A continuation of the Jeremiah series.
Unlike his prophet-contemporaries Daniel and Ezekiel who were in Babylon, Jeremiah was in Jerusalem when the siege began. You might say he was at ground zero. Although Jeremiah also penned an entire Bible book called Lamentations lamenting the fall of Jerusalem, he also expressed his grief in the book bearing his name. In the eighth chapter, the prophet wrote: “My grief is incurable; my heart is sick. From a distant land there is a cry for help from the daughter of my people: ‘Is Jehovah not in Zion? Or is her king not in her?’ ‘Why have they offended me with their graven images, with their worthless foreign gods?’ ‘The harvest has passed, the summer has ended, but we have not been saved!’ I am shattered over the breakdown of the daughter of my people; I am dejected. Horror has seized me. Is there no balsam in Gilead? Or is there no healer there? Why has the daughter of my people not been restored to health?” — Jeremiah 8:18-22
The queen of Sheba once traveled a great distance to listen to the wisdom of Solomon and to view his splendid kingdom in Zion. What made the Jewish kingdom so special? Jehovah had made a covenant with David, Solomon’s father, for an indefinitely lasting kingdom, a kingdom that would bring peace and prosperity to the entire world. It was as if the kings who sat on the throne in Jerusalem were merely placeholders—occupying the throne until the messianic king arrived.
But now Zion lay in ruin. Solomon’s temple was torn down. All of their wealth was taken, even all the golden utensils used in the temple. The last king of Judah was captured and his sons were slaughtered before him, then he was blinded and taken to Babylon where he died. Judah’s worthless gods could not save them. There was no healing. No wonder Jeremiah was stricken and horrified.
Like the Jews Jehovah’s Witnesses expect to be saved because of having “the truth,” and for being led by the faithful and wise servant. Reverting back to the eighth chapter Jeremiah recorded God’s words: “How can you say: ‘We are wise, and we have the law of Jehovah’? For in fact, the lying stylus of the scribes has been used only for falsehood. The wise have been put to shame. They have become terrified and will be caught. Look! They have rejected the word of Jehovah, and what wisdom do they have?”
Knowing God’s name and the condition of the dead and God’s purpose for the earth is a start. Being anointed as an heir to the Kingdom is an unspeakable privilege. Being appointed over the Master’s house to feed the domestics is a weighty responsibility. Evidently, that is why Jesus posed it in the form of an unanswerable question when he said: “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season?” (American Standard)
The Watchtower’s scribes have written reams on such topics as mentioned above—what we would call the truth, the basic doctrines of the Bible. Conversely, virtually everything the Watchtower publishes as commentary on the fulfillment of prophecy is false. Those who claim to be wise and who claim to follow the law of Jehovah have used a lying stylus, claiming that Christ has come, that the Kingdom is ruling, and on and on.
Consider just one aspect of the falsehood they promote. Over and over the Governing Body claim that the messenger of the covenant came in 1914 and the Bible Students were subjected to the fire of the refiner and they came out of the smelting furnace of affliction as pure refined silver and gold. However, Jehovah uses the very same analogy in the ninth chapter of Jeremiah, saying: “You are living in the midst of deception. In their deception they refused to know me,” declares Jehovah. Therefore this is what Jehovah of armies says: “I will smelt them and test them, for what else can I do with the daughter of my people?”
Indeed, what else can God do but subject his people to terror? His people refuse to let go of deception, and consequently, they refuse to know Jehovah. They leave God no choice. How shall God test them? During the hour of test that is coming upon the world! That is when the messenger of the covenant will arrive like a thief in the night.
Verses three and four state: “They bend their tongue like a bow; falsehood, not faithfulness, prevails in the land. They advance from evil to evil, and they pay no attention to me,” declares Jehovah. “Everyone, be on guard against your neighbor, and do not trust even your brother. For every brother is a betrayer, and every neighbor is a slanderer.”
Advancing “from evil to evil” is an astonishingly apt depiction of the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses at this present time. While embroiled in a legal fight to fend off the lawsuits of hundreds of victims of child abuse the Governing Body warn Jehovah’s Witnesses not to believe the news.
The GB slanders everyone as “apostates” who do not swallow their swill. And what would have been deemed unthinkable just a few short months ago, the Watchtower has shuttered every Kingdom Hall and suspended the public ministry, while their PR Department sets up their spokesmen to make the rounds on news and talk shows to gloat about how the Watchtower is all about saving lives during these difficult times. Truly, there is no faithfulness. Every brother is a betrayer.
Concerning the conclusion of the Christian system and the desolation of the antitypical Jerusalem did not Jesus echo the prophecy of Jeremiah when he warned: “Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”
ANOTHER HORN, A SMALL ONE CAME UP
One of the more laughable falsehoods the Watchtower has put to print is their interpretation of Daniel, particularly the seventh chapter concerning the appearance of a little horn. Of course, the trampling of the holy ones is said to have occurred during WW1, but centuries before that a little horn gradually emerged from the ten horns of the beast and the small horn plucked up three rival horns, or kings. According to the seers of Bethel, this took place when the Spanish Armada was defeated by the British in 1588. But Spain was just one horn. No problem. The plucking continued over the centuries so that by 1815 the third horn was finally uprooted when Napoléon, the emperor of France, was defeated at Waterloo. Evidently, though, the uprooting of the rival kingdoms was only temporary. France, especially, is one of the world’s great nations.
The Watchtower is compelled to fabricate this sort of nonsense in order to place everything into the fog of the past—including foremost, the coming of someone like a son of man who gains access to the Ancient of Days.
Consider more closely the prophecy, and Daniel’s description: “While I considered the horns, look! another horn, a small one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were plucked up from before it. And look! there were eyes like human eyes in this horn, and there was a mouth speaking arrogantly.”
As we can imagine, Daniel wanted to know more about the fourth beast and the horns and was given this explanation by the angel: “As for the ten horns, ten kings will rise up out of that kingdom; and still another one will rise up after them, and he will be different from the first ones, and he will humiliate three kings.”
Daniel described the action taken by the little horn against the three as being plucked up, whereas the angel described it as humiliating them. In any case, there is no sense that their being plucked up occurs over the span of several centuries and ends up with the humiliated kings becoming staunch allies of the little horn.
What is noteworthy is that the 11th horn emerges among the 10 and is at first perceived as being smaller than the others. So, there is a brief span of time after the emergence of the horn before the three are suddenly plucked out. After the rivals are humiliated the little horn developed eyes and a mouth and begins speaking arrogant words against Jehovah himself. After the three are plucked out the little horn became bigger and bigger, as Daniel said: “and about the ten horns on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth speaking arrogantly and whose appearance was bigger than that of the others.”
Like many features of the book of Daniel, it overlaps with what is revealed in Revelation concerning the head of the beast that recovers from its seemingly mortal wound, at which point it blasphemes God and even those who reside in heaven. The Watchtower claims the mortal wound was inflicted on the beast over 100 years ago, even though the British and American allies were victorious. As Jehovah long ago observed, we are living in the midst of deception.
It seems to me that the little horn has only recently emerged, known now only as globalism. Private money administered by the Crown through institutions like BlackRock and of course the central banks, which are privately owned, are moving swiftly to destroy what is left of America by sinking it into bankruptcy and taking over the domain of sovereign nations to make policy.
Meanwhile, over the course of the new millennium, bioweapons labs have been working on making an otherwise innocuous virus more lethal. In late 2019 they released it. Concurrent with the development of gain-of-function for the microbe, the US Department of Defense had been secretly funding mRNA research using the corporate front of Moderna. The genetic manipulation technology has been shared with other giant pharmaceutical companies and has been rolled out as the only savior for the pandemic they created. The United Nations and its department known as the World Health Organization are at the forefront to be the savior of mankind.
It turns out the vaccines are not very effective and were only intended to provide immunity for a few months. Now the big pharmaceutical companies are rolling out the first round of booster shots after only a few months. The big tech social platforms are employed to suppress any mention of alternative treatments, like Ivermectin, and squash any information about deaths due to the vaccine. By the way, Fascism is defined as the welding together of corporate and governmental power. We are witnessing this fascist little horn as it emerges.
Despite all the efforts to suppress the truth, it leaks out anyway. People who have been vaccinated are still falling ill either from the virus or the vaccine itself. Even worse, administering a vaccine during a pandemic is about the worst thing that can be done, as it allows the virus to react to the vaccine and develop variants. That is what viruses do. The hundreds of millions of vaccinated people are becoming super-spreaders of the more infectious variants.
The ongoing pandemic and the fear of death it evokes is driving the masses to accept more and more fascist tyranny, while the millions who refuse to take the vaccine are being cast by the media as the cause of it. Only an evil genius like Satan the Devil could have devised such a duplicitous, murderous scheme.
If the vaccine begins to take the lives of more people than can be covered over it will result in an uncontrollable social explosion. Enraged mobs will be carrying more than pitchforks and torches, especially in the US where millions of people are armed, more than a few with military-grade assault weapons and military training. Crazed mobs would destroy anything and everything associated with the establishment that promoted vaccination. And maybe that is the intended goal of the little horn, to cause a social upheaval that will take down targetted governments—the plucking out!
Returning to the Watchtower, as “they advance from evil to evil,” the Governing Body has all but endorsed the vaccination scheme. In true doublespeak fashion, they say being vaccinated is a personal decision. However, knowing that JW’s count their every word as coming from God himself in the same letter written to all full-time workers they obviously recommend being inoculated since they claim that over 17,000 Bethelites have received the experimental drug and none have had adverse reactions. The Governing Body and the Pope have never been more aligned.
Returning to the ninth chapter of Jeremiah the women are taught to sing a dirge over the disaster that has befallen them, part of which states: “For death has come up through our windows; it has entered our fortified towers to take away the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.”
To be continued…