ISAIAH 66:17-EATING PORK: IS IT PROHIBITED?

Muslims tried to justify the prohibition in eating pork by quoting a prophecy in Isaiah. Note how they misuse the passages to fit in their carnal religion. 

  • Isa 66:15 . For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
  • Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
  • Isa 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

The verses implied a testament of destruction for pork eaters in a designated time wherein God would come down in anger and fury to lay judgment on the abominable. It specifies a certain period of destruction, that is, at the coming of God, through fire.

What fire? 

Fire is metaphor for his wrath.

That is where the root of the problem lies, as it was neither expounded in a certain way to reveal facts of that coming, and how it should be.

When God comes does it mean, he is the one to come?

He comes here through Jesus.

He comes here through the holy spirit.

He comes here through calamities and destruction called as “visitation”.

He visited Israel through Moses.

Here are the proofs.

He comes here through Jesus.

  • Zch 14:3 Then shall the LORD (YHWH) go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
  • Zch 14:4 And his (Jesus) feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

He comes here through the holy spirit.

  • Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

He comes through bringing calamities and destruction-Called as visitation.

  • Isa 10:3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation [which] shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?
  • Jer 46:21 Also her hired men [are] in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, [and] are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, [and] the time of their visitation.
  • Jer 48:44 He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for I will bring upon it, [even] upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.

He visits through Moses.

  • Gn 50:24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

When it say that those who eat pork will be consumed during the coming of the Lord, in which particular visitation/coming of God is that?

It cannot be in the time of Jesus—the Christian dispensation—bec during these times the Law of Moses prohibiting the eating of pork was abrogated. It was clearly nullified.

  • Lk 16:16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
  • Ac 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
  • Ro 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Its abrogation is permanent throughout all ages.

When was it then?

Understanding Isaiah 66:15-17 then as part of the previous verses would put contextual disharmony between biblical quotations if we put it as part of the other text. Considering the context of the law’s abrogation, we come to the conclusion that it was rather been a separate text wherein it was necessary for Isaiah to admonish the people during those present time, that they would be the recipient of God’s anger as they were the ones who eat pork and the abominations and they would be visited by God’s fire and sword through what we presented earlier as—calamities and destruction.  

Biblical harmony forces us to believe in a rather contextual manner rejecting Isaiah 66:15-17 to be happening in the imminent time in the Christian dispensation.

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