The Kingdom Has Drawn Near

//The Kingdom Has Drawn Near

Wednesday, October 19

Jesus began preaching and saying: “Repent, for the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.”—Matt. 4:17.

Jesus taught his disciples to do the same work. He told them: “You will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the most distant part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The early followers of Christ definitely understood what was required of them. At Antioch in Pisidia, for example, Paul and Barnabas boldly told their Jewish opposers: “It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to you. Since you are rejecting it and do not judge yourselves worthy of everlasting life, look! we turn to the nations. For Jehovah has commanded us in these words: ‘I have appointed you as a light of nations, for you to be a salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Acts 13:14, 45-47) Since the first century, the earthly part of God’s organization has been making known his provision for salvation.

COMMENTARY

Immediately after Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River and the anointing spirit of Jehovah descended upon him in the form of a dove, the holy spirit led him into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After 40 days, Jesus returned to Galilee and it was then that he took up his ministry with the rousing declaration: “Repent, for the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.”

In what sense had the Kingdom of the heavens drawn near back then?

Upon his anointing Jesus became the Messiah —the Christ. And as a descendant of David (the linage of the Judean king having been carefully preserved for a thousand years) Jesus was also an heir to the throne of Israel, thus, the presumptive king. However, because Jesus was born again as a spirit son of God upon his resurrection his right to the throne was transferrable to the heavens —making the kingdom of David the Kingdom of the heavens and the capitol Jerusalem, heavenly Mount Zion —fulfilling David’s prophetic Psalm concerning the Christ: “Jehovah declared to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.’  Jehovah will extend the scepter of your power out of Zion, saying: ‘Go subduing in the midst of your enemies.’”

Those who heeded the exhortation and repented became preachers of the very same message. And so Jesus sent them out by twos declaring that the Kingdom of God has drawn near. But all of those disciples, including the apostles, were laboring under a massive misconception about the very nature of the Kingdom. Even though Jesus repeatedly referred to it as the Kingdom of the heavens his disciples erroneously thought that Jesus was going to set up some sort of earthly organization. And they imagined the Kingdom was going to instantly display itself. It was only after Jesus was executed and resurrected into the heavens that they were able to grasp that the Kingdom of the heavens really is heavenly —not earthly.

Nevertheless, Jesus’ initial message regarding the Kingdom having drawn near was valid since those who believed became anointed too and were welcomed into the congregation of Christ, which, itself, is to become the Kingdom that will rule over the earth, even as Jesus promised the faithful of Thyatira, and by extension all the congregations: “And to the one who conquers and observes my deeds down to the end, I will give authority over the nations, and he will shepherd the people with an iron rod so that they will be broken to pieces like clay vessels, just as I have received from my Father. And I will give him the morning star. Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations.’”

Jehovah’s Witnesses are in a similar position relative to the Kingdom of the heavens. With the appearance of the International Bible Students a new generation of Kingdom heirs came on the scene, making the same appeal in effect, to repent, as the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.

But like the original apostles and disciples Jehovah’s Witnesses are saddled with a massive misconception about the nature of the Kingdom. Instead of supposing the Kingdom is going to instantly display itself, the Watchtower’s message is that the Kingdom is already ruling, that Jesus’ enemies have already been put under him as a stool for his feet. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been persuaded to believe that the Watchtower is the very embodiment of the Kingdom, making the Kingdom of the heavens an earthly organization. And just as the apostles could not conceive of Jesus being put to death, Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot fathom the Watchtower being in error on something as crucial as the timing and nature of the parousia. But, alas, it is very wrong.

Just as it took the repeated rebukes of the resurrected Christ to dispel the erroneous thinking of the apostles, so too, the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses will only be brought to their proper senses by the terror of the now-looming global war. Then the rebuke of God in the prophecy of Joel will be most fitting:

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!

Wail, all you wine drinkers,

Because the sweet wine has been taken from your mouths.

For a nation has come up into my land, mighty and without number.

Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and its jaws are those of a lion.

It has devastated my vine and turned my fig tree into a stump,

Stripping them completely bare and tossing them aside,

Leaving their twigs white.

Wail as a virgin wearing sackcloth does

For the bridegroom of her youth.

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2017-07-31T07:23:42+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Commentary|106 Comments
  • Burt Reynolds

    Is there any parallel here with the watchtower rejecting the word of Christ so that the message is taken to others by the anointed?

    • Apple Pi

      I wondered the same thing.

    • Joel

      Hi Burt, and good day to all. Joel here.

      Burt, I do not understand your question. If possible, could you kindly lay out your query more elaborate so my feeble mind could grasp it’s intent? Thanks.

      • Burt Reynolds

        I was thinking allowed. The Jews were preached to first but did not want to listen and they murdered Christ. The apostles took the word to the world from there on. The Gentiles. The watchtower today are rejecting the word of Jehovah and, as noted, are setting themselves up in the stead of Christ. I simply wondered whether the anointed would play any further role, those who are aware that is, of guiding the faithful when or before the watchtower collapses. I don’t suppose the question can be answered. It was just a thought. It was brought about because I was thinking of the scripture….unless someone teaches them, how will they know? Well, they are not learning the prophesy from the watchtower it seems…..and thus, that is why I asked the question in case anyone else thought about that with regard to the above article.

        • Annie

          Funnily enough I prayed about that last night, Burt, mainly because it seems I am the only one on my Island who is aware of the truth & sometimes I feel terribly alone & afraid (I suppose it comes from needing a family head to rely on!)
          I would imagine very definitely there will be one or two elders, if not chosen ones, who will realise things ‘ain’t what they should be’ as this world is collapsing & will get out of the WTS, there must be some heavenly provision in hand surely.
          I also asked Jehovah to use me wherever necessary if any of the witnesses need help to understand what’s going on at that time, so hopefully that’s filed in a heavenly ‘in-tray’ somewhere.
          I do hope I can help as needed, the mountain can be a lonely scary place on my own with my girls at the best of times!

          • Burt Reynolds

            I love that….heavenly in-tray. (When I was working my in-tray also served as a shredder where all directives from managers who knew nothing about he real frontline job used to go. That bin was always full. Fortunately for us, Jehovah knows only to well what’s happening here so I’m sure your letter will be dealt with well).

        • Luke 14:16
          Matt 22:…

    • ewatchman

      I think many of Jehovah’s Witnesses will positively respond to the call to ‘wake up drunkards.’

    • e.v.g

      I’m sure that the prophecies from the bible have its main fulfilment during the time of the end, for example isaiah chapter 16 about moab, or the great crowd, Where this people come from? Who could be this people? How the wild beast will emerge? Who could be the man of lawlessness? etc. The bible is veiled right now, although brother Robert is giving just a little understanding about what will happen in the time of the end ( little understanding but powerful), but i’m sure that a wealth of fascinating events will happen during that time of the end.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Coming Fall of the House of God.
      Excerp:
      Like the Jewish system of things in the first century, the present congregational arrangement will become obsolete and pass away, making way for something better. The genuine coming of Christ will bring the power of God’s kingdom to the fore. We may be sure that the established kingdom of Christ will not need to use a publishing corporation as its “channel” of communication. As “the keyman,” Jesus Christ will infuse power into God’s chosen ones; transforming them into a company of indomitable spiritual warriors. In the post-congregational period they will then take the fight to the enemies of Jehovah in a marvelous way. Zechariah 10:3-5 points to the future fulfillment of God’s purpose, something heretofore not experienced, saying: “Against the shepherds my anger has grown hot, and against the goatlike leaders I shall hold an accounting; for Jehovah of armies has turned his attention to his drove, the house of Judah, and has made them like his horse of dignity in the battle. Out of him is the keyman, out of him is the supporting ruler, out of him is the battle bow; out of him goes forth every taskmaster, all together. And they must become like mighty men stamping down in the mire of the streets in the battle. And they must get engaged in battle, for Jehovah is with them…”

      As regards the final confrontation, Zechariah 12:8-9 reads: “In that day Jehovah will be a defense around the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and the one that is stumbling among them must become in that day like David, and the house of David like God, like Jehovah’s angel before them. And it must occur in that day that I shall seek to annihilate all the nations that are coming against Jerusalem.”. Read more>
      https://e-watchman.com/coming-fall-house-god/

      • Burt Reynolds

        Wonderful. Thanks Kevin. That’s good to know.

      • Annie

        isn’t is wonderful that after all this time Jehovah will be able to infuse power into His people without being accused by satan of putting a hedge around them? For an example remember that He had to turn His back on the day Jesus was brutally murdered so that satan couldn’t accuse Him of taking away the pain!

        No longer will Jehovah have to hold back from giving us all the things He wants to & making us into the children we were always supposed to be, even to the point of putting perfection into our minds to make it easy for us!
        The only thing that really concerns me is that I read somewhere here that Jehovah is going to turn away from us in the final part of the days so that we have to go through the war etc. without His protection – I feel bereft already

        • Rev 3:10

        • Bklyn Kevin

          The protective hedge will be removed when the harvest is ripe at a day and hour Jehovah chooses and then Satan will be allowed to fully test Jehovah’s people as he was allowed to test Job, we must never forget Satan’s reply to Jehovah – Satan said “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? And then went on to claim that Job only serves Jehovah because GOD put up a protective hedge around him and his house and everything he has.

          So in reality anybody who claims to serve Jehovah will have to be subjected to the test that Jesus and Job underwent in order to prove their love for the only true GOD Jehovah and show that Satan the devil is a liar as to give a replied to the taunting questions that Satan had posed. Proverbs 27:11.

          But this time it will be different in that it will be a worldwide event and Jehovah’s people will have the opportunity to show and prove their love for Jehovah by standing firm and not accepting the mark of the wild beast even in the face of death by a tyrannical Eighth King who will be allowed to carry out the cruel punishment for 42 months but all will not be lost for the faithful who endured to very end.
          Daniel 7:25-27.

          So long as we maintain the same attitude and love as Jesus and Job did when they were put to test..

          Matthew 6:
          9 “You must pray, then, this way:
          “‘Our Father in the heavens,
          (let your name be sanctified)

          John 17:4
          4 I have glorified you on the earth, having finished the work you have given me to do.
          John 19:30
          When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said:
          “It has been accomplished!” and bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.:

          Job 1:
          20 At that Job got up and ripped apart his garment and cut the hair off his head; then he fell to the ground and bowed down
          21 and said: “ Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, And naked I will return. Jehovah has given, and Jehovah has taken away.

          (Let the name of Jehovah continue to be praised.)

          22 In all of this, Job did not sin or accuse God of doing anything wrong.

          Job 2:
          9 Finally his wife said to him: “Are you still holding firmly to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
          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?” In all of this, Job did not sin with his lips.

  • LW

    The sons of the Kingdom will rise again!

  • Isaac

    Greetings everyone. I’ve been following the site for about a month now and its refreshing. Wishing everyone the strength to continue on despite the internal struggle you may be having with your conscience and still going to the meeting. I had a tough time tonight as 1914 was being explained. I literally did not comment at all. I”m trying to have the right attitude about this and remain patient for the right time to speak even though I know now is not the time

    • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

      Well Isaac I hear you in India that’s good that you realized. Now there are many Jehovah’s witness have come to know that 1914 is wrong. In India especially in North Karnataka the situation is very bad because many are blind they believe what WTS says and won’t hear what we present. Anyway greetings and love from India North Karnataka.

      • Isaac

        Thank you. It feels like a relief to not be bound by everything that is written by WT. Being able to think and reason on the scriptures outside of WT can increase your conviction

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Hello Isaac and we’ll come. And I can reassure you that your patients are not in vain.

      In fact the Apostle Paul clearly said that love is patient and kind, the quality of patients is all the more essential in these last days for sure especially with our brothers and sisters in the faith and I’m very happy that you are taking the initiative to exercise such patience towards them it shows love on your part.
      Love—a surpassing way 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

      Hear the word of Jehovah, you boasters.
      Excerpt:
      While the Watchtower presently enjoys a monopoly over the truth, at least in relation to Jehovah’s Witnesses, and they stand at the ready to punish any who dispute their “present truth,” the coming of Christ will impact the organization in a most profound way.

      In the 28th chapter of Isaiah Jehovah refers to his punishing agent, likening it to a storm, saying of it: “Look! Jehovah has someone strong and mighty. Like a thundering hailstorm, a destructive windstorm, Like a thunderstorm of powerful floodwaters, He will forcefully hurl it down to the earth.”

      What is to be forcefully hurled down? The context reveals that it is the prophets and priests who rule over God’s people —otherwise described as the drunkards of Ephraim. The prophecy continues: “And these also go astray because of wine; their alcoholic beverages make them stagger. Priest and prophet go astray because of alcohol; the wine confuses them, and they stagger from their alcohol; their vision makes them go astray, and they stumble in judgment.”
      Read more> https://e-watchman.com/word-jehovah-boasters/

      • Isaac

        So true. It amazes me how everything has been painted so as to have all of the witnesses shielded when in fact that would satisfy Satan’s taunt that Jehovah places a hedge around us like he did Job. Its kind of arrogant to assume that we would be exempt from any judgement. It is a fact that we will all be tested. It can truly be no other way

        • T L C

          Exactly! It only makes sense that Jehovah would have it no other way. I have tried numerous times to reason with my father (an elder) and some close friends but they just can’t see it! So sad that they would rather have ‘their ears tickled’ than come to understand Jehovah’s true judgments…

          • Isaac

            My father is an elder too and surprisingly he has listened to me with no rebuttals. He has repeatedly said that he doesn’t think wt has it all correct. I haven’t poured it all on yet but the little I did say made sense to him. He’s been an elder so long that I don’t even think he pays attention to stuff. I told him that the Trinity brochure was no longer printed and he was shocked and annoyed. He also expressed that he is very upset that they changed the Bible which is our main tool. What really surprises me though is how the witnesses are oblivious to the child abuse and UN stuff. We are taught not to look at outside information or to think on our own and thats why. This has been very effective in blinding people. I felt bad when I was doing it at first but now I could care less. If its the truth and there is nothing to hide then why are you trying to stop me from doing my own research. I’m not so weak as to see something that I know is false and let it stumble me. If its true then I can help but acknowledge it. This whole thing of calling everyone an Apostate that actually calls out real issues is mind boggling and down right scary.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Isaac said” he had felt bad when he was doing it at first but now he could care less. and than said– If its the truth there is nothing to hide then why are they trying to stop him from doing his own research?.

              That’s a good question and Isn’t that what the Apostle Paul encouraged us to do. In fact John also went further and told us to test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God because there are many false prophets that have gone out into the world.

              1 Thessalonians 5:.21
              Make sure of all things; hold fast to what is fine

              1 John 4:1
              Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Just to further my thoughts on that matter, Proverbs instructed us to search for wisdom like we would for silver and gold, now my question is how can we find wisdom or discern anything if we can’t study history in general as well as history of the major religions as to understand what we are up against?. Proverbs 2:.

            • Joel

              You know BK, that is an excellent observation. JW members are treated like babies; in that they are told to listen to Everything the Organization tells them—including doing historical research for them too!

              Wow! We can’t “think” for ourselves . . . can’t do study or research apart from using ONLY Watchtower publications. . . can’t associate with anyone we want . . . can’t “reason” on any subject of life without the ‘approved reasoning’ laid out for us.

              Oh my god! I see why others believe us to be a CULT!!! It really is amazing when you really think about it.

            • T L C

              LOL yes it is! But as the saying goes: “You can’t see the picture if you’re in the frame”

            • Joel

              Lol! How true! Lol!

            • LW

              Not to make a generalization. but its not that there’s problem with doing extracurricular research in order to prove the truth from the Scriptures (in fact that’s what we’re encouraged to do) however, the problem comes in where alot of the information, if we are not discerning or careful, can take us AWAY from the pure body of Scriptural truth. We are living in the information age, no? The Watchtower long ago made the point that we are inundated with information overload on the Internet.

              The religious, political, and commercial elements of this world—including their information channels—are under the influence of “the god of this system of things,” Satan the Devil.

              This is why it is so important to pray when we are going to do deep personal study relating to the Scriptures.

            • Joel

              Wow! That is GREAT piece of advice LW! Even I myself—a so called ‘grizzled veteran JW—even I didn’t think of that fine admonition! We all would do well to take your wise words to heart.

              Keep up the good work LW!

            • LW

              Thanks, I try my best.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Joel I think you will find this article that Robert wrote very intriguing.

              Practical Lessons or the Judgments of Jehovah?
              Excerpt:
              There is no question that the Watchtower’s teaching program treats Jehovah’s Witnesses as if they were children, just weaned from milk. Their simplified formula of imparting knowledge is well described by Isaiah’s nursery rhyme: ‘command upon command, line by line, a little here a little there.’

              The trend to render prophecy into kindergarten lessons really began in earnest at the turn of the new millennium, after the Isaiah series. Perhaps not coincidentally e-watchman came online in 2002 and began explaining prophecy in terms of Jehovah’s judgments to come upon the place where he has placed his name – on Bethel. As if to counteract that message the Watchtower began their efforts to nullify the message of the prophets by rendering them into practical lessons.
              Read more> https://e-watchman.com/judgments-jehovah/

            • Joel

              Very true indeed, BK

              . . . give me about 5 minutes to read more; I will return then . . .

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Please take your time there is no rush, besides I have to go take care of something and ill be back later.

            • Joel

              OK.

            • T L C

              Exactly!!! If you think about it…there are no other learning institutions like it. Throughout school we are given textbooks and study material to learn the basics, but we do not simply quote from these things when doing projects or writing papers. We are required to step outside of what we are given in the classroom so that we can further confirm what we’ve been taught and get a more complete understanding of a topic. Why should it be any different in Jehovah’s organization?

            • Joel

              But that’s just the point! The average JW Brother or Sister CANNOT “step outside” of what the Organization tells them. Thus, we are NEVER ABLE to, as you say, “confirm what we’ve been taught.”

              We can’t “reason” for ourselves on any spiritual/biblical topics other than what the Organization tells us, and approves! How sad. If that is not “cult-like”, then I don’t know what is!

            • Bklyn Kevin
            • Joel

              Unfortunately, that is the one thing that JWs don’t do! They do not “test the inspired statements” of the Governing Body “to see whether they originate with God.”

              Oh sure, the Watchtower Society will tell people of other religions to ‘go ahead, test the validity of what your religion is teaching you.’ But as soon as a JW does it to see whether what the GB is saying is true/biblical or not—-they get dragged before a Judicial Committee; and in all likelihood are disfellowshipped.

              How sad that the average JW can’t see the double standard, the hypocrisy of their very own leaders.

            • T L C

              Very true Joel!!!! It’s like they believe what the bible says but only to a certain extent. They don’t test it out because they FULLY believe that Jehovah is backing the org 100% and that He wouldn’t allow his people to be misled. Well my question to them is…”But who told you that Jehovah is backing it 100% and that he wouldn’t allow you to be misled?” My response…”Alas, the very men whom you follow has told you that…not Jehovah. For his word tells you to “…test out the inspired expressions.”

              So…if they listen to men rather than to Jehovah, through his word, that makes them followers of men .. A.K.A .Idolaters.

            • Joel

              Very good point. Idolaters of themselves! What a novel and DEADLY idea!

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Apparently the governing body has two sets of rules, one set that applies to themselves and one set that applies to the sheep. And that’s exactly how the Pharisees were in Jesus day.
              Matthew 23
              Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying:
              2 “The scribes and the Pharisees [governing body] have seated themselves in the seat of Moses.
              3 Therefore, all the things they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say but they do not practice what they say.
              4 They bind up heavy loads and put them on the shoulders of men, but they themselves are not willing to budge them with their finger.

              13 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut up the Kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on their way in to go in.
              15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you travel over sea and dry land to make one proselyte,* and when he becomes one, you make him a subject for Ge·henʹna twice as much so as yourselves.

              16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is under obligation.
              17 Fools and blind ones! Which, in fact, is greater, (the gold or the temple) that has sanctified the gold?

            • Joel

              Excellent analogy BK. The “modern day” Pharisees, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, amplify almost perfectly the hypocritical double standard that Jesus warned about.

              But interestingly, Jesus said to the Jewish people who were being burdened by the hypocrisy of their Leaders, he told them to “do and observe” all the things they tell you.

              . . . ummm, interesting!

              Si we today, we OBSERVE the hypocrisy of the Governing Body . . . we SEE their erroneous teachings regarding the parousia of Christ . . . we OBSERVE the heavy burdens they put on the average Brother and sister—yet still, we are told by our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ, to in effect “listen” to them. Yes, do what they tell you!

              BK, how could this be? Could you comment for us on this seeming dichotomy Sir?

            • LW

              As noted above, on both occasions Jehovah directed his people to physically remove themselves from the designated area. In both instances it involved the destruction of God’s physical temple, where Jehovah no longer accepted the worship that the people were rendering to him. Seeking refuge inside the temple would not have provided escape from God’s wrath at that time, as the people might have expected. But that is not the situation today!

              On the day of Pentecost a new temple came into existence. Since that time God’s people no longer worship Him in any physical temple, as Jesus foretold in his conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. (John 4:19-24) Our many Kingdom Halls, Assembly Halls, Bethels, etc, are not God’s temple. They are simply places for meeting together for our encouragement, “to incite to love and fine works.” (Heb. 10:23-25; Rom. 16:3-7; 1 Cor. 16:19; Philemon 1:2) God’s people themselves are his temple, a building “for God to inhabit by spirit.” Each obedient worshiper of Jehovah is a living stone within it. God’s temple has a foundation, of which Jesus is the “foundation cornerstone,” and along with him the twelve apostles and other chosen anointed ones make up the foundation. The apostle Paul explains: “Do you not know that you people are God’s temple, and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you people are.” (1 Cor. 3:16,17; 2 Cor. 6:16-18) And in his letter to the congregation in Ephesus, Paul explained: “You are fellow citizens of the holy ones and are members of the household of God, and you have been built up upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, while Christ Jesus himself is the foundation cornerstone. In union with him the whole building, being harmoniously joined together, is growing into a holy temple for Jehovah. In union with him you, too, are being built up together into a place for God to inhabit by spirit.” (Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:5)

              God considers his temple to be precious, holy. He recognizes and values every living stone within it! (Rom. 14:7,8) Anyone who destroys even the least one within this temple will himself be destroyed, as Jesus warned: “Situations that cause people to lose their faith are certain to arise. But how horrible it will be for the person who causes someone to lose his faith! It would be best for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large stone hung around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to lose his faith.” (Luke 17:1,2; GOD’S WORD Translation) Yes, woe to anyone who becomes a stumbling block by causing someone to lose his faith and leave God’s temple, equating God’s temple with Babylon the Great and teaching that we must “get out of her.” (Rev. 18:4)

              Please consider: If we personally decide to remove ourselves from God’s household, because we have somehow taken offense and been stumbled by what Jehovah has permitted—or perhaps because of having given heed to the many false prophets regarding whom Jesus had warned—how will our situation be any better from those who are being removed by the angels, when the result is the same and neither ones remain within God’s temple? Isn’t that why Satan is so busy today using his own prophets who want to stumble Jehovah’s servants into leaving God’s holy temple, under the pretense that it is the secular Watchtower Society they are leaving? We do not need to submit to the “man of lawlessness” in order to “worship the Father with spirit and truth.” (John 4:23,24) Jehovah does not require his people to follow men for the sake of unity when they make his word invalid by their doctrines and commandments. (Matt. 15:6-9; Gal. 2:4,5) We don’t have to listen to contrary teachings! Jehovah’s sayings do not confuse! We can have full confidence that everything that he says always has been, is, and will be true! (John 17:17; Joshua 23:14)

              In Jeremiah’s day Jehovah required his people to leave and go over to the Babylonians in order to survive the destruction of the city and its temple. In the First Century he similarly directed them to flee to the mountains. But today he is telling us to stay put, sit tight and endure any suffering, and wait patiently for his promised deliverance at Christ’s presence. (2 Thess. 1:6-10; Rev. 7:9,10, 14-17) Having to endure in this way, and at this time, is proving to be just as great a test of our faith, loyalty and obedience, as it was for God’s people on the earlier two occasions. And it seems to be just as unpopular for many. We are exposed to the ridicule of those who were at one time themselves members of God’s household; while we are also suffering tribulation on account of the presence of the “man of lawlessness” and the extensive influence he wields over everyone within God’s temple who are still our spiritual brothers and sisters. Because of our unswerving loyalty to Jehovah, we suffer at the hands of unqualified elders, and are often excluded by family members, relatives, and friends who view us suspiciously. (Jer. 23:1,2; Isaiah 66:5)

              It is good for us to bear in mind that even if we are expelled from the congregation, as Jesus predicted, we are still God’s temple, members of his household. (John 16:3) We have the assurance that “Jehovah knows those who belong to him.” (2 Tim. 2:19; Rom. 8:35-39) In fact, by their action in disfellowshipping God’s loyal ones, it is they who are removing themselves from God’s temple by no longer associating with the ones Jehovah acknowledges as belonging to him.

            • Joel

              I read the whole thing LW . . . whew!!! Lol! But how very true! We are the “temple”, not the physical man-made structures. What is more, Jehovah DOES indeed know who belongs to Him. Very good LW.

            • Joyce Haze

              LW, want to thank you again, kind of a kick in the pants to look at the reasons for going back. Realizing this is JEHOVAHS arrangement for the time being, it’s not up to me to challenge what He expects of any of us.

            • LW

              No problem

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Therefore, all the things they tell you, do and observe,

              But Jesus also clearly said” (but do not do according to their deeds), WHY? – BECAUSE they say but they do not practice what they say. I guess that’s why Jesus referred to them as hypocrites because they didn’t practice what they preached.

              Matthew 23:3
              Therefore, all the things they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say but they do not practice what they say.

            • sally

              A few months ago at the Watchtower study, (I am not sure what one now) it suggested that anyone who questioned the GB was likely a “viewer of pornography” or suchlike. I remember almost falling off my chair! These types of things weaved into the fabric of the organisation only serve to keep people numb and dumb.

            • Joel

              Yeah, you’re right. I remember that as well. The same way a few years ago when the number of the anointed worldwide was going UP instead of DOWN, the Governing Body said that those who were newly partaking at the Memorial were either mental or emotionally unstable, or were newly baptized ex-church goers who still held to their false belief of “all believers” going to heaven.

              Just like you suggest, these types of self-righteous paranoid views do nothing but keep the rank-in-file “numb and dumb.”

            • LW

              Yeah Joel, I found a graphic which charted all the numerical statistics of the amount of publishers, hours spent in the ministry, Memorial attendance and amount of partakers.

              In the year 2006, the amount of partakers increased to 8,758 from 8,524 the previous year. Ever since that time, which is now a decade, the amount of partakers has kept jumping up and up and up, so that last year the amount was a whopping 15,177!

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c7066331cdf3b257d69cf95802c16782f324a5181ccc417bc186f011b6c5c86.png

            • Joel

              Over 15,000 anointed! Wow! I bet the Watchtower never saw that comin’! Lol!

            • LW

              Something to remember about that number too, the amount of people partaking doesn’t necessarily mean that all of those are anointed either. And all an “anointing” really is, is only an invitation or a calling so to speak. It’s like someone gives you an invitation to a party, that doesn’t mean you’re already there at the event, only that you’ve been invited to come. You can either keep the invitation and strive to achieve it or you can ball it up and throw it away. The choice is yours.

              So in the same way, as mentioned by the WT publications and this site, the individual who has been called, MUST remain faithful to Jehovah to revive their heavenly reward.

            • Joel

              True

            • e.v.g

              That’s a satanic influence, i’ve noticed that even big companies create politicies to satisfying thier egoistical demands, keeping control over their workers is their main target. Jehovah’s people have a severe problem, they “lord over” others, Jesus gave an advice about that (matt 20:25-28) i’m tired of this system.

            • Annie

              maybe after my meeting with the elders I might be classed as a “viewer of porn”…….anyone know any good sites? **blushing**

            • Here is a sneak peek at your meeting. Use your favorite robot voice!!
              “We come in peace and love ”
              “We are here to defend the truth from the truth , we will not tolerate free thinking, we will not tolerate anyone learning about our misdeeds”……anyone ..anyone anyone……….(broken loop) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42893783c4e79e365e0d3901663d2d5935d43564310db2c5f2d55d3ef033cdbd.jpg
              “We will only be brought to their proper senses by the terror of the now-looming global war and self destruct at the coming of Christ “

            • Bklyn Kevin

              2 Peter2:1-3
              However, there also came to be (false prophets among the people,) as there will also be (false teachers among you). These will quietly bring in destructive sects, and they will even disown the owner who bought them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves. Also, they will greedily exploit you with counterfeit words.

              2 Thessalonians 2:4-3.
              He stands in opposition and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits down in the temple of God, publicly showing himself to be a god. Let no one lead you astray in any way, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the [watchtower] / man of lawlessness gets revealed, the son of destruction.

            • Old lady brady

              Hey Bklyn Kevin and all on ewatchman. I have a question regarding a witness friend of mine and would appreciate some guidance on the issue. My witness friend has always pioneered for many years and is a witness in good standing but she leans towards the GB. Her non witness sons girlfriend has been seen going in and out of my witness friends house and this particular witness doesn’t think that is right because the girlfriend is now pregnant. The accusing witness thinks that my friend is condoning such behaviour under her roof. Now my witness friend has stepped down from being a pioneer and feels she hasn’t done anything wrong to warrant stepping down. The people involved are over 21 and she can’t monitor her son 24/7 when she is not there, even though he knows about her beliefs as a witness as he himself has been brought up in the truth. Would appreciate any relevant scriptual references and advice.
              Thank you.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Hello and welcome. nice to have you visit us lady bradly.

              As for your question in regards to your witness friend the pioneer who stepped down,
              The questions you ask me is best suited for the Elders in her congregation as they would be more familiar with her and her family.

              However here is what the bible has to says.

              Matthew chapter 18:
              15 “Moreover, if your brother commits a sin, go and reveal his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
              16 But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two more, so that on the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established.
              17 If he does not listen to them, speak to the congregation. If he does not listen even to the congregation, let him be to you just as a man of the nations and as a tax collector.

              Leviticus 19:17.
              You must not hate your brother in your heart. You should by all means reprove your fellow man, so that you will not bear sin along with him.

              Luke 17:3.
              Pay attention to yourselves. If your brother commits a sin, rebuke him and if he repents, forgive him.

              Proverbs 25:9.
              9 Plead your case with your neighbor, But do not reveal what you were told confidentially.

              James 5:20
              know that whoever turns a sinner back from the error of his way will save him from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

            • Old lady brady

              Thanks Kevin for those helpful scriptures. I showed the sister those scriptures you put and she found them very interesting. Thanks again!.

            • Joel

              So true Isaac. Ahhh! Keep going . . . you’re getting it now!

            • T L C

              Wow, that is awesome that your father is listening to you!!! Take comfort in that:-). Yeah you’re right…I don’t think that many seasoned witnesses really pay attention to stuff anymore, especially the “new light” that has been introduced. I spoke with my father and others about some of the new updates in the 2013 WT regarding the faithful slave being judged in the future, etc… and they all seemed surprised that these things had changed. They actually had to go to jw.org and look it up to confirm what I was saying. It’s like they just go to the meetings and go through the motions- completely oblivious to so much. The prophecy in Isaiah describes them well when it says: “…this people honor me with their lips but their heart is far removed from me.” It’s funny to me now that I read that prophecy in new light as has been explained on this site by brother King. I remember when I was active at the meetings that we always related that scripture to those in false religion, however, it’s clear that it speaks of Jehovah’s people if you read the context.
              OMG please don’t get me started on the child abuse and UN stuff!!! I sent my father a copy of the letter regarding the UN partnership, the one the UN wrote in response to all the inquiries. Have you seen it? Well, he totally made excuses for why the headquarters did it. He said he knew they wouldn’t blatantly do something like that and that there had to be a reason. I was shocked that he didn’t find it remotely discouraging or confusing. And then when it came to the child abuse thing…he seems to think that this issue is not very wide spread. He also felt like the elders who brushed these things under the rug were just crooked and that Jehovah would deal directly with them. I kept trying to direct him to watch/read News reports on it. Or even watch the Australian royal commission hearing on You Tube that the GB was indicted for a couple years ago. But rather than watch or read any of these things he chooses to turn a blind eye and instead asks me what my intentions are for bringing these things up. Amazing! And one last thing…wow you hit on sooo many good points:-). The apostate thing. The word apostate is defined as someone who has: abandoned a religious or political belief or principle. There are some out there who are true apostates who have begun to believe in the trinity and adopted the belief that all good people go to heaven. But, as for us on this site, we have NOT abandoned the beliefs and principles of Jehovah’s Witnesses and so therefore are NOT APOSTATES. But the witnesses would never know that because they are too afraid to listen to what anybody, besides the organization, has to say. But like you said…the truth is the truth so what is there to fear??? Placing that label on individuals is a direct tool of the devil himself. He knew what he was doing by encouraging the leadership to label ALL individuals that questioned the society in such a way….Such a shame!!! Okay this concludes my book now:-) Thanks for letting me get it all out…lol

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Well I enjoyed your book very much in fact it was very encouraging to read.
              Thank you for sharing your thoughts as well as your experience / convictions.
              Now would I be able to obtain permission from you to use your post for others who may be interested to hear / read your testimony?.

            • T L C

              Thanks! Of course you have my permission. I would love for it to help someone not feel as lost as I once did…:-)

            • 1914for100Alex

              It may be frustrating right now, but I can see a bright side to some of your comments. The fact that he was surprised that there was “new light” and that they had to make more adjustments might make him realize that they’re making it up as they go. Maybe not right now, but when the time comes for people to pick a side, you can remind him about that question he asked regarding what your intentions are. It just might click for him then.

            • T L C

              Yes it was very frustrating at the beginning. But, I have given up on talking to him about it and figured I’d have to wait for Jehovah to let me know when the time is right. I just hope he picks the right side because my father has always been a stubborn man:-(

            • He will definitely pick the right side, because he has you! You will be able to sort out the mess when things go terribly wrong for the leadership of the WTBTS.

            • T L C

              Thank you for saying that. The thought is very comforting

            • 1914for100Alex

              Joseph is right. He has you, and Jehovah has a “prescription” for stubbornness. He’s going to make it real clear to everyone that “you’d better listen up!”. Between the two of you, I think he’ll pick the right side too 🙂

            • T L C

              A “prescription” for stubbornness. I like that!!! Well said:-) Thanks for the encouragement…

            • Isaac

              LOL. Yeah there is a reason they were an NGO of the UN. They themselves have apostatized which is of course impossible right. Or is it? Of course its not! The entire Bible shows that the Israelite’s repeatedly apostatized. The problem is that we think that were somehow part of the approved perfect spiritual Israelite’s. I told my dad yesterday that even though Jehovah has used this organization does not mean that it is beyond reproach and that he wont get rid of it for sheer stupidity. The very idea is insane. What has happened is that people have begun to idolize the organization in place of Jehovah. They simply will not think for themselves because Jehovah would never allow the organization to apostatize. Oh really? Isaiah 48: 15 sums it up perfectly “For you men say: “We have made a covenant with death. And with the grave we have made an agreement. When the raging flash flood passes though, It will not reach us, For we have made a lie our refuge and we have hidden ourselves in falsehood.

            • T L C

              Exactly!! You have summed it up very nicely Isaac!:-)

            • LW

              And here’s something else too: Even though they say God’s house was judged in 1919, the fact that occasionally the publications mention that we have to render an account before God is to me in and of itself that essentially the entire organization will be judged.

              Lol

            • Isaac

              In my opinion the house was basically started in 1919. It would be necessary for us to be the people bearing Jehovah’s name for a number of years before a true judgment and cleansing could take place. That simply could not have taken place in a few year span with a hand full of Bible students. Being able to step away and think has really caused me to understand more. Also, I feel like Jehovah has revealed these things to us so that we can perhaps help when everything in this system starts falling apart. First with Jehovah’s house

            • Burt Reynolds

              Hello Isaac. Nice to meet you. I didn’t see you come on line. Welcome.

            • Isaac

              Thanks Burt. I only joined about a week ago. Nice to meet you as well. Virtual Hand shake 🙂

    • T L C

      Hello Isaac. Welcome! Yes this site is refreshing isn’t it?…Jehovah will reveal when it will be time for us to speak. Praying for your strength in this trying and confusing time…

      • Isaac

        Thank you. I’ll still trying to wrap my head around it all

    • noname

      Hello Isaac! I would encourage you to obtain a physical copy of “Jehovah Himself Has Become King”, it helps to re-read the information several times and use notes and highlights, it really does have to be “mapped” out in a way because the WT has really made a web of confusion with all the dates and the applications to Biblical prophecy. For 10 years I’ve been studying what I’ve learned and I can talk about it more naturally now, because when I study the bible now it all makes a lot more sense!!!

      • 1914for100Alex

        I can’t wait to get to that point. I’d love to be able to hold my own in an in depth discussion of the Bible, and not have to say “hold on, I’ll have to get back to you” every time lol.

        • noname

          Hey it sounds like your well on your way, just you having the desire shows the goodness in your heart.

      • Isaac

        I agree. I have a copy of it that. I’m on like page 400 but I really need to re-read it and take notes like you said because I find myself unintentionally going back to the things that have been drilled into my mind by wt and I get a little confused. It really is not confusing though

  • Annie

    Well, it’s finally happened! The German elder who has more or less ignored me thus far when we go to the KH just phoned me wanting ‘a chat’ I asked him was it about me wanting to join the congregation again & he said ‘You are our sister & we just want to chat with you’ hmmmmmm!!!

    Bit of background for you all; I have been attending Public Talks on Sundays – mainly because we have my 2 yr old grandaughter with us (my daughter & I that is) & baby needs her lunchtime 3 hr nap & feeding at the time the WT study is taking place, so we go home after the Public talk.
    We don’t attend the midweek meeting because my daughter doesn’t finish work until 7.30 (‘ish) & we can’t get there in time – she uses my car so I can’t go alone either)

    I only went back to the KH because of Bro Robert saying we should, so far I can’t stomach the WT study because I no longer trust the organisation (even though I know it is Jehovah backed) I won’t go out on the ministry because I cannot witness to people under the lies that the org have published – I won’t be an accessory to their false teachings, so I mainly witness online.

    Scared?? Yes, because I know I have to explain all this & about the pedophile cover up & the 1914 mis-leading teachings. Not to mention everything else that Robert has taught us!
    I have the sickening feeling that I will be disfellowshipped after this because I am not capable of smiling sweetly & keeping my mouth shut.

    Advice on what scriptures to use & what points to bring out would be very gratefully taken on board.

    • Kevin b

      Well, IMO you don’t owe him a chat. He hasn’t even spoken to you since you’ve been going back and he wants to chat. He can chat all he wants after the public talk as you walk to your car. They are up to something, it’s possible they know you are on watchmans site. It’s best to keep silent. I hope you are using a fake picture.

      • Annie

        thanks, Kevin, no the photo is mine, I’m not going to hide. I agree they are up to something, the elder got my phone number from the anointed sister who used to study with me & has since stopped for no reason – I think she ought to have asked my permission to give out my number first tbh. She knows I am studying with an anointed brother & a group of internet friends, but not on which site. They are sneaky, it was those two who ‘stalked’ me on FB, so I blocked them both.

        • Hi Annie,
          I agree with Kevin, you don’t owe him the time of day. Your a very busy woman, and Sunday public talk is fine with Jehovah.
          So tell him were to stick his chat, your busy. ??

          • Annie

            woo hoo, JS, tell it like I want it to be……….love your honesty, Bro

            • Joel

              Hi Annie. Joel here!

              Listen Sis, I think the advice of Burt and Brother King is your best bet.

              . . . agree to meet . . . ask to have a mature sister present (did you know you could do that? Yes. If a sister is is not married and she is asked to meet with one or more Brothers, if you feel uncomfortable, a mature sister whom you trust can sit in on the official meeting). . . after the Brother (s) have presented the reason why they wanted to meet with you; you then very respectfully, with a “mild temper” tell them that you would like to “think” on what they have said, and if possible, set another meeting date. In this way you will have the time to ‘prepare a stellar defense’ to whatever they me be trying to trick you up about. —Read 1 Peter 3:13-15.

              Once you know what they want to accuse, er, “talk” to you about, then contact Brother King privately through his E-mail, and ask his advice on how to proceed, and what to say—and of course, ask Robert to pray for and with you. Remember the words of the Apostle James: “The supplication of a righteous man has a powerful effect.” (James 5:16). How much more the prayers of an anointed brother! Right? So ask Brother King to advice and prepare you as to what to say to these “elders” in your next meeting with them.

              Of course, it goes without saying, to first and foremost pray to the ‘God of all comfort, ‘ Jehovah. He will be with you. How do we know? Because He is ALWAYS with those who have and love the “truth.” And you, Annie, you indeed have the truth; under the superb tutelage of Brother King.

              Keep us informed of the results.

              We love you, and pray Jehovah’s spirit be with you.

              Warm Brotherly Love,
              Joel

        • sally

          If they were friends on your fb page Annie then I would say a million percent they know you are a member on watchman. After all you post Watchman articles and have done so for months, that is how I ended up here remember!
          I have to say and this is probably because i have not grown up with the witnesses, or have not been involved for a long period of my life, but…although I understand and respect the headship arrangement and elders being the men within congregations, it does leave single women vulnerable. They visit in pairs don’t they? I don’t think it appropriate for 2 men to be visiting a lone woman elder or not. It could be intimidating and very unbalanced for the woman and it is definitely something I would not like.

          • Annie

            no, Sally, it was long before E.Watchman came into my life, it was because the sister said I was posting business stuff on my wall & her husband said it was gambling pffft!! (oh & I had a lot of ‘men friends’ on there – well of course I do, they are business associates for goodness sake) The elder said it is wrong to post business stuff because it gives people the wrong impression about the witnesses – of course I won’t mention the fact that he has a huge van with his business logos splattered all over it, which he uses when he goes out on the ministry & when visiting the KH!
            I agree with you about the men visiting sisters, it is totally wrong, all it would need is for me to scream attempted rape or something – now, that would be fun 😉 I wonder how much hush money I could claim?????

            • Burt Reynolds

              A couple of million dollars at least.

    • ewatchman

      Why do you have to explain the WT’s misdoings to the elders?

      But, if you must go into the WT’s pedophile mess, I would advise you to use the info I presented in this article about the WT changing their policy. https://e-watchman.com/watchtower-changes-pedophile-policy/.

      The very fact that the org is now imposing a policy that they had long denied was unnecessary is a defacto admission that they were negligent for a very long time.

      It may be that your elders are unaware of the new policy, since it appear to be US-centric presently, and only discreetly conveyed to congregations that the WT knows have known pedophiles in good standing. So, if your elders are going to want to hang you for that, tell them to write to the Governing Body and ask them if it is true that the elders in congregations with known pedophiles are contacting parents with young children to warn them. And if they are just now doing that, why weren’t they doing it decades ago, before unknown numbers of children were sexually abused by men that Bethel refused to out?

      • Annie

        genius, Bro Robert, thank you. I’ll print out your article & also about the parousia & make copious notes from your other articles in case I need them

        • Joyce Haze

          I tested the waters last year with the brother (elder) and sister whom I love with all my heart, they helped 30 years ago to bring us to the Truth, he has since stepped down, I tried to be very discreet as to why, mentioned very vaguely some of what I was learning, we live in different states but have always stayed in touch, no more, like I have the plague. Absolutely heartbreaking, believed we could discuss anything regarding JEHOVAH!!! That door has been slammed shut! I of course will try and try to talk with them but obviously this is not the right time!! What do you say when you’re called in for a chat??? We may quickly become an apostate and an enemy!

        • Burt Reynolds

          Annie, in conjunction to what Robert said, why not hold your counsel until you have heard what they have to say, thank them for saying it and tell them you will speak with them again soon when you have had time to think on what they have said. Ask them to let you know when they have time to meet again. Then you can think and prepare on what you want to reply, rather than be caught off guard and fall under their authority. This is what the Boreans did. They did not answe Paul directly but said they would go and consider and then meet again. You will have time to prepare your scriptures and the evidence from Roberts site. It’s not a god idea to defend yourself without giving it due consideration. You are not compelled to answer them directly and they are guests in your home. Don’t let yourself be walked over by men anxious to show their authority. You have truth on your side. Give yourself time to think and don’t be bullied.

          • Annie

            yes, Burt, that is a great idea. I have to tell him on Sunday what time we are to meet, so I will find out if it is an ‘Official visit’ & if so, on what grounds, then do as you suggest. Thank you

            • Burt Reynolds

              You have a right to know what it’s about. You can also choose a neutral place like a park or cafe. That will make it a lot easier for you. Be assertive. Don’t let them bully you. When you have the info I am sure Robert or Kevin will be able to assist you properly. X

      • Joyce Haze

        Dear Annie, I’m not sure any of this makes sense. Same thing here in a sense, wonderful brother and sister coming by for visits (my husband), but he mentioned some of what is going on, U.N. Deal, the fact our children must be watched as if they are standing in an alley somewhere with dangers lurking around, the fact that JESUS presence has changed nothing at all. Sorry to say they have NEVER returned! He did not know it was wrong to confront any one on these issues. So is this the fate of anyone returning to the organization. It feels as though it could be a big crash for many. My whole goal is to serve JEHOVAH to the best of my ability, to be open and honest, not sitting in a corner, contributing nothing, just going along, right or wrong! I realize there is a test for all but is’nt learning, loving and serving our Heavenly Father what we are commanded to do!! Satan is our battle not the brothers and sisters!

    • Burt Reynolds

      Did you say German elder…..Vey half veys of making you tock, ya?

      • 1914for100Alex

        I hope for Annie’s sake he doesn’t have a real thick accent. She’s not going to be able to keep a straight face after reading this!

        • Annie

          oooh, don’t Alex, I can burst into uncontrolled laughter at the slightest thing without you & Burt making it worse for me

    • Anderiega

      As a sister who’s been ambushed by my elders recently, my two cents worth is this: James 1:19. You’ve done nothing wrong. They (probably) don’t want to learn anything from you. Let them talk and just nod your head while internally praying to Jehovah to be innocent and cautious. Heap fiery coals on their heads. Bake them cookies. Take BK Kevin’s lead and only reply with scripture. Read the first chapter of “what does the Bible really teach book” and let them know you have taken the sound advice to be like a child and ask questions to heart. Just pray, pray, pray…..don’t over “rehearse”….we are all holding you in our thoughts and prayers…..I am for sure. Love you sister. ? Or just don’t meet with them….you’ve done nothing wrong.

  • Joyce Haze

    “Be patient and trust in JEHOVAH”.
    “Don’t let it bother you when all goes well for those who do sinful things”.
    1 Corinthians 4:4,5
    Psalms 37: 1-7
    James 5:11
    Deuteronomy 8: 2,16

    • Joel

      Good Scriptures all Joyce.

      • Joyce Haze

        Thank you Joel, I know I need all the scriptural counseling I can get or find. fantastic article, helped to turn my pitiful thinking in a whole different direction.

  • James 1:5
    5 So if any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him.

    Luke 11:9
    9 So I say to you, keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.

    Hebrews 4:12
    12 For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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