Senseless Nabal, a Type of Antichrist

//Senseless Nabal, a Type of Antichrist

Tuesday, June 7

[Abigail] was discerning and beautiful.1 Sam. 25:3.

Abigail was a noteworthy woman who lived in the 11th century B.C.E. She had discernment, whereas her husband, Nabal, was harsh, worthless, and senseless. David and his men protected Nabal’s possessions for a time, but when they asked for provisions, he “screamed insults at them” and gave them nothing. This angered David so much that he planned to do away with Nabal and his men. Hearing about this, Abigail took food and drink to David and his men, thereby preventing bloodshed.  David later said to her: “Praise Jehovah the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!” In 455 B.C.E., among those who helped to repair the walls of Jerusalem were the daughters of Shallum, a prince of half the district of Jerusalem.  They willingly did menial work. How we appreciate the many Christian women who joyfully support theocratic building projects in various ways today!


In times past the Watchtower used to emphasize what were called types and antitypes. That approach to the Bible, however, has now been discounted by the Governing Body, unless it is explicitly spelled out in the Scriptures. The March, 2015, Watchtower explained why the old approach has been deemphasized:

As we might expect, over the years Jehovah has helped “the faithful and discreet slave” to become steadily more discreet. Discretion has led to greater caution when it comes to calling a Bible account a prophetic drama unless there is a clear Scriptural basis for doing so. Additionally, it has been found that some of the older explanations about types and antitypes are unduly difficult for many to grasp. The details of such teachings—who pictures whom and why—can be hard to keep straight, to remember, and to apply. Of even greater concern, though, is that the moral and practical lessons of the Bible accounts under examination may be obscured or lost in all the scrutiny of possible antitypical fulfillments. Thus, we find that our literature today focuses more on the simple, practical lessons about faith, endurance, godly devotion, and other vital qualities that we learn about from Bible accounts.

So, one of the reasons given for discounting what were once considered prophetic dramas is for the sake of simplicity. But the problem with that approach is that the Bible is not a simple book. Take for example the man Melchizedek. He is given brief mention in the book of Genesis. However, in the 110th Psalm this seemingly insignificant character is connected to the Messiah.

Most significantly, though, the wise Christian apostle, Paul, devoted three chapters in his letter to the Hebrews (5-7) expounding upon and explaining in detail how Melchizedek was a type of Christ. And it was in connection with this very Melchizedek that Paul lamented that the Hebrews to whom he was writing could not grasp these deep things, saying to them: “We have much to say about him, and it is difficult to explain, because you have become dull in your hearing.  For although by now you should be teachers, you again need someone to teach you from the beginning the elementary things of the sacred pronouncements of God, and you have gone back to needing milk, not solid food.”

Considering the Watchtower’s rationale for their simplified approach to teaching, by their own back-handed admission Jehovah’s Witnesses have also become dull in their hearing and need to be bottle-fed simple-ingredients-infant-formula because they cannot chew the meatier matters of the Word.

sophia and CalebWhile this is undoubtedly true to an extent, unlike Paul, who at least tried to explain the weightier spiritual matters to his brothers, the Watchtower reenforces this infantile spirituality and is in fact taking the lead in dumbing down the flock. This is evident, not just in their disallowing types and antitypes now, but in their whole approach to teaching, such as the cartoon characters Sophia and Caleb, and the soap opera-like dramas and re-enactments on JW Broadcast. Meanwhile, the deep and weighty messages of the prophets are turned into practical lessons in everyday living.

It is noteworthy, though, that the same article that repudiates types and antitypes leaves open the possibility of biblical accounts serving as more than mere practical lessons. Here is what is stated in the 12th paragraph:

Should we conclude that Bible narratives have only a practical application and no other meaning? No. Today our publications are more likely to teach that one thing reminds us of or serves to illustrate another. They are less likely to present many Bible accounts in a rigid framework of prophetic types and antitypes.

This brings us to the subject matter touched upon in today’s text. And in recognition of the Watchtower’s simplified approach to Bible narratives, let the question be considered: What might the account concerning Nabal, Abigail and David remind us of or serve to illustrate as regards God’s future judgments?


There is valid reason to consider that the life of David illuminates matters related to Christ. After all, in prophecy the Messiah is referred to as “David.” In fact, the very last chapter of Revelation refers to the Christ as the offspring of David.

Although David was not king when his men guarded Nabal’s flock, he had already been anointed as the king designate and had gained national fame by slaying the hulking Philistine —Goliath. The discerning Abigail acknowledged as much when she said to David: “Pardon, please, the transgression of your servant girl, for Jehovah will without fail make for my lord a lasting house, because my lord is fighting the wars of Jehovah, and no evil has been found in you all your days.” — 1 Samuel 25:28

In saying this Abigail indicated that she recognized David as the future king and Jehovah’s appointed executioner. That is even more evident in what she next stated to him: “And when Jehovah has done for my lord all the good things he has promised and he appoints you as leader over Israel, you will have no remorse or regret in your heart for shedding blood without cause and for letting the hand of my lord take revenge. When Jehovah confers good upon my lord, remember your servant girl.”

Since Abigail discerned that David was going to be king Nabal could have and should have too. But he refused. As a consequence the account goes on to relate that Jehovah struck Nabal and he died. And David did indeed remember Abigail, making Nabal’s widow his bride.

What makes Abigail’s life-saving act of discretion so extraordinary is that she acted against her head —Nabal. And in those days a husband was considered the owner of a wife —the wife being his property.

So, what may this remind us of or illustrate?

It is most interesting when comparing David with Jesus that David was a man of war, as Abigail acknowledged —he was fighting the wars of Jehovah. Whereas, Jesus was a man of peace. However, when the superhuman offspring of David returns to claim his Kingdom he is pictured as a mighty warrior, equipped with bow and sword —intent on fighting the wars of Jehovah to the extent that all enemies of his Kingdom will be slain globally.

But Nabal was not a Philistine. Nor were his shepherds. Nabal was an Israelite, a descendent of Caleb (Not the cartoon character). And his status as an Israelite reminds us of the fact that the returning Christ commences his warfare —not against the godless enemies in the world, but against the enemies within his own spiritual nation. That is illustrated by the words of Christ himself addressed to the symbolic congregation of Pergamum: “Therefore repent. If you do not, I am coming to you quickly, and I will war with them with the long sword of my mouth.”

When Nabal screamed insults at David’s men he refused to acknowledge any debt he owed David for the fact that David’s men had kindly supported the shepherds of Nabal. This reminds us of those whom the apostle Peter wrote who will disown the owner who bought them. In other words certain men who had at one time been Christians will betray Christ and become antichrists. That destruction comes upon them speedily indicates that their disowning of the owner who bought them comes about upon the return of Christ. Elsewhere Jesus indicated that there will be many false christs and false prophets and many who will be stumbled and hate and betray one another when he returns.


The senseless Nabal, therefore, typifies the stupid and senseless prophets who are spoken of in Ezekiel and Isaiah. Of these Isaiah states: “The senseless one will no longer be called generous, and the unprincipled man will not be called noble; for the senseless one will speak nonsense, and his heart will devise harmful things, to promote apostasy and to speak what is wayward against Jehovah, to cause the hungry one to go unfed and to deprive the thirsty one of something to drink.” —Isaiah 32

The 32nd chapter of Isaiah is a prophecy related to the return of Christ, described in the first verse as the king who will reign for justice.

Of course, the Watchtower claims that Jesus began ruling in 1914 and that he has already set all matters straight. Needless to say, that is nonsense. The actual coming of Christ will make that plain as day. Then those who cling to their foolish invisible parousia will inevitably make themselves apostate enemies of the King.

Although accustomed to receiving accolades of being wise and discreet and providing nothing but the most nutritious spiritual food in the world, then they will speak sheer nonsense, like the drunken fool, Nabal. Those who look to the senseless speakers of what is harmful will go unfed and thirsty.

Then Jehovah’s Witnesses, like Abigail, will have to take decisive action that will require them to act in defiance of their organizational master. They will have to then acknowledge that the real Christ has come and that the Watchtower stands in opposition to him.

Far more than providing an example for sisters to extend themselves in theocratic building projects today, the swift action taken by Abigail that ultimately led to her becoming the wife of the king of Israel puts us in mind of the wise virgins who are taken into the wedding feast before the door is shut during the great tribulation. 


2017-05-28T08:23:22+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Commentary|28 Comments
  • Please8834

    This article not only sheds light to an ongoing partnership within the confines of organization of the Nabal like greedy gut dispositions of those men who sit on high and think they have all the answers . Its quite clear that those who’ve dedicated there lives ,physically ,financially by donating everything to the Org are at the mercy of those same men who for whatever reason decide to boot some loyal witnesses who whatchover the corporations belongings and are not going from the now smaller streamlined Walkhill complex to go back to the field are in so many words getting the same word as Nabal spoke.” We dont owe you anything”. I Personally several in this position thrown upon them. . Nice to know all you’ve given will shared with you.!

    • Please8834

      Its as Jesus said, you make my Fathers House a den of thieves and robbers..

    • excellent point of patterned parallel Revv. doubt i wouldnt have noticed without you bringing that to our attention

      • Please8834


      • Beverly kenyon

        How disrespectful to treat Jehovah’s people like infants! They possibly can’t stomach the meatier things of Gods word! So we will spiritually starve them out. And we’ll entice them by presenting it in the form of creepy Sophia and Caleb! Why would Jehovah’s people need to be taught by childish cartoons?? How demeaning? How insidious of the Man of Lawlessness. Getting to know about Melchezidek is fascinating stuff alone!! How he pictures Jesus Christ. He was a King/priest, Apostle Paul referred to him as, King of Peace and King of Righteousness, Paul also of Jesus, who has become a High Priest according to the manner of Melchezidek forever. Heb: 6:20. No mention of his genealogy. No information in the bible of the start of his life or the end of it. He remains a priest perpetually and by Jehovah’s oath, Jesus became a priest like Melchezidek. I count my blessings that I’m feasting at Brother King’s table that’s overflowing spiritual grown up food. Even with my minuscule brain I’m taking in a lot of knowledge that’s written on this site. A real eye opener!!!

        • Burt Reynolds

          It sure is. Like coming across an American sized, huge T bone steak after a life of being served yogurt.

          • Beverly kenyon

            Precisely!! Metaphorically speaking Burt, I love stuffing my face at Brother King’s King spiritual table that’s truly overflowing! So much to take in and never boring!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hiya, Burt, after I posted to you I remembered when I first jumped on this site, Joseph was one of the first to welcome me and then he went on to describe Brother King’s spiritual table. He put it across so well! I’ve not forgotten that. It’s life saving food to ones like us who were being served yoghurt.

            • patri

              Was your first comment on the lines of… ‘8th king, mmh’ or something similar Beverley? If so, I felt your intrigue!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hiya Patri, had to go do my bit at work hence the later reply. Sorry about that. Was it my post about Melchezidek? Because I’ve not posted about the 8th king. I know there’s going to be an eighth, maybe in the shape of the United Nations, (if I’m wrong please someone correct me). I absolutely accept this happening once the tribulation gets underway. I’ve not gone into it in depth but will do now. I posted about Melchezidek because it’s amazing to me how that King/Priest pictures Jesus Christ exactly! I’ve always found the Hebrew Scriptures fascinating!

            • patri

              Hello Beverley. Took myself away for a break, just along the coast from Burt, and around the corner, for three days. Had no phone signal which meant no contact with you all. Bereft!
              So glad to be catching up here having missed so much in such a short time.
              You know I joke about the WT but was thinking how much its taught me. My education really started with reading the magazines and studying God’s word, about his purpose, and the meaning of life, no hellfire, immortality of the soul.
              I remember seeing the name Melchizedek for the first time and, thinking poor boy having a name like that not realizing that names have a meaning. It’s fascinating in that he appeared and disappeared from nowhere, having no genealogy which foreshadowed Christ’s unending priesthood. He aligned with Christ in a king/priest capacity

            • patri

              (Nearly finished)
              And there’s no further mention of him other than by David and Paul. Mysterious what!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hiya, Patri, good you’re back after your break away which sounds great. You could’ve bumped into Burt because he wrote about walking his dog/dogs on the beach round about that area. Where no one makes eye contact and they sound a pretty unfriendly bunch. Lol. Funny you mentioning about WT teaching us about the bible and providing all the literature because it was only yesterday I was thinking more or less the same. How grateful I am for being taught about Jehovah’s purposes. I appreciate all of it but what I don’t appreciate is the scandalous things they’ve done and are doing. Did you know it’s a serious sin to speak out against the GB? I didn’t know that. I’m in serious trouble then. Oh, dear!
              You can miss a lot if you don’t jump on EWatchman nearly every day…’re right about that. Good to have you back. Always love reading what you have to say because you write with wit, common sense and feelings.

            • Hi Patri,

              Did you see brother Burt speed walking on the beach, and his little pooch trying to keep up? ??

            • patri

              Haha, morning Joseph…I was half hour drive away from Burt’s beach but if ever I reconnoitre there I’ll be sure to recognise Burt coz his dog wears a hat!

    • Burt Reynolds

      Do you know what is happening to the brothers and sisters thrown out of bethel? There seems to be no news at all on the Internet. It’s as though there is some great gagging process going on…possibly the threat of disfellowshipping if they complain.

  • James

    Weighty matters.

  • Christian Obadiah

    This gave me goosebumps. The types fit so well into prophecy awaiting future fulfillment.

  • sunset

    Really appreciate this article.

    • Sam

      glad to see you comment. Hope you are hanging in there 🙂

      • sunset

        Thank you!

    • patri

      Really happy to see your name again Sunset. Made my day. Best wishes and much love…

    • Burt Reynolds

      I can’t help but say good morning to you sunset!!! Greetings. We have not met before. I’m retired, both from work and from the organisation and clarifying all my learning about Jehovah all over again. And what a relief it is too.

  • Song of Hannah

    How fascinating this is! And the depth of God’s wisdom! And how wonderful to receive such bounteous spiritual food!

    • Burt Reynolds

      Yes it really does clarify the important issues to hand. The dumbing down of the word of the bible is indeed evident. The congregations seem to be fed sops and led to believe they are safe. It bothers me greatly that the damage done to them now will cloud their mind and dull their sight when the time comes to awake.

      • Beverly kenyon

        So true Burt. Being constantly fed sops does do damage to mind and body, causing weakness that you can’t be bothered and just give up! Euwww…..sops, that’s gross!

  • Marisa Gomez

    Tal como dice Rey: “hambrientos y con sed”. Asi me he sentido los ultimos tiempos…..con hambre de conocer profundamente las sagradas escrituras….sinembargo cuando leemos la Atalaya…solo consigues dormir debido a lo superficial. Gracias a Jehova por agitar el corazon de Robert para darnos alimento solido….

    • Richard Long

      In Google English:

      As King says, “hungry and thirsty.” So I have felt the last times ….. hungry to know deeply the sacred scriptures …. nevertheless when we read the Watchtower … you only get to sleep due to the superficial. Thanks to Jehovah for shaking the heart of Robert to give us solid food ….

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