I was sitting here wondering what I should say.....what words should mark my 13,000th post on JWD? Would it be fluff? Would it be serious refutating of a WT publication? Would it be news? Would it be a post in response to our resident self-appointed Dub-apologists? Or perhaps extolling the virtues of a good shiraz? Or would it be a Weekend Poll?
Well, I plumped for a quote from the soon to be used (for a fourth time!) at the book studies "Revelation Climax" book.
It's on page 16 and reads:
"God had a channel for communicating Revelation in John's day, and John was the earthly part of that channel. Likewise, God has a channel for giving spiritual nourishment to his 'slaves' today. In his great prophecy concerning the conclusion of the system of things, Jesus identified the earthly part of this channel as "the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time." (Matt 24) he uses this John class in unlocking the meaning of the prophecy."
Notice how they set up the reader to accept their interpretation:
1. They say that God had a channel in John's day, it was John and so there 'must' be a similar channel today. The weakness of this argument is evident i.e. 'because something was this way long ago, then the later time must be similar' is not good reasoning. 2. They refer then to a "great prophecy" and surprise, surprise! it just happens to have to do with the WTS! Was it a "great prophecy"? Indeed, was Jesus' parable of the faithful slave a prophecy at all? 3. They claim that the WTS alone is able to 'unlock' the meaning of Revelation. This is very convenient for them because it means that, even if there were other expositions of Revelation (of which there are hundreds, if not thousands), they wouldn't be accepted by the R&F - only the WTS' interpretation would be valid.
History shows that they have been very unreliable at unlocking any prophecy of God, yet the R&F are, once again, being told to listen and obey their slave-masters the WTS.
The R&F will have to diligently mark in their copies of the "Revelation Climax" book all the refinements/corrections/mistakes as they wade once again through months of indoctrination of the bizarre interpretations of the Borgmeisters.
Yet, despite that, there is hope, hope that more will join the hundreds of thousands who, through gaining the truth about "The Troof" whether by internet or family and friends, have already walked along the road to freedom.
I dedicate my 13,000th post to them.