Part 11 of the July 2022 Watchtower review.
13. By means of “the faithful and discreet slave,” Jesus has built up a remarkable organization on earth to promote pure worship. How do you feel about that organization?
Personally, I am grateful that the Watchtower used to provide in-depth Bible study material. It has been food at the proper time. Of course, we have to factor in that there has always been the 1914 delusion; but seeing that it has been Jehovah’s will to allow Satan to perform an operation of error in order to impose a test upon those who know the truth as regards their love of the truth, it is at least understandable why the Watchtower teaches it.
Before the Christian era, Jehovah had “built up a remarkable organization on earth to promote pure worship.” Jesus was born into the truth, you might say. Both of his parents were devout Jews. They attended the local synagogue and took regular sojourns to Jerusalem for the festivals. The only record of Jesus’ boyhood years is the one instance when he went with the family to Jerusalem and was found speaking with the elders and priests in the temple.
During his first visit to the holy city after he was baptized Jesus went to the temple for the Passover and threw out the money changers and merchants who had set up shop in the courtyards of his Father’s earthly house. After that, the Jewish religious leaders of Jehovah’s earthly organization were intent on killing the Son of God.
Jesus knew that the worship he and his family and fellow Jews practiced was not the pure worship God really wanted—how could it be when the leaders of the nation were self-serving hypocrites who hated Jehovah? Jesus once engaged a non-Jewish woman in conversation who truthfully said Jerusalem is the place where the Jews say God ought to be worshiped. In response, Jesus said to her: “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, because salvation begins with the Jews. Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for indeed, the Father is looking for ones like these to worship him. God is a Spirit, and those worshipping him must worship with spirit and truth.” — John 4:21-24
Whatever system of worship the Watchtower has organized—even if it has been under Jesus’ direction—is not the true worship God desires or intends to establish. Just as the Jewish nation fulfilled a role in God’s purpose; specifically, to provide a home for the Messiah and a small base of people who would accept him as such, so too, the Watchtower has prepared a people for the next phase of Jehovah’s eternal purpose. Only the faithful will be allowed entry.
There was a time when discerning Bible students realized that the account of Christ overturning the tables of the money changers and driving the merchants and their livestock out with a whip of braided rope was a pattern of something on a much grander scale. The modern temple keepers claim that the antitypical fulfillment has already taken place. The messenger of the covenant came shortly after 1914.
According to the Pure Worship publication, Christendom is no longer considered to be the antitype of ancient Jerusalem. Then what is? The publishers do not say. In the vacuum left by their recent “adjustment,” there is a question left hovering: Who are those who are marked for survival who are sighing and groaning over all of the detestable things being done in Jerusalem?
As regards the question: How do you feel about that organization?
It is very disappointing to see the organization is now run by accountants and lawyers. I thought we had seen the worst of it back when it became known that the Watchtower had sent some Bethel boys to London to learn the hedge fund business. Sadly, that was just the beginning. The Watchtower’s partnering with Wall Street and City of London thieves has gotten much, much worse. No doubt under the direction of outside business consultants the merchants of Bethel are aggressively selling off hundreds of perfectly usable Kingdom Halls for profit, facilities that had been publicly dedicated to Jehovah God. It gets worse. Apparently, the Watchtower has accepted money to promote the vaccine too and as a result, there are untold numbers of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have died and are dying because they have followed the medical advice of the faithful and discreet slave. That means every dollar put into Bethel’s treasury is tainted blood money.
In the fifth chapter of Zechariah, the prophet saw in vision a gigantic flying scroll. The angel explained its meaning: “This is the curse that is going out over the face of all the earth, because everyone who steals, as written on its one side, has gone unpunished; and everyone who makes a sworn oath, as written on its other side, has gone unpunished. ‘I have sent it out,’ declares Jehovah of armies, ‘and it will enter into the house of the thief and into the house of the one who makes a false oath in my name; and it will remain inside that house and consume it and its timbers and its stones.”
The Watchtower has stolen from Jehovah by selling what had been dedicated to God for his exclusive use. So far the thieves and oath breakers have gone unpunished. To fill up the measure of their sin the Governing Body has sold Jehovah’s sheep to the slaughterhouse. So far the murderers have gone unpunished. Since their loot was used to build their Warwick palace the curse that is destined to go out over the face of all the earth cannot possibly pass over Bethel. Those who have played false to God have brought the curse upon the very house of God. The curse will consume its fine granite walls and timbers.