Temples Banks and the Brokerage House

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This page is a continuation of the study Temples and Churches, Investing in Diana, Debasing the Kingdom, and Ephesus. Those Temples performed similar functions of institutions like the The World Bank and Federal Reserve Bank and often facilitated a system of Corban that "made the word of God to none effect".
More information about the pagan temples of the world order of Rome may give you insight into what the Gospel of the kingdom was really about and why and how the early Church were setting a different table.
One function of the Temples loaned lawful money into circulation and eventually produced a form of legal tender.
The appointed Church or ekklesia was the called out like the Church in the wilderness.
The moneychangers were fired by Jesus.
The Corban of the world was at the root of the Christian conflict with Rome.
That Christian conflict was over the difference between Pure Religion of the ekklesia and Public religion of the world.
Compare the early Church with the Modern Church.
Employed in the bondage of Egypt because of sloth and covetous practices.
The people forgot what made America great so David Crockett had to be told.
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:" Matthew 6:19-20
Questions
Do you get free bread or benefits from men who call themselves Benefactors at the expense of your neighbor?
Do you love your neighbor as much as yourself through fervent charity by being a doer of the word?
Do you provide a daily ministration through your Church based on faith, hope and charity?
Do you live by faith or force?
Are the people of the world deceived by Sophistry?
What is the "perfect law of liberty"?
What are the Altars of clay and stone?
Is the Modern Church doing what the early Church did?
Have we returned to The mire?
Have we committed the error of Balaam?
If Ephesus was a pagan temple then is the Federal Reserve and all its branch banks just heathen temples?
Do Christians need to pick Seven men? What comparable institution today could do what those Seven men did?
What are the Modern Christians to the Fathers of the earth?
What is a Sacred Purpose Trust?
Is Social Security a sacred purpose trust fund?
What is the unrighteous mammon?
Are you a member of an Imperial Cult of Rome?
Are you practicing the deeds of the Nicolaitan?
Are you under a Strong Delusion?
Are your ministers doing what Christ commanded?
Do you want to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?
Do you think there is another way than The Way?

Temples, Banks and the Brokerage House.

The reference to a temple as a bank is not uncommon. The temples in Egypt acted much like banks, issuing script, coining forms of usurious money, making loans and collecting interest, especially during times when the people were in bondage and the gold and silver was in the treasury, not in their own purse. People used substitutes or legal tender instead of lawful money. These temples in ancient times could act as investment houses for mining, trade and even military ventures. Great returns could be had with such investments in temples like Janus and Diana.

Temples could also act as welfare systems in order to guarantee complacency, if not popularity, among the common man. The contributions guaranteed a social security in case of disability or old age, relieving the family of that God given responsibility and the community of its voluntary divine duty. The patrons of the temples were the assembly of its members who would often meet to decide terms and matters of the business of the temple. The Temple of Diana with its 24,000 seated investors was a pagan kirke, or church.

No one suspected these Christians of breaking into Diana’s treasury vault, but it was clear that they were considered a threat. This idea becomes less strange to our thinking when we realize the tables that Jesus turned over in the golden Temple of Herod were also part of that “bank”.303 The money changers were part of the national banking system or royal treasury. In John chapter 8 Jesus is seen supervising the activities in the royal treasury,304 which only the king could do. The conflict with the Pharisees was in part one of vainly held religious doctrines, but the crucifixion was essentially monetary. Follow the money.

Those ministers did not steal the money from Diana’s secure vault, but they were stealing the hearts and minds, the very souls, of industrious hardworking “investors” who would not covet their neighbors’ goods any more through these systems of Corban that made the word of God to no effect. The revenue of the world declined as the charity of the everlasting kingdom increased.

Judea had also adopted the Roman system of Qurban, called in the Bible Corban. This required funds to be contributed to care for the people, which is “religion”. These funds did not sit idle but were often invested to create a profitable return. Like any tontine system of entitlements new funds were always coming in to pay for any entitlement demands made on the temple. Great profits could be had, vast sums crossed the temple’s “tables”, administrative fees were regularly collected. Public buildings including temples were built in other parts of the world with the surplus. With the power and wealth coming into these centralized treasuries men who seek power and wealth sought office and control. Corruption soon followed. With guaranteed revenue greed gave way to borrowing against the future. If investment money dried up disaster followed.

The need for a social system of welfare and security have always been a part of societies. It is the left hand of governance. The Levites were vested with this office and the Porters or Gatekeepers of the Old Testament managed the funds of that system. It was not originally centralized nor compelled, but was a network of charity and service. The ministers of the kingdom formed a bottom up voluntary network of charity and love. Since the time of David, only the king could fire the porters of the temple.

For centuries the social services were handled by, of, and for the people in multiples of ten. Ten families chose one minister, ten ministers chose one minister, ten of those minsters chose another, so on and so fourth, to form a whole nation. Most charity was handled locally. The highest servants of servants worked at a national level in this system of freewill contributions forming the living temple of God the Father. This network of tens, hundreds and thousands attended local and national needs. Investment and returns were through faith, hope and charity. The virtue of the people was the treasury of the nation.

There was no top down authority, no going up by steps.305 In the days when there was no king in Israel every man did according to his own God given conscience. Israel was a nation of freemen. God was their king.306 Every man belonged to his family and his possessions belonged to him. The head of each house was priest and king of his own castle. The clay altars of the people were the people and their stone altars were trusted men of faith. The nation trusted God and his way. The milk and the honey a man produced were his to enjoy or to offer freely on the living stone altars formed by the his chosen public servants. These were the altars of clay and stone.307 These were the people and priests of God’s kingdom.

Footnotes

  • 303The word for “table” of the moneychangers which Jesus overthrew is the same word for “bank” in Luke 19:23 In the Greek today the word trapezia still means bank. Bank is from the Italian banca meaning bench.

  • 304John 8:20 “These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.” In the Greek the word is gazophulakion AV-treasury 5; 5 1) a repository of treasure, especially of public treasure, a treasury`... for the service of the temple and the support of the poor.

  • 305Exodus 20:26 “Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.”

  • 3061 Samuel 12:12 “… ye said … a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God [was] your king.”

  • 307See the book Thy Kingdom Comes.



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