How is the number 144,000 inclusive of (if literal) ALL who will go to heaven? A unique feature of the 144,000 sealed ones is indicated at Rev. 6:11 where it says they wait under the altar until “the number was filled of their fellow slaves and their brother WHO WERE ABOUT TO BE KILLED AS THEY HAD BEEN.” Rev. 7:4 gives us the specific number of these sealed ones. Does this not indicate that they all die? However, 1 Cor. 15: 51 reveals that not all will “fall asleep in death”, and 1Thess. 4:17 says “the LIVING who are surviving will, TOGETHER with them, (“them” defined in vs. 16) be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” How do you reconcile this scripturally?
Jesus uses the phrase “Truly I say to you, …” over 50 times in the Bible. In the NWT, the comma is placed after the word “you” every time except in Lk 23:43, where the comma is placed after the word “today”. Why is the comma placed after “today” instead of after “you” in this verse? If the translation of this phrase in Lk 23:43 was consistent with the translation of this phrase in all the other verses in which it appears (see concordance), and the comma was placed after the word “you”, how would it read?
If the WT has been in such egregious error before Jehovah purporting a supposed lie of 1914, and willfully doing so….how do we explain Jesus backing and blessing the preaching work of the last 100 years? Honestly, I’ve never understood how we apply Matthew 24:14 over the last 100 yrs. It makes more sense to apply it to a very impactful, swift and compact hard hitting ministry work, say 3.5 yrs. But, if as you state, the WT has offended Jesus and God over the 1914 debacle, what do you call this last 100 years of JW history? Was it blessed or not? What was its purpose, etc., if the WT is to be damned in a way?
We do not doubt that God manifests love in the most perfect way. He is the God of all qualities. But sometimes, we do not have full awareness of the way in which he demonstrates his other qualities, such as gratitude. This monograph attempts to demonstrate the scope of the gratitude of Jehovah to his son. Our turn to cultivate this quality, towards God and towards our neighbor. This text is an excerpt from an article on the site MusingAboutGod.com.
QUESTION: Since Jehovah God is the father of Jesus, how is it that on Matthew 1:1-16 listing the genealogy of Jesus says that he is related to Joseph? Joseph never had relations to Mary until after Jesus’ birth, so his genetic material was never part of Jesus’ conception. Thus, how is it that Jesus is a son of David, son of Abraham? Was, perhaps, Mary also part of the house of David? Or is being the step-son of Joseph good enough to fulfill that prophesy?
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One of the most intriguing mysteries of Revelation has to do with the identity of the symbolic Babylon the Great. There are various interpretations of what “Babylon the Great” represents. For example, one of the latest interpretations is that Babylon the Great is America. Others think that it is the old Roman Empire or the Vatican. In fact, back in the 1850’s Alexander Hislop, in his book The Two Babylons, made a compelling case that the Catholic Church is the symbolic harlot. The Catholic Church, though, says that they are not the great harlot, but that apostate Jerusalem and pagan Rome fit the profile of the whore of Babylon. How can anyone know for sure what Babylon the Great represents?
Most of Jehovah’s Witnesses would no doubt vehemently disagree with the suggestion that the Watchtower Society needs a change of leadership because of their feeling of intense loyalty to the so-called faithful and discreet slave. However, all of Jehovah’s Witnesses should likewise be in agreement that the only opinion of any weight or consequence is the considered opinion of God himself. Since none of us are in any position to directly inquire of Jehovah as to what he thinks, we must rely upon the preserved documents that reveal his thinking on matters. In that respect, God’s past dealings mirror his future judgments. To be sure, the leadership of the Watchtower Society long ago recognized that that is how the Bible works.
“And when he got nearby, he viewed the city and wept over it, saying: ‘If you, even you, had discerned on this day the things having to do with peace—but now they have been hidden from your eyes. Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification of pointed stakes and will encircle you and besiege you from every side. They will dash you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you, because you did not discern the time of your being inspected.’”
The stupidity of humanity is astonishing. Since the horror of the nuclear age was unleashed 70 years ago with the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, America has taken the lead in producing thousands of warheads many times more powerful than the ones that were detonated over Japan in 1945.
It is not simply that the Watchtower teaches that the powerful Kingdom of God began ruling in 1914 and that Jesus’ invisible presence began then. Over the course of these past 100 years the Watchtower has interpreted virtually every prophecy in the Bible, with just a few exceptions, explaining them in relation to 1914. In other words, everything has been fulfilled.
In the run-up to the overthrow of the Judean Kingdom Jehovah acquisitioned the mighty army of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon as his punishing agent. However, it was not just tiny little Judah that God punished. It was all of the nations. That is why Babylon’s conquest of nations is called the day of Jehovah.
Jesus did not always refer to a generation as being a wicked and adulterous generation. Just as he told his disciples that “this generation will by no means pass away until you see all these things”, Christ also told the Jews and their Pharisees the same thing.
In several places the apostle Paul used the analogy of a foot race to illustrate the course of life for Christians. “I have run the race to the finish,” the apostle wrote to Timothy toward the close of his earthly life. “And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” he exhorted his fellow Hebrews.