I recently watched Kenneth Cook’s revised view on the judgment of the sheep and the goats. It has changed four times only to revert back to Russell’s teaching. Would you give your interpretation as to when the judgment begins? (Video is part of the Annual Meeting program) It has been a quarter of a century since the Watchtower last revised their understanding of the parable, [...]
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Egypt had been the major power in the region prior to the ascendancy of Assyria. And long before the children of Abraham had settled in the promised land they had relied on the Egyptians for support during a time of famine. It was God’s provision for them. But this time was different. Looking to the Egyptians for help during the calamity would indicate that the Israelites lacked faith in Jehovah. So, God determined to allow the calamity to come upon them in order to purge evildoers from among his people.
Jehovah first demonstrated that he was a God of judgment back in the Garden of Eden, not only when he sentenced the trespassing Adam and Eve to death, but he also foretold the long-running enmity that would develop between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, culminating with the crushing of the serpent and its brood.
Although Almighty God is fully capable and determined to ultimately accomplish his originally stated purpose to have mankind dwell in peace and perfection on this beautiful planet, since our fruit-pilfering parents were ousted from Eden God has had to patiently deal with a degenerating race of sinners. And fortunately for us the Grand Instructor is up to the task.
It was an entirely different world on the outside of Eden. By disobeying Jehovah humanity unwittingly subjected itself to the rebel angel who cunningly used a lowly reptile to deceive Eve and who has subsequently become known as Satan, the Devil.
If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses you are well aware of the importance the Watchtower has placed upon meeting together and publicly preaching. As recently as 2016 the Watchtower published an article entitled: “Why Should We Meet Together for Worship?” The article gives the experience of two young sisters in the former Soviet Union who were sentenced to a labor camp in Siberia. In order [...]
Saturday, January 9 Obey God as ruler rather than men. —Acts 5:29. How can you continue to worship Jehovah while under ban? The branch office will give the local elders instructions and practical suggestions. If the branch office cannot contact the elders, then the elders will help you and all in the congregation to continue your worship of Jehovah. They will give direction in harmony with the [...]
This article was originally posted in December 2011. It has been slightly expanded. The overthrow of tyrannical Babylon is the subject of the 21st chapter of Isaiah. God assured his prophet that the treacherous destroyer of nations and the persecutor of his people was going to be violently thrown down. The fall of ancient Babylon must have shocked the world back then. How could this incredible [...]
Saturday, September 26 The sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful. —Gen. 6:2. Perhaps Satan tempted the disloyal angels not only with the opportunity for immoral sex but also with the promise of seizing power over mankind. His purpose may have been to disrupt the arrival of the promised ‘offspring of the woman.’ (Gen. 3:15) In any case, [...]
The post is a brief review of the study article appearing in the July, 2020 Watchtower The apostle Peter exhorted Christians to stay focused on God’s word as if it were the only light shining in a dark place. He wrote that in the context of discussing the Transfiguration of Jesus, of which he was an eyewitness. He reminds us that “it was not by [...]
Monday, September 21 Jehovah your God you should fear, him you should serve, to him you should cling. —Deut. 10:20. The Bible accounts about the disobedience of Cain, Solomon, and the Israelites at Mount Sinai have a noteworthy element in common. These individuals had opportunity to “repent . . . and turn around.” (Acts 3:19) Clearly, Jehovah is not quick to give up on those who take a [...]
This is the concluding segment of the brochure entitled The Second Coming of Christ. Jehovah’s Witnesses will refuse to believe it. They will likely bristle with offense at the mere suggestion that those who are “in the truth” could ever be deceived by the duly appointed “slave.” When confronted with the truth they will retort with firm conviction: ‘The Governing Body could not be that wrong. It is [...]