A few days ago as I was reading from the book of Ma’aseh (Acts), the tenth chapter, I realized once again that many Christians have been wrongly taught about Kepha’s (Peter’s) vision. I will soon explain the error of this teaching.
Ma’aseh (Acts) 10:1-6, 9-16” now there was a certain man in Kaisereia (Caesarea) called Kornelius, a captain of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 dedicated, and revering elohim with all his household, doing many kind deeds to the people, and praying to Elohim always. 3 He clearly saw in a vision, about the ninth hour of the day, a messenger of Elohim coming to Him, and saying to him, “Kornelius!” 4 And looking intently at him, and becoming afraid, he said, “What is it Master?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your kind deeds have come up for a remembrance before Elohim. 5 “And now send men to Yapho, and send for Shim’on who is also called Kepha[i]. 6 “He is staying with Shim’on, a leather-tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
Kornelius obeyed the messenger
Kornelius obeyed the messenger and sent his servants to Joppa to get Kepha, and as they were arriving Kepha was also seeing a vision. (v.7-9)
9 And on the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Kepha went up on the house –top to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 And he became hungry and wanted to eat. But while they were preparing, he fell into a trance, 11 and he saw the shamayim[ii] opened and a certain vessel like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth, 12 in which were all kinds of four-footed beasts of the earth, and will beasts, and creeping creatures, and the birds of the shamayim. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise up, Kepha, slay and eat.” 14 But Kepha said, “Not at all, Adonai! Because I have never eaten whatever is common or unclean.” 15 And a voice came to him again the second time, “What Elohim has cleansed you do not consider common.”16 and this took place three times, and the vessel was taken back to the shamayim.”
In verse 17 we read that Kepha was “doubting” within himself about the vision for he did not understand the meaning of what he saw.
The Ruach (Spirit) spoke to Peter.
Ma’aseh 10:19 -21 And as Kepha was thinking about the vision, the Ruach[iii] said to Him, “See, three men seek you. 20 “But rise up, go down and go with them, not doubting at all, for I have sent them.” 21 So Kepha went down to the men who had been sent to him from Kornelius, and said, “Look, I am the one you seek. Why have you come?”
I am sure Kepha was disturbed about this whole thing. He knew the Torah and the Commandment of Circumcision.
Kornelius was a Gentile, and Jews had nothing to do with Gentiles! Gentiles were considered unclean because they were not in Covenant with Yahweh as they were. Therefore, because they were uncircumcised, they were not in the Kingdom of Yahweh. Circumcision is a sign of the Covenant. Yahweh had given this sign to Avraham.
Every male child must be circumcised to partake of the Covenant.
Bereshith (Genesis) 17:9 And Elohim said to Avraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, hw who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.”
Yahweh continued to give specific instructions to Avraham. A person that would not be circumcised had to be cut off (14).
The great Commission.
I am sure Kepha and all the other apostles had forgotten the great Commission that Yahoshua gave to them before His departure from this earth, and went back to His Father in Heaven.
Marqos (Mark) 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into al the world and proclaim the Good News to every creature.”
However, the Ruach haQodesh[iv] had clearly spoken to Kepha, and he had to obey Yahweh and go to the house of that unclean Gentile! When Kepha arrived with some other Jews they were received with expectation.
Ma’aseh 10:23 So inviting them in, he housed them. And on the net day Kepha went away with them, and some brothers from Yapho went with him. 24 And the following day they entered into Kaisereia[v]. And Kornelius was waiting for them, having called together his relatives and close friends. 25 And it came to be when Kepha entered, Kornelius met him and fell down at his feet and bowed before him. 26 But Kepha raised him up, saying. “Stand up, I myself am also a man.” 27 And talking with him, he went in and found many who had come together. 28 And He said to them, “You know that a Yahudi is not allowed to associate with, or go to one of another race. But Elohim has shown me that I should not call nay man common or unclean. “
Please notice that now that Kepha by had understood the vision. The unclean animals represented the people from other races and nations who were considered unclean as those animals he saw in the vision! Please read Wayyiqra[vi] chapter 11 to get a better understanding of the diet Yahweh has given us to all of us eat. All the animals he saw in the vision were not food. Food is only what Yahweh has created for us to eat. Unclean animals listed in Wayyiqra 11 are not to be eaten. Yahweh makes a difference between clean and unclean animals. Only the clean animals are fit for consumption.
Yahweh has created the unclean animals to clean the mess other clean animals have made. And some of those unclean animals are useful to help man in his daily work. Such unclean animals include donkeys that man uses still today in certain areas of the globe.
Unclean animals, such as pigs eat their own excrement, and if left alone without food, they eat even the cancers on other pigs! Nevertheless men cannot stop disobeying Yahweh and continues to eat such abominations. Clams are used to clean to ocean. Each of us can find a great amount of information on the internet. Anyone who really wants to understand the reason why Yahweh has given us such commands can find out the reasons when they search with their whole heart.
Yahweh has not changed the nature of the unclean animals when Yahoshua died on the cross! Yet so many ignorant people when they read the vision of Kepha strongly believe and insist that now we can eat all animals, probably with the exception of spiders, worms, rats, roaches, snakes, etc.
Please continue to read this chapter in your own Bible, and you will see that Yahweh sent Kepha to this first Italian family to preach to gospel, and to help them become part of the family of Yahweh. Yahoshua died for all men, not only for the Jews. And Yahoshua was indeed Jewish. He had dark skin, and He had probably brown or black eyes. He was not white skin and blue eyes as some folks paint Him! Abraham came from Mesopotamia and he was not white, and Yahoshua was in the natural a descendant of Avraham. Yahoshua was and is the only Ben (Son) of Yahweh. He left Heaven for a season and became Man, in order to be able to be our substitute and pay the penalty for our sins. He is our Door to the Father, (Yochanan (John) 10:9). Without Him we cannot enter into the presence of the Father.
Therefore, the whole world needed to know and believe in Him. He chose this Italian man to be the first to receive salvation after the Jews had received the Truth of eternal life.
Therefore let us remember, that the Gentiles have received the Gospel from the Jews, not the other way around. When Kepha began to preach the gospel to Kornelius and his family and friends, they were ready, and they heard the Scriptures they were saved and filled with the Ruach haQodesh just as the apostles did on the day of Shavuot/Pentecost.
Salvation is for everyone who believes.
Ma’aseh 10:43-44 “To this One all the Nevi’im bear witness, that through His Name, everyone believing in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” 44 While Kepha was still speaking these words, the Ruach, haQodesh fell upon all those hearing the Word.”
The Jews were astonished!
45 And those of the circumcision (Jews) who believed were astonished, as many as came with Kepha, because the gift of the Ruach ha’Qodesh had been poured out on the gentiles also. 46 for they were hearing them speaking with tongue and extolling Elohim. Then Kepha answered, 47 “Is anyone able to forbid water, that these should not be immersed who have received the Ruach ha’Qodesh-even as also we?
Why did Kepha said that?
Marqos 16:16, 17 He who has believed and has been immersed, shall be saved, but he who has not believed shall be condemned. 17And these signs shall accompany the ones who believe: In My Name they shall cast out demons, they shall speak with renewed tongues.
Ma’aseh chapter 10 was written not to make people sick by giving them unclean animals to eat , but to show us that we all have received the Good News of the gospel of salvation of Yahoshua from the Jews.
The Gentiles, or the non Jews, have eventually corrupted, to a certain degree, the truth of some scriptures, but now it is time to correct those errors. We are all part of the Body of Mashiach, black, red, white and all colors in between. Yahweh has sent His only Ben to save all of us, if we believe and receive Him.
Ma’aseh 16:31 “Believe on the Adon Yahoshua ha’Mashiach, and you shall be saved, you and your household.”
For as many receive Him will receive life eternal.
Yochanan (John) 17:3 “And this is everlasting chai, (life), that they should know You, the only true Elohim, and Yahoshua Mashiach whom You have sent.”
Do you have eternal life? If you do not, now is the time to believe in Yahoshua and receive Him as your only Savior, and He will give you eternal life.
Please pray this simple prayer from your heart. Dear Father Yahweh, my Elohim in Heaven; I believe that you exist, and that You have a Son whose Name is Yahoshua. I believe in Him, and I also believe that He came to this world to die for me, in order that I may have eternal life. I repent of my sins, and I surrender my life to You, Yahweh, and I receive Yahoshua as my personal Savior and Master. I Please help me to live for You, and lead me into all truth. I ask in the Name of Yahoshua. Amen.
Yochanan (John) 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.