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      Compared with the total time spent on social media, use of multiple platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health (CRMTH) found in a national survey.
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      In a separate study (some of the scientists were involved in each of the reviews), researchers looked at whether exercise might be useful as a treatment for depression. In that analysis, which was published in June in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, they pooled data from 25 past studies in which people with clinically diagnosed depression began some type of exercise program. Each study had to include a control group that did not exercise and be otherwise methodologically sophisticated.
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      But he encouraged anyone feeling overwhelmed by recent events, or just by life, to go for a run or a bike ride. “The main message” of his and his colleagues’ reviews, he said, “is that people need to be active to improve their mental health.”
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      James Armstrong III, who had been walking to a nearby bank moments after the fall, said Ms Crockett had been 'hysterical' and waving her hands in the air.
      'It's really taken a toll on me, because right now, I'm not strong and right now I am hurting,' Ms Crockett told KTLA.
      'It was traumatic, it something that I never thought I would have to see.'
      She was taken to hospital after the incident in shock.
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      By Guest Nicole
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      An electrician who plunged 53 floors to his death after leaping from the West Coast's highest skyscraper committed suicide, a coroner has ruled.
      Joseph Sabbatino was only on his second day on the job at the construction site of the unfinished, $1billion Wilshire Grand Center when he plummeted 800 feet onto the trunk of a car that was passing below.
      Coroner's Lt. David Smith confirmed today that the 36-year-old's death was a suicide.
      Sabbatino's father Vance revealed that his son had a long battle with depression and had been taking medication before his death.
      His devastated wife Melken Sabbatino wrote on Facebook after his tragic death that she was 'thinking about my husband. Missing you.' 
      Authorities found that the married Jehovah's Witness had removed his helmet and had not been wearing a harness before the fall on Friday- as he was only contracted to work on the lower levels
      Turner Construction has since released a statement to say there had been a safety barrier on the 53rd floor to prevents falls, and that the incident had not been work related. Around 1,000 employees were given the day off following Sabbatino's death.
      Horrified witnesses described the moment they saw Sabbatino fall to his death and land on a car below.
      James Armstrong III had been walking to a nearby bank moments after the fall said motorist Donna Crockett had been 'hysterical' and waving her hands in the air.
      'It's really taken a toll on me, because right now, I'm not strong and right now I am hurting,' Crockett told KTLA. 'It was traumatic, it something that I never thought I would have to see.'
      She was taken to hospital after the incident in shock.
      Mel Melcon, an LA Times photographer, was on assignment at the building when he noticed the man's body lying 'off the driver's side of the car.'
      'It sounded like a bag of cement fell off the edge of the building,' he said.
      'No one thought it was a body,' Melcon told his paper. 'We heard no screams.' 
      The vehicle escaped major damage but the rear side panel was splattered with blood, officials said.  
      'We have confirmed with (California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health and Los Angeles police) that the incident which occurred at the Wilshire Grand project site on March 17 was not work-related,' a statement issued by Turner Construction read.
      Work was shut down Friday and counselors would be on hand for employees, the statement said.
      Ed Winter, assistant chief Los Angeles County Coroner, said as far as he knew, there was no suicide note.
      Winter said the man, a new employee on his second day on the job, died instantly. The investigation will continue. 
      Chris Martin, CEO of Martin Project Management, which is supervising the construction, said there were barricades around the edge of the building and other safety measures in place.
      All of the building's 891 workers had undergone training, Martin said.
      'There's safety training for every worker on the job, and certain locations there's very specialized training. So these are all smart people,' Martin said. 'We had no injuries up to this date.' 
      When asked whether there might have been any electrical work that needed doing near the edge of the building, Martin said there wasn't.
      The paper also reported that there was an eight-foot-high 'integrity fence' in place to keep workers and equipment from falling off the tower.
      No tethering harness was seen on the man's body, although employees are required to wear one when working.
      A construction worker who spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity said that he saw the man's body, and initially thought the woman had run him over. 
      'We asked the driver: 'Did you run this man over?' She said no,' the worker said. 'That's when I knew he had fallen off the building.'
      He added that when he returned to the building he found a hard hat with the dead man's employee number on the 53rd floor.
      Maurice Lopez, who works at the neighboring Bonaventure said he was saddened to hear that someone working on the building he watched go up for years had died.
      That's crazy. Usually when you walk by here, you see the guys up there attached to something,' Lopez, 50, of Los Angeles told the LA Times. 'Now I'm gonna feel sick walking by here.'
      This is the first accident to happen at the location, the Times reported. There were around 850 workers on the site as of last week.  
      The Wilshire Grand Center is located on South Figueroa Street, at one of the busiest intersections in the city. The man's fall resulted in disruption to traffic flow.
      Upon completion, the $1billion skycraper, which has been under construction for two years, will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It will reach a height of 73 stories and will be 1,100 feet tall, including a 100-foot spire.
      It is expected to open early 2017. 
      Family and friends paid tribute to the 'sweet' man with a 'good heart' that was always so full of life.
      Susanne Dean wrote on Facebook: 'Joseph was very sweet and made us laugh and we had some good times with him...my boys thought he was so cool to invite them over to play video games and just hang out.
      'He was full of hope and life. That is the Joseph that we will remember.'
      Eric Mutuc added: 'Joseph was a friend of mine when we were children. He had a good heart, and although he may not have ever known it, I loved him like a brother. 
      Jerron Ragan said: 'Rest in peace Joseph Sabbatino. You were always a good friend. I'll miss you.'

      Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3508352/LA-electrician-36-plunged-53-stories-death-West-Coast-s-highest-skyscraper-committed-suicide-coroner-rules.html

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    • John 17:14-16 The comments in the study Bible on John 17:15 say: "Jehovah...could even separate his people physically from the rest of the world and place them in a a safe and peaceful environment. However, regarding his disciples, Jesus prayed to his heavenly Father: "I request you, not to take them out of the world, but to watch over them because of the wicked one." Jehovah has chosen not to take us "out of the world." Rather, it is his will that we live among the general population of this world in order to proclaim his message of hope and comfort to others. (Rom. 10:13-15) But, as Jesus implied in his prayer, by living in this world, we are exposed to "the wicked one." Disobedient mankind and wicked spirit forces cause much pain and anguish, and Christians are not immune to distress." 1 Peter 5:9 So while we recognize we have to live in a world under Satan's control, it doesn't mean we should go out of our way to expose ourselves to potentially dangerous influences and bad association. There are of course necessary things we must do to survive and provide for our families - such as employment, which as you correctly pointed out, can mean rubbing shoulders with worldly people and attitudes whatever level of education we choose. But even on that, we are selective so as to minimize our exposure to potentially harmful influences. It may include being selective as to what type of work we are willing to accept, or whom we work with/for. Many caring parents know they can't completely eliminate bad influences at school for instance (since kids have to have some type of schooling and it is beneficial), but they may choose to be selective as to whom they allow their kids to spend their extra time with. So living in the world, we recognize there are certain things we must do whether we like it or not. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't exercise caution and be selective as to what we choose to involve ourselves in. I could rationalize that I need a job to support myself and my family - a legitimate and necessary need,  but would I choose to work for the mafia to do so? No, I would be selective and cautious.  I agree with you. I often have the same problem on both phone and tablet. Fortunately I've recently discovered that we can edit and make corrections. I wish I had known that earlier before "auto-correct" ran roughshod over my posts.  As for my level of education, I provide as little information as possible to identify me. As a "whistleblower" on some things, there would be an opportunity for "blowback" from men in authority who have something to hide. I don't even post what country I'm from. So when I have written that at times there are men in authority who act as wickedly as people in the world and hide behind their authority, I know exactly what I'm talking about. That's why I don't buy into the "Jesus is in full control of everything..." stuff, because I know some of the stuff that goes on is about as unChristlike as you can get. He doesn't cause/control it just because he allows it for a time. I also question some of the decisions men (not Jesus) have made when I am in possession of all the facts - especially when removal or disfellowshipping has as it's objective to silence whistleblowers who expose their corruption. I have never been DF'd, but I know if they thought I was spilling the beens on them, that's exactly what would happen. So I don't mention any names either that would tip them off. Just letting people know that you can still maintain your faith and relationship with God despite the evil that (some) men do - and get away with for now.  Sorry if this rant is off topic.
    • Perhaps it can be as you said. And perhaps this can be true with many other similar "stories".   What I see as important in this "story", is fine moral message and inspirational, motivating injection that in this materialistic and superficial everyday life offers a spiritual upgrade.... said with different order of words. 
    • Some do. Like the Rainbow Mountains, and some of the Caucasus (Svaneti) look more like rocky Alps. I'd love to see those mountains, and I planned to visit Georgia within two or three years if possible. I've never been to Georgia, the closest so far has been to northern Turkey (Ankara, Zonguldak, Samsun). If Jehovah did not intervene, and nature was left to itself, moving the tectonic plates would have caused thousands of violent aftershocks and tsunamis for quite some time after the floodwaters settled. Even on water, during the Flood, the Ark would have to be given divine protection. Settling on a high mountain might protect from tsunamis but not the quakes. I'd like to look up some info on these. Where should I start?
    • The story has also been told that it was a "black boy" who offered him the newspaper for free: https://mylife-chapter.blogspot.com/2017/08/who-is-richer-than-bill-gates.html When my wife was a school principal, teachers were always putting up posters about, for example, the "Ten Things Bill Gates Says about School" or "What Bill Gates Said Were the Most Important Things in Life" etc. He may have told a story like this, but usually people create such stories so that their own moral lesson comes across with more authority.  
    • RECHERCHONS DES PERLES SPIRITUELLES - SEMAINE DU 9 DĂ©cembre 2019 - RĂ©vĂ©lation 10-12.docx RECHERCHONS DES PERLES SPIRITUELLES - SEMAINE DU 9 DĂ©cembre 2019 - RĂ©vĂ©lation 10-12.pdf Recherchons des perles spirituelles (8 min) : RĂ©vĂ©lation 10-12 RĂ©vĂ©lation 10:9, 10 : En quel sens le message donnĂ© Ă  Jean Ă©tait-il Ă  la fois « amer » et « doux » ? (it-2 821 § 1). « Je suis donc allĂ© vers l’ange et lui ai demandĂ© de me donner le petit rouleau. Il m’a dit : « Prends-le et mange-le. Il sera amer pour ton estomac, mais dans ta bouche il sera doux comme du miel. » 10 J’ai pris le petit rouleau de la main de l’ange et je l’ai mangĂ©. Dans ma bouche, il a Ă©tĂ© doux comme du miel, mais une fois avalĂ© il est devenu amer pour mon estomac. » Emploi symbolique. Le mot “ rouleau ” est employĂ© plusieurs fois dans un sens symbolique dans la Bible. ÉzĂ©chiel et Zacharie virent chacun un rouleau Ă©crit des deux cĂŽtĂ©s. Puisque d’habitude on se servait d’un seul cĂŽtĂ© d’un rouleau, le fait que les deux cĂŽtĂ©s soient utilisĂ©s est peut-ĂȘtre l’indice du poids, de l’étendue et de la gravitĂ© des jugements consignĂ©s dans ces rouleaux (Éz 2:9–3:3 ; Zach 5:1-4). Dans la vision de la RĂ©vĂ©lation, celui qui Ă©tait sur le trĂŽne tenait dans sa main droite un rouleau portant sept sceaux qui empĂȘchaient de voir ce qui Ă©tait Ă©crit, jusqu’à ce que l’Agneau de Dieu les ouvre. Plus tard dans la vision, Jean lui-mĂȘme se vit prĂ©senter un rouleau qu’il reçut l’ordre de manger. Son goĂ»t parut doux Ă  Jean, mais il rendit son ventre amer. Le rouleau Ă©tant ouvert et non scellĂ©, il s’agissait de quelque chose qui devait ĂȘtre compris. Il parut “ doux ” Ă  Jean de recevoir le message contenu dans ce rouleau, mais il s’y trouvait selon toute apparence des choses amĂšres Ă  prophĂ©tiser, ce qu’il reçut l’ordre de faire. ÉzĂ©chiel vĂ©cut Ă  peu prĂšs la mĂȘme chose avec le rouleau qui lui fut prĂ©sentĂ© et dans lequel se trouvaient “ des chants funĂšbres, des gĂ©missements et des lamentations ”. Éz 2:10. - it-2 821 § 1 Il lui est doux de se nourrir de ce rouleau, parce que celui-ci vient de Dieu. Mais il lui semble amer de le digĂ©rer, car ce rouleau annonce des choses dĂ©sagrĂ©ables pour les humains rebelles. A notre Ă©poque, les membres de la grande foule proclament  avec zĂšle la bonne nouvelle en utilisant des paroles douces et accompagnĂ©es de charme pour parler des dispositions merveilleuses prises par JĂ©hovah en faveur des chrĂ©tiens comparables Ă  des brebis. Mais pour les humains qui s’y opposent, il s’agit d’une mauvaise nouvelle. Pour quelle raison ? Elle signifie que le systĂšme dans lequel ils se confient, et qui leur procure mĂȘme peut-ĂȘtre une satisfaction Ă©phĂ©mĂšre, doit disparaĂźtre. Pour eux, la bonne nouvelle signifie donc la mort – re p158 RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:1-5 : Comment ces versets se sont-ils rĂ©alisĂ©s ? (it-1 673 § 4-6). «  Puis un grand signe est apparu dans le ciel : Une femme Ă©tait revĂȘtue du soleil, et la lune Ă©tait sous ses pieds, et elle avait sur la tĂȘte une couronne de 12 étoiles.  Elle Ă©tait enceinte, et elle criait dans les douleurs et les tourments de l’accouchement.  Un autre signe est apparu dans le ciel. Regardez ! Un grand dragon couleur de feu, avec sept tĂȘtes et dix cornes, et un diadĂšme sur chaque tĂȘte ; 4 et sa queue traĂźne le tiers des Ă©toiles du ciel, et il les a jetĂ©es sur la terre. Et le dragon se tenait devant la femme qui Ă©tait sur le point d’accoucher, prĂȘt Ă  dĂ©vorer son enfant lorsqu’elle accoucherait.  Et elle a donnĂ© naissance Ă  un garçon, oui Ă  un fils, qui va mener toutes les nations avec un bĂąton de fer. Et son enfant a vite Ă©tĂ© emportĂ© vers Dieu et vers son trĂŽne. » Dans la vision rapportĂ©e dans la RĂ©vĂ©lation, l’apĂŽtre Jean vit une femme cĂ©leste qui criait “ dans les douleurs et les tourments de l’accouchement ”. L’enfant qui naquit Ă©tait ‘ un fils, un mĂąle, qui ferait paĂźtre toutes les nations avec un bĂąton de fer ’. MalgrĂ© les efforts du dragon pour le dĂ©vorer, “ son enfant a Ă©tĂ© emportĂ© vers Dieu et vers son trĂŽne ”. (RĂ© 12:1, 2, 4-6.) Le fait que ce fils serait emportĂ© par Dieu montrerait qu’Il le reconnaĂźtrait comme le sien, de mĂȘme que la coutume voulait jadis qu’on prĂ©sente un nouveau-nĂ© Ă  son pĂšre pour que celui-ci le reconnaisse . Il s’ensuit que la “ femme ” en question est la “ femme ” de Dieu, la “ JĂ©rusalem d’en haut ”, la “ mĂšre ” du Christ et de ses frĂšres spirituels. — Ga 4:26 ; HĂ© 2:11, 12, 17. La “ femme ” cĂ©leste de Dieu serait Ă©videmment parfaite, et la naissance n’occasionnerait pas de douleur rĂ©elle. Par consĂ©quent, les douleurs indiqueraient symboliquement que la “ femme ” sentirait venir la naissance ; elle l’attendrait pour trĂšs bientĂŽt. — RĂ© 12:2. Qui serait ce “ fils, un mĂąle ” ? Il devait “ faire paĂźtre toutes les nations avec un bĂąton de fer ”. C’est lĂ  ce qu’annonçait Psaume 2:6-9 Ă  propos du Roi messianique de Dieu. Mais Jean contempla cette vision longtemps aprĂšs la naissance du Christ sur la terre, sa mort et sa rĂ©surrection. Il s’avĂ©rerait donc que cette vision se rapporte Ă  la naissance du Royaume messianique confiĂ© par Dieu Ă  son Fils JĂ©sus Christ qui, aprĂšs avoir Ă©tĂ© relevĂ© d’entre les morts, “ s’est assis Ă  la droite de Dieu, attendant dĂ©sormais jusqu’à ce que ses ennemis soient placĂ©s comme un escabeau pour ses pieds ”. RĂ© 12:10. - it-1 673 § 4-6 La RĂ©vĂ©lation, livre fortement symbolique, dĂ©peint le Diable sous les traits d’un “ grand dragon couleur de feu ”. (RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:3.) Pourquoi ? Non pas parce qu’il a littĂ©ralement un corps hideux, effrayant. En fait nous ne savons pas quel genre de corps possĂšdent les crĂ©atures spirituelles, mais sous ce rapport Satan ne diffĂšre probablement pas des autres, et “ un grand dragon couleur de feu ” est une image appropriĂ©e de l’état d’esprit vorace, effroyable, puissant et destructeur de Satan. - TG2001  1/9 p6 Pour la premiĂšre fois Jean voit une femme dans le ciel. Il ne s’agit Ă©videmment pas d’une femme rĂ©elle. Cette femme est plutĂŽt un signe, ou un symbole. Que symbolise-t-elle ? La femme que Jean voit ici est mariĂ©e, et elle est sur le point d’accoucher. Qui est son mari ? Eh bien, la suite du rĂ©cit nous apprend que son enfant est “ emportĂ© vers Dieu et vers son trĂŽne ”. (RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:5.) JĂ©hovah revendique ainsi la paternitĂ© de cet enfant. Par consĂ©quent, la femme que Jean voit doit ĂȘtre la femme symbolique de JĂ©hovah. L’apĂŽtre Paul apporte un dernier Ă©lĂ©ment d’information quand il dit : “ La JĂ©rusalem d’en haut est libre, et elle est notre mĂšre. ” (Galates 4:26). La “ femme ” vue par Jean est donc “ la JĂ©rusalem d’en haut ”. Mais qu’est-ce exactement que la JĂ©rusalem d’en haut ? Puisque Paul dit qu’elle est “ d’en haut ” et que Jean la voit dans le ciel, il est clair qu’elle n’est pas une ville terrestre ; elle n’est pas non plus Ă  confondre avec la “ Nouvelle JĂ©rusalem ”, car cette organisation-lĂ  est l’épouse de Christ et non la femme de JĂ©hovah. Notez que la femme en question porte une couronne de douze Ă©toiles. Le chiffre douze se rapporte Ă  ce qui est complet dans le domaine de l’organisation. Par consĂ©quent, ces 12 étoiles semblent indiquer que cette femme est une organisation dans le ciel, de mĂȘme que la JĂ©rusalem antique en Ă©tait une sur la terre. La JĂ©rusalem d’en haut est l’organisation universelle de JĂ©hovah, composĂ©e de crĂ©atures spirituelles, qui, telle une femme, le sert et met au monde des enfants. Jean voit cette femme revĂȘtue du soleil avec la lune sous ses pieds. Si nous ajoutons Ă  cette description la couronne d’étoiles, elle est totalement enveloppĂ©e de lumiĂšres cĂ©lestes. La faveur divine l’éclaire jour et nuit. Quel symbole appropriĂ© de l’organisation cĂ©leste de JĂ©hovah qui est resplendissante ! Cette femme est Ă©galement enceinte et dans les douleurs de l’accouchement. Ses cris, implorant l’aide divine, indiquent que son heure est venue d’accoucher. Dans la Bible, les douleurs de l’accouchement symbolisent souvent le dur travail qu’il faut accomplir pour arriver Ă  un rĂ©sultat important. L’organisation cĂ©leste de JĂ©hovah a sans doute Ă©prouvĂ© ces douleurs de l’accouchement alors qu’elle se prĂ©parait Ă  cette naissance historique. C’est “ un fils, un mĂąle ”. Pourquoi Jean utilise-t-il ces deux termes ? Pour souligner que l’enfant a les aptitudes et les compĂ©tences requises pour dominer les nations avec la puissance qui convient. Ces termes soulignent aussi combien cette naissance est un Ă©vĂ©nement mĂ©morable et joyeux. Elle joue un rĂŽle capital pour ce qui est de mener Ă  son terme le saint secret de Dieu. En effet, cet enfant mĂąle ne va-t-il pas “ faire paĂźtre toutes les nations avec un bĂąton de fer ” ? La naissance vue par Jean a un rapport Ă©troit avec JĂ©sus Christ. Non, pas avec sa mise au monde par une vierge avant le Ier siĂšcle de notre Ăšre, ni avec le moment oĂč il a Ă©tĂ© relevĂ© pour la vie spirituelle en l’an 33 de notre Ăšre. Et il n’est pas davantage question de transmigration. Jean parle plutĂŽt de la naissance du Royaume de Dieu en 1914 comme d’une rĂ©alitĂ©, JĂ©sus — dans les cieux depuis prĂšs de vingt siĂšcles maintenant — ayant alors Ă©tĂ© intronisĂ© comme Roi. Jamais JĂ©hovah ne permettrait Ă  Satan de dĂ©vorer Sa femme ou Son fils nouveau-né ! À sa naissance, l’enfant mĂąle est “ emportĂ© vers Dieu et vers son trĂŽne ”. Il est ainsi placĂ© entiĂšrement sous la protection de JĂ©hovah, qui va prendre le plus grand soin de ce Royaume nouveau-nĂ©, l’instrument par lequel il sanctifiera son saint nom. Dans le mĂȘme temps, la femme s’enfuit dans un lieu que Dieu lui a prĂ©parĂ© dans le dĂ©sert. Suivront de plus amples explications Ă  ce sujet. Pour ce qui est de Satan, tous les Ă©lĂ©ments sont maintenant rĂ©unis pour que se produise un Ă©vĂ©nement capital qui l’empĂȘchera Ă  jamais de menacer le Royaume dans les cieux. – re p178   Qu’est-ce que la lecture biblique de cette semaine t’a appris sur JĂ©hovah ? JĂ©hovah confie une autre mission Ă  Jean. AprĂšs que les sept tonnerres ont retenti, l’ange vigoureux prend de nouveau la parole : “ Et l’ange que j’ai vu se tenant debout sur la mer et sur la terre a levĂ© sa main droite vers le ciel, et par Celui qui vit Ă  tout jamais, qui a crĂ©Ă© le ciel et les choses qui s’y trouvent, et la terre et les choses qui s’y trouvent, et la mer et les choses qui s’y trouvent, il a juré : ‘ Il n’y aura plus de dĂ©lai. ’ ” (RĂ©vĂ©lation 10:5, 6). Par qui l’ange vigoureux jure-t-il ? JĂ©sus glorifiĂ© jure, non pas par lui-mĂȘme, mais par la plus haute AutoritĂ© qui soit : JĂ©hovah, le CrĂ©ateur immortel des cieux et de la terre (IsaĂŻe 45:12, 18). Par ce serment, l’ange donne Ă  Jean l’assurance que Dieu n’accordera plus de dĂ©lai. Comme le mot “ dĂ©lai ” traduit ici le grec khronos, qui signifie littĂ©ralement “ temps ”, certains pensent que cette dĂ©claration de l’ange doit ĂȘtre rendue comme suit : “ Il n’y aura plus de temps ”, comme si le temps tel que nous le connaissons devait disparaĂźtre. Cependant, dans ce verset, le mot khronos est utilisĂ© sans l’article dĂ©fini. Il ne dĂ©signe donc pas le temps en gĂ©nĂ©ral, mais plutĂŽt “ un temps ” ou “ une pĂ©riode de temps ”. En d’autres termes, JĂ©hovah n’accordera plus une pĂ©riode de temps (ou un dĂ©lai) supplĂ©mentaire. Un verbe grec dĂ©rivĂ© du terme khronos apparaĂźt Ă©galement en HĂ©breux 10:37 oĂč Paul, citant Habaqouq 2:3, 4, Ă©crit que “ celui qui vient [...] ne tardera pas ”. – re chap24 p157 §10,11 JĂ©hovah Dieu vit depuis des temps indĂ©finis et pour des temps indĂ©finis, Ă  tout jamais RĂ©v. 10 :6. Il est le Roi d’éternitĂ©, incorruptible, invisible, le seul vrai Dieu. Il n’existait pas de dieu avant lui et il est aussi sans fin dans les temps Ă  venir. – it-1 p637 JĂ©hovah rĂšgne. Par le moyen de son Royaume messianique il exerce sa souverainetĂ© sur l’humanitĂ©, de merveilleuse façon. C’est ce que confirme la vision suivante de Jean : “ Et le temple-sanctuaire de Dieu qui est dans le ciel a Ă©tĂ© ouvert, et on a vu l’arche de son alliance dans son temple-sanctuaire. Et il y a eu des Ă©clairs, et des voix, et des tonnerres, et un tremblement de terre, et une grande grĂȘle. ” (RĂ©vĂ©lation 11:19). C’est ici la seule mention de l’arche de l’alliance de Dieu dans la RĂ©vĂ©lation. L’Arche avait Ă©tĂ© le symbole visible de la prĂ©sence de JĂ©hovah au sein d’IsraĂ«l, son peuple. Dans le tabernacle, et plus tard dans le temple construit par Salomon, l’Arche Ă©tait dans le TrĂšs-Saint. Quelque 2 600 ans plus tard, l’arche apparaĂźt une fois encore. Mais dans la vision de Jean, cette arche ne se trouve pas dans un temple terrestre. Elle est dans le sanctuaire cĂ©leste de Dieu. À nouveau JĂ©hovah domine par l’entremise d’un roi de la lignĂ©e royale de David. Mais cette fois, le Roi, Christ JĂ©sus, est intronisĂ© dans la JĂ©rusalem cĂ©leste, la position Ă©levĂ©e et avantageuse d’oĂč il exĂ©cute les jugements de JĂ©hovah – re p175 §12 Le saint nom de Dieu a Ă©tĂ© attaquĂ©, sali par le mensonge et la calomnie. En Éden, Satan a diffamĂ© JĂ©hovah, le faisant passer pour un Souverain injuste. Le chef du monde impie a veillĂ© depuis Ă  ce que les mensonges sur Dieu se multiplient  - RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:9. Les religions ont dĂ©peint un Dieu despotique, distant, cruel, un Dieu qui, affirment-elles, soutient leurs guerres sanguinaires. Quant aux prodigieux actes de crĂ©ation, on les met souvent dĂ©sormais sur le compte du hasard et de l’évolution. IndĂ©niablement calomniĂ©, le nom de Dieu a besoin d’ĂȘtre sanctifiĂ©, de se voir restituer sa gloire lĂ©gitime. Il nous tarde que JĂ©hovah sanctifie son nom et justifie sa souverainetĂ©, et nous sommes heureux de collaborer de prĂšs ou de loin Ă  ce grand dessein. – cl chap3 §13 Chacun de nous doit prouver sa fidĂ©litĂ© Ă  JĂ©hovah. Rappelons-nous que Satan a mis en doute l’intĂ©gritĂ© et la fidĂ©litĂ© de tous les serviteurs de JĂ©hovah. Il a prĂ©tendu que nous ne lui resterions pas fidĂšles dans les Ă©preuves (Job 1:9-11 ; 2:4 ; RĂ©v. 12:10). Si JĂ©hovah nous protĂ©geait d’épreuves qu’il estimerait trop difficiles pour nous, cela ne donnerait-il pas du poids Ă  l’accusation de Satan selon laquelle nous servons Dieu par intĂ©rĂȘt ? – TG2017/2 p30 Notre amour pour JĂ©hovah nous a poussĂ©s Ă  nous vouer Ă  lui et Ă  nous faire baptiser. Nous dĂ©sirons du fond du cƓur lui rester fidĂšles. Toutefois, notre ennemi Satan le Diable est dĂ©terminĂ© Ă  briser notre intĂ©gritĂ© (RĂ©v. 12:17). Or nous avons pris la dĂ©cision de servir JĂ©hovah et d’observer ses commandements. Alors, qu’il serait triste de revenir sur notre vƓu ! Ce changement d’avis pourrait nous coĂ»ter la vie. – TG2014  15/12 Quelles autres perles spirituelles as-tu dĂ©couvertes dans la lecture biblique de cette semaine ? Satan et les dĂ©mons utilisent aussi la fausse religion et le systĂšme commercial pour Ă©garer « la terre habitĂ©e tout entiĂšre » (RĂ©v. 12:9). Au moyen de la fausse religion, Satan rĂ©pand des mensonges sur JĂ©hovah. Il essaie mĂȘme de faire disparaĂźtre le nom de Dieu. À cause de cela, des personnes sincĂšres qui pensent adorer Dieu adorent en fait des dĂ©mons. Pour rĂ©pandre des mensonges, Satan se sert aussi du systĂšme commercial. Par exemple, il fait croire aux gens que le meilleur moyen d’ĂȘtre heureux est de possĂ©der beaucoup d’argent et de biens matĂ©riels. Ceux qui croient ce mensonge passent leur vie Ă  servir « la Richesse » plutĂŽt que Dieu (Mat. 6:24). MĂȘme si au dĂ©part ils aiment Dieu, leur amour pour les choses matĂ©rielles finit par devenir le plus fort – TG2018/5 §7 La Bible appelle Satan “ l’accusateur de nos frĂšres, qui les accuse jour et nuit devant notre Dieu ”. (RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:10.) Ces frĂšres accusĂ©s faussement sont les chrĂ©tiens oints qui vivent sur la terre durant les derniers jours. Nous devons ĂȘtre particuliĂšrement prudents quand nous entendons des choses sur les TĂ©moins de JĂ©hovah. C’est pourquoi JĂ©sus nous a avertis que des opposants diraient « toutes sortes de mensonges malveillants » contre nous (Mat. 5:11). Si nous gardons Ă  l’esprit cet avertissement, nous ne serons pas surpris d’entendre des choses choquantes sur les TĂ©moins. – TG2018/8 §6 La Parole de Dieu dĂ©clare au sujet des frĂšres oints du Christ : “ Ils l’ont vaincu [Satan] Ă  cause [...] de la parole de leur tĂ©moignage. ” (RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:11). Il y a par consĂ©quent une relation directe entre le fait de vaincre Satan — l’auteur du mal — et la prĂ©dication du message du Royaume. Rien d’étonnant donc que Satan lutte avec acharnement contre le reste oint et la “ grande foule ” en leur suscitant de l’opposition ! — RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:17 L’opposition peut revĂȘtir la forme d’attaques verbales ou de menaces de violence physique. Mais elle peut prendre d’autres formes, plus subtiles encore. Quoi qu’il en soit, le but de Satan est toujours le mĂȘme : arrĂȘter l’Ɠuvre de prĂ©dication. Toutefois, il Ă©chouera lamentablement. Les serviteurs de Dieu d’aujourd’hui sont dĂ©terminĂ©s Ă  “ continuer Ă  vaincre le mal par le bien ”. Ils le feront en poursuivant la proclamation de la bonne nouvelle jusqu’à ce que JĂ©hovah dĂ©clare l’Ɠuvre achevĂ©e  -TG2007/7 p31 Plus la fin de ce monde mauvais approche, plus Satan est en colĂšre parce qu’il ne lui reste que trĂšs peu de temps pour agir. (RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:12) À l’approche d’AmarguĂ©don, il tente de nous affaiblir spirituellement par toutes sortes d’épreuves et de pressions. À cela s’ajoutent les tensions du quotidien Attendons-nous Ă  ce que Satan intensifie ses attaques Ă  mesure que la fin de ce monde approche Les gens qui sont influencĂ©s par le Diable deviendront certainement de plus en plus malhonnĂȘtes. Et ils essaieront surtout de tromper les adorateurs de JĂ©hovah. Il arrive que des articles de journaux, des Ă©missions de tĂ©lĂ©vision ou des sites Internet parlent des TĂ©moins de JĂ©hovah et de leurs croyances. Parfois ils ne disent qu’une partie de ce qui est vrai. Parfois aussi ils mentent. Certaines personnes sont choquĂ©es ou se fĂąchent parce qu’elles croient ces mensonges et ne vĂ©rifient pas les faits. Heureusement, nous pouvons nous dĂ©fendre contre les mensonges du Diable. – TG2013  15/12 §2,3 Les attaques intenses. L’apĂŽtre Jean a dĂ©claré : “ Le monde entier se trouve au pouvoir du mĂ©chant. ” (1 Jean 5:19). Ces paroles comportent un avertissement pour tous les vrais chrĂ©tiens. Puisque Satan a dĂ©jĂ  dĂ©vorĂ© dans son entier le monde des humains Ă©loignĂ©s de Dieu, il peut Ă  prĂ©sent concentrer, et mĂȘme intensifier, ses attaques sur ceux qui ont rĂ©ussi Ă  lui Ă©chapper jusqu’à maintenant : les serviteurs de JĂ©hovah (RĂ©vĂ©lation 12:12, 17). Satan Ă©prouve une grande colĂšre parce qu’il sait qu’il ne pourra plus agir bien longtemps. C’est pourquoi il accentue ses pressions. Aujourd’hui, nous subissons sa rage destructrice, dans un ultime dĂ©chaĂźnement de sauvagerie. De ce fait, il nous faut plus que jamais “ discerner les temps afin de connaĂźtre ce que nous devons faire ”. – lv chap16 §7
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