Defiled / Unclean Food
The revelations that I received from God regarding Clean and Unclean/Defiled foods came to me first in a dream --- then after that, God opened my eyes to even more food defilement that surrounds us (all the work of the enemy). I shall share everything with you, starting with my dream and its interpretation.
I had a dream that I was going to the toilet for a poo in a big, open place. There were many other toilets there, too, and I was in the very corner toilet. Suddenly many people came in to occupy the other toilets, but they were not going to the toilet, they were just sitting there with their bags doing things, like working on their computers.
I began to feel uncomfortable with many people being there, so I said to myself, "I need to get on and finish", so I went to take a shower which was also in the same place, in an open plan setting. I then noticed that I had layers and layers of clothes. I tried to take one layer off at a time; some layers were soiled. Eventually I managed to take everything off, got naked, and had my shower. As I was showering, I thought, "I need to put on some clean clothes afterwards, but I don't have any". The shower trickled at first, but then it started to pour, the water went everywhere, and other people were getting wet, too.
The dream then changed to my husband Rob and I being in a house. I didn't recognise the house. The house was quite dark. Other people were there, including my family, and we were all trying to clean the house. I remembered thinking we wanted to go somewhere, so we all went off in a van. My family went into the van, but I was still outside of the van. I saw the front garden - it was green, but a real mess! I thought to myself, "I need to dig out some weeds, and redesign some things".
Before I got into the van, I saw a guy selling KFC on the roadside. I asked him, "Can I buy some for my family?" He said, "OK, but you need to cook it on the side of the van". It was really funny. He continued to say, "As the van travels, the van will get hot, so you can cook your KFC on it". He started putting some KFC pieces on the side of the van, and they were getting stuck onto the van. He put quite a few pieces on there. I thanked him, and then got into the van. I remembered thinking that it was unhygienic as the van was quite dusty.
We travelled for some time, but for some reason I saw myself being outside of the van as it was travelling, and I saw the KFC pieces being cooked. As they were getting cooked, they were coming off the van as they became dry. So, I told the van to stop, and we all ate. I thought that the taste was quite nice, not the best, but it was OK, and then I woke up.
Dream elements and their meanings
Going to the toilet: something inside that needs to come out - usually some spiritual or emotional toxic waste, such as unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, etc.
Showering: something on the outside that needs to come off. Naked: being transparent about life; Water: Holy Spirit
House: life or personal life situations
Garden (green): spiritual growth; Front: future; Front Garden: spiritual growth for/in the future. Weeds: bad things that defile
Van: Ministry affecting a number of people; Moving van: transition or change; White: righteousness, holiness.
KFC: Food (physical and spiritual food)
Interpretation from God's Holy Spirit
Going to the toilet
In dreaming about going to the toilet, I knew that there was some spiritual toxic waste inside me that needed to come out. So, I prayed to God to remove any bitterness, anger, resentment, unforgiveness that I may have for anyone; though I couldn't think of anyone. After I finished praying, I didn't feel any different like I normally would, and felt like I was missing something. So I asked God, "Lord, please give me the meaning of the dream".
To my surprise, He spoke to me and said,
"Elma, going to the toilet means getting rid of poo;
... poo from food;
... food sacrificed to idols"
I was so surprised, I thought, "What?!!". It's not like I cook food, then sacrifice it to idols, and then eat it. I am a Christian! So, I asked God to clarify further as to what He meant because He could see that I was confused. Then He answered,
"Remember recently you went to two Thai restaurants, one for your birthday, and one for your wedding anniversary."
The Lord then made me recall seeing two statues at the restaurant bar and my conversation with my husband Rob in which I said, "Look at those statues, Rob; it's like an altar!" (see picture). I realised that God was trying to tell me that the toxic waste (poo) that I needed to get rid of was the spiritual toxic waste produced by the food eaten at these two Thai restaurants; food that had been "sacrificed to idols" by the restaurant owners.
Thai restaurant with idols at the bar
Indeed, in Thailand and many other countries like Indonesia, China, India, etc. - many businesses call on their "gods" for success. They do not realise it, but their gods are actually demonic because any god, other than the Triune Christian God, is demonic. And so, for their restaurant businesses to be successful, these restaurant owners make sacrifices to their demonic gods; usually by offering food to them. In doing so, demons would then be set to work to make their restaurant food taste delicious, thus defiling the food they sell; food considered by God to be food polluted by / sacrificed to idols.
One Indonesian article talked about a mother and her little daughter who went to a restaurant in Indonesia (well known for its delicious food). Whilst eating there, the little daughter told her mother that she could see demons licking the plates of food that the people were eating. This was how they were making the food taste delicious to the people who were eating them. Needless to say, the mother never went back to that restaurant.
But this is the typical practice of restaurant owners in Eastern countries, and as they set up businesses in the West, they exercise the same idolatrous practices for success. It is no surprise therefore that many of these restaurants have a dedicated room on their premises for sacrificial worship to their gods, to bring successes to their businesses.
In realising what I had done, I immediately repented to God for eating in such restaurants. Since I had this revelation from God, I have stopped going to Thai restaurants as well as Chinese, Indian, and other places where they might be practising Eastern / Asian religious beliefs for their businesses. Whenever I enter a restaurant, I would take note of the restaurant décor. If I see any statues, pictures of their gods, or lucky charms on display, I will walk out and find another place to eat.
Going to the toilet in a public place
Continuing with the interpretation...
In my dream, I saw many people coming in and occupying all the other toilets, but they were just sitting there with their bags, busy working on their computers. This means that there are other people (in this world) that are also like me, eating defiled / unclean food from these kinds of restaurants, but they are oblivious to this fact because they just continued working, continuing with their daily life. They did not repent and get rid of the defilement from their body ((as they were not pooing in the dream); they have not been given the revelation God had given me, and so defiled themselves without knowing it.
... my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
Going for a shower
When eating food, the bad stuff is disposed of through excretion (poo), whilst the good stuff is absorbed by the body. In my dream, because the food I ate was defiled, I had to get rid of its spiritual toxins by way of toileting, as well as showering. The toilet took care of the bad stuff (waste), whilst showering took care of the stuff that had been absorbed by my body. So, it was a two-part cleansing process.
The layers of clothes; some of which were soiled represent the years and years of defilement. Indeed, I love Thai food, and had been eating it (in restaurants) for many years, without realising it was defiled. Some years I did not eat any, some years I did; hence why not all layers of clothes were soiled in my dream.
Being naked means being transparent. As I repented of my sins, I was acknowledging my wrongdoing, I was being transparent before God. And my sharing this dream and interpretation with you is also me being transparent with you, so that you may benefit from what God had revealed to me.
Water represents the Holy Spirit; the Living Water. The dream showed that the water in the shower was trickling at first, and then it poured - this represents me being confused at first as to what the dream meant, and then coming to the revelation and conviction that the Thai restaurant food I ate was defiled. And as I repented whole-heartedly, the Living water poured out in abundance to wash me thoroughly clean from such defilement. This is the sanctification work of the Holy Spirit, in conjunction with the work of Jesus on the cross which enabled my sins to be forgiven.
In the dream, the water of my showering was getting everyone wet as well. This means that the revelation I had received from God about defiled food / unclean food will reach to many others who read this article.
And as for my thought, "I need to put on some clean clothes afterwards, but I don't have any". I shall reveal what this means at the end of this article.
The dream changed to Rob and I being in a house. Other people, including my family, were there. The house was dark, and we were trying to clean it. House represents "life or personal life situations". So Rob, my family, myself, and other people (in the world) were in the same life situations. We have all eaten Thai, Chinese, Indian restaurant food, and many similar foods in other places. So, our lives are defiled and darkened. But we have always tried to clean our lives by way of daily repentance and being obedient to God, hence why the dream showed us trying to clean our house. The house still stayed dark because we had not yet come to this revelation of defiled / unclean food. Now that we have received the revelation, we left the house to go somewhere in the van. It means, we are moving on in our spiritual journey with God.
But just before we got into the van, I saw my front garden being green. Green garden represents "spiritual growth", front means "future". So, I caught sight of my vibrant future spiritual growth. But the garden was a mess, full of weeds which I thought I must pull out. The weeds represented things of the enemy that try to choke the green plants (my spiritual growth). So the enemy was using defiled foods to defile me, and in so doing, was choking my spiritual growth.
In the dream, I felt I must redesign some things. This means that I must redesign what I eat; redesign my diet and menu, so that I do not live a life of eating defiled foods. This would require cleaning out my cupboards from defiled foods, cutting out a lot of what I normally eat, and buying food that are spiritually clean.
The van represents ministry that can affect a number of people. In this dream, my family would be affected by this revelation of defiled / unclean food as I would share this with them.
White means "righteousness or holiness"; moving means "journeying", so a white van moving means a ministry, a journey with God that will lead us to righteousness and holiness.
Before I got into the van, I saw a guy selling KFC on the roadside, and bought some for my family. This was God trying to tell me the food that is clean to eat is KFC - yes KFC! In this dream, KFC does not represent KFC (per se), but it represents "Western" food (rather than Eastern food). In general, Western food is spiritually clean because most business owners in the West do not pray to some gods for success. They are more entrepreneurially minded; they do not practice rituals or prayers to demonic gods be successful.
In addition to this, anytime we dream about food, it also means spiritual food. So, spiritually speaking, KFC represents the Word of God (the Bible) that man should eat.
Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3
‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
The man selling KFC placed some pieces of KFC onto the van, and told us that as the van moves, they will get cooked. This means that as we journey with God, eating / digesting the Word of God, and walking in righteousness that can only be found in the Word of God, our lives will change and we will progress to spiritual maturity.
As for me thinking that the van was quite dusty, making it unhygienic to cook KFC on it. God wanted to tell me that the physical cleanliness of food is not as important as its spiritual cleanliness.
When we ate the KFC food, I thought that the taste was quite nice, not the best, but it was OK. This means that the clean (alternative) food that I would be eating would taste OK, quite nice, but not as nice as the defiled / unclean food that I had been eating for years that I have now had to give up.
The Reasons for the Dream
It is clear to see that the reasons for the dream are:
For God to reveal the knowledge about defiled/unclean foods to me;
To show me that I (my family and many others) had been eating them unknowingly, choking all potentials for spiritual growth;
To lead me (and all of us) into repentance of such a defilement;
To show me (and us all) the clean food that is permissible to eat, and the journey to righteousness.
Further Revelations on The Dream
As I received this astounding revelation from God, I began to ask Him why did He choose to reveal this to me now, why not earlier? Why let me eat defiled / unclean food for many years? The answer came. It is because now is a time of refinement. As we approach the day of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit works to sanctify (refine, purify) us in all aspects of our being: body, soul, and spirit. We are the Bride of Christ being made pure and holy; the Bride is making herself ready.
7Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
It is interesting to note that "fine linen" stands for the righteous acts of God's holy people. This fits perfectly with the white van in the dream, and the eating of KFC. That is, we are to journey towards/in righteousness which, among other things, would entail eating clean food. This would be one of our righteous acts.
Recall also in my dream that as I was having a shower, I thought "I need to put on some clean clothes afterwards, but I don't have any". Well, the answer is in the scripture above, it is "fine linen"; the Lord would give His Bride (all of us who believe in Him) fine linen to wear, bright and clean -- after our repentance from defilement.
Further Revelations on Defiled / Unclean Food
God continued to pour His revelations about food to me which I shall share in this section.
As we all know, food is loved and eaten by everyone everywhere. It plays an important role in sustaining us. It is no big surprise, therefore, that the enemy would operate in this area of our lives, not least because he could be subtle and undetected. As the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus approaches the more, the Lord is turning our attention to the fine details of our lives; of which food is one. He wants us to be more aware of the enemy's scheme to defile the food we are consuming, both spiritually and physically. Food can be defiling to our bodies in several ways.
This could include food being unhygienically handled or prepared, food that is no longer fresh and unfit for consumption, and food that is unsafely undercooked, all of which could lead to food poisoning. But this issue could easily be resolved by our vigilance and good hygiene practices.
Unwise food intake could also defile the body - obsessive overeating could result in gluttony, whilst the other extreme could lead to bulimic or anorexic conditions. The enemy is often behind the mental health issues that drive these scenarios. He targets anyone of any race, age, gender, or religion.
Food high in sugar, salt, fat, or other contents which could become dangerous if consumed in high amounts could also infirm our body, especially if the enemy has already succeeded in getting us addicted to such food. Again, the enemy targets anyone of any race, age, gender, or religion.
There are differing opinions among many Christians as to what food is considered clean and unclean. Some would latch onto the definitions outlined in Leviticus 11, thereby avoiding pork, shellfish (most seafood), and others listed there. But let's look in more detail on what the Bible really says. Firstly,
3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
In terms of the materials to be consumed for food, God gave Noah absolutely everything to eat, except for meat that still has lifeblood in it. After that, we have Leviticus 11 given by God to the Israelites (Moses and the children of Israel) as instructions of what to eat and what not to eat; what is clean and unclean. And then, we see here Jesus' disciples in discussion as to what Mosaic laws should be applicable to the Gentiles:
5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”
6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simon (Peter) has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles...
19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.
28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you (Gentiles) with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.
We can see here that out of all the requirements that were given to Moses and the Israelites, only four were given to the Gentiles (that's us). That is, we are to abstain from food polluted by / sacrificed to by idols, meat of strangled animals, from blood, and from sexual immorality. Three out of the four requirements are to do with food! So, food is extremely significant! In practical terms, what does this look like?
Meat with no lifeblood in it: Anytime we cook meat, we have to ensure that there are no traces of blood in it before we eat it. This means steaks would have to be cooked well-done; not rare, nor medium-rare.
Meat of strangled animals: Generally, the meat we buy from supermarkets has not come from animals that have been strangled. So, they should be OK to eat.
Food polluted by / sacrificed to idols: This is all that we have already discussed regarding food served in restaurants whose owners practice idolatrous rituals for their businesses to be successful. However, there is more! The following are further revelations that God has given me regarding food polluted by / sacrificed to idols:
Halal food: Before an animal is slaughtered, they are prayed over to Allah. And since Allah is not the Triune Christian God (Allah does not have a son, nor is he triune), the meat that come from these animals is defiled; rendering also the "halal" mark as that which defile. Thus, any food (meat or non-meat) with Halal stamps on them is defiled because they are associated with honouring Allah in some way. Some non-meat halal food, such as cakes, sweets, spices, ingredients, noodles, etc. may not have undergone any ritual prayers, however because of the halal stamp on them, they become defiled.
Food with defiling packaging: Apart from Halal food, there are other foods which are defiled because of the packaging they are in. Examples of such packaging would be those inscribed with images of Eastern deities (such as elephants, dragons, snakes, griffins, etc.). Again, such foods would be associated with honouring these Eastern deities in some way.
Fortune cookies: Some of us have eaten and enjoyed fortune cookies that usually come with our Chinese takeaways. We have even read, for fun, the long strip of paper containing some "fortune". But this is another one of the enemy's strategies to defile our food, luring us to believe (whether for fun or not) the fortune written on the paper rather than the Word of God; if even momentarily.
Defiled Western Restaurants: This is an interesting revelation. Up until now, we have been looking at the defilement caused by Eastern deities, beliefs, and practices, but there are defilements happening also in the Western world; such is the craftiness of the enemy. Here are some examples:
Hell's Pizza: The concept of hell has been trivialised and humourized in their pizza business. Hell-related concepts are used for pizza names, also much red and black colours are used (popular with Satanists), not forgetting to mention having 666 in their phone number. And although pizzas (as food in general) are not defiled, buying one from Hell's pizza would be.
Mexican restaurants: Some Mexican restaurants have strong demonic décor, so like Hell's Pizza and Asian restaurants, any food served there would be defiled. Mexican food is in itself, generally speaking, not defiled.
BurgerFuel: BurgerFuel's logo is reminiscent to that of a Hell's Angels logo. In one of their website pages, they wrote, "Fun, fast and loud with rebel spirit whilst creating fuel for the human engine." As much as that makes for catchy advertising, the "rebel spirit" is of concern, and can indeed be felt when entering such restaurants (especially for those who are sensitive to the spiritual realm). Generally speaking, burgers in themselves are not defiled foods, but one that is bought from BurgerFuel may well be.
Since much of the food around us is defiled, it is safest to cook our own food. However, we have to ensure that the ingredients / materials we use are not defiled. Here are some examples of images (from pngegg.com) and things to watch out for:
A packet of noodles with Halal stamp
A packet of cola sweets with Halal stamp
A packet of crispy noodles with dragon images
Fish oil with halal stamp
Hell's Pizza and its demonic packaging
Photo by P.Mottie
Mexican restaurant with demonic mural décor
My response to my Dream - for my diet and my life
After all that the Lord revealed to me above:
I went through all my food cupboards and discarded many defiled items. I then went to the supermarket to find (clean) substitutions for the discarded items. It was not an easy task for there are not many items that are "spiritually clean". For each item I was interested in buying, I made sure to look for images and halal stamps that may be on the packaging.
I no longer go to Thai, Chinese, Indian restaurants, or other similar places (including Hell's Pizza, Burgerfuel, etc.).
Whenever I enter a restaurant, I would take note of the restaurant décor. If I see any statues, pictures of their gods, demonic images, or lucky charms on display, I will walk out and find another place to eat.
If I discovered that I had or may have eaten spiritually unclean food, I would bring it to a prayer of repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is a list of defiled / unclean foods:
Food sold in any restaurants whose owners have dedicated their business to their gods. Clues to this would be in the décor of the restaurant (e.g., statues, pictures of deities, lucky charms, lucky plants, etc.) or that they have a room in the premises (which may be out of the sight of the customers) dedicated for worship rituals and prayers.
All Halal meat.
Any food marked with a Halal stamp (including non-meat products such as, noodles, peanuts, sauces, etc.).
Any food packaging with images of Eastern deities (such as elephants, dragons, snakes, griffins, etc.).
Any meat/steak that still has blood in it. It has to be thoroughly cooked (well-done).
Fortune cookies that may come with "takeaways" or as little extras with a meal.
Hell's Pizza, Burgerfuel, Mexican Restaurants and any similar others that are out of the scope of this article.
Always ask the Holy Spirit for discernment when entering a place to eat.
If we would honour God in the area of food -- that we would adhere to eating spiritually clean food -- not only would He sustain us with good health, but that we would become the pure and holy Bride of Christ, dressed in fine linen, ready for His coming. Hallelujah!
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