“This is what will be done to you, O Bethel”

//“This is what will be done to you, O Bethel”

Sunday, May 29

Where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them rise up if they can save you in your time of calamity.Jer. 2:28.

Israel did not prove faithful to Jehovah. They allowed themselves to be influenced by nations that worshipped gods of wood and stone. Instead of producing fine fruitage by practicing pure worship and acting as Jehovah’s faithful witnesses, Israel produced the rotten fruitage of idolatry.  Thus, Jesus told the hypocritical Jewish leaders of his day: “The Kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits.”  Only those in the “new covenant,” foretold by Jehovah through his prophet Jeremiah, could be part of that new nation, spiritual Israel. Of the spiritual Israelites who would be brought into that new covenant, Jehovah had prophesied: “I will become their God, and they will become my people.” Jehovah made spiritual Israel his people in the first century.

Commentary

The Watchtower Society did not prove faithful to Jehovah. They allowed themselves to be influenced by the nations that worshipped gods of wood and stone. Instead of producing fine fruitage by practicing pure worship and acting as Jehovah’s faithful witnesses, the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses has produced the rotten fruitage of idolatry.

The more successful the Watchtower has become, the more persons who have been baptized into “Jehovah’s spirit-directed organization,” the more money it has amassed, the more properties it has acquired, the more it has trusted in itself. That is why the opening verses of the 10th chapter of Hosea, cited in the text, says: “Israel is a degenerate vine yielding its fruit. The more his fruit increases, the more he multiplies his altars; The better his land produces, the more splendid his sacred pillars. Their heart is hypocritical; now they will be found guilty. There is one who will break their altars and destroy their pillars.”

In the days of the 10 tribe kingdom the one who broke their altars and destroyed their pillars was the king of Assyria. During the conclusion Jesus foretold that a disgusting thing will bring desolation upon a holy place.

In order to help his followers understand what is to occur Jesus advised the discerning reader to consult the holy book of Daniel, the eighth chapter of which foretells that a fierce-looking king will come against the Prince of princes. He does that by throwing down Christ’s congregation, that is to say those who are in the new covenant. Here is what it says: “It exalted itself even against the Prince of the army, and from him the constant feature was taken away, and the established place of his sanctuary was thrown down. And an army was given over, together with the constant feature, because of transgression; and it kept throwing truth to the earth, and it acted and had success. And I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one speaking: ‘How long will the vision of the constant feature and of the transgression causing desolation continue, to make both the holy place and the army things to trample on?”’

But as regards the new covenant, in the 31st chapter of Jeremiah (cited in the text) Jehovah spoke of the creation of the new covenant in the context of the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem and the restoration of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon, yet the new covenant would not come into existence for nearly a half millennia.

The reason the new covenant is connected to the repurchase of Israel is because the ultimate accomplishment of the new covenant, which is to create a kingdom composed of 144,000 immortals, will not be realized until after the desolation. That is why in Jeremiah God says: “‘And they will no longer teach each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know Jehovah!’ for they will all know me, from the least to the greatest of them, declares Jehovah. ‘For I will forgive their error, and I will no longer remember their sin.”’

The full implementation of the new covenant will bring an end to the teaching work of the Watchtower. After all, is not the stated purpose of the ministry of Jehovah’s Witnesses to teach people to know Jehovah? But when all of the holy ones are made to know Jehovah both as a Punisher of the errand and the Repurchaser, there will no longer be any need for a publishing company to teach anyone.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Watchtower Bible House, Allegheny PennsylvanniaAs regards the hypocrisy of the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses at this present time, as you know, Bethel started out in the 1880’s as a little three story building in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. But C.T. Russell thought it best to move the headquarters to Brooklyn, then known as the city of churches. So, since 1909 Bethel became a fixture in Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of the sprawling New York City.

Over the course of the decades Bethel prospered. More and more buildings were purchased and renovated as offices and dormitory facilities for the growing Bethel family. In the mid 70’s the Watchtower purchased the rundown Towers Hotel and completely gutted it and renovated it from the inside out, using mostly the volunteer labors of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But a few years ago the Watchtower’s board of directors decided to leave Brooklyn and build a new headquarters in the countryside.

The real estate market is hot for waterfront property facing the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Watchtower stands to make a billion dollars on the sale of a few dozen properties. And now that a small army of Jehovah’s Witnesses skilled in the construction trades and willing to devote themselves to the project are readily available, it seems like a wise business decision. Buyers are apparently especially salivating over the coveted Brooklyn Heights, Towers building. 

But should properties and facilities once dedicated to God in solemn ceremony be casually sold because it makes good business sense, merely because a profit can be had? And if the reason for moving to the heart of one of the most populous cities of the world was to have a higher profile, why is Bethel retreating to the confines of a secluded forest by a lake? Is it for the glory of God or their own desire?

Most hypocritical, Bethel’s businessmen have marketed Jehovah’s properties so as to appeal to the worldly desires of prospective buyers; touting the luxuriousness and romance of the gilded Tower; appealing to the sensuous desires for a prestigious address and the amenities of an upscale, trendy neighborhood and its spectacular view of the grand city across the river. Most disturbingly, though, if the end of the present system is imminent, as Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught, why appeal to prospective buyers on the basis of the assumed permanence of the city?

But most importantly, while Bethel may be run by lawyers and accountant bean counters, what is Jehovah’s say in the matter? Does he have a voice? Indeed he does. In short order we may expect Jehovah’s punishing agent to receive his assignment and begin his work. After describing its desolation by the “Assyrian” the 10th chapter of Hosea concludes: “This is what will be done to you, O Bethel, because of your utter wickedness.”

Click here for the Watchtower’s real estate website and video 

“A new history in the making,” indeed!

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2017-03-27T13:25:16+00:00 May 29th, 2016|Commentary|39 Comments
  • Beverly kenyon

    Like Brother King once wrote, they’re selling off Jehovah’s dedicated house like cheap real estate. They want to play with the big boys on the world stage of finance. When Jesus arrive, will they say look how well we’ve done, we have billions in the bank!

    • ewatchman

      The irony is they are converting hard assets into digital money that can and will go poof – gone! That ain’t very smart.

      • your voice? u ok?

        • ewatchman

          Hay fever got me all whizzy and sneezy.

      • Beverly kenyon

        Isa29:9,10 perfectly describes the state they’re in. Staggering around half asleep, senses dulled. As my granddaughter would say when she was being cheeky (naughty), Duh! Brain! Stupid. Sorry about the late reply, I get nervous replying because you’re our teacher. I know……..a bit immature. Nervous lol.

  • Song of Hannah

    Some may think the accusation of idolatry might be a little over the top. But not when you grab a look at the cover of our latest September 2016 Watchtower Study Edition, and see that Jehovah and his Bible have been replaced by the none other than our very own homegrown idols, Caleb & Sophia.

    https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-study-september-2016/

    • Christian Obadiah

      Even when I was first studying, it always felt unsettling to hear almost every brother vaunt about and give thanks for the “faithful and discreet slave” in prayers.

      It reminds me of the illustration Jesus spoke in Luke 17. The faithful and discreet slave should rebuke Jehovah’s Witnesses, saying: “We are good-for-nothing slaves. What we have done is what we ought to have done.” (Luke 17:10)

      Instead let all praise and glory be to Jehovah alone.

      • Beverly kenyon

        So true!

      • Beverly kenyon

        Jehovah asks them if their idols will be able to save them. Somehow I can’t see see little Caleb and Sophia coming to their rescue when they’re dispersed. Those two really creep me out. You can see the fingerprints of the man of lawlessness all over that when they concocted up that idea. Jehovah also didn’t say Bethel was just bad, he said because of your utter wickedness. That’s a seriously hardcore condemnation!! Being wicked is on a different level altogether.

        • Kevin b

          It’s nice to see people like you GET IT!

          • Beverly kenyon

            And I’m happy I get it. Astonished that they’re bringing God’s house into disrepute with their God dishonouring shennagins.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Exodus 20:5 Exodus 20:5
      You must not bow down to them nor be enticed to serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a God who requires “exclusive devotion”, bringing punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation of those who hate me,

      2 Chronicles 7:
      But if you turn away and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have put before you and you go and serve other gods and bow down to them,
      20 I will uproot Israel from my land that I have given them, and this house that I have sanctified for my name I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it an object of scorn and a cause for ridicule among all the peoples.
      21 And this house will become heaps of ruins.

  • Christian Obadiah

    It saddens me to see what was once dedicated to Jehovah be easily liquidated, without any reasonable explanation. The motivation is obviously to make a profit.

  • that video is lame! how about we take a video camera and go around filming all of Jehovah’s people scatteted, homless, poor, hungry, victimised, isolated with sadness and pain, then show the contrast of the fat pigs wining and dining as they smile lookin pretty out the window of their luxery car.

    mite as well make a Watchtower Cribs episode

    • Beverly kenyon

      Oooooh! Rubbing my hands with glee! Can’t wait to show my witness friend that gem of a scripture. She speaks so proudly of how well they’re doing selling Jehovah’s dedicated house. Thanks D34D 4L!3N and Kevin F.

      • Beverly kenyon

        Didn’t mean to come across as being a bit unkind about showing my friend that scripture but I’m not for “sighing inwardly”, life and the time we have left is way too short plus it’s shorter still for our friendship because at the convention in July she will be “advised” to shun a supposedly inactive one like me. I will find that upsetting as that girl stuck with me without judging and not once was intrusive by asking me why I left. Always kept me up to date with what was going on, always gave me the magazines. Have good memories of the good times we had at the meetings and conventions. Serious about what we were learning but always had such a good laugh. Time is way too short to be faffing about.

        • Look on the bright side Beverly, when things go terribly wrong for the leadership of the WTBTS. You will be able to give your friend sound advice on what went wrong because of the guarded secrets you learned from Robert. Hold on to that friendship because the rolls are about to flip !

          • Beverly kenyon

            What happens, happens Joseph. I’ve told her some of what I’ve learned from Brother King but she’s not having none of it. But I will keep trying as and when it crops up. She’s old school die hard witness. We were taught in the late eighties early nineties.

        • Bklyn Kevin

          Excerpt from You Will Never Again Be Haughty.
          Jesus was humble. And he set the perfect example. However, there is one area where Jesus did not set an example for us. He never once apologized or said ‘I am sorry.’ The reason he never did is because he never had to. Although he offended many people by speaking the truth those who were offended were enemies of the truth.

          Read more>https://e-watchman.com/will-never-haughty/

          • Beverly kenyon

            Thank you Bklyn Kevin. I’ve been witnessing to my work colleague so when I get back to work(we’ve had a Bank Holiday weekend over here,Yay) can’t wait to pass on that interesting fact about Jesus Christ. He’s a young married man (ex soldier) with 2 small children and I’ve told him all about EWatchman’s site and he genuinely listens and I’ve told him about the different characters and personalities on here and what’s been discussed and he likes interesting facts about the bible. I try not to overload him too much cos I don’t want him to think I’m some sort of religious crank! Lol. And don’t want to lose his interest. His mother died recently, literally dropped down dead age only 55 so that was a shocker so told him what the bible has to say about the dead and also about the resurrection. Apart from basic bible truths I can now witness about how things will truly unfold shortly. Thanks to Brother King’s work.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Galatians 6:9-10.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Just this minute read that scripture. I’m going to try and make an extra effort with witnesses I know and not be cool with them. Because of their bad attitude I’ve not gone out of my way for them apart from a handful of ones I’ve known forever! But that scripture clearly says, work what is good towards all especially toward those related to us in the faith. Well, that’s pulled me up! We say pulled up when someone has words with us. Good scripture and good reminder. I’m always willing to learn. That’s why I love our little community here on EWatchman. Looking out for each other.

        • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

          May I ask you…if you are “inactive” why don’t you start going back to meetings. I know it’s hard, but Jehovah will be there supporting you personally. I know it’s so much easier said than done, but I view going to meetings as a personal exercise in humility and obedience….to Jehovah.

          • Beverly kenyon

            Hiya Alexandra, that’s a thing I’ve been wrestling with a lot for a while now. And it is easier said than done, you’re right about that especially when a person has been away for quite awhile as in my case. That issue haunts me. You’re now the third witness posing that thought to me in as many days. I think of myself as freelance now, lol, and still witness to anyone who’s willing to have a conversation. I’m not shy about my religion. I just have to formulate a plan now. I like how you mention humility, because that’s something I’m always working on. Not that I’m a snobby or haughty person ( I hope I’m not ), but I can be a bit fiery if I see unfairness or unkindness. I’m going with the flow for now.

            • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

              I definitely need to work on humility. I went in field service for the FIRST time since January yesterday. I’ve been praying for courage and the right attitude. I will share my service experience later (off to work now) but lemme tell you….I feel so faith strengthened!! It was pretty crazy. We’re all here for you Beverly. I am, even though I don’t know you. Our brothers and sisters need people like us….I’m convinced Jehovah wants to use me now….and it feels good!

    • The time is ripe for the thief in the night.

    • Kevin b

      That is a powerful scripture. Of course when the Branches view doesn’t quite line up with what the bible says in Leviticus they have been known to just say we are no longer under the Mosaic law.

      • Beverly kenyon

        Obscene and slippery! Twisting scripture for their own agenda. 2Tim3:16. What about that scripture? Which part of All scripture aren’t they getting? They’ve gone completely rogue.

      • Bklyn Kevin

        Matthew 5:17
        Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill.
        18 Truly I say to you that sooner would heaven and earth pass away than for one smallest letter or one stroke of a letter to pass away from the Law until all things take place.

        • Beverly kenyon

          Boom! How strange. Was literally about 5 or ten minuets ago thinking Bklyn Kevin would come up with a scripture that would really drive home the point again then he posted! Was wondering where he’d got to cos he was awol!

    • Song of Hannah

      Instead of remarking on the craftsmanship of the building and it’s features, they’ve showcased the worldly lifestyle that can be enjoyed by the high bidder, all the way down to the set of matches! (And why matches anyway? When smoking is supposably a disfellowshipping offense? ?)

      • Bklyn Kevin

        “POW”……..

      • ewatchman

        Something about the desire of the eyes and the desire of the flesh and the showy display… How does that go?

      • yeah, thats what i mean. theres nothing wrong with playing a paino and eating dinner out on a nice night but… 1-John 2:15-17 it just was not appropriate cause i mean buying a home you want to make sure theres a school near by if you have kids or its nice to know if theres a park an grocery store around, etc.. but this was overkill and subtly not right. i had edited my comment for the ‘dont get me wrong’ understanding

        • Beverly kenyon

          But D34D 4L!3N just think, we now know, thanks to Jehovah raising up Brother King to explain bible prophecies to us and we now know how it’s all going to pan out. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I feel knowing that. Same feeling I felt when I was told what God’s Kingdom was going to bring about. Not ashamed to say I felt a certain smugness. I KNEW that there was going to be more to this dismal life. There was going to be the REAL life. So with that knowledge I stopped taking living in this world seriously. It was all nonsense. What a relief!!! Of course I didn’t take Jehovah’s kindness as a reason to do bad. I think there’s a scripture that touches on that point. So it’s good to know that there’s going to be consequences for their actions, misleading and mistreating Jehovah’s flock. And we know!!!

          • Romans 3:8

            • Beverly kenyon

              Thank you DA. I’m always up for learning more about the bible. Hope you’re ok and safe.

  • e.v.g

    From Warwick New York until the earthly Paradise without any scale, in their dreams.

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