Update: God’s Provision and Blessings

Hey everyone,

I wanted to thank everyone for continuing to check out the blog and the podcast.  As I’ve said a number of times, life has been very busy over the last couple of years as I work toward finishing my degree, but as I wind down my final semester I wanted to share a testimony of God’s blessing and provision with you all.

This morning my wife, who typically handles our finances, brought me a budget she had put together with a total for some bills we needed to pay off as we work to get out of debt.  She then showed me that a refund check we had been waiting on had come in and it was more than we thought it was supposed to be.  Not coincidentally, it was the exact amount (to the dollar) of what we owed.  Praise be to God for his provision!

I know that, for many of us, life sometimes seems hard or unfair.  Often times life’s unexpected turns make it difficult to see the good, but let this be an encouragement that God loves his children and he takes care of all of us.

-Dan

P.S. Thanks to everyone for making today the best day Ancient Abandon has had in terms of post likes.  You guys are awesome!

Why I Walked Away from Democratic Socialism | AA:09


In this episode Dan shares his testimony about his past as a Democratic Socialist and the journey that God took him down to change his thinking.

 

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–SHOW NOTES—

This week’s show notes are a bit longer than usual.  Here is the layout they are in to help you navigate them easier.

  • Background reading
  • Regarding the Social Gospel
  • Marxist/Neo-Marxist Writings
  • Key Terms
    • Hegel
    • Marx
    • Lenin
    • Gramsci
    • Marcuse
  • List of Scriptures Used

Background

Social Gospel Christianity

  • Rauschenbusch, Walter. Christianity & the Social Crisis in the 21st
  • Betsworth, Roger. Social Ethics

Marxist/Neo-Marxist Writings

  • Hegel, Georg W.F.. Introduction to the Philosophy of History: with selections from The Philosophy of Right. –
  • Marx, Karl. The German Ideology, including Theses on Feuerbach. –
  • Marx, Karl. Das Kapital: A Critique of Political Economy. –
  • Marx, Karl. The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844. –
  • Marx, Karl. The Communist Manifesto.
  • Marx, Karl. Critique of Hegel’s ‘Philosophy of Right’.
  • Marx, Karl. On the Jewish Question. –
  • Lenin, Vladimir I. The State and Revolution. –
  • Gramsci, Antonio. Selections from the Prison Notebooks. –
  • Marcuse, Herbert. One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society, 2nd Edition. –

Key Terms

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  • Geist – Spirit; Reason; the force that guides humanity through history
  • Cunning of Reason –Geist moves humanity along from savagery to a perfected civilization; not even repression and other negative events cannot stop Geist.

Karl Marx

  • Industrialization – The movement of society from agrarian to urban in which industry is able to produce greater commodity.
  • Capitalism – An economic system that is driven by the growth of capital in order to boost innovation. According to Marx, capitalists are driven by greed and this profiteering causes pain and suffering among the forces of labor.
  • Means of Production – Both the raw materials used within industry, as well as the workers themselves.
  • Alienation of Labor – The result of capitalists controlling the means of production causing division within the worker and their species-essence.
  • Species-Essence (Gattungswessen) – The intangible within each person that brings fulfilment in their work and in their existence.
  • Dictatorship of the Proletariat – Synonymous with socialism; the period following the popular uprising against the capitalist system in general, and the bourgeoisie in particular.
  • Bourgeoisie – The upper middle-class of a capitalist society; typically business owners, factory foremen, etc.
  • Proletariat – The name used for the working class.

Vladimir Illich Lenin

  • The State – According to Lenin: a special organization of force, an organization of violence for the suppression of some class and to repress and crush the people through parliamentary oppression.

Antonio Gramsci

  • Cultural Hegemony – A system established by a dominant ruling class over a society through it’s culture.
  • Intellectual/Ideological State Apparatus (ISA) – Inspired by Gramsci and other philosophes, this term was popularized by neo-Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser; a system of control over a society through a prevailing ideology typically established by non-state forces such as religious institutions, entertainment, media, schools, etc. In contrast, the state is a form of repressive state apparatus (RSA).

Herbert Marcuse

  • New Left – A political movement originating in the 1960’s and 70’s; an offshoot of traditional Marxist and Leftist movements that focused less on labor and class opting to focus more on cultural issues like gay rights, abortion, gender, etc.
  • Repressive Tolerance – Tolerance of subversion and acts of violence by the left and intolerance of Right and others who oppose socialism.
  • Advanced Industrial Society – Another term for developed “first world” industrialized nations.
  • False Needs – Perceived needs established by the ruling class through commodities and excess living in an advanced industrial society.
  • The Great Refusal – The protest against unnecessary repression in an advanced industrial society.

Verses Referenced

  • Acts 2:44-45
  • Exodus 20:3-4
  • Colossians 2:8
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9
  • Genesis 1:26-27
  • Romans 12:17-21
  • Matthew 5:38-42
  • Exodus 20:15-17
  • Deuteronomy 5:19-21

Should We Defend Beliefs We Disagree With? | AA:08


In this week’s episode Dan answers a listener’s question about defending spiritual beliefs we disagree with.

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  • “Minimal MC” from the album Disorganized Fun

SHOW NOTES

Christian from South Carolina asks:

  • “If I believe idol worship is evil, sinful, [and/or] harmful, should I defend it legally (i.e. freedom of religion) in the USA?”

What is an Idol?

  • Idol – An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. [Oxford Dictionary]
    • It is a person, object, or idea that on its face may or may not be a bad thing but has been elevated beyond what is appropriate.
  • Examples of pagan idolatry:
    • Worship of statues of gods, goddesses, or demons that are prevalent in other religions such as Hinduism and Taoism.
    • Effigies
    • Mythical creatures commonly revered on neo-pagan and wiccan altars.
  • Examples of Christian idolatry:
    • Veneration of the saints, common in Orthodox traditions.
    • Veneration of Mary and the doctrine of the immaculate conception.
    • Papal authority to elevate tradition to the same authority as Scripture.
    • Prosperity theology
    • Liberation theology
    • Over emphasis on financial giving and church attendance
  • Examples of American cultural idolatry:
    • Power/influence
    • Prestige
    • Wealth accumulation
    • Job/educational performance
    • Perfectionism
    • Vanity/obsession with self-image
    • Food
    • Drugs
    • Alcohol
    • Unbiblical Sex
    • Sports teams
    • Gambling

Reflection Questions

Consider these questions throughout your week.

  • Do people, ourselves included, have the right to worship freely?
  • Should we defend (i.e. be willing to stand up, and speak out for) the rights of others to worship as they wish even if we believe their religious beliefs are wrong, evil, or sinful?

Verses Referenced

  • Exodus 20:3-6
  • Jonah 2:8
  • Colossians 3:5
  • Leviticus 19:4
  • Leviticus 19:31
  • Leviticus 20:6
  • Psalm 16:4
  • Galatians 5:19-21
  • Deuteronomy 18:9-12
  • Revelation 21:8

The Most Important Question of Your Life | AA:07


In this week’s episode Dan considers the question of worship and devotion, as well as offering reflections on the California wildfires and the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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  • “Inverted Mean” from the album Disorganized Fun
  • “Minimal MC” from the album Disorganized Fun

SHOW NOTES

Key Terms

  • Worship – The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. [Oxford Dictionary]
  • Perceived Hell – A situation in life that causes pain, suffering, anxiety, frustration, etc.
  • Perceived Heaven – An ideal situation that would make life better, easier, more enjoyable, etc.
  • Functional Savior – The vector by which someone seeks to move from their perceived hell to their perceived heaven (i.e. NOT Jesus)
  • True Savior – Jesus.
  • Accept/Reject/Redeem – A rubric by which Christians may evaluate things or activities that, on their face, appear to be worldly and to be avoided. Is it biblically acceptable to accept those things?  Must we reject them as sin?  Are we able to redeem them to the glory of God?

Reflection Questions

  1. Ask yourself these questions:
    1. What do I give my time to?
      1. My money?
      2. My emotional investment?
    2. Is it Jesus, or is it something else?
  2. What are false gods in American culture?
  3. What do I perceive to be a “hell” in my life? (NOT the actual hell)
    1. What kinds of things do people I know perceive to be “hell”?
  4. What do I perceive as “heaven” in my life? (NOT the actual heaven)
    1. What kinds of things do people I know perceive to be “heaven”?
  5. What is it in your life that you pursue to deal with the pains, frustrations, and hard parts of life? Or that you have run to in the past? (i.e. functional saviors)

Verses Referenced

  • “Where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.” – Matthew 6:21
  • “You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

Sukkot: The Feast of Booths | AA:06


In this episode we briefly touch on the Las Vegas massacre, and the Yahoo/Equifax security breaches before we learn about the final Feast of Sukkot through the lens of Messianic prophecy.  What does this week mean for us now?  What does it mean for the children of Israel?  What is the significance of booths, water, and lights during this week?  All of this and more!

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– “Inverted Mean” from the album Disorganized Fun

– “Minimal MC” from the album Disorganized Fun


Show Notes

The Two Wise Guys show is returning for Season 2 on Saturday, October 7 at 9pm EST (0200 GMT).  Join me and my co-host Chris for an unscripted time of discussing the Las Vegas massacre and more.  Find a stream of the show and archived episodes at TwoWiseGuys.org.

Key Terms

  • Sukkot – the feast of booths
  • Shalosh Regalim – the 3 pilgrimage holy days: Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Booths (Sukkot)
  • Sukkah – dwelling
  • Booth (from Oxford English Dictionary) – 1a small temporary tent or structure at a market, fair, or exhibition, used for selling goods, providing information, 2or staging shows; an enclosed compartment that allows privacy, for example when telephoning, voting, or sitting in a restaurant.

“You shall dwell in booths for seven days.  All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt…” – Leviticus 23:42

“…a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob; and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’”. – Romans 11:25b-26

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and you sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams, yea, and on my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” – Joel 2:17-18

 

How is Your Heart? A Response to Las Vegas

By now I am sure that we have all heard the news about the massacre that occurred in Las Vegas this past Sunday night.  It was a tragedy that took the lives of nearly 60 people and left over 500 wounded.  In a matter of minutes, a mass murderer shattered the lives of so many of our fellow Americans as many of us slept only to awaken to the horror of what had happened.  Truly, Monday was a dark day for all Americans.

The response I saw as I watched the live coverage was inspiring.  The police responded with acts of courage and valor as they located the attacker and stormed the room he was in.  Thanks to the actions of the doctors, nurses, EMTs and surgeons in Las Vegas many more were saved and are in the process of recovery.  In the open-air venue where the attack happened stories began to surface of people sacrificing themselves to shield complete strangers from the bullets that were raining down.  Another man, recognizing that the EMT services were getting overwhelmed grabbed the bodies of people who had been shot and transported them to the hospital in his own truck.  This is what makes America great.  It’s not our wealth or our military power; it’s not the institutions that have sustained us as a republic for over 240 years.  It’s not even our Constitution, which I love.  It is the virtues we hold which have been ingrained in us as a people that “all men are created equal”.  It’s the truth of our equality, which stems from Genesis that God created each of us in His image and likeness.  Las Vegas showed us the same thing we saw in Houston after Harvey, in New Orleans after Katrina, and in New York after 9/11.  When our fellow citizens are suffering we can set aside our petty differences to help our fellow man.  At least, that’s what I thought.

The people that I have seen and talked to since the news broke of the Las Vegas attack have all said the same things.  “I don’t understand why anyone would do this.”  “Let’s pray for those people.”  “How can we help?”  Not a single one on the left or right was talking about gun control, or about how it was the President’s fault; but that was what the media was saying.

Not 10 hours after the attack happened the media were politicizing this tragedy, and one legal executive for one of the major networks wrote on Facebook that, “I’m not actually even sympathetic [because] country music fans are often republican gun toters.”  That executive has since been fired.

Quite frankly I felt sickened.  I was disgusted with the media’s response. I was upset that the families were not given the time to grieve the loss of their loved ones, that victims were not given time to process what they had just been through, that police had not yet even released enough information for any of us to really know what was happening, and that we as a nation were not allowed to fully comprehend what had just happened before the same-old political games began to be played.

As the story developed, I was sad.  Events like these hit me hard.  When I hear reports, or see images of what happened, I cannot help but think of what it would feel like if that were my friend or family member.  I wonder about the victims and the life they left behind.  Who is crying tears of sorrow over the loss of a son or daughter, or a mother or father?  What was it that made them unique?  Did they have a chance to meet Jesus or did they die never knowing him?  These are all things that run through my mind in these events and it weighs heavily on my heart; so, when I turn on my laptop and I see a headline popup in the notifications bar about some asinine comment aimed at dividing our country even further, I get angry.

I must confess that often I get a little too angry about these things, crossing the line from a righteous anger to a sinful one, and have to repent.  I hate the injustices of the world and the violence people inflict on others.  I wish there was more I could do to make the world better, but the truth is there is only one who can do that job and He hasn’t come back yet.

With that said, I ask you (and encourage you to ask yourself), how is your heart?  It’s understandable when things like this happen to be troubled.  It’s understandable to feel sad and/or angry.  It’s even understandable to feel overwhelmed, but if we are not careful we can become desensitized and our hearts can go numb.  Jesus warned that in the last days, “…because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).

There are so many terrible things in our world, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, we have 24-hour access to all of it.  There is a reason that recent studies have shown that we are the most high-strung people in history, and as God said after creation, it’s not good for us to be alone.  Do you have a community of believers to walk through life with who can listen when you are angry, and who can grieve with you when you are sad?  If so, then you’re blessed!  If not, I encourage you to get plugged in with a godly church.  I don’t know where you are at, or how you are feeling after this tragedy, but it is my prayer that none of us will allow our love to grow cold, lest the light in the darkness be extinguished.

Day of Atonement | AA:05


In this episode we learn about the holiest day in all of Judaism: Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement through the lens of Messianic prophecy.  What does an ancient feast have to do with the future?  How will Jesus’ second coming impact the Jews?  What is the truth about replacement theology and more?  All of this and more!

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Songs used in this episode:

– “Inverted Mean” from the album Disorganized Fun
– “Minimal MC” from the album Disorganized Fun

 

Show Notes

The Two Wise Guys show is returning for Season 2 on Saturday, October 7 at 9pm EST (0200 GMT)
Find a stream of the show and archived episodes at TwoWiseGuys.org

 

Types of Religious Authorities in Ancient Israel

  • Rabbis = teachers
  • Scribes = Pre-rabbinic teachers, transcribers, teachers, etc
  • Levites = men from the tribe of Levi that were set apart for service to God. All priests were Levites, but not all Levites were priests.  They helped maintain the Tabernacle and the Temple, were supported by tithes, and were fed from the food offered as sacrifice.
  • Priests = Levites who filled the role of mediator between God and man to offer sacrifices
  • High Priest = the head priest who, once a year, would offer a sacrifice to purify himself and the accidental sins of the nation before entering the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle/Temple to offer incense in the Presence of God’s Spirit.
    • The High Priest would then conduct the goat lottery where one goat would be sacrificed as an offering for the people’s sin, and another goat (the scapegoat) would be sent out into the wilderness to die.

“For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you.  You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.” – Leviticus 16:30

“There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent he entered one for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” – Hebrews 9:11-14

“…a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob; and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” – Romans 11:25b-26

Rosh Hashanah | AA:04

In this episode we celebrate the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah through a prophetic study of Jesus’ second coming! What is Rosh Hashanah? The Feast of Trumpets? The Feasts of the Lord? All of this, and more!

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– “Minimal MC” from the album Disorganized Fun


Show Notes

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts.‘ -Leviticus 23:1-2

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.  You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord.’” – Leviticus 23:23-25 (ESV)

Hurricane Aftermath | AA:03

In this episode Dan reflects on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and we consider the humanitarian response and the words of Jesus that in the end times “the hearts of many will grow cold”.

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Show Notes

Signs in the Heavens | AA:02


Show Notes

  • The Great Sign of 2017 – http://www.the2017sign.com/part1theprophecytrail.pdf
  • Revelation 12:1-6 (ESV)

    “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.  And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.  His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.  She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.”

  • Matthew 24:36 (ESV)

    “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

  • Job 38:31-33 (ESV)

    “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?”

  • Genesis 1:14 (ESV)

    And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 (ESV)

    “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.”

  • “The Sign of the Woman Clothed in the Sun” – The Dragon and Planet X – http://endtimesforecaster.blogspot.com/2013/06/2017-and-woman-clothed-with-sun.html
  • Revelation 6:12-14 (ESV)

    “When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.”

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