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Babylon as the Last Kingdom

Sunday, July 17 For your sakes I will send to Babylon and bring down all the bars of the gates.—Isa. 43:14. In line with that prophecy, a world-shaking event happened one night early in October 539 B.C.E. While Babylon’s king and his nobles were drinking wine from holy vessels captured from Jerusalem’s temple and were praising their [...]

July 17th, 2016|Commentary, December 2015|111 Comments

New Heavens Hoax

Wednesday, December 30 There are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting.—2 Pet. 3:13. To please God, decisive action is needed. Recall Elijah’s words to the Baal worshippers and the apostate Israelites at Mount Carmel: “How long will you be limping upon two different opinions? If Jehovah is the true God, go [...]

December 30th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

No, You Have Not Heard

Tuesday, December 29 Keep seeking for [wisdom and discernment] as for silver.—Prov. 2:4. We can succeed in standing firm against temptations if we let Jehovah’s sayings mold our inner person, if we pray persistently for God’s direction, and if we keep searching for God’s knowledge as if looking for hidden gems. Jehovah gives knowledge, understanding, discernment, [...]

December 29th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Jeremiah Versus the Watchtower

Monday, December 28 As the clay in the hand of the potter, so you are in my hand, O house of Israel.—Jer. 18:6. What if humans stubbornly refuse to be molded by the Great Potter? Think about what happens to the clay if it becomes unsuited for the intended purpose. Why, the potter can make another type [...]

December 28th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|1 Comment

Who Is the Watchman?

Sunday, December 27 He will appoint him over all his belongings.—Matt. 24:47. Those who make up the faithful slave will get this appointment when they receive their heavenly reward, becoming corulers with Christ. Does the faithful slave receive a greater reward in heaven than the rest of the anointed? No. A reward promised to a small [...]

December 27th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Even in the Face of Death

Saturday, December 26 The woman saw that the tree was good for food.—Gen. 3:6. Satan may try to appeal to the natural desire for food in an effort to turn us away from doing God’s will. For example, Satan told Eve that she could eat of the fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good [...]

December 26th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Trust in God, Indeed!

Friday, December 25 To you, O Jehovah, I raise my very soul. O my God, in you have I put my trust.—Ps. 25:1, 2. What helped David to develop such trust in his heavenly Father? Many people pray to God only when they are in sore straits. David, however, was not like that. His relationship with Jehovah reflected his [...]

December 25th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Firstborn of Many Brothers

Thursday, December 24 Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was.—John 17:5. Jesus talks late into the night, imparting to his disciples precious knowledge from God. Then he raises his eyes to heaven and prays: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your son, that your son may [...]

December 24th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

I Will Call to Account the Complacent Ones

Wednesday, December 23 The twelve were with him.—Luke 8:1. Taking the lead in field service is an area in which overseers set a fine example for their fellow Christians. In this regard, Jesus set the example for overseers. Preaching the good news of the Kingdom was an important part of Jesus’ earthly activity. He showed his [...]

December 23rd, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

When He Fully Open Up the Scriptures

Tuesday, December 22 He is guarding all the bones of that one; not one of them has been broken.—Ps. 34:20. When the lamb was slaughtered for the Passover meal, the Israelites were not to break any of its bones.  What of “the Lamb of God” who came to provide the ransom? He was impaled with a [...]

December 22nd, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

A Thousand Will Fall at Your Side

Sunday, December 20 You are my refuge and my stronghold.—Ps. 91:2. Think of the many occasions when God has safeguarded our brothers who were maintaining their Christian neutrality. For example, this was the case during the Nazi era in Germany and other countries in the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Reading and reflecting on life stories and [...]

December 20th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

The Watchtower and the Pharisees

Friday, December 18 Keep on making sure of what is acceptable to the Lord.—Eph. 5:10. Because of our imperfect flesh and the efforts of Satan and this wicked world, we are constantly battling negative influences in our lives. Some of you dear brothers and sisters have a hard fight every day to maintain your relationship with [...]

December 18th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses Family Night

Thursday, December 17 Every man must be swift about hearing.—Jas. 1:19. To keep the lines of communication open, family members must listen—really listen—to one another. Parents, do you really listen to your children? This may be difficult when you are tired or when the conversation seems somewhat trivial. But what appears to be trivial to you [...]

December 17th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|1 Comment

The Faithful Slave and the Last Days

Wednesday, December 16 Who really is the faithful and discreet slave?—Matt. 24:45. The faithful slave must be made up of anointed Christians on earth. Such ones are called “a royal priesthood” and have been commissioned to “‘declare abroad the excellencies’ of the one that called [them] out of darkness into his wonderful light.” That slave is made [...]

December 16th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

The Heavier Judgment

Tuesday, December 15 Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive, for they are keeping watch over your souls.—Heb. 13:17. In giving direction to fellow believers, elders provide encouragement and counsel based either on the Scriptures themselves or on Scriptural principles. Their objective in providing such guidance is not to [...]

December 15th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

The Bride of Christ and the Watchtower

Sunday, December 13 The king will long for your beauty, for he is your lord, so bow down to him.—Ps. 45:11. Over the centuries, Christ has been preparing his future bride for their heavenly wedding. The apostle Paul explained that Christ “loved the congregation and gave himself up for it, in order that he might sanctify [...]

December 13th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Wail, You Ministers of the Altar

Friday, December 11 Let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together.—Heb. 10:24, 25. For what reasons does our God place such importance on our regularly gathering together? Our meetings, assemblies, and conventions help us to have courage to speak with boldness and to deal with opposition [...]

December 11th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Who Will Weep and Gnash Their Teeth?

Thursday, December 10 There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be.—Matt. 13:42. Is that happening right now? No. Today, Christendom, as part of the harlot, still says about herself: “I sit a queen, and I am no widow, and I shall never see mourning.” Indeed, Christendom feels very much in charge, even [...]

December 10th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|5 Comments

Because They Have Abandoned Jehovah

Monday, December 7 The heart is more treacherous than anything else.—Jer. 17:9. The spirit of a sound mind does not mean just going by what we or others think or feel is reasonable or expedient. Our imperfect mind and heart can be like a watch that is going either too fast or too slow. Being guided [...]

December 7th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Whom Does Satan Target?

Sunday, December 6 The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.—1 John 5:19. As he did in Eden, Satan also today targets the inexperienced. Young people are a particular favorite for attack. Satan is not happy when a young person, or indeed anyone, volunteers to slave for Jehovah. God’s enemy wants all who [...]

December 6th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|74 Comments

They Will Learn War No More – When?

Saturday, December 5 They will not lift up sword, nation against nation.—Mic. 4:3. Earth wide today, true worshippers of Jehovah have beaten “their swords into plowshares,” and they refuse to “learn war anymore.” Understandably, we want Jehovah to bring an end to this wicked system soon. If we are to wait patiently, though, we need to view [...]

December 5th, 2015|Commentary, December 2015|0 Comments

Who Will Endure the Day of His Coming?

Friday, December 4 It was with a complete heart that they made voluntary offerings.—1 Chron. 29:9. In ancient Israel, there were two things that were required from each person making voluntary sacrifices. First, the person had to give his best. Jehovah told the nation that any offering had to be a sound one in order “to gain [...]

December 4th, 2015|December 2015|0 Comments

Jesus’ Theocratic Ministry School Closure

Thursday, December 3 He called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases. And he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal.—Luke 9:1, 2. In the first century, the King-Designate gave his disciples clear directions on what, where, and how to [...]

December 3rd, 2015|December 2015|0 Comments

Many Will Be Stumbled

Wednesday, December 2 In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling.—2 Cor. 6:3. Our wholesome speech and upright conduct adorn the teaching of God, making the worship of Jehovah attractive to others. In fact, we often hear of positive results when sincere people observe our Christlike conduct. Although we recognize that our actions can influence people [...]

December 2nd, 2015|December 2015|0 Comments

Let Us Set Matters Straight Between Us

Tuesday, December 1 All Scripture is . . . beneficial . . . for setting things straight.—2 Tim. 3:16. When Jewish religious leaders complained that Jesus was kind to “tax collectors and sinners,” Jesus responded: “Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do. Go, then, and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy, and not sacrifice.’” He [...]

December 1st, 2015|December 2015|0 Comments