True Worship, all first-century
believers – whether Yehudi or Gentile – kept the
commandments of hwhy; this included the Fourth
Commandment regarding the Shabbat. Romans
2:13, 3:31, 1Yochanan 2:3-6, 5:1-3, 2Yochanan
6, Revelation 14:12, 22:14 (KJV) Remembering
past encounters with denominations which
claimed to be “New Testament churches” while
yet rejecting the Sabbath, the author can only
pity them for their blindness. And at least one of
those churches claimed their denomination to be
“the only true church.” All the while eswhy
warns any who exalt themselves shall be hum-

bled. Luke 14:11 Any congregation which de-
sires to be authentic and pleasing to the Most
High (and which seeks to be authoritative and
apostolic) will be falling short of their goal
should they forsake or shun the immutable Sab-
bath Day of hwhy El Shaddai. For extensive
proof this is the case, see Part 7 of the APPENDIX:
The Feasts of hwhy.”
How did Christianity get so derailed? How is
it that the pagan “Day of the Sun” (i.e., “Sun-
day,” Yechezkel 8:16) is venerated above the
Scriptural, eternal Sabbath Day of hwhy El
Shaddai? Yeshayahu 66:22,23 How is it that we
have so many churches today whose leaders and
members remain oblivious to the clear, strong
evidence regarding the continuation of the Law
of hwhy among all the apostles and the Gentile
converts of the first century? How was this
apostasy sown into the True Faith? This present
manuscript offers much evidence that the spirit
of a lawless, Anti-Messianic Enemy has done
this. Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Mattithyahu 13:27,28,
1Thessalonians 2:7-9, 1Yochanan 4:3, Revela-
tion 13:13, 14. Readers now have clear evidence
the first apostles taught the Torah to Gentile con-
verts (Ephesians 4:17); and many citations in
Acts 15 regarding those specific teachings are
direct references to the book of Leviticus! May
the hearts of parents reading this work be turned
to your children who need you to make the right
decisions for them over these essential issues!
Remember the Law of Mosheh, the servant of
hwhy, Malachi 4:4-6; for observing the Torah by
faith in the Messiah is a most blessed journey of
peace and rest, Yirmeyahu 6:16, Mattithyahu
11:28-30, Romans 3:31, 1Yochanan 5:1-5.
While an abundance of clear evidence has now
been provided to establish the thesis of this
manuscript, there yet remain key pieces of sub-
stantial significance which shall finish the puzzle
and set it forth before the world with amazing
clarity and with somber warning.

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