Pergunta: Os Israelitas comunicavam com Jeová com a teocracia. Hoje, como Cristãos, devemos orar através de Jesus. Apesar de tudo, é requer que tenha fé que nossas orações são ouvidas. A Bíblia deixa-nós acha que aqueles que viverão na terra, nele novo sistema terão a oportunidade de comunicar individualmente com Jesus e Jeová?
Ao longo dos últimos quinze anos, a Watchtower tem sido sempre o centro da atenção sobre o abuso sexual infantil entre as Testemunhas de Jeová. Foram inúmeras ações judiciais que envolvem a idosos e a sociedade Watchtower e o pênis por vários milhões de dólares foram impostas. O melhor de tudo, foi o sensacional investigação do
Royal Australian Commission
e a próxima subsequente revelação bombástica que mais de 1'000 casos de abuso de crianças conhecido para Betel austrália têm sido cometidos e nem mesmo um já foi comunicado à polícia.
A posição é cada vez menos sustentável, o porta-voz da o Watchtower têm novamente e novamente afirmou categoricamente que as Testemunhas de Jeová abomina o abuso de criança e que a política da Organização sobre o abuso foi eficaz – ou pelo menos era até agora! Em setembro de 2016, o departamento jurídico ao Watchtower, discretamente começaram a estabelecer uma nova política.
Esta semana começa nas congregações, a consideração do novo livro intitulado
O Reino de Deus já Governa!
A pedido de alguns leitores, Watchman vai deixar um comentário semanal com base em cada lição. Este artigo considera as informações apresentadas nas duas primeiras lições.
Comentário sobre o Diário de Texto: Quinta-feira, 8 de setembro, 2016
Persisti em fazer isso em memória de mim. — 1 Cor. 11:24.
Já é noite, e a Lua cheia ilumina Jerusalém com sua luz suave. A data é 14 de nisã de 33 EC. Jesus e seus apóstolos acabaram de celebrar a Páscoa judaica, relembrando a ocasião em que Israel foi libertado da escravidão no Egito uns 1.500 anos antes. Com seus 11 apóstolos fiéis, Jesus agora institui uma refeição especial — ocasião que será celebrada por seus seguidores em memória de sua morte. (Mat. 26:1, 2) Depois de fazer uma oração, Jesus passa o pão não fermentado para os apóstolos e diz: “Tomai, comei.” Ele então pega um copo de vinho, faz outra oração e diz: “Bebei dele, todos vós.” (Mat. 26:26, 27) Jesus não passará nenhum outro alimento, mas terá muitas coisas a dizer a seus seguidores fiéis nesta noite especial. Foi assim que Jesus instituiu a Celebração de sua morte, também chamada de “refeição noturna do Senhor”. — 1 Cor. 11:20. w15 15/1 2:1-3
Comentário sobre o Diário de Texto: Sábado, 20 de agosto 2016
Os olhos de Jeová estão sobre os justos e os seus ouvidos estão atentos às súplicas deles. — 1 Ped. 3:12.
Os justos incluem “uma grande multidão” que ‘sai da grande tribulação’. (Rev. 7:9, 14) Esses sobreviventes não são apenas ‘uma multidão’. Eles são “uma grande multidão” — um número enorme de pessoas. Você consegue se ver entre elas como um sobrevivente “da grande tribulação”? De onde vêm as pessoas que compõem a grande multidão? Elas estão sendo ajuntadas em resultado do que Jesus predisse como parte do sinal da sua presença. Ele disse: “Estas boas novas do reino serão pregadas em toda a terra habitada, em testemunho a todas as nações; e então virá o fim.” (Mat. 24:14) Nestes últimos dias, essa é a principal obra realizada pela organização de Deus. Por causa da atividade global de pregação e ensino das Testemunhas de Jeová, milhões de pessoas têm aprendido a adorar a Deus “com espírito e verdade”. — João 4:23, 24. w14 15/5 4:6, 7
Comentário sobre o Diário de Texto: sexta-feira, 29 de julho de 2016
Ensina-me a fazer a tua vontade, porque tu és o meu Deus. Teu espírito é bom; guie-me ele na terra da retidão. — Sal. 143:10.
É verdade que Jeová deixa suas orientações à disposição de todos, mas ele não obriga ninguém a segui-las. Precisamos pedir seu espírito santo, o que ele nos dá em abundância. (Luc. 11:10-13) No entanto, é essencial que ‘prestemos atenção a como escutamos’. (Luc. 8:18) Por exemplo, seria hipocrisia pedirmos a ajuda de Jeová para vencer uma inclinação para a imoralidade e ao mesmo tempo continuarmos vendo pornografia ou filmes imorais. Para recebermos a ajuda de Jeová, precisamos estar nos lugares ou situações em que esse espírito está presente. Sabemos que seu espírito está nas reuniões congregacionais. Muitos servos de Jeová evitaram consequências desastrosas por terem escutado a Jeová em nossas reuniões. Em resultado disso, eles perceberam tendências erradas se desenvolvendo em seu coração e corrigiram a situação. — Sal. 73:12-17. w14 15/8 4:16
Since it has become apparent to me that the WTBTS has missed the mark on many scriptural issues because of their dogged defense of 1914, 1918 et al., I have to ask your scriptural viewpoint on the prohibition on blood as stated in Act 15 and other pertinent places in scripture. I have always felt that the societies viewpoint was well supported scripturally, but at this point I find myself questioning everything. What is your take on this subject? I don't recall seeing you weigh in on this. If you have, I have missed it. Again, I would value your response. Please support your reply scripturally. Thank you in advance.
I am a Witness and want you to know that I appreciate your website (perimeno.ca). I look up the Scriptures you use and often do additional research to satisfy myself that they agree with other scriptures on the subject. It has helped me in clearing up a number of things that I had difficulty explaining before, while it also has confirmed some things that I already knew. But there is one thing I have not been able to explain to myself scripturally, and I haven't seen discussed on your site and that is, why don't we celebrate birthdays? I recently went to a party of a relative of mine, which turned out to be on his birthday, and which an elder counseled me about later when he found out I had been there. (I don't know how he found out.) I told him that when I went I was not aware that it was a birthday party and asked him why it is wrong to celebrate birthdays anyways. I must admit that even if I had known I probably would have gone anyways. This relative recently moved to our state and last year I went to his 10th wedding anniversary. I asked the elder why it is ok to celebrate wedding anniversaries but not birthdays. He gave me the usual reply that the Society gives, which I already know, but no Scriptures.
Commentary on the Daily Text: Thursday, July 21 2016
People will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations.—Matt. 24:9.
As followers of Christ and Witnesses of Jehovah, we are persecuted in nations around the world. This is to be expected. In the face of such hatred, however, we endure in the Kingdom-preaching work and continue to prove ourselves holy before Jehovah. Although we are honest, clean-living, and law-abiding citizens, why are we so hated? (Rom. 13:1-7) Because we have made Jehovah our Sovereign Lord! We render sacred service to “him alone” and will never compromise on his righteous laws and principles. (Matt. 4:10) We are also “no part of the world.” Therefore, we are neutral with regard to the world’s wars and political affairs. (John 15:18-21; Isa. 2:4) If we are focused on God’s sovereignty and we trust in him, nobody can cause us to compromise and be ensnared by cowardly fear.—Prov. 29:25. w14 11/15 3:8-10
On this article we’ll try to answer 2 questions about baptism:
Q1: I had a question about baptism. I was wondering if its true that one must be baptized in order to survive armageddon. Of course I want to be baptized but I would like to know what would happen if I didn’t get the chance?
Q2: I would like someone to explain to me the discussion of baptism last Saturday. Is it precisely the concept expressed in regard to baptism as a requirement for salvation?
Where today do we find God’s household? Is it made up of all those who profess to follow Jesus? Is it possible today to identify God’s household? Indeed, does belonging to God’s household guarantee that a person has God’s approval?
Jehovah's Witnesses are well known for their practice of disfellowshipping unrepentant wrongdoers. But it is not just sinners who lack any remorse that are disfellowshipped or cast out of the organization. Also expelled are persons who may have addiction problems or any who manifest the works of the flesh, such as the apostle Paul listed in Galatians 5:19-21, "immorality, impurity, indecency, Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like." Since Paul goes on to say that "those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”, any who are baptized Witnesses and are guilty of practicing such things are put out of the organization, they are disfellowshipped.
The book of Job is a fascinating publication. First book of the bible that has been written, it gives yet the answers to the main questions of men: why is there evil, and what is the remedy. The book of Job not only recounting the ups and downs of its main character, but offers the hope that human race will experience the relief of his pain by revealing the identity of the redeemer. We must not believe that the question of the universal sovereignty of Jehovah only looks at our little planet, but on the contrary it has an universal dimension: Satan has posed a challenge to Jehovah, thinking that he would not be able to meet it without breaking his own laws. In the heaven a chess game is played that is beyond us. Gérard Gertoux, in his publication The Book of Job - Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence, try to combine archaeology and biblical text in order to demonstrate the usefulness of the book of Job. The reading may seem daunting, and requires an intense thought to be able to hang on to the ideas of his author, and, even if the thesis is seductive, some doubts remain on some of the explanations. On that page you will find an excerpt under the title: The Book of Job: Why? As always, you are encouraged to give your point of view in the space for comments.
They are a cult! No, they are God’s earthly organization! They are false prophets and antichrists! No, Jehovah’s Witnesses are Kingdom proclaimers —the true religion. They protect child molesters! No, “we abhor child abuse.” These are just a sampling of the accusations against and claims made by the Watchtower. One thing is certain: The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and Jehovah’s Witnesses are one of the most controversial religious organizations in the world. But what is the truth?
The Watchtower has produced
a brief melodramatic video of a child abuse victim telling her story. It is a slickly produced public relations movie. It even has some drone footage shot over the beach as happy families frolic.
At first glance one might assume that the Society is trying to help the many victims of sexual abuse who have suffered at the hands of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Not so. This sister, Crystal, was abused before she became acquainted with Jehovah’s Witnesses. And obviously her abuser was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
A statement dated April 7th posted on
indicates that Russia is moving to implement a total ban on the the work of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including the confiscation of the branch property, known as the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
For a few years the city of Moscow has been suppressing Jehovah’s Witnesses. But a nationwide ban would set Jehovah’s Witnesses back to the days of Stalin’s USSR and the Siberian gulags.
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...
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?
“For then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.” —Matthew 24:21,22.
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.
Are there any indications, anywhere in the Scriptures, that might be helpful in calculating accurately the time for the establishment of God's kingdom? Over the many centuries there have been those who reasoned that God has provided clues to answer that question, resulting in the advocacy of various dates, only to be eventually rejected with the passing of time. In the latter part of the nineteenth century the year 1914 received special attention by some who had calculated it as the time for God to set up his kingdom.