"Keep waiting (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 for him. Good it is that one should wait, even silently, for the salvation of Jehovah.
―Lamentations 3:25,26

 

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The Truth is simple! It becomes complicated only when we deviate from it by going "beyond the things that are written."
—1 Corinthians 4:6
 

Please Note:   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.

"Faithful and Discreet"
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. 24:45)

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 belongings.

But Jesus put any presumed importance of his "faithful and discreet slave" into proper 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


"This Generation"

The 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, pages 603-605)

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." (W27, 2/15, p 62, click to view photocopy (res. 900x1191)

In 1942, "this generation" was no longer identified with just the 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":
"[The word '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 end."

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 princes." —Isaiah 3:12-14.


Jehovah's Witnesses Statistics
(1914 - 2013)

▪ Number of Peak Publishers
▪ Number Baptized
▪ Memorial Attendance
▪ Memorial Partakers
▪ Number of Congregations
▪ Number of Lands


What is the "AGAPE" [αγάπη] as used in the Scriptures?
Is it a godly or Christian love?



Make Sure of All Things, Hold Fast to What is Fine.



―1 Thessalonians 5:21

 

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"I, Jehovah, YHWH am your God, the One teaching you to benefit [yourself], the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk. O if only you would actually pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea."
 Isaiah 48:17,18


"Get away from unbelievers. Then I will welcome you."
(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 him. (John 4:23; 2 Cor. 4:4) We must separate ourselves from this world and its religions, as the apostle Paul explains: "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 Pentecostunder 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. 3:17,18)

"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) He does not want anyone's worship apart from obedience! (1 Sam. 15: 22, 23; Matt. 15:8,9)
 

  A Generation Pure in It's Own Eyes
      
  God's View On Dedication  
        • Was The Nation of Israel Dedicated to God?
         Is Dedication a Requirement to Have One’s Prayers Heard?
        • Is Dedication Necessary for Salvation?
        Can We Dedicate to God What Already Belongs to Him?
        Is Marriage Second in Importance Only to Our Dedication?
        • Is Baptism About Dedication?
        • Is Our Baptism Valid?   
      
  Ephesians 5:33 - Is It About "Deep Respect"? 
      
  John 10:16 - Who are the "Other Sheep"? 
      
  Prophecies That We Need to Understand 
       . . . and those we don't.
      
  The Great Tribulation is Jehovah’s Day at Armageddon
      
  Disfellowshipping - Discipline or Punishment? 
         Banishment in Other Societies
      
      
  The Fall of "Babylon the Great"
      
  Did "Spiritual" Israel Replace Natural Israel?
      
  "My People Like It That Way"
      
 Who Are God's Sons?
      
  "Born Again" ― What did Jesus mean?
        - that Nicodemus must have faith in Jesus in order for him to rule in his heart?
        - that Nicodemus must be anointed with holy spirit to rule with Jesus in heaven?
        - or was Prophecy about to be fulfilled that Nicodemus should have understood?
      
 Does God Have an Organization? 
         Are All Religions Approved by God?
  
     
God's Spiritual Temple
         The "Man of Lawlessness" Within God's Temple
         The End of "the Man of Lawlessness"  
        
What Will You Do?
      
  Distinguishing Between the Sacred and the Secular
      
  Obedience is Still the Primary Issue! 
      
  What  Does 607 BCE Mean to You, and Does it Matter?
      
  The First Resurrection – and the Great Crowd 

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Did Jesus make a "covenant" for a kingdom with his disciples?
   • What did Jesus tell his disciples at Luke 22:29? Compare with the original Greek, and
    the New World Translation Reference Bible Appendix.
Does it matter? Judge for yourself!
 
     
      
1975 - What did the Society's literature really teach about 1975? Did individuals read too much into what was being printed regarding 1975? Did you read the book "Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God" (pages 26-30), published in 1966? Did it affect your outlook and expectations?



 

God's Grace  
 
What Does it Mean to be "Cut Off" from God? 
 
Who is Included in the "New Covenant"?
 
The Benefit of Waiting
 
Interpolations
(The scripture you quote, is it really in the Bible?)

 

By setting aside just 15 minutes every day you can read the entire Bible from cover to cover in one year.

Nothing helps us more in drawing close to our heavenly Father than reading his Word the Bible on a regular daily basis. (Psalms 1:1-6) Can you devote fifteen minutes each day to consider a portion of the holy Scriptures?

I will be posting a Bible Reading Schedule in the form of a Calendar for 2015, with links that will open up a Bible text for each day of the year.

Click here for a preview for January. Suggestions are welcome!

 




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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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