This is a Watchtower Review post considering the article entitled: Keep Your Senses When Your Loyalty Is Tested. The scripture theme is “Keep your senses in all things.”
3) Have you ever felt mistreated by a fellow Christian, perhaps someone in a position of responsibility? Likely, the brother did not intend to hurt you. Still, his actions may have upset you. You may have lost sleep thinking about the matter. You may have even wondered, ‘If a brother can act this way, is this really God’s organization?’ That is exactly how Satan wants us to react. (2 Cor. 2:11) Such negative thinking could cause us to separate ourselves from Jehovah and his organization. So if we feel that a brother or a sister has mistreated us, how can we keep our senses and avoid giving in to harmful thinking?
Let’s take it one step further: What if the hypothetical person in a position of responsibility is the leadership of the Watchtower? True, you probably do not have a personal interaction with members of the Governing Body, but as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you are under their authority. You have been persuaded to trust them, even as this series of articles implores you.
Nevertheless, how, for example, will you react when it is apparent to you that the Watchtower has overstepped its authority by strongly recommending that you receive injections of gene-altering therapy that you know is dangerous? It is especially problematic when a member of the Governing Body claims that Jehovah has lovingly provided the “vaccines” so his people can stay in the land of the living, even though the Covid virus is no more lethal than the common flu.
Will you believe that our loving heavenly Father, the Designer of the marvelous immune system, would actually prescribe a worthless and potentially deadly medical procedure? But if Jehovah did not provide the “vaccines” why would the leaders of Jehovah’s organization require that all elders take the injections in order to attend a ministerial school? Doesn’t this indicate that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Jehovah’s organization?
Actually, no. In fact, it proves that it is. How so? God long ago foresaw the outcome. For example, did you know that when the Israelites first entered the land of promise God told them in advance that they would rebel and that he would punish them by throwing them out? God has also used his foreknowledge to reveal that his Christian organization would also rebel against him as an immediate precursor to the return of Christ to initiate the judgment. Virtually all the Hebrew prophets speak of this, and of course, the Christian prophet, Paul, foretold that the apostasy must come first-–first, before the parousia.
Regarding Isaiah, God denounced the leaders of Israel addressing them as the dictators of Sodom. He then said to them: “And when you spread out your palms, I hide my eyes from you. Although you offer many prayers, I am not listening; your hands are filled with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove your evil deeds from my sight; stop doing bad. Learn to do good, seek justice, correct the oppressor, defend the rights of the fatherless child, and plead the cause of the widow.” — Isaiah 1:15-17
There is no question that the Governing Body is blood guilty before God. They may claim to be faithful and discreet before men but they will not be able to con God Almighty. There is no need to go into more detail here to appreciate that the leaders of the Watchtower are hardly the defenders of the proverbial fatherless child. Far from it! They are the oppressors, just as Jehovah foresaw long ago.
Still, God, in his finite mercy extends the opportunity for those who have acted wickedly to get it right. The next verse states: “Come, now, and let us set matters straight between us,” says Jehovah. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be made as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson cloth, they will become like wool. If you show willingness and listen, you will eat the good things of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword, for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken it.”
Keep in mind God is addressing those whom he dubbed “the dictators of Sodom.” What a merciful God! When will this opportunity come about to set matters straight? The opening verse in the second chapter reveals the answer: “In the final part of the days, the mountain of the house of Jehovah will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, and it will be raised up above the hills, and to it all the nations will stream.” So, the prophecy is not about the literal house of Israel at all. It applies to Christ’s congregation that will exist when the final part of the days commences.
But isn’t the prophecy already being fulfilled? The Watchtower claims that the influx of persons from all nations who become Jehovah’s Witnesses is fulfilling this now. No. That is a false interpretation. Everything attached to 1914 is false because the myth that Jesus began ruling in 1914 is the foretold operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs portending to be the sign of Christ’s presence. I have written about these matters extensively. According to Isaiah Jehovah has poured a deep sleep upon the visionaries and prophets. They are spiritually drunk and cannot discern the deeper things. They will remain in a spiritually drunken state until they are roused from the stupor by sudden terror, which will accompany the coming of Christ to set matters straight. Already the outer squall bands of the global tempest of Jehovah are sweeping the earth.
WHEN WE RECEIVE DISCIPLINE
7) Accept discipline, and make the needed adjustments. More than once, Jesus corrected Peter in front of the other apostles. (Mark 8:33; Luke 22:31-34) What a humbling experience! However, Peter remained loyal to Jesus. He accepted the discipline and learned from his mistakes. Consequently, Jehovah rewarded Peter’s loyalty and assigned him weighty responsibilities in the congregation. (John 21:15-17; Acts 10:24-33; 1 Pet. 1:1) What can we learn from Peter’s example? We benefit ourselves and others when we see beyond the embarrassment of the discipline, accept the correction, and make the needed adjustments. When we do so, we become even more useful to Jehovah and to our brothers.
The Watchtower makes some very important points. What can we learn from Peter’s example? Peter said a lot of foolish things. He ignorantly tried to dissuade Christ from fulfilling his destiny, only to be rebuked as a tool of Satan. Worse, he lied and denied knowing Jesus. After his resurrection though Christ graciously forgave him and appointed him as his spokesman on Pentecost and beyond. The point is, Jesus personally disciplined Peter. Christ will do the same when he returns.
Expanding on the question he had previously posed to the disciples: “Who really is the faithful steward, the discreet one, whom his master will appoint over his body of attendants to keep giving them their measure of food supplies at the proper time? — Jesus went on to say: “Then that slave who understood the will of his master but did not get ready or do what he asked will be beaten with many strokes. But the one who did not understand and yet did things deserving of strokes will be beaten with few. Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him, and the one who was put in charge of much will have more than usual demanded of him.” — Luke 12:47-48
There is no way to avoid it. Those who have been put in charge of much will have to make an accounting to the master. If, as James warned, teachers will receive a heavier judgment, how much more so will the teachers of the teachers have an accounting demanded of them? Christ is going to flog all those who have been appointed to provide spiritual food. Some will be punished severely, even with death, and some will only be punished lightly. But all will be disciplined. Only after their public humiliation will the “faithful slave” be appointed over all of the masters’ belongings.
WHEN WE STRUGGLE TO ADAPT TO ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES
14) Vlado, a 73-year-old elder in Slovenia, struggled when his congregation merged with another congregation and the Kingdom Hall that he attended was closed. He says: “I did not understand why such a beautiful Kingdom Hall would be closed. I felt hurt because we had recently renovated the hall. I am a carpenter, and I had built some of the new furniture. Also, the reorganization required many adjustments that were not easy for us older publishers.” What helped Vlado to support the direction? He explains: “Adapting to changes made by Jehovah’s organization always brings blessings. These refinements are preparing us for even greater changes in the future.” Are you struggling with the adjustments that come with a congregation merge or an assignment change? Be assured that Jehovah understands your feelings. When you support such changes and loyally stick to Jehovah and the organization that he is using, you will surely be blessed. —Ps. 18:25.
Brother Vlado was right. The upsets and outrages are preparing us for greater changes in the future. The coming changes will be fast and furious and will be hard to comprehend. But if we keep in mind Jehovah’s past judgments then we will not draw away from Christ when he comes to execute those who have rebelled against God and have partnered with thieves, as God long ago foresaw.
It is also good to keep in mind that although the Watchtower has defrauded entire congregations by evicting them from the very Kingdom Halls they built and paid for, foremost the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses has played false to God; that is because each and every place of worship they have flipped for profit had been solemnly dedicated to Jehovah God. There are consequences for taking something that belongs to Jehovah.
16) You can maintain your trust in Jehovah and his organization when your loyalty is tested. But to do so, you need to keep your senses, that is, to stay calm, think clearly, and see matters from Jehovah’s perspective. Be determined to study about Bible characters who successfully coped with similar issues and meditate on their examples. Pray to Jehovah for help. And never isolate yourself from the congregation. Then, come what may, Satan will not be able to separate you from Jehovah or His organization. —Jas. 4:7.
Jesus forewarned his first-century disciples that Jerusalem was going to be destroyed—including Jehovah’s temple, where Jesus himself preached and his apostles afterward. Christians would have their faith tested. Would they react as Jesus instructed them to when they heard that the Romans had begun undermining the temple wall?
Similarly, Christians will be required to leave behind Jehovah’s organization when it becomes apparent beyond denial that a disgusting thing is standing where it ought not. Leading up to this development Jesus foretold: “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.”
If any of Jehovah’s Witnesses doubt the ability of God to humiliate the leadership of the organization they had better come to their senses, as the article advises. As it stands the Governing Body has brushed off the mounting evidence that Christ did not return in 1914. But when World War Three commences they will not be able to deny the truth any longer. In that day the prophets will be ashamed.
Already Russia is preparing for total war with NATO and America. Even with the knowledge that redlines have already been crossed, Germany is being compelled by London’s crumbling empire to send Leopard battle tanks into Ukraine—knowing that Russia’s reaction will be furious and may be the trigger for the destruction of Europe. After all, there are still Russians living who remember when Hitler’s panzers invaded their homeland. Vladimir Putin’s older brother died as a child as a result of Germany’s invasion. No wonder sober observers have sounded the alarm. Even the symbolic Doomsday Clock was advanced to 90 seconds to midnight.
The Watchtower’s advice is sound and scriptural. Be determined to keep your senses even as the world is plunged into unimaginable carnage and chaos that will be incomprehensible.