Woe to the Pregnant woman

by exwhyzee 8 Replies latest jw friends

  • exwhyzee

    Luke 21:23 " Woe to the pregnant woman and the ones suckling a baby in those days! For there will be great necessity upon the land and wrath on this people.

    The Society always applied this scripture, which was talking about the destruction of Jerusalem, to the last days and the destruction of this system of things. The big 1975 push was in full swing when my Mother found out she was pregnant with my youngest sister. After she told her good news about being pregnant, to some of the sisters in a car group she was in, they brought this scripture up and began discussing it. It frightened my Mom and sent her into a bit of a panic. I remember my father, a non Witness, calmed her down and reassured her that if God was as loving as they say he is, he would watch out for her.

    When my little sister was born I was only 12 but she was my pride and joy...it was as if she were my own child. I had constant nightmares about how I, as her big brother, was going to protect her from the tribulation that was coming, and was going to be so terrible, that unless God cut short the days...no man would survive. What if "they" (whoever they was supposed to be) said to me "renounce Jehovah or were going to kill your sister" What would I do ?? There was no way I would let anything happen to my little sister ! I'd lay awake at nights devising escape plans, that in my childish mind, would surely save us. I didn't trust Jehovah to help, because he was going to kill my non Witness Dad and besides,I'd heard at the meetings, all about all the Brothers and Sisters in Malawi who he was allowing to be brutally killed.

    Fast forward to today....that baby is 42 years old. My Mother often said she wished she had enjoyed her last pregnancy more and hadn't spent it sick with worry. Until her death at 57, she and my Sister were the best of friends and my little sister was a real comfort to my Mother when the rest of us began leaving the nest and during her battle with Cancer.

    Nobody wants to hear a middle aged man still resenting something that happend so long ago...but I do still resent this and there's nobody else to tell.

    It was all so unecessary...and such a waste.

  • palmtree67

    No, exwhyzee, I totally get what you are saying!!

    Living with the shadow that your children could be tortured, murdered, etc......was terrible.

    When my daughter was born, I had a nightmare that Armageddon came, and bad men put her outside in -40 below weather in her baby seat. I dreamed I could hear her crying and when the crying stopped, I knew she had frozen to death.

    I will never forget the pain and fear of that dream.

    I was old enough to understand what was going on in Malawi and read those articles in the magazines. I remember growing up in absolute terror. Many nights, I slept with the lights on.

    It is a very hard way to live, thinking your children are destined to be tortured and killed.

  • crapola

    Reading this has brought back so many memeories for me also. I used to also think about ways of escape if captured by the "bad people". Scared me to death when I was a child. I used to wonder why God would allow people in Malawi to be so brutally killed over not buying a 25 cent card. It really helped me see how stupid it all was, even at a young age. Took me 45 years to get out though. And I raised my own kids to believe that stuff. But they both were smarter than me and helped me see the "light". Now we are all free to believe in God or not.

  • wantstoleave

    Reading this made me remember past worries too. I was terrified of death when I was little, and armageddon. I never enjoyed my own pregnancies because I feared the tribulation would break out while I was pregnant and all the terrible things that could be done to me. I also feared I wouldn't see my kids grow up. I absolutely hated that fear. That's one reason I'm exiting now. I don't want my own children living with the same fear.

  • Out at Last!
    Out at Last!


    No matter how long ago things happened to us, it helps to talk about it. You sharing your experience helps us all to see how evil this cult really is. Keep sharing, and keep growing. I'm glad to are on the board with us.

  • cameo-d

    Where are all the missing children?

    There are so many that it is not being publicized. If people realized the numbers in each town, each state, and across the nation I think there would be a lot of loud demands for answers. But no one is discussing the missing children because it is not being publicized. When I found out how many were missing in just my county it was horrorifying.

    Something evil is going on. People need to investigate the statistics and start asking WHY.

  • Bonnie_Clyde

    I remember all the hoopla about 1975 as well as the brutal persecution in Malawi which was very upsetting. I remember writing several letters to the officials in Malawi as well. I didn't really believe in the 1975 date--remembering a statement in the All Scripture Is Inspired Book which was first published in 1963 (page 286):

    "Does this mean that by 1963 we had progressed 5,988 years into the "day" on which Jehovah 'has been resting from all his work'? No, for the creation of Adam (4026 BCE) does not correspond with the beginning of Jehovah's rest day. Following Adam's creation, and still within the sixth creative day, Jehovah appears to have been forming further animal and bird creations.....Whatever time elapsed between Adam's creation and the end of the 'sixth day' must be subtracted from the 5,988 years in order to give the actual length of time from the beginning of the 'seventh day' until now. It does no good to use Bible chronology for speculating on dates that are still future in the stream of time."

    I was surprised thast only three years after 1963 (1966) they suddenly decided it was OK to "speculate." However, I still believed in the 70 or 80 years reasoning, but it wasn't until about 1998 that I really began my journey out of the borg. I kick myself to this day that I didn't leave sooner. It would have saved a bunch of problems.


  • frigginconfused

    You all will never believe this but a female friend of mine just was told by her bible study that it is a sin to have kids in these days. I cant believe they are that friggin bold!

  • wantstoleave

    That's terrible frigginconfused and must've made the study feel very sad and awkward I'd imagine .

    No one has the right to tell someone else they can't have kids, new system or not. I know so many couples who married 20+yrs ago and didn't have children because they were waiting til paradise. Even now people pass opinion within the congregation thinking it's their right, but it's not.

    When I was pregnant I had people say to me 'it's a mistake to raise kids in this system' or 'what if the tribulation breaks out while you're pregnant?'. It really freaked me out at the time and looking back, it was none of their business and I should've told them so!

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