When the Son of Man Comes in His Glory

//When the Son of Man Comes in His Glory

Tuesday, June 14

They will become one flock, one shepherd.John 10:16.

Jesus’ illustration of the sheep and the goats teaches us that those with the earthly hope have the honor of loyally supporting Jesus’ anointed brothers in the preaching and teaching work. During these critical last days, the two groups work together as “one flock” in zealously carrying out the work of making disciples. The Master rightly expects results. His faithful disciples in the first century certainly increased his belongings. What about in this time of the end? Jesus’ faithful, hardworking servants have carried out the greatest preaching and disciple-making work in history. Their collective effort has resulted in hundreds of thousands of new disciples being added to the ranks of Kingdom proclaimers each year, making the preaching and teaching work an outstanding feature of the sign of Jesus’ presence in Kingdom power. Surely their Master must be pleased!

COMMENTARY

Like everything the Watchtower teaches, there is the fundamental truth and the element of error mixed together. On the one hand the Watchtower’s explanation of the distinction between the brothers of Christ and the sheep and goats is very insightful. On the other hand, the ever-present error is that we are living during the time of the end and the last days.

For many decades the Watchtower taught that the sheep and goats were being separated as a result of Christ having sat down upon his throne. After all, Jesus’ specifically stated that the sheep and goats are judged when the Son of man arrives in glory and sits down upon his throne. And, of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ sat down upon his throne in 1914.

But here’s the problem —generations have come and gone since 1914 and in spite of wars and disease the population of the world has increased eight fold over the past century. Since, as we know, God’s loving purpose is to resurrect both the righteous and the unrighteous, why would Jesus sit in judgment of nations that were going to receive a resurrection? It doesn’t make any sense in view of the fact that the goats are shepherded into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. In other words, the goats are sentenced to the second death —permanent death with no resurrection. Clearly, the separation of the sheep and the goats does not take place over the span of decades, but rather, it occurs as an immediate prelude to the end of the world.

In 1995 the Watchtower came to this realization. They published a two-part series of articles in the October 15 issue expounding upon their adjusted view. Now Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the sheep and the goats are separated in the future, which is surely the correct view. However, in order to retain their 1914 date as the time when the Kingdom came to power the Governing Body were compelled to put forward the untenable notion that Jesus sits down on his glorious throne on a couple of occasions.

What is noteworthy, is that, in his lengthy discussion of the events that will occur during the conclusion of the system of things the only reference Jesus made to his sitting down upon his throne is in connection with the judgment of the sheep and the goats. That should not be considered an insignificant detail. Here is what Jesus actually said: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will put the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.”

Since Bethel’s readjusted understanding 20+ years ago, Jehovah’s Witnesses are now required to believe that Jesus comes and sits down on his glorious throne on multiple occasions . He came in 1914 and sat down on his kingly throne, but he is coming again, the next time with all the angels with him to judge the nations.

The Watchtower claims that 1914 is the most important date in all human history. Amazingly, this means that the future coming of Christ in glory, with all his angels, his future enthronement and judgment of all the nations, is of lesser significance than 1914!

What the Watchtower teaches defies all sound reasoning and logic. Only the Devil could make such a fantastic tale seem like God’s sacred truth.

But Christ did not begin ruling in 1914. Even according to the Watchtower now, the Son of man has not come, nor has he sat down upon his glorious throne. The truth is, we are not ‘deep into the time of the end,’ as Jehovah’s Witnesses have been saying for the past half century. The time of the end has not even begun. When it begins, though, it will be unmistakable. Nation will rise against nation. There will be food shortages and deadly outbreaks of disease. Great earthquakes will occur. People will be terrified of all the things coming upon the world. And no, you won’t have to read about it in a Watchtower. You will see it. You will experience it. You may be assured that it will not be business as usual for the people of this planet when the Kingdom comes. 

There is a reason God has allowed this lie to persist for so long. It is the delusion that emanates from a man of lawlessness for the purpose of imposing a test of faith upon us when Christ comes in his glory.

Then the brothers of Christ really will be in dire straits. Some will be homeless and hungry, naked and in prison. The treatment meted out to Jesus’ brothers then will be the basis for the judgment Christ will then impose upon the sheep and the goats.

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2017-03-18T10:37:13+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Commentary|13 Comments
  • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

    Hello Robert.. It’s been said on many occasion “The Devil is in the details” This particular article brings to mind a 1940 Watchtower I found, The subject matter is much like most article’s today This one is the separation of the sheep and the goats and lets not forget headline ” The end of the world we are deep into the enviable end time. It all ends the same same in everything the org writes “Very Soon Now!.Well the point is, is that article was written 76 yrs ago .it even says in an excerpt “We thought the lord was going to take us all back in 1194! .The entire cruel crux is the bull ” Very soon now! And every plat form talk one Sunday end with the same gaggly mouth spew, Very Soon Now! We’ve all been lied too that is a fact Ive heard this crap all my life all wound up for nothing. .Sadly the Org uses this as a tool like the ole hell fire garb to prod people to get jumping. If everything is so emenant there sure has been a lot of dead space between then and now! The question is where are we really? and how soon is soon?

    • that shouldnt be much of a question at all if youre keeping on the watch. take a look – https://twitter.com/ewatchman?s=01

      • I’ve been on the watch, and let me tell you. We are at the threshold of the greatest tribulation mankind has ever seen. If it wasn’t for Jehovah’s precious love and kindness it would already have begun. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c8a64b7094a536f3614b9284e80ebb015248a64ebaf3e01d69370304ae4879c.jpg

        • Leighton Williams

          I concur and I also sense it too..even a gentleman told me that the Plan is almost finished.
          This is taking place right under our collective noses.

        • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

          Thx..Joseph. The threshold is at the end of the 3 1/2 yrs ..respectively

        • idk about you but im scared – Luke 21:9 Mt 24:6 we best do what Jesus said and not be

      • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

        Thx.D34D..Already read everything on the subject.its like a flash in the pan.ominous signs one minute , clear as a bell the next..ive been keeping on the watch for 50 + years.like Solomon said.Nothing new under the sun..

    • Brian

      The “soon” will be when all of the political systems come together as one, well as two really, north and south or east and west, when they get together and place the “thing” that is a false God’s kingdom and attempt to get everyone on board that it is a good thing, so after the next big punch up combined with natural disasters in continuity, after this if the world powers tell everybody to get on board with a new system to govern the world that will want to change “times and law” as spoken through Daniel you will pretty much know that the end is very close, if you don’t see this as it is written it ain’t coming yet!
      It would appear that people/s due to an unfounded expectation have not worried about putting every sign together before they say that something has”arrived” or is very “near”. Many of the scriptures have been twisted around to suit the person or persons motive.

  • Leighton Williams

    This is from an upcoming July 2016 study watchtower article about keeping on the watch:

    Soon, Satan will deceive the masses into accepting a false sense of “peace and security.” He will mislead them into thinking that all is well on the world scene.

    Hmhm, so there you have it.

    • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

      You must understand that even when this all starts theres still a number of years that must follow. .

      • Leighton Williams

        Yes I’m aware of this…

    • He sure has deceived the witnesses of a false sense of security ??

  • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

    Hi! Just want to share something positive (because it can sometimes be pretty dark and lonely living in this paradox as an active JW) I had a great conversation with a seasoned, mature, God fearing witness who told me that when conducting a study with her student, she completely skipped over the appendix re 1914. I consider this major progress, because not too long ago this person would have never questioned or thought deeply about WT prophetic doctrine. ?

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