Fri, Feb 9th - Then many will betray one another

Watchman

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Do not let the sun set while you are still angry.—Eph. 4:26.

While under ban, we may have to limit our association to smaller groups. So it is more important than ever to maintain peaceful relations. Fight Satan, not one another. Overlook your brothers’ mistakes, or try to settle any differences quickly. (Prov. 19:11) Take the initiative to help one another. (Titus 3:14) The help that one service group gave to a sister in need had a positive impact on the entire group. They became closer, like a family. (Ps. 133:1) Tens of thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters serve Jehovah despite governmental restrictions. Some of them are imprisoned for their faith. We can pray for them, for their families, and for those risking their own freedom to provide these brothers and sisters with spiritual, physical, and legal support. (Col. 4:3, 18) Never underestimate the power of your prayers!—2 Thess. 3:1, 2; 1 Tim. 2:1, 2. w22.12 26-27 ¶15-16
The world is awash in lies. Lies are institutionalized. For example, consider the Trinity. The great church systems have enshrined this lie as the core doctrine that defines Christianity. Jehovah's Witnesses are considered non-Christian by some for not accepting their lies about the relationship between Jehovah and Jesus. Even so, the Watchtower has enshrined its own lies too. One prevailing lie is that Jehovah's Witnesses are residing in the biblical spiritual paradise. But all lies need to be maintained. Contradictions regularly pop up and must be covered over. New lies have to be fabricated to patch over ruptures in the fabric of the original lies.

On the matter of spiritual paradise, no doubt in part because I have exposed the falsity of their teaching, the Watchtower has been compelled to redefine what spiritual paradise is. The Bible's depiction is clear. Spiritual paradise is a condition where no evil persons exist. Period. It is not something humanly attainable. Prophecy reveals that a spiritual haven will come into existence during the bleakest period in history. It will be brought about when the angels physically debear wicked people from entering Christ's congregation.

Now consider the comment above. The Watchtower boasts that love prevails in their spiritual paradise. Okay, if that is true, then why does the Society find it necessary to counsel Christians living under ban not to fight one another? Do petty squabbles, bickering, and quarrels exist in the neo-Edenic paradise? If so, how is that different then the dog-eat-dog world?

The fact is, when put to the test the Watchtower's spiritual paradise fails. And it will fail spectacularly when all the things the Watchtower claims identify 1914 as "the most important date in all human history" explode upon the world in the near future. Then the words of Jesus will come true: "Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. 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."
 

Watchman

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This is a segment of the next installment

Continuing with the review of the article appearing in the April 2024 Watchtower entitled Never Leave Spiritual Paradise.
7 Happy and content. God’s people can “shout joyfully” because their heart overflows with appreciation. (Read Isaiah 65:14.) The upbuilding truths and comforting promises in God’s Word and our solid hope based on Christ’s ransom sacrifice give us a “good condition of the heart.” Talking about these things with our spiritual brothers and sisters makes us truly happy!—Ps. 34:8; 133:1-3.
Reading a passage of prophecy and implying that it has already been fulfilled can be problematic. Let us actually read Isaiah 65:14. It says: “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.”

If we identify “my servants” as Jehovah’s Witnesses at this present time, the question ought to arise, who is the “you” to whom God’s denunciation is directed? Another question: If Jehovah’s Witnesses are shouting joyfully, who is suffering pain of heart, crying out and wailing because of the breakdown of their spirit?

As always, I encourage interested persons to read the expanded context. In this instance please take note of verse 12, the latter part states: “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.”

Imagine, if God called you on your mobile device and you ghosted him and did not answer. Sure, it is a silly idea, but it illustrates an important point. God’s speaking to us is not confined to our reading of the Bible, at least it will not be in the future when Christ comes to call his servants to account. Did not Jesus liken his coming to a master who comes to his house and expects to find it in order?

Isaiah already introduced us to the concept of the Grand Instructor issuing life-saving instructions as though from behind his erring people, urging them to turn around and walk in a new direction. Contrary to the Watchtower’s sophomoric explanation that we hear a word emanating from God as though coming from behind us by merely reading the Bible since the Bible was written back in time. No, God will extend a call to those whom he has up to that point recognized as his servants. He will speak, through Christ, outside of the confines of the Bible. Or, perhaps a better way to put it is that Christ’s coming will activate the judgment pre-recorded in the Bible, such as contained in Isaiah.

Jesus spoke of such matters of judgment, illustrating it by likening his coming to a harvest. Jesus explained: “The harvest is a conclusion of a system of things, and the reapers are angels. Therefore, just as the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be in the conclusion of the system of things. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and people who practice lawlessness, and they will pitch them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be. At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let the one who has ears listen.” — Matthew 13:39-43

What is this weeping and gnashing of teeth? It is the howling and wailing that is a result of the breakdown of spirit foretold in the 65th chapter of Isaiah. Those who do not answer when Christ calls are the agents of the Devil and wicked slaves who will be thrown out and they will howl and weep knowing that they have not merely been destined for the slaughter—as stated in Isaiah—but to everlasting oblivion—the second death.

It is this harvest that will result in the chosen ones shining as brightly as the sun in Jehovah’s Kingdom. They will shout joyfully because of the good condition of the heart — hearts which Jehovah will have performed a transplant of sorts, exchanging hearts of stone for hearts of flesh, as described in Ezekiel: “And I will give them a unified heart, and I will put a new spirit in them; and I will remove the heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh, in order that they may walk in my statutes and observe my judgments and obey them. Then they will be my people, and I will be their God.” — Ez 11:19-20

It would seem that Jesus’ words are directed to those who are joyfully residing in the Watchtower's artificial spiritual paradise: “But woe to you who are rich, for you are having your consolation in full. Woe to you who are filled up now, for you will go hungry. Woe, you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe whenever all men speak well of you, for this is what their forefathers did to the false prophets.” — Luke 6:24-26
 

Paul H

Well-known member

"Spiritual paradise is a condition where no evil persons exist. Period. It is not something humanly attainable. Prophecy reveals that a spiritual haven will come into existence during the bleakest period in history. It will be brought about when the angels physically debear wicked people from entering Christ's congregation."
Spiritual haven Angels debear wicked people from entering christs congregation Engelen houden...jpeg

"Imagine, if God called you on your mobile device and you ghosted him and did not answer. Sure, it is a silly idea, but it illustrates an important point. God’s speaking to us is not confined to our reading of the Bible, at least it will not be in the future when Christ comes to call his servants to account."

Receiving a phone call from God telefoon smartphone gesprek van God Jehovah.jpg

“But woe to you who are rich, for you are having your consolation in full. Woe to you who are filled up now, for you will go hungry. Woe, you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe whenever all men speak well of you, for this is what their forefathers did to the false prophets.” — Luke 6:24-26
stephen lett holding bible .jpgoudere broeders huilen wenen jammeren knarsetanden elderly brothers wailing gnashing teeth.jpeg
 

noname

Well-known member
The world is awash in lies. Lies are institutionalized. For example, consider the Trinity. The great church systems have enshrined this lie as the core doctrine that defines Christianity. Jehovah's Witnesses are considered non-Christian by some for not accepting their lies about the relationship between Jehovah and Jesus. Even so, the Watchtower has enshrined its own lies too. One prevailing lie is that Jehovah's Witnesses are residing in the biblical spiritual paradise. But all lies need to be maintained. Contradictions regularly pop up and must be covered over. New lies have to be fabricated to patch over ruptures in the fabric of the original lies.

On the matter of spiritual paradise, no doubt in part because I have exposed the falsity of their teaching, the Watchtower has been compelled to redefine what spiritual paradise is. The Bible's depiction is clear. Spiritual paradise is a condition where no evil persons exist. Period. It is not something humanly attainable. Prophecy reveals that a spiritual haven will come into existence during the bleakest period in history. It will be brought about when the angels physically debear wicked people from entering Christ's congregation.

Now consider the comment above. The Watchtower boasts that love prevails in their spiritual paradise. Okay, if that is true, then why does the Society find it necessary to counsel Christians living under ban not to fight one another? Do petty squabbles, bickering, and quarrels exist in the neo-Edenic paradise? If so, how is that different then the dog-eat-dog world?

The fact is, when put to the test the Watchtower's spiritual paradise fails. And it will fail spectacularly when all the things the Watchtower claims identify 1914 as "the most important date in all human history" explode upon the world in the near future. Then the words of Jesus will come true: "Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. 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."
I can imagine a scenario where everyone is told to obey a certain edict , something questionable, and The elders are commanded to be direct and ask everyone if they will obey this new direction and if not they will be instructed to disfellowship the person under the color of law, that is, the scriptures that say to obey those taking the lead or another similar Passage. The Devil is very crafty he only needs a small compromise.
 
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