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17 hours ago, Rosalie Barry said:

As the Bible says the light gets brighter as we get closer to the end

:)) I apologize, but wish to react on this "fraze", on this "fama" from WT Company. 

In Prov 4:18 we read this; "The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day."

First of all the main point here is THE PATH and not the light! Path of some person (righteous one) can go in good direction only with help from higher Source (the light aka God and this LIGHT is NOT CHANGEABLE  as it is JW light of/on interpretations.

Light from god is the same in all stages of the day - no shadows.

In literal meaning of Proverbs, daylight gets brighter because of sun. But this light changes his intensity in the same day. Until evening you are in the dark again.

In parable (with modern fulfilment on WTBTS inc.) or allegorical meaning picture looks something like this short description ; :)))

WT JWorg is the sun (despite the fact that JW members firmly believe how their and WT source of "light" is JHVH ), because WT doctrinal explanation are making full day circle - morning, noon, evening, night. And just as the daylight have all this phases, the same "destiny" WT interpretations have too. In the "morning" some of WT teachings looks like it shows something what promise big hope. In the "noon time" this teaching firmly stand as "the truth based on bible evidence". As daylight lose his power "evening" bring disappointment to JW people (and GB bible scholars too) and  through the dark period of night some sleepless people (bible scholars) try hard to see where they made mistake. And after working in the night (without the proper light) they are ready to bring "new light idea" in the "morning" of a new day.        :))

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On ‎1‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 11:49 AM, Srecko Sostar said:

But this light changes his intensity in the same day. Until evening you are in the dark again.

 

Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light

That grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.”

 

In this Scripture, the path is LIKE the morning lightUNTIL FULL daylight.
It is about the way the light gradually WILL definitely continue to grow brighter.

 

The Scripture is not about nighttime and darkness. It is only using the GROWING of the light as an illustration of HOW the “PathGROWS brighter, meaning you can see better (have better understanding), because it is brighter now than it was before (when the understanding was not as clear as it is now).

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... and just like the Sun ... the light DOES NOT grow brighter.  

Our Sun is a variable star, yes, but over a very long period of time ... but every morning it gets brighter BECAUSE obstructions are rotated out of the way.

... same with Theology.

The light was ALWAYS THERE!

It was HUMANS obscuring it.

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9 minutes ago, James Thomas Rook Jr. said:

Actually ... it's not the Sun coming up ... but the horizon going down..

 

1 hour ago, DeeDee said:

is like the bright morning light

In the MORNING the sun is coming UP...not going DOWN

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7 minutes ago, James Thomas Rook Jr. said:

... and just like the Sun ... the light DOES NOT grow brighter.

The SUN does not get brighter, but the LIGHT gets brighter...

That is how I know when it is time to get up...When I can SEE! :)

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16 minutes ago, James Thomas Rook Jr. said:

... same with Theology.

The light was ALWAYS THERE!

When Jesus was here he said at John 16:12, 13:

     “I still have many things to say to you, but you are NOT able to bear them NOW. However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak…"

 

So, it would seem that the light was not all there when Jesus was here...

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57 minutes ago, DeeDee said:

Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light

That grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.”

 

In this Scripture, the path is like the morning lightÂ…UNTIL FULL daylight.
It is about the way the light gradually WILL definitely continue to grow brighter.

 

The Scripture is not about nighttime and darkness. It is only using the GROWING of the light as an illustration of HOW the “Path” GROWS brighter, meaning you can see better (have better understanding), because it is brighter now than it was before (when the understanding was not as clear as it is now).

Thanks Dee for respond.

As you very well pointed out - this is (just) ILLUSTRATION. This verse, as i think now, have purpose to illustrate, to give perspective, picture about way of living of one group of people (righteous people, or more precisely said - about people who tend, strive to be accepted by God and who will be after they completed their way of living, under the Law, because this is about Jews old nation, will be, would be declared as righteous by this same God JHVH) 

For Jesus followers, to be declared righteous by God it is something else in "game". People need to have faith, not deeds of "righteous" by Law, law, rules, organizational arrangements, accepting particular doctrines and similar.

What is growing in Proverbs? Path or light? Do we need to use literal words  of this and that and then transport possible meaning, make transition of bible idioms from one meaning to another, for purpose to explain why our personal or organizational errors, wrong interpretations, beliefs, teachings in the past time are EXCUSES AND JUSTIFICATION  for lies, wrong interpretation and ideas of CLERGY people who run WT and who accused others who not accept or disagree or have no faith in TEMPORARY, current "truth" that in fact is NOT TRUTH - but only opinion.    

If people have "dark light" of human interpretations and opinions that are FORCED (by GB) as only way, then your path is not "path of righteous" but path of "blind faith believer", fanatic, zealot - who follow earthly humans not god. 

Yes, Scripture is about dark and light. Daylight and darkness. And Bible warns about this. :)  

 

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1 hour ago, Srecko Sostar said:

living, under the Law, because this is about Jews old nation,

With Jesus the OLD Law of the Jews (the Mosaic Law) was replaced with a NEW Law..."the law of the Christ." (Gal. 6:2)

The Law was simplified. (Matt. 22:35-40)

Galatians 6:2 Go on carrying the burdens of one another,

and in this way you will FULFILL the law of the Christ.

 

Matthew 22:35-40 – And one of them [the Pharisees], versed in the Law, tested him [Jesus] by asking:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

He said to him:

“‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’

This is the greatest and first commandment.

The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’

On these TWO commandments the WHOLE Law hangs and the Prophets.”

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1 hour ago, Srecko Sostar said:

What is growing in Proverbs? Path or light?

If you were on a path in the night, you cannot see the path.

If you shine a flashlight on the path, then you can now see the path.

When it becomes full daylight, you do not need to use the flashlight anymore.

Now the light is bright enough for you to clearly see the path.

 

The older teachings of the WT are like the flashlight...

They shine SOME light on a darkened path.

As the light gets brighter, our path is easier to see.

Then we do not need to use the flashlight anymore.

The OLD understandings are not as bright as the NEW understandings.

So, the flashlight is turned off, and you walk in the NEW source of light.

Does that explain it?

 

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      91. Watch Tower, January 1880, Watch Tower Reprints page 64 As Retrieved 2009-09-23, page 2
      92. Watch Tower, April 1881, Watch Tower Reprints page 207 As Retrieved 2009-09-23, page 7, "And why did they thus keep the people in ignorance? Because they feared that if people knew this, the only text which gives even a shadow of support to the doctrine of the TRINITY, to be an interpolation to support a papal error, they might renounce the error".
      93. Zion's Watch Tower, September 1881, Watch Tower Reprints page 278 As Retrieved 2009-09-23, page 132, "As to the motives and errors which may have led to these unwarranted interpolations of the [Bible] text, we may be able to offer a suggestion, viz., the last mentioned (1 John 5:7,8) was probably intended to give authority and sanction to the doctrine of the "Trinity."
      94. Watch Tower, October 1881, Watch Tower Reprints page 290 As Retrieved 2009-09-23, page 4, ""He gave his only begotten Son." This phraseology brings us into conflict with an old Babylonian theory, viz.: Trinitarianism. If that doctrine is true, how could there be any Son to give? A begotten Son, too? Impossible. If these three are one, did God send himself? And how could Jesus say: "My Father is greater than I." John 14:28. [emphasis retained from original]"
      95. Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, July 1882, Reprints 370, page 3.
      96. Penton, M. J. (1997), Apocalypse Delayed (2nd ed.), University of Toronto Press, p. 343, note 64, "Barbour and Paton were trinitarians ... although Henry Grew and George Stetson, two others who had influenced him, were non–trinitarians, Russell did not take a stand on the matter, at least publicly, until after his split with Paton."
      97. Jehovah's Witnesses, Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1993, page 120.
      98. N. H. Barbour, C. T. Russell, Three Worlds, 1877, page 57, "I am beginning to think Age-to-come people, and many others among pre-millennialists, do not believe in anything of a spiritual nature, or have the most remote comprehension of things of that order; either that the saint is raised 'a spiritual body,' or in the existence of spiritual beings, or even of the Holy Spirit itself. I know one class of age-to-come believers, the Christadelphians, do not. The Holy Spirit, say they, is but a principle, or element of power, and not an intelligence. It is nothing more nor less than 'electricity;' is taught in one of their books, now before me. What wonder they discern only a fleshly future."
      99. J. H. Paton, Day Dawn, A.D. Jones, 1880, page 225, 229, "The work of the Holy Spirit is one of the most important elements in the plan of revelation and salvation. He is always spoken of by the Saviour as a Person, and is called the " Spirit of truth." We will follow the Saviour's example in this, though we do not propose to deal with the philosophy of that fact. He being the Spirit of truth, it is His mission to make known the truth."
      100. Zion's Watch Tower, July 1880, page 8, "But the Spirit cannot resign his work until it is complete."
      101. Zion's Watch Tower, August 1880, page 4, "Then let the Spirit use his sword upon others as he may see fit to humble them, strip them of pride, and bring them to the rock that is higher than they."
      102. Zion's Watch Tower, November 1880, page 8, "The Spirit is still our leader and instructor. He is now telling us of Him who comes by way of unseen presence that He is here present."
      103. Zion's Watch Tower, March 1881, page 5, "The number three is surprisingly prominent, as the subject opens before us ... We would first call attention to the Divine Three – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – often mentioned in the Bible."
      104. Charles Taze Russell, "Harvest Gatherings and Siftings", Zion's Watch Tower, July 15, 1906, p. 3825 (reprint).
      105. Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, May 1882, Reprints 356, page 8.
      106. Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, September 1882, Reprints 392, page 4.
      107. "The Three Great Covenants", Zion's Watch Tower, March 1880.
      108. "The New Covenant vs the Law Covenant", Zion's Watch Tower, September 1887.
      109. Wills 2006, pp. 63–68
      110. Russell 1891, pp. 38,47–59
      111. Russell 1891, pp. 239–242
      112. Charles Taze Russell, "Harvest Gatherings and Siftings", Zion's Watch Tower, July 15, 1906, p. 3823 (reprint).
      113. Studies in the Scriptures 4. pp. 602–603.
      114. Russell 1889, p. 78
      115. "The Outlook - War & Prosperity", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, September 15, 1901 (R2876 page 292)
      116. "Universal Anarchy", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, July 1, 1904 (R3389 page 197)
      117. The New Creation, (Volume VI of Studies in the Scriptures), 1904, page 179: “We have every reason to believe that the definite, fixed number of the elect [chosen anointed ones] is that several times stated in Revelation (7:4; 14:1); namely, 144,000 ‘redeemed from amongst men."
      118. "The Great Company", Zion's Watch Tower, October 15, 1904.
      119. The New Creation, (Volume VI of Studies in the Scriptures), 1904, page 168-170.
      120. Wills 2006, pp. 57, 58
      121. "The Rank of the Ancient Worthies", "The Great Company", Zion's Watch Tower, October 15, 1904.
      122. "Our Advocate, the World's Mediator," Zion's Watch Tower, January 1, 1907.
      123. "The Word Mediator Used Differently,", Watch Tower, January 1909.
      124. Scenario of the Photo-Drama of Creation, ©1914 International Bible Students Association, page 3
      125. "Views from the Watch Tower", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, January 1, 1914 (R5373: page 3)
      126. Russell 1889, p. 101
      127. "Overcome With Wine", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, January 15, 1892 (R1357: page 27)
      128. "What Smiting of the Waters May Mean", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, February 1, 1916 (R5845: page 38)
      129. "The Burning of the Tares", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, September 1, 1916 (R5951: page 265)
      130. The Watch Tower, October 1, 1913, pgs 291-295.
      131. Zion's Watch Tower, April 1, 1916, pages 98-99.
      132. The Watch Tower, December 15, 1919, pg 375.
      133. "The Table of the Great King,", The Watchtower, April 1, 1919, as cited by James Penton, Apocalypse Delayed, pg 181.
      134. Russell 1889, p. 233
      135. Watch Tower, July 1, 1920, page 196.
      136. C. T. Russell, The Battle of Armageddon, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1897, page 568.
      137. "Gospel of the Kingdom", The Watchtower, July 1, 1920, pages 199-200.
      138. "View from the Tower", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, January 15, 1892 (R1354: page 19)
      139. New Heavens and a New Earth, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1953, page 225.
      140. Watch Tower, November 1, 1922, pages 332-337.
      141. Penton 1997, p. 72
      142."The Keys of the Kingdom and the Great Crowd", Watchtower, October 1, 1971, page 14.
      143. "The Parable of the sheep and goats", The Watchtower, October 15, 1923, pages 307-314.
      144. Wills 2006, p. 113
      145. Watch Tower, October 15, 1923.
      146. Wills 2006, pp. 141, 142
      147. Watch Tower, January 1, 1925.
      148. Rutherford 1930, p. 134
      149. Rutherford 1930, p. 223
      150. Rutherford 1930, p. 251
      151. Zion's Watch Tower, August 1, 1892, page 238.
      152. The Finished Mystery, 1917, pages 256-258. See comment on Rev. 16:16-20.
      153. Watch Tower, March 1, 1925, page 69.
      154. J. F. Rutherford, The Battle of Armageddon, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1889, page 541.
      155. "Restoration of True Religion", Watchtower, March 1, 1954, page 150.
      156. J.F. Rutherford, Deliverance, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, 1926, pages 268,269.
      157. Russell 1891, p. 306
      158. Watch Tower, June 1, 1927.
      159. Rutherford 1930, p. 226
      160. Russell 1891, p. 23
      161. Creation by J.F. Rutherford, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1927, chapter 12, page 314.
      162. The Battle of Armageddon (Part IV, "Studies in the Scriptures") by C. T. Russell, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1897, page 613.
      163. Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, July 15, 1906, page 215.
      164. Franz 2002, pp. 78–79
      165. Watch Tower, March 1, 1923, pages 68 and 71, as cited by Raymond Franz, Crisis of Conscience, Commentary Press, 2007, page 63.
      166. Watch Tower, January 1, 1927 and February, pages 7, 51-7, as cited by Penton, Apocalypse Delayed.
      167.The Watchtower: 62. February 15, 1927.
      168. Watchtower, June 15, 1922, page 187, as reproduced by Raymond Franz, Crisis of Conscience, page 225, 226.
      169. Watchtower, 1928, pages 339-45, 355-62, as cited by M. James Penton, Apocalypse Delayed, University of Toronto Press, page 170.
      170. "The Prince of Peace", Zion's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence, December 1, 1904, page 364.
      171. The Golden Age, December 24, 1919, page 215: "Christmas is regarded by many people as the date of the birth of the babe Jesus in a manger at Bethlehem. Whether the date is correct or not is of small importance, but the event was and is of the greatest importance."
      172. 1975 Yearbook, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, page 146
      173. Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1993, page 152.
      174. Franz 2007, p. 484
      175. "The Higher Powers", Watch Tower, June 1929, pages 163-169, 179-185.
      176. Penton 1997, p. 65
      177. The Watchtower, December 1, 1929, pages 355-357, as cited by Edmond C. Gruss, The Four Presidents of the Watch Tower Society, page 117 and Tony Wills, A People For His name, page 48.
      178. Penton 1997, p. 62
      179. Preservation by J. F. Rutherford, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1932, page 103-194.
      180. Watch Tower, October 1, 1932, page 294.
      181. Preparation, ©1933 by J. F. Rutherford, Watch Tower, page 196
      182. The Watchtower, February 15, 1925, page 57, "We know the work of restitution must come to the Jews first, and through them to the rest of the world. As the Scriptures state that Jerusalem is to be the capital of the world and that the ancient worthies are to be princes in all the earth, we are warranted in expecting that the kingdom work will begin at Jerusalem."
      183. Vindication, Book 2, by J.F. Rutherford, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1932, pages 258, 269, 295.
      184. Vindication, Book 3, by J.F. Rutherford, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1932, page 333.
      185. Jehovah's Witnesses – Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1993, page 165.
      186. Watchtower, August 15, 1934, as cited by Tony Wills, A People For His Name, pg 192-193.
      187. Vindication, J. F. Rutherford, Book III, pages 83. 84.
      188. Watchtower, January 15, 1927, pg 26, 27, "He who is called to be a minister of God must be a new creature, begotten of God's Holy Spirit; none other can have a share. In this ministry only those who are new creatures in Jesus Christ are entitled to share." As cited by Tony Wills, A People For His Name,(2007), pg 194.
      189. Prophecy by J. F. Rutherford, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1929, chapter 4, page 65.
      190. Watch Tower, December 1, 1933, page 362: "In the year 1914 that due time of waiting came to an end. Christ Jesus received the authority of the kingdom and was sent forth by Jehovah to rule amidst his enemies. The year 1914, therefore, marks the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of glory."
      191. Penton 1997, p. 69
      192. Jehovah, J.F. Rutherford, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1934.
      193. Watchtower, November 1, 1917, page 6161.
      194. J.F. Rutherford, Jehovah, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1934, page 191.
      195. Jehovah's Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1959, page 140.
      196. The Watchtower, March 1, 1935
      197. The Golden Age, October 12, 1921, Page 17, "Vaccination never prevented anything and never will, and is the most barbarous practice ... We are in the last days; and the devil is slowly losing his hold, making a strenuous effort meanwhile to do all the damage he can, and to his credit can such evils be placed ... Use your rights as American citizens to forever abolish the devilish practice of vaccinations."
      198. The Golden Age, January 5, 1929, Page 502, "Thinking people would rather have smallpox than vaccination, because the latter sows seeds of syphilis, cancers, eczema, erysipelas, scrofula, consumption, even leprosy and many other loathsome affections. Hence the practice of vaccinations is a crime, an outrage, and a delusion."
      199. The Golden Age, April 2, 1935, Page 465, "As vaccination is a direct injection of animal matter in the blood stream, vaccination is a direct violation of the law of Jehovah God."
      200. Riches, by J.F. Rutherford, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1936, page 27.
      201. Franz 2007, p. 150
      202. Watchtower, November 1, 1937, page 336, as cited by Tony Wills, A People For His Name, pg 195.
      203. Watchtower, March 1, 1930, page 71, "Since "Christ' means the anointed of God, it is manifestly true that no one can properly be termed a Christian who is not in Christ and who has not received the anointing."
      204. A People for His Name, Tony Wills, pgs 186-187, citing Watchtower October 15, 1938, pg 307, Watchtower, November 1, 1938, page 323, Watchtower, November 15, 1938, page 346.
      205. Watch Tower, November 1, 1939, as cited by Jehovah's Witnesses, Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1993, page 193.
      206. The Watchtower, July 1, 1942, pages 205-206
      207. "Questions from Readers". The Watchtower: 94. February 1, 1955. "Jehovah's witnesses from 1877 up to and including the publishing of "The Truth Shall Make You Free" of 1943 considered 536 B.C. as the year for the return of the Jews to Palestine"
      208. "Determining the Year by Fact and Bible". The Watchtower: 271–2. May 1, 1952. "Concerning the first error, Russell and others considered 1 B.C. to A.D. 1 as being two years whereas in fact this is only one year because, as has been said above, there is no "zero" year in the B.C.-A.D. system for counting years."
      209. Russell 1889, p. 54
      210. Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, May 15, 1896, R1980 page 112.
      211. Three Worlds, by N. H. Barbour and C. T. Russell, 1877, pages 67, 186, as cited by Edmund Gruss, The Jehovah's Witnesses and Prophetic Speculation, 1972, pages 62-63.
      212. The Truth Shall Make You Free, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1943, chapter 11, page 151.
      213. Gruss, Edmond C. (1972), The Jehovah's Witnesses and Prophetic Speculation, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co, pp. 68–69, ISBN 0-87552-306-4
      214. Penton 1997, p. 89
      215. The Watchtower, May 15, 1944.
      216. The New Creation, Watch Tower, 1904, pages 289-290, "The administration of discipline is not the function of the elders only, but of the entire [congregation]. ... If the reproved one fails to clear himself, and continues in the error or sin, then two or three brethren without previous prejudice should be asked to hear the matter and advise the disputants. (Elders they may or may not be, but their eldership would add no force or authority in the case except as their judgment might be the riper and their influence the more potent.) If this committee decide unanimously with either party, the other should acquiesce and the matter be wholly at an end--correction, or restitution, so far as possible, being promptly made. If either of the original disputants still persists in the wrong course, the [accuser, a committee member] or, preferably, all of these together, may then (but not sooner) exercise their privilege of bringing the matter before the [congregation]. Thus it is evident that the Elders were in no sense to be judges of the members—hearing and judgment were left to the [congregation]. The two preliminary steps (above mentioned) having been taken, the facts being certified to the elders, it would be their duty to call a general meeting of the [congregation], as a court--to hear the case in all of its particulars, and in the name and reverence of its Head to render a decision. ... if the transgressor refuse to hear (obey) the decision of the entire [congregation], ... the [congregation] is to withdraw from him its fellowship and any and all signs or manifestations of brotherhood. [emphasis retained from original]
      217. "Questions From Readers", The Watchtower, 1 February 1955: 94–95
      218. Penton 1997, p. 153
      219. The Watchtower, July 1. 1945.
      220. The Watch Tower, November 15, 1892 p. 351.
      221. The Watch Tower, April 15, 1909 pp. 116-117, "These prohibitions had never come to the Gentiles, because they had never been under the Law Covenant; but so deeply rooted were the Jewish ideas on this subject that it was necessary to the peace of the Church that the Gentiles should observe this matter also ... these items thus superadded to the Law of Love should be observed by all spiritual Israelites as representing the Divine will.”
      222. The Watchtower: 404. July 1, 1951.
      223. Questions From Readers, Watchtower, October 1, 1951.
      224. The Watchtower, December 15, 1952.
      225. "Questions From Readers", Watchtower, September 15, 1958: "Q: Are we to consider the injection of serums such as diphtheria toxin antitoxin and blood fractions such as gamma globulin into the blood stream, for the purpose of building up resistance to disease by means of antibodies, the same as the drinking of blood or the taking of blood or blood plasma by means of transfusion? A: No, it does not seem necessary that we put the two in the same category, although we have done so in times past.
      226. "Questions From Readers", The Watchtower, 1 February 1955: 95
      227. "Interesting Queries", Watch Tower, July 15, 1898, page 216.
      228. Watchtower, November 15, 1939, page 339: "Jehovah God commands all to worship Christ Jesus because Christ Jesus is the express image of his Father, Jehovah"
      229. Watchtower, October 15, 1945, page 313: "Since Jehovah God now reigns as King by means of his capital organization Zion, then whosoever would worship Him must also worship and bow down to Jehovah's Chief One in that capital organization, namely, Christ Jesus."
      230. "Questions From Readers", Watchtower, January 1, 1954, page 30.
      231. "Modern Restoration of True Worship (1919-1932)", The Watchtower, May 15, 1955, page 296, "Jesus—then to expand on a global scale—so now in the spring of 1919 there was an outpouring of Jehovah’s Holy Spirit organizationally upon the Christian remnant."
      232. Watchtower, January 15, 1961, page 63.
      233. Watchtower, August 1, 1961, page 480.
      234. Watchtower, November 15, 1962.
      235. The Divine Plan of the Ages, by C. T. Russell, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1886, page 266: "They taught the Church to obey the laws, and to respect those in authority because of their office, even if they were not personally worthy of esteem; to pay their appointed taxes, and, except where they conflicted with God's laws (Acts 4: 19; 5: 29), to offer no resistance to any established law. (Rom. 13: 1 - 7)"
      236. "The Congregation in the Time of the End", Watchtower, March 1, 1961, page 146.
      237. All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1963, page 286.
      238. "The Removal of Mankind's Chief Disturber", The Watchtower, 15 July 1967: 446–447
      239. Awake, June 8, 1968, Page 21 “Christian witnesses of Jehovah,... consider all transplants between humans as cannibalism.”
      240. Watchtower, November 15, 1967, pages 702-704
      241. Penton, M. J. Penton, Apocalypse Delayed, University of Toronto Press, pp. 165–171, "In 1967 the society suddenly decided that what had been permissible no longer was. Organ transplants suddenly became a form of human cannibalism ... Yet after many faithful Jehovah's Witnesses had suffered for their faith by giving up transplants which in some cases could have made their lives more pleasant and comfortable and by saving them from early death in others, the society again reversed itself."
      242. "Keep Abstaining from Blood", Awake!, July 8, 1972, page 28, "The stand of the Christian witnesses of Jehovah—that such transplants are in effect a form of cannibalism—proved a safeguard. How so? In that it spared them much frustration, grief and anxiety, which were experienced not only by the patients and their relatives but even by many of the assisting medical personnel."
      243. "Questions From Readers", The Watchtower, February 1, 1955, page 95, "However, from our present chronology (which is admitted imperfect) at best the fall of the year 1976 would be the end of 6,000 years of human history for mankind... Obviously, whatever amount of Adam’s 930 years was lived before the beginning of that seventh-day rest of Jehovah, that unknown amount would have to be added to the 1976 date."
      244. Thy Kingdom Come by C. T. Russell, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1889, pages 127-128. "long enough [for Adam] to realize his lack of a companion" and an additional "two years would not be an improbable estimate" to have passed between Adam's creation and Edenic expulsion (beginning the seventh creative day).
      245. "Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975?", The Watchtower, August 15, 1968, page 499-500
      246. Watchtower, June 1, 1973, page 340.
      247. "Questions From Readers", Watchtower, March 15, 1980, page 31.
      248. John Dart, "Defectors Feel Witnsses' Wrath", Los Angeles Times, January 30, 1982, Part II, page 4, "The Sept. 15 Watchtower magazine told members that anyone who has written a letter of resignation should be shunned as if he had been 'disfellowshipped', or expelled ... 'This is a hardening, a tightening, of our policy,' confirmed William Van De Wall, a headquarters spokesman for the Watchtower Society. Denying any great membership losses, Van De Wall said the new directive was to counteract 'disgruntled' ex-members."
      249. “Seek Peace and Pursue It”, The Watchtower, July 15, 1983, page 25
      250. "Questions from readers", The Watchtower, January 1, 1987, page 30, "A study of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and of our location in the stream of time strongly indicate that each of the creative days is 7,000 years long. It is understood that Christ’s reign of a thousand years will bring to a close God’s 7,000-year ‘rest day,’ the last ‘day’ of the creative week. Based on this reasoning, the entire creative week would be 49,000 years long."
      251. "Creation", Insight, volume 1, 1988 Watch Tower, page 545, "Since the seventh day has been continuing for thousands of years, it may reasonably be concluded that each of the six creative periods, or days, was at least thousands of years in length ... Ascribing not just 24 hours but a longer period of time, thousands of years, to each of the creative days better harmonizes with the evidence found in the earth itself."
      252. All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, 1990, page 286.
      253. Man's Salvation Out of World Distress at Hand!, pages 167–168 (1975)
      254. The Watchtower, April 15, 1992, pages 12–17
      255. Watchtower, November 1, 1995, page 20.
      256. The Watchtower, June 1, 1997, page 28: "The recent information in The Watchtower about "this generation" did not change our understanding of what occurred in 1914. But it did give us a clearer grasp of Jesus' use of the term "generation," helping us to see that his usage was no basis for calculating-counting from 1914 – how close to the end we are."
      257. Joel P. Engardio (December 18, 1995), "Apocalypse Later", Newsweek
      258. Penton 1997, p. 317
      259. John Dart, "Jehovah's Witnesses Abandon Key Tenet", Los Angeles Times, November 4, 1995.
      260. Watchtower, February 1, 1995.
      261. Penton 1997, p. 316
      262. "Part 2—Flashes of Light—Great and Small", The Watchtower, May 15, 1995, page 25
      263. "Chapter 24: Why Jesus Came to Earth", The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, ©1991, "Jesus came to earth particularly to preach about God’s Kingdom, which will vindicate his Father’s name"
      264. Watchtower, February 15, 1995, p.19.
      265. Watchtower, May 1, 2007, pages 30-31: "It appears that we can not set a specific date for when the calling of Christians to the heavenly hope ends."
      266. "Watchtower", February 15, 2008, pages 23-24: "On the other hand, Christ's faithful anointed brothers, the modern-day John class, have recognized this sign as if it were a flash of lightning and have understood its true meaning. As a class, these anointed ones make up the modern-day "generation" of contemporaries that will not pass away "until all these things occur."* This suggests that some who are Christ's anointed brothers will still be alive on earth when the foretold great tribulation begins."
      267. "Holy spirit's role in the outworking of Jehovah's purposes", The Watchtower, 15 April 2010: 10
      268. "Your Leader Is One, the Christ". The Watchtower: 23. September 15, 2010.
      269. "Annual Meeting Report".
      270. The Watchtower: 20–25. July 15, 2013.
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    • RECHERCHONS DES PERLES SPIRITUELLES - SEMAINE DU 9 Décembre 2019 - Révélation 10-12.docx RECHERCHONS DES PERLES SPIRITUELLES - SEMAINE DU 9 Décembre 2019 - Révélation 10-12.pdf Recherchons des perles spirituelles (8 min) : Révélation 10-12 Révélation 10:9, 10 : En quel sens le message donné à Jean était-il à la fois « amer » et « doux » ? (it-2 821 § 1). « Je suis donc allé vers l’ange et lui ai demandé de me donner le petit rouleau. Il m’a dit : « Prends-le et mange-le. Il sera amer pour ton estomac, mais dans ta bouche il sera doux comme du miel. » 10 J’ai pris le petit rouleau de la main de l’ange et je l’ai mangé. Dans ma bouche, il a été doux comme du miel, mais une fois avalé il est devenu amer pour mon estomac. » Emploi symbolique. Le mot “ rouleau ” est employé plusieurs fois dans un sens symbolique dans la Bible. Ézéchiel et Zacharie virent chacun un rouleau écrit des deux côtés. Puisque d’habitude on se servait d’un seul côté d’un rouleau, le fait que les deux côtés soient utilisés est peut-être l’indice du poids, de l’étendue et de la gravité des jugements consignés dans ces rouleaux (Éz 2:9–3:3 ; Zach 5:1-4). Dans la vision de la Révélation, celui qui était sur le trône tenait dans sa main droite un rouleau portant sept sceaux qui empêchaient de voir ce qui était écrit, jusqu’à ce que l’Agneau de Dieu les ouvre. Plus tard dans la vision, Jean lui-même se vit présenter un rouleau qu’il reçut l’ordre de manger. Son goût parut doux à Jean, mais il rendit son ventre amer. Le rouleau étant ouvert et non scellé, il s’agissait de quelque chose qui devait être compris. Il parut “ doux ” à Jean de recevoir le message contenu dans ce rouleau, mais il s’y trouvait selon toute apparence des choses amères à prophétiser, ce qu’il reçut l’ordre de faire. Ézéchiel vécut à peu près la même chose avec le rouleau qui lui fut présenté et dans lequel se trouvaient “ des chants funèbres, des gémissements et des lamentations ”. Éz 2:10. - it-2 821 § 1 Il lui est doux de se nourrir de ce rouleau, parce que celui-ci vient de Dieu. Mais il lui semble amer de le digérer, car ce rouleau annonce des choses désagréables pour les humains rebelles. A notre époque, les membres de la grande foule proclament  avec zèle la bonne nouvelle en utilisant des paroles douces et accompagnées de charme pour parler des dispositions merveilleuses prises par Jéhovah en faveur des chrétiens comparables à des brebis. Mais pour les humains qui s’y opposent, il s’agit d’une mauvaise nouvelle. Pour quelle raison ? Elle signifie que le système dans lequel ils se confient, et qui leur procure même peut-être une satisfaction éphémère, doit disparaître. Pour eux, la bonne nouvelle signifie donc la mort – re p158 Révélation 12:1-5 : Comment ces versets se sont-ils réalisés ? (it-1 673 § 4-6). «  Puis un grand signe est apparu dans le ciel : Une femme était revêtue du soleil, et la lune était sous ses pieds, et elle avait sur la tête une couronne de 12 étoiles.  Elle était enceinte, et elle criait dans les douleurs et les tourments de l’accouchement.  Un autre signe est apparu dans le ciel. Regardez ! Un grand dragon couleur de feu, avec sept têtes et dix cornes, et un diadème sur chaque tête ; 4 et sa queue traîne le tiers des étoiles du ciel, et il les a jetées sur la terre. Et le dragon se tenait devant la femme qui était sur le point d’accoucher, prêt à dévorer son enfant lorsqu’elle accoucherait.  Et elle a donné naissance à un garçon, oui à un fils, qui va mener toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer. Et son enfant a vite été emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône. » Dans la vision rapportée dans la Révélation, l’apôtre Jean vit une femme céleste qui criait “ dans les douleurs et les tourments de l’accouchement ”. L’enfant qui naquit était ‘ un fils, un mâle, qui ferait paître toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer ’. Malgré les efforts du dragon pour le dévorer, “ son enfant a été emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône ”. (Ré 12:1, 2, 4-6.) Le fait que ce fils serait emporté par Dieu montrerait qu’Il le reconnaîtrait comme le sien, de même que la coutume voulait jadis qu’on présente un nouveau-né à son père pour que celui-ci le reconnaisse . Il s’ensuit que la “ femme ” en question est la “ femme ” de Dieu, la “ Jérusalem d’en haut ”, la “ mère ” du Christ et de ses frères spirituels. — Ga 4:26 ; Hé 2:11, 12, 17. La “ femme ” céleste de Dieu serait évidemment parfaite, et la naissance n’occasionnerait pas de douleur réelle. Par conséquent, les douleurs indiqueraient symboliquement que la “ femme ” sentirait venir la naissance ; elle l’attendrait pour très bientôt. — Ré 12:2. Qui serait ce “ fils, un mâle ” ? Il devait “ faire paître toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer ”. C’est là ce qu’annonçait Psaume 2:6-9 à propos du Roi messianique de Dieu. Mais Jean contempla cette vision longtemps après la naissance du Christ sur la terre, sa mort et sa résurrection. Il s’avérerait donc que cette vision se rapporte à la naissance du Royaume messianique confié par Dieu à son Fils Jésus Christ qui, après avoir été relevé d’entre les morts, “ s’est assis à la droite de Dieu, attendant désormais jusqu’à ce que ses ennemis soient placés comme un escabeau pour ses pieds ”. Ré 12:10. - it-1 673 § 4-6 La Révélation, livre fortement symbolique, dépeint le Diable sous les traits d’un “ grand dragon couleur de feu ”. (Révélation 12:3.) Pourquoi ? Non pas parce qu’il a littéralement un corps hideux, effrayant. En fait nous ne savons pas quel genre de corps possèdent les créatures spirituelles, mais sous ce rapport Satan ne diffère probablement pas des autres, et “ un grand dragon couleur de feu ” est une image appropriée de l’état d’esprit vorace, effroyable, puissant et destructeur de Satan. - TG2001  1/9 p6 Pour la première fois Jean voit une femme dans le ciel. Il ne s’agit évidemment pas d’une femme réelle. Cette femme est plutôt un signe, ou un symbole. Que symbolise-t-elle ? La femme que Jean voit ici est mariée, et elle est sur le point d’accoucher. Qui est son mari ? Eh bien, la suite du récit nous apprend que son enfant est “ emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône ”. (Révélation 12:5.) Jéhovah revendique ainsi la paternité de cet enfant. Par conséquent, la femme que Jean voit doit être la femme symbolique de Jéhovah. L’apôtre Paul apporte un dernier élément d’information quand il dit : “ La Jérusalem d’en haut est libre, et elle est notre mère. ” (Galates 4:26). La “ femme ” vue par Jean est donc “ la Jérusalem d’en haut ”. Mais qu’est-ce exactement que la Jérusalem d’en haut ? Puisque Paul dit qu’elle est “ d’en haut ” et que Jean la voit dans le ciel, il est clair qu’elle n’est pas une ville terrestre ; elle n’est pas non plus à confondre avec la “ Nouvelle Jérusalem ”, car cette organisation-là est l’épouse de Christ et non la femme de Jéhovah. Notez que la femme en question porte une couronne de douze étoiles. Le chiffre douze se rapporte à ce qui est complet dans le domaine de l’organisation. Par conséquent, ces 12 étoiles semblent indiquer que cette femme est une organisation dans le ciel, de même que la Jérusalem antique en était une sur la terre. La Jérusalem d’en haut est l’organisation universelle de Jéhovah, composée de créatures spirituelles, qui, telle une femme, le sert et met au monde des enfants. Jean voit cette femme revêtue du soleil avec la lune sous ses pieds. Si nous ajoutons à cette description la couronne d’étoiles, elle est totalement enveloppée de lumières célestes. La faveur divine l’éclaire jour et nuit. Quel symbole approprié de l’organisation céleste de Jéhovah qui est resplendissante ! Cette femme est également enceinte et dans les douleurs de l’accouchement. Ses cris, implorant l’aide divine, indiquent que son heure est venue d’accoucher. Dans la Bible, les douleurs de l’accouchement symbolisent souvent le dur travail qu’il faut accomplir pour arriver à un résultat important. L’organisation céleste de Jéhovah a sans doute éprouvé ces douleurs de l’accouchement alors qu’elle se préparait à cette naissance historique. C’est “ un fils, un mâle ”. Pourquoi Jean utilise-t-il ces deux termes ? Pour souligner que l’enfant a les aptitudes et les compétences requises pour dominer les nations avec la puissance qui convient. Ces termes soulignent aussi combien cette naissance est un événement mémorable et joyeux. Elle joue un rôle capital pour ce qui est de mener à son terme le saint secret de Dieu. En effet, cet enfant mâle ne va-t-il pas “ faire paître toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer ” ? La naissance vue par Jean a un rapport étroit avec Jésus Christ. Non, pas avec sa mise au monde par une vierge avant le Ier siècle de notre ère, ni avec le moment où il a été relevé pour la vie spirituelle en l’an 33 de notre ère. Et il n’est pas davantage question de transmigration. Jean parle plutôt de la naissance du Royaume de Dieu en 1914 comme d’une réalité, Jésus — dans les cieux depuis près de vingt siècles maintenant — ayant alors été intronisé comme Roi. Jamais Jéhovah ne permettrait à Satan de dévorer Sa femme ou Son fils nouveau-né ! À sa naissance, l’enfant mâle est “ emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône ”. Il est ainsi placé entièrement sous la protection de Jéhovah, qui va prendre le plus grand soin de ce Royaume nouveau-né, l’instrument par lequel il sanctifiera son saint nom. Dans le même temps, la femme s’enfuit dans un lieu que Dieu lui a préparé dans le désert. Suivront de plus amples explications à ce sujet. Pour ce qui est de Satan, tous les éléments sont maintenant réunis pour que se produise un événement capital qui l’empêchera à jamais de menacer le Royaume dans les cieux. – re p178   Qu’est-ce que la lecture biblique de cette semaine t’a appris sur Jéhovah ? Jéhovah confie une autre mission à Jean. Après que les sept tonnerres ont retenti, l’ange vigoureux prend de nouveau la parole : “ Et l’ange que j’ai vu se tenant debout sur la mer et sur la terre a levé sa main droite vers le ciel, et par Celui qui vit à tout jamais, qui a créé le ciel et les choses qui s’y trouvent, et la terre et les choses qui s’y trouvent, et la mer et les choses qui s’y trouvent, il a juré : ‘ Il n’y aura plus de délai. ’ ” (Révélation 10:5, 6). Par qui l’ange vigoureux jure-t-il ? Jésus glorifié jure, non pas par lui-même, mais par la plus haute Autorité qui soit : Jéhovah, le Créateur immortel des cieux et de la terre (Isaïe 45:12, 18). Par ce serment, l’ange donne à Jean l’assurance que Dieu n’accordera plus de délai. Comme le mot “ délai ” traduit ici le grec khronos, qui signifie littéralement “ temps ”, certains pensent que cette déclaration de l’ange doit être rendue comme suit : “ Il n’y aura plus de temps ”, comme si le temps tel que nous le connaissons devait disparaître. Cependant, dans ce verset, le mot khronos est utilisé sans l’article défini. Il ne désigne donc pas le temps en général, mais plutôt “ un temps ” ou “ une période de temps ”. En d’autres termes, Jéhovah n’accordera plus une période de temps (ou un délai) supplémentaire. Un verbe grec dérivé du terme khronos apparaît également en Hébreux 10:37 où Paul, citant Habaqouq 2:3, 4, écrit que “ celui qui vient [...] ne tardera pas ”. – re chap24 p157 §10,11 Jéhovah Dieu vit depuis des temps indéfinis et pour des temps indéfinis, à tout jamais Rév. 10 :6. Il est le Roi d’éternité, incorruptible, invisible, le seul vrai Dieu. Il n’existait pas de dieu avant lui et il est aussi sans fin dans les temps à venir. – it-1 p637 Jéhovah règne. Par le moyen de son Royaume messianique il exerce sa souveraineté sur l’humanité, de merveilleuse façon. C’est ce que confirme la vision suivante de Jean : “ Et le temple-sanctuaire de Dieu qui est dans le ciel a été ouvert, et on a vu l’arche de son alliance dans son temple-sanctuaire. Et il y a eu des éclairs, et des voix, et des tonnerres, et un tremblement de terre, et une grande grêle. ” (Révélation 11:19). C’est ici la seule mention de l’arche de l’alliance de Dieu dans la Révélation. L’Arche avait été le symbole visible de la présence de Jéhovah au sein d’Israël, son peuple. Dans le tabernacle, et plus tard dans le temple construit par Salomon, l’Arche était dans le Très-Saint. Quelque 2 600 ans plus tard, l’arche apparaît une fois encore. Mais dans la vision de Jean, cette arche ne se trouve pas dans un temple terrestre. Elle est dans le sanctuaire céleste de Dieu. À nouveau Jéhovah domine par l’entremise d’un roi de la lignée royale de David. Mais cette fois, le Roi, Christ Jésus, est intronisé dans la Jérusalem céleste, la position élevée et avantageuse d’où il exécute les jugements de Jéhovah – re p175 §12 Le saint nom de Dieu a été attaqué, sali par le mensonge et la calomnie. En Éden, Satan a diffamé Jéhovah, le faisant passer pour un Souverain injuste. Le chef du monde impie a veillé depuis à ce que les mensonges sur Dieu se multiplient  - Révélation 12:9. Les religions ont dépeint un Dieu despotique, distant, cruel, un Dieu qui, affirment-elles, soutient leurs guerres sanguinaires. Quant aux prodigieux actes de création, on les met souvent désormais sur le compte du hasard et de l’évolution. Indéniablement calomnié, le nom de Dieu a besoin d’être sanctifié, de se voir restituer sa gloire légitime. Il nous tarde que Jéhovah sanctifie son nom et justifie sa souveraineté, et nous sommes heureux de collaborer de près ou de loin à ce grand dessein. – cl chap3 §13 Chacun de nous doit prouver sa fidélité à Jéhovah. Rappelons-nous que Satan a mis en doute l’intégrité et la fidélité de tous les serviteurs de Jéhovah. Il a prétendu que nous ne lui resterions pas fidèles dans les épreuves (Job 1:9-11 ; 2:4 ; Rév. 12:10). Si Jéhovah nous protégeait d’épreuves qu’il estimerait trop difficiles pour nous, cela ne donnerait-il pas du poids à l’accusation de Satan selon laquelle nous servons Dieu par intérêt ? – TG2017/2 p30 Notre amour pour Jéhovah nous a poussés à nous vouer à lui et à nous faire baptiser. Nous désirons du fond du cœur lui rester fidèles. Toutefois, notre ennemi Satan le Diable est déterminé à briser notre intégrité (Rév. 12:17). Or nous avons pris la décision de servir Jéhovah et d’observer ses commandements. Alors, qu’il serait triste de revenir sur notre vœu ! Ce changement d’avis pourrait nous coûter la vie. – TG2014  15/12 Quelles autres perles spirituelles as-tu découvertes dans la lecture biblique de cette semaine ? Satan et les démons utilisent aussi la fausse religion et le système commercial pour égarer « la terre habitée tout entière » (Rév. 12:9). Au moyen de la fausse religion, Satan répand des mensonges sur Jéhovah. Il essaie même de faire disparaître le nom de Dieu. À cause de cela, des personnes sincères qui pensent adorer Dieu adorent en fait des démons. Pour répandre des mensonges, Satan se sert aussi du système commercial. Par exemple, il fait croire aux gens que le meilleur moyen d’être heureux est de posséder beaucoup d’argent et de biens matériels. Ceux qui croient ce mensonge passent leur vie à servir « la Richesse » plutôt que Dieu (Mat. 6:24). Même si au départ ils aiment Dieu, leur amour pour les choses matérielles finit par devenir le plus fort – TG2018/5 §7 La Bible appelle Satan “ l’accusateur de nos frères, qui les accuse jour et nuit devant notre Dieu ”. (Révélation 12:10.) Ces frères accusés faussement sont les chrétiens oints qui vivent sur la terre durant les derniers jours. Nous devons être particulièrement prudents quand nous entendons des choses sur les Témoins de Jéhovah. C’est pourquoi Jésus nous a avertis que des opposants diraient « toutes sortes de mensonges malveillants » contre nous (Mat. 5:11). Si nous gardons à l’esprit cet avertissement, nous ne serons pas surpris d’entendre des choses choquantes sur les Témoins. – TG2018/8 §6 La Parole de Dieu déclare au sujet des frères oints du Christ : “ Ils l’ont vaincu [Satan] à cause [...] de la parole de leur témoignage. ” (Révélation 12:11). Il y a par conséquent une relation directe entre le fait de vaincre Satan — l’auteur du mal — et la prédication du message du Royaume. Rien d’étonnant donc que Satan lutte avec acharnement contre le reste oint et la “ grande foule ” en leur suscitant de l’opposition ! — Révélation 12:17 L’opposition peut revêtir la forme d’attaques verbales ou de menaces de violence physique. Mais elle peut prendre d’autres formes, plus subtiles encore. Quoi qu’il en soit, le but de Satan est toujours le même : arrêter l’œuvre de prédication. Toutefois, il échouera lamentablement. Les serviteurs de Dieu d’aujourd’hui sont déterminés à “ continuer à vaincre le mal par le bien ”. Ils le feront en poursuivant la proclamation de la bonne nouvelle jusqu’à ce que Jéhovah déclare l’œuvre achevée  -TG2007/7 p31 Plus la fin de ce monde mauvais approche, plus Satan est en colère parce qu’il ne lui reste que très peu de temps pour agir. (Révélation 12:12) À l’approche d’Amarguédon, il tente de nous affaiblir spirituellement par toutes sortes d’épreuves et de pressions. À cela s’ajoutent les tensions du quotidien Attendons-nous à ce que Satan intensifie ses attaques à mesure que la fin de ce monde approche Les gens qui sont influencés par le Diable deviendront certainement de plus en plus malhonnêtes. Et ils essaieront surtout de tromper les adorateurs de Jéhovah. Il arrive que des articles de journaux, des émissions de télévision ou des sites Internet parlent des Témoins de Jéhovah et de leurs croyances. Parfois ils ne disent qu’une partie de ce qui est vrai. Parfois aussi ils mentent. Certaines personnes sont choquées ou se fâchent parce qu’elles croient ces mensonges et ne vérifient pas les faits. Heureusement, nous pouvons nous défendre contre les mensonges du Diable. – TG2013  15/12 §2,3 Les attaques intenses. L’apôtre Jean a déclaré : “ Le monde entier se trouve au pouvoir du méchant. ” (1 Jean 5:19). Ces paroles comportent un avertissement pour tous les vrais chrétiens. Puisque Satan a déjà dévoré dans son entier le monde des humains éloignés de Dieu, il peut à présent concentrer, et même intensifier, ses attaques sur ceux qui ont réussi à lui échapper jusqu’à maintenant : les serviteurs de Jéhovah (Révélation 12:12, 17). Satan éprouve une grande colère parce qu’il sait qu’il ne pourra plus agir bien longtemps. C’est pourquoi il accentue ses pressions. Aujourd’hui, nous subissons sa rage destructrice, dans un ultime déchaînement de sauvagerie. De ce fait, il nous faut plus que jamais “ discerner les temps afin de connaître ce que nous devons faire ”. – lv chap16 §7
    • Jackson was a pugilist and history always finds a place for one like him, He was know to “lose it” over any insult to his wife. Returning victorious from somewhere, he decided to invade Spanish-held Florida, pretty much without pretext. He figured his country would thank him for it later.
    • Thanks for respond and for your understanding.  I would like to add also this about WT Society "warnings" and strong recommendations through publications and public talks about "higher education". We have young people who going to High school of some sort. WT Society not giving explicit "warnings" about this level of education. Perhaps because WT think how young "worldly" people of that age are not big "risk" for young JW members. :)) Also, we have young people who going to Universities and similar educational level. But WT consider how young "worldly" people of that age is very "dangerous" and are big "risk" for young JW members. :)) But, have in mind also this. Many of this young "worldly" people from both level of educations ended....where?? At some working place, on some job. And now we have big surprise. Where young and not young JW members working, on what working place, on what job? At same place with all those "worldly" people who JW members try to avoid when were younger, when were in similar/same age. And now they are all together ....despite all efforts JW members done in previous years. Some JW member working at place as janitor and his school colleague (known or unknown)  is Principal or Manager or Boss who giving him orders what and how to do something. JW members avoid to be with him at University but spend with him cca 8 hours a day in same Firm. Well, what is so special to be benefit of that?    To be in Line, to be Consistent  in "warnings and advice" about issue how to avoid this sorts of "risk" to be near "worldly" people,  WT Society should have to warn JW people not to looking for "secular" job because it is big "risk" to put yourself in such a godless society/environment.  Bible shows how old and young can be caught in same sort of "trap". :))
    • Vidéo par écrit nos frères coréens libérés de prison.docx Vidéo par écrit nos frères coréens libérés de prison.pdf https://www.jw.org/fr/bibliothèque/videos/#fr/mediaitems/pub-jwb_201812_16_VIDEO   Vidéo par écrit : « Nos frères coréens : libérés de prison » Geoffrey Jackson   Bienvenue dans cette édition spéciale. Comme annoncé le 30 novembre 2018 dans la rubrique « Salle de presse » de JW.ORG, le gouvernement sud-coréen a fait libérer 57 frères qui étaient emprisonnés pour objection de conscience. Le Collège central et les Témoins de Jéhovah du monde entier partagent la joie de ces frères et de leurs familles. Le ministère de la Justice a accordé une libération anticipée à nos frères qui avaient déjà purgé au moins 6 mois de leur peine de 18 mois. Nous espérons que huit autres frères seront libérés eux aussi quand ils atteindront six mois de prison. Ces huit frères sont les derniers des plus de 19 000 Témoins emprisonnés en Corée depuis 1953. Mais qu’est ce qui a conduit à cette libération historique ? En 2018, plusieurs hautes instances judiciaires de Corée ont reconnu que l’objection de conscience est un droit fondamental. La Corée du Sud fait donc maintenant partie des nombreux pays du monde qui considèrent que le refus du service militaire pour raisons religieuses n’est pas un délit. Ainsi, les portes des prisons se sont ouvertes pour nos 57 frères. DAE-IL HONG, Comité de filiale de Corée : « Récemment, notre filiale a reçu un rapport encourageant des anciens désignés  pour soutenir nos frères en prison. Les frères ayant purgé au moins six mois de peine pourraient obtenir une libération conditionnelle. »   Une mère : « Cette nouvelle était si extraordinaire que j’avais du mal à y croire » Un père : « Mon fils va être libéré deux mois plutôt que prévu. J’ai entendu dire que deux mois en prison, ça paraît très long ; et même un jour, d’ailleurs. » DAE-IL HONG : « Avant, nos frères n’obtenaient une libération conditionnelle qu’au bout de 14 mois, c’était donc une magnifique surprise, et beaucoup étaient fous de joie. » Un père : « ça fait plus d’un an que je n’ai pas pu serrer mon fils dans mes bras. Alors demain, la première chose que je vais faire c’est le serrer très fort, et lui dire que je suis fier qu’il ait tenu bon en prison. » Une mère : « Mon fils s’occupait des détenus malades, ce qui peut être dangereux à cause des maladies transmissibles par le sang. Alors, je regardais toujours s’il n’avait pas de plaies ouvertes sur les mains et les pieds. Demain, je vais pouvoir lui tenir les mains, et je ne vais pas les lâcher de sitôt. » En tout, 57 frères ont été libérés de 16 prisons en même temps. C’est incroyable. La décision rendue par la Cour suprême le mois dernier a joué un rôle capital dans la libération anticipée de nos frères. La Cour a affirmé que ceux qui « refusent le service militaire en raison de convictions profondes, fermes et sincères devraient être protégées ». C’est le magnifique résultat de tout ce qui a été fait ces dernières années. Par exemple, depuis 2007, le Collège central a apporté de l’aide et du soutien à nos frères pour qu’ils présentent une défense solide devant les tribunaux. Plus de 120 d’entre eux ont été déclarés non coupables par des juridictions inférieures. La Cour qui avait examiné cette question pendant de nombreuses années, a rendu une décision historique en déclarant inconstitutionnelle l’absence de service de remplacement. De plus, des organisations internationales des droits de l’homme ont préconisé la libération des objecteurs de conscience. Et puis, les Témoins de Jéhovah du monde entier prient constamment pour leurs frères emprisonnés. Nous sommes convaincus que ces prières ont largement contribué à ce revirement de situation. Ils ont aussi envoyé à la filiale de nombreuses lettres d’encouragement. Elles ont toutes été transmises à nos frères emprisonnés. Ces lettres les ont sans aucun doute aidés à endurer. Nos frères vont maintenant retrouver leurs familles, après plusieurs mois de séparation. Un frère libéré : « J’attendais ce jour avec impatience ; je suis si heureux de retrouver ma famille. » Un père : « Grâce à la protection de Jéhovah notre fils est en bonne santé et nous pouvons enfin le serrer dans nos bras. » La décision de la Cour et la libération anticipée de nos frères nous remplissent de joie. Nous avons hâte de les voir profiter de leur liberté pour louer Jéhovah. Pendant ces 65 dernières années, notre Dieu bienveillant a préservé nos frères qui sont restés intègres. Merci à Jéhovah pour son attention pleine d’amour. 1 Pierre 2 :19 dit : « Quand quelqu’un endure des épreuves et souffre injustement pour garder une bonne conscience devant Dieu, c’est quelque chose de bien ». Cela s’applique parfaitement à vous, chers frères de Corée. Par la foi et l’endurance que vous avez montrées, toutes ces années, vous avez donné un excellent exemple d’intégrité et un puissant témoignage. Soyez certains que vous avez réjoui Jéhovah. Merci à vos familles et à tous ceux qui, dans le monde entier, n’ont cessé de prier pour vous. Les paroles de Romains 10 :11 nous rappellent que « quiconque fonde sa foi sur Jéhovah ne sera pas déçu ». Nous voulons donc loué Jéhovah et lui rendre gloire.   La terre « a avalé le fleuve » À diverses époques de l’Histoire, des autorités gouvernementales sont venues en aide au peuple de Jéhovah (Esdras 6:1-12 ; Est 8:10-13). Même à l’époque moderne, nous voyons « la terre » (les éléments modérés de ce monde) avaler « le fleuve » de persécution que suscite « Le dragon », Satan le Diable (Rév.12:16). Jéhovah, le « Dieu qui sauve », peut parfois inciter des dirigeants humains à apporter du soulagement à ses adorateurs (Ps 68:20 ; Pr 21:1). Et si tu es emprisonné en raison de ta foi ? Ne doute jamais que Jéhovah veille sur toi (Genèse 39:21-23 ; Psaume 105:17-20). Sois sûr que ta foi sera récompensée et que ton intégrité encourage tes frères et sœurs du monde entier (Philippiens 1:12-14 ; Rév. 2:10). ˙ Pourquoi, en Corée du Sud, des milliers de frères ont-ils été emprisonnés au fil des années ? ˙ Quelles décisions de justice ont mené à la libération anticipée de certains de nos frères ? ˙ Comment pouvons-nous soutenir nos frères et sœurs de différents pays actuellement emprisonnés en raison de leur foi ? ˙ Comment devrions-nous profiter de toute liberté que nous pouvons avoir aujourd’hui ? ˙ En réalité, à qui devons-nous toutes nos victoires juridiques ?       jwb_F_201812_16_r240P.mp4
    • If he is present, you know that he will be slapping everyone else down at absurd length. Witness, an ally in some regards, has called him a “juggernaut.” There is no way he could restrain himself from hitting back if he were here. He is not capable of it. It may be that he has moved on to another place where he is being obnoxious,  and not here. Mixed feelings on my part. I mean, the first is “Good riddance.” However, a writer needs more than a muse. He also needs a villain, and few fill that role as capably as he.  
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