We take it for granted today, but the food we eat does more for us than we think. But don’t take our word for it. Take His.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat” (Gen. 1:29).
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat” (Gen. 2:16).
“…and thou shalt eat the herb of the field” (Gen. 3:18).
God gave man a simple diet of fruit, nuts, grains, and vegetables in the beginning. Even after the Fall, this divinely prescribed diet gave Adam and his family everything they need to maintain their health. But man’s diet changed due to the judgment of the Flood that man brought upon himself.
“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Gen. 9:2,3).
God gave man the option to eat meat, particularly the clean beasts (Gen. 7:2), as a temporary option. But man continued to indulge this temporary diet until his health and longevity greatly deteriorated, just as the Lord said it would (Gen. 9:5). Abraham himself died when he was 175 years old, far younger than Adam (died at 930 years old) and Methuselah (died at 969) years (Gen. 5:5, 27)
But the original diet that God gave to men has not lost its power, and current research today indicates this. It still has the power to maintain and improve our mental and physical faculties, fight our diseases, and prolong our lifespans. We’ll start talking about this a lot more in this part of our website.
In addition to the obvious health benefits (which we’ll talk about more later), why does taking in the right balance of plant-based carbs, proteins, fats, micronutrients, and phytochemicals matter now? What does our diet have to do with studying Bible prophecy? Once again, take His Word for it on this.
“Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink… 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” (Dan. 1:12, 15, emphasis supplied).
“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… And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm” (Dan. 1:17, 20, emphasis supplied).
The diet Daniel and his friends ate had a significant impact on their health. It strengthened their minds and bodies and kept them from ceremonial defilement (eating the foods offered to Babylonian idols). But ultimately, their diet prepared the way for the Lord to give them mastery of human and prophetic education. Daniel is mentioned specifically as having been given the gift of understanding visions and dreams. Thus, the original diet God intended for man is crucial to studying Bible prophecy.
Proper nutrition as the Lord prescribed man in the beginning is not only crucial to optimizing our health, it is vital in studying and understanding Bible prophecy. While health issues often prevent some from adopting this diet fully, adhering to it as much as possible can still yield significant results for your health.
What we eat in the last days will play (and is playing) a significant role in understanding the messages God gives us before the coming of His Son. Those who set their hearts to understand as Daniel and his friends through changing their diet can expect similar results, for the Lord has much to say in preparing us for this glorious day. May the Lord find us faithful.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 Jn. 1:2).
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exod. 15:26).
“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard… Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days” (Dan. 10:12, 14).