I wrote the e-Watchman a few comments from his online question page. That was back in December, and I got this reply (see further below). I discussed this with an xjw email group, and one member thought it was Simon, lol, and another person said they had a strong idea of who it was, but did not mention a name. Anyway, here's what e-Watchman had to say about a few things... FWIW...
What about the European Union being involved in the end-time prophecies? I noticed you mentioned (in one of your essays) some of the interpretations by the fundies. The EU connection is one I've seen mentioned on TV by several "preachers" who concentrate on prophecy (religious channel), but I did not see you mention the EU so far (I did a search/no match; and read most of your essays re: the last days, etc.) -- I find that the "fundies" explanations of the "end times" are quite fascinating (the roles of the EU, Russia, China/Korea, Israel, etc.) Might they have something as regards the EU and it's impact in all of this?
BTW, your "news/current events" page looks just like the one from Dr. Jack Van Impe, who is one of those "TV Preachers" I referred to.
I agree with your world-conspiracy theory, btw. Also, interesting about Britian as the King of the North. I hadn't heard that one yet. The "fundies" mentioned above still feel it is Russia. They tend to apply things literally which, I have to admit, is refreshing after having only been exposed to the WT's "spiritual application" of EVERYTHING. Some of what they say makes sense (on the surface at least).
One other thought: Surely you must know by now that poor Ray Franz was not disfellowshipped for "apostacy." I "assume" that is who you were referring to in this paragraph?? http://e-watchman.com/essays/antichrist/antichrist.htm ...
"True to scripture, up to this point there have been many of Jehovah's Witnesses who have professed a heavenly hope that have apostatized from the truth and gone out of the organization. In recent years, one such individual was even a member of the Governing Body."
It's my understanding that when he (RF) tried to point out the error of the 607/1914 connection, they asked him to leave, paid him his 10 grand and sent him on his way lest he cause the entire house to crumble. Later eating with his landlord (a former JW), he was DF'd for that, though their wives were not DF'd. -- Or maybe you had another GB member in mind... If so, never mind! ;-)
Interesting, all the same, and nicely laid out website/pics, etc. I'm sure I'll visit again! Thanks.
From: [email protected]
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 10:45:37 -0500
Subject: Re: Question for the Watchman
> question: What about the European Union being involved in the end-time
> prophecies? I noticed you mentioned (in one of your essays) some of the
> interpretations by the fundies. The EU connection is one I've seen mentioned
> on TV by several "preachers" who concentrate on prophecy (religious channel),
> but I did not see you mention the EU so far (I did a search/no match; and
> read most of your essays re: the last days, etc.) -- I find that the
> "fundies" explanations of the "end times" are quite fascinating (the roles of
> the EU, Russia, China/Korea, Israel, etc.) Might they have something as
> regards the EU and it's impact in all of this?
The purpose of the EU is to provide an alternative to the US financial
hegemony. By combining markets the EURO has in recent weeks become valued more
than the dollar. Yet Europe possesses no real military power that could rival
that of the US.
As far as the notion that Russia is the king of the north, that idea goes all
the way back to the mid 1800s when a evangelist named Darby first proposed the
doctrine that the Jews were going to be brought back to Israel. The British
Empire promoted that back then and has used it as a political wedge to assert
Anglo influence into the Middle East. To this day Fundies peddle the absurd
interpretaion that the Jews and Jerusalem have some special place in prophecy.
I consider most of the Fundy preachers to be lunatics and pawns of the
oligarchy, who are themselves mere pawns of the demons. Ironically, while we
might view Fundy interpretations with some fascination and amusement, the whole
Zionist doctrine in in fact the driving force and detonator for the Clash of
Civilization, WWIII and Armageddon.