Partaking of the Memorial emblems unworthily (1Co.11:27)

Video in Russian . Here is an adapted version of the video in English 8.10

The apostle Paul, speaking on holding the memorial service in remembrance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to the believers in Corinth, said:
Therefore, whoever eats the loaf or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty respecting the body and the blood of the Lord (1Co.11:27).

Many have misconstrued this statement in so many ways and, therefore, there exists today a great diversity on the matter regarding the partaking of the symbols of the blood and flesh of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

For instance, many out of the fear of sinning against God and Christ completely refuse to do the communion of the body and blood of Christ (1Co.10:16,17; Watch the video 8.9 about the meaning of partaking of the Memorial emblems.). In some other instances, some people give communion even to infants, some drink from a large bowl, etc.

It becomes very necessary to find out from the Bible what partaking of the symbols unworthily means at the Memorial in order to avoid being condemned by God. Such a person who has the true understanding will not fall into the error by either completely rejecting the communion or any other similar error (1Co.10:16,17).

There are five reasons that can make a Christian unworthy of partaking of the emblems of the body and blood of Christ at the Memorial of His sacrificial death (on the evening of Nisan 14). The apostle Paul mentioned two of them, which will serve as our takeoff point.

1.Indecent Behavior
The first and simplest reason for unworthily partaking of the symbols is indecent behavior at the Memorial. In the 1st century, the Memorial was held as a joint dinner for Christians gathered at someone’s home.
At this meeting, some Christians brought their food to the common table – regardless of the fact that they would also take the Lord’s meal as commanded by Jesus Christ, which is unleavened bread and red wine.

The Memorial was to serve as a reminder of the greatest example of self-sacrifice; the death of Christ for the sake of saving people from the slavery of sin.  The breaking of one bread for all was supposed to emphasize the unity of Christians in one spiritual body of Jesus Christ “covering” the shortcomings of all with His righteousness.

However, in Corinth, this event turned into obscenity. The rich Christians hastily leaned onto their meal brought from home even before everyone gathered. Some of them overate and got drunk whereas the poor Christian who could not bring anything to this dinner remained hungry.

As a result, instead of honoring the memory of Jesus’ sacrifice and spiritual unity, the Memorial turned into a practice of disunity, selfishness, disorder, and neglect of poor Christians. Therefore, Paul sternly spoke out to the Corinthians and advised them to dedicate the Lord’s Supper — only the Lord’s meal: the breaking of unleavened bread and use of a portion of red wine.

If someone loved to eat, they could have dinner at home before the Memorial, so that it could be held kindly to the glory of Jehovah and that everyone should wait for one another and not hurry to partake of the symbols until the others get here. He wrote in 1Co.11:20-22:
When you come together in one place, it is not really to eat the Lord’s Evening Meal. For when you eat it, each one takes his own evening meal beforehand, so that one is hungry but another is intoxicated.
Do you not have houses for eating and drinking? Or do you despise the congregation of God and make those who have nothing feel ashamed? What can I say to you? Should I commend you? In this I do not commend you.
Consequently, my brothers, when you come together to eat it, wait for one another. If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you come together it is not for judgment (God’s condemnation because they turn God’s sacred things into blasphemy, for which they are later punished by diseases). (1Co.11:33,34,30).

Therefore, the Memorial is best done only with unleavened bread and a small portion of red wine.
2. A Frivolous or Inappropriate Attitude to the Meaning of the Body of Christ.
The way to unworthily partake of the Memorial emblems is having a frivolous attitude to the meaning of the body of Christ.
For the one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment against himself (1Co.11:29).
One must ponder over the significance of the Memorial and the body of Christ.

We must know that the body of Christ in a spiritual sense is a congregation consisting of individual believers who are “covered” with the righteousness of Christ (Ro.12:5; Eph.1:22,23). Since the bread broken at the Memorial symbolizes this body, sinning against a believer is sinning against Christ Himself (1Co.8:12; 12:12,27; 10:16-17).

The Christians in Corinth, after shamelessly neglecting the needs of their poor brothers, were guilty against the body and blood of the Lord which was shed for every member of the congregation.
Therefore, whoever eats the loaf or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty respecting the body and the blood of the Lord. (1Co.11:21-22,27).

Therefore, before commemorating the Memorial, Paul advised Christians to check their attitudes to the holding of the Memorial and to the congregation of Christ — taking into account the understanding of the meaning of the symbols of the body and blood of Christ:
First let a man approve himself after scrutiny and only then let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup. (1.Cor:11:28).

What does it mean to not ponder over the significance of the body of Christ? A person who approaches the Memorial frivolously and unprepared, being guilty of sins against God and fellow believers, without first confessing and asking for forgiveness from Jehovah, not correcting everything that could be corrected, and making no effort to settle differences. This is a person who does not ponder over the significance of the body of Christ.

Similarly, whoever refuses to partake of the emblems because of the fear of being unworthy (just in case, as not to do something wrong) — instead of making an effort to partake worthily, this one does not ponder over the significance of the body of Christ either.

After all, God expects us to try to live righteously and make every effort for this. As we can remember from the video 8.9 , Jesus Christ “covers” with His righteous body everything that we are unable to correct or change, but only if we truly repent and regret our sins. This is what we all should believe in and this is the very reason to partake of the emblems.

3. Doubt
The third way of unworthily partaking of the symbols is doubt.  If a Christian is not sure whether it is necessary to partake of the symbols and makes no effort to learn it from the Bible but remains in doubts and partakes just because others do (following the crowd without proper understanding) – such a Christian does wrong and sins before Jehovah (Ro.14:22,23).

4. Not Worshiping Jehovah through Jesus Christ

The fourth way of unworthily partaking of the symbols is if we don’t worship Jehovah the father of Jesus Christ and we do not do His will. In this case partaking of the symbols will not bring us any spiritual benefit and we will be approved by neither Jehovah nor His Christ. Just to do the communion alone is not enough to please God. (Mt.7:21-23).

5. The Wrong Motivation

The fifth way of unworthily partaking of the symbols is the wrong motivation. For example, if our goal is to publicly challenge our congregation by demonstratively partaking of the Memorial emblems — (knowing that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught differently); if our desire is to attract more attention, then such a communion will be a sin, as it does not correspond to the meaning and purpose of the communion.

The Summary : There are five reasons we have pointed out that can make Christians unworthy of partaking of the symbols of the body and blood of Christ:

1) Indecent behavior at the Memorial (1Co.11:20).

2) A frivolous or inappropriate attitude to the meaning of the body of Christ (i.e. eating and drinking without discerning the Lord’s body): If we frivolously allow ourselves to sin against our fellow believers; we make no effort to reconcile and settle differences (1Co.11:29).

3) Doubts: a) This is when we do not have a deep conviction stating that it is necessary to partake of the emblems of Christ’s flesh and blood at the Memorial (Ro.14:22,23).
b) We also partake of the emblems unworthily if we don’t do anything in order to have such a conviction. We also do not consider it necessary to make an effort and learn it from the Bible, Heb. 5: 12 (if we believe that our teachers will render an account for us before God).

4) We do not worship Jehovah and do not carry out His will. In this case, partaking of the Memorial emblems of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ is a useless ritual, it will not bring forth any spiritual benefits (Mt.7:21-23).

5) The wrong motivation.

If these five reasons do not apply to us, then we do not have a good reason to refuse to be attached to the body of Christ by partaking of the symbols of his body and blood. If, due to some problem, we were unable to prepare for the Memorial in order to approach this event with a clear conscience, then it is possible, as it was in ancient times, to postpone the Passover for a  month (Nu.9:10,11; 1Co.11:23-26).

It is wrong, however, to give it up. The need to participate in the meal of Christ motivates Christians to make every effort during the year to carry out the will of God, His principles, and settle all differences among themselves (Nu.9:10,11; 1Co.11:23-26). These constant efforts make us worthy of the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

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The meaning of partaking of the Memorial emblems of Christ’s flesh and blood (1.Cor.5:7; 11:23-26)

Video in Russian . Here is an adapted version of the video in English 8.9

Many of you already know the meaning of Passover in the New Testament (i.e. Jesus Christ), the Lord’s Evening Meal (Memorial of Christ’s death), and the Memorial emblems (unleavened bread and red wine) to all humanity from the scriptures.
But what does it actually mean for a believer to partake of the Memorial emblems of the blood and flesh of Jesus Christ?

Not knowing the answer to this question leads to the wrong attitude and a disposition towards the Memorial of the death of Jesus. For example, during the 1st century, some got drunk at the Memorial and overate, leaving the rest hungry (1 Corinthians 11:21).­­

The reverse is the case in modern times, where at the Memorial many do not even touch the unleavened bread or the red wine. Both of these wrong dispositions happen due to a lack of understanding regarding the meaning of partaking of the Memorial emblems.

None of these people meet with Jehovah’s expectations from His children on such a sacred day instituted by Jesus Christ in remembrance of His death. This commemoration is held once a year– on Nisan 14 (1 Cor.11:23-27, one can be guided by the Judaic calendar: in Judea they are taught to calculate Nisan 14 from the time of Moses).

From the previous video, we learned that just as the Israelites celebrated Passover in ancient times, ALL of Jehovah’s people in our time, whether anointed or not, should partake of the Memorial emblems of the blood and flesh of Christ (drink red wine and eat unleavened bread in the evening of Nisan 14).

Partaking of the symbols at the Memorial is an integral part of God’s worship — a commandment for all members of the New Testament (baptized servants of Jehovah).
For example, much like the commandments that say one must pray, preach, and not sin, which we all must obey with unreserved commitment, so to must we partake of the Memorial emblems. Therefore, partaking of the symbols of Jesus’ body and blood is necessary in order to keep with all the other commandments of the New Testament.

1) What does partaking of unleavened bread mean?
Jesus, on the night of Nisan 14, in which he was betrayed, broke the unleavened bread and said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you.” He also took the cup of wine and said, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor.11:23-24; Mt. 26:26)

By breaking the unleavened bread, Jesus essentially showed that this is how his body will also be «broken» for all the present and future followers of Christ. The breaking of one whole loaf of bread and dividing it into smaller pieces clearly showed the disappearance of the body of Christ and its transformation into a multitude of figurative small pieces.

By partaking of one piece of the «body» of Christ (communion), Christians will all together become different “pieces » of ONE for all the COMMON body of Christ, as it is written:
The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. (1Cor. 10: 16).

This is what all Christians must do — in memory of the «broken» body of Christ for us. But why?

In order for Christians to understand that by accepting a piece of the body of Christ into themselves, they become part of His righteous body. All of these different «pieces» are «formed» into one spiritual body of Christ. (Christian congregation). The word «communion» means to have something in common with Christ (2 Peter 1:4b).

Of course, all of this is figurative. Unleavened bread itself does not have any magical effect on Christians. It is only a testimony to the fact that we fulfill the commandment given by Christ symbolically (by partaking of unleavened bread), and in practice: we try to live and act in the same way that Jesus Christ had lived and acted.

2) Partaking of red wine.
Exactly the same testimony of the fulfillment of Christ’s commandment is in the drinking of red wine.
The cup of blessing which we bless (for which we praise God), is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? (1 Cor. 10: 16,17; 11: 25; Mt. 26: 27,28).

Christ shed his blood for all his followers, giving them the opportunity to become participants of the New Testament with God, and through this to first have a close relationship with God and then gain eternal life. It can be said that the life of the followers of Christ is «in the saving blood of Jesus Christ.»

By accepting a sip of red wine (which is a figurative representation of the blood of Christ), a follower of Christ through this sip becomes part of the whole righteous body of Christ. This follower has the opportunity to live forever through this act (the blood is a symbol of the eternal life of Christ). Whoever consciously refuses to partake of the «blood» of Christ consequently refuses eternal life.

Summary: What does it mean for a baptized servant of Jehovah to partake of the perfect body and blood of Jesus?

A.)
It is the recognition that Jehovah, through the «broken» body of the Passover-Christ, releases Christians from the slavery of the god of this system of things. Through this act, too, Christians are given the opportunity to enter into the New Covenant with Him and, thereby, to attain all the promises of Jehovah in a new world (1 Cor. 5:7; Mr.10:29.30).

В.) It is the communion of the body of Jesus Christ, which makes us part of the perfect spiritual body of Christ (congregation).

C.) It also means a communion of the blood of Jesus Christ which gives us hope to live forever (1 Cor.10: 16, 17) and cleanses us from all sin. (1 Jo 1:7).

Since unleavened bread symbolizes the perfect body of Christ, by partaking of a piece of the body of Christ, we become attached to the perfection and righteousness of Christ, recognizing that without Christ we are nothing. Only in the «composition» of the body of Christ — we are of value to God, because our sinfulness is «covered» with the righteousness and perfection of Jesus Christ.

The red wine, as we know, symbolizes the blood of Christ (the eternal life of a perfect person). By partaking of the «blood» of Christ, we become attached to eternal life, recognizing that without Christ we will not gain eternal life. We have the hope to gain eternal life only under the «cover» of the saving blood of Jesus Christ.

Whoever consciously does not participate in communion (i.e. refuses to partake of the Memorial emblems) is OUT of His body. Such a person is not under the “cover” of Christ’s righteousness. God is far away from such a person. (Proverbs 15:29).

Just as a mother hen is there for her chicks, so is Christ for His believers. He covers their spiritual infancy, inadequacies, and imperfection with His pure and uncompromised perfection.

But there is something else that obliges all of God’s servants to partake of the Memorial emblems of the flesh and blood of Christ. By doing so, every Christian «proclaims the Lord’s death» (1 Corinthians 11:26). One may ask: to whom does he proclaim, if no one can see the disciples who partake of the emblems but themselves?

This scripture about the ancient Passover will help you to understand:
But the men … who ceases to keep the Passover, — that soul shall be cut off from his people, because he did not bring the offering of the Lord at its appointed time: that man shall bear his sin” (Num. 9: 13)

By partaking of the symbols, a Christian proclaims to God about his faith in Jesus Christ. That Jesus is the one who was sent by Jehovah and that there will be no other Messiah aside from Him. That it is HIS sacrificial death — the «broken» body and the shed blood — that liberates Christians from the slavery of sin and opens the «doors» to the New Testament with God to attain all the promises.

By partaking of the symbols, Christians indicate to God their keen desire to free themselves from the slavery of sin and become children of Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The partaking of the symbols is also an expression of the expectation for the second coming of Christ. Why?

Because the Memorial of Jesus’ death must be commemorated by partaking of the symbols of the body and blood of Christ — «until he comes» (1 Cor.11:26).
But so far, he has not come yet. The new system of things has not yet come, therefore, the Memorial has not yet been cancelled. (Those who teach that Jesus Christ has already come should not partake of the symbols).

As soon as Jesus comes the second time — the essence of the Passover sacrifice will be fulfilled. Therefore, all who accepted the liberation of Christ, whom God «took into account» by this time — will have the chance to live forever in the world of God in either Heaven or on Earth — depending on whom and where Jehovah will determine in His Kingdom.

In 2019, Nisan 14 falls on Friday, April 19. All of us will come this evening to a meeting of our friends by faith to commemorate the Lord’s Supper by partaking of the symbols. Praise and honor belongs unto Jehovah the one who reveals unto many that they, too, should partake of the symbols. That is why the number of partakers has been increasing each year among Jehovah’s Witnesses.

If it is still difficult for someone to accept the importance of the partaking of the symbols, do not despair and do not hurry to do so, otherwise you may be among those who unworthily partake of the symbols (Rom. 14:23). We’ll talk about this next time, if God wills.

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The man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s temple: Part 5 How one can become a member of the Governing Body of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

Video in Russian . Here is an adapted version of the video in English 8.7

The answer to the question “How one can become a member of the Governing Body in our time” (GB) will close the cycle of videos about the man of lawlessness and will show why the GB deviates towards lawlessness despite the many sincere efforts for the Kingdom’s interest.

Since the Governing Body is the center of training God’s people in the whole world, the members of the Governing Body must be anointed, specifically called to the ministry of the Word of God (Ac.6:4).

He who is called upon by Jehovah to the ministry of the word hungers and thirsts for the truth and cannot sleep well unless that thirst is quenched (the spirit of God will not leave him in peace unless he finds the right interpretation of the Word of God, Mat. 5:6; Ac. 6:4; 2 Cor. 4:2).
Since problems are clearly discernible in the teachings of the Society, emanating from 1914 (examples shown below), and nobody in the Governing Body really cares about it (it is not “warping” them because of the trampling the truth) the question naturally arises: Are they called to the ministry of the Word there?

If there are none anointed in the Governing Body called to the ministry of the Word of God then deviation from truth is inevitable. Only holy spirit helps the anointed ones to be interpreters of the Word of God — to understand it correctly and instruct the disciples (1 John 2:20,27; 1 Cor.12:3).
But we are not in the first century today, there are no literal miracles (Ac.2:43; 19:11), therefore none of the anointed ones can confirm Jehovah’s calling to the ministry of the word. How, then, can one distinguish who is called by God and who is not?

One must be guided by spiritual «miracles.» Russell, for example, checked the 19th century Bible teachings and was horrified to find how distorted the fundamental teachings had become (he felt an acute need to seek the truth).

He was able to see in the Bible that Jehovah must be worshiped through Jesus Christ; he gave to the world the fundamentals of correct knowledge about Jehovah, His son, and the purpose for mankind. It is clear that it would be impossible without holy spirit. (The profit of the spiritual fruit of brother Russell exceeded his mistakes and the following is clearly noticeable: his spiritual heritage is still used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.)

At the time of Russell’s associates, spiritual “miracles” were also observed; the facets of truth were updated (earthly JW appeared; the rejection of 1914 as the date of the end, the rejection of Christmas, neutrality, etc.), preaching the foundations of truth about Jehovah and the rapid growth of Jehovah’s people. As a result, Mic. 4.1, 2 came true (the prophecy about the restoration of Jehovah’s worship), which also confirms God’s callings of the anointed ones of the 20th century. (Their usefulness to the Kingdom’s work exceeded the mistakes they made.)

Similar today, spiritual “miracles” are expected from the Governing Body, or at least the correction of the obsolete teachings (if they really were called to the ministry of the word, they would explore the Bible and update the outdated teachings, 2 Peter 1:19-21). But what do we see? For example, if Jesus began to rule in 1914 then Russell’s associates would have caught the end of this system of things (Mat.24:34). But his generation died and the end did not come. What conclusion should the Governing Body have made? The 1914 teachings are wrong and must be corrected.

But instead of deepening biblical study and correcting the obvious 1914 teaching mistake, the Governing Body built on it an even more ridiculous “light”, deciding that if the coming of Christ in 1914 did not lead to the end of this system of things (as was expected at Russell’s time), this does NOT mean that the 1914 teaching was a mistake. It merely means that Jesus has to come back two times. (This is how a new “light” appeared about Christ coming back twice, in 1914 and before Armageddon Watchtower 07.15.2013.)

And if the anointed of 1914 did not see the end (as was expected during Russell’s time), the Governing Body decided not to change the teaching of the coming of Christ in 1914 but to add a second group of anointed Christians, effectively extending the length of the “generation” (this is how a new “light” appeared about two overlapping groups that make up “this generation” from Mat. 24:34, Watchtower 06.15.2010, page.5. Each new “light” is not a discovery of truth, but a political step). And here the question arose: “Who invents such a ridiculous new light?” Are there ministers of the Word of God within the Governing Body?

Today, it is plain to see that if there are ministers called by God within the Governing Body — for sure – they were not called to the ministry of the Word. But, for example, they were called to modernize the management of personnel, publishing, finance, construction, etc. (gifts differ, Romans 12:6-8). Undoubtedly, in the age of technological revolution it is also necessary to do this. But where is the main «modernization»? Why has the Governing Body stopped the development of the truth? Who is teaching Jehovah’s people today?

All the questions raised here prompted us to find out how one becomes a member of the Governing Body in our time, and who prepares spiritual food. As we already know, since 1992 spiritual food has been prepared by the JW with earthly hope (JW Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom page. 235). But, let’s say that educational articles are written by the members of the Governing Body and “earthly” JW are engaged in design work and prepare them for release. Let’s find out who serves in the Governing Body and compare that with the 1st century AD:

In the 1st century, Jehovah appointed the leaders into the Governing Body (Ac. chapter 2; 6:2, 4; chapter 15). He looked into the heart and called to the ministry of the Word the «vessels» suitable for this (1 Sam. 16:7; Ac. 6:2.4; 9:15). For example, fishermen wanted to know the truth, Mat. 24: 3, but the leaders didn’t. Therefore, God called fishermen. But today, one can become a member of the Governing Body only for service to the GB (those who defend and promote GB policy: The GB gets rid of “Pauls”, called by Jehovah to the ministry of the Word; watch video 8.7). How do we know this?

This is how the Watchtower Society explains the principle of getting into the Governing Body: ”While directors of a legal corporation are voted into office by its members, the Governing Body is not appointed by any man but is appointed by Jesus Christ” (Watchtower 04.15.2001, page 29).We decided to find out how this appointment takes place in reality, because it is clear that literally neither Jehovah nor Jesus appointed the members of the GB. Here is what we found out:

When asked by the royal commission in Sydney, G. Jackson said (watch that video starting from the 9 minute mark) that the new members of the Governing Body are appointed by the decision of the Governing Body (the GB chooses them as well as the elders, according to the scriptural qualifications and one’s track record, Watchtower 11.15.2014). At the time of the appointment into the Governing Body, one must have the appointee experience of the Watchtower Society and partake of the symbols (i.e. not Jesus appointing the members into the GB as the society teaches, but the imperfect GB members themselves).

Then we found out that the helpers to the GB in the committees are the “right hand” of the GB (since 1992, the helpers at the weekly meeting of the committee are the Jehovah’s Witnesses from among the “other sheep”, Watchtower October 2015, page 3). Since only special brothers can get into such committees (those who are ready to remain silent and close their eyes to any oddities in order to maintain their position in the Society, watch the video 8.7), it’s clear that only the best of the best «earthly» Jehovah’s Witnesses can become the helpers to the Governing Body; on the ability to turn a blind eye to everything.

In order to get into the Governing Body, one must first be promoted to the appointment as a helper to the GB in one of the committees (the “launch pad” to getting into the GB). Since 1992, the GB has appointed the «earthly» JW as helpers to the committees (Watchtower October 2015, page 3), so we decided to check whether or not these «earthly» helpers become members of the GB. When exploring the path of the new members into the GB (it’s good, they write about this in the Watchtower magazine), we saw this:

In 2000, four new members were added to the GB (Watchtower 01.01.2000, page 29) and we quote: “The new members, all anointed Christians, are Samuel F. Herd, M. Stephen Lett, Guy H. Pierce, and David H. Splane.” We checked whether or not they had been helpers to the GB in one of the committees since 1992 and later (that is when they began to appoint not the anointed ones but brothers with earthly hope) and this is what we saw in that same magazine:

Samuel Herd was serving as a helper to the Service Committee (from 1965 to 1997, he was in circuit and district work). Stephen Lett was a helper to the Teaching Committee (Since 1998, he has been a part of the United States Bethel family). Guy Pierce was serving as a helper to the Personnel Committee (he served as a circuit overseer from 1986 until 1997). David Splane — since 1998, he had been a helper to the Writing Committee.
This is how we saw that all the four new members of the GB were the “earthly” brothers when in 1997/1998 they were appointed as helpers to the GB. (Reminder: since 1992, the GB has appointed the «earthly» JW as their helpers [Watchtower October 2015, page 3.])

The same can be said about Brother Sanderson (Watchtower 07.15.2013). He served as a helper to the Service Committee of the Governing Body. This is how our thought was confirmed that, since 1992, brothers with earthly hope who were appointed as helpers to the GB become members of the GB. By the time of the appointment as a member of the GB they somehow become God’s anointed (after all, the members of the GB must be anointed). Below, we will demonstrate an approximate algorithm of getting into the GB of modern times:

Today, one can become a member of the GB not because he is chosen by God to the ministry of the Word but rather for the greater services and interests of the GB (the one who is rising to the top of a theocratic career, is better than others, turns a blind eye). If a JW ”earns” in the eyes of the GB to become a helper to them he will get a chance to partake of the symbols.

On the one hand, such an algorithm of getting into the GB can be understood:  members of the GB prepare a replacement for themselves for those JW whose devotion to the Society is verified. But on the other, with this approach the “fishermen” and the “Pauls” have no chance to become members of the GB (those who hunger for the knowledge of truth and devote all their free time to Bible study). Also, there will be no possibility to deepen the Bible study or to correct the mistakes. Why?

Because even if the Society selects the most loyal and honored candidate to the GB (the one who shows special devotion to the GB), it will not be able to give him holy spirit. Jehovah is the only one who can give it through Jesus Christ; the gift of calling to the ministry of the Word of God and instruct in His truth (Joh.16: 7,13; 1.Joh. 2:20,27). Where there is no holy spirit there is no wisdom, and deviation from the truth of God becomes inevitable.

Due to the fact that one can become a member of the GB only because of his track record (not by Jehovah’s calling), we believe that the crisis in instruction of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is becoming more noticeable.
For example, the arrests in the Russian Federation (brothers suffer not for Christ but for the short-sightedness of the GB). The hasty transfer of Kingdom Halls to foreigners; — in the Russian Federation it was recognized as fictitious donations (compare Heb. 10: 34; after all, the givers continue to use the property, but not the gifted);There is no flexibility in the conditions of the ban (with regards to the meetings, preaching).

There is a lack of finances. There is an outflow of the JW. In the teachings, instead of correcting the outdated interpretation of the brothers (they couldn’t discover a lot during their time), they lay a new understanding on top of the old understanding, but even more absurd (they patch old holes of teachings with patches with new holes, The example of it is a new “light” about two overlapping groups that make up “this generation” from Mat. 24:34).
What is the solution? This is the main point of the video (the detection of errors without a proposal for the correct way out does not bring any benefit to the Kingdom’s interests; James 1:22-25)..

There is only one answer: it is necessary to look for the anointed ones called by Jehovah to the ministry of the Word and to engage them to cooperate and work together with the GB or at least with the Writing Committee. They can be useful, even as remote assistants; they do not have to be invited to the GB or at Bethel of USA. Today it is possible to find them by the spiritual «miracles» they perform.

The anointed ones, called to the ministry of the Word of God, differ from the rest of the JW with their strong desire to “get to the bottom” of the essence of truth and have a deep understanding of the Bible and the behavior tactics. Not only will they not close their eyes to the mistakes in the teachings of the Society (the holy spirit will not allow them to, Ac. 17:11; 1 Th. 5:21), but they also consider themselves obliged to Jehovah to explain to the GB what is inconsistent with His Word and requires clarification (the example of Paul, Ac. chapter 15).

If they see that an elder is wrong about something they also cannot close their eyes to this and admonish him, according to Matthew 18:15 (the Society teaches that the shepherds must be obeyed even when in the wrong, but the holy spirit that the anointed have will not allow them to do so: Paul for example, could not tolerate the hypocrisy of Peter, Gal. 2:11-14). If they have a revelation in the Word of God (a new or clarified interpretation of some Scripture, 1 Cor.14:26-31), they inform the elders. But why?

So that revelations could reach the Governing Body. (Paul went to the Governing Body in the first century, while today it is possible to send the information through the Internet, Ac. chapter 15) Since it is natural for them to love people, they do not stir up other members of the congregation with their new revelations (they act through the elders). For the rest, they serve Jehovah, just like the rest of the JW. They must inform the elders that they are called by God to be ministers of the Word (Rom.1:1; Gal.2:7-9; 1Tim.2: 7; Ac.13:2).

The elders should not punish one for distrusting the Governing Body but to bring to the attention of the Governing Body the information about the presence of the anointed one within their congregation. The Governing Body should then consider what the minister of the word conveys and analyze it in the light of the Scripture (as a rule, it is impossible to object the interpretation of God’s anointed using the Bible; Luke 14.6; 20:26) and think of where, how, and when to apply it.

If the anointed one does not speak English, the Governing Body can read his material with a translator (there are such services in the GB). The GB should not be afraid that all 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses will begin to throw the GB with revelations claiming that they are called by God to the ministry of the Word. Why not? Because to say so means to risk one’s life (because if a JW is not called, he risks his life to be rejected by God forever for lies and heresy). Those whom Jehovah calls to be ministers of the Word cannot be many.

For example, in the first century Jehovah only found 13 suitable people for the ministry of the Word in all of Judea (John 17:11,12, only four of them actively wrote teaching instructions  — Paul was not a member of the GB).  If the GB ceases to hold onto the uniqueness of their authority and will listen to the «Pauls» then this will benefit all of their work. But whoever believes that Jehovah calls to the ministry of the word only those who have a good track record of service to the society is wrong. Why?

Because 1) God does not look at the record of service, but into the heart (He sees who is fit for this ministry, 1 Sam 16:7, therefore in the first century He did not call honored workers of God’s people, but fishermen and persecutors of Christians, (Paul), which would be impossible for the GB).

And 2) The anointed ones are not interested in power, heights in a career, honor, or glory. They are only interested in the purity of God’s Word and conscience (2 Cor. 4:2; Tit. 2:7; 1 Pet. 3:16, and in this, too, is their distinctive feature).

The conclusion for this video is this: we have shown in general terms
a) the difference between the one called to the ministry of the word by Jehovah (the one who digs deep into the Bible and seeks truth) and the one who is called by the GB for services to the Society (who obediently follows all of the GB’s instructions).
b) How «earthly» JW, since 1992, have moved smoothly to the GB — from the “step” of a helper to the GB in one of the six committees. We will show what we learned in the following chart:

The most important question for Jehovah’s Witnesses is: how one should continue to serve Jehovah in his congregation, knowing that the man of lawlessness sits in the temple of God? (2 Thess. 2: 2-4). We will find out soon if God wills.

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Here is the video of the public hearings of the Royal Commission in Sydney. D. Jackson speaks about the appointment of the members of the GB, 9th minute  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erWV8YnTFto

The Man of Lawlessness in Jehovah’s Temple: Part 4. Cunning of the Governance System of the Governing Body.

Video in Russian . Here is an adapted version of the video in English 8.7

From video 8.6   we learned that the man of lawlessness today  is the Governing Body (GB). In general, the man of lawlessness works for Jehovah’s interests (as the leaders in the first century Mt.23:2,3, otherwise no one would believe that Jehovah’s Temple is here). But the problem is that when working for the Kingdom’s interests, the man of lawlessness is willing to allow distortion to protect his own interests, which is detrimental to God’s Work (Php.2:21). And what helps him in this is the Governance System (the system of the governance for God’s people).

GS — the Governance System of the man of lawlessness.

Today, the Governance System of Jehovah’s Temple consists of, as it did in the first century, the Governing Body (the headquarters) and his assistants (all the structural units of the Governing Body, including congregations [Ac.15:6; 1Ti.3:1-10] that deliver to all Jehovah’s witnesses all of the decisions of the Governing Body [Ac.16:4]). Through this governance system (GS), unity and discipline are maintained among Jehovah’s people (without which, it is impossible to carry out God’s Will [Mt.24:14] ).

In the GS of modern times there are two downsides:

1) Unlike in the first century, there are no miracles today and there is no opportunity for the members of the Governing Body to confirm that they are truly God’s anointed. (We have to believe their word that they are anointed, there is no alternative to worship Jehovah.)

2) In this system of things of imperfection, the environment of power is always an environment of risk (even if Jehovah Himself appoints the leaders. Nu.20:12; Ac.20:29-30).Therefore, what fruit the GS will bring to God depends on the spirituality of the members of the Governing Body among His people.

If the members of the Governing Body are really anointed, are faithful to Jehovah, take a firm hold of the Word of God, do not look for their own interests but for what is pleasing to Christ, please God but not men (as apostle Paul for example Ac.20:32; Ga.1:10) then the GS will fulfill its purpose and will correctly mold God’s people (even if some mistakes will be made). And the opposite is true as well (Jer.12:10; Php.2:21).

So, depending on what the Governing Body is looking for (righteousness or lawlessness), the biblical form of the GS will either bring good fruit to Jehovah or it will spoil His people, as the shepherds of old time did (Jer.12:10). Is it possible to know what the Governing Body of modernity is looking for? Yes it is. Let’s compare the development of the same situations in the condition of the GS of modernity and the GS of the first century.

Answer please: is it possible that today one of God’s anointed, not from «Jerusalem» (Warwick), could publicly expose one of the members of the Governing Body of hypocrisy and to urge him to correct his conduct without being punished for doing so? (As apostle Paul did, Ga.2:11-13). Or could he ask the Governing Body to change one of the teachings (As apostle Paul did, Acts Chapter 15) and the members of the GB would respond immediately (or at least listen)? Or could he say to the GB that God reveals His Word not only to just the Governing Body from Warwick? (1Co.11:5; Ga.1:15-17).

What will happen to these brothers today? It is not difficult to guess that they will be disfellowshipped or announced mentally ill. Why? Because today (unlike in the first century), the GS of the Governing Body does not let modern «Pauls» in – those who put Jehovah’s interests first and who look not for their own interests but for what is pleasing to Christ (Ga.2:9,11-14; For Paul, Jehovah, and Jesus were the only priorities).

How does the GS of the Governing Body get rid of «Pauls«? By means of an easy, but amazingly workable scheme.

Initially, this tough GS, in terms of the subordination subordinate to the superior, provides stability to God’s people on a global scale. This is good and correct (otherwise it would be impossible to organize the harmonious worldwide activity). But if a wicked generation penetrates the Governing Body that does not look for what is pleasing to Christ but for their own interests, then they use the GS for their own purposes, «making it work» for themselves.

Since the deeds of the man of lawlessness can sooner or later be detected (watch video 8.6 , in order to continue to maintain his position as the only faithful servant of Jehovah, he needs his own team of governors at all levels and structures, starting with congregations and finishing with the six committees (the committees at the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society are: the Coordinators’ Committee, Personnel Committee, Publishing Committee, Service Committee, Teaching Committee, and the Writing Committee).

Therefore, the Governing Body needs only those brothers who will implicitly and blindly (fanatically, without examining the Scriptures) trust him; who will faithfully «fight to the death« for him and his interests in the belief that he is serving Jehovah.

The Governing Body needs servants who will be ready to refuse to search the Scriptures to check its decisions, commandments, and actions. It is not difficult to guess why there is no room for «Pauls» in the modern Governing Body.

The Governing Body needs brothers who will be ready to suppress their own opinion, who will turn a blind eye to weirdness (even if they notice it), who will drown out their own conscience, and evade their responsibility to please Jehovah. But how?!! does one achieve this from the brothers who truly love Jehovah and His Word? For this, it is necessary to interpose a special «magical mechanisms» (2Th.2:2,9,10). Let’s consider them and learn how the Governing Body forms such a team.

At the beginning of this «magic» is in the appointment of the elders of the congregations. God’s people should not be in a democracy (generates anarchy). Therefore, leaders at all levels are appointed by superiors (they have more experience), according to the principle of Acts 14:23; Tit.1:5. However, the approach to the appointment of the elders of all levels, in fact, is worldly: «He will give great glory, power, and reward, to those who give him recognition«, (Da.11:39).

This is the first «magic mechanism” of the GS of the Governing Body.

A condition of appointment as an elder (or as regular pioneer) is a hidden «oath» of allegiance to the Governing Body, not to Jehovah. There is a demand in the questionnaire for all appointees to recognize the Governing Body as the only channel and representative of God. This is how the righteousness of the appointees is placed in dependence not only on themselves and their relationship with Jehovah but also on the righteousness of the Governing Body (If there is a man of lawlessness in the Governing Body, then there is a risk of subordinating to him to do wrong).

This is how the GS of the Governing Body removes all «Pauls» in the very beginning: those who can see a trick in swearing allegiance to the imperfect members of the Governing Body and equalizing them with Jehovah; those who cannot sign the questionnaire and therefore do not fall into the system of managers of the Watchtower Society, as only the necessary «source material» gets there: spiritual babies (inexperienced, gullible newcomers without a thorough knowledge of the Bible). Using spiritual babies is the second mechanism (as it is easy to control them).

Then, the newcomers who sincerely love God, who want to do more to serve Him and who «took the oath» to the Governing Body, are treated with the «third mechanism«, which is the substitution of true spiritual concepts. For example: if you become an elder, you will immediately grow up spiritually! And who among the brothers does not want to grow up spiritually, if this is the dream of all the people who love Jehovah?

Also, it is easy to convince the new ones (especially the young ones) that distrusting the Governing Body is equivalent to distrusting God (which is not true Ac.11:17). That by submitting to the Governing Body you please Jehovah (they use 1Sa.15:22 «to obey is better than a sacrifice«, but they do not specify that it is talking about obedience to JEHOVAH, not to the Governing Body); that the word of the Governing Body is equal to the Word of Jehovah, and if something goes wrong, do not be afraid, the Governing Body will be accountable. (Although this is not so: each one will render an account for himself to God [Ro.14:12] and everyone will be equally punished, Mt.15:14).

If some of the teachings of the Governing Body are unclear or doubtful, then they explain to the new ones «It’s alright. When you grow up spiritually (when you become an elder) you will understand. Do you agree that the Governing Body correctly teaches the basic biblical truth? Then accept this also!» And the new ones sincerely begin to think that they have doubts, not because they see heresy but because they are spiritual babies who cannot see well (making them more willing to become an elder).

The elders of all congregations use this method of «processing» the inexperienced (This is how they are trained). If there is only a few people in the congregation who want to become a regular pioneer or an elder (the district overseer regularly checks), this means the body of elders does not fulfill their responsibilities and does not justify the trust of the society represented by the Governing Body, which can result in a dismissal aftermath (which the elders, of course, do not want).

Therefore, while the new ones did not really grasp anything, the elders «process» them with diligence. And inexperienced brothers strive to become elders in the sincere belief that by doing so, they will grow spiritually. (What the Society does is advertise the elders as spiritual, mature brothers, but they keep silent about the indicators of spiritual growth mentioned in Ga.5:22).

This is how the youths (both literal and spiritual ) begin to lead Jehovah’s people (Isa. 3:4) and face the GS of the Governing Body more tightly. For example, they have to speak from the stage in Kingdom Hall about absurd teachings — that this is the truth of Jehovah. Or in case of difficulties in processing documents for the Kingdom Halls, they have to convince themselves that a bribe is a gift for a good cause of Jehovah, and that it is better to submit than to pay attention to oddities, etc.

If at first the new ones don’t know what they’re doing, then when they begin to understand what wringer of the GS of the Governing Body they are put through, they’ll find out that by that time they will already have something to lose (their congregation that they have loved, Jehovah’s service, friends, family, children, etc.). And if the appointee «turns on the mind», he will face the choice:

a) Express doubts and be ready to resign as an elder (for distrusting the Governing Body, one will be demoted or even expelled) or b) remain silent for various reasons (there is no alternative to worship Jehovah, what will happen to me and my family, I don’t want to l lose the «acquired», Joh.12:42, etc.). To resign, one has to explain the reason and this can ruin not only his life alone. The choice is hard.. But whoever chooses b)  will be promoted even higher in the «theocracy» of the Governing Body.

So only brothers from Group b climb to the heights of the GS of the Governing Body. Those who are ready to be silent pretend that nothing is happening for the sake of the stability of their position. And the deeper they get stuck in it, the higher the GS raises them in ranks. And from the «Pauls», identified along the way (who could not choose b), the Governing Body gets rid of them (it may extend to the exclusion from the congregation).

Watch video 1.7  about how the man of lawlessness got rid of «Pauls» («Jerusalem, the killer of Jehovah’s prophets«).

Next, we’ll consider the forth «mechanism« of the GS of the Governing Body, which is successfully operating on inexperienced and gullible brothers. This is a program of false blessings (the privileges that the society represents as the blessings of God).

This makes the spirituality of many Jehovah’s Witnesses even worse, distorting their motivation: you demonstrate your loyalty to the Governing Body for a while and then you receive special honors and «a land as a reward» (Da.11:39). For example, you will be rewarded with the privilege of studying in one of the schools of the society (without mentioning that there are brothers from Group b) there, and they teach you to obey the Governing Body with even greater zeal, and with even greater effort they equalize the Governing Body with Jehovah).

Take into account this «blessing». For example, if you remain faithful to the Governing Body, in the new world you will be a prince (you will be more honored by Jehovah than others). It will be easier to open your business if you overcome administrative problems, you will come closer to the elite, etc. And if you don’t, then you will be a nobody. In the end, some are «sold» to the GS of the Governing Body for false «blessings» (privileges invented by the society).

This is how many of our dear brothers, being sincere and conscientious at the beginning and demonstrating their dedication to the Governing Body for many years at every stage of career growth, eventually acquire a spiritual defect: they are formed as hard-hearted opportunists, seeking no longer to please God but their own interests (in order not to lose their usual position and privileges, as was the case in the first century, Joh.12:42; Php.2:21).

And the Governing Body forms out of them its own army of «locusts» (Re.9:1,7, the wicked generation of leaders, which was predicted by Christ, Mt.16:1,4; 23:34-36; 24:34. Watch video 1.31 ). These «locusts» spoil the rest of Jehovah’s people: first, the regular pioneers, joining the team of the Governing Body to promote its interests (the mechanisms are the same: blind trust, loyalty to the Governing Body, substitution of concepts and luring by privileges).

As a result (and we can see it today all over the world), it is very easy to convince all Jehovah’s Witnesses (with the exception of some, but not many) through elders and regular pioneers, that, for example, the large-scale construction of the fashionable Bethel in Warwick, the withdrawal of all donations from the congregations, the sale of the Bethel property and the dismissal of the Bethelites, these are all Jehovah’s blessings and guidance.

Therefore, all the Jehovah’s witnesses «fight to the death« for the interests of the Governing Body, even for those that are dubious and they reject all «Pauls«, believing  that they are serving God. This is the bad fruit of the activity of the man of lawlessness in our time. «The army that kills» the prophets of God (Mt.23:34; Joh.16:2).

And the tragedy of this spiritual defect of this «army» is that it is being formed slowly and imperceptibly — only in cases when there is a contradiction between devotion to the Governing Body and to Jehovah. (Whom should you listen to more: the Governing Body or God?) But there are only a few such situations (the Governing Body largely requires the same as God; «poison is added drop by drop» ). But every time during taking this test of allegiance to the Governing Body or to Jehovah, when the Jehovah’s witnesses take the side of the Governing Body they show that the Governing Body is their master, not Jehovah (an idol sits in the temple of God).

So, the conclusion for the Governance System of the Governing Body of our time. We have shown:

1) Why the GS of the man of lawlessness at all times removes faithful «Pauls», but accepts brothers who obey the man of lawlessness for various reasons.

2) How the man of lawlessness forms his team with the help of the four «magic» mechanisms of the Governance System, built by the Governing Body of the society. Let’s recall them briefly.

The «magic« mechanisms of the Governance System of the Governing Body are:

1) The oath of allegiance to the Governing Body, not to Jehovah;

2) the selection of young and inexperienced ones into the GS;

3) the substitution of concepts (the Governing Body is equal to Jehovah; obedience to the Governing Body is pleasing to Jehovah; and delve into weirdness – displeasing ).The Governing Body will be responsible for any weirdness, but you will render an account to God for disobedience to the Governing Body;

4) attraction by the program of false blessings (the race for privilege distorts the motivation for those serving Jehovah and incorrectly molds Jehovah’s people).

If we add to this everything that was shown in the previous video 8.6 , which is:

— adventurous investments;

— hiding the movements of donations (the receiving and spending);

— the pursuit by the members of the Governing Body of luxury and comfort (but they prohibit the creation of a fund for helping fellow believers);

— the «financial abuse» of the congregations (withdrawal of all surplus donations);

— «tax on constriction»;

— complete isolation of the Governing Body from the «lower class» (impossibility for «Pauls« to come to them, Acts 15);

— unwise actions (situation in the Russian Federation);

— the dismissal of Bethelites who have worked for decades, without severance pay (put them through the wringer, and then be on your own) for the sale of real estate;

— the absence of a program of material care for older Bethelites (except for the members of the Governing Body and their closest associates);

— construction «business» (buy low-sell high);

— the use of free labor (including remote assistants) ;

— distortion of biblical teachings;

— the requirement to use only New World Translation Bible (the best in the understanding of the Society, but in fact — distorted, watch video 3.12, 3.13, 3.14 );

— the requirement to study the Bible only by the algorithm of the publications of the Society, etc.

Then we can come to the conclusion that the overall deeds and principles of the modern Governing Body comprehensively confirm the Biblical description of the man of lawlessness who has sat in Jehovah’s Temple at the beginning of the 21st century (the ascension of the Governing Body of modernity began in 1976, watch video 8.5 ).

The man of lawlessness:

1) will lead Jehovah’s worship (he will sit in the temple of God);

2) will allow apostasy (2Th.2:3; idolatry, substitute for God);

3) will entice with all power and signs and lying wonders (2Th.2:9, for example, the impressive wonder of fast construction of Kingdom Halls around the world under the cover of a «construction business»);

4) will seduce Jehovah’s people (lure with rewards) ;

5) will replace truth with deception (2Th.2:10 will distort teachings and motivation);

6) will release his army of «locusts» (dedicated to the Governing Body and not to Jehovah, Re.9:1-4).

Of course, the Governance System of Jehovah’s people is very important. It is very important for God to accomplish the worldwide preaching work, in which Jehovah’s witnesses participate (which is impossible without the GS, Mt.24:14). However, it is equally important to Jehovah that those who carry the good news to others gain salvation themselves. (1Co.9:27; if you notice something wrong in your congregation, but you don’t know what to do, watch video 2.14 ).

Next time, we will consider how one can become a member of the Governing Body (if there are any true anointed ones there today or not), if God wills.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, «Box of answers».

 

 

The Man of Lawlessness in Jehovah’s Temple: Part 3. The Lawlessness of the Governing Body

Here is an adapted version of the video (8.6). The information is expanded about the activities of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.

We learned from the previous video (8.5) that the man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s temple represented the class of leaders of Jehovah’s people, and it was not formed in a single day: all of the leaders began with an effort to please Jehovah, but over time they slid back into apostasy and Jehovah’s people became spoiled (Jer.12:10). The same can be said for the worship of Jehovah that was restored in the 20th and 21st century.

The leadership did not become lawless immediately, not at the beginning of the restoration of Jehovah’s worship, but in the fullness of its formation, when the worship of God became «the seven lampstands». That is to say, when the temple of Jehovah began to have two spiritual «courtyards» (the anointed and people with earthly hope) and spread throughout the globe (which we can observe today in 2018, Mic.4:1,2; Mt.24:14; Re.1:20; 11:1,2).

Also, just as the salient characteristics of the man of lawlessness were manifested in the leaders of Jehovah’s people of antiquity before the first coming of Christ (that’s when Christ was sent with the admonishment, Mt.16:21; 23:37) — similar to modern times — the traits of the man of lawlessness will be revealed before the second coming of Christ (which is why Christ will admonish him by means of the last two prophets, Mt.23; Mr.chapter 7; 2Th.1:7,8; 2:3-6,8).

Since the man of lawlessness disguises himself as a righteous leader, and even fulfills Jehovah’s commandments in many ways, it is not easy to recognize him. Unlike Jesus, we are unable to see the hearts and motivation of the leaders of God’s people today (Mt.23:28; 9:4). However, using the «portrait» of the man of lawlessness, which was described by Jesus Christ in the 1st century, we can define whether or not his characteristics fit the modern leaders of Jehovah’s people.

In general, the «collective man of lawlessness» — the leaders of Jehovah’s people — was characterized by Christ as an adulterous and wicked generation who will not escape punishment (Mt.12: 38,39; 23:36; 24:34). This means that the man of lawlessness is «cheating on» God (violating His principles) and, for the sake of his own self-interest, «plays a double game» (sly — hypocritical, cunning for his own gain, Lu.12:1).

Jesus described the nature of man of lawlessness in different characteristics when referring to the leaders of the 1st century. Let’s consider this with reference to the modern leaders of Jehovah’s people (the Governing Body). We understand that it is wrong to believe every word (Pr.14:15), so in the description of this video we will give references to the sources where we ourselves have learned about the facts of the Governing Body’s iniquities, which are listed below.

The characteristics of the man of lawlessness from the words of Jesus Christ are:

1 : THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS CORRECTLY TEACHERS THE BASICS OF JEHOVAH’S WORSHIP, BUT HE HIMSELF IS NOT RIGHTNESS IN EVERYTHING (Mt.23:1-3).

Is this applicable to the Governing Body? Yes: the Governing Body correctly teaches the basics of Jehovah’s Worship and about a righteous way of life. But in their affairs, the GB allows for indulgences, violating Jehovah’s principles (reminder: the links to the sources are in the video’s description).

For example, the Governing Body distorts the Word of Jehovah (see the details below; see also section “Appeal to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society” ) allows the acceptance of income derived from investments in companies that ruin the Earth (shale gas miners), produce GMO products and equipment for blood transfusions, the defense and tobacco companies (Henrietta M. Riley Trust for the Watchtower Society; see the article on our website about investments, there are details taken from the official website of the US Securities Commission). Also, the Governing Body invests in risky hedge funds (Cayman Islands), which is similar to a gambling (Also, the GB invests in risky hedge funds (Cayman Islands), which is similar to a gambling (see the website section review of events of December 29, 2015, all links were taken from the official sites of the US Securities Commission).

Also, the Governing Body (GB) hides the movements of donations from the people, even though reporting them is the right thing to do (protects against dishonesty, Jn.3:20; Heb.13: 18). In the Old Testament, for example, the principle of accountability for the receiving and spending the donations is shown: it would be wrong to take more than what is required for the Kingdom’s interests or use the donations for the wrong purpose (Ex.38: 24-31; 36:1-6; Nem.13:7-9).

Since May 2014, under the plausible pretext of alleviating the burden of Jehovah’s people (the abolition of the loan system for the construction of the Kingdom Halls), the GB introduced a lifelong monthly «tax» on construction, which does not seem to be in line with the voluntary motivations to donate (regardless of whether the loan was paid off for the construction of the Kingdom Hall or not.  Both must pay; those who pay the loan, and those who have already paid it off. This letter of the Governing Body was read on May 5, 2014, during the meetings).

Also, the GB, being a non-profit organization, participates in the construction business: real estate in the GB is built at a low cost (in a preferential tax regime — plus the free labor from Jehovah’s Witnesses’ volunteers, construction program — since 1985). But when the Governing Body sells it (which has become more frequent, as Kingdom Halls are now built in the style of malls since it is easier to sell), then the GB sells at a market price with a considerable profit (they adopted a worldly attitude: buy low, sell high).

Note: All the material on real estate sales was taken from English-language resources, with a description of detailed projects or halls offered for sale. All of them were available at the time of writing our material. See the news on our website from 09/26/2013; see Bethel for sale in Madrid  ; Kingdom Hall for sale in Britain ; Kingdom Hall for sale in the USA  ; about new projects for the malls , reduction of Bethels and the sale of closed ones (28 branches have been closed since 2010, see the JW Yearbooks after 2009 — compare the number of branches before and after; also see the review of events  from 11/04/2015 ; see also here  and here .  JW New Zealand headquarters are sold to a false religion (Elim Church ).
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Also, the Governing Body, covering the topic of the courts in the Russian Federation, distorted the essence of the Ministry of Justice’s accusation — in its favor, which is unacceptable for those striving for righteousness: the GB complains about the deceitfulness of the charges, although their publications are actually «filled» with statements and comparisons that exalt the Watchtower Society over other religions (see video 3.6  ).

All of these do not seem to be the work of God.

Furthermore, characteristic 2: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS A BLIND SHEPHERD (Mt.23:24).

The blind leader, in a spiritual sense, leads Jehovah’s people in a wrong direction — he teaches not according to God’s Word, but according to his own commandments. He leads not to Christ, but to himself. Therefore, both blind leaders and all people trained by them come neither to Jehovah nor to Christ, but fall into the «pit» of punishment (they cannot be approved by Jehovah, Mt. 15:14).

Blind leaders cease to distinguish the Word of God from the word of man, therefore they lead the people according to a distorted guide (according to their own commandments) and believers are formed incorrectly, becoming opportunists because they fear the rulers more than Jehovah. In the end, their priority is not in God’s interests, but in personal well-being (Mr.7:6-13; Joh.12:42,43; 9:22).

Blind leaders protect their authority and position, and they get rid of anyone who notices something wrong with their actions (2Ch.36:14-16). In the 1st century they rejected Christ, declaring him a blasphemer (as they had previously rejected other prophets, Mt.16:21; 23:31,32). So they stirred up all the people to go against him (Mt.27:20), and in the end, all those who rejected Christ fell into the «pit» of God’s punishment (70 AD).

Is spiritual blindness applicable to the Governing Body? Yes. The Governing Body also distorts the Word of God and teaches according to their commandments (They created a false «light» about themselves being the «faithful and discreet slave», and absolute obedience to the leadership; regarding the second coming of Christ — in 1914 and before Armageddon, regarding two overlapping groups of «this generation», regarding the ten virgins, which, will not fall asleep before the second coming of Christ, etc., watchtower 15.06.10, p.5, July 15, 2013 and March 15, 2015). Also, the guidance of the GB is not always similar to the guidance of Jehovah. For example:

Events in the Russian Federation show that the Letter-Writing Campaign to the Russian authorities (with names and addresses) did not bring any benefit (it only facilitated the search for brothers and sisters to arrest them). Ignoring the decision of the Russia Federation court to ban the local religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city of Orel in 2016 caused the arrest of brother D. Christensen. Denial of managerial involvement of Management Center in pos. Solnechnoe, St. Petersburg (even though there is involvement) also does not seem to be the work of those who see Jehovah’s light (see video 3.6).

All of this suggests that the GB ceased to see and understand the Word of God. Also, much like the chiefs in the 1st century, the GB fights with everyone who sees something wrong with the Watchtower Society (Mt. 23:34, Jehovah’s Witnesses also fear more rulers than Jehovah, Jn.12:42). As a result, the GB will also reject the two last prophets of Jehovah and will set all of Jehovah’s people against them (Mt.27:20; Re.11:8-10, see video 1.7).

Characteristic 3: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS BINDS UP HEAVY LOADS AND PUTS THEM ON THE SHOLDERS OF MEN, BUT HE HIMSELF IS NOT WILLING TO BUDGE THEM WITH HIS FINGER (Mt. 23:3,4).

And what about the GB? For example, from all Jehovah’s Witnesses, the GB expects a rejection of everything related to gambling, blood, tobacco products, military themes, and materialism (it is necessary to live modestly, and whoever has refused ice cream or a cow in favor of donations for the organization, this one  did very good; from the stimulating video congresses).

But the GB itself is not against adventurous investments into hedge funds and companies for defense, the tobacco industry, etc. Also, members of the Governing Body do not refuse materialism and luxury. Instead, they rent 5-star hotels, fly business class, and wear Rolexes ($15-25,000) and gold (gold rings and pins for ties with precious stones. Watch JW broadcasting for 02.2015, Brother Samuel Herd; M. Sanderson, after arriving for the trial in the Russian Federation, stayed in 5 star Marriott hotel, watch the video, starting from the second minute (The information like this is quick to be removed)).

The GB improves personal comfort in Warwick (with costly novelties), although none of them work themselves, as the apostle Paul advised and did, so as to not burden his fellow believers (Ac.18:3; 20:33,34; 1.Th.4:11, Paul was more engaged with the Kingdom’s work than the members of the GB. 1.Cor.11:22-28). The GB also instructed Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia to preach door-to-door, although they themselves do not want to go to the Russian Federation and show how it is possible in the face of prohibition.

The GB is not against fleeing from Russia spiritually mature (in the eyes of the Governing Body) brothers- «shepherds». Wealthy elders leave their «flocks» (the poor do not have the opportunity to leave the Russian Federation), and they leave the poor «shepherds» and «spiritually immature» (in the eyes of the Governing Body, which is the rest of the Jehovah’s Witnesses) to suffer for Christ. How does Jehovah view this?

Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! (Zech. 11:17).
Also compare Acts 8:1: the leadership of the congregation remained in the place of persecution.

Characteristic 4: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS PUTS HIMSELF ON DISPLEY AND LIKES SPESIAL HONORS IN THE CONGREGATION (Mt.6:5; Mr.12:38,39).

The members of the Governing Body have also decided to put themselves on display (they appeared on television). Is this beneficial to the work of God? No. Members of the Governing Body only glorified themselves and became a visible idol for Jehovah’s people (which Jehovah does not approve of, Mt.6:2-4). Members of the GB love the applause: this is noticeable in the pauses during their talks.

Characteristic 5: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS APPEARS OUTWARDLY RIGHTEOUS TO MEN, BUT INSIDE HE IS FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND LAWLESSNESS (the leaders of the 1st century lived double standards, Mt.23:3,4;28).

How about the GB? The GB also acts according to double standards. They appear to be righteous people (the faithful servants of Jehovah) and require careful compliance from the people with all of Jehovah’s requirements, but they allow indulgences for themselves (see above regarding investment and the love of luxury).

Also, wanting to preserve their reputation the «faithful and discreet slave», ​​instead of honestly confessing their erroneous prophecies, for example, about the end of this system of things, in 1975 the GB slyly passed the blame onto ordinary Jehovah’s Witnesses. They released a film stating that it WAS NOT the «faithful slave» that was teaching wrong, but Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves who created the date of the end («Like, what can we do, they are ignorant in the Law,» Joh. 7:49, watch video 3.5).

Also, the GB tells all Jehovah’s Witnesses that the GB as the faithful slave is the only representative of Jehovah on Earth (God’s channel). But before the Royal Commission of Australia (08.2015), D. Jackson said that it would seem to be quite presumptuous to say that they are the only spokesperson that God is using. Jehovah’s Witnesses only believe that there would be a slave, a group of people who would have the responsibility to care for the spiritual food. And we (the GB) view ourselves as trying to fulfill that role (video of the trial; Exhibits ; watch this fragment  of statement about arrogance.).

Characteristic 6 : THE «LEAVEN» OF THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS VERY DANGEROUS.

On the one hand, leaders work hard to find people for God and for the Kingdom’s interests, and on the other hand, they spoil the found people (Jer.12:10; Mt.16:6; 23:15).

What does the GB do? They also work to draw people to Jehovah. But, attracting them to Bible study, they subdue them to their publications, leading them away from the Word of Jehovah (watch video 2.13).

Characteristic 7: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS STRAINS OUT A GNAT BUT SWALLOWS A CAMEL(Mt.23:24).

How about the GB? For example, the GB pays much attention to the selection of pictures for watchtower magazines, for the replacement of songs, for the cleaning schedule in Kingdom Halls, gives instructions for the use of rags, etc. But for Bible study and care for the poor, the GB neglects them (they prohibit the creation of a fund for helping fellow believers, compare Joh.13:29; Ga.2:10).

Characteristic 8: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS PUTS THE AUTHORITY OF HIS OWN WORD ABOVE THE AUTHORITY OF THE WORD OF JEHOVAH(Mt.23:16,17).

How about the GB? If Jehovah’s Witnesses have a question regarding the teachings of the GB, the criterion of correct understanding must be the words from the publications of the GB rather than the Bible. Also, the criterion for evaluating a word of other anointed ones (except the anointed of the GB) is not the Bible, but the attitude of the GB towards them, regarding the principle: «Have any of the rulers believed in him?» (Joh.7:48).

Also, take into account the recent ban for all Jehovah’s Witnesses to post the publications of the Watchtower Society on a personal website or on social media (Watchtower 15.04.2018, Questions from readers). This shows that the GB is more respectful to his own word than Jehovah is to His. God, for example, permits using the information of His Word — the Bible — as His servants deem fit (God trusts His servants more than the GB trusts theirs).

Characteristic 9: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS CONSIDERS EVERYONE, EXCEPT HIMSELF, IGNORANT IN THE WORD OF GOD(Joh.7:49).

What about the GB? All of today’s Jehovah’s Witnesses are deprived of the freedom to express their opinion, independently think, ponder over Scriptures, or analyze the teachings of the GB. All are obliged to follow the GB blindly and unconditionally and take any of their words as the truth of Jehovah. Compare Ac.17:11; 1Co.11:19.

Characteristic 10: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS MANIPULATES THE WORD OF GOD AS HE WANTS TO (Mr.7:9-12).

How about the GB? For example, the new light about the GB being the faithful and discreet slave, or about Christ coming two times (in 1914 and before Armageddon), or about the two groups of «this generation», about virgins of the GB that will not fall asleep before the return of Christ, etc. These are political doctrines that have nothing to do with the study of the Bible.

These teachings only support the policy of the Society; for example, their status the «faithful and discreet slave» appointed by Jehovah, and the legend that a) the GB cannot incorrectly teach (the virgins will not fall asleep), and b) the anointed make up the GB (when the generation of the anointed of 1914 died, it was necessary to introduce a new doctrine about the two overlapping  groups of the anointed, otherwise the question would have been raised: How is it that the anointed make up the GB? Video 3.9  ).

Also, when the members of the GB encourage money contributions for the construction, they draw attention only to what is beneficial to them (to the Old Testament scriptures when everyone cheerfully contributed to the Temple). But in doing so, they do not explain that, for example, Warwick is not a Temple and they never show the scriptures that state Moses gave a full report on the income and expenditures of the donations (Ex.38:24-31). This, too, is the manipulation of the Word of God.

Characteristic 11: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS CREATES HIS OWN COMMANDMENTS AND HONORS THEM MORE THAN THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD(Mr.7:1-3,18,19).

What about the GB? The society issues a lot of instructions and sacredly honors its word and traditions. For example, it is necessary to study only the publications of the GB (this implies Bible study), use only the New World Translation Bible, to be called only Jehovah’s Witnesses, and to have meetings that should be held in strict accordance with the regulations of the GB (even in the conditions of a ban in the Russian Federation), etc.

Failure to comply with these traditions is equivalent to distrusting Jehovah (if you do not agree, that means you do not trust the faithful slave, which is equivalent to distrusting Jehovah).

Characteristic 12: THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS GLORIFIES ONLY THE REACH(blessed by God, as it was believed in the 1st century) AND NEGLECTS POOR. (Jas.2:2-4).

Jesus Christ was the only one who commended the widow’s offering (Mr.12:41,42; Joh.5:44; Joh.7:49). How does the GB act?

The GB in their publications and speeches praises only those who give «a lot of silver» — regular pioneers (RP). The GB neglects those «who put in two mites» –  the ordinary publishers (all the benefits are only for the RP). Although, for example, 10 hours of preaching for a single mom or a disabled brother can, in the eyes of Jehovah, be more valuable than 70 hours of preaching for a RP, who does not have any problems («who puts in out of abundance»).

And finally, there is characteristic 13: IF THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS NEEDS TO GET RID OF SOMEONE, HE HOLDS COURT WITH A FALSE WITNESS AND MAKES THE DECISION EVEN BEFORE THE TRIAL EVEN BIGINS (Mt.12:14; 26:59,60).

How about the GB? The GB developed a similar approach to those who do not agree with some of their teachings (we experienced on ourselves). The decision to disfellowship is made in advance, the arguments are not listened to, and the committee is merely a formality that involves false witnesses (if there’s no other way towards disfellowship).

We have showed that the «portrait» of the man of lawlessness of the 1st century corresponds to the modern GB in some deeds. However, the man of lawlessness distorts not only the deeds, but the principles of governing Jehovah’s people. We will learn this in the following video, if God wills.

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The man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s temple. Part 2. His meaning in the 21st century.

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We learned  from the previous video (8.4), the place and time of the appearance of the man of lawlessness from 2Thess.2:1- 4,8 (21st century AD). He will sit in Jehovah’s worship during the worldwide preaching work about  Jehovah’s Kingdom, foreshadowing the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end of this system of things (Matthew 24:3,14; whoever considers the true temple of God to be another Christian congregation – seek the man of lawlessness there ).

In this article, we will reveal to you how to recognize the man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s worship today (in the 21st century). In its essence, there is nothing new, only the scenery of the current world and the modern worship of Jehovah have changed (Eccl. 1:9).  Therefore, we will discover from the Bible, who represented the man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s worship of antiquity (we will take the 1st century AD, closer in time and clearly described by Christ). We will then transfer his image into the 21st century.

The man of lawlessness in the Temple of God is responsible for Jehovah’s worship (the «capital ruler» of Jehovah’s people, Matthew 23:37), who gradually retreated from God in some way, and have ceased to understand Him and the prophets sent by Him as a result (2Ch.36:14-16, Mt.23:27-35, since Jehovah did not appoint kings after the  Babylonian captivity  — we will not consider the secular authority of Judah, Luke 3:1). So, who was responsible for Jehovah’s worship in the 1st century AD?

Responsibility for Jehovah’s worship by the 1st century AD was not on one person, but a class of religious leaders (the elite of Jehovah’s people). These were the teachers of the Law: the priesthood and the scribes (interpreters of the Word of God, Ezr.7:11).  This also included the elders of Jehovah’s people, obedient to the scribes (Mark 15:1). They were also judges of Jehovah’s people: the Sanhedrin of Jerusalem consisted of priests, Levites, and eminent elders.

In the period of the establishment of Jehovah’s worship, religious leaders sincerely tried to obey Jehovah, if mistakes were made, — only by inexperience (Lev.10:1,2). Strengthened in position and power, they retreated from God for other reasons (which is not so unnatural for the descendants of Adam, De. 8:10-14). God punished them for it, and they were corrected (even after the Babylonian captivity).

How did it turn out that the religious leaders, as well as the heads of the generations, after giving the oath to Jehovah to obey Him in everything after the Babylonian captivity, (Ez.10, Ne.8,9) — by the 1st century AD again departed from Him? It did not happen in one day. Let’s briefly consider the stages of the history of their repeated fall. This will help us to understand the history of the formation of the man of lawlessness in our time (Our sources: the Bible, T. F. Josephus, ​​and several others from Jewish history).

The epoch after the Babylonian captivity (after 539 BC) was vague: there wasn’t a single source of leadership for Jehovah’s people (the kings of Jerusalem were no longer appointed by Jehovah). To help and encourage His people, Jehovah sent His prophets (Zechariah, Haggai). The restoration of the temple took place under the rule of foreign kings, the hostility of foreign peoples, and the impositions of other people’s philosophy and culture.

Therefore, the priesthood had to strengthen the severity of the requirement to observe the Mosaic Law, which was done so that Jehovah’s people could maintain the foundations of true worship. As a result, the written injunctions of the Mosaic Law became the main focus for the priesthood (they began to «serve the Mosaic Law»). The love of God and for the people were moved to a more distant plan as the priests focused solely on the preservation of the prescriptions of the Mosaic Law.

Since there were no teachings in the Mosaic Law (there were only direct commands), and the philosophies of Babylon, the Persians, etc. were usurping the spiritual values ​​of Jehovah’s people, there was a need to strengthen religious education in order to strengthen the influence of synagogues (schools). This is how the basis of the Mosaic Law schools began to appear on the reasoning of the Word of God — beyond what is written in the Mosaic Law.

After the desecration of the temple in Judea, perpetrated by Antiochus IV, a priesthood dynasty from the Hasmoneans (Maccabees, 167-37 BC) and the school of Sadok (Zadok, according to the Geiger — from the dynasty of the high priests, and the Sadducees from him) moved forward. The Hasmoneans were Sadducees, and in their hands was not only spiritual power, but also secular power (a person could not hold both the positions of king and priest, but this is how they hoped to protect the people from the influence of foreign kings).

Zadok appreciated the teachings of Antigonus of Sokho (a third-century BCE curator), but he slightly distorted the words of Antigonus. He taught: «Do not serve the Lord for reward, serve out of love.» Zadok interpreted that doctrine this way: «After death there is no reward, it is necessary to serve Jehovah here and now. For the observance of the Mosaic Law He will reward you with wealth, position and glory, in this – is the essence of righteousness and worship of God.» 

That is why in the 1st century AD, Jehovah’s people valued fame and luxury, believing it to be God’s blessing for righteousness (Mark 10:23, 24. If poor, that meant sinful, devoid of blessing). This doctrine of Zadok soon led to the denial of the resurrection of the dead (Mt. 22:23. If there is no reward after death then there is also no resurrection as a reward). That is why the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, instead creating their own blessings in the present (Mt. 22:23).

Since all the streams from the tithes flowed from the temple treasury to the priesthood, the Sadducees were not only patrimonial but also a monetary aristocracy in Jehovah’s people. Although the Sadducees were strict and picky in demanding that all follow the letter of the Mosaic Law, they themselves, under the cover of power and influence (in due course), began to allow themselves liberties, therefore turning the  people against themselves (Neh. 13:4-8).

The second direction of the school in this period is the Essenes. They became stricter than the Sadducees priests: living in the same environment with strangers was considered an abomination. In protest, a small group of men, the Essenes, took a vow of celibacy and went into the desert, where it would seemingly be easier to keep themselves in the holiness of the Mosaic Law (they did not participate in the social life of Jehovah’s people, so Jesus did not mention them as the leaders of Jehovah’s people).

The Pharisees are the third school of the category «from mud to riches.» They emerged from the depths of the masses, but they achieved popularity among Jehovah’s people through hard work regarding their mental development. At first they were politicians. They fought against the Hasmoneans (the Sadducees priesthood), who strictly and solely controlled the temple ritual (even though it was necessary according to the Mosaic Law. Nu.18:20-23).

To the power in Jehovah’s people, the Pharisees came under the high priest and king J. Hyrcanus (from the Hasmoneans, after Antiochus IV in the 1st century BC). The Pharisees demanded that the Sadducee Hyrcanus cease to combine the secular power of the king and of the high priest because it was against the Mosaic Law (and in this they were correct: the king was also a commander, and the person who shed blood was not supposed to raise his hands in prayer to God).

By adopting the customs that the people loved, except the Mosaic Law (in contrast to the Sadducees), the Pharisees won over the hearts of the people. This is how they undermined the religious monopoly of the priesthood. Under Herod (37-4 BCE), they faded away as a political party and became scribes (dedicating themselves to the study of the Torah, the books of Moses). The masses liked the interpretation of the Pharisees more those of the priests (they were less strict; Josephus, the Antiquities of the Jews XIII.10.4).

In the books of Moses, the Pharisees saw the promise of a reward for the righteous after death, believing in the resurrection (Gen.13:15; Joh.11:24), but they were fascinated by the ancient philosophy of the Gentiles in regards to the immortality of the soul (Flavius Josephus, the Antiquities of the Jews XIII. 1.3; Gen.3:4). However, the difference in teaching about the future after death (as an unprovable theory) did not prevent them (along with the Sadducees) to keep the Mosaic Law and lead Jehovah’s people.

Deciding to enrich the Mosaic Law with the record of the Oral Law (the laws that the Sadducees priests rejected), the Pharisees attached the historical customs, traditions, and teachings from the eminent elders to their works. Collecting oral traditions, the Pharisees may have had good intentions. But it turned out that they added man made traditions into Jehovah’s worship. In the future, it took them away from the true path (Mark 7, Mt.23:37).

In the period of their ascension to power, they were establishing relations with the priesthood; strengthening mentoring positions and making their way to the aristocratic Sanhedrin (Acts 23:6); gradually receiving the keys of understanding (the right to interpret the Scriptures, Luke 11:52, Mt 23:2,3) and forming a team of loyal to them elders of Jehovah’s  people, appointing them as heads of synagogues and bringing them closer to their «court». (Joh.9:13,22).

As a result, two elite groups of the leaders of Jehovah’s people appeared on the basis of the Mosaic Law anointed by the lineage of Aaron priesthood/Sadducees (strict with the people). And Pharisees, who were less strict with the people (from among the common people). Both of them were offering the fundamentals of correct knowledge towards Jehovah’s worship according to the Mosaic Law, and the differences in the theory about death did not bother them (there’s a question of whether or not there is resurrection, but the control over the people had to be done immediately).

Gradually, the Pharisees (the defenders of the people in the beginning of their ascent to glory) also became fastidious, prim, and strictly «righteous,» similar to the Sadducees (Lk. 18: 10; Mt. 15: 1, 2). However, the authority of the Pharisees among Jehovah‘s people by inertia was so great that it continued to oppress the authority of a strict priesthood that did not allow for any deviation from the commandments of Jehovah’s Law.

That is why, Jesus said that the scribes (from the priests, to whom Jehovah entrusted the spiritual training, Mal. 2:4-7, Lev.10: 8-11), and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses (in the place of true worship) and became the leaders of Jehovah’s people to whom everyone had to obey. This helped to properly worship Jehovah and to do His will (Mt. 23:2,3).

Now we will find out who are the religious leaders of Jehovah’s people in the 21st century (in the modern worship of Jehovah)?

Let’s briefly review the history of the restoration of Jehovah’s worship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (according to the prophecy of Mic. 4:1,2). Knowing this will help to understand the history of the formation of the man of lawlessness in the modern worship of Jehovah: he also was not formed in a single day.

In the period of the restoration, as in the period of the formation of Jehovah’s worship of antiquity — it is clear that some mistakes were made by inexperience, as in teachings (for example, Russell believed 1914 to be the end of this system of things and meeting with Christ in heaven), and also in deeds   (in anticipation of various resurrected righteous people of the Old Testament, they built the Beth-Sarim Palace). By trial and error, brothers were creating the way of worshiping Jehovah and meeting the needs of congregations.

As a result, the worship of Jehovah was restored, and by the 21st century the basics for correct knowledge about Jehovah, His Son Jesus Christ, and the purpose for mankind sounded throughout the earth, fulfilling the prophecies of Micah 4:1, 2 and Mt. 24:14 (for 2018, 240 countries are covered. There are about 300 countries in the world, GEO-encyclopedia).

For 100 years of Jehovah’s worship, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s people has undergone several changes: at the dawn of its formation it was represented by a group of anointed men (the Society’s board of directors), headed by presidents. In one person, they combined the spiritual and administrative-directorial power (figuratively speaking, the power of the «king and of priesthood», as the Sadducees. From Russell to N. Norr, they were responsible for the doctrines, for the Kingdom’s interests, and for the legal field).

Since 1971, the authority of the administration and spiritual mentors was divided («kings» and the anointed «priesthood,» separately). This is how the Governing Body advanced (in the Governing Body – only the anointed; presidents and directors — are not anointed). The Governing Body took over the supervision of the creeds and spiritual nourishment (before this, the president was responsible for both the creeds and spiritual food). Since 1976, the Governing Body has taken all decisions in general, including organizational matters (mandatory for all structures of JW).

Although the Governing Body relies on the educational base of the anointed at the beginning of the 20th century (Russell, Rutherford, and others from the period of the restoration of Jehovah’s worship, Mic. 4:1,2), disagreements appeared between them in the teachings over time (as was the case with the Pharisees and Sadducees). The Governing Body gradually replaced some of their teachings as a new light, but the fundamentals of the Biblical knowledge of Jehovah’s worship and His purpose for mankind are the same.

Regarding the tactics of management the Governing Body is similar to the class of the Pharisees: gradually forming its team of assistants (since 1977 — the school for pioneers, 1987 — for elders; only those who are loyal to the Governing Body are accepted); along the way, was superseding the authority of the «priesthood» (other Jehovah’s anointed, except for members of the Governing Body, Russell is no longer a discreet slave, watchtower 15.07.2013). So the Governing Body completely seized the «keys of understanding» (the right to interpret the Scriptures, Lk.11:52: in Russell’s time, all the anointed had access to the discussion of the Scriptures).

In superseding the authority of God’s anointed, the Governing Body even surpassed the Pharisees: they did not dare to forbid the priesthood, called by Jehovah, to teach (Mal.2:7), reason on the Scriptures, and to interpret the Word of God. Over time, however, the Governing Body banned it outright.

How did this happen?

First, the Governing Body taught the same way as Russell: all anointed ones are the faithful and discreet slave class (Watchtower 15.5.1995, p. 16, «… all the anointed as a group, no matter where on earth they live, are members of the slave class»). In 1992, the Governing Body appointed, not anointed, from among the «other sheep» to the Writing Committee, and they later announced that, although all of the anointed ones are members of the slave class, only the Governing Body has the responsibility of representing the slave class opinion (Watchtower 15.06.2009; p.18).

With this interpretation of the meaning «slave», a question arose: «How can the Governing Body represent the opinion of all of God’s anointed (the whole class of the slave) if they are absolutely not interested in their opinion?» Therefore, the Governing Body had to make the concept of a slave even narrower, such as: there is no class of slave; the faithful and discreet slave is only the Governing Body. All other anointed ones are not slaves, and they have no more holy spirit than the «other sheep» (Watchtower 15.07.13; 15.03.15).

As a result, the Governing Body for 2018 is the only religious leader and mentor of Jehovah’s people (according to the Bible, it must consist of anointed ones). To him, all of the money flows from Jehovah’s people. The spiritual school of mentoring the Governing Body is the only leading «school» in Jehovah’s worship nowadays (Russell’s breakaway supporters, as the «Essenes» in the 1st century, do not have much influence on the life of the Earth society).

In the tactics of teaching Jehovah’s people, the Governing Body surpassed the Pharisees too: those allowed the common people to ask them questions, discuss their teachings, and reason about the Bible (Lk. 4:16; Mt. 22:41-46). But the Governing Body gradually banned it (until 2009, during the book study, it was not forbidden). Perhaps this was done for the Kingdom Interests: on a global scale, discipline is essential.

What then is the lawlessness of the Governing Body?  Since the man of lawlessness disguises himself as a righteous leader, and in many ways fulfills Jehovah’s commandments, it is not easy to recognize him. In the 1st century, only Jesus was able to do this. He could see the hearts and understood the motivation of all with whom he had to deal (Mat. 23:28, 9:4).

Unlike Jesus, we are unable to see hearts. However, we can use the characteristics of the man of lawlessness that was described by Jesus Christ in the 1st century. Combining them with the «portrait» of the Governing Body, we will learn, why this generation of the rulers of Jehovah’s people of the present is «wicked and adulterous» (Mat.12: 38,39).

We will discuss this in the following video/article, if God wills.
Jehovah’s Witnesses , “Box of answers”.

The man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s temple. Part 1. The historical background.

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The man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s temple. Part 1
The mystery has been revealed. The historical background.
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There are many opinions about the man of lawlessness from 2Th.2:2-4, but the historical background of his manifestation and the Biblical meaning of all spiritual concepts mentioned in 2Th.2:1-4,8 will help us to recognize the one. The apostle Paul writes about the expectation of the day when Jesus returns (Parousia) and the holy ones will gather unto him (in heavens, 2Th.2:1-3). But this day will not come until important events take place. Let’s list them in stages:

1) The apostasy will come to the temple of God (2Th.2:3a; it is about the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, the God, and the Father of Jesus Christ, Joh.20:17; Job.34:12; Rev.21:22; Ex.15:3);
2) the man of lawlessness will sit in Jehovah’s temple (2Th.2:4). After this, Jesus —
3) shall consume him with the spirit of his mouth and —
4) shall destroy with the brightness of his coming (2Th.2:8), which will mark the expected day of the meeting with Christ (the second coming of Christ).

Although the «day» from 2Th.2:2 is translated differently (Christ’s day, Lord’s day, Jehovah’s day, New World Translation), in the context, it is clear that it talks about the second coming of Christ (He returns and becomes king, 2Th.1-3,8). After the Great Tribulation (GT) and the second woe (Rev.11:14,15, see video 1.29), he will become king, appear on the clouds, and gather 144,000 to heaven (during the last 7th trumpet, Mt.24:29-31; 1Cor.15:52; 1Th.4:16,17; Rev.11:15).

To facilitate an understanding of such a complex theme as “The man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s temple,” let’s call the day of the second coming of Christ (presence, NWT), described by the apostle Paul in 2Th.2:1-3,8, as «Christ’s day» (the day of Christ, who came back to execute Jehovah’s judgments). And let’s display on the diagram all the stages of the events listed above.

Now, let’s clarify the meaning of each stage separately. Let’s start with 2) the man of lawlessness will sit in Jehovah’s temple.
After ascertaining the meaning of Jehovah’s temple, we will understand where to expect the appearance of the man of lawlessness and where to expect the apostasy (1st stage). This theme is complicated. Pay attention. So, what does the temple of Jehovah mean?

Clearly, it is NOT the literal temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem. This was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E. From then on, God does not live in temples built by human hands. In the New Testament era, He has a new, living spiritual «House,” which is the congregations of the followers of Christ (Mt.24:1,2; Ac.17:24,25; 1Pe.2:4,5; 1Cor.3:16).

Hence, before the second coming of Christ, there will be a temple where they will worship specifically Jehovah, the God of Israel and the Father of Jesus Christ (John 20:17), and no one else. With this «House» of Jehovah, the judgment will start before the end of this system of things (1Pet.4:17). There has never been, and there will never be, other temples of God.

The temple of God from 2Th.2:4 can be neither the whole human world, as some may think (God is far away from the world that does not recognize Him, Pr.15:29; 2Cor.6:14), nor a false religion, where Jehovah is not worshipped. The foundation of the living temple of God is His anointed ones and the knowledge foundations of sound Bible teaching about God, His Christ, and the purpose for mankind (1Cor.3:16; 2Tim.1:13; 1Joh.2:20,27; Mal.2:7; 1Pet.2:9).

Jehovah cannot be where there is no anointed Christians and the correct spiritual knowledge. Recall Jehovah’s people in the times of the Old Testament (OT). In that temple, people also were attracted by human teachings and retreated from Jehovah, but the temple in Jerusalem did not become a place of false worship because the basics of correct knowledge about Jehovah were always preserved there (Mark.7, John 4:22).

Considering places of false worship as the «temple of Jehovah,» where Jehovah is not worshiped, means to distort the very essence of the holiness of Jehovah, the God of truth, who is far from everything false. (The father of lies is the Devil, and what can the darkness have in common with light? John 8:44; 2Cor.6:14). If the temple in the times of the Old Testament and Judea had become a place of false worship, God would not have brought His Christ from there.

So, the conclusion about God’s temple from 2Th.2:4 is: This is the living “House” of Jehovah, congregations of His worshippers, existing before the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end of this system of things. Having learned the meaning of the temple of God, we determined the place of the appearance of the man of lawlessness from the prophecy of Paul. (Who does not accept Jehovah and believes that the true temple of God is the church he goes to – expect the man of lawlessness there.)

Since two temples of Jehovah were shown in the New Testament – congregations of Christ’s followers in the first century (devoured by the apostasy) and congregations of Christ’s followers in the 20th century (restored worship of Jehovah,Isa.2:2; Mic.4:1,2), let’s find out the time of the apostasy in Paul’s prophecy. It will point to one of these two temples in which the man of lawlessness will be destroyed with the brightness of Christ’s coming. Let’s recall the stages (after we clarify the meaning of the temple).

So, in which of the two temples should the apostasy from 2Th.2:3 be expected? Let’s determine the time of the lawless one’s presence, knowing these events will coincide in time: Great Tribulation and the second woe, gathering of the 144,000 to heaven; Jesus’ consumption of the man of lawlessness with the spirit of his mouth, and his destruction with the brightness of Christ’s coming (2Th.1-4,8). Also, other events of the historical background of the apostle Paul’s prophecy will be added. (We’ll learn about them later.)

The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society teaches that 2Th.2:3 talks about the apostasy in God’s temple in the first century, which made its way into true Christianity after the death of the apostles. (After the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, people began to worship not Jehovah, but His Christ.) Therefore, according to the teaching of the Watch Tower Society, the man of lawlessness is the clergy of unfaithful Christendom.

And exposing the false teachings of the clergy of Christendom by Russell and his close associates at the turn of the 19th and 20th century should be considered “the consumption of the man of lawlessness with the spirit of Jesus’ mouth”(2Th.2:8a) by means of the two witnesses from Rev.11:3-6. But is it really so? In this teaching, the chain of the events and the meaning of the “consumption of the man of lawlessness with the spirit of Christ’s mouth» (3rd stage) is consistent with the Bible.

The consumption of the man of lawlessness with the spirit of Jesus’ mouth actually means the exposing  activity of the two prophets from Rev.11:3-6 (Jesus himself will not expose the man of lawlessness literally), walking the streets of Jerusalem-Sodom (the capital of the man of lawlessness, the center of the leadership of the people of Jehovah, Rev.11:8). However, the time of the history of the fulfillment of these events in the Watch Tower Society is not defined correctly. Why?

The historical background of the man of lawlessness in the temple of God shows that, besides the events listed above (Great Tribulation, the second coming of Christ, the gathering of the 144,000 to heaven, the exposure of the man of lawlessness and his destruction, 2Th.1-4;8), there will be others. For example, the two prophets will be killed by the beast from the abyss by the last king of the North (Rev.11:7, 13:3,5-7; Dan.7:25; 11:45; watch video 1.25 about the king of the North, the governor of the Russian Federation).

At this time, the temple of God, where the man of lawlessness will be exposed by two prophets, has two spiritual courtyards (the anointed and people with earthly hope.Rev.11:1,2). And after the Great Tribulation and after the two prophets have been killed, Jesus will appear on a cloud and gather the 144,000 along with the two prophets (Matt.24:29-31; Rev.11:12,14,15; 1Th.4:16,17; 1Cor.15:52).

Аs we can see, many events must coincide from the historical background of the manifestation of the man of lawlessness in the temple. But at the turn of the 19-20 centuries AD, there were neither two courtyards in the temple where the man of lawlessness was, nor the last King of the North, nor the appearance of Christ on the clouds, nor the gathering of the 144,000 to heaven. A remnant of the 144,000 are yet alive on earth. (Brothers from the Governing Body believe they are the anointed remnant.) Here is the diagram of the four stages of the manifestation of the man of lawlessness.

There are question marks on the diagram. They are placed near events that must be fulfilled in the historical background of the Biblical meaning of the man of lawlessness but have not been fulfilled in the explanation of the Watch Tower Society. (Great Tribulation and the second woe must coincide with the time of the last King of the North, video 1.29.) Plus, the murder of the two prophets in 1918 (according to the explanation of the Watch Tower Society) is also wrong. They would’ve been killed before 1914. (According to the Bible, first they are «killed», and after, Jesus becomes king (Rev.11:7:15). Let’s look at the diagram:

As we can see, although the Watch Tower Society showed the chain of the events of the manifestation of the man of lawlessness, the turn of the 19-20 centuries AD for his exposure does not correspond to the historical background predicted by Paul and clarified by John (2Th.2:1-4,8, Rev.11:1-7). Hence, Paul was not speaking about the temple of the 1st century AD but about Jehovah’s temple, restored in the 20th century AD (Mic.4:1). So, the apostasy will penetrate Jehovah’s people nowadays.

What then was fulfilled in the 4th century? At that time, Acts 20:29.30 and Amos 8:11.12 came true. After the death of the apostles, a tremendous spiritual hunger came with the impossibility to know the truth, which was possible before. According to the book of Moses, kept at the priesthood of the temple of the OT, up to the first century AD, it was possible to learn the truth about Jehovah and His requirements if desired (the example of Hezekiah, Josiah).

After the apostasy penetrated Christianity, none of the people on Earth (from 4th to 20th centuries AD) had the opportunity to know the truth about Jehovah for 16 centuries because of the false worship that annihilated the truth and the lack of free access to the Bible. The worship of Jehovah was destroyed (after 325 AD, people began to worship Jesus Christ), and in this period of time, Jehovah did not have His congregations (temple).

But in the last days, the worship of Jehovah began to be reestablished, and the spiritual hunger could be satisfied again (Is.2:2; Mic. 4:1). And this opportunity to learn the right foundations of the Bible truth will remain until the end of this system of things (at least up to the 4th bowl of the anger, Matt.24:14, Rev.16:8, 9). This fact is another note to the historical background of the manifestation of the man of lawlessness.

The opportunity to learn the truth in the restored «temple» of Jehovah until the end of this system of things (Mic.4:1; Mt.24:14) indicates that the exposure of the man of lawlessness by two prophets before the end of this system of things can be fulfilled only in the era of the worldwide preaching work, because it also occurs before the end of this system of things (which could not have happened at the turn of the 19th and-20th  centuries AD in the beginning of the restoration of Jehovah’s worship).

So, the second coming of Christ, exposing the man of lawlessness in Jehovah’s temple, and prognosticating the end of this system of things (2Th.2:8) will take place against the background of the worldwide preaching work (Matt.24:3;14), after which the end of this system of things will come. The second coming and the worldwide preaching are in one segment of the historical background. Let’s display these thoughts on the diagram:

It remains to find out the meaning of stage 4): the destruction of the man of lawlessness with the brightness of Christ’s coming (2Th.2:8b). This moment is described in Rev.11:13a: During the manifestation of Christ on a cloud at the 7th trumpet and the gathering of all the 144,000 (including the two prophets), Jerusalem-Sodom will «split» … Part of the leadership of Jehovah’s people will reject two prophets (7,000 will die); the rest will recognize them, glorifying God (Rev. 11:12,13a,15; 1Cor.15:52; 1Th.4:16,17).

These 7,000 will be recognized as the man of lawlessness. The split will show that the man of lawlessness is identified and sentenced; the death of the 7,000 means his extermination (Jehovah’s rejection of them forever) at the time of the split. If they die before Armageddon, they will not be resurrected. And if they live, they will die in Armageddon along with the rest of the wicked of the Earth (Matt. 25:41-46).

Total: the man of lawlessness, from 2Th.2:2-4, should be found in the temple of Jehovah nowadays, since all events of the historical background in which he will be exposed will coincide in time, including the worldwide preaching work (Matt.24:14), which could not have been at the turn of the 19-20th centuries AD, when Jehovah’s worship had just begun to be restored. See the full historical background diagram:

In the following video, if God wills, we will learn the meaning of the man of lawlessness and the fruits of the activities resulting from his work.

Jehovah’s Witnesses , “Box of answers”.

 

 

 

 

Jesus Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us(1Cor.5:7)

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Can the commandments regarding the same event- Passover- be so different?
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In that world they neither marry nor are given in marriage (Lk.20:35,36)

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Let’s talk about the families of the future. Many people are confused about these words of Jesus Christ: «But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world ,and the resurrection from the dead , neither marry,nor are given in marriage…» (Lk.20:35,36).
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