A Temple Desecrated?

Being transfixed by the disturbing events at the United States Capitol, during the certification of President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s victory by U.S. lawmakers, I perused the media for adjectives used to portray the unfolding seen: sickening, coup, insurrection, extremists, shameful and embarrassing were gleaned. 

Having toured the United States Capitol on several occasions I also felt a sense of desecration for our Temple of Freedom and Liberty and Democracy. A sacrilege that desecrated the hallowed halls of our Republic.

Plaster model of the Statue of Freedom in the United States Capitol Visitor Center.

I felt the events were also strange, surreal and dreamlike. They reminded me of the scene in Daniel 5 and the handwriting on the wall. MENE, MENE, TEKEL came to mind. God's mysterious handwriting on the wall during Belteshazzar’s self-aggrandizing soiree where he desecrates the sacred vessels of Jerusalem's Temple.

"This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL …  "Here is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting."  Dan. 5:25-28 NIV

I also sensed God's patience and grace in preserving our democracy. Our republic will continue with new politicians who equally have the responsibility of ruling with liberty and justice for all; hopefully recognizing that we can only be one nation under God.

After Vice President Mike Pence adjourned the joint session of Congress at 3 a.m. United States Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black gave the benediction. Chaplain Black, a Seventh-day Adventist minister and former Navy Rear Admiral known for his colorful bowties, has been the Senate’s chaplain for nearly twenty years. His prayer was poignant and powerful.

“Let us pray. Lord of our lives and sovereign of our beloved nation. We deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life and the quagmire of dysfunction that threatens our democracy. These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.  

“We have been warned that eternal vigilance continues to be freedom’s price. Lord you have helped us remember that we need to see in each other a common humanity that reflects your image. You have strengthened our resolve to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies domestic as well as foreign. Use us to bring healing and unity to a hurting and divided nation and world. Thank you for what you have blessed our law makers to accomplish in spite of threats to liberty. Bless and keep us. Drive far from us all wrong desires. Incline our hearts to do your will. And guide our feet on the path of peace. And God bless America. We pray in your sovereign name. Amen”


Ron Reece is a physician and fourth generation Adventist, who completed a Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies at Regent College, British Columbia in 2010.

Images courtesy of Ron Reese.


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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/10980

Will our republic continue? Fact or wishful thinking?
Has this shameful act put in motion events that we cannot now imagine?
What does the Bible say and the Spirit of prophecy say is to happen to America in our day?
Judgment begins at the House of God. Is this “temple desecrated” a house of God?
Is there an overwhelming surprise that is about to grab our attention?
God’s word is trustworthy. It will not return to Him void.
But what is God telling us thru His word?

It is very disgusting and sad to see people vandalizing any property. We all saw it happening this summer in various cities with weak enforcement from governing authorities, and now again in Washington DC with weak planning of protection. Even if some of the Trump supporters became unthinking followers of Antifa members masqueraded as Trump supporters, even if what they saw all summer long by other rioters, even if Trump encouraged supporters to protest and may have misinterpreted this to mean riot, it is never appropriate to block traffic, destroy property, or harm others to make a point or to draw attention to a movement. Vandalism is no different than stealing and God’s great 10 commandments include to NOT steal.
With the election process being changed and violating the U.S. Constitution by circumventing the State Legislators process to create election laws the mail-in voting opened a huge door to fraud. This and the voting machines that have been forensically proven to be adjusted/adjustable caused for much speculation and suspicion. Many attempts, with huge amounts of evidence, were made to bring cases before a court and no court would accept the cases. With all American options to challenge the election exhausted, millions became frustrated at the road blocks. This also does not justify protesting to turn into rioting. Rioting is not a right!
Will this “temple” continue to be desecrated in other ways now? Many are concerned about our great U.S. Constitution being trampled on. Freedom of speech seems to be the most popular concern currently. There is much talk about religious freedoms being peeled away. There is much talk about gravitating towards a one world communist and marxist government.
We as Christians have been told in Revelation and EGW writings that the end times will result in ruin of our nation. "The church has been warned, “. . . our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government.” Testimonies , vol. 5, p. 451. This repudiation constitutes a final rejection of all that is unique to the American experience and endeavor. It is an ultimate disavowal of the nation’s manifest destiny. “Republicanism and Protestantism became the fundamental principles of the nation. These principles are the secret of its power and prosperity.” The Great Controversy , p. 441. When the very principles that underlie national greatness and prosperity are cast aside as obsolete and as belonging to an older isolationist and agrarian age, “national apostasy will be followed by national ruin” ( The SDA Bible Commentary , Ellen G. White Comments, on Rev. 14:9-12, p. 977).
This world is not our home and we must remember this. Keep focused on our Creator and Savior and love for our fellow-man.

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You are not “the temple” nor a house of God. After your heroic fight for world freedoms in two world wars, you have bombed Vietnam, Laos, Iraq, Syria, Belgrade with no regards for humanity. You have became very unpleasant people and I seriously doubt (even as a long life Adventist) that you are in the book of Revelation.

Hopefully, those in our church will take note of this attack on our United States Capitol. I am ashamed of what these extremists did and hope that our Seventh-day Adventist Church and its members do not condone it.


The same crowd that mingled with the general public on the streets this summer, pulling out the bricks and bats to destroy communities, put on the red hats, grabbed flags of red white and blue, as well as the black white and blue to attacked the police and crash the Capitol. It’s naive to play into that crowd. Their aim is to divide the country, each blaming the other for the mayhem. This has always been the modus operandi for those wishing to destroy democracy. You first divide - then you conquer. Those who have made this democracy their safe haven recognize the terror they escaped, following them into the streets of their adopted home. Wake up.


My reply was not a reply to you post - sorry. It was meant as a general comment to the situation.

Those who invaded the Capital were kooks and nut jobs ( as evidenced by some of their bizarre costumes )
They were vandals and hoodlums and need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law— prison terms, preferably.
I seriously doubt that any church entity nor church members would condone this travesty.

That said, this was one of Trump’s largest rallies ever — hundreds of thousands of ardent supporters— and the overwhelming majority were peaceable, patriotic citizens who did not participate in the illegalities.
They should not be tarred with a broad brush.

And Trump himself, in his address, called for a PEACEFUL , PATRIOTIC PROTEST. There is zero in Trump’s remarks that would remotely incite violence, and those who accuse him of it, neglect to cite any phrase or sentence that would corroborate that he did so.

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I wonder how many kooks and nut jobs there are in Trump’s corner who think that they are following truth and justice?

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