This is an enlargement and revision of a previously published article (September, 2014)
Jehovah’s Witnesses have accomplished the greatest evangelical work in history.
Under the direction of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society the good news of God’s grand Kingdom has been preached to the ends of the earth. As an example of the reach of the Society their jw.org has quickly become the most translated website on the entire World Wide Web, providing Bible-based information in over 300 languages and growing.
The New World Translation has been published by Jehovah’s Witnesses in over 120 languages. To further the Bible education work thousands of modest kingdom halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses are being built around the world.
In spite of wars and persecution, governmental prohibitions and religious opposition, the basic truth has been preached, allowing people to develop a genuine love for God and Christ.
Granted, the Kingdom message is skewed by the 1914 invisible parousia doctrine, but that error bears all the earmarks of being the “deluding influence,” which Paul foretold would emanate from a man of lawlessness who would promote a faux parousia as a necessary prelude to the actual coming of Christ to initiate the judgment of the house of God. The delusion is allowed by God in order to test our love of the truth at a point in the future. But because of that delusion Jehovah’s Witnesses have no real appreciation for what the conclusion of the system of things actually is. After all, the Watchtower has convinced them that the conclusion began in 1914. But obviously the system has gone on and on since then in business-as-usual fashion. And so has the Watchtower Society for that matter.
“THE HARVEST IS A CONCLUSION OF A SYSTEM OF THINGS”
When Jesus was on the earth he sent his disciples out to gather right-hearted people into the Kingdom. Jesus likened their work to a harvest, and he exhorted them to beg the Master of the harvest to provide more workers for the endeavor. However, in the 13th chapter of Matthew the Lord also spoke of a final harvest, which he stated is a conclusion of a system of things, or “the end of the age,” as some translations word it. What did he mean? The end of what system?
Here is what the New World Translation Glossary states concerning the Greek word aÌων – aion, as Jesus and Paul used the term at Hebrews 9:26.
System(s) of things. Rendering of the Greek word ai·onʹ when it refers to the current state of affairs or features that distinguish a certain period of time, epoch, or age. The Bible speaks of “the present system of things,” referring to the prevailing state of affairs in the world in general and the worldly way of life. (2Ti 4:10) By means of the Law covenant, God introduced a system of things that some might call the Israelite or Jewish epoch. By means of his ransom sacrifice, Jesus Christ was used by God to introduce a different system of things, one primarily involving the congregation of anointed Christians. This marked the beginning of a new epoch, characterized by the realities foreshadowed by the Law covenant. When in the plural, this phrase refers to the various systems of things, or prevailing states of affairs, that have existed or will exist.
The information presented above is referenced in a footnote in connection with Hebrews 9:26, where Paul wrote concerning Christ’s sacrifice of himself in our behalf: “Otherwise, he would have to suffer often from the founding of the world. But now he has manifested himself once for all time at the conclusion of the systems of things to put sin away through the sacrifice of himself.”
As the Watchtower points out, God brought the Jewish system to a conclusion, not only with the sacrifice of Christ, but emphatically so when the Roman legions obliterated the center of Jewish worship – Jerusalem. But before the holy city was razed Jehovah brought into existence a new system of worship centered on Christ; hence, the Christian Age began. According to the Insight on the Scriptures Paul wrote his letter to his fellow Hebrews around 61 CE., or only about five years before the disgusting thing appeared in the holy place, signaling the imminent end of the Jewish system.
Interestingly, Paul referred to “systems of things” – plural. In the first century only one system came to an end – the Jewish system. And it is also worth noting that while the Greek Scriptures speak of the manifestation of Christ in his flesh the word is more commonly used in reference to his glorious manifestation during the parousia. Since there is an ultimate, glorious manifestation of Jesus at the conclusion – that is to say during the harvest – it appears as if the reason Paul referred to the conclusion of the systems (plural) is because at the return of Christ multiple systems will be concluded. Not only the Christian Age, but also the political system that has been in place for this present age – extending back to antiquity – to Rome, Greece, Persia, etc.
How and why will the Christian system conclude? It will end because it will have accomplished its purpose. Just as the Jewish system fulfilled it’s mission to produce the Messiah, the Christian system will conclude when the complete number of the seed of Christ is fulfilled and a great crowd has been gathered. Simultaneously, the earthly political system will go into convulsions – a great tumult, as the second Psalm foretells.
“LISTEN, A CROWD IN THE MOUNTAINS!”
On numerous occasions in the history of Israel and Judah God allowed various nations to attack, oppress and plunder his people, in order to punish and ultimately refine them. Although the peoples of those empires were under the influence of the malevolent god of this world, on the occasions when they were brought upon the people of God they served as Jehovah’s instrumentality and came under his control. That is why the babylonian empire, for example, which destroyed David’s Jerusalem and numerous other nations that had come under divine judgment, is referred to in prophecy as God’s army, his weapon for smashing the nations.
Except the prophecies describing the ancient Chaldean juggernaut have a much greater fulfillment — a modern counterpart, which is destined to crush the entire world under its tyranny. Such is the nature of the day of Jehovah. The 13th chapter of Isaiah speaks far beyond the ancient time to a point in the immediate future, where it says: “Listen! A crowd in the mountains; It sounds like a numerous people! Listen! The uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathered together! Jehovah of armies is mustering the army for war. They are coming from a distant land, from the extremity of the heavens, Jehovah and the weapons of his wrath, to bring ruin to all the earth. Wail, for the day of Jehovah is near! It will come as a destruction from the Almighty. That is why all hands will go limp, and every man’s heart will melt with fear. The people are panic-stricken. They are seized with convulsions and pain, like a woman in labor. They look at one another in horror, with faces inflamed by anguish. Look! The day of Jehovah is coming, cruel both with fury and with burning anger, to make the land an object of horror, and to annihilate the land’s sinners from it. For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give off their light; the sun will be dark when it rises, and the moon will not shed its light.”
Although the leadership of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Formerly known as the Watchtower Society) attaches no particular importance to the 13th chapter of Isaiah, at least as far as any future day of Jehovah is concerned, certainly the bringing to ruin of all the earth goes far beyond the activity of Nebuchadnezzar 2,500 years ago. What, then, might it portend for the future?
Jehovah’s Witnesses who are familiar with the Bible might recognize the similarity of phraseology to the words of Jesus when he spoke of the events that will transpire during the conclusion of the present system. Jesus foretold that men would become faint out of fear and that the sun will turn black and the moon will turn to blood (not to be confused with a “blood moon”) and the stars of heaven will fall like ripened figs from a tree in a stiff breeze.
That the ruthless Chaldean will indeed have a modern counterpart is evident in light of the prophecy of Habakkuk. As Jehovah’s Witnesses well know, the prophecy of Habakkuk is a “vision is yet for its appointed time, and it is rushing toward its end, and it will not lie. Even if it should delay, keep in expectation of it! For it will without fail come true. It will not be late!”
What may we expect when the vision comes true? The Watchtower doesn’t say. In fact, in contradiction of the fact that the vision is for the appointed time associated with the day of Jehovah the Watchtower claims the modern Chaldean was manifested in the form of the Nazis and communist Russians and petty street thugs! (For a fuller consideration of the prophecy read chapter 17, Habakkuk)
Regardless of the Watchtower’s ineptitude in interpretation, the future realization of the Babylonian Empire, which Habakkuk states Jehovah will appoint to execute his judgments and exact punishment in his behalf, will become manifest in the future as the eighth king.
And contrary to the absurd notion that the head of the wild beast received a mortal blow 100 years ago and that the League of Nations was the eighth king or that the United Nations climbed out of the abyss in 1945, the future appearance of the prophesied last king will come about as a result of the sudden and unexpected collapse of the presently ruling seventh kingdom.
Already the writing is on the wall: The entire Anglo-American system is bankrupt. And its sole remedy for that condition is to print and borrow more money. As a result the Dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency is coming to an end. Nations are busily making other arrangements. Not only that, but even more far-reaching, a new economic system is emerging — the BRICS, so called, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
At their annual summit of July, 2014, the BRICS announced the creation of a new development bank to fund productive projects. And great projects are already being undertaken. This is a direct challenge to the World Bank and IMF system, which have dominated the Third World with their “conditionalities” since the Second World War. As of the middle of March, 2015, Japan and Britain, Australia and New Zealand, and numerous other nations have signaled their intention to join the new financial system. America is the odd man out.
With no hyberbole intended, we have now arrived at the end of the systems. The Watchtower has presumptively finished their global publicizing campaign. The broadening public exposure of their backroom doings and their shocking public admission that they have no responsibility to protect children from the thousands of pedophiles in the organization indicate that the time has come. While Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the harvest began during the First Word War no one can intelligently explain how it is that generations of weed-like churchgoers of Christendom have been uprooted by the angels and cast into the fiery furnace over this past century. Nor can the fabricators of the 1914 mythos articulate sensibly how the angels may have removed everyone doing lawlessness and all things that cause stumbling from Christ’s Kingdom. These very things are the things that cause stumbling!
The corruption and lawlessness among Jehovah’s Witnesses – particularly the leadership – is the underlying reason why the Anglo-American/NATO/Israeli combine are pushing for global war. Jehovah is mustering his forces to prosecute his judicial decisions. This is why the terrorist group known as ISIS has been unleashed as a third column preliminary to global war. The tyrants of the nations have unleashed the dogs of war! The intransigence of the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses is why the U.S. orchestrated a Nazi coup in Ukraine and is now determined to cross Russia’s line-in-the-sand by supplying sophisticated weapons technology to Ukraine. It is why all the major powers are now mobilizing their military might. The caissons of Jehovah’s denunciation are being wheeled into place!
The Lord’s of London know their empire is crumbling. That is the force driving them. They know there is no way their decrepit casino financial system can continue to dominate the world in the face of the project-oriented system that is being put forward by the BRICS. Their only hope of continued world domination is to blow up the present system before the emerging system becomes fully established and in the chaos try to remain on top of the heap when the smoke clears. Or as the book of Revelation depicts it: To miraculously come back to life.
The coming takedown of the system is what is projected in Revelation as the death-stroke upon the head of the beast. The coming global upheaval will usher in a tyrannical world government, likely in the form of the United Nations. Jehovah will use it as his instrument for executing his judgments and meting out punishment — beginning with the house of God. The leadership of the Watchtower will be required to make an accounting before God.
Ironically, even the Watchtower has inadvertently intimated there is a future day of accounting; this, in their recent adjustment of when it is that the master of the house comes to reward those slaves deemed faithful and to punish those judged to have been unfaithful. Might this indicate that Jehovah’s Witnesses will come to an understanding of these matters before the day of Jehovah begins? No. After all: “Who is blind except my servant, so deaf as the messenger I send? Who is so blind as the one rewarded, so blind as the servant of Jehovah?”
“Look! The day of Jehovah is coming, cruel both with fury and with burning anger, to make the land an object of horror, and to annihilate the land’s sinners from it.”