Jehovah’s Witnesses watchman › Forums › Watchman Forum › Israel & Judah – Whom do they Represent in Prophecy? › Reply To: Israel & Judah – Whom do they Represent in Prophecy?
Richard Long here, in case the Disqus user name was confusing.
Hannah, this is as fine as piece of research as I have ever seen.
As you are aware I am currently in a state of perplexity regarding the absolute arrogance we JW’s exhibit in our wholesale condemnation of Christendom and my belief we cannot say we are not part of her.
Your treatise has given me pause to reflect on how it could possibly be not a mistake that I, like so many, are drawn to the JW message, only to find such bitter disappointment in the practice of the JW religion.
To think of JW’s and Christendom as warring factions of the same family seems to satisfy both faith and reason. To understand from scripture a prophetic framework for what we observe brings much comfort.
If we follow on from the point you left off, and accept as given that upon commensuration of his ministry, Jesus was initiating a process for selection of a royal priesthood, do we still have to accept that all first century Christian’s were given the token in the spirit to signify that (possible) destiny? Or should we consider those Christians gathered from “Ephraim” excluded from the bride class? And how on earth would we be able to carry that distinction down to now and on until the parousia?
Are we able to continue supporting the JW line that the royal priesthood must come from only within their ranks, or are we forced to now concede the expansion of the house of God, the ecclesia, to include Christendom.
Also, I wondered if you were given any impression on the significance of Ephraim being the second son of Joseph, but receiving the blessings of firstborn when adopted by Jacob, even over the protest of Joseph.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts, and again, nice work.