A new documentary movie is coming out called “Waiting For Armageddon“.
Here is a quote from the trailer that cuts to the heart of the problem:
“When people think that they have to possess the place to possess the truth, that turns that spot into a blasting cap for religious conflict.”
We do not possess anything in this world, not even God’s truth. Only God is the rightful owner who can claim possession of all things, including His truth.
I remember Bruce Waltke taught me a useful term — usufruct, originating from the Latin expression usus et fructus, meaning “use and enjoyment”. The land given by God to Israel is not for them to possess it as their own property, but it is an usufruct, a permission to use and enjoy the land as long as they do not defile it. God, however, remains the ultimate owner of the land and He has the right to take it away anytime if the holder of the usufruct fail to honor it with proper use. Much of the Old Testament chronicles how the Israelites time and again defiled the God-given land by idolatry and injustice, leading to their repeated losing of it.
It is very sad that so many so-called evangelicals buy into this Zionism, third temple, rapture, and Armageddon non-sense, becoming agents of conflict instead of agents of peace. Isn’t this the biggest elephant in the room among evangelical circles? Will anyone stand up and point out this heresy of the century?
P.S. I wrote a post earlier (sorry, in Chinese only) explaining why it is totally unnecessary to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, how Jesus already fulfilled the temple symbol in himself, and how he reconstituted the true Israel in his church.