Dear Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. I have a question for you: Have you not read the prophecy of Isaiah? The answer is, of course, no; at least not with understanding. I have read your commentary on Isaiah, both volumes, and it is clear to me that the words of the prophet in the 29th chapter are directed to you. "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.”Have you not read?—Matt. 12:3.
Jesus asked the question “Have you not read?” to reveal that the Pharisees had a wrong view of the Scriptures. (Matt. 12:1-7) On that occasion, the Pharisees claimed that Jesus’ disciples had violated the Sabbath. In reply, Jesus cited two Scriptural examples and quoted a verse from Hosea to show that the Pharisees had missed the point of the Sabbath law and had failed to show mercy. Why were these men not molded by their reading of God’s Word? Because they read it with a critical and proud spirit. Their attitude kept them from getting the sense of what they read. (Matt. 23:23; John 5:39, 40) Note also Matthew 19:4-6, where Jesus asked the Pharisees this same question: “Have you not read?” Although they had read the creation account, they overlooked what it taught about God’s view of marriage. We learn from Jesus’ words that we need to read the Bible with the right attitude. Unlike the Pharisees, we must be sincere and teachable. w23.02 12 ¶12-13
Have you not read what Jehovah has said: “This people approach me with their mouth and they honor me with their lips, but their heart is far removed from me; and their fear of me is based on commands of men that they have been taught. Therefore, I am the One who will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their discreet men will be hidden.” (29:13,14)
"This people approach me with their mouth." Who might "this people" be? Is it not Jehovah's Witnesses who publicly praise the name of Jehovah and who boast of being pure worshippers? And if God is determined to "do wonderful things with this people," isn't that a good thing? Or ought we assume that Jehovah is going to work "wonder upon wonder" with people who do not know God at all? And since the Governing Body continually boasts of being the faithful and discreet slave, is it not the wisdom of the discreet men that will perish when the day of Jehovah begins in a way you have not understood?
Have you not read: "only terror will make them understand what was heard"? (28:19b) If the understanding of the discreet slave is hidden and only terror will make them understand, isn't that a good thing too? You do want to understand, do you not? I have tried to impart some understanding but to no avail.
JW dot org recently posed two questions: Is World War Inevitable?—What Does the Bible Say? Your answer is quite clever: "The Bible did not foretell any specific war that we are seeing today." No mention is made of WWI being the specific war the Bible mentions, although it is implied. And yet not one person alive today has personally witnessed that First World War.
Indeed, have you not read what Jesus said: "When you see all these things, know that he is near at the doors"? Do you claim to have seen "all these things"? You have not seen anything. Have you not read: This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “Woe to the stupid prophets, who follow their own spirit, when they have seen nothing!" - Ezekiel 13:3
As Jehovah's watchman, it is my duty to inform you that world war is inevitable. Have you not read? “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘I will cause powerful windstorms to burst forth in my wrath, and a torrential downpour in my anger, and hailstones in destructive fury. I will tear down the wall that you plastered with whitewash and bring it down to the earth, and its foundation will be exposed. When the city falls, you will perish within her; and you will have to know that I am Jehovah.'" - Ez 13:13,14
This slightly edited article was originally posted on the e-jehovahs-witnesses discussion forum, which is where my daily text commentaries appear now. Below is the Watchtower's daily text for December 13th. The person faithful in what is
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