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The man of lawlessness rises up in God’s own house. Thus the man of lawlessness must be associated with Jehovah’s visible temple organization. The anointed ones among JWs make up God’s public temple. They are holy ones and considered glorious, like “gods.” But from among them a few make themselves gods in God’s own house, making themselves mediators for all the other holy ones. They call themselves “God’s channel of communication” and so if you do not follow their lead, you are considered opposing God himself. This is not God’s arrangement.

As a result, God removes them from this high position. The GB calls itself the “faithful and discreet slave,” a title originally given to CT Russell by JF Rutherford in the “7th Volume” until he decided it should be a title that applies to the current GB. But it called that title “creature worship” when applied to a single individual, CT Russell. Right now, indeed, the flock do worship the GB thinking them to be their direct link to God and Christ, thus usurping Christ’s rule as mediator.

In the parable of the “rich man and Lazarus” the rich man is first one of great power and Lazarus is a lowly one with many sins, so much so, he is cast out of the rich man’s house. But then those events reverse. Later we find the rich man has lost his turban and has been cast low. What was high has become low. But also, what is low has become high. Lazarus, once lowly has been chosen to become the “faithful and discreet slave” essentially. Lazarus has the “legal right” because he represents Jesus Christ at the second coming. Note John 1:18 describes Christ as the “only-begotten god in the BOSOM position of the Father.” Well, we see Lazarus depicted in the bosom position of the father Abraham. This means Lazarus has become the Christ and has been made high, whereas the GB having become apostate is now in spiritual torment and his crown has been removed. What is low has become high and what is high has become low. Lazarus, who has become the Christ, once lowly, has proven to be the “faithful and discreet slave” and the GB has become the apostate man of lawlessness. But doesn’t it make sense that Christ himself ends up being the “faithful and discreet slave”? Of course.

Very good observation.

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