ANNOUNCEMENTS: I have been working on the Feast of Trumpets sermon and I can announce that God has revealed much new information about this Feast. This Feast of Trumpets will be a big advance in understanding from the COG teachings and also from my past presentations.
OUTREACH SITE: Egypt Delivers Major Blow to Sinai Terrorists
UCG NEWS: The 7th Day Sabbath COG News has published the following.
Church of God 7th Day: At the invitation of President Whaid Rose, the United Church of God President, Viktor Kubik, and his wife Beverley, also Scott and Connie Ashley, recently visited the headquarters of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Denver, where they met former President, Calvin Burrell also. Viktor Kubik’s first visit to COG7 was in 1993, when he was working in Ministerial Services at the Worldwide Church of God’s HQ. Richard Nickels, in his History of the Seventh Day Church of God, claims at that time, “Whaid and others press an agenda for the Church of God (7th Day) similar to that of Joseph Tkach of Worldwide” – and that Burrell “applauded most of the doctrinal changes in the Worldwide Church.”
UPDATE 12:EDT: I wanted to add to todays post that we may defile ourselves to bury our dead. A classic example being the burial of Christ and the speed with which he was buried so that the disciples could rush home and wash themselves before the evening began the first High Day of The Feast of Unleavened bread.
John 19:21 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. 31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, [day (Passover day) for the first Holy Day of Unleavened Bread] that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,)
The body was buried quickly nearby because they had to rush home to wash and prepare for the High Day of Unleavened Bread which began at sunset.
John 19:44 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Before I begin Lev 11, I want to point out that the modern Rabbinic movement is an outgrowth of the Hellenic Pharisees of Babylon and Egypt. These folks have used their own reasoning to create their own traditions that made the commandments of God of no effect. A classic example of this is their views on the clean and the unclean.
While we are commanded to not even touch a dead unclean animal, they claim that the commandment is only concerned with eating the flesh. Using that false premise they say that any other products from dead unclean creatures may be used at will. Some Orthodox sects insist on wearing hats made of dog skin as a sect, yet they will not walk on the same side of the street with a woman lest she be unclean.
There are several Rabbinic Kosher certifying organizations and most will certify as kosher any product of dead unclean animals except the actual flesh. they will accept anything made form skin and bone such as gelatin, soap etc and label it kosher. The word kosher means fit or proper and blessed by a Christ rejecting Rabbi.
Do NOT assume that a kosher mark means that the product is clean by biblical standards. Such things as kosher marshmallow only means that it was blessed by a Rabbi; it may contain gelatin from biblically unclean sources.
We must not trust the apostate from Moses rabbinate to be our guide. It would be far better to trust the scriptures themselves and learn to discern between the clean and the unclean for ourselves. As far as source labeling, look for gelatin made from sea weed like Agar gelatin. Vegan vegetarian labeling is far more credible than kosher such matters.
God separated certain animals as clean and others as unclean, to teach us the object lesson that there is a difference between the holy and the profane.
Living “unclean” animals are not unclean to touch and neither is the hair or wool sheared from living animals; it is the DEAD animals that are unclean and not to by eaten or even touched. That means that the skin and furs of dead unclean animals is not to be touched.
Paul admonished the New Covenant faithful to obey the laws of clean and unclean, and to eat only those things sanctified by scripture; which sanctification is listed in Leviticus 11.
We may eat or use with thanks for God’s provision to us; the dead bodies of those creatures SANCTIFIED by the word of God ONLY!
1 Ti 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
11:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 11:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 11:3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud [both], among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
We may not eat, use or touch the dead body of any creature that does not BOTH chew the cud and split the hoof among animals, or any under water creature that does not have BOTH fins and scales at the time we take it. We may not eat, use or touch the dead body of any bird that does not have a crop, nor can we eat any insect that does not have both legs for leaping and wings for flying.
11:4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
11:5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 11:6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
11:8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
11:9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. 11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 11:11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
11:12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
11:13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, 11:14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; 11:15 Every raven after his kind; 11:16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, 11:17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, 11:18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, 11:19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
11:20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.
11:21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; 11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. 11:23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet [but do not have legs to leap with], shall be an abomination unto you.
To even touch the carcase [dead body[ of an unclean creature; becomes unclean and must bathe and be unclean until the sun is set.
11:24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even. 11:25 And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
11:26 The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean. 11:27 And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.
To touch the dead body makes one unclean and if we wear skins and furs from unclean creatures it is as ifg we have eaten them; for both acts make us unclean.
11:28 And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash [himself and] his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.
11:29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, 11:30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole. 11:31 These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even.
11:32 And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.
11:33 And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it.
11:34 Of all meat [food] which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean.
11:35 And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean and shall be unclean unto you.
11:36 Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.
11:37 And if any part of their carcase fall upon any sowing seed [which is dry and not germinating] which is to be sown, it shall be clean.
11:38 But if any water be put upon the seed, and any part of their carcase fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you.
11:39 And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die [of itself]; he that toucheth the carcase thereof shall be unclean until the even. 11:40 And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
11:41 And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten. 11:42 Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination.
Those who make themselves unclean are an abomination to God. WHY? To teach us the difference between spiritually holy things and spiritually profane things.
The physically unclean thing is a picture of the death of the wicked in their unrepented sin, who are not in UNITY and AT ONE in holiness with the Father!
The clean thing that is killed by man; is a picture of the perfection, purity and sinlessness of Christ who was killed by men, and who’s very nature is to be “eaten” and internalized by the called out of bondage to sin in physical and spiritual Egypt; being clean and pure form all sin, and fully at ONE with the Father and Jesus Christ!
11:43 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.
11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Physical defilement is a picture of spiritual defilement by association with and being partakers of the sins of others.
1 Ti 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
11:45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
This is the kind of priests ; the kind of ministry of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ that God wants:
Ezek 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the [physically and spiritually] unclean and the clean. 24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
We should be zealous to be physically clean, in an overwhelmingly unclean world; and we should go forward from the physical; to be zealous to become spiritually clean, without any spot, blemish or wrinkle of spiritual uncleanness and sin.
We should be as appalled at the very idea of calling the Sabbath holy and then paying others to serve us. polluting the Sabbath; as shocked and appalled as we would be if served a pot of filth.
11:46 This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: 11:47 To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.
Our world is totally unclean and we must do the best we can. Our homes are polluted by the plywood and carpets etc which are put together with glue made from proteins in pig’s blood, our markets use the same utensils to cut all types of meats. And most restaurants are unclean.
All we can do is to do the best we can, and to focus on avoiding the spiritual uncleanness of association with sin, at least as much as we are concerned about physical uncleanness.
If we are careful to avoid pork, and we vicariously indulge in the sins of others [which is what spiritual uncleanness is about]; we are still unclean.
That is part of the object lesson: as James wrote: James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.