Question: Just curious if you will return to Jehovah’s temple to be part of the last witness to the world after the coming of Christ and the removal of that which causes stumbling?

Answer: It is not going to work that way.

And unfortunately, or rather, by divine providence, Jehovah’s Witnesses have no knowledge of these matters. That is because Jehovah has caused a deep sleep to fall upon those who function in the capacity of prophets and visionaries, even as it is written in the prophecy of Isaiah: “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.”

The truth is, for those who have the heavenly calling the coming of Christ is the time of judgment for them. Here is what Jesus himself said in that regard: “Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”

Was Jesus speaking in reference to the anointed? Apparently so. That is why he advised them to keep on the watch for “your Lord.”

Jesus also gave numerous other illustrations, such as the harvest of the wheat and the weeds, the judgment of the faithful and evil slaves, the parting of the wise and foolish virgins and the different outcomes for the industrious and sluggish slaves. 

What is the commonality of those illustrations? In each of those parables the persons who came under judgment had no choice in the matter. At that point they could not decide to go back or do anything to change the outcome. They were judged by the Lord. Obviously, the basis for his judgment is what they had done prior to his coming. (In the case of the foolish virgins they should have acquired extra oil beforehand, as the wise virgins had.)

As for my personal situation, I do not consider myself as an outsider in relation to Christ. My being judged as an “apostate” by a committee of men — even though they may be Jehovah’s Witnesses elders appointed by the Watchtower Society, even by Jehovah’s earthly organization — is a relatively trivial matter. God is my Judge. I appeal to the words of Paul in my case:

“A man should regard us as attendants of Christ and stewards of God’s sacred secrets. In this regard, what is expected of stewards is that they be found faithful. Now to me it is of very little importance to be examined by you or by a human tribunal. In fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself. But by this I am not proved righteous; the one who examines me is Jehovah. Therefore, do not judge anything before the due time, until the Lord comes. He will bring the secret things of darkness to light and make known the intentions of the hearts, and then each one will receive his praise from God.”

I have tried to be a faithful steward of the sacred secrets God has entrusted to me. It is not important how I am judged “by a human tribunal.” Ultimately the coming of the Lord will reveal all. His irreversible judgments will come as a stunning surprise to many. That is when the first will be last and the last first. 

And if I am ultimately found to have been faithful, then, yes, I will be gathered into the Kingdom and have the inestimable privilege of being among the chosen ones who will then shine as brightly as the sun in Jehovah’s Kingdom and have a share in giving the final witness to Satan’s doomed world during those dark days. 

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