Mystery of the third temple

One of today’s modern prophecies is the rebuilding of the third temple. A little history though, the first temple was built around 1000-2000 years before Christ (or the Common Era). The temple was rebuilt within a few centuries before the coming of the Christ in the first century. Each of the three main Abrahamic religions believes in a future kingdom with a temple rebuilt for the third time. They use the book of Ezekiel which talks about the rebuilding of a future temple. Maybe we need to stop reading the Bible with contemporary lenses, since this book was written around the time of the Babylonian exile, before the second temple was rebuilt.

The abomination of desolation mentioned in the book of Daniel was about the rebuilding of the second temple. Jesus’s reference to the abomination of desolation was to the destruction of the same temple which took place in AD 70. It didn’t take much research to show that there was a seven year war between the Romans and the Jews, in which the temple was destroyed at the midpoint. It looks like people who are still waiting for the rapture today have the right events, but they haven’t realized it’s all ancient history now.

The Dome of the Rock is practically onsite of Solomon’s temple today. This was built by the Muslims in the 6th or 7th century. It’s not likely they are going to tear this down in the future since it has been standing for so long. People that are still looking for the temple to be rebuilt don’t know this interesting tidbit because they don’t study the history of geographic locations.

Jesus said “destroy this temple and I will rebuild it within three days.” The Christ’s temple is His Body, otherwise known as the Church (not divided by walls and borders). The Lord already reigns through His people. It is a spiritual reign. Waiting for Jesus to return and set up His Kingdom on earth is waiting for a political kingdom. It is the same mistake that Jesus’s first century followers made as well.

So if Jesus established the third temple in the first century, where does that leave salvation today? Some people who reject Preterism say this means our salvation is in the past. Time is man-made so there is no past, present, or future. It is all one time. Salvation is an ongoing journey that flows out of one’s relationship with their Creator.

Striving so hard for world peace that we miss it

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Psalm 46:10. . ."Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted among the earth!"

I grew up in a Christian family, albeit we weren't very active in the church. We did watch a lot of religious programming on TV and I was taught the basics from the Bible about God, prayer, the Ten Commandments, etc. The biggest thing I was taught was that Jesus was coming back to set up His Kingdom on earth in the Second Coming; later to be known as the millennial reign when I got older and started going to church on my own. 

During my 20's and 30's while I was attending church, I explored other denominations and even read a little on the New Age movement. Jews were waiting for the Messiah; Islam was waiting for the Mahdi.  The only religions that weren't waiting for some Messianic figjure was those that were linked to Hinduism, including Buddhism. They seem more to describe finding the god within, otherwise known as Pantheism. This is the source of much of the New Age movement. 

As I got into my 40's and gleaned a little more information from various New Agers, I heard them describe Atlantis. This is a fictional Utopia mentioned in the works of Plato. It is also the basis for John Milton's Paradise Lost.  This the Utopia that intellectuals (who are mostly socialists) are striving for.

All of these groups are striving for that perfect Utopia and world peace. It is a peace that already exists in the world. Most of the conflict in the world is governments stirring up conflict so they can have an excuse to start another war to generate revenue and profits. 

On one hand we think that world peace and the Kingdom of God will never be established on earth because human nature simply will not allow it. We would somehow have to achieve perfection in order to establish this Kingdom. This leads to numerous self-improvement methods which stir up conflict within ourselves. We can never be at peace because we are constantly trying to "ascend." 

The good news is the in the tree of life, we are already perfect just the way our Creator created us. Once we eat of the tree of knowledge, we see everything that is wrong with us and we will spend millions trying to fix ourselves. We water down the truth of divine revelation and create idols so as to have a god that suits our lifestyles. Everything that is wrong with capitalism may stem from man trying to become a god and fill his own voids that only a relationship with his Creator can fulfill. 

When we cease striving and come to know the God of the Bible as the King of kings and Lord of lords, everything that we long for in the future suddenly becomes manifest in the Present. Looking for a future Kingdom is still looking for all of these things outside of ourselves. 

The Bible says to live by faith and not by sight. While we look for what we can see, the things we long to see can only be discerned through our connection to spiritual realm. 

What makes someone a capitalist?

What comes to mind when you think of capitalism? The first answer most people will give is money. That is, except for those that understand the purpose of money and that the currency is largely made up to facilitate trade and value assets.

This blog post will entertain the idea that anyone, or most people, can be a capitalist. Many will claim to be anti-capitalist because they are not interested in “playing the game”, or they are content with their life and not into raising their standard of living.

Let’s start with the definition of capitalism:

Capitalism is defined as a system made up of private owners who control a nation’s industry and trade for profit, as opposed to being controlled by the state. At one time these private owners were mostly small businesses. Throughout the end of the 19th century and the 20th century, the private ownership has tilted more toward corporations.

Is capitalism all about money?

Technically capitalism isn’t just about money, since currency is a social construct. The definition says it is about profit though. Money is a tool or a resource that is used to make said profit. The profit is made by being of service to others. However, it trends toward favoritism because a capitalist is only serving people who can pay for the created product.

Money may not have necessarily been the end goal during the early stages of capitalism. As standards of living rose, so did the cost of living. In the 21st century, we are moving into supercapitalism, or hyper-capitalism. This is where few of us will experience the highest standard of living known to man. The pitfall is money becomes more of an end goal with most successful capitalists giving in to the “money is everything” mentality; most religious people would see this as idolatry.

Is capitalism a biblical system?

The kingdom of God is bigger than money, no doubt. The underpinnings, or ideas, behind any man-made system may come from the Divine; though humans are flawed and can corrupt anything.

More about this topic in a recent blog post with the same title:

Is capitalism a biblical system? | Daily Evotionals & E’isms

The most interesting answer to who can be a capitalist came in some recent article that I read recently. It said basically that anyone who believes in the free market is a capitalist, while anyone who believes the government needs to have more authority over our lives is a socialist. According to that definition, you can be an exploited worker and still be a capitalist. Especially since all socialism seems to offer exploited workers is dependency on government welfare programs. Even most people who profess to be anti-capitalists would choose capitalism over any form of communism any day of the week.

Since there has always been a system of free enterprise as long as there has been money, I wouldn’t worry about all the fear mongering surrounding the possibility of collapse. Especially when you understand that the market is rigged not to collapse anyway. Businesses do adapt though. Like everything else, economies hit their peak and then they go backward. The benefit of moving backward is everything that went out of style may become popular again.

We may be in late-stage capitalism but if it did crash it would just start over again. Remember no matter what system you live under, including a traditional economy which is what most third world (or developing countries have) it is God who brings true prosperity. When we give credit to a system, that shows we are making an idol out of the system.

Is it more moral to be a Republican or a Democrat?

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The title to this blog post has been an ongoing question over the last decade. While it seems most religious people tend to lean toward the right of the spectrum, a growing number of voters are voting left. They cite that it is moral to help the poor and disenfranchised. They are right in that it is, it just depends on who is more moral in doing it.

I grew up in a conservative state and visited the west coast enough to see how democratic states function. I did not see much of a difference with regards to social services. The main difference was that social service organizations relied more on actual donations rather than government welfare programs. I also noticed that organizations like Salvation Army had dorms where they rented out a bed and a locker to transient people more in conservative states.

It should be noted that Democracy is a secular idea that originated in ancient Greece and thrived mostly in pagan societies. Maybe this is why democratic societies embrace science more than religion and trend towards atheism. The one thing I noticed in democratic societies is a higher cost of living and a tax on virtually everything. This goes against the notion of a free society that was envisioned by our founding fathers during the Enlightenment. Maybe this is why the founders did not speak very well of Democracy.

The spread of democracy tends to lead toward more government dependency (i.e., social poverty) and runs antithesis to capitalism. More atheists lose faith in the church and subsequently the free market and this explains why they lean more towards democracy and big government. From growing up in a conservative society, the market always tends to provide for the needs of everyone. Most counties in Texas have county hospitals for those that lack health insurance, for example.

From the divine perspective, I don’t think it really matters who is you vote for. It is God who prospers His people. Prosperity in the kingdom of God may not look like prosperity from the world’s point of view since the Kingdom is not dependent on money like the world is. A wise person that can live simple is just as prosperous as a billionaire. The spiritual realm is the only realm where all things are truly equal.

On a final note, when a Democrat gets elected, it is usually during a recession. Therefore, if the economy looks like it is doing better under democrats, it is more than likely because the economy is already in the process of bouncing back. Also, there is the fact that governments spend more money which makes the economy looks like it is thriving; all the while putting society in a debt that will probably never be able to pay back.

Life in the material world

This meme about sums it up. The world isn’t getting worse. It’s always been cursed. The church was supposed to be a light to the world. They still are to some degree, but even man can corrupt that too.

Life is not hard. The ways of the world are. To put it in proper perspective anyway.

Anybody who walks in the Divine light is the Light of the world. Don’t expect the world to respond well to the light.