Ikejime is a Japanese method that helps maintain the quality of fish meat by draining the blood and spiking both the brain and spine as soon as the fish is caught.
- From the skull drive a nail into brain and scramble it until fish gapes and rattles;
- Next thread a metal wire down the fish’s spinal column and scrape until all muscle spasms stop;
- Cut arteries in gills and the dorsal and place it in icy water for blood to drain out completely.
Some fishermen make cuts for draining blood first, perhaps so it will be faint and rattle less vigorously when spiked. Some cut first so they can run the wire up the fish’s spine – from the tail toward the head – which might improve accuracy.
Eating blood is strictly forbidden in both the Old and New Testament.
” But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Genesis 9:4
” Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh. Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water. Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 12:23-25
” Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” Acts 15:19-20
Spiking the skull results in rapid kill by making the fish brain-dead, but this alone is not enough to stop continuing strain on the fish’s body muscles from tiny involuntary signals coming from the spine. By scraping the spine with a wire it is destroyed and all such movement stops, hence the flesh remains fresh. The drained meat can now be left on the fish for filleting hours later without any loss in quality.
Jesus ate some cooked fish twice in his resurrected body.
” And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.” Luke 24:41-43
” As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.” John 21:9-13
There will be fish for food in the millennium also:
” And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En–gedi even unto En–eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.” Ezekiel 47:9-10
Spiking the head is what Jael did to the antichrist type Sisera:
” Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.” Judges 4:21-22
Leviathan is a giant fish that represents the devil:
” There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.” Psalms 104:26
” He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.” Job 41:31-34
” In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1
Catching, spiking, and giving the fish’s flesh for meat is what God does to Leviathan in order to feed his people:
” Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?” Job 41:1-2
” Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?” Job 41:6-7
” Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.” Psalms 74:14
” And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15
” And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:20