Peter’s Rooftop Vision
We are told that Peters’ rooftop vision of the sheet covered with unclean animals descending from above marks the point in time when God began to allow the eating Cornelius Filler of pork, shellfish and other previously prohibited foods. (Acts 10:10-16)
Here’s more to consider: For Peter was told, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat” and “call not thou common”. While Peter wondered what his vision meant, men from Cornelius’ house came knocking on the door? (Acts10:17)
Then the Spirit told Peter to go with them for they had been sent by Him. When Peter arrived at Cornelius’ house, he obviously understood the vision for he said, “God hath showed me that I should not call any MAN common or unclean”. (Acts 10:28)
This was the FIRST time the gospel had been shared with Gentiles, for it had ONLY been delivered to Israel up to this time. Which would mark the 3 1/2 year point since the Lord was crucified.
This would be the point in time when the 490 years (70th week) appointed upon Israel and Jerusalem was completed. (Dan. 9:24-27) The vision was a sign to Peter from the Lord that Israel’s exclusivity to God was over and salvation was now available to ALL peoples, nations and tongues.
If this were a command about changing eating habits, should Peter have risen, killed and eaten the Gentiles? If there were a second underlying message in this vision about food, it is NOT elaborated upon in Acts chapter 10.
Copyright June 2009 by Peter B.