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Rev.13:14-18 reads:
"14 And it (two horned beast-Rev.13:11misleads those who dwell on the earth,because of the signs that were granted it to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. 15 And there was granted it to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who would not in any way worship the image of the wild beast. (Daniel 3:6Rev.9:2)
16 And it puts under compulsion all persons, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they should give these a mark in their right hand or upon their forehead17 and that nobody might be able to buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name18 Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number; and its number issix hundred and sixty-six.


Leading up to the mystery of 666, are details about the beast that bears this symbol. Bible names themselves, are indicators of the attributes of a name's bearer (
Gen.17:535:18Luke 6:14). (Ben-Oni means "son of my sorrow") Therefore, it is reasonable that the attributes of the beast that we are given in Rev. ch.13, are expressed in this number. It will therefore be helpful to take a closer look at these attributes.


As indicated by my word emphasis above, I will list those attributes
of the Wild Beast:


   * Receives backing from one who is misleading (Rev.13:1419:20Dan.8:24)


   * Stands as an idolatrous image (Rev.13:14,82Thess.2:4) (this god is false)


   * "Image" is falsely given life/breath/spirit, so seems a true, 
       spirit-inspired Image / god (
Rev.13:15
                (to "give breath" is to imbue with "spirit-direction" -
John 20:22)
         (false idols are obviously dead: 
Psalm 135:15,16,17) The "image of the wild 
         beast" does have "spirit/breath in it's mouth", and "speaks" 
Rev.13:15). 
         From where did it get this life/"breath"/spirit as a "living" image/god? 
         From the "two-horned" beast! Just as YHWH took from Himself some of 
         the life/spirit within him, and gave it to Adam (
Gen.2:7) so too this 
         "two-horned" beast has taken authority ("key" to deception/abyss) 
         to appear to give divine authority and power, from itself,
         to unleash the Wild Beast/"locust-scorpion" collective) as also having
         "divine" authority to speak and kill / power (
Rev.9:1-3). 
         The Image of the Beast is not one of wood or stone, 
         but one consisting of living men (
Joel 1:62:2,4Rev.9:8-9Matt.24:21).


           Since the "earth" accepts the Image of the Wild Beast as spirit-inspired,
         (due to the "two-horned" beast symbolically breathing upon it),
         then the "earth" has also assumed, that the "two-horned" false prophet
         possesses the power and authority to bestow spirit. It is therefore also   
         assumed as possessing spirit itself, and is therefore viewed as god-like. 
         Such "gods"/"objects of reverence/worship", are the Chosen Ones 
         (
2Thess.2:4John 10:351Cor.3:16). 
         
         The two-horned beast, is an anointed false prophet/witness 
         ("two" horns)**. He is one of the unfaithful, fallen anointed, 
         (
Matt.24:48,51Zech.11:15,16,17) (2Tim.2:20-21Jer.51:7)
         wicked stewards, who became one of Satan's weeds. 
         (
2Pet.3:17Rev.8:10,119:1Matt.13:24,36,37,38,39,40,4224:48,51). 


         Therefore, this "image" progeny of the "two-horned" beast, is a 
         misleading deceptive tool used by this false prophet (
Rev.13:14-1519:20).
    -After this image is given life/"breath"/spirit/authority (
Rev.9:3), it can "kill" 
         those who do not worship it (
Rev.13:15). The collective beast is made up of 
         living representatives of this "image" (
Rev.9:313:15), just as the 
         faithful anointed make up (and represent) the body of Christ. 


         As we represent our Lord...the locust-scorpions represent the beast. 
         If anointed ones unwittingly subject themselves to this image, 
         they will not be "killed" (
Rev.9:5,6,4), but they also will not get sealed. 
         If they refuse to worship the wild beast, then they will be 
         "killed" (
Rev.11:713:15John 16:2Zech.11:4-5
         and sealed (
Rev.15:26:9,11Mark 8:35Rom.6:5Heb.13:13Matt.25:6).
   -The image enslaves people's minds (
2Cor.10:5Deut.11:18 antithesis) 
         and power 
          (
Prov.3:27 "hand"), and makes these obedient to the false prophet's lies
          (
Rev.13:16Isa.44:20) (see " MARK  on the Forehead")
   -Unless you are a worshiper of the image of the wild beast, you cannot "buy" 
         or "sell" (
Rev.3:18Matt.25:9,10Rev.18:11Isa.24:1,2,3,4;  
          
Eze.7:10,11,12,13Zech.11:4,5)
          (
Matt.21:12Luke 17:28,30Matt.13:44) This is the spiritual currency of 
         power, devotion, provisions, counterfeit divine approval, authority, and 
         obedience. The wild beast oversees all such "buying" and "selling" 
          (
Rev.13:17)

 

Based upon these attributes of the image of the wild beast, we can now be helped to "calculate" the "number" of the wild beast, which is the tangible reality of the idolatrous "image". We are given two additional clues. It is a "man's number", and it is "666" (Rev.13:18).

 

The interpretation of Revelation's symbols must be by God in order to be true (Gen.40:8). The only way to access God's interpretation, is through scripture alone (John 17:172Pet.1:20,212Tim.3:15,16,17Rev.22:18) Only if we let this simple rule guide us, will our understanding (and our "lamp") be bright (Matt.6:22Matt.25:8).

 

 So then, when we read that the "number" of the wild beast is a "man's number", we must turn to the Bible to find that "man". Since this number represents the traits of the wild beast, it would also represent the traits of this "man" (They both have the same "number" Rev.13:18 and measure up the same to Jehovah.)

What "man" in the Bible, measures up like the wild beast? In order to know this, we have to review the traits of the wild beast's image.....

    -misleading

    -an idol/"image" that is worshiped

    -seems true

    -receives authority/power/life from fallen anointed.

    -oppresses/"kills"/opposes faithful anointed

    -enslaves people's minds and deeds

    -controls spiritual commerce

 

Is there a "man" in the Bible who bears all these traits?

Is he associated with the "Lord's Day", as the wild beast is? (Rev.1:10)

 

Let's review the traits of the beast, to find this "man".

 

    -misleading: 2Thess.2:3,9,10,11,12

    -an idol that is worshiped: 2Thess.2:4

    -seems true: 2Thess.2:2,9

    -receives authority from fallen anointed: 2Thess.2:2,15Eze.44:7

    -opposes faithful anointed: 2Thess.2:4,6,15,17 (1Cor.3:16,172Cor.6:16
     
Eph.2:20,21,22)

    -enslaves people's minds and deeds: 2Thess.2:3,9,10,11,12

    -controls spiritual commerce: 2Thess.2:4,6,7,9

And finally, is he associated with the "Lord's Day"?  2Thess.2:1,8

Who is this "Man"?  2Thess.2:3

This is, the "Man of Lawlessness" (Matt.7:22,23)

 

Now that we know who the "Man" is, we are half way through our "calculations" (Rev.13:18).

Our other clue, is that both the wild beast and this man of lawlessness, measure up the same (Amos7:7-8Isa.28:17Zech.2:1-2,7Rev.11:1); and that both their number,is 666.

 

Can this number be "calculated"/measured/estimated, based upon scripture? Will that number indicate the traits of both the "Man of Lawlessness", and the image of the "wild beast"?

 

Yes, it can be calculated through scripture. But as indicated, it will require "wisdom" and "intelligence" (Rev.13:18) to do this mathematical calculation. Such wisdom must be given by God (James 1:5).

We receive our answer in an unexpected place.

Let's turn to Rev.14:1 and Rev.4:45:8,9,10

 

The "crowns" upon the 24 elders, are "stephanos" crowns...the sort rewarding those who   "conquer" (Rev.3:11,21).

The anointed temple (not made with hands) is akin to the pattern given Moses, for the physical temple and priesthood that was made with hands. (Ex.25:9Heb.8:5;Eph.2:10)

There were a total of twenty-four heads of families from the tribe of Levi during the days of King David's reign. The regulation of twenty-four courses of priests rotating to minister in the Tabernacle was established in the days when Solomon had the Temple constructed and continued to be observed until the Second Temple was destroyed by Rome in AD 70.

This appointed order of ministering by rotating among twenty-four priests was commanded by Jehovah. When Aaron received the regulations concerning the duties of the Levites, he wrote them down. Generations later, during the time of King David, the tribe of Levi had grown to twenty-four clans. The heads of these tribes served as priests in the Temple according to God's commandment. (1Chron.24:1,2,3,4,19).

 

Therefore, these 24 elders in heaven, are representative heads of the 144,000 priests and "12 tribes" of spiritual "Israel" (Rev.7:4Rom.2:28,29Gal.3:29;Matt.21:43John15:5,8Matt.7:20).

 

Now it's time to do some "calculating".

How many of the 144,000 does each "elder" represent?

The calculation is.....

144,000 divided by 24, = 6,000.

So, each elder represents 6,000. 
Each "witness/head of truth" (
Rev.14:5Isa.43:10,211Pet.2:9) represents and stands for 6,000.

Why would this be...since each tribe consists of 12,000? (Rev.7:4-8)

Apparently, this is because there are two representatives (witnesses/heads/elders) over each tribe.
12tribes X 2witnesses(elders) = 24 elders

Why would that be?

Well, the Bible makes this reason clear...

(2Cor.13:1Deut.19:1517:6Matt.18:1626:60,61,62Heb.10:28,29Numbers35:30;1Kings21:10,13John8:17,18Rev.11:3)
Two witnesses are always needed to establish truth. Truth is the entire essence of
this holy temple priesthood.

The 144,000 become sharers in the human personification of truth perfected (Rev.14:4,5).

Every duty these priests perform is based upon this pattern of truth...two witnesses. 
How does this figure into our "calculation"?

As we have seen...these conquering priests pattern their dispensing of truth in perfection, and always by means of two witnesses. 

                      (This will be studied in more depth in a future addition to the article

                        about the "Trees of Life", and their monthly "crops" of "fruit".)

Therefore, these two elders (two witnesses per each tribe), represent 12,000 priests, or one tribe. Yes...the number ascribed two faithful witnesses (or the number for truth), is twelve; or multiples of 12. It is derived from two witnesses. Each witness is represented by six (6+6=12) (144,000 = 12X12)

(Mark 3:14,15Luke 22:30Acts 26:7James 1:1John 8:1811:9Acts 1:15;7:8Rev.7:5-812:1Rev.21:12,14,16,2122:2)

The entire Kingdom arrangement is based upon truth, two witnesses, and it's symbolic number "12" (6+6).
I find interesting confirmation, in the fact that God's Word contains 66 books.


**The fact that the "two-horned" beast has TWO horns like a lamb (
Rev.13:11), yet "speaks like a dragon", indicates that it appears to be true witnesses/prophet, who is imitating Christ; 
but it is really an agent of Satan's lies.

 

If Truth (two witnesses) is represented by twelve (6+6), then can you see that each single witness is represented by six?

What if we only had one witness? Would that establish truth?

(Deut.17:6b19:15John 7:185:318:13,14,18Num.35:30)    No...one witness is as good as a lie. The number "6", would represent a single, false, witness.
This is brought out for us when we compare 
Ezra 2:13 and Neh.7:18
Do you perceive the lesson in those two scriptures? 
When there is only one witness for a fact, which do we believe? 
We should not really put faith, in either. Two witnesses with the same story, are needed.

 

Now that we have calculated the meaning of the number "6", let's return toRev.13:18.

The number of the wild beast, and the man of lawlessness, is 666.

Does this interpretation follow through?

Remember the traits of both the "man", the false prophet, and the "wild beast"?

(see Rev.13:6,142Thess.2:9,10,11,12)

All who receive the mark of the beast on their forehead, believe and become slaves to lies.
(
pearl-forehead.blogspot.com)
All who receive the mark on their right hand, have their willpower enslaved to lies (
Isa.44:20Psalm 144:8,11Rev.13:162Thess.2:92Tim.3:13Rev.16:13
They also become false witnesses of false witnesses, as seen in the scripture below.

 

We do receive confirmation of the meaning of 666, as representing slaves of deception....

 

Rev.16:13 "And I saw three unclean inspired expressions [that looked] like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and perform signs, and they go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty."



"Three...inspired expressions...expressions inspired by demons". 666
The only unclean expressions of demons, are lies.
(2Chron.18:20,21Rev.16:13John 8:44)
Three...a full amount of false witnesses to establish a lie, (2Cor.13:1)
causing it to prevail (2Chron.18:21Rev.12:9Rev.13:82Thess.2:11,12)
Those three lying witnesses are mentioned here....the "dragon, the wild beast, and the false prophet". Here we see who is behind the lies of the wild beast and man of lawlessness (2Thess.2:9Rev.13:2). Lies are their wisdom, power, and riches ("gold") (1Kings 10:14Isa.28:15).
We must only accept "gold" refined by fire (Rev.3:18) from Christ himself (Matt23:10;John 7:18).

"FROG-LIKE"

 

Why are the lies (6's) described as "frog-like"?

In all creation, the life cycle of frogs is the most evolutionary. The change it's life undergoes from invisible egg to land reptile, is drastic. Without fully knowing about this life cycle, we might think that one stage of it's life is an entirely different species. Yes...the frog starts out barely noticeable. If one gave it's development constant attention, the gradual change would be imperceptible.

If the tiny "egg" (lie...6) were called "Truth", those enslaved through it's progression would still call the full-grown Frog, Truth.          (6+60+600=666)

Yes, Satan and these demons know human nature. They have brought about these lies so gradually, that it has gone undetected by those mislead by them. Those who are perishing and enslaved to the wild beast, still feel that these obvious lies, are truth. (Rev.16:13) Their foreheads have been branded like slaves, to lies (1Tim.4:1,2Rev.13:16).
No one can "buy or sell" spiritual provisions (Isa.55:2,1; (Rev.21:6;22:17); John 6:27,5114:6Rev.3:18Deut.11:18,16:8), unless their mind ("forehead") and work/power ("right hand") is branded into slavery by the demonic lies of the Beast (Rev.13:16,17Isa.44:20), rather than to God's free truths (Deut.6:6,8John 8:32). It is robbery to enslave others as the cost for spiritual bread (Amos 8:4,5,6Matt.24:20Micah 6:10,11;Eze.45:9,10Prov.11:1Hosea 12:7,8,14Zech.5:10,11Rev.6:5,6;13:17)  (Isa.52:3,5Rev.13:5,62Thess.2:4). All others who attempt to offer spiritual provisions without cost: (subjection, obedience and worship of the Beast and it's lies), outside the spiritual "commerce" and monopoly of the Beast (Matt.10:8), will be "killed" (Rev.13:15,1711:76:9).


These enslaving, demonic lies will cover the land....just as the plague of frogs did, in Egypt (Exo.8:1,2,3,4,5,6Rev.16:13,14Prov.12:17;2Chron.18:20,21,22Eze.14:9,102Thess.2:9,10,11,12).
(Rev.18:3,6Isa.51:21,22,23Rev.11:2Jer.25:15Rev.14:10)

For those of us who know the Bible's meaning of 666...

we are not mislead. We can see these full grown lies, for what they really are.
1Thess.5:4,5,6

Pearl Doxsey 4womaninthewilderness

 

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      The Bible clearly tells us the purpose of that power (1 Cor 15:15,16) (Ezek 2:6; Luke 10:19) (Rev 9:10). Those with stingers inject sin into their victims... sin that brings forth paralysis and death (Rom 5:12; 8:2; 1 Cor 15:56).  
      The identity of the "man of sin" who gains power over the unsealed anointed, is also described in  2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 13:7; 9:10.
      In stating that the TAILS have death's stingers (Rev 9:10);
      these locusts deliver lies, sourced in the abyss from whence they came.
      The Locust-Scorpions are in subjection to, and under the direction of, that last False Prophet/Wormwood/Fallen Star. In servitude to that last Harlot, these Locust-Scorpions prophesy lies themselves (Isa 9:15,16; Rev 16:1).
      When these Locust-Scorpions falsely prophesy the Harlot's wormwood lies, what is the result to those who accept/receive/ingest those false doctrines?
      Although the Harlot's lies may taste as sweet as truth (Ps 119:103,98; Eze 3:3), the result is death (Rev 10:10; Prov 5:3-5; 7:27; 2:16-19; Isa 28:14,15; Rev 8:11; Deut 32:32; Rev 17:2). Those Chosen who remain under that power, remain in death. They are in subjection to Satan, through his agents, and they remain under the power of the Abyss and it's destruction... unsealed as slaves of God. They are obedient to doctrines of demons, rather than obedient to the teachings of God and Christ."
      (Deut 11:18; Rev 16:16); (Rev 14:1)
      From “Locust-Scorpions/Abaddon/fallen star/Wormwood”  4womaninthewilderness, Pearl Doxsey
       
      Joel Chapter 2:
      Blow the trumpet in Zion,
      and sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
      Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
      for the day of YHWH is coming
      —it is indeed near.
      2 A day of darkness and gloom,
      a day of cloud and thick darkness,
      like the dawn spreads on the mountains,
      a great and strong army!
      There has been nothing like it from old,
      and after it nothing will be again for generations to come.
      3 Before them a fire devours,
      and behind them a flame burns.
      Like the garden of Eden is the land before them,
      and after them it is like a desolate desert,
      and nothing can escape them.
      4 Like the appearance of horses is their appearance,
      and like horsemen they run;
      5 like the sound of chariots on the tops of the mountains, they leap about;
      like the sound of a flame of fire
      devouring stubble;
      like a strong army arranged
      in rows for battle.
      6 From before them nations writhe,
      all faces turn pale.
      7 They run like mighty warriors,
      they scale the wall like men of war;
      each goes on its own way,
      and they do not swerve from their paths.
      8 They do not jostle one another;
      each goes on its own trail;
      and through the falling weapons,
      they are not halted.
      9 In the city they rush forth;
      on the walls they run.
      Into the houses they climb up;
      through the windows
      they enter like a thief.
      10 Before them the earth quakes;
      the heavens tremble;
      the sun and the moon grow dark,
      and the stars have withheld their splendor
      11 And YHWH utters His voice before His army,
      because His encampment is very large;
      strong is the one who carries out His decree,
      for great is the day of YHWH
      and exceedingly fearful.
      Who can endure it?
      12 “And even now,” declares YHWH,
      “return to me with all your heart,
      with fasting, and weeping, and wailing.”
      13 Rend your hearts and not your garments,
      and return to YHWH your God,
      because He is gracious and compassionate,
      slow to anger and great in loyal love,
      and relenting from harm.
      14 Who knows whether He will turn and relent,
      and leave a blessing behind Him,
      an offering and a libation,
      for YHWH your God?
      15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
      sanctify a fast, call an assembly;
      16 gather the people, consecrate the assembly;
      assemble the elders, gather the children,
      even those who are breast-feeding;
      let the bridegroom come out from his private room,
      and the bride from her canopy.
      17 Between the colonnade and the altar,
      let the priests, the ministers of YHWH, weep.
      And let them say, “Take pity, YHWH, on your people.
      Do not make your inheritance a reproach,
      a byword among the nations.
      Why should they say among the nations,
      ‘Where is their God?’”
      18 Then YHWH became jealous for His land
      and took pity on His people.
      19 And YHWH answered and said to His people,
      “Look at me, I am sending to you
      grain, new wine, and olive oil,
      and you will be satisfied by it.
      I will not give you over any more
      as a disgrace among the nations.
      20 The northerner army
      I will remove from you;
      I will drive them to a desert
      and desolate land,
      its front to the eastern sea,
      and its rear into the western sea;
      its stench and odor will rise up
      because He has done great things.
      21 Do not fear, O land,
      rejoice and be glad,
      because YHWH has done great things.
      22 Do not fear, wild animals of the field,
      because the pastures of the desert have put forth new green shoots,
      because the tree has produced its fruit,
      the fig tree and the vine
      have yielded their produce.
      23 Be glad, O children of Zion,
      be glad and rejoice in YHWH your God,
      because he has given for you
      the autumn rains for your righteousness,
      and he has poured down for you rainwater,
      the autumn and spring rains, as before.
      24 The threshing floors will be full with grain,
      and the vats will overflow
      with new wine and olive oil.
      25 I will repay you the years
      that the locust has eaten,
      the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
      my mighty troops that I sent against you.
      26 And you will eat abundantly and be satisfied,
      and praise the name of YHWH your God,
      who has dealt with you wondrously.
      My people will forever not be ashamed.
      27 And you will know that I am in the midst of Israel,
      and I am YHWH,
      your God, and there is no other.
      My people will never be ashamed again.
      28 And it will happen afterward thus:
      I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
      and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
      and your elders will dream dreams;
      your young men shall see visions.
      29 And also on the male slaves and on the female slaves,
      I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
      30 And I will set wonders in the heavens, and on earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun will be changed to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of YHWH. 32 And it will happen—everyone who calls on the name of YHWH will be rescued, because on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, as YHWH said, and among the survivors whom YHWH is calling. 
       
      “Mark of Slavery”
      “666”
      “What is Sheol/Hades?”
      “Leviathan and the Abyss”
      4womaninthewilderness blogspot
       
       

    • By Anna
      When a judicial committee is formed, why does it only consist of three elders (usually) but does not involve the whole body of elders? And is there a scripture this is based on?
    • By JW Insider
      Of course, I don't really believe this in the slightest. But I thought I would put it out here just to raise some interest in the actual meaning of Gog and Magog.
      I looked on Google and could not find any places where anyone had made the connection yet between GOOGLE and GOG. This surprised me, because in Hebrew the verse at Ezekiel 38:2 actually says the following in the Masoretic text:
      See it here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/eze/38/2/t_conc_840002
        בֶּן־אָדָם שִׂים פָּנֶיךָ אֶל־גֹּוג אֶרֶץ הַמָּגֹוג נְשִׂיא רֹאשׁ מֶשֶׁךְ וְתֻבָל וְהִנָּבֵא עָלָֽיו׃
      אֶל־גֹּוג means when transliterated EL-GOG.
      But the O between the two G's is actually a 'vav' which when used as a vowel (as it is here) is not just used for O, but also for U, pronounced OO. Therefore:
      אֶל־גֹּוג can also be transliterated as EL-GOOG.
      Transliterated left to right as it appears on paper, this is אֶל־גֹּוג or GOOG-LE.
      Quite a coincidence for a word that has a curious prophetic meaning in Scripture, and a word that is so ubiquitous on the Internet that it transcends translation. It is a trademark, a mark of that wild, beastly thing we call the Internet.
      Of course, that particular "wild beast" connection has already been done:

    • By Kosonen
      Revelation 13:16  It puts under compulsion all people—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slaves—that these should be marked on their right hand or on their forehead,+ 17  and that nobody can buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name+ of the wild beast or the number of its name.
       
      https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2004240#h=1:0-7:62 says the following about an i planted microchip in relation to Revelation 13:16,17.
      "Others say that it signifies some form of compulsory identification, such as a tattoo or an implanted microchip with a digital code that identifies the person as a servant of the beast. Still others hold that 666 is the mark of the Catholic papacy. Substituting Roman numerals for the letters in a form of the pope’s official title, Vicarius Filii Dei (Vicar of the Son of God), and manipulating the figures a little, they come up with 666. It is also claimed that the same number can be calculated from the Latin name of Roman Emperor Diocletian and from the Hebrew version of the name Nero Caesar.*
      These fanciful and contrived interpretations, however, are very different from what the Bible itself says about the mark of the beast, as we shall see in the following article."
       
      What do you think, is WT's take on the i plantable RFID microchip true?
      And then I found some good old light about what it means to worship the beast:
      https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1976767#h=10:0-32:399
      Unforunately the WT has been quite quiet about this subject the last decades, despite the fact that the book of Revelation puts much weight on that. That is a huge minus for the curent leadership of the WT organization. 
      Instead of that WT allows kingdom halls to put national flags on display in various countries when required by the government. This seems not at all right.
    • By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
      And now you know what acts as a restraint, in view of its revelation the appointed time. In fact, the mystery of this lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now acts as a restriction is not out of the way. Then, in fact, will be revealed illegal, that the Lord Jesus will suppress the spirit of his mouth, and reduced to nothing by the manifestation of his presence "- 2 Thessalonians 2: 6-8   Who acts as a restraint to the man of lawlessness? Part of the discussion that follows has already been mentioned in the article entitled "The beast that ascends from the sea and head slaughtered to death" * (see footnote) However, that article was devoted in particular to the beast that John saw as "slaughtered to death" and the false prophet so easily is not given due attention. The scriptures are so cleverly linked together that you can not delve into a subject without going to touch others. This reinforces the belief that the method is correct and, therefore, also the intention. To correctly understand "who acts as a restraint," and when, then we resume the discussion starting from the beast with two horns lamb. The description of this beast is very similar to what the Bible says the man of lawlessness, and so we must also seriously reviewing what we know about its possible "restriction" - Compare 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12 with Revelation 13:13, 14 The apostolo Paolo says this man of ell'illegalità "stands in opposition and exalts himself above all that is called" god "or object of reverence, so that he sits in the temple of God, showing publicly be a god "- 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12 Needless to deny that this description "looks like" the one that makes Daniel in chapter 11 and verses 36 and 37 ... "The king really do according to his own will, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god; and he will speak marvelous things against the God of gods. It certainly will be successful until [the] complaint has not come to fruition; because the thing decided upon must be done. He will not consider the God of his fathers; and will not take into account the desire of women and any other god, but magnify himself on anyone. " These two scriptures seem to connect? As we have already seen, the fact that this beast possesses lamb horns is not simply indicative of its image "peaceful" (among other things does not seem very peaceful from the description which is made of) but it is a contrast with what is said shortly after the 14th chapter of Revelation. This beast with two horns lamb is a contrast to the true Lamb - Compare Revelation 13:11 with Revelation 14: 1 This contrast is so embarked, that is suggested , that even the mark of the beast is contrasted with the "seal" or the name of the Lamb and His Father that the 144,000 are on their foreheads - compare with Revelation 13:16 Revelation 14: 1 So it is clear, if we read without prejudice, you are talking of a "something" that you put in contrast to the true God and true worship. Thing? Who can get in opposition to God and to true worship? But it is clear! He says the apostolo Paolo in 2 Thessalonians 2: 4: "He stands in opposition and exalts himself above all that is called" god "or object of reverence, so that he sits in the temple of God, showing publicly to be a god "- See also Daniel 11:45 So we're talking about the man of lawlessness, of course, pretending to be what he is not, is also a "false prophet" - Revelation 19:20 So far we have been told that the apostles were to act as a "restriction" (or, at least, the first-century Christians). In fact after the death of John apostasy exploded in all its power and before the end of the second century there were already seven divisions and utterly false beliefs. Although we are talking about the false prophet, and then the events for the last days, this is not a contradiction in what the apostle said that this lawlessness "was already at work" in his day. It should be noted that there is a fundamental difference between "being at work" (which may occur behind the scenes and with limited means) and the open "revelation." Paul is talking about a particular period of time ... "about the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him" - 2 Thessalonians 2: 1 He says that before this had to be the man of lawlessness. As soon as possible? He meant perhaps 2000 years before? To understand this we must identify two key events: the presence of the Lord and the gathering together unto him. In simple words the apostolo Paolo is saying ... "Seeing this ... then we can talk about the presence of Christ and our gathering together as spiritual creatures with him." It is evident that, although the man of lawlessness was already at work at the time of the apostle Paul, it would be completely revealed in the end time and precisely the approach of "gathering together unto him." Needless to say, the gathering with Christ, which is the spiritual resurrection, did not occur at the end of the first century, Jesus began to rule the world at that time. So if the prophecy of the Apostle Paul had an initial and partial fulfillment at the end of the first century (there is no doubt that at the end of the first century, the congregation was corrupted at the speed of light), it is in the end time we have to wait the full revelation of this false prophet. This is fully in keeping with the last book of the Bible. Whatever idea we made about it, if we read in chronological order Revelation 11: 7 and then 13: 11-14, everything will become clear. The beast with two horns lamb is also known as a "false prophet" and says it is misleading the entire inhabited earth because of the "signs which he had power to do." This is reminiscent of the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 24:23, 24. In harmony with the words of the Apostle Paul, only in the vicinity of the abduction at Christ the man of lawlessness he would be truly revealed. When it begins, according to Revelation, the spiritual resurrection? In that time, the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of Christ? Let's try to read the following verses in chronological order - Revelation 11: 12-15 If, then, Daniel, Matthew and Revelation are connected ... who is to act as a restraint against the man of lawlessness? In the book of Revelation it is clear: are the two witnesses in sackcloth . Exactly as it happened towards the end of the first century with the death of the last apostle, an event that started the apostate Christendom, in the end time we expect a second and complete fulfillment. What happens as soon as they are "out of the way"? Once killed, quickly it appears this beast with two horns lamb which you adore and performs signs exactly as it is described in Daniel and in Matthew. Another interesting detail confirms this understanding. Again the apostle Paul, speaking of the same subject, says that "the Lord Jesus will suppress the spirit of his mouth, and reduced to nothing by the manifestation of his presence." Yet Babylon the Great, which would include the man of lawlessness (according to the official intent) is not suppressed either directly by Jesus or God. We know that God (not Jesus) puts in the hearts of these kings that make up the wild beast to destroy Babylon the Great, but not destroy it He directly. Instead, with respect to the false prophet, the Bible says ... "And the wild beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who had performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the beast and those who render worship to its image. While they were alive, they were both cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone "- Revelation 19:20 The scripture references are so many: just put them together. The death and resurrection of these two witnesses, an event that kicks off the general spiritual resurrection and at the sound of the seventh trumpet that makes the kingdom of the world the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), you see this strange beast - Read Revelation 11:12, 15; 12: 1, 5; 13:11 If we read Revelation chronologically it will become much simple.    
    • By Witness
      As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”  Mark 13:1 
      I never realized just how massive and magnificent these stones were, until doing a bit of research.  From their quarrying to their installation, the construction feat of Herod the Great’s temple in Jerusalem still marvels the world.  Cut from a limestone quarry above the ancient Temple Mount, some stones of the temple wall and retaining wall weighed up to 160,000 pounds while many a mere, but still impressive, two tons. Each of these stones is the reversed image of a typical framed piece of art, with a raised flat center and embossed edges, a masonry technique called “ashlar”. The larger of the ashlars are cornerstones weighing up to 80 tons, 40 feet long, 8 feet wide and 3 ½ feet tall.  The temple building, fifteen stories tall, was made out of white marble, and embellished with gold.  A hundred sixty-two pillars of grandeur formed from single blocks of white marble, lined the colonnade in the location of the “Royal Porch”.  The historian Josephus remarked that the temple appeared as a shimmering “snowy mountain” in the sunlight.   
      Within the inner court at the location of the altar of sacrifice, the stonework changed to unhewn stones following God’s decrees in Deut 27:4-8 and Exod 20:25 (Dan 2:34; 1 Pet 2:4,5).  At its entrance to the inner court, a stone now housed in the museum in Istanbul has the following inscription concerning foreigners: 
      "Let no foreigner enter within the parapet and the partition which surrounds the Temple precincts. Anyone caught [violating] will be held accountable for his ensuing death."     (Ezek 44:6-9; 2 Chron 13:9)        
      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deut+27%3A4-8%3B+Exod+20%3A25%3BDan+2%3A34%3B+1+Pet+2%3A4%2C5%3B+Ezek+44%3A6-9%3B+2+Chron+13%3A9+&version=NIV
      Herod enlarged the footprint of Solomon and Zerubbabel’s earlier accomplishments to around 35 acres. What was his motivating factor for taking on such a tremendous project?  He had established a reputation for enhancing many cities and building pagan temples, but Jerusalem was his capital and thus far, fell behind in works of achievements. Also, his reputation among the majority of the Jews was less than appealing; being known as a brutal tyrant appointed by, and upholding the Roman emperor, although he being a Jew. He heavily taxed the citizens to support his ambitious effort. Building the temple was an act of appeasement as “king of the Jews”, but more so, it appears to be the result of his insatiable desire to build upon his fame and legacy to follow.   
      As Edomites of the lineage of Esau, Jacob’s brother, his family line converted to Judaism in the second century b.c.; yet, Herod’s luxurious life-style and appointment by Rome was unacceptable by the majority of Jews.   On ,the one hand he insisted on Jewish priests to build the temple, but for political advantage he eventually appointed high priests from outside of the traditional Levitical priesthood to serve in the temple – a contradiction of the stone’s writings near the inner court.   
      This man spearheaded what historians call the “Massacre of the Innocents” in his attempt to find and kill, the young Jesus – the “chief cornerstone” of the spiritual Temple of God and a perceived threat to his kingship. Herod, the rebellious hunter acting in the same manner as his Edomite descendants, was obsessed with keeping power at all costs; and it brought about his mental and physical ruin.  Jesus was still a child when he died an excruciating death from chronic kidney disease and its complications.  Matt 2:3,4,7,8,19,20      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+2%3A3%2C4%2C7%2C8%2C19%2C20&version=NIV
      “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”  Mark 13:2 
      Herod’s massive stone legacy was attacked by the Romans and their siege engines, beginning in 66 c.e. and ending with complete destruction of the temple in 70 c.e.  
      Today, we have an intriguing correlation to Herod, his tyranny and his desire to build a legacy in stone, manifested in the leadership of the Watchtower organization.   We see again a spiritual progeny of Esau (Edom) building “Jehovah’s Mountain”, which is taught as the avenue for “God’s people” to stream in from the desolate places of Christendom.  Mal 1:4;Obad 1:2-4; Jer 49:4; Heb 12:15-17; Rev 8:10,11     https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mal+1%3A4%3BObad+1%3A2-4%3B+Jer+49%3A4%3B+Heb+12%3A15-17%3B+Rev+8%3A10%2C11+++&version=NIV
      Wt 55/12/15  In great numbers the inhabitants of the isles are hearing the call of the Right Shepherd, Jesus Christ, as they hasten to flee to Jehovah’s mountainlike ORGANIZATION. 
      Would the chief cornerstone of God’s SPIRITUAL Temple call individuals to a deceiving stone imagery, under the pretense of offering “peace and security”? John 18:36; Rev 13:1,4-8,15;1 Thess 5:1-3   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+18%3A36%3B+Rev+13%3A1%2C4-8%2C15%3B1+Thess+5%3A1-3&version=NIV
      The woman at the well in John 4 commented: 
      “Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father NEITHER ON THIS MOUNTAIN NOR IN JERUSALEM 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers MUST worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  John 4:20-24
      JWs, please consider the Watchtower 2016 No. 2 pp. 8-10 comment on these scriptures:
       “The Jewish temple was a tangible structure at a specific geographic location. But spirit and truth are not material, nor are they limited to any physical place. Thus, Jesus was explaining that true Christian worship WOULD NOT BE CENTERED IN OR DEPENDENT ON ANY MATERIAL STRUCTURE OR PHYSICAL LOCATION, whether Mount Gerizim, the temple in Jerusalem, or any other sacred place.”
      Now, notice the brief quip from this video about assembly halls entitled, “Caring for Centers of Pure Worship”:
      “The assembly hall is an educational center.  This is A CENTER OF PURE WORSHIP for all the congregations that come. Taking care of JEHOVAH’S HOUSE is part of sacred service, even going back to the temple everyone had an assignment.  They had someone open the doors, of course they also had someone maintaining things.”
      (Please read 1 Chron 23:28 to see who “everyone” refers to) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chron+23%3A28+&version=NIV
      In an off-handed way, Watchtower’s gathering places are compared to the early temple, as places of “sacred service” in “Jehovah’s House”.  The only “house” sanctioned by God since the destruction of Jerusalem’s temple, is the anointed Body of Christ where spiritual sacred service is to be carried out by his priesthood. 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22; 1 Cor 3:9; Heb 3:6; 1 Pet 4:17; Rom 12:1; 2 Cor 9:12,13  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+Eph+2%3A20-22%3B+1+Cor+3%3A9%3B+Heb+3%3A6%3B+1+Pet+4%3A17%3B+Rom+12%3A1%3B+2+Cor+9%3A12%2C13++&version=NIV
      In this video, Wt. is basically telling JWs to forego their previous remark, and maintain “Herod’s” impressive buildings and pagan “shrines”.  The organization has a large portfolio of them, as did Herod the Great.
      We can see a grim future for the anointed “living stones”/priesthood of the Temple of God residing under the spiritual progeny of Esau. Gen 25:30-33; Rev 17:7,12,13,18   Using their labor force, including all JWs, Watchtower’s “Herods” have built their TEMPLE IDOL, leaving God’s priesthood/stones misplaced and scattered unidentifiably, throughout the organization.  Masked tyranny is one of the trademarks of deceit.  It is employed effectively by false ‘kings of the Jews’ to construct not only their idol, but its wall of lies; all the while robbing God of His living stones who fail to join the chief cornerstone and Head of the true Temple, Jesus Christ. Obadiah 1:8-10; Matt 21:42; Acts 4:11,12; 1 Pet 2:7,8  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gen.25%3A30-33%3B+Rev.17%3A7%2C12%2C13%2C18%3B+Obadiah+1%3A8-10%3B+Matt+21%3A42%3B+Acts+4%3A11%2C12%3B+1+Pet+2%3A7%2C8++&version=NIV
      Herod the Great never blinked an eye when it came to killing his family members if his authority seemed at risk; similarly, the governing body think nothing of it when authorizing their false “Gentile” priesthood, the elder body who “sits” in God’s Temple, to disfellowship - spiritually “kill” - their “fellow slaves”, the chosen anointed priesthood who may challenge both their authority and their teachings.  2 Thess 2:3,4; John 16:2; Matt 24:48-51; Obadiah 1:11; Rev 13:15; Rev 11:3,7   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Thess+2%3A3%2C4%3B+John+16%3A2%3B+Matt+24%3A48-51%3B+Obadiah+1%3A11%3B+Rev+13%3A15%3B+Rev+11%3A3%2C7&version=NIV
      Jesus said, “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. Luke 10:5-7
      Herod hunted down Jesus going house to house wanting to destroy him; similarly today, this sly hunting technique has effectively captured the anointed “firstfruits” into the Beast /organization using basic truth. Once caught, he liberally feeds them lies from the Harlot’s mouth. We know God allows this period of testing by Satan, just as He did with Job. Job 1:12; Luke 22:31; Mal 3:1-4   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+1%3A12%3B+Luke+22%3A31%3B+Mal+3%3A1-4 + &version=NIV
      Watchtower’s counterfeit Zion is doomed to fall.  “Jehovah’s mountainlike organization” and its wall of lies is crumbling quickly and will soon become dust.   Ezek 13:1-16; Zech 4:7;Rev 8:8   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezek+13%3A1-16%3B+Zech+4%3A7%3BRev+8%3A8+++&version=NIV
      “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
      “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where itdoes not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  Mark 13:4,14
      As for “Jerusalem”, the city gone apostate, its Temple wall or protective defense of Truth has already been breached by a “Gentile” army, which upholds the Harlot/governing body’s lies. Job 1:10; Ezek 38:10,11,14-16;Rev 9:1,3,4,7 This “Herod” uses his delegated “Gentiles” to trample down the Temple – a Beast that is the very fabric holding the wall of demonic expressions in place. Dan 7:23; Matt 24:15; Rev 16:13,14  When Jesus told his disciples that the stones of the early temple would be thrown down by the Romans, I can imagine how difficult it was to comprehend his words, since its striking beauty and mass appeared invincible; yet it happened.  Over the last 100 or so years, a new “temple” of “hewn stones” and a “wall” of lies with its detestable sacrifices, has grown and surrounded the already scattered and unused “living stones”.  Mal 1:6-8;  Dan 11:31; Isa 28:7,8; Rev 20:7-9     https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+1%3A10%3B+Ezek+38%3A10%2C11%2C14-16%3BRev+9%3A1%2C3%2C4%2C7%3BDan+7%3A23%3B+Matt+24%3A15%3B+Rev+16%3A13%2C14%3B+Mal+1%3A6-8%3B++Dan+11%3A31%3B+Isa+28%3A7%2C8+%3B+Rev+20%3A7-9++&version=NIV
      I hope, JWs, that you can perceive this. 
      Pearl Doxsey:
      “In the first Century, the Temple was already under the dominion of the Romans, before either attack on Jerusalem. So too today (Dan.7:25; Rev.13:7; 9:3,5,10; Matt.5:13).
      The point at which the first assault by the Gentiles occurs today, is when the faithful anointed, are "killed", or, disfellowshipped/expelled (John16:2; Isa.66:5; 2Chron.13:9). This is comparable to the first century, and it's temple's "wall" being breached at the first siege (Isa.5:5; Ps.80:12; 89:40; Prov.24:31). Today, not all of the anointed Temple, are made powerless with this first breach.  That complete collapse of "Jerusalem" is yet to come (Dan.12:7). 
      This "wall" today, (Matt.21:33; Neh.1:3; 2:17) was a defensive boundary (Job1:10) for the "Temple" (1Cor.3:16; 1Pet.2:5; Eph.2:21,22) and all the unsealed priests (both invited leaders and invited followers/Steward and domestics) within it.
      Once the “wall” is initially breached (Rev.8:10,11; 13:1; 9:1,3; Job 30:14) by the spiritual "weapons" the false prophet gives to the Gentiles (deceptive doctrines, lying arrangements, illicit power and false authority Rev.9:1,2,3,7; 13:2,11,12,14,15; 16:13,14; 2Thess.2:9,10; Hosea4:6; Dan.8:24 (Rev.13:12); Luke21:24; Rev.11:1,2),  
      (1st Century-- Matt.27:1,2; John18:30,31; 19:12,15; Luke23:2)

      The previous defensive “wall” no longer protects the invited priests within it (Ec.10:5,6,7; 2Thess.2:4; Ps.82:6). Once the breach expels those who take a stand for truth, the stage is then set for the demise of the ENTIRE temple, ...INCLUDING THE “HARLOT” (Ec.10:8; Isa.47:10; Dan.8:13; 11:13). 

      The second siege is the point after which all have had the opportunity to "flee" apostate Jerusalem. Once you see the faithful trampled upon, you know that "Jerusalem" is "surrounded by encamped armies" of Gentiles, and it is time to FLEE (Luke21:20,21,22).” 
      That time is now, JWs!  Seek the true Mountain of God, the true Zion where Christ is the cornerstone and worship is in “spirit and truth”.  God’ true Temple is His handiwork,(Eph 2:10,20-22; 1 Cor 3:16,17) not the work of men who are obsessed with obtaining your money and slavery to build their temple.  Someone on a forum pointed out the covert meaning behind the chosen address of Warwick’s “Bethel” – 1 Kings Drive. The book of 1 Kings concerns the building of Solomon’s temple; yet the conglomerate temple the GB has built is an IDOL, diverting your attention from the true Temple in God’s anointed priesthood.   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Eph+2%3A10%2C20-22%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17&version=NIV
      Watchtower 2017/10 “Today, millions of people worship Jehovah. They are happy to give him their “valuable things,” such as their time, energy, and material resources. In this way, they support Jehovah’s great spiritual temple.”
      Since when does a “spiritual temple” that “WOULD NOT BE CENTERED IN OR DEPENDENT ON ANY MATERIAL STRUCTURE OR PHYSICAL LOCATION,”  need another's "time, energy and material resources”?  (Wt 2016 No. 2)  God’s “valuable things” are his “special possession” (1 Pet 2:5,9) and His faithful sheep who listen strictly to the words of Truth from the cornerstone of His True Temple.    1 Pet 2:7,8; John 13:20    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Pet+2%3A7%2C8%3B+John+13%3A20 + &version=NIV
      “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else."  Acts 17:24-25
      Pearl Doxsey:
      “First the ‘wall’…Then the Entire ‘Temple’”
      “Wall/Christ’s Side”
      4womaninthewilderness
      “The day of the Lord is near
          for all nations.
      As you have done, it will be done to you;
          your deeds will return upon your own head.
      16 Just as you drank on my holy hill,
          so all the nations will drink continually;
      they will drink and drink
          and be as if they had never been.
      17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;
          it will be holy,
          and Jacob will possess his inheritance.
      18 Jacob will be a fire
          and Joseph a flame;
      Esau will be stubble,
          and they will set him on fire and destroy him. (Jer 23:29; 5:14; Rev 11:5; Hos 6:5;1 Cor 3:13)
      There will be no survivors
          from Esau.”
      The Lord has spoken.  Obadiah 1:15-18   
      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+23%3A29%3B+5%3A14%3B+Rev+11%3A5%3B+Hos+6%3A5%3B1+Cor+3%3A13&version=NIV
       
       
    • By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
      È qui che ci vuole sapienza: chi ha perspicacia calcoli il numero della bestia feroce, perché è un numero dÂ’uomo. Il suo numero è 666 – Rivelazione 13:18     Rivelazione è una successione di sette. Tra i principali possiamo ricordare i 7 sigilli, le 7 trombe e le 7 coppe dellÂ’ira di Dio. Questi non sono ovviamente gli unici sette che compaiono nellÂ’ultimo libro della Bibbia; magari ci sono venute in mente le 7 congregazioni, i 7 occhi e corna dellÂ’agnello, i 7 spiriti di Dio, i sette candelabri e via discorrendo. Comunque anche se gli altri sette rivelano particolari fondamentali in merito al Signore, a Geova Dio e al potere dello Spirito Santo, tutta lÂ’azione di Rivelazione si svolge durante i sigilli, le trombe e le coppe. Dal raffronto di queste scritture comprendiamo che il numero sette ha relazione con i propositi di Dio per la terra. Sappiamo che in Rivelazione si parla di una bestia, chiamata “falso profeta”, la quale vuole prendere il posto di Dio** (vedi la seconda nota in calce). Le parole del Signore al riguardo sono chiare: sorgeranno falsi cristi e falsi profeti per sviare “se possibile” anche gli eletti – Matteo 24:23-25 In un articolo precedente abbiamo visto che lÂ’unico modo per sviare “anche gli eletti” è che questi segni e prodigi siano letterali ma adesso vedremo un aspetto ancora più subdolo in riferimento allo stesso soggetto. Ogni cristiano farebbe bene, invece di perdersi in chiacchiere sulla giustezza e “santità” della propria organizzazione religiosa, a studiare attentamente le Scritture preparandosi per quello che dovrà avvenire. Per riuscire a comprendere cosa farà il falso profeta per sviare “anche gli eletti” dobbiamo attentamente riflettere sul numero 666, ovvero il numero che non è altro che “un numero dÂ’uomo” - Rivelazione 13:18 Ricordiamo intanto che questo numero è scritto come 6 + 60 + 600 e quindi, a rigor di termini, non è 6 – 6 - 6 ma 666. Tuttavia, riflettendo anche sul numero 10, ovvero il numero per il quale il 6 è moltiplicato più volte, sembra ragionevole supporre che sia stato un modo per enfatizzare il numero 6. In ogni caso il fatto che questo numero sia stato scritto come 6+60+600 ci ricorda lÂ’immagine che Nabucodonosor fece erigere che misurava 6 cubiti di larghezza e 60 di altezza – Daniele 3:1 Questo collegamento sembra appropriato dal momento che il resoconto storico parla di falsa adorazione (Daniele 3:4-7; Rivelazione 13:14), prova di lealtà dei veri adoratori (Daniele 3:16-18; Rivelazione 14:9, 10) e anche chi ci fosse, in realtà, dietro quellÂ’immensa immagine, ovvero il re, lÂ’uomo, Nabucodonosor – Daniele 3:15 Esattamente come ai tempi di Nabucodonosor, abbiamo imparato che dietro questo falso profeta si nasconde lÂ’ultimo re dominante e infatti c’è un motivo per cui, questa bestia, farà esclusivamente i suoi interessi – confronta Rivelazione 13:14 Da questi raffronti e riflessioni scritturali è difficile credere che il numero 6 significhi semplicemente “imperfezione umana contro perfezione divina” (vedi il libro “Rivelazione il suo culmine” alle pagine 196-198 ). Semmai è un contrasto tra la vera adorazione e la falsa, collegamento semplice ma impossibile da fare per coloro che sono convinti da oltre un secolo che la falsa adorazione sia rappresentata da un altro soggetto. Ovviamente che la falsa adorazione sia enormemente inferiore sotto tutti i punti di vista a quella vera è fuori discussione. Questo infatti potrebbe spiegare la scelta del 6 in contrasto con il 7 ma ciò identifica soltanto la qualità del soggetto, non il soggetto stesso. Il significato non è limitato alla “superiorità contro lÂ’inferiorità” ma proprio alla vera adorazione contro la falsa.     Questo lo capiamo anche dallÂ’evidente e voluto contrasto che si fa in Rivelazione 13:11-18; 14:1 In queste scritture, infatti, si parla di questa bestia con due corna dÂ’agnello e si vede il contrasto con il Vero Agnello. Si vede inoltre il marchio di questa bestia in contrasto con il suggello dei 144.000. Non è evidente che sono due figure agli antipodi e che il contrasto non è casuale? Se dunque in Rivelazione vediamo 7 sigilli, 7 trombe e 7 coppe, attraverso le quali si compie la volontà di Dio per la terra, cosa possiamo dunque dire del “marchio” che la bestia feroce appone attraverso il falso profeta, ovvero il 666? In vari articoli precedenti abbiamo visto che lÂ’ultimo re dominante, una volta vinta la guerra contro il suo storico nemico, farà molte cose per ingannare lÂ’intera umanità. Infatti Rivelazione, parlando del falso profeta, dice che svia “lÂ’intera terra abitata a causa dei segni che le fu concesso di compiere”. Quali segni compirà per riuscire in questa impresa? LÂ’apostolo Paolo spiega che lÂ’operazione di Satana è “accompagnata da ogni opera potente, da segni e prodigi menzogneri e da ogni ingiusto inganno” (2 Tessalonicesi 2:9, 10) e quindi dobbiamo aspettarci di tutto e di più. LÂ’articolo intitolato “Il progetto Blue Beam” ha messo in luce le spaventose potenzialità della tecnologia militare e gli usi ingannatori che se ne potrebbero fare. Comunque, oltre a queste cose, con buona probabilità lÂ’ultimo re dominante farà ricostruire il tempio di Gerusalemme per accogliere il falso profeta il quale si spaccia, appunto, per divinità. In quale altro luogo potrebbe “risiedere” colui che si spaccia per Dio? Quale strategia più efficace potrebbe mettere in atto per sottomettere i popoli e raffreddare quel focolaio da cui è scaturita lÂ’ultima grande guerra? - confronta Rivelazione 18:24 Riflettiamo. Abbiamo visto il contrasto tra Cristo e il falso cristo; abbiamo visto il contrasto tra il marchio del falso profeta e il suggello degli unti. Abbiamo visto il contrasto tra il tempio di fattura umana e il tempio spirituale che riguarda la condizione degli eletti sacerdoti – confronta Rivelazione 11:1 Sembra proprio che questo soggetto cerchi di copiare le profezie bibliche, adulterandole, con lÂ’intento di ingannare lÂ’umanità.
        “Guardatevi dai falsi profeti che vengono da voi in veste di pecore, ma dentro sono lupi famelici" - Matteo 7:15
        Sapendo chi c’è davvero dietro a tutto questo, possiamo anche riflettere sulla rinascita dello Stato di Israele. Noi sappiamo che il ripristino e il ripopolamento di Israele è una profezia che dovrà adempiersi in senso letterale ma cos’è accaduto nel 1948? E’ rinato lo stato di Israele e, da un punto di vista umano, è sembrata l’adempimento di una profezia biblica. Ovviamente la rinascita di Israele è una profezia biblica ma il punto è comprendere se ciò che è avvenuto nel 1948 sia avvenuto per volontà di Dio e quindi se quell’Israele è lo stesso Israele attraverso il quale tutta l’umanità si sarebbe benedetta e sarebbe durato per sempre. Grazie all’accurata conoscenza della Parola di Dio abbiamo compreso che l’attuale Israele è una mistificazione del popolo di Dio. Si spaccia per la “vergine figlia di Sion” quando è, in realtà, una sordida prostituta – Lamentazioni 2:13; Rivelazione 17:5 È anch’essa un inganno globale perché il suo fautore è il padre della menzogna – Giovanni 8:44 Ovviamente la rinascita di Israele non è stato dovuto all’ultimo re dominante, ovvero alla bestia feroce, tanto meno al falso profeta dal momento che questo soggetto non è ancora comparso sulla scena mondiale ma il punto è comprendere il modo di agire di Satana, il vero padre sia di Babilonia la Grande che dell’ultimo impero rimasto nonché falso profeta. Non dimentichiamo come fu accolta la rinascita di Israele dai capi religiosi del mondo, quasi tutti inclusi. Essi parlarono di adempimento di profezia biblica, di volontà di Dio etc etc. Questo avvenimento fu accolto con grande entusiasmo. Ovviamente entro un certo numero di anni molti si accorsero che “qualcosa non tornava” proprio a motivo del comportamento di queste persone e dei vari truschini politici internazionali che hanno caratterizzato questa nazione fin dall’inizio; non sembrava proprio che l’umanità avesse intrapreso un percorso di benedizioni e felicità… . Nonostante ciò ci sono ancora svariate denominazioni religiose “cristiane” che sono convinte che il ripristino della nazione di Israele avvenuto nel 1948 sia avvenuto per volontà di Dio. Quello che dovremmo tener presente è che Satana si è servito di una profezia biblica per sviare l’umanità. Non è stata la prima volta. In armonia con le parole di Paolo che menzionò “ogni ingiusto inganno, segni e portenti di menzogna”, il nostro arcinemico ha cercato di adulterare la Parola di Dio e il suo colpo da maestro sono state proprio le religioni. Non abbiamo bisogno di elencare i crimini della falsa religione, dobbiamo però concentrarci sul fatto che molte di queste persone erano convinte di fare la volontà di Dio e almeno una parte d’esse rimasero convinte d’avere il supporto scritturale fino alla fine. Sicuramente Satana conosce molto bene la Parola di Dio ed è in grado di utilizzarla e torcerne il significato – confronta Matteo 4:5, 6 Dovremmo supporre che, una volta tolta l’ultima restrizione, Egli non si limiterà a fare “segni e prodigi” ma tra i vari “ingiusti inganni” cercherà di imitare le profezie bibliche dando ad intendere che si stiano adempiendo? Sì, e questo lo possiamo dedurre anche da altre scritture. In un’occasione il Signore disse che nel giorno del giudizio molti gli avrebbero detto: “‘Signore, Signore, non abbiamo profetizzato in nome tuo, e in nome tuo espulso demoni, e in nome tuo compiuto molte opere potenti?” ed egli risponde giustamente e categoricamente “Non vi ho mai conosciuti! Andatevene via da me, operatori d’illegalità” - Matteo 7:22, 23 Abbiamo già visto i segni e i portenti e abbiamo ipotizzato cosa potrebbero includere ma queste persone dicono anche di aver “profetizzato” in nome suo. Ora profetizzare significa annunciare profezie e per poter rispondere convintamente al Signore “l’abbiamo fatto in nome tuo!” questi devono essere sicuri di aver fatto qualcosa di giusto. L’opera di predicazione comprenderà l’annunciazione di profezie, perché è evidente che la Parola di Dio le comprende. Quindi è assolutamente logico che, parlando di “profetizzare”, questi si riferiscano ad una sorta di opera di predicazione. Noi sappiamo che dal ripristino della vera adorazione ripartirà un’opera di predicazione mondiale che sarà la base per il giudizio di questo sistema e per i vari re della terra – Matteo 10:18 Quindi dobbiamo aspettarci un’opera di predicazione che sarà la base per il giudizio ma che costituirà anche una speranza per tutti coloro che ascolteranno e decideranno di far parte di quel popolo che “ha il compito di rendere testimonianza a Gesù” - Rivelazione 12:17 Ovviamente Satana conosce questa e altre profezie riportate nella Bibbia. Dovremmo credere che starà con le mani in mano mentre il popolo di Dio verrà placidamente radunato dalle quattro estremità della terra? Ovviamente no. Sappiamo che egli scatenerà una dura persecuzione contro di loro – Daniele 12:1; Matteo 24:21, 22 Comunque arriviamo a comprendere che il motivo per cui i veri cristiani saranno odiati da tutto il mondo è perché gli inganni di Satana, attraverso il falso profeta, avranno un discreto successo. Se ci si limitasse a perseguitarli e ucciderli, il risultato potrebbe essere opposto a quello sperato e infatti molte persone si sono avvicinate alla Bibbia vedendo come i cristiani fedeli fossero odiati e perseguitati da tutti – confronta Atti 28:21, 22 Anche in passato questo ha spinto molte persone a farsi domande. Che dire, invece, se oltre ai veri cristiani ci fossero altre persone che si spacciano per il popolo di Dio predicando la loro “falsa buona notizia” avendo anche dalla loro “i segni e i prodigi” che il falso profeta o Satana permetterà di compiere? - confronta Galati 1:8, 9 Riflettiamo sulle parole del Signore e dell’apostolo Paolo. Sappiamo ad esempio che il marchio della bestia permetterà di “comprare e vendere” e chi ci dice che chi avrà l’incarico di apporre questo marchio non “profetizzi” che questa era una profezia biblica, che essi erano destinati a sopravvivere alla fine della guerra? - confronta attentamente Rivelazione 13:13-15 Esattamente come la costruzione del Tempio sarà additata come il risultato della volontà di Dio, così come accaduto per Israele, chi ci dice che ciò non avverrà per molte altre cose? I veri cristiani che predicheranno avranno probabilmente alcuni doni dello Spirito Santo e possiamo supporre che per riuscire a raggiungere tutta la terra in poco più di tre anni, ci sarà almeno quello di “parlare in lingue” - confronta Atti 2:17-21 Se nel frattempo ci saranno anche i “testimoni del falso profeta”, possiamo dedurre che anche loro avranno un dono simile, anche se di origine profondamente diversa – confronta 2 Corinti 11:13-15 Già oggi abbiamo avuto un’anteprima di questa capacità in alcune organizzazioni religiose più che in altre. Ecco perché diventa assolutamente più logico e credibile che il falso profeta riesca a sviare l’intera terra abitata. Tutti coloro che non avranno una mente davvero nobile per andare a scavare e non lasciarsi guidare dall’emotività, e soprattutto coloro che non avranno la conoscenza biblica di base per proteggersi da questi inganni, saranno sviati – Ecclesiaste 6:12; Giovanni 17:3; Efesini 5:11-13 A questo punto possiamo fare delle considerazioni anche sulle “impure espressioni ispirate” che usciranno dalla bocca di Satana, della bestia selvaggia e del falso profeta. Tramite chi, queste espressioni ispirate, saranno veicolate? Ovviamente può darsi benissimo che i re della terra abbiano direttamente delle visioni personali perché Satana, cioè uno dei tre soggetti da cui escono direttamente queste espressioni ispirate, non ha probabilmente bisogno di mezzi umani per attuare i suoi inganni. Tuttavia, dal momento che queste espressioni ispirate arrivano anche dalla bestia selvaggia e dal falso profeta, è facile dedurre che i “volenterosi sacerdoti” di questa nuova religione mondiale si dirigeranno dai re della terra per dire loro cosa fare. Predicheranno la loro versione della “buona notizia” convincendoli che è giunto il momento di liberarsi definitivamente dell’ultimo male rimasto: i veri cristiani. Forse diranno che è volontà di Dio che si protegga la “Terra Santa”. Ovviamente non possiamo essere categorici ma considerando le parole degli ingiusti che fino all’ultimo momento chiederanno stupiti “non abbiamo profetizzato in nome tuo?” è quantomeno possibile che essi avranno un ruolo primario fino alla fine del sistema satanico. Se è vero che Satana sarà particolarmente impegnato nel “confondere le acque”, come potremo distinguere i veri adoratori dai falsi in quel periodo di difficoltà e confusione? Ovviamente, prima di tutto, studiando accuratamente la Parola di Dio – Isaia 48:17 Un’altra cosa che Satana non potrà evitare e che lo porterà a smascherarsi anche verso coloro che potrebbero sentirsi confusi, è che i veri adoratori saranno odiati da tutti mentre i falsi adoratori avranno l’approvazione del mondo – Giovanni 15:19 E ovviamente, “i figli di Dio e i figli del Diavolo sono manifesti da questo fatto: Chiunque non pratica la giustizia non ha origine da Dio, né [ha origine da Dio] colui che non ama il suo fratello. Poiché questo è il messaggio che avete udito dal principio, che dobbiamo avere amore gli uni per gli altri; non come Caino, che ebbe origine dal malvagio e scannò il suo fratello. E per quale motivo lo scannò? Perché le sue opere erano malvage, mentre quelle del suo fratello [erano] giuste” - 1 Giovanni 3:10-12 I figli del Diavolo si riveleranno per la loro cattiveria, mancanza di amore e per i loro assassinii.     Possiamo dunque concludere quanto segue. Pur riconoscendo che potrebbero esserci altri particolari interessanti che ancora non conosciamo e che verranno disseppelliti in futuro, questo sembra essere il significato del numero 666 o 6-6-6 a seconda se lo scopo fosse quello di enfatizzare tre volte questo numero. La volontà di Dio in merito alla terra si espleta e si completa attraverso 7 sigilli, 7 trombe e 7 coppe dell’ira – Rivelazione 5:1; 8:2; 16:1 Il falso profeta, spacciandosi per Dio, cercherà di imitare alcuni di questi segni e prodigi dicendo di essere lui stesso Dio e quindi, pur essendo menzogne e di qualità inferiore ai veri segni e prodigi di origine divina, 6 – 6 – 6 significa tutti gli inganni che attuerà per raggiungere questo scopo. Ovviamente, dietro questo “dio”, non perdiamo mai di vista che in realtà c’è soltanto “un uomo” - Salmo 146:3-5 Nulla di divino – Isaia 44:6   Prendiamo quindi molto seriamente la responsabilità di studiare la Parola di Dio mentre ci prepariamo a difenderci da tutti gli ingiusti inganni che il padre della menzogna preparerà in particolare attraverso il falso profeta – 2 Tessalonicesi 2:9-12 Sia lodato il nostro Padre amorevole il quale non desidera che alcuno sia distrutto e per la nostra salvezza ci rivela, di volta in volta, profonde verità dalla Sua salvifica Parola – Giovanni 17:17 ; 2 Tessalonicesi 2:13-16         Articoli utili per comprendere questo articolo. “Il progetto Blue Beam e la nuova religione mondiale” http://attenzioneallaprofezia.blogspot.it/2017/06/il-progetto-blue-beam-e-la-nuova.html   "Il Tempio sarà ricostruito?" http://attenzioneallaprofezia.blogspot.it/2017/07/il-tempio-sara-ricostruito.html   “Chi agisce da restrizione? In quale tempo si adempie?” http://attenzioneallaprofezia.blogspot.it/2017/08/chi-agisce-da-restrizione-in-quale.html   “Prepariamoci alle macchinazioni di Satana” http://attenzioneallaprofezia.blogspot.it/2017/10/prepariamoci-alle-macchinazioni-di.html   ** Il numero 666 è da riferirsi alla prima bestia selvaggia e non al falso profeta il quale è il primo inganno da essa creato. In questa trattazione, comunque, è indifferente applicare il 666 alla prima bestia selvaggia o al falso profeta in quanto sappiamo che quest’ultimo “esercita tutta l’autorità della prima bestia selvaggia davanti a quella” - Rivelazione 13:12   *** Il resoconto di Esodo che menziona le piaghe d’Egitto mostra come “i praticanti di magia” riuscirono ad imitare alcuni segni e prodigi operati da Mosè. E’ interessante notare che, tra questi, ci furono anche “le rane” - Esodo 8:7 Anche questo interessante resoconto sembra indicare che le impure espressioni ispirate simili a rane riguarderanno segni e prodigi che sembreranno di origine divina e lo scopo sarà quello di indurire il cuore dei governanti del mondo a somiglianza di Faraone.        
    • By Witness
      As the result of job change many years ago, we moved the family of three young children from the vicinity of the Pacific Ocean to the vicinity of a large mountain lake in California.   Until housing was found, a drafty, “caretaker’s cottage”, built around 1900 and part of once was a privately owned grand estate, was offered as temporary housing for those brief summer months. Since 1965, this estate has been a state park attracting thousands of visitors each year. A handful of these visitors ogled my dishwashing techniques from the window of our borrowed kitchen, while on their independent tour of the estate.  The cottage porch sits back just a bit from the lake’s shoreline, and close by, the mouth of a small creek empties into its chilly waters.  That summer, the lake level was below its natural rim; and the creek, a perfect flow for three boys to wade up and down between its banks.  In this creek, a discovery was made.  A gooey clay cache oozed between the toes of the oldest son’s bare feet, and soon a combined slip and clay lumps were hand scooped from the creek bottom and brought to the front porch for sculpting.  Young hands formed and reformed small pots and trinkets put aside to dry in the warm sun.  Because of the clay’s raw, unrefined quality, the artwork produced didn’t survive long; crumbling into dust as the summer days passed by.
      During that time period as a JW entering a new congregation, I would not have recalled to mind God’s people as clay from the earth in a potter’s hands. Jer 18:6 (Acts 7:49; Mark 14:58; Matt 16:1; Mark 14:58; Matt 16:18; Eph 2:19-22) Only briefly did an anointed one join the congregation; an older woman, and very submissive to the elder body’s direction.  She seemed so fragile, resulting from her age; yet now, I can envision her as “clay” in the hands of the Father.  I was oblivious then, that the chosen ones were in jeopardy of becoming ‘crushed’ under the unseen heavy weight of a “Gentile”/Elder rule.  Do you, JWs, realize that the power of the “holy ones” is crumbling to dust under this dominion?  This is the reality in the Watchtower among God’s chosen people.  Dan 2:35; 8:13; 12:7; Rev 13:1,4-8  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+18%3A6%3B+Acts+7%3A49%3B+Mark+14%3A58%3B+Matt.16%3A18%3B+Eph+2%3A19-22%3BDan+2%3A35%3B+8%3A13%3B+12%3A7%3B+Rev+13%3A1%2C4-8&version=CSB
      As long as good clay remains supple in the hands of a skilled potter, a beautiful and useful formation is born.  God desires this for His people under covenant with him; to fulfill His purpose for all of His children in the Kingdom.   Isa 64:8; 2 Cor 4:7; Gal 6:15; 2 Tim 2:20-21; Eph 2:6,7,20-22;3:9-11   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+64%3A8%3B+2+Cor+4%3A7%3B+Gal+6%3A15%3B+2+Tim+2%3A20-21%3B+Eph+2%3A6%2C7%2C20-22%3B3%3A9-11+&version=CSB
      Yet, each one since Christ, has faced a refinement period allowed by God; a sifting put upon them by Satan through dominating powers.  Luke 22:31; 1 Pet 4:12,13   In the Watchtower organization, other hands and other minds are at work coercing this possession of God, to remain marked as unrefined and susceptible to complete crushing under an iron rule and its lies. Rev 2:26,27;13:16;14:9,10; 2 Thess 2:11,12  At the upper level, its anointed leaders have molded as defiled impure clay, to the iron; ‘mingling’ as one dominating power of both clay and iron; spiritual “Israel” with spiritual “Gentiles”, who are the un-anointed elder body. (Rom 9:6; Gal 6:16; 3:29)   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A31%3B+1+Pet+4%3A12%2C13%3B+++Rev+2%3A26%2C27%3B13%3A16%3B14%3A9%2C10%3B+2+Thess+2%3A11%2C12%3BRom.9%3A6%3B+Gal.6%3A16%3B+3%3A29+&version=CSB
      This merging of powers is depicted in the feet of the image from Daniel’s dream. It is the final kingdom, unlike any other, that comes against the “holy people” during the time of the end. Will God’s “clay” turn back to the Potter seeking refinement, and leave this oppressive power ruling over them?  Well, how often in the past has the majority of the nation of Israel listened to God and been forgiven for their transgressions?  Always, only a remnant was restored.  Dan 2:41-43; 2:40; 7:23; Job 10:9; Hos 8:8; Isa 1:16-18,2,9    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Dan+2%3A41-43%3B+2%3A40%3B+7%3A23%3B+Job+10%3A9%3B+Hos+8%3A8%3B+Isa+1%3A16-18%2C2%2C9++++&version=CSB
      FROM WATCHTOWER’S “ISAIAH’S PROPHESY”: “In these “last days,” Jehovah has bared his holy arm in order to revive the anointed remnant, the “two witnesses” of the book of Revelation. (2 Tim 3:1; Rev 11:3,7-13) Since 1919, these have been brought into a spiritual paradise, the spiritual estate that they now share with millions of their associates, the other sheep. ip-2 chap. 13 pp. 180-193
      “These “escaped ones” were restored to their God-given spiritual estate, which he caused to sprout abundantly. THIS SPIRITUAL ESTATE HAS PRESENTED AN INVITING, ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE, which has drawn millions of other God-fearing people to join the remnant in true worship.” ip-1 chap. 6 pp. 61-72
      To believe that the Watchtower holds a refined remnant of spiritual “Israel” to come out of the “world”, is true folly.  Its version of Revelation’s “two witnesses” were those who “took the lead” and were physically imprisoned by the U.S. government after preaching in “sackcloth”.   Why were they imprisoned?  Among other charges, it was for Rutherford’s publication “The Finished Mystery”, which contained his blatant accusations against the political and religious entities and their stand concerning the war at hand.  He and his cohorts were charged with sedition. When this charge was made, Rutherford scrambled not only to stop further printing of the book, but required the Bible Students to rip out 7 pages of it; all to AVOID being sentenced to jail.  The Society even encouraged the Bible Students to buy war bonds and participate in a day of prayer for victory, all to appease the government.  Although the Watchtower has revealed some truth regarding these events, it then glorifies and embellishes it, as you see written in “Isaiah’s Prophesy” by effectively hiding the true account from its members.
      Did this book reveal biblical truth and Revelation from Christ?  Did it explain the need for God’s Temple anointed priesthood to be refined and cleansed of all sin and idolatry, by speaking in the manner of Moses and Elijah; or, was it preaching lies? (1 Pet 2:5,9;1 Cor 3:16,17; Dan 12:10; Mal 3:1,2; 1 Pet 1:7; Matt 17:1,2; Rev 11:1-3)   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+Dan+12%3A10%3B+Mal+3%3A1%2C2%3B+1+Pet+1%3A7%3B+Matt+17%3A1%2C2%3B+Rev+11%3A1-3&version=CSB
      Watchtower’s own “Revelation” book gives a conflicting report on “The Finished Mystery” exposed by a leaflet covering various aspects of the book.  This leaflet was created by JWs, not by the website where it was found.  After quoting two contrasting remarks from the Revelation Book, it states:
      “Therefore, according to ‘Revelation – It’s Grand Climax at Hand!’, even though ‘The Finished Mystery’ ‘proved to be UNSATISFACTORY AS AN EXPLANATION OF REVELATION’, its distribution was SOMEHOW INSTRUMENTAL in fulfilling the bible prophesy in Revelation 11 concerning the ‘Two Witnesses’ and the manner which they ‘struck the earth with every sort of plague’.” (caps mine)  http://jwsurvey.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/finished-mystery-leaflet-letter.pdf
      In truth, “The Finished Mystery” struck the “earth” – God’s chosen ones – with every sort of lie imaginable and is well documented in the leaflet. 
      Revelation’s authentic “two witnesses” preach in “sackcloth” over the detestable things committed by God’s anointed Temple priesthood; yet, “The Finished Mystery” and all Wt. literature concerning the message of the “two witnesses”, deflects attention away from God’s chosen people, to those outside of His Covenant by targeting Christendom and the world’s governments.
      These “two witnesses” are not symbolically “killed” for their brief jail time and then later released to further spout off more lies and more false prophesy; but are rejected for exposing the real identity of the Beast/”man of lawlessness” and the false prophet/Harlot directing it. They have spent years in captivity among their own people, drinking in Wormwood’s corruptive waters before waking up to Truth.  It is then they are “killed” when speaking TRUTH revealed by Christ; disfellowshipped and marked as spiritually “dead”.  Luke 21:24; Rev 13:7,10; Micah 4:10; John 16:2; Rev 8:11;13:15; 12:11    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+21%3A24%3B+Rev+13%3A7%2C10%3B+Micah+4%3A10%3B+John+16%3A2%3B+Rev+8%3A11%3B13%3A15%3B+12%3A11&version=CSB
      Through Satan’s full use of his earthly resources, he has successfully spun a “spiritual estate” as attractive and inviting; yet, this spiritually immoral, sultry deception that JWs slave to maintain, effectively afflicts and trample God’s chosen people. It is an oppression symbolically perceived through the physical evidence of the combined iron and clay powers ruling over them.  Matt 24:15; Dan 8:11  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+24%3A15%3B+Dan+8%3A11+&version=CSB
      When Pilate presented both the robber Barabbas and Jesus before the Jewish leaders and the people, he asked,  “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. Matt 27:21
      Barabbas, (meaning “son of a father”), a robber and killer, was arrested for sedition – “insurrection”, by the Gentile Roman government. Mark 15:7; Luke 23:18,19   Although guilty for his crimes, he was also released by that same power at the demands of the Jewish spiritual leaders.  Rutherford was also released, having his own confidantes fighting for him.  He was not pardoned or exonerated because his innocence was established, as the Watchtower would have you believe. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+15%3A7%3B+Luke+23%3A18%2C19+++&version=CSB
      (see:  http://www.freeminds.org/history/exonerated.htm)
      However, at the vicious demands of the Pharisees and his own people, Jesus was put to death by the Gentile nation for exposing the Pharisees as hypocritical liars and spiritual adulterers; and for laying “heavy loads” on the people they ruled over. Matt 20:17-19; John 8:44,45; Matt 23:4 He preached “repent for the Kingdom of heaven has come near”. Matt 3:2   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+20%3A17-19%3B+John+8%3A44%2C45%3B+Matt+23%3A4%3B+Matt+3%3A2&version=CSB
       Likewise, on the authority of the Harlot/GB, the “two witnesses” are handed over to the “Gentile”/elder body and judged as apostates worthy of “death”. They also, expose the leaders of their people for spiritual blasphemy, preaching the same message as Jesus did to God’s wayward nation, to “repent for the Kingdom of heaven has come near”.  Matt 10:17,18,21,22; John 16:2; Rev 13:1,5-7,11,12,14,15;  Matt 10:16,19,20,24; Rev 11:3,4;11:7    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+10%3A17%2C18%2C21%2C22%3B+John+16%3A2%3B+Rev+13%3A1%2C5-7%2C11%2C12%2C14%2C15%3B++Matt+10%3A16%2C19%2C20%2C24%3B+Rev+11%3A3%2C4%3B11%3A7&version=CSB
       So, what about Rutherford and Watchtower’s string of leadership? Is it fair to say they are "robbers" and "killers" - sons of the Father of the lie? If anointed ones preach lies and not truth in Christ, do they not rob one of teachings leading to eternal life?     Matt 23:13-15; 15:14; Rom 9:1; Ps 52:1-4; Matt 7:15-20  When they spiritually “kill” their brothers for speaking truth, does this not make them spiritually blood guilty?  Matt 24:48-51; 27:25; 23:34; John 16:2,3; Rev 16:2,5,6,7; 18:24  The organizational arrangement was “born” during Rutherford’s reign.  This arrangement allowed for the development of the power of iron to eventually overcome the Temple of God, at the authority of the Harlot/GB.  Rev 11:1; Matt 24:15; Dan 11:31,32,36; 2 Thess 2:4; Rev 9:1,3,10,11     https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+23%3A13-15%3B+15%3A14%3B+Rom+9%3A1%3B+Ps+52%3A1-4%3B+Matt+7%3A15-20%3B++Matt+24%3A48-51%3B+27%3A25%3B+23%3A34%3B+John+16%3A2%2C3%3B+Rev+16%3A2%2C5%2C6%2C7%3B+18%3A24%3B+Rev+11%3A1%3B+Matt+24%3A15%3B+Dan+11%3A31%2C32%2C36%3B+2+Thess+2%3A4%3B+Rev+9%3A1%2C3%2C10%2C11&version=CSB
      JWs, how long will you keep listening to Watchtower’s persistent attempt to cover over its lies with more lies?  Matt 24:15-21; Luke 17:26-30    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+24%3A15-21%3B+Luke+17%3A26-30&version=CSB
      "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the TRUTH. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." John 18:37
      Testifying to the TRUTH is the purpose Jesus sends his “two witnesses” to the Temple priesthood and “clay” of the earth.  Their warning call shouts out and reveals the looming iron/clay power threatening the salvation of God’s chosen people, and all, who reside in the organization.  Ezek 33:6,8; Rev 9:17-20; 13:8; 2 Thess 2:9-10   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezek+33%3A6%2C8%3B+Rev+9%3A17-20%3B+13%3A8%3B+2+Thess+2%3A9-10&version=CSB
      This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:  “Go down at once to the potter’s house; there I will reveal my words to you.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, working away at the wheel. But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter’s hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do.
       The word of the Lord came to me:  “House of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter treats his clay?”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “Just like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.  At one moment I might announce concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will uproot, tear down, and destroy it.  However, if that nation about which I have made the announcement turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the disaster I had planned to do to it.  At another time I might announce concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it. However, if it does what is evil in my sight by not listening to me, I will relent concerning the good I had said I would do to it.  So now, say to the men of Judah and to the residents of Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look, I am about to bring harm to you and make plans against you. Turn now, each from your evil way, and correct your ways and your deeds.’ 
       But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’”  Jer 18:1-12
      The Watchtower teaches that God's people are like "clay in the Potter's hands", then turns the attention of JWs to Satan's world for fulfillment of the feet of the image in Daniel's dream.  Yet, the "disgusting thing standing in the holy place" of Matt 24:15 and Dan 9:27  is spoken as the coalition of power in Dan 11:14-16; one of these powers as COMING  "FROM YOUR OWN PEOPLE" - spiritual "Israel", and the "clay" of  the last power in Daniel's image.  
      Pearl Doxsey has several articles about the last destructive power over the holy ones.
      “Iron and Clay”
      “Why Jesus Came to Earth/Last World Power Over the Chosen ones/”Iron” and “Clay”
      The meaning of ““World/earth/home”
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    • By Witness
      “Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.  Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.”  1 Pet 5:8,9
      Watchtower 15/5/15 - The apostle Peter likened Satan to “a roaring lion.” According to one reference work, the Greek word translated “roaring” denotes “the howl of a beast in fierce hunger.” How well that describes Satan’s vicious disposition! Although the whole world already lies in his power, Satan is hungry for more victims. (1 John 5:19) To him, the world might be a mere “appetizer.” In effect, Satan has turned his attention to the “main course” —the anointed remnant, who are accompanied by their companions, the “other sheep.” (John 10:16; Rev. 12:17) Satan is intent on devouring Jehovah’s people The waves of persecution he has unleashed against Jesus’ followers from the first century until now give evidence of his vicious spirit.” 
      It is true; Satan is intent on killing off the “main course” – the anointed ones.  How is it being accomplished?  Since Satan is the Master of Deception, what tools would he use to carry out his ploy to mislead and effectively trap, the “main course”? Eccl 9:12; 2 Cor 11:14  A fairly new trend has developed among members of the Watchtower, that “Jehovah’s people” are a “happy people”; a peaceful people, contented by the understanding that they reside in a safe haven and a spiritual paradise.  As a JW, I felt I also was protected inside its walls, and was continually on alert and wary of Satan’s tactics that may come against me or my family as originating in the “world”, anywhere outside of the organization.  However, the well-polished and camouflaged brainchild of Satan, IS the organization, where the promise of “truth” and spiritual safety is its motto.  Jer 23:16;8:11; 1 Thess 5:1-3  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Eccl+9%3A12%3B+2+Cor+11%3A14%3B++Jer+23%3A16%3B8%3A11%3B+1+Thess+5%3A1-3&version=NIV
      In Daniel’s day, where were the lions that were ready to devour him?  Were they the actual lions in the den he was thrown into; or, did they walk right alongside Daniel?  Under the rule of Darius the Mede, Daniel was an administrator along with two others.  Within this kingdom, 120 Satraps were appointed over their selective territories; yet…
      “Daniel distinguished himself above the administrators and satraps because he had an extraordinary spirit, so the king planned to set him over the whole realm.”  Dan 6:3
      Satraps were “protectors of the realm/province”; those in a subordinate position to the administrators who bore the title “eye of the king”, of which Daniel was the most prominent.
      As we know the administrators and Satraps planned to destroy Daniel through deceptive moves.  Daniel worshipped the Most High God, while the Medes and Persians worshipped their idols.  Jealousy over this Jew receiving superior attention for his righteous and blameless acts, fueled the conspiracy to come against him.  We’re familiar with the story, Darius was tricked by the administrators and satraps resulting in Daniel being thrown to the lions.  The anxious shout from Darius has deep significance - 
      “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”  Dan 6:20
      Most certainly, did God save Daniel not only from the physical lions, but from the men who sought to devour him.  Job 5:12-16  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+5%3A12-16&version=NIV
      “My God sent His angel and SHUT THE LIONS’ MOUTHS, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”  Dan 6:22
      His accusers and families were thrown into the lion’s den under the orders of Darius.  These men were well aware that no guilt could be found with Daniel:
      “So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel UNLESS WE FIND IT AGAINST HIM CONCERNING THE LAW OF HIS GOD.”   Dan 6:4,5
      They convinced the King to pass a decree that no god other than Darius could be petitioned for a brief period of 30 days.  Today, the anointed ones who have especially been appointed by God to serve Him and Jesus Christ in the Kingdom, face their accusers as well; men who have rule over the various territories of the Watchtower kingdom, and who walk right among them.   As long as the anointed follow the outlined decrees of the organization; which is to serve its needs, to show adulation and loyalty to its image as “spirit-directed”; and to obey the direction of the elder body and its wicked slave, they are left alone, at least at first glance it seems this way.  No “lion” appears ready to devour them under the ‘protective’ umbrella of the organization.  Rev 13:1,8,14-17 (Matt 24:48-51)  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+13%3A1%2C8%2C14-17%3B+Matt+24%3A48-51&version=NIV
      UNLESS…..THEY “FIND IT AGAINST HIM CONCERNING THE LAW OF HIS GOD.”
      Let me explain.  Satan works both sides of this coin. If Satan was getting at the anointed through other means such as the earthly political field, why isn’t it happening?  Who is coming against the ANOINTED while in their protective “spiritual paradise”? Is it Russia?  Has Russia reached out and trapped every anointed person within the organization? No.  Russia, nor any other country has inside knowledge of who are the anointed ones.
      Other “lions” are at work, seeking to devour their prey.
      Revelation’s “spirit-breathed” Wild Beast, carrying blasphemous names has been granted to “make war with the saints and to overcome them.”  This Beast has “a mouth like the mouth of a lion”. It has been given power, a throne and great authority – OVER THE “SAINTS”; THE ANOINTED ONES.  Rev 13:1,2,5-7   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+13%3A1%2C2%2C5-7+++&version=NIV
      The Beast is also revealed in another passage describing it as a locust army with teeth like lion’s teeth.  Rev 9:7,8  Again, how does this army of Revelation 9:1-3,7,8 identify its prey? It is the anointed “who do not have the seal of God on their forehead”.  Joel 1:6 explains this locust “nation” that comes against God’s “land” as,
      “Strong, and without number;
      His teeth are the teeth of a lion,
      And he has the fangs of a fierce lion.”
      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A1-3%2C7%2C8&version=NIV
      Also, Daniel explains Revelation’s fourth Wild Beast as having huge iron teeth; that tramples, crushes and devours its victims.  Again, who are those victims? 
      “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
      Shall persecute the SAINTS (anointed) of the Most High,
      And shall intend to change times and law.
      Then the saints shall be given into his hand
      For a time and times and half a time.”  Dan 7:25
      This is spiritually discerned only in the organization.  The anointed priesthood has been overtaken and “trampled” by the given authority from a false prophet to the Body of Elders. Matt 24:15; Dan 11:31; 2 Thess 2:4  Rev. 11:1-3,7,8;13:11,15  As I write this, it wells up within myself  just how utterly astounding it is, that the Temple priesthood and God’s dwelling/”land” must obey MEN, before their God and Master; otherwise, they are thrown into Watchtower’s version of a “lion’s den” – a judicial committee that can stamp them as spiritually “dead” for disobeying any decrees of the organization. Dan 6:17  What is equally astounding, is the organization calls itself “Zion”, stealing this identity from those they intend to crush!  It is the counterfeit of the anointed Body of Christ and the Temple of God -  the counterfeit Mount Zion.   Anointed are not only “trampled” by this rule of abomination over them, but are then outlawed as rebels for serving only the Most High God and His Son Jesus Christ.  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+24%3A15%3B+Dan+11%3A31%3B+2+Thess+2%3A4%3B++Rev.+11%3A1-3%2C7%2C8%3B13%3A11%2C15%3BDan+6%3A17++&version=NIV
       
      A lion’s first move on a prey is to jump on its back, wrestling it to the ground.  (Isa 51:21-23; Rev 12:4) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+51%3A21-23%3B+Rev+12%3A4&version=NIV
      “Representing the royal priesthood are appointed elders, who serve in positions of responsibility in congregations of Jehovah’s people around the earth. These men deserve our respect and wholehearted support, whether they are of the anointed or not. Why? Because, through his holy spirit, Jehovah has appointed the older men to their positions.   RATHER THAN CHALLENGE THEIR AUTHORITY, we truly appreciate our hardworking elders!” w02 8/1 pp. 9-14
       
      A chokehold is accomplished by its four large canines.  It tightens its grip on the throat and sometimes the mouth of the prey, cutting off all ability to breathe and its efforts to escape.  (Daniel 12:11; Rev.6:9; Rom.6:3; Psalm 51:17)   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel12%3A11%3B+Rev.6%3A9%3B+Rom.6%3A3%3B+Psalm+51%3A17&version=NIV
      “Anointed Christians do not feel that they should spend time only with other anointed ones, as if they were members of a club. They DO NOT TRY to find other anointed ones SO THAT THEY CAN TALK ABOUT BEING ANOINTED OR MEET IN GROUPS TO STUDY THE BIBLE.” Wt 16/1 pp 20-26
       
      Once the prey is down, it is chewed into manageable chunks using the “carnassails” that effectively crush the bones along with the skin and flesh.  (Micah 3:2,3; Dan 12:7)  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+3%3A2%2C3%3B+Dan+12%3A7&version=NIV
       “They (anointed) know that Jehovah does not necessarily give anointed ones more holy spirit than he gives his other servants. And they do not feel that they can understand Bible truths more deeply than anyone else.”  Wt. 16/1 pp. 20-26
      Oh, dear JWs.  Can you see how this “army” to come against God’s people through trampling and crushing its prey with such twisted brainwashing, will cause YOU to barely recognize that the anointed reside with you? 
      Will YOU allow yourself to be rendered helpless at the mouth of the “lions” as well?  Jer 5:31; 2 Cor 11:4  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+5%3A31%3B+2+Cor+11%3A4&version=NIV
       Each step the organization takes to make such condemnatory accusations, brings the anointed priesthood into irreversible submission under the Beast and False Prophet/wicked slave. Luke 21:24 If, through an anointing one receives Holy Spirit and the laws of God inscribed on their heart, it should be obvious they have been designated for an important assignment, and equipped to do so. 2 Cor 3:3; Rom 2:28,29; Heb 8:10;1 John 2:20,21  However, Watchtower’s leaders fabricate their own rules and defy God’s laws; deliberately treading on those who carry God’s laws in their hearts!  It has built its own Zion, disregarding the true Zion and Temple of God. 1 Cor 3:16,17;  Eph 2:20-22; Heb 12:22; Rev 14:1 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+21%3A24%3B+2+Cor+3%3A3%3B+Rom+2%3A28%2C29%3B+Heb+8%3A10%3B1+John+2%3A20%2C21%3B++1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B++Eph+2%3A20-22%3B+Heb+12%3A22%3B+Rev+14%3A1&version=NIV
      Our defense against the army having lion’s teeth like iron, is to resist such accusations, become firm in the faith spoken of in scripture, and not in the doctrines of a false prophet who “inspires” its idol with demonic expressions. Jer 16:16-18; Zech 13:9; John 8:32; Acts 26:18; 2 Cor 6:14-18   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+16%3A16-18%3B+Zech+13%3A9%3B+John+8%3A32%3B+Acts+26%3A18%3B+2+Cor+6%3A14-18+++&version=NIV
      Daniel was persecuted for his firmness in worshipping only God; yet, never abandoned by the Father.  1 Pet 5:10 tells us that by resisting Satan’s bogus claims issued through the mouths of the Wild Beast and False Prophet, we establish and strengthen our faith in the God of grace and his Son, Jesus Christ.  Job 4:7-11; Ps 25:15; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Eph 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Pet+5%3A10%3B+Job+4%3A7-11%3B++Ps+25%3A15%3B+2Cor.10%3A3-5%3B+Eph.6%3A12%3B+2Tim.4%3A7&version=NIV
      “To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen”. 
      Pearl Doxsey:
      Satan's lie (6), is that "Jehovah's Witnesses" are God's spirit-directed organization, rather than Satan's demonic-directed organization.
      The false prophet's lie (6), is that he is the "faithful and discreet slave", rather than the wicked steward who poisons God's sons, with "wormwood".
      The Beast's lie (6), is that the Gentile "elders", are consecrated to serve as God's priests, instead of those whom God has chosen as His priests and kings.
      These three lies (666) (demonic exhalations), combine.
       In combination, this collection of demonic lies, backed by lying signs and portents, succeed in misleading and rendering powerless, God's nation. Satan's power of deception, has created the great tribulation (great testing/sifting) and Armageddon (spiritual war between truth and lies), now at work in our midst.
      “666” 4womaninthewilderness
      “Strengthen the feeble hands,
          steady the knees that give way;
      4 say to those with fearful hearts,
          “Be strong, do not fear;
      your God will come,
          he will come with vengeance;
      with divine retribution
          he will come to save you.”
      5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
          and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
      6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
          and the mute tongue shout for joy.
      Water will gush forth in the wilderness
          and streams in the desert.
      7 The burning sand will become a pool,
          the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
      In the haunts where jackals once lay,
          grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
      8 And a highway will be there;
          it will be called the Way of Holiness;
          it will be for those who walk on that Way.
      The unclean will not journey on it;
          wicked fools will not go about on it.
      9 No lion will be there,
          nor any ravenous beast;
          they will not be found there.
      But only the redeemed will walk there,
      10  and those the Lord has rescued will return.
      They will enter Zion with singing;
          everlasting joy will crown their heads.
      Gladness and joy will overtake them,
          and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”  Isa 35:3-10
       
       
       
       
    • By Witness
      Imagine a large room, where genuine anointed ones from the organization have gathered together. I say “genuine” because it is becoming a discreet trend for many to partake during the memorial, who are not anointed. In my mind, I see this as another attempt by Satan to seduce individuals into thinking that all are part of the anointed Body of Christ, under the New Covenant; and which is another step in concealing who the “holy ones” are.
      Imagine that these anointed ones in the room are robed in the holy garments that clearly identify them in like manner as the early holy priesthood, awaiting sanctification to serve in God’s Temple. Exod 28:39-43; 39:22-31; 1 Cor 6:11; 2 Cor 7:1; Heb 8:5  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exod+28%3A39-43%3B+39%3A22-31%3B+1+Cor+6%3A11%3B+2+Cor+7%3A1%3B+Heb+8%3A5&version=NKJV
      From a door located on one side of this large room, another group arrives; men who are not wearing the holy priestly garb. They are not “circumcised” priests, but are “Gentiles” that have unofficially entered the courts of God’s Temple. Each man approaches and stands before an anointed priest, removes their holy garments, and dons the stolen robes, masking the true intentions of the heart. Rom 2:28,29; 9:6; Heb 8:10; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Joel 2:1-2; Rev.9:3-10; Matt.24:21; Luke21:20,24; Rev.13:10,7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom+2%3A28%2C29%3B+9%3A6%3B+Heb+8%3A10%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+Joel+2%3A1-2%3B+Rev.9%3A3-10%3B+Matt.24%3A21%3B+Luke21%3A20%2C24%3B+Rev.13%3A10%2C7+&version=NKJV
      They tell the anointed ones to exit by the other door; which they do, with no questions asked. The result obliterates any “daily sacrifice” that only the authentic priests are able, and are obligated to perform. With the new fraudulent priesthood come new “sacrifices of praise” that support - not God - but an idol. 1 Chron 23:30-32; 2 Chron 20:11,12; Ezek 8:6; 2 Cor 11:20; Matt 24:15; 1 Pet 2:5; Rom 12:1; Heb 13:15; Rev 2:20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chron+23%3A30-32%3B+2+Chron+20%3A11%2C12%3B+Ezek+8%3A6%3B+2+Cor+11%3A20%3B+Matt+24%3A15%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%3B+Rom+12%3A1%3B+Heb+13%3A15%3B+Rev+2%3A20+&version=NKJV
      These “uncircumcised” “Gentiles” have been given free access by powerful, rebellious traitors against Christ, to enter God’s Temple…and defile it. No longer does God hear the praises from His holy ones, and no longer can His “living stones” be called, Holy. God’s genuine priesthood has been “defrocked” and a false priesthood now demands their obedience. Ezek 5:11; 1 Cor 3:17; Luke 16:3; Ezek 44:6-8; Rev 13:11,12,15; Ps 79:1  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+Ezek+5%3A11%3B+1+Cor+3%3A17%3B+Luke+16%3A3%3B+Ezek+44%3A6-8%3B+Rev+13%3A11%2C12%2C15%3B+Ps+79%3A1&version=NKJV
      es 17, pp 57-67 - “Modestly, anointed ones acknowledge that they do not necessarily have more holy spirit than those with an earthly hope.”
      Mal 2:7 - “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
      And people should seek the law from his mouth;
      For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
      “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  Heb 8:10
       “And we have such trust through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”  1 Cor 3:4-6
      “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
      “And My servant whom I have chosen,
      That you may know and believe Me,
      And understand that I am He.
      Before Me there was no God formed,
      Nor shall there be after Me.  Isa 43:10
      “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,  you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 
      “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”  1 Pet 2:4,5,9
      These are the true “Witnesses” God has chosen to bear His name.
      In reality, we do not see the anointed priesthood wearing holy garments. Within the Watchtower, we cannot distinguish how they are set apart for a special work under the New Covenant. Mark 14:22-24 We may only notice them partaking of emblems at the memorial each year; but please, JWs, picture them as each one being part of God’s Temple as a “living”, Temple “stone”. John 2:19-21;1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17 Should these stones be replaced with those ‘carved’ by men? Deut 27:5-8; 1 Kings 6:7; Matt 16:18   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+14%3A22-24%3B+John+2%3A19-21%3B1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3BDeut+27%3A5-8%3B+1+Kings+6%3A7%3B+Matt+16%3A18+&version=NKJV
      Because it takes spiritual discernment to see this, the Watchtower relies on their ability to cover over these spiritual insights of scripture; and by doing so, have successfully “defrocked” God’s priesthood, replacing them with “uncircumcised” “Gentiles” – the Body of Elders. Ezek 44:23,24; Mal 2:7-9 The "sacrifices of praise" by this false priesthood do not ascend to God, since those have been abolished. They are praises supporting the Watchtower Idol - "Jehovah's organization". Rev 13:4,7,8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezek+44%3A23%2C24%3B+Mal+2%3A7-9%3BRev+13%3A4%2C7%2C8&version=NKJV
      Watchtower 02/8/1 “REPRESENTING the royal priesthood are appointed elders, who serve in positions of responsibility in congregations of Jehovah’s people around the earth. These men deserve our respect and wholehearted support, whether they are of the anointed or not.” “Rather than CHALLENGE their authority, we truly appreciate our hardworking elders!”
      To enforce this blasphemous authorization of replacing GodÂ’s Temple priests, the article boldly states:
      “Jehovah’s spirit is upon them; they have his approval.”
      Is this true? God’s Word verifies that it has never been acceptable for his temple priesthood to be replaced. 2 Chron 23:6;13:9  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chron+23%3A6%3B13%3A9&version=NKJV
      Matthew 24:15 – “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ (the “disgusting thing”) spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand)”
      How can we relate this scripture to the elder body having authority over the anointed priesthood in the organization?  Rev 11:1,2, shows “Gentiles” overtaking the sanctuary/"holy place" of God, and robbing the anointed priesthood of their ‘holy garments’; thus desolating the sanctuary. 
      Also, Daniel reveals the intentions of Watchtower’s leaders to destroy God’s “sanctuary”:
      “He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.  Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered. “ Dan 8:11,12
      The last powerful and “unusual” force of Daniel’s image expresses two contrasting elements – one of clay and one of iron, found together. The entirety of this image describes powers that have affected God’s people during their individual historic reigns, but please consider Pearl Doxsey’s comment on the last power and fourth beast that the anointed ones face today in the Watchtower organization.
      “The feet of the image shows that the reign over the anointed in the time of the end, is dual.
      Not only is the metallic element still there (as it was in the previous powers- All "Gentiles"-not God's people) (Gentiles-Iron); for the first time, the statue contains "clay" of the earth..."the offspring of MANKIND". (Dan.2:41,42,43)
      This clay represents those who belong to the "Potter" (Isa.29:16; 45:9; Jer.18:6; Rom.9:21), and they SHOULD be molded by Him alone. But instead, they mold themselves to the Iron (Gentiles) by conforming themselves to the iron, allowing the iron to mold them, rather than God.
      Unknowingly, these "clay" actually conform to Satan's will, becoming a part of Satan's dominion over God's people (Rev.9:1; 17:12). In a short time, that clay hardens to this form (as baked clay), and is no longer useful to its original owner. It is now suited only for destruction as an extension of Satan's "body".
      This has come to pass, in that the anointed today are DOMINATED within the Organization, not only by spiritual "Gentiles" alone; but by their own brothers who have joined in with the Gentiles to dominate their brothers in Christ....the wicked steward with "confirmed drunkards" from outside the master's household (Matt.24:45,48,49,50,51).
      When Christ, through the final capstone, "smashes" the feet of the image of Daniel (Dan.2:34,45; Heb.11:10; Eze.3:8,9; Isa.50:7; 45:17; 49:8; 54:4; Micah.1:2); it is not smashing all of Satan's world, but only the Image Satan has used to dominate God's people, which is NOT Satan's entire world-wide dominion.
      It is well known that the Image of Daniel does not contain all the political identities which have ever existed in Satan's world; But only ones which have dominated God's chosen people.”
      Pearl Doxsey  - 4womaninthewilderness
      Please, JWs, educate yourselves of the vital importance of this priesthood dominated by the fourth Beast of DanielÂ’s visions. Dan 7:7 Not only are the anointed ones affected by such a crushing duel power, but also are all, who reside in the organization. We are to FLEE AWAY from this abomination and come to the true Mountain that will destroy the last power to afflict GodÂ’s people. Matt 24:16
       



    • By Bible Speaks
      666 - The Mark of the Beast -What Does It Mean? 6??6??6??
      666—Not Just a Puzzle "Nobody might be able to buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name. Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man's number; and its number is six hundred and sixty-six." (Revelation 13:17, 18) 
      FEW Bible topics have evoked as much interest and concern as the prophecy about the mysterious mark, or name, of "the wild beast"—the number 666. 6??6??6??
      On television and the Internet, as well as in movies, books, and magazines, the mark of the beast has been the focus of endless speculation. - Bible Speaks -
      https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2004240?q=666&p=par

    • By Witness
      What follows is my partial response to a letter, which accurately expressed and represented the tribulation now being experienced, by many.
      -  -  -  -  -  -  -
      My response:
       
      I am so very glad that you contacted me. Please read the scriptures as you come to them. The central body of learning which I offer you, is found within them.
      Regarding the links, I hope you will return to them in a second reading, to go into more depth about my statements and cited scriptures.
       
      I will go right to one comment you made, because if I don't address it first, all that follows may not have value to you.
      You said;
      "I wanted to ask is this; since you are  
      in contact with other anointed Christians, are all of your anointed  
      associates a product of the Watch Tower Society? That is, are there not  others, outside of the Society, that have been called? 
      Since I view many of  the new and current views of the Society to be an apostatizing, I would  tend to question the provenance of all anointed issuing forth from that  source."
       
      The best way to address your concerns about anointed former members of the "WT", is to give you some facts for your own consideration...
      Satan has demanded to "sift" each Chosen one 
      (Luke 22:31; 1Pet.4:12; James 5:10-11; Job 1:8,12; John15:20; Rev.12:10; 1John2:14) 
      by using his "world" (1John5:19; John15:18) of the Jewish system (John8:22-23), against them...
           [to see the identity of that "world"/"system" of the scriptures that 
            does the persecuting , (See: Greek- system/arrangement/adornment):
      The Chosen must be subjected to the same tests and trials which Jesus endured. They accomplish this by following closely, the exact pattern of his example, symbolized by his "path"...
      (John16:28; 14:28, 6, 4; Luke 9:23; Rev.14:4 B; Heb.13:13;
       2Cor.1:5; Phil.3:10; Rom.6:5; 1Pet.2:21), 
      ...up to the capacity which each one is able to endure them (1Cor.10:13). 
      If they take the same full course of Christ, they can reach the Father (John14:6; Matt.11:27; 18:10; Eph.2:6; Rom.8:9; Matt.5:8).
         Traversing the full course of Christs example, means that like Christ, the Kingdom candidates must start out in subjection to the influential power of the leaders of God's genuine people/the "world"
      (Gal.4:4; John1:11; Matt.15:24; 1John4:9; John1:12,10; 8:23), 
      and faithfully conquer their hatred and opposition, as Christ did 
      (John16:33; 14:30; 1John2:14-15; John8:40; Mark 9:31; John19:6-7; 15:18; Matt.24:9; John16:2; Mark 13:13).
      A glaring contrast appears, between the genuine path presented by Christ, when compared to the counterfeit "Peace and security" and "spiritual paradise" that is offered to anointed, by the "WT" (1Cor.4:2,8-13; Rev.3:17-18). Accepting that false safe harbor, brings them under the "operation of error" -2Thess.2:9-12; Col.2:8; Rev.13:10; Luke 21:24 . The flimsy and vain protection they offer (Rev.6:15-16) is a lie... a snare, sourced with Satan (Matt.16:21-23; Luke12:19-20; 2Thess.2:9-11; 1Thess.5:3-4, 6; 1Pet.5:8) 
      (Rev.16:13-15; 1Tim.4:1). This demonic delusion is designed to lull Gods Chosen into spiritual sleep, and prevent them from ever completing their gamut of faithfulness against that "safe harbor"/lie/apostate nation of God 
      (Eze.13:10-14; Jer.23:16-17; 8:11; 6:13-15; Rev.16:21; Ps.18:13; 147:17; 1Thess.5:3) 
      (Eph.5:6,11; 2Pet.3:10; Jer.13:26; Rev.17:16-17; Nahum 3:5; Jer.51:25; Rev.8:8; Zech.4:7) 
      (Rev.11:3,5; Jer.5:14; Hosea 6:5; Rev.16:8; Jer.23:29; Matt.10:20)
      Satan's snare is camouflaged by a counterfeit Mount Zion (Rev.14:1). They claim that their "mountain-like organization" (Zech.4:7;Jer.51:25; Rev.8:8), is the fulfillment of Isa.2:1-2 ... even though the next verse reads (Isa.2:3); "The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.". Although they claim that the "governing body" are representatives of Zion; they also claim that those men are fallible. To ascribe fallibility and a lack of spirit-inspiration to Mount Zion (and, "the word of the Lord"), is blasphemy.
      Additionally, the Organization's  heirarchy of "overseers" made up of spiritual Gentiles (Rom.2:28-29)), is an impersonation of the spirit-directed Body of Christ (Rev.13:15) (John20:22,21)... both due to be revealed and exposed in the time of the end (Isa.28:17;Nahum 3:5; 2Thess.2:8).
      Naturally, one could not complete the course of Christ, unless they were surrounded by the same circumstances and challenges, and offered the same "path". 
        I submit to you on the basis of the collective experiences of all present and sober anointed ones, that the "WT" is the only place they can come under the dominion of apostate religious leaders, who authentically lead, represent, and are, "God's chosen people" (Isa.43:21; 1Pet.2:9-10) (Luke12:42,45-48), such as those who persecuted Christ (Matt.15:24; 20:18-19; John19:11; 1:11). 
       The various erroneous doctrines sourced in "Christendom" cannot successfully subvert and take captive (Col.2:8), those who have been anointed by God's spirit (1John2:20,27). Only the "WT" has succeeded in misleading (Matt.24:24-25; Luke 21:24; Rev.13:10,7) and "killing" them (Rev.6:11; 11:7), and prophecy tells us why, and how.
       
      Therefore, those anointed who are waking up from the "WT",
      (Mark 13:34; John10:2-4; Isa.42:16; 49:9) (2Cor.6:17; Rev.18:4; Matt.24:15-16)
      should not so much be viewed as tainted, but rather, as being tested (1Cor.3:12-15) and refined (Zech.13:9; Mal.3:1-3).
          Yet I will tell you, that when I was anointed by God through Christ, it was just previous to my first contact by the "WT". I was not a "JW" at the time of my anointing. It has been made clear to me by Christ, that the immediate contact by, and joining the Organization which ensued after my anointing, was my initiation into my gamut of testing in the pattern of Christ.
          We are clearly told that God's genuine priesthood in the time of the end, require refining from defilement/wormwood. 
      (Mal.3:1-3, Eze.22:30; Zech.3:1,3-4,8; Rev.3:17-18; 13:7; Dan.8:11-13; 11:36; 2Thess.2:4; Mark 13:14)  
      (Rev.10:10; 8:10-11; Jer.23:15) 
      That would not be necessary, if they were not coming from a place of spiritual and doctrinal defilement (Rev.2:20).
       
      Having addressed your question about the authenticity of anointed who are now regarded as "apostates" from the "WT", 
      (Mark 13:13; John16:2; Matt.25:6; Heb.13:13; Rev.11:3,7-10; Luke 17:33,37)
      and their reliability as trustworthy priests (Mal.2:7)... 
       ...It cannot be taken for granted (1John4:1; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13-16), that all ex-"JW" chosen ones are sources of "the proper food at the proper time" (Luke12:42). Scripture exhorts and equips us, to discern this on an individual basis, determined through what is offered (Matt.7:20; Luke 6:43,45) (LINK).
      Of the number of anointed who have obeyed Christ (Matt.24:16; Rev.18:4), not all are being fully refined, nor offering "the proper food at the proper time". Yet a few, are.
      I hope you have at least determined that a period of unfaithful ignorance, is not equivalent to permanent uselessness 
      (Zech.13:9; Rom.9:27-28; Isa.65:8; Jer.3:21-22; Isa.22:12; Rev.11:3).
      With this in mind, I will respond as best as I am able to various points you raise in your letter, and if there is one that I neglect, please let me know. 
       
      Because of my responding before to others who have written to me, there will be some points for which I have and will, provide a *link*. The link will contain deeper and further scriptural information on the subject at hand. 
      I hope you will not view such references as an impersonal response, because I will tailor such references as close as possible to my best appraisal of your need, and great care has gone into making the scriptural information contained at each *link*, thorough, relevant, and substantial. Parts of an article may seem irrelevant to you, but if the *link* is cited, there is something of import in the article, that does relate. I hope you can extend the needed patience in this regard.
       
      I can see from your comments, that you are relatively new to the writings at my Blog. For this reason, what follows is a Bible course of study, tailored to the individual needs expressed in your letter. Those needs are actually becoming more common among those who write to me, so my response to you will be helpful to many. 
      I'm sure you will need to divide the material into segments. I hope you will take your time, and attend each section with as careful attention as was given to it's composition.
       
        Again, if any coverage of a topic is found lacking for you personally, I am eager to address the need. In addition to tending to you, it will also help supplement the overall resources offered at the Blog.
       
      - ONE  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
       
      First I will say that I relate to much of your expressed experiences, while within the "Watchtower". I was in from 1975, until my disfellowshipping in 2011 for "causing divisions" 
      (Luke 12:51; John7:43; 10:19-20). 
      According to prophecy, the distressing "cognitive dissonance" with "WT" doctrine which you mention, initially plagues the anointed who are capable of repentance, to be followed by it breaking out upon the "rest" [symbolized in Revelation, as "earth, sea, trees" (Rev.7:3; 8:7;Zech.13:9)]. This is a new thought to those coming out from the "WT"... specifically... that the Great Tribulation is spiritual, not physical. 
      (Luke21:25; Isa.17:12; Joel 2:1-2; Rev.9:2-3; 13:1) (LINK). 
      The Greek word for "tribulation" is 
      G2347 thlípsis – properly, pressure (what constricts or rubs together), used of a narrow place that "hems someone in"; tribulation, especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined (restricted, "without options") and carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is "no way of escape" (mentally "hemmed in").

      Luke19:43; Hosea 2:6; Mark 15:17; Eze.28:23-24
      You speak of the evident "confusion" (meaning of "Babylon") which is manifested by these vacillating doctrines of the "WT". 
      Yes, this is also what the Bible refers to as "shifting sands", "churning sea casting up mire and mud" ("waters" that lack clarity -Eze.34:19), and "shifting shadows" (darkness that keeps changing), 
      which the Bible indicates would identify the false prophet/wicked steward, who was due to arrive with dominion over the Chosen, in the time of the end.
      (Matt.24:24-25; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.13:13-16; 13:11,14-15; 19:20; 14:8; Jer.51:7)
          In contrast, those priests who faithfully represent Christ by teaching his truth (Matt.7:24; Rev.22:1; James 1:17), would have immovable consistency (John15:16; Rom.3:4 B).
       
      -  TWO -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
       
      You then speak of a job that took you away from "WT" indoctrination for a time, and upon your return, you perceived a discrepancy between past and present teachings. You cite the futility of learning tenets and teaching them, only to later be told that they are outdated and obsolete.
      What you are observing, is just what the Bible foretold about the teachings of this particular religious empire which holds captive, the anointed. I think you will recognize the connection with prophecy, if you understand the interpretation of the symbolic "three" "froglike expressions" of Rev.16:13.
      A frog goes through many changes as it develops from an egg to an adult. If we were to constantly observe it's development, we would not clearly notice it's transformation. 
      If we were to remove ourselves from observing its development, only to return at a much later time, we may not even believe that it was the same creature. Gradual transformation from accepted truths, to accepted lies, is a tactic of Satan.
      -  THREE -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
       
      I am extremely sorry for the loss of your daughter. I can only imagine the heartache. Yet please know that you are not alone in experiencing loss of children. I understand that it is not the same as physical death... but it is now common for many to lose their children in other ways, due to the organization. I have lost two daughters. One is still captive and zealous in the organization, and I have not had contact with her, in years. The other was so damaged by the "elders", that she went off the deep end, into sin, drugs, and mental illness. She blames all of her problems, on my raising her in the Organization. She despises me for it. Our pain might cause us to lash out at God (Rev.16:11) (Job 1:22). But if we stop to consider that loss of children, cooling of love, family conflict, and many other distresses, were all a part of Christ's confiding to his disciples, what we must expect of these times in which we are. 
          He gave such warnings, in the hope that we would not be overcome, but rather, would recognize the reality of our spiritual circumstances and our place in the time-line of prophecy. The "Great Tribulation", is just that. It is the greatest spiritual oppression, to ever arise upon Christians. If it's Satanic deceptive powers were not limited by God, even the Chosen could not be saved from it (Luke 18:26-27;Matt.24:22,13).
       
      Although it may seem like stale bread... the observing of such fulfillment **among the authentic Chosen, IS an indication of the approaching End 
      (Luke 21:28-31; Mark 13:19-20,28-36; 1Cor.15:24-25; Ps.110:1-2; Rev.17:14).
       
      -  FOUR -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
       
      Ec.7:7 reads;
      "Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason,
      And a bribe debases the heart."
      I deeply regret how all your oppression has impacted your wife.
      Even the wise can lose their sanity when tribulation becomes severe. I myself, was driven to an attempt of suicide. But I hope that you will not give up in your trying to understand the bigger picture of our present reality; Because with that understanding, comes a way out. Once your hold on truth is firm, you may be able to comfort and assist your wife to that same freedom. I am not saying that full healing from the loss of a child can come in this life. But I assure you that hope and peace are within reach, 
      for those who do not give up (Matt.7:7; 24:13; John14:27).
       
      Regarding your comment about Christ's "return" and "invisible presence", please consider these scriptures... 
      (Acts1:11; Rev.1:7; Heb.12:1; Matt.24:30; 16:4; Luke 17:20-21; 
       Rev.3:3; 1Thess.5:2; 3:13; Jude 1:14; Rev.19:11,14; 17:14;
       2Cor.10:3-5; 5:20; Matt.24:45; Rev.1:7; 6:9-11; 11:7)
       
      -  FIVE -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
       
      Lastly,
      you state; "I guess I lack an assured expectation of things hoped for. ".
      Please clarify for us, in your mind, what hopes we had, as well as the hopes to which "JW's" still cling. Were they not false hopes? These too, Bible prophecy, identified and foretold 
      (2Thess.2:1-3; Luke 17:20-24) (Deut.18:20-22).
      What I am saying, is that it is not wrong for you to let go of the false hopes which we were previously given (Heb.13:14; Rom.8:25; 12:12)...
      as long as we replace them with authentic reason for hope.
      Regarding a premature expectation of Christ 
        [and the reason why he seems to "delay" (Luke 12:45-46; Hosea 6:5; Hab.2:2-3)],
      these *links* may help.
      I hope I have covered all the points you raised, and have given you an ample start to learning and perceiving what God's Word has to say on those issues and subjects.
      As always, I am here for questions.
      I know my responses tend to be copious, but I must offer as much of what I have been given, as is possible, in my desire to be found faithful and diligent in feeding Christ's sheep... especially those who are in distress.
       
      In my own experience of regaining my spiritual sight, I remember the steps I had to go through, as I peeled away "WT" deception by means of spirit and truth, by the grace of God. 
      I know that each puzzle piece is hard to fit into one's previous faith (Mark 2:22), unless the related concepts are also addressed. This is why I try to anticipate the same objections and questions which I myself went through during my process of being "set free". 
      (John8:32) (Isa.49:9; Eze.34:14; Matt.24:16).
      Rather than leave such a problem to arise, I hope to smooth the path, by anticipating how a "WT" doctrine might cause one to stumble at a particular point. This is why I provide *links* to common objections or questions to the subject at hand. Yet each person is an individual, so if there is something not covered, just let me know. Thank you for your good questions. If you conclude that what is written here, is true; please heed it's guidance, and share it. If so, I hope you will also associate with our group, to afford yourself some comfort and support. Though we are few, we treasure our precious harmony of faith.
      (*links* can be found in this article on Pearl Doxsey’s blog)
       
      May God's spirit be with you, as you examine the wisdom of His guidance, found in His Word.
      Love in Christ,
      Pearl
      (Pearl Doxsey 4womaninthewilderness)
    • By Queen Esther
      TO REASON MATURE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.  -   What is the 666 mark?
      The slave says:
      Many human beings, in word or deed, symbolically carry this mark that identifies them as "slaves" or "soldiers" of the "beast". (Revelation 13: 3, 4.)
      The enemies of God allow the mark of the beast, the mysterious number that contains its name, to be engraved on the forehead and in one hand. This gives them great opportunities for economic and commercial progress, but it brings them the wrath of God and excludes them from the millennial kingdom, Rev. 13:16; 14: 9; 20: 4
      QUESTION:
      Is this mark irreversible, that is, can it not be erased?
      The people of the world have already been marked with the 666 mark of the beast. Remember that the slave teaches that the marking began in 1922 and was renewed in 1945 when the UN came on the scene.
      All who receive the mark are condemned to eternal death. Their names are not in the book of Jehovah's life. The problem is that if the masses of humanity have already been condemned to the second death, what is the point of preaching the good news to them?
    • By Witness
      The picture below was posted by a JW on pinterest.  Frequently, the organization warns against idolatry; yet the most diabolical form of idolatry goes unnoticed - reverence given an earthly organization.
      Quote from the Watchtower 05/8/15 p. 31:
      “Jehovah God’s GLORY directly lights up this ORGANIZATION, just as the Shechinah cloud illuminated the Most Holy.” 
      Isa 42:8
      I am YHWH, that is My name;
      I will NOT give my GLORY to ANOTHER
      Or My praise to IDOLS. 
       
       KR Book chapter 20, pp. 209-219:
      “Their work brings PRAISE to Jehovah and his ORGANIZATION.”
      Isa 42:8, again:
      I am YHWH, that is My name;
      I will NOT give my GLORY to ANOTHER
      Or My PRAISE to IDOLS. 
       
      “Little children, keep yourselves from IDOLS. Amen.”  1 John 5:21
       
       
       
       

    • By The Librarian
      And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
      2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
      3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
      4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
      5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
      6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
      7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
      8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
      9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
      10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
      11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
      12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
      13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
      14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
      15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
      16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
      17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
      18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
    • By Bible Speaks
      10 "For every wild
               animal the forest
               is mine,
       Even the beasts
       upon a thousand
       mountains."
         (Psalm 50:10) NWT  jw.org
       
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