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Denominationalism and the Jehovah Witness 4-4

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Isaiah 61:1-3 These are Isaiah word from The Lord God. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted, He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn. To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Denominationalism and the Jehovah Witness 4 of 4 June 13, 2019

2 Peter 2:15-20 Forsaking the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Ballam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but he received a rebuke for his own transgression; from a dumb donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of a prophet. These are springs without water, and mists driven by storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what man has overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the defilement’s of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are over come, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

  1. Where and what really Is Paradise, Sheol, Hades, Hell, Gehenna and The lake of Fire
    Paradise in the Bible is where the spirits of just men go. In this place they are comforted even though they are dead. The Old Testament Saints went to this place, for safe keeping until the resurrection of Christ. {1. P14} Also in Zechariah 9:11 Old Testament saints say’s, “As for thee also, by the blood of the covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit where in is no water. Turn you to the strong hold ye prisoners of hope; {2. P15} even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee.” In Ephesians 4:8 said, “When He ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” We also know that Christ told the thief on the cross that today you shall be with me in paradise. Paul in Hebrews 12:2-4, said. “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body I do not know, or out of body I do not know, God knows-such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man-whether in the body or part from the body I do not know, God knows-was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which no man is not permitted to speak.” {3. P15} Also in Luke 16:19-31 we have the rich man having wealth and riches, and living that life style. Then we have the beggar Lazarus, laid at his gate full of sores. He wanted to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table: more over the dogs would come and lick his sores. It came to pass that the beggar Lazarus died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; the rich man died and was buried. In hell he lifted up his eyes being in torment, and seeing Abraham a far off, and Lazarus in his bosom, he cried and said, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, son remember that you in your life time received the good things, and Lazarus evil things. Now he is comforted and and you are tormented. In addition to all this, there is a great gulf fixed. With this gulf fixed between us, you cannot come to us, nor can we come to you. Abraham, I pray that you would send Lazarus to my fathers house, for I have five brothers that Lazarus could testify to them of this place of torment that I am in. Abraham said to the rich man, no, they have the Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. The rich man responded, Abraham, if some one went to them from the dead they will repent. Abraham said to the rich man, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one from the dead comes. (4. P-9)
    Gehenna. Gehenna and the Lake of Fire use is very close or the equivalent of the Lake of Fire. Gehenna appears twelve times in the New Testament. Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, 10:28, 18:19, 23:15, 33; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5; James 3:6. It is the final and eternal abode of the wicked. It is only the soul that goes to Hades. In these passages it shows they speak of the body going to Gehenna eight times. Fire is mentioned ti it eleven times. Of the twelve times mentioned, it is mentioned 11 times by our Lord. (5. P30)

Sheol or Hades Is a very large area in the center of the earth. Sheol has two compartments. The top compartment contains Paradise, one compartment empty, and another is soul in Sheol. The bottom compartment contains Tormented Souls in Sheol, next, Tartarus 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6, then Lowest Hell, Dueteronomy 32:22, Psalm 86:13, Isaiah 5:14. Another empty compartment for this row Revelation 20:13, Fire in Sheol Dueteronomy 32:22, Luke 16:23-25. Between these two compartments is the great gulf fixed, they could talk but not pass from either compartment. Luke 16:26 {6. P-1}


Since Christs resurrection Hell is a place of torment.
What ever image the word “hell” brings to your mind, hell is generally thought of as a place of punishment for sin.” {jw.org/e/wol/d/r1/lp-e 2002521}
“Hell is opened for all to enter Paradise on earth.” This comes from the Jehovah Witness organization. This is not what Jesus teaches. If you have true faith in Christ your savior, that He is God that came in the flesh to save all people, that He gave His life as a ransom for many. In John 3:16 He talks about the Whosoever includes two groups of people, those who have taken Christ at His word and believed, once you have taken Christ, and those people who have not. Christ says if you take me as savior you are blessed and have eternal life. The second group may be alive in the flesh, but are dead spiritually, eventually they are not blessed, but condemned and do not have eternal life. They are dead in their unbelief. At death they are dead and judged physically, and spiritually.


The Jehovah Witness believe that Paradise to come, is on this earth.


The Organization believes that God’s creation of earth was meant to be perfect and everybody was supposed to live forever on earth. Because of Adam and Eves sin, we now have to wait for the second resurrection for this to happen. With this development of having to wait for the Great White Throne judgment for hell to be opened up to live on earth. “They believe that the Bible reveals Jehovah’s qualities to us. These qualities make it impossible for Him to have anything to do with sin.” This is what the Bible is all about, revealing the thoughts and deeds of man. God says thou shalt not. God tells man what not to do. Then man decides the direction he wants to go. Man still suffers the consequences for the sin or he will rewarded for obeying. The Jehovah Witness believe that God’s plan is still to have a perfect earth without sin. Because of sin, the righteous and the wicked go to hell until the second resurrection. Then all are let out of hell, back on earth so God can tell everybody what the commands are and any new rules that God has made since the beginning. To them, this is Paradise on earth, and God’s original plan for man and earth. This is not God’s plan, the righteous and the wicked are dealt with separately. God’s rules and commands are still in place today as they were in the beginning. No organization can over rule the will of the Father and the work of Christ for salvation. To believe that if God knew man was going to sin, it would be a blight on God’s character is the one of the biggest lies they could have come up with.

Hellfire​—All-Consuming? “Does God torment people with fire after death? Since the Bible shows that the dead are unconscious, hellfire is clearly a false teaching that slanders God. The very idea of tormenting people with fire disgusts him.​ God told Adam: Dust you are and to dust you will return.” jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102012188?q=is+hellfire
“Could it be that the fire of hell is symbolic of all-consuming, or thorough, destruction? Separating fire from Hades, or hell, the Scriptures say: “Death and Hades were hurled into the lake of fire.” “The lake” mentioned here is symbolic, since death and hell (Hades) that are thrown into it cannot literally be burned. “This [lake of fire] means the second death”​—death from which there is no hope of coming back to life.​—Revelation 20:14. {jw.org/en/bible teaching/questions/Lake of fire}

The Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire Is mentioned five times in the book of Revelation. The anti-Christ, false prophets, the beast, they will tormented day and night for ever ad ever. (7. P31)

Response.
What is important here is in those places are where people go. When you see the word symbolic, it is another way to say it is not literal. Several other words that could be used is, allusive, or suggestive. I have never read in the Bible, when it is as important as mans soul, God ever speaks in symbolic, allusive, or suggestive terms. If He says it, He means it. Fire in Hell is real and God has told people over the many millennium, that unbelief in Christ lands one in hell, and in the end, hell is thrown in the lake of Fire. Remember that Charles Taze Russell said that Christ returned in 1914, but was invisible. He also said as above, a loving God would not send millions of people to judgment. Judgment appears about 300 times in the Bible, Sheol, Hell, Hades, Grave, and the pit, and abyss appear 98 times in the Bible. It seems that an organization would not say that judgment and words God uses to make the point that there is a consequences for unbelief. What is disgusting to God is that this organization has taken a stance against God and Christ. They teach things that are not in the Word of God. Remember, they believe that God has turned over the kingdom to them. Their leaders are above Christ, and equal with God, in their paradise on earth.
Hell is a real place where the bodies of unbelievers and wicked people go. The place for those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. What is it, it’s the place where one goes to spend eternity apart from God. Yes, you do know that your are in hell. Wicked people are resurrected at the Great White Throne judgment, after that they are thrown into hell, then hell is throne into the lake of fire. How does God describe hell, It is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. So the wicked people there are aware of their surroundings, why, because their bodies are dead but their spirit lives on to live in torment because of their unbelief and hatred toward Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10
Yes there is a judgment, no matter what the Jehovah Witness believe or tell you.
That judgment comes at the end of your life. Jeremiah 31:30 But everyone will die for his iniquity; each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth will be set on edge.

Hell Emptied!
“The sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Hades gave up those dead in them.” Yes, the Bible hell will be emptied. As Jesus promised, “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Jesus’] voice and come out.” Although no longer presently existing in any form, millions of dead ones who are in Jehovah God’s memory will be resurrected, or brought back to life, in a restored earthly paradise.​” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1990243}
The ancient Greek philosophers, Socrates and Plato held that a soul inside a person survives death and never dies. What does the Bible teach about the soul? Adam “came to be a living soul,” says Jehovah Witness “He did not receive a soul; he was a soul​—a whole person. The Scriptures speak of a soul’s doing work, craving food, being kidnapped, experiencing sleeplessness, and so forth. Yes, man himself is a soul. When a person dies, that soul dies.​” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/ 2009645}
“Consider also the case of the righteous man Job, who suffered much. Wishing to escape his plight, he pleaded: “Who will grant me this, that thou mayst protect me in hell [Sheol], and hide me till thy wrath pass?”* (Job 14:13, Douay Version) How unreasonable to think that Job desired to go to a fiery-hot place for protection! To Job, “hell” was simply the grave, where his suffering would end. The Bible hell, then, is the common grave of mankind where good people as well as bad ones go.” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2002521}

Response.
There is no such place as the common grave of man. People of faith in Jesus Christ, their Spirit goes back to Christ and their body goes to dust the way they were made. The problem with the Jehovah Witness is they error when they believe that wicked people and the righteous people go to the same place. There will be two (2) resurrections, one for believers to receive their rewards for what they have done for Christ, at the judgment seat of Christ, when Christ returns for His faithful people, to receive their crowns, there old bodies will be transformed, from what was mortal or broken down, to one that will be like Christ’s, immortal, a body that will not decay, just as Christ is immortal.
Their will be a resurrection of the wicked unbelieving at the Great White Throne judgment of God. They are shown that they are not written in the book of life, and then they will be shown, I believe, what they did against Christ during their life time. I believe one of the books opened is a book of deeds. If the believer is judged for his or her good or bad deeds for Christ, then there is a book of deeds for the unbelievers. Then they will be thrown into hell, and when all the judging is over, hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, where the spirits of the unbelievers will be tormented day and night forever and ever. From the time of Charles Taze Russell said in the later 1800’s, that a loving God could not and would not send people to such a terrible everlasting punishment. So even to day, they still believe that lie. And in the end, they to will be judged individually, not as an organization.
We can read from God’s word about some of His judgments.
Rev 14:7 and He said with a loud voice, Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; l worship Him who made heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters. 14:9 And another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, if anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives the a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, 14:10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of the beast. 16:2 And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a malignant sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. 16:3 And the second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. 16:4 And the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water; and they became blood. 16:5-6 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, Righteous art thou, Who art and who wast, O Holy One, because thou didst judge these things; for they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink. They deserve it.
All the martyred are at Christ throne Rev 6:6, 19:1
Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged from the things were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
What kind of people are destined to hell and the Lake of Fire.

  1. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction be reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual confuxt of unprincipled men, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment. 2. Fearful, unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whore mongers, sorcerers, idolaters, liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: this is the second death. 3. And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, assembled to the war against Him who sat upon the hose and His army. 4. But to those who are fleshly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek. (Jews and Gentiles) 5. Matthew 10:36 And a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. 6. 4-9, 2. 1.Revelation 21:8, 2. Revelation 21:8, 3. Revelation 19:20 4. Romans 2:8-9, 5. Matthew 10:36
    Please understand, there are only two (2) places to go at death. If you are a believer heaven, unbelievers to Hell and eventually to the lake of fire.
  2. Does God’s Spirit and Soul have personality, and thinking ability?
    Scripture shows us how intertwined we are of God’s Spirit, Soul and His thoughts toward us, how He wants us to the think and act for His good Will. He says that He is in us to do His good pleasure. Are we aware of the work that He wants to perform through us. What does it take for us to see it?
  3. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edge sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 2. And if anyone hears my sayings, and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects me, and does not receive My saying, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. 3.The heart is more deceitful than all else and desperately wicked; who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart, test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds. 4. Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of the seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. 5. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 6. Standing firm therefore, having girded your lions with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one, and take THE HELMET OF SALVATION and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD. 7. So that you walk in a manner worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 8. O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me, thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, thou dost know it all. Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, and laid thy hand upon me, such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, thou are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there , Thy hand will lead me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, surely the darkness will over whelm me, and the light around me will be night, even darkness is not to dark to thee, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee. For thou didst form my inward parts; thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul know it very well. 1.Hebrews 4:12, 2. John 14:47-48, 3. Jeremiah17:9-10, 4. 1 Peter 1:22-23, 5. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, 6. Ephesians 6:14-17, 7. 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 8. Psalm 139:1-14.
  4. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. KJV 2. Moreover, I will make my dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. 3. I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense alters, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols; for My soul shall not abhor you. 4. And He said. Oh My Lord! As your soul lives, My Lord, I am the woman who stood here , beside you praying to the Lord. 5. Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not My soul grieved for the needy? 6. And I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul. 7. Then I annihilated the three shepherds in one month, for My soul was impatient with them, and their soul was weary of Me. 8. Behold, “MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN; MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL IS WELL-PLEASED; I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM,AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.” 9. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if He shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
    1. Genesis 2:7, 2. Leviticus 16:30, 3. Leviticus 16:30, 4. Samuel 1:26, 5. Job 30:25, 6. Jeremiah 32:41, 7. Zechariah 11:8, 8. Matthew 12:18, 9. Hebrews 10:38.
      More Jehovah Witness
      “What happens to the spirit when a person dies? (NWT) “His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.” “When a person dies, his impersonal spirit does not go on existing in another realm as a spirit creature. It “returns to the true God who gave it.” ” This means that any hope of future life for that person now rests entirely with God. (Not with Salvation.)
      “All other people will be resurrected for the Great White judgment for all believers.” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2001521}
      “What, then, is the condition of the dead? When pronouncing sentence upon Adam, Jehovah stated: “Dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) Where was Adam before God formed him from the dust of the ground and gave him life? Why, he simply did not exist! When he died, Adam returned to that state of complete absence of life. The condition of the dead is made clear at where we read: “The dead know nothing . . . In the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (NIV) Scripturaly, death is a state of nonexistence. The dead have no awareness, no feelings, no thoughts. jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2002521
      Response One thing that God has, He has known every person from Adam to the present and all who come to the end of time. God is all knowing, all powerful, all loving, just because He is all loving, doesn’t mean all people will love Him in return. And this is where their problem starts and ends. Jesus does not force us to believe, but He gives everybody the opportunity to believe. It is voluntary. It will effect where you go. Your body is dead, but your spirit lives on, as a believer or as an unbeliever.
      “Since the dead have no conscious existence, hell cannot be a fiery place of torment where the wicked suffer after death. What, then, is hell? Examining what happened to Jesus after he died helps to answer that question. The Bible writer Luke recounts: Neither was [Jesus] forsaken in Hades [hell, King James Version] nor did his flesh see corruption.”* (NWT) Where was the hell to which even Jesus went? The apostle Paul wrote: “I handed on to you . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, yes, that he has been raised up the third day according to the Scriptures.” (NWT) So Jesus was in hell, the grave, (Common grave of man) but he was not abandoned there, for he was raised up, or resurrected. An evil person will go to place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.”) jw.org/en/wol/d//r1/lp-e/2002521
      “There is never a need to die again. Jehovah will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor out cry nor pain be anymore.” In fact, “the former things [will] have passed away.” What a blessing is in store”In the new world of God’s making, resurrected humans who comply with his righteous laws will for those in hell​—“the memorial tombs”! This blessing indeed is reason enough for us to take in more knowledge of Jehovah God and his Son, Jesus Christ.​” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2002521}
      “As does Gehenna, the lake of fire symbolizes eternal destruction. Death and Hades are “hurled into” it in that they will be done away with when mankind is freed from sin and the condemnation of death. Willful, unrepentant sinners will also have their “portion” in that lake. (Revelation 21:8) They too will be annihilated forever. On the other hand, those in God’s memory who are in hell​—the common grave of mankind—​have a marvelous future.” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1950884
      Response Roman 1:18-21 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood be the things that are made, even His eternal power and the God head, so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
  5. 9. Armageddon
    Who starts Armageddon? The Jehovah Witness teach that God starts a world wide campaign to defeat the armies of the world that are against Him. Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, expected that the Battle of Armageddon would be worldwide with Jesus leading a “heavenly army” to defeat the enemies of God. (May 3, 2017}
    As we have learned, the Bible tells about the end of the world. “The world is passing away,” the Bible says. (1 John 2:17) Do you think the end of the world will mean the end of the earth?— No, the Bible says that God made the earth “to be inhabited,” yes, for people to live on it and to enjoy it. (NWT) Isaiah 45:18) Psalm 37:29 says: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” For this reason the Bible also says that the earth will last forever.—Psalm 104:5; Ecclesiastes 1:4 (NWT). wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/lp-e/102015407
    Now, God says that his Kingdom will destroy the governments of men. But does he tell us to do that?— No, in the Bible, Armageddon is called “the war of the great day of God the Almighty.” (Revelation 16:14, 16 (NWT) Yes, Armageddon is God’s war, and he uses Jesus Christ to lead the heavenly armies in the fight. Is the war of Armageddon near? wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/lp-e/1101986089
    Since Jesus would be invisible in heaven, a sign that people could see was needed to show that he had begun ruling. So Jesus told about things his disciples should watch for here on earth. When these things happened, it would mean that he had returned and had begun ruling in heaven as King.
    “A great crowd will survive Armageddon. The Great crowd refers to Jehovah’s Witness alone.” {Watchtower 2017 June p16}
    “These people were,”counted worthy to be guided to fountains of Waters of life.” {Watchtower January, (Unnumbered great crowd, study edition.}
    “What this means to us today is that those now living in this time of judgment and who fail for one reason of another to take a stand for Jehovah, and are therefore slain by him at the battle of Armageddon, will not be retained in God’s memory for a resurrection. That this group of people will include the majority of humans now living on earth is shown by Jeremiah 25:33. (NWT) The slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth, even unto the other end of earth, neither shall not be lamented, neither lamented, not buried, they shall be dung.” {Watchtower 1951, July p446}
    “Where did we learn Bible truth in the first place? Would we know the way of truth if it had not been for guidance from the organization? Really, can we get along without the direction of God’s organization? No we cannot.” {Watchtower January 15, 1983} This is a question that was in the Watchtower? How many will compose this Christian congregation, and what is the “something better” that “God foresaw” for them?
    “During Judgment Day those who survive Armageddon will work to make the earth a paradise. Into this paradise the dead will be welcomed back. What happiness there will be when families long separated by death are joined together again! Yes, how pleasant to live in peace, to enjoy good health and to receive instruction regarding God’s purposes! The Bible says: “When there are judgments from you for the earth, righteousness is what the inhabitants of the productive land will certainly learn.” (Isaiah 26:9 NWT) During Judgment Day all the people will learn about Jehovah, and they will be given every opportunity to obey and serve him.” {je.org/en/wol/r/lp-e/1101989111}
    What does God say about Christ being invisible and Armageddon.
    Response.
    If Christ was invisible, why did so many people see Christ after His resurrection?
    Christ Appeared to the disciples Christ Appeared to Mary Magdalene He appeared to the two men on the road to Emmaus. Jesus is not invisible as He was going to heaven over 500 people saw Him going up to Heaven.
  6. Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come; it arouses for you the spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth; it raises all the kings of the nations from all their thrones. They will respond and say to you, even you have been made weak as we, you have become like us. Your pomp and the music of your harps have been brought down to Sheol; maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you, and worms are your coverings. 2. For the Lord of Hosts has a day of panic, subjugation, and confusion in the valley of vision, breaking down walls and a crying to the mountains. 3. Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there, bring down, O Lord, thy mighty ones, let the nations be aroused and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will judge all the surrounding nations. 4. And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 5. And they gathered them together to the place which is called Armageddon. 6. And the number of the armies of the horseman was 200,000,000 million; I heard the number of them. 7. And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows but Himself. 8. And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with the rod of Iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw and angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid heaven, “Come assemble for the great supper of God. 9. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and the blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses bridles, for a distance of 200 miles. 10. And the I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, assembled to make war against Him who sat upon the horse and His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived, those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat upon the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
    1. Isaiah 14:9-11, 2. Isaiah 22:5, 3. Joel 3:11-14, 4. Revelation 16:13, 5. Revelation 16:16, 6. Revelation 9:16, 7. Revelation 19:12, 8. Revelation 19:15-17, 9. Revelation 14:20, 10. Revelation 19:19-20
  7. New Heaven and the new Earth according to Jesus.
    This is Jehovah Witness idea of the new heaven and the new earth.
    The Bible tells about a “new heavens” and “a new earth.” (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13) The present “heavens” are made up of today’s human governments, but Jesus Christ and those who rule with him in heaven will make up the “new heavens.” How wonderful it will be when this new heavens, which is God’s righteous government of peace, rules the entire earth! jw.org/en/wol/d/lp-e/
    What, then, is the “new earth”?— The new earth will be good people who love Jehovah. You see, when the Bible speaks of “the earth,” it sometimes means the people who live on the earth, not the land itself.? (Genesis 11:1; Psalm 66:4; 96:1)(NWT) So the people who make up the new earth will live right here on this earth.
    As you can see the new Heaven and earth is contrary to Christ said Himself, truth is essential to every verse of the Bible. That is the reason that there is only one Word of God, the Holy Bible. These words were given to men from God through the Holy Spirit so from Moses to John, there is continuity of the word. That the Bible was given by God through men. Any translation, weather from the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and any other group, they have changed the word of God into words that they like better than the truth of the Bible. It is in the Bible from God through the ages that has endured through the ages and languages, but the message is the same. God sent His Son for the sins of the whole world, that He was born of a virgin, became a man sent by God, at the proper time He was whipped, spat upon, bleed, had nails driven through His hands and feet to die on the Cross for the my sins and your sins. Then, He rose from the dead the third day, to defeat death, and satan was defeated by His death. satan has known his fate since Genesis 3, for what he had done in the Garden to Adam and Eve, God past judgment on him.. Christ said before He left, I must go to prepare a place for you, and at the last trump, Christ shall come on the clouds of glory, to take home His very own, who have faith in Him alone. The new city came down from heaven, that was 1500 miles square, that the glory of God will dwell. There was no need for the Sun and Moon, because God is the light of the world. The choice is yours, In your life time you must chose, either, Eternal life, with God, or eternal death without God, which is hell where their is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    How do I look at the Jehovah Witness belief in the light of God’s Holy Bible
    Jehovah Witness separate God from His Spirit. They believe that the Spirit was involved in giving man breath. God formed the dust of the earth to form man, but the Spirit breathed life into the dust. God says He is the Spirit . You cannot separate God from His Spirit. They are one and the same.
    Jehovah Witness says Everybody goes to hell except the 144,000 of Revelation 7. The Jehovah Witness believe that they have replaced Israel. In Revelation 7, God marks the Jewish remnant, not Jehovah Witness organization.
    Jehovah Witness believe the organization leaders will live in the kingdom of heaven, it is called the little Flock or the 144,000 and they rule with Jehovah, ruling as kings and priests. They co-rule with Christ on paradise on earth. They make themselves equal to God and Christ by separating them, one above the other.
    Jehovah Witness do not talk about individual sin. Because satan made Adam and Eve to sin, they believe that caused God’s plan of redemption to fail. Therefore, when Christ was raised from the dead, that paid for the redemption of Adam and Eve. Therefore everybody goes to hell, then when Christ returns, He will make the earth new again and be perfect, just as the original earth was before there was sin and death. God will go back to his original plan, of everybody will be perfect and live forever on this earth. Entire families will live together in peace and harmony, work, have an abundance of food and water on this earth. The only people that are destined for eternal destruction are the people who reject the will of God.
    Jehovah Witness organization, if any member rejects their teachings, they will be rejected by God and spend it in Gehenna, because they have rejected Gods will.
    Jehovah Witness has removed all judgments of God and Christ to all men, those that are dead, alive and those that have been dead from the beginning of time.
    Jehovah Witness believe that there is no inheritance for the people on earth.
    Jehovah Witness believe God is not personal. Russell said “Since God is love, there can be no judgment. He would not condemn ,millions of people to death.
    Jehovah Witness believe that God sometimes forgets people. Why, they say that for you to be resurrected, you have to be in God’s memory. It has nothing to do with faith, but God’s memory.
    Jehovah Witness have no honor or reverence for God. They thought God was wrong about sending people to eternal destruction, for eternity. It is the entire scope of scripture. They do not want their members to see what God’s purpose for man is.
    Jehovah Witness believe that the bible often compares death to sleep. A person that is asleep is unaware of what is happening around him. Likewise, the dead are unaware, the dead are not conscious of anything.Yet the bible teaches that God can awaken the dead as if from sleep and give them life. Again for those who God resurrects, death is not the end. No distinction of saved or unsaved.
    Jehovah Witness believe that the people in the OT, some dead people were thrown into Gehenna, a place outside of the old City of Jerusalem, the people they put there, were unworthy Jews and were burned {jw.org/en/publications/books/hope of the resurrection of the dead}
    Final Response from Jehovah God
    Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance, and the hills in a pair of scales? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold He lifts up the islands like fine dust. Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering, All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? As for the idol, a craftsman casts it, a goldsmith plates it with gold, and a silversmith fashions chains of silver, he who is too impoverished for such an offering selects a tree that does not rot; he seeks out a skillful craftsman to prepare a idol that will not totter. Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the vault of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretch out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. It is He who reduces to nothing, who makes the judge of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, scarcely, have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, but merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble. To whom then do you liken Me that I should be his equal? Says the Holy one. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the one who leads forth their host by number, He calls them by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:12-26, 31
    Please take into your heart, soul and mind. What the Jehovah Witness Organization wants people to believe about the New World Translation, it is the truth, and it is the word of God. Remember that the founder, Charles Taze Russell came to the belief that any partional truth could be the whole truth. He couldn’t bring himself to believe that God could sentence so many people to eternal torment through judgment. Because of their unbelief, which is wickedness. Instead of, for the good in people and letting God do the work, they have compiled rules and regulations that separate people by not allowing their members from work place friend ships, they do not want young members to go to college, in some extreme cases, family members can’t even talk to each other because of some society rules. The are not allowed to join the military. They do not celebrate birthdays, There is a group of former members of the watchtower that have put out a list of 140 rules and regulations. The Jehovah witness attacked God’s credibility and His right to make any judgment on people. That is the reason that everybody, the righteous and the wicked, go hell to wait for the resurrection. They have changed His word, the Holy Bible, into something that does not show how merciful and righteous God is. Jesus is not God to them, They believe that Jesus is the Arc Angel Gabriel. They have turned the Holy Bible on its head and twisted His words so they can claim that they are the only way to Jehovah God, not Jesus. Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me. They separate God from His word, by making His word a god. Now they say they came to this is in an Egyptian Coptic language (4)in the second century, where they used the word little god. As going from one language to another, that may not have the same words as in the original.
    NWT Jehovah Witness render John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was a god.
    God’s Holy Bible, John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.
    In an article I read on this, it is from true God to true God. The word possesses all the qualities of God. The Jehovah Witness believe that Jesus is a lesser divine being, “a god.” One of the earliest translations of the new Greek testament, into another language was Sahidic Coptic, which was spoken in the first century. This language like English but unlike Greek, has an indefinite article, a or an and it happens this indefinite article precedes the Coptic word “a god.” (8) God and His word are one in the same. You cannot have one without the other. Without His word you would not know what His commands are, you would not know about His righteousness, mercy, peace, protection, and being savior, protector, creator and sustained.

4-Denominationalism of the Jehovah Witness END Part 4


Foot notes previously used in article 3. These footnotes came from a thesis paper from a Theological School. I had computer problems and did not get the Seminary’s name and the city it was in. I could not find the paper again. I tried many ways of finding it, but to no avail. I was just able to print foot note page before I lost it. This thesis was written around 1935 to 1940.
Please note: That no where in the hundreds of pages that I have read that they have talked about faith in Jesus Christ as being the Savior, or have the Jehovah Witness talked about that man is sinful and in need of a savior. They teach that Jehovah God has given them the keys to heaven, and only they say the righteous and the wicked go to hell, everybody gets to excape ay penalty for any evil committed. All they talk about is if you believe in the organization, you will be allowed into paradise on earth. How far from the truth of God this is! Just remember how Russell dealt with the truth, as long as it had a little truth that was okay for the other part to be a lie.
Footnotes
Booklet called Life and Death by Caleb J. Baker 1840-1918

  1. P-14 2. P-15 3. P. 15 4. P-9 5. P-30 6. P-1 7. P-31 8. Equip.org Sahidic coptic word used, by Jehovah Witness, on a god.

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Reverence;
Psalm 19:7-14 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making the wise simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than Gold, yes , than much fine gold; sweeter than the honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Thy servants are warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back thy servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I shall be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen and Amen

Jehovah Witness Denominizationalism 3 of 4
No organization can take care of my sin, and forgive me for my sin. Only the righteousness of Jesus Christ, can my sins be erased from my past, and never to be remembered, ever again. Only Jesus can teach me His path of life, were Jesus teaches us the keys of life in His true word of God, the Holy Bible. Man made religion can never explain or teach righteousness through salvation, they can only teach rules and regulations that control what their members do, believe and say. They believe that obedience to the organization is the only way for anyone to come to the Truth. The truth is peace meal and never the full truth. Remember what Charles Taze Russel said, that in every apostles creed their is some truth. As long as a Watchtower statement contains some truth, it is okay to lie about the rest, or change the words in their bible, The following beliefs are out of the Watchtower Society, compare the New World Translation to the Holy Bible of God and Christ, Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with you. He will give you a life of faith, peace, comfort and love, and at the end, be with Him in the New Heaven and the New Earth. An impersonal organization can never do this. When a organization starts to deviate just a little bit, there is a split in the road and life. And as time goes by, 1 inch off, becomes two, then four, then there comes appoint that their translation becomes more important than the word of God itself.

  • 4. Life in a Restored Paradise on Earth according to Jehovah Witness.
  • “Jesus confidently, spoke of believers living again, and he told his disciples that this was a certainty. In the re-creation, He said [you] will inherit ever lasting life. What did Jesus mean by in the re-creation?” (NWT) In the parallel account in Luke 18:28-30, (NWT) “why does the bible speak of the coming system of things? as being the same as re-creation?” {jw.org/en/publications/magazines/200809/life-in-paradise}
    “Evidently it was to emphasize that Jehovah God will see to it that his original purpose for mankind to enjoy eternal life in an earthly paradise will be realized. Humans will be restored to the perfection enjoyed by Adam and Eve prior to their sin. So, in the coming system of things, there will be the re-creation of the Paradise conditions that existed in the garden of Eden.” {jw.org/en/wol/publications/magazines/200809/life-in-paradise}
  • “While on earth, Jesus taught his followers to pray for the very means that God will use to restore righteous conditions earth wide. Jesus said we should pray; let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth. God appointed his Son to be the Ruler of this kingdom, which will carry out God’s purpose, that Paradise conditions be enjoyed everywhere on earth.” The Bible answers, saying: “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e 2008562} NWT
    Jehovah God has four requirements to live in paradise on earth, by Jehovah Witness. A” Jesus said in prayer to his Father: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ. Knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ includes knowledge of God’s purposes regarding the earth and Christ’s role as earth’s new King.”
    B. “It is to obey God’s laws, yes, conform one’s life to the moral requirements set out in the Bible, this includes refraining from a debauched, immoral way of life.”
    C. “That we be associated with God’s channel, his organization. God has always used an organization, for example, only those in the Ark in Noah’s day survived the flood, and only those associated with the Christian congregation in the first century had God’s favor. (NWT) Similarly Jehovah is using only one organization today to accomplish His will. To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise, we must identify with that organization and serve God as part of it.”
    Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Even as thou gavest Him authority over all man kind, that to all whom thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. John 17:2
    D. “God requires that the prospective subjects of his Kingdom support his government by loyally advocating his Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth. (NWT) Will you meet this requirement, by telling others about God’s Kingdom?” all {3., a,b,c,d, Watchtower announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom-1983 w83 2/15 pp. 12-15}
    Response: Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Even as thou gavest Him authority over all man kind, that to all whom thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. John 17:2
  • 1. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come forth, those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of Judgment. 2. Do not love the world, or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also the lusts, but one who does the will of God abides forever. 3.For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; they will be led forth at the day of fury. 4. That, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit. 5. Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, (organization)in whom there is no salvation. 6. When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan. 7. Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 8. And I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. And the sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and Island were moved out of their places.
  • 1.John 5:28-29 2. 1 John 2:15-17 3. Job 21:30 4. Ephesians 4:22 5. Psalm 146:3 6. Proverbs 29: 7. Ephesians 5:15-17 8. Revelation 6:12-14
  • 5. What is the Original purpose of God
    Ephesians 2:1-10 NASB And you were dead in your trespasses and sin, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. No longer do I call you salves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you. John 15:15-16
    Another way to look at this is, Jesus purpose was to present Himself a suffering servant who knew our grief, because He had much of His own from men He was trying to give salvation to. He has been rejected by many, but His work will not end until the last trumpet sounds, and the faithful will be found perfected at the voice of Jesus Christ.
    Jesus is inclusive, not exclusive of people. Jesus crosses all political and economic life. Our identity is in Jesus Christ. The people who say they have all the answers apart from Christ, are outside of Christ, they are arrogant in their conclusions. They want to divide the body, and take the weak captive by their false doctrines. Jesus came to all who are weary and heavy laden. Jesus changed the course of history when the vial was torn into at the moment of Jesus death. When one believes, you are home, you are a part of God”s kingdom. Jesus has no favorite people or nationality. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, yes and forever. Hebrews 13:8
  • He never changes, His word never changes, and everything He has said will come, and much to an organizations folly, they will find out that only what He says will come to pass.
    “What is the original purpose of God and Christ.
  • The Jehovah Witness say it is Gods purpose that men live on this earth like it was before Adam and Eve sinned. This they call eternal life in an earthly paradise, where everything is made better than when God made it first.” jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200003709
    “But John says in Revelation 21:1 That he saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. They say Christ will rule over the kingdom on earth because of Christs redeeming work on the cross.” jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1101988042
    Response. Who is in this kingdom? Jehovah Witness say both the wicked and the righteous. Who does Jesus say the wicked are? Revelation 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death.”
    He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30
    “The wicked and the righteous are all those who were buried in the common grave of man, The righteous are all Jehovah witness, and the first century Christians because they walked on earth while He was living on the earth.” jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2002521
    “All the people from the first century on to the present that have made a profession of faith go into hell even the common people of Jehovah Witness go there. The Organization leaders 144,000 go to Heaven to reign with God over the kingdom on earth, to help Christ, the king on earth to rule over it. The Jehovah Witness make a distinction and say some are better than others. If you are a believers in Jesus Christ, there are not distinction or a class of people.” W78 12/15 pp 16-21

  • Response: from God’s Holy Bible for section 4 NASB The term recreation does not exist in God”s Holy bible. Not a word in the bible even comes close to that interpretation is in God’s word. The Jehovah Witness say that in Luke 18:28-30, that these verses show that recreation exists. In God”s Holy Bible, the deciples are talking to Christ and telling Him how they have left their home for Him. And Christ said, no one has left house or wife, brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Then Jesus said; “Who shall not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, everlasting life.” The organization is opposed to any punishment that He has set forth in His Bible. That man can pay no attention to God, but Jehovah Witness now say that God has given them the keys to heaven and men do not have to believe God. The coming system of things or the new world order God agrees with, there is no right and wrong, the ten commandments have been done away with, and now all men will have the same starting place and the people who do not relearn God’s way, He will take care of them at the second resurrection. The Jehovah Witness have a problem with the thought that everybody goes to a common grave. And the resurrection all the people will come out of the common grave to learn more about God. The problem they have is found in Hebrews 9:27 And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and then the judgment. The Jehovah Witness are opposed to Christ and His righteous rule. satan is slowly gaining ground and more people are falling away, they are falling away from the truth of God. People are becoming more worldly and self centered, they have less of a conscience, and values that are directly opposed by Jesus. Jehovah Witness organization do not believe in God’s authority of judgment or punishment of the wicked.
    Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Even as thou gavest Him authority over all man kind, that to all whom thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. John 17:2
  • 6. How does old bodies remade to be like new fit into the description of God’s Holy Bible
    “Often when referring to the resurrection, Christians will speak of receiving their “new” body. That way of speaking is not necessarily wrong if the meaning is that our current bodies will be renewed so that they are “as good as (or, better than) new.” But we should not think of the resurrection as the reception of a new body in the sense that we are given a different body disconnected from the body we had on earth.” {jw.org/en/magazines/watchtower-no4-2017 July}

  • “Instead, the Bible teaches that the resurrection is a transformation of the same bodies we had on earth. As humans, we are not just spiritual, but physical. Our bodies are a very important part of our identity–they are part of who we are. Therefore, if we deny that we are raised with the same bodies we had on earth, we are denying a significant part of our identity. At the same time, if we deny that our resurrected bodies are transformed, we are left with the depressing idea that we will forever be subject to the weaknesses we now have, such as sickness, fatigue, etc. As Piper has said: “The old body will become a new body. But it will still be your body. There will be continuity. God is able to do what we cannot imagine. The resurrection is not described in terms of a totally new creation but in terms of a change of the old creation” (Future Grace, 372).

  • Response: 1. But someone says, how are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come? You fool! that which you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 2. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 3. And not only this, but we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:35-36 2. 1 Corinthians 15:40 3. Romans 8.23
    We will have the same bodies and the same earth as the days of creation? (Jehovah Witness)
  • First, “There are many Scriptural reasons for believing that we will be raised with the same body that died. First, Christ was raised in the same body, He had before He died. We know this because the tomb was empty (Luke 24:1-6) NWT and because His resurrected body retained scars from the crucifixion (John 20:25, 27).NWT Since Christ’s resurrection is the pattern that our resurrection will follow (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Cor. 15:49), NWT then we will also be raised with the same body. But the bodies then shall one that will ever get sick, have a disease, will never have to eat food.”

  • Response. After Christs resurrection, His body had changed. One that could change from being seen, to invisible, from being hungry, to not needing food. Being able to go from earth to the heavens and back to earth without any breathing apparatus. Where the heat from the sun and cold will not effect anybody ever again. The scriptures came true at the resurrection, He was resurrected from the dead, to be our eternal savior, to be our example of what our bodies will be at our resurrection. Then to Thomas who would not believe until he saw the scars for himself. Jesus showed the scars in His hands and feet. His body was the issue, but that it was for a sign for Thomas, that is the proof to him and disciples that He was Jesus and they could believe in the resurrection.
    Second. this is also evident from the very meaning of the term “resurrection of the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:13, etc.).NWT The phrase means: that which is dead (namely, our body) is made alive. If the same body that died is not the body that was raised, Paul could not call it the “resurrection of the dead.” It would not be a resurrection at all.
    Third, the phrase “the dead will be raised” (1 Cor. 15:52) NWT Also communicates this. John Piper comments on this verse that, “If God meant to start all over with no continuity between the body I have now and the one I will have, why would Paul say ‘the dead will be raised’? Why would he not say, ‘the dead will not be raised (since they are decomposed and their molecules are scattered into plants and animals for a thousand miles) and so God will start from scratch’? He did not say that, because it is not true.” (Future Grace, 372).
    Fourth, Philippians 3:20 NWT “I say that our earthly body is transformed into conformity with Christ’s body in the resurrection, not that God creates a new body from scratch: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
    Fifth Jesus speaks of the resurrection as involving the coming forth out of tombs, which strongly indicates that the resurrection is the reanimation of the body that had been lied to rest originally: “An hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29). NWT
    Sixth, Paul’s statement “it is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body” (1 Corinthians 15:42) NWT establishes that there is a continuity between our current body and our resurrected body, for it is the same “it” in both cases.
    Seventh, verse 53 NWT Indicates that the same body we have now (which is mortal), will become immortal: “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

  • Response: It is not the truth for a believer that we would think that Christ would lie. All human bodies are the same, but, the difference is He gave His life for my sin, He defeated death for us who believe in his name. When we die, we go to the grave, but at His coming only those who have believed in Him will be of the First Resurrection.
    Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Even as thou gavest Him authority over all man kind, that to all whom thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. John 17:2

  • Jehovah Witness believe that Christ will not appear in the flesh again, Christ will not have a resurrected body, but an invisible one.
    Response The organization says He has already been raised in 1914. If this is the case the only event left is the second coming of Christ. And if that is the case, why are there so many people still on this earth?
    earth: “…what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow the body that shall be, but mere gain.” But “It may appear as if Paul is teaching that we are raised with a different body than which we had, upon examining the whole context, we see that Paul is not denying that it will be the same body. Instead, he is affirming that in the resurrection our bodies will be made better than the state they are now in.” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r3/lp-e/20130301}

  • “In fact, this passage teaches a continuity between our bodies now and in the resurrected state by using the analogy from agriculture. Paul compares the resurrection of the body to the growth of a plant from a seed. The plant that results is definitely much better than the seed, just as our resurrection bodies will be better than those we have now. But there is also a real continuity between the seed and the plant, for they are the same organism. The same seed that was sown becomes the plant that grows. Likewise, the same body we have now, becomes our resurrected body. But just as the plant is a result of the seed being transformed into something with better capacities and qualities, so also in the resurrection our bodies will receive better qualities and capacities. Thus, when Paul says that we do not yet have the body that shall be, he means that our current bodies are not yet in their glorified and improved state. They are not as they will be.”
    “Because the word ‘glory’ is so frequently used in Scripture of the bright shining radiance that surrounds the presence of God himself, this term suggests that there will also be a kind of brightness or radiance surrounding our bodies that will be an appropriate outward evidence of the position of exaltation and rule over all creation that God has given us. This is also suggested in Matthew 13:43, where Jesus says, “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Similarly, we read in Daniel’s vision, ‘And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 833).

  • Response: Please note, how they exalt themselves as being righteous in God’s eyes. Can that be when they reject the basic tenants of the faith. They believe that God and Christ are unjust because of their judgment of the wicked, they believe that God has given them all rule over the earth for men to come to God. How can they believe in salvation when everybody goes to a common grave of being judged in this life time according to faith. It is all about them. The leaders put themselves above Christ in their paradise on earth, and equal to God, in their heaven. Christs reign is one built on truth, righteousness, mercy and justice.
  • Scriptures from God’s Holy Bible NASB
  • This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers, and the decision is a command of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and bestows it on whom He wishes, and sets over it the lowest of men. 2. All things have been handed over to me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 3. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 4. And He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 5. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory to God the Father. 6. And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.” 7. Who is at the right hand of God, having gone to heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.
  • Daniel 4:17 2. Matthew 11:27 3. John 3:35 4. John 5:27 5. Philippians 2:9-11 6. Matthew 28:18 7. 1 Peter 3:2
  • WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR THE DEAD?
    3a. What is the good news about the dead? “When Jesus arrived at Bethany near Jerusalem, his friend Lazarus had been dead for four days. Jesus went to the burial place with Martha and Mary, sisters of the deceased man. Soon, a crowd gathered. Can you imagine the joy of Martha and Mary when Jesus raised Lazarus back to life?​—Read John 11:21-24, 38-44. (NWT) Martha was already aware of the good news about the dead. She knew that Jehovah will resurrect the dead to live on earth again.​—Read Job 14:14, 15. (NWT)
    3b. What is the condition of the dead? “Humans are made from dust. ” We are not spirits living in a body of flesh. We are physical creatures, so no part of us survives death. When we die, our brain dies too, and our thoughts perish. Thus, Lazarus said nothing about his experience of death because the dead are unconscious.​”
    3c. Can the dead speak to us? “The dead can neither speak nor hear. (Psalm 115:17) But some angels are wicked, and they may speak to people and pretend to be dead humans. (2 Peter 2:4) Jehovah forbids trying to inquire of the dead.”​
    3d. Can the dead speak to us? “The dead can neither speak nor hear. 1 Peter 2:4) Jehovah forbids trying to inquire of the dead.​ “Many millions of people who are dead in the grave will return to life on earth. Even some who did not know God and who practiced bad things will be resurrected.​ Resurrected ones will be able to learn the truth about God and to exercise faith in Jesus by obeying him. Those who return to life and do good things will be able to enjoy life forever on earth.​”
    5f. What does the resurrection tell us about Jehovah? “God made hope for the dead possible by sending his Son to die for us. So the resurrection tells us about Jehovah’s love and undeserved kindness. When the dead return to life, whom do you especially want to see?​ Resurrected ones will be able to learn the truth about God and to exercise faith in Jesus, by obeying him, Those who return to life and do good things will be able to enjoy life forever on earth.​”
    {jw.org/en/publication/books/good news-from-god}
  • All of the above 1a to 5F
    Response. 1 Corinthians 15:42-58 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, the first man Adam, became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly Christ. And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, bretheren that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; or does the imperishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet will sound, and the dead shall will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that it is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. Amen and Amen

  • What is the time frame of all this. From the day of our death, our bodies are dead in our grave, until the time that Jesus descends from heaven at the last trumpet, we will hear His voice, our complete decade bodies will be raised to Him an imperishable body. So, if someone died in Christ in 30 AD, the time is not up. We have no idea when that day will be, but because Christ has all power and knowledge, wisdom and is creator, He knows where every body is that belongs to Him. He will never mix any body up, our body will be joined to our spirit to be like His body after His resurrection.at His coming for His own. We will have the same body as Christ has.
    There is another passage in scripture that includes the resurrection of bodies. It is Ezekial 37:1-14.
    “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and sat me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. And He caused me to pass among them about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, Thou knowest. Again He said to me, prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones, behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. And I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow on you, cover you with skin, and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord. So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew, and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, thus says the Lord God, Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they came to life. So I prophesied as He commanded me,and the breath came into them, and they came to life, and stood on their feet, and exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, son of man, these bones are like the house of Israel; behold. they say, our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off. Therefore prophesy, and say to them, thus says the Lord God, Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come out of your graves, My people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it.” declares the Lord
    Response: How does this differ from I Corinthians 15:42-58 In Ezekial the bones are on the ground round about and very dry. No doubt, that because of the number of bones just lying on the ground, or in graves. No doubt that they had been kicked around, and one persons bones were mixed in with others. And when they started to rattle, the bones were finding the proper bones of each person. Then God said to put sinews on the bones, flesh came upon them, then the skin covered it. Now you see all these people standing are without any breath. The God told Ezekial to call for the breath from the four corners of the earth and have it breathed into them. Then God said I will put my Spirit into you, and you will come to life. How long did it take for all the dry bones rattling to come together, then how long did it take for the sinew to grow, flesh to grow and then skin put on. This is a very detailed account of putting bodies back together. In the resurrection, Jesus says you will be brought out of your graves, and put back together and in the air to meet me in an twinkling of the eye. My point is this, these people could not come to life until they had the breath of life breathed into them. At our resurrection, our bodies will come out of the grave, and we will not have our redeemed bodies like Christ has until our Spirit that went back to the Lord when we died are rejoined with the Spirit of God to come to life with Christ. How fast is the twinkling of an eye is. I looked it up, it is 3 to 4/10 tense of a second. So we will come out of the ground, go flying through the air and are with Christ in less than 1/2 of a second. Wow, from death to life that quickly.
  • So Ezekial is God”s messenger in this example. In the resurrection we will not receive our new body while our body lay in the grave. What can we see from these two passages God’s work never fails, it is done to his exact standards and will. His people must recognize and obey if we expect to receive any blessings or rewards. God is present in our lives, and we can worship His presence anywhere any time. God’s kingdom does not need an organization to help Him bring it to pass. Their is no judgment for His people, only the ones that will not work with Him to further His kingdom. No matter what some people say, His Kingdom will come.
    He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30

3-Denominilzationalism and the Jehovah Witness end Part 3

Denominationalism and the Jehovah Witness

Reverence: Psalm 23 This is how God wants his people who believe in His Son and His works on the cross. His tender love shows us that He has saved us by His grace and mercy. He shows us how He is toward us and what He does everyday for us. We repay Him by our continued steadfast commitment to Him. We should be devoted to reading His word, to help others, and by giving our tithes and offering to Him. God wants His people, called by His name, to look and appreciate all that he has done, what we can see and the things we can not see Him doing. He wants us to freely say this about Him.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen and Amen

Introduction
Denominationalism 2 and the Jehovah Witnesses. Part 2 of 4

In my last article I did not name this denomination because I did not know enough about them. How different they are in the belief of God and Jesus Christ. I only dealt with their basic differences in scripture, between their bible, the new world translation, and God’s Word to man, “The Holy Bible.” They have taken away the judgment of God and say that all men go to hell, the righteous and the wicked. They define hell as the common grave of mankind. When people die, everybody goes to a grave in the ground. The only ones that are not resurrected are those opposed to God’s will. What they call resurrection, you are resurrected to paradise on earth. They say that Jehovah has given them the keys of salvation for the world. They claim that if you are not a Jehovah Witness you are not saved. They do not believe that Christ is God that came in the Flesh. John 1:14 They separate Christ and His death to pay our debt of sin on the cross for those that have come to faith in Christ. They say His death was to pay the ransom of Adam and Eve’s sin, not all of mankind. They believe that all people, good and bad go to live in paradise on earth. The bad will be taught who Jehovah is. They do not believe in the New Heaven and the New Earth in Revelation. 21:1-8 In this, we will cover their belief as to who the faithful servant is, their belief in salvation, no heaven for the masses, only 144,000 Jehovah Witness in heaven in the Kingdom of God, no life after death, no faith in Christ’s resurrected body, because He has already returned in 1914, but is invisible, Armageddon, Purpose of Jehovah Witness, compared to the Purpose of God.
How have the Jehovah Witness Organization helped Christ in reaching the unreached in this world. That is the Great Commission that Christ gave to His church. The Jehovah Witness say that they are the soul giver of God’s Word to the whole world. “the only exception is people who were saved by Jesus teaching in the first century who are believers in Jesus. Since Christ lived and ministered, and had His 11 disciples in the first century, everyone that came to Christ during the first century is saved. Anybody that came after that is not saved unless they believe in the Jehovah Witness organization. And they achieve this by saying that when people die, everybody goes to hell (common grave of man) to lay in an unconscious state there, until the resurrection to a new body and mind that can be retrained to think like the Jehovah Witness organization. Faith in Christ is not enough. In fact, at the first resurrection, Christ, will be under the 144,000, and Jehovah. Christ is king over the people on the new paradise on earth, as it was when God made Adam and Eve.
This organization does not say they believe in God, but that Jehovah God gave them, not Jesus Christ as the way to attaining everlasting life through the organization, not by Jesus Christ and faith. This organization only talks about themselves and rules they have in this organization are the only way to be saved is, belief in the organization. They have an arrogance that divide people, by their rules. They put their members on the sidelines unless they do exactly what they say. They are exclusive in their thought process, but Christ is inclusive of all peoples. The leaders cannot know the thought of man, but Christ can, Christ has the ability through His word and deeds to touch the soul and heart of man. It is Christ that has saved people from the first century up until the time of His return. The Jehovah Witness have divided God from His humanity, His righteousness, His Holiness, His love for man kind. They do not have to follow God’s commands, but their 141 rules and regulations. What they believe are contrary to God Himself, what He stands for, God’s sovereignty, rule, truth, grace, mercy, humility and faith. All these things are subservient to the organization.
No man or organization can undo what God has said He is going to do in His word. All things will come to pass, just as God has said it will. Man will always try to usurp the power of God and bend the Bible to fit what they want it to say and mean. They will use all means to try and coerce and get people to follow them and come up with a strict set of rules that you have to follow. They have about 141 rules they want you to follow. God only gave us 10. You are not allowed to talk to people outside the organization and be friends with them. If you work for a company, you are not to associate in any meeting unless it is required. They do not like their people to go to college because they do not want any other ideas coming in that upset there teaching. Woman are strictly forbidden from having any roles of leadership in the Kingdom Hall. One can only become a leader by invitation. These positions are only for the most ardent supporters of the organization, and believe that the organization is the savior of the world. They believe that God has turned over to them the salvation of the world, and anybody that is not a part of the Jehovah Witnesses, they will not be saved. This organization was not incorporated until the early 1930’s. It is operated and controlled by the 12-15 leaders in New York. If you do not follow, there are three local leaders that will talk to you, and try and get you back on their path once again. This organization operates by fear and intimidation, if you do not comply you will be placed on probation. While on probation, no family members, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and people in their body will not be able to talk to you. You have to sit in the back of the room, keep quiet, and all others in the meeting ignore you. This is called disfellowshipping. The denomination has an exception, when it comes to parenting. This is done as long as the three men in the meeting come to a conclusion that you have been repentant enough. They follow the rules of the organization, not by grace and mercy from the Lord Jesus. This denomination has their own bible. It is called the New World Translation.


They do not believe that God is over them, but they are equal with God. Anybody that says God has turned over salvation to an organization, believe they are equal to God. The Bible says When Christ returns to earth in Revelation 22:4, everybody see’s Christ and they all mourn because there is nothing for them to do, but suffer the consequence of their unbelief. As all the doubters die, they meet their fate for what they have believed and done against God and His plan of salvation, their efforts to keep people from believing in the Lord Jesus. In the end, it will be just exactly what God has said. Exactly, did I say Exactly, yes Exactly.
There are 66 books in the Bible, written by men that had the Holy Spirit placed in them so they could act and write about what God has done and how He did it for all peoples and believers that claim Him as Lord and Savior of the world. One book after the other have the same message of God’s love, of judgement of sinful men, that He would send the Messiah to pay for the sins for all the world, and for those who believe, even though they die, they shall be resurrected in body to be reunited with their Spirit and the resurrection of believers, to see and be with Christ for eternity.
Background of Charles Taze Russell, Founder of the Zion watch tower publication society.
Charles Russell’s parents were members of the congregational Church. At an early age, Charles Russell joined the same church, as well as the Young Men’s Christian Association, and became very active in local ministry work. Russell at age 15 years old, believed that the gospel as taught by the Congregational Church was incorrect. Not to long after this he began to have doubts of the teaching of the Congregationalists. In about 1868 he attempted to covert a nonbeliever to his way of thinking. The person he tried to convert was better than he was, and Russell turned away from his faith for a while. “But that which threatened to shipwreck his faith” served as a stepping stone to a new way of interpretation of scripture. p28, [4] Following his encounter with the unbeliever, Russell made investigation of leading oriental religions. When nothing interesting came from this, he turned to a study of various creeds of the Christian Churches. In these he found out that they all contained some elements of truth. Among other doctrines, Russell found himself reading that of a Second Adventist. [5] From this reading he gained a new concept of the divine inspiration of the Bible. One evening in 1869, he was drawn to a service conducted by Jonas Wendell, a minister of the advent church. In this small church he said they had no light on the word to offer concerning the bible, and as result of this experience, Russell was led to a deeper study of the scriptures and the conviction that the gospel age was about to close. This marked the beginning of his religious career.
In 1876 Russell meet with N.H. Barbour [7] an editor, who was instrumental in explaining to him the time prophecies in the Bible. Prior to this meeting, Barbour had sent Russell a copy of his paper, The Herald of the Morning. This was his belief regarding the second coming of Christ. Russell commented, upon opening and reading this paper he was well aware of the fact it was a second advent periodical, but he was curious to learn what the new time they would set up next for the “burning up of the world.” [8]
From the contact with Barbour they made a new prediction of 1874. From this Russell had learned that one could make a excuse for the failure of the prediction, come up with a new formula and predict a new date. With this he published a magazine called Russell’s time predictions, the publication of the magazine was called the The Watchtower and Zion Herald of Christ’s Presence. This publication sold millions of copies. As you see Russell did not come up with this date setting. Do you remember earlier I wrote when Russell started looking at the Christians creeds, he found that there was some truth in them. To Russell, as long as there was some truth of the Bible in his writings, it was okay to lie or bend the truth for the other parts.
In his first issue of Zion Watchtower publication, Russell outlines most of his doctrines and beliefs he held for the next 37 years. “He said God is love, and a God of love would not allow suffering to continue without hope. He stated that Christ died as a ransom for Adam and Eve’s sin and that the ransom promised was eternal life for all man kind, including those long dead. He also claimed there was no hell. {NWT July 9, 1879} The reason he gave for this was, he believed the Catholic Church created hell to raise money and to hold them as captives, that they could hold them in fear. {NWT Nov, 1883-5537 He also said that the grave (earthly graves) was the only place for the dead, they only slept waiting for the resurrection. During the Millennium, all would be given perfect health, and at the end of the 1,000 year reign the good would be rewarded to eternal life, while those who defied God’s will would die a second death.
“Russell himself made no claim of special revelation from God, but held that in God’s due time the Bible would be made plain, and that he being fully consecrated to the Lord’s service, was permitted to understand it.” [9] “The writer of Russell’s memoirs speaks of him as the greatest expounder of biblical truth since the days of saint Paul. Russell was the staunchest defender of the faith since Luther.” [10]
When Russell first heard Jonas Wendell, the first Adventist minister that stirred him to greater study, and N.H. Barbour also an Adventists, Russell said that they did not present him with a single truth, but giving them credit for helping unlearn some of the things he had been taught as a boy. Shortly after 1870, Russell made the acquaintances of two other Adventist ministers, George Stetson and George Storrs . which is an indication that his interest in their views had not gone away. Russell said about these men: “The study of the Word of God with these dear brethren led step by step, into greener pastures and brighter hopes for the world, though it was not until 1872 when I gained a clear view of our Lord’s work, as our Ransom Price, that I found the foundation of all hope of restitution to lie in that doctrine. ” [15] In his later years he would extensively travel by train. Sometimes he would travel up to 30,000 miles a year. One year on his travels he passed away on a train in Texas on October 31, 1916.
“I soon began to see that we were living somewhere near the close of the Gospel Age, near the time when the Lord declared that the wise, watching ones of His children should come to clear knowledge of His Plan. At this time, myself and a few other Truth seekers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny, formed a class for Bible study; and the period from 1870 to 1875 was a time of constant growth in grace, in knowledge and in love of God and his Word.” (Watch Tower, First Faint Gleam of God’s Plan, June 1, 1916, p. 170)
“Charles Russell had a Adventist friend by the name of Adam Wendell. Russell wrote the following, Russell could never accept the salvation of only Adventists. Russell wrote, we felt greatly grieved at the error of of the Second Adventists, who were expecting Christ in the flesh, and teaching that the world and all in it except the Second Adventists would be burned up.” {Proclammer p45} Russell also said that a College Education is Anti Christian.” He thought that evolution, skepticism, and wealth all led to the same end.” {Zion Watchtower May1,1904,3357}
Mr. Russell also made a number of predictions of the time of Christ’s return. Since this has never happened yet, in 1914, they say He has returned, but you wouldn’t know it, because He is invisible. The predictions will appear in another section at the end of this article.
This begins some of the beliefs of the Jehovah Witness.

  1. Salvation and The Faithful servant. Matthew 24:45-51 NASB “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of His household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is the slave whom His master finds so doing when He comes. Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all His possessions. But if that slave says in his heart, my master is not coming for a long time, and shall begin to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and an hour which he does not know, and shall cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, weeping shall be there and the gnashing of teeth.” This is a parable of two very different kind of people. One faithful and sensible, willing to follow directions and commands, and the other living a life of debauchery, slothful in his duties as described, disrespectful to authority, not caring about anything entrusted to him, or the workers he is in charge of. The Jehovah Witnesses believe that the Watchtower organization in New York is the faithful slave, and they have been put in charge of giving the message of Jehovah to the whole world. Remember that Russell thought that as long as you have a part of the truth in your idea, then it is okay to distort and bend the truth of God. They have distorted this scripture totally. This has to do with two different kind of people on earth in the time of Christ’s return, how He will find those who belong to Christ and the ones that are opposed to Him in this world.
    The Jehovah Witness, have 12 reasons for preaching, Here are the two most important. Preaching for them is not listening to a preacher. “It is going door to door and giving the people the message of the Jehovah Witness.” These are two of their reasons. “1. It helps save lives, and 2. It is a requirement for salvation.” {Watchtower Kingdom Ministry 2012 June p 1 (US Edition} I wished other Christians would do the same.
    “In effect, Jesus also conveys Jehovah’s voice to us as he directs the congregation through “the Anointed one (Jehovah Witness Organization) and the discreet slave. We need to take this guidance seriously for our everlasting life depends on our obedience.” {Watchtower 2014 Aug. 15 p21}
    “Only Jehovah Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the “great crowd” as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any scriptural hope of surviving the impending system dominated by satan the devil,” {jw.org/wol/en/wol/d/r1/pl-e/1101993014}
    The Supreme organizers are the 12-to 15 leaders of the Jehovah Witness in New York. It is they who make the rules for the subordinates to live by, not God.
    What is the Day of Judgement to the Jehovah witnesses?
    “In fact, with God’s day of judgment so near today, all the world should keep silent before the sovereign Lord Jehovah, and hear what he says through the “little flock” of Jesus’ anointed followers, and their companions, his other sheep” (Luke 12:32, John 10:16 NWT) Annihilation awaits all who will not listen and thereby set themselves against rule by God’s Kingdom” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2001123
    To Jesus Christ, there are two types of people, believers in Him and willing to follow Him and His word to obey Him. The other group are unbelievers. there are may people that do not believe, that do not oppose Christ. Others do not want any moral or ethical restrictions and is not the way they want to live. Since the time of Christ, it is a person’s lifetime that we have to find the Lord Jesus Christ and take Him as Savior. In “Hebrews 9:27 And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” NASB Christ is very definite in scripture what will happen, there are only two choices, and no organization will be able to overrule Jesus Christ.
  2. No Heaven for the masses,
    The Great Crowd, Revelation 19:1-4 , 7:9 (NWT) “The great crowd is not in heaven, their standing before the throne of God, this does not require them to be in Heaven. They are simply in the sight of God. The fact that the great crowd which no man can number, is not a heavenly class is shown by comparing its unspecified number, with what is written at Revelation 7:4-8 and Revelation 14:1-4. There the number taken from earth to heaven is revealed to be 144,000.” {JW.org/en/wol/d/e1-e/1102002073} {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200001762} (the great crowd)
    “Only the 144,000 Jews marked by God and having the seal of living God. Now the Jehovah Witness take these Jews marked by God, and replaces them with the leaders of the Organization of Jehovah Witness, “Revelation 7:1-8, they go to heaven and live in Heaven and in the kingdom of God. This is called the Little Flock.” The Jehovah Witness organization places themselves above the common people and Christ Himself. Christ is delegated to ruling on earth as king on Paradise, over the common folks of the Jehovah Witness. He has risen, invisible unto life, only 144,000 go to heaven to be kings and priests to rule over the people that live on paradise on earth. They rule with Jehovah God. Christ is the King of Paradise on Earth. This is the first resurrection, this happens after the 1,000 year reign of Christ. {The Little Flock jw.org/en/wol/d/r/lp-e 1101968009
  3. What is the purpose of the Jehovah Witness organization?
    “The leaders of the Jehovah Witness believe that God’s purpose is that the whole earth be made into a Paradise. These are people in memorial tombs, these are the people the sea gave up the dead in it, and death and the grave gave up the dead in them, this collective grave will be emptied. All the billions who rest shall live again. Paul said, there is going to be a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous.” {jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102005133}
    Here the organization divides itself into two groups. The Little flock in heaven, and the great crowd on Paradise on earth. This group include the righteous (believers)and the unrighteous (unbelieving), people. The people at the top go to heaven. People at the bottom go to paradise on earth to be ruled.
    “During that period of judgment, which will last 1000 years, Christ Jesus along with the 144,000 men and woman resurrected to life in heaven will rule in heaven, and will rule over the earth. They will serve as kings and priests, administering the benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and progressively elevating faithful humans to physical and mental perfection.” {jw.orge/publications/magizines/g201001}
    “We reasoned that, if Christ’s coming and is bringing irrevocable ruin upon 99 out of a 100 of mankind, then it could scarcely be considered desirable, neither could we pray with the proper spirit, Come Lord Jesus, Come Quickly.” {Supplement to Zion’s Watchtower, And Herold of Christ’s Presence.” July 1, 1879.}
    “During the final period of the ancient world that perished in the flood, Noah was a faithful preacher of righteousness {2 Peter 2:5} In these last days of the present system of things, Jehovah’s people are making known God’s righteous standards and are declaring good news about the possibility of surviving into the new world {2 Peter 3:9:13} just has Noah and his God fearing family were preserved in the ark, survival of individuals today depends on their faith and their loyal association with the earthly organization” {jw.org/or/wol/r1/lp-e/2010928}
    “How does judgment make you feel? If So, you can find comfort in the fact that judgment Day is a loving arrangement that will bring great blessings to the human family- including those who have died. Whom God placed humans on the earth, he did not intend it to “For may people the prospect of being subjected to any kind of judgment is unwelcome. Is this how it was not meant to be merely a proving ground for future life in another realm. He created humans to live forever on the earth. Although physically and mentally perfect, the first human couple rebelled against God. As result, they lost the prospect of eternal life for themselves. and brought sin and death to all their descendants. Judgment day will be a period of a 1000 years during which humans will have the opportunity to regain what Adam and Eve lost. Judgment day will affect those living on the inhabited earth. Those receiving favorable judgment will live on earth and will enjoy everlasting life in perfect conditions. Thus Judgment Day helps to accomplish God’s original purpose for humans on the earth.” {jw.org/publications/magazines/g2010001
    From God’s Word, what is His purpose. Ephesians 2:1-10 (NASB) And you were dead in your trespasses and sin, in which you formally walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up with Him, and sealed us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Jesus Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Amen and Amen
    Jesus came to be the sacrifice for all man. Jesus is not exclusive, but inclusive of all peoples, nations, tribes and tongues. Jesus crosses all political and economic system. Everybody who wants to, has the opportunity to believe. The consequence is, that those who do not believe will spend the rest of the time where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jehovah Witness hate the thought of any judgment, so it is up to them to say that God and Christ are wrong, judgment is not God’s intention, so Jehovah has turned salvation over to them. Now, only the vilest of offenders will face judgment. Even those that have never made a commitment to Jesus Christ, can be saved by believing in the Jehovah Witness, because when Christ comes, they can learn who Jehovah is.
    Footnotes of Charles Taze Russel”Biography,” 4. he Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Presence, 37:356, Dec. 1, 1916. 5. The Second Adventists with whom Russell came in contact were members of the Advent Christian Church, who believed that Christ would return in 1874. 7. N.H. Barbour had been a member of the Advent Christian Church for a number of years prior to 1874. He was associated with Jonathan Cummings in setting the date of 1854 for the time of Christ’s return, but , unlike Cumming’s, he did not give up whe the 1854 passed without the return of Christ expected. He became an advocate of the 1873-1874 as the time of the Lord’s return, holding that the mistake of the 1843 movement was not an argument. 8. Charles Taze Russell, Harbest Gatherings and Siftings. The Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence, 37:170, June 1, 1916. 9. “Biography”, The Watch Tower and of Christ’s Presence, 37:356, Dec. 1, 1916
  4. 10. Wisdom. op. p26.

Anger

Anger

Anger is one of the worst traits in a person’s life, It has the ability to destroy any person, but also affects friends, family and anybody that they come in contact with. If your friend gets angry with you, you will want to do something for him or her so one will not be angry with you. One may be good about masking anger at times, but if one does not get ones way, they will not have to say a word, a person’s glare and that other person will know that what they said is not what they wanted to hear. It is not your fault. They will let you know without saying anything that as a friend they will have few boundaries, but you will be expected to follow some rules if you want to be friends with this person. In other words, you look past their short comings and not remark on them and everything will be okay. They will rebel against mother and father and will defy any person that tries to exert authority. A person will use an outburst of anger to try and get one’s way. Many times it will make no difference what one does, the anger is still there. Also lying and anger can go hand in hand. If one gets caught in a lie, they get angry to try and throw the other person off of the lie. Then if you doubt them, they tell you another lie to get you off of the first lie. It is like being on an escalator, up and down, more frequent than you want.

Rebellion is a subtle form of anger. Rebellion comes out of the lack of authority in one’s life. Everybody needs authority in life. This is how we become familiar with rules and regulations. As a child and your mother and father were always giving in to you, your adult life will be difficult because you will meet people who do not care what you think or believe. It will upset you that it doesn’t make any difference if you get mad or not. As a believer, our authority is Jesus Christ and the Word of God, that sets the boundaries in a Christian’s life of right and wrong, what can be done and what can’t. It is what Christ says that counts. It is what we do in return that shows how close we follow Christ. The Ten Commandments are a good place to start. The New Testament starts refining definitions closer, and some further out. But always within the truth of Jesus Christ and the Bible. If one can look back to the older generation where there were large families, the older ones would tell the younger what to do. The younger learned that authority not only came from parents, but older siblings. My father had 13 brothers and sisters, he can remember being told what to do by older brothers and sisters. They lived on a large farm in N.W. Iowa . The parents needed all of their children to do their share of the work for the whole family. I am from a family of 5 siblings, just one cow, rabbits, chickens, and a garden, I was the youngest and had a schedule of things to do, but often changed upon what the older sibling did not want to do, and without asking me. Sometimes we shared in the duties to make things go faster. Learning this way is a very good non authoritarian way to learn. I had a friend that had three sisters, he told me once that if he didn’t want to do something, he would agree with them, and go on his way without doing anything. He said his sisters eventually would do what they had asked him to do. This is rebellion. This is silent rebellion. When one is introduced to authority in his teens or later years, rebellion is against everybody, and their actions are just try and make me do it. Many schools have had a major effect on family relations. Many schools have a class on your personal value system. In this class they are taught that you do not have to believe in any of your parents values, faith or rules. You can make up your own value system, have your own rules, own beliefs, that you want to live by. Fewer and fewer young adults believe that there is a just system and all the old rules should be replaced by their own rules that have no consequences for them. Now you know where you see the lawless students on college campuses rioting, burning and breaking things with no consequences. Now do you see where society is going, mob rule, only their rules count. What does the rules of a few lead to? Socialism, just as you see it going on today. Young people in restaurants demonstrating against authority figures, public forums interrupted because they disagree. It is a power struggle for them. They are right and you are wrong. The other aspect of this is that this person is likely to have many jobs because at a moment, any authority is displayed, they quit or are fired because of their rebellion and anger against authority. If that person would just think for a moment, there are traffic laws, school starts at a specific time, cities, counties and states make laws that we must follow. There are public norms, companies have rules for employees to follow so the work environment is healthy to work in. Look at the anger of employees that are dismissed, and then they go home get a gun and come back and shoot and kill people that did the injustice to them. We are expected to follow these rules and laws. We have been given a mind to think with, God gave us the ability to think and reason. Anger is a controllable emotion. Once we have learned that we can control other people by it, we use it until the consequences are so great that one is excluded from many functions and activities. Then we change when people will not put up with it any longer. The opposite of rebellion is obedience. Obedience to God through His Word. We can only know this by reading His Word. Another word I would like you to be familiar with is disappointment. This can lead to another and different kind of anger. This is where a person hopes that something will happen in a certain way, or wishing another person or a group to acknowledge you in some way. If it ever happens your response is sadness that turns to anger. This could be a inter-personal relationship that you were waiting for the other person to notice what you had done, or flowers, you wanted them to notice how you might have changed or looked on a special occasion something another person did not do that you wanted to have happen, but it didn’t. One can get angry because of this. Many times that person or persons didn’t even know what you wanted them to notice, or acknowledge about you. Same kind of anger with the same results. To me there is another form of anger that is just as deadly. It is what I call flash anger. It is just as deadly, because one gets angry for only seconds, but it has the same effects. It still leaves the other person bewildered of what happened. How a person in one second is normal, the next ten seconds have a change in tone of voice to react and strike the other person for what they have said or done, then the eleventh second their tone and actions are back to normal. What would you think If this happened to you. Then that person continues on like nothing happened. One makes an excuse that says it is better than staying angry for a length of time. Really, how about the other person feelings, hears the change, but does not understand what has happened. One reaction is what was that for, or what did I do to create a response like this. It is a made up offense, an anger to throw the other person off. Flash anger literally lasted several seconds. It does have a negative effect just like any other anger has. Leaving the person feeling what is wrong with them? When in fact, the angry person is the one with the problem, that they may not understand.

As a believer in Christ Jesus, we learn by His Word that His authority is good if we follow it. through our obedience, He also tells us that He has absolute authority, nobody can change it. Without an absolute no, you have absolutely yes, to anything. No, means that I am not going to do that any more. How do we obtain an absolute life. We can not get it from the world, because the world is opposed to God because these people do not want one with a moral authority to rule over them. It will impede their life or lifestyle and how they live. How do we know what the absolutes are. We only get them from God’s word. If there are actions or words spoken by you, that you want to change, write down 2 absolutes you do not want to do anymore and keep them with you, in your pocket. This will help to keep them in the frontal lob of your brain, so when one of these 2 items comes up, you can tell yourself, no, no, no.

It is Jesus Christ and the Word of God that sets the boundaries in a Christian’s life of right and wrong, what should be done and what can’t. It is what Christ says that counts. It is what we do in return that counts even more. Our very own actions eventually will tell other people what kind of Christian that we are. If we go against God’s Word, then we do not believe God, and use His Word as pretext to use His Word when it fits us.

The Ten Commandments have been around for about 3,400 years. They are the only absolutes that the Christian has to go by. The Ten Commandments were written in the Bible about 1445 BC. God has never put them on hold, or suspended any of them. They are as relevant today as they were in 1445BC. Remember Christ said that He did not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it.

In the Bible, in the book of Genesis, brothers Cain and Abel were bringing their offerings to God, God accepted Abel’s but did not accept Cains. God saw Cains anger and his countenance fell. And said in Genesis 4:6-7 Then the Lord said to Cain, why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you have to master it. And Cain told Abel his brother, and it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. When one desires something, they will do just about anything to get it. They will work longer hours at their job to get the money to pay for it. Or one will let friends pay for it because they like him. One may also disregard,overlook, pass by what the wrong is because we desire something so much we are wanting, not see what is going on right in front of them. If something is going wrong, I’m not the one that is doing it. So it is ok. Crouching is the next word. It brought to my mind the scripture in Isaiah 5:29 Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions; it growls as it seizes the prey, and carries it off with no one to deliver it.

Anger is the trap to enslave and entrap one for their own destruction. Anger is like a cocoon in us, it is from satan working against God and us to protect the anger inside us. Except God does not want this anger in us. That is demeaning yourself and others. The only way anyone ever becomes totally free from anger is with the Holy Spirit that lives inside a believer. That the Holy Spirit helps point us to Jesus. If we will do three things to transform our lives. Read your bible daily, make a constant effort to Pray and talk to Jesus when ever one gets a chance. As you pray to Jesus, that the Spirit that lives inside you will bring to remembrance what you have read and prayed about. The Spirit will guide us in all truth to help us change.

Before a lion goes after its prey, they crouch in the tall grass until they pick the one they want to catch, their attention is not on the herd but that one animal. When they pounce on it and get it down on the ground they sometimes growl when another lion comes up to eat. They tear into the flesh to eat and growl to protect the kill. That is what God means when He says that you have to master your anger, He wants the same focus and intensity in protecting yourself from anger. You are not to look at what other people are doing, Jesus wants us to stay away from other people that could draw us into trouble or implicate us in any scheme. If we know it is wrong, it is wrong, James 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does it not do it, to him it is sin. We have to learn some people may talk about us, It is hard to pay them no attention, do what is right, but that is what we have to do. Pay them no attention. How soon do we want to be done with this part of our life? Do what we are supposed to do. Do not try and sit on both sides the fence. God wants us to attack our anger in the same way as the lioness attacks her prey. When we do not attack our anger in this manner we will be willing to live with the anger and struggle with its consequences. Another way to look at this is if you do not master your anger, your anger will be your master. We are strong enough and know enough to stay out of trouble. Don’t let what other people say about you or what they want us to do wrong, or suck you into doing something wrong, just remember, we are the sons and daughters of Christ, that alone should guide us into righteousness and calmness of your soul. Christ wants us to be content with what we have and let Him provide our needs as we need them. Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. Sometimes it is better to be in need than in prosperity, in need you are looking at the Lord Jesus for your needs, and in prosperity, one is looking for another way to live a better life.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools. Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stirs up anger. Proverbs 16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. Proverbs 15:32-33 He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. 33. The fear of the Lord is instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility.
Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for the moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. This is what Christ does for us. Which would you rather be known for? Determine in your heart, and mind to do it, then do not waiver in yourself, be steadfast. Your help will come from above to help you through any and every situation that comes your way. Attack your problems, do not shy away from them, take control of your faith, let Christ be your teacher and guide, and anger will be the by word. Will you ever get mad, yes but you will be able to handle it in a different way, that is not destructive, but constructive.

Would you like to accept Jesus today? You can do this just by bowing your head and ask Jesus into your life, to help guide you, and seek His wisdom to help you through the changes of becoming a believer in Christ. This will not be easy, but God says He will never leave you or forsake you, or would you like to rededicate your life to Him who first saved you?

The Tares, The Chaff and the Wheat

The Tares, the Chaff and the Wheat Article 21 March 7, 2018

My reverence in this article is the statement below. Say it to yourself, God Loves Me!

God Loves you! He is waiting to hear your voice asking Him to come into your life.

Characteristics of the ungodly = Tares

In this parable we have the perpetual battle between good and evil. God sows the good seed, satan comes along under the cover of darkness and sows the evil seed. The evil seed of satan is to get people to not believe in God, satan will get you to believe him by a lie or deception, satan will try to make God look petty, In His Word by going against a societal norms. When satan deceived Eve, God passed judgment on satan and said, “because you have done this, cursed are you more than cattle, than the beast of the field, dust you shall eat and I will put animosity between you and the woman, between her seed and your seed. The only question that remains is this, how may people will go to the pit with him? Those who do not want to believe are those with some moral issues, because they would have to change if they believed. They would rather go to the pit with satan than change. Genesis 1:1-31
1. And this is the Judgment, that the light came into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed. 2. Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 3. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed. 4. For the wicked boast if his heart’s desire, and the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord. The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him, all his thoughts are, there is no God. His ways prosper at all times; Thy judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his adversaries, he snorts at them. He says to himself, I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not be in adversity. His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is mischief and wickedness, He sits in the lurking places in the villages; in the hiding places he kills the innocent; his eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate. He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; he lurks to catch the afflicted; he catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net. He crouches, he bows down, and the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones. He says to himself, God has forgotten; He has hidden his face; He will never see it. 5. Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without standing, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. 6. And you are dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course if this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 7. But these, like unreasoning animals, born of creatures of instincts to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Baalam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but received a rebuke for his own transgression; from a dumb donkey speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. These are the springs of water, and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption, for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the defilement’s of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them.
1. John 3:19-20 2. Romans 8:7 3. Titus 1:16 4. Psalms 10:3-11 5. Romans 1:29-32 6.Ephesians 3:1-3 7. 2 Peter 2:12-22

People are like chaff, wicked people, that have no roots, are tossed here and there by what they think or want to do at the moment. If they are following satan instead of Jesus. When wheat is ripe and ready for harvest, they used to pick the heads of the wheat stocks to bring to the threshing floor in a cart. They would then beat the wheat to separate the wheat kernel from the chaff. Sometimes they would make fodder by mixing chaff and stubble, then feed it to the animals as a supplement. Chaff and stubble have no nutritional value. Satan lies to people to get them to come to his side. Lying, murder, stealing, being insulant to parents has no value in any society. Jesus on the other hand will show you the value of a truthful life, lived before Him has value to Him and to you, to society, to family, and how much change will be seen in you. Would you like to live your life in truth and justice?

How acting like chaff and stubble bring us to trouble. Chaff and stubble are compared to evil people through out the bible.

If the gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is in the image of God. (2 Corinthian 4:3-4) How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night . And he will be firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away. (Palms 1:1-4) Now I will arise, says the Lord. now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up. You have conceived chaff, you will give birth to stubble; My breath will consume you like a fire. And the peoples will be burned to lime, like thorns which are burned in the fire. (Isaiah 33:10-12) The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My Word speak My Word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain? declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:28) Alas, the uproar of many peoples who roar like the roaring of the seas, and the rumbling of the nations who rush on like the rumbling of mighty waters! But He will rebuke them and they will flee far away, and be chased like chaff in the mountains before the wind, or like whirling dust before a gale. (Matthrew 3:12) And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear the threshing floor, and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Isaiah 17:12-13) And the greatness of thine excellence Thou dost overthrow those who rises up against Thee; Thou dost send forth Thy burning anger, and it consumes them like chaff. (Exodus 15:7) How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction is His anger? Are they like straw before the wind, and like chaff which the storm carries away? (Job 21:17-18) But the multitude of your enemies shall become like fine dust, and the multitude of the ruthless ones like chaff which blows away; and it shall happen instantly, suddenly. (Isaiah 29:5-6) Now I will arise, says the Lord, now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up. You have conceived chaff, you will give birth to stubble; My breath will consume you like stubble; My breath will consume you like a fire. And the peoples will be burned to lime, like cut thorns which I burned in the fire. (Isaiah 33:10-12) Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame, before the decree takes effect, the day passes like the chaff, before the burning anger of the Lord comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you. (Zephaniah 2:1-2) And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear the threshing floor; and He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:12)

He presented another parable to them saying, The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in His field. But while the men were sleeping, His enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. And the slaves of the landowner came and said to Him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? And He said to them, a enemy has done this! And the slaves said to Him, do you want us, then, to go and gather them up? But He said no; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, first gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn up; but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30)
After reading what the people of satan are like and thinking about what is happening in our society, the shootings, killing, robberies, and the amount of robberies that happen even when the people are home. It seems that there is no regard for what other people have worked for, if someone else wants it, they take it, and even kill for it. God loves what He made because after each day He said and it was good. They rob God, of giving God any glory. His invitation in John 3:16 shows the depth of God’s love. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life.

God loved everything that He made. He made everything for man that was formed and made by God. He breathed into our nostrils to give us life, and a mind so we could praise Him for it. The mind He gave man, named all the animals, He loved us so much He did not not want our soul to perish. that He sent His son to be beaten, flogged, a crown of thorns to be pushed down on His head, then they drove nails through His hands to keep Him on the cross. God proved His love to man by this act. Yet, man curses God, steals, kills men, women, and children to get what they want, that somebody worked hard to buy. Yet, God say’s, come, I love you, I will forgive you, I can change you, I can help you and show what my love is really like. Just turn from your wicked ways, acknowledge me, and I will give you rest, in your mind, heart and soul.

I was told one time that a life was like looking through a knothole in a fence. When a person looks through the knothole, one can only see a very small part of what is on the other side of the fence. We cannot see what is down the road. We have to take it as we walk. There will be some good things and bad things on or around the road. That road is our lives. There is a book called “To wager her heart”, by Tamera Alexander, she said “God alone sees our lives from start to finish and ordains what the suffering of you and me will be. For He alone sees what we must endure to become more like His Son and be made ready for eternity”.

In the parable of the wheat and tares, it talks about the field. The field that Christ claimed was the world. He made it from something formless and void to something He loved. Genesis 1:1-10 He claimed the domain of mankind. He claims it because He made it, and In that domain, earth, Christ sows the good seed, then the evil enemy, satan or the devil, comes along by stealth and sows the bad seeds, tares grow. Tares are a plant that looks like wheat stock, but never forms any wheat. When good people sleep, the enemy of God, satan or the devil, sneaks in and plants seed that look the same, but have very different views of what is right and wrong. When the slaves of the owner question Him about His field, the owner states that it is His and He only planted the good seed. Then the slaves who attend the field, asked, should we remove the tares, And Christ says no, if you pull the tares out, you could also pull wheat out too. Both seeds are a reference to people on the earth. The seeds look alot alike until the wheat have heads of the grain are formed, and one can really tell the difference. Since these seeds stand for people, they both have the same needs, as jobs to earn a living, wives, children, rub shoulders together, like sports, cars, or other hobbies, they enjoy doing things together. but the good seed looks to Christ for their needs and help. They believe that Christ has the answers of life on earth and eternal life after death. We may like a lot of the same things. But what is believed in truth is much different. Believers have to walk a very fine line. We are supposed to influence them, but we are not to be influenced by them. But Christ would not have us treat them with any less dignity, love, kindness, truth and respect. (Ephesians 4:25) Christ wants us to be a witness to them, but they could turn around and persecute us, to give them life needs and life’s answers. If you treat non believers as the devil, you will never win them over. We can never save anyone, we can point them in the direction of Christ, but it is up to Christ to finish what was started. There is an old saying on the farm, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. During the Billy Graham funeral, Franklin Graham said his dad talked about FAT. What FAT stands for is, Faithfulness, Availability, and Time. What Christ wants from us is our faithfulness, availability and our time to Him in all truth, to the best of our ability. Our ability increases as we read our bible day to day and year by year. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

The harvest time is mentioned. Harvest time for the believer and the non believer is death. Both lead to judgment, judgement for the believer is eternal life through the death in Christ. For the unbeliever it is an eternity of fire and brimstone without God. Judgment for the people of this world have the same common end, death. (Hebrews 9:27) But in death we go to two very different places. Those who believe in God and accept Jesus as their Savior, go into the Kingdom of Heaven. Our spirit goes to God and our body goes into the ground to be reunited at the resurrection when Christ returns. Our body and spirit are then reunited and are with Christ for eternity. This is when we receive the new spiritual body, one that will never decay. (Philippians 3:20-21) A believer will have no past sin to worry about, but in Isaiah The people who have never taken Christ as their personal savior go into the grave to go before God at the Great White Throne judgment. It says that at harvest, bundle the tares to burn up, gather My wheat into My barn. At Christs return when our body and spirit are reunited, then we will pass before the judgment seat of Christ to collect our rewards for what we have done for Christ in our lifetime. And I (John) saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from those present, earth and heaven fled away, no place was found for them. “And I saw the dead, the great and the small standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is The Book of Life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, everyone according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The second death, the Lake of Fire. And if anyone’s name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 19:11-13

Jesus has given His love to all, everybody, in every nation, every tongue. Jesus said come. When you come to Jesus He will put His arms around you and say welcome home. Jesus has given His love to you, before you have given yours to Him. God’s word says He loved us while we were yet sinners. Would you accept His love and give Him yours? You will see in time that you have received far more in return than you have ever given back..

 

Trust and Obey Article 20

Reverence by King David to our God                                           Article 20, February 9  2018

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of Israel our father for ever and ever. You O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and majesty, indeed everything that is in the heaven and the earth; This is your dominion, O Lord, You do exalt yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you do rule over all, and in your hand is power and might; and it lies in your hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name. But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from you, this from your hand, and we give this back to you. I Chronicles 29:10-14 What David is talking about here is giving back to God all the gold and silver of his that he had accumulated over the years he was king, and the donations from the people to build the temple.

What are two actions that Christ says we can do in our lives that will make a difference.
Trust Him and Obey Him

There is a song that most of us have sung, it is, “Trust and Obey”. The words fits this article and they are very true.

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word, what glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.

2.Not a shadow can raise, not a cloud in the skies, but His smile quickly drives it away; not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear, can abide while we trust and obey.

3.Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil He doth richly repay; not a grief not a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey.                                                                                                                                                                            4.But we never can prove the delights of His love until all on the altar we lay; for the favor He shows and bestows are for them who will trust and obey.                                                                                                                                                                                   5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do, where He sends us we will go, never fear, only trust and obey.

TRUST
In the Old Testament, it is meant for us to see how God worked in the lives of His people Israel. Once they left Egypt God made it a It is in the Bible for us to see how God communicated with man and how man talked and worked with God. It is written also to show who would not follow God or trust Him in their lives personally or corporately when it comes to the beginning of Israel in Egypt. For many years I believed that because His people had lived in Egypt for 400 years and was used to that culture, and ways of life it would only be natural for them to follow the Egyptian gods even after seeing the miracles that God had performed. After years of reading my Bible, that is the exact reason for God’s miracles for Israel. He wanted to show them the power and might He would bring to bear on their enemies to trust Him. Therefore the amazing miracles shown to the people of Israel, and to all the people and nations that Israel came across. They were not afraid of Israel, but the God of Israel, because they heard the news of how many nations they had displaced because of God, not Israel. It is willful disobedience of God and not wanting Him to rule and guide them and be their savior and protector.  And all the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it , they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die. And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain within you, so that you may not sin.  (Exodus 20:18-20)
Israel was given two alternatives. Salvation for obedience. Disobedience would lead to captivity. This did happen to the 10 northern tribes of Israel some 860 years after they had left Egypt. This is why we should take note of this next verse.  “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth”. Ex. 34:6

Truth brings compassion for people, truth shows no malice of intent, and truth is kindness to all people. That is the intent of God and His nature. God in giving you a life and time to come to a saving faith is long-suffering, 60, 70, 80 years is a long time for you to find God, in His love, He reveals himself to you. God will always deal with you in truth, and never a lie to you. When He disciplines you, it is for you to learn His truth and ways. He wants to break us of bad habits, language, deeds, lies and deceit. God does not break us of our bad habits, He lets us go until it gets so bad that the only thing we can do is turn to Him for help in correcting the problems we have created for ourselves. We can look at it this way, God did not break us, we broke ourselves. Then, Jesus is there to help pick us up. I always walked right by you without a thought of what I was doing. You were waiting for me to come to an end of myself, and start looking for you. All of this has do with us not trusting in Christ. Thinking that we do not need any help or anyone to tell us what we need to do.   For our hope rejoices in His holy name. (Psalm 33:21) “May Thy lovingkindness also come to me, O Lord,Thy salvation according to Thy Word: So I shall have a answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Thy Word. (Psalm 119:41-42)

In order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My Soul is well pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim justice to the gentiles, He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads Justice to victory. And in His name the gentiles will hope.” (Matthew 12:17-21)
After you have known God and Christ after reading His Word, He will talk to us the exact same way in which you read His Word. He speaks only truth, He will always do what is best for us, not necessarily what we want. He will discipline you, but what father does not discipline his children. It is not to demean or make us feel bad for doing wrong, but a nudge to do better next time. If Christ asked men to forgive 490 times, how many times do you think He will forgive you. He said there is no limit to His love. That is how He disciplines you, through His love. It is called TRUST, trust in each other for me to never bring a reproach upon the other, that is how much we mean to Him. Also wrapped up in His trust is His promises to those who have taken Christ as their Savior. We trust Him to give us the promises at the exact time that we need each one.

Obey

What do you see in the the word Obey? What do you think when you see the word obey? And how do you think that Christ meant for you to read the word obey? Remember He will work with each one of us to come to what it should mean to each one of us. The Ten Commandments is a good place to start with the word obey. Those are commands that do not ask us to go deeper. We know the consequences of murder, lying, stealing etc. External obeys are Ten commandments that we know that are wrong. Internal obeys makes us look inside of ourselves to see if we are emulating Christ, in word and deed. Christ’s word goes much deeper and more personal than one thinks. The new testament shows us the depth of Obey. In John 12:49-50 Jesus says, “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me, has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak as the Father has told me. Notice, it is not commandments, but commandment, 1 only. That commandment is to tell the people about eternal life through faith. It is our walk that will show who we belong to and our testimony. When Christ wants us to learn about Obey, that would change our walk and lives for Christ. Lets go back to the trial when Christ was before Pilot. Jesus did not answer any of Pilots questions, but responded to one by saying”it is as you say.” In Mark 15:15 there are two words in that verse, Jesus scourge.” It is thought that the Romans put more than 39 lashes with the whip on His back. In any sense of the word, His back was laid open, and bloody, the pain He endured was not over, now they took a crown of thorns and pushed them on His head several times. Now His head was bleeding also. Then they put a robe on Him, over the open wounds. Then they sent Him back to Pilot to be given to the Jews for crucifixion. It was a Roman custom to make the accused to carry the top cross to the place of crucifixion. The cross piece of the cross that weighed between 50 to 75 lbs. He was so weak that He could not carry this cross member, Simon of Syrene was given the task of carrying Christ’s cross. When He got to the Hill, his body was laid on the cross and then nailed His hands and feet to the cross. In Isaiah 42:2-3 it say’s, He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.” In all that pain it would be natural to cry out in pain. but He didn’t, He was obeying God the Father as part of His message through humiliation, death, and resurrection as the example for believers will know what Jesus truly did pay the debt for my sin.

What were some of Jesus’s actions that we can learn the ultimate lesson of Obey and do it like Christ. “Let there be no retaliation for the wrong that is done to you. We live in an age that it is acceptable to retaliate in some manner when something is done to you.” Matthew 5:39-42, But Jesus said, “But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil, but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two.” “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1) “This you know, me beloved, brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James1:19,21)
If Jesus is consistent with the Matthew 5:39 verse where we do see Him practicing the idea of non retaliation. Matthew 26:64-68 Jesus was before the High priest before Pilot. He was asking Jesus questions and Jesus responded and said my teaching was done in the Temple, or in public. Jesus said “hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” This is when the High Priest tore his cloths, and said that He has blasphemed, and said we have not need of further witnesses. Another said He is deserving of death. Then the people around the high priest spit on Jesus face, beat Him with fists, and others slapped Him. Jesus did not retaliate. Companion verses, John 18:22-23. Do not be overcome by evil, but over come evil with good.        Romans 12:21

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed, and do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and respect; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better, if you should will it so, that you suffer for doing right rather than doing what is wrong. I Peter 3:14-15

What is the point of obey. ALWAYS DO MORE THAN REQUIRED TO DEFEAT EVIL IN YOUR LIFE.

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we see Jesus healing people that came to Him or that other people brought to Him. He healed them all. (Luke 4:40) Jesus answered and said, “this voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes. Now judgment is upon the world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out, and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself. John 12:31-32 Acts 5:29, 32 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, we must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you have put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses. Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? (Romans 6:16) And having been made perfect, (by His scourging, death, and resurrection) He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation. (Hebrews 5:9) For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (I Peter 4:17)

Another word that we can put with obey is contentment. When we obey, we are obeying the wishes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In obeying and knowing that we are doing what He wants us to do, this brings contentment to our lives. Many things happen to us in the course of our lives. No one is exempt from sickness, deceases, famine, torture, ridicule, and anything else one can think of. What Christ wants from Christians is how we respond to adversity. He wants us to rely on Him for the help that we need just to get us through the day. I have a friend with cancer. He has had cancer about 8 years, and he told me one day that when this news came to him, Jesus talked to him and said this can be an adventure or a pity party. He has looked at it as an adventure and is happy that he is still here. In this adventure you will have ups and downs, good and bad days, but I will be with you every step of the way. Only look to me, trust me, that the doctors are doing the right thing. I am your rock. What a love story in Christ, trusting and obeying. This man has taken obedience to heart. I read in a book, I do not remember who wrote it, This person said “Sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His children.
Praise the Lord Jesus

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, say the Lord. (Romans 12:19) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ , and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. (Romans 12:21

He that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.   James 4:17

How do we anchor ourselves to the Savior of our souls Article 19

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters the veil.

Reverence:  Psalm 28:6-7 Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplication. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.
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Solitude

Being alone with Christ. If one has not spent a lot of solitude time with Christ in your hard times, and more often than not, if a person does not grow close to Christ in prayer, reading, and thinking upon God’s directions to improve your life, when times get good again, one will move away and not continue on the personal journey, and you begin to drift from the close walk with the Lord. Be able to draw on His grace and mercy and be committed to do what you need to do in good times. The relationship you start with Christ at the very beginning, is how you will be with Christ the rest of your life. It is Christ alone, it is He who will spend as much time as we need to learn and be the type of person He wants us to be. Just Jesus and you alone, quietly talking together, working out any problems that you have, for you are in the presence of God, who has all wisdom, grace and mercy. Every answer you will ever need is found in your relationship with Him.
1. But He would slip away to the wilderness and pray.  2. And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.  3. Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your father who is in heaven. When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men, truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.  4. And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.  5. And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.  6. And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to the Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

1. Luke 16:16  2. Luke 6:12,  3. Matthew 6:1-4  4. Matthew 14:23  5. Mark 1:35  6. Matthew 6:5-6
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Souls

1. Draw nye unto me and I will draw nye unto you.  2. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.  3. Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.  4. Then Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life, shall lose his life;  5. If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My name sake shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For what will a man profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul.  What does my cross look like? Only Jesus knows the answer to that.  6. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

1. James 4:8  2. Revelation 19:20  3. Matthew  4. 11:28-30  5. Matthew 16:24-26  6. I Corinthians 10:13
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Anchor, as a verb, is an action word, to hold in place, not left to drift.

Hebrews 6:19 is the only place that anchor is used. It has a singular purpose. Christ our anchor, the anchor was the symbol of the early church for a very long time. An anchor does weigh any where from 20 lbs to thousands of pounds to hold a ship. An anchor does not change shape over time, even rusted it looks the same. The purpose has not changed. The anchor has not changed.  1. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. An anchor saves a ship from moving from its moorage place. Christ grounds us by faith in Him because He will never change his mind or changes the rules that govern the life of a believer. Christ became the anchor because He cannot be moved by excuses, or sin,  2. I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for my name sake; and I will remember their sins no more. Christ is perfect and sinless. Man has the responsibility to conform to Christ and His word, not Christ conforming to what we want Him to do for us, because man changes his mind daily on many subjects.  3. For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. He has called us to faith,  4. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, be craftiness in deceitful scheming.

1. Hebrews 13:8, 2. Isaiah 43:25, 3. Hebrews 8:12, 4. Ephesians 4:14
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Steadfast

1. If you would direct your heart right, and spread out your hand to Him; if iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents. Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, and you would be steadfast and not fear. 2. And not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. 3. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a away that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all the things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable Therefore, I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified 4. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 5. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of the faith, who for joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, for consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. 6. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. 7. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert, your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith; knowing the the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 8. Because you have kept the word of my perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one takes your crown.

1. Job 11:13-15 2. Psalms 78:8, 3. I Corinthians 9:24-27 4. 1 Corinthians 15:58 5. Hebrews 12:1 6. Hebrews 3:14 7. I Peter 5:8-9 8. Revelation 3:10,11
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Hope

1.Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?  2. But He who saves from the sword of their mouth, and the poor from the hand of the mighty. So the helpless have hope, and unrighteousness must shut its mouth.  3. So are the paths of all who forget God, and the hope of the godless will perish. So are the paths of all who forget God, and the hope of the godless will perish.  4. Then you would trust, because there is hope, and you look around and rest securely.  5. Then indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, and you would be steadfast and not fear. For you would forget your trouble, as waters that have passed by, you would remember it. And your life would be brighter than noon day; darkness would be like the morning.  6. For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, when God requires his life.  7. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.  8. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His loving kindness, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His name. Let thy loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in thee.  9. For I hope in thee, O Lord; thou wilt answer , O Lord my God.  10. Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance, and my God.  11. But as for me, I will hope continually, and I will praise thee yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness, and of thy salvation all the day long; for I do not know the sum of them.  12. Sustain me according to Thy word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.  13. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in the word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.  14. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God; who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever. 15. The hope of the righteous is gladness, but expectations of the wicked perishes.  16. Hope deferred make the heart sick, but the desire fulfilled is a tree of life.  17. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.  18. Having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.  19. Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  20. For the creation was subjected to futility, of if its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.  21. Rejoicing in Hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.  22. For whatever was written in earlier times, was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  23. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  24. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.  25. Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  26. According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or death.  27. Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel. If indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I Paul, was made a minister. To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of the mystery among the gentiles, which is, Christ in you , the hope of glory.  28. For who is our hope or joy or crown of exhultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  29. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.  30. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace.  31. Instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.  32. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end. I order that the two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. 33.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy, has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Therefore grid your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 34. But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.  35. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be, We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1. Job 4:6, 2. Job 5:15-16, 3. Job 8:13, 4. Job 11:18, 5. Job 11:15-17, 6. Job 27:8, 7. Psalms 31:24, 8. Psalms 33:18-22 9. 38:15, 10. Psalms 42:11, 11. Psalms 71:14-15, 12. Psalms 119:116, 13. Psalms 130:5-6, 14. Psalms 146:5-6, 15. Proverbs 10:28, 16. Proverbs 3:12 17. Jeremiah 17:7 18. Acts 24:25, 19. Romans 5:1-2, 20. Romans 8:20,21,24,25 21. Romans 12:12, 22. Romans 12:12, 23. Romans 15:4,13 24. Galations 5:5, 25. Ephesians 1:18, 26. Ephesians 2:12, 27. Philippians 1:20, 28. Colossians 2:5,23,27 29. I Thessalonians 30. 2:19, 31. II Thessalonians 2:16, 32. Titus 2:12,13, 33. Hebrews 6:11,18, 34. I Peter 1:3,13,21, 35. I : 8 36. 2Perter 3:15,17, 37. I John 3:2-3
It will come at a time when one understands the truth of His Word and works. Read and it is true. From hope to assurance. immersed in His word. Hope should only be for a little while. Until you know that no one can remove you from Christ to where we will ascend to Christ and meet Him in the air. There is not a definite time when one comes to that understanding. But the more time you spend with Him in the Word, prayer, doing the works that He wants us to do, then you will know that your knowledge and love for Christ, is not hope, but a reality that you really do belong to Him, and He looks at you as a son or daughter in Christ Jesus. “And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it ot as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” I Thessalonians 2:13
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Sure=Certainty

1. But I will raise up for myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in my soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and He will walk before My anointed always.  2. Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you all your days.  3. The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  4. Thy testimonies are fully confirmed; Holiness benefits thy house, O LORD, forevermore.  5. The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His precepts are sure. 6. Therefore thus says the Lord God, behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation firmly placed, he who believes in it will not be disturbed.  7. Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you, yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.  8. And we have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.  9. Now we know that you know all things, and have no need for anyone to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.  10. Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, the Lord knows those who are His, and let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared for every good work.

1. I Samuel 2:35 2. I Samuel 25:28 3. Psalms 19:7 4. Psalms 93:5 5. Psalms 111:7 6. Isaiah 25:16 7. Luke 10:11, 8. John 6:69 9. John 16:30 10. 2 Timothy 19-21 11.
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Steadfast

1. If you would direct your heart right, and spread out your hand to Him; if iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents, then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, and you would be steadfast and not fear.  2. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and He made the waters stand up like a heap,then He led them with the cloud by day,and all the night with a light of fire, He split the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths. He brought forth streams also from the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.  3. But they deceived Him with their mouth, and lied to Him with their tongue, for their heart was not steadfast toward Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; and often restrained His anger, and did not arouse all His wrath.  4. The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.  5. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. 6. Be sober of spirit, be on the alert, your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1. Job 11:13-15 2. Psalms 78:13-15 3. Psalms 78:36-37 4. I Corinthians15:56-58 5. Hebrews 3:14 6. I Peter 5:8-9
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Steadfastness

1. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.  2. Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.  3. You therefore, beloved, knowing this before hand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from steadfastness.

1. Colossians 2:5 2. I Thessalonians 1:3 3. 2 Peter 3:17
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Veil

To separate the Holy from the unholy. The original Tabernacle and the temple had the veil between the tent of meeting (common place for the people) and the Holy of Holies (where God dwelt). The veil was the separation of God and sinful man. When Christ was crucified, it was at His death, that the veil was torn from top to bottom, to signify that because of the sinless Christ was the sacrifice for all sinners, once for all time. Christ became to be the go between the Holy God and sinful man. Christ took the the veil away, Christ did what the sacrifice of bulls, lambs and rams could not do, the sacrifice of the animal was the covering for sin, Christ was the sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin when the sin is asked for forgiveness, it is granted, unconditionally. Because Jesus paid the price, the veil was no longer needed, a person no longer has to go to a priest or prophet to find out what God wants you to do. God put everything into Jesus’s hands for the salvation and forgiveness of sin. Of all peoples and nations. Jesus is the final and only judge that has been given to man to given the opportunity for eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ.
1. And behold , the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook; and the rocks were split.  2. And behind the second veil , there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. And above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.  3. Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh and spilt blood, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water, let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.

1. Matthew 27:51  2. Hebrews 9:3  3. Hebrews 10:19-23
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What is your life like? Are you going from day to day with no meaning in life? Do You get up and go through the day with only some interaction from other people in your life? Is your day full of mundane duties. Everything about the day is about what you need to get done? I, I, I, or me, me, me. This is where faith in Jesus Christ could change your life. Christ wants to fill you with His Spirit through faith in Him. He wants to give your life purpose. When your life has purpose, others will benefit from that purpose. He wants you to move beyond self, but you have to start looking how you can help others during the course of your day. It may be as little as giving somebody a smile, it will be always welcoming, a word of encouragement, open the door for another person who may have have their hands full. The other thing you can do is go visit some elderly person in a retirement center. There are many people there that have no family, or they never come to see them. You could not only be a friend to them, but they could become of friend to you as well. these are only suggestions, make a small list of what might interest you. What you will find is, it takes little time to help another person. Let Christ come alive in your life, and lead you in His way, you will be happy, and others around you will be happy too.