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Keep Paying Attention to Daniel
The writing is on the wall. The world now stands at the brink of a great war; no doubt a global war, a war that will undoubtedly far surpass the horrors and hardships wrought by the 20th century’s two bloody world wars. The war now developing will most assuredly be the most tumultuous calamity ever experienced by any generation – it will overturn civilization itself.
But how may we know for certain what the future holds in this regard? Surely the leaders of the nations would not be so stupid as to risk the extermination of all mankind?
The truth is, there are influential evil entities involved that are much more powerful than humans.
To underscore that fact, while people are generally familiar with the term Armageddon – there even being a popular Hollywood science fiction movie by that title – most do not appreciate what Revelation says brings about the conflict known as the war at Armageddon.
But according to the 16th chapter of Revelation it is expressions inspired by powerful, super-human evil spirits —demons —that are destined to influence the world leaders, over-reaching them, gathering them to a symbolic place, a situation really, called in Hebrew Harmageddon.
Other books in the Bible confirm that same eventuality. For example, Revelation informs us that after their crushing defeat at Armageddon Christ will imprison the demons for a thousand years, while Isaiah foretells the same thing in the 24th chapter, saying: “In that day Jehovah will turn his attention to the army of the heights above and to the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they will be gathered together like prisoners gathered into a pit, and they will be shut up in the dungeon; after many days they will be given attention.”
It is apparent that the “army of the heights above” is in reference to the legions of demons under Satan’s command. Their being taken as prisoners and shut up in a dungeon for many days is in harmony with Revelation.
As regards the future, we may know the future because the future has already been determined, long ago, by someone far wiser and more farsighted than any mere human or demon. God not only foresees and determines the future, but he has also revealed the things to come in prophecy.
The book of Daniel, written five centuries before Jesus came to the earth, consists of a series of visions and dreams that God inspired, as well as direct messages to the prophet from divine messengers, that reveal the historical developments and the behind-the-scenes goings-on that will soon culminate with the climatic coming to power of the Kingdom of Christ and the catastrophic end of all human governments.
But the coming global war will merely be the final battle in an earthly conflict that has spanned more than two millennia. The prophecy in the 11th chapter of Daniel identifies two opposed kings or kingdoms – the king of the north and the king of the south.
Over the span of twenty-four centuries the dominant power has shifted from one to the other. First the kings of the south dominated, then the kings of the north and back and forth – until the crucial period delineated in prophecy as “the time of the end.”
Contrary to what the Watchtower has stated, during the time of the end the king of the north will subjugate his longtime nemesis and reign supreme – establishing a unipolar world government – the first ever truly global government. That is why there is no mention of the king of the south when Michael stands up against the king of the north.
The book of Revelation, which is intertwined with the prophecy of Daniel, reveals that this last kingdom will only rule the world for a symbolic one hour, in other words – for a relatively short period of time. Both Daniel and Revelation reveal the short period of time to amount to 1,260 days, or three and one half years.
The final chapter of the long-running historical saga concludes when Michael, the great prince, otherwise known as the Prince of princes, stands up to confront a fierce-looking king, who is also portrayed as the last manifestation of the king of the north. At which point the last king comes to an inglorious end. These climatic events are in the near future.
But who is this fierce king and the king of the north that will come to his end? The truth is, since the publication of the Pay Attention to Daniel commentary in the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR the Watchtower has not had anything to say in revision regarding the prophecies of Daniel. Given the obvious lateness of the hour and the Watchtower’s silence, it behooves thinking Christians to pay all the more attention to Daniel.
Who is Baruq?
Baruq is the alter ego of Baruch, the secretary of Jeremiah the prophet during the reigns of Jehoiakim and Zedekiah. Baruch was employed by the prophet to write and read messages to the people of Jehovah against Jerusalem.
At some point in his life, when Baruch complained of his weariness, Jehovah warned him: ‘Do not keep on seeking great things for yourself.’ Nevertheless, because of his faithfulness he was promised preservation and safety ‘in all the places to which he might go,’ not only during the terrible siege of Jerusalem but also afterwards when the rebellious populace compelled him and Jeremiah to go down to Egypt with them.
Like his predecessor, Baruq is working to spread on the web Jehovah's messages towards (or against) his organization. Baruq is not a disciple of e-watchman, Robert King, neither of Perimeno, but after careful consideration, he thinks that many of their writings can be fair interpretations of biblical prophecies. This is why he decided to do the translation for the benefit of his christian fellows who do not read English. Baruq is a Jehovah's Witness since several decades and has seen changes of directions and teachings of the Watchtower. Although he does not want to divert his brothers from the Organization, he believes that only the Bible have authority and that each one must review and conscientiously draw the right conclusions. In the near future, Jehovah will reveal ”who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time".
If you, dear visitor, think that loyalty to an organization has precedence over loyalty to the Creator of the universe, then reflect in prayer if you have to continue browsing this site. If you decide to stay with us, so you are welcome and do not hesitate to comment in the spaces provided for this purpose.
The Watchtower Society has written much over the years about the "man of lawlessness." For example, Volume 2 of Insight on the Scriptures, under the heading "Temple," ―and after stating that "anointed Christians are a spiritual temple,"― it goes on to explain that "an impostor" is sitting within God's temple. It says: "The apostle Paul, in warning of the apostasy to come, spoke of 'the man of lawlessness' as setting himself up 'so that he sits down in the temple of The God, publicly showing himself to be a god.' (2Th 2:3, 4) This 'man of lawlessness' is an apostate, a false teacher, so he actually seats himself only in what he falsely claims to be that temple."―it-2 p. 1083 Temple
It is not at all unusual for a chosen and anointed one of Jehovah to become proud and presumptuous, although having previously been humble. For example, Jehovah chose young Saul out of all the men in Israel to become king over his people Israel. Why Saul? What special quality did Jehovah see in him? The Bible tells us that "Saul was not only the most handsome man in Israel, but he was also the most imposing, standing taller than all others." (1 Samuel 9:2; The Voice) Was it because of his physical appearance that God chose Saul? No, not entirely, for there was something more important that Jehovah saw in him, as Samuel later reminded Saul: “Is it not true that even though you were small (insignificant) in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel?" (1 Samuel 15:17; AMP) It was Saul's humility that made him special in God's eyes; and yet, although his good looks must have made him popular with his fellow Israelites, it was God's blessings that went to his head so that he became in a short time presumptuous; for not only did he erect a monument for himself, but he also failed to carry out God's specific instructions. (1 Samuel 15:12, 22,23)
What did Jesus mean when, after having dismissed Judas, he told his eleven faithful apostles that they were "already clean" because of the word that he had spoken to them? Remember earlier, when Jesus took a basin with water and proceeded to wash the feet of his disciples (with Judas still present), Peter objected and told Jesus, "You will certainly never wash my feet." He was startled when Jesus answered him by saying: "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." Peter immediately reversed his objection and replied: "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head." In turn, Jesus answered: "He that has bathed does not need to have more than his feet washed, but is wholly clean. And you men are clean, but not all." The apostle John, one of the twelve who was present, explains further: "[Jesus] knew, indeed, the man betraying him (Judas). This is why he said: 'Not all of you are clean.'" (John 13:2-11)
Every year thousands of young people around the world get disfellowshipped. Short of being incarcerated in a correctional facility it is probably the most devastating experience that can be inflicted on a young person. That is because at the most formative time in their lives they are suddenly cut off from supportive family and friends and publicly branded as persons unworthy of life. And why is this cruel punishment imposed upon them? Because they were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses when they were young.
It all begins with the artfully contrived false story that Christ began ruling the world in 1914. Supposedly Satan was hurled down from heaven then too and the world has been experiencing his great anger ever since. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been led to believe that the wild beast suffered the prophesied mortal wound during the First World War, but has long since recovered.
And although most JW’s probably are not even aware of it, the Watchtower teaches that people of the world began receiving the 666 mark of the beast back in 1922. Yes, according to the Watchtower the hour of judgment began long ago, also known as the hour of test that Jesus said was coming upon the entire world.
as we have seen,
are a group of men and women chosen by God to reign with Jesus Christ in heaven. They do not represent the entire Israel of God but only a part. So, who are those who compose the Israel of God? (Galatians 6:16) We will also answer other questions: What is the relationship between the "little flock", the "other sheep" and the "great crowd"? (Luke 12:32; John 10:16; Revelation 7:9) In the first century all Christians were part of the 144'000? Are there still components of the 144'000 on earth today?
“…your longing will be for your husband, and he will dominate you.” – Genesis 3:16
We have only a partial idea of what the role of women in human society was intended to be because sin has skewed the relationship between the sexes. Recognizing how male and female traits would become distorted due to sin, Jehovah predicted the outcome in Genesis 3:16 and we can see the realization of those words in evidence everywhere in the world today. In fact, the domination of men over woman is so pervasive that it often passes for the norm rather than the aberration it really is. As apostate thinking infected the Christian congregation, so did male bias. The congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses would have us believe that it alone understands the proper relationship between men and women that should exist in the Christian congregation. Unfortunately, its own literature proves that not to be the case.
Regularly, and often and often, the Society tells us that in order to survive on the great day of Jehovah we shall be ready to follow the guidelines of the Organization. This is why we read, or hear, for example, that the Bethel could give us instructions that seem incomprehensible, or out of any logic. But they are for our sake. What are the biblical proofs of such claims? Unfortunately, there is no example in the Bible where men have had to give orders from God to his people without explaining “the why and the how”.
However, it is useful to consider the following verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:21 1 John 4:1 Acts 17:11 God bless you in your desire to please him.
"That I think would seem to be quite presumptuous to say that we are the only spokesperson that God is using." Geoffrey Jackson, member of the Governing Body of the Watchtower at the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse
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