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Tuesday, April 11, 2017: Memorial of Jesus’ Death
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Why Attend the Memorial?

Q: Every year we make a special effort to invite people to the Memorial, and then we have to explain to them why they should not partake. All they do is sit and watch as the emblems are being passed. In our congregation we don’t have anyone who partakes. Frankly I find it embarrassing to have to explain that I invited them only to watch a ceremony. What’s the big deal about being present at the Memorial if we don’t partake? …
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Showbread and the New Covenant

Q: I launched into my own personal investigation of the Bible on [the New Covenant]. After doing extensive research, I came to the conclusion that ALL Christians are indeed in the New Covenant, but only the anointed with the heavenly hope partake of the emblems. I hold this opinion based on my research on the similarities between the Old and New Covenants.
I am sure you are familiar with the showbread that was placed before the altar in the temple on the Sabbath day of each week. Only the priests who served in the temple were permitted to eat it. Is it possible that this pictured who may partake of the emblems under the New Covenant? Personally, I think it does. Under the Old Covenant, Moses sprinkled the blood of the covenant on ALL of the sons of Israel, but yet, when the Levite tribe was created and Aaron and his sons anointed to service in the temple, ONLY these ones could eat the showbread.
In conclusion, all the sons of Israel were included under the Old Covenant. All the sons of spiritual Israel are included in the New Covenant. Only the anointed priests serving in the temple could eat the showbread. Only the anointed priests serving in the spiritual temple can eat the emblems.
Your thoughts would be appreciated …
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John 10:16 - Who Are the “Other Sheep”?

The words uttered at John 10:16 has greater significance for the “Great Crowd” than they realise. Knowing who the “OtherSheep” are will draw those of the “Great Crowd” closer to their mediator Jesus, and their heavenly father Jehovah God …

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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?

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:
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Who are the “144'000"?

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?
The Bible's Internal Proofs of its Authentic History

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.
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Born Again – What Did Jesus Mean

I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God. – John 3:3, NLT
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Life-giving spirits

The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.—1 Cor. 15:45
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Interpretation of Zechariah 3:1-10

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?”
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The Beginning and the End

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…”
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Are the “24 elders” and the “144’000” the same group of people?

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.
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What is the purpose of allowing the present system to continue?

"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."
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Keep On The Watch!

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.
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The Lord’s Day is Coming Exactly as a Thief in the Night

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?
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When will the lies end?

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.”
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Saint John The Baptist Preaching, by Luca Giordano
In what way did the baptism of John the Baptizer and the baptism that followed by Jesus' disciples differ?

I have a question about baptism. In what way did the baptism of John the Baptizer and the baptism that followed by Jesus' disciples differ, if the second one was not about dedication?
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Did the apostle Paul go to Jerusalem in order to consult with the Governing Body about the circumcision issue?

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.
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Did the foretold "critical times hard to deal with" begin in 1914, or is that still future?

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?
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The Truth About God …

The real reason there is suffering. It might surprise you.
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How the Ransom works...

So much has been told and written about the ransom in the past two thousand years, but few have understood how really the ransom works. What follows is an explanation more logical than religious about the functioning of the ransom. This text is taken from the site MusingsAboutGod.com.
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King of the North

Q: Who do you believe to be the king of the north today, and why do you so answer?
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Seeing Christ, Face-to-Face

This is a review of the congregation Bible Study material for the week of November 7-13
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The Operation of Satan with Every Powerful Work
This is the fourth installment of the consideration of the Bible study material for the week of October 17-23.

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