Ancestry, Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Prophecy, Religion

May 14, 1948 – 907,200 days = 537 B.C. in Jerusalem

God told the nation of Israel, “Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary”. 

They were warned, “But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, … I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you…”

“‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times.” — Leviticus 26

The records of Kings and Chronicles tell what happened… judgment is due, but it will wait until after Josiah passes:

“You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says Yehowah יְהוָה. So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You yourself will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city and its people.’” — 2 Chronicles 34

Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (who were born at the time of the exile to Babylon). (Matthew 1:11) Continue reading

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Cannabis, Neuroscience

Anandamide, The Runner's High

?”..The results showed that both the runners and bicyclists had 80% more anandamide in their blood after exercising, with the greatest increase among the runners. They also reported physical feelings similar to marijuana use, such as relaxation, regulated mood, and increased appetite. Plus, they found that tempo running produced the most anandamide of all exercise …” Continue reading

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Religion, Scriptures

Google YHWH

The New World Translation revised edition (recently published translation of the scriptures by The Watchtower and distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide) renders the beginning of Isaiah 55 verse 6 as “Search for…”

I read that and wondered immediately how many people have Googled for YHWH?

And if people searched for Yehowah, how many would find seekyehowah.org?

An internet hide and seek, search for him “while while he may be found.

Which 404’s first, God or Google?a topic Seth Rogen took on with This Is The End (2013: the first Jewish rapture comedy) where “a bunch of Jews” are “aghast to discover that the Christians were right…” and the internet going down was the least of their problems. Continue reading

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Religion, Research

Yehowah vs. Jehovah, The God of the Freemasons

“Jehovah is, of all the significant words of Freemasonry, by far the most important. Reghellini very properly calls it ‘the basis of our dogma and of our mysteries.’” — Encyclopedia of Freemasonry

Jehovah in An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences: Comprising the Whole Range of Arts, Sciences and Literature as Connected with the Institution (1874) by Albert Gallatin Mackey, pg 370-381

Jehovah in An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry (1874) by Albert Gallatin Mackey, pg 370-381

God first introduced himself to his nation of chosen people, and Moses, as “I AM”.

Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” — Exodus 3:13,14

Further in the holy inspired scriptures, he says repeatedly “I AM” and “THERE IS NO OTHER.” (Isaiah 45:6,18,22; Isaiah 46:9) There is no God besides he. (Deuteronomy 32:39, Hosea 13:4, Joel 2:27)

“You are my witnesses,” declares YHWH, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, I am YHWH, and besides me there is no savior.” — Isaiah 43:10,11

However, there is another who claims the same, “I AM”:

“But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure In spite of your many sorceries, In spite of the great power of your spells.

“You felt secure in your wickedness and said, ‘No one sees me,’ Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ 

“But evil will come on you Which you will not know how to charm away; And disaster will fall on you For which you cannot atone; And destruction about which you do not know Will come on you suddenly.…” — Isaiah 47:9-11, The Fall of Babylon Predicted

Note the word “disaster” in the verse above—in Hebrew the word is “hovah”.

Yes, the woman of Babylon, later identified in Revelation as the mysterious woman “Babylon the Great” says that she is “I AM” and “there is no other besides me” standing in the place of God.

Revelation 18 details the Fall of Babylon the Great, saying:

“Come away from her, my people.
Do not take part in her sins,
or you will be punished with her…

She boasted in her heart,
‘I am queen on my throne.
I am no helpless widow,
and I have no reason to mourn.’

…and you deceived the nations with your sorceries.”

Yes, Babylonian worship led to the ancient city being destroyed long ago, and this false worship today will lead to spiritual destruction. She says, “I AM” whereas we know that God is and there is no other God besides him.

Further, we must recall that “hovah” is a Hebrew word associated with this very passage of Babylon’s destruction, and again in the destruction of those deceived by her. In Ezekiel, the word “hovah” is translated calamity:

Calamity [hovah] will follow calamity [hovah]… Then they will know that I am YHWH.”—Ezekiel 7:26,27

While Satan is known as Deception, Babylon is known for her mystery religion and blasphemies against God. One may recognize that the Greek word for slander is blasphemy.

So the angel took me in the Spirit into the wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, and blasphemies against God were written all over it… and upon her forehead was a name written: ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of the Whores, and the Abominations of the earth.’

As noted in the outset, the Encyclopedia of the Freemason’s clearly states “Jehovah” is the most important word and the basis of their dogma and “mysteries”. Freemasonry has been shown by it’s use of symbols to be directly taken from the ancient Babylonia mystery religion for which that city was destroyed.

Now, “Jehovah” is used as the god of this modern religion, as well as finding it’s way into many modern bible translations. While the use of the letter “J” is a modern invention (it originally being a decorative letter “I”), the origin of this word comes back to Babylon in scriptures, as shown above.

The Lost Word of Freemasonry By Hilton Hotem

The Lost Word of Freemasonry By Hilton Hotem

Ya-ho-vah as it is pronounced or “Ya-hovah” is close to the Tetragrammaton YHWH, as it differs in sound and in one letter. However, what a difference this subtle difference, of just a sound and a letter, makes! “Yah” refers to God in a shortened form, and thus many say “Ya-hovah” is the “God of Destruction”, surely a blasphemous designation for the eternal and personal name of our loving creator and Father.

1943: hovah

1943: hovah, and it’s related 1942: havvah

The Hebrew word “howah” on which YHWH is based means “causes to become” and refers to the breath, as in the breath of life.

Jewish scholars such as Maimonides (1138-1204) affirmed that the Tetragrammaton was pronounced according to its letters as YeHoWaH.

Carefully considering these two Hebrew words, and their use in scriptures clearly delineates between she who claims “I AM” and He who is the “I AM”—and there is no other.

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Strong’s 1933: The origin of the meaning of God’s name YHWH

Despite correctly noting the origin of YHWH as “to become” (“havah” or “hawah“), the Watchtower of Jehovah’s Witnesses—as the Freemason’s—claim “Jehovah” name as the personal name of God, based on the word “hovah“.

The New World Translation Bible Reference Edition notes, “The text located in the U.S.S.R., namely, the Codex Leningrad B 19A, used for Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), vowel-points the Tetragrammaton to read…Yeho·wah′, as in Ge 3:14. The edition of the Hebrew text by Ginsburg (Gins.) vowel-points YHWH to read Yeho·wah′.”

While the Watchtower condemns the Roman Catholic Church as being a part of Babylon the Great, it is known that the construction of this modern name came from a Catholic monk, and as shown above, is a blasphemous name rooted in the condemnation of Babylon herself and her sorceries.

“Come away from her, my people.
Do not take part in her sins,
or you will be punished with her…

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Cannabis, Neuroscience

Conditions for Cannabis in Canaan

Governments and drug companies are loath to fund the research needed to bring the drug into general use—Israel offers ideal conditions for such research.

“We in Israel have an opportunity, and vast responsibility, when it comes to international research about medical cannabis. Israel has a government-sponsored medical cannabis program and a convenient regulatory climate for research. We also have the health maintenance organizations, which possess rare databases of precious information about the effects of cannabis on thousands of patients who have undergone that treatment.”—Mimi Peleg Continue reading

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Cannabis

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "Sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works"

Dr. Sanjay Gupta says we have been “systematically misled” on marijuana… Take the case of Charlotte Figi, who he met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.

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Culture

This Was Water

My momma has drunk water in years, and David Foster Wallace died of suicide.

There were these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says,

“Morning, boys, how’s the water?”

And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes,

“What the hell is water?”

“The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude, but the fact is that in the day to day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance…”

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Ancestry, Culture

The Siege of Jerusalem, AD 70 by Josephus

But why dwell on the commonplace rubbish which the starving were driven to feed upon, given that what I have to recount is an act unparalleled in the history of either the Greeks or the barbarians, and as horrible to relate as it is incredible to hear? For my part I should gladly have omitted this tragedy, lest I should be suspected of monstrous fabrication. But there were many witnesses of it among my contemporaries; and besides, I should do poor service to my country if I were to suppress the agonies she went through.

Jerusalem fell, after a siege, to a Roman army under Titus. Josephus was a Jew who had gone over to the Romans as a historian…
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Prophecy

The Road to Damascus — Obama, Politics, Prophecy, Paul, and Twenty Centuries Later

Conversion On the Road to Damascus, Caravaggio

Conversion On the Road to Damascus, Caravaggio

Why I adore the Atlantic: Biblical references abound amidst astute observations on the politics of Syria.

“Obama is about to walk the road to Damascus: the president who sought to end Middle Eastern conflict will convert to the goal of violent regime change.” Continue reading

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Psychology

A Song for My Friends

My friends are going through a rough time right now; this psalm is for them, speaking first to their oppressors who seek to destroy their family and home, then in turn to my friends with words of wisdom — selah — from Spurgeon’s Treasury of David.

Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man?
God’s loving kindness endures continually.

Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

You love evil more than good,
lying rather than speaking the truth.

Selah

You love all devouring words,
you deceitful tongue.

God will likewise destroy you forever.
He will take you up, and pluck you out of your tent,
and root you out of the land of the living.

Selah

The righteous also will see it, and fear,
and laugh at him, saying,

“Behold, this is the man who didn’t make God his strength,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches,
and strengthened himself in his wickedness.”

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God’s house.
I trust in God’s loving kindness forever and ever.

I will give you thanks forever, because you have done it.
I will hope in your name, for it is good,
in the presence of your holy ones.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity.
There is no one who does good.

God looks down from heaven on the children of men,
to see if there are any who understood,
who seek after God.

Every one of them has gone back.
They have become filthy together.
There is no one who does good, no, not one.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and don’t call on God?

There they were in great fear, where no fear was,
for God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you.
You have put them to shame,
because God has rejected them.

Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When God brings back his people from captivity,
then Jacob shall rejoice,
and Israel shall be glad.

Save me, God, by your name.
Vindicate me in your might.

Hear my prayer, God.
Listen to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen up against me.
Violent men have sought after my soul.
They haven’t set God before them.

Selah

Behold, God is my helper.
The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.

He will repay the evil to my enemies.
Destroy them in your truth.

With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you.
I will give thanks to your name, Yehowah, for it is good.

For he has delivered me out of all trouble.
My eye has seen triumph over my enemies.

I am your Witness, June 19th, 9am.

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Research

The Bible’s Buried Secrets

Watch The Bible’s Buried Secrets on PBS. See more from NOVA.

An archeological detective story traces the origins of the Hebrew Bible. In this landmark two-hour special, NOVA takes viewers on a scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues today. The film presents the latest archeological scholarship from the Holy Land to explore the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies: Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one God—the foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—emerge?

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Cannabis, Neuroscience

The Quiet Giant: Israel’s Discreet and Successful Medicinal Cannabis Program

by Lindsay Stafford Mader, HerbalGram. 2013; American Botanical Council, Issue: 97 Page: 38-45

Despite its status as one of the world’s leading nations for medical research and innovation, the United States has a remarkably restrictive system in place to regulate medicinal cannabis research.

Even when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves medicinal cannabis studies, the researcher or institution must then obtain approval from the Public Health Service (PHS), as well as procure cannabis material from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which has a monopoly on the supply of cannabis that can be used for research throughout the entire country.1

Cannabis (Cannabis spp. Cannabaceae) is the only scheduled substance for which PHS approval is required, and those wishing to study the plant often have been rejected by the agency — effectively quelling this important area of science.

An increasing number of US states have taken matters into their own hands by legalizing medicinal cannabis for residents with certain health conditions.

But the federal government continues to raid and shut down state-based medicinal cannabis operations, even sending some of these business owners to prison.

Although the US situation is largely based on the discrepancy between state and federal law, Americans and citizens of other countries that ban medicinal cannabis could learn just how successfully, compassionately — and non-controversially — such a program can be handled by looking at the unique national medicinal cannabis program in Israel.

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Escape from Christendom

A friend and I were wondering about the etymology of the word Christendom the other day, and theorized that it might have meant to imply “Christ’s Kingdom”, only given Revelation, it would be the kingdom of the false Christ.

I then came across this story…

Escape from Christendom

by Robert Burnell

The Journey

In my dream I see the lone figure of a man following a road. As the sun sets beneath the hills, a city comes into view. Nearing it, the traveler sees what appears to be a large group of churches. Spires and crosses pierce the skyline. His pace quickens. Is this his destination? He passes an imposing structure, a neon sign flashing “Cathedral of the Future.” Farther on a floodlit stadium supports a billboard boasting that fifty thousand people crowd into evangelistic meetings there three nights a week. Beyond this, modest “New Testament” chapels and Hebrew Christian synagogues cluster together on the street front.

“Is this the City of God?” I hear the traveler ask a woman at the information booth in the central square.

“No this is Christian City, “she replies.

“But I thought this road led to the City of God!” He exclaims with great disappointment.

“That’s what we all thought when we arrived,” she answers, her tone sympathetic.

“This road continues up the mountain, doesn’t it?” He asks.

“I wouldn’t know, really,” she answers blankly.

I watched the man turn away from her and trudge on up the mountain in the gathering darkness. Reaching the top, he starts out into the blackness; it looks as though there is nothing, absolutely nothing, beyond. With a shudder he retraces his steps into Christian City an takes a room at a hotel.

Strangely unrefreshed, at dawn he arises and follows the road up the mountain again; in the brightening light of the sun he discovers that what seemed like a void the night before is actually a desert–dry, hot, rolling sand as far as the eye can see. The road narrows to a path which rises over a dune and disappears. “Can this trail lead to the City of God?” He wonders aloud. It appears to be quite deserted and rarely traveled. Continue reading

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Ancestry

Family Tree: King David

This family tree line uses the same bloodline as Queen Elizabeth; see The Irish Prince and the Hebrew Prophet.

David “King of Judah” Ben Jesse (1085 – 1015) is your 102nd great grandfather.

  1. David “King of Judah” Ben Jesse (1085 – 1015)
  2. King Solomon Ben “Judah” David (1033 – 975)
  3. Rehoboam “King of Judah” Ben Solomon (971 – 913)
  4. Abijah Abijam “King of Judah” Ben Rehoboam (957 – 955)
  5. Asa “King of Judah” Ben Abijah ha-David (924 – 870)
  6. Jehosaphat “King of Judah” ben Asa ha-David (908 – 848)
  7. Jehoram Ben Jehosaphat ha-David (889 – 885)
  8. Ahaziah ben Jehoram ha-David King of Judah (906 – 884)
  9. Joash ben Ahaziah ha-David King of Judah (885 – 839)
  10. Amaziah ben Joash ha-David King of Judah (864 – 810)
  11. Uzziah Azariah ben Amaziah King of Judah ha-David (826 – 758)
  12. Jotham ben Uzziah ha-David King of Judah
  13. Ahaz ben Jotham King of Judah ha-David (787 – 726)
  14. Hezekiah ben Ahaz King of Judah ha-David (751 – 698)
  15. Manasseh ben Hezekiah King of Judah ha-David
  16. Amon ben Manasseh King of Judah ha-David (664 – 642)
  17. Josiah ben Amon King of Judah ha-David (648 – 610)
  18. Zedekiah Mattaniah ben Josiah Judah King of Judah (618 – 586)
  19. Tea Tephi bint Zedekiah Judah (580 – )
  20. Giallchadh mac Oilioll Olchaoin King of Ireland (561 – 552)
  21. Nuadhat I Fionnfoil mac Giallchadh (540 – 527)
  22. Áedan Aodham Glas King of Ireland
  23. Siomon Breac mac Aodhan Glas (483 – 477)
  24. Muireadhach I Bolgrach mac Siomon (469 – 468)
  25. Fiacha Tolgrach Heremon
  26. Duach II Ladhgrach mac Fiachadh Tolgrach (381 – 371)
  27. Eochaidh Buadhach
  28. Úgaine Mór King of Ireland (330 – 300)
  29. Cobthach Cóel Breg King of Ireland
  30. Meilge Molbthach King of Ireland
  31. Irereo Fáthach King of Ireland
  32. Connla Cáem Cruaidchelgach King of Ireland
  33. Ailill Caisfiaclach King of Ireland
  34. Eochaid Ailtlethan Foltlethan King of Ireland
  35. Óengus Tuirmech Temrach King of Ireland
  36. Énna Aignech
  37. Labehra Labhra Suire Lorc
  38. Blathucha Blathacht
  39. Easamasn Easmhna Easamhun Ruadh
  40. Roighnen Ruadh (Rorzhmen)
  41. Feneogha Finnlogha
  42. Finn (Fian)
  43. Eochu Eochaid Feidlech High King of Ireland
  44. Lugaid Riab nDerg High King of Ireland
  45. Crimthann Nia Náir High King of Ireland
  46. Feradach Finnfechtnach High King of Ireland
  47. Fíachu Finnolach High King of Ireland
  48. Túathal Techtmar High King of Ireland
  49. Fedlimid Rechtmar High King of Ireland
  50. Conn Cétchathach “of the Hundred Battles” High King of Ireland
  51. Art Óenfer mac Cuinn High King of Ireland
  52. Cormac mac Airt ua Cuinn King of Ireland
  53. Cairbre Lifechair King of Ireland
  54. Fiacha Sraibhtine King of Ireland
  55. Muiredach Tirech King of Ireland
  56. Eochaid Mugmedón King of Ireland ( – 362)
  57. Niall Noígíallach “Niall of the Nine Hostages” King of Ireland (368 – 450)
  58. Eoghan Foghan Owen mac Néill King of Ireland, King of Tír Eoghain, and Prince of Inis Eoghain ( – 465)
  59. Eirc (or Muredach) King of Dalriada in Ireland (363 – )
  60. Fergus Mór King of Dalradia in Argyleshire (389 – )
  61. Domangart Réti mac Ferguso King of Dalriada in Argyleshire (415 – 505)
  62. Gabrán mac Domangairt “the Treacherous”, King of Dalriada (446 – 560)
  63. Áedán mac Gabráin King of Dalriada (477 – 606)
  64. Eochaid (or Eochu, or Eochaidh) I Buidhe King of Dalriada and the Picts (448 – )
  65. Domnall Brecc (Dongart) King of Scotland and Dalriada (600 – 673)
  66. Dongart (Eugene VI) Macdomnail Domongart Scotland (630 – 692)
  67. Eochaid II (Findon) of Scotland King of Dalriada (660 – 692)
  68. Eochaid III King of Scotland and Dalriada (695 – 721)
  69. Aodh Hugh (Aed Find) Fionn “the White”, King of Scotland and Dalriada (725 – 778)
  70. Eochaid Achaius IV King Of The Scots “The Poisonous” (747 – 819)
  71. Alpin mac Echdach Kintyre King of Dal Riata (778 – 834)
  72. Kenneth Kinet I Mac Alpin King Of The Scots (810 – 858)
  73. Constantine I King Of The Scots (836 – 877)
  74. Donald II Dasachtach King Of The Scots (862 – 900)
  75. Malcolm I King Of The Scots ( – 954)
  76. Kenneth II King Of The Scots ( – 995)
  77. Malcolm II Mac Kenneth King Of The Scots (970 – 1034)
  78. Doda De Falaise (980 – 1003)
  79. Harlette Herleva De Falaisse (1003 – 1050)
  80. Adelaide Adeliza of Normandy (1030 – 1090)
  81. Stephen Blois Champagne Holderness d’Aumale (1070 – 1127)
  82. Ada d’Aumale (1115 – 1183)
  83. Walter IV Tyrrell Sir Knight (1139 – 1171)
  84. Walter Thomas Tyrrell (1384 – 1406)
  85. Walter Tyrrell (1350 – )
  86. John Tyrrell Sir (1382 – 1437)
  87. William Tyrrell Esq. of Gipping in Suffolk, Sir, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk (1418 – 1471)
  88. Dorothy Tyrrell (1459 – 1491)
  89. Margaret Boteler (1490 – 1520)
  90. Elizabeth Harmon Payne (1510 – 1585)
  91. Dorothy Margerie Leonard (1527 – 1611)
  92. Robert Calvert (1557 – 1645)
  93. Anne Marie Calvert (1603 – 1646)
  94. Thomas Beall (1631 – 1707)
  95. Elizabeth Beall (1660 – 1764)
  96. Elizabeth Dryden (1720 – 1770)
  97. Elijah Moore (1753 – 1835)
  98. Christiana Moore (1786 – 1866)
  99. Anna Carter (1805 – 1838)
  100. Robert Niblick (1824 – )
  101. George Willick Niblick (1860 – 1949)
  102. Rufus Clarence Niblick (1899 – 1962)
  103. Roger Dale Niblick (1928 – 2011)
  104. Matthew Raymond Niblick (1958 – 1983)
  105. Angela Marié Niblick Baxley Glass
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Ancestry

Family Tree: Israel to Me

Sarah (Hebrew)

Sarai Sarah “Princess” is your great grand mother.
  1. Isaac ben Abram (2060 – 1880) – Son of Sarai Sarah “Princess”
  2. Jacob Israel ben Isaac a.k.a. Kronos (1980 – 1833) – Son of Isaac ben
  3. Judah Judea Tamur King of Goshen Israelite Tribe of Judah, a.k.a. Zeus “Zhe-ut” Yehud (1752 – ) – Son of Jacob Israel ben
  4. Zerah ben Judah (1738 – 1638) – Son of Judah Judea Tamur
  5. Darda Dardanus Dara, “The Egyptian” King of Arcadia Founder of Troy, 1520 B.C. (1320 – 1414) – Son of Zerah ben
  6. Erichthonius King of Dardania (1374 – 1368) – Son of Darda Dardanus Dara, “The Egyptian”
  7. Tros of Acadia King of Dardania (1344 – 1328) – Son of Erichthonius
  8. Ilus Ilos King of Troy (1315 – 1279) – Son of Tros of Acadia
  9. Laomedan Laomedon King of Troy (1285 – 1235) – Son of Ilus Ilos
  10. Priam Podarces I King of Troy High King of Troy (1250 – 1183) – Son of Laomedan Laomedon
  11. Helenus I of Troy King of Epirus King of the Scythians (1225 – 1149) – Son of Priam Podarces I
  12. Zenter Cestrinus King of Troy Genger of the Scythians (1195 – 1149) – Son of Helenus I of Troy King of Epirus King of the
  13. Francus King of Troy Franco of the Scythians (1165 – ) – Son of Zenter Cestrinus
  14. Esdron King of Troy (1135 – ) – Son of FRANCUS
  15. Gelio Zelius Gelso Zelis King of Troy (1105 – ) – Son of ESDRON
  16. Bosabiliano Basebelian Basavelian I King of Troy (1075 – ) – Son of Gelio Zelius Gelso Zelis
  17. Plaserio Plaserius I King of Troy (1045 – ) – Son of Bosabiliano Basebelian Basavelian I
  18. Plesron I King of Troy (1015 – ) – Son of Plaserio Plaserius I
  19. Eliacor King of Troy (1085 – ) – Son of PLESRON I
  20. Zaberian King of Troy (1055 – ) – Son of ELIACOR
  21. Plaserius II King of Troy (1025 – ) – Son of ZABERIAN
  22. Antenor I King of Troy (995 – ) – Son of PLASERIUS II
  23. Priam King of Troy II (965 – ) – Son of ANTENOR I
  24. Helenus II King of Troy (935 – ) – Son of Priam King of
  25. Plesron II King of Troy (905 – ) – Son of Helenus II King of
  26. Basabelian II King of Troy (875 – ) – Son of PLESRON II
  27. Alexander Alexandre King of Troy (845 – 677) – Son of BASABELIAN II
  28. Priam King of the Cimmerians III (815 – ) – Son of Alexander Alexandre
  29. Gentilanor King of the Cimmerians (785 – ) – Son of Priam King of the
  30. Almadius King of the Cimmerians (755 – ) – Son of GENTILANOR
  31. Dilulius King of the Cimmerians (725 – ) – Son of ALMADIUS
  32. Helenus III King of the Cimmerians (695 – ) – Son of DILULIUS
  33. Plaserius III Plaserio King of the Cimmerians (665 – ) – Son of Helenus III King of the
  34. Dilulius Diluglio II King of Trojan of the Cimmerians (635 – 560) – Son of Plaserius III Plaserio
  35. Marcomir I King of the Cimmerians (615 – 562) – Son of Dilulius Diluglio II
  36. Priam IV King of the Cimmerians (585 – 540) – Son of Marcomir I
  37. Helenus IV King of the Cimmerians (555 – 442) – Son of Priam IV
  38. Antenor I Exium King of the Cimmerians (525 – 443) – Son of Helenus IV King of the
  39. Marcomer I King of the Cimmerians (440 – 412) – Son of Antenor I Exium
  40. Antenor II King of the Cimmerian (465 – 385) – Son of Marcomer I
  41. Priamus King of the Sicambri (417 – 358) – Son of Antenor II
  42. Helenus V of the Trojan Cimmerians Sicambri ( – 339) – Son of Priamus
  43. Diocles Lord of the Sicambri ( – 300) – Son of Helenus V of the Trojan Cimmerians
  44. Bassanus “the Great” King of the Sicambri ( – 250) – Son of Diocles
  45. Clodomir I Lord of the Sicambri ( – 232) – Son of Bassanus “the Great”
  46. Nicanor Lord of the Sicambri ( – 198) – Son of Clodomir I
  47. Marcomer II Lord of the Sicambri ( – 170) – Son of Nicanor
  48. Clodius I Lord of the Sicambri ( – 159) – Son of Marcomer II
  49. Antenor III Lord of the Sicambri ( – 143) – Son of Clodius I
  50. Clodomir II Lord of the Sicambri ( – 123) – Son of Antenor III
  51. Merovachus Lord of the Sicambri ( – 95) – Son of Clodomir II
  52. Cassander Lord of the Sicambri ( – 74) – Son of Merovachus
  53. Antharius Lord of the Sicambri ( – 39) – Son of Cassander
  54. Francus (or Francio) Lord of the Sicambri – Son of Antharius
  55. Clodius Clogio II King of the Franks Son of Francus (or Francio)
  56. Marcomer III King of the Franks ( – 50) – Son of Clodius Clogio II
  57. Clodomir III King of the Franks ( – 63) – Son of Marcomer III
  58. Antenor III King of the Franks ( – 69) – Son of Clodomir III
  59. Ratherius King of the Franks ( – 90) – Son of Antenor III
  60. Richemir I King of the Franks (40 – 114) – Son of Ratherius
  61. Odomir King of the Franks (70 – 128) – Son of Richemir I
  62. King Marcomir of the Franks (90 – 149) – Son of Odomir
  63. King Clodomir IV of the Franks (104 – 180) – Son of King Marcomir
  64. King Farabert of the Franks ( – 186) – Son of King Clodomir IV of the
  65. King Sunno of the Franks ( – 213) – Son of King Farabert
  66. King Hilderic ( – 253) – Son of King Sunno
  67. King Bartherus ( – 272) – Son of King Hilderic
  68. King Clodius III ( – 298) – Son of King Bartherus
  69. King Walter (306 – ) – Son of King Clodius III
  70. King Dagobert ( – 317) – Son of King Walter
  71. King Clodomir V ( – 337) – Son of King Dagobert
  72. King Richemir II (270 – 350) – Son of King Clodomir V
  73. King Theodomir (295 – 360) – Son of King Richemir II
  74. King Clodius IV (310 – 378) – Son of King Theodomir
  75. King Dagobert (325 – 389) – Son of King Clodius IV
  76. King Genebald (350 – 419) – Son of King Dagobert
  77. Argotta Rosamunde Princess of Scambri Queen of Salic Franks (376 – ) – Daughter of King Genebald
  78. Clodion V Le Chevelu France – Son of Argotta Rosamunde Princess of
  79. Merovaeus Merovech I Merovingian King of the Salian Franks (415 – 457) – Son of Clodion V Le Chevelu
  80. Childeric I Franks King of Franks, Founder of Merovingian Dynasty (440 – 481) – Son of Merovaeus Merovech I
  81. Clovis I France King of the Franks (465 – 511) – Son of Childeric I
  82. Clotaire Choltar Charles I “The Old” Merovingian King of the Franks (499 – 561) – Son of Clovis I
  83. Blithildis Berthe Aldeberge Meroving Princess of Merovian Franks (541 – 580) – Daughter of Clotaire Choltar Charles I “The Old”
  84. Arnoaldus XXVII Descheldt Bodegeisel Metz Bishop (560 – 611) – Son of Blithildis Berthe Aldeberge
  85. Lady Dode Of Saxony Clothilde de Heristal (586 – 615) – Daughter of Arnoaldus XXVII Descheldt Bodegeisel
  86. Ansiglsel de Metz Margrave of Scheldt (602 – 679) – Son of Lady Dode Of Saxony Clothilde de
  87. Pepin II “The Fat” DeHeristal Mayor of the Palaces of Austrasia (635 – 714) – Son of Ansiglsel de
  88. Charles “The Hammer” Martel King of the Franks (676 – 741) – Son of Pepin II “The Fat”
  89. Pepin III “the Short” “the Younger” King of the Franks Mayor of the Palace, Duke of the Franks (714 – 768) – Son of Charles “The Hammer”
  90. Emperor Charlemagne Carolingian Holy Roman Empire King of the Franks (742 – 814) – Son of Pepin III “the Short” “the Younger”
  91. Louis I “The Pious” Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire King of the Franks (778 – 840) – Son of Emperor Charlemagne Carolingian
  92. Charles II “The Bald” Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire King of the Franks (823 – 877) – Son of Louis I “The Pious” Emperor of the
  93. King Louis II “The Stammerer” France King of Aquitaine and King of West Francia (846 – 879) – Son of Charles II “The Bald” Emperor of the
  94. King Charles “The Simple” of France III, Carolingian (879 – 929) – Son of King Louis II “The Stammerer”
  95. King Louis “d’Outremer” of France IV (920 – 954) – Son of King Charles “The Simple” of
  96. Matilda DeFrance Queen of Burgundy (943 – 992) – Daughter of King Louis “d’Outremer” of
  97. Bertha de Burgundy (967 – 1015) – Daughter of Matilda
  98. Odo II Count De Blois (990 – 1037) – Son of Bertha
  99. Stephen II Etienne de Troyes (1010 – 1047) – Son of Odo II Count
  100. Eudes II Odo IV Count of Troyes and Meaux (1040 – 1115) – Son of Stephen II Etienne
  101. Stephen Blois Champagne Holderness d’Aumale (1070 – 1127) – Son of Eudes II Odo IV Count of Troyes and
  102. Ada d’Aumale (1115 – 1183) – Daughter of Stephen Blois Champagne Holderness
  103. Walter IV Tyrrell Sir Knight (1139 – 1171) – Son of Ada
  104. Walter Thomas Tyrrell (1384 – 1406) – Son of Walter IV
  105. Walter Tyrrell (1350 – ) – Son of Walter Thomas
  106. John Tyrrell Sir (1382 – 1437) – Son of Walter
  107. William Tyrrell Esq. of Gipping in Suffolk, Sir, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk (1418 – 1471) – Son of John
  108. Dorothy Tyrrell (1459 – 1491) – Daughter of William
  109. Margaret Boteler (1490 – 1520) – Daughter of Dorothy
  110. Elizabeth Harmon Payne (1510 – 1585) – Daughter of Margaret
  111. Dorothy Margerie Leonard (1527 – 1611) – Daughter of Elizabeth Harmon
  112. Robert Calvert (1557 – 1645) – Son of Dorothy Margerie
  113. Anne Marie Calvert (1603 – 1646) – Daughter of Robert
  114. Thomas Beall (1631 – 1707) – Son of Anne Marie
  115. Elizabeth Beall (1660 – 1764) – Daughter of Thomas
  116. Elizabeth Dryden (1720 – 1770) – Daughter of Elizabeth
  117. Elijah Moore (1753 – 1835) – Son of Elizabeth
  118. Christiana Moore (1786 – 1866) – Daughter of Elijah
  119. Anna Carter (1805 – 1838) – Daughter of Christiana
  120. Robert Niblick (1824 – ) – Son of Anna
  121. George Willick Niblick (1860 – 1949) – Son of Robert
  122. Rufus Clarence Niblick (1899 – 1962) – Son of George Willick
  123. Roger Dale Niblick (1928 – 2011) – Son of Rufus Clarence
  124. Matthew Raymond Niblick (1958 – 1983) – Son of Roger Dale
  125. Angela Marie Niblick Baxley – You are the daughter of Matthew Raymund Morris Michael Niblick.

Ancestry from Charlemagne to Abraham

Some have 61 generations. The Gospel of Matthew states there are 42 generations between Jesus of Nazareth and Abraham, and Marcomir III (10BC-50AD), thirty generations from Charlemagne, would have roughly been Jesus’ contemporary.  Thus there would theoretically be about 72 generations between Charlemagne and Abraham.  The Springer genealogy inserts 24 Cimmerian kings in between the Sicambri kings and the Trojans for a count of about 85 generations.

The dates don’t line up between Zerah and the Trojans, but in the bible the Hebrew word for “became the father of” does not necessarily mean only that, but often means “became an ancestor of”…the equivalent of our English word “descendant”.  It’s quite possible that the Mergovian royalty discovered that the Trojans ultimately came from the line of Judah, despite missing information about all the intermediate generations.

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2 Thessalonians 2 and The Watchtower Quotes

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

Evidence establishes that his foretold return, the beginning of his “presence,” occurred in 1914.

and our being gathered together to him,

In the 1930’s, it became evident that the “other sheep” were being gathered in.

we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us,

Just as anointed Christians do, alert members of the great crowd are sticking close to God’s appointed channel for dispensing spiritual food.

to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

As evidenced by the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, since 1914 we have been in “the Lord’s day.”

Let no one deceive you in any way.

True Christians today try to help individuals in the apostate organization of Christendom. Since 1919, couriers from “the Israel of God” have gone through Christendom, inviting people to share in pure worship.

For that day will not come, unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

“One True Christian Faith—A Reality: “The Man of Lawlessness Gets Revealed” This “man of lawlessness” is none other than the clergy class that exalted itself into a ruling position over the “Christian” congregation.”

who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship,

By his lying teachings contrary to or superseding, as it were, the law of God, “the man of lawlessness” sets himself up over Jehovah God and other ‘gods,’ mighty ones of the earth, and also against God’s holy ones, true spiritual brothers of Jesus Christ.

so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

Since he is a hypocrite, a false teacher claiming to be Christian, he “sits down in the temple of The God,” that is, what such false teachers claim to be that temple.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

This “man of lawlessness” is an apostate, a false teacher, so he actually seats himself only in what he falsely claims to be that temple.

And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.

Being “the spirit of the truth,” God’s holy spirit could never be the source of error but would protect Christ’s followers from doctrinal falsehoods.” (Compare 1Jo 2:27; 4:1-6.)

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

His identity would continue to be mysterious to most persons because his wickedness would be practiced under the guise and in the name of godly devotion. It would, in fact, be an apostasy from true godly devotion.

And then the lawless one will be revealed,

The destruction of “the man of lawlessness,” the clergy of Christendom, will be an unmistakable “manifestation of his presence.”

whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth

The one authorized to declare God’s judgments against the wicked and to give orders to execute them is “the Word”—God’s Chief Spokesman, Jesus Christ.

and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

In past cases clouds represented invisible presence; but observers could “see” the meaning with their mental “eyes.” In this case the physical occurrences that are visible would cause the one looking to “see” or realize that Christ is invisibly present.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

The portents would be lying ones, however, either fraudulent on their face or deceptive as to the conclusions to which they would lead.

and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing,

Appearing to manifest God’s benevolence and blessing, they would in reality divert persons from the source and path of life.

because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

TRUTH
those raised in the truth: w02 3/1 12
remaining in the truth: w02 3/1 16

Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,

Jehovah allowed a spirit creature to become “a deceptive spirit” in the mouth of Ahab’s prophets. That is to say, this spirit creature exercised his power upon them so that they spoke, not truth, but what they themselves wanted to say and what Ahab wanted to hear from them. Though forewarned, Ahab preferred to be fooled by their lies and paid for it with his life.

in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The reasons why people have not yet accepted the truth vary.

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

“Your word is truth.” How can you convince a person that what you proclaim from God’s Word is the truth?

To this he called you through our good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good deed and word.

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My Life in Jehovah’s Spirit-Directed Organization

“…Later, at the suggestion of a friend of the family and with the approval of the school principal, the parents decided to put the youth in a clinic for the mentally ill, thinking that psychiatric treatment would make him abandon his faith.

The clinic personnel took the boy 60 miles [100 km] away in a car and injected him with huge doses of insulin and other drugs until he lost consciousness.

Upon awakening, he was completely disoriented, did not know anyone, and suffered partial amnesia. After many studies the doctors could not find any mental disorder in him. But the clinic went ahead with the treatment.

When conscious, the boy prayed continually to Jehovah not to abandon him and begged him for the strength to endure. Jehovah did protect him, and eventually he was released from the clinic.” — Watchtower March 1, 1992

Jehovah’s Spirit-Directed Organization

Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?

The phrase “spirit directed” occurs as many time in the scriptures as the phrase holy spirit-directed organization” occurs in the Watchtower’s literature—not once.

While the Watchtower never claims to be a “holy spirit directed organization” the literature shows 23 references to their being a “spirit-directed organization”, and the references to “God’s spirit-directed organization” are only found in the baptismal candidate questions (quoted above) used as of the 1980’s.

“Only if the individual answers in the affirmative and also understands that his dedication and baptism identify him as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization can he acceptably undergo water immersion. — What Prevents You From Getting Baptized? w89 1/15 p. 13 par. 18

So we know that the Watchtower claims to be a spirit-directed organization, but has never claimed that it was “holy spirit-directed”. 

It claims that it is God’s spirit-directed organization, yet Paul acknowledged that there are many gods both in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship these god’s.

“There may be so-called gods both in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords. But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.” — 1 Corinthians 8:5,6

Since we cannot be certain that this is an organization which is directed by holy spirit, as the Watchtower themselves has never claim to be holy spirit-directed, then we must wonder which god does this spirit-directed organization belong to?

The Watchtower is clear that it is Jehovah’s Spirit-Directed Organization. To make this point clear, the conclusion is simply that the Watchtower is not directed by holy spirit, it is directed by Jehovah’s spirit.

Serving God vs. Jehovah’s Organized People

Regarding “God’s Channel”: “Jehovah is using only one organization to accomplish his will.” Where is the scripture to back up the last assertion in the paragraph?

 

Jehovah has a people on this earth, and he expects us to serve him along with them. This brings us to the fourth requirement: We must serve Jehovah with his spirit-directed organization.

How, though, can God’s organized people be identified?

According to the standards set out in the Scriptures,

  • they have real love among themselves,
  • they have deep respect for the Bible,
  • they honor God’s name,
  • they preach about his Kingdom,
  • and they are no part of this wicked world.

(Matthew 6:9; 24:14; John 13:34, 35; 17:16, 17)

There is only one religious organization on this earth that has all these marks of true Christianity—Jehovah’s Witnesses!”

—What Does God Require of Us?
The Watchtower 1997 1/15 p. 22

 

The Watchtower sets up Jehovah with his spirit-directed organization above all other religious organizations on this earth, claiming that only Jehovah’s Witnesses have the marks of true Christianity. They claim that all other religious organizations and Christendom are  “Babylon the Great” as depicted in the book of Revelation.

Paul warned that the man of lawlessness “will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” — 2 Thessalonians 2:4

 

Certainly if Jehovah’s Witnesses feel superior to all other Christian organizations on earth, it follows Jehovah’s spirit-directed organization openly “opposes and exalts itself over everything that is called God or is worshiped”.

The Watchtower’s world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn, have been referred to as “Brooklyn Bethel” more than 500 times in the Watchtower literature (see WT DVDROM).

According to the Insight on the Scriptures book, “Beth’el” means “House of God”, and defines temple as “A divine habitation, sacred place or sanctuary, either physical or spiritual, that is employed for worship.”

Thus, in as many words, The Watchtower has defined itself as Jehovah’s spirit-directed organization openly “opposes and exalts itself over everything that is called God or is worshiped” and has set itself up as Bethel (God’s House or temple, his divine habitation), proclaiming itself to be God.

The Insight on the Scriptures book continues regarding the temple, “This “man of lawlessness” is an apostate, a false teacher, so he actually seats himself only in what he falsely claims to be that temple.”

The Insight on the Scriptures book concludes regarding “the man of lawlessness”, “by his lying teachings contrary to or superseding, as it were, the law of God, … he is a hypocrite, a false teacher claiming to be Christian, he “sits down in the temple of The God,” that is, what such false teachers claim to be that temple.”

The Bible pointed to the rise of Christendom’s clergy, describing them collectively as “the man of lawlessness” and “the son of destruction . . . whom the Lord Jesus will do away with . . . and bring to nothing by the manifestation of his presence.”—2 Thess. 2:3, 6-8.

According to the Watchtower, “True Christians have been separated out from the “weeds” of Christendom.” — Jehovah’s Witnesses do not consider themselves part of Christendom, but “invite others to “go up” to the exalted worship of Jehovah God.

“Apostates can present yet another threat to our spirituality.

The apostle Paul foretold that apostasy would arise among professed Christians. (Acts 20:29, 30; 2 Thessalonians 2:3)

In fulfillment of his words, after the death of the apostles, a great apostasy led to the development of Christendom.

Today, there is no great apostasy taking place among God’s people [Jehovah’s Witnesses]. Still, a few individuals have left our ranks, and some among them are bent on defaming Jehovah’s Witnesses by spreading lies and misinformation. A few work with other groups in organized resistance to pure worship. In doing so, they side with the very first apostate, Satan.

Some apostates are increasingly using various forms of mass communication, including the Internet, to spread false information about Jehovah’s Witnesses.

As a result, when sincere individuals do research on our beliefs, they may stumble across apostate propaganda.

Even some Witnesses have unwittingly exposed themselves to this harmful material.” — Watchtower 2000 5/1 pp. 8-12

The Watchtower itself warns, “If anyone who professes to serve God relies on his own ideas instead of adhering to the Bible… he becomes “mentally diseased.”

It’s about to be 100 years from 1914.

What was 1914? As far as anyone can see, literally, it was nothing.

The Watchtower—today—claims that it was the year Christ returned, invisibly, to earth and inspected Christendom finding the Watchtower as the sole ‘faithful and discreet slave’ (Matthew 24).

[Editor’s note: this teaching has changed again. They are now just “the slave” appointed and claim that they are faithful, though Christ has not returned to say so, and reward them.]

It gets complicated though, because in 1914, we believed he came invisibly in 1874, and that 1914 was to be the end of the last days.

It wasn’t until the 1930’s that the Watchtower’s new Jehovah’s Witnesses started teaching that he came in 1914 instead of 1874, although obviously he still came invisibly since no one knew he had come and gone—which begs the question, how did the appoint the faithful and discreet slave?

“It is vital that we appreciate this fact and respond to the directions of the “slave” as we would to the voice of God, because it is His provision.”— The Watchtower June 15, 1957 p.370

The Faithful Slave

Apparently there was much confusion there too, as Russell was believed to the be one and only faithful and discreet slave even after he died. But we don’t believe Russell was the slave, otherwise he’s dead and then what? It shifted over time to become a corporation under Rutherford into the form it’s taken as a “governing body” today.

Now, what about that ‘faithful and discreet slave’ versus the ‘evil slave’ parable? Well, the governing body is made up of imperfect men and that’s why we have to be ‘patient with the organization’ ‘waiting on Jehovah’.

In the 70’s while my dad was serving at Beth’el (meaning literally, ‘house of god’, in this case Jehovah) there were two relatives on the governing body, Raymond Franz and his uncle Fred Franz.

The Evil Slave

Raymond studied the scriptures while Fred ran the place. Raymond was assigned responsibility for producing “Studies in the Scriptures” and loved every minute preparing the material for publication.

However, what he learned from the scriptures disagreed with what the Watchtower taught, and still teaches today. His decision to stay true to the word of God, rather than Jehovah’s organization deemed him “the evil slave”.

Here’s where you have to stop and reason.

If none of these men were alive and present to be appointed ‘faithful’ in 1914, then how can the governing body be the faithful slave?

And if you can’t take it on a case-by-case basis man for man over time, then how can you remove one man from the body and call him evil, but the rest ‘the faithful’?

Wasn’t it Christ who was to appoint and reward his faithful slaves, and to judge the evil?

My dad is an ‘organization man’.

My dad vehemently defends the Watchtower as God’s organization.

I tried to ask him what if the Watchtower and the holy scriptures disagreed, but that didn’t end well.

Suffice to say he reflects Rutherford’s attitude when asked about correcting the name of God, since it’s not “Jehovah” as Jehovah’s Witnesses teach:

“At the Yankee Stadium, when giving his speech introducing the New World Translation, the Society’s president said: “…the translation committee has used the form ‘Jehovah’ because of its familiarity and because it preserves the four original letters [YHWH] of the Hebrew name. In God’s own time when He reveals the correct pronunciation of his holy name, we will gladly make the accurate correction.”—See The Watchtower, September 15, 1950, page 317 ¶ 14.

When I first tried to talk to my parents about Matthew 24 — its such a simple and easy to understand chapter! — my mother said she could ‘see me being an apostate‘.

I countered with my only hope—”please, explain to me when I’ll see my daddy again?”

You see, I was raised with a Catch 22. I had to be good enough as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses to obtain to eternal life in God’s kingdom on the paradise earth, where then I could see my daddy again, as he would be resurrected since he ‘died faithful’. (Never mind that we would both have to survive the attack by Satan at the end of the thousand years, where despite having died faithful, and been resurrected as a faithful one, my daddy or I might still succumb to Satan and die twice, three times if you include the ‘spiritual death’. Compare Hebrews 9:27)

I recalled growing up that he would come back some time during the thousand year reign based on “the last will be first, and the first will be last”. However, I had just finished reading the scriptures through for the very first time on my own, reading The Message version (read free on www.bible.com).

I had read Revelation 20:5 and it seemed simple, succinct, and it covered everything.

“And the rest of the dead don’t come to life until the thousand years have ended.”

My parents argued their “Reasoning from the Scriptures“, but the short of it is they do not believe the scriptures as written, they use man’s reasoning instead. (Mark 7:8)

Yet, this prophecy, the only book of scripture inspired by Christ himself, comes with a very explicit warning:

I give fair warning to all who hear
the words of the prophecy of this book:

If you add to the words of this prophecy,
God will add to your life
the disasters written in this book;

if you subtract from the words
of the book of this prophecy
,
God will subtract your part
from the Tree of Life
and the Holy City
that are written in this book.

He who testifies to all these things says it again:
“I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon!”
I shifted back to Matthew 24.

I was begging them to explain to me how it is that we contradict what Matthew 24 says so simply—all will see him!

How is it that we believed he came invisibly then???

I also pointed out that if the appointing of the slave happened in 1914, then the judging and rewarding hasn’t happened yet — thus, the slave was appointed to feed, but had not been found faithful, discreet,—or evil!

What was ‘the faithful and discreet slave’ doing calling themselves ‘faithful’ if Christ himself had not judged them so?!

Matthew 24 parallels the same events in Revelation of the four horsemen — so isn’t the first horse that looks like Christ, but is clearly depicted as different than Christ (later in Revelation) actually the anti-Christ?

Doesn’t he ride out and conquer Christians enslaving them into his kingdom, the kingdom of the false Christ: Christendom?

Isn’t that what Matthew 24 says happens, which is also attested to by the second letter to the Thessalonians who were commended for their learning, but warned not to listen to the teachings of men over that of God’s own word, or his son, the Word?

At the Watchtower’s Annual Meeting 2012 they changed the teaching.

I remind my mother that to turn “apostate” doesn’t mean to turn your back on religion or the Watchtower, it means to turn your back on God, and the one whom he sent forth: the way, the truth, the life.

“Veritas Via Vitae.”

Please know that it took great courage for me to finally find my voice: Having been silenced for years from speaking to those I thought were my ‘true’ friends and family I turned to writing.

However, living in an atheist society and surrounded by dogmatic “IRL” friends, I kept my faith to myself.

Having been taught that “there is no where else to go” because all other religions are false religions, I no longer had any spiritual association.

It never occurred to me to find out who, among my “IRL friends” were Christian. After all, back then if someone were to ask me if I were a Christian, I’d reply that I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (And what is that but another denomination of nominal Christians in Christendom? Ah how we love our divisive sects!)

Jessica, Lindsey, Ashley, et al, it’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since I’ve had a hug from one of my ‘friends’.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

It’s been eight years, we were friends before Facebook came along.

However, my family members ‘unfriend’ me as if somehow that can change the fact that we are family. Now, you get to make the choice. You guys are it. The only ones who know me of all the people listed as my ‘friends’ on Facebook. You get to choose to love me, or ‘unfriend’ me.

I do not believe the Watchtower organization is directed by holy spirit any more than any other organization on the planet. “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one”, the scriptures say, and no where does it say that He (neither God, nor his Son) would come down and appoint any organization. Even still all that slave was to do was to feed faithfully and discreetly while waiting for the master to return.

He doesn’t urge “come out of her my people” just so you can hurry into the Kingdom Hall instead.

As far as I can tell, God’s Kingdom, nor Christ’s has come to earth yet.

So just whose Kingdom are you meeting in?

The Last Supper, Seattle, December 1, 2004

The Last Supper, Seattle, December 1, 2004

 

I woke up.

There’s a story there, it’s the reason I chose the specific example at the outset… But I can’t write everything from the past 33 years of my life in one blog post. 🙂

However, I’m going to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, with the help of my Father, his Son, and the holy spirit.

It’s going to be fun.

You know the best part? You can unfriend me, and you can still come read the stories, on my Facebook or on my blog.

I have set everything up to be public.

Thanks for reading this far if you have.

That night of the ‘Last Supper’ happened also to be my 25th birthday.

We were there to ‘celebrate’ our last night out together before my getting disfellowshipped, not to celebrate my birthday.

I’m 33 now.

“Oh, sweet thing
Zion doesn’t love you
And Babylon don’t love you
But you love everything
Oh, you saint”

When I was 30 I went to Burning Man, a week long art festival. As I stood among all those people in the desert it was hard not to think of the Israelites in the desert dancing before the burning calf.

Outside the tents, on the festival grounds
As the air began to cool, and the sun went down
My soul swooned, as I faintly heard the sound
Of you spinning “Israelites”
Into “19th Nervous Breakdown”

“Babel” by Mumford and Sons

‘Cause I know that time has numbered my days
And I’ll go along with everything you say
But I’ll ride home laughing, look at me now
The walls of my town, they come crumbling down

And my ears hear the call of my unborn sons
And I know their choices color all I’ve done
But I’ll explain it all to the watchman’s son,
I ain’t ever lived a year better spent in love

‘Cause I’ll know my weakness, know my voice
And I’ll believe in grace and choice
And I know perhaps my heart is farce,
But I’ll be born without a mask

Like the city that nurtured my greed and my pride,
I stretched my arms into the sky
I cry Babel! Babel! Look at me now
Then the walls of my town, they come crumbling down

You ask where will we stand in the winds that will howl,
As all we see will slip into the cloud
So come down from your mountain and stand where we’ve been,
You know our breath is weak and our body thin

Press my nose up, to the glass around your heart
I should’ve known I was weaker from the start,
You’ll build your walls and I will play my bloody part
To tear, tear them down,
Well I’m gonna tear, tear them down

‘Cause I know my weakness, know my voice,
And I’ll believe in grace and choice
And I know perhaps my heart is farce,
But I’ll be born without a mask

“O’ Sister” by City and Color

Oh sister
What’s wrong with your mind?
You used to be so strong and stable
My sister
What made you fall from grace?
I’m sorry that I was not there to catch you

What have the demons done?
What have the demons done?
With the luminous light that once shined from your eyes
What makes you feel so alone
Is it the whispering ghosts
That you feared the most
But the blackness in your heart
Won’t last forever
I know it’s tearing you apart
But it’s a storm you can weather

Oh sister
Those lines etched in your hands
They’re hardened and rough like a road map of sorrow
My sister
There is a sadness on your face
You’re like a motherless child who’s longing for comfort
What’s running through your veins
That’s causing you such pain?
Does it have something to do with the pills they gave to you?
What is eating at your soul?
Was it the whispering ghosts that left you out in the cold?

But the blackness in your heart
Won’t last forever
I know it’s tearing you apart
But it’s a storm you can weather

Oh sister
My sister

“Demons” by Imagine Dragon

When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold

When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale

I want to hide the truth
I want to shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

Curtain’s call
Is the last of all
When the lights fade out
All the sinners crawl

So they dug your grave
And the masquerade
Will come calling out
At the mess you made

Don’t want to let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t want to hide the truth

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I want to save that light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

I’m letting the demons out.

I’ve held the truth inside for too long.

And you know, “the truth shall set you free”.

Too bad we grew up thinking “the truth” was our religion, eh?

“God is love.”

What is Jehovah?

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The Truth about the Hebrews: The Jews, The Joes, and the Hebrews of Israel

Abraham was not a Jew. (Nor “Israel“.) Look it up. define:root. “Whiter than milk?” Hmmm…

Abraham and his Descendants Abraham…

The Hebrews…

Israel…

The Jews & The Joes presented by angela marie baxley

The Patriarch of the Family God promised Abraham a seed, and that his descendants would become like the sand of the sea and the stars of the sky. Sarah worried that she was barren even though God promised.

She gave Hagar to Abraham and Ishma’el was born.

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The Jews, The Joes, and the Hebrews of Israel

I’m working on a visualization of the nation of Israel and the divided kingdom—The House of Judah and The House of Joseph. Please leave any suggestions below!

Take Two:

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The Jews, The Joes, and the Hebrews of Israel

I’m working on a visualization of the nation of Israel and the divided kingdom—The House of Judah and The House of Joseph. Please leave any suggestions below!

Take Two:

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In Fame Only: A Historical Record of the Divine Name

Reprinted Translation from Gérard Gertoux, Un Nome eccellente

Paradox of the Anonymous Name

God’s name, which one finds about 7000 times in the Bible under the form YHWH, possesses the unique and remarkable circumstance of not having been vocalized by nearly all translators. With this name being unpronounceable under its written form YHWH, some overconfidant (or overzealous?) translators refused to confirm this paradox and preferred to vocalize it with an approximated form. Obviously, in every case the proposed vocalizations were very rigorously criticized. A review of the past twenty centuries will allow us to appreciate the reasonings which favored or opposed the vocalization of God’s name, and to understand the origin of the controversy and the paradox of a name which can be written without being able to read it aloud. Continue reading

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The Name of God YeHoWaH. Its Story by Gérard Gertoux

Hebrew scholar and Gérard Gertoux, president of the Association Biblique de Recherche d’Anciens Manuscrits and author of The Name of God Y.eH.oW.aH Which Is Pronounced As It Is Written I_Eh_Ou_Ah: Its Story reveals the pronunciation of the God’s name, Yehowah, with scriptural and cultural evidence. Continue reading

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Heaven is Full—The Hope of the Great Crowd

The Watchtower has always taught that the 144,000 are the ones to go to heaven—but most Jehovah’s Witnesses today don’t realize that Russell taught that they were all part of the “anointed” “remnant” going to heaven.

The remnant are a small portion of all the anointed followers of Christ who are pictured in heaven in Revelation.

Indeed, until 1935 when the teaching changed, the Watchtower presented the urgency for all to become one of the limited  144,000 who would go to heaven. With the message that of the doors of heaven would soon be closed, membership swelled… Continue reading

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Beulah, and the name designated by the very mouth of Jehovah

Beulah There was a sister I knew named Beulah growing up. I thought it a strange name, not being acquainted with it’s meaning.

Today I crossed a street I often cross—Beulah—and wondered what my parents think of when they see the name.

Nowadays I know the significance of the name. You see, this past year I started studying the bible—not “studying the bible” like Jehovah’s Witnesses do, studying the Watchtower’s publications and their interpretation of the bible, but actually reading and studying the bible.

I found it hard to just read the bible, as in read without interpretation, the scriptures. I was raised in the Watchtower Society, and reading the New World Translation meant walking down familiar pathways where I couldn’t see the forest for the trees of interpretation.

Thus, I took to reading a different version—and then multiple versions—and when I came to something that surprised me, I’d search out to see if these words in these versions were indeed true. Continue reading

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Religion,

this block of wood

Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind could invent.
— Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle

I couldn’t invent the story of my life if I tried, it’s hard enough figuring out how to write it. Life has been non-stop and I just can’t seem to figure out how I’d ever explain it all — I imagine with the tools now I can basically rig up a wedding photo montage with music introducing the couple style experience if I could just compile all the images (curate them) and add the details like the music, atmospheric settings, etc, and if technology could only get as good as the ideal—it being fully recorded for full sensorial experience upon playback, upon editing.

Unlikely adventures require unlikely tools.” — Mr. Magorium

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The Way

Trust

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

There’s Room for You

There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.
If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

I Will Come and Get You

When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

You Know The Way

And you know the way to where I am going.”

Don’t Doubt

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said.

Where?

“We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

I am The Way

Jesus said, “I am the way

I am The Truth

and the truth 

I am The Life

and the life. 

The Way to the Father

No one comes to the Father except through me.” — John 14:1-6

 

The Way of Holiness

And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness.
it will be for those who walk in that Way;

Only the redeemed will walk there,
and the ransomed of the Lord will return. — Isaiah 35:8,10

The Way to Zion

“In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord,
“the people of Israel and the people of Judah together
will go in tears to seek the Lord their God.

They will ask the way to Zion
and turn their faces toward it.

They will come and bind themselves to the Lord
in an everlasting covenant
that will not be forgotten.”

“My people have been lost sheep.” — Jeremiah 50:4-6

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The Irony

DAILY TEXT FROM THE WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY

Sunday, August 26

Do not put your trust in fallacious words.—Jer. 7:4.

Some Israelites viewed the temple as a talisman that would protect them from enemies. (Jer. 7:1-4) Earlier, Israelites viewed the ark of the covenant as a charm that would protect them in battle. (1 Sam. 4:3, 10, 11) Constantine the Great painted the Greek letters khi and rho, the first two letters of the title “Christ” in Greek, on his soldiers’ shields in hopes of protecting his soldiers in battle. And King Gustav Adolph II of Sweden, who fought in the Thirty Years’ War, is thought to have worn armor that had the name Iehova featured prominently on the collar. Some of God’s people who have been attacked by demons have found refuge in Jehovah by calling his name out loud. Still, an object that features God’s name should not be considered a talisman or used as a charm in everyday life as if it had some magical power of protection. This is not what it means to take refuge in the name of Jehovah. w11 1/15 1:14, 15

First, it’s interesting to see today’s scripture in context. It’s a warning:

Do not put YOUR trust in fallacious words,*+
saying, ‘The temple* of Jehovahthe temple of Jehovah,
the temple of Jehovah they are!’” — Jeremiah 7:4

Then there’s the irony of the name—the name “Jehovah” first arrived on the scene from Christendom in the 13th century.

Taking refuge in the name of God, or in the name of the Lord is not about the use of a name, but a statement about God’s attributes and activities. When Jesus made his father’s name manifest to his disciples, it wasn’t by use of a proper name, but it was by perfectly representing his father, doing the will and works of his father and speaking not of his own accord, but his father’s words.

Another way of putting it, is that he was “the spit and image of his father”.

Similar to how people will tell a young man that he must make a name for himself, they’re not referring to what he is called, but rather how he is known.

Do not put YOUR trust in fallacious words,*+ saying,
‘The temple* of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah,
the temple of Jehovah they are!’” — Jeremiah 7:4

The True God

This means everlasting life—that they might know you the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. — John 17:3, New American Standard Version

It’s not about a “name”, it’s about knowing the only true God.

I Never Knew You

Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing+ the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.+ 22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,+ did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works* in your name?’+23 And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU!+ Get away from me, YOU workers of lawlessness.+

The Workers of Lawlessness 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

However, brothers, respecting the presence*+ of our* Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him,+ we request of YOU 2 not to be quickly shaken from YOUR reason nor to be excited either through an inspired expression*+ or through a verbal message+ or through a letter+ as though from us, to the effect that the day+ of Jehovah* is here.

3 Let no one seduce YOU in any manner, because it will not come unless the apostasy*+ comes first and the man of lawlessness*+ gets revealed,+ the son of destruction.*+ 4 He is set in opposition+ and lifts himself up over everyone who is called “god” or an object of reverence, so that he sits down in the temple* of The God,* publicly showing himself to be a god.+ 5 Do YOU not remember that, while I was yet with YOU, I used to tell+ YOU these things?

6 And so now YOU know the thing+ that acts as a restraint,+ with a view to his being revealed in his own due time.+ 7 True, the mystery of this lawlessness is already at work;+ but only till he who is right now acting as a restraint* gets to be out of the way.+ 8 Then, indeed, the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus* will do away with by the spirit of his mouth+ and bring to nothing by the manifestation+ of his presence.+ 9 But the lawless one’s presence* is according to the operation*+ of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and portents+ 10 and with every unrighteous deception*+ for those who are perishing,+ as a retribution because they did not accept the love+ of the truth that they might be saved.+11 So that is why God lets an operation of error go to them, that they may get to believing the lie,+ 12 in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth+ but took pleasure* in unrighteousness.+

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The Body of Christ

DAILY TEXT FROM THE WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY

Just as the body is one but has many members, and all the members of that body, although being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.—1 Cor. 12:12.

Jehovah created mankind to be interdependent. The human race exhibits a wide variety of looks, personalities, and skills. Additionally, he endowed the first humans with godly qualities that would enable them to cooperate with each other and to depend on each other. (Gen. 1:27; 2:18) Nevertheless, the world of mankind in general is now alienated from God and has never, as a whole, been able to act in unity. (1 John 5:19) Therefore, considering that the first-century Christian congregation was composed of people as diverse as Ephesian slaves, prominent Greek women, educated Jewish men, and former idol worshippers, their unity must have seemed miraculous. (Acts 13:1; 17:4; 1 Thess. 1:9; 1 Tim. 6:1) True worship enables people to cooperate as harmoniously as the members of our own body.—1 Cor. 12:13w10 9/15 2:2, 3

When I read today’s daily text I wondered how many members of the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide realize that the Watchtower defines the members of the congregation they refer to as limited to only the anointed.

The Watchtower teaches that Christ is the head of the congregation—but that this congregation is only comprised of 144,000 people who are anointed to go to heaven. While the bible teaches there is a special ruling class of anointed in heaven who rule the Kingdom with Christ, no where does it teach these are the only anointed or only ones in heaven. Actually Revelation tells us that the Great Crowd that no man is able to number is in heaven rendering rendering him sacred service day and night in the temple at Revelation 7:9-17.

The Watchtower elaborates on the Great Crowd in heaven.

“The Greek word (na·os’) translated “temple” in John’s vision of the great crowd is more specific. In the context of the Jerusalem temple, it usually refers to the Holy of Holies, the temple building, or the temple precincts. It is sometimes rendered “sanctuary.”—Matthew 27:5, 51; Luke 1:9, 21; John 2:20.

Members of the great crowd exercise faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice. They are spiritually clean, having “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Hence, they are declared righteous with a view to becoming friends of God and of surviving the great tribulation. (James 2:23, 25) In many ways, they are like proselytes in Israel who submitted to the Law covenant and worshiped along with the Israelites.

Of course, those proselytes did not serve in the inner courtyard, where the priests performed their duties. And members of the great crowd are not in the inner courtyard of Jehovah’s great spiritual temple, which courtyard represents the condition of perfect, righteous human sonship of the members of Jehovah’s “holy priesthood” while they are on earth. (1 Peter 2:5) But as the heavenly elder said to John, the great crowd really is in the temple, not outside the temple area in a kind of spiritual Court of the Gentiles. What a privilege that is! And how it highlights the need for each one to maintain spiritual and moral purity at all times!” — w02 5/1 pp. 30-31

The Watchtower tells us, “Those with an earthly hope discern that they themselves are not anointed members of the body of Christ, nor are they in the new covenant that Jehovah made with those who will rule with Jesus Christ. Since “the cup” represents the new covenant, only those in the new covenant partake of the emblems. Those looking forward to everlasting life in human perfection on earth under the Kingdom are neither baptized into Jesus’ death nor called to rule with him in heaven. Were they to partake of the emblems, it would signify something that is not true with respect to them. Thus, they do not partake, though they do attend the Memorial as respectful observers. They are thankful for all that Jehovah has done for them by means of his Son, including the extending of forgiveness on the basis of Christ’s shed blood.

The final sealing of the relatively small number of Christians called to reign with Christ in heaven is nearing completion. Until the end of their life of sacrifice on earth, the anointed are spiritually strengthened by partaking of the Memorial emblems. They feel a bond of unity with their brothers and sisters as members of Christ’s body. Their partaking of the emblematic bread and wine reminds them of their responsibility to remain faithful until death.—2 Peter 1:10, 11.”

The Insight on the Scriptures book talks about this symbolic body of Christ.

Symbolic Usage. Jesus Christ is spoken of as the Head of “the congregation, which is his body.” (Eph 1:22, 23; Col 1:18) This Christian body of people has no divisions racially, nationally, or otherwise, Jews and people of all nations being represented in it. (Ga 3:28; Eph 2:16; 4:4) All are baptized by holy spirit into Christ and into his death. They are, therefore, all baptized into one body. (1Co 12:13) Thus all the body follows the head, dying his kind of death and receiving his kind of resurrection.—Ro 6:3-5; see BAPTISM (Baptism Into Christ Jesus, Into His Death).

The apostle Paul uses the functioning of the human body to illustrate the operation of the Christian congregation, likening the members living on earth at any particular time to a body, with Christ as the invisible Head. (Ro 12:4, 5; 1Co 12) He emphasizes the importance of the place each member occupies, the interdependency, the mutual love and care, and the accomplishment of work. God has set each one in his position in the body, and through the various operations of the holy spirit the body performs what is necessary. The Head, Jesus Christ, as liaison member, supplies the members of the body the things they need through the “joints and ligaments,” the means and arrangements for supplying spiritual nourishment as well as communication and coordination, so that “the body” is spiritually well fed and each part is informed of the task to perform.—Col 2:19; Eph 4:16.

One who is an anointed member of the Christian congregation, the body of Christ, … the temple organization, … One who is a member of the body of Christ, as well as other dedicated persons who are associated with these spiritually begotten body members…”

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The Power of Holy Spirit

Daily Text from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society

You will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you.—Acts 1:8.

Jesus knew that his disciples in their own strength were not capable of observing all that he had commanded. Considering the scope of their preaching commission, the strength of their opponents, and the frailty of the human flesh, it was clear that they needed superhuman power. Thus, just before his ascension to heaven, Jesus assured his disciples that they would receive divine power and added: “You will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth.” That promise began to have its fulfillment at Pentecost 33 C.E. when holy spirit empowered the followers of Jesus Christ to fill Jerusalem with their preaching. No opposition was able to halt it. (Acts 4:20) “All the days until the conclusion of the system of things,” Jesus’ faithful followers, including us, would be in urgent need of that same God-given strength.—Matt. 28:20w11 1/15 4:1, 2

From referenced Watchtower — w11 1/15 4:1, 2

Jesus promised his disciples that ‘they would receive power when the holy spirit arrived upon them.’ The terms “power” and “spirit” are distinct in their meaning. God’s spirit, his active force, describes energy that is projected and exerted on people or things to accomplish God’s will. Power, however, can be defined as the “ability to act or produce an effect.” It can lie dormant in someone or something until it is needed to produce a given result. Thus, holy spirit might be likened to the electric current that energizes a rechargeable battery, whereas power is more like the latent energy that is then stored in the battery. The power that Jehovah grants to his servants by means of holy spirit gives each one of us the ability to fulfill our Christian dedication and, when necessary, to resist negative forces that are exerted upon us.—Read Micah 3:8; Colossians 1:29.

Are you led by spirit?

Today’s text tells us “Jesus’ faithful followers, including us, would be in urgent need of that same God-given strength” as the “holy spirit that empowered the followers of Jesus Christ” at Pentecost 33 C.E.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” for all who are led by God’s spirit, these are God’s sons. If, then, we are children, we are also heirs: joint heirs with Christ. (Matthew 6:9; Romans 8:14,17)

For all who are led by God’s spirit, these are God’s sons.+ For you did not receive a spirit of slavery causing fear+ again, but you received a spirit+ of adoption+ as sons, by which spirit we cry out:“Abba,+ Father!” The spirit+ itself bears witness+ with our spirit+ that we are God’s children.+ If, then, we are children, we are also heirs: heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs+ with Christ, provided we suffer+ together that we may also be glorified together.+ Consequently I reckon that the sufferings+ of the present season do not amount to anything in comparison with the glory+ that is going to be revealed in us. — Romans 8:14-18

Anti-Christ

Anti-Christ is translated literally “anti-anointed one”. As Christ is the Greek from the Hebrew word meaning Messiah, or “Anointed One”.

“Young children, it is the last hour,+ and, just as you have heard that antichrist is coming,+ even now there have come to be many antichrists;+ from which fact we gain the knowledge that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of our sort;+ for if they had been of our sort, they would have remained with us.+ But [they went out] that it might be shown up that not all are of our sort.+ And you have an anointing from the holy one;+ all of you have knowledge.+ I write you, not because you do not know the truth,+ but because you know it,+ and because no lie originates with the truth.+ “Who is the liar if it is not the one that denies that Jesus is the Christ?+ This is the antichrist,+ the one that denies the Father and the Son.+ Everyone that denies the Son does not have the Father either.+ He that confesses+ the Son has the Father also.+ As for you, let that which you have heard from [the] beginning remain in you.+ If that which you have heard from [the] beginning remains in you, you will also abide in union+ with the Son and in union with the Father.+ Furthermore, this is the promised thing that he himself promised us, the life everlasting.”+ — 1 John 2:18-25

“These things I write you about those who are trying to mislead you.+ And as for you, the anointing+ that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you;+ but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things,+ and is true+ and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in union+ with him. So now, little children,+ remain in union+ with him, that when he is made manifest+ we may have freeness of speech+ and not be shamed away from him at his presence.*+ If you know that he is righteous,+ you gain the knowledge that everyone who practices righteousness has been born from him.”+ — 1 John 2:18-29

“Everyone that pushes ahead*+ and does not remain+ in the teaching of the Christ does not have God.+He that does remain in this teaching is the one that has both the Father and the Son.+” — 2 John 9 :9

Insight into the Anti-Christ

The Insight book defines Anti-Christ as “against (or instead of) Christ.”

We know we are living in the last days—so then, who is “anti-anointed ones” or places themselves “‘instead’ of Christ”?

Anti-Anointed Ones

For whom has God reserved the privilege of partaking at the Lord’s Evening Meal? (Matthew 25:31-40; Revelation 14:1) God has reserved that privilege for individuals he has anointed with holy spirit to be “joint heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8:14-18; 1 John 2:20) What, then, is the position of those who hope to live forever in a global paradise under Kingdom rule? (Luke 23:43; Revelation 21:3, 4Since they are not Jesus’ joint heirs with a heavenly hope, they attend the Memorial as respectful observers.—Romans 6:3-5. — Watchtower 2003 2/15 pp. 17-22

One Mediator, One Ransom

For there is one God,+ and one mediator+ between God+ and men,+ a man, Christ Jesus,+ who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all+ — 1 Timothy 2:5, 6

Instead of Christ—or God

Jesus Christ, is not the Mediator between Jehovah God and all mankind. He is the Mediator between his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, and the nation of spiritual Israel, which is limited to only 144,000 members.” —  Worldwide Security, p10 (1986)

“Let us now unmistakably identify Jehovah’s channel of communication for our day, that we may continue in his favor. … It is vital that we appreciate this fact and respond to the directions of the “slave” as we would to the voice of God, because it is His provision.” — “Overseers of Jehovah’s People”, The Watchtower 1957 6/15 p. 370 par. 7

“Therefore Jesus said again: “Most truly I say to you, I am the door+ of the sheep. All those that have come in place of me are thieves and plunderers;+ but the sheep have not listened to them.+ I am the door;+ whoever enters through me will be saved, and he will go in and out and find pasturage.”+ — John 10:7-9

“And I have other sheep,+ which are not of this fold;+ those also I must bring,* and they will listen to my voice,+ and they will become one flock, one shepherd.+ This is why the Father loves me,+ because I surrender my soul,+ in order that I may receive it again.” — John 10:16, 17

“Jesus said to him: “I am the way+ and the truth+ and the life.+ No one comes to the Father except through me.+ If you men had known me, you would have known my Father also; from this moment on you know him and have seen him.”+ — John 14:6, 7

One body+ there is, and one spirit,+ even as you were called in the one hope+ to which you were called; one Lord,+ one faith,+ one baptism;+ one God+ and Father of all [persons], who is over all and through all and in all. Now to each one of us undeserved kindness+ was given according to how the Christ measured out the free gift.”+ — Ephesians 4:4-7

For where there are two or three gathered together in my name,+ there I am in their midst.”+ — Matthew 18:20

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