As I have been considering our modern-day history due to our new DVD, and the claims of Alice and Debator that JW's are God's organisation, it came to my attention that the food at the proper time that caused Jesus to select us must, of necessity, contain much that is spiritually beneficial. Therefore, I thought it only proper to provide nourishing morsels of the spiritual feast provided by the Lord's Channel at the time of his inspection, which of course was primarily the 1917(?) “The Finished Mystery”. So according to this book, the seven messengers of Revelation are:
2:1. [Unto] BY the angel'—'The special messenger in the
Harvest of the Jewish Age was St Paul.
2:8. And [unto] BY the angel.—The mouthpiece of the
Lord to the second epoch of the Church was St John
2:12. And [to] BY the angel.—The messenger whose
testimony was of special value to the Church while the
Papacy was rising into power was Arras.
2:18. And [unto] BY the angel.—The messenger to the
fourth epoch of the Church was Peter Waldo.
3:1. And [unto] BT the angel*—The next important
messenger to the Church was John Wycliffe.
8:7. And [to] BY the angel.—The next messenger to
the Church was Martin Luther. "
3:14. And [unto] BY the angel.—The special messenger
to the last Age of the Church was Charles T. Russell,
born February 16, 1862.
I was rather surprised to read from Rutherford that Russell: “ has privately admitted his belief that he was chosen for his great work from before his birth.” I was reliably informed that: “Pastor Russell was the most prolific writer of Biblical truth that ever lived.” I was also stunned to learn that “ The amount of work that Pastor Russell performed is incredible, and it is doubtful whether it was ever equalled by any other human being.” Indeed, I learnt that “No writer, not even excepting the writers of the Bible, have ever had such critical readers.” Thankfully, amidst all my confusion regarding the 7 messengers, I was given an anchor: “ The chronology as it appears In the STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES is accurate. The year 1914 brought the end of the Times of the Gentiles, but not the end of the Harvest work.” Rutherford reassured me : “The data presented in comments on Rev. 2:1 prove that the conquest of Judea was not completed until the day of the Passover, A. D. 73, and In the light of the foregoing Scriptures, prove that the Spring of 1918 will bring upon Christendom a spasm of anguish greater even than that experienced in the Fall of 1914. “ (Italics his)
Thankfully, the slave returned to the prophecies: "The Spring of 1878, corresponding to the date at which our Lord assumed the office of King, rode on the ass, cleansed the Temple of its moneychangers, and wept over and gave up to desolation that nominal church or kingdom, marks the date from which the nominal church systems are not the mouth-pieces of God, nor in any degree recognized by Him."—B235.” So at least in 1917, we still believed that Jesus had become King in 1878. I was glad that was cleared up, although I'm confused as to why the DVD skims over this “food at the proper time.” I felt a slight moment of concern – did the Lord really return in 1874 and become King in 1878? Thankfully, further proof was provided: “ Besides the above Scriptures, time-proofs of the Lord's Return, are the fulfilments of the promised signs: The Gospel has been preached in all the world for a witness:” and then: “the abomination has been seen in the holy place (Matt 24:16; D572)” And even more reassuring: “the great tribulation has commenced (Matt 24:21; D540).” I have no idea why the DVD fails to mention such fine spiritual food, but I am just thankful that we have been surviving the Great Tribulation for at least 90 years, even though we have seen the pestilences, famines, and poisoning that has killed a quarter of the worlds population since the outbreak of the Great Tribulation. Happily, the Four Horsemen have not yet ridden over to where I live - they seem to be biding their time.
There was much more. I learnt that: “The four and twenty elders. The personifications of the messages of the twenty-four Prophets who foretold the coming Kingdom of God.” Interestingly, the 24 elders were, it is written : “ Enoch was the first of the holy Prophets” “ Jacob ” “ Moses ” “ Samuel ” “ Job, after the Sabeans had made off with his oxen and asses,” “ David”, “Solomon”, “Isaiah” “ Jeremiah” “Ezekiel” “ Daniel” “Hosea” “Joel” “Amos” “Obadiah” “Jonah” “Micah” “Nahum” “Habakkuk” “Zephaniah” “Haggai” “Zechariah” “Malachi” “John the Baptist”. Certainly, we should “not go beyond the things that are written.” One fine example of following this was realising proof that Job was one of the 24 elders/prophets was that: “ Job also describes the steam engine—stationary, railway and marine.”
There is of course much more of this delectable spiritually happyifying feast, which I shall post.