The reading of Bible prophecy, in both the Old and New Testaments is as graphic as reading the front page headlines of the newspaper today. That is why those who have read and studied Biblical prophecy are able to take the often-too-distressing news of things happening these days more in a matter of stride than those who have not. For one can see all too frequently the mob scenes of long-haired, unruly and unmoral hecklers and law-breakers minorities at the most throwing rocks, rotten eggs, bricks, bottles and bombs at the decent people of the world wherever there happens to be a T-V screen. The student of Bible prophecy says to himself, 'I've read all this was coming and now it is happening, just as the Bible said. But the non-student who never took divine prophecy seriously merely wrings his hands and moans, 'What's happening to this world of ours?'
Sacred scripture long ago said things would be happening as they are. Men would become irreverent, puffed up, conceited, boastful holding nothing sacred, not even God. Things and principles, long established, would be toppled. The Bible described the utter lawlessness and chaos of this age as a 'time of great shaking in the world like it never was before'. We see the dignity of our elected President, the very structure of our government, our campuses, our churches being challenged almost daily by irrascible and unkempt youths who are too lazy to take a bath or shave let alone get a hair cut or lace up a pair of shoes to hide their filthy, grimy feet. Yet they scream obscenities, as if it were wisdom, in the presence of business and legislative executives and professional men who've doggedly steered a course from boyhood failure to adult success merely because they were astute, held high ideals and carved a future for themselves and their nation, under God. They call this 'innocent youth giving voice to its purest ideals'. But the Bible calls it arrogance, boastfulness and conceit an utter lacking in discipline, uprightness and the respect for law and decency. Anyone who has ever witnessed the ugly spectacle of defiant, longhaired youth rioting and bombing a college campus, or a group of hippies jumping and screaming to their raucous, insane so-called 'music' knows what the Bible means when it says, 'There will be a shaking in the land like there never was before.'
It's an ugly scene I've just described, but it's focused in all its cussedness on our front room television screens every day to the extent that many believe there are no fine youth left in our world. Yet the majority are fine, clean kids who go to school and college simply because they feel the need for furthering their education to become someday the leaders in our land. But we never hear about the good and clean and studious ones because the cameras and newspaper headlines are always pointed to the sensational, the chaotic the ones who burn and bomb and even kill their fellow men and desecrate their time-honored institutions while they scream 'peace, love and a better world for all humanity.'
But the Bible says, 'In that day they shall cry peace, but there'll be no peace.' For men in those days shall seek to solve their problems without God.
When I used to read Biblical prophecy, how the earth and the waters would someday become barren and waste, I often asked the question, 'Why would God do that to us?' But today, one of man's most pressing problems, outside of war, and its utter destruction of life and civilization, is the dilemma of our unbalanced ecology a veritable wasting of nature through an imbalance caused by poisons created by man. Just today in the newspaper I've been reading how a large dairy farmer, just south of here, has become so ravaged by a poison chemical in the paint that sealed the silos that the entire 'herd of cattle had to be destroyed to bring a stop to it all. The dairyman's own life and health, as well as that of his family was being threatened with mysterious and unexplained illnesses. All had been in the hospital, or were going to have to go for experimental treatment to find out the source of the poison. The farmer, once a thriving dairyman Who sold Grade-A milk throughout the area, even had to pull down his silos and break up the concrete linings in an attempt to stop the spread of the poison which would yet linger in the soil about his place.
Men, in their scientific egotism today are experimenting with death-dealing poisons, spraying their crops and their herds with toxins that accumulate within living bodies and which eventually reach the sea never to diminish or disperse. Only recently our laboratories discovered that certain vitamins on the market were dangerous to human health. Further studies in trying to locate the cause led to a discovery that dangerous accumulations of chemical poisons (Mercury to be exact) had 'been found in the livers of seals. The vitamins in question had to be recalled and destroyed to protect human life from what was intended to be beneficial to human health.
Jach Costeau, the world's most eminent explorer of undersea life, has recently reported that the pollution by man has now reached the depth and breadth of the world's vast oceans.
When we visited the Percy Sherman household at Palmyra, Michigan, recently, upon getting up early of a morning and going to the fields I remarked how unusually crisp and clear the Michigan air was how inducive it must be to one's health. Yet Percy told me of how the wildlife has almost been erased from that countryside by pesticides.
'There are hardly any birds left to keep the insects down,' said Percy. 'The sprays and poisons and chemical fertilizers have almost eradicated much of our beneficial wildlife.'
Thus, viewing prophecy in the present day perspective, one can now understand that when the ancient prophets warned of the land's devastation, it would not be God's doing, but man's. And it is. As Vice President of our Natural Food Associates here, I have often led discussions, lectured before groups and participated in round tables wherein was pointed out the dangers of man-made chemicals and poisons. Twenty-five years ago our laboratories told us that DDT would be a blessing. Now we see its menace has accumulated from shore to shore and ocean to ocean. Only a few years ago we were laughed at by the local health officials for warning our fellow men about the dangers of man poisoning both himself and the nature about him. People who attended our Natural Food gatherings and heard our arguments against the wanton use of chemical poisons actually called us 'a bunch of nuts.' But today mankind sees the red light flashing. Ecology has become the big subject putting teeth in the law. The life of humanity and the nature about it has become menaced to the point of almost extinction lest man mend his ways and once again learn to live by the laws of creation.
When the subject of adding fluoridation to our city water recently came up, it was our little Natural Food Associates organization which saved the day by bringing the problem to a vote. Had we not passed petitions, calling for a referendum, we would have had just one more poison added to our public water supply without our having anything to say. But we organized and alerted the public. I was called upon to write articles for the papers, and tape speeches for the radio, also1 ads warning of what the poison of fluorine could do to the health of the community. The dentists and health department were lined up against us, pleading for fluoridation to prevent tooth decay in the youth. But we got all the facts from other eminent physicians and lab technicians, warning that the presence of chemical fluoride in the public water causes serious bladder deterioration and brings on painful joints to older folks.
In my articles I added other evidences that I had gathered, and in addition I decried the fact that our little children who once drank fresh cow's milk to build good dentures had now traded that blessed custom in favor of carrying around bottles of cola which they sucked on all day. Kids going to school were spending their lunch money which would provide them with a well-balanced meal, for chewing gum and candy that they intended chewing in class when teacher's back was turned. I reminded the public that the sugars in such things were the real culprits that rotted the teeth of our growing children something that dentists often will belatedly tell you after they've extracted your last molar. 'You might still have your i teeth i had you not eaten so much candy and drank so much soda pop.'
Some sharp charges were exchanged, I'm afraid, between our Natural Food organization members and the local health department and dental association. But the naturalists and concerned citizenry came to the rescue and defeated the addition of poisonous fluoride to our public water almost four to one.
Our little Natural Food organization is no longer laughed at as being crazy. And we are now living in times when it is also unwise to laugh at or ignore the eternal warnings of man's ways as prophesied in the Bible.
We are for health. But we believe in attaining and maintaining health by the divine laws of nature by good and Wholesome food aided and abbetted by the correct and wise use of God-given herbs and medicines not the use of poisons that kill in the name of healing.
And we declare our faith in the Divine Wisdom that created man and the plants and creatures about him in a delicate balance known only to God. In our pretense to education we lack wisdom, sacrificing life and health to the good of our own egotism. In our pretense of religious ritual we ignore God, sacrificing peace of mind for the garbage of a cluttered, chaotic world.
Let us return to the neglected pages of Divine Wisdom and clean this mess up!
And now I'll end on a sweeter note by inserting this health gem. You who suffer so from that annoying nose and throat condition called sinus start including comb honey in your daily diet and see what happens. Don't ask me how, but the chewing of comb honey works wonders in healing the inflamed head and nasal passages that cause the mucous blockage.
And for those Who feel overweight and suffer the usual digestive troubles remember, the mouth is like a gas engine carburetor. When the mixture's too heavy and over-rich, the old engine putters around at only half its horsepower. One day a week of fasting is good for the cleaning out of the digestive tract and stomach. Eat only some comb honey on that day, drink water and fruit juices, possibly some bullion broth but no solid foods. But it's better to do it on a day of rest. You'll feel much better the rest of the week for giving your system a chance to clean out and catch up.
A famous English veterinarian tried it on several hundred cats, dogs, monkeys and other pets he was commissioned to take care of during the World War II London Blitz. He said it improved the well-being and health of all the animals and that humans would benefit likewise. My wife and I both tried it ,and felt much better, although I was fool enough to go on working on that empty stomach, which I shouldn't have.
You'll feel sweeter by including honey-in your diet. And now how's that for closing on a real sweet note?