January 2018 Newsletter - "Immune Shield" by Dr. Roni Burton, MD
Like the secret service, the CIA, the special forces; those shadow parts of most governments that almost no one sees but there is the general knowledge that they are there; the specifics of how they work, who they are, the authority they have, all of which is speculative depending if one is in or out of that circle; that community of authority is behind the scenes. As an analogy, the above examples are poor at best compared to a most complex and clandestine part of our bodies: the immune system. Without a healthy functioning immune system, survival on this planet is short lived, truncated due to a host of relentless microbial enemies to our survival.
In 1 Cor 15:46 the Holy Word instructs us that the natural understanding is first then comes the spiritual understanding. The field of Allergy and Immunology is the study of the immune system. This is the natural understanding. As with all areas of learning and knowledge, it continues to expand. In his excellent article on The Humoral Immune Response, Dr. Francisco A Bonilla, MD, PhD expounds on how the “liquid, noncellular components of the blood and other tissues, such as plasma and lymphatic fluid” is where the “humoral immune response” occurs (1). The technical components of this process is more involved and beyond the scope of this writing but only reinforces the genius of the Author who through one of His ardent admirers said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made, ” (Psalm 139:14). That ‘making’ is of a human being is spiritual, mental/emotional (soulish), and physical. The physical immune system provides a shield against microbial assault before a baby is born. “For human infants, these antibodies, along with maternal immunoglobulin G (IgG) is transported across the placenta…in the third trimester of gestation, are important for the protection of the newborn,” (2).
Revelation chapter twelve speaks of a newborn, a “man child”. Prophetically, it is on the third day that the man child is born where he is being fitted with the immune protection he’ll need for spiritual battle. It’s in the third trimester that the antibodies develop and are passed from the mother to the child.
The “mother” is the prophetic understanding of what is natural. Under the anointed revelations of the Word by Pastor Michael Petro, the spiritual eyes open to see the spiritual meaning through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In Hebrew, the ‘character and function’ of someone or something determines the name. In the case of the immune system, it not a stretch to see that it functions as a shield against infection. If it’s not in place then death is the result. The spiritual component of the human being requires similar, if not greater, protection. The law of first mention is in Genesis 15:1 where Yahweh makes a covenant with Abram. “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not Abram: I am thy SHIELD and thy exceeding great reward.”
What did Abram need shielding from? Some answers may include his own doubts, the questions as to how Yah was going to do it, the fear he had when the Presence of Yah came, the battles Abram would face in his lifetime to stay focused on the promise; from lying about his wife, her old age, the obedience to sacrifice his son to believing in a spiritual city he must have faith to see. I found 44 references to shield which have infinite permutations in the Spirit as to how Yah protects us with His immune shield. In this season of transition into the Millennial Kingdom with turmoil in the world the light of His grace and glory is our shield (Psa 84:11). His truth is our shield (Psa 91:4). His hiding place is our shield (Psa 119:114). His blood is His shield (Nahum 2:3). Faith is the biggest shield which provides the ‘immune’ function against the “fiery darts of the wicked,” (Eph 6:16).
The natural immune system is quite complicated, without which every virus and bug is a deadly weapon. For example, HIV disease which targets Tcells which when destroyed by the virus makes one susceptible to infection.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless onto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thess 5:23) We have the protection of Yah and are shielded in spirit soul and body by the immune shield of the eternal Word. Shalom.
References: (1) The Humoral Immune Response, Author Dr. Francisco a Bonilla, MD, PhD; Read from Up To Date. (2) Ibid. (3) All scripture references from the King James Version.