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The Seed and the Serpent

2024-06-11T05:22:45-04:00May 17th, 2012|Page One|

The symbolism that Jehovah employed when issuing the original Edenic prophecy regarding the serpent bruising the heel of the seed of the woman and the seed of the woman crushing the head of the serpent, would seem to be more fitting than is casually apparent.

On the one hand, Jehovah’s Witnesses have an appreciation of the paramount matter of Jehovah’s as-of-yet unresolved universal sovereignty, and the related issue regarding the faithfulness and integrity of all intelligent creation.

Jesus was, of course, the foremost witness of Jehovah and the grand champion of God’s rightful sovereignty. Having left the comfort and security of his lofty position next to God, Jesus willing exposed himself to the serpent Tempter; ultimately submitting himself to an unimaginably horrible, torturous death, in order to fully submit to Jehovah’s will; hence, the serpent bruised the seed upon the heel.

But Jehovah’s Witnesses are here behooved to consider the serpent bruising analogy in practical terms: Imagine yourself walking through a patch of tall grass and suddenly feeling a searing sting on your lower leg. Looking down you instantly realize you have been bitten by a venomous snake. A person’s instinctual reaction might be to stomp on the snake’s head and make sure it was crushed dead – so that it might not strike again. (Merely stomping upon the reptile’s body would more than likely result in another snakebite.)

What is the Great Tribulation and Holy Place?

2019-09-30T12:15:19-04:00May 13th, 2010|Page Two|

Although Jesus indicated that the desolation of Jerusalem in the 1st century would result in a great tribulation unlike any before, he also went on to say that the tribulation will be a time of unprecedented distress upon all the nations of the earth (not just Jerusalem), of such severity that the continued existence of humanity will hang in the balance. The great tribulation will necessitate divine intervention [...]

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Holy Place

2019-09-29T23:41:52-04:00December 29th, 2007|Page Two|

"Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place…then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again." —Matthew 24:21 What is the great tribulation and what is the holy place that is destined for desolation? Does the holy place symbolize [...]

When You Catch Sight of the Disgusting Thing

2019-10-01T14:59:47-04:00June 29th, 2012|WT Review|

In the previous article the Watchtower’s teaching regarding the beast of Revelation having already received the death-stroke was put to the test and demonstrated to be untrue. This blog entry more closely scrutinizes the brief comments from the September 15th, 2012, Watchtower, and Jehovah's Witnesses belief that the holy place destined for desolation is Babylon the great.

In accord with the wise apostle’s exhortation, again, let us put this “inspired expression” to the test. Here is an excerpt from paragraph five of the leading article:

What yet unseen event will take place next? Paul stated: “Whenever it is that they are saying: ‘Peace and security!’ then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them.” The first phase of this “sudden destruction” is the attack against “Babylon the Great,” the world empire of false religion, also known as “the harlot.” (Rev. 17:5, 6, 15) That attack against all forms of false religion, including Christendom, is the start of the “great tribulation.” (Matt. 24:21; 2 Thess. 2:8)

The article merely cites Matthew 24:21, the context of which says: “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place, (let the reader use discernment,) then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains. Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house; and let the man in the field not return to the house to pick up his outer garment. Woe to the pregnant women and those suckling a baby in those days! Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime, nor on the sabbath day; for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.”

Clearly, Jesus' words of warning were directed to his followers who would be living during times of judgment and who would be required to obey his command to abandon what had been held to be sacred when a certain development occurs.

Testing the Watchtower’s “Inspired Expressions”

2023-04-22T09:59:26-04:00June 26th, 2012|WT Review|

Whenever they are saying "peace and security."“Earthshaking events will soon occur,” states the opening words of the September 15, 2012, Watchtower study edition. The article enumerates several developments that Jehovah Witnesses expect to occur in the near future. What are they, exactly?

Number one, the beginning of the day of Jehovah, which, as Paul foretold, will arrive as unexpectedly as a sneaking thief in the night – “whenever it is they are saying ‘peace and security.’”

The Watchtower surmises, that, included among the “they” who will be saying “peace and security” are the clergy, and then “they” will experience the foretold “sudden destruction.” The reasoning behind that is the belief that the day of Jehovah begins with the great tribulation and the tribulation will begin when the United Nations will suddenly, violently, eradicate organized religion throughout the entire world. For many decades Jehovah’s Witnesses have been in a state of expectation of this event as the next major fulfillment of prophecy. The article continues:

 

To the sons of light

2024-04-24T14:30:38-04:00April 14th, 2024|Page Two|

With wars and rumors of wars growing louder, it is time to revisit the familiar prophecy of peace and security. That phrase has special relevance for millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses because it is believed that the fulfillment of their saying “peace and security” will be the precursor of the beginning of the great tribulation. As a refresher, the Watchtower has stated below as recently as 2019. [...]

Examining the Scriptures Daily Commentary Archive – January 2024

2024-04-03T09:46:58-04:00March 23rd, 2024|

. “Be dressed and ready and have your lamps burning, and you should be like men waiting for their master to return from the marriage, so when he comes and knocks, they may at once open to him.” – Luke 12:35-36 They have built a flimsy wall Wednesday, January 3 - Your deliverance is getting near. —Luke 21:28. [...]

Examining the Scriptures Daily Commentary Archive for March 2024

2024-04-03T09:43:59-04:00March 17th, 2024|

. “Be dressed and ready and have your lamps burning, and you should be like men waiting for their master to return from the marriage, so when he comes and knocks, they may at once open to him.” – Luke 12:35-36 Who will endure the day of his coming? Friday, March 22 - You keep proclaiming the death [...]

Side Notes for August, 2023

2023-08-29T16:26:20-04:00August 29th, 2023|

JW dot org has an attention-grabbing image. A mother and daughter with an empty shopping cart staring at barren grocery shelves. And of course, the urgent question: What Does the Bible Say About Today's Food Shortages?  It certainly is a grim picture. But does it reflect reality? I remember back during the pandemic hysteria there were a few weeks when some items like toilet [...]

“Jehovah will reveal what we need to know”

2023-05-29T15:37:48-04:00May 29th, 2023|WT Review|

This is the concluding part three of the consideration of the Learn from Bible Prophecy article. Paragraph 16 states: God’s people who live under the rule of “the king of the north” are enduring direct persecution by this king. Some Witnesses have been beaten and thrown into prison for their faith. Rather than intimidate our brothers, the actions of “the king of the north” build [...]

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