Wednesday, November 11
Many nations will certainly go and say: “Come, you people, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah.”
Micah died long before that prophecy was fulfilled. Even so, he was determined to remain loyal to Jehovah even to death, no matter what others around him did. In this regard, Micah wrote: “All the peoples, for their part, will walk each one in the name of its god; but we, for our part, shall walk in the name of Jehovah our God to time indefinite, even forever.” Micah could wait patiently during distressing times because he had absolute confidence that Jehovah would fulfill all of His promises. The faithful prophet trusted in Jehovah. Do we have similar confidence in Jehovah? We have good reason for such trust. We have witnessed firsthand the fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy. During “the final part of the days,” millions from all nations and tribes and tongues have streamed to “the mountain of the house of Jehovah.”
It is difficult for Jehovah’s Witnesses to get their minds around the extent to which the Watchtower has gone to place itself at the pinnacle of all of God’s work.
Essentially, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been led to believe that the Watchtower sits atop the mountain of Jehovah and that since 1919 Jehovah has set all matters straight. The Watchtower has placed itself as the city on the hill.
There is simply nothing within the voluminous prophetic interpretation proffered by the Watchtower that allows for anything other than it — the Watchtower. Supposedly, the millions of people who have become baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses are ascending the pathway up the mountain of Jehovah.
But how can it be that Jehovah has set all matters straight already when there have been thousands of children who have been sexually abused by child predators? And worse, the ugly truth that is leeching out is that Bethel has conspired to protect pedophiles from prosecution by the superior authorities, which are a provision of God that are supposed to serve as our ministers in a secular sense. Is Jehovah so unjust?
Why is it that the Watchtower has become the legal adversary of those who have been robbed of their innocence and made to suffer the mental torment of the abused? If God has set all matters straight why are there so many victims of sex abuse who are compelled to resort to the justice system of this world?
No. God has not set matters straight. But there’s never been such an urgent need as now that he do so.
The question is: Will you still have confidence in Jehovah when he brings to bear the leveling instrument of justice and righteousness against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society? Or will you be among the many who will be stumbled, as Jesus foretold, when Jehovah’s judgment overtakes the organization like the unexpected visitation of a thief in the night? Will you have the faith to endure his discipline?
The reason these questions are important is because it is only in the aftermath of the great confusion when the mountain of the house of Jehovah will be lifted up above the hills – yes, far above the Watchtower.
The context of the fourth chapter of Micah has to do with that very thing. It is in relation to Jehovah acting against his organization that the prophet declares his determination to continue to walk in the name of Jehovah.
“‘In that day,’ declares Jehovah, ‘I will gather the one who was limping, and collect together the dispersed one, along with those I treated harshly. I will make the one who was limping a remnant, and the one far removed a mighty nation; and Jehovah will rule as king over them in Mount Zion, from now on and forever.’”