The concluding verses of the second chapter of Micah reveal something extraordinary. Although God’s people have risen up as an enemy Jehovah is still determined to set matters straight. Verses 12 and 13 states: “I will certainly gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely collect the remaining ones of Israel together. In unity I will place them, like sheep in the pen, like a flock in its pasture; it will be noisy with people.’ The one breaking out will go before them; they will break out and pass through the gate and go out by it. Their king will pass through before them, with Jehovah at their head.”
Those who are familiar with Bible history know that when the Jews were freed from Babylon, described as “the remaining ones of Israel,” they were not led by any human king. To be sure, the sacred documents have been preserved down to this day and verify that no descendent of David, with whom Jehovah concluded a covenant for a kingdom, has ever sat upon the throne since the restoration.
Modern Bible students recognized that the prophecy of Micah is earmarked for fulfillment in the final part of the days. “Their king” who will pass through before them as Jehovah’s appointed king can be none other than Jesus Christ. And according to the Watchtower Jesus Christ began ruling on behalf of Jehovah in 1914. Here is what is stated in a Watchtower article from 2007:
When was the prophecy about ‘collecting the remaining ones of Israel’ fulfilled? Its first fulfillment was in 537 B.C.E. when a Jewish remnant returned to their homeland from Babylonian exile. In modern times, the prophecy finds its fulfillment in “the Israel of God.” (Galatians 6:16) Since 1919, anointed Christians have been collected together “like a flock in the pen.” Being joined by the “great crowd” of “other sheep,” especially since 1935, they have become “noisy with men.” (Revelation 7:9; John 10:16) Together, they zealously promote true worship.
If we accept the Watchtower’s interpretation as true it must harmonize with the context. We surely know how easy it is to cherry-pick a verse out of context to support this or that. So, consider the context. Of note, when the Bible was originally written it was not divided into chapters and verses. So, the third chapter is a continuation and it begins with Jehovah politely (“please”) addressing the leaders of “Jacob” whom the Watchtower has already identified with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
“Hear, please, you heads of Jacob and you commanders of the house of Israel. Should you not know what is just? But you hate what is good and love what is bad; you tear off the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones. You also eat the flesh of my people and strip off their skin, smashing their bones, crushing them to pieces, like what is cooked in a pot, like meat in a cooking pot.”
It is quite a contrast from being like sheep in a pen noisy with men, led by Jehovah’s hand-picked king, to the deplorable condition described above. Instead of a happy flock in a pen, Jehovah’s sheep are likened to meat in a cooking pot. If God recognizes those hapless sheep as “my people,” we might rightly ask how and when does this horrific situation come about? Surely, the king who leads the remaining ones—who confidently goes before them as if Jehovah himself—would not allow the sheep under his charge to be skinned and crushed to pieces Clearly, the pitiable state of the flock must be the condition of “my people” before the arrival of the savior-king.
No doubt the “commanders” at Bethel assume that the clergy fit the picture. There is no reason to doubt that the clergy class has terribly abused those under their authority. But if the prophecy applies to those whom God has never recognized as having any ecclesiastical authority why does God claim the abused sheep as “my people”? And if the clergy were abusing the sheep prior to 1919 and all the remaining ones have been led since then by Jehovah’s king, are we to assume the sheep outside the pen continue to be skinned and slaughtered by the clergy up to this moment? Again the context adds some clarity.
“At that time they will call to Jehovah for help, but he will not answer them. He will hide his face from them at that time, because of their wicked deeds.” — Micah 3:4
Have the popes and pastors of Christendoms’ 30,000+ denominations and sects ever called to Jehovah for help? Even when the Watchtower was supposedly pouring out the bowls of wrath upon Christendom back in the 1920s, did the clergy ever call to Jehovah for help? No need to answer.
At this late date there is a mere remnant of this “prophet” class yet on earth. The “war of the great day of God the Almighty” at Har–Magedon could not start before this composite “prophet” ends his work. One thing is now certain: if the “prophet” class, the Jeremiah class, is facing Har–Magedon, it is also facing the fall of Babylon the Great. WT 10-1-1982
Who today claims to be a prophet? The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses does. They even coined the phrase “the prophet class.” The prophet class has as their spokesman the Governing Body. And the Governing Body claims to be Jehovah’s earthly channel—the sole voice of truth for God’s people. Jehovah’s Witnesses are warned not to trust any source of information other than the Watchtower. Continuing on in Micah it becomes clear who “they” are who will call to Jehovah and receive no answer: “This is what Jehovah says against the prophets who are leading my people astray, who proclaim ‘Peace!’ while they bite with their teeth but who declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths: ‘You will have night; there will be no vision; there will only be darkness for you, no divination. The sun will set on the prophets, and the day will turn dark for them. The visionaries will be put to shame, and the diviners will be disappointed. All of them will have to cover over the mustache, for there is no answer from God.’”
Since 1930 the Watchtower has proclaimed that Christ has come and virtually all prophecy has been fulfilled over the course of the last century. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the first resurrection has already begun. That means that according to what Paul stated in the fourth chapter of 1 Thessalonians, ‘the Lord himself has ‘descended from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet.’
If the Lord has already descended from heaven with the authority to sound God’s trumpet, that would certainly be an extraordinary event—even earthshaking. Has it happened? According to the visionaries of Bethel, only a handful of prophecies remain unfulfilled—one prophecy in particular; hence, Jehovah’s Witnesses expect to see the fulfillment of 1 Thessalonians 5:3. That is where it is stated: “Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape.”
Only the most somnolent are unaware of the present state of world affairs that has brought the two foremost nuclear powers into direct conflict in Ukraine. It is called a proxy war because no official declaration of war has been made. But do not be deceived by the all-pervasive propaganda. The Anglo-America military machine is behind the Nazi-infested Ukrainian military. Thousands of NATO troops from Poland and Romania and mercenaries from Islamic terror groups as well as plain-clothed special forces are on Ukrainian soil directing the war against Russia. Besides all the weaponry flooding into Ukraine, American satellites and AWACS provide intelligence and GPS guidance for missiles. It has not boiled over into a global conflagration but Russia and the United States are at war.
Naturally, the UN has held a series of emergency meetings to discuss how to maintain “peace and security” in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russia has amassed a half-million-man army and 1,500 battle tanks. The Russian military is waiting for the ground to freeze solid so that the heavy equipment does not sink into the black earth that has made Ukraine the most fertile farmland in the world. In the next few weeks, Russia intends to launch an offensive and crush the Ukrainian army along with thousands of foreign troops. There is nothing that can prevent a Russian victory except the full-on intervention of NATO, including warplanes and missiles striking Russia itself, which would mean a world war—nuclear war.
According to the writings of the inspired apostle, whenever it is that they are saying “peace and security” signals that the Lord has descended. That is the context. Read it and remember, there were no chapter divisions. Paul was explaining that the presence of Christ and the first resurrection will commence like the unexpected visitation of a thief in the night preceded by their saying “peace and security.”
If, as the Watchtower claims, the “sudden destruction” that comes upon those saying “peace and security” is the destruction wrought at Armageddon, why would anyone need to be notified beforehand that the end of the world is imminent? Wouldn’t it be obvious at that point? Besides, do not the visionaries forecast the sudden destruction of Babylon the Great to initiate the great tribulation?
The truth is, 1914 is a fraud. The phony invisible parousia is undoubtedly the biggest hoax that has ever been perpetrated in the name of Jehovah. But because it is an operation of Satan backed by the mouthings of a self-declared god, otherwise known as the man of lawlessness, it is humanly impossible to overturn it. That is because the source of the fraud claims to have been appointed as a faithful and discreet slave and God’s own mouthpiece. No one can rebuke the prophet because he will declare war against them. However, Jehovah’s word is not bound. No matter how much the diviners twist it to fit their own visions reality will ultimately prevail.
Whenever they are saying “peace and security” it will be obvious. No earthly channel will be needed to explain to Christians that God’s word has come true. At least it will be obvious to the true sons of God. That is why Paul went on to say: “But you, brothers, you are not in darkness, so that the day should overtake you as it would thieves, for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We belong neither to night nor to darkness.”
When sudden destruction comes upon the Anglo-American empire whenever it is they are saying “peace and security”, thereby fulfilling the prophecies of Ezekiel and Isaiah concerning the unexpected downfall of Tyre and Egypt, initiating the day of Jehovah—analogous to the mortal blow inflicted upon the seventh head of the monster—the Watchtower will have nothing to say. Their humiliation and confusion will be so great it will be as if the sun has set at high noon. They will be consumed in darkness and Jehovah will not communicate with them. God will effectively shut down the channel.
While none of the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses have a mustache or any facial hair whatsoever, in Bible times God’s law required men to grow beards. So, the visionaries putting their hand over their mustache signifies they will put their hand over their mouths in humiliation and will not be able to offer a single word.
“As for me, I am filled with power by the spirit of Jehovah, and with justice and might, to tell to Jacob his revolt and to Israel his sin.” — Micah 3:8
Confronting the leadership of the Watchtower with its sin and revolt has been my work these many years.
End of part two