The Flying Scroll of Zechariah

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The book of Zechariah might be called the Revelation of the Hebrew Scriptures. There are many similarities between the two prophetic books. For one, both were written after Jerusalem was destroyed; yet, they point forward to God renewing “Jerusalem” and to another judgment of God’s house concurrent with the coming of Christ.

In the second chapter Zechariah sees a man with a measuring line who tells the prophet he is going to get the dimensions of Jerusalem. In contrast, the 11th chapter of Revelation depicts John measuring the temple, but he is told by the angel not to measure the holy city because it is destined to be trampled by the nations for 42 months.

Another obvious relationship is found in the same 11th chapter of Revelation in the description of the two witnesses. They are depicted as being “symbolized by the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth.” The footnote takes the reader to the fourth chapter of Zechariah where the prophet envisioned a lampstand with olive trees on either side and in explanation the angel explained to the prophet: “These are the two anointed ones who are standing alongside the Lord of the whole earth.” —Zech 4:14

Jehovah’s Witnesses might call to mind that the Greek word “parousia” literally means to come alongside. So, if Jesus comes alongside his anointed brothers, they in turn can be said to stand alongside him. And that is the significance of the two anointed witnesses who are standing alongside the Lord of the whole earth.

Since the two witnesses are clearly on earth —being dressed in sackcloth and persecuted by Satan’s earthly wild beast during the 42 month period —their standing alongside the Lord does not symbolize their literally being in heaven. However, their place in heaven is assured —seeing that Zechariah depicts them as being fixtures in heaven (olive trees next to the lampstand). That exalted position can only come about after the final sealing —when the chosen ones are confirmed and approved for the Kingdom.

Another overlap of the two books is evident in the fact that both Zechariah and Revelation depict symbolic trees being consumed by fire. Zechariah 11:1-2 states: “Open your doors, O Lebanon, so that a fire may consume your cedars. Wail, you juniper, for the cedar has fallen; the majestic trees have been destroyed! Wail, you oaks of Bashan, for the dense forest has come down!” Whereas, Revelation 8:7 states: “The first one blew his trumpet. And there was hail and fire mingled with blood, and it was hurled to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green vegetation was burned up.”

What do the figurative trees represent? And are they the same in both prophecies? The prophecy of Zechariah holds the key to unlock the meaning. It indicates that the cedars symbolize the shepherds of Jehovah’s flock. The next verses in context reveal that. Zechariah 11:3-4 state: “Listen! The wailing of shepherds, for their majesty has been devastated. Listen! The roaring of young lions, for the dense thickets along the Jordan have been destroyed. This is what Jehovah my God says, ‘Shepherd the flock meant for the slaughter, whose buyers slaughtered them and are not held guilty. And those who sell them say, “May Jehovah be praised, for I will become rich.” And their shepherds have no compassion for them.’”

(The fulfillment of this aspect of Zechariah is discussed in greater detail in the chapter on Revelation in Jehovah Has Become King and in connection with the Man of Lawlessness.)

As already stated, Zechariah was written after Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem. In fact, the prophet was used by Jehovah to encourage the repatriated Jews to finish rebuilding the temple. Further on in the 11th chapter Zechariah acts out the part of a useless shepherd —receiving his wage of 30 pieces of silver, which he throws into the treasury of the house of Jehovah. This prophecy was realized in Judas, who betrayed Jesus for 30 silver pieces and also throw the blood money into the temple and went off and hanged himself.

There is, however, no reason to suppose the Jewish scribes and Pharisees were the shepherds who sold the flock for their own enrichment. When Jesus came as the Shepherd he began leading God’s sheep out to greener pastures so-to-speak; so the Jewish religious leaders no longer had responsibility over the sheep. Furthermore, there is no reason to suppose that the apostles and other Christian overseers came under God’s adverse judgment in the first century.

In view of the fact that all the prophets point to the coming of Christ it must be those Christian elders who are appointed to feed and protect the master’s sheep and who will answer to the master when he unexpectedly comes to inspect his slaves, who are due to be devastated by the fire of the Lord’s day. That is confirmed by the fact that the man of lawlessness is described as the son of destruction, as was Jesus’ betrayer, whom Zechariah pantomimed when he asked for his wage to be paid him. And the man of lawlessness is, indeed on hand when Christ returns, as is the evil slave —described in the same 11th chapter of Zechariah as the useless shepherd.

After seeing the vision of the two olive trees standing alongside the Lord of all the earth Zechariah next sees an enormous, flying scroll, at which point the angel explained: “This is the curse that is going out over the face of all the earth, because everyone who steals, as written on its one side, has gone unpunished; and everyone who makes a sworn oath, as written on its other side, has gone unpunished. ‘I have sent it out,’ declares Jehovah of armies, ‘and it will enter into the house of the thief and into the house of the one who makes a false oath in my name; and it will remain inside that house and consume it and its timbers and its stones.’”

Notice that the curse goes out “over the face of all the earth.” It is not a local phenomenon isolated to Israel —it is global. However, this judgment is not against all mankind. Take note of the fact that the curse comes upon those who make “a false oath in my name” —which is to say, in the name of Jehovah.

So, the flying scroll symbolizes Jehovah’s judgments, to be executed by the Lord of the whole earth, whom Zechariah was introduced to in the previous vision. Since the judgment begins with the house of God, as the apostle Peter revealed (1 Peter 4:17) and as is confirmed in the Hebrew prophecies such as Ezekiel 9:6, where the destroyer angels are commanded to commence their work starting in the very sanctuary of Jehovah God, the curse inscribed on the flying scroll represents the judgments that Christ will impose upon those who have proven false to their calling —false to their oath at baptism to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

This should not be considered something peculiar to Zechariah. Again, consider the symbolism in Revelation, where Jesus is depicted as having a long sword extending out of his mouth. What does that picture? It represents Christ’s authority to pronounce Jehovah’s judgments upon those who prove false to their calling as anointed Christians —the same as the flying scroll. Consider what the spirit says to the symbolic Pergamum congregation in this regard: “So repent. If you do not, I am coming to you quickly, and I will war against them with the long sword of my mouth.”

When Jesus was on earth he frequently corrected, reproved and occasionally sternly rebuked his disciples. However, he did not war against them with the long sword of his mouth. While Jesus does not speak to us directly, the spirit does, as Paul said in the second chapter of Romans when he said the kindly quality of God is trying to lead us to repentance. As long as we are responsive to that leading there is hope. But when the Lord of the whole earth comes to commence the judgment those Christians who have not repented of their wickedness will face the long sword of Jesus’ mouth. He will war against them and they will not survive the war.

As regards the curse of the flying scroll entering into the house of the thief, it should be recognized that there are many forms of thievery. The Watchtower implies that God’s condemnation applies to petty pilferers, as is illustrated by the young lady shoplifting a pair of sunglasses. But it is well to keep in mind that thievery was the original sin of Adam and Eve. They took something that belonged to God. Surely, stealing from God is most egregious. This particular crime was repeated by the Israelite named Achan, when he took a bar of gold that Jehovah had decreed should be devoted to destruction. Achan’s sin against God brought defeat and humiliation upon the whole nation.

In the case of Adam and Eve and Achan it was God who declared his ownership of the coveted thing; however, what about when humans declare that something belongs to God? I am speaking specifically in regards to something dedicated to God, such as kingdom halls, assembly halls and other facilities. Does God recognize things dedicated to him in solemn ceremony? He most certainly does. When Solomon built the first temple in Jerusalem the structure was dedicated to Jehovah in an impressive ceremony. And in recognition of his acceptance of their offering to him, God’s presence was manifested in the inner sanctum of the temple when a cloud mass enveloped it —forcing the priests to temporarily vacate the premise.

In modern times Jehovah’s Witnesses have built thousands of kingdom halls and dozens of assembly halls and branch offices all around the earth, all of which were dedicated to Jehovah. Perhaps the ceremonies were not as lavish as what Solomon conducted, but does God not also accept ownership of the thing dedicated to him? If not, what is the point of dedicating something to him? Since Jehovah expects us to honor our oaths, such as marriage vows, baptismal vows, business agreements and the like, it is a serious sin against God when we break our oath. That being true, how must God view it when something dedicated to him is sold off to some secular buyer? That raises an important question. Can something dedicated to God be un-dedicated and sold as an ordinary thing? Wouldn’t God have to extend permission to repurpose something publicly devoted to him? And since God has not given any indication that he has relinquished ownership of the things dedicated to him, those selling what belongs to God are guilty of stealing from God. 

In the world we frequently hear of shady dealers who sell non-existent shares of companies and other schemes to swindle and defraud. When found out usually those con men go to prison or pay some penalty for their larceny. But God does not directly punish them.

Is it such a trivial thing for the Watchtower to enlist volunteers, who themselves are personally dedicated to Jehovah via baptism, to construct a facility to be used to advance the Kingdom ministry —dedicating the property to Jehovah’s exclusive use —and then turn around and hock it off to the highest bidder? If something is devoted to God for his special use, does that not make it sacred? And ought something made sacred be parceled as common property and profited from due to the increased values in real estate? 

While the men running the Watchtower have not violated human law, they most certainly have overstepped the terms of the covenant with God. Therefore, we may expect the flying scroll of Jehovah’s judgments to enter into Bethel —to lodge in the the house of God — consuming its very structure, its timbers and stones.

Since the Watchtower has made no distinction between what is holy and what is ordinary, and they have turned what they themselves declare to be Jehovah’s earthly organization into a real estate agency and profit-churning hedge fund, Jehovah’s curse will inevitably come upon the organization that treats him with such contempt. To date the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses have gone unpunished –just as stated in the flying scroll. That will not always be the case. Keep in mind, Jesus said even the faithful slave will be punished by a few lashes of the master’s whip, while the evil slave will be punished with the greatest severity.

While the Watchtower would have you believe the flying scroll of God’s denunciation applies to shoplifters whose petty crimes might bring reproach upon the name of God, the Governing Body inadvertently contradict their own teaching that Christ has already come and the judgment of God’s people is a done deal. Obviously that is not the case.

Ironically, the judgments against the houses of thieves and oath-breakers will impact the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a most profound way in the near future, for it is they who have reproached the name of Jehovah far more than anyone else on the face of the entire earth.

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  • Isaac of Coimbatore

    I am the one who was insisting continuously asking Robert. Thanks brother well the thievery is inside the ORG. Brother the article is fantastic. Brother our family really loved you. Your article is in depth. I really loved. I and my wife discussed about 45 minutes. Of all the things you have compared Zec with Rev that’s fantastic. Flying scorl entering into bethel oh I got laughing because the wts directed on others, but actual thief is wts itself so is scorl also enters bethel itself what a judgement on themselves. I love you brother we love you. May Jehovah bless Robert king through Jesus.

  • The Raven

    Good article. I was just discussing parts of this with Cathii couple days ago. Thanks you.

  • Sharon

    the leaders of jehovahs organization are guilty of stealing from Jehovah. stealing what has been dedicated to God in the selling of kingdom halls,branches,and now we have had to watch a sign saying READ GODS WORD DAILY come down as though it was never there.But as zec says the leaders have stolen Jehovahs words,saying and swearing falsly in Jehovahs name,convinsing 8million people that Christ already returned over 100yrs ago,as though its no big deal,putting 8million who think they escaped Babylon the great when they sit smack in the middle if it,thats why Jehovah makes the plea,come out of her my people.and this judgement is from Jehovah make no mistake about it.this is a MEGUILLA a flying scroll that flies.34and one half feet long,5 and one half feet diam.not an ephah,but asha,fire offering made of lead this is the exact measurement of a skud missle.this is Zechariahs Thermonuclear War.go read there article and interpretation,it is pathetic,putting all blame on the poor sheep.lets not forget the biggest cover up in our time is that of pedophilia,it is just as bad among jehovahs witnesses as the catholic church

  • e.v.g

    The leadership of JW’s have been contaminated with the spirit of this world. It would be odd considering that they are living surrounded by an “spiritual atmosphere” it is clear that they have a serious problem with their symbolic heart, similar from those in the outside. We’re toast!

  • Island Breeze

    Seeing them hock-off to the highest bidder their dedicated, free labor properties is sickening. They’re nothing more than a corporate commercial real estate broker.

    Down in the basement of Warwick they have set up a room for the “friends” to mine Bitcoin Now! Satire…….

    https://youtu.be/UG7zLhEWanc

    • Isaac of Coimbatore

      Is that true? Reply with evidence

    • Burt Reynolds

      You’ve gone and done it now Joseph! Isaac wants evidence! Stand in the corner!

      • Island Breeze

        Even though I said “satire ” hahaha!

      • Cathii D’anthonii

        The wts is making movies? Who gets to be a movie star?

        • Burt Reynolds

          Me I hope! My agent has put me forward to be a latter day Job in the watchtower’s upcoming Return of the King, trilogy. The plot is that I have just donated the money for a Kingdom Hall and Satan goes in before Jehovah demanding that it be taken from me and sold by a rich corporation. All my brothers and sisters shun me, and I am left alone on the street. Three brothers come up to me and argue with me about giving funds to the watchtower, but I refuse to speak out against the tower. Then Jehovah remonstrated with me, asking where I was when the Hall was founded, and if I could hold back the water from the taps/faucets, or the electricity from the Hall TVs. Then after that, he gives me the old London Headquarters to live in and blesses me with all the friends on Roberts site ten fold. I think it’s quite a good plot, but at present we are looking for a Hedge Fund to put around my house on the stage set. Any donations?!

  • Apple Pi

    The Thursday night meeting had a video presentation. It was about some building they purchased near Patterson as a film studio. Google ‘Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Buys Property on Ebo Road South.’ The place is called Mount Ebo. During the video presentation it was explained how they hired an outside contractor to modify the building so that they could have 3 separate sound stages. They described how 1-1½ inches of stuff made from newspaper and glue was sprayed on the walls to make each of the stages sound proof. Imagine how flammable that material is! That building could go up in smoke in mere minutes.

    • Island Breeze

      Hi Jenny!
      Buy low,
      Fix it up real nice!
      (With donations and free labor)
      Sell HIGH !!

      Repeat…………

      https://youtu.be/RvgYOIHtWDA

    • I always wondered why, with all their resources, the WT didn’t make movies. They could do something really special, like the life of Jesus, or the ministry of Paul. Maybe that’s what the intend to do.

      • KB

        It seems like they are going after the approval of the world with all of these video productions. Maybe it’s to counter balance their wrongdoing in the area of child abuse and other issues. They say be no part of the world but they promote receiving any awards from worldly organizations that recognize their work. It’s amazing to me how the use of technology has blinded the JWs to the wrongdoing of the organization. All they see are the TVs in the Kingdom Halls and showy display of the videos, and are told weekly how Jehovah is behind all of this. It’s funny how a self proclaimed religious organization has the audacity to speak as the mouthpiece of Jehovah. All Jehovah gave us was the Bible and the ability to comprehend the written word. Eccleiastes 8:9 All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.

        The JW religion takes advantage of its followers just like every other religion on earth. Satan has accomplished his goal of destroying religions up to this point in time. Jesus is truly the only hope we have of a pure religious experience and a future spiritual paradise. Thanks for waking me up over the years, and being able to be here amongst lovers of truth.

        • You’re probably right. All I am saying is, given their resources they could do something really special that could teach people. Back in its day the PhotoDrama of Creation was pretty unique. It was the very first movie a lot of people ever saw. Of course, by today’s standards it was pretty corny. But they utilized the very latest technology available. I can’t figure out way the WT ever got out of radio. Rutherford was the first in that space too. They could have their own global radio network on A.M and shortwave with around the clock programming in dozens of languages. But what do I know?

        • Burt Reynolds

          Absolutely. Me too.

      • Apple Pi

        During the part on Thursday night’s meeting they talked about how they are now making on average one video per day, compared to just a few videos per year just a few years ago.

        I remember when I first was studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses how much they strove to differentiate themselves from other religions and anything related to television was considered bad because of the popular TV evangelists who were fleecing their flocks and becoming rich off of the donations from poor people. The door-to-door evangelizing work was their ‘badge of honor’ because no other religion was attempting to call on every householder on earth, no other religion had the whole earth mapped out like Jehovah’s Witnesses do. I remember how often territories were divided to accommodate new congregations. Now they are merging congregations and merging territories.

        I remember how often we were encouraged to not even have a television in our home because of all the time TV watching would eat up. I clearly remember how taboo the Internet was. If you had a home computer, they strongly advised it to be set up in plain view in the living room. I remember when the brothers would caution against getting smartphones and having to have all the latest technology. Nowadays there are brothers and sisters who don’t carry any books to the meetings, they rely on their smartphone or tablet. How times have changed.

        Since they are investing a lot into their video production work, maybe they are working on something epic. One of my family members recently visited our country’s branch facilities and saw some of the original slides for the Photo Drama of Creation. She was really impressed with the slides and how it was Jehovah’s people who were pioneering the way with sound and color in motion pictures back then. She has an interest in film making and I thought it would be cool if she ended up helping with some kind of epic JW production in our day.

        • into the light

          They had a chance to achieve something epic with their recent video about Jesus – “For a Certainty God Made Him Lord and Christ”. But what they actually made is a propaganda piece with mediocre stage sets and poor acting. A person caled Mesaper, who was supposedly present when angels appeared to shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, takes center stage and throughout the movie convinces us that JW are true religion. Take a look at it and judge for yourself. I think it is one of their most cringe-worthy pieces to date.

          • Island Breeze

            Hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha,
            Your right!

          • Burt Reynolds

            You’re right. Two things only sprung to mind from that video. 1/ The governing body have rather shot themselves in the foot in that the brothers of those days were allowed to have beards and were not told off by the visiting Angels. 2/ Why did the little girl go into her ruined house through the door, rather than just use the almighty hole in the wall that was next to the door. It just wasn’t convincing. Other than that, it was as you say, just an advert for staying in the watchtower. Having said that, it was of interest that they have a clear picture of why the brothers would be troubled in their faith and that this troubled and weakened faith springs from the lies they teach. Thus they know each and every weakened area; rather than the brothers longing for Jehovah in pure knowledge that the time is not yet, instead, they grow weary from an unexplained delay that though Jesus has come, he has apparently done nothing. They tried to explain this using the period between the birth of Christ and his anointing. Sly or what?!

        • Burt Reynolds

          I have similar memories…..and I was still worrying about buying second hand furniture thirty years later!

          • Max

            I still worried every time I buy something used. It’s incredible how thing learned so many years ago stick with us for so long. Going to the KH now is a high tech experience. In the cities here in the US the friends are all using tables and phones during the meeting specially for the WT magazine study. It was this last memorial that I used my phone for the first time instead of my bible and the song book. I have not used it again though… which shows I’m getting old.

            • Burt Reynolds

              You have just created in my mind the picture of an an entire congregation standing and singing into their phones. That is not something I think I will forget easily.

            • Max

              Well we don’t have to sing to our phones or tables only. We have the choice to sing to the huge monitors located at each side of the platform as well… your choice lol

            • Burt Reynolds

              They have it all on the big screen too! Do you remember ‘Song Along With Max’ from the 60s?

            • Max

              I do not remember him. But I think he is along the line of Roger Whittaker, is he not?

            • Burt Reynolds

              Max Bygraves. Look him up on you tube, but pour yourself a stiff whisky first and make sure any pets are safely out of earshot. I liked Roger Whittaker.

            • Isaac of Coimbatore

              In India too that is to in Coimbatore as it will be declared smart city of India. You will have all facility like that of Bangalore.

            • Cathii D’anthonii

              Still gotta use the Bible. It’s beat up, ragged and the binding is torn, i think there are teeth marks that i cant explain..i know where it is on the page. Can’t transfer years of notations ,I tried but it sank..

      • Burt Reynolds

        Just so long as brother Stephen Lett is not in the lead role! X rated.

      • Island Breeze

        Their just going to pump out more propaganda videos. Would have been nice if they took the other path, But they missed that boat!

      • Ed

        The strange thing about it is that your videos are much more in depth and realistic then anything they could put forth.

      • Island Breeze

        Or something like this……..

        https://youtu.be/Hjh2MVHQ1rc

    • Burt Reynolds

      Perhaps they plan on doing a remake of The Towering Inferno….or maybe WTC 2. Whatever they decide, we know it will be an Epic and who will have the Star Billing and who the cast will be and that it will run for three and half years and have a great ending and be an on the edge of your seat production. We can be equally certain that there will be no repeats.

  • Burt Reynolds

    I really enjoyed this discussion. Freed up from the daily text of the watchtower to discuss the word of Jehovah more fully, and show his judgements more plainly and his prophesies more openly, it can only have been a shove in the right direction for us all. I have to say I have been a naive observer of the watchtower. These videos of the properties they have built and are now selling; I had no idea of the opulence and luxury they have been living in on our donations. And the quantity they are selling! It is disgusting. Now I know what the flying scroll means, the prophesies, and their meaning. The watchtower have truely robbed Jehovah, continue to rob Him, and his people out of their need, and live off the fat of their sacrifices. They even have their own agency…IBSA REAL ESTATE….set up as a money exchange stall in the ‘temple’ they have ‘dedicated’ to Jehovah. I always assumed the Kingdom Halls were of the tin hut variety that I was used to in England. Just shows how wrong you can be! This is a wonderful article.

  • Charles

    The Watchtower has kept us in suspension about where we are going to fly and how, because they have not had the answer. I think Jehovah’s and Jesus’ hand is directing events in the organization. So before the flight it would be good to sell properties to fund the flight to the wildernes according to Revelation 12. There it says that the woman will fly with two great eagle wings to a place God has prepared for her where she will be fed 1260 days away from Satan. The eagle wings I believe symbolizes airplanes.

    • Burt Reynolds

      I’m not particularly acquainted with the context of the prophesy in Rev, 12, but Eagles, Bulls lions etc do have meaning throughout scripture in terms of illustration, such as strength purity and wisdom. I wouldn’t think that the scripture applies to aeroplane wings. Where would these people go? There is nowhere spared on earth during that time and the amount of planes required would rather give the game away!

      • Charles

        I believe Ezekiel 38 gives the clues to find that place. In a hebrew interlinear Bible you can read that people from all nations will be gathered to live on the navel of the earth. Many translations translate it not literaly, and write who dwell at the centre of the earth. So that obscures where the place is. Because literaly think about a fat round belly representing the globe. And the navel would then symbolize Australia. It is located on the globe on the down side as is the navel on the belly. And the shape of Australia is similar to the navel, unlike for example New Zeeland. Then in addition at least some translations correctly write that the people will live quietly and undisturbed on “waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from nations” , one doing cattle. It also says that Gog comes to plunder those because they have a lot of gold and silver and cattle and goods.

        So the clues for the location is:
        1. Abandoned places where people lived prior.
        2. Rural area.
        3. A place where you can find a lot of gold and silver.
        4. A place fit for a lot of cattle.
        5. According to Revelation 12 Satan will try to drown the woman with a flood, so that place could also be a place where floodings occure sometimes.

        So you should be looking for a such place in Australia.
        The land around Croydon, Normanton and Georgetown fit those criterias. Those towns are located in Queensland, Australia.
        For example Croydon have 10 abandoned gold mines with still gold and silver and othwr metals in them. About 100 years ago there lived 18000 people. Now it is down to 300. This place was abandoned during the first world war. There remain very little people. But in this area there are huge cattle stations, ranches. The land is best suitable for cattle. That is why there is no big agriculture in this region, if at all. Also there is gold, not only in the mines but also on the surface of the land that you can find with a metal detector. Some are doing that there.

        So the WT org should buy there land and organize our move to there to fulfill Ezekiel 38. Would you not like that?

        • Burt Reynolds

          I really don’t know Charles. The bible is quite clear that the day of Jehovah consumes the entire planet. There is some writing to suggest that the atmosphere will also be contaminated, but even so, it must be breathable for a great crowd to survive. I must admit, I have never viewed Oz as a navel. That is an interesting concept, but nonetheless I often attach other ‘physical’ descriptions to the certain areas; Mexico City springs to mind, and so you could be right. We will have to wait and see. I can think of worse places to end up!

    • Isaac of Coimbatore

      The woman in the Rev:12 chapter symbolizes the covenant, so then how can aero planes will be used eagle wings to fly. The wings of eagle said in 12 chapter of Rev is the eagle of Duet:32:11-12 not physical.

      • Charles

        No I do not think so. In the hebrew scriptures God’s woman was Israel. And Christ’s bride is the 144000 anointed. In similar way the woman in Revelation has to symbolize with the congregation and organization of Jehovah’s witnesses. In Revelation 12 it says she will be fed for 1260 days. So this is about spiritual feeding. I believe the Governing body will be replaced by some one else to feed the Watchtower organization and the Jehovah’s witnesses that will flee, even fly to a place God has prepared for her according to Revelation 12:6.

        But Revelation 12 also speaks about the remaining of her seed that will apparently not go there. Why they will not go there might be that they prefer to stay where they are to continue to preach.

    • Jay

      Hello
      Matthew 24 28
      For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

      We who flee Babylon the great when the call is made on Christ’s return to ‘get out of her my people’ we end up in the wilderness and the ones who remain are laid seige.
      We may need wings as like lot was dragged out some may be flown out to safety at the last minute, but also I suppose we all need wings to get out ‘far’ from her as possible, it’s a symbolic wilderness.
      In the sense the earlier Jehovah’s witnesses fled Jerusalem when the temple was destroyed ended up been in the mountains and like wise the desert for the Israelites prior to that.
      It’s a symbolic wilderness as we don’t have ‘mother’ anymore to feed us milk is the ‘Organisation’.
      We are fed by Jesus Christ himself as he is the carcass and we are the eagles.
      It is figuratively lonely hard and difficult in the wilderness compared to the so called brotherhood in the ‘organisation’ with the easy warm mother’s milk.
      In the wilderness we may be isolated from family friends.
      ‘hear the voice of Jesus’. The sherperds call, he know who his ones are.
      In a way we are in the wilderness now if we have already got out of ‘her’ before Jesus has come, nevertheless he feeds us through many ways meat of his carcass like here on e Watchman.

  • Beverly kenyon

    Reading through this interesting article, I find myself struggling with ‘they themselves declare to be Jehovah’s earthly organisation’.

    Even if everyone who is a JW tries their best to be brotherly, there is fierce competition of each other and a strong desire to be judgemental as to who is approved and who isn’t and what you can think about.

    That happens because there is not an organisation on this earth, at this time that has not been infiltrated by demonic influence or subversion.

    With God and Christ, there is freedom within safe and large boundaries and that is not true with demonically, high control groups, no matter which one, imo.

    • The same could have also been said of Israel in the time of Jesus. The Pharisees harshly condemned Jesus, even to death. But the fact is, Israel was Jehovah’s earthly organization at the time. Jesus certainly recognized that to be so. That’s why Jesus told the Jews that the kingdom of God was being taken from them and given to a nation producing its fruit. Some 40 years later Jerusalem was obliterated and a million Jews were slaughtered by the Romans. The same fate awaits Jehovah’s earthly organization now.

      • Isaac of Coimbatore

        As soon as the dashing of power of the holy people comes to an end watch tower will play like pharesis. When KON trampled the Jehovah’s earthly organization they will never heed what is said in your website. Yes wts is God’s ORG run by MOL. It will be destroyed just as Jerusalem

      • into the light

        The concept of organisation is fairly recent. Israel wasn’t an organization. They were a nation who were under covenant that Jehovah made with Abraham. That is the fact.

        • Max

          They were a nation and an organization too but of course not in the sense of corporate organizations today but they pioneered organized true worship with it headquarters in Jerusalem specifically the temple.

          • into the light

            There is a difference of doing something in an organized way and being an organization. For example, apostles and older men in the 1st century did organize the preaching and they also established Christian congregations throughout the Mediterranean. But they didn’t have a mother org which was acting in their behalf and set the rules for them. That was and is done by Jesus by the means of God’s holy spirit.

            • Max

              An organization is a group of people who work together, like a neighborhood association, a charity, a union, or a corporation.
              Organization is also the act of forming or establishing something (like an organization). It can also refer to a system of arrangement or order, or a structure for classifying things. Strangely enough, this word derives from the Old French, in which organize referred to your internal organs, your liver, heart, and so on. This verb originally meant giving an organic structure to something: understanding the function some part of the larger whole is supposed to fulfill, and making that happen. ( Vocabulary.com)

            • into the light

              Ok, help me understand then. That implies that only an organization can worship Jehovah the way he wants. According to that claim the org then becomes the identifying mark of true Christians (see John 13:35). Based on that claim, it means that 1919 teaching is true and JW were accepted, or chosen, to be the org which he uses? And if not, would that mean that there was the organization which operated continuously since the time of apostles? I mean there are so many holes in these claims which I can’t accept based on “I said so” or “we said so”. On the other hand, I can accept that there is the org of JW, not God’s org, which has taken up (along with many others) the “go make disciples” task with the hope that they will be chosen in the future, when the inspection of the spiritual temple is done. Also see Philippians 3
              If we identify someone with God’s organization at this time, isn’t that jumping to conclusion as to who the wheat and weeds are? Aren’t they supposed to grow together until the time of harvest? I mean, yeah,wheat and weeds can be discerned prior to the harvest but we are not the ones who gather them together. I’m not saying that things shouldn’t be organized, but I have difficulty accepting these claims on face value. Weren’t Jews judged because of that attitude also? They thought that being a people of covenant and having a temple guaranteed them the salvation… All I’m saying is it’s not black and white as we like to think.

            • Max

              That implies nothing. I think you are just complicating yourself. I do appreciate your desire for the truth though.

            • into the light

              The struggle is real tough.

            • Burt Reynolds

              Then let reason be your guide. Brother.

            • into the light

              I am trying to reason on the scripture. I am actually considering to start a reading plan and have the whole scripture re-read in 1 year. Start afresh. Not sure if I should do it that way or thematically, though…

            • Burt Reynolds

              That is something we have to approach on an individual basis. I always found regular study, either imposed or self imposed, became a chore. Especially the watchtower because of the pomposity in language and guidance. I draw inspiration from what I read here and feel inspired to read the thoughts from the bible on the subject matter. Occasionally I go back to the great histories as with the exodus, The creation, the flood, the miracles, all of which supply the emotive restoration of faith for me and then I ponder on these things and try to understand the reasonableness, and the love behind it. We all must find our own way and listen to the voice so that we come to know it. I think the film clips that Joseph puts up here occasionally helpful because we learn also though our emotions and considerations and sometimes, that is far more impressive upon the soul than the intellectual mind. Films like The Passion if Christ move me through its depiction of trial, deep love for humanity as shown in the sermon on the mount, the agony of his scourging and the temptation to turn away from ‘the cup’. It’s like a sieve. We filter out the inaccuracies yet feel the truths than have come through. We are, and have, all of us searched for the truth. Sometimes we need to let the truth speak back to us and rest our souls within it. Not keep punishing ourselves with doubts, but have the faith and relief, that Jehovah will not abandon us and to wear that promise with joy and sufficiency of love.

              When we have found our soul-mate in life, we naturally look no further, but seek to deepen the relationship rather than continue searching for justification to do so. That justification, if you have chosen correctly, will reveal itself and prove itself to be dependable of its own. The comparative ‘fragments’ of learning that we glean here into Jehovah’s creation and purpose, are in reality, aides to love. Now is the time to develop our love of righteousness, not so much with the academia of knowledge, but the true personification of love, the Greatest, of the laws. If it were all learning, then why would the heart condition over-ride all else!? Our survival depends on love of righteousness. Some may say that love is developed by learning and which is true, in terms of understanding. But love does not need to be understood, it needs to be felt and to be integral with the soul. It is what drives us. If we have not love……..

            • tequila

              Right on. Logic is impeccable

            • Burt Reynolds

              The bible does not reflect such ‘logic’. The organisation is synonymous with the evil slave and the time of the end. So too, the Word was preserved until such time; as were throughout those times, the organisational issues pertinent to the end times, such as the burgeoning accessibility to the bible during the 1500s. The emergence of communication, the drawing of circumstance as by hooks in the jaws, to the world wide capabilities of preaching so that the prophesy could be fulfilled all reflect a divine guidance and organisation of and to, accomplishment, by the one knowing the end, from the beginning. Do you think that organisation is limited to outcomes and not preparation, to quantity, rather than quality, and to guidance, not chance? Jehovah does not change and the truth is in the outcome. Just as one knows that the Tequila is only genuine if it has a worm in the bottle.

            • Nonsense. Read the 15th chapter of Acts. The apostles and older men absolutely acted as a governing body in deciding what was true doctrine.

            • into the light

              deciding what was true doctrine

              I agree that they decided what the true doctrine was. That was given to them by holy spirit. And that’s as far as they went. Each individual congregation was responsible for further organizing how the message was preached. There was no mother org and headquarters as we see today.
              Also apostles’ doctrine is still true today, unlike that of the GB, which pushes it aside and imposes their own understanding.
              RE: Acts 15, Paul who wasn’t a member of that “GB” went to Jerusalem to correct the understanding of “the GB” by explaining to them that they weren’t under Moses’ law anymore? The Acts 15 account is what present GB uses to justify their taking control of brotherhood.
              And besides isn’t the head, which is Jesus Christ, that which governs the body, which is the congregation? (Colossians 1:24)

            • Burt Reynolds

              What you say is true, but just as one member of the governing body today does not speak for all, Paul as a newly appointed one, did bring new understanding to the others. And they could see the power of this and submitted to it. The fact that he did bring this right thinking, did not deminish the governing action of the group, but corrected it’s thinking. The governing body of today, do not seek to correct each other for the benefit of the congregants, but to lead them astray for their own benefit and to collude between themselves to profit from their position, abusing their responsibilities.

              They do not use Acts 15 to justify their control, because if they did, it would be righteous and submit to correction. Rather, they employ Acts15 to overcome correction to their assumed role. Yet they still act as government. That is not semantics, it is satanic subtlety. Note what it says at verse 8: God knows people’s hearts…verse 10…so why are you now challenging God…with a yoke that neither we or our ancestors were able to bear…’. Indeed, the whole chapter points to SELF examination, reasoning and humility, not a dictatorial role; one of discussion and consideration between men, not carte blanche permission to make up teaching. This chapter shows consideration of the Word, and not the right, as men, to interpret. Verse 15 …..as it is written…..It is this that was disseminated to the congregations as an act of authority. In other words, governance through spiritual insight.

              Now, in this day, if the congregation were taking on their responsibility to check the Word according to ‘what is written’ as did the Boreans, then the governing body of today, would have no power would it? But as we have seen, this lie is allowed. Yet we see in Acts 15, the very opposite is true of this gathering in the days of Paul. As James said to them in that same verse….’this…is exactly what the prophets predicted. As it is written.’

              This is not mimicry by the present day governing body, but government by deceit, turning around, inverting the truth of Jehovah, having a form of godly devotion, but proving false to its power…..but it is still governing, by the placid agreement of the ignorant whom they control. These congregants allow themselves to be governed. They make no decisions of doctrine and are powerless. And there is no limit to the evil they do, when they think they are doing right. Thus the whole is misled by the governance and authority of the evil slave. We’re not he watchtower governing, then what is the necessity for an evil slave?

              Regardless, this may be a load of rubbish. I am no teacher. I don’t really think it is important to our salvation whom we are governed by at this time, just so long as we do recognise the true government when it arrives. By all accounts, many will be decieved to think otherwise at that time. But there has to be a false governance for us to make our decision on which be true.

            • Burt Reynolds

              I didn’t realise the extent to which they governed. Thanks for pointing that out. There really do appear to be parallels that require prayerful insight to determine their value and even to recognise that they exist. It makes me wonder if the scripture pertaining to ‘what is hidden’ applies to truth as well as wrongdoing in that it will be made plain for all to see. I suppose it does!

        • That’s silly. Just semantics. By all accounts God organized the nation of Israel. Besides, the scriptures refer to the Christian congregation as a nation, yet by all accounts it was/is an organization.

          • Burt Reynolds

            The application of meaning and legal requirements have also changed in language, and a covenanted people can also be organised and be an organisation even back then. Even an individual can be an organisation as any off shore accountant will confirm. If there is anything that has changed between then and now, it is the scope to do evil as shown by the watchtower and what is required of those organised. I think people find it difficult to see the duality of purposes between Jehovah, who does not change, and our own concept of what it should be – just as many see no difference between the watchtower and Christendom as though prophesy is hidden from them.

          • into the light

            Ok, I can agree with what you say. But that’s just symbolic. I have an issue with that idea because JW use it to mislead us into thinking that JW are basically a continuation of that arrangement, namely being directly chosen by Jehovah. With that they minimize the role of Christ which is evident in all the new teachings.

            • tequila

              You are right don’t be swayed

            • Burt Reynolds

              That’s very true, the governing body do look to show a continuation of organisation so that they can justify their absolute control over the flock, yet it is they that have made Jehovah’s choice of leadership, the lie. They have made a figurative ‘sleeve’ to cover over Jehovah’s arm of righteousness and guidance, distorting theocratic organisation that produces harmony and love, and painted a completely different view of what organisation is. You are not alone in sensing that. Happy is the one that sees through it.

            • into the light

              Nicely put. I agree that the good news needs to be preached in an organized way, no doubt about that, and that we need congregations in order to achieve that. And that’s exactly how it was in the 1st century when it started. Each of those congregations was led by anointed men who were in agreement because they were directly under the leadership of holy spirit. Now imagine if they had a handful of men who usurped the power and started saying they were the only ones whom the spirit speaks to. Well, that did happen and now we got Christendom. Fast forward 2 millennia: there is the awakening, truth starts to light up again and then guess what? Basically a replay of early Christianity situation, only improved, which we are currently putting up with.
              But we are looking for yet another awakening in the future, when the 2 witnesses get on stage to tell us the complete truth.

    • Burt Reynolds

      I think a lot of what you say about the character of men is true, but that it has always been that way in one form or another. In fact, everything that man does and has done, is tainted by Satan. If you trace back biblical examples, you can see Paul remonstrating with superfine apostles, and pharasee’s lording it over others. David, Saul, Cain and Able, even Adam blamed his wife. We are not free either. The only thing that makes a difference to us is knowledge that may…or may not.,.give us a reason to fight against our own desires. There is as you say, freedom within that, but in terms of faith and hope only. We are no better off than everyone else in terms of battling our imperfect selves. It is not that the watchtower is any better or worse that Christendom either, but that it is a parallel. It is what Jehovah wishes it to be. The hard fact is that the arguement is over man’s ability to serve out of love alone. As we are all imperfect, Jehovah must have other values that he sees within some, and which of course, includes the watchtower along with other right hearted people. That the watchtower is different, is hard to argue.

      • Isaac of Coimbatore

        Satan uses the freedom within us to act according to his thought.

        • Cathii D’anthonii

          What the society is doing, selling off dedicated real estate,is not unlike what Eli’s sons did..They would stick a fork and eat meat while it was being sacrificed at the horror of the person who provided it..1Sam. 2:12..Jehovah made sure they got the long nap ….

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
      “Here I am laying as a foundation in Zion a tested stone,
      The precious cornerstone of a sure foundation Isaiah 28:16.

      Concerning the present governing body of the Watchtower.

      Jehovah Surely knew that it wasn’t for man to direct his own steps due to his lack of obedience along with his inherited imperfection.
      So It’s a loving provision on Jehovah’s part that 0ur great God provided a true and tested Cornerstone his son Jesus Christ and Jesus will surely set them straight in his second coming when he refines them like silver and gold.

      But will we reject that Chief Cornerstone Jesus’ when he comes in his authentic Parousia?.

      For it says in Scripture: “Look! I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious foundation cornerstone, and no one exercising faith in it will ever be “disappointed”..
      It is to you, therefore, that he is precious, because you are believers; but to those not believing, “the stone that the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone” and “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They are stumbling because they are disobedient to the word. To this very end they were appointed.Peter2:6.8.

      So rid yourselves of all badness and deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all backbiting. As newborn infants, form a longing for the unadulterated milk of the word, so that by means of it you may grow to salvation, provided you have tasted that the Lord is kind.

  • Merton

    The book of Zechariah. A fantastic book where we get a glimpse into the return of Christ and a look at Go’d Kingdom. But one that refutes alot of JW beliefs – such as the Kingdom of God in heaven. How on earth (see what I did there?) are JWs supposed to deal with passages such as Zechariah 14:18-19. The point is they can’t. And they are left spiritualising everything that is supposed to be literal, and turning everything literal into spiritual.

    It’s not difficult. The Kingdom of God is the Nation of Israel restored (aka the land promised to Abraham, The Kingdom of Israel + Kingdom of Judah), with Jerusalem as it’s capital, with Christ and the saints as the rulers.

    JWs did a great job of distancing themselves from Christendom in the 19th century by dropping lots of the catholic church’s beliefs and doctrines, but they needed to move further away still. Maybe Russell should have continued attending more of Dr Thomas’ lectures and presentations…

    • That’s ridiculous. Jesus called it the Kingdom of the heavens for a reason. The Kingdom is only manifest on earth via the sons of the Kingdom and those who are acknowledged as the earthly subjects of the King, which is to say the sheep for whom the Kingdom is prepared. They will plunder their enemies by inheriting the earth.

    • Beverly kenyon

      ‘How on earth…I saw what you did there’. Lol. And do you think Ezekiel’s temple, Ezekiel 40-48 could be the blue print for a literal temple when the Kingdom is established as the dimensions and other aspects of Ezekiel’s temple doesn’t match up to the temple of Jesus’ day.

      • Merton

        I certainly do believe it’s literal. And you are correct, the dimensions do not match that of the first two temples. There will be a third temple in the 1000 year reign.

        Please be aware that this doctrine that the Kingdom of God is not on Earth requires you to interpret massive amounts of scripture through a tinted lens. Again, spiritualising the literal.

        And thanks for appreciating the pun 😉

        • Beverly kenyon

          Good pun! Ha! I slung my ‘tinted lens’ out yonks ago Merton! The Bible is so much more exciting once those ‘tinted lens’ are gone!

          There’s a very spiritual, Christlike guy by the the name of Arvid from Norway who post’ on this blog who has mentioned Jacob’s Ladder and gave an illustration of the King of Norway visiting his people I think, over bridges as Norway has a lot of fjords, I think that’s how he told it, but he used that to illustrate how Jesus will be visiting in person the Kingdom on EARTH and I believe that to be true! Arvid knows a lot more than he makes out as he’s full of the Holy Spirit and the fruitage of that Spirit, along with Nigel, those two men are full of Holy Spirit and they display it along with BC another very deep thinking Christian who I have great respect for and they in turn have love and respect and patience and are NOT judgemental! They really make me try harder!

          So good to hear from you Merton as I’ve read most of your posts from over a year ago and was gutted that you disappeared as I liked what you had to say so it was a great surprise to see your name pop up!

        • Cathii D’anthonii

          Mathematically, the deminsions of the temple described in Revelation with layers of precious gems would not seat on this planet..literally!!! Let alone the Mr. Of olives splitting into 4 parts like so many churches teach…its obsurd to take it literally..and angels being present in it of another life form..

  • Searcher

    Your trying to shoehorn your perspective of prophecy into the trivial workings of the society and it’s real estate wealth. Yes they have amassed wealth by fleecing it’s congregants but your drawing a long bow trying to fit this to prophecy in connection to dedication. The whole nonsense of placing importance on material wealth was blown out of the water by Jesus when he wept over the temple and it’s destruction and founded a new temple, one based on faith. You have claimed to have special insight into bible prophecy, on what basis do you claim such authority? It’s a strong claim to make, did an angel appear before you and make a revelation? Please make your position clear on you having special insight.

    • You don’t make any sense. Jesus threw out the money changers because they had turned his Father’s house into a house of merchandise. The Watchtower has done the same thing. True, there is no longer a physical temple. But there is a spiritual one. And those who have authority within it have played false to God by wheeling and dealing in things they had previously dedicated to Jehovah in sacred ceremony. So, just as Jesus cleansed the physical temple of wicked men he is scheduled to do the same with the spiritual one.

      I don’t have to explain or reveal on what basis I have authority to direct God’s judgments on the Watchtower any more than Jesus had to answer to the Jews on what basis he had authority. I can say, though, that it derives from the same source.

    • Isaac of Coimbatore

      Dear Searcher. You asked Robert how you can claim that you have special insight in bible prophecy. I ask you one thing then R U a society man? If you ask Robert such questions why R U here in this website go to people like John Cedar, you will have better insight and lose faith in Jehovah and Jesus. I tell you one thing better ask the same question to GB. Just ask them who the KON? Or tell them to explain how Jehovah can be God of the forefathers of KON Dan:11:37? Or which is the holy place that is going to be destroyed or tell them to explain Micah:5:5-6. It is Robert who took me back to the faith in Jehovah and Jesus by showing much insight. I am no desciple of Robert but of Christ. But his way of explanation proves he is anointed by holy spirit. I think you better listen to the talk of GB Layman Swingle who was thrown out of bethel because others were unable to share the room with him because of his drunkenness and vomiting on the bed at middle of night. I think you should get insights from Leo Greenless, PercyChapman or Erwatchitty. Brother I have put Robert to test YES ROBERT KING IS ANNOINTED ONE there is not doubt in it. Robert is right on most of the things than Charles Taze Russel, Rutherford,Nathan H Knor and all former and present GB. No one can ask Robert such question because he has acknowledged that what he knows is partial as he has mentioned many a times even in this month’s podcast 1st Corin:13:9-10.

  • Christian Obadiah

    Is it always wrong to sell something ‘dedicated’ to Jehovah? The reason I ask is because I remember hearing that our congregation used to meet in an older hall which had some problems with its foundation. Apparently it was leaky or something. Incidentally, the buyers of the hall were Hindus who have made it a temple of Ganesh. A new hall was built elsewhere in its place and we meet there now.

    • Like everything else, it all comes down to motive. Obviously things wear out. Buildings wear out. Neighborhoods wear out and decay. Sometimes it is necessary to remodel or do extensive repairs. Or, it maybe advisable to relocate altogether if a neighborhood is dangerous.

      But that is not the case with the WT’s wheeling and dealing. The property in London, for example, is perfectly suitable. The deal is, though, it is prime real estate. (I toured the facility in 1999) You can just hear the backroom talk about selling out for top dollar (or Pound as the case may be) and exploiting an army of volunteers to build a new facility on a toxic waste dump wrecking yard bought on the cheap. What’s the motive? Answer: $$$$$$!!!!!

      • Island Breeze

        The building blocks of the esoteric money making machine known as the
        Watchtower Bible and Tract Society should be of monumental interest to all
        Jehovah’s Witnesses. This multi-national and multi-billion dollar business empire is
        cleverly masquerading as a financially modest Christian religion. The business
        growth and success of the Watchtower organization is phenomenal, and through
        examining the following evidence one can solidly conclude that Watchtower leaders
        utilize devious business schemes which are based on religion.

        • Bklyn Kevin

          Deprived of the truth, thinking that godly devotion is a means of gain.
          Timothy 6:5/B

      • Bklyn Kevin

        It’s ironic that the society Biblically taught us to be satisfied with just having food and clothing as to be content but now they themselves The Watchtower practice contrary to Jehovah’s own biblical teachings and there’s no guessing about it we see their motivation is impart due to their Love of Money.
        It surely holds true what the Bible says concerning the Love of Money.

        But those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge men into destruction and ruin.
        For the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things, and by reaching out for this love some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.
        Read more> False teachers and love of money (3-10)
        https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/nwt/books/1-timothy/6/#v54006003-v54006010

      • Christian Obadiah

        That makes sense.

        In the case of my congregation wouldn’t it be wrong since they knew they were selling it to a false religious organization? Personally, my conscience wouldn’t allow me to do that.

        • Burt Reynolds

          The association with the building is an emotive one. No building can house Jehovah, though as with the temple, Jehovah chose to show his presence there. The problem is, as you rightly point out, are we insulting Jehovah by selling it to a worldly person, or worse, to a religion of Christendom. It falls, or can fall, into that catagory at any time later. Jesus was born in a stable, and also taught in the temple where money changes were. There are some things we cannot be in control of or govern and as Robert said, it must eventually come down to motive. Thus, do you trust the motives of your elders and which is more important, a place to worship. It all in the end, comes down to our heart condition. I agree with your conscience on the matter and rather than give place for contrary worship to thrive, or risk it being turned into something that disgraces its existence, all for the sake of profit, I would give it directly to the needy. The bible says, you were freely given, therefore freely give. In whatever context, the sentiment holds true. Jehovah has no need of money. Whereas clearly, the brothers and the watchtower as a collective, have the human and financial rescources to replace. But they prefer not to give our donations back to us for such and prefer instead to use it to promote their lifestyle. That really is your answer. There are resources aplenty to do Jehovah’s work, but the brotherhood is corrupted in its leadership.

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