Commentaries on Examining the Scriptures

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
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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”
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The two witnesses of Revelation

The Brothers of Christ and the Two Witnsses

Wednesday, November 30 He will put the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.—Matt. 25:33. Today, we have a clear understanding of the illustration of the sheep and the goats. Regarding the identity of those mentioned, Jesus is “the Son of man,” the King. Those referred to as “my brothers”
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To Babylon and back

Tuesday, November 29 Do not be afraid. I will help you.—Isa. 41:13. Jehovah purposed that his people proclaim the good news on an unprecedented scale in our day, and nothing can prevent him from accomplishing that purpose. Just as he delivered the ancient nation of Israel from Babylon, Jehovah has rescued his present-day servants
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Has Jehovah really set matters straight?

Saturday, November 26 Many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob.”—Isa. 2:3. The flocking of many humans to worship Jehovah with his people in this time of the end was foretold by two ancient prophets. Isaiah prophesied the
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“They Have Grown Fat and Smooth”

Friday, November 25 We are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God.—2 Cor. 10:5. We need to be vigilant in guarding against attacks on our spirituality. Has the world’s view of material pursuits made inroads into our lives? The things we love are usually evident by our thoughts
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He will do away with the shroud that is enveloping

Thursday, November 24 Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned.—Rom. 5:12. The first to die was faithful Abel. Then Adam’s other offspring grew old and died. Did they inherit sin as well as death? The apostle Paul
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Watchtower’s pride precedes its crash

Wednesday, November 23 Pride is before a crash.—Prov. 16:18. What power our sinful tendencies exert on us! Take, for example, pride. This trait can interfere with our listening to the voice of Jehovah and can lead us to take a disastrous course. A proud person has an exaggerated opinion of himself. He may feel
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“We ate and drank in your presence…”

Friday, November 18 I do not know you.—Matt. 25:12. In the parable of the ten virgins, was Jesus saying that many of his anointed servants would prove unfaithful and need to be replaced? No. Remember, he had just warned his “faithful and discreet slave” never to turn into an evil slave. That did not
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When you see these things happening…

Thursday, November 17 Be courageous and strong of heart. Yes, hope in Jehovah.—Ps. 27:14. We get courage by trusting in God and following the steps of his Son. During his ministry, Jesus showed courage in various ways. He boldly exposed the religious leaders for misleading the people with false teachings. He stood firm against
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So it will be in the conclusion of the system

Sunday, October 30 So it will be in the conclusion of the system of things.—Matt. 13:40. “The conclusion of the system of things” began in 1914. During the war that broke out that year, the few thousand anointed Christians, “the sons of the Kingdom,” were in spiritual captivity to Babylon the Great. In 1919,
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Hear the word of Jehovah, you boasters

Friday, October 21 For this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.—John 18:37. When on trial for his life, Jesus Christ said those words to the Roman governor of Judea. Jesus had just identified himself as a king. Years later, the apostle Paul referred to this courageous
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The Kingdom Has Drawn Near

Wednesday, October 19 Jesus began preaching and saying: “Repent, for the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.”—Matt. 4:17. Jesus taught his disciples to do the same work. He told them: “You will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the most distant part of the earth.” (Acts
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When did we see you in prison?

Monday, October 17 To the extent that you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.—Matt. 25:40. Jesus has been speaking to Peter, Andrew, James, and John, his close companions. They have just heard him relate illustrations about the faithful and discreet slave, the ten virgins,
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You will go as far as to Babylon

Sunday, October 16 I, Jehovah, am . . . guiding you in the way you should walk.—Isa. 48:17. The Bible Students of the late 19th and early 20th centuries faced many obstacles. Like the first-century Christians, they proclaimed a largely unpopular message. They were few in number, and the world in general did not
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New Covenant in the Final Part of Days

Wednesday, October 12 I will make with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new covenant.—Jer. 31:31. Long before the Law covenant was canceled, Jehovah foretold through the prophet Jeremiah that He would make with the nation of Israel “a new covenant.” That covenant would be unlike the Law covenant
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I am more stubborn than they are

Monday, October 10 Renounce unrighteousness.—2 Tim. 2:19. God’s Word gives specific advice concerning the types of unrighteousness that Christians must renounce or reject. For instance, in the immediate context of2 Timothy 2:19, we find that Paul tells Timothy “not to fight about words” and to “reject empty speeches.” Some members of the congregation were
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Downfall of America and the last witness

Sunday, October 9 I will prove to be with you.—Ex. 3:12. Can you imagine how you would feel if you had to stand before the most powerful ruler on earth and speak up in behalf of Jehovah’s people? You would likely feel anxious, inadequate, and intimidated. What could you do to add power to
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I Do Not Know You

Wednesday, October 5 I tell you the truth, I do not know you.—Matt. 25:12. During the great tribulation, faithful anointed ones cannot help any who had turned unfaithful. There will be no help available. It will simply be too late. What end, then, will such ones face? Jesus explains what happened when the foolish
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Jesus’ Secret Disciples

Tuesday, October 4 Though you do not see him now, yet you exercise faith in him.—1 Pet. 1:8. When we become disciples of Christ, we embark on a journey. That journey can lead us to life, whether in heaven or on earth. Jesus said: “The one who has endured to the end [the end
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Moving Ahead with God’s Organization

Belated commentary Friday, September 30 One thing I have asked from Jehovah—it is what I will look for—that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life.—Ps. 27:4. As part of Jehovah’s organization, what joy we now have in telling others about God’s promised new world! “The meek will
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There is Where His Weeping and the Gnashing of His Teeth Will Be

Thursday, September 29 There is where his weeping and the gnashing of his teeth will be.—Matt. 25:30. In the parable of the talents, the last slave buried his talent instead of doing business with it or even depositing it with the bankers. This slave showed a bad spirit, for he deliberately worked against the
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