The Watchtower (2007) — Loyal to Christ and His Faithful Slave — w07 4/1 pp. 21-25
Jesus stated: “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so. Truly I say to you, He will appoint him over all his belongings.” (Matthew 24:3, 45-47) “On arriving” to inspect the “slave” in 1918, Christ found a spirit-anointed remnant of faithful disciples who since 1879 had been using this journal and other Bible-based publications to provide spiritual “food at the proper time.” He acknowledged them as his collective instrument, or “slave,” and in 1919 entrusted them with the management of all his earthly belongings.
Watchtower, Faithful and Discreet Slave
Matt 24:29,34,36,42,44 — Insert Chapter, bold verses highlighted.
When Does Jesus Appoint the Slave “Over All His Belongings”?
Jesus said that the “master on arriving” (literally, “having come”) will appoint the slave “over all his belongings.” When does the Master, Jesus, arrive?
The expression translated “on arriving” is a form of the Greek word er?kho·mai. Verses 42 and 44 of chapter 24 translate a form of er?kho·mai as “coming.” In those verses, Jesus is referring to his coming as Judge during the great tribulation.—Matthew 24:30; 25:31, 32.
Jesus’ appointment of the “slave” over his “belongings,” then, must also be a future event. He will make that appointment during the great tribulation.
While for my entire lifetime they claimed to have been appointed over me as a belonging, they have now amended that statement to only claim that they have been appointed to feed. This point was the first that I sought to discuss with you guys, and you find it some how enlightening and comforting that after I raised it they corrected the belief. Yet, months before I stood accused by my mother as culpability in turning apostate for addressing what I already knew couldn’t be, based on what I’d read in the scriptures. I don’t yet know if you guys get this—but they are not appointed over us, they have no authority. Even by their own admission, they are only to feed. Since October 2012, I should now be, in good conscience, respected for deciding not to eat.
They have no authority—being appointed to feed doesn’t mean being appointed over ‘belongings’
You don’t have to eat what is provided—a vegetarian doesn’t eat meat simply because it’s served; mom won’t eat tons of stuff
Their food has not been approved of—it’s only on approval that they are appointed over belongings, thus since I’ve felt malnourished or hungry for most my life, as what they had to teach I was taught as a child, I’ve decided to find something else to eat. As I’ve said before, I’m sticking to bread, water and wine. The Word of God (in flesh and print) is the bread, the water he offers makes one not thirsty (I imagine it is the holy spirit he said he’d send to me), and the wine is keeping him in memory.
I don’t know how they can make something so complicated. Let’s say I shipped presents home ahead of my arriving a few weeks ago. I asked momma to keep them and for everyone to wait to open them when I arrive. Mackenzie and Hailey and Hannah, excited can’t wait to see, and ask do they really have to wait until I arrive? When will I be coming??? Will I be coming soon? I promise, and you assure them, I’ll be coming soon. I tell them they won’t have to wait long at all—on arriving—we can open them, they can open them soon, as soon as I come! I’m sure you have no problem understanding this story, and if you do, we’ll reenact it. I’ll ship presents, and instead of them having to wait until I arrive, they can open them as soon as the presents are present, as soon as the presents arrive. I’ll call you guys to tell you they are coming, so you can be in expectation. This isn’t hard. They are coming, when they arrive,…
The Watchtower explains that Matt 24:29,34,36,42,44 are “to be fulfilled during Christ’s presence, “the conclusion of the system of things.”” then comes to the conclusion, “Logically, then, “the faithful and discreet slave” must have appeared after Christ’s presence began in 1914.”
The Watchtower (2013) —
When does the “great tribulation” begin? When does Jesus judge “the sheep” and “the goats”? When does Jesus ‘arrive,’ or come?
For a number of years, we thought that the great tribulation began in 1914 with World War I and that “those days were cut short” by Jehovah in 1918 when the war ended so that the remnant would have the opportunity to preach the good news to all nations. (Matt. 24:21, 22) After the completion of that preaching work, Satan’s empire would be destroyed. Thus, the great tribulation was thought to have three phases: There would be a beginning (1914-1918), the tribulation would be interrupted (from 1918 onward), and it would conclude at Armageddon.
Jesus’ prophecy about the last days has two fulfillments. (Matt. 24:4-22) There was an initial fulfillment in Judea in the first century C.E., and there would be a worldwide fulfillment in our day.
When does Jesus make the second appointment, that is, the appointment “over all his belongings”? Jesus said: “Happy is that slave if his master on arriving [literally, “having come,” footnote] finds him doing so. Truly I say to you, He will appoint him over all his belongings.” (Matthew 24:46, 47) Note that Jesus makes the second appointment after he arrives and finds that the slave has been “doing so,” that is, faithfully giving out spiritual food. So there would be a period of time between the two appointments. To understand how and when Jesus appoints the slave over all his belongings, we need to know two things: when he arrives and what his belongings include.
16 When does Jesus arrive? The answer is found in earlier verses of Matthew chapter 24. Remember that in these verses, Jesus’ “coming” refers to when he comes to judge and destroy the wicked at the end of this system of things.* (See endnote.) (Matthew 24:30, 42, 44) So Jesus’ “arriving,” or “coming,” in the illustration of the faithful slave happens during the great tribulation. What do “all” of Jesus’ belongings include? Jesus’ belongings are not only on earth. His belongings include things in heaven. Jesus once said: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth.” (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-23) His belongings now include the Messianic Kingdom. This Kingdom has belonged to him since 1914, and he will share it with his anointed followers.—Revelation 11:15.
18 So, what can we conclude? When Jesus comes to destroy the wicked during the great tribulation, he will find that the faithful slave has been loyally giving out spiritual food at the right time to the domestics. Jesus will then be happy to appoint that slave over all his belongings. Those who make up the faithful slave will get this appointment when they receive their reward in heaven and become rulers along with Christ.