As we get closer and closer to the beginning of the end of this system we may be certain that Jehovah's organization will become more authoritarian and irrational. For a few years now, the WT has been conditioning JWs to expect to receive life-saving instructions that do not make any sense.With someone loyal you act in loyalty.—Ps. 18:25.
As we get closer to the end of this system of things, we can expect challenges to come from within the congregation. Those challenges could test our loyalty to Jehovah. So we must keep our senses. If you feel mistreated by a fellow Christian, do not allow yourself to become bitter. If you receive discipline, look beyond the embarrassment, accept the counsel, and make the needed adjustments. And when Jehovah’s organization makes changes that affect you personally, wholeheartedly accept them and obey the direction. Maintain your trust in Jehovah and his organization when your loyalty is tested. Stay calm, think clearly, and see matters from Jehovah’s perspective. Pray to Jehovah for help. And never isolate yourself from the congregation. Then, come what may, Satan will not be able to separate you from Jehovah or His organization.—Jas. 4:7. w22.11 24-25 ¶14-16
Notice the one phrase, because it is a mind-twister: "Maintain your trust in Jehovah and his organization when your loyalty is tested." We do well to consider the question, is it possible to trust Jehovah and distrust his organization? Probably the majority of JWs would not consider that a relevant question. It is as if the two come in a boxed set. But who has brought about that mindset? Jehovah or the Watchtower? Obviously, it is the latter, brought about by years of mental conditioning. JWs cannot conceive of Jehovah without the Watchtower, as if God could not even exist without it.
If you are a loyal JW I am here to tell you that your loyalty to Jehovah will absolutely be tested and it will be tested in a way that you cannot even conceive. But it must be that way. In the days to come you will have to decide whether to follow Jehovah or follow the Watchtower. One way will lead to life. The other way will result in everlasting death. And you will have to choose.
In his love Jehovah has made it easy for you, provided you love the truth. I will explain.
As it stands presently JWs do not need to choose. Most Jehovah's Witnesses are not aware that they have been deceived by what Paul called an operation of Satan. Bluntly, Jesus did not begin ruling in 1914. There is no such thing as an invisible parousia. Satan was not cast down in 1914. The time of the end has not begun. That is the delusion that is the core of the Watchtower and which is the operation of Satan that God allows to go to those who know the truth in order to test their love of the truth when the time comes.
I have spent the past two decades exposing this operation of Satan with very little success. And that is fine. I am just a slave of Christ who tries to do what has been assigned to me, the same as everyone else who calls upon the name of Jehovah. The relatively few JWs who have come to realize the deceptive influence that emanates from the WT find it difficult to carry on since their relationship with Jehovah and Jesus is bound up with the Watchtower. I know, it's complicated. That is why I do not encourage JWs to leave.
As Jehovah's Witnesses know, Satan has challenged God and he is also the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them night and day. No doubt one of the accusations is very similar to Job's case. The Devil contends that God has put a protective hedge around Christians in the form of an organization. Who can deny that the Watchtower controls the whole program? It is all laid out for you. You cannot even conceive of the Watchtower not being there. How could you even serve Jehovah without it? And, as already stated, they have convinced you that they will be there when it all comes down with their life-saving instructions.
But here's the deal: Since everything the Watchtower has taught about 1914 is wrong, what will happen when Christ comes for real? It will not be pretty. Nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, you know the rest. Jesus said many will be stumbled and hate one another and betray one another. But why? Because it will become undeniable that the Watchtower has misled everyone. Even individual members of the Governing Body are going to be shaken to their core. Jehovah wants to find out if you will be loyal to him or to the organization that deceived you. At that point, loyalty will be mutually exclusive.
In his love, God has provided a sign. The Watchtower has stated for the record that whenever "they" are saying "peace and security" then the sudden destruction will come in the form of the great tribulation and the UN will destroy false religion. They have been saying that for years and years. Every JW knows it well. So, what if "they" make a dramatic announcement that disaster has been averted and there is global "peace and security" and then sudden destruction comes in the form of nations going to war and the entire system crashes?
I assure you in that scenario, the Watchtower will crash too. Maybe not entirely, but certainly, their authority as God's earthly mouthpiece will be gone. It will become apparent then that Jehovah's organization has been compromised, even by a disgusting thing! It is against that backdrop that Jesus' pre-issued life-saving instructions will become applicable: "Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment), then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains. Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house, and let the man in the field not return to pick up his outer garment...for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short."
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