The Lamb of God Was a Goat! Part 3
Copyright 1994 - 2018 Bill's Bible Basics

Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
January 14, 1999

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

Defining 'Probaton', The Law Of Moses Still In Effect, Goats
In The New Testament, We're Dead To The Law, Targetting The
Sheep, Hungry Sheep Versus Unbelieving Goats, Rebellious
Goats Of Ancient Judah, Our One True Shepherd, Bought With A
Price, Lamb Of God, Our Eternal High Priest, Prayerful Study
Sanitization Of The KJV Bible, The King James Translators,
Slaves And Goats, Strong Delusion Of Antichrist And Temple

Let us continue now with our main discussion. In the New
Testament, the word 'sheep' is derived from the Greek word
'probaton'. The Greek lexicon states that this word means
any four-footed, tame animal which is accustomed to graze.
It refers to small grazing animals, as opposed to larger
cattle, horses, etc. It is most commonly used to mean a
sheep or a goat. After this definition, the lexicon then
states that 'probaton' always means sheep in the New

To be honest, I was rather taken back by this discovery; not
only because I had assumed that the word 'sheep' in the New
Testament always means exactly that; that is, a sheep, but
also because it seems that 'probaton' is as nebulous as the
Old Testament word 'seh'; which, as we have already seen,
can also refer to either a sheep or a goat. The fact that
the Greek lexicon makes the claim that 'probaton' always
means 'sheep' in the New Testament, bothers me even more;
and I questioned upon what basis this claim is made. As I
looked through the New Testament, I quickly discovered a
number of verses where it could easily mean either sheep or
goats, or even both. Consider the following:

"But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with
compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd." (Matthew 9:36)

"And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you,
that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the
sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?"
(Matthew 12:11)

"How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of
them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine,
and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone
astray?" (Matthew 18:12)

"And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and
doves, and the changers of money sitting: 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;"
(John 2:14-15)

"Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which
is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five
porches." (John 5:2)

Obviously, a flock of goats can just as easily be scattered
on the mountainsides as a flock of sheep. Not only that, but
it is quite normal for sheep and goats to be mixed together.
As we will see shortly, it is for this very reason that the
time is coming when the Lord will have to divide the sheep
from the goats. In like manner, a caring shepherd will just
as quickly pull one of his goats out of a pit, as he will
one of his sheep. In addition to this, being as it is his
means of earning an income, a man will just as quickly look
for a goat lost in the hills, as he will for one of his
sheep; even if it means leaving the other ninety-nine in
safe hands.

Finally, we have already seen that oxen, or bullocks, goats,
sheep, doves and pigeons, were all a part of the sacrifices
which were mandated by the Lord through the Law of Moses.
These offerings were not terminated with the commencement of
the New Testament era. This is clearly evident in the four
Gospels, as well as in the Book of Acts. For example, after
Mary's period of purification following the Birth of Jesus,
notice what we are told by the writer Luke:

"And when the days of her purification according to the law
of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem,
to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of
the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called
holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to
that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of
turtledoves, or two young pigeons." (Luke 2:22-24)

During the course of His Earthly Ministry, Jesus Christ also
plainly indicated that the Mosaic Law, and the sacrifices
which were mandated by it, were still in full effect. This
becomes quite evident by the following example found in the
Gospel of Matthew, where the Lord heals a man of leprosy:

"And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying,
Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put
forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou
clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus
saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew
thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses
commanded, for a testimony unto them." (Matthew 8:2-4)

In the Old Testament, the final chapters of the Book of
Ezekiel are the last place where instructions regarding the
various sacrifices are mentioned. In those verses, which I
shared with you in part one, a goat was still being used for
the atonement of sin. What that means is that unless some
unrecorded revelation was received from the Lord during the
final hundreds of years prior to the birth of Christ, goats
were still being used for the required sin offering in the
New Testament. Therefore, when we read of the sheep market
which was located by the Pool of Bethesda, it could very
easily, and in my opinion, most likely did refer to a place
where both sheep and goats were kept and sold to outsiders,
who required them for their Temple sacrifices. This would be
in perfect agreement with the true meaning of the Greek word

This same possibility applies to when Jesus drove the sheep
and the oxen from the Temple grounds. The oxen, or bullocks,
were present; the sheep were present; the doves were also
present; so where were the goats? In my view, the truth of
the matter is that there were goats present; it is simply
that in the translation, the word 'probaton' was made to
mean just sheep, when it should have been translated as
sheep and goats. It doesn't seem likely that the Lord would
just drive out the sheep, and allow the goats to remain,
does it?

The only way to deny these truths, would be to suggest that
goats were no longer being used for the Temple sacrifices
during the New Testament era; however, as I have now clearly
demonstrated, such an idea is totally contrary to everything
we have seen regarding the sacrifices and offerings which
were mandated by the Mosaic Law; which were still in effect
up until our Lord's Sacrifice. Not only that, let us not
forget that Jesus did mention the kid in His Parable of the
Prodigal Son; which was a sin offering. The Jewish Disciples
continued to observe the Jewish feast days, even after our
Lord's Crucifixion. The primary difference was that they no
longer depended upon certain practices, such as the need for
animal sacrifices, and circumcision, for their Salvation;
but rather they placed their faith in the one-time Sacrifice
of Jesus Christ; for as the Apostle Paul wrote in several
different places:

"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law
by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,
even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should
bring forth fruit unto God." (Romans 7:4)

"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to
come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made
with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by
the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he
entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal
redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more
shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit
offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause
he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of
death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were
under the first testament, they which are called might
receive the promise of eternal inheritance."
(Hebrews 9:11-15)

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins...For by one offering he hath
perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
(Hebrews 10:4, 14)

"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any
thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."
(Galatians 5:6)

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any
thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature."
(Galatians 6:15)

As we dig deeper into the New Testament, it becomes obvious
that during His Earthly Ministry, Jesus did make a clear
distinction between the spiritual sheep who believed in Him,
and the rebellious spiritual goats who rejected Him. While
we could assume that the following verses refer to sheep or
goats, it seems to me that the Lord is specifying an exact
target. In other words, either He was telling His Disciples
to go to the sheep, or else to the goats; either He Himself
was sent to the sheep, or else to the goats; and finally,
the only ones who could be offended, and thus be scattered,
could be those who actually followed Him in the first place;
that is, the sheep:

"But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
(Matthew 10:6)

"But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost
sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 15:24)

"And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because
of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the
shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered." (Mark 14:27)

The fact that the Lord was specifically targetting the
hungry sheep as opposed to the unbelieving, rebellious
goats, becomes absolutely clear when we read the following
Parable found in the twenty-fifth chapter of the Gospel of
Matthew. Here we see that while sheep and goats were used in
the animal sacrifices, and while sheep and goats are mixed
in the herds of men, just as the wheat grows along side of
the tares until the day of harvest, someday soon, there will
be a definite separation of the flocks; and they will be
going to two very different places:

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of
his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and
he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd
divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the
sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then
shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world:...Then shall he say also
unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:...
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal." (Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46)

Please note that in the previous verses, the word 'goats' is
derived from the Greek word 'eriphion'; which in turn is a
derivative of the word 'eriphos'; which we saw earlier in
the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is interesting to note
that the Lord's reference to the rebellious unbelievers as
goats is not only found in the New Testament. In the Book of
the Prophet Zechariah, while describing the waywardness of
the inhabitants of Judah, the Lord also inspired the Prophet
to refer to them as rebellious goats whom He had to punish:

"Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so
the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of
rain, to every one grass in the field. For the idols have
spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have
told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went
their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was
no shepherd. Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds,
and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited
his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his
goodly horse in the battle." (Zechariah 10:1-3)

Because the Lord did make a clear distinction between the
hungry sheep and the rebellious goats in the previous
examples, although the same word 'probaton' is used in the
following verses, which could mean sheep or goats, it only
seems to make sense that the Lord is identifying Himself as
the Shepherd of the sheep, and not as the Shepherd of the

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the
door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the
same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the
door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter
openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his
own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth
forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep
follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will
they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not
the voice of strangers...Verily, verily, I say unto you, I
am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are
thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am
the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and
shall go in and out, and find pasture...I am the good
shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the
sheep...I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am
known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the
Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other
sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must
bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one
fold, and one shepherd." (John 10:1-5, 7-9, 11, 14-16)

As I point out in such articles as 'The Blood Atonement: In
Jesus' Own Words', the Holy Scriptures clearly tell us that
we are all bought with a Price; and that Price is the very
Blood of the Lamb of God; Jesus Christ Himself. Please
consider the following verses which establish this point:

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify
God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
(1 Corinthians 7:23)

"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but
to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
(Matthew 20:28)

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to
be testified in due time." (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the
church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and
cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he
might present it to himself a glorious church, not having
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be
holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:25-27)

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain
conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But
with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before
the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last
times for you," (1 Peter 1:18-20)

In addition to the fact that the Prophet Isaiah appears to
have been describing Jesus as a sheep, and not as a goat, as
well as the fact that Jesus Himself clearly aligned Himself
with the sheep, as opposed to the goats, in His Parables,
from the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, to the very end
of the Book of Revelation, we are repeatedly told that Jesus
Christ is the Lamb of God. Consider the following verses:

"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
world...And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of
God...And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold
the Lamb of God!" (John 1:29, 34, 36)

"The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was
led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before
his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:" (Acts 8:32)

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of
the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a
Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven
eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all
the earth...And when he had taken the book, the four beasts
and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having
every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours,
which are the prayers of saints...Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and
riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and
blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the
earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and
all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour,
and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the
throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."
(Revelation 5:6, 8, 12-13)

"And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I
heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four
beasts saying, Come and see...And said to the mountains and
rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that
sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:"
(Revelation 6:1, 16)

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no
man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And
cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb...And one of the
elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are
arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said
unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are
they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the
Lamb...For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne
shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains
of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes." (Revelation 7:9-10, 13-14, 17)

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto
the death." (Revelation 12:11)

"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose
names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain
from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:8)

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and
with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his
Father's name written in their foreheads...These are they
which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.
These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits
unto God and to the Lamb...The same shall drink of the wine
of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture
into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented
with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels,
and in the presence of the Lamb:" (Revelation 14:1, 4, 10)

"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the
song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy
works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou
King of saints." (Revelation 15:3)

"These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:
and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and
faithful." (Revelation 17:14)

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the
marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready...And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he
saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."
(Revelation 19:7, 9)

"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had
the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked
with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride,
the Lamb's wife...And the wall of the city had twelve
foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of
the Lamb. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God
Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had
no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for
the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light
thereof...And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing
that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or
maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book
of life." (Revelation 21:9, 14, 22-23, 27)

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as
crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the
Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side
of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve
manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the
leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And
there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of
the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:"
(Revelation 22:1-3)

Taking into consideration everything we have now discovered
in this series, rather than be adamant and insist that Jesus
should absolutely be viewed as a symbolic lamb, that is, as
the offspring of a ewe, allow me to suggest that it may be
wiser to accept the true Scriptural view, in which the word
'lamb' really means a young goat or a young sheep, which was
slain during the various Jewish feast days. We can still
refer to Him as the Lamb of God, for indeed He truly is, but
let us keep in mind the true meaning of the word according
to its Biblical context. Like the Apostle Paul, let us bear
in mind that while Jesus is symbolized as a goat which was
offered as an atonement for sin, what is most important, is
that He can die no more; because He offered up Himself as
the Final Sacrifice for sin; and thus He has become the High
Priest of a better Covenant. Consider some of the key verses
found in the ninth and tenth chapters of Paul's Epistle to
the Hebrews:

"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to
come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made
with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by
the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he
entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal
redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more
shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit
offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause
he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of
death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were
under the first testament, they which are called might
receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a
testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of
the testator. For a testament is of force after men are
dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the
testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was
dedicated without blood...Nor yet that he should offer
himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy
place every year with blood of others; For then must he
often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but
now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put
away sin by the sacrifice of himself...So Christ was once
offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look
for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto
salvation." (Hebrews 9:11-18, 22, 25-26, 28)

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins...By the which will we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for
all...For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them
that are sanctified." (Hebrews 10:4, 10, 14)

Before concluding this series, I feel it is important to
offer a few admonitions. The first one is this: In studying
God's Word, it is extremely important that we are Spirit-led
in our understanding and interpretation of it. While I have
always cautioned my readers to not accept any doctrine or
tradition of men unless it can be fully backed by the Holy
Scriptures, we must also be very careful in regards to our
usage of extra-Biblical resources, which serve to enhance
our undertanding of the Scriptures. Not only does this apply
to secular resources, but it also applies to the information
contained in the various study Bibles one might use, as well
as in the Bible dictionaries, and even in the Hebrew and
Greek lexicons one might utilize. Of course, I include my
own writings in this category as well.

Just because certain information is found in such resources,
does not guarantee that it is necessarily accurate or true.
As with my own writings, some of it is quite doctrinal in
nature; and is written from the personal perspective of a
particular author, priest, minister, church or organization.
Such seems to be the case with the Greek word 'probaton'. As
we have seen, while the Greek lexicon clearly states that it
can mean sheep, goats, or any small grazing animal, whoever
wrote the lexicon, took the liberty to state that 'probaton'
always means sheep in the New Testament. Everything I have
shared in this series seems to indicate otherwise. As such,
it seems to me that this comment was based upon the personal
bias of the writer; and is an attempt to steer the reader in
a certain direction regarding their understanding of the
Scriptures, instead of allowing God's Spirit to be their

To be honest, while it is easy to attribute such things to
human error, because of the information we have discovered
in this series, I have begun to wonder if this very minimal
mention of goats in the Books of the New Testament, might
not be a deliberate attempt by the translators, to sanitize
the New Testament. In other words, is it possible that they
intentionally removed most indications that Jesus Christ was
associated with a sacrificial goat; by always translating
'probaton' as 'sheep', so that they could replace the goat
image with the more acceptable image of a sacrificial pure,
white lamb? If we consider for a moment how the British
Isles have long been steeped into such occultic practices as
witchcraft, satanism, necromancy, druidism, etc., and that
the goat plays an important role in some of these practices,
it is easy to understand why the dear translators may have
felt it necessary to disassociate our Lord with such things
as much as possible; and thus also avoid offending the
sensitivities of the puritanical court of King James.

While we can all agree that the KJV Bible is a work of the
inspiration of God's Spirit, we would be fools to deny that
there were political and religious forces which controlled
its translation within the court of King James. In other
words, while the KJV Bible is indeed an inspired work, and
the only Bible which I personally trust, the dear men who
translated it into our English tongue, were just as human as
you or I; which means that they were not perfect. So while
the KJV Bible is an inspired work, that does not necessarily
mean that it is a perfect work; because those who translated
it were not perfect. Every single word is not 'Thus saith
the Lord'. Given the puritanical spirit which was prevalent
in England at that time, it seems quite possible to me that
the translators may have been the victims of a certain
degree of political correctness; because they had to produce
a 'clean' work which would be acceptable to the King.

Before you outright reject my comments as being blasphemous
or heretical, allow me to remind you of a similar situation
which I mention in the series 'The International Jew And The
Protocols Of Zion'. While the Greek word 'doulos' is used
one hundred and twenty-seven times in the New Testament, not
one single time do we find it translated into its primary
English equivalent; and that is the word 'slave'. For your
information, one hundred and twenty times it is translated
as 'servant', six times as 'bond' and one time as 'bondman'.
Why is it never translated as 'slave' in the New Testament
of the Authorized King James Bible?

The Old Testament follows the very same pattern. Even though
we are all aware of the fact that slavery was a very common
practice during Biblical times, just as it still is today,
although it is now cleverly called by different names, not
one single time do we find the Hebrew word 'ebed' translated
as 'slave' in the Old Testament; and that is its primary
definition. The word 'ebed' is used eight hundred times; yet
not once is it translated as 'slave'. Of those eight hundred
times, seven hundred and forty-four times, it is translated
as 'servant'. For example, consider the following verse
where Noah curses Ham's son, Canaan. Surely Noah was cursing
his grandson, and his descendants the Canaanites, into a
life of absolute slavery; yet look at how the verse has been
translated for us:

"And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall
he be unto his brethren." (Genesis 9:25)

For your information, as noted above, that phrase 'servant
of servants' is actually translated from the Hebrew word
'ebed', which is repeated twice, in order to emphasize the
absolute lowly state of subjection and slavery to which
Canaan was cursed. In other words, the verse actually reads
'ebed ebed'. Could it be that the reason that we don't find
the word 'slave' in the Authorized King James Bible, except
for one time in italics in the second chapter of the Book of
Jeremiah, (meaning it was inserted by the translators as a
means to clarify what the verse means), is because it was,
and still is, a politically sensitive word? Could it be due
to the fact that England was indulged heavily in slavery at
that time, and using such a word in the Bible might have
been offensive to the King, as well as to others?

Concerning the goat issue, let us carefully weigh the
evidence. In the Old Testament, the word 'goat' is mentioned
thirty-five times. The word 'goats' is mentioned ninety-one
times. The word 'kid' is mentioned forty-two times. That is
a total of one hundred and sixty-eight times. In addition to
this, the word 'lamb' is used seventy-four times, and the
word 'lambs' is used seventy-nine times. In some cases it
means a goat, while in others, it means a sheep. Even if we
choose to ignore the words 'lamb' and 'lambs', we still have
one hundred and sixty-eight examples which emphasize the
importance of sacrificial goats in the Old Testament, as an
atonement for sin; and we know that they were still being
sacrificed prior to Christ's Final Sacrifice in the New
Testament. In fact, those stubborn Jewish Elders probably
kept up animal sacrifices until 70 A.D., when Roman General
Titus completely destroyed the Temple; exactly as Jesus had
prophesied forty years earlier:

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his
disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the
temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these
things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here
one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
(Matthew 24:1-2)

Despite these facts, in the New Testament, this mysterious
lack of the mention of sacrificial goats is very obvious. In
fact, in this series, I have mentioned the only examples
where goats are even found in the New Testament. The first
one is found in the Lord's Parable regarding the division of
the sheep from the goats at the end of the world. In that
parable, the word 'goats' is used twice; but please notice
that it is used in a negative context, and that is in no way
associated with the image of Christ as a Sacrificial Goat.
Perhaps it is for this reason that it was left intact.

The second example is found in the Parable of the Prodigal
Son; however, Jesus actually mentions a kid; and unless the
reader fully understands the story as I have explained it in
this series, he will not make any association with Christ
being represented by a Sacrificial Goat. Finally, in the
verses I shared earlier from Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews,
Paul uses the word 'goats' four times in order to show how
the sacrificial goat is no longer necessary. This is the
only time where we see a close association between Christ
and the sacrificial goat in the New Testament.

That, my friends, is the evidence. I am sure the disparity
is quite obvious to you. In my view, the fact that goats are
clearly mentioned at least one hundred and sixty-eight times
in the Old Testament, and only three times in the Books of
the New Testament, seems to indicate possible manipulation,
for the purpose of molding people's minds, and branding the
politically-correct, more acceptable, and more respectable
image of a little, soft, white sacrificial lamb in the minds
and hearts of the believers. It is a cleaner, more sanitized
version of our faith. Could there be any truth to this
speculation? I will leave it up to you to decide.

The final warning I wish to offer is this: Beware of the
future! Watch out for the coming strong delusion! Being as I
have already discussed this topic in great detail in many of
my Endtime articles, I will not belabor the point here. Let
me simply state that when we see the construction of a final
Temple in Jerusalem, possibly in the very near future, and
when we see the daily sacrifices, the atonement sacrifice,
and any other offerings begun anew, and when we see the
false messiah sit in the Temple claiming to be 'God', do not
believe one single bit of it; because it will all be a total
lie and deception of Satan! Let me repeat once again the
words of the Apostle Paul:

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins...For by one offering he hath
perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
(Hebrews 10:4, 14)

With these verses, I am going to bring another series to a
close. I pray that it has been instructional, and a blessing
in your life. If you have an interest in reading other
articles which are related to this one, may I suggest that
you read 'The Blood Atonement: In Jesus' Own Words', as well
as 'Judgment Of Azazel: Scapegoat Of The Hight Priest', and
'Child Of The Lamb Or Child Of The Goat?'.

BBB Tools And Services

Please avail yourself of other areas of the Bill's Bible Basics website. There are many treasures for you to discover.