(perimeno) for what
the Father has promised."―Acts 1:4
Good is Jehovah to the one hoping in him, to the soul that keeps seeking
Good it is that one should wait, even silently, for the salvation of
The Truth is simple! It
becomes complicated only when we deviate from it by going "beyond the
things that are written." —1 Corinthians
The mention of "the
Society" in my articles refers to the "Watchtower Bible and Tract
Society" that is publishing our literature. By "organization"
I mean the entire brotherhood in all the congregations, who are expected
to be submissive and loyal to the Society and its Governing Body.
or "good-for-nothing" slaves?
The foremost shepherd of God's sheep is Jesus Christ. (John 10:11)
But Jesus said that there would also be others, slaves of his, who would be
appointed to feed and care for the sheep. The faithful slaves would be
rewarded with greater responsibility, while any wicked or evil slave who
abused his position would
be dismissed and punished. That is why Jesus asked the rhetorical question:
"Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed
over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?" (Matt.
The Governing Body members enjoin that Jesus was referring to them. Thus,
they love to refer to themselves as "the Faithful and Discreet Slave,"
having adopted this as their title of distinction. They claim to have
already been rewarded by their master and entrusted with all his
But Jesus put any presumed importance of his "faithful and discreet slave"
perspective when he said: "[The master] will not
feel gratitude to the slave because he did the things assigned, will he? So
you, also, when you have done all the things assigned to you, say, 'We
are good-for-nothing slaves. What we have done is what we ought to have done."
―Luke 17:7-10, NWT
Watchtower of February 15, 2008, (pages 23-25), offered an updated
explanation regarding "this generation," as mentioned by Jesus at Matthew
24:34. But this was not a "new" understanding, as it returned to the
interpretation of 81 years earlier, in the
1927 Watchtower, February 15, page 62.
The changing explanations over the years of "this generation":
C.T. Russell taught that "this generation" referred to people in general,
who were living at a significant time in history. (Battle of Armageddon,
J.F. Rutherford changed this in 1927 to apply only to the members of
the "new creation," the anointed. "Some members of the new creation will be on the earth at the
time of Armageddon."
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In 1942, "this generation" was no longer identified with
anointed. (W42, 7/1, p 204, par. 43)
In 1949 it
was more clearly explained that it "had its modern counterpart in our
generation from A.D. 1914 forward. This generation is the one that sees the
Son of man coming with the clouds of heaven as foretold by Daniel." It was
expected that the generation of 1914 would be on hand to witness the
end of this system. (W49, 7/15, p 215, par. 19)
By 1995 time for "this generation" had run out and the explanation
needed to be updated. Therefore, "this generation" became "the wayward
people who make up this contemporary 'wicked and adulterous generation,'"
but no longer limited to any particular date. (w95 11/1 p. 15 par. 21)
Then in 2008, we were told: "As a class, these anointed ones make up
the modern-day 'generation' of contemporaries that will not pass away 'until
all these things occur.'" (W08, 2/15, p 23-25)
This explanation was a return to the one offered in 1927, which had already been discredited.
The April 15, 2010 Watchtower adds the following "increased light":
'generation'] usually refers to people of varying ages whose lives overlap
during a particular time period; it is not excessively long; and it has an
end...[Jesus] evidently meant that the lives of the anointed who were on
hand when the sign began to become evident in 1914 would overlap with the
lives of other anointed ones who would see the start of the great
tribulation. That generation had a beginning, and it surely will have an
Isaiah foretold: "O my people, those leading you on are causing [you] to
wander, and the way of your paths they have confused. . . Jehovah
himself will enter into judgment with the elderly ones of his people and its
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―1 Thessalonians 5:21
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way in which
O if only you would
just like a
of the sea." Isaiah 48:17,18
away from unbelievers.Then I will welcome
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
God's people are not found
scattered throughout the various religions of Christendom! In fact,
unless we get out from among them, we cannot be God's people. That is
what God's Word tells us: "Stop forming inappropriate relationships with
unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in
common with dark- ness? Can Christ agree with the devil? Can a believer
share life with an unbeliever? Can God’s temple contain false gods?
Clearly, we are the temple of the living God. As God said, 'I will live
and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.'
The Lord says, 'Get away from unbelievers. Separate yourselves from
them. Have nothing to do with anything unclean. Then I will
welcome you.' The Lord Almighty says,'I will be your Father, and you
will be my sons and daughters.'” (2 Cor. 6:14-18, GW)
Satan is "the god of this world," and any worship
that is not rendered to Jehovah "with spirit and truth," goes to
(John 4:23; 2 Cor. 4:4) We must separate
ourselves from this world and its religions, as the apostle Paul
"What I am saying is that these sacrifices which people make are made to
demons and not to God. I don’t want you to be partners with demons. You
cannot drink the Lord’s cup and the cup of demons. You cannot
participate at the table of the Lord and at the table of demons." (1
Cor. 10:19-22, GW; Rev. 18:4)
God accepts us as his people only after we have removed
ourselves from any association with the religions of this world.
(James 1:27; 4:4)
That is because God's people are his temple. They are holy and there is where God's spirit dwells,
as Paul explains. (1 Cor. 3:16,17; Eph. 2:19-22)
Under the old covenant God required his people to offer their sacrifices
only at his temple. Anyone worshiping at any other location was to be
"cut off from his people." (Lev. 17:8,9) Since Pentecost—under
the new covenant—
the only worship that God accepts is still exclusively "in his temple,"
which is his people! (John 4:21-24; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Rev. 7:14,15; Mal.
The Scriptures foretold that wicked men and imposters would exist within
God's temple; and that they would be removed at God's appointed time. (Matt.
13:40-43; 2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13; 1 Pet. 4:17-19; 2 Pet. 2:1-3) "Jehovah knows
those who belong to him," and he watches over them as "they are
rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple." (2 Tim. 2:19;
Rev. 7:15) Jehovah does
not want your worship apart from obedience! (1 Sam. 15: 22,
23; Matt. 15:8,9)
scripture you quote, is it really in the Bible?)
“O my people, those leading you on are
causing you to wander, and the way of your paths they have
confused. . . Jehovah himself will enter into judgment with the
elderly ones of his people and its princes. . . 'What do you men
mean in that you crush my people, and that you grind the very
faces of the afflicted ones?' is the utterance of the Sovereign
Lord, Jehovah of armies."―Isaiah
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"Like Timothy, true
Christians today are keeping their senses by rejecting human reasoning
and by accepting only Scriptural authority for their doctrinal beliefs."
—The Watchtower 3/1/2004 p. 6
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