Saturday, March 5

He reasoned with them from the Scriptures.Acts 17:2.

In our ministry, we may meet someone who believes that Jesus is equal to God. What scriptures could we use to reason on the matter? We might invite the person to read John 6:38, where Jesus is quoted as saying: “I have come down from heaven to do, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.” Then, we could ask the person: “If Jesus is God, who sent him down from heaven? Would that One not be greater than Jesus? After all, the sender is superior to the one who is sent.” Along similar lines, we could read Philippians 2:9, which says: “God exalted him

[Jesus] to a superior position.” We might then ask: “If Jesus was equal to God before he died and God later exalted him to a higher position, would that not put Jesus above God? Yet, how could anyone become superior to God?” If the person respects God’s Word and is honesthearted, such reasoning may move him to examine the subject further.

COMMENTARY

The account in the book of Acts indicates that Paul went into the synagogue on the Sabbath over the course of three weeks, during which he reasoned with them from the Scriptures regarding the sufferings and death of Jesus. Obviously, in this instance he reasoned with them from Hebrew Scriptures since the Christian writings were only then being compiled and have never been accepted by the Jews anyway.

The religious climate now, though, is somewhat different. It is not necessary to prove to Christians that Jesus is the Christ; although, there is much confusion and deception about his relationship to Jehovah, as noted in the Daily Text.

However, according to the Christ himself a great deception will be in operation leading up to and during the conclusion of the system, which will culminate with the glorious revelation and manifestation of the Lord, Jesus. That deception will be intended to misdirect believers into following an antichrist. Jesus sternly forewarned that the deception would be so convincing that if it were possible even the chosen ones would be deceived.

Prior to the revealing of Christ in the parousia Jesus forewarned that there will be many who falsely proclaim that “the due time is near.” In the 21st chapter of Luke the apostles asked Jesus: “‘Teacher, when will these things actually be, and what will be the sign when these things are to occur?’ He said: “Look out that you are not misled, for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The due time is near.’ Do not go after them. Furthermore, when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified. For these things must take place first, but the end will not occur immediately.’ Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.””

The Time is at hand book coverOver the past 140 years the Watchtower has proclaimed at various stages that “the due time is near,” all the while generations have come and gone. In fact, the 2nd volume of the Studies in the Scriptures (1889) was titled: The Time Is at Hand. Of course, the time for the Kingdom to do away with Satan was not at hand in 1889, or 1914 for that matter. But there is ample reason to believe that the hour of judgment is imminent. 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to reason with Jehovah’s Witnesses from the Scriptures on this matter. They are laboring under a powerful deluding influence that is part of an operation of Satan, which Jehovah allows to proclaim a false parousia. No amount of reasoning can overturn the deeply entrenched delusion.

However, the outbreak of world war, global pandemics, economic collapse and resultant food shortages will expose the seven times, day-for-a-year chronology for what it is —theocratic mumbo-jumbo. The Watchtower’s 1914 hoax will come to a most inglorious finish.

Then, a new reality will present itself to the faithful and the institution of the Watchtower will become an antichrist and snare for the faithless.

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