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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." (Matthew 24:30) Note: By clicking on the scripture above, it will take you to the following explanations and insights:· 
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      What's another word for manifestation? Epiphany [ih-pif-uh-nee] a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) This EVENT could very well last 1,000 years while Satan and his demons are put in a deathlike state of inactivity.
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Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) These ones are being collected on an individual basis in the time of the end for undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire. In the same manner that the tree of life was protected by angels and a flaming sword, these impostors also known as the sons of disobedience restlessly attack the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  that is still earthly. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) This attack will soon be cut short as the remnant are suddenly summoned to Heaven. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  is also a year that has significance. That was the time when an earthly hope was revealed in the Book of Revelation as to having Survivors of the Great Tribulation. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Just before the sudden departure of the remnant, the King begins Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  with good health and life in a gradual manner. Those who are marked, simply keep on living from the Conclusion of the Last Days into Christ's Millennial Reign. It's Spiritual. In a few short years, the wicked will begin to noticed that God's Named People are no longer getting sick. Why aren't they dying? With mouths of foam and fraught and delusion, they slowly slide away into the Second Death. Those who join the forces of Gog of Magog will be met with angels and the flaming sword on a massive scale to protect those who have washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb.   When Jehovah approached Noah at the age of 480 by the means of an angel, Noah didn't know of the time allotted to build the ark. It's not likely he even had a family at this point. 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      ● Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. says: “Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be discovered.” What does this text mean? Are not the physical heavens and earth a permanent part of God’s creation?—U.S.A.
      In determining the significance of the apostle Peter’s statement, we must remember that the terms “heavens” and “earth” often do not designate the physical heavens and earth, which are an abiding part of God’s creation. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) A notable example of this are the words of Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. regarding the day of Jehovah’s triumph over Babylon: “I shall cause heaven itself to become agitated, and the earth will rock out of its place at the fury of Jehovah of armies and at the day of his burning anger.”
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      Yes, God’s Word clearly shows that Satan and his demons constitute a “heaven” over the human society alienated from Jehovah God. The apostle Paul, for example, referred to “wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places,” with their governments, authorities and world rulers. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) And Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. tells us: “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.”
      So it must be the heavens composed of Satan and his demons that “will pass away with a hissing noise.” A fierce, devouring flame of great magnitude makes a loud hissing sound, as, for example, in the burning of a house or a forest. Of course, literal fire would be ineffective in bringing an end to Satan and his demons. But the wicked heavens will not escape the expression of God’s rage, spoken of in Scripture as burning like a fire. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) That the Satanic and demonic heavens will pass away is confirmed in the book of Revelation. After having seen a vision of the complete defeat of Satan’s forces and the casting of Satan into the abyss, the apostle John noted that the “former heaven and the former earth had passed away.”—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
      The “former heaven” not being literal, the “former earth” likewise is not literal. According to Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , not the physical earth, but the kings of the earth and their armies are the ones in line for destruction. Thus the “former earth” designates the wicked human society under the control of Satan and his demons. This identification of the “earth” is in agreement with the fact that, in Biblical usage, the term “earth” can denote earth’s inhabitants.—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
      Accordingly, no “elements” (or constituent parts) of the symbolic heavens and earth will be able to withstand the intense heat of God’s burning anger. They will be completely “dissolved.” The words of Peter somewhat parallel the thought expressed at Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. : “‘The day is coming that is burning like the furnace, and all the presumptuous ones and all those doing wickedness must become as stubble. And the day that is coming will certainly devour them,’ Jehovah of armies has said, ‘so that it will not leave to them either root or bough.’”
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      If we desire to withstand the consuming heat that will blaze against the old heavens and earth, we must make it our determination to know and to follow the course approved by Jehovah God. As Peter encouraged fellow Christians: “Do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace. . . . be on your guard that you may not be led away with [the untaught and unsteady] by the error of the law-defying people and fall from your own steadfastness. No, but go on growing in the undeserved kindness and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ."
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      The first time I read this Scripture, so many years ago, it seemed crystal clear that what was being described as Global Thermonuclear War.  It made perfect sense to me then, and it makes perfect sense to me now ... and it fits the progression of world events, and just plain makes the only sense one can make of that Scripture.
      The Society's explanation seems like another "Question fro Readers" question that has been bumping around the Internet since about 1995, "Are Cats For True Christians", which many here have read many times.
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      "And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." (
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) The Bible does point to conditions and a timetable to expect when such prophecies will be fulfilled. Therefore, a certain amount of time would be needed to pass in order for the end to be brought forth. Notice the following verses as it pertains to time.

      "He will revive us after two days. On the third day he will raise us up, And we will live before him. We will know, we will earnestly seek to know Jehovah. His going out is as certain as the dawn; He will come to us like a pouring rain, Like a spring rain that saturates the earth." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) We see the timetable is two days. "However, do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      This Bible Principle is the Key to gain the understanding of where we are according to the time of the end. "Many will cleanse themselves and whiten themselves and will be refined. And the wicked ones will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand; but those having insight will understand." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      One can reason on the timing of the end by applying the Bible Principle found at (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) to other scriptures. For instance, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.” (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) When did this sealing event begin? On Pentecost 33 CE with the outpouring of Holy Spirit. We can expect this sealing process to be completed by the second day of 2033 CE. This would suggest that the preaching work and the partaking of the emblems would soon come to their end since the sealing is 'a timed event'. This sets us up for Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. to begin, does it not?

      Jesus replied to them: “Tear down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” As shown at Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Jesus was using figurative speech; he was comparing his anticipated death and resurrection to the demolition and reconstruction of the temple. Although Jesus said: “I will raise it up,” the Scriptures clearly show that it was God who resurrected him. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) So what body was Jesus speaking about? "But he was talking about the temple of his body." Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      The temple of his body is the 'Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ' which is a composite body that is made up of 144,000 body members who rule as kings and priests. "Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )
        "Now you are Christ’s body, and each of you individually is a member." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) "Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that the spirit of God dwells in you? (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )
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    • By BroRando
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. /applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png"> What to expect? You can expect a ton of persons to become immediately interested in the Bible, once we stop offering New Bible Studies. The time to think about it a little longer will have come to its end. "And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )   Jesus in private told his disciples, "For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )   Notice Jesus compared the days of Noah to his Presence, they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away. Therefore, we can conclude that both Prophecies are 'timed events'. Time and again Jesus kept reminding his disciples just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. How long were the days of Noah? Then Jehovah said: “My spirit will not tolerate man indefinitely, because he is only flesh. Accordingly, his days will amount to 120 years.” (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )   We can be certain to expect a plethora of events to unfold in a timely manner at the end of Christ's Presence, sweeping the ungodly away, but not in the manner you think...   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Proclamation of “Peace and security!” Nations attack and destroy “Babylon the Great” Attack on Jehovah’s people War of Armageddon Satan and his demons are abyssed   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
    • By BroRando
      The 40 year refinement period is a Biblical Pattern that has been used over and over again. This 'period of testing' is a purity test to bring out impurities or help build up faith. It can also be used in referring judgement in a positive or negative outcome. In some cases, the period can be days rather than years. Moses, Elijah, and Jesus all fasted for 40 days. However, a 40 year refinement period in triplicate intensifies the seriousness of the judgment coming for those unable or unwilling to be refined. For example, the intensity of the 'woes' to come to those dwelling on earth is forecast by the triple repetition of the declaration “woe.”—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   Can each "woe" represent a 40 year period of refinement? If it does, can we expect the 'woes' to come to their end? Brother Russell referred to the end of the Gentiles in 1914 to be followed by 'a time of trouble'. So wouldn't the time of trouble have a beginning and an end to them? (1914 + 120 = 2034) When 'the time of trouble' ends, then what?  Ever since 1914, Satan has been building his organization on earth 'to go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.' (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) This organization was first called the League of Nations, then was revived by Satan as the United Nations today. So how are the kings of the entire inhabited earth being gathered? By Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .   17 Goals to Transform Our World, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection." Therefore the prophecy, "It puts under compulsion all people—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slaves—that these should be marked on their right hand or on their forehead, and that nobody can buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name" at (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) will have come in Full Force. A door to door enforcement if need be.   Soon, the 'woes' will come to their end and the demons will shout with glee! The Great Tribulation begins with propaganda of an outbreak of “Peace and security!” Satan's earthly kings will be astounded and take credit for this false hope as they enter into everlasting destruction, like that of Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. At this point in time, invisible to the human eye, Jesus separates the sheep from the goats, extending his Father's Life Force to the sheep Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . The faithful keep on living from Satan's System into Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. the wicked die off in the same manner as Adam and Eve with a shortened life span. "All the peoples of the earth will have to See that Jehovah’s name has been called upon you, and they will be afraid of you." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Those looking back can lament all they want, but unknown to themselves, are dying the second death of everlasting destruction, having no Recourse and will finally come to know it!   2034 is not an end all date either, the separation work and the summoning of the anointed remnant will cover a little time as our brothers and sisters become survivors of the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  The Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. have reach their end. There is a point in time coming that a Survivor may even Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  on a Paradise earth? More study is required as such ones are not given life within themselves but rather everlasting life in view. In time we will know. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
    • By BroRando
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Preaching the Good News of God's Kingdom in Satan's World often brings a hostile and violent reaction from the unfaithful and lawless one. If this is how they react when the Good News of God's Kingdom is declared, how do you think they will react to Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  is delivered? Soon, those who reject the Good News will have no recourse.

      As the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  come to their End you can apply the following scripture, "Let the one who is unrighteous continue in unrighteousness, and let the filthy one continue in his filth; but let the righteous one continue in righteousness, and let the holy one continue in holiness." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) With this timed revelation, the good news will no longer be offered but rather 'a turning away from ungodly mankind'. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Therefore, those who have been Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  will be dying the second death in the same manner as Adam and Eve.

      The Fulfillment of Prophecies are 'a timed event' and so there is no need for me to persuade or convince the reader if they have not yet gained 'Spiritual Insight' at this late stage of Satan's System of things. The scriptures are clear about the time of the end. "Many will cleanse themselves and whiten themselves and will be refined. And the wicked ones will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand; but those having insight will understand." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

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      "During that time {Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. } will stand up, the Great Prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book. And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up, some to everlasting life and others to reproach and to everlasting contempt." (Daniel 12:1-2)

      "And war broke out in heaven: {Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. } battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven." (Rev 12:7-8)

      The Scriptures also point out that Michael was sent and given the name to the glory of God the Father. "Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and became human." (Philippians 2:5-7)

      Yes, this very angel would be given the name to the glory of God the Father and have his Father's Name in him. “I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, watch over them on account of your own name, which you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one."(John 17:11)

      "More than that, when he came as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the Name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground— and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:8-11) The Name (Jesus) when translated means “Jehovah Is Salvation.”

      Matter of fact, Jesus told his Opposers, "For I say to you, you will by no means see me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in Jehovah’s name!’” (Matthew 23:39)

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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. The Four Horsemen are the Manifestations of Christ's Presence for all to SEE. "For just as the lightning comes out of the east and shines over to the west, so the PRESENCE of the Son of man will be." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      They are part of the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Jesus answered to the question, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?” (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      The Manifestation of Christ's Presence was for All to Witness! "For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.  All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) "Another came out, a fiery-colored horse, and it was granted to the one seated on it to take peace away from the earth so that they should slaughter one another, and he was given a great sword. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      And I saw, and look! a pale horse, and the one seated on it had the name Death. And the Grave was closely following him. And authority was given them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a long sword and with food shortage and with deadly plague and by the wild beasts of the earth. "(Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) "There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      During this Manifestation Period, all inhabitants of the earth are affected. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Even God's Named People (aka) Jehovah's Witnesses are not immune to these affects. Walk by faith brothers and sisters to your end and your life will be without end. How will this Manifestation Phase come to an end? Keep reading...

      The first horse is a white one and Jesus Christ is the Rider. His conquest at the beginning is also part of the Manifestation Phase of his Presence but a Revelation towards the end of his conquest. "And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, and he had everlasting good news to declare to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation and tribe and tongue and people." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) "And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      WTS Quote: "The days of Noah” actually covered a period of years, so there is basis for the understanding that the foretold “presence [or “days”] of the Son of man” would likewise cover a period of years. Like Noah’s days, which climaxed with the Flood, “the presence of the Son of man” would culminate in the destruction of those who do not seek deliverance."

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      After Jesus Christ summoned his 12 disciples and giving them authority to cure every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity, he revealed to them, "Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth; I came to bring, not peace, but a sword." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      As distressing as pestilences are, they are part of the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  of Jesus Christ Presence in Kingdom Glory. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Pestilences were often used in the past to execute divine judgment but also salvation to those who know Jehovah God and obey the good news of Jesus Christ today. "This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you." (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )

      This is Good News for the obedient and the faithful in rejoicing, for Jesus adds the words: “But as these things start to occur, raise yourselves erect and lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near.” (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) As pestilence becomes a common place in this last hour of this system of things, Jehovah Witnesses are fully cooperating with health officials in all nations in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. This virus is severely contagious which will affect how we conduct Bible Studies, the preaching work, and even Baptizing New Christian Believers. Such adjustments are welcomed and we look forward to Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  as this gloomy system of things come to its end. But the end is Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.

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    • By Srecko Sostar
      How were Jehovah's Witnesses taught in 1941 about Armageddon? And marriage/children? Does that remind you of 1975? Or of some periods of time in JW teachings before and after these years? Don’t be bored and find it difficult to review the statements written in the main magazine The Watchtower, the 1941 edition. 
      And the newly published book of the same year by the President of the Society, Judge Rutherford. The book is called Children. The author dedicated this book, as well as many others, to the Creator. Today, after such a long time lag, we may ask, could all these doctrines and teachings have been accepted by the Creator to whom they were dedicated? And we may ask many more!
      So, do you ready? Put on your seat belt!  
       
       
      WT magazines quotes about Armageddon in the year 1941
       
      All the physical facts now indicate the battle of Armageddon is quite near, when the real fighting takes place and the enemy will be destroyed. January 1 Page 10
      They see the evidence corroborating scriptures that Armageddon is very near, when God will avenge the wrongs of his people. January 1 Page 11
      THAT THE RELIEF and blessings of the peoples of earth can come only by and through Jehovah's kingdom under Christ, which has now begun; January 15 Page 2
      It therefore appears to be certain that Armageddon, that great battle of God Almighty, is near at hand. January 15 Page 19
       
      When will Jehovah put an end to wickedness in the earth' The Scriptures answer that at the time 'when the wicked spring up like grass and the lawless flourish'. That is now, because never was there so much wickedness on earth; and that means that Armageddon is very near. (Ps. 92: 7,8 ) February 1 Page 44
       
      This Testimony Period, covering the month of April, will be world-wide, and brings to a climax the three-month campaign With The Watchtower. Those looking for the early appearance of "the sign" for Armageddon to begin will not slack the hand in this final month of the campaign, but rather intensify their efforts, and unquestionably more Theocratic publishers will enter the field. March 15 Page 2
       
      The prophetic song therefore foretold the "strange work" of Jehovah now in progress and which takes place just preceding the battle of Armageddon, and that battle is now quickly to follow. April 1 Page 99
      Particularly since 1931 the worldly rulers have been served with notice of warning, and now the remnant of Jehovah's witnesses and their companions will do what they can for the people of good-Will that they may hear the message and take their stand. While darkness covers the world, Jehovah continues to turn his light upon his faithful ones, giving them a more wonderful vision of his Word than they ever expected to have while on the earth. This strongly suggests that the battle of Armageddon is near. April 1 Page 109
      Jehovah's witnesses are now thoroughly hated by all such opposers, and they would find some apparently legal excuse to destroy Jehovah's Witnesses. There is still some witness work to be done amongst the people, and preparation is now being made for the final plague to be visited upon Satan's organization at Armageddon. April 15 Page 122
      Jehovah told Moses that the death of the firstborn would take place at midnight, this to mean, in the modern-day fulfillment, at a time of the world's blackness or darkest period. The blackness of darkness is now upon the world, and must continue until Armageddon April 15 Page 123
       
      The time is short now till the universal war of Armageddon, and the privileges are great beyond the description of human words.  May 15 Page 159
       
      Now, before Armageddon, which is near, they have the opportunity of wholly devoting themselves to the Lord and entering upon the "highway", and, continuing faithful, may ''be hid in the day of the Lord's anger" at Armageddon and thus be of the "great multitude" of Armageddon survivors.  June 15 Page 189
       
      , and that all who have learned of Jehovah and his kingdom and have then forgotten God and turned away to the "beggarly elements" of the world, and also all who fail and refuse to hear and obey God and his King, shall go down at Armageddon, which is near. July 1 Page 202
      The fact that in all the nations Jehovah's witnesses are now hated and persecuted is strong circumstantial evidence that the witness work is about completed and that Armageddon is very near. July 1 Page 202
      The evildoers are headed for destruction. The lot of the evil or wicked is most undesirable and is shunned by all persons who desire righteousness. The end of the wicked is near. Their time is short. The day of Armageddon is near, and at that time all who remain on Satan's side shall suffer destruction. The lot of those who have fled to the THEOCRATIC ORGANIZATION is the blessed one. July 15 Page 218
       
      The righteous Ruler is Christ Jesus, and his work first performed as King is to cause a witness to be given in the earth of and concerning the kingdom of righteousness, and then to completely oust the wicked from rule, and this he will do at Armageddon; and all the facts and the Scriptures show that that great event is near at hand. August 1 Page 229
      At Armageddon, which is near, Christ Jesus, the great King now present, will destroy the wicked, clear them off the earth, and make the way for righteousness and righteous rule to ever thereafter follow. August 1 Page 235
      ..because already his power had been exhibited in another manner at the Flood, which was prophetic of the battle of Armageddon now at hand. August 1 Page 239
       
      "CHILDREN" Announced and released Sunday morning, August 10, at the Theocratic Assembly of Jehovah's witnesses m St. Louis, Mo., and at the conclusion of the climax speech on "Children of The King", the new book Children won instant acclaim from the thousands assembled. Written by Judge Rutherford, Children bids fair, as shown by Its mitial reception at St. Louis, to be his most popular book, and with good reason. It is written m narrative and conversational style, presenting interestingly and simply the latest Bible truths concerning the glorious hope early to be realized by the persons of good-will today living. Children is bound in sky-blue cloth, with an embossed, gold-stamped cover design that is unusual. The text within is adorned with frequent color illustrations, and is supplemented with an index of subjects. You will prize the author's edition as it contains the facsimile of a special letter in the author's own hand and addressed "To the Children of the King". You may obtain it on a contribution of 50c a copy, mailed prepaid to you. This edition is limited. September 1
      Now the nations of the earth are in the throes of death, and soon Armageddon, the battle of that great day of God Almighty, will be fought, and in which Christ shall be completely victorious, pushing out and destroying every wicked thing. September 1 Page 263
      Since Armageddon is near at hand it would seem wise for those who hope to be of the "great multitude", and therefore to fulfill the divine mandate, to wait upon the Lord and seek his direction and ask him to guide them and make selection of a companion. September 1 Page 264
      A Christian can now, before Armageddon, refuse to sympathize with or support in any way the Devil's organization which shall be completely destroyed at Armageddon. September 1 Page 271
      Cartons of Children that had been deposited in The Arena were now opened, and Judge Rutherford instructed the children how to come and each get a copy thereof, those in the rear half of The Arena marching in two columns out through a side exit, and those in the front half of The Arena marching up over the platform and out through a rear exit. As the march began, the orchestra (minus all its children instrumentalists) struck up and rendered songs, "Children of the Heavenly King," "The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon," and "Who Is on the Lord's Side'" while the vast audience sang. Never was there a more moving Sight in these "last days". Many, including strong men, wept at the demonstration. Receiving the gift, the marching children clasped it to them, not a toy or plaything for idle pleasure, but the Lord's provided Instrument for most effective work in the remaining months before Armageddon. What a gift I and to so many! The manner of releasing the new book Children was an outnght surprise to all, but the almighty hand of the All-wise One, Jehovah, was in it, and the maneuver was most blessed indeed. Thereafter Children, the author's edition, was disposed of to adult conventioners, on a contribution.    September 15 Page 288
       
      The great battle of Armageddon is approaching ...... That will be done in the great time of trouble at Armageddon, which is impending. October 1 Page 302
      The declaration of the day of his vengeance is one part of the commission he gives to his anointed witnesses; therefore these anointed ones, in order to be faithful, must perform that commission now before Armageddon.-Isa. 61: 1, 2.   October 15 Page 318
      All the physical facts now indicate the battle of Armageddon is quite near, when the real fighting takes place and the enemy will be destroyed. Soon Jehovah God through Christ Jesus will fight against the enemy as he did In time~ of old, and will completely cut to pieces the enemy, and deliver all those who remain faithful and true to Theocracy.   October 15 Page 319
       
      Regardless of the incoming of willter then, December marks another month-long season of special united activity known as "Great Multitude" Testimony Period. Those persons of good-will who shall form part of the "great multitude" of Armageddon survivors are now quickly coming forth are the wintertime of Armageddon sets in on the world, and they will, in increasing numbers, take part with the remnant members in this united Testimony.  November 1
      While no man yet knows the day nor the hour that Armageddon will begin, "the signs of the times" show that Armageddon is very near; therefore Jehovah bids his faithful servants now on the earth to 'redeem the time' and to 'slack not the hand' in his "strange work", the witness work....... In the meantime, and from now till Armageddon, the Lord's four angels hold back the four winds until the work of Jehovah's "sealed" servants is finished.- Rev. 7: 1-4.  November 1 Page 325
      The entire movement of Satan's crowd is carried on to the end that the Hierarchy and their allies may soon be able to say, "Peace and safety"; then will follow Armageddon. November 1 Page 327
      All nations hate Jehovah's covenant people because that people declare the name and kingdom, The THEOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, of Almighty God. "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake."-Matt. 24: 9. OT The crucial test, which must persist until Armageddon, is proof that now is the last time.   November 1 Page 330
      Because of the importance to the covenant people of God, individually and collectively, and because of the great opportunity to glorify God, now that the hour is approaching for the great and final visitation of Jehovah God upon the nations of the earth at Armageddon, every one of his devoted people is urged to put forth the greatest possible zeal and earnestness in the representation of his Theocratic Government.  November 1 Page 335
      God's visitation upon the nations will reach a climax in the great time of trouble, Armageddon, now near. November 15 Page 351
       
      Book CHILDREN, published in 1941
       
      All the facts show that the woes beginning in 1914 have continued to increase upon the earth, and at the present time the distress and woes are greater than ever before known, and this indicates that Armageddon is very near.-Revelation 16: 13-16. Page 151
       
      Since 1925 particularly Jehovah's witnesses have carried the kingdom message and placed it within the hearing of the people, which message tells of the day of vengeance of our God, and that it is very near. Page 208
       
      Armageddon, the battle of that great day of God Almighty, is drawing near. Page 253
       
      In the near future the wrath of Almighty God against all wickedness will be expressed at Armageddon in the most devastating tribulation the world will ever have known. Page 336
       
      Armageddon is surely near, and during that time the Lord will clean off the earth everything that offends and is disagreeable. Page 366
       
      Should men and women, both of whom are Jonadabs or "other sheep" of the Lord, now marry before Armageddon and bring forth children They may choose to do so, but the admonition or advice of the Scriptures appears to be against it. Being married before Armageddon and both continuing faithful and surviving Armageddon, their marital relationship shall continue and persist after Armageddon. They receive their right to life everlasting after Armageddon, and after receiving that right to life their children then born would be born in righteousness. Page 312
       
      That would appear to indicate it would be proper that those who will form the"great multitude" should wait until after Armageddon to bring children into the world. Page 313
      (similar advice was in the '80 too)
       
      It is only a few years from the time the "other sheep" are gathered to the Lord until Armageddon. That entire period is a time of much tribulation, concluding with the greatest tribulation the world will ever have known. Speaking of that very time, Jesus says: "Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"-Matthew 24: 19, 21. Page 313
       
      PS  Apologize for some grammar errors cause of copy/paste from PDF. 
       
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      “For behold, in those days and at that time,
      When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
      I will also gather all nations,
      And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
      And I will enter into judgment with them there
      On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
      Whom they have scattered among the nations;
      They have also divided up My land.”  Joel 3:1,2
                                                               
      I wanted to get a physical picture in my mind of what the Bible’s “Valley of Jehoshaphat” really looked like.  That is easier said than done, since some historians believe that its true location could be in a valley called Barachah (“blessing”), located eleven miles or more from Jerusalem.  There it is believed that the Judean King Jehoshaphat sought God’s help to defeat the coalition of three enemy Gentile nations.  (2 Chron 20:1)  Then again, it is widely accepted that it refers to a valley within the Kidron Valley, which lies between the ancient Temple mount and the Mount of Olives.  That too, is considered the possible site where Judah was delivered from the enemy nations.
      Many today believe the Kidron Valley will be the focus of a literal judgment of all nations in the world, for their treatment of the physical nation of Israel.  Its location is the site of Jewish tombs on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, and an incredible number of burial sites of professed Christians and Muslims within the valley. I was surprised to learn that people desire to be buried there, where supposedly the resurrection will occur when Jesus is said to walk through the “golden gate” of the temple ruins (based on Zech 14:4
      Still, it is a correct belief by some scholars that Joel’s words refer solely to the time of final judgment, the decision making by God of the righteous and the unrighteous, during Armageddon. (Eccl 3:17; 1 Pet 3:12) “Jehoshaphat means “YHWH has judged”. 
      "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
      For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision."  Joel 3:14  
      (Some translations say, "Commotion, commotion"...)
      But, what happened to the three raiding nations that came against Judah during King Jehoshaphat’s reign?  God spoke to the king through the prophet Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah,
      “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat, thus says YHWH to you: ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed before this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.  17 There will be no need for you to fight in this battle. Take your stand! Stand and see the deliverance of YHWH among you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out before them and YHWH will be with you.’” 2 Chron 20:15-17
      God put it in the hearts of the enemy to turn on each other, without Judah lifting one sword.  When the last nation stood alone, “each helped to destroy his comrade”.  2 Chron 20:22,23
      I know it’s hard to imagine for most of us, but we are in the middle of Armageddon.  Our own spiritual choices, affect God’s ultimate decision of our worthiness to receive eternal life, made in the symbolic “valley of decision”.  (Dan 7:9,10; Zeph 3:8; John 12:48; Heb 3:7-11; Rev 20:12) 
      But, before this final judgment is completed by God, a spiritual war is in progress, raging within and outside the organization’s borders.  (Rev 12:7; Eph 6:12; 5:11; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Rev 9:1-4;13:1,6,7;16:13-16; 20: 7-9)
      It is a necessary war between truth spoken by the faithful kings of Christ, and lies pouring out of the mouth of those kings who have fallen from God’s grace.  (Heb 3:12; 12:15; Acts 20:29-30; 1 Cor 11:19; Rev 8:10,11; 13:11,12; 16:13,14)
      They are the “false prophets” of spiritual “Israel” who war against their brothers using lies and deceit. (Matt 7:15; 24:4,5, 24,25; 1 John 3:10; 1 Tim 4:1)
      They have joined forces with a strong “Gentile” Wild Beast, beneficial for dominating, persecuting, and “killing” God’s holy people - the “prophets, sages and scribes” sent to them with the message of Christ’s truth.  (Isa 66:5; Matt 23:34-36; 24:9-12,49; John 16:2; Heb 13:13; Rev 9:1; Dan 7:25; Rev 13:1,5-7,11,15; 11:3,7,8; 18:24)
      Eventually, this massive army will form an alliance with those of “Israel” who still adhere to the organization.  Single-mindedly, they will commit the very act already carried out upon others, the disfellowshipping/”killing” of both spiritual “Jews” and “Gentiles” who wake up to the organization’s lies and hypocrisy.    In this case, ‘each will help to destroy his comrade’. God will put into their hearts to terminate the rulership of the corrupt, deceitful governing “kings”/Harlot.  (Ezek 16:35-37; 38:21; Rev 17:12,13,15-17)
      "For the eyes of the LORD roam throughout the earth to show himself strong for those who are wholeheartedly devoted to him. You have been foolish in this matter. Therefore, you will have wars from now on." 2 Chron 16:9
      Proclaim this among the nations:
      “Prepare for war!
      Wake up the mighty men,
      Let all the men of war draw near,
      Let them come up.
      10 Beat your plowshares into swords
      And your pruning hooks into spears;
      Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ”
      11 Assemble and come, all you nations,
      And gather together all around.
      Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord.”
      “And when you hear about wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must happen, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines. These things are the beginning of birth pains.”     Mark 13:7,8
       
      Christ is not the Destroyer. Christ conducts spiritual warfare, with the "sword of his mouth" (Rev 19:15; 1:16; Heb 4:12; Eph 6:17).
      He is King of Truth, and the Battle is with the deceptions of death... the mouth of Satan (John 8:44; 2 Cor 4:4; Rev 12:15; 16:13,14; 20:7,8). 
       Those on the side of truth listen to Christ, and carry forward to completion, Christ's war against the darkness, along with their Lord (Rev 17:14; 119:11-14,8;6:9-11) (Luke 22:69; Matt 28:18; John 18:37; Ps 110:1,2; 1 Cor 15:25).
      Satan's messengers resist, and work to subjugate Truth, and the work of Christ's Ambassadors (Rev 12:7; Eph 6:12; 5:11; 2 Cor 10:3-5).
      God's interest regarding war, is limited to spiritual warfare (Gen 3:15; Rev 12:17,10,11). The obscene and futile warfare of Satan's world, has no place in the purposes of God. That world was abandoned at the beginning, by its own will. That will, and the abandonment which results, will remain undeterred. For good reason, the name of its god, is Destroyer.
      Pearl Doxsey, “What Hope for Satan’s World”
       
      There is a point in this war, where God will say, enough is enough.  (Ezek 7:1-4)
      "Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
      For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
      Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
      Come, go down;
      For the winepress is full,
      The vats overflow—
      For their wickedness is great.”  Joel 3:12,13
      “’For look, on the city that is called by My name I am beginning to inflict harm, and you indeed, will you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth,’ declares YHWH of hosts. And you yourself shall prophesy against them all these words, and you shall say to them:
      ‘YHWH will roar from on high,
          and from His holy dwelling place he will give His voice. (1 Pet 2:5; 1 Cor 3:16,17,19; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:21; Rev 11:1-3)
      He will roar mightily against His settlement,
          a jubilant shout like those who tread grapes,
      He will answer against all the inhabitants of the earth.” Jer 25:29,30
       
      “And another angel who had authority over the fire went out from the altar, and he called out with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Send out your sharp sickle and harvest the clusters of grapes from the vine of the earth, because its grapes are at their prime!” And the angel swung his sickle into the earth and harvested the vine of the earth, and threw the grapesinto the great winepress of the wrath of God.” Rev 14:18,19
      Those faithful servants of “Israel” who ride with Christ in this war, remain attached to the vine of truth, spiritually living on the sap of that vine.  (John 15:1,2,4-6,16;16:4,5; 1 Cor 6:17)  
      Yet, the Harlot’s weaponry used against the anointed and all in the organization is in the “wine” she offers, which results in spiritual drunkenness. (Jer 2:21; Deut 32:32,33; Matt 7:15,16; Rom 3:13)
      Her acts of deceit, are well tolerated by the inebriated, who repeatedly excuse and forget her lies, while drinking down another cup of her poisoned wine. (Jer 51:7; 1 Thess 5:6,7; 1 Tim 4:1; Rev 14:8; 18:3,4)
       
      I want to share a comment that Pearl made a few years ago, that gives definition to “evil” grapes at their prime:
      The Bible portrays, that it is absorbed into their blood, so that their very soul (Lev 17:11) is the "venom of vipers" (Deut 32:32,33). 
      This is exactly why Christ treads the "winepress". It is to squeeze the falsehood from them. Those marked by “666” are false witnesses. The falsehood filling their souls (symbolized by their blood), will cause the lifeblood they have chosen, to kill them, because they will drown on their own blood. They drown on the lies within them, that Christ must crush at his return. This is such deep symbolism, but every detail of it, applies. Because their blood has become Satan's wine, they will lose their souls. God speaks of the Harlot who channels that "wine", when we read Isa.47:5-7 ...

      5 “O beautiful Babylon, sit now in darkness and silence.
          Never again will you be known as the queen of kingdoms.
      6 For I was angry with my chosen people
          and punished them by letting them fall into your hands.
      But you, Babylon, showed them no mercy.
          You oppressed even the elderly.
      7 You said, ‘I will reign forever as queen of the world!’
          You did not reflect on your actions
          or think about their consequences."

      We will see her fall.

      "30 A horrible and shocking thing
          has happened in this land—
      31 the prophets give false prophecies,
          and the priests rule with an iron hand.
      Worse yet, my people like it that way!
          But what will you do when the end comes?" (Jer.5:30-31)
       
      “And it will happen on that day;
      the mountains will drip new wine,
          and the hills will flow with milk,
          and all the channels of Judah will flow with water.
      A spring from the house of YHWH will come forth,
          and it will water the valley of Acacia Trees.
      19 Egypt will become a desolation,
          and Edom will become a desolate desert,
      because of the violence they did against the children of Judah,
          in whose land they have shed innocent blood.
      20 But Judah will be inhabited forever,
          and Jerusalem for all generations.
      21 I will cleanse their bloodguilt that I did not cleanse,
          for YHWH is dwelling in Zion.”  Joel 3:18-21
       
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      Labor Pains
      A Hidden Famine, A Hidden Feast
      Spiritual Virginity vs. The Harlot’s Cup/Two Covenants
      666
      The Great Winepress

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    • By the Sower of Seed
      7:26 But the Court sat, and they took away his rulership, in order to annihilate him and to destroy him completely.
      27 “‘And the kingdom and the rulership and the grandeur of the kingdoms under all the heavens were given to the people who are the holy ones of the Supreme One. Their kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all rulerships will serve and obey them.’
       
      28 “This is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts alarmed me greatly, so that I turned pale; but I kept the matter in my own heart.”
    • By Witness
      Except for some time-consuming events, my husband and I have traveled across the heart of the state of Nevada, numerous times per year, for the last fifteen years. It can be a long, lonely jaunt, but with periods of peace. We know where to look for herds of sheep wandering freely without fences, taking their time in maneuvering to a fresh crop of grass on other side of the highway. We’ve witnessed rogue sheepdogs seemingly searching for their flock. We’ve got it down where the elk hang out, the pronghorn, as well as the long straight stretches that we wish would end sooner than they do. I know I’ve seen every sign along that highway; but their appearance doesn’t always register in the brain. During this last trip, one rather small sign took on a different meaning for me. Besides highway markers pointing to the major natural attractions, there are minor signs directing the way to areas such as Fish Creek, Robert’s Creek, Duckwater; and the one that caught my eye on this last journey, Blind Valley. What was someone’s reason for naming it such? Is it a valley hidden from the view of the highway? Was it a land purchase made sight unseen? Most likely, fish are found in Fish Creek, ducks are found at Duckwater. Robert might even be found at Robert’s Creek. Could it be that someone blind, lives in Blind Valley?
      How well the name “Blind Valley” designates a symbolic valley where multitudes within it are found to be spiritually blind - the Bible’s “valley of decision”.
      “Come quickly, all you nations from every side,
      and assemble there.
      Bring down your warriors, Lord!
      12 “Let the nations be roused;
      let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
      for there I will sit
      to judge all the nations on every side.
      13 Swing the sickle,
      for the harvest is ripe.
      Come, trample the grapes,
      for the winepress is full
      and the vats overflow—
      so great is their wickedness!”
      14 Multitudes, multitudes
      in the valley of decision!
      For the day of the Lord is near
      in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:11-14
      During this war of Armageddon, the “abundant” or “great number” found in this valley of decision, have chosen to remain spiritually blind to the truth presented before them. God’s final judgment that they face, involves their choice of teachings derived from anointed ones who speak truth or lies; lasting, good “fruit”, or rotten fruit from bad “trees”; spiritually equipped either with God’s Spirit or that of Satan’s, to battle against their opponent. (Matt 7:20; Eph 6:12-17; Rev 16:13,14;17:14; 19:11)
      The question is, why would someone desire to remain blind to God’s truth, resulting in permanent blindness? (Matt 13:14,15,16; 2 Cor 4:4; 1 Tim 4:1,2)
      How does one’s heart become a “weed” during this final harvest? (Matt 13:24-29)
      The following quote may help reveal why. It is taken from an interview with a JW last month, on the organization’s broadcasting channel. He states:
      “The ambitions that I had before, that may have been obtainable, became second place. Now it was to have a simple life, to walk with the organization and to raise my children in the truth”.
      Does this statement portray the general feeling of JWs? I think so, otherwise they would readily accept the choice to leave the organization and serve God without it, and without the repercussion of shunning. Yet, we know doing so, is not a simple decision to accept. (Dan 12:1; Matt 24:21; Rev 9:4-6) It has been made perfectly clear by its leaders, that without “moving ahead” with the organization, eternal life is not possible. (2 Cor 11:4; Col 2:8)
      So, undoubtedly, it is perceived that ‘walking with the organization’ and bearing its brand on one’s mind and heart, equates with walking with God in truth. (Isa 42:8; Jer 2:8; Deut 11:18; Rev 13:4,16) Doing so, keeps the decisions as a faithful member of the organization, “simple”, no matter what fallacies may be taught throughout the years. (Jer 18:15; 2:13)
      The weapon used by Satan in this war of truth against lies, is the organization; constructed with one purpose, to mislead and subsequently persecute the “remaining ones of the woman’s seed”. (Gen 3:15; Dan 11:10; 12:4; 8:15,17; Rev 1:1; 20:7-9)
      A hunter uses camouflage to disguise himself from the prey. A bird hunter also uses decoys to attract the prey into believing he is joining in with his fellow birds. How naive it is, to believe Satan would not also utilize a bait of truth and the tactic of disguise, using elements at his fingertips. This allows him to build a decoy on the grandest scale possible in his realm. (Amos 3:5; Ps 140:4,5; Prov 22:5; Rev 9:3,10)
      He has successfully created a delusion to sift each anointed heart as “wheat”, which our God of justice, allows to occur. (Amos 9:9; 2 Thess 2:10-12) His “ministers of light” call it, “the truth”. (2 Pet 2:2; Rev 13:5,6)
      “sift”: “shake in a sieve”/”inward agitation to try one's faith to the verge of overthrow”
      If we give in to “walking with the organization”, our faith in God has been overthrown – conquered.
      Let’s compare the JWs’s testimony with scripture. To God’s authentic anointed “witnesses”, He declares,
      I, I am YHVH,
      and there is no other Savior but Me.
      I ALONE declared, saved, and proclaimed—
      and not some foreign god among you.
      So you are My witnesses”—
      this is the Lord’s declaration—
      “and I am God.” Isa 43:11,12
      Although he may speak of God, the man interviewed revealed what lies in the deep-seated intentions of his heart. (Matt 15:18,19; Luke 6:45) It is evident that it is idolatry toward an organization.  He believes he cannot obtain eternal life without it.  
      Isa 43:11,12 speaks of a “foreign god”, with a footnote that refers to “foreigners”. There are “foreigners/foreign gods among God’s true “witnesses”, His Temple priesthood. (Jer 2:11) They have secured the priesthood from whom it rightly belongs. (Isa 51:23; Mark 13:14; Rev 11:1,2)
      Their magnified presence signifies the very organization that JWs adhere to. (Exod 20:5; Rev 13:15) It is the elder body, the “Gentile” “man of lawlessness” that opposes “and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thess 2:4; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22)
      Left unchecked, Satan’s ruse would fully “devour Jacob”. (Jer 10:23-25)
      Only a remnant is prophesied to survive. (Isa 10:19; Amos 7:1,2; Rev 9:3,4; 3:18;7:13-15)
      The JW interviewed puts his faith in an organization built by spiritually unqualified men. (Num 18:7; 2 Chron 13:9; Ezek 44:7-9) He has allowed it to trap, rule over, and lead him into serving a “foreign god”.
      “But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumbling block (“to place a trap”) in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.” Rev 2:14
      This is an act of blasphemy against YHVH and His decrees concerning His Temple. (Dan 11:31; 1 Cor 3:16,17) If we are to envision this idolatry, it must be our heart’s desire to love God and His decrees, over those of men. (Exod 34:14; 2 Tim 4:3; Tit 1:9)
       
      As each prophet/"tree" bears "fruit"/teachings,
      and this war of words escalates; God foresaw that the ruling wicked would persecute the faithful, on the basis of false doctrines (Matt 24:49; Ezek 38:21; 1 John 3:12; Rev 13:15; 11:3,7; 16:13,14; 17:14; 19:11,14; 6:9,11; John 16:2; Matt 5:11,12; 23:37; Acts 7:52; Rev 11:8; Dan 7:21,23,25; Dan 8:12)
      The faithful retaliate with the sword of God's Word of Truth. (Dan 11:32,33; 2 Cor 10:4,5; 6:7; Heb 4:12; Eph 6:17; Rev 19:19,15,20; 11:5,3,4)
      As this battle between truth and lies occurs, the final harvest/judgment of "fruit"/teachings/words occurs (Matt 12:36,37,34,35; Prov 18:21; Matt 7:17) in the symbolic "valley of decision" (Heb 4:13; Rom 14:12; 2 Cor 5:10; Prov 16:4; Rev 22:12; Dan 7:22).  
      Pearl Doxsey – “What is Armageddon?”
      Should anyone earnestly yearn to know Christ’s authentic truths, they would be granted that understanding. Those who choose to remain in darkness, close-minded to God’s decrees, are among the blind judged in the valley of decision.
       Hades when translated, means "not perceiving". It is the consignment of all those born under sin, and means to be under a blanket of spiritual darkness, ignorance, and confusion. Only those granted light, truth, and understanding, are figuratively rescued from the realm of Hades.

      When Jesus tells us that he has the keys to Hades/Abyss... this means that he has the power and authority to release whom he chooses, from spiritual darkness... and transfer them into his kingdom of light and life (Col 1:13; Luke 8:10) those who are repentant. Jesus also has the authority and power to lock up others... or to leave them there, in ignorance and spiritual darkness (Matt 13:10,11,13-16; Jude 1:13; John 12:35) those hard-hearted who are not repentant. Such ones remain under the authority and power of the Devil (2 Cor 4:4; John 3:18).  
      When Rev 20:1 tells us that the chain of restraint that Jesus possesses is "great"; this points to the ability of Jesus, to prevent understanding and perception among the blind, but proud (John 9:41). When Jesus wraps that symbolic chain around the Devil, and then casts the Devil into the Abyss/Hades... this depicts for us, Satan's blind inability to mislead those whom Jesus rescues from darkness... because it is now Satan who is overcome by the blind confusion of his own realm.
      Jesus also shares his keys to release from the abyss (or bind in chains of ignorance) (Matt 16:19; 18:18), those whom his enlightened brothers judge as repentant (John 20:23) and worthy of the treasures of truth which they are empowered by Jesus, to impart (Matt 10:7,11-14; 7:6).
      Rev 20:1
      Pearl Doxsey
       
      Idolatry among Israel happened continually. (2 Kings 17:9; Judges 10:13-16; Neh 9:26,28; Hos 1:1,2; Jer 2:28; Ps 78:35-37) Today’s spiritual “Israel” and companions in the organization have also blindly fallen into idolatry, by ‘walking with the organization’. It is a “god” possibly not previously known, before dedicating themselves at baptism and serving this god through their necessary, various activities laid out for them by a Harlot/false prophet. (Matt 24:11,12; Luke 21:8; 2 Thess 2:1-3; 2 Pet 2:1-3; Rev 13:11-14,16-18)
      “If a prophet or someone who has dreams arises among you and proclaims a *sign or wonder to you, 2 and that sign or wonder he has promised you comes about, but he says, ‘Let us follow other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us worship them,’ 3 do not listen to that prophet’s words or to that dreamer. For the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul. 4 You must follow the Lord your God and fear Him. You must keep His commands and listen to His voice; you must worship Him and remain faithful to Him. 5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he has urged *rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the place of slavery, to turn you from the way the Lord your God has commanded you to walk. You must purge the evil from you.” Deut 13:1-5
      The organization appears as an apparent ‘simple’, wide open, welcoming door; yet, it if one chooses to remain blind to its true intention, it will lead to one’s downfall. (Luke 13:22-27; John 10:9,10 )
      “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the *rebellion comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. The coming of the lawless one is based on Satan’s working, with all kinds of *false miracles, signs, and wonders, 10 and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.” 2 Thess 2:3,9,10
      “Mankind, He has told you what is good
      and what it is the Lord requires of you:
      to act justly,
      to love faithfulness,
      and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
       
      WALKING WITH THE ORGANIZATION CANNOT EQUATE TO WALKING WITH GOD.
      “Take delight in the Lord, and HE will give you your heart’s desires”. Ps 37:4 
       
      Pearl Doxsey, 4womaninthewilderness blogspot –
      “Wheat and Weed Seeds Grow Up Together”
      "Abomination of Desolation"

       
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      The Year 2038 problem is an issue for computing and data storage situations in which time values are stored or calculated as a signed 32-bit integer, and this number is interpreted as the number of seconds since 00:00:00 UTC on 1 January 1970 (the epoch).[1] Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038, a problem similar to but not entirely analogous to the Y2K problem (also known as the Millennium Bug), in which 2-digit values representing the number of years since 1900 could not encode the year 2000 or later. Most
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Unix-like systems store and manipulate time in this Unix time format, so the year 2038 problem is sometimes referred to as the Unix Millennium Bug by association.
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. /applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png"> Animation showing how the date would reset, represented as a signed 32-bit integer (at 03:14:08 UTC on 19 January 2038).
      Technical cause
      The latest time that can be represented in Unix's signed 32-bit integer time format is 03:14:07 UTC on Tuesday, 19 January 2038 (231-1 = 2,147,483,647 seconds after 1 January 1970).[2] Times beyond that will wrap around and be stored internally as a negative number, which these systems will interpret as having occurred on 13 December 1901 rather than 19 January 2038. This is caused by integer overflow. The counter runs out of usable digit bits, flips the sign bit instead, and reports a maximally negative number (continuing to count up, toward zero). Resulting erroneous calculations on such systems are likely to cause problems for users and other relying parties.
      Programs that work with future dates will begin to run into problems sooner; for example a program that works with dates 20 years in the future will have to be fixed no later than 2018.
      Early problems
      In May 2006, reports surfaced of an early manifestation of the Y2038 problem in the AOLserver software. The software was designed with a kludge to handle a database request that should "never" time out. Rather than specifically handling this special case, the initial design simply specified an arbitrary time-out date in the future. The default configuration for the server specified that the request should time out after one billion seconds. One billion seconds (approximately thirty-two years) after 9:27.28 pm on 12 May 2006 is beyond the 2038 cutoff date. Thus, after this time, the time-out calculation overflowed and returned a date that was actually in the past, causing the software to crash. When the problem was discovered, AOLServer operators had to edit the configuration file and set the time-out to a lower value.[3][4]
      Players of games or apps which are programmed to impose waiting periods[5] are running into this problem when they attempt to work around the waiting period on devices which harbor the coding, by manually setting their devices (such as the Nexus 7[6]) to a date past 19 January 2038, but are unable to do so, since a 32-bit Unix time format is being used.
      Vulnerable systems
      Embedded systems that use dates for either computation or diagnostic logging are most likely to be affected by the 2038 bug.
      Many transportation systems from flight to automobiles use embedded systems extensively. In automotive systems, this may include anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC/ESP), traction control (TCS) and automatic four-wheel drive; aircraft may use inertial guidance systems and GPS receivers. However this does not imply that all these systems will suffer from the bug. Many such systems will not require access to dates. For those that do, those systems which only track the difference between times/dates and not absolute times/dates will, by the nature of the calculation, not experience a problem. This is the case for automotive diagnostics based on legislative standards such as CARB (California Air Resources Board).[7]
      Another major use of embedded systems is in communications devices, including cell phones and Internet appliances (routers, wireless access points, etc.) which rely on storing an accurate time and date and are increasingly based on UNIX-like operating systems. For example, the bug makes some Android devices crash and not restart when the time is changed to that date.[8]
      Despite the modern 18–24 month generational update in computer systems technology, embedded systems are designed to last the lifetime of the machine in which they are a component. It is conceivable that some of these systems may still be in use in 2038. It may be impractical or, in some cases, impossible to upgrade the software running these systems, ultimately requiring replacement if 32-bit time_t limitations are to be corrected.
      MySQL database's built-in functions like UNIX_TIMESTAMP() will return 0 after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038,[9] though a bug-fix was contributed on 22 March 2017.[10]
      Data structures with time problems
      Many data structures in use today have 32-bit time representations embedded into their structure. A full list of these data structures is virtually impossible to derive but there are well-known data structures that have the Unix time problem:
      file systems (many file systems use only 32 bits to represent times in inodes)
      binary file formats (that use 32-bit time fields)
      databases (that have 32-bit time fields)
      database query languages, like SQL that have UNIX_TIMESTAMP() like commands
      Examples of systems utilizing data structures that may contain 32-bit time representations include:
      COBOL systems of 1970s–1990s vintage that have not been replaced by 2038-compliant systems[citation needed]
      embedded factory, refinery control and monitoring subsystems
      assorted medical devices
      assorted military devices
      Any system making use of data structures containing 32-bit time representations will present risk. The degree of risk is dependent on the mode of failure.
      NTP timestamps
      The Network Time Protocol has a related overflow issue, which manifests itself in 2036, rather than 2038. The 64-bit timestamps used by NTP consist of a 32-bit part for seconds and a 32-bit part for fractional second, giving NTP a time scale that rolls over every 232 seconds (136 years) and a theoretical resolution of 21321 seconds (233 picoseconds). NTP uses an epoch of 1 January 1900. The first rollover occurs in 2036, prior to the UNIX year 2038 problem.
      Implementations should disambiguate NTP time using a knowledge of the approximate time from other sources. Since NTP only works with the differences between timestamps and never their absolute values, the wraparound is invisible as long as the timestamps are within 68 years of each other.
      This means that for NTP the rollover will be invisible for most running systems, since they will have the correct time to within a very small tolerance. However, systems that are starting up need to know the date within no more than 68 years. Given the large allowed error, it is not expected that this is too onerous a requirement. One suggested method is to set the clock to no earlier than the system build date or the release date of the current version of the NTP software. Many systems use a battery-powered hardware clock to avoid this problem.
      Even so, future versions of NTP may extend the time representation to 128 bits: 64 bits for the second and 64 bits for the fractional-second. The current NTP4 format has support for Era Number and Era Offset, that when used properly should aid fixing date rollover issues. According to Mills, "The 64 bit value for the fraction is enough to resolve the amount of time it takes a photon to pass an electron at the speed of light. The 64 bit second value is enough to provide unambiguous time representation until the universe goes dim."[11][note 1]
      Solutions
      There is no universal solution for the Year 2038 problem. Any change to the definition of the time_t data type would result in code compatibility problems in any application in which date and time representations are dependent on the nature of the signed 32-bit time_t integer. For example, changing time_t to an unsigned 32-bit integer, which would extend the range to the year 2106, would adversely affect programs that store, retrieve, or manipulate dates prior to 1970, as such dates are represented by negative numbers. Increasing the size of the time_t type to 64-bit in an existing system would cause incompatible changes to the layout of structures and the binary interface of functions.
      There is also no universal solution for the issue with DVB and ATSC real time transmitted dates due to issues with legacy receivers. The issue has yet to be acknowledged or resolved by either organization. The only workaround would be to discontinue all time-related metadata services such as programming guides and automatic date synchronization after the affected dates. One possible option would be to create new table types for the affected part of the specifications and use ISO 8601 date strings rather than fixed integers—as are used in ISO 9660 and ISO 13346 filesystems.
      Most operating systems designed to run on 64-bit hardware already use signed 64-bit time_t integers. Using a signed 64-bit value introduces a new wraparound date that is over twenty times greater than the estimated age of the universe: approximately 292 billion years from now, at 15:30:08 UTC on Sunday, 4 December 292,277,026,596. The ability to make computations on dates is limited by the fact that tm_year uses a signed 32 bit integer value starting at 1900 for the year. This limits the year to a maximum of 2,147,485,547 (2,147,483,647 + 1900).[12]
      Starting with NetBSD version 6.0 (released in October 2012), the NetBSD operating system uses a 64-bit time_t for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Applications that were compiled for an older NetBSD release with 32-bit time_t are supported via a binary compatibility layer, but such older applications will still suffer from the Year 2038 problem.[13]
      OpenBSD since version 5.5, released in May 2014, also uses a 64-bit time_t for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. In contrast to NetBSD, there is no binary compatibility layer. Therefore, applications expecting a 32-bit time_t and applications using anything different from time_t to store time values may break.[14]
      Linux uses a 64-bit time_t for 64-bit architectures only; the pure 32-bit ABI is not changed due to backward compatibility.[15] There is ongoing work, mostly for embedded Linux systems, to support 64-bit time_t on 32-bit architectures, too.[16][17]
      The x32 ABI for Linux (which defines an environment for programs with 32-bit addresses but running the processor in 64-bit mode) uses a 64-bit time_t. Since it was a new environment, there was no need for special compatibility precautions.[15]
      Network File System version 4 has defined its time fields as struct nfstime4 {int64_t seconds; uint32_t nseconds;} since December, 2000.[18] Values greater than zero for the seconds field denote dates after the 0-hour, January 1, 1970. Values less than zero for the seconds field denote dates before the 0-hour, January 1, 1970. In both cases, the nseconds (nanoseconds) field is to be added to the seconds field for the final time representation.
      Alternative proposals have been made (some of which are in use), such as storing either milliseconds or microseconds since an epoch (typically either 1 January 1970 or 1 January 2000) in a signed 64-bit integer, providing a minimum range of 300,000 years.[19][20] Other proposals for new time representations provide different precisions, ranges, and sizes (almost always wider than 32 bits), as well as solving other related problems, such as the handling of leap seconds. In particular, TAI64[21] is an implementation of the Temps Atomique International standard, the current international real-time standard for defining a second and frame of reference.
    • By Jack Ryan
      To all naysayers and apologists who say that Jehovah will look at hearts at armageddon and save billions, my own mother believes this.
      This is the october 2019 study Watchtower page 11 paragraph 14. As you can see it makes it crystal clear that ONLY baptized witnesses will survive armageddon.
      14 Read Matthew 28:19, 20. As we conduct Bible studies, we have to try our best to “make disciples . . . , teaching them to observe all the things [Jesus has] commanded.” We need to help people understand how important it is for them to take their stand for Jehovah and his Kingdom. This means trying to motivate people to make the truth their own by applying what they learn, dedicating their life to Jehovah, and getting baptized. Only then will they survive Jehovah’s day.—1 Pet. 3:21.
    • By Witness
      To get to the meaningful core of what Armageddon is about, which is the battle of truth against lies, we look at Israel’s sins of the past.  Today’s spiritual “Israel” comprised of the anointed ones, is also steeped in sin, resulting from a testing delusion put upon them by Satan; a delusion that is passionately called “the truth”.   Luke 22:31; 2 Thess 2:9-12; Rev 13:1,2,11 
      God does expect us to seek Truth.  Ps 25:5; Matt 7:7,8; John 4:23,24; 8:31,32; 14:6 
      Yet, today’s “Israel” is feeding on the lies of their leaders/prophets. Matt 7:15; Acts 20:29; Rev 16:13,14  
      When reading Ezekiel chapter 13, notice that the term “whitewash” helps reveal what is behind the organization’s ‘new light’ label.  Many translations use the phrase, “untempered mortar”, a few say “loose mud”, or “chalk”; all are descriptive of the organization’s attempt to cover over unstable teachings that do not last.  John 15:16,5 
      “untempered mortar” is defined as “whitewash" used to patch a wall, creating the facade of beauty.
      As an example:
      Matt 23:37 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”
      Why were these teachers described by Jesus as whitewashed tombs?
      “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”  John 8:44-47
      By choosing to deny Christ’s words of truth which offer eternal life, they remained in spiritual darkness, alienated from God and life.
       “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.”  John 6:63
      “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6
      The battle of truth against lies was evident then, and is now, as it reaches the end point in these last days.  The “two witnesses” (“two “meaning truth – John 8:17) proclaim the revealing message from Christ, while false prophets battle against it, with their lies. Dan 12:9; Rev 1:11; 11:3; 1 John 4:6 
      Ezekiel chapter 13:
      The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the Lord!3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish (“wicked”) prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! 
      4 Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins. (Lam 5:17,18; Ps 44:19)
       5 You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord. ( Ezek 22:30)
      6 Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent them, they say, “The Lord declares,” and expect Him to fulfill their words. (Ps 50:21; Isa 57:11) 
      7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken? (Ezek 22:28; Rev 16:13,14) 
      8 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.  (Rev 13:8)   
      10 “‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash,  (Jer 23:13,17; 1 Thess 5:3) 
      11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 
      12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”
      13 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. (Ps 18:12,13; Isa 30:30 [Heb 12:1] Ps 147:17,18; Matt 24:30; Rev 11:3,5; Rev 8:7; Matt 7:24,25}  
      14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. (Matt 7:26,27; 1 Cor 3:10,13)  When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord.
      15 So I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, “The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it,16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign Lord.”’ 
      Pearl Doxsey:
      I have come to appreciate, that "walls" stand for doctrines/teachings. Just as the city wall protects the city from their enemies, so do doctrines defend against threats to faith, but they also offer boundaries to keep a "flock" in an enclosure. My point, is that Ezekiel "dug" a hole in the wall. (Ezek 12:4-7) We know the meaning of "digging" (Prov 2:2-5; Matt 13:44), and when we combine these symbols (digging, wall) I take it as scrutiny of teachings (1 John 4:1; 1 Thess 5:21) which weakens a wall of false doctrine, just as digging holes in a literal wall would. We are told (according to this symbolism) that the "wall" of apostate Jerusalem will fall (see Ezekiel 13:10,11,12,14,15), no matter how much they "whitewash" their teachings.
      I am certain of this connection and meaning of "wall", because the fall of Jericho’s wall is inextricably linked with the "end", and to Revelation (Heb 11:30; Luke 21:20; Josh 6:15,20,8; Rev 8:2,6).
      The "wall" of false teachings will "fall", leaving all those within that city defenseless and conquered. The wall they trusted in will fail them.
      (From “Wall/Christ’s Side” 4womaninthewilderness)
      As a child, I was occasionally assigned to clean the chalk boards after school, using water and a large cloth.  Most children rode the bus home to the far reaches of the farming community I lived in. I was one of the few who walked home from school, which gave me the opportunity to stay longer.  I remember the satisfaction of washing away the day’s writings to reveal a clean board, ready for the new day’s teachings. 
      JWs, from the outset, the organization has added layers and layers of decaying interpretations to its doctrines, like smudged chalk accumulating on a dirty chalkboard. This is the reality behind the organization’s new light philosophy.  In its history, it has never returned to the clean pure truth of Christ’s Word. 
      To understand why God allows his people to submit to this powerful delusion, please see:
       “Who is to Blame?”
      “Spreading Tribulation – Tainted or Tested?”
      “Satan’s Fall”
      4womaninthewilderness blogspot
       

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      By Guest Kurt
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Here's something you may not have seen, from the JW archives, a countdown to Armegeddon as we once believed would occur in oct 1914. Our brothers used this to help them keep track on their faith. Just a bit of JW history.
    • By Anna
      Something I thought might be relevant since we are studying the God's Kingdom book. Not long ago, in a WT article, it was mentioned in reference to the "Kingdom being preached in all the inhabited earth" that this will not mean that literally everyone on Earth would have heard about the Kingdom before Armageddon starts.
      When one does a bit of mathematics (not my forte) and calculates the percentage of current Jehovah's Witnesses in comparison to the World's population we arrive at 0.1%. This is a very small percentage indeed. (8 million JW to 8 billion population)
      If we were to assume some averages, and use the United States as a fair example, then we can assume the ratio of 1 publisher to roughly around 400. This seems a fair number since "only a few are the ones finding the road to life". However, as we know, there is practically a non existent ratio when it comes to India and China, two of the world's countries with a population of over 1billion each (the majority of whom have never heard of the Bible, never mind Jehovah's Witnesses).  If we would assume the same ratio of 1:400, then this would immediately create over 3 million Witnesses in each of the two countries, i.e. over 6 million in India and China alone, bringing the total of JWs to over 14 million. If we were to also add 650 thousand in Indonesia, 485 thousand from Pakistan, and 402 thousand from Bangladesh that adds another 1.5 million bringing the total to over 15 million, almost doubling the Witnesses today.
      If we go by the fact that all people are equal in Jehovah's eyes, and that no nation is above another when it comes to salvation, and that all people are basically the same, then we have to assume that there are people in those countries who, if given the chance, would embrace the truth and put themselves on Jehovah's side and create that ratio of 1:400.
      With that in mind, it is evident that either there is going to have to be a lot of preaching done, verging on the miraculous, in order to bring in over 7 million new Witnesses within the allotted time of the "Generation", or, Jehovah will judge their hearts and allow nearly HALF of the people, (agnostics or believers in false Gods) entry into the new world without them even needing to know him.
      Or, is "this Generation" a lot longer than we think.....
      Any scriptural thoughts?
       
    • By BroRando
      Being a student of Prophecy and intently studying the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1914 is only the beginning of the end. “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. ?All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.” (Matthew 24:7-8)
      In 1914 the world as we know it, has entered into its death throes.  God’s Kingdom would slowly begin crushing all kingdoms of the earth. (Daniel 2:44)  Those inhabiting the earth would enter into an ‘allotted amount of time of distress'. “During that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book.” (Daniel 12:1)
      What is causing this ‘time of distress’?  “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled ?but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven.” (Rev 12:7-8)  “Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.” (Rev 12:12)  Here’s an important teaching from Jesus Christ, he stated, “For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” (Matthew 24:37)  Did you catch that?  So the presence of the Son of man will be.  Jesus Christ has been ruling from Heaven since 1914 and he compared his presence like the days of Noah!  Few people understand this, but the Days of Noah lasted 120 years. (Genesis 6:3)  Jesus continues, “For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, ?and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” (Matthew 24:38-39)  Folks, the presence of the Son of man is now 103 years from 1914 and counting.  Yet, the World is taking no note.
      The Last Days must reach their full time allotted, which is 120 years.  1914 + 120 = 2034.   Since the Great Tribulation is Spiritual, many will  fall away from the faith. But it’s during this time period that the one’s separated to the right hand of Christ, will come out of the Great Tribulation as Survivors.  In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” (Rev 7:13)
      So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7:14)  “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:42)
      Armageddon is an act of undeserved kindness of removing the wicked by means of the second death.  Soon, those outside our interior rooms will be dying the second death in the same manner as Adam and Eve. 
       
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    • By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
      We are now very close to the great tribulation!
      A brother of the betel was concluding his speech when he made the following comment: " Be intensely busy with the word of God," I would like listening very carefully. We who are in Betel we are privileged to work with the faithful and discreet slave and with the body of directors and I wish know you how he feels the body of directors about the time we live now in this system of things.
      The faithful slave feels that it is already happened to the Matthew 24:14 prophecy: "quest for good news the kingdom's be preached in all the inhabited earth."
      What does the party later this word? He says that ... then the end will come.
      He knew you that there are only three countries in the world where there are no Jehovah's Witnesses?
      ONLY 3 countries!
      Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan ...
      This does not mean that there does not reach the in our literature to but just that there are not Jehovah's Witnesses. I had mentioned earlier to some friends and they wanted to know why there are no Jehovah's Witnesses in these countries. I 'll tell you the reason.
      Jehovah does not send his people to any place where he knows that van there! * (See footnote)
      But in these three countries the good news have already been published (I guess it refers to the fact that literature is still available).
      Matthew 14, Luke 21, Mark 13, as well as Revelation 6: these words are ending (?)
      So what is the biblical prophecy that still has to fulfill?
      You know what?
      The read for you.
      See Revelation 17: 15-17 - (read the prophecy)
      The faithful slave is waiting for the day Jehovah will put this thought into their hearts.
      This is the next prophecy that must be fulfilled. For those who know what it means, this will cause the great tribulation.
      Once this is fulfilled , the door will be closed (in a spiritual sense).
      Whatever thing you did, you can not go back.
      "I could have done this or that if I had more time."
      Now is the time!
      How will you spend the time you stay?
      For what are you working or are you committed ?
      - in higher education?
      - you are struggling to get more money and material goods?
      - you are engaged in the distractions of the world?
      Or are you undertake to favor the kingdom.?
      We do things urgently, we try to be quick! (Story running on facebook between of various witnesses of Jehovah accounts)
        I want to point out that the aforementioned text is the translation of the translation of a translation and then of specific phrases may have been distorted sense. Apart from that, however, the general sense of the discourse is clear. Assuming that they are not the ravings of some overzealous brother (which still brings out what they believe, more or less openly, many Jehovah's Witnesses), the meaning is as follows. The prophecies have almost all been fulfilled.  
      The preaching was completed.  
      We are just waiting for the fall of Babylon the Great.  
        Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Our expectations are really in harmony with God's Word?   That's it? Some brother more in later years and with a good memory will recall that statements like these (views from different angles) have already been made in the past. Without wishing to be too argumentative, beyond the past mistakes, it is clear that sooner or later you have to get to the point where it will begin the great tribulation, will fall Babylon the Great, and you will enter the Millennial Kingdom. The fact we were wrong in the past, more than once, this in itself does not prove that you're wrong again. Could it really be so and definitely not wrong to keep alive the sense of urgency - compare Matthew 24:42; Revelation 16:15 Beyond, however, the "hint" that each of us can have, the only thing we should do is search the scriptures to try to understand "what extent we are old" in reference to biblical prophecy. It is true: if we take the writing of Matthew 24:14 and we make an analysis of the presence of our brothers in the world, probably we would come to the same conclusion of the aforesaid brother in the introduction of this article (always assuming that the report is credible). The question, however, end here? Being such an important subject, it would be no need to also examine other scriptures to see if you dial a credible framework or if "something is not right"? Moreover, as the same "slave" has admitted, they are not inspired and therefore we would like to build on something more than a simple "I want you to know how you feel the governing body about the time we live in." The Bible is not "imperfect spiritual food", does not lend itself to corrections or rewards, does not change with time and definitely do not mind - John 17:17; Romans 3: 4; James 1:17; Titus 1: 2 Obviously you are not suggesting that the interpretations of this blog are infallible; far from it. You simply want to emphasize that the Bible is always to have the last word and so we must look for answers there, not in our desires or people that we value - Matthew 4: 4 Some do not even accept the possibility that even those who are taking the lead can go wrong (as if they were human beings). For some to question the statement "slave" is an indication of lack of respect and submission but this is a myopic view of the situation. We know that many times the people of God fed wrong expectations about the future and about the will of God - compares Isaiah 28: 14-19 They were the people of God but this, in itself, did not guarantee the protection and the priests themselves, more often, showed a complete ignorance of the Scriptures - John 3:10 This also happened with good intentions and the best people - compares 1 Samuel 16: 7 Considering the biblical past, trying to see what the Bible says to beyond the proclamation and to everyone who comes , is not it the best? - 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Romans 15: 4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 The Lord Jesus Christ himself, the one who was the wisest of all men , and that he could speak of his own initiative, not perhaps did the same? - Matthew 4: 4-10 Questioning certain statements (not for bias, of course) is not a lack of respect towards the index "slave"; on the contrary, it shows profound respect for the one true authority of God's Word - Psalm 31: 5; Acts 17:11 Let us examine the claim that the prophecies would almost all be fulfilled, and we just have to wait the fall of Babylon the Great. The officer says that understanding God's Kingdom was established in heaven in 1914, by 1918 the heavens were purified, in 1919 the heavenly resurrection began (as well as the purification of the people of God) and so on. Perhaps there is some error in this generalization also because of the constant "adjustments" (adjustments that change the periods of a few months, ever the concepts) but roughly this is what you believe.

      In this article you will see just how the logic and writing can corroborate or invalidate these ideas. The official explanation identifies the slaughtered head of death Revelation 13: 3 as the Anglo-American empire. It is true that the book that lists this explanation (the Revelation Its Grand Climax) has now been withdrawn but there is nothing new on the horizon that, until there is a different explanation, this is the ultimate understanding accepted. As we saw this explanation is problematic because the Anglo-American empire, according to official explanations, is the "king of the South" described in the Bible book of Daniel. However in Daniel is the king of the north to win the last war, and so it is obvious that something is not right - Daniel 11: 40-45 Of course we can not say that Daniel and Revelation contradict, does not it? To focus with Daniel Revelation there are only two possibilities. Or the Anglo-American empire is actually the king of the north ** (see note below) or head slaughtered to death that you see in Revelation can not be the Anglo-American empire. Does not it seem logical reasoning? How can the Anglo-American empire (and be the king of the south) if Daniele does understand that the last ruling king, or what will be defeated by Michele, is the king of the north? In Revelation we do not see another political power that defeats the beast that ascends from the sea. After the Great War (which can also have multiple stages), do not talk about other human wars in Revelation, right? - 1 Thessalonians 5: 3 The last war we are talking about and who participates in this beast is against the God Almighty - Revelation 16: 10-14, 16 The conclusion is logical. Apart from the fact that the end will come when the preaching has reached "all the inhabited earth" before this you will see the clash between the king of the north and the king of the south. And must win the king of the north, of course. In the last World War he has probably won the king of the north as well as to assert that "we just have to wait over the fall of Babylon the Great"? Absolutely no. The last king of the north was the Third Reich and, during the battle against the king of the south (the Anglo-American empire, in fact) it came out defeated. This is a prophecy that still has not been fulfilled and it is more than enough to establish that it is not enough that the preaching arrivals in these last three remaining countries. Among other things, the writing of Matthew 24:14 does not give any basis for determining how long the good news has to take place in a given country in order to receive adequate testimony. If tomorrow our brothers  they come in those nations and begin to preach ... how much time would pass until God considered adequate and sufficiently complete that testimony? The answer is simple: we do not know . However, although that has yet to burst the war between the king of the north and king of the south, it is conceivable that in the meantime there are other prophecies that have to be fulfilled or are being fulfilled, is not it? As we have seen in several previous articles before the war should emerge a certain persecution of brothers (you have tribulation, but is not yet the great tribulation ) because the king of the north must start to suppress the daily sacrifice (the preaching work ) until you get to completely suppress it - see Daniel 8: 10-12, 24, 25 In our recent past, the preaching work was perhaps suppressed completely, which it did by means of the king of the north? According to the prophecy, and this must be done only during the last years of the scheme of things it must have a last impulse - compares Revelation 10:11; 14: 6, 7 E 'at this point that the preaching work will reach the ends of the earth, and this will happen very quickly - Zechariah 4: 6 The total suppression of preaching did not happen even during the Second World War and certainly did not happen in all countries; Also this leaves well understand that it is a prophecy to come. There is much more to say but the above should be sufficient, even for those who disagree with the explanations of this blog, to reflect that the Great, "you can not expect only the fall of" Babylon. Who has respect for the Bible itself to be shaped by it. Of course what has been said does not want to show that the end will come "who knows when." In contrast, recent international events suggest that we are far ahead in the end time  All the events described above will occur in a very short time so when we can really begin to come to "raise high head" - Luke 21:28 Those who have lifted up their heads in 1914 all died with a stiff neck but when these things begin to take place (such as the war between the king of the north and king of the south) we can do it peacefully because of this incident until the actual fall of Babylon the Great (which will not be the world empire of false religion ) will spend a maximum of ten years. So us ensure that our expectations are in harmony with the Word of God not to be disappointed - Isaiah 28:16 Us ensure that our expectations are in harmony with the Word of God to be prepared for what's to come and not discouraged - 2 Peter 1:19; Proverbs 24:10 Us ensure that our expectations are in harmony with the Word of God, ultimately, for our lives - Matthew 7:24, 25     Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. The Bible traces the path. It will not lead to disappointment.   Footnote. * The translation was not very clear. ** From previous articles we saw that the Anglo-American empire is indeed the king of the south.
    • By Jack Ryan
      referring to CHAPTER 18 “My Great Rage Will Flare Up” in the new book:
      and in the first picture? at top of study. Mom, Dad and daughter are at the table reading - praying while Gramps is keeping a watchful eye on the streets for recon angel forces ? Perhaps a few cherub paratroopers dropping behind the lines?
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      Would we just drop dead? Would it be painful? Would we suffer? Would we know? If we die wouldn’t our sins be forgiven anyways cause if not that makes god a liar. No one ever talked About how we would all die
      Arrow to the chest by Jesus on a mighty steed?
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    • Eric Ouellet

      Suivons la lumière de la paroles de Dieu
      Psaumes 119:33 "Instruis-moi, ô Jéhovah, dans la voie de tes prescriptions, pour que je l’observe jusqu’au bout."
       
      AU MILIEU du Ier siècle de notre ère, l’apôtre Paul écrivit à la congrégation chrétienne de Rome. Dans sa lettre, il insista sur le fait que les vrais chrétiens avaient des changements à opérer. Il leur dit: “Ne vous modelez plus sur ce système de choses-ci, mais transformez-vous en renouvelant votre esprit, afin de constater par vous-mêmes quelle est la bonne, l’agréable et la parfaite volonté de Dieu.” (Romains 12:2). Qu’est-ce qui transforme les disciples de Jésus, modifie même leur façon de penser? Fondamentalement, c’est le pouvoir de la Parole de Dieu, la Bible.
      Paul montra à quel point la Bible peut exercer une influence sur nous en écrivant: “La parole de Dieu est vivante et fait sentir son action, et elle est plus acérée qu’aucune épée à deux tranchants et pénètre jusqu’à diviser l’âme et l’esprit, et les jointures et leur moelle, et elle peut discerner les pensées et les intentions du cœur.” (Hébreux 4:12). Effectivement, le pouvoir extraordinaire qu’a la Bible d’opérer de tels changements chez quelqu’un est une preuve convaincante qu’elle n’est pas simplement la parole des hommes.
      Le verbe grec traduit par “transformez-vous” en Romains 12:2 dérive du terme métamorphoô, qui indique un changement total, comme la métamorphose d’une chenille en papillon. Ce changement est si total que la Bible en parle comme d’un changement de personnalité. Dans un autre verset biblique, nous lisons: “Dépouillez-vous de la vieille personnalité avec ses pratiques, et revêtez la personnalité nouvelle qui, par la connaissance exacte, se renouvelle à l’image de Celui qui l’a créée.” — Colossiens 3:9, 10.
       
      Dans sa lettre à la congrégation de Corinthe, Paul montra l’importance des changements de personnalité qui se produisirent au Ier siècle. Il écrivit: “Ni fornicateurs, ni idolâtres, ni adultères, ni hommes qu’on entretient à des fins contre nature, ni hommes qui couchent avec des hommes, ni voleurs, ni gens avides, ni ivrognes, ni insulteurs, ni extorqueurs n’hériteront du royaume de Dieu. Et pourtant c’est là ce qu’étaient certains d’entre vous. Mais vous avez été lavés.” (1 Corinthiens 6:9-11). En effet, des gens immoraux et querelleurs, des voleurs et des ivrognes avaient été transformés en chrétiens exemplaires.
      Changements de personnalité à notre époque
      Des changements de personnalité semblables s’opèrent à notre époque. Par exemple, en Amérique du Sud, un garçon s’est retrouvé orphelin à l’âge de neuf ans. Privé de la direction de ses parents, il a pris en grandissant des habitudes déplorables. Il raconte: “À 18 ans, j’étais devenu complètement dépendant de la drogue, et comme je volais pour satisfaire mon vice, j’avais déjà fait de la prison.” Ce jeune homme avait cependant une tante Témoin de Jéhovah qui a eu la possibilité de lui venir en aide.
      Le jeune homme explique: “J’ai commencé à étudier la Bible avec ma tante. Sept mois plus tard, j’ai arrêté de me droguer.” Il a également cessé de fréquenter ses anciennes connaissances et s’est fait de nouveaux amis parmi les Témoins de Jéhovah. Il ajoute: “Grâce à mes nouveaux amis et à l’étude régulière de la Bible, j’ai fait des progrès qui m’ont ensuite permis de me vouer à Dieu pour le servir.” Ce jeune homme autrefois toxicomane et voleur est devenu un chrétien zélé qui mène à présent une vie pure. Qu’est-ce qui a été à l’origine d’un changement aussi radical? 
      Le pouvoir de la Bible sur le corps et l'esprit.
      Voici un autre exemple provenant du sud de l’Europe. Un jeune homme avait développé en grandissant un mauvais trait de personnalité: il était d’un tempérament violent et se battait sans cesse. Lors d’une dispute familiale, il a même frappé son père, le laissant étendu pour le compte! Par la suite, toutefois, il s’est mis à étudier la Bible en compagnie des Témoins de Jéhovah. Il a ainsi pris connaissance de ce commandement divin contenu dans la lettre aux Romains: “Ne rendez à personne le mal pour le mal. (...) Si possible, — pour autant que cela dépend de vous, — vivez en paix avec tous les hommes. Ne vous vengez pas vous-mêmes, bien-aimés, mais donnez du champ au courroux.” — Romains 12:17-19.
      Ces paroles l’ont aidé à comprendre à quel point ses penchants étaient mauvais. Une plus ample connaissance de la Bible a affiné sa conscience, ce qui, en retour, lui a permis de contenir son caractère impulsif. Alors qu’il était déjà avancé dans l’étude de la Bible, un jour un homme l’a accablé d’insultes. Le jeune homme a senti comme à l’accoutumée un élan de fureur monter en lui. Mais très vite il a ressenti autre chose: un sentiment de honte, qui l’a retenu de céder à la colère. Il avait acquis la maîtrise de soi, un fruit de l’esprit important (Galates 5:22, 23). Grâce au pouvoir de la Parole de Dieu, cet homme a renouvelé sa personnalité.
      Mais comment la Bible exerce-t-elle une action aussi puissante? 
      En Colossiens 3:10, Paul dit que notre personnalité se transforme au moyen de la connaissance exacte, connaissance que l’on trouve dans la Bible. Mais de quelle façon la connaissance transforme-t-elle quelqu’un?
      Le rôle de la connaissance exacte venant de la source de vie
      Premièrement, la Bible indique de quels traits de personnalité indésirables il faut se défaire. Citons “des yeux altiers, une langue mensongère, et des mains qui versent le sang innocent, un cœur qui forge des projets nuisibles, des pieds qui ont hâte de courir au mal, un faux témoin qui exhale des mensonges, et quiconque sème des disputes entre frères”. (Proverbes 6:16-19.) Deuxièmement, la Bible énumère les qualités que nous devons cultiver, entre autres “l’amour, la joie, la paix, la longanimité, la bienveillance, la bonté, la foi, la douceur, la maîtrise de soi”. — Galates 5:22, 23.
      Cette connaissance exacte aide la personne sincère à s’examiner et à déterminer quels traits de personnalité elle a besoin de cultiver et lesquels elle doit s’efforcer d’éliminer (Jacques 1:25). Mais ce n’est là qu’un début. En plus de la connaissance, elle a besoin d’une motivation, de quelque chose qui la pousse à vouloir changer. Là encore, elle a besoin de la connaissance exacte qu’apporte la Bible.
      Soyons motivés pour faire le bien 
      Paul dit que la personnalité nouvelle, désirable, est modelée “à l’image de Celui qui l’a créée”. (Colossiens 3:10.) La personnalité chrétienne doit donc ressembler à la personnalité de Dieu lui-même (Éphésiens 5:1). La personnalité de Dieu nous est révélée au moyen de la Bible, qui nous fait connaître Ses manières d’agir envers les humains et Ses qualités: son amour, sa bienveillance, sa bonté, sa miséricorde et sa justice, par exemple. Cette connaissance incite celui qui est droit à aimer Dieu et à désirer être le genre de personne qu’Il approuve (Matthieu 22:37). Comme des enfants pleins d’amour, nous voulons plaire à notre Père céleste, si bien que nous cherchons à imiter du mieux que nous pouvons sa personnalité malgré nos faiblesses et notre imperfection. — Éphésiens 5:1
      Notre motivation est renforcée par la connaissance que donne la Bible des fruits produits par les bons et les mauvais traits de personnalité (Psaumes 14:1-5; 15:1-5; 18:20, 24). Nous apprenons que David fut béni pour sa piété et pour son amour de la justice, mais qu’il a souffert quand il a perdu sa maîtrise de soi. Nous voyons les malheurs qui arrivèrent lorsque Salomon se départit de ses qualités dans sa vieillesse. Les bienfaits qui résultèrent de la droiture de Josias et d’Ézéchias sont mis en contraste avec les effets désastreux de la faiblesse d’Achab et de l’apostasie obstinée de Manassé (Galates 6:7). Nous apprenons donc à "aimer la justice" et à "haïr le mépris de la loi". — Hébreux 1:9; Psaumes 45:7; 97:10.
      Cette motivation est affermie davantage encore par une connaissance exacte des desseins de Dieu. Cette connaissance nous aide à changer jusqu’à la "force qui incline notre esprit", la force qui motive nos pensées et nos actions (Éphésiens 4:23, 24). Quand nous étudions la Bible, nous apprenons que Jéhovah ne tolérera pas indéfiniment la méchanceté. Il va bientôt détruire le monde injuste et instaurer “de nouveaux cieux et une nouvelle terre dans lesquels la justice doit habiter”. (2 Pierre 3:8-10, 13.) Qui vivra dans ce monde nouveau? “Les hommes droits sont ceux qui résideront sur la terre, et les irréprochables, ceux qui resteront sur elle. Pour ce qui est des méchants, ils seront retranchés de la terre; et quant aux traîtres, ils en seront arrachés.” — Proverbes 2:21, 22.
      Si nous croyons vraiment en cette promesse, toute notre façon de penser s’en ressentira. Après avoir prophétisé l’élimination de la méchanceté, l’apôtre Pierre a dit: “Puisque toutes ces choses doivent ainsi se dissoudre, quel genre d’hommes devez-vous être en actes de sainte conduite et en actes de piété, attendant et n’oubliant jamais la présence du jour de Jéhovah.” (2 Pierre 3:11, 12). Notre personnalité doit être modelée par notre ardent désir de faire partie des hommes droits qui seront épargnés lors de la destruction des méchants.
      Le livre de la Révélation promet aux hommes droits qu’après la fin du monde actuel “[Dieu] essuiera toute larme de leurs yeux, et la mort ne sera plus; ni deuil, ni cri, ni douleur ne seront plus. Les choses anciennes auront disparu”. Mais ce livre nous prévient ensuite que ‘les lâches, les gens sans foi, ceux qui sont immondes dans leur malpropreté et meurtriers et fornicateurs, et ceux qui pratiquent le spiritisme, les idolâtres et tous les menteurs’ seront éliminés (Révélation 21:4, 8). Qu’il est sage de rejeter les défauts que Dieu ne tolérera pas dans le monde nouveau!
      Toutefois, les humains sont faibles, et il leur faut généralement plus que la connaissance et une motivation pour changer. Ils ont besoin d’une aide personnelle. Or, la Bible nous montre où la trouver. Elle dit par exemple: “Celui qui marche avec les sages deviendra sage, mais il arrivera malheur à celui qui a des rapports avec les stupides.” (Proverbes 13:20). De même, si nous fréquentons ceux qui manifestent les qualités que nous désirons cultiver, cela nous aidera grandement à leur ressembler davantage. — Genèse 6:9; Proverbes 2:20; 1 Corinthiens 15:33.
      De surcroît, Jéhovah lui-même fournit de l’aide sous la forme de l’esprit saint — le même esprit qu’il a utilisé pour accomplir des miracles dans le passé. D’ailleurs, les qualités hautement désirables que sont “l’amour, la joie, la paix, la longanimité, la bienveillance, la bonté, la foi, la douceur, la maîtrise de soi” sont appelées “le fruit de l’esprit”. (Galates 5:22, 23.) Comment obtient-on l’aide de l’esprit saint? Puisque la Bible a été inspirée par l’esprit saint, quand nous la lisons ou parlons d’elle à autrui, nous exposons notre esprit et notre cœur à l’action convaincante de cet esprit (2 Timothée 3:16). En fait, Jésus a promis que lorsque nous parlons à autrui de notre espérance, nous pouvons ressentir l’action directe de cet esprit. — Matthieu 10:18-20.
      De plus, la Bible donne cet ordre: “Persévérez dans la prière.” (Romains 12:12). Au moyen de la prière, nous nous adressons à Jéhovah, le louons, le remercions et sollicitons son aide. Si nous demandons de l’aide pour vaincre des traits de personnalité indésirables comme un tempérament coléreux, l’obstination, l’impatience ou l’orgueil, l’esprit de Dieu appuiera tous les efforts que nous ferons en harmonie avec cette prière. — Jean 14:13, 14; Jacques 1:5; 1 Jean 5:14.
      C’est à une congrégation de chrétiens baptisés et oints de l’esprit que Paul a écrit: “Transformez-vous en renouvelant votre esprit.” (Romains 1:7; 12:2). Dans le texte grec original, il a utilisé une forme du verbe qui sous-entend une action prolongée. Cela suggère que la transformation qu’opère en nous la connaissance exacte provenant de la Bible se fait de manière progressive. Comme les chrétiens du temps de Paul, nous vivons dans un monde qui regorge d’influences corruptrices. Et, comme eux, nous sommes imparfaits, enclins au mal (Genèse 8:21). Nous devons donc faire des efforts soutenus pour vaincre notre vieille personnalité égoïste, et revêtir la nouvelle, tout comme ils l’ont fait. Les premiers chrétiens y sont si bien parvenus qu’ils se démarquaient totalement du monde dans lequel ils vivaient. Les chrétiens d’aujourd’hui font de même.
      Un peuple qui se laisse diriger par le Très Haut
      À notre époque, l’esprit de Dieu n’agit pas sur des individus seulement, mais sur toute une organisation de chrétiens, qui se comptent par millions. C’est sur cette organisation que s’accomplissent ces paroles prophétiques d’Ésaïe: “Et assurément de nombreux peuples iront et diront: ‘Venez et montons à la montagne de Jéhovah, à la maison du Dieu de Jacob; et il nous instruira de ses voies, et nous marcherons dans ses sentiers.’” (Ésaïe 2:3). Cette autre prophétie d’Ésaïe se réalise aussi sur eux: “Tous tes fils seront des personnes enseignées par Jéhovah, et la paix de tes fils sera abondante.” (Ésaïe 54:13). Qui sont ces humains qui connaissent la paix parce qu’ils sont enseignés par Jéhovah?
      Notez les propos suivants qui sont extraits d’une lettre adressée à un journal américain (New Haven Register): “Même si l’on a comme moi été exaspéré ou irrité par leur prosélytisme, on ne peut qu’admirer le dévouement, la propreté, la conduite exemplaire et le mode de vie sain de ces gens.” De qui l’auteur de cette lettre parlait-il? Du même groupe dont le Herald de Buenos Aires, en Argentine, a dit: ‘Les Témoins de Jéhovah ont prouvé au fil des ans qu’ils sont des citoyens travailleurs, sobres, économes et craignant Dieu.’ C’est encore à leur sujet que La Stampa, journal italien, a écrit: “Ils ne fraudent pas sur les impôts et ne cherchent pas à se soustraire aux lois qui ne les avantagent pas. Leur vie ‘de tous les jours’ a pour idéal l’amour du prochain, le refus de prendre le pouvoir, la non-violence et l’honnêteté.”
      Pourquoi les Témoins de Jéhovah dans leur ensemble se distinguent-ils si nettement de leurs contemporains, à l’exemple des premiers chrétiens? À bien des égards, ils ne diffèrent pas des autres humains. Ils ont hérité des mêmes imperfections humaines, rencontrent les mêmes difficultés économiques et éprouvent les mêmes besoins fondamentaux. Toutefois, en tant que congrégation mondiale, ils laissent la Parole de Dieu exercer une action dans leur vie. L’existence de cette famille internationale de vrais chrétiens atteste avec force que la Bible est la Parole inspirée de Dieu. — Psaume 133:1.
      La Bible est inspirée de Dieu
       “Oh! vois que j’ai aimé tes ordres! Ô Jéhovah, conserve-moi en vie selon ta bonté de cœur. La substance de ta parole est la vérité, et toute décision judiciaire à toi est pour des temps indéfinis.” — Psaume 119:159, 160.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Comment fortifier notre foi par les épreuves que nous subissons en ce monde.
       
      DANS la vie, il y a parfois des moments où nous avons désespérément besoin d’aide pour résoudre nos problèmes. S’il nous arrivait d’être frappés par une série de malheurs, nous pourrions facilement sombrer dans le désespoir le plus complet et nous sentir écrasés par l’adversité. C’est dans ces moments-là que nous apprécions l’aide qui nous est offerte.
      Le fait que nous sommes disciples du Fils de Dieu ne signifie pas que nous n’avons jamais besoin d’aide. Nous ne sommes pas à l’abri des épreuves. La maladie, les accidents, les inondations, les tremblements de terre, les tempêtes, la criminalité, l’injustice et l’oppression sont le lot de tous les humains. Nous ne devrions pas nous attendre que le Souverain suprême utilise son pouvoir pour influer sur notre hérédité ou sur notre environnement afin de nous épargner, à nous seulement qui sommes ses serviteurs, les souffrances consécutives aux conditions actuelles. Dieu a prévu d’annuler un jour les effets néfastes du péché de l’homme, mais ce jour est encore à venir. S’il accordait dès à présent une protection miraculeuse à son peuple, une foule d’hommes viendraient sans aucun doute en grossir les rangs, mais uniquement par intérêt, et non pas par amour et par foi. — Comparez avec Jean 6:10-15, 26, 27.
       
      Non seulement nous ne pourrons pas éviter les souffrances que causent des événements pénibles, mais pour la raison même que nous sommes serviteurs de Dieu, nous devrons peut-être endurer la persécution, qu’elle vienne de notre famille, de nos voisins, de nos connaissances ou des autorités gouvernementales. Jésus alla même jusqu’à dire: “On vous livrera à la tribulation et l’on vous tuera, et vous serez les objets de la haine de toutes les nations à cause de mon nom.” (Matthieu 24:9). L’Histoire démontre que c’est ce qui s’est passé précisément dans notre vingtième siècle.
      Pourquoi le Dieu Tout-Puissant permet-il que ses serviteurs subissent des épreuves? Puisque leur mode de vie ne les protège pas des maux courants et qu’il peut même faire d’eux des ‘objets de haine’, on peut se demander s’il est vraiment le meilleur qui soit. Apporte-t-il des bienfaits qui compensent, qui excèdent même les peines subies? Se pourrait-il qu’il y ait plus de bonheur à endurer certaines épreuves qu’à les éviter? Qu’est-ce qui nous permettra de supporter victorieusement les difficultés les plus grandes? La réponse à ces questions nous aidera et nous affermira beaucoup.
      QUI EST LE VRAI RESPONSABLE?
      Il ne faut jamais oublier que notre Père céleste n’est pas responsable de la souffrance. Ce n’est pas lui qui a introduit le péché dans le monde, mais un de ses fils spirituels qui s’est rebellé délibérément contre son Créateur, se faisant ainsi Satan, c’est-à-dire opposant au Très-Haut. Influencé par lui, le premier couple humain, Adam et Ève, a violé volontairement la loi divine et s’est attiré la condamnation de Dieu et la mort (Genèse 3:1-19; Jean 8:44). Adam ayant perdu sa perfection, tous ses descendants sont nés dans le péché et sont sujets à la maladie, aux infirmités, à la vieillesse et à la mort (Romains 5:12). Pécheurs dès la naissance, nous sommes bien loin d’être le genre de personnes que nous voudrions et que nous devrions être. Il nous arrive de blesser les autres involontairement par nos paroles ou nos actes, et d’ajouter ainsi à leurs peines. Il faut donc nous rappeler que Dieu n’est pas responsable des difficultés causées par notre imperfection ou par celle de nos semblables. Si sa loi avait été respectée, la maladie, les infirmités, la vieillesse et toutes les autres causes de souffrances n’auraient jamais existé.
      Notre Père céleste n’approuve pas non plus l’extrême cruauté de l’homme envers son semblable. La Bible déclare: “Écraser sous les pieds tous les prisonniers du pays, priver un homme de ses droits au mépris du Très-Haut, égarer la justice dans les tribunaux, — le Seigneur n’a jamais approuvé ces choses.” (Lamentations 3:34-36, The New English Bible). Ceux qui violent la loi de Dieu en maltraitant leurs semblables devront lui rendre des comptes. “La vengeance est à moi; c’est moi qui paierai de retour, dit Jéhovah.” (Romains 12:19). Par conséquent, nous devons veiller à ne pas nous irriter contre notre Père céleste à cause des souffrances provoquées par des hommes qui enfreignent délibérément et effrontément sa loi.
      Évidemment, Jéhovah Dieu pourrait empêcher Satan, les démons, les hommes méchants et l’imperfection humaine de provoquer toutes sortes de situations pénibles. Toutefois, puisqu’il permet que même ses serviteurs connaissent l’adversité, il doit avoir de bonnes raisons d’agir ainsi.
      POUR LE BIEN DES “VASES DE MISÉRICORDE”
      Les Écritures expliquent que si Dieu n’est pas intervenu contre les responsables des grandes souffrances qui affligent les humains, c’est dans le but de procurer finalement le plus grand bonheur aux amis de la droiture. Dans sa lettre aux Romains, l’apôtre chrétien Paul écrivit:
      “Que dirons-nous donc? Y a-t-il de l’injustice chez Dieu? Que ce ne soit jamais le cas! Car il dit à Moïse: ‘J’aurai pitié de qui j’ai pitié, et je témoignerai de la compassion à qui je témoigne de la compassion.’ Ainsi donc, cela dépend, non pas de celui qui souhaite ni de celui qui court, mais de Dieu qui a pitié. Car l’Écriture dit à Pharaon: ‘C’est pour cela même que je t’ai laissé subsister, pour faire voir à ton sujet ma puissance, et pour que mon nom soit proclamé par toute la terre.’ Ainsi donc, il a pitié de qui il veut, mais il laisse s’obstiner qui il veut.
      “Tu vas donc me dire: ‘Qu’a-t-il encore à faire des reproches? Qui a résisté en effet à sa volonté formelle?’ Ô homme, vraiment, qui es-tu donc pour répliquer à Dieu? Est-ce que l’objet façonné va dire à celui qui l’a façonné: ‘Pourquoi m’as-tu fait ainsi?’ — Plaît-il? Est-ce que le potier n’a pas pouvoir sur l’argile pour faire, de la même masse, tel vase pour un usage honorable et tel autre pour un usage vulgaire? Si donc Dieu, bien que voulant montrer son courroux et faire connaître sa puissance, a supporté avec beaucoup de longanimité des vases de courroux rendus bons pour la destruction, afin de faire connaître la richesse de sa gloire envers des vases de miséricorde qu’il a par avance préparés pour la gloire, savoir nous qu’il a appelés non seulement d’entre les Juifs, mais encore d’entre les nations, eh bien quoi?” — Romains 9:14-24.
      Les circonstances que Jéhovah peut provoquer ou tolérer dans la vie des hommes permettent de révéler quelle sorte de “vases” ils sont. Le pharaon à qui Jéhovah ordonna, par l’entremise de Moïse et d’Aaron, de libérer les Israélites qu’il tenait en esclavage, continua à s’endurcir contre le Très-Haut. Plus les plaies s’abattaient sur les Égyptiens, plus ce pharaon s’obstinait dans son refus de laisser les Israélites quitter l’Égypte comme un peuple libre. Il se révéla donc un ‘vase de courroux’ qui méritait la destruction pour avoir défié l’autorité du Souverain suprême, Jéhovah Dieu. Par la même occasion le traitement cruel et injuste qu’il infligea aux Israélites prouvait amplement que ceux-ci avaient bien besoin de la miséricorde et de la compassion de Dieu.
      Notez également que, selon l’apôtre Paul, si Jéhovah a laissé le pharaon s’obstiner dans son défi, c’est parce que son nom était impliqué. S’il avait détruit immédiatement cet orgueilleux monarque, Jéhovah Dieu n’aurait pas eu l’occasion de faire connaître l’ampleur et la diversité de son pouvoir, comme il l’a fait en humiliant les nombreuses divinités égyptiennes ainsi que les prêtres magiciens. Les dix plaies et la destruction du pharaon et de son armée dans la mer Rouge, point culminant de l’action de Dieu, furent une démonstration tellement grandiose de la puissance divine que les nations d’alentour en parlaient encore des années plus tard. Ainsi le nom de Jéhovah fut proclamé par toute la terre, ce qui contribua à sa gloire et à son honneur et incita les humains sincères à reconnaître sa suprématie. — Josué 2:10, 11; I Samuel 4:8.
      Les Israélites, tels des “vases de miséricorde”, profitèrent assurément de cette action du Très-Haut. En tolérant l’oppression des Israélites puis en y mettant fin par une splendide démonstration de puissance, Dieu leur permit de mieux le connaître. Il leur donna un aperçu de sa grandeur comme cela n’aurait jamais été possible autrement. Bien que pénibles, les événements que les Israélites vécurent en Égypte auraient certainement dû les aider à comprendre à quel point il était important d’exercer la foi dans le pouvoir salvateur de Dieu et d’éprouver pour lui une crainte salutaire. C’était indispensable s’ils voulaient continuer à mener une vie qui leur apporterait le bonheur, la sécurité, la paix et la santé. — Deutéronome 6:1-24; 28:1-68.
      Tout comme l’inclination du cœur des hommes a été rendue manifeste à cette époque-là, de même les épreuves que Dieu permet que nous subissions aujourd’hui révèlent si nous le servons avec de bons mobiles. Satan, l’adversaire de Dieu, prétend en effet que ceux qui font la volonté divine agissent surtout par égoïsme. Voici ce qu’il déclara au sujet du fidèle Job: “Tout ce qu’un homme a, il le donnera pour son âme. Pour changer, avance ta main, s’il te plaît, et touche jusqu’à son os et à sa chair, et vois s’il ne te maudit pas à ta face.” (Job 2:4, 5). En endurant fidèlement les souffrances, nous réfutons l’accusation de Satan et nous participons à la justification du beau nom de notre Père céleste qui, lui, a confiance en ses fidèles serviteurs. Mais que dire si Jéhovah permet à Satan d’utiliser ses instruments pour infliger aux vrais chrétiens des traitements qui les rendent infirmes ou provoquent leur mort? Si des chrétiennes sont violées ou subissent d’autres agressions tout aussi abominables? Évidemment, ce sont là des choses révoltantes, mais rappelons-nous qu’il n’est rien que notre Père céleste ne puisse entièrement réparer en temps voulu. C’est pourquoi il peut parfois juger bon de permettre que l’épreuve aille jusqu’à de telles extrémités. Grâce à leur fidélité, même jusqu’à la mort, les serviteurs de Dieu ont ainsi la possibilité de démontrer de façon incontestable qu’ils lui vouent un attachement sincère.
      Aussi surprenant que cela puisse paraître à certains, les épreuves que nous subissons, qu’elles aient des causes naturelles ou qu’elles soient dues à la persécution peuvent malgré tout nous faire progresser sur le plan individuel. C’est ce que fait remarquer l’apôtre Pierre. Après avoir dit que les chrétiens sont “sauvegardés par la puissance de Dieu” pour que leur salut définitif soit assuré, il ajoute:
      “En cette chose vous vous réjouissez grandement, bien que vous soyez actuellement affligés, s’il le faut, pour un peu de temps, par diverses épreuves, afin que la valeur éprouvée de votre foi, beaucoup plus précieuse que l’or qui est périssable quoique éprouvé par le feu, soit trouvée sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la révélation de Jésus Christ.” — I Pierre 1:5-7.
      Comme Pierre l’admet lui-même, il n’est nullement agréable de souffrir. Nous sommes certainement “affligés” lorsque nous subissons des épreuves, et pourtant il est possible, en même temps, de nous réjouir. Pourquoi? Cette joie vient en partie de ce que nous sommes conscients des bienfaits spirituels qui découlent de l’endurance victorieuse des souffrances. Quels sont ces bienfaits spirituels?
      LES SOUFFRANCES AFFINENT LA FOI
      L’apôtre Pierre compare l’effet des épreuves sur la foi d’un chrétien à l’affinage de l’or par le feu. Dans cette opération, on obtient de l’or fin par l’élimination des scories. La valeur bien supérieure de cet or affiné justifie certainement l’utilisation de ce procédé. Pourtant, comme le fait remarquer Pierre, même l’or éprouvé par le feu est périssable. Il peut s’user ou être détruit d’une façon ou d’une autre. Il n’en va pas de même de la foi éprouvée. La vraie foi ne peut être détruite.
      Pour obtenir l’approbation divine, nous devons absolument posséder une telle foi. La Bible déclare: “Sans la foi il est impossible de lui plaire [à Dieu].” (Hébreux 11:6). La foi dont la sincérité est démontrée dans l’épreuve a vraiment beaucoup plus de valeur que l’or fin, car notre avenir éternel en fait partie.
      Mais comment les épreuves affinent-elles la foi au point qu’elle “soit trouvée sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la révélation de Jésus Christ”? 
      En voici plusieurs façons.

      Si notre foi est solide, elle nous réconfortera et nous soutiendra quand nous subirons une épreuve. Ayant passé victorieusement cette épreuve, nous serons plus forts pour faire face à d’autres difficultés éventuelles. L’expérience nous aura montré ce que notre foi peut faire pour nous.
      D’autre part, une certaine épreuve peut révéler un défaut particulier de la personnalité du chrétien, par exemple l’orgueil, l’entêtement, l’impatience ou encore l’amour du monde, du luxe ou des plaisirs. Ces traits viennent en fait d’un manque de foi. En effet, ils montrent que ce chrétien ne se soumet pas totalement à la direction de Dieu et à sa volonté à son égard. Il n’est pas convaincu que son Père céleste sait mieux que quiconque ce qui lui procurera le bonheur ni qu’on est toujours béni quand on suit la direction divine (Hébreux 3:12, 13). Quand les épreuves révèlent au chrétien ses faiblesses, il se rend compte qu’il doit affermir sa foi s’il veut rester un serviteur approuvé du Très-Haut.
      Par conséquent, si un événement particulier révèle que notre foi présente une faille, nous pouvons nous examiner et décider quelle correction apporter. Il serait bien que nous nous posions ces questions: “Pourquoi ma foi est-elle faible? Est-ce que je néglige l’étude et la méditation de la Parole de Dieu? Est-ce que je saisis toutes les occasions qui me sont offertes de me réunir avec mes frères chrétiens afin de m’affermir grâce à la déclaration de leur foi? Ai-je tendance à trop compter sur moi-même au lieu de me décharger sur Jéhovah Dieu de tous mes soucis et de toutes mes ‘inquiétudes’? Est-ce que je prie Jéhovah du fond du cœur chaque jour?” Une fois que nous aurons déterminé dans quels domaines il nous faut progresser, faisons de grands efforts pour effectuer les changements nécessaires dans notre vie quotidienne, afin de fortifier notre foi.
      Si nous recherchons la direction de Dieu et attendons patiemment et avec foi qu’il nous indique le moyen d’être soulagés de nos épreuves, nous ferons en sorte que ces circonstances pénibles nous aident à devenir de meilleurs serviteurs du Très-Haut. Alors, notre foi sera vraiment “trouvée sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la révélation de Jésus Christ”. Le Fils de Dieu ‘louera’ ou fera l’éloge de notre foi. Il nous récompensera largement à cause de celle-ci, nous accordant ainsi la “gloire”. Il nous fera l’“honneur” de nous reconnaître comme ses disciples devant Jéhovah Dieu et devant les anges (comparez avec Matthieu 10:32; Luc 12:8; 18:8). Cela signifiera que nous aurons devant nous la perspective de vivre éternellement et heureux. Mais que pouvons-nous faire pour ne pas faiblir dans la foi quand nous passons par de dures épreuves?
      COMMENT RÉAGIR FACE À L’ÉPREUVE
      Il nous sera plus facile d’endurer avec succès de pénibles épreuves si nous reconnaissons qu’elles sont temporaires. L’affinage de l’or a un commencement et une fin. De même, aucune peine ne durera indéfiniment. Si nous gardons présente dans notre cœur la promesse divine de la vie éternelle sans maladie, ni cri, ni douleur, alors même la pire de toutes les souffrances dans le présent système sera à nos yeux “momentanée et légère”. (II Corinthiens 4:17.) Pensez à l’époque où “l’on ne se remémorera pas les choses précédentes, et [où] elles ne monteront pas au cœur”. (Ésaïe 65:17.) Qu’il est merveilleux de savoir qu’il ne restera même pas un mauvais souvenir de ces moments difficiles!Et puis, il est rare d’avoir à subir quotidiennement de grandes souffrances de la part des hommes. D’ailleurs, notre bonne conduite ne donne guère de raisons aux gens de nous faire du mal. Comme les autorités gouvernementales ont la responsabilité de faire respecter la loi et l’ordre, elles peuvent même louer les serviteurs de Jéhovah pour leur obéissance aux lois. De nos jours, même des gens hostiles aux chrétiens ont dû faire la même constatation que les ennemis de Daniel, fidèle prophète de Dieu; ceux-ci déclarèrent: “Nous ne trouverons dans ce Daniel aucun prétexte, à moins qu’il ne nous faille en trouver contre lui dans la loi de son Dieu.” Oui Daniel était “digne de confiance et (...) aucune négligence ni chose malhonnête ne fut trouvée en lui”. (Daniel 6:4, 5.) En général, il n’y a aucune raison pour qu’à elle seule la bonne conduite du chrétien lui vaille l’hostilité de ses semblables. C’est peut-être pourquoi l’apôtre Pierre soulève la question suivante: “Et en effet qui vous fera du mal si vous devenez zélés pour le bien?” — I Pierre 3:13.
      Mais, par cette question, il se peut que l’apôtre ait plutôt voulu dire: “Qui peut vraiment faire du mal à un chrétien dont la voie est droite?” Personne ne peut nous infliger de mauvais traitements indéfiniment. Jésus Christ déclara en effet à ses disciples: “Ne craignez pas ceux qui tuent le corps mais qui ne peuvent tuer l’âme; mais craignez plutôt celui qui peut détruire et l’âme et le corps dans la Géhenne.” (Matthieu 10:28). Oui, les hommes peuvent aller jusqu’à nous tuer, mais ils sont incapables de nous priver du droit de vivre en tant qu’âmes. Le Dieu Très-Haut, par l’entremise de son Fils, a le pouvoir de rendre la vie à ses fidèles serviteurs et c’est ce qu’il fera. Seul Jéhovah peut nous ôter pour toujours le droit à la vie en nous livrant à la mort éternelle, sans espoir de résurrection.
       L’apôtre Pierre pouvait donc dire à ses frères chrétiens: “Et même si vous souffrez pour la justice, heureux êtes-vous. Cependant ne craignez pas l’objet de leur crainte, et ne vous laissez pas émouvoir.” — I Pierre 3:14.
      Nous pouvons être heureux si nous souffrons “pour la justice, car nous avons alors une conscience pure vis-à-vis de Dieu et des hommes. Nous souffrons pour une juste cause. Nous retirons une satisfaction et une paix profondes de savoir que nous sommes agréables au Très-Haut. Toutefois, comme le fait remarquer l’apôtre, cela n’est possible que si nous ne cédons pas à la peur. Pierre parle peut-être ici de la peur que peuvent nous inspirer nos persécuteurs, à moins qu’il ne s’agisse de la peur qu’éprouvent les persécuteurs eux-mêmes. Par exemple, comme ils ne croient pas que Jéhovah Dieu ressuscitera les morts par l’entremise du Christ, les ennemis des vrais chrétiens redoutent une mort prématurée (Hébreux 2:14, 15). Mais nous, qui sommes serviteurs de Dieu, nous ne partageons pas la crainte des non-croyants, car nous avons été affranchis de la peur d’une telle mort et nous savons que notre Père céleste ne nous abandonnera jamais. Par conséquent, nous ne devrions pas nous laisser “émouvoir” au point, par exemple, de nous élever avec colère contre nos persécuteurs.
      Que faire s’il nous arrivait d’être convoqués devant les autorités gouvernementales et interrogés sur un ton dur et méprisant? Nous ne voudrons jamais rendre la pareille. Sachant que Dieu nous soutient, nous aurons de la hardiesse, sans pour autant nous croire autorisés à adopter une attitude agressive ou arrogante (comparez avec Actes 4:5-20). L’apôtre nous donne ce conseil: “Dans vos cœurs, sanctifiez comme Seigneur le Christ, étant toujours prêts à la défense devant quiconque vous demande la raison de l’espérance qui est en vous, tout en le faisant avec douceur et un profond respect.” (I Pierre 3:15). Si, au lieu de tenir compte de cette exhortation, nous nous montrions au contraire méprisants et irrespectueux, ce ne serait plus pour la justice que nous souffririons. Les autorités s’estimeraient alors en droit de prendre des mesures contre nous pour insoumission et manque de respect. Dans le monde, les gens laissent éclater leur irritation, leur colère et leur rancune quand ils estiment que leurs droits sont lésés, mais le chrétien, lui, n’agit pas ainsi.
      Dans de telles circonstances, nous devons, comme nous le conseille l’apôtre, penser à notre Seigneur et Maître et nous souvenir de l’exemple qu’il nous a donné. Nous veillerons à accorder à Jésus Christ le plus grand respect et à lui réserver une place sacrée dans nos cœurs. Étant ses disciples, nous voudrons répondre à n’importe quelle autorité qui nous interroge comme si nous nous trouvions en la présence même de notre Seigneur. Nous devrions présenter les raisons de notre attitude chrétienne respectueusement et calmement.
      UNE HEUREUSE INFLUENCE SUR NOS ADVERSAIRES
       En endurant fidèlement les souffrances, nous pouvons aussi réduire au silence nos adversaires. C’est là une pensée qui, selon l’apôtre Pierre, nous encouragera à garder une conscience pure. Il déclare: “Gardez une bonne conscience, afin que, sur le point même où l’on parle contre vous, soient pris de honte ceux qui décrient votre bonne conduite pour ce qui est de Christ.” (I Pierre 3:16). En observant la patience des serviteurs de Dieu qui ne se plaignent pas, des gens hostiles peuvent se sentir honteux de les avoir calomniés. Cela est particulièrement vrai lorsque nous traitons nos ennemis avec bonté. — Romains 12:19-21.
      Le fait que l’endurance fidèle dans les épreuves pour la justice produit de tels bienfaits, vient appuyer les paroles suivantes de Pierre: “Car mieux vaut souffrir parce qu’on fait le bien, si le veut la volonté de Dieu, que parce qu’on fait le mal.” (I Pierre 3:17). Quel mérite y aurait-il, en effet, à souffrir parce qu’on a volé, escroqué, fraudé le fisc ou défié l’autorité à cause d’un sentiment de piété mal compris ou d’un zèle intempestif? Celui qui serait puni pour de telles actions ne pourrait que jeter l’opprobre sur lui-même et sur ses compagnons dans la foi. Mais si un chrétien supporte avec patience les mauvais traitements qui lui sont infligés injustement, certains seront impressionnés en se rendant compte qu’une force soutient les vrais adorateurs, tandis que ceux qui portent de faux témoignages sur les vérités divines et sur leurs défenseurs pourront être réduits au silence. Puisque Dieu permet que le chrétien subisse des épreuves, c’est à juste titre que Pierre pouvait dire: “Si le veut la volonté de Dieu.”
      COMME JÉSUS, NOUS SERONS RÉCOMPENSÉS
      Le cas de Jésus illustre bien comment on peut recevoir de grandes bénédictions en restant fidèle dans les souffrances. Étant sans péché, il ne fit rien qui justifiât les mauvais traitements dont il fut victime. Cependant, parce qu’il supporta les épreuves jusqu’à mourir d’une mort ignominieuse sur un poteau, il en résulta pour nous de merveilleux bienfaits, et pour lui, une grande récompense. L’apôtre Pierre écrivit:
      “En effet, le Christ lui-même est mort une fois pour toutes en ce qui concerne les péchés, un juste pour des injustes, afin de vous mener à Dieu, ayant été mis à mort dans la chair, mais ayant été rendu à la vie dans l’esprit. C’est dans cet état qu’il est même allé prêcher aux esprits en prison, qui jadis avaient été désobéissants quand la patience de Dieu attendait, aux jours de Noé, pendant que se construisait l’arche, dans laquelle peu de gens, c’est-à-dire huit âmes, furent transportés sains et saufs à travers l’eau.” — I Pierre 3:18-20.
      Comme Jésus resta absolument intègre dans l’épreuve, il put donner sa vie en sacrifice humain parfait. Ainsi, sa mort prépara la voie pour “mener à Dieu” des humains, pour les réconcilier avec le Très-Haut et pour leur offrir la perspective de la vie éternelle. Étant donné que nous retirons de si grands bienfaits du sacrifice du Christ, ne devrions-nous pas être disposés à suivre son exemple et à souffrir pour la justice?
      En outre, comme dans le cas de Jésus, nous pouvons être certains que notre endurance fidèle sera bénie. Le fait que Jésus a été “rendu à la vie dans l’esprit”, c’est-à-dire qu’il a été ressuscité pour une vie spirituelle, constitue une garantie absolue que ses disciples aussi retrouveront la vie. — I Corinthiens 15:12-22.
       Étant sorti victorieux grâce à son endurance fidèle, le Fils de Dieu, désormais créature spirituelle, pouvait proclamer un message de condamnation aux “esprits en prison”. Puisque ces esprits désobéirent à l’époque de Noé, il doit s’agir des fils angéliques de Dieu qui quittèrent leur résidence originelle dans les cieux pour se marier avec des femmes (Genèse 6:1-4). Ils sont appelés des “esprits en prison” parce que leur châtiment inclut certaines restrictions qui leur interdisent définitivement de reprendre leur place parmi les anges fidèles. Jude confirme que ces anges déchus ne pouvaient recevoir qu’une sentence de condamnation; il dit: “Les anges qui n’ont pas gardé leur position originelle, mais ont abandonné leur propre demeure. [Dieu] les a réservés dans des liens éternels, sous l’obscurité épaisse, pour le jugement du grand jour.” (Jude 6). C’est son endurance fidèle jusqu’à la mort qui valut à Jésus d’être ressuscité et de pouvoir ainsi prêcher ou proclamer une sentence de condamnation contre les anges déchus.
       
       Ce message de destruction adressé aux esprits méchants devrait nous encourager à endurer fidèlement quand nous rencontrons des épreuves. Pourquoi? Parce que ce sont ces forces spirituelles méchantes qui contribuent dans une grande mesure à attiser l’hostilité des humains éloignés de Dieu envers les disciples de Jésus Christ. La Bible déclare: “Le dieu de ce système de choses a aveuglé l’esprit des incrédules, de peur que ne les éclaire l’éclatante lumière de la glorieuse bonne nouvelle au sujet du Christ, qui est l’image de Dieu.” (II Corinthiens 4:4). “Pour nous [les chrétiens] la lutte n’est pas contre le sang et la chair, mais contre les gouvernements, contre les autorités, contre les chefs mondiaux de ces ténèbres, contre les forces spirituelles méchantes qui sont dans les lieux célestes.” (Éphésiens 6:12; voir aussi Révélation 16:13, 14). Si donc Jésus Christ ressuscité a pu prêcher un message de condamnation aux esprits mauvais, nous pouvons être sûrs qu’un jour leur influence haineuse sera réduite à néant (comparez avec Marc 1:23, 24). Quel merveilleux soulagement ce sera alors!
      Non seulement Jésus Christ a été relevé d’entre les morts comme un serviteur approuvé de Dieu, ce qui lui a permis de condamner les anges rebelles, mais il a aussi été élevé à une haute position. L’apôtre Pierre nous dit: “Il est à la droite de Dieu, car il est allé au ciel; et anges, et autorités, et puissances lui ont été soumis.” (I Pierre 3:22). Ces paroles sont tout à fait conformes à celles de Jésus lui-même qui, après sa résurrection d’entre les morts, déclara: “Tout pouvoir m’a été donné dans le ciel et sur la terre.” (Matthieu 28:18). Bien des hommes ont accepté de souffrir et de mourir au service de chefs humains infiniment moins puissants que Jésus. Ils considéraient comme un grand honneur de servir ainsi un roi ou une reine. À combien plus forte raison devrions-nous nous sentir honorés de pouvoir endurer des épreuves à cause de notre fidélité à notre Roi céleste, Jésus Christ!
      IMITEZ JÉSUS CHRIST
      Quand vous êtes affligé, prenez toujours pour modèle le Fils de Dieu. L’apôtre écrit: “Puisque Christ a souffert dans la chair, vous aussi armez-vous de la même disposition d’esprit, parce que celui qui a souffert dans la chair a rompu avec les péchés, afin de vivre le reste de son temps dans la chair, non plus pour les désirs des hommes, mais pour la volonté de Dieu.” — I Pierre 4:1, 2.
      Quelle était la disposition d’esprit de Jésus? Il supporta humblement toutes les attaques verbales et physiques et subit finalement une mort douloureuse sur un poteau. En refusant de rendre la pareille, le Fils de Dieu accomplit ces paroles prophétiques: “Comme une brebis il a été mené à l’abattage, et, comme un agneau qui est sans voix devant celui qui le tond, ainsi il n’ouvre pas la bouche.” — Actes 8:32; Ésaïe 53:7.
      Étant serviteurs du Très-Haut, nous voudrons endurer de la même façon les souffrances, sans céder à un esprit de rébellion ou de vengeance. Si nous menacions ceux qui nous persécutent ou cherchions des occasions de leur faire du mal, nous montrerions que nous sommes encore esclaves des passions de la chair imparfaite. Si nous endurons des souffrances de la part des hommes, ce devrait être uniquement parce que nous refusons de suivre les voies égoïstes du monde (Jean 15:19, 25). C’est ainsi que nous pouvons démontrer par notre attitude d’esprit, nos paroles et nos actions que nous vivons "non plus pour les désirs des hommes, mais pour la volonté de Dieu".
      UNE RAISON D’ÊTRE HEUREUX
       
      Au premier siècle de notre ère, la foule idolâtre ne subissait pas de persécutions religieuses. Par contre, quiconque embrassait le christianisme devenait un objet de haine. Ce devait être une expérience étrange, déconcertante même. Voilà qui était bien loin des bénédictions promises à ceux qui acceptaient la “bonne nouvelle”. Ces chrétiens avaient grand besoin d’acquérir le bon point de vue sur cette question. Aussi les paroles suivantes de l’apôtre Pierre leur furent-elles certainement d’un grand secours:
      “Bien-aimés, ne vous laissez pas déconcerter par l’incendie qui est au milieu de vous et qui vous advient pour servir d’épreuve, comme s’il vous arrivait quelque chose d’étrange. Bien au contraire, continuez à vous réjouir puisque vous avez part aux souffrances du Christ, pour que vous vous réjouissiez et frémissiez aussi de joie durant la révélation de sa gloire. Si l’on vous outrage pour le nom de Christ, heureux êtes-vous, car l’esprit de gloire, oui, l’esprit de Dieu repose sur vous.” — I Pierre 4:12-14
       Ne soyons pas déconcertés si le malheur nous frappe, mais considérons plutôt que cela nous prépare à recevoir les bénédictions qui accompagneront la révélation de noootre Maître. Pierre compare les souffrances à un “incendie”. En effet, de même que les métaux sont affinés par le feu, de même Dieu permet que ses serviteurs soient affinés ou purifiés par les tribulations. Évidemment, Dieu ne nous a pas faits pécheurs, mais comme nous le sommes, il peut permettre que nous endurions des souffrances dans le but de nous purifier. Elles peuvent nous rendre meilleurs, plus humbles et plus compréhensifs à l’égard de nos semblables. En outre, quand nous avons nous-mêmes subi de cruelles épreuves, nos paroles de réconfort et d’encouragement ont beaucoup plus de poids. Ceux que nous consolons savent que nous comprenons ce par quoi ils sont en train de passer.
       Puisque le Fils de Dieu a souffert, les tourments que nous subissons confirment que nous sommes bien ses disciples et que nous demeurons en union avec lui. Jésus dit à ses apôtres: “Rappelez-vous la parole que je vous ai dite: Un esclave n’est pas plus grand que son maître. S’ils m’ont persécuté, ils vous persécuteront aussi.” (Jean 15:20). Lorsque nous sommes persécutés pour les mêmes raisons que notre Maître et que nous souffrons comme lui pour la justice, nous ‘avons part aux souffrances du Christ’. Tout comme sa fidélité lui valut d’être récompensé par son Père céleste, de même notre endurance fidèle dans les épreuves nous donne l’assurance que nous serons approuvés lors de la révélation du Fils de Dieu. Nous déborderons certainement de joie quand Dieu nous accordera la vie éternelle dans un nouvel ordre de choses où toutes les causes actuelles de chagrin auront disparu.
      Comme le déclare également Pierre, être outragé pour le nom de Christ, c’est-à-dire parce que l’on est son disciple, devrait être une source de joie. Cela prouve que ceux que l’on diffame ainsi possèdent l’esprit de Dieu, oui, le bel “esprit de gloire” qui émane de Dieu. Puisque cet esprit est saint, il ne peut reposer que sur des personnes qui sont pures du point de vue de Dieu.
      C’est pourquoi il est très important de faire en sorte qu’aucune mauvaise action de notre part ne soit la cause des souffrances que nous subissons. L’apôtre Pierre fait cette exhortation: “Mais qu’aucun de vous ne souffre comme meurtrier, ou voleur, ou malfaiteur, ou comme quelqu’un qui se mêle des affaires d’autrui.” — Celui qui prétend être chrétien et qui commet une mauvaise action contre son semblable ne doit pas s’attendre à échapper à la punition (comparez avec Actes 25:11). Ce châtiment jettera l’opprobre non seulement sur ce chrétien, mais aussi sur toute la famille spirituelle et sur le nom de Christ. Il n’en retirera pas de la joie, mais de la honte.
      Celui qui se mêle des affaires d’autrui peut se rendre haïssable. Le mot grec utilisé par Pierre montre bien comment on peut en arriver à agir ainsi, car il signifie littéralement “surveillant de ce qui appartient à un autre”. Ayant acquis une certaine connaissance des Écritures, un chrétien pourrait se croire capable de dire aux gens du monde comment gérer leurs affaires. Il avancera peut-être son point de vue personnel sur la tenue vestimentaire, les distractions, la façon de se nourrir, de discipliner les enfants, de régler les problèmes conjugaux et sexuels, etc. Quand il s’immisce dans la vie privée des autres, sans y être invité, leur disant ce qu’ils doivent faire ou ne pas faire, il cherche à devenir le “surveillant” de leurs affaires, ce qui les irrite généralement. Quelqu’un dira peut-être carrément à cet importun de se mêler de ses affaires. Il se peut aussi qu’il essuie des coups de la part de personnes qui sont furieuses de le voir s’ingérer dans leur vie privée. Cet homme, qui se mêle d’affaires qui ne le regardent pas, s’attire des ennuis et dénature le christianisme et son message auprès des gens du dehors. Évidemment, même au sein de la congrégation, il n’y a pas de place pour ce genre d’individus. — Comparez avec 1Timothée 5:13.
      Celui qui est dénoncé publiquement comme un délinquant ou comme quelqu’un qui se mêle des affaires d’autrui, celui-là est un objet de honte. En revanche, celui qui souffre parce qu’il est chrétien en est honoré. Pierre écrit: “S’il souffre comme chrétien, qu’il n’ait pas de honte, mais qu’il continue à glorifier Dieu en ce nom.” (I Pierre 4:16). Quand nous sommes persécutés à cause de notre mode de vie chrétien et que nous supportons l’épreuve patiemment, sans nous plaindre, le Très-Haut est glorifié. Cela prouve que ce que nous possédons en tant que chrétiens, — de précieuses relations avec Dieu et avec le Christ, une conscience pure, le bonheur spirituel et une ferme espérance pour l’avenir, — tout cela est un trésor de grande valeur. Nous démontrons que nous sommes disposés à souffrir et, s’il le faut, à mourir pour ce trésor, et le Dieu que nous servons de tout cœur en est glorifié. Par contre, si nous cédions aux pressions et reniions notre foi, nous déshonorerions son nom. Ceux qui nous observent pourraient alors douter sérieusement qu’être disciple de Jésus Christ est vraiment un grand trésor. — Comparez avec Éphésiens 3:13; II Corinthiens 6:3-10.
      UNE FORME DE DISCIPLINE
      Nous avons vu que Jéhovah Dieu, qui est tout-puissant, pourrait épargner aux chrétiens des souffrances injustifiées, mais qu’il les tolère pour de bonnes raisons. Cependant, le Très-Haut n’abandonne jamais ses serviteurs. L’apôtre Pierre développe cette pensée en disant:
      “C’est en effet le temps fixé où le jugement commence par la maison de Dieu. Or, s’il commence par nous, quelle sera la fin de ceux qui n’obéissent pas à la bonne nouvelle de Dieu? ‘Et si le juste est sauvé avec difficulté, où paraîtront l’impie et le pécheur?’ Ainsi donc, que ceux qui souffrent selon la volonté de Dieu continuent à confier leur âme à un Créateur fidèle, tout en faisant le bien.” — I Pierre 4:17-19.
      En tant que “maison de Dieu”, la congrégation chrétienne a été fondée en l’an 33. Depuis lors, ses membres sont en train d’être jugés par Dieu. La façon dont ils se plient à sa volonté, leur attitude d’esprit, leurs paroles et leurs actions face à tout ce que Jéhovah Dieu permet qu’il leur arrive, sont autant de choses qui influeront beaucoup sur le verdict final de Jéhovah. Parfois, Dieu tolère qu’ils soient éprouvés très sévèrement. Mais il peut faire en sorte que la persécution constitue une forme de discipline pour le bien de son peuple. — Hébreux 12:4-11; voyez aussi Hébreux 4:15, 16, où il est montré que les souffrances qu’endura Jésus Christ le préparèrent à devenir un grand prêtre compatissant.
       Des hommes dirigés par Satan peuvent essayer de détruire notre foi en nous brutalisant. Mais Jéhovah est capable de faire échouer leurs funestes projets. Oui, tout en haïssant lui-même ce qui est mauvais, notre Père céleste peut faire en sorte que ce qui était destiné à nous faire du mal s’avère en définitive très utile. Prenez l’exemple de Joseph, le jeune fils de Jacob. Ses demi-frères, qui le haïssaient, le vendirent comme esclave. Pendant des années, Joseph connut bien des malheurs; il fut même emprisonné injustement. Pourtant, par la suite, Jéhovah Dieu tira avantage de cette situation pour préserver la famille de Jacob. Joseph déclara à ses demi-frères:
      “À présent, ne soyez pas peinés et ne soyez pas irrités contre vous-mêmes, de m’avoir vendu pour ici; car c’est pour la préservation de la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé en avant de vous. Car ceci est la deuxième année de la famine au milieu de la terre, et il y aura encore cinq ans sans labour ni moisson. Aussi Dieu m’a-t-il envoyé en avant de vous afin de mettre, pour vous, sur la terre, un reste et vous garder en vie par une grande évasion. Ainsi donc, ce n’est pas vous qui m’avez envoyé ici, mais c’est le vrai Dieu, pour m’établir comme père pour Pharaon et comme seigneur pour toute sa maison et comme quelqu’un qui domine sur tout le pays d’Égypte.” — Genèse 45:5-8.
      "Or je désire que vous le sachiez, frères: mes affaires ont plutôt tourné au progrès de la bonne nouvelle, si bien que parmi toute la garde prétorienne et parmi tous les autres il est devenu notoire que mes liens ont un rapport avec Christ; et la plupart des frères dans le Seigneur, rendus confiants par mes liens, se montrent d’autant plus courageux à parler sans crainte de la parole de Dieu.” — Philippiens 1:12-14.
       Puisque Jéhovah Dieu tolère que ses fidèles serviteurs subissent de cruels traitements pour qu’ils soient affinés et pour qu’ils lui prouvent leur attachement, comment imaginer qu’au dehors de la congrégation chrétienne, ou “maison de Dieu”, “l’impie et le pécheur” puissent “paraître” devant lui en compagnie du “juste”? Le psalmiste déclare: “Les méchants ne se mettront pas debout devant le jugement, ni les pécheurs dans l’assemblée des justes.” (Psaume 1:5). Non, les méchants ne seront pas approuvés mais condamnés. Ils n’auront jamais la faveur de Dieu. Eu égard à tout ce qu’il leur faut affronter dans ce monde, les croyants doivent faire beaucoup d’efforts et manifester une foi et un amour profonds dans la voie de la droiture pour parvenir au salut et à la vie éternelle. C’est donc “avec difficulté” qu’ils acquièrent le salut. Par conséquent, il incombe à chaque membre de la congrégation chrétienne (“la maison de Dieu”) de veiller à ne pas devenir “impie” et “pécheur” en ce “temps fixé” de “jugement”. — I Pierre 4:17, 18; Proverbes 11:31.
       Nous pouvons subir des épreuves qu’il nous serait impossible de supporter avec nos propres forces. Mais aussi dramatique que puisse être notre situation, Jéhovah Dieu a le pouvoir de nous soutenir et d’annuler complètement tout le mal qui nous est infligé. Quand nous nous en remettons entièrement à lui, il peut nous donner assez de force, au moyen de son esprit, pour supporter les souffrances. Il est, comme le dit Pierre, un “Créateur fidèle”, un Dieu en qui nous pouvons avoir confiance et qui n’oubliera jamais sa promesse de venir en aide à ses serviteurs (I Pierre 4:19). Cette connaissance nous aidera à ne pas réagir envers nos persécuteurs d’une façon qui déshonorerait Dieu. Plutôt que de lutter contre eux et de leur rendre la pareille, nous voudrons continuer à faire le bien. — Luc 6:27, 28.
      Si nous acceptons humblement toutes les choses qui peuvent nous survenir dans notre vie, tout en gardant la même disposition d’esprit que le Christ, nous pouvons être sûrs que Jéhovah nous élèvera. Aucune épreuve ne durera indéfiniment. Toutes prendront fin. Tant que sous les mauvais traitements nous nous conduisons en harmonie avec la volonté divine, nous demeurerons sous la main de Jéhovah. Or, sa main peut nous élever au rang de serviteurs éprouvés et approuvés. Aussi Pierre nous fait-il cette recommandation: “Humiliez-vous donc sous la main puissante de Dieu pour qu’il vous élève en temps voulu, tout en vous déchargeant sur lui de toute votre inquiétude, car il prend soin de vous.” — I Pierre 5:6, 7.
      Qu’il est réconfortant de savoir que Jéhovah se soucie vraiment de nous! Son amour nous réchauffe le cœur, son esprit nous fortifie et nous soutient. Lorsqu’une épreuve est passée et que nous nous rappelons la sollicitude de Jéhovah à notre égard, nous nous sentons plus proches de lui. Notre situation est alors comparable à celle d’un enfant reconnaissant qui a pu constater l’amour et la sollicitude affectueuse de ses parents pendant qu’il était gravement malade. Sa confiance et son amour pour eux s’en trouvent grandis. Certes, lorsque des circonstances très éprouvantes se présentent, nous ne pouvons pas tout simplement nous y soustraire, mais nous pouvons nous décharger sur Jéhovah Dieu de nos inquiétudes. À quoi bon nous tourmenter en nous demandant pendant combien de temps nous serions capables de supporter les mauvais traitements d’une foule déchaînée et impitoyable, des viols répétés ou d’autres atrocités? Avec l’aide de notre Père céleste aimant, nous pouvons, si nous lui restons fidèles, endurer les épreuves et remporter une victoire morale sur ceux qui nous persécutent. Cette assurance nous libère de l’anxiété qui pourrait nous priver de la paix de l’esprit et du cœur si nécessaire pour rester fermes dans les épreuves.
      Toutefois, ce n’est pas parce que nous nous sommes déchargés de nos inquiétudes sur Jéhovah que nous devrions maintenant être trop sûrs de nous ou insouciants. Nous avons un ennemi. “Gardez votre équilibre, soyez vigilants, écrit Pierre. Votre adversaire, le Diable, comme un lion rugissant, circule cherchant à dévorer quelqu’un.” — I Pierre 5:8.
      Selon ce conseil de l’apôtre, nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre d’être insouciants face à l’épreuve. L’adversaire guette la moindre occasion de nous faire tomber. Si Satan peut nous amener à douter de la fidélité de nos frères ou nous affaiblir spirituellement par tout autre moyen, il ne manquera pas de le faire. Cesser de fréquenter la congrégation chrétienne ou de faire la déclaration publique de sa foi équivaudrait à se laisser dévorer par Satan, le “lion rugissant” toujours à l’affût de proies imprudentes.
      Pour rester vigilants il nous faut, entre autres choses, nous rappeler constamment que nous ne sommes pas les seuls à endurer des souffrances. Sur la terre entière, nos frères chrétiens subissent toutes sortes d’épreuves et, avec l’aide de l’esprit de Dieu, ils parviennent à les surmonter victorieusement. Cette pensée nous aidera à ne pas tomber dans les pièges de Satan, car elle nous donnera l’assurance que nous pourrons endurer l’épreuve nous aussi, grâce à la puissance de Jéhovah. Alors, “tenez-lui tête, solides dans la foi, sachant qu’en fait de souffrances les mêmes choses s’accomplissent dans la famille entière de vos frères dans le monde”. — I Pierre 5:9.
      Puisque Jéhovah Dieu veut que nous surmontions les obstacles pour parvenir au salut, nous pouvons lui demander son aide en toute confiance, tout en considérant les épreuves qui nous adviennent avec sa permission comme une discipline utile qui fera de nous des chrétiens complets et forts dans la foi. L’apôtre Pierre exprime très bien cette pensée lorsqu’il déclare:
      "Après que vous aurez souffert un peu de temps, le Dieu de toute faveur imméritée, qui vous a appelés à sa gloire éternelle en union avec Christ, parachèvera lui-même votre formation, il vous affermira, il vous rendra forts. À lui la puissance pour toujours! Amen.” — I Pierre 5:10, 11.
      Tout comme Jésus a souffert un peu de temps sur la terre et a été élevé à une haute position, de même les disciples du Fils de Dieu attendent une récompense glorieuse. Si les souffrances que nous pouvons être amenés à endurer de par la permission de Dieu affermissent notre attachement aux principes bibliques et font de nous des disciples plus humbles, plus compréhensifs et plus compatissants, cette formation aura alors atteint son but. Pour qu’il en soit ainsi, nous devons compter entièrement sur notre Père céleste en étant confiants que tout ce qui peut nous arriver avec sa permission contribuera finalement à notre bonheur éternel, si toutefois nous nous y soumettons humblement (Romains 8:28). Dans le même esprit que l’apôtre Pierre, nous pouvons élever nos voix et dire: “Grâce soit rendue à Dieu de nous avoir permis d’être formés par les épreuves et de nous aider à devenir des serviteurs fermes et forts, approuvés par lui, ayant l’espérance de la vie éternelle!”

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Suivons les traces de celui qui est la source de vie
       
      Avec amour, Jéhovah invite des personnes “ de toutes nations et tribus et peuples et langues ” à l’adorer (Rév. 7:9, 10 ; 15:3, 4). Celles qui acceptent cette invitation peuvent “ contempler le charme de Jéhovah ”. (Ps. 27:4 ; 90:17.) À l’instar du psalmiste, elles élèvent la voix pour louer Dieu par ces termes : “ Adorons et courbons-nous ! Agenouillons-nous devant Jéhovah notre Auteur. ” — Ps. 95:6.
      Un culte d’une grande valeur
      Étant le Fils unique-engendré de Dieu, Jésus avait eu largement la possibilité de découvrir la pensée, les principes et les normes de son Père. Par conséquent, il pouvait avec assurance enseigner aux autres la bonne façon d’adorer Jéhovah. Il a déclaré : “ Je suis le chemin, et la vérité, et la vie. Personne ne vient vers le Père sinon par moi. ” — Jean 1:14 ; 14:6.
      Jésus nous a laissé un exemple parfait en restant humblement soumis à son Père. Il a indiqué : “ Je ne fais rien de ma propre initiative, mais [...] comme le Père m’a enseigné, moi je dis ces choses. ” Il a ensuite ajouté : “ Je fais toujours les choses qui lui plaisent. ” (Jean 8:28, 29). De quelles manières Jésus a-t-il plu à Jéhovah ?
      En premier lieu, le Fils était entièrement dévoué à son Père. C’est d’ailleurs ce qu’implique fondamentalement adorer Dieu. Jésus montrait qu’il était personnellement attaché à son Créateur en lui étant obéissant, en accomplissant sa volonté, même si cela lui demandait de grands sacrifices (Phil. 2:7, 8). Il consacrait beaucoup de temps à enseigner et à former ses disciples. C’était là un aspect important du culte qu’il rendait à Dieu, à tel point qu’il était appelé Enseignant tant par les croyants que par les non-croyants (Mat. 22:23, 24 ; Jean 3:2). De plus, Jésus se dépensait pour autrui. Son esprit de sacrifice lui laissait peu de temps pour lui-même, mais il était heureux de servir les autres (Mat. 14:13, 14 ; 20:28). Bien que très occupé, il prenait toujours le temps de parler à son Père céleste dans la prière (Luc 6:12). Sans nul doute, Dieu accordait une valeur inestimable au culte que Jésus lui vouait !
      Des efforts soutenus pour plaire à Dieu
      Jéhovah a remarqué la conduite de son Fils et a exprimé son approbation (Mat. 17:5). Mais Satan le Diable également a observé la fidélité de Jésus. Jésus est donc devenu sa cible privilégiée. Pourquoi ? Parce qu’aucun humain n’avait jamais réussi à rester totalement obéissant à Dieu et, de ce fait, à l’adorer de la manière qui lui convient vraiment. Aussi le Diable voulait-il empêcher Jésus de rendre à Dieu le culte qui Lui revenait de droit. — Rév. 4:11.
      Satan a essayé de corrompre Jésus en lui faisant une offre tentante. Il l’emmena sur “ une montagne extraordinairement haute et lui montra tous les royaumes du monde et leur gloire ”. Puis il lui dit : “ Toutes ces choses, je te les donnerai si tu tombes et fais un acte d’adoration pour moi. ” Quelle fut la réaction de Jésus ? Il répondit : “ Va-t’en, Satan, car il est écrit : ‘ C’est Jéhovah ton Dieu que tu dois adorer, et c’est à lui seul que tu dois offrir un service sacré. ’ ” (Mat. 4:8-10). Quels que soient les avantages qu’il aurait pu en retirer, Jésus comprenait bien que se prosterner devant Satan, c’était commettre un acte d’idolâtrie. Il refusait d’accomplir ne serait-ce qu’un acte d’adoration devant quelqu’un d’autre que Jéhovah.
      En ce qui nous concerne, Satan ne nous proposera pas tous les royaumes du monde et leur gloire en échange de notre adoration. Néanmoins, il essaie encore d’empêcher les chrétiens sincères de rendre un culte à Dieu. Le Diable veut que nous adorions quelqu’un ou quelque chose d’autre. — 2 Cor. 4:4.
      Jésus Christ s’est montré fidèle jusqu’à la mort. En restant intègre, il a glorifié Jéhovah comme aucun humain ne l’avait jamais fait. Aujourd’hui, nous qui sommes de vrais chrétiens, nous nous efforçons d’imiter la fidélité de Jésus en mettant le culte de notre Créateur à la première place dans notre vie. Sans conteste, nos bonnes relations avec Dieu sont ce que nous avons de plus précieux.
      Les bénédictions que procure le culte que Dieu agrée
      Favoriser “ le culte qui est pur et sans souillure ” du point de vue de Dieu apporte de nombreuses bénédictions (Jacq. 1:27). Par exemple, nous vivons à une époque où de plus en plus de gens sont “ amis d’eux-mêmes, amis de l’argent, arrogants ” et “ sans amour du bien ”. (2 Tim. 3:1-5.) Par contraste, au sein du peuple de Dieu, nous avons le privilège de côtoyer des personnes pures et de saine compagnie qui s’efforcent de respecter les normes de Dieu en matière de culte. N’est-ce pas là une source de réconfort ?
      En outre, nous tenir à l’écart des souillures de ce monde nous procure une conscience pure. Nous voulons qu’elle reste pure, et c’est pour cela que nous nous soumettons aux principes justes de Dieu et que nous obéissons aux lois de César qui ne sont pas en désaccord avec les lois divines. — Marc 12:17 ; Actes 5:27-29.
      Un culte rendu à Dieu de toute son âme apporte d’autres bénédictions. Quand nous nous soucions d’accomplir la volonté de Dieu plutôt que la nôtre, notre vie a un sens véritable et elle est plus gratifiante. Au lieu de dire : “ Mangeons et buvons, car demain il nous faudra mourir ”, nous entretenons l’espoir certain de la vie éternelle sur une terre transformée en paradis. — 1 Cor. 15:32.
      Le livre de la Révélation attire notre attention sur le moment où ceux qui seront demeurés purs devant Jéhovah “ vien[dront] de la grande tribulation ”. Le récit précise que “ Celui qui est assis sur le trône étendra sur eux sa tente ”. (Rév. 7:13-15.) Celui qui est assis sur le trône n’est autre que Jéhovah Dieu, le Personnage le plus glorieux de l’univers. Imaginez quelle joie ce sera quand il vous accueillera comme l’hôte de sa tente et vous protégera pour qu’aucun mal ne vous soit fait ! Et dans une certaine mesure, nous bénéficions dès à présent de cette protection.
      De plus, tous ceux qui rendent à Dieu le culte qu’il agrée sont décrits comme étant guidés vers “ des sources d’eaux de la vie ”. Ces sources revivifiantes représentent toutes les dispositions prises par Jéhovah pour que nous puissions obtenir la vie éternelle. Assurément, grâce à la rançon du Christ, “ Dieu essuiera toute larme de leurs yeux ”. (Rév. 7:17.) Tandis que les humains seront élevés à la perfection, tous connaîtront une joie indicible à la perspective de vivre éternellement sur la terre. Dès maintenant, les adorateurs heureux de Dieu poussent des cris de joie, exprimant leur profonde reconnaissance envers Jéhovah et lui vouant un culte en compagnie de ses serviteurs au ciel qui chantent : “ Grandes et prodigieuses sont tes œuvres, Jéhovah Dieu, le Tout-Puissant. Justes et vraies sont tes manières d'agir, Roi d’éternité. Qui ne peut te craindre et ne pas glorifier ton nom? Car toi seul tu es fidèle! Car toutes les nations viendront et adoreront devant toi, parce que tes décrets justes ont été manifestés. ” — Rév. 15:3, 4.



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    • Patiently waiting for Truth

      I am seriously looking for TRUTH. Yes I do feel lost in the wilderness. 
      But, when Jerusalem was about to be destroyed (70C.E) didn't some return 'home' there, only to perish when the Romans slaughtered them. They returned to Jerusalem because they lost their faith in Almighty God and in the words of Jesus. And therefore they died through lack of faith.
      I do not lack faith in Almighty God or in Jesus Christ. But I do lack immediate direction. However, at this moment in time, I would not return to the Jehovah's Witnesses Org.  In my opinion that Org will be either made clean or destroyed. Either way, right now I would not want to be part of it. 
      I also do not pay any attention to those on here that condemn me to death or tell me that I have no hope left.  
      My faith is not in earthling man. My faith in Almighty God through Jesus Christ. 
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    • Esther  »  Eric Ouellet

      Bonjour Éric
      Je recherche un discours pour une étudiante. Le thème c'était "Dieu approuve-t-il une religion en particulier ? " 
      Si tu l'as en audio ou écrit, c'est assez urgent car je la vois cet après-midi. 
      Merci beaucoup mon frère
      Esther😉
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