When God created man and the dominion he was to rule over, He also created for him the diet that he was to eat. What is it about this particular diet that will help us in the end times?
According to the Scriptures, God gave man “every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth” and “every tree whose fruit yields seed” (Gen. 1:26, 27). We can see the benefits of this diet in the qualities of the people who lived before the Flood. Their bodies were remarkably strong and resistant to disease. They lasted for hundreds of years. They were very intelligent and their temperament before the Fall was calm and peaceful. Their thoughts were serene and their ability to discern right and wrong was much sharper than ours today.
Even after the Fall, these qualities that came by their adherence to this Edenic diet were slow to diminish. It was only after the Flood that these qualities in man sharply declined and now they are nearly gone. Many are fortunate in our era to live in to be in their 80s and 90s.
But why does what we eat matter in the end times? Will it matter? The answer is yes, for we will need this Edenic diet to help us in the coming crisis. Through our transitioning back to this diet, God’s people will begin to reclaim the same qualities once found in our antediluvian ancestors. It will be a vital asset (not the vital asset, a saving relationship with God) by which we can condition ourselves to the Edenic environment that man will soon dwell in for eternity.
But why do Christians need to return to the original diet (if not as close to it as possible)? The answer is the coming crisis. A time is coming when a significant global catastrophe will render the world vulnerable to the influence of the antichristian kingdom. Everyone will be affected by this event and their diet at this time will have a significant influence on their behavior, their bodies, their thoughts, and ultimately, their judgment.
Adhering to a proper diet in this crisis will enable us to act as role models for those in need of moral and biblical stability. They will need a godly example to look to as a means of witnessing to them. They will need us to be in sound mind and thought so that we can warn them by sound doctrine from the Word of God on what all these events mean.
The stakes at this time will be at their highest, for we will not be delivering this final, faithful warning only to people we don’t know. People we do know, our families, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers and others we cherish are counting on us to be the example they need to turn to Christ. As such, we must consume a diet that will help prepare us to do this important work and we cannot wait until the time of trouble before we begin to change it.
Many of God’s people will fall because their appetite will decide their fate for them. They will defend their current diet and contend that they can eat whatever they want based on Bible texts such as these.
- “And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven” (Acts 10:10-16).
From first glance, it appears that Peter faithfully obeys the Word of God concerning the consumption of clean and unclean animals. But the Voice charged him not to call what God has cleansed common or unclean. One would naturally assume by this vision that the distinction between clean and unclean foods has been done away with.
But this is not the case. As we read further in the chapter, Peter reveals the message behind the vision he has seen. “And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (Acts 10:28, italics supplied).
The animals of all kinds in this vision symbolized the Gentiles, the people whom the Jewish people at the time considered unclean. You can find examples of this understanding throughout the New Testament (Lk. 10:29-37; Jn. 18:28, 29; Acts 21:28). Moreover, the distinction between clean and unclean foods did not originate in the law of Moses. Rather, the line was drawn by God Himself in the days of Noah (Gen. 7:1-3).
- “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31).
Many believe that as long as God receives the praise concerning whatever we eat, He is glorified. But how is God glorified when many of the foods we eat destroy your body, affect your thoughts and behavior, and ultimately (in many cases) impair your judgment?
Consuming such foods does not and cannot glorify God. The diet God gave man in the beginning glorifies Him because it sustained man and kept his body and all its faculties in optimal condition. Even after man sinned, this diet still has the same effects on us today.
- “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days…” (Col. 2:16).
Many read such messages like this and automatically presume that I, a mere man, am judging them in their food and drink. But it is not I who judges or will judge in that day. Consider the diets that Daniel had to choose between when he and his friends were in Babylon. A diet filled with rich and unclean foods from King Nebuchadnezzar’s table or a diet of water and pulse (vegetables, but he undoubtedly had access to fruits, nuts, grains, and beans) (Dan. 1:5-12).
When these two diets were tested, which of the two did God reveal His pleasure in? Which did He judge the better?
“And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat…As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” (Dan. 1:15, 17).
It was God, not man, who judged His servants in food and drink. When His servants adhered as closely to the Edenic diet as possible, God blessed their bodies, minds, thoughts, and behaviors abundantly so that they would be an example to all Babylon (and to us). It will be by this diet that God will give us the blessed understanding we will desperately need in the last days.
But how do we go from a diet prevalent among us to a diet that will prepare us for the time of trouble and even for the heavenly Eden? The answer is gradually, carefully. We must pray to overcome our appetite and desire the food that God wants us to eat. Though it is foreign to many of us, it is the original diet that God gave man. As such, it deserves due consideration by those who profess to serve Him. If you need additional support:
- Look to those you know who enjoy this diet. They can help you understand how you can begin this important change in your life.
- Check out the internet. A simple search can lead you to find recipes, restaurants, etc.
The goal of this message is to encourage you to prepare for the time when your diet will be adversely affected by the coming crisis. You will not have access to the same things you currently eat in those times. Moreover, God will not provide His people with the unhealthy goods in our diet today at such a time. Rather, He will only provide us the kinds of provisions that will nourish and sustain us just as He did for Elijah and the Israelite nation.
We must get acclimated with this diet early on, lest we wait until the time where many will choose to honor their palate over honoring God. This was a test for Adam in his time, for Esau in his time, for the Israelite nation in its time, for Jesus in His time on Earth, and now for our time before He returns. This test requires God’s people to put their fork where their faith is. Will you be ready to this before that trying time?