from my book The Law and The Pauline Doctrine
by Rav Sha’ul
Eating Swine Flesh
As with all things physical… “eating” has a Spiritual Truth associated with it. If we are going to be Righteous Judges, this physical to Spiritual Parallel must be firmly established. If we do not, we will become self-righteous in our judgment and condemn others in our ignorance of His Word! I am going to build to a MAJOR Scriptural Truth that will probably shock everyone, and overcome a very serious abuse of The Torah in the process…
We see all the prophets (John, David, Ezekiel, Jeremiah etc.) were commanded to “Eat the Heavenly Scroll”:
Ezekiel 3:3 Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Yahuah, God of hosts. Revelation 10:9-10 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” Psalm 119:101-103 How sweet are your words (preserved in The Heavenly Scroll Psalms 119:89) to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food. Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
We see Yahusha instruct us to “eat his flesh and drink his blood”
John 6 55 For My flesh is real food, and My blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me (in fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll Matthew 6:10) and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
What is going on here?
How do we Spiritually Appraise this physical shadow of “eating” and properly employ The Mystery Language? In this section, I am going to help us understand “eating pork” and why it appears in Scripture to be so devastating to your life that Yahuah declares you will utterly perish!
Isaiah 66:17 …16 For Yahuah will execute judgment by fire And by His sword on all flesh, And those slain by Yahuah will be many. 17" Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens, Following one in the center, Who eat swine's flesh, detestable things and mice, Will come to an end altogether," declares Yahuah.
One of the most grievous sins unto Yahuah is to abuse His Torah and self-righteously condemn others by the letter of the Law as I have shown so far in this book. One of the most damaging examples of this are what I call “Torah Nazis”; those who abuse the Scriptures and the Dietary Laws casting condemnation on others out of their own ignorance. These Torah Nazis go about with the Torah in hand ready to “beat the daylights out of any and every one “by the letter“… while they themselves are lost in the “Milk” of the Word (the Letter), always “learning but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth” which is found in the Meat of the Word (Intent).
2 Timothy 3 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving (in Judgment), slanderous (judging others by the Letter not Intent), without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Yahuah— 5 having a form of godliness (religiously obeying the Letter) but denying its power (the INTENT). Have nothing to do with such people. ... 7 always learning (to do this or that “by the Letter”) but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth (of the Intent of the Law).
“Eating” is a Metaphor
Eating is a metaphor for “what you accept as truth, what you put your faith in, what you believe, etc.” Eating “food” is a physical to Spiritual Parallel of digesting the Truth or accepting a lie. Sha’ul the Apostle used “eating” as a metaphor in this way as I have shown in this book, the prophets used it in this way, and Yahusha did as well…
We don’t literally “eat” The Heavenly Scroll or Earthly Scrolls, Yahusha was not literally saying we are to slice him up barbecue his remains and eat him. He was speaking in The Mystery Language that he was The Lamb and later at the Last Supper/Chagigah Meal, on the Eve of Passover, he further elaborated on this, telling us that we are to keep Passover and eat the Lamb in honor and remembrance of his sacrifice. We are to accept Yahusha as the Messiah and put our faith in his sacrifice to cover our sin as the blood of the Lamb. In other words, we are to “eat his flesh and drink his blood”. In this way, “Lamb” is singled out among all animals as a shadow of the true sacrifice. We are to “eat lambs flesh” metaphorically speaking (and literally on Passover) to demonstrate we are in covenant with Yahuah through Yahusha’s blood.
So, what about “eating swine flesh”? Is Yahuah so petty that He is going to literally destroy everyone who has bacon bits on their house salad?!?!?!
NO! That is a classic example of immaturity trying to understand The Law by the letter when it is appraised Spiritually.
1 Corinthians 2 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of Yahuah (understanding of Intent) but considers them (the Intent of the Law) foolishness (because they think Righteousness is based on obedience to the Letter), and cannot understand them (the Intent of His Law) because they (the Intent of the Law) are spiritually appraised
NOTE – PORK IS NOT FOOD! DO NOT EAT IT. IT IS BAD FOR YOUR BODY. The Dietary Laws are “instructions” from a loving Father on how to eat healthy. The penalty for breaking the Dietary Laws is NOT that Yahuah is going to kick you out of His Kingdom… the penalty is bad health. Eating pork, shellfish, etc. is simply not a good choice if you want to “live a long life” as Yahuah has Instructed (Torah). The “intent” of the Dietary Laws/Instructions is that we should not just consume everything that taste good and watch what we eat and take care of our physical bodies as they are His Temple. It only BEGINS with the Dietary Laws as most of what we eat today we literally manufacture. We were supposed to be mature and understand the intent behind what Yahuah was telling us.
I have to just shake my head when I see these Torah Nazis out judging everyone by the letter, miss-teaching the Dietary Instructions taking them extremely literal while denying their Intent. I look at their photos and they are grossly overweight… addicted to coffee, soft drinks, prescription pills, and probably consume every processed food they can get their hands on… yet they “throw the book” at someone for eating a piece of bacon on their cheeseburger.
So then… why do the Scriptures single out “swine flesh” and seemingly say if you eat it you are going to “hell and don’t pass Go”? What is the REAL Truth of this matter… I am going to help us all understand this and tie it all together with “eating” as a metaphor and “The Lamb” as the proper sacrifice and show us all why if you eat “swine flesh” you cannot enter His Kingdom.
Scripture is not understood in isolation, it MUST be understood in “context” as follows as I have laid out in this book:
- Historical Context
- Textual Context (kept in context not sound bitten)
- Scriptural Context (kept in context of the Torah/Prophets and Heavenly Scroll)
- Spiritual Context (all Truth is revealed through physical to Spiritual Parallels)
Today Scripture is misunderstood because it is taken out of context. We sound bit verses and even sentences within a verse totally out of context of what the Scriptures are saying. This is the case with eating swine flesh. We fail to put that into context of HISTORY dating back to Babylon where the false sacrifice was established as The Ishtar Pig or “eating swine flesh” as a sacrifice.
The Bible is a story of two “Messiahs” and two religions…
- The False Messiah or “Beast/Pig of the Earth”
- The True Messiah the Lamb of Yahuah.
The Way of the Gentiles
The “Way of the Gentiles” is eating swine flesh AS A SACRIFICE to their pagan demi-gods which are all fashioned after Tammuz in Babylon as Mystery Babylon was spread across the Earth at the tower of Babel. The False Messiah is the fulfillment of the corrupted Zodiac. For more on Mystery Babylon and what that religion truly is, read my book:
“The way of the gentiles” is a term used often in The Bible and in every case it speaking of the religious practices of the pagan Gentiles it is not referring to a physical path or destination. Below we see the same phrase “the way of the Gentiles” referring to the religious practices or those who display the religious practices of pagans. The phrase “Way of the Gentiles” is translated in various translation to illustrate that it is an Idiom of “the pagan ways of the Gentile Nations”:
Jeremiah 10:2 New International Version - This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them. NET Bible - The LORD says, "Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. GOD'S WORD® Translation - This is what the LORD says: Don't learn the practices of the nations. Don't be frightened by the signs in the sky because the nations are frightened by them. Jubilee Bible 2000 - Thus hath the LORD said, Do not learn the way of the Gentiles, and do not fear the signs of heaven, even though the Gentiles fear them.
The Way of the Gentiles is eating swine flesh as a sacrifice to demi-gods on the Spring Equinox… “Easer”. For more on this subject, see my book The Kingdom.
The “Way of Israel” is eating lamb AS A SACRIFICE on Passover to cover sin pointing to the role of the True Messiah who is the fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll.
It is in this context of history of two sacrifices that we understand the prophets such as Isaiah condemning the practice of “eating swine flesh” as a sacrifice. If you “eat” or “put your faith in, believe, accept as true” the false sacrifice illustrated by Easter (the Ishtar Pig) Yahuah will utterly destroy you as that is The Way of the Gentiles and the blood of a Pig on the Altar desecrates Yahuah’s Altar, destroys the Temple (your body), and does not cover sin. This is called “The Abominable Sacrifice that Destroys the Body Temple” or for short The Abomination of Desolation. See my book The Antichrist Revealed! This is why Antiochus sacrificed a pig on the Altar committing The Abomination of Desolation… he was a sun worshipper and that was the sacrifice of the Gentiles.
The Meaning of Isaiah 66
Now getting back to “eating”. Yahuah established that we are to “eat” the sacrifices on Passover and The Day of Atonement. It is a shadow or illustration that in The Yahushaic Covenant we are to “eat the flesh and blood” of the Messiah, who is The Lamb of Yahuah. We are to metaphorically “eat his flesh and drink his blood” or rather “put our faith in, accept as true” that Yahusha is the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb and his blood covers our sin.
The Gentiles ate their sacrifice too… for the same reason.
So, the prophets were condemning The Way of the Gentiles when they spoke of eating the WRONG THINGS as SACRIFICES. Instead of Lamb and Dove, they would sacrifice Pigs and Rats in keeping with the religion of Mystery Babylon!
Isaiah 66:17 …16 For Yahuah will execute judgment by fire And by His sword on all flesh, And those slain by Yahuah will be many. 17" Those who sanctify and purify themselves (by offering the WRONG sacrifices of Pigs and Rats) to go to the gardens, Following one in the center (of the corrupted Zodiac), Who eat swine's flesh (as a sacrifice to Tammuz called Ishtar Day), detestable things and mice (instead of clean things like Lambs and Doves as Yahuah commanded to be used as sacrificial animals), Will come to an end altogether," declares Yahuah (because those are the wrong sacrificial animals and there is no forgiveness of sin in those sacrifices). 18"For I know their works (as they offer up unclean sacrifices to a Holy Elohim) and their thoughts (their INTENT is to worship the false Messiah, the Earthly Pig); the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.…
Notice in Isaiah above, which is used to condemn all who eat bacon with their eggs, that he is not talking about “eating pork” in general or the Dietary Laws of good health, he is condemning those who eat it as a sacrifice to “sanctify and purify” themselves! He is condemning the FALSE SACRIFICE of the Gentiles (the Way of the Gentiles) and all those who put their faith in the Ishtar Pig to “sanctify and purify” themselves. This has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Dietary Laws, we are speaking in parables and metaphor of the true vs false Messiah and true vs false sacrifice. The False Sacrifice of Babylon (all pagan religions) is EATING SWINE FLESH on Isthar Day as a sacrifice to purify and sanctify themselves. The True Sacrifice of Yahuah is EATING LAMB on Passover to sanctify and purify. It is within THAT context that “eating swine flesh” costs you your eternal life. NOT having bacon bits on your salad.
Epitomy of Hypocrisy
It is the epitomy of hypocrisy to keep the Dietary Laws “by the letter” as if that is where true righteousness is found. While denying the “intent’ of those same instructions by eating all kinds of “junk” and justify that because it isn’t listed in the Dietary Law. Then set yourself up as other’s judge and a “judge over the Law” by condemning others for their diet. This judgmental Spirit has plagued the body of believers all the way back 2000 years ago. We call these self-righteous hypocrites “Pharisees”:
James 4 10 Humble yourselves before Yahuah (knowing you too have broken His Dietary Laws in your lifetime), and He will exalt you (forgive you for YOUR bad eating in the past). 11 Brothers, do not slander one another (by judging others by the letter condemning others for their bad eating). Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him (by the Letter of the Law) speaks against the (Intent of the) Law and judges it. And if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law, but a judge of it (because no one has the authority to judge another's servant by the Law). 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
Romans 14 3 The one who eats everything must not belittle the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does (because they are instructions for good health), for Yahuah has accepted him (because they have NO bearing on Eternal Life just on good health). 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant (by the Dietary Laws)? To his own master he stands or falls (by the Blood of the Lamb NOT religiously following the Dietary Laws by the letter). And he will stand, for Yahuah is able to make him stand (forgiving our transgressions of the Dietary Instructions, there is NO condemnation).
This is exactly what Yahusha condemned in the Pharisees. A religious judgmental Spirit. It is paramount to saying “hey everybody, look at how Holy I am… I keep The Torah, see how perfect I am in obeying the Dietary Laws!” Just like the Pharisees praying out loud, over giving their alms and making it publicly known, or walking out looking all pathetic so everyone knew they were fasting, and so forth.
WALK THE WALK, get in the gym, eat right all the way around as THAT is what the Dietary Laws are telling us. And KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT in judgment of others for “their diet”. Hypocrites!
Matthew 23:33 33 (Yahusha said to the judgmental, self-righteous hypocritical Pharisees) You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell (by the Letter of the Law for judging others by it)? Matthew 7 1Do not judge, or you will be judged. 2 For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?…
Liberty! You do not have the autority to judge on this issue!
What I want to accomplish here, is that the verses condemning all those who “eat swine flesh” has nothing to do with the Levitical Law on how to eat healthy. I am NOT saying the Instruction on good eating in Leviticus no longer apply. I am saying they do not apply to Isaiah 66 and have nothing to do with “utterly perishing for eating swine flesh”. We associate the two in error, bearing false witness of Isaiah who was not talking about the dietary laws, but rather The Way of the Gentiles sacrificing pigs and mice in honor of Tammuz/Jesus on Ishtar/Easter. By not understanding the context of Isaiah, we bear false witness of the Scriptures and use that false witness to then self-righteously condemn others for their diet.
We are out of step with The Yahushaic Covenant which is NOT based on ritualistic observance of The Law by the letter, that is “immaturity and milk”.
Righteousness is not “hey look how well I keep the dietary laws compared to you… YOU SINNER”
that is the issue here most of all. Righteousness is based on “eating the Lamb” on Passover not “eating a pig on Ishtar/Easter” and it is based on the INTENT of the heart not the letter of the Law. That is “New Covenant 101” and we have fallen out of covenant by judging “another’s servant” when we do not have that authority because of a little thing called… “Liberty”.
Liberty is Yahuah’s privilege to extend to each person grace and liberty in light of the letter in the process of individual training in Righteousness (sanctification) based on that person’s current state of maturity and circumstance. Since “we” are not involved in that personal relationship, we are then condemned by Yahuah if we intervene as if “we are their judge” by denying Him His privilege to train each person individually.
James 4 10 Humble yourselves before Yahuah (knowing you too have broken His Dietary Laws in your lifetime), and He will exalt you (forgive you for YOUR bad eating in the past). 11 Brothers, do not slander one another (by judging others by the letter condemning others for their bad eating). Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him (by the Letter of the Law) speaks against the (Intent of the) Law and judges it. And if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law, but a judge OVER it (because no one has the authority to judge another's servant by the Law they do not know the other's INTENT or where they are in their relationship with Yahuah and Liberty). 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy (that is Yahuah NOT you). But who are you to judge your neighbor (they are not in covenant with YOU)? Romans 14 3 The one who eats everything must not belittle the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does (because they are instructions for good health), for Yahuah has accepted him (because they have NO bearing on Eternal Life just on good health and Yahuah grants LIBERTY). 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant (by the Dietary Laws)? To his own master he stands or falls (by the Blood of the Lamb NOT religiously following the Dietary Laws by the letter). And he will stand, for Yahuah is able to make him stand (forgiving our transgressions of the Dietary Instructions and grant us Liberty as we grow in obedience and maturity) ----- Matthew 23:33 ----- 33 (Yahusha said to the judgmental, self-righteous hypocritical Pharisees) You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell (by the Letter of the Law for judging others by it)? Matthew 7 1Do not judge, or you will be judged. 2 For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?…
Most people have no idea about the concept of Liberty. It has been abused by Christians to “do away with the law” when that is not at all what Liberty is. It is Yahuah’s right to extend to each of us a measure of understanding as we progress in sanctification so that we do not stand “condemned” in the process… like these self-righteous hypocrites would have us believe. Everyone has current “sin” in their lives and past sins… outside of Liberty there would be no growth and no training in Righteousness (which is what The Law is, it is NOT Righteousness in itself…)
I explain all of this in my book The Law and The Pauline Doctrine.
It is because each of us are in a personal relationship with a LOVING (not condemning) Father and have an individual level of Liberty extended to us personally, that NO ONE ELSE has the right/authority or position so “Judge another’s servant” because that “other” is Yahuah and HE will make us stand at all times through Liberty.
I want to keep this message on point. And that point is that … the dietary laws are no the point! Isaiah is not talking about that. He is condemning The Way of the Gentiles which was established all the way back in Babylon which is a FALSE sacrifice of pigs and mice instead or clean animal sacrifices of Lamb and Doves to “sanctify and purify” ourselves.
If you keep Easter over Passover and put your faith in The Beast/Pig of the Earth known as Jesus, you are “eating swine flesh” and that is the wrong sacrifice for sin and desecrates Yahuah’s altar (your heart) thereby destroying His Temple (your body) in the lake of fire…