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Exile in Babylon – When?

Saturday, October 31 All your sons will be taught by Jehovah.—Isa. 54:13. How can we demonstrate that we are really being “taught by Jehovah”? By carefully heeding his commands. In the safe haven of our congregations, we find needed guidance and protection, for it is there that faithful men who serve as elders provide [...]

October 31st, 2015|October 2015|4 Comments

Have You Begun Ruling as Kings?

Friday, October 30 Foxes have dens and birds of heaven have roosts, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay down his head.—Matt. 8:20. Jesus encouraged his disciples to have a simple eye. Desiring to learn from Jesus’ example, a pioneer does well to keep in mind that the more material things he has, the more [...]

October 30th, 2015|October 2015|1 Comment

A judgment day for the faithful slave

Thursday, October 29 Try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness.—Gal. 6:1. An elder might highlight the Scriptural principles that a brother should consider when he is endeavoring to make an important decision. He might review with him what has been published on the topic. He might also urge the individual to consider [...]

October 29th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

Talk with God

Tuesday, October 27 The problem is that we do not know what we should pray for.—Rom. 8:26. Social networking and text messaging are very popular in this age of technology. By comparison, though, how do we individually rate our personal communication with our best Friend, Jehovah? How often do we take the initiative to speak to [...]

October 26th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

The post-Watchtower, final witness

Sunday, October 25 Let us not give up in doing what is fine.—Gal. 6:9. Are we personally in step with Jehovah’s wonderful organization? Is our enthusiasm for the truth ever-increasing, or is it decreasing? When considering such questions, we may note that we have begun to tire out or perhaps have lost some of [...]

October 25th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

When is the Lord’s Day?

Saturday, October 24 Be flawless and not be stumbling others up to the day of Christ.—Phil. 1:10. If we love someone, we do not want to hurt that person. Instead, we strive to merit his approval. Since that is the case, we do well to take some time to reflect on what the consequences would be [...]

October 24th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

On slippery ground

Friday, October 23 As for me, the drawing near to God is good for me. In the Sovereign Lord Jehovah I have placed my refuge.—Ps. 73:28. Here the psalmist expressed his confidence in God. What circumstances led him to this profound conclusion? Upon observing the peace of wicked people, at first the psalmist felt bitter at [...]

October 23rd, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

How Jesus is coming at an hour you do not think to be it

Thursday, October 22 When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?—Matt. 24:3. Starting with the words recorded at Matthew 24:29, Jesus focused primarily on events that would happen in our day. Speaking about what will happen during the great tribulation, he said [...]

October 22nd, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

Satan keeps disguising himself as an angel of light

Wednesday, October 21 What sort of persons ought you to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion!—2 Pet. 3:11. For us to gain God’s approval, our “acts of conduct” must be holy, that is, clean—morally, mentally, and spiritually. Moreover, we need to perform “deeds of godly devotion” with reverence for God and loyal [...]

October 21st, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

Command after command, command after command

Tuesday, October 20 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding.—Prov. 3:5. Decisions! Decisions! Every day we are faced with many of them. How do you feel about the typical decisions that you face? Some people are eager to decide everything for themselves. They insist on their right to [...]

October 20th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

The Hour of the Authority of Darkness

Monday, October 19 Father, . . . glorify your son, that your son may glorify you.—John 17:1. It is late in the evening of Nisan 14 in the year 33 C.E. Jesus and his companions have enjoyed celebrating the Passover, which reminds them of how God delivered their forefathers from slavery in Egypt. But his faithful disciples are to [...]

October 19th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

Woe to the shepherds!

Sunday, October 18 I will search for my sheep and care for them.—Ezek. 34:11. Jehovah compares himself to a shepherd. That is significant because it helps us to understand what Jehovah is like. A loving human shepherd takes full responsibility for the survival and welfare of the flock of sheep under his [...]

October 18th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

Deliverance from Babylon in 1918?

Saturday, October 17 [Jehovah] serves for my salvation.—Ex. 15:2. Jehovah delivered the oppressed Israelites and ‘brought them out of Egypt.’ Think about what that included. They were guided by a pillar of cloud and of fire. They walked on the seabed as the Red Sea towered on the left and on the right. [...]

October 17th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

Before what “days of distress” come?

Friday, October 16 Remember . . . your Grand Creator . . . before the days of distress come.—Eccl. 12:1. Solomon used poetic language to describe the calamitous days of old age. No one should plan on waiting until he arrives at that stage in life before starting to serve Jehovah. Even though we may have been serving Jehovah for [...]

October 16th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

Whoever does not gather with me scatters

Thursday, October 15 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial.—2 Tim. 3:16. By skillful use of God’s inspired Word in our ministry, we give others the opportunity to gain everlasting life. To help us in this work, each of us relies on yet another provision from Jehovah—his holy spirit.  What an honor it is to share [...]

October 15th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

The day of your watchmen will come

Monday, October 12 A man’s enemies are the men of his household.—Mic. 7:6. We find it distressing when workmates, schoolmates, and neighbors show a self-centered attitude. Some of God’s servants, though, have an even greater challenge. Jesus said that his followers would face family opposition, and he used words similar to those recorded at Micah 7:6 [...]

October 12th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

More of the “deluding influence”

Sunday, October 11 The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.—Ps. 19:7. Today, we have ample reasons for putting trust in Jehovah’s reminders, contained in his infallible Word, the Bible. Within its pages, we find God’s dealings with imperfect humankind over thousands of years. This historical narrative was recorded for our [...]

October 11th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

And the first angel blew his trumpet

Saturday, October 10 Your arrows . . . pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies.—Ps. 45:5. The King is mounted on a white horse, representing warfare that is clean and righteous in Jehovah’s eyes. In addition to a sword, he is equipped with a bow. We read: “I saw, and look! a white horse, and the [...]

October 10th, 2015|October 2015|0 Comments

The Son of Destruction

Friday, October 9 You must be holy, because I am holy.—1 Pet. 1:16. To be part of Jehovah’s universal family, we must be clean, or holy. We must keep free from any contamination by false religion or the politics of this world. The “faithful and discreet slave,” appointed by Jesus, provides a regular supply of [...]

October 9th, 2015|Commentary, October 2015|0 Comments

How long is “the time of the end”?

Tuesday, October 6 If . . . it produces fruit in the future, well and good; but if not, you shall cut it down.—Luke 13:9. Jesus used the approximately six months he had remaining to intensify his preaching activity in Judea and Perea. In view of how deep we are in the time of the end, is it [...]

October 6th, 2015|Commentary, October 2015|0 Comments

Has the harvest of the wheat and the weeds begun?

Monday, October 5 Jehovah knows those who belong to him.—2 Tim. 2:19. In late 1914, some Bible Students were disheartened because they had not gone to heaven. During 1915 and 1916, opposition from outside the organization slowed down the preaching work. Worse, after Brother Russell’s death in October 1916, opposition arose from inside the organization. Four [...]

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

Doing good to the brothers of Christ. When?

Sunday, October 4 God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.—John 3:16. In this context, “the world” refers to humankind. Yes, Jehovah’s most generous gift is open to all who choose to accept it. [...]

October 4th, 2015|Commentary, October 2015|2 Comments

The End of the Watchtower

Thursday, October 1 In willingness I will sacrifice to you.—Ps. 54:6. Certain sacrifices are fundamental for all true Christians and are essential to our cultivating and maintaining a good relationship with Jehovah. Such sacrifices include devoting personal time and energy to prayer, Bible reading, family worship, meeting attendance, and the field ministry. As a result of [...]

October 1st, 2015|Commentary, October 2015|0 Comments