Look! I Am Coming Quickly

//Look! I Am Coming Quickly

Sunday, May 22

[He] entrusted his belongings to them.Matt. 25:14.

The parable of the talents reveals that the master gave to one slave five talents, to another two, and to still another just one. Although each slave received a different number, the master expected all of them to be diligent in using the talents, that is, in serving to the best of their ability in the ministry.  In the first century, starting at Pentecost 33 C.E., Christ’s followers began doing business with the talents. Their diligence in the preaching and disciple-making work is well-documented in the Bible book of Acts. After the death of the apostles, Satan fomented apostasy, which flourished for many centuries. During that time, there were no sustained efforts to fulfill the commission to make genuine disciples of Christ. But that would all change during “the harvest,” that is, the last days.

COMMENTARY

The article upon which the daily text is based is part of a major revision of the Watchtower’s teaching on the parables of Jesus regarding the faithful and evil slaves, the wise and foolish virgins and the parable of the talents, which was considered in a Watchtower Review article.

For many decades the Watchtower taught that the master came to inspect his slaves in 1918 and that is when the parable of the talents was fulfilled. Supposedly Jesus settled accounts back then and appointed the faithful over all of his belongings. As recently as 2004 the Watchtower published the following explanation in an article entitled The Faithful Slave Passes the Test:

The parable continues: “After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.” In 1914—certainly a long time after 33 C.E.—Christ Jesus began his royal presence. Three and a half years later, in 1918, he came to God’s spiritual temple and fulfilled Peter’s words: “It is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God.” It was time to settle accounts.

What had the slaves, Jesus’ anointed brothers, done with the King’s “talents”? From 33 C.E. onward, including the years leading up to 1914, many had been working hard at Jesus’ “business.” (Matthew 25:16) Even during the first world war, they had shown a strong desire to serve the Master. Now it was fitting to give faithful ones new opportunities to ‘do business.’ The time of the end of this system of things had arrived. The good news had to be preached worldwide. “The harvest of the earth” had to be reaped. The final members of the wheat class had to be located and “a great crowd” of other sheep gathered in.

In 2015, eleven years later, Bethel scrapped 1918 as the time of fulfillment and instead moved everything to the future, which is exactly what was put forward in the first edition of Jehovah Himself Has Become King, published in 2005.

However, although Jehovah’s Witnesses are now to expect a future settling of accounts with the master, the Watchtower inexplicably retains 1914 and 1918 as the coming of Christ and the inspection of the house of God.

Malachi 3:1-3 is a very important prophecy that relates to the coming of Christ. Here is what it says: “‘Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will clear up a way before me. And suddenly the true Lord, whom you are seeking, will come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant will come, in whom you take delight. Look! He will certainly come,’ says Jehovah of armies. ‘But who will endure the day of his coming, and who will be able to stand when he appears? For he will be like the fire of a refiner and like the lye of laundrymen. And he will sit as a refiner and cleanser of silver and will cleanse the sons of Levi; and he will clarify them like gold and like silver, and they will certainly become to Jehovah people presenting a gift offering in righteousness.”’

In their recent publication entitled God’s Kingdom Rules! celebrating a century since 1914, the prophecy of Malachi is attached to 1914. But is it reasonable that the messenger of the covenant has already come and yet has not settled accounts with his slaves? No. It is not reasonable at all. Nor is it scripturally supported. Consider that in the last book of the Hebrew Scriptures it speaks of the coming of the messenger of the covenant, using the word “come” and “coming” four times. In the last book of the Greek Scriptures, the very last chapter, the messenger states: “Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to repay each one according to his work.”

So, according to Jesus his coming will result in the payment of the promised reward (and alternatively, punishment) to his slaves. But if Christ came in 1914, why is it that the rewarding of the slaves who wisely invested their master’s riches that were entrusted to them has not taken place yet? Worded differently, since according to the Watchtower’s own revised teaching regarding the master’s talents, Jesus did not come with his reward in 1914 or any time since then, why does the Watchtower still teach that Jesus has already come?

Isn’t it obvious that the Watchtower’s attachment to 1914 is irrational? It defies all reason. It is amazing to me that more JW’s cannot see through it. But it really is a testament to how powerful the delusion is. And as Paul said    the “deluding influence” is something that God allows for a reason. It is not that Jehovah is the source of the delusion, but his allowance of it means that he will not intervene and overthrow it. No, Jehovah’s Witnesses are destined to remain under the influence of their “prophets” and “visionaries” upon whom Jehovah has poured a deep sleep (Isaiah 29:10) until the coming of Christ.

 

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2017-03-27T13:37:58+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|Commentary|7 Comments
  • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

    Robert.Question Are we to assume since the new thought of the Masters arrival is now set to the future, and with that added time is also unavoidably future, in light of this , it would appear a number of years can now be added to human time as what seems a doggedly slow approach to these events.will we see even the end of this system?

    • ewatchman

      The way the US and NATO, on one side and Russia and China on the other, are preparing for war it looks like most people living will be around when the war begins. Sadly, a good many won’t be around to see it end.

      • Darren Wilks

        I hope so. It certainly feels like heaven and earth are moving to the conclusion.

  • Kevin b

    As one of Jehovahs witnesses you are not allowed to think outside the box, or have any form of independent thinking, other than what the faithful slave teaches.

    Yet, notice how these two Watchtower articles contradict each other.

    Watchtower 1983 January 15 p.27
    Armed for the Fight Against Wicked Spirits
    Fight Against Independent Thinking
    19 As we study the Bible we learn that Jehovah has always guided his servants in an organized way. And just as in the first century there was only one true Christian organization, so today Jehovah is using only one organization. (Ephesians 4:4, 5; Matthew 24:45-47) Yet there are some who point out that the organization has had to make adjustments before, and so they argue: “This shows that we have to make up our own mind on what to believe.” This is independent thinking. Why is it so dangerous?
    20 Such thinking is an evidence of pride. And the Bible says: “Pride is before a crash, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (Proverbs 16:18) If we get to thinking that we know better than the organization, we should ask ourselves: “Where did we learn Bible truth in the first place? Would we know the way of the truth if it had not been for guidance from the organization? Really, can we get along without the direction of God’s organization?” No, we cannot!-Compare Acts 15:2, 28, 29; 16:4, 5.
    21 When we consider the mighty spirit forces who are fighting against us, we must acknowledge that on our own we could not possibly win. Yet with God’s backing, and with the help and support of his organization-our worldwide association of brothers-we cannot lose. (Psalm 118:6-12; 1 Peter 5:9) However, we must never forget that we are in a spiritual war, and that wartime is no time to be relaxing, enjoying only leisure and the pleasures of life. Rather, it is the time for vigorous training, alertness and self-sacrifice. The enemy has been able to get some from among us to relax their guard, and these have become battle casualties. May this never happen to us! It will not if we keep on “the complete suit of armor from God” and “stand firm against the [crafty acts] of the Devil.”-Ephesians 6:11, 12.

    Awake! November 22, 1984 p.3-4 An Open or a Closed Mind—Which Do You Have?
    An Open or a Closed Mind—Which Do You Have?

    What Is an Open Mind?
    An open mind is free from the fetters of prejudice, which by one dictionary is defined as follows: “A judgment or opinion, favorable or unfavorable, formed beforehand or without due examination; a mental decision based on other grounds than reason or justice; especially, a premature or adversely biased opinion.”
    A necessary part of life is that we make decisions and reach judgments. But decisions made “without due examination” or judgments reached “on other grounds than reason or justice” are evidences of a closed mind.
    Having an open mind, on the other hand, means to be receptive to new information and ideas. It means being willing to examine and to evaluate information without a biased attitude. By retaining what is worthwhile and rejecting what is worthless, we can reach definite conclusions on a solid basis and still leave our minds open to further revision should additional information become available at a future time. He who feels he has learned it all can be sure that this attitude will prevent him from ever learning more.
    Why People Have Closed Minds
    A closed mind may indicate lack of knowledge. We may know so little about a subject, or have information so distorted or incomplete, that the facts necessary to reach proper conclusions are missing.

    • Sam

      ——–
      “Such thinking is an evidence of pride.” “If we get to thinking that we know better than the organization, we should ask ourselves: “Where did we learn Bible truth in the first place? Would we know the way of the truth if it had not been for guidance from the organization? Really, can we get along without the direction of God’s organization?” No, we cannot!
      ——–
      ^^^^^ Isn’t THAT statement what would really qualify as an “evidence of pride”!? I think their reasoning betrays them

      • Kevin b

        It’s quite obvious their thinking makes no since at all. I take pride in my independent thinking ability. And all here should as well.

        • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

          Amen! Jehovah gave us brains for a reason!

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