Is the Watchtower the Ark of Salvation?

//Is the Watchtower the Ark of Salvation?

Saturday, July 16

Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah.Gen. 6:8.

Noah “was a righteous man” who “proved himself faultless among his contemporaries.” Because “Noah walked with the true God,” Jehovah instructed him to build a huge ark.  Its design was well-suited for the preservation of human and animal life. Obediently, “Noah did everything that Jehovah had commanded him,” and with the cooperation of his family, he completed the building work in an organized way. After living things were brought into the ark, “Jehovah shut the door.”  In 2370 B.C.E. when the Flood came, Jehovah “wiped every living thing from the surface of the earth,” but he kept faithful Noah and his family safe in the ark. Everyone on earth today is a descendant of Noah, his sons, and their wives. But all the faithless people outside the ark perished because they had refused to listen to Noah, “a preacher of righteousness.”

COMMENTARY

For over 75 years Jehovah’s Witnesses have believed that the Watchtower Society is the modern ark of salvation. No one will survive the coming end of the world unless they are in good standing within the organization. Here are a few quotes taken from various Watchtower magazines over the years.

The ark of salvation that we enter is not a literal ark but is God’s organization… WT 1950 6/1

Just as Noah and his God-fearing family were preserved in the ark, survival of individuals today depends on their faith and their loyal association with the earthly part of Jehovah’s universal organization. WT 2006 5/15

But what about the human realm? Well, the Deluge of Noah’s day brought an end to all antediluvian organizations that might have existed on earth—except one. Noah and the seven other Flood survivors emerged from the ark as a family organization. WT 1984 7/15

Every member of that organization advanced with it to this new form of work. None became disgruntled about this change in work and held back from it. That organization was even informed in advance when the Flood would begin and how long the downpour of waters would last. All eight members had to stay close to the organization and advance with it in order to be preserved with it in the ark. WT 1965 7/15

What is the scriptural basis for the notion that the Watchtower is the spiritual ark of salvation? One aspect is the belief that the Kingdom began ruling the world in 1914 and it is assumed that the Watchtower Society is the earthly part of that Kingdom.

The primary scriptural support is found at 1 Peter 3:21. After referring to the survivors of the flood Peter said: “Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

So, baptism, full water immersion and faith in Christ’s resurrection is what corresponds to the ark. Obviously those Christians in the first century were not part of the Watchtower, nor did they believe that Christ had already begun ruling the world; yet, according to the apostle those believers were in the antitypical ark of salvation. On the other hand, those original Christians did not experience the end of the world, which corresponds to the actual deluge.

Complicating matters and further blurring the distinction of Christian baptism, for the past 30 years every person who has been baptized by Jehovah’s Witnesses has been required to recite a vow recognizing that their baptism brings them “into association with God’s spirit-directed organization.”

There is considerable evidence to show that first century Christians were both individually and collectively directed by holy spirit, but there is no record that they were ever required to publicly vow that their baptism brought them into association with any organization. So, why now? Why the emphasis on the importance of the organization? The answer is troubling.

Here is another quote that is particularly disturbing:

Has it not always been the same? There was no deliverance apart from Noah and his God-approved family organization for constructing the ark of deliverance…It is the same at this consummation of the system of things, the destruction of a world now near at hand. The good news of the Kingdom arrangement for deliverance is being preached by Jehovah’s visible organization, and through the organization has come a wonderfully full understanding of Jehovah’s arrangement for deliverance. WT 1953 2/1

Although written more than 60 years ago there is no doubt that Jehovah’s Witnesses have been thoroughly inculcated with the teaching that the organization has imparted “a full understanding” of everything they need to know about the truth.

But as long-time readers of this site well know, the Watchtower’s 1914 doctrine is a complete fraud. There is no polite way to say it. Jesus did not come in 1914, nor did his Kingdom begin ruling the world then. That being the case the suggestion that the Watchtower has imparted a full understanding to Jehovah’s Witnesses is a cynical disregard for truth and for Christ himself, who is the Truth.

But if the Watchtower is not the special ark of salvation why does it claim to be? And what hope is there for Jehovah’s Witnesses who are laboring under the delusion that it is?

Irony of ironies, the prophecies do speak of the time immediately preceding the coming of Christ when men who wield authority over God’s people will claim to have a special place of refuge from the coming flood of God’s indignation.

In the 28th chapter of Isaiah Jehovah addresses the boasters, the spiritually drunken prophets and priests who rule over his people in “Jerusalem,” saying to them: “For you men say: ‘We have made a covenant with Death, and with the Grave we have made an agreement. When the raging flash flood passes through, it will not reach us, for we have made a lie our refuge and we have hidden ourselves in falsehood.”’

To establish the setting for the fulfillment of this extraordinary prophecy the very next verse states: “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘Here I am laying as a foundation in Zion a tested stone, the precious cornerstone of a sure foundation. No one exercising faith will panic.”’

The cornerstone is, of course, none other than Jesus Christ. He became the founding cornerstone of God’s figurative temple in heavenly Zion when he was baptized and anointed as the Messiah. However, in the context of Isaiah the cornerstone is spoken of as being laid during the time of the expression of God’s anger, which is likened to a flood. So, the laying of the “tested stone” is in relation to the actual coming of the Kingdom.

On the one hand there are the priests and prophets claiming to have a secret place of refugee apart from the “sure foundation.” On the other hand, there will be those who have faith in the “tested stone” who will not panic.

So, the false refuge is the same as the “deluding influence,” the operation of error, the lie that God allows to mislead those who do not love the truth. At the coming of Christ the Watchtower will not only not be a place of refuge, it will be a death trap for those who cling to it then. 

And what will happen to the false ark of salvation? The prophecy continues: “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. Only terror will make them understand what was heard.”

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2017-03-18T11:26:34+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Commentary|29 Comments
  • e.v.g

    The GB are being negligent, they assume that God will always be with the organization, they think that JW’s will have recent watchtower articles in their hands when the great tribulation breaks out, they think that the elders will be leading the JW’s step by step through instructions of the GB, they’re really drunk, nothing could explain his lack of sanity which they think all that, Why they are thinking that the organization will always have God’s approval ? they do not understand Matthew 24:15 ? Oh yeah!!! of course they can understand it, but they prefer to ignore, “There is a lot of wealth to manage for now, I have no time for dire prophecies”

    • e.v.g

      The leadership of JW’s are very clever, now they are oppsosing the truth, they are cunning. Really make a difference if they were honest, If they recognize errors honestly and teach the JW’s to put true faith in God and Christ and not on earthly things basically, but they have a very particular agenda.

      • e.v.g

        Beware of the modern pharisee, ready to backstab the brothers of Christ, ready to continue to deceive in the most critical period of the humanity, Millions of people will seek refuge in their religion during the time of the end,
        I can also imagine some people with partial knowledge looking the watchtower as a kind of refuge, the leaders of that time will act as prophets deceived by God “and will perform great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones”. as easy as to deceive anyone with demonic power. We must be very careful definitely

  • Zephaniah foretold that Jehovah would take a close look at his people. It would be the “time of [our] being inspected.” (Luke 19:44; NWT) Yes, he examines us and exposes any who are sitting at ease, greatly satisfied with the way things are. These too will lose out.

    “At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps.
    I will punish those who are so contented.
    They are like wine that has not been shaken up.
    They think, ‘The Lord won’t do anything.
    It doesn’t matter whether it’s good or bad.’
    Their wealth will be stolen.
    Their houses will be destroyed.
    They will build houses.
    But they will not live in them.
    They will plant vineyards.
    But they will not drink the wine they produce. —Zephaniah 1:12,13, NIRV

  • Man from the lions pit

    Thank you Robert.Very insightful as usual !

  • Good morning everyone,
    Make sure you check out Robert’s latest video.

    https://youtu.be/JG6ztIJtscE

    • Ignorant pompous fool

      Thanks Joseph, Just watched it.

    • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      Awesome. Thanks for posting. So at what time are the little flock (apostles, etc) who are sleeping in death resurrected? Basically that first resurrection happens AS Jesus actually comes? (near future)

      • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f0681d17e467478aa82eee36c2c98681472e4af44364f2a4576549ec86965e6.jpg The presence of Christ is the conclusion of the Christian era; in that, the parousia accomplishes the purpose of the new covenant, which is to present to God an unblemished, sanctified and holy congregation of 144,000 persons bought from the earth. That can only take place after Christ comes as a refiner and judge and expels those deemed to be evil and sluggish slaves. Only then will the earthly congregation perfectly reflect the unseen reality of the heavenly kingdom.

        The fact that Jesus’ presence is in company with “all his holy ones,” as Paul wrote in his letter to the Thessalonians, indicates that the parousia is not a long drawn out period of preaching, teaching and disciple making, during which time the spiritual temple of God is said to be under construction. Jesus can only be present “with all his holy ones” at the conclusion of the system – during the harvest – when all of the holy ones are finally collected together and presented to God as a consecrated temple for divine habitation. That is when all the chosen ones will be given the crown of exultation and glory. That is the primary purpose of the parousia.

        Although not an instantaneous arrival or coming, neither does the parousia stretch out over decades of time, as Jehovah’s Witnesses now suppose. It is a relatively brief period of time, reflective of his three and one-half year long earthly ministry, during which time Christ will present himself to all the holy ones – both those who have died, via the resurrection, and those who are surviving.

      • Bklyn Kevin

        Revelation 6:
        9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of the word of God and because of the witness they had given.

        10 They shouted with a loud voice, saying: “Until when, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, are you refraining from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

        11 And a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer,

        until the number was filled of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed as they had been.

    • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      Also, has there been a FDS throughout the last 1900 years?

      • Joe Dman

        Robert touched on this in a podcast, and in all likelyhood, yes. He dropped some names of people who we’ve heard of that quite possibly could have been. Especially those involved in translating and preserving God’s word. Indicating that at any given time Jehovah probably had a member or members of the little flock alive on earth. James escape me but Martin Luther comes to mind.

        • LW

          Right, maybe people like John Tyndale or the Waldenses. There were efforts to reveal the truth, but because of the heavy influence and power of the Church, it didn’t occur. It seems that if a genuine truth-seeker in those times or even in general can look at something, and somehow be able to sift through all the muck and garbage to get to the strands of truth and then to actually connect those small strands of truth together, than that could very well be a strong indication of those who are anointed.

      • when Jehovah attached his name to his witnesses doing the work in spreading the truth, its obvious who was faithful..
        https://e-watchman.com/jehovahs-witnesses-people-name/

        many before then killed or burned on a stake for translating and reading the bible

      • i also remember in so many words, in places on e-watchman, Robert pointing out religous freedom the “13 colonies” saught and have had up to today in the west

      • Bklyn Kevin

        Podcast #34 nhttps://e-watchman.com/podcast-34/

        This episode considers questions regarding why only a handful of men govern the organization. How can parents be more understanding of their gay children? And why was there no truth-bearing organization during the 1800 years from the end of the 1st century to the advent of the Watchtower Society?

    • Ed(the other Ed)

      I did. Good reminders to stay out of the markets and become resilient as possible, unlike everyone I work with. Yesterday a couple people at work were boasting about how much money they had in their 401k’s. I told them of the high probability they wouldn’t see a penny of that money and gave a few reasons, well, lets just say they got a little upset with me…(smile).

      • Even the wealthy who may imagine that their wealth is secure, as if behind a protective wall – are due to be plundered. Bank accounts, treasury bonds, stocks, annuities and pension funds, as well the paper currencies of the nations, may be devalued to the point of worthlessness through hyperinflation or confiscated by other forms of sophisticated financial chicanery more easily than an army of plunderers can wreck havoc upon a nation. After all, the world’s store of wealth – including the Watchtower’s multi-hundred-million dollar next egg – is largely just so many digits stored on a computer. How secure is that?

        • Ed(the other Ed)

          Exactly. That’s basically how I laid it out to my coworker the other day, like a Ponzi scheme ready to fold. Oh well, I guess it’s to negative, what’s the old saying? ” ignorance is bliss”….oh yeah!

  • Srecko Sostar

    Good day! Like the content of article and comments below. Making comparison with Noah Ark and thus adapted interpretation to use and apply on WT corporation with all sister’s corporations worldwide is little “presumptuous”, allow me to quote G. Jackson who used this expression in front Royal Commission last year :)). In first look it might seem “logical” prophetic role model. On other hand, this belief (which in time became dogmatic doctrine) how this is the only way God shall and can to save mankind, actually spread belief that is contrary to another conviction. Which one? God is omnipotent. He can, as they explained the meaning of name JHVH, to become whatever he wants to fulfill his will. And also He can, as they say, cause others (living or non living things) to become whatever he wants them to become, to fulfill his will. If that is the case, God have all possibility to carried out his purpose, goal, and is not limited by space and time and method, like GB suggested.

  • Teleologist

    Robert King says:
    “At the coming of Christ the Watchtower will not only not be a place of refuge, it will be a death trap for those who cling to it then.”

    At the coming of Christ what will the Watchtower be telling JW’s to do that will be a death trap for them?

    • ewatchman

      ‘Christ is here, in the inner chambers’; or ‘there, he is in the wilderness.’ Anywhere but where he is. The organization then will become an antichrist, while the chosen ones will be called out of it, as the eagles will be gathered to the carcass.

      • Teleologist

        Robert King says:
        “The organization then will become an antichrist…”

        Why would any JW’s be tempted to support an antichrist?

  • Andres Felipe

    Cada día aprendo más de ti robert ….me hacía falta utilizar mi capasidad de razonar jejejeje

    • pensé que alguien podría llegar a usted antes que yo , lo siento por el retraso – translated:

      Andres Felipe –

      Every day I learn more about you Robert…. I need to use my reasoning capasidad hehehehe

      • Andres Felipe

        Gracias por la traducción ….eres muy amigable

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    Watchtower will not only not be a place of refuge, it will be a death trap. Oh! My God it is unthinkable on my part if I cling to the WTS at the coming of Christ.

  • LW

    I’ll never forget a comment made by a brother at the book study some years ago.
    He said Things not to say in prayer to Jehovah
    I.e. – “how are you doing?” Or “say hi to Jesus for us”

    I lost it after he gave that comment…

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