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  1. This particular aspect of Ezekiel chapter 9 has not changed with the New Light. See also Ezekiel chap 9
  2. New understanding is now found in: See also Ezekiel chapter 9 KJV / NWT We first reported some changes a few months back here It appears we have returned to the Type / Antitype prophetical analysis.
  3. Jehovah's Witnesses > WTBTS of Pennsylvania > Archive of Publications > 2016 C.E. Regular PDF w_E_201606.pdf Large Print w_f-lp-1_E_201606.pdf w_f-lp-2_E_201606.pdf Audio w_E_201606.mp3.zip
  4. Added today: NWT in Chitonga (released in 2014).
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  5. "I heard from our young sister. Sounds like there have been deaths with the friends. Food and crops gone. Jehovah's organization is there, helping. They need our prayers, and my donation will be little more personal this time. A bit extra." - Sent in via email
  6. Jehovah's Witnesses > WTBTS of Pennsylvania > Archive of Publications > 1907 C.E. It was replaced by yearbook comments in with the 1927 Yearbook, published late in 1926. dailyheavenlyman00seib.pdf Another version
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  8. When Polish pianist Ignace Paderewski toured America, he became a celebrity - and boosted Steinway. Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE." When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep Playing." Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato (constant background sound). Together, the Master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized. That's the way it is with Jehovah. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music. Our presentation at the door may not be as smooth as we would like. We may not be at ease trying to talk with some of those in our territory that have all the "degrees" on the walls in their homes. We may have to work on the same counsel point in the TM School several times before moving on. But with Jehovah's help (Isaiah 41:13) we succeed. So, the next time we are in one of those situations-----listen carefully. You can almost hear Jehovah's voice whispering in your ear, "Don't quit. Keep trying" and feel his loving arms around you playing the concerto of your life!!!!
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    - Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor - Neurosurgery City of Hope Cancer Center Beckman Research Institute
  9. Dr. Sherri Ozawa, Clinical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Surgery and Medicine at Englewood Hospital is also well known as one of Jehovah's Witnesses She once was a nurse and has since finished more education to become a doctor. Congratulations! A good example of using your University Doctorate Education to further JW Interests.
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    ====--------------------- For some reason I think she used to serve at Bethel but my memory fails me.
  10. I moved his question to it's own topic since he was asking another question.
  11. Criminology professor uses new book to claim evangelicals are fueling crime and violence in the US Christian Right think America is 'modern day Sodom and Gomorrah' and prefer vengeance to forgiveness, claims Elicka Peterson Sparks Singles out Rush Limbaugh for wielding disproportionate influence in American public life Claims typical Christian fundamentalist uses religion to feel self-righteous and employs double standards in their thinking and judgment Christianity is to blame for America's high crime rates because its followers believe that the Bible gives God's 'blessing' to violence, a controversial new book claims. The book. by a professor of criminology. claims that at its core Christian ideology is close to Fascism and is 'criminogenic', meaning that it actually causes crime. Fundamentalist Christian ideology has been the inspiration for terrorism and figures like radio host Rush Limbaugh are damaging America by helping 'promote vengeance seeking'. The Christian Right do not even love their country as they think that the US is 'something of a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah'. The provocative theory is likely to raise eyebrows among Christians who see forgiveness as a key part of their faith. But it could explain why the Republican party has moved to the right. Christians who talk about family values are hypocrites as their family values are actually insulating themselves against non-believers, the book says. Professor Peterson Sparks, who has consulted for several documentaries including some for PBS, says that 'at its heart, Christian nationalism includes the language of war, theocracy, and even fascism'. In a chapter titled: 'When did Christians get so mean (again)?', She writes: 'Conservative Christians got mean when they embraced political power as an instrument of religious coercion. 'They do not play well with others, because a significant feature of their ideology holds that others must convert to their views or perish.' The consequences of this have filtered through the whole of society and are seen in the effect of 'get tough' policies like war on drugs. These kind of measures 'emphasize punishment as the primary response to crime'. Having a nuanced view about crime in Christian circles is seen as 'antithetical to true Christianity'. PORTRAIT OF A BELIEVER: WHAT CHRISTIANS TEND TO BE (ACCORDING TO PROFESSOR) Christians are more likely to: admit they get pleasure out of punishing criminals exhibit fear towards a world perceived to be dangerous be mean-spirited toward people who have made mistakes and suffered use Christianity to maintain a feeling of self-righteousness more easily accept unfair and illegal abuses of power by governmental authorities employ double standards in their thinking and judgment behave like zealots believe in social dominance fail to learn from their mistakes and failings One effect of this was the 1976 Supreme Court decision in Gregg v Georgia which reopened the door for states to use the death penalty again. It was passed at a time when the New Christian Right was gaining power and the 'just deserts' way of thinking was prevalent, the book says. Christian beliefs also inhibit funding for programs that deter crime because they do not match up with what the Bible says, especially when it comes to drugs and teenage pregnancy. Professor Peterson Sparks goes into cites numerous passages from the Bible to show that the it is 'rife with violence, particularly violent retribution'. She writes: 'When viewed as the literal word of God, this conveys God's blessing on the use of violence in the fact of opposition to anything perceived as being God's will'. Among the horrific deaths in the Bible are stoning, raped, being thrown into a lake of fire and being cut up with a sword. The ultimate fate of sinners is eternal damnation. The book cites the example of 1 John 3:4: 'Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawless'. According to Professor Peterson Sparks, this makes it easy to justify harsh punishments as it links sinning with crime. It also suggests that punishment is a form of 'violent conflict resolution' that is legitimate. Noah's Ark is cited as another example, which the book describes as the 'mass murder of the entire population' to save Noah, his family and two of each type of animal. The book says: 'We focus on Noah to the exclusion of the entire rest of the population of the world, to the extent that we forget how terrible this story is. 'What kind of a person would God have to be to drown everyone else, including innocent children, animals without an ark ticket, and well, everybody? 'Not so cute when you imagine thousands upon thousand of bobbing corpses.' Among the 45 pages of other examples in the Bible are 1 Samuel 15:3 which reads: 'Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass'. Another example is Revelation 2:22-23 which reads: 'So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of their ways. 'I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds' The book uses all this evidence to build up a portrait of a typical fundamentalist Christian, based on their beliefs. Peterson Sparks, whose published papers include work on domestic violence and sex offender treatment programs, writes that Christians are more likely to admit they get pleasure out of punishing criminals and believe in social dominance, as well as a catalog of other offenses - including behaving 'like zealots'. According to figures from the Pew Research Center, 79.5 per cent of the U.S. population considers themselves Christian, with 26.3 per cent of the whole population calling themselves evangelicals - figures that are among the highest in the world. At the same time there were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870. In 2014 America executed 35 people, a figure officially beaten only by Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran. China does not release the number of people it executes, but it is thought be far higher. In the view of Professor Peterson Sparks, Christians in America 'spend more time in the persecution of others than in being persecuted, and (are) amazingly adept at harnessing feelings of persecution to (their) advantage'. Those who suffer great wrongs on Earth are promised great rewards in heaven and 'defeat only strengthens their resolve', she writes. Professor Peterson Sparks insists that she is 'not a rabid hater of Christians' and said she knows many people who have a 'reasoned approach to faith'. She admits that the religious Right are not the majority of the population - but claims they have a 'tremendous impact' nevertheless. Read more:
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  12. (Zechariah 14:12) “And this is the scourge with which Jehovah will scourge all the peoples who wage war against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot away while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will rot away in their mouths. It has been speculated in the past that Jehovah might accomplish this by the use of radiation of some sort. Now Jehovah definitely has the ability use radiation if He wished to, but it would take an extremely high dose of radiation to kill instantly, and that high dose of radiation would cook the flesh, not rot it. Today, when someone drowns or has a heart attack, they can be resuscitated several minutes afterward. When someone is killed in a car accident, their organs can be kept on ice and implanted into a recipient many hours later. A dead body takes a couple of days before it starts to rot in a warm temperature, and even longer in cold. The point is: There is still life in them even though they are considered dead. Perhaps Zechariah 14:12 is telling us that when Jehovah judges those to be unworthy of life, that He will take away their life instantly and thoroughly. If that is the case then there would not even be any cellular life left, no more spinning protons, neutrons, and electrons to hold the flesh together. The result of which would be instant decomposition, a complete rot of all soft tissue throughout the body. It would be as if a sculpture made out of little magnets clinging together, were to suddenly lose all of its’ magnetism. The sculpture would instantly fall to the ground in a heap. (Magnet sculptures) But we have a skeleton. And if it would take a couple of seconds for the skeleton to fall over, that would give just a moment of time for the instantly rotted flesh, eyes, and tongue to splash down as rotten liquid goo. The eyes in the sockets of the skull and the tongue in the jaw. What do you think of this hypothesis? :^) Dave
  13. Proverbs - new & old side-by-side v1.pdf Proverbs - new & old side-by-side v2.pdf
  14. In yet another attempt to restrict religious freedom, Russian authorities have filed a claim to declare the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures to be extremist. Hearings are set to begin on March 15, 2016. Last year, Russian customs officials took an unprecedented step when they denied the importation of these Bibles. This latest step is an irreverent attack on a sacred Christian text. Russian legislation prohibits declaring the Bible to be extremist. However, the Leningrad-Finlyandskiy Transport Prosecutor is justifying his claim by citing the opinion of a person who is unqualified in linguistics. If the prosecutor succeeds in court, the New World Translation could be banned from distribution in Russia.
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  15. Time Lines from our publications.pdf If you have a question about one of them... take a picture of the timeline post below with your question and I will create a new thread for your question. Agape!
  16. "You don't go to church in a Kingdom Hall" was stated during the public talk yesterday. The speaker then elaborated that "people who go to church, go to fulfill a spiritual obligation. Those coming to the kingdom hall are coming to learn."
  17. Anyone have any news about our brothers and sisters on the Island. It looks like the following storm left a lot of destruction:
  18. @JW Insider Has the one year rule that I have heard about been around for about 10 years or so? Or am I mistaken. I have seen some reinstated in the past within months.

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