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In the parable of the ten virgins, was Jesus saying that many of his anointed servants would prove unfaithful and need to be replaced? No. Remember, he had just warned his “faithful and discreet slave” never to turn into an evil slave. That did not mean that he expected such an outcome. Similarly, this parable conveys a powerful warning. Just as five virgins were foolish and five were discreet, each anointed one has the full capacity to choose either a course of preparedness and vigilance or a course of folly and unfaithfulness. The apostle Paul was inspired to make a similar point when addressing his anointed fellow Christians. Note that Paul’s warning was very firm, but he followed it up with a loving expression of his confidence that “better things” lay ahead of his Christian brothers and sisters. Christ knows that each of his anointed servants can remain faithful and receive the thrilling reward!
If we were to epitomize the Watchtower’s take on prophecy —Jesus’ illustrations included —it might best be summed up by the attitude of the Jews in Jeremiah’s day, who kept saying of Jehovah: “He will do nothing. No calamity will come upon us; we will not see sword or famine.” —Jeremiah 5:12
Who can deny that the Watchtower has placed itself as the antitypical city of refuge, having already received God’s approval since Christ came to judge the house of God back in 1914? The symbolic sword or war, along with famine and pestilence are history too.
Having effectively nullified Jehovah’s judgments by their clever interpretations of prophecy, it is as if the leadership of the organization say that Jehovah will do nothing —not to them anyway. Jehovah’s Witnesses will not see the hardship of war and famine in the future, surely not as the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy regarding nation rising against nation. That is all history. All that remains is for the beast to destroy the harlot. That’s it. Then it is on to glory!
As for those Jews who were cocksure that God would do nothing, Jehovah said of them: “The prophets are full of wind, and the word is not in them. Let this happen to them!”
The Watchtower’s “prophets” are full of wind too. As an example of their vaporous proclamations, consider, that, up until 2013 the Watchtower taught that the wise and foolish virgins parted ways in 1919. The foolish virgins and the evil slave were the rather large contingent of Bible Students who refused to follow Rutherford after he took over the presidency from the deceased Pastor Russell. Just how the Bible Students may have been made to weep and gnash their teeth was never explained. No matter, because a few years ago all that was scrapped.