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    • CONSPIRACIES There is some truth to many conspiracies. Also some conspiracies have been proven to be completely true. A few conspiracies are completely false, sometimes made up specifically to dismiss the truth of a real conspiracy. In the Babylon thread mentioned above, there is a very long video which seems primarily derived from the scripts that Alex Jones of InfoWars promoted. In fact, much of the video is the voice of Alex Jones. Under that topic, the subject of conspiracies had already come up with reference to beliefs about the UN, and Alex Jones fits right in on this topic. I never paid attention to Alex Jones of InfoWars, but I figured from things I heard that he would also have included a lot of truth in his conspiracy theories. The only time I had listened for any length of time to Alex Jones was when I listened to a documentary about him, which I thought was a really good expose of his dishonesty on many issues, It used his own words and contradictions, lies and backtracking, and interviews with persons who knew him personally at various stages of his life. FAKE CRISIS ACTORS That documentary just mentioned was followed up with another documentary on Alex Jones and the gun issue, through which he deeply hurt parents of children who lost their lives in school shootings. With reference to some of the worst of these shootings, Alex Jones has claimed that they are staged, and that these are "crisis actors" acting as dead children, frantic teachers, grieving parents, police, etc. One parent (who lost a child at Sandy Hook, CT) had the resolve to challenge what Jones was doing, so Jones verbally attacked him viciously and even instigated members of his audience to continue harassing him, so that the man was not able to move from one part of the country to another without his new address being published. He had to move about 7 times. He finally won a suit against Alex Jones, who had to apologize, but then Jones went right back to attacking him after the apology. There was another school shooting more recently where I saw that people were quickly talking about how the timeline was faked, the crisis actors were faking, interviews with children gave conflicting reports about where it was, how many shots, when the police showed up, etc. This one I decided to follow more closely and watched all the available videos that the conspiracy promoters were using as evidence. If these people were serious, it meant that people can see things in videos that aren't really there and not see things that were there. They could completely misread news reporting and timelines as if illiterate, yet manage the most amazing mental gymnastics in extrapolating about a minor mistake or typo. Many seemed to be outright lying, and proud that they were spreading this "truth" in the service of showing that people like Alex Jones had been right all along. The term "cult" came to mind. REAL CRISIS ACTORS This little bit of research made me wonder about another set of controversial videos I heard about. These were the videos being staged by the "White Helmets" who really turn out to be a group of Islamo-Fascist, Al-Qaeda styled terrorists in Syria, who have staged videos with actual dead bodies, and who were caught faking many videos with live persons (even children) pretending to be dead, to help promote support for their side against Assad's forces. Finally they even staged supposed "chemical" attacks that had the necessary effect to bring support to Al-Qaeda and against Assad. The United States even got away with supporting Al-Qaeda in this war, something that would not have been tolerated by Americans in general just a couple years earlier. Of course, America had to rename them "moderate rebels." In a couple of cases, not only were the child "actors" recycled from video to video, but other videos showed up with these same "White Helmet" heroes chopping heads off prisoners. The difficulties in researching these videos was due to the fact that the videos that showed the "White Helmet" mistakes and fakery were quickly disappearing as fast as they were being exposed, and only the better made fakes were being publicized. Some were sloppy enough that you could see, inconsistent use of gas masks, and in others, "dead" people being given directions for the video. Western sources rarely admitted that more than one or two of the White Helmets videos were faked. [CNN: Syria's White Helmets apologize for Mannequin Challenge video] (https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/24/middleeast/mannequin-challenge-white-helmets-syria/index.html)  But those who followed the videos closely found serious and obvious problems with several. Ultimately, although very little publicized, the United States began to drop the claim that they had physical evidence of Assad's chemical/gas attacks. The primary source of the OPCW report against Assad had turned out to be a private blog (bellingcat) which had been treated as if it were an intelligence resource. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had initially dismissed dissenting members of OPCW teams that disagreed with their official results. However a series of email leaks and leaked versions of reports showed that OPCW had faked results.  OPCW was massively exposed, even in front of the UN. https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/24/opcw-investigator-testified-at-un-that-no-chemical-attack-took-place-in-douma-syria/
    • Greetings to all from one who has not visited here in a while. I hope this winds up in the right heading(!), and I hope the bros. and sisters who visit here more regularly than I do are well and have Jah’s blessings. Something has come up that surprised me, and I know that certain people here might have input. First, a background: for some years now there has been some contentious discussion among certain academics, namely, between Evangelical types and others outside of their perspective on the status of Jesus in his pre-existence. Of course, the Evangelicals with their fourth-century high Christology don’t have it right. For those who don’t know, Bart Ehrman, who certainly has no respect for Jehovah, grew up in the Evangelical fold but left it and embraced agnosticism. He’s basically viewed as an apostate by the Evangelical world, though not in the same way as a worshiper of Jehovah would view an apostate. Since that time, Ehrman has used his knowledge and academic position to attack Evangelicalism frequently. He has a blog where he does this, as well as in his published books. Another academic who regularly tries to rebut Ehrman is Larry Hurtado, a full-fledged Evangelical who runs his own blog. Hurtado recently died after a long struggle with leukemia, so his blog, while still up, has and will have no more new posts. Here is an example of the dialogue regarding Jesus’ pre-existence as an angel: https://ehrmanblog.org/christ-as-an-angel-in-paul-2/ One of the points is the correct understanding of Gal. 4:14b. The NWT reads, “but you received me like an angel of God, like Christ Jesus.” While the organization has often cited passages like 1 Thess. 4:16 (“with an archangel’s voice”), I cannot recall the Society ever using the Galatians passage on this matter of Jesus having been the foremost angel. I checked the old Make Sure and Reasoning books, and the old 1930-1985 index as well. Surely this passage is legitimate to use to help show that Jesus was Michael in his heavenly existence prior to becoming a human. Does anyone know whether the bros. at Warwick are even aware of all this? Best to all.  
    • "Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.”  Rev 6:8   How is this or any possible pestilence rationalized, if JWs find themselves affected by it?  What if a virus kills hundreds of JWs, even thousands?  What if famine wipes out a thousand JWs in Africa?  There is a huge swarm of locusts occurring in eastern Africa, “the worst in decades”.  Are JWs affected by it? Yes, if they grow crops, which most who are the preyed-upon poor do, in places like Kenya.  If you are not protected from prison sentences, why would you be protected from a virus or starvation?  So then, are JWs included in “a fourth of the earth” that will be killed by literal sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts?  The organization has proven that it cannot protect one soul, one victim of abuse, at the hands of its ministers.  The “four horsemen” depict a spiritual event, described by a symbolic book, to come against God's spiritual “Israel” today.  JWs have put their trust in an idol, “Jehovah’s organization”.  A counterfeit priesthood “treads”/”tramples” God’s anointed priesthood, by “setting itself up” as fake priests, in the Temple of God.  In this role, the elder body is “standing where it does not belong”.   (1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Mark 13:14; 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 11:1,2)   “Israel” allows it, causing separation from their Head, Jesus Christ, from following the wishes of false “christs” and their false priesthood. (Matt 24:24; Rev 9:1-4; 8:10,11)  A fleshly nation called Israel of Jersualem, suffered the literal effects of God’s judgments. A spiritual nation called “Israel” of “New Jerusalem”, will suffer spiritual effects today:  4 “Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, 6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations. 10 And they shall bear their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired, 11 that the house of Israel may no longer stray from Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, but that they may be My people and I may be their God,“ says the Lord God.’” 12 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying: 13 “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God. Is it not true that your spiritual “food”/bread has been reduced?  Old material is recycled and repackaged in your slim count of magazines.  Now on the horizon, are movies, videos, drama, to be your replacement formula. To whom will they make the message understood? To whom will they explain this message?     To children just weaned from milk?     To those just taken from their mother’s breasts? 10 They speak utter nonsense.  Isa 28:9,10 The Lexham Bible translates verse 10 as… For it is blah-blah upon blah-blah,     blah-blah upon blah-blah, gah-gah upon gah-gah,     gah-gah upon gah-gah, a little here, a little there. “Look, the days are coming,” declares my Lord Yahweh, “when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine for bread and not a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh!  Amos 8:11 A "wicked steward" who does not follow the concept of "stewardship" is responsible for the organization's famine.  Luke 16:1,2 15 “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, 16 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate. “They also worshiped the beast and said, “Who is like the beast? Who can fight a war with it?” 5 The beast was allowed to speak arrogant and insulting things. It was given authority to act for 42 months. 6 It opened its mouth to insult God, to insult His name and his tent (sanctuary)—those who are living in heaven. 7 It was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people (“saints”) and to conquer them. It was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.”  Rev 13:1,2,4-7 What is comparable to “Jehovah’s organization?  Who dare make war against the WT? As we see, WT lawyers do not back down in the court systems.  They do not back down in enforcing their heinous doctrines.  They put the anointed “in their place”, by telling them not to gather together; that they “do not necessarily have more holy spirit than anyone else”. (1 John 2:27)  False christs sanction elders to spiritually judge God’s priesthood and all, as either sinless, or full of sin warranting a spiritual “death”.  Rev 13:15 (see John 20:22-23) Isa 1:12 – “When you come to appear before me,     who asked this from you,     this trampling of My temple’s courts?                                         17 “Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ and I cut off man and beast from it, 18 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered. God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions.  Heb 4:12 Isa 1:16 -- “Wash yourselves! Become clean! Get your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing evil. But if you refuse and you rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.” Isa 1:16,20 So repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” Rev 2:16 19 “Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast, 20 even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.” 21 For thus says the Lord God: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it? 22 Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it. 23 And they will comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing without cause that I have done in it,” says the Lord God."   Ezekiel chapter 14 The Watchtower calls the locust/scorpions of Revelation 9, the anointed ones, plaguing mankind with WT’s message.  “Pestilence” - plague -  destroys.  The source of destruction is in the organization, in its “man of lawlessness” elder body that “tramples” God’s Temple members who are not sealed.  (Rev 7:4)  To manipulate the anointed into believing they are the “plague” carrying “good news” is absolutely mind-boggling.  There is no rationale whatsoever, only in the minds of those who accept it.   And it was told to them that they should not damage the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, except those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  Rev 9:4  God allows this as the result of their spiritual immorality, committed in like manner of their false christs.  Rev 18:4-8 “whose coming is in accordance with the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with every unrighteous deception against those who are perishing, in place of which they did not accept the love of the truth, so that they would be saved. 11 And because of this, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but delighted in unrighteousness.”  2 Thess 2:9-12 The faithful remnant and those with them, who escape these four judgments reject the name of the organization /Beast and its “laws”, and are owned only by God and Jesus Christ.  Deut 11:18,19; Rev 13:15;14:11; 19:20; 3:12   THERE IS NO ANTITYPICAL JERUSALEM FOUND IN CHRISTENDOM…just as WT’s leader admit.  But they teach it anyway, keeping JWs focused on the facade played out in Satan's world, and not the reality of the danger they reside in.      
    • It's a way of controlling people. And the monthly reports are proof of the control that the GB etc, have over the congregants. Quite funny though that the message preached this year may be seen as 'old light' and a different message preached next year.  
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