Did the Watchtower Society Predict for Armageddon? James K. It would all depend on which version of The Watchtower you read. The January 1, Watchtower clearly pointed to the year as the farthest limit of Christian missionary work and thus the beginning of the thousand-year reign of Christ. It stated, "The apostle Paul was spearheading the Christian missionary activity. He was also laying a foundation for a work that would be completed in our 20th century.
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Gods Word explains that we can take refuge in the name of Jehovah. This article considers how we can nd protection both now and when the great day of Jehovah strikes. This discussion highlights the yeartext for Whether we are married or single, these articles will discuss reasons to appreciate these gifts and show us how to demonstrate our appreciation for them.
These articles will discuss how holy spirit helps us to ght temptation, cope with discouragement, withstand persecution, resist negative peer pressure, and endure adversity. All rights reserved. AVE you ever had to take refuge from a rainstorm or a hailstorm by seeking cover under a bridge?
A bridge might well oer you adequate shelter from a rainstorm or a hailstorm, but it would probably provide little protection from a tornado or a hurricane. It is a gurative day of storm. This great day of Jehovah will affect all mankind. However, we can nd the refuge we need. Read Zephaniah How can we do so during the day of Jehovahs fury that is soon to begin?
Days of Storm in Bible Times The day of Jehovah will break out with the destruction of all false religious systems on earth. As to how to nd refuge, we can look for the answer in the history of Gods ancient people. Isaiah, who lived in the eighth century B. Read Isaiah , 2. That prophecy found fulllment in B. That event occurred because the people of Judah had also turned apostate. The Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar threatened Judah and its capital, Jerusalem. The Judeans had turned for help to the refuge of a lie, that is, to their political alliance with Egypt.
Nevertheless, like a destructive hailstorm, the Babylonians swept away that refuge. Furthermore, the rest of 4 1, 2. What gurative storm will soon strike mankind? What thunderous storm came upon the tentribe kingdom of Israel? How did a great day of Jehovah strike Jerusalem in B.
How will Gods people as a group fare during the destruction of all false religion? Thereafter, the remaining parts of Satans wicked system of things will be annihilated. Yet, Gods people as a group will survive because they are taking refuge in Jehovah. Spiritual and Physical Refuge How can Gods people nd refuge even now during this time of the end? We nd spiritual refuge by prayerfully thinking upon [Gods] name and by serving him zealously.
Read Malachi We can appreciate, though, that we need to do more than just think upon his name. We read: Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved. And many honesthearted people can see the dierence between true Christians, who are reverently thinking upon his name and serving as his Witnesses, and those of mankind who are not serving him.
Physical salvation is promised for Gods people. We see indication of this in what happened in 66 C. Jesus had foretold that the days of that tribulation would be cut short. They were able to ee the city and the surrounding area.
Some crossed the Jordan and found refuge in 6 6. How can Jehovahs people nd refuge? In what way did rst-century Christians experience physical salvation, with what parallel today? In the past, rst-century Christians sought refuge, and Gods servants today will do likewise. However, this time it will not involve an actual ight to a single geographic spot, for true Christians are located all around the globe.
Still, as a people, the chosen ones and their loyal companions will physically survive the end of apostate Christendom by taking refuge in Jehovah and his mountainlike organization.
In the Middle Ages, Gods personal name was rather widely known in Europe. However, the trend in recent times is to eliminate the name of God from Bible translations and from other uses. In it the Roman Catholic Church advised that the Tetragrammaton in its various renderings should be replaced by Lord. The Vatican instructed that Gods personal name should not be used or pronounced in hymns and prayers during Catholic religious services.
And the leaders of other religions inside and outside 9. Who have tried to cause Jehovahs name to be forgotten? Give an example. Protection for Those Sanctifying Gods Name 10 In stark contrast with what other religions are doing, Jehovahs Witnesses honor and glorify the divine name. They sanctify it by using it in a dignied way. Jehovah takes pleasure in those who trust in him, and he becomes whatever is necessary to bless and protect his people.
He is cognizant of those seeking refuge in him. Read Zephaniah , Yes, when God punished faithless Judah by allowing the Babylonians to conquer the land and take her people captive, some individuals, such as Jeremiah, Baruch, and Ebed-melech, were spared. They had lived in the midst of an apostate nation.
Others stayed faithful while in captivity. In B. Cyrus soon issued a decree allowing a Jewish remnant to return to their homeland. This has proved true in our time too. After Gods Kingdom was set up in heaven, Jehovah delivered the faithful remnant of anointed ones from spiritual captivity to Babylon the Great.
And he rejoices over them down to this day. How is Gods name being honored today? Who upheld Jehovahs name in ancient Judah, and who have done so in modern times? Those with the hope of living forever on earth have also got out of Babylon the Great and enjoy spiritual liberation from false religious teachings.
Meek ones of all nations, whether they cherish the heavenly or the earthly hope, are now taking refuge in Jehovahs name. Note that the name Iehova is featured prominently on the collar. Still, an object that features Gods name should not be considered a talisman or used as a charm in everyday life as if it had some magical power of protection. This is not what it means to take refuge in the name of Jehovah. What liberation are people of all nations experiencing?
Spiritually, how can we take refuge today? Zephaniah And what about the danger of developing an easygoing attitude, which could lead to our becoming inactive in Jehovahs service? Gods Word says: The easygoingness of the stupid is what will destroy them.
As for the one listening to me, he will reside in security and be undisturbed from dread of calamity. We read: Then I shall give to peoples the change to a pure language, in order for them all to call upon the name of Jehovah, in order to serve him shoulder to shoulder.
The pure language is the truth about Jehovah God and his purposes as found in his inspired 17, What is helping millions to take refuge in the name of Jehovah today? You are in a sense using that language when you share with others the correct understanding of Gods Kingdom and how it will sanctify his name, when you stress the vindication of Gods sovereignty, and when you happily talk about the everlasting blessings faithful humans will enjoy.
As a result of so many speaking this gurative language, a growing number are calling upon the name of Jehovah and serving him shoulder to shoulder. Yes, millions around the world are now nding refuge in Jehovah.
Desperate to solve their problems, many look to imperfect men. Or they hope for solutions from political institutions, even as ancient Israel at times looked to neighboring nations for support, making alliances with them.
Yet, you know that doing so did not help Israel. And no political state today, nor the United Nations organization, will fully solve mankinds problems.
So why should one regard political institutions and alliances as a refuge? The Bible prophetically calls them a refuge of a lie. You can rightly view them as such because all individuals who hope in them will be sorely disappointed. Read Isaiah , How did trusting in a refuge of a lie fail in Bible times? Do You Recall? How can we take refuge in Jehovahs name now? Why should we not trust in the refuge of a lie? What refuge is assured us for the future?
Human schemes will not be able to provide protection; neither will nuclear shelters nor wealth. Isaiah points out: The hail must sweep away the refuge of a lie, and the waters themselves will ood out the very place of concealment.
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