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Commentaries on Examining the Scriptures

The Persecution to Come

Sunday, February 26 Ruthless men seek my life.—Ps. 54:3. Abner supported Saul’s efforts to kill David, even though Abner knew that God had chosen David to rule as king of Israel. After Saul’s death, Abner could have shown humility and proved his loyalty to God by supporting David, not Saul’s son Ish-bosheth. Later, when Abner
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O nation that feels no shame

Saturday, February 25 [Ahaz] burned up his sons in the fire.—2 Chron. 28:3. Ahaz’s son Hezekiah might easily have grown up to be a bitter, angry man who turned against God. Others who have endured far less have become “enraged against Jehovah” or embittered toward his organization. And some people are convinced that their unwholesome family background
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He will guide you into all the truth

Friday, February 24 [My word] will have sure success in what I send it to do.—Isa. 55:11. Think about how the preaching of the good news fits in with Jehovah’s loving purpose for humankind. He purposed that humans would inhabit the earth without ever dying; though Adam sinned, Jehovah did not change His mind. Instead,
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I will care for my sheep like a shepherd

Thursday, February 23 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, . . . and they will become one flock, one shepherd.—John 10:16. Do those of the other sheep need to know the names of all those who are anointed today? The short answer is no. Why not? Because
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The boaster will come to his finish

Tuesday, February 21 The desolating of [Jerusalem] has drawn near.—Luke 21:20. Seeing Jerusalem “surrounded by encamped armies,” just as Jesus had prophesied, Christians in Judea, and especially those living in Jerusalem, had to act decisively. Jesus had warned them that they would need to flee as soon as they saw these events start to unfold.
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The slave that did not understand

Sunday, February 19 Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?—Matt. 24:45. When early in the last century a small group of diligent Bible students was appointed as “the faithful and discreet slave,” much of their communication with the
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Look! I Have Forewarned You

Friday, February 10 In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.—2 Tim. 3:1. The Bible indicates that wickedness will greatly increase “in the last days.” So we can expect that world conditions, bad as they are now, will continue to decline. But how bad do you expect conditions to become before “the
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The attack of Gog from the land of Magog

Wednesday, February 8 I [will] sanctify myself through you before their eyes, O Gog.—Ezek. 38:16. Shortly before the remaining ones of the 144,000 are taken to heaven, Gog will attack God’s people. What reaction does this provoke? On earth, God’s people will appear to be defenseless. They will obey the instructions given in the days of
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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses in spiritual paradise?

Tuesday, February 7 I will glorify the place for my feet.—Isa. 60:13. The expression “spiritual paradise” has become a part of our theocratic vocabulary. It describes our unique, spiritually rich environment, or condition, which allows us to enjoy peace with God and with our brothers. Of course, we should not conclude that the terms “spiritual
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Trust in Jehovah

This is the first of what I hope to be regular weekly, "Sunday Talks." Sorry for the less than optimal sound quality. The little clip on microphone I was wearing picked up some background noise, so I had to use the audio recorded from the shotgun mic on the camera, which was sub par. Hopefully
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King Saul behaving as a prophet

King Saul – A Type of the Evil Slave

Saturday, January 28 Let me pin him to the ground with the spear just once, and I will not need to do it twice.—1 Sam. 26:8. When Abishai crept into Saul’s camp, he did not have his loyalties in the proper order. Out of loyalty to David, Abishai was eager to kill King Saul, but David
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By all means, take refuge in Jehovah

Friday, January 27 Your people will be my people, and your God my God.—Ruth 1:16. Note Ruth’s love for Jehovah. The landowner Boaz later praised Ruth for seeking refuge under Jehovah’s wings. That may remind us of a baby bird taking refuge under the wings of a powerful, protective parent. Jehovah became such a parent to Ruth.
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Jehovah’s City of Truth

Wednesday, January 25 We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.—Zech. 8:23. Speaking of the time in which we are living, Jehovah foretold: “In those days ten men out of all the languages of the nations will take hold, yes, they will take firm hold of the
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The glory of Jehovah will be revealed

Sunday, January 22 The word of our God endures forever.—Isa. 40:8. Thousands of fragments, manuscripts, and ancient translations have been compared and painstakingly studied by Bible scholars. This study validated the contents of the vast majority of Bible passages. The few verses about which there is a degree of uncertainty do not change the overall
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I will pour out my spirit in those days

Saturday, January 21 They are rendering [God] sacred service day and night.—Rev. 7:15. When the last days began in 1914, there were only a few thousand servants of Jehovah worldwide. Motivated by love for neighbor, and with the backing of God’s spirit, a small remnant of anointed Christians persevered in the Kingdom-preaching work. As a
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The Sun Will Set on the Prophets

Thursday, January 12 Keep on the watch.—Matt. 24:42. That admonition in itself is a good reason to remain in expectation—Jesus told us to do so! In this regard, Jehovah’s organization has set an example. Its publications have consistently exhorted us to “await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah” and
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The Significance of the Transfiguration

Tuesday, January 10 At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.—Matt. 13:43. Does this mean that there will be a “rapture” of the anointed ones? Many in Christendom believe, according to this teaching, that Christians will be bodily caught up from the earth. Then,
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Man of lawlessness clearly identified

Monday, January 9 I will move on to supernatural visions and revelations of the Lord.—2 Cor. 12:1. Less than a century after the Christian congregation was established, a foretold apostasy began to develop.  Thereafter, it became increasingly difficult to identify who was truly serving God at his spiritual temple. Only centuries later did the time arrive for
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The Watchtower’s Deluding Influence

Sunday, January 8 Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.—Rev. 12:12. In 1914, war broke out between nations of Europe—a war that spread and engulfed the whole world. By the time it ended in
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Do You Believe This?

Saturday, January 7 No resident will say: “I am sick.”—Isa. 33:24. If we maintain our Christian integrity, we may well witness one of the greatest miracles of all time—the miracle of surviving the great tribulation. Soon after the war of Armageddon, more miracles will occur, restoring humans to good health.  Imagine watching people discard eyeglasses,
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Satan, ever posing as an angel of light

Wednesday, January 4 Take your stand against [Satan].—1 Pet. 5:9. As servants of Jehovah, we are not among those who are misled into thinking that Satan does not exist. We know that the Devil is real, for it was Satan who spoke to Eve through a serpent.  Satan taunted Jehovah regarding Job.  It was Satan who
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KEEP ON THE WATCH!

Wednesday, December 14 Keep on the watch.—Matt. 25:13. Because Jesus directed the parable of the ten virgins to his anointed followers, should we conclude that this passage contains no benefit for Christ’s “other sheep”? Far from it! Remember, the message of the parable is simple: “Keep on the watch.” Does that apply only to the anointed?
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When will the lies end?

Sunday, December 11 The Kingdom of the heavens is like a dragnet let down into the sea and gathering fish of every kind.—Matt. 13:47. Jesus likened the preaching of the Kingdom message to all mankind to the lowering of a large dragnet into the sea. Just as such a net indiscriminately catches large numbers of
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Our spiritual warfare in the future

Thursday, December 8 Take your stand against him, firm in the faith.—1 Pet. 5:9. To do that, we need to prepare our mind and heart, to train ourselves now to do what is right. We do not know what our spiritual warfare may involve in the future. Therefore, would it not be wise to do some
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Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites!

Sunday, December 4 In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.—2 Cor. 6:3. In today’s crime-filled world, many householders are suspicious of strangers. We should avoid adding to such suspicion. For example, suppose we approach a house and knock on the front door. If
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The Hour of Judgment – Has It Arrived?

Saturday, December 3 Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of judgment by him has arrived.—Rev. 14:7. Now is the time to declare that message. We must warn our neighbors to get out of Babylon the Great, so that they do not “receive part of her plagues.”  The “other sheep” join anointed Christians
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“You Are My Witnesses” – When?

Thursday, December 1 “You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah.—Isa. 43:10. The Israelites worshipped their God, Jehovah, whereas the other nations worshipped their own deities. At the time of the prophet Isaiah, Jehovah compared the world situation to that of a court trial. He challenged the gods of the nations to produce witnesses to confirm their
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