Melinda Mills

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  1. Do Jehovah's Witnesses Believe in the Rapture?

    This article is interesting and informative. *** w15 7/15 pp. 18-19 par. 15 “Your Deliverance Is Getting Near”! *** 15 Does this mean that there will be a “rapture” of the anointed ones? Many in Christendom believe, according to this teaching, that Christians will be bodily caught up from the earth. Then, they expect that Jesus will visibly return to rule the earth. However, the Bible clearly shows that “the sign of the Son of man” will appear in heaven and that Jesus will come “on the clouds of heaven.” (Matt. 24:30) Both of these expressions imply invisibility. Additionally, “flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s Kingdom.” So those who will be taken to heaven will first need to be “changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, during the last trumpet.” (Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-53.) Therefore, while we do not use the term “rapture” here because of its wrong connotation, the remaining faithful anointed will be gathered together in an instant of time. Bold print mine
  2. Why does the bible say the great crowd is in heaven?

    *** Bible Citations *** Rev 7:9-10  After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” *** re chap. 20 pp. 123-124 A Multitudinous Great Crowd *** In Heaven or on Earth? 12 How do we know that “standing before the throne” does not mean that the great crowd is in heaven? There is much clear evidence on this point. For example, the Greek word here translated “before” (e·noʹpi·on) literally means “in [the] sight [of]” and is used several times of humans on earth who are “before” or “in the sight of” Jehovah. (1 Timothy 5:21; 2 Timothy 2:14; Romans 14:22; Galatians 1:20) On one occasion when the Israelites were in the wilderness, Moses said to Aaron: “Say to the entire assembly of the sons of Israel, ‘Come near before Jehovah, because he has heard your murmurings.’” (Exodus 16:9) The Israelites did not have to be transported to heaven in order to stand before Jehovah on that occasion. (Compare Leviticus 24:8.) Rather, right there in the wilderness they stood in Jehovah’s view, and his attention was on them. 13 Additionally, we read: “When the Son of man arrives in his glory . . . all the nations will be gathered before him.” The whole human race will not be in heaven when this prophecy is fulfilled. Certainly, those who “depart into everlasting cutting-off” will not be in heaven. (Matthew 25:31-33, 41, 46) Instead, mankind stands on earth in Jesus’ view, and he turns his attention to judging them. Similarly, the great crowd is “before the throne and before the Lamb” in that it stands in the view of Jehovah and his King, Christ Jesus, from whom it receives a favorable judgment.
  3. Women Being Used To Do Roving Microphones 🎤

    When I was little, my mother used to be literature servant. That was in the supposed day of small things. Another sister was the accounts servant. She used to step on he platform and read the accounts and step back down - head uncovered. They were men in the congregation but they did not have the relevant education to do these things. But we had to listen to them teach, and some of them had not much ability but they were willing to do their parts. Seems like those were progressive days, then.
  4. Women Being Used To Do Roving Microphones 🎤

    This might sound surprising but in the early sixties when I was a teenager I was asked to conduct the Tuesday night Book study about two or three times when the conductor did not show up. There were a few men there but they asked me to do it because I appeared to be qualified to do it. Laugh. The Book Study was at my home and my head was covered, of course.
  5. Seems some are getting away with this nonsense but God will judge fornicators and adulterers. " (Hebrews 13:4) . . .Let marriage be honorable among all, and the marriage bed be without defilement, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. "
  6. Are there more female than male Jehovah's Witnesses?

    You can look around and see. Eyes can detect ratio. Sort of predicted too. Forgot this? (Psalm 68:11) Jehovah gives the command; The women proclaiming the good news are a large army.
  7. Jehovah's Witnesses' Yeartexts - 1914 - 2017

    1961 “In unity I shall set them, like a flock in the pen.”—Mic. 2:12. I always remember this one for some reason. So I looked for it and indeed found it on your list. Thanks. I am keeping this list.
  8. Jws and public service

    Agree a person cannot train his conscience by taking decisions wholesale from others.
  9. Jws and public service

    In addition to the ones mentioned by Bro Rook, here are some others. These were (expressly) appointed by the monarchs in their times. (They did not run for office.) MORDECAI AND QUEEN ESTHER Loyal as Servant to the King. In the account, Mordecai, although a Jewish exile, was a servant of the king. He heard that Queen Vashti had been deposed by King Ahasuerus of Persia and that all the beautiful young virgins throughout the empire were being brought together so that from among them a replacement might be found for the queenly office. Mordecai’s cousin Esther, a girl “pretty in form and beautiful in appearance,” was introduced into the candidacy for queenship, but her Jewish background was not revealed. (Es 2:7, 8) She was selected as queen. Mordecai continued in his duties, “sitting in the king’s gate,” when information was brought to him that two of the court officials, Bigthan and Teresh, were plotting to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. He warned the king through Esther, and his act of loyalty was recorded in “the book of the affairs of the days.”—Es 2:21-23. (Do some research and learn how Jehovah used Mordecai and Esther to preserve the Jews at a time when they were threatened with genocide.) NEHEMIAH Nehemiah was cupbearer to Persian King Artaxerxes (Longimanus) and, later, governor of the Jews, rebuilder of Jerusalem’s wall, and writer of the Bible book bearing his name.—Ne 1:1, 2, 11; 2:1; 5:14, 16. (Insight Book) *** it-2 p. 1109 Tirshatha *** (Tir·shaʹtha). The Persian title for the governor of a jurisdictional district. In the five times it is used, it is preceded by the Hebrew definite article ha, making it in English “the Tirshatha.” The officials mentioned in the Bible by the title “Tirshatha” ruled over Judah, one of the Persian provinces. Zerubbabel was evidently the Tirshatha mentioned in Ezra 2:63 and Nehemiah 7:65, 70. Later when Nehemiah became governor he was the Tirshatha and is referred to as such at Nehemiah 8:9 and 10:1. DANIEL AND THREE HEBREW COMPANIONS/OFFICIALS (Daniel 1:3-7) 3 Then the king ordered Ashʹpe·naz his chief court official to bring some of the Israelites, including those of royal and noble descent. 4 They were to be youths without any defect, of good appearance, endowed with wisdom, knowledge, and discernment, and capable of serving in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the writing and the language of the Chal·deʹans. 5 Furthermore, the king assigned to them a daily ration from the king’s delicacies and from the wine he drank. They were to be trained for three years, and at the end of that time they were to enter the king’s service. 6 Now among them were some from the tribe of Judah: Daniel, Han·a·niʹah, Mishʹa·el, and Az·a·riʹah. 7 And the principal court official assigned names to them; he gave to Daniel the name Bel·te·shazʹzar, to Han·a·niʹah the name Shaʹdrach, to Mishʹa·el the name Meʹshach, and to Az·a·riʹah the name A·bedʹne·go. (Daniel 2:48) The king then elevated Daniel and gave him many fine gifts, and he made him the ruler over all the province of Babylon and the chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel - third highest official in the Kingdom (Daniel 5:29) Then Bel·shazʹzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and placed a gold necklace around his neck; and they heralded concerning him that he was to become the third ruler in the kingdom. *** it-1 p. 576 Daniel *** Daniel continued in court service until the fall of Babylon. At Daniel chapter 1, verse 19, it is stated that his three companions also “continued to stand before the king” (of Babylon). Whether they lived to hold this position until Babylon’s fall is not stated, but Daniel did; and after this he was in the Persian court until at least the third year of Cyrus.—Da 10:1.
  10. Jws and public service

    Do you mean civil service or political office?
  11. Were Sodom and Gomorrah Actually Destroyed?

    If the evidence is there, why ask the question?
  12. Proverbs 4:18 - ‘Light Getting Brighter’

    Another reason Jesus did not reveal everything at the same time.
  13. Proverbs 4:18 - ‘Light Getting Brighter’

    Well the Bible was not rewritten in our time. What Bro Rook is saying is that the truth was always there but we were not able to understand it. Jesus said and knew that we would not then have been able to bear it. As time progressed we would understand it. And the time is now , so we are understanding better.
  14. Fading

    It also shows that little shepherding is done. The shepherd is supposed to use his crook to rescue those who fall into a precipice. Seems that they are even afraid of these people.