You probably read the following verses many times:
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
— Matthew 21:12-13
In John 2:15-16 we read about the same event:
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
Usually people think that the reason why Yeshua was so angry with the sellers of the temple was because they were trading in the House of God and that made him angry, and he spontaneously overthrew the tables.
But why would it be a sin to sell animals if people were expected to purchase them for temple sacrifice?
In the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew we find it told this way:
Jesus entered the house of the Lord and found there those who buy and sell. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.
He said unto them: It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations, but you have made it a cave of violent men.
This last gospel gives us more clarity about why Yeshua overturned the tables. We know this event was not impulsive since in Mark’s Gospel this is made very clear:
And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
— Mark 11:11
So Yeshua already saw what was taking place in the temple the day before; but since it was getting late, he decided to delay his actions till the next day. His overturning of tables was a premeditated action, therefore.
The reason Yeshua did not overturn the tables then, was because the people were dispersing as it was getting late. He wanted his action to be public as he wanted to make a statement. So he went to Bethany to spend the night there.
The next day, the very day that each male of the house-hold was supposed to pick an animal to be killed in honor of the Creator for the Passover, he went into the temple and overthrew the tables of sellers, and freed all the animals from the temple.
Why would Yeshua do this? It was expected for people to purchase animals on that day in order to sacrifice them. It was a law which people obeyed.
Or was it?
The next quote comes from the NHEB and not KJV as it’s more clear in this translation. These are the words of YHWH through the prophet Jeremiah:
Why then do these people of Jerusalem turn away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast deceit; they refuse to return.
I listened and heard, but they did not speak what is right: no man repents him of his wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” Everyone turns to his course, as a horse that rushes headlong in the battle.
Yes, the stork in the sky knows her appointed times; and the turtledove and the swallow and the crane observe the time of their coming; but my people do not know the LORD’s law.
How can you say, “We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us?” But, look, the false pen of the scribes has worked falsely.
The wise men are disappointed, they are dismayed and taken: look, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what kind of wisdom is in them?
— Jeremiah 8:5-9
So from these verses we read that Israelites did not know the law of our Heavenly Father because the scribes added their own writings to the Torah and therefore changed it. Here you have it. Right in our bibles. It’s told that those who are considered wise in Israel rejected the laws of their Creator. In verses before the quoted ones we find it said that instead, they chose to worship the heavenly host.
In Genesis 4:26 we find it said that it was at the time of Enosh’s birth that people started calling on the name of the Lord. This seems to be a corrupted passage plus a slight mistranslation. Let’s look at the Masoretic Text:
וּלְשֵׁ֤ת גַּם־הוּא֙ יֻלַּד־בֵּ֔ן וַיִּקְרָ֥א אֶת־שְׁמ֖וֹ אֱנ֑וֹשׁ אָ֣ז הוּחַ֔ל לִקְרֹ֖א בְּשֵׁ֥ם יְהוָֽה׃
And to Seth also was born a son and he called his name Enosh;
Then (men) were caused to start calling in the name of YHWH.
The same word חָלַל also means “pollute”, “profane”. And if this text is indeed corrupted, it should say something along the lines that that was the time when men started to profane the name of YHWH.
How did they profane it? By calling their idols and false gods by the same name.
We know this is what they did because the Bible supports it. But first lets look at how this verse is rendered in Palestinian Targum (which is an early Tanakh translation):
And to Sheth also was born a son, and he called his name Enosh. That was the generation in whose days they began to err, and to make themselves idols, and surnamed their idols by the name of the Word of the Lord.
We know that Israelites called idols and false gods by the name of YHWH from our biblical text as well, such as Exodus 32:4:
And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
KJV translation doesn’t make it clear, but this text says that Aaron made a golden calf and said that this was the god who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and then he proclaimed a feast to YHWH (translated as “Lord” in KJV). So basically he called the golden calf YHWH.
So from these primary sources we find out that Israelites worshipped false gods and sometimes called them by the name of YHWH, and that Torah was changed by including pagan laws to it for worshipping false gods that our Heavenly Father never commanded us to observe.
Is there more Bible evidence supporting this claim? Yes, and much.
Firstly, let’s look at the words of Yeshua.
Yeshua claimed that the divorce law was changed, because He said that in the beginning man only married one wife; he told that the person who divorces the wife except for sexual immorality and remarries another, commits adultery. Pharisees asked him that if that was the case, why then Moses allowed such remarriage, and he answered that Moses did so because of the hardness of their hearts, but that in the beginning it was not so. (Matthew 19:3-9)
In Matthew 9:13 Yeshua quoted the words of YHWH from the prophet Hosea, that the Creator desires mercy and not sacrifice. In Hosea 6:6 we find it told that God desires mercy, and not sacrifice; that He desires us acknowledging Him rather than offering burnt offerings.
So how do we reconcile these opposites? At one time we find it said that our Heavenly Father desires burnt offerings, and there are many verses which say that He does not desire them. And the answer is that burnt offerings were added due to the lying pen of the scribes.
There were prophets sent from our Heavenly Father who attempted to stop the slaughter of animals as YHWH never instituted such a thing. But religious leaders refused to listen.
For example, in Jeremiah 7:21-23 we read:
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
These verses clearly say that the Creator neither wanted us to eat flesh, nor to offer burnt offerings to Him. That He did not command them in the day that He brought them out of the land of Egypt anything to do with burnt offerings and sacrifices. He only wanted them to listen to His voice and walk in His ways, and then they would become His people and it would all be well with them.
But the Bible is full of burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the commands to offer them to God. So if our Creator Himself says that He did not want those sacrifices, it means that they were either added by the lying hand of scribes, or that Israelites listened to other gods and called them by the name of YHWH, and obeyed the commandments of those other gods, recording them in our Bibles as though those commandments were given by the Creator.
Further in Jeremiah it is told that our Heavenly Father kept sending prophets to them with the same message, but the Israelites did not want to listen, and actually the next generation became worse than the previous one (Jeremiah 7:26). It is told that the children of Israel set up their abominations in a house called by His name to pollute it (Jer 7:30), and that they not only burnt animals, but children as well, which YHWH never commanded, neither such an idea ever came into His heart (Jer 7:31).
Due to the amount of burnt sacrifices that Israelites offered, YHWH said that in the future that place of sacrifice (Tophet) will be called a valley of slaughter; and that because of so much slaughter they themselves will die and be buried there (Jeremiah 7:33-34).
And in the next chapter YHWH discloses whom those burnt offerings were dedicated; that it was never for YHWH, but for the sun, moon, and the host of heaven. These are the ones Israelites loved, served, sought and worshipped (Jer 8:2).
He said that the people of Israel are “slidden back by a perpetual backsliding” and that “they hold fast a deceit“, and that “they refuse to return”. (Jer 8:5). So it seems that Israelites knew that they were doing wrong, but they continued worshipping false gods pretending to worship YHWH, and they continued killing animals though they knew that YHWH never wanted His creations to be killed.
After these verses it becomes clearer why Yeshua accused scribes and Pharisees of shutting the Kingdom of Heaven against men, neither themselves going in, nor others allowing to enter (Matthew 23:13). That’s because they changed the law and through that made people sin (as they killed animals). So religious leaders kept people in sin, lying that what they do is according to the Creator’s law, and therefore preventing them from entering into the kingdom of heaven because of their lack of repentance for this sin.
So now we understand that Yeshua made a much greater accusation against scribes and Pharisees than what most people think. Because we are taught by pastors that Yeshua was simply against the traditions of the elders, but in truth Yeshua was accusing them of creating their own laws and passing them as laws of YHWH in the very Torah itself.
So then it makes sense why he would say such words as “I came not to destroy the law”; because people thought that that’s exactly what he was trying to do, not understanding that the “laws” he was trying to destroy were not the laws of YHWH but the ones their religious leaders wanted to appear as the words of our Creator.
When prophets were sent to them warning them of their wrong-doing, these self-proclaimed religious leaders killed those prophets in order to continue a very profitable animal sacrifice business. For example, the prophet Isaiah gave the message from YHWH to religious leaders saying that YHWH did not delight in the blood of animals (Isaiah 1:11).
He said that YHWH did not require this at their hands. He said that our Creator didn’t hear their prayers because their hands were full of blood (Isaiah 1:15). He told them to wash themselves and no longer do such evil and start doing good works (Isaiah 1:16-17). Then the Creator would forgive all their sins, though they be great (Isaiah 1:18).
Did religious leaders listen to Isaiah and repent? No, quite the opposite. Not only did they not repent, but, according to Jerusalem Talmud, they pursued Isaiah and he hid in a tree, and they sawed the tree in half, together with Isaiah.
In Micah 6 we read that YHWH cannot be pleased with burnt offerings, human sacrifice or the pouring of oil; that YHWH showed us what He wants of us: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before His face (Micah 6:8). But instead, He saw people full of violence and deceit, and because of such sins they would get their just reward (Micah 6:12-13).
In Micah 6:16 YHWH says:
For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
From this verse we find out that Israelites kept the statues of Omri. In the Bible we read that Omri was the King of Israel that walked in “all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat” (1 Kings 16:26). King Jeroboam was responsible for introducing idolatry at the beginning of his reign.
So he must have introduced some laws about idol worship (called “statutes” in the quoted verse), which Israelites kept, pretending that it was YHWH that commanded to do them.
The next half of the verse mentions “the works of the house of Ahab”. Ahab was the son of Omri. In 1 Kings 16:30-34 we read that:
(…) Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.
And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
So king Omri was more evil than his father and continued in idol worship. YHWH says that Israelites continued in the works of this king, therefore they continued in all these pagan abominations.
There are many passages in the Bible of prophets pleading with the religious leaders to stop animal sacrifices that YHWH never instituted, but not only those prophets were rejected, but many of them were killed for daring to oppose their made-up customs.
You can see many other verses connected with YHWH’s pledge to stop blood sacrifices in this video. I highly recommend watching it if you are still not convinced that YHWH never wanted blood sacrifices.
So why would religious leaders continue animal sacrifice if YHWH never instituted it, and it is an abomination in His eyes?
Firstly, it’s important to understand who were the religious leaders interested in keeping this practice going.
Those seated in Moses’ seat and therefore in the possession of the books of the law were called scribes and Pharisees. Yeshua told that their father is the devil (John 8:44); and John the Baptist called them “the brood of vipers” (Matthew 23:33).
Those were not symbolic words, for those people indeed weren’t of the stock of Israel.
Josephus in his Histories mentions three major sects at the time of Yeshua, and those were: Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes. Josephus says:
For there was a certain sect of men that were Jews, who valued themselves highly upon the exact skill they had in the law of their fathers, and made men believe they were highly favored by God, by whom this set of women were inveigled [persuaded to do something by means of deception or flattery]. These are those that are called the sect of the Pharisees, who were in a capacity of greatly opposing kings. A cunning sect they were, and soon elevated to a pitch of open fighting and doing mischief.
Alexandra hearkened to them to an extraordinary degree, as being herself a woman of great piety towards God. But these Pharisees artfully insinuated themselves into her favor by little and little, and became themselves the real administrators of the public affairs: they banished and reduced whom they pleased; they bound and loosed [men] at their pleasure; and, to say all at once, they had the enjoyment of the royal authority, whilst the expenses and the difficulties of it belonged to Alexandra.
From these descriptions we see that Pharisees were not of the seed of Abraham because they were acting exactly like the Enemy. They displayed usual psychopathic traits of attaching themselves to the victim and squeezing it dry, of being contentious and cunning; of getting into the positions of power by pretending friendships with those in the possession of power.
Here’s the most important quote from Josephus about these people:
For there are three philosophical sects among the Jews. The followers of the first of which are the Pharisees; of the second, the Sadducees; and the third sect, which pretends to a severer discipline, are called Essenes. These last are Jews by birth, and seem to have a greater affection for one another than the other sects have.
Here Josephus clearly says that neither Pharisees nor Sadducees are Jews by birth; so this is in agreement with Yeshua because he said that they are of the devil and not of Abraham. They masterfully infiltrate the positions of power till everything is in their hands; that’s what they always did, and that’s what they are doing today.
That’s the reason almost all churches are under the control of the children of the devil, unfortunately. Wherever there is a position of influence, they strive to get it. They are cunning and smart, and so they usually get those positions.
Not even Israel escaped their entrapments. Those evil ones got into the control of the religion of the Jews and changed the Tanakh according to their wishes. They also changed the New Testament, but that’s another topic.
The reason they instituted blood sacrifice, I believe, is because they are of the devil and therefore do that which is opposite to good. And another reason is that they made a lot of money from the sacrificial system whose monopoly they held.
They don’t care about your salvation. They only care about money. They don’t care that they made people sin by lying to them that they must kill animals in order for YHWH to forgive their sins. They did not want people to know that YHWH wanted clean hearts and good works and not bloody sacrifices which prevent their prayers from being heard; they did not tell the truth of what YHWH wanted from them because they could not profit from those commandments.
We know who delights in blood sacrifices. Cain was the first murderer because he was of Satan. Giants, who were born of women and fallen angels were also evil because they were the products of unlawful mixture. Our Bible, Clementine Homilies, the Book of Giants, the book of Enoch and other books talk about them. They feasted on flesh and when animal flesh wasn’t enough, they turned to devour humans. They delight in blood sacrifices, and many pagans till this day offer bloody sacrifices to them.
But it turns out that YHWH never wanted such sacrifices! He Himself created everything so why would He be appeased by the smell of the burning of the creature He Himself created to live? As He says in Psalm 50:9-15:
I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Yeshua was crucified shortly after trying to overthrow the sacrificial system. This was something self-appointed religious leaders could not afford to take place, since their income depended on it. Sacrificial system was a huge business giving income to many. It was in the interests of those who made their living by it to keep it going.
The sacrificial system, therefore, was never about salvation. It was all about the profit.
One of the greatest reasons why Yeshua was sacrificed was because he went one step ahead of the prophets that came before him. He not only talked against the temple sacrifice, but he tried to physically destroy it. This was something that scribes and Pharisees could not allow to happen, and therefore he was shortly crucified.
Think about this and make your own conclusions. This is one of the most important pieces of information that a Christian could get.
On the Cleansing of the Temple – a good article explaining why Yeshua overturned the tables of moneychangers and freed the animals.
Cain and Abel’s sacrifices were switched by the lying pen of the scribes (watch the whole four parts of this video if you can):
Yeshua came to abolish blood sacrifices:
Some additional information for those interested
Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Ebionites:
I am come to abolish the sacrifices, if ye cease not from sacrificing, the wrath will not cease from you.
How Torah was changed according to Karygmata Petrou:
The law of God was given by Moses, without writing, to seventy wise men, to be handed down, that the government might be carried on by succession. But after that Moses was taken up, it was written by some one, but not by Moses. 2. For in the law itself it is written, “And Moses died; and they buried him near the house of Phogor, and no one knows his sepulchre till this day.” 3. But how could Moses write that Moses died? And whereas in the time after Moses, about 500 years or thereabouts, it is found lying in the temple which was built, and after about 500 years more it is carried away, and being burnt in the time of Nebuchadnezzar it is destroyed; 4. and thus being written after Moses, and often lost, even this shows the foreknowledge of Moses, because he, foreseeing its disappearance, did not write it; but those who wrote it, being convicted of ignorance through their not foreseeing its disappearance, were not prophets.
Then Peter: “As to the mixture of truth with falsehood,39 I remember that on one occasion He, finding fault with the Sadducees, said, “Wherefore ye do err, not knowing the true things of the Scriptures; and on this account ye are ignorant of the power of God.” But if He cast up to their that they knew not the true things of the Scriptures, it is manifest that there are false things in them. And also, inasmuch as He said, “Be ye prudent money-changers, “41 it is because there are genuine and spurious words. (…) And also that He said, “I am not come to destroy the law,” and yet that He appeared to be destroying it, is the part of one intimating that the things which He destroyed did not belong to the law. 3. And His saying, “The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but one jot or one tittle shall not pass froth the law,” intimated that the things which pass away before the heaven and the earth do not belong to the law in reality. 52.1. Since, then, while the heaven and the earth still stand, sacrifices have passed away, and kingdoms, and prophecies among those who are born of woman, and such like, as not being ordinances of God.”
Wherefore, far be it from us to believe that the Lord of all, who made the heaven and the earth, and all things that are in them, shares His government with others, or that He lies. For if He lies, then who speaks truth? Or that He makes experiments as in ignorance; for then who foreknows? 2. And if He deliberates, and changes His purpose, who is perfect in understanding and permanent in design? If He envies, who is above rivalry? If He hardens hearts, who makes wise? 3. If He makes blind and deaf, who has given sight and hearing? If He commits pilfering, who administers justice? If He mocks, who is sincere? If He is weak, who is omnipotent? If He is unjust, who is just? If He makes evil things, who shall make good things? If He does evil, who shall do good? 44.1. But if He desires the fruitful hill, whose then are all things? If He is false, who then is true? If He dwells in a tabernacle, who is without bounds? 2. If He is fond of fat, and sacrifices, and offerings, and drink-offerings, who then is without need, and who is holy, and pure, and perfect? If He is pleased with candles and candlesticks, who then placed the luminaries in heaven? 3. If He dwells in shadow, and darkness, and storm, and smoke, who is the light that lightens the universe? If He comes with trumpets, and shoutings, and darts, and arrows, who is the looked-for tranquillity of all? 4. If He loves war, who then wishes peace? If He makes evil things, who makes good things? If He is without affection, who is a lover of men? If He is not faithful to His promises, who shall be trusted? 5. If He loves the wicked, and adulterers, and murderers, who shall be a just judge?
As we can see, blood sacrifice was a scribal addition and not the requirement from YHWH. If it was the requirement, Yeshua wouldn’t be against it. Yeshua’s stance against the blood sacrifice was removed from our Bibles (as were many other subjects), but fortunately not all evidence was destroyed as you can see from the sources that I provided.
I encourage all of you to think deeply about this and what it means to our faith. And I soon hope to write another article about an issue that’s equally as important and is also to do with blood sacrifice (some of you no doubt should already guess what it will be about).