Part Three: This is a continuation of the consideration of the Watchtower article entitled: What Do We Know About Jehovah’s Future Judgments?

There is a subheading in the article that states: WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW. Bluntly, what they admit to not knowing is insignificant compared to what they actually do not know. One could write a book about what Jehovah’s Witnesses do not know about Jehovah’s future judgments. In fact, someone has. Me. Jehovah Has Become King. But I do not pretend to know it all. That is why I subtitled the book: A Primer for the Apocalypse

I gifted every member of the Governing Body and every branch office around the world with a free copy of the first edition. I doubt if anyone among them has ever read it though. They simply are not interested. The Governing Body explained at their Annual Meeting that they have exclusive rights to the truth and any new light from Jehovah can only be channeled through them. So, there you go. That is why Jehovah’s Witnesses do not know, because what they regard as the mouthpiece of God has not told them.

But do not take my word for it. Consider what God has said in the book He has sponsored. “From now on I am announcing new things to you, guarded secrets that you have not known. Only now are they being created, and not long ago, things that you never heard before today, so that you cannot say, ‘Look! I already know them.’ No, you have not heard, you have not known, and in the past your ears were not opened. For I know that you are very treacherous, and you have been called a transgressor from birth.” — Isaiah 48:6-8

We might rightly inquire when is “now”? That is because God says “From now on.” Or, when is “today”? Because God refers to “things that you never heard before today.”

To be sure, God was only speaking to the Israelites in a token way. The “Jacob” to whom God’s words are directed is the “Israel of God” that Paul referred to in Galatians. Except, the “now” and “today” when Jehovah unveils his closely guarded secrets to his treacherous servant, secrets that you do not know, is during the Lord’s day. The unveiling of God’s judgments is what the Apocalypse is.

To state it as simply and concisely as can be said: Jesus did not begin ruling in his Kingdom in 1914. Allow me to say it another way: The Lord’s day has not begun. And that changes everything. Or, better said—It will change everything in the future when the Apocalypse begins.

Now, as regards the Watchtower article, they claim that the billions of people who have not had an opportunity to know the truth will have that opportunity in the future even after the tribulation, which is supposedly when the United Nations will destroy false religion. That is strange considering that the Watchtower has always said the tribulation will lead right into Armageddon. 

But, now, take into consideration that the Apocalypse has not begun. And what shall we expect to happen when it does? Besides the ouster of Satan and his angels from heaven, which will occur in the invisible realm, the sixth chapter of the book of the Apocalypse portrays the future unveiling of Jehovah’s judgments as a scroll sealed with seven seals. The unsealing of the first four seals represents the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Regarding the horsemen bringing war, famine, and pestilence, the eighth verse states: “And I saw, and look! a pale horse, and the one seated on it had the name Death. And the Grave was closely following him. And authority was given them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a long sword and with food shortage and with deadly plague and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

I am not going to waste space here explaining how we know that the horsemen of the Apocalypse were not unleashed in 1914. I have written extensively on it already. I only wish to point out that the Book of Truth reveals that the horsemen bringing war, famine, and pestilence are given authority over one-quarter of the earth’s population. The fact that the Grave is closely following the horseman called Death means that if the Apocalypse begins this year, 2024, which it very well may, we can expect approximately two billion souls to be claimed by the Grave before it is over.

If this event began in 1914 ought we expect to see the population of the world exploding from about one billion at the beginning of the 20th Century to the eight billion souls now? Please let your common sense prevail.

So, let the Governing Body factor into their new light on unbelievers accepting the truth after the tribulation, that millions now living will be killed by the ravages of war, famine, and pestilence. The good news is that they will go to the Grave and not the lake of fire.

4 Should we view the account of the Flood as a prophetic type? The answer is no. Why? Because there is no direct Scriptural support for doing so. Jesus did compare “the days of Noah” to the time of his presence, but he did not imply that the Flood was a prophetic type, with each person and each event having a corresponding antitype; nor did he say that the closing of the door of the ark had any prophetic significance. This does not mean, however, that we cannot learn from the account of Noah and the Flood.

It would seem that the Watchtower has completely lost sight of the truth. Years of promoting a lie will do that to you. First, Jesus did not compare the days of Noah to “the time of his presence.” Jesus compared the days before the Flood, when people were eating and drinking and going about their business, to the days prior to his presence, when people will be eating and drinking and going about their business.

Do you really care to know what Jesus actually said about this topic of vital importance without the Watchtower inserting words to bend the meaning? Here is what Jesus said: “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father. For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be. 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. But know one thing: If the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. On this account, you too prove yourselves ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour that you do not think to be it.” — Matthew 24:36-44

For the sake of brevity, I did not include the next span of verses, but it is probably the most often quoted verse in the book of Matthew, at least by the Watchtower. It starts with Jesus posing the question: “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave…”?

Keep in mind that Jesus was responding to the question put to him by the apostles regarding the conclusion and the parousia. So, Jesus is speaking to anointed Christians who are living before the unknowable day and hour when the Son of man arrives. Jesus is exhorting his slaves to prove themselves ready because the sudden arrival will be like the day Noah went into the ark. Then one will be taken and the other abandoned.

Even with all of their 1914 hullabaloo, since 2013 even the Governing Body now admits that Christ has not come as a thief in the night to judge the slaves appointed to feed the domestics. Although they made that concession they will never accept what that means. What it means is Christ’s presence has not begun. Hence, the need to keep on the watch for the Lord’s coming.

End of part three

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