BEARDED CRIMINALS AND
There is no doubt that bearded men have committed some of the most heinous crimes throughout history. Osoma Bin Laden is one criminal who fits this description very well. Inspiring men to commit crimes has been Satan's determined goal in life ever since he successfully tempted Adam and Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden. Next Satan managed to inspire Cain to murder his righteous brother Able.
Note... This writer cannot prove this concept from scripture, but common sense tells me that Adam, Cain and Able all had full beards. I'm aware that almost every portrayal of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden depict Adam with a completely effeminate shaved face, but the pictures we see are simply the renditions of starving artists. They are pictorially incorrect, communicating a lie from Satan that man was created with a smooth face. These paintings are simply someone's vain imagination and possibly the artist was forced to draw what the purchaser wanted to see and not what he truly believed.
Ever since Adam's fall the crimes this world has witnessed have left scars so deep in the souls of mankind that many decent, well intentioned and conscientious people have mistakenly associated certain features of their assailants with the quality of being inherently criminal and evil in and of themselves.
In many cases crime victims have unwittingly associated a physical feature of our Loving Savior with the most dastardly criminal activity simply because their assailant, con man or rapist that abused them wore a beard.
Isn't this just as our arch enemy Satan would have it? Simply because of the stigma inappropriately and unjustifiably associated with a beard, men today do not want to obey their convictions to grow their beards.
The Roman Catholic
This kind of reminds me of the Roman Catholic Clergy scandal happening today. The priests of this Diabolical religion are being found out by the world today as being a bunch of sex perverts and pedophiliacs.
Through this preposterous religion Satan has successfully turned millions away from the path of righteousness, but please don't forget that the majority if not all of these Roman Catholic priests sport effeminate shaved faces.
How sinister a foe we have ladies and gentlemen. This recent revelation of the character of the Roman Catholic clergy should heighten our defense and awareness of the inherently Diabolical nature of the Roman Catholic organization. These unthinkable atrocities should also help us to recognize that the Roman Catholic system is in fact the great whore of Revelation 17:1, 15, 16 and 19:2.
Through this preposterous system Satan successfully rivets in the minds of well intentioned people from all walks of life the lie that most priests and pastors are insidious criminals committing crimes of pedophilia and rape of innocent children male and female alike on a daily routine basis.
Satan really loves to attack and violate us through sources that appear as though they are wholesome and trustworthy. Just when we let our guard down because we believe we are in the presence of someone we think we can trust, Satan has one of his disguised servants rape and destroy our children thereby attempting to destroy our confidence in all men of the cloth.
Does this mean that those of us who desire to be a nation of priests after the order of Melchisedec should be detoured from our high calling simply because of our fear of being classed with the perverse order of the Roman Catholic priesthood? Of course not!! But this is exactly what Satan would like to accomplish by disguising his agents as religious priests.
Similar is the situation with men that wear beards in obedience to Yah's requirements listed in Leviticus 19:27 and 21:5. Men who commit heinous crimes while wearing full or patchy beards are simply being used by Satan to make life difficult for those of us who are seeking to reflect the image of our maker by growing our beards like the good book says to do.
King David committed
a terrible crime
while wearing a beard
King David wore a beard and yet he committed a terrible crime by having sexual relations with Uriah the Hittite's wife. 2 Samuel 11 tells the sad story. Then the bearded king, in an attempt to cover his sin of impregnating Bathsheba, had righteous Uriah killed by sending him to the front lines of a heated battle.
How dastardly a crime was this?! Yet does this mean that it is wrong to wear a beard? After all David was a student of the Torah. All one needs to do is read the Psalms and he will see that David meditated on the Torah day and night. King David wrote Psalms 119.
This is the longest chapter in the entire canonized Scripture. This chapter constantly refers to the Torah and more specifically to the statutes. In the Torah there are instructions for men as well as for women and children. One of the commandments is that men shall not shave their beards. Please read Leviticus 19:27 and Leviticus 21:5.
At this point you may be asking yourself "why?"
"Why would Elohim care if I shave or not?"
"Surely I'm not hurting anyone when I shave am I?" "After all it is the popular way to be today and men with beards are looked down on in society in general" "All the women say I look younger or better without a beard" "Even President Bush and almost all of the Christian clergy in America and in the entire world shave." "All Roman Catholic clergy shave" "the Pope shaves" "Even Billy Graham the world renown evangelist shaves" "the President of the Seventh-day Adventist General conference Jan Paulson shaves" "Samuele Bacchiocchi, Dwight Nelson, Doug Bachelor, Jim Hohnberger, Danny Vierra, Mark Finley, Lonnie Meleshenko, John Carter, Ed Reid, Charles Wheeling, Kenneth Cox and Danny Shelton of 3ABN all shave" "99% of the SDA clergy shave" " All the SDA Reform clergy shave" "Almost all the SDA historics shave" "My local pastor shaves" "Ty Gibson and James Rafferty shave and 99% of the SDA independent ministries' leaders and workers shave" "99% of SDA elders and deacons and most of the SDA church officers shave" "all of the successful corporate executives in the world shave" "all the successful magazine male models shave" "All the famous movie stars shave" "All the male newscasters shave" "All of the famous sports figures shave" "All the televangelists shave" "seems as though anybody who wants to be somebody in todays world must shave"
This should be enough proof in and of itself as the majority is always in the wrong when it comes to religious issues.
MANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED MEN CLAIM TO BE THE FOREMOST FOLLOWERS OF YAHUSHUA AND YET NONE OF THEM GROW THEIR BEARDS LIKE HE DOES. HMMMMMM.. I'D SAY SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY HERE.
In other words.... they talk the talk, but do not walk the walk.
1 John 2:6 "He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."
" why, why, why does it matter to Father Yah whether I shave or not?!"
"Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
You say "What could possibly be wrong with shaving Brother John?"
Disadvantages of Shaving
At this point I'm going to share with you what some of the disadvantages of shaving are.
1. You were made in the image of Elohim. What right do you have to directly insult our Creator and deface such a fantastic engineering feat designed specifically to reflect the physical as well as the spiritual character of Elohim. You have no right to deface/vandalize something that Yahuwah created in His own image.
2. If you shave you are violating an express Torah command. The Torah says not to shave. Leviticus 19:27 and 21:5 bear that out.
3. When you shave you are failing to follow our Savior's example. Our Savior wore a beard. Isaiah 50:6 confirms this fact. "I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting."
4. Health laws. It is not healthy to shave. When you drag a razor across your face every day you are going against nature and are unnecessarily opening your skin pours to infectious bacteria. The risk of cutting yourself and unnecessarily beginning an infection is a definite potential danger. The chemicals in the shaving cream and aftershave are accumulatively poisonous and toxic. I heard one story of a man that got cancer only in the vicinity of his face that he shaved every day.
5. It is a waste of money. All the expenses of razors, shaving cream, aftershave, electricity to light the bathroom and water to rinse constantly.
6. It is a waste of your precious time. Time is very valuable. It always has been and always will be.
7. Some people may mistake you for a woman or a Gay man. Gay bashing could occur when you least expect it.
8. You eliminate your chances of being part of the 144,000.
9. When a man gets his testicles removed the effect on the beard is that it stops growing. That is right, not having a beard may be interpreted by some as not having testicles. How shameful.
The following are some positive reasons for growing a beard.
1. The Scriptures say to do so.
2. Yahushua had a beard not to mention all the rest of the characters that played important roles in passing on the torch of truth throughout history.
3. You save money.
4. You save time.
5. You remove the risk of various health hazards associated with shaving your beard.
6. When you look in the mirror your beard will remind you of your Savior.
7. You scare off potential thieves, pickpockets and people that want to do you and your family physical harm.
8. Many women like beards. At least the ones that are worth marrying anyway.
9. When people look at you they may think you are a student of the Scriptures resulting in a witnessing opportunity.
10. You put yourself one step closer to being among the 144,000.
11. You go to sleep at night with a clear conscious.
12. You look more manly.
13. Satan does not like the beard on righteous men. It reminds him of our Savior and King Yahushua who is to destroy him by fire.
14. You will have more unity with your bearded brethren thereby achieving the ideal form of Scriptural unity.
Psalms 133:1-3 "A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity! [It is] like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, [even] Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there YAHUWAH commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore."
According to this beautiful Psalm there is a direct connection between the beard and the unity achieved when brethren dwell together.
In simpler terms....
NO BEARD, NO CHANCE FOR UNITY IN THE BROTHERHOOD!!
Our Savior wore and still wears a full beard.
How easy it would have been if He simply shaved His beard before His crucifixion.
Isaiah 50:6 " I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. "
He knew that this was going to happen and yet He still refused to shave His beard. This tells us how important it is for men not to shave. If it was not a sin to shave He simply would have shaved and avoided the extra pain of having Roman soldiers pluck the hair from His face.
It would have been a sin if He shaved His beard. He could not sin and in order to fulfil the prophecies concerning Himself as the spotless Lamb of Elohim He could not shave.
King David's men were humiliated when another nation shaved off half of their beards.
According to the following military story it is an extreme embarrassment to shave your beard indicating some kind of uncleanliness or military defeat and shame.
2 Samuel 10:1-5
"And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. Then said David, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David [rather] sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it? Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, [even] to their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told [it] unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and [then] return."
We see from the story above that these men were so ashamed to have their beards shaved that they did not want to go home until their beards grew back.
This is the way it should be. Men should be ashamed of their effeminate shaved faces.
Men - The bottom line is this
You are responsible for growing your beard. You cannot use your wife, boss, girlfriend, popular opinion, church pastor or church manual as an excuse for shaving your beard on Judgment Day. The buck stops with the individual whom the command was specifically directed at and it was not directed to the wives of men to determine whether their husbands would fulfill the beard commandment. It simply is not your wife's decision or anyone else for that matter to decide whether you should shave or not. If you made promises to anyone that you would not grow a beard, your Creator has higher claims on you than your own word and your wife. When you obligate yourself to do something and then later find that this obligation causes you to violate an express commandment of Yahuwah you are required to terminate any commitment that prevents you from obeying your Creator.
This line of reasoning is second to none. Those who faithfully practice this principle have at their disposal a divinely created and impregnable defense system that will defend and protect against the most cunning plans of evil men and Satan.
Please do not allow this invitation to slip by without repenting of the sin of shaving.
I want to see all of you brethren in Heaven so we can fellowship in unity with our masculine looking beards while praising our precious bearded Savior.
Leviticus 19:17 "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him."
In writing this article I'm simply fulfilling this commandment. I do not hate my brethren. I'm faithfully rebuking all shaved men because I love them and I want to see them in the New Yahrushalom when it is all said and done.
Let it not be said of you ."Ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." Luke 11:52
Shalom, John Edward Vega
A Seventh-day Adventist
P.S. When men decide that they love their creator with all their heart and all their mind and all their soul and they turn earnestly to the Scripture looking for ways to demonstrate that love, many begin reading the Torah. After all, this command to love YHWH was first written in Deuteronomy 6:5 "And thou shalt love YAHUWAH thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."
One of the commandments written in the Torah is that men shall not shave their beards. Please read Leviticus 19:27 and Leviticus 21:5. This gives us men another way to demonstrate our love for our Savior and Redeemer.