Welcome to lesson 2! I trust that the first lesson was enlightening. As we go further you will see more truth on this vital subject.
The Making of Sweet (unfermented) Wine
Filtering the juice was also used in Bible times to preserve the juice sweet.
Plutarch says, “Wine is rendered old or feeble in strength when it is frequently filtered.” Pliny states, “The most useful wine has all its force or strength broken by the filter.” This is a very telling fact. They considered the most useful wine as that which was not fermented. The reason is that they understood the value of unfermented wine as being useful for the body. On the other hand fermented wine is very destructive to the body.
The ancients also used filtering to remove the yeast from the juice so as to render it completely unfermented for good.
Dr. Ure states, “ By lowering the temperature to 45 degrees, if the fermenting mass becomes clear at this temperature and be drawn off from the yeast, it will not ferment again…” Pliny says of the ancients, “They plunge the casks, immediately after they are filled from the vat, into water, until winter has passed away and the wine has acquired the habit of being cold.” These and others tell us that Bible people took care to make sure that the wines produced from the vine would not ferment but stay useful and good for human consumption.
The ancients also use fumigation of sulphur to stop fermentation.
Gardiner writes, “..But if it (Grape juice) should happen to fall into fermentation, the only way to stop it is by the fumes of sulphur.” If all wine in these days were alcoholic why would so much literature be available to tell us that they used great care to stop fermentation? The truth is that all of the wine was not alcoholic. In fact the best wine was considered non-alcoholic and sweet.
What Does The Bible Say?
It is important that we look at the Bible, the Word of God, and not just historians of the past. The Word of God is number one when it comes to truth. God is the sole possessor of truth because he is truth! His Word, the Bible has all of the answers to our very important questions. The truth will make us free when we apply it to our life. In speaking of the translators of the King James Version of the Bible Rev. William Patton says, “It should be constantly borne in mind that the Authorized Version was translated when the drinking usages were well-nigh universal.
The attention of Christians and of thoughtful men had not been called to the pernicious influence of alcoholic drinks. Though drunkenness existed, still no plans were then devised either for its prevention or its cure. It was regarded as an evil incident to hospitality and social cheer.
The translators, with the most honest purpose, faithfully, according to their ability, rendered into English the original Scriptures, but were nevertheless unintentionally and unconsciously influenced by the philosophy and usages of their day.” To make this a little plainer he is merely stating that the translators lived in a time period in which alcoholic drinking was prevalent. You would think that the translators would be influenced to translate the Bible into a pro-alcohol book. As we look at some of the many scriptures though we will see that it is quite the opposite. The Bible is in fact against the use of alcohol in any shape measure or form. Do you want to know the truth? It will set you free.
Bad Wine Revealed in Scriptures
For example, it is spoken of as a wine of violence.
“They drink the yayin, wine, of violence.” Prov. 4:17
“Who hath woe? Who hath sorrows? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the yayin, wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.” Prov. 23:29,30;
It is referred to as the cause of self-security and the opposite of religion.
“Come ye, say they, I will fetch yayin, wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.” Hab. 2:5
“Yeah also, because he transgresseth by yayin, wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death and cannot be satisfied.” Isa. 28:7:
“They also have erred through yayin, wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.” Isa. 56:12
It speaks of this wine as poisonous and destructive.
“Look not upon the yayin, wine, when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Prov. 23:31
Chemists find in this passage an admirable description of the process of vinous fermentation by which alcohol is produced. The Hebrew word khamah, here rendered poison, occurs eight times, and is six times translated poison, as in
Duet. 32:24: “The poison of dragons;” Ps. 58:4
“Their poison is like the poison of a serpent;” Ps. 140:3
“Adders’ poison is under their lips;” Job 6:4: “The poison whereof drinketh up my spirit.”
“Made him sick with bottles of wine” (khamath), poison; margin, “heat through wine.” Hosea 7:5
“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink; that putteth thy bottle to him.” Hab.2:15
The Bible condemns those who are devoted to drinking alcohol.
“Woe unto them that are mighty to drink (yayin) wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isa. 5:22
“Nor drunkards shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1Cor. 6:10
The Bibles refers this bad wine as an emblem of eternal punishment and ruin.
“Thou hast made us to drink the (yayin) wine of astonishment;” Ps. 60:3
literally, “wine of reeling or trembling.” The Vulgate reads, “suffering.”
“For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the (yayin) wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.”
“O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out;” also, verse 22. Isa. 51:17
“Take the (yayin) wine cup of his fury at my hand.” Jer. 25:15
“To give unto her the cup of the (oinou) wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” Rev. 16:19
“The same shall drink of the (oinou) 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: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.” Rev. 14:10
These and other scriptures make it clear that God does not condone the use of alcoholic drinks and that he sees it in a very negative light. We must ask ourselves the question, “Would Jesus turn the water into something that God hates and would bring men into the judgment of God?” The obvious answer is, he would not! Would he use alcoholic wine to give to his disciples knowing that they could become addicted to its’ poison and be damned forever? The answer is obviously NO. The Bible does speak of a good wine that is not alcoholic and not intoxicating in any way. It is referred to as the good wine.