The message of “fear God” is a message and promise of victory over sin.

Give glory to Him – The following information is for the truly converted Christian that is willing to entirely devote themselves to God in every area of their lives.

We are told in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” In the first part of this verse we see the health message, glorifying God by what we eat and drink. Our bodies are not our own they are a temple/dwelling place for God. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19, 20) For we have been bought with the precious blood of Christ and thus should keep holy His purchased possession by eating and drinking that which He advises.

Man’s original diet only consisted of nuts, grains, and fruit/berries. (Genesis 1:29) After sin this was changed through the introduction of root vegetables. (Genesis 3:17-18) After the flood God allowed them to eat clean meats as most of the vegetation had been destroyed by the flood. (Genesis 9:3) It is interesting to see that they had an understanding of clean and unclean animals before the flood. (Genesis 7:1-3) The introduction of flesh into the diet after the flood had a dramatic effect upon the longevity of the life of man. His lifespan dropped from 800-900 years to the 400’s, 200’s then 100’s very rapidly.

The laws of clean and unclean meats were expanded upon in Leviticus 11:2-31 after Israel’s bondage in Egypt, for they had lost much of the understanding of truth being in slavery to and steeped in Egyptian paganism. The way in which God had instructed to eat flesh was without either the blood or fat. (Leviticus 3:17) The blood of the animal carries the life of the animal (Leviticus 17:11, 14) and thus carries the nutrients, oxygen, diseases etc., to the body, and thus by partaking of the animals’ blood you are partaking of its diseases etc., which ultimately brings about disease in the human body. Fat of animals plays a major part with heart disease etc. Whatever fat is solid at room temperature will have the same congealing/solidifying effect in the body. This is where we can see how our health relates to the spiritual life. An unhealthy diet creates unhealthy blood and thus poor circulation. This in turn clouds the mind and with the mind not being clear there is poor judgment. The Holy Spirit’s impressions upon the mind are not discerned as easily, for the mind is sluggish and clouded. Thus spiritual things are not as easily discerned.

Proverbs 20:1 instructs us that we are to use total abstinence in the event of alcohol. Solomon describes the effects of alcohol upon the human mind and body in Proverbs 23:29-35. Woe, contentions, and babbling. Alcohol is a depressant, and it clouds the judgment and reason to the point that a person will fight to the death for no valid reason at all. The speech becomes very slurred and the conversation becomes gibberish. Wounds without cause, redness of eyes, balance progressively disappears as the alcohol takes effect on the mind, thus causing one to stumble and fall, injuring themselves but not remembering how it happened. The eyes become very bloodshot. Alcohol biteth like an adder, it is very unforgiving, it bits hard. Void of judgment, the passions are not under the control of reason and thus run riot. The mouth becomes perverse and vulgar. When all is said and done, they seek it again, for alcohol is addictive. It is easily seen that a true Christian will not partake of such a vulgar practice. With this type of effect upon the mind, it is not hard to see what effect it would have upon the spiritual well-being of a person. Alcohol is behind a great deal of domestic violence, car accidents and many deaths and health problems. The Bible instructs us to drink the pure (if something is fermented it is not pure) blood of the grape (Deuteronomy 32:14) for there is a blessing in it. (Isaiah 65:8)

The Bible also speaks against unnatural stimulants in Deuteronomy 29:18, (Gall = Poisonous herb/poppy. (opium, an unnatural stimulant) Wormwood = Poisonous). We are not to be using drugs that cause unnatural stimulation on the system as they are damaging to the body and mind. It has been proven back in the mid 1800’s that caffeine was one of the worst things that could be put into the body because of its debilitating effect upon the nervous and digestive systems. Not much need be said about nicotine, marijuana, speed and the many other drugs, some with their addictive effects, others with their mind altering effects and all with health repercussions. They defile the temple/dwelling place of God.

 

We have not done justice to this incredibly large subject but we can sum it up in the following points. One should have adequate NUTRITION to have a healthy body and mind. EXERCISE should be a part of the daily life to keep the body and mind sharp and in good condition. WATER, pure and fresh should be drunk regularly to help the body stay clean. SUNSHINE is vital for the health of the body in correct doses. TEMPERANCE is the total abstinence of that which is bad and the balancing of that which is good. AIR, clean and fresh, aids for a good working body and mind. REST, adequately taken, helps the body to repair and regroup and helps to have a clear mind. TRUST IN GOD who is the Sustainer of all life and the great Physician. If these eight laws are abided by good health will result.

Intemperance is on the Rampage.–Intemperance still continues its ravages. Iniquity in every form stands like a mighty barrier to prevent the progress of truth and righteousness. Social wrongs, born of ignorance and vice, are still causing untold misery and casting their baleful shadow upon both the church and the world. Depravity among the youth is increasing instead of decreasing. Nothing but earnest, continual effort will avail to remove this desolating curse. The conflict with interest and appetite, with evil habits and unholy passions, will be fierce and deadly; only those who shall move from principle can gain the victory in this warfare.  {CG 401.1} 

Intemperance is on the increase, in spite of the efforts made to control it. We cannot be too earnest in seeking to hinder its progress, to raise the fallen and shield the weak from temptation. With our feeble human hands we can do but little, but we have an unfailing Helper. We must not forget that the arm of Christ can reach to the very depths of human woe and degradation. He can give us help to conquer even this terrible demon of intemperance.  {CG 401.2} 

Total Abstinence Is the Answer.–The only way in which any can be secure against the power of intemperance is to abstain wholly from wine, beer, and strong drinks. We must teach our children that in order to be manly they must let these things alone. God has shown us what constitutes true manliness. It is he that overcometh who will be honored, and whose name will not be blotted out of the book of life.  {CG 401.3} 

Parents may, by earnest, persevering effort, unbiased by the customs of fashionable life, build a moral bulwark about their children that will defend them from the miseries and crimes caused by intemperance. Children should not be left to come up as they will, unduly developing traits that should be nipped in the bud; but they should be disciplined carefully, and educated to take their position upon the side of right, of reform and abstinence. In every crisis they will then have moral independence to breast the storm of opposition sure to assail those who take their stand in favor of true reform.  {CG 402.1} 

Intemperance Is Often a Result of Home Indulgence.– Great efforts are made in our country to put down intemperance, but it is found a hard matter to overpower and chain the full-grown lion. If half these efforts were directed toward enlightening parents as to their responsibility in forming the habits and characters of their children, a thousandfold more good might result than from the present course. We bid all workers in the cause of temperance Godspeed; but we invite them to look deeper into the cause of the evil they war against, and go more thoroughly and consistently into reform.  {CG 402.2} 

In order to reach the root of intemperance we must go deeper than the use of alcohol or tobacco. Idleness, lack of aim, or evil associations may be the predisposing cause. Often it is found at the home table, in families that account themselves strictly temperate. Anything that disorders digestion, that creates undue mental excitement or in any way enfeebles the system, disturbing the balance of the mental and the physical powers, weakens the control of the mind over the body, and thus tends toward intemperance. The downfall of many a promising youth might be traced to unnatural appetites created by an unwholesome diet.  {CG 402.3} 

Tea and Coffee Are Contributing Factors.– Through the intemperance begun at home, the digestive organs first become weakened, and soon ordinary food does not satisfy the appetite. Unhealthy conditions are established, and there is a craving for more stimulating food. Tea and coffee produce an immediate effect. Under the influence of these poisons the nervous system is excited; and in some cases, for the time being, the intellect seems to be invigorated, the imagination more vivid. Because these stimulants produce such agreeable results, many conclude that they really need them; but there is always a reaction. The nervous system has borrowed power from its future resources for present use, and all this temporary invigoration is followed by a corresponding depression. The suddenness of the relief obtained from tea and coffee is an evidence that what seems to be strength is only nervous excitement, and consequently must be an injury to the system.  {CG 403.2} 

Tobacco, a Subtle Poison.–Tobacco using is a habit which frequently affects the nervous system in a more powerful manner than does the use of alcohol. It binds the victim in stronger bands of slavery than does the intoxicating cup; the habit is more difficult to overcome. Body and mind are, in many cases, more thoroughly intoxicated with the use of tobacco than with spirituous liquors; for it is a more subtle poison.  {CG 403.3} 

Tobacco . . . affects the brain and benumbs the sensibilities, so that the mind cannot clearly discern spiritual things, especially those truths which would have a tendency to correct this filthy indulgence. Those who use tobacco in any form are not clear before God. In such a filthy practice it is impossible for them to glorify God in their bodies and spirits, which are His.  {CG 404.1} 

Tobacco weakens the brain and paralyzes its fine sensibilities. Its use excites a thirst for strong drink, and in very many cases lays the foundation for the liquor habit.  {CG 404.2} 

Effects of Stimulants and Narcotics.–The effect of stimulants and narcotics is to lessen physical strength, and whatever affects the body will affect the mind. A stimulant may for a time arouse the energies and produce mental and physical activity; but when the exhilarating influence is gone, both mind and body will be in a worse condition than before. Intoxicating liquors and tobacco have proved a terrible curse to our race, not only weakening the body and confusing the mind, but debasing the morals. As the control of reason is set aside, the animal passions will bear sway. The more freely these poisons are used, the more brutish will become the nature.  {CG 404.3}

 

Diet during Pregnancy

 

Prenatal Influences

(1905) M.H. 372, 373, 333. The effect of prenatal influences is by many parents looked upon as a matter of little moment; but Heaven does not so regard it. The message sent by an angel of God, and twice given in the most solemn manner, shows it to be deserving of our most careful thought.  {CD 217.1} 

In the words spoken to the Hebrew mother, God speaks to all mothers in every age. “Let her beware,” the angel said; “all that I commanded her, let her observe.” The well-being of the child will be affected by the habits of the mother. Her appetites and passions are to be controlled by principle. There is something for her to shun, something for her to work against, if she fulfills God’s purpose for her in giving her a child. If before the birth of her child she is self-indulgent, if she is selfish, impatient, and exacting, these traits will be reflected in the disposition of the child. Thus many children have received as a birthright almost unconquerable tendencies to evil.  {CD 217.2} 

But if the mother unswervingly adheres to right principles, if she is temperate and self-denying, if she is kind, gentle, and unselfish, she may give her child these same precious traits of character. Very explicit was the command prohibiting the use of wine by the mother. Every drop of strong drink taken by her to gratify appetite endangers the physical, mental, and moral health of her child, and is a direct sin against her Creator.  {CD 217.3} 

Many advisers urge that every wish of the mother should be gratified; that if she desires any article of food, however harmful, she should freely indulge her appetite. Such advice is false and mischievous. The mother’s physical needs should in no case be neglected. Two lives are depending upon her, and her wishes should be tenderly regarded, her needs generously supplied. But at this time above all others she should avoid, in diet and in every other line, whatever would lessen physical or mental strength. By the command of God Himself she is placed under the most solemn obligation to exercise self-control.  {CD 217.4

The second half of 1 Corinthians 10:31, deals with every other facet of our lives, “whatsoever ye do”. This means it has a direct relation to the way we dress and adorn ourselves, what we watch, read, listen to and the amusements we take part in, so we are to glorify God in every aspect of our lives. We must be “proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10) and not making any provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:14) Therefore you will not (please take note of the two words that are used for we are not trying to promote in any way a monastic type of lifestyle. There are certain things that just cannot be avoided to live in this world) purposefully or willingly place before your eyes and listen to with your ears that which is evil or does not glorify God or entices you to break His commandments. (Psalm 101:3; Isaiah 33:15; Proverbs 19:27) The reading material, music, television programs, etc. must be proved to see if they are acceptable to God. Satan will work through the senses to gain his objective, the surrender of you to him, and this we see in the temptation of Eve, her sight, taste, hearing and no doubt her sense of touch were being enticed to draw Eve into choosing to sin. Philippians 4:8 is a very worthy test to put these things through to see if they are what the true Christian will partake of. The emphasis is that the devil will try and take you down in any way he possibly can and therefore every avenue should be carefully guarded. This is why the Bible says “Keep (or, keep with all keeping) thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23. Once again so much could be said but space disallows it.

Modesty

The true Christian will follow the principles found in 1 Timothy 2:9-10 and 1 Peter 3:3-4 thus glorifying God by the way they adorn themselves. Clothing should be, a) modest, this means that, particularly for ladies, when you bend over people should not be able to see, putting it nicely, from north to south and when you hold both arms straight out from your side they should not be able to see from east to west, not revealing, b) with shamefacedness, which means the standard of dress is to be humble, not that which will attract unwanted attention to yourself, c) with sobriety, means temperate, discreet, d)  not with braided hair. The plaiting of hair is fine; it was the elaborate hair styles of the day that took a lot of time to do. Gold, coins and ribbons were plaited into the hair thus drawing attention to oneself. The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is of greater price than these to God. The true Christian will not participate in these things. More information can be found in, Manners and Customs of the Bible, James M. Freeman, Published 1996. e) Dress should be without the use of gold or pearls, that is, without the use of jewellery. See also Genesis 35:1-4; Isaiah 3:18-24; 4:4. The painting of the face (the wearing of makeup) and the putting on of jewellery was a sign of moving into apostasy. (Ezekiel 23:40) Cross dressing is also an abomination in the eyes of God for it brings in confusion of the sexes, plus it was practiced amongst the pagan religions. (Deuteronomy 22:5) In Revelation 12 the church of God is likened unto a woman clothed in natural beauty whereas the apostate church in Revelation 17 is decked with the things of this world.

Tattoos are not in accordance with the Word of God (Leviticus 19:28) for they deface the temple of God as does body piercing. Tattooing and body piercing are a part of heathen customs and also a part of their spiritualistic/witchcraft practices.

God is looking for a peculiar people who will be ambassadors for Him. (2 Corinthians 5:20) An ambassador is a representative of his country and is dressed accordingly. If we are ambassadors for Christ we are representatives for Him and should show this by the way we present ourselves.

 

Why should we Give Glory to God? Rev 14:7

The hour of his judgment is come – The reason for the message of “fear God and give glory to Him” is because “the hour of His judgment is come”. So we see that God, in His mercy, has given the message of victory over sin, the health message and the message of Christian standards for the purpose of preparing a people to be able to stand during the time of judgment. This shows that one is not judged according to what they profess but according to what they do, according to the character they have formed. There is no need to fear the judgment for if one is in a faith relationship with their Saviour it will naturally be shown by how they live (James 2:17-18, 26) faith establishes the law (Romans 3:31) and faith works by love (Galatians 5:6) the two are inseparable.

This also brings to view the message of Christ our High Priest ministering on our behalf in the Heavenly Sanctuary.

Worship Him that made – The first thing that is interesting to note is that the thrust of the previous chapter, chapter 13, is worship. The last part of the first angels’ message is a direct quote from the fourth/Sabbath commandment of the Ten Commandments, which is a call to worship the Creator of all things. This message is a call to give your complete obedience and allegiance to the Creator of heaven and earth, of which the Sabbath commandment is the only one in which you show who you are giving this allegiance and obedience to. It is a call to restore the Seventh day Sabbath to its rightful place as part of the Law of God. And it is this Law that is to be written in the believer’s heart and mind, as a part of the New Covenant experience (Hebrews 8:10-12; 10:16-17), and have their sins blotted out. One who does not accept and keep holy the Sabbath day knowingly, at the end of this world’s history, will not and cannot have the New Covenant experience, thus their sins will not be blotted out and they will be eternally lost. For how can one claim to have the New Covenant experience of having the Law of God written in their heart and mind yet completely oppose and reject the fourth commandment, the Sabbath, contained in this very Law?

So as the world is being called to worship the beast and receive his mark there will be a faithful remnant who will stand up, in the face of great opposition, and give the Sabbath message, the message of the true worship of God. Even today there is a great movement against this message and against those who proclaim it. This opposition will increase, as we saw in the last part of the previous chapter, until a death decree will be passed for the extermination of those who persistently desire to honour God by keeping holy His Sabbath day.

There is a fundamental reason of why Satan attacks the message of creation with its Creator God. Throughout the Old and New Testaments you find that the one who has created you is also the one who redeems you. (Isaiah 43:1-3; 44:24; 45:11-12, 17-18; John 1:1-3, 12-14; Colossians 1:14-17; Hebrews 1:3) There is an incredibly powerful reason for this fact found in Romans 1:16, 20. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. The type of power that saves is found to be that power which created the world. So in setting aside creation and the Creator they are setting aside the very power of the Gospel which redeems them/man from sin. If God is not a God who has the power to instantly create things out of nothing, then He does not have the power to redeem/save.

The whole plan of salvation from Gen 3:15 to Rev 15:8 is for the image of God that was lost after the fall man to be restored both physically and spiritually.

 

Blessings

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