The Lawless One’s Presence Is by the Operation of Satan

//The Lawless One’s Presence Is by the Operation of Satan

Wednesday, August 10

Holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God.Acts 20:28.

It is important that we show appreciation for God’s arrangement for shepherding his flock. Christian elders are a provision from Jehovah, who always acts in our best interests. The elders are “like a hiding place from the wind, a place of concealment from the rainstorm, like streams of water in a waterless land, like the shadow of a massive crag in a parched land.” How we appreciate a shelter from a strong wind or from a chilling rainstorm! When the hot sun is beating down on us, we are grateful for the shade provided by a crag. These figures of speech help us to see that the elders provide needed spiritual help and refreshment. By obeying those taking the lead among us, we show how much we appreciate these “gifts in men” and give evidence of our love for God and for Christ, the Head of the congregation.

COMMENTARY

The Watchtower teaches the truth. The Watchtower teaches a lie. Both statements are true. It is a paradox.

The reason for the paradox is because Jehovah, the God of truth, has allowed Satan, the father of the lie, to wield his influence over those who have been entrusted with the truth. He does so for a very good reason.

The Devil is much more powerful, cunning, crafty and subtle than you realize. His intent is to convince the truth-bearers that he has no influence over them. He has been wildly successful in that regard. To that end no doubt the demons’ subtle influence is reflected in the notion that the Watchtower Society is a spiritual paradise; a protective bubble that the Devil cannot penetrate. All evil is on the outside of Jehovah’s earthly ark of salvation.

In order to wield his deluding influence over truth-seekers Satan is allowed to perform “every powerful work and lying signs and wonders and every unrighteous deception…”

As the context of Paul’s prophecy reveals, Satan’s operation involves falsely announcing that the parousia has began and that the day of Jehovah is here. From the moment the Watchtower was formed the deluding influence was already in operation —heralding 1874 as the beginning of the presence of Christ and pointing forward to 1914 as the day of Jehovah.

russegyptAnd Lo and Behold! According to the inch-years divined from the secret galleries of the ancient witness set in stone, the Great Egyptian pyramid of Giza, and secondarily confirmed by biblical chronology, wonder of wonders, the sign appeared right on cue. The outbreak of the Great War convinced the Bible Students that Russell’s  pyramidology was true. The horrific Spanish Flu pandemic —more deadly than the war itself —only confirmed the esoteric calculations promoted by the Watchtower.

Of course, over the past century the Watchtower’s 1914 doctrine has required continual maintenance to keep it credible. And that is where the Daily Text comes in. Through the use of snippets of scripture and a paragraph from a Watchtower Jehovah’s Witnesses are regularly subjected to Satan’s deluding influence, which unbeknownst to  them promotes “every unrighteous deception,” foremost of which is the lie that Jesus has already begun ruling and that the Watchtower is the refuge from the storm that Jehovah has lovingly provided. 

Take today’s text, for example. Has the holy spirit appointed overseers to their positions? Sure. But does that mean that all appointees are true? Not necessarily. Consider Christ, who, after spending the entire night in prayer no doubt seeking his heavenly Father’s direction, selected his twelve apostles —one of whom was Judas Iscariot, whom Jesus called “the son of destruction.” Not coincidently, the man of lawlessness, whom Satan legitimizes by performing lying signs and powerful works, etc., is also called “the son of destruction.”

Now consider the text’s reference to Isaiah 32:1-2, which reads: “Look! A king will reign for righteousness, and princes will rule for justice. And each one will be like a hiding place from the wind, a place of concealment from the rainstorm, like streams of water in a waterless land, like the shadow of a massive crag in a parched land.”

Question: Are Christian elders the princes who rule for justice? Absolutely not. Although Isaiah has been divided into 66 chapters and verses, like all other Bible books and letters, we should not lose sight of the fact that it was/is a single book of prophecy. Thus, the “rainstorm” has a specific meaning. It is not just hardship and persecution in a general sense. It has to do with the coming storm unleashed by Satan after he is cast down.

For example, Isaiah 25:4-5 uses the same symbolism with reference to the persecution of the tyrannical nations who oppress God’s people, and whom Jehovah ultimately annihilates: “For you have become a stronghold to the lowly, a stronghold to the poor in his distress, a refuge from the rainstorm, and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the tyrants is like a rainstorm against a wall, as the heat in a parched land, you subdue the uproar of strangers. Like heat is subdued by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the tyrants is silenced.”

The rainstorm, then, is associated with Jacob’s time of distress. The coming storm will also sweep away the Watchtower’s 1914 pact with Death. The 28th chapter of Isaiah foretells: “And I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the leveling tool. The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will flood out the hiding place. Your covenant with Death will be dissolved, and your agreement with the Grave will not stand. When the raging flash flood passes through, you will be crushed by it. As often as it passes through, it will sweep you away; for it will pass through morning after morning, during the day and during the night.”

Please notice that Jehovah’s justice and righteousness is the driving force behind the raging flashflood. And the verse immediately preceding indicates that the flood coincides with the establishment of Christ’s Kingdom. And that is exactly what Isaiah 32 is about. The king who will reign for righteousness is Jesus. And the princes who will reign for justice are not elders, but the chosen ones who receive a kingdom with Christ. They will be the place of refuge. Why are Jehovah’s Witnesses unable to comprehend this? The next verse explains:

“Then the eyes of those seeing will no longer be pasted shut, and the ears of those hearing will pay attention. The heart of those who are impetuous will ponder over knowledge, and the stammering tongue will speak fluently and clearly. The senseless one will no longer be called generous, and the unprincipled man will not be called noble; for the senseless one will speak nonsense, and his heart will devise harmful things, to promote apostasy and to speak what is wayward against Jehovah, to cause the hungry one to go unfed and to deprive the thirsty one of something to drink.”

The coming global war will be an eye-opening experience, for sure. Then, the nonsense that now passes for sacred truth will be seen by many for what it is —nonsense. The Devil’s intent is to convince Jehovah’s Witnesses that there is nothing more to expect other than what they have been led to expect —that the Watchtower will be their guide all the way to the gates of the new world, in order to cause the hungry to go unfed by keeping them fettered to the organization that will go into full blown apostasy by opposing Christ at his coming, even as Paul wrote concerning the man of lawlessness who comes to the fore and leads many into apostasy immediately before the manifestation of Christ brings him to nothing.

Until then the man of lawlessness is sure to receive the praise of Jehovah’s Witnesses for having generously provided them with nothing but the finest spiritual food available.

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  • ug that picture is creepy. just what i imagine.
    poor bats gettin a bad wrap

    • Watchtower “maintenance” ha funny. “whitewash”*

      • finest spiritual food (“vomit”) available

    • Rose Castro

      Lol

      • Sam

        Hi Rose, hope you’re doing well… missed seeing you and that Koala around here 😀

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hiya DA, you’re right, that picture is ‘hangin’ as we would say here in Manchester and it does give bats a bad rap, but I don’t agree with how the Devil looks there, everything about the face is ‘pointy’. If you read the account in Eze28:13,14 he was described as being impossibly beautiful so I think because he’s been living ‘rough’ and a real bad evil debauched life I think all that would be showing in his face and whole body…he would be rotten, you would be able to see he was once handsome and beautiful but he’d be completely haggard due to his lifestyle! What a loser!

      • yeah its symbolic so the artist has to make it look contrast to Jesus beauity

      • 1914for100Alex

        “What a loser!” LOL!
        Triple dog dare ya to say that to him when he’s cast down to earth 😉

        • Beverly kenyon

          I’ll say it to him now!! Lol. And you could’ve said it as well 1914 when you had that encounter with one of his little pals in the toilets when you were with your friends in that haunted place. You should’ve said, seriously, is that the best you can do? Messing about with the water and the taps?! You’re small time! Then of course leg it outta there!!

          • 1914for100Alex

            I figured it best not to push my luck! I’ve often thought that if I actually saw a “ghost” I’d call it out though. Tell it that I know what it really is, but that’s probably not a good idea either lol. My best guess is that it knew I was teasing my friend and telling her she was nuts, and it decided to show me it was real. But why? Did it not know who I was? That I was raised to believe in angels and demons? I’ve been back to the same place a few times and have even used the same bathroom, but nothing. No weird vibes or anything. The place in question is known for things falling off of shelves and things like that. You know, amateur hour stuff lol. Hopefully it’s not reading this cuz know it’ll know it has to step up its game the next time I visit. What a loser.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Yeah, you’re right 1914, it might step up its game with you. Lol. No one knows how they would react when faced with one of those things…it is scarey! When the Devil embarked on his death wish…because let’s face it, it was game over for him when Jehovah pronounced the scared secret against him in the Garden and also those demons are plain cowards…didn’t they when the flood came took off and left their families to die! And wasn’t there a proliferation of demons in Jesus’ day. Don’t know if they thought he’d come to sort them out so they were coming out to meet him head on because didn’t one of them ask if he was going to throw him in the abyss. So yeah, those things are everywhere like paedophiles!! Ugh! It really does knock me sick!

            • Burt Reynolds

              The scripture makes it plain that we will be tested towards our desires. The watchtower used to say not to pray out loud, not to think out loud about such things as Satan cannot hear your thoughts. I think that is Incorrect and we underestimate Satan at our peril. We minimise because we do not know and cannot grasp the dimensional planes in thought word and deed, or in the dimensions of space and time. Satan has demanded that we be tried in our aliegence to Jehovah. In my opinion, if we get off with only being killed with the hope of resurrection, then we have got off lightly.

            • 1914for100Alex

              I’ve wondered about the thought reading thing, and I’m inclined to agree with you. How else could we be fully tested? I can’t even imagine how much harder Satan is going to make it for us once the Tribulation starts. You’re right though. Getting killed would be getting off lightly.

            • LW

              People talk about the mark of the beast, “oh it’s a microchip!”, what it is doesn’t matter…what absolutely will matter is whether our allegiance is either to the Creator or the Adversary. People like to think they’re with the Creator, but do they really know what extent Satan has gone to entrap people? That this whole System while designed by people, is really and truly an expression of his way of ruling?

              I was talking with someone and he said how we can tell someone whose asleep who is behind this world and what organization controls this or that..and their response will be “so what are you going to do about it?”

              You know what my reply was? That even so, I said, at the very least we know our enemy and their M.O. If you don’t know that you’re in a war, you’ve already lost.

              He said to me , “You’re right.”

        • Burt Reynolds

          He already knows. Be worried.

          • 1914for100Alex

            Yeah. I figured as much. I just found it odd that it didn’t do something a little more pronounced. Not that I’m requesting that next time, just pondering over the experience. I realize I may have come off as making light of it (I’m always making jokes when I should be serious), but believe me I have no delusions of what it was I experienced. As far as worrying about it, I guess we’ll see what happens if I ever go there again. I’m not going to tempt fate and make a point of going, but at the same time I’m not afraid to go. My mind could easily be changed though depending on how the next visit goes lol. Maybe it’s the analytical thinker and realist in me, or maybe the fact that what it did was fairly subtle (or both) that allows me to process it the way I do. Hope I can keep that same composure when things start getting crazy, but something tells me I’ll probably be hiding under a desk crying like a little girl!

    • Burt Reynolds

      Compare it to locked in syndrome and you get the feel of it.

  • Paulo Vicentini

    “The Watchtower teaches the truth. The Watchtower teaches a lie”
    If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is! – Matthew 6:23

    It is not a paradox , it is really deep darkness

    • Burt Reynolds

      Wow! Love that scripture!

  • in short, the great tribulation isnt here yet. during a time in the great tribulation the chosen ones will be the place of refuge but not until then

    • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      Um they DO call you when your time is late. That is literally the only time I get a nod of existing.

      • **

      • Burt Reynolds

        Well if we don’t hear from you at this site we will have to call you……call collect from England.

      • That’s a shame Alexandra. The trouble with many elders is that it is just a job or power trip for them; there’s no personal interest.
        I like to think that I’m the same now as before I was appointed an elder. My friends always mean a lot to me and since I’ve been appointed I have to make sure that I’m even more accessible for everyone. I remind our group at the end of the month about their reports but I always try to encourage them and sincerely thank them when they send me their reports, no matter how many hours they’ve done too.
        Most JWs are not daft; they can tell if a person is showing them real friendship or whether it is just done out of duty.
        At least Jah & Jesus know you exist as I’m sure do many brothers & sisters in your Cong. Hugs x

        • Beverly kenyon

          Joe, I wanna be in your cong…along with Sally, Volcanic and whoever else that wanna join us. I’m a big girl now and don’t need someone to hold my hand but it makes all the difference if there’s a caring, naturally friendly, approachable elder. You just feel that person has your back and would be looking out for you. But I have to say, the elder I studied with is similar to you Joe, he’s absolutely a lovely person.

          • Encantado to have you all in our cong but then you’d also have to put up with my awful sense of humour! ?

          • Volcanic

            WRONG!!!! I am not coming to the cold UK, you come to me & suffer the anointed ones evil eye 😉

            • Beverly kenyon

              Just saw your post Volcanic, and I’m stood in my kitchen laughing to myself like a loon. So funny! I don’t know how you cope…she’s high maintenance! I’ve had Sally and Daisy on my mind all day. I worry about those ladies facing their trials..it’s such a struggle.

            • Volcanic

              pfft…& then she comes to give me the Spanish two kisses & says “Love you” Talk about shifty LOL. We call the evil eye mal de ojo here & most babies wear a little red band to ward it off………I must design my KH Sunday wardrobe to match my red bands 🙂 🙂

            • Volcanic

              she is actually a very nice person, quite well up on the scriptures as per WT teachings. I fail to understand why though, as an anointed one she doesn’t have anywhere near the same knowledge as Robert (not being nasty here)

              We always had a joke that if I was to be killed at Armageddon she would be the one to hurl the stone down to do it, to make sure I was gone properly

            • Beverly kenyon

              I’m not being funny Volcanic, but I think she meant it…talk about passive aggressive! Actually, I take that back. Nothing passive there she actually told you she wanted the job done properly….fake friend and cheeky with it!

            • Volcanic

              I think she already has the stone picked out, I saw a bulldozer delivering to her house the other day

            • Beverly kenyon

              Crying laughing at that Volcanic. That’s hilarious! I mean it…that’s really funny. When you see her you’ll think of that and want to burst out laughing.

            • Volcanic

              ooooh stop, Manc, I will take a spare Depends with me on Sunday just in case

            • Beverly kenyon

              Yeah, be prepared.

            • Volcanic

              it’s a bit scary for the next thousand years or so though, Bev, imagine I’ll have to spend all those years dodging imaginary boulders. Perhaps Robert could have an angelic type word when he gets upstairs too……oooh errr

            • Beverly kenyon

              Laughing so much at that! She’s gonna have it in for you! You’ll be looking ducking and diving for a thousand year…that’s gonna be hard work…hopefully some perfect bright spark will come up with an ingenious protective outfit for you. Volcanic, both you and Average Joe have cheered up a gloomy day for me here in Manchester…weather is dire, can’t make its mind up!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hiya Volcanic, hope you’re still having a gander on EWatchman and see this post. Not stalking you or anything, lol, but couldn’t help but notice you’re MIA! Hope you and your family are well and everything okay with you.

            • Volcanic

              hey sweetie, I’m still here, ploughing my way through the comments on podcast 72 – hard going! I didn’t realise I haven’t spoken much this week, but I’m here most of the time.
              Busy with baby A & her social life! F is off for the month of August – most Lawyers offices & the Courts close for the month (because of the heat) so my girls are off here, there & everywhere, baby is as brown as a little berry!
              I get dragged off for a morning walk in the next village & forced onto the public ‘gym’ in the park (all the oldies go there so I blend in nicely) Lovely walk along the sea front & then a cafe for croissants & herbal tea – could get used to this, hah!
              I’m on the forum too although apart from 2 comments I haven’t joined in much there either.
              Still praying hard for Daisy & praying hard for understanding & wisdom for me too! xoxoxo

            • Beverly kenyon

              Good to hear you’re still alive and kicking Volcanic! Sounds like you’re having lots of fun with your girls…baby sounds absolutely gorgeous! Find it hard to believe you would blend in with the old dears but I know you would get on great with them once you start gabbing with them, it all sounds fab where you are. I’m a technophobe so there’s no chance of me going on that forum. I will keep things simple…to match my simple self and stick to the old way of posting, lol. Daisy and Burt were having problems with that forum thing so it was good to see her still being actively involved on EWatchman…that lady is one tough bird! Daisy is no victim..she’s fighting all the way as scared and frightening as the journey and fight is! We’re constantly getting assaulted by life! I’m delving through the book of Matthew and it’s like I’ve never read it…so new. I feel transported there so I’m really enjoying discovering it again. Read in the Daily Mail online that they excavated a synagogue from Jesus’ time in a rural area where he preached in synagogues…the first time they’ve found one from that time. It had bench like seats all around inside of the building and the priest or speaker would’ve stood in the middle to talk to the congregants. It would’ve held about 120 persons. When I looked at the picture of it I could just imagine Jesus speaking in that very synagogue. It was fascinating. Apparently there were quite a few of those rural synagogues dotted about and it reminded me of our Kingdom Halls. Good to hear from you Volcanic and that everything is going good as can be.

            • Volcanic

              thanks for that info, Beverly, here it is in case anyone wants to read it;

              It’s really easy to get on the forum, just click on the Forum button above & follow the instructions – just as easy as here 🙂
              http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3747101/Do-ancient-ruins-prove-stories-Bible-true-2-000-year-old-rural-synagogue-Galilee-similar-sites-Jesus-taught.html

            • Beverly kenyon

              Aww, Thank you Volcanic for the info about the Forum…you’ve got to be one of the loveliest witness about…always quick to help and so loving and warm…so glad I got to know you Lady of the Volcano. X

            • Beverly kenyon

              Can’t believe it! That woman tormented you then give you the two kisses….bet you wanted to give her a Glasgow kiss! Lol. She has more front than Blackpool!! Just keep smiling Volcanic…even though you’re bubbling inside which is apt because of your name. We’re all having to deal with so much then someone just adds to it! Aargh!

        • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

          Aw thanks brother. Keep up your energy. I do sympathize with my elders….they all look tired and a little sad. Actually, I think my husband and I are switching to Spanish. My husband is Dominican and would much prefer to be in Spanish. I’m at a point now where I don’t need any more fuel to my burning fire, especially with the upcoming book study of the Kingdom Rule book. It’ll be too tempting for me to give an “authentic” comment, whereas in Spanish I can just focus on love and hospitality, which Spanish really seem to excel at. Keep up the good work “average Joe”….you sound above average!

          • Burt Reynolds

            You don’t mean you’re just going on Roberts Spanish site do you?!!! I don’t want to miss you on this side as I don’t speak Spanish, amigo !!

            • Try Margarita Madrigal’s “Magic Key To Spanish” for under 10 quid on Amazon. I promise you’ll be speaking Spanish within a week. It helps you learn via cognates (words you already know in your native tongue) iEnglish, rather than memorising a whole list of vocabulary. That’s what I learnt from. There’s even some funky illustrations in it by Andy Warhol too.

          • Good move Alexandra. Los latinos (Incluso los españoles y los italianos) sí saben muy bien cómo hacer fiestas en condiciones. Saludos pa ti y pa tu media naranja.

            • Volcanic

              “Saludos pa ti y pa tu media naranja” – debe ser ‘para’ no ‘pa’ 🙂

            • No hija, somos andaluces así que comemos muchas palabras jeje

            • Volcanic

              No soy tu hija Padre Dougal . Ni soy andaluz , la palabra es ‘para’

            • Correct. Bad habits I guess. Sorry.
              I thought exactly the same Volcanic. I don’t understand it either as I still believe in God but then everyone’s experience with the WTS is different. We all react differently to problems that could be considered similar.
              Lloyd has a laudable goal in that he doesn’t want anyone else to suffer the injustices he has at the hands of the WTS and he basically wants people to make informed decisions about the Witnesses. At least that’s the impression I get. Many of his arguments he makes about evolution make sense to me and I don’t discount God using some form of it after the initial creation of the world. But to lose faith in God completely is something only he could explain to you.
              Slightly going off topic but if the flood of Noah’s day was indeed worldwide then that would have required a very extreme form of evolution to get all the variety of species that we have today from the few that Noah managed to get into the ark. This leads me to believe that it was a global flood in the same sense as the apostles said that the Good News had been preached in all the earth: in all the known world at that time. Thus the animals native to Noah’s area of the world would be saved from the flood whereas in the rest of the world, the animals would continue living as normal.

    • Unfortunately you are correct with regard to many elders. However, they will be held accountable for their actions/inactions. Many do it just because they like the prominence but are unwilling to lift a finger to help the flock. Hmmm, sounds a bit like the Pharisees!

  • Rose Castro

    Can anyone give me a link to the Spanish site? I heard there’s a Spanish site now? Thanks!

    • ewatchman

      There is an enormous orange and yellow button that spans the front page of this site that says ARTICULOS EN ESPAÑOL. Click on that. Or navigate to http://e-testigosdejehova.com/

      There is not a lot of material there yet. It is a work in progress, as articles are translated.

      • Volcanic

        my apologies for posting the same answer to Rose, Robert. I had the page open in a new tab so as not to lose it & it didn’t refresh. I don’t know how to delete comments from here so it will have to stay, but at least Rose has a double reminder 🙂

        • now you’l have to be talked to in the back by a judicial comity for brazen conduct

          • Burt Reynolds

            That’s true, sister volcano hath erupted, not refreshing her page is a criminal offence. My sister forgot to refresh her page once in a watchtower meeting and answered the wrong question. She didn’t do that again in a hurry, I can tell you. An elders wife too. Brought shame on the family. I must admit, Roberts site is always refreshing.

            • Volcanic

              40 lashes at daybreak

          • Volcanic

            I’ve been in the naughty corner ever since I made that faux pas, DA. I’m waiting for someone to give me permission to use the little girls room

      • Burt Reynolds

        Robert, you are a master of understatement. You must have English ancestry. Enormous orange and yellow button, indeed.

        • ewatchman

          ;~) I do have English ancestry. And my wife and I lived in England for a few years, off and on, up until 2012.

      • Rose Castro

        Sorry for bothering you; I usually go directly to the articles that my email alerts me to and so, I never go to the front page of this site. The reason why I asked for a link is to copy and paste to a message I was going to send to a family member. Thank you!

    • Volcanic

      por aqui, querida hermana http://e-testigosdejehova.com/

      • Rose Castro

        Thank you! Yes! I needed the link so I can send it to a family member. By the way, thanks for being so nice!

  • Leonard k

    hello Robert I know this is not related to your article but I saw this today on her page.

    REST IN PEACE Carol Ramos PASSED AWAY TODAY I GOT A CALL SHE HAS PASSED AWAY HOPE SHE IS AT PEACE NOW I PRAY FOR HER TO RIP. I DO HOPE I CAN MAKE SURE SHE GOES IN THE GROUND AT POTTER’S CEMETERY HOPE I CAN KEEP THAT PROMISE?

    • thats sad. thanks for the update. i didnt see the e-mail address till now. 🙁 i dont know how i missed that. im kinda angry now.

    • Beverly kenyon

      Can’t believe it!! That’s so tragic and very sad! I’m in shock! Just ask Leonard K and we’ll help you keep your promise to have her buried in Potters Cemetry….we all had a whip round organised by Brother King when she was in need…and I’m sure everyone will do it again to give her a decent funeral….she is related to all of us in the faith.

      • Leonard k

        I’m sorry I think you misunderstood I did not write that comment I copied and pasted that comment from her facebook page some one else had wrote it. I really do wish there was more I could have done for her I really do but we must all take comfort in her faith that she knew Jehovah and she was here on the Ewatchman listening reading learning and she came to know and understand the operation of error and the man of lawlessness her heart and mind was opened to the truth and she will have the benefits of having an accurate knowledge when she is remembered by our heavenly father Jehovah. no matter what any of our situations may be our comfort and refuge will be with Jehovah and not even death can take that away.

        • Beverly kenyon

          Thanks for letting me know Leonard K. Yeah, I kept thinking at least she got to know bible truths by all the things she learnt here on EWatchman…so that was a blessing and hopefully gave her comfort as she battled to the end. I just hope Carol went peacefully and as pain free as possible. Just can’t believe she’s gone already. That’s lovely what you’ve wrote Leonard.

          • Leonard k

            yes it is a shock even if we expect the worst it still comes as a shock. the realization of a death of a friend or loved one will always impact our lives in a great way as specially after learning that man was not men’t to die but live on through our heavenly father Jehovah. people say death is a natural part of life but as we have learned that simply is not true. death was brought on by way of sin and it was never men’t to be a natural thing but we know Jehovah will correct all matters and jesus him self holds the keys to life and death.

            John 11:26

            26 and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all. Do you believe this?”
            and I do believe this with all of my heart and granted carol ramos has died but because of her faith in Jehovah and jesus I believe she will rise again.

            • Beverly kenyon

              It’s funny that you should mention that Rev1:18 scripture as I recently read it and for some reason it impacted on me and I’ve read it a few times. I’ve always said, if death is so natural then why are we broken hearted and feel helpless and in total disbelief and we so miss that person who’s gone…it’s just not right! And like you Leonard, I too believe and it’s the most natural feeling, that Jehovah and our King, Jesus will bring Carol back to life soon in the future.

            • Leonard k

              you see Jehovah put these natural feelings in all of us so of course death hurts so badly. anything that is not a natural affection from our heavenly father Jehovah will only hurt bring pain and fear and Jehovah never men’t for his creation to be in pain at all. it is only because of satan the devil that such pain exists at all. I some times think what life might have been like if eve and adam had never sinned but on the other hand I also believe that at one time or another the question might have been asked can man live without Jehovah? and so even though we are all in pain we can take great comfort in knowing that this slander against Jehovah will be put to rest for all time and no one non of jehovahs creation will ever be able to question him again hence forth this wicked system of things that is run by satan and all the pain and death he has spread. we live in pain and death morning and out cry for the ones we love we cry for the way the world is today but just remember his promise.

              Revelation 21:4

              4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
              it is like Robert said in one of his videos if we want to get to the other side we will have to walk through the fire but always keep your faith strong and know that Jehovah and jesus are with you.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Thank you Leonard for sharing those words and yes, that walk through the fire is coming soon and then it will be as you point out, all about keeping our faith strong. But having said all that, I will never get get used to someone dying…I just can’t accept it…it’s just so wrong.

            • Leonard k

              of course and I although we have no choice but to except it I will never get use to it you are correct it feels so wrong not what was men’t to be

            • Leonard k

              of course and although we have no choice but to except it I will never get use to it you are correct it feels so wrong not what was men’t to be

            • Burt Reynolds

              That’s and interesting point you make. I wonder if Jehovah thought to let the challenge happen so that he could weigh his goodness against the evil. If Jehovah has no bad in him, then does it mean he does not know evil? I don’t know! As humans, we constantly test ourselves against the norm to see if we are socially acceptable. Strange thoughts!

            • Leonard k

              I’m sure Jehovah being all knowing and all seeing in his grand wisdom must know what evil is. evil is the opposite of our heavenly father evil or wicked can not come up into Jehovah’s heart nor can he lie. and yes my point was i really do think that at some point even if adam and eve had not sinned and satan had not slandered Jehovah that still one of Jehovah’s creation would still challenge Jehovah and maybe Jehovah for saw this and let satan challenge him so this lie this slander could be done away with for all time proving Jehovah correct and proving satan a lier. i can not say that i am correct but its common sense thinking.

            • Burt Reynolds

              Well, who knows? I get the impression that what ever we think, it will always be embarrassingly wrong!

            • Leonard k

              or course we can not know all things about Jehovah but we can use the power of reasoning. I think the more we build up our relationship with Jehovah the more he allows us to learn about the truth and his self but to a point.

            • Leonard k

              well lets keep in mind Jehovah does give us all an accurate knowledge but its not every one that listens.

            • Burt Reynolds

              Come to think of it, perhaps we will all die of embarrassment!

            • Leonard k

              what do you mean?

            • Srecko Sostar

              Hi Burt! Perhaps some of the first conversation, first words that is in Genesis can help you with dilemma you mentioned. Good and bad – 3:5,22. “knowing good and bad like one of us!” Hehe, you put interesting thought, but for free mind, questions and critical thinking i am not sure that Jw.org can help. :))

            • Burt Reynolds

              You got me there Srecko. ‘Teach me to read thy book’…properly.

            • Srecko Sostar

              :)) ohh no, i am just a “worthless servant” in much more dilemmas, sometimes. Have a good day!

    • ewatchman

      Very sad news. I expected the worst. She stopped responding to my emails a few weeks ago. Thanks for the notice.

      • Leonard k

        I spoke with her on facebook she would ask me questions about your articles and I would do my best to explain. I likes out light hearted conversations she was a very sweet person and although I had never met her personally I will miss her but we do have jehovah’s promise and I take great comfort in his word.

        John 11:25

        25 Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life;

      • Leonard k

        Leonard k > ewatchman • 10 minutes ago

        I spoke with her on facebook she would ask me questions about your articles and I would do my best to explain. I liked our light hearted conversations she was a very sweet person and although I had never met her personally I will miss her but we do have jehovah’s promise and I take great comfort in his word.

        John 11:25

        25 Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life;

  • Sharon

    brother Robert thank-you great article.i was thinking, do you think that as the events of mathew24 are playing out,and some of the witnesses wake up to the truth,that the stumbling and betrail mentioned there,could be because of the man of lawlessness being revealed?and could then those of us who are awake,could we be the ones refered to in Daniel 12:as we then help these ones wake up to THE REAL TRUTH! Just a thought.

    • ewatchman

      The WT won’t have much to say then, but Bethel will still expect absolute loyalty, preferring that everyone go down with the ship rather than accept the new reality.

  • Burt Reynolds

    That is an excellent article. The daily text in this case is very timely in that it says that the elders are a place of safety. This is a lie, because even if their motive was good, their tongues are tied by the watchtower to speak their laws only, their lies only, and administer their brand of justice only. There is nothing of the bible in their control of the congregations. And they, the governing body themselves are cowed by their own pride, from the comfort of their satanic hiding place and they do not know the way out. I am so looking forward to the end of this system and to continue to drink life’s waters free. Is not the yoke of Christ kindly and forgiving, restful, light and refreshing? There are no lies here, no heavy heart weighed down by deceit and labouring under the unnecessary laws of man. Just plain truth. I cannot understand why there are not millions scrambling to get on this site.

    • Depends again on the individual elders Burt. If you just use the Bible to give counsel, then you can’t go far wrong, no matter what the rest of the body say. Arguments start whe elders base their counsel on personal opinions instead of on God’s Word. That’s why Jesus’ yoke is refreshing and light as there are no traditions or unnecessary rules with it. As the Lord himself said: all laws can be summed up in love Jah wholeheartedly and love your neighbour as yourself.

  • Beverly kenyon

    I remember Brother King mentioning in an article that it’s not impossible for the Devil to have brought about WW1 to make the 1914 lie more believable and I thought at the time, Naah! That’s too a momentous thing to do. But the bible tells us that Satan is capable of performing lying signs and powerful works so now I’m more open minded to believing that he did engineer WW1 as incredible as it sounds. The Devil misled the first pair of humans right at the start of mankind and right at the start when The first Bible Students started looking intently into God’s word…he sneaks in there! Hence, Jehovah says his people have been transgressors from birth. Isa48:8

  • Shelley.

    We must be getting really close to the great tribulation.The watchtower study this month is all about being molded by the org and this months program on JW.org is all about loyalty to the org.The man of lawlessness is really piling it on.

    • LW

      And the circuit assembly is having faith in Jehovah for present trials and during the great tribulation(their words not mine)

    • Nip It in the Bud

      Hey Shell. I have always wondered how the GB says that Jehovah told them they were the new “Slave”1….Has there ever been any kind of articles telling how this was to have happened etc, etc? I’d like to know how they came to power and how they get the “Food” have you ever heard much about it?

      • i think it has some to do with the saying – ‘its not what you know but who’

  • “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land– the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. And worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes? —Jeremiah 5:30,31 (New Living Translation)

  • Leonard k

    I have just returned from my first bible study in over 25 years at the kingdom hall with an elder and I have the idea that he knows me and maybe knows that I study here on the Ewatchman but he did not turn me away it was a very interesting study to say the least.

  • Song of Hannah

    Regarding the man of lawlessness, just read this little gem in Proverbs It is surely in vain to spread a net in full sight of a bird. 18 That is why these lie in ambush to shed blood;They lie hidden to take the lives of others.

    • Song of Hannah

      Wow there’s more in this same chapter….

      Proverbs 1: 22 “How long will you inexperienced ones love inexperience? How long will you ridiculers take pleasure in ridicule? And how long will you foolish ones hate knowledge? 23 Respond to my reproof. Then I will pour out my spirit for you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I called out, but you kept refusing, I stretched out my hand, but no one was paying attention, 25 You kept neglecting all my advice And rejecting my reproof, 26 I also will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when what you dread comes, 27 When what you dread comes like a storm, And your disaster arrives like a storm wind, When distress and trouble come upon you. 28 At that time they will keep calling me, but I will not answer; They will eagerly look for me, but they will not find me, 29 Because they hated knowledge, And they did not choose to fear Jehovah 30 They refused my advice; They disrespected all my reproof. 31 So they will bear the consequences of their way, And they will be glutted with their own counsel. 32 For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33 But the one listening to me will dwell in security And be undisturbed by the dread of calamity”

      • Beverly kenyon

        Mmmm, I like that scripture Hannah, you did find some gems there…that’s one for my notebook, thanks for sharing. Jehovah makes it very clear to his people that during their distress and trouble, (GT), he won’t be found when they’re crying out…consequences of their actions! Jehovah couldn’t warn and reason with them anymore than he does in that scripture but because they’re filled to excess with their own counsel there’s no chance they listen.

  • Zeek

    …& this is even more blatently flagrant occult/masonic symbolgy approved by the GB ~1990/91!
    It keeps on getting worse…
    Have you seen the JW convention/assembly hall land layout that was approved by the GB, built by the WTS in 1990 & dedicated in 1991, in Denmark?
    Look at it in Google Maps with satellite images on, rotate it 90° counterclockwise!

    https://www.google.ca/maps/@56.1858844,9.6192225,17z

    Jehovas Vidners Stævneplads
    Helsinkivej 3A-E, 8600 Silkeborg, Denmark
    +45 86 85 39 00

    https://youtu.be/t0nFXS7CANs

    Here’s an drone view:
    https://youtu.be/pWWXeeyXYo4

    Lam 3:14
    I have become a laughingstock to all the peoples, the theme of their song all day long.

    2 Thess 2:9-10
    But the lawless one’s presence is by the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and wonders 10 and every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth in order that they might be saved.”

    Mt 24:15-16
    Therefore, when you catch sight of THE DISGUSTING THING that CAUSES DESOLATION, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, STANDING IN A HOLY PLACE (let the reader use DISCERNMENT), 16 then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains.

    See the 1993 Yearbook:
    “Convention Grounds for the Whole Country”

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