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    • Guest Indiana
      By Guest Indiana
      The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that have been targeted by such aggressive U.S. actions.
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      Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-administration-freezes-venezuela-government-assets-in-escalation-of-tensions/
    • Guest Indiana
      By Guest Indiana
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      Medios locales reportaron que la pérdida de energía afectó a más de la mitad del país, mientras usuarios de redes denunciaron la falla en al menos 21 de los 23 estados de Venezuela.
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    • Guest Nicole
    • By Raquel Segovia
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        (Foto: Reuters)
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        Un paquete de harina de 1 kilo = 2,5 millones de bolívares = 0,38 dólares
        (Foto: Reuters)
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    • Guest Nicole
    • By Raquel Segovia
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      El chinche picuda, conocido como pito o vinchuca, es el vector encargado de transmitir el parásito trypanosoma cruzi, causante de la enfermedad de Chagas.
       
      Las alarmas sanitarias se dispararon este domingo a causa de un nuevo brote epidemiológico en Venezuela. Se trata del mal de Chagas, una enfermedad transmitida por insectos, que ha matado a cinco personas en Puerto Nuevo, estado Táchira, Venezuela. Entre los fallecidos figuran cuatro adultos y un pequeño de once meses de edad.
      Aparte de los cinco casos fatales, otras 40 personas se encuentran en observación pues presentan los síntomas de la enfermedad: fiebre, dolor de cabeza y abdomen hinchado.Un niño de tres años tuvo que ser intervenido del corazón a causa de los fluidos que produce el mal de Chagas. 
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      Las autoridades sanitarias creen que los pacientes contrajeron la enfermedad por vía oral, a través de alimentos contaminados con las heces de un chinche picuda, insecto que transmite el mal de Chagas.    
      Igualmente, el viceministro de Salud y el director Nacional de Epidemiología de Venezuela le pidieron a la comunidad conservar la calma, puesto que el mal de Chagas, según ellos, no es contagioso y las autoridades competentes están buscando el origen de la enfermedad para erradicarlo. 
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      El mes de marzo marcará un hito para la historia de los Testigos de Jehová del estado Zulia. En este mes se cristaliza un sueño de los más de 15.000 testigos de Jehová de esa zona del país y de los más de 148.000 Testigos de Jehová de Venezuela, al finalizarse la construcción del tan anhelado Salón de Asambleas ubicado en la calle 14 o bicentenaria, del sector las 4 brocas de la parroquia Santa Rita, en el municipio Santa Rita del Edo. Zulia. Este proyecto es uno de las cientos de obras de construcción que los Testigos de Jehová llevan a cabo en 120 países.
      Este salón de Asambleas es una obra sencilla y de bajo costo que servirá como centro de educación Bíblica gratuita y beneficiará, no solo a la comunidad de Testigos de Jehová del occidente del país, sino también a miles de personas interesadas en el mensaje bíblico que puede cambiar vidas y también dará impulso a la predicación mundial de las buenas nuevas del Reino (Mateo 24:14).
      El proyecto de construcción del Salón de Asambleas de Santa Rita, tuvo una duración de 14 meses y trabajaron en él miles de voluntarios de Maracaibo, Santa Rita, Cabimas, Lagunillas, Ciudad Ojeda, Machiques, Villa del Rosario y otras partes del país, que trabajaron de manera gratuita.
      El auditorio tiene más de 800 m2 de espacio y tiene una capacidad de 1.250 asientos, quienes asistan a nuestras asambleas y programas educativos se sentirán cómodos y a gusto, lo que beneficiará el aprendizaje. El salón cuenta con edificios de servicio donde se dispusieron áreas para discapacitados y para que las madres con bebés y niños pequeños que asistan a nuestros programas de enseñanza puedan atenderlos cómodamente.
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      https://noticiaaldia.com/2018/03/testigos-de-jehova-en-zulia-inauguran-salon-de-asambleas-en-el-municipio-santa-rita/Otro aspecto que resaltar es el hecho de que los trabajadores voluntarios fueron mujeres en su gran mayoría, algunas sin experiencia previa en construcción y que fueron adiestradas y preparadas para trabajar, y en poco tiempo atendieron las diferentes facetas de construcción, incluso albañilería y herrería, labores que generalmente efectúan hombres. Ellas son parte de los más de 11.000 Testigos de Jehová quienes dejan su hogar para participar en estas obras y dan con gusto y sin pedir nada a cambio de sus energías y habilidades.
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      A partir del mes de Junio iniciaremos nuestros programas de enseñanza, comenzando con la serie de Asambleas Regionales de 2.018 titulada “Sea Valiente”, deseamos que pueda acompañarnos y beneficiarse del programa de enseñanza Bíblica gratuita en estas nuevas instalaciones.

                      
       




    • By Bible Speaks
      OUR HUMANITARIAN AID TO THE BROTHERS OF VENEZUELA
      My dear brothers, we are going to help our people who are having a bad time, especially in matters of medicine.
      Last year's experience taught us several things. We already have an old man from Ciudad Bolivar who offers to receive medicines and who is in charge of distributing them to the needy. We will give the information of this brother in private to those who send me a message that they want to send help.
      Small packages by Mail came very well to the brother who received them last year. Any cleaning product can be put into the package and if they ask to specify the contents of the package, we will put on the TOILET ARTICLE, although they also carry medicines. It was also good to send through door-door system agencies, which does not pass through customs.
      It is evident that we can not send all the medicines for all diseases, so we will limit ourselves to the most urgent ones, such as hypertension or painkillers such as Buscopan or Aspirin.
      The brother tells us;
      "good idea to help us, if you need hypertensive, antibiotics, here in Bolivar we have a strong outbreak of malaria and facial treatment is not obtained, it is also needed for depression and for mental problems such as clonazepam rivotril sertralina, there is a sister You need more Buscopan Plus for pain, we appreciate the help you can give us "
      Many brothers and sisters are already asking for information like this sister: "Hello brother Jose I would like to send to the brothers of Venezuela clothes for children and coats If you have the address where you can send please give it to me and also if you know of some means of doing it other than the mail Thank you brother I live in California "
      Brothers and sisters, this is a drop in the ocean of the needs of our people in a country where humanitarian aid is impeded. DO NOT SEND MONEY, that   does not arrive.
      If there are any responsible brothers such as elders or ministers who offer to receive this help, they should tell me urgently and everything will be done in private.
      THANKS TO ALL 
      https://apps.jw.org/E_DONATE


    • By The Librarian
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      Its growth is almost exponential and it will soon threaten the US dollar and gold as the International Reserve currency of choice.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Los testigos de Jehová,  Edgar Medina y Argenis Romero visitaron la sala de El luchador para invitar a todos nuestros lectores este fin de semana a una asamblea la cual lleva por nombre “No se rinda, siga cumpliendo la ley de Cristo”.
      Esta actividad está pautada para el próximo  sábado 09 y domingo 10 de diciembre a partir de las 9:40 am hasta las 3:55pm, se realizará en el salón de asamblea La Ceiba, ubicado en el kilometro 75 de la autopista Puerto Ordaz, Ciudad Bolívar.
      Es importante resaltar que será totalmente gratuita, también que este programa está basado en su totalidad en La Biblia por lo tanto va dirigido a todas las personas, con la finalidad de rescatar los valores de la sociedad. 
      http://elluchador.info/web/2017/12/07/testigos-de-jehova-invitan-a-una-asamblea-este-fin-de-semana/

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      This tragic story has been developing over the last couple of days in Venezuela. There is a mixture of reports and accounts coming in....
      Two Jehovah's Witnesses (and fleshly sisters) aged 71 and 65, where found murdered. A 26 year male suspect has been arrested.
      In the apartment where the two where found dead, the words "Death to witnesses" (“Muerte a los testigos”) had been scrawled onto one of the walls.
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Con signos de violencia. Así fueron hallados, dentro de su apartamento, los cadáveres de dos hermanas en Ocumare del Tuy, estado Miranda.
      Tenían más de dos días sin ser vistas y los vecinos, junto a los miembros de una iglesia de Testigos de Jehová, a donde acudían las mujeres, se alarmaron. Para entrar al apartamento, bomberos debiero derribar la puerta principal del apartamento ubicado en el edificio 4 de la urbanización Cristóbal Rojas, mejor conocida como Parosca.
      Las vícimas fueron identificadas como    Milta Mireya Joseph Best, de 71 años, y Cecilia Josefina Joseph (65). La policía estimó una data de muerte de 48 horas.
      Medios capitalinos reseñaron ayer: la ausencia de las mujeres en la iglesia donde se congregaban como Testigos de Jehová alertó a sus hermanos de religión, quienes acudieron hasta su residencia, tocaron la puerta, pero nadie les respondió. Luego, conversaron con algunos vecinos y estos les informaron que tenían dos días sin verlas, así que dieron parte a las autoridades.
       
      Una comisión de la Policía Municipal de Lander acudió al sitio, de donde salía un fuerte olor. Bomberos mirandinos forzaron la reja para entrar al inmueble, en cuyo interior localizaron a las dos hermanas muertas y con signos de violencia.
      Una de las fallecidas quedó, en la sala, sobre una silla de plástico blanca, con las manos atadas. La otra fue hallada en una habitación. Ambas tenían contusiones y signos de estrangulamiento.  
      Vecinos y allegados a las víctimas repudiaron el doble homicidio. El Cicpc acudió al lugar y adelanta las indagatorias para determinar el móvil del hecho.
      La noche del domingo se informó que el Cicpc y Polilander detuvieron a tres hombres implicados en el asesinato de las dos hermanas de la urbanización  Parosca.
      http://www.panorama.com.ve/sucesos/Estrangularon-a-dos-hermanas-en-Ocumare-del-Tuy-20171128-0011.html
    • Guest
      By Guest
      Venezuela: “We Swear We Were Gonna Pay You Back”
      It’s always fun and games until one country decides to miss a $200 million loan payment. Heavily-indebted, inflation-riddled Venezuela has officially defaulted on the first of (what should be) many loan payments.
      What went wrong? Well, it’s hard to pay off $60 billion in IOUs to bondholders with only $9 billion left in the bank. That, and the fact Venezuela's already late on $420 million worth of payments. 
      If you’re looking to point the finger at someone, aim it at President Maduro(labeled a “dictator” by the Trump administration) and his drug-slinging partner-in-crime, Vice President Tareck El Aissami. Together, they’ve shown little promise of reviving the nation. Look no further than Monday’s debt restructuring meeting, where international investors didn’t get the plan they had hoped for (or any at all)...but they did get some chocolate.
      Altogether, Venezuela holds $150 billion in sovereign debt. And with this latest default, you better believe investors are flashing back to 2012...when Greece shocked the world, defaulting on over $200 billion.
      http://morningbrew.cmail20.com/t/j-l-oirkudy-ydjytlddtu-yh/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      En los últimos meses, Venezuela ha sido el escenario de intensas protestas, elecciones controvertidas, liberación de políticos presos y otros acontecimientos que avanzan a un ritmo frenético.
      A pesar de la tensión que se vive en el país, la agenda del gobierno de Nicolás Maduro se ha cumplido, con la instalación el viernes de una polémica Asamblea Nacional Constituyente que reformará el Estado y redactará una nueva Constitución.
      Esta semana ocurrieron eventos sin precedentes dentro del clima de enfrentamiento político entre un gobierno que denuncia a la oposición de ser terrorista y una disidencia que lo acusa de haber instalado una dictadura.
      Leer más: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-40841072
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Aunque las calles de Maracaibo permanecen desoladas por la tensión política que atraviesa el país debido a las polémicas elecciones de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente (ANC) que convocó el presidente Nicolás Maduro, los Testigos de Jehová no se intimidaron y salieron a predicar sus creencias casa por casa.
      En un recorrido de NAD se observó a los creyentes de esta religión con paragua en mano tocando timbres y puertas para llevar su mensaje de las escrituras.
      Este domingo, la capital zuliana amaneció con las calles llenas de barricadas y escombros que forman parte de la agenda de protestas de la Unidad Nacional en contra del gobierno y de la ANC. En lo que va de día se han registrados varios focos de violencia en la calle Falcón y en la Urbanización El Naranjal.
      Asimismo, se han observado gran cantidad de funcionarios de seguridad recorriendo las calles de la ciudad para evitar mayores hechos de violencia y como parte del cumplimiento del Plan República.
      http://noticiaaldia.com/2017/07/los-testigos-jehova-no-los-paran-las-guarimbas-las-barricadas-la-constituyente/



    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      José Rojas /jose.rojas@diariodelosandes.com .-
      Los Testigos de Jehová del estado Trujillo se preparan para celebrar su asamblea regional correspondiente al año en curso. El tema de este evento, que es una especie de foro abierto al público en general, es ¡No se rinda!, contentivo de discursos breves basados en la Biblia que se van a escuchar en dicho evento los cuales darán mucha esperanza a los oyentes con respecto a todos los problemas que aquejan al ser humano en todo el mundo pronto serán eliminados por Dios.
      El pasado fin de semana, en los pueblos merideños de Timotes y Chachopo, se realizó la asamblea regional ¡No se rinda!, junto a las otras congregaciones de la zona del páramo merideño. Entre el viernes 11 y el domingo 13 de agosto del presente año, en la Casa de la Cultura de la ciudad zuliana de Mene Grande, celebrarán su asamblea regional los integrantes de esta organización religiosa de dicha ciudad, de las poblaciones de Bachaquero, San Timoteo, El Venado y La Línea, más los de las poblaciones trujillanas del Tres de Febrero, Santa Isabel y El Tigre. El mismo fin de semana, en el gimnasio cubierto José Gregorio Quintero de la ciudad de Boconó, ubicado en la avenida Emiro Cordones, se reunirán para su asamblea respectiva, los Testigos de Jehová y personas amigas de Santa Ana de Trujillo, Burbusay, Boconó, Tostós, Niquitao y Campo Elías, junto a los de las poblaciones del estado Portuguesa vecinas a Boconó, como Chabasquén, Biscocuy y Las Cruces.
      En la ciudad de Valera,  se llevará a cabo la asamblea regional   desde hoy viernes 21 hasta el domingo 23 de julio, en el Domo Bolivariano ubicado en Carmania, en la vía Valera-La Puerta. A esta asistirán las congregaciones y grupos organizados de La Mesa de Esnujaque, Tuñame, Jajó, La Puerta, Mendoza Fría, Escuque, Campo Alegre, Pie de Sabana, Las Mesetas de Chimpire, Carache, Chejendé, Cuicas, la Gran Parada Andina, este de Pampanito, Torococo, El Paradero, Palo Alzado, del estado Portuguesa; San Lázaro, El Dividive, Monte Carmelo, Agua Santa, y las de las poblaciones merideñas de Arapuey y Las Virtudes.
      El siguiente fin de semana, del jueves 27 al sábado 29 de julio, allí mismo en el Domo, en Carmania, se reunirán los Testigos de Jehová y los interesados en el programa de este evento, de Betijoque, Sara Linda, de la congregación Carvajal, La Quebrada, Flor de Patria, Los Silos de Monay, Monay, oeste de Pampanito, Trujillo, Sabana de Mendoza, Kilómetro 23, central Valera, El Valle-Valera, La Beatriz y sur de Valera, junto a los de las congregaciones de Nueva Bolivia y Caja Seca, de los estados Mérida y Zulia, respectivamente.  
      La información la ofreció Oswaldo de Jesús Briceño Abreu, uno de los encargados del Servicio de Noticias de la región de los Testigos de Jehová de Venezuela.
       
      Horario de las asambleas
      El programa comenzará los tres días a las 9 y 20 de la mañana y finalizará a media tarde, con una pausa corta al mediodía para que los asistentes descansen y disfruten de los almuerzos que cada quien llevará desde su casa.
      http://www.diariodelosandes.com/index.php?r=site/noticiasecundaria&id=50390
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Ciudad Guayana.-Los Testigos de Jehová de Puerto Ordaz, San Félix y Ciudad Bolívar, estarán reuniéndose en el estadio de béisbol La Ceiba, ubicado en San Félix, a un lado de la avenida Centurión, los días 21, 22 y 23 de este mes en curso, y los días 4,5 y 6 de agosto para celebrar la Asamblea Anual con el tema: “¡No se rinda!” que tendrá como atención principal orientar a los asistentes en hacer lo que es excelente y aguantar las pruebas, así lo dio a conocer Domingo Fernández, superintendente, acompañado de Jorge Falck, auxiliar.
      Jesucristo dijo: “El que haya aguantado hasta el fin es el que será salvo”. ?Cómo podemos tomar en cuenta sus palabras?, ¡Cómo suministra el Dios Todopoderoso aguante y consuelo?, ¿Qué puede ayudar a los cristianos a cultivar las cualidades necesarias para aguantar las dificultades?, son tan solo algunas de las preguntas que serán contestadas a lo largo del programa preparado para esta Asamblea, apuntaron.
      Indicaron que por medio de discursos, presentaciones, lecturas bíblicas dramatizadas, películas y vídeos musicales se mostrará cómo Jehová suministra aguante y consuelo a los débiles y deprimidos, a los necesitados, a los huérfanos y también a las personas mayores. A las familias se les instruirá en cómo proteger a los hijos de lo que es malo, a no rendirse ante el temor y qué hacer para no fracasar nunca.
      Los Testigos de Jehová, están convencidos de que el mensaje positivo y las sugerencias prácticas que se presentarán en su Asamblea Regional 2017, serán de provecho para todos los que asistan. La invitación está abierta a todo el público ya que la entrada será gratuita, pues las Asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová se sufraga enteramente mediante contribuciones voluntarias.
      Según, el programa durante los 3 días que durará la Asamblea, comenzará a las 9:00 de la mañana culminará a las 4:30 de la tarde, con intermedio al medio día y está será una de las 102 asambleas regionales que se celebrarán en las ciudades más importantes de Venezuela. Ellos, esperan contar con una asistencia de entre 8 mil a 10 mil personas por asamblea, no obstante explicaron que en todo el mundo hay más de 8 mil Testigos organizados en más de 119.000 congregaciones.
      http://www.nuevaprensa.com.ve/node/20838
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      El Sol de Margarita / 27 Abr, 2017 | Charles Carrillo y Edward Rodríguez, representantes de los Testigos de Jehová en Nueva Esparta, lamentaron que el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de Rusia decidiera disolver el Centro Administrativo de esta religión en dicho país.

      Aseguraron que este veredicto marca un día negro para las libertades fundamentales en Rusia y es punto culminante para la campaña discriminatoria de ese gobierno destinada restringir la libertad de culto de los Testigos de Jehová.

      Reseñaron que en Rusia existen 175.000 testigos de Jehová. Esta decisión será apelada en organismos internacionales.
      http://www.entornointeligente.com/articulo/9915508/VENEZUELA-Testigos-de-Jehova-insulares-lamentan-situacion-en-Rusia
    • By Por Lo Visto
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Testigos de Jehová hicieron arreglos en la casa del obrero
      os Testigos de Jehová conmemoran la muerte del Hijo de Dios. Lo explica Adán Vanegas, uno de los ancianos de la congregación, que a nivel mundial tienen esta conmemoración para esta temporada que es después de la puesta del sol en Venezuela y a nivel mundial. También en países donde hay proscripción, se hacen los arreglos con la bendición de Jehová.
      Siempre que tenemos una asamblea, en el gimnasio o como esta vez en la Casa del Obrero, acondicionamos sus instalaciones, porque debe ser un lugar digno de representar un evento tan especial. La actividad se cumplirá este martes 11 a las 6:00 pm en Boconó y en otros lugares: 6:00 pm o 6:30 pm.
      Esperamos muchas personas agradecidas a quienes explicaremos lo que representa el pan y el vino que fue lo último que Jesús hizo cuando estuvo en la tierra, pasando esos emblemas a sus discípulos. Toda la humanidad agradecida se reunirá, porque asisten los que realmente quieran enterarse de lo que representa para nosotros. Una de las condiciones que ha llevado al ser humano a esta nueva condición en que está, es precisamente por la desobediencia de nuestros primeros padres. Jesucristo recompra la humanidad de vuelta para Dios y  es precisamente con el sacrificio de Él.
      La muestra de amor grande que ha hecho Jehová y Jesús a favor de la humanidad, debería demostrarse con agradecimiento, acatar los principios que Jehová y Jesús han hecho disponibles para todos nosotros, lo cual es algo que debe apreciarse y debemos vivir en armonía con eso.
      http://www.diariodelosandes.com/index.php?r=site/noticiasecundaria&id=43582
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    • By The Librarian
      Visitando Bethel de Venezuela.
       
    • By The Librarian
      Yesterday was a holiday in Venezuela for 1250 brothers and sisters who visited the Venezuela Branch Office. We had a good time with the Bethel Family as you can see.
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      Ayer fue un día de fiesta en Venezuela para 1250 hermanos y hermanas visitaron la sucursal venezolana. Disfrutamos de pasar tiempo con la familia de Betel.
      Alguien mas tiene mas fotos del evento?  Ponlos abajo como "reply"
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      31 Ago, 2016 | Los Testigos de Jehová invitan a la comunidad margariteña a participar en un taller de lenguaje de señas que comenzará el 2 de septiembre y culminará dos días después en el salón de la congregación evangélica ubicado en el sector La Vecindad.
      En la reunión interpretarán temas como el ejemplo perfecto de lealtad al ser supremo, las enseñanzas del libro bíblico de Job y por último, una interpretación sobre el rey Ezequías. 
      Todo esto orientado a enfatizar la importancia de serle fiel a Dios.
      http://www.elsoldemargarita.com.ve/posts/post/id:174906/Testigo-de-Jehová-enseñan-cómo-ser-leales-a-su-Dios
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Tal y como se acostumbra año tras año, Octavio Guevara, representantes del servicio de noticias de los Testigos de Jehová, se apersonaron a la sala de redacción del diario Mundo Oriental para dar a conocer la realización de la asamblea regional desde el próximo 19 al domingo 21 de agosto, a partir de las 9: 00 de la mañana en las instalaciones del estadio Enzo Hernández de El Tigre.

      Se pudo conocer que el programa de tres días consta de 49 partes que trata sobre la lealtad, es por esto que esta reunión fue denominada “Seamos leales a Jehová”. Un total de 35 videos exclusivamente para esta asamblea y dos películas que se proyectaran los últimos dos días de esta actividad, forman parte de las herramientas que utilizaran además de videos musicales.

      Dijeron los representantes de los Testigos de Jehová que “la lealtad es esencial en cualquier relación, la asamblea regional de esta año nos ayudará a estar unidos a nuestras familias y amigos, pero sobre todo a nuestro Dios”.

      Desde hace varias semanas los practicantes de esta actividad se encargaron de distribuir las invitaciones en diversas partes de la localidad, con la finalidad de animar a las personas a disfrutar de este programa.

      Esta asamblea regional está basada en su totalidad en la Santa Biblia, dijeron los representantes de los Testigos de Jehová que esta actividad ayudará a los asistentes a fortalecer su fe, es por esto que finalmente realizaron la invitación a la comunidad en general para que asisten y disfruten de todo lo que tienen preparado, pues la entrada es gratuita y no se realizan colecta.  “Invitamos a las personas a que lleven su propio ejemplar de la Biblia”. 
      http://www.mundo-oriental.com.ve/site/det.aspx?id=52493
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    • One thing is absolutely certain, Bible chronology reinforced with fulfilled Bible prophecy shows that six thousand years of man’s existence will soon be up, yes, within this generation! Here authors said how some "fulfilled Bible prophecy" showed something. This would mean how WT Society knew at that time what was already fulfilled or it will be. Is this claim really correct? Because they made interpretations about human events and projected their expectations, explained them as Bible prophecies. This was common practice. Another thing, let me remind please what was explanation of "generation" in 1968?  But they knew "something" about 70., what was more important for them :)) .... and it seems how "instructions" (gave from Jesus, and not Jeruzalem GB)  showed themselves as reasonable even from human standpoint. :))
    • After today's WT study I was reminded of how much simpler and clearer we have become. There are still some speculative elements there, but overall its nothing compared to some past WT studies, and although this might be slightly off topic here (but still on topic with regard to "difficult doctrine") I would just like to post one example from 1968. (WT 68/8/15)  Either people were more patient and studious than they are now, or even back then, perhaps only a handful were able to wrap their heads around this study. I will be bold enough to say many may have just heard "end in 1975", and that's it. Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975? 1, 2. (a) What has sparked special interest in the year 1975, and with what results? (b) But what questions are raised? WHAT about all this talk concerning the year 1975? Lively discussions, some based on speculation, have burst into flame during recent months among serious students of the Bible. Their interest has been kindled by the belief that 1975 will mark the end of 6,000 years of human history since Adam’s creation. The nearness of such an important date indeed fires the imagination and presents unlimited possibilities for discussion. 2 But wait! How do we know their calculations are correct? What basis is there for saying Adam was created nearly 5,993 years ago? Does the one Book that can be implicitly trusted for its truthful historical accuracy, namely, the Inspired Word of Jehovah, the Holy Bible, give support and credence to such a conclusion? 3. Is the date for Adam’s creation as found in many copies of the Bible part of the inspired Scriptures, and do all agree on the date? 3 In the marginal references of the Protestant Authorized or King James Version, and in the footnotes of certain editions of the Catholic Douay version, the date of man’s creation is said to be 4004 B.C.E. This marginal date, however, is no part of the inspired text of the Holy Scriptures, since it was first suggested more than fifteen centuries after the last Bible writer died, and was not added to any edition of the Bible until 1701 C.E. It is an insertion based upon the conclusions of an Irish prelate, the Anglican Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656). Ussher’s chronology was only one of the many sincere efforts made during the past centuries to determine the time of Adam’s creation. A hundred years ago when a count was taken, no less than 140 different timetables had been published by serious scholars. In such chronologies the calculations as to when Adam was created vary all the way from 3616 B.C.E. to 6174 B.C.E., with one wild guess set at 20,000 B.C.E. Such conflicting answers contained in the voluminous libraries around the world certainly tend to compound the confusion when seeking an answer to the above questions. 4. What have we learned in our previous study, and, hence, what are we now prepared to do? 4 In the previous article we learned from the Inspired Writings themselves, independent of the uninspired marginal notes of some Bibles, that the seventy years of desolation of the land of Judah began to count about October 1, 607 B.C.E. The beginning of this seventy-year period was obviously tied to its ending, that is, with the fall of Babylon in 539 B.C.E. So with 607 B.C.E. as dependably fixed on our Gregorian calendar as the absolute date of 539 B.C.E. we are prepared to move farther back in the count of time, to the dating of other important events in Bible history. For instance, the years when Saul, David and Solomon reigned successively over God’s chosen people can now be dated in terms of the present-day calendar. 5. What history-making events took place in 997 B.C.E.? 5 At the death of Solomon his kingdom was split into two parts. The southern two-tribe part, composed of Judah and Benjamin, continued to be ruled by Solomon’s descendants, and was known as the kingdom of Judah. The northern ten tribes made up the kingdom of Israel, sometimes called “Samaria” after the name of its later capital city, and were ruled over by Jeroboam and his successors. By our applying the prophetic time period of 390 years found in Ezekiel 4:1-9 with regard to Jerusalem’s destruction the death of Solomon is found to be in the year 997 B.C.E. This was 390 years before the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. ISRAEL’S ERRORS CARRIED 390 YEARS 6, 7. What time periods are referred to in Ezekiel 4:1-9? 6 Notice what is said on this matter by the prophet Ezekiel: 7 “And you, O son of man, take for yourself a brick, and you must put it before you, and engrave upon it a city, even Jerusalem. And you must lay siege against it . . . It is a sign to the house of Israel. And as for you, lie upon your left side, and you must lay the error of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you will lie upon it you will carry their error. And I myself must give to you the years of their error to the number of three hundred and ninety days, and you must carry the error of the house of Israel. And you must complete them. And you must lie upon your right side in the second case, and you must carry the error of the house of Judah forty days. A day for a year, a day for a year, is what I have given you. . . . And as for you, take for yourself wheat and barley and broad beans and lentils and millet and spelt, and you must put them in one utensil and make them into bread for you, for the number of the days that you are lying upon your side; three hundred and ninety days you will eat it.”—Ezek. 4:1-9. 8. When did the carrying of the “error” of the southern kingdom end? 8 This chapter 4 of Ezekiel, was not recounting past historical events but was prophecy of future events. It was telling of the time in the future when the glorious city of Jerusalem would be besieged and its inhabitants taken captive, all of which occurred in 607 B.C.E. So the forty years spoken of in the case of Judah ended in that year. The “error” of the northern kingdom, said to be carried for 390 years, was nearly tenfold greater when compared with the error of Judah carried for 40 years. When, then, did these 390 years end? 9. What indicates the “error” of the northern kingdom also ended in 607 B.C.E.? 9 They were not terminated in 740 B.C.E., when Samaria was destroyed, for the simple fact that Ezekiel enacted this prophetic drama sometime after “the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin,” which would make the termination not earlier than 613 B.C.E., that is, 127 years after the destruction of Samaria by Assyria. (Ezek. 1:2) Since this whole prophetic drama plainly pointed forward to the destruction of Jerusalem, and since both the house of Israel and the house of Judah were in reality one inseparable covenant-bound people, the remnant of whom would not be a divided people upon their return from exile, there is only one reasonable conclusion, namely, the errors of both houses ran concurrently and terminated at the same time in 607 B.C.E. In this way the 70 years of desolation of the land of Judah ended 70 years after the termination of carrying the error of both houses, so that thus a remnant of both houses could return to the site of Jerusalem. 10. So when did the “error” of Israel begin? 10 If the “error of the house of Israel” ended in 607, its beginning, 390 years prior thereto, was in 997 B.C.E. It began the year that King Solomon died and Jeroboam committed error, yes, great error, in that Jeroboam, whose domain was ripped off from the house of David, “proceeded to part Israel from following Jehovah,” causing them “to sin with a great sin.”—2 Ki. 17:21. DATE OF EXODUS, 1513 B.C.E. 11, 12. What other event in man’s history are we now prepared to date, and with the aid of what key text? 11 Looking back into the distant past we see another milestone in man’s history, the never-to-be-forgotten exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, under the leadership of Moses. Were it not for Jehovah’s faithful Word the Bible, it would be impossible to locate this great event accurately on the calendar, for Egyptian hieroglyphics are conspicuously silent concerning the humiliating defeat handed that first world power by Jehovah. But with the Bible’s chronology, how relatively simple it is to date that memorable event! 12 At 1 Kings 6:1 we read: “And it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv, that is, the second month, after Solomon became king over Israel, that he proceeded to build the house to Jehovah.” 13, 14. (a) On the Gregorian calendar, in what year did Solomon begin to reign? (b) In what year did he begin the building of the temple? 13 With this information one has only to determine what calendar year Solomon began building the temple, and it is then an easy matter to figure when Pharaoh’s army was destroyed in the Red Sea. 14 “And the days that Solomon had reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel were forty years.” (1 Ki. 11:42) This means that his last full regnal year ended in the spring of 997 B.C.E.* Adding 40 to 997 gives 1037 B.C.E., the year that Solomon began his peaceful reign. He did not begin the temple building, as the account says, until the second month of the fourth year of his reign, which means he had ruled a full three years and one month. Thus subtracting 3 years from 1037 one gets 1034 B.C.E., the year that the building work began. The time of the year was the second month Ziv, that is, April-May. This, the Bible says, was “in the four hundred and eightieth year” after the Israelites left Egypt. 15. (a) Explain the difference between a cardinal and an ordinal number. (b) So when did the Israelites leave Egypt? 15 Anytime we put a “th” on the end of a number, for instance on the number 10, saying 10th, the number is changed from a cardinal to an ordinal number. When one speaks about playing baseball in the tenth inning of the game, it means that nine full innings have already been played, but only part of the tenth; ten innings are not yet completed. Likewise, when the Bible uses an ordinal number, saying that the building of the temple began in the 480th year after the Israelites left Egypt, and when that particular year on the calendar is known to be 1034 B.C.E., then we add 479 full years (not 480) to 1034 and arrive at the date 1513 B.C.E., the year of the Exodus. It too was springtime, Passover time, the 14th day of the month Nisan. HOW LONG SINCE THE FLOOD? 16. How far back in history have we now penetrated, and what are the prospects of probing even deeper? 16 Already with the help supplied by the Bible we have accurately measured back from the spring of this year 1968 C.E. to the spring of 1513 B.C.E., a total of 3,480 years. With the continued faithful memory and accurate historical record of Jehovah’s Holy Word we can penetrate even deeper into the past, back to the flood of Noah’s day. 17. In recounting Israel’s experiences, to what events and to what time period does Stephen refer? 17 Stephen, the first martyred footstep follower of Jesus Christ, referred to what Jehovah said would befall Abraham’s offspring. “Moreover, God spoke to this effect, that his seed would be alien residents in a foreign land and the people would enslave them and afflict them for four hundred years.” (Acts 7:6; Gen. 15:13) Stephen here mentions three of Israel’s past experiences: As alien residents in a foreign land, as people in slavery, and as people afflicted for four hundred years. 18. What argues against the conclusion that these events were separate experiences following one another in consecutive order? 18 It would be a mistake to assume that all three of these experiences were of equal duration, or that they were separate individual experiences that followed one another in consecutive order. It was long after their entrance into Egypt as aliens that they were enslaved, more than 70 years later, and sometime after the death of Joseph. Rather, Stephen was saying that within the same 400-year period in which they were afflicted, they were also enslaved and were also alien residents. 19. How do we know the Israelites were “aliens” before entering Egypt? 19 Please note that, when Stephen said they were “alien residents in a foreign land . . . for four hundred years,” he did not say and he did not mean to imply that they were not alien residents before entering Egypt. So it is a mistake to insist that this text proves the Israelites were in Egypt for four hundred years. It is true that, upon entering Egypt and being presented before Pharaoh for the first time, Joseph’s brothers said: “We have come to reside as aliens in the land.” But they did not say nor did they mean that up until then they had not been alien residents, for on the same occasion their father Jacob, when asked by Pharaoh how old he was, declared: “The days of the years of my alien residences are a hundred and thirty years.” And not only had Jacob spent his whole lifetime as an alien resident before coming to Egypt, but he told Pharaoh that his forefathers before him also had been alien residents.—Gen. 47:4-9. 20. When did these 400 years end, and when did they begin? 20 Since the affliction of Israel ended in 1513 B.C.E., it must have begun in 1913, 400 years earlier. That year would correspond to the time that Isaac was afflicted by Ishmael “poking fun” at him on the day that Isaac was weaned. At the time, Isaac was five years old, and this was long before the Israelites entered Egypt.—Gen. 21:8, 9. 21, 22. Were the Israelites 430 years in Egypt exclusively, and how do certain ancient manuscripts shed light on this point? 21 Well, then, how long were the Israelites down in Egypt as alien residents? Exodus 12:40, 41 says: “And the dwelling of the sons of Israel, who had dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came about at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, it even came about on this very day that all the armies of Jehovah went out of the land of Egypt.” 22 Here Ex 12 verse 40 in the Septuagint reads: “But the dwelling of the sons of Israel which they [and their fathers, Alexandrine MS] dwelt in the land of Egypt AND IN THE LAND OF CANAAN [was] four hundred and thirty years long.” The Samaritan Pentateuch reads: “IN THE LAND OF CANAAN and in the land of Egypt.” Thus both of these versions, which are based on Hebrew texts older than the Masoretic, include the words “in the land of Canaan” together with the word “Egypt.” 23. (a) So how long were the Israelites actually in Egypt, and how does Paul confirm this? (b) Explain the difference between the 400 and the 430 years mentioned in the Scriptures. 23 From the time that Abraham entered Canaan until Isaac’s birth was 25 years;* from that time until Jacob’s birth, 60 more years; and after that it was another 130 years before Jacob entered Egypt. All together this makes a total of 215 years, exactly half of the 430 years, spent in Canaan before moving in to Egypt. (Gen. 12:4; 21:5; 25:26; 47:9) The apostle Paul, under inspiration, also confirms that from the making of the Abrahamic covenant at the time the patriarch moved into Canaan, it was 430 years down to the institution of the Law covenant.—Gal. 3:17. 24, 25. The Flood began in what calendar year, and how long was this before Abraham entered Canaan? 24 By adding this 430 years to the 1513 it puts us back to 1943 B.C.E., the time when Abraham first entered Canaan following the death of his father Terah in Haran, Mesopotamia. It is now only a matter of adding up the years of a few generations to date the Flood correctly. The figures are given in Genesis, chapters 11 and 12, and may be summarized as follows: From start of Flood To Arpachshad’s birth (Gen. 11:10) 2 years To birth of Shelah (11:12) 35 “ To birth of Eber (11:14) 30 “ To birth of Peleg (11:26) 34 “ To birth of Reu (11:18) 30 “ To birth of Serug (11:20) 32 “ To birth of Nahor (11:22) 30 “ To birth of Terah (11:24) 29 “ To death of Terah in Haran, and Abram’s departure to Canaan at age of 75 (11:32; 12:4) 205 “ Total 427 years 25 Adding these 427 years to the year 1943 B.C.E. dates the beginning of the Deluge at 2370 B.C.E., 4,337 years ago. 6,000 YEARS FROM ADAM’S CREATION 26, 27. (a) How long before the Flood was Adam created? In what year? (b) What indicates that Adam was created in the fall of the year? 26 In a similar manner it is only necessary to add up the following years involving ten pre-Flood generations to get the date of Adam’s creation, namely: From Adam’s creation To birth of Seth (Gen. 5:3) 130 years To birth of Enosh (5:6) 105 “ To birth of Kenan (5:9) 90 “ To birth of Mahalalel (5:12) 70 “ To birth of Jared (5:15) 65 “ To birth of Enoch (5:18) 162 “ To birth of Methuselah (5:21) 65 “ To birth of Lamech (5:25) 187 “ To birth of Noah (5:28, 29) 182 “ To beginning of Flood (7:6) 600 “ Total 1,656 years 27 Adding this figure 1,656 to 2,370 gives 4026 B.C.E., the Gregorian calendar year in which Adam was created. Since man naturally began to count time with his own beginning, and since man’s most ancient calendars started each year in the autumn, it is reasonable to assume that the first man Adam was created in the fall of the year. 28. How does this chronology differ from Ussher’s in regard to Adam’s creation? 28 Thus, through a careful independent study by dedicated Bible scholars who have pursued the subject for a number of years, and who have not blindly followed some traditional chronological calculations of Christendom, we have arrived at a date for Adam’s creation that is 22 years more distant in the past than Ussher’s figure. This means time is running out two decades sooner than traditional chronology anticipates. 29. Why be concerned with the date of Adam’s creation? 29 After much of the mathematics and genealogies, really, of what benefit is this information to us today? Is it not all dead history, as uninteresting and profitless as walking through a cemetery copying old dates off tombstones? After all, why should we be any more interested in the date of Adam’s creation than in the birth of King Tut? Well, for one thing, if 4,026 is added to 1,968 (allowing for the lack of a zero year between C.E. and B.C.E.) one gets a total of 5,993 years, come this autumn, since Adam’s creation. That means, in the fall of the year 1975, a little over seven years from now (and not in 1997 as would be the case if Ussher’s figures were correct), it will be 6,000 years since the creation of Adam, the father of all mankind! ADAM CREATED AT CLOSE OF “SIXTH DAY” 30. What may occur before 1975, but what attitude should we take? 30 Are we to assume from this study that the battle of Armageddon will be all over by the autumn of 1975, and the long-looked-for thousand-year reign of Christ will begin by then? Possibly, but we wait to see how closely the seventh thousand-year period of man’s existence coincides with the sabbathlike thousand-year reign of Christ. If these two periods run parallel with each other as to the calendar year, it will not be by mere chance or accident but will be according to Jehovah’s loving and timely purposes. Our chronology, however, which is reasonably accurate (but admittedly not infallible), at the best only points to the autumn of 1975 as the end of 6,000 years of man’s existence on earth. It does not necessarily mean that 1975 marks the end of the first 6,000 years of Jehovah’s seventh creative “day.” Why not? Because after his creation Adam lived some time during the “sixth day,” which unknown amount of time would need to be subtracted from Adam’s 930 years, to determine when the sixth seven-thousand-year period or “day” ended, and how long Adam lived into the “seventh day.” And yet the end of that sixth creative “day” could end within the same Gregorian calendar year of Adam’s creation. It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years. 31. What do the first two chapters of Genesis disclose? 31 In regard to Adam’s creation it is good to read carefully what the Bible says. Moses in compiling the book of Genesis referred to written records or “histories” that predated the Flood. The first of these begins with Genesis 1:1 and ends at Genesis 2:4 with the words, “This is the history of the heavens and the earth . . . ” The second historical document begins with Genesis 2:5 and ends with Ge verse two of chapter five. Hence we have two separate accounts of creation from slightly different points of view. In the second of these accounts, in Genesis 2:19, the original Hebrew verb translated “was forming” is in the progressive imperfect form. This does not mean that the animals and birds were created after Adam was created. Genesis 1:20-28 shows it does not mean that. So, in order to avoid contradiction between Ge chapter one and chapter two, Genesis 2:19, 20 must be only a parenthetical remark thrown in to explain the need for creating a “helper” for man. So the progressive Hebrew verb form could also be rendered as “had been forming.”—See Rotherham’s translation (Ro), also Leeser’s (Le). 32. What indicates the sixth creative day did not end immediately with Adam’s creation? 32 These two creation accounts in the book of Genesis, though differing slightly in the treatment of the material, are in perfect agreement with each other on all points, including the fact that Eve was created after Adam. So not until after this event did the sixth creative day come to an end. Exactly how soon after Adam’s creation is not disclosed. “After that [Adam and Eve’s creation] God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a sixth day.” (Gen. 1:31) After the sixth creative day ends, the seventh one begins. 33. (a) How do we know the end of the sixth creative day came very soon after Adam’s creation? (b) How does Genesis 1:31 prove the sixth day ended before Adam and Eve sinned? 33 This time between Adam’s creation and the beginning of the seventh day, the day of rest, let it be noted, need not have been a long time. It could have been a rather short one. The naming of the animals by Adam, and his discovery that there was no complement for himself, required no great length of time. The animals were in subjection to Adam; they were peaceful; they came under God’s leading; they were not needing to be chased down and caught. It took Noah only seven days to get the same kinds of animals, male and female, into the Ark. (Gen. 7:1-4) Eve’s creation was quickly accomplished, ‘while Adam was sleeping.’ (Gen. 2:21) So the lapse of time between Adam’s creation and the end of the sixth creative day, though unknown, was a comparatively short period of time. The pronouncement at the end of the sixth day, “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good,” proves that the beginning of the great seventh day of the creative week did not wait until after Adam and Eve sinned and were expelled from the Garden of Eden. 1975! . . . AND FAR BEYOND! 34. What has brought about a better understanding of Bible chronology? 34 Bible chronology is an interesting study by which historic events are placed in their order of occurrence along the stream of time. The Watch Tower Society over the years has endeavored to keep its associates abreast with the latest scholarship that proves consistent with historic and prophetic events recorded in the Scriptures. Major problems in sacred chronology have been straightened out either due to fulfillment of Bible prophecies or by reason of archaeological discoveries or because better Bible translations convey more clearly the records of the original languages. However, several knotty problems of chronology of a minor nature are not yet resolved. For example, at the time of the exodus from Egypt when Jehovah changed the beginning of the year from autumn time on the secular calendar to spring time on the sacred calendar, was there, in the Jewish calendar, a loss or a gain of six months?—Ex. 12:1, 2. 35. Why is this no time for indifference and complacency? 35 One thing is absolutely certain, Bible chronology reinforced with fulfilled Bible prophecy shows that six thousand years of man’s existence will soon be up, yes, within this generation! (Matt. 24:34) This is, therefore, no time to be indifferent and complacent. This is not the time to be toying with the words of Jesus that “concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matt. 24:36) To the contrary, it is a time when one should be keenly aware that the end of this system of things is rapidly coming to its violent end. Make no mistake, it is sufficient that the Father himself knows both the “day and hour”! 36. What helpful example did the apostles leave us in this regard? 36 Even if one cannot see beyond 1975, is this any reason to be less active? The apostles could not see even this far; they knew nothing about 1975. All they could see was a short time ahead in which to finish the work assigned to them. (1 Pet. 4:7) Hence, there was a ring of alarm and a cry of urgency in all their writings. (Acts 20:20; 2 Tim. 4:2) And rightly so. If they had delayed or dillydallied and had been complacent with the idea the end was some thousands of years off they would never have finished running the race set before them. No, they ran hard and they ran fast, and they won! It was a life or death matter with them.—1 Cor. 9:24; 2 Tim. 4:7; Heb. 12:1. 37. So what will you be doing between now and 1975? And beyond that, what? 37 So too with Jehovah’s faithful witnesses in this latter half of the twentieth century. They have the true Christian point of view. Their strenuous evangelistic activity is not something peculiar to this present decade. They have not dedicated their lives to serve Jehovah only until 1975. Christians have been running this way ever since Christ Jesus blazed the trail and commanded his disciples, “Follow me!” So keep this same mental attitude in you that was in Christ Jesus. Let nothing slow you down or cause you to tire and give out. Those who will flee Babylon the Great and this Satanic system of things are now running for their lives, headed for God’s kingdom, and they will not stop at 1975. O no! They will keep on in this glorious way that leads to everlasting life, praising and serving Jehovah for ever and ever!     You are referring to Luke 10:17,18 "Then the 70 returned with joy, saying: “Lord, even the demons are made subject to us by the use of your name.” At that he said to them: “I see Satan already fallen like lightning from heaven".  But one of the cross references to Satan falling is Revelation 12:7-9   "And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9  So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him". I wonder why, since as you say we are to understand that it referred to the power Satan had over Jesus and his disciples. In a way no, but I think we are meant to see that the world in general was brought into more of a turmoil than it had been before, with the world warring on a worldwide scale, with lethal weapons capable of total world destruction I am thinking rather than using the word "defeat" (because Satan won't be defeated until after the 1000 years) the purpose of the battle in heaven in 1914 was to cleanse the heavens of his evil presence. Then during Armageddon it will be to bind him and put him in "jail" for a period of time. So no, I don't think there are several stages of defeat.   We are to believe that what changed after the battle in 1914 was the world in general.   Yes indeed. But how fatal would it really be if we ignored Jesus words about not knowing the day or hour?
    • The music video for Lionel Richie's "Hello" directed by Bob Giraldi, attracts attention as it tells the story of a music teacher (played by Lionel Richie) who falls in love with his blind student. "Hello is it me you're looking for?" is quite an insensitive pick up line to use on a blind woman.   Ah, the 80s, when people thought teachers stalking their disabled students was romantic...    
    • Quote @b4ucuhear " For example, we realized that the “superior authorities” mentioned in Romans 13:1 are, not Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, but the political rulers " BUT the original teaching by the Bible Students was that the 'superior authorities' was the political rulers. It was fully understood in the first place. So, why was false reasoning used to give false teaching ? Obviously no Holy Spirit involved there. So you cannot say that it was new light or better understanding when it was originally known anyway 
    • “We Must Obey God as Ruler Rather Than Men”  This is something that not sound to me as doctrine. This sound as standpoint. Also we have to take context. Apostle responded with this statement as position on Sanhedrin's command that they must not preaching....about what? Peter and John answered: “We cannot stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard.”  Well, this is original context. Some other examples speaking about similar things where JHVH and Jesus' servants refused to do something or have done something. Life has got to be more complexe through centuries, so we have now more explanations and interpretations how should look like today's reality of "obey god rather than man". Even things about education come to be viewed through this sort of glasses. Advice to not going to higher education coming from "spiritual place" as god's instruction through GB. Not obeying counsel/advice/recommendation in this matter is considered as not putting god on first place in life. But contrary, own selfish ambitions. As consequence this could be understand that you listen/obey yourself and not god.  About what JW's of today can making claim as apostles did? What things JW today "have seen and heard"  that make their standpoint so firm to obey god as ruler? They have seen and heard only their faith and beliefs. Because they have not seen and heard nothing similar what apostles or first christians experienced.   And this is good way how system making doctrines that sounds like "the truth". And after some time you will read new articles with similar explanation :))) ... year after year. ● At times there are changes in viewpoint on Biblical subjects discussed in the Watch Tower Society’s publications. We speak of what we believe as “the truth.” But does “truth” change? Yes, it changes. Because you believe in new, advanced knowledge. "The Truth" should not to be knowledge, but Principle. Because Principle is older than this what we calling "the Truth". Even in JW understanding when they speaking about something that is so firm and deep, unchangeable, they using word "Principle" not word "Truth". Principles in Old Testament, for example, that stood behind some laws of Moses, are visible in New Testament too.  In that context we can talk about Moses Law as "The Truth". Perhaps old Israel people used same or similar wording to describe what they think and feel about God' Words. But this kind of "Truth" and their "Truth" are gone. (Not completely, because we have Israel of today.) So, "The Truth" was changed, even more, with time it had been abandoned gradually by new formed Jew congregations. "Old truth" became useless as sort of knowledge about what, how, when and why to be practiced in daily life. Principles stayed. Love God, love neighbor are most known.
    • ronan keating singing a song from the film notting hill   Keith Whitley - When You Say Nothing at All  
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