sanctification of God’s holy name and the vindication of his
sovereignty are of the utmost universal importance. Jehovah’s personal
interests are supreme. Human salvation is secondary in the outworking of
God’s purpose. Jehovah’s Witnesses well know that to be true.
that end the ancient prophetic book of Ezekiel contains the
yet-to-be-revealed judgments of Jehovah that will settle, once and for
all time, the issue of Jehovah’s right to rule and the righteousness of
his ways and forever sanctify his great name.
It does not matter
that the scholars schooled in Christendom have expunged the distinctive
name of God from their Bibles. More than any other book of prophecy,
Ezekiel emphasizes how the revelation of God’s judgments will serve up
to the nations of our modern world a bitter potion; forcing them to know
that he is Jehovah, even as it says in Ezekiel: “The nations will have to know that I am Jehovah.”
as Ezekiel 9:6 establishes, God’s judgment starts first in the holy
place, in the very sanctuary of God; beginning with the
covenant-breaking priests and older men in Jerusalem and ultimately with
the entire house of Israel, exiles and alien residents included.
Jehovah’s Witnesses bear God’s personal name before the world, as did
the typical house of Judah that fell under God’s judgment two and a half
millenniums ago, and because anointed Christians are in a covenanted
relationship with Jehovah, as were the Jews in Ezekiel’s day, it is
Jehovah’s Witnesses who must first be made to know that he is Jehovah –
as opposed to the nations. That is why it says throughout the prophecy
of Ezekiel in many places: “And you people will have to know that I am Jehovah” – “you people” meaning God’s people.