The Kingdom of the Heavens Is Like…

//The Kingdom of the Heavens Is Like…

Monday, August 15

The Kingdom of the heavens is like a treasure, hidden in the field . . . Again the Kingdom of the heavens is like a traveling merchant seeking fine pearls.Matt. 13:44, 45.

In these two parables, Jesus showed that the truth is found in different ways. Some people are searching for it and have gone to great lengths to find it. Others, although not searching for it, have found it—perhaps by having it brought to them. Whatever the case, each man recognized the value of what he had found and was willing to make huge sacrifices to get ahold of it. How can we benefit from these two illustrations?  Ask yourself: ‘Do I have the attitude that these men had? Do I treasure the truth in a similar way? Am I willing to make sacrifices to get ahold of it, or do I allow other things to distract me from it?’ The deeper our heartfelt joy about finding the truth, the stronger our determination to keep it first in our life will be.

COMMENTARY

For good reason ours is called the Information Age. Information of all sorts can be obtained virtually instantly with a few clicks. Need to know the weather tomorrow in a city on the other side of the world? Click it. Want to know about ancient history without going to a library? Click it. Looking for a recipe? Health information? International news? Need to know the specs on an automobile tune-up for a specific make and model? Click it or just ask your smart phone to find the info.

In the business world information is considered very valuable. What are your competitors doing, for example? What is the mood of the buyers? Will the market go up —will it go down?

But there is a down side. Although information is easily obtainable, some of it is inaccurate. Or worse, intentionally misleading. But foremost, human knowledge is limited. That is most apparent when it comes to foreseeing the future.

God, on the other hand, has no limitations. And he has provided not only accurate information regarding history past, but has told us of the things to come. And the things to come are profound. According to God’s word the entire political, social and economic systems in place now, in short —civilization —is going to be overthrown and replaced. Every government, every religion, every corporation, is going to be dissolved. Even a world that most people to not realize even exists is going to be done away with —that is, the invisible realm where in the wicked angels operate.

In place of the present system God’s Kingdom will reign. It will be a completely different world. Although this information predates the Information Age and is widely available, most people do not accept it. But for those who believe it the Kingdom of the heavens is like the men in Jesus’ illustrations. They realize the value of the truth and the potential of the future and are willing to buy into it, so-to-speak, in order to obtain a place in the Kingdom.

In the illustration of the man who found buried treasure hidden in a field and then purchased the field, we might wonder why he simply did not take the treasure. Why hide it and buy the field? The reason is because he did not own the field and taking the hidden treasure would be stealing, but by buying the field the treasure was part and parcel with it and he then became the legal owner of all that was on the land.

In a similar manner we might liken the Watchtower Society to the “field” wherein lay the hidden treasure. In order to obtain the treasure a man buys the “field” and all that comes with it. It is not that the Watchtower owns the Kingdom treasure. It is just that it happens to be hidden within it. Buying the “field” is simply the means to an end.

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  • Volcanic

    which is a good reminder & another reason why we should still be attending meetings for the foreseeable future despite our feelings of what happens within there!

    • Leonard k

      many jws and even those who want to go back are afraid and maybe somewhat bitter but the scripturs say we must endure with love and Jehovah tells us what he plans to do and jesus will settle all matters.

      1 Peter 2:20

      20 For what merit is there if you are beaten for sinning and you endure it? But if you endure suffering because of doing good, this is an agreeable thing to God.

      1 Peter 4:17

      17 For it is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God. Now if it starts first with us, what will the outcome be for those who are not obedient to the good news of God?

    • Joel Sherrod

      Here here!

    • Witness for the Almighty YAH

      1. The Bible says we are to ‘sanctify’ God’s true name, which is NOT Jehovah, which was satanically inspired in 1280 CE by what apparently was a demon possessed Catholic Dominican monk named Raymundis Martini. Why go to a religion that does not ‘sanctify’ God’s true Name?

      2. Why would you go to meetings, or be involved with a satanic, pharisaical cult that is just another part of Satan’s Babylonish empire and blasphemes the Almighty’s name by using a satanic, false name that really is another name/title for the Devil… just like Lucifer, Belial, and Beelzebub? Do you really want to continue to ‘blaspheme’ the Father by using that false name like the Witchtower does? (See my comment on God’s true Name from last month)

      3. Why stick with a false, Babylonish religion that does not use or recognize God’s true Name if one can only ‘be saved’ using the Father’s true Name on the ‘Day of YAH’UAH the Almighty’? Don’t you want to get saved?

      4. Why go to a satanic, pharisaical, babylonish cult which does not use or recognize the Son of God’s true name, YAH’UASHA, but instead uses ‘Jesus’, the name of a satanic spirit? That satanic spirit is the same one that the demonic Druids worshiped, which originally was ‘Hesus’, but became ‘Jesus’ after 1630 when the ‘j’ letter was added to the English language as the 26th letter.

      5. The satanic Jesuits in the Vatican, who control all religions, including the witchy Witchtower, worship the same wicked ‘Hesus/Jesus’ spirit as the demonic Druids. Anyone who believes in, and calls on the blasphemous, false name of the Son of God will NOT be saved, so why be involved with a blasphemous, satanic cult like the Jehovah’s Witlesses who use false blasphemous names for both the Father and His Son?

      6. The Son of God’s true earthly Name is ‘above all other names under heaven’, and is the ‘only name by which we can get saved’. Again, don’t you want to get saved? Do you want to ‘blaspheme’ the Son as well as His Father? (See my comment on the Son of God’s true Name)

      7. Revelation speaks about the time when an ‘angel will fly in mid-heaven’ and tell ‘God’s people to get out of Babylon, unless they want to suffer part of her plagues’. This means God’s people are in Babylon at the time of the fulfillment of Revelation, which begins at the start of the ‘Lord’s Day’ which is coming soon. Do you want to suffer part of Babylon’s plagues? If not, then why wait to ‘get out of a Babylonish religion’? If you know what is right, it is a sin if we do not do it. (James 4:17)

      8. We are told to ‘make sure of all things’, and encouraged to ‘be like the Bereans, who carefully examined the scriptures to see if these things were true’. Have you made sure of all things in teh witchy Witchtower to see if they are true? If they are not, why stick with that satanic false religion?

      9. If you stick with ‘false teachers’ who ‘twist the scriptures’ and want to ‘draw disciples to themselves’, wanting people to believe their false interpretations and obey their commands, rather that the word of God, then are you really obeying the Father and His Son?

      10. We are to ‘worship the Father with spirit and truth’. We know that the Father has been ‘looking for such ones’ from the beginning of human creation, so don’t you want to be one of those ‘who worship Him in spirit and truth’ right now?

  • Burt Reynolds

    Well that’s an inspired way of putting things if ever I saw it. The watchtower is the field in which the pearl lays hidden. It does not even know the pearl is there. And by dint of progress then, neither do the people in it because the watchtower cannot possibly reveal it! They like the meadow, sense it is of value and yet do not dig below the surface to get to the figurative value of the illustration. As Churchill once said of Russia, ‘ it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.’ Can someone then shed light on another contradiction in the teachings of the watchtower? In the years of service that I did, it was always taught that prayer was solely for the use as shown in the Lord’s Prayer, i.e., Jehovah’s name be praised, prayer for the kingdom, for his will to be done on earth and for the forgiveness of our sins…and that there was no point in praying for anything else, as ‘it is not Jehovah’s time…’ The only clause, or let-out was that it might be his will, if such fits within his purpose, that such and such outside of the subject matter of prayer might be granted. Jehovah though is not unknowing about the trials people have and He loves us…undeservedly to say the least…and so can someone please expand on the issue of what is appropriate and how it should be pleaded? Thanks.

    • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      Pray for wisdom and understanding.

      • Burt Reynolds

        But what about the wellbeing of others, like the millions of children living in poverty, and hunger, the health of others who are ill…..really the human condition. What can we do for others in prayer and expect a hearing. That’s what I want to discuss. What do you think?

        • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

          Matthew 26:11.

          I hear you! It keeps me up at night. Sometimes it feels impossibly heavy. But put on your oxygen mask first so you can carry the rest out of the burning building. That’s what y’all and this site (and of course primarily the Bible) are to me: my oxygen. Y’all help me to be strong…so this right here is a living answer to my personal prayer for understanding and dealing with suffering.

        • Man from the lions pit

          A bro told me yesterday that all of these kids playing on playground in the front of us (ours were playing there too) they will be killed in Armageddon because their parents are not JW.So I asked him how about these other millions of infants,babies,kids in parts of world were JW.org maybe just scratch the surface or is not present at all are all of those will be killed as well ? he answer with no hesitation yes because their parents do not worship Jehovah. And he is a father or 3 !

          • Shelley.

            Who does that brother think he is.All JWs get a get out of jail free card because of their association with an organization and calling themselves Jehovahs Witnesses.This attitude infuriates me.Why would Jehovah destroy people that never even heard of him.Does that not go against Jehovahs character.He is a God of love and mercy.We will be judged as we judge.Jehovah reads hearts.We have no right to say who will be saved and who will not.

            • sally

              Agreed Shelly, Isn’t Jehovah going to save “all sorts of people” there is scripture that says that but I for the life of me cannot say where!

            • Bklyn Kevin

              1Timothy 2:4
              3 This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God,
              4 whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.
              1Timothy 4:10
              This is why we are working hard and exerting ourselves, because we have rested our hope on a living God, who is a Savior of “all sorts” of men, “especially” of faithful ones.

          • sally

            That is a terrible thing to say, we know that most of mankind will perish (we don’t know if we ourselves will survive) but when I hear things like this I think it is beyond arrogant and very unkind. To even have those thought and speak them when watching children playing is beyond my understanding.

            • Man from the lions pit

              This is the result if somebody is self righteous and over righteous.Or case when someone doesn’t know if he/she is a Jew under the law of old testament or Christian.
              He was arguing that in old testament Jews were instructed to kill even the kids or infants spare no one and this is the most possible outcome in Armageddon for unbelievers( babies included ) so it mean for almost all non JW.
              As other brother brother told me long time in other similar discussion when I ask him if he would kill others in the name of Jehovah if he would be ask to do it.His instant answer was. “YES with passion” that how zealous he fells for God and he wouldn’t mind to kill also kids! This bro has no kids just for FYI.
              Anyhow this attitudes and opinions just illustrates to what extend the indoctrinated mind can get.

          • 1914for100Alex

            It’s things like this that kept nagging at me in the back of my head all these years, along with wondering what went wrong with their 1914 prediction. Those two things in particular are what eventually led me to this site. They just seemed so wrong.

    • Joel Sherrod

      Hey Burt. Joel here.
      There is an excellent article entitled “praying for what I want, what about God’s will.” It can be found on delveintojesus.com
      It answers all your questions about God’s will and being concerned about your own personal circumstances, and the condition of all humanity in general. Check it out!

    • Searcher

       Jehovah has no restrictions or rules when talking to him, he is our father and already knows our heart he just wants us to express it. Men impose rules, yes even on prayer, by this they insert themselves as a pseudo ‘chanel’ to God giving themselves even more control over our lives. Talk to your heavenly father about anything, the books of psalms proves any topic can be the subject of prayer.

      Before him I pour out my concern; Before him I tell about my distress – Ps 142:2

      • Burt Reynolds

        Thanks Searcher, that’s very helpful. Why then did Christ not include this understanding in his ‘model’ prayer when teaching others who to approach Jehovah?

        • Searcher

          Dear Burt i understand your paradigm, as a long https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d52dbbb14fb0254a23a1a02f2ccacca7f98c825501951050736ffa4db90d0b34.jpg time JW my faith for many years was dominated by the rules and regulations of a body of men. Since coming to the realization that my faith should be based on Jesus and

        • Searcher

          Dear Burt i understand your paradigm, as a long time JW my faith for many years was dominated by the rules and regulations of a body of men. Since coming to the realization that my faith should be based on Jesus and his words i have found a measure of truth and Christian liberation.

           

           At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:25-30 NLT

           

          The question we need to ask ourselves are our lords words found at Matthew 6 9-13 a set of rules to follow or simply a loving guide to take into consideration when at prayer. Consider Jesus words as an introduction to the model prayer:

           

           “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray loudly. They want people to see them. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get. But when you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that private place. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you. “And when you pray, don’t be like the people who don’t know God. They say the same things again and again. They think that if they say it enough, their god will hear them. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. – Matthew 6:5-8 ERV

           

          Of interest to note Jesus encouraged us not to pray parrot fashion, then he  gave us the model prayer and yet even after clear instruction not to be repetitious in prayer millions today utter what is know as the “our father prayer”. Do you think millions of people have missed the point? How could it go so wrong? By reading scripture out of context, in fact we would probably find most reciters of the “our father prayer” have never read the preceding verses of Matthew 6 and if they had they certainly didn’t get the sense of Jesus words.

           

          As your fully aware reading the Bible in context is of paramount importance, and based on this premise i would encourage anyone wanting to grasp the meaning of Matthew 6 9-13 to read the sermon on the mount, Matthew chapters 5 to 7. It’s no  coincidence the model prayer is tucked away in that beautiful sermon. After concidering the sermon we should ask ourselves was Jesus laying down rules or principles to guide us as Christians?

           

            For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. – 1 Peter 2:21 AMP

           

          Imperfect human nature leads us down the path of being rule makers, to control people, a trait hard to avoid. The Pharisee (“separatist”) party emerged largely out of the group of scribes and sages and were active from the middle of the second century BCE until the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Their formation was based on good intent, that of keeping the mosaic law pure but it grew into a monster of domination. Jesus used this organization as an example of what happens when rules take control, the loss of freedom to worship Jehovah with spirit and truth.

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          • Burt Reynolds

            Thank you Searcher, that is a wonderful explanation. Just what I have been looking for. Looks like I have found what I have been ‘searcher’ for !

    • Thinking

      Hello Burt.
      Rest easy my brother..my decision had nothing to do with you..it was a loooong time in coming….absolutely nothing.you said stumbled me from this site…or posting on any other site……..so stop worrying about this okay…stay strong brother and thank you deeply for your email and genuine concern of myself…
      I have been around for a very long time..and I am doing this for myself and my family..they need all my energies…I only have one son in the truth left now..but the passing of my other son has left me spiritually responsible for his little ones …and also I need to look after me too….?
      You are an encouraging and loving brother ..hopefully we will all meet after this is done with…

      Sis thinking xx

  • Joel Sherrod

    Brother King, kudos! What an excellent and heartwarming analogy; likening the whole of the Watchtower teachings to a “field,” wherein lays the hidden treasure of God’s Kingdom. Very nicely stated. Very warm commentary. Thanks.

  • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

    Everyday, but especially todays text and commentary and comments was exactly what I needed to hear to get me through my day. I thank Jehovah that he’s blessed brother Robert with tenacity, courage, perseverance, wisdom, and generosity to share it with others (and thank you to your dear wife who shares you with us)

    Now I get it. I’ll buy the field if it means I get to dig for treasure. And watch out for those thistles!!! Don’t walk barefoot!!

    Now I’m gonna vent a little, since this is my safe space. I apologize if this gets long winded.

    Yesterday’s public talk was a doozy. Delivered by a visiting bethelite. All about 1914!!! Hooray. I looked around the KH to see if anyone! anyone! was “thinking.” I dunno. I felt like I was in a nursing home ward. The speaker kept using words like “obvious evidence” and “without a doubt” and then he cheerfully said “if anyone here has any questions about the reality of 1914 and the establishment of the Kingdom, just ask a Jehovah’s witness here and go over the appendix on p 215 for 30 minutes!” Just a spoonful full of sugar helps the operation of error go down….la la la. Ok. Sorry.

    So I survived the public talk. Then the wt had more slugs in the salad. I gave a couple comments. I thought the worst was over…….

    After the song and some fellowship, a sister (a GB loving WT parrot…but she is a lovely person) approaches me. A couple weeks ago I asked out loud (oops) what the car group thought about 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.

    She told me she “did the research and the articles make it plain that this refers to the 1918 time.” Then she said she’s “very concerned about my doubting the word of the FDS because it could mean my salvation.” I read Psalms 146:3 to her (she is 30 years my senior, so I was a little nervous) and said nobody is on the same line on my notebook page with Jehovah and Jesus. I told her that the FDS is on the same page, but my salvation is not about sitting in a chair in a building because Jesus said that we would neither worship in the temple or on a mountain.

    That got her more perturbed. She said “oh, you view this as a club?” I said, “no, if that was the case I wouldn’t be here or I wouldn’t study the publications.”

    At this point I suggested coffee at a later time. Things were feeling tense.

    Argh!!…I pray that I’m not overstepping any boundaries!

    • LW

      It’s a fine line to walk for sure. Something that we’re all working on I’m sure. The time is coming Alexandra, and all indications are, it is nearer than we think. I was watching the August edition of JW Broadcasting and it was one of the younger brothers that was hosting the show, and he said specifically “we will soon face events that will test our loyalty to Jehovah’s organization.” A telltale sign, if I’ve ever seen one.

    • Burt Reynolds

      Oh how I love your spirit Ali. I know Jehovah does too. Can you feel his hand upon your back, guiding you forward, happy in your beautiful manner, you being torn with your doubts about saying to much, but saying it anyway because you love Jehovah more than your self. Don’t worry about overstepping boundaries because Jehovah sets the boundaries. Instead, just think about how you will step over the boundary when Jehovah takes it away for you to make your choice. That’s what I am working on. Not much progress yet….

  • Tabitha

    Nice to be here brothers and sisters! This is my first post although I’ve “watching” for quite a few weeks and love it all! So glad we found you, now this is some treasure!
    My problem is I found that treasure and bought that field some 35 years ago, but do I really need to keep going back to the field, cause now it’s full of land mines. Me and #savekevin and out 2 teenagers stopped going about 6 weeks ago, we keep considering returning but just can’t bring ourselves to go again at this stage. We read the bible daily and discuss these articles here constantly, but what to do??

    • Bobby 6343

      John 6: 66-68. “You have sayings of everlasting life”

      Where else can you go!?

      • #savekevin

        Right here, where two or more are gathered

    • #savekevin

      For the past too many years I’ve been digging that field and going over it with the minelab and still keep coming up with fools gold and cut glass. Seems there’s not much left

      • Burt Reynolds

        You got that right.

    • BIG Welcome to Tabitha & Kevin

      Trust the LORD
      1 Don’t be annoyed by anyone who does wrong,
      and don’t envy them.
      2 They will soon disappear like grass without rain.
      3 Trust the LORD and live right! The land will be yours,
      and you will be safe.
      4 Do what the LORD wants, and he will give you
      your heart’s desire.
      5 Let the LORD lead you and trust him to help.
      6 Then it will be as clear as the noonday sun
      that you were right.
      7 Be patient and trust the LORD.
      Don’t let it bother you when all goes well for those
      who do sinful things.
      ―Psalms 37:1-7, Contemporary English Version

      Yes, “be patient and trust” Jehovah! “Don’t let it bother you when all goes well for those who do sinful things.” The time will soon be here when “it will be as clear as the noonday sun that you were right.” Then you will hear the Well done! from Jehovah, your heavenly Father, for your faith and obedience. “The legal case is before [God], and so you should wait anxiously for him.”―Job 35:14

      See some of sister Thinking’s comments on this, she has very good advice on what to do.

      • #savekevin

        Thank you Joseph. If only there was as much love, understanding, warmth and encouragement at the KH as there is here

        • You can be certain that Jehovah will help you to endure, even with joy. Even if we can no longer do all the things we once did, he blesses us now with a calmness, and the joy of having a preview of what everyone else is also bound to learn soon. Then, at that time, we will be able to assist and comfort those who will likewise need help, just as we needed it. (Ezek. 14:23) Can you imagine the joy you will experience when you will be able to talk about these things freely, with Jehovah’s blessing, and bring the same joy and hope to others !

        • Paul describes the situation we could expect among God’s own people during the time of the end in these words: “Remember this! In the last days there will be many troubles, because people will love themselves, love money, brag, and be proud. They will say evil things against others and will not obey their parents or be thankful or be the kind of people God wants. They will not love others, will refuse to forgive, will gossip, and will not control themselves. They will be cruel, will hate what is good, will turn against their friends, and will do foolish things without thinking. They will be conceited, will love pleasure instead of God, and will act as if they serve God but will not have his power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5, NCV) The prevalence of such individuals within God’s household would cause God’s faithful servants much suffering, but for our encouragement Jesus made this promise: “He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matt. 24:10-13) How could it be possible, though, for Satan to have such great power over God’s people? Jesus condemned the religious leaders of his day as being “from your father the Devil,” because it was really the Devil who exercised the greater influence over them. (John 8:44) Their dominance over the people prevented these from believing in Jesus. Because of submitting to their leaders instead of Jehovah they had in reality become followers of men, and no miracle on Jesus’ part could convince them otherwise. That is why Jesus told them: “You do not believe, because you are none of my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them everlasting life.” (John 10:26,27) Contrary to what we have been taught by our leaders, the Bible foretold a similar situation for our time.

          Thinking & Joe the cosmo are in Australia as well!

          Much love to you and your family
          Joseph

          • #savekevin

            Thank you Joseph

        • Beverly kenyon

          Hiya #savekevin, had to say hello to you, having already spoken to Tabitha…can’t say hello to one without the other. Lol. It’s lovely to have you and all of your family here on EWatchman…big Hi to Sophia too. This morning I read your story in Brother King’s Guest Book…made a really interesting read, especially where you mention the Australian Royal Commission and in particular Geoffrey Jackson, the GB member and how he lied and lied some more…and for the whole world to see! Even on scriptural debate he was clueless. Don’t know if you saw it but even on scriptural debate when asked many times if there were female judges in the bible he just kept referring to males judges and then had to be reminded and told that wasn’t Deborah a judge. Judges4:4-5. So you were right when you said how far does the corruption go? From top to bottom! But like Joseph said in his post now you know why all these things are happening in God’s household you and Tabitha should feel a calmness. I think G Jackson’s robe needs a lot of washing as liars do not inherit God’s Kingdom neither cowards.Rev21:8

      • Joel Sherrod

        Excellent admonition Joseph for sister Tabitha! I also wrote something similar to what you just said to her. Read what I said to her.

        Amazing how we think alike! Lol!

      • Tabitha

        A beautiful scripture, thank you Joseph!

    • Joel Sherrod

      First off, welcome Tabitha!

      My humble suggestion is that you continue to make your meetings
      Why? Because “at this present time” this is where Jehovah is blessing—and spiritually feeding—all honest hearted ones. The key is that While the Watchtower Society does indeed have much to answer to Jehovah about (i.e rampant child abuse pedophilia, shunning, out-of-control disfellowshipping, erroneous prophecy, date setting, arrogance, etc.) at this point in time, the Organization is still, yes, currently still being used by God to gather out of Christendom “the desirable things of the Nations”—all honest hearted people who are rightly disposed for everlasting life. Yes, the Great Crowd.

      And you, Tabitha, you are among them!

      Treasure the fact that you are counted among the worthy to know the truth.

      So whether you lessen your time in field service, or stopped going to the Hall altogether, may I say please reconsider. Go back to the meetings. Listen and learn from the things heard and studied that are true . . . and reject those things that you know are false. And have the wisdom to know the difference.

      Do not be duped or ” stumbled” by sinful men and wrong doctrine. On the other hand, however, keep digging for those “nuggets” yes, those “pearls” of truth that are HIDDEN in the field of the Watchtower (at your Kingdom Hall meetings). In due time Jehovah will “plow” the whole of the Organization; and YOU, my dear sister, you will “reap” a harvest of Kingdom blessings . . . that at present are hidden!

      Go back. Remember the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “the one (or the person) that endures to the end will be saved.” ( Matt. 24:12, 13). Sis, may you and your family continue to ‘endure’ at the meetings, because soon you will be counted among the worthy to ‘reap a harvest’ a blessings to your everlasting benefit!

      • Great points and advice brother Joel!!

        • Joel Sherrod

          You know something Joe, when you begin to think about, I should not be surprised that all of us on this site think alike and say similar things. That is to be expected! Why? Because we were, and still presently are, feed from the same spiritual table! We all speak the “same language” so to speak!

          Wow! Can’t wait till we actually really do meet one another in person and sit together at a table over dinner with Robert at the head!!! What a day that will be!

          • Believe it or not all of us here, old ones, new ones , and future ones are forever bonded together because of the hidden treasures Jehovah has bestowed on us through Robert. This bond will last forever, we will have multiple reunions in the new system were we all get together and remember where it all started over an outstanding meal with wine & music and Jehovah’s blessings!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/216fae54c4ee2ec9c86b7f4c982b3b328d1002ad1ef10cfd27aac49300080206.jpg

            • Joel Sherrod

              Here here!

            • LW

              “Perhaps I am a fool to think that there is still hope for you. But I do. Think on that brother.” Just something I heard recently 😉

            • Burt Reynolds

              That makes me feel like a child in the back seat of the car…’are we there yet, are we there yet?’ and then that first scent of the sea, and then that sudden, straight horizon, a vast expanse stretching on endlessly, then the sound of the waves. Like the sea, I am so anxious to meet you all….and it is SUCH a long row to America, and then I have to row on to Australia….I think I might need an ark with an outboard motor.

          • Burt Reynolds

            Joel, forgive my presumption on your kind thoughts and indeed, true thoughts for Robert. Robert has the heavy duty of representing the truth as he feels the inspiration to be. We can see that he speaks truth in good heart, but this is still an onerous burden and thankful we are that we do not have it at this time. Think of Moses. One act of taking praise upon himself for Jehovah’s work, cost him his life. He was taken to the mountain looking over the promised land, to look upon the land to see what could have been his, to see the outworking of Jehovah’s purpose with or without him, and there to die with his hand almost within reach of his prize. Why? he took praise for himself that belonged to Jehovah. Moses was haughty. Once. Why make Roberts task all the more perilous and difficult, by elevating him to the position of honour at the head of the table when it is not for us to give, but Jehovah. Not for Roberts to take, until rewarded with it, not by us, but by Jehovah. We would loose Robert if we stumbled him. Make no mistake, we are privileged to have the word of Jehovah through Robert, but though a gracious underserved gift in the shape of a man, it is still the word of Jehovah. But what an honour for Robert! But Robert is the conduit, the prophet and we are the slaves, unworthy even of underserved kindness. He who sits at the lowest place, will be exalted by being asked by the head of the wedding party to join him at the table. Let us all sit at the lowest place until asked to join the master, and keep our thankfulness for Jehovah’s kindly provision silent in our hearts with Jehovah only as our witness to our thankfulness for this wonderful privilege of learning. But I admire your joy in saying it because I agree.

            • Joel Sherrod

              Thank you Burt. Your words are taken to heart. In due course, Jehovah Himself will honor and elevate Bro. King to whatever degree He sees fit. You are so right . . . we are blessed through the underserved kindness of our Lord and Savior to even have an open spirit to even comprehend the truths that Robert expounds.

              “Let him who has an ear to hear, listen!”

              And that is what all of us here on this site has done.

              Thank you Burt for helping me to see that praise and glory before its time is indeed presumptuousness.

            • irene evans

              Burt what an excellent comment , you are correct , i feel much joy , because Jehovah has answered my prayers with the direction and path he wishes me to take , and yes it is all undeserved kindness on Jehovahs part that he has allowed us to know in advance through Robert what is to occur,…..i still look at myself and ask what does our dear Lord and his Father see in me . but as you say its a privelege to be part of all this , and to be able to express our thoughts here in a safe place without the fear from the tentacles of the Watchtower org , thanks for all your comments

      • Man from the lions pit

        Dear bro Joel once again I feel like to react to section of your comment.

        “So whether you lessen your time in field service, or stopped going to the Hall altogether, may I say please reconsider.”

        With all respect I do consider lessening in service as natural and conscience reaction/decision of some due to the recent shameful developments in JW.org.
        Because these service hours promotes also the Org. it’s “outward tool” activity which identify us as one of JW.So in this current situation I do consider full steam service like nothing happenedat least presumptuous and hypocritical.Therefore I do fully understand consciences restrictions of some brothers.
        I do not see same issue with meeting attendance because this is “inward tool” action and manifestation of faith.

        • Joel Sherrod

          I understand and respect your reasoning.

        • Burt Reynolds

          I have to say lion of the pit, that there is more in what Joel says than meets the eye. The bible is Jehovah’s word, not the watchtowers. It is the watchtower that has gross sin on its shoulders through its dealings with mankind and it has misrepresented Jehovah viciously, irreprehensibly. We do not go out to preach the watchtower but the bible even if the watchtower do leach off our true motives. It is not for us to slow down in the ministry, but in deed, it is for us to step up our ministry to defend the Word and Jehovah and to put right these wrongs as insofar as it is available to us to do so. If I were out in the ministry, and I am not I should say, I only do Internet witnessing at present, I would and do in the small work that I do, be agreeing with the feelings of effrontery with the public and pointing out the issues made here in Robert’s articles so that the public are availed with the biblical facts, along with the acknowledgment of the abuse, which is very true, very hurtful, outrageously harmful to the children and to all concerned and needs to be righted and acknowledged and even apologised for, but at the same time, to show, evidence and promulgate the word of Jehovah. It is our shame to bear, as we are the representatives of Jehovah and we should not hide our collective shame, but labour under it, for we brought it upon ourselves by being a party at one time or another, to these men in the watchtower. Let us not confuse the watchtower with Jehovah’s purity.

          • Man from the lions pit

            Sure there is more involved and the issue of preaching is interlink to the sanctification of Jehovah name. At the same time the true Christianity is govern by trained conscience thus consciousness objection to do or not to do something is inseparable part of it.Thus anybody who is a JW can’t separate itself from the JW org.
            Unfortunately majority of present JW does go to preach WT or JW.org and this is exactly what WT or JW.org expects of its members nowadays.
            This is not about preaching Christianity to unbelievers does spreading the God’s word.Unfortunately things get twisted even on this level.They are at first interested in saving them self by supporting the structure or JW.org.no matter what.The sanctification of Jehovah name is secondary.Their action and reaction to the current problems and scandals is strong testimony of that twist logic.

          • irene evans

            i agree with the above, i also internet witness m i am planning to aproach my brothers on the carts , but will do so in another town , yes we have also told lies, we may not have been aware of it at the time , but we bear responsibility, and we need to be disciplined by Jehovah, but it will produce a people he can use to help others who will be far worse off than us, we can gain time to prepare ouselves ,having come to terms with the shock and realisation of how corrupt the GB has become….i had prayed to Jehovah wondering if i should return to the meetings , i feel i have my answer thanks to the previous comments . thankyou all

      • Tabitha

        Thanks for such kindly encouragement and advice brother Joel, there’s so much inspiration and love here, a true blessing!

        • Kevin b

          Welcome, to you, and your entire family. It’s great to have you here. It’s nice to see that your daughter is find the information here interesting as well. Great job!!

    • Man from the lions pit

      Welcome Tabitha & Kevin ! Yes you are right the field is full of dangers it’s not plane field with stick and flag pinpointing the location of the treasure there is lots of woods and junk too,some fake threshes too moreover there are many treasure hunters which doesn’t play fair play hunt and the field/park ranger is under influence with not clear intention in mind.So welcome to the treasure land !

    • Volcanic

      Welcome home, Tabitha & family, so lovely to see you at our spiritual banquet – the door to the dining room is ever open & there is always an abundance of food.
      Yes, you do need to keep going back to the field, just remember where the land mines are & leap over them. If you don’t keep going to your field the thorns & briars will take over & then you will have so much clearing up work to do!
      I was persuaded to go back & I still drag my feet & kick & scream about it, but……………I promised Jehovah I would do it, so it must be done, then I moan in here when I get home.

      Just think of me & Beverly bravely doing our new duty whenever you go to your meetings, we do that, we think of each other to help us through. I think of Alexandra & I pray hard that she won’t put her foot in her mouth when she is in the KH, so it takes my mind off my own grumbling 😉 Hah!

      Lovely to meet you, looking forward to the things you post. Lots of love to all of you xoxoxo

      • Tabitha

        Thanks for the welcome Volcanic and timely advice, glad to know we aren’t the only ones having a hard time getting back to that field. We will think of you, Beverley and Alexandra as you keep on enduring also!

        • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

          Yes, big warm welcome to you and any other observers out there. Before finding e-watchman site and videos, I watched a lot of other videos on YouTube and while most if not all the complaints were valid, doctrinal arguments were confusing and frustrating. I didn’t know what to preach and I didn’t want to draw people to the organization, so I personally ended up taking 6 months off. (Of public witnessing, even though I still informally talked about God and the Bible with coworkers etc) I used that time to study and pray. Now I have a renewed zeal for the ministry. I’m not the most polished or intelligent, but I feel Jehovah is using me. It feels really good. One day at a time! That’s all any of us can do. Welcome!!

          • Tabitha

            Thanks for the welcome Alexandra! When I’m ready to head back to the public ministry I would love to get some pointers from you as to how you approach the householders, since I don’t quite know how to go about it anymore…..

            • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

              I completely skip the 1914 appendix and focus on cultivating love for God and honoring Jesus as our ultimate example in everything. Only if I’m asked questions regarding prophecy and deeper things will I “go there,”….which hasn’t really happened much. I try to focus on reading scriptures and CONTEXT with a student…it’s fun for me too now! I’m not a pro by any means whatsoever. I pray to Jehovah to please have Him use me how He sees fit, and I’ve definitely had some interesting answers to that prayer.

    • Burt Reynolds

      Welcome Tabitha and Kevin, after 35 years of bible study, if you have recently left the congregation due to the issues you have seen arise, then you could not do better at this time than to study these articles written here….I don’t mean the comments, but the daily texts and other works in these pages and make sure you are fully aware of the suggestions made as to staying with the congregation and the arguements of those who choose not to or cannot for whatever reason. But that issue is only a fraction of what you will find here. The point being that you will need to make the truth your own now as Jehovah has given you this opportunity to take it, to drink life’s waters free. This site is not as it is with e watchtower, this site is about you, you making the choices in full knowledge of the bible and in what Jehovah advises. Here is dependable truth, as found IN the bible, not points ‘from’ the bible that is laced with the thoughts of man. Out there, is the voice of man. Yes, the watchtower accomplishes the preaching work, but if you have been reading these works, you will know that there is corruption within the watchtower and the reason for it, and the biblical proof of it, and it is because of this truth that you need to be cautious in your use of it. There are land mines everywhere, not just in the field of pearls and treasures. By the way, that is a great analagy of yours. Love it.

      You will know from your immense bible study that Jehovah is the epitome of patience. Take advantage of that patience and avail yourself of a firm understanding of what is being said here. You say ‘what to do?’ Well, if you do not know what to do, then do nothing but study. Thus you will not be making things confused, but remaining neutral with your thoughts and in being receptive to the word. Use that time then to study what is said here and if you feel it is for you, then study some more so that you are sure from the word in the bible, what is required by Jehovah. Not man. Ask freely, and receive freely. I have to say since coming here, that I have reached the opinion that if this is not truth, then there is no truth to be found. You I feel, can sense it too. There is an aire of honesty that is nowhere else to be found. There is plainness and ease of word and it is restful to the soul. There is no confusion so that at the end of the day you go home asking what more you have to give to earn Jehovah’s favour, but as the day draws to a close, there is only thankfulness and rest to send you to sleep in prayers of joy, for it is actually true, his yoke is kindly. I can feel it now, and it is not emotional trollop but the joy of knowing, of certainty; and that is a joy indeed. Welcome.

      • Tabitha

        Thank you Burt for your most kind and honest words, they made me cry. Not in sadness, but with a sense of relief like that of coming home after being away for a long long time. I like the suggestion that if we don’t know what to do, then do nothing but study. This is in fact what we have been doing, there is so much spiritual food here that I just can’t stop devouring it, and yet for a long time now I have wondered why I get no joy in keeping up with the “spiritual” programs at the meeting, feeling there must be something wrong with me, but now I know why, what a relief indeed. We have had a few visits from some in the cong. One or two have popped in to say hi, which was nice, another (elders’ wife) to give scriptural council, not so nice, wondering why we have left Jehovah and telling us we must get on the ark (the organisation) to be saved, hmm I thought it was baptism that pictured the ark 1 Peter 3:20,21, oh well I guess she must know. Anyway we have had more “association” and interest from the flock in the few weeks since we haven’t gone to the meeting, than in the 3 years we’ve been regularly going. But I digress! I definitely feel closer to Jehovah now than I have for a while and feel like I have had a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders. We will continue to keep reading and studying the bible, and I keep asking Jehovah to make it plain to me what he requires of us at this time… I await patiently the answer from our most patient God. Thanks again, love all your comments keep it up 🙂

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hiya Tabitha, late on Sunday just gone I went into Brother King’s guestbook and I read your story…I noticed your name because I’ve always liked that name and wanted to see who was this person called one of my favourite names. Lol. I absolutely loved reading your story about you and your sister and your lovely parents…how your Dad was so proud of his daughters and finally becoming a witness with encouragement from your Mum…better late than never is what matters! As you’ve read me and Volcanic made our way back to the ‘field’ after a lot of support from ones on this site especially Sister Thinking and Sam helped me picture and feel why I should go back as I wasn’t ‘feeling’ why I should go back. I’m not telling you and your hubby to do that because only you both can make that decision after weighing up all the advice but maybe you just need some time out to reflect, rejuvenate, re-boot and recover, spend quality time with your family and just breathe!! And still get spiritually fed here on EWatchman. When I read your story on Sunday night I remember thinking I hope Tabitha starts joining in the discussion, so was pleasantly surprised when I saw your post. Nice to finally meet you both.

      • Tabitha

        Thanks so much for your lovely comments Beverley, seems like I’ll be doing a lot of crying today LOL! I especially liked your suggestion to reflect, rejuvenate and re-boot, I think that’s what we need, and to spend quality time with our family along with our new expanded spiritual family too! Wonderful to be here!!

    • Craig

      Hi Tabitha, savekevin and family. Welcome.
      Keep up the good work,
      one step at a time, even if those first steps are learning, making resolve or confirming ones own convictions, the important thing is that we are moving in the right direction.
      It took me a little while just to get back to the meetings, I had been away for about 18 months, I feel compelled to go now and am looking forward to getting back out in the public ministry.
      I live in Victoria, which state are you from?

      • #savekevin

        Hi Craig thanks for your encouraging comment. We’re in Gippsland

        • Craig

          Hi savekevin, will you be heading the the convention in Melton next month? I also am in Gippsland.

          • #savekevin

            No we hadn’t planned on attending. We thought we were treated rather shabbily last year. We had to sit on folding chairs in the foyer. That’s ok for us but the kids not happy either. We’ve watched most of it already online.
            We’re bt Morwell and mirboo north. I’ll take this info down edit later cos I don’t really want to reveal my exact location

            • Craig

              Im in Inverloch

            • #savekevin

              Awesome, we’ll have to catch up. We love inverloch. We’re recently from Perth, so still finding our way around.

            • Craig

              I’ll get back in touch with you later.

            • #savekevin

              🙂

            • Bklyn Kevin

              The Love of Many Will Grow Cold. Read more>
              https://e-watchman.com/love-greater-number/

            • #savekevin

              That’s good info thank you Kevin

    • sally

      Hello and welcome Tabitha! I am quite new here as well and am not a Baptised JW although Burt says I have had a baptism of the heart 🙂 I stopped my study for over a month as I was getting upset at what I was learning and attending the meetings was not having the spiritual uplifting effect that I had hoped it would. But with encouragement from everyone here and some really good scriptures being shared, I realised that if possible, then this is what Jehovah would want us to do. Jesus attended the corrupt synagogue to worship as did his apostles. If they can do it then….I suppose we can to!! Anyway, I understand your predicament, it is very hard, the hardest thing I have had to do in a long time but as Jesus said “pick up your torture stake and follow me”. I am quoting randomly now lol but I am sure someone can point you to exact scriptures that will help you. I hope you make it back there even if you need some more time before you can face it.

      • Tabitha

        Well done Sally, so nice to be drawn by Jehovah “twice”, once to the truth and then to the truth about the truth …John 6:44

    • 1914for100Alex

      Looks like I’m late to the party in welcoming you, but better late than never! I really don’t have much to add in the way of advice on how to proceed from here, other than agree with what Burt suggested and spend some time reading the articles Robert has written. There’s no shortage of them! I haven’t gone back but many others have found reasons to, and seeing as how you haven’t been gone long, you just might find some reasons too 🙂

      • Tabitha

        Thanks Alex, great to be among true friends, and now we don’t feel alone anymore 🙂

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Episode #71
      Start at time set 15:30 for the answer to your question. https://e-watchman.com/episode-71/
      (April 30th 2016)
      Questions for this episode: Did World War One have any biblical significance? I know I cannot preach the Watchtower’s message as before, so where are Jehovah’s Witnesses who love the truth supposed to go now? What if the mark of the beast is a microchip? And more!

      Moving Ahead with Jehovah’s Organization?. Read more>
      https://e-watchman.com/moving-ahead-jehovahs-organization/

      • Tabitha

        Thanks so much for these helpful links Kevin, they have certainly given me a lot to think and pray about!

    • Bklyn Kevin
  • Man from the lions pit

    Thank you Robert ! Clear & simple that what is need in this perplexing times !

  • Sophia

    Hello fellow brothers and sisters, my mum and dad “Tabitha” and ” #savekevin” were so exited to be a part of this new spiritual family I had to get in on the action!! I’m fifteen years old and me and my family have been studying and talking about nothing else other than the new things we have been learning here for the past few weeks. I can say I’ve never been more excited about the bible, the explanations here are so clear and you can see the prophecies being fulfilled before your very eyes! Can’t wait to see how things unfold! 😛

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Welcome savekevin ,Tabitha, Sophia.

      Nice to have you brothers and sisters with us.

      2 Corinthians 1:
      2 May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
      3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,
      4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.

    • Burt Reynolds

      Welcome Sophia, how wonderful it is to see a family such as yours, together in thought and deed for Jehovah’s word. That is so encouraging for me as it must be for others. Your few words are a picture that immediately paints a true follower of Jehovah, so much so they are at once identifiable as such. It is so strengthening to meet you and your family. Welcome.

      • Sophia

        Thanks brother Burt, so glad we’ve found you all and that we can all be encouraging to one another!!

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Will you love God when it is not easy?. Read more>
      https://e-watchman.com/will-you-love-god-when-it-is-not-easy/

    • Welcome sister, what a wonderful gift to have the whole family learning Jehovah’s guarded secrets!
      If you have found a renewed joy in worshiping Jehovah because of the new understanding you have acquired, thank Jehovah for it. It is his way of caring for you! But it is meant for your own personal encouragement, in order for you not to give up. As Jehovah continues to expose the waywardness of his people there will be many others in the days to come who will likewise need this encouragement, and Jehovah will help them too. (Isaiah 32:5-7; 33:1-2) Perhaps he may even use you to assist such ones. But those who are content with the way things are in serving Jehovah under present conditions, they are not going to benefit from this. It is medicine they don’t need, at least not yet. As Jesus said, “Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do.” (Matt. 9:12)
      Make sure you and your family visit the desert table at Jehovah’s banquet of spiritual food!
      https://e-watchman.com/imagining-paradise/

      • Joel

        A hearty warm brotherly welcome Sophia!

        You now join a big happy family of “true” worshippers of Jehovah! I say ‘true” because we are all unfettered; yes, free to voice heartfelt expressions of love, of hope, of doctrinal understanding in an open forum. No fear, no coersion . . . No dispersion! We all love Jehovah and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. So welcome dear little one! Welcome!

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