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It hasn’t exactly been a daily commentary. On average more like every other day —exhibited by the fact that over the course of the roughly past two years I have published 366 commentaries. It was good discipline, imposing a sort of daily writing deadline upon myself. But after 366 commentaries on the Watchtower’s Daily Text, [...]

2017-12-15T09:01:02-04:00December 15th, 2017|Commentary|52 Comments

Jehovah Has Become King – really?

Tuesday, December 12 Let them praise your great name.—Ps. 99:3. Unlike some religious people who mistakenly think that they will praise God once they have left the earth and gone to heaven, all of Jehovah’s Witnesses realize the need to praise him here and now on the earth. We thereby follow the example [...]

2017-12-12T12:44:49-04:00December 12th, 2017|Commentary|56 Comments

The Appointed Times of the Nations

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Sunday, December 10 Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?—Acts 1:6. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, his apostles asked the above. Jesus’ answer showed that it was not the time for them to know when God’s Kingdom would start ruling. He told his [...]

2017-12-10T12:51:57-04:00December 10th, 2017|Commentary|55 Comments

Look! I have forewarned you

Thursday, December 7 Take your stand against [Satan], firm in the faith.—1 Pet. 5:9. Satan is at war with the anointed remnant and the “other sheep.” The Devil’s goal is to devour as many of Jehovah’s servants as he can in the short time that he has left. Can we win our fight against Satan? Yes! The Bible says: [...]

2017-12-07T10:34:53-04:00December 7th, 2017|Commentary|175 Comments

Do you belong to God’s spirit-directed organization?

Saturday, December 2 I have come . . . to do, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.—John 6:38. Imagine that a friend gives you a car as a gift. He hands you the title and says: “I will keep the keys. And I will be the one who drives [...]

2017-12-02T18:03:44-04:00December 2nd, 2017|Commentary|111 Comments

Then it will be face-to-face

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Thursday, November 30 I rejoiced before him all the time.—Prov. 8:30. Jesus joyfully worked alongside his Father, rejoicing both in what he accomplished and in the knowledge that Jehovah was fond of him. What, though, about us? Jesus said that there is happiness both in giving and in [...]

2017-11-30T17:14:30-04:00November 30th, 2017|Commentary|83 Comments

You must drink it!

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Monday, November 27 The naive person believes every word, but the shrewd one ponders each step.—Prov. 14:15. Sadly, in this greedy world, there are those who seize on people’s illness as an opportunity to make money. Other individuals or companies stress the use of products that are [...]

2017-11-27T16:45:39-04:00November 27th, 2017|Commentary|35 Comments

The Presence of the Lord has Drawn Close

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Wednesday, November 22 Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.—Jas. 4:8. By continuing to ponder over spiritual things, we will maintain our enthusiasm for the truth. Thus we will be a source of refreshment to our brothers and to the interested ones we meet [...]

2017-11-22T17:38:40-04:00November 22nd, 2017|Commentary|46 Comments

Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders

Monday, November 20 Your servants have come . . . out of regard for the name of Jehovah your God, because we have heard about his fame and about all he did.—Josh. 9:9. The Gibeonites wisely recognized Israel’s backer to be the true God. Rahab too perceived God’s hand in the events of her day. After learning about [...]

2017-11-20T10:07:29-04:00November 20th, 2017|Commentary|57 Comments

The spiritual paradise to come

Sunday, November 12 The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool.—Isa. 66:1. Besides referring to the earth, the term “footstool” is also employed figuratively in the Hebrew Scriptures to describe the ancient temple used by the Israelites. Located on the earth, the temple served as the center of true worship. For that reason, [...]

2017-11-19T05:28:46-04:00November 12th, 2017|Commentary|172 Comments

The Watchtower’s Grand Climax Phallacy

Tuesday, November 7 Oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you.—Jas. 4:7. As we near the end of this system of things, Satan wants us to relax our guard, to “be kind” to ourselves by carving out a niche in this world, thus losing our sense of urgency. Do not let that happen to you! [...]

2017-11-07T09:18:48-04:00November 7th, 2017|Commentary|163 Comments

Christ is yet to appear

Monday, October 30 You people must be born again.—John 3:7. Before receiving this personal witness from God’s spirit, anointed Christians cherished an earthly hope. They longed for the time when Jehovah would cleanse this earth, and they wanted to be part of that blessed future. Perhaps they even pictured themselves welcoming back their loved ones [...]

2018-07-22T07:45:15-04:00October 30th, 2017|Commentary|88 Comments

The last days of the Watchtower

Friday, October 27 O Jehovah, open my lips, so that my mouth may declare your praise.—Ps. 51:15. Speech is part of our daily life, but we do not need to talk all the time. In fact, the Bible says that there is “a time to be silent.” Maintaining silence when others are speaking can be a [...]

2017-12-04T08:39:01-04:00October 27th, 2017|Commentary|148 Comments

The vision is yet for its appointed time

Sunday, October 22 The righteous one will live by reason of faith.—Gal. 3:11. We must never doubt that if we follow God’s direction, it will turn out for our good. It is vital that we put faith in the One who can really help. Paul reminds us that God is “the one who can, according to [...]

2017-10-22T12:21:15-04:00October 22nd, 2017|Commentary|150 Comments

The Second Coming of Elijah

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Saturday, October 21 There will be no dew or rain except by my word!—1 Ki. 17:1. In Israel’s early history, people had the opportunity to see and hear about how God acted in Israel’s behalf. Jehovah miraculously delivered his people out of Egypt, and then king after king fell [...]

2017-10-21T18:47:44-04:00October 21st, 2017|Commentary|41 Comments

I shall have to correct you to the proper degree

Friday, October 20 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.—Jer. 10:23. From the Bible we learn that humans are not created with the right of self-determination, to be independent of God, and that ignoring this fundamental truth [...]

2017-10-20T16:14:35-04:00October 20th, 2017|Commentary|148 Comments

Just as the days of Noah

Commentary on the daily text of Jehovah's Witnesses Wednesday, October 18 [Noah] proved himself faultless among his contemporaries.—Gen. 6:9. Noah lived in an evil world but had no desire to make its inhabitants his close friends. He did not seek the companionship of ungodly people. He and the seven members of his family occupied themselves with [...]

2017-10-18T12:13:57-04:00October 18th, 2017|Commentary|648 Comments

Watchtower’s Revelation anticlimax hoax soon to end

Saturday, October 14 There will be great tribulation.—Matt. 24:21. Although we do not fully understand all that will happen during that time of test, we can expect that it will involve some measure of sacrifice. In the first century, Christians had to leave behind their possessions and endure hardships in order to survive. To remain faithful, [...]

2017-10-14T09:43:54-04:00October 14th, 2017|Commentary|47 Comments

Woe to the shepherds who are feeders of themselves

Wednesday, October 11 One man was there who had been sick for 38 years.—John 5:5. Just north of the temple at Jerusalem was a pool known as Bethzatha. Large crowds of sick and infirm people would gather there, hoping that they would be miraculously cured. Moved with pity, Jesus approached a man who had been sick [...]

2017-10-11T16:46:10-04:00October 11th, 2017|Commentary|214 Comments

The showy crown of the drunkards of Ephraim

Monday, October 9 He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.—Gen. 3:15. Abel likely gave much thought to that promise and realized that someone would be ‘struck in the heel’ so that mankind could be lifted to perfection such as that enjoyed by Adam and Eve before they sinned. Abel had [...]

2017-10-09T12:55:13-04:00October 9th, 2017|Commentary|109 Comments

The Masters and the Learners

Commentary on the Watchtower's Daily Text Friday, October 6 This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.—Matt. 3:17. Brothers who are learning to serve in the congregation should be taught to think in terms of Bible principles. For example, suppose an elder asks a brother to keep the entranceway to the Kingdom Hall clean [...]

2017-10-06T11:38:18-04:00October 6th, 2017|Commentary|176 Comments

Leaving the Watchtower

Commentary on the Watchtower Daily Text Tuesday, October 3 Saul . . . spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants about putting David to death.—1 Sam. 19:1. Because Saul was determined to kill David, Jonathan faced a conflict of loyalties. Although he had made a covenant with David, Jonathan was also submissive to his father. But [...]

2017-10-03T12:14:39-04:00October 3rd, 2017|Commentary|190 Comments

In this way the last ones will be first

Sunday, October 1 Those whom he foreordained are the ones he also called.—Rom. 8:30. Jehovah began choosing anointed ones after Jesus’ death and resurrection, and it seems that all in the first-century Christian congregation were anointed. From the first century until the beginning of the last days, the vast majority of those who claimed to follow [...]

2017-10-01T10:32:12-04:00October 1st, 2017|Commentary|233 Comments

Get ready to meet your God

Tuesday, September 12 Let your name be sanctified.—Matt. 6:9. Many people can recite the Lord’s Prayer from memory. In our door-to-door ministry, we often refer to this prayer to help householders understand that God’s Kingdom is a real government that is going to bring wonderful changes to our earth. Or we may refer to the first [...]

2017-09-12T18:56:29-04:00September 12th, 2017|Commentary|453 Comments

Opening the ears of the deaf and eyes of the blind

Monday, September 11 The crowd felt amazement as they saw the speechless speaking and the maimed being made sound and the lame walking and the blind seeing.—Matt. 15:31. God’s power enabled Jesus Christ to perform a wide variety of astounding miracles. He cured not only leprosy but also every sort of disease and every sort of [...]

2017-09-11T16:30:34-04:00September 11th, 2017|Commentary|75 Comments

Satan’s influence over Jehovah’s Witnesses

Friday, September 8 He will crush your head.—Gen. 3:15. When Jesus was born, Satan knew that this newborn child would grow up to become the promised Messiah. Would Satan reason that taking the life of a baby was going too far? Satan has no noble code of ethics. And with regard to the child Jesus, Satan [...]

2017-09-08T10:03:13-04:00September 8th, 2017|Commentary|167 Comments

The wild beast from the abyss

Tuesday, September 5 Scrolls were opened.—Rev. 20:12. The Bible informs us that scrolls will be opened to give us directions in new world living. By studying these, all people, including resurrected ones, will be able to know God’s will for them. These scrolls will surely give us further insight into Jehovah’s mind. Guided by an [...]

2017-09-07T09:03:55-04:00September 5th, 2017|Commentary|267 Comments

The hour of the judgment is nigh

Monday, September 4 Let anyone hearing say, “Come!” and let anyone thirsting come; let anyone who wishes take life’s water free.—Rev. 22:17. As members of the Christian congregation, how can we succeed in giving this invitation? Only by being “harmoniously joined together and made to cooperate.”  To share the message of the Kingdom good news with [...]

2017-09-04T17:21:15-04:00September 4th, 2017|Commentary|105 Comments

They have brought Jehovah’s judgment against themselves

Saturday, September 2 For the sake of his great name, Jehovah will not abandon his people.—1 Sam. 12:22. Although God had anointed Saul to be king, Saul later became disobedient and was rejected by Jehovah. Since God did not immediately remove Saul from the throne, his misconduct tested his subjects and all who were close to him. They [...]

2017-09-02T09:41:50-04:00September 2nd, 2017|Commentary|43 Comments

The revealing of those hidden in Christ

Thursday, August 31 Jehovah knows those who belong to him.—2 Tim. 2:19. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of those partaking at the Memorial of Christ’s death. That trend contrasts with the decrease in the number of partakers that we saw for many decades. Should this increase trouble us? No. [...]

2017-08-31T10:08:02-04:00August 31st, 2017|Commentary|26 Comments

Why did God choose to adopt?

Tuesday, August 29 You received a spirit of adoption as sons, by which spirit we cry out: “Abba, Father!”—Rom. 8:15. Those who have received this special invitation from God do not need another witness from any other source. They do not need someone else to verify what has happened to them. Jehovah leaves no doubt whatsoever [...]

2017-08-29T07:13:56-04:00August 29th, 2017|Commentary|13 Comments

The Presence of the Lord has Drawn Close

Sunday, August 27 The earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters cover the sea.—Isa. 11:9. In many lands, Bibles are expensive and not readily available, so just receiving a Bible is a great blessing. A report from Rwanda stated: “For a long time, many people with whom the brothers were [...]

2017-11-08T05:54:51-04:00August 27th, 2017|Commentary|80 Comments

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sunday, August 13 In that day each of the prophets will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; and they will not wear an official garment of hair in order to deceive.—Zech. 13:4. Will the destruction of the religions of Babylon the Great result in the death of all the former members of those religions? [...]

2017-08-14T08:00:07-04:00August 13th, 2017|Commentary|160 Comments

Satan, the one misleading the world

Wednesday, August 9 Oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you.—Jas. 4:7. How can we fight Satan and win? Jesus told his disciples: “By your endurance you will preserve your lives.” Nothing that any human can do will cause us permanent harm. Nobody can take away our precious friendship with God unless we allow that to [...]

2017-08-10T06:24:01-04:00August 9th, 2017|Commentary|97 Comments

Tokens of things to come

Commentary on the Daily text of Jehovah's Witnesses Sunday, July 30 The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.—Rom. 8:16. God’s original purpose was for mankind to live forever here on earth. (Gen. 1:28; Ps. 37:29) The selection of some to go to heaven to rule as kings and priests is not [...]

2017-07-30T18:33:06-04:00July 30th, 2017|Commentary|297 Comments

My corpses will rise up

Sunday, July 23 Give us more faith.—Luke 17:5. What can you do to build and maintain strong faith? Do not be satisfied with only what you learned up to the point of your baptism. Take note of fulfilled prophecies in the Bible because these can provide you with powerful reasons for having faith. You can also use [...]

2017-07-24T06:49:25-04:00July 23rd, 2017|Commentary, Isaiah|65 Comments