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@JW Insider  quote    "And there's that historical problem. If holy spirit is needed to understand (and I thin it is) then what does this say about doctrines that are constantly changed, sometimes back and forth."

And constantly deliberately  misused.....

It says obviously that the GB are not who they say they are and that they are not guided by Holy Spirit from God or Jesus Christ. 

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@JW Insider  Quote " I don't feel any remorse or bad feeling toward the Watchtower for recommending that I quit school to pioneer. "

Um, don't the GB / WT have lawyers, doctors, skilled people of all sorts ?

So all those folks quit school early and the higher education just floated into their heads did it ?  

 I'm sure if one of them needed surgery they would be glad that some folks actually did take higher education. 

And all the planning for new builds earthwide needs skilled engineers, planning authorities, and more. All those people would have higher education. 

The GB /WT just want dumb folk that they can domineer. 

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2 hours ago, FelixCA said:

CTR had a presence of mind to understand what 1914 held with the enthronement of Christ as king in the heavens.

No he didn't. Where do you get your information from? He continued to believe that Jesus was enthroned in 1878 until the day he died (dying in the latter part of 1916). The Watchtower continued to teach 1878 for another 10 years, and promote it in books for about 20 more years.

But I would agree with you in the sense that they expected 1914 to be a milestone in the earthly, visible outworking of that same Kingdom. It would become visible to the earth in the form of a non-Gentile earthly rulership starting that year. As the Watchtower said in November 1914:

This prophecy was fulfilled, as pointed out in the STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES, in the year 1878; and ever since that time, the star of Judaism has been rising; the Jews have become more prosperous ever since, as they themselves realize. Nowhere have they been so prosperous as in these United States, where they have received their greatest blessing; while in Russia and Germany they have been persecuted to some extent, but not in the same degree as formerly.

But this article was written after October 1914, when some adjustments were necessarily in order. When they saw the European war in 1914, they were confused, but assumed it would be the fight that would finish the gentile nations amidst the rise of the Jewish nation. They were now focused on 1915. And, although one could say that the conflict in 1914 was seen as another manifestation of the Kingdom, it was similar to how the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 had also been a manifestation of the Kingdom. The invisible Kingdom was expected to reverse the fortunes of the Jews in 70 and God's Kingdom would not be "established" on earth. So I agree there was a tenuous connection to the earthly visible part of that Kingdom in 1914, but not to Christ's enthronement. As Russell said in the same Watch Tower in November 1914:

Many of us concluded that as far as we could see, October of this year would show the end of the Gentile lease of power; for when October comes we are getting down to the end of the Jewish year. The year 1914 actually ended Sept. 20, 1914, Jewish reckoning.

Now the question comes, Have the Gentile Times ended or not? Some perhaps may be inclined to say, "No; they have not ended." Others would say, "When the Gentile Times shall have ended, we would expect that the Gentiles would be entirely ousted from all power and control, and that Christ's Kingdom would be established. Were there not a great many things that we expected would take place when the Gentile Times would end?"

The time of chaos was expected to begin in this new year 1915 ("before 1916") but now they would be looser with the time expectations. Russell tried to say, in effect, relax, the timeline has slowed down. As one evidence in the same article he notes:

Some think that just the next hour after midnight would see a great, grand change everywhere--evil blotted out in sixty minutes or in sixty seconds. But would it be a reasonable expectation that the Gentile kingdoms would be snuffed out inside of an hour or inside of a day?  . . . Now look back and see what happened immediately after the expiration of different time periods. For instance, there are great day periods mentioned in the Bible, namely, the 1260 symbolic days, the 1290, the 1335 and also the 2300 days. . . . The 1260 years ended in 1799. From their beginning to their culmination, the power of persecution held sway. When the 1260 years ended, was anything done in an hour, in a day, or in a year to stop the persecution? Nay! . . .

Only within the past few years have we reached a maximum of speed on railways and steamships. Apparently they have begun to slow down. Very few trains now go faster than twenty-four miles an hour; . . .

We will not go into details further; we merely wish to impress the thought that these fulfilments of prophecy did not come suddenly, but gradually--that they had a particular time for beginning, and were sure of accomplishment. In view of these lessons from the past, what should we think about the future? We should not conclude that everything would be transformed inside of one minute, or one hour, or one day, but gradually.

This leads us to expect that the remaining prophetic periods will have a similar fulfilment, and that September 20 of this year, 1914, probably marked the end of the Gentile Times. If so, what we are witnessing now amongst the nations is a conflict to their finish. This is exactly what we should expect. Evidently the Lord is behind the matter; the Lord's Kingdom will manifest itself more and more. . . . .Should we expect that the Lord would reveal Himself the very moment Gentile Times end? . . . Just how long after the Gentile Times close will be the revealment in "flaming fire" we do not know. Seemingly, following this great war will come the greatest "earthquake" that ever occurred--a revolution that will involve all the civilized nations. Then Socialism may loom up, but will be short-lived and develop into anarchy. That anarchy will be the "flaming fire" revealing the new Kingdom, taking vengeance, bringing retributive justice upon the world--preceding its blessing.

We might expect it to be five, ten or twenty years. But there is something, on the other hand, that leads us to anticipate that it will not be very long. The Lord has told us that He will "make a short work of it." Just how short the work will be would be conjectural. Every one may have his own opinion. At one time the Lord speaks of it as being "in one hour;" another time, as "in one day;" and the Apostle speaks of it as coming like travail upon a woman with child--suddenly.

We remember also that there is a certain parallel between the Jewish Age and the Gospel Age. The forty years' Harvest of the Jewish Age, which began with Jesus' ministry, 29 A.D., ended in the year 69 A.D.--just as we believe that the Harvest of this age began with 1874 and ended with this fall, 1914.

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1 hour ago, Witness said:

It is speculation on my part, but perhaps Mr. Klein also saw the cards, which contributed to calling Franz the “oracle”.   

I sincerely doubt that, too. There seemed to be a time from 1912 through about 1936 when we find surprising links between some Bible Students and the occult, and various loose connections to spiritism and even claimed demonic influences. But I can never see F.Franz as the type. I don't know what years you are talking about here, but Klein was in and out of Writing for several years and would have known that everyone had to defer to F.Franz as the only one who could explain the various prophecies and parables and who the Jehu class or Jephthah class or Gideon class was. That kind of stuff has been tied to demonism since Russell's time.

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1 hour ago, JOHN BUTLER said:

Um, don't the GB / WT have lawyers, doctors, skilled people of all sorts ?

So all those folks quit school early and the higher education just floated into their heads did it ?  

Of course, not everyone did, or could. I doubt they expected even such a high percentage as they got. The excitement shows it.

*** km 5/74 p. 3 How Are You Using Your Life? ***
Yes, since the summer of 1973 there have been new peaks in pioneers every month. Now there are 20,394 regular and special pioneers in the United States, an all-time peak. That is 5,190 more than there were in February 1973! A 34-percent increase! Does that not warm our hearts? Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.

The specific quote about a future in school is in the Awake! but not in the Watchtower Online Library, but you've probably seen it. Also, a circuit assembly in 1971 influenced me to quit school, but I have no notes on which talk it was.

If the end had come in the mid-70s as expected, no one would have needed professionals. Up until 1975 Bethel HQ had used very few professionals, but in 1976, they accepted computer professionals to start a computer department (my roommate and another friend from St. Louis), electronics professionals (including my brother) to develop some programmable controllers, a second surgeon to live near Bethel to back up Doctor Dixon, etc.

But professionals can always be recruited. Or we could rely on worldly people. Jehovah provides.

Also, I don't think you or I can impute wrong motives of the GB claiming that they wanted dumb people to domineer. Higher education is considered "dangerous" to one's spirituality because, in practice, many Witnesses leave the organization when they go to college. A very high percentage. I understand that there are still some mixed feelings about higher education among the GB.

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16 hours ago, JW Insider said:

LOL. Thanks.  It wasn't by choice, and it's not the first time I have typed "every" for "ever." Among a lot of other mistakes I make is a common one for me where I type "Babylong" for "Babylon" and "imaging" for "imagine." Unfortunately the built in spell-check here will only flag the "Babylong" error.

And for some reason I almost always type "it's" even when it's "its." Another one that rarely gets flagged, so I often neglect to change it.

ahh, do not worry, this typing errors comes with age and common vision problems :) 

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21 hours ago, Anna said:

Well yes, that's because the other sheep weren't figuring in the equation yet. But as soon as they were,  they supported Christ's anointed.

The “other sheep” were figured in prophetically.

 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  1 Pet 2:9,10

There was a merging of “sheep” – the physical Jews and physical Gentiles, that all became one “flock” of spiritual “Israel” under their High Priest, Jesus Christ.  They are the anointed ones.  John 10:16

I don't want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you will not be conceited: A partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  Rev 11:25

1 Cor 12:12-14 - For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body -- so also is Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body -- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free -- and we were all given one Spirit to drink. 14 Indeed, the body is not one part but many.

Rev 14:1

21 hours ago, Anna said:

I don't know what you mean by that they must sacrifice their life for the rest of the Children. Wasn't Christ sacrifice all that was needed for ALL the children? The scriptures you cite don't explain anything you are saying here. All Christians should follow the path of Christ, regardless of them being anointed or not.

You’re right, all Christians should follow the path of Christ.

But, when the Bridegroom and the Bride become one, a family begins.  The Bride of “144,000”, are also members of Christ’s body, becoming one in him.  They suffer the same, they sacrifice their lives also for the rest of God’s children to come from the union with “her” Husband.  They are to imitate his sacrifice.  As members of Christ, they no longer belong to themselves, but only to Christ as one with him, so they suffer as he did.   Rom 12:1; 2 Cor 5:15; Rev 6:9; Rom 6:3  Christ’s sacrifice applies initially to his “brothers”, yet also to everyone. 

By his own choice, he gave us birth by the word of truth so that we would be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  James 1:18

 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, [

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The “birth” of the Kingdom is evident not by a date, but by the “labor pains” each anointed one suffers at the hands of Satan. Once the last of each one conquers him by their loyalty to Christ, the New Covenant promise of life becomes a fulfilled reality.  The Kingdom is born.  Rev 12:10

 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:23

The “Bride” then, as “New Jerusalem” in God’s spirit, and without “labor pains” brings forth the rest of Abraham’s seed.  The anointed are the “firstfruits”, but more of Abraham’s seed is to come. 

“Before she was in labor, she gave birth;
Before her pain came,
She delivered a male child.
Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day?
Or shall a nation be born at once?
For as soon as Zion was in labor,
She gave birth to her children.
Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord.
“Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem,
And be glad with her, all you who love her;
Rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her;
11 That you may feed and be satisfied
With the consolation of her bosom,
That you may drink deeply and be delighted
With the abundance of her glory.”  Isa 66:7-11

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husbandAnd I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  Rev 21:2,3

“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”  Rev 22:17

21 hours ago, Anna said:

I did make a distinction between those anointed on earth, and those in heaven. I said the anointed in heaven are very different from anyone on earth.  The anointed on earth have a calling to heaven, but until they are sealed at the time of their death, they are not part of Jerusalem above yet. The anointed can fail in their faith just like any other Christian. I do not subscribe to the once saved always saved ideology. It's not scriptural. In the first century there were anointed ones who left the faith. However, once sealed and in heaven, they have immortality. But while on earth they do not.

Yes, they can fail and they are tried severely by Satan, who hopes they do fail.  He hoped Christ would fail when tempted in the wilderness.  They must conquer all his deceitful traps and pressures, put upon them.    Rev 3:12

Do you think Judas’ heart was “sealed” while on earth, by his stand with Satan? What about the Pharisees?  Luke 22:3; John 19:15   The anointed become sealed when they clearly accepted Christ as their King. They listen only to him, accepting only him as their Master.  They hear only his voice, and God's. They obey only Christ, not men who want their seal upon an anointed one's head through obedience to them.   Rev 14:1; 13:15,16  It is the same with all of us.  

 Sealing can happen while still on earth.

2 Cor 1:22 - He has also put his seal on us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.

These sealed ones can be part of  “heaven”, since it is a spiritual state and not a place.  Heb 12:22-24

Once sealed, they voice truth as Christ’s priests and kings “on the earth”.  Rev 5:9,10; 15:3; Eph 6:14-17

Jacob (“Israel”) had a dream of angels from heaven “ascending and descending” on a ladder. Gen 28:12 Jesus said these angels would be ascending and descending upon the son of man.  John 1:15  Remembering that the Bride/“Israel”, which is New Jerusalem comes “down out of heaven”, can you see that these angels are the “144,000” on earth, but also in heaven? 

To Jacob, the promise was given:

 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”  Gen 28:13-15

Angels are defined as messengers, which the priests of God are; teaching the people the laws of love written on their heart.  Mal 2:7  They do this as “ministering spirits” - as the Bride coming down out of heaven, delivering the "water of life" to the rest of Abraham’s seed who inherit salvation.   Heb 1:14; Rev 22:17

21 hours ago, Anna said:

I have never heard the organization compared to the "temple" or a priesthood. Can you post a quote indicating this? Jerusalem above is comprised only of the Christ and the anointed in heaven.

 

It is subtle in many ways, Anna.  If the organization is necessary for salvation, then it takes the place of the Temple of God.  Jesus is our salvation, nothing can replace that.  God’s House is his dwelling place, which is found in the “living stones” – the anointed ones.  The organization teaches that IT is God’s dwelling place, since it is “spirit-directed”.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Cor 3:16

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  1 Pet 2:5

in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Eph 2:21,22

Ok, we have heard that the kingdom hall is God’s house.  We hear that Warwick is Bethel; and there are Bethels all around the world.  Bethel means “House of God”. I think what is the most blatant example, was the video about an assembly hall and maintaining it, as compared to the early temple.  I can’t find the video, but it seemed to be filmed in the southwestern U.S.   Although now a new one is up, calling the dedicated assembly hall, a gift from God. 

God has one House/dwelling place – his Temple built on Christ.  Why would he bless and call the material endeavors made by men, “God’s House” when he is building it upon his Son?  John 2:19-22  “Greater than Solomon is here”.  Luke 11:31 Since the organization calls its buildings "God's House", can you see how they replace the true house/dwelling of God?

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.  Acts 17:24-25

 

21 hours ago, Anna said:

??? Haven't the great crowd always supported and helped the anointed? Especially at the beginning when there were more anointed than the great crowd? Now the anointed are in a minority, but the great great crowd still supports them, they work side by side.

If the little flock and the “other sheep” are the anointed, they are the “great crowd” that successfully conquers (this is why they are “great”) Satan by riding with Christ; the faithful remnant wearing white robes.  To prove it, see Rev 7:15  They are found “before the throne” serving in the temple of God, where He dwells among them.

I ask all JWs, to wipe the slate clean of all false doctrine and start anew asking God and Christ for direction on knowing what is truth and what is a lie.   

JWs don’t recognize the important role they are to lead right now.  They are clueless as to what they are suppose to do for Christ.   Someone else is directing knowledge about them and to them.  The anointed and JWs, are following in the footsteps of men and not those of Christ.    The GB say they are the “faithful steward”.  I’ll say it again, to understand what a steward or manager of a house or ship does,  ask yourself, do they accomplish all the tasks to provide everything necessary to keep the house members or the ship’s guests satisfied? No, a steward gathers provision from all servants, and then distributes as needed. 

The GB, out of selfish pride, “will not dig” and is “afraid to beg”, the other servants for provisions.  Luke 16:1-4   They squander away “what is another man’s”  that God bestowed on each anointed one at their anointing; thus, they are the “wicked steward”, the “wicked slave”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, JOHN BUTLER said:

@Anna quote " They wouldn't need anyone to teach them (perhaps such as the scribes and pharisees?). " 

Or a Governing Body ? 

Quote "These ones need spiritual instruction just like everyone else." The clue comes in the last 4 words 

What the W/t writer is saying is that the Anointed need instruction from the GB / Writing dept' just like everyone else.

Quote "Otherwise you would be saying God discriminates on account of position, that somebody with a higher position has more value in God’s eyes than someone of a lowly position. "

If 'Experiences' (in Yearbooks / Watchtowers etc)  are to be believed, then it would seem that God / Jesus Christ has / have saved some brothers/sisters in certain circumstances, but not saved other brothers/sisters in other circumstances. Now both God and His Son work in their own ways, working together as one, and i would never question what they do. I am humble enough to know that their ways are much higher than mine. But they must have their reasons for saving some and not others. (If experiencies are to be believed). 

An example of a supposed 'experience' : A sister was on the ministry and knocked on the door of a man. The man turned her away. The man was later arrested for rape/murder of a woman in his own home. When questioned as to why he did not invite the sister in etc, as she had been his first visitor. The man said that she 'had a man stood either side of her', she was not alone. But the sister had gone in to the ministry alone, so the 'man either side of her' must have been angels guarding her. ... True or false I do not know, but I do know it was offered as an 'experience' at a meeting a long time ago. 

 

 

... many, many years ago i heard JW people talking the same "story"here mentioned. 

You open interesting question. Why would god provide help, protection to some JW and not to other JW. When i was much younger, that means, many, many years ago ... again, i heard another "story", true or not, do not know. Some young sisters preached  from house to house (from flat to flat in building) to some young man. A re-visit was agreed. They came next time and then several men raped them.

So, again why would "angels that stand around you as protectors" in preaching service and in life, generally, allowed this crime to happened ?????????????????????????????

Is the answer? To be proved how this World is in power of evil one????... or maybe ...."People must answer on Universal Questions about god's sovereignty, ...or this .....Would people obey god from Love?????? .... or maybe ... So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad,[

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I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

Please, Do not joke/yoke me with this or similar answers !!!!!!!!!

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@Anna Quote "Well yes, that's because the other sheep weren't figuring in the equation yet. "

So when did the 'other sheep' start to figure in this equation ? 

Because as I've always thought, the Greek Scriptures were written by and for the Anointed only. 

Where does the scriptures actually talk directly to the earthly class ?  And i mean to not about. 

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1 hour ago, JW Insider said:

influenced me to quit school

I had different "motive" why i "had to" quit school in the middle of second grade of high school. (In Croatia we have 8 grades in Primary School and then 4 grades in High School. ......After you can go to "Higher Education" aka University .... ahahaha)

To come back ... In first and second grade, school has program (Communism era) of learning about weapons inside subject called,  in free translation "Pre-military training". In first grade you learned theoretically and in second grade teacher bringing rifles and after students going to shooting place to shoot one or few bullets in wooden target, ...I guess it was wooden :))) .

If you not complete and went to shooting, you can't get evaluation and in final missed to passed a school class, year. I have been baptized in that same month, one Sunday in November 1977. And next day, in Monday, had to, must to "defend"  my "christian belief" in front of teacher. Of course, without happy outcome for me :)))). Well, as i can not see any future in this, i quit school and looking for some job. Imagine. Even elders made meeting in congregation with me to ask about what was happen, but i felt as i was suspected of something from elders.

What can you do without some school or skills or practice and experience? But after one year i get job and learning to be bookbinder in one small workshop not far from home place, in fact 10-15 minutes by walk.....  Doing that for some 1,5 year, in meanwhile went to prison for known reason, and then continue next 1,5 year at same workshop.

 

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20 minutes ago, JOHN BUTLER said:

Where does the scriptures actually talk directly to the earthly class ?  And i mean to not about. 

 There were many believers in Christ who were baptized, but not all were anointed. I like Acts 2, the Day of Pentacost,  as a good example. Everyone hearing the “great rushing wind”,  question the kerfuffle going on, and Peter explained what happened inside by quoting Joel 2. 

 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.  

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.  Acts 2:38-41

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33 minutes ago, Witness said:

 There were many believers in Christ who were baptized, but not all were anointed. I like Acts 2, the Day of Pentacost,  as a good example. Everyone hearing the “great rushing wind”,  question the kerfuffle going on, and Peter explained what happened inside by quoting Joel 2. 

 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.  

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.  Acts 2:38-41

How do you know they were not anointed ? 

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46 minutes ago, JOHN BUTLER said:

How do you know they were not anointed ? 

I think there are only a couple examples of persons who were not anointed, about 13 men in all. Interestingly, Luke (as the writer of Acts), mentions that while not "anointed" Apollos was "aglow with the spirit."

  • (Acts 18:24-19:7) . . .Now a Jew named A·polʹlos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephʹe·sus; he was an eloquent man who was well-versed in the Scriptures. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of Jehovah, and aglow with the spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things about Jesus, but he was acquainted only with the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, and when Pris·cilʹla and Aqʹui·la heard him, they took him into their company and explained the way of God more accurately to him. 27 Further, because he wanted to go across to A·chaʹia, the brothers wrote to the disciples, urging them to receive him kindly. So when he got there, he greatly helped those who through God’s undeserved kindness had become believers; 28 for publicly and with great intensity he thoroughly proved the Jews to be wrong, showing them from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ. 19 In the course of events, while A·polʹlos was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland regions and came down to Ephʹe·sus. There he found some disciples 2 and said to them: “Did you receive holy spirit when you became believers?” They replied to him: “Why, we have never heard that there is a holy spirit.” 3 So he said: “In what, then, were you baptized?” They said: “In John’s baptism.” 4 Paul said: “John baptized with the baptism in symbol of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they got baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul laid his hands on them, the holy spirit came upon them, and they began speaking in foreign languages and prophesying. 7 There were about 12 men in all.

Some scholars have assumed that, for many of the early years at least,  Baptists were probably a larger group than the Christians. John had obviously baptized many persons before Jesus got there, and there were already crowds being baptized by John. The similarities of their beliefs might have allowed some to join with Christians and not realize that there was more to being a Christian than just verbal acceptance of a Christian message on top of a Baptist message. Some scholars also believe there is early documented evidence of an ongoing debate or even a competition between followers of John the Baptist and followers of Jesus the Christ.

Interesting, too, is the story that explorers in the Middle East in the 1700's came across one or more Bedouin groups, who explained that they were not Christians but claimed to have been followers of John the Baptist for thousands of years. I'll have to look up the story again to get the exact details. It's possible they were followers of Mandaeism, who see John the Baptist as a more important person than Jesus. 

Some scholars, and I might be using the term loosely, have also thought that the Qumram community (the probable guardians of the Dead Sea Scroll "library") was related to John's preaching, and that most of John's followers would have been Essenes.  

Another aside, but Apollos, by some, is considered a prime candidate to have been the author of the book of Hebrews. Note that he was eloquent, and zealous in preaching to Hebrews about Christ. I think it is a minority of modern scholars who believe that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. We have no evidence one way or another in scripture itself except style and content, but Paul's "calling" or ministry was not to the Hebrews.

 

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@JOHN BUTLER  Only a "BIG handful" of anointed brothers/sisters we've worldwide,  the number is variable.  To be anointed,  that ONLY  knows Jehovah and the brothers / sisters  itself.

Read,  what  jw.org  is  telling  us:

HOW THE ANOINTING PROCESS WORKS

What might an anointed Christian wonder, but what does he never doubt?

    Hello guest!

What are the “token” and the “seal” that each anointed Christian receives from God?—2 Cor. 1:21, 22; ftn.

    Hello guest!

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7 hours ago, JW Insider said:

that link to "rapist" is to another snopes debunkable which has been told in versions quite similar to the Witness version:

I believe it was at a District Convention, and the speaker was exhorting those not to believe every dumb thing, when the he related the one about the sole Witness walking the gritty streets at night with all the Society’s money and how he escaped mugging on account of the huge angels walking alongside.

”What was he doing alone at night with all the Society’s money?” the speaker said. “I’m sure the Society would like to know.”

7 hours ago, JW Insider said:

it ends up sounding like the way people apply Dylan lyrics to their lives or Shakespeare quotes to describe an experience or a "moral" of a story

I’ll overlook this bit of clumsiness just once. The byline for ‘TrueTom vs the Apostates!’ is a Dylan line: “The game is the same, it’s just up on another level.”

5 hours ago, JW Insider said:

don't consider bad spelling and grammar to be any kind of "fail" on your part, 

It is best to blame things like this on autocorrect. May its inventor rot in hello.

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44 minutes ago, JW Insider said:

It I s a minority of modern scholars who believe that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. We have no evidence one way or another in scripture itself except style and content

 

Paul’s endlessly run-on sentences are unmistakable. I often imitate him, except I tend to lose my way in the middle and sometimes don’t emerge until days later, whereas he generally came out the other end without undue fuss.

Only recently did it dawn on me that Paul, as the scholar, connects all the dots to the Hebrew Scriptures in a way that fishermen could not be expected to, thus bringing his ‘gift to the altar’ to such an extent that persons who have never seen real unity, and thus cannot imagine it, credit him with practically forming a new religion.

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24 minutes ago, Queen Esther said:

@JOHN BUTLER  Only a "BIG handful" of anointed brothers/sisters we've worldwide,  the number is variable.  To be anointed,  that ONLY  knows Jehovah and the brothers / sisters  itself.

Read,  what  jw.org  is  telling  us:

HOW THE ANOINTING PROCESS WORKS

What might an anointed Christian wonder, but what does he never doubt?

    Hello guest!

What are the “token” and the “seal” that each anointed Christian receives from God?—2 Cor. 1:21, 22; ftn.

    Hello guest!

Sorry to upset you but I thought you would know that I'm no longer a JW, and i do not believe everything that the JW Org says.

I  have read how the W/T says for the Anointed to keep quiet and then says that the Elders are taking the lead.

Do you honestly think Elders should overrule Anointed ones ? 

Well i don't. 

 

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5 minutes ago, JOHN BUTLER said:

Do you honestly think Elders should overrule Anointed ones ? 

All the anointed I have ever known were elders, except for the sisters of course.

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Elders have NO right, to overrule anointed brothers,  WHY  THAT ?

We had a young anointed brother and he was very liked, also by our elders -   He belongs to our big Sinti family!  His wife is not anointed, sorry....  Thats all I want say --

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10 hours ago, JOHN BUTLER said:

Quote "These ones need spiritual instruction just like everyone else." The clue comes in the last 4 words 

What the W/t writer is saying is that the Anointed need instruction from the GB / Writing dept' just like everyone else.

GB also needs instruction just like everyone else.  When Jesus fed the 5 thousand with two fishes and few loaves, his disciples were to form groups of people and then distribute this food to them. I have no doubt that the disciples not only distributed the food they had from Jesus, but they also ate it themselves. And Jesus did too.

‘Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every word * that comes from Jehovah’s mouth.’  The GB are not exempt from this. Not only that , but in reply to Satan, about changing the stones into bread, Jesus applied this to himself too, that he relied on his Father for spiritual food. So if Jesus needs "instructions" from Jehovah, how much more so the GB?  The only one that doesn't need to be spiritually fed is Jehovah.

* the Bible

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