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  1. Are these publicly known allies or should secret allies and those who are yet to become their allies be involved? GB know anything about that? In their study article GB 9 times mentioned phrase Russia and its allies. But they never named those allies. STUDY ARTICLE 20 Who Is “the King of the North” Today? -
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  2. Supremacy is gained through information management and propaganda. Electronic media and video production fulfill this purpose nowadays.
  3. Your comment reminded me of one more thing. Namely, "prophecy" and, in a broader sense, understanding of God's plan and biblical text may not be reserved only for a certain class of people. That choice who will be given a "gift" goes beyond the set structures of a certain society or group of people who believe that they have a "right" to something. I may be wrong, but there you go. The record that follows, sets the time frame using the term “last days”. We know how JW interprets the term "last days" and associates it with 1914. For Peter, "last days" was his days, time when he lived. Did he interpreted wrongly events he witnessed? Also, both sexes and almost all age groups and social groups was "inspired" to "prophesy", not just few who have meetings in Warwick and who refuse to be "inspired". Act 2 - Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
  4. WTJWorg has an interpretations in the form of a claim, in the form of “accurate knowledge,” which in the ultimate sense they call it “ the truth”. That "truth" is that "Babylon the Great" is a conglomerate of all false religions, and that the "image of beast" is the UN. Maybe something changed after I stopped being a JW, so I don’t know the “new light of truth” and possible novelties in the interpretation of this topic. Either way, Satan is a bigger seducer than GB and it wouldn’t be surprising if the devil convinced GB that their interpretation was correct, when in fact they themselves are the bearers of the “mark” while at the same time claiming they are not. Therefore, gaining accurate knowledge of the truth as taught in the Bible is a key to salvation. We cannot afford to rely only on the knowledge we initially gained when we accepted the truth. -
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    Without such reliable knowledge, our faith in Jehovah would be like a house of cards that could topple over with the slightest breeze. Paul encourages us to render sacred service to God with our “power of reason” and to ‘make our mind over.’ (Rom. 12:1, 2) -
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    Did they believe that they had all the answers, the full light of truth? To that question Brother Russell pointedly answered: “Certainly not; nor will we have until the ‘perfect day.’” (Prov. 4:18, KJ) Frequently they referred to their Scriptural beliefs as “present truth”—not with any idea that truth itself changes but rather with the thought that their understanding of it was progressive. -
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    Questions arise: Do JWs have “accurate knowledge”, “progressive knowledge”, “progressive truth”, “present truth”, “progressive understanding” ... and the like? After more than 140 years of WTJWorg's existence, don't you still have an "accurate knowledge" of what truth is, and what truth is not?
  5. Do you? I wanted to be positive and give everyone encouragement that this can be seen. Someone before, someone later.
  6. I hope that, in making this conclusions, which does not have to be wrong in general, you also have in mind WTJWorg GB which has an organized hierarchy and we can all see who is leading and who are being led (who the followers are).
  7. It just seems (to me) that if that was the case, then Jesus has been riding and conquering for nearly 2 thousand years without having achieved much! In fact, apostate Christendom had been flourishing and the true Christian congregation stopped existing. Yes, there were individuals that fought against the Catholic church and fought for the truth, and died for the truth (for example Jan Hus who was burned at the stake) but it seems like it was a small victory. I guess a lot of things, including this one, are about what our expectations are and what they are like. We have our own perception, we have visions that come from other people. We have a mixture of both. Did Jesus accomplish much or little? The assessment of this should not come from our expectations of Jesus. Because he promised nothing he did not intend to fulfill. At least we, or you, believe so. By this, Jesus is in a position to best judge whether he has fulfilled his own expectations and the expectations of his Father. Our ideas, often times wrong, lead to multiple self-deceptions. Most often, these deceptions come from religious leaders, who create "collective expectations". When “collective expectations” fail then mantras like; "if we don't understand something we should be patient and wait for YHVH" ... etc. come to surface. Religious leaders reportedly “understood” so they placed their own vanity that became a “collective expectation” and then a “collective disappointment”. JW members should stop having expectations that are a product of GB, or that are their own interpretation of the interpretation of GB. Because, in both cases, a void is created.
  8. Herbert is known for another idea. Namely, when it comes to praying for food, he expressed the view that it is not obligatory to pray for food that does not cost more than 1 DM (Deutsche Mark) ....... blink blink ?? Here and now I have shown my primitiveness. Instead of talking about ideas, I talk about people. How sad.
  9. That’s right, sometimes we are burdened with internal conflicts. That’s right, sometimes we’re hypocritical as we expose other people’s mistakes. That's right, sometimes we publicly advocate general / social justice and truth, and yet something inside us tells us that it's not all exactly what it seems. And what can be done about it? It can get out of an organization in which people are not really ready to face their own and other people's conflicts about what is true and accurate and what is not. And to stop speculate.
  10. Oh I didn't know they mentioned wearing a suit and tie in the scriptures. The Elders really did kick off at me when i used to attend meetings in an open neck shirt and no jacket in the heat of the summer. The summer weather that God himself created for our enjoyment, but by rules of men, people are made to suffer. One elder from Bethel and from the former congregation objected that it was wrong for me to go to the podium without socks. Namely, in the summer I would sometimes wear summer shoes, but without socks. It bothered him a lot and he gave me sermons / litanies about it several times. Maybe he did it because he was originally from Germany. So; order, work and discipline. ;))
  11. Is there any obstacle, that the “seven times” (or if you want 2520 years), starting to count, if you really have to count, from the year 70 AD, because that destruction of Jerusalem is more significant than the first one. In fact, Jesus himself prophesied the destruction of the temple and the severance/ending of the religious system. The Jewish religion has not disappeared, let's be clear. It still exists today. But the city of Jerusalem and the temple are in a completely different context today than it was during Roman times or before the Romans. We can conclude rightly; adding a certain number of years to a certain event in the past or future, as they did in WTJWorg, can be also done by another logic of choosing an event from which one then wants to count something and draw various ideas and conclusions. Perhaps we can wait for the year 2590 AD to see whether something will happen. :))
  12. Thanks. I seem to have reversed the meaning of the words (uncircumcised vs circumcised). :))) But it is always good to look for a supplement to some statement, even when the statement seems logical. Creative moments in the formation of something or someone can be challenging for all those who did not attend the act. So, it would not be strange if God created Adam beardless and gave him the opportunity to feel his beard grow day by day. Of course the question arises as to how Adam trimmed and shortened his hair and beard or whether it grew to the floor/ground in the first 40 years. :))
  13. Some proof for such statement/claim would be nice to provide, please. If you gave only opinion/view, that is ok. Then, you don't need time to search for Bible verse :)) .
  14. Yes, in the hierarchy it is important to give everyone (primarily male members) their share of power participation. A very well-touched topic about our “dark” side of character and how that need for power develops in controlled conditions. Of course, anything that is tried to be controlled can always become uncontrollable.
  15. What is good to notice here? Beards were mandatory and circumcision was mandatory in ancient Israel. Jesus came and did not express his clear position on beards and circumcision issue. In fact, no one knows if he wore a beard or not. Given that he was the originator of the reforms in the Jewish religion by laying the foundations for a new way of worshiping God and breaking with the forms and traditions that were part of the "legacy of Moses", it would not be surprising if his appearance showed the direction of future change, that is, that external features are not proof that the individual is a member of a movement, organization, religion or ideology that represents "the only and true worship of God." Was his beard, if he wore it, the beard of a “real, true Jew" or did his beard deviate from the fashion and trend of other Jews? What if he trimmed her more than was allowed to be done - Lev 19 27? He “violated” many other norms of Jewish tradition and law. Jesus (the child) was circumcised at the behest of his parents. I am not aware of any biblical verse that says that Jesus supported or forbade or was neutral about the matter. But some of his followers, and later many other important members (apostles) of the congregation, preached and taught that circumcision was not an obligation. What is the situation in WTJWorg today? Beards have become banned since the time of Judge Rutherford (with some indications of a relaxation of measures, today), and circumcision is not banned if one wishes to do so. Issue on beard is in a way still a religious issue in WTJWorg. But it should not be because it is a meaningless dilemma and has its causes in the personal attitudes of WTJWorg religious leaders. Evidence? In the past, God determined forbidden things and punished people for things that He later marked as completely unimportant. If these things have become unimportant to God, the question is; Why are these things important to some people today ??
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