Remember, Noah himself, over a thousand years before Moses was ever even born, knew which foods were forbidden to eat according to Genesis 7:2,8, and 8:20. Those verses show that the forbidden foods always were forbidden to eat and they also strongly imply that they always will be forbidden to eat.
Isaiah 66:17,22: “These people ……… eat the meat of PIGS and RATS (to this very day many people in some countries such as the African nation of Malawi routinely eat cooked mice) and OTHER HATEFUL THINGS (forbidden aquatic creatures or forbidden “creeping things”). But they WILL ALL BE DESTROYED together,’ says the Lord ……… 22 I will make NEW HEAVENS and the NEW EARTH which will last forever ………” (New Century Version, parenthesized words added)
This great prophet has already predicted many things that have come true. Therefore we can safely and reasonably assume that his prediction, (involving “unclean” meats) that all who eat pork, mice, and all other “abominable” creatures in the distant future will be literally killed, will actually some day come true. Isaiah 65:17,25 and 66:22 show that these two chapters, where the words “swine’s flesh” and “Sabbath” appear, refer to a FUTURE age that has not yet arrived, a time when the earth will be literally reshaped into a new earth, an age when Jesus Christ will have returned in great glory. In this future new age even some animals will be changed since Isaiah 65:25 reveals that even lions and wolves will peacefully eat grass like sheep, instead of eating meat. To deliberately and knowingly break holy dietary laws well known all over the world for a thousand years during the millennial reign of Jesus (Who will teach the continuing validity of the food laws) after He returned, is a sign of utter contempt for the Lord, and utter contempt for His will. Such lack of respect for our Creator also implies a potential lack of respect or love towards people, which can sooner or later result in “offending” others, something that will not be tolerated in God’s eternal kingdom.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:17: “Come out, then, from among them …….., separate yourselves from them, and DO NOT EVEN TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN ……..” (Knox New Testament)
If we are commanded to not even touch unclean meats, we definitely cannot eat them. Mainstream Christians routinely touch and eat bacon, crabs, catfish, pizza with pork contaminated pepperoni, and Vibrio vulnificus (a potentially flesh eating bacteria) contaminated oysters. The above is a New Testament verse that provides additional proof that the dietary laws are still valid, which also implies that some other Mosaic laws are still valid, too, such as the festival and tithing laws. The original Greek word for “touch” is haptomai, defined by Thayer as “……. to fasten to ……. adhere to, cling to, ……. to touch …….” In accordance with other commentators Thayer further defines haptomai as “……. have no intercourse with the Gentiles, no fellowship in their heathenish practices ……. the THINGS NOT TO BE TOUCHED APPEAR TO BE both women (unbelievers) and CERTAIN KINDS OF FOOD (forbidden food) ……. ” The original Greek word for “unclean” in the above verse is akathartos, which in accordance with Thayer is defined as “……. that which must be abstained from according to the LEVITICAL law, lest impurity be contracted …….” which of course would include food.
Micah 4:1-3: “….. in the latter days ….. the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains ….. and peoples shall flow to it. 2 MANY NATIONS SHALL COME and say ‘….. let us go up ….. to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ FOR OUT OF ZION THE LAW SHALL GO FORTH …… FROM JERUSALEM. 3 ….. Neither shall they learn war anymore.” (NKJV) These verses refer to the future, apparently after a nuclear World War III, a time that has not yet arrived. “Mountain” is symbolic of the theocratic government of the Lord. HOW IN THE WORLD CAN ANYONE SAY THAT THE MOSAIC LAWS WERE INTENDED ONLY FOR THE JEWS WHEN THESE MICAH VERSES QUITE PLAINLY REVEAL THAT SUCH LAWS, WHICH INCLUDE THE FOOD LAWS, WILL EVENTUALLY BE OBEYED BY EVERY NATION WORLDWIDE SOME DAY?
If you will carefully read the verses mainstream Christians use to try to prove that the Mosaic dietary laws have been done away with, you will find that they totally ignore the definition of pivotally important original Greek words in those verses and/or totally ignore the general context of that verse, twisting it around to try to make that verse mean something incorrect. Mainstreamers, for some reason, seem to refuse to thoroughly research those verses with an open, unbiased mind. Trying to ignore the meaning of original Hebrew words in these simple, plain Isaiah 66:17,22 verses or trying to twist the meaning of Isaiah 66:17 is a much more formidable task, so much so that it just cannot be done by even mainstream Christians. So if we foolishly believe their false doctrine that the dietary laws have been abolished, we are forced to believe that Isaiah is a liar concerning the above verses. Are you really going to call Isaiah a liar, thereby implying that God Himself, Who inspired the recording of every single original Hebrew word in the Bible, is also a Liar?
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Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.