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A LIE!
This is NOT Heaven, it is Mount Zion.
You are merely repeating the lies taught to you by demon possessed men.
HERE'S the answer for those who follow the teachings of men:
Revelation 7:9-10
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The Great Multitude in White Robes
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD COUNT...FROM EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE.
HEY "STUDENT" - THE CULT TEACHES YOU LIES!
Jesus does not rule alone. He has others with him who are to rule as kings and serve as priests.(Revelation 5:9, 10; 20:6)

Concerning them, the apostle John wrote:“I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand . . . who have been bought from the earth.”—Revelation 14:1-3.

The Lamb is Jesus Christ in his Kingdom position.(John 1:29; Revelation 22:3)

This Mount Zion refers to heaven.(Hebrews 12:22-But YOU have approached a Mount Zion and a city of [the] living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and myriads of angels,)

Jesus and his 144,000 associates are ruling from heaven. Being in heaven, they have a broader perspective. Since heaven is its seat,“the kingdom of God” is also called “the kingdom of the heavens.”(Luke 8:10; Matthew 13:11)

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Jesus does not rule alone. He has others with him who are to rule as kings and serve as priests.
NO ONE SAID THAT JESUS RULES ALONE!

THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE IS WRONG.

NOT EVEN CLOSE!

THERE IS NO SCRIPTURE WHICH STATES THAT HEAVEN WILL BE LIMITED TO 144,000.

THE "144,000" DOCTRINE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES TEACH IS A LIE AND IS NOT SUPPORTED BY ANY SCRIPTURE.

FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT, NOT ONE SINGLE JEHOVAH'S WITNESS WILL RULE WITH JESUS CHRIST!

IT IS SCRIPTURALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR A JW TO RECEIVE SALVATION.

HERE IS THE TRUTH:

Revelation 7:9-10

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The Great Multitude in White Robes

9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD COUNT...FROM EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE.

HEY "STUDENT" - THE CULT TEACHES YOU LIES!

TOO BAD FOR YOU IF YOU ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THEM.

“JWs PREACH LIES!”

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Jan 29, 2013
 
We all know that Jehovah's Witnesses teach lie!

Not only do they teach lies, innocent people attracted to them are required to believe these lies.

The problem is that if you get sucked into this organization, you are subject to the false teachings which, for all practical purposes, are just made up by men.

Jehovah's Witnesses are required to believe these false teachings without question.

Those false teachings include:

God's Name is Jehovah - a lie!

Paradise Earth - a lie!

1914 = a lie!

1925 - Millions Now Living Will Never Die - a lie!

Beth Sarim - a lie!

Baptism Questions - a lie!

I could go on.

But it only takes one lie to make a religion a false religion.

What we have here is a false religion called the "Jehovah's Witnesses".

“JWs PREACH LIES!”

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Hey Farkel, here's the scoop on their lies:

It is explained that in 1914 Jesus took rule and first cleansed the heavens.

"Obeying his Fathers order, Jesus cleansed the heavens of Satan and his demons, hurling them down to the earth. After seeing this occur in vision, John hears a heavenly voice proclaim: Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ! Yes, in 1914 Christ began ruling as King!" Watchtower 1991 May 15 p.9

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Three and a half years later, in 1918 he cleansed his spiritual temple on earth.

"In 1918, three and a half years after his enthronement, he cleansed Jehovahs spiritual temple, as represented on earth by the congregation of anointed Christians." Isaiahs Prophecy Light for all Mankind II p.348

"... finally cleansed by a fiery test by 1918, the matured slave as represented by a remnant now stood ready for new assignments of service." Watchtower 1960 Jul 15 p.436

Yes, they really teach these lies.

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In 1919 Jesus re-inspected the organisation and found it clean.

"Anointed Christians who survived the testing period of 1914-19 were freed from the dominating influence of the world and from many Babylonish religious practices. The remnant went forward as a cleansed and refined people, willingly offering sacrifices of praise to God and having the assurance that they as a people were acceptable to him." Watchtower 1998 May 15 p.17

"In 1919 the cleansed slave class could look forward to ever-expanding activities." Watchtower 1993 May 1 p.16

Jesus is said to have chosen the Watchtower Society as his only means of salvation because it was the only organisation providing food at the proper time, and so justly appointed over all Jesus belongings.

"The serving of food, the right sort of food, at the proper time was the issue. It had to be according to this that a decision must be rendered by the returned master... On inspecting the remnant of his anointed disciples in the year 1919 C.E., the reigning King Jesus Christ did find the appointed slave faithful and discreet in the feeding of his domestics. Accordingly, he appointed this slave class over all his belongings." Gods Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached pp.350,355

Is this really what Jesus found in 1919 when he inspected the Watchtower Society? No, he found the following teachings being promoted:

The "Last Days" started in 1799 and the 1800s were the worst time period of all history

That Jesus presence commenced in 1874

That Jesus had begun ruling in 1878

Armageddon had occurred in 1914

That the end was going to come in 1925

That blood was acceptable as food for Christians

That Jesus should be prayed to and worshipped, as well as Jehovah

That the Great Crowd were a heavenly class

That birthdays and Christmas were acceptable celebrations

The cross was on the cover of the Watchtower

Teachings adapted from Freemasons, such as that pyramids and astrology supported 1914

Strong Zionist support for a new nation of Israel in fulfillment of Bible prophecy

That the Faithful and Discreet Slave was not the anointed, but rather Pastor Russell

Furthermore, the most noteworthy doctrine introduced in 1918 - that the earthly resurrection would start in 1925 - was a false and embarrassing failure.

By current Watchtower truth the food the Watchtower Society was providing in 1919 was filled with inaccurate prophecy, spiritism, paganism, polytheism, idolatry and political activism.

Certainly anyone belonging to such a religion could not be considered one of the anointed.

It brings into question if Russell, who had died in 1916, could be in heaven.

Did Jesus go about immediately cleansing his organisation in 1919? No!

The reality is that virtually no teachings or Babylonish practices were changed between 1914 and 1919.

All of the above teachings were still being promoted in 1925.

In fact, the understanding of 1914 was not changed until 1943 and the (so called) idolatry of Jesus continued until after 1950!

Can you imagine Jesus pronouncing the slave clean and then allowing them to worship the wrong God for the next 30 years?

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Few people, aware of the above information prior to baptism, convert to being Jehovah's Witnesses.

Once a person is ready to accept that the Watchtower Society has made significant mistakes, was not dispensing the proper food in 1919 and is not an organisation directed by God and his holy spirit, the question arises, How was I ever so sure it was the truth?

Over time, it becomes difficult to comprehend how you could ever have been convinced that the Watchtower teaches truth.

A small amount of research will uncover that:

There are other religions with almost identical doctrine to the Watchtower

There are some that have a far sounder doctrinal foundation

There are religious groups that display a stronger anti-war stance

Other groups are more effective in their preaching work

Many religions display charity to an extent unheard of amongst Witnesses

Why does a Witness believe no one else worships Jehovah?

This is due to the effects of constant indoctrination, as described in the article on Fear and Mind Control.

You will also wonder, "are the doctrines correct, or at least isn't this religion the closest to truth?"

Once you realize the leaders are not directed by God, make mistakes and can be questioned, studying the Bible takes on new light.

You will find many doctrines you believed without question take on different meaning.

Much of the doctrine unique to Jehovah's Witnesses center around an application to the Watchtower organisation, so when this is seen to have no basis so does the interpretation.

This includes a large portion of prophetic understanding and doctrine, such as the Great Crowd. Studying objectively, you will quickly see many doctrines are incorrect and understand that;

By dishonestly adding the word Jehovah to the New Testament the Society gives false importance to this word.

Watchtower blood doctrine is unchristian and members needlessly lost their lives for a standard that recently changed when the Society started to allow almost the entire volume of blood to be transfused in fractionated form

1914 has no basis as the start of the Last Days

Disfellowshipping is misapplied and used as a form of manipulation

More damaging spiritually is to notice the number of times that the organisation is implicated in place of Jesus, including that Jesus is not Mediator for the other sheep of Jehovah's Witnesses but just for the leaders.

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Here is an excellent insight on the operation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Hear their own words.

Down near the bottom, under the title of "Specialty Tapes" you can hear a judicial committee meeting.

As you will hear, the false teachings are presented as facts.

http://www.jwinfoline.com/Page/audio.htm

Listen to everything on the page and learn the real truth!

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Whether or not JW's are willing to admit it, their door-to-door ministry is specifically designed to vet prime candidates for successful indoctrination.

The method works as follows:

(1) Isolate the individual.

Going door-to-door you are most likely to find people alone, or alone with children. In this way you do not have to worry that more than one person will be weighing and evaluating what you say. This also enables the application of emotional sway much more easily, someone need not be nearly as charismatic to sway one as to sway TWO or more minds to adopt a given perspective.

(2) Read a Scripture from a select set that have proven effective at weeding out knowledgeable householders.

For example: The Lord's prayer at Matthew 6:9-10.“When you look around the world and see all the bad that happens in it, do you really think God's will is being done on earth?” Asked this unexpected question, point blank, without having time for preparation and ideally with little or no Bible knowledge, most householders will, sadly, agree. Prime candidates will agree and add their OWN comments in favor of that view, seeking approval from this person who came to their door who is obviously so knowledgeable about the Bible.

Yet, it is a deception that the knowledgeable will easily spot. God's will IS being done on earth. God's will has ALWAYS been done on earth. Along with the will of others, God's will has been done by whomever has been willing to do it. Jesus, for instance, did the will of God on earth. He said so himself. If the knowledgeable one shows himself or herself to be such at this point perhaps there will be an offer of literature (in case someone ELSE in the household is not so knowledgeable), a brief explanation of the donation arrangement, and polite goodbyes will be made.

(3) Plant the kernel of "new" understanding about the Bible, the glimmer of hidden truth revealed.

“Did you know the Bible speaks of a time when God's will is going to be fully realized by making the entire earth a paradise, in which righteousness is to dwell? Notice what Revelation 21:3,4 says ...(or Psalm 37:10-11, 29, or Isaiah 65:17-25)... Doesn't that sound wonderful?” The ideal candidate will get wide-eyed and goose-pimply at the idea, a Bible study will start, and so long as they are willing to subject their entire prior life to the will of a Corporate authority in New York, USA, they will eventually become one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The knowledgeable will not, they will spot the absence of the word 'paradise' anywhere in these texts and will ask about 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 and Revelation 2:7 ... whereupon they will be marked as argumentative, or as goats, or as too smug and full of themselves. They will be told,“I'll have to do some more research on that and get back to you ...” or “That's a very interesting question, but, unfortunately the rest of my car group is waiting for me, so ...”

The JW will not go back again.

It is a system DESIGNED to find the Scriptural illiterates and aliterates of society.

Which is why they cannot grow at all by any other means, and why their growth as a religion stagnates in locales where the populace is educated enough to spot the deceptions in their religious dogma.

YES, people who are ignorant of the real truth are most likely to be attracted to this false religion know as the Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Jan 29, 2013
 
FARKEL

Revelation 14:3 no one was able to master that song “BUT THE HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR THOUSAND “””WHO HAVE BEEN BOUGHT FROM THE EARTH.””” DO YOU SEE THAT THESE 144,000 ARE THE ONLY ONE THE SCRIPTURES TELL US THAT ARE FROM THE EARTH?

These 144,000 who go to heaven are not the only ones who receive salvation. As we have seen, they will have happy earthly subjects. Jesus referred to these as his “other sheep,” of whom “a great crowd” are even now serving God faithfully.—John 10:16;

9-After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10- And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying:“Salvation [we owe] to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9, 10,

Identifying the “Great Crowd”
For centuries the identity of this “great crowd” was not understood. But the progressive understanding of related prophecies prepared the way.

In 1923 it was discerned that the “sheep” of Jesus’ parable at Matthew 25:31-46 and the “other sheep” to which he referred at John 10:16 were persons now living who would have opportunity to dwell forever here on earth.

In 1931 the ones described in Ezekiel 9:1-11 as being marked in their foreheads by the man with the secretary’s inkhorn were identified with the “sheep” of Matthew chapter 25.

Then, in 1935, the “great multitude,” or “great crowd,” of Revelation 7:9-17 was seen to be the same as the “sheep” of Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats. Although back in 1923 it was realized that some such sheeplike individuals had already begun to manifest themselves, it was not until 1935 that their numbers began to grow rapidly.

Today there are literally millions who are seeking to be identified as part of that divinely favored “great crowd” of the “other sheep.”

Those of the “great crowd” are distinguished from the 144,000 members of spiritual Israel, referred to earlier in the same chapter of Revelation.

In his vision John did not see this “great crowd” as being in heaven. Their “standing before the throne”(Greek: e•no&#8242;pi•on tou thro&#8242;nou,“in sight of the throne”) of God does not require that they be in heaven.

Their position is simply “in sight” of God, who tells us that from heaven he beholds the sons of men.(Rev. 7:9; Ps. 11:4; compare Psalm 100:1, 2, also Luke 1:74, 75 and Acts 10:33, Kingdom Interlinear.)

Likewise, it is not necessary for “all the nations” to be in heaven for them to be before the throne of Christ (literally,“in front of him”), as described at Matthew 25:31, 32. The fact that the “great crowd, which no man was able to number,” is not a heavenly class is shown by comparison with Revelation 7:4-8 and 14:1-4, where the specific number of those taken from the earth to be in heaven is revealed.

In identifying the “great crowd,” John writes:“These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation.”

What they survive will be, indeed, the greatest tribulation ever experienced on earth.(Rev. 7:13, 14; Matt. 24:21)

Survivors of that fear-inspiring day of Jehovah will have no doubt as to who is responsible for their deliverance.

When they thankfully attribute their salvation to God and to the Lamb, then, as John saw in vision, all the faithful creatures in heaven will unite their voices with them in worship of the only true God, saying:“Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”—Rev. 7:11, 12.

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Revelation 14:3 no one was able to master that song “BUT THE HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR THOUSAND “””WHO HAVE BEEN BOUGHT FROM THE EARTH.””” DO YOU SEE THAT THESE 144,000 ARE THE ONLY ONE THE SCRIPTURES TELL US THAT ARE FROM THE EARTH?
These 144,000 who go to heaven are not the only ones who receive salvation. As we have seen, they will have happy earthly subjects. Jesus referred to these as his “other sheep,” of whom “a great crowd” are even now serving God faithfully.—John 10:16;
9-After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10- And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying:“Salvation [we owe] to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9, 10,
Identifying the “Great Crowd”
For centuries the identity of this “great crowd” was not understood. But the progressive understanding of related prophecies prepared the way.
In 1923 it was discerned that the “sheep” of Jesus’ parable at Matthew 25:31-46 and the “other sheep” to which he referred at John 10:16 were persons now living who would have opportunity to dwell forever here on earth.
In 1931 the ones described in Ezekiel 9:1-11 as being marked in their foreheads by the man with the secretary’s inkhorn were identified with the “sheep” of Matthew chapter 25.
Then, in 1935, the “great multitude,” or “great crowd,” of Revelation 7:9-17 was seen to be the same as the “sheep” of Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats. Although back in 1923 it was realized that some such sheeplike individuals had already begun to manifest themselves, it was not until 1935 that their numbers began to grow rapidly.
Today there are literally millions who are seeking to be identified as part of that divinely favored “great crowd” of the “other sheep.”
Those of the “great crowd” are distinguished from the 144,000 members of spiritual Israel, referred to earlier in the same chapter of Revelation.
In his vision John did not see this “great crowd” as being in heaven. Their “standing before the throne”(Greek: e•no&#8242;pi•on tou thro&#8242;nou,“in sight of the throne”) of God does not require that they be in heaven.
Their position is simply “in sight” of God, who tells us that from heaven he beholds the sons of men.(Rev. 7:9; Ps. 11:4; compare Psalm 100:1, 2, also Luke 1:74, 75 and Acts 10:33, Kingdom Interlinear.)
Likewise, it is not necessary for “all the nations” to be in heaven for them to be before the throne of Christ (literally,“in front of him”), as described at Matthew 25:31, 32. The fact that the “great crowd, which no man was able to number,” is not a heavenly class is shown by comparison with Revelation 7:4-8 and 14:1-4, where the specific number of those taken from the earth to be in heaven is revealed.
In identifying the “great crowd,” John writes:“These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation.”
What they survive will be, indeed, the greatest tribulation ever experienced on earth.(Rev. 7:13, 14; Matt. 24:21)
Survivors of that fear-inspiring day of Jehovah will have no doubt as to who is responsible for their deliverance.
When they thankfully attribute their salvation to God and to the Lamb, then, as John saw in vision, all the faithful creatures in heaven will unite their voices with them in worship of the only true God, saying:“Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”—Rev. 7:11, 12.
Spare me your false interpretations.

Just show me a scripture which states that only 144,000 will be in Heaven.

Which is scripturally impossible.

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Spare me your false interpretations.
Just show me a scripture which states that only 144,000 will be in Heaven.
Which is scripturally impossible.
The teaching regarding the 144,000 in heaven is false.

But people in the Jehovah's Witnesses are required to believe this false teaching without question.

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In 1923 it was discerned that the “sheep” of Jesus’ parable at Matthew 25:31-46 and the “other sheep” to which he referred at John 10:16 were persons now living who would have opportunity to dwell forever here on earth.

In 1931 the ones described in Ezekiel 9:1-11 as being marked in their foreheads by the man with the secretary’s inkhorn were identified with the “sheep” of Matthew chapter 25.

Then, in 1935, the “great multitude,” or “great crowd,” of Revelation 7:9-17 was seen to be the same as the “sheep” of Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats. Although back in 1923 it was realized that some such sheeplike individuals had already begun to manifest themselves, it was not until 1935 that their numbers began to grow rapidly.
Why not just show us where you find 1923, 1931, and 1935 in scripture too?

All of this is false doctrine based on false teachings from a wicked cult that preys on ignorant and gullible people.
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Jehovah Witness teachings are NOT consistent with what the Holy Bible teaches.
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If you studied the Scriptures as much as you have studied about Jehovah's Witnesses, you would know the truth.

Instead of hearing ears, today the vast majority of mankind, inside of Christendom as well as outside of it, have itching ears.

Speaking of these the apostle Paul wrote:“For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.”(2 Tim. 4:3, 4)

Satan who pretends to be “an angel of light,” has made clever use of false religion in misleading people.(2 Cor. 11:14)

Under the guise of Christianity, Christendom teaches doctrines--including the Trinity, hellfire, and immortality of the soul--that are awash in myths and falsehoods.

Christendom also promotes holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, whose seemingly innocent customs are actually rooted in mythology and paganism.

By heeding God’s warning to separate ourselves and “quit touching the unclean things,” we will not be misled by false stores.(2 Cor 6:14-17) w11 7/15 2:11
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J F Rutherford wrote:
In 1919 Jesus re-inspected the organisation and found it clean.
"Anointed Christians who survived the testing period of 1914-19 were freed from the dominating influence of the world and from many Babylonish religious practices. The remnant went forward as a cleansed and refined people, willingly offering sacrifices of praise to God and having the assurance that they as a people were acceptable to him." Watchtower 1998 May 15 p.17
Watchtower 1998 May 15 pp 16-20

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The Quality of Your Faith—Tested Now

“Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with various trials, knowing as you do that this tested quality of your faith works out endurance.”—JAMES 1:2, 3.

TRUE Christians have no taste for suffering, and they draw no pleasure from pain or humiliation. Yet, they bear in mind the above words written by Jesus’ half brother James.

Christ made it clear to his disciples that they could expect persecution and other difficulties because of their adhering to God’s standards.(Matthew 10:34; 24:9-13; John 16:33) Nonetheless, joy can result from such tests.

How so?

A key reason that we find joy when under trials or tests of faith is that these can produce good fruitage. As James says, bearing up in the face of tests or difficulties “works out endurance.” We can benefit from developing that valuable Christian quality.

James wrote:“Let endurance have its work complete, that you may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.”(James 1:4)

Endurance has a job to do, a “work.” Its assignment is to make us complete in all respects, aiding us to be well rounded out as Christians.

Hence, by letting trials run their course without any attempts to use unscriptural means to bring them to a swift end, our faith is tested and refined. If we have been lacking in patience, compassion, kindness, or love in dealing with situations or with fellow humans, endurance can make us more complete. Yes, the sequence is: Tests produce endurance; endurance increases Christian qualities; these are a cause of joy.(1 Peter 4:14; 2 Peter 1:5-8)

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The apostle Peter also highlighted why we need not fear or shrink back from tests of our faith.

He wrote:“In this fact you are greatly rejoicing, though for a little while at present, if it must be, you have been grieved by various trials, in order that the tested quality of your faith, of much greater value than gold that perishes despite its being proved by fire, may be found a cause for praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”(1 Peter 1:6, 7)

These words are especially encouraging now because the “great tribulation”—the time of praise, glory, honor, and survival—is much closer than some may think and much closer than when we became believers.(Matthew 24:21; Romans 13:11, 12)

In the preceding article, we considered tests that the anointed remnant faced from 1914 onward.

Were these a basis for joy? A. H. Macmillan offered this retrospective view:“I have seen many severe trials come upon the organization and testings of the faith of those in it. With the help of God’s spirit it survived and continued to flourish. I have seen the wisdom of patiently waiting on Jehovah to clear up our understanding of Scriptural things instead of getting upset over a new thought....

No matter what adjustments we would have to make from time to time in our views, that would not change the gracious provision of the ransom and God’s promise of eternal life. So there was no need for us to let our faith be weakened by unfulfilled expectations or changes in views.”—The Watchtower, August 15, 1966, page 504.

Anointed Christians who survived the testing period of 1914-19 were freed from the dominating influence of the world and from many Babylonish religious practices. The remnant went forward as a cleansed and refined people, willingly offering sacrifices of praise to God and having the assurance that they as a people were acceptable to him.(Isaiah 52:11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

Judgment had begun with the house of God, but it would not be completed in one fixed period. The testing and the sifting of God’s people continues.

Those who hope to survive the approaching “great tribulation” as part of the “great crowd” are also having their faith tested.(Revelation 7:9, 14)

This is being done in ways similar to what the anointed remnant faced as well as in other ways.

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How Might You Be Tested?

Many Christians have thought about the challenge of standing up to tests in the form of direct frontal assaults. They recall this report:“[The Jewish leaders] summoned the apostles, flogged them, and ordered them to stop speaking upon the basis of Jesus’ name, and let them go. These, therefore, went their way from before the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy to be dishonored in behalf of his name.”(Acts 5:40, 41)

And the modern history of God’s people, especially during the world wars, makes it plain that many of Jehovah’s Witnesses actually experienced beatings, and far worse, at the hands of persecutors.

With regard to Christians’ being objects of persecution, the world makes no distinction between the anointed remnant and the great crowd of “other sheep.”(John 10:16) Down through the years, members of both groups have been tested severely by imprisonment and even martyrdom because of their love of God and their faith in him. Both groups have needed God’s spirit, regardless of their hope.(Compare The Watchtower, June 15, 1996, page 31.)

During the 1930’s and 1940’s in Nazi Germany, many of Jehovah’s servants, including children, displayed extraordinary faith, and not a few were tested to the limit. In more recent times, Jehovah’s people have faced the test of persecution in such lands as Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Singapore, and Zaire. And tests of this sort continue.

As already noted, however, our faith is also being tested in more subtle ways. Some of the tests are not so direct and easily identifiable.

Consider how you would react to some of the following. A brother in Angola who had ten children was in a congregation that for a time was cut off from communication with responsible brothers. Later it became possible for others to visit the congregation. He was asked how he was managing to feed his family. It was not easy for him to answer, and all he would say was that the situation was difficult.

Was he able to feed his children at least one meal a day? He replied:“Well, hardly. We have learned to get by with what we have.” Then with a voice full of conviction, he said:“But isn’t this what we expect in these last days?” Such faith is remarkable in the world, but it is not unusual among loyal Christians, who have full confidence that the Kingdom promises will be fulfilled.

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The great crowd are also being tested in connection with theocratic procedures.

The worldwide Christian congregation is directed according to divine principles and theocratic standards. This means first of all recognizing Jesus as the Leader, the one appointed as Head of the congregation.(1 Corinthians 11:3)

Willing submission to him and to his Father is manifested through our faith in theocratic appointments and decisions related to our unitedly doing Jehovah’s will. Furthermore, in each local congregation, there are men appointed to take the lead. They are imperfect men whose faults we may readily see; yet we are urged to respect such overseers and to be submissive.(Hebrews 13:7, 17)

Do you at times find that challenging? Is this really a test for you? If so, are you benefiting from this test of your faith?

We are also tested in connection with the privilege and requirement to engage regularly in the field ministry. For us to pass this test, we must realize that having a full share in the ministry involves more than a minimal, or token, amount of preaching. Recall Jesus’ approving comment about the poor widow who gave her all.(Mark 12:41-44)

We might ask ourselves,‘Am I similarly giving of myself in connection with my field ministry?’ All of us are to be Witnesses of Jehovah all day long, ready at every opportunity to let our light shine.(Matthew 5:16)

Another test we might face relates to the degree of our appreciation for the increasing light being shed on Bible truth and for the counsel provided by the faithful slave class.(Matthew 24:45)

Sometimes this calls for adjustments in personal conduct, such as when it became clear that those who use tobacco would have to quit if they wanted to remain in the congregation.(2 Corinthians 7:1)

Or the test may be in our accepting the need to modify our taste in music or certain other forms of entertainment. Will we question the wisdom of the counsel offered? Or will we let God’s spirit mold our thinking and help us to put on the Christian personality?(Ephesians 4:20-24; 5:3-5)

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For decades, the number of those of the great crowd has been increasing, and after their baptism they are continuing to strengthen their relationship with Jehovah.

This involves more than attending a Christian assembly, going to some meetings at the Kingdom Hall, or occasionally sharing in field service.

To illustrate: A person may be physically outside of Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion, but has he truly left it behind? Does he still cling to those things that reflect the spirit of Babylon the Great—a spirit that flouts God’s righteous standards?

Does he treat morality and marital faithfulness lightly? Does he emphasize personal and material interests more than spiritual interests? Yes, has he remained unspotted by the world?(James 1:27)

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