“You Are My Witnesses” – When?

//“You Are My Witnesses” – When?

Thursday, December 1

“You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah.Isa. 43:10.

The Israelites worshipped their God, Jehovah, whereas the other nations worshipped their own deities. At the time of the prophet Isaiah, Jehovah compared the world situation to that of a court trial. He challenged the gods of the nations to produce witnesses to confirm their divinity. The gods of the nations were unable to produce any evidence of their godship. They were mere idols that were speechless and that needed to be carried around.  On the other hand, Jehovah’s chosen people were to attest loud and clear that Jehovah is the one true God. In effect, their stance was to be like that later set forth for God’s present-day people by the prophet Micah: “All the peoples will walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of Jehovah our God forever and ever.”

COMMENTARY

It may well have been by divine providence that Judge Rutherford first proposed the resolution to adopt the name of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” at the convention of International Bible Students in 1931.

We know that it is God’s will to have his name declared in all the earth. And there is no dispute that Jehovah’s Witnesses have published the Name far and wide. But, are the witnessing efforts of the so-named Jehovah’s Witnesses the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah where God calls upon a certain people to serve as his witnesses?

As we know, the prophecy of Isaiah was one of the first prophetic books written. Long in advance God foretold that Israel would be conquered by Assyria and Jerusalem would be conquered by Babylon and Jacob would become a captive in a foreign land. God was going to punish Jacob because he brought reproach upon Jehovah. That is why the concluding words of the very chapter where Jehovah calls upon Jacob to be his witness, states: “I, I am the One who is blotting out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Remind me; let us bring our case against each other; tell your side of it to prove you are in the right. Your first forefather sinned, and your own spokesmen have rebelled against me. So I will profane the princes of the holy place, and I will give Jacob over to destruction and subject Israel to insulting words.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses realize that the prophecy applies foremost to the return of Christ —“Jacob” being synonymous with Christ’s congregation. The eighth chapter of Daniel similarly foretells that the holy ones of the Prince of princes and the holy place will become desolate.

It is, then, when God extends mercy to those that have experienced destruction that Jehovah calls upon the forgiven to serve as his witnesses. According to the opening words of the 43rd chapter Jacob is called by God’s name only after he is repurchased: “Do not be afraid, for I have repurchased you. I have called you by your name. You belong to me.”

The exhortation not to be afraid comes at a moment in the future when men will be faint with fear in expectation of the horrors to come. Jesus also exhorts his followers not to be terrified. Jesus foretold that the nations will be in anguish due to the roaring of the sea. Similarly, at Isaiah 43:2 Jehovah assures his reclaimed witnesses: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not flood over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame singe you.” Also verse 16: “The One making a way through the sea and a path even through turbulent waters…”

Further, God speaks of gathering back the redeemed from the north, south, east and west, saying: “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your offspring from the east and gather you together from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back. Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by my name and whom I created for my own glory, whom I have formed and made.’”

Jesus echoed this prophecy when he stated: “And he will send out his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity.”

So, the call for his people to serve as witnesses to the Godship of Jehovah is to come about after the tribulation —after “Jerusalem” has been made desolate. Again, Jesus spoke of a great final witness to be given to the governors and kings of this world then: “You will be brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name. It will result in your giving a witness. Therefore, resolve in your hearts not to rehearse beforehand how to make your defense, for I will give you words and wisdom that all your opposers together will not be able to resist or dispute.”

Why cannot the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses see these interconnections? Because they are deaf and blind, spiritually. Again, Isaiah answers: “Bring out a people who are blind, though they have eyes, and who are deaf, though they have ears. Let all the nations assemble in one place, and let the peoples be gathered together. Who among them can tell this? Or can they cause us to hear the first things? Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right, or let them hear and say, ‘It is the truth!’ ‘You are my witnesses,’ declares Jehovah, ‘Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and have faith in me and understand that I am the same One.’”

The “one place” to which the nations are assembled and made to answer to God must be that same place identified in the third chapter of the prophecy of Joel as the Valley of Jehoshaphat, which says: “For look! in those days and in that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather together all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. I will enter into judgment with them there in behalf of my people and my inheritance Israel, for they scattered them among the nations, and they divided up my land among themselves.”

Sadly, the blindness and arrogance of the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses can only be remedied by the most unpleasant and strongest measures short of absolute destruction. But in God’s mercy he will repurchase a remnant who will serve as Jehovah’s true witnesses for the finale. 

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2017-08-10T07:24:56+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Commentary|24 Comments
  • Cocheta

    thank you, Bro Robert, you always seem to give the answers to questions I have been asking Jehovah for answers to, may He bless you always in your work.
    The Scriptures you have quoted are indeed very comforting but one thing I want to ask you is do they cover the Chosen Ones only or are they for all of His witnesses?

    • ewatchman

      The anointed are in a covenant with God, through Christ. Collectively they are “my chosen one.” So, it is the chosen one who has the obligation to declare God’s name. God invites others, though, who are not in a covenant to give him glory. Isaiah 43:20 speaks of the wild beasts also giving God honor. “The wild beast of the field will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I provide water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, for my people, my chosen one, to drink, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.”

      Being depicted as a wild beast may not seem very flattering, but keep in mind that God addresses Jacob as a worm and the people of the earth are likened to grasshoppers compared to God.

      • Daisy

        Lovely lovely answer to cocheta’s question… “Let us go with you (Robert), because we’ve heard that God is with you”…zech 8…Daisy x

      • Cocheta

        thank you Robert, I don’t mind being a wild beast, my hair makes me look like one in the mornings anyway 🙂

  • Bobby 6343

    Thank you Bro Robert for this needed article. I will pass it on to others!

  • DA

    “Jehovah’s Witnesses realize that the prophecy applies foremost to the return of Christ —“Jacob” being synonymous with Christ’s congregation.” – “According to the opening words of the 43rd chapter Jacob is called by God’s name only after he is repurchased: “Do not be afraid, for I have repurchased you. I have called you by your name. You belong to me.”

    i guess i got your point

  • Simpletruth

    Awesome and timely article. Thank You so much!!!

  • DA

    “Sadly, the blindness and arrogance of the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses can only be remedied by the most unpleasant and strongest measures short of absolute destruction.”

    or Jehovah can speak and make the mountains quake or Jesus can just appear in front of them and speak or slap them in the face (as he does after) but i guess doing it the other way with the slaughter of a forth of the earth works too because the sword and the famine the pestilence is somehow necessary?

    • ewatchman

      If God had done away with evil long ago we wouldn’t even be here. Maybe that’s okay with you, but personally, I would rather be here than nowhere.

      • DA

        i know what your saying Rob. ive thought about that a few times myself. i still dont get or fully understand every case. Pro 3:56 (suffering/evil etc.)
        not being here isnt ok with me obviously. even Jesus asked – Luke 22:42 he wasnt saying he didnt want him nor others to live and he also stopped them from suffering at the time. but prevention of suffering is what im talking about Matt 2:13 Num 12:10-16

        my ok isnt Jehovah’s ok.
        i dont make the rules.

        thanks for replying to me

    • Burt Reynolds

      Hello DA. I have struggled with that question and it deserves an answer. The original question was the challenge from Satan, who implied that no one would serve Jehovah except for reward. Thus the ‘court’ scene was set. Later too, the Jews asked for governors, or kings to rule them directly and Jehovah allowed this but also told them what the outcome would be. Bad, basically. Unless these issues were set to run, to prove the point, the issue would never be concluded. So does Jehovah sit and wach those being murdered raped, living in poverty without food, warmth. Yes, he does! And so do we! The question therefore is not that he does, but who is responsible. The people responsible is me, you, everyone. We made the situation, we inherited it, we have done nothing to fix it. Sure, we can feed and clothe…Christ recognised this, but we largely ignore it. I do. Do you? And who is our opponent? Jehovah? Satan? It is Satan, and what are you and I, and the world of people hoping to do to stop him? It is he who develops OUR wrongheadedness, sins, lusts, depravities….the murders, the rapes, the extortion, the starvation…I’ve just had a meal, over a billion people have not. What have I done to help.? Nothing.

      Before anyone accuses Jehovah of letting this happen, consider who permits it, who aggravates it, sponsors it, encourages it….from the slave labour clothing we wear, to the food we throw away while others starve, to the murders, abuses….even in Jehovah’s temple no less, and recall that Jehovah did not start this. Jehovah gave us a garden to live in and he fed us! Satan started it, Adam and Eve chose it, we inherited it and carry it on, Satan encourages us to do so. Like a parent, Jehovah lets us burn our fingers in the fire to learn the lesson, (my mother told me not to stick my fingers in the electric socket as I would get a shock. I did not know what a shock was, so I did so and found out). But he has set a time to stop it, and it is not yet. What you are really asking, because you know the above, is why does Jehovah not feel as we do. How can he let this go on if he loves us? It undermines your faith, our faith, my faith. Or does it? Feels like it at times when we see these things.

      Don’t think for one minute Jehovah does not grieve over this. Christ wept over it. If you are a parent, you have wept over your children, I know I have over mine. Yet we are made in the image of Jehovah, imbued with a fragment of his feelings and conscience. He will come to our rescue, but if this is to never happen again, it has to be finished. It is a strong love indeed that permits suffering for the greater good, because, what we do to others, we do to Jehovah. It is Jehovah, his children, us, who are getting raped and murdered, starved and exploited. You think he does not feel so much more than we do when we see these things, or are subject to them? Do you think he does not feel it like a parent, but will not, not cannot, stop it, until the issue is proved, just as suredly as we cannot fend for our children in the fates that befall them, due to thier own stupidity, or the evil of the world. His time is not yet. But it will be soon. He is coming. Watch and see the mercy of his hand when all will be revealed.

      • DA

        i knew you mite give me a book to read Burt. ill get around to reading it soon

        • Burt Reynolds

          Haha. What does the bible say….the reading of many books is wearisome to the flesh…it’s a drawback to being retired.

          • DA

            yeah i know that scripture well

      • DA

        i disagree on some points but oh well

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hiya DA, I get how you feel..it’s shows you care what happens to people, you feel their pain. And of course you’ll question..we feel powerless sometimes. But If you recall, Jehovah does care and his heart gets hurt too when he sees awful badness. We read about it in Genesis 6:5,6. So try not to despair too much as Jehovah did something about it back then in Noah’s day and soon he’s going to act and bring justice and an end to all the vile badness we hear and read about and see. Your last sentence DA is so sweet and sad.

  • Joseph Stephan

    As per the Did You Know Article,
    The Watchtower has been awarded several “Green Globe” awards for environmentally friendly design, both for the WallKill facility and the new Warwick complex. The Warwick headquarters features walkways that allow water to soak through instead of running off and rooftops are carpeted in grass and other plants that absorb rain water and then slowly release it via evaporation. Also, some 125 500-ft deep geo-thermal wells have been constructed to pump heated water up from the earth to heat the complex in cold weather. –

    This is the most costly way to heat and cool, in the long run they will save on utility bills.
    But install is very very expensive.

    • ewatchman

      Hey Joseph

      I was told that the whole Warwick complex was way more than half a-billion $$$. I have no way to confirm, but I find that amount absolutely staggering, especially given the fact that nowadays with the Internet and contractors and employees working from home the WT could do what it does without all the brick and mortar. Heck, I publish almost as much as the WT, at least online, and i am just one guy sitting at home in a flannel shirt.

      You are in the business, sort of, right? Just as a ballpark figure what do you suppose it would cost to install a geothermal system with 125 500ft-deep wells?

      • Joseph Stephan

        Yes I’m a contractor, and just on a small new custom home a typical hvac would cost you 10 thousand. But a small geo thermal system would cost you 30 to 40 thousand.
        Now just think what it cost them commercially, staggering to say the least.

        • Burt Reynolds

          Well judging where Cocheta lives, next door to a volcano, I think she could just leave the kettle on the ground and it would boil.

          • Cocheta

            yes, how do you think I fry my bacon & eggs for breakfasts?

      • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

        Hello Robert.
        I am in the Industrial and Commercial Hvac industry. I worked and installed simular systems,i dont know the exact size of the Units but im guessing ball park 3.5 million to 5.2 million and what type hydronic systems they used im thinking probably alcohol for heating and more than likely there using the lake for cooling. This is a ruff estimate normally a central control room of that size runs around 300k..to operate individual rooms heat/cooling i wouldnt be surprised if the entire system is 15 million..

      • DA

        you could publish more if we knew how to help. i feel useless

  • Joseph Stephan

    DON’T FEED THE TROLL

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