Sunday, October 11

The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.Ps. 19:7.

Today, we have ample reasons for putting trust in Jehovah’s reminders, contained in his infallible Word, the Bible. Within its pages, we find God’s dealings with imperfect humankind over thousands of years. This historical narrative was recorded for our benefit. We have seen the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Prophecy could be likened to reminders that are told in advance. For example, millions have flocked to the pure worship of Jehovah, as was prophesied would occur in “the final part of the days.” Worsening world conditions also fulfill Bible prophecy. And the extensive preaching campaign going on worldwide is a direct fulfillment of Jesus’ words.  Our Creator has built up a record that we can put our trust in. Are we benefiting from it? Are we putting faith in his reminders?

Commentary

Jehovah’s reminders are trustworthy. The “reminders” of the Watchtower are less so, particularly as regards their repetitive reenforcement of the 1914, invisible parousia delusion.

But repeating a lie over and over and over cannot produce truth. It merely embeds the falsehood deeper and deeper into receptive minds.

Ironically, one of God’s trustworthy reminders came through the apostle Paul, who evidently repeatedly spoke about the apostasy that would immediately precede the genuine presence and manifestation of Christ.

The prophet, Paul, forewarned the brothers that a man of lawlessness, mere agents of the Devil, would pose as brothers, even writing letters that appeared to have originated with the apostles, declaring that the presence has begun and the day of Jehovah is here — exactly as the Watchtower has done from the moment it was incorporated.

In that context Paul reminded the brothers: “Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I used to tell you these things?”

But God only allows the deluding influence for a time and reason. Paul explained: “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.”

Notice that the purpose of the “deluding influence,” which in context must be the announcements that the presence has begun, is so that those who do not love the truth may “come believe the lie, in order that they may be judged.”

So, the lie immediately precedes the judgment of the house of God, for the purpose of judging those who know the truth but who do not love the truth as they ought. This is what is to occur in the final part of the days.

The judgment of believers is what is spoken about in the 34th chapter of Ezekiel, where it says: “And you, my sheep! Says the Lord Jehovah, I will judge between animal and animal, the rams and the he-goats.”

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