Wednesday, June 26 2024 Supporting Christ’s Brothers During Their Humiliation

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Wednesday, June 26 2024​

I have other sheep . . . I must bring in.—John 10:16.

There are things that the “other sheep” need to do now to qualify to live in Paradise. We need to show how we feel about Jesus. For instance, we show our affection for him by the way we treat his spirit-anointed brothers. Jesus said that he would judge the sheep on that basis. (Matt. 25:31-40) We can support them in the preaching and disciple-making work. (Matt. 28:18-20) We do not need to wait until we are living in Paradise to become the kind of person that Jehovah wants there. Right now we can work at being honest in our speech and actions and moderate in our habits. And we can be loyal to Jehovah, to our marriage mate, and to fellow Christians. The more closely we conform to God’s standards while living in this wicked world, the easier it will be for us to live by them in Paradise. We can also develop skills and traits to show that we are preparing to live then. w22.12 11-12 ¶14-16
Examining the Scriptures Daily—2024
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This article appears under WT Review

The concluding study article of the March 2015, Watchtower, entitled Loyally Supporting Christ’s Brothers discusses Jesus’ illustration of the sheep and the goats.

Basically, the article reiterates that the sheep and the goats are not separated until some point in the future; specifically, after the great tribulation. This is not new light. However, the basis for that judgment is supposedly whether or not persons have engaged in the preaching work sponsored by the Watchtower Society now.

How does Bethel arrive at that conclusion? Here is an outtake from the eighth and ninth paragraphs:

In the illustration of the sheep and the goats, Jesus does not directly mention the preaching work. Why, then, can it be said that it emphasizes the importance of preaching?
…Likewise, he is not saying that each individual judged to be a sheep must literally feed, clothe, nurse, or visit one of his brothers in prison. Rather, he is illustrating the attitude that the figurative sheep display toward his brothers. He describes the sheep as “righteous” because they recognize that Christ has a group of anointed brothers still on earth, and the sheep loyally support the anointed during these critical last days.
By claiming that the sheep are rewarded for merely having engaged in the ministry or given monetary support, the Watchtower has essentially rendered Jesus’ illustration into meaninglessness. As the article correctly notes, Jesus said nothing about the preaching work. In the illustration the sheep are distinguished because they gave Jesus’ brothers food when they were hungry and something to drink when they were thirsty. They clothed them in their nakedness and tended to them when they were ill. They visited them in prison.

Obviously, though, those who are directing the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have declared themselves to be the brothers of Christ, are not hungry nor do they suffer from thirst. After all, they have at their disposal a multimillion dollar corporation. Neither are they homeless. Far from it. They live in quite comfortable quarters with chefs and maids and house-servants who tend to their every need. If they are ill the Bethel infirmary is staffed by highly trained volunteer medical personnel. And none of the leadership of the Society have seen the inside of a prison since 1918.

But the question thinking Jehovah’s Witnesses ought to consider is this: If Jesus intends to judge persons according to the Watchtower’s explanation, why didn’t he simply say so in the illustration? Why would Jesus tell a story that has no relation to the reality it supposedly illustrates?

The Society’s most flagrant violation of interpretation is in regards to the timing of the fulfillment. According to the opening words of the story the judgment commences when Christ comes in his kingdom. Jesus plainly stated: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”

The reason Jehovah’s Witnesses used to teach that the separating of the sheep and the goats was already taking place is because the Watchtower has always claimed that Jesus sat down on his throne back in 1914. So, it was logical to assume the preaching work was the instrument Jesus was using to separate people for salvation or destruction.

And, of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses are still operating under the assumption that Jesus has already begun ruling. But if Christ arrived in kingdom glory in 1914 and the nations were gathered before him why – after more than a century – has the separation of the sheep and goats not taken place? Entire generations have come and gone after the time the nations were supposed to have been gathered before Christ for the judgment!

To reconcile that obvious contradiction the latest revision claims that Jesus comes in his glory after the tribulation. But, alas, does not Jesus indicate that his coming in glory is also when “he will sit down on his glorious throne”? Does Jesus have two thrones?

The sad fact is, the Watchtower will say anything to keep the 1914 delusion intact. It has to. Satan will not permit them to do otherwise. And Jehovah himself has chosen to conceal matters for the time being. Jehovah’s Witnesses simply have no choice but to accept this obvious jerry-rigging of the Scriptures. To do otherwise would be tantamount to apostasy!

Ironically, it is the blindness of Jehovah’s Witnesses, especially those who are anointed, that has lain the foundation for the true fulfillment of the separating of the sheep and the goats.

As is apparent in the account, Jesus gave a series of illustrations regarding the faithful and wicked slaves, the wise and foolish virgins and the industrious and sluggish slaves. He concluded his discourse on the Mount of Olives with the illustration of the sheep and goats.

In each illustration there are two outcomes. One group is judged to be faithful and the other unfaithful. The difference is, the first three illustrations apply to those who have been called into the Kingdom – also called the “little flock.” The last illustration relates to the “other sheep.” Jehovah’s Witnesses would not object to this explanation. It is essentially what the Watchtower teaches.

However, there is a massive disconnect – a glaring incongruity, which cannot be reconciled. Although the Watchtower now teaches that the anointed will be judged and rewarded in the future, along with the separation of the sheep and the goats, contradictorily, it has relegated the judgment of the house of God to the distant past. In doing so it has diminished Jehovah’s judgments into irrelevancy and subsequently blinded Jehovah’s Witnesses to the significance of a whole range of prophecies.

As an example of the depth to which the Society has gone to obscure Jehovah’s judgments consider the 11th chapter of Revelation – or more specifically, the Watchtower’s interpretation of it.

The book of Revelation reveals that God’s two anointed witnesses will be killed by a wild beast that ascends from the abyss after they have finished their witnessing. The Grand Climax commentary says nothing as regards the identity of the beast from the abyss, for obvious reasons.

Elsewhere in the same publication, though, the Society identifies the beast from the abyss as the United Nations, which supposedly went into the abyss in the form of the League of Nations. However, an obscure footnote in the chapter explaining the killing of God’s two witnesses states that the sea may also be referred to as an abyss – implying that the beast from the abyss that kills the two witnesses is not the same beast from the abyss depicted in the 17th chapter of Revelation. This is, of course, done to allow the humiliation and killing of the two witnesses to be placed back during the timeframe of the First World War.

But numerous articles on the Watchman’s Post have demonstrated the falsity of the Watchtower’s interpretation of Revelation and Daniel. That the appearance of the two witnesses is a future event can be discerned from the fact that they are killed after the 42 month period of their witnessing. That same period of time is expressed in the last chapter of Daniel as three and a half times, after which the power of the holy ones is dashed to pieces – coinciding with the killing of the two witnesses. And according to the revelatory angel the conclusion of the appointed times is “the end of these marvelous things” – meaning the revelation of all truth is accomplished at that point. The Kingdom is complete. The Christian era is concluded. Only an agent of Satan would imply that the marvelous things of God’s prophetic word were all accomplished in 1919!

In short, the humiliation of God’s anointed sons is what is foretold in prophecy. It will come as much needed and long overdue discipline.

“WHO AMONG YOU WILL HEAR THIS?”​

In the 43rd chapter of Isaiah, the very chapter that Jehovah calls on his people to serve as his witnesses, the same people whom God declares to be blind and deaf, are those who, at the time God speaks to them are in captivity – having been plundered by their enemies. Then these words of Isaiah will apply to them: “But this is a people plundered and pillaged; all of them are trapped in the holes and hidden in the prisons. They have been plundered with no one to rescue them, and pillaged with no one to say: ‘Bring them back!’ Who among you will hear this? Who will pay attention and listen for the time to come? Who has given Jacob for pillage and Israel to the plunderers? Is it not Jehovah, the One against whom we sinned?”

Needless to say the actual commencement of the presence of Christ will come as a stunning and humiliating development for Jehovah’s Witnesses, and especially the leadership. It will create a situation that will bring about the parting of ways between the wise and foolish virgins and the faithful and unfaithful slaves. Those judged to have been faithful – in spite of their having blindly embraced the 1914 delusion and all of the hokum attached to it, will then be granted entry into the Kingdom and commence the final phase of witnessing to the world as sealed sons of God – the true brothers of Christ.

But the final witness will be given while they are in their lowly condition – some literally in prison. No doubt those presently associated with Bethel who are judged to be faithful will find themselves on the street, homeless and hungry. That is the situation in which the sheep and the goats will be judged as to how they treat those who are crushed by the disciplinary hand of Jehovah during the judgment of the house of God.
 
Even the Watchtower now admits that the slaves appointed to feed the master's domestics in his absence have not been judged as to their faithfulness to their assignment. There is most surely a wicked slave just as there will be a sluggish slave who hid his master's coin and brought him no profit. Since that is true, how can Christ's judgment of the sheep and the goats be based upon their support of what may turn out to be a wicked slave?
 
After all, they have at their disposal a multimillion dollar corporation.
Correction... multi-BILLION dollar corporation. lol

Even the Watchtower now admits that the slaves appointed to feed the master's domestics in his absence have not been judged as to their faithfulness to their assignment. There is most surely a wicked slave just as there will be a sluggish slave who hid his master's coin and brought him no profit. Since that is true, how can Christ's judgment of the sheep and the goats be based upon their support of what may turn out to be a wicked slave?
The lack of basic reasoning skills never ceased to amaze me. If the GB admits the slave... i.e. them... hasn't been judged, then the next logical question for any thinking JW should be, "doesn't that mean the evil slave is among the faithful one?" But no such thinking occurs among the PIMIs. Instead, they blindly trust the unjudged slave, and turn on any JW brother or sister who asks this very question.
 
Correction... multi-BILLION dollar corporation. lol


The lack of basic reasoning skills never ceased to amaze me. If the GB admits the slave... i.e. them... hasn't been judged, then the next logical question for any thinking JW should be, "doesn't that mean the evil slave is among the faithful one?" But no such thinking occurs among the PIMIs. Instead, they blindly trust the unjudged slave, and turn on any JW brother or sister who asks this very question.
Carl: Back in the early nineties after being made servant it was then I got an ugly glimpse of the inner workings, a view through the hole in the wall as it were Eze8:8,9. Because at that time I had four children all of us engaged in meetings and ministry it was hard to turn my back on it. Sooooo I prayed: "Jehovah Father; I don't like what's happening neither do I aspire to the actions of those taking the lead; please change my heart so I can be like these ones you obviously encourage!"
 
Carl: Back in the early nineties after being made servant it was then I got an ugly glimpse of the inner workings, a view through the hole in the wall as it were Eze8:8,9. Because at that time I had four children all of us engaged in meetings and ministry it was hard to turn my back on it. Sooooo I prayed: "Jehovah Father; I don't like what's happening neither do I aspire to the actions of those taking the lead; please change my heart so I can be like these ones you obviously encourage!"
What broke the camel's back for me and made me hand in my servant hood was after a special assembly for all servants; We were sworn to secrecy as to the nature of the assembly by Bethel; Thing was they asked me to give account of the proceedings to the congregation following service meeting; When I was convened before the older ones I said what can I possible relate concerning the secret meeting?!!!! We have picked you Mick because your imagination is up to the task! 'I can't lie to my brothers and sisters!' But Mick you have been starred up now you are better than these they are just sheep!' That's why I resigned and took my place with the ordinary sheep! For the Christ I read was not in them!
 
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What broke the camel's back for me and made me hand in my servant hood was after a special assembly for all servants; We were sworn to secrecy as to the nature of the assembly by Bethel; Thing was they asked me to give account of the proceedings to the congregation following service meeting; When I was convened before the older ones I said what can I possible relate concerning the secret meeting?!!!! We have picked you Mick because your imagination is up to the task! 'I can't lie to my brothers and sisters!' But Mick you have been starred up now you are better than these they are just sheep!' That's why I resigned and took my place with the ordinary sheep!
Good for you Mick. You have the same attitude as Jesus who never thought highly of himself but had a humble spirit. I know Jehovah was pleased with your decision.
 
What broke the camel's back for me and made me hand in my servant hood was after a special assembly for all servants; We were sworn to secrecy as to the nature of the assembly by Bethel; Thing was they asked me to give account of the proceedings to the congregation following service meeting; When I was convened before the older ones I said what can I possible relate concerning the secret meeting?!!!! We have picked you Mick because your imagination is up to the task! 'I can't lie to my brothers and sisters!' But Mick you have been starred up now you are better than these they are just sheep!' That's why I resigned and took my place with the ordinary sheep!
So...spill the beans. What was the 'secret Bethel Assembly' about? Also, you mean your congregation elders asked you to make something up to report to the congregation? :unsure:
 
Even the Watchtower now admits that the slaves appointed to feed the master's domestics in his absence have not been judged as to their faithfulness to their assignment. There is most surely a wicked slave just as there will be a sluggish slave who hid his master's coin and brought him no profit. Since that is true, how can Christ's judgment of the sheep and the goats be based upon their support of what may turn out to be a wicked slave?
You mentioned in one of your articles that when the separating of the faithful and unfathful slave commences, the watchtower would become a stumbling block. Does that mean the WT will remain active until the man of lawlessness is dissolved at the death of the anointed? Also will not the evil slave put on displays of miraculous signs just as the anoint will also has miraculous powers to shut up the rain and so forth, sorta like Mose and Aaron put on before Pharaohs magic practicing priests, or Elijah with the baal worshipers? If the deception is going to be so powerful, how will the sheep know who's who? When will all religion be raped and plundered, after the anointed have joined christ in heaven, or during the rise of the eighth king? A little help please
P.s is it possible the supposed "life saving instructions" will look like divine intervention? My thinking is maybe both will be on the streets, since those judged unfaithful will be saying , look! Christ is in the wilderness or within some room?
 
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So...spill the beans. What was the 'secret Bethel Assembly' about? Also, you mean your congregation elders asked you to make something up to report to the congregation? :unsure:
At your request Innocent: The whole meeting was to train us up as security to enable us to remove unwanted ones from the meetings; Irate husbands, trouble makers etc including rogue bro's and sis' by intimidation. All servants were to rise and walk as one towards the perp...the bigger servants taking the lead....using force when necessary while others phoned police! A whole Sunday away from my family to be inculcated by this! And they wanted me to cover this with fiction!
 
At your request Innocent: The whole meeting was to train us up as security to enable us to remove unwanted ones from the meetings; Irate husbands, trouble makers etc including rogue bro's and sis' by intimidation. All servants were to rise and walk as one towards the perp...the bigger servants taking the lead....using force when necessary while others phoned police! A whole Sunday away from my family to be inculcated by this!
You know, I was wondering why it seemed the BIGGEST brothers were always assigned as the 'GREETERS' outside the KH doors. Actually, that seems to be a new thing even. In our last congregation, (about 3 yrs ago now) no brothers stood outside the KH at all. Maybe it's cause we didn't have all year good weather? I don't know. But at the current KH....they always have at least 2 brothers standing outside....and one of them looks like a football player. Hmmmm. :unsure: The ORG seems more and more MAFIA-like every day! 🤨
 
The ORG seems more and more MAFIA-like every day!
The elder who studied with me was a persistent man. He was a patient of mine first, but after our initial talk about the Bible, he would return every few months to talk about the Bible. So, I'd pull him back into my office and we'd talk as long as I had free time. My staff never asked me who he was, but I always wondered if they thought he was coming to collect a gambling debt. He never came alone, and often wore a long coat over his suit. He was 6'2, 250 pounds at the time, and looked Italian. He always brought the same friend, who was a short, stocky Italian. If only my staff had known how kind both of them were! lol
 
"Jehovah Father; I don't like what's happening neither do I aspire to the actions of those taking the lead; please change my heart so I can be like these ones you obviously encourage!"
Along the way Jehovah has endured much bitterness of speech from me: How undeservedly blessed I am for Jehovah and Christ to have put up with me to the point of ensuring I knew of thier integrity, their love and persistence in ensuring I and others were in reciept of their truth and love!
 
I believed back in the 1970s that assisting the anointed in prison or in other needs was to be physically applied if possible, and in prayer too. Clearly, if Jehovah wishes a person to live, then they will live, the command is a principle of values, but the point is that we should value Jehovah’s provision. These people are easy to identify. They “provide” for the sheep. Sheep generally are not good at providing food for themselves, but tend to eat what is given them. So if one is being fed properly and following the feeder, that’s a pretty good indicator, as they recognise the voice of the master through that one leading the way. It’s a critical identifier . If the ground you’re walking on gets a bit slippery, then it’s best to make sure you’re not following a wolf in sheep’s clothing, just in case. Otherwise, if your lying down in lush pasture beside a clear tinkling stream, it’s best to look after the shepherd if a G B (great beast) comes after him (or her!).
 
What broke the camel's back for me and made me hand in my servant hood was after a special assembly for all servants; We were sworn to secrecy as to the nature of the assembly by Bethel; Thing was they asked me to give account of the proceedings to the congregation following service meeting; When I was convened before the older ones I said what can I possible relate concerning the secret meeting?!!!! We have picked you Mick because your imagination is up to the task! 'I can't lie to my brothers and sisters!' But Mick you have been starred up now you are better than these they are just sheep!' That's why I resigned and took my place with the ordinary sheep! For the Christ I read was not in them!
Well done Mick.
When i was first made elder one of the longer serving elders congratulated me and said “welcome to the upper echelon”
I waited till the next elders meeting and asked him what he meant. Gained an enemy right then😂
 
Well done Mick.
When i was first made elder one of the longer serving elders congratulated me and said “welcome to the upper echelon”
I waited till the next elders meeting and asked him what he meant. Gained an enemy right then😂
There was no need to cover the special assembly; It was them testing me whether I would follow their commands. I remember Robert in one of his writings relating his frustration of not being given resumption of his eldership when moving to a new congregation. He obviously was judged too righteous for them and possibly would expose their fiefdom?
 
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