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Downfall of America – 2018?

It is natural to ponder what each new year may bring. In these beginning days of 2018 it seems especially fitting for people of faith to do so; the reason being, because, even from a casual assessment it certainly seems that the world has never been more perilously close to nuclear war. Ironically, though, [...]

2018-01-12T04:22:28+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Page One|167 Comments

What the new year may bring

Over the course of the past year the societal fault lines in America have opened into a gapping chasm. White-black, left-right, Christian-Atheist-Islamic, haves and have-nots -- you name it. Of course, the trigger for the tectonic jolt was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Even before his inauguration the [...]

2017-12-31T08:23:22+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Updates|157 Comments

The Flying Scroll of Zechariah

Lea este artículo en español The book of Zechariah might be called the Revelation of the Hebrew Scriptures. There are many similarities between the two prophetic books. For one, both were written after Jerusalem was destroyed; yet, they point forward to God renewing "Jerusalem" and to another judgment of God’s house concurrent with the [...]

2017-12-21T16:40:34+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Page Two|87 Comments

Commentary feature suspended

It hasn’t exactly been a daily commentary. On average more like every other day —exhibited by the fact that over the course of the roughly past two years I have published 366 commentaries. It was good discipline, imposing a sort of daily writing deadline upon myself. But after 366 commentaries on the Watchtower’s Daily Text, [...]

2017-12-15T09:01:02+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Commentary|52 Comments

Jehovah Has Become King – really?

Tuesday, December 12 Let them praise your great name.—Ps. 99:3. Unlike some religious people who mistakenly think that they will praise God once they have left the earth and gone to heaven, all of Jehovah’s Witnesses realize the need to praise him here and now on the earth. We thereby follow the example [...]

2017-12-12T12:44:49+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Commentary|56 Comments

The Appointed Times of the Nations

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Sunday, December 10 Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?—Acts 1:6. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, his apostles asked the above. Jesus’ answer showed that it was not the time for them to know when God’s Kingdom would start ruling. He told his [...]

2017-12-10T12:51:57+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Commentary|55 Comments

Look! I have forewarned you

Thursday, December 7 Take your stand against [Satan], firm in the faith.—1 Pet. 5:9. Satan is at war with the anointed remnant and the “other sheep.” The Devil’s goal is to devour as many of Jehovah’s servants as he can in the short time that he has left. Can we win our fight against Satan? Yes! The Bible says: [...]

2017-12-07T10:34:53+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Commentary|174 Comments

Do you belong to God’s spirit-directed organization?

Saturday, December 2 I have come . . . to do, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.—John 6:38. Imagine that a friend gives you a car as a gift. He hands you the title and says: “I will keep the keys. And I will be the one who drives [...]

2017-12-02T18:03:44+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Commentary|111 Comments

Then it will be face-to-face

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Thursday, November 30 I rejoiced before him all the time.—Prov. 8:30. Jesus joyfully worked alongside his Father, rejoicing both in what he accomplished and in the knowledge that Jehovah was fond of him. What, though, about us? Jesus said that there is happiness both in giving and in [...]

2017-11-30T17:14:30+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Commentary|83 Comments

You must drink it!

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Monday, November 27 The naive person believes every word, but the shrewd one ponders each step.—Prov. 14:15. Sadly, in this greedy world, there are those who seize on people’s illness as an opportunity to make money. Other individuals or companies stress the use of products that are [...]

2017-11-27T16:45:39+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Commentary|35 Comments

Peace and Security Update #4

From the moment he took office in the first month of 2017 Donald Trump has been intent on achieving peace in the Middle East —specifically, a solution to the seemingly insolvable Palestinian-Israeli problem. To that end he deployed his orthodox Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a special envoy. Although most observers give Trump little chance [...]

2017-11-29T06:50:37+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Updates|143 Comments

The Presence of the Lord has Drawn Close

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Wednesday, November 22 Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.—Jas. 4:8. By continuing to ponder over spiritual things, we will maintain our enthusiasm for the truth. Thus we will be a source of refreshment to our brothers and to the interested ones we meet [...]

2017-11-22T17:38:40+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Commentary|46 Comments

Guarded Secrets You Have not Known

QUESTION: Will you write an article for me and others to help with a response when talking to sisters and brothers? I appreciate your zeal and willingness to try to reason with Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is not an easy thing to do. In fact, it is near impossible. It may help to understand the underlying [...]

2017-11-21T18:35:58+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Mailbag|134 Comments

Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders

Monday, November 20 Your servants have come . . . out of regard for the name of Jehovah your God, because we have heard about his fame and about all he did.—Josh. 9:9. The Gibeonites wisely recognized Israel’s backer to be the true God. Rahab too perceived God’s hand in the events of her day. After learning about [...]

2017-11-20T10:07:29+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Commentary|57 Comments

The spiritual paradise to come

Sunday, November 12 The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool.—Isa. 66:1. Besides referring to the earth, the term “footstool” is also employed figuratively in the Hebrew Scriptures to describe the ancient temple used by the Israelites. Located on the earth, the temple served as the center of true worship. For that reason, [...]

2017-11-19T05:28:46+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Commentary|171 Comments

No more haughty boasters

Saturday, November 11 The name of God is being blasphemed among the nations because of you.—Rom. 2:24. What a privilege it is for us not only to know God’s personal name but also to bear it as “a people for his name.” We implore our heavenly Father: “Let your name be sanctified.” Your making such [...]

2017-11-11T08:14:05+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Commentary|104 Comments

Has anything like this happened in your days?

This is the third installment of a series on Joel. The world has been in a near-constant state of war for thousands of years —really, since Satan became the god of this world. Europe, especially, has experienced one war after the other, going back to the Hundred Years War between England and France. And as [...]

2017-11-10T16:35:21+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Page Two|32 Comments

The Watchtower’s Grand Climax Phallacy

Tuesday, November 7 Oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you.—Jas. 4:7. As we near the end of this system of things, Satan wants us to relax our guard, to “be kind” to ourselves by carving out a niche in this world, thus losing our sense of urgency. Do not let that happen to you! [...]

2017-11-07T09:18:48+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Commentary|163 Comments

It will crush all these kingdoms

QUESTION: Is the stone hitting the feet/toes of the Daniel image the equivalent / same as Armageddon, or, the start of the "great tribulation? And does the not mixing of the iron and clay indicate that not all peoples will support the "eighth king" / world order dictatorship with the kind of order/unity that Hitler [...]

2017-11-03T07:40:13+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Mailbag|111 Comments

The desolation of Jerusalem by the Northerner

As Jehovah’s Witnesses consider the Bible book of Joel this week in the Life and Ministry meeting, hopefully, some at least, will give the prophecy more than a cursory reading. It is, after all, a prophecy concerning the events leading up to the great and very awe-inspiring day of Jehovah. We should all give it [...]

2017-11-01T16:37:50+00:00 November 1st, 2017|WT Review|131 Comments

An introduction to Joel, indeed!

From the time of J.F. Rutherford the Watchtower has explained the book of Joel in the most absurd way imaginable. The locusts and creeping caterpillars supposedly represent Jehovah’s Witnesses who devour the harvest of Christendom’s fertile fields of operation, forcing the terrified clergy to beseech Jehovah for relief from the hordes of unstoppable ministers who [...]

2017-11-30T17:40:47+00:00 October 31st, 2017|WT Review|44 Comments

Christ is yet to appear

Monday, October 30 You people must be born again.—John 3:7. Before receiving this personal witness from God’s spirit, anointed Christians cherished an earthly hope. They longed for the time when Jehovah would cleanse this earth, and they wanted to be part of that blessed future. Perhaps they even pictured themselves welcoming back their loved ones [...]

2017-10-30T11:49:43+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Commentary|88 Comments

Is the great crowd in heaven or on earth?

Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the great crowd will live on earth when Revelation 19:1 clearly says the great crowd is in heaven? It is problematic when a single verse is used as the proof of a particular teaching. Yes, obviously, Revelation 19:1 states that John “heard what seemed to be a loud voice [...]

2017-10-29T09:22:45+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Mailbag|45 Comments

The last days of the Watchtower

Friday, October 27 O Jehovah, open my lips, so that my mouth may declare your praise.—Ps. 51:15. Speech is part of our daily life, but we do not need to talk all the time. In fact, the Bible says that there is “a time to be silent.” Maintaining silence when others are speaking can be a [...]

2017-12-04T08:39:01+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Commentary|148 Comments

Who is the false prophet of Revelation?

QUESTION: Who is ‘the false prophet?" And why is he called such? Revelation 16:13 is the first mention of the false prophet. It reads: “And I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out [...]

2017-11-18T20:26:53+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Mailbag|112 Comments

Who is the one acting as a restraint?

QUESTION: Who is "the one who is acting as a restraint?" --and why does God "let" anyone be fooled by a lie? God of love, really? The question is based upon Paul’s prophecy regarding the presence of a man of lawlessness, wherein the apostle revealed: “And now you know what is acting as a restraint, [...]

2017-10-24T13:16:09+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Mailbag|137 Comments

The vision is yet for its appointed time

Sunday, October 22 The righteous one will live by reason of faith.—Gal. 3:11. We must never doubt that if we follow God’s direction, it will turn out for our good. It is vital that we put faith in the One who can really help. Paul reminds us that God is “the one who can, according to [...]

2017-10-22T12:21:15+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Commentary|150 Comments

The Second Coming of Elijah

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah's Witnesses Saturday, October 21 There will be no dew or rain except by my word!—1 Ki. 17:1. In Israel’s early history, people had the opportunity to see and hear about how God acted in Israel’s behalf. Jehovah miraculously delivered his people out of Egypt, and then king after king fell [...]

2017-10-21T18:47:44+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Commentary|41 Comments

I shall have to correct you to the proper degree

Friday, October 20 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.—Jer. 10:23. From the Bible we learn that humans are not created with the right of self-determination, to be independent of God, and that ignoring this fundamental truth [...]

2017-10-20T16:14:35+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Commentary|148 Comments

Just as the days of Noah

Commentary on the daily text of Jehovah's Witnesses Wednesday, October 18 [Noah] proved himself faultless among his contemporaries.—Gen. 6:9. Noah lived in an evil world but had no desire to make its inhabitants his close friends. He did not seek the companionship of ungodly people. He and the seven members of his family occupied themselves with [...]

2017-10-18T12:13:57+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Commentary|648 Comments

Whatever happened to 666?

Sunday, October 15 They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.—John 17:16. We should not be surprised if the world hates us for our neutral stand; Jesus warned us that it would. Most opposers do not appreciate the importance of the issues involved in Christian neutrality. For us, [...]

2017-10-16T06:50:53+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Commentary|329 Comments

Watchtower’s Revelation anticlimax hoax soon to end

Saturday, October 14 There will be great tribulation.—Matt. 24:21. Although we do not fully understand all that will happen during that time of test, we can expect that it will involve some measure of sacrifice. In the first century, Christians had to leave behind their possessions and endure hardships in order to survive. To remain faithful, [...]

2017-10-14T09:43:54+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Commentary|47 Comments

Woe to the shepherds who are feeders of themselves

Wednesday, October 11 One man was there who had been sick for 38 years.—John 5:5. Just north of the temple at Jerusalem was a pool known as Bethzatha. Large crowds of sick and infirm people would gather there, hoping that they would be miraculously cured. Moved with pity, Jesus approached a man who had been sick [...]

2017-10-11T16:46:10+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Commentary|214 Comments

The showy crown of the drunkards of Ephraim

Monday, October 9 He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.—Gen. 3:15. Abel likely gave much thought to that promise and realized that someone would be ‘struck in the heel’ so that mankind could be lifted to perfection such as that enjoyed by Adam and Eve before they sinned. Abel had [...]

2017-10-09T12:55:13+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Commentary|109 Comments

The Masters and the Learners

Commentary on the Watchtower's Daily Text Friday, October 6 This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.—Matt. 3:17. Brothers who are learning to serve in the congregation should be taught to think in terms of Bible principles. For example, suppose an elder asks a brother to keep the entranceway to the Kingdom Hall clean [...]

2017-10-06T11:38:18+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Commentary|175 Comments
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