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Essene Part 4
By Michael Shaw

What Was Animal Sacrifice For?

As mentioned earlier, animal sacrifice, as taught and found in the Old Testament, was used only to cover sins that a person committed unintentionally.  The Sacrifice would not and could not cover sins committed on purpose.  Sins committed on purpose had to be paid for by a persons own pain, suffering, and death.  Referring to animal sacrifice, the bible tells us the following information ..."The Lord, (really Satan or Leviathan in this passage), said to Moses. "Say to the Israelites: 'When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord's commandments..." (Leviticus 4:1- 2) Why do I say that this was Satan or Leviathan, because, as mentioned earlier, God spoke through His prophet and said, "I gave your ancestors no commands about burnt offerings or any other kinds of sacrifices..." (Jerm. 7:22)  If God HIMSELF says He did NOT give any commands for sacrifice, then who is speaking here in Leviticus.  Remember the word Leviticus comes from Leviathan!!!

Azazel: Old Testament Demon:

This animal sacrifice that was performed in the temple was a carry over from the pre- temple days when the Israelites would lay their sins upon a Goat and send the Goat out into the wilderness to be consumed by Azazel - a demon (see Leviticus 16:8).  We must keep in mind that Satan is the god and prince of this world, (2nd Cor. 4:4, John 12:31 & 16:11), and that he, (Satan), was the true instigator of animal sacrifice.   By giving up sacrifice to Satan the early Hebrews believed they would be spared any retribution for their unintentional sins.  Of course this was wrong, as any unintentional wrongs are canceled by unintentional goods.  Rather than fixing anything the Hebrews were adding to their sin.

It was the priestly cast of Levi who maintained the animal sacrifices, at least prior to the Babylonian exile.  Besides Azazel, the Levites worshipped Leviathan, from whom, as already mentioned, they took their name.  A short time after Moses had received the true commandments of God on top of the mountain, the people were seduced by Satan and they began to and did worship Leviathan, also known as Nehushtan. The Hebrews made graven images of Leviathan or Nehushtan which were later destroyed by Hezekiah of Judah: "Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord,... He removed the high places, broke the images, cut down the Asherim and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until then the Israelites had burned incense to it..." (2nd Kings 18:3&4 TAB)

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