When in Israel, ABBA [Our FATHER in Heaven] opened my eyes about another way we are not obeying HIM and instead, connecting to HIS enemy. ELOHIM is LIFE, LIGHT, TRUTH, GOOD and HIS enemy is death, darkness, lies, and evil. ELOHIM is the Hebrew word for GOD and who I believe is FATHER/SON/HOLY SPIRIT. In Scripture, blood is the life of the animal or human being and it never was to be consumed by people – it is blood not food – and it belongs to ELOHIM alone! Yechezk’el [Ezekiel] 44:7, “…My food, the fat and the blood” and verse 15, “…bring to Me the fat and the blood…”. The blood and the fat were always HIS portion!
Look around our society today and see who we are revering instead of ELOHIM. We think they are cool and they seduce us with wanting to be like them and we even think they are sexy? They are the undead [vampires and others] who feed on blood! Do you prefer your meat “bloody and rare”? If you eat meat that has not been slaughtered to remove the blood, then you are closer to your favorite vampire or other undead blood eater than you would like to believe. It is separating you from ELOHIM and joining you to HIS enemy and I have every belief that HIS enemy is laughing!
Acts 15:6,7, “Then the apostles and elders assembled to consider this matter. And after much controversy, Simon Peter rose up and said to them, Men and brethren, you know that from the early days God chose that from my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the Gospel and believe.”. Acts 19-20, “Therefore, my opinion [see verse 13, this is Ya’akov – James – speaking] is that we should not put obstacles in the way of the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from fornication, from what is strangled, and from blood.” Verse 28 states that the HOLY [SET-APART] SPIRIT is in agreement with what is in verse 29, “to abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication.” Acts 21:25 repeats this again. Colossians 2:16 ; Romans 14:2,3,15-17, 20 all talk about food – not blood and 1 Timothy 4:3,4 warns us of turning from the truth!
In the verses above, blood is referred to as “blood” and is not referred to as “food”! Things strangled is brought up because it is an unacceptable practice for killing animals as it keeps the blood in the body. When an animal [or human] dies, blood starts congealing making it impossible to remove. If an animal is hunted and killed before the person can get to it, the same applies in this situation. You would have to get to the animal before it dies and slaughter it to drain the blood out of it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostolic_Decree [this goes into what is brought up above – excerpt below] :
James proposes writing a letter to the Gentiles
At the Council, following advice said to have been offered by Simon Peter (Acts 15:7–11), James, the leader of the Jerusalem Church, gave his decision (later known as the “Apostolic Decree”):
- “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day” (Acts 15:19–21).
The Western version of Acts (see Acts of the Apostles: Manuscripts) adds the negative form of the Golden Rule (“and whatever things ye would not have done to yourselves, do not do to another”).
This determined questions wider than that of circumcision, particularly dietary questions, but also fornication and idolatry and blood, and also the application of Biblical law to non-Jews. It was stated by the Apostles and Elders in the Council: “the Holy Spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper.” (Acts 15:27-28) And this Apostolic Decree was considered binding on all the other local Christian congregations in other regions. See also Biblical law directed at non-Jews, Seven Laws of Noah, Biblical law in Christianity, and the Ten Commandments in Christianity.
James’ restatement on Paul’s final Jerusalem visit
The writer of Acts gives an account of a restatement by James and the elders in Jerusalem of the contents of the letter on the occasion of Paul’s final Jerusalem visit, immediately prior to Paul’s arrest at the temple, recounting: “When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly. On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.” (Acts 21:17-18, ESV) The elders then proceed to notify Paul of what seems to have been a common concern among Jewish believers, that he was teaching Diaspora Jewish converts to Christianity “to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs.” They remind the assembly that, “…as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.” In the view of some scholars, the reminder of James and the elders here is an expression of concern that Paul was not fully teaching the decision of the Jerusalem Council’s letter to Gentiles, particularly in regard to non-strangled kosher meat, which contrasts with Paul’s advice to Gentiles in Corinth to “eat whatever is sold in the meat markets.”(I Corinthians 10:25)
This is Gail again: Looking at I Corinthians 10:25-33, it does look to express the view talked about above although earlier verses 18-22 come across as Paul saying NOT to eat what is sacrificed to devils. Perhaps part of the answer is in verse 33 where Paul seems to be erring by not pleasing ELOHIM first. In verse 33, it says that Paul is trying to please all men in all things, not seeking what Paul wants, for the good of many that they might be saved. This actually contradicts a verse in Galatians 1:10 where Paul remarks about how if he tried to please men, he should not be a servant of CHRIST! Acts 9:20 also conflicts with Galatians 1:16.
Another part of the answer could be Acts 21:21, where it is stated about Paul’s teaching the Jews who are amongst the Gentiles to forsake the law of Moses. This goes against what was said in Acts 15:14-19 where it talks about the Gentiles upon whom YHWH’S [the LORD’S] NAME is called, being the ones receiving the easier way to follow in Acts 15:20 and 29 and 21:25. It does not apply to the believers amongst the Jews!
Paul obviously meant well by his actions but was not perfect, he admitted he had pride, and he stated at times where he said something vs words of CHRIST. Revelation 21:14 says that the 12 foundation stones of the wall of the Holy City, New Jerusalem/Yerushalayim, have the names of the 12 Emissaries of the LAMB – Paul is not one of the 12. CHRIST said no divorce was allowed unless there was adultery, Matthew/Mattityahu 19:1-9. CHRIST even mentioned that Moses allowed divorce because of the hardness of people’s hearts so we know Moses erred in this. Scripture is full of examples of how good men and women erred. ELOHIM does not err, HIS Way is HIS Way! Paul might have erred in regards to the meat/blood issue like Moses did in regards to divorce. If there is anything confusing in Scripture, it should be lifted up to our FATHER in Heaven in prayer. Scripture should ALWAYS work together. If it does not, then that means there is a problem that needs to be revealed!
In the Old Covenant/Testament [Tanakh] we have many verses that go into how ELOHIM abhorred people who ate blood. D’varim [Deuteronomy] 12:16 – “But don’t eat the blood’ pour it out on the ground like water.” 12:23-24 – “Just take care not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you are not to eat the life with the meat. Don’t eat it, but pour it out on the ground like water. Vayikra [Leviticus] 19:26 – “Do not eat anything with blood”. B’resheet [Genesis] 9:4 – “only flesh with its life, which is its blood, you are not to eat.” Z’kharyah [Zechariah] 9:7 – “I will end their eating meat with its blood still in it, snatching the disgusting things from between their teeth, “. Yechezk’el [Ezekiel] 33:25 – “Therefore, tell them that ADONAI ELOHIM [LORD GOD] says, ‘You eat [flesh] with the blood, you raise your eyes to your idols, and you shed blood – and you still expect to possess the land?” 44:6-7 – “You are to tell the rebels, the house of Isra’el, that this is what ADONAI ELOHIM says: ‘House of Isra’el, enough of all your disgusting practices! You brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary and profane it – yes, my house – when you offered my food, the fat and the blood…”. Also, look at: Yechezk’el 44:15, Vayikra 3:17 and 17:10-16. ELOHIM makes it pretty clear how HE feels – with all the Scripture quoted! Nothing changed with the New Covenant [Testament] in regards to not eating blood. If you do not follow what HE commands you are disobeying HIM! Acts 5:32 – says it plainly – that the HOLY SPIRIT is given to those who OBEY ELOHIM!
USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] practices do not slaughter an animal to get blood out – which Kosher practices do. The animals are also in a state of fear which has their blood pumping throughout all their blood vessels when they are slaughtered so that the meat is suffused with blood and fear hormones, which are also bad for our health. Kosher practices are supposed to slaughter an animal in a state of quiet or peace. A Baptist friend whose family owns a slaughter house told me they believe in slaughtering to get the blood out like it says in Scripture.
When my eyes were opened in Israel, I confessed and repented to our FATHER in Heaven that I had disobeyed HIM by eating blood and asked HIM to wash me clean in HIS SON’S blood. I told HIM I would only eat meat that was slaughtered like Kosher practices [meaning getting the blood out and killing the animal in a more gentle and peaceful way, I do not believe it needs to be blessed by a Rabbi]. I can eat fish, eggs, or other foods – I do not have to have meat if it means disobeying HIM! Many grocery stores have some Kosher meat – even Costco, Publix, BJ’S Club, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods or they can order it. Ask the butcher if you can’t find it. Check out Kosher stores in your area or on the web in other areas [they can ship]. Check with local farmers and slaughter houses and see if any non Kosher places would look into and consider slaughtering like Kosher practices to get the blood out.
The information below goes into detail about the slaughter practices here in the USA and also detail on how unhealthy blood is which proves out the wisdom behind why ELOHIM does not want us to eat it, because it is not healthy for us and HE wants us to be in good health! While some of this information is older, USDA practices still allow far greater blood to remain in the meat compared to Kosher practices. These practices also kill an animal in a way that really is horrific which causes additional health problems for those who ingest the meat because it can be full of hormones released by fear. Theses hormones are not good for our health. We are also supposed to be stewards of ELOHIM’S creation and take care of the earth and the life on it. How many today really care about these things and buy from companies that treat rightly instead of cause hurt because of greed? While the vastness of those who are doing wrong today does make it harder and more time consuming and costly to do right, even if we start in one or two areas to change our ways and move forward a little at a time, I believe it is beneficial and worthwhile for us to honor our Beloved KING and SAVIOR, YAHSHUA/YESHUA/JESUS/JOSHUA and HIS commands!
http://biblehealthlaws.com/shehitah.html [Site is no longer active. Below is from it.] [if you go to this site, I believe there is much good information on slaughtering but some of the theology put on the site I do not agree with] :
We have seen that the blood contains wastes-harmful bacteria, chemicals, plant poisons, and parasite eggs which make the blood a potent source of poisoning and disease to man. How? By handling, and consuming it when eating the animal flesh with the blood in it, and eating it when it’s in a state of decomposition in the animal’s carcass.
http://biblehealthlaws.com/study.htm [Site is no longer active. Below is from it.]
[if you go to this site, I believe there is much good information on slaughtering but some of the theology put on the site I do not agree with] :
The blood being a fluid of alkaline reaction, and with a great tendency towards decomposition, can become a great nutrient medium for bacteria. Of all the tissues of the body, the blood is known to be the “youngest”, and the least stable, that is, a tissue that decomposes very easily. But as long as it is contained within the walls of the tubes of the blood system, as long as it flows within the blood vessels- the blood remains unaltered. It is a well known fact, that if the blood leaves the vessels or if the body in which it is contained dies, the blood soon congeals and begins to decompose. Therefore, the more there remains of it in the slaughtered animal, the more rapidly the microorganisms grow, and the sooner putrification ensues.
The beef tapeworm infection is widely distributed in the United States, and, furthermore, shows no evidence of diminishing in the human population.
Another significant pollutant in the blood are chemicals used by man in farming and in animal feed. Chemicals have specific behaviors. Some are readily absorbed and eliminated, while others are eliminated slowly, sometimes stored for up to a year in the human body.
By its functions to the body cells, the blood is the life and death of the body. As we have seen, it carries life giving material and potential death to those cells and body. And when an animal is not properly slaughtered (sacrificed) that blood, with its possible contaminates, is left in the whole carcass in great abundance. How can you be sure that the animal flesh that you eat is in accord with The Eternals’ command of “…flesh with the life thereof, the blood thereof, shall you not eat”? That plain and simple command of The Eternals’ is one of the main cruxes of animal slaughter (sacrifice). The Eternal said, “Don’t eat animal flesh with the blood in it”. Does knocking an animal unconscious, and stabbing it in the throat to bleed to death, if not already dead from the stunning, free it of most of its blood? No, it does not! This is the way animal slaughter for the most part is done in U.S. Government Meat Inspection plants, as well as the other 20% of the slaughterhouses in the United States.
Why? Where and from what is this method of animal slaughter (sacrifice) patterned? As the rationalization of the U.S. Meat Inspection System regarding this type of slaughter (sacrifice), so was the way of the Romans and ancient pagan religions. Their priests would take internal organs, especially the liver after the animal was knocked unconscious with an axe and stabbed to death, and predict the “health” of the animal slaughtered (sacrificed).
The slaughter is the same today. The post mortem of the U.S. Meat Inspectors today is very much like that of those priests. The lymph glands, and the internal organs, especially the liver is used today to determine the disposition of the animal carcass and its organs.
All U.S. Government Inspected meat that is slaughtered in this fashion, under its inspectors’ supervision, is unfit for human consumption according to The Eternals’ standards. Why?
Death by common violence is not generally accompanied by extensive bleeding. A creature killed by drowning or asphyxiation will yield up practically none of its life fluid; one that is clubbed to death, provided that none of its large blood vessels is ruptured, will lose but little. In nature animals rarely perish “in a pool of blood”.
Creatures retain their vital fluid under the most violent conditions because they are equipped with blood-saving mechanisms. One of these is clotting. When a small or medium-sized blood vessel in an animal is moderately ruptured, the blood within, in the vicinity of the breach, loses its free flowing character, and assumes a jelly-like viscosity. The clot formation stuffs the breach and shuts off further blood leakage without interfering with the flow of blood through the center of the vessel. The clot holds until the vessel undergoes self-repair. (When a large vessel is punctured, the flow within may be too great to permit clot formation).
Another blood-saving mechanism is the lowering of the blood pressure. When a vessel is punctured a hemorrhage results, which in turn causes lowered blood volume. In consequence, there is a diminished venous return to the heart that means that the heart has less blood to pump. The result is lower pressure. In the face of this danger a number of compensatory reactions take place, chief among them a reflex arterial constriction. As bleeding continues, this phase soon passes away to result in a definite lowering of blood pressure. If not too great, the fall in pressure is advantageous, slowing down the flow and hence the escape of blood.
A condition that will accentuate blood retention is an injury to the vaso-motor center of the brain. With such a lesion, even when the vessels are ruptured extensively, little blood will surge out of the victim’s body. This is due to the fact that the vaso-motor center controls the constriction and in consequence also the dilation of the blood vessels. When the center is struck and paralyzed there is an immediate and temporary fall in blood pressure due to loss of vaso-constrictor impulses from that center. This is partly overcome shortly thereafter by an attempt of independent vaso-motor centers located in the spinal cord to act as substitute vaso-motor centers. But this mechanism is soon exhausted and the full sequence of a fall in blood pressure ensues. This vaso-dilation results in a generalized stagnation and pooling of the greater part of the circulating blood in the smaller blood vessels and extensive capillary beds, particularly in the large splenetic capillary bed in the abdomen. Therefore, the effect of the loss of vaso-motor impulses is primarily to cause a capillary paralysis that markedly slows down and stagnates blood flow.
To bring about the removal of the blood after the animal is dead (that is, after its heart action has ceased) is difficult. The blood, which is suffused through out the entire carcass, (one that has been knocked stunned in the head before killing it) filling the tiniest capillaries and bathing every bit of tissue, cannot be squeezed out except through some propelling force, and with the blood pressure down to zero (as in death) such a force is absent.
It is clear that the best results in blood removal are obtained when it is done simultaneously with the killing, when the heart action of the animal assists in the process.
“Further proof of the insufficiency of the bleeding in the case of stunning may be seen in the fact, that in this method of slaughter, the blood vessels on the inner and smooth walls of the cavities of the body are seen to be widely dilated, and that even small branches of them which are usually not seen at all, become visible because they are filled with blood.”
But what does The Eternal say about this practice of stunning an animal before it is killed, or the type of inspections and their findings from them by the U.S. Meat Inspectors in U.S. Government inspected slaughter establishments today?
“You shall not learn to do after the abomination of the nations whose land I will give you…that there shall not be found among you anyone that uses divination.” What was one of the ways those nations used divination? As stated previously, in animal sacrifice.
Below is pretty scary. We have to be careful not only of animal blood, but all other parts of animals being put into our food and everything else you can imagine or do not want to think about. After reading these, my first thought after feeling ill is – ABBA where is my piece of land for me to grow and make everything I use!!! We need your help sooooo much, please help us, pleeease!!! Your enemy is out to hurt us every way possible. If everything around us was taken away that was not right in your eyes, what would be left!!!
Utilization of blood
The recovery of animal blood for utilization in food products for human consumption should be attempted. The main problems are to prevent the contamination of collected blood by bacteria from the skin, and to keep the blood of different animals separate until their carcasses have passed veterinary inspection for human consumption. Blood may be collected hygienically with a hollow knife. Coagulation of the blood can be prevented by the addition of anticoagulants such as citric acid or sodium citrate. Alternatively, the fibrin which binds blood clots together can be removed by stirring with a paddle. When utilized for human food or pet food, blood contains easily assimilated iron. Blood proteins have a high nutritional value and a high water binding capacity in processed products. The red blood cells burst if water is added to blood. If they are kept intact, red blood cells can be removed by centrifugation in order to prepare plasma. Plasma is a yellow liquid, rather like egg-white, and it may be dried to a powder for use in human food.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarianism_and_wine [blood used in wine processing] :
Wineries might use animal-derived products as finings. To remove proteins, yeast, and other organic particles which are in suspension during the making of the wine, a fining agent is added to the top of the vat. As it sinks down, the particles adhere to the agent, and are carried out of suspension. None of the fining agent remains in the finished product sold in the bottle, and not all wines are fined.
Examples of animal products used as finings are gelatin, isinglass, chitosan, casein and egg albumen. Bull’s blood is also used in some Mediterranean countries but is not allowed in the U.S. or Europe. Kosher wines use isinglass derived from fish bladders, though not from the sturgeon, since the kosher status of this fish is in debate.
Of these, casein and albumen (deriving from milk protein and egg white respectively) would be acceptable for vegetarians, but not for vegans.
As an alternative to animal products, Bentonite, a clay mineral, can be used to clarify the wine. Some vintners also let the wine’s sediments settle naturally, a time-consuming process. Winemakers are not required to put on their label which clarifier is used, since it is removed from the final product. However, some wine makers will boast on the wine label that their wine is unfiltered, because some wine connoisseurs prefer wine to be unfiltered.
http://vegans.frommars.org/wine/faq.php#1.3 [Sight is not active. Below is from it.]
[blood used in wine processing and fertilizers for food] :
1.1 What is vegan wine?
1.2 Why are all wines not suitable for vegans?
1.3 What animal ingredients are commonly found in wine?
1.4 Are animal ingredients needed to make wine?
1.5 What alteratives exist?
1.6 Does vegan wine taste different to other wines?
1.7 What about vegan champagne?
2. About vegan beer
2.1 Hey, wait a minute, does this mean not all beers are vegan either?
3. About vegetarian wine
3.1 What is vegetarian wine?
3.2 Why are some wines suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans?
4. Organic wine
4.1 Is organic wine suitable for vegans?
4.2 Is organic wine suitable for vegetarians?
4.3 But I thought organic wine was “natural”?
Animal-derived ingredients are considered “natural”. In fact organic farmers may use animal blood and bonemeal (crushed animal bones) which are slaughter house by products in place of chemical fertilisers, as well as any processing aids that are used in the wine itself.
Blood meal is a dry, inert powder made from blood used as a high-nitrogen fertilizer and a high protein animal feed. N = 13.25%, P = 1.0%, K = 0.6%. It is one of the highest non-synthetic sources of nitrogen. It usually comes from cattle as a slaughterhouse by-product. It can be spread on gardens to deter animals such as rabbits, or as a composting activator. It may also be used as an animal food supplement for cattle, fish and poultry and is in fact widely used due to the high lysine content. In some countries, it is mixed with molasses before use as animal feed.At least one major marketer is offering blood meal derived from hogs, as an alternative to bovine-derived product.Blood meal, bone meal, and other animal by-products are permitted in certified organic production as soil amendments, though they cannot be fed to organic livestock. Blood meal is different from bone meal in that blood meal contains a much higher amount of nitrogen, while bone meal contains phosphorus. Alternatives to Blood Meal include feather meal and alfalfa meal.
Nitrogen is more typically missing from soils than the other elements provided by most fertilizers (phosphorus and potassium). Plants grown in soil lacking proper amounts of nitrogen will yellow from the leaves down due to nitrogen deficiency. Applying blood meal will help plants become green again.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1217794/From-bullets-bread-beer-tambourines-toothpaste–plus-180-things-pig.html [this is beyond description – not just about blood – please take a look]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_as_food [in-depth article focused on blood used as food in different cultures]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taboo_food_and_drink#Blood [scroll down list to find “blood”]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_product [information on products from animals and uses]
http://www.sheep101.info/bloodsheep.html [uses in biomedical and drugs]
http://www.niroinc.com/food_chemical/spray_drying_gelatin.asp [Site is no longer active.]
http://digitaljournal.com/article/306060 [Site is no longer active.] [Cow’s blood enzyme used to glue food; raises health, faith issues]