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The terrifying presence of Jehovah

The expression “the day of Jehovah” appears almost two dozen times in the Hebrew Scriptures —most notably in the prophecies of Joel (5) and Zephaniah (7). Additionally the New World Translation uses the related terms “Jehovah’s day” and “the day belonging to Jehovah” in a couple of places —not counting the so-called New Testament. [...]

2018-03-16T12:30:52+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Page One|24 Comments

The world has suddenly changed

Jehovah’s Witnesses used to be heard saying “these are interesting times.” Being somewhat out of the loop these past few years I cannot say whether that phrase is still bandied about. If not, I recommend that it be resurrected, because these really are interesting times. Having come of age during the so-called Cold War, the [...]

2018-03-09T13:21:32+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Updates|152 Comments

The Grand Master among Jehovah’s Witnesses

QUESTION: You've written at various times about the influence of Masonry within the Watchtower organization over the years, so I would like to have your thoughts on a recent adjustment in the New World Translation. In the 1984 edition, at Hosea 12:14, the NWT translators chose to use "Grand Master," and likewise at Malachi [...]

2018-03-10T08:55:17+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Mailbag|123 Comments

Might Jehovah alter his timetable?

QUESTION: Does the "inspired" recorded story of Jonah set a precedence for Jehovah to change his mind and delay the world’s destruction? —Especially upon those nations which have little to no say in world affairs or at the U.N. or who "know not their left hand from their right?" (Hindus, Buddhists, Shintoists, Islamists, etc... including third [...]

2018-03-04T11:11:02+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Mailbag|30 Comments

Is Satan divided against himself?

QUESTION: Luke 11:18,  Jesus: "If Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” If all of the world's kingdoms are Satan's, and, if the Anglo-American world power is to be the last before the Kingdom stone not cut by hands strikes the feet of the Daniel image; and, if Great Britain and America became [...]

2018-03-04T04:57:56+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Mailbag|63 Comments

The wars of Jehovah

QUESTION: The Bible says that young David unnecessarily obtained an extra 100 foreskins, killing/mutilating an extra amount of men for King Saul and yet the Bible says that Jehovah’s spirit "continued with him" after this dirty deed. The Bible also says: "Do not become mutilators of the flesh..." and "look out for those who mutilate the [...]

2018-02-26T07:00:21+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Mailbag|32 Comments

The Harvest is a Conclusion of a System

QUESTION: With 8 million JW's being so misguided, how are we to explain/understand/apply Jesus’ parting words at Matt. 28:20 ? Was the "conclusion" he was referring to including or only the destruction in 70ce? Being "with you all the days..." -Who has he been "with" for all what days? "All" means all, or does [...]

2018-02-24T06:38:09+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Mailbag|9 Comments

More Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses

This is the last installment of 60 questions for Jehovah's Witnesses Question #54: If Jesus died on a torture stake with a single nail through both hands, why does John 20:25 say that NAILS were used for his hands? The questioner already asked this question. It was answered here (#41) Question #55: if Jesus died on a [...]

2018-02-23T06:04:03+00:00 February 21st, 2018|60 Questions|15 Comments

How many Jehovahs are there?

Question #51: How do you explain the 2 Jehovahs stated in Genesis 19:24? This was removed from your 2013 Bible, but is in prior versions. Jehovah made it rain sulfur and fire from Jehovah. Which means there are 2 Jehovahs. By reading the previous context this can be proven too. For example, Jehovah was physically standing [...]

2018-02-21T05:32:23+00:00 February 20th, 2018|60 Questions|41 Comments

I will not give my glory to anyone else

Question #50: Why does Jehovah share his glory with Jesus (eg. John 17:5 & Revelation 5:12-13), but scripture is clear that Jehovah does not share his glory with anyone (eg. Isaiah 42:8 & Isaiah 48:11)? The answer to the question is profound. Jehovah shares his glory with Jesus as an expression of his appreciation. Moreover, the underlying theme of scripture is [...]

2018-02-18T18:43:15+00:00 February 18th, 2018|60 Questions|26 Comments

Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Question #48: Why is it that you are called 'Jehovah's Witnesses' but Isaiah 62:2 says God would call his people by a new name (single name, not names) and that new name was already assigned in Acts 11:26? Originally all of Jesus’ disciples were said to belong to The Way. No doubt that is because [...]

2018-02-16T20:47:53+00:00 February 16th, 2018|60 Questions|21 Comments

Jesus was a God-fearing man

Question #46: Since Jehovah's Witnesses believe that you cannot truly know someone without knowing their name, doesn't this mean that you don't know your own God then since nobody knows the true name of God? Probably the most important aspect of knowing that God has a personal name, regardless of what the correct pronunciation of [...]

2018-02-15T16:12:50+00:00 February 15th, 2018|60 Questions|4 Comments

You will have to know that I am Jehovah

Question #44: Why do you make a big deal out of the invented name 'Jehovah' when your own organization admitted several times that nobody actually knows the true name of God? Trinitarians make a big deal out of the supposed unknowableness of the exact spelling of YHWH. Their hypocrisy, however, is on full display [...]

2018-02-14T15:31:56+00:00 February 14th, 2018|60 Questions|7 Comments

Jesus and the throne of God

Question #40: Why did the translators of your Bible conveniently fail to insert the word 'Jehovah' in Philippians 2:11, Romans 10:9, and 1 Corinthians 12:3? I feel embarrassed for the questioner. He wants to be a teacher of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but like Paul said of the would-be-teachers of his day, so too trinitarians, who are “wanting to be [...]

2018-02-17T19:19:40+00:00 February 13th, 2018|60 Questions|11 Comments

Did men bow before Jesus because he was God?

Question #38: Why does your Bible render the word 'proskuneo' as 'obeisance' in regards to Jesus (eg. Matthew 2:8,11), but as 'worship' in regards to Jehovah and even Satan (eg. Matthew 4:9-10)? Obeisance and worship are pretty much interchangeable terms, but can have slightly different connotations depending on the context.  According to the NAS lexicon [...]

2018-02-12T20:11:41+00:00 February 12th, 2018|60 Questions|8 Comments

Questions regarding the holy spirit

Question #31: If the Holy Spirit is only Jehovah's active force, why does the Holy Spirit speak and use the pronouns "I" and "me" about himself in places like Acts 13:2 and Hebrews 3:7-11?  It is a literary device called personification. Various things are personified in the Bible. For example, the 8th chapter of Proverbs personifies wisdom. In [...]

2018-02-13T05:25:24+00:00 February 12th, 2018|60 Questions|10 Comments

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|172 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 [...]

2018-01-22T21:04:28+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Updates|160 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|175 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|138 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|172 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 [...]

2018-01-23T21:25:14+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Commentary|105 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
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