Revelations 18:2 Clean & Unclean Animals Metaphorically

Revelation 18:2  He cried out in a powerful voice, “Fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a prison for every unclean spirit, a prison for every unclean bird, and a prison for every unclean and hated beast.

Take notice to the fact that even John in Revelations knew what clean and unclean foods were.  His words were chosen wisely here to show that every unclean thing was being imprisoned in Babylon.  Notice that clean and unclean animals were separated in the beginning of the Bible (Torah) and still mentioned here at the very end of the Bible.   So from the beginning to the end, they still considered things clean and unclean to eat.  We would submit to you that nowhere in between was it done away with.  If it was then John wouldn’t still be talking about it in Revelations.

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6 thoughts on “Revelations 18:2 Clean & Unclean Animals Metaphorically

  1. LIO

    ok. But that doesn’t mean we can’t eat that food….cuz if that was so then why did Jesus say the following: Mathew 7:19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” and Acts 10:15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.

  2. Biblical Truth Post author

    We assume you meant Mark 7:18-19 Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? 19 For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body. (In saying this, Yeshua declared all foods “clean.”)

    Before that verse the verses are talking about traditions (man-made) of the elders. Mark 7:2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.

    So basically Yeshua is saying, “Don’t you see that dirt mixed in with food doesn’t make a man unclean”. Rather, it’s what comes out of his mouth.

    Here’s an answer to that in full.

    About Peter’s Vision…. Keep in mind that SWINE was NEVER considered food; EVER.

    Acts 10 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Kepha replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that Yahweh has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

    So we know that nowhere did Yahweh ever declare any unclean foods clean to eat up to this point. This Acts verse has to do with touching non-believers as Jews believed they weren’t supposed to touch them. Later in the Chapter the verses show that Peter was being taught a lesson about touching/visiting non-Jews.
    Peter’s Vision was a correction to man-made Laws taught to him as YHVH’s Law. He was being corrected by YHWH. What was being corrected was the false understanding that Gentiles are unclean (Talmud).

    In Schabbath, (145b) it says:
    “Why are the Goyim(s) (Gentiles) unclean? Because they eat abominable things and animals that crawl on their belly.”

    Likewise in Abhodah Zarah, 22b:
    “Why are the Goyim(s) unclean? Because they were not present at Mount Sinai. For when the serpent entered into Eve he infused her with uncleanness. But the Jews were cleansed from this when they stood on Mount Sinai; the Goyim(s) (Gentiles , however, who were not on Mount Sinaim were not cleansed.”

    Peter finally learns what his vision means in the verse below.

    Acts 10:28
    And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.

    We see this exact interpretation again in Acts 11

    Acts 11:18
    And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

    full answer here…

  3. Suzanne Haslett

    The way I understand it, is that unbelievers, and those who worship pagan gods are the people who are still being condemned for eating unclean foods. Jews and unbelievers have not been cleanses by the blood of Christ.

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