Better Call Saul…a character study focused on the increasingly unscrupulous [humans]…the circumstances [a human] creates and/or unwittingly finds himself in…
now that we’re closer to the end…there’s an even stronger sense of foreboding hanging over the show. That’s apparent in the circumstances [a human] creates and/or unwittingly finds himself in…convey there’s something rotten taking over…
One of the pleasures of Better Call Saul is the extent to which watching it is like looking backward with 20/20 hindsight…
The same can be said of Genesis 1-6. We should recognize it as a prequel to the biblical account of the rest of human history. One of the pleasures,- or more appropriately, given the Bible is not entertainment but a warning of the real doomsday scenario. one of the advantages of looking at Genesis 1-6 is having 20/20 vision of how it all ends.
Noah born ~2900 BC, Flood ~ 2300 BC, Noah dies ~2000 BC
According to the biblical account, Noah lived for 600 years during the height of the antediluvian civilization. It is well worth taking one’s time to become acquainted with the details.
“And God looked upon the earth, and, behold…all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them.” (Genesis 6:12-13, 7)
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37)
Since the history of Noah’s days can be uncovered, this puts the Bible’s prophetic value light years ahead of later obtuse prophets like Nostradamus.
In the critical context of judgment we need to know precisely what is meant by “all flesh had corrupted his way.”
But if we analyze the biblical narrative as simply as a book report like we learned in elementary school , we will realize that the first six chapters establish:
- The setting: the heavens, earth and sea.
- The characters: all the hosts / various classifications of inhabitants of the heavens and the earth – immortal hyperdimensional beings and mortal humans and animals.
- The problem or plot: corruption.
- The climax or resolution to the problem: destruction of the corrupt and a fresh start.
“And God created
- every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind
- every winged fowl after his kind:..
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply
- the beast of the earth after his kind,
- and cattle after their kind,
- and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind:
God created man in his own image, God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…And God saw everything that he had made and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:21-31)
But by the time of the flood, everything wasn’t good any longer. Just as everything else God did during creation was opposed by his adversaries, so was reproduction, which turned all flesh from good to “corrupt, ruined.”
“Good, clean,” results in God being pleased and taking a rest, contrasted with “not good, unclean, corrupted” resulting in God changing his attitude, i.e. being very unhappy, and taking corrective action.
“Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God….[in contrast to all the types of] flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth….and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth…And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen right-eous before me in this generation.” (Genesis 6-7:1)
- Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female:
- and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.” (Genesis 7:1-2)
This categorization is assumed by some to refer to the animals allowed, or not, for sacrifice, since only clean animals were sacrificed at the end of the flood. However, the text does not state that the reason Noah brought more was to experience acceptable losses when sacrificing.
“And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour.” (Genesis 8:20-21)
At this point in the data-driven analysis, only a correlation, not a causation between Noah bringing more clean than unclean animals on the ark and using them for sacrifices has been documented.
Causation is an action or occurrence that can cause another. The result of an action is always predictable, providing a clear relation between them which can be established with certainty…
Correlation is an action or occurrence that can be linked to another. The action does not always result to another action or occurrence but you can see that there is a relationship between them.
At the same time that Noah sacrificed only clean animals to the LORD, all animals- including unclean – were allowed for consumption.
“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you.” (Genesis 9:1-3)
Since this is contrary to Mosaic law, we can’t backdate Mosaic law to Noah’s time.
“This is the law…
- make a difference between the unclean and the clean…
- between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten… (Leviticus 11:46-47)
A reliable interpretation of the distinction between clean and unclean, one that remains consistent with the rest of the document, is that the unclean beasts were not God’s original good creation. They were corrupted in some way, along with humanity.
And yet, while God destroyed all except eight humans because of their corruption, he intentionally allowed a mating pair of the corrupt animals onto the ark. Why?
Again, a reliable answer is found in scripture in parallel circumstances.
Developing partnership with God!
“When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven [corrupt] nations greater and mightier than thou…THOU shalt smite them…YE deal with them…for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible…
Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God…for it is he that giveth thee power.” (Deuteronomy 7-8)
One deduction for allowing the consumption of unclean beasts that can be validated by science is that the Flood triggered an ice age.
Agriculture wasn’t a sustainable source of food. The first post-Flood generations were the hunter-gathers, and the unclean animals themselves were more capable of surviving through hunting and scavenging. The clean beasts required more vegetation to multiply adequately to support a population of humans.
The initial post-Flood cold conditions also allowed a system of food preservation that failed as the climate warmed. This explains the necessity of implementing health rules.
“if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the Lord…It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire. And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted. Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.” (Leviticus 19:1-8)
In the English Bible the word abominable / abomination is translated as “loathesome” or “detestable”. But that just describes God’s reaction, it doesn’t explain why.
The first mention of abomination – a chief clue in any mystery – associates it with the well-known cultural practice of not sharing a meal with people of another religion.
“And they set on for him [Joseph] by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.” (Gen 43:32)
Eating incorporates the substance being eaten into the body of the eater.
It should be obvious on the face of it that in the Middle East’s hot climate, eating recently slaughtered and meat on the third day without benefit of refrigeration to prevent decompensation would mean eating spoiled food.
The same Hebrew word for clean is also translated pure when used to describe gold that has not been alloyed with another metal, by which we can induce that not pure indicates the presence of other substance, such as toxins and microbes.
Spoilage bacteria causes the food to start smelling and tasting funny, but consuming it won’t harm you. Pathogenic bacteria, on the other hand, is harmful bacteria that doesn’t affect the taste or smell of the food in any way but can cause you to fall sick.
Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are some of the types of pathogenic bacteria listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The USDA explains that pathogenic bacteria thrive between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Room temperature usually falls in this temperature range, known as the danger zone. In this temperature range, pathogenic bacteria can sometimes double in number within a span of 20 minutes…
The USDA states that any food that has been left out at room temperature for over two hours should be discarded. If the temperature is above 90 F, the window is one hour.
We should be able to make the comparison between
- wholesome food connecting us to life through God versus
- sickening food connecting us to death through Beelzebub / Lord of the flies
What this and other passages in God’s law explains is that, because body and soul are connected, eating impure food not only make the body, but also the soul “abominable” and “unholy.”
Beyond the physical connection of the body’s neural enmeshment with the soul, the spirit is also adversely affected by eating unclean things. The Hebrew text corroborates the the many Greek passages linking “unclean” with evil spirits judged and banished by Yeshua and his anointed disciples.
“The…word of the LORD…which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him…in that day [of judgment], saith the LORD of hosts…I will cause the…unclean spirit to pass out of the land.” (Zechariah 12:1, 13:2)
“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out,” (Matthew 10:1)
This is not just an abstract concept of sin, such as knowingly sinning against God’s food laws. While lost to contemporary purely materialistic culture, foods most certainly incorporate the spiritual essence of God and imitated by the gods: Life.
The Israelites and the Egyptians and other religious practitioners throughout time acknowledge the spiritual effects of consuming foods for the purpose of incorporating the life of God or the false promise of life of the false god(s) into the eater.
This is consistent with New Testament teaching that the sacrifice of Yahweh’s Dedicated Savior transfers eternal life to us.
“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the comm-union [together-united] of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the comm-union of the body of Christ?…For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread…the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils…I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils…If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it,” (I Corinthians 10:16-21)
We should be able to understand how our participation in food and drink in public demonstrates our identity as belonging to that secular group, or to a religious group. A Jewish individual is singled out by declining bacon and shrimp hors d’oeuvres. A Christian is assumed not to be a Christian if they drink alcohol at an office party. Well, that individual did want to blend in with everyone else there. Hard to be a witness of God’s saving grace to your alcoholic co-worker after that.
Group participation in a meal in which the substance has been dedicated to God or gods through ritual sacrifice or prayers is a basic practice in all religions joining all the consumers to the spiritual source of power, and to each other.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank:” (Daniel 1:8)
Virtually all religions forbid non-members to participate in these meals or ceremonies because they are not worthy of being blessed by the sacred presence.
“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (I Corinthians 11:29)
Proving that the newly converted Gentile believers in Yeshua were worthy is why it was so important for Peter to eat with them.
“when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision [a subset of Jewish believers in Yeshua as Messiah who insisted that conversion to Judaism was required for salvation] contended with him, Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning… When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” (Act 12:1-18)
“when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.” (Galatians 2:11-12)
Peter’s subsequent failure to eat with Gentile believers was a public statement that he had changed his mind, and decided that the Gentiles were not full converts, but at the most only initiates, who had to take further steps, such a circumcision, before they could become full-fledged members of this particular mystery cult promising to share the secrets to attaining resurrection to eternal life.
But that was not part of the deal that Yeshua had shared with the Jews. What he had patiently explained during his 3.5 years with Jewish leadership was that the covenant with the Jews was about eternal service, not salvation.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people…verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, But Messiah / Anointed being come an high priest of good things to come…having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ…purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of [his] death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” (Hebrews 8:10, 9:11-15)
The sacrifice of YHVH’s Promised Savior is the only means of achieving eternal life / permanent re-connection to YHVH / Singularity / Infinity / Source of Life energy. This is what Yeshua taught and his apostles reaffirmed throughout their teachings to both Jews and Gentiles. Gentiles actually understood it better than the Jews because of their familiarity with the pagan practices. Too many Jews, in particular the establishment, were clinging to their power and prerogatives attached to maintaining the old sacrificial system.
“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:53-54)
And many of his readers react by gagging.
But Jesus is a good educator. He is not only using the known practices of the day to relate to himself: “eat MY flesh, drink MY blood”, for those of us unfamiliar with those practices he is using concrete language of “eating” to explain the parallel abstract concept of “absorbing life”.
Many writers…mix abstract language with somewhat concrete language, but they don’t become specific enough…only when readers can picture a specific scene, your writing becomes engaging and colorful.
To get readers to listen to our advice, we need to explain the abstract rules, and share concrete stories to add meaning. We sketch the big picture, and use examples to add color.
- “He that “eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood” = “dwelleth in me, and I in him”
- the eaten and the eater become permanently merged into each other
- As the living Father hath sent me [away], and I [still] live by [am connected to] the Father / YHVH / Singularity / Infinite source of eternal life:
- despite being sent away from the Father, Yeshua is still connected to him
- so he that “eateth me”…shall live by me.
- in the same way, any human that connects to YHVH’s Savior will also be connected to the source of life even after he is sent away from them.
In contemporary culture, we can conceptualize that as wired vs wireless connection.
But there does seem to be more than mere imagery in the teaching about eating = unity, as we find examples where the physical act of eating, in actuality, creates unity.
“two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus…And…Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him…And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him.” (Luke 24:14-31)
In this case, the trigger to knowing – becoming united with – Jesus was receiving blessed bread from him. We should intrinsically understand from common decent human behavior that blessing acknowledges, i.e. connects, the one giving the blessing to the giver of the blessing. The source of the gift of life may be invisible, but the gift and giver are as real as any person to whom gratitude and appreciation are due.
Unlike the Christian prayers taught to children that invariably start with “Thank you for…” and go on to request “please bless…”, Jewish prayers acknowledge the relationship, the unity that consists in not only acknowledging the receipt of an act of goodness, but reciprocating in like manner. Like bringing flowers or desert to the hostess of a dinner party. Person #1: “Thank you!” Person #2: “Oh thank YOU!”
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ:
BA-RUCH A-TAH A-DO-NOI
ELO-HAI-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM
HA-MO-TZI LE-CHEM MIN HA-A-RETZ.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.
The person who prays in this manner acknowledges responsibility to reciprocate the gift of life by giving life back. How?
“who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?…therefore...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service…that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 11:35, 12:1-2)
A modern Pagan gives a good explanation of what casual Christianity has lost sight of.
The common meanng of sacrifice is “to give up.” We pour a libation, giving up the opportunity to drink the wine in order to give it to the gods…
The older meaning of sacrifice is “to make sacred.” By dedicating something to the gods through ritual and ceremony it becomes sacred – it takes on some of the essence of the gods. Some of that divine essence then returns to us…
I’m glad modern Pagans are talking about sacrifice. Whether we “give up” or “make sacred” or both, regular sacrifices will strengthen our relationships with our gods and goddesses.
Now, with this background, can we understand that the Mosaic code wasn’t copying Hammurabi’s previously established ritual to lend religious solemnity for credibility, but following true spiritual guidelines in the give and take between humans and spirit beings.
The religious connotation of this word abomination is set in stone by Moses when he refers to the intended sacrifice by the Israelites as the abomination of the Egyptians.
“And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land. And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?” (Ex 8:25-26)
One scholarly source interprets the abomination as the act of sacrificing an animal that was sacred to Egyptians. However, the biblical text states that the abomination is the animal itself. This was a lamb which officially defines a male sheep in the first year, which for sheep is up to full grown.
For the Israelites, the sheep represented and temporarily substituted for the Lamb of God, the “seed of the woman” promised to all humanity since the beginning of time.
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
For the Egyptians, the sheep represented Khnum, one of the principal and oldest gods of Egypt, worshipped as the creator of mankind.
Pop quiz. Who is this god imitating? The Lamb of God! This makes him…the antithesis of The Promised One / Messiah / Christ, AKA antichrist, one of the many different cultural representations of the seed of the serpent.
So is Moses so bold as to call Pharaoh’s god disgusting to Pharaoh’s face? Hardly. If anything, Moses is acknowledging that the Egyptians, like many other groups, find the Israelite’s God abhorrent!
A major difference between the religions is that the representative of the God of Israel was sacrificed to save the lives and well-being of his people.
Contrast this with the pagan gods of Egypt and elsewhere who demand sacrifices of their people to maintain his life and status.
Even immortals, although they can’t starve to death, require a source of replenishing energy to maintain and increase their power.
“he had…rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.” (Psalm 78:23-25)
“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…Behold, the man is become as one of us…to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever…the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:23-24)
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life.” (Revelation 22)
If the fallen angels lost access to angels’ food in heaven and to the tree of life, where and how do they obtain sources of energy to engage in activities?
They are predators.
As hyper dimensional energy beings, they must consume life energy from another living being.
“the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood [that’s us Gentile converts to YHVH’s Promised Savior]. For it is the life of all flesh…whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.” (Leviticus 17:11-14)
They are vampires.
…that author’s identification between Watchers and Vampires is absolutely correct, the word vampire…[relates] to the vampires’ social and spiritual identity and status within a given cultural framework…In summary vampire… was…an Overlord.
The association of blood-sucking vampires with hyper sexuality is the logical extension of draining energy from a living being.
The Sexual Vampire: is a bare bones straight out, call it like it is, definition. It is an understanding of the base of the creature and what they are about. There are still many different types of sexual vampire, that part never changes, but what doesn’t change is that at the base of it, sex has to be involved, either in action, intention or thought…
Regardless of the means in which you engage in it, whether purely physical, or totally psychological, the end result is that some element of sexual energy has to be involved….There are basically two categories…Biological and Energy Feeders…
Coitus feeding: This is literally the physical act of having sexual intercourse…there are those who find anything other than the very act itself, isn’t doing anything…
Organic Fluid Feeding: Well this gets to the sticky heated mess of it all. The basics of it are that you need the sexual fluids, whether that be in the form of semen, sexually excited blood, menstrual or vaginal fluids, these feeders claim that without it, they cannot sustain themselves appropriately.
Flirts don’t have to actually have sexual contact in any way, merely evoke a sexual response in others. This doesn’t have to be a response focused on their own form. A ‘flirt’ can be in a situation where they draw another to a strip club, or watch a sexy movie, or for that matter sexualize another in a manner that draws those hints of sexual desire from others.
The ‘Tease’…is the one who makes you wiggle in your seat. They tend to end up in your dreams, or haunting your desire on some evening when you are alone and don’t have to account for your secret desires.
The Tempter: doesn’t just want you turned on, they want you to explore dark places. They combine sexual fears and fantasy, to lead people to places they might never explore on their own…These can be the most dangerous however. Simply because one has a fantasy, doesn’t mean it should be explored. A smart ‘Tempter’ understands that if they draw someone into something that is psychologically unhealthy…you no longer feel excited and a little scared, but actually reach into self loathing.
We can further prove the inescapable sexual reproduction connection to abomination by tracking the same Hebrew word translated here as “corrupt” – שָׁחַת through its translations into English as spilled, or coitus interruptus to prevent God’s planned parenthood
“And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he שָׁחַת spilled / destroyed it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him.” (Gen 38-7-10)
Humans who want to break the glass ceiling of their four dimensional limits to expand into the hyper dimensional state must connect to the spirit dimension in some way. The only alternative for those who do not want to be limited to God’s righteous unselfish behavior is to instead merge their identity with unrighteous self-indulgent hyper dimensional beings.
Author Vivianne Crowley says in Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Age…”the sacred marriage is outwardly a marriage of two people, but inwardly it is a marriage of the two within one person.”
Ritual sex…can be used to raise energy, create magical power, or find a sense of spiritual communion with a partner…In Her Hidden Children, author Chas Clifton writes, “Many Pagan religions include invocation and possession by their gods. Wicca, in particular, extends that possession to sexual acts…uniting in their bodies the cosmic and the most personal energies of planetary life.