You do not know you are blind and naked

//You do not know you are blind and naked

Jehovah’s Witnesses Daily Text

Sunday, March 26

We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.Zech. 8:23.

If it is not possible to know with certainty the names of all spiritual Israelites on earth today, how can members of the other sheep “go with” them? Notice what the prophecy in Zechariah states concerning the figurative ten men. These ones would “take firm hold of the robe of a Jew, saying: ‘We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.’” Although only one Jew is mentioned here, in both instances the pronoun “you” refers to more than one person. This spiritual Jew must, then, be a composite person, not just one individual! So it is not necessary to identify every spiritual Jew and then go with him or her. Rather, we need to identify these ones as a group and then support them as such. In no way do the Scriptures encourage us to follow an individual. Jesus is our Leader.

COMMENTARY

When it comes to evaluating Watchtower teachings as to whether they be true or false, a good way to keep things straight in our minds is that, as a general rule, everything doctrinally is correct, and everything connected to prophecy is wrong —at least as far as modern fulfillments are concerned. And, of course, the reason everything related to prophecy is wrong is because of the 1914, kingdom-came delusion. Today’s text is a classic example.

To highlight their ongoing fumbling, folly, about four years ago the Watchtower’s seers discerned that the parables concerning the faithful and evil slaves and the wise and foolish virgins had not been completely fulfilled. And their fulfillment is directly related to the coming of Christ. Prior to 2013 Jehovah’s Witnesses were taught that the faithful slave was appointed over all of the master’s belongings back in 1918-19. The evil slave was identified as the International Bible Students who refused to go forward with the Watchtower Society after their leader, Pastor Russell, died.  But now it is understood that the master has neither rewarded nor punished his slaves.

Similarly, the parable of the wise and foolish virgins was “adjusted” so as to have a future fulfillment as well, which will result in the contingent of foolish virgins being locked out of the marriage feast.

The Watchtower obfuscates or at least minimizes the fact that the faithful and evil, wise and foolish, are in association prior to the coming of Christ. But the implications of their “adjustment” are profound. Assuming Christ comes in the near future it means that a sizable number of persons presently identifying themselves as anointed in association with Jehovah’s Witnesses, even among the Bethel leadership, will not be among those who are ultimately received into the Kingdom. Instead of shining as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom they will be thrown into the outer darkness to weep and gnash their teeth.

Since this is the Watchtower’s own implied understanding, how is it possible for the symbolic 10 men of the nations to take hold of the robe of the anointed Jew and expect him to be a reliable guide? More to the point, how can this composite man exist at this present time if he is composed of both faithful and unfaithful elements? Worded another way, since by the Watchtower’s own words we may expect an unfaithful faction to emerge from among those presently identified as anointed guides, what might be the outcome of taking hold of the robe of people who wind up weeping and gnashing their teeth in the darkness? Would it not be the same outcome as those whom Jesus said were following blind guides?

Consider the words of Christ addressed to the Laodicean congregation in Revelation: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or else hot. So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich and have acquired riches and do not need anything at all,’ but you do not know that you are miserable and pitiful and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may become dressed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be exposed, and eyesalve to rub in your eyes so that you may see.”

Without doubt Jesus adjudged the Laodiceans to be his slaves. That is why he knows their deeds. He has examined them. Unlike the masses of those who claim to serve Christ, saying “Lord, Lord: did we know prophesy in your name…?” and to whom Jesus will respond: “I never knew you” —Jesus knows the “Laodiceans.” And because he knows their deeds he is aware that they are not fulfilling their obligation to slave for him whole-souled. Because of their pitiable spiritual condition Christ implores them to buy gold and white garments from him and eyesalve to cure their spiritual blindness, before it is too late.

Those Laodiceans, who find a modern counterpart in the Lord’s day, boast of being spiritually rich. They need nothing at all, or so they think. They are oblivious to their own pathetic condition —being miserable, poor, blind and stark naked under the gaze of the flaming eyes of Christ.

Remarkably, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses are much like the Laodiceans whom Jesus addressed in Revelation. They claim to be fully enlightened. There is nothing anyone could possibly teach them about the truth. They have acquired riches, not only in the form of physical wealth —being pampered like kings in the lap of luxury in their new lakeside estate, but in a spiritual sense they present themselves as the “Jew” whom God is with. They imagine that all of Jehovah’s Witnesses must cling to their royal “robe” and accept their every utterance as if from the very mouth of God. Pitifully, they do not realize they are naked and blind.

They have no inkling that the coming of Christ initiates the judgment of the house of God. As a demonstration of their blindness, the coming of the messenger of the covenant with the fire of a refiner, whose refining work will clarify them like gold and silver, has been relegated to a mere footnote in theocratic history, supposedly having taken place in 1918. The evidence of Christ’s fiery refining work? The International Bible Students stopped wearing their cross and crown lapel pins.

Their preferred interpretation of Malachi renders it into meaninglessness. And the question posed in prophecy – “But who will endure the day of his coming, and who will be able to stand when he appears?” Apparently the answer is no one. Besides the fact that there are no reports that Christ appeared to anyone back in 1918, virtually everyone who was alive then and presumably standing, has long since passed away.

The resolution? The coming of Christ will turn everything upside down. The evil slave will be thrown out. Then the righteous be made to shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom. That is when all the remaining ones are gathered into Christ. That is when God will be with his people. Then is when the man who is a Jew will lead the meek to God.

Will some individuals from among the Governing Body be among the righteous, composite man? Perhaps, but not as members of the Governing Body. Christ’s judgment will make those who are first last, and the last first.

2017-07-13T15:21:09+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Commentary|38 Comments
  • “take firm hold of the robe of a Jew, saying: ‘We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.’” – Robert has proved Jehovah is with him, he is an anointed Jew (man of Jehovah). many have taken a firm hold on of what he has provided here on the Watchmans Post

  • “Without doubt Jesus adjudged the Laodiceans to be his slaves. That is why he knows their deeds. He has examined them. Unlike the masses of those who claim to serve Christ, saying “Lord, Lord: did we know prophesy in your name…?” and to whom Jesus will respond: “I never knew you” —Jesus knows the “Laodiceans.””

    haha, good point, #NotChristendom

    • Francis Bencharles

      If any of the Laodiceans are naked and without an outer robe they are either not a part of the Bride of Christ or they are spirit anointed but lack a valid water baptism. They could be clean in the spirit but not in the flesh. Also, if many who now claim to be of Christ’s Bride are not as mentioned in this report by e-watchman, then there are a counter number who are not recognized by the Watchtower who are a part of the Bride. The number of 144,000 must be filled. That is the purpose of the revelation of the Bride after the marriage ceremony. If you don’t have the marriage garment you will be thrown out of the marriage celebration because Jesus knows exactly who are his and who are not. Those that lack a valid water baptism because the Watchtower lost authority over theirs due to their being a publicly unrepentant sinner (how can you oversee a baptism of repentance when you as an organization stand as an unrepentant sinner? The answer is you can’t and Jehovah would not allow it.). The real members of Christ Bride are those of the group that has not bent a knee to modern day Baal, the Governing Body which has become a God and a Golden Calf to JW’s who are not spiritually aware like many hear are. That is not to say that all on the Governing Body are unfaithful, but some clearly are and just blend in masquerading as faithful followers of Christ. Some are part of the Anti-Christ.

      • lack of being dunked into water as baptism isnt going to prevent Jehovah from knowing those who belong to him.

        Jesus reconized the Laodiceans as his congragation. obviously they needed ajustment to keep it that way and in order to be aproved beyond that. those of Babylon obviously arnt considered Jehovah’s people and would need major adjustments to even be approved as his sheep.

        if you are clean in spirit then clean fleash means nothing because it too will be made clean by spirit.

        there will be 7,000 on hand during the GT. e-Watchman has several essays on that topic.

        water baptism means nothing if your heart is not approved by Jehovah. being dunked isnt a case of once dunked always saved. nothing magical about it

        • Francis Bencharles

          Although the members of the Laodicean Congregation thought they had everything, Jesus clearly pointed out that they were naked and needed and outer garment which they currently lacked.

          In Matthew 22 it mentions another garment that might be the same or similar to the garment Jesus mentioned in Revelation 3 to the Laodiceans.

          “When the king came (Jesus) in to inspect the guests) (at his wedding), he caught sight of a man not wearing a marriage garment. (only the friends of the groom or bride would be invited and the garment is proof of invitation, you have a salvation covenant which allows you to be present at the marriage) 12 So he said to him, ‘Fellow, how did you get in here without a marriage garment?’ He was speechless. 13 Then the king said to his servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and throw him into the darkness outside. There is where his weeping and the gnashing of his teeth will be.’ (This person was not entitled to be there as he didn’t have the “proper” garment on, if he had on a garment at all)

          The Laodiceans are clearly part of the “Israel of God” as they are mentioned with all the other “congregations” in Revelation. So, their garment identifies them as being worthy to be a part of that esteemed group, so being without that garment must mean something substantial. They are clearly a part of Laodicea, so their heavenly baptism is in tact. That leaves only their earthly baptism that could be in Jeopardy. Well when the Watchtower committed “spiritual” adultry with the U.N. that was a grievous sin against God that would require a public repentance, since it was a very public sin. They have never repented and therefore they have lost their earthly cleanliness. The outside of their proverbial cup is clean, but the inside is very dirty. The cup must be clean both inside and out in order to be accepted. Jesus will provide these ones with the means to make themselves clean and acceptable to God and Christ when he comes. That’s why it is so important especially for the remnant to listen to Jesus voice and “follow him wherever he goes” like is also recommended in Revelation.

          • go arguee with the WT about it. i dont care. the white robe is symbolic of the proper way of life Jehovah approves. salvation is by his approval not lack of being dunked in water.

            • Francis Bencharles

              e-watchman has clearly shown in his commentary that the Watchtower is Blind (spiritually) and they would never accept commentary from anyone other than another spiritually blind person on the writing committee or Governing Body committee. Although, there is a physical fulfillment of the seven headed ten horned wild beast I think the Watchtower is the spiritual fulfillment of it at this point. They are “headed” by seven members of the GB and the seven heads or chairmen of the seven committees of the GB, writing, service etc that totals 7 heads and the ten horns are the ten regions that are run by the regional committees that are under the seven heads of the GB and ensuing committee arrangement. They do not accept spiritual things from anyone but themselves and by their account they get all that inspiration directly from God through his Holy Spirit. We know that is a lie due to all the falsehoods that they teach that they attribute directly to direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

            • KB

              Interesting point.

            • You are getting some wires crossed up on your circuitry there, bro.

              http://www.abc.net.au/cm/lb/6780204/large16x9/large-hero-image.jpg-large16x9.jpg

            • Joseph Stephan

              Francisco, need some wire cutters, think I might have an extra pair in my toolbox!
              Haha hahaha

            • Richard Long

              Is this who you thought I was when I first posted the “rich man’s trick” video? No wonder you met me on the front porch with a loaded shotgun!

            • Joseph Stephan

              Yup, sorry Richard…I still feel bad about that . I owe you one when we get to paradise! ?

              Chuck Norris style ??????

              https://youtu.be/LdVBkn6ohH8

            • Richard Long

              Clint Eastwood style. And I completely understand now. All forgotten but the value for use in future humorous musing and devastating irony.

            • Joseph Stephan

              Hope it brought some humor to your evening, that clip cracks me up everytime!

            • Southern ShaSha

              You are all to much. Enjoying a big glass of ice tea, reading e-watchman, when I violently shot it out of my nose, but the humor in it all was worth the pain!!!

            • Burt Reynolds

              Ha ha ha. That was a really funny mental picture for me. Sounds like you’re a sister to Beverly.

            • It has been years since I laughed so long and hard. I had no idea Chuck Norris was that good of a shot.

            • Joseph Stephan

              I’m sure glad you laughed as hard as me, (tears) some people found it offensive…… the power of editing stupid YouTube falls. ???????????????

            • Burt Reynolds

              That had me laughing and feeling guilty at the same time.

            • nope

            • Richard Long

              Sir, for the love of Jehovah, would you please, please, please just stop typing. I am only speaking for myself, but you need to understand​ that the reason I am here, rather than the KH two blocks from my home is that I just couldn’t stand wasting my time being spoon fed from the magazines and the books explaining prophecy were so convoluted and circularly reasoned so as to make one dread subjecting ones mind to the exercise. If Robert has one gift, it is the art of teaching. His explanation of scripture is so surpassingly streamlined that my,

            • Burt Reynolds

              Wow! That was the most eloquent declaration of faith I have ever read, a two edged sword straight through your own heart. A plea for truth born of a heartfelt love of Jehovah and if you did but know it, a mirror to all who dwell here. It Is followers of Christ like you that Jehovah is seeking throughout the earth – those that recognise their own needs, their own trials, that earnestly seek to clear their way of entanglement, lovers of truth, weary of the ways of the world, seeking even just a grain of clarity where it may yet be found. Just reading such a declaration, such a heartfelt supplication for the truth, is in itself a wonderful refreshment to the soul and a signal of encouragement that we are not alone in our struggle. No matter who it was directed to…..we all must make our own way, honestly reflected through consideration or not……..your affirmation of the struggle to find that way appeals greatly to all who read it. I feel tremendously uplifted by it.

            • Richard Long

              and yet, I’m feeling a little embarrassed for just puking that out right here in front of everyone. I’m sure Robert is shaking his head and sighing.

            • Burt Reynolds

              I’m sure we all frustrate Robert one way or another, but on the other hand, perhaps he is overjoyed at the diversity within, and deep love that people have for his site so that they are jealous of it, as Jehovah is of his right as Jehovah, at ‘causing to become’ and all that such entails. A righteous indignation therefore. What did the chap do who found the pearl in the field….he bought the whole field, not just to secure his find, but ensure ownership of it. When a person finds the watchtower, did we not defend it against all comers, and at least try to develop the mindset to die for it also? How much more then, when we unravel the riddle within the mystery that is wrapped inside an enigma that is the watchtower ? With due respect to those who seek to explain; when the trumpet sounds with clarity as it did at Jericho, why should we make such a noise that we cannot hear it? If you ‘regurgitated’ anything at all, it was a love of the truth and the peace that is so desired that comes from it. And we all feel the same way.

            • Joseph Stephan

              As our beloved brother from Chicago would say, ” Here Here”

        • Richard Long

          Right, DA. And further, realizing that my 1991 baptism included the corrupted “WT is the co-owner of your existence and controller or your mind” clause kinda creeps me out and makes me feel like I need to be re-baptized. Only, THAT baptism was a re-baptism of my age 14 Baptist Church baptism. So, what then? Feels like baptism by fire is all I have left. I’m just so ready to be dealt with honestly, even if it’s an honest death. At least then I can be sure I’m no longer personally adding to the reproach to Jehovah.

      • Richard Long

        Words, words, and more words.

  • Proverbs 30:8-9 amen

  • Burt Reynolds

    I learn so much here that I have been looking at for years without actually understanding the meaning of what I was reading, suckered into acceptance by the watchtower. Some though has been kept hidden, even by them, namely the idiocy in their teachings that would immediately prick the ears up. If I had known that the governing body actually believed that Christ’s fiery refining work was completed by the bible students ditching their cross and crown pins, I would woken years ago. It’s nothing short of insulting! I don’t ever remember being told of the reasoning behind their interpretation, only that the interpretation was already accepted. My fault for not checking! I suppose that was part of the deception and still is. Perhaps if the governing body were made to reiterate their basis for belief on all prophetic matters, they may even wake themselves up. Ditching lapel pins! I can’t even believe I just read it! ‘….and the truth shall set you free.’

    • I was being somewhat facetious with the cross and crown pin thing. That is one of the things they point to, but there are others. Nothing very substantial though.

      • Burt Reynolds

        Well the fact that it is so believable speaks volumes in itself !

  • KB

    This really spells out what the future events will be like. One of my favorite commentaries.

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    Yes by this I can say who really is feeding the flock. Yes Robert King is like the ancient prophet Jeremiah, He is the real Jew and we all take firm hold on watchman’s robe. Am I correct?

  • Yuri

    Hello dear brothers and sisters.
    Yes it is very refreshing to read comments here. We all live in ocean of lies. Lies from the world and lies from WT. We all here looking for truth. And this site and Robert King giving us true information. I personally thank him for it. WT leaders blinded by their lies. And they persecute everyone who say to them the truth about their situations. So sad that we have to suffer persecutions from Jehovahs organisation. Jehovah sees it and he is boiling from anger on elders and overseers. They blind others by their false teachings. How sad that most of my brothers in my congregation whom I love do not see it. Just now we have had visit fom overseer. He knows about my opinion. And he did not talk to me about spiritual things at all. As if I am not spiritual brother. Only few words about small matters and this is it. No words of spiritual encouragment. Thank God I have this site for spiritual encouragment. I do not need WT encouragment. But this just shows how low many of the elders are. Not all of them but many. They ignore true encouragment.

    May Jehovah bless you all who visit this site. Stay strong and we will see the end of WT. And new clean organization of Jehovah will be.

    • Song of Hannah

      Yes Yuri and I think it is going to get even worse, and eventually all the bad Elders will slowly ace out the few good ones still left, as they “who with a false word make others guilty, Who lay traps for the defender in the city gate, And who with empty arguments deny justice to the righteous one.” – Is 29:21

      And I really believe that this will indeed come about, for how else could Ezekiel 34 be fulfilled? It says that ALL the shepherds are dismissed.

      • Yuri

        We see now hpw WT organization gpes from bad to worse. Once we have had very good elders. At least in our former congregation 30 years ago. Now we cannot say about our elders nothing good. They all like mindless machines. Only few are showing real feelings. All they care is hours and regulations. They miss Christianity all together. They think they are Christians. But they play game of WT. They became like Jewish leaders of Jesus days. And also Jewish leaders now. All they care is regulations. Satan put them in the same deadly trap. If they will not change they will be judged by coming Jesus. No way they will escape.

  • Leonard k

    Isaiah 42:19
    Who is blind except my servant,So deaf as the messenger I send? Who is so blind as the one rewarded,So blind as the servant of Jehovah?

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