“The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat, but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” And a voice spoke to him the second time. “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again” (Acts 10:9-16).
As little children, we often need to be coaxed into eating certain foods. Somehow, toddlers simply sense what they are being offered as something which they perceive as noxious. Therein is the description concerning taste acquisition. Even a grown man like Peter struggled with this issue!
The grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father knows no boundaries. He created a host of things for the benefit of humanity. Being spoiled for choice in terms of options for the palate is truly a wonderful gift from God. He made very sure that the human race would never be sick and tired of eating the same old stuff. He ensured variety would be a normality. At the same time, He did not want anyone to go hungry, just like He told Peter to kill and eat.
A wide variation in what individuals consume through their mouths became a pivotal piece in the global economy. It was diverse yet highly interconnected. Dairy and meat producers required feed for their stock; at the same time, feed growers were in need of fertilizers. There was need for the meat and dairy items to go through the final stages of production before arriving at the hands of the consumer. With all this in mind, a lot of people would find gainful employment as well as business opportunities. In this manner, it was possible to sustain societies!
No question about it, the Lord never desired for anyone on this planet to go hungry. There was an abundance of foods, and the same could be said about variety. There was truly more than enough to feed the entire globe, including surpluses that could be kept in storage – ready to be used in contingencies like a drought or flood. However, the fallen nature of mankind stands in the way up to this present day. It is this vile element that energizes wars, corrupt practices, and other idiosyncrasies. More than enough to cause hunger and famine, as we are all familiar with.
The fallen nature came about because mankind shrugged aside God’s commandment and instead caved in to the father of lies. In these last days, the lie has taken the form of a delusion, causing the seemingly most learned to come up with concepts and arguments which read like a page from a horror story. It was indeed inconceivable to make mention of stuff like carbon footprints until very recently. At the rate things are going, it would not be very long before folks get obsessed with the amount of carbon they emit. Good enough for them to reject the very blessings the Lord has endowed them with. They assume that by not eating meat or boycotting the dairy industry, the planet would be saved from ultimate devastation. Excuse me; all this insanity is going beyond the green shoot stage as I write.
There are a significant number of level heads who would never buy this nonsense. So the cabal of cold hearts calling the shots have but recently upped the ante – so it seems. Record temperatures, raging fires, and acute water shortages have sprouted very recently. These nasties will go on the climate change drumbeat, screaming for drastic actions.
Could these cause some minds to tilt in their favor? Maybe some, but not everybody. There is currently some speculation that these extremities are engineered for the purpose of stuffing the climate change agenda into many throats!
It is without any shadow of a doubt that these suited shenanigans are the ones doing the bidding for the evil one. They are outrightly repudiating the blessings of their Creator with wickedness stemming from the son of perdition. They yearn for lawlessness to triumph over righteousness. In doing so, they hope to make a mockery of the Living Word! Nothing really to unseat those who live and breathe the Counsel of God. Holy Writ talks about “forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:3).
The stage is being set for all these impediments to flourish; they will during the Tribulation. Aside from rhetoric denouncing traditional God-instituted marriage that sees no end, how about the recent destruction of food processing facilities? At the end of the day, these evil people want humanity to have God-given rights and privileges taken away – all for their own benefit!
Perhaps this could serve as a sneak preview of what it would be like during the time of Jacob’s Trouble. No more meaty barbecues, and thumbs down for romantic candlelight dinners. A very restricted menu comprising of mainly bugs and crickets. The same goes for life per se; an incredible barrage of impediments that make a typical day in Alcatraz quite comical – if there was a sliver of seconds for that sort of thing in the worst moment in mankind’s history. I reckon a lot of people who follow the prophetic truth would thump their fists on the table when it is said by certain cold hearts that owning nothing would be a joyous thing!
Here is my take (five cents worth) concerning the above catchphrase that causes consternation among many in the Body of Christ. After a considerable period of time in a meaningless plus soulless lifestyle, would not something perceived as a comfort out of nowhere be joyfully embraced? Very much like Guyana in the fall of 1978. The crowd that was run ragged by the deceit of their guru by the name of Jim Jones simply bought it. They drank the Kool-Aid; they believed the lie about experiencing great joy from gulping it down. It was never the case.
There is a reasonable prospect of a repeat performance somewhere in the Tribulation, except that it would be a mega amplification of the Guyana tragedy by way of body count. Tormented minds and strangulated souls for quite a while produce depressive states. Enough to consider self-destruction as a viable option!
“So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8).
For those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, you will be witnessing this in the not really that distant future. Would it be unthinkable that you could be a part of these painful proceedings?
Here is the bottom line; Jesus Christ is the only way out of the upcoming maelstrom. Come to Him now when there is still a limited time, which is fast fading. Ask Him to cleanse you from all unrighteousness, and let Him shepherd your soul forever.
Yours in Christ
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