Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Last Days

//Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Last Days

QUESTION: In reading Acts 2:14-21, Peter quotes from Joel chapter 2. How do you reason that Joel’s prophecy applies to the modern day parousia, when Peter applied those verses to their time? Frankly, how could Peter have applied those prophetic words to then? Did the sun darken, moon into blood, people calling on the name of Jehovah to be saved then?

ANSWER: It is interesting that the apostle Peter, who had just been among the very first Jews anointed by the spirit just moments before (other than Christ himself), addressed the perplexed Pentecost crowd by quoting from the Hebrew prophecy of Joel, saying to them:  “‘And in the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out some of my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams, and even on my male slaves and on my female slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. And I will give wonders in heaven above and signs on earth below—blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and illustrious day of Jehovah comes. And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.”’

What is noteworthy is that nowhere in the prophecy of Joel does it specifically say that the things contained therein will occur in “the last days.”

That being the case, since Jesus also referred to the sun going dark and the moon turning to blood during the conclusion of the system, it could certainly be argued that it is implied by the symbolism of Joel. And, of course, that same symbolism is employed in Revelation too, in connection with the crash of the system.

So, we must assume that the apostle’s applying the prophecy of Joel to the ultimate “last days” is intended for us as an inspired interpretation of Joel.

First, though, in what sense can the prophecy reasonably apply even in a limited way to the events of the first century?

Since Jesus had already pronounced woe upon the holy city days before his death, the Jewish system of things back then was already in its last days.

streets of Jeruslaem pentecostAs for all of the apocalyptic phenomenon, keep in mind that the reason the Jews and sojourners from distant lands were congregated in the street in front of the place where the 120 had been gathered in an upper room, was because they were astonished by the sound of this mysterious, rushing wind that was evidently audible throughout Jerusalem. That was certainly a wondrous sign that accompanied the outpouring of the spirit.

Also, each of the 120 anointees had had visible tongues of fire hover over their heads, as they each began to speak in various languages theretofore unknown to them. No doubt that is what Peter was alluding to when he cited Joel and the accompanying signs, such as fire.

Also, it had just been exactly 50 days since the Passover when Jesus had been executed. And no doubt the Jews were surely still abuzz over the awe-inspiring events that accompanied the death of God’s Son; most notably, the sun was turned into darkness for three hours — beginning at high noon — right as Jesus expired. That was a powerful sign in heaven above, as Joel foretold.

Also, a great earthquake simultaneously occurred, which disentombed the corpses of holy ones. What a scene that must have been — talk about a zombie apocalypse! That was most assuredly a fear-inspiring sign on the earth below, as Joel also foretold.

The very fact that Jesus died on the Passover and his blood was literally poured out like the sacrificial Passover lamb, was also a significant sign. And it was not long after Pentecost when the apostle James was killed by the Jews, and Stephen, and no doubt many others of those newly anointed ones contributed their own blood as a sign of Jehovah’s coming wrath upon the unrepentant Jews.

But those who called upon Jehovah in faith and who repented were saved into the kingdom of Christ, as several thousands were in response to Peter’s message. But those who did not listen and who did not concern themselves with Jesus’ warning regarding the destruction of Jerusalem surely experienced the brunt of the illustrious day of Jehovah’s anger if they were alive in 70 C.E.

But the prophecy of Joel speaks to a much larger situation than what took place in the first century. After all, there was nothing in the first century comparable to the total devastation wrought by the symbolic locust and cockroach invasion.

Speaking of the uniqueness of that day, Joel wrote: “Never before has there been one like it, and never again will there be another through the years of all generations.”

Surely those words put us in mind of the great tribulation, which Jesus said would come upon the entire world —not just Jerusalem. Regarding the totality of the tribulation, Jesus said: “Such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.”

Besides, the book of Joel, which indeed centers around Zion and Jerusalem, depicts “Jerusalem” being saved by God. Obviously that was not the case in the first century. Of that Jerusalem and the temple Jesus’ words came true — not a stone was left upon a stone.

And not only that, but the prophecy of Joel portrays the attack upon Zion as the precursor of Jehovah entering into judgment with all the nations —obviously pointing to the situation Revelation describes as Armageddon. The opening words of the third chapter state: “For look! in those days and in that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather together all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. I will enter into judgment with them there in behalf of my people and my inheritance Israel, for they scattered them among the nations, and they divided up my land among themselves.”

The very context from which Peter quoted on Pentecost specifically states that God will save Israel. “And you will have to know that I am in the midst of Israel and that I am Jehovah your God—there is no other! My people will never again be put to shame. After that I will pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. And even on my male slaves and female slaves I will pour out my spirit in those days.”

As with virtually all prophecy, “Israel” and “Jerusalem” are merely symbols for the Christian organization.

In the first century those who were adopted into God’s family as sons and daughters of Zion did indeed receive miraculous powers. Besides their speaking in tongues, so-called, some of them received visions. For instance, Peter had a vision of a smorgasbord of unclean animals. Right before his martyrdom Stephen had a vision of Christ in heaven. But what about the ultimate fulfillment?

Bible Students convention 1921, Cedar Point

Going back to the very beginning of the Watchtower Society it is obvious that there was an outpouring of the anointing spirit. It was not evidenced by any miraculous display, but by the sudden appearance of a small group comparable to the 120 who were fired with the desire to evangelize the world and teach people to call upon the name of Jehovah. After the First World War the series of Cedar Point conventions marked another outpouring that took the work of making known the name of Jehovah to another level.

Ironically, though, the prophecy of Joel presages the end of the worldwide work of Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is the message conveyed regarding the last days. Ultimately the outpouring of God’s spirit is to occur in the aftermath of the end of the preaching sponsored by the Watchtower, after his people are devastated by the locust holocaust.

It is worth noting that in the first century all those who were anointed and were born again became the spiritual sons of daughters of Jehovah God. The anointing spirit begot them to that special relationship with the heavenly Father. However, take special note of the wording in the passage in Joel. It makes a distinction between the sons and daughters and the male slaves and female slaves — all of whom are blessed by the outpouring of God’s spirit. What is the significance of that distinction?

Jehovah’s Witnesses are unique among all those who call themselves Christians, in that, the vast majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses do not entertain a heavenly hope. They do not consider themselves to be the born again sons of the Kingdom —but merely friends of God. Their hope is to survive the tribulation and live on the earth. And the prophecy of Joel verifies that distinction in referring to those who are not sons and daughters, but male and female slaves of God.

Also, the wording of the passage suggests that, unlike in the first century when the anointing begot sons and daughters, the outpouring after the holocaust will come upon those who are already anointed sons and daughters. This speaks to the phenomenon, whereby, those who have been called into the Kingdom are sealed by God as his approved sons and declared righteous — sinless, in fact. Jesus said of them: “At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let the one who has ears listen.”

locust of Joel - fire and blood and columns of smokeWhereas all Christians are considered to be shining as illuminators, those who will then shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom are those who will be fully enveloped in God’s spirit and completely enlightened as regards the entirety of Christ himself.

This will occur in stark contrast against the backdrop of the world’s envelopment in total bleakness; the fire and blood of warfare and columns of smoke associated with the ominous mushroom cloud signature of the atomic bomb. 

The 30th chapter of the prophecy of Isaiah touches upon this, where God said: “And the light of the full moon will become like the light of the sun; and the light of the sun will become seven times stronger, like the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah binds up the breakdown of his people and heals the severe wound from the blow he inflicted.”

They will see visions, not in the sense that the prophets of old saw visions and had inspired dreams, but those sons and daughters during the last days will live the visions, experiencing the vision of the Transfiguration by their seeing the glorious Christ himself. It will then be the full light of day. Satan’s dark world will then pass away.

More on the book of Joel  and The Day of Jehovah is Near

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2016-12-08T15:11:02+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Mailbag|25 Comments
  • some

    I already have seen vision, an angel in white like the pope, and the pope hat on his head.

    • ewatchman

      Sounds more like an hallucination.

    • Brian

      So, you saw the pope, with his fish hat on?

      • some

        Yes, and his eyes coud see everything, that was what i thinking, and he smile. And I was not sleeping, it was like see it in real, but i didn’t see him with my eyes. It was a year after I was anointed, I also a time after got see a read light and i see Gods name in ancient hebrew written the wrong way, it was like see it in the mind. I have not seen more visions.

        • some

          This happen in 2005-2008, i was anointed in 2004. The best I can think that it must be like Matthew 20 says 8 “So when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’

          • some

            Time for human is very slow, for God a day is like 1000 year.

            • some

              I don’t think he said the last one, but the last.
              8 “So when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’

            • some

              Tell this to a witness, do you think he will love you?

  • James

    Awesome article, great point about the earthly hope distinction in Joel; honestly I never realized that, though I’ve read it a number of times — it does serve to identify JWs in a sense.

  • Brian

    I am of the belief that the Witnesses should not be separating themselves into “chosen” and earthly hope participants. As far as I can gather there is only one calling so all that align themselves with Jesus should be reaching for the pearl or a heavenly hope, it is after all the Angels that are sent to separate the people of the earth, and as far as I am aware, that has not taken place as yet.
    As far as the Witnesses are concerned, the separation has taken place since 1935 but now have back peddled this though, but have kept the resultant separation anyway.

    • man oh man talk about an operation of error? do you even understand what you are saying? why don’t you give these articales and videos a view and listen. you would do well to pay close ‘attencion’

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSsjGjfRO3E

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P9CD7rpU9E

      https://e-watchman.com/woe-to-the-stupid-prophets/

      https://e-watchman.com/wheat-weeds-jesus-illustration/

      • Brian

        Oh man yes I do know even what I am saying, I tend to follow what the scriptures have to say.The Witnesses have made the mistake long ago in regards to collecting the “great crowd”, they have even recanted this by saying that they aren’t separating the sheep and the goats anymore.
        When the time comes, the true chosen and ultimately anointed will be separated out by the angels.

        • I think you need to reason apon scripture rather then drawing conclusions.

          • Brian

            I only look to the scriptures, I try not to reason upon them so much as get the sense of them, reasoning has brought the ability for people to bend the scriptures to suit their own ends. I am not drawing any conclusions that are not scriptural. Just a thought for you regarding the Anointed chosen ones, when Satan turns up on the earth after being ejected from heaven, what purpose is the flooding of the earth to go after the sons of God if they can all be found nicely gathered together in the Kingdom halls, this even being before the separation?

            • I can understand your confusion yes it is true they recanted this by saying that they aren’t separating the sheep and the goats anymore and so perhaps your question is better posed to the watchtower track society. now concerning reasoning apon scriptures I think every one should reason apon scripture after all Jehovah did give man the ability of reasoning power and theres a reason for that. Jehovah wants us to use that reasoning power so we can better discern distinguish (someone or something) with difficulty by sight or with the other senses. perceive or recognize (something). in other words use the power of reasoning that he gifted man with.

            • Brian

              Sure Leonard, I can understand your view point, I do understand that some, even most people are going to be some what confused about the order of things that are to take place.
              I don’t believe I am confused about what is about to unfold upon the earth, how about you, did you give consideration to the scripture that I mentioned/quoted?

            • I do consider scripture but to be fair and honest I would like to go over the scripture you are speaking of before I can accurately answer your question. if you would not mind please by all means post the scripture you are speaking of so that I may give it a read thank you and may Jehovah be with you and give you insight.

            • Brian

              Leonard, I am referring scripture from revelation 12, all of it but more specifically 13 through 17, May Jehovah be with you and and all of us searching the true meaning off the Bible and of the things that must take place..

            • @ brian I think these articales may help you get a better sense of the scripture you have pointed out. give them a read over I hope they help you to better understand and reason apon this scripture. may Jehovah bless you with an accurate knowledge of truth.

              https://e-watchman.com/woman-prophecy/

              https://e-watchman.com/seed-and-the-serpent/

              https://e-watchman.com/devil-come/

            • @ brian heres a great articale it explains much more and gives a much better understanding please give it a read over I think you will appreciate it fully concerning the scripture you pointed to.

              http://jehovahs-witnesses-daily-text.com/2015/12/26/even-in-the-face-of-death/

            • Brian

              Thanks for the links Leonard. I agree with what is said in these articles and have had these understandings for many years already.
              It would appear to me however that the chosen anointed should be undisclosed in as much as that I believe everybody should be professing as Christians to be in union with Jesus. This would mean that everybody doing this is expressing the desire to be part of the heavenly calling, of course I know that there is only so many chosen, but if everybody is professing this at this time, Satan will not know who is who until the separation, the wheat and weeds parable seems to indicated that this would indeed be the case, when the time comes for the separation, this is also the time that Satan will be cast out of the heavens, he would then be able to clearly go after the remaining seed. JW’s seem to have put the cart before the horse in this, and many other matters.
              I am not saying that those who profess to be in Union with Jesus are not “anointed”, it would seem that Satan doesn’t know who they or they would have been dealt with by his “agents” already.

            • @ brian well I have tried to answer your questions to the best of my ability and I think MR Kings articles are Pretty much Self Explanitory and have the answers you are seekin may Jehovah bless your search for truth.

            • Brian

              Thanks again for the links, I suppose we will all find out how things will unfold in the not too distant future.

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