When God first started showing me these truths, I use to think that it's just a health principle, yet I followed the truth of God's command anyway. Then God showed me a passage in Isaiah 66. Before we get to chapter 66, we are going to back up to chapter 65 to get a picture of what's being talked about and a pattern of how the prophecy is put together:

Isaiah 65:1 (NKJV) "I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, 'Here I am, here I am,'
To a nation that was not called by My name.

God, speaking through Isaiah, is coming against the sins of Israel and prophesying of how the gentile will come unto Him. This is a prophecy of the first coming and the building of a renewed covenant.

Isaiah 65:15 (NKJV) You [Israel] shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen;
For the Lord God will slay you, And call His servants by another name;

In verse 15, God's prophesying how the sinful people of Israel will have a cursed name and they will no longer be according to bloodline but rather called by a new name and established by a new way (Col 3:11; Gal 3:28-29)

Isaiah 65:17 (NKJV) "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

Isaiah 65:19 (NKJV) The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying.

Isaiah 65:25 (NKJV) The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,

Notice that this is not the New Covenant but the very end, when sin is wiped away and those who followed God on earth will remain forever.

When we get to chapter 66, God returns back to Israel's disobedience then returns again to the very end of time in verse 15. Notice the language:

Isaiah 66:15-17 (NKJV) For behold, the Lord will come with fire
And with His chariots, like a whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by His sword
The Lord will judge all flesh;
And the slain of the Lord shall be many.

This is obviously not the first coming but rather the second. This is after God's calling the gentile by His name.

17 "Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves,
To go to the gardens
After an idol in the midst,

Those who sanctify THEMSELVES and return to idols are those who go through the religious rituals for sanctification but it's just going through motions because they return to their idols; they're hypocrites.

Eating swine's flesh and the abomination and the mouse,
Shall be consumed together," says the Lord.

Well, now that's interesting. In the very end, after the gentile who pursue God are being called by God's name, when Christ returns to render judgment, those who eat swines flesh will be consumed with the hypocrite.

Some may be asking, "Are you saying that eating pork will send me to hell?" No, I'm not. The Bible is; and more specifically, God is.

Part 12 - Would God Punish for Food?