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  1. Still wondering if you can explain. Do you agree with the Watchtower quote I posted above? Who do you feel fit the identity of the locust-scorpion army?
  2. Watchtower has an interesting idea on the identity of that “star”: With a loud trumpet peal the fifth angel announced the loosing of the abyssed “witnesses” and their work that followed. Was this to be a “woe” to “those dwelling on the earth”? With prophetic vision the apostle John watched to see. Look! A “star” had fallen, not into the sea or into the fresh waters, but to the earth. But its fall was not disastrous to it. Rather, this “star” comes as a Freedom-giver, a Liberator of others, for “the key of the pit of the abyss was given him.” He is also a King, for he is “the angel of the abyss” and is the King of those whom he releases from the abyss; in harmony with which fact those whom he releases wear what, to John, “seemed to be crowns like gold.” This symbolic “star” also has a name for this occasion. In Greek its name is Apollyon, which means Destroyer. In Hebrew it is Abaddon, which means Destruction. All these features about this symbolic “star” reveal him to be the glorified Jesus Christ. Wt 69/12/1 I agree with you that the “angel of the abyss” is Satan, who IS the Destroyer, and not Jesus Christ. But, If the falling star of Rev 9:1 was Satan, who is giving him the key to the abyss? In Rev 9:1, the star is falling from a heavenly position. This star releases the army of locust-scorpions from the abyss with a key (authority) given to it by one who is “king” over “the angel of the abyss”, the Destroyer. Rev 9:11 In Rev 20:1-3, an angel “comes down from heaven”, but isn’t falling. That angel chains Satan in the abyss for a “thousand years”, who happens to be Christ. They are not the same identity. The star that fell from the sky has a name – Wormwood. Rev 8:10,11; Jer 23:15; Amos 5:7; 1 Cor 10:12; 2 Pet 3:17; Prov 5:3-5
  3. Could you explain what you mean? Thanks.
  4. Maybe he IS finally falling into reality. Armageddon is fought in the valley of DECISION; the time period where both truth and deceitful lies are presented. 2 Thess 2:9-12 It is the making up of one's mind to love one or the other, and the ultimate judgment of each one of us, when we face Christ. Joel 3:14; Dan 7:9,10,22; John 5:22 2 Pet 3:7 - But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. Jer 23:29 - “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Any casualties are the resulting influence Satan has over this world. 1 John 5:19 Doesn't he already perform that now? Out of rage of losing his earthly kingdom, who knows what he'll do. Rev 12:11,7,8
  5. I like the way Paul put it "However, we do use wisdom to speak to those who are mature. It is a wisdom that doesn’t belong to this world or to the rulers of this world who are in power today and gone tomorrow. 7 We speak about the mystery of God’s wisdom. It is a wisdom that has been hidden, which God had planned for our glory before the world began. 8 Not one of the rulers of this world has known it. If they had, they wouldn’t have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as Scripture says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially the deep things of God. After all, who knows everything about a person except that person’s own spirit? In the same way, no one has known everything about God except God’s Spirit. Now, we didn’t receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us. We don’t speak about these things using teachings that are based on intellectual arguments like people do. Instead, we use the Spirit’s teachings. We explain spiritual things to those who have the Spirit. 14 A person who isn’t spiritual doesn’t accept the teachings of God’s Spirit. He thinks they’re nonsense. He can’t understand them because a person must be spiritual to evaluate them. Spiritual people evaluate everything but are subject to no one’s evaluation. 16 “Who has known the mind of the Lord so that he can teach him?” However, we have the mind of Christ." 1 Cor 2:6-16
  6. I am even more totally convinced that you keep a tally of every item said by every individual here, which grates against your beliefs. I will only comment on one thing that you have tallied up against me. Do you remember which angel/messengers I was talking about? They are the sealed anointed ones - the 12 apostles, and all anointed since, whose names are written in the book of life. Luke 10:20 You wouldn’t call Jesus a hybrid, would you? But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” Mark 16:6,7 “Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons” Mark 16:9 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. Mark 16:12,13 “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 4But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.” Luke 24:40-43 “But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” John 21:4,5 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11 If you say no, then why would you mockingly call the new creation, the faithful and sealed sons of God, who are adjoined to him, hybrids, because they will have the ability to appear as both human and spirit? 2 Cor 5:17; Rom 8:14; 6:4; John 1:51 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.” 1 Cor 15:48,49 It is such a grave lie that Watchtower has fostered by not allowing JWs to perceive that Jesus and the "144,000" will walk with all of God's children on the earth, teaching, administering and guiding mankind in the Kingdom. Rev 21:2; Heb 1:6
  7. I'll not go into my use of WT quotes, as many already have done so since I've been back here. I doubt Watchtower consistently asks for the right to publish other's material in their magazines. They also, purposefully fail to present all the "facts" in a quote they are using. https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/topic/70709-do-you-really-have-the-facts/?tab=comments#comment-109244 I very much believe it does matter. In the case of a victim of child abuse, keeping it quiet has kept pedophiles, hidden. If a pedophile is disfellowshipped without being reported to law enforcement, their hidden crime is kept secret, not only from the congregation but from the public at large. If the pedophile remains in the congregation with the sin kept secret, and the victim ultimately leaves, all sorts of gossip arises and condemns the person leaving. Keeping an individual’s reason for leaving, quiet, has been an effective way to hide Watchtower’s sins and shift blame onto the one leaving. Every case of child abuse against WT that makes headlines has the organization’s standard pat answer, ”we abhor child abuse”. Surely, I am not the only one who is finding this phrase not only redundant but empty of any compassion or promise of comfort. I am not sure if you are a JW or a relative of one, but I write this to all JWs, since the essence of your words is a common belief among them. It does matter, since Jesus said that this rejection of those who love him would happen in the last days.Matt 5:11,12; Luke 12:11,12,51-53; John 16:2; Rev 11:1-3,7; 13:1,2,5-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+5%3A11%2C12%3B+Luke+12%3A11%2C12%2C51-53%3B+John+16%3A2%3B+Rev+11%3A1-3%2C7%3B+13%3A1%2C2%2C5-8++&version=NKJV “Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, “apostate” For the Son of Man’s sake.” Luke 6:22 It’s possible many JWs don’t realize this is a reason for disfellowshipping. When the organization, its prophetic dates, doctrines and the GB is rejected, bringing one to rely purely on Christ and the Father, this gives favorable ground for disfellowshipping on the basis of “apostasy”. I believe the presence of the Watchtower and it’s ruling GB, fulfills prophecy, but not as they believe. There are plenty of dark “restrictions” set in place to make a person hesitant to leave. Free will and choice can be clouded by threats, which the organization is very good at accomplishing… “Yes, Jehovah will disfellowship those who become lawless, turn to darkness and set up idols. He will expel such persons from his organization. If you want to be of the Lord’s organization, keep clean of the Devil’s world. If you do not want to, then get out of it. Those who are impure, immoral, are not spiritually fit for God’s organization. If such lukewarm compromisers or apostates do not voluntarily get out of his organization, then under his direction the organization itself will put them out.” Wt 52/3/1 “If you are one who has dedicated himself to God, you will seek to obey him and not seek ways to get around his counsel and his laws. You will not seek for loopholes through which you can squirm to avoid some penalizing sanctions from his organization. If you want Jehovah’s blessing and his promised gifts, you must have a keen desire to do what is right in his eyes.” Wt 65/7/15 …as well as promising that life can only be obtained through “Jehovah’s organization”. “It is necessary to stick close to the Lord and his organization to be safe”. Wt 50/2/15 “We want to escape all these things that will come upon the world. We want to stand before the Son of man, having his approval. To this end there is a third thing we can do: Stick unbreakably to Jehovah’s theocratic organization. We need to associate unreservedly with that organization and share in its activities. In this way we will unmistakably identify ourselves as Christians who are on the watch.” Wt 95/5/1 We will be impelled to serve Jehovah loyally with his organization if we remember that there is nowhere else to go for life eternal. Wt 92/11/15 “Cooperation with the organization that the “slave” uses is vital if we are to obtain Jehovah’s blessing.” Km 6/95 Need I go on? The Bible may “state free will and choice”, but the Watchtower projects an ugly consequence when one does engage free will. I have not read in the scriptures where allegiance to a “society”/”organization”/corporation immersed in the finances of the world, which are necessary for its survival, (otherwise JWs would not be hounded relentlessly to donate), is spoken as the way to obtain eternal life. This is what I do see: My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; (my high place, high fort, high tower, refuge) I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.” Ps 62:5-7 This, I also see, and I direct its message to the Watchtower organization and its leaders: This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11,12 Watchtower leaders call the Wild Beast of Revelation 13:1, “Satan’s organization”. When referring to 2 Thess 2:3,7-10, they say: “From those words it is evident that the antichrist, the apostate man of lawlessness, “the mystery of this lawlessness,” is Satan’s masterpiece in the form of an organization. It is an imitation of organized Christianity and so an opposer of it. Wt 81/5/1 pg 12-16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Thess+2%3A3%2C7-10&version=CSB Intentionally, verse 4 was left out, which tells of the Man of Lawlessness “sitting”/ruling in the Temple of God. Do today’s JWs know that the anointed ones are the Temple of God? Mal 2:7; Isa 43:10; 1 Pet 2:5,9,10; 1 Cor 3:16,17; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:20-22; Matt 24:15; Rev 11:1-3,7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mal+2%3A7%3B+Isa+43%3A10%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%2C10%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+2+Cor+6%3A16%3B+Eph+2%3A20-22%3B+Matt+24%3A15%3B+Rev+11%3A1-3%2C7+++&version=NKJV Who has been given authority to determine the spiritual standing of the anointed, and anyone? Elders, who absolutely rule over all in the congregations. Rom 14:4 Should elders, who are spiritually “uncircumcised” replace God’s appointed “circumcised” priesthood, and “stand over” (Matt 24:15; Rev 11:1,2) or rule the Temple of God? Rom 2:28,29; Heb 8:10 Not according to scriptures concerning the early priesthood. God’s decrees are consistent, and His decrees are Truth. The transgressions of the Man of Lawlessness are based on these decrees. Num 18:7;2 Chron 23:7; Eze 44:6-9; Heb 8:5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom+14%3A4%3B+Matt+24%3A15%3B+Rev+11%3A1%2C2%3B+Rom+2%3A28%2C29%3B+Heb+8%3A10+%3BNum+18%3A7%3B2+Chron+23%3A7%3B+Eze+44%3A6-9%3B+Heb+8%3A5&version=NKJV Do JWs realize that Revelation’s Wild Beast/organization blasphemes God’s Temple and conquers it’s “living stones” at the time of the end? Their personal “daily sacrifices” as God’s priests (not regurgitated “food” from a wicked slave) are eliminated. Dan 7:7,23-25;8:11,12; 9:27;Rev 13:6,7,16,17 Do you see this being accomplished by the United Nations or the religions of Christendom? Do you believe it will? Does the UN hold a personal file on all of the anointed ones in the organization, ready to pounce and destroy them? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Dan+7%3A7%2C23-25%3B8%3A11%2C12%3B+9%3A27%3BRev+13%3A6%2C7%2C16%2C17&version=NKJV When speaking about this Wild Beast, WT said, “To have the mark of this beast upon one’s forehead or hands means that one is giving support to Satan’s organization, mentally or physically, thereby violating the command to “keep oneself without spot from the world.” (Jas. 1:27) Such friendship with the world, however, means enmity with God.” w62 12/1 pp. 729-730 A quote from the ‘81/5/1 WT referencing Russell’s words of 1884: “We belong to NO earthly organization; hence, if you should name the entire list of sects, we should answer, No, to each and to all. We adhere only to the heavenly organization —‘whose names are written in heaven.’ (Heb. 12:23; Luke 10:20.) All the saints now living, or that have lived during this age, belonged to OUR CHURCH ORGANIZATION: such are all ONE Church, and there is NO OTHER recognized by the Lord. Hence any earthly organization which in the least interferes with this union of saints is contrary to the teachings of Scripture and opposed to the Lord’s will —‘that they may be ONE.’ (John 17:11.)” Wt 81/5/1 pg 12-16 The true “union of saints”, spiritual “Israel”, would be the called anointed Body of Christ. Rom 1:7; Eph 4:11,12; 1 Cor 12:12-14 The “church” in scripture is this Body. Matt 16:18; Col 1:18; Heb 12:23; Rev 1:20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom+1%3A7%3B+Eph+4%3A11%2C12%3B+1+Cor+12%3A12-14%3B+Matt+16%3A18%3B+Col+1%3A18%3B+Heb+12%3A23%3B+Rev+1%3A20++&version=NKJV What has happened over the years during the growth of what is now the Watchtower organization? What position do the “saints” of today now take? Russel’s short term view of organization changed to include not only “Israel”, but the majority of who are not anointed. No longer do Russel’s words matter concerning the union of Christ’s Body. In fact, in order to preserve the “unity” of “Jehovah’s organization”, the saints “do not try to find other anointed ones so that they can talk about being anointed or meet in groups to study the Bible.” (wt 16/1 pp 20-26) Wouldn’t you say that your organization now “interferes” with the union of saints, subjecting the members of the Body of Christ to be severed from each other? 1 Cor 12:20-26,11 Wouldn’t you agree that the spiritual and personal freedom has been removed from those who are anointed? 1 Cor 7:23; Rom 6:16; Gal 1:10; Rev 13:7,10; Joel 1:6,7; 9:5,10 The organization employs psychological manipulation, backed by evil intentions. 2 Cor 11:20; Col 2:8; Rev 13:9,10; 12:17,15; 20:7,8; 17:14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Cor+12%3A20-26%2C11%3B++1+Cor+7%3A23%3B+Rom+6%3A16%3B+Gal+1%3A10%3B+Rev+13%3A7%2C10%3B+Joel+1%3A6%2C7%3B+9%3A5%2C10%3B+2+Cor+11%3A20%3B+Col+2%3A8%3B+Rev+13%3A9%2C10%3B+12%3A17%2C15%3B+20%3A7%2C8%3B+17%3A14++&version=NKJV This is your history. I hope you will make the effort to sort through, and unravel Watchtower’s contradictions. Compare WT’s quote about the mark of the Beast with this quote: “Have you dedicated your life to Jehovah and symbolized your dedication by water baptism? If so, that is wonderful! Recall that on your baptism day, before eyewitnesses, you were asked whether you had dedicated yourself to Jehovah and understood that “your dedication and baptism identify you (mark you) as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization.” Your affirmative answers served as a public declaration of your unreserved dedication and showed that you were qualified for baptism as an ordained minister of Jehovah. You must have made Jehovah very happy! Wt 17/4 “Spirit-directed”: Do you know that the Wild Beast of Rev. 13:1 receives “spirit” from the Beast “with two horns”– Rev 13:11. This Beast from the earth is a composite false prophet that directs the Wild Beast/organization to spiritually “kill”, or cut off, all who reject its MARK. Why two horns? “Two witnesses” are the basis for truth. Matt 18:16 Horns represent kings and these “two” kings appear to belong to Christ, speaking the truth in Christ. Rev 1:4,5; (Rev 17:12) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+13%3A11%3B+Matt+18%3A16%3B+Rev+1%3A4%2C5%3B+%3B+17%3A12&version=NKJV However, the “Beast from the Earth” does not stand for Christ’s prophetic “truth”, because he speaks in the tongue of his father, Satan. Rev 13:11; 1 Tim 4:1; Dan 11:27; Rev 16:13,14 The Beast/false prophet has succumbed to Satan’s offers – power, dominance over the “saints” and the “nations”, while accumulating riches of the world. Luke 4:6; Rev 10:11; 17:15; 13:7 It is a dream not that far off from what “Nimrod the evil” had in mind, the architect and builder of Babylon. Gen 10:9,10; Zech 5:5-11 It was in this place, “Shinar”, where the people said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Gen 11:4 Or, like the Freemasons and their hierarchy of “brotherly love”, who coincidentally ascribe to Nimrod as the founder of Masonry. Job 20:4-9 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+13%3A11%3B+1+Tim+4%3A1%3B+Dan+11%3A27%3B+Rev+16%3A13%2C14%3B++Luke+4%3A6%3B+Rev+10%3A11%3B+17%3A15%3B+13%3A7%3B+Gen+10%3A9%2C10%3B+Zech+5%3A5-11%3B+Gen+11%3A4%3B+Job+20%3A4-9++&version=NKJV This Beast/false prophet and its successive rule, is comprised of Harlot daughters of “Babylon the Great” – the covenant (promise, agreement) of death. Matt 4:8,9; Isa 28:15,18;Ezek 16:44; Rev 17:3-6 Not all “virgins” of Christ remain under the “New Covenant” promise of life. Gal 4:26; Matt 25:1-13; 2 Cor 11:2-4; 1 Cor 10:12; 2 Pet 3:17; Rev 8:10; Rev 18:3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+4%3A8%2C9%3B+Isa+28%3A15%2C18%3BEzek+16%3A44%3B+Rev+17%3A3-6+%3B+Gal+4%3A26%3B+Matt+25%3A1-13%3B+2+Cor+11%3A2-4%3B+1+Cor+10%3A12%3B+2+Pet+3%3A17%3B+Rev+8%3A10%3B+Rev+18%3A3++&version=NKJV It (false prophet) deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that it is permitted to perform in the presence of the beast (remember, it is an organization), telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 It was permitted to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” Rev 13:14,15 It is a “spirit-directed” image, projecting the impression that it is blessed by Holy Spirit ,and under Christ’s lead. WT’s emphasis on “organization” has led JWs away from the true Temple and ultimately, Christ himself. They preach a “different Jesus”, signifying the nature behind the symbolic battle of Armageddon – distinguishing the counterfeit from the genuine, the lie from the truth. Joel 3:14 Christ and his victorious ones who have stood up to Satan’s Beasts, are symbolically “killed”, but who come “alive” through their obedience and testimony of Christ. Rev 12:17; 11:3,7,11; 12:10,11; 3:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joel+3%3A14%3B+Rev+12%3A17%3B+11%3A3%2C7%2C11%3B+12%3A10%2C11%3B+3%3A12+&version=NKJV IF the Watchtower sided fully with our High Priest, Christ, it would uphold Christ’s priesthood and not a “Gentile” elder body. But, that rich identity is long buried away in Watchtower literature. If recognition of the Temple briefly surfaces, the elder rule will be overly highlighted to continually blind JWs by its counterfeit light. Dan 9:27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Dan+9%3A27&version=NKJV Satan’s kettle of lies is like a simmering stew, where new ingredients are slowly added until he feels he’s met his goal. And he has. Rev 16:13,14 The Temple “stones” have been “trampled” by “Gentiles”. Dan 12:7;8:11,12; 2 Thess 2:3,4 Instead of anointed priests offering their “daily sacrifice” of praise under the direction of Holy Spirit, they have given in to the oppressive influence of another Master, the GB and its partners. Matt 24:48-51 JWs accept elder appointments made by men very willingly; yet, these elders are the exact “Gentiles” who effectively tread on the Temple of God. Elders, please, I hope you seriously analyze the power you have falsely been given, to rule over God’s appointed priests! You, as a collective group ARE the “disgusting thing” standing in the holy place! Matt 24:15 I do hope you open your eyes! Num 16:3-7,10,11,18,20,21,35,40; Jer 7:30;6:15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+16%3A13%2C14%3B+Dan+12%3A7%3B8%3A11%2C12%3B+2+Thess+2%3A3%2C4%3B+Matt+24%3A48-51%2C15%3B++Num+16%3A3-7%2C10%2C11%2C18%2C20%2C21%2C35%2C40%3B+Jer+7%3A30%3B6%3A15++&version=NKJV Again, the WT organization, called “earthly Zion” is not the Body of Christ. The Body is comprised of “living stones”; a spiritual house built through the sealing of all faithful anointed ones over time, with the apostles and prophets as its foundation. It is the true Zion, built on the true cornerstone. Eph 2:20-22 This Body, as the Bride of Christ, has a vital purpose, to teach and support God’s children in the Kingdom. Their existence and their trials in combatting Satan’s demand to test each one as “wheat” using his end time “Beasts”, ultimately brings them to the goal of eternal life in God’s Kingdom only if they succeed in personally casting down Satan and his deceptions. Luke 22:31 They are then ready to provide all the goodness that God and Jesus have in store for future children. Once in the Kingdom they will serve not only the Father and Jesus but the entire family of God’s children. Mal 3:1-4; 2:7; 1 Pet 2:5,9; Rev 5:9,10; Ps 1:1-3; Rev 3:12;21:2; 22:2,17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A31%3B+Mal+2%3A7%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+Rev+5%3A9%2C10%3B+Ps+1%3A1-3%3B+Rev+3%3A12%3B21%3A2%3B+22%3A2%2C17+&version=NKJV Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? Matt 21:42 He is not the cornerstone of a corporation – the very man who said who spoke the words in Matt 6:19,20; 16:26 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+6%3A19%2C20%3B+16%3A26&version=NKJV WHO, then, is the cornerstone of the Watchtower, the awesome earthly corporation that is “marvelous” in the eyes of JWs? Presently, it is the GB members who have assumed the role of Master; when Christ’s own priesthood is told to remain apart from each other, be “humble” and clothe themselves with anonymity. If they were to gather and study together, it would propose a threat to the Wicked Slave! Those of the woman covenant who desire to join their Master, Christ and be “in union” with the Body leave the WT, speaking truth, and are disfellowshipped for doing so. Rev 11:1-3,7; 12:6 I am at a loss to explain what affliction is experienced behind that last sentence. It isn't easy, to say the least, since Satan is unrelenting in giving up one of “the remaining ones of the woman’s seed.” However, by leaving the oppression and lies behind, a door is opened that no one can shut. Rev 3:8; Jer 50:33,34; 29:10-14 Sata has one last chance to deceive the remnant “kings” who are to be found refined, cleansed and blameless before the Kingdom arrives. Rev 3:18 Do you really think Satan’s act of deception would be so obvious as the UN, which the Watchtower itself utilizes when needed? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+3%3A8%3B+Jer+50%3A33%2C34%3B+29%3A10-14++&version=NKJV As the WT said, the Beast of Rev 13:1 is Satan’s “masterpiece”, his greatest captivating delusion, in the form of an organization. 2 Thess 2:9-12 Did you know that the Watchtower admits that “organization” is a relatively new term spearheaded in the 1920’s? They say it isn’t a word found in the Bible. “The word “organization” does not appear in the Bible, and back in the 1920’s, ‘God’s organization’ was a new expression.” Wt 98/9/1 “In the early 1920’s, during morning worship, a member of the Society’s editorial staff used the expression ‘God’s organization.’ This so stimulated their thinking that by 1925 the brothers had come to see that there are two distinct and opposing organizations, Jehovah’s and Satan’s. —w85 3/15 p. 10. This is quite revealing, when considering Russell’s words stating no other organization except the unity of the saints is recognized by the Father and Christ. John 2:19-21; 1 Cor 3:11; Eph 2:20; 1 Cor 12:28 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+2%3A19-21%3B+1+Cor+3%3A11%3B+Eph+2%3A20%3B+1+Cor+12%3A28&version=NKJV · Satan’s visible “mountainlike organization” has risen successfully, making remarkable process with its earthly investments around the world. Although lately, this may be coming to a halt as it faces the reality of mishandling child abuse. It requires its “worshippers” to bear its mark in obedience, and service. Rom 1:25; Rev 13:4, 16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom+1%3A25%3B+Rev+13%3A4%2C+16&version=NKJV · The true “organization” built on Christ by the Father is reaching completion, with each faithful living stone, cleansed of idolatry to a counterfeit Zion and its lies, bearing the mark of the true God. It is a mountain that is not visible in the earthly sense, but is reflected in the hearts of the chosen faithful anointed, who speak “truth”. Rev 3:17-20; 16:15; Matt 24:15,16; Zech 4:7-10; Rev 3:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+3%3A17-20%3B+16%3A15%3B+Matt+24%3A15%2C16%3B+Zech+4%3A7-10%3B+Rev+3%3A12&version=NKJV Only one will exist in the Kingdom of God. Let me put it this way: Soon the Devil and his whole demonic organization will be abyssed because of not giving exclusive devotion to the Sovereign Ruler of the universe, Jehovah. w56 1/1 pp. 15-2 With a correction: Satan, his demons, the Beast he has built, and its Harlot/false prophet, will be thrown into the Lake of fire. Rev 19:19,20; 20:7-10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+19%3A19%2C20%3B+20%3A7-10&version=NKJV It is imperative that all JWs know how anointed ones and companions who love Christ and the Father leave the WT, and are thrown out of the “synagogue”; because indeed, it fulfills prophesy. John 16:2 It is prophesy that affects every JW who resides within the organizatoin, if they choose to remain inside. In Rev 18:4-8, who are “my people”? The scriptures tell us: Isa 43:10; 44:8; 1 Pet 2:4-10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+16%3A2%3B+Isa+43%3A10%3B+44%3A8%3B+1+Pet+2%3A4-10++&version=NKJV “One of your people, claiming to be a prophet or to have prophetic dreams, may predict a miraculous sign or an amazing thing. (“this so stimulated their thinking”) 2 What he predicts may even take place. But don’t listen to that prophet or dreamer if he says, “Let’s worship and serve other gods.” (Those gods may be gods you’ve never heard of.) (“a new expression”) 3 The Lord your God is testing you to find out if you really love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Worship the Lord your God, fear him, obey His commands, listen to what He says, serve Him, and be loyal to Him. 5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death because he preached rebellion (2 Thess 2:3,4) against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and freed you from slavery. He was trying to lead you away from following the directions the Lord your God gave you. You must get rid of this evil.” Deut 13:1-5 “The man of sin will come with the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous and wonderful signs. But they will be lies. 10 He will use everything that God disapproves of to deceive those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them. 11 That’s why God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe a lie. 12 Then everyone who did not believe the truth, but was delighted with what God disapproves of, will be condemned.” 2 Thess 2:9-12 Today, the Beast from the Earth/false prophet has directed the Wild Beast/Man of Lawlessness to replace the “true” gods with “other gods”, who are the image of a counterfeit Zion. Ps 82:6; John 10:35; Rom 8:14; 1 Cor 8:5; 2 Cor 3:18;Isa 14:13,14; Dan 11:36; 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 13:6,7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=.+++Ps+82%3A6%3B+John+10%3A35%3B+Rom+8%3A14%3B+1+Cor+8%3A5%3B+2+Cor+3%3A18%3BIsa+14%3A13%2C14%3B+Dan+11%3A36%3B+2+Thess+2%3A3%2C4%3B+Rev+13%3A6%2C7++++++&version=NKJV
  8. The cartoon sketch below earlier posted by Jack Ryan, prompted me to pull up an old comment I had posted here. In light of one of the latest Watchtower study articles, “Do You Have the Facts”, I have added a few more thoughts. Well, probably more than a few. Watchtower’s governing body member, Anthony Morris, stated that the “theocratic organization” receives its decisions or “decrees” from God. He comments, “When that direction comes out to Branch committee members, or when it comes out to the congregations; If YOU WANT JEHOVAH’S BLESSING ON YOU as an individual or family, certainly as an elder or congregation, it’d be best to ask Jehovah to help you understand it, BUT OBEY THE DECISION. In clashing contrast, Watchtower’s “Winning the Battle For Your Mind” states: Keep in mind that Satan does not want you to think clearly or reason things out well. Why? Because propaganda “is likely to be most effective,” says one source, “if people . . . are discouraged from thinking critically.” (Media and Society in the Twentieth Century) So never be content passively or blindly to accept what you hear. (Prov. 14:15) Use your God-given thinking abilities and power of reason to make the truth your own. —Prov. 2:10-15;Rom. 12:1, 2. Please DO read their choice of scriptures - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Prov+14%3A5%3B+Prov.+2%3A10-15%3BRom.+12%3A1%2C+2&version=CSB The pendulum has swung the other way with this statement. Ah, but something important was omitted from the source’s quote, provided by someone on another forum: "Therefore, it (propaganda) is likely to be most effective if people do not have access to multiple sources of information, and if they are discouraged from thinking critically.” Satan’s ploy to keep us from thinking clearly or reasoning on another’s teachings or findings, is exactly Morris’ intentions when saying, OBEY, NO MATTER WHAT YOU FEEL. I think it’s clear to every JW why the magazine intentionally left out part of the quote. Watchtower’s recent study article, “Do You Have the Facts?” states – “AS TRUE Christians, we need to develop the ability to evaluate information and reach accurate conclusions. (Prov. 3:21-23; 8:4, 5) If we do not cultivate this ability, we will be far more vulnerable to the efforts of Satan and his world to distort our thinking. (Eph. 5:6; Col. 2:8) Of course, only if we have the facts can we reach right conclusions. As Proverbs 18:13 says, “when anyone replies to a matter before he hears the facts, it is foolish and humiliating.” August, 2018 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Prov.+3%3A21-23%3B+8%3A4%2C+5%3BEph.+5%3A6%3B+Col.+2%3A8%3B&version=CSB JWs, where would you find facts to refute the obvious “propaganda” coming from the mouth of Anthony Morris? The Bible can help us discern what is true and false. Jesus said to them, “Be careful! Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” The disciples had been discussing among themselves that they had not taken any bread along. 7 The disciples had been discussing among themselves that they had not taken any bread along. 12 THEN they understood that he didn’t say to watch out for the yeast in bread, but to watch out for the TEACHINGS of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matt 16:6,7,12 In this sense, leaven is used in a negative format. “Metaphor of inveterate mental and moral corruption, viewed in its tendency to infect others.” Morris’ mixed messages that he and seven other men approved to be written in the above WT quotes, show them up as corrupt teachers, speaking “out of both sides of the mouth” and leaving JWs vulnerable to Satan’s lies. Jer 23:16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+23%3A16&version=CSB Morris continues, “This is a theocracy ruled by God, not a collection of man-made decisions. This is governed from heaven.” This is utterly impossible, since the Governing Body admitted they are not inspired. (Wt. 2017/2 pp. 20-26, par. 12 Anthony Morris commented, “the decisions that are made by the faithful slave today, are made collectively. Not one MAN is making these decisions, these decisions are MADE COLLECTIVELY”. Okay. They are man-made decisions, made collectively. Since the word, “decisions” is plural, we can safely say that under the lack of inspiration from Holy Spirit, ALL decisions made by the governing body, and that must be obeyed by JWs, MOST CERTAINLY ARE “A COLLECTION OF MAN-MADE DECISIONS”. This means the organization is NOT a theocracy ruled by God. Dan 11:27; Rev 13:11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Dan+11%3A27%3B+Rev+13%3A11&version=CSB “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord, being double-minded and unstable in all his ways.“ James 1:5-8 Faith. Does the GB have faith in the Father? In Jesus? Or, do they have faith in themselves and their material assets? Uninspired men are proclaiming they are the channel used by God who governs the organization from heaven; and yet, it is through the inspiration of Holy Spirit that God would grant the understanding of His will, if our faith was in both the Father and Christ. Instead, the governing body fully put their faith in what they have built on this earth. John 14:15-17; Acts 17:29; 1 Pet 1:18,19; Col 2:8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14%3A15-17%3B+Acts+17%3A29%3B+1+Pet+1%3A18%2C19%3B+Col+2%3A8++&version=CSB Is there really another “channel” aside from Holy Spirit? Yes, there is. “For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a DIFFERENT SPIRIT, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!” 2 Cor 11:4 “A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An EVIL person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” Luke 6:45 “As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by his heart.” Prov 27:19 Why are you given conflicting messages by “Jehovah’s organization”? Simply, evil takes the crooked path of confusion. Prov 2:12-15; Isa 19:14,15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Prov+2%3A12-15%3B+Isa+19%3A14%2C15&version=CSB There are two “vines” that produce a “wine” from their fruit. Pearl Doxsey: From, “The "Garden of Eden" / New Creation / Seven Spirits / Tree of Life / The True Vine” Jesus is the true "vine"...those anointed in union with him, are the "branches" (John15:4,5). What they receive from Jesus the "nourishing sap" -Rom.11:17; Rev.22:16), is holy spirit (Rom.5:5). The branches are to express that spirit (Luke6:45), as God (the "vine's cultivator -John15:1) has determined and distributed (1Cor.12:4,11,18,28; 7:7; Eph.4:7; Heb.2:4). Those branches are then expected to produce fruit (John15:2,6; Matt.7:19; Gal.5:22,25; Eph.4:29,12,16; Luke6:45,44)...which include sayings of life... fruit which is filled with that living water/holy spirit sourced in Christ, the true vine (Rev.22:17). Those who eat the fruit of the true vine and it's true branches, will live! This is why, not only is Christ the Tree of Life, his 144000 also are (Rev.22:1,2; John13:20). The wicked slave produce “wine” made with bad “fruit” from a corrupted, wild vine. Under Satan’s influence, this evil slave is the only access for spiritual food; the GB members who “eat and drink with DRUNKARDS”. Matt 24:48-51; Rev 13:17 It is the “helpers” and elder body members who imbibe in, and distribute the Harlot’s wine to all JWs. Like the Pharisees’ yeast, The Harlot’s wine infects and corrupts the hearts of those who relish it. Jer 2:21; Ps 80:8; Isa 5:2,4; Deut 32:32-34; Rev 17:1-6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+24%3A48-51%3B+Rev+13%3A17%3BJer.2%3A21%3B++Psalm+80%3A8%3B+Isa.5%3A2%2C4%3B+Deut32%3A32%2C33%2C34%3B+Rev+17%3A1-6&version=CSB “Inspiration” means inhalation; a drawing in of breath. The antonym is “exhalation” – the breath that leaves via the mouth. Since the governing body admit to not receiving “inspiration” from Holy Spirit , their gospel, the teachings they impart are s,ourced in another spirit and another type of “inspiration”. It fills the heart and overflows it, and sustains “Jehovah’s spirit-directed organization”. Jer 11:17; Isa 46:1,2,5-7; Acts 17:29; Rev 13:1,4,11,14-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+11%3A17%3B+Isa+46%3A1%2C2%2C5-7%3B+Acts+17%3A29%3B+Rev+13%3A1%2C4%2C11%2C14-17&version=CSB “He (composite false prophet/Beast with two horns) was permitted to give a spirit (or give breath) to the image of the beast (organization), so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” Rev 13:15 (John 20:22 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+20:22&version=CSB ) The Greek word for “image” can be interpreted as, “an image of the things (the heavenly things)”, and comes from the root, “eiko”, meaning to “to resemble – be like”. An image is a reflection of the real thing. God’s anointed priesthood reflect Heavenly Zion, where God and Christ dwell within the anointed heart. Gen 1:26; Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18; Matt 5:48; 1 John 3:2; John 14:23; John 12:15; Heb 12:22; Rev 14:1 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gen+1%3A26%3B+Rom+8%3A29%3B+2+Cor+3%3A18%3B+Matt+5%3A48%3B+1+John+3%3A2%3B+John+14%3A23%3B+John+12%3A15%3B+Heb+12%3A22%3B+Rev+14%3A1++&version=CSB It is His only “organization” built on the Body of Christ. John 2:19-21; Mal 2:7; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 2 Cor 6:16; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+2%3A19-21%3B+Mal+2%3A7%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+2+Cor+6%3A16%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+Eph+2%3A20-22&version=CSB In contrast, the image of the Beast is the elder body, which reflects “Jehovah’s mountainlike organization”, and is A FALSE ZION - AN IDOL. Deut 5:8; Rom 1:25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deut+5%3A8%3B+Rom+1%3A25&version=CSB As the Man of Lawlessness, it publicizes “that he himself is God”. Hab 2:18; Isa 14:13,14; Zech 4:7; Rev 8:8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hab+2%3A18%3B+Isa+14%3A13%2C14%3B+Zech+4%3A7%3B+Rev+8%3A8&version=CSB “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy (rebellion) comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God’s sanctuary,(Temple) publicizing that he himself is God.” 2 Thess 2:3,4 (Ps 82:6; John 10:34,36; Gal 3:25,26) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ps+82%3A6%3B+John+10%3A34%2C36%3B+Gal+3%3A25%2C26&version=CSB WHO has been given authority to disfellowship those who reject the organization? WHAT IDENTITY “sits in God’s Temple”, ruling over the Temple anointed priests? Undoubtedly, it is the GB’s army, the elders “drunk” on the false prophet/Harlot’s wine. Matt 24:48-51; Joel 1:5-7; Rev 14:8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+24%3A48-51%3B+Joel+1%3A5-7%3B+Rev+14%3A8++&version=CSB I hope you can see that the elder body has supplanted God’s Temple, becoming the blasphemous image of an IDOL – a counterfeit ZION. “A mouth was given to him to speak boasts and blasphemies. He was also given authority to act (wage war/to rule) for 42 months. 6 He began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling—those who dwell in heaven.” Rev 13:5,6 God’s faithful messengers/witnesses receive inspiration from Holy Spirit. Within the anointed Body, it is what teaches faithful priests. Mal 2:7; 1 John 2:20,27; John 14:26 There is no intermediator; no consulting in an interior room, behind closed doors, or voting on a “decree”. John 16:12-14; Matt 10:20; Luke 12:12; Matt 24:23-27 Instead, members of one anointed Body, built on the apostles and prophets work under one Spirit to “build each other up” in Truth. 1 Cor 6:17; 12:7,11,13; 1 Thess 5:11 They are like the “multiple sources” that the wicked slave encourages you to avoid. 2 Chron 15:3; Mal 2:7; John 13:20 They are “thrown out of the congregation”, spiritually “killed” for speaking the truth that resides in their heart. Luke 12:11,12; John 16:2; Rev 11:1-3,7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mal+2%3A7%3B+1+John+2%3A20%2C27%3B+John+14%3A26%3B++John+16%3A12-14%3B+Matt+10%3A20%3B+Luke+12%3A12%3B+Matt+24%3A23-27%3B+1+Cor+6%3A17%3B+12%3A7%2C11%2C13%3B+2+Chron+15%3A3%3B+Mal+2%3A7%3B+John+13%3A20%3B+Luke+12%3A11%2C12%3B+John+16%3A2%3B+Rev+11%3A1-3%2C7++&version=CSB The uninspired GB must rely on voting to pass their decrees, which all JWs must obey, even if their decrees are later considered errors in direction. Joel 1:18; The bottom line is, there is no leeway for JWs to cultivate their God-given thinking ability to “know the facts”. But you already know this, JWs. No matter what facts that YOU may arrive at, they mean nothing if they are not the governing body’s “facts”. All other facts, as well as all other teachings by anointed ones are considered “poor quality”. Your well-regulated spiritual commerce was predicted to occur in these last days. Ezek 4:10-13;Amos 8:11; Rev.6:5,6; 13:16,17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezek+4%3A10-13%3BAmos+8%3A11%3B+Rev.6%3A5%2C6%3B+13%3A16%2C17+&version=CSB “If you died with Christ to the elements of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these regulations refer to what is destined to perish by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines. Although these have a reputation for wisdom by promoting self-made religion, false humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.” Col 2:20-23 Could the scriptures be any clearer? JWs are part of the world by engaging in the deceptive teachings and fleshly rules of men. Their “wisdom” is sourced in another spirit, another vine than Christ. They have “gone out” to pursue all that Satan’s world offers, including power and dominance over God’s people. Isa 51:23; James 3:15 On the other hand, the faithful anointed who have “died” at the hands of the wicked slave’s drunkards, are receiving “rain in due season”. I implore JWs, speak out bravely against the double-tongued teachings, and FLEE! Lev 26:3,4; Isa 55:10,11; James 5:7; Ps 26:4,5; Matt 24:14-16; Isa 2:2,3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+51%3A23%3B+James+3%3A15%3B+Lev+26%3A3%2C4%3B+Isa+55%3A10%2C11%3B+James+5%3A7%3B+Ps+26%3A4%2C5%3B+Matt+24%3A14-16%3B+Isa+2%3A2%2C3&version=CSB “Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except his spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the person without the Spirit (the uninspired governing body) does not receive what comes from the God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, (one individual) however, can evaluate everything, and yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. 1 Cor 2:10-15 Following and obeying men and their teachings who pass decrees devoid of Holy Spirit, yet hypocritically say these decrees are “governed from heaven”, are blinded by the true source of the deceiving spirit that guides them. John 8:44; Matt 15:14 By accepting these hypocritical teachings, the hearer is also receiving a “different spirit”, the fruit of a rogue vine filled with “wormwood’s waters”. Heb 12:15;Rev 8:11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8%3A44%3B+Matt+15%3A14%3B++Heb+12%3A15%3BRev+8%3A11&version=CSB Yet, JWs put up with it – “splendidly”. 2 Cor 11:4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8%3A44%3B+Matt+15%3A14%3B++Rev+8%3A11%3B+2+Cor+11%3A4&version=CSB It isn’t easy standing up for Truth as Christ did, but many leaving the organization are in pursuit of “living water”. It is contingent on our personal desire and motivation to serve God with a clear mind and a clean heart. Matt 5:10; John 12:25; John 4:10; Ps 26:5; 119:9-11; Jer 17:9,10 Please, apply Jesus’ words to help you discern good “fruit” spoken by those whom Jesus sends. He wouldn’t send anyone that provides you with fruit/teachings filled with obvious contradictions, already rotting on the vine and soon to be replaced. Matt 7:15-20; Luke 6:43-45; 1 Pet 3:10; 3 John 11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+5%3A10%3B+John+12%3A25%3B+John+4%3A10%3B+Ps+26%3A5%3B+119%3A9-11%3B+Jer+17%3A9%2C10%3B+Matt+7%3A15-20%3B+Luke+6%3A43-45%3B+1+Pet+3%3A10%3B+3+John+11+++&version=CSB Anthony Morris has made internet headlines with this one deceiving statement: "STICK WITH WHAT WE AUTHORIZE, AND YOU WILL BE SAFE." See Jer 23:17; 1 Thess 5:3; Prov 29:25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+Jer+23%3A17%3B+1+Thess+5%3A3%3B+Prov+29%3A25&version=CSB He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight! 5 Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made low; the crooked will become straight, the rough ways smooth, 6 and everyone will see the salvation of God. 7 He then said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don’t start saying to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:3-9 Pearl Doxsey, 4 womaninthewilderness: "Who Really Is?" "Who Are God's People?" "What Do Buying and Selling Mean?" "Two Witnesses, Elijah and Moses"
  9. @Space Merchant , You must type awfully fast We've already discussed the "new creation" in Christ. I'm sorry you don't get it. We also have discussed "earthly" Jerusalem, which still boggles my mind. The fulfillment today is with "New Jerusalem" - the literal Jerusalem has nothing to do with prophecy. In fact, JWs will tell you the same. Your positions that have met approval here have not met the approval of the GB, thus with all JWs. The Watchtower teaches it is the "one true religion". That's it, only that religion. YOU are not part of that perceived one true religion. Do you understand...yet? You are welcome to rant at me all you like, but my views and my belief in Christ and the spiritual "New Jerusalem", holds. If we held the same belief, I may accept your corrections, but we don't. I concentrate solely on the Watchtower where the anointed and their companions reside under the rule of a wicked slave. They receive my message.
  10. Shepherd the Flock of God: Apostasy: Apostasy is a standing away from true worship, a falling away, defection, rebellion, abandonment. It includes the following: ˙ Celebrating false religious holidays: (Ex. 32: 4-6; Jer. 7:16-19) Not all holidays directly involve false religion and require judicial action. ˙ Participation in interfaith activities: (2 Cor. 6:14, 15, 17, 18) Apostate acts include bowing before altars and images and sharing in false religious songs and prayers.—Rev. 18:2, 4. ˙ Deliberately spreading teachings contrary to Bible truth as taught by Jehovah’s Witnesses: (Acts 21:21, ftn.; 2 John 7, 9, 10) Any with sincere doubts should be helped. Firm, loving counsel should be given. (2 Tim. 2:16-19, 23-26; Jude 22, 23) If one obstinately is speaking about or deliberately spreading false teachings, this may be or may lead to apostasy. If there is no response after a first and a second admonition, a judicial committee should be formed. —Titus 3:10, 11; w89 10/1 p. 19; w86 4/1 pp. 30- 31; w86 3/15 p. 15. ˙ Causing divisions and promoting sects: This would be deliberate action disrupting the unity of the congregation or undermining the confidence of the brothers in Jehovah’s arrangement. It may involve or lead to apostasy.—Rom. 16:17, 18; Titus 3:10, 11; it-2 p. 886. ˙ Continuing in employment that makes one an accomplice to or a promoter of false worship would subject one to disfellowshipping after being allowed a reasonable amount of time, perhaps up to six months, to make the needed adjustments.—w99 4/15 pp. 28-30; km 9/76 pp. 3-6. ˙ The practice of spiritism.—Deut. 18:9-13; 1 Cor. 10:21, 22; Gal. 5:20. ˙ Idolatry: (1 Cor. 6:9, 10; 10:14) Idolatry includes the use of images, including pictures, in false religious worship.
  11. @Space Merchant , Although you sympathize with the Watchtower, you have ideas that just wouldn’t fly if you were a JW. To be so vocal about those ideas as a dedicated JW, could cause you to be disfellowshipped. Then, you would understand what it means to be cut off – spiritually viewed as dead – by those you thought were your brothers and sisters. As it is, within the Watchtower organization, you are not presently even considered a “brother”. Your views are shrugged off by the majority since you are perceived as never receiving “the truth”. If you were to dare preach Christ as your only Head, you would be disfellowshipped, for the GB has assumed headship over the anointed and all. If you disagreed with a teaching, knowing full well it had the ability to change within a few years and voiced it as the lie that it was shown up to be, you would be disfellowshipped. As a JW, where would your love for pure worship come to an end? Would you continue to proclaim your beliefs as you do here, or would you fall into the fear of men and refuse to speak up for Truth? This is where JWs are at. Either they buckle down and accept all of the GB’s teachings, or they express themselves as Christ did, and face the cutting off that he predicted would happen to those who love HIM and not a blasphemous organization. As much as you want to be, you are not my teacher. That would be Christ and the Holy Spirit. If I share the same belief as other anointed ones, we are working as the Body should, under one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Eph 4:3-5
  12. “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.” John 16:2-4 “put you out of the synogogues” - aposynagōgos - excluded from sacred assemblies of Israelites, excommunicated. Spiritual “Israel” are the anointed ones. They are assembled IN THE WATCHTOWER. Rom 2:28,29; Heb 8:10; Rev 7:4 The disfellowshipping act shows that Jehovah has a clean people who adhere to Scriptural guidelines in order to maintain that holiness. Wt 15/4/15 “…will think that he offers God service” It is a serious thing to disfellowship a person, because it means that the person is cut off from God’s organization, from life. Wt 61/6/15 “…the time is coming that whoever kills you” “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” Matt 24:9,10 “Therefore whoever confesses Me (Jesus Christ) before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matt 10: 32,33 “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matt 10:39 Preaching to Israel - “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” Matt 10:21-23 “This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth”. Matt 24:14 The “inhabited earth” is the dwelling of God – “Israel”. Acts 7:48-50; 1 Cor 3:16,17; 2 Cor 6:14-18 How can an organization offer life? Is the Watchtower run by a different means than any other organizations in the world? It uses your money, time, and dedication to keep it afloat. Matt 6:24 It is part of this world. How foolish to think we can use the very resources the world offers and then label it a theocracy ruled by God. “ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16 There is only one gate, one door - Christ Jesus. John 10 You hear about him on occasion, but another door - “Jehovah’s organization” - and another Master, the “slave”, takes the spotlight. Not everyone who is disfellowshipped runs off to commit sin, free to do whatever they want. Anointed and those not anointed, desire to serve the one true Master, Christ, and the Father. Their obedience to them is direct. They don’t need a wicked slave to authorize every detail of their life, from clothing to the form of praise they must offer to “Jehovah”. Rev 13:1,4,11,14-17 I doubt JWs can imagine being guided by Holy Spirit first-hand when their governing body admits it is not. There is one “organization” that Jesus and God have authorized and it has no part in the riches of the world. John 2:19,21; 1 Pet 2:4-10; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22; Heb 12:18-24; Isa 55:1; Rev 22:17 "O house of Jacob, (“Israel”) come and let us walk In the light of the Lord. 6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners. (elder body rule, not “circumcised” Ezek 44:6-9; 2 Thess 2:3,4,9-12 7 Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots. Joel 2:1-5; Rev 9; 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 13:1,2,7,18 8 Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made. Work to build into his heart a deep love and respect for Jehovah, the Bible, and Jehovah’s organization. Km 10/90 9 People bow down, And each man humbles himself; Therefore do not forgive them. A humble person becomes more valuable to Jehovah’s organization because his attitude makes him a good and useful servant of God. Wt 12/11/15 10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty. Joel 2:1,2; Matt 24:4-8 11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day." Christians—Be Proud of Who You Are! Wt 05/2/15 Am I proud to tell people that I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses?’ ws18 July pp. 21-26 You live in a land of mixed messages, yet, “my people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” Jer 5:31 "Sever yourselves from such a man,Whose breath is in his nostrils;For of what account is he?" Isa 2:22 Isaiah chapter 2 depicts the rise of the true Mt Zion, “restored” and finished outside of a mountain of confusion. Zech 4:6,7; Isa 48:20
  13. Until he is reinstated to commit the same horrendous crime, again. "On June 16, 2005, the elders reinstated Reyes in the congregation at his request. Alexis Nunez, then an 8-year-old girl, would later tell the elders he sexually assaulted her on a near-weekly basis for the next two years." https://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-jehovah-s-witness-sex-abuse-case-underscores-church-s/article_fddc41e5-536b-5843-af30-200cc14892d8.html
  14. “Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day”. 2 Pet 3:8 All confusion is based on the erroneous teaching of when the symbolic Thousand Year reign of Christ takes place. From the day he took his throne alongside God, he has been ruling. This is the declaration of the Lord to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” 2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion. Rule over your surroundingenemies. Ps 110:1,2 “Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he abolishes all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet.” 1 Cor 15:24,25 “He is now waiting until his enemies are made his footstool.” Heb 10:13 Since the first century, each anointed under Christ must personally defeat the enemy, Satan. Those proven faithful, sacrifice their life for Truth, in imitation of their Master. John 12:24,25; Rom 6:5; Rev 6:9-11 Satan has demanded to sift each one as “wheat” to prove each one’s faithfulness to God. Rev 2:10; Luke 22:31 Rev 20:4 – “Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” ( Luke 15:24,32; Rom 6:11; Eph 2:1-6; Rev 5:9,10; [Rev 3:1]) Rev 20:4 is speaking of those anointed since Christ who successfully defeated whatever Satan threw at them during their physical lifetime. But, during the last days, Satan crafts a new plan to take down the remaining anointed, the last of the “woman’s seed”. Rev 12:17 The abyss/Hades is darkness, a place of “not perceiving”. When Satan was “chained” and thrown into the abyss by Christ, he had no ability to fabricate his last scheme to come against the remnant. He was “restrained” for the symbolic “thousand years”. Rev 20:3 When let loose from this restraint, he then instigated his “Beasts” of Revelation that CONQUER the “saints”/”holy ones”. THEY receive the “mark of the Beast on their foreheads or their hands.” “He (Beast/false prophet) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev 13:16,17 Buy or sell what? Spiritual provisions or “wormwood”, issued from the mouth of false prophet/beast, and “sold” under the name of the Beast. Rev 8:10,11 The price? One’s dedication and “worship” to this powerful, most amazing Beast of Rev 13:1,3,4 So, the “beast and its image” of Rev 20:4 doesn’t make an appearance until after the thousand year reign of Christ is completed, and who’s existence culminates during the Great Tribulation. Jesus pointed out how difficult the time period would be for God’s “elect”. “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.” Matt 24:21-25 “The beast was given a mouth to utter boasts and blasphemies. It was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling—those who dwell in heaven. 7 And it was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. It was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation. 8 All those who live on the earth will worship it, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the bookof life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.” The “dwelling” of God is His Temple - the anointed ones – 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22 The Beast image is directed by a false prophet/Harlot who “breathes” life into the image. (footnote in NKJV says, “or spirit or life” which equates to a “spirit-directed” image) God’s people succumb to the delusion. 2 Thess 2:9-12 Watchtower calls these Beasts, Christendom and the United Nations, but the UN has not “conquered” the “dwelling” of God. Every one of the anointed, from all tribe, people, language, and nation have not lost their life for their “testimony to Christ”. They bear the mark of the Beast. Also, everyone else under the Beast, from all tribe, people, language and nation are under the “authority” of the Beast. They must obey, or be “killed”. Those who resist the Beast and its false prophet, although decreed as spiritually “dead”, come alive in Christ if they choose to listen and follow, God’s Son. “Then I was given a measuring reed like a rod, with these words: “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count those who worship there. 2 But exclude the courtyard outside the temple. Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. 3 I will grant my two witnesses authority to prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. Rev 11:1-4 “When they finish their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war on them, conquer them, and kill them.” Rev 11:7 How does the beast come out of the abyss? Satan, who has been let loose from the abyss, brings with him, his fabrication to deceive. He uses the false prophet/beast of Rev 13:11 to introduce it. From that point, the Beast from the (“Gentile”) Sea (Rev 13:1) takes on a life of its own as “spirit-directed”. Rev 13:1,2; Rev 9:1-6 “But after three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. Great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” They went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them.” Rev 11:11,12 These are the anointed who successfully overcome the Beast. This can happen while still living on the earth. Heb 12:1; 12:22; Rev 5:9,10 Rev 20:5 – “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.” All who “worship”/revere the “inspired” Beast, are not written in the Lamb’s Book of life. Rev 13:8 The book of Revelation exposes the end time assault to come against God’s anointed servants under the “woman covenant”. Rev 1:1; Gal 4:26; Rev 12:3,4 Gog and Magog give other characteristics of the two Beasts. They surround the “encampment of the saints”/anointed holy people, who have been deceived by the devil. Rev 20:9 The "saints" are found "gathered" in the Watchtower. No other alternate "organization" or leaders have the ability to know who they might be. “The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Rev 20:10 There is no escape from the “lake of fire and sulfur” to deceive twice. This event could not occur after Armageddon, and after a “thousand year” time of peace, since it is the anointed “saints” that Rev 20:9 addresses. The faithful, sealed anointed will be ruling with Christ in God’s Kingdom after Armageddon, which brings an end to all evil, and of Satan. Again, 1 Cor 15:24,25 - “Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he abolishes all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet.” The end time tribulation is all based on deceit – what we spiritually want to perceive. If we “conquer” the deceit, our heart truly desires to know and walk in truth. This is how we gain life. We must overcome the deception, “wormwood”, slavery to men, all falsehoods, and the fear that men have more say over our spirituality than Christ himself. Dan 8:11 Leaving all of that behind is what Jesus’ faithful disciples had to do in the first century and what is happening to those who are "killed" - disfellowshipped - by the Beast. “Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge me before others, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before others, I will also deny him before my Father in heaven. 34 Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 37 The one who loves a father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; the one who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of me will find it.” The faithful are killed by the Wild Beast because of their testimony about Jesus Christ and his glory – not “Jehovah”, and not “Jehovah’s organization”. Rev 12:11,17;19:10;20:4 They stand only for him and the Father. John 4;23,24 How difficult it is for JWs to realize their love for the organization – the Wild Beast - takes precedence over any love they may have for Christ. John 16:13,14; 17:1-5,24
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