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  • MacHislopp

    Hello everyone,

    Among various current ‘ideas/opinions ‘ and WTBS Inc. teaching ,

    I would like to comment on this recent material:

    From the book : “Isaiah’s Prophecy – Light for all Mankind” vol. II (pub. 2001)

    (material included in the Congregation's book study for the week of April 7 th 2003)

    *** ip-2 chap. 15 pp. 228-229 The Barren Woman Rejoices ***

    23 Verse 13 of Isaiah chapter 54 provides the key—all will be “taught by Jehovah.” Jesus himself applied the words of this verse to his anointed followers. (John 6:45)

    The prophet Daniel foretold that during this “time of the end,” the anointed would be blessed with an abundance of true knowledge and spiritual insight. (Daniel 12:3, 4)

    Such insight has enabled them to spearhead the greatest educational campaign in history, spreading divine teaching in all the earth. (Matthew 24:14) At the same time, such insight has helped them to see the difference between true religion and false. Isaiah 54:12 mentions “boundaries of delightsome stones.” Since 1919, Jehovah has given the anointed an ever clearer understanding of the boundaries—the lines of spiritual demarcation—setting them apart from false religion and ungodly elements of the world. ( Ezekiel 44:23; John 17:14; James 1:27 )

    They are thus set apart as God’s own people.—1 Peter 2:9.

    24 Thus, each of us does well to ask himself, ‘Am I being taught by Jehovah?’ We do not receive such teaching automatically. We must put forth effort. If we read God’s Word regularly and meditate upon it and if we take in instruction by reading the Bible-based literature published by “the faithful and discreet slave” and by preparing for and attending Christian meetings, we will indeed be taught by Jehovah. (Matthew 24:45-47) If we endeavor to apply what we learn and remain spiritually awake and watchful, divine teaching will set us apart as different from those in this godless world. (1 Peter 5:8, 9) Better still, it will help us “draw close to God.”—James 1:22-25; 4:8.

    N.B. These are the supporting scriptures:

    John 6:45 "It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by Jehovah.’ Everyone that has heard from the Father and has learned comes to me."

    ***I don't see any mention of " anointed followers"

    but rather …" e v e r y o n e .."

    Daniel 12:3,4 “And the ones having insight will shine like the brightness of the expanse; and those who are bringing the many to righteousness, like the stars to time indefinite, even forever. And as for you, O Daniel, make secret the words and seal up the book, until the time of [the] end. Many will rove about, and the [true] knowledge will become abundant.”

    ***Where is it written by Daniel that : ” …the anointed would be blessed with an abundance of true knowledge and spiritual insight.."???

    I'm sorry but what I can read is : “…And the ones having insight…"

    and "…those who are bringing the many.." . and "Many will rove about.."

    Ezekiel 44:23; “And my people they should instruct in the difference between a holy thing and a profane thing; and the difference between what is unclean and what is clean they should cause them to know.”

    John 17:14; “ I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world “

    James 1:27 “ The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world.”

    How is it possible that the 3 above quoted scriptures, support the idea that :

    "Since 1919, Jehovah has given the anointed an ever clearer understanding …"???

    The confusion is not finished yet. Take a look and compare with material published on “The Watchtower” February 15, 2003 pages 20-21, paragraph 16:

    Why Mistaken Assumptions:

    Some have concluded that they have the heavenly calling

    because they have acquired considerable Bible knowledge.

    But spirit anointing does not bring extraordinary understanding, for Paul had to instruct and counsel certain

    anointed ones. (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:11-14)

    God has an arrangement for providing spiritual food for

    all his people. (Matthew 24:45-47). So nobody should think

    that being an anointed Christian gives him wisdom superior

    to that of those having the earthly hope ." Spirit anointing is not

    indicated by proficiency in answering Scriptural questions, witnessing,

    or giving Bible talks.”

    More light or more darkness?? If the above is true , how can we renconcile all these other statements?

    a) "The Watchtower" 1931 June 1 st , page 160

    "Jehovah God has made known to his anointed

    ones in advance what these scriptures mean."

    b) "The Watchtower" 1933 August 15 th , page 247

    "Enlightenment proceeds from Jehovah by and

    through Christ Jesus and is given to the faithful

    anointed on earth at the temple, and brings peace

    and consolation to them."

    c) "The Watchtower" 1952 April 15 th , page 253

    Aids for Understanding Prophecy

    19 When may prophecies be understood? The Lord

    said to Daniel, "O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal

    the book, even to the time of the end." (Dan. 12:4, AS)

    This indicates that the further fulfillments of the prophecies

    are sealed until the physical facts appear that begin to fulfill

    them. So the rule seems to be reasonable and certain that

    prophecies cannot be understood until they are in the course

    of fulfillment or until they have been fulfilled. Jehovah as

    the great Interpreter makes known the meaning of his

    revelations in his due time, and speculation by men cannot

    bring to light the true meaning of prophecy before time.

    Jehovah has provided a channel, the "faithful and

    discreet slave" class, who are given spiritual

    "food at the proper time",and this spiritual food

    includes among other things the

    understandings of the prophecies

    in the course of their fulfillments .

    (Matt. 24:45, NW) Jehovah's witnesses themselves are

    not nor can they be interpreters of prophecies.

    But as fast as the "superior authorities"

    Jehovah and Christ Jesus reveal the

    interpretations through their provided channel

    that fast do God's people publish them the world over to

    strengthen the faith of all lovers of righteousness.

    d) "The Watchtower" 1952 April 15 th , page 253


    20 Since Joel 2:28, which has its complete fulfillment after 1919,

    foretells that God will pour out his spirit upon people of all

    kinds and "your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

    your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall s

    ee visions", in what sense then do Jehovah's witnesses

    prophesy today? Jehovah's people confess no powers

    of inspiration today. However, they do pray continually

    for more of God's holy spirit to understand the many

    prophecies already uttered and preserved for the final

    preaching work which Jehovah's witnesses are now

    undertaking. They know that the inspired infallible

    Scriptures of prophecy will be fulfilled toward them

    correctly. They diligently study the visions and dreams

    of God's faithful men of old. They can quote and copy

    the Scriptures of God's inspired men and can apply them

    according to the facts. They can observe how God

    interprets them by Christ Jesus through the events and

    facts that he causes to appear. They are then

    faithful in publishing and preaching

    the revealed prophecies to the

    utter ends of the earth. The twentieth-century preaching

    prophets of Jehovah are the ones who are running to and

    fro over the Bible to gain knowledge of the divine

    pronouncements which is on the increase.-Dan. 12:4.

    e) "The Watchtower " 1960 July 15 th , ppages 438-9

    Staying Awake with the "Faithful and Discreet Slave"

    2 How is this divine will to be made known and brought to

    the attention of the worthy multitudes of men of good will

    toward Jehovah? Again the awake world-watchman, the

    "slave" class, must undertake another world educational

    campaign following their restoration as witnesses after 1919.

    Such a global work has now been under way for more than

    forty years and is reaching its fruitful culmination. The

    facts show that during this time and up to the present hour

    the "slave" class has served as God's sole

    collective channel for the flow of Biblical truth

    to men on earth. Just as theearly Christian congregation

    collectively served as the channel of

    communication from heaven

    to earth, so in our time. (Eph. 3:10)

    Abundant spiritual food and amazing

    details as to the doing of God's will have been

    flowingthrough this unique channel actually as

    a miraculous evidence of the operation of holy spirit. "

    e) "The Watchtower " 1964 May 1 st , page 277-8

    Building a Firm Foundation in Christ

    8 God's Word is the basis of our faith .

    Why, though, is such emphasis placed on "accurate" knowledge?

    Why should such care be exercised in our study of the columns

    of The Watchtower, and of our application of the Scripture texts to

    the material under consideration? It is through the columns

    of The Watchtower that Jehovah provides direction

    and constant Scriptural counsel to his people,

    and it requires careful study and attention to details in order to apply

    this information, to get a full understanding of the principles involved,

    and to assure ourselves of right thinking on these matters."

    f) "The Watchtower " 1967 October 1 st , page 590

    Finding Freedom with Jehovah's Visible Organization

    Jehovah poured out his spirit upon them and assigned them

    the responsibility of serving as his sole visible channel,

    through whom alone spiritual instruction was

    to come. Those whorecognize Jehovah's visible theocratic

    organization, therefore,must recognize and accept this

    appointment of the "faithful and discreet slave" and be submissive to it."

    g) " The Watchtower "1972 August 1 st , page 460

    Loving Oversight of the Congregation of God

    18 Each week the principal Bible study aid published by

    Jehovah's witnesses, the Watchtower magazine, is studied by

    the congregation as a whole. This is done in the form of a

    question-and-answer discussion. For this meeting the entire

    congregation usually meets in one place. Through the columns

    of The Watchtower comes increased light on God's

    Word as Jehovah makes it known. "

    h) "The Watchtower " 1981 December 1 st , page 27

    The Path of the Righteous Does Keep Getting Brighter

    Jehovah God has also provided his visible organization,

    his "faithful and discreet slave," made up of spirit-anointed ones ...

    Unless we are in touch with this channel of

    communication that God is using, we will

    not progress along the road to life, no matter how much

    Bible reading we do."

    i) "The Watchtower" 2001 August 1 st , page

    How to Make Your Advancement Manifest

    8 First, since “oneness” is to be observed, a mature Christian

    must be in unity and full harmony with fellow believers as far

    as faith and knowledge are concerned. He does not advocate

    or insist on personal opinions or harbor private ideas when it

    comes to Bible understanding. Rather, he has complete

    confidence in the truth as it is revealed by

    Jehovah God through his Son, Jesus

    Christ , and “the faithful and discreet slave. "

    l) " Our Kingdom Ministry " September 2002

    (Edition f or Britain) page 8

    5 God's Appointed Channel: Bear in mind that our heavenly

    Father has an appointed channel of communication,

    "the faithful and discreet slave." That "slave" has the responsibility

    to determine what information is made available to the household

    of faith, as well as "the proper time" for it to be dispensed . This

    spiritual food is available only through the theocratic

    organization. We should always look to God's appointed

    channel for reliable information, not to a network

    of Internet users. -- Matt.24:45."

    Please note that , three particular expressions come quite often:

    1) "anointed ";

    2) "(God's ) channel of communication" ;

    3) "faithful and discreet slave"

    To clarify any possible misunderstanding, let's ask the WTBS Inc.,

    what they mean and include in these ' terms' . What better way to get

    an 'accurate and reliable answer ' then to read from an article

    published in "The Watchtower" , in the year 1995:

    *** w95 2/1 12-13 A Great Crowd of True Worshipers

    -From Where Have They Come? ***

    15 In that discourse in 1923, an effort was made to identify

    those who fit the Lord’s description of the sheep and of the

    goats, but other matters needed to be understood before the

    full import of the parable would be clear. During the following

    years, Jehovah progressively drew these

    important details to the attention of his servants.

    These included clearly understanding, in 1927,

    that “the faithful and discreet

    slave”is the entire body

    of spirit-anointed Christians

    on earth ;

    also appreciating, in 1932, the need to identify oneself

    fearlessly with Jehovah’s anointed servants, as Jonadab

    did with Jehu. (Matthew 24:45; 2 Kings 10:15).-

    and also this one

    "The Watchtower" November 1 st , 2001 pages 28-29

    "The Blessing of Jehovah—That Is What Makes Rich"

    Through Jesus Christ and "the faithful and discreet slave ," Jehovah has provided a bountiful supply of spiritual food that helps us to remain on "the road leading off into life."

    Finally, on the evidence of a 'few ' examples of the WTBS Inc.'s

    repeated claims, published in the last 72 years, how can they still

    write and teach publicly and even schedule a worldwide study of this

    kind of …conflicting material in the… same month of April 2003… at

    24, 48 hours intervals , wich contains such claims:

    "…spirit anointing does not bring extraordinary

    understanding, …"

    and :

    "… nobody should think that being an anointed

    Christian gives him wisdom superior to that of

    those having the earthly hope."

    **** Material from the " The Watchtower” February 15, 2003 pages 20-21, paragraph 16)

    -for Congregation's Watchtower study , on Sunday April 6 th , 2003 -

    and :

    "The prophet Daniel foretold that during this “time of the end,

    the anointed would be blessed with an abundance

    of true knowledge and spiritual insight.

    (Daniel 12:3, 4);

    "…Since 1919, Jehovah has given the

    anointed an ever clearer understanding …"

    **** From the book : “Isaiah’s Prophecy – Light for all Mankind” vol. II (pub. 2001)

    *ip-2 chap. 15 pp. 228-229 The Barren Woman Rejoices

    - material inlcuded in the Congregation's book study for the week of April 7 th 2003 -

    Well, I do hope any reading of this post has not been a waste of time.

    Comments ... will be greatly appreciated.

    Greetings, James Charles MacHislopp

    "Epistula non erubescit" (Cicero, Epistulae ad familiares)

  • minimus

    That was great! I was thinking the same thing about the misstatements regarding the anointed being more knowledgable and less knowledgable at the same time. I propose that you do a Blondie for the Book Study. Your research was right on1 So do they or don't they have more spiritual insight??? Let the reader use discernment.

  • cruzanheart

    Thanks for putting that together. It was interesting. My dad "professed to be of the anointed" as the long-winded phrase went, and I always thought he gave a much better Memorial talk than those of the "great crowd." Upon reflection, I think it's because he was approaching the scriptures from the standpoint of going to heaven, which made the subject more personal to him because most of the New Testament is pointing to that hope. The rest of us were figuring on living on the earth so none of that stuff really applied to us, or so we were taught. I think that viewpoint, coupled with the fact that he really believed everything he was saying, did give him more insight than the guys who simply took the talk outline up there and read it.


  • Gamaliel


    Great work. When you go rip open the heart of the JW problem, the authority of the FDS, you'll find the real problem with JWs. The Bible never gave them the authority. Even if it did, it never allowed for that authority to work over another class of Christians. Even if the Great Crowd were supposed to be another class of Christians (which they were never intended to be) it still wouldn't be Scriptural for the anointed to have any "authority" over the Great Crowd. (For one is your leader, ALL authority has been given me[Jesus], etc, etc)

    The WT doctrine has a bigger problem beneath the surface, because, BY WATCHTOWER DEFINITION, the other members of the anointed should have just as much right to impart spiritual understanding to the anointed at "Bethel/HQ/GB/WTBS" as the WTBS has to impart spiritual understanding to them, no more, no less. Giving the WT leaders more authority is like creating apostles and popes out of them. Since they have no scriptural authority, they flounder and contradict themselves when trying to create it out of scriptures that teach just the opposite.

    They can try to get the "Great Crowd" out of the picture by saying that the Bible wasn't written directly to them. But if they push too hard on that line of reasoning, then the Great Crowd was never commanded to preach either (aka sell magazines and make converts to sell magazines) -- and the whole house of tracts collapses.


  • jgnat

    Hahahahaha ....whole house of tracts collapses! Gamaliel, you are so right about that delicate doctrinal dance. No promise, no obligation. I have this picture in my head of all the anointed dancing on the head of a pin....

  • setfreefinally

    That was awesome research and I appreciate your efforts to uncover the real truth.

  • heathen

    Sounds to me like the WT is trying to cover their ass on this one .I'm sitting here thinking tho that the bible has what is considered to be major and minor prophets in it . The major prophets being considered are Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel ,moses ,jerimiah,Jesus The 12 apostles and some of the anointed and there are some if I'm not mistaken are minor prophets like Hosea, Amos,Obidiah, Nahum,well you get the idea the ones that don't get talked about as much as the others. I can agree that there is more to understanding the bible than reading it . The jewish customs are ancient history it was an entirely different world .There are plenty of people who claim to be anointed that aren't even jw ,Benny Hinn comes to mind as well as the pope and what I think the WT is doing is trying to keep people from deviating from what the WT deams accurate knowledge that is being made exclusive to those in Brooklyn. The anointed in the new testament had to continually pray for prophesy within the congregations . I never once heard anyone pray for prophesy in a kingdom hall .

  • Room 215
    Room 215

    The whole doctrine of the FDS is an incomprehensible mass of contradictions and inconsistencies. The supposed members of this class in the hinterlands have no more input in the formulation of policy and doctrine than the newest convert, and if they write to Bethel with suggestions on such matters -- invoking their status as anointed -- they'll be told-- politely at first, and more bluntly if they persist-- tobutt out and keep their noses to the grindstone.

    Even at headquarters, it's more than likely that none of the GB has much to do with writing the articles; then too, the doctrine of ``advancing light" based on the misapplication of Proverbs 4:18 suggests that certain understandings becoming clearer and into much better focus with ``progressive revelation" when in fact it's quite the opposite: as but one example, observe how once-``foundation" doctrine of ``this generation" has gone from being so dogmatic to noe being so ambiguous as to being meaningless. Another example is how the Society now puts fuzzy edges on the length of creative days when they were once so convinced of their being 7,000 years long, so much so that they predicated much of the 1975 fiasco on it.

    ~~Enlightened? Hardly. These geezers act more like a bunch of feeble nursing home tenants fumbling and bumping into furniture when the lights go out in the dining room!

  • Voyager


    As always , I enjoyed your post. Your hard work and research are really to be commended. I appreciate the information and the way it is applied. Keep up the good work. Voyager

  • MacHislopp

    Hello everyone,

    thanks for taking the time to read the post and

    to comment freely.

    Thanks also for all the additional

    and your appreciative remarks.

    I'll take the time to comment on some of the

    points . Greetings, J.C.MacHislopp

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