The October 15th, 2011, study edition of the Watchtower Magazine carries the leading article, entitled: Keep on the Watch – Why So Important?
As all of Jehovah’s Witnesses well know, it is vitally important to be ready for the coming of the day of Jehovah, or the day of the Lord as it is alternatively termed, even as on several occasions Jesus Christ exhorted his followers to stay on the watch and keep ready. But ready for what, exactly?
According to the brief article it is important to keep on the watch for the outbreak of the great tribulation, which Jehovah’s Witnesses have been led to expect will commence when the so-called militarized horns of the wild beast of Revelation suddenly turns upon and devours the harlot, Babylon the Great.
In non-prophetic terms the Watchtower’s prognosticators have created anticipation among Jehovah’s Witnesses for the United Nations to destroy organized religion around the globe as the next order of business scheduled on the prophetic calendar. Although not specifically stated in the October 15th article, it is certainly implied from what has been published previously.
But as presented in the previous article on this blog – Many Will Be Stumbled – Jesus’ exhortation to stay on the watch and keep ready was in connection with the coming of the master to inspect his slaves. That fact becomes plainly evident to anyone wishing to actually read and reason upon the Scriptures in their context.
NO MORE DOUBLE-FACED DIVINATION
In the 13th chapter of Ezekiel Jehovah issued his judicial decision against the stupid prophets who are within the intimate group of God’s people, misleading them by means of double-faced divination and worthless visions, declared in the name of Jehovah. (See article: The Wall Must Fall)
As an immediate prelude to the execution of God’s judgment against them Jehovah commands his prophet to say to them: “‘The days have drawn near, and the matter of every vision.’ For there will no more prove to be any valueless vision nor double-faced divination in the midst of the house of Israel.” – Ez 12:23-24
What is “double-faced divination”? Double-faced divination is what the Watchtower practices when they interpret the prophetic word of God in different ways in order to manipulate the minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The October 15th, 2011, article is typical. For example, in one of the concluding paragraphs the Watchtower cites Matthew 24:44, where Jesus stated: “On this account you too prove yourselves ready, because at an hour that you do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming.”
On what account ought Christians to prove themselves ready? Because, as the preceding verse explains, (Also Luke the 12th chapter) the Son of man is coming as a thief in the night. Then the very next verse following Jesus related the illustration of the faithful and unfaithful slaves. So, Jesus is coming a thief to judge the slaves of the household, over which he is the head.
As all of Jehovah’s Witnesses surely know, though, the Watchtower teaches that the master of the house has already come long ago and rewarded the faithful slave and punished the evil and sluggish slaves.
But, again, if that were true, why must Christians continue to stay on the watch for another coming of the Son of man? Surely, the Son of man is not coming as a thief in the night on multiple occasions, separated by decades in time, is he? There is nothing in the Scriptures to indicate that to be the case. That being so, if Christ came and judged his Father’s house in 1918 then that is the end of it.
But the Watchtower, although never addressing the obvious discrepancy of their teaching, nonetheless, continues to imply that the Son of man does indeed come as a thief in the night on more than one occasion. They sometimes interpret Matthew 24:44-45 to apply to the 1914-1919 era, and as in the article under review here, they also interpret the very same verse to apply to the future. This is double-faced divination.
It is divination because the Watchtower attributes their interpretation to the leading of God’s holy spirit. And the Watchtower’s priests boast that no one on earth can possibly hope to decipher such arcane mysteries who is not an accepted initiate within the hallowed halls of Bethel.
WOE TO THE STUPID PROPHETS!
But clearly, the spirit of the truth would not lead the leaders of God’s people to teach such contradictory and misleading things. In truth, the prophets of Bethel have not seen anything remotely connected with the parousia of Jesus Christ. It is a case of their “walking after their own spirit” – not Jehovah’s spirit. This is why Jehovah states in the 13th chapter of Ezekiel: “Woe to the stupid prophets, who are walking after their own spirit, when there is nothing that they have seen!”
Incredibly, the article under review even backhandedly acknowledges that the sign of Jesus’ presence is not all that prominent. In the 2nd paragraph the Society states:
If the sign in itself was to be so evident, why this extra admonition?