Thursday, April 28

I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.Matt. 28:20.

The anointed are spearheading the greatest preaching campaign in history. Without a doubt, Jesus is with them, guiding their efforts. The growing number of prospective sheep count it a privilege to support Christ’s brothers not only in the preaching work but also in other practical ways. For example, they give financial contributions and help to build Kingdom Halls, Assembly Halls, and branch facilities, and they loyally obey those appointed to take the lead.  Soon the angels will unleash the destructive winds of the great tribulation. This will occur after all the remaining ones of Christ’s brothers left on earth have received their final sealing.  Before Armageddon breaks out, anointed ones will be taken to heaven.  Therefore, now is the time for those who hope to be judged as sheep to support Christ’s brothers loyally.

COMMENTARY

Shepherd separates sheep and goats - Watchtower illustrationFor many decades the Watchtower taught that the sheep and the goats were being separated by the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Those who accepted the message proved themselves to be sheep and those who rejected it identified themselves as the symbolic goats of Jesus illustration.

But about 20 years ago the Governing Body revised their teaching. Now Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the separation of the sheep and the goats is a future event, which it surely is.

But if the separation is to take place in the future, on what basis is the judgment to take place? If merely preaching now is a demonstration of support for Christ’s brothers why is the separation of the sheep and goats still to come?

And, since the Watchtower claims that the “dragnet” of Jesus’ parable has already been lowered to scoop up the good fishes and the bad, and the sorting of the two has been underway all during the conclusion – since 1914 – what is the point of another separation involving the sheep and goats? 

Furthermore, if showing support for Christ’s brothers is as simple as going out in service, why did Jesus say that the sheep ministered to his brothers when they were sick, homeless, hungry, naked and in prison? Other than the illness that befalls us all, are Christ’s brothers going around naked, homeless and hungry now? Are any in prison? The answer is obvious.

Also, if Jesus said he would be with his disciples up until the conclusion of the system of things, doesn’t that indicate that he will take on a different relationship during the actual conclusion? After all, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the conclusion of the system of things began over a century ago. So, if Jesus was with his disciples until the conclusion has anything really changed since then?

These contradictions are the telltale signs that the entire 1914 invisible parousia scenario is an artfully contrived false story. The real parousia has not begun. 

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