Jerusalem Oh Jerusalem
March 21, 2010
Jerusalem Oh Jerusalem
The Trip – Our guide was a Jewish believer who had great insight into all the history in Israel. From St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to the Sea of Galilee, Masada, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem, I was struck by the history and the religion. Nearly every “holy” sight has a catholic or orthodox church on it. Jerusalem has been conquered and partially destroyed 45 times in the name of religion. Contrary to the impression from the news media, few Jews, Arabs or Italians are practicing believers. Although the architecture and the history are fascinating and impressive, what remains has an air of irrelevance to the local culture. The Wailing Wall is occupied by the prayers of orthodox Jewish sects that don’t pay taxes, live on government welfare and try hard to keep themselves separate from society. The Muslim mosques seemed empty and equally irrelevant to the rest of the Arab society.
The atmosphere – What struck me most was the potential for Jews and Arabs to unite around the person of Jesus. Ironically, what is missing from Jerusalem is the sense of God’s presence. Jews and Arabs alike are hungry for something real – not something orthodox. Like here, revival will come to the younger generation through the marketplace instead of traditional religion. They are not encumbered by creeds and traditions, and they have a value system that will allow the dividing lines between Jew and Arab and gentile to disappear. Listen to the promise:
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” Isa 19:23-25 NIV
The 3rd Temple – The by-product of “religious tradition” is a fascinating exercise in futility – same as in Jesus’ day. The Muslims built a Mosque on the prior site of the Jewish temple. The Jews believe the messiah will return through a gate on the east wall, so Muslims built a cemetery on that side (priests are not allowed to pass through a cemetery). On the west side the Jews have built a full size replica of the golden candlesticks and housed it in a glass case in full view of the mosque 400 yard away… sort of baiting one another. There is talk of training priests and making preparations for the 3rd temple. The orthodox Jews apparently want to reinstitute animal sacrifices in a rebuilt temple to keep the law. The Muslim fanatics are committed to preventing that from happening. 98% of the culture is interested in stable employment and a peaceful family life.
In charismatic circles in the US, the clamor to rebuild the temple is waning along with interest in many other “religious” topics. The traditional logic was that prophecies about the destruction of the Jewish temple were placed in the future… so we need to rebuild it before it can be destroyed again. That puts some Christians on the same team with orthodox Jews to start the building program and find some red heifers to sacrifice – Pretty amazing when you think about it.
For more info – a newsletter is the wrong place to start a detailed discussion of sound eschatology. So I’m going to suggest three resources:
Your theological choices are: 1) put all prophecies in the future (futurist); 2) put them all in the past (Preterist); or 3) decide from the context which are already fulfilled and which are yet to be fulfilled (Partial Preterist).
Most who receive this newsletter have had some training in the futurist camp and no exposure to any other possibility. I’m including pastors in this observation. It is not necessary that you share Harold’s or my views, but you should realize that it’s hard to be optimistic and industrious about business in specific, and the future in general, if you believe we’re on the eve of wars, earthquakes, the antichrist, persecution, apostasy, and a soon-coming rapture for the elect that remain. The rapture mindset is prone to conspiracy theories and has little sense of overcoming the enemy.
As Kings, we have some really good and scriptural reasons to build the Kingdom now and bless the nations through marketplace ministry… and we don’t need a 3rd temple to do it. Things are not getting worse; they are getting better on every front. It’s our job to make it so and we have the power and the time and the mindset to do it.
John and Sue
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2
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