Saturday, September 26
The sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful. —Gen. 6:2.
Perhaps Satan tempted the disloyal angels not only with the opportunity for immoral sex but also with the promise of seizing power over mankind. His purpose may have been to disrupt the arrival of the promised ‘offspring of the woman.’ (Gen. 3:15) In any case, Jehovah ended all such plots by bringing the Flood —a move that thwarted the efforts of Satan and the rebellious angels at that time. So, never underestimate the lure of immorality or the danger of egotism. For aeons, the angels who joined Satan served in the very presence of God. Yet, many allowed bad desires to take root and grow. Similarly, we may have served for decades in the earthly part of God’s organization. Yet, even in this spiritually clean environment, unclean desires can take root. (1 Cor. 10:12) How important it is that we constantly search our heart, reject immoral thoughts, and suppress unhealthy pride! —Gal. 5:26; Col. 3:5. w18.05 25 ¶11-12
No doubt the rebel angels intended to disrupt God’s purpose in producing an offspring. And without question Jehovah thwarted their plot by unleashing the Deluge. Since then the demons have been forced to retreat from their physical presence on earth back into the spirit realm.
Now the demons are most intent on opposing Christ’s second coming. To that end, they have men in positions of authority among Christians who are likened to “rocks hidden below water.” Obviously, submerged rocks are not visible to anyone above water. That is the point. Innocent Christians are completely unaware of the existence of “certain men” among them who are sons of the wicked one.
And contrary to the Watchtower’s oft-repeated lie about the organization being a spiritual paradise and a “spiritually clean environment,” as stated above, a grave spiritual danger exists due to the hidden rocks feasting together with you. Jude reveals that such men are “shepherds who feed themselves without fear.”
Again, contrary to the belief that apostates exist outside the congregation the inspired Scriptures are clear that the real apostates are anointed, Christian elders. Jude makes that abundantly clear, stating: “My reason is that certain men have slipped in among you who were long ago appointed to this judgment by the Scriptures; they are ungodly men who turn the undeserved kindness of our God into an excuse for brazen conduct and who prove false to our only owner and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
In referring to those who prove false to their owner and Lord, Jude indicates that such men were originally bought —that is to say, anointed. They were sons of God, just like the angels that sinned. It is noteworthy that the brief epistle of Jude also refers to the situation before the Flood, saying: “And the angels who did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place, he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
The apostate anointed sons of God will receive the same judgment as the apostate angels —the demons. Jesus referred to them as evil slaves who will be punished with the greatest of severity.
The situation described in Jude will exist in the last days when Jehovah will come with his myriads of angels “to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly concerning all their ungodly deeds that they did in an ungodly way, and concerning all the shocking things that ungodly sinners spoke against him.”
Like their forerunner, Judas, in order to fill up the full measure of their sin the self-feeding shepherds will become willing accomplices in the demonic scheme to oppose Christ and mislead the chosen ones, as Jesus forewarned, saying: “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will perform great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones. Look! I have forewarned you. Therefore, if people say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For just as the lightning comes out of the east and shines over to the west, so the presence of the Son of man will be. Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”
Already the demons have succeeded in deluding Jehovah’s Witnesses into believing Jesus has already returned, that his parousia is invisible; but the best, or rather —the worst is yet to come. However, the reason it will not be possible for the chosen ones to be deceived is because they will privately experience the manifestation of Jesus Christ.
Just as Jesus only revealed himself to his disciples (not the world) after his resurrection, during the last days the glorious revelation of Christ will take place. Then the evil ones will speak abusively of glorious ones —the glorious ones being the chosen ones who will then shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father prior to the changing in the twinkling of an eye.
Come, Lord Jesus!