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    • By Jack Ryan
      2016 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses
      This is the REMAIN LOYAL TO JEHOVAH! 2016 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      Below you will find the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ 2016 Regional Convention program along with all the talk outlines and videos in English.
      Friday
      Morning

      9:20 Music-Video Presentation
      9:30 Song No. 102 and Prayer
      9:40 Chairman’s Address: Jehovah Deserves “Undivided Loyalty”
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 1 | Video: One
      10:10 SYMPOSIUM: Maintain Loyalty in …
      Thought!
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 2 | Video: One Word!
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 3 | Video: One Action!
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 4 | Video: One 11:05 Song No. 66 and Announcements
      11:15 DRAMATIC BIBLE READING: “Who Is On Jehovah’s Side?”
      Video: One
      11:45 Jehovah’s “Loyal Love Is Better Than Life”
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 6
      12:15 Song No. 97 and Intermission
      Afternoon

      1:40 SYMPOSIUM: Be Loyal, as Jesus Was
      When Young
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 7 | Video: One When Persecuted
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 8 | Video: One When Tempted
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 9 | Video: One When Praised
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 10 | Video: One When Tired
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 11 | Video: One When Abandoned
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 12 | Video: One When Facing Death
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 13 | Video: One 3:10 Song No. 29 and Announcements
      3:20 SYMPOSIUM: Loyally Uphold Jehovah’s Judgments
      Hate What Jehovah Hates
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 14 | Video: One Shun Unrepentant Wrongdoers
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 15  | Video: One Be Forgiving
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 16 | Video: One 3:55 Loyalty – Part of the New Personality
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 17
      4:15 How Christ’s Loyalty as High Priest Helps Us
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 18 | Video: One, Two, Three
      4:50 Song No. 108 and Closing Prayer
      Saturday
      Morning

      9:20 Music-Video Presentation
      9:30 Song No. 145 and Prayer
      9:40 SYMPOSIUM: Helping Others to Become Loyal to Jehovah
      Unbelieving Mates
      Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 19 Former Bible Students
      Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 20 Inactive Ones
      Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 21 Relatives
      Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 22 10:15 SYMPOSIUM: Do Not Imitate Disloyal Ones
      Adam
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 23 | Video: One Absalom
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 24 | Video: One Solomon
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 25 | Video: One Judas Iscariot
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 26 | Video: One 10:55 Song No. 86 and Announcements
      11:05 SYMPOSIUM: Imitate Loyal Ones
      Ruth
      Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 27 | Video: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video) David
      Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 28 |  Video: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video) Hushai
      Interview: One  | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 29 Shiphrah and Puah
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 30 | Video: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video), Two 11:45 BAPTISM: Never Abandon Your Loyal Love for Jehovah
      Interview: Two | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 31
      12:15 Song No.  7 and Intermission
      Afternoon
       

      1:35 Music-Video Presentation
      1:45 Song No. 106
      1:50 SYMPOSIUM: Lessons on Loyalty From the Book of Job
      Loyal Despite Direct Attacks
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 32 Loyal Despite Subtle Attacks
      Interview: Two | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 33 What We Learn From Natural Forces
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 34 | Video: One What the Animal Creation Teaches Us
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 35 | Video: One 3:15 Song No. 123 and Announcements
      3:25 DRAMA: “Hope for What We Do Not See”
      Video Introduction: 
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      4:15 Keep Waiting Eagerly With Endurance!
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 37 | Video: One, Two, Three, Four
      4:50 Song No. 105 and Closing Prayer
      Sunday
      Morning

      9:20 Music-Video Presentation
      9:30 Song No. 61 and Prayer
      9:40 SYMPOSIUM: Avoid What Erodes Loyalty
      Pride
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 38 | Video: One Improper Entertainment
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 39 | Video: One Bad Associations
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 40 | Video: One Fear of Man
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 41 | Video: One 10:25 SYMPOSIUM: Pursue What Builds Loyalty
      Appreciation
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 42 | Video: One Self-Control
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 43 | Video: One Love
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 44 | Video: One Faith
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 45 | Video: One Song No. 133 and Announcements
      11:20 PUBLIC BIBLE DISCOURSE: When Will Loyal Love Triumph Over Hatred?
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 46 | Videos: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video), Two
      11:50 Summary of The Watchtower
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 47
      12:20 Song No. 125 and Intermission
      Afternoon

      1:35 Music-Video Presentation
      1:45 Song No. 49
      1:50 DRAMA: “O Jehovah, … I Trust in You”
      Video:  
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      2:40 Song No. 131 and Announcements
      2:50 “Jehovah Will Treat His Loyal One in a Special Way”
      Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 49 | Videos: One, Two, Three
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      JEHOVAH’s Witnesses have completed the 27th edition of their Remain Loyal to Jehovah series of regional conventions attended thousands of congregants countrywide.
      BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA
      Yesterday, 3084 congregants attended the final day of the Harare three-day convention series while thousands others attended in Gweru, Bulawayo, Kadoma, Chegutu and Mutare respectively.

      Speaking to NewsDay on the side lines of the convention, programme overseer Arnold Makayi said the convention came at a time when Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the end is nigh as highlighted in Matthew 24:14.
      “These pressures in life make it easy for worshippers to develop divided devotion for our God. So this convention was helping us redirect our priorities and keep in our minds that Jehovah is the sovereign lord and creator who deserve our undeserved loyalty,” Makayi said.
      “We also have, apart from this convention, our beautiful website JW.ORG. It has all our literature, videos and even news about us. The website is in over 600 languages including Shona.”

      One of the major highlights was the drama, titled O Jehovah…I Trust in You, a movie chronicling biblical King Hezekiah and the troubles he faced against the Assyrian army. The film showcased how his trust in Jehovah resulted in God sending an angel to slay 185 000 of the Assyrian army which saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem.
      The film was told in a very stylized way with effects found in large scale block buster film productions.
      Many non-Witnesses attended the event following a massive three week campaign prior to the convention.
      In this current series of regional conventions, 15 events would be held in Shona, Chitonga, Swahili, French and Zimbabwe sign language while the first Ndebele convention will be held beginning this Friday at the Harare Assembly Hall.
      The final day of the convention also featured the public discourse titled When Will Loyal Love Triumph Over Hatred that was met with a rapturous response.
      As part of the programme, nine symposiums showed how Jehovah God does care for his people in this time of the end and how Jesus revealed loyal love for His followers. There were also captivating interviews that were prepared to help congregants on how to remain loyal to Jehovah.
      Guest speaker Trent Edison said: “all the parts imitate loyal ones like biblical David, Shiphrah and Puah, Hushai and Ruth, and warning not to imitate loyal ones like the first human Adam, Judas Iscariot were timely for Jehovah’s people today. “The interactive videos shown were meant to prepare Witnesses for the great tribulation in the not too distant future”.
      Edison added the baptism talk helped all baptised witnesses – new and old –to reflect on their promise of loyalty to their Creator.
      “The dramas were another major highlight of the convention, helping people to reflect on their spirituality,” he said.
      This year is the 50th anniversary of Jehovah’s Witnesses use of dramas at their conventions since 1966.
      The convention also featured dramatic bible reading Who is on Jehovah’s Side?
      There are over 43 000 Witnesses in Zimbabwe, and an estimated 100 000 congregants are expected to attend the regional conventions which kick-started on July 22 and end on September 25 this year.
      https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/08/22/remain-loyal-jehovah-central-pure-worship/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      TWIN FALLS — Convention is like a big family reunion for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      And for the first time in nearly 20 years, it will be held in Idaho. The last three-day convention in Idaho was at Nampa’s Ford Center in 1997.
      Royce Porkert, a regional spokesman, said they expect about 4,200 attendees to the regional convention July 29 through July 31. Delegates will travel from all over Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. Since 1997, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Idaho have been meeting in other states, including Kennewick, Wash., and Ogden, Utah. This year, more than 480 conventions will be held in the U.S., with 1.8 million attendees and conducted in 26 languages.
      Who are Jehovah’s Witnesses?
      They are Christians known for their door-to-door evangelizing work. Though they are Christians, they are different in several ways from other Christian religious groups. They believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, not part of a Trinity. They also do not believe the soul is immortal, that there is an everlasting Hell or that those who take the lead in religious activities should have titles that elevate them above others.
      “It’s not a title,” said Stephen Partridge, a Jehovah’s Witness, who lives in Twin Falls. “It’s a description of what it is. Jehovah means God. We witness for them. That’s why we go door-to-door. We spread the good news of the kingdom. If you knew your neighbor’s house was on fire, would you want to tell him about it? We care about people.”
      Patridge said they do not push their faith on people, but rather make it available. If someone declines, he said he moves on to the next house.
      “People in this area are very kind,” Partridge said.
      He goes door-to-door a couple of times a week. Others often put in as much as 70 hours of month going door-to-door.
      They do not venerate the cross or any other images. Key aspects to their worship include praying to God, reading and studying the Bible, meditating on what they learn from the Bible and meeting together to pray, sing and encourage each other. Their meetings at Kingdom Hall are open to the public.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses also do not celebrate birthdays or holidays such as Easter. The Easter holiday celebration is not based on the Bible.
      “It’s Bible-based, not church-based,” Patridge said of the religion.
      There are more than 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. In Twin Falls, there are four congregations of about 400 people. These congregations are made up of three English-speaking congregations and one Spanish. There are also other congregations in the Magic Valley including Wendell, Jerome and Hailey.
      Partridge attended his first convention when he was 4 years old. In 1958, his family boarded a train in Shoshone and headed east to New York City. They were part of the largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history — 123,707 Jehovah’s Witnesses — on Aug. 3, 1958.
      Patridge was excited Tuesday because the regional convention was returning to Idaho. Patridge and fellow Jehovah’s Witness Bryan Newberry said it’s like a mini-vacation for them.
      “I enjoy seeing friends I have not seen in six months or a year,” Partridge said. “Convention is the highlight of our lives.”
      The convention’s program will cover the topic of “loyalty” and will feature 49 presentations, 25 video segments and two short films. Patridge said one of his favorite aspects of the convention is where everyone brings their own lunch and they are encouraged to sit with someone they don’t know.
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    • By The Librarian
      Event to draw thousands, generate an estmated $750,000 in spending
      ROCKFORD — The City Council this week agreed to forgo nearly $50,000 in parking revenue to lure the Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses back to town after an 11-year absence.
      Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO John Groh said his office went “out on a ledge” and months ago promised free parking for convention attendees to help seal the deal. Had the City Council not approved the measure Monday, the RACVB may have had to go back to event organizers, eaten the cost of parking, or gone to corporate partners to ask for help paying it.
      Groh said the City Council showed that Rockford values the group’s business. And he said the risk was worthwhile because of the potential economic return for the city. It is expected to draw 15,000 attendees over three weekends, generating an estimated $750,000 in spending at hotels, restaurants and venues.
      “Rockford has more hotel rooms and Rockford is family friendly,” Groh said. “It has museums, parks and restaurants close to the hotels. And the progress and momentum in downtown Rockford is a much different picture in terms of restaurants, shops and general vitality than it was 10 years ago.”
      Attendees are expected to visit from Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin, and Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa, as well as the Rockford and Chicago areas. Daily sessions of the convention — called “Don’t give up!” — are free and open to the public beginning each day at 9:20 a.m. July 28-30, Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 11-13 at the BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St.
      The group last met in Rockford in 2006. The event left for DeKalb — where a Spanish-language convention is still planned — when the BMO Harris Bank Center underwent renovations a decade ago.
      The City Council’s vote to subsidize parking shows that Rockford values the Jehovah’s Witnesses convention, said Peter Arthurs, a volunteer spokesman.
      The convention will feature talks, interviews, short videos and a three-part feature film, all focused on biblical advice and guidance for how those feeling discouraged can “enjoy life and gain confidence in a better future,” Arthurs said.
      Alderwoman Venita Hervey, D-5, was the lone “no” vote on waiving the $5 a day event parking fee that would total an estimated $48,750 for all three weekends. Hervey said the fees are there to defray the burden placed on property taxpayers for the cost of parking.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Un hijo descubrió que sus dos padres fueron muertos a puñaladas dentro de una casa en el barrio norte de Austin, en Chicago, dijo la policía. El encontró a su padre de 67 años de edad ya su madre de 69 años de edad, apuñalados fatalmente en la cuadra de 1400 de la avenida North Leclaire y se puso en contacto con la policía a las 1 de la madrugada, dijo la policía. Ellos han sido identificados por la Oficina del Examinador Médico del Condado de Cook como Johnnie y Shirley Ervin. Una presencia policial masiva descendió en la escena y los oficiales acordonaron el área con la cinta roja del crimen. Miembros de la familia llegaron tratando de consolarse mutuamente tras la tragedia. Los vecinos describieron a la pareja como miembros amados de la comunidad. "La señora Ervin, era una buena mujer, una testigo de Jehová, una mujer que temía a Dios y el señor Ervin era un hombre recto, cuidaba de su familia y de todo", dijo Kevin Newson, que conocía a las víctimas. Las circunstancias y el motivo detrás de las puñaladas no se conocen. La policía de Chicago está investigando y nadie está bajo custodia.
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      abc7 Chicago. Sunday 18 June 2017.
      A son discovered his two parents stabbed to death inside a home on Chicago's North Austin neighborhood, police said.
      He found his 67-year-old father and 69-year-old mother fatally stabbed in the 1400-block of North Leclaire Avenue and contacted police at about 1 a.m., police said. They have been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as Johnnie and Shirley Ervin.
      "Mrs. Ervin, she was a good woman, a Jehovah's Witness, God-fearing woman and Mr. Ervin was an upright man, took care of his family and everything," said Kevin Newson, who knew the victims.
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      By Guest Nicole
      Estamos verdaderamente alegres de vivir y hacer el mejor trabajo ! Alton, Illinois, EE.UU.

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      By Guest Nicole
      ABOUT 200 Gisborne residents will travel to Auckland next weekend for one of 12 annual Jehovah’s Witness conventions taking place across the country.
      “It’s a highlight of our theocratic year,” said Stewart Walker, an elder at the local Matthews Road congregation.
      “It’s an important part of our worship, a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, and a nice time for our young people to meet other young people,” he said.
      Organisers are expecting an attendance of more than 15,000 at the conferences which are part of a world series organised by the international group Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      The three-day convention, which focuses on loyalty, will feature guest speakers, discussions and a full length video drama.
      “We usually have one or two overseas speakers but we normally do not know who they are until the event. This is because what is said is normally much more important that who said it,” said Per Anderson, conference media services overseer.
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      By Guest Nicole
      WILKES-BARRE – Jehovah’s Witnesses welcomes all to its annual convention at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The theme of this year’s program is “Remain Loyal To Jehovah.”
      All of the area’s ten congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses will help distribute printed invitations to the convention. There is no admission fee. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations.
      The three-day event will begin each day at 9:20 a.m. Friday, through Sunday. An estimated 6,800 will come to the Mohegan Sun Arena for the Bible-based programs.
      The program will feature 50 large screen videos, a drama at 3:25 p.m. Saturday and baptism of newly dedicated ones at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
      For further information please go to jw.org, newsroom section for information concerning the 2016 conventions.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Jamaica Gleaner / More than 3,000 Jehovah's Witnesses attending last weekend's regional convention in Marlemont, St Catherine, were urged to prepare for the period of "loyal love, which will triumph over hatred".

      Held under the theme 'Remain Loyal to Jehovah', the three-day convention explored the subject of loyalty of thought, word, and action, using passages from the Bible to make the point that Jehovah deserves undivided loyalty.

      Acknowledging that appreciation, self-control, love, and faith build loyalty, Elder Simon Paisely of the Kingston congregation, in a public Bible discourse designed to benefit people attending for the first time, answered the question 'When will loyal love triumph over hatred?'

      "We have been living in the last days since 1914. Based on events that are happening now, we can expect God's Kingdom to remove Satan and all hatred, then loyal love will completely take over." Elder Paisely stated.



      LAST DAYS Continuing, he said: "The Bible tells us that hatred was introduced into the world by Satan, so we look to a time in the very near future, according to recorded prophecy, when Jesus will act to completely remove Satan."

      The Jehovah's Witness elder said, "We are living in the last days of the system of things - wars, diseases, natural disasters - and Jesus will act to bring an end to this system any time now.

      "So when Satan is gone, so will all hatred. Everyone will be able to live in love and unity," Paisely said, adding that true love could only manifest itself when we served God.

      Attendee at the regional event Robert Jackson told The Gleaner that it was very informative.

      "Through this convention, loyal love was explained in such a way that people attending for the first time got a clear understanding," Jackson told The Gleaner .

      Byron Smith, a senior elder and one of the organisers, said the objectives of the convention were met.

      "Judging from the participation and feedback of both the young and senior members, I am quite sure that our objectives of exploring loyal love were satisfied."

      Smith disclosed: "Everyone keenly took part and made their contributions in all the sessions."

      The regional convention will continue on August 26, with members from a different congregation taking part.
      http://entornointeligente.com/articulo/8828845/JAMAICA-Jehovah
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
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      By Guest Nicole
      Everyone is invited to the 2016 “Remain Loyal” Regional Convention at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Belleville.
      The convention runs from 9:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, at the hall on 43777 Ecorse Road in Belleville, Michigan.
      The three-day program includes 49 presentations, all looking at ideas involving loyalty, with 35 video segments and two short films to be shown on Saturday and Sunday.
      Questions explored include:
      • Why does God expect us to be loyal?
      • How can being loyal improve our lives?
      • How will God “act in loyalty” toward us?
      The event is free, funding for the Jehovah’s Witnesses coming from voluntary donations.
      For more information, visit www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions.
      http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20160818/jehovahs-witnesses-hold-remain-loyal-convention-in-belleville
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses are gathering at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth this weekend for the final summer convention in Georgia.
      The three-day event, which runs through Sunday, will focus on the quality of loyalty during their 2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Convention. At least 7,000 people are expected to attend.
      Keith Smith, a spokesman for the convention program, said in a statement thatJehovah’s Witnesses have been involved in an extensive campaign across North Georgia.
      “Loyalty can be a challenge…at work, in the family, in our personal lives and in our relationship with God. All too often, disloyalty is fracturing our lives and communities,” he said.
      There is no charge to attend the convention at the Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway.
      http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/lifestyles/jehovahs-witnesses-hold-final-summer-convention-in/nsJH6/

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES will begin their three-day convention tomorrow morning at the Kukum Kingdom Hall.
      The Witnesses are extending an open invitation to attend the programme that will highlight how we can remain loyal and examine King David’s words: With someone loyal you act in loyalty.
      The programme will also feature why God expects us to be loyal and how being loyal can improve our lives.
      A special feature will be the series of talks and short videos that show how Jesus Christ set a perfect example as God’s loyal one.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses invite people of all ages to attend the Remain Loyal To Jehovah Convention.
      The programme sessions will begin at 9.20am on all three days of the convention.
      Admission is free. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations.
      http://theislandsun.com/jehovahs-witnesses-convention-begins-tomorrow/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      THE word of God and its many forms thereof have been celebrated at the annual convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.
      Some 6,500 people turned out at the Bournemouth International Centre last weekend (AUG 5-7) for the Remain Loyal to Jehovah event.
      And it seems their teachings span a plethora of countries as visitors were told that printed, audio and video literature is delivered in more than 750 languages, including 80 sign languages.
      This was made all the more evident when a number of foreign nationals were able to speak to delegates despite the convention being delivered in English, a spokesperson said.
      Holly Powell, local media representative, said: "An Argentinean woman who has had contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses in South America asked for a convention programme at the event’s welcome desk. One of the Witnesses at the desk spoke Spanish so was able to greet and welcome her in her language, which she greatly appreciated.
      "A young Romanian couple who had taken up a free personal Bible study course with the Witnesses decided to attend the convention. They also invited along the husband’s brother and his family. After enjoying the first morning, the family accepted a Bible study aid, the book What Does the Bible Really Teach? in the Romanian language with a view to beginning the free course immediately.
      "A Polish staff member asked how he could get a Bible. He was shown right away how to download a copy onto his electronic device in his language. All were impressed to see publications, both printed audio and video, in their mother tongues – and all free of charge."
      The week leading up the convention saw a huge number of Witnesses at mobile literature displays across Bournemouth inviting people to the convention.
      Ms Powell added: "Jehovah’s Witnesses are pleased to welcome all, in line with their heart-felt desire to let the Bible’s message reach 'every nation and tribe and tongue and people' as the Bible directs at Revelation 14:6."
      http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14681442.Thousands_of_Jehovah___s_Witnesses_flock_to_BIC_for_annual_convention/       
    • Guest Nicole
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      The 2016 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lagos and Ogun
      States kick off in August and September at the Assembly Halls in Ota,
      Daluwon, Lekki and Badagry respectively.
      The series of convention in Ota Assembly Hall starts on August 26 and
      ends on December 16, while the ones in Badagry and Daluwon start on
      September 9 and end on December 16. The convention series in Lekki
      Assembly ground starts on September 14 and ends on December 15, 2016.
      A spokesman of the Witnesses, Mr. Martins Omotehinse said the theme of
      the convention is: “Remain loyal to Jehovah”. He said that members of
      the public are cordially invited to the spiritually uplifting event
      which is free of charge.
      The convention which holds on Fridays to Sundays, each week would
      feature talks, short videos, symposia and Bible dramas. The first
      drama which comes up on Friday is entitled: “Who is on Jehovah’s
      side”. On that day, also by way of talks and short videos, delegates
      would be shown how Jesus Christ set outstanding examples of loyalty to
      Jehovah.
      On Saturday by 10:45am there would be baptism of new members.
      On Sunday, there would be a public Bible discourse entitled “When will
      loyal love triumph over hatred”. The convention will feature a total
      of 49 presentations with 35 video segments.
      Also on Sunday, delegates would be treated to a gripping
      feature-length film showing how King Hezekiah of ancient Judah trusted
      in Jehovah as enemies besieged Jerusalem.
      The series of conventions would be held throughout Nigeria in English,
      Nigerian Pidgin, Igbo, Egun, Efik, American Sign Language (ASL),
      Yoruba,  Isoko, Esan, Ijaw, Urhobo, Abua, Edo, French, Khana, Okpe,
      Hausa and Khogana.
      http://newsarena.com.ng/jehovahs-witnesses-regional-conventions-kicks-off-lagos-ogu/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Our brother Lett, thanking each department for their hard work at the convention in Long Beach, California.

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      RALEIGH 
      Jehovah’s Witnesses capped a three-day convention in Raleigh on Sunday, stressing loyalty in unstable times and drawing a total of more than 20,000 people to PNC Arena.
      The free event echoed more than a dozen other regional events held around the country by the denomination, which has 118,000 congregations worldwide, including 30 in Raleigh.
      Saturday’s events at the arena saw total attendance at 9,193 and featured 39 baptisms. A full-house crowd Sunday saw the last of 49 presentations and 35 video segments on the theme. More than 450 attendants helped a crowd that ranged from an elementary-school-age boy in a seersucker suit and bow tie to a row of white-haired listeners in wheelchairs.
      “We don’t see a lot of loyalty today, in general,” said Ken Weiss, media services overseer for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Not only do we as individuals need to be loyal to each other and our loved ones, but also to Jehovah. ... It seems like we’re all broken apart.”
      Speakers on Sunday cited an abundance of cruelty in the world torn by war and terrorism.
      “There’s so much hatred in the world today,” said Richard Wendt, a media assistant. “These terror attacks ... People see these things and they happen and they blame God. It’s a question of loyalty as we realize that isn’t the case at all.”
      Videos featured a Palestinian man jailed for his involvement in resisting Israeli occupation and a Jewish man surrounded by hatred of Arabs, both of whom became drawn to Jehovah’s Witnesses and through the message of peace and acceptance.
      “Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world, people of different ethnicities, skin colors, racial backgrounds are all being brought together,” said Mark Ramirez, a representative from the denomination’s headquarters in Warwick, N.Y. “How can that be in a world that is divided? Because we are following the teachings. ... We are also learning how to be loyal. Loving loyalty is so powerful that (people) could do things they once thought would be impossible.”
      Sunday’s event marked the second straight convention weekend for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Raleigh. Similar events have been held recently in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

       http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article94241107.html
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Jarrod Clymer baptizes his son, Joshua Clymer, 12, on Saturday at the annual Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. 

       
      Jehovah’s Witnesses held their annual Regional Convention at Nampa’s Ford Idaho Center this weekend for the first time in almost 20 years, drawing around 4,200 people to the area, according to a church press release.
      Thirty-two people were baptized during services on Saturday, said spokesman Royce Porkert. The baptisms were part of a three-day church program that focused on loyalty, according to the release.
      Officials said the influx of people from across Idaho, Oregon and Nevada was expected to create about $1.5 million in revenue in the area. The attendees were part of 1.8 million around the country from a religion with more than 8 million members worldwide.

      http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/article92878982.html
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Steve Mathey of Bowling Green is a Jehovah’s Witness who, in a way, converted his mother to the faith when he was a child, before he even knew the church.
      “I was about 8 years old, in Columbus,” he said. “The Witnesses would come to the door on Saturday morning, and my parents would be asleep. I’m just a little guy, and they’re selling Watchtower and Awake.”
       
      Those are religious publications now given away rather than sold, he said.
      “I thought as a little kid at that age that this poor lady needed money. … I’d give it to her and I’d put [the publications] next to the door. I didn’t know my mom was reading them — reading, reading — and that’s how she became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      “A little bit later, when I was 13, 14, that’s when I did. I was Lutheran before.”
      On Thursday Mr. Mathey, 56, was at the SeaGate Centre helping to set up for two weekends of annual Witnesses conventions which, he said, “bolster our faith. … For me, it’s like a shot in the arm, like a big vitamin shot.”
      Mr. Mathey said he is “heading up the sound part” for the event. He took a break from preparations Thursday to talk about the operation, and when asked if he was the one in charge, he replied, “I don’t know that anybody’s officially in charge. We like to think Christ is our leader on this one, you know; that would make the most sense for us.”
      There is a convention committee that takes part in the planning and operation.
      Local Witnesses have held their summertime conventions at the SeaGate Centre every year since 2005.
      Their move-in for a convention is a bit unusual because it is all done by church volunteers who take a day off work or away from their daily duties.
      First they clean the convention space, then they unload and set up equipment owned and sent there by the denomination, headquartered in Warwick, N.Y. That includes arena-size TV screens and all the cabling and equipment for video and audio.
      When the convention is done, the gear will be shipped to the next Witnesses convention site and volunteers will clean the SeaGate auditorium for the next users.
      “When we leave, it’s cleaner than when we came,” said Dan Brown, a local spokesman for the convention.
      Even those who do specialized work are church volunteers, said Mark Smith, another local convention spokesman. “When they started off, they didn’t even know how to do it at all, but they volunteered, and the next thing you know they’re getting trained. The next year they might be running it because they’ve been taught how to do it.”
      This year’s program is titled “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Each day, the sessions begin at 9:20 a.m. with a music and video presentation. A closing song and ending prayer are scheduled for 4:50 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:45 p.m. Sundays.
      “If you go to this one or you go to L.A. or you go to Munich, Germany, you’re going to get exactly the same program,” Mr. Mathey said.
      The English-language convention began Friday and continues through Sunday, then the same content will take place in Spanish from Aug. 5-7, and all activities are at the SeaGate Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave.
      Almost 6,000 people from more than 50 area congregations are expected, Mr. Brown said.
      The convention is open to all, and while there is no charge for admission, contributions are accepted.
      Mr. Mathey said that he’s looking forward to the convention videos. He’s seen trailers and, when he was recently in New York, he saw the set that church producers built for the Temple.
      “It was just unbelievable, so they could film a couple scenes,” he said. “All the actors, actresses, and all the costumes and everything is done in-house — scripting, special effects, the whole thing.”
      http://www.toledoblade.com/TK-Barger/2016/07/30/Volunteers-flock-to-kick-off-Jehovah-s-Witnesses-convention.html
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      More than 14,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses will attend the 2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Regional Conventions in Frisco, Texas.
      The first convention will be held July 29 – 31 followed by conventions August 5 – 7, August 19 – 21 and August 26 – 28 at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.
      The three-day program will feature 49 presentations, each exploring the theme “Loyalty.” Additionally, the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses have prepared 35 exciting video segments specifically highlighting the theme “Remain Loyal to Jehovah and Family” for the program plus two dramatic short films that will be shown on Saturday and Sunday. The meetings are open to the public with no admission charge and begin at 9:20 a.m.
      Last year, Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States organized 438 conventions—in 32 languages—in 110 cities. Worldwide, there are over 8,000,000 Witnesses in more than 115,000 congregations.
      David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, states: “We strongly believe that loyalty is an essential part of any healthy relationship. Our convention this year features content that will help people develop stronger bonds with friends, family members and, above all, with God. We are confident that all who attend will enjoy this program.”
      For more information, please visit their Web site at www.jw.org
      http://www.freestonecountytimesonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16429:jehovahs-witnesses-welcome-all-to-2016-remain-loyal-to-jehovah-convention&catid=52:community
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      The silence will speak volumes at a three-day convention in Brampton from July 29 to 31.
      More than 600 deaf and deaf-blind from Canada are expected to take part in a series of religious talks conducted solely through American Sign Language (ASL).
      The Bible-themed talks, drama and movies are being held at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 2594 Bovaird Dr. W. near Bovaird and Heritage Rds.
      At the event, there will be tactile services for the deaf and deaf-blind, 10 television screens, Braille literatures and 18 sign language interpreters, explained Mike Franklin, spokesperson, ASL Convention, adding the entire program will be in ASL with speakers from across Canada, including both hearing and hearing impaired.  
      “Sign language is the language of heart for the deaf and deaf-blind and it’s really their first language,” he said. “This event will give many an idea of how valuable it is to deaf people to have both a program in their language and three days of association with people who all use sign language. ”
      Last year, some 600 ASL users from across Canada, including a few new immigrants,  attended what was the first ever event in the Toronto area.
      Stewart Milner, 46, a Burlington resident who is deaf and has low or tunnel vision, was one of the many travelling to Brampton.
      “Last year’s (convention) was uplifting and a spiritual feast,” Milner signed via Brandon Muldoon, an interpreter.
      Milner, who was born deaf, could see, but slowly over the years, his vision degenerated. He cannot communicate verbally.
      Milner said a loss in vision means that sometimes he cannot see the person using the sign language, and so he has to resort to tactile (touch) methods in which he will place his hands over the signer’s hands to feel the movement and location of the signs.  
      Milner said he was angry and hurt about the cards he had been dealt with in life for many years until he found solace in spirituality some eight years ago.
      “Before I connected with the Witnesses (Jehovah’s), I was very frustrated,” Milner signed. “I was an angry person. As I began to study and understand the Bible, I gave up a lot of bad habits. It wasn’t a quick change, it took years, but I feel I am a happier person for it…”
      Many of the hearing and sight impaired that live alone have no opportunity to interact with another humans and this can often lead to a sense of isolation, Franklin explained. By coming to a convention, they can forge friendships. What’s more, they will be in an environment that’s inclusive to their needs.
      Muldoon, who works in Mississauga as a sign language interpreter, said his job allows him to help the deaf and deaf-blind individuals like Milner. It has proven to be a fulfilling vocation, both personally and spiritually.
      The convention is free and open to all. For more details visit www.jw.org/ase.
      http://www.bramptonguardian.com/whatson-story/6781820-the-sounds-of-silence-will-dominate-brampton-convention/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      During their weekends in Berks County for the annual Jehovah's Witnesses conventions each summer, the Outland family from Baltimore has a few must-stops on their agenda.
      Veronica Outland enjoys the deals at VF Outlet in Wyomissing, while Eric Outland breaks into a big smile when mentioning a meal at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Spring Township.The Outlands have been attending the regional conventions in Reading for 10 years, missing only one year to attend an international convention.
      This weekend marked the first of five three-day weekend conventions held at Santander Arena this summer.The Outlands often volunteer to help during the convention for their congregation, and later come to a convention to enjoy the symposiums, dramatizations, lessons, testimonials and singing from the seats."It's a great location," Veronica Outland said of Reading. "The city's not too big, but big enough to accommodate us."The Outlands weren't fortunate enough to find rooms at the new DoubleTree by Hilton across the street and are instead staying in Limerick, Montgomery County, for the weekend.Dan Hoch, DoubleTree's food and beverage manager, said the hotel is sold out all five weekends of the conventions, and the hotel staff was more than ready for the rush."It was something we probably overprepared for," Hoch said. "For us, it's just about suiting the needs of all the guests, just like any other concert, and adjusting to how they like to be serviced."For the conventions, that includes offering buffet-style meals in the hotel's ballrooms so that attendees can eat without too much of a time strain to get to the next event. Hoch said the hotel also widened its check-in and check-out windows knowing that those days would be the busiest.Hoch said the feedback has been positive."Guests love to be able to walk in, do their thing all day and then literally walk 50 feet to the hotel," he said. "They come in and enjoy it and they don't have to do anything other then focus on what their mission is."Saturday's services drew 5,579 Witnesses and guests, but event organizers said that number likely will grow to more than 6,000 for today's events.Overall, organizers expect more than 25,000 people from 225 congregations in Pennsylvania and Maryland to attend the conventions.This year's theme is "Remain Loyal to Jehovah!" with symposiums focused on Jehovah's loyalty, examples of individuals in the Bible who were either loyal or disloyal and encouraging attendees to pursue loyalty in their relationships with friends, family and God.The free conventions are open to the public, and Jehovah's Witnesses invite people of all ages to attend.The conventions will continue the next four weekends.The Aug. 5-7 convention will be held in Spanish.Sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. each of the three days of a convention.
      http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/thousands-flock-to-reading-for-annual-jehovahs-witness-conventions
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      NAMPA — A three-day regional convention for Jehovah’s Witnesses will be held in Nampa this week at the Ford Idaho Center.
      According to organizers, this is the first time since 1997 that the convention will be held in this area. They expect to have about 4,200 people in attendance from Idaho, Oregon and Nevada.
      The convention runs from July 29 through 31. About 600 volunteers will arrive at the Ford Idaho Center the day before the event to begin setup. The convention will start at 9:20 a.m. each day and will feature presentations, video segments and films.
      Organizers anticipate the convention will generate about $1.5 million in revenue from shopping, hotel and restaurant use from attendees.
      http://www.idahopress.com/news/local/jehovah-s-witnesses-to-convene-at-ford-idaho-center/article_f67f14ec-80b3-5cf7-aeae-1e8d258469fd.html
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    • One thing is absolutely certain, Bible chronology reinforced with fulfilled Bible prophecy shows that six thousand years of man’s existence will soon be up, yes, within this generation! Here authors said how some "fulfilled Bible prophecy" showed something. This would mean how WT Society knew at that time what was already fulfilled or it will be. Is this claim really correct? Because they made interpretations about human events and projected their expectations, explained them as Bible prophecies. This was common practice. Another thing, let me remind please what was explanation of "generation" in 1968?  But they knew "something" about 70., what was more important for them :)) .... and it seems how "instructions" (gave from Jesus, and not Jeruzalem GB)  showed themselves as reasonable even from human standpoint. :))
    • After today's WT study I was reminded of how much simpler and clearer we have become. There are still some speculative elements there, but overall its nothing compared to some past WT studies, and although this might be slightly off topic here (but still on topic with regard to "difficult doctrine") I would just like to post one example from 1968. (WT 68/8/15)  Either people were more patient and studious than they are now, or even back then, perhaps only a handful were able to wrap their heads around this study. I will be bold enough to say many may have just heard "end in 1975", and that's it. Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975? 1, 2. (a) What has sparked special interest in the year 1975, and with what results? (b) But what questions are raised? WHAT about all this talk concerning the year 1975? Lively discussions, some based on speculation, have burst into flame during recent months among serious students of the Bible. Their interest has been kindled by the belief that 1975 will mark the end of 6,000 years of human history since Adam’s creation. The nearness of such an important date indeed fires the imagination and presents unlimited possibilities for discussion. 2 But wait! How do we know their calculations are correct? What basis is there for saying Adam was created nearly 5,993 years ago? Does the one Book that can be implicitly trusted for its truthful historical accuracy, namely, the Inspired Word of Jehovah, the Holy Bible, give support and credence to such a conclusion? 3. Is the date for Adam’s creation as found in many copies of the Bible part of the inspired Scriptures, and do all agree on the date? 3 In the marginal references of the Protestant Authorized or King James Version, and in the footnotes of certain editions of the Catholic Douay version, the date of man’s creation is said to be 4004 B.C.E. This marginal date, however, is no part of the inspired text of the Holy Scriptures, since it was first suggested more than fifteen centuries after the last Bible writer died, and was not added to any edition of the Bible until 1701 C.E. It is an insertion based upon the conclusions of an Irish prelate, the Anglican Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656). Ussher’s chronology was only one of the many sincere efforts made during the past centuries to determine the time of Adam’s creation. A hundred years ago when a count was taken, no less than 140 different timetables had been published by serious scholars. In such chronologies the calculations as to when Adam was created vary all the way from 3616 B.C.E. to 6174 B.C.E., with one wild guess set at 20,000 B.C.E. Such conflicting answers contained in the voluminous libraries around the world certainly tend to compound the confusion when seeking an answer to the above questions. 4. What have we learned in our previous study, and, hence, what are we now prepared to do? 4 In the previous article we learned from the Inspired Writings themselves, independent of the uninspired marginal notes of some Bibles, that the seventy years of desolation of the land of Judah began to count about October 1, 607 B.C.E. The beginning of this seventy-year period was obviously tied to its ending, that is, with the fall of Babylon in 539 B.C.E. So with 607 B.C.E. as dependably fixed on our Gregorian calendar as the absolute date of 539 B.C.E. we are prepared to move farther back in the count of time, to the dating of other important events in Bible history. For instance, the years when Saul, David and Solomon reigned successively over God’s chosen people can now be dated in terms of the present-day calendar. 5. What history-making events took place in 997 B.C.E.? 5 At the death of Solomon his kingdom was split into two parts. The southern two-tribe part, composed of Judah and Benjamin, continued to be ruled by Solomon’s descendants, and was known as the kingdom of Judah. The northern ten tribes made up the kingdom of Israel, sometimes called “Samaria” after the name of its later capital city, and were ruled over by Jeroboam and his successors. By our applying the prophetic time period of 390 years found in Ezekiel 4:1-9 with regard to Jerusalem’s destruction the death of Solomon is found to be in the year 997 B.C.E. This was 390 years before the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. ISRAEL’S ERRORS CARRIED 390 YEARS 6, 7. What time periods are referred to in Ezekiel 4:1-9? 6 Notice what is said on this matter by the prophet Ezekiel: 7 “And you, O son of man, take for yourself a brick, and you must put it before you, and engrave upon it a city, even Jerusalem. And you must lay siege against it . . . It is a sign to the house of Israel. And as for you, lie upon your left side, and you must lay the error of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you will lie upon it you will carry their error. And I myself must give to you the years of their error to the number of three hundred and ninety days, and you must carry the error of the house of Israel. And you must complete them. And you must lie upon your right side in the second case, and you must carry the error of the house of Judah forty days. A day for a year, a day for a year, is what I have given you. . . . And as for you, take for yourself wheat and barley and broad beans and lentils and millet and spelt, and you must put them in one utensil and make them into bread for you, for the number of the days that you are lying upon your side; three hundred and ninety days you will eat it.”—Ezek. 4:1-9. 8. When did the carrying of the “error” of the southern kingdom end? 8 This chapter 4 of Ezekiel, was not recounting past historical events but was prophecy of future events. It was telling of the time in the future when the glorious city of Jerusalem would be besieged and its inhabitants taken captive, all of which occurred in 607 B.C.E. So the forty years spoken of in the case of Judah ended in that year. The “error” of the northern kingdom, said to be carried for 390 years, was nearly tenfold greater when compared with the error of Judah carried for 40 years. When, then, did these 390 years end? 9. What indicates the “error” of the northern kingdom also ended in 607 B.C.E.? 9 They were not terminated in 740 B.C.E., when Samaria was destroyed, for the simple fact that Ezekiel enacted this prophetic drama sometime after “the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin,” which would make the termination not earlier than 613 B.C.E., that is, 127 years after the destruction of Samaria by Assyria. (Ezek. 1:2) Since this whole prophetic drama plainly pointed forward to the destruction of Jerusalem, and since both the house of Israel and the house of Judah were in reality one inseparable covenant-bound people, the remnant of whom would not be a divided people upon their return from exile, there is only one reasonable conclusion, namely, the errors of both houses ran concurrently and terminated at the same time in 607 B.C.E. In this way the 70 years of desolation of the land of Judah ended 70 years after the termination of carrying the error of both houses, so that thus a remnant of both houses could return to the site of Jerusalem. 10. So when did the “error” of Israel begin? 10 If the “error of the house of Israel” ended in 607, its beginning, 390 years prior thereto, was in 997 B.C.E. It began the year that King Solomon died and Jeroboam committed error, yes, great error, in that Jeroboam, whose domain was ripped off from the house of David, “proceeded to part Israel from following Jehovah,” causing them “to sin with a great sin.”—2 Ki. 17:21. DATE OF EXODUS, 1513 B.C.E. 11, 12. What other event in man’s history are we now prepared to date, and with the aid of what key text? 11 Looking back into the distant past we see another milestone in man’s history, the never-to-be-forgotten exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, under the leadership of Moses. Were it not for Jehovah’s faithful Word the Bible, it would be impossible to locate this great event accurately on the calendar, for Egyptian hieroglyphics are conspicuously silent concerning the humiliating defeat handed that first world power by Jehovah. But with the Bible’s chronology, how relatively simple it is to date that memorable event! 12 At 1 Kings 6:1 we read: “And it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv, that is, the second month, after Solomon became king over Israel, that he proceeded to build the house to Jehovah.” 13, 14. (a) On the Gregorian calendar, in what year did Solomon begin to reign? (b) In what year did he begin the building of the temple? 13 With this information one has only to determine what calendar year Solomon began building the temple, and it is then an easy matter to figure when Pharaoh’s army was destroyed in the Red Sea. 14 “And the days that Solomon had reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel were forty years.” (1 Ki. 11:42) This means that his last full regnal year ended in the spring of 997 B.C.E.* Adding 40 to 997 gives 1037 B.C.E., the year that Solomon began his peaceful reign. He did not begin the temple building, as the account says, until the second month of the fourth year of his reign, which means he had ruled a full three years and one month. Thus subtracting 3 years from 1037 one gets 1034 B.C.E., the year that the building work began. The time of the year was the second month Ziv, that is, April-May. This, the Bible says, was “in the four hundred and eightieth year” after the Israelites left Egypt. 15. (a) Explain the difference between a cardinal and an ordinal number. (b) So when did the Israelites leave Egypt? 15 Anytime we put a “th” on the end of a number, for instance on the number 10, saying 10th, the number is changed from a cardinal to an ordinal number. When one speaks about playing baseball in the tenth inning of the game, it means that nine full innings have already been played, but only part of the tenth; ten innings are not yet completed. Likewise, when the Bible uses an ordinal number, saying that the building of the temple began in the 480th year after the Israelites left Egypt, and when that particular year on the calendar is known to be 1034 B.C.E., then we add 479 full years (not 480) to 1034 and arrive at the date 1513 B.C.E., the year of the Exodus. It too was springtime, Passover time, the 14th day of the month Nisan. HOW LONG SINCE THE FLOOD? 16. How far back in history have we now penetrated, and what are the prospects of probing even deeper? 16 Already with the help supplied by the Bible we have accurately measured back from the spring of this year 1968 C.E. to the spring of 1513 B.C.E., a total of 3,480 years. With the continued faithful memory and accurate historical record of Jehovah’s Holy Word we can penetrate even deeper into the past, back to the flood of Noah’s day. 17. In recounting Israel’s experiences, to what events and to what time period does Stephen refer? 17 Stephen, the first martyred footstep follower of Jesus Christ, referred to what Jehovah said would befall Abraham’s offspring. “Moreover, God spoke to this effect, that his seed would be alien residents in a foreign land and the people would enslave them and afflict them for four hundred years.” (Acts 7:6; Gen. 15:13) Stephen here mentions three of Israel’s past experiences: As alien residents in a foreign land, as people in slavery, and as people afflicted for four hundred years. 18. What argues against the conclusion that these events were separate experiences following one another in consecutive order? 18 It would be a mistake to assume that all three of these experiences were of equal duration, or that they were separate individual experiences that followed one another in consecutive order. It was long after their entrance into Egypt as aliens that they were enslaved, more than 70 years later, and sometime after the death of Joseph. Rather, Stephen was saying that within the same 400-year period in which they were afflicted, they were also enslaved and were also alien residents. 19. How do we know the Israelites were “aliens” before entering Egypt? 19 Please note that, when Stephen said they were “alien residents in a foreign land . . . for four hundred years,” he did not say and he did not mean to imply that they were not alien residents before entering Egypt. So it is a mistake to insist that this text proves the Israelites were in Egypt for four hundred years. It is true that, upon entering Egypt and being presented before Pharaoh for the first time, Joseph’s brothers said: “We have come to reside as aliens in the land.” But they did not say nor did they mean that up until then they had not been alien residents, for on the same occasion their father Jacob, when asked by Pharaoh how old he was, declared: “The days of the years of my alien residences are a hundred and thirty years.” And not only had Jacob spent his whole lifetime as an alien resident before coming to Egypt, but he told Pharaoh that his forefathers before him also had been alien residents.—Gen. 47:4-9. 20. When did these 400 years end, and when did they begin? 20 Since the affliction of Israel ended in 1513 B.C.E., it must have begun in 1913, 400 years earlier. That year would correspond to the time that Isaac was afflicted by Ishmael “poking fun” at him on the day that Isaac was weaned. At the time, Isaac was five years old, and this was long before the Israelites entered Egypt.—Gen. 21:8, 9. 21, 22. Were the Israelites 430 years in Egypt exclusively, and how do certain ancient manuscripts shed light on this point? 21 Well, then, how long were the Israelites down in Egypt as alien residents? Exodus 12:40, 41 says: “And the dwelling of the sons of Israel, who had dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came about at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, it even came about on this very day that all the armies of Jehovah went out of the land of Egypt.” 22 Here Ex 12 verse 40 in the Septuagint reads: “But the dwelling of the sons of Israel which they [and their fathers, Alexandrine MS] dwelt in the land of Egypt AND IN THE LAND OF CANAAN [was] four hundred and thirty years long.” The Samaritan Pentateuch reads: “IN THE LAND OF CANAAN and in the land of Egypt.” Thus both of these versions, which are based on Hebrew texts older than the Masoretic, include the words “in the land of Canaan” together with the word “Egypt.” 23. (a) So how long were the Israelites actually in Egypt, and how does Paul confirm this? (b) Explain the difference between the 400 and the 430 years mentioned in the Scriptures. 23 From the time that Abraham entered Canaan until Isaac’s birth was 25 years;* from that time until Jacob’s birth, 60 more years; and after that it was another 130 years before Jacob entered Egypt. All together this makes a total of 215 years, exactly half of the 430 years, spent in Canaan before moving in to Egypt. (Gen. 12:4; 21:5; 25:26; 47:9) The apostle Paul, under inspiration, also confirms that from the making of the Abrahamic covenant at the time the patriarch moved into Canaan, it was 430 years down to the institution of the Law covenant.—Gal. 3:17. 24, 25. The Flood began in what calendar year, and how long was this before Abraham entered Canaan? 24 By adding this 430 years to the 1513 it puts us back to 1943 B.C.E., the time when Abraham first entered Canaan following the death of his father Terah in Haran, Mesopotamia. It is now only a matter of adding up the years of a few generations to date the Flood correctly. The figures are given in Genesis, chapters 11 and 12, and may be summarized as follows: From start of Flood To Arpachshad’s birth (Gen. 11:10) 2 years To birth of Shelah (11:12) 35 “ To birth of Eber (11:14) 30 “ To birth of Peleg (11:26) 34 “ To birth of Reu (11:18) 30 “ To birth of Serug (11:20) 32 “ To birth of Nahor (11:22) 30 “ To birth of Terah (11:24) 29 “ To death of Terah in Haran, and Abram’s departure to Canaan at age of 75 (11:32; 12:4) 205 “ Total 427 years 25 Adding these 427 years to the year 1943 B.C.E. dates the beginning of the Deluge at 2370 B.C.E., 4,337 years ago. 6,000 YEARS FROM ADAM’S CREATION 26, 27. (a) How long before the Flood was Adam created? In what year? (b) What indicates that Adam was created in the fall of the year? 26 In a similar manner it is only necessary to add up the following years involving ten pre-Flood generations to get the date of Adam’s creation, namely: From Adam’s creation To birth of Seth (Gen. 5:3) 130 years To birth of Enosh (5:6) 105 “ To birth of Kenan (5:9) 90 “ To birth of Mahalalel (5:12) 70 “ To birth of Jared (5:15) 65 “ To birth of Enoch (5:18) 162 “ To birth of Methuselah (5:21) 65 “ To birth of Lamech (5:25) 187 “ To birth of Noah (5:28, 29) 182 “ To beginning of Flood (7:6) 600 “ Total 1,656 years 27 Adding this figure 1,656 to 2,370 gives 4026 B.C.E., the Gregorian calendar year in which Adam was created. Since man naturally began to count time with his own beginning, and since man’s most ancient calendars started each year in the autumn, it is reasonable to assume that the first man Adam was created in the fall of the year. 28. How does this chronology differ from Ussher’s in regard to Adam’s creation? 28 Thus, through a careful independent study by dedicated Bible scholars who have pursued the subject for a number of years, and who have not blindly followed some traditional chronological calculations of Christendom, we have arrived at a date for Adam’s creation that is 22 years more distant in the past than Ussher’s figure. This means time is running out two decades sooner than traditional chronology anticipates. 29. Why be concerned with the date of Adam’s creation? 29 After much of the mathematics and genealogies, really, of what benefit is this information to us today? Is it not all dead history, as uninteresting and profitless as walking through a cemetery copying old dates off tombstones? After all, why should we be any more interested in the date of Adam’s creation than in the birth of King Tut? Well, for one thing, if 4,026 is added to 1,968 (allowing for the lack of a zero year between C.E. and B.C.E.) one gets a total of 5,993 years, come this autumn, since Adam’s creation. That means, in the fall of the year 1975, a little over seven years from now (and not in 1997 as would be the case if Ussher’s figures were correct), it will be 6,000 years since the creation of Adam, the father of all mankind! ADAM CREATED AT CLOSE OF “SIXTH DAY” 30. What may occur before 1975, but what attitude should we take? 30 Are we to assume from this study that the battle of Armageddon will be all over by the autumn of 1975, and the long-looked-for thousand-year reign of Christ will begin by then? Possibly, but we wait to see how closely the seventh thousand-year period of man’s existence coincides with the sabbathlike thousand-year reign of Christ. If these two periods run parallel with each other as to the calendar year, it will not be by mere chance or accident but will be according to Jehovah’s loving and timely purposes. Our chronology, however, which is reasonably accurate (but admittedly not infallible), at the best only points to the autumn of 1975 as the end of 6,000 years of man’s existence on earth. It does not necessarily mean that 1975 marks the end of the first 6,000 years of Jehovah’s seventh creative “day.” Why not? Because after his creation Adam lived some time during the “sixth day,” which unknown amount of time would need to be subtracted from Adam’s 930 years, to determine when the sixth seven-thousand-year period or “day” ended, and how long Adam lived into the “seventh day.” And yet the end of that sixth creative “day” could end within the same Gregorian calendar year of Adam’s creation. It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years. 31. What do the first two chapters of Genesis disclose? 31 In regard to Adam’s creation it is good to read carefully what the Bible says. Moses in compiling the book of Genesis referred to written records or “histories” that predated the Flood. The first of these begins with Genesis 1:1 and ends at Genesis 2:4 with the words, “This is the history of the heavens and the earth . . . ” The second historical document begins with Genesis 2:5 and ends with Ge verse two of chapter five. Hence we have two separate accounts of creation from slightly different points of view. In the second of these accounts, in Genesis 2:19, the original Hebrew verb translated “was forming” is in the progressive imperfect form. This does not mean that the animals and birds were created after Adam was created. Genesis 1:20-28 shows it does not mean that. So, in order to avoid contradiction between Ge chapter one and chapter two, Genesis 2:19, 20 must be only a parenthetical remark thrown in to explain the need for creating a “helper” for man. So the progressive Hebrew verb form could also be rendered as “had been forming.”—See Rotherham’s translation (Ro), also Leeser’s (Le). 32. What indicates the sixth creative day did not end immediately with Adam’s creation? 32 These two creation accounts in the book of Genesis, though differing slightly in the treatment of the material, are in perfect agreement with each other on all points, including the fact that Eve was created after Adam. So not until after this event did the sixth creative day come to an end. Exactly how soon after Adam’s creation is not disclosed. “After that [Adam and Eve’s creation] God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a sixth day.” (Gen. 1:31) After the sixth creative day ends, the seventh one begins. 33. (a) How do we know the end of the sixth creative day came very soon after Adam’s creation? (b) How does Genesis 1:31 prove the sixth day ended before Adam and Eve sinned? 33 This time between Adam’s creation and the beginning of the seventh day, the day of rest, let it be noted, need not have been a long time. It could have been a rather short one. The naming of the animals by Adam, and his discovery that there was no complement for himself, required no great length of time. The animals were in subjection to Adam; they were peaceful; they came under God’s leading; they were not needing to be chased down and caught. It took Noah only seven days to get the same kinds of animals, male and female, into the Ark. (Gen. 7:1-4) Eve’s creation was quickly accomplished, ‘while Adam was sleeping.’ (Gen. 2:21) So the lapse of time between Adam’s creation and the end of the sixth creative day, though unknown, was a comparatively short period of time. The pronouncement at the end of the sixth day, “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good,” proves that the beginning of the great seventh day of the creative week did not wait until after Adam and Eve sinned and were expelled from the Garden of Eden. 1975! . . . AND FAR BEYOND! 34. What has brought about a better understanding of Bible chronology? 34 Bible chronology is an interesting study by which historic events are placed in their order of occurrence along the stream of time. The Watch Tower Society over the years has endeavored to keep its associates abreast with the latest scholarship that proves consistent with historic and prophetic events recorded in the Scriptures. Major problems in sacred chronology have been straightened out either due to fulfillment of Bible prophecies or by reason of archaeological discoveries or because better Bible translations convey more clearly the records of the original languages. However, several knotty problems of chronology of a minor nature are not yet resolved. For example, at the time of the exodus from Egypt when Jehovah changed the beginning of the year from autumn time on the secular calendar to spring time on the sacred calendar, was there, in the Jewish calendar, a loss or a gain of six months?—Ex. 12:1, 2. 35. Why is this no time for indifference and complacency? 35 One thing is absolutely certain, Bible chronology reinforced with fulfilled Bible prophecy shows that six thousand years of man’s existence will soon be up, yes, within this generation! (Matt. 24:34) This is, therefore, no time to be indifferent and complacent. This is not the time to be toying with the words of Jesus that “concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matt. 24:36) To the contrary, it is a time when one should be keenly aware that the end of this system of things is rapidly coming to its violent end. Make no mistake, it is sufficient that the Father himself knows both the “day and hour”! 36. What helpful example did the apostles leave us in this regard? 36 Even if one cannot see beyond 1975, is this any reason to be less active? The apostles could not see even this far; they knew nothing about 1975. All they could see was a short time ahead in which to finish the work assigned to them. (1 Pet. 4:7) Hence, there was a ring of alarm and a cry of urgency in all their writings. (Acts 20:20; 2 Tim. 4:2) And rightly so. If they had delayed or dillydallied and had been complacent with the idea the end was some thousands of years off they would never have finished running the race set before them. No, they ran hard and they ran fast, and they won! It was a life or death matter with them.—1 Cor. 9:24; 2 Tim. 4:7; Heb. 12:1. 37. So what will you be doing between now and 1975? And beyond that, what? 37 So too with Jehovah’s faithful witnesses in this latter half of the twentieth century. They have the true Christian point of view. Their strenuous evangelistic activity is not something peculiar to this present decade. They have not dedicated their lives to serve Jehovah only until 1975. Christians have been running this way ever since Christ Jesus blazed the trail and commanded his disciples, “Follow me!” So keep this same mental attitude in you that was in Christ Jesus. Let nothing slow you down or cause you to tire and give out. Those who will flee Babylon the Great and this Satanic system of things are now running for their lives, headed for God’s kingdom, and they will not stop at 1975. O no! They will keep on in this glorious way that leads to everlasting life, praising and serving Jehovah for ever and ever!     You are referring to Luke 10:17,18 "Then the 70 returned with joy, saying: “Lord, even the demons are made subject to us by the use of your name.” At that he said to them: “I see Satan already fallen like lightning from heaven".  But one of the cross references to Satan falling is Revelation 12:7-9   "And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9  So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him". I wonder why, since as you say we are to understand that it referred to the power Satan had over Jesus and his disciples. In a way no, but I think we are meant to see that the world in general was brought into more of a turmoil than it had been before, with the world warring on a worldwide scale, with lethal weapons capable of total world destruction I am thinking rather than using the word "defeat" (because Satan won't be defeated until after the 1000 years) the purpose of the battle in heaven in 1914 was to cleanse the heavens of his evil presence. Then during Armageddon it will be to bind him and put him in "jail" for a period of time. So no, I don't think there are several stages of defeat.   We are to believe that what changed after the battle in 1914 was the world in general.   Yes indeed. But how fatal would it really be if we ignored Jesus words about not knowing the day or hour?
    • The music video for Lionel Richie's "Hello" directed by Bob Giraldi, attracts attention as it tells the story of a music teacher (played by Lionel Richie) who falls in love with his blind student. "Hello is it me you're looking for?" is quite an insensitive pick up line to use on a blind woman.   Ah, the 80s, when people thought teachers stalking their disabled students was romantic...    
    • Quote @b4ucuhear " For example, we realized that the “superior authorities” mentioned in Romans 13:1 are, not Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, but the political rulers " BUT the original teaching by the Bible Students was that the 'superior authorities' was the political rulers. It was fully understood in the first place. So, why was false reasoning used to give false teaching ? Obviously no Holy Spirit involved there. So you cannot say that it was new light or better understanding when it was originally known anyway 
    • “We Must Obey God as Ruler Rather Than Men”  This is something that not sound to me as doctrine. This sound as standpoint. Also we have to take context. Apostle responded with this statement as position on Sanhedrin's command that they must not preaching....about what? Peter and John answered: “We cannot stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard.”  Well, this is original context. Some other examples speaking about similar things where JHVH and Jesus' servants refused to do something or have done something. Life has got to be more complexe through centuries, so we have now more explanations and interpretations how should look like today's reality of "obey god rather than man". Even things about education come to be viewed through this sort of glasses. Advice to not going to higher education coming from "spiritual place" as god's instruction through GB. Not obeying counsel/advice/recommendation in this matter is considered as not putting god on first place in life. But contrary, own selfish ambitions. As consequence this could be understand that you listen/obey yourself and not god.  About what JW's of today can making claim as apostles did? What things JW today "have seen and heard"  that make their standpoint so firm to obey god as ruler? They have seen and heard only their faith and beliefs. Because they have not seen and heard nothing similar what apostles or first christians experienced.   And this is good way how system making doctrines that sounds like "the truth". And after some time you will read new articles with similar explanation :))) ... year after year. ● At times there are changes in viewpoint on Biblical subjects discussed in the Watch Tower Society’s publications. We speak of what we believe as “the truth.” But does “truth” change? Yes, it changes. Because you believe in new, advanced knowledge. "The Truth" should not to be knowledge, but Principle. Because Principle is older than this what we calling "the Truth". Even in JW understanding when they speaking about something that is so firm and deep, unchangeable, they using word "Principle" not word "Truth". Principles in Old Testament, for example, that stood behind some laws of Moses, are visible in New Testament too.  In that context we can talk about Moses Law as "The Truth". Perhaps old Israel people used same or similar wording to describe what they think and feel about God' Words. But this kind of "Truth" and their "Truth" are gone. (Not completely, because we have Israel of today.) So, "The Truth" was changed, even more, with time it had been abandoned gradually by new formed Jew congregations. "Old truth" became useless as sort of knowledge about what, how, when and why to be practiced in daily life. Principles stayed. Love God, love neighbor are most known.
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