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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." (Matthew 10:34)

As distressing as pestilences are, they are part of the Composite Sign of Jesus Christ Presence in Kingdom Glory. (Luke 21:10-11) So the pummeling of pestilences we SEE today, affect everyone living on the earth "Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him. Yes, Amen." (Rev 1:7)

Pestilences were often used in the past to execute divine judgment. However, as the Last Days conclude to their end, the Pestilences and Plagues will no longer be directed against all the tribes of the earth. Soon, the pestilences will only affect those who refuse to know Jehovah God and are disobedient to the good news of Jesus Christ. "This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you." (2 Thessalonians 1:6)

This is Really 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.” (Luke 21:28)

As new pestilence and plagues become a common place in this last hour of this system of things, Jehovah Witnesses look forward to the end of Satan's System of things. These viruses are severely contagious which affect how we conduct our Bible Studies, the preaching work, and even Baptizing New Christian Believers. Such adjustments are welcomed and we look forward to a Bright Future as this gloomy system of things come to its end. For those on the outside of our inner rooms, the wicked will soon be swallwwed up by the second death as they start dying off. (Rev 22:15)

The removal of the wicked will be a day of relief for those who have the work of bearing witness of Jehovah and his Anointed One Jesus Christ. Therefore, as the last Days come to their end, there will be no need to witness to those dying off. Those who have God's Name on them will keep on living into Christ's Millinieal Reign where they will find exquisite delight. (Pslams 37:10-11)

 

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Now when he was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with things that can be observed"     Luke 17:20 "with obse

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;

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3 hours ago, BroRando said:

So the pummeling of pestilences we SEE  today, 

Now when he was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with things that can be observed"     Luke 17:20

"with observation".  You are observing the physical easy to SEE, signs.  

3 hours ago, BroRando said:

This is Really 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.” (Luke 21:28)

 

 Rev. 6:8 - "And I looked, and behold, a pale green horse, and the one seated on it was named Death, and Hades followed after him. And authority was granted to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword and by famine and by pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth."

Sword - God's inspired word.  Eph 6:7; Heb 4:12  

Famine - the absence of spiritual food.   Amos 8:11 - Look, the days are coming,” declares my Lord Yahweh, “when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine for bread and not a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh!"

Pestilence - that word represents "death".  Without the food that Christ provides, we die.  John 6:51

None of the signs of the end will be literally "observed" as declaring the coming of the Kingdom of God.  They must be spiritually discerned as Jesus said.  Satan's world provides the literal. 1 John 5:19  And the Kingdom will not be born from whatever happens in his unclean world, whatever show Satan will distract us with.  Job 14:4

 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”  Luke 17:21

"So he answered and said to them, “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be fair weather because the sky is red,’ 3 and early in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy weather, because the sky is red and darkening.’ You know how to evaluate correctly the appearance of the sky, but you are not able to evaluate the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, and a sign will not be given to it except the sign of Jonah!” And he left them and went away."  Matt 16:2-4

Any of us can "evaluate" what's happening in the world as  earthquakes, wars, famines and pestilences, take place; but only those who are the "spiritual man", have the ability to evaluate the signs of the times.  (1 Cor 2:14)

A Hidden Famine, A Hidden Feast

 

 

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