"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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Matt Slick of The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) asks that very question (Is the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion Christian?) and conveniently supplies the reader with the answer. Here is a quote taken from the CARM website:
In a previous article we understood that the 24 elders are not the 144’000. About the identity of the 24 elders, we can only make hypotheses based on the few available elements that we have. But can we know more precisely who the 144’000 are?
Probably no historical record has been more scoffed at than the Bible. However, the facts show that if it weren't considered a book of religion and it had only recently been discovered by archaeologists, it would be proclaimed the most significant find in all history. For its details as to family lines, lands of occupation, life spans, and events should provide positive proof to even the most skeptical observers that its accounts are genuine and accurate, because no one would go into such minute detail if they were simply creating a forged document. Oh, they could if they wished, but that would require a high level of sophistication and some very dark motives.
And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Jehovah, and Satan was standing at his right hand to resist him. Then the angel of Jehovah said to Satan: “May Jehovah rebuke you, O Satan, yes, may Jehovah, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this one a burning log snatched out of the fire?”
Once there was nothing. Just the blackness of oblivion. Then, in an instant of time, from a mere dap of concentrated matter, it began —Creation. Scientists have euphemistically dubbed that beginning — the Big Bang. The Big Bang theory harmonizes with the truth expressed in the opening words of the Bible that state, simply – “In the beginning…”
It seems that the twenty-four elders are a different group from the 144’000. In this topic we’ll try to demonstrate it the old fashioned way: “Concordance” in one hand, we will read all the verses of Revelation which contains the expression “twenty-four elders” and, without prejudice, we will accept what the Bible says. The sole purpose of this topic is to show that the two concerned groups do not represent the same people. Moreover, as a matter of a marginal reflexion, we will give a probable interpretation of the identity of these twenty-four elders.
"What is the purpose of allowing the present system to continue? What is Jehovah actually waiting for to bring this miserable system to an end? It is disheartening, to say the least, that 2017 is upon us and this wicked system is still in charge.
Thanks Easach for sharing with the readers of this site your interesting thoughts."
But know this, if the householder had known at what hour the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also, keep ready, because at an hour that you do not think likely, the Son of man is coming.
QUESTION: I was reading one of the study articles called
"Why Keep on the Watch”,
and in paragraph 12, I found this interesting statement about what’s to come in the future: “Do not let the apathy of others discourage or dissuade you from keeping on the watch. You know better. Paul wrote to fellow believers: “You yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming,” and he added, “exactly as a thief in the night.” Jesus warned us: “Keep ready, because at an hour that you do not think likely, the Son of man is coming.” (Luke 12:39,40)
— Soon, Satan will deceive the masses into accepting a false sense of “peace and security.” He will mislead them into thinking that all is well on the world scene. What about us? That day of judgment does not have to “overtake [us] as it would thieves”, provided we “stay awake and keep our senses.” —
That is why we daily must read God’s written Word and meditate on what Jehovah is telling us.” Based on the line that I indicated in bold, would this be the beginning of the great tribulation? Also, would you agree this false sense of peace and security is a unique event in the future and not the relative peace that exists in some parts of the world?
Commentary on the Daily Text: 12/11/2016 The Kingdom of the heavens is like a dragnet let down into the sea and gathering fish of every kind. — Matt. 13:47 Jesus likened the preaching of the Kingdom message to all mankind to the lowering of a large dragnet into the sea. Just as such a net indiscriminately catches large numbers of “fish of every kind,” our preaching work attracts millions of people of all kinds. Not all those attracted to the truth will take a stand for Jehovah. Many have associated with us at our meetings. Others have been willing to study the Bible with us but are not willing to make a commitment. Still others are no longer associating with the Christian congregation. Some youths have been raised by Christian parents and yet have not developed a love for Jehovah’s standards. No matter what the situation, Jesus emphasized that everyone needs to make a personal decision. Those who do are viewed by him as “the precious,” or “desirable,” things “of all the nations.”
Saint John The Baptist Preaching, by Luca Giordano
Q:Did the apostle Paul go to Jerusalem in order to consult with the Governing Body about the circumcision issue? I once heard a talk by Fred Franz where he presented scriptural evidence that there was no GB in Jerusalem. The information he presented was very convincing. Have you heard about that talk? I would be interested in your comments.
Q: Paul mentions the last days would be critical times hard to deal with, due to the fact 1914 has no relevance to bible chronology and Jesus coming or presence I was wondering when Paul’s words apply. When considering the world scene is unparalleled in history as far as environmental destruction, social disorder, etc, etc do the critical times apply to this time period or is it still to come? Jesus also stated in Mathew 24: 8 ”All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress”. So I’m wondering how this relates considering this has not happened yet but world condition are trending downward?
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".
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