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What role will women play?
1) Does the faithful and discreet slave include all anointed brothers at bethel or just the Governing Body? Jesus indicated that he will appoint a slave to spiritually feed his body of attendants their food at the proper time. When we consider that Jesus commanded his disciples to preach the good news to the entire world, we can better appreciate what is involved. The food at ...
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What role will women play?

Who is the Prince of princes?
Why do you refer to Jesus as the Prince of princes when the book of Daniel refers to him as one of the foremost princes? The person who became Jesus has lived the most extraordinary life. Prior to his becoming human Jesus was a spirit creature named Michael. Being a son of the King made him a prince as well —one of many angelic sons or ...
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Who is the Prince of princes?

Are Jehovah's Witnesses misled?
QUESTION: If the man of lawlessness is operating undetected, even among the chosen ones right within Christ's congregation, have not the chosen ones already been misled or deceived? After all, only Jehovah and Jesus can spot counterfeit Christians, correct? Absolutely. This is the point. It is the message I have been hammering on all these years. Jehovah’s Witnesses are under a deluding influence —an operation of ...
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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses misled?

The rise of the last king
1. Do you feel paragraph 27 (below) is accurate? 2. Do you have a more accurate Daniel image (legs down) than the one above?  3. Are these statements accurate: WW1 was fomented to weaken any threats to the British Empire. WW2 was fomented to further weaken and make nations more indebted and to (re)establish a nation of Israel in Palestine that will be the future home ...
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The rise of the last king

"I will remove the boundaries of peoples"
With the global scope of a migration/immigration “crisis” do we find any reference to prophecy regarding this major trend?  Bible prophecy focuses almost exclusively on developments that have to do with the coming of Christ —either his first or more especially, his epic, Second Coming. The long-running prophecy of the kings of the north and south divulges some clues that may shed some light on the ...
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“I will remove the boundaries of peoples”

Babylon, Gog, and King of the North
Please kindly explain Gog of Magog, King of the North and Babylon the great. Do they all mean the same thing? There are subtle differences, but similarities. Two of the entities have been around a long time, since before the time of Christ; that being the king of the north and Babylon the Great. Gog of Magog comes on the scene in the final part of ...
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Babylon, Gog, and King of the North

On the Third Day He Will Raise Us Up
Can you provide a commentary on Hosea 6:1-2? Those verses read: “Come, and let us return to Jehovah, for he has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us. He struck us, but he will bind our wounds. He will revive us after two days. On the third day he will raise us up, and we will live before him.” As everyone who has ever ...
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On the Third Day He Will Raise Us Up

Unless those days were cut short...
Question: There are concerns that the earth might be struck by a large asteroid or comet and that the Yellow Stone caldera might erupt, either of which could destroy the world. Do you think something like this might be what Armageddon is? The earth has had numerous catastrophes over the few billion years of its existence. It has taken direct hits from huge meteors and comets ...
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Unless those days were cut short…

What is the meaning of prophetic chronology?
Please allow me to ask about what is your take on Daniel's 7 times, 2300, 1260, 1290 and 1335 days since his prophecy of 70 weeks of years pointed correctly to the first coming of Jesus? Ever since C.T. Russell first came on the scene the Bible Students and now Jehovah’s Witnesses, have been mesmerized by the seven times of Daniel’s prophecy. What is particularly interesting ...
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What is the meaning of prophetic chronology?

Who are the glorious ones of Jude?
Who exactly are the “glorious ones” and who is the “they” spoken about in the letter of Jude? The brief letter of Jude was written “to called ones who are loved by God the Father and preserved for Jesus Christ,” for the express purpose of exhorting them to put up a hard fight for the faith; the reason being, because “certain men have slipped in among ...
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Who are the glorious ones of Jude?

How did Abraham "see" Jesus' day?
Question: What did Jesus mean when he told the Jews at John 8:56: “Abraham your father rejoiced greatly at the prospect of seeing my day, and he saw it and rejoiced.” How did Abraham see Jesus’ day? The Jews claimed that Abraham was their father. That is because they knew that Abraham was the genetic progenitor of the Israelites. (Although he himself was not a Jew ...
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How did Abraham “see” Jesus’ day?

Why so many kingdom halls for sale?
QUESTION: Why is the Watchtower closing down and selling so many kingdom halls? Are that many JW’s leaving the organization? I really have no insight into the Watchtower’s financial state. The Watchtower is a private corporation and is not required to publicly disclose its financials. What I do know, though, is that the leadership of the organization has apparently been tempted to implement a scheme to ...
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Why so many kingdom halls for sale?

How does Armageddon come about?
I've heard you say before that what actually triggers Armageddon is when the Beast and/or Gog murders the remaining seed of chosen ones. This is a very impactful and weighty truth that highlights the significance of their role in representing the Kingdom. It also shines a light on what I see happening with the Organization’s teachings, which are seeming to put ALL of the other sheep ...
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How does Armageddon come about?

The love of the greater number will grow cold
QUESTION: Do you agree with the WT explanation of Matthew 24:12 regarding the love of the greater number growing cold? The context seems to possibly hint otherwise. (Questions from Readers in October 1, 1984, Watchtower- 2nd question) Frankly, no. The Watchtower article linked to by the questioner was published 34 years ago. In the interim, a lot has happened. And not necessarily good. At the time ...
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The love of the greater number will grow cold

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
QUESTION: I am wondering if perhaps the moving of the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is part of the disgusting thing on holy ground? In a word, No. Although it is the central feature of end-times theology for various evangelical sects and cults, the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 has nothing whatsoever to do with the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Neither is ...
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Does Israel in the Middle East factor into prophecy?

Noah's ark and the flood
I may have just debunked the Bible: Q: If the Genesis account is to be believed, how would we explain: 1. How did Kangaroos make it all the way to just Australia from the Mountains of Ararat ? In geologic studies there are two schools of thought —Uniformatarianism and Catastrophism. The dominate view that scientists are indoctrinated in is the uniformatarian theory. The Doctrine of Uniformity ...
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Noah’s Flood and Kangaroo Migration

throne of the wild beast
QUESTION: (Rev. 13: 14,15)  Is it true that the WT teaches that the wild beast that received the sword-stroke was the League of Nations?  —and that the healed beast was/is the revived League now known as the U.N.? This is how I always interpreted their teaching. To me this makes sense when looking back at how they tried to push the League through, but it failed ...
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Did the League of Nations fulfill prophecy?

The brothers of Christ
QUESTION: Matt. 25:31. How do you see this separating actually taking place and over how long of a period of time? 9 billion people, 5 minutes each = mega waking hours. First, we should not suppose that there will not be a drastic population reduction when the horses of the Apocalypse are unleashed. According to Revelation fully one-quarter of mankind will be cut down to Hades ...
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The brothers of Christ

Delusions, past and present
QUESTION: Is there any Bible example(s) where Israelites or early Christians were under a "deluding influence"? The deluding influence --formerly called an “operation of error”--is a unique phenomenon associated with the return of Christ. In context, Paul was warning the brothers —who, as it turns out, is us —not to accept any announcements as authentic, no matter how authoritative their source, regarding the return of Christ ...
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Delusions, past and present

Hourglass imposed on earth, concept of time of the end
QUESTION: Jehovah’s Witnesses have long understood the facets of the sign of Christ’s presence to be a description of conditions that would precede the great tribulation. My question is, are the various facets of the sign that Jesus describes merely a description of the great tribulation, rather than events that lead up to it? There is an initial sequence of events that leads up to the ...
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Then there will be great tribulation

The Grand Master among Jehovah's Witnesses
QUESTION: You've written at various times about the influence of Masonry within the Watchtower organization over the years, so I would like to have your thoughts on a recent adjustment in the New World Translation. In the 1984 edition, at Hosea 12:14, the NWT translators chose to use "Grand Master," and likewise at Malachi 1:6 we see the same usage. This has since been adjusted in ...
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The Grand Master among Jehovah’s Witnesses

Might Jehovah alter his timetable?
QUESTION: Does the "inspired" recorded story of Jonah set a precedence for Jehovah to change his mind and delay the world’s destruction? —Especially upon those nations which have little to no say in world affairs or at the U.N. or who "know not their left hand from their right?" (Hindus, Buddhists, Shintoists, Islamists, etc... including third world countries and those opposed to JW's because of their perceived zionist ...
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Might Jehovah alter his timetable?

Michael the archangel
QUESTION: Luke 11:18,  Jesus: "If Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” If all of the world's kingdoms are Satan's, and, if the Anglo-American world power is to be the last before the Kingdom stone not cut by hands strikes the feet of the Daniel image; and, if Great Britain and America became a joint world power during WW1, how can it also be ...
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Is Satan divided against himself?

David holding the head of goliath
QUESTION: The Bible says that young David unnecessarily obtained an extra 100 foreskins, killing/mutilating an extra amount of men for King Saul and yet the Bible says that Jehovah’s spirit "continued with him" after this dirty deed. The Bible also says: "Do not become mutilators of the flesh..." and "look out for those who mutilate the flesh..." -An apparent contradiction? Their kind of warfare was disturbing to say ...
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The wars of Jehovah

harvest of the wheat and weeds
QUESTION: With 8 million JW's being so misguided, how are we to explain/understand/apply Jesus’ parting words at Matt. 28:20 ? Was the "conclusion" he was referring to including or only the destruction in 70ce? Being "with you all the days..." -Who has he been "with" for all what days? "All" means all, or does it? Amazing how one small verse can open up a whole can ...
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The Harvest is a Conclusion of a System

Elijah ascends on chariot of fire
QUESTION: Who is Elijah, foretold at Malachi 4:5, who comes before the awe-inspiring day of Jehovah? And what will he accomplish? And is he in fact the one that will be appointed over all the domestics to give them food at the proper time? The verse in question also happens to be the very last verse of the entire Hebrew collection, which states: “Look! I am ...
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Who is Elijah who is coming?

Who says "peace and security"?
Please pardon me, I have a bit of a sniffle. Here are links to related articles  ...
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Who says “peace and security”?

Guarded Secrets You Have not Known
QUESTION: Will you write an article for me and others to help with a response when talking to sisters and brothers? I appreciate your zeal and willingness to try to reason with Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is not an easy thing to do. In fact, it is near impossible. It may help to understand the underlying mindset. As you surely know the Watchtower is all-imposing upon the ...
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Guarded Secrets You Have not Known

It will crush all these kingdoms
QUESTION: Is the stone hitting the feet/toes of the Daniel image the equivalent / same as Armageddon, or, the start of the "great tribulation? And does the not mixing of the iron and clay indicate that not all peoples will support the "eighth king" / world order dictatorship with the kind of order/unity that Hitler once achieved in Germany?  As we know, the stone not made ...
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It will crush all these kingdoms

The great crowd come out of the great tribulation
Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the great crowd will live on earth when Revelation 19:1 clearly says the great crowd is in heaven? It is problematic when a single verse is used as the proof of a particular teaching. Yes, obviously, Revelation 19:1 states that John “heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven.” The question is, is that the ...
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Is the great crowd in heaven or on earth?

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