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“‘But you are seeking great things for yourself. Stop seeking such things. For I am about to bring a calamity on all flesh,’ declares Jehovah, ‘and wherever you may go, I will grant you your life as a spoil.’”
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Struggles, Trials & Strife
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Struggles, Trials & Strife
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What can I say about the struggles of mankind, and the strife that we deal with and live with in our every day lives? Perhaps the only credence I can offer this post is to speak from my own perspective, for we all have struggles, trials and strife in life, and we all suffer in our own ways.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Guarded Secrets You Have not Known
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Guarded Secrets You Have not Known
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It is widely known that the Watchtower is all-imposing upon the spiritual lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It controls all that passes for truth. Even when it is wrong it will disfellowship any Jehovah's Witness who points out their error. Only when the Governing Body decides that something is true does it officially become truth for Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is not at all uncommon for Jehovah’s Witnesses to speak of the Governing Body and the faithful and discreet slave in reverential tones. And that gets to the heart of the problem when it comes to reasoning with Jehovah’s Witnesses —the problem being, the Watchtower has transformed itself into an idol.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
An introduction to Joel, indeed!
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Robert King (e-watchman)
An introduction to Joel, indeed!
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From the time of J.F. Rutherford the Watchtower has explained the book of Joel in the most absurd way imaginable. The locusts and creeping caterpillars supposedly represent Jehovah’s Witnesses who devour the harvest of Christendom’s fertile fields of operation, forcing the terrified clergy to beseech Jehovah for relief from the hordes of unstoppable ministers who are scaling over their protective walls and sneaking through their windows with tracts and magazines.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Why war is unavoidable
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Why war is unavoidable
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Although most people are unaware, we have arrived at a great turning point in the history of nations —the gravity of which is impossible to minimize.
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Israeli Bar Avaddhòn
I want to know more about all things
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Israeli Bar Avaddhòn
I want to know more about all things
“Then I wanted to know more…” – Daniele 7:19

It was really exciting to study the book “Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecies!” and all the prophecies that have come through the centuries have shown, beyond any doubt, the infallibility of the word of God. It is indispensable to compare the biblical book of Daniel to understand many things concerning the Revelation of John because both speak of “the time of the end” and each one completes and reveals interesting details. – Daniel 11:35, 40; Revelation 4:1
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God’s view on dedication
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God’s view on dedication
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What is God's view on dedication? The truth of the matter is, Jehovah God has not said anything on the subject! His Word, the Bible, does not teach the need for us to dedicate ourselves to him in order to gain salvation. Since God is silent on the subject, men have felt free to define whatever they want Dedication to mean. For that reason I find it necessary to quote extensively from the Society's publications, and then compare it with what the Scriptures really say. The bold or cursive in the many quotes are mine to highlight or emphasize the particular point being made.
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Acalia & Marta
Parables for Our Days (Part 1)
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Acalia & Marta
Parables for Our Days (Part 1)
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What do the parables of Jesus have to say to us? Are they related to our days? First, we must identify and understand which of them have a prophetic application. For example, the parable of the prodigal son contains an excellent teaching for us, but is not prophetic, it announces no event! How then to distinguish the types of parabolas? As usual, it is very simple: we will stick to what Jesus Christ Himself said, without adding or taking away. We will limit the interpretations to the only elements that can be derived directly from narratives or other particular and relevant texts. For the rest, we will gladly content ourselves with the Lord's reply: "It does not belong to you to know the times or seasons that the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction" – Acts 1:7
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"Out of your own mouth I judge you, wicked slave." (Luke 19:22)
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"Out of your own mouth I judge you, wicked slave." (Luke 19:22)
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
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"The intentions of the heart belong to a man." (Proverbs 16:1; NET)
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"The intentions of the heart belong to a man." (Proverbs 16:1; NET)
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)
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"You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you." (John 15:3)
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"You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you." (John 15:3)
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)
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Keep Paying Attention to Daniel
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Keep Paying Attention to Daniel
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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.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Child Baptism – Why it is Wrong
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Child Baptism – Why it is Wrong
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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.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
When is the hour of test?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
When is the hour of test?
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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.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
The God of gods, Jehovah, has spoken
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Robert King (e-watchman)
The God of gods, Jehovah, has spoken
Years ago one of Jehovah’s Witnesses remarked on why the churches prefer not to use the name of Jehovah. The reason being, he suggested: ‘Jehovah doesn’t want them to.’ How evidently true.
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Acalia & Marta
Who compose the Israel of God?
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Acalia & Marta
Who compose the Israel of God?
The 144'000, 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?
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John 10:16: Who Are the “Other Sheep”?
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John 10:16: Who Are the “Other Sheep”?
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"And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd." —John 10:16
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. When considering John 10:16 was Jesus foretelling a future event approximately 2000 years in advance, the appearance of two distinct groups? One group receiving a heavenly calling contrasted to those with the hope of living on earth forever? Or rather, was he referring to prophecies which were about to be fulfilled in connection with the nations who would come to Jehovah in pure worship and have their sins forgiven on the basis of the ransom that his son paid, as the resurrected Jesus.
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Acalia & Marta
Who are the “144'000"?
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Acalia & Marta
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?
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The Role of Women
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Meleti Vivlon - Beroean Pickets
The Role of Women
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“…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.
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Why Attend the Memorial?
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Why Attend the Memorial?
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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
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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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Robert King (e-watchman)
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?
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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: The answer to the question is, ‘No. It is not Christian.’ Like all non-Christian cults, the Jehovah’s Witness organization distorts the essential doctrines of Christianity. What “essential doctrines of Christianity” have Jehovah’s Witnesses distorted? The next sentence enumerates three: It denies the deity of Christ, His physical resurrection, and salvation by grace. This alone makes it non-Christian.
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The Bible's Internal Proofs of its Authentic History
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The Bible's Internal Proofs of its Authentic History
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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
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Born Again – What Did Jesus Mean
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I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God. – John 3:3, NLT
The vast majority of the many churches in the realm of Christendom believe that a person must be "born again" in order to go to heaven and be with Jesus. That belief is said to be based on the conversation that Jesus had with Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews, who came to Jesus after dark to visit him privately. When Nicodemus confessed that Jesus must be from God―on account of the many miracles, Jesus answered him, saying: "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again," and be "born of water and the Spirit". (John 3:3-7; NIV) What did Jesus mean by the term born again? And when a person today claims to have been born again, or asks if you have been born again, what exactly does he have in mind?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Life-giving spirits
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Life-giving spirits
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The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.—1 Cor. 15:45
God’s purpose to redeem mankind is certainly awe-inspiring. Jehovah announced from the very beginning how it will end, with the head of the serpent being crushed by the offspring of the woman.
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Interpretation of Zechariah 3:1-10
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Easach L.S.
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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God’s view on dedication
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What is God's view on dedication? The truth of the matter is, Jehovah God has not said anything on the subject! His Word, the Bible, does not teach the need for us to dedicate ourselves to him in order to gain salvation. Since God is silent on the subject, men have felt free to define whatever they want Dedication to mean. For that reason I find it necessary to quote extensively from the Society's publications, and then compare it with what the Scriptures really say. The bold or cursive in the many quotes are mine to highlight or emphasize the particular point being made.
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Acalia & Marta
Parables for Our Days (Part 1)
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What do the parables of Jesus have to say to us? Are they related to our days? First, we must identify and understand which of them have a prophetic application. For example, the parable of the prodigal son contains an excellent teaching for us, but is not prophetic, it announces no event! How then to distinguish the types of parabolas? As usual, it is very simple: we will stick to what Jesus Christ Himself said, without adding or taking away. We will limit the interpretations to the only elements that can be derived directly from narratives or other particular and relevant texts. For the rest, we will gladly content ourselves with the Lord's reply: "It does not belong to you to know the times or seasons that the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction" – Acts 1:7
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