The Persecution to Come

//The Persecution to Come

Jehovah’s Witnesses Daily Text

Sunday, February 26

Ruthless men seek my life.Ps. 54:3.

Abner supported Saul’s efforts to kill David, even though Abner knew that God had chosen David to rule as king of Israel. After Saul’s death, Abner could have shown humility and proved his loyalty to God by supporting David, not Saul’s son Ish-bosheth. Later, when Abner had relations with King Saul’s concubine, he may have been seeking the throne for himself.  Similarly, lack of humility prevented David’s son Absalom from being loyal to God. Why, “Absalom acquired for himself a chariot and horses and 50 men to run before him”! He also stole the people’s loyalty. Like Abner, Absalom sought to kill David, even though he knew that Jehovah had appointed David as Israel’s king. The examples of Abner and Absalom make it clear that inordinate ambition can easily cause a person to become disloyal to God. Surely, no faithful servant of Jehovah would pursue such a selfish and wicked course.


Pride and ambition was the original sin of Satan. Before ever he conceived  the scheme to deceive Eve, he surely harbored an inordinate opinion of himself and began to crave the worship that  belonged exclusively to God. That is why long after the rebellion in Eden the apostle Paul counseled elders not to appoint a newly converted man to the office of overseer, no matter how qualified he may be, “for fear that he might get puffed up with pride and fall into the judgment passed on the Devil.”

Since the god of this world is prideful and ambitious he promotes and fosters those undesirable qualities in humans in order to exploit them to do his dirty work. Obviously, Christians are not immune. The original apostles had numerous quarrels among themselves as to which one of them was the greatest. John and James even had their mother approach Jesus privately to request that her two sons have personal thrones reserved next to Jesus —one on the right and the other on the left. Embarrassingly, even on the occasion of the Evening meal a dispute broke out among them as to who was the greatest apostle.

I personally witnessed the destructiveness of pride and ambition among brothers, even elders. About 25 years ago I was serving as a elder in Pacific Beach congregation in San Diego. An elderly couple moved into our congregation from a neighboring congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he had been the presiding overseer for many, many years. It quickly became known that they were seeking refuge from a very distressing situation.

He was a grandfatherly figure and well loved by all the brothers and sisters. He and his wife were pillars. Because he was kindly and merciful and approachable a single sister confessed to him in private that she had committed fornication on one occasion. He counseled her and basically told her to go in peace and sin no more.

However, somehow other elders became aware of the matter and it did not sit well with one particularly ambitious elder on the body, who seized upon the misstep as an opportunity to advance himself. Because the presiding overseer did not follow the Watchtower’s protocol in the elders’ manual for handing such matters he convened a secret tribunal without the presiding overseer even being present and set a scheme in motion to have the PO removed as an elder. And guess who became the new presiding overseer? That’s right, the treacherous one.

The ousted elder and his wife were devastated. We moved out of California shortly thereafter, but I doubt if they ever recovered. He had been the “congregation servant” before the elder arrangement was set up in 1972 —before the ambitious elder was even born. Yet, contrary to the daily text’s concluding comment, by all appearances the scheming elder was faithful to Jehovah. It was the merciful elder who did not follow organizational procedure who was unfaithful. Sadly, in this case satanic ambition triumphed over mercy and kindness. And what is more, this was by no means an isolated incident, but is very common among elders. 

Although I am not an insider —being about as far removed from the inner-workings of Bethel as can be —it seems utterly impossible that the same spirit of ambition is not at work at the highest level of the organization —even more so given the stakes. No doubt that is what prompted the writing of the WT article upon which the day’s text is based. I say this because the biblical accounts of such characters as Abner and Absalom and various others, reveal a definite pattern —a tendency to resist and overthrow God’s anointed. 

Without taking into consideration the fact that in Hebrew satan literally means resister, opposer and adversary, the history of Israel and Judah seems to be one long, depressing, chronicle of intrigue, war and immorality. But in the knowledge that the Devil was always trying to subvert, entrap and destroy Jehovah’s kings, ultimately with the intent of thwarting the appearance of the Messiah in David’s linage, the conflicts become rich with meaning.

With the advent of Christianity a new front was opened up in the universal war. From the moment Jesus was baptized Satan began maneuvering his earthly minions to oppose him. And beginning with one of Jesus’ own apostles, all during the first century prideful and ambitious men were used by the Adversary to infiltrate and corrupt, if possible, entire congregations.

For example, toward the end of the first century the aged apostle John wrote of a certain ambitious elder,  Diotrephes by name, who loved to have the first place in the congregation. His pride knew no bounds, as he refused to accept the apostle’s letters or even hospitably receive the traveling brothers —going so far as to try throw out of the congregation any brothers who extended hospitality to them. How outrageous! Yet, God allowed it to go on. It was up to the brothers to deal with it, which John promised to do if he came to them. (John 3)

Similar to the civil war that erupted after the death of Saul, when Abner supported Ish-bosheth as king instead of David, an inter-congregational power struggle ensued at Bethel in the aftermath of the unexpected death of C.T. Russell. Surely it was Satan’s intention to subvert the Watchtower from its mission to publish the Kingdom message. Because no clear successor had been appointed various ambitious men contended for control of the Watchtower Society. The predictable end result was a schism, with J.F. Rutherford assuming the presidency and various Bible Student factions who regarded themselves as disciples of Russell splitting off, some of which remain to the present day. 

Now, as we face the beginning of the end we may expect the pattern to be repeated – only in a much more destructive way, which is why the man of lawlessness is also dubbed “the son of destruction” —a distinctive moniker he shares with Judas Iscariot. Indeed, the coming of Christ will initiate a a fratricidal conflict unlike anything ever experienced before. 

Jesus emphatically forewarned his disciples that during the conclusion brothers will hate and betray one another and even family members will turn upon their loved ones and have them handed over to be executed. This is reminiscent of Absalom, who had himself proclaimed as king and sought to have his own father, David, put to death. David was forced to flee his palace and became a fugitive again, just as he had when the crazy king Saul had tried to kill him.

No doubt ambitious men, who, like the superfine apostles in ancient Corinth, are agents of Satan, having already climbed into positions within the leadership of the Watchtower, stand at the ready to do their master’s dark deeds. When the last hour arrives Satan will enter into them, just as with Judas during Jesus’ final hour. Then the Psalms David wrote concerning ruthless men seeking his life will take on real meaning for the faithful.

2017-08-30T09:08:16+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Commentary|41 Comments
  • Shelley.

    What a loving brother.To be stripped of his position for displaying love and compassion for a sister who was obviously very remorseful.If all the Shepards displayed such qualities there would be a lot less lost sheep.I know of a young sister who confessed to fornication to an elderly elder in a different congregation that she felt comfortable with.She was overcome with shame,regret,and remorse.He assured that She would not be disfellowshipped but she had to go to the elders in her own congregation.To make a long story short she was disfellowshipped and after two years of trying to be reinstated she gave up.I sure would not want to be standing in the shoes of these power tripping elders when Jehovah brings them to account for all his lost sheep.

    • Jamie Mac

      Another thought provoking article, thanks Robert. As Robert quoted, In the time of the end Brothers will hate and betray one another and even family members will turn upon their loved ones and have them handed over to be executed.

      Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) the last part ‘ Who really knows how bad it is’. Well I think we are going to find out the answer to that question soon.

  • Francis Bencharles

    During the coming disciplining from Jehovah through his Son Jesus there will indeed be a sifting between the seed planted by Jesus and the seed planted and cultivated by Satan that have made their way to the pinnacle of Watchtower control. I think it is safe to say that even those with faith in positions of power within the society have been lulled to sleep by the predominant thinking that has overwhelmed the Society as expressed throughout Robert’s finely written message. Many of these will hopefully come to their senses but will be “executed” for apostasy by dis-fellowshipping, probably for being “opposers” like those who met the same fate for not bowing to the Societies idolatry. Since Jesus will be calling the faithful out of Babylon (where they find themselves now) that will mean that the Watchtower will be in the firm control of those who have been planted and cultivated by Satan the Devil. The faithful including those currently part of the power in the Watchtower will hear and recognize Jesus voice and will follow that voice out of the Watchtower and those remaining will be reserved for a more severe denunciation and destruction from Jehovah. They will indeed know that he is Jehovah. Do not delay when you hear Jesus voice calling you out of the Watchtower in the coming days. The human organization that you have cherished all your life and who at one time had Jehovah’s blessings will no longer have that blessing. They will not be chosen as “the Faithful and Discrete Slave”. They at one time did feed Jehovah’s people a measure of food at the proper time, but those days are fat behind us. I wish everyone of the faithful well during the coming days, weeks and months as Jehovah’s final purpose plays out.

    • Cathii D’Anthonii

      My own sister, was wrongfully disfellowshipped by becoming engaged to a young brother who was also, the son of an elder. When she was dfd , he ran instead of standing with her. It devistated her life..years later when we were all living in a differentstate..i asked her about it and had the elders there unvestigate. They told me that she was wrongfully
      And could come back ..well, she didn’t and I am devastated. But I will continue to appeal to Jehovah for help

      • Burt Reynolds

        Though each case is both sad and individually experienced, there are common factors that may help. There are, it seems, many people on this site whom have experienced such unfairness, whether it resulted in disfellowshipping or not. The betrayal, as illustrated in Robert’s article, and, as also noted in the same article, is that some people cannot recover from such a betrayal. I have no doubt that many of the brothers and sisters reading of your heartache identify with your sister and certainly I am one of them. However, in this case, disfellowshipping is a detachment from an ‘organisation’ covered over by men, (albeit that the organisation is that of Jehovah), and so has no bearing or illustratitive meaning any longer for your sister. But that does not mean that the hurt is not equal to the betrayal.

        The issues that brought your sister into the truth are still firmly embedded with her heart and there is no rage against Jehovah for those that understand this within themselves. But what is generally present, is the loss of direction. Ergo, if this ( the watchtower ) is an example of Jehovah’s loving kindness, of what difference is it from Christendom? If these are elders, then where is the love? The justice? If your sister did not feel these things more keenly than ever in her live for Jehovah, then she would undoubtedly return to the organisation. Yet she does not feel able to as what is preached there, for the larger part, conflicts with truth. So the love of Jehovah has NOT died, it is just that your sisters feelings can no longer be reconciled with the machinations of the watchtower. As is true I suspect, of all of us here to some degree. Those that do attend from the point of view of knowledge, do so with understanding of that knowledge. Those that are already there, for the greater part, do so in blindness, like my own sister. It may be then, that your sister sees all too readily, the sins of the watchtower, but simply does not know where else to look to reconcile the love of Jehovah. She, like us, do not, or did not, grasp the contradiction. Being taught that the watchtower is Jehovah’s organisation those with spiritual sight will look at it and say to themselves, ‘how can this be the hand of Jehovah?’ Yet it is those very ones to whom reason is given, that can look upon the organisation and say ‘yes this is Jehovah’s organisation…’ And do so in understanding of the seeming paradox. Clearly, your sister sees the paradox, and so does not want to return. All she needs perhaps to heal her hurt, is to understand, not so much the love for Jehovah, for she already has that within her, but to understand where that may be found and experienced again in truth, and how it can then be reconciled with the watchtower. To understand that, for people who have been rejected from the source of life by men, one has to be shown where the light shines that directs people to see behind the men, to Jehovah. As Satan has the route well concealed. If men cover over the gift with fancy wrapping paper, we have to show the ‘blinded’ as with the apostle Paul who also did not understand, how to take the paper off. I always like to think that this site has the instructions.

        • Shelley.

          Beautifully said.

          • Cathii D’Anthonii

            Thank you both. Burt very profound..this is how we build each other up….a different reflection to ponder…

      • Shelley.

        The young sister I spoke of was my sister and her story mirrors your sisters experience.I have a really hard time not to be bitter towards the elders that dfd my sister.She really loved Jehovah and was very active in the ministry work.She was truly remorseful for her mistake but the elders claimed otherwise.She tried for two years,being ignored at the meetings to be reinstated.There was one elder that felt she had not been punished enough.She finally gave up.It destroyed her emotionally and mentally.My brother also left the truth as a result of how my sister was treated.
        I was not in the truth but have been studying for quite some time with the advantage of learning ttatt through Brother Kings site.I have been sharing things I have learned here with my siblings hoping they will return to Jehovah not necessarily the org.They are lost sheep just as your sister is and Jehovah knows them intimately.He knows all the details of the cruelty they endured by men that claimed to be Jehovahs shepards.Im sure your sister still prays to Jehovah just as I know my siblings do.He hears the prayers of the broken ones.I believe Jehovah is just,fair and kind.They are not right offs just because they do not return to the organization.All we can do is pour our hearts out to Jehovah and leave matters in his hands.

        • Joseph Stephan

          ❤To the director. A melody of David.
          Psalms 31
          In you, O Jehovah, I have taken refuge.+
          May I never be put to shame.+
          Rescue me because of your righteousness.+
          2 Incline your ear* to me.
          Come quickly to my rescue.+
          Become for me a mountain stronghold,
          A fortified place to save me.+
          3 For you are my crag and my stronghold;+
          For the sake of your name,+ you will lead me and guide me.+
          4 You will free me from the net that they have secretly laid for me,+
          For you are my fortress.+
          5 Into your hand I entrust my spirit.+
          You have redeemed me, O Jehovah, the God of truth.*+
          6 I hate those who are devoted to worthless, vain idols,
          But as for me, I trust in Jehovah.
          7 I will rejoice greatly in your loyal love,
          For you have seen my affliction;+
          You are aware of my deep distress.*
          8 You have not handed me over to the enemy,
          But you make me stand in a place of safety.*
          9 Show me favor, O Jehovah, for I am in distress.
          Anguish has made my eyes weak,+ my whole body* as well.+
          10 My life is consumed with grief+
          And my years with groaning.+
          My strength is waning because of my error;
          My bones grow weak.+
          11 I am scorned by all my adversaries,+
          Especially my neighbors.
          And I am dreaded by my acquaintances;
          When they see me in public, they flee from me.+
          12 I am put out of their heart* and forgotten, as if I were dead;
          I am like a broken jar.
          13 I have heard many evil rumors;
          Terror surrounds me.+
          When they gather together as one against me,
          They scheme to take away my life.*+
          14 But I trust in you, O Jehovah.+
          I declare: “You are my God.”+
          15 My days* are in your hand.
          Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those persecuting me.+
          16 Make your face shine upon your servant.+
          Save me by your loyal love.
          17 O Jehovah, may I not be put to shame when I call on you.+
          May the wicked be put to shame;+
          May they be silenced in the Grave.*+
          18 May lying lips become speechless,+
          Lips that speak arrogantly against the righteous, with haughtiness and contempt.
          19 How abundant your goodness is!+
          You have stored it up for those who fear you,+
          And you have shown it before all men, in behalf of those taking refuge in you.+
          20 You will conceal them in the secret place of your presence+
          From the schemes of men;
          You will hide them in your shelter
          From malicious attacks.*+
          21 May Jehovah be praised,
          For in a wonderful way, he has shown his loyal love to me+ in a besieged city.+
          22 As for me, I panicked and said:
          “I will perish from before you.”+
          But you heard my pleas for help when I cried out to you.+
          23 Love Jehovah, all you who are loyal to him!+
          Jehovah protects the faithful,+
          But he repays exceedingly anyone showing haughtiness.+
          24 Be courageous, and may your heart be strong,+
          All you who are waiting for Jehovah.❤

      • Francis Bencharles

        I’m sorry that my reply is so late. I must have missed the fact that you directed your comment to me. Sorry again. Continue to pray to Jehovah in all sincerity. We know he hears our prayers and if he chooses to he may be able to touch your sisters heart in a way that will move her in the right direction in the coming days when this system starts to crumble and Jesus starts to draw the faithful out of this system. As far as the wrongful dis-fellowshipping, I’m sure she is not alone. It is an imperfect system at best and even if the brothers did their best, mistakes are made. From your comment it is hard to come to the conclusion that they did this on purpose but Elders make judicial mistakes more often than we might think. I would hope most are simply errors in judgment and not with evil intent. I have worked with a lot of very fine Elders in the past, but occasionally the brothers will recommend some that shouldn’t be recommended for such a responsible position. I hope that helps just a little.


  • Sandy

    initiate a fratricidal conflict …..
    here is the dictionary definition
    . The killing of one’s brother or sister.
    b. One who has killed one’s brother or sister.
    2. The accidental killing of an ally caused by a discharge of a military weapon.
    the accidental killing of one’s own forces in war.
    accidental referring to “FRIENDLY FIRE” – still deadly
    I remember a talk being given about friendly fire – the CO described it as being gossip.
    So how simple for the CO = Bethel to guide the thinking of the congregation and use scriptural warnings to deflect the more serious meanings and warnings. On the other hand when a servant of Jehovah knows the plan = correct thinking and action follows. Robert has reasoned on the scriptures and the various accounts and has forewarned us. No surprises as to what can and will happen within the “family” of the congregations and Bethel. Having personally seen the “superfine” elders mete out justice on the lowly or unsuspecting one according to their own reasoning and seldom applying God’s principle of love – well …
    Deut 27:19 ‘Cursed is the one who perverts justice for the resident foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.
    Thank you Robert for clarifying what is never discussed at any meetings I have been to ever !!
    Forewarned is forearmed.

  • Kjetil Stokka

    Some mistake I read, you must understand.

    1. From the death of apostle John to the coming of Jesus Christ in future there are no true church on earth.

    2. Nobody know who are the elect, you can’t know it, no sign.

    3. Nobody follow the elect.

    4. Jesus Word about the trusty and the bad servant, is a paraple about keep watch.

    5. Nobody use the true name of God, only some few in writing, nobody know How to speak the name.

    6. All people on earth is deceived except the elect.

    • LW

      Uh excuse me, but regarding point #6, that is not entirely true. You do know Jesus said that “even the elect could be deceived in the end times”

      Some elect or chosen ones are already deceived. So with that in mind, I would qualify that point to say. All people on earth is deceived except the TRUE elect.

      • Kjetil Stokka

        You are corect, because say one women in the chatolic church become anointed, then it will take some time before she know the truth, so in the start she will be decived, but her anointing will be inside her and learn her the truth, so in the end she will not be decived.

      • Bklyn Kevin

        More food for thought.

        To the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses
        As regards the so-called faithful and discreet slave appointed by the master to feed the domestics their ration at the proper time, in the 12th chapter of Luke Christ specifically said of them: “Then that slave that understood the will of his master but did not get ready or do in line with his will will be beaten with many strokes. But the one that did not understand and so did things deserving of strokes will be beaten with few. Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him; and the one whom people put in charge of much, they will demand more than usual of him.” Read more>

        Read a lot more> Search results for: Many strokes

    • Brian

      Nobody know who the “elect” actually are and scripturally it does indicate this at Matthew 25 when he (Jesus) comes to do a separation, without putting all of the scripture on here as all readers would be aware of it, it indicates that those who were ” in prison or sick, being feed, clothed, having their thirst quenched were being given all of this by those that never realised they were doing so……. @ 39 “When did we see you sick or in prison and go to you?” For those that think they know who the “elect” are @ 44 “Then
      they also will answer with the words, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry
      or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not
      minister to you?”
      As the calling is for all the scripture @ Gal 5 that states “do not make a competition amongst yourselves” should give the correct meaning to some about competition regarding the calling. .

  • Kjetil Stokka

    Nobody know who the sheep are in revelation 7 and Matthew 25.

    No name, no picture, we know Nothing

  • Kjetil Stokka

    You shoud hope the best and live a good Christian life ??

  • Kjetil Stokka

    How can we know Jesus Word about the trusty and bad servant is a parable?

    Yes first Jesus say keep watch because you don’t know when your master come.
    We don’t know when Jesus will come, we not know the day or year.

    But in the parable about the servant, Jesus say if the servant become bad or evil then he shall not know when the master coming.

    But Jesus nobody know when he will come.

    You understand it is a parable.

    Matthew 24:42-51New International Version (NIV)

    42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

    45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  • Burt Reynolds

    I like your tweet about America being ‘positive’ about joining the British commonwealth. Next we will be having that bounder Donald over for afternoon Tiffin and joining the hunt on Sunday morning. All jolly good sport, don’t cha know? What what?

    • LW

      And so if they do, the special relationship is preserved.

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    This is in response to your tweet that you said you are unwell. I prayed to Jehovah to give you good health. Brother I really love you becasue I can feel that you are really anointed. Also when you came into the truth and was serving as an elder I was not even born. I have got a great respect for you. By the by what happened. Have you gone to doctor. Are you well now? Really waiting for your reply about your well being.

    • ewatchman

      Thanks for your prayers, brother. They must have worked. I am back bigger, stronger, faster and better than ever before. Okay, maybe that’s over the top. But I am feeling pretty darn perky today. Thanks again.

      • Jamie Mac

        Which way bigger, your waistline hasn’t expanded again has it? . Big smile on my face !

      • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

        Oh What a nice thing to hear that today!

      • Anonymous-DR

        Hi Robert…. Have you seen the JW Broadcasting for February 2017?

        At the minute 36-38, Brother Geofrey Jackson subtly places the fulfillment
        of Revelation 13:16, 17 for the future, as well as the difficulties that God’s people will face ….. mmmm

        Greetings for Dominican Republic!

        • ewatchman

          Interesting. I noticed, though, that Brother Jackson spoke of people already receiving the mark, but also suggested the pressure to receive the mark of the beast may be greater in the future. This, unfortunately, is typical double-speak. The WT wants to try to own the future without owning up to the errors they continue to promote, such as the nonsensical notion that people have been receiving the mark of the beast since 1922.

          But thanks for point that out.

    • Beverly kenyon

      Basa, you know I have great respect for you as you’re so spiritual and so knowledgeable but can I just say Brother King is not exactly Methuselah! He’s only in his mid sixties! Sixties are now the new fifties. And who cares about age when you’re going to live for a thousand years and in Brother King’s case, immortally! Wow! I have two friends that are ninety one and I love being in their company as they’re funny, full of wisdom and history and they’re unfiltered as at that age they’re not trying to impress…love those two! Don’t worry Basa, Brother King will bounce back…he always does.

      • Jamie Mac

        Beverly, ‘Sixties are the new fifties’, that phrase is gonna catch on I just know it. That must mean I am only 50 🙂 If that were true then maybe I will get a new job a lot quicker.

        • Beverly kenyon

          Age is getting to be irrelevant Jamie! So yeah, you’re really 50. No one should let their age define them. It’s the person that counts! But I’ve got to say, age really is wasted on the young! Not to worry though, as a change is coming soon! Can’t wait even though scripture tells us to be careful for what you wish for or words to that effect. Amos5:18-20.

      • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

        That’s right thanks for your kind reply.

  • e.v.g

    I can’t find the article “Satan’s throne” could somebody please send me to the related article, thanks.

    • Ed(the other Ed)
      • e.v.g

        I want to understand specifically the relation between Satan’s throne and the watchtower, thanks brother.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      More info.
      The Pronouncement of Tyre. / Satan’s throne.

      The Devil Has Come Down to You.

      Chapter 15 – London – Satan’s Throne.

      • e.v.g

        I want to know about Jesús words in Rev. 2:13 “I know where you are dwelling” I am not sure if this has to do with Illuminati stuff or their earthly riches or both, thanks.

        • Bklyn Kevin

          Downfall of America and Rise of the Beast
          And who is the mighty tyrant or tyrants of the nations? Behind the British Crown stands a handful of ultra wealthy financiers who owe no allegiance to any nation, who have only one driving ambition – to rule the world. With their alliance that is now forming with China it is apparent that the intent is to foreclose upon the debtors —America being the foremost debtor nation. This will come even at the cost of destroying their host nation —Great Britain.

          As the final manifestation of the king of the north the illuminati bankers – as some insist upon calling them -are moving to pull the rug out from under the nations and shift their financial backing in the form of gold and possession of raw materials to a world government, no doubt in the form of a re-tooled United Nations.

          The Secret Society of Lucifer

    • Southern ShaSha

      e.v.g. Kevin showed me how to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page. You will see an option search. You can type in any subject matter, should bring up the article of interest. I love it!

      • e.v.g

        Thanks, it was very useful.

  • Please8834

    Always some scumbag elder trying to subvert the faith of another. It would do little for me to attend the Hall i once had problems in now a days. It just be to tempting to accidentally knock some teath out of the ones mouths who deliberately lied..

  • Huldah

    When one reads the title, they think they are going to read an article about the dictatorial attack of the Wild Beast on Jehovah’s people.

    It shows particularly keen insight that Robert’s focuses his article on something more subtle and disarming. When it comes to persecution, it’s the attacks we receive from those we should be able to trust the most that are the most destabliizing.

    Many here have endured cruel attacks from elders, brothers, even family in the truth. It is often difficult to see this as anything but a grave injustice and an intolerable wrong that must be righted. It is, but it is also training and preparation for what’s to come. If we have spent our time in the truth wearing rose colored glasses, we will be woefully unprepared to accept any disappointment, let alone betrayal or grave injustice. However, it IS coming for ALL of us.

    It is an extremely dangerous deception that WT leadership is carrying out in giving witnesses the impression that serving Jehovah is always fun and rewarding. Sacrifice is optional and when that “sacrifice” becomes a real sacrifice, you should just quit lest you risk becoming discouraged or too tired from “exerting yourself vigorously to get in through the narrow door”. As one CO said at my pioneer meeting, “If you don’t like pioneering , just quit.”

    Of course a lot of our trials are unavoidable and our sacrifices are cast upon us without an option, but they are not wasted. This article shows us one of the main reasons.

    It’s not easy and it’s not fair, but the humble elder who suffered at the hands of yet another arrogant one has time to regain his balance and an experience to draw upon in the testing to come. Just like soldiers in boot camp, our mission as we develop in the truth should be to become strong enough to bear the rigors of spiritual warfare, not just in the time of test, but even now. No doubt, Jehovah saw that this brother had developed his humility and attachment to him enough to endure deeper training, even spiritual warfare. If he had kept his rose colored glasses on, he may never have become aware of the deadly Beijing smog he was actually accepting as clean air.

    How many of us would be here looking for answers, if we were still tiptoeing through the daisies in a comfy cozy congregation where everything makes perfect sense and we face no real challenges? I’m willing to make the perhaps presumptuous assertion that anyone in this state is having their reward in full in this life and will likely not be receiving any further reward than this life.

    A brother once said about life as a truly faithful witness, “if you are not crying, you are not trying”.

    If Jehovah had the faith in this brother to allow Satan to test him, then I have faith that he, like Job, will come through the test a better, but battered, man. You can say he may not and that may be true, but make no mistake about it, we will all need Joblike faith to get through what’s coming. I prefer to dwell on the fact that Jehovah disciplines only those that he loves, those he accepts as sons. Hebrews 12:6.

    Again, “the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war”.

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