I will pour out my spirit in those days

//I will pour out my spirit in those days

Saturday, January 21

They are rendering [God] sacred service day and night.Rev. 7:15.

When the last days began in 1914, there were only a few thousand servants of Jehovah worldwide. Motivated by love for neighbor, and with the backing of God’s spirit, a small remnant of anointed Christians persevered in the Kingdom-preaching work. As a result, today a great crowd with an earthly hope is being gathered. Our ranks have grown to about 8,000,000 Witnesses associated with more than 115,400 congregations throughout the earth, and we continue to grow in number. For example, over 275,500 new Witnesses were baptized during the 2014 service year—an average of some 5,300 each week. The remarkable growth that we see today is the result of our faith in God and full acceptance of the Bible—Jehovah’s miraculously inspired Word. Especially outstanding is the spiritual prosperity of Jehovah’s people—despite the hatred and opposition of Satan, “the god of this system of things.”

COMMENTARY

I have no doubt the original Bible Students were impelled by God’s spirit.

God’s spirit, or his active force as the New World Translation calls it, is the most powerful force in the universe —or anywhere else for that matter.

I also have no doubt that God used his spirit to anoint those believers, just as had been done on the day of Pentecost, 33 C.E. It was time. Consider a broad view of history as a backdrop: We know that after the apostles died off the truth began to be corrupted. By the 4th century emperor Constantine inserted himself as the head of the corrupt church and fused it with Mithras —Christendom was born. Over the centuries a dark age of ignorance, backwardness and illiteracy descended on Europe, which was obviously Satan’s scheme to completely smother the Bible and any semblance of Christianity. The priests became the enforcers of ignorance and superstition.

Johannes Gutenberg

But God’s spirit prevailed. No doubt God’s active force guided one Johannes Gutenberg to construct Europe’s first printing press. And in 1439 the first book was published and it was a Bible. (The Chinese actually invented the press.) The importance of the printing press cannot be underestimated. Instead of taking a years to produce a handwritten copy the press enabled publishers to produce Bibles faster than the priests could confiscate and burn them. 

It took a few more centuries for the press to become widely available, though, but by the 1600’s, after Wycliff and Tyndall had translated the Bible into English, the king of England relented and passed a decree authorizing an official translation of the Bible —The King James Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures. As more and more English and Europeans began having access to the Scriptures the clergy became more tyrannical. That led to the exodus of the so-called Pilgrims, who crossed the Atlantic ocean in little wooden sailing vessels in search of religious freedom. (The January, 2017, edition of JW Broadcast has a preview of a forthcoming documentary on the fight to make the Bible available.) 

By the 1800’s British Bible societies flourished, making the Bible widely available to even the poor. After the American Civil war the industrial revolution began a new phase, the era of the inventors, which led to the lightbulb, phonograph, telephone, radio, automobiles, airplanes, cameras and motion pictures and many other things, all of which have been put to good use.

The aforementioned developments were quite necessary for the next phase of Christ’s work, which began when Charles Russell formed his Bible study group and launched the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. The Devil’s scheme to destroy the Bible and obscure the truth has been completely foiled and the fields in America and Europe were now ripe for harvest. (Jesus likened the disciple-making work in the first century to a harvest. However, he also spoke of an ultimate harvest that would be carried out during the conclusion, which would effectively bring to an end the Christian era.)

America really was a special place. God obviously blessed it. The founders of the nation inshrined freedom and liberty as the God-given right of every human. (African slaves were not considered human at the time.) And because of being separated from Europe and Asia by two great oceans America was isolated from the two great wars that devastated Europe. 

But where do we go from here?

No doubt Jehovah’s Witnesses would not find anything objectionable to what is stated in this article up to this point. The truth is, though, while Christ has used the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society to accomplish the vital work of teaching and disciple making, it is only a preliminary to the final phase. What is the final phase? It is what Jesus referred to as the conclusion of the system of things.

But didn’t the conclusion of the system begin in 1914? Bluntly, no —it did not. According to Jesus the conclusion is the harvest. And the harvest is accomplished when Christ dispatches his powerful angels to collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and all persons practicing lawlessness. No reasonable person will argue that there are no stumbling blocks or lawless persons within the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Take for example this simple fact. The Watchtower boasts that there are over 8,000,000 JW’s worldwide. However, Bethel maintains a secret database of over 20,000 known pedophiles, many of whom undoubtedly still lurk in the 115,000 congregations of Jehovah Witnesses. How many have been stumbled by this sort of lawlessness? The Watchtower doesn’t keep a record. But God knows.

God’s powerful spirit could easily dislodge the Watchtower’s 1914 error from the minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses, just as it has helped us to dispel the many falsehoods promoted by Christendom. The fact that the lie persists leads to the assumption that it is true, since Jehovah’s Witnesses have the truth. But they do not understand the judgments of Jehovah. They do not grasp the significance of the deluding influence that God allows —obviously, for the very reason that they are under the deluding influence of Satan.

When the last days begin then the veil will be lifted. Then the next phase will begin. The faithless and wicked will be winnowed out. And during the darkest period in human history God will pour out the full measure of his spirit upon the faithful —something never before experienced. This is what is foretold in the prophecy of Joel:

“After that I will pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. And even on my male slaves and female slaves I will pour out my spirit in those days. And I will give wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awe-inspiring day of Jehovah. And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, just as Jehovah has said, the survivors whom Jehovah calls.”

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2017-05-28T08:22:17+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Commentary|46 Comments
  • Apple Pi

    The work being done by Brother King shows us just how much Jehovah is looking out for us.

    • Joseph Stephan

      Agreed!!

    • #savekevin

      This abundance of actual truth from one brother, is amazing. Something we never found being a follower and part of the 8 million.

    • Simpletruth

      True indeed!

  • #savekevin

    not related to this post but…re the forum
    I’m logged in. try to start a new topic/subject in the general category. But i get a message that i have to be an administrator. ???

    • that happend to me the very first time too. i think you just have to wait or something. later i was able to in general but not in the news section

  • #savekevin

    Remember Erin Brockovich? Shes a lady that gets stuff done. Saw this on my twitter feed today. Weitz and Luxenburg is a NY law firm (500+ lawyers) with whom Erin Brockovich is associated. If you go to their twitter page be in for a shock reading the latest post of 21st January https://twitter.com/WeitzLuxenberg
    Further, go to their info page and see the only entry in the dropdown box at the top of the page http://www.childsexabuse.org/

    • Joseph Stephan

      Great find Kevin, how’s the family ?

      • #savekevin

        Real good thanks Joseph.

  • Burt Reynolds

    Only Robert would have the insight to know that the invention of light bulbs was part of the sign of the end. How else would the watchtower get ‘new light’ at the flick of a switch?

  • ewatchman

    By the way, it is entirely coincidental that some of the information in this post, as regards the invention of the printing press and Wycliff and Tyndale, is what appears in this week’s Watchtower. I hadn’t read the WT article until just now.

    • LW

      And so the adjustment is that anointed Christians went into Babylonian captivity at the onset of the apostasy not in 1918 as was previously taught.

      I’m sure you probably noticed the Scripture about man of lawlessness. The Lord Jesus will do away with him.

      How did Jesus do that if the apostasy flourished for centuries ? Clearly that hasn’t happened yet

      • yep. so back during the Council of Nicea era Jehovah punished his people for no reason and then let them free from punishment a “moment” later around 1919 and it took Jesus years from 1914 to do anything about a couple guys in jail and them being in jail somehow caused the witnessing to stop even though everyone not in jail were still free to do so. and like you brought out, after they were let free from jail the lawless One still hasnt been done away with now over a hundred years later by the spirit of Jesus. makes total sense.

    • Arvid Fløysand

      hehe…this is interesting and i am sure it is a little reminder that Someone loves you…i am happy for you and with you…just do like Mary..keep this in your heart

    • Anderiega

      I was wondering if you did that on purpose! Next week’s WT is going to be particularly challenging for me to sit with nonrolling eyeballs. I’ll wear sunglasses ? (Also, thank you for your latest YouTube video)

  • Andres Felipe

    Es realmente impresionante esta ceguera espiritual del pueblo de jehova.cuando iba leyendo sobre el cautiverio en babilonia pensaba que el cuerpo gobernante iba a aclarar mejor dicho entendimiento, pero como me pasa en los últimos años fue más decepcionante.

  • Kjetil Stokka

    This is not corect What Robert write.

    Because I read in acts 2 Peter said last days startet in pentecost year 33.

    Acts 2:14-17New International Version (NIV)

    Peter Addresses the Crowd
    14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

    17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
    Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.

    Peter also said we must remember for God one day is like 1000 years, the last days have now been 1984 years.

    2 Peter 3:8-9New International Version (NIV)

    8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

    • ewatchman

      The book of Joel is all about the day of Jehovah. Read it. Peter’s reference to the last days had to do with the last days of the Jewish system – not the day of Jehovah.

      • Kjetil Stokka

        Peter said What Joel said God said,

        It started on pentecost year 33 when they become anointed, and it end in Armageddon in future.

        • Kjetil Stokka

          Nobody know How many year the last days will be.

          • e.v.g

            The end of the jewish was sad and catastrophic, that’s because they rejected Jesús. But Now we are approaching to the end of the Christian era.

        • ewatchman

          No. The last days is a short period of time, not hundreds and certainly not thousands of years

          • Kjetil Stokka

            Last days for God is only some days,
            But for humans it is soon 2000 years.

            Last days is days in Eyes of God.

            • Kjetil Stokka

              Peter said it, not forget one day for God is 1000 year.

            • ewatchman

              That is silly.

            • Kjetil Stokka

              Yes but I belive I am corect. But I think it is only when he talk about the last days he see the days from Gods eyes.

            • ewatchman

              The last days are the same as the final part of the days, the time of the end and the conclusion of the system of thing. It has to do with the return of Christ and the short period of time that is allowed Satan after he is cast down, when the Kingdom comes to power

            • “this generation will by no means pass away”

              Jesus said that so when people have ideas like you left in your comment we could know that is incorrect. they will be the first generation to live on into the new earth

    • 1914for100Alex

      Hi Kjetil. If you take a look at what Peter says earlier in 2 Peter 3, I think that helps explain why he talks about a day for Jehovah is like a thousand years for us:

      3 First of all know this, that in the last days ridiculers will come with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires 4 and saying: “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as they were from creation’s beginning.”

      He’s not saying it to give us the impression that the last days are a long time for us, but only a couple days for Jehovah. He’s saying it in reference to those that are going to mock Christians for saying His day is coming. In other words, people will be laughing at those that are preaching and they’ll say “Yeah, whatever, we’ve been hearing this forever. It’s not going to happen.”

      The warning is that Jehovah is only so patient, and the day will come like a thief in the night to those that are mocking others for saying Jehovah’s day is approaching.

      • Kjetil Stokka

        Peter not say the last days start in 1914

        • Kjetil Stokka

          Hebrews 1:2World English Bible (WEB)

          2 has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds.

          • ewatchman

            Like I said, the end of the Jewish system. Paul wrote to the Hebrews right before Jerusalem was destroyed.

        • 1914for100Alex

          I agree. He did not say that. I apologize if my username led you to think that I believe it did. Rejecting the 1914 story is a big part of what led me here.

        • ewatchman

          Of course the last days did not start in 1914

    • Cocheta

      Peter quoted Joel 2;28 to show that Pentecost was a fore-gleam of what He would do in the last days, i.e. the VERY LAST days, NOT that they started in 33CE, Kjetil. In fact if you read further the verses to the end of the chapter you will see that it is referring to the end of this system,. It mentions that at that time Jehovah will give wonders in heaven & signs on earth,& everyone who calls upon the name of Jehovah will be saved.
      I think you may have slightly misinterpreted it, dear Brother.

      • Thank you.

      • Kjetil Stokka

        God not say in Joel slaves are Jehovah witnesses, God not tell us who they are, so you can’t say something so not are written . Because of that we are not sure What God said.

        But we know that the son’s of the kingdom are not a part of this world.

        • Cocheta

          of course Joel didn’t mention JWs in his writings, that would be extremely prophetic of him. There was no such organisation at that time!

          • Kjetil Stokka

            And calls on the name, mean because he talk about his anointed 144000, it mean they get his name written on their fore-head.

            Revelation 7:3. 14:1

      • Kjetil Stokka

        Maybe the sons and daughters was jews, and the slaves was not jews.

      • Kjetil Stokka

        In revelation the anointed is named slaves and sons

  • Kjetil Stokka

    And all about printing and people was true saints in 1900 century, that is only human thinking. We not know who was true saints.

  • Kjetil Stokka

    When governing body not understand simple bibel teaching, then they not true saints.

  • Kjetil Stokka

    Bible say last days started in pentecost year 33.

    Governing body say last days started in 1914.

  • SilverPhoenix55

    Hi everybody. I’ve had some issues with WordPress and Disquis. I’ve had to go back to using the Silverphoenix55. You all know me as LaRhonda Torrence. I haven’t posted for a while, but I’ve been reading various comments.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Good to see you back. Robert has recently written several new articles which are absolutely wonderful and a must read . Here’s the link to the page .https://e-watchman.com/

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