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4 hours ago, JW Insider said:

However, the generation problem is just one more problem now which we can add onto the list of all the other points that make up the 1914 doctrine. Here are several points related to 1914 that appear problematic from a Scriptural point of view:

Lately I've been too busy to post anything. But these last ideas put forward by JWI fit so well with what I've been thinking for years that I wish to express my totally agree. I hope that those on charge, have the humility to recognize their mistakes and the courage to explain it openly, no matter what happens and whoever falls, however sad it may be. The truth can not, it should not be covered more time. The servant must be prudent, true, but first he must be faithful.

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27 minutes ago, Anna said:

"So.....what we gonna do"?? 

(Vultures from jungle book- in case someone is not familiar with the scene)

(Luke 12:47, 48) . . .Then that slave who understood the will of his master but did not get ready or do what he asked will be beaten with many strokes. But the one who did not understand and yet did things deserving of strokes will be beaten with few. Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him, and the one who was put in charge of much will have more than usual demanded of him.
 

Anna, everyone of us know who has the responsability to fix the situation: "his master on coming" (Lu 12:43)

So, what can we do? Wait, be busy in the work and making fine things, and pray.

  • Pray for these brothers in th GB, that they have the wisdom and courage to act.
  • Pray for the humble ones, that Jehovah grant them faith to wait without stumbling

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19 hours ago, JW Insider said:

All evidence shows the 1914 date

If this is a reference to 607 (it is not JWI's fault if I do not do my homework), I think of the expression 'it is the victors that write history.' It is a political statement regarding world powers, but it applies to everything. Certainly, science is fraught with accounts of one view coming into vogue, and then crushing the opposition for as long as possible.

My understanding is that some scholarly type has written a defense of 607. That's all you need. Not one Witness teaching is the majority view today; should we insist this one must be? For all the hype about 'critical thinking' today, the pattern remains what it has always been; in fact, it intensifies: choose your belief (largely based on 'heart') then go find some 'experts' to back you up.

Will 1914 fall? If it does, it does. But I am far from burying it just yet. Nor do I feel I should encourage the GB to have the wisdom and courage to do whatever is right. If I drop dead tomorrow, they will do just fine.

 I have grown used to explaining that 'if the greatest war in history, the ONLY time until then that the entire world went to war at the same time (China & region excepted, as it was isolated at the time), AND if the greatest pestilence in history does not constitute fulfillment of Matt 24:7 and Luke 21:10, 11, what does? Vs 8 of Matt indicates it starts off with a bang, but continues for some time.

Will I have to change my tune on this?

On the vs 8 'you ain't seen nothin' yet' front, terrorist knife or vehicle attacks, unheard of not long ago, are now just 'one of those things.' The gay revolution took decades; whereas the transgendered revolution has taken mere months, and a 9 year old girl can be, on National Geographic, not just transgendered, but a transgendered activist. 'Fake news,' absolutely unheard of just 3 years ago, is now a staple of life, one more of many pitfalls to mess with us.

Perhaps 1914 will suffice to get us through to the end. Maybe that won't be so far off after all.

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3 hours ago, TrueTomHarley said:

If this is a reference to 607 (it is not JWI's fault if I do not do my homework), I think of the expression 'it is the victors that write history.' It is a political statement regarding world powers, but it applies to everything.

Yes. Partly 607, and partly the inconsistent views and inconsistencies in translation and explanations surrounding the 70 years desolation and captivities, the 70 years of Babylonian hegemony. Each of these bullet points could probably be expanded into 10 more bullet points, and a lot more scriptures than the ones listed. I'll give just a few examples which would all be included in the first bullet point:

  1. The NWT has a fairly obvious mistranslation in Jeremiah 29:10. It has been discussed ad nauseum, but the general view from Hebrew scholars is that we have chosen the word "at" instead of "for" because the more obvious translation would lead people to notice that the verse is directly about Babylon and only indirectly about Judah. Our current doctrine requires the opposite.
  2. There was a time when the entire NWT was only translated into a dozen additional languages, and in order to say that these were actual "Bible translations" and not just translations from the English into another language, brothers in a couple countries with Biblical language skills translated directly from Hebrew. Two of these translations came out with the dreaded "for" instead of "at" and had to be changed back to match the NWT English.
  3. After many consistent denials of the validity of "for" here, the Isaiah's Prophecy book made use of the exact same point about Babylonian hegemony in the discussion of Tyre.
  4. The Insight Book admits that Zechariah 1:12 and 7:4 must have been written almost 90 years after 607 BCE, which would be 90 years after the destruction of Jerusalem, if it had happened in 607. Ten different independent "witnesses" and literally thousands of dated contract documents all combine to provide evidence that it was only 70 years earlier that Jerusalem was destroyed, not 90. Yet, Zechariah 7:4 also indicates that it was only 70 years earlier, showing that Bible history is confirmed by archaeology. This is something that we would normally get excited about, whenever archaeology confirms the Bible record. But in this case we don't say anything because we have a doctrine that has forced us to add 20 years to every date prior to 539, all the way back to the creation of Adam.
  5. [edited to add:] Also I had included the reference to Ezra 3 in that initial bullet point because it says that the sound of those who must have been 70-plus-year-olds (per Zechariah) wept with such a loud voice that some people couldn't distinguish the shouts of joy from the weeping. This is far from definitive, but in the Watchtower's theory of events, this would have referred to the sound of the 90-plus-year-olds. If we accept the history from Zechariah 1 & 7, they would have been within the range of the expected life-span, 70-plus.

    (Psalm 90:10) . . .The span of our life is 70 years, Or 80 if one is especially strong.. . .

    (Ezra 3:12,13) Many of the priests, the Levites, and the heads of the paternal houses—the old men who had seen the former house—wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, while many others shouted joyfully at the top of their voice. 13 So the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shouts from the sound of the weeping, for the people were shouting so loudly that the sound was heard from a great distance.
     

 

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4 hours ago, TrueTomHarley said:

I think of the expression 'it is the victors that write history.' It is a political statement regarding world powers, but it applies to everything.

I haven't invoked the part of this story that involves the "political" powers that have played no small part in keeping the 1914 doctrine written into our own history. But as you already admit that it applies to everything, I will oblige. Not that this has anything to do with real evidence for anything, but for me, it at least counters the common idea that if something is believed by non-Witnesses or ex-Witnesses it must be wrong. In this case, the same evidence I have already presented was also believed by several members of our own Governing Body, and even more members of our own Writing Department, plus at least one Gilead Instructor and at least two respected members of the Service Department. One is a current Governing Body Helper, and another still works in Writing and both still give convention talks, etc.

As a New Yorker you are not living too far away from some of those who were close friends of many of the people I mention, and you might have an opportunity to validate any part of what I'll mention below:

Daniel Sydlik of the Governing Body once said to me "off the record" that he thought we should just scrap the entire chronology and "start from scratch." I had heard that he had said this to several brothers prior to 1974, and I wanted to know (in 1978) if he still felt that way now that he was on the Governing Body. At the time I was only willing to question the 1918 and 1919 doctrines, and I went to him because I had been told by several people that he dismissed them as fantasy. Ewart Chitty, Ray Franz and Lyman Swingle had also made similar comments even about 1914, not just 1919. I had only heard Lyman Swingle say it personally, but I knew people who said that Chitty and R.Franz had also no longer believed that 1914 was a doctrine we should promote in the way we were doing it. The people who told me this were two of my best friends in Writing and one more very good friend in the Service Department. When Brother Schroeder complained to me about people willing to dismiss 1914, he inadvertently gave me 3 more names in the Writing Department when he said that it included everyone currently in Writing who worked on the Aid Book. The brother who gave my wedding talk, Brother Rusk, was a hard-line loyalist to anything that Fred Franz believed, and he also warned me against my friendship with 3 brothers in Writing, two of whom worked on the Aid Book.

I would never have had the nerve to ask why no member of the Governing Body had not stood up to Fred Franz and questioned the chronology doctrines outright. But several members of the Writing Department explained what they thought was happening. And their ideas were consistent: When serious doctrinal issues were being questioned (like chronology) there was very little that could be done prior to 1977 because it didn't matter what the Governing Body thought anyway, because Nathan Knorr and Fred Franz would override it in favor of "conservative" policies and doctrines. Also, neither Grant Suiter nor Milton Henschel ever cared much for scriptural discussions, which was obvious by the way they handled morning worship only as if it were "business reporting." So any scriptural matters were decided by the Oracle (Fred Franz). The Governing Body from 1971 to 1977 was not really a Governing Body yet anyway in the sense that they could actually bring up major doctrinal issues for questioning. Swingle could grumble about 1914, and R.Franz had already done the research for the Aid Book chronology article, but when R.Franz was added to the Governing Body in 1971, it was with Gangas, Greenlees, and Jackson -- and those three just mentioned were 100% supporters of Fred Franz. In 1974, when Sydlik and Schroeder were added and were known wild-cards, it was still at a time when the Governing Body had no authority to decide anything of any consequence. Also, of course, they were added at the same time as Ted Jaracz, Charles Fekel, Karl Klein, and Ewart Chitty were added. Those four were considered to be 100% Fred Franz supporters, even sycophants was the word used of most of them. Chitty admitted to a very close and respected friend of mine that he had grave reservations about 1914, but I have my doubts he would have pushed against the strength of Fred Franz on a doctrinal issue. (Of the last four, Jaracz, Fekel, Klein, and Chitty, I will not break down all the different rumors about each one, but I will say that it might have seemed obvious, based on their histories, that they would always vote with Fred Franz.) Barber, Barr and Poetzinger were added in 1977 and it was assumed by at least one friend in Writing that they filled out an even wider safety net to keep all votes for change from ever reaching 66.67%. I have to say that I knew almost nothing about any of these last three, and they never said anything during morning worship that gave a hint that they might have had preferred views or teachings that they felt were priorities.

By the time any dangerous questions could have been asked, Schroeder spearheaded a crack-down on such questions, starting in early 1980, and I even watched him try to position himself as the new "Oracle" in the event that "King Saul" died. (The expression, "That won't change until King Saul dies" was heard as a kind of joke many times in the Writing and Service Department, and it actually referred to someone else before Fred Franz.) Some people were very serious about it, however. At any rate, "King Saul" kept his power by minimizing the work Schroeder was doing throughout the 1980's and sometimes pushing for explanations that were exactly the opposite of what Schroeder proposed. (To be fair Schroeder proposed some fairly odd changes, which I won't get into here and now.) But one of the specific items that Schroeder had proposed was the idea that the "generation" should be seen as the generation of the "anointed." He even went to give talks in Europe promoting this new view. In response, Franz pushed for making it the generation of the "wicked" which actually made more sense in light of some scriptures. Schroeder also pushed one last time on trying to prove that the heart was not just a figurative, but a literal seat of emotion, love, hate, envy, etc. Franz responded with a long Gilead Graduation talk in excruciating detail about the meaning of the liver and fat, and why the fat was forbidden just as blood was forbidden. It seemed very serious, but Schroeder told me what he thought of it.

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2 hours ago, JW Insider said:

counters the common idea that if something is believed by non-Witnesses or ex-Witnesses it must be wrong.

I'm glad you edited out the reference to born again, Baptist clergymen which was far too specific. And I agree. Such prejudicial stereotyping is indefensible. 

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On 6/25/2017 at 4:45 PM, ARchiv@L said:
On 6/25/2017 at 1:33 AM, ComfortMyPeople said:

So, what can we do? Wait

    Hello guest!

I think the content of the verse in Micah about having a "waiting attitude" is good, but the context might seem a bit harsh in that the verse applies to waiting on Jehovah when it's an enemy we are up against. I don't think of the Governing Body as an enemy here, and I don't think you do either.

In fact, the only issue I see is that a long-standing tradition made sense for many years, but has turned out to cause more problems than it solved at this point. Still, I don't think it is even that big of a problem when it comes to the day-to-day life of an average Witness.

After all, whether 1914 is a necessary doctrine or not:

  • We still know that we are living in the time of the end, or the "last days" even if that phrase had the same meaning to Christians in the first century.
  • We still know that Satan has been cast down and walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone, because his time is short. This is also true even if it had the same meaning in the first century. We also wait for his final abyss and subsequent final demise.
  • We still have a preaching work that is just as important as ever.
  • Jesus is still "King of Kings" and ruler of those who rule the earth.
  • The kingdom is still our focus, and continues to be the theme of our hopes and prayers.
  • We still know that we must overcome critical times, hard to deal with, just as Paul warned Timothy that he would meet up with.
  • We still know that Jesus is present, wherever even two or three are gathered in his name.
  • We know that Jesus will be with us right up until the conclusion of the system of things.
  • We don't live for a date, or serve for a date anyway, so whether or not the end comes in our lifetime or we find out about it after a moment of "sleep" in death, the important thing is still our love for God and neighbor, and "what sort of persons we ought to be."

So probably the only thing that we might consider to be different is the idea that the Gentile kings had their day and the times of these nations and their kings ended 103 years ago. This, ironically, is the only prediction that we ever said we got right about 1914 in the first place. So it might end up requiring a bit of humility, but there's nothing wrong with a bit of humility, either.

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52 minutes ago, JW Insider said:

 

So probably the only thing that we might consider to be different is the idea that the Gentile kings had their day and the times of these nations and their kings ended 103 years ago. 

If you move the day back 20 years, does that fit with any verses? Should it be expected to?

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On 26/6/2017 at 4:50 AM, JW Insider said:

I don't think of the Governing Body as an enemy here, and I don't think you do either

NO - :|NO ,,,, I just wanted to say about the "waiting"..... I always thank you all for your comments, ...

seems that humans always like to know the future, and the history showed that we must wait to see what the future has for us, even the Governing Body is watching the world news, and also many people are wondering "what is going on" with some worldwide conditions, ..

we see that (before) that we had understand many things from the bible, progressively ... and this is what we must do, wait untill we see something happen .... 

it is amazing that the bible verses are already in the bible for years now, but our understanding changes !! (for some topics).

thank you! :)

 

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2 minutes ago, ComfortMyPeople said:

As I consider the Congregation has a Leader more wise and powerful than me, I WAIT he will fix any situation he considers worth of change when he considers the proper moment.

correct !!

also there are problems from others to "fight" and apart from problems (from anyone that makes problems to us) .... 

and to remind everybody (including me) ... that there are health problems in this system too ....

so, we wait to see what the future has for all of us ! .. 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Eoin Joyce said:

I agree with this entirely! Compare Pro.4:18; 1Cor.13:12 :)

I wish to mention regarding your quotes that I prefer using 1 Cor 13:12 regarding to our gradually increase in knowledge. Never Pro 4:18.

The Proverb, while is our favorite, cherished verse to probe that Jehovah teach us step by step, by no means Jehovah inspired Solomon to indicate this idea. If we read the context, the verse is talking about the behavior of bad and good persons, and how their respective life gradually improves or deteriorates.

As these ideas are always hidden for our “extended” applications, and never, never, never, ever is mentioned the correct and basic meaning, almost no one between we, the JW, can grasp the inspired meaning, only this “extended” one. A pity.

And yes, 1Cor 13:12 conveys perfectly the idea you’re talking about.

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7 hours ago, TrueTomHarley said:
8 hours ago, JW Insider said:

So probably the only thing that we might consider to be different is the idea that the Gentile kings had their day and the times of these nations and their kings ended 103 years ago. 

If you move the day back 20 years, does that fit with any verses? Should it be expected to?

If one were to work from the date of Jerusalem's fall in 587 (or 586 BCE) then you could add 2,520 years to it and reach the year 1934. If you are looking hard enough for something, you can always find it and make it significant through some bit of world history or organizational history. (rise of Hitler, Roosevelt, Federal Reserve Act, Jewish immigration to Palestine begins, etc.)

Also, although the all the independent Babylonian sources are clear about when Nebuchadnezzar's 18th and 19th year began, the Bible uses both dates for the destruction of Jerusalem.

(2 Kings 25:8, 9) 8 In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, that is, in the 19th year of King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar the king of Babylon, Neb·uʹzar·adʹan the chief of the guard, the servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 9 He burned down the house of Jehovah,. . .

(Jeremiah 32:1, 2) 32 The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah in the 10th year of King Zed·e·kiʹah of Judah, that is, the 18th year of Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar. 2 At that time the armies of the king of Babylon were besieging Jerusalem, . . .

There is no absolutely sure way to tell if this difference referred to two different ways of counting Nebuchadnezzar's year of reign, of if one refers perhaps only to a siege that started a year earlier. There is even a problem in deciding for sure whether the year began in the spring or the fall. Both methods are used in the Bible, and it's sometimes difficult to figure out which is which.

(2 Chronicles 36:10) 10 At the start of the year,* King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar sent to have him brought to Babylon,. . . [* NWT footnote: "Possibly, in the spring"]

In other words, one could stretch the 2,520 years to even reach only to 1933, or possibly as far as 1935 which was once a more significant date in our own history. It was, for nearly half a century, thought of as the end of the call to the heavenly hope, but now it is only seen as the year when the announcement clarified the earthly hope of the Jonadab class, and since which date the vast majority of new Witnesses have been "called" to an earthly hope.

Hanging on to the "1914 prediction" was considered a vestige proving that Jehovah's spirit was truly with the early Bible Students in a more special way than just their separation from Babylon the Great. Remember that it didn't really matter when Jerusalem was destroyed, as long as 1914 had still been predicted. (The actual initial method used was not even concerned with the destruction of Jerusalem.) When the idea of 2,520 years was added to the mix, the year for the destruction was determined, basically, by counting backwards from 1914. When Franz determined that Russell had made a one year error (due to his incorrect belief that there had been a "zero year") the destruction of Jerusalem was merely changed to 607 so that 1914 would still work. 1914 has always been the goal, not the actual date for Jerusalem's destruction.

Therefore, I doubt very much that a 20 year change is in the works. It would only buy the generation 20 more years, anyway, and would still require a two-lifespan generation to cover the FOUR+ biological generations that have seen "1934." (My 103-year-old grandmother-in-law [from Long Island, NY] would have been 20 in 1934 and was just here visiting her great-granddaughter over a week ago.) 

There are additional problems with revisiting the Daniel 4 and Luke 21:24 to make a change. It will receive renewed scrutiny, and having failed us in the past, will probably not seem so convincing this time. People will notice that there is no second fulfillment mentioned in Daniel 4, and a recent Watchtower (3/15/2015) has already come out to say that we no longer add second fulfillments unless the Bible explicitly tells us that one exists. As far as Daniel 4 is concerned, the entire dream was fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar. Also, people will surely question how a brutal haughty King that destroyed Jerusalem can somehow represent Jerusalem. (We once taught that Nebuchadnezzar pictured Jesus, making Jesus a kind of Greater Nebuchadnezzar.)

If allowed to scrutinize the topic, all the other questions will surely surface this time, including the supposed "rule" that a day is always a year. If this were true, then why did Daniel multiply Jeremiah's 70 years by 7 to make 490 years? ("70 weeks of years"). Why do our publications never use a day for a year when the Bible speaks of 1,260 days, 1,290 days, or 1,335 days. Why are the 3.5 times of Revelation kept as a literal 1,260 days? Why does Revelation 11 say that the "Gentile Times" were only three and one-half times, or 42 months long?

 

 

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2 hours ago, JW Insider said:

. If you are looking hard enough for something, you can always find it and make it significant through some bit of world history or organizational history. (rise of Hitler, Roosevelt, Federal Reserve Act, Jewish immigration to Palestine begins, etc.)

While one could say that those things are 'sexy,' they are not nearly so sexy as the entire world being at war for the first time, with the 2nd time largely being a consequence of the first.  If that is not 'peace being taken away from the earth' (Revelation 6), I'm not sure what is. If that is not Satan cast down (Revelation 12) and being peeved about it, I'm not sure what would be. Throw in the greatest pestilence ever, and some 'acceptable' food shortages, and the coincidence, if it were to be one, is ...I am tempted to say...unprecedented. 

In contrast, Hitler and Roosevelt 'rose' for some time, just try selling the Federal Reserve as the issue to get everyone hyped over, and the Jews are a 'been there, done that' thing with our emphasis on spiritual Israel. They are all very problematic. With regard to a World War, you would have to be looking hard NOT to see it.

2 hours ago, JW Insider said:

Therefore, I doubt very much that a 20 year change is in the works.

I wasn't suggesting that.

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I find it difficult and often embarrassing to discuss with people if these times are worse than the previous ones. I dislike focusing in “bad news”, you know: these earthquakes are more bad, the wars are more bad… Above all when my interlocutor is a well-informed person. This person easily could bring to my attention data as follows (from our publications)


*** g04 5/22 pp. 4-5 The Age-Old Fight for Better Health ***
[The Black Death] Within four years, say some historians, the plague spread throughout Europe and about a third of the population lost their life—perhaps between 20 million and 30 million people. Even remote Iceland was decimated. It is said that in the Far East, the population of China slumped from 123 million at the beginning of the 13th century to 65 million during the 14th century, apparently as a result of the plague and the accompanying famine.


No previous epidemic, war, or famine had ever caused such widespread suffering. “It was a disaster without equal in human history,” notes the book Man and Microbes. “Somewhere between one-quarter and one-half of the people in Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia perished.”
The Americas escaped the ravages of the Black Death, thanks to their isolation from the rest of the world. But oceangoing ships soon brought that isolation to an end. In the 16th century, a wave of epidemics that proved even more lethal than the plague ravaged the New World.


In 1518 an outbreak of smallpox erupted on the island of Hispaniola. Native Americans had never been exposed to smallpox before, and the effect was catastrophic. A Spanish eyewitness estimated that only a thousand people on the island survived. The epidemic soon spread to Mexico and Peru, with similar consequences.


The following century, when the Pilgrim settlers arrived in the area of Massachusetts in North America, they discovered that smallpox had practically cleared the land of inhabitants. “The natives, they are near all dead of the smallpox,” wrote Pilgrim leader John Winthrop.


Other epidemics followed smallpox. According to one source, by a century after Columbus’ arrival, imported diseases had wiped out 90 percent of the population of the New World. The population of Mexico had shrunk from 30 million to 3 million, that of Peru from 8 million to one million.

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Yes, now I should mention there are more epidemies, wars and so. I, instead, prefer to discuss about the value of Bible advice, the gems about God’s personality and similar, positive ideas.


As JWI has pointed out. Christ sign would have no doubt (Matthew 24:30) “Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief” No debate, no discussion, no doubt. This was the exact answer of Jesus about the sign his disciples asked him before. 


I once heard a brother from GB, when visiting Spain, explain that there are TWO signs. The first (wars, famine, etc.) would happen on earth. The second one would be the sing of Son of Man, and this would happen on heavens.


Well, the fact is that Jesus only mention ONE sign. As impossible to deny as the flash of lightning. There is no necessity to struggle with unbelievers to try to convince them. 


What about wars, earthquakes and pestilence? Jesus, specifically said: 

 

  • (Matthew 24:6-8) “You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet. “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress”

In other words. The wars, famine and calamities are proof we would be in THE BEGINNING of distress. Not a sign at all.


THE HORSEMEN

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The picture well describes the universal taught about this vision: the catastrophic world conditions in the final era. We, the JW, properly view that these happenings occur after Jesus ride. Well, put it simple, I think this approximation has no scriptural base… at all. These are not world condition when Christ rules, they are, rather direct judgments of Christ against the enemies, when he starts his judgment against Babylon.


The proof? Always, always, always (three times) the Bible mention colorful horses, these meant angels, not situations:

 

  • (Zechariah 1:8-10) . . .“I saw a vision in the night. There was a man riding on a red horse, and he stood still among the myrtle trees in the ravine; and behind him there were red, reddish-brown, and white horses.” So I said: “Who are these, my lord?” The angel who was speaking with me replied: “I will show you who these are.” Then the man who was standing still among the myrtle trees said: “These are the ones whom Jehovah has sent out to walk about in the earth.”.

 

  • (Zechariah 6:1-5) . . .Then I looked up again and saw four chariots coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were of copper. The first chariot had red horses, and the second chariot, black horses. The third chariot had white horses, and the fourth chariot, speckled and dappled horses. I asked the angel who was speaking with me: “What are these, my lord?” The angel answered me: “These are the four spirits of the heavens that are going out after having taken their station before the Lord of the whole earth. . .

And, what we find as the mechanism using by Jehovah when punishing His enemies? These days that we’re reading Ezequiel, we are reading quite a few verses with the same idea: God will punish his enemies with: the sword of war,  famine and pest. Why not the same in the future?


Only one collateral idea. Will resurrect this persons? We have no problem to think that many of the people from ancient times who perished in that judgements, under the Babylonian or Assyrian siege will resurrect. Why not the people -or some people- during the Great Tribulation? Because is said the Hades is following the horsemen.


Well, I’m not completely sure about all of this. But I find it solves more problems than the contraire. 

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      #1. It creates a set time limit for Armageddon to occur. #2. It is based on the idea that the date 1914 was predicted in the Bible. #3. It is based on a false definition of the word "generation." #4. It is based on a false premise about a supposed belief in 1914 that didn't even exist in 1914. If we're serious about:
      paying constant attention to ourselves and our teaching, (1 Tim 4:16) handling the word of God aright, having nothing to be ashamed of, (2 Tim 2:15) not paying attention to false stories, (1 Tim 1:4-7) making sure of all things, (1 Thess 5:21) knowing that teachers will receive heavier judgment, etc., (James 3:1) then we would not be very good Christians if any of us taught something that we were not sure about.
      On this forum, participants have already dealt extensively with #1 and #2 above, but there has not yet been a thorough discussion and focus on points #3 and #4.
    • By Jesus.defender
      In 1889, the WT said " we present PROOFS that the setting up of the kingdom of God has already? begun...and that 'the battle of the great day of God almighty' (Revelation16:14),which will end in AD1914 with the complete overthrow of the earth's present rulership, is already commenced.".
       
      So, the WT presented "proofs"?
      These "proofs" were wrong, so what credibility do they have to "proclaim" anything?
       

    • By Patrick J Delaney
      After much prayerful reflection on the Scriptures, I have come to the realisation that the true identity of the “generation” Jesus spoke of at Matthew
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. may soon be revealed. There Jesus said, “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.” I think the understanding Jehovah’s Witnesses currently hold on this scripture is incorrect. I believe that Joel chapter 2 will have a second fulfillment in the last days of this complete world system, just as it had a primary fulfillment in the last days of the Jewish system at Pentecost 33 CE. At that time true Christians were sealed with Holy Spirit. I believe that there will be yet another true spirit anointing or sealing in the near future. This is what John was referring to when he spoke of the sealing of the 144,000 in revelation chapter 7. The spiritual Israelite nation must be reborn. (Isaiah 66:8). The great crowd mentioned in the same chapter belong to the same group but are seen standing before the throne after Armageddon coming out of all nations. This sealing will result in a true restoration of pure worship as indicated by Ezekiel’s prophecy of the valley of dry bones. (Ezekiel 37). Jehovah blows his spirit into the bones and they live. The preaching work up to now could be compared to the work of John the Baptist. It is a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. By their actions Jehovah’s Witnesses prove themselves to be true Christians having repented of their sins. Yet they are not spirit anointed. I believe Jehovah is preparing them for a true spirit anointing. Their understanding of scripture will be refined. (See Malachi 3:1) The great worldwide preaching work, in fulfillment of the the “angel flying in mid heaven with everlasting good news to declare” is yet future. (Revelation 14) The fulfillment of the prophecies in Matthew 24, and other related prophecies concerning the last days find their real fulfillment in the future. The last days have not yet begun. Jesus told his followers to “Learn from the fig tree when it’s branch grows tender and puts forth leaves.” (Matthew Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. -34). The fig tree represents Israel. I believe that this illustration could be a referring to the spiritual Israelite nation blossoming forth beginning with an outpouring of Holy Spirit. At least some of the generation of Christians that witness the birth of this new spiritual nation will be still alive on earth to witness the end of the age. This outpouring of Holy Spirit may occur in the very near future.  
       
       
    • By The Librarian
      Austro-Hungarian and Royal Prince of Hungary and of Bohemia, and from 1889 until his death, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia. This caused countries allied with Austria-Hungary (the Triple Alliance) and countries allied with Serbia (the Triple Entente Powers) to declare war on each other, starting World War I.
      The bullet that killed the Archduke; sometimes referred to as "the bullet that started World War I"
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      Franz Ferdinand ignored warnings that Serbian terrorist group the Black Hand — still reeling from Austrian annexation in 1908 — was plotting to assassinate him during his state visit to Sarajevo.
      Plus, the day of his tour was Serbia’s National Day. Sophie pleaded with him not to go.
      So why did he? Death was better than humiliation, said Lebow. It was a matter of honor.
      Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie riding in an open carriage at Sarajevo shortly before their assassination on June 28, 1914. Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images
      On June 28, 1914, Franz Ferdinand and Sophie were riding in the third of a seven-car convoy when a bomb bounced off their hood, exploding as the fourth car passed.
      At this point, said Lebow, “any security detail worth its salt would have rushed these people out of town immediately.”
      But they didn’t. Franz Ferdinand insisted that they pay a visit to an officer wounded in the bombing. On the way, the driver took a wrong turn, and happened to reverse right in front of one of the conspirators, Gavrilo Princip, who, said Lebow, was sipping a drink outside.
      Pointing his pistol at the car, Princip fired two shots.
      When Sophie was shot alongside Franz Ferdinand in 1914, these were his last words to her, as published in “Archduke of Sarajevo”: “Sopherl, Sopherl, don’t die. Stay alive for the children!”
      And the rest, as they say, is history.
    • By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
      PRECAUCIÓN El siguiente artículo renegocia uno de los "pilares" de la comprensión del cuerpo directivo. Ya que el autor no quiere escandalizar o hacer caer ninguno, y mucho menos crear divisiones o sectas, se invita al lector a considerar cuidadosamente si desea seguir leyendo. Continuar o no continuar, por lo tanto, sólo será una decisión personal. Una mejor cosa que podríamos hacer todos: abrir la Biblia y comparar todas las escrituras citadas y evaluar si los argumentos son lógicos y coherentes con la Palabra de Dios     Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.     Todo lo que hemos leído acerca de la profecía de las "setenta semanas", descrito en el libro "prestar atención a las profecías de Daniel!" (Capítulo 11) es digno de atención y muestra cómo la palabra de Dios es exacta y fiable, incluso cuando pronuncia profecías muy lejanas en el tiempo. Fue también obvia la precisión histórica y las numerosas escrituras que dieron peso y credibilidad a todo el asunto. Cualquier persona que se acerca a la Palabra de Dios sin ideas preconcebidas no puede dejar de ser impresionado por esta demostración del poder y la sabiduría de Dios. La explicación de las 70 semanas es irreprochable, pero el mismo puede decirse de otras profecías? ¿Qué pasa con aquellos cálculos en que muchos de nosotros han basado las esperanzas de una vida y que se enfrentan con la crítica de la mayoría? Estamos hablando del 1914. Esta es también una profecía de Daniel? Esto también fue tratado con la misma maravillosa exactitud de las setenta semanas que acabamos de leer? Aunque puede no ser fácil, tratamos de ser objetivos porque entender o no entender la profecía, como el resto de la Palabra de Dios, puede hacer una gran diferencia para nuestro futuro eterno - Juan 17: 3; 2 Tesalonicenses 1: 8   ¿Qué podemos decir sobre 1914?   El libro "prestar atención a las profecías de Daniel" en las páginas 85 a 97 (ediciòn italiana) explica en detalle el sueño de Nabucodonosor y la profecía de los siete tiempos afirmando que eso indica la llegada del Reino de Dios en 1914.
      Sería rentable, por lo tanto, tomar el libro y comparar con lo que se leerá a continuación.
      El sueño de Nabucodonosor profetiza realmente la venida del Reino de Dios en 1914?   Es realmente asì? Vamos a examinar lo que está escrito en el libro sin prejuicios. A primera vista parece que Jehová Dios ha querido dar una lección de humildad a Nabucodonosor, lo que fue. Los "siete tiempos", seguramente para él, fueron siete años y esto es confirmado por toda la historia. Si debemos leer todo esto sin prejuicios, no parece que tenemos que buscar otras explicaciones más o menos ocultas. Sin embargo, tomamos por válido el argumento que "el árbol indica un dominio y una forma mucho más soberana del rey de Babilonia. Simboliza la soberanía universal de Jehová, el Rey del cielo, especialmente con respecto a la tierra ". Esto significa, en primer lugar, que el Reino de Dios se está comparando, en cierto modo, al reino de Babilonia y esto contrasta con muchos pasajes bíblicos que describen Babilonia como el mayor enemigo del pueblo de Dios. También significa que el "vigilante" (es decir, un ángel del Señor) decide derribar el reino de Dios y esto es, por lo menos, raro. Algunos objetarán que no hay que buscar similitudes en todos los aspectos de la profecía, pero también decidir cual parte de la profecía debe tener una segunda realización y cual no puede ser bastante arbitrario. Básicamente, no tenemos escrituras que nos dicen qué detalles destacar y cuáles omitir (y por cual razón) Así que están diciendo que la profecía del árbol se aplica en su totalidad a Nabucodonosor, mientras que sólo una pequeña parte se aplicaría al Reino de Dios. En la profecía de las "setenta semanas", no teníamos necesidad de romper la profecía para tratar de entender lo que se aplica o si se aplican a más de una persona, porqué el tema era claro y riconoscibil desde el principio. Toda la profecía de los 7 tiempos, sin embargo, se basa en un único verso que es lo que dice ... "El árbol creció y se hizo fuerte, y su altura misma finalmente alcanzó a los cielos, y era visible Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. hasta la extremidad de toda la tierra. " (Daniel 4:11) El libro mencionado dice: "el árbol grande es el dominio que alcanza los confines de la tierra', que abarca todo el reino de la humanidad. Por lo tanto simboliza la soberanía universal de Jehová, particularmente en relación con la tierra. - Daniel 4:17 ". No es un poco frágil, es decir peligroso, construir una serie de profecías (todas unidas entre ellas) por esta única explicación? Tenemos en cuenta que la especificación "particularmente en relación con la tierra" se debe al hecho que la soberanía universal de Jehová es, de hecho, universal, por lo tanto el árbol se habría visto no sólo en toda la tierra, sino en todo el universo. Especificar, sin embargo, "en relación con la tierra", podemos excluir los cielos de la visión y disfrutar de buena la aplicación. Sin embargo, debemos hacernos una pregunta. El hecho de que el árbol alcanza los cielos o los confines de la tierra es una demostración o incluso una indicación de que estamos hablando acerca del Reino de Dios? Dejamos que sea la Biblia a iluminarnos. Observe lo que Jehová le dijo a Ezequiel en referencia al Faraón. Ezequiel 31: 1-8 dice ... "Y ocurrió, además, que en el año undécimo, en el [mes] tercero, en el [día] primero del mes, la palabra de Jehová me ocurrió, y dijo: Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  “Hijo del hombre, di a Faraón el rey de Egipto y a su muchedumbre: Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ”‘¿A quién te has llegado a parecer en tu grandeza? Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  ¡Mira! A un asirio, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. un cedro del Líbano, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. bello en rama mayor, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. con espesura arbolada que ofrecía sombra, y alto en estatura, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. de modo que entre las nubes Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. resultaba estar su punta. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Fueron aguas lo que lo hicieron crecer; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. la profundidad acuosa Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. hizo que se hiciera alto. Con sus Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. arroyos iba todo alrededor de su lugar en que estaba plantado; y sus canales enviaba a todos los árboles del campo. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Por eso creció a más alta estatura que todos los [demás] árboles del campo. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ”’Y sus ramas mayores siguieron multiplicándose, y sus ramas continuaron alargándose debido a la mucha agua en sus conductos de agua. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  En sus ramas mayores todas las criaturas voladoras de los cielos hicieron sus nidos, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y bajo sus ramas todas las bestias del campo parieron, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y en su sombra todas las naciones populosas moraban. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Y llegó a ser bello en su grandeza, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. en la largura de su follaje, porque su sistema de raíces resultó estar sobre muchas aguas. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  [Otros] cedros no lo igualaban en el jardín de Dios. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. En cuanto a los enebros, no se le parecían respecto a sus ramas mayores. Y los plátanos mismos no resultaban como él en ramas. Ningún [otro] árbol del jardín de Dios se le parecía en su belleza". Observamos algunas similitudes con la visión de Nabucodonosor? Ambos son comparados con árboles altos y poderosos. Ambos alcanzan alturas hasta el cielo, de hecho, las expresiones "llegar a los cielos" o "llegar a las nubes" son equivalentes - comparar Job 22:14; Isaías 14:14; Daniel 7:13 De los dos, podemos ver la gran diferencia con otros árboles. En tanto se dice que todas las criaturas voladoras y todos los animales salvajes encuentran alimento y refugio. Ahora, si aplicamos el principio de que el árbol que "llega a las nubes" debe representar al Reino de Dios, entonces incluso el imperio egipcio debe ser un anti-tipo del Reino. Por desgracia, esta historia no hace ninguna mención de "tiempos" y por lo tanto no se puede contar nada. Si ustedes están pensando que es ridículo comparar el imperio egipcio al Reino de Dios, ¿por qué debería ser aceptable hacerlo con el imperio de Babilonia?   Jehová va a decir "Por lo tanto, esto es lo que ha dicho el Señor Soberano Jehová: ‘Debido a que te elevaste Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. en estatura, de modo que él colocó su punta aun entre las nubes Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y su corazón llegó a estar ensalzado debido a su altura, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  yo también lo daré en mano del déspota de [las] naciones. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Sin falta actuará contra él. Según su iniquidad ciertamente lo expulsaré " - Ezequiel 31:10, 11 El faraón se exaltó, tal como lo hizo Nabucodonosor, y por esta razón Dios decidió de humillarlo - Mateo 23:12 Nabucodonosor había sólo siete años de locura mientras el imperio del faraón fue asediado. Este verso también hincapié en el hecho de que Dios quita y da "el reino quien El quiere" (y en este caso se dio el reino a Faraón, el "déspota de las naciones"). Ezequiel 31: 12-14 continúa ... “Y extraños, los tiranos de [las] naciones, lo cortarán, y la gente lo abandonará sobre las montañas; y en todos los valles su follaje ciertamente caerá, y sus ramas serán quebradas entre todos los cauces de los arroyos de la tierra. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Y de su sombra todos los pueblos de la tierra bajarán, y lo abandonarán. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Sobre su tronco caído todas las criaturas voladoras de los cielos residirán, y sobre sus ramas ciertamente llegarán a estar todas las bestias salvajes del campo; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  para que ninguno de los árboles regados se haga alto en su estatura, o ponga su punta hasta entre las nubes, y para que ninguno que bebe agua se ponga de pie contra ellos en su altura, porque ciertamente todos ellos serán dados a la muerte, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. a la tierra allá abajo, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. en medio de los hijos de la humanidad, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. a los que van bajando al hoyo’". También este árbol es cortado y humillado (Jehová hará esto a través del rey de Babilonia). Debido a las muchas similitudes con el reino de Egipto, ¿estamos realmente seguros de que el “árbol llegó a los cielos" se refiere al Reino de Dios?
        Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   Cuando se trata de 1914, estamos realmente como los bereanos? O estamos "bereanos" sólo cuando hay que refutar las doctrinas de la cristianidad?     Hay otro detalle interesante que debería hacernos reflexionar. La Biblia compara el cielo a los gobiernos, sean estos humanos o celeste. La aplicación de este concepto al árbol que alcanza los cielos y el echo otros árboles no pueden competir con él, significaría simplemente que este árbol tiene un reino sobre otros reinos (más pequeños) y de Babilonia la Grande se dice, en efecto, que "tiene el reino sobre los reyes de la tierra"- Apocalipsis 17:18 El único paralelo legítimo que se puede hacer con Babilonia, sin miedo a tomar cantones, está relacionado con la gran Babilonia, ya que es el paralelismo que hace la Biblia. De hecho todos los imperios mundiales mencionados en las Escrituras han tenido, durante un tiempo, el reino sobre otros reinos. Cyrus afirmó de él mismo ... " Soy Ciro, rey del mundo, gran rey, rey legítimo, rey de Babilonia, rey de Sumer y Akkad, rey de los cuatro finales (de la tierra), hijo de Cambises ( Ka-am Bu-zi-ia ), gran rey, rey de Anshan, nieto de Ciro . . . descendiente de Teispe ,. . . de una familia (que) siempre ha reinado ". ( Ancient Near Eastern Texts, editado por J. Pritchard, 1974, p. 316) Sin duda, la humildad no era una característica apreciada da los persas, incluso los babilonios, pero en realidad el reino tenía poder sobre otros reinos conocidos (asì de ser llamado "rey de los cuatro confines de la tierra") y entonces se podría decir también que su altura había llegada a los cielos y fue visible o conocido hasta los confines de la tierra. En la historia de Ezequiel y en aquella de Daniel no se hace referencia, ninguna, al Reino de Dios, más bien ... ambas cuentas mencionan el juicio de Dios sobre naciones enemigas, orgullosas y violentas. Cualquier cálculo cronológico debería respetar el sujeto y, de hecho, esta parte de la Escritura es muy diferente de lo que se dice acerca de las "setenta semanas" - Daniel 9: 24-27 En el relato de Daniel capítulo 9 se habla claramente del Mesías (ver Daniel 9:25) y no es necesario leer lo que no está escrito. Cualquier persona que quiere ser contencioso podría discutir la fecha de inicio para contar las "semanas" o incluso el método presunta * (un día por un año), pero ciertamente no puede discutir el sujeto de la discusión (el Mesías). Se podría, irónicamente, incluso discutir sobre quién realmente era el Mesías (algo que todavía estàn discutiendo los Judios), pero por supuesto no se puede argumentar que Daniel capítulo 9 habla del Mesías! En lugar Daniel capítulo 4 habla de Nabucodonosor y su reino, mientras toda "la interpretación" del Reino de Dios se basa en cuatro líneas en el libro “Prestar atenciòn a las prophecias de Daniel” que son: "Pero el gran árbol es el dominio que alcanza los confines de la tierra, que abarca todo el reino de la humanidad. Por lo tanto simboliza la soberanía universal de Jehová, particularmente en relación con la tierra. - Daniel 4:17 "(Capítulo 6, página 87 del libro de edición italiana). No parece una declaración muy fuerte con una base muy débil? Tratamos de no hacer decir a Daniel 4:17 lo que en realidad no dice, ya que basta conocer las reglas básicas de la gramática para no distraer del tema. El tema es Nabucodonosor, y Dios hace comprender que, debido al hecho que él se exalta, El habría eliminado su reino y se lo daría a quien él había deseado (tal como lo hizo con el faraón). En la práctica, el que realmente gobierna es El Creador y todos los otros reinos existen los sólo porque Él lo permite - Comparar Romanos 13: 1 Así que no hay razón para creer que el árbol (es decir, uno de los muchos gobiernos que Jehová ha permitido en la historia de la humanidad), representa el reino de Dios. Si alguien quiere sugerir que el hecho que Dios menciona Su dominio es indicativo de que el árbol en sí mismo representa su dominio (y es una acrobacìa de semántica), entonces podemos tomar la historia reportada en 2 Reyes 19:14-19 y hacer lo mismo razonamiento. " Entonces Ezequías tomó las cartas de la mano de los mensajeros y las leyó, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. después de lo cual Ezequías subió a la casa de Jehová y extendió aquello delante de Jehová. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Y Ezequías se puso a orar Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. delante de Jehová y a decir: “Oh Jehová el Dios de Israel, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. sentado sobre los querubines, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. tú solo eres el Dios [verdadero] de todos los reinos Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. de la tierra. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Tú mismo has hecho los cielos Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y la tierra. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Inclina tu oído, oh Jehová, y oye. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Abre tus ojos, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. oh Jehová, y ve, y oye las palabras de Senaquerib que él ha enviado para desafiar con escarnio Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. al Dios vivo. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Es un hecho, oh Jehová: los reyes de Asiria han devastado las naciones y su tierra. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Y han entregado sus dioses al fuego, porque no eran dioses, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. sino la hechura de manos de hombre, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. madera y piedra; de modo que los destruyeron. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Y ahora, oh Jehová nuestro Dios, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. sálvanos, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. por favor, de su mano, para que sepan todos los reinos de la tierra que tú, oh Jehová, eres Dios, tú solo”. Ezequías sabia muy bien que Jehová era "el verdadero Dios de todos los reinos de la tierra" y oró para que Senaquerib se detuvo en su intento de destruir Jerusalén. Sabemos muy bien lo que fue la respuesta de Isaías, de echo esa última parte dice ... "porque tu excitarte contra mí Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y tu rugido han subido y entrado en mis oídos. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Y ciertamente pondré mi garfio en tu nariz y mi freno entre tus labios, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y realmente te conduciré de vuelta por el camino por el cual has venido” - 2 Reyes 19:28 Si hacemos el mismo razonamiento hecho por el capítulo 4 de Daniel, entonces podríamos suponer que el reino de Senaquerib era un anti-tipo del reino de Dios porque él también tuvo que aprender (a sus expensas) que Jehová es "el verdadero Dios de toda los reinos de la tierra "o, en otras palabras "gobierna sobre toda la humanidad ". Por desgracia, en esta historia no hay números, días, semanas o meses para ser calculados y por lo tanto no hay razón para leer "venida del reino de Dios", incluso cuando no hace ninguna mención de esto. Es posible que el fuerte deseo de ver cumplidas las profecías ha influido sobre el intendimiento y luego había conducido a leer lo que en realidad no fue escrito? Esto significa que, si realmente queremos ver un segundo cumplimiento de la historia reportada en Daniel capítulo 4, se debe respetar el sujeto descrito, osea Babilonia . Es probable que la historia de Daniel habla simplemente de la humillación de Nabucodonosor y que los "siete tiempos" significan sólo siete años, pero no podemos ser categóricos. En este sentido vale la pena reflexionar sobre el hecho que inclusa la humillación del faraón, descrita en Ezequiel, podría tener un segundo cumplimiento porqué Jehová dice que "sacudirá las naciones" y esto podría ser una referencia a la guerra de Armagedón. Por lo tanto, sin convertirse en fanáticos para una fecha específica, si la historia de Daniel había querido mostrarnos una segunda realización de la profecía, el está en realidad diciendo "Babilonia caerá, permanecerá inactiva durante siete tiempos y luego subirà de nuevo." Esto sólo puede traer a nuestra mente la última mención que la Biblia hace de Babilonia - Revelación 17: 5 Las pistas con respecto a Babilonia la Grande nos llevaron a la moderna nación de Israel asiqué la pregunta que debemos hacernos es ... "A partir de cual año deberíamos empezar a contar 2520 años (es decir, 360 * 7) hasta que vea el avivamiento (si los hay) de Babilonia? " A partir de la historia de Daniel las posibles fechas entre las que se deben contar los siete tiempos son dos: 1) Desde Nabucodonosor tuvo la visión o ha caído en "desgracia" (de hecho, Daniel dice "el árbol eres tu" - Daniel 4: 20-22) 2) A partir de la muerte de Nabucodonosor (si Nabucodonosor representa el reino de Babilonia, su muerte es el momento en el que el árbol es "derribado", pero hay que destacar que no hay ninguna referencia a esto en el cuento de Daniel que, de hecho, dice que el reino habría sido asegurado - Daniel 4:26)   En cuanto a la primera hipótesis es imposible tener una fecha exacta, porque ni la Biblia ni la historia secular nos dicen en qué año Nabucodonosor fue expulsado de su reino. Esto sucedió, por supuesto, después de 597 aC (año en el que Nabucodonosor trae los primeros prisioneros judíos en Babilonia, de acuerdo con la datación secular; hay una diferencia de 20 años con el del cuerpo gobernante que, de hecho, pone el 617 a.C.) y dentro de la 570 aC (osea cuando Nabucodonosor murió en 562 aC - de acuerdo a la fecha secular - si el período de "cautiverio" tiene una duración de siete años, y el reino que se volvió se considerará que ha reinado durante al menos un año, el 570 es el último año útil). Sin embargo, en los primeros cuatro capítulos de Daniel se menciona Daniel, Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, primero como niños (Daniel 1: 3, 4) y luego como hombres fuertes (Daniel 3:12, 27) y todo esto antes de que Nabucodonosor tenga el sueño del árbol . Esto significa que, desde su expulsión hasta el día en que el rey erigió la estatua de oro, pasaron al menos 15 , 20 años. Así que si los Judios han llegado a Babilonia en el 597 aC, pero pasan 20 años antes de la construcción del ídolo de oro y tenendo buena la fecha secular (562 aC), se puede restringir el período comprendido entre 577 aC al 570 aC Obviamente son sólo estimaciones, pero la fecha importante es el límite máximo de tiempo (570 aC) por lo que si la deportación hasta que la construcción de la imagen habían sido 15 años en lugar de 20, la fecha de inicio sería 582 aC, pero la última fecha posible siempre sería 570 aC La reactivación de Babilonia, si de esto está hablando Daniel, se llevaría a cabo entre 1943 d.C. (2520-577) y 1950 d.C. (2520-570). Para reforzar esta hipótesis habría también el hecho de que la historia de su expulsión es la última historia que se sabe de Nabucodonosor. Unos versos más adelante, de hecho, ya no se habla mas de él, sino de Belsasar (Daniel cap. 5). Es razonable concluir, por tanto, que Nabucodonosor tuvo una visión en los últimos años, tal vez durante la última década de su reinado.   La segunda hipótesis se refiere a la muerte de Nabucodonosor y que se produce, según las fuentes seculares, en el 562 aC De acuerdo con el GB debe ser el 582 aC (ver el libro "prestar atención a las profecías de Daniel" capítulo 7, página 99). Contando 2.520 años se llega a 1958 EV en el primer caso y 1938 EV en el segundo caso.   ¿Qué dice la historia reciente? Si, como hemos visto, la gran Babilonia es la nación de Israel, esto vendría a respaldar la primera hipótesis. La primera hipótesis coloca la reactivación de Babilonia entre 1943 y 1950. La "resurrección" de Israel lleva a cabo, de hecho, en mayo de 1948. Conociendo la fijación de los seres humanos para las fechas y los cálculos, sin embargo, es prudente prestar atención a cosas más importantes. Las fechas seculares no pueden ser seguras, porqué la base de las conclusiones y comparaciones siempre seràn más o menos incompletas y, ciertamente, no podemos basar nuestra fe en estas cosas - 2 Corintios 5: 7 ¿Qué pasaría si el 597 AEC, así como 607 o 537 o cualquier otra fecha en la que se ha basado gran parte de la profecía bíblica (sin una verdadera razón para hacerlo) mañana resultará completamente equivocada? Las consecuencias podrían ser muy graves y no sólo desde un punto de vista humano - Amos 3: 1, 2 No tenemos dar por sentado la misericordia de Jehová; debemos ser cautos en nuestras declaraciones. Puesto que no tenemos certeza de lo que los "siete tiempos" representan, no tenemos hacer estas especulaciones. Lo más importante no es quizàs comprender la identidad de Babilonia la Grande? Este es un aspecto crucial de la profecía porque son las pistas que nos guíen en los temas y en los tiempos que estamos viviendo - como señales de tráfico - y no los cálculos - Compare Mateo 24: 32, 33 y 2 Timoteo 3: 1-5 y haces un contraste con Mateo 24:36 No hay ninguna indicación de la hora de la muerte de los dos testigos vestidos de cilicio (véase Revelación cap. 11), pero sabemos que se revelan al final de la guerra. Sabemos que la ciudad llamada "Sodoma y Egipto" es la gran Babilonia, osea Israel, y por lo tanto también sabemos qué país y qué eventos debemos mirar con cuidado . Si la Biblia profetiza el año de su "resurrección" o no, es ciertamente interesante, pero no es esencial para los que creen que la Biblia es realmente la Palabra inspirada de Dios. Fundamental, en todo caso, será "salir de ella", cuando el rei del norte se preparará para destruirla.         * Sin embargo, la Biblia confirma el método de "un día por un año" y también que este era el mismo método utilizado por el pueblo de Dios - Ezequiel 4: 6; Lucas 3:15  
    • By JW Insider
      Why another topic about 1914 and 607?
      Because we could use a topic where we can all agree a little more easily. Seriously. In this topic, we don't need to worry about whether 607 is correct, or 1914 is correct. No one needs to say why it does or doesn't make sense to them. Let's just see if we can review the possible and probable sources that were influential, and ultimately resulted in 607 and 1914 being accepted as a Bible-based fulfillment of prophecy.
      No one needs to jump from another thread about 607 and Biblical evidence over to this one. In fact, I just read a couple of books last night for the first time, and I had some questions that I couldn't find an answer to, and hoped that someone from that other thread, or anyone really, might have run across the resources that might have answered the questions. I'm reading one more book first, and don't think I'll finish it tonight, so consider this topic to be kind of a placeholder for a couple days.
      So this is the purpose of the three current threads:
      https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/topic/5510-607-bce-is-it-biblically-supported/ a place to discuss mostly the Scriptural evidence for or against the 607 portion of the 1914 doctrine. https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/topic/51655-607-bce-is-there-any-secular-support-for-the-watch-towers-view/ a place to discuss mostly the Secular evidence for or against the 607 portion of the 1914 doctrine. And this current one: a place to discuss the sources that were influential in the WTS accepting the 607 date as part of the 1914 doctrine. One place to start is with a couple sentences in the "Proclaimers" book (next post). I personally intend to avoid a certain book by COJ for this topic, to avoid unnecessary controversy, although anyone should feel free to use any resources from anywhere they wish, as long as it appears to be a statement of fact. Again, this is not about questioning the correctness of the doctrine.
    • By JW Insider
      A recent topic about whether the Watchtower view of 607 BCE is SCRIPTURALLY supported is linked below. This new topic should provide a better place to discuss the SECULAR evidence. I also think it would be useful to discuss the methodology that the Watch Tower Society has historically used to treat this evidence.
      I would hope that we can do this without so much side discussions of unrelated topics. To avoid another topic that goes on for 30+ pages where only half of them were on-topic, I would suggest that if we get enough off-topic posts, we merely move them to another more appropriate topic.
      The link to the most recent topic on a similar subject is here:


       
    • By Witness
      This age-old question has been the subject of children, science and everyone in between since its written origin in ancient Greek history. Depending on what source you read today, they think they’ve nailed down the answer; and it appears to go either way.
      Here is an easier question:
      What comes first, birth or birth pains? We know this answer, but when it comes to the arrival of God’s Kingdom, the Watchtower does not.
      From the NWT: In answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads you, for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet. “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a BEGINNING OF PANGS OF DISTRESS. “ Matt 24: 4-8
      The Watchtower teaches that God’s Kingdom arrived in 1914 in the heavens. This event is to be interpreted as the beginning of the signs of “pangs of distress”, their choice of translation. Certainly, the world clearly shows distress evident in the wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes.
      The Greek word for Wt.’s use of “pangs of distress” (ōdin) literally means pains related to child birth – labor pains.
      This truth is found in Watchtower’s Greek Interlinear, reading word for word:
      “All but these (things) beginning of pangs of birth”.
      Why isn’t it read this way when translating the scripture on the same page? The Watchtower would be held responsible for explaining how the birth of God’s Kingdom supposedly arrives before birth pains. “The Kingdom is Born in heaven”, according to the “kr”, chapter 2; yet ironically, it appears to be followed by birth pains.
      From “What Does the Bible Teach?” - “Just as Jesus predicted, his “presence” as heavenly King has been marked by dramatic world developments—war, famine, earthquakes, pestilences. (Matthew 24:3-8; Luke 21:11) Such developments bear powerful testimony to the fact that 1914 indeed marked the BIRTH of God’s Heavenly Kingdom and the BEGINNING of “the last days” (LABOR PAINS!) of this present wicked system of things.—2 Timothy 3:1-5.
      How clever of them to change the “beginning of birth pains” (“pains of distress”) to “the beginning of the last days”!
      Concerning the focusing of our eyes on Satan’s world for signs of the coming Kingdom, it is not Satan’s corrupt world that is in labor, it is the promised New Covenant that gives “birth” to God’s Kingdom. This ‘birthing’ is not complete until the full number of Kingdom heirs are sealed in the heavens; but not before they individually experience spiritual “labor/birth pains”, resulting from Satan’s demand to test each one. John 18:36; 17:16; Rev 12:1-6; Luke 22:31; Mark 13:13; John16: 2; Rev 2:9,10,13,17,7,24,26,28; 6:9,11; 3:5,9,12,21,22 
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      Watchtower 14/1/15 - “Let your Kingdom come”: God’s Kingdom came in 1914 when Jesus was made King in heaven. God’s Kingdom will also come in the future when Jesus destroys the wicked."
      Here is where they have derived their thought:
      “Therefore, you should pray like this:
      Our Father in heaven,
      Your name be honored as holy.
      Your kingdom come.
      Your will be done
      on earth as it is in heaven.
      Give us today our daily bread.
      And forgive us our debts,
      as we also have forgiven our debtors.
      And do not bring us into temptation,
      but deliver us from the evil one.
      For Yours is the kingdom and the power
      and the glory forever. Amen." Matt 6:9-13
      Their comment has taken scripture out of context. Can the Kingdom of God arrive via two births at two different times? Obviously, God’s Kingdom has NOT come IN ANY FORM, as Satan is still here.
       
    • By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
      Everything we read about the "70-Week" prophecy reported in the book "Pay Attention to Daniel's Prophecy!" (Chapter 11) is worthy of attention and demonstrates how accurate and reliable the word of God is even when pronouncing prophecies very distant in time. The historical accuracy and the numerous Scriptural references that gave weight and authority to the whole speech were also evident. Anyone who approaches the Word of God without preconceptions can not but be struck by this demonstration of power and wisdom on the part of God. The explanation of the 70 weeks is unexceptionable but can be said to be the same as other prophecies? What about those calculations on which many of us have based the hopes of a lifetime and that clashed with the criticism of the majority? We are talking about 1914. Is this also a prophecy of Daniel? Was this also treated with the same marvelous accuracy of the seventy weeks we have just read? Although it may not be easy, we try to be truly objective because understanding or not understanding the prophecy, like the rest of God's Word, can make much difference to our eternal future - John 17: 3; 2 Thessalonians 1: 8   WHAT DID OF 1914?   The book "Pay Attention to Daniel's Prophecy" on pages 85 to 97 explains in detail the dream of Nebuchadnezzar and the 7-time prophecy asserting that it indicates the coming of the Kingdom of God in 1914. It would therefore be profitable to take the book and compare it with what will be read below. Does Nebuchadnezzar's dream really prophesy the coming of the Kingdom of God in 1914?   THAT'S IT? Let's try to examine what is written in the book without prejudices. At a first reading it seems that Jehovah God wanted to give a lesson of humility to Nebuchadnezzar, which happened. The "seven times", at least for him, were seven years and this is confirmed by the whole story. Reading all this without preconceptions, it does not seem that we should look for other explanations more or less hidden. However, let us take the thesis that "the tree indicates a dominion and a sovereignty much greater than those of the king of Babylon. It symbolizes the universal sovereignty of Jehovah, the King of the heavens, especially with respect to the earth ". This means, first of all, that the Kingdom of God is comparing, in a certain way, to the kingdom of Babylon and this strides with many biblical passages describing Babylon as the greatest enemy of God's people. It also means that the "vigilante" (ie an angel of Jehovah) decides to overthrow the Kingdom of God and this is, to say the least, strange. Some will object that we must not look for similarities in every aspect of the prophecy but also decide which part of the prophecy must have a second fulfillment and which one could be arbitrary enough. After all, we have no other scriptural references to show us which details to focus on and which to leave out. So it is being said that the prophecy of the tree applies entirely to Nebuchadnezzar while only a small part would apply to the Kingdom of God. For the prophecy of the "seventy weeks" we did not need to break the prophecy to try to understand who was applied or if it applied to more than one person because the subject was clear and recognizable from the beginning. On the contrary, all the 7-day prophecy is built on a single verse that is what it says ... "The tree grew and became strong, and its same height finally reached the heavens and was visible to the end of the whole earth" (Daniel 4:11). Meanwhile, the writing says that the tree "becomes visible" to the end of the earth and not that "embraces the end of the earth" and the meaning is very different. The aforementioned book says: "the great tree represents the 'domain that reaches the end of the earth', which embraces the whole realm of mankind. Thus it symbolizes the universal sovereignty of Jehovah, particularly in relation to the earth. - Daniel 4:17 ". "Reaching the end of the earth" means that it extends the domain to the end of the earth while "being visible to the end of the earth" means that it is known, famous. AnyhowÂ… is not it a bit fragile, let's say risky, to build a series of prophecies (all linked together) on this single explanation? Note that the specification "particularly in relation to the earth" is due to the fact that the universal sovereignty of Jehovah is, indeed, universal, for which the tree should have been seen not only in the whole earth but throughout the universe. By specifying, instead, "in relation to the earth", we can exclude the skies from the vision and take the application for good. Anyway, we should ask a question. Is the fact that the tree reaches the heavens or the end of the earth itÂ’s a demonstration or even an indication of the fact that we are talking about the Kingdom of God? We always leave the Bible to enlighten us. Notice what Jehovah told Ezekiel in reference to the Pharaoh. Ezekiel 31: 1-8 says Â… “In the 11th year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of Jehovah again came to me, saying: Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  “Son of man, say to Phar?aoh king of Egypt and to his hordes, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ‘Whom are you like in your greatness?   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  There was an As·syr?i·an, a cedar in Leb?a·non,With beautiful branches like a shady thicket, lofty in stature;Its top was among the clouds.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  The waters made it grow big, the deep springs of water caused it to grow high. Streams were all around where it was planted;Their channels watered all the trees of the field.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  That is why it grew taller than all the other trees of the field. Its boughs multiplied, and its branches grew longBecause of the abundant water in its streams.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  All the birds of the sky nested in its boughs,All the wild animals of the field gave birth under its branches,And all the populous nations were dwelling in its shade.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  It became majestic in beauty and in the length of its branches,For its roots went down into abundant waters.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  No other cedars in the garden of God Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. could compare to it. None of the juniper trees had boughs like it,And none of the plane trees could match its branches. No other tree in the garden of God could rival its beauty”. Do we note some similarities with the vision of Nebuchadnezzar? Both are compared to tall and mighty trees. Both reach high heights, up to the sky in fact the expressions "reach the heavens" or "reach the clouds" are equivalent - Compare Job 22:14; Isaiah 14:14; Daniel 7:13 Of both we notice the big difference with the other trees. Of both it is said that all the flying creatures and all the wild beasts find food and shelter. Now if we apply the principle that the tree that "reaches the clouds" must represent the Kingdom of God, then even the Egyptian empire should be an antitype of the Kingdom. Unfortunately, however, in this story there is no mention of the "times" and consequently it is not possible to count anything. If you think it's ridiculous that the Egyptian empire will represent the Kingdom of God, why should it be acceptable to the Babylonian empire? Jehovah goes on to say ““Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘Because it Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. became so tall, lifting its top among the clouds, and its heart became arrogant because of its height, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  I will hand it over to the mighty ruler of the nations. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. He will surely act against it, and I will reject it for its wickedness”. The Pharaoh was exalted, just as Nebuchadnezzar did, and for this reason God decided to humiliate him - Matthew 23:12 Nebuchadnezzar escaped with seven years of madness while Pharaoh's empire was besieged. Also this verse remarks the fact that God takes away and gives "the kingdom to whom he wills" (and in this case He gave the kingdom of Pharaoh to the "despot of nations"). Ezekiel 31: 12-14 continues Â… “And foreigners, the most ruthless of the nations, will cut it down, and they will abandon it on the mountains, and its foliage will fall in all the valleys, and its branches will lie broken in all the streams of the land. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. All the peoples of the earth will depart from its shade and abandon it. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  All the birds of the sky will live on its fallen trunk, and all the wild animals of the field on its branches. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  This is so that no tree near the waters should grow so tall or lift up its top among the clouds and that no well-watered tree may reach up to them in height. For they will all be given over to death, to the land down below, along with the sons of mankind, who are going down into the pit.Â’. Even this tree is cut down and humiliated (Jehovah will do this through the king of Babylon). Because of the many similarities with the kingdom of Egypt, are we really certain that the tree that "reached the heavens" refers to the Kingdom of God?   When we talk about 1914, are we really like the Bereans? Or are we "Bereans" only when we have to refute the doctrines of Christianity?   There is another interesting detail that should make us reflect. The Bible compares the heavens to governments, be they human or celestial. Applying this concept to the tree that reaches the heavens and whose other trees do not stand comparison with it, it would simply mean that this tree has the kingdom over the other (smaller) kingdoms and of Babylon the Great is said to have " the kingdom over the kings of the earth "- Revelation 17:18 The only legitimate parallel that you can do with Babylon, without fear of taking corners, is related to Babylon the Great because it is the parallelism that makes the Bible. Indeed, all the world empires mentioned in the Scriptures had, for a time, the kingdom over the other kingdoms. Cyrus, in fact, said of himself ... "I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, legitimate king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four extremities (of the earth), son of Cambyses (Ka-am -bu-zi-ia), great king, king of Anzan, nephew of Cyrus ,. . . descendant of Teispe,. . . of a family (that) has always reigned ". (Ancient Near Eastern Texts, edited by J. B. Pritchard, 1974, p.37). Undoubtedly humility was not a characteristic appreciated by the Persians as well as by the Babylonians but in fact the kingdom had power over the other known kingdoms (so to be called "king of the four ends of the earth") and so it could be said that its height had reached the heavens and was visible or known to the ends of the earth. In the story of Ezekiel and in that of Daniel there is no reference, just anyone, to the Kingdom of God, on the contrary ... both accounts mention a judgment from God on enemy nations, proud and violent. Any chronological calculation should respect the subject in being and in fact this part of the Scripture is very different from what is said about the "seventy weeks" - Daniel 9: 24-27 In the account of Daniel chapter 9, one speaks clearly of the Messiah (see Daniel 9:25) and it is not necessary to read what is not written. Anyone who wanted to be polemical could discuss the start date from which to count the "weeks" or even the adduct method * (one day for a year) but certainly we can not discuss the subject in existence (the Messiah). It could also be absurd to discuss who the Messiah really was (which Jews are still discussing) but certainly we can not argue that Daniel chapter 9 speaks of the arrival of the Messiah! Instead, Daniel chapter 4 speaks of Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom, while all the "understanding" concerning the Kingdom of God is built on four lines in the book "Pay attention to Daniel's prophecies!" That read: "But the great tree represents the domain that reaches the end of the earth, which embraces the entire kingdom of mankind. Thus it symbolizes the universal sovereignty of Jehovah, particularly in relation to the earth. - Daniel 4:17 "(chapter 6, page 87 of the Italian edition of the book). Does not this seem like a very firm statement with a very weak base? Let us try not to tell Daniel 4:17 what he does not really say because it is enough to know the basic rules of grammar so as not to be distracted by the subject. The subject is Nebuchadnezzar and God makes him understand that, because of the fact that he is exalted, he would have taken away his kingdom and given it to whoever He had wanted (exactly as He did to Pharaoh). In practice the one who really rules is the Creator and the other kingdoms exist only because He allows it - Compare Romans 13: 1 So there is no reason to believe that the tree (that is, one of the many governments that Jehovah has permitted in the history of mankind), actually represents the Kingdom of God. If someone wants to imply that the fact that God mentions His dominion is indicative that the tree itself represents His dominion (and is an incredible semantic acrobatics) then we can take the story reported in 2 Kings 19: 14-19 and do it same reasoning. “Hez·e·ki?ah took the letters out of the hand of the messengers and read them. Hez·e·ki?ah then went up to the house of Jehovah and spread them Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. out before Jehovah. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  And Hez·e·ki?ah began to pray Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. before Jehovah and say: “O Jehovah the God of Israel, sitting enthroned above Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. the cherubs, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. you alone are the true God of all the kingdoms of the earth. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. You made the heavens and the earth. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Incline your ear, O Jehovah, and hear! Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Open your eyes, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. O Jehovah, and see! Hear the words that Sen·nach?er·ib has sent to taunt the living God. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  It is a fact, O Jehovah, that the kings of As·syr?i·a have devastated the nations and their lands. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  And they have thrown their gods into the fire, because they were not gods Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. but the work of human hands, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. wood and stone. That is why they could destroy them. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  But now, O Jehovah our God, please save us out of his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are God, O Jehovah.” Hezekiah knew very well that Jehovah was "the true God of all the kingdoms of the earth" and he prayed that Sennacherib would be stopped in his intent to destroy Jerusalem. We know very well what was the answer of Isaiah which last part reads Â… “Because your rage against me Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and your roaring have reached my ears. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. So I will put my hook in your nose and my bridle Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. between your lips,And I will lead you back the way you came.” - 2 Kings 19:28 If we did the same reasoning as for chapter 4 of Daniel, then we might suppose that the "reign of Sennacherib" was also an antitype of the kingdom of God because he too had to learn (at his own expense) that Jehovah is "the true God of all. the kingdoms of the earth "or, in other words, "dominates over all mankind ". Unfortunately, even in this story there are no numbers, days, weeks or months to be calculated and therefore no reason to read "the coming of the kingdom of God" even where no mention is made of it. Is it possible that the strong desire to see the prophecies fulfill has influenced the intention and therefore pushed to read what was not actually written? This means that if you really want to see a second fulfillment of the story reported in Daniel chapter 4, you should respect the subject in being and that is Babylon. It is likely that the story of Daniel is simply telling the humiliation of Nebuchadnezzar and that the "seven times" mean only seven years but we can not be categorical. In this regard it is useful to reflect on the fact that even the humiliation of the Pharaoh, reported in Ezekiel, could have a second fulfillment as Jehovah says that he will "shake the nations" and this could be a reference to the Armageddon war.   So, without fixing ourselves too much with a specific date, in case the story of Daniel wanted to show us a second fulfillment of the prophecy, the report is actually saying: "Babylon will fall, will remain inactive for seven times and then rise again". This can only bring our mind back to the last mention that the Bible makes of Babylon - Revelation 17:5 The clues about Babylon the Great brought us to the nation of Israel so the question we should ask ourselves is ... "From what year we should start counting the 2520 years (ie 360 * 7) until we see the rebirth (if any) of Babylon? " From the story of Daniel the possible dates from which to count the seven times are two: 1) Since Nebuchadnezzar has had the vision or has fallen into "misfortune" (in fact, Daniel says "the tree is you" - Daniel 4: 20-22) 2) From the death of Nebuchadnezzar (if Nebuchadnezzar represents the kingdom of Babylon, his death is the moment when the tree is "knocked down" but it is to be noted that there is no reference to this in the narration of Daniel who, indeed, he says that the kingdom would be assured - Daniel 4:26) As far as the first hypothesis is concerned, it is impossible to have an accurate date because neither the Bible nor the secular history tells us in which year Nebuchadnezzar was expelled from his kingdom. This happened, obviously, after 597 a.E.V. (year in which Nebuchadnezzar brings the first Jewish prisoners to Babylon according to the secular date, there is a difference of 20 years with that of the slave who, in fact, puts 617 a.E.V.) and within 570 a.E.V. (if Nebuchadnezzar dies in 562 BCE - always according to the secular date - and the period of "captivity" lasts 7 years and the kingdom is returned to him presumed to have reigned for at least a year, 570 is the last useful year) . However in the first four chapters of Daniel we mention Daniel, Sadrac, Mesac and Abednego first as children (Daniel 1: 3, 4) and later as robust men (Daniel 3:12, 27) and all this before Nebuchadnezzar has the famous dream tree. This means that, from their deportation until the day when the king erected the image of gold, at least 15, 20 years passed. So if the Jews came to Babylon in 597 a.E.V. but they pass 20 years before the construction of the golden idol and having taken for good the secular date (562 a.E.V) it is possible to restrict the period from 577 a.E.V. up to 570 a.E.V. Obviously they are only estimates but the important date is the maximum time limit (570 a.E.V) so if from the deportation until the construction of the image had passed 15 years instead of 20, the starting date would be 582 a.E.V. but the last possible useful date would always be 570 a.E.V. The eventual rebirth of Babylon, if Daniel is talking about this, would have happened between 1943 E.V. (2520-577) and 1950 E.V. (2520-570). To reinforce this hypothesis there would also be the fact that the narration of his expulsion is the last story reported to Nebuchadnezzar. Few verses later, in fact, we no longer speak of him but of Baldassarre (Daniel chapter 5). It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, that Nebuchadnezzar had the vision in the last years, perhaps during the last decade of his reign.   The second hypothesis concerns the death of Nebuchadnezzar, which takes place, according to the secular sources, in 562 a.E.V. According to the slave, in 582 a.E.V. (see the book "Pay Attention to Daniel's Prophecy" chapter 7, page 99). Counting 2520 years we arrive at 1958 E.V. in the first case and to 1938 E.V. in the second case.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "Babylon will fall, remain inactive for seven times and then rise again"   What does recent history tell us? If, as we have seen, Babylon the Great is the nation of Israel, this would corroborate the first hypothesis. The first hypothesis places the rebirth of Babylon between 1943 and 1950. Indeed, the "resurrection" of Israel took place in May 1948.   Knowing the fixation of human beings for dates and calculations, however, it is prudent to pay attention to the most important things. The secular dates can not be secure, based on findings and comparisons more or less incomplete, and certainly we can not base our faith on this - 2 Corinthians 5: 7 What would happen if the 597 a.E.V., as well as 607 or 537 or any other date on which we based much of the biblical prophecies (without there being a real reason for doing so) tomorrow proved to be completely wrong? The consequences could be very serious and not just from a human point of view - Amos 3: 1, 2 We must not take Jehovah's mercy for granted, so we must be cautious in our statements. Since we have no certainty that the "seven times" do not simply represent seven years, we should not lose ourselves in these speculations. Is not the most important thing to understand the identity of Babylon the Great? Those who have truly studied the Bible without preconceptions have understood that Babylon the Great is indeed Israel and this has understood it regardless of dates and calculations. This is a crucial aspect of prophecy because it is the clues that guide us in the subjects and times in which we are living, such as road signs, and not the calculations - Compare Matthew 24:32, 33 and 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 and do a contrast with Matthew 24:36 There is no temporal indication for the killing of the two clothed witnesses (see Revelation chapter 11) but we know that they are revealed at the end of the war. We know that the city called "Sodom and Egypt" is Babylon the Great, hence Israel, and as a result we also know which nation and events to watch carefully. That the Bible actually prophesises the year of his "resurrection" or not, is certainly interesting but not fundamental for those who believe that it is indeed the inspired Word of God. Fundamental, if anything, will be "get out of it" when the UN prepares to destroy it.   * However the Bible confirms the "one day for a year" method and also that this was the same method used by God's people - Ezekiel 4: 6; Luke 3:15 ** The Bible allows us to be "fully competent" then all the speeches made on 607 a.E.V. pro and contra, they are absolutely useless. Nebuchadnezzar's dream, as we have seen, has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God    
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      ¿A qué generación se refirió el Señor cuando dijo las palabras de arriba? Responder esta pregunta, que se ha vuelto casi obsesivo en los últimos años, es ciertamente importante porque es parte de esas profecías que podrían cambiar, y mucho, nuestra situación y nuestro punto de vista. Es cierto que, a este respecto, los ríos de palabras se han desperdiciado y, en la mayoría de los casos, se ha dicho más de lo necesario. Hasta el punto de que hoy existe incluso cierta vergüenza al tener que examinar esta parte de la Palabra de Dios. Vergüenza de que no tenemos con otras escrituras. Hoy, frente a una persona que nos pide explicaciones sobre esta afirmación del Señor, debemos poner nuestra mano en una explicación abstrusa de una "generación múltiple" fantasma ... osea hablar de grupos de personas (y períodos) que se reúnen con otros grupos de personas ... Y este ni siquiera sería el mayor problema si no fuera que esta es solo otra versión / modificación del significado de "generación" (y de lo que hemos enseñado en el pasado). Hemos llegado a tal situación que, es inútil negarlo, parece ser casi culpa del Señor por no ser más preciso. Tal vez sea más fácil para alguien pensar que el Señor fue deliberadamente enigmático en lugar de volver a discutir el año inicial de esa generación. Sin embargo, si leemos solo lo que está escrito, parece un discurso simple y directo. La generación que habría visto el comienzo de la guerra y otros aspectos del signo no habría pasado en absoluto. Si por error leemos solo lo que está escrito, sería evidente que esa "generación" no puede ser la de 1914 cualquier extensión que quisiéramos atacar.   Sin esta premisa, sin embargo, las palabras del Señor permanecen y al ser parte de la Palabra de Dios debemos examinarlas sin prejuicios, olvidando nuestro pasado. La pregunta, después de todo, es muy simple. ¿Qué período de tiempo habría abrazado la señal que los cristianos reconocerían y por qué deberían "levantar la cabeza"? - Lucas 21:28 Como hemos visto en el estudio del libro Apocalipsis, después de las advertencias a las siete congregaciones y la apertura de los siete sellos, en el capítulo ocho comienzan las explosiones de trompetas. Estas explosiones de trompetas son mensajes de juicio y juicios verdaderos contra el mundo de Satanás.   En el capítulo nueve de Apocalipsis hablamos de las últimas tres trompetas que son diferentes de las anteriores porque incluyen los "ay" declarados por el águila. Entendemos que entre estos ay hay guerra, de hecho los caballos o los dos ejércitos de caballería representan la guerra. Vamos a detenernos por un momento. El Señor, en su descripción de los últimos días, mencionó la guerra como una de esas cosas que sus seguidores podían ver y entender. Entonces él habla de la tribulación y la persecución, etc. La guerra descrita en Apocalipsis es la referida por Jesús? Realmente parece así porque estos eventos nos llevan a los capítulos once, doce y trece del escenario de Apocalipsis. Lo que sea que haya sucedido antes, o la interpretación que quieras dar a estos ejércitos de caballería, el hecho es que desde el capítulo trece en adelante está claro que solo hay un poder dominante - Apocalipsis 13: 2 Para haber permanecido solo un poder (entre otras cosas, herido hasta la muerte), algo debe haber sucedido en los capítulos anteriores, ¿no es así? Si comparamos esto con Daniel 11:40, entendemos que ese "algo" tiene que ver con la guerra: lo único que podría justificar la desaparición del rey antagonista y una sola bestia a la que Satanás le da todo su dominio, trono y las autoridades. Entonces podemos suponer que cuando Cristo dijo que escucharían de guerras y noticias de guerras, refiriéndose a los últimos días, se refería a esta gran guerra. No sabemos cuándo esta guerra estallará ni cuánto tiempo hubiera durado, pero comparando otras escrituras relacionadas con este período de tiempo, siempre en el libro de Daniel, podemos entender los límites de esta generación. En el capítulo ocho de Daniel, hemos visto que el "cuerno pequeño" que se habría vuelto muy grande no puede ser más que el rey del norte, que habría hecho caer a tres reyes.   Entre otras cosas, antes de la batalla con su enemigo histórico, este rey suprimiría gradualmente el sacrificio continuo. Como se especifica en un artículo anterior, no podemos saber si lo que sucedió el 20 de abril en Rusia es en realidad el evento descrito en Daniel. Podría revelarse una burbuja de jabón y, por lo tanto, la supresión del sacrificio continuo podría "posponerse" a otra fecha, tal vez en un año, entre cinco, entre diez ... Hasta que lo veamos, no lo sabremos. Esto hace que sea imposible, al menos por ahora, establecer la fecha de inicio de la generación a la que se refirió el Señor, pero es absolutamente independiente al establecer la duración de la generación a la que se refiere. Sabemos que cuando el rey del norte comience a suprimir el sacrificio constante hasta que el templo se purifique (lo que significa que Jehová permite que esta guerra también purifique a su pueblo), pasarán las 2300 tardes y mañanas. Esto significa un poco más de seis años. Al final (o en medio del) de este período comenzarán a predicar a los dos testigos vestidos (Apocalipsis 11: 1, 2) que harán esto por 1260 días, o sea, aproximadamente tres años y medio. Desde que llegamos a la "condición correcta" del Templo, un evento descrito en el capítulo 11 de Apocalipsis y luego siguiendo las primeras seis trompetas, sabemos que la guerra entre el norte y el sur debe entrar en este período. Poco después del asesinato de los dos testigos y su resurrección, "la guerra estalla en el cielo", que, como hemos visto al comparar Apocalipsis con Daniel 12:11, durará treinta días o menos. Entonces aparece el falso profeta, que pisoteará al pueblo de Dios por cuarenta y dos meses. Entonces, desde la predicación de los dos testigos hasta la destrucción del falso profeta, pasan cerca de siete años. Si agregamos, a estas, las 2300 tardes y mañanas previas, o poco más de seis años, aquí tenemos toda la generación que habría visto los signos del fin del sistema de cosas y que "no habría pasado para nada". Desde el comienzo de la Revelación hasta el estallido de la guerra de Armagedón, pasan alrededor de 13/14 años. ¿No parece decididamente más lógico llevar estos 14 años en una sola generación y decir "no pasará para nada"? No necesitamos forzar el significado de la palabra generación, preguntarnos qué quiere decir realmente el Señor, preguntar cuánto puede durar una generación, si hay más de un centenar todavía vivo o cuántos significados puede tener la palabra "generación" en griego. etc etc ... Entendiendo que los eventos descritos en Mateo como en otros libros bíblicos ocurrirían durante 13/14 años (puede ser menos, como veremos en un articulo futuro per no mas) entonces simplemente podemos leer lo que está escrito. Tratamos? "Entonces tú también, cuando ves todas estas cosas, sabes que él está cerca, en las puertas, realmente te digo que esta generación no pasará en absoluto hasta que todas estas cosas hayan sucedido" - Mateo 24:33, 34
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ¿Logramos a identificar las cosas más importantes?   Estudiando la Palabra de Dios puede pasar de enfrentar las propias convicciones. Algunas de estas están tan arraigadas y se consideran asì importantes que ponerlas en tela de juicio puede ser un verdadero desafío. También debemos ser honestos y darnos cuenta de que hay cosas más importantes y otras menos importantes. Si hay doctrinas primarias, es evidente que hay también las segundarias. Algunas cosas simplemente pueden ser "mejoras", mientras que otras son verdaderos cambios. Y luego están aquellas cosas que se consideran doctrinas primarias solo en nuestra cabeza. El 1914 ha sido ridículamente elevado a doctrina primaria, pero no lo es en absoluto y nunca lo fue independientemente de que haya sida correcta. ¿Cómo podemos decirlo? El cristiano debe mantener vivo el sentido de urgencia (Apocalipsis 16:15) y mantenerse separado de este mundo. No hay límite de tiempo, no hay ninguna fecha de caducidad en esto - Mateo 24:13 Si la Biblia hubiera indicado 1914, 1934, 1984 o 2017 ... ¿habría afectado estas verdades? ¿Habría dicho él ... "Tienes que empezar a estar alerta desde 1984 en adelante"? ¿O habría dicho: "Debes mantenerte intachable del mundo solo a partir de esta fecha"? Y cualquier fecha, además, afecta nuestra relación con él? Si lo hace, ciertamente no lo hace de manera positiva. Si hubiera vivido en 1800 y hubiera escuchado que la presencia de Cristo habría comenzado no antes de 1914, probablemente me habría relajado hasta el último momento (los seres humanos somos egoístas y calculadores) *. Por el contrario podría empezar hacer el "pionere" sólo para evitar un posible castigo sabiendo que "desde un cierto punto en adelante," comenzó su inspección. Lo hemos elevado a una doctrina primaria, tanto que solo pensar en volver a discutirla nos cataloga inmediatamente como apóstatas, porque en esta fecha se ha enfocado una buena parte de la credibilidad de la organización y, también en esta fecha, otras fechas y profecías han sido "pegadas" (como 1918 y 1919 debe ser, secuencialmente, la fecha del final de la "guerra en el cielo", la fecha del comienzo de la resurrección espiritual y otras cosas). Intentemos hacer una distinción. Lo que es importante para nosotros no es necesariamente para Jehová Dios - Salmo 55: 8, 9 Seguramente más importante que "1914" es aquel relativo a Babilonia la Grande porque identificar correctamente a la inmensa prostituta puede hacer (y hará) la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte - compárese con Apocalipsis 18: 4. No entender 1914 (si alguna vez se había correcto) pero permanecendo aún vigilante, inmaculado y activo en la predicaciòn, no marcaría la diferencia - Mateo 25:22, 23 Si estuviéramos "escandalizados" por el artículo de cronología, tal vez deberíamos simplemente cambiar la mentalidad. La verdad de la Palabra de Dios debe tener prioridad sobre todas nuestras convicciones, incluso las más arraigadas - Juan 17:17; Hebreos 4:12 Por supuesto, debe haber sido impactante para el pueblo judío enterarse de que ya no eran la raza elegida por Dios y que no habían entendido o dado importancia a algunas verdades fundamentales. Le habían dado al Templo una importancia exagerada (pensando que los protegería como una especie de amuleto) pero no entendían ciertos aspectos fundamentales de la venida del Mesías. Esta "secta" llamada cristianos tuvo que ser muy molesta. Los mismos cristianos de origen judío se enfrentaron a un desafío cuando vieron que Dios aceptaba personas de otras naciones. Sin embargo, gracias a la bondad inmerecida de Dios, las congregaciones aumentaron en número y se hicieron firmes en la fe. Fundamental siempre fue la misma cosa: el amor a la Palabra de Dios - Juan 8:31, 32 Pronto habrá otro artículo que tocará (esta vez, realmente) una doctrina primaria. ¿Seremos lo suficientemente honestos para cuestionarnos? Con la Palabra de Dios en la mano ... ¿nos tomaremos la molestia de leer las Escrituras enumeradas y meditar sobre ellas? Esto demostrará si realmente amamos la Palabra de Dios por encima de nuestra posición y cualquier otra cosa - Salmo 119: 165   * Sin embargo, en aquellos días se pensó que el Armagedón iba a estallar en 1914, mientras que paurusia había empezado antes.
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        ATTENZIONE La trattazione che segue ridiscuterà uno dei "capisaldi" dell'intendimento dello schiavo fedele e discreto. Dal momento che non è intenzione dell'autore creare una pietra d'inciampo per nessuno, tantomeno creare divisioni o sette, il lettore è invitato a valutare attentamente se desidera proseguire nella lettura. Proseguire o non proseguire, quindi, sarà soltanto una decisione personale. Una cosa ancora migliore che potremmo fare tutti: aprire la Bibbia e confrontare tutte le scritture riportate o citate e valutare, in coscienza, se gli argomenti trattati sono logici e coerenti con la Parola di Dio   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.       Tutto quello che abbiamo letto in merito alla profezia delle "70 settimane" riportato nel libro "Prestate attenzione alle profezie di Daniele!" (Capitolo 11) è meritevole di attenzione e dimostra quanto la parola di Dio sia precisa e affidabile anche quando pronuncia profezie molto distanti nel tempo. E’ stata anche evidente l’accuratezza storica e i numerosi riferimenti scritturali che hanno dato peso e autorevolezza a tutto il discorso. Chiunque si avvicini alla Parola di Dio senza preconcetti non può che rimanere colpito da tale dimostrazione di potenza e sapienza da parte di Dio. La spiegazione delle 70 settimane è ineccepibile ma può dirsi lo stesso di altre profezie? Che dire di quei calcoli su cui molti di noi hanno basato le speranze di una vita e che si sono scontrati con le critiche della maggioranza? Stiamo parlando del 1914. Anche questa è una profezia di Daniele? Anche questa è stata trattata con la stessa meravigliosa accuratezza delle settanta settimane di cui abbiamo appena letto? Anche se può non essere facile, cerchiamo di essere veramente obiettivi perché comprendere o non comprendere la Profezia, come il resto della Parola di Dio, può fare molta differenza per il nostro futuro eterno – Giovanni 17:3; 2 Tessalonicesi 1:8   CHE DIRE DEL 1914?   Il libro “prestate attenzione alle profezie di Daniele” alle pagine da 85 a 97 spiega nei dettagli il sogno di Nabucodonosor e la profezia dei 7 tempi asserendo che essa indichi la venuta del Regno di Dio nel 1914.
      Sarebbe profittevole, dunque, prendere il libro e confrontare con ciò che si leggerà di seguito.
      Il sogno di Nabucodonosor profetizza davvero la venuta del Regno di Dio nel 1914?   E’ PROPRIO COSI’? Proviamo ad esaminare ciò che c'è scritto nel libro senza pregiudizi. Ad una prima lettura sembra che Geova Dio abbia voluto dare una lezione di umiltà a Nabucodonosor, cosa che avvenne. I “sette tempi”, almeno per lui, furono sette anni e questo è confermato da tutto il racconto. Leggendo tutto questo senza preconcetti, non sembra che si debbano cercare altre spiegazioni più o meno nascoste. Comunque prendiamo per buona la tesi secondo cui “l’albero indica un dominio e una sovranità molto maggiori di quelli del re di Babilonia. Simboleggia la sovranità universale di Geova, il Re dei cieli, specie rispetto alla terra”. Questo significa, innanzitutto, che il Regno di Dio si stia paragonando, in un certo qual modo, al regno di Babilonia e questo stride con molti passi biblici che descrivono Babilonia come la più grande nemica del popolo di Dio. Significa anche che il “vigilante” (cioè un angelo di Geova) decide di abbattere il Regno di Dio e questo è, a dir poco, strano. Qualcuno obietterà che non bisogna cercare similitudini in ogni aspetto della profezia ma anche decidere quale parte della profezia deve avere un secondo adempimento e quale no potrebbe essere abbastanza arbitrario. In fondo non abbiamo altri riferimenti scritturali che ci indichino su quali particolari concentrarci e quali tralasciare. Quindi si sta dicendo che la profezia dell’albero si applica interamente a Nabucodonosor mentre solo una piccola parte si applicherebbe al Regno di Dio. Per la profezia delle “settanta settimane” non abbiamo avuto bisogno di spezzettare la profezia per cercare di capire a chi si applicasse o se si applicasse a più di una persona perché il soggetto è stato chiaro e riconoscibile fin dall’inizio. Tutta la profezia dei 7 tempi, invece, viene edificata su un unico versetto che è quello che dice... “L’albero crebbe e divenne forte, e la sua medesima altezza raggiunse infine i cieli ed era visibile sino all’estremità dell’intera terra” (Daniele 4:11) Il libro menzionato dice: “il grande albero rappresenta il ‘dominio che raggiunge l’estremità della terra’, che abbraccia l’intero regno del genere umano. Perciò simboleggia la sovranità universale di Geova, particolarmente in relazione alla terra. — Daniele 4:17”. Non è un po’ fragile, diciamo rischioso, edificare una serie di profezie (tutte collegate tra loro) su quest’unica spiegazione? Notate che la specificazione “particolarmente in relazione alla terra” è dovuta al fatto che la sovranità universale di Geova è, appunto, universale, per cui l’albero si sarebbe dovuto vedere non solo in tutta la terra ma in tutto l’universo. Specificando, invece, “in relazione alla terra”, possiamo escludere i cieli dalla visione e prendere per buona l’applicazione. Comunque dovremmo farci una domanda. Il fatto che l’albero raggiunga i cieli o l’estremità della terra è una dimostrazione o anche solo un’indicazione del fatto che si stia parlando del Regno di Dio? Lasciamo sempre che sia la Bibbia ad illuminarci. Notiamo cosa disse Geova ad Ezechiele in riferimento al Faraone. Ezechiele 31:1-8 dice... “E avvenne ancora che nell’undicesimo anno, nel terzo [mese], il primo [giorno] del mese, la parola di Geova mi fu rivolta, dicendo:?“Figlio dell’uomo, di’ a Faraone re d’Egitto e alla sua folla: “‘A chi somigli nella tua grandezza? Ecco, un assiro, un cedro del Libano, dai bei rami, con folte ramificazioni ombrose, e di altezza elevata, tanto che la sua cima era fra le nubi. Le acque lo fecero crescere; le acque dell’abisso lo fecero divenire alto. Con le loro correnti andavano tutt’intorno al luogo dov’era piantato; e mandavano i loro canali a tutti gli alberi del campo. Perciò si fece più elevato in altezza di tutti gli [altri] alberi del campo. “‘E i suoi rami si moltiplicavano, e i suoi ramoscelli continuarono ad allungarsi a causa della molta acqua nei suoi corsi d’acqua.?Sui suoi rami fecero i loro nidi tutte le creature volatili dei cieli, e sotto i suoi ramoscelli partorirono tutte le bestie selvagge del campo, e alla sua ombra dimoravano tutte le popolose nazioni. E divenne bello nella sua grandezza, nella lunghezza del suo fogliame, poiché il suo sistema di radici era su molte acque.?[Altri] cedri non lo uguagliavano nel giardino di Dio. In quanto ai ginepri, non avevano alcuna somiglianza con i suoi rami. E i platani stessi non gli erano simili nei ramoscelli. Nessun [altro] albero del giardino di Dio gli somigliava per bellezza”. Notiamo qualche similitudine con la visione di Nabucodonosor? Entrambi sono paragonati ad alti e possenti alberi. Entrambi raggiungono altezze elevate, fino al cielo infatti le espressioni “raggiungere i cieli” o “raggiungere le nubi” sono equivalenti – Confronta Giobbe 22:14; Isaia 14:14; Daniele 7:13 Di entrambi si nota la grande differenza con gli altri alberi. Di entrambi si dice che tutte le creature volatili e tutte le bestie selvagge trovano cibo e riparo. Ora, se applicassimo il principio secondo cui l’albero che “raggiunge le nubi” deve raffigurare il Regno di Dio, allora anche l’impero Egiziano dovrebbe essere un antitipo del Regno. Purtroppo, però, in questo racconto non si fa alcuna menzione dei “tempi” e di conseguenza non è possibile contare alcunché. Se pensate che sia ridicolo pensare che l’impero egiziano possa raffigurare il Regno di Dio, perché dovrebbe essere accettabile l’impero Babilonese?   Geova continua dicendo “Per la ragione che divenisti di altezza elevata, così che esso mise la sua cima perfino tra le nubi e il suo cuore si esaltò a causa della sua altezza,?anch’io lo darò in mano al despota delle nazioni” – Ezechiele 31:10, 11 Il Faraone si esaltò, esattamente come fece Nabucodonosor, e per questo motivo Dio decise di umiliarlo – Matteo 23:12 Nabucodonosor se la cavò con sette anni di pazzia mentre l’impero di Faraone venne assediato. Anche questo versetto rimarca il fatto che Dio toglie e da “il regno a chi vuole” (e in questo caso Egli diede il regno di Faraone al “despota delle nazioni”). Ezechiele 31:12-14 prosegue... “Ed estranei, i tiranni delle nazioni, lo taglieranno, e il popolo l’abbandonerà sui monti; e il suo fogliame certamente cadrà in tutte le valli, e i suoi rami si romperanno fra tutti i letti dei corsi d’acqua della terra. E tutti i popoli della terra scenderanno dalla sua ombra e l’abbandoneranno. Sul suo tronco caduto risiederanno tutte le creature volatili dei cieli, e sui suoi ramoscelli saranno certamente tutte le bestie selvagge del campo;?affinché nessuno degli alberi irrigati divenga elevato in altezza, o metta la sua cima anche fra le nubi, e perché nessuno che beve acqua stia in piedi contro di loro nella sua altezza, poiché certamente saranno tutti dati alla morte, alla terra di sotto, in mezzo ai figli del genere umano, a quelli che scendono nella fossa’”. Anche questo albero viene abbattuto e umiliato (Geova farà questo attraverso il re di Babilonia). A motivo delle tante similitudini con il regno d’Egitto, siamo davvero certi che l’albero che “raggiunse i cieli” si riferisca al Regno di Dio?
        Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Quando si tratta del 1914, siamo davvero come i bereani? O siamo "bereani" solo quando dobbiamo confutare le dottrine della cristianità?
       
      C’è un altro particolare interessante il quale dovrebbe farci riflettere. La Bibbia paragona i cieli ai governi, siano essi umani o celesti. Applicando questo concetto all’albero che raggiunge i cieli e i cui altri alberi non reggono il confronto con esso, significherebbe semplicemente che questo albero ha il regno sopra gli altri regni (più piccoli) e di Babilonia la Grande si dice, appunto, che “ha il regno sopra i re della terra” – Rivelazione 17:18 L’unico parallelismo legittimo che si può fare con Babilonia, senza timore di prendere cantonate, è quello relativo a Babilonia la Grande perché è il parallelismo che fa la Bibbia. In effetti tutti gli imperi mondiali menzionati nelle Scritture hanno avuto, per un certo periodo, il regno sopra gli altri regni. Ciro disse infatti di se stesso... “Io sono Ciro, re del mondo, gran re, re legittimo, re di Babilonia, re di Sumer e Akkad, re delle quattro estremità (della terra), figlio di Cambise (Ka-am-bu-zi-ia), gran re, re di Anzan, nipote di Ciro , . . . discendente di Teispe, . . . di una famiglia (che) ha sempre regnato”. (Ancient Near Eastern Texts, a cura di J. B. Pritchard, 1974, p. 316) Sicuramente l’umiltà non era una caratteristica apprezzata dai persiani come neppure dai babilonesi ma di fatto il regno ebbe il potere sugli altri regni conosciuti (tanto da definirsi “re delle quattro estremità della terra”) e quindi si poteva ben dire che la sua altezza aveva raggiunto i cieli ed era visibile o conosciuto fino alle estremità della terra. Nel racconto di Ezechiele e in quello di Daniele non c’è alcun riferimento, proprio nessuno, al Regno di Dio anzi... entrambi i resoconti menzionano un giudizio da parte di Dio su nazioni nemiche, orgogliose e violente. Ogni eventuale calcolo cronologico dovrebbe rispettare il soggetto in essere ed infatti questa parte della Scrittura è ben diversa da ciò che si dice in merito alle “settanta settimane” – Daniele 9:24-27 Nel resoconto di Daniele capitolo 9 si parla chiaramente del Messia (vedi Daniele 9:25) e non è necessario leggere ciò che non è scritto. Chiunque volesse essere polemico potrebbe discutere sulla data di inizio da cui contare le “settimane” o anche sul metodo addotto* (un giorno per un anno) ma di certo non si può discutere del soggetto in essere (il Messia). Si potrebbe, per assurdo, anche discutere su chi fosse veramente il Messia (cosa su cui discutono ancora gli ebrei) ma di certo non si può discutere che Daniele capitolo 9 parli dell’arrivo del Messia! Invece Daniele capitolo 4 parla di Nabucodonosor e del suo regno, mentre tutto “l’intendimento” relativo al Regno di Dio è costruito su quattro righe riportate nel libro “Prestate attenzione alle profezie di Daniele!” che recitano: “Ma il grande albero rappresenta il dominio che raggiunge l’estremità della terra, che abbraccia l’intero regno del genere umano. Perciò simboleggia la sovranità universale di Geova, particolarmente in relazione alla terra. - Daniele 4:17” (capitolo 6, pagina 87 dell’edizione italiana del libro). Non sembra un’affermazione molto decisa con una base molto debole? Cerchiamo di non far dire a Daniele 4:17 quello che in realtà non dice perché basta conoscere le regole base della grammatica per non distrarsi dal soggetto. Il soggetto è Nabucodonosor e Dio gli fa comprendere che, a motivo del fatto che si è esaltato, gli avrebbe tolto il regno e l’avrebbe dato a chiunque Egli avesse voluto (esattamente come Egli fece con Faraone). In pratica Colui che governa davvero è il Creatore e gli altri regni esistono soltanto perché Lui lo permette – Confronta Romani 13:1 Quindi non c’è alcun motivo per ritenere che l’albero (cioè uno dei tanti governi che Geova ha permesso nella storia del genere umano), rappresenti in realtà il Regno di Dio. Se qualcuno vuole insinuare che il fatto che Dio menzioni il Suo dominio sia indicativo che l’albero stesso raffiguri il Suo dominio (ed è un’acrobazia semantica incredibile) allora possiamo prendere il racconto riportato in 2 Re 19:14-19 e fare lo stesso ragionamento. “Ezechia prese quindi le lettere dalla mano dei messaggeri e le lesse, dopo di che Ezechia salì alla casa di Geova e le stese dinanzi a Geova. 15?Ed Ezechia pregava dinanzi a Geova e diceva: “O Geova, Dio d’Israele, che siedi sui cherubini, tu solo sei il [vero] Dio di tutti i regni della terra. Tu stesso hai fatto i cieli e la terra. 16?Porgi il tuo orecchio, o Geova, e odi. Apri i tuoi occhi, o Geova, e vedi, e odi le parole di Sennacherib che egli ha mandato per biasimare l’Iddio vivente. 17?È un fatto, o Geova, che i re d’Assiria hanno devastato le nazioni e il loro paese. 18?E hanno consegnato i loro dèi al fuoco, perché non erano dèi, ma l’opera delle mani dell’uomo, legno e pietra; così che li hanno distrutti. 19?E ora, o Geova nostro Dio, salvaci, ti prego, dalla sua mano, affinché tutti i regni della terra conoscano che tu solo, o Geova, sei Dio”. Ezechia sapeva benissimo che Geova era “il vero Dio di tutti i regni della terra” e pregò affinché Sennacherib venisse fermato nel suo intento di distruggere Gerusalemme. Sappiamo benissimo quale fu la risposta di Isaia la quale ultima parte recita... “Perché il tuo eccitarti contro di me e il tuo ruggire sono saliti ai miei orecchi. E certamente ti metterò il mio uncino al naso e il mio freno fra le labbra, E in realtà ti ricondurrò per la via per la quale sei venuto” - 2 Re 19:28 Se facessimo lo stesso ragionamento addotto per il capitolo 4 di Daniele, allora potremmo supporre che anche il “regno di Sennacherib” era un antitipo del regno di Dio perché anche lui dovette imparare (a sue spese) che Geova è “il vero Dio di tutti i regni della terra” o, detto in altre parole “domina su tutto il genere umano”. Purtroppo anche in questo racconto non ci sono numeri, giorni, settimane o mesi da calcolare e quindi nessun motivo per leggere “venuta del regno di Dio” anche dove non se ne fa alcuna menzione. E’ possibile che il forte desiderio di veder adempiersi le profezie abbia influito sull’intendimento e quindi abbia spinto a leggere quello che in realtà non era scritto? Questo significa che, se proprio si volesse vedere un secondo adempimento al racconto riportato in Daniele capitolo 4, si dovrebbe rispettare il soggetto in essere e cioè Babilonia. È probabile che il racconto di Daniele stia semplicemente raccontando l’umiliazione di Nabucodonosor e che i “sette tempi” significhino soltanto sette anni ma non possiamo essere categorici. A questo riguardo è utile riflettere sul fatto che anche l’umiliazione del Faraone, riportata in Ezechiele, potrebbe avere un secondo adempimento in quanto Geova dice che “scrollerà le nazioni” e questo potrebbe essere un riferimento alla guerra di Armaghedon. Quindi, senza fissarci troppo con una data specifica, nel caso in cui il racconto di Daniele avesse voluto indicarci un secondo adempimento della profezia, il resoconto sta in realtà dicendo: “Babilonia cadrà, rimarrà inattiva per sette tempi e poi risorgerà”. Questo non può che riportare la nostra mente all’ultima menzione che la Bibbia fa di Babilonia – Rivelazione 17:5 Gli indizi relativi a Babilonia la Grande ci hanno portato alla nazione d’Israele quindi la domanda che dovremmo farci è... “Da che anno dovremmo iniziare a contare i 2520 anni (cioè 360*7) fino a vedere la rinascita (eventuale) di Babilonia?” Dal racconto di Daniele le date possibili da cui partire per contare i sette tempi sono due: 1) Da quando Nabucodonosor ha avuto la visione o è caduto in “disgrazia” (infatti Daniele dice “l’albero sei tu” – Daniele 4:20-22) 2) Dalla morte di Nabucodonosor (se Nabucodonosor rappresenta il regno di Babilonia, la sua morte è il momento in cui l’albero viene “abbattuto” ma è da notare che non c’è alcun riferimento a questo nella narrazione di Daniele il quale, anzi, dice che il regno gli sarebbe stato assicurato – Daniele 4:26)   Per quanto riguarda la prima ipotesi è impossibile avere una data accurata in quanto né la Bibbia né la storia secolare ci dicono in quale anno Nabucodonosor venne cacciato dal suo regno. Ciò avvenne, ovviamente, dopo il 597 a.E.V. (anno in cui Nabucodonosor porta i primi prigionieri Giudei a Babilonia secondo la datazione secolare; c’è una differenza di 20 anni con quella dello schiavo che, infatti, mette il 617 a.E.V.) ed entro il 570 a.E.V. (se Nabucodonosor muore nel 562 a.E.V. - sempre secondo la data secolare - e il periodo di “cattività” dura 7 anni e il regno gli viene restituito si presume che esso abbia regnato per almeno un anno, il 570 è l’ultimo anno utile). Comunque nei primi quattro capitoli di Daniele si menzionano Daniele, Sadrac, Mesac e Abednego prima come fanciulli (Daniele 1:3, 4) e successivamente come uomini robusti (Daniele 3:12, 27) e tutto questo prima che Nabucodonosor abbia il famoso sogno dell’albero. Questo significa che, dalla loro deportazione fino al giorno in cui il re eresse l’immagine d’oro, passarono almeno 15, 20 anni. Quindi se gli ebrei sono giunti a Babilonia nel 597 a.E.V. ma passano 20 vent’anni prima della costruzione dell’idolo d’oro e avendo presa per buona la data secolare (562 a.E.V) è possibile restringere il periodo dal 577 a.E.V. fino al 570 a.E.V. Ovviamente sono solo stime ma la data importante è il limite massimo di tempo (il 570 a.E.V) per cui se dalla deportazione fino alla costruzione dell’immagine fossero passati 15 anni anziché 20, la data di inizio sarebbe il 582 a.E.V. ma l’ultima data utile possibile sarebbe sempre il 570 a.E.V. L’eventuale rinascita di Babilonia, se di questo sta parlando Daniele, cosa tutt’altro che certa, sarebbe avvenuta tra il 1943 E.V. (2520-577) e il 1950 E.V. (2520-570). A rafforzare questa ipotesi ci sarebbe anche il fatto che la narrazione della sua cacciata è l’ultimo racconto riferito a Nabucodonosor. Pochi versetti dopo, infatti, non si parla più di lui ma di Baldassarre (Daniele cap. 5). E’ ragionevole concludere, quindi, che Nabucodonosor ebbe la visione negli ultimi anni, forse durante l’ultimo decennio del suo regno.   La seconda ipotesi riguarda la morte di Nabucodonosor la quale avviene, secondo le fonti secolari, nel 562 a.E.V. Secondo lo schiavo avviene invece nel 582 a.E.V. (vedi il libro “Prestate attenzione alle profezie di Daniele” capitolo 7, pagina 99). Contando 2520 anni si arriva al 1958 E.V. nel primo caso e al 1938 E.V. nel secondo caso.   Cosa ci dice la storia recente? Se, come abbiamo visto, Babilonia la Grande è la nazione d’Israele questo avvalorerebbe la prima ipotesi. La prima ipotesi colloca la rinascita di Babilonia tra il 1943 e il 1950. La “risurrezione” di Israele avviene, infatti, nel maggio 1948. Conoscendo la fissazione degli esseri umani per le date e i calcoli, però, è prudente prestare attenzione alle cose più importanti. Le date secolari non possono essere sicure, basandosi su reperti e confronti più o meno lacunosi, e di certo non possiamo basare la nostra fede su questo – 2 Corinti 5:7 Cosa accadrebbe se il 597 a.E.V., così come il 607 o il 537 o qualsiasi altra data su cui abbiamo basato gran parte delle profezie bibliche (senza che ci fosse una vero motivo per farlo) domani si dimostrasse completamente errato? Le conseguenze potrebbero essere molto serie e non solo da un punto di vista umano – Amos 3:1, 2 Non dobbiamo prendere per scontata la misericordia di Geova per cui dobbiamo essere prudenti nelle nostre affermazioni. Dal momento che non abbiamo alcuna certezza che i “sette tempi” non raffigurino semplicemente sette anni, non dovremmo perderci in queste speculazioni. La cosa più importante non è forse comprendere l’identità di Babilonia la Grande? Questo è un aspetto cruciale della profezia perché sono gli indizi a guidarci nei soggetti e nei tempi in cui stiamo vivendo, come dei segnali stradali, e non i calcoli – Confronta Matteo 24:32, 33 e 2 Timoteo 3:1-5 e fai un contrasto con Matteo 24:36 Non c’è alcuna indicazione temporale per l’uccisione dei due testimoni vestiti di sacco (vedi Rivelazione cap. 11) ma sappiamo che essi si rivelano alla fine della guerra. Sappiamo che la città chiamata “Sodoma ed Egitto” è Babilonia la Grande, quindi Israele, e di conseguenza sappiamo anche quale nazione e quali avvenimenti osservare con attenzione. Che la Bibbia profetizzi effettivamente l’anno della sua “risurrezione” oppure no, è sicuramente interessante ma non fondamentale per chi crede che Essa è davvero l’ispirata Parola di Dio. Fondamentale, semmai, sarà “uscire da essa” quando l’ONU si preparerà a distruggerla. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.     * Comunque la Bibbia conferma il metodo “un giorno per un anno” e anche che questo era lo stesso metodo utilizzato dal popolo di Dio – Ezechiele 4:6; Luca 3:15   Altri argomenti e informazioni, per chi volesse approfondire, sono disponibili al seguente indirizzo   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  
    • By Noble Berean
      "Then, indeed, the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will do away with by the spirit of his mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of his presence" (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
      I understand that Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jesus Christ presence began back in 1914. I also understand that JWs believe the clergy of Christendom represent the Man of Lawlessness. However, if that is the case, why have the clergy thrived since 1914? Shouldn't they be brought to "...nothing by the manifestation of his presence"?
    • By gfnslave
      So, I am reading in Matthew about how many generations there we're from the deportation from Babylon until the Christ, 14 generations. The way I do math 607 divided by 14 equals 43.3 years. This is how Scripture measures a generation.The way I see it since 1914 we have had 2 complete generations and are now working on a 3rd. According to Jesus shouldn't the end have come by now?
       
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    • By Albert Michelson
      What is the good news?
       
      The Bible is clear that even if someone had been clearly selected by god if they deviate from the truth they are to be rejected. 
       
      Galatians 1:8-9 However, even if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to YOU as good news something beyond what we declared to YOU as good news, let him be accursed.  9 As we have said above, I also now say again, Whoever it is that is declaring to YOU as good news something beyond what YOU accepted, let him be accursed.
       
      This holds even more weight for ones like the GB who are not clearly selected and who's claim to authority rests solely on a demonstrably false interpretation of scripture.
      The organization claims that the 1914 teaching is necessary for salvation and even goes as far as to claim that the 1914 teaching is the good news spoken of in the Bible.
      *** w67 12/15 pp. 753-754 pars. 3-4 What Now Distinguishes the Good News to Be Preached ***
      "What a joy-inspiring addition or enlargement to the good news now to be preached! Now has come the victorious kingdom of our God together with the authority of his Christ, his Messiah! As for Satan the Devil and his demons, they have only a short period of time until they are bound and imprisoned in the abyss after the “war of the great day of God the Almighty” at Armageddon. All this additional wonderful information has been true since the end of the “appointed times of the nations” in 1914, and particularly since World War I closed in the year 1918. Not before the “appointed times of the nations” ended in the fall of 1914 could the good news be preached of the newborn, established heavenly kingdom of God and of his Messiah. This, then, must be the good news that Jesus Christ in his prophecy said had to be preached first in all the nations. (Mark 13:10) This generation of human society that has seen and experienced the world events since the Gentile Times closed in 1914—this is the “generation” that will not pass away until all the things foretold have happened, including the preaching of the good news first in all nations.
      4 Jesus’ prophecy in Mark 13:10, “Also, in all the nations the good news has to be preached first,” has not been undergoing fulfillment during the past nineteen centuries. It is only since the second decade of our twentieth century that this prophecy has been undergoing fulfillment. This began to be realized by the International Bible Students Association and the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society since the end of the second decade of our century. In the magazine issue of July 1, 1920, of The Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence the article was published entitled “Gospel of the Kingdom” and based on the theme text, “‘And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’—Matthew 24:14.”
       It is for this reason that the organization is chained to the 1914 teaching. As the scripture I quoted above demonstrates the Bible says that one who teaches a good news that is false is cursed. If the organization admits that the 1914 and 1919 teachings are false they will have to admit that not only were they not selected as gods channel but that they have been teaching a false good news for the majority of their existence. It is for that reason that they disfellowship and shun people who cannot conscientiously remain in the faith. It's easier to just eliminate the opposition then to actually address the real issues with your theology. 
      *** w86 4/1 pp. 30-31 Questions From Readers ***
      Why have Jehovah’s Witnesses disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for apostasy some who still profess belief in God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ?
       
      "Approved association with Jehovah’s Witnesses requires accepting the entire range of the true teachings of the Bible, including those Scriptural beliefs that are unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses. What do such beliefs include?
       
      That the great issue before humankind is the rightfulness of Jehovah’s sovereignty, which is why he has allowed wickedness so long. (Ezekiel 25:17) That Jesus Christ had a prehuman existence and is subordinate to his heavenly Father. (John 14:28) That there is a “faithful and discreet slave” upon earth today ‘entrusted with all of Jesus’ earthly interests,’ which slave is associated with the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Matthew 24:45-47) That 1914 marked the end of the Gentile Times and the establishment of the Kingdom of God in the heavens, as well as the time for Christ’s foretold presence. (Luke 21:7-24; Revelation 11:15–12:10) That only 144,000 Christians will receive the heavenly reward. (Revelation 14:1, 3) That Armageddon, referring to the battle of the great day of God the Almighty, is near. (Revelation 16:14, 16; 19:11-21) That it will be followed by Christ’s Millennial Reign, which will restore an earth-wide paradise. That the first to enjoy it will be the present “great crowd” of Jesus’ “other sheep.”—John 10:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 21:3, 4."
       
      This is supposedly a list of the fundamental doctrines of Jehovah's Witnesses that all are required to believe. You will in most cases be disfellowshiped for not believing in one or more of them. Unfortunately the truth is most of them are false.
    • By Brother Rando
      Being a student of Prophecy and intently studying the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1914 is only the beginning of the end. “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. ?All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.” (Matthew 24:7-8)
      In 1914 the world as we know it, has entered into its death throes.  God’s Kingdom would slowly begin crushing all kingdoms of the earth. (Daniel 2:44)  Those inhabiting the earth would enter into an ‘allotted amount of time of distress'. “During that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book.” (Daniel 12:1)
      What is causing this ‘time of distress’?  “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled ?but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven.” (Rev 12:7-8)  “Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.” (Rev 12:12)  Here’s an important teaching from Jesus Christ, he stated, “For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” (Matthew 24:37)  Did you catch that?  So the presence of the Son of man will be.  Jesus Christ has been ruling from Heaven since 1914 and he compared his presence like the days of Noah!  Few people understand this, but the Days of Noah lasted 120 years. (Genesis 6:3)  Jesus continues, “For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, ?and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” (Matthew 24:38-39)  Folks, the presence of the Son of man is now 103 years from 1914 and counting.  Yet, the World is taking no note.
      The Last Days must reach their full time allotted, which is 120 years.  1914 + 120 = 2034.   Since the Great Tribulation is Spiritual, many will  fall away from the faith. But it’s during this time period that the one’s separated to the right hand of Christ, will come out of the Great Tribulation as Survivors.  In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” (Rev 7:13)
      So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7:14)  “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:42)
      Armageddon is an act of undeserved kindness of removing the wicked by means of the second death.  Soon, those outside our interior rooms will be dying the second death in the same manner as Adam and Eve. 
       
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    • By JW Insider
      There seems to be be several ways to read Matthew 24 (and parallel accounts in Mark 13 and Luke 21). This has been noted by many Bible commentaries through the years, and even C. T. Russell admits some things about Matthew 24 that might surprise a lot of Witnesses today.
      The primary discussions about Matthew 24 revolve around the question of whether it was ONLY about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., or primarily about the final Great Tribulation on the whole earth, or was it about BOTH judgment events.  (Even if this were primarily about 70 C.E., of course, it would still provide principles to guide Christians in every era and generation, especially about the expectation of the judgment event. -- 2 Tim 3:16; 1 Cor 10:11)
      Over the years, the Watchtower has proposed slightly different ways to read Matthew 24, including splitting it up into two and sometimes three parts, where the first part referred pretty much equally to both a "minor" fulfillment on the first-century generation and a "major" fulfillment on the "final" generation that sees the final judgment event. Then, a middle portion of the chapter was often said to be primarily for the first century without direct application to the "final" generation. Then, later parts of the chapter were said to be meant primarily or sometimes ONLY for the final judgment event on the whole world. None of the differences in these variations was very significant in the overall picture, because in general the Watchtower has seen the greater "major" important fulfillment of almost all of Matthew 24 to be tied to the final generation that sees that "parousia" or "presence."
      If we assume that the primarily fulfillment of Matthew 24 was intended for the final generation, then the secondary discussion is about whether we have correctly understood what Jesus meant with respect to the sign, the parousia, the conclusion, the generation, etc. So, that's the basic discussion being proposed here: that we look carefully at Matthew 24 and see if we have not perhaps tried to fit unlikely definitions of words so that we could make our specific doctrine fit.
      Of course, it is quite proper to look at unlikely definitions of words if the meaning derived becomes the only possible way to understand a passage and the only way in which it properly fits the context and related scriptures. But what if the more likely definitions of each of the words also produces an overall meaning that fits just as well with the context and other scripture? What if accepting the more likely definitions of words in the chapter resulted in an even BETTER fit overall for the rest of the scriptures? What if it were seen that trying to make a doctrine out of the unlikely definitions actually created scriptural contradictions?
      What I'd propose is that we try to let scripture explain scripture wherever possible and then try to give an honest appraisal of whether or not our "special definitions" we have infused into the meaning of several words in the chapter really makes more sense than the more common definitions of these words.  We could start with general ideas that we can all agree on (hopefully) and then check those ideas as either more or less likely to fit the ideas created from other parts of the chapter that depend on special definitions. I think this will help us evaluate whether we have built a doctrine upon the more likely or the less likely meaning of the words that Jesus used.
    • By The Librarian
      Eruption of Sakurajima volcano, the most powerful in twentieth-century Japan, with Kagoshima, Japan in foreground, 1914

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    • By Kurt
      Why did Jack cry? Maybe it was because he realized the old will get young again....JWs do have the Truth...and soon everyone will see that.....
    • By PeterR
      So if this is the basis for your belief, then probably what you'll want to do is first of all find out which bible book your foundational scripture is in. (It's Exodus by the way.)
       
      Ex 1:6 - Eventually Joseph died, and also all his brothers and all that generation.
       
      It's not a complicated scripture.
      Let me ask you this. If you die in 2017 and all your brothers and all your generation also die at some point, what does "generation" mean if you don't impose any weirdness on the text? Do your precise birth and death times change the fundamental meaning of the word generation?
      Of course there are overlaps in a "generation". The only possible way for there not to be overlaps would be for each generation to have a batch of children be born at the same minute of a certain year, and die at a simultanous minute of a later year.
      But does your grandfather suddenly become part of your generation just because your life overlapped with him? Does that overlap of a few years between you and your brothers give latitude to distort the language to allow for President Kennedy to be of your generation even if your life overlapped with him?
       
       
       
       
    • By PeterR
      You would be asking the wrong question Anna.
      You need to ask him whether someone could be disfellowshipped for NOT believing it after baptism.
      If he says no, he is either misinformed, forgetful, or lying.
      Now I grant you, not every elder will apply the letter of the law (although in a JC it's more likely because of the group dynamics). But that there are procedures in place to allow for DF'ing someone who refuses to believe in particular teachings is very real.
      Let me ask you Anna - if I could prove beyond doubt that this was true would you accept it, or would you continue to make light of it?
      If you are determined to see only what you want to see I have no agenda to change that. But I can assure you that I do not speak from a position of ignorance or partial information in this regard.
    • By The Librarian
      Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
      2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.
      3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
      4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:
      5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
      6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.
      7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.
      8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my God, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,
      9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.
      10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.
      11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
      12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.
      13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;
      14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
      15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:
      16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.
      17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
      18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
      19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.
      20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;
      21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:
      22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.
      23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;
      24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
      25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
      26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.
      27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
      28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
      29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
      30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
      31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
      32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
      33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
      34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
      35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
      36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
      37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
       
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    • By The Librarian
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  pointed to 1914 as the end of the "Gentile Times" or "The Appointed Times of the Nations."

      Subsequent President of the  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  established 1914 as the date of "Christ's Invisible Return" and crowning as King of  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  which had been previously believed to be 1878. Hence, Jehovah's heavenly Kingdom is established.

      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  teach that Satan and his demons were cast down to earth from heaven after October 1, 1914 at which point the end times began.

      From 1914 C.E. to the early part of 1918 C.E. or 1,260 days Jehovah's people preached a "sackcloth" message concerning Christendom and the world, in fulfillment of Revelation 11:3, 4. See re pgs. 164-7 pars. 10-18, also see yw pgs. 264-307, also bf pg. 592.

      [KING OF THE NORTH is now Germany, the KING OF THE SOUTH is the alliance between Great Britian and the United States of America, see Daniel 11:27-29], Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Countess Sophie Chotek, duchess of Hohenberg were assassinated on June 28th in Sarajevo, Bosnia, (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina), by a Serb nationalist. This action precipitated World War I. 
       
      On October 2, 1914, Jesus took the throne. Shortly thereafter, a war in heaven broke out wherein Satan and his demons were cast from the heavens. Satan then became so enraged that he began to wreak havoc upon the earth. One of the first things he did was to start the Great War (WWI). So WWI must have started a few days after October 2, 1914.
       
      “World War I set the violent twentieth century in motion. It was the first use of chemical weapons; the first mass bombardment of civilians from the sky; the century’s first genocide.” So begins the 1996 PBS series The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century.


      The war’s horrendous prosecution and unsatisfactory end were made even worse by the Versailles Peace Conference, a conclave which created the false peace that only allowed the combatants to rearm and proceed to a second conflict which was even more destructive than the first one. World War II merely took up the Great War’s unfinished business. Indeed many historians call both conflicts Europe’s “Second Thirty Years’ War.”

      The First World War led to the birth of the first communist dictatorship. The world flirted with nuclear destruction as that dictatorship engaged in a murderous rivalry with its erstwhile allies. When the USSR finally imploded, some of the splinter states which emerged from its ruins fell to either fighting among themselves or suffering internecine bloodletting. And the problems elsewhere in southwest Asia as well as the Middle East can be traced to hatreds fostered by European colonialism which the Great War only intensified.

      The world we have today had its birth pangs in World War I. It was Austria-Hungary’s invasion of Serbia on 28 July 1914 that caused a myriad of dominoes to fall—and they are continuing to tumble even now.


      The war shattered an entire world order. In 1914, sixty percent of the world's population lived under the rule of kingdoms or empires. Today less than ten percent do so. The only important royal dynasty to survive the war was the House of Windsor and that was not without challenge. The fragmentation of these empires led to the rise of independent states which continues down to this day as the doctrine of "self-determination", promulgated by Wilson at Versailles, continues to govern many movements in our time.

      But what makes the Great War different from its predecessors is that it was the first fought in all four quarters of the globe and by blocs of nations as opposed to just a few. Its carnage also was unmatched in previous world history. Nobody knows how many actually died although estamates range from fourteen to twenty million. Among its aftershocks were the Spanish Flu, the pandemic that killed more people than the war itself, and widespread famine. So to say that the Great War was not much different from earlier ones entirely misses the point,
       
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      July 28, 1914. Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. August 1, 1914. Germany Declares War on Russia. August 3, 1914. Germany declares war on France. August 4, 1914. Britain declares war on Germany. August 6, 1914. Austria declares war on Russia. April 6, 1917 - The United States declares war on Germany.
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      1914-2014 - One Hundred Years of Kingdom Rule!

      Where did you find the theme text for 1914?

      Jesus said that "This generation will not pass away until all these things occur." Did he mean the generation that saw saw World War 1 in 1914?

      What shows that Christ became King in 1914?

      When Jesus began ruling as King in 1914, was that the start of the Millennial reign of the Messianic Kingdom?

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      Previous Watchtower Publications quotations concerning 1914
      “Some persons living A.D. 1914 when the series of foretold events began will also be living when the series ends with Armageddon.” - The Watchtower, September 1, 1952, p. 543

      THE TRAIN ILLUSTRATION - Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 5

      “The fact that fifty-four years of the period called the ‘last days’ have already gone by is highly significant. It means that only a few years, at most, remain before the corrupt system of things dominating the earth is destroyed by God...Jesus was obviously speaking about those who were old enough to witness with understanding what took place when the ‘last days’ began. Jesus was saying that some of those persons who were alive at the appearance of the ‘sign of the last days’ would still be alive when God brought this system to its end.” - Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 13


      “But there are people still living who were alive in 1914 and saw what was happening then and who were old enough that they still remember those events. This generation is getting up in years now. A great number of them have already passed away in death. Yet Jesus very pointedly said: ‘This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.’ Some of them will still be alive to see the end of this wicked system. This means that only a short time is left before the end comes!” -  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.

      “However, there are people still living who were alive in 1914 and saw what was happening then and who were old enough that they still remember those events. This generation is getting up in years now. A great number of them have already passed away in death. Yet Jesus very pointedly said: ‘This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.’ Some of them will still be alive to see the end of this wicked system. This means that only a short time is left before the end comes!” - The Watchtower, February 15, 1969, p. 101

      “Men of this world offer you nothing stable, nothing sure. Their promises and predictions of better things have failed time and again. Why let yourself be carried along with them in a steadily downward course to ultimate disaster due to rejecting God’s will? God’s prophetic Word has not failed. Time has confirmed its truthfulness, its unerring accuracy. The generation that saw the start of the time of distress that began in 1914 is now dwindling in numbers. Before it passes off the scene the prophesied ‘great tribulation’ will come. You can be among the joyful survivors, experience deliverance from a world system that has proved oppressive, unworkable and death dealing.” - The Watchtower, February 1, 1971, p. 69

      “And the remaining ones of that generation of 1914 are still talking about it. Some of them will be talking about it right down to the time when the ‘great tribulation’ wipes Satan’s wicked system of things off the face of our globe. For Jesus Christ himself assures us: ‘Truly I say to you that this generation [the generation that saw the ‘beginning of pangs of distress’ in 1914] will by no means pass away [completely] until all these things occur. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.’--Matthew 24:3,8,34,35.” - The Watchtower, May 1, 1982, p. 15

      “After drawing attention to the many things that have marked the period from 1914 onward, Jesus said: ‘This generation will by no means pass away until all these things [including the end of this system] occur.’ (Matthew 24:34,14) Which generation did Jesus mean? He meant the generation of people who were living in 1914. Those persons yet remaining of that generation are now very old. However, some of them will still be alive to see the end of this wicked system. So of this we can be certain: Shortly now there will be a sudden end to all wickedness and wicked people at Armageddon. Some of the generation living in 1914 will see the end of the system of things and survive it.” -  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.

      ILLUSTRATION: “1914 The Generation That Will Not Pass Away” - The Watchtower, May 15, 1984, title page

      “If Jesus used ‘generation’ in that sense and we apply it to 1914, then the babies of that generation are now 70 years old or older. And others alive in 1914 are in their 80’s or 90’s, a few even having reached a hundred. There are still many millions of that generation alive. Some of them ‘will by no means pass away until all things occur.’ --Luke 21:32” - The Watchtower, May 15, 1984, p. 5

      “From a purely human viewpoint, it could appear that these developments could hardly take place before the generation of 1914 disappears from the scene. But fulfillment of all the foretold events affecting the generation of 1914 does not depend on comparatively slow human action. Jehovah’s prophetic word through Christ Jesus is: ‘This generation [of 1914] will by no means pass away until all things occur.’ (Luke 21:32) And Jehovah, who is the source of inspired and unfailing prophecy, will bring about the fulfillment of his Son’s words in a relatively short time.--Isaiah 46:9,10; 55:10,11.”
      - The Watchtower, May 15, 1984, pp. 6-7

      “Today, a small percentage of mankind can still recall the dramatic events of 1914. Will that elderly generation pass away before God saves the earth from ruin? Not according to Bible prophecy. ‘When you see all these things,’ Jesus promised, ‘know that he is near at the doors. Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.’--Matthew 24:33,34” - The Watchtower, May 1, 1992, p. 3

      “Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.” - Awake!, October 22, 1995, p. 4


      “Eager to see the end of this evil system, Jehovah’s people have at times speculated about the time when the ‘great tribulation’ would break out, even tying this to calculations of what is the lifetime of a generation since 1914. However, we ‘bring a heart of wisdom in,’ not by speculating about how many years or days make up a generation, but by thinking about how we ‘count our days’ in bringing joyful praise to Jehovah. (Psalm 90:12) Rather than provide a rule for measuring time, the term ‘generation’ as used by Jesus refers principally to contemporary people of a certain historical period, with their identifying characteristics.” - The Watchtower, November 1, 1995, p. 17


      “Therefore, in the final fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy today, ‘this generation’ apparently refers to the peoples of earth who see the sign of Christ’s presence but fail to mend their ways...Does our more precise viewpoint on ‘this generation’ mean that Armageddon is further away than we had thought? Not at all! Though we at no time have known the ‘day and hour,’ Jehovah God has always known it, and he does not change.” - The Watchtower, November 1, 1995, pp. 19-20

      “Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things.” - Awake!, November 8, 1995, p. 4
       
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