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Whot is Kosher?

There are a lot of confusion regarding kosher food (food, as described in the Word of
YHVH) and if He changed His mind regarding this. The translation and interpretation
of scripture will confirm your point of view even if you are for it or against. The
golden rule to follow in this case is to always read the scripture in context to really
get the point of issue and also to confirm it with other scripture to act as witness so
that the true meaning can be used especially regarding doctrine.

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1 1. .1 1. . I It t i is s n no ot t w wh ha at t g go oe es s i in nt to o y yo ou ur r m mo ou ut th h t th ha at t m ma ak ke es s y yo ou u
u un nc cl le ea an n. .

Mot 1g:11 Not thot uhich goes into the mouth de[iles o mon: hut thot
uhich comes out o[ the mouth, this de[iles o mon.

Y’shua spoke these words after His Disciples had been accused of defiling themselves eating
without washing their hands breaking the tradition of the elders.

Mot 1g:zWhg do gour disciples tronsgress the trodition o[ the elders?
1or theg do not uosh their honds uhen theg eot hreod.

This verse gives the backdrop and theme for verse 11 where man is “defiled” by words and not by
food. Y’shua addressed the Pharisees and accused them (v15) of defiling themselves with their
TRADITIONS, with the things that comes out from their mouths, and not with food, as they
accused His disciples. Y’shua did not say that you can eat whatever you want and you have to
“read” it into this verse as most people do. He did not stand on a podium and proclaimed that
Moses’ Law is abolished including the food laws in Leviticus 11 and teaching that you can eat
whatever you like. No, He was defending His Disciples against the accusations of the Pharisees,
not obeying their TRADITIONS. What is the TRADITION OF THE ELDERS?
It is not found in the Scripture and you can read it in the Talmud, the written down ORAL
TRADITIONS and laws as handed down by the Pharisees form one generation to another.
People are ignorant of what the Pharisees taught and that is why they jump to conclusions
regarding Y’shua’s statements.

T Ta ak ka an no ot t - - " "T Th he e w wa as sh hi in ng g o of f t th he e h ha an nd ds s" "

Takanot is name for the Pharisaic Laws created by them and handed down as Laws the people
had to obey in order to be righteous. The Pharisees believe that they have the authority to
change YHVH’s Law (just like the Pope) by adding or taking away from it. They did it back then
and they still do it today and is known as the “Tradition of the Elders”. YHVH said in His Word that
you are cursed if you add of take away from His Word.

The “Washing of the Hands” is a “Takanot” that the Pharisees invented and
you will not find it in Scripture. To obey the “hand washing ritual” you had to
have a special jug which you pour over you r left hand, while resting a
blessing, and then over you right hand, resting the blessing. You had to do
this three times before you could eat other wise your food will be “unclean”.
The blessing they had to resite is as follows: “Blessed are you Adonai, king
of the Universe, Who gave us the Commandments, and Who commanded us
to wash the hands”. Note: YHVH did not command us to do this, but they say
He did.

Mot 1g:g ßut He cnsuered cnd scid to them, Whg do gou olso tronsgress the
Commondment o[ YHVH hg YOUR TRAD1T1ON

By doing “man made commandments” you transgress of break YHVH’s Commandment which
states that you are not allowed to add or take away from His Word.

Deu a:z You sholl not odd to the Word uhich 1 commond gou, neither sholl gou
toke ouog [rom it, so thot gou mog keep the commonds o[ YHVH gour Elohim
uhich 1 commond gou.

Think about it, Y’shua taught this from the Torah, the Commandments people say are no more
(they took away). Y’shua never spoke against the Torah or the Commandments of His Father, He
spoke against the traditions and commandments of man or the tradition of the elders. So, did
Y’shua abolish the Commandments regarding “Clean and Unclean” food? No, clearly not!

1 1. .2 2. . E Ea at ti in ng g " "c cl le ea an n f fo oo od d" " i is s a a d do oc ct tr ri in ne e o of f d de em mo on ns s. .a ap pp pa ar re en nt tl ly y. .

1Ti a:1-g ßut the Spirit expresslu scus thct in the lctter times some shcll depcrt [rom the
[cith, gioing heed to seducing spirits ond teochings o[ demons, (z) speoking lies
in hgpocrisg, heing seored in their oun conscience, (() [orhidding to morrg,
scuinq to ohstoin [rom [oods uhich Elohim hos creoted to he receioed uith
thonksgioing hg those uho helieoe ond knou the truth. (a) 1or eoerg creotion
o[ Elohim is good, ond nothing to he re[used i[ it is receioed uith thonksgioing.
(=) 1or it is soncti[ied through the Word o[ Elohim ond

This scripture starts by classifying false teachings and lies inspired by
misleading spirits and demons; NOT TO MARRY and TO ABSTAIN
FORM FOOD Elohim created. This is not form Elohim, I agree, not to
marry is not found anywhere in the Scripture. Marriage is a covenantal
relationship between a man and a woman and the things He specified in
His Word are all good to eat and we should not teach people not to eat it.
People who claim that you can eat anything use this verse out of context and this implies that if
you keep the food laws of Lev 11, you are following a doctrine of demons. This is a serious
statement and an insult to YHVH calling His Instructions a doctrine of demons. Satan did not write
Lev 11, YHVH did, and you should be careful believing the wrong interpretation of this passage
because it implies that the Commandments of YHVH comes from demons. It says in Scripture in
Mal 3:6-7 that YHVH never changes, He is not like a man that needs to change His mind because
the plan that He had is not working out. If you believe that He changes, then you have the wrong
concept of His Character and you do not know Him.

YHVH stated what “clean and unclean” animals are even before Moses.
He told Noah in Gen 7:2 and Gen 7:8 to gather two pairs of unclean
animals and seven pairs of clean animals to take into the Ark. Why do
you think He specified seven pairs of clean animals? BECAUSE IT WAS
TO BE CONSUMED BY MAN AS FOOD and used for sacrifices. Later
in Gen 9:3 YHVH states that we can eat all animals and every green
plant. Reading this in isolation can be used to prove that we can eat all
animals and creeping things. But in relation with Gen 7 where YHVH
specified what clan and unclean was as well as the fact that every green
plant cannot be eaten because some plants are poisonous, that this
verse only refers to ALL CELEAN animals and edible plants. Unclean
animals were never used as food or for sacrifices because it is an
abomination to YHVH to eat unclean or to bring an unclean animal into the Temple as an
sacrifice. You are the “Temple” of YHVH, which His Spirit indwells, why then do you want to bring
unclean animals into His Temple? Think about it.

What was Paul referring to when he said “teaching of demons”? The doctrine of demons was to
tell people not to marry and not to eat meat at all. This is not instructed in the Torah and had to
come form somewhere else – Satan. Satan is the father of lies who twists YHVH’s Words to bring
confusion in the lives of those who do not have a firm knowledge and understanding of the
Scripture. [2 Pet 3:16]. One question I would like to ask; who will search the Scripture, those
defending their faith or those attacking the faith? Those who attack the faith are these who
pervert it in their lack of understanding and they only used verses in isolation to “stab” you with
and sow confusion and to break down that which YHVH has build up. If you chance the Truth just
a little bit, then it will become a lie and it will be difficult to notice. It is only a trained eye and a
skilled jeweler who can spot the difference between a real diamond and a fake diamond.

In verse 5 it confirms that all creatures mentioned as food are set apart by Elohim’s Word (Torah
– Lev 11) AND prayer, not OR prayer. It is not the one or the other, it is the one AND the other,
meaning both. We pray and thank YHVH for the food, not to make it “clean”, no, His Word
sanctifies food by specifying what is clean and what is unclean.

1 1. .3 3. . L Le et t n no o o on ne e j ju ud dg ge e y yo ou u i in n f fo oo od d o or r i in n d dr ri in nk k. .

Col z:1o-1¬ There[ore let no one judge gou in [ood or in drink, or in respect o[ o
[eost, or o[ the neu moon, or o[ the sohhoths. (:;) Ior these cre c shcdou o[ thinqs
to come, but the bodu is o[ Messich.

This verse can be used to prove both views:
a) The Law is abolished – “…let no one judqe me in [ood or in drinl, I ccn ect uhct I lile,
piq, prcuns cclcmcri etc.or judqe me not doinq the [ecsts, or o[ the neu moon, or the
Scbbcths, beccuse it is ucs onlu c shcdou o[ Christ uho is nou the reclitu.¨.
b) The Torah still stands - let no one judqe uou..but the bodu o[ Messich. Dnlu the
people inside the bodu o[ Messich mcu judqe (direct) me reqcrdinq [ood or [ecsts or the
Scbbcth, beccuse the people outside the bodu do lnou the Scripture cnd do not
understcnd these thinqs.¨
The reason for these different views is because of the translation. You will note that the “is” is
grey and is in italics. This means that it was inserted so that the verse will sound better in English.
But adding this word “is” gives it a different interpretation. “…let no one judqe uou in .[or theu
cre c shcdou o[ the thinqs to come, but the bodu is o[ Messich (implying the real thing). Or “…let
no one judqe uou in .beccuse these cre c shcdou o[ thinqs to come, but the bodu o[ Messich.
The shadow of the things to come is not the Messiah but the work of the Messiah and a
foreshadow of the events that will take place regarding His appointed times (feasts and Sabbaths
and new moon), which signals the timing of these events. Without these “shadows” we will not
understand the “real things” that will happen and all of the things that were shadowed are not yet
being fulfilled (last three festivals).

If you want to take away the “shadow”, you need to take away the “real thing” that causes the
shadow. Y’shua and the work of the Messiah and the Plan of YHVH is still “real” and needs to
come into fulfillment, that is why the shadows of these things are still relevant to help us to
prepare for the “real’ Plan of YHVH that will be completed at His Second Coming. People tend to
forget that the Restoration and Salvation Plan of YHVH consists of two parts, the events at His
First Coming (fulfilled – first 4 Festivals) and the events at His Second Coming (still to be fulfilled
– last three Festivals). The Church is “blind” to these truths because they believe a “translation”
instead of the WHOLE TRUTH.

1 1. .4 4 P Pe et te er r' 's s V Vi is si io on n - - T Th he e m mo os st t f fa am mo ou us s m mi is si in nt te er rp pr re et te ed d s sc cr ri ip pt tu ur re e
- - G Go od d s sh ho ow we ed d P Pe et te er r t th he e s sh he ee et t c co om mi in ng g d do ow wn n a an nd d t to ol ld d h hi im m h he e
c ca an n e ea at t u un nc cl le ea an n a an ni im ma al ls s a an nd d t to ol ld d h hi im m t to o k ki il ll l a an nd d e ea at t. .
: And c certcin mcn ncmed Cornelius ucs in Ccescrec, c
centurion o[ the Itclicn cohort, z one detout cnd [ecrinq God,
uith cll his household, both doinq mcnu merci[ul deeds to the
people, cnd prcuinq continucllu to God. ( About the ninth hour
o[ the dcu he scu plcinlu in c tision cn cnqel o[ God cominq to
him cnd scuinq to him, Corneliusl a And he ucs qczinq ct him,
cnd becominq terri[ied, he scid, Whct is it, lord? And he scid to
him, Your prcuers cnd uour merci[ul deeds hcte come up [or c
memoricl be[ore God. = And nou send men to 1oppc cnd ccll [or
Simon, uhose lcst ncme is Peter. ó He is stcuinq uith one Simon
c tcnner, uhose house is bu the secside. He uill tell uou uhct uou
must do. ; And uhen the cnqel uho spole to Cornelius depcrted,
he cclled tuo o[ his sertcnts cnd c detout soldier [rom those uho
ucited on him continucllu. 8 And explcininq cll thinqs to them,
he sent them to 1oppc. o Dn the next dcu, cs these uent on the rocd, cnd drcuinq necr
the citu, Peter uent up on the housetop to prcu, cbout the sixth hour. :o And he beccme
teru hunqru cnd desired to ect. ßut uhile theu mcde recdu, cn ecstcsu [ell on him. 11
And he sou the heooen opened ond o certoin oessel like o sheet coming doun
to him, heing hound ot the [our corners ond let doun to the eorth: 1z in uhich
uere oll the [our-[ooted onimols o[ the eorth, ond the uild heosts, ond the
reptiles, ond the hirds o[ the heooen. :( And c toice ccme to him, scuinq, Rise,
Peter! Kill ond eot! :a ßut Peter scid, Not so, Lord, [or 1 hooe neoer eoten
ongthing thot is common or uncleon. := And the toice spole to him cqcin the
second time, Whct God hcs mcde clecn, uou do not ccll common. :ó This hcppened three
times, cnd the tessel ucs receited up cqcin into the hecten. :; And uhile Peter doubted
uithin himsel[ uhct the tision uhich he hcd seen miqht be, eten behold, the men uho
uere sent [rom Cornelius hcd csled [or Simon's house cnd stood on the porch. :8 And
theu cclled cnd csled i[ Simon uhose lcst ncme is Peter ucs stcuinq there.
:o And uhile Peter thought on the oision, the Spirit soid to him, Behold, three
men ore looking [or gou. zo There[ore crise cnd qo doun cnd qo uith them uithout
doubtinq, [or I hcte sent them. z: And qoinq doun to the men, those sent to him [rom
Cornelius, Peter scid, ßehold, I cm the one uou cre seelinq. Ior uhct recson hcte uou
come? zz And theu scid, Cornelius the centurion, c just mcn cnd one uho [ecrs God, cnd
one o[ qood report cmonq cll the nction o[ the 1eus, ucs ucrned [rom God bu c holu
cnqel to send [or uou to come to his house cnd to hecr uords [rom uou. z( Then he cclled
them in cnd lodqed them. And on the next dcu Peter uent cucu uith them, cnd certcin
brothers [rom 1oppc uent uith him. za And the next dcu theu entered into Ccescrec. And
Cornelius ucs ucitinq [or them, cnd hcd cclled toqether his linsmen cnd necr [riends. z=
And cs Peter ucs cominq in, Cornelius met him cnd [ell doun ct his [eet cnd uorshiped.
zó ßut Peter tool him up, scuinq, Stcnd upl I clso cm c mcn musel[. z; And cs he tclled
uith him, he uent in cnd [ound mcnu uho hcd come toqether. z8 And he scid to them,
You knou thot it is on unlou[ul thing [or o mon, o Jeu to keep compong uith
or to come neor to one o[ onother notion. But Cod hos shoun me not to coll
ong mon common or uncleon.

This is the piece in Scripture mostly used to justify the eating of “unclean” animals based on the
vision YHWH gave Peter where He showed Peter unclean animals and told him to kill and eat it.
As we read further you will see that Peter thought on the vision, so he was not convinced that it
had a direct interpretation and because he knew the instructions regarding unclean food. Only
after he encountered Cornelius, a gentile, he understood the meaning of the vision; that
even the gentiles (unclean regarding Jewish tradition) are meant to be received and need
to be taught the Ways of YHVH so that they can become part of the Kingdom of YHVH. The
Jews called them “unclean” and they were not permitted to mix with Gentiles. YHVH called
the Gentiles clean and fit to also receive salvation, just like the Jews. This “Mystery of the
Food” became the “Mystery of the Gospel” that Paul taught in his letters.

The context of this passage has to be bent to confirm the justification to eat unclean animals as
stated in Leviticus and it is not concrete evidence to eat anything. We have seen that if you read
Scripture out of context, you can proof whatever you like. You do not have to interpret Peter’s
Vision, YHVH gave him the interpretation, just read it.

1 1. .5 5 T Th he e " "w we ea ak k b br ro ot th he er r" " o on nl ly y e ea at t v ve eg ge et ta ab bl le es s. .

Rom 1a:1-z And receioe him uho is ueok in the [oith, hut not to judgments o[
gour thoughts. (z) 1or indeed one helieoes to eot oll things: hut heing ueok,
onother eots oegetohles.

People read into this passage that if you follow the food laws, not eating “unclean” things, that
you are weak. If you eat “all things, then you have faith and is strong. So, who are the strongest
of all? It is the Chinese people, because they eat everything that moves. Are they followers of
Messiah? No, and this disproves the logic of this interpretation that you are weak when you try to
direct your life according to YHVH’s Word and that you are strong in faith is you eat everything
the pagans do (no disrespect to the Chinese people). So, who is the “weak brother then? There
are three possibilities:

1.5.1 New Believers who were Gentiles: The weak brother, I believe, is referring to
new believers who did not understand everything and who were still in the
learning process in regards to the things of YHVH. When they assembled
together they share food and ate together. This caused problems because of
different views regarding food. Gentile believers had a different background and
culture and did not understand the ways of the Jews regarding Torah. They ate
what they want and some of them believed to only eat vegetables and no meat at
all. This caused problems and disputes because they were “weak” in their
understanding of the Torah.
The people who were “strong” in faith and understanding ate “all things” (not
specifying unclean meat – people read this into this passage), thus eating all
things specified in the Torah as food, including meat, and this offended the
“weak” vegetarian Gentile believers.

1.5.2 New Believers who were Jews: We read about these issues in 1 Cor 8 where
some meat have been sacrificed up to idols and brought into the assembly by
Gentile believers who did not know any better. Because of this the Jewish
believers who knew the Torah, abstained from meat all together (eat vegetables)
when that ate together to avoid the possibility to eat “unclean meat”. This caused
disputes and Paul had to solve the problem because it caused `disunity in the

1.5.3 Believers who did not fast “correctly” and on “certain days” Paul also
mentioned certain days if you read on to verse 6. Weak brothers could have
been those who did not fast “correctly” not on “certain days”. The reason I believe
that this verse is talking about fasting is because Paul mentioned certain days
and food in the same passage.

Rom 1a:g-o One indeed esteems o dog ohooe onother dog: ond
onother esteems eoerg dog olike. Let eoch one he [ullg ossured in his
oun mind. (ó) He uho regords the dog regords it to YHVH: ond he
not regording the dog, does not regord it to YHVH. He uho eots, eots
to YHVH, [or he gioes Elohim thonks: ond he uho does not eot, does
not eot to YHVH, ond gioes Elohim thonks.

We see people regarded one day above another and this could relate to fast
days that was custom in the Jewish faith; to fast twice a week. This is not found
in the Torah and caused disputes because Y’shua mentioned that His Disciples
would fast after His ascension.

Luk 1S:1z `1 [ost tuice o ueek, I qite tithes o[ cll thct I possess.'

Luk g:gg ¨ßut dcus shcll come uhen the brideqroom is tclen cucu [rom them,
then theg sholl [ost in those dogs.¨

Some of Jewish background held to this custom to fast twice a week on certain
days, as stipulated by the Pharisees, where others did not regard their teachings
and fasted when they wanted. It could also involve disputes on how to fast;
abstain from all food or only abstain from meats (eating vegetables). Those who
were “weak”, ate vegetables and the strong fasted everything.

We looked at different possibilities of what this passage could mean and nowhere in this context
we saw anything about “clean and unclean”. The issues were about disputes because of cultural
differences on things that were “grey areas”. In our fellowship, the things that cause strife are the
things that are not specified as “black or white” in Scripture and these “grey areas” which are
open for interpretation and because of different opinions, cause disputes. We need to live in love
and unity together without causing “gray areas” to break up the unity, making the Body of
Messiah powerless. Paul certainly did not allow them to break the Torah and he himself made
these statements:

Rom g:g1 Do ue then nulli[g the Toroh through the helie[? Let it not he! On the
controrg, ue estohlish the Toroh.
See ;::z.

Rom ¬:1z-1g So thot the Toroh trulg is set-oport, ond the commond set-oport,
ond righteous, ond good. (:() There[ore, hos thot uhich is good hecome
deoth to me? Let it not he!

Rom ¬:zz 1or 1 delight in the Toroh o[ Elohim
occording to the inuord mon,
Ps. ::o::ó.

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In the Book of Acts the Apostles gave a letter regarding the Gentiles, which things they need to
do as new believers in Y’shua the Messiah. This letter was issued by the Jerusalem Council
due to disputes among the “mixed” assembly of believers.
1or it hos seemed good to the Holg Spirit ond to us to log on gou no greoter
hurden thon these requirements:
thot gou ohstoin [rom uhot hos heen
socri[iced to idols, ond [rom hlood, ond [rom uhot hos heen strongled, ond
[rom sexuol immorolitg. 1[ gou keep gourseloes [rom these, gou uill do uell.
Was this the only things they instructed the Gentile Believers to do? No, first of all, they did not
have chapter and verse references like us today, and if they want to direct you to a specific
place in the Scripture, they quoted a phrase from that portion, and if you knew the Scripture,
you will know where to go to read the detail. These portions they quoted here refers back to
Lev 19 and Deut 12 that teaches about “clean meat”. Secondly, Paul gave a lot of instructions
afterwards which he quoted from the Torah, and these are found in the letters he wrote to the
1Co o:o-1o Do gou not knou thot the unrighteous sholl not inherit the kingdom
o[ Elohim? Do not he deceioed: neither [ornicotors, nor idoloters, nor
odulterers, nor ohusers, nor homosexuols, (:o) nor thieoes, nor cooetous, nor
drunkords, nor reoilers, nor extortioners, sholl inherit the kingdom o[ Elohim.

All of the things listed here comes from the Torah and this proofs that the portion in Acts was
not the ONLY things they taught the Gentiles. Acts 15 only forms the foundation and basis of
the first things to teach the Gentiles when they come into faith in Messiah. Another verse that
proves the same:
zTi z:1o Houeter, the solid [oundotion o[ Elohim stonds [irm, hctinq this secl,
¨YHVH lnous those uho cre His,¨ cnd, ¨Let eoergone uho nomes the Nome o[
Messioh turn ouog [rom iniquitg.¨
Iniquity - “avon” that means – ‘’To twist, to distort, to pervert, slowly decaying because of
Yokes and Scales: The solid foundation of Elohim is found in His Word,
the TaNaK. Iniquity is defined as; bending the truth by mixing in “fleshly”
and “pagan” things into your lifestyle, or mixing in lies with the truth. In
Hebrew, everything relates back to an agricultural understanding like
seed, ground, rain, harvest est. To have an imbalance in truth can be
described by being “unevenly yoked”, where the “load” you pull is by
means of two different contradicting “truths”. One of the Hebrew words
for yoke is “tsemed”, that means – pair, team and two. If the yoke is
unbalanced, it gives the same picture of an unbalanced scale with
different weights on, and this is what YHVH has to say about this:
Pro 11:1 A [olse (holonceJ scole is on ohominotion to YHVH, But o per[ect
ueight is His delight.
This “yoking” of two animals implies the same as two weights
placed on either side of the scale. You have to have an even
weight on either side to be in BALANCE. The weight you put
on is synonym to truth. If your “truths” does not match up, in
other words, contradicting each other or not being of the
same “kind” will cause the scale to loose BALANCE and will
result in CONFUSION. A BALANCED FAITH is where
everything makes perfect sense and you have good
understanding of YHVH’s Word. If you bear different weights
(conflicting “truths”) on the “yoke” (obeying what you believe),
it will become an abomination to YHVH because it is not only
His Truth and this is the meaning of iniquity as we have seen.
In other words, to put a yoke on someone that they cannot
bear is to teach someone “commandments” or “truths” that is not in balance with Scripture that
comes from a different “source”. YHVH’s Word and His Commandments are known as the
TRUTH, where Satan’s commandments (doctrine of demons) are from Satan and are known
as LIES. You cannot serve two Masters bearing uneven “truths” that are not of the same “kind”
or “nature” (different outcome). It is like sowing corn together with weed. Why do we need to
put on a yoke (doing YHVH’s instructions)? To plow the ground and prepare the way for the
Sower to spread His Seed. To plow the ground is to live set apart, challenge people’s comfort
zones with the way you live, so that they will be “exposed” to the TRUTH and ask questions.
Then, when you answer the questions, the “Seed” will be sown into the ground of their lives. If
you pull an unbalanced yoke (do this set of “mixed commandments”, you will be confused (by
mixing - Babylon), and will be ineffective, wandering in circles in the Wilderness. The
wilderness is designed to get rid of different “weights” so that you can line up and aim at
YHVH’s destination (Canaan – Salvation – New Jerusalem). [Eph 5:26]
Act 1g:1o Nou there[ore uhg do gou tempt Elohim hg putting o goke on the
neck o[ the disciples, o goke uhich neither our [others nor ue uere ohle to
You cannot temp Elohim by doing what He asks. Beck in the days before Y’shua, the fathers
also bore a uneven yoke (unbearable) that tempted YHVH and they were obeying the food
laws that YHVH gave them. So how can they tempt Him by doing what He asked? It sounds
silly and does not make sense. They tempted YHVH by not doing what He told them to do by
doing the instructions of man rather that His instructions – unbalanced yoke. A yoke is not
“bad” in it self and describes the obedience to the Master you follow, then you bear His yoke.
Y’shua also refers to putting a Yoke upon us (you have to obey). If you put a yoke on someone
that is too difficult to bear, then it is a yoke (set of commandments) that is made up out of
YHVH’s TRUTH and Satan’s LIES, which cause confusion. They teach YHVH
INSTRUCTIONS mixed together with MAN MADE LAWS and this is what LEGALISM
is. This also defines INIQUITY, which Paul refers to in 2 Timothy that will result in
DECAY of the true faith. So what did the fathers of Israel put on the people that
were impossible to bear? They had a yoke that was “unevenly” balanced that “hurt”
the people and caused them to walk in “circles”, with no real hope and understanding
of the truth. This makes this “load” difficult or impossible to pull in a straight line.
Balanced Truth: YHVH reveals His Truth to us in the form of the “Menorah pattern” where
there is and even measure of balance on both sides; for example, grace and obedience.
Y’shua said that His burden is light and His yoke is easy. [Matt 11:30]. An easy yoke is a
balanced yoke, not a light yoke. Think for yourself, if the yoke is unbalanced, it will hurt your
neck. One does not carry a yoke; you pull the yoke that is connected to a plow that breaks the
ground open for the seed (Word) to be sowed.

Unbearable yoke: Paul described this “uneven yoke” in Gal 5:1 explaining the truth regarding
salvation. The Pharisees who became believers in Y’shua taught that you had to undergo
circumcision and keep the whole Torah to be saved. This yoke has “truth” in it as well as “man
made instructions” that produce an uneven strain on the necks of YHVH’s people. Paul
instructed and taught new believers from the Torah (1 Cor 6:9 as well as 2 Tim 2:19) in order to
protect them from iniquity (mixing) or bearing an unbalanced yoke created by man made
traditions or laws.
The foundation: The instructions given in Acts 15 were given as a starting point and a
foundation to grow from because these are physical actions other people could see. In those
days the people ate together when they assembled and if you ate “traditional pagan unclean
food” you would offend your brother who follow the instructions in the TaNaK. If you lived
sexually immoral everybody would see your life and you would be shun from the assembly.
The Assembly in Rome, for example, consisted out of a mixed group made up from Jewish
believers and Gentile (Roman) believers. You can picture a room with conservative Amish
people together with Hells angels who came to Messiah but are still immature in their actions
and the ways of YHVH. You can imagine the dynamics of this group and there would soon be
disputes because of the different “old habits” of these “different” people. To have unity in this
“mixed” assembly you have to get the basis right to set the stage and environment to teach
everybody the “rest of the instructions” (as Paul did); to wash themselves clean from other, not
so visible “bad fleshly habits” or sin.
1Co_S:1-a, ¬-1g
(:) ßut concerninq the sccri[ices to idols, ue knou thot ue oll hooe knouledge.
Knouledge pu[[s up, but looe edi[ies. (z) And i[ cnu mcn thinls thct he lnous
cnuthinq, he lnous nothinq uet cs he ouqht to lnou. (() ßut i[ cnu one lotes God, he hcs
been lnoun o[ him. (a) Then concerning the eoting o[ the things socri[iced to idols,
ue knou thot on idol is nothing in the uorld, cnd thct there is no other God except one.
(;) But this knouledge is not in oll. But some heing ouore o[ the idol eot os on
idolotrous socri[ice until nou, ond their conscience heing ueok is de[iled. (8)
ßut [ood does not commend us to Cod. Ior neither i[ ue ect cre ue the better, nor i[ ue
do not ect cre ue the uorse. (o) But toke heed lest hg ong meons this lihertg o[
gours hecomes o stumhling hlock to those uho ore ueok. (:o) Ior i[ cnuone sees
uou uho hcte lnouledqe sittinq in cn idol temple, uill not the ueok one's conscience
he li[ted up so os to eot things socri[iced to idols? (::) And on uour lnouledqe the
ueok hrother uill [oll, he [or uhom Messioh died. (:z) And sinning in this uog
ogoinst gour hrothers, ond uounding their conscience, heing ueok, gou sin
ogoinst Messioh. (:() There[ore, i[ [ood o[[ends mg hrother, I uill ect no [lesh
[oreter, thot 1 do not o[[end mg hrother.

Do Acts 15 and 1 Cor 8 contradict each other? Acts 15 gives a guideline to gentiles not to eat
meat sacrificed to idols and the passage in 1 Cor, you can read that Paul said that idols are
nothing and we may eat meat sacrificed to idols, as long as your ‘weak’ brother don’t see you. It
depends of your standpoint weather you will support the one or the other. I personally like the one
in Acts because I believe to eat “clean food”, you may like the one in 1 Cor 8, because you like
seafood and pig.

How wonderful the Gospel is presented…we all can do as we want because there is a verse that
supports MY belief and YOUR belief. Now everybody is happy, it sounds to me like New Age
where everything goes, or does it? So, you can do what you want as long as you do it in secret so
that your brother who is “weak”, do not fall from faith. Is this what Paul really said?

No, he said; “I will not do it, so that my brother would not stumble”. He was trying to reprimand the
people with strong opinions regarding their “liberty” to eat everything, so that they would not to do
it because they set the wrong example to the new believers (weak brother). He never said that
their “liberty” was right but and he showed them the consequences of their actions in relation to
the unity of the assembly.
For those who did not trust the meat, he recommended them not to eat meat in their presence of
those who will be offended. The issue is not “clean and unclean food”, it is about living in unity
with your brothers within a diverse group where you may differ from other people regarding “small
issues” or “grey areas”. If you live in love and unity, then you can “grow” in unity and come to the
same belief regarding everything, searching and discussion the Scripture (TaNaK) regularly.

Can I eat meat offered up to idols or not? The answer of this question is found in Scripture in
Acts 15 which reference back to Lev 19, Deut 12 & Eze 33.
(zó) `Do not eot meot uith the hlood. Do not proctise dioinotion or mogic (times
or [esteoolsJ.

(z() ¨Dnlu, he [irm not to eot the hlood, [or the hlood is the li[e, do not eot the li[e
uith the mect. (za) ¨Do not ect it, uou pour it on the ecrth lile ucter.

(z=) ¨There[ore scu to them, `Thus scid the Mcster YHVH, ¨You eot meot uith hlood,
ond gou li[t up gour eges touord gour idols, ond shed hlood. Should gou then
possess the lond? (zó) ¨You depend on uour suord, cnd uou commit ohominotions,
ond eoch o[ gou de[iles his neighhour's ui[e. Should gou then possess the lond?¨
Eze 33 gives the best reference to the verse in Acts 15 where he ask the question; will you
possess the land if you sacrifice to idols and eat meat with blood in it? What is interesting is to
see the context of Eze 33. If you read further in Eze 34 you will see the prophecy of the Gentiles
that will be gathered by the Great Shepherd, Y’shua. He will bring the scattered people in from
among the nations, those who were once part of Israel. As it was with the exodus out from Egypt,
there were a mixed multitude, consisting of Israel and Gentiles. In the same way the Gentiles will
come from among the nations, with the scattered Israel, to be led by Y’shua, the Great Shepherd.

(8) ¨As I lite,¨ declcres the Mcster YHVH, ¨beccuse Mu [locl beccme c preu, cnd Mg [lock
hecome [ood [or eoerg heost o[ the [ield, [rom not hooing o shepherd, cnd Mg
shepherds did not seorch [or Mg [lock, hut the shepherds [ed themseloes ond
did not [eed Mg [lock,¨ (o) there[ore, D shepherds, hecr the uord o[ YHVHl (:o) `Thus
scid the Mcster YHVH, ¨See, I cm cqcinst the shepherds, cnd shcll require Mu [locl ct their
hcnd, cnd shcll mcle them cecse [eedinq the sheep, cnd the shepherds shcll [eed themseltes
no more. And 1 sholl delioer Mg [lock [rom their mouths, ond theg sholl no
longer he [ood [or them.¨ (::) `Ior thus scid the Mcster YHVH, ¨See, 1 Mgsel[ sholl
seorch [or Mg sheep ond seek them out. (:z) ¨As c shepherd seels out his [locl on the
dcu he is cmonq his sccttered sheep, so I shcll seel out Mu sheep ond delioer them [rom
oll the ploces uhere theg uere scottered in o dog o[ cloud ond thick dorkness.
(:() ¨And 1 sholl hring them out [rom the peoples ond gother them [rom the
londs, ond sholl hring them to their oun lond. And I shcll [eed them on the
mountcins o[ Yisrc'èl, in the tclleus, cnd in cll the duellinqs o[ the lcnd. (:a) ¨In qood
pcsture I shcll [eed them, cnd their [old shcll be on the hiqh mountcins o[ Yisrc'èl. Theu shcll
lie there in c qood [old cnd [eed in rich pcsture on the mountcins o[ Yisrc'èl. (:=) ¨1 sholl
[eed Mg [lock ond moke them lie doun," declores the Moster YHVH.

The people were scattered because there were no real Shepherd. The shepherds that led the
nation were bad shepherds who feed on the flock of YHVH. This is a picture of the church today
(sad to say), where “shepherds” feed on the people and do not feed the people. Y’shua, the Great
Shepherd Who will come again, in the Day of Cloud and Thick Darkness, to gather (rapture) His
people and bring them into the Promise Land (New Jerusalem).
The Apostles gave these “new sheep” the command not to eat meat with blood in it and to live
sexually right, because they knew this prophecy in Ezekiel and YHVH gave the wisdom to deal
with this problem even before it was needed. This sorted out the majority of difference among
cross-cultural believers and set the stage for YHVH to reveal the rest of His Word to them
in unity and peace.

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Let’s now look at what the Scripture says about clean and unclean animals in context with the
end times and the last generation (us, after the first coming of the Messiah).
:= Ior, behold, YHWH uill come uith [ire, ond uith His choriots like o
tempest, to re[resh His onger uith [urg, ond His rehuke uith [lomes o[
[ire. :ó 1or hg [ire ond hg His suord YHWH uill execute judgment uith
oll [lesh: cnd the slcin o[ YHWH uill be mcnu. :; Those uho soncti[g
themseloes, ond puri[g themseloes to go into the gordens, hehind one
tree in the middle, eoting suine's (hog or pigJ [lesh, ond the hote[ul
thing, ond the mouse, uill he cut o[[ together, scus YHWH. :8 Ior I lnou
their uorls cnd their thouqhts: it comes to qcther cll the nctions cnd the tonques:
cnd theu uill come cnd see Mu qloru.

1so og:g-o the people uho proooke Me continuollg to Mg [oce, uho sloughter in
gordens, ond hurn incense on oltors o[ hrick: (a) uho sit omong the grooes,
ond spend the night in secret ploces, uho eot [lesh o[ pigs
, ond the hroth o[
uncleon meot is in their pots, Iootnote:
See óó::;. (=) uho sog, 'Keep to goursel[,
do not come neor me, [or 1 om set-oport to gou!' These ore smoke in Mg
nostrils, o [ire thot hurns oll dog. (ó) ¨See, it is uritten he[ore Me: 1 om not
silent, hut sholl repog, ond 1 sholl repog into their hosom,

This is a pretty serious scripture where judgement will come at the end of time and even the
people who cleansed themselves (believers - Bride) who rebel against the Word of YHWH and
eat of unclean animals, will also be cut off (judged). We also see people in “secret places”, eating
unclean meat and say that they are more set apart than you.
Can this be the people who are liberal and proclaim that you can eat what you want and call you
who follow the Torah “weak” and “unholy”? This can also refer to people doing secret sins that
are hidden but look holy in front of other people.

Eze_S:1o And I uent in cnd looled cnd scu cll linds o[ creepinq crectures,
ohominohle heosts, cnd cll the idols o[ the house o[ Yisrc'èl, coroed oll oround on
the uolls.

Ezekiel saw the house of YHVH filled with idols and it’s walls carved with images of unclean
animals. Ezekiel saw this vision of the end time Church and all the abominable things they will do.
We are the Temple of YHVH in whom His Spirit dwells and your body is like the “outer court” of
this Temple. This outer wall is engraved with every abominable beast implying bringing “unclean”
animals inside this Temple of YHVH.

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¨Do not eot uhoteoer is
ohominohle. (a) ¨These ore the
lioing creotures uhich gou do
eot: ox, sheep, ond goot, (=)
deer, ond gozelle, ond roehuck,
ond uild goot, ond mountoin
goot, ond ontelope, ond
mountoin sheep. (ó) "And
eoerg heost thot hos o split
hoo[ dioided in tuo, cheuing
the cud, omong the heosts, gou
do eot. (;) "But o[ those
cheuing the cud or those
hooing o split hoo[ completelg
dioided, gou do not eot, such os
these: the comel, ond the hore,
ond the rohhit, [or theg cheu
the cud hut do not hooe o split
hoo[, theg ore uncleon [or gou.
(8) "And the pig is uncleon [or
gou, hecouse it hos o split hoo[,
hut does not cheu the cud. You
do not eot their [lesh or touch
their deod corcosses.
(o) "These gou do eot o[ oll thot ore in the uoters: oll thot hooe [ins ond
scoles gou do eot. (:o) "And uhoteoer does not hooe [ins ond scoles gou do
not eot, it is uncleon [or gou. (::) "Ang cleon hird gou do eot, (:z) hut these
gou do not eot: the eogle, ond the oulture, ond the hlock oulture, (:() ond
the red kite, ond the [olcon, ond the huzzord o[ter their kinds, (:a) ond
eoerg rooen o[ter its kind, (:=) ond the ostrich, ond the nighthouk, ond the
seogull, ond the houk o[ter their kinds, (:ó) the little oul, ond the greot
oul, ond the uhite oul, (:;) ond the pelicon, ond the corrion oulture, ond
the [isher oul, (:8) ond the stork, ond the heron o[ter its kind, ond the
hoopoe ond the hot. (:o) "And eoerg creeping insect thot [lies is uncleon [or
gou, theg ore not eoten. (zo) "Ang cleon hird gou do eot. (z:) "Do not eot
uhoteoer dies o[ itsel[. Cioe it to the stronger uho is uithin gour gotes, to
eot it, or sell it to o [oreigner. Ior uou cre c set-cpcrt people to YHVH uour Elohim.
Do not cook o goung goot in its mother's milk. (pcqcn trcdition)

There is enough left to eat in this world and considering this scripture, it is safer to follow the
ordinances of YHWH and not to listen to man’s wisdom and interpretation, but rather fear Him
who is able to judge and destroy all evil and rebellious people.

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This does not mean that not eating pig will save you, but if you seek the truth and you know the
truth, you will be judged accordingly.

a: Y'shuc scid to them, "I[ uou uere blind, uou uould hcte no sin: hut nou thot
gou sog, 'We see,' gour sin remoins."
There is grace for unintentional ignorance and those who did not know the truth will be pardoned,
but those who knew the truth and rebelled against it, will be judged according to what they knew if
they have not acted upon it. You will be judged according to the “light” you have received.

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As I said earlier, everything that is not described in the Torah are seen as “grey areas” and these
areas are there so that you will seek His truth through a personal relationship with Him. No one
can tell you how to apply these concepts and you have to make it out with YHVH. For example;
do I only eat what is described in the Word or do I apply the detail of the Kosher rules as given by
the Jewish Rabbis?

Fences around the Torah: They have “added” a lot of rules regarding kosher to be “safe” and if
you choose to follow it, you will be “safe”, but if you choose to only regard what the Word
specifies, that is your choice and your relationship with YHVH. The Rabbi’s specify which Juice to
buy, and it can be “un-kosher” even if it is 100% juice. This has to do with the process it follows
and if someone prayed during the manufacturing process because it contains grapes. This is only
one of many examples and I will not go as far to say that either of the two opinions is wrong, it is
your choice because there are “grey” areas. The point I would like to make is that you cannot
tell anybody that they are wrong if they keep to the Instructions in the Word. It is “safe” to
follow their booklet but you can make a career out of assessing every product and study every
ingredient and miss out on the bigger picture; to serve and honour YHVH and His Word. What did
Paul say about this?

1Co 1o:zg Eot uhoteoer is sold in the meot morket, osking no question
[or conscience' soke:

Paul did not say to eat meat that is not regarded as food; the context is weather the meat is
prepared correctly, slaughtered the right way as stated in the Torah and if it was offered to idols.

Paul had the following to say to people regarding food:

1Co 1o:z¬
1[ ong o[ those uho do not helieoe (the some os gou do regording kosherJ inoite
gou to o [eost (meolJ, ond i[ gou ore disposed to go, eot uhoteoer is set he[ore
gou, osking no questions [or conscience' soke.

When you are invited for a meal at someone’s house, you do not ask questions or make the
people feel uncomfortable imposing your standards and beliefs on them, you eat whatever they
offer you so that you do not offend them.
If you have a good relationship with them, surely you can communicate your preferences and
beliefs so that you wouldn’t be in an awkward position not eating what they offer and offending
them. People will only understand these things if the right foundation is laid first. If you drop a ton
of bricks in them, discussing the detail of your convictions with them, you are doing more harm
than good. You should always be sensitive who you talk to and if they have the right foundation to
be exposed to the “next level”. Paul felt very strong about unity and love and we should not chase
people away with our knowledge and overwhelm them ad chase them away. We are not in the
“I’m right and you are wrong” business, no, we are fishers of men and your life should be lived to
shine His light and His Truth so that people will be drawn to you, not chasing people away. Care
should be taken not to judge people with the truth, but to expose people to the truth. The Word is
a two-edged sword that can defeat the enemy, but it can also hurt your brother or sister if you use
the Torah unskilfully being judgemental. You only have the right to speak into someone’s life if
you have a good relationship with him or her and they are willing to receive from you.

1Co 1o:gz-gg Cioe no o[[ense, either to the Jeus, or to the Creeks or to the
ossemhlg o[ Elohim: (ggJ eoen os 1 pleose oll men in oll things, not seeking mg
oun pro[it, hut the pro[it o[ the mong, so thot theg mog he sooed.

Our aim is fellowship and unity and we should not let ¨small matters¨ and differences
or ¨grey areas¨ cause us to break the greatest Commandment; to love your
neighbour as yourself. Be wise in your actions and win people to Messiah, teaching
them and meeting them on the level they are at, without offending and driving
people away because we say that we have the Light and the Truth.

Jos g:z Ior in mcnu thinqs ue cll o[[end. 1[ ongone does not o[[end in uord, the
some is o [ull-groun mon, cble clso to bridle the uhole bodu.

If you speak without offending you r brother, it is a sign of maturity. You may be
right in knowing the truth, but you are wrong in communicating it your way and not
YHVH´s way. Trust Him and be patient, He will work with His Spirit in the people´s
hearts and He will reveal to everyone what is right to be accepted for that person in
that point in time. Do not force YHVH´s Truth on people; let it gently wash over them
by shining His light without saying a word. Light makes no sound; it only reveals the
truth. If you live out His Word (Torah), people will ask questions, and then you have
the right to speak into their lives. Pray for them before you speak to them and trust
YHVH to change the hearts.