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@Martha Braun Amistadi .....

I  think,  its  only  a  passage  in  our  old  system....  The  NW  with  new  scrolls  are  different.  We  have  to  wait  of  this  time.  Its  the  world  just  now,  dear  Sister  Martha ❤   NOBODY  will  know  the  way  into  the  future.  We  have  to  show  our  patience !  The  GB  also  wrote  from  more  patience  of  us !  Everybody  is  writing  this  and  that....   but  Jehovah  will  have  the  last  word !

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Opulent and luxurious.

Wasn't this recently sold? Or am I mistaken?

To be fair though this is nothing (a drop in the bucket) compared to our Billions in cash investments in JP Morgan Chase.

http://www.jw-archive.org/post/129054917283/watchtower-bible-and-tract-society-of-pennsylvania

God is blessing Jehovah's Witnesses with extravagant riches.

 

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28 minutes ago, Jay Witness said:

Opulent and luxurious.

Wasn't this recently sold? Or am I mistaken?

To be fair though this is nothing (a drop in the bucket) compared to our Billions in cash investments in JP Morgan Chase.

http://www.jw-archive.org/post/129054917283/watchtower-bible-and-tract-society-of-pennsylvania

God is blessing Jehovah's Witnesses with extravagant riches.

 

@Jay Witness There are many circuits that meet there. It is an Assembly Hall. Beautiful been there. Can you imagine the beauty of King Solomon's Temple? Jehovah owns all the riches of the earth. It is wonderful to have buildings Blessed with His Name and Glory. ??????

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11 hours ago, Martha Braun Amistadi said:

May this report about the Stanley Theater show the world just how much it means to us to bring our God Jehovah his due gloryin the way we care for this building of worship of the only true God!

@Martha Braun Amistadi His Giory will known among the Nations. All to the grandour and riches of His Glory and Kingdom Forever! ???

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