Apparently, there is a category of articles that is called “keep on the watch.” Oddly though, everything the brief article mentions has supposedly already fulfilled Bible prophecy. So, what are we to expect to see by keeping on the watch?
Evidently, the strategy of the Governing Body going forward is to convey as little information as necessary to tie to scripture to sound authoritative while being as vague as possible. Hence:
“Wars.”—Matthew 24:6. “2022 Was [the] Year the Horror of War Returned to Europe.”
Actually, the war in Ukraine has been going on for some time. After the Anglo-orchestrated coup in 2014, the newly-installed puppet regime in Kyiv immediately outlawed the Russian language. The eastern part of Ukraine is predominately ethnic Russian and was part of Russia not too many years ago. The Russians in the eastern Donbas and Lugansk regions broke away and have been experiencing the horrors of war for eight years—being bombarded incessantly up to this very moment. According to information published by the Watchtower’s beloved United Nations, over 14,000 Russians in the Donbas have been slaughtered by the Ukrainian Nazi battalions.
So, no, war did not return to Europe in 2022. It had been ongoing for almost a decade but the West demanded that no one pay attention to it. Obviously, the Watchtower has dutifully complied with prevailing propaganda machine directives. But now that NATO’s provocations have finally forced Russia to intervene, suddenly there is a war—a war, that if escalated to the next level, could potentially destroy the world. Are you keeping on the watch?
Citing Matthew 24:6 implies that the war in Ukraine fulfills Jesus’ words that we are going to hear of disturbances and reports of wars. And I believe it is just that. In fact, just a few days before the Watchtower posted their snippet I published an article entitled The Things That Must Shortly Take Place suggesting that the reports of wars and rumors of nuclear conflict taking place is part of the sign—the initial aspect of it.
However, that presents a problem for the Watchtower. That is because the disturbing reports of wars are preliminary to nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom. Jesus said: “For these things must take place first, but the end will not occur immediately.”
As all of Jehovah’s Witnesses know the foundational, bedrock teaching of the Watchtower is that World War One fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy concerning nation rising against nation. If that were true though, then the disturbances and reports of wars would have taken place prior to 1914. Obviously, prophets of Bethel can’t be bothered with those sorts of trifling details.
The next snippet proclaims that monkeypox, polio, and Covid19 are the apocalyptic pestilences that are stalking the world. Just a few years ago the Watchtower was citing non-communicable lifestyle diseases like cancer and heart disease as being the fulfillment. Whatever. (See article: A Closer Look at 1914)
Most egregious, though, the next bullet point makes that absurd claim that natural weather disasters are fulfilling what Jesus said about fearful sights from heaven:
“Fearful sights.”—Luke 21:11. “Heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and floods. Summer 2022 will certainly be remembered for the countless extreme weather events that have brought about destruction, claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and displaced millions worldwide.”
It hardly seems necessary to point out that heatwaves, droughts, and floods are part of the natural weather cycle and have been in operation for all of recorded history—well, at least since Noah’s Flood. Given the recent cold wave in North America and the four feet of snow that buried upstate New York, I am surprised the Watchtower did not include blizzards on their list of apocalyptic weather events.
Keep in mind though, in some parts of the earth monsoon floods are a vital part of the natural cycle. Even wildfires are part of the cycle of renewal. As fear-inspiring as a tornado or a raging wildfire may be, these natural phenomena have been taking place for thousands of years and are not out of the ordinary. It should be noted too that the so-called natural disasters could be ameliorated by humans. For example, the wildfires in California are made far worse because stupid politicians have prevented proper forest management. Floods have become more destructive because shortsighted politicians refuse to fund infrastructure maintenance and development. As an example, hurricane Sandy which flooded New York in 2012, could have been prevented by the construction of surge barriers and sea gates to control a devastating tidal surge. Mayor Bloomberg claimed the one billion dollar price tag was too expensive. Hurricane Sandy caused $19,000,000,000 in damages.
World War II did the unimaginable—it actually dwarfed its predecessor, killing scores of millions of people. Huge aircraft carriers, virtual floating cities, plied the seas and unleashed warplanes to rain death from the skies upon enemy targets. Submarines torpedoed and sank enemy vessels. And atom bombs were dropped, claiming thousands of lives in each crushing blow! Just as Jesus prophesied, there have indeed been “fearful sights” to mark this warring age.– WT 1997 Are These Really the Last Days?
But the real question is: are heatwaves, natural storms, wildfires, and droughts the actual fulfillment of Bible prophecy? The Watchtower says no, but they also say yes. Until recently, the Watchtower claimed that the fearful sights involved flying war machines and especially the explosions of the two atom bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan. The towering mushroom clouds boiling into the heavens are surely a fear-inspiring sight to behold.
It should be noted that in context Jesus said: “there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.” If hurricanes, tornados, droughts, and wildfires are the fearful sights Jesus foretold, what might be the great signs that appear in heaven that accompany these fearful sights? Is that why the Watchtower only posts fragments of scriptures out of context? Perhaps the seers of Bethel may soon jump on the Evangelicals’ end-times bandwagon and assign prophetic significance to eclipses, blood moons lunacy, shooting comets, asteroids, and the like.
The article concludes with the question: What Will the Next Year Bring?
No one can say for certain what will happen in 2023. What we do know is that soon, God’s Kingdom, or heavenly government, will intervene in earth’s affairs. That government will eliminate the cause of human suffering and ensure that God’s will is done on the earth.
I believe it too. I believe that soon God’s Kingdom will intervene in earth’s affairs in a big way. How will divine intervention be manifest on earth? If I may be so bold, I expect war on an unprecedented scale. Pestilence—far worse than the Covid flu that was released as a pretext for rolling out the deadly vaccines—far more deadly than monkeypox and polio.
Food shortages caused by the deliberate destruction of fossil fuel-based agriculture, transport and distribution systems are already in play. We may expect fearful sights from the heavens in the form of hypersonic missiles with nuclear warheads, cruise missiles, and deadly drones. Perhaps space-based weapons that have never been acknowledged will rain down destruction from the heavens. Undoubtedly, terrifying sights will darken the heavens in the form of radioactive mushroom clouds. Did not Jesus foretell that men will become faint with fear in expectation of the horrors coming on the world?
Given the fact that the British empire and their CIA offshoot have been secretly promoting the UFO hoax for decades, we may expect some sort of simulated alien invasion from heaven to add to the chaos and turmoil accompanying the crash of the London-centered global financial system. It will be the demons’ last stand, so we can expect the doomed gods to use all their powers to deceive.
According to Bible prophecy, the leaders of God’s people up to the point of the sudden coming of Christ will have promoted a false coming of Christ—a fake parousia. The promoters of this fraud present themselves as prophets—or at least the interpreters of biblical prophecy.
WOE TO THE STUPID PROPHETS!
Both Isaiah and Ezekiel liken their work to those who would fabricate an impressive wall symbolizing their organizational authority. In the 13th chapter of Ezekiel Jehovah refers to these leaders of his people as the “stupid prophets.” Of them God says: “Because you have spoken what is false and your visions are a lie, I am against you,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. My hand is against the prophets whose visions are false and who foretell a lie. They will not be among the people with whom I confide; nor will they be written in the registry of the house of Israel; nor will they return to the land of Israel; and you will have to know that I am the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. All of this is because they have led my people astray by saying, “There is peace!” when there is no peace. When a flimsy partition wall is built, they are plastering it with whitewash.” — Ez 13:8-10
The “year of turmoil” article is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to plaster another watered-down bucket of whitewash on their flimsy 1914 construct.
As for the coming year, the Watchtower’s exhortation to keep on the watch is good advice. I expect the proxy war between NATO and Russia to go hot. And when it does it will become apparent that 1914 was an elaborate hoax.
Having played the role of Ezekiel up until now I have followed the pattern and notified the Governing Body that their whitewashed wall is doomed to fall in fulfillment of this: “Tell those plastering with whitewash that it will fall. A torrential downpour will come, hailstones will fall, and powerful windstorms will break it down.”
I expect to soon deliver Jehovah’s post-crash rhetorical question to them: “And when the wall falls you will be asked, ‘Where is your coating of plaster?’”