Children of the East found in the Holy Bible
Healthly Living Newscast
Commentators agree on this point – Isaiah chapter 66 is speaking about the Lord’s Second Coming. “For behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with His chariots like a whirlwind …” In this vision God reveals a rebellious people who will be slain at His appearing the second time and He describes them in this fashion: “They that sanctify themselves … eating swine’s flesh and the abomination … shall be consumed together, saith the Lord.” We are talking about the Second Coming of Jesus, post-Calvary, where according to some, there is no such thing as the abominable eating of swine’s flesh. Is it possible that Isaiah recorded the vision incorrectly? Did the angel giving the vision forget that a few thousand years later that eating the pig would be recommended? God speaks of those with a rebellious heart, fighting Him to the bitter end. One small attribute describing them is that refused to give up eating the foods God called an abomination.
The dictionary describes abomination as something which is God’s object of abhorrence, the thing which God hates. There are many abominations including Baal worship, occultism, sexual immorality, self-righteousness behavior, corrupt business practices … and eating unclean foods. Many claim that eating unclean food was nailed to the cross. If this is so, then eating unclean food, or should we be more specific, eating the pig was nailed to the cross. Eating the pig therefore becomes the only item in all of the Bible which would be formerly an abomination, to no longer be an abomination because of the cross. What changed? Did the pig, which has only one stomach making it medically unfit to eat, suddenly become capable of purifying the garbage it eats? Men were changed at Calvary, not pigs. Did Jesus run thousands of pigs off a cliff full of demons only to declare them fit to eat a few months later? The ceremonial laws of Moses containing animal sacrifices pointing to Christ were nailed to the cross. The dietary laws, along with other important ordinances such as marriage between a man and woman, and God’s holy Commandments made it through the cross and remain tenets of good Christian living. An abomination with God was, and is, and is to come.
It is interesting to note that none of the other Apostle’s wrote verses which are used as proof texts for eating the abominable pig. Paul, on the other hand, wrote the equivalent of three full books of the Bible with verses which today are used to justify eating the swine. “There is nothing unclean of itself … to him that esteems anything unclean to him it is unclean … the kingdom of God is not meat and drink … all things indeed are pure … all things are lawful for me … whatsoever is sold in the market eat … let no man judge you in meat … unto the pure all things are pure … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving … for every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused.” A surface reading of these verses seems rather convincing that we now have liberty to eat snakes, mice, possums, ravens, octopus, eels and of course the venerable pig.
Here is in the reason for these verses in a nutshell and why Peter and the other disciples like John never dwelt on any of this food talk. When Paul was ordained by God to go to the Gentiles, what he found was incredible idolatry everywhere from both the Greeks and Romans. Idol worship was their life. Eating meals with foods sacrificed to idols was a big part of it. Perhaps the greatest achievement of Paul’s as we look at life in the modern day was his complete destruction of the idol worship system as the norm of societies. Governments today still follow ancient political systems, the Greeks left us a system of education and philosophy. However completely gone are the idols on every corner and the meals we offer to these false gods. Where is worship to RA, the Egyptian sun god, to the Greek gods like Apollo, Athena, Diana and Jupiter? Can Pluto or Zeus be found anywhere other than in ancient folklore and cartoons?
You can credit all of Paul’s writings about food to a single declaration that we can now eat swine’s flesh. Or you can view the bigger picture of the incredible, successful ministry of Paul in obliterating idol worship as a fabric of every day life.
The most intimate portion of this idol worship – food – an eating sacrifices to these fake gods. For those who cling to verses to justify their lust for pig’s flesh we leave you with this thought – Why would Paul write the equivalent of three books of the Bible trying to prove a point to the Gentiles that they can eat swine’s flesh when this was their custom already?
“Peter went up upon the housetop to pray … and became very hungry … but he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened … and what seemed like an enormous sheet was descending. In it he saw creatures of every kind, whatever walks, crawls or flies. And there came a voice to him saying, Rise Peter, kill and eat. And Peter said, Not so Lord, for I have never eaten any thing defiled and unclean. And the voice came to him again a second time, What God hath cleansed, you must not call defiled. This happened three times, then suddenly it was all taken up into the sky. Peter was at quite a loss to know the meaning. Then behold the men which were sent from Cornelius … stood before the gate and called out to Peter while Peter thought on the vision. Then Peter went down to the men and said … You are aware that it is forbidden for a Jew to associate with a Gentile … but God hath shown me that I should not call any man … unclean.” [Acts 10 verses 9 through 14]
Bible scholars agree Peter’s vision occured approximately ten years after Jesus’ death. Peter had been present when Jesus told the Pharisees that it was not what went into a man that made him unclean but what went out. Peter did not interpret Jesus saying to mean he could eat unclean foods or he would have been teaching the Gentiles to do so.
It is significant that Peter denied the Lord’s request to eat unclean foods three times. He had denied his Lord three times and never forgave himself for it. Did Peter repeat his rebellion in refusing to eat what the Lord had called clean? Hardly.
It was the Holy Spirit which revealed the true meaning of Peter’s vision. This dream officially unlocked the closed door of separation between Jew and Gentile, a pivotal moment in the history of the gospel proclamation. To use Acts chapter 10 to prove a man can eat anything unclean is to be the most casual, surface reader of Scripture and misses the point of God’s vision to Peter.
Featuring God’s Eternal Message
A sheikh stated that God had given him a vision. He had made contact with lay Adventists; now he was asking to meet with leaders. “Sir,” I asked, “is it true that you received a vision about Seventh-day Adventists?” “Not one, but three,” he replied. “All three had the same message: Seventh-day Adventists are the true People of the Book. Work with them.”