“Return, O backsliding children, …. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:14-15)
Yeshua the Messiah spoke: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matt 4:4)
Christ proclaimed that He is the “true bread from heaven” (v32), “the living bread” (v51) and that His “flesh is food indeed,” and His “blood is drink indeed.” (v55) John Chapter 6.
Those who were not then called of the Father didn’t understand. Many thought that Christ was talking about eating His flesh! (v52) Yet Christ spoke symbolically, saying to His disciples who also had a hard time understanding, saying in the same chapter:
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
The WORDS of the LORD are SPIRIT and LIFE!
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
One must be born-again to be one with the LORD. Before that you may be unable to understand spiritual things, unless the Spirit of God gives you some revelation of His Word.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
Also, Yeshua said,
“… I AM the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
Have you been thirsty in your body or hungry in your body? Obviously! So therefore, Yeshua was speaking that He was spiritually the bread of life, if we receive Him, because we will never spiritually thirst or be spiritually hungry again!
The Spiritual Cup of Redemption
Yeshua also compared the wine of the Cup of Redemption to the blood He would spill during His passion.
And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.” Mark 14:24
Yet, the Israelites were forbidden to drink actual blood!!!
Therefore I said to the children of Israel, ‘No one among you shall eat blood, nor shall any stranger who dwells among you eat blood.’ Leviticus 17:12
We, as Christians, also are forbidden to drink actual blood!!! (Acts 15)
When in potential danger, many Christians proclaim, “I plead the blood!” Actual blood doesn’t come down when they proclaim it. This is an expression for protection.
Also, the whole earthly tabernacle was symbolic of what took place in heaven.
9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— 10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. Hebrews 9:9-10
That time of reformation is now here. The actual blood of Christ was shed for us on earth 2000 years ago. This is symbolized by the wine of the Cup of Redemption which Christ took at the Passover, saying:
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Cor 11:25
The wine doesn’t become the actual blood because we are forbidden to take actual blood but it symbolizes the blood that was shed for us so that we may be spiritually connected to Christ!
JOHN 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life…. 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
PARABLES & METAPHORS
Clement of Alexandria, in The Paedagogus (Book I), considered John’s passage to be a metaphor, writing:
“Elsewhere the Lord, in the Gospel according to John, brought this out by symbols, when He said:
Eat my flesh, and drink my blood; John 6:34 describing distinctly by metaphor the drinkable properties of faith and the promise, by means of which the Church, like a human being consisting of many members, is refreshed and grows …”
Yeshua the Messiah spoke in public “to them in parables”. Many were not ready for the truth, “because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” Matthew 13:13 (See Parable of the Mustard Seed. )
And Yeshua used metaphors.
Christ is not a literal “door”, but He is the figurative “door” into His heavenly Kingdom. (John 10:9) We are not literally “sheep” but it is used symbolically. Therefore, Christ is NOT literal “bread”, but He is the spiritual food for life eternal.
Other OT Scriptures that used metaphors:
Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” (Ezekiel 3:1) Did Ezekiel really eat the scroll or was this figurative?
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103) Will you say this is literal? Or will you take it figuratively as it was meant?
“Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;” (Jeremiah 15:16) Did he literally eat the words? Did he have a parchment and swallow it? Or did he ingest them with his heart and take them into his spiritual being?
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8) Did he literally eat the LORD or did he find Him to be enjoyable?
This passage has various nouns also used symbolically.
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
We need to live with the “the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Yeshua is the TRUTH!
OUR PASSOVER LAMB
“For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” 1 Corinthians 5:7
Yeshua was celebrating the Passover before His death. He died on Passover! He is the Passover Lamb.
Some churches seem to have forgotten this! These churches put the round wafer in a monstrance with sun rays around it. This is similar to worship to Baal, the sun deity. Go on line and see the images of the monstrance and pictures of Baal worship. Can there be any doubt?
Furthermore, is this monstrance with the host anything like what happened two thousand years ago when Christ was attending a Passover Seder and took matzoh and broke it?
BABYLON IS DRUNK
This also is a metaphor used negatively:
This is what the harlot says to entice: Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant. [However,] But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell. Proverbs 9:17.
Maybe we could say that Babylon, the Mother of Harlots, entices people with this idolatrous bread/host/false eucharist. Babylon’s dead spirits are there in the depths of hell!
“I saw the woman [Babylon], drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Revelation 17:6
“Drunk” prophetically means that blood was shed. How many saints have been martyred by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and their henchmen the Jesuits?
In Revelation, the angel speaks regarding the bowls of wrath poured out on unbelievers:
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due. Revelation 16:6
I [YAH] will feed those who oppress you [Israel] with their own flesh,
And they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine.
All flesh shall know
That I, the Lord, am your Savior,
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 49:26
Insulting the Spirit of Grace
Are some priests now insulting the grace of the gospel? 1 Hebrews 10:
10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
Which priests do this nowadays?
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Are unbelievers now trampling “the Son of God underfoot” by saying that this is not the “one offering”?
29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
This 1 Corinthians 10 passage is speaking about idolatry and sexual immorality and possibly it is in connection with the sexual sins that go on in Baal worship.
7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them…. 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality… 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
(Remember that “communion” and “fellowship” = KOINÓNIA in the Greek.)
17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
1 Corinthians 10:7-22 NKJ
Why does this say “you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons”?
Maybe they were doing something wicked! Did they practice worship to the sun-god Baal as did the Israelites in the Book of Numbers 25? Were they involved in sexual sins in their Baal worship as was common? Did they have a monstrance decorated with golden rays of the sun around it?
There is reason to suspect this! This incident of worship to Baal Peor (Numbers 25:1–18) is referred to in this very same chapter! 1 Corinthians 10v8: “… and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.” That’s the result of bowing your knee to a false god! The LORD is very patient but He will not tolerate idolatry. Repent! Or …
Behold, I will cast her onto a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer great tribulation unless they repent of her deeds. Then I will strike her children dead, and all the churches will know that I am the One who searches minds and hearts, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Revelation 2:22-23
The act of taking the physical “communion” is sometimes referred to as “Eucharist”. However, “eucharist” means to “give thanks to God” (G2168; G2169; G2179) . We enter His gates with thankfulness! When we remember and are thankful for His “once-and-for all” sacrifice, something supernatural happens within us through this fellowship with Christ.
It is difficult to put into words, the things of the Spirit. Through fellowship/communion/KOINÓNIA, whether reading His Word OR worshipping OR just gazing with gratitude upon YAH’s beautiful creation, we may enter His Presence! There is something in the spirit realm that happens! We are revitalized spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically! There is no need for a ritualized Mass which may lead you into religious bondage.
However, Christ is NOT physically present in the ritualized eucharist (transubstantiation). If the bread drops on the floor accidentally, it is just bread. Transubstantiation is in error and much of what the Roman Catholic church teaches is in error, too. This ritual has been carried on for 1500 years, but it is NOT what the Apostles taught. They “broke bread” but this was a prayerful blessing in gratitude for real food or more significantly spiritual food!
Be set free! Of this ugly spirit of confusion, this spirit of idolatrous religion! Be free! From the spirit of pride and the spirit of the antichrist!
In years of going to the RCC myself, I never heard the true gospel:
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (Please see “Faith Motivates”)
Please read the Scriptures for yourself. If you sincerely want to know the truth, the LORD is faithful to reveal it to you. He doesn’t want anyone to perish!
NOTE: While reading these chapters, please note that there are true Christians amongst the laity of Catholics and any other denominations that I mention. It is the hierarchy of that church who is at fault: not teaching the whole Word of God and bringing in paganism.
At the DAY of the LORD, Babylon will fall. Would I not be at fault if I didn’t give a warning?
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:” Ezekiel 3:17 (NKJV)
As it says in the Book of Revelation, “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4 NKJV)
See the Series “Destroying Mountain”.
FYI: In Revelation 10:8-11, St. John is told to “Take and eat” the little book. A book? This is also an example of the Word of God being “food for the soul”. In this case, it would be sweet on the lips but would give the saint a spiritual “tummy ache”.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
10:8-11 Most men feel pleasure in looking into future events, and all good men like to receive a word from God. But when this book of prophecy was thoroughly digested by the apostle, the contents would be bitter; there were things so awful and terrible, such grievous persecutions of the people of God, such desolations in the earth, that the foresight and foreknowledge of them would be painful to his mind. Let us seek to be taught by Christ, and to obey his orders; daily meditating on his word, that it may nourish our souls; and then declaring it according to our several stations. The sweetness of such contemplations will often be mingled with bitterness, while we compare the Scriptures with the state of the world and the church, or even with that of our own hearts.