Monday, May 10
Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition. —Col. 2:8.
Satan wants to turn us against Jehovah. To achieve his goal, he tries to influence our thinking, in effect, to bring our mind into captivity and make it obedient to him. He tries to persuade or to deceive us into following him by appealing to our desires. (Col. 2:4) Are we really in serious danger of being misled by Satan? Yes, we are! Remember, Paul did not write the warning recorded at Colossians 2:8 to unbelievers. He wrote it to Christians who had been anointed with holy spirit. (Col. 1:2, 5) Those Christians were in danger back then, and we are in even greater danger today. (1 Cor. 10:12) Why? Satan has been confined to the vicinity of the earth, and he is focused on misleading God’s loyal servants. (Rev. 12:9, 12, 17) In addition, we are living during a time when wicked men and impostors are advancing “from bad to worse.” —2 Tim. 3:1, 13. w19.06 2 ¶1-2
I have said it a few times before but it bears repeating. Satan the Devil is far more clever and influential than Jehovah’s Witnesses realize. What could be more devious than convincing Christians that Jesus has already returned and is ruling in his Kingdom and that Satan has already been hurled down when such is not the case at all?
The truth is, Jesus will have a congregation on earth when he returns to commence the judgment phase. And Jesus has not returned. Nor has Satan and his angels been cast down.
Jesus illustrated how during the conclusion the angels will remove lawless persons from his congregation, his Kingdom, by likening it to a harvest. That is when the weeds will be uprooted, bundled up, and burned and the precious wheat is gathered into the storehouse.
Satan has convinced those under the influence of the Watchtower that the harvest took place more than a century ago. Very clever, if not ridiculous. (Jehovah Has Become King—The Harvest)
Supposedly, the weeds were all nominal Christians who were not associated with the Bible Students. How Catholics, Protestants, and whatever else, may have been bundled up and burned is anyone’s guess. Why was it necessary for such an operation when the Bible Students were already a separate and distinct sect, easily distinguished from the other denominations? It is, of course, absurd; but it is the official teaching of the Watchtower and so Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to believe it without questioning. Such is the influence of Satan.
But the Watchtower is absolutely right. Jehovah’s Witnesses are in danger of being misled. The aforementioned deception may seem relatively benign now, but when Christ actually comes Jehovah’s Witnesses will be plunged into confusion. That is because all the things associated with the coming of Christ will become evident; namely, global war, food shortages, pandemics, earthquakes, terrifying sights above, and all the rest—in short, all the things that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe took place a long, long time ago in a bygone generation. And amidst all of confusion and terror, Jesus sternly forewarned that many false prophets and false Christs will arise and perform great signs in order to mislead many. The Deceiver’s target, as always, will be those who belong to God. Jesus went so far as to say that Satan’s deception would be so thorough that if it were possible, even the chosen would be misled.
As it stands, those who have been called into Christ’s Kingdom are already misled, since they are laboring under the powerful delusion that the Kingdom has already come and Jesus is invisibly present. No doubt that is why the foolish virgins will be locked out when the bridegroom comes. They will not have enough spiritual depth to discern the way through the darkness that will prevail then. They will look to the Watchtower to provide more “oil.”
But why will it be impossible for the chosen to be misled during the critical time when many will be deceived into believing Jesus is in the wilderness or in the inner chambers of Warwick castle? (Perhaps the masonic warlocks of Bethel intend to use the new movie production studio to conjure Christ.) Because Jesus will reveal himself to them. They will see the Lord of lords in all his glory. That is what the parousia is. And that is when the chosen ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.
This is what was prefigured by the Transfiguration. Peter, James, and John saw Jesus shine like the sun. Years later Peter explained the significance of the vision, saying: “No, it was not by following artfully contrived false stories that we made known to you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but rather, we were eyewitnesses of his magnificence.” — 2 Peter 1:16
The Watchtower’s 1914 doctrine is an artfully contrived false story. No one on earth has been an eyewitness to Christ’s magnificence. But that will not always be the case.