Notes on Leviticus 26-27

When God made a covenant with Moses, it was conditional. If the Israelites obeyed, then they would live in a peace filled land of immense wealth that produces fruit, milk, and honey. Their military would be so powerful that a few soldiers could scare away an army 20 times larger.

However, if the Israelites didn’t keep their end of the covenant, horrible judgments would come. History shows us that Leviticus 26 came to fruition for the Israelites.

The Assyrian Captivity occurred around
725 BC. The Jews were taken into Babylonian captivity around 586 BC. Most of them remained in exile when the Persians conquered Babylon 50 years later. The Jews finally got their land back in 165 BC, but were ruled by the Romans by about 60 BC. 70 AD is when the Romans squashed a Jewish uprising and the Temple was destroyed for the second time (“I will bring a sword upon you. . .and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy” Lev. 26:25). In 132 AD, the Jews were forced out of the Promised Land once again and scattered among the heathen (Lev. 26:33).

Agricultural history in Israel shows that since the Jews were exiled, the fertile lands did “not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits” (v. 20). The mighty military that dominated the region under the leadership of Moses and Joshua became “spent in vain” (v. 20) and futile as promised in this passage.

From 132 AD until 1948 AD, the Jews remained scattered (v. 33) in their enemies’ land (v. 34), where they were constantly uncomfortable and afraid in the land of their enemies and constantly fleeing danger that may not even be there (v. 35). They had no power to stand before their enemies (v. 37) and ultimately fulfilled the promise of verse 38, “And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up,” in both the German Holocaust and perpetual war with Islam.

The Jews had to “pine away in their iniquity” (v. 39) and “confess their iniquity” (v. 40) before God would “remember [his] covenant” with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham (v. 42). God never forgot his promises. He will not completely turn his back and “abhor them” (v. 44).

The return of Israel as a Jewish state in 1948 marked not only the fulfilment of Ezekiel’s prophecy made 2600 years earlier, but a fulfillment of Leviticus 26:45, in which God “will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors.” Centuries of Jewish history, especially from 33 AD to the present, is found in this one chapter of the Bible written 3500 years ago.

The final chapter in Leviticus continues with more legal instruction concerning the financial value of men, women, and animals, and tithes of the bests, the land, and the herd or flocks. Thus, I have completed my journey through one of the least discussed books of the Bible, which, ironically, I have found to be entirely interesting. I hope you have as well.

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Notes on Leviticus 24-25

A mixed-race boy (Semitic and Hamitic) from the tribe of Dan (Antichrist) cursed God and blasphemed in public. His punishment, according to Leviticus 24:14, was to be stoned to death.

Mohammad, in his attempt to usurp the story of Moses for his own, made this idea a foundational doctrine for Islam. Therefore, even drawing an image of Allah results in death. Islam is a perversion of Judaism.

I have had the displeasure of watching videos of people being stoned to death. I wanted to know the true horror of this barbaric technique. It is awful. The stones are quite large, probably about the weight of a cinder block, and there is quite the delay before a kill shot. As bones are broken, the victim has ample opportunity to scream and writhe in pain before a stone to the head or internal bleeding finally kills them.

Those who claim that American capital punishment is inhumane have never seen a stoning.

These punishments are not supposed to be carried out as a personal punishment. This is not a violation of the ten commandments, because this is essentially a function of local government. The tribe, as an enforcer of law, is authorized to seek justice. “Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Lev. 24:20) is fine for governance, not for you and I.

Leviticus 25 begins with the Year of Jubilee that occurs every 50 years. Remember the Feast of Pentecost in Leviticus 23, where 50 represents the ascension of Christ and the beginning of the Church Age. During the Day of Atonement (September 10th) that represents the second coming of Christ, the trumpet will sound and the Israelites “shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family” (Lev. 25:10). Once again, the second coming and Millennial kingdom are linked through a Jewish feast or festival.

This is yet another picture of the end times tucked away in the Old Testament, about 3500 years before Revelation occurs.

Leviticus 25:23 says “The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.” This is an interesting verse that can be taken to mean different things depending on its context.

One is a literal, physical interpretation. The Promised Land belongs to God, and even though the Israelites have not always and will not always dwelt there, it will never belong to anyone else.

The second interpretation is metaphysical. The Earth is God’s and those who follow God are not meant to dwell on the Earth, but in Heaven. This idea is restated in John 17:14, which says “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

The Old Testament Israelites and New Testament Christians are not supposed to be focused on the things of this world. We should not be concerned with jobs, promotions, money, wealth, sexual promiscuity, sports, politics, video games, tv shows, movies, art, music, social media, etc. We are supposed to focus on eternity.

James 4:14 says “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Our lives on this world are temporary. We waste so much time on things that do not matter, while we are afraid to take action on what does matter. Our unsaved friends and family are headed for eternal damnation while we are posting drunken pictures on Instagram. The modern Christian would rather party like Hell than live for Heaven.

Notes on Leviticus 22-23

There are seven feasts that the Israelites are supposed to have for God. There are the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Firstfruits, Feast of Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. Each one bears special significance for the Israelites as well as Christians.

Passover is a remembrance of when the “angel of Death” passed over the homes of the children of Israel and killed the firstborn of the Egyptians leading to the Exodus, and would come to be the period that Christians know as Easter.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the day after Passover that lasts for seven days and consists of eating unleavened bread for a week. During the Last Supper, Christ’s physical body was represented by a piece of unleavened bread, because leaven was a “type” of sin.

The Feast of Firstfruits was not to be celebrated until the Israelites made it to the Promised Land. The object is to offer up the first fruits of the harvest.

50 days after the firstfruits, the Israelites were to offer up the Feast of Pentecost to God. Part of this offering includes bread that does contain leaven. This represents the beginning of the Church; the “Body of Christ” that we Christians are a part of.

The firstfruits represents Christ’s resurrection. 40 days later was Pentecost. 50 days after the resurrection, Christ ascended to Heaven and the Church was born. Notice that leaven was introduced 50 days after the firstfruits, just as sin was introduced in the Body of Christ (because sinful humans are now the Church). Prior to this time, the ministry of Jesus Christ was perfect (unleavened).

The Feast of Trumpets took place in the fall, probably around September. Trumpets play a significant role throughout the Scripture. They would blow as the walls of Jericho fell and again throughout the Great Tribulation. The sound of a trumpet will fill the Earth to signify the return of Jesus Christ (second advent). The trumpet represents the end of the “church age” and the beginning of atonement for the Jews.

The Day of Atonement is a feast day that takes place 10 days after the Feast of Trumpets. I cannot separate the significance of a trumpets used to announce this feast day and the trumpets signaling the second coming of Christ. As usual, God gives us many hints throughout the Scripture that point to other significant events. The Day of Atonement is a prophetic feast dealing with cleansing and return of the House of David to prominence prior to the Millennial period on Earth after the Great Tribulation.

The Feast of Tabernacles represents the Millennial period itself. It is the seventh and final feast where the Hebrews could finally rest. The first day is a Sabbath, the feast lasts for seven days, then on the eighth day is another sabbath. Remember that eight is the number of new beginnings. In this case, this eighth day Sabbath is the New Jerusalem on the New Earth. Thus, is the fulfillment of the “Fulness of Times” found in Clarence Larkin’s “Dispensational Truth” (a book that I could not recommend highly enough).

The seven feasts represent the transition from the Church age to the end times atonement of the Jews who have historically rejected Christ. We see the death of Christ (Passover), broken body of Christ (Unleavened Bread), resurrection of Christ (Firstfruits), and the Church age (Pentecost) that point to the return of Christ (Trumpets), cleansing of Israel (Atonement), and finally the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem (Tabernacles).

What a beautiful picture of prophecy made 1500 years before Christ came to die on the cross for our sins.

Notes on Leviticus 19-21

Leviticus 19:15 says “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty; but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor.”
This verse is both an anti-Marxist and anti-Capitalist attack. We should not hold up the powerful, wealthy titans of industry as though they deserve our respect simply because of their accomplishments. We also should not concern ourselves with the plight of the poor. Income inequality is not something we should care about. The issue is not economic, but spiritual. Are they followers of God (Old Testament Hebrews or New Testament Christians)? Are they righteous, or are they unrepentant sinners?
Imagine how many conditions in our world today would be improved if we were more concerned with morality than bank accounts. I believe one of the biggest issues in our churches today is that pastors are more worried about paying the bills than making sure the congregation is following God’s Words.
This is one reason why all our churches have become so formulaic and watered down. They believe that young, successful (at least economically) Christians need fancy architecture and a rock concert-like experience. Sermons are preached toward appeasing millennial generation Christians while ignoring older, wiser ones. Those of us who have been Christians for decades need meat, but all we get is milk from a bottle.
Our pastors think the King James Version is too difficult to understand. They believe that explaining deep theology might turn people away. They fear discussing “controversial” issues like homosexuality, transgenderism, racism (at least white pastors, anyway), tattoos, posting half-naked pictures on Instagram, etc., because they do not think the congregation can handle it.
What we NEED is to be challenged, but our pastors believe their congregations are vapid, weak, or shallow. Thus, the sermons have become vapid, weak, and shallow. We are not being judged on our RIGHTEOUSNESS, but by how much money flows in through offerings. I’d rather be at a small, but strong church than a large, weak one.
Speaking of tattoos, check out Lev. 19:28, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you.” Print any marks, hmm. Of course, this does not mean that a tattoo placed on your body before coming to Christ is now a sin, but Christians should not be getting new ones. Before any tattoo enthusiast pulls the “yeah, but this is Old Testament!” remember that 1 Cor. 6:19-20 says that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. If you wouldn’t spray paint graffiti on the doors of your local church, you probably shouldn’t print any marks on your body.
Chapter 20 is essentially a rehashing of chapters 16-18 (see my Notes on Leviticus…) dealing with sacrificing children to Molech and various sexual sins (incest, bestiality, STDs). One addition is the mention of “familiar spirits” and “wizards.”
We know that magic or some sort of supernatural power outside of God’s existed during this time. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to mimic several of God’s miracles and plagues. However, what is a “familiar spirit”?
Like the “devils” I wrote about in my Notes on Leviticus 16-18, familiar spirits are not entirely known to us. They appear to be a supernatural force (or being) that assists witches, necromancers, sorcerers, and wizards (Deut. 18:9-14). Whatever they are, they are not human nor appear to be angelic. It is possible that they are another type of devil, unclean spirit, or demon that has supernatural power used for wickedness. These familiar spirits are so wicked that consulting with one brings about a death sentence from God (Lev. 20:27).
Leviticus 21 gives us some requirements for what it takes to be a Levite priest. Thank the good Lord that these are not applied to Christian pastors, or we would lose anyone who has a sister who isn’t a virgin, who is bald, clean shaven, marries a woman who is sexually impure, divorced, or widowed, is mixing races with his wife (that is the Semitic, Hamitic, Japhetic lines), or have any physical infirmity (blindness, lame, flat nose, ugly, broken handed, bad back, dwarven, impotent, etc.).
We are to judge a man based on just his righteousness instead. Is that really better though? I think I’d rather be judged on my ugly mug than my actions.

Notes on Leviticus 16-18

Leviticus 16 gives us a picture of Christ as the scapegoat. A bullock and a goat are killed as burnt offerings for the Israelites, while an additional goat is to take on “all their transgressions in all their sins (verse 21)” so that this goat would “bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness” (verse 22).
 
Jesus Christ is the scapegoat who takes our sins and transgressions so that we do not have to burn in the fires of Hell.
 
Chapter 17 contains one of the most fascinating Law of First Mention accounts; “devils” (verse 7). What are these beings? Apparently, the Israelites were worshiping them; “and they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils” (v. 7).
 
Some people believe these creatures to be fallen angels, but the fallen angels were called “sons of God” in Genesis 6 and there is no evidence of any angel of any kind who could possess humans. Satan came into Judas and will come into the Antichrist, but I believe these “men” are actually Nimrod, the offspring of fallen angels.
 
These “devils” appear to be something different. These devils have the power to possess humans (Matt. 8, Mark 1), and they can do so in large numbers (the “maniac” possessed by “Legion” in Luke 8). Mary Magdalene, often mislabeled as a prostitute (there is no evidence of such), was possessed by 7 devils (Mark 16:9).
 
The “prince of the devils” is Beelzebub (Mark 3:22). I mentioned back in my Notes on Exodus 7-12 that Baal-zebub is the “lord of the flies,” believed to be Satan.
 
We know that these devils seem to want to hang out around dead bodies (the accounts of Matt. 8 and Luke 8 take place near tombs), they give men super strength (“Legion” could break his restraints), and they can perform miracles (Rev. 16:14).
 
Devils believe in Jesus Christ, just as any Christian does. Luke 4:41 says “And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.”
 
We are warned “that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (I Tim 4:1). These creatures are able to convince people of new doctrines in the end times.
 
I believe that this is happening right now, not only in “other” religions, but within Christianity. After all, these devils can sit in the seat next to you on a Sunday morning or sing in the choir. They may even have a stronger belief in Christ than you do. They may be standing in our pulpits teaching false doctrine, and the Church is so lacking in Faith and understanding of Scripture that we would not be able to recognize these wicked, unclean, seducing spirits.
 
Leviticus 17 also warns us against eating blood, “for the life of the flesh is in the blood” (verse 11). The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred in the study of eating blood. God obviously warns against its consumption, so it must have been practiced at some point. Yet we see historical violation of this rule by Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Bathory, and the fictional portrayal of vampires and werewolves.
 
UFOs are also associated with blood, or the lack thereof. Most reports of cattle mutilations mention that not one drop of blood was left behind when a cow was sliced open. Something is consuming the blood.
 
Now that I have gotten a bit off the beaten path, Leviticus 18 brings us back to a more practical subject; sex.
 
Verses 6-17 can be summed up this way: we are not to look on the nakedness of anyone but our spouse. Ham violated this principle when he looked upon Noah and wound up cursed (Genesis 9:20-27). Whether Ham sodomized his father as some believe or if he merely looked upon Noah’s naked body, God takes such a violation seriously.
 
God puts looking on a naked body in the same category as sacrificing children to the false god Molech (v. 21), homosexuality (“thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind,” v. 22) and bestiality (v. 23), resulting in being “cut off from among their people” (v. 29). God calls all these acts “abominations” (v. 29).
 
According to Alexander Hislop, Molech (Law of First Mention) or Moloch was Nimrod as worshiped by the Canaanites (Hamites) and eventually by the Israelites (Solomon built him a temple in 1 Kings 11:7). This worship was carried out by throwing babies onto fire pits.
 
Nimrod, the creature I believe will once again be revealed as Antichrist is a figure who was worshiped by child sacrifice. The United States of America has laws protecting the practice of burning babies alive in the womb with saline (salt) solution. In a very real effect, the practice of abortion in America is a form of Molech, Moloch, Ba’al, Nimrod, Antichrist worship.
 
If you consider yourself “pro-choice,” then you might as well be worshiping Antichrist.

Notes on Leviticus 14-15

Leviticus 14 is a chapter of continued instruction on how to treat leprosy. In short, when in doubt, destroy everything that a leper touches. Even the stones of the person’s house are to be tossed out, and the entire home torn down if need be. Leprosy was no joke!

Leviticus 15 is a chapter I’ve wanted to tackle for a while. It is one of the most oft used passages (always taken out of context, of course) cited by anti-Christians because of how women are unclean when they are menstruating. This, once again, proves how sexist God is.

The truth is that, as I’ve mentioned in my “Notes on Leviticus 1-4” blood is unclean. Many diseases are spread through blood today, and it takes very little imagination to consider the impact of a bloodborne illness on a group of people who spent 40 years wandering through the wilderness, relying on supernatural manna falling from heaven and water from rocks, and did not have antibiotics.

So when a woman is menstruating, blood flows from her body. This makes her unclean for, wait for it, seven days. We all know how long a period lasts. Everything that she touches becomes unclean for health reasons, including men. It’s essentially a quarantine procedure. This is not a sexist thing, unless you consider the fact that only women have periods as sexist; it is for safety.

I think a seven day waiting period is pretty tame considering what the children of Israel had to do when someone contracted leprosy.

Another reason why the charge of misogyny arises is because the rest of the chapter is never addressed. Verses 19-28 deal exclusively with a bleeding woman. Verses 1-18 deal with men who have their own issues. No anti-Christian ever talks about that.

The first problem regarding men is “a running issue out of his flesh.” This is an infected discharge of some kind. Pus, blood, and spit are considered unclean. Just as with women, anyone or anything touched by an infected man is considered unclean. When he is finally free of the disease he must wait for seven days. The same as a woman.

The SECOND issue pertaining to men is purely sexual in nature. When a man ejaculates, he is unclean for the remainder of the day. The woman he lies with is also unclean for the day. The bed and sheets where it happened is unclean as well.

Furthermore, notice that Hebrews 13:4 says “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

Therefore, we can see that the unclean ejaculation here in Leviticus is within unmarried, adulterous relationships. The Bible is telling us that sex outside of marriage is “unclean” and can lead to the spread of diseases. It appears that even the ancient children of Israel may have been dealing with sexually transmitted diseases (carried by pus, blood, and spit).

No, this chapter is not sexist. It is not calling women unclean. It is a scientific text dealing with stopping the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and bloodborne pathogens about 3500 years before Pasteur gave us germ theory and Fleming discovered penicillin.

Notes on Leviticus 11-13

Leviticus 11 is a list of animals that the children of Israel could and could not eat. It was actually a fairly extensive list. No camels, rabbits, shellfish, eels, snakes, insects, shrimp, ravens, owls, and many others. The one that hits home for me is no swine, because I am a filthy sausage and bacon eater. Thankfully, the Christian is told “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (I Tim. 4:4-5).

Christians can eat bacon!

Leviticus 12 is one of the “controversial” chapters, because it deals with childbirth. After a woman gives birth to a male child, she is unclean for 40 days (7 days unclean, 33 more to be purified). After a female child, she is unclean for 80 days (14 unclean, 66 more to be purified). Therefore, God is sexist.

First of all, the issue here is with the blood. These are the days before penicillin, so blood diseases were life threatening. It was for safety reasons that someone who was bleeding (in this case, a mother) would be deemed unclean. It was literally a life or death solution, not a sexist one.

Second, anyone who has had a dealing with childbirth knows that a mother takes 4-5 weeks to heal. A 40-day minimum would be a valid timeframe for keeping someone who just lost a lot of blood away from others.

Finally, there arise some interesting issues with regard to the length of being unclean between boy and girl babies. Why would girls lead to periods of uncleanliness and purification be doubled?

I do not have a definitive answer. I have researched this, and there is a ton of speculation. However, the numerology depicted by the male child is interesting.

The number 40 should be familiar, and is typically associated with a test or trial. Noah was in the ark for 40 days and 40 nights, Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights getting the ten commandments (both times), Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan, the Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness before coming to the Promised Land, and there are dozens more examples

The mother is unclean for 7 days. 7 is the number of perfection.

The male child is circumcised on the 8th day. This is not only a fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant, but 8 is the number of rebirth; a representation of Christ.

The number 33 is typically associated with a promise. The 33rd time Noah’s name was used was when God promised not to destroy the Earth by a flood. The 33rd time Abraham’s name was used was when Isaac, the promised child, was born. Abraham was 99 (33 X 3) when this happened.

David reigned over Judah for 7 years, and 33 years over a united Israel.

33 was the age of Jesus Christ when he was crucified for our sins. Is it possible that the 33 day period of purification was a prophetic statement that represents the 33 years ending with purification by Christ’s death? Maybe I am reading too much into this. Maybe God put this here for us to find.

So why were these periods doubled for a female child? It could just be a way to differentiate between the two so the association with Christ would stand out. It could be a 40 day purification for the mother and 40 days for the daughter. Perhaps it represents two 40 day trials (see above), possibly because of an additional punishment against Eve. I honestly do not have a good answer.

Chapter 13 deals with leprosy. This, once again, is an interesting study. Leprosy represents the spots of sin on all mankind. The leopard, a spotted animal, was one of the Biblical symbols representing Nimrod. Jeremiah 13:23 says “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

Nimrod’s father, Cush, was Ethiopia. Nimrod, the Leopard. Fascinating stuff tucked neatly away in our King James Bibles, right?

Back to leprosy. Verse 46 says “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”

The sinner, regardless of social network, is inevitably alone. This is why so many of us always seem to be searching for something more. There is an absence in all people; a hole. Jesus Christ is the answer, and any of us who are saved understand the joy that comes from having a relationship with Christ. We no longer search. We are no longer alone.

The leper is separated from the Israelites just as the unsaved man is separated from Christ, “that at that time ye were without Christ. . .having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12).

Jesus Christ is the one who can cleanse us of our spots, thus allowing entry into the camp. We are washed white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).

Recall the lyrics of the song:

Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone

‘Cause Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
My sin had left this crimson stain, he washed it white as snow