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Food for Thinking Jehovah's Witnesses
“‘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.’”
Disclaimer: this site does not claim to hold the truth. The reader should be able to exercise good judgment, carefully examining the Scriptures as to whether these things are so. (Acts 17:11)
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“You are My witnesses, says Jehovah, and I am God”
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“You are My witnesses, says Jehovah, and I am God”
Does Jehovah have his witnesses today? Does a person become a witness of Jehovah simply by identifying himself with God's name?
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Gérard Gertoux
The Book of Job: Why?
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Gérard Gertoux
The Book of Job: Why?
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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. Below 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.
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Disfellowshipping - Is it Discipline or Punishment?
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Disfellowshipping - Is it Discipline or Punishment?
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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.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Jehovah’s Witnesses – What is the truth?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Jehovah’s Witnesses – What is the truth?
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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?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Watchtower’s PR Dept Brushes Over Child Abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Watchtower’s PR Dept Brushes Over Child Abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses
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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.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Moscow Moving for Total Ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Moscow Moving for Total Ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia
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A statement dated April 7th posted on jw.org 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.
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The Great Tribulation is “Jehovah’s Day” at Armageddon
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The Great Tribulation is “Jehovah’s Day” at Armageddon
“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.
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What Does 607 BCE Mean to You, and Does it Matter?
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What Does 607 BCE Mean to You, and Does it Matter?
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”And he is changing times and seasons, removing kings and setting up kings, giving wisdom to the wise ones and knowledge to those knowing discernment. He is revealing the deep things and the concealed things, knowing what is in the darkness; and with him the light does dwell." —Daniel 2:21,22; NWT
Jesus made God's kingdom the focus of his ministry, preaching it as good news everywhere he went. He taught us not only to pray for the kingdom to come, but also stressed that it should occupy the most important place in our lives. (Matt. 6:9,10, 33; Luke 4:43) This is the kingdom that God foretold by means of his prophet Daniel, when he said that he will "set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. . . It will crush and put an end to all [existing] kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite." In vision Daniel also saw "someone like a son of man" to whom God gave "rulership and dignity and kingdom, that the peoples, national groups and languages should all serve even him." (Daniel 2:44; 7:13,14) Along with the son of man, Daniel further saw that ”the definite time arrived” and "the kingdom and the rulership and the grandeur of the kingdoms under all the heavens were given to the people who are the holy ones of the Supreme One." (Dan. 7:18, 22, 27; NWT) Understandably, God's people have wondered about this kingdom ever since Daniel's day. (1 Peter 1:10-12) During his ministry, Jesus provided many of the answers, such as the coming blessings of that kingdom; the identity of the "son of man," and of the "holy ones." (Matt. 11:4,5; 16:28-17:9; 19:27,28; 25:31; Luke 12:32) But he did not give his disciples the answer to perhaps the most intriguing of all questions: When does ”the definite time” arrive for God's kingdom to come? Are there any indications, anywhere in the Scriptures, that might be helpful in calculating accurately the time for the establishment of God's kingdom?
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“Keep in Expectation!”
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“Keep in Expectation!”
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Watchtower’s study article of week 5 to 11, October 2015
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“Maintain Your Loyalty to God’s Kingdom”
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“Maintain Your Loyalty to God’s Kingdom”
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Watchtower’s study article of week 14 to 20, September 2015
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Pahel & Baruq
What does the Bible has to say about the period of the exile in Babylon?
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Pahel & Baruq
What does the Bible has to say about the period of the exile in Babylon?
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According to historians and archaeologists, 586 or 587 B.C.E. is generally accepted as the year of Jerusalem’s destruction. Accepting these dates means that the exile lasted only 50 years and not 70 as we are told. What does the Bible say?
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Prophecy against the congregation elders
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Prophecy against the congregation elders
I just recently understood the prophecy that tells that the "shepherds" among Jehovah's people will be dismissed by Jehovah God. I had for years wondered how that possibly was going to take place practically? I wondered how the elders would all around cease to be shepherds?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
A Conversation Regarding 1914 (Spoof)
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Robert King (e-watchman)
A Conversation Regarding 1914 (Spoof)
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The following is a hypothetical conversation that one of Jehovah’s Witnesses might have with a person who is knowledgable of the Bible, as opposed to the typical householder. Let us imagine that a Witness named Cameron has returned to the home of a man named Robert. This spoof is based upon the November 2014 Watchtower edition for the public
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Robert King (e-watchman)
When Will Jehovah’s Witnesses Go into Captivity to Babylon the Great?
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When Will Jehovah’s Witnesses Go into Captivity to Babylon the Great?
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At the October, 2015, Annual Meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Governing Body put forward yet another revision, in what has become an annual, piecemeal revision of prophetic interpretation. All of which is attached to 1914 in one way or another.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Imagining Paradise
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Imagining Paradise
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I feel really depressed and mixed up because I have this feeling that maybe the New World after Armageddon will not live up to expectations. I know it’s just because I could not imagine everlasting life in this system without getting bored or tired of it. I know we are told that we will be happy, but I need some form of reassurance. Please help.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Last Days
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Last Days
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In reading Acts 2:14-21, Peter quotes from Joel chapter 2. How do you reason that Joel’s prophecy applies to the modern day parousia, when Peter applied those verses to their time? Frankly, how could Peter have applied those prophetic words to then? Did the sun darken, moon into blood, people calling on the name of Jehovah to be saved then?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
What about the wheat and weeds in Jesus’ illustration?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
What about the wheat and weeds in Jesus’ illustration?
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In your understanding of the wheat and weeds parable at matt 13, does the wheat only represent “anointed” Christians or all Christians? I know the WT always says its just anointed, but it seems more fitting that it would be all. Comparing what you have written on the topic if the weeds are being separated from the kingdom, if it was just representing anointed Christians how many weeds or impostor anointed would there really be, doesn’t seem like it could be that many. Where as if it was weeds or false Christians spread amongst average Christians (which I would imagine is much bigger amount than with the anointed) it would seem like more of a head count to separate those weeds from just average Christians.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Does Jehovah even have anything to do with Jehovah’s Witnesses?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Does Jehovah even have anything to do with Jehovah’s Witnesses?
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I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I am not disfellowshipped nor have I disassociated myself. I still go to meetings on occasion, but I’m what is considered inactive. My interest is that you still hold true to the teaching of Jehovah’s witnesses but yet not everything. Although I was raised a Catholic, I never believed Jesus was God, or hell fire, or in the immortality of the soul and Idolizing the saints. As a result of this it was very easy for me to accept and become one Jehovah’s Witnesses And so I too believe the basic doctrines which by way were believed since the time of Russell. My problem is that I am stumbled over the attention that is given to what is revered to as “God’s Organization.” Instead of trying to strengthen our faith in God’s Kingdom they want us to look to “Jehovah’s Organization”. And so this prelude was just hopefully, to help you better understand my question. How much involvement does Jehovah actually have with “Jehovah’s Organization”.
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Robert King (e-watchman)
144,000 sealed and the Revelation of Christ
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144,000 sealed and the Revelation of Christ
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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?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Who are the 24 elders in Revelation? (The opinion of Robert King)
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Robert King (e-watchman)
Who are the 24 elders in Revelation? (The opinion of Robert King)
Who are the twenty four Elders in the book of Revelation? According to the Watchtower the 24 elders represent the 144,000 as a group. Do you agree with their interpretation?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
How will every eye see Jesus and those who pierced him?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
How will every eye see Jesus and those who pierced him?
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If Christ will not have a visible return to earth, then how will he be seen by “ALL the tribes of the earth” (Mt 24:30) and by “EVERY eye” (Rev 1:7) when he returns?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
“Truly I tell you today – you will be with me in paradise”
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Robert King (e-watchman)
“Truly I tell you today – you will be with me in paradise”
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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?
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Robert King (e-watchman)
What about the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses?
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What about the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses?
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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?
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Baruq & Cristo
“Your Deliverance Is Getting Near”!
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“Your Deliverance Is Getting Near”!
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Watchtower’s study article of week 7 to 13, September 2015
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Musings About God
About God's Gratitude
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Musings About God
About God's Gratitude
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.
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the existence of God

If a Christian, and especially a Jehovah's Witness, is asked to provide proof of the existence of God, it is very likely that he will quote verse four of the third chapter of the letter to the Hebrews, "every house is constructed by someone, but the one who constructed all things is God".

The reasoning may be right, nothing came from nothing but everything on earth is due to the will of a designer, it is still good to note that Paul was not trying to argue about the existence of a Creator. He spoke to his Hebrew Christian companions who certainly did not question the fact that the universe was ruled by a powerful being who is behind everything. Moreover, in antiquity the problem was certainly not the non-belief in God but rather the opposite: people tended to believe in a multitude of gods. Furthermore, Paul, on one occasion, noticed that an altar dedicated to an unknown god had been made, certainly for fear of forgetting to revere a deity.

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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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