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The Revelation and Presence of Christ

Wednesday, April 26 Without faith it is impossible to please God well.—Heb. 11:6. Have you ever thought, ‘Am I the kind of person Jehovah will want to save during the great tribulation and bring into the new world?’ One very important requirement is that we cultivate strong faith. The apostle Peter drew special attention to the [...]

April 26th, 2017|Commentary|25 Comments

You do not know when the master of the house is coming

Commentary on daily text for Jehovah's Witnesses Friday, April 21 Keep on the watch.—Mark 13:35. Upon recognizing that Christ’s presence began in 1914, Jesus’ followers rightly prepared for a possible early arrival of the end. They did so by intensifying their Kingdom-preaching work. Jesus indicated that he might come later—“at dawn or early in the morning.” [...]

April 21st, 2017|Commentary|178 Comments

Has the Watchtower become apostate?

Commentary on the daily text of Jehovah's Witnesses Monday, April 3 [Timothy] will remind you of my methods in connection with Christ Jesus, just as I am teaching everywhere in every congregation.—1 Cor. 4:17. Recently, a group of elders who are successful in helping brothers to grow spiritually were asked what approach they use [...]

April 3rd, 2017|Commentary|135 Comments

You do not know you are blind and naked

Jehovah's Witnesses Daily Text Sunday, March 26 We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.—Zech. 8:23. If it is not possible to know with certainty the names of all spiritual Israelites on earth today, how can members of the other sheep “go with” them? Notice what the prophecy [...]

March 26th, 2017|Commentary|37 Comments

Yes, KEEP ON THE WATCH!

Jehovah's Witnesses Daily Text Sunday, March 12 Keep in expectation of it!—Hab. 2:3. For the composite sign of Christ’s presence to serve its purpose, the fulfillment of it would have to be obvious enough to command the attention of those who have been obeying Jesus’ counsel to “keep on the watch.” And that has been the case [...]

March 12th, 2017|Commentary|33 Comments

Unless Jehovah guards the city…

Jehovah's Witnesses Daily Text Saturday, March 11 Unless Jehovah builds the house, it is in vain that its builders work hard on it.—Ps. 127:1. Jehovah’s organization goes to tremendous lengths to provide and help finance modest Kingdom Halls. The work of designing, building, and remodeling them is handled by unpaid volunteers. Since November 1, 1999, more than [...]

March 11th, 2017|Commentary|110 Comments

You will see your Grand Instructor

Jehovah's Witnesses Daily Text Thursday, March 2 Your own ears will hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”—Isa. 30:21. You no doubt agree that the Bible contains God’s message for mankind in general. But does the Bible also convey how you in particular can draw closer to Jehovah? Indeed it [...]

March 3rd, 2017|Commentary, Isaiah|88 Comments

The Persecution to Come

Jehovah's Witnesses Daily Text Sunday, February 26 Ruthless men seek my life.—Ps. 54:3. Abner supported Saul’s efforts to kill David, even though Abner knew that God had chosen David to rule as king of Israel. After Saul’s death, Abner could have shown humility and proved his loyalty to God by supporting David, not Saul’s son Ish-bosheth. [...]

February 26th, 2017|Commentary|40 Comments

O nation that feels no shame

Saturday, February 25 [Ahaz] burned up his sons in the fire.—2 Chron. 28:3. Ahaz’s son Hezekiah might easily have grown up to be a bitter, angry man who turned against God. Others who have endured far less have become “enraged against Jehovah” or embittered toward his organization. And some people are convinced that their unwholesome family background dooms [...]

February 25th, 2017|Commentary|108 Comments

He will guide you into all the truth

Friday, February 24 [My word] will have sure success in what I send it to do.—Isa. 55:11. Think about how the preaching of the good news fits in with Jehovah’s loving purpose for humankind. He purposed that humans would inhabit the earth without ever dying; though Adam sinned, Jehovah did not change His mind. Instead, he [...]

February 24th, 2017|Commentary|20 Comments

I will care for my sheep like a shepherd

Thursday, February 23 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, . . . and they will become one flock, one shepherd.—John 10:16. Do those of the other sheep need to know the names of all those who are anointed today? The short answer is no. Why not? Because even [...]

February 23rd, 2017|Commentary|44 Comments

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 [...]

February 22nd, 2017|Commentary|52 Comments

The slave that did not understand

Sunday, February 19 Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?—Matt. 24:45. When early in the last century a small group of diligent Bible students was appointed as “the faithful and discreet slave,” much of their communication with the [...]

February 19th, 2017|Commentary|123 Comments

Look! I Have Forewarned You

Friday, February 10 In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.—2 Tim. 3:1. The Bible indicates that wickedness will greatly increase “in the last days.” So we can expect that world conditions, bad as they are now, will continue to decline. But how bad do you expect conditions to become before “the great [...]

February 10th, 2017|Commentary|105 Comments

The attack of Gog from the land of Magog

Wednesday, February 8 I [will] sanctify myself through you before their eyes, O Gog.—Ezek. 38:16. Shortly before the remaining ones of the 144,000 are taken to heaven, Gog will attack God’s people. What reaction does this provoke? On earth, God’s people will appear to be defenseless. They will obey the instructions given in the days of King [...]

February 8th, 2017|Commentary|70 Comments

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses in spiritual paradise?

Tuesday, February 7 I will glorify the place for my feet.—Isa. 60:13. The expression “spiritual paradise” has become a part of our theocratic vocabulary. It describes our unique, spiritually rich environment, or condition, which allows us to enjoy peace with God and with our brothers. Of course, we should not conclude that the terms “spiritual paradise” [...]

February 7th, 2017|Commentary|27 Comments

King Saul – A Type of the Evil Slave

Saturday, January 28 Let me pin him to the ground with the spear just once, and I will not need to do it twice.—1 Sam. 26:8. When Abishai crept into Saul’s camp, he did not have his loyalties in the proper order. Out of loyalty to David, Abishai was eager to kill King Saul, but David restrained [...]

January 28th, 2017|Commentary|190 Comments

By all means, take refuge in Jehovah

Friday, January 27 Your people will be my people, and your God my God.—Ruth 1:16. Note Ruth’s love for Jehovah. The landowner Boaz later praised Ruth for seeking refuge under Jehovah’s wings. That may remind us of a baby bird taking refuge under the wings of a powerful, protective parent. Jehovah became such a parent to Ruth. He [...]

January 27th, 2017|Commentary|59 Comments

The glory of Jehovah will be revealed

Sunday, January 22 The word of our God endures forever.—Isa. 40:8. Thousands of fragments, manuscripts, and ancient translations have been compared and painstakingly studied by Bible scholars. This study validated the contents of the vast majority of Bible passages. The few verses about which there is a degree of uncertainty do not change the overall message. [...]

January 22nd, 2017|Commentary|16 Comments

I will pour out my spirit in those days

Saturday, January 21 They are rendering [God] sacred service day and night.—Rev. 7:15. When the last days began in 1914, there were only a few thousand servants of Jehovah worldwide. Motivated by love for neighbor, and with the backing of God’s spirit, a small remnant of anointed Christians persevered in the Kingdom-preaching work. As a result, [...]

January 21st, 2017|Commentary|46 Comments

The Sun Will Set on the Prophets

Thursday, January 12 Keep on the watch.—Matt. 24:42. That admonition in itself is a good reason to remain in expectation—Jesus told us to do so! In this regard, Jehovah’s organization has set an example. Its publications have consistently exhorted us to “await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah” and to [...]

January 12th, 2017|Commentary|190 Comments

The Significance of the Transfiguration

Tuesday, January 10 At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.—Matt. 13:43. Does this mean that there will be a “rapture” of the anointed ones? Many in Christendom believe, according to this teaching, that Christians will be bodily caught up from the earth. Then, they [...]

January 10th, 2017|Commentary|18 Comments

Man of lawlessness clearly identified

Monday, January 9 I will move on to supernatural visions and revelations of the Lord.—2 Cor. 12:1. Less than a century after the Christian congregation was established, a foretold apostasy began to develop.  Thereafter, it became increasingly difficult to identify who was truly serving God at his spiritual temple. Only centuries later did the time arrive for Jehovah [...]

January 9th, 2017|Commentary|55 Comments

The Watchtower’s Deluding Influence

Commentary on daily text of Jehovah's Witnesses Sunday, January 8 Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.—Rev. 12:12. In 1914, war broke out between nations of Europe—a war that spread and engulfed the whole world. [...]

January 8th, 2017|Commentary|171 Comments

Do You Believe This?

Saturday, January 7 No resident will say: “I am sick.”—Isa. 33:24. If we maintain our Christian integrity, we may well witness one of the greatest miracles of all time—the miracle of surviving the great tribulation. Soon after the war of Armageddon, more miracles will occur, restoring humans to good health.  Imagine watching people discard eyeglasses, canes, [...]

January 7th, 2017|Commentary|68 Comments

Satan, ever posing as an angel of light

Wednesday, January 4 Take your stand against [Satan].—1 Pet. 5:9. As servants of Jehovah, we are not among those who are misled into thinking that Satan does not exist. We know that the Devil is real, for it was Satan who spoke to Eve through a serpent.  Satan taunted Jehovah regarding Job.  It was Satan who tried [...]

January 4th, 2017|Commentary|68 Comments

KEEP ON THE WATCH!

Wednesday, December 14 Keep on the watch.—Matt. 25:13. Because Jesus directed the parable of the ten virgins to his anointed followers, should we conclude that this passage contains no benefit for Christ’s “other sheep”? Far from it! Remember, the message of the parable is simple: “Keep on the watch.” Does that apply only to the anointed? Jesus [...]

December 14th, 2016|Commentary|28 Comments

When will the lies end?

Sunday, December 11 The Kingdom of the heavens is like a dragnet let down into the sea and gathering fish of every kind.—Matt. 13:47. Jesus likened the preaching of the Kingdom message to all mankind to the lowering of a large dragnet into the sea. Just as such a net indiscriminately catches large numbers of “fish [...]

December 11th, 2016|Commentary|121 Comments

Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites!

Sunday, December 4 In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.—2 Cor. 6:3. In today’s crime-filled world, many householders are suspicious of strangers. We should avoid adding to such suspicion. For example, suppose we approach a house and knock on the front door. If no [...]

December 4th, 2016|Commentary|66 Comments

The Hour of Judgment – Has It Arrived?

Saturday, December 3 Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of judgment by him has arrived.—Rev. 14:7. Now is the time to declare that message. We must warn our neighbors to get out of Babylon the Great, so that they do not “receive part of her plagues.”  The “other sheep” join anointed Christians [...]

December 3rd, 2016|Commentary|109 Comments

“You Are My Witnesses” – When?

Thursday, December 1 “You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah.—Isa. 43:10. The Israelites worshipped their God, Jehovah, whereas the other nations worshipped their own deities. At the time of the prophet Isaiah, Jehovah compared the world situation to that of a court trial. He challenged the gods of the nations to produce witnesses to confirm their divinity. The [...]

December 1st, 2016|Commentary|24 Comments

The Brothers of Christ and the Two Witnsses

Wednesday, November 30 He will put the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.—Matt. 25:33. Today, we have a clear understanding of the illustration of the sheep and the goats. Regarding the identity of those mentioned, Jesus is “the Son of man,” the King. Those referred to as “my brothers” are spirit-anointed [...]

November 30th, 2016|Commentary|54 Comments

To Babylon and back

Tuesday, November 29 Do not be afraid. I will help you.—Isa. 41:13. Jehovah purposed that his people proclaim the good news on an unprecedented scale in our day, and nothing can prevent him from accomplishing that purpose. Just as he delivered the ancient nation of Israel from Babylon, Jehovah has rescued his present-day servants from “Babylon [...]

November 29th, 2016|Commentary|27 Comments

Has Jehovah really set matters straight?

Saturday, November 26 Many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob.”—Isa. 2:3. The flocking of many humans to worship Jehovah with his people in this time of the end was foretold by two ancient prophets. Isaiah prophesied the above. Likewise, [...]

November 26th, 2016|Commentary|15 Comments

“They Have Grown Fat and Smooth”

Friday, November 25 We are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God.—2 Cor. 10:5. We need to be vigilant in guarding against attacks on our spirituality. Has the world’s view of material pursuits made inroads into our lives? The things we love are usually evident by our thoughts and actions. Jesus [...]

November 25th, 2016|Commentary|58 Comments

He will do away with the shroud that is enveloping

Thursday, November 24 Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned.—Rom. 5:12. The first to die was faithful Abel. Then Adam’s other offspring grew old and died. Did they inherit sin as well as death? The apostle Paul answers: “Through the [...]

November 24th, 2016|Commentary, Isaiah|86 Comments

Watchtower’s pride precedes its crash

Wednesday, November 23 Pride is before a crash.—Prov. 16:18. What power our sinful tendencies exert on us! Take, for example, pride. This trait can interfere with our listening to the voice of Jehovah and can lead us to take a disastrous course. A proud person has an exaggerated opinion of himself. He may feel that he [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Commentary|18 Comments