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    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      Here is another question.
      If Christ has ALREADY come to Earth as an invisible presence, and is ruling as King NOW ......  starting in 1914 ...... why are we still celebrating the Memorial?
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      As the one-year anniversary of Chester Bennington's death approaches, his widow Talinda has compiled a list of all official memorial services worldwide. "There are so many beautiful memorials planned all around the WORLD in honor of Chester," she wrote in a tweet. "I wanted to share them with you."
      She shared a link to a Google document that gives further context around the list and #LPMemorial2018. "The main purpose of this hashtag is to find the memorials specific to the one year of Chester’s passing, but also to simply separate upcoming events from the past ten months, as the hashtag took off beyond our expectations,"
      Read more: http://loudwire.com/chester-bennington-every-one-year-anniversary-memorial-service/

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
       
      I found a love for me
      Oh darling, just dive right in and follow my lead
      Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet
      Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me
      'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love
      Not knowing what it was
      I will not give you up this time
      But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own
      And in your eyes, you're holding mine

      [Chorus]
      Baby, I'm dancing in the dark with you between my arms
      Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song
      When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath
      But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight

      [Verse 2]
      Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
      She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home
      I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets
      To carry love, to carry children of our own
      We are still kids, but we're so in love
      Fighting against all odds
      I know we'll be alright this time
      Darling, just hold my hand
      Be my girl, I'll be your man
      I see my future in your eyes

      [Chorus 2]
      Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
      Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
      When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
      I don't deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight

      [Instrumental]

      [Chorus 3]
      Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
      Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
      I have faith in what I see
      Now I know I have met an angel in person
      And she looks perfect
      I don't deserve this
      You look perfect tonight
    • By Brother Rando
      The Memorial of Christ is not the Last Supper that the world continues to celebrate. The Last Supper can also be rendered the Last Passover Meal. The Jewish Day began at Sunset.  Since the Sun sets at various times, the Passover Supper would begin after the Sun disappeared from the Horizon with darkness setting in. The Last Passover Meal was Nisan 14th, 33 CE with the abolishment of the Old Covenant.
      When evening came, he was reclining at the table with the 12 disciples. ?While they were eating, he said: “Truly I say to you, one of you will betray me.” (Matthew 26:20-21)   The event that concluded the Last Passover Meal was the dismissal of an unfaithful apostle.  Jesus answered: “It is the one to whom I will give the piece of bread that I dip.” So after dipping the bread, he took it and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. ?After Judas took the piece of bread, then Satan entered into him. So Jesus said to him: “What you are doing, do it more quickly.”  (John 13:26-28)  “So after he received the piece of bread, he went out immediately. And it was night.” (John 13:30)
      After dismissing the betrayer from the midst of the Faithful Disciples, Jesus instituted a new teaching for His Faithful Followers.  Notice, the whole world wasn’t invited, but those who proved to be faithful and trustworthy up to this point.  Since the founding of the Christian Congregation on Pentecost 33 CE, Christians have been commemorating the death of Jesus Christ every Nisan 14th.  With one simple command,  his faithful sheep “Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
      Please join us for the annual observance of the death of Jesus Christ. This year it will be held on Saturday, March 31.   Search for your Language and Place.
       
    • Guest Nicole
    • By The Librarian
      memorial get together and picnic tshirts... wear these amazing tshirts to your next get together in your congregation...place the orders now!


      This is the first time I have ever seen such a thing.......
      What do you think?
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      The world in 2017 saw some of the highest average surface temperatures ever recorded, surprising scientists who had expected sharper retreat from recent record years.
      Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/18/climate/100000005680871.app.html?emc=edit_na_20180118&nl=breaking-news&nlid=54907543&ref=headline&mtrref=undefined
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
       
       
       
      Mama always told me don't you run
      "Don't you run with scissors, son
      You're gonna hurt someone"
      Mama told me look before you leap
      Always think before you speak, and watch the friends you keep

      Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

      Sharp edges have consequences, I
      Guess that I had to find out for myself
      Sharp edges have consequences, now
      Every scar is a story I can tell

      Should've played it safer from the start
      Loved you like a house of cards
      Let it fall apart
      But all the things I couldn't understand
      Never could've planned
      They made me who I am
      Put your nose in paperbacks
      Instead of smoking cigarettes
      These are years you're never getting back

      Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

      Sharp edges have consequences, I
      Guess that I had to find out for myself
      Sharp edges have consequences, now
      Every scar is a story I can tell

      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger

      Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

      Sharp edges have consequences, I
      Guess that I had to find out for myself
      Sharp edges have consequences, now
      Every scar is a story I can tell

      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
      Writer(s): Joseph Hahn, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Robert G. Bourdon, Chester Charles Bennington, Ilsey Anna Juber, David Farrell 
    • Guest Nicole
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      IÂ’m dancing with my demons
      IÂ’m hanging off the edge
      Storm clouds gather beneath me
      Waves break above my head
      At first hallucination
      I wanna fall wide awake now
      You tell me itÂ’s alright
      Tell me IÂ’m forgiven
      Tonight
      But nobody can save me now
      IÂ’m holding up a light
      Chasing up the darkness inside
      'Cause nobody can save me
      Stare into this illusion
      For answers yet to come
      I chose a false solution
      But nobody proved me wrong
      At first hallucination
      I wanna fall wide awake
      Watch the ground giving way now 
      You tell me itÂ’s alright
      Tell me IÂ’m forgiven
      Tonight
      But nobody can save me now
      IÂ’m holding up a light
      IÂ’m chasing up the darkness inside
      'Cause nobody can save me
      Been searching somewhere out there
      For whatÂ’s been missing right here
      IÂ’ve been searching somewhere out there
      For whatÂ’s been missing right here
      I wanna fall wide awake now
      So tell me itÂ’s alright
      Tell me IÂ’m forgiven
      Tonight
      If only I can save me now
      IÂ’m holding up a light
      Chasing up the darkness inside
      And I donÂ’t wanna let you down
      But only I can save me 
      Been searching somewhere out there
      For whatÂ’s been missing right here
      Written by Jonathan Ian Green, Chester Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Bradford Philip Delson, David Farrell, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda • 
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Leer más: https://www.infobae.com/america/fotos/2017/12/28/las-fotos-espaciales-mas-espectaculares-de-2017/



    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
    • By Jack Ryan
      December 15, 2017 TO ALL CONGREGATIONS Re: 2017 Service Year Report
      Dear Brothers:
      We are pleased to share encouraging highlights from the 2017 service year report. The peak number of publishers was 8,457,107. Jehovah’s people spent a total of 2,046,000,202 hours in the ministry, a 3.1 percent increase from last year. We are especially encouraged to see a 7.4 percent increase in the number baptized, with a total of 284,212! This is evidence that we take seriously our commission to “make disciples.” (Matt. 28:19) We were delighted to see that the average number of regular pioneers was 1,225,279. This was an 8.6 percent increase! The worldwide Memorial attendance figure was 20,175,477. Significant features of the service year report will soon be available on jw.org and in JW Library, Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY, and Watchtower Library. These figures provide compelling evidence of Jehovah’s blessing on our work.—Isa. 60:22.
      Throughout our branch territory, it is evident that Jehovah is searching for those “rightly disposed for everlasting life” in the language of their heart. (Acts 13:48) For instance, we are happy to report the formation of the first ever Cherokee-language congregation during the past service year. The first Swahili-language circuit in our branch territory was formed effective September 1, 2017. In addition to those reached in the door-to-door ministry, public witnessing initiatives are reaching more people than ever with the Bible’s message. There are over 17,000 publishers participating in the special metropolitan public witnessing program in 17 locations. Harbor witnessing is now organized in 45 ports, with 4,400 trained publishers boarding cargo and cruise ships in an effort to witness to crew members. Public witnessing campaigns organized at large state fairs and sporting events are exposing millions of individuals to the good news, as well as adding great impetus to this aspect of the preaching work.
      Much has also been accomplished in regard to Kingdom Hall usage in the United States branch territory. Twenty branch planning meetings were held with bodies of elders in metropolitan areas affecting over 2,200 congregations. Implementing non-construction solutions such as merging or relocating congregations has reduced the need for new auditoriums in these areas from 41 to 19, with a potential savings of millions of dollars!
      Be assured that Jehovah values your faithful service and that he will continue to give you the necessary strength to “fully accomplish your ministry” in the coming year!—2 Tim. 4:5; Isa. 40:31.
      Your brothers,
      PS to coordinators of the bodies of elders:
      Please arrange for this letter to be read to the congregation by the elder handling the part “Annual Service Report” in the Life and Ministry Meeting the week of January 1, 2018. Thereafter, the letter should be posted on the information board. This postscript should neither be read to the congregation nor be posted on the information board.
    • By Claudia Sanchez
      Who are the most beautiful women in the world right now? Who do you think deserves the title of most beautiful woman of 2017? Here, below is a list of world’s most beautiful women.
      Beauty is the most debated topic in the world, and there is no ever clear winner. One who considered most beautiful at one time may lose her position at another time by someone else. Women normally have an attraction towards their physical characters like hotness and glamour. But, there are a few other factors like level of celebrity, confidence, intelligence, popularity, and skills too. It’s universal fact; beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. But when it comes to rank the beauty of a person, it is necessary to calculate the internal beauty as well as the external beauty. The external or physical beauty will age with time, all other factors remain ageless and keep person beautiful forever.
      Here, we have made a ranking of most beautiful women of 2017. The women listed here are confident, intelligent, desirable, dynamic and are very dedicated to their job. Vote for your favorite lady, and be sure to add anyone who’s missing from the list.

      A native of Florida, Abigail Leigh Spencer named People Magazine’s most beautiful women of 2017. She is an American actress known for her roles in several television series. Spencer began her career on the ABC daytime television soap opera All My Children playing Rebecca Tyree from 1999 to 2001. She is best known for her recurring roles on Mad Men and Suits. Also known for starring in the series Rectify and Timeless, for playing the leading role of history professor Lucy Preston.
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      La tercera edición de los premios de fotografía Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards revela la cara más desenfadada, humana e imperfecta de los animales.
      Desde la infancia, el reino animal siempre se ha mostrado majestuoso y lleno de elegancia. Solo hay que pensar en la figura de los imponentes leones, la espectacularidad de los elefantes o la sutil desenvoltura de un delfín en el mar. Mediante los documentales y la ficción cinematográfica, se ha promovido e inculcado esta incuestionable solemnidad. Sin embargo, esa idealización tan seria de la naturaleza dista mucho de lo que promueven los Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

      Estos premios de fotografía, fundados por los profesionales Paul Joynson-Hicks y Tom Sullam hace ya tres años, dan un giro de 180º a la fotografía convencional y revelan la cara más desenfadada, humana e imperfecta de los animales.

      Bajo la organización de la fundación The Born Free, el concurso pretende conseguir, a través de una mirada más lúdica y entretenida, la conservación de todas las especies en el planeta. De esta forma, la risa se convierte en el arma más poderosa de concienciación medioambiental.

      Tras el éxito en las pasadas ediciones en 2015 y 2016, este año se han registrado aproximadamente 3.500 participaciones procedentes de 86 paísesdiferentes. Osos karatecas, cangrejos desconcertados, jirafas que atrapan avionetas e incluso monos motoristas. Nada pasa desapercibido para los concursantes de esta edición.

      Los jueces encargados de la decisión definitiva son los propios fundadores del concurso, con más de 20 años de experiencia en el campo de la fotografía africana; Will Burrard-Lucas, fotógrafo profesional de naturaleza, Will Travers, experto en vida silvestre, el periodista Oliver Smith, el comediante Hugh Dennis y la famosa presentadora de televisión Kate Humble. El premio en juego es un trofeo artesanal hecho por personas con discapacidad en un taller de Dar es Salaam (Tanzania),además de una semana de safari para dos personas en Kenya.
      Leer más: https://www.muyinteresante.es/naturaleza/fotos/las-fotografias-mas-divertidas-de-naturaleza-del-ano/1
       


    • By Queen Esther
      A  REMINDER  FOR  THE  NEXT  *SUPER - MOON*  TO  THIS  WEEKEND,  DEC. 3. 2017 !
      2017's  FIRST  and  ONLY  supermoon  rises  on  Dec. 3. DEC.
      The supermoon will rise to begin the month of December. It is the only supermoon to greet the waning year of 2017.  -  Don't  miss  it.
      https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/2017s-first-and-only-supermoon-rises-on-dec-3/41mg9pzde6imny2zju1p2okslsh1lbhc
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Transcript - Sample Presentations - December 2017.pdf
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I've got an aching head
      Echoes and buzzing noises
      I know the words we said
      But wish I could've turned our voices down
      This is not black and white
      Only organized confusion
      I'm just trying to get it right
      And in spite of all I should've done

      I was not mad at you
      I was not trying to tear you down
      The words that I could've used
      I was too scared to say out loud
      If I cannot break your fall
      I'll pick you up right off the ground
      If you felt invisible, I won't let you feel that now

      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible

      You didn't get your way
      And it's an empty feeling
      You've got a lot to say
      And you just want to know you're being heard
      But this is not black and white
      There are no clear solutions
      And I'm just trying to get it right
      And in spite of all I should've done

      I was not mad at you
      I was not trying to tear you down
      The words that I could've used
      I was too scared to say out loud
      If I cannot break your fall
      I'll pick you up right off the ground
      If you felt invisible, I won't let you feel that now

      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible

      This is not black and white
      There are no clear solutions
      I'm just trying to get it right
      And in spite of all I should've done

      I was not mad at you
      I was not trying to tear you down
      The words that I could've used
      I was too scared to say out loud
      If I cannot break your fall
      I'll pick you up right off the ground
      If you felt invisible, I won't let you feel that now

      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
    • Guest Nicole
    • Guest Nicole
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I admire him for continue doing what he likes at his age  
      Although what he does is too dangerous in my opinion 
       
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I got a long way to go
      And a long memory
      I been searching for an answer
      Always just out of reach
      Blood on the floor
      Sirens repeat
      I been searching for the courage
      To face my enemies
      When they turn down the lights

      [Chorus]
      I hear my battle symphony
      All the world in front of me
      If my armor breaks
      I’ll fuse it back together
      Battle symphony
      Please just don’t give up on me
      And my eyes are wide awake

      [Bridge]
      For my battle symphony
      For my battle symphony

      [Verse 2]
      They say that I don’t belong
      Say that I should retreat
      That I’m marching to the rhythm
      Of a lonesome defeat
      But the sound of your voice
      Puts the pain in reverse
      No surrender, no illusions
      And for better or worse
      When they turn down the lights

      [Chorus]
      I hear my battle symphony
      All the world in front of me
      If my armor breaks
      I’ll fuse it back together
      Battle symphony
      Please just don’t give up on me
      And my eyes are wide awake

      [Bridge]
      If I fall, get knocked down
      Pick myself up off the ground
      If I fall, get knocked down
      Pick myself up off the ground
      When they turn down the lights

      [Chorus]
      I hear my battle symphony
      All the world in front of me
      If my armor breaks
      I’ll fuse it back together
      Battle symphony
      Please just don’t give up on me
      And my eyes are wide awake
      For my battle symphony
      For my battle symphony
    • By Kurt
      September 9 2017
      ? California is on fire.
      ? Oregon is on fire.
      ? Washington is on fire.
      ? British Columbia is on fire.
      ? Alberta is on fire
      ? Montana is on fire.
      ? Nova Scotia is on fire.
      ? Greece is on fire.
      ? Brazil is on fire.
      ? Portugal is on fire.
      ? Algeria is on fire.
      ? Tunisia is on fire.
      ? Greenland is on fire.
      ? The Sakha Republic of Russia is on fire.
      ? Siberia is on fire.
      ??Texas is under water
      ?? India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, experience record monsoons and massive death toll.
      ?? Sierra Leone and Niger experienced massive floods, mudslides, and deaths in the thousands.
      ?Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia are crushed in the death grip of a triple digit heat wave, dubbed Lucifer.
      ?Southern California continues to swelter under triple digit heat that shows no sign of letting up.
      ?In usually chilly August, the city of San Francisco shatters all-time record at 106 degrees, while it reaches 115 degrees south of the city. Northern California continues to bake in the triple digits.
      ((?)) Yellowstone volcano is hit with earthquake swarm of over 2,300 tremors since June, recording a 4.4 quake on June 15, 2017 and 3.3 quake on August 21, 2017.
      ((?)) 5.3 earthquake rumbles through Idaho
      ((?)) Japan earthquake 6.1 possible tsunami.
      ((?)) Mexico earthquake 8.2 imminent tsunami. Beach lines are receded at least 50+ meters
      ?Hurricanes Harvey, Irma (biggest ever recorded), Jose and Katia are barreling around the Atlantic with 8 more potentials forming.
      And last but not least an X10 C.M.E solar flare last night . The highest recorded solar flare ever!
      All these disasters can batter us but never break us, if we stay loyal and faithful to Jehovah. Are we prepared for a natural disaster?
      Read this article for some comforting news:<<<click
      Thanks to "Grieving Tho Comforted With Jesus"-page.
       
       
    • By The Librarian
      2017 - Awake! Bound Volume.pdf
    • By The Librarian
      2017 - Watchtower Bound Volume - Large Print Simplified Edition.pdf
      2017 - Watchtower Bound Volume - Large Print Study Edition.pdf
      2017 - Watchtower Bound Volume - Simplified Study Edition.pdf
      2017 - Watchtower Bound Volume - Study Edition.pdf
      2017 - Watchtower Bound Volume - Public.pdf
    • By Jack Ryan
      August 11, 2017 TO ALL BODIES OF ELDERS Re: 2018 Memorial Invitations and Date of Special Talk 
      FYI:
      The 2018 Memorial will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
      The 2019 Memorial will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019.
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    • Yes but everything was kept 'in house' back then. And still is probably.  The American courts / authorities can't even get their hands on the 20 + year Child Sexual Abuse database which should have been handed over years ago. So who knows what's hidden in there.  There are probably documents hidden away that go back 70 + years. Didn't Australia have info from 50 years ago that the ARC used ? I would think USA info would go back further.  It would be wonderful to see the whole Watchtower / JW Org / GB opened up wide to the public, in the public interest. Then, and only then, could people make a sensible judgement as to if they want to be part of that Org.  You may think I want the JW Org / Watchtower Soc' to crash, but in truth I don't. I just want it made clean. As @TrueTomHarley says (100 times a day) that some folks are only looking at the downside of the GB and it's Org. BUT Genuine people will be trying to find TRUTH within the muck, that's all.  And @TrueTomHarley also said "She knows there is a downside. She knows it is a price well worth paying in view of the upside... " To quote John Butler, (as Mr Harley is convinced that is who I am), Collateral Damage then. The victims of Child Sexual Abuse, the victims of wrongful disfellowshipping, the victims of wrongful shunning.  The Lies told by the Writing dept and the GB. The false teachings. The false predictions.  One could also include the unnecessary deaths of people dying through lack of blood, but that one is still debatable as the true meaning of the scriptures on that are not exactly known. Hence the GB keep moving the goal posts. And i will believe Matthew 12 v 9 -12. where Jesus talks about saving lives.  @Arauna only' knows it is a price well worth paying' because she isn't actually paying that price. 
    • Don't include everyone with this fallacy. Not everyone here is a trouble maker. Some of us understand and support scripture. That some of us can speak of it without getting into trouble, that's a different story.
    • It looks as though it should be a surprise if, faithful witnesses experiences death. Nothing has changed since the time of Christ. Salvation has always been as though we are already dead. We are now working within a spiritual life. There should never be an assumption that anyone will live to see the Day of Judgment. That’s not the point. The point is, to have personal salvation even unto death. Revelation 2:10 Therefore, if someone is thinking, those in Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected, think of it this way. They were judged by God directly. Their destruction was made by their sinful and ungodly ways. To them, the judgment of the second death already applies. So, no one should harbor any ideals about what the “core doctrine” is perceived to be. God’s value though his son ransom sacrifice. If it wasn’t, then those given judgment before Noah would have the possibility to be resurrected. That’s not going to happen given the fallen angels exploit on this earth with earthly women. Angels that chose to support Satan, will have an end. There is no forgiveness to a higher being that experienced at one point, creation. In that understanding, there is no contradiction with the AD1914 unless an independent understanding not supported by scripture is given to make it a controversy. That should never be an exploit of a witness. Perhaps a better and easier explanation without controversy can be posted.
    • So am I. So are you. So is JTR So is everyone here. The point is that “whistleblower” is in the eye of the beholder. No villain ever says: “I am the villain.” Always they are victims, unappreciated reformers, or “whistleblowers.” Jude says they, “indulge in dreams, defile flesh, despise discipline, speak abusively of glorious ones.” (vs 8 ) Do you think that they would have described themselves that way? Or would they not attribute their departure to finally having opened their eyes? Jude says they were “rocks hidden below water at your love feasts while they feast with you, shepherds who feed themselves without fear; waterless clouds carried here and there by the wind; fruitless trees in late autumn, having died twice and having been uprooted; wild waves of the sea that cast up the foam of their own shame; stars with no set course, for which the blackest darkness stands reserved forever.” (12-13)  Do you think they would have described themselves that way? Or would they not have complained about “ad hominem” attacks and how their real, legitimate concerns were being ignored—just like malcontents do here? Yes, I know that Jude was the real whistleblower. I was playing devil’s advocate. And I hope that I do not get another disappointed chastisement from Witness as to how sad she finds it that I am now advocating for the devil.   They are. I understated their cuteness. ‘Cute,’ too, is in the eye of the beholder, and in many respects, you are blind as a bat.
    • Looking at today's scripture text, I see that there is a fairly good reference to the concept of "core doctrines" in the commentary. Some have questioned whether this concept of core doctrines is correct, with the alternative being that we should accept ALL doctrines, great and small, with equal vigor. In other words, we should be ready to die for the our current teaching concerning "whether people of Sodom would be resurrected" just as strongly as we should be ready to die for the doctrine of the Ransom. The day's text is about the resurrection, and the commentary speaks of the importance of including this among our key doctrines, as if it might not have been "up there" with the rest. *** Text for Tuesday, December 10, 2019 *** What are the key teachings of your faith? Surely you would stress that Jehovah is the Creator and Life-Giver. You would likely mention your belief in Jesus Christ, who died as a ransom. And you would happily add that an earthly paradise is ahead, where God’s people will live forever. But would you mention the resurrection as one of your most cherished beliefs? We have good reasons to include the resurrection as a key teaching even if we personally hope to survive the great tribulation and live on earth forever. The resurrection is central to our faith. Had Christ not been resurrected, he would not be our ruling King, and our teaching about Christ’s rule would be in vain. (1 Cor. 15:12-19) However, we know that Jesus was resurrected, and we hold firm to our belief in the resurrection. Note that the text reminds us a few things that the great crowd, perhaps, do not get reminded of enough: We might die. The great hope is that "You May Survive Armageddon into God's New World." But since the book of that title came out, most of us who studied that book as JWs are now dead. The key teachings mentioned above are therefore: Jehovah is the Creator, Jesus' Ransom, Living Forever in an Earthly Paradise The Resurrection The Teaching about Christ's Kingdom I would agree that these are definitely the core teachings. Of course that final one might be a nod to "1914" as a key teaching, but it is worded here in such a way that no one could dismiss Christ's Kingdom as a key teaching. This is true whether one focuses on the Kingdom preaching beginning in 29 CE through 33 CE, or the Kingdom's beginning in 33 when Christ began to rule as king (1 Cor 15, Colossians 1, Acts 2, Revelation 1, etc.), or the historical outworking of the Kingdom with renewed emphasis on preaching since WWI, or the focus on what that Kingdom will bring to the new heavens and new earth. But the fact that 1 Cor 15 is quoted above as the context to the teaching about Christ's rule, and that Paul goes on in verse 25 to indicate that "sit at my right hand" is the equivalent of "rule as king" tells me that 1914 might have been left off on purpose. (Because Jesus sat at God's right hand in 33 CE., therefore he began ruling as king in 33 CE. --1 Cor 15:25) That's an easy solution to all the current difficulties and contradictions in the 1914 teaching. But it's not the "difficult teaching" I had in mind. If you look at the text through the Watchtower Library, you will also see that it is somewhat related to the material for the Midweek meeting (December 9-15), which starts out with a discussion of Revelation 11. *** Text for Tuesday, December 10, 2019 *** TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD • “‘Two Witnesses’ Are Killed and Brought Back to Life”: (10 min.) Re 11:3—“Two witnesses” prophesy for 1,260 days (w14 11/15 30) Re 11:7—They are killed by “the wild beast” Re 11:11—The “two witnesses” are brought back to life after “the three and a half days” I'll explain later today.
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