The revealing of those hidden in Christ

//The revealing of those hidden in Christ

Thursday, August 31

Jehovah knows those who belong to him.—2 Tim. 2:19.

In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of those partaking at the Memorial of Christ’s death. That trend contrasts with the decrease in the number of partakers that we saw for many decades. Should this increase trouble us? No. Let us consider some key factors to keep in mind. Those taking the count at the Memorial cannot judge who truly have the heavenly hope. The number of partakers includes those who mistakenly think that they are anointed. Some who at one point started to partake of the emblems later stopped. Others may have mental or emotional problems that lead them to believe that they will rule with Christ in heaven. Therefore, the number of partakers does not accurately indicate the number of anointed ones left on earth. And the Bible does not state how many will be left at the time that the great tribulation begins.

There is another factor to consider as well: some anointed persons do not partake publicly. Due to the stigma of being a newly anointed person or youthful, or other factors, some choose not to partake at the kingdom hall. And sometimes the attendants taking count do make judgments as to who is anointed and who isn’t. So, the figures the Watchtower publishes cannot be a reliable count.

In any case, it really does underscore the importance of the biblical text: Jehovah surely knows those who belong to him. Ultimately, those who belong to God and Christ are hidden at the present time anyway, until such time as occurs the phenomenon known as the revealing of the sons of  God. Paul spoke of the unveiling not only in the eighth chapter of Romans, but at Colossians 3:3-4 as well, where he wrote: “For you died, and your life has been hidden with the Christ in union with God. When the Christ, our life, is made manifest, then you also will be made manifest with him in glory.”

It is worth noting that for all of the Watchtower’s focus on the parousia, supposedly an invisible presence of Christ that has been ongoing over the past 103 years, very little is ever said about the manifestation and revealing of Christ and his fellow sons of God —Jesus’ brothers. (See chapter called The Parousia)

The words manifest and manifestation are drawn from the Greek word —Epiphaneia. It literally means an “appearance.” The Greek Scriptures refer to Jesus being manifest in the flesh when he was a man and also his post-resurrection manifestations to his disciples. However, epiphaneia also carries the connotation of “brightness”—suggesting a glorious, brilliant appearance. (Strong’s Concordance – Epiphaneia) And to be sure, the manifestation of Christ is directly linked to his presence, his parousia. To underscore that connection at 2 Thessalonians 2:8 Paul wrote of the “the manifestation of his presence”—alternatively translated as “the brightness of his coming” in the King James Version.

The fact of the matter is, while the Watchtower Society has been instrumental in equipping and organizing Christians —whether anointed or not —so as to accomplish the ministry that Christ commissioned his disciples to undertake, conversely, the Watchtower has also played a crucial role in concealing the truth regarding the future presence and manifestation of Christ. It is no understatement to say that virtually everything the Watchtower teaches as regards prophecy is wrong. The future unveiling of Christ along with those presently hidden in him will reveal all that is concealed, which is when the true sons will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.

As regards the Watchtower’s statement that “the Bible does not state how many will be left at the time that the great tribulation begins” —this is wrong too. The Scriptures do reveal such. The Governing Body and their fellow travelers are simply blind. (Who Is Blind?)

The sacred secret concealed in plain sight is that there are 7,000 who will be on hand after the beast is unleashed. Not only are they anointed, but at that time they will have been sealed, which concludes Christianity insofar as the gathering of all 144,000 Kingdom heirs will have been accomplished. Did not Paul indicate that the evening meal will only be observed until he arrives? Hence, the conclusion of the system relates not merely to the end of Satan’s wicked system, but the Christian system as well. 

Of course, as with the rest of Revelation, the Watchtower has rendered the 7,000 who are killed by the great earthquake into meaningless drivel. Supposedly, the 7,000 who are killed were Bible Students who requested to have their names removed from church membership registries. They died symbolically in relation to their previous religious affiliation. I am serious. This is the sort of nonsense the Watchtower published in the most recent commentary on Revelation.

Here is an e-watchman article on the significance of the 7,000 who are killed.

2017-08-31T10:08:02+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Commentary|26 Comments
  • Easach of Coimbatore

    Great. I can see how blind is WTS.

  • Easach of Coimbatore

    Brother Robert you said the end not merely to the Satan’s wicked sytem but also Christian system as well.
    Then do you mean what is mentioned in Hebrews: 9:26 . But now he has manifested himself once for all time at the conclusion of the systems of the things.
    See the word systems in prural not in singular terms.

    So does this verse actually mean the end of both Satan and Christ’s system? Robert or anyone please help me to understand!

    • I think that in the first century it applied to the Jewish system that was concluding. But when Christ returns it is the Christian system that will conclude. Jesus certainly confirmed that in his parable of the wheat and the weeds, when he said “the harvest if a conclusion of a system of things.”

  • Burt Reynolds

    I really cannot understand the arrogance of the watchtower and the attitude present in the congregants under their sway. Their intransigence in yielding to the truth is beyond all reason. Their response to enlightenment is to shun and encapsulate and question as apostacy. Why are they so afraid to think, to examine, to keep checking that they are in the truth? The seem to think that Jehovah forbids an enquiring mind and will punish anyone who questions the almighty watchtower that claims precedence over the pathway leading to life. I try not to feel satisfied over their inevitable comeuppance, and let the need for justice prevail. But it is hard at times.

    • Cathii D’Anthonii

      Yes, Burt, it is hard, I’m not mad at the brothers for it, because we already know the outcome, just need to pray hard for them. We are all suffering in Satan’s world…

      • Cathii D’Anthonii

        Another place in the Bible, 2Tim 2:18, where it’s saying,”These very men have deviated from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already occurred;”
        Hmmmmm..

    • The Raven

      From http://jehovah-is-king.com/blind/

      Excerpt:

      “What purpose is served by Jehovah concealing matters from his servants? The fifth verse explains that it is in order “that you might not say, ‘My own idol has done them, and my own carved image and my own molten image have commanded them.’” That Jehovah withholds light from his people in order to discredit the Watchtower idol is evident from the 11th verse, which goes on to say: “For my own sake, for my own sake shall I act, for how could one let oneself be profaned? And to no one else shall I give my own glory.”

      Because the Watchtower immodestly takes credit for revealing all truth, God has seen fit to withhold vital revelations in order to discredit the all-knowing, all-seeing idol. During the period of distress and affliction, Jehovah then becomes King by repurchasing his humiliated servants and revealing the things held in reserve directly to them.”

      • Huldah

        Lol
        What do you call the new drink you invented?
        The Governing Toddy?
        The Watchtower Wallbanger?

        I’ll take a Watchtower Wallbanger on the rocks. Go light on the delusion…. Please.

        Oh yeah… Don’t forget a dash of arrogance.

        • The Raven

          hahaha! Those have a nice ring to them!

  • Craig Knight

    Great article on the 7,000 anointed. I never knew this before but it makes great sense. The WT sure is blind to prophecy. It’s obvious they are not inspired once again. Psalm 119:78 May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; But I shall meditate on Your precepts.

  • The Raven

    “The fact of the matter is, while the Watchtower Society has been instrumental in equipping and organizing Christians —whether anointed or not —so as to accomplish the ministry that Christ commissioned his disciples to undertake,”

    Thank you for reminding us of that. It’s still amazing to me how far they’ve gone. The truth never left me even though I saw the errors and wondered. It eases my mind to know now what was behind this and why and I have faith that it will be resolved.

    • Huldah

      Balanced viewpoint. I’m coming to a greater awareness how rare we few are who can take the punch in the gut that the apostasy is and still recognize Jehovah is real, the Bible is true and Jehovah used the organization despite its failings.

      • Craig Knight

        Nice analogy Huldah! Many of us ex J-dubs knew there had to be something wrong with the Org. We leave the WT with separation anxiety and cognitive dissonance: In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. The occurrence of cognitive dissonance is a consequence of a person’s performing an action that contradicts personal beliefs, ideals, and values; and also occurs when confronted with new information that contradicts said beliefs, ideals, and values.[1][2]
        In A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (1957), Leon Festinger proposed that human beings strive for internal psychological consistency in order to mentally function in the real world. That a person who experiences internal inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and so is motivated to reduce the cognitive dissonance: either by changing parts of the cognition, to justify the stressful behavior; or by adding new parts to the cognition that causes the psychological dissonance; and by actively avoiding social situations and contradictory information that are likely to increase the magnitude of the cognitive dissonance.

        I lived with this Cognitive Dissonance for so long and I wouldn’t stop trying to find out what was going on in WT. CD is a terrible feeling with this internal disharmony. When I stumbled onto Robert’s channel and after reading his prophecies and explanations my CD just went away for good. Now that feels great! To know that Jehovah hasn’t abandoned those who still love him.

        • Cathii D’Anthonii

          For years I was told that we , the non-anointed , are spiritually dead to Jehovah. we would come to spiritual life after 1000 years end. And that He only heard the prayers of the anointed..Hearing this from different ones and that I was too young to be baptized was really trying.It takes the stuffing out of you. There isn’t enough paper here to say all I’ve been through, but it doesn’t matter..I tossed out all the WT literature except the reference books, and just started reading the Bible cover to cover.. Wow, Jehovah listened to Hagar, he heard Abraham’s servant pray.. Oh and Hannah, Daniel, David….
          Ex-jw?? What is that anyhow?Do you ever stop thinking about Jehovah?

          • The Raven

            Good point, Cathii.

          • Craig Knight

            Well I’m glad you are a renegade in the Org as I was at one time. I’m fairly new here so I don’t know everyone’s situation. An ex JW is anyone who has left the Org by force or willingly to be free of the GB members lying influence. I think about my God every day since He is our only hope. Don’t you?

            • Cathii D’Anthonii

              When Daniel prayed to Jehovah, he included himself in the sins of Israel knowing the time was near for their release.I am struggling with this in that Jehovah has put his name on his peoole (ISA 43. Ezra 6:10)…we Dont want to be associated with what the WT is doing now allowing these pedifile to hide,of course not, but are we denying we are Jehovah’s people?
              There are only two religions ,Satans, and the Truth..I don’t agree with the organization on their prophesying 1914 etc..and Jehovah hates sects , where does that leave us?like you, I had enough.. We go to the memorial to show the angels where our hearts are. My spiritual head said we will continue. Tell me, please…Craig.- yourself sister in the faith Cath

            • It leaves us in the target zone of Jehovah’s arrows. There’s no way anyone is being allowed into the new world without passing under Jehovah’s judgment rod. No way

            • Huldah

              Heb 12
              6 for those whom Jehovah* loves he disciplines, in fact, he scourges* everyone whom he receives as a son.”+

              Yep

          • Craig Knight

            Cathii – Hi! I was responding to your question to me and I hit some key and erased everything.

            When Daniel prayed to Jehovah, he included himself in the sins of Israel knowing the time was near for their release. I am struggling with this in that Jehovah has put his name on his people (ISA 43. Ezra 6:10)…we Dont want to be associated with what the WT is doing now allowing these pedifile to hide,of course not, but are we denying we are Jehovah’s people? There are only two religions ,Satans, and the Truth..I don’t agree with the organization on their prophesying 1914 etc..and Jehovah hates sects , where does that leave us?like you, I had enough.. We go to the memorial to show the angels where our hearts are. My spiritual head said we will continue. Tell me, please…Craig.- yourself sister in law he faith Cath

            Cathii – I feel for people such as yourself and your family who have to figure out what to do being in the Org still. Robert once said if you decide to stay in the WT until God cleanses it then you have to be innocent as dove and cautious as a serpent. Easier said than done. It would be hard to preach to people when your conscience is involved not wanting to spew lies to those we preach to. I would stick to teaching just the basics thru incidental witnessing and not even go out in field service. I personally could not go to people’s homes and bring them to an organization that has fallen so low. But you have a great advantage in that you know God’s temple will be cleansed someday. The problem is that the Elder’s can’t keep their nose out of your business. So that’s where being cautious as a serpent comes in to play. Even if the elders disfellowship you like they have so many who haven’t deserved it, you have nothing to fear. God knows his children and He knows the courage it takes to make a stand for what’s right. Don’t let this Org discourage your love for truth.

        • Huldah

          Cognitive dissonance has been my life. That and guilt. I’m still working on freeing myself.

          • Craig Knight

            This is the place to do it 🙂

      • The Raven

        I agree, Huldah. That initial spark of absolute release and relief from the nightmare of one demonically inspired belief after another has never been extinguished in me. How can it be? I could never go back once I knew the truth. Now that I understand the “rest of the story” I feel like Jehovah has truly answered my prayers when I thought I was adrift and condemned. No longer! Haha! Imagine my surprise to find even more who had been shown these things!

        • muldoon55 .

          Great comment Raven
          I was ousted from the org long ago and always had inner conflict about it.
          Just seemed the truth wasn’t being accurately presented.
          Came to Robert Kings site and bam the lights went on.
          Could never see myself stepping into a Kingdom Hall again as I would be in a perpetual state of being disfellowshipped because of holding “apostate” views.
          I find encouragement here and am grateful for all the encouragement to be had.
          As to functioning as as an ambassador of the Kingdom message outside of the org with Jehovahs approval, I like what Jesus has to say at Luke 9:49,50
          49 In response John said: “Instructor, we saw someone expelling demons by using your name, and we tried to prevent him, because he is not following with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him: “Do not try to prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.

          • The Raven

            It’s odd isn’t it? We identify with Jehovah’s people but we are apart when it comes to prophecy. For many years even though I knew they were not correct, I still didn’t know what was. Some things were obvious, weren’t they? You probably also saw that many spectacular and earth shattering events and prophecies from Revelation alone could not possibly have been fulfilled. But how to reconcile ourselves with this was most peculiar. They had the truth, no doubt but… everything else seemed to go nowhere.
            After finding this place I began to understand and like you, I am still finding truths I never knew. I immediately spoke to my family about this and even they had that eureka moment and agree, this is remarkable and Robert’s work and insight into these matters is something I had not seen before anywhere else. It’s disheartening to walk away and feel like we’re doomed but doesn’t it feel like we’ve been given a reprieve since coming here? At the very least accurate knowledge which can only help us to understand what Jehovah really thinks?

  • The Raven

    “The Governing Body and their fellow travelers are simply blind. ”

    Are they “traveling” men?

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