Saturday, January 9
Obey God as ruler rather than men. —Acts 5:29.
How can you continue to worship Jehovah while under ban? The branch office will give the local elders instructions and practical suggestions. If the branch office cannot contact the elders, then the elders will help you and all in the congregation to continue your worship of Jehovah. They will give direction in harmony with the guidance found in the Bible and in our Christian publications. (Matt. 28:19, 20; Heb. 10:24, 25) Jehovah has promised that his servants will be well-fed spiritually. (Isa. 65:13, 14; Luke 12:42-44) So you can be certain that his organization will do everything possible to provide the spiritual encouragement you need. What can you do? When under ban, find a good place to hide your Bible and any other spiritual food you might have. Be careful never to leave such precious material —whether it is in printed or electronic form— in a location where it could easily be discovered. Each of us must take practical steps to remain spiritually strong. w19.07 10 ¶10-11
Begging the reader’s pardon, I am a day late on my commentary.
It would seem that Jehovah has let things develop to the point where the hypocrisy of the Watchtower is evident to all —or at least it should be to anyone willing to see. Will you obey God as ruler rather than men? The Daily Text specifically cites Christ’s command to “go…make disciples,” which is a command that Jehovah’s Witnesses have always been urged to obey. But not any longer.
With the Coronavirus stalking the planet and a horrifying survival rate of only 99.9%, the Governing Body has sternly warned the flock that it is foolhardy and risky to dare venture out to preach and make disciples. But how is it possible to “go” while staying at home?
The January JW Broadcast presents an experience where a medical professional ran into two JW’s who were also nurses and she confided in them she knew they had the truth. Evidently, she had studied before and expressed her desire to return. The GB seized on this experience to put something positive out there to show the good fruits that are being harvested during the Watchtower-imposed lockdown. But wait. The lady had already been contacted, most likely by JW’s in the field service long before the pandemic. They apparently made return visits and went to her home to study with her. How else could she have become convinced that Jehovah’s Witnesses have the truth? And is this an experience that is supposed to confirm that stay-at-home witnessing works?
And now that the former study wishes to associate with the congregation, what is she supposed to do? Can she find the support and brotherhood that used to exist in the local kingdom hall on a Zoom chat or whatever?
Speaking from my own personal experience, I would have never become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses without the support of the congregation and face-to-face interaction with brothers and sisters. I know I speak for millions of others too.
Further condemning themselves as pharisaic hypocrites, they cite the 10th chapter of Hebrews where Paul exhorted Christians not to forsake the gathering of themselves together and all the more so as we see the day of Jehovah drawing near. Again, Jehovah’s Witnesses have always been exhorted (some would say harangued) to obey that apostolic command. Not any more.
Instead of quarantining the elderly who are by far most at risk, the lords of the flock have locked the doors of every meeting place throughout the world. Too bad for young and healthy Christians who are more likely to be killed by a stray bullet or a drunk driver, it is simply too risky for the Governing Body to allow you to obey God.
Will the branch office and local elders really provide direction if the brothers are banned? Like in Russia? How can a branch provide direction if the authorities seize the branch facility? How can JW’s in Russia access jw.org when the Russian Orthodox Church has used its influence to pressure the government to block access to the jw.org domain?
What happens when Jehovah’s tyrannical beast is unleashed and sweeps the globe like an unstoppable hoard of locusts? Will Jehovah’s organization provide you with the spiritual encouragement you need? Or rather, will you be stumbled due to the fact that the exalted faithful slave didn’t see it coming; didn’t even have a clue; didn’t provide any scriptural insight into why God would allow such a calamity? (See the chapter on Joel)
It is true, Jehovah has promised that his servants will be fed spiritually while others are famished. The Watchtower is assuming that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the servants and they are the servers. The irony is, though, the Governing Body and their helpers are those spoken of in Isaiah: “For Jehovah has poured a spirit of deep sleep on you; He has closed your eyes, the prophets, and he has covered your heads, the visionaries. Every vision becomes for you like the words of a sealed book. When they give it to someone who can read, saying: “Read this out loud, please,” he will say: “I cannot, for it is sealed up.” And when they give the book to someone who cannot read, saying: “Read this, please,” he will say: “I cannot read at all.” — Isaiah 29:10-12
The blind “prophets” cited Isaiah 65:13 to support their assertion that come hell or high water they will stand as a beacon of light. To establish the setting, beginning with the 40th chapter through to the 66th chapter, Isaiah records a monologue Jehovah has with his redeemed nation, cryptically called Israel and Jacob, but in reality, are the remaining ones on earth during the parousia. Keep in mind that in Hebrew the name Isaiah means the same thing as Jesus —Jehovah is salvation. Just as Jesus spoke for Jehovah when he walked the earth, so too, Christ will come with the authority of the Almighty.
Now read the context: “I will bring out of Jacob an offspring and out of Judah the one to inherit my mountains; my chosen ones will take possession of it, and my servants will reside there. Sharon will become a pasture for sheep and the Valley of Achor a resting-place for cattle, for my people who search for me. But you are among those forsaking Jehovah, those forgetting my holy mountain, those setting a table for the god of Good Luck, and those filling up cups of mixed wine for the god of Destiny. So I will destine you for the sword, and all of you will bow down to be slaughtered, because I called, but you did not answer, I spoke, but you did not listen; you kept doing what was bad in my eyes, and you chose what displeased me.”
Notice, please, that God is issuing a condemnatory judgment upon those who have forsaken Jehovah at the same time as His chosen ones receive their reward. In other words, the harvest and separation of the sons of the wicked one and sons of God. Obviously, one cannot forsake Jehovah unless they were at one time obedient and loyal to Him. Forsaking Jehovah is a polite term for apostatizing. Those setting a table for the god of Good Luck are apostates. Of course, Satan the Devil is the god of luck. That’s a bad omen for the masonic warlocks of Warwick.
The Watchtower’s central doctrine is that Christ has already come. He became king in 1914. A whole range of prophecies have effectively been nullified and rendered meaningless. For example, the third chapter of Malachi portrays the messenger of the covenant suddenly appearing at the temple and not finding it as it should be.
When Jesus came to Jehovah’s temple in Jerusalem he threw out the money men. He revealed himself as the light of the world and said many other profound things. The priests and Pharisees did not listen.
Because the Watchtower has spoken things with the authority of Christ —falsehoods in fact — creating a fake spiritual paradise, and making a covenant with death that the onrushing flood of God’s judgment will not be able to touch them, it is as if they have poured out a worshipful drink offering to the god of Destiny —as if they are destined for heavenly glory by their sitting upon the pinnacle of the organization. When Christ comes to Jehovah’s spiritual temple, will they listen when he speaks? Some will. And some will refuse.
If Christ came in 1914 then those who refused to accept him as king would have been destined to the sword back then. Obviously, no divine judgment took place then, or at any time since then. That is the context for the verse cited in the text: “Look! My servants will eat, but you will go hungry. Look! My servants will drink, but you will go thirsty. Look! My servants will rejoice, but you will suffer shame. Look! My servants will shout joyfully because of the good condition of the heart, but you will cry out because of the pain of heart and you will wail because of a broken spirit.”
It is worth noting that the daily text also cites Luke 12:42-44, so as to imply that the Watchtower will always be true to the Master. They neglect to shine any light on the fact that Jesus also spoke of a slave who becomes unfaithful because his master is delaying. Has not Jesus seemingly delayed these past 107 years since he supposedly began ruling the world? In Jesus’ discussion of the slaves in Matthew 24, he said of the evil slave: “he will punish him with the greatest severity and will assign him his place with the hypocrites. There is where his weeping and the gnashing of his teeth will be.”
His weeping and gnashing of teeth is what is foretold in Isaiah, that the apostates will cry out because of their pain and wail because of a broken spirit. The evil slave will be destined to the sword and he will have that realization; hence, his weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Laughably, the writers of this tripe counsel JW’s to “be careful never to leave such precious material —whether it is in printed or electronic form— in a location where it could easily be discovered.”
Isaiah does one better. “And you will defile the silver overlay of your graven images and the golden plating of your metal statues. You will cast them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Be gone!” — Isaiah 30:22
The 30th chapter pertains to the glorious manifestation of Christ, when our eyes will see our Grand Instructor. Who will need a Watchtower pamphlet then? The Watchtower idol will be gone. In fact, the 65th chapter goes on to say: “You will leave behind a name that my chosen ones will use as a curse, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will put each of you to death, but his own servants he will call by another name…”