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  1. David Splane continues: “By the end of the century, he certainly had shown he had blessed the efforts of the brothers, do you know that every year since 1983 more than 144,000 have been baptized each year and our brothers today don’t have the gifts of the spirit. So what does this indicate? It indicates that Jehovah has made a mighty outpouring of his spirit in these last days. It’s a marvelous thing to behold. When you think of it, we sort of had our explanation backwards in the past, because in the past the idea was that the spirit was poured out in 1919 and the locust went to work because the locust were Jehovah’s people. But that’s not what the Bible says, is it. The Bible says the locust finished their work and after that the spirit is poured out. “ The change in the locust identity was made in 2019. The “mighty outpouring” of holy spirit has now become evident as beginning in 1983 onward. This was the teaching of the locust in 1989: Joel’s prophecy gives us even more food for thought. Why, “the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah” is imminent! Mankind must be warned. Like the locusts in Joel’s prophecy, Jehovah’s Witnesses devastate Christendom by relentlessly exposing her spiritually barren state. This arouses the fury and opposition of her leaders, but any wall-like obstacles they try to set in the path of the symbolic locusts prove ineffective. Jehovah has poured out his spirit upon his people, equipping them to announce his judgments. Therefore, in the short time remaining before God’s fear-inspiring day, let us have a full share in helping others to ‘call on the name of Jehovah so as to get away safe.’ w89 3/15 pp. 30-31 The same year - 1989 “They have a modern Governing Body of older Christian men from various parts of the earth who give needed oversight to the worldwide activities of God's people. these men, like the apostles and older men in Jerusalem in the first century, are anointed members of the faithful and discreet slave class designated by Jesus to care for all of his Kingdom interests here upon earth. History has proved that they can be trusted to follow the direction of the holy spirit and that they do not rely on human wisdom in teaching the flock of God the ways of genuine peace. (The Watchtower; Dec. 15, 1989; p. 6) Well, no. They can’t be trusted whatsoever, because THEY taught that JW “locusts” were devastating Christendom in 1989, six years after Splane says the Holy Spirit was beginning to be “poured out” onto the organization. They rely totally on human wisdom. There is a Spirit of Truth and a spirit of falsehood. (1 John 4:6) David Splane harbors the spirit of falsehood. Luke 6:45
  2. You are so polished at blame-shifting, not even addressing the topic. It's okay that you are lied to, by men who are getting rich through their tried and true scheming methods that fleece the flock. I've known many a JW who became involved in "get rich quick" schemes, struggling to make ends meet and promised lucrative returns; but instead, being taken by their own spiritual brothers. I suppose they will pay also, just as you say Winston will? But, lets sweep all of WT's lies under the carpet with their pedophile issues, their failed doctrines taught for years; and new doctrine that JWs swallow down with no problem, because they are so use to being lied to. Let's focus on Winston instead.
  3. Obviously you cannot perceive a change of a doctrine as old as the WT itself, waiting to happen. It was your GB David Splane who spearheaded the comparison of centuries, anointed, and the number “144,000”. His words" “…Pentacost 33 ce. Jehovah poured out his spirit and at the end of that day there were 3,000 publishers of the kingdom. And did Jehovah bless their zealous activity. He certainly did, because by the end of the century, thousands (with emphasis) had become obedient to the word. How many thousands? We don’t know. The Bible doesn’t say, but we do know it would have to be a lot less than 144,000, because the search for kingdom heirs was going in the first century and it wasn’t nearly complete by the end of the first century, yet their zealous activity of those 3,000 that began preaching the good news that zealous activity was blessed by Jehovah God, and thousands became obedient to the word. Well now can we see a little bit of a parallel here. 1919. In 1919 according to official records, there were fewer than 6,000 publishers of the good news. But has Jehovah blessed the efforts of those 6,000 publishers? By the end of the century, he certainly had shown he had blessed the efforts of the brothers, do you know that every year since 1983 more than 144,000 have been baptized each year and our brothers today don’t have the gifts of the spirit. An anointed one can “apostatize” even after his or her anointing. 1 John 2:19; Rev 2:5 Anyone can leave Christ after they have once believed. And, using your analogy, how many of these “more than 144,000” each year from 1983 to the end of the 20th century, “apostatized” from the organization? Why is Splane comparing the number of anointed by the end of first century, to the general number of those baptized into the organization? He is using Joel 2:28,29, saying even though the organization believed that the locusts were God's people, NOW they realize otherwise. So...in the face of a lie, God decided in 1983 to "poured out his spirit" onto the organization, resulting in the large influx of members through the rest of the century. This is so twisted. His words were, "and our brothers today don’t have the gifts of the spirit". Anointed ones are given the gifts of the spirit, so he is outright lying. Ironically, Eph 4 speaks of these gifts, as gifts TO men. Yet, WHO is taught as “gifts in men” in the Watchtower? The elder body. "Christ also gave to the congregation “gifts in men”—elders to shepherd God’s flock" WT 18/3/pp 28-32 NKJV Eph 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in [c]you all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." So, what’s your GB members up to with all of their comparisons and lies? The literal number of 144000 was not reached at the end of the first century; yet since 1983, more than "144,000" have been baptized each year, of whom none of them apparently have gifts of the spirit. If the GB are not inspired, no one is. If anything, 144,000 will become a symbolic number and will include anyone and everyone, however they choose to classify it.
  4. Oh dear. I know you think I'm nuts, suffering from WDS, (should you trademark this?), but I think you've been ingesting too much of WT's twisted teachings. 🙂 Oh, that could also be a sign of WDS! That's right, I remember you said the sword cuts both ways. I do care for you, and I wonder just why you remain "in" there. The Kingdom will not arrive on the wings of the WT, but maybe it doesn't matter to you one way or the other.
  5. @4Jah2me, I think you understand the role of the anointed as the holy priesthood and "living stones" of God's Temple. (1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:19-22) Samuel Herd once said, "all" JWs are part of God's Temple, not just the anointed ones. This also, leads me to believe that the "144,000" doctrine is soon to change.
  6. The video is in regard to David Splane’s talk at the Annual Convention, 2019. Here is the link from the JW website.
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    At the 7:55 mark, Splane is introduced to give his talk about the locusts – and who they really represent, according to WT("new light") In case you missed it, the locusts in the book of Joel are no longer considered God’s people. This alone was pretty shocking to the man making the video, that the locust army was ever taught at one point to be God’s anointed people. At around the 20 minute mark of the video on jw org, you can tune in to see what Splane is saying about the “144,000”. The commenter (who is not American but from Jamaica), breaks down Splane’s subtle reasoning, which is well worth listening to in order to understand my comment. Below is the picture of the 24 elders in heaven that I was referring to in my comment, in which there is no mention of the anointed ones in the Watchtower article. This is my take on it. The elder body as the “man of lawlessness” has complete power over the anointed today. We know this. We are aware that the spirit-anointed ones of God's Temple (1 Cor 3:16,17) can be judged by those not anointed. This was prophesied to occur in the last days. 2Thess.2:4; Matt.24:15; Eze.44:6,7,8,9; Ec.10:5,6,7; Lam.1:10; Isa 66:5,6; 2Chron.13:9; 23:6; Rev.11:1,2; Dan.8:10,13; 7:7,19; 11:16,28,31,32,33,36,37,39; 12:11; Isa.14:13; Rev.13:7,8,15; 9:3,7
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  7. Did the Jesus own land? Did the apostles invest in land? Or, did they provide for the poor among them; even selling their possessions to do so? "No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matt 9:16,17 But there are those who say, "The old is better". Luke 5:39
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    I’ve listened to this video a few times. He makes good points, and although I am not sure what the organization’s intent is, I must agree with the maker of the video, that a change, a new teaching/”new light” appears to be afoot. Will the doctrine of the “144,000” become an unlimited number to accommodate the massive “Gentile” elder body? I say this, because the 2017 March Watchtower study magazine speaks highly of the elder body, stressing to give honor where it is “due”. The captivating drawing depicts the symbolic “24 elders” of Revelation 4:10,11 laying their crowns before the throne of God. The article does not mention the “144,000” sealed anointed as those depicted in the picture; thus, through default – through subliminal suggestion - who is thought to be the “24 elders” depicted deceitfully by this article? I believe it is the “man of lawlessness” that sits in/rules and “tramples” God’s Temple/sanctuary priesthood– the “Gentile” elder body. Matt 24:15; Mark 13:14; 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 11:1,2; 13:1,2,4-8
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    “And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.” Dan 8:10-12 The “stars” who are trampled are the anointed ones. Dan 12:3; Phil 2:15; Rev 1:20 The elders are indeed, an "army". "What army does Micah’s prophecy say that Jehovah would use against this cruel enemy, called “the Assyrian”? A very unusual one. The Bible says that this army is made up of “seven shepherds” and “eight dukes,” or princes. (Micah 5:5) Who are they? They are the congregation elders. (1 Peter 5:2) Today, Jehovah is using many faithful elders to shepherd and to strengthen his people for the future attack of “the Assyrian. ws13 11/15 p. 20 This possible new teaching would be the ultimate ‘shattering’ of God’s saints within the organization. Dan 12:7
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  8. I suppose these three young "Christians" jumping in front of a symbol, are not teaching fine works either.
  9. In case this hasn't been posted yet: In September 2019, the Branch of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a number of kingdom halls in São Paulo Brazil were raided by the Police, in search of documentary evidence of criminal activities relating to child sexual abuse. The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the raid was unlawful. Below is a translation of the Court of Justice determination. They lost their appeal. The investigation into Jehovah’s Witnesses handling of child abuse at a branch level is ongoing.
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  10. Kosonen, I'll just say one thing. You told me some months back that President Trump would send an army to Bethel, which you call "the holy place" of Matt 24:15 You expected this to happen within a few weeks of stating it, I believe. It didn't happen. Deut 18:20-22 If Bethel, the headquarters of a corporation, is ever raided, it is to confiscate records of child abuse. That's it. You are stuck on literal time periods, just like the Watchtower. 1 Cor 2:14
  11. You are right, it involves the “saints”/anointed today. The “constant feature” which has been removed, is otherwise called the “daily sacrifice”. (See NKJV for an example) The early priests were in charge of offering sacrifices on behalf of the nation of Israel, and as teachers, it was their responsibility to teach them God’s laws. Mal 2:7 Today’s priests are to offer spiritual sacrifices of truth, and carry the laws of God on their heart. Heb 8:10 1 Pet 2:5,9 “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" Heb 13:15 – “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. The anointed are the “temple”, as well as its members: "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles (destroys) the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." 1 Cor 3:16,17 "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thess 2:3,4 You can see that the “disgusting thing standing in the holy place” is the “man of sin”, or “lawlessness”. The word, “sits” refers to a form of rule: to set, appoint, to confer a kingdom on one The “disgusting thing”/man of lawlessness rules over the “holy place”/temple/anointed ones. It’s presence in God’s Temple profanes the sanctuary/dwelling place of God: “He began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling (tabernacle, moveable temple/”living stones”)—those who dwell in heaven. 7 And he was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. He was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.” Rev 13:6,7 The scriptures use the symbolic “times”, it doesn't mean literal years. “Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.” Dan 12:7 The power of the saints is shattered by the removal of their “daily sacrifice”, their responsibilities as priests are taken away. “Say to the rebellious people, the house of Israel: This is what the Lord God says: I have had enough of all your detestable practices, house of Israel. 7 When you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, to occupy My sanctuary, you defiled My temple while you offered My food—the fat and the blood. You broke My covenant by all your detestable practices. 8 You have not kept charge of My holy things but have appointed others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you.” “This is what the Lord God says: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, may enter My sanctuary, not even a foreigner who is among the Israelites. Ezek 44:6-9 Num.16:3-11,18,20,21,35,40 This appointment would be the “man of lawlessness” sitting/ruling over the Temple of God. “Have you not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of other lands, so that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may be a priest of things that are not gods?” 2 Chron 13:9 So, the “disgusting thing” is an “abomination”, a “detestable practice” committed within the Temple. Foreigners or “Gentiles” occupy the sanctuary as PRIESTS taking charge of the spiritual duties that only God's priests are to permitted to do. “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be” (let the one who reads understand), “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains!” Mark 13:14 No one is to perform the priestly duties of “daily sacrifices” except God’s priests. How does this happen today? w02 8/1 p. 13-14 “Representing the royal priesthood are appointed ELDERS, who serve in positions of responsibility in congregations of Jehovah’s people around the earth. These men deserve our respect and wholehearted support, whether they are of the anointed or not. Rather than challenge their authority, we truly appreciate our hardworking elders! “ "Have you not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of other lands" 2 Chron 13:9 You have not kept charge of My holy things but have appointed others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you.” Eze 44:8 “….And he was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. Rev 13:7 Can you see how the power of the holy ones has been ‘dashed to pieces’ or as some translations say, “brought to nothing" within your very own organization, where the anointed/"kings of the earth" are gathered? Rev 1:5; 5:9,10; Rev 16:13,14; 20:7-10
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  12. “Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.” Matt 26:3,4 Apokteinō – “kill” ἀποκτείνω apokteínō, ap-ok-ti'-no; from G575 and κτείνω kteínō (to slay); to kill outright; figuratively, to destroy:—put to death, kill, slay. ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44 Anthrōpoktonos – “murderer” ἀνθρωποκτόνος anthrōpoktónos, anth-ro-pok-ton'-os; from G444 and κτείνω kteínō(to kill); a manslayer:—murderer. Compare G5406. G5406 φονεύς phoneús, fon-yooce'; from G5408; a murderer (always of criminal (or at least intentional) homicide; which G443 does not necessarily imply; while G4607 is a special term for a public bandit):—murderer. Sounds like premeditated murder. “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death” Act 2:22,23 Anaireō – “put to death” - ἀναιρέω anairéō, an-ahee-reh'-o; from G303 and (the active of) G138; to take up, i.e. adopt; by implication, to take away (violently), i.e. abolish, murder:—put to death, kill, slay, take away, take up. But we remember: “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” John 10:17,18
  13. Just some comparisons for anyone interested: 1 Sam 17:8-10 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” Nakah – “kill” נָכָה nâkâh, naw-kaw'; a primitive root; to strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively):—beat, cast forth, clap, give (wounds), × go forward, × indeed, kill, make (slaughter), murderer, punish, slaughter, slay(-er, -ing), smite(-r, -ing), strike, be stricken, (give) stripes, × surely, wound. `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` “They kill the widow and the resident alien and murder the fatherless.” Ps 94:6 Harag – “kill” ג hârag, haw-rag'; a primitive root; to smite with deadly intent:—destroy, out of hand, kill, murder(-er), put to (death), make (slaughter), slay(-er), × surely. Ratsach – “murder” רָצַח râtsach, raw-tsakh'; a primitive root; properly, to dash in pieces, i.e. kill (a human being), especially to murder:—put to death, kill, (man-) slay(-er), murder(-er). ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’” So his servant ran him through, and he died. Judges 9:54 Muwth – “kill” מוּת mûwth, mooth; a primitive root; to die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill:—× at all, × crying, (be) dead (body, man, one), (put to, worthy of) death, destroy(-er), (cause to, be like to, must) die, kill, necro(-mancer), × must needs, slay, × surely, × very suddenly, × in (no) wise. ````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` “You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2 Phoneuō - “murder” φονεύω phoneúō, fon-yoo'-o; from G5406; to be a murderer (of):—kill, do murder, slay. ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````` “Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,” Matt 23:34 Apokteinō – “kill” †ἀποκτείνω apokteínō, ap-ok-ti'-no; from G575 and κτείνω kteínō (to slay); to kill outright; figuratively, to destroy:—put to death, kill, slay.
  14. Of course you are speaking about Jehovah's Witnesses as this "only nation". You might want to check this out:
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    JWs cannot “flock” to the spiritual temple of God if they have no clue what that temple is, or who it is. John 2:19-21; 1 Pet 2:5,9,10; 1 Cor 3:10,16,17; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:20-22; Rev 3:12; 21:2,9,10,22; 2 Cor 11:2; Rev 14:1,4,5
  15. Yes, I do. 🙂 I understand that the only organization which the Father approves of, is the one built on Christ, the chief cornerstone. Isa 43:10,21; 1 Pet 2:5,9,10; Heb 11:10; Rev 21:23; 22:5; Acts 7:48; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 4:4 I understand that Jesus began ruling in the first century and that the symbolic “thousand years” is over, and the Great Tribulation/Armageddon is here. Ps 110:1,2; 1 Cor 15;24-28 I understand that the WT is Satan's end time masterpiece, used to deceive the "remaining ones of the woman's seed". Gen 3:15; Dan 11:10; Rev 12:17,15; Matt 24:24; Acts 20:29; Col 2:8; Rev 13:10; 20:7-9 I understand that the elder body is the “man of lawlessness” sitting in the Temple of God, “where it does not belong”. Mark 13:14; 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 11:1,2; 1 Pet 2:5; Eph 2:21; 2 Cor 6:16; 1 Cor 3:16,17 I understand that Jesus Christ, and the anointed as a “new creation” will “inherit the earth” as Abraham’s offspring, along with all of God’s children. Gen 28:13,14; Ps 2:8; Col 1:16; Rom 4:13; Gal 3:16 I understand the anointed “144,000” are both human and spirit. 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Cor 15:44; 1 Pet 1:23; John 3:5; 1 Cor 15:50; Rev 21:17 I understand that every JW who truly desires to worship God in spirit and truth, should LEAVE the organization behind, including one’s “garment”/identity and “possessions”/teachings. Matt 24:15-18; Luke 17:31-37; Rev 18:4-8 Do you believe that the gift of "truth” from the Father and Christ, includes false and failed teachings? "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 It is interesting that this scripture uses the phrase, "shifting shadows." Darkness is always darkness. Teachings that were never truth to begin with, can never be viewed as "light". "New light" is none other than a shifting shadow.
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  16. God adopted Israel as His people. (Ezek chapter 16) He trained them, gave them commandments that were to be practiced among them. For any foreigner who joined them, He demanded that they be protected, even if His own people turned wicked. (Deut 27:19; Ps 146:9) As far back as Abel, were faithful ones whose hearts were inclined to listen to God. Mankind in general lived debauched lives, murdering one another, were steeped in idolatry, even sacrificing their children to Baal. God knows each heart’s intentions, and He knows those who desire to be loyal to Him. (1 Kings 8:39; 1 Sam 16:7; Prov 21:2; 2 Chron 16:9) All mankind, since the beginning, have free will to choose our path in this physical life – one of life/light, or one of death/darkness. (Deut 30:19; 1 John 1:5; 2:8) When God’s people fought against the nations, can we be assured that any whose hearts were disposed to know God, wouldn’t be protected from losing their life? (Deut 21:1-9) And if an innocent one was killed during battle, wouldn’t they be remembered in the resurrection to eternal life? Abraham was worried about those in Sodom and Gomorrah, unsure that the innocent, righteous ones would be saved; and he was assured that they would, yet only Lot and family were found worthy of being saved. Gen 18:16-32 It seems to me that the circumstances of murder among God’s people was His priority, since He gave them guidelines that they regularly transgressed. Once Jesus came, murder among his people was still the focus in the Bible. Today, God’s “Israel” and those with them, are judged by Jesus' teachings. For anyone on the earth who desires to serve God and Christ in righteousness, I personally feel comfort in leaving their judgment to the one who knows their heart’s intentions. If the faithful innocent are murdered, the murderer will pay. The innocent will receive eternal life. The act of shedding another’s blood, even among those nations who fought against Israel, was not taken lightly by God. To David, He said: but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight. 1 Chron 22:8 (Num 35:33,34) Among his people, Jesus said: 3 “Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell? (“Gehenna”) 34 This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all these things will come on this generation.” Matt 23:33-36 The apostle John made it clear that hating one’s brother was compared to murder. “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. 1 John 3:10-12 13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:13-15 The world John was speaking of was the world that he removed himself from – the Pharisaical system of belief. They hated Christ and those who followed him. They are, according to these scriptures, murderers. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18-19 It wasn’t the entire world of mankind that hated Jesus, it was the Jewish system of his day. Under today’s “Pharisaical” arrangement, who commits spiritual murder? The GB and those who carry it out. (John 16:2,3; Rev 13:15; 11:3,7) They are just as responsible for shedding “spiritual” blood through their act of disfellowshipping, as the Pharisees were for shedding physical blood of those who followed Christ. Along with disfellowshipping/”killing” on the basis of “sins not leading to death”, it is downplayed among JWs, that the organization fully rejects those who reject their lies. It is downplayed, that those who realize they need to obey Christ rather than men, are considered “wicked”. (1 John 5:16,17) “But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Mark 13:11-13 Watchtower 1961 Jul 15 p.420 "Jesus encouraged his followers to love their enemies, but God's Word also says to "hate what is bad." When a person persists in a way of badness after knowing what is right, when the bad becomes so ingrained that it is an inseparable part of his make-up, then in order to hate what is bad a Christian must hate the person with whom the badness is inseparably linked." Wow. They’ve gone beyond the words of Christ. Jesus didn’t just “encourage” it, he commanded his followers to love their enemies. Matt 5:43,44; Matt 7:26,27 Luke 21:12,17 put it this way... "But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison (Luke21:24; Rev.13:10,7; Col.2:8), and you will be brought before kings (Rev.9:7) and governors ("Governing Body" Mark10:42-45), and all on account of my name...Everyone will hate you because of me." (1John4:20; 2:11) (John13:34-35; Matt.25:37-40,41-46) (Matt.24:11-13) I would be more concerned with the murderous intentions of the organization, that obviously “makes war” with God’s people who reject their “Jewish” system. God does consider warfare, murder. “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Rev 13:1 “It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.” Rev 13:7 “Keep on the Watch” p. 16,17 - “Does your worship truly unite you with fellow worshipers of all nations, all races, all languages? Rev 18:24 - And in her (Rev 13:11; 17:5) was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”
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  17. It’s so hard for me to just give short sentences as answers. The entire Bible prophesy is coming to a head. I realize now how little I knew of the anointed role while in the WT. They are spoon fed lies about themselves, and only enough to not question what they should be doing. We see what happens in organizations, how they are influenced by the world of Satan, and men with their additional rules and regulations. If we were meant to have an earthly visible organization, then Jesus would have begun establishing it when he was on earth. ( Ps 127:1a) As the WT has done, each material building is taught as “God’s house”, which I believe is idolatry. When I read the account Stephen gave before he was stoned to death (Acts 7:44-53), it’s clear to me that Stephen was trying to get across the acceptance of Christ as the new Temple built with living stones, and God’s dwelling/house. (John 2:19-22; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22) In his speech, he mentioned the tabernacle in the wilderness where God’s Spirit dwelled, and the temple Solomon built. He then quoted Isa 66:1,2 saying to the Jews how “stiff-necked” they were, for rejecting the chief cornerstone of the new temple/foundation in Christ and the apostles. This was the temple, house of God, that He meant would be built, when speaking to David so many years before. (2 Sam 7:1-16) When Jesus said we will worship in the spirit and the truth, I believe he didn’t mean through any earthly organization/temple/solid entity. (John 4:21) True believers of Christ realized this. True anointed “living stones” who carried truth in their heart by the Spirit, that Christ sent over the last 2,000 years, would have taught the same. (John 13:20; 14:15-17) The WT organization was formed when there was a remarkable surge of what some consider to be a spiritual enlightenment – a “second great awakening”. Mormonism, Baptists, Methodism, Seventh Day Adventist, Bible Students/Watchtower, all had their beginning around the same time. Do any of the them have complete truth? And why was it at generally the same time period, that there was there such an influx of religions beliefs? Who was behind the establishment of so many paths diverging from the “sincerity and the purity of devotion to Christ”? (Lexham 2 Cor 11:3) I believe it is Satan’s doing. (2 Pet 2:1-3) The only “organization” that God approves is the “administration” within the anointed Body. (1 Cor chapt 12; Eph 1:3-11) You seem to be keenly aware of this Body and the circumstances they face in the organization. In the last days, the “remaining ones of the woman’s seed”/anointed are deceived by Satan’s ruse . (Rev 12:17; 2 Thess 2:1-4,8-12;Rev 13:4; Amos 3:5) “Deceived” is a primary word that the organization fails to tell the anointed ones, or that they even notice. As most JWs believe, how can anyone be deceived if they are safe in the WT? (1 Thess 5:1-5) However, we see the lies in the organization where the remaining anointed reside. Lies are deception that lead one down the wrong road. Who can deny that? Only faithful JWs do. (2 Cor 4:1-6) We also see that there is basic truth that led them in. It would be teachings of truth, that an anointed would recognize through the Holy Spirit poured into their heart. (Rom 5:5; 1 John 2:27) Once in, it is very difficult to get out without losing everything. All of this was prophesied to occur in the last days. (Matt 24:24; Col 2:8; Rev 2:20; 13:10) It is a spiritual captivity that “tramples” down the anointed. (Matt 24:15,16; Mark 13:14; Rev 11:1-3) When rejecting lies, turning to Christ, we are persecuted by our own spiritual “brothers and sisters” and family for doing so. (Luke 12:53; Matt 5:10,11) Daniel called the fourth beast that God’s people under covenant must face, as “different”. (Dan 7:19) I said that one of the Beasts of Rev 13 is a false prophet, the GB, (Rev 13:11), and the “Wild Beast” is the organization. (Rev 13:1) (Watchtower calls it "Satan's organization") I also used Rev 12:17 above, which states that the “dragon” “makes war” with the remaining ones. Notice what all of them accomplish together: 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. The “kings of the earth” are Jesus’ kings/priests. Rev 1:5; 5:9,10 They are gathered in the WT….for the great day of God Almighty = Armageddon! (Luke 22:31; Rev 2:10) Armageddon is based on DECEIT that comes out of the mouths of the “dragon” and the two Beasts - the GB, and the organization it directs. (Luke 21:8; Rev 13:12) The battle is being fought now, the exposure of truth against the teachings of lies; and it involves the anointed “kings of the earth”, and those with them. That is the summation of Armageddon, fought in the “valley of decision” (Joel 3:14); kings of the earth who transgressed their covenant in Christ, battle against faithful kings of the earth who return to Christ in repentance for their idolatry and believing lies. (Eph 5:11-14) The battle ensues by what comes out of each anointed one’s mouth – truth or lies. All whose lives have been touched by the WT, make the decision - the choice to go with, which results in each one’s judgment before Christ. (Matt 7:21-23) More than ever before, we see an exodus from the organization for various reasons, selfish ones, or the pursuit of truth. Jesus does not disappoint those who are sincere about finding truth. (Matt 22:1-14) The WT utilizes “signs and wonders” that are hard for the average JW to perceive as deception. (2 Thess 2:9) Yet, it is the deception – the ruse - against the anointed in the last days. (Rev 13:13,14, 5,7) The Watchtower has twisted the timing of events to mislead the anointed and those with them. The symbolic “thousand year” reign of Christ has ended. Rev 20:7-10 speaks again of the “gathering” of the saints for the “battle”, the same battle we see in Rev 16:13,14. Gog/Magog ARE the Beasts. So, Satan has been let loose from the abyss to deceive the last of the anointed before the Kingdom arrives. This deception or power is “different” – the gradual development of an organization that causes destruction. It becomes more apparent with each passing day. Even the world can see its destructive force; but its reason behind its purpose is only understood by those who discern the “trampling” down of the anointed – the “Gentile” elder body as the “disgusting thing standing in the temple of God. (Matt 24:15,16; 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 11:1-3) Judgment day began when Jesus came to earth. (Luke 12:51; John 3:18) Each person is judged during their lifetime, according to their choices, not during a thousand years after Armageddon. Armageddon is the culmination of judgment against the remaining ones and those with them. God judges the world, Jesus Christ and his foundation “stones” judge the anointed and those in the organization – his kings of the earth, and the nations with them. (1 Cor 5:13; 1 Pet 4:17; Eph 2:19,20) Jesus’ words about the Great Tribulation experienced because of the two beasts, correlates with Daniel’s use of “different” – “For at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not happened from the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will happen. And unless those days had been shortened, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.” (Matt 24:21,22) You are feeling this “different” tribulation or sifting, and you are caught in the middle of this battle of truth against lies. The Great Tribulation is a result of Armageddon. So, Satan doesn’t want to lose his kingdom. His “different” plan during these last days is to deceive the anointed into idolatry to an organization, and the dual, powerful “trampling” rule of men over them. (Matt 24:48-51; Rev 9:1-6; 8:10,11; 9) I believe Satan is the Destroyer. What he does now or who he destroys before “death” is destroyed waits to be seen. Yes, the earth will be cleansed of evil. When he is gone, so is wickedness. (Isa 33:1; 1 Cor 15:24-26; Rev 21:1-4) I believe in a family of the children of God - the seed of Abraham. There are the “firstfruits” “born” to spirit life now, with a job to do. (Rom 8:16,17; James 1:18) For the faithful refined anointed ones, they will be Christ’s Bride, fulfilling the “New Covenant” as a new creation – both spirit and human. (Matt 25:1-13; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 4:26) Children will be “born” from this union, this fulfilled promise of life. (John 13:20; Rev 22:17; Those children make up the rest of the children of God, “born” in spirit. (John 6:63) At that time, the “144,000” priesthood will serve God, Jesus and the future children on the earth. (Rom 8:14; Rev 22:2) The early priesthood assigned by God was to teach the people of Israel God’s laws. (Mal 2:7) The heavenly priesthood will do the same, and whatever else they are assigned to do as they serve Christ on the earth, and in heaven. Who knows what God will ask of His future children in the Kingdom. But for now, he is refining his priests to serve in the spiritual Temple built with the faithful “144,000” (1 Pet 2:5,9) It will be accomplished by the time the organization goes down. (Zech 4:7; Rev 18:21; 8:8; Dan 2:34; 7:26,27) Jesus was the first of Abraham’s promised seed to inherit the earth: Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 4 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” Gen 28:10-17 John 1:51 - He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” Angels are messengers, (see the Greek meaning for “angel”), priests are messengers. Mal 2:7 Jesus shares his inheritance of the earth with the “144,000”/anointed/angel messengers. They won’t be stuck in heaven as the WT portrays it, but will be both on earth and in heaven. As “children of a promise” they will inherit the earth. Rom 9:8; Gal 4:28 The vision in Genesis was to Jacob – generally, to Israel. During the last days, an “Elijah” comes to restore “Jacob” OUTSIDE of the organization. It is happening now. (Nah 2:2; Isa 49:6; Mal 3:1-4; 4:5; Mark 9:12; Rev 11:3) We are at another point where a “voice” is calling, “Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert.” Isa 40:3 Isa 44:24-28; Isa 2:1-5 I work with other anointed and those not anointed, spreading truth to "Israel", those "nations" residing with them, as well as those "leaving the (apostate) city". Matt 22:8-10 "When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes." Matt 10:23 Rev 18:4-8 Thus says the Lord,The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons;And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. I have made the earth,And created man on it.I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,And all their host I have commanded.I have raised him up in righteousness,And I will direct all his ways;("make all his ways straight")He shall build My cityAnd let My exiles go free,Not for price nor reward,”Says the Lord of hosts. Isa 45:11-13 "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God." Rev 21:1-3 That is, the only true "organization" that God approves.
  18. How long will JWs pretend that their ship is not going to sink? The first to go down will be the GB - spiritual harlots/false prophets. They "exercise authority" over the "first beast", which is the WT organization. "Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed." Rev 13:11,12 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. Rev 17:15 "And the unity among Jehovah’s servants from all nations can only be possible with Jehovah’s help." w 15/10/15 p. 3-8 The organization will throw out the Harlot:. The "ten horns" are unsealed anointed "kings". Along with the leading elders, they will disfellowship the GB. "And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled." Rev 17:16,17 After that, the organization will last only one symbolic "hour": “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast." The end to the "mountainlike organization" for all of its sins against God's anointed Temple, and transgressions against His laws in Christ, is depicted in Rev 8 "Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood." Rev 8:8,9 Jer 23:29: “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. Rev 18:4-8
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  19. Grand jury investigators are ‘dead serious’ about revealing sexual abuse cover-ups among Jehovah’s Witnesses by David Gambacorta, Updated: February 14, 2020- 5:00 AM TIM TAI / FILE PHOTOGRAPH Brian Chase listened carefully from his Tucson, Ariz., home last July as an investigator from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office introduced himself over the phone. After some idle chitchat, the investigator asked: Was Chase familiar with the office’s 2018 grand jury report, which showed that priests had sexually abused thousands of children at six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania? “Just what was in the papers,” Chase responded, “and what I saw on Facebook.” The investigator explained that the AG’s office was now working on a similar state inquiry, this time focused on the Jehovah’s Witnesses. But the agency was unsure of the scope of sexual abuse within the often-misunderstood religion, which was founded in Pittsburgh in the 1870s. Chase, 52, had been raised a Jehovah’s Witness in Corry, a small town in Erie County. In the 1980s, when he was a teenager, Chase said he was drugged and raped by a man who belonged to his congregation. Decades would pass before Chase understood that their stories were common within Witness communities across the country, but rarely reported to police. “The scope,” Chase told the AG’s office official, “is pretty big.” The existence of a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation into the Witnesses’s handling of child sex abuse cases — the first of its kind in the country — was only disclosed a week ago, in a story by USA Today, which was met with a no comment from Attorney General Josh Shapiro. But The Inquirer this week interviewed five ex-Witnesses who have already testified for the grand jury, including Chase, and their recollections paint a portrait of an investigation focused on shattering the wall of silence that has long surrounded the religion’s reclusive leaders, and unearthing secretly-maintained records about suspected pedophiles. Investigators have traveled to several states as part of the grand jury probe, and recorded testimony from former elders — the Witnesses’s equivalent of parish priests — as well as abuse survivors. “I can tell you firsthand, I’ve been up to the grand jury a couple of times now, and I’m testifying next week,” said Jeffrey Fritz, a Philadelphia attorney who represents Chase and his wife, as well as several other ex-Witnesses. “They are dead serious about going after [the Witnesses’ leaders] in any way they can, similar to the Catholic Church.” TIM TAI / FILE PHOTOGRAPH Jeffrey Fritz, an attorney with the Center City-based law firm Soloff & Zervanos, represents multiple ex-Jehovah's Witnesses who have testified in front of a Pennsylvania grand jury within the last year. Such a declaration would have seemed unthinkable for much of the past two decades, which saw a muted law enforcement response to ex-Witnesses who described in the pages of court documents horrific sexual assaults they suffered as minors, and the religion’s ongoing efforts to hide their accounts from the public. Sarah Brooks is another of Fritz’s clients; when she alerted her parents in the early 2000s to the fact that she was being abused as a teenager by a family friend and a relative, she was publicly shamed by an elder at her York County kingdom hall, and then shunned by other Witnesses. She twice reported the assaults to police, and her abusers were ultimately arrested in 2013, and pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor. Brooks, now 32, testified before the grand jury in Harrisburg last year. Investigators asked her to explain the Witnesses’s inner hierarchy, the system of elders and overseers who ultimately take direction from members of a small governing body whose orders must be closely followed by the religion’s 8 million followers, which number more than 7,000 in Philadelphia. At least three grand jury witnesses said investigators want to question governing body members, who work out of the organization’s sprawling headquarters in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., where they relocated several years ago, after selling their former Brooklyn headquarters for more than $1 billion to a real estate company run at the time by Jared Kushner, President President Trump’s son-in-law. “I am completely ecstatic," Brooks said. "It’s all I can do to not skip everywhere. I just feel like after all of the numerous people I’ve gone to, I finally have gotten to a point in my life where someone is listening.” JESSICA GRIFFIN / FILE PHOTOGRAPH Sarah Brooks testified before the grand jury about the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager in Pennsylvania at the hands of a family friend and a relative. She first shared her story with The Inquirer in 2018. Martin Haugh, a former Witness elder whose 4-year-old daughter was molested inside a Red Lion, York County, kingdom hall in 2005, was so relieved to have testified before the grand jury that he recently tweeted a photo of the subpoena he received beforehand. “They are so close to you, the jurors,” he said. “When I was talking to the investigator about what happened to my daughter, one [juror] dropped his pencil. I heard a couple of gasps.” Haugh’s daughter had been abused by an adopted relative, John Logan Haugh, who was finally arrested in 2018, after another elder read an Inquirer investigation that detailed the case, and then shared the man’s whereabouts with police. Martin Haugh, 42, said investigators were particularly interested in discussing how elders compile child abuse records, and the direction they receive from the religion’s lawyers. “We need the FBI to break down their doors,” he said. Mark O’Donnell, a former Witness who has twice testified in front of the grand jury, told The Inquirer he spoke last year to an elder who had been alerted to an instance of three children who were being sexually abused by their father. The elder told O’Donnell, 52, he had contacted the Witnesses’s legal department, which advised that he shouldn’t share the information with police. The same department later instructed the man to destroy handwritten notes he had taken about the conversation. “He became so distraught that he resigned,” said O’Donnell, who has spent years collecting and publishing documents about abuse cases that the Witnesses never reported to police. Pennsylvania investigators traveled to meet that former elder in Missouri, and later flew him to Harrisburg to testify. O’Donnell’s second appearance in front of the grand jury centered on Witness documents, some of which date back to the 1980s, that have been leaked by whistleblowers, and show how Witness leaders instructed their underlings to stymie law enforcement inquiries and withhold information about suspected pedophiles from unsuspecting congregations. The religion has faced increased scrutiny in recent years, from a 2018 episode of an A & E series, “Cults and Extreme Belief," to a story in The Atlantic last year that focused on O’Donnell’s efforts, and a recent Oxygen documentary, “The Witnesses,” which highlights ongoing reporting from Trey Bundy, a reporter at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. For years, many ex-Witnesses had little choice but to grapple with their trauma silently. Survivors eventually began forming communities on social media — Reddit, YouTube, Facebook — and hoped that the religion’s leaders would be held accountable, either in a news story or a courtroom, for enabling abusers. Meanwhile, in Arizona, Brian Chase can still trace the fallout from the rape he survived. He was reprimanded by Witness elders who learned that he had been abused, and then kicked out of his house by his parents, who mistakenly believed he was abusing drugs. He was shunned by those closest to him, and had to muddle through a period of homelessness and years of heartache and confusion. He now works with nonprofits that advocate for legislation to benefit and protect abuse victims, a tangible way of healing and helping others who have had to dig out of their own personal hells. Traveling 2,000 miles back to Pennsylvania, to testify for the grand jury, offered another chance to make a difference. “I felt relief, and that I was doing a good thing,” he said. “I want to do whatever I can to prevent this from happening to other people."
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  20. The world is watching the Watchtower's antics, in the grotesque sense of the word.
  21. Maybe he's actually being truthful. The GB have a writing department. The February 2020 broadcast was hosted by Gagus Glockentin, "Helper to the Publishing Committee". He was serving up spiritual food for the month of February. Perhaps it really would be "presumptuous" to believe all spiritual 'food' and refreshing spiritual 'drink' comes from the minds of the GB when they have many people writing and researching information for them, to be approved every Wednesday when the GB gather (I'm guessing). If the GB admit they are not inspired, they are no different than the elder body. Holy Spirit somehow appointed the elders though, and somehow directs uninspired anointed ones. Sounds to me like they are all in the same boat of Spokespeople. The GB have so many responsibilities running a corporation and fighting off victims of child abuse, how can they manage it all anyway? But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. Matt 24:48,49 The spiritual contributions from anointed "Israel" are rejected for the contributions of "drunkards" - symbolically, not only drunk on the deceptive teachings/"wine" of "Israel's" harlots to begin with, but on the power and position it affords them. Rev 18:3 After all, they have the authority from the GB to "beat" down the servants of God's spiritual House Eph 2:20-22; Rev 13:1,2,7,11,12,15 "Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, (Ephraim - Israel) to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley— to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine! 2 See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground. 3 That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot. 4 That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like figs ripe before harvest— as soon as people see them and take them in hand, they swallow them." Isa 28:1-4
  22. One characteristic of OCD: "Compulsions are the individuals attempt to suppress such thoughts or impulses or to neutralize them with some other thought or action" …or personality. For Tom, all of those people are a state of mind.
  23. Comment: Victims are told to keep silent, so as not to bring reproach on Jehovah's name. Since we have learned, who it really is that is described by the Hebrew meaning of that name (Satan)... (“Je”-“hovah” – “a god”, “a ruin, disaster”) isn't it true, that bringing these crimes into the light... would indeed put the blame where it belongs? Honest disclosure, would expose the deeds going on in the darkness, under the umbrella of that name. But when it comes to the genuine and holy One in heaven.... how is it possible for genuine justice, to bring reproach on His genuine name? How can the ousting and punishment of the wicked, cast God in an unfavorable light... when He Himself commands that the unrepentant wicked, be ousted and punished? God wants us to be holy, as He is holy (1Pet.1:16). God wants us to be separate from such sins, remove the wicked, and provide justice and comfort to victims. God's justice does not bring reproach on the true God. The leaders and shepherds who pervert justice, is what we see now bringing reproach upon this organization. When it is said that the sins and crimes of the wicked, bring reproach to God... we are in essence, ascribing that wickedness to God. We may as well be teaching that God is the one that sinned, and so we have to hide His misdeed, for Him. God has never asked his people to lie for his sake... to hide wickedness in order to protect his fragile reputation! It is Satan who wants his position behind-the-scene, to remain disguised and veiled. He does not want the fruitage of his dominion, to be recognized. God is a lover of justice (Isa.61:8) John3: "19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God." 1John1: "5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." How crooked and twisted, the tongues of these people are! They are the generation of Leviathan." Pearl Doxsey
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