The glory of Jehovah will be revealed

//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 message. A study of ancient manuscripts convinces sincere Bible students that they have what Jehovah originally inspired Bible writers to record. Despite fierce opposition from enemies, Jehovah has seen to it that his Word is the most widely translated book in the history of mankind. Even at a time when many have little or no faith in God, the Bible remains a best seller and is now available, in whole or in part, in over 2,800 languages. Though some Bible translations are not as clear or as reliable as others, it is still possible to learn the Bible’s basic message of hope and salvation from nearly all translations.

COMMENTARY

Not only has God’s word endured in written form, more importantly it will accomplish what God has intended. We might think of certain messages in the Bible as if sealed in a time capsule. In fact, to illustrate the point, the prophecies of Daniel are said to be sealed up until the time of the end. Yes, we have the literal words on the page, but until they are truly understood and appreciated —indeed, until they are fulfilled —it is all just academic. 

The prophecies of Isaiah are also sealed up. The 29th chapter explains it this way —speaking to the visionaries and prophets who seek to understand, God says: “Every vision becomes for you like the words of a sealed book. When they give it to someone who can read, saying: “Read this out loud, please,” he will say: “I cannot, for it is sealed up.” And when they give the book to someone who cannot read, saying: “Read this, please,” he will say: “I cannot read at all.””

Beginning with the 40th chapter of Isaiah God begins a long-running dialogue with “Jacob” that spans more than twenty five chapters. The original setting was when Israel was in captivity to Babylon and God sent his “anointed one” to deliver them. God’s anointed one —literally Christ — came in the form of the Persian king named Cyrus.

The seers at Bethel realize the prophecy has a much greater fulfillment that concerns the second coming of Christ, but as a demonstration of the fact that the book is sealed up to them they claim that Christ came in 1914 and liberated the Bible Students from spiritual captivity to Babylon the Great in 1919.

The absurdity of such a notion ought to be plainly evident to anyone who simply reads the 40th chapter. For example, verse five states: “The glory of Jehovah will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together, for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.”

Since Christ is coming in the glory of his Father, the revelation of Jehovah’s glory is in connection with the manifestation of Jesus. So, are Jehovah’s Witnesses so unreasonable as to assert that Christ has been revealed in his glory? Was Rutherford’s release from prison really that spectacular and earthshaking? Did Jehovah reveal his glory at Cedar Park, Ohio, in 1919? What sane person would believe that?

There is another interesting connection with the coming of Christ. Isaiah 40:10 states: “Look! The Sovereign Lord Jehovah will come with power, and his arm will rule for him. Look! His reward is with him, and the wage he pays is before him.”

This passage in Isaiah is echoed in the closing words of the prophecy called Revelation, where Christ said to John: “Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to repay each one according to his work.”

For a certainty, not even the Governing Body claim that Christ has already come and given his reward to those who are faithful. That being undeniable, why does the Watchtower insist that Jehovah has already come with power and paid the wage? Here is what the blinded visionaries have written in explanation of Isaiah 40:10:

Isaiah’s words are filled with prophetic meaning for our day. In 1914, Jehovah came “even with strength” and established his Kingdom in the heavens. The ‘arm that is ruling for him’ is his Son, Jesus Christ, whom Jehovah has installed upon his heavenly throne. In 1919, Jehovah delivered his anointed servants on earth from bondage to Babylon the Great and set about completely restoring the pure worship of the living and true God. This is good news that must be fearlessly proclaimed, as if by shouting from the mountaintops so that the proclamation carries far and wide. Let us, then, lift up our voices and boldly let others know that Jehovah God has restored his pure worship on this earth!

The truth is, the prophecy of Isaiah has not been unsealed yet. When will it be? First comes war, then the demise of the Watchtower, resulting in spiritual captivity to Babylon the Great. Only then can God have everyone’s attention before he speaks. For example, the opening words of the 41st chapter of Isaiah are addressed to the nations after the collapse of the system, which is why he challenges them to “regain their strength”: “Listen to me in silence, you islands; let the nations regain their strength. Let them approach; then let them speak. Let us come together for judgment. Who has raised up someone from the sunrise, calling him in righteousness to His feet, to hand over nations to him and to make him subdue kings? Who reduces them to dust before his sword, like windblown stubble before his bow?”

The Watchtower claims that the appointed times for the nations to rule the world expired in 1914 and that Christ rode forth with his bow and began subduing nations. Jehovah’s Witnesses accept it without reservation. After all, 1,260 X 2 = 2,520. The math doesn’t lie, or does it? The reality is, there is no indication that the nations have relinquished their power. On the contrary, the earthly governments exert much more authority now than ever before. They have the power to spy on virtually every citizen and reign down fire and death on every corner of the planet. What evidence is there that Christ has subdued the nations? 

Even more incredible, the Watchtower claims that God has called the nations into judgment. Supposedly since 1922 every person who has been a political supporter of the present system has already been judged and sentenced to everlasting death.

Clearly, it is going to take quite a jolt to dislodge this nonsense from the minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Amen, come Lord Jesus!

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2017-01-22T10:54:16+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Commentary|16 Comments
  • yep

    “The Watchtower claims…Christ rode forth with his bow and began subduing nations.The reality is, there is no indication that the nations have relinquished their power. On the contrary, the earthly governments exert much more authority now than ever before. … What evidence is there that Christ has subdued the nations?”

  • Lisa-Lisa

    Amen, come Lord Jesus! Get ready for the Jolt !!!

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    It is all Isaiah:42:19 fulfilling

  • Anderiega

    The deluding influence of 1914 is absolutely bigger than any one of us is capable of dislodging. Everyday I’m so thankful that I “chanced” (an answer to my prayers) upon this information and group of people who help me keep scriptures like Isaiah 40:10 in perspective.

  • True Witness

    Hello brothers and sisters. We are living near the time when real coming of Christ will be. Coming of the new president in US also will accelerate the events. WW3 is about to start and crash of WT and its false teachings about false parousia of Christ in 1914 will stop. Today it is so obvious that WT now is place of Man of Lawlessness. We are about to get out of MOL (Man of Lawlessness) influence. Free witnesses of Jehovah then will proclaim Jesus real coming. How great it is. We here are ready to do this. We will be used by Jehovah after WT collapse. We are not blind.

    Blessings to You all.

  • Marisa Gomez

    Hola un nuev entendimiento tuvimos com estudio el sa sábado pasado en el articulo “”Llamados de la oscuridad” En el parrafo 6 de página 22 pregunta ” Han sufrido alguna vez los cristianos un cautiverio similar? Durante muchos años, esta revista dijo que los siervos de Dios de la actualidad llegaron a se prisioneros de Babilonia en 1918 y que fueron liberados en 1919….y en el párrafo 7 ,la frase final dice: “No parece que el pueblo de jehova haya estado cautivo por Babilonia en 1918.
    Que hipocresia,,,, son tan cobardes que usan la expresion ” no parece” en lugar de decir, NO! NO FUE ASI!!!!

    • Cocheta

      Translation; “Hello, a new understanding we had to study last Saturday in the article “” Calls from the dark “In paragraph 6 page 22 asks” Have Christians ever suffered a similar captivity? For many years this magazine said that the servants of God of today came to be prisoners of Babylon in 1918 and were released in 1919 …. and in paragraph 7, the final sentence says: “It does not seem that the people Of Jehovah had been captive by Babylon in 1918.
      What hypocrisy , they are so cowardly that they use the expression “does not seem” instead of saying, NO! IT WAS NOT SO!”

      Estoy de acuerdo, Marisa, que están tan llenos de hipocresía! No parecen darse cuenta de que los testigos a veces miran más lejos en sus así llamadas ‘profecías’, como lo hacemos aquí en este sitio. Esta es probablemente la razón por la que dicen a los testigos que no leen las cosas en Internet, o cualquier otra cosa que no sea lo que enseñan. Muchas personas están viendo la hipocresía y sus ojos están siendo abiertos a la verdad de Jehová, creo que es por eso que mucha gente se está desilusionando por la WTS. Ruego que muchos más testigos visiten este sitio y aprendan la verdad.

      (I agree, Marisa, they are so full of hypocrisy! They do not seem to realise that the Witnesses sometimes look further into their so called ‘prophecies’, like we do here on this site. This is probably why they tell the witnesses not to read things on the internet, or anything other than what they teach. Many people are now seeing the hypocrisy though & their eyes are being opened to the truth from Jehovah, I think that is why many people are becoming disillusioned by the WTS I pray that many more witnesses visit this site & learn the truth.)

      • Beverly kenyon

        Wow, Cocheta, thanks for the translation from both you and KB so we could understand her post…that was really helpful. Also like the points you both brought out regarding the hypocrisy. So true when you say you pray and hope many more witnesses find and visit this site and learn the real truth on top of some of the truth we were originally taught!

  • Tabitha

    It’s so strange that we were all so willing to believe the mathematical equation which led to 1914, even though I remember thinking many times that the “faithful slave” must really have god’s spirit, cause I could never have worked that out by myself! Ha, no wonder! It’s even stranger that Russell felt the need to do the maths and measure the pyramids in order to come to that date, when Jesus quite clearly answered the disciples question as to what the sign of his presence would be, by giving a visible sign. I don’t recall him saying in Matt 24:36 that he had done the maths and knows what year it will be, just not the day or hour!! Great article, keenly await and devour every one of them!

  • Burt Reynolds

    It seems very odd that, if it is indeed the case, that the watchtower appear on two occasions now to be almost responding to these articles. I wonder if there is some watchtower hacking of Roberts computer going on!

    From what sister Marisa says in her comment below, it appears that the watchtower are now backtracking on their claim to have been in bondage to Christendom and released from such in 1919. The fact that they choose not to be categorical in thier statement, saying only that it ‘seems’ to be the case that they were mistaken in this claim, actually adds weight to their lie. A catagorical retraction of the claim would have been both humble and honest, but instead, they reveal their falseness by not only giving a glancing acknowledgemnt to the truth, but in distancing themselves from it. Neither do they present an alternative solution to the claim. They have nothing to offer. They cannot see it, even though they claim to be ‘seers’. The fact is that the watchtower know it was a lie, and so we have to look to their motive in acknowledging this in a greater way. When cornered with the facts, the guilty, caught between the truth and undeniable reasoning, often, to conceal their own stupidity, seek sanctury in a half way house…’I suppose it could…’ Or as Marisa quotes below, ‘it does not seem…’ An acknowledgement, but not an admission.

    To renege on a pillar of doctrine is strange indeed and someone has been forced to consider damage limitation before the dam breaks, to save what can be saved. This single, begrudged abdication to the truth says more to me than politics at this stage. ‘But Lord, did we not prophesie in your name?’ ( look we tried to put it right….see….we changed this to the truth as soon as we saw it…we were trying to fix it, honest….we can’t help it if the flock didn’t notice because it was so mildly put…’ ‘ Get away from me you workers of lawlessness! I never knew you!’ The right thing for the watchtower to have done, would have been to devote an explanatory article to the ‘new light’ rather than 16 words tagged on at the end, with absolutely no further insight offered. Much in the same vein they are still at a loss as to whom the king of the north may be. Let us keep awake therefore, for a foundation stone has just come loose at the new palace.
    ( Book of Burt again…it seems…)

    • e.v.g

      Sadly is not only about their spiritual blindness, It is about their tirany in relation with JW’s. Have you ever been close to an arrogant man? Is It not disgusting?

  • Simpletruth

    This information is undeniable…

  • ewatchman

    After a couple of failed ventures, a new forum is now available. (I hope) I think the glitches have been fixed. (I hope) This new forum allows you to sign in using your Disqus account that you use to leave comments. Let me know if you have problems logging in. I wish to use the forum for answering questions and more in depth discussions, rather than the comments section. It will be more permanent and the topics will not scroll away so quickly as do the comments. https://e-watchman.com/forums/main-forum/

  • Cathii D’Anthonii

    Strange how

  • Leonard k

    https://www.facebook.com/TheWatchmansPost/videos/1770630793255870/

    Matthew 6:9-13
    9 “You must pray, then, this way:
    “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth. 11 Give us today our bread for this day; 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the wicked one.’ Matthew 6:7
    7 When praying, do not say the same things over and over again as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words. Luke 11:1-4
    11 Now he was in a certain place praying, and when he stopped, one of his disciples said to him: “Lord, teach us how to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”
    2 So he said to them: “Whenever you pray, say: ‘Father, let your name be sanctified. Let your Kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our bread according to our daily needs. 4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is in debt to us; and do not bring us into temptation.’” 1 Peter 2:17
    17 Honor men of all sorts, have love for the whole association of brothers, be in fear of God, honor the king. Romans 8:15-17
    15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery causing fear again, but you received a spirit of adoption as sons, by which spirit we cry out: “Abba, Father!” 16 The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 If, then, we are children, we are also heirs—heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ—provided we suffer together so that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:21
    21 that the creation itself will also be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. Revelation 20:7, 8
    7 Now as soon as the 1,000 years have ended, Satan will be released from his prison, 8 and he will go out to mislead those nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Maʹgog, to gather them together for the war. The number of these is as the sand of the sea. Psalms 5:11, 12
    11 But all those who take refuge in you will rejoice;
    They will always shout joyfully.
    You will block approach to them,
    And those loving your name will rejoice in you.
    12 For you will bless anyone righteous, O Jehovah;
    You will surround them with approval as with a large shield.
    saiah 43:10
    10 “You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah,
    “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen,
    So that you may know and have faith in me
    And understand that I am the same One.
    Before me no God was formed,
    And after me there has been none. Romans 2:21-24
    21 do you, however, the one teaching someone else, not teach yourself? You, the one preaching, “Do not steal,” do you steal? 22 You, the one saying, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You, the one abhorring idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who take pride in law, do you dishonor God by your transgressing of the Law? 24 For “the name of God is being blasphemed among the nations because of you,” just as it is written. roverbs 27:11
    11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice,
    So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me.
    Ezekiel 38:22, 23
    22 I will bring my judgment against him with pestilence and bloodshed; and I will rain down a torrential downpour and hailstones and fire and sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many peoples with him. 23 And I will certainly magnify myself and sanctify myself and make myself known before the eyes of many nations; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.’ Acts 1:6-8
    6 So when they had assembled, they asked him: “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” 7 He said to them: “It does not belong to you to know the times or seasons that the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction. 8 But you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Ju·deʹa and Sa·marʹi·a, and to the most distant part of the earth.” Daniel 4:16
    16 Let its heart be changed from that of a human, and let it be given the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over it. Matthew 24:3-8
    3 While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”
    4 In answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads you, 5 for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet.
    7 “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress. Luke 21:10, 11
    10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs. Revelation 6:2
    2 And I saw, and look! a white horse, and the one seated on it had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went out conquering and to complete his conquest.
    Revelation 12:7-12
    7 And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him. 10 I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
    “Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down, who accuses them day and night before our God! 11 And they conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing, and they did not love their souls even in the face of death. 12 On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! 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.” Matthew 24:14
    14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. ppians 2:17
    17 However, even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and the holy service to which your faith has led you, I am glad and I rejoice with all of you. John 5:28, 29
    28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. Revelation 21:4
    4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Acts 24:15
    15 And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.
    John 17:3
    3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

    • Arvid Fløysand

      Amen

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