When you see these things happening…

//When you see these things happening…

Thursday, November 17

Be courageous and strong of heart. Yes, hope in Jehovah.Ps. 27:14.

We get courage by trusting in God and following the steps of his Son. During his ministry, Jesus showed courage in various ways. He boldly exposed the religious leaders for misleading the people with false teachings. He stood firm against the world’s contaminating influence. He continued to preach despite pressure from opposers.  Twice, he fearlessly cleansed the temple, driving out those who were defiling the worship there. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus fearlessly identified himself to the soldiers who came to arrest him. Although his own life was in danger, he spoke up to protect his disciples.  When questioned before the Sanhedrin, he boldly affirmed that he was both the Christ and the Son of God, even though he knew that the high priest was looking for an excuse to have him killed.

COMMENTARY

Jesus certainly set the perfect example of courage and reliance on Jehovah. He knew from the beginning of his ministry that he was going to be betrayed and killed. But he also knew that his ultimate destiny was his to determine.

Because he was sinless and not deserving of the just death that comes from being a sinner, he knew that if he was faithful to the end God would resurrect him from death. His resurrection, though, was not by means of Jehovah’s underserved kindness, but rather, a matter of justice. As the Psalm says: “For you will not leave me in the Grave. You will not allow your loyal one to see the pit.” (You Tube – Did Jesus Resurrect Himself?)

A few days before his death Jesus spoke of the need for his future disciples to show the same courage that he displayed up until he expired. Speaking of the conclusion of the global system under which we presently live, Christ stressed the importance of not giving in to terror, saying: “Furthermore, when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified. For these things must take place first, but the end will not occur immediately.” — Luke 21:9

Jehovah’s Witnesses would do well to consider an oft-overlooked detail concerning the sign that Jesus gave us, namely, that that his disciples who would be living during the conclusion would personally see all things take place, even as Jesus stated: “Notice the fig tree and all the other trees. When they are budding, you see it for yourselves and know that now the summer is near. Likewise also you, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all things happen.”

Recently the Watchtower has redefined what a generation is. Supposedly the generation that will not pass away until all things happen is actually two overlapping generations. The reason for this latest cockamamie explanation is to retain 1914 as the year that Christ began ruling the world. But a simple question that reasoning persons ought to ask themselves, is this: Have I personally seen any of the things Christ foretold?

The simple truth is, Christ has not returned. Nations and kingdoms have not gone to war yet. His Kingdom has not come. Satan and his angels have not been hurled down to the earth. The beast has not been slain and come back to life.

When these things begin Jehovah’s Witnesses will face a trial of faith unlike anything before. And there is nothing the Governing Body will be able to do to patch over their error then. It will all come down to our having faith and trust in Jehovah. Indeed: “Be courageous and strong of heart. Yes, hope in Jehovah.”

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2017-03-18T11:58:22+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Commentary|17 Comments
  • Psalm 37:10
    10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there.

  • Cocheta

    thank you Bro Robert & welcome back, you have been missed. “Hope in Jehovah”……wonderful

  • Anderiega

    Hi. I feel like this is a really stupid question, but I’ll ask it anyway. My brain feels like a scratched record and it can’t stop skipping.

    Matthew 24:34 “truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away UNTIL (caps mine) all these things happen.”

    First, I in no way believe in an overlapping generation. A generation is clearly defined in Matthew 1:17. (About 37 ish years)

    Second, because Matthew 24:34 says “until” doesn’t this mean that this final generation would indeed DIE? They would die once THEY (the generation) saw all these things in Matthew 24? So is the generation only referring to the anointed ones, since those of the great crowd would never taste death?

    Lately, I feel like my brain has turned to mush….trying to juggle WT twisters with the Bible. Going to meetings to “incite love and fine works” is indeed my goal, but it’s sometimes hard to compartmentalize my mental health and my social needs…..this is why it’s easier for the average JW (which I most certainly was for most of my life) to just sit back and zone out on milk soggy literature.

    My present reality reminds me of being a kid in science class. I’d take the test and write “according to the book the answer is blah blah blah (an evolution answer) but my personal conviction is ta da da dah.” Pretty soon we’ll be covering Isaiah in the midweek meeting….my bones will be burning to raise my hand and share what I really enjoyed from the reading….but I can’t. ?

    • Bklyn Kevin

      I think you’re right on point! excellent bible reasoning.

    • Simpletruth

      I agree with your reasoning on this as well. The apostles were in fact writing to their ‘brothers’ (ie: other anointed ones) so it stands to reason that – that is in fact the generation referred to in Matt 24.

      BTW I beg to differ…it doesn’t sound like your brain is turning to mush at all. Very sound reasoning:-0

    • 1914for100Alex

      I remember my first introduction to the evolution theory in science class. I made sure to let the teacher know exactly what I thought about it. I bet he was rolling his eyes as he was reading it lol.

  • Patrick Langat

    Thanks @ewatchman for the article. It appears “… until all things happen” are not only events but also a drawn out process, things may not happen overnight but gradually over time.

  • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

    It will be a wandeful event when Jesus returns and again cleanses the temple of those that are still defiling the worship in the temple with there lies and cover ups!

  • DA

    Jehovah please have mercy and complete understanding with us when your day comes.

    • Joyce Haze

      Dear DA, we are all sincerely working on becoming pleasing in Jehovahs eyes. We can rest assured of one thing, he does understand us, he does listen to our pleas for help. Although we fall down over and over again, it is the intention of the heart He reads. His mercy is great for all working desperately to do His will. By praying and speaking with Him constantly is our way of proving our intentions, love and faithfulness toward Him!!!! Who can love and forgive like our Father, who sees, feels and listens to our very our hearts! That is the hope we all have. He is listening and He loves You!

    • Beverly kenyon

      Oh, DA, that’s so heartfelt and sincere.

  • According to virtually every prophetic book in the Bible, the arrival of Christ will result in a massive sifting and refining of all Christians. Afterwards there will be an outpouring of spirit and truth that will impel the faithful to embark on an intense preaching campaign that will serve to put the world on notice that the kingdom is in power…

  • Ill Will

    you trippin

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hiya, lll Will, your comment had me a bit curious hence the reply to your post. If you’re a real Truth Seeker well you’re in the right place and I hope your visit isn’t a ‘hi and bye’. It’s really lovely to see new ones here like yourself and to hear your opinions and to join in the discussion.

      • Ill Will

        thank u

        • Beverly kenyon

          That’s okay III Will. Don’t know if you noticed but my friend Concheta asked you what does ‘you’re buggin’ mean? We’re British, so aren’t familiar with that term. I think it means, ‘you’re kidding aren’t you’. Lol.

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