The Abomination of Desolation

Chapter 15: The Two Ways

 

 

Thus righteousness leads to life,
And one pursuing evil, to his own death.
Proverbs 11:19

 

The great vegetarian playwright George Bernard Shaw often wrote biting criticisms of mankind’s cruelty to animals. In one of his plays, Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress, it is quite obvious that the ideology advocated by his title character, the Grand Duchess, is his own, and that his use of the device of the sentiment behind Bolshevism is really intended to convey a sense of moral responsibility to the masses rather than a new political order dominated by atheistic Jews. Regarding the establishment of “the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth throughout the universe,” she says, “We are so decayed, so out of date, so feeble, so wicked in our own despite, that we have come at last to will our own destruction.” The more conservative Strammfest replies, “You are uttering blasphemy.” The Grand Duchess retorts, “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

I say that if the people cannot govern themselves, they must be governed by somebody. If they will not do their duty without being half forced and half humbugged, somebody must force them and humbug them. Some energetic and capable minority must always be in power. Well, I am on the side of the energetic minority whose principles I agree with. … I stand for the Revolution. George Bernard Shaw848

Now let us put all these arguments behind us and get this revolution started by putting the finishing touches on these truths/blasphemies from Scripture. To recap, we have seen that, according to Scripture:

  1. The natural diet of Man as prescribed in Genesis 1 consists of a variety of plants (fruits and herbs).
  2. To obviate from this diet causes disease, sickness and death.
  3. Killing/murder, idolatry (animal sacrifice) and adultery/whoring (pollution of the body, especially from eating flesh, but also from consuming GMOs and intoxicants) constitute the greatest sins against God and against Nature, as well as against one’s own body and the victim of the murder.
  4. Those who partake of the flesh of animals invite malicious demons to dwell in them and take over their minds, leading to other sins and to eventual destruction.
  5. The only way to exorcise these demons is to abstain from all animal products, and to fast (detoxification of the flesh) and pray (detoxification of the spirit).
  6. There is no excuse or justification for committing these sins, and all sinners will be held accountable for them.
  7. These sins provoke God to wrath, which is only abated by repentance and remission of sins, and certainly not by any vicarious atonement, as commonly alleged.
  8. The eating of flesh is the sin which caused the Fall of Man, the Flood (indirectly), the destruction of Sodom, the “ban” of the Canaanites, the apostasy of the kings of Israel, the curses and plagues of Israel, the destruction and captivity of Israel and Judah, the persecutions of the prophets and apostles who spoke against it, and numerous other examples of God’s displeasure with those who could not be brought to repent.
  9. No one escapes this judgment, or the consequences it produces, nor are any saved who refuse to obey the law against murder and adultery.
  10. The Christian sacraments (baptism, the Eucharist, laying on hands) originated as rituals designed to encourage repentance and remission of sins.
  11. All the prophets of the Bible opposed sacrifice outside the restrictions of the Law of Moses, and virtually all opposed it altogether (i.e., they were ethical vegetarians). Most were Nazarites, meaning both that they also abstained from intoxicants and that the spirit of the prophetic tradition encompasses a wide range of things to be avoided out of necessity, being fundamentally antagonistic to the natural diet prescribed by God. Some, like Samuel, who set the precedent for all the prophets after him, and James, who set the precedent for all Christians of all places and times, were evidently vegans in the contemporary sense, which includes more than dietary restrictions, and some, like John the Baptist, who abstained from bread, were evidently raw vegans.
  12. All Christians are commanded by absolute necessity to abstain from eating animal flesh, and no one who fails to heed this command can possibly have any inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, or everlasting life. There is no possibility of an exception to this rule, and the true Christian will suffer torture and martyrdom before willfully engaging in the practice even once.
  13. The role of Man as designated by God is to act as the steward of the natural environment. This is a role of compassionate caretaking and servitude in humble obedience, not of bitterness, exploitation and abuse.
  14. To obviate from this role is to not have a purpose, which is the requisite for destruction. Death is inevitable, and God has no intention of circumventing it by awarding everlasting life to those who refuse to aid in this purpose.
  15. The major theme of the Bible, evidenced throughout Scripture, is the gospel of the Restoration, the return of Man to his natural state of harmony and cooperation with Nature, beginning, first and foremost, with the abolition of the sin of eating flesh, and continuing on to reparations for the same.

 

In regards to how this gospel has been received and implemented, we have also seen that:

  1. The Church is the literal vehicle and throne of Satan. The high-ranking clergy know this and are proud of the fact, having sold their souls for fame and fortune and given themselves over completely to their demons, without reservation.
  2. The Church has deliberately obfuscated, hidden and suppressed the meaning of Scripture in order to establish the religion of Antichrist here on Earth.
  3. The Bible warns about all this, clearly and consistently.
  4. Their destruction, and the destruction of all whom they have led astray, is imminent.
  5. The rites and doctrines of mainstream Christianity are not commemorations of biblical sacraments, themes and ideals, but of the syncretic pagan religion of ancient Rome, as produced and advocated by the enemies of the Gospel, who have viciously and consistently persecuted Christ’s apostles throughout the centuries.
  6. The Church’s principle means of identifying these “heretics” is by their vegetarian ideals; the Church’s official position on the ethical vegetarianism of the Bible is that it is a “dangerous heresy” which needs to be detected and overthrown.

 

What we have not adequately discussed is the many subversions to the original canonical record of the events of Yahshuah’s life and ministry (the subversions of the Gospel of Matthew especially, but also of the Gospel of John, which was written later) in order to counteract the vegetarian mandate of early Christianity. Being the basis of every argument from Scripture against this ethic other than the ones already refuted or debunked in this treatise, this is an important enough topic to merit its own in-depth analysis in order to finalize the proofs against the allegation that Yahshuah was not a vegetarian and that he did not rigidly demand that his disciples be. This is therefore the subject of our companion book Satan’s Synoptics; the purpose of this one is to make the case for vegetarianism in the Bible, which we have clearly done, not to make the case against the counterarguments, which would be a waste of time for some readers, as no reasonable person could possibly need it at this point in order to see that carnism is generally disallowed by Scripture, regardless of whatever potential loopholes or possibly conflicting evidence could be invoked to the contrary.

Another issue which we have only touched on but not adequately addressed is the moral implication of eating foods that have been genetically modified. GM foods are so abundant, and so few of us have enough wealth and access to our food sources to know for sure whether or not they have been genetically modified, that it is impractical to expect people without their own land to be able to sustain a 100% GM-free diet in any modern society. Our position on GM foods is the same as meat and dairy, but not as stringent: They should be avoided wherever possible, but the guilt of eating them lies in knowingly defiling the flesh, rather than participating in the wholesale destruction of other life forms, and our objective needs to be the abolition of the institutions which have been responsible for their creation and propagation, and then to ensure that they do not rise again, rather than to try to waste all our efforts on trying to identify and avoid them on an individual basis.

The guilt of the gravest of sins, according to 1 Enoch, lies with Azazel, the ‘scapegoat,’ which in our day is the group of corporate executives and politicians representing the biotechnology firms like Dow, Bayer, Monsanto, Calgene, Gilead Sciences, etc., who are knowingly destroying both the human race and the planet we live on with their abominations. We who eat their products and have little recourse for doing so, but sincerely try our best to avoid them, and also rigorously avoid products which consumption of causes suffering, will not be held to account for their crime, the “sin of sins.” However, this judgment comes with a warning: The end is the same for those who carelessly commit adultery as it is for those who carelessly commit murder.

“You shall also say to this people, ‘Thus said יהוה, “See, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. Whoever stays in this city dies by the sword, by scarcity of food, and by pestilence. But whoever goes out and shall go over to the Chaldeans who besiege you, is going to live, and his life shall be as a prize to him.”’” Jeremiah 21:8-9

“Does papyrus grow without a marsh, a reed thrive without water? While it is yet green, not cut down, it dries out before any plant. So are the paths of all who forget Ěl, and the expectancy of a defiled one does perish, whose refuge is cut off, and whose trust is a spider’s web.” Job 8:11-14

And now, thus said יהוה of hosts, “Consider your ways! You have sown much, but brought in little; eat, but do not have enough; drink, but you are not filled with drink; clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus said יהוה of hosts, “Consider your ways!” Haggai 1:5-7

And after this I saw another messenger coming down from the heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lightened from his esteem. And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Baḇel the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, and a haunt for every unclean and hated bird, because all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her whoring, and the sovereigns of the earth have committed whoring with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the power of her riotous living.” And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. Because her sins have piled up to reach the heaven, and Elohim has remembered her unrighteousnesses.” Revelation 18:1-5

“Bear, therefore, fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Aḇraham as father.’ For I say to you that Elohim is able to raise up children to Aḇraham from these stones. And the axe is already laid to the root of the trees. Every tree, then, which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed immerse you in water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear. He shall immerse you in the Set-apart Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He shall thoroughly cleanse His threshing-floor, and gather His wheat into the storehouse, but the chaff He shall burn with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:8-12

The genetic modification of our foods works to the ends designed by the Devil himself; consuming GMOs is tantamount not so much to opening us up to demons (that is the role of consuming death and suffering, i.e. meat and dairy) as to inhibiting the Holy Spirit. That is, the more GMOs you eat, the less likely it is that you will come to your senses, close the door to demonic possession, and inherit life. (It is the spirits of the rephaim who have instigated the manufacture of GMOs in order to repossess humans, as if picking up where they left off when the Flood destroyed them.) In the practical, scientific sense, what this means is that the longer you wear down the natural, optimal state of your brain’s capacity to process information and formulate thoughts, and the more you harden your heart through repetition (the more the behavior becomes programmed in your subconscious), the more unlikely and impossible it becomes to change your mind about it. Obviously, then, a true Christian is going to want to avoid GMOs as much as possible, though fortunately it will not make that much of a difference to one who has already reclaimed his soul from the demons intent on possessing it, even if it does happen to destroy the body like meat and dairy do, which seems to be the case, based on laboratory evidence. And while dementia is incurable, the body can reclaim itself from most inflammation (or autoimmune) diseases at virtually any stage of progression, so there is certainly sufficient reason to hope that even the most hardened sinner can be brought to repentance, provided that his possession is not entirely willful, but only incidental to his sin.

This is why, although all sin leads to death, the “sin of sins” constitutes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the only sin for which there is no possibility of atonement, because it is willful rejection of the law of life. In theological terms, it is the cardinal sin (the one from which all other sins are derived). Without the demonic influences, we would not be inclined to sin. (We might be inclined to making mistakes, perhaps, but not to sinning.) So to drive out the influence is to root out sin altogether—hence the admonitions in the Epistles to maintain a healthy body, free of the world’s influences, which are obviously designed to make you a thrall of Satan. The way we should be reading “Howbeit this one does not go out except by fasting and prayer” is that, in order to get rid of the demon, you need to get rid of the thing which connects you to it and then purge your mind of its influence by recalibrating your mind to align with conscience.

As for how we humans fit into the larger picture, our belief is that, as a whole, we will figure it out once we have come to realize our role in the position of stewardship of the earth. Even without us going out of our way, the earth will certainly begin to heal itself, and mankind will return to the state of being under God’s favor, as soon as we adopt a worldwide policy of sensible and sustainable use of natural resources without overconsumption and excessive waste. The only way to achieve this and reverse the disastrous effects which we have already begun to suffer from (and which nonhuman animals have suffered from for many years) is to stop animal farming and animal slaughter wholesale, and to stop the genetic modification of our food sources and of other plants and animals, and to redirect our excess collective energies into cleaning up the mess we have created. Only vegans practice compassion and are a boon to the collective energy output; only a world of vegans can solve a world full of problems brought about by the exploitation and destruction of this planet’s natural resources and life forms (both human and nonhuman), but this is what it will take to save the world from its impending doom and bring about the kingdom of heaven, which we are all longing for in some way or another, whether or not we consider ourselves as individuals to be religious. The solution to everything is staring us in the face; it was explained throughout the fifteen centuries that the Bible was written as the greatest of God’s testaments to us both for our own salvation and to effect his will here on Earth.

If the force of darkness seeks to overcome the force of light, it must extinguish the source of the light. The Gospel is the light to the nations: the Bible and the various philosophical schools which ultimately descend from it (especially by way of Pythagoreanism and the “Shramana” or Samaritan sect of the East, which includes Buddhism and Jainism, and also baptized Sikhs, a.k.a. Amritdhari) stand alone as providing the solution to the world in its present fallen state. This makes the Bible the primary target of all the demonic forces which seek to keep us chained to the instruments of our demise.

Knowing this, there is no greater inhibitor to the establishment of the kingdom of heaven than that which stands in its place and claims its authority while actively suppressing it, which is to say mainstream Christianity, which has a virtual monopoly on everything pertaining to the Bible and on the reading and interpretation of its message. The doctrine of dominionism in particular is what we, the true Christians (Nazarites or Nazarenes), must attack and overcome if we are ever to succeed in carrying out our master’s mandate to teach our disciples to obey everything he commanded. So before we finish this treatise, we will run through this argument one more time.

The whole point of Scripture is to teach us what we need to know and encourage us to the end of establishing the kingdom of heaven, which is to say, demonstrating real concern for the natural environment by taking proactive steps to preserve and take care of it, particularly where it concerns the welfare of the living creatures that inhabit it. This needs to be the mantra of every Christian. Consider that the very first line of the Lord’s Prayer after the invocation is “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Along with this kingdom of heaven message, the other part of the Gospel message is “the remission of sins,” which really amounts to the same thing, as remission of sins is the means by which we will accomplish this—and the vast majority of the work which needs to be done in order to see it through is converting the world’s population not to belief in the (false) vicarious atonement doctrine of Christianity, as alleged, but to the vegan lifestyle, as it is the systematic, mass enslavement, torture and murder of other species for human profit and consumption which is almost solely responsible for the degradation of the natural environment, and of Earth’s ecosystems.

Furthermore, the earth will not fix itself. Nor will God fix it himself, and the idea that he will is wishful thinking, as the idea which this notion is intended to establish—that we can destroy it as we please—is sheer nonsense. It has no basis at all in Scripture outside the context of God’s wrath against those who espouse it, where the world is presented as perishing specifically in order to destroy their works, with them in mind, or as a result of the necessity of purging them from it. Mainstream Christianity is ultimately to blame for inhibiting the kingdom of heaven by the active and deliberate suppression of the Gospel, and by its silence and open hostility toward the pundits of true Christianity regarding the issues of vegetarianism and environmental ethics. Preach the Gospel long enough, and you will see for yourself exactly what we mean by this; you will see the “Christians” come out of the woodwork to attack you like vicious trolls.

Finally, humans do not possess natural domain over God’s creation, as commonly alleged, nor would such domain ever entail free license to act against God’s express will, or be given to anyone who desires to do so. Whatever authority was delegated to Adam was lost right at the beginning of our recorded history, and whatever he has granted since then has only been delegated to those who have obeyed his will, and who have received (acknowledged the authority of, and obeyed) his representative and steward Yahshuah. Such are those who are born not of flesh and blood, but of the Spirit, and have earned the right, like Yahshuah, to be called bene elohim, ‘children of God’ (John 1:12-13). This is the Restoration: the restitution of the earth to its natural state is the restitution of men to favor with God.

“I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see. As many as I love, I reprove and discipline. So be ardent and repent. See, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I shall come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:18-21

And He who was sitting on the throne said, “See, I make all matters new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and trustworthy.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I shall give of the fountain of the water of life without payment. The one who overcomes shall inherit all this, and I shall be his Elohim and he shall be My son. But as for the cowardly, and untrustworthy, and abominable, and murderers, and those who whore, and drug sorcerers, and idolaters, and all the false, their part is in the lake which burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:5-8

We know that the animals obey both God and God’s steward, the Son of Man. When God told Noah, “The fear of every living thing is upon you,” it is understood that he meant it as, “They all dread you because you’re their natural predator.” But this is to our shame, and must be taken with multiple meanings and implications. In relation to Man, all animals are naturally inclined to obedience/subservience to some degree or another, and this is the object of the lesson from Scripture. Or is Yahweh our natural predator, as well? For we are indeed commanded to “fear” him, which is already commonly understood as a matter of love, trust and obedience, rather than fright, so this does not need our explanation, except to point out that the type of “fear” that has them frightened of us is a perversion and abomination of the natural state of obedience and affection which we humans command over other species.

Consider how domesticated animals (the ones that people eat) do not even have any instinct to run away from us. They trust us, and that is half the reason we do not deserve to rule over them, because we abuse that trust. If it was truly the case that the meaning of “the fear [of you]” equals ‘they are afraid of you,’ then they would run from us when we approach them. As it is, they do not. Wild game animals, on the other hand, do run away and seek refuge, because they know they are in trouble if we happen upon their natural habitats. Some animals like dogs and cats actually seek human companionship in the habitats of humans, and will even be hurt emotionally if humans do not give it to them. 79% of dog owners share their bed with the dog.849 That is an extreme example, as most domesticated animals would much rather be outside and roaming free than sitting indoors with humans, but certainly it is not hard to develop a friendship with most types of animals, if they are familiarized with human contact from an early age, or else learn to trust humans by experience. However, it takes a gentle human to allow the animal to approach him on its own terms, in order to gain its trust. If a wild animal senses malice, it will flee. And animals are not stupid; they know which humans are threats to them and which are not. A recent study by the University of Sussex,850 for example, found that wild elephants distinguished between different voice recordings of humans, picking out nuances of age, gender and ethnicity, reacting defensively to recordings of tribal hunters, especially the adult males.

So if the fear of every living thing is truly upon you, then it is because you are malicious like the hunter Nimrod, or like the Maasai natives of Africa who drink the blood of their prey for their sustenance. Furthermore, no malicious person whose interaction with the other species of Earth is parasitic has any place in the kingdom of heaven, nor any rights of dominion over them, whether natural or granted by God. Our natural domain only extends so far as we are taking care of our home. (The word ‘domain’ comes from domus, the Latin word for ‘house.’) The command given to Noah of “Replenish the earth” is the same as the one given to Adam, and it conveys the exact opposite of destruction. Anyone who wants to invoke natural domain from the Bible in support of his desire to destroy the earth, as the Christians do, is liable to be regarded as the “wicked servant” of Yahshuah’s parables, and treated accordingly.

On the other hand, there is a “good servant,” the Good Shepherd, who set the precedent and example of how we all ought to be. Yahshuah willfully risked and ultimately gave his life to stop the mistreatment of animals at the hands of humans. Likewise, Noah, the “preacher of righteousness,” went well out of his way to save all the species, and God waited until he had them all on board before destroying the world of the time. If humans are truly so much more precious than they, then why did God command him to save the animals instead? For every place that any nonhuman occupied on the Ark, a human might have stood. What better testament could we provide to show that God despises the wicked, though he cares for all Creation, and the righteous are as beloved sons to him?

Now, having examined the major themes of Scripture from several of the angles intended by its authors so that there is no room for doubt as to their position on our subject, at this point it is appropriate to ask how the Christians have managed to get everything so wrong that they have espoused the exact opposite ideology as that of the man they worship as God, right down to misinterpreting every last available detail. We might take this on an individual basis, and address each and every instance of the subversion or (relatively) innocent misreading of the text, but ultimately it has nothing to do with either of these. Ultimately the answer is that they just do not want to hear it. God sends them a spirit of delusion, so that they cannot see what they are looking at, for God does not want such to preside over his kingdom.

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved. And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood, in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in the unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

“So when you see the ‘abomination that lays waste,’ spoken of by Dani’ĕl the prophet, set up in the set-apart place”—he who reads, let him understand—“then let those who are in Yehuḏah flee to the mountains.” Matthew 24:15-16

“And then the sign of the Son of Aḏam shall appear in the heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, and they shall see the Son of Aḏam coming on the clouds of the heaven with power and much esteem. And He shall send His messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” Matthew 24:30-31

“And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the sake of the chosen ones those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24:22

And the taught ones came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” And He answering, said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, but to them it has not been given. For whoever possesses [whoever has dominion], to him more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him. Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Yeshayahu is completely filled, which says, ‘Hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive, for the heart of this people has become thickened, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart, and turn back, and I heal them.’” Matthew 13:10-15

The word rendered “Because” here at the beginning of Yahshuah’s reply is a combination of the Greek words διά (dia, G1223) and τοῦτο (touto, G5124). The exhaustive Bible software program e-Sword notes the former as “A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional). In composition it retains the same general import: - after, always, among, at, to avoid, because of (that), briefly, by, for (cause) … fore, from, in, by occasion of, of, by reason of, for sake, that, thereby, therefore, X though, through (-out), to, wherefore, with (-in). In composition it retains the same general import.” This is reinforced by the second “because,” ὅτι (oti, G3754), which e-Sword notes as “Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because: - as concerning that, as though, because (that), for (that), how (that), (in) that, though, why.”

So Yahshuah is clearly telling his disciples that he intends to prevent the Pharisees from seeing and hearing. Any translation, like the one above, that does not have something along the lines of “I speak this way so that, though they see, they will not see (the meaning)” is a deliberate misrendering intended to convey an antithetical meaning. Furthermore, that this is the Essene fashion is easily demonstrated by one of the vows of the Community Rule (1QS): “I will impart/conceal knowledge with discretion and will prudently hedge it within a firm bound to preserve faith and strong judgment in accordance with the justice of God” (10:24-25).

The fact that our modern-language translations of Yahshuah’s answer in Matthew 13 deliberately render the opposite meaning is evident not just in the Greek manuscripts, but also in the very text which he was quoting. The fact that he told his disciples where to look ought to be a clue for us as to the significance of all his teachings, which he encoded this way: parables are parables, meaning they require effort to unlock their complex mysteries and are designed to throw off those who do not have the key—not fables, which are simple metaphors intended to be understood by everyone, even children. The one is intended to hide meaning; the other is intended to reveal it. Christians, however, as if to demonstrate their ignorance, ascribe the description of “parable” to every metaphor which Yahshuah is recorded as having spoken!

With this in mind, let us examine the context of Isaiah to show that the intent of not just Yahshuah but indeed of every prophet is to encode the prophetic message so that the wicked should not understand it (for by understanding it, they will be empowered to thwart it). We already know what Paul’s “man of sin” consists of, and that it refers to the one who sets up the Abomination of Desolation. The Epistles were written to people who were already Nazarenes, already in the know. He did not intend his description as a parable (there was no one in his audience that he needed to hide the meaning from), or even as a metaphor (there was no one who did not already know of it), but as an explanation, so that everyone reading his epistle would have a better understanding. Furthermore, we already know that the continuity of theme is present throughout the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Epistles, so it should not be a surprise what Yahshuah’s description of his own teachings consists of. Note here that the same translation (ISR) which uses “Because” in Matthew 13 uses “lest” for the referent in Isaiah 6.

And I heard the voice of יהוה, saying, “Whom do I send, and who would go for Us?” And I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And He said, “Go, and you shall say to this people, ‘Hearing, you hear, but do not understand; and seeing, you see, but do not know.’ Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and shall turn and be healed.” Isaiah 6:8-10

The only object of Yahshuah’s esoteric teachings as far as they are recorded in Scripture is the kingdom of heaven; the more exoteric teachings are aimed at telling those who are not his disciples what needs to take place. He said his kingdom is not (or was not) of this world, so it cannot be that the kingdom of heaven is an exclusively tangible concept, something we can see or touch. Nor is it a government or a nation, such as could be depicted on a political map; it is an ideology, a reign populated by those who were born here on Earth, but born again into a spiritual realm where their true citizenship lies. Furthermore, this kingdom already existed when he spoke to his audience, so it cannot be that it is a thing of the future, which means that there are some who have lived in it already, and some who are living in it even now.

And having been asked by the Pharisees when the reign of Elohim would come, He answered them and said, “The reign of Elohim does not come with intent watching, nor shall they say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ For look, the reign of Elohim is in your midst!” Luke 17:20-21

The Pharisees in this passage may as well be modern Christians, who are watching intently for the establishment of the kingdom of heaven by some kind of fantastical means. This is especially true of the more “extreme” and “fringe” manifestations of Christianity today which are focused on End Times prophecy, a pre-tribulation rapture, etc., but neglect the Law. Whereas Yahshuah’s statement is intended to indicate its present existence, and to compel us to join it, they wait for it to materialize by someone else’s efforts, only really half-expecting it, anyway.

Our intent here is not to debase the Christians’ recognition of the progression of the times, but what all these “Christians” fail to realize is that Christ’s words apply to them just as much as they applied to the Pharisees 2000 years ago, who were similarly looking for a Messiah to establish worldly power for them, exactly as they are. (Indeed, their views on the Messiah come straight from Judaism, and they are not at all ashamed to admit it. Virtually all Christians openly declare their belief that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, and many throughout the centuries have witnessed to Jews in attempts to convert them by proofs from Scripture, even though this does not even make sense because Jews have not invented a vicarious atonement applied to their own ruler. Hence “the Christians are a confused and vicious sect.”) Yahshuah’s answer amounts to saying that the kingdom they seek is already present on Earth. What should this tell them, if not that both Jews and Christians are on the outside looking in to this kingdom? In truth, this is because they do not recognize it for what it is, and indeed have only ever been intent on destroying it wherever it has attempted to take hold. Yahshuah knew this better than anyone.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the reign of the heavens before men, for you do not go in, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you eat up widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers. Because of this you shall receive greater judgment. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you go about the land and the sea to win one convert, and when he is won, you make him a son of Gehenna twofold more than yourselves.” Matthew 23:13-15

According to Yahshuah, the tiniest amount of faith on their behalf would suffice to establish the kingdom of heaven. What does this imply if not that they have none of the faith which they themselves assert is the sole requirement for salvation?

“Truly, I say to you, if you have belief as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move. And no matter shall be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

What does all this say if not that Christians are content with establishing for their rule of morality and of conduct a standard of the lowest common denominator where anything goes, and actually thinking they are getting away with it, while waiting until God forces them to adhere to a higher standard, knowing all along that he has already told them to be perfect and that they cannot escape his justice? This attitude is the essence of sin, for it refuses to allow for righteousness, much less to hunger and thirst for it, but instead is content to delight in the pleasures of the flesh. Have we not already seen that delight in sin is what causes men to fail at discerning the truth? After researching this topic and seeing what the standard Christian views on ethical and environmental issues is, one might say that the atheists and the New Agers go into the kingdom of heaven ahead of them; certainly every animal rights activist does, without question, regardless of the details of his religious beliefs or their cultural origins.

Make no mistake: a blind eye will not be turned toward Christians for the offenses they have committed against this planet’s conscious population, especially given that Christianity was presented, for many centuries, as the ideal to strive for in all morality and goodness, and even now many Christians will still pretend like it is. When this ideal blatantly excuses such wanton and selfish destruction for nothing more than self-pleasure, you can be sure that those who advocate it will be punished all that much more severely, owing not just to the offense itself, but also for their abject pride in thinking themselves beyond reproach. This warning carries with it the full weight of prophetic revelation, including the testimony of our very angry Messiah.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23

As we have said, to say that the kingdom of heaven is in our “midst” is to say that it is already present here on this planet. By this, Yahshuah could have been referring to nothing other than Nature itself, or else the Essene-Nazarite communities that existed in and around Judaea at the time. However, the same would have applied to any similar communities around the planet that were following similar precepts as theirs, including communities that have been established since his death and resurrection, right down to the present. Seeing how these Essene communities were agrarian-based, vegetarian, and focused on a brand of law and order similar to the Nazarite rules laid down in Numbers 6, they are the natural enemies of the cult-of-personality churches of modern times that worship Jesus, The LORD, Mammon, the “saints” (in the cases of Catholic and Orthodox Christians) and the self.

Indeed, it is safe to say that many modern intentional communities, even with the drug abuse and sexual immorality that can be found within some of them, are certainly much closer to the kingdom of heaven ideal than is any Catholic or Christian church. The primary reason for this is that the members of such communities have recognized the dysfunctional, destructive, unrighteous tendencies of the modern world and, more importantly, shown themselves to be committed enough to living by better standards as to deliberately and irrevocably set themselves apart from society at large, if only in the most superficial ways, like steering away from the average diet, in both the spiritual and the material senses. To “come out of Babylon” is to polemically reject the Pharisaical and Christian mindset of waiting for or even just relying on God or Jesus or some other “messiah” (e.g., insulin or statins) to come and save us from our sins—that is, from the consequences of our sins. (Salvation from sin necessarily entails the removal of the sin, not a covering or a scapegoat!)

A true servant or disciple always obeys his master, or else he is not true (faithful). A true Christian, to the best of his ability, saves himself from sin, as well as those who place themselves under his care. He does not ask or expect anyone to do the work for him, except in asking God (not Jesus—God) to help in his infirmities long enough to overcome those infirmities. This is not to say, at all, that he does not recognize his dependence upon and subservience to others (especially God); it is just to say that he recognizes his responsibility to live up to the standards that God has set, rather than making ridiculous, vain excuses for not even trying to accomplish the bare minimum, such as being “too sinful” to be capable of doing anything whatsoever to begin atoning for his sins, as if a just judge will accept this argument and let him off the hook.

Furthermore, though there is no merit to the New Age-like translations of Luke 17:21 that have Yahshuah saying “the kingdom of heaven is within you,” the concept itself points to something which is true. Ultimately the kingdom of heaven is founded within individuals. This happens by way of a change in consciousness, which can only happen on an individual level, where an individual becomes aware of the proper mode of living (most often by coming into contact with the teachings of another, rather than discovering the truth for himself), and then makes the internal decision to live his life in accordance with these higher values.

In other words, salvation happens, and the kingdom of heaven is established, when an individual commits to a righteous lifestyle. As this commitment manifests not just in internal thoughts and feelings, but outwardly in righteous behaviors and actions, it is by this means that the kingdom of heaven is created. If we parse the phrase ‘kingdom of heaven,’ ultimately its meaning comes down to ‘an area of land in which the laws of God reign supreme and govern the actions of all individuals.’ As God is not a creature, but rather Spirit itself, such a kingdom would necessarily entail these laws not being imposed externally by an authority figure, the way George Bernard Shaw and other socialists have imagined it, but rather by the members of this kingdom governing themselves with the laws imposed by God. There is no political solution to the present crisis; only the spiritual evolution of our collective consciousness will suffice. That it will be this way is certain, if one has faith in what is written in Scripture.

“Because this is the covenant that I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws in their mind, and I shall write them on their hearts, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. And they shall by no means teach each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know יהוה,’ because they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” Hebrews 8:10-11 (citing Jeremiah 31:33-34)

What this means, ultimately, is that those who refuse to accept God’s laws and teachings, as communicated by his prophets throughout the ages, including most prominently the Anointed One, Yahshuah, and exemplified best by the Essene-Nazarite communities such as those of Qumran/Damascus in Judea and Bethlehem/Nazareth in Galilee, will not have a place in the kingdom of heaven. This is common sense, for the kingdom of heaven is an ideal—a state of mind, and a state of being founded upon that state of mind. To reject the fundamental tenets of the ideal (of which the vegetarian ethic is right near the top) is to reject the ideal itself. Those who ultimately reject natural law also reject eternal life for themselves in consequence, because it does not serve the interest of the kingdom to have a minority enforcing a will contrary to the majority’s, in such a way that the world is like a prison where 99% of the people are the inmate population and the other 1% have to stand guard (that is how things are now), but rather to free the <1% to live in peace and security and to do more important things, by first siphoning and annihilating the rest.

This is obviously a gradual process. Those who have accepted these laws and teachings have been involved in establishing the kingdom of heaven on this planet throughout the ages. Though this is often parroted in Christian congregations, the idea of establishing the kingdom with them has no meaning whatsoever other than as a feel-good phrase which they recite to delude themselves into believing that they have some measure of worth. In truth, the small bands of communities that have practiced God’s righteousness throughout the ages have all contributed to the continuing establishment of the kingdom of heaven, while the mainstream churches have only ever inhibited it by the propagation of their false, accursed gospel, and by marginalizing, terrorizing and actively seeking the annihilation of these groups, rather than of their own sin.

The true gospel of Christ (the remission of sins and the kingdom of heaven) compels us to preserve the Creation and to seek out righteousness, peace and life. Those who have come before us have preserved, in the scriptural teachings, the principles by which humans are obligated to live in order to attain this goal, so that we who have come after them would not have to start from scratch. Their example of living by these principles in the face of oppression and even martyrdom ought to serve as inspiration for us and for all future generations.

We do not think it at all inappropriate to suggest that Yahshuah’s greatest contribution to humanity was his teaching of compassion, and that he was the prototype of the modern vegan. No other vegetarian philosophers of the ancient era until those that came after him made arguments for the ethic based on a teaching of compassion; rather, they based their arguments on what was good or natural for human consumption, and on how absurd it is that we should resort to such unnatural and barbaric practices to feed ourselves when the earth provides exactly what we need. While these are sound arguments, they lack the force of moral compunction. Neither Moses nor the Greek philosophers are known to have based any of their teachings on the innate rights of animals to life and liberty; Yahshuah’s teachings stand alone as the basis for the progress of human development for the modern age, and especially for the future.

So anyone who has not been freed of the shackles of these paradigms—being those that are otherwise most conducive to life and liberty—by the obligations of love (of God, and of one’s neighbor) is still under the Law, whether he knows it or not, because he has failed to finish its instruction. Only the one who truly follows God’s commands with all his heart can be said to be truly free, and to have the peace of God which passes all “human” understanding (Philippians 4:7). Furthermore, those who are under the Law will certainly be judged by its standards, and the mandatory sentence for breaking the Law of Life is certain death. Only the one whose righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees (i.e. the one who graduates from the instruction of the Law by learning love and compassion) will ever see the kingdom of heaven, and sadly, there are exceedingly few who are not content to fall well short of either of these standards.

The truth is that neither God nor any god (not even Yahshuah, and certainly not Jesus/Apollo) is going to establish the kingdom on the global scale for anyone. The only way that this can happen is by those who committed to living righteously increasing their numbers and influence until the tipping point is reached. As much as the idea of increasing their influence may sound scary, surely one who has come far enough along in studying and increasing righteousness will begin at some point to understand the necessity of forcing righteousness upon the rest of the population. We can clearly see in the Old Testament that righteousness was enforced through the threat (and application) of physical violence, and it is a sad reality that this is undeniably needed far more today than it ever was back then. What biblical prophecy tells us is that those who are dedicated to establishing the kingdom on Earth, once they demonstrate the depth of their dedication, will have their efforts reciprocated by otherworldly support that will ultimately result in establishing the “kingdom” style of living on the planet by forcible conquest.

That this has not happened before now speaks both to a lack of overall dedication on the part of the animal rights movement, and to the fact that the society which opposes God’s law and order has now grown so powerful that it is capable of irrevocably destroying the planet. Surely it was this necessity which caused our forefathers to envision a cataclysmic showdown—what the Nazarenes of Damascus called the War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness. Unfortunately, this is a seed which can only germinate in good soil. Yet we are made in the image of the gods, and to some of us it is given that we should even be called their children. If our species is really designed and destined to rule the universe, or even just some segment of it, then an awfully good test for the wisdom of allowing us to do so is to see how we will treat new life forms we encounter along the way. What better way to do that than to put such life forms here on our own planet? If you cannot love a cute little bunny enough to see that putting it in a cage, or sticking a knife in it, is wrong, when all it does is sit there and be darling, then how will you ever make peace with an intelligent species that does not think or act like yours?

Our solution for everything will obviously be to enslave it or kill it; the only species we will ever respect is that with the power to do the same to us, which means we will make peace treaties with it in the hopes that we can learn from that species and surpass it, so we can conquer it. Indeed, this is what drives the elites in their quest to enslave the rest of mankind. Clearly, the gods would never allow us to leave the planet with that kind of mentality. So, if we are going to be tested in this way, of course it is wise to put other species here that are easy for us to conquer (if we want to), and for the most part cannot communicate with us, so we have to see for ourselves that what we are doing to them is evil, so that we can truly understand why it must not be this way, in order to prevent it from happening in the future, rather than the same hypothetical knowledge serving as a mere deterrent. It is one thing to be asked a question and respond with an answer; it is quite another to be subjected to temptation or even adversity, without which one’s mettle (and therefore how one will behave in times of adversity) cannot be truly examined.

The greatest ethical test that we’re ever going to face is the treatment of animals that are at our mercy. Lyn White851

Most people will not steal outright, but think of how someone’s integrity will be tested if you bait him with a large currency note that you set in front of him before you hide to watch. Will he try to find who lost it, or just stick it in his pocket and swiftly walk away? This is a better indication of how he will act in times of desperation than whatever he will profess with his mouth.

All the same elements are here on Earth already: the money is the planet itself (God forbid we leave any land for feral animals to roam freely, unless it is impossible for us to exploit it somehow, right?), the act of leaving the scene and hiding is the gods ceasing to interact with us, and the incentive of believing he will not experience any adverse consequences because no one is watching is the spread of humanism and atheism—and especially the hedonism which has become the quintessential characteristic of mainstream Christianity—to detract from social conventions inclining to morality. God himself has told us that he has tested us in this way, as we have seen in the example of the events of the Exodus. What other reason could there be but to divide the wheat and the chaff, and what other rule could he be judging by than our obedience to those of his commands which pertain most to the fundamental reason for our existence? The most common parable in Scripture is the likening of the kingdom of heaven to a garden or vineyard which God has planted; what else could it mean but that those who sow violence in wickedness return suffering and death, and those who sow repentance return peace and life?

“According to what I have seen, those who plough wickedness and sow suffering reap the same.” Job 4:8

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love. Pythagoras852

Do not be led astray: Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap. Because he who sows to his own flesh shall reap corruption from the flesh, but he who sows to the Spirit shall reap everlasting life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:7-8

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap according to kindness, break up your tillable ground, it is time to seek יהוה, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. You have ploughed wrongness, you have reaped unrighteousness, you have eaten the fruit of lying, because you trusted in your own way, in your many mighty men. Hosea 10:12-13

Anyway, we know that this is all a test to see if we will obey God (that is, whether we will abide by the natural laws governing the universe), for everything has been, from the circumstances behind the metaphor of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden to the manna given to the Israelites in the Wilderness. We all, by necessity, have to eat. Therefore we all have this choice it is a choice of what we will eat, in terms of both food for the stomach and food for the spirit, both of which are the rules established by God for how we are to live. The choice to kill and eat another living creature’s flesh is an outright dismissal of these rules. As such, administering the choice constitutes an infallible tool for God for determining whether a man will harbor wickedness in his heart.

Yahshuah set the bar when he fasted for forty days and responded to the one who tempted him to eat by saying, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Yahweh.” Clearly, the priority is the latter of these. Think about this for a moment: Yahshuah fasted for forty days, as did Moses and Elijah, and then went on to make this declaration. And this is the standard of perfection, not the rare (or sole) exception to the supposed truth that humans are all incapable of attaining it. Yet how many Christians have even curbed their appetites? How many could even bring themselves to fast for a week, much less to be content with and thankful for what they have?

We do not mean to say that fasting is necessary. We know that Yahshuah, according to Thomas, said that fasting is only beneficial to those who are in need of it. We know that he said, “It is not those who are healthy that are in need of a physician, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12). But he does not leave it open to question who is healthy and who is sick, for the very next verse records him as saying, “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” How, then, with the context of Hosea 6:6 set as the frame of his vocation, can anyone say that Yahshuah’s mission was anything other than to call meat-eaters (only) to repentance?

That being said, fasting is necessary for curing the spirit of demonic influences, and it may be necessary for curing the body of diseases, depending on how far they have progressed. Normally, however, simply switching to and sticking with a plant-based diet will do the trick. This goes to show how food is necessary and beneficial. But we should never mistake this for meaning that it ought to be a major priority for us. Even Yahshuah’s remark in response to his temptation to eat was clearly aimed not so much at decrying food, as establishing the Word of God as the priority. Consider how the apostles handled this issue: that, while recognizing that food is important to health, all excess tends to malnourish the spirit.

And when day was about to come, Sha’ul urged them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have continued without food, and eaten none at all. So I urge you to take food, for this concerns your safety, since not a hair shall fall from the head of any of you.” And having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to Elohim in the presence of them all. And when he had broken it he began to eat. And they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves. And all of us were two hundred and seventy-six beings in the ship. And being satisfied with food, they were lightening the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea. Acts 27:33-38

As the matter of what we will eat constitutes a test, it is a perfect test to see whether we will obey God specifically, rather than just any authority outside ourselves—i.e., whether we are fit to live in the kingdom of heaven, rather than in the world of men. Few will protest if you kill a defenseless creature and eat its corpse. As appalling as that notion is to any real human being, it is an accepted practice in just about any society. Therefore it is a perfect opportunity for God to judge your heart and see if you are listening; will you practice compassion and recognition of life because that is what he says he wants, or will you take life and consume it because everyone else thinks it is okay? Of course, the final and sole arbiter on morality is not other people—not even lots of other people—or the religious rules of men who do not themselves adhere to them, but God. He has been telling us in his own ways (conscience and Scripture both) whether eating flesh is morally acceptable, and that we are indeed judged principally by what we eat.

The spirit of a man is the lamp of יהוה,
Searching all his inmost parts.
Proverbs 20:27

He who tends the fig tree eats its fruit;
And he who guards his master is esteemed.
As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reflects a man.
The grave and destruction are not satisfied;
So the eyes of man are not satisfied.
A refining pot is for silver and a furnace for gold,
So a man is tried by his praise.
Even if you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle
Along with crushed grain,
His folly shall not leave him.
Know well the state of your flocks;
Set your heart to your herds;
For riches are not forever,
Nor a diadem to all generations.
Grass vanishes, and new grass appears,
And the vegetation of the mountains are gathered in.
The lambs are for your garments,
And the goats for the price of a field;
And goats’ milk enough for your food,
For the food of your household,
And sustenance for your girls.
Proverbs 27:18-27

The Righteous One observes the house of the wrong;
He overthrows the wrong for their evil.
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,
Let him also cry and not be heard.
Proverbs 21:12-13

The slaughtering of the wrong is an abomination;
How much more when he brings it with wickedness!
Proverbs 21:27

There is only one right answer to the question posed above, and it is absolute. (It needs to be in order to be a fair standard.) You can pass the test, or you can fail it; there is no in-between, no justification for sinners. God detests gluttony, plain and simple. Consider the parables: simply associating with the right people or the right belief system will not get you into heaven. You do not have to be God and know the secrets of a man’s heart. You just need to be in a position to observe his actions, and even then, they are evident in his DNA, so collecting a single strand of hair or a single cell from his body will suffice to determine whether he was righteous or wicked.

When we first brought this case to the public in 2011 and were approached by a Christian author (Appendix C), we were incredibly told not to use the Bible to establish our point of view (incredibly because he is a self-professed Christian, theologian and Bible scholar), and that we are going to hell for it. The assumption is that the Bible neither supports nor advocates our point of view, even though our view actually comes from the Bible and we live by it, and even though literally no effort was made to even read what we had carefully written, much less to understand Scripture itself in light of what we had written. As expected and explained in Chapter 4, the implication is that anything with a veneer of environmentalism is a damnable heresy, and that Christians should not concern themselves with ethical issues.

Just because it is not already accepted that the Bible advocates and demands a vegetarian ethic, this does not mean it should not be pointed out that it does. On the contrary, that just makes it all the more imperative. If the Christians had their way, they would leave all ecological issues to everyone else to sort out while they rape and pillage everything around them, which is totally the point of their attacking us for preaching from Scripture. If their position that we are wrong about what we say is warranted, then the Bible and the Christian ethic are practically worthless; if it is not, then the ones advocating it are guilty of far more than merely participating in the sins of the world system, and are actually largely responsible for stifling resistance to it, for stifling the righteousness of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven and the remission of sins.

Considering how many Christians there are, and how they tend to only take anything seriously if they believe it comes from the Bible, tackling this issue from this perspective is massively important, and has the most profound implications imaginable. Imagine if all Christians suddenly started following the imperatives of the Bible. There would now be well over two billion vegans in the world, or approximately one-third of the world’s population. Based on the Pareto principle of statistical analysis, the tipping point is generally assumed to be around 20% for most situations. So the Christians are truly more to blame than anyone, being those who have received the Gospel and proceeded to bury it.

At the very least, any man who professes himself to be a Christian is obligated to consider the fact that he may be wrong about his assumptions regarding what it even means to be a Christian, and to let God be the judge about what God would have of us (a novel concept, we know)—not the manmade institutions and the murderous, money-grubbing charlatans who have set themselves up as our masters in his stead. Our understanding of Scripture does not come from mere men, or from ourselves, as anyone with eyes can see by now. Nor would it be honest of us to be coy about it; the apostles themselves neither claimed nor recognized any other authority, and neither do we. Recall from the very beginning of the present book, that Paul calls the Christians’ “gospel” accursed, saying that if he were to try to please men, he would no longer be a servant of Christ. Now that you know what the true gospel of Christ actually looks like, you should know that it is not found anywhere in the teachings of men, but only special revelation.

And I make known to you, brothers, that the Good News announced by me is not according to man. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but through a revelation of יהושע Messiah. Galatians 1:11-12

But the Gospel is more than just a reiteration of the command given to Adam to avoid killing animals and eating their flesh. Ultimately, it is about compassion, and the other virtues that produce the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—against which there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). Needless to say, whoever lacks these traits also lacks the Spirit. The will to kill God’s creatures for food is only the beginning of desolations, the origin of the thought which precedes the overspreading.

The main argument which the Christians use to justify themselves by Scripture even implies exactly what we just have—that eating flesh is just a symptom of a sick soul. They tell us we are all sinners, but that only they have the Spirit. So, knowing they are so utterly lost, how are we to judge their fruits, in order to know whether there is anything redeemable about their paradigm? Besides the carnivorous appetite, what does it look like when someone fails the test? What doctrines of devils are professed by the spirit that consumes death and disease on a daily basis, but not the nourishment of Scripture?

And He said to them, “Are you also without understanding? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside is unable to defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purging all the foods?” And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil reasonings, adulteries, whorings, murders, thefts, greedy desires, wickednesses, deceit, indecency, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these wicked matters come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:18-23

Never mind that he was calling excrement what passes for food in order to debase it, thus indicating that the Pharisees’ priorities were wrong to begin with. Never mind that. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Here are some (verbatim) real life examples of evil reasonings, murders, greedy desires, wickednesses, indecencies, pride and foolishness that come out of the mouths of self-described prophets, respected Christian authors pursuing higher educations in theology, when confronted with the notion that the Bible is opposed to this particular sin:853

* if you want to eat rabbit food to each his own..thats your right..but as for me im gonna kill something and eat it

* You darn right I eat meat...PRIME RIB!!! AMAZING!...ok now I’m hungry!

* Eyes on the side made to hide, eyes in the front made to hunt. Just sayin.

* CHOW DOWN BOYS

* I don’t hate you, but you are going to hell and leading others there. BTW I just ate peppered bacon for breakfast.

* Yum Yum I love pork BBQ sandwiches!

* I eat sausage or bacon almost every morning!

 

If that is not enough to demonstrate how a person can just as easily condemn himself by his own standard as the Bible does, and most especially by Yahshuah’s remarks in Mark 7 which far surpass the incidental meat feast, then consider this. In response to the suggestion that there would be little tangible difference between eating beef, pork and chicken and eating pets (such as dogs), our heckler says:

* Dog tastes good as long as the animal is fed properly.

* Cuz I haven’t found a good recipe yet.

 

“Therefore say, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “And I shall gather you from the peoples, and I shall assemble you from the lands where you have been scattered, and I shall give you the land of Yisra’ĕl.”’ And they shall go there, and shall take away all its disgusting matters and all its abominations from there. And I shall give them one heart, and put a new spirit within you. And I shall take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, so that they walk in My laws, and guard My right-rulings, and shall do them. And they shall be My people and I shall be their Elohim. But to those whose hearts walk after the heart of their disgusting matters and their abominations, I shall recompense their deeds on their own heads,” declares the Master יהוה. Ezekiel 11:17-21

Clearly it is we, the ones who have taken the time to examine and explain these things and have endured much persecution for it, and not the Christian authors who bask in the fame and fortune which their abominations (their books) afford them, who will be declared right by God. Justification is by faith, not by evil reasonings and greedy desires, and faith is obedience. In fact, faith is righteousness, for God’s commands are righteous. Only someone without a conscience would fail to see that murder is wrong; it is self-evident, therefore, that those who have failed the test to the extreme of the one whose words have been recorded here has, have no conscience, for they cannot even be brought to admit that their sin is indeed sin, though it is shown to them by the standard of morality which they themselves profess. Who cannot admit his sin cannot repent of it, and will remain in his sin and condemned by the Law until he is destroyed forever. A convicted conscience, on the other hand, is a guilty conscience; admitting one’s guilt is the first step on the road to redemption. It is the humble that God raises, and the meek that will inherit the earth. “Embrace your reproaches,” said Shaw, “They are often glories in disguise.”

As incredible as it seems to us, the most common question which we get in response to our admonitions from Scripture is, “What will I eat (if I stop eating meat)?” Granted, you may not be accustomed to eating many vegan meals, but the vast majority of things that can be eaten by humans are essentially vegan. (This is speaking of the components of foods that are not raw, rather than all foods: ingredient labels need to be carefully examined and mystery ingredients identified when buying packaged and processed foods.) As far as we are concerned, this question evidences that you are merely toying with the idea and have not chosen life/compassion, so you may as well not be a vegan. It is the last question you should be asking, as the answer is “whatever you want,” provided that your will is in conformity with God’s. The first, if not the only question you should be asking is, “What can I/we do to get right with God?” If you have not asked this in your heart, then you may safely assume you are not right with him.

The fact is, palates change, and the body quickly adjusts to a natural diet. Consider if you have ever fasted more than a few days; you should know, then, that cravings for unhealthy foods (which are purely psychological, unless there is a chemical dependency involved, as in the case of many dairy products, which have morphine in them) go away in a matter of days once you have allowed your body to begin detoxifying itself. Within the first month of becoming a vegan, the body begins to heal and you begin to notice the boost in energy. Within the first year, the mere smell of cooked flesh becomes nauseating. The fact that it is so nauseating, while natural foods that are similarly not eaten are not also nauseating, is perhaps the most substantial proof that we could levy in support of the fact that humans are natural herbivores. Furthermore, there is no shame in doing what is right, and this is how we atone for our sins and detoxify our spirits. A clean conscience is priceless—certainly worth the trouble of changing your diet!

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, led astray, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in evil and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of Elohim our Saviour toward man appeared, He saved us, not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His compassion, through the washing of rebirth, and renewal by the Set-apart Spirit, which He poured out on us richly through יהושע Messiah our Saviour, that having been declared right by His favour we should become heirs according to the expectation of everlasting life. Titus 3:3-7

For finding fault with them, He says, “‘See, the days are coming,’ says יהוה, ‘when I shall conclude with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehuḏah a renewed covenant, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Mitsrayim, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,’ says יהוה. ‘Because this is the covenant that I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days,’ says יהוה, ‘giving My laws in their mind, and I shall write them on their hearts, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. And they shall by no means teach each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, “Know יהוה,” because they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. Because I shall forgive their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall no longer remember.’” Hebrews 8:8-12 (citing Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Therefore, as the Set-apart Spirit says, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tried Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ As I swore in My wrath, ‘If they shall enter into My rest … [Psalm 95:7-11]’” Look out, brothers, lest there be in any of you a wicked heart of unbelief in falling away from the living Elohim, but encourage one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened by the deceivableness of sin. For we have become partakers of Messiah if we hold fast the beginning of our trust firm to the end, while it is said, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who, having heard, rebelled? Was it not all who came out of Mitsrayim, led by Mosheh? And with whom was He grieved forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter into His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they were unable to enter in because of unbelief. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering into His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the Good News was brought to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not having been mixed with belief in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter into that rest, as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest …” And yet His works have come into being from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 3:7-4:3

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose? Does the Spirit which dwells in us intensely crave unto envy? But He gives greater favour. Because of this He says, “Elohim resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble [Proverbs 3:34].” So then subject yourselves to Elohim. Resist the devil and he shall flee from you. Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you. Cleanse hands, sinners. And cleanse the hearts, you double-minded! Humble yourselves in the sight of the Master, and He shall lift you up. James 4:4-8,10

We know that we are of Elohim, and all the world lies in the wicked one. And we know that the Son of Elohim has come and has given us an understanding, so that we might know the true One. And we are in the true One, in His Son יהושע Messiah. This is the true Elohim and everlasting life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:19-21

He who possesses the Son possesses life, he who does not possess the Son of Elohim does not possess life. 1 John 5:12

Suffer hardship with us as a good soldier of יהושע Messiah. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in the affairs of this life, in order to please only him who enlisted him as a soldier. And if anyone competes in a game, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be first to receive his share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Master shall give you understanding into all this. 2 Timothy 2:3-7

If you endure discipline, Elohim is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become sharers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. And indeed, no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but grievous, but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. So, strengthen the hands which hang down and the weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but instead, to be healed. Pursue peace with all, and pursue apartness without which no one shall see the Master. See to it that no one falls short of the favour of Elohim, that no root of bitterness [pikrias, G4088 (“extreme wickedness,” poison, acridity, harshness, hatred, etc.)] springing up causes trouble, by which many become defiled, lest there be anyone who whores, or profane one, like Ěsaw, who for a single meal sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wished to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it with tears. Hebrews 12:7-8,11-17

And everyone having this expectation in Him cleanses himself, as He is clean. Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Everyone staying in Him does not sin. Everyone sinning has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one lead you astray. The one doing righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. The one doing sin is of the devil, because the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of Elohim was manifested: to destroy the works of the devil. Everyone having been born of Elohim does not sin, because His seed stays in him, and he is powerless to sin, because he has been born of Elohim. In this the children of Elohim and the children of the devil are manifest: Everyone not doing righteousness is not of Elohim, neither the one not loving his brother. Because this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Qayin who was of the wicked one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because his works were wicked but those of his brother were righteous. Do not marvel, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. The one not loving his brother stays in death. Everyone hating his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has everlasting life staying in him. By this we have known love, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his tender affections from him, how does the love of Elohim stay in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:3-18

For all this talk about what the Bible is against, we have said little about what it is for, in the sense of how a true disciple of Yahshuah ought to live. (This is the subject of The Nazarene Way, which is intended to cover everything else from Scripture other than the present subject.) Perhaps this is why so many cannot be brought to repentance; they have no models to imitate, and those they recognize are the saints whose own virtues have been used against them, and the “heretics” whose opinions are not valued because they are too controversial. So the reader is not obliged to listen to our reasonings, however valid and inspired they may be. We are just as able to draw on one of the Church Fathers—a “saint,” not a heretic—to make the point.

Keeping, then, to our aim, and selecting the Scriptures which bear on the usefulness of training for life, we must now compendiously describe what the man who is called a Christian ought to be during the whole of his life. We must accordingly begin with ourselves, and how we ought to regulate ourselves. We have therefore, preserving a due regard to the symmetry of this work, to say how each of us ought to conduct himself in respect to his body, or rather how to regulate the body itself. For whenever any one, who has been brought away by the Word from external things, and from attention to the body itself to the mind, acquires a clear view of what happens according to nature in man, he will know that he is not to be earnestly occupied about external things, but about what is proper and peculiar to man—to purge the eye of the soul, and to sanctify also his flesh. For he that is clean rid of those things which constitute him still dust, what else has he more serviceable than himself for walking in the way which leads to the comprehension of God.

Some men, in truth, live that they may eat, as the irrational creatures, “whose life is their belly, and nothing else.” But the Instructor enjoins us to eat that we may live. For neither is food our business, nor is pleasure our aim; but both are on account of our life here, which the Word is training up to immortality. Wherefore also there is discrimination to be employed in reference to food. And it is to be simple, truly plain, suiting precisely simple and artless children—as ministering to life, not to luxury. And the life to which it conduces consists of two things—health and strength; to which plainness of fare is most suitable, being conducive both to digestion and lightness of body, from which come growth, and health, and right strength, not strength that is wrong or dangerous and wretched, as is that of athletes produced by compulsory feeding.

We must therefore reject different varieties, which engender various mischiefs, such as a depraved habit of body and disorders of the stomach, the taste being vitiated by an unhappy art—that of cookery, and the useless art of making pastry. For people dare to call by the name of food their dabbling in luxuries, which glides into mischievous pleasures. Antiphanes, the Delian physician, said that this variety of viands was the one cause of disease; there being people who dislike the truth, and through various absurd notions abjure moderation of diet, and put themselves to a world of trouble to procure dainties from beyond seas …

In their greed and solicitude, the gluttons seem absolutely to sweep the world with a drag-net to gratify their luxurious tastes. These gluttons, surrounded with the sound of hissing frying-pans, and wearing their whole life away at the pestle and mortar, cling to matter like fire … “Desire not,” says the Scripture [Proverbs 23:6], “rich men’s dainties;” for they belong to a false and base life. They partake of luxurious dishes, which a little after go to the dunghill. But we who seek the heavenly bread must rule the belly, which is beneath heaven, and much more the things which are agreeable to it, which “God shall destroy,” says the apostle [1 Corinthians 3:17], justly execrating gluttonous desires … For they have not yet learned that God has provided for His creature (man I mean) food and drink, for sustenance, not for pleasure; since the body derives no advantage from extravagance in viands. For, quite the contrary, those who use the most frugal fare are the strongest and the healthiest, and the noblest … Let our diet be light and digestible, and suitable for keeping awake, unmixed with diverse varieties … The diet which exceeds sufficiency injures a man, deteriorates his spirit, and renders his body prone to disease. Besides, those dainty tastes, which trouble themselves about rich dishes, drive to practices of ill-repute, daintiness, gluttony, greed, voracity, insatiability. Appropriate designations of such people as so indulge are flies, weasels, flatterers, gladiators, and the monstrous tribes of parasites—the one class surrendering reason, the other friendship, and the other life, for the gratification of the belly; crawling on their bellies, beasts in human shape after the image of their father, the voracious beast … Those that are absorbed in pots, and exquisitely prepared niceties of condiments, are they not plainly abject, earth-born, leading an ephemeral kind of life, as if they were not to live [hereafter]? Those the Holy Spirit, by Isaiah, denounces as wretched, depriving them tacitly of the name of love (agape), since their feasting was not in accordance with the word. “But they made mirth, killing calves, and sacrificing sheep, saying, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die [Isaiah 22:13].” And that He reckons such luxury to be sin, is shown by what He adds, “And your sin shall not be forgiven you till you die [22:14],”—not conveying the idea that death, which deprives of sensation, is the forgiveness of sin, but meaning that death of salvation which is the recompense of sin. “Take no pleasure in abominable delicacies,” says Wisdom [Proverbs 23:3]

For it were not seemly that we, after the fashion of the rich man’s son in the Gospel, should, as prodigals, abuse the Father’s gifts; but we should use them, without undue attachment to them, as having command over ourselves. For we are enjoined to reign and rule over meats, not to be slaves to them. It is an admirable thing, therefore, to raise our eyes aloft to what is true, to depend on that divine food above, and to satiate ourselves with the exhaustless contemplation of that which truly exists, and so taste of the only sure and pure delight. For such is the agape [the love/compassion, i.e. the agape feasts], which, the food that comes from Christ shows that we ought to partake of. But totally irrational, futile, and not human is it for those that are of the earth, fattening themselves like cattle, to feed themselves up for death; looking downwards on the earth, and bending ever over tables; leading a life of gluttony; burying all the good of existence here in a life that by and by will end; courting voracity alone, in respect to which cooks are held in higher esteem than husbandmen [shepherds]. For we do not abolish social intercourse, but look with suspicion on the snares of custom, and regard them as a calamity. Wherefore daintiness is to be shunned, and we are to partake of few and necessary things …

Just as righteousness is not attained by avarice, nor temperance by excess; so neither is the regimen of a Christian formed by indulgence; for the table of truth is far from lascivious dainties. For though it was chiefly for men’s sake that all things were made, yet it is not good to use all things, nor at all times. For the occasion, and the time, and the mode, and the intention, materially turn the balance with reference to what is useful, in the view of one who is rightly instructed; and this is suitable, and has influence in putting a stop to a life of gluttony, which wealth is prone to choose, not that wealth which sees clearly, but that abundance which makes a man blind with reference to gluttony. No one is poor as regards necessaries, and a man is never overlooked. For there is one God who feeds the fowls and the fishes, and, in a word, the irrational creatures; and not one thing whatever is wanting to them, though “they take no thought for their food [Matthew 6:26].” And we are better than they, being their lords, and more closely allied to God, as being wiser; and we were made, not that we might eat and drink, but that we might devote ourselves to the knowledge of God. “For the just man who eats is satisfied in his soul, but the belly of the wicked shall want [Proverbs 13:25],” filled with the appetites of insatiable gluttony. Now lavish expense is adapted not for enjoyment alone, but also for social communication. Wherefore we must guard against those articles of food which persuade us to eat when we are not hungry, bewitching the appetite. For is there not within a temperate simplicity a wholesome variety of eatables? Bulbs, olives, certain herbs, milk, cheese, fruits, all kinds of cooked food without sauces; and if flesh is wanted, let roast rather than boiled be set down. Have you anything to eat here? said the Lord to the disciples after the resurrection; and they, as taught by Him to practice frugality, “gave Him a piece of broiled fish;” and having eaten before them, says Luke [24:42], He spoke to them what He spoke. [This, of course, being the only instance in Scripture where the eating of flesh is not presented as a mortal sin, is false, and Clement’s failure to recognize it as such is evidently why he did not decry flesh-eating altogether. We have covered the passage from Luke, and its corresponding entry in John, in Satan’s Synoptics.] And in addition to these, it is not to be overlooked that those who feed according to the Word are not debarred from dainties in the shape of honeycombs. For of articles of food, those are the most suitable which are fit for immediate use without fire, since they are readiest; and second to these are those which are simplest, as we said before. But those who bend around inflammatory tables, nourishing their own diseases, are ruled by a most lickerish demon, whom I shall not blush to call the Belly-demon, and the worst and most abandoned of demons. He is therefore exactly like the one who is called the Ventriloquist-demon. It is far better to be happy than to have a demon dwelling with us. And happiness is found in the practice of virtue. Accordingly, the apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, and vegetables, without flesh … The Jews had frugality enjoined on them by the law in the most systematic manner. For the Instructor, by Moses, deprived them of the use of innumerable things, adding reasons—the spiritual ones hidden; the carnal ones apparent, to which indeed they have trusted; in the case of some animals, because they did not part the hoof, and others because they did not ruminate their food, and others because alone of aquatic animals they were devoid of scales; so that altogether but a few were left appropriate for their food. And of those that he permitted them to touch, he prohibited such as had died, or were offered to idols, or had been strangled; for to touch these was unlawful. For since it is impossible for those who use dainties to abstain from partaking of them, he appointed the opposite mode of life, till he should break down the propensity to indulgence arising from habit. Pleasure has often produced in men harm and pain; and full feeding begets in the soul uneasiness, and forgetfulness, and foolishness. Clement of Alexandria854

Surely, after everything we have covered, we do not need to explain why Clement should not have made any provision for eating flesh at all. At least he had the sense to advise against it, however, based both on Scripture and on reason. At the very least, we can confidently say that there is a precedent even within the bounds of mainstream Christianity for outlawing the consumption of meat and certain other foods (including milk and dairy products, though he allows them—what could be heavier in the stomach and harder to digest, or more conducive to gluttony, disease and demon possession, than cheese?), and for following the ascetic ideals of the Essenes, if not actually the vegetarians among them (i.e. the prophets and Christians). In any case, Clement’s imperatives are in line with Yahshuah’s, and we will do well to heed them, regardless of who is dictating them.

“Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:14

No truer words were ever spoken than these. The fact that the way is straight means it is easy to find and to follow. The fact that it is narrow means that only a few do—not because no one among the larger segment of the population knows how (which is also the case), but because only the best of men attain the crown of life, even as only the best of athletes win their competitions, while the rest get blocked, fall off or get stampeded because there is no room for them, because they did not move quickly enough at the beginning. (A race does not begin at its end, as the “Christians” insist it does, but the one who wins must compete from start to finish.) Whether a person actually believes in God or not is not even an issue: atheists, too, can see that the “fittest” of the species (defined by Darwin not as the strongest, but the ones most adaptive to change) are the ones that survive.

We know that if the blind lead the blind, both will veer off the path and fall into the ditch. The only way to survive this test, then, is to take off the blinders, break from the herd, and follow the Good Shepherd by walking straight down the narrow way. Nothing could be easier or more rewarding; the only thing stopping everyone from doing it already, apart from whatever demons have them enslaved, is social convention.

It would be absurd, though, to say that ethical veganism is the narrow way just because there are few that choose it. It is not true that all vegans are wholly righteous, or that they all have an everlasting inheritance. In fact, veganism is just the initial step on the path of righteousness, and the way is even narrower than that. It is, rather, an integral piece—a necessary requirement—of the overall picture of what it means to be righteous, and that is the measure by which we are ruled. So it is not the case that anyone who is not a strict vegetarian could ever enter the kingdom of heaven. Even Abraham was not actually righteous, though his belief/obedience was regarded as righteousness; even he will have to do better in the future (which we are sure he will be happy to do) before he will be allowed to eat at his own table. Imagine, then, how each and every one of us must strive to be better than Abraham just to get through the door, and it ought to be apparent that you had better try your absolute best to please God rather than just assuming that you are free to do whatever you want because Jesus already paid for your ticket, for he will accept nothing short of that.

This makes perfect sense, for if a single sin, however minute, was allowed to persist for the duration of the span of everlasting life, then the potential for the overspreading of the sin would be infinite. How much more, then, does necessity require that every creature in heaven be perfect than that we mortals do. It is inconceivable that any sin would be allowed to bear so much fruit as this for eternity, so that a sinner would be allowed into the kingdom of heaven as he is. Therefore, the standard of admission is greater than strict obedience to all manmade laws—even the Law of Moses—such as the Pharisees observed. You must not sin at all, ever.

“Therefore, be perfect, as your Father in the heavens is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

Even if the food issue is resolved, in order to be perfect, there are other things which a vegan must consider. For example, many common household products are “tested” on animals, which, as everyone concerned about animal rights knows, amounts to nothing but senseless torture. Some automobiles run on biodiesel made from waste chicken fat, while their seats are made from leather. Pig derivatives are in everything made from gelatin, including toiletries, toothbrush bristles and gel capsules. Moreover, this does not just concern vegans, but Muslims and Jews, as well. Even things you would not suspect, such as many brands of latex condoms or charcoal water filters, are not suitable for use by vegans.

Obviously there is a wide-ranging continuum of good and evil between strict vegetarianism and meat consumption. The idea that it is wrong to ever accidentally inhale a single molecule of animal flesh is just not feasible, and has no moral implications. But the other extreme is even more absurd. In the contemporary view, abstaining from meat for one day is considered a huge sacrifice, and this goes a long way to showing how far removed our modern society really is from God’s laws. Consider that Roman Catholics—who consider themselves more moral than the rest of the population—used to abstain from meat every Friday, but not really (they have always eaten fish on Fridays), and at some point even this was officially deemed too restrictive, so the restriction was changed and only applies now to Lent. And this happened before they got around that self-imposed restriction by eating rabbit and calling it “seafood.”

But the Church is not the only institution practicing such hypocrisy, nor is it even representative of modern society as a whole. Other “moral” initiatives such as “Meatless Mondays” in the US and now elsewhere are just embarrassing. The advertised purposes are environmental awareness and improved personal health, while ethics regarding animal suffering are studiously avoided, and necessarily so, as any examination of animal suffering necessarily mandates total abstinence rather than just once a week. (That is, it is no more ethical to commit six days a week than seven.) The “Meatless Monday” was actually instituted by Sid Lerner, a Jew who has had a storied career in advertising and marketing. Most importantly, the implication of such a ploy is that by foregoing meat one day a week, one has done all that needs to be done, and is thereafter free to indulge oneself the rest of the week, just like a Christian who sins six days a week and then goes to church on Sunday. Needless to say, God is not amused by either.

As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly.
Have you seen a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more expectancy for a fool than for him.
Proverbs 26:11-12

Somewhere on this continuum of good and evil, there is a line, and that is where eating flesh clearly becomes a sin. So regardless of where the line really is (and the standard presented in Scripture is perfection), the wanton destruction and disregard for God’s good creation which we see everywhere in the world today is crossing it. Nowadays, wisdom necessitates the practice of vegetarianism if not veganism both to avoid the health hazards inherent in all animal products, and to make a strong statement and take a stand against the practices of a world so willfully ignorant and uncaring of other life forms and of the ecosystem that it actively seeks its own destruction. One does not need to be overtly religious to accept the validity of these reasons.

If nothing else, a man who cannot take control of his own appetite is no man at all, but a “slave to sin,” as Yahshuah said. There is simply no comparison between the uncontrollable desire for meat nowadays and having it only once in a great while back in the time of the ancient Israelites, for lesser sin of which they were rebuked, condemned and ultimately destroyed as a nation. People today are meat-a-holics, to the point that going an entire day without meat is unthinkable for most, and even a single vegan meal is unlikely unless it is just a piece of fruit. The system is so out of control now that we can clearly see the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the “overspreading of abominations,” whereby we know that we are living in the End Times. Yet it is still only getting worse, which means the moral imperative of adopting the vegan lifestyle is even more pressing; according to the documentary Earthlings, Americans now (as of 2005) consume as much chicken in a single day as they did in all of 1930.855

Speaking from experience, it is truly amazing how many times a child or young adult can hear the words “You don’t like cheese?!” as though there is something terribly wrong with an adult that has been weaned off the disease-infested breast milk, blood, pus and bacteria of another species. Every vegan reading this can sympathize; we have all heard someone say, “I could never give [meat or dairy] up.” In reality, what omnivores or ovo-lacto vegetarians are confessing when they say this is that they could never mature enough emotionally or intellectually to catch up to where their bodies were when they were no longer helpless suckling infants. What a remarkable confession it really is in light of the types of discussions where it typically manifests, being a common response to arguments concluding that the subject’s very life is on the line. Does one even have to believe in God to recognize the fallacy? The implication is that human beings are the most stupid creatures on Earth, being the only ones that “could never give up” a “food” that is poison to them, while every intelligent member of the species has no trouble doing so, thus indicating that there is no physiological dependency on it. Moreover, no real Christian (or Buddhist) could ever do it to begin with, in clear violation of his moral principles, even on pain of torturous death, and this is exactly why there were so many martyrs in the early Christian era, and why there are so few now (as there are very few real Christians now).

Let us be blunt here: veganism is not the norm of any society, by any means. It is barely even tolerated, and even then, it is marginalized, and people who become vegans experience difficulties maintaining preexisting social networks without being extremely apologetic about it. This is why one must be “holy” (set-apart) to inherit life, which means not following the crowd. Yet it is the easiest thing a person can do, because it is natural, whereas eating an unnatural diet or going out of one’s way to create and maintain social networks is what is unnatural, and because the incentives of having longer longevity, a healthier body, a more attractive and youthful appearance, a sharper mind and a conscience free from guilt are priceless benefits.

The struggle for a vegan who is persuaded to adopt the lifestyle for ethical reasons (which is most vegans) is not over conquering cravings which, if they are present at all, go away in a matter of months at the most, but of being vigilant and remaining informed as food companies constantly seek new ways of marketing death and hiding it in otherwise vegan-friendly foods. (This is also a problem for raw vegans, as is the genetic modification of our food sources.) Even organic vegetarian foods are suspect. Packaged wheat or whole grain bread almost always contains milk or milk derivatives, honey or raisin juice concentrate (a problem for strict Nazarites). Margarines made from vegetable oils almost always contain milk—and these are the alternatives to butter. Even faux leather and faux fur on the markets in Western countries constitutes a real concern, as they have been found to actually come from Asian fur farms, where some of the most atrocious acts against animals take place. (Instead of cows, the skins come from cats and dogs. This is especially true of the fur industry, where it is more economical to produce real fur from tortured animals than to produce faux fur, and the labels on the clothing lie.)856 White sugar is bleached with bone meal. Produce is routinely grown with bone meal, meat meal or blood meal as fertilizer, because farmers refuse to let the land heal itself by lying fallow, the way the Israelites were commanded under Moses, and the way it was done all the way through the Middle Ages; this is even more true of the organic varieties than it is the genetically modified ones and the ones that are grown with pesticides.

It is not true, however, that eating organic produce is not ethically or nutritionally sound in comparison with other foods. Our point is simply that veganism requires a good deal of awareness. Vegans in general are practical and realistic, refraining from concerning themselves with “what if” scenarios, and accept that they may indirectly or accidentally cause suffering or death to other creatures every now and then. A vegan is not someone who has attained total consciousness and total separation even from the air we must all breathe, such as would be required for this degree of perfection, but one who makes a deliberate effort to obtain whatever degree of perfection that he can, within the practical parameters to which he is bound by necessity and circumstance.

For those of us who are sincerely concerned with living in accordance with God’s rules for us, the parameters are simple: If God says “Do not,” we do not make excuses—we do not. The one whose conscience tells him something other than what it did when he was innocent has ceased to be a human; he needs to exorcise his demons and get back to the innocence of his youth (i.e., to have the faith of a child) before his conscience can even serve its purpose again. So we see that whoever misinforms a child’s conscience truly is the least in the kingdom, for they have sinned against themselves, against their own children or wards, against the animal kingdom at large, against the future of our race (against the kingdom of heaven) and against God—and this in the service of Satan and his minions.

Where this is done unconsciously, God still holds the parent or teacher responsible, being guilty of wrongful death, because it is his responsibility to take precautions against such things and to learn the right way of instruction. Where it is done consciously—that is, where the parent has been informed and still remains defiant—the sin is even greater, and the parent has forfeited the natural right of guardianship over his own children forever. Whether any authority can be extended in place of the forfeited right upon repentance is God’s prerogative, but we have already seen how Esau lost his own birthright and was never able to regain it, though he repented with tears (Hebrews 12:16-17)—and that was not even a matter of sinning in defiance, but of making a contract which could not be undone. Murder cannot be undone, nor can the punitive consequences, but the parent who repents and takes better care of his children is still able to bring his dead children to life again, though he cannot restore the lives of the other victims which he has sinned against, so he must still die in the end. And the same goes for everyone else: we must all die to cancel this debt, but only those of us who have learned from our mistakes shall be awarded life in the end.

We have spoken with other vegans, and people who were vegetarians as children. It is always the same story: a mother beats her young daughter until she caves in and eats the chicken, or a father abuses and intimidates his daughter, causing her to starve if she will not eat the death that is put before her, against her will. This is how it works, and most people do not have the intelligence in their youth to question their parents’ orders, neither the means to disobey, nor the strength of character to return to innocence once they are adults. So it is that all sin is attributed to Azazel, because it is naught but a vicious cycle; the original sin was Adam’s and Eve’s, but the Christians’ doctrine of original sin only pertains to us insofar as we perpetuate the chain of abuse and impart it to our children. We are not born with it; we are born under it, and it is not magically imbued in us so that we are unable to rid ourselves of the guilt of it. To be right with God, we merely need to stop sinning in our hearts, which begins with the decision to adopt the vegan ethic. By surrendering our individual wills to obedience to God, we become his children (are “born again” in spirit and truth), and therefore no longer under the authority of our parents, who taught us to sin. First we must admit that the way of life we were shown is a lie, and that it is wrong. Then, and only then, can we make peace with our Father.

“Why should I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by those that are not mighty ones. When I had filled them up, they then committed adultery and they thronged to the house of a whore. They were like well-fed horses, every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife [‘committed adultery,’ as a euphemism for eating flesh, even though they had no reason to because they were well fed]. Would I not punish them for this?” declares יהוה. “And would I not revenge Myself on such a nation as this? Go up on her walls and destroy, but do not make a complete end. Take away her branches, for they do not belong to יהוה.” Jeremiah 5:7-10

“They shall die of deaths from diseases, they shall not be lamented nor be buried, but be like dung on the face of the earth, and be consumed by sword and by scarcity of food. And their corpses shall be meat for the birds of the heavens and for the beasts of the earth.” For thus said יהוה, “Do not enter the house of mourning, neither go to lament or mourn for them, for I have withdrawn My peace from this people,” declares יהוה, “even the kindness and the compassions. Both great and small shall die in this land. They shall not be buried, and no one shall lament for them, or cut themselves, or make themselves bald for them. Neither shall they break bread in mourning for them to comfort them for the dead, nor give them the cup of comfort to drink for their father or their mother. Do not enter the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink.” For thus said יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, “See, before your eyes and in your days, I am making the voice of rejoicing and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride to cease in this place. And it shall be, when you declare to this people all these words, and they shall say to you, ‘Why has יהוה pronounced all this great evil against us? And what is our crookedness, and what is our sin that we have committed against יהוה our Elohim?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because your fathers have forsaken Me,’ declares יהוה, ‘and have walked after other mighty ones and served them and bowed themselves to them, and have forsaken Me, and did not guard My Torah. And you have done more evil than your fathers, for look, each one walks according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me. So I shall throw you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers. And there you shall serve other mighty ones day and night, where I show you no favour.’ Therefore see, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when it is no longer said, ‘יהוה lives who brought up the children of Yisra’ĕl from the land of Mitsrayim,’ but, ‘יהוה lives who brought up the children of Yisra’ĕl from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I shall bring them back into their land I gave to their fathers. See, I am sending for many fishermen,” declares יהוה, “and they shall fish them. And after that I shall send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. For My eyes are on all their ways; they have not been hidden from My face, nor has their crookedness been hidden from My eyes. And first I shall repay double for their crookedness and their sin, because they have defiled My land with the dead bodies of their disgusting matters, and have filled My inheritance with their abominations.” O יהוה, my strength and my stronghold and my refuge, in the day of distress the gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.” Would a man make mighty ones for himself, which are not mighty ones? “Therefore see, I am causing them to know, this time I cause them to know My hand and My might. And they shall know that My Name is יהוה!” Jeremiah 16:4-21

Who cannot see that when Yahshuah told Zebedee’s sons, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” he was referring to Jeremiah 16:16? In light of this, Christians are obviously supposed to be the remnant of Israel, drawn out from among the tribes—those who have had the sense to say, “We have inherited lies and things wherein there is no profit” (or “things of Belial”). Perhaps we should be thinking of this, not how much we like the taste of our bacon and beef, when interpreting Paul’s statement, “All is permitted me, but not all do profit.” Perhaps the lie is that the supposed permission comes from God, and that we can somehow ignore everything he tells us and still be a disciple of Christ, and under God’s favor, and therefore escape the consequences of sin.

Note well that God’s wrath is due to that which leaves dead bodies in the land. Men always bury or cremate each other, and do not go out into the country to kill each other, whereas they routinely throw the bones and other parts of animals that are unwanted for food into the the trash, so this cannot but mean that God is extremely angry about animal slaughter specifically. Yet the term “disgusting matters” even also implies cannibalism, as demonstrated below (and, as we have seen, there is indeed human flesh in the packaged meats sold in grocery stores). The context in which it is used is clearly the basis of Daniel’s and Yahshuah’s prophecies concerning the desolations brought about by the Abomination, meaning that they were fulfilled when Jerusalem was destroyed (both in Jeremiah’s time and in the 1st century), as they will be fulfilled again when God’s wrath is finally poured out again over the rest of the world. In both cases, the stated reason behind the wrath is the “abominations” brought about by the “disgusting matters” of animal slaughter—being, obviously, not just a matter of killing, but also of other matters (enslavement, malnutrition, dismemberment, torture, extreme psychological torment, other forms of cruelty, whitewashing via the “humane” and “grass-fed” myths, etc.).

“‘And I shall do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I never do again, because of all your abominations. Therefore fathers are going to eat their sons in your midst, and sons eat their fathers. And I shall execute judgments among you and scatter all your remnant to all the winds. Therefore, as I live,’ declares the Master יהוה, ‘because you have defiled My set-apart place with all your disgusting matters and with all your abominations, therefore I also withdraw. And My eye shall not pardon, nor shall I spare. One-third of you shall die of pestilence, and be consumed with scarcity of food in your midst. And one-third shall fall by the sword all around you. And I shall scatter another third to all the winds, and draw out a sword after them. And My displeasure shall be completed. And I shall bring My wrath to rest upon them, and I shall be eased. And they shall know that I, יהוה, have spoken it in My ardour, when I have completed My wrath upon them. And I shall make you a waste and a reproach among the gentiles that are all around you, before the eyes of all who pass by. And it [Jerusalem—see 5:5] shall be a reproach, an object of scorn, a warning, and an astonishment to the gentiles that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in displeasure and in wrath and in heated chastisements. I, יהוה, have spoken.’” Ezekiel 5:9-15

“‘“Because I shall cut off from you the righteous and the wrong, therefore My sword shall go out of its sheath against all flesh from south to north. And all flesh shall know that I, יהוה, have drawn My sword out of its sheath, not to turn back again.”’ And you, son of man, sigh with a breaking of loins, and sigh with bitterness before their eyes.” Ezekiel 21:4-6

“‘“And there you shall remember your ways and all your deeds with which you were defiled. And you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of all the evils that you did.”’” Ezekiel 20:43

“‘“And all flesh shall see that I, יהוה, have kindled it, it is not quenched.”’” Ezekiel 20:48

These are the words of the living God, upon whom each and every one of us is entirely dependent for our very existence, both now and forever. So stop whining about losing out on something that was worthless and utterly satanic to begin with, you who would call yourselves “Christians,” or just drop the pretense of that altogether. Being a vegan is the easiest and most beneficial thing a person can do both for his body and for his spirit. There is no incentive not to be, apart from sheer ignorance. If you want to hear a vegan laugh, tell him “I couldn’t live without my meat.” It was never yours to begin with, but that is not the cause for humor; the irony of a dead person saying that to a living one (and we have all heard it) is.

On the other hand, there are many other reasons to choose veganism—reasons which range from ethical and environmental issues to medical and nutritional ones. We have concerned ourselves primarily with the religious and spiritual reasons, as religion and spirituality set the basis for moral and ethical systems, even by compelling people who adhere to institutionalized religion to adopt immoral positions under the guise of their spirituality. In a very real and tangible way, it could rightly be said that religion has become the major obstacle and inhibitor to positive progress in the modern age, though the intent of every religious rule is clearly to establish and foster a system of morals and ethics. Consider that the religion of Christianity is theoretically based on Scripture, and then consider the words and the position of the scriptures themselves—especially those of Paul, upon which Christian doctrine is theoretically founded more than anything else.

So then, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live. Romans 8:12-13

Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in living together and indecencies, not in fighting and envy, but put on the Master יהושע Messiah, and make no provision for the lusts of the flesh. Romans 13:13-14

Now I call upon you, brothers, watch out for those who cause divisions and stumbling, contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such ones do not serve our Master יהושע Messiah, but their own stomach, and by smooth words and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the innocent. Romans 16:17-18

Do not be led astray: Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap. Because he who sows to his own flesh shall reap corruption from the flesh, but he who sows to the Spirit shall reap everlasting life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:7-8

Does this not establish that we should not concern ourselves with inquiries like “Where will I get my protein?” and the other vain questions which have been addressed here in Appendix A? If you want life yourself, you must choose life for others. That is the bottom line. To not choose the vegan lifestyle is to incur guilt and merit death, both by natural law (karma) and by scriptural law—hence the choice to kill animals and eat their flesh is called the Way of Death.

Nevertheless, some are ignorant of God’s law and of what our bodies are designed to eat. Despite mainstream nutritional science having found links between a diet high in animal protein and both cancer and cardiovascular disease, there has been a growing push in recent decades, through the promotion of high protein diets such as Atkins and the “paleo” diet, to fight back and assert that eating animal protein is not only safe, but actually crucial for human health. As this treatise is focused solely on the ethical questions surrounding meat consumption, we have here mostly avoided the topic of health; there are plenty of other places to investigate this particular inquiry. However, as far as it pertains to Scripture, this issue was settled long ago:

“Because of this I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you shall eat or drink, or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than the food and the body more than the clothing? Look at the birds of the heaven, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into storehouses, yet your heavenly Father does feed them. Are you not worth more than they? And which of you by worrying is able to add one cubit to his life’s span? So why do you worry about clothing? Note well the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin, and I say to you that even Shelomoh in all his esteem was not dressed like one of these. But if Elohim so clothes the grass of the field, which exists today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more you, O you of little belief? Do not worry then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For all these the gentiles seek for. And your heavenly Father knows that you need all these. But seek first the reign of Elohim, and His righteousness, and all these matters shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-33

All who espouse the “paleo” diet fad are obligated to be vegans by virtue of the fact that our ancestors ate a diet which was more natural to them (i.e. more herbivorous) than any contemporary meat options, as well as the fact that our genes have not changed so much that we are now a different species with different internal processes. This is self-evident in that it is the meat and dairy in what would constitute a typical “paleo” diet that cause disease and death, as they did for our ancestors. If, in spite of that knowledge, the faddist still chooses the same diet, then it is certainly not for health reasons or ethical reasons, and we know what his end will be.

Likewise, all who espouse the “organic” meat fad are obligated to be vegans by virtue of the fact that their stated reasons for choosing the fad are among the best reasons not to. Just a few minutes of objective research will quickly put to rest any and every one of their arguments; as in the case of the “paleo” fad, it is still the meat and dairy in their diets which cause disease and death, only much more so than with the general population, because the point of the fad is to reduce the intake of other carcinogens, thus ensuring that it is the animal proteins which are responsible for the breakdown of the body’s ability to fight off disease and obesity.

In each of these cases, the absurdity of the arguments used to establish the premise is self-evident, as the only safe foods are among those which are natural, having no animal derivatives, and, accordingly, only a vegan has little need to be concerned about what he eats or where it comes from. These fads constitute that “spirit of delusion” which God sends the wicked, so that they are unable to see reason. People always see what they want to see; if they want to believe that their food is safe to eat, and they know that animal farms and slaughterhouse conditions make this impossible, then they will see “happy cows” on “organic farms” as soon as those images are pitched at them, because that is the image they want to see, therefore the marketing agencies have sold it to them. If they are so committed to their decision that they cannot be brought to watch a 1-minute PETA video which will inform them as to where their food comes from for one minute, no matter how insistent or how close a relation the person trying to save their soul is, then there is no other recourse; that person is unfit for life and well beyond salvation—he must be destroyed in Gehenna. Metaphysical necessity requires it.

Consider that most humans are ideologically opposed to human slavery. Yet no human slave ever had it as bad as the average hog, chicken or dairy cow on an animal farm. The worst conditions on any slave ship would be an upgrade in living conditions for a farm animal, and every slaver or slave owner would treat his human property with more dignity and charity than the soulless bastards on the farms treat their animals. If you have trouble believing this, then you need to wake up; we have provided links to video proofs in the note here in order to aid you.857

We must realize that the consumption of meat is nothing less than the deliberate destruction of God’s creations for purposes he never intended. When one studies the science behind diet and learns that the most beneficial diet for the human body is a plant-based one, one must conclude that God’s intent was never to place animals on the planet as food for humans. That these could be depended upon for human sustenance in times of desperation (that is, extreme famine and duress—not mere hunger) is undeniable, and certainly this may be considered allowable if rules are lax, but this is similar to living in a cardboard box if one is homeless: a man will do what he must in order to survive, but once he is capable of leaving the box for better living quarters, he would be a fool not to do so. In this case, the consumption of meat is all the more appalling given that the destruction of a creature to whom the breath of life has been given is being destroyed for nothing more than the fulfillment of carnal desires and the refusal to break one’s addictions, thereby taking responsibility for and control of his own life, his baser nature. Seeing as the breath of life was given to all animals (hence the fact that they are called ‘animals,’ from animus or anemos, ‘the breath of life’), and not just to humans, this justifies—nay, it necessitates—treating all animals with compassion and charity. The Christian ideal of pacifism is rooted not so much in “Turn the other cheek” and “Love your enemy” as in its abhorrence of violence toward animals and to the earth itself, as we have clearly shown.

The matter of eating flesh for health reasons merits no consideration from an ethical standpoint, and this is what self-serving people callously and consistently ignore. If you are someone who has been convinced that you need to eat meat in order to maintain your health, then rest assured that ethical considerations of a planetary nature must always take precedence over your individual needs, and that if you give up meat for ethical reasons, having been duped into thinking that your health will suffer as a consequence, then your decision will be held in substantially higher regard by God than a decision motivated for more selfish reasons. Any Christian should be able to recognize that self-sacrifice is a core value of true Christianity.

“This is My command, that you love one another, as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: that one should lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

“For even the Son of Aḏam did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

What we need to realize is that the ideal of self-sacrifice is not just realized by the Christian missionary who goes to the jungles of the Congo and the Amazon to bring backwater indigenous tribes the message of the Gospel, especially considering that the missionary’s gospel is not at all the same as that of Christ and his apostles. Even Jesuits have done this, to the end of martyrdom! Rather, self-sacrifice is ultimately realized by seeing and understanding that the decisions that every individual makes has repercussions on his environment and ecosystem: a neighborhood, a city, a country, a planet, even the universe itself. While God has, in his wisdom, arranged it in such a manner so as to limit the damage that can be done by beings who have not yet learned even to recognize, much less to care about, things beyond themselves, we would have to be extremely delusional in order to believe that we humans will be entrusted with more responsibilities, and the benefits that come with these, without first placing ourselves lower on the totem pole than others, rather than making some oblique reference to “dominion” or to the “food chain” (which is an artificial and species-biased construct) as a post hoc justification. Giving up meat is just the very first step along the path of minimizing the harm that one does to his surroundings, and indeed is the least that anyone could reasonably do to demonstrate that he cares at all for anything that God has created outside of himself.

As a vegan I’m not really interested in discussing what type of diet our caveman ancestors ate, or whether God put animals here for us to eat, or if we can obtain enough protein from a plant-based diet, or if humans are biologically herbivore or omnivore. These are tired arguments. What we should be discussing is how we can move forward and evolve as a race. The killing of billions of animals every year for food and clothing has helped put this planet and its inhabitants in the crisis situation that we’re now faced with. And Veganism offers a solution. Global warming, the declining health of our population, polluted waterways and depleted soil, fished out oceans, starvation in poor countries, species extinction and rain forest destruction are but a few of the problems that can be addressed and remedied if more people embraced a vegan lifestyle.

This is why being vegan is so important … it offers viable solutions and compassionate answers. It saves lives … not only the animals but very likely our own. The human race has backed itself into a corner, veganism offers a way out. Let’s move forward. Rich Lysloff858

We mentioned earlier that the tipping point is around 20%. Well, the conversion of just 10% of the American population alone (that is, about 30 million Americans—and there are about 250 million professed Christians in America) to veganism would be sufficient to end world hunger, thus saving 60 million human lives annually. And you think it “good” to donate a dollar a day to some fruitless charity? Is the veracity of the “hypocrite” label starting to sink in yet?

Even a small sum could save a life, however. Nothing better demonstrates how little value humans place on the lives of the animals they routinely exploit than the prices at which they are traded. Though highly dependent on locality, time of year and health, the enterprising farmer can purchase newborn calves (commonly referred to as ‘bottle calves’) for as little as $5, a mere fraction of the price paid for the calf domes in which they will be imprisoned.859 Male calves have no value and are considered a waste, an economic liability; farmers often sell them for as little as $1. Male chicks actually constitute a net loss due to the cost of disposing of them.

Now, we know that God is God of the living, not the dead, and that the gift of God is everlasting life. So to reject God’s gifts in favor of death is to reject life itself. He says, “This day I set before you good and life, and evil and death” (Deuteronomy 30:19). To sinners, the Law is condemning to death; to the righteous, the Law leads to life. This is because the Law calls a person out of sin, but the evil man pays no heed to the call, so he is destroyed by it. In Scripture, this understanding is blatantly intentional; the book of the Law which we call Leviticus is actually called Vayikra in Hebrew, which means ‘he called.’

Now let us consider what it truly means to be called to “come out of Babylon,” as we have defined Babylon as the habitation of demons and every evil spirit. The apparent contradiction between the Law and the Gospel is resolved by the understanding that God wants us all to be righteous, in accordance with natural law, and not only that, but to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (Notice the order, which is exclusive of the mainstream Christian notion of salvation. Education or enlightenment takes place after repentance, not before or during it; the first truth which a convert comes across is not the truth.) As a temporary measure, the Law of Moses was never really intended to be followed; while it is in agreement with the heavenly law, to be (that is, to remain) under it is to be inherently opposed to the heavenly law.

Knowing this: that Torah is not laid down for a righteous being, but for the lawless and unruly, for the wicked and for sinners, for the wrong-doers and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers. 1 Timothy 1:9

The Law is only the standard of righteousness. If you are under the standard, then you are a slave to sin. If you become one with the standard, then you become righteous, you are one with fulfillment of the Law (i.e. love, i.e. God); you are one with Yahshuah, as he said.

“And I do not pray for these alone, but also for those believing in Me through their word, so that they all might be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, so that they too might be one in Us, so that the world might believe that You have sent Me.” John 17:20-21

A righteous man will use that as a guide to lead him out of sin. In this case, this is a theme repeated throughout Scripture, especially where the state of sinfulness is likened to Babylon, Egypt or Sodom. And we already know what the sin of Sodom (Jerusalem), Egypt (Israel/Judah) and Babylon (Rome) is.

My son, guard my words,
And treasure up my commands with you.
Guard my commands and live,
And my Torah as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 7:1-3

For the command is a lamp,
And the Torah a light,
And reproofs of discipline a
[Hebrew: ‘the’] way of life. Proverbs 6:23

Therefore יהושע spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but possess the light of life.” John 8:12

You are near, O יהוה, And all Your commands are truth. Psalm 119:151

יהושע said to him, “I am the Way [the “reproofs of discipline”], and the Truth [the “commands”], and the Life [the “Torah”/Law]. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

As for what it means to approach the Father, the kingdom of heaven is a state of mind more than it is a reality elsewhere in the universe. The “good news” is that it is not Christians that are responsible for the prevention of the kingdom of heaven, but rather their mentality is. Therefore, they still have within themselves the capacity to be saved: they need only change their minds, then the material changes will follow. Furthermore, no one is going to establish the kingdom of heaven until they are allowed, if not actually empowered, by the Christians, because no one else has the will and the means. Hence the mere faith of a mustard seed is enough to disestablish the world order; the context of this observation indicates the relative ease with which the common Christian can surpass even Yahshuah’s godlike achievements. Clearly, what he intended to convey is that the world order will be replaced by the kingdom of heaven with himself at the helm. This necessity stems from the fact that no one else is capable of wielding authority comparable to that of the world government, because such authority derives from a mandate from the masses, and the masses are not willing to invest it in any other man, as evidenced by the fact that the Christians are still waiting around for him to fix all the problems they themselves have been largely responsible for creating. The prophet of Islam also clearly foretold that Yahshuah would rule in the coming age, so with the consent of both the Christians and the Muslims, he already has the majority vote of the world’s citizens, even as it is, with the whole world steeped in darkness and not even having the foggiest idea of who he really is or what he really stands for. They do not know him, because they do not know the Law.

Everything that a person really needs to know about the Bible in terms of how we all ought to be living is in the same books of Moses which the Christians universally reject and abhor. The teachings of the New Testament also contain much to the same ends, as they are very largely drawn from the Pentateuch. The reason people have so much trouble with the NT is that they do not have eyes to see and ears to hear, because they have no basis in the OT. So the masses are not going to be able to read it and understand what it is saying, because they do not hear God’s voice in it or see his intent. To understand it, you must have the broad perspective, and then build upon it with studious, objective analysis, which is exactly the opposite of how the subjective Christians and Jews approach it in both respects.

For all tables shall be covered with vomit, no place without filth. Whom would He teach knowledge? And whom would He make to understand the message? Those weaned from milk, those taken from the breasts! For it is: command upon command, command upon command, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little. Isaiah 28:8-10

The jabbering-lipped, foreign-tongued NIV translators actually decided that this passage is “probably meaningless,” according to the footnote attached to “a rule for this, a rule for that” in v. 10. So it is self-evident that they neither care what is in the Bible prior to forcing their views on it onto the rest of the world’s population, nor have made any sincere effort to understand and apply the meaning to their lives. Yet all the while the significance is staring in the face of everyone who reads it. The meaning, clearly, is that revelation does not come immediately with the feeling inside a man’s heart, but must be discerned and built upon by careful and studious examination. The fact that it sounds like gibberish to these self-made “authorities” is all the evidence a reasonable person would need to know that they not only have no idea what the syllogistic meaning of the text is—they also do not even speak the language.

For with a jabbering lip and a foreign tongue He speaks to this people, to whom He said, “This is the rest, give rest to the weary,” and, “This is the refreshing [the Restoration].” But they would not hear. But the Word of יהוה was to them, “Command upon command, command upon command, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little,” so that they go and shall stumble backward, and be broken and snared and taken captive. Therefore hear the Word of יהוה, you men of scorn, who rule this people who are in Yerushalayim, because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with the grave we have effected a vision. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it does not come to us, for we have made lying our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.” Isaiah 28:11-15

The whole Bible attests to this. The first part is a narrative concerning how the Israelites came to be where they were. Everything prior to the Exodus is written as a history, with moral lessons attached, just like the Gospels were written as a history in their time, while incorporating some of the Essene teachings. So it is not really about the Israelites; that is just the context. It is really about us. What the Israelites were doing is what we are doing. The lessons were not intended for those who perished in the Wilderness, but for their descendants. Again, God is God of the living, not the dead; Yahshuah offers life, and he is greater than Moses or Abraham.

We know that the book of Revelation calls Jerusalem the “spiritual” Egypt and Babylon, as that is where the killing took place then. To come out of Egypt is to be saved from the hand of Pharaoh; to come out of Babylon is to be restored to the possession of Abraham’s inheritance, the Promised Land. This is why we are told to come out of Babylon, rather than Egypt, because the Promised Land of Israel has become the very land of sojourn which the Israelites needed to escape in order to live and eventually regain their freedom; Jerusalem is Egypt, a possession of Saul and Solomon, of the Hittites and Jews, and not of Salem, but our Promised Land is the possession of the heirs of Abraham.

One person led the Israelites out of Egypt. One person led them through the Wilderness, and when that person died, one person led them into the Promised Land. If that one person for us is Yahshuah, and he is greater than Moses, then it is apparent that the Promised Land is not simply the land of Canaan, but the world as a whole. Yet we, the humans of Earth, occupy this world and do not possess it, even as the Israelites did not possess their inheritance (they all sinned and they all died), for the land belonged to Yahweh, and the Israelites were exiled for their sins, just as Adam was cast out of the Garden of Eden. Now we, the last of the generations of their descendants, are down to our last chance. Exile, for us, constitutes death—or worse.

For us, the Promised Land is the “restoration” to the way things were before the Fall of Man. It necessarily entails taking control of one’s own body, mind and soul. One cannot be both the possessor and the object of one’s possession as long as he is a slave. How true it is that anyone who sins is a slave to sin, for as we have seen, the whole world lies in the grip of the evil one, and most cannot comprehend even that simple fact, regardless of the details. In order to be free from Satan’s power, therefore, we must first be free from sin, and this is the power of the gospel of salvation.

Understanding of the written law brings about understanding of the spirit behind it. That is, the law of sin and death brings about consciousness of the law of reconciliation and life. Many possess the Law but do not live in it—simply owning a Bible or even practicing its mandates superficially like the Pharisees is not even close to what God expects of us, and will certainly not bring about the desired results. (It is not the hearers of the Law who are right with God, but the doers.) The Promised Land is everlasting life; to possess your body and not dwell in it because you have opted to make it a habitation of demons instead is to forsake life altogether, just as the Israelites chose not to possess the land in which they dwelled.

Consider that before the Israelites could take possession of Canaan, they first had to dispossess the Canaanites. Consider that they were doomed to wander the wilderness until they all died off because only Joshua and Caleb had the faith required to possess it. Consider that coexistence with the Canaanites was not sufficient to keep them out of trouble, and that their curse was the result of having followed their ways. Consider also that Caleb was not even an Israelite; of those that left Egypt with Moses (which is the same in Hebrew as ‘messiah’ in English), only Joshua (the English form of Yahshuah) entered the Promised Land, but anyone who followed him (e.g. Caleb) could inherit it.

The Jews never really dwelled in the Promised Land even after they came into it because they rebelled against God and against Moses. Instead, they contented themselves to devise destructive heresies with their Egyptian and Babylonian traditions (the Mishnah and the Talmud, respectively). This means that their beings were still in Egypt and Babylon, though their bodies were in Canaan. So the spirits inhabiting their bodies were the spirits of Canaan, and these spirits were none other than the cursed demons—the rephaim—which is also the case for those who subscribe to the same demonic doctrines now.

We know that our bodies are not perfect, but are sown to corruption as habitations of evil spirits. In order for us to possess our bodies and our minds, we must get rid of the demons controlling us. Most people are afraid to battle their demons, just as the Israelites were afraid of the giants in Canaan. No one wants to keep the Law because it seems so hard, but having faith is tantamount to winning the fight, however hard it may be, because we have God on our side and because it is actually ridiculously easy once the minimal effort (the mere decision) is made. Anyone who struggles, struggles only to keep the demons and the spirit of God in equilibrium. There is no potential for stalemate with God, and thus no possibility of temptation for one who is truly resolved to live by God’s will, in the sense that temptation entails desire.

Honestly, how hard is it to simply eat what our bodies are designed to eat? Is it even feasible that every animal in the animal kingdom is more intelligent and better equipped to survive than every meat-eater, or are they just deluded because of the mystery of iniquity? The alternative to faith is fear. If we cannot muster the courage to take responsibility for our own bodies, but are ruled by fear, then we will wander the wilderness and die, just like the Israelites.

Is it not appropriate that the wilderness which the Israelites wandered in is called the Wilderness of Sin? You need to go through the wilderness of sin before you can enter the Promised Land. John the Baptist showed the way, just as Moses did. The way was repentance and restoration of the Law. Without understanding this, one cannot understand what Yahshuah was all about, for his mission was not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it, which is to say, to dwell in it and to possess it, not just one or the other.

Even now, Jews routinely refer to the Promised Land as their “birthright,” which is really just a mockery of both God and Abraham. Their only real birthright is death, and they witness against themselves by attesting that they are sons of those who murdered the prophets, though they are not (Revelation 2:9; 3:9), but have done so in spirit. Likewise, Christians routinely claim to have the Holy Spirit, or to have a personal relationship with Jesus, or to have salvation.

These people are liars and covenant breakers—a wicked and adulterous generation. There is no truth in them, and their end is death. Truly, they are dead already. Even Adam in his perfect state did not become a living soul when he was made, but when the spirit of life entered him.

The free gift of God is everlasting life to those who are simply willing to repent and obey the law of life. This is what it means to be born again and to become a living soul: to have the spirit (mind) of life added to one’s biological organism. All organisms die, but those who have attained the crown of life are immune to death. So we see that the one whom we should fear, according to Yahshuah, is none other than God, for it is God who has the power to destroy both the body and the being in Gehenna. And to fear God is to obey him; to disobey is to die.

This is all right there in Scripture—if only in Scripture—whether you knew it or not. So when we are told, “You can’t prove biblically that God wants everyone to be vegan like you,” the only thing that has been substantiated is the speaker’s total ignorance of Scripture, and the shame of his blindness, for God would not have sent him the spirit of delusion if he did not delight in his wickedness. We dare say that the evidence is so abundant and one-sided and the conclusions so inevitable that there is not a reasonable person on the planet who would not choose veganism after investigating any of the issues pertaining to environmentalism, animal cruelty or human nutrition, enough to attain a true understanding of them. To suggest otherwise is to claim that humans have neither any capacity for compassion nor any self-preservation instinct. To suggest otherwise is to categorically classify humans as lacking conscience, and more reprehensible (morally speaking) than any monster of fable. Yet not all humans are monstrous psychopaths; if we are monsters, then we are so by choice, not by design. Really, our instincts are compassionate rather than predatory, just like the gods in whose image we have been made. Indeed, it has long been argued whether the “angels” of Scripture even ate the food presented them, or whether they just “appeared” to, because the theologians could not grasp what we have laid out here—that they would not eat flesh, and that those who did were men, messengers not “angels.” This is just the starting point for interpreting Scripture and having a sound theological paradigm based on it; imagine how they have gotten everything else wrong. Surely, we have inherited lies and things wherein there is no profit (and no prophet).

On the matter of changes made to the scriptural texts, it is easier to believe that the text has been redacted by wicked men with the means and incentive to do so, and who have demonstrated no inhibition whatsoever from persecuting and killing off everyone that God sends to speak against their wicked practices, and even those who simply mind their own business about it, than to believe that the apostles left us a rather questionable legacy full of holes and self-contradictions. Whoever would suppose that the Church is beyond such a crime knows nothing of the Church. This is the same institution which has proved itself to be persistently unwilling and incapable of redeeming itself of all its other well-documented crimes. The very notion that they have not abused the Bible is not even based on their presumed innocence, but on the irrational notion that God has miraculously prevented it somehow. Even so, the changes to the meanings of translated items are self-evident, and on virtually every page, even without the aid of the oldest copies of the original manuscripts to discern the particulars of textual changes.

For example, in modern translations, the sacred name of Yahweh has been deliberately substituted nearly 7000 times, in clear contravention of the Third Commandment (“You shall not bring the name of Yahweh your God to naught”), replaced by the generic title of Molekh/Lucifer, his archnemesis. Most of these are in the OT; the number of instances only increases in the Gospels, where Yahshuah (as “Jesus”) becomes Sol Invicto. Knowing that God has not even miraculously protected his own name, who can deny that formulative changes have also been made? Why would he even bother, if you are not going to read it and take it seriously?

Look, the hand of יהוה has not become too short to save, nor His ear too heavy to hear. But your crookednesses have separated you from your Elohim. And your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing. For your hands have been defiled with blood, and your fingers with crookedness; your lips have spoken falsehood, your tongue mutters unrighteousness. No one calls for righteousness, and no one pleads for truth. They trust in emptiness and speak worthlessness; they conceive trouble and bring forth wickedness. They have hatched adders’ eggs and they weave the spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs dies, and when one is broken an adder is hatched. Their webs do not become garments, nor do they cover themselves with their works. Their works are works of wickedness, and a deed of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they hurry to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are thoughts of wickedness, wasting and ruin are in their highways. The way of peace they have not known, and there is no right-ruling in their ways. They have made crooked paths for themselves, whoever treads in them shall not know peace. Isaiah 59:1-8

We could say that Yahshuah’s teachings have not been applied because no one knows what they are, but in reality, some do know, and some have been very vocal about it. The truth is that the general public, and “Christians” in particular, do not want to hear them, want nothing to do with them, and do everything in their power to silence and thwart them, as their predecessors always did. This is not a matter of mere ignorance, but of malice and outright rejection of God’s law, which the vegan ethic is absolutely central to. Consider the opening chapter of Titus in regards to the eating of flesh, and especially how Scripture is digested.

For there are many unruly men, senseless talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths have to be stopped, who upset entire households, teaching what they should not teach, for the sake of filthy gain. One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, in order for them to be sound in the belief, not paying attention to Yehuḏite fables, and commands of men who turn from the truth. Indeed, all matters are clean to the clean, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving no matter is clean, but both their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know Elohim, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unfit for any good work. Titus 1:10-16

Conversely, there is no command to eat meat anywhere in the Bible apart from the vocation of the priests. Rather, it is depicted as a rare concession, and the implication is that merely asking for such a concession is evidence of a wicked heart and will result in negative consequences (e.g., the plagues which followed the Israelites’ preference for quail over manna). God’s law is most evident in Deuteronomy, which Yahshuah cited many times over; we have referred to Deuteronomy 12 alone a total of seven times in order to show how God warned the Israelites against adopting the idolatries of the Canaanites. Here is the next chapter, which shows what punishments he laid in store for them, and for us, should we fail to heed him, as they did:

“When there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he shall give you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder shall come true, of which he has spoken to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other mighty ones—which you have not known—and serve them,’ do not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for יהוה your Elohim is trying you to know whether you love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being. Walk after יהוה your Elohim and fear Him, and guard His commands and obey His voice, and serve Him and cling to Him. And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams is put to death, because he has spoken apostasy against יהוה your Elohim—who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim and redeemed you from the house of bondage—to make you stray from the way in which יהוה your Elohim commanded you to walk. Thus you shall purge the evil from your midst. When your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own being, entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other mighty ones’– which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, of the mighty ones of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth—do not agree with him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pardon him, nor spare him or conceal him, but you shall certainly kill him. Your hand is first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people, and you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from the house of bondage. And let all Yisra’ĕl hear and fear, and not again do any such evil matter as this in your midst. When you hear someone in one of your cities, which יהוה your Elohim gives you to dwell in, saying, ‘Some men, sons of Beliyaʽal, have gone out of your midst and led the inhabitants of their city astray, saying, “Let us go and serve other mighty ones”’—mighty ones whom you have not known—then you shall inquire, search out, and ask diligently. And see if the matter is true and established that this abomination was done in your midst, you shall certainly smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, putting it under the ban, and all that is in it and its livestock, with the edge of the sword. And gather all its plunder into the middle of the street, and completely burn with fire the city and all its plunder, before יהוה your Elohim. And it shall be a heap forever, never to be built again. And none of that which is put under the ban is to cling to your hand, so that יהוה turns from the fierceness of His displeasure and shall show you compassion, love you and increase you, as He swore to your fathers, when you obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim, to guard all His commands which I command you today, to do what is right in the eyes of יהוה your Elohim.” Deuteronomy 13

By this, every single Christian who says that idolatry is okay is necessarily put to death under God’s law, beginning with the priests/ministers, with no mercy. “Your hand is first against him” (first witness) and then the people (second witness). This is not a matter of God being malicious, as commonly alleged; it is a matter of justice, a necessity of establishing the law of life, which is inherently beneficent. This law has been destroyed, hence we will be destroyed. “The ban,” otherwise, must be on every meat-eater and every work of their hands, lest any of it be taken on, and integrated, like cancer, into our lives and into the body of Christ.

Jeremiah 7:20-34 repeats this indictment, as do many other prophetic passages. Is it any wonder that the meaning, in relation to idolatry, is not just of “foreign” gods, but of men that they were not personally acquainted with? Christians have their feast days (and Protestants, while rejecting the lot of them, have yet retained All Saints Day on their liturgical calendars, not to mention Christmas and Easter, etc.), but how many even know that they are worshiping the likes of Nero and Isis? As Yahshuah said, “You worship you know not what.”

The Christians’ ignorance and contempt for the Law are equally evident in their reading of the story of the unnamed harlot in John 8:1-11. Keep in mind that in ancient Greek, the word for ‘witness’ is martyris. The implication is that this story best exemplifies Yahshuah’s commitment to upholding the Law. Yet Christians always fall back on Matthew 7:1, where he is quoted as saying, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” The problem with their interpretation is that the stated reason behind his warning (it is a warning, not an imperative—these are not the same things) is, “for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (7:2). This is a clear indication that Yahshuah fully intended to outwit the Pharisees by judging them according to their own measure, which was the Law of Moses, as opposed to not judging them at all. The Law prescribes death for their sins, and they were seeking the death of the harlot, knowing that he preached mercy and compassion, in order to trap him and show him to be a hypocrite, or else charge him (with witnesses) with advocating dissolution of the Law, in order to condemn him to death. His warning to them essentially amounts to pointing out that they were prescribing their own deaths without even realizing it, a fact which he certainly would have pointed out if the conversation had gotten far enough.

Christians even go so far as to quote Yahshuah’s verdict in support of their notion that there is nothing wrong with sinning, only with judging: “Let he who has no sin cast the first stone.” Yet this does not undermine the judgment of the Law in any way. Under the Law of Moses, a criminal was condemned and, in some cases, put to death on the testimony of only two witnesses. According to the Law, the implicated woman could not be convicted and put to death without the testimony of at least two witnesses, and those people are the ones to cast the first stones. Whoever casts a stone without the witnesses first having done so has committed murder.

So Yahshuah certainly did not mean to say, “Everyone sins, so no one should judge.” He was saying, “According to the Law, the one who is without sin is the one who should be judging. I will judge the matter, as you wish, because it is my responsibility. Thus I call the first witness. Who has a testimony to bring against the accused?” Short of any witnesses to condemn her, he was bound by law to release her. This is obviously why he asked where the witnesses had gone, and then said, “Then neither do I condemn you.” (‘Then’ is conditional; it means ‘therefore.’)

Just as the Christians pride themselves on their disobedience, euphemistically referring to their debauchery as “grace” and “faith” in place of restriction, or as “freedom” from the Law, these Pharisees likewise prided themselves on their observance of the same. Many would have stepped forward if the only requirement was that they had been without sin, whether they were actually sinless or not (and we know they were not), because that is how they saw themselves. However, it is obvious that Yahshuah would have challenged anyone who pretended to be a witness, either because they had lied about catching her in the act of adultery, or because they themselves were regularly committing adultery by the pollution of their bodies, and by their spiritual fornication. The only reason his rebuttal is missing from the narrative is that it evidently never came to that. Many have wondered at what it was that he wrote in the sand, but what could have been more appropriate than “You shall not kill” and “You shall not commit adultery,” or the words of the Law which condemned them by clarifying what adultery actually consists of? He knew the sins they had committed not because he was a mind-reader, but because they were self-evident, and actually a (the) major bone of contention between them.

In conclusion, Yahshuah never meant to say “Don’t judge.” He was the one without sin; therefore he was the judge, and he did not shirk his responsibility in that regard, but took the bait. And his judgment was not “It’s okay, I forgive you and it’s wrong to judge,” but “The Law condemns you, so stop breaking it—you might not be so lucky next time.”

Now, to establish an argument, you only need to prove the premise once. Twice is overkill, if the argument is laid open to objection and all objections are sufficiently rebutted. The more the premise is tested and observed to be valid, the more it passes into certainty. That is the principle behind the scientific method and peer review process, whereby academic opinions are established as facts and hypotheses pass into theory and theories into law, including the process of convicting alleged criminals: hypothesis leads to suspicion of guilt, theory to criminal charges, and the testing (testimony/testifying) of witnesses and other evidence to conviction.

The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 which judge the whole world (a motif taken from Zechariah 4) are the Law and Prophets. Revelation says they destroy their enemies with their words. This is why it is so important to establish that the NT is in perfect agreement with the OT, as an extension and integral part of the prophetic tradition. If our case can be shown to be valid by both the Law and the Prophets, or even by Scripture (the Law) and reason (the Prophets), then there are no less than two witnesses testifying against the defendant (rabbinical Judaism and mainstream Christianity). The judge (God) renders his verdict as guilty, and the punishment is death. This process is both just and necessary in every respect, and shows God’s wisdom as surely as his patience shows his fairness and mercy. We should not mistake this patience for tolerance, however. Make no mistake: God is very angry.

There is, of course, also the defense to take into consideration. We have rebutted the argument for vicarious atonement numerous times. Another is sometimes made, however, that being from the Manichean position that God is malicious if he demands sacrifice (that the case against the meat-eaters is unjust). This is not relevant to the issue of whether we ought to be vegetarians, or whether the early Christians were. However, it does relate to the issue of the Abomination and how the early Christians (and the OT prophets) viewed the Jews, which was responsible for the animosity between the two sects, and for the Christians’ attempts to reach out and educate them. If not for this historical context, we might be completely in the dark as to what the purpose of the sacrificial system was, or at least as to how the different views in Scripture could be reconciled. Fortunately, we do not have to look outside the Bible for the answer.

Now the first covenant [the Law of Moses] indeed had regulations of worship [offerings] and the earthly set-apart place. For a Tent [the Tabernacle] was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand [symbolic of the Truth/commands], and the table [symbolic of the Way/reproofs—the commandments were even engraved on tablets], and the showbread [symbolic of the Life/torah], which is called the Set-apart Place. And after the second veil, the part of the Tent which is called Most Set-apart [Holy of Holies], to which belonged the golden censer [symbolic of the necessity of purification before approaching the divinity, as the incense masked the odor of the priest who bore the stench of death], and the ark of the covenant [symbolic of God’s presence] overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that held the manna, and the rod of Aharon that budded, and the tablets of the covenant, and above it the keruḇim of esteem were overshadowing the place of atonement [kapporet, ‘atonement piece,’ a.k.a. the mercy seat]—about which we do not now speak in detail. And these having been prepared like this, the priests always went into the first part of the Tent, accomplishing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for sins of ignorance of the people [it was the priest’s job to make sure the people were not ignorant of the Law, therefore, if they were sinning, he had to make atonement both for himself, and for the people under his charge], the Set-apart Spirit signifying this, that the way into the Most Set-apart Place was not yet made manifest while the first Tent has a standing [i.e., while the body lives], which was a parable for the present time in which both gifts and slaughters are offered which are unable to perfect the one serving [the food and drink you put into your body are unable to prevent death, whether the diet consists of gifts (nourishment) or sacrifices (fasting)], as to his conscience, only as to foods and drinks, and different washings, and fleshly regulations imposed until a time of setting matters straight [until the Restoration]. But Messiah, having become a High Priest of the coming good matters [the kingdom of heaven], through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands [the New Jerusalem], that is, not of this creation, entered into the Most Set-apart Place once for all, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, having obtained everlasting redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the defiled, sets apart for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of the Messiah [the High Priest himself], who through the everlasting Spirit offered Himself unblemished to Elohim [by preaching the Law in its fullness, by living it and exemplifying, rather than going through the motions of the works of the Law], cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim? [If the works of the Law are intended to teach the means of life for the body, then how much more will the spirit which leads to everlasting life effect the same end?] And because of this He is the Mediator of a renewed covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant [under the Law of Moses, sacrifices were theoretically effectual for salvation], those who are called might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance. For where a covenant is, it is necessary for the death of the covenanted one to be established. For a covenant over those dead is firm, since it is never valid while the covenanted one is living. [A living will only takes effect when the author of the will dies.] Therefore not even the first covenant was instituted without blood. [Therefore even the Law of Moses was unable to provide an inheritance before it was fulfilled (by the Messiah, as High Priest, because the role of the priest was to instruct the people in matters of righteousness, and their righteousness was the condition of the Law to which they were bound—previous priests had failed to bring them to righteousness, therefore the terms of the covenant were never fulfilled and the inheritance could not be redeemed prior to Yahshuah’s sacrifice).] For when, according to Torah, every command had been spoken by Mosheh to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which Elohim commanded you.” [Moses was the executor of the will, but only before it took effect, because death still reigned until the time of Christ.] And in the same way he sprinkled with blood both the Tent and all the vessels of the service. And, according to the Torah, almost all is cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. It was necessary, then, that the copies of the heavenly ones [i.e. the Law of Moses, as a copy of the heavenly law, or, the mortal human body, as a copy of the incorruptible bodies of the resurrection] should be cleansed with these, but the heavenly ones themselves with better slaughter offerings [Greek: θυσίαις (thysíais, G2378), which denotes an offering or a sacrifice, inclusive of but not exclusive to slaughter offerings, which does not make sense in the context—the meaning is therefore simply ‘a better offering,’ which we know from many OT passages, such as Psalm 69:30-31 and Hosea 14:2, and even Hebrews 13:15, to be a contrite spirit and a meaningful prayer] than these. For Messiah has not entered into a Set-apart Place made by hand—figures [metaphors] of the true—but into the heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Elohim on our behalf, not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters into the Set-apart Place year by year with blood not his own. For if so, He would have had to suffer often, since the foundation of the world. [If atonement for the world was made by the death of a man, then that man would have had to have died every year from the time of the Fall, if the precedent for a human sacrifice by the analogy of the sacrificial system of the Law of Moses was indeed effectual for salvation. This is absurd; the effecting of the will was accomplished by fulfillment (in the sense of perfection) of the Law, which is the same thing as dying in the flesh, because the flesh is corrupted, and the death of corruption is the newness of life, which is to say that it is the death of corruption which constitutes atonement, rather than that death of innocence does.] But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the offering of Himself. [True sacrifice is putting away sin, in order to be sinless, not to be a scapegoat, or to put your sins onto a scapegoat.] And as it awaits men to die once, and after this the judgment, so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many [in order to cover the sins of many—which this context says makes salvation or inheritance impossible], shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to those waiting for Him [to those who are not sinning], unto deliverance. Hebrews 9

Note the declaration here, in v. 22: “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Christians often cite this remark to justify their vicarious atonement doctrine, though they do not take into account that this is speaking of the Law of Moses in deliberate contrast with the heavenly law, in the context of saying that it is impossible for blood to make atonement. (This necessarily means that, even though forgiveness happens by way of sacrifice under the Law of Moses, it does not happen that way under the heavenly law, which is what the context is appealing to.) According to their reasoning, by some inexplicable transference of the imperatives given to the priests under the Law of Moses, God required Yahshuah’s “sacrifice” at his own hands in order to allow himself to offer forgiveness of sins under the heavenly law. However, if we are indeed not under the Law, as they choose not to be, then there should not be any means of forgiveness at all for us, because this supposes that the precedent for the heavenly law is established by the Law of Moses rather than vice-versa. Yet there is actually no statement anywhere in the entire OT to this effect! So the doctrine of vicarious atonement has no basis in Scripture, except for isolated passages taken out of the book of Hebrews, the greater context of which explicitly debunks it—without which context and intent the passages would not exist at all.

This is very important, because it has implications both for the issue of the legitimacy of the sacrificial system (and therefore whether flesh eating was ever truly sanctioned by God in any instance) and how a person is able to attain salvation—whether by putting away sin, or by relying on Christ’s death to act as a covering for sin so that the sinner can escape the ultimate consequence. Christians will point to Leviticus 17:11 to say that the blood makes atonement, but the context of that passage applies only to the context of sacrifice, and is exclusive of the context of the need for atonement, so it does not support the inference from Hebrews 9:22. Leviticus 17:11 does indeed say that the blood is given for atonement, but the whole chapter itself is a reiteration of the command to abstain from blood; the blood of any creature is not ever given to any man outside this context, and has no bearing on the context of Hebrews 9:22. To establish otherwise, it would need to be shown how any aspect of the laws pertaining to the sacrifice actually apply to Christ’s redemption according to the heavenly law other than in the parable of Hebrews 9 (and elsewhere, especially Romans), wherein it is explicitly refuted, and this cannot be done because the OT sacrificial system is only ever invoked as a parable for instructing in righteousness rather than disobedience.

Put simply, the consequence of sin is death; without sin, there is no death, and no need for forgiveness. In this context, the parable is a comparison with a living will: the death seals the covenant, rather than paying the debt of sin, as the Christians allege. The first covenant was intended to cover sin (by sacrifice) if the people chose to sin; the second was intended to uncover it and leave it exposed so that there was no excuse for it, effectively putting an end to the first covenant. With the knowledge provided by the uncovering of the sin, we are able to sacrifice our sinfulness, and therefore become beneficiaries of the will. Without it, the blood was necessary, but still ineffectual for salvation, because in order to become a beneficiary, the author of the will still needs to die in order for the execution of the will to take effect, and one must still be an heir in order to inherit. Those who are disobedient are not heirs, as we have seen many times already.

This is the true meaning of “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” commonly interpreted by Christians as that it is impossible to obey God by not sinning, and used to discourage anyone from trying, as well as labeling all true Christians as “heretics.” The real meaning is that no one has lived his entire life without ever having had any thought which contravened the heavenly law, but until such time as that he has been “born again.” However, this being the case, it is necessary for us to have faith (obedience), which is based on the execution of the covenant, so that we are redeemed and freed from the law of sin and death. By adhering to this law and insisting on having their sins covered rather than redeemed, the “Christians” literally deprive themselves of life. Truly, then, we ought not to live by their example, but by Christ’s, and those of the apostles!

For all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim, being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע, whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע. Romans 3:23-26

There is, then, now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah יהושע, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the Torah of the Spirit of the life in Messiah יהושע has set me free from the law of sin and of death. For the Torah being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim, having His own Son in the likeness of flesh of sin, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteousness of the Torah should be completed in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the matters of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the matters of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. Because the mind of the flesh is enmity towards Elohim, for it does not subject itself to the Torah of Elohim, neither indeed is it able, and those who are in the flesh are unable to please Elohim. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, this one is not His. Romans 8:1-9

Now recall our discussion of Hebrews 10 in Chapter 6 (The Law), and see if your understanding has been enhanced. If you understand that it is impossible to be righteous in God’s eyes so long as you are eating flesh—even to have your sins covered (excused/pardoned) through blind obedience to the Law of Moses, apart from which there is no justification—then you have understood the fundamental message of the Bible. If not, then perhaps you need to read the present book again, and work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

For the Torah, having a shadow of the good matters to come, and not the image itself of the matters, was never able to make perfect those who draw near with the same slaughter offerings which they offer continually year by year. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? Because those who served, once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those offerings is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, coming into the world, He says, “Slaughtering and meal offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and offerings for sin You did not delight. Then I said, ‘See, I come—in the roll of the book it has been written concerning Me—to do Your desire, O Elohim.’” Saying above, “Slaughter and meal offering, and burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor delighted in,” which are offered according to the Torah, then He said, “See, I come to do Your desire, O Elohim.” He takes away the first to establish the second. By that desire we have been set apart through the offering of the body of יהושע Messiah once for all. And indeed every priest stands day by day doing service, and repeatedly offering the same slaughter offerings which are never able to take away sins. But He, having offered one slaughter offering for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of Elohim, waiting from that time onward until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being set apart. Hebrews 10:1-14

This is the meaning of “I have not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it.” The Law required a sacrifice, but there was no unblemished lamb to serve as the victim, and no worthy priest to perform the ritual until Yahshuah appeared. His death did not enable the covering of sins, which still results in death, because wherever sin is covered, there is still sin. Rather, because death had no jurisdiction over him, as he was blameless before the Law, his death enabled the resurrection of the dead, and therefore the inheritance of life under the covenant between God and his people, the chosen heirs of the kingdom of heaven, being the restored Earth. This is why Yahshuah called himself the “Son of Adam,” as it was to Adam that dominion and the spirit of life had been given.

So now we know why Yahshuah told his audience that all authority in heaven and earth had been invested in him. The heavenly authority derived from God, who invested it in him because he was obedient to the heavenly law; the earthly authority derived from his patrilineal descent from the patriarchs, from Adam (‘of the earth’) to David (whose throne God declared as established over all the earth, for all generations), and from Moses (who prophesied his coming and his call to obedience to the heavenly law). The Israelites were disobedient to the Law of Life, and God intended to destroy them, but Moses intervened on their behalf, but only for a time. This is how the sacrificial system came into being, as a temporary measure to curb sin and a means of instruction in righteousness. Its time had already long since passed when Yahshuah showed himself to Israel, as evidenced by the fact that it still had not even served its purpose by then, as the rulers of Judea still had no idea why it had even been instituted, much less what was wrong with their desire to perpetuate it indefinitely. Let us never forget that, so invested in their sin of eating flesh were they, that instead of taking instruction from the one whose coming Moses prophesied, they murdered him.

According to Moses, Yahshuah would wield supreme authority, and whoever did not obey him would necessarily perish, with the implication that they would be put to death.860 However, a sin meriting death, such as the sin of Eden, requires the testimony of two witnesses to render a conviction. So when Yahshuah claimed the authority of both heaven and earth, he was invoking both the Law of Life and the Law of Moses to condemn all sinners—they being those who would not receive his instruction as he had received it from the Father, but insisted instead on murdering him to cover their sins. That he performed many miracles demonstrates that his instruction was indeed from the Father; that he rose from the dead demonstrates his unearthly authority in the most dramatic way. That he invoked this authority at all is a matter of grave concern for anyone who would choose life over death, so much so that we have no choice but to take the warning seriously, or be cursed and face the consequence of everlasting condemnation and destruction.

“Assemble unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, so that I speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to witness against them.” Deuteronomy 31:28

“I shall call the heavens and earth to witness against you on that day, that you soon completely perish from the land which you pass over the Yardĕn to possess—you do not prolong your days in it but are completely destroyed.” Deuteronomy 4:26

“For this command which I am commanding you today, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. It is not in the heavens, to say, ‘Who shall ascend into the heavens for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, to say, ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’ For the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart—to do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil, in that I am commanding you today to love יהוה your Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to guard His commands, and His laws, and His right-rulings. And you shall live and increase, and יהוה your Elohim shall bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away, and you do not obey, and shall be drawn away, and shall bow down to other mighty ones and serve them, I have declared to you today that you shall certainly perish, you shall not prolong your days in the land which you are passing over the Yardĕn to enter and possess. I have called the heavens and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore you shall choose life, so that you live, both you and your seed, to love יהוה your Elohim, to obey His voice, and to cling to Him—for He is your life and the length of your days—to dwell in the land which יהוה swore to your fathers, to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Yaʽaqoḇ, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:11-20

And I saw the heaven opened, and there was a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Trustworthy and True, and in righteousness He judges and fights. And His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns, having a Name that had been written, which no one had perceived except Himself—and having been dressed in a robe dipped in blood—and His Name is called: The Word of יהוה. And the armies in the heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations. And He shall shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Ěl Shaddai. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: SOVEREIGN OF SOVEREIGNS AND MASTER OF MASTERS. I saw one messenger standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid-heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great Elohim, to eat the flesh of sovereigns, and the flesh of commanders, and the flesh of strong ones, and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast, and the sovereigns of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to fight Him who sat on the horse and His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he led astray those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. The two were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulphur. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:11-21

So the crowd who stood by and heard it were saying there had been thunder. Others said, “A messenger has spoken to Him.” יהושע answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world, now the ruler of this world shall be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, shall draw all men unto Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He was about to die. John 12:29-33

Now, we know that the end of the world is nearing, because the sins of the days of Noah have begun to reach their zenith, and that is the sign we have been told to look for in Matthew 24:37-39 and Luke 17:26-27. So if this is true, then we would expect to see evidence in Revelation pertaining to that sign. Indeed, the whole concept of animal slaughter permeates the apocalyptic vision so much, and the relevance to the OT is so significant that every metaphor is taken directly from it. Christians are wholly unaware of this, of course, which is the other indication foretold in Matthew 24 and Luke 17: “They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noaḥ went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” Yet the signs are there in the Prophets; we have counted thirteen occasions of the concept of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse depicted as punishment or consequence for the abomination of eating flesh in Jeremiah alone, and another five occasions in Ezekiel.861 This is not even including other places which repeat the same theme using different wordings, such as Jeremiah 15:2-4 and Zechariah 6:1-6.

“‘And I shall send the sword, the scarcity of food, and the pestilence among them, till they are consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.’” Jeremiah 24:10

“‘Therefore, as I live,’ declares the Master יהוה, ‘because you have defiled My set-apart place with all your disgusting matters and with all your abominations, therefore I also withdraw. And My eye shall not pardon, nor shall I spare. One-third of you shall die of pestilence, and be consumed with scarcity of food in your midst. And one-third shall fall by the sword all around you. And I shall scatter another third to all the winds, and draw out a sword after them.’” Ezekiel 5:11-12

“And it shall be, when they say to you, ‘Where do we go?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Thus said יהוה, “Those for death, to death. And those for the sword, to the sword. And those for scarcity of food, to scarcity of food. And those for captivity, to captivity.”’ And I shall appoint over them four kinds [cf. Ezekiel 1:10, 10:14; Revelation 4:6-7],” declares יהוה, “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. And I shall make them for a horror to all the reigns of the earth, on account of Menashsheh son of Ḥizqiyahu, sovereign of Yehuḏah, because of what he did in Yerushalayim.” Jeremiah 15:2-4

And I lifted up my eyes again, and looked and saw four chariots coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze. With the first chariot were red horses, and with the second chariot black horses, and with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong speckled horses. So I responded and said to the messenger who was speaking to me, “What are these, my master?” And the messenger answered and said to me, “These are four spirits of the heavens, coming forth from presenting themselves before the Master of all the earth. The one with the black horses is going out to the land of the north, and the white ones have gone out after them, and the speckled ones have gone out to the land of the south.” Zechariah 6:1-6

All of the prophecies in the NT are set to the context of the OT. This fact is evident throughout the Epistles, and made explicit throughout the Gospels, where we are regularly told, “Thus was fulfilled the word of the prophet.” Some associations are even more explicit, however, because they come from Yahshuah’s own mouth. Perhaps the most notable one cuts right to the heart of the purpose of his ministry. Considering that this, according to Yahshuah’s own testimony, is the “truth” which he was sent into the world to preach (John 18:37), the true gospel of Christ and of true Christianity is, without a doubt, the Restoration we have spoken of, beginning with the freeing of the captives whose murdered flesh graces the dining tables of all the savage beasts who call themselves human beings.

And He came to Natsareth, where He had been brought up. And according to His practice, He went into the congregation on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Yeshayahu was handed to Him. And having unrolled the scroll, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of יהוה is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to bring the Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away crushed ones with a release, to proclaim the acceptable year of יהוה.” Luke 4:16-19

The Spirit of the Master יהוה is upon Me, because יהוה has anointed Me to bring good news to the meek. He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of יהוה, and the day of vengeance of our Elohim, to comfort all who mourn. Isaiah 61:1-2

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loosen the tight cords of wrongness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to exempt the oppressed, and to break off every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, and cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light would break forth like the morning, your healing spring forth speedily. And your righteousness shall go before you, the esteem of יהוה would be your rear guard. Then, when you call, יהוה would answer; when you cry, He would say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and the speaking of unrighteousness, if you extend your being to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted being, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness be as noon. Then יהוה would guide you continually, and satisfy your being in drought, and strengthen your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And those from among you shall build the old waste places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. And you would be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” Isaiah 58:6-12

Further elaboration can be made by involving other passages from Isaiah and their corresponding passages in the NT. For example, Paul’s descriptions of Yahshuah’s purpose (e.g., Ephesians 1:17-18, Acts 26:18, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 2 Timothy 2:26), and the prophecy of Simeon concerning the same (Luke 2:22-35), both come from Isaiah 42. Matthew 12:16-21 also states explicitly that Yahshuah fulfilled this prophecy. So the fact that the context of Isaiah 42 is also alluded to in the depiction of Yahshuah’s baptism in the Jordan, and that Yahshuah is therefore the subject of this prophecy, should already be immediately apparent, even before any reference to the rest of Isaiah is made.

“See, My Servant whom I uphold, My Chosen One My being has delighted in! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He brings forth right-ruling to the nations. He does not cry out, nor lifts up His voice, nor causes His voice to be heard in the street. A crushed reed He does not break, and smoking flax He does not quench. He brings forth right-ruling in accordance with truth. He does not become weak or crushed, until He has established right-ruling in the earth. And the coastlands wait for His Torah.” Thus said the Ěl, יהוה, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, יהוה, have called You in righteousness, and I take hold of Your hand and guard You, and give You for a covenant to a people, for a light to the gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.” Isaiah 42:1-7

Likewise, familiar concepts in the NT (especially metaphors, and therefore especially Revelation, which is full of metaphors) derive expressly from the OT. For example, the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6:10-17 comes straight from Isaiah. This is extremely significant, considering that right from the beginning of the book, Isaiah is little more than a series of prophecies against flesh-eating.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and trustworthiness the girdle of His waist. Isaiah 11:5

“And He made My mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand He hid Me, and made Me a polished shaft. In His quiver He hid Me.” Isaiah 49:2

And He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of deliverance on His head. And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped Himself with ardour as a mantle. Isaiah 59:17

The significance is that the armor is for us, to combat the Babylon system. The implication is that the “faith” to which Christians routinely refer is that of veganism, rather than what they have inferred. According to the prophecies, those who do not have this armor yet manage to survive will be in big trouble. Ezekiel 14 says that no one will escape the Four Horsemen except Noah, Daniel and Job, meaning no one except the righteous ones who deserve compassion because they have shown compassion to the suffering captives (i.e. to animals).

“Son of man, when a land sins against Me to commit a trespass, and I shall stretch out My hand against it, and cut off its supply of bread and send scarcity of food on it, and cut off man and beast from it, even though these three men, Noaḥ, Dani’ĕl, and Iyoḇ, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” declares the Master יהוה. “If I cause an evil beast to pass through the land, and it shall bereave it, and it shall be a wasteland, so that no man passes through because of the beasts, even though these three men were in it, as I live,” declares the Master יהוה, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters. They alone would be delivered, but the land be a wasteland. Or if I bring a sword on that land, and I shall say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ and I shall cut off man and beast from it, even though these three men were in its midst, as I live,” declares the Master יהוה, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, for they alone would be delivered. Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and I shall pour out My wrath on it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast, even though Noaḥ, Dani’ĕl, and Iyoḇ were in it, as I live,” declares the Master יהוה, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver their own lives by their righteousness.” For thus said the Master יהוה, “How much more it shall be when I send My four evil judgments on Yerushalayim: the sword and scarcity of food and evil beasts and pestilence, to cut off man and beast from it?” Ezekiel 14:13-21

Notice again the Four Horsemen (or “four evil judgments) theme: famine, sword and pestilence, with death as the unnamed fourth. The more concise description of the plagues of Revelation 16 (the bowls or vials of God’s wrath) is taken from Haggai. Revelation, however, informs us that the oil and the wine (and, by implication, “whatever the ground brings forth”) are not to be harmed. That is to say that the devastation is wreaked against our (genetically modified) food sources, not against the “milk and honey,” or the vegetation that grows naturally elsewhere, and those who live on it. (Oil symbolizes the anointing of the Nazarites; wine corresponds with those who have not been so anointed, but still live by conscience.)

“And I called for a drought on the land, and on the mountains, and on the grain, and on the new wine, and on the oil, and on whatever the ground brings forth, and on man, and on livestock, and on all the labour of the hands.” Haggai 1:11

The description of the source of the plagues as an army of “locusts” in Revelation 9 is taken from Joel, where they are presented as devouring the sinners’ food in order to punish them for destroying the earth. In Revelation, they are told explicitly not to harm the grass, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only those who have not been sealed (anointed) by Yahweh. The correlation with Joel is self-explanatory.

“Then I shall repay you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, and the consuming locust, and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25

According to Ezekiel 9, the Mark of the Beast in Revelation 13 is for those who eat flesh. The significance to the mark of Cain in Genesis 4 should be obvious. So, too, should the actual nature of the mark, in light of Ezekiel 9 and the events of the Passover.

[A]nd יהוה said to him, “Pass on into the midst of the city, into the midst of Yerushalayim, and you shall put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” And to the others He said in my hearing, “Pass on into the city after him and smite, do not let your eye pardon nor spare. Slay to destruction old, young men, maidens and children and women, but do not come near anyone upon whom is the mark, and begin at My set-apart place.” So they began with the elders who were in front of the House. Ezekiel 9:4-6

We are told in Revelation 6 that the wicked will hide in caves to escape the plagues. This, too, comes from Isaiah, as well as the rest of the Prophets, such as Hosea. Ezekiel 12 makes it clear that what they are escaping is the four evil judgments, and allows us to infer that this is how it is always done, rather than that the significance of the prophecy is exclusive to the End Times.

And the sovereigns of the earth, and the great ones, and the rich ones, and the commanders, and the mighty, and every slave and every free one, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him sitting on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Revelation 6:15-17

“But I shall let a few of their men escape from the sword, from scarcity of food, and from pestilence, so that they recount all their abominations among the gentiles wherever they go. And they shall know that I am יהוה.” Ezekiel 12:16

And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the pride of men shall be brought low. And יהוה alone shall be exalted in that day, and the idols completely pass away. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from dread of יהוה and the splendour of His excellency, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. Isaiah 2:17-19

And the high places of Awen, the sin of Yisra’ĕl, shall be destroyed, thorn and thistle come up on their altars. And they shall say to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall on us!” Hosea 10:8

The prophecies and motifs in Revelation which pertain exclusively or practically exclusively to the End Times all come from the OT. The four living creatures of Revelation are the watchmen of Isaiah 21, with a slight variation in Ezekiel 10.

For יהוה has said this to me, “Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.” And he saw a chariot with a pair of horsemen, a chariot of donkeys, and a chariot of camels, and he listened attentively, very attentively. Then he cried, “A lion, O יהוה! I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime, and I have sat at my post every night. And see this, a chariot of men coming with a pair of horsemen!” And he spoke up and said, “Baḇel is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her mighty ones He has broken to the ground.” Isaiah 21:6-9

And each one had four faces: the first face was the face of a keruḇ, and the second face the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 10:14

The Whore of Babylon in Revelation 17 is a motif taken from Jeremiah (especially ch. 51). The description of the fall of Babylon in ch. 18 is a paraphrasing of Isaiah 14. Among other things, this proves that the Whore’s sin is already ancient, being the same as that of Israel.

Baḇel was a golden cup in the hand of יהוה, making drunk all the earth. The nations drank her wine, that is why the nations went mad! Jeremiah 51:7

And it shall be, in the day יהוה gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your trouble and the hard service in which you were made to serve, that you shall take up this proverb against the sovereign of Baḇel, and say, “How the oppressor has ceased, the gold-gatherer ceased! יהוה has broken the staff of the wrong, the sceptre of the rulers, he who smote the people in wrath with ceaseless blows, he who ruled the gentiles in displeasure, is persecuted and no one restrains. All the earth is at rest and at peace, they shall break forth into singing.” Isaiah 14:3-7

The destruction of Babylon has precedents throughout the Prophets, but it is most evident in Ezekiel that its purpose is to end idolatry. The allusion to the concept of the Four Horsemen (or four evil judgments) in this context is self-evident; the description of the devastation is a paraphrasing of Isaiah 13 and Ezekiel 39 in particular. Once again, it is apparent that this is a matter of God punishing people for refusing to stop eating flesh, and being given the same treatment (being eaten by wild animals), so that justice is served.

“And your altars shall be ruined, your sun-pillars shall be broken in pieces. And I shall make your slain fall in front of your idols, and lay the corpses of the children of Yisra’ĕl in front of their idols, and scatter your bones all around your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be destroyed and the high places deserted, so that your altars are broken and bear their punishment. And your idols shall be smashed and made to cease, and your sun-pillars cut down, and your works blotted out.” Ezekiel 6:4-6

“‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “Strike with your hand and stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, because of all the evil abominations of the house of Yisra’ĕl who shall fall by sword, by scarcity of food, and by pestilence! He who is far off shall die by pestilence, he who is near fall by the sword, and he who is left over and is besieged die by scarcity of food. And I shall complete My wrath upon them. And you shall know that I am יהוה, when their slain are among their idols all around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every thick oak, wherever they offered sweet incense to all their idols.’”’” Ezekiel 6:11-13

“And their children are dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses plundered and their wives ravished. See, I am stirring up the Medes against them, who do not regard silver [who do not accept bribes], and as for gold, they do not delight in it. And bows dash the young to pieces, and they have no compassion on the fruit of the womb, their eye spare no children. And Baḇel, the splendour of reigns, the comeliness of the Chaldeans’ pride, shall be as when Elohim overthrew Seḏom and Amorah. She shall never be inhabited, nor be settled from generation to generation; nor shall the Araḇian pitch tents there, nor shepherds rest their flocks there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there, and their houses shall be filled with owls. And ostriches shall dwell there, and wild goats frolic there. And hyenas shall cry in their citadels, and jackals in their pleasant palaces. And her time is near to come, and her days are not drawn out.” Isaiah 13:16-22

“And you, son of man, thus said the Master יהוה, ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field, “Assemble yourselves and come, gather from all around to My offering which I am slaughtering for you, a great offering on the mountains of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall eat flesh and drink blood. Eat the flesh of the mighty, drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams and lambs, of goats and bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan. And you shall eat fat till you are filled, and drink blood till you are drunk, at My offering which I am slaughtering for you. And you shall be satisfied at My table with horses and riders, with mighty men and with all the men of battle,” declares the Master יהוה.’” Ezekiel 39:17-20

“‘“According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.”’” Ezekiel 39:24

At this point, this should not come as a surprise, but the significance to us of the call in Revelation 18:4 is that to “come out of Babylon” is to adopt the vegan ethic—and that is truly revolutionary. This particular passage is a paraphrasing of several places in Isaiah and Jeremiah, which implies that the “major” prophets were alluding to exactly the same thing as what we have been discussing.

“Come out of Baḇel! Flee from the Chaldeans! Declare this with a voice of singing, proclaim it, send it out to the end of the earth! Say, ‘יהוה has redeemed His servant Yaʽaqoḇ!’” Isaiah 48:20

Turn aside! Turn aside! Come out from there, touch not the unclean. Come out of her midst, be clean, you who bear the vessels of יהוה. For you shall not come out in haste, nor go in flight. For יהוה is going before you, and the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl is your rear guard. Isaiah 52:11-12

Flee from the midst of Baḇel, and let each one save his life! Do not be cut off in her crookedness, for this is the time of the vengeance of יהוה, the recompense He is repaying her. Jeremiah 51:6

“Come out of her midst, My people! And let everyone deliver his being from the burning displeasure of יהוה.” Jeremiah 51:45

“Oh, Tsiyon! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Baḇel.” Zechariah 2:7

The description of the gathering of the Elect and the establishment of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 is taken from several places in the OT, but, in terms of the details, especially Ezekiel 37 and Zephaniah 3. The description of the New Jerusalem itself, which is plainly to be regarded as Earth restored to its natural state of perfection, as it was in the beginning, is taken from Isaiah.

“And speak to them, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “See, I am taking the children of Yisra’ĕl from among the gentiles, wherever they have gone, and shall gather them from all around, and I shall bring them into their land. And I shall make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Yisra’ĕl. And one sovereign shall be sovereign over them all, and let them no longer be two nations, and let them no longer be divided into two reigns. And they shall no longer defile themselves with their idols, nor with their disgusting matters, nor with any of their transgressions. And I shall save them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and I shall cleanse them. And they shall be My people, and I be their Elohim, while Dawiḏ My servant is sovereign over them. And they shall all have one shepherd and walk in My right-rulings and guard My laws, and shall do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Yaʽaqoḇ My servant, where your fathers dwelt. And they shall dwell in it, they and their children and their children’s children, forever, and My servant Dawiḏ be their prince forever. And I shall make a covenant of peace with them—an everlasting covenant it is with them. And I shall place them and increase them, and shall place My set-apart place in their midst, forever.”’” Ezekiel 37:21-26

And the seacoast shall be pastures, shepherds’ meadows and enclosures for flocks. And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Yehuḏah. They shall feed their flocks on it, at evening they lie down in the houses of Ashqelon. For יהוה their Elohim shall visit them and turn back their captivity. And droves shall lie down in her midst, every beast of the nation, both pelican and bittern lodge in the tops of her columns, a voice singing at the window, ruin be at the threshold, for the cedar work is exposed. This is the exultant city that is dwelling in safety, that said in her heart, “I am it, and there is none but me.” How has she become a waste, a place for beasts to lie down! Everyone who passes by her whistles and shakes his fist. Zephaniah 2:6-7,14-15

“The remnant of Yisra’ĕl shall do no unrighteousness and speak no falsehood, nor is a tongue of deceit found in their mouth. For they shall feed their flocks and lie down, with none to frighten them.” Zephaniah 3:13

“O you afflicted one, tossed with storm, and not comforted, see, I am setting your stones in antimony, and shall lay your foundations with sapphires, and shall make your battlements of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones, and all your children taught by יהוה, and the peace of your children great.” Isaiah 54:11-13

“For look, I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to heart. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for look, I create Yerushalayim a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” Isaiah 65:17-18

The description of the reward awaiting the Elect is in practically every book of the Prophets. We quote Isaiah to demonstrate the point.

For thus said יהוה, “To the eunuchs who guard My Sabbaths, and have chosen what pleases Me, and hold fast to My covenant: to them I shall give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters—I give them an everlasting name that is not cut off.” Isaiah 56:4-5

The description of the one who rules with an iron rod in Revelation 2:27, 12:5 and 19:15 is taken from Ezekiel. The fact that Ezekiel describes offerings but no slaughterings is significant, considering that he, unlike most of the other prophets, was evidently not altogether opposed to slaughterings (provided that they were done according to the Law), and even prophesied the rebuilding of the Temple.862 The fact that the description of the Lamb in Revelation 14 matches that of 7:17, without the iron rod, and that 7:17 deliberately evokes the feeding of the beasts in Isaiah 11 (as well as the “lambs” of John 21:16) is even more significant, because it means this “iron rod” has more to do with compassion than it does vengeance against the wicked, and as much to do with animals as it does with humans being the beneficiaries of the new heavenly system. In other words, the “iron rod” is the power which Yahshuah wields as the means of preventing mankind from ever again abusing its position of power over the other animals.

“As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Mitsrayim, so I shall enter into judgment with you,” declares the Master יהוה. “And I shall make you pass under the rod, and shall bring you into the bond of the covenant, and purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me. From the land where they sojourn I bring them out, but they shall not come into the land of Yisra’ĕl. And you shall know that I am יהוה. As for you, O house of Yisra’ĕl,” thus said the Master יהוה, “Go, serve each of you his idols, and afterwards, if you are not listening to Me. But do not profane My set-apart Name any more with your gifts and your idols. For on My set-apart mountain, on the mountain height of Yisra’ĕl,” declares the Master יהוה, “there all the house of Yisra’ĕl, all of them in the land, shall serve Me. There I shall accept them, and there I shall require your offerings and the first-fruits of your offerings, together with all your set-apart gifts.” Ezekiel 20:36-40

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

Speaking of the Lamb, even the detail of the Sun in Revelation 21 is taken from Isaiah. That there is absolutely no tolerance for eating meat in this depiction should be clear to anyone who has learned to read the prophetic language even superficially.

“No longer is the sun your light by day, nor does the moon give light to you for brightness, but יהוה shall be to you an everlasting light, and your Elohim your comeliness.” Isaiah 60:19

And I saw no Dwelling Place [no Tabernacle] in it, for יהוה Ěl Shaddai is its Dwelling Place, and the Lamb. And the city had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it, for the esteem of Elohim lightened it, and the Lamb is its lamp. And the gentiles, of those who are saved, shall walk in its light, and the sovereigns of the earth bring their esteem into it. And its gates shall not be shut at all by day, for night shall not be there. And they shall bring the esteem and the appreciation of the gentiles into it. And there shall by no means enter into it whatever is unclean, neither anyone doing abomination and falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Revelation 21:22-27

The prophets foretold all this long ago, so that we would know that this is happening in accordance with God’s plan of salvation. So dispense with the manmade doctrines and dogmatic divisions which have no basis in Scripture, and which are aimed at propagating the death-mongering superstitions, fears and moral bankruptcy which have held humanity in check since Adam’s act of disobedience. Hear the words of the Prophets, dear reader, and repent, you who would call yourselves “Christians” without delusion or deceit. Now is the prince of this world being driven out: now is the time of refreshing, spoken of old. Hear and obey the word of Yahweh, children of disobedience, children of wrath: these words were written for you!

And He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Yisra’ĕl are doing here, driving Me away from My set-apart place? And you are to see still greater abominations.” Ezekiel 8:6

And He said to me, “Go in, and see the evil abominations which they are doing there.” And He said to me, “You are to see still greater abominations which they are doing.” Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? You are to see still greater abominations than these.” Ezekiel 8:9,13,15

“‘Now the end is upon you, and I shall send My displeasure against you, and judge you according to your ways, and repay you for all your abominations. And My eye shall not pardon you, nor would I spare, for I repay your ways while your abominations are in your midst. And you shall know that I am יהוה!’” Ezekiel 7:3-4

“‘Soon I shall pour out My wrath, and shall complete My displeasure upon you, and judge you according to your ways, and repay you for all your abominations. And My eye shall not pardon, nor would I spare. I give you according to your ways while your abominations are in your midst. And you shall know that I am יהוה who smites.’” Ezekiel 7:8-9

“‘They throw their silver [their bribes] into the streets, and their gold [their wealth] becomes as filth. Their silver and their gold is unable to deliver them in the day of the wrath of יהוה. They do not satisfy their appetite, nor fill their stomachs, because it has been their stumbling-block of crookedness. And the splendour of His ornaments, He set it in excellency. But they made from it the images of their abominations and their disgusting matters. Therefore I shall make it like filth to them. Make a chain, for the land has been filled with crimes of blood, and the city has been filled with violence.’” Ezekiel 7:19-20,23

The burning displeasure of יהוה shall not turn back until He has done and established the purposes of His heart. In the latter days you shall understand it. Jeremiah 23:20; 30:24

We hope that by now you will pray with us: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This is the single greatest cause any human can ever aspire to, and the one for which we were made—the purpose of our lives, and of any purpose that has a life, or any life that has a purpose.

For the intense longing of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of Elohim. For the creation was subjected to futility, not from choice, but because of Him who subjected it, in anticipation, that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage to corruption into the esteemed freedom of the children of Elohim. For we know that all the creation groans together, and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only so, but even we ourselves who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, we ourselves also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For in this expectation we were saved, but expectation that is seen is not expectation, for when anyone sees, does he expect it? And if we expect what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. Romans 8:19-25

It is often said that “Patience is a virtue.” In fact, it is the virtue. The patience and intense longing that Paul speaks of, for instance, in Ephesians 4, is the “patience of the saints” (or “endurance of the set-apart ones”), which is to say, observing the Law even though no one else in the world does. Over and over we see the same themes developed in the Epistles: the whole world is evil, and we need to hold fast to the Law and fulfill it by loving one another. The “faith” of true, apostolic Christianity is steadfastness based on the belief that we will eventually be restored to favor with God, and a life lived accordingly.

Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע. Revelation 14:12

I call upon you therefore, I the prisoner of the Master, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to guard the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

If, then, you were raised with Messiah, seek the matters which are above, where Messiah is, seated at the right hand of Elohim. Mind the matters above, not those on the earth. For you have died [i.e. you have been baptized, cf. 2:11-12], and your life has been hidden with Messiah in Elohim. Therefore put to death [destroy, through baptism, the works of] your members which are on the earth: whoring, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and greed of gain, which is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of Elohim is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you also once walked when you lived in them. Colossians 3:1-3,5-7

Therefore, as chosen ones of Elohim, set-apart and beloved, put on compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving each other if anyone has a complaint against another, indeed, as Messiah forgave you so also should you. But above all these put on love, which is a bond of the perfection. Colossians 3:12-14

There is much more we could have said. This is just aimed at giving the reader the right understanding and interpretative bias for reading Scripture on his own, and only even necessary because the priests and theologians who get paid to do that have messed it up so badly that we would have all been better off if they had just kept their mouths shut from the very beginning. It takes a prophet to deliver or even to interpret the message of prophecy; it is our hope, dear reader, that you never again listen to the ravenous wolves whose aim it is to make you twice the son or daughter of Gehenna that they are.

Without a doubt, this book was never intended to be read as anything other than a polemic and an indictment of sin. We have not attempted to walk on eggshells. To do so would have been counterproductive; there is no justification for willfully sinning, especially when countless lives hang in the balance, and no one is served by feeding our demons for something as transient and trivial as a meal. The precedent in the Bible is to denounce it with the kind of vehemence that the typical Christian envisions as John the Baptist pointing a finger and yelling about how sinners go to hell. At the same time, we have not approached it quite like that, and our statements and our position as a whole are backed by science and by Scripture. So it may be a polemic, but it is also an appeal:

Please, for the sake of God, for the sake of the animals, and for the sake of your own soul … please do what is right. We do not wish for you to die in the wilderness of sin. God would have all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. That is why our master Yahshuah came into this world, to bear witness to the truth, and he has commissioned his disciples to teach others to obey everything he commanded. But in order to do this, you must understand the teachings, and you must also live by them. This was the term of agreement given to the Israelites for dwelling in the Promised Land. If you call yourself a Christian, or if you just have any sense, your mission as a witness is to spread the Gospel, even as it has been given to you to effect your own salvation. “Freely you have been given; freely give.”

In the sight of Elohim and the Master יהושע Messiah, who shall judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His reign, I earnestly charge you: Proclaim the Word! Be urgent in season, out of season. Reprove, warn, appeal, with all patience and teaching. For there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching, but according to their own desires, they shall heap up for themselves teachers tickling the ear, and they shall indeed turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths. But you be sober in all matters, suffer hardships, do the work of an evangelist, accomplish your service completely. 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Finally, we have observed that it helps to make a solemn oath when choosing to serve God in some capacity. We would not leave you without some sort of precedent as a “sinner’s prayer” to begin the process of redemption, and we would have you be imitators of us, as we are of Christ. Therefore, we invite you to join us in the oath which we have taken:

I solemnly swear before my God YHWH and on pain of whatever punishment he sees fit that, as far as it is within my power and reasonable limitations, I will never knowingly consume the flesh of any creature, or otherwise knowingly participate in or contribute to the torture or destruction of the same.

 

We are confident now that you will have everything you need to make the right decisions from now on. We conclude this treatise with a message of peace, in the spirit of compassion. Go in peace; sin no more, and in all things, give thanks to God for the kindness and mercy which he has shown you.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Shrink from what is wicked, cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

 

 

 


 

 

848 George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska, the Boshevik Empress, 1917; retrieved from http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Annajanska,_the_Bolshevik_Empress.

849 “Kids and Pets: Is Bed Sharing Safe?” The Daily Vet (petMD), 4 Feb 2010, http://www.petmd.com/blogs/dailyvet/2010/february/bed_sharing#.Ul_Y-hA37z4.

850 “Elephants can gauge threat from human voices, study finds,” Reuters, 10 Mar 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/10/us-elephants-voices-study-idUSBREA291QY20140310.

851 “Animal Farm: Transcript,” Australian Story, ABC, 11 Oct 2010, http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2007/s3035405.htm.

852 “Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans,” International Vegetarian Union, http://www.ivu.org/history/greece_rome/pythagoras.html.

853 See Appendix C.

854 The Instructor, ii.1; retrieved from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf02.vi.iii.ii.i.html.

855 Shaun Monson (director), Earthlings (film), Nation Earth, 2005.

856 User: case4, “Is Your Label Fake Faux Fur Made of Cat Dog Skin Hide?” ebay, http://www.ebay.com/gds/IS-YOUR-LABEL-FAKE-FAUX-FUR-MADE-OF-CAT-DOG-SKIN-HIDE-/10000000005174263/g.html.

857 Please note that while horrific, these are common practices on animal farms, rather than out-of-the-ordinary sensationalist pieces to establish an antithetical position. There is a plethora of evidence available to choose from; we have focused our selection on suppliers of major food distributors, such as you are very likely to have been eating for much of your life if you have been eating animal products in America. Needless to say, the public is deliberately steered away from seeing these practices. In fact, the public backlash against the companies that produce foods from these animals only occurs when videos like this are leaked and widely distributed by animal rights activists. Yet they appeal on an emotional level to all but the most depraved of humans; we can think of no reason why everyone who eats these products should not be made keenly aware of what they are contributing to, just as everyone who does not eat them might benefit from the knowledge as a lesson why they should not.

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNY4Fjsdft4
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxvxIsLCZYk
3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mlh6BDBpA4
4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYTkM1OHFQg
5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzS8p727gvM
6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UaN6wZ1cBA

858 Rich Lysloff, Facebook, 29 Sep 2013, https://www.facebook.com/richlysloff/posts/10201418345514817.

859 Bruce King, “The $5 calf,” ebeyfarm, 5 Dec 2008, http://ebeyfarm.blogspot.com/2008/12/5-calf.html.

860 This, of course, is not really how it happened historically, because they did not give him his due authority, unless we take into account that the Romans came to Judea and killed them all about a generation later. If we suppose that Rome was acting as God’s instrument, then in this sense, the matter was accomplished by divine intervention. However, this is a rather myopic way of looking at it, for neither the final judgment nor Yahshuah’s role in it will have actually been accomplished until the very end of the world as we know it.

861 Other than (1) Jeremiah 24:10 (quoted here), these include (2) 27:8, (3) 27:13, (4) 29:17, (5) 29:18, (6) 32:24, (7) 32:36, (8) 34:17, (9) 38:2, (10) 42:16, (11) 42:17, (12) 42:22 and (13) 44:13. Instances in Ezekiel include (1) 5:11-12 (quoted here), (2) 5:16-17, (3) 6:11-13 (quoted below), (4) 7:15 and (5) 12:16 (quoted below).

862 The Temple is also mentioned in the context of Revelation 19. However, Revelation 21:22 explicitly states that there is no temple to be seen in the New Jerusalem, so the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem has clearly been made obsolete. That is to say that the same temple which has been prophesied to be rebuilt has also been prophesied to be destroyed during the pouring of God’s wrath. This is what Zionists who have inferred that there will be animal sacrifices in the kingdom of heaven have apparently failed to comprehend. In light of Yahshuah’s remark that he would rebuild his “temple” in three days, though it should be destroyed—a remark which was deceptively made right in the Temple, so as to be understood as applying to the edifice itself—it would seem that its building and its destruction go hand-in-hand. In any case, the Temple of Solomon was always an abomination in each of its incarnations, as it was never a valid replacement for the Tabernacle (called the “booth of David” in the NT), and the only thing which any real Christian has to look forward to is the New Jerusalem, which is to say, the restored Earth itself.