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)
According to the above verses, the dietary laws in the distant future will be enforced simply by eventually killing sinners in the “lake of fire” prophesied to occur after the Christian Millennium, those that insist on eating the forbidden foods. They will be thrown by mighty angels, while still alive, into the lake of fire. However, the condemned, if they refuse to repent up to the day of their death, may be a very, very small part of the total population at that time since knowledge of the continuing validity of the food and other OT laws will be common knowledge among people during and after the Christian Millennium. Jesus Christ will have been teaching, preaching, and literally walking on the earth again for a thousand long years. It will be totally inexcusable to break the food laws.
This great prophet, Isaiah, 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, 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.
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.
Isaiah 2:2,3,4: “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains …… all nations shall flow to it. 3 Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, 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 SHALL GO FORTH THE LAW AND THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM. 4 …… They shall beat their swords into plowshares …… nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” The words “mountain of the Lord” mean the theocratic government of the Lord. After nuclear World War III Jesus will return to save humanity from itself, then the 1,000 year Millennium will begin, and the Mosaic law will be preached from Jerusalem for EVERYONE to obey.
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.” These verses also refer to the future, apparently after 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 AND ISAIAH 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?
Remember that you can confidently assume that God is not deliberately lying to you in any verse because He told us that He does not lie. Hebrews 6:18: “……it is impossible for God to lie ……” Reasoning logically, God has also indicated that, in this pre-Millennial age when the first resurrection’s “first fruits” are being chosen and trained to rule and teach, He is not trying to use the Bible to deliberately confuse the extremely blessed and the extremely lucky who have been personally selected from a very large number of “wannabe” Christians, and truly “called” by God the Father. John 6:65-68: “…… NO ONE can come to Me unless it has been GRANTED to him by My Father.’ 66 From that time MANY of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” 1 Corinthians 14:33: “For God is not the author of confusion.” Therefore we can confidently assume that the original Greek in the New Testament is not really self contradictory concerning law keeping. Since God will not lie or try to confuse us then we need to really believe LITERALLY the following 13 verses that plainly tell us that Christians still need to obey the law.
1) 1 John 3:4: “…… SIN IS THE VIOLATION OF THE LAW”
2) Romans 2:13: “For not the hearers of the LAW are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the LAW will be justified.”
3) Romans 6:1,2: “…… Shall we continue in SIN that grace may abound? 2 CERTAINLY NOT! How shall we …… live any longer in it?”
Romans 6:1,2: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on doing WRONG THINGS so that God will be more kind to us? 2 NO, SURELY NOT! We died to our WRONG WAYS and no longer live in them.” (Worldwide English [New Testament])
Romans 6:1,2: “So what do we do? Keep on SINNING so God can keep on forgiving? I SHOULD HOPE NOT! 2 If we’ve left the country where SIN is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? (The Message) The word “SIN” appears in this and other verses, so remember, according to 1 John 3:4 above, it means ONLY one thing, BREAKING either the food, festival, tithing, Saturday rest, or some other OT or NT law or a combination of those laws.
4) Romans 6:15: “…… Shall we SIN because we are not under LAW but under grace? CERTAINLY NOT!”
5) Romans 3:31: “Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need to OBEY God’s LAW? JUST THE OPPOSITE! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly OBEY Him.” (The Living Bible)
Romans 3:31: “Are we abolishing Moses’ Teachings by this faith? THAT’S UNTHINKABLE! Rather, we are SUPPORTING Moses’ teachings.” (God’s Word Translation)
6) Romans 6:16: “Do you not know that …… you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of SIN leading to death, or of OBEDIENCE leading to RIGHTEOUSNESS?” 7) Romans 6:18: “And having been set free from SIN, YOU BECAME SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 8) Romans 6:19: “…… For just as you presented your members as slaves of UNCLEANNESS, and of LAWLESSNESS leading to more lawlessness, SO NOW PRESENT YOUR MEMBERS AS SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HOLINESS.” The Greek definition of UNCLEANNESS includes the Levitically “unclean” or forbidden foods. The Greek definition of LAWLESSNESS refers primarily to breaking the Old Testament, Mosaic LAWS. The word “righteousness” in these Roman verses usually refers to the Jewish LAW keeping type of righteousness. So according to the green, capitalized phrase above, Paul clearly commands us to start or to continue obeying the LAW.
9) Matthew 19:17: “….. BUT IF you want to enter into life, KEEP the commandments.” 10) Revelation 22:14: “Blessed are those who DO His commandments, that they may HAVE THE RIGHT to the tree of life ……” Remember, the Ten Commandments contain the one requiring rest on Saturday, not Sunday, which was started by the Catholics.
11) JUDE 1:4: “…… (impious, PROFANE) persons …… PERVERT THE GRACE …… of our God into LAWLESSNESS ……” (The Amplified Bible)
12) Matthew 7:23: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART from Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS.” 13) Matthew 13:41,42: “…… His angels …… will gather …… those who practice LAWLESSNESS 42 and will cast them into the FURNACE OF FIRE ……”
Yes, the death of Jesus did wipe away and atone for our sins (violations of the law), BUT IT WAS GENERALLY ONLY FOR OUR PAST, REPEAT, PAST SINS, NOT SINS AFTER REPENTANCE AND BAPTISM!!
ROMANS 3:24,25: “…… GRACE, through …… Jesus: …… 25 in His pity God let the SINS OF EARLIER TIMES GO UNPUNISHED.” (Bible in Basic English) That is why we need to keep on obeying the law after our baptism. New, post baptismal sins, though, when confessed and sincerely repented of, can also be forgiven (1 John 1:9, 2:1,2). Abandoning one’s conversion and baptism, however, or deliberately and consistently sinning may ultimately be judged as unforgiveable according to Hebrews 6:4-6, and 10:26-27.
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