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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Un grupo de voluntarios de la organización mundial de los testigos de Jehová trabajó arduamente en Puerto Rico para atender la situación de emergencia que dejó el huracán María en la isla.
      Según un comunicado de prensa, esta organización estableció 10 centros alrededor de la isla para distribuir ayuda humanitaria y coordinar labores de reparación y reconstrucción de casas.
      “Hasta el momento, se han reparado aproximadamente unos 1,200 hogares y se estabilizó a más de 3,000”, lee el documento.
      Leer más: https://www.noticel.com/el-tiempo/huracanes/testigos-de-jehova-voluntarios-socorren-a-victimas-del-huracan/777673353
    • By The Librarian
      The sale portion of the event featured building supplies, tools, trailers, office and kitchen equipment used to repair homes and places of worship during Harvey.   Author: Parris Kane Published: 5:58 PM CDT July 7, 2018 Updated: 6:12 PM CDT July 7, 2018 BEAUMONT — Around 225 volunteers from 22 states are in Beaumont raising money for the Jehovah's Witness Organization's world wide relief operations ministry. The event is located at Ford Park, and started Friday.
      The sale portion of the event featured building supplies, tools, trailers, office and kitchen equipment used to repair homes and places of worship during Harvey.
      Sunday the event will turn into a public auction. Whatever items remaining will be will be auctioned off at 10 a.m. A preview of the items and registration for the event will start at 8 a.m.
      For more information head over to their event page.
      https://www.12newsnow.com/article/news/local/jehovahs-witness-organization-raises-money-for-disaster-relief/502-571645165
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Un individuo fue asesinado cerca de las 12:21 de la madrugada del jueves en la Avenida Regimiento 295 de Infantería frente a Salón del Reino de Testigos de Jehová ubicado en la Urbanización Valle Tolima de Caguas.
      Según el parte policiaco, el occiso es Jorge L. Rodríguez Acevedo de 28 años y residente de Gurabo.
      Leer más: https://www.telemundo51.com/noticias/puerto-rico/Ultiman-hombre-en-un-carro-en-Caguas-474817403.html

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      El gobernador Ricardo Rosselló Nevares emitió hoy un veto expreso a la medida de la Cámara conocida como el proyecto de libertad religiosa. 
      Reacciona el presidente de la Cámara
      Méndez dijo esta tarde que el gobernador fue inducido a error y por eso fue que vetó el llamado proyecto de Libertad Religiosa. 
      "Respeto el poder constitucional del gobernador, pero creo que lo indujeron a error las personas que le recomendaron el veto. El proyecto buscaba proteger el derecho que ha sido refrendado por legislación federal y las decisiones del Tribunal Supremo en términos de que nadie puede discriminar contra nadie", dijo Méndez en entrevista con El Nuevo Día.
      Méndez mencionó jurisprudencia que protege a "sectas", en referencia a los Testigos de Jehová, que "pueden entrar a un lugar donde el Estado o asociaciones les han prohibido entrar".
      ¿Irán por encima del veto?, se le preguntó.
      "Ese análisis lo vamos hacer y lo de nosotros es sencillamente que la política pública del estado es defender la libertad de las personas, expreearse sin afectar los derechos de los demás", respondió.
      Leer más: https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/politica/nota/gobernadorvetaelproyectodelibertadreligiosa-2396746/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      It was a transaction concocted on Twitter — and in a few short weeks, declared official: Tesla is helping to bring power back to Puerto Rico.
      Early this month, Elon Musk touted his company’s work building solar-plus-battery systems for small islands like Kauai in Hawaii and Ta’u in American Samoa. He suggested a similar setup could work for Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, tweeted that he was game. Musk replied quickly: “Hopefully, Tesla can be helpful.”
      After earlier reports of the companyÂ’s batteries arriving at San JuanÂ’s port, Tesla announced today that it has started constructing its first microgrid installation, laying out a solar field and setting up its refrigerator-sized Powerpack batteries to supply electricity to a childrenÂ’s hospital in the Puerto Rican capital.
       
       
      Read more: http://grist.org/article/tesla-and-solar-groups-put-puerto-rico-back-on-the-grid/
    • Guest
      By Guest
      Alphabet is trying to restore Puerto Rico cell service with a network of giant balloons…seriously.
    • Guest
      By Guest
      President Trump sent Puerto Rican bonds ducking for cover when he suggested he might “wipe out” the U.S. territory’s $73 billion in debt. And while that would alleviate the devastated island’s battered balance sheet, this would spell trouble for its investors. 
      No surprise that prices on PR’s 2035 general obligation (GO) bonds slid to a record low of 30.25 cents on the dollar from 44 cents the day before. 
      Two questions we have about Trump’s remarks: 1) If he is serious, could he do this? and 2) What are the chances it’ll happen? 
      1) Trump can’t wave his hand and make over $70 billion in debt disappear…he’ll need help from bankruptcy courts.
      2) Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, said not to take Trump literally: “I won’t take it word for word with that.” 
      Apparently no one told that to the bond gods.
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, public power supply devastated
      PUERTO RICO Besides injury, not one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Puerto Rico were affected by what has been described as the most devastating Hurricane in the history of the Carribean.
      Hurricane Maria which made land fall in Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm killed 16 people, Governor Ricardo Rosello of Puerto Rico has said. The hurricane disrupted communication and power supply, effectively cutting off Puerto Rico from civilisation.
      Insured loses is currently put at about $40 to $85 billion. But despite this devastation, Jehovah, their God preserved his people alive. Only one person was injured, the JWs said inna statement.
      “As of September 25, 2017, information from 15 of the 19 circuit overseers in Puerto Rico has been received and only one injury has been reported among our brothers as a result of Hurricane Maria.
      “We have yet to receive updates from the four circuit overseers on the west side of the island, since communication has not been possible. Brothers from nearby circuits have been acquiring motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles in order to travel to the west side to assess the situation”, they said, adding “We continue to keep our dear brothers and sisters in our prayers.—James 5:16”.
      http://starconnectmedia.com/jehovahs-witnesses-survive-as-deadly-hurricane-maria-kills-16-in-puerto-rico/
    • By Bible Speaks
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      Last minute news | more information about Puerto Rico after the passage of hurricane Maria
      For today, 25 September 2017, information is already available from 15 of the 19 circuit superintendents serving in Puerto Rico. It was reported that there was only one person injured because of hurricane Maria. We are still waiting for news of the four circuit superintendents on the west side of the island as it has not been possible to communicate with them. Nearby circuit brothers have achieved motorcycles and SUV vehicles to visit the west area and learn more.
      We continue to pray for our brothers (Santiago 5:16).
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    • By Bible Speaks
      Puerto Rico a Total Disaster!
      A dog looks out of a house flooded by Hurricane Maria, in Catano town, Juana Matos, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. 
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      Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. 
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      The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain. 
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      ?: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

    • By El Bibliotecario
      Asamblea especial de Puerto Rico (2016)

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      TRANSCRIPCIÓN-ASAMBLEA ESPECIAL EN PUERTO RICO.pdf
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Agentes de la División de Arrestos Especiales y Extradiciones del SAIC, Policía de Puerto Rico, trasladaron el viernes al País a través del proceso de extradición, a una pareja de hermanos que se hacían pasar por Testigos de Jehová para acceder a sectores residenciales y realizar atracos; señaló el teniente I José L. Rosa López.
      Los prófugos fueron identificados como Lilliam Claudio Reyes de 56 años de edad y Dennis Claudio Reyes de 46 años.
      Contra la pareja pesan cargos por Apropiación Ilegal Agravada y Escalamiento Agravado tras la determinación de causa para arresto por el juez Rafael A. Villafañe del Tribunal de San Juan, emitido el pasado 25 de marzo del 2014 en hechos ocurridos el 1 de abril del 2014.
      Se alega que el dúo tuvo acceso a una residencia de la urbanización Río Piedras Heights, donde alegadamente forzaron la entrada y se llevaron pertenencias de valor.
      De la investigación se desprende que ambos, naturales de Río Grande, llegaron a la comunidad con una sombrilla en manos donde caminaron varias calles mientras observaban en el interior de varias de las residencias antes de escalar el hogar del perjudicado. La propiedad hurtada fue valorada en $3000.
      Los imputados son señalados por más robos y escalamientos en San Juan y Bayamón.
      Ambos fueron localizados y capturados en Ocala, Florida.
      La fianza global de Dennis Claudio asciende a $170 mil de fianza y $20 mil de fianza para Lilliam Claudio.
       
      https://www.telemundopr.com/noticias/destacados/Extraditan-a-hermanos-que-se-hacian-pasar-por-Testigos-de-Jehova-430483743.html
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      CABO ROJO: Los congregación Testigos de Jehová, que en marzo del 2013 lograron que el juez federal Gustavo Gelpí ordenara que se les diera acceso a éstos a urbanizaciones de acceso controlado en el área metropolitana, volvieron a recurrir a ese foro en febrero del pasado año, para que la orden incluya otros municipios de la isla, particularmente a Mayagüez y otros pueblos de la parte occidental de la Isla que no formaban parte del grupo original que figuraba en la demanda.
      El reclamo incluía a Aguada, Añasco, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Hormigueros, Isabela, Mayagüez, San Germán y Yauco. Otros pueblos localizados en otras regiones de Puerto Rico fueron incluidos para que se les ordene concederle paso a los Testigos de Jehová a las urbanizaciones con control de acceso para que puedan predicar “casa por casa”.
      El lunes en la tarde, el alcalde de Cabo Rojo, Roberto Ramírez Kurtz cumplió con la exigencia de los Testigos de Jehová, en una vista efectuada en la sala del juez federal Gelpí, en el Tribunal Federal de Hato Rey, indicando que “ha dado fiel cumplimiento a su orden, entregando a la Congregación los aditamentos electrónicos y llaves que le permite entrar a las últimas 16 urbanizaciones cerradas de Cabo Rojo a las cuales no tenían acceso. Anteriormente, la administración municipal había cumplido dicha petición para unas 35 comunidades cerradas adicionales en su jurisdicción”.
      En un comunicado de prensa se dijo que el Municipio de Cabo Rojo cumplió con la orden judicial de interdicto permanente emitida por el juez Gelpí el 20 de julio pasado mediante la aprobación de la Ordenanza Municipal 10, Serie 2016-2017.
      Se indicó que la ordenanza, firmada por Ramírez Kurtz el 20 de septiembre de 2016, le ordena a la Policía Municipal garantizar el acceso de toda persona o grupo de personas que interese ejercer su libertad de expresión en calles y aceras de urbanizaciones con acceso controlado, instruyéndosele que cualquier persona que se rehúse a obedecer una directriz para garantizar acceso, será procesada ante los tribunales de justicia por obstrucción a la justicia.
      Toda queja recibida por algún ciudadano sobre la denegación de acceso a una urbanización con acceso controlado, deberá ser atendida dentro de los 30 minutos a partir de recibida la querella y/o solicitud de auxilio.
      La ordenanza le impone a “cualquier urbanización de control de acceso, que mediante la acción y/u omisión de sus residentes, empleados, agentes o administradores, le negase acceso a personas y/o entidades que interesan hacer valer los derechos reconocidos por el Tribunal, será sancionada con multa de $500.00 para una primera violación, de $1,000.00 para una segunda violación; y en caso de incurrirse en una tercera violación, con la cancelación del permiso de control de acceso otorgado por el Municipio, lo cual significará que la urbanización vendrá obligada a remover los portones de entrada o a mantenerlos abiertos al tránsito vehicular y peatonal, las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana”.
      En su comunicación, el alcalde Ramírez Kurtz agregó que “el Gobierno Municipal ha constatado que copia de la Ordenanza y del interdicto del Tribunal ha sido entregado al representante autorizado de cada urbanización con control de acceso, así como a todo desarrollador de nuevas urbanizaciones con control de acceso que puedan construirse en el futuro. A estos últimos se la apercibe que es su obligación, so pena de revocación de los endosos municipales al proyecto, incluir medidas para garantizar el libre ejercicio de la libertad de expresión como parte de la escritura de servidumbres en equidad”.
      Nota de redacción: Cabe aclarar que a pesar de que la orden obliga a las urbanizaciones de control de acceso a abrir los portones, en este caso a los Testigos de Jehová, la prerrogativa de abrirles la puerta de su casa y recibirlos en sus hogares es de los residentes, por lo que para eso en particular, no pueden ser obligados.
      http://lacallerevista.com/comunidad/municipio-de-cabo-rojo-obedece-orden-que-permite-que-testigos-de-jehova-entren-a-urbanizaciones-de-acceso-controlado/37869
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Por resistirse a dejar entrar a los Testigos de Jehová

      El alcalde indicó que no tiene recursos para poner a policías municipales frente a los controles de acceso. (Archivo GFR Media)
      Los residentes de la urbanización Mansión del Lago, en Toa Baja, podrían quedarse sin su acceso controlado si continúan con su alegada resistencia para evitar que los miembros de la Congregación Cristiana de los Testigos de Jehová puedan entrar a las calles del complejo de vivienda, informó hoy el alcalde Jorge Ortiz Matías.
      La advertencia la lanzó luego de que el juez federal Gustavo Gelpí emitiera el 18 de noviembre una orden en contra del ayuntamiento y de Ortiz Matías, en la que amenaza con multar al alcalde por $250 diarios, encontrarlo en desacato civil, ordenar su arresto y meterlo preso si no acata un dictamen que les permite entrar a las urbanizaciones con control de acceso a realizar su trabajo de evangelización.
      El alcalde detalló que había tenido problema con cuatro urbanizaciones de las 14 urbanizaciones con control de acceso en Toa Baja. Sin embargo, ya solo queda Mansión del Lago sin responder a las peticiones del municipio para que se les entregue a los Testigos de Jehová la clave de acceso o el control remoto para poder abrir los portones.
      “Ellos no son dueños de la calle. Ninguna urbanización de Puerto Rico que tenga del gobierno algún servicio puede cerrarse en la totalidad”, planteó.
      De inmediato, afirmó que el 14 de diciembre tiene que llevarle al juez Gelpí una solución a la resistencia que ha mostrado la urbanización, porque de lo contrario lo podrían arrestar. Por ello, dijo que previo a esta fecha el municipio tomaría acción contra Mansión del Lago. 
      “Yo tengo que llevarle al juez una acción tomada sobre ese asunto. Yo no voy a llegar allí para decirle que estoy haciendo lo posible. El juez quiere que yo llegue allí y le diga que esa urbanización está abierta al credo. Si ellos no pueden abrir, el municipio tiene que quitar el portón de acceso”, sentenció
      Agregó que “nosotros hemos sido bastante claros con este caso. Esto le cuesta un montón al municipio tener trabajando a un abogado en este caso federal. En caso de que no podamos llegar a un acuerdo, pues lamentablemente perderían el control de acceso”.
      Ortiz Matías señaló que esa sería la determinación, pues no tiene personal ni dinero para ubicar a policías municipales frente a la urbanización en espera de que los Testigos de Jehová lleguen y poder abrirles el paso.
      Dijo, además, que ya alertó a la Legislatura Municipal de la situación que atraviesan y se preparan para la medida a tomar en contra de la urbanización.
      De otra parte, el alcalde aclaró que, aunque la Legislatura Municipal le aumentó el salario a $8,000 mensuales, él no cobra ningún salario pues está jubilado.
      “Mi salario es nominal, $1”, afirmó.
      http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/peligracontroldeaccesoenurbanizaciondetoabaja-2264999/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      @tayguaramachado
      Esse grupo aí aprendeu português pra acompanhar os delegados brasileiros no congresso especial em San Juan. O que antes era pra ser hospitalidade aos delegados, agora eh pra pregação e, mais uma vez, louvar nosso Pai celestial.

      Recebi alguns áudios dessa reunião. E me emocionei em ouvir o sotaque espanhol no português, naquela que foi a primeira reunião na ilha. Já vivenciei essa emoção mas do lado inverso, na primeira reunião em espanhol em Juiz de Fora, e na primeira italiana no Rio. Fiquei muito feliz por eles!! E ver tantos rostos conhecidos nessa foto também tem gosto muito especial!!
       

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      By @tayguaramachado

    • By The Librarian
      INFORMACIÓN ADICIONAL SOBRE ESTE EXTRAORDINARIO VÍDEO:
      Y.M.Toledo y N. Velázquez
      Este vídeo es una obra teatral que Betel organizó para la Asamblea Especial en Puerto Rico del 26 al 28 de Agosto de 2016. El Lunes en Caguas, después de la Asamblea a los 10,500 delegados se le invito a una fiesta en el Salón de Asamblea y presentaron como diez obras teatrales, de cómo llegó la verdad a Puerto Rico incluso como NO debemos de predicar y esa fue la obra que vistes, Migui Bau, y se explicó que debíamos de ser sencillos. Y hay más videos y fotos... hasta el hermano del Cuerpo Gobernante, Mark Sanderson estuvo allí. Una actividad cultural para compartir, divertir y alegrar también a los delegados de Estados Unidos, Brasil, Guyana, Cuba, etc.
    • By The Librarian
      Special Convention Puerto Rico 2016, Asamblea International de Puerto Rico
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Meet Puerto Rico, the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) responsible for attracting meetings, conventions, trade shows, sporting events, and incentive groups to Puerto Rico, recently hosted the Jehovah’s Witnesses Special Convention, the largest city-wide convention of the year, bringing an estimated $5 million economic impact to Puerto Rico. From August 22-31, more than 34,500 attendees from the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, and Cuba experienced the culture of Puerto Rico and stayed throughout the island, from San Juan to Ponce for a total of 7,500 room nights.
      “We are honored that that the Jehovah’s Witnesses chose Puerto Rico to host their Jehovah’s Witnesses Special Convention,” said Milton Segarra, President & CEO, Meet Puerto Rico (MPR-Puerto Rico Convention Bureau). “Puerto Rico has everything it takes to host a large scale, city-wide convention - including a state-of-the-art convention center, a wide variety of accommodations including major hotel brands, and a strong infrastructure. And we offer “only-in- Puerto Rico” experiences, for planners seeking locations that provide experiences to make their events memorable while maintaining an authentic experience. We are fortunate that Puerto Rico delivers that charge.”
      Delegates and exhibitors were linked to virtual attendees as well in the United States via live stream set up at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the Puerto Rico Coliseum, Ponce Trade Fair Central as well as Arecibo and Humacao. Itinerary highlights included day trips, and pre-and post-tours. The delegates stayed in San Juan, Manati, Bayamon and Ponce.
      The Jehovah’s Witnesses organizational committee said they were pleased with the way the conference was handled and will bring meetings to Puerto Rico over the next five years, including the potential to hold the 2021 Annual Convention in Puerto Rico again. A number of reasons have played into their decision to return to Puerto Rico.
      “Puerto Rico had the flavor of what we wanted to share with our delegates. It is easy to reach, has a wide variety of accommodations, wonderful restaurants, hospitals and scores top marks in their venues and customer service,” said Jorge Alanis, Special Assembly Committee Coordinator. “But what really sets them apart is the combination of the authentic experiences our attendees bring back with them as well as the wonderful people we have worked with and met. We understand that 5,000 local volunteers contributed to our conference and that says a lot about the care taken to ensure all conference attendees feel taken care of,” he said.
      Puerto Rico continues to position itself as an ideal destination for meetings and conventions, offering a state-of-the-art convention center, a wide variety of hotels, strong infrastructure and unique attractions with the added advantage of being on a tropical island in the Caribbean. One in four rooms occupied in hotels that can accommodate large-scale meetings belongs to the groups and conventions segment.
      http://www.eturbonews.com/74803/puerto-rico-loves-jehovah-s-witnesses
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      http://www.successfulmeetings.com/News/Destinations/International/Meet-Puerto-Rico-Hosts-Its-Largest-City-Wide-Convention-of-2016/
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Punishment through this king of Babylon also extended to the neighboring countries that maliciously exploited Jehovah’s people out of contempt for Him. This does not mean, however, that Nebuchadnezzar was a type of Jesus Christ, who worshiped Jehovah alone as God. Rather, it is the executional work that Nebuchadnezzar performed for Jehovah upon the guilty nations that is typical. It prefigures the world-conquering work that Jesus Christ as Jehovah’s Chief Executional Officer carries out during the approaching “great tribulation,” in which all the enemy nations will be reduced to dust under the feet of Jehovah’s topmost Servant. *** w50 11/15 p. 444 par. 17 Subjection to the Higher Powers *** So it must be remembered that both Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus were used as types. In destroying Jerusalem in 607 B.C. and taking the Jews captive to Babylon Nebuchadnezzar was being used as Jehovah’s executioner against the unfaithful Jewish nation. For this reason Jehovah spoke of him as “my servant” and gave him the domination over other nations of this world. In this capacity Nebuchadnezzar was a type of Jesus Christ. The 100 plus teachings that would be impacted by the October 2014 Annual Meeting talk, and the subsequent Watchtower in March 15, 2015 would include these 42 from the book "You May Survive Armageddon into God's New World": 80 more of these were included in a 1981 Watchtower: *** w81 3/1 p. 27 Do You Appreciate the “Faithful and Discreet Slave”? *** OVERWHELMING CREDENTIALS The “faithful and discreet slave” has abundant credentials. Following is a partial list of Scriptural and prophetic designations applying to or being represented in the remnant of Jesus Christ’s anointed followers since the notable year 1919: (1) Noah’s wife, Gen. 7:7; (2) angels sent to Lot, Gen. 19:15; (3) Rebekah, Gen. 24:64; (4) Joseph and Benjamin, Gen. 45:14; (5) gleanings left behind, Lev. 19:9; (6) two spies to Rahab, Josh. 2:4; (7) Barak, Judg. 4:14; (8) Jephthah, Judg. 11:34; (9) Naomi and Ruth, Ruth 2:2; (10) David’s Israelite warriors, 2 Sam. 18:1; (11) Jehu, 2 Ki. 10:11, 15; (12) Mordecai and Esther, Esther 4:13; (13) Job, Job 42:10, 13; (14) King’s daughter, Ps. 45:13; (15) men of loving-kindness, Ps. 50:5; (16) intimate group, Ps. 89:7; (17) Shear-jashub, Isa. 7:3; (18) light of the nations, Isa. 60:3; (19) big trees of righteousness, Isa. 61:3; (20) ministers of our God, Isa. 61:6; (21) cluster preserved, Isa. 65:8; (22) servants called by another name, Isa. 65:15; (23) men trembling at God’s word, Isa. 66:5; (24) new nation born, Isa. 66:8; (25) Jeremiah, Jer. 1:10; (26) Jehovah’s people in the new covenant, Jer. 31:33; (27) enduring watchman, Ezek. 3:16-27; (28) man in linen, Ezek. 9:2; (29) cleansed people, Ezek. 36:29-32; (30) dwellers in center of earth, Ezek. 38:12; (31) the host of heaven, Dan. 8:10; (32) sanctuary restored (cleansed), Dan. 8:14; (33) they that are wise, Dan. 11:33; (34) the happy one who is keeping in expectation, Dan. 12:12; (35) all flesh receiving the spirit, Joel 2:28; (36) Jonah, Jon. 3:1-3; (37) apple of Jehovah’s eye, Zech. 2:8; (38) liberated remnant, Zech. 2:7; (39) a Jew, Zech. 8:23; (40) sons of Levi, Mal. 3:3; (41) wheat, Matt. 13:25; (42) sons of the kingdom, Matt. 13:38; (43) workers for the vineyard, Matt. 20:1; (44) those invited to marriage feast, Matt. 22:3-14; (45) chosen ones, Matt. 24:22; (46) eagles, Matt. 24:28; (47) faithful and discreet slave, Matt. 24:45; (48) discreet virgins, Matt. 25:2; (49) brothers of the king, Matt. 25:40; (50) little flock of sheep, Luke 12:32; (51) beggar Lazarus, Luke 16:20; (52) sheep in “this fold,” John 10:1-16; (53) branches of the vine, John 15:4; (54) royal palace of David, Acts 15:16; (55) heirs with Christ, Rom. 8:17; (56) the remnant, Rom. 11:5; (57) branches in the olive tree, Rom. 11:24; (58) holy ones or saints, 1 Cor. 6:2; Rev. 16:6; (59) temple, 1 Cor. 6:19; (60) new creation, 2 Cor. 5:17; (61) ambassadors for Christ, 2 Cor. 5:20; (62) congregation of God, Gal. 1:13; (63) part of Abraham’s seed, Gal. 3:29; (64) Israel of God, Gal. 6:16; (65) body of Christ, Eph. 1:22, 23; (66) soldiers of Christ Jesus, 2 Tim. 2:3; (67) house under Christ, Heb. 3:6; (68) holy priesthood, 1 Pet. 2:5; (69) holy nation, 1 Pet. 2:9; (70) association of brothers, 1 Pet. 2:17; (71) seven congregations, Rev. 1:20; (72) twenty-four persons of advanced age, Rev. 4:4; (73) spiritual Israel, Rev. 7:4; (74) locusts, Rev. 9:3; (75) two witnesses, Rev. 11:3; (76) two olive trees, Rev. 11:4; (77) seed of the woman, Rev. 12:17; (78) New Jerusalem, Rev. 21:2; (79) the bride of Christ, Rev. 22:17; 19:7; (80) Jehovah’s witnesses, Isa. 43:10.
    • @Srecko Sostar  Here in the UK we would say that you have 'opened up a can of worms'  with your words above.  You have opened the way to hundreds of questions.  And although @Witness gives some very fine comments, she/he also opens the way to many questions.  For God to fulfil his 'plans' I would think He would need some kind of 'united people' Earth wide. And hence He would need to guide those people by using/sending His Holy Spirit to them.  But as the GB and presumably the Writing Dept et al, admit to not receiving God's Holy Spirit  then I presume God cannot be using them at this time. No i don't expect humans to be perfect or to act perfectly. But I do expect anyone chosen by God, to become leaders in God's chosen 'united people', to be inspired by God's Holy spirit so as to do their jobs properly.   As you say Srecko, God works through His Holy Spirit. He has always done so in the past, why would He not do so now ?  
    • It was Splane's "historic" (they called it) Annual Meeting talk in October 2014, especially when he referred to how Brother Bert Schroeder had counseled exactly this, many years earlier. Schroeder's statement was kind of a "motto" that Brother Splane repeated as the primary takeaway for this new way of looking at these portions of Scripture. That point was rewritten in the March 15, 2015 Watchtower, p.18 as follows: “Humans cannot know which Bible accounts are shadows of things to come and which are not. The clearest course is this: Where the Scriptures teach that an individual, an event, or an object is typical of something else, we accept it as such. Otherwise, we ought to be reluctant to assign an antitypical application to a certain person or account if there is no specific Scriptural basis for doing so.” The original video is now here: https://www.jw.org/en/library/videos/#en/mediaitems/VODPgmEvtAnnMtg/pub-jwbam_201410_1_VIDEO "Types and Antitypes." It starts at about 2 hours:8 minutes into the video. At 2h:13m:07s he says: "Now we know that these [ones spoken of by Jesus and Paul] are genuine types because the word of God says they are. But here is the question: Who is to decide if a person or an event is a type, if the word of God doesn't say anything about it? Who is qualified to do that? Our answer? We can do no better than to quote our beloved Brother Albert Schroeder who said, 'We need to exercise great care when applying accounts in the Hebrew Scriptures as prophetic patterns or types if these accounts are not applied in the Scriptures themselves." Wasn't that a beautiful statement! We agree with it. After giving several examples of this "typology" (as he called it) from several different religions, including religions the Bible Students had been part of. And these religions often applied these types to themselves, just as the Watchtower applied many of them to Bible Students and Witnesses in modern times.  Brother Splane repeats that the most important problem with them is that these applications were not found in the Scriptures themselves. He even asks, "If the study of a certain subject makes chills run up and down your spine, could it possibly be mistaken?' And the answer was YES!" Then at 2h:19m:22s he repeats this idea again, and says: "Well, in recent years the trend in our publications has been to look for the practical application of Bible events and not for types where the scripture themselves do not identify themselves as such. We simply cannot go beyond what is written!" There's a funny thing Splane does in the video where he almost makes it look like the Pyramid idea came from a Brother A. Smith who wrote the Society from time to time to tell them his ideas about how the Pyramid told of God's purpose. He gives the impression that Russell only mentioned it once, but that this brother was so "emotionally" involved with the idea that he wrote to the Society about it several times. You can compare this to the actual things that Russell and Rutherford said about the Pyramid, and draw your own conclusion as to what Brother Splane is doing here. I also think it's curious that Albert Schroeder had died many years before, and this particular idea had been first expressed by others and finally by Brother Schroeder, too, several years before he died. Evidently not enough members of the Governing Body agreed with it at the time. But, even though it was now several years later, Brother Splane in 2014 can say it was a beautiful statement, and that 'we agree with it.'
    • I was just kidd8ng about thor, I know he doesn't really exist. So when Christians get together for Thanksgiving and pray to Yaweh, you jw's are calling Yaweh a pagan god....this is blasphemy of the highest sort.
    • I have not noticed 1914 diminishing in importance. It gets aired anytime there is a reference to the times of the end, and its closeness (in publications, convention talks and Broadcasting). But you are right, there seems to be a certain hesitancy in directly including 1914 as being part of our "core doctrines". At least in the above mentioned days text. There is also no reference to it in the questions for baptism. Under Christian beliefs, Question 19 asks: How do you know that Kingdom blessings will soon be here? The answers are references to Matthew 24 and 2 Timothy (last days critical times..). IF 1914 was to be mentioned, what scripture references would be used? We can all see it would get very complicated, hence as you rightly called it, it is a difficult doctrine. But the irony is, it is a very fundamental doctrine, so it should be explained (with all the dozens of scriptures) and be a part of the questions for baptism, strictly speaking. So I wonder, why is it not there?    That's fine with direct and obvious scriptures and Bible books. But how would you explain (interpret) books such as Revelation, Ezekiel, Daniel etc? And I thought we already established that no one would any longer be inspired after the last of the apostles died.
    • Quote "Neither the word opportune nor appointed is found in the Greek, only the word time. But the more typical meaning is "opportunity" as in: "  Isn't this then ADDING to the scriptures ?  Just using the word time would surely have done the job. And to use the phrase 'appointed times' is surely wrong as it suggests a pre-planned time / a set time.  Isn't it a sin to add to the scriptures ?   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Separate comment.  Quote @JW Insider Sounds like you disagree with what Brother Splane said when he admitted that over 100 teachings that had turned Bible parables and Bible historical narratives into specific prophecies were examples of going beyond the things written. Quote "But if you think about it, almost every single past error where the Watchtower has made an interpretation that was later changed was also a matter of going beyond the things written. Whenever there was a changed teaching where the Watchtower had said "this is what it means" instead of "this is what it might mean" was a matter of going beyond the things written." WOW ! This should be put up in lights outside every Kingdom Hall, for all Witnesses and members of the public to read.  And that in itself is good enough reason for not being a JW, because the GB and it's Writing Dept GO BEYOND THE THINGS WRITTEN, and they admit to not being inspired.   But, they say that one has to be a baptised JW to gain salvation.  That is so funny when you consider it all.   
    • This is an excellent comment, Srecko.  Has the organization’s leaders, with their consistent errors in doctrine and prophesy, ever had God’s Spirit? 2 Pet 1:21 - "knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." NKJV “for prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men borne along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”  Mounce "But you must understand this at the outset, that no prophecy of scripture arose from an individual’s interpretation of the truth. No prophecy came because a man wanted it to: men of God spoke because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit." (Phillips) It is so clear; if JWs would only take the guiding scriptures to heart and not the “guiding” words of men who not only admit they are not inspired, but have proven it to be true.   Holy Spirit at Work - the Token:  http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/07/holy-spirit-at-work.html
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