The boaster will come to his finish

//The boaster will come to his finish

Tuesday, February 21

The desolating of [Jerusalem] has drawn near.Luke 21:20.

Seeing Jerusalem “surrounded by encamped armies,” just as Jesus had prophesied, Christians in Judea, and especially those living in Jerusalem, had to act decisively. Jesus had warned them that they would need to flee as soon as they saw these events start to unfold. In the 28 years since Jesus had uttered that prophecy, the faithful Jewish Christians living in Israel had already faced much opposition and persecution successfully. Yet, Paul knew that they were about to be confronted with one of the most challenging tests of their faith.  He wanted them to be prepared for whatever might come their way. They would need exceptional endurance and faith—faith strong enough to preserve their lives. So Paul was prompted by Jehovah’s spirit to write those dear brothers and sisters a letter designed to meet their special needs. That letter is now known as the book of Hebrews.

COMMENTARY (Belated)

I was once told by a member of the Governing Body that if Jehovah wanted them to know anything he would reveal it to them directly, and not through the vain efforts of some presumptuous outsider —meaning me.

Actually, though, that is probably true. And consequently, since Jehovah has obviously not enlightened them regarding important matters relating to the future unveiling of divine judgments, it is apparent that it is God’s will that they remain in a state of blindness until such time as God’s purpose is fulfilled. The prophecy of Isaiah speaks to this situation.

Regarding the desolation of Jerusalem the 29th chapter states: “Woe to Ariel, Ariel, the city where David encamped! Continue year after year; let the cycle of festivals continue. But I will bring distress on Ariel, and there will be mourning and lamentation, and she will become to me like an altar hearth of God. I will encamp on all sides against you, and I will besiege you with a palisade and raise up siegeworks against you. You will be brought low; from the ground you will speak, and what you say will be muffled by dust. Your voice will come from the ground like the voice of a spirit medium, and your words will chirp from the dust.”

It would seem that Jesus had this prophecy in mind when he foretold that Jerusalem would be surrounded by enemies who would encircle them with a fence of pointed stakes, which is what a palisade is. In the 21st chapter of Luke Jesus added that “these are days for meting out justice in order that all the things written may be fulfilled.” Included among “all the things that must be fulfilled” is the debasing of Ariel so that his voice is “muffled by dust.”

Imagine, if you will, the Watchtower, which boasts of projecting its voice into over 700 languages around the world, suddenly falling silent —the voice of the slave becoming a faint whisper, as if speaking from beyond the grave in a strange voice. And imagine this calamity coinciding with the worst time of trouble for the world and when millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses will expect to receive “life-saving instructions” from the Governing Body. 

Isaiah goes on to foretell that the attack on Ariel ultimately leads to divine intervention, saying: “The crowd of your enemies will be like fine powder, the crowd of the tyrants just like the blowing chaff. And it will happen in an instant, suddenly. Jehovah of armies will give you his attention with thunder and earthquake and a great noise, with storm wind and tempest and the flames of a consuming fire. Then the crowd of all the nations waging war against Ariel —All those waging war against her, the siege towers against her, and those bringing distress on her—will become like a dream, a vision of the night. Yes, it will be just as when someone hungry dreams that he is eating, but he wakes up hungry, and as when someone thirsty dreams that he is drinking, but he wakes up tired and thirsty. So it will happen with the crowd of all the nations that wage war against Mount Zion.”

Certainly God did not suddenly destroy the Chaldeans when they laid siege to Jerusalem. Neither did Jehovah’s wrath fall upon the Romans when they sacked the holy city in the first century. The prophecy obviously relates to the desolation of the symbolic Jerusalem during the conclusion, during the world’s greatest time of trouble —the great tribulation. But why would God take vengeance upon the nations for their doing away with Christendom? After all, that is what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jerusalem represents.

Although the answer to the contradiction ought to be obvious, the real question is, why can’t the official seers see it? Isaiah continues: “Be stunned and amazed; blind yourselves and be blinded. They are drunk, but not with wine; they are staggering, but not from alcohol. For Jehovah has poured a spirit of deep sleep on you; He has closed your eyes, the prophets, and he has covered your heads, the visionaries. Every vision becomes for you like the words of a sealed book. When they give it to someone who can read, saying: “Read this out loud, please,” he will say: “I cannot, for it is sealed up.” And when they give the book to someone who cannot read, saying: “Read this, please,” he will say: “I cannot read at all.””

Over these many decades many anointed Christians associated with the Watchtower have studied the Bible and its many prophecies, but for them the prophecy of Isaiah —at least it’s future application —is like a sealed book. No one is able to decipher it intelligibly. It is as if they are drunk, and indeed they are spiritually intoxicated and unaware of their own state.

Why would God deliberately conceal his intentions in such a way? Jehovah says: “This people approaches me with their mouth and they honor me with their lips, but their heart is far removed from me; and their fear of me is based on commands of men that they have been taught. Therefore, I am the One who will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their discreet men will be hidden. Woe to those who go to great lengths to conceal their plans from Jehovah. Their deeds are done in a dark place, while they say: “Who sees us? Who knows about us?” How you twist things! Should the potter be regarded the same as the clay? Should what is made say about its maker: “He did not make me”? And does what is formed say about its former: “He shows no understanding”?

Do not Jehovah’s Witnesses publicly praise Jehovah with their mouths and honor him with their lips? But, as the accusation stands, Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to be more devoted to the Watchtower than to God and Christ. Certainly that is what God is stating in prophecy.

And do not Jehovah’s Witnesses follow the directives of a wise and discreet slave —commands of men? To what lengths have they gone to conceal their plans? Only God knows the full extent. But this site has thoroughly documented how they have twisted things, torturously wringing the Scriptures to place the coming of Christ into the receding past in order to bestow upon themselves Heaven’s full blessing and transform the Watchtower Society into the very Kingdom of Christ. That a future parousia and day of reckoning looms is considered nonsense —as if Jehovah “shows no understanding.”

How will it end? Isaiah continues: “In just a short time, Lebanon will be turned into an orchard, and the orchard will be regarded as a forest. In that day the deaf will hear the words of the book, and out of the gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. The meek will rejoice greatly in Jehovah, and the poor among men will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more, the boaster will come to his finish, and all those keeping alert to do harm will be destroyed, those who with a false word make others guilty, who lay traps for the defender in the city gate, and who with empty arguments deny justice to the righteous one.”

The outbreak of world war, global pandemics, famines and earthquakes will unequivocally repudiate 1914. No longer will the tyrants boast of their spiritual discernment in divining the invisible presence of Christ.  Their empty arguments that the composite sign of Christ’s presence has been on full display for the past century will be exposed as sheer nonsense and madness. Their secret payouts of hush money (gag orders) to deny justice to victims of sex abuse will end too. Then those who had been under authority of the Watchtower will be no longer. They will discern the truth that Christ has at last come. They will, at last, discern the truth expressed in Isaiah and all other prophecies. They will flee the doomed organization and seek refuge in the actual Kingdom of Christ. The boasters in Jehovah visible organization will have come to their finish.

Indeed, the desolation of “Jerusalem” has drawn near. 

2017-02-22T07:13:36+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Commentary|52 Comments
  • Song of Hannah

    Ah so refreshing! Please don’t ever stop “repeating yourself” Robert! Each time you go over these truths, it results in further healing to the soul. ?

    • Burt Reynolds

      Doesn’t it just! My thoughts too.

  • Song of Hannah

    A question, and maybe the answer’s obvious – but I am always stumped by it. What did the prophet mean when he said:

    “And when they give the book to someone who cannot read, saying: “Read this, please,” he will say: “I cannot read at all.””?

    Isn’t it obvious that someone who cannot read wouldn’t be able to read it? I know I’m missing something here but can’t for the life of me figure out what he’s trying to say here…

    • ewatchman

      It is not that the would-be interpreter is literally illiterate, any more than they are literally drunk. It is simply illustrating the futility of those who seek to understand the prophecy, but only so that they may cast themselves in the best possible light. I think in recent years the GB have handed off a lot of writing and teaching to their so-called helpers, the non-anointed elders who work in the various committees. It is as if the scroll of Isaiah is handed to them and they can’t make sense of it either.

      • Burt Reynolds

        Given the ban on further education, and throttling of life-span development, the insight and depth of learning, not to mention a balance in understanding; the designation of writing and thus instruction of the flock to ‘lesser’ scribes so to speak, has simply resulted in the parroting of the basic indoctrination. And this without a thought to whether it is true. Those that ‘cannot read’ are illiterate, not in language, but to the purpose of the Word (Christ), thus they cannot grasp the intent, the motive, the message. Thus all they have in their ears and in their pen, is the word of man, and that is true illiteracy both of God and of themselves and their potential for salvation.

        • Bklyn Kevin

          Yes spiritually illiterate as it were. WHY? because somewhere along the line they started putting more emphasis on physical matters rather than spiritual matters.

          But a physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know [them], because they are examined spiritually. 1 Corinthians 2:14.
          It’s as if they lost the mind of Crist they once had.
          Romans 15:5
          Now may the God who supplies endurance and comfort grant YOU to have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had,

          Philippians 2:5
          Keep this mental attitude in YOU that was also in Christ Jesus, Read more>
          https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/bi12/books/philippians/2/#v50002001

  • Sandy

    And so the broken reed – reeds can not be crushed if they rely on Jehovah. I have been baptized since 1970 and have tried to understand the changes and coldness engulfing Jehovahs organization.
    A steady decline into 2 Timothy of the love of the greater number cooling off – greater always meaning more than 50 percent. And then add the misuse – abuse of scripture applied to serve the needs of individuals and the Organization…. And we have the scriptures fulfilled about the Last Days of this world and also the final efforts of Jehovahs Organization to follow Satanic influence and agenda.

    Finding Robert and others who will not allow the Great Apostasy to take them away from THE TRUTH and JEHOVAH is receiving Life’s Waters free and just at the right time !!! How grateful I am ….. and I can see how grateful all others are on this site to have a Bounty of AMAZING spiritual food presented to us – a reminder that
    Jehovah does hear our prayers and knows our needs. THANK YOU Robert for taking the time and caring to help serve this Spiritual Feast. It is never enough to know which spiritual food is junk food – we have to have Real Spiritural Food to sustain us and help us make it past the lies and loss of our place of refuge – a Kingdom Hall and a misled congregation of brothers and sisters who have forgotten the greatest commandment to love Jehovah and their neighbor – especially their brothers and sisters . Nonsense like disfellowshipping those that need help the most and false application of scriptures does not make for a spiritual paradise – add pedophiles and you travel down the road of apostasy …. and the man of lawlessness …. pretending to follow Jehovah and be a spokesperson for Jehovah….

    So here we have a last found a refuge from the nonsense – prophecy is not a mystery here – we now can know what is coming next – and with that thought I had a question about Revelation 12 – wanted to see if Robert could explain the Wilderness / Desert and the River in greater detail. The woman being God’s organization … what exactly does
    this chapter mean for Jehovahs servants and the Anointed?
    Thank you again
    Anyone from the Chicago / Illinois area?

    • ewatchman

      I noticed the May 2017 Watchtower study article has dispensed with some new light. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-study-may-2017/do-not-let-your-love-grow-cold/

      They have applied Jesus’ words about the love of the many growing cold to Jehovah’s Witnesses, at least in a very general way. They probably don’t realize it, or at least they hope JW’s don’t, that the reason they love of the many grows cold is due to the increasing of lawlessness. That lawlessness has nothing to do with crime stats in the world. It emanates from within, from a man of lawlessness.

      • Burt Reynolds

        I had not understood that before. I thought it applied to the mindset of man overall in these times. Thanks for the refinement. It makes it far more relevant and provides the answer to the common question, ‘ have not we always had this behaviour etc etc…’ Well yes, we have, but not of, and directed at, the man of lawlessness. A very timely article over all I must say, setting things straight, bringing clarity, comfort and relief, reassurance in the word of Jehovah.

        • ewatchman

          Actually, Burt, the notion that the increasing of lawlessness is inside the congregation was something I put out there back in 2010 in this article https://e-watchman.com/closer-look-1914/ (last subheading) Of course, the WT is not going to associate any man of lawlessness with the organization; however, they are taking a step in that direction by applying the love of many growing cold to JWs. Slowly, the WT is adding little bits of new light. Maybe somebody there is reading e-watchman.

      • Srecko Sostar

        well said! Increasing of lawlessness, on all levels – private, personal, as collective and as Society making that love growing cold, and on other hand, lack of love on every level contributes that lawlessness can grow. A closed circle!

      • Sandy

        Yes – lawless to a great degree. My father was an Elder and he saw and was perplexed at the blatant disregard for Jehovahs High Standard. Many of the older Elders wanted to overlook very serious wrongdoing of fellow elders and wanted to bring their over righteous judicial Hammer !! down on any publisher who committed any small wrong. And so the general feeling in the Kingdom Halls I attended – in 3 states – was that lawless behavior inside the Kingdom Hall was OK if you had clout and influence…. but instantly addressed if you did not. And to make the matter more demonic some wrongdoing was never addressed…… And so I am happily here waiting what Jehovah will do after he says the words in Jephaniah 1:12 …I – Jehovah – will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners to punish those who sit COMPLACANT in their sins. They think the LORD will do nothing to them, either good or bad

        • Matt 23:24

          • Sandy

            yes – the practice of the Jews at that time was to strain water and wine and other items because a variety of creeping things would be found – so the commentary online about it is the following :
            “a man might not pour his strong liquors through a strainer, by the light (of a candle or lamp), lest he should separate and leave in the top of the strainer (some creeping thing), and it should fail again into the cup, and he should transgress the law, in Leviticus 11:41
            To this practice Christ alluded here; and so very strict and careful were they in this matter, that to strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel, became at length a proverb, to signify much solicitude about little things, and none about greater. These men would not, on any consideration, be guilty of such a crime, as not to pay the tithe of mint, anise, and cummin, and such like herbs and seeds; and yet made no conscience of doing justice, and showing mercy to men, or of exercising faith in God, or love to him. Just as many hypocrites, like them, make a great stir, and would appear very conscientious and scrupulous, about some little trifling things, and yet stick not, at other times, to commit the grossest enormities, and most scandalous sins in life

            What a ridiculous thing to use this small clean act in compliance of Gods law as a credit to their empty righteousness – but completely ignoring the serious requirements of the additional laws that made one a true servant of Jehovah…..

            • Song of Hannah

              Wow sis! Will you study the Bible with me? All kidding aside, love your depth of knowledge! But better yet your willingness to share. And your fierce love for righteousness. Keep posting here sis!

            • Bklyn Kevin

              You guys are aglow with the spirit.
              For God loves a cheerful giver. Thanks be to God for his indescribable free gift.
              2 Corinthians 9:15.

            • Sandy

              Acutally I myself have been hoping to find a small local group to study with.
              Here in Chicago I only know of one other person who is “awake” and is not leaving Jehovah. Robert does an amazing job of keeping us spiritually fed… it is obvious he has the wisdom and insight only Jehovah can impart. But as probably all of us would love to have a person to person Bible discussion – seems that we are all so far apart – except for a few…. So yes – I would be more than happy to have a Bible study with you – Skype might be an option. We can make it a matter of prayer and see what we can arrange. As the scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5: 20 brings out
              New American Standard Bible
              But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
              …………and another version states this
              9 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
              Being reminded that we are to continue !! researching the scriptures and examing things we learn is great advice. I have been reading and listening to Robert King for over a year and have finally found sound reasoning on prophecy – something I never found at the meetings or assemblies – or visits from the CO or DO – the answer was always wait on Jehovah. So I and my friend researched history and politics and religion to see if we can harvest something about how this world really works. Now I no longer have to wait to understand current events and what they could mean to prophecy.
              So I would absolutely be willing to see if a Bible study is a opportunity for us to examine the scriptures and discuss Robert’s postings…. and as a side point … not worry about reporting time and RV’s and what book and chapter being studied…

    • Burt Reynolds

      Those are wonderful and balanced comments to both hear and read, for comfort and for affirmation of the truth. Welcome ! I am not from Chicago, but will Canterbury do?

      • Anderiega

        Burt ..You already said you would row your boat over here. You can bring your little dog too.

    • Anderiega

      I’m just north of you Sandy. (Wisconsin) I’d love to meet for lunch sometime. I believe Joel (where are you Joel?!) is in Chicagoland as well.

      • Sandy

        I will be more than happy to meet up and share experiences.

        • Burt Reynolds

          And it seems Anderiega knows some very nice banqueting halls too. Grilled steak etc, wine, Mexican food….

    • Jamie Mac

      Hi Sandy, that is one of the best posts I’ve seen on this site. You show a lot of wisdom and foresight. I and others will look forward to your next comments 🙂

      • Sandy

        As I mentioned to Burt my days of going to Higher Education in Europe took me to England on vacation . Fun times. Back during my four years of secular education in Germany I studied the Bible with a wonderful family – but the interesting part was that the congregation I attended was very cold – barely said hello … and this already in the mid 1970s . So the great decline into self centered interests at the Kingdom Hall was already occurring back then. Nevertheless the glory of Bible truth triumphed for me – people do not make or break true faith in Jehovah. Our great God knows how to lead us through the troubled waters of misled congregations …… and so today with the help of loving brothers like Robert King and all the others who post here we can find comfort and friendship — and look forward to the end of this ultimately failed experiment by Satan.

    • Arvid Fløysand

      Hello Sandy…you got the right attitude when you feel grateful for the spiritual food on this site…
      i am very glad you found this site and a BIG warm WELCOME to you all the way from Norway 🙂

      • Sandy

        thank you — so happy to be here 🙂

        • Burt Reynolds

          Lovely to have you here Sandy. Drink life’s waters free here.

    • Lisa-Lisa

      Hi Sandy, welcome! I am across the Mississippi from you in Iowa. Nice to have you with us.

      • Sandy

        Been reading for over a year here and examining other sites as well. Robert has real food at this spiritual table !!! Food that honors Jehovah and exposes nonsense – as Robert himself says….

        • Daisy

          and that’s why we are all here Sandy. I’m overjoyed you’ve joined us. Hello!
          I’ve heard that Jamie Mac lives somewhat near to Burt. I’m an hour’s drive away from Burt buried in a village, so before I move down to the south coast I’m hoping some of us in uk can meet up? Perleeez…

          • Sandy

            Hi, Glad to be here . Wish we could all just meet in a central location in the world. It is a hope … maybe realized one day … For sure in Paradise…. if Jehovah approves of me being there….

    • Joseph Stephan

      Our very dear brother and friend is in the windy city!
      https://disqus.com/by/joelrod556/

      • Joel

        Hey! I’m here!

        • Joseph Stephan

          Hi Joel, we have a new sister (Sandy). She was inquiring about your city and if anyone is in Chicago! Hope you are doing well my friend?

          • Joel

            I am OK. It’s so nice to hear from you Joe, and all my online E-Watchman family.

  • Andres Felipe

    Sorry! !

  • Jordan Seager

    Hello, Jordan, from UK.

    This is deep. I’m not a Witness but I am or was studying, I was actually pretty close to becoming an unbaptised publisher. I have come up to a crossroad with all of this on what this is ‘really’ about, who ‘really’ is telling the truth and who is ‘really’ lying.

    One thing that caught my eye was (Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to be more devoted to the Watchtower than to God and Christ.) I never even realised that up until now.

    I want to tell others about the Watchman’s Post but i’m afraid that I will get a negative response.

    • Song of Hannah

      Welcome Jordan! I understand your hesitation. Pray about it and let Jehovah’s spirit guide you. If you are not a publisher yet, you have a lot of leeway. Meanwhile, there is a TON of info on this site. It can keep you studying for years! ?

      • Jordan Seager

        Thank you, I will keep this in mind.

      • J.M.J.

        It is good to see your comments . I do hope you are battling on . Do not ever give up .

    • Arvid Fløysand

      WELCOME Jordan …this is the right place if you love TRUTH 🙂

    • Joseph Stephan

      Welcome Jordan,
      The prevalence of such individuals within God’s household would cause God’s faithful servants much suffering, but for our encouragement Jesus made this promise: “He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matt. 24:10-13)

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Hello and welcome Jordan nice to have you join us. In reading your comment I couldn’t help but to notice that you were somewhat bewildered concerning whos telling the truth and who’s lying,

      Well Robert has wrote a chapter in his book called the man of lawlessness in which I’m sure will answer a lot of your questions. Here’s the link >

      Chapter 10 – Man of Lawlessness.
      http://jehovah-is-king.com/man-of-lawlessness/
      Now if you have any other questions while studying that chapter please feel free to ask me or anyone else for assistance and we well be glad to help.

  • Joseph Stephan

    You know what is sad? That boasting holier then thow attitude ( like the picture above) can be found at ALL
    119,485—Congregations WORLD WIDE.

  • ewatchman

    You guys (and gals) definitely like to discuss things. Out of all the websites on the world-wide-web e-watchman ranks in the top 1,000 for most comments – up about 60 positions from a few months ago. #919 to be exact. Check it out http://comment1000.com/

    PS, I don’t track it. Comment 1000 sends me emails periodically trying to get me to subscribe to something or other.

    • Jamie Mac

      That’s great news Robert. it is sad however, that some more recent comments I have read have not been that uplifting and I think you all know who i am referring to.

    • Burt Reynolds

      I’m really pleased for you. It must be a great comfort and acknowledgement of your work, not to mention the application and content and it’s true value. What better way to serve Jehovah. I know the benefit of this site. The support of the brothers, their friendship and the sense of understanding in a small way, the love of Jehovah . The great sense of learning about Jehovah and his true purpose for me has been a great fulfilment of what I have been searching for all my life. I’m sure it is for others.

  • Joseph Stephan

    Paul describes the situation we could expect among God’s own people during the time of the end in these words: “Remember this! In the last days there will be many troubles, because people will love themselves, love money, brag, and be proud. They will say evil things against others and will not obey their parents or be thankful or be the kind of people God wants. They will not love others, will refuse to forgive, will gossip, and will not control themselves. They will be cruel, will hate what is good, will turn against their friends, and will do foolish things without thinking. They will be conceited, will love pleasure instead of God, and will act as if they serve God but will not have his power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5, NCV) The prevalence of such individuals within God’s household would cause God’s faithful servants much suffering, but for our encouragement Jesus made this promise: “He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matt. 24:10-13)

  • Anderiega

    I just reread this entire thread. I actually really like the WT comment because it made me think that those first century Christians, especially the Hebrew Christians had to wait almost 37 years to SEE the disgusting thing. So here I am…Only about 2 years into “seeing” all the disgusting things (UN NGO membership, pedophilia problem, 1914 hoax, silencing doubts by shunning, etc, etc, etc) and often I feel frustrated, irritable, confused, unsettled, depressed, anxious, and impatient….But a couple of years, or even like some of you faithful warriors here who’ve been alert and awake for dozens of years and still haven’t thrown in the towel, I can just keep reading my Bible and associating with fellow Bible diggers and students because what’s the alternative? Becoming an atheist? No thank you.

  • Francis Bencharles

    The Societies voice being brought low to the dust means that their proclamations will no longer be seen as coming from the heavens from Jehovah through them but justly what they are, sayings coming from the dust, from the lowest, driest parts of the earth. People will realize that they are not speaking for God when now they think the two are the very same thing (not all, but most in the Watchtower think that way). Jehovah will indeed bring them low before he saves the faithful within the Watchtower.

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