KEEP ON THE WATCH!

//KEEP ON THE WATCH!

Wednesday, December 14

Keep on the watch.Matt. 25:13.

Because Jesus directed the parable of the ten virgins to his anointed followers, should we conclude that this passage contains no benefit for Christ’s “other sheep”? Far from it! Remember, the message of the parable is simple: “Keep on the watch.” Does that apply only to the anointed? Jesus once said: “What I say to you, I say to all: Keep on the watch.” Jesus requires all his followers to prepare their hearts for faithful service and to meet the same standard of watchfulness. So all Christians follow the lead set by the anointed in this regard, imitating their good example and putting the ministry first in life. The vain request of the foolish virgins to have the discreet ones give up some of their oil reminds us that no one can be faithful for us, can stay in the truth for us, or can keep on the watch for us. Each of us will answer to the righteous Judge whom Jehovah has appointed.

COMMENTARY

When Jesus exhorted his disciples to stay on the watch, he likened his unexpected coming to being burglarized by a thief in the night. At Luke 12:39 Jesus said to them: “But know this, if the householder had known at what hour the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also, keep ready, because at an hour that you do not think likely, the Son of man is coming.”

Jesus used the same analogy in the third chapter of Revelation, saying: “Therefore, continue mindful of how you have received and how you heard, and go on keeping it, and repent. Certainly unless you wake up, I will come as a thief, and you will not know at all at what hour I will come upon you.”

In both instances Jesus was speaking to his anointed disciples, warning them to be ready for his unexpected coming and inspection. As in the instance of a literal burglary, a person who is not prepared stands to suffer loss. Certainly that will be the case for some, as illustrated in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. The foolish virgins will not be prepared and will be locked out of the marriage feast. 

Paul also used the same symbolism, forewarning that Jehovah’s day is coming as unexpectedly as a thief in the night, adding that destruction will descend whenever it is that they are saying “peace and security.”

As already considered in this article, though, there is some question whether Paul may have originally included the Tetragrammaton in his epistle to the Thessalonians. It is possible that he simply wrote that the Lord’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night, which would be in keeping with what Jesus had said earlier. Not that it makes a great deal of difference since Jehovah’s day and the day of Christ are the same thing; except, in the minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses they are not the same. The Lord’s day is believed to have begun over 100 years ago, and far from coming at a time thought unlikely by believers, Jehovah’s Witnesses are continually reminded that C.T. Russell was able to divine through a combination of pyramidology and Bible chronology the exact day, month and year of his arrival —It being October 2, 1914.

No doubt the reason Christ’s coming is destined to be at a time his disciples think unlikely, and consequently the foolish virgins unprepared, is because they are laboring under the delusion that he has already come; that the judgment of the house of God is history and his parousia with them is ongoing.

According to the Watchtower virtually all prophecy has already been fulfilled, except their saying “peace and security” and the destruction of Babylon the Great. So, presumably the sudden destruction that comes upon them is in connection with the destruction of the religious prostitute. To be sure, the Watchtower doesn’t have much to say on the topic.

But alas, all things have not been fulfilled. In fact, the time of the end has not even begun. That is why the Watchtower has no idea of the identity of the king of the north, for example.

Jesus twice reiterated his exhortation to keep on the watch after his discussion of the events connected with the sign of his presence and the conclusion of the system. So, it is reasonable to conclude that Jesus’ disciples would be watchful of world events. Most assuredly that was true of the first century Christians living in Jerusalem under Roman domination.

Again, according to the Watchtower all the things Jesus foretold have already occurred, although the Governing Body also contradictorily admit that not all the things Christ foretold have come about. For example,over the span of decades during the so-called Cold War the WT taught that men were faint with fright in expectation of the things coming upon the world, as Jesus foretold. But now that development has been reset to the future. It may seem like a relatively trivial matter, but in light of the fact that Jesus assured his followers that they would see all these things occur —and only then would they know for certain that the Lord was near at the doors, it is not possible for any person to see all these things occur, according to the Watchtower’s doctrine anyway. 

The inescapable fact is, in the Watchtower’s prophetic scenario it is not possible for any individual at this point in time to see all these things occur since, obviously, no one presently alive personally witnessed the First World War or the Spanish Flu. However, it is possible for everyone living now to see all these things come to pass in the future. And that brings us back to Paul’s prophesy: “Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape.”

Regarding Paul’s expression “just like birth pangs on a pregnant woman,” it is noteworthy that Jesus similarly said: “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.”

The primary reason the Watchtower has stated that there will not be another world war is because it is realized that any war between the nuclear powers would inevitably involve nuclear weapons at some point. In other words, it would result in “sudden destruction” after the preliminary pangs of distress.

As it stands, presently the Anglo-American duo are frantic to demonize Russia and punish Putin for his intervention in Syria. All the nations of NATO on one side, and Russia and China on the other, have been in a heightened state of military preparedness. Some observers and military men believe that war is inevitable. Indeed, it is.

prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu-and-republican-presidential-candidate-donald-trump-meeting-at-the-trump-tower-in-new-york-september-25-2016-kobi-gideon-gpo-640x480To compound matters, at least as far as the Empire is concerned, the incoming president is on record saying he will talk with Putin. That is not acceptable to the war hawks angling for a fight with Russia. Not only that, Trump wants to obtain the personal glory for bringing peace to the Middle East. It is possible that some sort of peace in the Middle East could be the necessary precursor for nation rising against nation, culminating in the crash of civilization. (See news item Netanyahu: Looking Forward To Working With Trump On Twin Interests Of Peace, Security)

Yes, nothing short of total collapse is what is foretold. To underscore the absurdity of the Watchtower’s 1914 dogma, supposedly all of the seven seals of the symbolic scroll containing all the judgments of God were unsealed back in 1914. Sure enough WWI happened right on time, but a curious thing has happened with the opening of the sixth seal. The sixth seal symbolizes the total collapse of the governmental system, which Jesus also spoke of as occurring after the tribulation, when the sun, moon and stars fail. While the WT insists the seal was removed, obviously no such crash has occurred over the recent century.

Given the Watchtower’s obliviousness to what is taking place and their cocksureness that Christ has come, it behooves Jehovah’s Witnesses to take to heart the admonition to keep on the watch.

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2017-03-18T11:51:06+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Commentary|29 Comments
  • ELiJAHx7

    The 1914 delusion is a satanic lullaby!

    “When the wind blows, the watchtower will fall…and down will come the delusion that is ensnaring them all!”

  • Anita

    Well, they have said they are neither inspired nor infallible, so there you go. Ergo, I have the right to believe what I want and disregard what I want.

  • Anita

    I risk not being a part if the clique, though, darn it.

    • ELiJAHx7

      Thats ok…our salvation will not depend on being in the “clique”, I am greatful for that because I have never “fit in” my whole life…thats a blessing in my humble opinion…

  • wires crossed & painful cellphone typing:

    the day and hour nobody knows is day 1. the begining of the great tribulations. no?

    the elders/Watchtower keep suggesting dates from 1874 on up to the end day Armageddon.
    being Christ presence, seals opened and doublespeak, judgment throne this invisible that etc…

    but Jesus said like a theif, as at a time we do not think likely an as he said nobody knows the day nor hour, so you have to stay awake in expectation not knowing when. Jesus said unless we stay awake he will be just as a theif because we either keep picking times and dates for the theif as if we knew when or just not bother keeping on the watch for the theif.

    Kevin Brooklyn, does saying the likely time 2,370 any different then the Watchtower picking thief like dates?

    of coures there is in respects the WT has already been proven wrong with the above dates and timing by using our bible to reason.

    but what is the fundamental difference between you saying 1,110 and the Watchtower pointing to a date? like armageddon?

    if we know its day 2,370 then should we just go back to sleep and wait for the thief in the second half of the week just like the Watchtower does?

    day one is theif-like but is it Christ presence? (parousia)

    the Watchtower says the new understanding for his theif-like coming is at Armageddon (proven obviously wrong via the 1,290 days and not theif-like) and still waiting for the tribulation to happen that yet did happen already half-assedly.

    Kevin says he likely comes on day 2,370 (or 1,110 counting from just a second week) so that would not be like a unexpected theif either and also waiting for the great tribulation as well even in two parts but neither part has happend yet.

    what is the theif-like coming we do not think likely?

    day armageddon or day 1,110?
    what hour does that theif show up to deliver our pizza?

    day one tribulation is unknown we all agree.

    blah blah blah

    ~ deep thoughts by DeaD aLIeN

    stay tuned tmw for another grate memoir of how i bumped my head on the sink and came up with this idea to turn my golarion into a time machine!

  • 挺好的,祝你快乐

  • “As already *considered in this article*, though, there is some question whether Paul may have originally included the Tetragrammaton in his epistle to the Thessalonians.” — *”Why did the Watchtower cite Jesus? Because the connection to Paul’s prophecy of peace and security at 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 is obvious. Both Jesus and Paul made reference to that day coming upon the world suddenly, like a thief in the night.”*

    the Lords day is Jesus obviously representing Jehovah. Lords day is interchangeable. so then does all the time from day one count as his “lightning” presence or parousia?
    because if the parousia is on day 2,370 as Kevin has suggested then that day wouldnt be like a theif only day one.

  • i had to click the recommend tab on this article Robert

  • Simpletruth

    So…just to be sure, who is calling out ‘Peace and Security?” And…who is “Sudden Destruction” coming upon? I was just reading and re-reading some scriptures and I am a little baffled by what it SEEMS to be saying. It’s been a long time since I went to meetings actively but what I think I remember is that as soon as the nations cry ‘peace and security’ then destruction will come upon Babylon The Great, I think???

    Is that the witnesses teaching? Please correct me if I’m wrong?

    I’m really trying to piece something together here because the scriptures seem to be saying something entirely different about who these things refer to.

    • ewatchman

      “Peace and security” is a well-worn expression in the political world. There are dozens of NGO’s and various organizations that have as their mission to create or maintain peace and security. It is interesting, because you will seldom even hear “security and peace,” or peace and safety, as some translations word it. The UN is all about imposing or maintaining peace and security.

      • Simpletruth

        Hmm that’s interesting. The reason I ask is because at 1 Thess 5:3 (right after it says “Whenever they are saying ‘Peace and Security is to be instantly on them!” it has a (c) there to reference another scripture. One of the scriptures referenced is Jer 8:11 where it says:
        ” And they try to heal the breakdown of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, “There is peace! There is peace!” When there is no peace. The entire context of that chapter is talking about Judah. I find it interesting that this scripture is referenced.

        I might be wrong but I seem to remember some scripture in the prophecy of Isaiah (which I can’t find for the life of me right now) where it says something similar. It says in part, that the leaders of God’s people will lead his people to believe there is peace when there is no peace. So…it seems like God’s people (or at least the leadership) are the ones claiming there is ‘peace and security’???.

        When I thought about it – it seems to make sense because the leadership of JW’s are pacifying the friends into thinking that there is not going to be any further judgment upon God’s House and that there is no possible way that WWIII can break out. However, when the missiles start to fly and perhaps people within the organization starts to panic isn’t it possible that the leadership could, because they refuse to recognize these as signs of Christ’s actual presence, tell the witnesses “There is Peace?” At least within what they deem “spiritual paradise”

        Another thing that had me thinking was how the scripture referenced the sudden destruction coming upon them as “birth pangs on a pregnant woman”

        At Isaiah 42:14 Jehovah states: “I have kept quiet for a long time, I remained silent and restrained myself. Like a woman giving birth, I will groan, pant, and gasp all at once.”

        I find it interesting that this prophecy in Isaiah uses this same exact type of symbolism to describe the devastation upon the “Them” that is referred to in 1 Thess. I was under the impression that this passage in Isaiah is talking about Jehovah causing destruction upon his own house. Again, please correct me if I’m wrong.

        • ewatchman

          It is one of those things that you won’t know for certain who “they” are who say “peace and security” until they say it. For JW’s though, it will be a test either way, and that is because what follows after they say it will not be what the WT has led JW’s to expect.

          • Simpletruth

            That definitely makes sense…we will have to see what happens. But, as you state either way it goes witnesses will be put off by it. Sad indeed!

        • its the world in general because in the congregations it is clearly being promoted already as Jehovah has pointed out, nothing new. i doubt the WT would be stupid enough to out right say peace or security unless they pull something very uncanny in the future but also Robert’s pointed out how the WT is subtlety detracting from the stupid notion that we live in a paradise with the word spiritual attached to the front.

          Trump seems to have been making things in that direction in the minds of many but regardless its still a man and we know the other side ends up prevailing. what will triger the fight between the common people and the rich elite? you can already see them pushing at each other.

          heres the other verses –
          Jer 6:14
          Jer 14:13
          Jer 23:17
          Ez 13:10

          • ELiJAHx7

            Name change! I see what you did there Bro lol…well played!

            • 1914for100Alex

              I was wondering if I was the only one that got it.

            • yeah i was just messin around being silly – Titus 2:7 :p seriousness*

        • Victor Field

          Hi Simpletruth,,I find it interesting what you have said here,,I have recently been studying the cited scriptures,,drawing understanding

          If 1 Thes 5:3 follows the same context as Jer 6,Ezek 13,.,.then JW’s/them,.. would be fulfilling the prophecy of Peace and Security themselves,without even realising they had initiated it.

          Judgement on their house would of been triggered, not from a worded declaration, literally broadcast to the world,,but rather on the course of action they have taken.
          So this day would come on them as a snare/Thief in the night.

          • LW

            That’s very sobering…

          • Simpletruth

            I suppose it would be very unexpected if it did in fact go down this way. We will have to wait and see…

        • Marvin W

          The Hebrew Scriptures mention sudden destruction many times and it always concerns gods chosen people, not the nations. Two that stand out,

          Isaiah 30:12-13,
          12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
          Since you reject this word
          And you trust in fraud and deceit
          And you rely on these,
          13 So this error will be for you like a broken wall,
          Like a bulging high wall ready to fall.
          It will crash suddenly, in an instant.

          Isaiah 47:10-11
          10 You trusted in your wickedness.
          You said: “No one sees me.”
          Your wisdom and knowledge are what led you astray,
          And you say in your heart: “I am the one, and there is no one else.”
          11 But calamity will come upon you,
          And none of your charms will stop it.*
          Adversity will befall you; you will not be able to avert it.
          Sudden ruin will come upon you like you have never known.
          Paul was no doubt aware of these 2 scriptures, as well has the many others that talk about sudden destruction to befall Israel, when he wrote 1 Thes 5:2-3.
          Another alternative I have always entertained and thought about, that it is the Governing Body that would be the “they” that says peace and security, followed by sudden destruction. They already say there will not be anymore World Wars, we are just waiting for the destruction of Babylon the great and the Wild Beast.
          But I would not be shocked If “peace and security” comes from United Nations, Governing Body, or Both.

          • 1914for100Alex

            I’m guessing a lot of people here know this, but in Isaiah 30:13 it mentions an “error”, and in some translations, the deluding influence in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 is also called an “operation of error”.

            Another interesting aspect of Isaiah 30, for those here that have had problems at the Hall or with other Witnesses regarding their beliefs, is Isaiah 30:10

            “…who have said to the ones seeing, ‘YOU must not see,’ and to the ones having visions, ‘YOU must not envision for us any straightforward things. Speak to us smooth things; envision deceptive things.”

            In Roberts book ‘Jehovah Himself has Become King’ Robert points out that “the ones having visions” are those who “see” the correct understanding of the prophetic visions that Jehovah originally gave to the biblical visionaries, seers, and prophets.

            Nice to meet you, by the way.

          • Simpletruth

            Very interesting observation!!! Thank you for sharing your insights

          • but the thing is, Jehovah’s day effects all the earth even apart from his special people

          • Richard Long

            “But I would not be shocked If “peace and security” comes from United Nations, Governing Body, or Both.”

            Probably in a joint press release!

        • e.v.g

          I think it is more understandable when the nations or men are saying “peace and Security, then destruction will come upon the nations and the work of JW’s will perish that no one or even the economic and politic system can not help, only Good throug Jesus.

    • 1914for100Alex

      Here’s a little info on how the Witnesses expect things to go down:

      wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2012681

      Note the part where the author says, in reference to Ezekiel 6:7, “Hence, we look forward with intense interest to the fulfillment of that outstanding aspect of Ezekiel’s prophecy…” Oh, it’s going to be “interesting” alright. And “intense”.

  • ewatchman

    As an example of how I would like to use the new forum, someone emailed me some questions, one of which is posted here https://e-watchman.com/watchman-forum/how-could-the-earth-have-been-created-before-the-s/ Readers are welcome to post additional comments. Or, if you have questions or topics you wish to discuss you can post a new article. There is no registration on the new forum, but posts are subject to moderation.

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