My previous column about the True Sign of the Messiah generated more feedback than normal, so I thought it was appropriate to expand on it to answer some of the questions and comments. We have been so programmed over the years, that even when clear Scripture shows us something, our natural tendency seems to be to stick with the tradition we’ve lived with all of our lives. Yet we must keep in mind what Yahshua said about tradition being worship in vain (Matthew 15:9), and that we need to receive the word with readiness of mind and search the Scriptures to see what is true (Acts 17:11). It simply is not safe to use our own reason over the word of God because what may seem right to us can lead to our death (Proverbs 14:12).
At the time of creation, our Heavenly Father prescribed the perfect health food diet for us, as given in Genesis 1:29. “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (food).” This was the diet that was followed until Noah’s ark came to rest, and there was no vegetation yet grown after the flood for Noah and his family to eat. At that time, God revised the diet, with the first known record of the eating of animals, with stipulations. Genesis 9:4, “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” The specifics of the differences between clean and unclean animals were given in detail in Leviticus 11 and repeated in Deuteronomy 14. Please note that the term “unclean food” never appears in Scripture. After all, this phrase would be an oxymoron. If it is “unclean”, it is not “food”.
The Catholic church claims that their roots began when Yeshua (Jesus) appointed Peter as the first Pope, based on Matthew 16:18: "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the power of death shall not prevail against it."
The book of Proverbs contains a bit of a riddle. Proverbs 30:4 reads: “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?”