Did Jesus Make or Drink Alcohol?
Would the perfect, sinless man make a drink, or partake of a drink, that causes the brain to shrink? Autopsies on alcoholics show that their brains have shrunk considerably compared to people of their own age and gender.
If you answered yes, than this article is not for you.
There are two main Hebrew words in the Bible for wine Tirosh and Yayin.
Tirosh is always unfermented non-alcoholic grape juice and gladdens the heart and is good for an upset stomach. Yayin is also non-alcoholic when it is fresh and is sometimes referred to as a blessing, but when Yayin becomes fermented it becomes a poison and is severely condemned. God's people were not to drink alcohol.
- "Noah drank Yayin and was drunken in his tent"
- "come let us make our father drink Yayin and we will
lie with him." (Genesis 19:30-38) spoken by the daughters of Lot.
- "Do not drink Yayin nor strong drink when you go into
the tabernacle lest you die." (Leviticus 10-9-10).
- "They have given a boy for a harlot and sold a girl
for Yayin that they might drink." (Joel 3:3)
- "Awake ye drunkards, weep and howl ye drinkers of
Yayin." (Joel 1:5)
- "Yayin is a mocker , strong drink is a raging and
whosoever is deceived by it is not wise." (Prov.20.1)
- "They assemble themselves for corn and Yayin and they
rebel against me." (Hosea 7:14)
- "Whoredom and Yayin ..take away the heart." (Hosea
- "Woe to those that are at ease in Zion...that lie upon
beds of ivory…that drink Yayin (Amos 6:6)
- "Be not among Yayin drinkers" (Prov. 23:20)
Look closely at the context when you are studying Yayin and remember it was not always fermented. If Yayin is spoken well of in some scriptures it will be the unfermented Yayin. The weakness of our English language of the 21st Century is that when we see the word wine we automatically think alcohol. This was not so in Biblical days.
There is even a warning about Tirsoh:
"Whoredom Yayin and Tirsoh...take way the heart" (Hosea 4:11).
Tirosh was expensive and a was considered the queen of
beverages. Those who are crazy about it fall into the category of gluttons; too
much attachment to anything of pleasure destroys the soul.
Jesus' First Miracle Changing the Water into What?
At a wedding in Cana Jesus is said to have changed water into wine.
It is my belief that Jesus made fresh grape juice and not the forbidden Alcoholic wine. Would he who was sinless make a condemned substance? He would never have made a drink that causes people to lose visual acuity, mental acuity, bodily motor control and that leads to ravings, fighting, vomiting, memory-loss, cirrhosis of the liver, black-outs and loss of brain mass? It is unthinkable to suggest that he made alcoholic wine. It says that the people at the wedding ran out of beverage. If they had drunk all the alcohol they had are we to believe that Jesus made 60 gallons more? . They would have been falling down and slurring their speech and passing out. Would the lover of our souls really do that to people? Open your eyes he came to set us free from alcohol, not make party animals out of us.
Alcoholic Yayin is called "the poison of dragons, the cruel venom of asps" that comes from the grapes that are grown on the terraces of Sodom and Gomorra (Deut.32:33 NEB ).
Even in moderation it is a poison. You wouldn't advocate adultery in moderation, or murder in moderation so why would you advocate taking Alcohol in moderation?
"Whoredom Yayin and Tirsoh and strong drink (Shakar).take way the heart" (Hosea 4:11).
There is another Hebrew word that is often linked with alcoholic Yayin and that is Shakar.
William Patton's Book Bible Wines 1874 republished by Star Bible Fort Worth Texas 1981 says
"Shakar is a liquor obtained from dates and other fruits, or barley, millet etc.. both Yayin and Shakar
have in them the saccharine principle and therefore may become alcoholic. But both may be kept and used unfermented".pg 57
So just like Yayin when you read about Shakar in the Bible you have to look at it in context to see if it is fermented or unfermented. For example in
Leviticus 10:9 "Do not drink Yayin nor Shakar, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations". This is obviously speaking about alcoholic Yayin and alcoholic Shakar. But in
Numbers 28:7 "And the drink offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the holy place shalt thou cause the Shakar to be poured unto the LORD for a drink offering. This is obviously non-alcoholic Generally in the Bible Shakar is referring to drunkenness.
Ps 69:12 "They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkard s (Shakar drinkers). "
There is however one place where fermented Shakar and fermented Yayin in their alcoholic states are permitted.
Pr 31:6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. At the point of death, if one is in intense pain and depression, these may be given as painkillers.
Didn't Jesus Drink
Wine at the Last Supper?
At the Last Supper Jesus passed around the cup of and said "This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is poured out for you." (Luke 22:20)
Do you really think that he was saying that the symbol of the Christian Church and the New Covenant was the forbidden drink Alcoholic Yayin?
Even a child can see mothers abused, children molested, homes destroyed, cars wrecked, divorces and fights, people murdered all because of alcohol. Do you really think Jesus had alcohol in that cup?
Why it Was
Here Are Two Reasons why it could not have been alcohol.
- Alcohol is created by adding leaven (yeast) to grapes and then processing it at the right temperature. Jesus was celebrating the feast of the Passover when all leaven/yeast is removed from Israel . Anyone eating bread with yeast or any product that had yeast in it was "cut off from Israel". Jesus was eating unleavened bread and drinking unleavened grape juice.
Christians are commanded to be temperate. That does not imply moderation. Temperate means literally to cut off all intoxicants.
Proverbs 31:4 says It is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes strong drink." Leviticus 10:9 says priests will die if they attempt to serve God while drinking wine or strong drink.
Rev 1:6 says Jesus has made us "kings and priests". Therefore if you believe Christians are kings and priests then it is not for Christians to drink wine or strong drink.
If your pastor teaches other wise he is following a spirit of falsehood. Micah 2:11 says if a man comes among sinners teaching that they can have alcohol and strong drinks they will hail him as a prophet but he is "walking in a spirit of falsehood".
Satan has been laughing for over two thousand years that he was able to unite the cult of the wine god Dionysius to Christianity. Dionysius was his name in Greece, but in Egypt he was known as Moloch. I say it's time for Satan to stop laughing and the children of Yahveh to stand up and say thus far, but no farther.
"Watch and be sober"
And What Does the
Bible Say About Other Drugs?
In addition to Tirosh,Yayin, and Shakar the Bible lists many other intoxicants.
translators called them wines or strong drinks but by looking at the variety of
their names you can see that they are different substances. I am a student of
Hebrew but do not profess to be an expert.
Mixing herbs with wine is an ancient practice so most of these were delivered in liquid form although in the cannibal cult of Moloch they burned "incense" which was inhaled (marijuana?) and Solomon was in love with a drug which he described as Black as the tents of Kedar. Kedar was one of Noah's sons who is believe to have migrated to India. I am suggesting that Solomon's downfall was Opium.
The Book of the Revelation says no sorcerers can enter God's kingdom. The word "Sorcerer" in Greek is pharmakia(drug users)
I Corinthians 6:9-10) says
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Be not deceived...no Methuskos (intoxicated ones) shall inherit the Kingdom of God."
and Sisters you cannot take any intoxicants and expect to inherit immortality.
I'd recommend you take little or no chemicals into your system or herbs with hallucengenic effects.
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