Why Pray for the Food We Eat? 5

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“Genetic Alteration in Foods”

Satan is using genetic alteration to continue his plan to destroy God’s creation. Not only that there are hybrids walking amongst us; God’s chosen people have been also contaminated through food and Drugs (Legal and Illegal). This contamination is not as it was in Genesis 6 but is designed to change our bodies; to alter behaviors and to continue weakening our health. The Apostle Paul tells us about a war we will see in the last days. In First Timothy 4:1-5 Paul tells us,

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. (NIV)

In these verses we see that in the last days a couple of very interesting things will happen: 1) There will be an assault against marriage; against the traditional biblical family. We can see this already! and, 2) there will be a worldwide campaign against eating food created by God. 

Have you notice how difficult it is to walk into a supermarket and buy foods that were created by God? If the food is processed is not food created by God; is food that has been altered. If the food is not created by God is simply not good for us… period! The Bible tells us here that “…everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (I Timothy 4:4) The book of Daniel started with a notional lesson. Daniel 1:8-16 is not about a fast, it is about a lifestyle of eating properly.

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” 11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. (NIV)

The word Defile in verse 8 tells us all we need to know about this topic of genetic alteration of food, it is the Hebrew word, gāʾal meaning “To pollute, to stain, to make impure.”[1] Beloved, it is simple, when we eat this genetically altered food, we are defiling our bodies. In verse 14 we see that after 10 days of following the diet Daniel was accustom to, Daniel and his men look healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. Back to Genesis 6:11-12,

Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence12 And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for humanity had corrupted its way upon the earth. (NASB)

The word Corrupt here is the Hebrew word, “šāḥaṯ  meaning “To spoil, to ruin, to destroy, to pervert, to corrupt, to become corrupt, to wipe out.”[2] This is a genetic alteration; the fallen angels ruined God’s creation. In Acts 15:19-20 Paul tells us

Therefore, it is my judgment that we do not cause trouble for those from the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols, from acts of sexual immorality, from what has been strangled, and from blood. (NASB)

The word “contaminated” is the Greek word, alísgema; meaning “To pollute. Pollution by unclean (i.e., forbidden) food. Occurs only in Acts 15:20, in which what is expressed as “pollutions of idols” and in Acts 15:29 is called eidōlóthuta (1494), “meats offered to idols.” The verb alisgéō is used to refer particularly to pollution by meats or drinks (Sept.: Dan. 1:8; Mal. 1:7, 12). The Apostle Paul alludes to the customs of heathen nations among whom, after sacrifice had been completed and a portion of the animal given to the priests, the remaining part was either displayed by the owner for sale in the market or became the occasion of a banquet either in the temple or at the owner’s house (1 Cor. 8).[3]

Paul did not want gentiles to follow Jewish traditions. However, he made it clear that we, as gentiles 1) must abstain from food contaminated by idols, 2) must abstain from sexual immorality and 3) must abstain from drinking blood. It seems like the only one we are quick to pay attention to is sexual immorality, but we totally ignore abstaining from corrupted foods. Numbers 13:23 tells us,

When they reached the Valley of Eshkol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. (NIV)

Here we clearly see the genetic contamination of fruits. Can you imagine the size of these grapes? Do we see this genetic contamination today? Have you seen chicken legs triple in size, but loosing taste? Have you seen the same alteration with fruit? The more genetically altered the less nutrients, the less taste, and the more trouble for our bodies. This is the reason why we see the Apostle Peter reacting the way he did with certain foods. In Acts 10:9-16 we read,

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

 (NIV)

The word Impure is the Greek word koinós; meaning “Defiled, common, unclean, to lie common or open to all, common or belonging to several or of which several are partakers (Acts 2:44; 4:32; Titus 1:4; Jude 1:3); unclean hands (Mark 7:2) or meats (Acts 10:14, 28; 11:8; Rom. 14:14; Heb. 10:29, unconsecrated and therefore having no atoning efficacy) such as were common to other nations but were avoided by the Jews as polluted and unclean.” (Mark 7:2).[4] The word Unclean is the Greek word akáthartos; meaning, “Unclean by legal or ceremonial standards (Acts 10:14, 28; 11:8; Rev. 18:2 [cf. Lev. 5:2; 11:4, 25; 13:45; Deut. 14:7]) whereas in the Sept. it compares with 2 Cor. 6:17 where akáthartos seems ultimately to refer to all idolatrous worship and heathen impurity.”[5]

The devil is using foods to corrupt God’s creation; he is not producing Nephilim here, but is successfully making us physically unhealthy.

To be continued…


[1] Warren Baker and Eugene E. Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 176–177.

[2] Warren Baker and Eugene E. Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 1124.

[3] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[4] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[5] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

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