In that day the prophets will be ashamed

//In that day the prophets will be ashamed

Tuesday, September 6

You must be holy.Lev. 11:45.

In the book of Leviticus, holiness is referred to more often than in any other book of the Bible. Since this quality is a requirement for all genuine worshippers of Jehovah, understanding and appreciating Leviticus will help us to prove ourselves holy. The book of Leviticus, written by the prophet Moses, is part of “all Scripture” that is beneficial for teaching. Jehovah’s name appears an average of ten times in each chapter of the book. Getting the sense of Leviticus will strengthen us to avoid doing anything that would bring reproach on the divine name. The book’s frequent use of the words “I am Jehovah” should remind us to obey God. As recorded in Leviticus chapter 8, Jehovah selected Aaron to serve as Israel’s high priest, and his sons were to serve as priests in behalf of the nation. Thus, Aaron represents Jesus Christ and Aaron’s sons represent Jesus’ anointed followers.

COMMENTARY

Being holy or clean before God is not an option. It is mandatory. However, what if God’s servants fall short of the standard, not just as individuals but as a congregation? Then what?

Since the ultimate accomplishment of Jehovah’s universal purpose is tied to the creation of a kingdom of holy priests who are to serve with Christ for the rehabilitation of mankind, failure is not an option. That being true —that God’s purpose cannot fail —even if imperfect men and women are involved, the failure of anointed Christians to attain or maintain holiness requires strong measures to be taken. And indeed, the prophecies foretell that very thing.

Ostensibly speaking to the sons of Levi, or the levitical priests, the prophecy of Malachi foretells: “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.”

On his first visit to Jerusalem as the Messiah and upon his last sojourn there as well, Jesus went to the temple and threw the money changers out of his Father’s house. However, Jesus was not the messenger of the old covenant —Moses was. Nor did Jesus refine the Jewish priests. On the contrary, he foretold that the temple was going to be completely destroyed. Christ is the mediator of a new covenant; a covenant intended to produce 144,000 holy ones who are to serve as kings and priests for 1,000 years.

That being true, the coming of the messenger of the covenant to his temple pertains to the coming of Christ and the judgment of the house of God. That is made clear in the very next verses of Malachi, which state: “I will come near to you for judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who take false oaths, against those who defraud the hired worker, the widow, and the fatherless child, and against those who refuse to help the foreigner. These have not feared me,” says Jehovah of armies.

The question for Jehovah’s Witnesses to consider is this: Has the messenger of the covenant come, or is his coming a future event? The Watchtower says his coming has already occurred. The March 15, 2010 issue of the Watchtower stated:

In modern times, this prophecy evidently started to be fulfilled in 1918 when Jehovah, along with “the messenger of the covenant,” Jesus Christ, inspected the spiritual temple. Malachi tells us what happens once this cleansing is completed: “You people will again certainly see the distinction between a righteous one and a wicked one, between one serving God and one who has not served him.” (Mal. 3:18) The surge in activity on the part of the reinvigorated true Christians points to that period as the beginning of the harvesttime.

“Evidently”? Either the judgment took place then or it didn’t. There can be no ambiguity. Surely something as profound as the coming of Christ could not be so easily passed off as uneventful.

The Watchtower measures itself and judges itself to be righteous due to their sponsoring a global preaching work. But according to Malachi the messenger of the covenant judges the sons of Levi for their putting up with sorcerers and adulterers, for making false oaths, and for their refusal to support the widows, foreigners and fatherless boys and defrauding the hired worker.

In his letters to the seven congregations Jesus condemns two congregations for their putting up with the spiritual adulteries and idolatries promoted by Jezebel and Balaam, the so-called diviner or sorcerer. And it can be fairly easily established that Christ has not thrown “Jezebel” into great tribulation yet, which is to occur when the Lord comes to set matters straight. That means that an evil influence resides in Christ’s congregations up until the judgment of the great day.

Can it be determined if Christ came as the messenger of the covenant in 1918? Yes. Considering that the purpose of his coming is to refine his people as silver and gold, the prophecy of Zechariah uses the same symbolism of refining, saying: “And I will bring the third part through the fire; and I will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people,’ And they will say, ‘Jehovah is our God.’”

According to the context of Zechariah their coming through the fire is an immediate preliminary to the final confrontation.

Interestingly, the same 13th chapter of Zechariah foretells that the prophets will be humiliated, saying: “In that day each of the prophets will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; and they will not wear an official garment of hair in order to deceive. And he will say, ‘I am no prophet. I am a man cultivating the soil, because a man bought me when I was young.’ And if someone asks him, ‘What are these wounds between your shoulders?’ he will answer, ‘Wounds I received in the house of my friends.’”

The Watchtower claims to be the mouthpiece of a modern-day prophet. Supposedly all anointed persons comprise a Jeremiah class, an Ezekiel class; even a Micah class. But the Watchtower has promoted one of the biggest hoaxes that has ever been perpetrated on a trusting people —deceiving millions into believing that Christ began ruling the world in 1914 and that he “evidently” came in 1918 to judge the house of God.

For that reason the actual coming of Christ will result in the self-proclaimed prophets becoming ashamed. The wounds they will receive in the house of their friends coincides with the fact that in his illustration of the faithful and evil slaves in the 12th chapter of Luke Jesus foretold that even the faithful slave, who acted in ignorance, will be flogged with a few strokes.

Surely, the genuine coming of Christ with the fire of a refiner will disabuse them of their fallacious claim of being prophets.

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2017-03-18T11:50:53+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Commentary|14 Comments
  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    This is a super hit article again done by Robert!!! But the WTS will never accept, the actual coming of Christ will result in the self-proclaimed prophets becoming ashamed. Oh what a shame to WTS and those who are blinded by WTS.

  • LW

    The time is near when God reveals
    His faithful chosen ones
    In heaven they will rule with Christ as mighty spirit sons

    The sons of God will be revealed
    Along with Christ their Lord
    They’ll join him in his victory
    And share in his reward.

    And soon the last remaining ones
    Will hear his final call
    The King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Will then collect them all

    The sons of God will be revealed
    Along with Christ their Lord
    They’ll join him in his victory
    And share in his reward.

    And then with Christ, these sons of God will wage the final war
    The Joyous marriage to the Lamb will last forevermore

    The sons of God will be revealed
    Along with Christ their Lord
    They’ll join him in his victory
    And share in his reward.

    • Balaam’s donkey

      I thought of this also when reading this commentary….song 151.

      • LW

        yeah, I just heard that song. Sounds so epic. I feel like charging into battle lol

      • did you have any thoughts about the watchtower study?

        • Balaam’s donkey

          Yes. Many. But I’ve been talking too much I think. Its time I start listening more.

  • Bklyn Kevin

    The truth of the matter is Jesus did not come as a messenger of the covenant in his authentic parousia like the watchtower claims just yet and refine / judge the household, because if he did how does one explain the acts of lawlessness that goes uncorrected and to this day continues within the watchtower walls?.

    The Coming Judgment of Jehovah.
    Excerpt:
    Those who have been stumbled out of the truth by false dates, the over emphasis on works and less on love, and the creating of ranks within the organization that epitomize the “class distinctions” echoed by the disciple James in the first century.

    One of the many things Jehovah God condemns in his law are those who set themselves above others and then gain riches at the expense of the poor and the withholding of tithes. Jehovah condemns those who oppress the poor, commit robbery and mistreat the foreigner. These are the characteristics of those who practice lawlessness. There are those who have been emotionally broken and ignored or silenced by the churning machine of literature production and self-seeking men, then the trampling of others for an exalted position within the organization. Read more> https://e-watchman.com/coming-judgment/

    Search results for: Lawlessness. Read a lot more>
    https://e-watchman.com/?s=Lawlessness&lang=en
    .

  • Yuri Fisher

    WTS is exact representation of Jewish religion of 1 century. Religious leadets of that time also proclamed themselves holy before Jehovah. They put themselves above people. No other opinion about God was allowed. Jesus in Mat. 23 acused them of beeing arrogant.

    Today we see the same attitude in WTS. Sadly when I saw movie about Jesus at last convention in Jewish leaders I saw exactly WT leaders. I am not saying that all eldes are bad. But now I see that most of them. Opinion of simple JW is not counted. WT expecting all to be quiet and not thinking too much. If there is commited crime by one of the elders nobody allowed to ask why and everything is keeps quiet. How can such organization be holy before Jehovah? No way. Jehovah and Jesus will uncover all crimes of WT. I just feel sorry for people who trust this organization. I do not trust them. I will try to be holy beforeJehovah as possible.

    Yuri

  • 认真拜读中……

  • thank you for this article Robert. i still got to finish reading it…

  • e.v.g

    Great article.

  • RLALLEN

    Is it fair to say the leadership have become the “Jezebel” class, the evil slave of “Balaam?” What will the strokes be if not literal? I have wondered that for some time…

  • Leonard k

    Daniel 2:44

    44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever,

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