In today’s day and age, people immediately cringe at the thought of eating dogs, cats, and cockroaches — but things like shrimp, lobster, and swine’s flesh are considered desirable.
Why is that?
The fact of the matter is, all of these things are clearly identified in Leviticus 11 as being unclean and an abomination to our Father. He created all things to serve a specific purpose, but not everything is to be considered food for man.
Leviticus 11:11 “They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination.”
Keepin’ it All in the Family
One fact that many people are completely unaware of is that shrimp, lobster, and cockroaches are all related. As crazy as it sounds, it’s true — they are all a part of the phylum Arthropoda, invertebrate animals which have jointed appendages, segmented bodies, and exoskeletons (external skeletons). They are known to spread severe disease to humans, livestock, and crops, and they are important members of marine, freshwater, land, and air ecosystems as they play the role of garbage collectors.
If we are what we eat, then common sense should tell us that eating the flesh of animals which were created to consume waste and toxins is probably not the greatest idea ever. Yet today, despite the fact that science now confirms what Scripture has told us for thousands of years, we still see believers who continue to eat that which we’re specifically instructed not to.
A Shocking Discovery
Since coming to the realization that the Torah’s dietary instructions have not been done away with, our family has shared the truth of these matters with nearly everyone we know — Christians and non-Christians alike.
What has been most shocking to us, is that non-believers have taken these facts much more seriously than those who claim to love and live by the Word of Yah. Believe it or not, we actually have non-Christian friends and family who have eliminated many of these things from their diets, yet those who own Bibles and claim to love Yahweh continue to live in rebellion because they falsely believe they have “freedom in Jesus” to live a consequence-free, lawless lifestyle.
This has been startling to see firsthand, and Scripture tells us that the day is fast approaching when Yahweh will bring swift and sudden judgement on the earth’s inhabitants for walking stiff-necked, according to their own fleshly desires…
Isaiah 65:2 “I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts; 3 A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face; who sacrifice in gardens, and burn incense on altars of brick; 4 Who sit among the graves, and spend the night in the tombs; who eat swine’s flesh, and the broth of abominable things is in their vessels;”
Isaiah 66:15 For behold, YHWH 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 YHWH will judge all flesh; and the slain of YHWH 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 YHWH.
But Didn’t Jesus Make All Things Clean?
For centuries, we’ve been taught by the church fathers that Jesus came to make all things clean, but is that really what Scripture tells us? Did our Messiah’s sacrifice on the cross magically make the flesh of rodents and swine nutritious, or have we built this position on the backs of a few grossly misinterpreted proof-texts?
Mark 7:19 “For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)”
Mark 7 is one of the most popularly used proof-texts to support the position that we can now eat whatever our flesh desires, but a careful reading of the passage reveals that it has absolutely nothing to do with the topic of clean and unclean animals. The entire chapter is about eating food with unwashed hands, a tradition and commandment of men that is nowhere to be found in the Torah. Futhermore, “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean” is not even in the original text — it was merely added by translators who were pushing a doctrinal agenda and it’s in direct violation to the clear instructions of our Father…
Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you.”
Yahweh Does Not Change
We serve a Creator that does not change. Eating what was not created to be food was an abomination in the beginning, it is an abomination today, and it will also be in the very last days. The Word is very clear on this subject, and it is imperative that we don’t inject our own feelings and biases into Scripture in an attempt to twist the Word and make it appear to say whatever we want.
119 Ministries has released a series of short videos on the topic of Yah’s dietary guidelines, and they do a wonderful job of addressing the most commonly-used passages used to argue that we’re now permitted to eat anything and everything. They’re great for forwarding to friends and family, and as with all of 119’s teachings, are based solely on Scripture. Enjoy…