New Ezekiel Book Clarification

by johnamos 11 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • johnamos
    johnamos

    https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/pure-worship/summary-of-clarifications/

    Is Christendom the antitype of ancient apostate Jerusalem?

    Previous understanding: Unfaithful Jerusalem is a prophetic type of Christendom. Hence, the destruction of Jerusalem prophetically foreshadowed that of Christendom.

    Clarification: Conditions in unfaithful Jerusalem​—such as idolatry and widespread corruption—​remind us of Christendom, but we no longer refer to Christendom as the antitypical Jerusalem.

    Reasoning behind the change: There is no clear Scriptural basis for such a type-antitype approach. Unlike ancient Jerusalem, Christendom has never practiced pure worship. And while Jerusalem did receive Jehovah’s forgiveness for a time, there is no such prospect ahead for Christendom.

    https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/pure-worship/teaching-boxes/is-christendom-antitypical-jerusalem/

    [When we examine Bible prophecies that were fulfilled on unfaithful Jerusalem, we may say, ‘This or that reminds us of what we see in Christendom today.’ But there appears to be no Scriptural basis for referring to Christendom as the antitypical Jerusalem.]

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    The most important thing to realize here with this new clarification is that since the WTS no longer claims that Christendom is the antitypical Jerusalem, then that means that the Jerusalem/holy place of Luke/Matthew is the WTS. So what they have long said will come upon Christendom, they are now admitting that it applies to the WTS.

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    [Luke 21:20 “Furthermore, when YOU see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near. 21 Then let those in Ju·de´a begin fleeing to the mountains,]

    [Matthew 24:15 “Therefore, when YOU catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place, 16 then let those in Ju·de´a begin fleeing to the mountains.]

    https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/s/r1/lp-e?q=%22so+desolation+will+begin+on+faithless+Christendom%22&p=par&r=occ

    [5-1-99 WT - When the “scarlet-colored wild beast” attacks the religious harlot, “the disgusting thing” will be standing in a menacing way in Christendom’s so-called holy place.* So desolation will begin on faithless Christendom, which portrays itself as holy.]

    * Footnote

    w99 5/1 p. 18 “Let the Reader Use Discernment”

    See The Watchtower, December 15, 1975, pages 741-4.

    https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1975921?q=%22Christendom%E2%80%99s+holy+place%22&p=par

    [Today, once a person has identified Christendom’s religious systems as part of “Babylon the Great” and recognizes that the “disgusting thing” is about to stand in her “holy place,” he should act on the command found at Revelation 18:4: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.”

    Is this what you have done? If not, do not delay. Christendom’s holy place—her field of operation and her claimed religious rights—is soon to be desolated.]

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    So active JW's you should listen to the warning and flee now...


  • Lost in the fog
    Lost in the fog

    I never could understand the logic behind the comparisons to Jerusalem and Christendom.

  • johnamos
    johnamos

    The fact is that the WTS (because they say JW’s are Jehovah's people) knows that all references to Jerusalem/Judah/Israel/holy place/etc… represents God's people/JW’s, but because they (WTS/GB) have JW’s convinced that God's house was judged back in 1919, they had to shift all future negative judgments to apply to Christendom.

  • waton
    waton

    The fact that 3/4 of mankind are involved in struggles that are quasi religious, Hindu, Islam sunni/shiite, "religion of the state" the mighty middle kingdom---, and only minority " Christian" --, a situation not accounted for in the bible " prophecies,

    should tell all concerned how irrelevant the quibbling, about such abstract meanings is.

  • smiddy3
    smiddy3

    " Christendom has never practiced pure worship" so says the Governing Body.

    Yet they have adopted the same bible books as protestant`s have centuries ago and also adopted the name of God "Jehovah" that a Spanish catholic monk invented in the 13th century. ?

  • Room 215
    Room 215

    ... (yawn) ... rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • ttdtt
    ttdtt

    BTY - when the WT says "Clarification" it really means, we just completely changed our mind, and by the way the reasoning will as flim-flam as ever.

    But we like to use that language because it sounds like it is just "a little tweak" and the chariot is moving forward at top speed!

  • eyeuse2badub
    eyeuse2badub

    I think that all jw's are waiting for the "clarification" of 'overlapping generation'. I don't know even one jw that can explain (X-Slpane) that pile of bs!

    just saying!

  • ttdtt
    ttdtt

    eyeuse2badub - no one can explain 3 things that make up the religion.

    1. 1st century Governing Body.

    2. 1914 as an important year and identified in the bible.

    3. Overlapping generations.

  • EverApostate
    EverApostate
    Christendom has never practiced pure worship" so says the Governing Body.
    Yet they have adopted the same bible books as protestant`s have centuries ago and also adopted the name of God "Jehovah" that a Spanish catholic monk invented in the 13th century. ?

    Well said. And the Holy Bible was compiled by the Roman Politicians, who founded the Roman Catholic Church

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