This is a practical message. We are well into the twenty-first century and times have changed immeasurably over the last 150+ years since God gave His church special instruction regarding health. Many have developed a religion around food, scoring their godliness according to how high they rank on the scale of puritanical eating.
Don’t laugh. You probably know some who practice exactly such a religion, even if they would never admit it. Have you also compared yourself with others around you on the point of diet, and felt a twinge of satisfaction that you eat at a higher position on the puritanical scale? Be honest. If so, confess it. Repent. That is a religion of works, not of Christ.
Those who emphasize healthy eating while endorsing or not warning against genetic vaccination may have a form of godliness but deny the power of God. In this brief article, you will find a non-fanatical approach to health that is in keeping with the times in which we live and is at the same time honorable to God. It is our prayer that you will find it refreshingly sensible and appropriate for these last days.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalms 139:14)
The foundation of true health care is rooted in appreciation for not only the awe-inspiring design, but the spiritual significance of our bodies as stated in the Bible:
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? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
Understanding that our bodies are a temple for the Spirit of God should give us pause for reflection on what we allow to be done to that temple. It is of utmost importance that we keep it pure and undefiled. Let no man enter your sacred place to inject alternate, human-engineered instructions for your body to carry out. This is even more important than your physical health. All the effort to maintain good physical health is of little value if the spiritual life is sacrificed on the altar of human genetic engineering.
Many are against taking Covid vaccines because of concerns about the effects on their physical health, but the biblical reason to avoid them is because they are the number of the beast and defile the temple of the Holy Spirit and thus blot out the receiver’s name from the book of life.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)
In this light, our physical health is less important—but still significant! We are both spiritual and physical beings, and we must care for both the body and the spirit. The heart of love will serve God with the best that one can, including by supporting health.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)
The question to be asked is, is there one diet or lifestyle that everyone can equally benefit from? We should consider that every individual is unique, especially in this last generation with the prevalence of allergies, food intolerances, diseases and other disorders of body and health that have been increasing tremendously in recent decades. What gives strength and health to one is often debilitating to another.
As we go forward, we will address this concern head-on, but first, let’s remind ourselves of how the world has changed with respect to our food through the technological developments of the last century.
The word “green” today has come to represent principles of environmental protection and sustainable development, but that was not always the case. In the middle of the 20th century, the “Green Revolution” took hold of the world as chemical fertilizer use began to explode and farming practices began to shift to huge, mono-crop farms. Man was taking control of agriculture.
For millennia, man was wholly dependent on God for fertile and productive land. But God had stipulations by which He governed the land:
If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. (Leviticus 26:3-4)
With the advent of chemical fertilizer that spawned the green revolution, man was finally able to take more control of food production. Suddenly, he could make plants grow lusciously and produce much fruit, without depending so much on God, whom he did not trust, and whose government he did not desire.
But appearances can be deceiving. Man’s greed for more may have been at the root of the development of food cultivars that produce more fruit on smaller trees or more grain per stalk, but studies show that the nutritional quality of the produce is diluted at the same time. The BBC’s “Follow the Food” series reports that…
The nutritional values of some popular vegetables, from asparagus to spinach, have dropped significantly since 1950. A 2004 US study found important nutrients in some garden crops are up to 38% lower than there were at the middle of the 20th Century.
Furthermore, pests and diseases have been an ever-present problem that even today can destroy from 10-90% of a crop, averaging 35-40% loss for food crops. Yet the Lord also asked for our trust regarding the curse of pests:
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes [of the produce] into the storehouse, that there may be meat [food] in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:9-11)
At that time, the tithes were measured largely in term of the produce of the field rather than in money, and it was to be brought for the Lord’s use. How different would things be if this were followed still today by those who receive produce from the field? God designed the world to operate on a system of trust in God and obedience, but man, ever seeking to pursue his own (evil) ways, tries to find alternative routes to circumvent the curse of his disobedience. This may seem to work for a time, but in the end, it cannot sustain life:
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)
In man’s pursuit of more control over agriculture to improve crop yield and overcome the losses due to pests and disease, he has even tampered with the genetic code of our food. Patents have been issued for these modified seeds, which can now be found in a wide spectrum of supermarket processed foods. Soy, corn, sugar, and canola are some of the major genetically modified foods that find their way into processed foods, very often without labeling requirements (especially in North America).
The world’s food is not what it was just 100 years ago. It may look the same, it may have been selected for advantageous properties, but it is not able to support life to nearly the same extent as it once did. Now the nutrition bubble is bursting, and the world is facing an agricultural apocalypse as a result. In fact, some like Bill Gates are taking to buying farmland in the US—some 242,000 acres—ostensibly to try to improve productivity. In truth, it is to further the new green agenda. The same Bill Gates also promotes bugs as a dietary source of protein. Some are already serving beetle burgers in a bid to support the climate agenda by eliminating methane-producing beef production. But the deeper problem is not methane or global warming; it is sin that destroys a planet.
At times God gave His people special dietary provisions. For example, while Israel was wandering in the wilderness, He gave them a unique and unknown food that they called manna. He also warned His priests to guard their powers of judgment, which were necessary for their holy office.
Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou [Aaron], nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; (Leviticus 10:9-10)
In the end of time, God has a special role for His last generation to fulfill. They are called to be a nation of kings and priests who will survive earth’s terminal events, so they should guard their mind and abstain from alcohol like God commanded the priests of old. But in preparation, God also gave special instruction for His people.
The Lord sees the needs of the time and acts accordingly. In the nineteenth century, the need was to get away from the average diet of the time, which was very high in calories and heavy in animal fats and meat. The church—especially those closest to the moving of His Spirit—began to practice and teach that a reform in diet was needed, especially regarding the consumption of meat.
For the next 150 years, that instruction proved to be relevant and valuable with scientifically validated benefits. In our generation, however, many have taken this and run to an extreme without regard to nutritional balance. As a result, many vegetarians and vegans consume far more carbohydrates than is good for them, and combined with diminishing nutrient value of produce and increasing concerns over food security, one can understand why (as we detailed in Christ in You, the Gene of Glory) the Lord would not include the nineteenth-century health message among the important doctrines that the 144,000 need to heed.
It is much like the apostles had only a few basic principles for the gentile believers and put no other burden on them:
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (Acts 15:28-29)
To be clear, it is not that the health message was wrong. Good principles can be understood from it, but it was most relevant to the time in which it was given. The Lord knew that man’s abuse of his increasing knowledge would result in terrible changes to food that would necessitate reconsideration when it comes to health. Avoid blood, not just in your food (as is the case with “things strangled”), but avoid blood transfusions as well, unless it can be ascertained that the blood is from an unvaccinated donor!
It is positively dangerous to get stuck in a belief system that is not keeping up to date with the real world. It is a recipe for self-deception and ultimately strong delusion. Some have made a particular lifestyle a part of their gospel, but while God gave good instruction on health, it was meant to be a blessing, and not a tenet of salvation. Furthermore, it was designed for the needs of the 19th century, but the Lord is alive and He gives current instruction for the present time.
Our basic consideration is, what best glorifies God in our eating habits? If one becomes bloated with indigestion after eating a “healthy” meal, is it still right to call it healthy for that person? With each one’s varied bodily needs, we must take a more individualized approach. The purpose of eating is to give the body the support it needs, so that you can do the work that the Lord puts before you with strength, energy, and a clear mind—so far as is possible after six millennia of degradation through sin. We are to eat to live, rather than live to eat a particular class of food. If our food is not giving us that necessary support but leaves us distracted with our body’s adverse reaction to it, then it is our duty to make changes.
Indeed, we have entered a time when the earth is so degenerated from man’s deleterious influence, that it is no longer wise to limit ourselves to what we have long understood as the “healthiest” options. Getting adequate nutrition from a vegan diet, for example, is no small feat. Great care must be taken to ensure that a balance of nutrients is obtained through adequate variety. And achieving that often requires the use of expensive ingredients in significant quantities, which makes it untenable for most.
Furthermore, it is often the case that one cannot consume the volume of food required to obtain one’s daily nutritional needs from vegan food—especially when used whole. This is part of why this diet leads to weight loss. Losing weight is good to a point, but what if you find, for example, that you develop pronounced cheek bones and sunken eyes due to having scarcely any body fat? Is that the picture of health? No, it is a picture of insufficiency, and you would do well to take a step back and realize that despite the impression of being healthy, your diet isn’t providing what your body needs to maintain a good tone.
Animal products are a step removed from such nutritional imbalances. Should a cow graze on nutrient-poor grass, for example, the consequence may be lower milk production, but the milk that is produced is still comparably nutritious. Therefore, to consistently get a good balance of nutrition to have a healthy tone to the body, one may do well to use animal products.
Similarly today, eating meat may be a more practical way to maintain a balanced diet, especially in various parts of the world, where the variety of nuts, grains, fruits and vegetables is limited. Only learn from the example of Israel not to eat for the wrong reasons. Many of them perished for their lustful cravings for flesh, despite God’s ample provision of manna. Whatever we eat, let us eat to be in health for the honor of God, not to gratify the desires of the flesh.
The underlying principle is unchanged: Eat to live. Don’t live to be vegetarian (Jesus wasn’t) or vegan, but rather to be a Christian. Each person should determine what works best for the health of their body and pursue that. If your body responds negatively to your lifestyle, then change your lifestyle until you find what works best. One should not believe that the same diet is good for everyone. Many different factors can affect how one’s body assimilates food. The metabolic processes are many and varied, and there are countless causes for imbalances that affect whether particular foods benefit the body or not.
Even environmental factors where one lived can have a significant impact. For example, many from southern Germany, Austria, and nearby regions suffer from long-term effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986, where radioactively contaminated soils have persisted for decades. It is no surprise, then, that certain diseases are more prevalent there and in other affected regions.
For those with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that attacks one’s joints causing irreversible damage, consuming cartilage is beneficial for slowing down the damage to one’s joints and alleviating the constant pain, where a vegetarian diet does not provide that protection. Does “eating to live” mean to avoid meat and suffer the painful result of the joint damage? Is it not rather to eat that which supports the protection of the joints, improving the quality of life?
New technology is not just an indirect problem like with Chernobyl. There are also questions about technology that directly relates to our food. First, however, do consider that increasing knowledge, though it is often abused, is generally beneficial—especially as medical technology. How many lives have been saved by modern medicine? Some may try to overcome their diseases using natural remedies (which may work if carefully and diligently applied), but many have died doing so for lack of proper discipline or sound knowledge. Modern medicine is not an evil of itself. Be informed and make wise, counseled decisions.
However, one would do well to avoid the use of mind-altering medications since the mind is the communication portal with heaven, the access of the Holy Spirit, which should always be kept as open and clear as possible, and our judgment uncompromised. Our food can also affect our mind, so if a particular food (or excess thereof) causes your mind to become clouded, try to avoid that circumstance to maximize your mental clarity.
Now, another concern is developing. Scientists are actively working on technology that will enable people to get Covid-19 vaccines from eating genetically modified vegetables. The idea is to make genetic vaccines widely available through the food we eat. Lettuce is a popular choice to preserve the function of the vaccines in the body since it would normally be consumed fresh. For one who understands the abomination of desolation, this raises major red flags! Two important questions come to the fore:
Is it morally wrong to eat genetically modified food? And
Is vegetable vaccination equivalent to injection, with respect to the body temple?
While genetic engineering of food is certainly tampering with God’s creative domain, and something that a morally minded scientist would avoid out of respect for God’s creation, we should be clear about what constitutes defilement of the body. Jesus gave clear insight on this point:
Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (Matthew 15:17-18)
Jesus was clear: it is not what we eat that defiles a man—that is, the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is the matters of the heart—the beliefs and choices that one makes and verbalizes, that have the potential to defile. It is from the heart that one shows his loyalty and trust in God’s design and gives warning with the mouth to others. And it is from the heart that one yearns for the things that the coronavirus ostensibly took away, and with the mouth that the request is made to get vaccinated.
An injected vaccine itself does not enter by way of the mouth, to go into the belly and be flushed down the toilet. Rather, it enters by needle where there is no door, where it is designed to break through the body’s natural cellular defenses, so it can weasel its way where it ought not to be.
But what about an “edible vaccine”? This “vaccine salad” would indeed be eaten through the mouth! How does that even work? The abominable aspect to the genetic vaccines readily available today is that they reprogram your own (God’s) genetic machinery. (This is not an assumption or a conspiracy theory. It is straight from the official narrative.) Can this be accomplished orally?
The short answer is, No, but the issue is not so simple. The edible vaccines are injected into the plant (like lettuce) which is then eaten. What available Covid-19 vaccines do in the human body, the researchers are doing with the lettuce. Thus, the lettuce is forced to produce the foreign “spike protein” as opposed to our own cells being forced to do it. Lettuce is not part of the temple of the Holy Spirit.
But if you eat such lettuce fresh, the body then reacts to the foreign (lettuce-produced) genetically engineered Covid spike protein as it would react to any virus, and the immune system works according to God’s design to eliminate the foreign body. It’s not a good thing, but it’s not the same as getting jabbed. Nevertheless, considering that genetic engineering modifies God’s creation for man’s selfish purposes, it is not honorable to God to choose to eat food tainted by man when we can avoid it. Should such vaccine-delivering “produce” become available publicly and one were to knowingly choose to eat it as a “safer” way to get vaccinated and thus satisfy societal requirements, would it not count as food offered to idols? It would betray a desire to be “of the world” which the disciples of Jesus are not.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-19)
Your body, as the temple of God, should be kept healthy. We wash fresh foods to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses that it may carry, but that is not possible if the food is engineered that way. Nobody wants food poisoning, so know where your food comes from and choose the best. Then trust God.
When we eat, the cells of our food are crushed and milled in the mouth and the DNA and proteins in our food are broken down into their small nucleic and amino acid components. In turn, these are absorbed through the wall of the intestines into the blood, where they ultimately are distributed to where they are needed for cells to construct your own DNA and proteins according to God’s instructions and not man’s. Those nucleic and amino acids can be of plant or animal sources alike (every living thing contains DNA and proteins).
Thus, in answer to the scary idea that one could accidentally eat to his eternal death, Jesus’ words ring true:
And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? (Mark 7:18-19)
Choosing to give in to the pressure to get vaccinated is a matter of the heart (the mind), and to a lesser degree, choosing what you eat is also a matter of the heart (the mind), so take care in those areas. We should be aware of what we eat. Obviously, Jesus’ statement was not meant to be universal, as though to suggest that as long as we put it in our mouth, it is safe to eat. It is common knowledge that some food is dangerous. Certain edible roots are poisonous if not properly cooked; some exotic fish can be fatal if not carefully prepared (and many fish accumulate mercury in their flesh from the pollution of the sea and should thus be eaten sparingly).
Whether plant- or animal-based, it is of the utmost importance today to know about your food, where it came from, and how it was prepared. Educate yourself and take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are getting a good quality of food that will give your body strength and impart a healthy tone, neither rolling you with fat, nor leaving your flesh sunken between your bones.
Furthermore, many of the health concerns regarding animal products come from the way the animals are factory-processed according to profit rather than good practice and health. The closer you can come to the source of your food, the more confident you can be about its quality. Get to know your local small farmers and make friends as you try to secure your plant or animal products from sources that you can trust to deliver good quality food.
And it is not just about quality. As China demonstrated when Shanghai cried out in hunger during strict lockdowns, in apocalyptic times, food security is endangered when one is very far removed from the food source.
In closing, consider that even in the New Testament, the few stipulations that the apostles imposed included abstinence from blood. Has the blood been well-drained from your meat? Eating blood was considered abominable to the Hebrews, as well as eating pork and other unclean meat (a distinction that was understood even before the flood). One should consider whether it is honorable to God to eat that which He called abominable and unclean. Know how your food has been prepared, and follow the apostles advice to avoid the blood.
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. (1 Corinthians 6:12-13)
Make it your practice to eat and serve food appropriate to the body’s varied needs.
Two things I ask of you; don’t deny them to me before I die: Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. (Proverbs 30:7-8 CSB)
And above all, keep your body holy by refusing and avoiding anything that might compromise your DNA and blot your name out of the Lamb’s book of life.
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