What Will The Day of Jehovah Mean for You?

//What Will The Day of Jehovah Mean for You?

Saturday, August 27

Symeon [Peter] has related thoroughly how God for the first time turned his attention to the nations to take out of them a people for his name.Acts 15:14.

At a meeting of the governing body of first-century Christians held in 49 C.E., the disciple James stated the above. This new people bearing Jehovah’s name would include both Jewish and non-Jewish believers.  Later, Peter wrote: “You were once not a people, but now you are God’s people.” Peter outlined their mission by stating: “You are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession, that you should declare abroad the excellencies’ of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”  They were to sound forth the praises of the One they represented and publicly glorify his name. They were to be courageous witnesses for Jehovah, the Universal Sovereign, “to the most distant part of the earth.”

COMMENTARY

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses basking in divine light? And if so, will that always be the case?

Light, of course, is a metaphor for truth, and not just intellectual knowledge of facts, but true spiritual enlightenment. And Jesus, as “the way, the life and the truth,” is the source of the truth that ultimately originates with the God of truth —Jehovah. It stands to reason, then, that the return of Jesus will be the most enlightening event —ever, at least for those who are receptive to his presence.

However, there is a false light promoted by Satan, whom Paul warned “keeps disguising himself as an angel of light.” And just as Satan wears his disguise, “his ministers also keep disguising themselves as ministers of righteousness. But their end will be according to their works.”

The inspired apostle revealed that the Devil’s ministers were actually operating right within the Corinthian congregation. And not on the periphery. They were the leaders — having cleverly disguised themselves as apostles of Christ! Evidently the Corinthians were taken in by the masquerade, which is why Paul wrote: “I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent seduced Eve by its cunning, your minds might be corrupted away from the sincerity and the chastity that are due the Christ. For as it is, if someone comes and preaches a Jesus other than the one we preached, or you receive a spirit other than what you received, or good news other than what you accepted, you easily put up with him.” —2 Corinthians 11

We are not told the details, but it is clear that the Corinthians were putting up with the deceivers who had insinuated themselves into their midst as deceitful workers, who were preaching another “Jesus.”

As a powerful pretend angel of light Satan is capable of producing deceitful workers in our age too; deceivers who know the theocratic lingo, who are men of stature, who pass themselves off as modern apostles who speak for Christ.

The day’s text insinuates that the apostles and older men in the first century formed a governing body, which conversely implies that the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is of equal stature as the apostles; thus, “disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.”

According to Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians men who pretend to pass off their writings as though they are letters from the apostles are intent on deceiving Christians into believing that the parousia has begun and the day of Jehovah is hear. This is precisely what the Watchtower has done. Who can deny that the Watchtower has announced the presence of Christ and the arrival of the day of Jehovah from the very beginning, now spanning almost a century and a half?

Now, back to the question posed at the onset: Are Jehovah’s Witnesses basking in divine light? Really, how could they be since they have embraced the lie that Jesus has already come? That lie is the very cornerstone of the Watchtower Society. Like the fake apostles of Christ that presided over the anointed Corinthian congregation, Jehovah’s Witnesses are influenced by men who wear a similar disguise, and who preach a different Christ and possess a different spirit.

Since the belief that Christ has already come and set matters straight, establishing a spiritual paradise, is an inseparable aspect of the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the actual coming of Christ will not be an enlightening experience —not initially anyway. First must come the sinking realization that the Watchtower has promoted a vast deception.

It will be a traumatic experience to realize that the light that one has embraced is actually darkness. That is why the prophecy of Amos pronounces woe upon those who yearn for the day of Jehovah, saying: “Woe to those who yearn for the day of Jehovah! What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean for you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be like a man who flees from a lion and is confronted by a bear, and when he enters his house and leans his hand against the wall, a snake bites him. Will not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light; will it not have gloom, and not brightness?” 

 

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2017-04-02T10:49:15+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Commentary|18 Comments
  • LW

    Where will we be when the day of Jehovah begins? Physically, we cannot know.
    When people least expect it, THAT’S when it comes.
    “Let him who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations.”

    • i think Burt or someone said underneath the bed

      • Daisy

        Haha yes D3, it was Burt…& underneath his bed is where he keeps his money lol…
        But we here can rejoice bc we no longer believe the lie & so therefore are no longer exploited, enslaved nor taken advantage of by the “super apostles”. We are now free of th e bondage of those ” deceivers who pass themselves off as modern apostles of Christ ” …leaving us free to acknowledge the time of the true parousia when the time is right…with our hearts minds & arms wide open in welcome …

        • Ed(the other Ed)

          Daisy, that’s a huge relief, I thought you might be praying to have me burned at the stake since I’m a little rough around the edges, and Jehovah would listen to someone like you before me. Thank you, I’m going to sleep well tonight.

        • Joel

          How true Daisy.

      • Joel

        Very good! Hahaaaaa! Lol. I like it!

    • Joel

      Amen.

  • e.v.g

    I suppose these men are vulnerable to the wicked one, like everyone? Probably, apparently they can’t help themselves so easily. They love to be called rabi.

    • e.v.g

      Some of JW’s have the same attitude, they want a religous title ( ministerial servant, elder or pioneer ) some of them become arrogant.

  • Sharon

    thank-you again brother robert for another great article,i agree 100% with all the deceptions you mentioned above with regards to the coming of our Lord,but another thing that has always bothered me,this is just my opinion,is that as an organization including the gov body,they do not give Christ Jesus the respect,honor,and worship,that he is due.for instance the daily text,that light peter was referring to was Jesus Christ,the cross reference eph5:8,and col1:13-20 and the last words in the text we will be witnesses of Jesus Christ to the most distant part of the earth acts1:8 we are indeed living in the most exciting time in history,we will be witness to the coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ…COME LORD JESUS!

  • Nigel

    “”which conversely implies that the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is of equal stature as the apostles; thus, “disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.”” Ouch!! But only because it’s true….

  • Tabitha

    Stand back… Cause I feel the earth about to open up and swallow down men alive! No mention of “Governing Body” in my bible at Acts 15, just apostles and older men. I also noticed that these real apostles “favoured adding no further BURDEN accept these necessary things…” I sense there are some pretty heavily burdened down brothers and sisters around these days, who would love to continue doing just the necessary things, coming under Jesus yoke which is kindly and light.
    Another fantastic post! Thanks brother Robert!

    • Joel

      You know Tabitha, that is an excellent point, and a very astute observation! What am I talking about? The point you make about the first century brothers who met to discuss a problem in the early Churches (Acts 15) were comprised of apostles AND older men (elders) who favoured adding ‘no further burden to those Brother and sisters than “THESE NECESSARY THINGS.”

      That is a very perceptive observation. Why? Because for one thing (like you mention) the Bible does not use the expression “Governing Body,” also, this was a particular ONE TIME GATHERING for a PARTICULAR PURPOSE to settle a ONE TIME unique problem that was causing discord among the brethren.

      Secondly, this ONE TIME “council” as it were, was comprised not just of Apostles . . . but also from OLDER MEN of the Congregation! It was an OPEN congregational discussion!

      And finally, unlike today’s Governing Body, that special one-time council sought to loving add “no further burden” to the young newly growing Christian Congregation than only what was “necessary.” Amazing! They did not act like the Pharisees, who sought to burden the people with all kinds of unnecessary laws and rules; “jot and tittle” rules that did nothing but ‘burden’ the Jews with an unrealistic and nerve-wrecking expectation of what is required of them to have an approved Judaism.

      The Governing Body does the same thing today! They act like modern-day Pharisees by Lording it over the 110,000 Congregations of Jehovahs Witnesses. Putting UNNECESSARY BURDENS upon the brothers and sisters; saying in effect ‘this is what is necessary to gain Jehovah’s approval, to gain salvation.’

      I applaud Brother King for his insightful commentaries; ilicuting us, his E-Watchman listeners, to deduce our own insightful dialogue—using our own thinking ability and powers of reason to come to search for and indeed find truth!

      Very perceptive observations on your part Tabitha! Very good!

      • Tabitha

        Wish I could have explained it like that Joel …. Just Brilliant!

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    The GB must realize this!

    • ELiJAHxSEVEN

      Isaiah 44:18

  • https://youtu.be/8VGwVtYxEy8

    Watch this incredible video of a person’s struggle with worldly temptations & how the Father and Son Never give up on us !

  • LW

    While speaking at a convention in Norfolk, Virginia, pilgrim Walter Thorn compared the Christian’s fight to the Great War: “It is estimated that there are from twenty to thirty millions of men now under arms. . . . Unknown to the world, there is another company [of soldiers]. They are the Lord’s soldiers, and like Gideon’s band, they also are fighting, but not with carnal weapons. They are fighting for truth and righteousness and they are fighting the good fight of faith.”

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