2012 Memorial Season Special March Edition Awake!

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  • wannabefree

    The special talk given on the weekend after the Memorial is entitled "Is It Later Than You Think?"

    Publishers will again have the option of a 30- or a 50- hour requirement as an auxiliary pioneer, this year for the month of March.

    Here is a scan of the special edition Awake! magazine that will be distributed in line with the theme of the special talk.


  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions

    Lol! I just got coffee up my nose!

    Very funny.

  • DonutZ!

    Lmao! Some special edition that is!

  • wannabefree

    I guess the retro look is still in.

    Kool-aid, sweetened with pure sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup!

  • DesirousOfChange
  • Cagefighter

    A couple of mustachiod gay cowboys slow dancing underneath a disco ball and it would be perfect....

    "Oh yes... It is much late than I think, LAST CALL!"

  • watson

    I thought that was last year's "special talk".

  • 00DAD

    That's cool. So what was the date that issue was ORIGINALLY published?

    It looks like '60s or '70s. Imagine, 40-50 years later and Armageddon is still coming "soon"!

  • wannabefree
  • wannabefree

    btt - :)

  • 00DAD

    WBF: Who called it!

    Thanks for the entertainment!

    Good photoshopping too!!!

  • wha happened?
    wha happened?

    this is real? I thought it was a joke

  • wannabefree
    this is real? I thought it was a joke

    Real? Yah it's real. As real as the Governing Body is Jesus' appointed representatives.

  • wannabefree

    Figured out how to make it show up here.

  • smiddy

    You got me LOL


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  • Phizzy

    I like the idea on the other thread of a flyer with that cover on it.

    I wonder if they will have a special push to invite we who are "inactive" along to the "Special" talk ?

    I do hope not, I hate being rude to people I know.

  • blondie

    *** yb99 p. 238 Uruguay **

    *In 1949, when Brothers Knorr and Henschel visited for the second time, 592 persons met in Montevideo to listen to Brother Knorr’s talk “It Is Later Than You Think!”

    *** km 4/91 p. 7 par. 3 Encourage Others to Read The Watchtower ***

    “Is It Later Than You Think?” is the thought-provoking title of one of the articles in the April 1, 1991, issue of TheWatchtower.

    *** w91 4/1 pp. 4-7 Is It Later Than You Think? ***

    THREE days before his death, Jesus had a very busy day in Jerusalem, a day that turned out to be of the utmost significance for Christians living now. He taught in the temple, turning back many trick questions with which the Jewish religious leaders tried to trap him. Finally, he leveled at the scribes and Pharisees a scathing denunciation that tagged them as hypocrites and vipers headed for Gehenna.—Matthew, chapters 22, 23.

    As he was leaving the temple area, one of his disciples said to him: “Teacher, see! what sort of stones and what sort of buildings!” Jesus, unimpressed, said to him: “Do you behold these great buildings? By no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.” (Mark 13:1, 2) Jesus then left the temple for the last time, descended into the Kidron Valley, crossed over, and climbed the slopes of the Mount of Olives.

    As he sat bathed in the late afternoon sunlight there on the mount, with the temple in view on Mount Moriah across the valley, Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately. Heavy on their minds were the words he had uttered about the temple’s being thrown down. They asked: “Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?” (Matthew 24:3; Mark 13:3, 4) The answer he gave to their question that afternoon on the Mount of Olives is of vital importance to us. It can keep us from waiting too long before thinking about “the conclusion of the system of things.”

    Their question was twofold. One part was about the end of the temple and the Jewish system; the other concerned Jesus’ future presence as King and the conclusion of this present system of things. Both of these questions were covered in Jesus’ answer, as given in Matthew 24 and 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. (See also Revelation 6:1-8.) Regarding the conclusion of this present world, or system of things, Jesus described several features that, taken together, would be a composite sign identifying the last days. Is that composite sign being fulfilled? Does it put us in the last days spoken of in the Bible? Does its fulfillment warn us that it may be later than we think?

    One feature of Jesus’ composite sign is: “Nationwillriseagainstnationandkingdomagainstkingdom.” (Matthew 24:7) In 1914, World War I started. Jehovah’s Witnesses of that decade were immediately on the alert. And why? In December 1879, some 35 years earlier, the WatchTower magazine had said, based on Bible chronology, that 1914 would be a pivotal year in human history. Could this war, the first war on a truly worldwide scale, in which 28 nations were eventually involved and 14 million persons were killed, be the beginning of events fulfilling Jesus’ composite sign of the end? Would the other features of the sign follow?

    In “a revelation by Jesus Christ,” this same bloodbath is foretold. Here a fiery-colored horse and its rider “take peace away from the earth.” (Revelation 1:1; 6:4) That certainly happened from 1914 to 1918. And World War I was only the beginning. In 1939, World War II followed. Fifty-nine nations were sucked into that conflict, and some 50 million people were killed. During the 45 years following World War II, more than 125 wars have been fought, killing more than 20 million people.

    Another feature of the sign is: “Therewillbefoodshortages.” (Matthew 24:7) There was widespread famine during and after World War I. One report lists more than 60 major famines since 1914, costing many millions of lives. Moreover, even now 40,000 children die each day from malnutrition and preventable diseases.


    willbegreatearthquakes.” (Luke 21:11) They shook the earth after World War I began. In 1915 an earthquake took 32,610 lives in Italy; in 1920 another one killed 200,000 in China; in 1923 in Japan, 99,300 died; in 1935 in what is now Pakistan, 25,000 lost their lives; in 1939 in Turkey, 32,700 perished; in 1970 in Peru, 66,800 were killed; in 1976 in China, 240,000 (some say 800,000) died; in 1988 in Armenia, 25,000 lost their lives. Certainly, there have been great earthquakes since 1914!


    oneplaceafteranotherpestilences.” (Luke 21:11) During 1918 and 1919, some 1,000,000,000 people were sick with Spanish influenza, and more than 20,000,000 died. But that was only the beginning. In the developing world, malaria, snail fever, river blindness, acute diarrhea, and other ailments continue to cripple and kill hundreds of millions. In addition, heart disease and cancer claim millions more lives. Sexually transmitted diseases are ravaging mankind. Striking terror into hearts today is the deadly scourge of AIDS, estimated to be infecting a new victim every minute, with no cure in sight.


    oflawlessness.” (Matthew 24:12) Lawlessness has run wild ever since 1914, and today it is explosive. Murders, rapes, robberies, gang wars—they make newspaper headlines and radio and television newscasts. Pointless violence rages on unchecked. In the United States, a gunman sprays a hundred rounds from a rapid-fire assault rifle into a crowd of schoolchildren—5 dead, 29 wounded. In England a crazed man slaughters 16 people with an AK-47 assault rifle. In Canada a man who hates women goes to Montreal University and kills 14 of them. Such people are like wolves, lions, wild beasts, unreasoning animals born to be caught and destroyed. —Compare Ezekiel 22:27; Zephaniah 3:3; 2 Peter 2:12.


    becomefaintoutoffearandexpectationofthethingscomingupontheinhabitedearth.” (Luke 21:26) Shortly after the explosion of the first atom bomb, atomic scientist Harold C. Urey said of the future: “We will eat fear, sleep fear, live in fear and die in fear.” To the fear of nuclear war has been added fear of crime, famine, economic instability, moral collapse, family decay, pollution of the earth. In fact, the bad times paraded before us by daily newspapers and television newscasts spread fear everywhere.

    The apostle Paul also wrote of the conditions to prevail in the last days of this system of things. Reading his words is like reading the day’s news. “But know this,” he wrote, “that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”—2 Timothy 3:1-5.All Things Continuing “as From Creation’s Beginning”?The apostle Peter foretold another feature of the last days: “In the last days there will come ridiculers with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires and saying: ‘Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as from creation’s beginning.’”—2 Peter 3:3, 4.

    Today, when the subject of the last days comes up, many people fulfill Peter’s prophetic words by scoffing and saying: ‘Oh, all those things have happened before. It’s just history repeating itself.’ So they dismiss the warnings and continue “proceeding according to their own desires.” It is “according to their wish” that they brush aside the fulfillment of prophecies that so clearly identify the last days.—2 Peter 3:5.

    Nevertheless, the different features of the composite sign foretold by Jesus have never before been fulfilled all together in such a short period of time with such intensity and with such far-reaching consequences. (Review, for example, Matthew 24:3-12; Mark 13:3-8; Luke 21:10, 11, 25, 26.) And we would like to draw your attention especially to still another foretold feature of the last days, described in Revelation.

    Let us turn to Revelation 11:18. It says that when Christ’s Kingdom begins to reign and the nations are angry and the time for judgment arrives, then Jehovah will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” Is not pollution ruining the environment today? True, men have always exploited the resources of the earth to enrich themselves. But in doing so, they have never been in a position to destroy it as a habitable planet. Now, because of the scientific technology developed since 1914, men do have that power, and by grabbing greedily for wealth, they are indeed ruining the earth, polluting the environment and endangering the earth’s ability to sustain life.

    An avaricious, materialistic society is now doing this at an alarming rate. Here are some of the atrocities resulting: acid rain, global warming, holes in the ozone layer, garbage glut, toxic dumps, dangerous herbicides and pesticides, nuclear waste, oil spills, raw-sewage dumping, species endangerment, dead lakes, polluted groundwater, destroyed forests, polluted soil, lost topsoil, and smog causing damage to trees and crops as well as to human health.

    Professor Barry Commoner says: “I believe that continued pollution of the earth, if unchecked, will eventually destroy the fitness of this planet as a place for human life. . . . The difficulty lay not in scientific ignorance, but in willful greed.” The book StateoftheWorld1987 says on page 5: “The scale of human activities has begun to threaten the habitability of the earth itself.” A major series for public television aired in the United States in 1990 was entitled “Race to Save the Planet.”

    Man will never stop the polluting; God will when he destroys those who are destroying the earth. God and his heavenly Field Marshal, Christ Jesus, will do this by executing judgment on the materialistic nations at the final war of Armageddon.—Revelation 16:14, 16; 19:11-21.

    Finally, note the following outstanding feature of Jesus’ prophecy about the last days: “Thisgoodnewsofthekingdomwillbepreachedinalltheinhabitedearth.” (Matthew 24:14) This good news tells that God’s Kingdom is now reigning in the heavens and will soon act to destroy this wicked system and restore Paradise to earth. The gospel has been preached before but never covering the entire inhabited earth. Since 1914, however, Jehovah’s Witnesses have done that, in spite of the persecution Jesus foretold—government bans, mob violence, imprisonments, torture, and many deaths.

    In 1919 there were 4,000 of Jehovah’s Witnesses preaching this good news. Their numbers have kept increasing, so that last year over 4,000,000 were preaching in 212 lands, in some 200 languages, distributing hundreds of millions of Bibles, books, and magazines, conducting millions of Bible studies in people’s homes, and holding conventions in large stadiums in all parts of the world. Never could this tremendous volume of gospel-preaching have been done prior to 1914. Its accomplishment on the scale that has been achieved required the modern high-speed printing presses, the travel facilities, the computers, the fax machines, and also the shipping and communications facilities that are uniquely available in our time.

    The Jerusalem of Jeremiah’s day was warned of its coming destruction; its inhabitants only scoffed, but it was later than they thought. Today, a much greater warning of Armageddon’s destruction is being sounded, with overwhelming supporting evidence. (Revelation 14:6, 7, 17-20) Millions turn a deaf ear. But time is running out; it is later than they think. Is it later than you think?

    In Jeremiah’s day it was later than they thought

  • designs

    "In 1919 there were 4,000 Jehovah's Witnesses preaching this good news" WRONG! There were no JWs in 1919 only the Bible Students. No wonder the JWs have such a screwed up perception of their History when the GB blantantly lie.

  • wannabefree
    There were no JWs in 1919 only the Bible Students. No wonder the JWs have such a screwed up perception of their History when the GB blantantly lie.

    No, witnesses of Jehovah have been around since faithful Abel ...

    *** w50 10/15 pp. 386-387 par. 8 Riches of the Full Assurance of Our Understanding ***
    8 In the King James at Hebrews 12:1, why the writer should suddenly introduce the word "witnesses" has led to a variety of interpreting, many thinking he means spectators witnessing an athletic race. But the new version shows that the related verb meaning "to bear witness" is used four times in the preceding chapter where he discusses faith and where he says: "By means of this the men of old times had witness borne to them." He specifically names Abel and Enoch as having had this witness, and ends the chapter, saying: "And yet all these, although they had witness borne to them through their faith, did not get the fulfillment of the promise, as God foresaw something better for us." He then opens the next chapter, saying: "So, then, because we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also put off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race." (Heb. 11:2, 4, 5, 39, 40; 12:1, NW) So we awake to the fact that the writer means the witnesses of Jehovah from Abel on to John the Baptist. By this we know that Jehovah's witnesses did not have their beginning first in 1931, when that Scriptural name was publicly confessed at our international convention in Columbus, Ohio, to distinguish us from the hundreds of sects professing to be Christian.

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