Robert King is extremely brave for publishing his book because we can now all look back in hindsight at what he wrote and how things are progressing and they certainly are progressing. Here is one reminder that many forum members may enjoy with a snippet of an update from the ORG as published on their website.
”If all goes well the Governing Body and their Bethel family hope to be ensconced in their new palace by the lake as early as September, 2016. Unfortunately, for them they did not discern the time of their being inspected. Or, as Jehovah states at Amos chapter 6: “Woe to the self-assured ones in Zion, to those feeling secure in the mountain of Samaria, the prominent men of the foremost of nations, those to whom the house of Israel comes! ...Are you putting out of your mind the day of calamity and bringing in a reign of violence?”
“The day of calamity and bringing in a reign of violence” has to do with the crash of the present system and the ushering in of the tyrant of the nations. It is the farthest thing from the minds of “the self-assured ones.” They have no inkling that they face a day of inspection. All of that is supposed to be theocratic history. As the prominent men of Jehovah’s mountain-like organization, the Governing Body is “feeling secure.”
More than likely, the entire global financial system will collapse in the near future and Bethel’s billion-dollar nest egg will simply be confiscated when the Wall Street banks put into operation their bail-in of bond holders and depositors. There is even some question whether the Warwick project will be completed.
It would also appear as if the words of Amos 3:15-14 foretell an accounting with that which is called “Jehovah’s organization” today. Those verses read: “‘I will also call for an accounting against the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the earth. I will strike down the winter house along with the summer house. The houses of ivory will perish, and the great houses will come to their end,’ declares Jehovah.”
No doubt this aspect of Jehovah’s denunciation relates specifically to Bethel headquarters, including the “great houses” like the Patterson complex and lavish New Jersey assembly hall, as well as dozens of other assembly halls and branch houses around the world. Interestingly, one very expensive assembly hall built outside of Houston, Texas—complete with gigantic retractable big-screen television monitors on stage—was so extravagant that some brothers dubbed it the “Taj Ma-hall”—houses of ivory, indeed!”
I’m pretty sure that Medi-Tator and I are not the only ones who were very puzzled at the constant construction projects while at the same time they are proclaiming the day of Jehovah is near. It didn’t seem to us like they truly viewed it as near and how perfect the scriptures fit with this contradiction. When I searched the ORG website for an update on all of these projects there was little info available, which I find odd. But, I did find a small amount regarding tours of Warwick and here is a quote from one article published in 2020:
“As we look back on the modern-day history of Jehovah’s people, there is clear evidence that Jehovah continues to guide and protect them. This is highlighted in a museum at world headquarters entitled “A People for Jehovah’s Name.”
I am nearing the end of Chapter 20 and the following quote is a bullseye. The forum member @barry just posted some notes on a recent Circuit Assembly and it dovetails perfectly with what Robert King wrote under the subheading, “WOE TO THOSE WHO YEARN FOR THE DAY OF JEHOVAH”:
“From Jehovah’s standpoint, his people have become enamored with an organizational golden calf. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been subtly seduced into giving glory to the “faithful and discreet slave” and the Watchtower, while relegating Christ to the secondary role of organizational mascot. Just as the Israelite cities of Bethel and Gilgal became centers of calf worship, these words of God should eventually take on real meaning for Jehovah’s Witnesses in the near future: “For this is what Jehovah says to the house of Israel: ‘Search for me and keep living. Do not search for Bethel, Do not go to Gilgal or pass over to Beersheba, for Gilgal will certainly go into exile, and Bethel will come to nothing.’”
This is a wrap-up on the 20th Chapter. The “procedure” Jehovah has prophesied about how he will cleanse his people reminds me of when Medi-Tator and I remodeled our home. In 2004 we bought a home that had originally been built in the 1970’s and it was single wall construction on post and pier foundation. The first time the washing machine got out of balance it shook the entire house so much that I initially thought it was an earthquake! But it was only the washing machine. So, the first thing we had to do was build a solid concrete foundation anchored into the bedrock of the hill that we live on. We had to use jacks to raise the house temporarily to do this. When deciding how much of the home to tear down and how much we could leave “as is”, we were advised to just bulldoze the entire thing. Instead, we opted to leave only the floor and build a first floor on the concrete foundation with an upstairs floor (the original flooring) supported with concrete pillars for stability. And, we doubled up on the subfloor to strengthen it. It seems like an appropriate analogy that Jehovah will tear down the whitewashed wall of the ORG, gather back those who accept the discipline and strengthen them and truly build back not just better but best. Here is the quote from Chapter 20.
“The prophecy of Amos foretelling the coming crash of the “booth of David” apparently parallels many other prophecies concerning the establishment of God’s kingdom; collaborating the truth of the matter that the coming of Christ to rule the earth results first in God’s holy place being devastated.
So, the rebuilding of the “booth of David” has to do with the grand salvation, spiritual healing and recovery that will take place during the tribulation period. Numerous places in the Bible render an account of Jehovah glorifying his great name and expressing his indignation over the fact that his covenantal servants have not given him the respect and glory that he rightly deserves and have instead reproached their own God. Amos is but one of those accounts.
In view of the reproach that the Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses have brought upon the name of God, and the fact that the day of Jehovah will bring desolation upon the Christian sanctuary and the Israel of God, fearers of Jehovah ought to take to heart the blood-chilling declaration of our God at Amos 4:12-13: “As a consequence of the fact that I shall do this very thing to you, get ready to meet your God, O Israel. For, look! the Former of the mountains and the Creator of the wind, and the One telling to earthling man what his mental concern is, the One making dawn into obscurity, and the One treading on earth’s high places, Jehovah the God of armies is his name.”
I should add to my above comment that poor Medi-Tator and our 2 dogs had to live in a tent for a while when we remodeled our home. I was able to rent a room from a nearby Sister in the faith but Medi-Tator lived in a tent so that he could take care of the dogs. Suffering was involved but the final remodel came out beautiful and so it will be with God’s Kingdom. The shake-up will be terrifying with a lot of suffering but the final results will be more than we can imagine.
Rather than deal with some of their discrepancies of interpretation, the Watchtower is slowly shutting the book on prophecy. Their approach now is to turn prophecy into behavior modification lessons. The best example of that is what they have done to Jeremiah.