Page 5: Happily, we do not need to see God to find out about him. The Bible both identifies the One who prepared that wonderful package, the earth, for us and reveals his personality. So it is worthwhile to look into the Bible to find out about the Father who gave us life and supplied a delightful home in which to enjoy that life.
Note: If we want to know the Father we must know the Son.
John 14:8-11 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves."
Page 9: Right now, before the great day of Jehovah, Christendom's clergy are figuratively so full of sweet wine that they are barely conscious of this summons from the Most High. How surprised they will be when they are aroused from their spiritual drunken stupor by the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah!
Correction: The Watchtower is in a spiritual stupor since the day of Jehovah is the day of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:13-14 For we are not writing any other things to you than what you read or understand. Now I trust you will understand, even to the end (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Pages 9-10: At both Joel 1:6 and Revelation 9:7, God's people are represented by locusts. The modern-day locust army is none other than the military force of Jehovah's anointed locusts, now joined by some 5,600,000 of Jesus' "other sheep."
Note: The Watchtower equates the 144,000 with demons.
Revelation 9:2-3 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Revelation 9:11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
Page 10: When the "priests" of Christendom see Jehovah's people in action and hear their warning of divine judgment, they become frantic. They beat their breasts in vexation and rage at the devastating effect of the Kingdom message. And they howl as their flocks slip away form them.
Correction: True ministers will preach Jesus Christ and warn people about false messengers.
Colossians 1:28 Him (Jesus Christ) we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
1 Corinthians 1:22-24 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Page 10: But the spiritually famished state of these religious leaders and their parishioners as a class will continue. The prophet Amos foretold: "Look! There are days coming, is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, and I will send a famine into the land, a famine, not for bread, and a thirst, not for water, but for hearing the words of Jehovah." (Amos 8:11)
Note: The Watchtower has caused a spiritual famine by turning people back to Old Testament.
Galatians 3:1-2 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Page 12: These acts and deeds certainly include that we keep up with Jehovah's locust army by having a consistent and meaningful share in preaching the good news of the Kingdom before the end comes. - Mark 13:10.
Note: The good news of the Kingdom is Jesus Christ.
Mark 10:15 "Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."
John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Page 13: In this way those 120 faithful men and women became a spiritual nation, the first members of what the apostle Paul later called "the Israel of God." - Galatians 6:16.
Correction: The "Israel of God" refers to believing Jews in contrast to believing Gentiles.
Galatians 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision (Jews) nor uncircumcision (Gentiles) avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them (Gentiles), and upon the Israel of God (Jews).
Page 14: At Pentecost 33 C.E., Peter gave fine counsel in view of that approaching tragedy. Again quoting Joel, he said: "Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved." Each individual Jew had to make a personal decision to call upon Jehovah's name.
Note: The first Christian martyr called on the name of Jesus.
Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
Page 14: After the death of the apostles, the Israel of God came to be hidden by the weeds of false Christianity.
Correction: Jesus Christ disagrees with the Watchtower.
Matthew 16:18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (confession) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."
Correction: Paul disagrees with the Watchtower.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Page 14: However, during the time of the end, which started in 1914, the identity of this spiritual nation once again became clear.
Correction: There has been more than 2,300 days since 1914.
Daniel 8:13-14 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, " How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled under foot?" And he said to me, " For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed."
Daniel 8:17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, " Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end."
Note: 1914 is based on a bogus date of 607 BCE for the destruction of Jerusalem.
Pages 14-15: Like Peter, they exhorted meek ones: "Get saved from this crooked generation." (Acts 2:40) How could responsive ones do that? By heeding Joel's words found at Joel 2:32: "Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will get away safe."
Note: Its by the name of Jesus people will be saved.
Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Page 15: We have every reason to 'call on the name of Jehovah' in full faith that he will deliver us!
Note: Jesus Christ will deliver true Christians.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Page 16: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us something else to bear in mind, when he said: "Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness." (Matthew 6:33) Our worship is not to be viewed casually, as something we do in a token way to soothe our conscience.
Note: The righteousness of God is putting your faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:21-22 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.
Page 17: The apostle Paul stressed another aspect of calling on God's name. In his letter to the Romans, he quoted Joel's prophetic words: "Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved."
Note: The apostle Paul was equating the name of Jesus with Jehovah.
Romans 10:8-9 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
Page 17: In 1919, Jehovah showed zeal and compassion for his people when he restored them and brought them into his realm of spiritual activity.
Correction: True spiritual activity will involve preaching Jesus Christ.
Acts 17:18 Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.
Pages 18-19: Still, escape is possible. The prophecy goes on to say: "It must occur that everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will get away safe; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will prove to be the escaped ones, just as Jehovah is calling." (Joel 2:32)
Note: Pray that you are worthy to stand before Jesus Christ.
Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
Page 19: "CROWDS, crowds are in the low plain of the decision"! We read those stirring words at Joel 3:14. Why are these crowds assembled? Joel answers: "The day of Jehovah is near." It is the great day of Jehovah's vindication-the day for executing judgment on the multitudes who have rejected God's established Kingdom under Christ Jesus.
Correction: People will be condemned for not calling on the name of Jesus.
John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Page 20: Faith in Jehovah! Faith in his prophets! Therein lay the key to success. Likewise today, as we continue active in Jehovah's service, may we never doubt that he will make our faith victorious!
Note: True victorious Christian faith is placed in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Page 20: Like the Judeans of Jehoshaphat's day, we must "give praise to Jehovah, for to time indefinite is his loving-kindness." How do we render this praise? By our zealous Kingdom preaching!
Correction: We render true praise by bowing our knees to Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Page 24: How, then, does Jehovah answer Joel's petition to bring God's own powerful ones down? It is in these graphic words: "Let the nations be aroused and come up to the low plain of Jehoshaphat; for there I shall sit in order to judge all the nations round about."
Note: Jesus Christ will be the judge of the nations.
John 5:22-23 "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him."
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