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Yeartext for 1942
"Blameless in the day of our Lord."—1 Cor. 1:8.
THE words of the above text were written specifically for the benefit of the faithful remnant of the members of the body of Christ, “the feet of him,” who should be living at the time designated. For long the faithful Christians waited “for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (Vs. 7) The great “day of Jehovah” began in A.D. 1914, when he set his Beloved One, Christ Jesus, upon his throne and sent him forth to rule in the midst of his enemies, including both “the king of the north” and “the king of the south”. “Both these kings,” under demon influence, became angry and engaged in the first world war.
The way having been prepared before the Lord, then Jehovah’s “Messenger of the Covenant”, the Lord Jesus, straightway came to his temple, in 1918, and with that event the “day of our Lord Jesus Christ” began. There also the judgment began at the house of God. (1 Pet. 4:17) The approved remnant the Lord anointed, and commissioned them and sent them forth to bear testimony to the name of Jehovah and to his Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus.
By the proclamation of the Kingdom message all nations are gathered before Jehovah’s Judge on his throne, and the Lord Jesus judges them and separates them as sheep from the goats. He puts the “sheep” on his right hand and makes them the earthly companions of the faithful remnant, and graciously invites them to participate with the remnant in declaring Jehovah’s name throughout the earth and the establishment of his Righteous Government.
For the faithful performance of this commission and obligation the remnant and their companions now are “hated of all nations for [his] name’s sake”. Now as this year 1942 opens “the king of the north” and “the king of the south” are again engaged in a desperate conflict for would domination. The world domination belongs to Jehovah’s anointed King, Christ Jesus. The end of Satan’s uninterrupted rule came in 1914, and now the final end of demon rule is at hand. The time for the final showdown is very near. Now the demons are making their last vicious assault upon their real target, to wit, the faithful remnant and their devoted companions, to break up their unity and to make them fail to keep their covenant obligations.
The faithful servants of Jehovah must maintain their integrity unto the final end, as shown in the prophetic drama concerning Job. “Integrity” means “innocence, being without fault, blamelessness”, and this they will continue to maintain, even unto the death if necessary, by the Lord’s grace. If they thus put their trust wholly in Jehovah, and hold fast their unswerving devotion to The Theocracy and continue to faithfully represent it on earth, the Lord will fulfill the apostle’s prayer to confirm such unto the end, that they may be thus blameless in this present day of our Lord.
Therefore the daily texts and comments which follow have been arranged in order that each day the active servants of The Theocracy may feed upon a portion from the Lord’s table to aid them and strengthen them to keep their affections fixed on The Theocracy and to hold firmly their integrity and so be found blameless unto the end, for the vindication of Jehovah’s name by his grace through Christ Jesus.
Daily Texts and Comments
The comments following the daily texts are taken from The Watchtower (W).
They that understand among the people shall instruct many. — Dan. 11:33.
Jehovah’s faithful witnesses have become instructors of many by visiting them at their homes and by holding study meetings and aiding them in studying God’s Word. Such has been and is a tremendous witness work, carried on in divers ways, to wit, by use of books, booklets, magazines, radio, phonographs, and by traveling from place to place and from house to house, speaking to those willing to hear. They have met with many who have had a hearing ear, and these the witnesses have instructed in the way of the Scriptures. Their journey and work as Jehovah’s servants are along the rough and rugged way, viewed from the human viewpoint, but always the way of joy of heart to those who willingly engage in the field witness work. It is not expected it would be easy on the human organism; it has not been. It has been too hard for some. Therefore says the prophecy: “Yet they shall fall.” W 10/15/41
In all this did not Job sin with his lips.—Job 2:10.
It is the Theocratic Government that is of paramount importance. Therefore the prophetic drama of Job includes the Head and body members of that government ; also the faithful men of old who will be the earthly representatives of that government and rule amongst men, filling the places of visible governors; and also those who receive the divine commission from Jehovah and who act under that government to carry out that divine mandate to fill the earth. The severe test to which Job was subjected foretold the test to which the members of The Theocracy are put; and a like test is put upon every one who holds an official position under that righteous government. Each and every one under the test must hold fast his integrity in order to receive the approval of the Lord Jesus Christ the King and of Jehovah. W 8/15/41
But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore. For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, . . . shall perish.—Ps. 92:8,9.
Jehovah will vindicate his name by destroying all those who work against his government under Christ Jesus. It is Satan, that wicked one, operating his religious-totalitarian conspiracy against The Theocracy that is now desperately fighting against Jehovah’s kingdom. There is no compromise and no possibility of peace between God and the wicked. Today the Vatican officials, together with the dictators, are moving with all their power to destroy everything in the earth that will not submit to the devilish rule. All this is in defiance of Almighty God and a reproach upon his name. Jehovah’s name must be vindicated. It shall be vindicated ! The only possible way to bring about the vindication of Jehovah’s name is the complete destruction of the wicked, every part of Satan’s organization. At the battle of that great day of God Almighty all the wicked shall be destroyed. W 1/15/41
My son, forget not my law; hut let thine heart keep my commandments.—Prov. 3:1.
The true followers of Christ Jesus are begotten or accepted by Jehovah and acknowledged by him as his children or sons, and these must be obedient to Jehovah God their Father if they would receive life everlasting. These become new creatures in Christ Jesus, who is the Head of the new creation or spiritual Israelites : “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17) Having received the spirit of God, these are led by his spirit and are his sons. (Rom. 8:14-16) As children they must be obedient to his commandments; they could not live otherwise. Such are and must be witnesses to Jehovah and bear testimony to his name and to his kingdom, and hence they are called by the Lord Jehovah “My witnesses”.—Isa. 43:10-12. W 2/15/41
The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David, he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.—Ps. 132:11.
Jehovah’s Word makes it impossible for the faithful servant to doubt the establishment and complete domination of The Theocracy. Not only has Jehovah given his unchangeable word, but he has confirmed his word by his oath that he will build up his capital organization Zion with his beloved One, Christ Jesus, as the Head thereof, upon the throne of the organization, and that his good and righteous government shall rule the world in righteousness and that rule shall never end. King David stood as the representative of Christ Jesus, and the words above are the response of Jehovah to David’s prayer; which words He binds with his oath, thus making doubly sure that He will bring forth his government, The Theocracy, to complete victory and glory. W 3/15/41
Then Joel, Heber’s wife, took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples.—Judg. 4:21.
It is not sufficient for one to say, “I am a Christian; I love the Lord”; but in judging himself one must ask himself: “Am I proving my faith and devotion by joyfully and enthusiastically obeying the commandments of Jehovah and his King ? Am I giving my entire and undivided devotion to The Theocracy? If I am not wholly and entirely for The Theocracy I am against The Theocracy.” One cannot be negligent or indifferent to God’s commandments concerning The Theocratic Government and expect to receive God’s approval. Jael was put to the test, and she without hesitation put herself entirely on the side of Jehovah and his typical covenant people, who there remained faithful to God. Jael pictured a faithful, obedient class who shall receive the everlasting blessings of Jehovah and his King. W 5/1/41
God spared not . . . the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world.—2 Pet. 2:4,5.
Jehovah set Noah before men as an example for those to follow who have faith in God and in his kingdom and who would be faithful. When God puts his approval upon a man, others who come afterwards do well to give consideration as to why God marks that man with approval. God never changes, and when he approves one man we may be sure that his approval will be placed upon other men who likewise do well before him. God is no respecter of persons. What is required of one to merit God’s approval he likewise requires of all others who receive his approval. The Scriptures disclose the reason why God approved Noah. He was just, was blameless in his conduct, maintained his integrity, was a man of faith, and was faithful under the test, being obedient to God. W 5/15/41
The Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy.—Deut. 7:9.
Jehovah, the Almighty God, has announced his purpose concerning man and has caused that announced purpose to be recorded in the Bible, which is His Word. Jehovah’s expressed purpose concerning man constitutes or is God’s covenant concerning mam A “covenant” is a binding promise, or a declaration of purpose, to do or not to do a certain thing. When God makes a covenant he binds himself to keep it faithfully. Nothing any creature can do would hinder God in carrying out his announced purpose. Every expressed purpose of Jehovah concerning man is a covenant which Almighty God performs in his own due time. If God takes a man into covenant with him, that is called a two-sided or bilateral covenant. The obligation rests upon both parties to the covenant to carry that covenant into complete operation according to its terms. W 6/15/41
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.—Deut. 30:19.
Such, is the statement of the divine rule, from which Jehovah never deviates, and everyone who believes God can rely upon that rule. Jehovah does not arbitrarily compel any man to take a specific course. God made man a free creature with the privilege of choosing to obey the great Creator or to take an opposite course. That rule applied to Adam, the first man. It is the fixed rule of Jehovah, and he never changes. Jehovah's purpose is to give men a full and fair opportunity to gain life by choosing the same or to choose the very opposite of life, which is extinction. Knowledge is required to make the choice, and God affords every opportunity for man to gain such knowledge. Jehovah furnishes the opportunity to man to know which is the right way. W 2/1/41
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and, the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.—Isa. 60:1.
Jehovah gives this command to his covenant people when his time arrives for them to go into action. The commandments of the Most High cannot be ignored or side-stepped. To receive his approval every creature who has made a solemn covenant to do His will must act, not with sullenness or stubbornness, but with a burning zeal and genuine joy. Such a one has a heart full of gratitude which leads to unselfish devotion and zeal for the Lord. With Jehovah there is a fixed time for everything. When that time arrives it is the duty and privilege of his covenant people to quickly respond to his commandments. In the hour of gross darkness upon Satan’s organization and all people under it the great Vindicator of Jehovah appears and makes himself manifest to his faithful servants, and his glory and power are seen to be on those who faithfully follow his lead. W 4/1/41
Lo! Jehovah emptying the earth and laying it waste; and he will overturn the face thereof, and scatter them who dwell therein . . . for Jehovah hath spoken this word.—Isa. 24:1,3, Rotherham.
Jehovah inspired his prophet to tell of a vision of Armageddon which he had, and which prophetic utterance is about due for fulfillment. The prophecy discloses what will be the result of Jehovah’s "strange act” upon the earth. There can be no doubt that Jehovah will do exactly as his words announce by the prophet, because “Jehovah hath spoken this word”. His word cannot return to him void, but shall accomplish his announced purpose. (Isa. 55:11; 46:11) But who on earth now believes what He has announced ? Only those who have taken their stand firmly on the side of The Theocracy and who joyfully support that kingdom. To them Jehovah has given full assurance, for their comfort and hope. W 4/15/41
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.—Matt. 4:4.
Now in these last days the demons are seducing and debauching the entire human creation, and the only exceptions thereto are those who devote themselves to and faithfully obey the Lord God. If the people now on earth who are of good-will toward God would find the way to life everlasting they must be led by the true guide, which is God’s Word. The will of Almighty God expressed to his creatures is his Word and constitutes the true guide, which directs mankind into the way of life everlasting. Jehovah sent Jesus to the earth to proclaim His expressed will, and this he did for the purpose of guiding men in the right way. The message which Jesus declared was and is not his own, but is that which proceeds from the mouth of Almighty God. Jesus said: “The Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say.”—John 12:49. W 6/1/41
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.—Prov. 15:24.
Jehovah has made plain his purpose to permit men to choose the way of life or choose the way of death. God placed before Adam the way of life and the way of death. God informed man that he must obey if he would live, but if he should choose to disobey he must die. Had Adam always looked to God and obeyed his law he would not have died. Adam chose the opposite course, with the result that he died and all others of humankind came under condemnation by inheritance. In due time all the race must die. All do die and remain dead except those who choose the way of life and conform to the rules God has laid down, pointing out the course they must take. To escape death, described as ‘‘hell”, which is the grave, they must look above. That means they must look to Jehovah for guidance in the way of life if they would become wise in God’s way. W 7/15/41
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.—2 Tim. 2:15.
The Scriptures are provided by the Lord for his covenant people that they may be fully equipped for every good work. One who neglects to study the Scriptures and to be guided by the advice and admonition there given cannot have the Lord’s approval. We must study his Word and do his works, that we may receive his approval. Study classes and service meetings are regularly held amongst God’s people for the purpose of enabling them to keep in mind the proper things and their mind fixed upon the righteous things of the Lord. Every one of God’s covenant people should attend such meetings when it is reasonably possible and take an active part in them. One who is negligent and not attending such study classes is failing to seek righteousness and meekness, which the Lord requires of all he approves. W 5/15/41
These words, which I command thee this day, shall he upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children.—Deut. 6:6,7, Am. Rev. Ver.
Jehovah’s words are not altered and are heard with compelling force now by every one who has given his devotion to The Theocratic Government. Today the obligation is laid upon every parent who is in a covenant to do Jehovah’s will to bring his children into the congregation, that they may learn the Lord’s words and see their privilege of serving The Theocratic Government. The parents that serve Jehovah and love their children will be diligent to- instruct them in the way of righteousness, that they may serve the Lord and live. Parents who neglect this divine obligation disclose thereby that they have not a proper appreciation of their relationship to God nor of their obligation to the children they brought into the world. W 9/1/41
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.—Ps. 89:34.
Jehovah’s covenant cannot be altered or hindered. His covenant here named is his unbreakable word that his Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus, his Beloved One, shall be established and rule the world in righteousness. The Theocratic Government is of greatest importance, because by it Jehovah’s name shall be vindicated; the completion and operation of that Theocracy is about to be revealed to all creation, and now the demons have mustered all their force and power to resist The Theocracy that they might continue to rule the world in wickedness. The controversy is that all the demons are against The Theocracy, and this controversy will be settled finally at Armageddon. Individual salvation, while important to creatures, is of small importance when compared with The Theocratic Government. W 10/1/41
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath.—Heb. 6:17.
Men who have pledged themselves to serve Jehovah God have divided themselves into two classes: some have departed from that covenant, while others have been faithful. The failure of some, in turning away from their covenant, has in no wise altered His announced purpose. Having purposed it, he will do it. There cannot be the slightest doubt about the result in the mind of one who loves Jehovah, and for the comfort and assurance of his faithful servants Jehovah supports his word by his unbreakable oath. From Abel to the last of God’s holy prophets there were faithful men on the earth who not only believed in The Theocracy but staked their all on it and gladly suffered martyrdom rather than to yield to the enemy’s power, and thus they maintained integrity to God. W 3/15/41
Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah, the people whom he hath chosen.—Ps. 33:12, Am. Rev. Ver.
Set over in contrast with the wicked are those who have covenanted to do God’s will and who faithfully and steadfastly abide by that agreement and carry out their covenant. The destiny for such is life everlasting in peace, joy and glory forever in the presence of the Most High. That “blessed nation” is the nation of which Christ Jesus is the Head, and including all who are made members of God’s capital organization under Christ. Now God’s time has come when he, by Christ Jesus, is gathering to himself his “other sheep”. These should be enlightened concerning what is required of all who undertake to be servants of God and Christ. What God has caused to be written in his Word of and concerning others that have gone before serves to furnish a guide to those who are now seeking the way of faithful service and everlasting life. W 7/1/41
He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. —John 3:16.
Man is given the choice of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, if he would live and not perish. It follows, therefore, if he does not believe he will perish. Man was already subject to death by reason of inheriting the result of Adam’s violation of God’s law, and now Jehovah was giving man an opportunity to choose to extricate himself from death by taking the side of the Lord Jesus Christ. If a man does not choose to take that step, then what? “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (Vs. 36) This is in harmony with the statement of the divine rule announced by Mose's, in which Jehovah set before the Israelites life or death and permitted them to choose their way.—Deut. 30:19. W 2/1/41
Then the people of Jehovah went down to the gates. Awake, awake, Deborah; awake, awake, utter a song:
Arise, Barak.—Judg. 5:11,12, Am. Bev. Ver.
Four times the word “awake” is uttered. It was a call from Jehovah to his servants then to awake and stir themselves unto active service and praise of His name. It was a fourfold call to awake, hence a full and complete call. The prophecy here foretells the call of Jehovah to his organization on earth (“Deborah”) at the coming of Christ Jesus (“Barak”) to awake and arise to activity and to advertise his name and his kingdom. This he does just preceding the time when he exercises his supreme power against Satan and his entire organization. Those of Jehovah’s organization must obey his commandment to immediately and actively participate in declaring the name of Jehovah in singing his praises, and declaring his judgment already written against those who are opposed to him and to his kingdom. W 4/1/41
I delight to do thy will, 0 my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.—Ps. 40:8.
Because of his full and complete obedience unto his Father under the most trying conditions Jesus was given life immortal, the highest place in the universe next to Jehovah, and the administration of Jehovah’s will. (Phil. 2: 8-11) Because of his complete obedience Christ Jesus is made the Author of eternal salvation to all that obey him. (Heb. 5: 8, 9) It is of the greatest importance to know these facts, if one would live. All humankind were born in sin because of the sin committed by Adam, and therefore all of his children inherited death. God has provided redemption and salvation of men from death by and through the sacrifice of the man Jesus unto death. God therefore provides the gift of life to all men who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior and who then covenant to be obedient to the laws of God and hence obedient to Christ Jesus. W 2/15/41
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.—Ps. 34:15.
Jehovah beholds the righteous in distress, hears their cry for help, and delivers them. He deals exactly in an opposite manner with the wicked, and the memory of them shall perish from the earth. As all are born in sin by reason of the disobedience of the first man, a man becomes righteous only by faith in Jehovah and in Christ Jesus’ shed blood as his redemptive price, and by full consecration and obedience to God and Christ. Before man can be made righteous he must show his faith in God and in Christ Jesus by willingly making a covenant to do the will of the Most High, and then he must maintain his righteousness which he has received through Christ Jesus by faithfully performing the terms of that covenant. He must be entirely for Jehovah and his kingdom and not compromise with the enemy. W 5/1/41
Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.—Gen. 6:9.
“Perfect” is defined by the best Biblical authorities as “blameless, sound, sincere, undefiled and upright, one of integrity and a bearer of the truth”. Noah was a man of faith, and he was faithfully obedient to God. He ascertained God’s commandment and rendered himself in obedience thereto. It follows, therefore, that every other who may expect and hope to receive God’s approval must be just, sincere, pure in thought and action, a bearer of the truth, and one who maintains his integrity toward God. He must have faith in God and be faithfully obedient to God’s will or commandment. Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” at a time when the earth was filled with violence. Undoubtedly he maintained his integrity toward God under great adversity and shunned not to declare the truth under all circumstances, which truth he received from God. W 5/15/41
His secret is with the righteous.—Prov, 3:32.
The purpose of Jehovah is a secret to sinful men, Since each announced purpose of Jehovah is a secret, his covenant is a secret to all against The Theocracy. What, then, is required of man before he can be taken into covenant with Jehovah? He must fear God. He must have knowledge that the Almighty God is Jehovah, the Creator, the Fountain of life, and the only Giver of life everlasting. He then recognizes Jehovah as the all-powerful One who is just and righteous and entirely unselfish. Believing that all blessings flow from Almighty God, the creature man fears to take any course that would cause him to miss the blessings God gives. He believes that disobedience to God would cause him to lose God’s favor, and fears lest he might not receive God’s favor. He desires to be taught of God, that he may go in the right way. W 6/15/41
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.—Rom. 6:12.
Why have so many creatures failed ? There has been one chief besetting sin that has caused failure, and that besetting sin is demonism, otherwise called “religion”. It was that close-girdling sin, religion, concerning which the apostle wrote to those who had made a covenant to be faithful servants and witnesses of Jehovah: 'Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us? God’s people today have all the wealth of his revealed Word and the record of faithful men who have gone before and who proved their integrity toward God, together now with an abundance of physical facts which have come to pass in fulfillment of God’s prophecies, to uphold and strengthen them and to fully fortify them against all opposition and violence heaped upon them by the enemies of The Theocracy. W 3/15/41
The Lord preserveth the faithful.—Ps. 31:23.
There are those who have made a covenant to do God’s will and who later, because of fear of man, and particularly of those who rule, have declined to take any part in His “strange work” and have withdrawn themselves from activity. Such fearful and negligent ones will not receive any protection and blessing from the Lord. The faithful and obedient ones, who do not fear men but who fear God and joyfully obey his commandments, will receive protection and blessings from the Lord Jehovah and his King. The faithful “remnant” and their true “companions”, the Lord’s “other sheep”, now read the prophecies and their explanations which God has provided, and, so doing, they rejoice that the evidence is clear that the day of deliverance from oppression is near at hand and the day of vindication of Jehovah’s name will be the result. They have faith that God will do exactly as he has promised. W 4/15/41
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.
The person who desires God's approval must be guided aright. The Bible, which contains God’s Word, is true and is the correct guide: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119:105) The Bible guides sincere persons to desire and pray for the most important things that may result to their welfare. God has put such prayers into the mouth of his sincere servants, and one of these prayers is this: “Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me.” (Ps. 25:4, 5) The sure and unfailing promises of God to such sincere seekers for truth are certain, and God will fulfill those promises. He who would be wise in things that are right seeks pure knowledge, such as is contained in the Bible: “Wise men lay up knowledge.” —Prov. 10:14. W 6/1/41
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.—Luke 11:23.
A man may be ignorantly against The Theocracy and the King thereof, but when he is enlightened he must quickly turn about and take the right course, and, doing so, he will be forgiven. When a man learns of Jehovah and his gracious goodness manifested through Christ Jesus and then treats that great truth with indifference or with willfulness, his wrong course is not forgivable. He thus sins against light or against the holy spirit, which is light. The blood of Christ Jesus is the price that purchased mankind, and is not a common thing. Therefore when a man sees and understands that his hope of life is by faith and obedience unto Jehovah God and Christ and he then spurns or disregards that favor, the wrath of God remains upon him and his end is with all others of the wicked class. W 5/1/41
Noah, went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.—Gen. 7:7.
The people in Noah’s day heard the sound of his voice warning of the coining flood, but they gave no heed to that warning. They knew Noah was building the great boat, which was a testimony of his faith in God, but the people who saw it regarded it as of no importance. Noah’s work and testimony were so important in the carrying out of Jehovah’s purposes that God used him to foretell what must come to pass at the time of setting up the Kingdom. The ark which Noah built at Jehovah’s command pictured the organization built by the Most High through Christ Jesus and which is God’s capital organization with Christ Jesus as the Head thereof. Carrying the eight persons over the flood pictured the survivors of Armageddon that God will carry over to the new world. W 5/15/41
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.
Who will hear, give heed, understand, and choose the way of life? Jehovah’s answer is: “The wise shall understand.” God’s Word shows that there are two classes now on the earth: (1) those who will be wise and shall find the way to righteousness and life; and (2) the other class, which continues in wickedness, darkness and religion, and remains under condemnation and suffers eternal death. The present is “the time of the end”, that is, the end of Satan’s uninterrupted rule. Such is the due time for those who are wise to understand Jehovah’s purpose and take the course that leads to life everlasting. Now is the due time when those who shall form the “great multitude” must hear and choose wisely, and will understand. For this reason the Lord causes the message of The Theocracy to be sounded. W 7/15/41
The government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called . . . The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.—Isa. 9:6.
Centuries ago Jehovah announced his purpose to create and set up a paternalistic government, to be presided over by his beloved Son. That government is the great Theocracy, by which Christ Jesus exercises a paternal care over the interests of the people that shall live on the earth. He is the King and the Father of them that obey him, and they, as his children, will address Christ Jesus as “Father”. Jehovah God is the King of Eternity, and the fountain of life. None can get life contrary to his will. Jehovah has delegated to his beloved Son, the King, full authority to administer life to those who shall receive life everlasting. In these latter days the Most High has made this fact clear to those who have fled to the Lord and found refuge. W 9/1/41
Still he holdeth fast his integrity.—Job 2:3.
Integrity means “innocence, blamelessness; that is, without fault”. Job stood for Jehovah and his promised Kingdom. Job held fast his integrity, and therefore was blameless before God. Was he blameless because he was perfect in organism and had the right to life ? No; he was the offspring of Adam and hence under condemnation. His integrity, or blamelessness, consisted in the fact that he refused to be moved from his steadfast devotion to God and his coming Kingdom by the Messiah. Job would suffer all things rather than be unfaithful to The Theocracy. Job’s integrity foretells that those whom he pictured must be immovably devoted to the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus, and that regardless of what the enemy is permitted to inflict upon them. They must remain faithful, true and wholly devoted thereto. In no other way could they be blameless before God. W 8/15/41
Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do.—Deut. 32:46.
It cannot properly be said that these laws of God apply only to the ancient Israelites. Exactly the contrary is expressed in God’s Word. His law is the same toward all who seek to live. Children seek knowledge and must be taught, and it is the desire of all sane persons, both adults and children, to receive life everlasting. Obligation is laid by the Lord upon consecrated parents to see to it that their children are instructed in God’s law. They cannot disregard this obligation and expect his favor. It is also the duty of the parents to have their children in subjection and carefully guide them in the way of righteousness. All parents who have agreed to do God’s will are bound by the commandments of Almighty God to teach their children the Word of God and to instruct them in the way of righteousness.—Deut. 4:9; 6:6, 7. W 2/15/41
But for this cause have I allowed thee to remain, in order to show thee my power; and in order that they may proclaim my name throughout all the earth. —Ex. 9:16, Leeser.
God announced his purpose to have his name declared throughout all the earth before he exercises his power in the destruction of Satan’s organization. To have witnesses in the earth to declare his name was God’s announced purpose; and therefore it is written: ‘God first visited to take out of the nations a people for his name . . . that the residue of men might seek out the Lord, and all the nations upon whom my name is called.’ (Acts 15:14-18, Roth.) All of which was God’s purpose, known unto him from the beginning; and likewise the end was known. That covenant of Jehovah is everlasting and unchangeable. All of God’s covenants are everlasting, and are not subject to change. W 6/15/41
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice.—Isa. 32:1, Leeser.
“Princes/’ or governors, are those who exercise a ruling power under the command and supervision of the higher power. The new heaven is the new invisible ruling power, whereas the new earth is the rule of the people by visible representatives of the supreme and invisible power. Since the new heaven and new earth is a rule of righteousness, there must be men fully qualified to fill the place of visible rulership. They must be righteous. God has fixed the rules by which men can qualify, and all who are placed by the Lord in positions to rule and administer the laws of The Theocracy must act under The Theocracy and must first qualify according to the divine rules. All such must have full faith in God and in Christ Jesus and be subject to crucial tests in order to prove their faithfulness. That rule of righteousness, visible and invisible, shall bring great joy to men. W 8/1/41
The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.—Rev. 21:3.
In vision John saw the Holy City, which is The Theocracy, coming down from God out of heaven to rule in righteousness. It is that Theocracy by Christ Jesus that will carry out God’s purpose to wipe out wickedness and bring joy and everlasting peace to those that live. It is in that Theocracy, Zion, where God shall dwell. Every human creature that lives everlastingly must be wholly and completely devoted to Almighty God and to his beloved Son, Christ Jesus. This is the covenant that Jehovah God remembers for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations, which covenant he made with Abraham and swore to the antitypical Isaac, Christ Jesus, that in his Seed, The Christ, blessings shall come to those who obey.—Ps. 105: 7-9. W 10/1/41
Let none that wait on thee he ashamed.—Ps. 25:3.
David had waited patiently for Jehovah to manifest himself and to deliver David from his enemies. In his own due time Jehovah did deliver David. To wait patiently means to fully trust in God and confidently move forward in performance of assigned duty, well knowing that one is on the right way and backed up by the King of Eternity. Such ones never try to run ahead of Jehovah, but follow explicitly the instructions given. One who is patient is anxious in his mind, watching with great care that he may not miss an opportunity to honor Almighty God. Patience, therefore, means a trial of faith and a refusal to be turned aside from steadfast devotion to God, regardless of what persecution the enemy may bring. When Jehovah’s due time arrives for him to avenge his servants he will do so, his primary purpose being to vindicate his holy name. W 3/1/41
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God.—Deut. 30:15,16.
God led the Israelites out of Egypt by the hand of Moses. In this he was giving them an experimental education that they might freely choose either the way of life or the way of death. God made prophetic pictures with those choosing, by which he emphasized the divine rule that men are free to choose the way of life or the way of death. In due time he sent his beloved Son to earth to declare the truth and to make known to man the only means of receiving life everlasting. No man, however, was then compelled to accept Jehovah’s appointed way, but the same was offered to him freely. When a man makes an intelligent choice to enter into a covenant with Jehovah God, thereby agreeing to do His will, he then enters upon the way of life. He must meet the requirements of God’s law to receive the blessings of life eternal. W 2/1/41
The Lord rebuke thee, 0 Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the1 fire?—Zech. 3:2.
At the temple judgment Satan was there to look after his religionists, whom he had subtly trapped by means of deceit and the practice of formalism and other religious ceremonies. The faithful ones standing there with the Lord are as ‘brands plucked from the fire’. What fire? The destructive fire of demonism or religion. Some who had covenanted to do God’s will had withstood that destructive influence and power even though they were mixed up with and identified as religionists. Their “garments” are symbols of identification, and the soils on their garments pictured the religion or demon influence. At the temple judgment the rejected ones were unwilling to divest themselves of their religious garments, but the faithful and approved ones were anxious to do God’s will and follow the great Judge. W 3/15/41
Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be; blessed shall she be above women in the tent. —Judg. 5:24.
Jael was blessed because of her faith and obedience, Therefore she pictured a class on earth following the beginning of the temple judgment, who hear the message of The Theocracy, believe in God and Christ, and covenant to do God’s will, and who then prove their faith by being obedient to His commandments. Jael is mentioned in strict contrast to the indifferent and negligent and unfaithful. Jael pictured the Lord’s “other sheep”. She was a weaker vessel compared with the men of Meroz; yet she showed her faith and devotion, where the unfaithful men failed. God pronounced his curse upon Meroz, which curse proclaims that the persons against The Theocracy, and who fail, either by negligence or willful disobedience, to render service to The Theocracy, are wicked. W 5/1/41
Stand against the wiles of the devil.—Eph. 6:11.
Satan’s purpose is to carry out his original challenge to Jehovah and bring about the destruction of all who have made a covenant to do God’s will. As to Jehovah and his purpose, He permits the Devil and his associate demons to beset His covenant people in order to give Satan full opportunity to carry out his wicked challenge and at the same time to afford an opportunity for those who have made a covenant with God to obey him and maintain their integrity toward him. It is the time of crucial testing. The same rules of the Lord apply to those who are Jonadabs and who have hope to be of the “great multitude” as apply to others who have made a covenant to do the Lord’s will. Let this be kept in mind: that the demons now direct their wicked action chiefly against God’s covenant people, both of the “remnant” and of the Jonadabs, because the demons have control over all the others of this wicked world. W 5/15/41
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.—Ps. 9:17.
Jehovah has made known his fixed rule, which rule applies to all persons or nations that at one time pretended or claimed to serve him and then turned away from and against the Most High. This is a warning from Almighty God given to all those who have assumed the obligation of serving him. He compels no one to serve him, but when they undertake it they must bear the responsibility of fulfilling their covenant. One may enter into an actual covenant with God to do his will, while others may be in an implied covenant to do God’s will by reason of their information and outward claim of being God’s servants. God’s rules do not change. God is no respecter of persons. He makes known his rules, and the creature who agrees or undertakes to obey them must perform or take the consequences. W 7/1/41
O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; . . . But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.—Dan. 12:4,13.
By his prophet Daniel the Almighty says: “The end shall be at the time appointed.” (11:27) Those words are a guarantee from Jehovah that the end of the rule of the world by the demons shall come, and that at the time he has appointed. Nothing can change that time. Daniel is certain to have a “better resurrection” and to be one of the “princes in all the earth”. He finished his course as a faithful servant and prophet of God, and died like other men and went to rest in the grave, there to remain until God’s due time to awaken him out of death. Time of his resurrection may be any day now, when he, as one of earth’s governors, shall appear and assume his divinely appointed office. W 9/15/41
De hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear.—Ps. 40:3.
By faith now God’s remnant see the day of deliverance is near, and they are all filled with the song of praise to the Most High. And what results from their singing the victory song and continuing faithfully in the service in these dark days now upon the world? They see people of good-will who are being awakened, hurriedly taking their place on the side of The Theocracy and wending their way to refuge and life. As the Psalm of David says: “Many shall see it [The Theocracy, and the deliverance and blessings that righteous government brings], and fear [Jehovah], and shall trust in the Lord,” Jehovah, the King of Eternity, and in the King Christ Jesus. It is timely and appropriate that they join in the song. Therefore such are putting their trust in the Lord and are finding refuge under his organization, and they too join in the song. W 3/1/41
Despise not the chastening of the Lord. — Prov. 3:11.
Persons "who have for years been serving Jehovah and Christ Jesus are still subjected to severe trials. Some wonder why. The answer is that all who receive Jehovah’s approval must prove their steadfastness for The Theocracy. One can prove this only by being put to the test and remaining immovable under it and continuing steadfast for Jehovah and his King. Even now, when the King of The Theocracy is upon his throne, his servants on earth find themselves beset by many trials; but to the faithful such trials are not at all surprising. Those wholly devoted to The Theocracy and who see the great fight being made by the enemy against The Theocracy can appreciate why the individuals in God’s organization are put to the test. As with Job, so now one who will receive the reward of Jehovah’s approval must be put to the test and prove entirely blameless before God. W 11/1/41
Teach them, diligently unto thy children.—Deut. 6: 7.
The obligation upon parents begins to be specially binding only after they have made a covenant to do God’s will and have been taken into a covenant with him. Parents who are in a covenant to do the will of God must then inform themselves of his will or commandment toward themselves and toward their children, and then they must obey those commandments and teach them to their children and admonish their children to obey. The state or nation, through its rules of education, has no right whatsoever to limit, interfere with, or hinder parents’ instruction of their children in the Word of God. Non-Christians may salute the flag without reference to the Bible rules. Those who are real conscientious Christians are in a class entirely different from others in the world. Jehovah’s witnesses are Christians and in a covenant to be entirely obedient to God’s law. They must teach their children to obey His law. W 2/15/41
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep.
Here God’s Word recorded in Holy Writ declares that love is the fulfillment of the law; no other motive could meet the requirements of Jehovah. The moving cause for awaking and becoming zealously active is love, that is, unselfish devotion to doing the will of Almighty God. God’s servants, seeing their privilege, are grateful in their hearts, and they express their gratitude by unselfish devotion. It is written: “Awake, awake, Deborah; awake, awake, utter a song.” (Judg. 5:12) Antitypically this command to awake and organize is to the organization of the Lord on earth, which organization was pictured by Deborah. These must awake and sing or utter the song of praise to Jehovah’s name. W 4/1/41
And I will draw unto thee, to the river Kishon, Sisera, the captain of Jabiris army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand. —Judg. 4:7.
Sisera would have no thought that a great flood of water would come rushing down that dry bed of the river Kishon at that dry season of the year. He, being a religionist, had no faith in Jehovah God and would be utterly in the dark as to Jehovah’s purpose. While it is also true that Barak must have had no expectation of a great flood of water from heaven fighting in his behalf, yet he had faith in Jehovah God and believed that God would fight the battle for his own people in his own good way and, having that faith, Barak went boldly forward. Deborah had full faith that God would deliver the enemy into the hands of Barak, and Deborah pictured God’s organization. Jehovah did exactly as he had said to Barak. Jehovah likewise performs his word concerning Armageddon. W 4/15/41
Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.—Deut. 8:3.
The covenant-people of Jehovah the Lord God desired to live, and he here informed them what they must do in order to gain life everlasting. For the physical organism they would need their daily bread; but that was not all. In order to have life that is lasting, something of far greater power than material bread is needed. The Word of God furnishes that bread of life, and it is necessary for them to give heed to his Word in order to find the way to life. God’s rules are the same with regard to all intelligent creatures. There is but one way for any human creature to receive life everlasting. God does not change, neither do his rules change. Being the same at all times, they apply now to every one who seeks to be guided in the way to life. W 6/1/41
What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.—Ps. 25:12.
Such man believes he must choose to be for Jehovah or against him, and he fears to choose contrary to God’s will. The man who fears God, and who with diligence seeks to know and do God’s will, is led in the right way. Such person begins to have faith; and without faith it is impossible to please God and receive his blessing. Would man know the purpose of Jehovah? How may he find out that purpose? The Lord answers: “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” (25:14) The man fearing God, diligently seeking the truth, God reveals to that man his purpose. God’s primary purpose is the vindication of his own great name; not for his own benefit, but in order that his creatures who desire righteousness may choose the way of righteousness and live, to the honor of the great Creator. W 6/15/41
The wise shall inherit glory.—Prov. 3:35.
Within these 1900 years God has taken out from the nations of earth a people for his name, which people shall become a part of his Theocratic Government. God limited the number of those who shall be associated with Christ Jesus in his Government. Each one of these chosen ones must take the wise course and continually and faithfully walk therein even unto death. It appears that the greater number of those who have taken the wise course, and have been taken out by Jehovah for his name, have finished their earthly course and that only the remnant now remain on earth; and to such remaining ones God has assigned the duty and privilege of bearing testimony to his name and to his kingdom. This they must do until his due time to exercise his supreme power against the adversary and the adversary’s entire organization. W 7/15/41
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.—Ps. 72:8.
The authority conferred upon him by Jehovah means that the territory of the dominion of Christ the King-Father belongs to him, and not to his subjects. The people will occupy the earth and glorify it in trust. That is a sacred and blessed trust, which the children of The King shall have the privilege and joy of executing. Thus the Lord confers on his children a great and wonderful privilege and honor. This great King is “The Seed of Abraham” according to God’s promise first given to Abraham, and He shall own the earth, and his children shall beautify it and use it to Jehovah’s glory forever. His first work upon taking possession is to announce Jehovah’s name and have his servants proclaim it throughout the earth, and then proceed to destroy the wicked ruler, to the end that the people may have a righteous government under which to live. W 9/1/41
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; . . . and it shall stand for ever.—Dan. 2:44.
Christ Jesus is now enthroned; hence The Theocracy has come, and all the kings of earth are arrayed against it, and this will become more pronounced in the very near future. Will Jehovah’s kingdom be able to withstand the opposition of Satan’s organization? Concerning The Theocracy, his kingdom, Jehovah says: “Which shall never be destroyed.” It is the “everlasting kingdom”, is invincible and shall stand forever. “And the kingdom shall not be left to other people”; no one in Satan’s crowd will have anything to do with it. The Theocracy shall be forever ruled from heaven by Christ Jesus; and those on earth who are representatives of that government will execute judgments. There will be no politics, commerce or religion in The Theocracy. It means the end of demon rule for ever. W 12/15/41
Even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.—John 3:14, 15.
During the earthly ministry of Jesus he began to gather to himself those Israelites who voluntarily came to him and chose to be on his side. Later he opened the way to those Gentiles who took a similar step. Thus Jehovah authoritatively speaks through Christ Jesus, but at no time compels anyone to follow in his footsteps. On the contrary, Jesus says: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.” To those who seek to know the right way Jesus gives this advice: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matt. 11: 28, 29; 16: 24) Here he emphasizes that man is a free moral agent, free to exercise his will in choosing the way he should go. W 2/1/41
Jehovah hath sworn unto David in truth; he will not turn from it: Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony.—Ps. 132:11,12, Am. Rev. Ver.
Jehovah’s promise and oath was to his beloved One. That was not an unconditional promise so far as the creatures are concerned. The condition is that the children of the Greater David, Christ Jesus, whom the Lord Jehovah gave to him, must “keep my covenant and my testimony”. So doing, such faithful ones shall be with Christ Jesus in the Kingdom. Every one that has faithfully kept his covenant and testimony with God has suffered violence and persecution at the hands of the enemies of The Theocracy. Thus opportunity has been offered to each and every one that made the covenant to prove his integrity under adverse conditions and to thus prove Satan’s challenge to Almighty God a malicious lie.—Job 2: 3-6. W 3/15/41
Misfortune shall be the death of the lawless one, and the haters of the righteous man shall be held guilty. —Ps. 34:21, Rotherham.
Those who do evil in God’s sight and against God’s people who are faithfully proclaiming God’s name are wicked, and hence are against the great Theocrat and his King; and the judgment against these is pronounced by the Lord Jesus at Matthew 25:41-45. God turns away his face from such: “The face of Jehovah is against such as do wickedness, to cut off from the earth their memory.” (Ps. 34:16, Roth.) The criterion by which a man should examine himself is not his physical and mental shortcomings or imperfections, but according to his sincere, honest heart devotion. God judges that way, and that is the right way. Concerning this it is written: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” (2 Cor. 13:5) “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”—1 Cor. 11: 31. W 5/1/41
Watch ye, and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. —Mark 14:38.
Like the torrential waters of the swollen Jordan river, the world population is madly and heedlessly rushing downward to the sea of death. And that is not all. Against whom in particular is the seductive campaign of the demons directed? All who are of the world and who hold onto the world are already under the wicked one. (1 John 5:19) Against whom, then, is the assault now being made particularly ? The subtle and seductive shafts of the demons are now specifically directed against God’s covenant people. The demons in their wicked activities endeavor to cause God’s covenant people to violate their covenant and to join the world in destruction. Subtly the demons endeavor to cause the covenant people of God to become careless and to let down the proper bars between the sexes, so that moral and sexual delinquency is the result. W 5/15/41
Blessed are ye when men shall hate you.—Luke 6:22.
Are men hated today because they are called Christians? No. Those persons of the most powerful religious organization on earth, which men are bent on ruling the earth contrary to God’s will, are called Christians, and those hypocritical men are the ones that manifest the greatest hatred against Jehovah’s faithful servants. Christ’s faithful followers are hated today by all nations under Satan’s control, and that hatred is because such are witnesses for and advocates of the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus. It is a part of the same conflict begun long ago, the Devil against righteousness. Now the King of righteousness has begun to exercise his power as King and the climax foretold by the prophetic drama of Job, whose name means “hated”, has come. Those who will receive God’s approval must hold fast their integrity, or blamelessness.—1 Cor. 1:7-10. W 8/15/41
The time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and
Samuel, and of the prophets; who through faith
. . . wrought righteousness.—Heb. 11:32,33.
They looked forward to The Theocracy and because of their faith rendered service to God and received his promised blessing. They are mentioned in the Scriptures as receiving the approval of Almighty God because of refusing to yield to the influence of Satan and his agents. There was Gideon, a farmer, who was threshing his wheat when Jehovah’s angel appeared and told him that God had selected him to be a deliverer of the Israelites from the Devil religionists, the Midianites, who were oppressing the Israelites. With his little band reduced to only 300 men Gideon put to flight and destroyed the enemy host. Thus God rewarded him with service because of his faith and made a picture of blessings to come. W 8/1/41
And the gospel must first be published among all nations.—Mark 13:10.
This testimony must be given by God’s ordained ministers immediately preceding the time of the great tribulation, Armageddon. There is no distinction between male and female (Gal. 3: 28), but all who are chosen of God and taken into a covenant with him and sent forth are ordained ministers to preach this gospel of the great Theocracy. No earthly power has any authority to set aside this high ordination and commission. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, an organization acting in behalf of and with Jehovah’s witnesses in order to do things orderly and carry on the work in an organized, orderly manner, sends out such witnesses, and thus an earthly ordination is provided, but that is always subject to the ordination of the Almighty God. Such persons are the true representatives of the Lord and the true ministers of God on earth. W 6/15/41
And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword, before Barak; so that Sisera . . . fled.-—Judg. 4:15.
Up to this point Barak had not struck a blow against the enemy. Before his army of ten thousand got into actual fighting with the enemy the Lord God began to fight against the Canaanites by exercising His superhuman power. Thus he gave unmistakable proof that the battle was God’s, and not man’s, and thus he pictured that the battle of Armageddon will be God’s, and not man’s. Sisera and his host and iron chariots were unable to withstand the onslaught of the superhuman powers. No human power, and no other power, for that matter, can successfully fight against Jehovah and his hosts. Those who love righteousness and hate wickedness will take great courage from this because they know it foreshadows what will take place at Armageddon. W 1/15/41
Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
To love God means that one must be wholly and unselfishly devoted to Almighty God, seeking always to know and to do His will. "Neighbour” is one’s fellow creature who is also a believer on Jehovah and Christ and who has agreed to do God’s will. God’s commandment requires that one dove his neighbor, even as he loves himself’, that is to say, put his brother Christian on an exact equality with himself. The only way a person can prove his love for God is by fully and sincerely obeying the commandments of God. (John 14:15) The Christian proves his love for God by joyfully obeying God’s commandments. (1 John 5:3) Where the commandments of men are in conflict with God’s commandment, there is but one thing to do, and that is, to obey God first. W 2/15/41
Then sang Deborah, and Barak the son of Abinoam, on that day, saying, Praise ye the Lord.—Judg. 5:1,2.
Deborah pictured God’s “woman”, that is, his organization, now fully united in devotion to the Most High, the great Theocrat. Through that organization he now brings to his people the revelation of his holy purpose, which is testified to in the prophetic song. Barak, whose name means lightning, pictures Christ Jesus, the Head of the capital organization of God. The “remnant of her seed” (Rev. 12:17), that is, the last members of the body of Christ now on earth, are made a part of Jehovah’s organization, and they now participate in the song from the viewpoint of its certain fulfillment in the near future. We are now in that “day of Jehovah”, and it is appropriate that all of God’s faithful people now join in the song of appreciation and joy, looking confidently to the hour of earthly deliverance. “Praise ye the Lord.” W 3/1/41
I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.—Rev. 18:4.
This warning is sounded by the Lord for the benefit of all persons of good-will toward The Theocracy. Such as heed will speedily flee away from religious organizations and find safety under the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who believe God and his Word should now see and understand that God is no respecter of persons or nations and that all who have learned of Jehovah and his kingdom and then forgotten God and turned away to the “beggarly elements” of the world shall go down at Armageddon, and also all who fail and refuse to hear and obey God and his King. But before executing his judgment the Lord sends forth his witnesses to declare his name and kingdom throughout the earth, for a witness, in order that the nations may have no excuse for their action and end. They fix their own destiny. W 7/1/41
As the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.—Isa. 66:22.
“The seed . . . according to the promise” is The Christ, Head and body, which constitutes the “new heavens”, the official Theocratic Government, the capital organization. The “new earth” is God’s faithful princes on earth carrying out the orders and judgments of the King, Christ Jesus. The world of righteousness consists of the invisible, which is The Christ, and the visible, which is the representatives of The Christ on earth. It is this “world” of righteousness, The Theocracy, that God so loved that he appointed, anointed and “gave” his beloved Son to be the King and Ruler of it. (John 3:16) It is this new world, the Holy City, that comes down from heaven and rules the things in the earth.—Rev. 21:1-5. W 10/1/41
There he fell down dead. The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?—Judg. 5:27,28.
Likewise today the devils or demon organization, both invisible and visible, are watching the present-day “strange work” of the Lord, in which Jehovah’s witnesses and their companions are having a part. All who are of the world are under the influence of religion or demonism and therefore watching the progress of the battle and expecting that shortly that battle will result in the complete annihilation of those who are the representatives of The Theocracy on earth. Truly, as the apostle states (1 Cor. 4:9), every faithful servant of God on earth is now a “spectacle unto the world”, both men and angels. Yet Jehovah’s “strange work” is still going on in some parts of the earth. The religionists therefore cry out, “Why the delay?” W 5/1/41
Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.—Judg. 5:10.
Such, have not the zeal for the Kingdom that is pleasing to Jehovah. Such look upon those who have less of the material wealth of this earth and no luxuries as the ones who should bear the hard part of the field work. The faithful, zealous ones are willing to sit anywhere and on anything, even on boards or on wheel chairs or on slabs of stone or on prison benches in the cells while delivering the message of The Theocracy. The ones specifically admonished to “speak”, or “meditate”, are inclined to “sit in judgment” on those who do not have the outward appearance of being so much favored as themselves. The willing ones who formed the ten thousand volunteers who followed Barak and trod the rocky, roadless slope of Mount Tabor gladly took things as they were, having in mind but one thing, and that to do the will of Almighty God and to follow their leader. W 3/15/41
Awake, Deborah; . . . arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.—Judg. 5:12.
The name “Abinoam” means “father of sweetness and grace”. This name applies to Jehovah, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jehovah is love, and he is sweetness and grace. Every attribute of perfection is in Him. He is the manifestation of sweetness, grace and goodness to all who joyfully obey him. Christ Jesus, his beloved Son and Executive Officer, at the fixed time receives the signal, the command from the Most High, to begin “the battle of that great day of God Almighty”; which battle was pictured by Barak leading his army against the forces of Sisera, Jabin’s captain. Before Armageddon begins the Lord’s organization on earth, pictured by Deborah, must first awake and act under the commandment of Christ Jesus and vigorously, zealously and unhesitatingly proclaim the name of Jehovah. W 1/1/41
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: . . . thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord.—Joel 3:9-11.
In keeping with this commandment the combined army of the enemy prepares for Armageddon and Jehovah’s mighty ones come down from heaven, and the fighting forces are made ready for the “battle of that great day of God Almighty”. From the physical facts now well known it is clearly seen that the time for the great and final conflict at Armageddon is very near. The hour and the day no man on earth knows, but, to be sure, the Lord knows, because he has fixed the time definitely, and that battle will begin at the time appointed. Now the covenant people of Jehovah have but one thing to do, and that is, to continuously proclaim Jehovah’s name and kingdom, regardless of what fighting the enemy may do. W 4/15/41
So run, that ye may obtain.—1 Cor. 9:24.
Let none now think it is sufficient and in fulfillment of their covenant to spend part of the hours distributing literature or manufacturing it, and then to employ the remainder of their time in foolish things, such as social parties or "jazzing about”. Some time is required for study and meditation and careful planning the work that is to be done. The time is brief, and there is much to do. Let everyone now on earth who is in a covenant to do God’s will have in mind at all times this: We have taken our position on the side of The Theocracy and openly declared ourselves for Jehovah and his King. Demons, led by Satan their chief, together with all of the organization of that wicked one, are arrayed against us and seek our destruction. We desire to win. We must win. There is only one way to win. That is, by the grace and strength of the Lord. We must give heed to and obey his commands, else we fail. W 5/15/41
For not at any time was prophecy brought by the will of man, but men from God spoke, being moved by holy spirit.—2 Pet. 1:21, Emphatic Diaglott.
The almighty Jehovah inspired holy men of old to act as his amanuenses and write down the truths given by him for man’s benefit. The people must choose to follow tradition of men and walk in the darkness concerning the way to life, or to gain knowledge from God’s Word, which points out the only way that leads to life everlasting. The purpose of Watchtower publications is to help the people to make a choice in harmony with God’s Word. It is the truth of God’s Word that is sharper than a two-edged sword, and which exposes the fallacy of guides that are offered by men. Human theories concerning the way to life are directly in conflict with the Word of Almighty God. Those who desire to live should ignore human theories and give heed to God’s Word. W 6/1/41
The invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity.—Rom. 1:20, Am. Rev. Ver.
The visible things of creation impart information to man. This information which man gets from observation he knows is true, because he sees it with his own eyes; and therefore he has knowledge of the existence of the same. “Knowledge” means to receive and perceive the truth. From the information and knowledge which the man has he knows there must be a power greater than himself, and a power greater than the things he sees about him. That greater power is the Creator, the Almighty God, “whose name alone is Jehovah,” who is invisible to the creature, and “whom no man hath seen nor can see”. The man who desires to know the truth recognizes that there must be an invisible power far greater than man. The same man desires to live. W 7/15/41
And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.—Luke 1:32.
That great Ruler shall guide the people in the right way; and as to this it is written: “And his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor.” All persons who follow his counsel are certain to walk in the right way. One of the names given him is “The mighty God”, meaning that all power in heaven and earth is committed into his hands. (Matt. 28:18) He is called “The everlasting Father” because unto him is given the power to minister life everlasting to obedient ones of humankind. That means that those to whom he gives life and who obey shall never die, and those who are his faithful and obedient subjects shall live forever and carry out his purpose. One of his titles also is “The Prince of Peace”, meaning that he is the great paternalistic Ruler and his rule of peace shall never end. W 9/1/41
For this cause came I into the world, that I should hear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice — John 18:37.
Here Jesus emphatically declared he is the King of Jehovah’s government; that Jehovah’s government stands for the truth which Jesus declared; and that all persons who are of the truth choose to put themselves under The Theocratic Government, that is, the kingdom of God under Christ Jesus, and which kingdom will be a complete vindication of Jehovah’s name. The faithful apostles were the first who voluntarily became the disciples of Christ Jesus. Since their day others have chosen to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. No one has been compelled to take that step. Those who have chosen to follow in his footsteps and who continue therein faithful to their covenant, have chosen life, and not the way of death, which life is received as a gracious gift from Jehovah by and through Christ Jesus. W 2/1/41
We ought to obey God rather than men.—Acts 5:29.
In taking that course the covenant people of God in obedience to his commandments are following the same course as that taken by the apostles of Christ Jesus. Those faithful men were in a covenant to do God’s will, and, receiving his commandments, they obeyed by going about preaching the gospel. Their action was contrary to the law of the land, as declared by religious Jews. Those faithful men were punished by imprisonment, and yet as soon as they were released they straightway went again to publicly preaching the gospel of the Kingdom. Again they were haled into court, charged with violating the law, and their reply was: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” They chose to follow the rule which Jesus had announced: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” The Bible records many instances showing His approval of the course taken by the apostles. W 2/15/41
Jehovah is against such as do wickedness, to cut off from the earth their memory.—Ps. 34:16, Roth.
A man who enters into a covenant to do God’s will and hence to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, and who then through negligence, indifference, fear, willfulness or other cause does not keep and perform his covenant, thereby puts himself in the class of the wicked. He becomes responsible for his own destiny. It is not all in making the covenant; but faithfully keeping and performing the covenant is that which is of the greatest importance. It is written: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That fear of God and the full devotion to him must be kept and maintained henceforth; otherwise one fails to have that wisdom which comes down from above. The wicked include all against The Theocracy and who therefore, directly or indirectly, oppose the kingdom by Christ Jesus.— Luke 11: 23. W 5/1/41
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.—Jer. 1:8.
The prophet Urijah was deterred from performing his covenant obligations because of the threats made against him by men. Fearing man, he fled. God did not protect him, and he was seized and killed. In striking contrast to him is the prophet Jeremiah, a faithful witness of Jehovah. Jeremiah refused to compromise with the government of the nation of Israel and held fast to his covenant with Almighty God. Though repeatedly threatened with death, he steadfastly went on obeying God. He stood firm and steadfast for God and faithfully served him. God provided protection of Jeremiah against the venom of the rulers, "that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.” (26:24) Jeremiah was a type picturing Jehovah’s witnesses now on earth who declare Jehovah’s name and his Theocracy. W 6/15/41
Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me.
Samson received favorable report from the Lord because of his faithful devotion to Almighty God. After faithful service to God Samson was taken prisoner and brought before the Philistines, who put out his eyes and brought him into a public place to exhibit and taunt him and to reproach his God. Samson there played a part picturing the faithful servants of the great Theocracy, who are blind to everything except Jehovah God and his kingdom. Blind Samson, held a prisoner, was given great strength by Jehovah to pull down the two pillars supporting the temple of the demons, in which were assembled thousands of religionists who reproached and defamed God’s holy name. Samson was faithful even to the last, and in his death slew a host of God’s enemies. His faith secured for him God’s approval. W 8/1/41
By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.—Ps. 41:11.
The fact that his enemies did not triumph over him was to David a sure token from Jehovah that he had received the favor of the Most High. Now those who proclaim The Theocratic Government and hope for complete entrance into it with confidence likewise say: T know Jehovah favors me, because he has prevented the enemies from overwhelming me.’ As David said, so now those who likewise hope for deliverance say: “As for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.” (Vs. 12) All who shall stand in favor before the Lord must hold fast their integrity, and never be found deficient therein. It is God’s chosen people whom he has called for his purpose; who must now remain steadfast and immovable for The Theocracy, that shall receive his everlasting blessings. Salvation of each one of such depends on loyalty and faithfulness to The Theocracy. W 8/15/41
Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, . . . And they that be wise shall shine.—Dan. 12:2,3.
Those who take the wise course increase in understanding and rejoice in the Lord. (Vs. 10) Many were spiritually asleep prior to 1931 and were in the “dust” of Babylon until the Lord awakened them. When awakened, they began to realize the importance of the hour. Becoming alive to its importance, they went to work, joyfully going forth to have a part in God’s “strange work”. The number of pioneers rapidly increased; and in many companies those who were spiritually asleep, yet who had love for God, awakened and seized the opportunity of going from house to house to bring people the testimony. Such have become faithful witnesses of the Lord and have carried his message to those who have been hungering and thirsting for righteousness. W 10/15/41
And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end.—Dan. 11:35.
In 1938 the Lord revealed that his organization is The Theocracy, ruled from the Head downward, and not from the bottom upward. Everyone who receives God’s approval must come to appreciation of this fact. Of paramount importance is the vindication of Jehovah’s name. Some fail to see that all-important truth. They consider themselves and their individual ease and salvation of great importance. Such fall, and for them there is no recovery. Rebellion against the rule of The Theocracy is disastrous. Rebels insist on their own selfish course. They forsake the course of wisdom and understanding and follow a selfish course, evidently because they have yielded to flatteries. Any man who indulges in flattery shows a lack of faith and of appreciation of God’s Word and his dealing with men. W 11/1/41
Take away the filthy garments [religion-demon influence] from him.—Zech. 3:4.
Judgment at the temple begins and the great Judge, Christ Jesus, readily discerns the real heart condition and degree of faithfulness of each one there. Concerning those whom he found to be faithful servants he speaks in the above words. The great Judge adds: ''Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” That was an unconditional approval and taking them into the Kingdom; but these from that time forward were required to walk in the way of the Lord and to shun religion, that is, ''other gods.” (Verses 6,7) Henceforth everyone who receives the Lord’s final approval and who receives an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our God must shun religion and be a true and faithful witness to the name of Jehovah God and his Theocracy. W 3/15/41
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God . . . whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.—2 Pet. 3:5, 6.
Only a small number of persons have heard and given heed to the warning and some have fled and more are fleeing to the Lord. All the others are blind and continue in blindness. The blindness and indifference to God’s message today are similar to what prevailed in Noah’s day. Are such things all that are similar or alike of the two periods of time ? No, there are others. In Noah’s day there were bullies browbeating and overrunning the people of the world. Also there prevailed in Noah’s time a state of lawlessness or moral wickedness resulting in debauchery of all human creatures aside from Noah and his family. In all the nations of earth today there prevails a state of affairs of violence similar to that of Noah’s day. All of this is the result of the influence of the demons under the leadership of Satan. W 5/15/41
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.—John 14:6. The seeker for truth and life must therefore walk in the way that Jesus takes, and hence must be obedient to God’s expressed will. (1 Pet. 2:21) It is written that, beginning with Jesus’ coming into the world, he said unto Jehovah God his Father: “Lo, I come; in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, 0 my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation.” (Ps. 40: 7-9; Heb. 10: 7) Each and every one taken out of the world for Jehovah’s name and taken into the covenant with him must likewise agree to do and delight to do the will of God. He makes such solemn agreement to do God’s will and thus he obligates himself to perform his covenant. That binds him unalterably to be obedient to God’s commandments as set forth in his Word. W 6/15/41
And as many as walk according to this rule [canon (Greek)], peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.—Gal. 6:16.
Canon means “a straight rod or rule”. A canon is a measuring rod. As to the Bible, it means the rule of truth. Without any doubt the spirit of Almighty God directed faithful men to arrange the canon of the Scriptures according to his will. That much could not be said of any other book in existence. All the evidence, when considered together, proves beyond all doubt that the Author of the Holy Scriptures set out in the Bible is Almighty God, whose name is Jehovah, and which name means his purpose toward his creatures. The Scriptures disclose that God invites man to reason with him (Isa. 1:18); and the fact that the Creator endowed man with faculties of reason shows it is proper that man reach a conclusion by process of reasoning in harmony with facts and authority beyond dispute. W 6/1/41
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.—Matt. 15:14.
The teachers of Israel thought they were wise, but their wisdom was not from above. They had neglected to look above for instruction, and failed to follow the Lord’s instructions. Those were perilous days for the Jews, and all of the blind did fall into the ditch, as the Lord Jesus foretold. The present is the time of even greater peril. Pastors and clergymen, desiring men’s approval rather than God’s, turn to fables. They too are blind guides of the people, yet they regard themselves as wise, and their dupes that follow them likewise regard them as wise. The Lord’s Word foretold this from above, and now we see it about us. (2 Tim. 4:3,4) Those who desire to live must ignore such teachers and receive the instruction set forth in God’s Word. W 7/15/41
The Spirit and the bride say, Come.—Rev. 22:17.
Christ Jesus, the Life-giver, has a bride. He is the Bridegroom. His bride is made up of 144,000 who have proved their faithfulness and loyalty to God and Christ Jesus his King. (John 3: 29) The bride includes the faithful apostles and the faithful Christians that have lived since their day, and all of whom died as humans and have been resurrected as spirit creatures, with the exception of a “remnant” still on earth who shall likewise have their change from human to spirit. All become joint-heirs with Christ Jesus the King. To such Jesus said: “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.” (Bev. 2:10, A.R.V.) By faithful obedience to Jehovah and his Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus these faithful members make ready for the new government. In Jehovah’s due time these faithful ones are resurrected and become a part of The Theocratic Government.—Rev. 19:7; 20:4. W 9/1/41
One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.—Num. 15:16.
The Lord announces his purpose to provide a “great multitude” with the opportunity of life everlasting on earth. All who compose the “great multitude” must agree to do the will of God, and therefore, exercising faith in the shed blood of Christ Jesus as their Redeemer, must consecrate themselves to do God’s will and must serve him. They must obey His commandments. They are commanded to “seek righteousness” and “seek meekness”; which means they must endeavor to learn what is God’s will concerning them and then do that which is righteous by obeying his will. The law of Jehovah God given to typical Israel applies with equal force to all men who gain life everlasting. To all such as have agreed to do his will he says: “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil.” “Therefore choose life.” W 2/15/41
From heaven was the battle fought, the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.—Judg. 5:20, Roth.
“The stars” had reference to the host of heaven, invisible to human eyes, but who really did the fighting in that battle of Megiddo. The stars fighting pictured Christ Jesus and his heavenly army. Of himself he says: T, Jesus, am the bright and morning star.’ (Rev. 22:16) He is the Star that shall rule the world with irresistible power. (Num. 24:17) Suddenly he and his glorious army will fall upon the enemy and wipe them out, even as was done with Sisera’s forces at Megiddo. All the influence and power of Gog and his host of Magog shall then be destroyed. Now Gog, the Devil’s invisible representative who is in command of the enemy’s forces both invisible and visible, is pushing all of his power to the destruction of The Theocracy. It is therefore certain that the hour is due when the prophecy of Jehovah shall be accomplished concerning that wicked host. W 4/15/41
March 31 Memorial Date, 6 p.m. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16.
Now Jehovah is making clear to his people through Christ the meaning of his great love for the world of righteousness. The salvation of creatures from death and the giving to them of everlasting life is secondary to God’s great purpose to establish The Theocracy, the new world, the new heaven and the new earth. God sent forth his beloved Son Jesus to carry out his purpose, and, in order for any of the human race to be changed from human to spirit and to be associated with Christ Jesus in his kingdom and thereafter be a part of The Christ, they must be redeemed. Only those who devote themselves to The Theocracy can ever have life everlasting. Their devotion must be to Almighty God and to Christ Jesus, his King; otherwise they perish. W 10/1/41
Hosanna to the son of David!—Matt, 21:15.
On that occasion the religionists tried to silence the children thus crying out. In words of rebuke to them Jesus said: “Have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” Today the children of the King joyfully hail Christ Jesus, proclaiming The Theocratic Government; and the religionists now try to silence these children, but they cannot. God can make the very stones to cry out, and he will see to it that his children shall now herald the message before the people who desire to hear. Religionists have lost their opportunity, and now the children, by the Lord’s favor, take up the glad song and herald it far and wide, and, as the Lord declares, this is done to put the enemy to silence. The children are now in the Lord’s favor and joyfully serve him; they shall see the enemies of The Theocracy go down in defeat. W 9/1/41
Avoake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.—Judg. 5:12.
Barak, no doubt, took many captives, but not for the purpose of sparing them alive. All the forces of Sisera being against God and for the Devil, none of them were spared alive. (Judg. 4:16) Likewise when Christ Jesus, the Greater Barak, renders the forces of Satan panic-stricken and in complete rout he will take many of them captive and execute them. All the enemies of God are destined to die, because ‘they are vessels of wrath for destruction’; “as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed.” (Rom. 9: 22; 2 Pet. 2:12) At Armageddon the Greater Barak will spare alive none of the devils. (Rev. 19:19-21) This destruction is immediately followed by a feast of rejoicing by those who have remained firm, true and steadfast in support of The Theocracy and its King. Their song will fill the universe with praise to Jehovah’s name and his government. W 1/1/41
Yea, happy is the people whose God is Jehovah. —Ps. 144:15, Am. Rev. Ver.
“The church of the living God” is the “church of the firstborn”, composed of Christ Jesus and the members of “his body” in glory. (1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 12: 22, 23) The church is the “holy nation” of Jehovah, devoted wholly and entirely to the service of Almighty God. It is the chosen inheritance of Jehovah which shall be forever to his praise. (1 Pet. 2: 9,10) That holy nation has but one God, who is Jehovah, and concerning which it is written: “Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah, the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Ps. 33:12, A.R.V.) Those who enter into a covenant to become a part of that nation must follow righteousness. They failing to do so, their destiny is destruction: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Prov. 14:34. W 7/1/41
Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Gyrus, . . . he shall let go my captives.—Isa. 45:1,13.
To correspond with the decree issued by the king of Persia, Christ Jesus, the Greater Cyrus, began his reign in 1914, and thereafter in 1918 came to the temple of Jehovah and gathered unto himself his faithful servants and followers to the temple. He has builded the temple of Jehovah and has released God’s faithful servants (pictured by Daniel), to wit, Jehovah’s witnesses, “the remnant,” releasing them from modern-day Babylon, Satan’s organization. He sets them free to go forth and have part in the temple work. Therefore now is the due time for God to reveal to his faithful people the meaning of Daniel’s prophecy. That being true, the time for Daniel’s resurrection and return to his place, or “lot”, on earth as one of the princes is very near. We on earth may look forward with confidence to seeing Daniel among us almost any time. W 9/15/41
Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey.—Zeph. 3:8.
In these days of wickedness and wicked deeds committed by the Hierarchy and allies against harmless people because these proclaim the name and kingdom of Jehovah God, all these things are evidences that this is the time when the wicked have grown up like grass and the workers of iniquity blossom and flourish. In view of the prophecies bearing squarely upon the point, and God’s promise to avenge his elect, let his faithful servants now wait upon the Lord and fully trust him. As soon as he has promised he will destroy the wicked for ever. (Ps. 92: 7) The lovers of righteousness can afford to wait for the Lord to act. They cannot afford to take any other course. The faithful servants of Jehovah will wait upon him because they know he will act in his own due time and will completely wipe out the enemy. W 1/15/41
Jael, Heber’s wife, took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples.—Judg. 4:21.
The hammer and tent nail picture God’s Word of truth, which instrument is used effectively against religion. "Is not my word like as a fire ? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces ?” (Jer. 23:29) Lovers of righteousness equipped with the “hammer” of God’s Word, which people of goodwill are able to understand, meet the chief minds of religious champions and successfully beat down and kill their religion. They successfully stand up against the doctrines and traditions of religion. They go forth with the hammer-like message of truth, declaring the truth abroad, and that activity is destructive of demonism and the power of demons or demon religion over others. They must act like Jael, in resisting religion and in taking their stand on the side of Jehovah God and Christ Jesus. W 2/1/41
Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord.—Judg. 5:3.
Giving heed, the worldly rulers would cease oppressing God’s servants and thus save themselves from grief. Instead, they give heed to a vicious company of religious leaders; and so now there are among the political rulers those who indict and try Jehovah’s witnesses upon the false charges of sedition and conspiracy to provoke to riot, such false charges being based solely on the fact that Jehovah’s witnesses proclaim the message of the kingdom of the Most High as God has commanded them to do. The action on the part of these rulers is in defiance of Almighty God. Will such cruel, fanatical and demoniacal persecution of his witnesses stop the “strange work” of Jehovah God? Certainly not. That work of Almighty God will continue until the due time to have it end, and that end will immediately be followed by His “strange act”. W 3/1/41
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly.—Judg. 5:9.
This pictures the heart devotion of Christ Jesus and those of his organization singing the praises of The Theocracy. It is that warm appreciation and genuine love of Christ and the capital organization under him that causes them to express their burning zeal and heart devotion to The Theocracy. “Governors,” or [Young’s] “lawgivers”, of Jehovah’s organization are those who announce or proclaim His law and statutes. Those in the organization of the Lord upon whom rests the obligation to outline the work that is being done and who stir up action to accomplish that work which Jehovah has commanded to be done are prefigured by the word “lawgivers”. It must be true beyond all doubt that such are guided and directed by the Lord and that they carry on the work assigned without knowing at the time that it is in fulfillment of a certain prophecy. W 3/15/41
Before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them, . . . as a shepherd.—Matt. 25:32.
This is the day of enlightenment for all who desire righteousness and life. It is the time when the people on earth are being separated into two classes, one class being those of the righteous by reason of their faith and obedience to the Lord, and the other the unrighteous or wicked ones. This separation precedes the great and final conflict at Armageddon, which takes place when the separating work is completed. The day of enlightenment and separation began from and after Christ’s appearing at the temple in 1918. Thereafter the Lord no longer passes by unnoticed the conduct of men towards The Theocracy, which conduct or course of action is intelligently taken. In the judgment and division of the nations now taking place each one must in due time be for The Theocracy or against The Theocracy. W 5/1/41
I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.—Gen. 3:15.
Following the rebellion in Eden God announced his purpose to have a seed, designated in Scripture as “the seed of Abraham”, which is The Christ, and which seed shall administer blessings to obedient men. God declared his purpose to put enmity between the seed of His woman (His organization) and the seed of Satan, and stated that the Seed of God’s organization would in due time completely crush Satan and his seed and vindicate Jehovah’s name. That declaration was an unalterable covenant of Jehovah, which Christ Jesus is now carrying into full operation. From Eden till now enmity between God’s organization and Satan’s seed (the Devil’s organization) is made manifest. That enmity will end only by the complete triumph of the Seed of Abraham and the vindication of Jehovah’s name. W 6/15/41
Praise ye Jehovah.—Ps. 148:14, Am. Rev. Ver.
It is your privilege and duty to now lift high the standard of The Theocracy and, as sweet singers of the new world, point the willing people to the way of safety and to life. The great and long-hoped-for Theocracy has come! Lift up your heads with joy. Go now and tell the glad tidings of The Theocratic Government to all who will hear. Those who do hear and obey will join in the everlasting praise of Jehovah now being sounded in the heavens: “Kings of the earth [Christ and his bride], and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth [the visible representatives on earth of The Theocracy]: both young men and virgins; old men [survivors of Armageddon] and children [born of the great multitude to fill the earth]: let them praise the name of JEHOVAH."—Verses 11-13. W 9/1/41
And Jehovah said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.—Gen. 7:1, Am. Rev. Ver.
Aside from Noah there were no others on the earth perfect in generation as he was, but all others aside from him and his family were defiled. Noah stood out in contrast to all others. God was pleased with him. He is therefore a proper example. Noah was a type of Christ Jesus and was used by Jehovah to make a prophetic drama foretelling Jesus and some of his work. Because the members of his family held steadfastly with Noah to the course of righteousness they were used to foretell the Lord’s “other sheep”, who will form the “great multitude". Noah busied himself with preaching the name of Jehovah God, and no doubt the members of his family worked with him, and hence they were, in fact, companions to him. The saving and carrying over the flood of the eight persons pictured the Armageddon survivors that the Lord will carry over to the new and righteous world. W 5/15/41
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.—Ps. 103:20.
The angels are far superior to men. The angels can live forever only by being obedient to God’s word. Human creatures that voluntarily agree to do His will and whom he receives by and through Christ Jesus, and to whom he gives the promise of being members of “the body of Christ” and reigning with him can attain to life everlasting in heaven only by giving heed to and obeying God’s Word. All persons who enter into a covenant with Jehovah with the hope of life, either in heaven or on earth, are governed by the same rules. Concerning all such the Lord Jesus prayed to Jehovah in these words, which apply primarily to the spiritual class, but also to all of his covenant people, to wit: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”—John 17:17. W 6/1/41
But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy . . . many.—Dan. 11:44.
The north refers to the position of Almighty God Jehovah. It is from his throne that The Theocratic Government has come forth to carry out his purpose. (Pss. 75:6,7; 48:2) Isaiah 41:25 identifies Christ Jesus as the One referred to by the word “east”, or “the sun rising”. Jehovah gave his word that he would raise up a righteous government that would destroy all unrighteousness, that is, Satan’s entire organization and power. Whatever the “tidings” or “reports” are they greatly disturb the totalitarian earthly organization. It is the Almighty God Jehovah and Christ Jesus as King that send forth the message which troubles the enemy. Those tidings constitute a warning from Jehovah that Armageddon is about to be fought. The Devil knows this, and his cohorts are made to know it. W 12/15/41
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and by it he, being dead, yet speaketh.—Heb. 11:4.
Abel was the first man on earth to show faith in the Almighty God. God never forgets a faithful creature. It was Abel’s faith and obedience that pleased God. (Gen. 4:4) God counted Abel a righteous man because of his faith. Abel was murdered at the instance of the Devil. Concerning Abel’s righteousness and God’s purpose to punish those who have practiced religion and used it to bring about the murder of many others, Jesus Christ said to the religionists at his time: “Upon you [shall] come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias.” (Matt. 23:34, 35) Abel was a good and faithful man; and it is written that they that have done good shall be resurrected. (John 5: 28, 29) God has a place for Abel. W 8/1/41
God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.—Heb. 11:16.
As evidence that the issue is The Theocracy, and that the test is whether or not men who have agreed to obey God’s commandments will hold fast their integrity, there is an unbroken line of testimony from Abel to the coming of Christ Jesus. The apostle Paul had his heart set entirely on the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus and summed up the matter in the record at the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. Faithful men there named came out from the organized government controlled by the Devil and because of their immovable devotion to The Theocracy they had no desire to return to Satan’s organization. Their desire and hope was in the government which the God of heaven was preparing. To that hope they held fast. Because of their blamelessness God was not ashamed to acknowledge them as his servants. W 8/15/41
Let him that heareth say, Come.—Rev. 22:17.
The “great multitude” is not limited as to number. Jehovah Cod is now doing his “strange work”, exposing the fallacy and hypocrisy of religion and setting before the world his message of truth, which plainly announces the way of life. This message is not limited to a few, but all who will hear are given the opportunity. The demons know the crucial hour is here; hence all the wicked of the spirit and human creatures desperately fight against God’s witnesses. They hate Jehovah and his Theocratic Government, and hate those who announce it. But the remnant, together with their companions who have fled to the Lord for protection, must proclaim the message regardless of all opposition. This, by God’s grace, they will do. As others of good-will hear and choose the wise way they too will join in proclaiming God’s kingdom under Christ as the only hope. W 7/15/41
Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.—Judg. 5:15.
Reuben was not entirely at unity, but was divided as to the war and every part in it. They were distracted and sidetracked, and hence missed the opportunity of taking a part actively in the battle, which activity foretells of God’s “strange work”. No doubt there was much noise about many good resolves and good intentions, but no real actions. Good intentions and resolves count for nothing unless there is some real activity in proof of their genuineness. Those Reubenites did nothing to set in motion anything for the furtherance of the field work. That foretells the condition that exists among some at the present time. They cannot say with the faithful ones: “My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.” (Ps. 13:5) One must prove his devotion to God by acting in harmony with confessions made by the mouth. W 4/1/41
Until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. . . . was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?—Judg. 5:7,8.
Then shortly after the beginning of the temple judgment in 1918 Christ Jesus as Jehovah’s great Executive Officer brought his faithful approved ones into the temple, equipped them for warfare, not with carnal weapons, but with an understanding and appreciation of God’s Word, and sent them forth to engage in His “strange work”, that is, in the work of boldly declaring the name of the great Theocrat and his government. He armed them in the holy cause of righteousness and afforded the ability to stand against the machinations of religious influence. This “strange work” amidst organized and fully equipped opponents’ must continue and shall continue until Jehovah begins to carry to complete success his “strange act” and to use his equipment to annihilate the enemy. W 3/15/41
O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments.—Neh. 1:5.
When a man is taken into covenant with Jehovah God there is left no room or reason for that man to have any doubt about God’s carrying out his part of the covenant. Almighty God makes it impossible for his side of the covenant to fail. Can a man who has been taken into a covenant with God treat his obligations under that covenant lightly and violate them or break them with impunity? God’s Word answers: “Covenant-breakers . . . are worthy of death.” (Rom. 1: 31, 32) Jehovah made this matter plain to the Israelites. What God announced to the Israelites is his unchangeable law and applies to all people who willfully break covenant with God. God is faithful in all things he has promised. He requires faithfulness of all who undertake to perform an agreement or covenant with him. W 6/15/41
The mother of Sisera . . . her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself, Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two? to Sisera a prey?-—Judg. 5:28-30.
Those whom Sisera’s mother pictured expect to destroy the work and organization of Jehovah’s witnesses and put the members thereof to a menial service where they cannot bear testimony that exposes demonism. Mark the open and wicked discrimination against God’s faithful ministers at the present time, and, while marking it, let those who are unjustly and wrongfully treated remember how God in the past foretold the manner of showing his favor to those who love him and remain faithful to him. The wicked may prosper for a time, but that time is short. Like old Haman, they look forward to the hour when the scaffold, which they have builded, will be put to use and the modern-day Mordecai will hang on it. But the Lord says they will get snagged themselves. W 5/1/41
Jesus . . . said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me; forbid them not; for to such belong eth the kingdom of God.—Mark 10:14, A.R.V.
By these words the Lord clearly meant that only those persons who seek knowledge from him, as the little children were seeking, can find the way of life; that the kingdom of God is for those and those only who seek the knowledge of truth found in God’s Word and then obey by doing what the Lord commands. It would be impossible to make it more emphatic concerning the obligation to teach the children, from their youth up, than what God has put in his Word. The foundation of the child’s education must be laid in God’s Word, because that is the only way that leads to life everlasting. By nature a child’s mind seeks information or knowledge. Only those persons who seek the way to life as the Lord has pointed out in his Word shall ever find it. W 2/15/41
The spirits in prison . . . sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah.—1 Pet. 3:19,20.
Sexual immorality must have been terrible in Noah’s day, and that was a part of the state of affairs existing The people, under the influence and power of the demons, were given over to looseness, lewd and lascivious conduct. They indulged in all manner of debauchery, the result of which was to turn all men’s thoughts from Almighty God. (Gen. 6:5) The sly, subtle foe Satan tricked the spirit “sons of God” into marrying the offspring of Adam, and creatures were brought forth on earth who were entirely given over to wickedness. The only exception to the wicked state of affairs was Noah and his family. Because of their faith and obedience they found favor in the Lord’s eyes and were saved by him. Thus they pictured a class who find grace in His eyes now and who are saved from the deluge of fire at Armageddon. W 5/15/41
The Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all; and to convince all that are ungodly ... of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken.—Jude 14,15.
The day of judgment has come and Christ Jesus, the great Judge, accompanied by his host of angels, now judges the nations. The religious leaders, the “man of sin”, the “evil servant”, the ungodly, and the sinners, utter cruel speech against the faithful servants of Jehovah who declare his name and his Theocratic Government, and bring much trouble upon such faithful servants of the Most High. Therefore it is written of them, and which applies at the present time: “seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled, rest with us; when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.” —2 Thess. 1: 6,7. W 7/1/41
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice.—Dan. 11:31.
“Daily [or, continual] sacrifice” has reference to the continuous or unceasing activities of Jehovah’s servants in giving praise to his name and proclaiming his Theocratic Government. It is the continuous praise of Jehovah by his servants’ bearing testimony to his name and government, and doing so publicly by publishing the message of the kingdom of God. This is done by distribution of Bible literature, which informs the people of God’s gracious provision for them, and by going from house to house and delivering to the people these truths and reproducing recorded speech, and by other means proclaiming the gospel in obedience to the Lord’s command. That public witness work is designated as God’s “strange work”, at Isaiah 28:21. It greatly angers the demons, and all that are under demon control. W 10/1/41
Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not.—Judg. 4:18.
The organization of righteousness is in all prophetic pictures represented by a woman, even as Deborah played the part picturing Jehovah’s organization, of which Christ Jesus is the Head. The part played by Jael pictured those persons who join themselves to Jehovah’s organization by voluntarily putting themselves under the organization of Christ, and who find refuge, protection and life in this way. For a long while these people of good-will have shielded these religious leaders (modem Sisera), while at the same time they have observed such religious leaders wickedly persecuting God’s faithful servants. The time comes, however, when all persons must make their choice, either for or against the wicked. God’s judgment by Christ Jesus, the great Judge, now in progress, requires every one to make such a choice. W 2/1/41
The kings came and fought; then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.-—Judg. 5:19.
The prophetic song sung by Barak and Deborah gives an account of the battle of Megiddo, "which foretells the coming battle of Armageddon. “Armageddon” means “mountain of Megiddo”, that is to say, “the mount of the assembly of troops.” The troops are those who are under the command of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Greater Barak, and whom the Lord assembles in the mountain. The ten thousand assembled with Barak in the mountain pictured all those who are faithfully and uncompromisingly supporting the Lord Jesus Christ, that is to say, who are following joyfully in his steps wheresoever he leads. The odds appeared to be overwhelming against Barak. Jehovah was with Barak and his little army, and Jehovah is irresistible. So shall it be at Armageddon. W 1/15/41
Seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset.—Heb. 12:1.
“Witnesses” and “martyrs” translate the same Greek root. Every faithful servant of God, in this life and in death, is a witness to his name and kingdom. They are martyrs to the cause of righteousness. From Abel to John the Baptist there was a “cloud of witnesses” to the name of Jehovah and to his kingdom. In this Christ Jesus took the lead and continues to lead. A “weight” consists of anything that hinders or retards Jehovah’s servants in giving the witness; while the besetting or close-girdling sin is religion and its baneful influence upon those who hold to any part of religion. This shows that God’s people in this hour of crisis must remove every possible weight and must shun religion as a deadly thing. The faithful cast such things aside and go forward with a song of praise upon their lips. W 3/1/41
Princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak; he was sent on foot.—Judg. 5:15.
Those princes were not one whit behind the faithful Israelites in general. They were in full harmony with Deborah and, antitypically, in full harmony with God’s organization. For Isaachar war was really on the “home front”. This suggests that today one may serve on the home front if he cannot be a pioneer. Not all can engage in the pioneer work, but all of God’s servants may perform their duty wherever they are. The Issachar class of God’s covenant people today joyfully serve wherever they are put. They are wholly devoted to The Theocracy, hence in full accord and unity with the visible part of God’s organization, taking commands from the invisible Greater Barak and performing their duties without hesitation. They are not pacifists; they do not compromise. They are entirely for Jehovah’s organization. W 4/1/41
Ye shall teach them your children.—Deut. 11:19.
In the very near future the last members of the governmental associates with Christ Jesus must leave behind their children and go on to higher duties and service. It will be the blessed privilege of the faithful children, under the direct lead of the faithful “princes” or governors in the earth, to carry into action the divine mandate toward filling the earth with a righteous people. Let parents who are in a covenant for the Kingdom now see to it that they are obedient to God’s commandment to be diligent to teach their children concerning The Theocracy. In this do not fail! The greatest favor the parents can now bestow upon their children is to keep constantly before them the Kingdom and what it means to humankind. If such parents have brought up their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” they will not depart from that training. Blessed shall be those who thus obey! W 9/1/41
In Jerusalem shall be deliverance . . . and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.—Joel 2:32.
The anointed, those who would be forever with Christ Jesus in his kingdom, must bear the name which Jehovah gave to them, that is, witnesses of Jehovah. These constitute the remnant of the “body of Christ” and must continue to be faithfully obedient to God and his King and bear testimony to the name of the Most High and to his kingdom. The “other sheep”, who will form the “great multitude”, are an earthly class that shall live forever on earth and carry out the divine mandate to fill the earth with a righteous people. For these “other sheep” to ultimately become members of the “great multitude” they must be wholly devoted to The Theocracy and must remain within the bounds of the “city of refuge”, God’s organization under Christ, and there faithfully perform their assigned duties until Armageddon ends. W 5/1/41
They that understand among the people shall instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil.—Dan. 11:33.
According to the Hebrew this text reads: “They shall totter in their knees.” “Yet they will stumble.” (Leeser) But mark this: they do not fall down helplessly. They have not stopped pushing forward in Jehovah’s service. The pioneers and general publishers have had many difficulties, but on they have gone. They know they are backed up by almighty power, Jehovah and his King. Therefore, when hindered by the enemy and caused to stumble, they rise up again and go forward. “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” (Prov. 24:16) Some of the faithful have refused to compromise with the demon organization, and have been put to death, symbolized by “the sword”; some of them being literally beheaded. “Sword” also symbolizes violent opposition and persecution waged by demonized mobs. W 10/15/41
Howbeit, Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite.—Judg. 4:17.
Since 1922, when the flood of truth pursued them, the religious leaders have eagerly hunted a place of rest where they might be protected and their religious susceptibilities would not be shocked As Jehovah’s witnesses become more active, and necessarily more efficient, in their work and in advancing and proclaiming the Kingdom message, the clergy become more fatigued and fearful, therefore desperate. When those of the Hierarchy priests are found out, as they are now discovered, they, as the Scriptures declare (Jer. 51: 30), become as women and refuse to fight in the open, and hide behind the skirts of others. This suggests that the Hierarchy and Jesuit priests will find themselves in a position similar to that pictured by Captain Sisera. That day must be near, because Hierarchy agents are flourishing. W 1/15/41
In the place of the noise of bowmen among the wells there laud ye the righteous acts of Jehovah, the righteous acts of his rule.—Judg. 5:11, Rotherham.
Those who seek the easy way and avoid the more rugged field service, which brings upon them some hardships, have nothing to tell about the Lord’s “strange work” and his “strange act”. Those who willingly and joyfully participate in the Lord’s “strange work”, bearing the reproaches that fall upon them for his name’s sake, do serve and refresh themselves greatly from the waters of revealed truths that come from Jehovah’s wells of salvation. (Isa. 12:3) They bear the brunt of the battle, the abuse and ill-treatment of the enemy, but that only increases their zeal, because to them such is evidence that they are servants of Jehovah according to his will. Therefore they lift up their voice with joyful sound, relating many thrilling experiences that are theirs while in the field service. W 3/15/41
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace.—Ps. 34:12-14.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Religious teachers have no faith in God and his Word. Such teachers advance their own learning and human wisdom instead of God’s Word. “Evil” is that which brings injury to the one who suffers it. False doctrine, based upon the traditions of men, leads men away from life, and is therefore evil. Those who are wise will shun evil and give their attention and devotion to God and his Word. Today the Lord is gathering to himself his “other sheep”, that is, those who love righteousness and who hate evil. To such the above instruction comes from God’s Word. (1 Pet. 3:10,11) That rule applies both to God’s remnant and to the “other sheep” of the Lord. W 7/15/41
All things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.—Luke 24:44.
None of the testimony mentioned here will be accepted by evolutionists or higher critics who have no faith in God. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Ps. 14:1) A person does not need to say in words, “There is no God”; but by his own conduct or course of action he discloses his secret thoughts. All visible creation testifies to the indisputable fact that there is a Supreme One who is the Creator, the Almighty God. The circumstantial evidence of Jesus’ miraculous birth, and the direct testimony delivered by him during the more than three years of his ministry, establishes the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, as the Word of Almighty God. After his resurrection he testified as to the authenticity of what is written in the law and the prophecies and the Psalms. W 6/1/41
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.—Prov. 18:10.
Sodom and Gomorrah are set forth as examples of the state of affairs that would come to pass at the present time. What led to the seduction and debauchery of the people thereof by the demons? Pride, idleness, fullness of bread, and sexual abomination. (Ezek. 16:49, 50) Noah and his family were saved from the assaults of the demons by reason of their faithful obedience to Almighty God’s commandments. Lot and the faithful members of his family likewise were saved from destruction because of their faith and obedience to His commandments. God’s rules do not change. There is one, and only one place of safety for God’s covenant people. Only those who love Jehovah and his kingdom can remain in that place of safety. To love the Lord means to keep his commandments. “I will love thee, O Lord.”—Ps. 18:1. W 5/15/41
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.— Heb. 11:31.
God would have it known that even harlots can turn away from a wrongful course and find the way of life, whereas those who practice religion and refuse to obey God fail to find life. (Matt. 21:31) In Jericho Rahab learned of Jehovah’s power and his blessing upon those who have faith in him and serve him. Upon learning these truths she readily made a covenant with God’s servants to shield and protect them. She thereby played a part in a prophetic drama foretelling that in the present time of wickedness those who show favor to God’s servants shall be blessed by the Lord. Rahab’s faith in God was rewarded and she was saved from the fate that befell those of Jericho who had no faith in God. God will not forget Rahab’s faith. In his due time she is certain to receive his everlasting blessing because of her faith. W 8/1/41
'Your agreement with he'll shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.—Isa. 28:18.
Those who control the earth, and the inhabitants thereof who live under their rule, are in complete darkness as to what is God’s purpose in the near future. They are not anticipating any heavenly power to act in behalf of God’s faithful people. In old time the great flood of waters that rushed down and filled the dry bed of the river Kishon was so unusual and unexpected that captain Sisera and his army would regard it as a very "strange act”. Even so when God’s great Field Marshal, Christ Jesus, and his host of heaven fall upon the enemy host, the leaders of that host and all under it will recognize the power against them as the "strange act” of God. They will know that God’s hand is upon them. Therefore, as said in sixty-four different places in Ezekiel’s prophecy, “they shall know that I am Jehovah.” They will find no possible way to flee. W 4/15/41
Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country.—Lev. 24:22.
Amongst the typical Israelites the "stranger” pictured those who are now on earth who covenant to do God’s will and who, being faithful, shall form the “great multitude”. These Jesus designates as his "other sheep”, and when these are gathered unto the Lord and given life all shall be of one fold under Christ the great Shepherd. God’s announced purpose is to grant life everlasting to those only who believe on him and on the Lord Jesus Christ and render themselves in obedience. This rule applies to both the spiritual Israelites and those of the "great multitude”, that is, to all who shall live. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”—John 3: 36. W 2/15/41
Whom the Lord loves, he disciplines, and he scourges every son whom he receives.—Heb. 12:6, Diaglott.
All the demons are fighting against Jehovah’s covenant people, and God permits his people to have such chastisement that they may, under severe trials, prove their lasting preference for and devotion to the great Theocrat and his King. The man in a covenant to do Jehovah’s will and who hopes to receive his approval must have and exercise unfeigned faith and full confidence in God and Christ, fully determining to remain steadfast for the great Theocratic Government, regardless of what trials may come to him. “Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; that thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.” (Ps. 94:12,13) This shows that trials upon God’s people must continue until the wicked go down into the pit. W 11/1/41
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek: he hath sent me.—Isa. 61:1.
These are the words of ordination, commission and authority, which God has caused to be recorded for his covenant people. All of the covenant people, whom Jehovah has taken out for his name and sent forth as his witnesses, the Almighty God by his spirit has ordained or commissioned to proclaim his name and his kingdom. God has made them preachers or ministers of the gospel. Such are duly ordained ministers appointed and commissioned by the highest authority, regardless of what men may do, say or think. The time of climax has come, and now those who are devoted to Jehovah, and who therefore are his covenant people, must obey his commandments and boldly and fearlessly declare his name and his kingdom throughout the land. W 6/15/41
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.—Job 2:6.
Jehovah permitted Satan to put the test upon Job without informing Job why he was being tested. Job knew he had not willingly been disloyal, and therefore he could not understand why he, as God’s servant, should suffer. His suffering was a prophetic picture made for the benefit of others. The test put upon Job was directly related to world domination, the issue being world domination. Job being an example used to make the prophetic picture, the test upon Job necessarily points to the requirements God makes of all who shall have to do with the rule of the world in righteousness. Jehovah had declared his purpose to set up his capital government of righteousness to rule the peoples of the world. Job would know of this promise because it had been made to his kinsman Abraham. In opposition to Jehovah Satan had declared that he would rule the world or ruin it. W 8/15/41
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life; and few there be that find it.—Matt. 7:13,14.
To know God and Christ is the way to life. Knowledge of God and Christ is absolutely essential to all who would be wise; and that knowledge is to be found in God’s Word alone. Receiving such knowledge the wise will be diligent to give heed thereto and walk in the way God leads: “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.” (Prov. 10:17; 12:28) It is a grievous mistake for one to conclude that he may walk in the way of righteousness without first receiving some knowledge of God and of Christ. The way that God has provided is strait, or narrow, because it is the righteous way. W 7/15/41
And both these kings’ hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper.—Dan. 11:27.
Both “kings” claim to be Christian, that is, to follow Christ, but their hearts are exactly in the opposite direction; their motive and purpose is bent on ruling in opposition to Christ, the King of The Theocracy. The chief lie in which both kings engage is this: By their course of action both deny that Jehovah God is the Supreme One, the Owner of the earth, and that he has appointed and anointed his beloved Son as the earth’s Ruler. Contrary to God’s purpose, both kings attempt to set up a rule of their own to control the earth. They speak lies, of which their father the Devil is past master and author. Both kings sit 'at the table’, which is provided because the Devil is the father of fraud, deception and lies. They shall not prosper. W 9/15/41
Behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest.—Judg. 4:22.
At this point Barak pictured Christ Jesus as Jehovah’s Executioner at Armageddon. The people of goodwill have come to know the true description and purpose of religion and that it is a deadly foe to The Theocracy under Christ; they abandon religion and put it to death and take their stand unequivocally on the side of Jehovah and Christ. This Jael class God’s Executioner finds marked in their foreheads, and he spares these at Armageddon. The opponents of The Theocracy, who have refused the mark of intelligence when offered, the Executioner slays. (Ezek. 9:1-6) As Barak pursued Sisera, who pictures the chief representative of the Devil on earth, so the Lord begins his destructive work with the religionists. Every person today who would find refuge and life must put himself on the side of Jehovah and his King. W 2/1/41
Hiders on white asses, sitters on a long robe, and walkers by the way, meditate.—Judg. 5:10, Young.
Many of Israel’s thousands took the easy way and thus stayed out of rugged Mount Tabor. Some today who have made a covenant to do God’s will and who then seek the way of least resistance and least opposition and who desire the way of ease are in contrast with those covenant people of God who joyfully bear the brunt of the hardships. The one class desires the easy way, and they have much reason to meditate upon their present-day opportunities and responsibilities and to deny themselves ease and personal comfort when such is necessary to engage in service of The Theocracy. They should be willing to follow the lead of the Greater Barak and his 10,000 willing fighters who in this day of the fulfillment of the prophecy desire to bear witness to the name of Jehovah God under any and all circumstances. W 3/15/41
Her hand to the tent-pin put she forth, and her right hand to the toilers’ mallet, then smote she Sisera, she shattered his head, yea she split open and pierced through his temples.—Judg. 5:26, Rotherham.
By her works Jael proved she was for Jehovah and against the persecutor of his covenant people. Likewise the Jonadabs today, by their course of action in fully supporting God’s people, the “remnant”, as their “companions”, joyfully engage with them in the service and show their entire devotion to The Theocracy. Jael did not keep her vigorous act against Sisera a secret. She went right out and related to Barak, God’s servant, what she had done. Likewise the Jael class today boldly go out in the Lord’s name and publish, among their brethren and all who will hear, the great truth that religion is a dead thing and that its leaders and teachers are dead factors in their lives and all religion and religious institutions are doomed to destruction. W 5/1/41
And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; as was Issachar, so was Barak.—Judg. 5:15, Am. Rev. Ver.
Issachar furnished a genuine contingent of fighters for Jehovah’s name. They were exactly conformed to the image of their captain, Barak. In this they were foretelling that faithful and devoted servant class of Jehovah that will conform to the image or likeness of Christ Jesus, their Captain. Issachar’s tribe moved about and resided wherever it seemed best. They were accustomed to tents: “Rejoice, . . . Issachar, in thy tents.” (Deut. 33:18) Thus those faithful men well picture the pioneers who gladly reside wherever their work takes them and are content with whatever conditions the Lord provides for them. They realize they are given a place temporarily and, while there, doing with their might whatever is to be done and doing it with a grateful heart. Issachar was accustomed to bearing burdens, willingly. W 4/1/41
An idle soul shall suffer hunger. He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul.—Prov. 19:15,16.
Unclean thoughts and meditations must be shunned. (Mark 7:15-22) Idleness and slothfulness lead to disaster. The mind and the hands must be occupied in things that are profitable and works that are righteous in order to avoid the pitfalls set by Satan and his emissaries. Idleness contributed to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The demons see to it that the idle brain is filled with improper thoughts and leads to improper action. What must God’s covenant people do ? The remnant must obey His commandments. The “other sheep” of the Lord must do likewise. The “other sheep” find protection within the “city of refuge”, that is to say, under the Lord’s organization, and they must stay within bounds and obey the rules and commandments of the Lord’s organization which he gives. The first great commandment is to love God.—Matt. 22: 37-39. W 5/15/41
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.—Prov. 14:34.
All the nations of “Christendom” have received this warning by and through the Word of God. Not only have the nations had the Word of God, by which they could have been properly guided, but they have had the history of the experiences of others that have gone before and have been destroyed because they had forgotten God and his Word. Jehovah God brought the flood upon the world, which destroyed all save eight persons, Noah and his family. This He did because that people pushed aside and wholly ignored God’s Word. This forms a warning to “Christendom”, but “Christendom” has forgotten to give heed to that warning. “Christendom” has forgotten that God vindicated his name by the flood and that he will likewise vindicate his name by destroying all who turn away from him. W 7/1/41
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.—Matt. 20:28.
The Devil cannot thwart the purpose of God, who made the earth for man to live upon. God made provision, therefore, for a ‘second Adam’, who shall minister life to all obedient ones and make the earth a righteous and glorious place to live. (1 Cor. 15:45, 47) By right of purchase, and by power and authority which Christ Jesus received from Jehovah, he becomes the second Adam, owns the earth, and will regenerate and minister life to all of the purchased ones who render themselves in full obedience to his law. The “many” who are ransomed are those who have full faith in God and are obedient and who serve joyfully The Theocratic Government. Christ Jesus, the King of The Theocracy, actually gives life everlasting to all his subjects, and thus he is truly their “Everlasting Father”. W 9/1/41
Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.—Matt. 10:28.
Render obedience to Almighty God first and obey the rules of the state when such are not in conflict with God’s commandments. The person who is in a covenant with God to do His will knows that the most severe punishment the state can inflict upon him is death, from which death God will resurrect his faithful servants who have been put to death by man by reason of their faithfulness to God. He knows that willful violation of God’s commandment means death everlasting, from which there is no resurrection. He prefers to have everlasting life. He follows the advice of Christ Jesus above. The covenant people of Jehovah unhesitatingly obey God first and at all times, and implicitly trust him as to the final result. W 2/15/41
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.—Heb. 11:5.
The next man after Abel who had faith in God was Enoch. When it is said that a man walks with God, that means that his course of action is in harmony with God’s appointed way or rules. Long ago it was written: “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24) God did not permit the Devil to kill Enoch, and because of Enoch’s faith God took him away. Enoch prophesied that the Lord Jesus Christ, at his coming and his kingdom, will punish those who have fought against God. (Jude 14,15) It was Enoch’s faith that pleased God, and therefore God has a place for Enoch. It is written in connection with him and other faithful creatures: “Without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them.”—Heb. 11:6. W 8/1/41
He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations: which covenant he made with Abraham.—Ps. 105:8,9.
By the Scriptures is made certain that Jehovah’s everlasting covenant is his expressed purpose to set up The Theocracy by Christ Jesus, who will rule the world in righteousness. Jehovah’s covenant with Abraham was a unilateral, unconditional declaration that he would bring forth his Seed, Christ Jesus, the King, and the associate members of his kingdom, and that Christ should be King of The Theocracy and rule the world. It is that covenant which Jehovah promised to make clear to those who love and serve him, and concerning which he says: “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” (25:14) Against that everlasting covenant, The Theocracy, Satan has fought from the beginning of his rebellion. W 10/1/41
The spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.—2 Sam. 23:2,3.
The holy spirit, which is the invisible power of Almighty God, moved upon faithful men of old to write what is set forth in the prophecies and which is there written according to God’s will. This is a guarantee that the prophecies are true. The testimony of Jesus, the Greater David, confirms the authenticity of the prophecies. Both the acts and words of Jesus refer specifically to the prophets; which proves that the prophecies written in times of old, as set out in the Bible, are true. Christ Jesus is that great Prophet, who speaks with full authority conferred upon him by his Father Jehovah. Repeatedly the testimony given by Jesus shows that his Father sent Jesus to the earth and that Jesus’ testimony is in exact accord with his Father’s will. W 8/1/41
Shew forth the praises of him.—1 Pet. 2:9.
The people God takes out of the- nations for his name are his covenant people. They are taken into the covenant with God. Being taken out from the nations, God makes them separate and distinct from all other peoples. They are a people for a purpose, that is, for God’s purpose, that they must bear testimony to his name, represent him, and show forth his praises. He has called them out of darkness into the light, and they must make known his light and name. He selects them for the primary purpose of bearing testimony to his name, and thereafter the life of each one thus taken into the covenant depends upon his faithful performance of all obligations of his covenant by being obedient to the commandments of Almighty God. There is no excuse for him to alter his part of the covenant nor to fail to perform fully every part thereof. W 6/15/41
Joel . . . said, unto him, Come, and I will show thee the man whom thou seekest. And he came unto her; and,, behold, Sisera lay dead.—Judg. 4:22, A.B..V.
This is like the report of the man clothed with linen, with the writer’s inkhorn by his side, who went into the temple and reported to the Lord: “I have done as thou hast commanded me.” (Ezek. 9:11) Barak did not resent Jael’s action or claim the glory for himself. He was pleased with what she had done. In fulfillment of this drama the Lord Jesus shows his pleasure and approval of those who take their stand on his side and who put religion to death so far as their hearts are concerned. He begins the battle of Armageddon, and there religion meets its final end. He looks to see if they are worthy to survive Armageddon. If they have fled from religion and killed it, so far as they are concerned, and taken their stand on the side of Jehovah and his Theocracy, they may receive complete protection. W 2/1/41
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.—Judg. 5:6.
Many of God’s people used the byways or secret ways to serve God and his kingdom, rather than to face the danger of coming out in the open and boldly proclaiming Jehovah’s name and his kingdom, as the Lord had commanded. That condition of fear continued for some time after the World War had ended. The persecution of Jehovah’s servants grows in severity in the present day, and even now some take to the byways, but these are few compared to those who boldly declare themselves for Jehovah and his kingdom. To be sure, it is always wise to use discretion and sagacity and not to unnecessarily provoke anyone to wrath, but, when necessary, the servant of God should not hesitate to declare himself for Jehovah and Christ his King. There can be no compromise. W 3/1/41
Kishon swept them away, the torrent of olden times, the torrent of Kishon! Let my soul march along with victorious strength!—Judg. 5:21, Rotherham.
When Sisera began to move his army against Barak the results seemed certain in his favor. Now it appears to the Hierarchy and allies that it will be an easy matter for them, when the due time arrives, to completely destroy God’s people. But in answer to their threats and brags it is written: “When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Never before had the river Kishon acted as here against Sisera, and no one had ever witnessed such an unseasonable flood of waters rushing down its dry bed. It was indeed a “strange act”, and likewise at Armageddon the forces there will be indeed a “strange act” to all, particularly to those who have no faith in God. Never within the memory of man has there been anything like it. W 4/15/41
Thy testimonies are my meditation.—Ps. 119:99.
What the Lord requires of those who receive his approval is the zeal peculiar to the Lord’s house and the zeal that consumes them in his service, and which the Lord Jesus has always had. (Ps. 69:9) The Lord requires unstinted devotion to The Theocracy. The faithful ones are such and have entered into the joy of the Lord and have a keen appreciation of having a part in the vindication of Jehovah’s name. Beginning with the temple judgment by Christ Jesus the physical facts disclose that from that time onward there have been those who profess to love God but do little or nothing in the service, while there are those who profess to love God and do prove their love by willingly serving under all conditions and circumstances. This latter class sing the victory song by faith now with ever-increasing joy. This should cause the others to meditate and to get busy. W 3/15/41
For the leadership of leaders in Israel, for the volunteering of the people, bless ye Jehovah! Hear, ye kings!
Give ear, ye princes!—Judg. 5: 2, 3, Rotherham.
The song of victory is begun even before Armageddon clears out all parts of the Devil’s organization. The “strange work” of Jehovah is observed by all servants of Satan, and that greatly angers them. They behold Jehovah’s people volunteering and willingly going forward in his “strange work” and doing so with great joy and this they do in the face of all manner of persecution heaped upon them. The kings and rulers of the earth see this, and at the instance of religious leaders, particularly those of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, they redouble their efforts to destroy the faithful servants of the Almighty God. Thus notice and warning is given by the Most High, who commands that earthly rulers shall give heed for their own good. Jehovah does not take advantage of their ignorance, but sees to it that they have opportunity to hear. W 3/1/41
Blessed above (other') women shall be Jael the wife of Cheber the Kenite, above (other) women (dwelling) in the tent may she be blessed.—Judg. 5:24, Leeser.
Jael’s life was spared from Jehovah’s executioner, Barak, who found Sisera in her tent. Her life was spared although she was the wife of Heber, who maintained friendly relations with Jabin the enemy. She was given favorable mention in God’s Word, and made the picture concerning the Lord’s “other sheep”, that shall form the “great multitude” and that shall survive Armageddon and fill the earth according to the divine mandate. It appears that prior to the Megiddo battle she had no children but doubtless was blessed with children thereafter, and her family line was thereby preserved. The “great multitude”, whom Jael pictured, are greatly favored of Jehovah by being permitted to bear children after Armageddon and to thereby “fill the earth” with a righteous race. W 5/1/41
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.—Prov. 18:9.
The Devil is the great waster, and with his host of wicked ones is attempting to waste all things of righteousness. Any person today who has made a covenant to do God’s will and who then becomes indifferent and slothful concerning the work and service for The Theocracy or any other proper work to which he is assigned is thereby opening the way for the demons to completely control him. At the present time there are those amongst the consecrated who have children and who have failed to put them to work and who fail to even encourage them to work. They proceed upon the theory that the children must be left to their own desires for idleness and play. In this the parents are doing great injury to the children and their own selves. For the child’s protection and betterment every child should be taught God’s Word and the need to obey His commandments. W 5/15/41
For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light.—Ps. 36:9.
They that be wise look up to Almighty God, who is above, and pray him to guide them into the way of life everlasting: “Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.” (Vs. 11) The same rule must apply to everyone who shall have any hope of life. That which is today called “Christendom” is the antitype of the unfaithful Israelites. Both have turned to religion; both have forsaken the fountain of living waters, and drink at the fountains of so-called “wise men” who teach tradition, and which waters not only are brackish but contain the poison that leads to death. (Jer. 2:13; 17:13) The wise man takes the Bible for his guide because it is the only thing that illuminates his pathway. Knowledge of God and Christ is essential to all who would be wise. W 7/15/41
But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles; and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.—Judg. 4:16.
True to his name “Lightning”, with lightning speed Barak pursued the fleeing, discouraged army of Sisera. With his smaller army of only ten thousand men Barak did a good cleaning up of the job. At this point of the prophetic drama he played the part picturing Christ Jesus and his invisible army of heaven made up of the angelic host that follow after the victorious Christ Jesus. This picture shows that the invisible host actually in the battle of Armageddon literally complete the wrecking of the religious-dictatorial crowd that is determined to rule the world in defiance of God and that stands in the place of God’s Theocratic Government. In that complete cleanup, which the Lord will accomplish, all enemies of Jehovah God and of his Theocratic Government shall perish. W 1/15/41
Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.—Ps. 50:5. All persons who fully agree to do God’s will and who are selected by Jehovah and taken out of the nations to be a witness to his name are thus taken into the covenant with Jehovah God. That is a covenant by sacrifice. Those who make a covenant by sacrifice with Jehovah choose to follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus, and they thereby agree to sacrifice every right and privilege that would conflict with Jehovah’s purpose. Since the selection of Jesus’ faithful apostles and their anointing at Pentecost till now many persons have agreed to do God’s will and have made a covenant by sacrifice. The covenant obligations of all those taken into the covenant require faithfulness in proclaiming the name and kingdom of Jehovah. They are truly ministers or preachers of this gospel. W 6/15/41
Our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Cor. 1:7, 8.
The apostle also beseeches that "ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment”, (Vs. 10) At the beginning of Christ’s reign as King the prophetic drama of Job is fulfilled in completeness. Then all who receive God’s approval must, as Job did, hold fast their integrity and stand blameless before the King. The suffering of Job foretells a climax of suffering of God’s faithful witnesses at the present time and amidst all of such sufferings the approved ones must hold fast their integrity. They must all speak the same thing, that is, this gospel of the Kingdom. They must be in complete unity in action, perfectly joined together in their activities for that Theocratic Government. W 8/15/41
Where he bowed there he fell down dead... .So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord.—Judg. 5:27, 31.
This word “So” shows that the battle of Megiddo is a type or prophecy of what shall come to pass upon the enemies of God at the battle of Armageddon. Modern religious practitioners seem to have forgotten that ancient battle of Megiddo. To them the Bible account is merely fiction or history in which they have no real interest. They are too wise in their own learning to give heed to what the Lord has said. Jehovah will not permit his enemies, that have so willfully and ruthlessly and without cause or excuse persecuted his faithful servants, to go down to death in peace or by a peaceful means. Those enemies shall perish at the hand of his Executioner under great violence, and they shall know that the Lord God, by his Executive Officer, Christ Jesus, executes them. W 5/1/41
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly . . . out of Uachir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.—Judg. 5:9, 14.
Although engaged in legitimate seafaring business those faithful men of Zebulun did not permit such things to interfere with their service to Jehovah and their fight against his enemies. Being engaged in business is no excuse to fail or refuse to engage in the active service of the great Theocrat. Another rendering of Judges 5:14 reads: “Out of Zebulun such as bear aloft the staff of the marshal.” (Roth.) While they held the staff of authority they readily put themselves under the staff of the great Marshal and busied themselves to get more fighting men into the field for battle. In the present day faithful servants of God, regardless of position of importance held by them, put forth their best endeavors to get more publishers of The Theocracy into the field for fighting the battle of the Lord. W 4/1/41
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.—Prov. 22:6.
Parents are the ones responsible for bringing children into the world. It is their responsibility to properly instruct these children. In matters pertaining to worldly affairs it seems instruction by a competent teacher in the schools is proper, but, as to God’s Word, it is the first and bounden duty of consecrated parents to teach their children. Consecrated parents must bring up their children “in the nurture ... of the Lord”; which means as God has commanded. They must bring them up in the “admonition of the Lord”; which means that advice, counsel and instruction must be given them in righteousness, as this instruction is set forth in God’s Word. This is a sacred duty no one has any right to interfere with. It is a duty the parents have no right to ignore. Life for the children is involved. W 2/15/41
In the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging.—Matt. 19:28.
These words of the King to the faithful apostles prove that there shall be a regeneration of humankind and the great Life-giver to the regenerated ones is Christ Jesus the King. His “other sheep” shall live forever on the earth and will experience regeneration. A multitude of such are now living on the earth, and these hearing the message of life respond gladly and, proving their integrity, they shall live and never die. That blessed multitude was pictured by the sons of Noah that were carried safely over the flood. Their father Noah pictured the great Life-giver. After the flood all nations of earth were from Noah their father. So likewise the people carried over Armageddon, together with all others that live after Armageddon, shall be from the King-Father, Christ Jesus. W 9/1/41
They shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen.—Dan. 11:33, 34.
“Flame” here symbolizes hot persecution and public roasting by newspapers, radio addresses, public misrepresentation, and false testimony in courts. From these sources flames of malicious persecution have flared forth against Jehovah’s witnesses. Against such scorching flames the faithful have stood firm, refusing to yield to any part of the demonized organization. These witnesses have been taken into captivity, physically, in totalitarian-ruled countries, where they have been physically dragged and thrown into prison; many throughout the United States. All such wickedness, leveled against them, is in fulfillment of prophecy. Knowing that Jehovah permits it for a purpose, they joyfully endure such suffering and persecution for his name’s sake, knowing that in due time he will avenge them. W 10/15/41
Thou shalt consume all the people which the Lord thy God shall deliver thee: thine eye shall have no pity upon them; neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.—Deut. 7:16.
Like Jael who smote Sisera, all persons of good-will toward God who would find refuge and life must take their uncompromising stand against religion and hence must slay religion so that from their viewpoint religion becomes completely dead. As to the punishment of religious practitioners, the individuals, the Lord will attend to that. Human creatures have nothing to do with that. It is no part of man’s work who has devoted himself to the Lord to punish others because of their belief or practicing of religion. Their duty is to tell the truth. The sole duty of those who take the side of The Theocracy is to be servants of Jehovah God and inform the people that religion is a snare that leads them to death. W 2/1/41
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people: Bless ye Jehovah.—Judg. 5:9, Am. Rev. Ver.
Jehovah foretold through his prophet: “I will appoint the oversight of thee to Prosperity, and the setting of thy tasks to Righteousness.” (Isa. 60:17, Rotherham) Sincere, heart devotion or love for Jehovah and his King was the moving cause for his servants to engage immediately in activity in the service work of proclaiming The Theocratic Government. Acceptable service must be a willing service. Such is the proper and therefore exemplary course to be taken by the faithful. In line with this the apostle instructed Timothy, and hence all servants of the organization whom he pictured: “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation.” (1 Tim. 4:12) The faithful ones must be “doers of the word, and not hearers only”. W 3/15/41
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.—Ps. 125:2.
As it was in Noah’s day so it is at the present time, where now ‘the earth is filled with violence’. In every nation violence is directed especially against those in a covenant to do God’s will and who are diligent to keep faithfully that covenant. Christ’s faithful followers are violently ‘hated for his name’s sake’, even as Jesus foretold. (Matt. 24:9) Religion, politics, commerce, and their agencies unite in their efforts to heap violence upon all who boldly declare the name and kingdom of Jehovah. Freedom of worship of Almighty God has disappeared from the earth, and only Jehovah and his King give protection to those who love righteousness. It is certain that all of Jehovah’s witnesses and companions today would be slain by the violent ones were it not for the protection the Lord provides for them. W 5/15/41
Then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo: they took no gain.—Judg. 5:19.
Even so now the enemy fight against the faithful earthly representatives of The Theocracy. The demonized religionists have started the fight and are keeping it up, and will continue to do so until Jehovah opens up the heavenly forces against the enemy and performs his “strange act”. The service to Jehovah by his witnesses proclaiming his name and kingdom must continue until the time for Jehovah to begin his “strange act”, and then there will be a real fight, which will be the last one. It will be much more than the enemy are expecting, and hence the enemy will know before it is done that it is the great Theocracy fighting by and through Christ Jesus, the King thereof, and that it is all under the command of Jehovah, the Almighty God. Deliverance to his faithful servants will then be complete. W 4/15/41
Thy word is true from the beginning.—Ps. 119:160.
Jesus testified as to the authenticity of the law and all the holy prophets, and stated that upon these the two great commandments of God are based. (Matt. 11:13; 22 : 36-40) Having testified to the authenticity of the law and the prophets, which are set forth in the Holy Scriptures, and having stated that he received these truths from the Almighty God, his Father, Jesus summed up the matter in these authoritative words: “Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17) For more than three years the twelve apostles of Jesus were personally taught by him. God gave him those apostles, and all except one of them remained faithful. (John 17:6-10) At Pentecost, Peter the apostle, inspired and moved by God’s holy spirit, then and there testified that the Lord God had raised Jesus out of death, and at the same time cited the prophecy foretelling that great and marvelous act of God.—Acts 2:31-36. W 6/1/41
Beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.—Isa. 43:11, 12.
Jehovah God takes out from the nations a people for himself; which means that those thus taken out are to be used and must be used for his purpose. His purpose is that his name shall be proclaimed throughout the nations before Armageddon and such proclamation must be made by those whom God has selected. They must tell the people that Jehovah is the only true and almighty God and that Christ Jesus is the King of The Theocratic Government, and that such government is the only hope for peace and life of the people. Among Jehovah’s faithful people there are no strange gods, either of men or of angels. The faithful are devoted wholly to Jehovah, the only true and almighty God. W 6/15/41
God is love.—1 John 4:8.
Jehovah’s manner of dealing with his creatures is for their good. He is entirely unselfish. He needs nothing from his creatures, because all things in heaven and earth are his. Jehovah places the truth before his creatures and permits them to voluntarily accept the same and willingly serve him or to reject his Word and suffer the consequences. He neither begs nor compels anyone to serve him. One cannot approach God unless he first has faith, that is, believes Jehovah is the Almighty God and that the creature receives His blessings only when he seeks those blessings. (Heb. 11:6) He rewards only those who diligently seek to know and do his will. He is no respecter of persons. He is making no effort to induce anyone to get into his organization and serve him. All who desire to know and serve God must do so voluntarily, and not by compulsion or undue influence. W 11/1/41
On this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.—Rev. 22:2, Am. Rev. Ver.
There is but one way to heal the people of the nations which are now desirous of being healed, and that is the way which Jehovah God has provided. Christ Jesus, with his own precious lifeblood, has bought the human race. Those who believe in God and Christ and devote themselves to the Lord and obey his rules shall have the benefit of the means God has provided to give them life through Christ Jesus. There is no other means of salvation. Demonism, religion, and human philosophy are altogether in vain. Jehovah God is the “fountain of life”, and he administers life by and through Jesus Christ, and administers that life and attending blessings to those who faithfully obey and serve him. W 7/1/41
And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end.—Dan. 11:45.
Demonized rulers, determined to stay put and control the earth, “plant” their tents between “the seas” (that is, the people in general) and those wholly devoted to The Theocracy, and which latter are described as “the glorious holy mountain”. (Young’s) That glorious mountain is The Theocracy, including the remnant on earth at the time of Armageddon. It appears that in the last desperate stand the religionists, or demonized rulers, will attempt to prevent any and all in the “seas” from coming forth and fleeing to the “glorious holy mountain”, The Theocratic Government. It may be that at this point the Lord will open the eyes of multitudes, who will escape and find refuge under The Theocracy. The enemy, the totalitarians, will fight desperately and furiously, but he shall find no help. W 12/15/41
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him.—1 Cor. 8:6.
There is one God Eternal, The Almighty, whose name is Jehovah. He is "from everlasting to everlasting”. From him proceeds everything that is good. All his ways are perfect. God’s commandments are perfect, and if a man could at all times deport himself exactly in harmony with God’s law he would never make a mistake. (Ps. 19: 7-9) Jehovah God is the fountain of life and the Giver of life everlasting to them that obey him. Necessarily it follows that, if man makes some creature or thing a god to which he renders obeisance and obedience, he could never find or possess life everlasting. By reason of the goodness and loving-kindness of Almighty God this unchangeable commandment is given to all who have hope of life everlasting: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”—Ex. 20:3. W 2/15/41
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments.—Ps. 111:10.
Understanding means that the creature has an appreciation of his own relationship to the Creator. When one starts in the right way, which is the way of wisdom, if he really desires to be wise he will continue to grow in knowledge, wisdom and understanding. The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom, and the wise man always fears God. He will not content himself by starting to serve God, and then become indifferent. Some persons erroneously conclude that, they having taken the step of consecration and agreement to serve God, nothing further is needful. The wise man continuously searches the Bible and carefully and prayerfully meditates upon and studies it that he may keep in the way that leads to life everlasting. This instruction is given to all who will walk in wisdom. W 7/15/41
The prophets, who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, . . . waxed valiant in fight.—Heb. 11:32-34.
Those prophets had faith in God and in his coming government, The Theocracy, and prophesied of its coming. Because of their faithfulness they received God’s approval. Every one of those faithful men endured great affliction, which was heaped upon them by religionists and other dupes of the Devil, and all these faithful men are mentioned as valiant fighters. The Devil, in his effort to make effective his wicked challenge to Almighty God, fought against these faithful men, endeavoring to turn them away from God. In that fight the Devil employed religion, or demonism, as his chief instrument and applied physical force where he could not succeed by fraud and deception. Under the test those men remained true and showed faith and devotion to God. W 8/1/41
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.—John 3:17.
Certainly this means not the salvation of individuals as a primary purpose, but means that God, for his name’s sake, would establish his Theocratic Government, the new heavens, and through it establish a new earth of righteousness, wherein dwelleth righteousness and where righteousness shall prevail and persist forever. Today God makes this matter so plain that The Theocracy stands out far and above everything else and is therefore of paramount importance, for the reason that it is The Theocracy that vindicates Jehovah’s name. This is “the everlasting covenant”, his unbreakable word that he would have a Seed that would honor his name, vindicate it, and provide a means of salvation to all those who willingly put themselves under The Theocracy and devote themselves to God and Christ. W 10/1/41
At [Jael's] feet [Sisera] bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell; where he bowed there he fell down dead.—Judg. 5:27.
This warrants the conclusion that at the blow upon Sisera’s head first delivered he raised himself up and offered what resistance he could under the conditions and then fell down dead. Whereupon Jael, with the tent pin, fastened his head to the ground. In like manner the Jonadabs abandon and shun religion and use the hammer of the Scriptures upon the religious rulers; which causes such religionists to writhe in agony and to rise up and attempt to resist and to howl in agony and to take all possible action against the Theocratic message, and then in the end they fall down and die. According to the Revised Version margin the text reads: “He fell down overpowered.” The Kingdom message completely overpowers the religionists, and they are not able to answer today. W 5/1/41
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. —1 John 3:13.
Exactly as Jesus foretold, his faithful followers, the witnesses of Jehovah, are now hated of all nations for his name’s sake. God’s covenant people are subjected to the enmity of both “the king of the north” and “the king of the south”, and both of these kings are against The Theocracy; and those who are loyal and faithful to The Theocracy are pilgrims and strangers in the enemy’s country. The supporters of The Theocracy, therefore, must be entirely neutral as to all controversies between kings that rule under the demons’ influence. At the same time it is clearly Jehovah’s will that his covenant people now on earth and pictured by Daniel should diligently seek to gain an understanding of Daniel’s prophecy, which understanding brings to them great comfort. This prophecy clearly points to the early collapse of demon-rule. W 9/15/41
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.—Judg. 5:18.
They put Almighty God first and counted not their lives of importance when compared with the honor and vindication of Jehovah’s name and the interest of his covenant people. They regarded the- covenant of the nation with Jehovah as an obligation to be kept. They were first to volunteer. (4: 6,10) Now the faithful covenant people of God go right out in the field where they can be seen and marked as a remnant of the people who are entirely for Jehovah and his Theocracy. They thereby make themselves the target for the enemy and expose themselves to the assaults of mobs led by religious priests and supported by other fanatics under demon influence. They count not their lives dear unto them when compared with their privilege of witnessing to The Theocracy. W 1/1/41
1 will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.—Ps. 89:35-37.
At all times Jehovah has magnified his word, keeping or performing it faithfully and completely. (Ps. 138:2) In the prophetic picture David represented Christ, the Beloved of Jehovah God and who is the Seed of promise. Jehovah’s covenant to bless men under certain conditions is an unbreakable promise and is certain. As God has made the sun to shine, just so certainly will he carry out and fully perform all the terms of that covenant to make Christ Jesus the Head of The Theocratic Government, from which all blessings shall flow to obedient human creatures. In his loving-kindness toward men Jehovah has doubly assured men of His purpose to fully perform his covenant. Not only does he give his word, but he binds his word with his oath.—Heb. 6:17, 18. W 8/15/41
And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. . . . And with the hammer she smote Sisera.—Judg. 4:18; 5:26.
Jael pictured that class of persons who for some years have observed the Hierarchy and its allies oppressing Jehovah’s witnesses and resorting to all manner of lies to cover up their wicked deeds and to hide the Hierarchy from view. Aptly Jael pictured what is now taking place as to choosing. She must choose But what helped her to make a wise choice ? It was fear of Almighty God in her mind, fearing lest she should take her stand against the Almighty, the Righteous One, and the only One who gives life to those who do righteousness. Because she feared God, and not man, and because she put her trust in God, true to His promise he guided her to make the right choice. “What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.” W 2/1/41
Let him that heareth say, Come. And... take the water of life freely.—Rev. 22:17.
Your present-day duty is that of great weight and responsibility. The King is here, fully prepared and equipped for Armageddon, and there his enemies shall bite the dust. Before he executes that judgment with great power, he commands that all who love him shall be actively engaged in proclaiming The Theocracy to Jehovah’s praise. If you hope to live, and you now love the “Everlasting Father”, the King, you will willingly and joyfully give heed to his words and obey him. As prospective children of the King it is now your privilege and bounden duty to hasten to carry out the Lord’s commandment by carrying Jehovah’s message of hope to the people who will hear. By doing so willingly, without fear of demons or men, you prove your love for the great Theocrat and his King. W 9/1/41
The Lord God of heaven,. ..he shall send his angel before thee; and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence—Gen. 24:7.
In the days of old the typical covenant people of God, who loved him, looked to him to guide in the selection of a wife for the man. This is at least a suggestion that under The Theocracy men and women will seek the face of the Lord, the King, and beseech him to make the selection of the wife for the husband. Since Armageddon is near at hand it would seem wise for those who hope to be of the “great multitude” and therefore to fulfill the divine mandate to wait upon the Lord, seek his direction, and ask him to guide them and make selection of a companion. As the “great multitude” will carry out the divine mandate in righteousness they will need and greatly desire the direction of their “Wonderful Counsellor”, the King of glory. He is certain to guide those who seek his counsel. W 9/1/41
O sing unto the Lord... his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.—Ps. 98:1.
Even so the “strange work” of Almighty God has continued to progress under the command of Christ Jesus and his organization, including the faithful servants of Jehovah now on earth, and these have, with much and increasing joy, engaged in that “strange work”. It has seemed strange to the enemy, because the faithful ones have denounced religion as God’s enemy and continued to do so. The faithful have increased in their zeal and devotion, and it has been a time of joyful song in which they have sung and continue to sing the praises of Almighty God; and today that song of joy and victory is ever increasing in volume because the faithful servants of the Most High know that soon Jehovah shall vindicate his name and that he will bring about their complete deliverance. W 3/15/41
O sing unto the Lord a new song.—Ps. 96:1.
Jehovah is the Author of the song of victory. It is a song of praise. Songs of which he is the composer are always of praise, telling of deliverance of his devoted servants and glory to his own name. They are prophetic of the time when Jehovah manifests himself for the honor of his name. His faithful servants have always been oppressed by the enemy Satan and his agents; and when Jehovah's servants wait upon the Most High and put their trust fully in him, then he in due time delivers them. The song of praise tells of such coming victory in a great conflict led by Christ Jesus, to the honor of his Father. The song expresses the joy of Jehovah’s organization at the early vindication of his name. The faithful servants of Christ Jesus have now entered into his joy and are now singing the praises of the Most High and of his kingdom. Their “companions” hear the song of praise, and hasten to join therein. W 3/1/41
The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. 0 my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.—Judg. 5:21.
At Armageddon Christ and his heavenly army will tread down under foot the strong and mighty that have spoiled the earth. The faithful remnant on earth and their companions, who survive Armageddon, shall see the Lord’s work and will tread upon what at one time was the strength of the enemy. Jehovah’s faithful servants now refuse to dishonor Almighty God by bowing down to or saluting officials, emblems, or images, and for this they are persecuted. Jehovah’s people will remain true and steadfast in their devotion to him, and ere long the things that are now the enemy’s strength shall be trodden down. The faithful will continue to follow in the lead of Christ their King. To them Jehovah and Christ are “the Higher Powers” ; they will give devotion to none other. W 4/15/41
Ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.—John 15:19.
A Christian is one who follows in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and joyfully obeys the commandments of Almighty God. All Christians must follow in Jesus’ footsteps. (1 Pet. 2:21) There is a wide difference between persons who have not made a covenant with the Lord and those who have covenanted to do his will. Those who enter into an agreement or covenant to be obedient to God, and who are accepted by him as followers of Christ Jesus, are entirely separate and distinct from others in the world. Only those who have strictly obeyed the Lord’s commandments have been saved from Satan’s influence and power. For this reason Christ’s faithful followers are instructed to ‘keep themselves unspotted from the world’. Therefore rules that nations make concerning their people in general cannot always apply to the one who is in a covenant to do God’s will. W 2/15/41
Have they not divided the prey;.. .to Sisera a prey of divers colours,... of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?—Judg. 5:30.
Religionists expect all the glory for themselves and to gratify themselves. Jehovah has clothed his servants now on the earth with the glory of the Kingdom service. He has given them a favor never before enjoyed by human creatures. The religionists, and the clergy particularly, would now strip them, if possible, of that glory and put it on themselves, that they might appear before the people as the legitimate representatives of the Lord. When Armageddon begins and the Lord Jesus Christ sends his forces against the Devil’s organization, the religious leaders will be the first to go down. Then the other sections of Satan’s organization will behold the smoke of religion’s destruction and will wail. W 5/1/41
We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast.—Heb. 6:18, 19.
Jehovah gives full assurance to men that his Word shall not return unto him void, but shall be fully and completely performed and fulfilled. Such assurance is given that those who put their trust in him may have a sure anchorage for their hope. Those in a covenant with God to do his will must have food for the mind. God has furnished such food in abundance, and every word uttered by the Lord is truth and food for the mind. “Princes [worldly rulers] have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.” (Ps. 119:161, 162) “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.”—Jer. 15:16. W 6/1/41
So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job.—Job 2:7.
The name “Job” means “hated”; hence to be persecuted by the enemy. Those pictured by Job are hated by all adversaries or enemies of the Kingdom, which enemies are hostile or at enmity with and against the purposes for which the Job class is used. When God pronounced judgment against the Devil He said: “I will put enmity [hatred] between thee and the woman [picturing God’s universal organization], and between thy seed and her seed.” The seed of Jehovah’s organization is The Christ. Concerning that Seed it is written: “And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies [haters].” (Gen. 3:15; 22:17) Satan’s deadly enmity was shown toward the man Jesus. Satan repeatedly tried to bring about Jesus’ destruction. That was due to the fact that Jesus was at all times faithful and loyal to his Father. W 8/15/41
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.—Ps. 37:37.
As long as the Devil is in existence and his organization operates every person who is diligent to maintain his integrity toward God and his kingdom will be the object of persecution by the blind guides of men and by all others of Satan’s instruments. The evildoers are headed for destruction. The lot of the evil or wicked is most undesirable and is shunned by all persons who desire righteousness. The end of the wicked is near. Their time is short. The day of Armageddon is near, and at that time all who remain on Satan’s side shall suffer destruction. The lot of those who have fled to the Theocratic organization is the blessed one. Finding refuge there and then remaining steadfastly on the Lord’s side, such persons pursuing the wise course are diligent to continuously do God’s will. Thus continuing faithful the Lord’s “other sheep” shall be brought through Armageddon and find everlasting life on the earth. W 7/15/41
He had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.—John 5:16,17.
This announces the rule that everyone should work. One who has covenanted to serve God and his kingdom must do works of righteousness. With him the Kingdom interests are all-important at all times. He will not content himself by devoting seven to ten hours per day to doing work in the office or factory of the Lord’s organization, or by going from house to house telling the people of the Kingdom. He will not divide his time and energy between such service work and other things out of harmony with the Kingdom. He will devote himself wholly and entirely to matters pertaining to the Kingdom; as it is written: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”—Col. 3: 23. W 5/15/41
Do unto them as ... to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison; which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.—Ps. 83:9, 10.
The power of Almighty God was used against them and doubtless he permitted some of them to escape for a time to carry out the completeness of the picture. The waters, rushing down from the high land of Megiddo, would force Sisera’s hosts to flee to the higher lands on the opposite side, leading them right into the trap which the Lord had set for them with the army of 10,000 Israelite soldiers with swords. Not one of the bodyguard or military staff of Captain Sisera was permitted to escape and flee with him. Sisera had to hit out for the hills on foot, alone. The religious leaders will find themselves in the same predicament. Some of his army got out of the flood and fled as far as Endor and perished there. This is a symbol of those who flee to demons or demon representatives and who shall come to an untimely end. W 1/15/41
Far from the noise of archers, in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of Jehovah.—Judg. 5:11, Am. Rev. Ver.
Those who go out to battle against the enemies of God’s covenant people are the ones who should receive the abundant blessings of the Lord and who therefore refresh themselves at the watering places. Such faithful and zealous ones are in a position to appreciate the manifold blessings of the Lord and to tell about them. They do tell of the Lord’s work of vindicating his name against all unrighteousness. They are privileged to tell others how religion has misrepresented Jehovah and brought great reproach upon his name. They have many thrilling and blessed experiences in going about among the people and telling of the righteousness of Jehovah and the blessings that The Theocratic Government will bring. They refresh themselves from the waters of revealed truths. W 3/15/41
Thy word is very pure; therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised; yet do not I forget thy precepts.—Ps. 119:140, 141.
The fact that in all the nations Jehovah’s witnesses are now hated and persecuted is strong evidence that the witness work is about completed and that Armageddon is very near. Because many have forgotten God and become enemies of God and of his servants the words of the prophet (Ps. 119:139) now apply to them: “My zeal hath consumed me; because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.” The remnant of God’s “holy nation” still on earth have not forgotten God. The Lord’s “other sheep” now fleeing to the antitypical “city of refuge” do not forget God and his “wonderful works to the children of men”. Such “other sheep” continue faithful and in due time will form the “great multitude” and constitute the “nations” that shall carry out the divine mandate. W 7/1/41
Behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered.—Isa. 65:17.
God has given his word that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness shall continue forever. That means that the rule of the earth, both invisible and also visible, shall be in righteousness. The righteous Ruler, Christ Jesus, shall ever be invisible to human eyes, but will have his representatives acting in righteousness who will be visible to human eyes. Almighty God Jehovah is the King of Eternity and is invisible. Christ Jesus is “the express image” of Jehovah and likewise invisible to human eyes. He is Jehovah’s duly anointed King of The Theocratic Government. The battle of the great day of God Almighty will for ever end the rule of the wicked. All the wicked God will destroy. Affliction shall not rise up again. Henceforth Christ Jesus will reign. His reign will be entirely righteous. W 8/1/41
Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel... have likewise foretold of these days.—Acts 3:24.
Samuel was a child of parents who were devoted to and served God. His mother consecrated Samuel to Jehovah before Samuel’s birth, and when the babe was weaned she handed him over to God’s service. That was a specific instance in which the child was taught from his youth up to have faith in and to serve God, and from that he never departed. He was yet a child when God called him to be a prophet and thereafter God used him as a prophet. Samuel was faithful unto the end and repeatedly warned the Israelites against demonism or religion. He judged Israel with a righteous judgment, always showing his devotion to God. Samuel prophesied the coming of The Theocratic Government and of the King thereof and the setting up of that kingdom in power and glory. He received God’s approval. W 8/1/41
All these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.—1 Cor. 10:11.
Seeing that certain tribes of the typical people of Jehovah God missed their greatest opportunity by remaining inactive during an emergency in the days of Barak and Deborah, and that their action was of sufficient importance to have it recorded in the prophecy, every consecrated person today should ask himself, Why did Jehovah call attention to the derelictions of some? and why did he emphasize the course of action taken by others who joined in the Song of Victory? God caused those things to be recorded to show the consecrated today their privilege of having a part in vindicating his name and to emphasize the fact that all protection and salvation proceed from God and none comes from any other source. The loving-kindness of the Lord is manifest at all times to those who are diligent to do his will. W 4/1/41
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
To all his covenant people God commands: “Thou shalt not kill.” (Ex. 20:13) “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” (Rom. 12:19) God’s law fixes the death penalty for anyone who willfully violates that commandment. His law provides for the execution of the violators of his law. Human life can be properly taken only by God’s specific provision. He has appointed his Executioner. The slaughtering of human creatures in war or otherwise is a violation of God’s covenant concerning the sanctity of life That is an everlasting covenant, not subject to change. No one can break God’s covenant and escape the penalty prescribed for so doing. With stronger force does this rule apply to everyone who is taken into a covenant with the Lord God to be a witness to his name. W 6/15/41
And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.—Judg. 4:22.
The issue back there was between demons, of whom the Devil is chief, and Jehovah; that is, between religion or demon-worship and the obedience to and worship of Jehovah God. Today religion, with its advocates, has become dead and a dead factor to the people of good-will toward God. That was the condition of Sisera when the tent nail went through his temple. Persons who love righteousness and hate wickedness are dead against religion now because it is the product of Satan and leads to death, whereas the worship of Almighty God and Christ Jesus leads to life. People of good-will must choose between the Devil and Jehovah; therefore they must abandon religion and turn fully to Christianity, if they would live. They must slay religion by taking a bold, uncompromising stand against it and by declaring to others that religion is a deadly enemy. W 2/1/41
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.—Acts 5:29.
Those faithful apostles of the Lord, because they persisted in keeping their covenant with God and obeying God’s commandments rather than men, were arrested, ill-used, thrown into prison, and beaten. When released from prison they went straightway forward in preaching the gospel in obedience to God’s commandment. They did not fear what men might do; they feared God and obeyed him. Suppose they had taken a compromising course by obeying commandments of men, in order to avoid bodily punishment, and yet preached the gospel on the sly, when rulers might not find it out. That compromising course would have constituted a failure to keep covenant with God, breaking their covenant because of fear of men. The fear of man leads into Satan’s snare, which means everlasting destruction. That same rule applies to all today. W 6/15/41
[Sisera] ashed water, and [Jael] gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.—Judg. 5:25.
Jael gave him milk, not as an act of giving aid to the enemy of Jehovah’s people, but to put him to sleep and thereby to disarm him that she might carry out her purpose in favor of The Theocracy. Milk, when warm, or buttermilk, has a tendency to put to sleep one who is tired. Likewise the Jonadabs hand to the enemy the “milk of God’s Word” as set forth in the Scriptures and the Scriptural explanation. This confounds the enemy and disarms them and puts them to sleep mentally. When one is taken to task by a religionist and hands the simple word of God in reply to him, the religionist is so confused that he cannot answer; hence he is mentally asleep. Jael pictured this by serving Sisera with milk. She brought it forth “in a lordly dish”. So the Lord’s witnesses today bring forth his Word in the Lord’s dish. W 5/1/41
And such as do wickedly ... shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.—Dan. 11:32.
Jehovah draws a striking contrast between the enemies of The Theocracy, that yield to flattery and do wickedly against The Theocracy, and those who faithfully support The Theocratic Government. The faithful servants of Jehovah engage, by his grace, in God’s “strange work”. These do know their God and rejoice in serving him. Such are Jehovah’s witnesses to whom He has been pleased in recent years to reveal himself and his purposes, and he has made them “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might”. He has made them strong in faith and in works and to stand up against the totalitarian forces of the demons, and to refuse to have anything in common with covenant-breaking religionists. God has made them strong to stick to and proclaim the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus his King. W 10/15/41
For that the leaders took the lead in Israel, for that the people offered themselves willingly, bless ye Jehovah.—Judg. 5:2, Am. Rev. Ver.
In 1914 Christ Jesus was enthroned King and sent forth to rule, and immediately there began a “war in heaven”, resulting in the ousting of the Devil and his angels and the easting of them down to the earth. God’s faithful people thereafter willingly offered themselves unto the Lord in his service. Christ Jesus took the lead, and whithersoever he leads the faithful servants on earth follow. In the prophetic drama the ‘leaders” were Barak and Deborah, picturing Christ Jesus and God’s organization. In the drama’s fulfillment Christ Jesus, the King, and his heavenly army take the lead and all those on earth who are Jehovah’s witnesses voluntarily offer themselves, entering the service of the King and joyfully performing that service. W 3/1/41
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
If one follows the admonition to “study” (2 Tim. 2:15), he gains understanding. He must walk in the way of wisdom in order to gam understanding. In no other way can man have a proper appreciation of his own relationship to the almighty Creator. Therefore, with all his getting he is admonished to get understanding. The wise man knows that God’s will is perfect and if he would continue to walk in wisdom and to increase in understanding he must learn God’s will concerning himself and then he must strive to do it. The wise man therefore turns to Jesus, the perfect One, who is also above, and looks up to him that he may learn by studying the course which Jesus takes. He hears Jesus’ words: “I delight to do thy will, O my God.” He immediately sees the seed of his own agreement to do God’s will. W 7/15/41
And the king . . . shall prosper till the indignation he accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.—Pan. 11:36.
Jehovah’s indignation will be expressed at the battle of Armageddon, in the complete overthrow of “the king of the north”. This “king” has had his day in which he had permission to “have indignation against the holy covenant” (vs. 30); and at Armageddon it is his turn to experience the indignation from the side of the Holy Covenant, to wit, the Lord. It is Jehovah’s “strange act” at that battle that is determined; and nothing can interfere with or prevent it. Jehovah will make a final end of all that are opposed to the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus. Daniel may be back on the earth at any time now and he, together with Jehovah’s faithful covenant people, will know what course to take at that time of the beginning of tribulation. W 11/1/41
Strong ones... have turned aside the continual sacrifice, and appointed the desolating abomination.
—Dan. 11:31, Young.
The two “kings” succeeded in taking away this “daily sacrifice” in 1918, during the World War, and under the pretext that the same hindered the war. After the war “the king of the north” continued to hinder and take away the “daily sacrifice” or service of Jehovah by his faithful witnesses. Now both kings, under demon influence and power, continue to suppress the message of The Theocratic Government and both look forward to the time near when they shall be able to say: “Peace and safety”; particularly for the religious element thereof. Everywhere the totalitarian religious crowd are against God’s true worship because that worship is to worship God in spirit and in truth and emphasizes the great truth that the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus is the only hope of humankind. They try to compel Jehovah’s witnesses to “worship the beast and his image”. W 10/1/41
1 will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.—Ps. 77:12.
“Meditate, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.” (Judges 5:10, marginal reading) This prophetic admonition was appropriate when uttered and has been appropriate at all times since. The word of God should never be passed over lightly, but should be soberly considered. Here is an admonition forcibly addressed to all who have made a covenant with the Lord, and particularly those who are not performing their duties and privileges. The Scriptures and the physical facts which apply to them should always be considered together. One in a covenant with Jehovah should face the facts and take them to heart as to their significance and then after calm meditation act properly, seeking the wisdom that comes from above. W 3/15/41
Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully [negligently (margin)], and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.—Jer. 48:10. Jehovah compels no one to take the course, but he leaves the way open to all who voluntarily and freely come out and make known that they are on the side of Jehovah and his government of righteousness. But how about those who hear the message and remain silent, indifferent and negligent, concluding that they had better keep quiet in order to make the way of the present time easier for themselves ? Can one who now hears the name of Jehovah and understands that his final reckoning is near remain quiet, indifferent or negligent concerning the same and expect to receive Jehovah’s protection? The prophecy answers: "Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord; curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.”—Judg. 5:23. W 4/15/41
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.—2 Pet. 1:20.
All true prophecy proceeds from the Almighty God, Jehovah. He is perfect in wisdom and knows the end from the beginning: "Known unto God are all his works, from the beginning of the world.” (Acts 15: 18) It was the great Jehovah who caused these prophecies to be written according to his will. The true prophet of God is one who speaks as he is directed by Jehovah’s power to speak. He does not utter man’s message, but utters God’s message. Christ Jesus is Jehovah’s great Prophet, who speaks with authority from his Father. True prophecy is recorded authoritative words declaring things that must come to pass in future days. At the time the men who uttered or recorded the prophecies did not understand the meaning thereof. But in his own due time God makes known their meaning to righteous men. W 6/1/41
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.—Matt. 7:21.
Indulging in any ceremony or practice whatsoever contrary to the commandment of God is religious. Religion originated with the demons of which Satan is the chief. It has at all times been used to ensnare and has ensnared multitudes of people and kept them blind to God’s will or commandment. Religion has been the moving influence for the persecution and violent treatment of others, and particularly of Christians. Christians are those who do God’s will as commanded in His Word. They are called “Christians” because Christ Jesus is always obedient to God’s will and he is the Head and Leader of all who are diligent to obey God’s commandments. Christians are therefore commanded to avoid anything and all things contrary to his commandments. W 2/15/41
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.—Ex. 20:3.
To safeguard his covenant people from demon-worship Jehovah commanded them to have nothing to do with other gods, lest they be ensnared by such. God emphasized this law or commandment to his covenant people by saying to them: “Neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.” (Deut. 7:16) His commandment further emphasized his instruction that his covenant people must have nothing to do with graven images or even have a desire for them. (Deut. 7: 25) God being the Fountain of life and the only source of life, and life being granted upon condition of obedience, it was his Word of great loving-kindness that provided for the protection of his covenant people by commanding them to refrain completely from giving any worship to any creature or thing. Israel violated God’s covenant, and that nation was destroyed. Willful disobedience to his commands means death to the creature. W 2/15/41
Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.—Rom. 15:4.
Knowing the end from the beginning, Jehovah caused creatures long centuries ago to enact prophetic dramas foretelling the course the wicked would take, what would be their end, how God would deal with them, and how he will avenge his people in the end. Such prophetic dramas were recorded and are now made understandable by those who love God and his kingdom that their faith might now be made strong, that they might receive comfort and increase their hope, and that they might remain immovable, on the side of God, and prove that Satan's challenge to Jehovah was false and extremely wicked. In this way the faithful have the opportunity of participating in the vindication of Jehovah's name. They are thereby witnesses to declare His name and kingdom and by that means to enlighten the people of good-will that they may see and choose the way to life. W 2/1/41
And why did Dan remain in ships?—Judg. 5:17.
Likewise since 1918, when the Greater Barak came to the temple and thereafter sent forth his servants, many who professed to be spiritual Israelites had permitted their business interests to so fully engross them that they have given commerce or business a greater place in their lives and have entirely neglected the more important privilege of serving the Kingdom. They have ignored the antitypical Deborah, the organization of the Lord, and have disregarded the call of the Greater Barak. They have failed to see that the service of the King and the Kingdom is the greatest privilege and opportunity any could have. Yet at the same time they have claimed to be consecrated to God. They have failed in this: that they have put business first and the Lord’s interests have been put on the side. W 4/1/41
Best in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth.—Ps. 37:7.
God’s covenant people now suffer many hardships, which the Devil brings upon them. Many are the woes which he inflicts upon them, and in this he uses the religionists to make their burdens greater. Their suffering shall not continue long, and those who suffer because of their faithfulness for Jehovah now with joy hear the words of Jesus: ‘He that endureth to the end shall be saved.’ (Matt. 24:13) The flesh of all God’s servants is weak and inclined to fret because of the great amount of injustice done and heaped upon them by religionists. They see this injustice daily growing and wickedness on the increase. The Lord knew that such would be the conditions now, and for the comfort of his faithful covenant people he caused his prophet to record: “Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”—Vs. 1. W 5/1/41
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish, it is that they shall be destroyed for ever.—Ps. 92:7.
Do the wicked flourish now ? They do, most emphatically. Since the end of the World War the wicked have sprung up like grass, as in favorable weather seasons. The workers of iniquity have blossomed and produced their fruit. Those workers of lawlessness have not the least sense of righteousness, but are entirely wicked, against everything righteous because they are depraved beyond recovery and are fully wicked. “Catholic Action” pushed forward openly by dictators has now destroyed the freedom of Europe. The wicked rule. Now wickedness flourishes “like a green bay tree”; like it, the wicked spread out over the ground and grow in crooked, distorted form. It is a time of great testing, and all who will seek the Lord’s way will be shown the right way. W 1/15/41
Who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.—Ps. 24:3,4.
Who shall be exalted in the Theocratic organization and stand in that righteous government? Only those wholly devoted to The Theocracy. The one who enters and stands there must be clean, not contaminated by any part of Satan’s organization or by touching the same. He must have a pure heart; his motive must be entirely unselfish. He must be sincere, steadfast and blameless in his devotion to the Kingdom and be entirely free from hypocrisy and deceit. All who are made members of that righteous government, and all who receive a commission from and serve under it, must be crucially tested and each approved one must meet that test successfully. Each one who is of The Theocracy or who serves with approval under it must hold fast his integrity. W 8/15/41
And reports trouble him out of the east and out of the north, and he hath gone forth in great fury to destroy. —Dan. 11:44, Young.
The totalitarian combine are not convinced that the warning sounded by Jehovah’s witnesses emanates from the Lord. From the prophecy it appears that just preceding the final end the Lord sends forth “reports” that constitute such a forcible warning that the crowd that has set up the “abomination of desolation” will be compelled to give heed to it, and that warning not only will trouble them but will frighten them beyond description. Just how and when the final warning will be given no man can now tell. It seems reasonable that the Lord will use his faithful covenant people on earth to have some part in sounding that final warning. It seems such warning must be sounded shortly after the “Peace and safety” proclamation by the 'desolating abomination’ crowd is made known. W 12/15/41
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.—Matt. 25:34.
The Lord compels no one to serve him, but offers his blessings to those who desire to do right and are anxious to see the righteous government in full control of the world. Such-prospective children are diligent to learn what is his will concerning them and they hasten to do his will. Because they took the side of The Theocracy and have proclaimed the name of the great King, they are bitterly opposed by the demons and demonized men. The Kang’s prospective children must, under that crucial test, remain firm and steadfast for the King and his kingdom. If they do so until the test is completed at Armageddon, then they become the children of “The Everlasting Father” and enter into the abundant blessings which Jehovah has prepared for them from the foundation of the world. W 9/1/41
Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.—1 Pet. 3:15.
God’s faithful covenant people answer: “If we suffer death because of our faithfulness to Almighty God and the terms of our covenant, we have the sure promise from God that he will resurrect us to eternal life. If we violate our covenant with Jehovah we suffer eternal death, from which there is no resurrection. For us there is but one choice, and that is to faithfully perform our covenant obligations to Jehovah and his King. If we suffer punishment at your hands because we stand firmly and perform the terms of our covenant, God will punish you and you will find no way of escape from that punishment. We will do harm to no one, but Almighty God, whom we serve, will see to it that if we are wronged we shall be avenged, because he has so promised. He always keeps his promise.” —Luke 18:7, 8. W 6/15/41
Resist the devil, and he will flee.—Jas. 4:7.
Those watching the developments of present-day affairs see evidence of a retrograde movement to moral delinquency. Undue familiarity, at first intended to be innocent and appearing as such, often opens the gate to greater dangers. Seductive methods are at work, and debauchery is certain to result unless those wrongful methods are strongly resisted. The demons set snares. Into such snares the careless are led and, once in them, find it difficult to extricate themselves. Carelessness and loose conduct tighten the snare about them. This is one of the great dangers to God’s covenant people. The Lord sounds the warning: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so shall it be also in the day of the Son of man.’ God’s covenant people must take warning and give heed to the Lord’s warning if they would safeguard themselves from the assaults of the demons. W 5/15/41
Thy kingdom come.—Luke 11:2.
There can be no peace and joy among the peoples as long as the wicked bear rule. There is no hope for anyone who holds to and supports that wicked rule. At Armageddon, which is near, Christ Jesus will destroy the wicked, clear them off the earth, and make the way for righteousness and righteous rule to ever thereafter follow. That is the hope of humankind. In righteousness Christ the invisible King will rule in full harmony with God’s will. On earth the faithful men of old, resurrected and made perfect, will execute the orders of The Christ and do so always in righteousness. Only those who love righteousness and hate iniquity will survive, and then all such will rejoice and give praise to the Most High. Today the wise will heed God’s Word and flee to The Theocratic Government, and will there find safety during Armageddon, and after Armageddon enter into complete joy under the righteous rule of The Theocracy. W 8/1/41
Now is our salvation nearer.—Rom. 13:11.
The combined and official enemy, led by Satan and his chief officer Gog, know that the great climax is at hand, even though millions of hangers-on do not realize that fact. It is certain that the Devil knows that his time is short (Rev. 12:12), and, knowing this, he musters all his forces in his efforts to destroy those who support The Theocracy. In most of the countries of the earth what appears to be a successful movement to suppress the Kingdom message has been accomplished. Such, however, instead of causing dismay among the faithful, only adds strength to their faith and zeal, because they know the day of Jehovah’s victory through Christ, and the deliverance of his faithful servants, is at hand. They have no doubt as to the result. They are fully determined to maintain their integrity toward Jehovah, and they trust him to provide all needed strength. W 3/15/41
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.—Judg. 4:23.
The Divine Record gives all the glory, honor and praise to Jehovah for that deadly war where Barak and Deborah served. Likewise at the battle of Armageddon no follower of Christ Jesus on the earth will use physical force against any earthly government or organization and no Christian will have claim to or receive any honor and glory for the destruction of wicked rule. Christ Jesus, the Executioner of Jehovah’s purpose, together with his invisible army, will do the slaying. Therefore the Scriptures declare that God fights against all his enemies and that all his enemies “shall lick the dust”, that is, shall suffer destruction. When will he put an end to wickedness ? Psalm 92:7, 8 answers that at the time ‘when the wicked spring up like grass and the lawless flourish’. That is now, because never was there so much wickedness. That means that Armageddon is very near. W 2/1/41
Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail; let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O Lord; that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah. —Ps. 9:19,20.
The nations have forgotten that God long ago declared his purpose to rule the world by Christ Jesus and that God gave warning to all rulers to receive and support Christ the King, or otherwise suffer the consequences. Instead of supporting the King, the nations fight against him and against Jehovah and persecute those servants of God who tell the people of his righteous government, The Theocracy. In every nation the servants of Jehovah and His King are persecuted, and the Lord Jesus Christ counts such treatment as done unto himself. It is certain, therefore, that all nations shall soon know that Jehovah is the Mighty God and that puny man cannot successfully fight against him. W 7/1/41
Was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.—1 John 4:9.
Redemption is not for every man whether that man believes or not. Redemption is only for those who believe on the Lord and who obey his commandments. While it is true that Christ Jesus tasted death for every man (Heb. 2:9), that means for every man who will obey the Lord. God is no respecter of persons, and his rules apply to all; therefore the ransom sacrifice is for all men that believe and obey the laws of God. God does not compel anyone to believe, nor does he bestow life on anyone contrary to that person’s desire. “God is love”; which means he is entirely unselfish. He is self-contained and needs nothing from any creature, but is entirely unselfish, and in his loving-kindness he has provided a way to escape eternal death and receive life everlasting. That way is by always looking up. W 7/15/41
Hear, O ye kings; give ear, 0 ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto Jehovah.—Judg. 5:3, Am. Rev. Ver.
That means that Christ Jesus, the Greater Barak, and his organization, invisible and visible, will continue to sing the song of praise and victory to Jehovah, regardless of whether the “kings” and the “princes”, the judges and the sheriffs, and other officers of “Christendom” like it or not. The name and kingdom of Jehovah must be and is proclaimed throughout the earth, and that work must continue until Armageddon. As God plainly declared this must be done, therefore he said to the Devil and all who support him: ‘For this cause have I permitted thee to remain, that I might show thee my power, and that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.’ (Ex. 9:16) The proclamation of his name must continue, therefore, until his time to exhibit his supreme power against Satan and his organization. W 3/1/41
Blessed above women is Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, above women in the tent she is blessed.
—Judg. 5:24, Young.
Jael’s marriage to Heber served to identify her as a non-Israelite and as a relative of the prophet Moses, one of the princes who shall rule in the earth. Hence she is a fitting symbol of the “great multitude”, now the active “companions” of the spiritual Israelites, and which multitude shall be for ever with the “princes”. Thus was Jael classified among the “blessed” who shall, together with the “princes”, live forever on the earth. She was a worthy example to her tribal relatives, the Jonadabs, the sons of Rechab, who dwelt in tents. (Jer. 35 6-19) The blessing of Jael makes her correspond with the Lord’s “other sheep”, to whom Christ Jesus says: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom [The Theocracy] prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”—Matt. 25: 34. W 5/1/41
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. . . . for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.—Matt. 5:11,12.
Today Jehovah’s covenant people are taking a course like that marked out by other faithful men that have gone before, and these modern faithful followers of Christ Jesus may confidently expect to receive the approval of Almighty God for so doing. If they suffer punishment because of their constant faithfulness and obedience to God’s commandments, they know that others who have gone before them have likewise suffered for faithfulness and have received Jehovah’s approval. The suffering will not be for long, because this is the day of Jehovah and soon he shall completely wipe out all his enemies and deliver his faithful servants and grant unto them life everlasting and all attending blessings. Have faith in God and continue to obey his commandments, and live. W 2/15/41
Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them.—Luke 18:7,8.
Jehovah is certain to avenge his faithful covenant people, because he has given his word that he will do so. Jesus emphasized this great truth, and then added these words: “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find [such] faith on the earth ?” This clearly indicates that a small number, comparatively, will have such faith. The “remnant” of Jehovah’s anointed people on earth do have such faith. The Lord’s “other sheep”, who are now being rapidly gathered unto the Lord, share with the remnant in that faith. These shall be avenged and, together, all these now by faith are singing the victory song and singing: “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9,10) They prove their faith by the course of action taken. W 4/15/41
That woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, ... I will cast her . . . into great tribulation.—Rev. 2:20-22.
“Seduction” is the act of leading aside or astray from the path of rectitude, virtue and duty, and into paths of evil, to corrupt men. “Debauch” means to degrade and corrupt, and is usually the result of seduction. In Noah’s day and up to the time of the flood Satan and his associate demons seduced angels and human creatures. The result was that both were debauched and the offspring of that action were morally delinquent to the extreme: “for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” (Gen. 6:12) There was a clear line of demarcation or distinction between “all flesh . . . upon the earth” and the eight persons of Noah’s family, these being the exception. That was in Noah’s day, and, says Jesus, “so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” W 5/15/41
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord.—Deut. 4:2.
The Word of God is complete and needs nothing to be added to or taken away from it. God is the fountain of life, and his Word points out the way to life. The wise person is one who follows the guide which God has provided for him. That person may be unlearned in things of this world, but if he seeks righteousness and meekness at the mouth of God he becomes wiser than the learned religionists who attempt to teach the people their theories: “Thou, through thy commandments, hast made me wiser than mine enemies [than my religious teachers] : for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients; because I keep thy precepts.”— Ps. 119:98-100. W 6/1/41
They . . . shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
This foretells the setting up by Satan and his agents of a mimic or substitute for Jehovah’s Theocratic Government. The purpose is to desolate Jehovah’s servants and to bring about the desolation or destruction of all the people at Armageddon, thus desolating all the earth. That "abomination” represents an offering, presumably to God and Christ, and is claimed by the Roman Catholic Hierarchy to be so offered; but in fact it is actually offered to the demons, the chief of which is “the god of this world”, Satan. To partake of that offering means to partake of the “table of devils”. The “daily sacrifice” is a living sacrifice on the part of God’s anointed servants in that these serve him by proclaiming “this gospel of the kingdom” and give praise to him with their lips. W 10/1/41
The end shall be at the time appointed.—Dan. 11:37.
“The time of the end” must mean a time when that which opposes Almighty God and continues to do so without interruption or hindrance from God comes to an end; and that is when the divine hindrance of the wicked rule begins. There are two positive lines of Scriptural proof showing “the time of the end” began in A.D. 1914. Just how long thereafter the final end comes is not revealed to creatures up to the present time. No one has authority to attempt to say just what day or hour the final end arrives. From the beginning of “the time of the end” forward the name of Jehovah and his kingdom must be proclaimed as a witness to the nations of earth, and when that is done then shall the final end come. By the circumstances and physical facts now observed the fulfillment of the prophecy strongly indicates that the final end is very near. W 9/15/41
Meditate, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.—Judg. 5:10, margin.
The elite classes think more of themselves than of their brethren, such as lords and ladies, who, because of their position among others, think to take it easy and pursue a soft way. “Ye that sit in judgment,” or, (Rotherham) “that sit on carpets”, or (Young) who wear long robes’, are those who sit in style and would not think of soiling their fine garments by squatting on the ground and talking the Kingdom message to others who might hear. The admonition is addressed to those who profess to be in a covenant with God to do his will but who insist that it is their privilege to take it easy and let someone else do the witness work in the field. These excuse themselves and do not ordinarily tramp from door to door to publish the Kingdom. They are too delicate and refined to set foot on the ground. The victory song should cause them to meditate and get busy. W 3/15/41
Issachar is a strong ass, couching down between two burdens; and he .. . bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.—Gen. 49:14,15.
Paying tribute to an anti-theocratic foreign power was out of order with that faithful tribe. It is so with God’s covenant people today. Issachar’s tribe foreshadowed the faithful ones of this time who recognize only Jehovah God and Christ Jesus as the Higher Powers. The tribe of Issachar was right with Barak in overthrowing the power and breaking the grip of the Canaanites upon God’s people. This they did because it was God’s will and command that they do so. Likewise the faithful followers of Christ today attribute praise, honor, glory and salvation to Jehovah and shun religion or demonism. Issachar, therefore, foreshadowed that company of Christian people who give their undivided and unstinted devotion to Jehovah and his King. W 4/1/41
Take unto you the whole armour of God —Eph. 6:13.
Satan and other demons are arrayed in battle against all who have taken their positive stand for Jehovah and his King. Why give advantage to the enemy by having fellowship with the works of wickedness and the works of iniquity? To associate with the workers of iniquity or wickedness is to open the door to the demons, inviting them to come in and assault you, and is therefore equivalent to laying down the weapons of defense which the Lord has provided for his people. The conflict today is a real one between the demons and God’s covenant people. There could be no compromise and nothing in common between them. Those who receive God’s protection and final approval must seek righteousness and do what is right at all times, and not merely a part of the time. Both mind and hands must be employed in works of righteousness all the time in order to successfully withstand the enemy assaults. W 5/15/41
Be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.—Gen. 9:7.
Soon Armageddon will be fought, and in it Christ shall be completely victorious, pushing out and destroying every wicked thing. In that battle the wicked and all oppressors and all opposers of The Theocracy shall perish. Then the survivors of Armageddon, the “great multitude”, the children of the King, shall carry out the divine mandate, which God gave Adam and which Adam lost because of disobedience. God has given his word that the earth shall be populated with righteous people. The sons of Noah made a picture related to that divine mandate as carried out. The children of the King shall fulfill that divine mandate in reality and completeness to the Lord’s glory. Thus shall be performed by the obedient children of the King the greatest privilege ever set before human creatures. W 9/1/41
Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.—Phil. 3:8.
Because Paul kept the obligation of his covenant faithfully he suffered many stripes and imprisonment; but still he continued preaching Christ and his Kingdom, while he lingered behind prison walls. At one time he had much of this world’s goods and honor, all of which he gladly sacrificed, not counting even his human life as dear to him, in order that he might fulfill the terms of his covenant. Paul held fast his integrity, and when he came to the end of his earthly journey he said to his fellow covenant-keepers: “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” “I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.”—2 Tim. 3:12; 4: 7, 8. W 6/15/41
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job.—Jas. 5:11.
Jesus at all times is at enmity with Satan. Jesus hates wickedness and all wicked works. (Ps. 45:7) As a man Christ Jesus was the chief of those who love righteousness, who was hated of all enemies, and who at all times held fast his integrity, and, like Job in the prophetic drama, he was qualified to act as an intercessor for others. (Job 1:5; 42:8,9) As Job was rendered childless and made exceedingly poor, so the man Jesus was made materially poor and childless and was subjected to all manner of persecution. Through it all Jesus held fast his integrity. Though reproached and persecuted by Satan and his agents, and also made to appear as afflicted by Jehovah, even as Job suffered and was made to appear, Jesus remained true and steadfast and loyal in his devotion to Jehovah.—Matt. 8: 20; 2 Cor. 8:9; Isa. 53: 2-4. W 8/15/41
Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. 0 keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I want on thee.—Ps. 25:19-21.
This appropriate prayer the Lord has put before all who have agreed to do his will. All who are under the influence and power of demons are fighting against God’s covenant people. All such hate those who have declared themselves for Jehovah and his Theocracy. If you have taken your stand on the side of God and his kingdom, see to it that you are continuously loyal and faithful to The Theocracy, walk in the way of the Lord, and continue to pray unto God through Christ Jesus. “Seek meekness,” by being willing to learn and diligent to ascertain God’s will. This you must do by continuously applying yourself to study His Word. Learn God’s way, because that is the way of righteousness. W 7/1/41
He will bless them that fear the Lord.—Ps. 115:13.
The greater number of those who will compose the “little flock” are now in heaven with the Lord, while only a small remnant await their instantaneous change from human to spirit organism, or spirit creatures. All these chose life, joyfully obeyed the Lord, and receive life everlasting. Their eternity is spent in the spirit with Christ Jesus. But Jehovah provided long ago that under the King of The Theocracy there should be others who would receive life as human creatures and continue to live for ever on the earth, and who shall fill the earth with a righteous race. They must choose the way they will go, even as the faithful spirit class must choose. The first essential is to fear Jehovah God; and the promise is that He will teach such “the way that he shall choose”, and, choosing right and doing right, “his soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.”—Ps. 25:12,13. W 2/1/41
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient.
The announcement of Bible truths was seized upon by some as an excuse to turn away from God’s earthly organization and become opponents of those who advertise The Theocracy, and hence they became enemies of The Theocracy. Some of these by their words claimed to have faith in God and Christ, but their actions completely deny their words. Claiming to have faith is not at all sufficient, because faith without works, that is, without activity in support of Jehovah’s announced purpose, is dead. One must prove his faith by obediently carrying out God’s commandments. Failing or refusing to do so puts such a one in the class of the wicked. A person who claims to be serving God, and yet who does what he can to hinder the progress of the proclamation of the Theocratic message, is an enemy of God, and hence wicked. W 5/1/41
Every where preaching the word.—Acts 8:4.
The chief reason for God’s covenant people to now be on earth is to bear witness to Jehovah’s name and his kingdom. Both parents and children that have covenanted to do God’s will will see to it that they faithfully bear testimony to his name and kingdom. To that end let such bear testimony before the boards of education or school boards that have taken occasion to expel the children and deny them the privilege of a common-school education because of their faithfulness to God. The tendency necessarily will be to fix in the mind of the people that their hope must rest in God and that they must be obedient to him and his kingdom, if they would live. Render unto the state the things which belong to it, and render unto Jehovah the things that are God’s. Place the name and kingdom of Jehovah God and Christ Jesus his King above all things. Remain firm and steadfast in your devotion to The Theocracy and wait upon God. W 2/15/41
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. —Prov. 9:10.
The sincere man perceives the truth that the great Creator is One in whom resides all power over life. Therefore he fears to take any course contrary to the will of the Almighty God, who gives life. He having such proper fear, that marks the beginning of knowledge of the truth with that man. Where does he go to obtain more knowledge of the truth concerning Jehovah? Jesus answers: “Thy word [expressed in the Bible] is [the] truth.” The man who sincerely desires to be wise desires to take and does take the proper course. Fearing God and fearing to go in the wrong way if he follows his own inclinations, that man seeks to learn what is God’s will concerning him, and he goes to God’s Word, which is the Bible, to find out. It is his genuine fear of Almighty God that starts him in the way of wisdom. W 7/15/41
Some . . . shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.—Dan. 11:35.
Why has the Lord permitted the fallen ones to try to pull others down with them and to turn them away from the Theocratic organization and Government? At the temple judgment the Lord permits such things to come to pass to make manifest who is immovable and who is steadfast for The Theocracy. The fiery trials that come upon Jehovah’s people have the effect of purging and cleansing the visible part of his Theocratic organization and those who are associated with it. Such cleansing or purging work continues until the Lord’s “strange work” is completed and his “strange act” is made manifest at Armageddon. When his faithful servants see the unfaithful cleared out they are drawn even nearer to the Lord and the Lord causes them to shine brightly in his organization and in his service. W 11/1/41
Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.—Dan. 11:34.
The demons try their flattering schemes upon Jehovah's witnesses. “The king of the north” and its agents and representatives thereby hope to corrupt them by inducing them to compromise with the Devil, as Satan attempted to do to corrupt Christ Jesus at the mount of temptation. Some officials of “the king of the north”, particularly the diplomatic ones, try to induce Jehovah’s servants by flattery and flattering words to compromise by having part in creature worship and paying homage to creatures. The faithful refuse to yield. There are flatterers among the “elective elder” class. Those who have taken the wise course are being subjected to the severe test, and all who will come off victorious must continue to hold fast their integrity. W 10/15/41
The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
—Judg. 5:7, Am. Rev. Ver.
The persecution that resulted from the World War caused almost all, if not all, of the consecrated then to fear man, because it was believed that the “Higher Powers” were the worldly rulers over nations. Many of God’s servants desired to lead off in active service of the Kingdom, but were arrested, imprisoned and thus prevented from doing so, while others were forcibly restrained. Still others who had been leaders went into inactivity, that is, remained silent. Deborah’s prophetic song shows what results from fear of men. One who has made a covenant to do God’s will and who then because of fear of men fails or refuses to faithfully carry out that covenant is certain to be ensnared by the enemy. Those who are in a covenant to do the will of God, however, should weigh well the results that come from fear of men. W 3/1/41
Rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.—Judg. 5:11.
Now in the fulfillment of the prophecy Jehovah performed his righteous acts in behalf of his “woman”, his organization, pictured by Deborah and under Christ Jesus, the Greater Barak. Jehovah’s faithful witnesses learn that now the great prophecy is in course of fulfillment; and that gives them joy. When these precious truths are made known to them they joyfully carry the message abroad and tell it to all who have the hearing ear. Such faithful, zealous field workers, as servants of the great Theocracy, are strengthened by Jehovah and they put forth greater efforts in his service. Each trying experience aids the faithful to meet other difficult tasks, which likewise brings them increasing joy. W 3/15/41
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; . . . endure afflictions, do the work.—2 Tim. 4:2,5.
Who is willing to proclaim the truth now in this hour of the world’s great distress? Only those with full faith and confidence in Jehovah God and his Theocratic Government under Christ Jesus. Amidst the most murderous assault ever committed upon a freedom-loving people the faithful Christians raise high the banner of The Theocracy and boldly and fearlessly point to that government as the only hope of humankind. These faithful Christians have no fight with earthly governments, but their fight is for righteousness to aid the people to see the only hope of salvation. The faith and confidence of those faithful servants of the Most High will be rewarded by Jehovah God, and The Theocracy is their refuge and strength. “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” W 1/15/41
Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord; curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.—Judg. 5:23.
When a person enters into a covenant with Jehovah he is bound to perform the terms of that covenant. He cannot with impunity fail or neglect to perform. As opportunity to perform is given that performance must be forthcoming. When there is difficulty between the nations of earth God’s people have no part in it and remain neutral; but when God commands his covenant people to do certain things they must perform their duty toward his covenant people. He has commanded all such to preach “this gospel of the kingdom”, and there is no excuse to fail or refuse to do so. The curse pronounced against Meroz, without doubt, refers to the iniquities and indifference of some of the consecrated at the present time. W 4/15/41
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it.—Prov. 4:14,15.
The rules laid down in the Scriptures for the benefit of the spiritual class of God’s covenant people likewise apply to the Lord’s “other sheep”. God changes not, nor do his rules change. (Mai. 3:6) God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) All who live must come under the same rules. What shall the people of God shun? Every thing.that tends to corrupt the mind and body must be shunned and avoided. Uneleanness, fornication, lasciviousness, and suchlike. (2 Cor. 12:21) The “works of the flesh”, specially enumerated by the apostle at Galatians 5:17-21, must be shunned. The way that is traveled by the peoples of the world who are not in a covenant with God must be shunned by those who are in a covenant with him. The ways of darkness and death must be shunned. The warfare today is with the demons. W 5/15/41
He calleth ... to the earth, that he may judge his people: Gather my saints together unto me, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
—Ps. 50:4,5, Am. Rev. Ver.
“Covenant by sacrifice” means the giving up of everything pertaining to the earth, the sacrifice of the individual human will to the complete doing of the will of Almighty God. The man thus doing knows he is going right and walking in the way that leads to everlasting life. To those who will be of the Kingdom the covenant by sacrifice means the giving up of the right to live as human creatures on earth. To such the assurance is given that if he continues faithful in keeping his covenant he shall in due time receive from the Lord everlasting life in the spirit, at the resurrection. From the standpoint of the world the faithful covenant-keepers go into death in ignominy and dishonor. But God raises up such to life, honor and glory. W 6/15/41
The Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, . . . that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.—Isa. 28:21.
Jehovah God has risen up and sends forth his witnesses to carry his message of truth from house to house to all those who hunger for the truth, that they may have opportunity to hear and to find the way to life. The prophecy of Isaiah 28:21 is now being fulfilled. Jehovah is doing his “strange work”, and he gives his humble and faithful people a part in that work. This work of testifying to the name and to The Theocratic Government of Jehovah must be completed, and then quickly will follow his “strange act”, which means the destruction of Satan’s organization. The people must choose between the leadership of men, such as religionists and evolutionists, and the perfect guide, Jehovah, and his Word. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.”—Josh. 24:15. W 6/1/41
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
In due time righteous men shall live forever on earth, and have an organization that shall govern in righteousness. That organization will not be a democracy, but a government representative of the great Theocracy, acting under direct supervision of the King of the great Theocratic Government. That representative government will be visible to human eyes, and the people will receive the laws and instructions through those visible representatives. A “prince” is a sovereign ruler appointed by and acting under the direct command of the supreme or higher powers. “The Higher Powers” are Jehovah and Christ Jesus his King. The chief ruler amongst men appointed by the Lord is a “prince”. The faithful men of old complied with the divine rules and received God’s approval. Their record proves that when resurrected they are qualified to represent The Theocracy on the earth.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.—Dan. 12:3.
None of those who will maintain their integrity will now hesitate or show indifference toward the Kingdom. They will follow the example of the “Sun of righteousness” and will in this hour of gross darkness upon the world let their light shine concerning the Theocratic government and will let that light be so used as to make manifest the hidden things of darkness. (Eph. 5:13) Nothing now shall stop them. They will come forth as willing volunteers for The Theocracy, and will boldly let their light shine as does the sun, giving their all in complete, loving devotion to the Most High and his King. All who love him shall sing his praises now, regardless of violent opposition leveled against them. “Praise ye him, sun and moon.” —Ps. 148:3. W 5/1/41
As was Issachar, so was Barak; into the valley they rushed forth at his feet.—Judg. 5:15, Am. Rev. Ver.
The fact that the Divine Record emphasizes the movement of this little army “on foot” well fits the present-day condition, that there is a great deal of foot work in the house-to-house service. These servants of the Lord must walk. The Lord contrasts this with the ones who take it easy, when he says: “Ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way [well-beaten, smooth roads].” (Verse 10) Such are the ones that take the easy way, and these have something to meditate about. The captain of Jabin’s army rode into the valley in great state. Shortly thereafter that overconfident military leader had to hop down from his chariot and take it on foot. The Lord made the enemy do some walking. That foretells they will be on the run at Armageddon, on foot or any other way they can go. W 4/1/41
See the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand).—Matt. 24:15.
Practically everywhere in the Bible where “abomination” (Hebrew: shikutz) is used it means or refers to images employed in demon-worship, that is, idol images. The mimic theocracy set up by “the king of the north” is the idol, or “abomination”, set up at the instance of the demons. That totalitarian rule is put forward in the place of the kingdom of Almighty God, the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus. That desolating abomination now stands where it ought not to stand. (Mark 13:14) It is the announced purpose of that abominable thing to rule the world in the stead of The Theocratic Government, while at the same time that mimic thing claims to operate in the name of Christ. It will deceive and is deceiving many. Who will give heed to the warning of the Lord and take a wise course? W 10/1/41
They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.—Isa. 65:23.
Under the supervision of the King of righteousness the children of the King forming the "great multitude” will marry and bring forth children in righteousness, which offspring also shall be children of the King. Thus the earth, under the rulership of The Theocratic Government, shall be filled with people in perfection that shall forever honor and praise the name of Jehovah and the name of his King. They will be the people of the Lord, and he will be their God and Life-giver. Then the babes shall not sicken and die. Each one shall be given a full opportunity to prove his complete devotion to the King and Jehovah, and if any die it will be only because of their own willful disobedience, and for such there will be no tears of sorrow shed. W 9/1/41
And again he saith, Rejoice, ye nations, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye nations.
—Rom. 15:10,11, Am. Rev. Ver., margin.
With the zeal that belongs to the "house [or organization] of the Lord” the faithful remnant and their companions now say, as God has taught them: “0 worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, fear before him, all the earth. Say among the [nations], that the Lord reigneth.” (Ps. 96: 9,10) The "great multitude” is taken from the various nations, kindreds, people and tongues and shall form the new “nations” of the earth. God’s spiritual class, now with Christ Jesus, and having in mind at all times the name of Jehovah, sing: “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name ? for thou only art holy; for all nations shall come and worship before thee.” (Rev. 15:4) Those of goodwill hear the song and hasten to join the singers in serving the Lord. W 7/1/41
Keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.—Rev. 12:17.
Knowing no power can successfully resist Jehovah and his King, his faithful servants will continue to worship and sing God’s praises and the praises of the great Theocratic Government, and this will continue regardless of what may come to pass among men. These faithful servants count not their earthly lives dear unto them, having in mind one thing, that is, faithfulness to Almighty God that they might prove and maintain their integrity toward him and his King and receive everlasting blessings at his hand, and life that shall continue forever. They will find some way to continue their testimony, whether they be in prison or out of prison, whether in this earthly existence and body or elsewhere. If they seal their testimony with their own lifeblood, that will be a witness to the name and supremacy of Jehovah God. W 3/1/41
What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
If your fellow traveler falls into error, let the Lord judge him, because every servant stands or falls to his own master. (Rom. 14:4) If the Lord shows mercy to the erring one we should be merciful toward that one and delight therein. Do what you can consistently to help your neighbor even as you would desire to be helped. To “walk humbly with thy God” means to walk with fear and trembling, fearing we might displease the Lord and come short of the proper performance of some assigned duty. Avoid everything that the Lord tells you to avoid. Do everything the Lord commands you to do. The proper course He has pointed out in the Scriptures. Let them be the lamp that guides you and, walking in that light, make straight paths for your feet. Learn his commandments, and obey them; which means to walk obediently with him. W 5/15/41
Jael . . . smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground; for he was fast asleep, and weary: so he died.—Judg. 4:21.
Sisera thought he had fixed things safely for himself and now could enjoy “peace and safety” and take his ease. The demons now have such control over the minds of religionists that such religionists stop at nothing to put Jehovah’s witnesses out. Soon the religionists will apparently have complete control of the nations, and then, as it is written in the Scriptures, they will say “Peace and safety!” That will be “the sign” which Jehovah will give, proving that his time has come to take drastic action against all blasphemers and religious opponents of his Theocracy. It is written of Sisera, who pictured the religious leaders: “So he died.” Fulfillment of that part of the prophetic drama is certain to be carried out on opposers of Jehovah’s Theocratic Government. W 2/1/41
Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary.—Ps. 134:1,2.
What is the continued attitude of all faithful servants of The Theocracy ? The answer is in these words, and “Bless ye the Lord” is their song of joy. To “bless the Lord” means to praise him and serve him with joy. Those who have the interests of The Theocracy at heart do bless or praise Jehovah for providing them with the opportunity to serve him and to prove their integrity toward him and for stirring up their zeal and courage to vigorously attack demonism. All of Jehovah’s witnesses do bless or praise Jehovah for providing his faithful, fearless and progressive Society organization on earth, by and through which the Lord carries forward his witness work to the honor of Jehovah’s name. They cannot keep back the song of joy. W 3/15/41
Covenant breakers, . . . they which commit such things are worthy of death.—Rom. 1:31,32.
The law of God is supreme and is the only instruction man can receive and be equipped to walk in the way of righteousness and life. Every Christian is bound by his covenant to be obedient to God’s law, as written in the Scriptures. If he voluntarily breaks the terms of his covenant he is subject to death. All Christians conscientiously believe that God’s Word as recorded in the Bible is the truth; and if they willingly violate their conscientious belief, such act constitutes the breaking of their covenant. To cause a Christian to violate his conscience is denounced by the Scriptures as “sin against Christ”. (1 Cor. 8:12) These general rules stated in the Bible apply to all persons who believe on God and on Christ and who start to walk in the way of righteousness that leads to life everlasting. W 2/15/41
If ye love me, keep my commandments.—John 14:15.
Having declared himself on the side of The Theocracy, one must now maintain his integrity toward the great Theocrat and His King. This one does by obeying God’s command, as written: “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matt. 19:17) That means to do what God has commanded must be done by all who shall receive his approval. It is his will and hence his commandment that every person who takes his stand on the side of God and Christ shall, by his course of action and conduct, and by his words, bear testimony to Jehovah’s name and his Theocratic Government. All who are of God’s capital organization must be witnesses to his name. All who come under God’s organization must likewise bear testimony to his name. To fail or refuse to be a witness for Jehovah means that such one is not maintaining his integrity toward God. W 7/15/41
Do all things without murmurings and disputings; that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke.—Phil. 2:14,15.
We must now be blameless and harmless as sons of God. We must hold fast our integrity. This, by God’s grace, we can do by refusing to compromise with any part of the demonized organization of the enemy. We must and will be entirely, wholly, unreservedly and completely devoted to the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus. We can have no part in and nothing in common with Satan’s organization. We are wholly and steadfastly for The Theocracy, and here, by God’s grace, we will remain. We know it shall vindicate Jehovah’s name and bring deliverance to all who love righteousness and who serve Jehovah under his righteous government. Let nothing move you from absolute and complete devotion to The Theocracy. Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work. Thus doing, you shall receive and enter into everlasting blessings of Jehovah and his King! W 8/15/41
So perish all thine enemies, O Jehovah, but be they who love him as the going forth of the sun in his might!
—Judg. 5:31, Rotherham.
This is the “day of Jehovah”, and the revelation of his prophecy now shows beyond all doubt that the final reckoning is very near. “In that day” Christ Jesus goes forth as “the sun of righteousness”, the mighty warrior of Jehovah, to engage the enemy in battle and to vindicate Jehovah’s name. At Armageddon Christ Jesus goes forth in his strength, leading the heavenly host. They “that love him”, that is, that love Jehovah, the great Theocrat, and his kingdom by Christ Jesus, and who maintain their integrity faithfully unto death, these shall “shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father”. (Matt. 13:43) The faithful “remnant” and the faithful Jonadabs shall have their share. W 5/1/41
A. prophet shall the Lord your God raise up . . . every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.—Acts 3:22,23.
Jehovah’s witnesses are Christians and in a covenant to be entirely obedient -to God’s law. They are conscientious and sincerely believe that for them to indulge in the formalism or ceremony of saluting any flag is a violation of God’s specific commandment as set forth at Exodus 20:3-5 and emphasized in many other scriptures. The reason that such flag saluting is a violation of that commandment is that the salute attributes salvation to the state, which the flag represents, thus mating the state a mighty one, or a “god”, whereas “salvation belongeth unto Jehovah”, the Almighty God, and to none other. (Ps. 3:8, A.R.V.) Jehovah’s witnesses conscientiously and sincerely believe the Word of God and that their violation of their conscience and the violation of God’s commandment would mean their certain destruction. W 2/15/41
On came kings, they fought, then fought the kings of Canaan, in Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; plunder of silver they took not away!—Judg. 5:19, Roth.
Their lustful eyes would be fixed on the booty soon to be in their hands. In this they were disappointed. Likewise Satan’s organization, including the many religious dupes that have fallen under the influence of the demons, expect to make a cleanup of God’s people and collect the spoils and get rid of those on the side of Jehovah. They also are doomed to disappointment. Jehovah made Sisera’s host a spoil to His covenant people, whom King Jabin and his officers had oppressed for twenty years. In like manner God will make Satan’s entire organization a spoil at Armageddon. Those who are devoted to The Theocracy and continue faithful to the end, disregarding oppressors, “shall spoil those that spoiled them, . . . saith the Lord God.” —Ezek. 39:10. W 4/15/41
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.—Heb. 11:35.
Those who have part in the resurrection of Christ are raised up out of death and made spirit creatures and are given life immortal, and their everlasting existence is in the spirit in heaven. (1 Cor. 15:40-54) Faithful men of old, from Abel to the last of the prophets, cannot have a part in the first resurrection, for the reason that they died before the heavenly way was opened and before anyone was called to the heavenly kingdom. The life of those faithful men shall be forever human on the earth. They have a “better resurrection”, however, than that of those of the human race in general who are favored in the general resurrection. Those faithful men of old had their trial of faith before the purchase price or ransom was made available, but they had full faith in God’s promise and they shall receive the benefit of the ransom sacrifice because of their faith. W 8/1/41
Flee also youthful lusts.—2 Tim. 2:22.
One must have his mind free from improper, unclean thoughts and filled with thoughts concerning The Theocracy and what he may do to advance its interests. Doing thus he could have no time to indulge in loose, lewd, or improper thoughts or conduct, and will be keeping up the barrier against the demons. If one who has made a covenant to obey God and fled to the Lord for refuge becomes careless in his thoughts and actions and permits his mind to dwell on lewd, lascivious, selfish or improper things, he thereby lets down the bars or guards that have been erected against the demons, and therefore the demons invade his mind. Attending and participating in social parties and thus wasting time and energy that might be properly employed in the Lord’s service is a very dangerous course of action, because the barriers to the intrusion of demons are thus let down. W 5/15/41
They shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.
The scheme of the two kings for world dominion cannot prosper, and therefore, in the prophet’s language referring to demon schemes, “it shall not prosper.” “For yet the end shall be at the time appointed”; which means, at the time appointed by Jehovah and which must come exactly in his due time. “The time of the end,” therefore, had beginning in 1914, and nothing could change Jehovah’s purpose, and the final end of demons’ rule shall come exactly at the time which Jehovah has appointed. Satan’s uninterrupted rule came to an end in 1914, when Christ Jesus, the rightful King, was sent forth to rule. From 1914 onward until the final end there must be done chiefly the witness work to the name of Jehovah, which is God’s “strange work”. W 9/15/41
Wise men lay up knowledge.—Prov. 10:14.
The person who is wise and pursues a wise and prudent course desires to live forever and enjoy all the blessings God has provided for those who love him. There is but one way to life. That way is to receive a knowledge of God and Christ Jesus and then obey the Lord’s commandments and continue to follow in the right way: “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) The person that would please God and live must know that Jehovah is the Almighty God and that Christ Jesus is his great Executive Officer, and he must fear to displease God. Such a person begins to acquire the right kind of knowledge. One is foolish to rely upon his own understanding and to ignore God’s Word. “Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” To follow traditions of men contrary to His Word is to pursue a course of evil. W 6/1/41
A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.—Isa. 7:14.
Knowing the end from the beginning, Jehovah in due time began to make known his purpose to create and set up a paternal government by Christ Jesus, and that in due time a child should be born of God’s universal organization that should become the King and rule the world in righteousness. That man-child was born in a manger at Bethlehem, and at that time the angel of Jehovah delivered to men whom God had chosen as witnesses this message: “Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” At the same time Jehovah caused his angels to deliver this message: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all men of good-will/ (Luke 2:10-14, 'Roth.) That means that those of goodwill toward the great Theocracy shall have peace and all attending blessings, and now Jehovah’s due time has come when all who are of good-will toward him may receive such blessings. W 9/1/41
The eyes of Jehovah are towards the righteous, and his ears towards their cry for help.
—Ps. 34:15, Roth.
The Lord judges men not by their words alone, but his judgment is by reason of the heart devotion. (1 Sam. 16:7) The Lord knows the secret intent of every person. The eyes of the Lord seek out those who devote themselves to him unselfishly, and he shows his strength in behalf of such. (2 Chron. 16:9) Those who become righteous by reason of faith in Christ Jesus and Jehovah, and in full obedience to the Lord, must because of their faithfulness to God suffer much at the hands of the enemy, and this suffering experienced enables them to prove their integrity toward God. In their distress they cry unto God, and he hears their cry because of their sincere heart devotion to him. W 5/1/41
Asher sat still at the haven of the sea, and abode by his creeks—Judg. 5:17, Am. Rev. Ver.
Asher acted that part prophetic of the present-day condition in which some who claim consecration find themselves. They are not disposed to separate themselves from the sea of humanity which has alienated them from God. On the contrary, they have continued a close association with commercial and selfish business interests for selfish gain. When they learned of the Kingdom they were getting on in business profitably, and so reasoned: “Why should we put aside this profitable business and take a part in spiritual matters in the interest of the Kingdom?” Let someone else do that. Why should they jeopardize their business and their standing in the community by going right against religion and doing service and advertising The Theocracy ? In this they missed the greatest opportunity that ever came to them. W 4/1/41
But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; there was not a man left.—Judg. 4:16, Am. Rev. Ver.
The sword is a symbol of the destructive weapon of the Lord, which he will use against the enemy at Armageddon. True to the prophetic picture, Christ Jesus, the Greater Barak, with lightning speed, together with his heavenly army, will pursue the enemy at Armageddon. Beginning with religion, and particularly the Papacy, which is now urging on the dictators to acts of supreme wickedness, the Lord Jesus Christ will literally and completely destroy the enemy. The totalitarian, religious monstrosity shall not rule the earth, because Jehovah has decreed that such wickedness shall come to a complete end. The Lord made this part of the prophetic drama of Barak to give further assurance to God’s people that he will fight their battles to a complete victory. W 1/15/41
The fear of the Lord is clean.—Ps. 19:9.
The Scriptures tell of men who broke covenant with God because of fear of man, and that such covenant breakers suffered the penalty of death. One of such was the prophet Urijah. Jeremiah did not fear man nor what man might do to him. In this he pleased God, and God manifested his power in Jeremiah’s behalf. One who is in a covenant with God and who fears what man might do to harm him, and for that reason yields to the point of violating his covenant, is unclean and cannot receive God’s approval. As is shown in the case of Urijah, so with all covenant-breakers. Such unclean ones must suffer death at the hands of Jehovah. God’s covenant people who continue faithful to the end in fulfilling their obligations are those who do not fear men. Those who have godly fear put their full trust in the Most High. All those in a covenant and for The Theocracy continue to fear God. W 6/15/41
My heart is to the lawgivers of Israel, who are offering themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye Jehovah!-—Judg. 5:9, Young.
It took faith to believe that God would fight their battles for them and give the Israelites the victory over their enemies. Likewise following the World War, when the call came through Christ Jesus, the Greater Barak, who is the Head of the organization pictured by Deborah, to go into action, those who willingly offered themselves and voluntarily entered the service did so because of their faith and love for God and Christ. They were courageous because they recognized they were backed up by the Almighty God, who had exercised his power in their behalf. Those charged with the responsibility of the oversight and direction of the work must promptly take the lead in the active program and with zeal carry forward the work against the well-equipped enemy. W 3/15/41
Many shall he purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
‘Darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people.’ (Isa. 60:2) Who will understand? Only the wise after the wisdom of the Lord will understand. Who are they that are purified, made white and tried, as stated by the Lord’s prophet? Such are those who are in Christ Jesus, who constitute “the remnant” of Jehovah’s spiritual people now on the earth, and who are wholly devoted to God. Who are “the wise”? In addition to “the remnant” all persons of good-will toward God now are granted the opportunity of understanding Jehovah’s purpose. The Lord is now gathering unto himself his “other sheep”, all of which shall understand; otherwise they could not be of his “other sheep”. W 8/1/41
The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in all the earth, a perfect and an upright man?—Job 1:8.
This shows that long before that time Satan had challenged Jehovah’s supremacy and raised the great issue. Satan’s accusing charge was made before the angels of heaven, and hence was known before all the host of heaven. The primary issue raised by Satan’s defiant challenge was and is that of universal domination. God had created the earth and created man for the earth. A perfect man upon the earth would worship and serve Almighty God. When God laid even the earth’s foundation Satan had heard the announcement made to the sons of God and learned that much of Jehovah’s purpose. Then Satan, moved by covetousness, determined he would have men’s worship for himself in the place of Jehovah and that therefore he would be the ruler of the universe. W 8/15/41
Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.—2 Cor. 6:17.
Amongst the nations are two mighty factions which claim the right to rule, and both are against the rule of the world by Christ Jesus, who is Jehovah’s King, holding full authority. God’s covenant people are on his side and entirely devoted to his purpose, and therefore must be and are at all times neutral in all things of controversy between the nations of this evil world. If the nations see fit to engage in war, that is for the nations themselves to determine and it is their responsibility. With such affairs God’s covenant people have nothing to do. In obedience to his commandment these must remain neutral, separate and apart. They must hold themselves aloof from all such worldly controversies and devote themselves to the service of the great Theocracy. W 6/15/41
There was a failure of rulers, in Israel a failure, until I arose a Deborah, arose a mother in Israel.
—Judg. 5:7, Rotherham.
In A.D. 1918 the time had come for the Lord to build up Zion, his capital organization, as pictured by the woman Deborah; and therefore it is written: “When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.” (Ps. 102:16) Christ Jesus began the building up of Zion by gathering unto himself those of his own and gathering them into one organized body, that is, all who had proved their integrity and been faithful. First he gathered those Christians who had died in faith and faithful by awakening them out of death to life in the spirit; and then he gathered “the remnant”, that is, the faithful on the earth still in the flesh. These were “caught up ... to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess. 4:15-17); and all were gathered into unity into the organized “body of Christ”. The time had come for God’s “woman” to bring forth her children and to rejoice. W 3/1/41
He shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength.—Dan. 11:30,31.
The “sanctuary” is Jehovah’s organization, now represented on earth by his spiritual “remnant”, the last remaining members of the capital organization yet on the earth bearing witness to the great Theocracy. (1 Cor. 3:16,17) The sanctuary of Jehovah is the only “sanctuary of strength”; that sanctuary, or temple company, is “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” and filled with the joy of the Lord. “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10) The remnant is a part of and represents that sanctuary. They represent, therefore, the great Theocracy by Christ Jesus the King, and that Theocracy is the great stronghold to which those who love Jehovah and his King have fled for safety. W 10/1/41
Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.—Judg. 4:22.
Jael’s words were proof to Barak that she was fully on the side of the Israelites; and thus was pictured that those persons of good-will, the Lord’s “other sheep”, have taken their stand on the side with Christ Jesus and are dead against religion and all forms of demon-worship. “Jael came out to meet” Barak. That showed her faith in Jehovah’s servant, picturing the faith of the Lord’s “other sheep” when they go out to meet the Lord and take their stand on his side. These people of good-will go out with gladness and meet the Lord and manifest their faith in him and show they are in favor of The Theocracy. They know Christ Jesus is out to pursue religion and destroy it, and at heart they are right with him. W 2/1/41
Seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.—Zeph. 2:3.
For its protection and betterment every child should be taught the Word of God and righteousness and the necessity to obey God’s commandments. That child should also be assigned to a daily task or duty, and the parents should see that the child is diligent to perform the assigned task. If the parents fail to do this they are doing great injury to their own children as well as to themselves. The children should be taught to keep themselves clean in body and in mind and to indulge only in that which is pure and righteous. Jonadabs must now see to it that both they and their children keep themselves busily engaged in the work of righteousness and keep their place of abode and themselves in a cleanly manner and be diligent at all times to ascertain God’s will. Keep in mind his admonition above. W 5/15/41
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.—Prov. 12:15.
The religious leaders, becoming wise in their own conceits, turn to imperfect reasoning of men and proclaim man’s so-called “wisdom” in the place and stead of God’s Word. A well-known pastor of a religious organization recently, by radio, made a statement to this effect: “Christianity is progressive. The world is progressing in Christianity and in due time will reach perfection.” Had he relied upon God’s Word he would not have made that statement. Christ Jesus is the great Christian, and hence Christianity is perfect, and not progressive. Christ is the “express image” of Almighty God, and all his works are perfect and “done in righteousness”. All true followers of Christ Jesus are guided by God’s Word. It being perfect at all times, it is not progressive from a lower to a higher degree. W 7/1/41
Though in among the weapons they fall, they shall not stop.—Joel 2:8, Rotherham.
By sword, flames, captivity, and spoiling, Catholic Action hopes to bring about a condition in the world when religionists, their leaders and allies may say to one another: “We are at peace and safety.” That will be the sign when the Lord will move into action and clear up the demon agents. Through all the cruel persecution suffered by Jehovah’s witnesses at the hands of demon-controlled ruling elements these faithful servants of the Lord have managed to stumble along. Weary in body, yet rejoicing in spirit, they have gone forward singing the praises of The Theocracy and its King. Thus they continue to have part in the “strange work” of Jehovah. Onward they march like an irresistible swarm of locusts, fully determined that in the strength of the Lord they will perform their part of the covenant with him. W 10/15/41
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.—Prov. 9:10.
The course of the wise is progressive. First he obtains information and knowledge. Applying such properly, he chooses to be guided by God’s Word. The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge, and also of wisdom, with him; and being guided by God’s Word, he begins to have an appreciation of his own relationship to the Almighty God. He sees that Jehovah, the Almighty God, is all powerful and all-wise, that justice is the foundation of his throne, and that “God is love”; meaning, that he is wholly unselfish. The man sees he is wholly dependent upon the great, eternal God; and rendering himself in obedience to God, he is assured of God’s blessing. Now he is getting some understanding, that is, beginning to have a proper appreciation of his own relationship to the great Creator. W 7/15/41
Not slothful in business.—Rom. 12:11.
No one has been compelled to enter into a covenant, but, one having once entered in, performance is required. It will not do to wait until God’s foes have been stripped of their power at Armageddon. The Lord’s “strange work” has been in progress now for some time, and it appears the conclusion thereof is near. Now is the time when all the covenant people of God must present a solid front against the enemy and each and every one do his part in declaring the name and kingdom of the Most High. When the actual battle of Armageddon begins there will be no need for volunteers or for faithful work in declaring Jehovah’s name. That work will be completed and the powers of heaven will do the real fighting. As Jehovah has stated: The battle is not yours, but God’s; and ye shall not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves and stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you.’—2 Chron. 20:15-17. W 4/15/41
The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many.—Dan. 11:32,33.
The Lord God and Christ Jesus caused the light to shine into the hearts of his faithful people, giving them an understanding of their own relationship to Jehovah and his King, and those who really love The Theocratic Government have rejoiced to receive this light and have taken the wise course. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do his commandments.” (Ps. 111:10) The wise one is he who hears and obeys the admonition of the Lord. From and after A.D. 1922 the knowledge and understanding and wisdom of these faithful servants of Jehovah increased. Since then the wise have devoted themselves to the interest of The Theocratic Government, and the Lord has made them part of his “faithful and wise servant”. W 10/15/41
Shun profane and vain babblings.—2 Tim. 2:16.
The way of life is by faith in God and Christ Jesus. Faith must be based upon knowledge, which knowledge proceeds from a truthful source. Opinions and doctrines of imperfect men concerning the way of life have no truthful source. True knowledge comes only from God’s Word. Faith comes by hearing and by relying upon God’s Word. (Rom. 10:17) He that advocates or preaches any doctrine contrary to God’s Word is without faith. Teaching and following traditions of men make the Word of God of none effect toward men; hence the wise man shuns religion as a deadly thing. (Matt. 15: 6-9) When he is asked to hear the babblings of religious teachers he immediately recognizes that such are vain and he quickly turns away from them and shuns them. He will not permit his mind to be filled with things that destroy faith in God and in his Word. W 7/15/41
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that 1 might keep thy word. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.—Ps. 119:101,105.
The person who desires to live seeks knowledge at the Word of God. He seeks to learn and to do that which is right. Psalm 119:133 expresses the sincere desire of such person: “Order my steps in thy word; and let not iniquity have dominion over me.” The person who ignores God’s Word cannot receive life everlasting. “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed; but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” (Prov. 13:13,14) If that person desires to avoid that which defiles and leads to destruction he is diligent to seek information from God’s Word. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way ? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.”—Ps. 119: 9. W 6/1/41
Be strong and of a good courage.—Josh. 1:9.
Shall Jehovah’s witnesses today tremble with fear because of the enemy? Certainly not; because as the servants of the Most High they are backed up by his everlasting and irresistible power. The faithful under Christ Jesus are not now on the defensive, but on the offensive against demon influence and the power manifested particularly in religion. These faithful ones zealously obey the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Leader and Head, and they press the battle right to the gates of the entrenched organizations that are against The Theocracy. The faithful followers of Christ Jesus know beyond all possibility of doubt that Christ Jesus, the Vindicator of Jehovah’s name, shall gain the victory and that they who remain faithful and true to their Leader to the end shall share with him in that victory. W 3/15/41
Zebutun, a people that scorned their souls unto death; and Naphtali, upon the heights of the field.
—Judg. 5:18, Rotherham.
Today the faithful servants of Jehovah and his King have but one objective, and that is to do the will of Almighty God. They ask God to make them do his will. They do not hesitate to take any place in the service to which they may be assigned. They count on the Lord to take care of them. They forget themselves. They are determined that nothing shall separate them from the love of Jehovah and his government under Christ. The apostle Paul was one who led off in this course of faithful devotion to the Kingdom, and hence under inspiration he wrote: “I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Rom. 8: 38, 39. W 4/1/41
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother.—Eph. 6:1,2.
Those who are children of the anointed, and who desire to live, must keep always in mind this admonition of God’s Word, which means that the children must give heed to the instruction they receive from their parents who are in the Lord and who obey the Lord’s injunctions. The “Everlasting Father” of these children is Christ Jesus. Their real mother is the Lord’s capital organization. If children have shown diligence and efficiency in schools of this world, with stronger reasoning they must now be diligent to grow efficient in the school under The Theocratic Government. You may soon meet with Abraham, Daniel, and other like faithful men, who shall be here as perfect men acting as governors of the new world. Rest confidently in their leadership because they are the Lord’s “princes”. W 9/1/41
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.—Mark 12:17.
“Loyalty” means to be obedient to the law. Anyone who attempts to take the law into his own hands and compels others to obey it is lawless. Duly constituted authorities may make and enforce laws that are consistent with the supreme law. Should not all citizens be loyal to the country in which they reside? Yes; in harmony and consistent with God’s law they should obey the laws of the land. Necessarily that means obedience to God’s law or commandments is first and then obedience to the laws of the state that are not contradictory to God’s law. Jesus emphatically stated the supremacy of God’s law, and all his followers must abide thereby. God commands his servants not to give reverence, devotion or worship to any image or thing. No human authority can rightfully compel doing what God’s law forbids. W 2/15/41
Covenant breakers, . . . knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death.—Rom. 1:31,32.
God commanded the nation of Israel to keep themselves separate from all the nations that indulged in demonism or religious service of the demon gods, declaring unto them that serving such gods “will be a snare unto thee”. (Deut. 7:16) Israel was duty-bound to faithfully keep and perform the terms of that covenant. They failed to do so; they broke their covenant. God punished those covenant-breakers with destruction. He pronounced the final judgment upon that nation breaking covenant, and the nation was left desolate. Thus Jehovah’s fixed rule is made known that covenant-breakers are worthy of death and suffer death, and one who willingly breaks his covenant or avoids its obligations puts himself in the way of complete destruction. W 6/15/41
The Lord shall guide thee continually.—Isa. 58:11.
The wise man does not desire to follow his selfish inclinations. He has chosen the Lord and his Word as his guide. He looks to God’s Word and from it receives instruction and understanding. The wise man seeks the company and companionship of others who are also wise after God’s way. He will be diligent to attend studies where he may learn more about God’s way. He will study to show himself approved unto God. By so doing he will be pleasing to the Lord and will receive the blessings of life everlasting. He will walk circumspectly, which means to look about him and to see to it that he avoids all entanglements that beset the pathway of men. He will look up to the Lord for his guide, shield and protection. He will have his mind and heart set upon the Lord and be praying at all times that he may be guided in the way of righteousness. W 7/15/41
She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera; she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.—Judg. 5:26.
Particularly since 1937 the Jonadabs, pictured by Jael, have made bold to strike for liberty and against the Hierarchy, the head of the great religious system that has so long deceived and oppressed God’s faithful people. This they have done and do by arming themselves with and using God’s Word, thereby killing religious traditions and imaginations brought forth by the religious leaders who oppose and persecute Jehovah’s covenant people who advertise The Theocracy. These Jonadabs, by their knowledge and the use of the truth of God’s Word, are engaging with their companions in “easting down imaginations”. (2 Cor. 10:4, 5) They proclaim the message of the great Theocracy, thereby pointing out that God’s kingdom, and not religion, is the only hope of humankind. By thus doing they are putting to death religion. W 5/1/41
A Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, . . . And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.—Rev. 14:1,5.
Now in these last days all the demons, with their chief in the lead, have mustered all their forces to fight against The Theocracy. The demon forces include all nations and creatures on the earth that are against the kingdom of God by Christ Jesus. The forces are lined up for the great battle. Upon the earth there is a “remnant” of the anointed of Jehovah, all of whom are entirely devoted to The Theocracy and who now must and shall hold fast their integrity or blamelessness before God. All the demons invisible and visible are against these faithful servants of God. Jehovah and his King are for the remnant, and therefore they rejoice. W 10/1/41
For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.—Job 19:25,26.
That the test put upon Job involved chiefly his loyalty to the King of The Theocracy is shown by his words above. Job had faith in God and in his coming Theocratic Government by the Messiah, and for that reason Satan hated Job and attempted to cause him to repudiate Jehovah and to die. This being a prophetic picture for the benefit of God’s remnant, the crucial test must be applied after the Lord comes to the temple. That test is not to determine whether or not God’s devoted covenant people are perfect in word or deed or “character development”, but is to determine whether or not they are completely and immovably devoted to the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus, who has come to rule in righteousness. W 8/15/41
Reports out of the east and out of the north will terrify him; and he will go forth with great fury to destroy, and to exterminate many.—Dan. 11:44, Leeser.
After the Lord does rise up, he will give such an emphatic warning that the combined rulers that form the “desolating abomination” will be compelled to hear and give heed, and it will cause them to tremble in their boots. When that “Peace and safety” proclamation is announced by them the totalitarian, demonized rulers will conclude everything on earth is well in hand and that Jehovah’s witnesses and companions are safely tucked away. But when the emphatic message is heard by them from The north and the east’, that is, from Jehovah and Christ Jesus, they will conclude they must completely rid the earth of Jehovah’s witnesses. The faithful will stand still and see Almighty God’s power by Christ Jesus exercised for their salvation. The true servants of The Theocracy will hold fast their integrity. W 12/15/41
Then came down a remnant to the nobles, a people, Jehovah came down with me against the mighty. —Judg. 5:13, Rotherham.
The faithful remnant became Jehovah’s organized people and his witnesses on earth, appointed, ordained and commissioned to proclaim his name and to preach the Kingdom gospel. In times of old Jehovah fought the battle of his people and gave them the victory over the mighty. Likewise today, when the “strange work” is being completed and the “strange act” is about to begin, Jehovah is with Christ Jesus and his organization and is leading them on, and if the remnant of Jehovah’s witnesses abide on the side of Christ Jesus and with Jehovah’s organization then Jehovah is sure to be with them, fight for them, and give them the victory over the mighty forces of the Devil. W 1/1/41
Now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.—Heb. 11:16.
They did not expect the promised government in their day, but were firmly convinced that in his due time God would carry out fully his word of promise. Therefore they went into death full of faith. They knew that the promise would not be fulfilled completely while Satan continued to be the invisible overlord or god of this wicked world. They were seeking what country? The Scriptures answer: “The kingdom of heaven,” “the holy city,” which Jesus bought with his own lifeblood. They willingly took that course, and could have turned back had they so desired. God has prepared a place for them in connection with his Theocratic Government. A “city”, or ruling organization, is specifically prepared for them. It is not a part of “the Holy City”, but a part of God’s organization just the same, and which shall operate under the supervision of the Holy City. W 8/1/41
Then Jael Heber’s wife took a tent-pin... and smote the pin into his temples.—Judg. 4:21, A. R. V.
The woman Jael fitly pictured the organization of persons who choose to serve Jehovah God and his King, which is formed into an organization of the “great multitude”. Such will compose the earthly part of the Lord’s organization who serve him before his throne. They are not of the capital organization, however, but under it. Christ Jesus is the Lord and hence the Head over all of God’s organization. Such people of good-will flee to the Lord and put themselves under his capital organization until the end of Armageddon. Thereafter the “great multitude”, together with the faithful prophets resurrected (Heb. 11:35), become the earthly part of the Lord’s organization. Such will be an organized body that will carry out on earth the will and commandments of the Lord. Jael fitly pictured such. W 2/1/41
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.—Eph. 5:15, 16.
To “walk circumspectly” means to keep one’s eyes open and looking about and seeing to it that one makes straight paths for his feet to avoid the snares of the enemy. Excess in everything should be avoided. “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” (Ps. 25:10) To keep covenant with the Lord means to diligently obey His commandments; and once learning them, one must obey them. Both the remnant and the Jonadabs must now “gird up the loins of your mind, be sober”. (1 Pet. 1:13) Be watchful and faithful in the performance of duty, and at the same time avoid the “beggarly elements” of this wicked world, and bend all efforts and all energy to the service of The Theocratic Government and its King. W 5/15/41
Instead, of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.—Ps. 45:16.
Christ Jesus bought those faithful “fathers”, and bought their rights to life with his own lifeblood. They must therefore receive life from God by Christ Jesus. It is God’s will that Christ Jesus shall raise them out of death and give them life. Their resurrection shall take place when the Kingdom comes and begins to function. When raised from the dead and given life they will be the “children” of Christ Jesus because receiving life by and through him. Therefore it is certain that those faithful men will be raised from the dead as perfect human creatures and will occupy the high position of “princes”, or visible overlords or sovereign rulers, in all the earth. As visible representatives of The Theocracy they will govern the peoples of the earth, and all the people will look to receive instruction from them. W 8/1/41
Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
—1 John 2:18.
These words of the apostle now apply to the Lord’s faithful servants. The crucial test, which must persist until Armageddon, is proof that now is the last time. The antichrists, many of which now appear, are all those against the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus the King, and, says the apostle, ‘thereby we know that this is the last time.’ His words clearly mean that the end of Satanic rule has come: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (Vs. 17) It is therefore clearly to be seen that the crucial test is here, and thus Jesus says to those who follow him: “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”—Matt. 24:13. W 11/1/41
He said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.—2 Ki. 10:22.
Jehu executed the practitioners of demon religion in his day. He caused them to don the vestments of their religion and to thus identify themselves as being demonized or worshipers of demons. Likewise today the Lord is causing the people to take their stand on one side or the other. All will thus fix their own destiny by placing themselves on the side of death or on the side of life. Religionists and allied workers of iniquity will identify themselves as enemies or “goats”, symbolizing that which will be destroyed. When King Jehu had caused the religionists to identify themselves, then what followed? “Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword.” (Vs. 25) That corresponds exactly with what Christ Jesus will do to the “goats”. W 1/15/41
Behold I and the children which God hath given me. —Heb. 2:13.
Jehovah’s promises never fail! With him failure is impossible! His promise to the antitypical David, Christ Jesus, is that he shall rule The Theocratic Government. Jehovah has sworn it: “He will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.” (Ps. 132:11) Jehovah gave to Jesus "twelve apostles. Eleven proved faithful, suffered great persecution, maintained their integrity, and are now forever with the Lord Jesus Christ. When he was with them Jesus gave them the assurance that they would sit with him in his kingdom; and now their resurrection has taken place. Jehovah has given unto Christ Jesus a sufficient number of others to make up the 144,000 members of “his body”, and the obligation and requirements placed upon these are that they must keep their covenant and remain faithful. W 3/15/41
They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.—Judg. 5:20.
This might mean that there were showers of meteors falling from above and exploding with blazes of light about Sisera’s army. Probably he was like modern-day dictators who are stargazers, and had counted on the stars to guide him as to the time of making the assault. But they gave him no safe advice. Stargazers and astrologers are demon-controlled. When Jehovah’s “strange act” begins, all such stargazers will learn that they cannot depend upon advice received from demons. All such stargazers will become weary with such demon advice and counsel. (Isa. 47:13) Jehovah will exercise his almighty power in behalf of his covenant people now on earth who maintain their integrity toward him and who are under the leadership of Christ Jesus and obedient to God’s organization instructions.—2 Chron. 16:9. W 4/15/41
So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord; but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.—Judg. 5:31.
Barak had the great honor of picturing Christ Jesus and his faithful body members, who shall share with him in his great victory. Barak is specifically mentioned at Hebrews 11:32 as one who shall shine as an earthly representative of The Theocracy. Deborah pictured Jehovah’s organization, which shall forever be in the favor of Jehovah God, and doubtless Deborah will be amongst those who are the “princes” in the earth, because the Scriptures include all the prophets faithful to God. The faithful men of old who sealed their testimony with their lifeblood shall be of the favored ones of the Most High. The “great multitude” pictured by Jael shall forever shine to the glory of Jehovah. Above all and next to Jehovah, Christ Jesus shall shine forever. W 5/1/41
The word of our God shall stand for ever.—Isa. 40:8.
A man who has no faith in God and does not believe God’s Word cannot understand the Bible. Such men rely upon their own learning and walk on in the dark. Men are imperfect, and their theories are likewise imperfect. Men and their theories die, but the Word of God endures for ever. Peter walked with the Lord and learned of him, and, inspired by God’s spirit, he wrote: “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Pet. 1: 24, 25) Another inspired apostle testifies: “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:17) The person who desires to live seeks knowledge at the Word of God. W 6/1/41
The Lord thy God is a consuming fire.—Deut. 4:24.
In these words God announced his rule concerning those who break their covenant. That means that all who because of fear of man fail or refuse to perform their covenant obligation suffer destruction at the hands of Jehovah’s Executioner. The faithful apostle repeated those words to all in a covenant with God for the Kingdom. His words apply to those who are assembled at the temple. They are addressed to God’s covenant people, applying at a time when all the world is in great distress and turmoil and when God is permitting to be shaken out of his kingdom everything that can be shaken. These words thus recorded for the benefit of God’s covenant people are: “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire.”—Heb. 12: 28, 29. W 6/15/41
In the multitude of people is the king’s honour; but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince [the wicked prince] —Prov. 14:28.
The “great multitude” will bring forth children in righteousness to the honor of the King. As children of the King they shall rejoice to bring forth children and to teach them the way of righteousness that they may live forever in righteousness. Concerning this it is written: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” (Ps. 127: 3, 5) Today those who love Jehovah and his King are not ashamed to proclaim the Theocracy by Christ Jesus, but serenely and joyfully speak to their opponents, telling them of the gracious things God has in store for those who joyfully serve him. W 9/1/41
Keep my commandments, and live.—Prov. 7:2.
Jehovah requires of his children full obedience as a condition precedent to receiving everlasting life. By his Word he has emphasized that rule from the time of Adam when in Eden until this very day. Adam failed to obey the commandments of Jehovah God, and the result to him was death. The rules of God never change and are the same toward all. Life with the right to it can be had and maintained only by his grace. Life everlasting can be had by those only who are obedient unto God. The word “father” means the one from whom life emanates. God is the Father, therefore, of those who gain life everlasting. He is the fountain of life. He gives or administers life everlasting by and through Jesus Christ, his Executive Officer. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ.” There is no other possible way of obtaining life. W 2/15/41
God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us.—Dan. 3:17.
The government of Babylon promulgated a law requiring all persons to bow before a certain image. Three of God’s typical covenant people who were in Babylon remembered Jehovah had commanded: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.” They had respect for God’s commandments. They refused to obey Babylon’s command and were told by the highest authority of that nation that they would be put to death by burning. They replied to the law enforcement body: We have no need to obey you in this matter; and if it be that you cast us into the fire, our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us from the fiery furnace, and he will deliver us.’ They were cast into the fiery furnace, which was so hot that it destroyed the men who cast them in. From that fiery furnace God delivered them. God always rewards faithfulness.—Dan. 3:15-27. W 2/15/41
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful.—Ps. 101:6.
Continuing faithful unto death, such faithful ones of the “remnant” enter into everlasting glory with the Lord. On the earth are the Lord’s “other sheep”, who are the companions of the remnant. These have fled for refuge to Christ Jesus, found refuge under his organization, and, there remaining faithfully devoted to The Theocracy and to the King thereof, they have the promise of protection during the time of the “great tribulation”. By reason of their faithful devotion and obedience they receive such protection from the great Shepherd, Christ Jesus. Continuing thus faithful until the end of Armageddon and ever thereafter, they shall fully enter into righteousness and life; but if any of the remnant or of the “other sheep” become unfaithful to Jehovah and his King, such put themselves in the class of the wicked and their end is destruction. W 5/1/41
Avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law.—Titus 3:9.
Those of good-will, the Lord’s “other sheep”, who will form the “great multitude”, must be faithful, and will be to the everlasting praise of Jehovah and the vindication of his name. All such as have now taken the step to put themselves on the Lord’s side must see to it that they do not forget God. What must one do to avoid that calamity? Shun religion, because it is demonism. Avoid the vain babblings of so-called worldly “wise men” and study to show yourself approved unto God. (2 Tim. 2:15, 16; 1 Tim. 6: 20, 21) Do not lean to your own selfish reasoning, nor to that of any man: “In all thy ways acknowledge [the Lord], and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov. 3: 5, 6) That means, in everything you have, acknowledge the Lord; in everything you receive at his hand, acknowledge and thank him for the same. W 7/1/41
Teach me thy way, O Lord.—Ps. 86:11.
Jehovah God is the fountain of life, which life he gives to those who obey him. His provision is that life shall be administered to the obedient of mankind through Christ Jesus, who purchased the human race with his own precious blood. Therefore man can come to God only by believing on the Lord Jesus as his Redeemer and Savior. To Relieve” means to take a course in harmony with that mental conception; hence the wise man consecrates himself to God and Christ Jesus, and does so by solemnly agreeing to do God’s will, and so thereafter he can say, “I delight to do thy will, 0 my God.” Not only does the wise man desire the will of God to be done in him at all times, but his prayer to God is, “Make me do thy will.” This he can do because he knows that the way of Jehovah God is right and if God makes him do His will he will go in the right way. W 7/15/41
Try them... even to the time of the end; because it is yet for a time appointed.—Dan. 11:35.
While they have been cast out of heaven and down to the earth, Jehovah permits the wicked demon horde to remain for a short time that the integrity of his faithful may be put to the test and they may prove their immovable devotion to Him. While this test is on they continue to declare the name of the great Theocrat and his Government to those people on earth who will hear; and such proclamation must continue until Armageddon begins. Jehovah has definitely fixed the time for its beginning, at which time he will show to all his supreme power. While no man yet knows the day nor the hour that Armageddon will begin, “the signs of the times” show that Armageddon is very near. Therefore Jehovah bids his faithful servants to redeem the time and slack not the hand in his “strange work”, the witness work. W 11/1/41
I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other people.—Lev. 20:24.
A person who is not in a covenant with God is in a position far different from that of the person who is in a covenant to do God’s will. With Jehovah a covenant is a sacred thing, not to be broken or altered with impunity. It is the express will of God that his covenant people are and must ever be separate and distinct from the world, that is, from the things of and from the powers that attempt to rule this evil world. To such the Lord says: We are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.’ (John 15:18, 19) Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness of Jehovah. All his followers, taken out from the nations for Jehovah’s name, must likewise be faithful and true witnesses to God’s name and kingdom, and therefore must keep themselves unspotted or separate from the world.—Jas. 1:27. W 6/15/41
I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame; but upon himself shall his crown flourish.—Ps. 132:17, 18.
For the anointed Jehovah has provided a lamp which marks out clearly the pathway which his faithful servants now follow. These are not in darkness, because they are “children of the light”, and they are marching triumphantly on by faith, singing the victory song. The enemies are now on the run. Soon their complete destruction will be accomplished. The faithful remnant, together with their companions, the “other sheep”, are singing the praises of Jehovah and of Christ Jesus, and all together sing: “Salvation to our God... and unto the Lamb.” (Rev. 7: 9-12) None of the -faithful will now slack the hand, but will continue to proclaim the truth of Jehovah and his King, regardless of what the enemy may say or do. Now all of the faithful together say: “Rejoice in the Lord alway.”—Phil. 4:4. W 3/15/41
They abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.—Judg. 5:16.
They had much cause to search their hearts and ascertain the motive for their lack of activity. It is even so today with those who say in their hearts or in words: “Let others do the work.” Today Jehovah has provided opportunity for all the consecrated to prove their integrity by giving their all in support of The Theocracy. The faithful cannot and will not compromise in order to avoid persecution. They know only one thing, and that is to do the will of God, obeying his commandments. Those whom Jehovah will approve must joyfully take their part in the service as opportunity is offered, regardless of what may be the conditions. Doing so joyfully and fully trusting in the Lord for results, they are certain to come off victorious. W 4/1/41
He hath shewed thee, 0 man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, hut to do justly? —Mic. 6:8.
“To do justly” means to do that which is right, just and righteous. The Lord’s command is to “seek righteousness”; and seeking it, one must do what is right and righteous. One must be entirely for Jehovah and his kingdom, with no deviation from that course God says: “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Pet. 1:16) That rule applies to all who have declared for The Theocracy. It means to hate everything that Jehovah hates. (Prov. 8:13) We must love what God loves. (Ps. 11:7) God bestows his favor on those who love righteousness and hate iniquity, lawlessness, impurity and all uncleanness. (Ps. 45:7) Therefore the person who is in the way of life must put aside everything that is displeasing to God and diligently pursue a course of purity and righteousness. W 5/15/41
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall he full of the knoivledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.—Isa. 11:9.
The King purchases all who become his children subjects. These children include the “princes” and those of the “great multitude”. Thus the visible representatives and the children of their Father, the King, will exercise dominion over the earth, over the fish, and the fowls, and all the beasts of the forest and of the field. The Lord gives his guarantee that none of the beasts or other animal creation shall hurt or do violence to his children. They shall be used by the Lord to make the earth a place of glory and beauty. Tended and kept by his princes and his children subjects, the earth shall become the King’s garden, a paradise of which Eden was a type. Everything therein will proclaim the praises of the Most High and of the King. W 9/1/41
Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people; for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries.—Deut. 32:43.
Thus Jehovah will square the account for the wicked deeds the religionists have committed against those who love him. Such deeds they could not do without the permission of Jehovah. He permits such only for a season. During that season persons of good-will, those who love righteousness and hate wickedness, seeing their way clear to escape from religion, are led by the Lord to see and choose the way of life. It is therefore a great privilege to suffer for righteousness’ sake. That suffering will be for only a short season. God will soon fight for his faithful people. His drama of vengeance is now about to be fulfilled in completeness. All of God’s true people will now remain calm and firmly stand for The Theocracy. Deliverance is near! Next the victory song! W 2/1/41
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure.—Ps. 72:4, 5.
The faithful remnant are now enduring the great fight of affliction. Together with their companions the Jonadabs they are continually persecuted, but these shall soon be delivered and the faithful remnant shall be in the Kingdom glory for ever with the glorious King. Then the Jonadabs who now suffer for righteousness’ sake will suffer no more, but will be for ever in the favor of the Lord and receive his blessings. The King of glory will feed them and lead them by the refreshing waters and give them life everlasting, and they and their children shall dwell forever on the earth in peace. Now they are poor and oppressed, but the Lord shall soon make them rich beyond description of words. W 5/1/41
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.—Heb. 11:39, 40.
When will those faithful men come into possession of what is prepared for them ? Some better thing must first be provided for others, of whom Paul was one, before those faithful men of old could come into their reward or that which was prepared for them. That “better thing” is “the holy city”, the kingdom of God, The Theocratic Government, and it is prepared for those who compose the capital organization, to wit, Christ Jesus and the members of his body, all of whom must prove faithful unto death. That would mean that all of the Holy City must be selected and the Kingdom must come before those holy men of old could receive what is prepared for them. W 8/1/41
When they shall fall [in their stumbling (Young)], they shall be holpen with a little help.—Dan. 11:34.
The Lord's “other sheep” sympathize with the “remnant” and show their goodness of heart by rendering assistance to the remnant. These “other sheep” are very few in number when compared with the host of wicked persecutors, called “goats”. They are likened to those who became companions of David when he was outlawed and hunted by Saul. So David wrote: “The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.” (Ps. 118: 7) Some help is also rendered by reasonable, sensible judges of courts who have rendered honest and sincere decisions upholding Jehovah’s witnesses’ rights in proclaiming the Kingdom message ; which decisions have had something to do with keeping the “back-door” open for the remainder of the modern-Ehud class. The Lord never overlooks kindness ministered to those who love him. W 10/15/41
As it was in the days of No'e, so shall it he also in the days of the Son of man.—Luke 17:26.
The state of affairs that existed in Noah’s day included more than marrying, giving in marriage, eating and drinking. Manifestly Jesus specifically mentioned these to further compare what did exist in Noah’s day with what exists at the present time. The state of affairs in Noah’s day was this: Satan, chief of demons, was desperately working to make good his wicked challenge that no man would be faithful to God when put to the test. Satan’s endeavor was to turn all men against Jehovah. Associated with him were then a company of demons, called “Nephilim”, bullies or tyrants, all bent on defeating God and turning all creation against God. (Gen. 6:4, AR.V.) The acts and conduct of those demons and those connected with them foretold a like condition or state of affairs on earth at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. W 5/15/41
Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.—Matt. 10:28.
Today the worldly powers endeavor to force God’s covenant people to repudiate their covenant and to break the terms thereof by conforming themselves to the things of this world, which things are contrary to His commandment. God’s faithful covenant people remain steadfast to Jehovah, faithful to the terms of their covenant and The Theocracy. They will not fear man nor what man can do. They do fear Almighty God, and obey him and serve him. The power of wicked men ends with death. The power of Almighty God is eternal. If one dies unfaithful to God, that is the everlasting end of him. If he dies because he is faithful to Jehovah and to the obligations of his covenant Jehovah will resurrect that faithful one to life eternal. W 6/15/41
Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, . . . Bless ye Jehovah.
—Judg. 5:1, 2, A.R.V.
The song opens not with felicitation to creatures, but with praise to the Most High. For centuries Christ Jesus has sung this song, well knowing the day of complete victory he will gain, when all the survivors of the great battle of that day shall praise the name of the Most High. Now the time has come when all members of “the body of Christ”, both in heaven and on earth, join in the song and all those of good-will toward God are invited to participate in the song. The angels in heaven sing because they all see that the day of the vindication of Jehovah’s name and the complete victory of Christ Jesus, the Greater Barak, is at hand. So today Jehovah’s witnesses must “bless” or speak words of praise to Jehovah’s name and to his kingdom, and do so among all people who desire to see the triumph of righteousness in the earth. W 3/1/41
None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry.—Acts 20:24.
A striking and apt example of a faithful covenant keeper is the apostle Paul, once a religionist and later a true Christian, following the lead of Christ Jesus. When becoming a Christian he soon learned he would suffer persecution because of his full devotion to God and Christ. But that did not deter him at all or move him from his course of faithfulness. The man who is in a covenant with Jehovah, and who has partaken of the knowledge of the good things to be given by the Lord, does not permit himself even to debate in mind as to whether or not he should obey man and thereby break his covenant. He is determined to keep his covenant obligations faithfully to the end, regardless of what may be done against him by any human power. W 6/15/41
The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing.—Isa. 14:5, 7.
The battle of the great day of God Almighty is near, and all survivors will then speak in the above language of the prophet. The judgment from heaven will be executed against the wicked, and then those who defile the earth shall cease for ever. Jehovah’s faithful people now on the earth with joy sing because they know that the day of deliverance is near; and following Armageddon that song will resound throughout the whole universe and everything that breathes will continue to sing the praises of the Most High. Everyone who loves Jehovah should be strengthened by His revelation of the prophecies and should now by faith rejoice, knowing full well that his joy will be complete in the near future and the praises of God and his King shall fill the whole earth. W 5/1/41
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult:.. .Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to
Jabin, at the brook of Kison.—Psalm 83:2, 9.
Psalm 83 discloses the formation of a conspiracy by religionists against God’s typical people, which foreshadows a conspiracy by religionists and allied elements against God’s kingdom under Christ Jesus. The purpose of such is to destroy the servants of Jehovah and to prevent The Theocratic Government from operating. Therefore the wicked workers of iniquity are determined to rule the earth contrary to the will of Almighty God. Then follows the prayer of God’s oppressed people addressed in the words above to the Most High, asking the Lord to fight their battles for them and to utterly destroy the enemy. Jehovah is certain to hear and answer that prayer, and to do exactly the things stated therein, because he has made known that such is his will and purpose. Let all who have this faith and trust in Him rejoice. W 1/15/41
Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of Jehovah, curse ye "bitterly the inhabitants thereof, because they came not to the help of Jehovah.—Judg. 5:23, Am. Rev. Ver.
Those upon whom the curse was pronounced were seeking their own salvation, ease and comfort, and avoiding service. They said in their hearts: ‘Let others do the work.’ By that course they doubtless escape some persecution and hardship, but negligence in performing duty will bring upon them God’s curse. Jehovah’s rules, or law, change not. If a person enters into a covenant to do God’s will he must, in order to receive God’s approval, perform that covenant obligation to the best of his ability. Not God himself, but his commissioned servants, Deborah and Barak, did need help against the mighty host of oppressors who were defaming God’s name. Help rendered to Barak and Deborah was as rendered unto Jehovah, and in rendering such help they were bound to render it, not as unto man, but as unto God. W 4/15/41
Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.—Ex. 14:15.
The faithful servants of God have gone forward and have not been dismayed or discouraged by reason of the equipment of the enemy and their activities. The faithful servants of God trust him and go forward in the strength of the Lord and in the power of his might. Their weapons are not guns and swords and tanks and airplanes, but their weapons consist of “the sword of the spirit”, the message of Almighty God and his King, which they deliver in the name of Jehovah, and which is “mighty... to the pulling down of strong holds” of the enemy. (Eph. 6:17; 2 Cor. 10:4) The faithful believe and appreciate the promise that Jehovah has given to them, to wit: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.”—Isa. 54:17. W 3/15/41
Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.—Acts 4:19.
When the law of men, made by nations of the earth and put into force, commands doing that which is directly in conflict with Jehovah God’s commandments addressed to his covenant people, what is the position of Jehovah’s covenant people with reference to it? The apostles of Jesus Christ, Peter, John and others, were sent forth to preach and to represent The Theocracy, and, being in a covenant with Jehovah God, and therefore governed strictly by His will, answered the foregoing question, and their answer is the one given by all of God’s covenant people to like questions. That answer is: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (5:29) One’s obligations under his covenant with God require him to faithfully follow this divinely announced rule. W 6/15/41
The dragon... went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.—Rev. 12:17.
Why are Jehovah’s witnesses so cruelly persecuted by leaders in religion? The reason is obvious. All persons who are wholly devoted to Jehovah and Christ worship God in spirit and in truth, and for that reason the Devil hates them. Knowing that the day of final reckoning is here, he brings every possible woe upon those who expose his chief weapon, religion, and religious practitioners. Why does Jehovah God permit him to so persecute his true servants now? To afford an opportunity to Christians to prove their faithfulness and integrity toward God and Christ; and to bring about a separation of the nations, that is, the “goats”, or wicked ones, from the Lord’s “other sheep”, who love righteousness and desire to see God’s will done on the earth. W 2/1/41
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example.—Jas. 5:10.
Daniel, a man in a covenant with God to do His will, was cast into a den of lions because he declined to obey the law of the nation, obedience to which law he conscientiously believed to be idolatry. For his faithfulness God delivered Daniel unharmed. At the eleventh chapter of Hebrews God caused to be recorded a list of faithful men who throughout the ages withstood the unreasonable rules or laws of nations which attempted to break down their devotion to the Almighty God. Those men steadfastly served God in the face of all opposition, and for such faithfulness they suffered cruel punishment at the hands of men. Of them the Lord’s Word says: 'The world was not worthy of them.’ They all received God’s approval for their faithful obedience, and they have the assurance that they shall live forever.—Heb. 11:1-40. W 2/15/41
Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. .. . Gilead abode beyond Jordan.—Judg. 5:15, 17.
Those Gadites on the east side of the Jordan were well protected naturally from assault. Since 1918 there have been a number of professed consecrated persons who seem to think it best for them to hole up at home and avoid the conflict with the enemy, and have therefore let the intervening masses of humankind, pictured by Jordan, now rapidly descending into the “Dead sea”, hold them back from active service. They have permitted the turbulent people of the present time to hinder them from crossing over the antitypical Jordan and engaging actively in the Lord’s service. They have, for selfish reasons, failed to be obedient to his commandments, and are therefore in the same condition as if they had willingly violated God’s law. They have taken no part in exposing religion as the enemy of humankind. W 4/1/41
Thine is the kingdom, O Lord.—1 Chron. 29:11.
That which stands out most prominently in the Bible is its teaching concerning the kingdom of God. Because of its paramount importance Jesus instructed his followers that they should always pray for the coming of that kingdom. It is God’s kingdom, and necessarily all prophecy concerning it must proceed from the Almighty God. Christ Jesus is the duly appointed and anointed King of the kingdom of God. All the prophets of God foretell the coming of that kingdom and the King, and point forward to that day as one of greatest importance. Over a period of practically four thousand years men of old who were devoted to God and who prophesied according to God’s will foretold the coming of Christ Jesus the Messiah. Not only did they foretell his coming, but they recorded the minute details. Such wisdom could proceed only from the Almighty God. W 6/1/41
Know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judeca flee to the mountains; . . . and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.—Luke 21:20, 21.
The Lord also warns those who start to flee that they must not turn back, and that if they do turn back and forget God and his provision for them their destiny will be the same as that of others who forget God. Such are put in the same class with the wicked, the “evil servant” and the hypocrites, and the destiny of such the Lord declares in these words: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” “The Lord preserveth all them that love him; but all the wicked will he destroy.” (Pss. 9:17; 145:20) Those of good-will toward God and who desire life must now flee - “For the day of Jehovah is near upon all the nations [that are against The Theocracy].”—Obad. 15, Am. Rev. Ver. W 7/1/41
Of a truth the Lord hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.—Jer. 26:15.
To acting authorities the faithful covenant people of God answer: “We are in a covenant with Almighty God to do His will. To obey your commandment we must violate our covenant with God; and if we do so we shall suffer eternal destruction at the hands of Almighty God. We willingly conform ourselves to every law of the land that does not cause us to violate our covenant with Jehovah, as He has commanded. Almighty God has made us his witnesses and his ministers to preach this gospel of his kingdom by informing the peoples of the world of his name and his provision for peace and life for mankind. Almighty God has ordained us thus to preach. We have covenanted to do his will. To him we will remain faithful and true, regardless of what men may do to us.” W 6/15/41
Alleluia;... for he hath judged the great whore, ... and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.—Rev. 19:1, 2.
Because Jehovah’s covenant people praise his name and make known his government of righteousness they are now hated of all nations. That extreme hatred is expressed in violence heaped upon those who love Him. God’s faithful servants now teach their children His Word and 'Tiring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”, and for this they are hated and persecuted. The children, because of devotion to Jehovah, are expelled from schools and denied the right of free education. The present ruling powers now oppress and violently abuse God’s covenant people. Jehovah takes full account of the persecution that is now inflicted upon his people. Soon he will avenge his faithful covenant people and will vindicate his own great name. He preserves all them that love him. W 5/1/41
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, .perfecting holiness.—2 Cor. 7:1.
Thoughts and actions must be clean, and the body must be kept clean The body of flesh must be kept clean because it is the organism devoted to service of the Lord. The mind of the creature must be kept clean by filling it with thoughts pertaining to The Theocracy. Everything pertaining to The Theocratic Government is clean, and those who receive the benefits of that government must be in full harmony with the great Theocrat and his King. As to what is proper thinking, the admonition of Philippians 4:8 applies to both remnant and Jonadabs: “Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” W 5/15/41
He that hath the Son hath life.—1 John 5:12.
All creatures who deny the lifeblood of Christ Jesus as the purchase price for humankind have no hope of life. Such are without God and Christ and without hope in the world. Life is the gift of God through Christ Jesus. There is no other way whereby man can be saved. Christ Jesus, by the willing sacrifice of himself according to God’s will, provided the price and paid it over as the purchase price for mankind who will render themselves in obedience to God’s law. There is no other basis for hope of life. They being born in sin and shapen in iniquity, the only means of escaping eternal death is by faith in God and in Christ and then by full obedience to God’s law. If one does not believe that Jehovah is the Almighty God and that Christ Jesus is the Redeemer of obedient men, then there is no hope for him to have life everlasting. W 7/15/41
Rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.—Acts 5:41.
All the faithful ones rejoice to be counted worthy to suffer for the Kingdom of Righteousness. They hold fast their integrity. In Canada the religious Hierarchy has exercised its influence and persecuting power over the political powers to have declared the witnesses of Almighty God an “illegal organization”. That declaration, however, cannot prevent His faithful servants from continuing God’s work of testifying to the name and majesty of Almighty God and his government by Christ Jesus. Those faithful men and women count not their lives dear to them, well knowing that if they suffer violence and death at the hand of the enemy because of their faithfulness to The Theocracy God will avenge them and grant them everlasting life in his Kingdom. Therefore they go right on serving God, with joyful heart. W 8/15/41
Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation; for at the time appointed the end shall be.—Ban. 8:19.
That positive and unchangeable declaration of Jehovah is that demon rule shall for ever cease exactly on time, which he has appointed. His promise is that he will make his faithful servants to know what shall be concerning that time. During the period of “the time of the end”, that is, from and after 1914, Jehovah by Christ Jesus has been revealing to his faithful servants the meaning of various prophecies recorded in the Bible. It therefore appears that Jehovah’s due time is now here to make his people know more about the final end. The Lord’s faithful servants now diligently seek an understanding of prophecy, well knowing that the Devil’s scheme shall not prosper, but shall end disastrously at the time God has appointed. W 9/15/41
Beheaded for the witness of Jesus.—Rev. 20:4.
Such faithful ones have no human leader, but have given up their own head and look only to Christ Jesus as their Head and Leader that they might bear witness to Jehovah’s name and his Theocratic Government. They refuse to compromise with any part of Satan’s organization. Regardless of all earthly persecution and opposition, they remain true, steadfast and blameless before the Lord. Such blamelessness consists of their complete devotion to the Theocratic Government by Christ Jesus. Their integrity is put to the test, and those who receive the. Lord’s approval will hold fast their integrity under that test. They are being disciplined by the Lord, and they are determined to not yield to demon influence, but that they will remain faithful to Jehovah God and his Government of Righteousness, come what may. W 11/1/41
At the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north... shall enter also into the glorious land.—Dan. 11:40, 41.
“The abomination that maketh desolate” enters where he has no right, into the “goodly land”. (Margin) This refers to the antitypical Land of Promise, the condition into which Jehovah by Christ Jesus has brought his covenant people. (Ezek. 20: 6) In every land invaded by “the king of the north” Jehovah’s faithful servants have been trampled on and their publications concerning The Theocratic Government have been suppressed and destroyed, and Jehovah’s witnesses have been imprisoned or otherwise restrained of their liberties. That “abominable thing” has tried to occupy the place Jehovah God has assigned to his anointed, and it assumes the right to enter and to rule over the entire world contrary to Almighty God’s expressed will. It thus causes the desolating abomination to stand “in the holy place”, where it ought not. W 12/1/41
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God—Heb. 11:9, 10.
Abraham was swift to obey God. That means he was willing and ready, upon short notice, to move, and also shows he had no fixed abiding place on the earth but was looking for a better place. He dwelt in tents and with his sons and grandsons. Abraham and Sarah's only son Isaac grew to manhood’s estate, and then God put a great test upon Abraham. God commanded Abraham to offer his son upon a fiery altar of sacrifice. Under that test Abraham exhibited strong faith in God. Abraham had faith in God’s government of righteousness, The Theocracy, which is symbolized by a city. God has fixed a place for Abraham. W 8/1/41
The river of Kishon swept them away, . . . Then were the horse hoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.—Judg. 5:21, 22.
Sisera had regarded the horses as great strength in his army, which would bring him victory. He was disappointed. How about the war organizations of modern times ? These are supported -by the great religious institutions of the world, and on their mechanized equipment they rely for certain victory. Religionists and other ruling elements think their equipment is irresistible. They scorn The Theocracy and boast of their ability to destroy everything that is faithful to Almighty God. They will be greatly dismayed when the Lord begins to fight against them. Their horses and mechanized equipment will be of no value. Paralyzed with fear, they will be unable to offer effective resistance. The enemy will be thrown into panic and will find no way of escape. W 4/15/41
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.—Phil. 2:12, 13.
The work in which the Christian engages is not for the benefit of or profit to the Lord, but the Lord affords his covenant people the opportunity to work that they might prove their unqualified devotion to Jehovah and his kingdom. It will therefore not do to say, “I will perform my assigned task and then I will spend the rest of the time jazzing about attending social gatherings and indulging in that which gratifies the imperfect human desires?’ A man who is in a covenant to serve Jehovah is the Lord’s bond servant and must see to it that he gives his all to the service of the Lord and Master. God has given his covenant people the opportunity to prove their integrity toward him and to receive life everlasting. “Be blameless and harmless.”—Vs. 15. W 5/15/41
Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked.—Rev. 16:15.
“The king of the north” has tried to rip off the “beautiful garments”, the spiritual adornment, of God’s faithful servants by which their identification is made to appear. (Isa. 52:1) He has tried to compel Jehovah’s witnesses and companions to let loose their hold on Jehovah and his Theocratic Government. By His grace, however, Jehovah’s servants have been able to stand and that monstrosity has not succeeded. God’s faithful servants are determined to hold fast their integrity, come what may. They trust in Jehovah God and Christ Jesus, whom they serve. Though denied the right to possess Bibles and Bible helps to aid them in studying God’s Word, and though denied the right to meet for study, His faithful servants have these great truths in their minds, which cannot be taken away from them by the Devil or any of his representatives. W 11/15/41
For God so loved the world that his Only Begotten Son he gave, that whosoever beheveth on him might not perish, but have life age-abiding.—John 3:16, Rotherham.
The world of righteousness is that which God loves. From the beginning it was his purpose to have a new world wherein dwelleth righteousness The apostle Peter, under inspiration, wrote: “We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Pet. 3:13) The promise here referred to is the promise God made to Abraham that in his Seed all the families of the earth that live shall bless themselves; that is to say, all nations and peoples that ever live must receive their blessing by first accepting Christ and devoting themselves to the Theocratic Government by Christ. They take the step of receiving the blessing by believing and obeying. W 10/1/41
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.—Ps. 145:4.
Selection of the members of The Theocratic Government to be associated with Christ Jesus the King has been carried forward during the past 1900 years and is now practically completed. The Lord Jesus received the Kingdom and began his rule in 1914. In 1918 he began the judgment of those consecrated to do God’s will, selecting those faithful and approved ones whom he has sent forth as his servants to be witnesses to the great Theocrat, and his name and government. The remnant of these are yet on earth. These must join and do gladly join with Christ Jesus to extend the invitation to all persons of good-will now on earth to come and take freely of the truth of life; and those obeying shall live. (Rev. 22:17) Thus the heavenly generation bring the life message to the earthly generation. W 9/1/41
Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.—Rev. 2:10, Am. Rev. Ver.
For God’s covenant people, both the remnant and their companions, the Lord’s “other sheep”, the time of climax is here. Whether permitted to remain free to preach this gospel of the Kingdom as God has commanded, or restrained of all human liberty; whether walking through the land and doing that which God has commanded, or behind prison walls because of faithfulness to covenant obligations, the Christian in the covenant with God will regard but one thing worth while, and that is that under all conditions, and in whatever state, he will hold fast his integrity. There is but one thing for him to do. He will consider nothing else. That one thing is faithfully keeping covenant obligations prescribed by the covenant he has made with Almighty God, and to do so faithfully unto the end. W 6/15/41
Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye saints, and ye apostles, and ye prophets; for God hath judged your judgment on her.—Rev. 18:20, Am. Rev. Ver.
The Kingdom must be completed and set up, with Christ Jesus in full authority and glory as King, before those faithful men of old could be granted life everlasting on earth. The ransom sacrifice, by which the purchase price was provided for mankind, must be paid over first before any man could be released from the bondage of death, inherited through Adam. All those faithful prophets died and went out of existence into the grave, or “hell”, but all are held in the memory of Almighty God, who will resurrect them from the dead in his own due time and according to his promise. Those men had faith in the resurrection, and therefore they endured the great fight of affliction even unto death in order That they might obtain the better resurrection’.—Heb. 11: 35. W 8/1/41
Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.—Judg. 5:2.
In that song they praise and bless Jehovah “for the avenging of Israel” and, now, for the avenging of spiritual Israel. The faithful people of God now on the earth by faith see that for a certainty soon He will fully vindicate his name; and, having this full assurance, they raise the song of praise before the battle is fought and won. When the battle of that great day of God Almighty is fought and won every surviving creature will join in that song of praise to his holy name. Jehovah’s witnesses must now declare “the day of vengeance of our God”, which vengeance will vindicate his name and will avenge all the oppressed of Jehovah’s witnesses and their companions, upon whom oppression and persecutions have been heaped by the modern-day Sisera, the religious leaders and others of Satan’s organization. W 3/1/41
Ardently awaiting the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ: who will also confirm you unto the end unaccusable in the day of our Lord.—1 Cor. 1:7, 8, Roth.
Jehovah’s servants are now facing a crucial test. They must hold fast their integrity, if they are to receive protection and life and forever enjoy the blessings of The Theocratic Government. The above message the Lord caused his faithful apostle long ago to write to those servants of God who should be on earth at the time of the end. God’s people are there informed that they must now be at complete unity and all of one mind, that is, all completely for The Theocracy. Stand fast for The Theocracy! It will be folly to now turn to the beggarly totalitarian ruling elements. Give ear always to what the Lord says: “I will hear what God the Lord will speak; for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints; but let them not turn again to folly.”—Ps. 85:8. W 12/15/41
And I saw ... them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image,... having the harps of God. And they sing the song.—Rev. 15: 2, 3.
God’s remnant and those “other sheep” of the Lord who are their companions should now be strong of faith and very courageous and should continuously proclaim the name and praise of Jehovah and his King and never permit anything to turn them aside from that complete devotion to The Theocracy. They must be faithful in keeping covenant with God and must prove their integrity to the Most High and to his King. The same degree of faith is required of all who receive the approval of the Almighty and his King. In fulfillment of prophecy the Victory Song has begun. It must continue to swell with increasing volume and until all who survive Armageddon shall know The Theocracy is now exercising its authority and power and that everlasting peace and blessings have come to stay forever. W 3/15/4