Read every bit of your angst. It's good to share. I cannot think of a decent thing to cheer you up. Only to say we hear you Son of Jah!Hi folks, I haven't posted for a while since I've been taking advantage of my ability to travel again over the summer during this brief respite between tyranical pandemics. But I have been still attending meetings, convention and peering into the posts here on e-watchman from time to time. I'm just taking a break to digest it all and find a point of relative balance.
After reading this thread and some others like it, along with 30 years of WT prophecy interpretation, I have to admit I'm just kinda burnt out on all of the fear mongering and prophecy guesswork. I don't mean to disparage anyone here. Kudos to you for your zeal in trying to understand scripture. It's commendable, really. It shows a desire to know the "deep things of God" that even Angels want to know 1Pet 1:12. And I realize that prophecy has its place and purpose. I'm still trying to figure out just what that is, for the most part. That being the case though, can we really hope to come to an accurate understanding of these things if angels aren't even privy to such information (including Jesus) ? Look at this thread...10 different people, 10 different interpretations of 1 prophecy. Hasn't this so called, "understanding" of prophecy been the basis of the WTBTS's manipulation of innocent people for over a century now? The GT and Armageddon is always right around the corner, isn't it? I've been hearing it since I first came into contact with the witnesses...every turn in world events is "the beginning of the GT" ooooh be afraid...be very afraid (1914 and 1974) Is that why we serve God? Not me...not anymore. I'm done with it. I want my peace back and I'm taking it back. I'm creating a different future for myself. If God's grand purpose is the destruction of everything around me, so be it. It's his creation, he can do as he sees fit. Does he want me destroyed? I hope not. Does he want my little innocent autistic "enemy of God" nephews destroyed? I hope not. Does he want my gun toting, beautiful, loving hearted America loving niece destroyed? I can't think of a reason why. Does he want my single father epileptic brother who loves his children and is struggling to care for them the best that he can under heavy medication destroyed? I don't know why he would. It makes me sad to think about that. But bring on the nukes, right? Fire from heaven for all! Hmmmm...
I'm not going to be manipulated or take part in the manipulation game anymore.
Do I believe the Bible's promise of a future where natural balance is restored to the earth and mankind...heck yes! I'm starting now! I'm balancing myself and the sphere of influence around me. I'm not going to dwell on fear and destruction anymore.
Of course there are real events happening around me that affect myself and loved ones that have to be addressed and dealt with but most of these things are ultimately out of our control and I just think we waste a lot of energy on "what ifs" and "could bes" and it seems that men with wicked desires like to keep us in mental slavery with such concepts. For some reason we seem to be easily duped into that state. I look back on my life and realize how much time and energy I've wasted on these things that never came to pass and it's really disappointing. I'm enjoying my time at this moment sipping my morning coffee and listening to the morning birds sing, making plans to improve and enjoy my life. There are no bombs dropping around me, I traveled for 2 weeks in 2 different states and countries and saw no food shortages. Gas prices were high, yes.. they've been there before. Men will continue to manipulate and struggle for control power as they always have. Remember when your children weren't going to grow up in this system? Remember when you were going to die from a nuclear holocaust as a child? Remember when you were going to die from rising ocean floods and asteroids and oil shortages and environmental disasters and Fukushima radiation and Y2K and hale Bop comet and the sun burning out and...keep it going folks...the sky is falling...we're all gonna a die! That's my thought process at this moment. Feel free to change my mind. Have a nice day.