"Woe to those who yearn for the day of Jehovah! What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean for you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be like a man who flees from a lion and is confronted by a bear, And when he enters his house and leans his hand against the wall, a snake bites him. Will not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light; Will it not have gloom, and not brightness?" - New World Translation

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 YOU WILL HAVE TO KNOW THAT I AM JEHOVAH


The sanctification of God’s holy name and the vindication of his sovereignty are of the utmost universal importance. Jehovah’s personal interests are supreme. Human salvation is secondary in the outworking of God’s purpose. Jehovah’s Witnesses well know that to be true. To that end the ancient prophetic book of Ezekiel contains the yet-to-be-revealed judgments of Jehovah that will settle, once and for all time, the issue of Jehovah’s right to rule and the righteousness of his ways and forever sanctify his great name. It does not matter that the scholars schooled in Christendom have expunged the distinctive name of God from their Bibles.

More than any other book of prophecy, Ezekiel emphasizes how the revelation of God’s judgments will serve up to the nations of our modern world a bitter potion; forcing them to know that he is Jehovah, even as it says in Ezekiel: “The nations will have to know that I am Jehovah.” But as Ezekiel 9:6 establishes, God’s judgment starts first in the holy place, in the very sanctuary of God; beginning with the covenant-breaking priests and older men in Jerusalem and ultimately with the entire house of Israel, exiles and alien residents included.

Because Jehovah’s Witnesses bear God’s personal name before the world, as did the typical house of Judah that fell under God’s judgment two and a half millenniums ago, and because anointed Christians are in a covenanted relationship with Jehovah, as were the Jews in Ezekiel’s day, it is Jehovah’s Witnesses who must first be made to know that he is Jehovah – as opposed to the nations. That is why it says throughout the prophecy of Ezekiel in many places: “And you people will have to know that I am Jehovah” – “you people” meaning God’s people. How will that come about and why is it necessary? The following is an interpretive consideration of Ezekiel, roughly chapters 14 through 16.

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The Watchtower Society has served to restore the basic truth, lost since the apostasy of the second century. And in so doing the organization has served as a rallying point for those whom God has called into his kingdom. But just like the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the original congregation, elements within the Society have become apostate. Consequently, all of Jehovah’s Witnesses are under the influence of the foretold man of lawlessness. A great hour of test lies ahead.

The foretold apostasy subsequent to the manifestation of Jesus Christ is reflected in the Watchtower’s secret 10-year partnership with the United Nations, as well as their ongoing efforts to crush victims of child abuse. Jehovah’s Witnesses have also fallen victim to organizational idolatry. e-Watchman calls attention to the Watchtower’s unseemly doings and places the Society in the light of God’s prophetic denunciation to be enunciated at the coming of Christ. However, it seems most probable that the apostasy will become manifest even more so in the future, when the system collapses.

1914 and all that the Watchtower has attached to it, is the foretold “operation of error,” or as the newly revised NWT words it: “That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie.”

e-Watchman re-sets the parousia and time of the end to the immediate future, the advent of which will discredit the Watchtower beyond repair and stumble many who do not accept the truth, as Jesus foretold. Then, though, the spirit will be poured out upon the faithful in full measure, as never before, in order for a final witness to be given to the world – “and then the end will come.”

The Watchtower has mis-interpreted virtually every prophecy relevant to the time of the end – because of the “deluding influence” God allows. Hence, the seven-headed beast has not received its mortal head wound yet. The beast has not ascended from the abyss yet. Mankind has not received the 666 mark of the beast yet. The king of the north has not launched into his final campaign and subjugated the king of the south yet. The king fierce in countenance has not brought the holy ones to ruin yet. The upshot is, we are facing World War Three, global financial collapse and the imposition of a tyrannical one-world government and world-wide genocide.

You did not discern the time of your being inspected


 

As Jesus neared the end of his earthly ministry, he went to Jerusalem one last time in order to observe the Jewish Passover festival. On that occasion he threw out the moneychangers and also pronounced judgment upon the temple and the nation. Not quite grasping what Jesus had done, the disciples evidently sought to remind Jesus of how impressive the temple was. Surely, the disciples must have been stunned when Jesus bluntly told them the temple was going to be razed to the ground.
Matthew 24:1 records the incident, saying: “Departing now, Jesus was on his way from the temple, but his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple. In response he said to them: “Do you not behold all these things? Truly I say to you, By no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.”
The inquisitive disciples naturally wanted to know when the temple was going to be destroyed. The account states: “While he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: ‘Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?’”
In response to their multi-faceted question, Jesus gave a simple, yet profound and far-reaching answer. And after giving his disciples a general outline of what was to occur, Jesus then gave a specific sign that would signal Jerusalem’s imminent destruction. He said: “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place, (let the reader use discernment,) then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains.”
Even though Jesus’ apostles were originally from the region of Galilee, they apparently took up residence in Jerusalem after Christ’s resurrection; making it the unofficial administrative headquarters of the international Christian congregation. It would, therefore, be imperative for the apostles and all the congregations in Jerusalem and Judea to recognize the sign when it appeared.
To impress upon them the urgency of heeding the signal when it appeared, Jesus went on to say to them at Matthew 24:17-22: “Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house; and let the man in the field not return to the house to pick up his outer garment. Woe to the pregnant women and those suckling a baby in those days! Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime, nor on the sabbath day; 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.”
As an aid to help his followers recognize the “disgusting thing” when it became manifest, Jesus referred to the prophecy of Daniel, saying parenthetically (“let the reader use discernment”).
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A PARADOX


A paradox may be defined as a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd, but in reality expresses a possible truth. (Dictionary.com). This fully explains how Jehovah's Witnesses may be so thoroughly deluded on important issues related to the return of Christ and yet still be the true faith. The Watchman's Post is dedicated to explaining the paradox and the deep things of prophecy.

 

O Jehovah, your loyal love reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness up to the clouds

Psalms 36:5