Yes, KEEP ON THE WATCH!

//Yes, KEEP ON THE WATCH!

Jehovah’s Witnesses Daily Text

Sunday, March 12

Keep in expectation of it!Hab. 2:3.

For the composite sign of Christ’s presence to serve its purpose, the fulfillment of it would have to be obvious enough to command the attention of those who have been obeying Jesus’ counsel to “keep on the watch.” And that has been the case since 1914. From that time onward, the features of the sign have been undergoing fulfillment. Clearly, we are now living in “the conclusion of the system of things”—a limited period of time leading up to and including the destruction of this wicked system. Why, then, should Christians today keep in expectation? Out of obedience to Jesus Christ, we remain in expectation. Also, we recognize the sign of his presence. Our expectations are based, not on a naive readiness to believe anything, but on solid Scriptural evidence that compels us to remain vigilant, awake, watchful and, yes, in expectation of this wicked system’s end.

COMMENTARY

There are numerous false statements and fallacies in this daily text. Let’s break it down and sort it out.

First, have the “features of the sign” been “undergoing fulfillment” from 1914 onward, as the Watchtower asserts? Well, what exactly are the various features to which the text alludes? War? Certainly —even world war. Food shortages, pestilence, great earthquakes here and there? Absolutely. The Watchtower has written exhaustively on how the First World War and the Spanish Influenza pandemic are features of the sign. And, of course, the preaching of the good news is considered a feature of the sign as well. But are there other features of the sign? There most certainly are. What are they? Well, at Matthew 24:9-12 Jesus said: “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.” Has this aspect of the sign been undergoing fulfillment? Not really.

How about this? — “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment), then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains.”

The Watchtower used to teach that the disgusting thing was standing in a holy place but they have long since dispensed with it. So, the answer is no, this feature of the sign is not undergoing fulfillment. 

God’s people once understood that the first phase of the great tribulation began in 1914 and that the final part would come at the battle of Armageddon. So we can understand why it was once thought that the latter-day “disgusting thing” must have stood in a holy place soon after World War I. – WT 5/1/99 page 16

 What about this? In Luke’s account in the same breath that Jesus spoke of wars, famines, pestilence and earthquakes he added: “and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.” Is this feature of the sign on display? Again, no. If so, in what way?

Jesus went on to add some color to his comment, saying: “Also, there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation. People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

During the Cold War the Watchtower used to teach that the fear hanging over the world was the fulfillment of this feature of the sign. However, with the ending of the Cold War Bethel dropped that. Now they admit that this aspect of Jesus prophecy awaits a future fulfillment. For example, here is what was stated in the March 1st 1992 Watchtower on page 14:

In our 20th century, we have seen “on the earth anguish of nations, not knowing the way out . . . while men become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth.” But Jesus tells us: “As these things start to occur, raise yourselves erect and lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near.”

However, just two years later the April 15th Watchtower says the following:

This means that “the tribulation” of Matthew 24:29 lies before us. It will involve celestial phenomena that may be unimaginable. Verse 30 shows that people will then see a different sign—one proving that destruction is at hand. According to the parallel account at Luke 21:25-28, at that future time, ‘men will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the earth.’ Luke’s account also says that Christians will then lift up their heads because their deliverance will be very near. – 4/15/94 Page 10

So, according to this Watchtower statement Christians have not yet seen the sign that would indicate that their deliverance is near. And indeed, Jesus specifically said, ‘when you see all these things occurring,’ not just some, or a few things — but all of them. Yet, in spite of that fact the day’s text implies that all the features of the sign have been fulfilled. But both statements cannot be true. What a tangled mess of contradictions the Watchtower has created!

KEEP IN EXPECTATION – BUT OF WHAT?

A question thinking Christians ought to consider is this: What exactly are Christians supposed to expect as they stay in expectation? If we are merely to stay on the watch for the end of the world, what’s the point? Consider, though, the verses the day’s text cites, namely, Matthew 24:27 and 42, where Jesus exhorted his followers to stay in expectation of his presence and coming. For your convenience, here is what verse 27 says: “For just as the lightning comes out of the east and shines over to the west, so the presence of the Son of man will be.”

For all of the 1914 hoopla regarding the beginning of Jesus’ invisible parousia, Christ’s first mention of his parousia in the context of the unfolding of the features of the sign places his presence as occurring after nations and kingdoms rise up against each other in war; after famines and pestilences sweep the world; after the disgusting thing desolates a holy place.

The other cited verse similarly states: “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”

As has been frequently pointed out on this site, in the 12th chapter of Luke Jesus spoke more extensively of the faithful slave and evil slaves. Stressing the need for them to be watchful the Lord said to those whom he had just designated to be his “little flock”: “Be dressed and ready and have your lamps burning, and you should be like men waiting for their master to return from the marriage, so when he comes and knocks, they may at once open to him. Happy are those slaves whom the master on coming finds watching! Truly I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at the table and will come alongside and minister to them. And if he comes in the second watch, even if in the third, and finds them ready, happy are they! 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.”

What is to be expected with the coming of the master? For those found watching Jesus said he would dress himself for service and have his disciples recline at the table, obviously for the last evening meal. And he will come alongside and minister to them. What is the meaning of the Greek word “parousia”? It literally means to come alongside. So, again, Christians are to keep in expectation of the coming of Christ and his presence alongside them.

Now, here is another question with far-reaching implications: Does the Watchtower’s teaching regarding the presence of Christ in 1914 encourage Christian watchfulness, or does it have the opposite affect? If the presence of Christ has not occurred, as it most assuredly has not, then obviously the Watchtower’s parousia is intended to mislead not enlighten.

But how can that be? How could Jehovah’s Witnesses be so wrong, after all, they are preaching the good news, as Jesus foretold would be done? Why and how could such a falsehood be the very cornerstone of the Watchtower’s message? Indeed, why would Jehovah allow such a grievous error to persist for so long, to the extent that the Watchtower has just celebrated a century of Kingdom rule? The answer is forthcoming in God’s word. Paul explains: “But the lawless one’s presence is by the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and wonders and every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth in order that they might be saved. That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie, in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness.”

But Jehovah’s Witnesses are sure to object: ‘No way. The man of lawlessness is the clergy.’ But consider the context. Paul specifically warned the brothers not to be alarmed or shaken from their reason by giving credence to authoritative announcements proclaiming that the presence of Christ has begun and the day of Jehovah is here.

Those announcements, both verbal and written, as if authored by the apostles themselves, evidently emanate from the man of lawlessness, whose presence itself is an operation of Satan, accompanied with all manner of lying signs (world wars, limited pestilence, jailing of Rutherford, etc., etc.). As Paul further noted, Satan’s machinations are intended to deceive the brothers, influencing and deluding them into accepting a false parousia. To that end Jehovah allows a powerful deluding influence to exist up until the manifestation of Christ in order to test our love of the truth. And that is exactly what exists – exhibited by the Watchtower’s persistent lying and jerry-rigging of the scriptures to support 1914. 

No wonder the most prominent feature of the sign Jesus provided is that there would be many false prophets who would deceive many. The deluding influence would be so powerful that Christ forewarned that even the chosen ones could be deceived by it, if that were possible. Indeed, many will be stumbled and hate one another when the Watchtower’s 1914 delusion bursts.

“YOU ESTABLISHED THEM FOR PUNISHMENT”

Finally, consider the theme verse taken from Habakkuk. In context that verse reads: “At my guardpost I will keep standing, and I will station myself on the rampart. I will keep watch to see what he will speak by means of me and what I will reply when I am reproved. Jehovah then answered me: “Write down the vision, and inscribe it clearly on tablets, so that the one reading aloud from it may do so easily. For the vision is yet for its appointed time, and it is rushing toward its end, and it will not lie. Even if it should delay, keep in expectation of it! For it will without fail come true. It will not be late!”

The entire prophecy of Habakkuk is the vision Jehovah commanded his watchman to write down. The vision concerns the rapacious Chaldean who dispossesses the world and who “is like death and cannot be satisfied. He keeps gathering all the nations and collecting for himself all the peoples.”

The Chaldean symbolizes the eighth king, which contrary to the Watchtower’s teaching, could not possibly have been the League of Nations since the rise of the last king initiates the hour of test upon all the world. The prophecy is detailing that overthrow of the present nation-state system and the imposition of a world government —probably communistic in nature. But the last king will merely be carrying out the judgments of God upon this wicked world, even as Habakkuk 1:12 relates: “O Jehovah, you appointed them to execute judgment; my Rock, you established them for punishment.”

It is only after the last kingdom comes to power, after he destroys God’s possession, that Christ intervenes, or as Habakkuk 2:17 states: “For the violence done to Lebanon will cover you, and the destruction that terrified the beasts will come upon you, because of your shedding men’s blood and your violence to the earth, to the cities and those living in them.” (For a more complete consideration of the fascinating prophecy of Habakkuk)

At the present moment in time the nations are feverishly preparing for war. Since the election of Donald Trump the United States has been plunged into an unrelenting campaign of Russophobic hysteria that is intended to overthrow the democratically elected government, a campaign that is being run by the very same people who were involved in the coup in Ukraine that brought a neo Nazi faction into power. (EIR PDF) Sober observers have warned that the effort to surround, sanction and provoke Russia will inevitably lead to nuclear war. 

So, yes, there is every reason to keep in expectation, especially in view of the extent to which the Watchtower has gone to mislead Jehovah’s Witnesses from keeping in expectation of the future presence of Jesus Christ. No wonder the foolish virgins are going to find themselves in the dark and locked out of the wedding feast. 

 

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2017-03-27T14:11:37+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Commentary|34 Comments
  • Burt Reynolds

    Well for certain, no one who was keeping watch in 1914 is keeping watch today, so anyone within the witnesses would have cause to question the watchtower who proclaims we are in the time of the end. Deep in it they say. The watchtower is deep in something, that’s for sure! Be that as it may, it is still wonderful to read of the outworking of Jehovah’s purpose in a manner that is reasonable and true, with none of the embellishments of sentiment that the watchtower dishes out to support and flesh out its otherwise empty words. It has been very rewarding to read here lately, how the apostacy took root in the watchtower during the 1990s, the expansion of halls, and so on, but none of their boastful achievements resound of truth the way just one of these articles do. That the pathway of man was known about thousands of years ago makes the truth all the more recognisable.

  • im tired of this Jah. i cant take this opperation.

    • Beverly kenyon

      What’s up DA? You okay? Hope you are. Thinking of you.

    • KB

      I feel your pain. I and many others feel as you do as well. The problem is we have no choice but to wait on Jehovah. That’s all we can do brother, wait. I’ve waited this long so I will continue waiting. At least I’m not blind to the Watchtowers lies any longer. I feel bad for the victims who are unknowingly under the influence of satans many lies right inside the organization. Living as a JW, following the program laid out by the organization, taking in the monthly broadcasts, shunning family members to impress onlookers. Once I found out TTATT, it makes my blood boil. Jehovah has allowed Robert to help others come to an accurate knowledge of the Bible. There is a big responsibility ahead of us all. I hope we will be ready for the task at hand.

    • ewatchman

      I feel ya, dawg.

      • everyones prayers an love for me here means more then words i can express. idk what Jehovah sees in me because im just not a good person worthly to live.
        getting by everyday is painful and i have Jehovah himself to thank for taking care of me with what i have and without him i would not make it another single day in this nightmare that i dont want to but even cause for myself but from Satans wicked system i cant excape from. i feel things are just going to get worse in my life and Jehovah is just going to have to dump me away from him like Saul or Judas.
        no matter how much i love Jehovah im in a downward spiral. i barly have my mind together because im just not as strong or good as the rest of you sheep of his. i feel hoping he has something special planned for me and everyone here on e-Watchman but i just ruin my relationship with him yelling an screaming at him to get off his throne and fix this mess before w/i get any worse and continue to cause more sin and harm to ourselvs.

        only joy i have is sending out Roberts essays once a day or so and reading the news thats diffacult to do.

        i probably had more to say but i cant think stright and concentrate. even my prayers arnt much as i wish they were.

        • KB

          One of my favorite scriptures is found in Romans 7: 14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand what I am doing. For I do not practice what I wish, but I do what I hate. 16 However, if I do what I do not wish, I agree that the Law is fine. 17 But now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that resides in me. 18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, there dwells nothing good; for I have the desire to do what is fine but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good that I wish, but the bad that I do not wish is what I practice. 20 If, then, I do what I do not wish, I am no longer the one carrying it out, but it is the sin dwelling in me. 21 I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me. 22 I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within, 23 but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body. 24 Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death? 25 Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s Law.

          Even Peter felt unworthy. We are all sinners, just as Peter was. Living in this time period has many more opportunities for us to fall victim to sin, much more than in bible times. None of us are immune to sin. Don’t think for a minute that anybody has reached perfection and are sin free, even your friends here. We all feel the influence of Satan in our daily lives. We beg for forgiveness daily. You have a good heart DA, because you feel troubled by everything going on in your life and this wicked world. Allow Jehovah to deal with it in his time frame. It doesn’t do any good to get worked up by things we can’t control. Stay strong brother, we are all in this together.

        • Beverly kenyon

          DA, all I know is that I think a lot of you so please, please try to hang on. I’m here in work on a very grim day in Manchester and I’m really thinking of you. I could not imagine Jehovah not loving or caring about you DA, not you!! Today I had a really vile person upset me and I felt like nothing and wanted bad things to happen to that person, so I’m a bad person for feeling that way. So no you’re not the person you’re saying you are and even if you were I would still love the bones of you! Can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from you. You really stand out as a true Christian on this site!

        • L.H.

          DA, we ALL are no good persons worthy to live.The good thing about you, is you are aware, while many people don’t have the guts to look to themselves this way.
          But the good things you see in others you must have in yourself, other wise you were not able to see them.
          I think you are suffering spiritually and emotionally, and mix this with feelings of guilt towards Jehovah.
          But Jehovah doesn’t want you to suffer so much.
          Satan wants to put guilt on a person so that we believe we cannot have a safe and peacefull relationship with him.
          Jehovah shows you his care for you like you wrote, so doesn’t this mean he thinks you are worthy of his love and protection?
          I can speak from expierience and have almost every day the challenge to “switch” from feeling pain, to feel joy, a fruit of Gods Spirit.
          With doing that I honour Jehovah more than by putting myself down.
          And I discovered that I am the only one in the way , and have to show more faith.
          In case of , lets call it depression, showing more faith, can mean : not listening to the voice of Satan :” you are not worthed” “.Other people are better “. Or that we think by good works we will be safe.
          No. Jehovah loved us so much that the one he love the most, Jesus , was send to the earth as a sacrifice for our sins.
          So to value that, we must try to resist the believes Satan insert in us.
          We can see every challenge (sometimes coming from within ourselves) as an invitation from Jehovah to grab his hand, and dont reject it. His love is bigger than our hearts.
          So please, grab his hand and believe he is going to pull you up, and no, not dump you away. That is not his personality.
          And your personality is certainly not like Saul, or Judas, don’t tell that to yourself.
          Jehovah understands your screaming and jelling at him, because he is greater than our hearts. But I hope you will winn the fight towards Satan who is figting us .
          I hope you will feel better the coming days and pray for you.

          • Beverly kenyon

            LH, that’s so true some of the things you say to DA. Some people don’t have the guts to look at themselves the way DA examines himself at least he’s aware…that’s a really insightful thing to say and it’s given me food for thought. Daisy in her post too to DA has made me think. And you’re right, DA shouldn’t think he’s in the same company as Saul and Judas…never, that shouldn’t even be said!

            • L.H.

              Hello Beverly, it is very comforting to see all the brothers and sisters here care about each other if someone is suffering.
              ” By this all will know that you are my disciples-if you have love among yourselves.”
              All the persons here have their own qualities, and I give them ONE BIG UPVOTE for their love for Jehovah, the truth, and eachother!

            • Beverly kenyon

              LH, I don’t know who you are apart from being here on EWatchman but what stands about you that I’ve noticed is that you have great faith and you’re caring, loving, humble and with a kind heart! I so wish I could be in the company of ones like you with those qualities instead of being around snakes and downright nasty people…it’s demoralising and brings a person down! LH, don’t laugh but I don’t know what an upvote is?! I asked a sister the other day what it was and she explained it but I still didn’t get it! Lol.

            • Joseph Stephan

              An upvote is at the bottom of comments, if you like and agree & Happen to see it you hit the arrow up. Kind of like a thumbs-up! ?

            • L.H.

              Thank you for saving me from technical and grammatical weariness!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Just saw your post Joseph. I’ll check that upvote thing out. Found out something new! Ha!. Gonna be lethal now up voting. ?? Thank you.

            • L.H.

              I don’t know what to say, at first I felt a little bit touched.
              But you don’t know my nasty side, haha.
              I too want to be in the company of persons seeking Jehovah. I think many brothers and sisters around the world feel isolated, spiritually or physically. But if we can do a little bit to give some comfort, we must do .One day Jehovah will gather all the sheep into his cleansed congregation. We hope we will be part of it. Then we wil be no longer anonymous!
              I saw Joseph Stephan explained you about the upvotes.The only reason I laugh is because I recognize myself!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Don’t say anything LH. You are that person. And we all have a dark and nasty side…you have to in this ghastly world, it’s called self protection, armour otherwise this world and some of the horrid people in it would decimate us! I really hope LH we do get to be part of Jehovah’s cleansed congregation.

        • Bklyn Kevin

          D.A. You just have to hang in there in fact you should do it for Jehovah along with constant prayers and long suffering as he would be very pleased of your endurance.

          Are we not all going through similar trials and tribulations? In fact did not the Apostle Paul SAY”

          I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me. I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within
          Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death ???
          Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s law.Romans 7:21-25.

          Paul understand quite well that he was a wicked man and would continue to sin not deliberately but yet at the same time because he put faith in Jehovah’s ransom sacrificed Jesus he knew he would be covered so long as he persevered to do what was right,

          Finally, go on acquiring power in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength. Put on the complete suit of armor+ from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil; because we have a struggle, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places. For this reason take up the complete suit of armor from God, so that you may be able to resist in the wicked day and, after you have accomplished everything, to stand firm.

          Stand firm, therefore, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, and having your feet shod in readiness to declare the good news of peace. Besides all of this, take up the large shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the wicked one’s burning arrows. Also, accept the helmet of salvation,and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word, while with every form of prayer and supplication you carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit. And to that end stay awake, constantly making supplication in behalf of all the holy ones. Ephesians 6:10-19.

          Therefore, subject yourselves to God; but oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7.

        • Daisy

          Hang on, hang on dear brother. Tell God you will be patient, and wait for his love and kindness. Remember to say as David did “wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” PSA 27
          When you do, you will come out of all your pain and be a stronger person. Remember what Job said when he was low, ” But God knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold JOB 23.
          So hang on in there, I know you can make it and let me know how I can help? You helped me when I was low. You have my e:mail. JS has it if you can’t find it.

        • Joseph Stephan

          To my Dear friend and Brother,
          Don’t you dare let Satan beat you down and make you feel unworthy…… stand up for righteousness and kick his ass!
          You are worthy.

          https://youtu.be/gEZJrmIU9tk

        • Beverly kenyon

          Still thinking of you DA. I found these comforting scriptures for you. This is Jehovah talking to you. Things do get overwhelming in this hideous world but you got to keep going. I feel helpless that I can’t physically be with you to help you but you’re very much in my thoughts DA. Jehovah is listening to every word you’re saying to him…he will never desert you. You don’t even have to say the words to him as he knows what you want to say before you even say it. Pslms 34:17. Pslms 9:9,10. Prov 18:10. 1Cor 10:13. When I turn off my lights and I’m lying in the dark I’m going to plead with Jehovah to strengthen you DA and give you peace. Please don’t feel you’re on your own. I know you’re concerned about the mess we’re all in but you need to concentrate on yourself first and stay strong mentally, everyone else are responsible for themselves and their own families. Jehovah has everything in hand and in control and soon will sort the mess out. You stay strong and leave it to him. Moses had the same problem and he ended up going on the run because he took matters in his own hands so we have to rely on Jehovah to fix this broken world. Please DA, just be kinder to yourself, everything will work out fine, there’s only so much we as human beings can do! Don’t overload yourself. Much love to you DA. Hope you have a peaceful night. X

        • e.v.g

          The message of e watchman is
          stark, but necessary. If all the jews and proselytes were listen jesus and the apostles, they would have escaped from destruction in jerusalem, all of them!!!, although if they were christian they would have nothing to worship in jerusalem, but they are dead now, the one million people!!! but why? They were worship Jehovah, isn’t? they were responsible from their own acts, they wont listen the good news, although they thinked they were worship formally. It is very necessary to pay attention to the prophecies.
          Everyone have their own weaknessess and tendencies. Keep sober your mind.

        • Burt Reynolds

          Hello D.A. I read your note and I’m sorry to hear how you feel. Please go and see your doctor and tell him how you are feeling. It’s not really my place to suggest this but if I ignored what you are saying behind your words, I would be remiss. It is not your feelings toward God; those have always been honest and faithful. It is not the wait for Jehovah’s kingdom. We know the facts about that and again your feelings are honest and true both to yourself and to Jehovah. And Jehovah knows that. It is what is driving your despair that is important here and all the spiritual help in the world is not going to reach you because of this, because it physically cannot. I apologise if I have overstepped the mark, but in my experience, people do not voice such despair publicly, even amongst friends, without good reason. It is because they have reached such a point, that they have become desperate for help. And that reason is not of faith, D.A. but is human. You are a good person. A worthy person before Jehovah. Go and see your doctor my friend.

    • Bklyn Kevin
    • e.v.g

      Don’t be afraid (Rev 2:10) knowing Jehovah is the best thing that happened to us.

    • Joseph Stephan
    • Daisy

      We all love you DA. You’re in our prayers. Stay with us buddy.

    • Leonard k

      i think i understand how you may be feeling brother and i hope these scriptures may bring you comfort. please remember brother the wonderful blessings of knowledge and wisdom that jehova’h has given you and keep in mind that jehova’h would not give you gifts of knowledge and wisdom for nothing no not at all and so jehova’h must see something in you.

      Jeremiah 17:10
      I, Jehovah, am searching the heart, Examining the innermost thoughts, To give to each one according to his ways, According to the fruitage of his works.

      Job 2:10
      But he said to her: “You are talking like one of the senseless women. Should we accept only what is good from the true God and not accept also what is bad?”

      Matthew 22:37
      37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’

      Matthew 10:29-31
      29 Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.

      2 Timothy 3:1-5
      3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.

      Psalm 97:10
      10 O you who love Jehovah, hate what is bad.
      He is guarding the lives of his loyal ones;
      He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

      Philippians 4:7
      7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.

      Matthew 28:19
      19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit,

      John 3:16
      16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.

      1 Peter 2:21
      21 In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.

      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.

      Deuteronomy 6:6, 7
      6 These words that I am commanding you today must be on your heart, 7 and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.

      Matthew 19:25, 26
      25 When the disciples heard that, they were greatly astounded, saying: “Who really can be saved?” 26 Looking at them intently, Jesus said to them: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

      Romans 1:20
      20 For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.

      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.

    • Anderiega

      I’m tired too. We’re all in this together. Look to your virtual left and right… We’ll help you keep going. One day at a time….Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. ???????????

    • Beverly kenyon

      DA, it’s a new day now. Still thinking and praying for you. Keep looking at that picture Joseph sent you. It’s so comforting along with everyone’s words and scriptures to you. All of us might not be with you physically but we are with you in spirit wherever you are. Remember whatever you’re feeling now will eventually pass.

    • Francis Bencharles

      Hi D.A.:

      Most of us here understand at least to a small degree or more what you are going through. We are all sinners. Some to a small degree and others to a very large degree. But that is the wonderful thing about the ransom of the Christ. No matter where we are on the continuum of sin, Jehovah God only sees that we have faith in the sacrifice of his Son and due to that ransom and our faith in it he sees not who we are in the present, but what we will become if we continue in the faith now and all throughout the Kingdom of God. He sees us as perfect people constructively.

      Now, to address being tired and doubting your ability to go on, most of us here can “feel ya”. It’s true that this has been a “long” game just like it was for the Israelites who had to bare the sin of those that brought back the “faithless” report to Moses (not including Joshua and Caleb). For that faithless report some good people had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years before entering into the promised land. We are in a similar predicament. But we are at the end of the 40 years and it is very near the time to enter into the Anti-typical promised land of the Kingdom of God.

      The wall of the Watchtower is about to be brought down by Christ (through his bride). Be strong brother and your faith will soon be rewarded and you can soon start your own reclamation project toward perfection in the Kingdom of God. All those faithful in the Watchtower will be harvested by the angels and those without faith will remain in their lie and be bundled up for the fire.

      I know how you feel D.A.. I was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in February 1977 and have been watching faithfully for the coming of Christ since then. I was made aware of the faithless act of the Watchtower in 1992 to 2001 by reading Robert’s and others sites and after agonizing for over 3 years finally disassociated from the Watchtower in 2006, but I have kept on the watch and have continued to study God’s Word continually since then. I assure you, he is close at the doors and is about to knock. If we are ready and answer the door he has promised to have us for a meal. This is not figurative. When Jesus comes through his bride he will have the Passover meal with us that he mentioned that night with his Apostles in Jerusalem when he said…

      “But I say to you: I will by no means drink again any of this product of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the Kingdom of my Father.” Matthew 26:29

      I hope this gives you refreshment for your soul. Frank

  • Southern ShaSha

    Wish Robert could be given the podium of Jehovahs witnesses and share his article, The perversity of you men. Most witnesses apply Gods warnings to Christendom. However, there is absolutely no way to explain away the scriptures, the most ignorant of us’me’, can see to whom He was speaking. Just one of many at Hosea 4:4-6, “And I will put your mother to silence. “MY” people will certainly be silenced, because there is no knowledge”. Also, but another clear warning at Acts:20 28-30. “the rising of men speaking twisted things. Fear of finding truth, fear of leaving our comfort zone, must hit each of us individually to get to the bottom of our fears, whatever they may be. Hit rock bottom so to speak! Jehovah pointed us to that man of lawlessness, that he would manifest himself in the last days, warning to stay awake, watch and test out all sayings and use our power of reason in all things! I love Roberts site in helping all of us to come to a clear and accurate knowledge, to be better prepared for the things to come. It builds our love, faith and loyalty to Jehovah and His son Christ Jesus. Because the very wonders of Jehovah, await on the other Side!

    • Burt Reynolds

      How strange it is, but so obvious, that the watchtower does not see the judgement is pointed at them.

    • Huldah

      Hi Sha Sha
      Insightful points.
      Recently I posted about how I’m burning up over some things my mother in law has done along with her daughter(who goes by Sha Sha to her family?).

      What you wrote here was so profound for me in that it defines the fact that for years we are blind to the things that are going on then our eyes are opened, usual after we hit rock bottom as you say.

      I know I’m angry at myself too for so humbly trusting these family members because of their connections and prominence in the truth. They were able ti manipulate me for a good while.

      Of course I was stewing over it a bit today. Don’t know why I had this page open even,but I began reading and saw Hosea 4″ And I will put your.mother to silence.” This family truly has “no knowledge” of true spirituality as Hosea says.

      Perhaps some think I’m a bit looney for believing, but my experiences have shown me that Jehovah often uses the scriptures to speak to us this way.

      The first time I ever noticed this scripture, my husband and I were having quite a discussion about his mother. I happened to begin reading Hosea right then and there it was.

      “I will put your mother to silence”.

      Youve mademade such good points about fear and hitting rock bottom to be able to allow yourself to see it. Helps me understand why Jehovah has let Satan have such a go at me even sometimes it seems ‘leading me into the wilderness to be tempted’

      Hope my posts help others the way yours helped me this morning!

      You’ve likely forgotten all about it but here it is doing good work on Robert’s site.

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