Saturday, October 10

Your arrows . . . pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies.Ps. 45:5.

The King is mounted on a white horse, representing warfare that is clean and righteous in Jehovah’s eyes. In addition to a sword, he is equipped with a bow. We read: “I saw, and look! a white horse, and the one seated on it had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went out conquering and to complete his conquest.” Both the sword and the bow represent the means that Christ will use to execute judgment on his enemies. In poetic language, the psalmist prophesies that the King’s ‘arrows are sharp, piercing the hearts of his enemies’ and ‘making peoples fall before him.’ The carnage will be earth wide. After destroying Satan’s wicked system of things on earth, Christ ‘in his splendor’ will “go on to victory.” He will complete his conquest by abyssing Satan and his demons for the full length of the Thousand Year Reign.

COMMENTARY

The article on which this daily text comment is based states that Jesus went forth to conquer Satan’s world in 1914. But if that is true, we would have to conclude that Christ’s military campaign has been a total failure, much like America’s long war against terrorists that results in producing more and more terrorists.

Clearly, Jesus has not launched his offensive, yet. But when he does the enemies of truth within his own congregation are the ones who will fall before him. And make no mistake, those at Bethel who persistently push the 1914 hoax, in spite of the mountain of evidence against it, are not friends of the truth.

The judgment starts with the house of God first (Bethel), does it not? And contrary to what Jehovah’s Witnesses have been led to believe the judgment is not carried out over a hundred years. Furthermore, it is an immediate prelude to the judgment of the world. It will be sudden and swift, immediately following the coming great upheaval.

This is what is concealed in Revelation — concealed but for the simple reason that the very ones who interpret and publish the supposed meaning of Revelation are the very ones upon whom the judgment will fall. 

First comes the opening of the seven seals. The opening of the first seal unleashes the rider on the white horse, Christ — as also depicted in the 45th Psalm. Then the other horsemen bring war, famine and pestilence.

Then the opening of the sixth seal results in the collapse of the governmental system. (Keep in mind that although the riders of the apocalypse are given authority to kill one-quarter of humanity those laid low by war, famine and pestilence are said to be in hades – the grave, as opposed to the lake of fire. It is not until the collapse of the symbolic mountains and the imposition of the last king that persons are marked for permanent death.)

Finally, the seventh seal is opened and the judgment begins, heralded by the blowing of the first trumpet. The 8th chapter of Revelation states: “The first one blew his trumpet. And there was hail and fire mingled with blood, and it was hurled to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green vegetation was burned up.”

What does this signify? Below is an excerpt from Jehovah Himself Has Become King:

What might the “trees” represent, a third of which are also “burned up”? Again, Zechariah 11:1 provides the chilling answer, saying: “Open up your doors, O Lebanon, that a fire may devour among your cedars. Howl, O juniper tree, for the cedar has fallen; because the majestic ones themselves have been despoiled! Howl, you massive trees of Bashan, for the impenetrable forest has come down! Listen! The howling of shepherds, for their majesty has been despoiled. Listen! The roaring of maned young lions, for the proud thickets along the Jordan have been despoiled.”

The symbolic “trees” represent the men of stature in the Christian congregation. That is why the prophet depicts “the howling of shepherds”—the majestic ones—in connection with the symbolic congregational forest going down. But Zechariah foretells that two-thirds of God’s nation will be destroyed, not merely one third—as does Revelation. The denunciation continues: “And the second angel blew his trumpet: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was hurled into the sea. And a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the creatures that are in the sea which have souls died, and a third of the boats were wrecked.”

“The great mountain burning with fire” that is “hurled into the sea” likely symbolizes that which is associated with the mountain-like Kingdom of God, as it becomes subjected to God’s burning anger. Jeremiah penned a lamentation portending Jehovah’s coming judgments upon Mount Zion, saying: “Jehovah has accomplished his rage. He has poured out his burning anger. And he sets a fire ablaze in Zion, which eats up her foundations.”

And there is more!

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