''This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth FULL STOP''- Matthew 24:14. JW ORG

by ThomasCovenant 27 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • ThomasCovenant

    Regardless of the omission of punctuation in early manuscripts

    shouldn't the JW Borg have it as

    ''This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the earth''. (Period/full stop after the quote)

    as opposed to

    ''This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the earth.'' (Implying that is a full sentence being quoted)

    Missed the earlier thread.

  • steve2

    Sometimes, to show a partial quote, writers will add an ellipsis: "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth..."

    But the notable point is they are partially quoting one of their key Scriptures when in the past they would fully quote it to emphasize the nearness of the end.

  • Listener

    There was specific discussion regarding this in their October 14 daily text. In part it stated

    "This will not be the time to preach the “good news of the Kingdom.” That time will have passed. The time for “the end” will have come! (Matt. 24:14) No doubt God’s people will proclaim a hard-hitting judgment message. This may well involve a declaration announcing that Satan’s wicked world is about to come to its complete end. w15 7/15 2:3, 8, 9"

    The text was titled 'Great Tribulation' and they say that the good news won't be preached during the GT. However, this is claiming that the start of the GT is 'the end', not Armageddon. Their support for this is very flakey, basing it on what occurred in the 1st Century.

  • sparrowdown

    Message to WT:

    Just give it up already WT. Your stinking cult recruitment program will not be "preached" in all the earth, inhabited or otherwise. And btw the idea of preaching in uninhabited parts of the earth always was and is just plain stupid.

    But, the "entire earth" was never gonna happen, even with your fancy new website and cult propaganda broadcasting studios.

    So just drop, change, tweek and hide all your end-times prophecy scriptures and move on.

    In the words of Mrs Doyle from father Ted go on, go on, go on, you know you want to.

  • Vanderhoven7

    My take is that Revelation was written prior to AD70 and centered largely on the destruction of Jerusalem. The great tribulation related to the 42 month war, seige and demolishing of the temple as predicted by Jesus in Matthew 24.

    The gospel of the kingdom was preached throughout the world prior to the destruction as a witness to the abandonment of Jehovah.

  • never a jw
    never a jw

    Is the Watchtower trying to go mainstream in order to survive? Are they dropping out of the list of millenarian religions? That's good

    I hope they, as part of the effort to mainstream, include real charity among their objectives

  • steve2

    Is the Watchtower trying to go mainstream in order to survive? Are they dropping out of the list of millenarian religions? That's good

    I'm not so mainstreaming is JW organization's aim or intention - not without a complete re-vamp of everything they ever stood for.

  • Island Man
    Island Man

    No, it's not incorrect. It's just a partial quote. Ideally, they should end it with ellipses (...) to indicate that it is just a partial quote. But it's not very unusual or unprecedented for famous sayings to be quoted partially with a full stop.

    Partial quotes are made to highlight a particular phrase in support of a particular point, without the distraction of the rest of the text which is irrelevant to the point being made. The source of the quote is given so a reader can easily look it up and see the whole text.

    My guess is that they quoted Matthew 24:14 partially just to make the point that [they believe] they're fulfilling the prophecy about the good news being preached. The rest of the text is irrelevant to that point. If the full quote were given then it would be less clear exactly which point they're making - that the end is coming; or that they're fulfilling the preaching of the good news of the kingdom; or both? Since they only wanted to make the clear point that they're preaching the good news they quoted only that part. IMHO it's a fair use of partial quotes.

    Watchtower does engage in misleading partial quotes where inconvenient information directly related to the point they're making is omitted, but I don't think this is one of them.

  • waton

    listener, thank you for posting the link to wt o7 15. -- What can be deduced from the text is, that wt has gone back to the interrupted Great Tribulation of past times. 1950s.

    The tribulation will be halted to allow the final sealing and departure od the last remnant of partakers to heaven, and then the final attack on the remaining "Other Sheep" , The goats already having been consigned to Gehennah before? Wt calls these events having an "overlap" ( no kidding). Jesus' speech finishes with the sheep and goats though, as included in all these things.

    Here is where wt has gone off the rails with it's anointed generation. because if the partakers go to heaven after the initial interrupted phase of the Great Tribulation, leaving the OS to take the brunt of the final attack, Armageddon even, They are not the Generation that Jesus spoke about in Math 24:34. because

    Jesus said this generation will not pass away. wt contradicts that in your link. according to the society writers, , the anointed will pass away to heaven at the beginning of the GT. before the sheep are attacked, tested, judged, enter everlasting life. everlasting life not for false prophets.

  • waton

    Wt is preaching the middle kingdom.

    1) not the one of Colossians 1;13, --3) Not the 1000 year kingdom rule of Christ, , but

    2) the kingdom of 1914, lasting only to the millennium, currently predicted to end not later than 2075. nowhere to be directly found in scripture.

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