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I know, this seems to be all that I'm talking about - the elder body "representing the royal priesthood", as if that is a-okay with God. Please, if you see any scripture that shows it is okay with God, show me. Satan's deception don't always appear evil, but must be perceived spiritually. He cloaks himself as an angel of light, as well as his ministers. Do you believe the Watchtower organization is immune to Satan's deceptions? He has dedicated himself to destroy Abraham's seed; those in Christ. Gen 3:15 JWs are trained to look away from their own people and into the world of men. But, just as in Christ's day, lawlessness thrives among God's "nation". During the Annual Meeting, 2018, Stephen Lett gave his opening talk, entitled, “Appreciating Our Spiritual Paradise”. In his usual emphatic and grandiose manner, he listed seven points that were to prove JWs reside in a “spiritual paradise”. There are so many falsehoods in his presentation, I only cover his initial comments here. When I began jotting my thoughts down, it was hard to know where to stop, as this man who leads JWs has a unique way of convincing his audience, using boastful, humorous, yet hollow words; the trademark of a lie. 1 Thess 2:3-5 I feel like I have to “stand my ground” and do everything I can to expose this organization’s source of power …existing by the “powers of this dark world” and “the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph 6:12,13 He begins: “When were Jehovah’s people taken into spiritual captivity by Babylon the great? Well, we know, we’ve learned recently, it was sometime in the second century c.e., after the death of the last of the apostles who were acting as a RESTRAINT and imitation Christians began to infiltrate the congregation and the ugly baby Christendom was born.” He is referring to the presence of the Man of Lawlessness as Christendom, that “set itself up in God’s Temple” 2 Thess 2:3,4 (God’s Temple: 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Heb 3:6; Eph 2:20-22) Did the apostles act as a “restraint”, or indeed, is it the Man of Lawlessness ITSELF ‘holding back’, ‘detaining’, ‘hindering (the course or progress of)’; even “possessing” the entitlement to, the priesthood, who are the “living stones” of the Temple of God? (all are meanings for the Greek word katechō) WHO is hindering the position that the anointed in the organization SHOULD take as God’s personally appointed priesthood? Mal 2:7; Heb 13:15; John 15:16; 1 Thess 1:4 Let the Watchtower tell you: “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!” Wt 02/8/1 Since the governing body has decided the elders are to “represent” God’s anointed holy ones, they act and speak in the capacity of a priesthood as representatives, but WITHOUT consulting what the holy ones may understand as scriptural truth. Matt 24:48-51; Micah 2:10,11 The governing body will tell you that elders are not priests, yet conveniently use the world’s “clergy-penitent privilege” to their advantage in various court cases filed against the Watchtower organization concerning pedophile issues. Also, GOD’S AUTHENTIC PRIESTHOOD must OBEY those who REPRESENT THEM! Have you ever considered how God views this, JWs? What does our High Priest, Jesus Christ, feel about a great army of elders REPRESENTING and at the same time, SILENCING his chosen priesthood of God’s Temple? (1 Cor 3:16,17) (Rev 9:1-4) THE AMBASSADORS OR REPRESENTATIVES FOR CHRIST ARE THE ANOINTED ONES. 2 Cor 5:20 Their weighty responsibility and commitment is solely to Christ, truth, and the Father. Isa 43:21; 1 Pet 2:5,9; Heb 13:15 NEVER must they obey men! Acts 5:29 Jesus predicted that “false christs” or “false Messiahs” would come on scene during the last days, deceiving “even the elect”. Matt 24:24 In reality, who are the ambassadors or representatives of the governing body who carry out their teachings and decrees? Of course, it is the Body of Elders! For JWs who may become “inactive”, these representatives for the GB must implore them to reunite or “reconcile” themselves to “Jehovah’s organization” – the idol that YOU, JWs, have come to revere as salvation. Rev 13:1,4,8 Notice what the governing body has to say in this Branch Letter: km 8/80 pp. 1-4 – “It is our hope that such ones will come to their senses, repent, and RETURN TO JEHOVAH’S ORGANIZATION which would be to their EVERLASTING BENEFIT.” Words of an authentic priest, the apostle Paul: 2 Cor 5:20,21 - Therefore, we are Christ’s representatives, ("ambassadors") and through us God is calling you. We beg you ON BEHALF OF CHRIST to become REUNITED (“reconciled”) WITH GOD. God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive GOD’S APPROVAL THROUGH HIM. JWs, is your heart in line with God and Christ, or with false “christs”, their false priests, and an IDOL? To Aaron the first appointed high priest of Israel, God said, “YOU are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again. 6 I myself have selected your fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the Lord to do the work at the tent of meeting. 7 But only you and your sons may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the curtain. I AM GIVING YOU THE SERVICE OF THE PRIESTHOOD AS A GIFT. ANYONE ELSE WHO COMES NEAR THE SANCTUARY IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.” Num 18:5-8 “It acted ARROGANTLY even against the Prince (Jesus Christ) of the heavenly army; it revoked his regular sacrifice and OVERTHREW the place of his SANCTUARY.” Dan 8:11 Yes, the elder body has accomplished overthrowing spiritual “Israel” – the sanctuary/priesthood of God. Rev 13:7; 9:3,4; 2 Thess 2:3,4 This act of abomination will not be fulfilled in such a concise manner anywhere else in the realm of the world, as Stephen Lett tells you. “And NOW YOU KNOW” JWS! …”what is RESTRAINING, …that he may be REVEALED in his own time. 7 For the hidden truth of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now RESTRAINS will do so UNTIL HE IS TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY.. 8 AND THEN THE LAWLESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. “ 2 Thess 2:6-8 Time is running out. The Man of Lawless has been revealed; “taken out of the way” –EXPOSED, “APPEAR, TO ARISE FROM THE MIDST” – as the “abomination standing in the holy place” - God’s Temple sanctuary. Matt 24:15,16 The elder body is an “image” of indisputable godly authority, over the “remaining ones of the woman’s seed”, and all of JWs residing with them. Rev.12:17,15; Dan.11:10 Who is behind this desire to restrain the gathering of the true Holy Ones to Christ (Rev 19:14,8;9:5) and "hold down" the emergence of truth? 2Thess.2:9 tells us. It is Satan who is using this puppet... to "restrain/hold down" the gathering of his foes (Rev 12:17; Eph 6:12). During this "lawless one's presence", Satan and the demons are "gathering" their own army. It includes these apostates (2Thess.2:2,3,9; Rev.16:13,14; 8:10,11; 9:2) and their lawless beast, who are assisting Satan in releasing these lies… (2Thess.2:10,11,12;Rev.13:14; 9:3,7,8,9,10; Deut.28:42; Jer.46:23; 51:14,27) ...the "unclean inspired expressions" (Rev.16:13). 2 Thess 2:10-12; Rev 13:14; 9,7-10; Deut 28:42; Jer 46:23; 51:14,27; Rev 16:13 Why do we see these two sides being gathered (Mal.3:18)? On one side, there is Satan and his apostate prophet, along with its "man of lawlessness"(wild beast-Rev.13:18c). Along with these two, are all those deceived by them (2Thess.2:10; Rev.13:14,8; 1Tim.6:20,21). Satan is trying to prevent Christ from establishing the Kingdom, through which Satan will lose his dominion over the world (1John5:19b). On the other side, we see Holy Ones being gathered to Christ, being fed true food from him, and then teaching that truth (Rev.11:3). As the final ones to be sealed, their faithful course ends in death, and then they are resurrected to join Christ in establishing the Kingdom (Rev.11:7,11,12; 20:4; 16:6;12:11;18:24). Pearl Doxsey, "The Thing That Acts As a Restraint" Getting back to Lett’s opening address, we also cannot dismiss the possibility of many anointed present in the last 2,000 years. Were all of them captive under “Babylon the Great”? Were none of them faithful to Christ? How does the governing body know that every anointed one was taken “captive” by false teachings before the organization came on the scene a little over 100 years ago? Revelation tells us about the faithful anointed ones up until the last deceitful stratagem was put in place by Satan, to conquer the anointed ones. THIS occurred A LITTLE OVER 100 YEARS AGO! Those living PREVIOUS to this end time demonic delusion, are mentioned in Rev 4:20: 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 ITS 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.” Rev 20:4 To understand this time period, we must perceive when the “thousand year” reign of Christ took place, which began when Christ came to the earth, conquering death. Matt 28:18; Ps 110:1,2; Acts 7:55,56 It is not in the future, JWs, but has progressed down to this day. Near the end point, a baseline of truth was presented, by leaders such as CT Russel and “Judge” Rutherford. Rev 20:1-3,7-9 The bait of truth was the captive element that gathered the anointed into a soon-to-be established “image” of a “spirit-directed organization”. Rev 13:15 Under the influence of “demonic expressions”, time can effectively warp the purity of truth by introducing false doctrines. Rev 16:13-16 The need for an identifying “mark” develops, to denote those who have become captive to the lies uttered by an idol and its false prophets. Rev 13:11,16,17; 14:9,10,7 Stephen Lett continues: “But now when did that captivity end? Well we know 1919. The year when true anointed Christians came out of captivity and PURE WORSHIP WAS RESTORED. And that means because this is year 2018 Jehovah’s people have been SET FREE for 99 years, almost a hundred years now.” Pure worship is flexible terminology that helps cover a multitude of Watchtower’s sins. If God’s anointed and all you, JWs, are in subjection to men and consistent doctrinal changes that are taught as truth, have you been SET FREE from lies? Watchtower 1969, 12/1 pp. 712-726: “In the year 1919 he (Jesus Christ) used the “key of the pit of the abyss” and opened the pit and let his repentant, faithful remnant of Kingdom joint heirs out. “ LEARN WHO OPENS THE ABYSS, AND WHAT STINGING ARMY IS RELEASED. NOTICE THAT THIS ARMY’S MISSION IS TO AFFLICT PAIN ON “THOSE WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE SEAL ON THEIR FOREHEADS”. Rev 9:4 WHO IS IT that must be “sealed” as faithful, cleansed of all sin, and becoming approved to serve in the Kingdom of God? It is the anointed priesthood. Mal 3:1-4; Rev 7:4 Would the army released as locust/scorpions be a remnant of faithful anointed ones, inflicting harm on their fellow anointed ones yet to be sealed? No. The true identity of the army belongs to those who desire to DESTROY spiritual “Israel” as the Man of Lawlessness. Again, we see it is the Body of Elders that “treads” upon the Temple/priesthood of God, and who boldly, without fear, “represent” the royal priesthood. Rev 11:1,2 They are characterized as figurative stinging locust scorpions ravaging the “owned land”/”possession of God. Joel 2:2,3; 1 Cor 3:9; Acts 7:49; John 14:23; 1 Cor 3:16; Eph 2:22 No wonder Mr. Lett is so flamboyant in selling his “spiritual paradise”. The massive sin of this lawlessness in the organization that the “two witnesses” are trumpeting loudly, must be resonating in his ears. Rev 11:3,7 Here is another WT quote considering the events that apparently happened in 1919. 1962,1/15 pp. 41-48: Jehovah God the heavenly Father caused his “woman,” the Jerusalem above, to give birth in the first postwar year, 1919. Firstly, as most of you present-day JWs know, Watchtower’s date of the “birth of the Kingdom” has changed to 1914. Yet, If this had occurred, the Kingdom of God would be here on earth. When a woman gives birth, she has already suffered from labor pains leading up to the birth. However, the Watchtower teaches that labor pains follow AFTER the supposed “birth of the Kingdom”. Does this sound logical to you, JWs? Let me show you how the Wt. gets around the otherwise natural process of birth. NWT, Matt 24:7,8 - “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a BEGINNING OF PANGS OF DISTRESS. We do see worldly "pangs of distress" suffered by all, but the true Greek meaning the Watchtower uses for “pangs of distress” is defined as, “the pain of childbirth, travail pain, birth pangs.” Interestingly, the “blueletterbible” also comments: “intolerable anguish, in reference to the dire calamities to PRECEDE the advent of the Messiah”. Will the Kingdom of God “give birth” twice? Once in 1914 and again at the culmination of Armageddon? The organization actually teaches this, that there are two arrivals of Gods Kingdom, once in heaven beginning in 1914 and ruled by Christ, then on earth after Armageddon; and in between is to be Christ’s “thousand year” Kingdom. Setting dates results in confusion and gives evidence of the Man of Lawlessness in power. 2 Thess 2:1-4 Learn who this “woman” covenant is, and how the faithful under the New Covenant promise will facilitate the coming birth of the Kingdom. Rev 12:1,2; 2:26,27 It is Satan’s desire to OBSTRUCT the birth of the Kingdom by promoting his twisted lies already revealed in just the opening words of a spiritual Harlot daughter of an adulterous “woman”. Isa 28:7,8,14,15; Rev 8:10,11; 13:11; 17:3-6 Every aspect of Lett’s talk smooths over the hidden abomination that has “restrained” the operation of God’s priesthood. The good news is that there are anointed and companions who recognize it and have separated from this idol; “killed” for doing so by the Beast, but work under the Holy Spirit’s guidance to expose the truth about a counterfeit “spiritual paradise”. 1 Thess 5:1-3; Rev 13:4,11,14,15;11:7,11,12; Ps 14:7; Ezek 39:25; Nahum 2:2 If you, JWs, have any sort of genuine hope to worship God in the Kingdom, it means your life to perceive the authentic Man of Lawlessness ruling and “standing” in the Temple of God – “where it does not belong”. Mark 13:14 It means your life to take in the truth about this priesthood who are to TEACH AND SERVE YOUR NEEDS under God and Christ’s direction in the coming Kingdom. There will not be a Watchtower elder body to aid and teach God’s children in the Kingdom; but, this is what your leaders would have you believe. Rev 13:5,6 WT 93 5/15 pp. 12-17 - “These Christian elders, or gifts in men, fit the description the prophet Isaiah gave (Isa 32:1,2) when foretelling the role of the “princes,” the administrators under Kingdom rule.” WHO are the authentic “gifts in men”? They are the holy ones/saints/priests of God’s Temple, that the elder body deceitfully claims to “REPRESENT”. Eph 4:12; Isa 32:1,2; Dan 12:1; 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 5:9,10; 20:6 Pearl Doxsey - 4womaninthewilderness: "Locust-Scorpions"/Abaddon"/"fallen star"/"Wormwood" "Coming to Life" The "Thousand Years"/The "Image" of the Beast/Scrolls The "Day" and "Night" of a Thousand Years/Two Kingdoms "Tails/Stingers/Scorpions" "Labor Pains" Obadiah blogspot: "Jacob's Ladder" Gen 28:12,13; John 1:51; Heb 1:14 My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. 12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, 13 who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, 14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, 15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. 16 Wisdom will save you also from the ADULTEROUS WOMAN, from the wayward woman with her SEDUCTIVE WORDS, 17 who has left the partner of her youth and IGNORED THE COVENANT she made before God. 18 Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. 19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it. Proverbs, Chapter 2