Warwick Watchtower Headquarters Project Fail

//Warwick Watchtower Headquarters Project Fail

Saturday, August 29

They lacked nothing. Their very garments did not wear out, and their feet themselves did not become swollen.Neh. 9:21.

Today, Jehovah provides us with everything we need to serve him faithfully. May we never be like the thousands of Israelites who died in the wilderness because of their disobedience and lack of faith. In fact, those things “were written for a warning to us upon whom the ends of the systems of things have arrived.” Sadly, after inheriting the Promised Land, the Israelites adopted the sensuous, murderous worship of Canaanite gods. So Jehovah allowed neighboring nations to oppress his chosen nation. When they repented, Jehovah mercifully forgave them and saved them from their enemies. “Time and again” this happened. “You . . . kept bearing witness against them by your spirit by means of your prophets, and they did not give ear. Finally you gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.”

Commentary

Jehovah loyally provided the basics for his people when they trekked through the barren and hostile wilderness after their departure from Egypt. But he also provided more abundantly when they became settled in the land described as flowing with milk and honey. And it was their abundance that eventually caused them to trust in themselves and to leave Jehovah.

In time the Israelites demanded to have a king, like all the nations surrounding them. And Jehovah relented. But God warned them that their kings would make extravagant demands upon them due to their desire to live in royal opulence. Over the course of time Jehovah caused them to suffer scarcity to try to bring them back to him. But it was futile. Ultimately it became necessary for God take away everything that he had given them.

Through the prophet Amos Jehovah spoke of his coming judgment upon Israel, saying: “I will also call for an accounting against the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the earth. I will strike down the winter house along with the summer house. The houses of ivory will perish, and the great houses will come to their end,’ declares Jehovah.”

The Watchtower Society in our modern era has followed a similar same pattern. Jehovah has unquestionably, faithfully supported those who have looked to him for help. He has undoubtedly provided in times of hardship, war and persecution, and he has also been open-handed  in providing much during times of peace. But like the self-trusting Israelites the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses have come to trust in the permanence and power of their institution. In some respects they have become like royalty – like kings living in their Bethel palace. 

The Watchtower functions much like any other corporation of this world, with their lawyers and public relations men, their financial advisors and their board of directors. Bethel has even come to have what might be compared to “the winter house along with the summer house” and numerous “houses of ivory” in the form of the Patterson complex and the opulent Stanley theater in New Jersey and many fine assemebly halls and branch facilities all over the world.

And most recently the Watchtower has embarked on a great building project using the volunteer labors of thousands of willing Jehovah’s Witnesses to build a luxurious new headquarters in the beautiful New York countryside, a world away from all the crime and grime of the city. So, the presumption is that because God has provided an abundance in the past he always will, no matter what. 

Too bad for them that they have not inquired of the mouth of Jehovah. Or, as Jesus said in regards to the Jews who trusted in the permanence of their temple: “Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification of pointed stakes and will encircle you and besiege you from every side. They will dash you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you, because you did not discern the time of your being inspected.”

KINGDOM BULLETIN #8 – Why the Warwick Building Project Will Fail

2016-06-05T14:45:20+00:00 August 29th, 2015|Commentary|5 Comments
  • Song of Hannah

    When I was reading this, the thought occured to me that the “winter” and “summer” houses might be representing a stream of time, the summer house being Warwick.

    • if the GB had any brains they would use all the millions of dollars they have and FARM for everyone. they think the Kingdom is here right, then act like the kings they think they are and feed their flock!

      Jehovah aint messing around how stupid and wicked these guys are. hes going to strike Egypt and cause them to wet their pants. then they can go stand in line at some faults religous group and wait for food.

      • Song of Hannah

        Indeed, summer is near…

    • Bklyn Kevin

      “pow”…… That makes sense and would explain a lot.
      How I missed your comment for six months I don’t know, I guess I have pay closer / more attention.
      Thank you Hannah for your insight.

    • Huldah

      This just hit me yesterday. I was reading about 70 CE and found out that the temple was destroyed only a few years after it was completed/dedicated.

      Eerily similar is this description of how Herrod trained and used the Levites to build the temple. I know two pioneer couples that were taken out of the full preaching work to Bethel for the building work. They are plumbers.

      This year’s annual meeting will be a dedication of the new complex. Maybe summer is nearer than we think.

      Here’s an excerpt…http://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm

      “The work of rebuilding the Temple began in 19 BC which was the 18th year of King Herod’s reign. There were 10,000 skilled laborers and according to Josephus (Ant. 15.11.2) the laity could not enter certain parts of the building, therefore 1000 Levites were specially trained as builders and masons, and carried out their work so efficiently and carefully that at no time was there any interruption in the sacrifices and other services. The work was started by leveling larger portions of the Temple Mount, so that the new building might be erected on a broader base. It was also made much taller, so that the white stone gleamed in the bright Palestinian sun and could be seen from miles away.
      Wealthy Jews of the dispersion (those living outside Israel) sent costly offerings to enhance the magnificence of the place.

      The construction began with the Holiest building in the Temple called The Holy Place, which contained the Holy of Holies. Then closest to the Holy Place was the portion set aside for the altar of burnt offering and the officiating priests. Next to it was the court for the Israelites who came to watch the service. By the side of that was the court of the women, and behind it was the court of the Gentiles with the royal porticos of Solomon. All around the Temple Mount beautiful marble porticos were constructed.
      A wall surrounded the whole area and a small portion of it remains to this day, known as “The Wailing Wall.”

      Two large bridges connected the Temple with the city on the west.
      While the main part of Herod’s rebuilding was completed before his death in 4 BC, the work went on for more than 60 years after that. When Jesus visited the Temple at the first Passover of his ministry it was said that the place had by then been under construction for 46 years. The work was not entirely finished until 63 AD, only 7 years before the destruction of the entire Temple in 70 AD.”

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