About 2 weeks ago one of my old Pioneer buddies came over for a visit (He's the only JW who doesn't shun me). I got talking about the whole Naos in Revelation 7:15 thing and we both started to have a debate over this.
I got out my copy of Vines and showed him what it had to say about the Greek word Naos and he accepted it (I've shown this to 3 elders and they wont even look at the book!). I ask him if the word Naos equals the temple sanctuary which signifies heaven in Revelation, where are the great crowd serving IN??? (in the temple sanctuary)
He then responds with (something like) "their doing sacred service TOWARDS the Sanctuary".
I reply with "read Rev 7:15 for me"
He reads it for me. I asked him to slowly read the "doing sacred service IN THE temple (Gk Naos)" part of the verse.
I asked him again where are they serving IN. I emphaisize the word "In".
He replys with "their on earth and their doing sacred service TOWARD the sanctuary." at this point I start slowly chanting "IN! IN! IN!")
This was going nowhere so I changed the subject.
Anyone had any similar experiences??