No Divine protection for Jehovah's Witnesses' gatherings. JW Death toll rises around the world.

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  • Balaamsass2

    Biahi Yes I remember our old Congregational Servant/PO spouting the secret sin stuff off the platform. Hours or attendance low? Must be a secret sin! lol. Killed in service? Secret sin!

  • blondie

    In the Draw Close to Jehovah book (2022 version) these are some interesting WT explanations about Personal Protection: (reporting not supporting)

    What Divine Protection Does Not Mean

    13 The promise of divine protection does not mean that Jehovah is obligated to work miracles in our behalf. No, our God does not guarantee us a problem-free life in this old system. Many faithful servants of Jehovah face severe adversities, including poverty, war, sickness, and death. Jesus plainly told his disciples that as individuals they might be put to death because of their faith. That is why Jesus stressed the need for endurance to the end. (Matthew 24:9, 13) If Jehovah were to use his power to effect miraculous deliverance in all cases, Satan would no doubt taunt Jehovah and call into question the genuineness of our devotion to our God.​—Job 1:9, 10.

    14 Even in Bible times, Jehovah did not use his protective power to shield each of his servants from untimely death. For example, the apostle James was executed by Herod in about 44 C.E.; yet, shortly afterward, Peter was rescued “from Herod’s hand.” (Acts 12:1-11) And John, the brother of James, outlived both Peter and James. Clearly, we cannot expect our God to protect all his servants in identical ways. Besides, “time and unexpected events” overtake us all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11) How, then, does Jehovah protect us today?

    Jehovah Provides Physical Protection

    15 Consider, first, the matter of physical protection. As Jehovah’s worshippers, we can expect such protection as a group. Otherwise, we would be easy prey for Satan. Think about this: Satan, “the ruler of this world,” would like nothing more than to eliminate true worship. (John 12:31; Revelation 12:17) Some of the most powerful governments on earth have banned our preaching work and have tried to wipe us out completely. Yet, Jehovah’s people have remained firm and have continued to preach without letup! Why have mighty nations been unable to put a stop to the activity of this relatively small and seemingly defenseless group of Christians? Because Jehovah has shielded us with his powerful wings!​—Psalm 17:7, 8.

    16 What about physical protection during the coming “great tribulation”? We need not fear the execution of God’s judgments. After all, “Jehovah knows how to rescue people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people to be destroyed on the day of judgment.” (Revelation 7:14; 2 Peter 2:9) In the meantime, we can always be certain of two things. First, Jehovah will never allow his loyal servants to be effaced from the earth. Second, he will reward integrity keepers with everlasting life in his righteous new world​—if necessary, by means of a resurrection. For those who die, there is no safer place to be than in God’s memory.​—John 5:28, 29.

  • truthlover123

    Anyone hear of the experience when two brothers were at a door and there was a hostile homeowner but they stood firm and saw and angel of Jehovah strengthening them?

    Probably would never happen if it were two sisters..

    So many experiences they come up with, I am wondering just how many are made up. I can picture them around that table thinking them up and saying, put that in a talk, or a mag or start a know how the gossip mill works...

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