The Terrifying Presence of Jehovah

//The Terrifying Presence of Jehovah

Thursday, June 30

You were once not a people, but now you are God’s people.1 Pet. 2:10.

Pentecost 33 C.E. was a milestone in the history of Jehovah’s people on earth. A radical change took place. On that day, by means of his spirit, Jehovah brought forth a new nation—spiritual Israel, “the Israel of God.”  For the first time since the days of Abraham, God’s people would no longer be identified by fleshly circumcision. Instead, regarding each member of that new nation, Paul wrote: “His circumcision is that of the heart by spirit.” The first members of God’s new nation were the apostles and over a hundred other disciples of Christ who had met together in an upper room in Jerusalem. These received the outpouring of the holy spirit, which made them spirit-begotten sons of God.

COMMENTARY

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Watchtower has interpreted virtually all prophecy as having been fulfilled already, or in the process of fulfillment. Of course, there are a few things that are obviously still in the future, like the destruction of Babylon the Great, the attack of Gog, etc. But for the most part the initial statement is true.

The Watchtower article from where today’s text is taken demonstrates the point. For example, the 10th paragraph asserts that the harvest has already begun, that the wheat and the weeds have been separated. The 11th paragraph states:

“The conclusion of the system of things” began in 1914. During the war that broke out that year, the few thousand anointed Christians, “the sons of the Kingdom,” were in spiritual captivity to Babylon the Great. In 1919, Jehovah delivered them, making a clear distinction between them and “the weeds,” or imitation Christians. He gathered “the sons of the Kingdom” into an organized people, in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “Will a land be brought to birth in one day?

There are innumerable problems with the Watchtower’s teaching. Foremost, Jesus elaborated on what exactly is involved with the weeds being uprooted. He explained it, saying: “Therefore, just as the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be in the conclusion of the system of things. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and people who practice lawlessness, and they will pitch them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be.”

The most glaring difficulty with the Watchtower’s teaching is that Jesus said that the angels will remove all stumbling blocks and lawless persons “out from his Kingdom.” Jehovah’s Witnesses understand that the “Kingdom” in that setting signifies Christ’s congregation before the chosen become ruling members of the Kingdom government. Essentially, the congregation of the Firstborn becomes the Kingdom.

But if the weeds were common churchgoers that would mean that Christendom was Christ’s congregation – “his Kingdom.” But why would the angels remove churchgoers from their churches? Why would Jesus remove stumbling blocks from Christendom, as if to make it more acceptable to God? And in what way were the weeds made to weep and gnash their teeth? Is there any reason to believe that the religionists of Christendom have any sense of loss over not being allowed to be part of the Watchtower, because that is what is implied by the WT’s explanation. And just how are we to understand the weeds have been bundled and burned? Were Catholics or Episcopalians, or whoever, that were supposedly winnowed out of the Kingdom in 1919 sentenced to the everlasting flames of Gehenna? And what about all the succeeding generations that have come and gone since then? In the natural world the harvest occurs at the end of the growing season. It does not go on and on and on.

Of course, these are all absurdities and Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe any of the above, but again, this is what the Watchtower’s teaching unavoidably implies.

On the other hand, a question that is more appropriate is this: since the WT teaches that the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the true religion; hence, the congregation of Christ —“his Kingdom” —can anyone honestly say that the organization has been cleared of stumbling blocks? Are there any persons practicing lawlessness in the organization? Keep in mind Jesus said the angels will remove “all” such things and persons.

Clearly, Bethel’s interpretation of Jesus’ illustration of the wheat and the weeds cannot stand up to serious scrutiny.

IN THE FINAL PART OF THE DAYS

The harvest of the wheat and the weeds is, as Jesus said, the conclusion of the system of things. Likewise, the nations streaming to the house of Jehovah on Mount Zion is to occur during the final part of the days. The last days, or “the final part of the days,” is a relatively short period of time. That is why it is expressed as “days” and not years. 

However, the present grouping of Jehovah’s Witnesses is not the fulfillment of the “streaming.” How do we know? Again, if we are honest in our reasoning, we merely have to consider a few questions, such as: How has Jehovah set matters straight respecting many peoples? Are there not many unsettled issues among Jehovah’s Witnesses? Since, as is undeniably true, there are many stumbling blocks and lawless persons among Jehovah’s Witnesses, ought not Jehovah’s setting matters straight coincide with the removal of wicked persons and deal with issues such as the fact that there are literally thousands of pedophiles in the organization and even more victims of their crimes who have never received justice?

Furthermore, the prophecy foretells that the nations will beat their swords into plowshares, so that “nation will not lift up sword against nation.”

It is a wonderful thing that the few million of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world refuse to learn war, but has our refusal to take up arms prevented the nations from going to war? True, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses went to prisons during the last world war, but that did not hinder the nations from slaughtering one another, did it?

Now we stand at the brink of a third world war. And will the peace-loving stance of Jehovah’s Witnesses be of any consequence when the missiles are launched? The answer is no.

In truth, the prophecy will find fulfillment in the future —after the utter crash of this system. The reason the nations will not slaughter each other is because ultimately the only nations that will exist will be composed of Jehovah’s people from all the nations. That is what the second chapter of Isaiah is about. The mountain of the house of Jehovah will be lifted up after the mountain-like institutions of this world are brought low, including the institution of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. 

Consider a few verses: “Enter into the rock and hide yourself in the dust because of the terrifying presence of Jehovah and his majestic splendor. The haughty eyes of man will be brought low, and the arrogance of men will bow down. Jehovah alone will be exalted in that day.”

“Man’s haughtiness will be brought down, and the arrogance of men will bow low. Jehovah alone will be exalted in that day. The worthless gods will completely disappear. And people will enter into the caves of the rocks and into the holes in the ground, because of the terrifying presence of Jehovah and his majestic splendor, when he arises to make the earth tremble in terror.”

The passage of Isaiah coincides with the opening of the sixth seal of the Apocalypse, which the Watchtower claims was unsealed during the First World War but only resulted in “preliminary temblors.”

With the Watchtower’s phony 1914 teaching in mind Jehovah’s words to conclude the chapter will be most applicable then: “For your own sakes, quit trusting in mere man, who is only the breath in his nostrils. Why should he be taken into account?”

And that is really what it is all about. God has allowed the Watchtower to set itself up as the sole repository of all truth. But with the coming of Christ in the glory of Jehovah, or as Isaiah refers to it in the new NWT, “the terrifying presence of Jehovah and his majestic splendor,” the Kingdom will present an alternative reality to which the nations will stream.

The Watchtower will be among the things brought low, as Isaiah 29:3-4 indicates as regards Ariel: “I will encamp on all sides against you, and I will besiege you with a palisade and raise up siegeworks against you.You will be brought low; from the ground you will speak, and what you say will be muffled by dust. Your voice will come from the ground like the voice of a spirit medium, and your words will chirp from the dust.”

Jesus foretold that the holy place would be desolated, surrounded by pointed stakes —a palisade. Thus, the proud organization will be muted and become something uncanny. Such will be the end of Jehovah’s earthly mouthpiece. Jehovah’s Kingdom will have come.

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2016-12-08T15:10:10+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Commentary|14 Comments
  • PATHFiNDER VOT

    Get out of her midst, my people!
    Escape for your lives from the burning anger of Jehovah!

    JEREMIAH 45:51

    • ewatchman

      No, that’s not it.

      • PATHFiNDER VOT

        I just posted this verse in Jeremiah because it had to do with “Jehovah’s anger” and it reminded me of this….it was just a thought I had…I wasn’t trying to take the article out of context…I have been a “lurker” for a long time…eh, maybe I will just keep my thoughts to myself….

  • Joyce Haze

    Robert, please if you could help me! If the Watchtoer is confusing or a deluding influence to many, is’nt it simply reinforcing those beliefs and teachings to the witnesses taking it all in, along with new bible students? By remaining under that influence, how are we to understand the scripture at Isa 2:22. I believe that deluding influence is present, but what becomes now, of those aware of it! At what point in time does that alternative reality (Coming Of Christ) in which the nations will stream begin? Will those so deeply influenced by the Watchtower be prepared in any way to “jump ship) so to speak! To recognize Christs presence. Is this at the point it’s all left to Christ Jesus and Jehovah to read the heart solely?

    • Bobby 6343

      The question you posted is also on my mind. Hope Bro. Robert can provided an answer.

    • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

      Joyce. Sounds like your asking at what point will warrant the assurance, that Christ has arrived and when to depart , rather flee for your life.. One must remember that Jesus said I will come at a time you do think and repeated a different way I will come as a thief in the night, what is ment by those declorations is that ,his arrival will be most unexpectedly by suprize! People will say he is in the wilderness or he is within the temple.remember even the anointed will be utterly confused. However Jesus said my sheep no my voice and those will be the ones he reveals himself too. The delusion are the propped up lies that remain in place until Christ manifests himself to those who know and are looking for the master to arrive .Remember even the night that Jehovah sent his spirit at Pentecost people were hiding here and there while the religious leaders were trying to put a stop to anything having to do with Jesus None the less the Word was out that the holy spirit had arrived. It will be the same with the Organization they will be trying to put a stop that Christ has arrived. However word will reach us. The question is will we except his presence .because the only thing to do is to pray that Jehovah guide you and be there for those that will listen. Hope this helps..

    • ewatchman

      Jesus said the conclusion will be evident when we “see all these things,” namely, nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom, along with food shortages, disease epidemics and all that.

      Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that all these things have already occurred, even though they have never personally seen any of these things. So, when all these things begin, then what excuse could anyone have for not accepting it? Will JW’s wait on the WT to tell them what is happening? No doubt many will. And they will be disappointed beyond measure.

      That is where faith will come in. Not faith in men, in the WT, which will then be totally discredited for having promoted a fake parousia for 142 years now, but faith in Jehovah and Christ.

      • Joyce Haze

        Robert, thank you for your reply. I watched once again the video “Look out that nobody misleads you”, showing in the scriptures that in fact this deception would take place and why. Appreciate all the work you do in sharing your knowledge and insight with others searching to know the truth. Again, thank you!

  • Joyce Haze

    Colossians 2:4 is this a to remind us that we must move ahead of the deluding influence, a forewarning of what to expect?

  • Joyce Haze

    Must keep in mind first and foremost, Jehovah does allow this deluding influence, so guessing the intention may be the wrong route. Thessalonians 2:11 explains!

    • Burt Reynolds

      I asked a similar question not long ago. From the answers given to me, I concluded Jehovah will make known his presence and that the choice will be one of faith as the watchtower will be gone. I hope that’s right. I don’t want to get disfellowshipped! I don’t think there will be any doubt about the presence of Christ but the deluding force will be so strong that none would survive except the Jehovah will cut those days short.

      • Joyce Haze

        Burt, please read above my question!

  • Joyce Haze

    Burt, I thank you for your answer! I’m supposing I’m off on the timing of these matters. So I’m guessing there remains a window after Watchtower has no longer any influence on Jehovah’s people. I’m confused in the order of opportunity to get things right, according to Jehovah, seems to late! Where is my misunderstanding in all of this?

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    Mountain-like institutions of this world are brought low, including the institution of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is the fantastic truth to be know by every JW.

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