Monday, September 21
Jehovah your God you should fear, him you should serve, to him you should cling. —Deut. 10:20.
The Bible accounts about the disobedience of Cain, Solomon, and the Israelites at Mount Sinai have a noteworthy element in common. These individuals had opportunity to “repent . . . and turn around.” (Acts 3:19) Clearly, Jehovah is not quick to give up on those who take a false step. In Aaron’s case, Jehovah extended forgiveness. Today, warnings from Jehovah may come in the form of a Bible account, Bible-based publications, or kind advice from a fellow Christian. When we heed the warnings, we are assured of Jehovah’s mercy. Jehovah’s undeserved kindness has a purpose. (2 Cor. 6:1) It gives us an opportunity “to reject ungodliness and worldly desires.” (Titus 2:11-14) As long as we live “amid this present system of things,” we will face situations that will put our exclusive devotion to Jehovah to the test. May we always be ready to take a firm stand on his side! w18.07 21 ¶20-21
Not surprisingly the Watchtower skirts around a very important point. And that is, God considers the leaders of his people more accountable. Jesus established the principle when speaking of the faithful slave: “Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him, and the one who was put in charge of much will have more than usual demanded of him.” —Luke 12:48b
Because of the unfaithfulness of the kings, priests, and prophets of ancient times God punished the nation as a whole. For example, due to Solomon’s apostasy, Jehovah divided Israel into the 10 tribe kingdom and the two tribe kingdom. There was continual strife and war between the two until Israel was wiped out by Assyria.
Jeremiah warned the Jews for years. They would not listen. Jeremiah even sent a letter to King Jehoiakim that was read to him, which provoked the king to the point he cut the scroll into pieces and threw it in the fire. Jehovah explained to Jeremiah the source of the problem. Therefore this is what Jehovah of armies says against the prophets: “Here I am making them eat wormwood and giving them poisoned water to drink. For from the prophets of Jerusalem apostasy has spread throughout the land.” — Jeremiah 23:15
The Watchtower claims to be a prophet —at least a type of the prophets of old. They claim to be the sole interpreters of prophecy. As the earthly channel of Jehovah’s authoritative voice, they claim that Jesus began ruling the world in 1914. They claim all prophecy has been fulfilled —all but a few details. Essentially, the message of the Watchtower is that Jehovah has already bestowed his irremovable blessing upon them. All that remains is for God to destroy the world and open the doors to paradise. How appropriate and timely Jehovah’s words are now for all of Jehovah’s Witnesses: This is what Jehovah of armies says: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are deluding you. The vision they speak is from their own heart, not from the mouth of Jehovah.” — Jeremiah 23:16
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians warning them not to be quickly shaken from their reason or unduly alarmed by seemingly inspired statements declaring that the presence of Christ has begun, which the apostle went on to explain is an aspect of the deluding influence that God would allow to go to those who know the truth to test their love of the truth. Paul elaborated, explaining that it was an operation of Satan involving powerful deceptive signs and wonders.
And it is a powerful delusion. There is no question about it. This September marks 18 years that e-Watchman has been online and the continual exposure of Satan’s operation has had virtually no impact on the Watchtower. They have seemingly doubled-down as it were.
Of course, I do not claim to be a prophet. However, I have deliberately taken on the role of a prophet relative to the Watchtower, which I believe is Jehovah’s earthly organization —even as Jehovah’s Witnesses believe. Believe me, if I did not think that Jehovah’s Witnesses have been under the direction of Christ in carrying out his mandate to preach the good news far and wide I would never have undertaken this whole project.
But Judah was Jehovah’s earthly estate too. God destroyed the mighty Assyrian juggernaut when they invaded Judah and threatened to destroy Jerusalem. No doubt that contributed to the Jews’ false sense of security. The magnificent temple in Jerusalem —attended to by the Levitical priests —was the place where Jehovah caused his name to reside. That being the case, it should be apparent to all but the most ardent haters of truth that the Watchtower is in the same position —being the capital, as it were, of Jehovah’s modern, Christian organization bearing his holy name. The Governing Body is comprised of anointed men who are part of a royal priesthood obligated to declare abroad the excellencies of the One who called them out of darkness.
The question remains though, are they faithful to the One who called them? Or as Jesus said: “Who really is the faithful steward, the discreet one, whom his master will appoint over his body of attendants to keep giving them their measure of food supplies at the proper time? Happy is that slave if his master on coming finds him doing so! I tell you truthfully, he will appoint him over all his belongings. But if ever that slave should say in his heart, ‘My master delays coming,’ and starts to beat the male and female servants and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that slave will come on a day that he is not expecting him and at an hour that he does not know, and he will punish him with the greatest severity and assign him a part with the unfaithful ones. Then that slave who understood the will of his master but did not get ready or do what he asked will be beaten with many strokes. But the one who did not understand and yet did things deserving of strokes will be beaten with few. Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him, and the one who was put in charge of much will have more than usual demanded of him.” —Luke 12:42-48
As part of the deluding influence, the Watchtower claimed that Christ appointed his approved slave over all of his belongings back in 1919. It was not until 2013 that the Watchtower flipped the second appointment to the future. Perhaps e-Watchman had something to do with that. I cannot say. But the fraud remains. The slaves are judged when Christ comes as a thief. In other words, the second coming of Christ, which the Watchtower proclaims took place in 1914. It should be apparent that Christ’s seeming delay has exposed the influence of an evil slave.
Incidentally, King Jehoiakim was forced to pay tribute to the Pharaoh of Egypt. Even under threat of invasion and with Babylon already taking over as the dominant power, Jehoiakim embarked on a massive palace building project and because funds were scarce due to the tribute imposed by Egypt, Jehoiakim defrauded the workers. Because of that Jeremiah was inspired to write the following in denunciation: “Woe to the one who builds his house without righteousness and his upper rooms without justice, who makes his fellow man serve him for nothing, whose wages he refuses to pay; the one saying, ‘I will build for myself a roomy house with spacious upper rooms. I will fit it with windows and panel it with cedar and paint it with vermilion.’ Will you continue reigning because you outdo others in your use of cedar? Your father (Josiah) also ate and drank, but he upheld justice and righteousness, and it went well with him. He defended the legal claim of the afflicted one and the poor one, so that it went well. ‘Is that not what it means to know me?’ declares Jehovah. ‘But your eyes and heart are set only on your dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood, and on committing fraud and extortion.’” —Jeremiah 22:13-17
In my role as Jeremiah, I have published numerous Kingdom Bulletins and mailed copies of Jehovah Himself Has Become King to all of the leadership. No doubt all letters and books were discarded —as if being cut up and thrown in the fire.
But I could not foresee the Watchtower’s most recent fraud and extortion. My longtime webmaster and collaborator, Timothy, sent me an email yesterday with an attached spreadsheet (attached below for download) listing nearly 1,000 kingdom halls around the world that have been sold or presently sitting empty up for sale. Seeing that most kingdom halls are home to multiple congregations we are looking at perhaps 2,000 or even 3,000 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been dispossessed from the kingdom halls they built and paid for and solemnly dedicated to Jehovah.
And just like wicked Jehoiakim, the Governing Body has used free labor to construct a grand palace for themselves, finished in fine granite especially imported from China. Nothing but the finest for the kings and princes of Bethel, even as they defraud Jehovah’s Witnesses of their places of worship and extort more money from them.
Here is a question for the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses to entertain: “For who has stood in the inner circle of Jehovah to see and hear his word? Who has paid attention to his word in order to hear it?” —Jeremiah 23:18
The Watchtower echos the words of the false prophets of Jerusalem; assuring Jehovah’s Witnesses that there is peace and no calamity will come upon them, and they will judicially murder any JW who dares to complain, therefore here is what Jehovah says to them:
“Look! The windstorm of Jehovah will burst out in fury; like a whirling tempest it will whirl down on the head of the wicked. The anger of Jehovah will not turn back until he has carried out and accomplished the intentions of his heart. In the final part of the days you will clearly understand this.” —Jeremiah 23:19
If these are the final part of the days as the Watchtower has proclaimed for more than a century, where is the windstorm of Jehovah? Clearly, they do not understand this. But they will.
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