Beware the leaven of the Pharisees!

//Beware the leaven of the Pharisees!

Wednesday, June 22

Stop keeping company with anyone called a brother who is sexually immoral.1 Cor. 5:11.

A heartrending experience for Aaron’s family is recorded at Leviticus 10:1-11. They must have been devastated when fire from heaven consumed Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu at the tabernacle. What a test of faith it was for Aaron and his family not to mourn their dead relatives! Are you personally proving yourself holy with regard to not associating with family members or others who have been disfellowshipped? We may not face as severe a test as that experienced by Aaron and his family. But what if we were invited to attend and participate in a church wedding of a non-Witness relative? No explicit Scriptural command forbids us to attend, but there are Bible principles involved in making such a decision. Of course, we try to avoid offending our relatives, but it is usually best to speak with them in a kind, though straightforward, way—well in advance of the event.


Some time after the Jews were taken to Babylon and certainly after they were dispersed into many lands, synagogues began to appear. They were the forerunner of congregations and kingdom halls —places of meeting and worship. Along with the synagogues came the Pharisees, who along with the Sadducees, dominated the religious life of the Jews. But the Pharisees seem to have been the most influential.

The Pharisees interpreted the Law for the Jews and added to it with endless regulations. For example, the Law forbid any sort of work or travel on the Sabbath. The Pharisees defined what constituted work. Wikipedia lists 39 categories of permissible and non-permissible “work.”

One category was devoted to defining “grinding,” which was defined as: “Reducing an earth-borne thing’s size for a productive purpose.” Something as simple as cutting fruit into small pieces for a salad might violate the Law according to the Pharisees’ strict interpretation. No doubt that is why the Pharisees accused Jesus of violating the Sabbath when he and his disciples were walking through a grain field on the Sabbath and took some of the grain heads and rubbed them in their hands to remove the chaff. Jesus and his disciples were guilty of “grinding” on the Sabbath, at least according to the Pharisees.

The Pharisees believed that they could attain holiness by various rituals and by avoiding association with people who were not holy. Thus, they also condemned Jesus for associating with the common people, the sinners, tax collectors, the Amharets —people of the earth, as the Pharisees disdainfully called them.

The Pharisees used a form of disfellowshipping to keep the Jews inline. Being thrown out of the synagogue would mean complete ostracism from Jewish society. The Pharisees used that as a form of coercion to prevent the Jews from confessing their belief that Jesus was the Messiah. Any Jew who did was thrown from the synagogue.

Over the years the leadership of the Watchtower has developed into a similar pharisaical sect that dominates the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They determine the meaning of the Scriptures and their application. Just as the Pharisees added to the Law, so too the Watchtower.

That is demonstrated in today’s text. What principle might come into play as regards any of Jehovah’s Witnesses who might be considering attending a church wedding? It doesn’t say. Since, as the Watchtower acknowledges, there is no specific scriptural injunction against it, why not let each Christian decide for themselves what is the appropriate course? Jesus attended a wedding feast in Cana and even contributed a miraculous wedding gift. Might that be a guiding principle?

In the first century some Christians ate meat that had been sacrificed to idols. Paul explained that it was perfectly fine for them to do so, reasoning that all things belonged to Jehovah anyway. However, some weak Christians might be stumbled or emboldened to eat the things sacrificed to idols as part of the ceremony. For the sake of the weaker ones in the faith Paul exhorted the strong Christians not to do anything that might stumble the weak brothers and sisters. Love was the guiding principle.

So, why not let that be the guiding principle?

Like the Pharisees of old, the Watchtower uses the threat of disfellowshipping as a means of coercion.

For example, although the habit was always discouraged, for years the Watchtower permitted tobacco users to be baptized. However, sometime around 1973 the Governing Body determined that smokers would be disqualified for baptism. But not stopping there, Bethel decreed that any of Jehovah’s Witnesses who were tobacco users were to be disfellowshipped —thrown from the synagogue. So, those who were previously approved became disapproved by a ruling of the rulers.  

While smoking is certainly a filthy habit and would certainly be considered a defilement of the flesh had it been  a common practice in the first century, Paul did not list uncleanness as a reason to expel anyone from the congregation. On the contrary, the apostle exhorted Christians to cleanse themselves of all defilements of the flesh and spirit. Clearly, the Watchtower has gone beyond what is written, just as the Pharisees were inclined to do. 

Disfellowshipping is especially used as a tool to silence critics. Barbara Anderson and Bill Bowen were two of Jehovah’s Witnesses who protested the Watchtower’s policy of shielding pedophiles from exposure and prosecution.

Barbara Anderson —a mother and grandmother —was horrified when her research at Bethel led her to discover that the Watchtower maintained a massive database of over 23,000 known JW pedophiles. Upon realizing that the Governing Body had no intention of changing their policies, she was moved to go public with her concern for the welfare of the children in the congregations. As a result Bethel’s legal Department ordered her local elders to disfellowship her on the week the Dateline program was to be aired as a means of discrediting her.

Just think, due to the policies of the Watchtower Jehovah’s Witnesses and vulnerable children are forced to unknowingly associate with men whom Bethel knows are pedophiles, while ostracizing any who speak out against such evils!

The prophecy of Malachi, which was written after the Jews returned from Babylon, speaks against the injustice practiced by the priests —referred to as the sons of Levi. Levi, of course, was the tribe that God assigned as priests, except the book of Malachi is only ostensibly directed to the Levitical priests. In reality it is addressing anointed Christians, who are under priests of Christ, especially immediately prior to the coming of the messenger of the covenant, which is a reference to the second coming.

Now consider the second chapter of Malachi. Speaking of Christ, who became the high priest, it says: “My covenant with him was one of life and of peace, which I gave to him, along with fear. He feared me, yes, he stood in awe of my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and no unrighteousness was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and in uprightness, and he turned many back from error…”

As regards the followers of Christ in the new covenant Malachi reads: “‘For the lips of a priest should safeguard knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth, because he is the messenger of Jehovah of armies. But you yourselves have turned aside from the way. You have made many stumble with regard to the law. You have ruined the covenant of Levi,’ says Jehovah of armies. ‘So I will make you despised and low before all the people, because you did not keep my ways but showed partiality in applying the law.”’

Surely, this judgment most aptly fits the Watchtower. Although teaching many the basic truth of the Bible, Bethel has ruined the Christian covenant. They have stumbled many of Jehovah’s Witnesses and perverted Christian law.

As a consequence the preceding verses say: “Look! I will ruin your sown seed because of you, and I will scatter dung on your faces, the dung of your festivals; and you will be carried away to it. Then you will know that I have given this commandment to you so that my covenant with Levi may continue…”

Just as Jesus denounced the Pharisees we may expect a similar denunciation and rebuke of the Watchtower in the near future. But even more disconcerting, since the organization has promoted a fake parousia since its inception in the 1880’s, it is inconceivable that Bethel will accept Christ when he actually comes. On the contrary, it will oppose him. It will seek to throw out of the synagogue any who accept the new reality. Although some individuals will have faith, just as individual Pharisees accepted Christ, the organization will then become an antichrist.

It is important to note that Jesus instructed his disciples to obey the Pharisees, only not hypocritically. However, after Jesus was resurrected and appeared to the disciples, and especially after they too were anointed, the apostles did not obey the Pharisees, but openly defied their orders for them to desist from preaching Christ. Similarly, the Watchtower’s authority is only valid until such time as the Christ returns. At that point it will be necessary to defy Bethel. 

Indeed, look out for the leaven of the Pharisees!

2017-03-18T10:32:53+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Commentary|34 Comments
  • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

    My favorite sentence in this excellent commentary is “watchtower’s authority is only valid until Christ’s return.”

    The Lord’s prayer has become so meaningful to me especially since finding this site. Now I no longer believe in a confusing “double coming.”

    I’ve tried asking the friends in the congregation (as innocently as possible) “how it works” that Jesus came in 1914 but during his future coming he’ll be doing all the “big stuff” as priest and judge. So far nobody has expressed curiosity. People are slumbering and operating on autopilot.

    I pray to be humble because I don’t want to come across as knowing more than my brothers and sisters (even though I sortuv do!…lol). Just like it was thrilling to see the lightbulb go on for a bible study when they learn God’s name or the hope of living on Paradise earth, it’s a pleasure to associate with y’all and your lightbulbs!

    Have a great day everybody . And if you’re currently DFed and being shunned by your friends and family, my heart goes out to you. I was there for 18 dark months. I was suicidal and I felt like a piece of garbage. It’s terrible what the organization is doing to Jehovah’s little sheep. This is another reason why I’m waiting with great anticipation for Jesus to come.

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hiya Alexandra, it’s good to pray to be humble, but I think you should give yourself some credit there. After your bad treatment where you were suicidal and treated like garbage, you still humbly went back to Jehovah’s house. That took a lot of humility and tremendous love for Jehovah. Another person could’ve gone the other way and never looked back. But here you are. I have a lot of respect for someone like that. Leonard K posted this scripture which I think sums it up. 1Chronicles 28:9

    • Sam

      our brothers and sisters have no comprehension nor interest in prophecy and the “big things.” You hit the nail on the head with that point, they are on total auto pilot. Just going through the motions. In fact whereas they used to talk about the scriptural evidence of Kingdom rule, it is now merely a case of “what convinces you?” as if it is something that can be determined from a feeling. Tempting to ask how preaching work is evidence when great things were done in the first century, all without vehicles and tech. Or how under Kingdom rule nothing has happened in 100 years? What was the point in the Kingdom ruling if all that was going to be accomplished was the same thing that was already happening prior.

  • Joel Sherrod

    Very good article. I am reminded of the late, and former Governing Body Member, Raymond Franz, who also discerned and likened the Watchtower Society to the Pharisees. Much of the insightful commentary that Robert expicates today, can be found “originally” in the books of the late Brother R. Franz; such books as “Crisis of Conscience,” and “In Search of Christian Freedom.” As way of example, Raymond Franz was one of the first (if not the very first) to discern and publically advocate that the whole Faithful & Discreet Slave–as a worldwide spiritual feefder– was bogus. He correctly identified the few men on the Governing Body at Brooklyn Bethel as the “real” and “only” Faithful Slave. Now, some 20 years later, that is EXACTLY the approved position the Watchtower Society advocates. What marvelous insight! And today’s E-Watchman, Robert King, has been gifted with that same insight. May we all listen to him, and heef his call to continually “watch the Watchtower!”

    • Joe Dman

      I read Ray’s book shortly after finding out that the watchtower was a U.N. NGO and about their pedophilia issues. I’m not sure I would say Robert and Ray have the same insight. Although at first I agreed with Ray, now I’ll write reviews of his book warning wayward or curious JW’S to beware because it is an object of stumbling. Unless i missed something, Ray did not encourage Jehovah’s Witnesses to remain in the organization until such time as we’re told to”get out of her”.

      • Sam

        in the end I believe Franz completely rejected everything to do with truth. Like many, they are stumbled by the wrongs and so reject even the light. He ended up as just another Churchoid

        • Joel Sherrod

          Excellent point Sam. Brother Franz died a bitter and dejected man.

  • Please8834

    Here is a perfect example of what the Apostles explained what a ” Christian ” should continue to do ! That they , again “Christian” should continue to cleanse themselves of fleshly defilements..Please note that nowhere does the bible say they should no longer be Christian’s… I read Barbara Anderson’s story an Bill Bowens story a long time ago. Reminds me of the way King Saul had anyone who helped David and his men put to death. The Watchtower legal department will be put to death by Jehovah for all the spiritual deaths they have caused.

  • Burt Reynolds

    Hello Robert, you noted previously in one of your works that the coming of Christ will be undeniable. In other words that everyone will be aware of who it is….I hope I have repeated the gist correctly. Here you note that the watchtower will deny Christ, will not accept him, at that time, in the stubbornness of their stand on his return in 1914. Surely if is to be obvious to all, will it not also be obvious to the watchtower? How could they deny it then? Thanks.

    • Sam

      I would answer that with the question how could the Jews reject the messiah despite obvious evidence? They are commited to their delusion as you know. In fact they are already setting themselves up for this very thing with the constant pushing of the scripturally unsupported idea that “vital lifesaving instructions” that will seem unreasonable will issue from the org. What is this setting up if not the fortold apostasy. Perhaps Robert can correct anything I may have wrong but this is how I understand it

    • ewatchman

      One of the things Jesus stressed the most was that there will be many false prophets and false Christs – some saying one thing and others something else. Jesus went on to say that the deception would be so thorough that if it were possible even the chosen ones would be deceived. But here is the deal: If anointed persons are associated with the WT and recognize it as Jehovah’s exclusive channel, then how would it be possible for the chosen ones to be deceived? The deception could only be effective if it emanated from the trusted mouthpiece of God. And, of course, that is where the man of lawlessness will come to the fore.

      • Annie

        Various questions going through my head here, Robert. The anointed sister who studied with me is so very much ‘into’ the WT, she has also mentioned to me in the past that things might come out as seeming to come from the WT, but I must not believe them unless I have proof that they do actually come from the WT. So, at the time when Jesus Christ comes again, IF he is rejected by the ‘actual’ WT, how can she believe he has come again if they are denying it? In that case, what happens to her? The same for many other anointed/chosen ones, will there be some way that they can recognise Christ by themselves? The obvious answer is that they need to find this site, but many of them will consider this an apostate site…sorry to say that, Robert.

        What if, for example, many of the chosen ones totally reject Christ at that time because of the WT? Obviously, there HAS to be 144,000, but what if at the last minute many are rejected by Jehovah because they didn’t accept Christ as coming?

        What happens to the men on the GB if they are to be rejected by Jehovah? They are anointed ones & so their rejection will leave a gap in the final figure for sealing. I do need to read all your past posts as maybe the answer is in there, but I am a newbie & still learning (as fast as I can!)
        I am also interested in WHY the anointed/chosen ones are left out of the GB decisions if they are to rule as co-priests. Why have they not questioned that fact with the GB? I know my ‘sister’ says “well, I just leave it up to them” but…….come on! She is to rule alongside them & so should share in the decision making of these final days surely. That is probably the subject of another posting really, but I do have so many questions.

        • Annie

          Another, probably extremely foolish question, is that IF the GB are anointed, then why were they chosen as anointed if they are false prophets as you have properly stated, Robert? I accept that over the years they have done a great job in guiding the witnesses & I think we might all agree with that, but now they are going down the ‘blind guide’ route what happens now? (oh, madre mia, looking back on that question is a bit harsh, I’m NOT questioning Jehovahs choice, I’m just trying to find answers)

          8 million + witnesses rely on them & to see them as failures in Jehovah’s eyes will be the greatest shock of their lives. I’m struggling with that really, I see so many sweet & honest hearted people commenting on the pages dedicated to Jehovah on Facebook & I wonder what will become of them. They are innocent as babies & rely totally on everything that comes from the WT.
          Maybe I should take to heart the counsel of looking to my own salvation instead of worrying about others, but I really love some of my FB JW friends, they are so lovely & trusting.

          • Joe Dman

            When I think of those ” sweet and honest hearted” ones and if they can’t be tested without failing, and since He will not let us be tested beyond what we can bare, then maybe their safety net is the pale horseman who it its granted to kill a fourth part of the earth. Those killed by the pale horseman are given over to Hades, which we know there is a resurrection from.
            The scriptures tell us of the anointed that many are invited but few chosen. So it goes to reason that the many will consider themselves anointed but Jehovah has already chosen his anointed and he will strengthen them beyond failing. After all Jehovah states that his word will not return to Him without results.
            I know a couple of elders with seemingly rock solid faith. I Can’t imagine them failing, but its not really a matter of failing, it’s a matter of publicly showing if one has faith in Jehovah and Christ. So these that we can’t imagine proving false to Jehovah may be the ones in the near future that are screaming at you with hate in their eyes, accusing you of being an apostate, expelling you from their “congregation” and turning you in to the authorities. The scriptures say it will happen, so we should all mentally prepare ourselves.
            So to sum it up, Jehovah and Christ know those who belong to them. There will soon be a brief time when we may feel that Jehovah has hidden his face from us. Just know that these things are going to happen because Jehovah said they would. So be prepared to weather the storm. If the pale horseman gets some of us then maybe it’s just another safety net he has provided for those who love Him.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Even though it might sound horrible, you have a point about the Pale Horseman taking the “sweet and honest hearted ones” when he begins his ride. It might be a kindness. Leighton Williams posted days ago, saying, when the demons are up in everyone’s faces, then it will show who’s strong and who’s pretending! Could be, some of those very “sweet and honest hearted ones” handing others over to the authorities? As you say, Joe DMan, scripture tells us there will be such betrayals.

            • Burt Reynolds

              Hello Beverly, would someone pretend at this? I thought when I read Leighton’s post that it was an odd word to use and I’ve been thinking about it for hours and hours, but there is only so much conversation my dog can take and so I am on my own. Those who are false in their teaching, yes, that is a pretence, but they would be rejected anyway. Some who are frail in their hope may not withstand the fear and be rescued so to speak by the pale rider. But then Jehovah says he will not test them beyond what they can stand. Again, but then, like the spark of life, can hope and faith be measured in quantity, can a faithful one only have faith transparently ? If they did, it would be a lie, not a measure. Maybe we have to add to the equation , ‘what is truth’ the question, ‘what is faith’……the things hoped for, though yet unseen…..but does this have a degree? It seems to some senses or consciousness there is only a positive or a negative. Life, death; hope, hopelessness; faith, faithlessness. Truth seems the only odd one out as it has an intercessor ….truth, riddle, lie. I wonder if there can be a pretence that is not a lie. Maybe I’m rambling….just trying to fit a jigsaw puzzle together. In this infinite order of the universe, there is so much wonderment and to wonder at the meaning of things.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hiya Burt, when I read Leighton Williams post I thought he was spot on when he said it will soon come out who’s strong or who’s just pretending when those demons are up in everyone’s faces. I couldn’t stop thinking about his point. Also, JoeDman’s point about maybe some might be better off going to hades during the ride of the pale horse as awful as that sounds. No matter how you spin it, I think a pretence is still a lie. It’s fake. In the end it all comes out in the wash. The Tribulation will be a leveller and a decider for everyone. Choose your side. Don’t know if I’ve answered correctly Burt. You might get a better answer from your dog. Lol. WOOF!

            • Burt Reynolds

              I agree. Looks like the devil is in the detail !!!!!

          • Burt Reynolds

            I don’t think any question is foolish Annie. I’ve been asking them for years and still found my way here, so it pays. Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. The pathway to Jehovah is cobbled with questions. 🙂

            • Annie

              so many great answers here, Burt, so I will answer you here. As regards your point to me “Robert said Christ would reveal himself to the anointed, not to us the
              sheep, so I am still left wondering on this topic as to how we would
              know whom to follow with confidence. If Christ introduced himself to me,
              then where would my test be?”
              Maybe, just maybe………I think we might just have ‘to be as little children’ & trust implicitly in Jehovah. Possibly when the time comes we will still have internet, so will be able to rely on each other for strength, but if not, then surely, because we came here to this site, not by chance, then Jehovah has His ways of telling us his truth that Jesus is ACTUALLY here & not an imposter.
              We both found our way here, HOW? I spent many an evening disliking what the GB do & crying to Jehovah because I wanted him to know that because I didn’t trust the GB I still loved him no matter what. I searched on YouTube & watched so many videos & agreed with a lot of the comments & then got horrified when I realised I was watching apostate stuff simply because I was searching. In fact it was on one of the apostate videos that I asked some questions & someone directed me here…now…..does that tell you that Jehovah is guiding me?
              I have prayed so much for the absolute truth & then got cross because I didn’t seem to get any was a kind of ‘well, if you’re not going to answer me I’ll find my own way then’ sort of attitude, which I deserve whipping for, but obviously & without a doubt, Jehovah pointed me in the right way, despite going against the GB teaching that we shouldn’t watch anything outside of their teachings.
              Now, for the first time in a long time, I feel comfy & I can pray to Jehovah properly because I know that he does pop us on the right road even if we do argue a bit with him about it!
              You probably have the same sort of story, Burt & ask yourself, HOW did you know you arrived home when you got here? Same as, how do you know you are not going to heaven or how do you know if you are anointed…..”well, I just know!”
              I think if we continue to apply ourselves in the time left & just accept that Jehovah has in fact popped us on the right road, that He will let us know when Jesus comes, we won’t have any doubts.

            • Burt Reynolds

              Hello Annie, thank you for your thoughts. I have been through many you tube sites myself but while they helped demonstrate the ills of the watchtower, they are vacuous and few, if any, have insight, though the Boreans site shows how the watchtower is thinking and how some insiders are thinking for themselves. The subscribers to the many apostate sites, …I prefer to call them disallusioned seem to have left the spiritual frying pan and got themselves into an empty sieve and have ceased to look, but it’s a rich ground for witnessing as we must help them too.

          • Bklyn Kevin

            Many First Will Be Last, and the Last. First

        • ewatchman

          The one thing I know, Jesus did not start an invisible presence in 1914. The whole thing is a delusion that God allows. The real presence will be totally outside the realm of the WT. Jesus will reveal himself to individual anointed persons. That is why it will not be possible for them to be deceived even if the WT misleads everyone who listens to them.

          As for those rejected, that is what Jesus was alluding to when he said ‘that is where the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth will be.’ Those who are rejected will know it.

          • Annie

            ahah, light bulb moment! Yes, of course, Robert, thank you. Of course Jesus will reveal his presence privately to each individual, I suppose in the same way that the chosen ones were revealed privately. What a relief really, to know that each one will have his own personal moment of absolute truth. Thank you, Robert.

            • Burt Reynolds

              Hello Annie, Robert said Christ would reveal himself to the anointed, not to us the sheep, so I am still left wondering on this topic as to how we would know whom to follow with confidence. If Christ introduced himself to me, then where would my test be? Where would anyone’s test be, for it would be as convincing as being hit by a train. I would like to say that can be done through the bible alone but if that were the case, of what need do we have of the anointed?A test of loyalty depends, as Robert said recently, in faith, not on knowledge . Yet I followed the witnesses out of faith. I read my bible but I did not see. I can see the glaring faults of the governing body clearly now, but this test to come is so powerful that even many of the anointed may not survive it. So here I am, trying to separate years of watchtower lies and deceit from the truth of the bible and wondering how I am ever going to be assured of truth against lies that will inevitably stumble people far more insightful than I am. So how do the sheep come to know the truth of Christ’s presence and not be drawn into deceit again? Can anyone help me here please?

            • Song of Hannah

              Burt you are such a deep thinker! Love your questions!

              Again, this is how I sorted it out. In the days before Christ’s appearance, there was many miconceptions about the Christ. But Jehovah allowed a few of his humble faithful ones to understand the scriptures beforehand, and know much more than those around them. For instance, although even the Apostles themselves were clueless, as far back as the time of Jesus’ birth, Simeon (whose only office & title was being righteous and devout) knew the Christ would suffer and that it would be a test revealing the heart condition of all those involved.

              Luke 2:25 And look! there was a man in Jerusalem named Simʹe·on, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for Israel’s consolation, and holy spirit was upon him. 26 Furthermore, it had been divinely revealed to him by the holy spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ of Jehovah. 27 Under the power of the spirit, he now came into the temple, and as the parents brought the young child Jesus in to do for him according to the customary practice of the Law, 28 he took the child into his arms and praised God and said: 29 “Now, Sovereign Lord, you are letting your slave go in peace according to your declaration, 30 because my eyes have seen your means of salvation 31 that you have prepared in the sight of all the peoples, 32 a light for removing the veil from the nations and a glory of your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother continued wondering at the things being spoken about him. 34 Also, Simʹe·on blessed them and said to Mary, the child’s mother: “Look! This child is appointed for the falling and the rising again of many in Israel and for a sign to be spoken against 35 (yes, a long sword will be run through you), in order that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.”

              Also we can take the pattern of Jesus’ first parousia. When resurrected he first revealed himself to his apostles & disciples (interestingly he bestowed the first honor to those who were perceived to be the most lowly of them, his women followers). After that, they had to preach the Christ and his Kingdom under the most difficult of situations. The hostile Jews and then Nero were certainly a furnace of affliction to their faith. They were preaching a kingdom that coud not be beheld. But actaully seeing the Christ, it’s designated king, helped bolster their faith for the difficult road that lay ahead.

              Peter mentioned the transfiguration as a bolster to the faith as well.

              2 Pet 1:16 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. 17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory when words such as these were conveyed to him by the magnificent glory: “This is my Son, my beloved, whom I myself have approved.” 18 Yes, these words we heard coming from heaven while we were with him in the holy mountain. 19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, and you are doing well in paying attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place (until day dawns and a daystar rises) in your hearts.

              So as I understand it, then, all those mentioned above were already demonstrated that they were walking by faith, and not by sight. And it wasn’t until they demonstrated that faith, that it was then rewarded, and bolstered for the assignment that lay ahead. And indeed their faith will need bolstering! Like the apostles & disciples then, it appears the annointed will also witness before govenors and even kings, and in the end, be put to death. (Luke 21:12, Daniel 8:24, 12:7)

            • Burt Reynolds

              Hello Hannah, thank you very much for the time taken to reply. So you illustrate here from the bible that both the sheep and the anointed will have revealed to them, the pathway to take at the due time? Personally, I feel a growing sense of appreciation towards the knowledge I am gaining from the bible and the emerging clarity of its promises it is making. It is also an ‘excitement’ for want of a better word. I suppose it is bolstered by a sense of feeling that even were my life threatened by those opposed to the parousia, I would rather die than have to live in their world…I’ve been feeling that ever since I was in the congregation….more so with some of the treatment meeted out by the elders. I grow rather weary of this world as it is now and the hope of a better one is certainly like a lamp in the dark corner of my heart…..well, next to the pacemaker that is! Thanks. 🙂

            • Song of Hannah

              I feel the same way Burt! Who am I, that I am deserving of having more understanding than the leadership? I am nothing! I certainly don’t deserve it. Yet, I see it with clarity, and more and more each day! Like our sister Alexandra put it, I keep praying for humility because I can’t even imagine someone like me having this knowledge! My whole life has taken a back seat, cause I can’t I can’t stop studying now! I’m totally obsessed! What new thing am I gonna learn about Jehovah today? It feels like when I first learned the truth, some 35 years ago.

        • The manifestation of Christ to the chosen ones will be completely outside the auspices of the Watchtower Society and will most certainly render it irrelevant. Indeed, let him that has ears listen!

  • Sam

    Robert (or anyone else who may know) could you please tell me how I can white list The Watchman’s Post so that the updates for new articles will not end up being sent to my junk folder. Many thanks

  • Paulo Vicentini

    Luke 6:27 – Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you

    doing GOOD to those who hate you:

  • somebody asked Robert recently the question about being taken to the synagogues. i dont have time at the moment to search for the person who asked that a month or so ago but Robert had an answer here ->

    obviously i left the comment here on this page cause of this articles related topic also

    i guess you know who you are

  • e.v.g

    Thanks brother Robert for this article, many JW’s are now fermented with the leaven of the watchtower or whatever, I’ll be careful not to contaminate me too.

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