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Witness posted a topic in Jehovah’s Witnesses's TopicsThe Watchtower House is struggling to maintain its self-appointed reputation as a “spiritual paradise”. It is facing a financial crisis of large proportions partly due to exposure of its past hidden pedophile issues, which may be contributing to necessary downsizing world-wide. Corruption of values at Bethel is finally becoming fully exposed; not only by those who have left Bethel but it is clearly evident by the governing body’s attempt to address pertinent issues via their broadcasting center. They have released a new video, and it is the first to be presented by its most recent member, Kenneth Cook, Jr. In a soft-spoken manner, he broached the delicate topic of being honest when applying for Bethel/construction work, expressing also the need for physical, moral and spiritual cleanliness. He says, “Before submitting an application or expanded theocratic service, it’s important to consider prayerfully how you’ll respond to the questions on the application. HEBREWS 13:18 SAYS, WE WISH TO CONDUCT OURSELVES HONESTLY IN ALL THINGS. So you should be honest in answering the questions on the application, especially those that have to do with your physical health and spiritual health.“ Dare I go into the organization’s dishonest acts against Christ’s sheep, of misleading them with consistent lies? Their acts of plagiarism, double-speak, failed prophesies, reasons for disfellowshipping and “trampling” the Temple of God promoted by a Wicked Slave, all speak candidly of the Watchtower’s little practice in regard to honesty in all things. Matt 24:15; Rev 11:1,2;2 Thess 2:3,4; Matt 24:48-51 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+24%3A15%3B+Rev+11%3A1%2C2%3B2+Thess+2%3A3%2C4%3B+Matt+24%3A48-51&version=CSB Please notice this one example from a book that has been widely used by JWs to lead “Bible studies” into the organization and what is fondly called, “the truth”. This concerns one’s dedication at baptism: “Going beneath the water symbolizes that you have died to your former life course. Being raised up out of the water indicates that you are now alive to do the will of God. Remember, too, that you have made a dedication to Jehovah God himself, NOT TO A WORK, A CAUSE, OTHER HUMANS, OR AN ORGANIZATION. Your dedication and baptism are the beginning of a very close friendship with God—an intimate relationship with him.” (What Does the Bible Really Teach? p. 184) On the day of baptism, what question must the newly indoctrinated ones “answer in the affirmative”? "Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses IN ASSOCIATION WITH God's spirit-directed ORGANIZATION?" Watchtower 1985 Jun 1 p.30 At that point, the prospective candidates are fully trapped before an audience of possibly thousands. Col 2:8; Rev 13:10 Will they remember what they read in their study book and rethink their upcoming baptism, or will they be caught in the moment of emotional elation, eager to fulfill a vow and join “Jehovah’s organization”? If one was to answer “no” to this second baptism question, the organization would disqualify the individual from becoming “an ordained minister of Jehovah”. This, in spite of what they learned during cozy Bible studies conducted in their own home, by usually “two witnesses” who were to impart scriptural truth. Amos 3:5; (Matt 18:16) (wt 17 April p. 4-8, par.11) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Col+2%3A8%3B+Rev+13%3A10%3B+Amos+3%3A5%3B+Matt+18%3A16+++&version=CSB In the Watchtower, one’s “intimate relationship with God” is fully dependent on “work” toward the “cause” outlined by false teachers, which is to bolster an organization. How twisted it all becomes, very early in the life of a JW. Working toward a human cause is the underlying theme of Mr. Cook’s video: “Submitting your application may open a door of opportunity to serve Jehovah and his organization in a variety of ways. Of course, there’s a place or everyone in Jehovah’s service. Whether we’re working hard as a congregation publisher, a regular pioneer, a Bethelite, or on a theocratic construction project we have the satisfaction of knowing that Jehovah treasures all that we’re doing because of our heartfelt love for him. Heb 6:10 says, ‘God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones.’” His use of this scripture is his attempt to imply JWs are slaving for God; which is in error. Instead, it is the governing body and its Wild Beast stinging locust-scorpion army. Rev. 13:1,2,5-7,9:1-4;13:11,12,14-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev.+13%3A1%2C2%2C5-7%2C9%3A1-4%3B13%3A11%2C12%2C14-17&version=CSB Hopefully, this post will help you understand that God does not treasure any effort done on behalf of “Jehovah’s organization”. What caught my attention was Mr. Cook’s use of Ps 127:1 He said, “regardless of where we are serving, we need Jehovah’s blessing to be successful.” A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. “Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain.” (CSB) From an earlier post, I had said - Solomon proclaimed that the temple he would build for God, would be “a great spiritual temple”; and it was for a fact, a magnificent physical achievement. He exclaimed, “And the temple which I build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?” 2 Chron 2:5,6 (9); 2 Chron 6:2 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chron+2%3A9%3B+6%3A2&version=NKJV Still, “the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house”, even though God’s words to David reveal to us a greater temple that was to come – the anointed Body of Christ. 2 Chron 7:1,2,12; 5:13; John 2:19-22; 1 Chron 14:11; 1 Chron 17:9-14 Something greater than Solomon is here, and it isn’t the Watchtower leaders and their earthly organization. Matt 12:42 “HE – Jesus Christ - shall build Me a HOUSE, and I will establish his throne forever.” 1 Chron 17:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chron+7%3A1%2C2%2C12%3B+5%3A13%3B+John+2%3A19-22%3B+1+Chron+14%3A11%3B+1+Chron+17%3A9-14%3BMatt+12%3A42&version=NKJV Consider the quote from Watchtower’s “Insight” Book, pp. 513,514: “Peter quoted and applied to Jesus Christ this prophecy (Isa 28:16) regarding the “foundation cornerstone” on which individual ANOINTED Christians are built up as “living stones,” TO BECOME A SPIRITUAL HOUSE OR TEMPLE . (1Pe 2:4-6) Dear JWs, are you able to discern that the House you are working for doesn’t belong to God? Can you perceive that your laboring for the Watchtower is in vain? Which “House” do you believe God expects us to support and will give His blessing upon? Warwick’s Bethel which the organization still attempts to hoist onto a pedestal? Rev 13:1,4 Or, is it God’s Temple House in the anointed ones and reflected in the deeper meaning behind Ps 127? 1 Cor 3:16,17; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:20-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+13%3A1%2C4%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+2+Cor+6%3A16%3B+Eph+2%3A20-22++&version=CSB Further in Ps 127: “In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have enough food— yes, he gives such things to his loved ones while they sleep.” Back to Heb 6, and verses 7,8: “For the ground that drinks the rain that often falls on it and that produces vegetation useful to those for whom it is cultivated receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it produces THORNS AND THISTLES, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and at the end will be burned.” Watchtower’s Bethel is not sanctioned by God as His dwelling. Acts 17:24 No matter how much effort an individual labors for the Beast/organization, they will awaken each day, still spiritually hungry. Amos 8:11 A false priesthood is incapable of producing the same life-giving “bread” as God’s House built on Christ’s true anointed priests. John 6:35; 1 Cor 10:17; Rom 12:1,5; 1 Pet 2:5,9 Yet, in the Watchtower House a “disgusting thing” - “thorns and thistles”- stands and rules over, the true spiritual House/Temple of God. Ezek 2:6,7; Hos 10:8; Rev 11:1,2 The spiritual food they present you, and approved by a Wicked Slave/Harlot/FALSE PROPHET is “worthless”. Matt 7:15-20;13:7; Rev 9:5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+17%3A24%3B+Amos+8%3A11%3B+John+6%3A35%3B+1+Cor+10%3A17%3B+Rom+12%3A1%2C5%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B++Ezek+2%3A6%2C7%3B+Hos+10%3A8%3B+Rev+11%3A1%2C2%3B+Matt+7%3A15-20%3B13%3A7%3B+Rev+9%3A5+&version=NKJV From Pearl Doxsey’s article, “Where is Bethel?" Where would the location of God's Temple be, in our physical realm? Christ is the cornerstone of that Temple, and the living stones added upon the foundation of apostles and prophets (Eph.2:20-22), are those whom God chooses... the humble, dejected by the world, and God-fearing. His spirit comes to dwell within them (1Pet.2:5; 1Cor.3:16,9; 6:19; Heb.3:6;Luke 17:21; 1Cor.2:9-12). So, God's "Bethel" is not physical at all, but spiritual (Heb.3:6). His true worshipers worship IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH (John 4:23-24; Ps.51:17-18)... not in million dollar construction projects, or a billion dollar corporation (John 18:36).” The “restored” true spiritual House of God is free of such captivity to stinging lies, sin and the ruling power of men. God’s “living stones” submit to the necessary cleansing to become acceptable vessels, carrying Christ’s words of truth, “to the ends of the earth”. Mal 3:1-3; Acts 1:8; Rev 11:4; Zech 4:9,11,12,14; 11:3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mal+3%3A1-3%3B+Acts+1%3A8%3B+Rev+11%3A4%3B+Zech+4%3A9%2C11%2C12%2C14%3B+11%3A3 + &version=NKJV They are the arrows in the quiver held by Christ during the final battle of truth against lies. Ps 127 continues: 3 Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, offspring, a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. They will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate. Ps 127:3-5 From Pearl Doxsey’s “The Table” - Jesus "treading down" the "grapes", is when he wars against those false teachings and all who teach them. (Isa.63:2,3; Rev.19:11,14-16). At first, he must do this alone (Isa.50:2; 63:3; Rom.3:10; Rev.3:2), because all anointed in the time of the end have been mislead into worshiping the Wild Beast (Isa.59:4,9-21; Rev.12:9; 13:7,9). These must be released from Satan's lies (Rev.12:15; 9:14; John8:44) before they can ride forth for truth. The restoration of pure worship and God’s House is the result of Satan’s creative trap and delusion; which is Watchtower’s working Beast – a spirit-breathed “mechanical” beast of symbolic scorpion-locusts, used for leading anointed and companions to their ruin; not for imparting life. 2 Thess 2:9-12; Rev 13:1,15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Thess+2%3A9-12%3B+Rev+13%3A1%2C15&version=CSB In a favorite article of mine, Pearl writes: Is the "restoration" the healing of the rift between God and "Jacob"? (Luke1:16,17; Mal.4:6) Note Isa.49:6: "he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." When we view the context of Isa.49:6; the connection to the two scriptures (you) cite, becomes apparent... (those two scriptures are Isa 2:1-5 and Rev 22:1-5: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+2%3A1-5%3B+Rev+22%3A1-5&version=CSB ) See Isa.49:8,9,12: 8 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to RESTORE the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, 9 TO SAY TO THE CAPTIVES, ‘Come out,’ AND TO THOSE IN DARKNESS, ‘BE FREE!’ 12 See, they will come from afar— some from the north, some from the west (Isa.2:2 E [“all nations will stream to it”]) "A LIGHT to the Gentiles" (Isa.49:6; 42:6) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa.49%3A6%3B+42%3A6&version=CSB "...to those in DARKNESS, 'Be free!'" (Isa.49:9; 60:2) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa.49%3A9%3B+60%3A2&version=CSB "The Rise of Mount Zion" "Elijah Turns Hearts" 4womaninthewilderness