Page 5: For example, some theologians have maintained that the church is both holy and sinful. The institution itself is said to be holy - preserved from error by God. Still, its members are sinful. Thus, when atrocities are committed in the name of the church, the institution itself should not be held responsible, but individuals within the church should be.
Note: The Watchtower suffers from this very problem.
Watchtower, 11/1/95, page 17 We do not need to know the exact timing of events. Rather, our focus must be on being watchful, cultivating strong faith, and keeping busy in Jehovah's service - not on calculating a date. Eager to see the end of this evil system, Jehovah's people have at times speculated about the time when the "great tribulation" would break out, even tying this to calculations of what is the lifetime of a generation since 1914.
Page 11: The reforms of Hezekiah and Josiah parallel the marvelous restoration of true worship that has occurred among true Christians since the enthronement of Jesus Christ in 1914.
Note: 1914 is based on the bogus date of 607 B.C. for the fall of Jerusalem.
Page 11: Eventually, in 607 B.C.E., Jehovah punished his people by bringing the Babylonian armies against Jerusalem. The city and its temple were destroyed, and the land was desolated.
Correction: Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 B.C.
In 588 BC Zedekiah led a revolt against Chaldea, and two years later (586 BC) Nebuchadnezzar's army destroyed Judah and razed Jerusalem. Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Volume 15, page 57.
Page 12: The temple was eventually rebuilt in the month of Adar 515 B.C.E., just in time for the Nissan spring festival.
Correction: The temple was finished and dedicated in 516 B.C.
The Jews turned their attention to rebuilding, and in 516 BC the Second Temple was completed. The latter date is regarded, in the Jewish tradition, as the true end of the exile in Babylon, which thus endured 70 years (586-516 BC). Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Volume 15, page 58.
Page 12: The final sealing of the remaining ones of 144,000 anointed ones draws near. Over five million of their "other sheep" companions have been gathered from all the nations into "one flock" with the anointed remnant. (John 10:16; Revelation 7:3, 9, 10)
Note: There can not be one flock unless everyone is together in one place with one shepherd.
John 10:16 "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd."
Page 13: During that festival the Jewish high priest offered to God two leavened loaves made from the firstfruits of the wheat harvest. (Leviticus 23:15-17) These leavened loaves pictures the 144,000 imperfect humans whom Jesus 'bought for God' to serve as "a kingdom and priests ... to rule as kings over the earth." (Revelation 5:9, 10; 14:1, 3)
Correction: The loaves are symbolic of Jews and Gentiles.
Romans 3:29-30 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
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