Is it possible that the use of genetic engineering in agriculture is referred to in Scripture? And if so, just what are the consequences of this practice?
Even if you do not believe in a Creator, one thing that cannot be overlooked is the following section of Isaiah from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible:
Isa 17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
Isa 17:11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
Now let’s go to the Strong’s Concordance and look up “set,” “strange,” “slips” and “heap:”
Set 2232: A primary root; to sow; fig. to disseminate, plant, fructify – bear, conceive seed, set with, sow (-er), yield.
Strange 2114: A primary root; to turn aside; hence to be a foreigner, strange, profane; to commit adultery; (come from) another (man,place)…
Slips 2156: From 2168; a twig (as pruned): vine, branch, slip.
Heap 5067: From 5110 in the sense of piling up; a mound, i.e. wave: heap.
Now, let’s insert the meanings into the verses:
Isa 17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set (sow, disseminate, bear, conceive seed…) it with strange (foreign, profane, from another man, place) slips (vine, branch):
Isa 17:11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap (in the sense of piling up; a mound) in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
So, it appears that plants are grown that seem to flourish, but bring about a harvest that becomes a heap/wave/mound in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow because the laws of nature’s Creator have been forgotten and seed has been sown with strange/foreign/profane vines/slips.
The current most popular method of genetic engineering is to insert foreign genes into cells to create plants that are either resistant to the metal chelator Glyphosate, which the resultant crop is doused with in order to kill surrounding weeds, and/or contain a pesticide in every cell of the plant in order to kill insects.
The insertion of foreign genes creates problems that are still not completely understood and totally ignored by those promoting GMOs as the solution to world hunger, global warming, health, wealth and whatever other marketing ploy sells more seeds.
Are we being warned by prophets that lived in Biblical times about this practice and what will happen?
Even if this particular portion of Scripture was meant for years gone by, consider this:
The Creator’s laws do not change, so what was true then is true now. Maybe what we are looking at in the not so distant future is the natural consequence of mixing foreign genes together that have no place in nature, which will come upon us as “the day of grief and of desperate sorrow” when the culmination of all of these genetically engineered experiments take their toll and we are left with a smoldering heap of refuse formerly called food, littering what was once a fertile field. And just maybe they knew something way back then that we should take heed of today.
A genetically engineered harvest of grief and desperate sorrow: Prophecy or coincidence? You decide…
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson