Foolish reasoning. Not what Jesus said. Jesus said people would be living their everyday lives as if nothing was happening. What you are looking for is world troubles so bad that no one can live a normal life. But thats not what Jesus said. All the many things Jesus predicted make up the one sign of his parousia. Even you and your friends saying, "Where is the promised presence of his. Why, all thing are continuing....."
The above comment is disingenuous at best. Thirdwitness knows full well that what Jesus said is not relevant to what JW’s teach. What is relevant to the JW is what the Watchtower says that Jesus said. This is evident in what Jesus said in Luke 21:8 and that when it is brought up to a JW’s they usually want to run and hide from it.
He said: “Look out that YOU are not misled; for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The due time has approached.’ Do not go after them.”
What does the JW leadership claim if it is not that “I am he” and certainly as the summer assembly theme thrust the JW belief to the fore that “the due time has approached”?
What you are looking for is world troubles so bad that no one can live a normal life.
No, that is what you witnesses are looking for. Those of us who believe in the bible expect that the end will come as a thief. Exactly as Jesus said it would when he was earlier pushed to give a sign. He said there in Matt 12:38:
In reply he said to them: “A wicked and adulterous generation keeps on seeking for a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jo´nah the prophet.
That sign was Jesus death and resurrection. That is the only sign Jesus gave and he mentioned why. Namely that he considered persons who look for signs to be “wicked and adulterous”. If that is so and it appears to be plainly stated, then why would he go to the trouble to enunciate visible signs to attract such “wicked and adulterous” persons into his so-called “paradise kingdom”?
That is why honest students of the bible take Jesus words in Matt 24 and Luke 21 at face value. The only sign given was his “coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”. In that case it would sadly be too late for the sign seekers.
No advance warning would be given just as it was “in the days of Noah”. This fact always escapes people like JW’s because they simply don’t read the bible contextually. This is shown up time and time again by AlanF’s masterful exposé’s of the erroneous gentile times doctrine as well as the patently dishonest translation techniques employed by their Oracle Fred Franz.
JW’s and others maintain that Noah preached audibly (distributing tracts, brochures and leaflets perhaps) because of what Peter said. I submit that the preaching that Peter noted in 2 Pet 2:5 was simply the testimony of his faith visible through his action of building the vessel. The same testimony given by disciples of Jesus (Matt 5:16) Proof of Peter’s thinking is found in his admonition to wives in 1 Pet 3:1, 2
Such a global "preaching work" would take considerable resources for the people charged with constructing this vessel. Likewise preaching in the sense of JW’s and other modern disciplers would imply that there was hope for the wicked if Noah could warn them enough, perhaps even "studying with them" to come into the
However this is not what God told Noah. The account says:
And I do establish my covenant with you; and you must go into the ark, you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you… ..
“Go, you and all your household, into the ark, because you are the one I have seen to be righteous before me among this generation
Next he mentions the animals. Nowhere does he mention that “others” would be invited or even permitted into the Ark. They had all been pre-qualified or excluded from the salvation offered to Noah and his immediate family. No doubt there may have been mercy shown to individuals who came forward. However that did not happen at least as far as the account of Noah is concerned.
Mal 3:18 And YOU people will again certainly see [the distinction] between a righteous one and a wicked one, between one serving God and one who has not served him.”
Therefore it makes more sense to conclude that this aspect of Noah’s day was what Jesus was referring to rather than the exegetical and theological “organizational” arguments of cults like the JW’s. Namely “the chosen ones” who are in a “covenant” with Christ (see Isa 54:9 then the context) would need to keep their wits about them always to avoid being led astray by “wicked and adulterous” sign seekers who would pop out of the woodwork every time something disastrous happened.