Friday, September 24
Mind your own business. —1 Thess. 4:11.
A person does not inherit his heavenly hope from his family. He receives it from God. (1 Thess. 2:12) So avoid asking questions that could hurt others. For example, we would not ask the wife of an anointed brother how she feels about the prospect of living forever on earth without her husband. After all, we can be absolutely sure that in the new world, Jehovah will “satisfy the desire of every living thing.” (Ps. 145:16) If we do not treat anointed ones as more important than others, we also protect ourselves. How? The Bible tells us that some anointed ones might not remain faithful. (Matt. 25:10-12; 2 Pet. 2:20, 21) But if we avoid “admiring personalities,” we will never follow others, even those who are anointed or well-known or those who have served Jehovah for a long time. (Jude 16, ftn.) Then, if they become unfaithful or leave the congregation, we will not lose our faith in Jehovah or stop serving him. w20.01 29 ¶9-10
It is hard to know whether the Watchtower is deliberately trying to drive JW’s crazy by gaslighting them or if they are oblivious to their own contradictions and rank hypocrisy. Probably both with an emphasis on the latter: “Their heart is hypocritical; now they will be found guilty.” — Hosea 10:2
Aren’t JW’s supposed to be following the anointed? The very Watchtower article the day’s text is based upon says as much:
Even though it is not possible to know the name of each individual member of the anointed on earth today, those who hope to live on earth can “go with” the anointed. How? The Bible says that the “ten men” 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.’
Either JW’s are following the anointed or they are not. Which is it?
And as for admiring personalities, who would dare deny that the Governing Body stands on a gilded pedestal? Just ask yourself, has the Watchtower ever cautioned JW’s about placing undue importance on the GB? Never! And just dare to question the GB or express even the slightest doubt about their policies or whatever, and see what happens. The GB is lavishly praised as the faithful and discreet slave, the virtually unerring mouthpiece of God. How could they ever take a misstep when God leads them every step of the way?
And when you see, for example, that Jehovah has guided the Governing Body to inject themselves with an experimental vaccine, then you know that you must follow their lead and receive the injections too. You must do this to maintain unity. If you are hesitant then evidently you doubt that God is with them.
Even though, as the cited verse bluntly says, “mind your own business,” the Watchtower has made your personal health choices their business. Could anything be more intrusive or divisive—not to mention presumptuous and hypocritical?
The real problem is, the Watchtower’s entire prophetic exegesis is wrong. Jesus has not come. The mountain of the house of Jehovah has not been lifted up. “Jerusalem” has not become the city of truth. Far from it. The wheat and the weeds have not been separated. The master of the house has not distinguished the faithful slave from the evil slave.
The Watchtower inadvertently demonstrates the folly of applying Zechariah 8:23 to the present time. What if the people of the nations who are seeking God mistakenly grab hold of the robe of someone who is only impersonating a Jew? Indeed, what if truth seekers are deceived into following those from the synagogue of Satan who falsely claim to be spiritual Jews? Jesus warned the symbolic congregations of Philadelphia and Smyrna who would exist during the Lord’s day about this very thing.
There is a man of lawlessness who is the proverbial elephant in the room. All the other anointed may deviate, he implies, but not him. No, he sits like a god in the grand temple of Jehovah. He is above every other god and object of worship. He is far more worthy of worship than the hypocritical clergy and their idols. He knows things!
In reality, the Watchtower has no concept of what is involved with the actual Second Coming. How could they? They have embraced a phantasmagoric parousia! It is a fantasy. An artfully contrived false story and the basis for the man of lawlessness to exalt himself as a god with immense powers of discernment. Except, there is a problem. The reason they cannot comprehend anything having to do with the coming of Christ is simple. It is explained in the prophecy of Isaiah.
Be stunned and amazed;
Blind yourselves and be blinded.
They are drunk, but not with wine;
They are staggering, but not from alcohol.
For Jehovah has poured a spirit of deep sleep on you;
He has closed your eyes, the prophets,
And he has covered your heads, the visionaries.
How will it end? Jehovah reveals it: “In that day the deaf will hear the words of the book, and out of the gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. The meek will rejoice greatly in Jehovah, and the poor among men will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more, the boaster will come to his finish, and all those keeping alert to do harm will be destroyed, those 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.” — Isaiah 29:18-21
The Governing Body has certainly been “alert to do harm,” having committed Jehovah’s entire flock to the vaccination scheme being imposed upon the world by the genocidal billionaires following the lead of the British monarchy who more than a century ago developed the Malthusian, over-population policy. Any JW who wishes to be loyal to Jehovah must now follow the GB and take the jab. They have laid a trap with their empty arguments—implying that reports of vaccine deaths and the UN’s depopulation agenda are merely conspiracy theories. It will not be soon enough when God brings the theocratic boasters to their finish!
What will the eyes of the blind see, exactly? The blind will see God. The next chapter explains: “Though Jehovah will give you bread in the form of distress and water in the form of oppression, your Grand Instructor will no longer hide himself, and you will see your Grand Instructor with your own eyes.” — Isaiah 30:20
Some people with Bible knowledge will be quick to point out that no man may see God and live. He is simply too glorious for frail earthlings to behold. And that is true. However, the Grand Instructor is not personally going to appear. Isaiah identifies the son as the one who will be called the Wonderful Counselor. And there is one man who saw Jesus after his ascension even though he now dwells in unapproachable light.
That man, of course, was Saul, the murderous Pharisee. He later explained that he was the last to see Jesus. And all the others of the 500 saw the resurrected Jesus in human form. Saul saw him as he will appear during the parousia, which is why Paul explained that it was as if he had been born prematurely. He saw Christ, the image of God, as all of the chosen on earth will see him when they are reborn into the Kingdom of God.
Only after the remaining ones see Christ will they become the “Jew” who will lead people of all the nations. For then, God really will be with them.