On Saturday evening, May 18, Bible Student Elder, David Stein will lead a round table discussion on this topic. Joining him will be other Bible Students Jim Parkinson, Ric Cunningham and Jeff Mezera.
Many Jehovah’s Witnesses look on Armageddon with great fear for themselves and especially loved ones not residing in the safety of the “Ark” (JW Organization). Just who will survive Armageddon? Let’s see how the JW Organization has answered this question in the past.
Watchtower Sept 1, 1989 page 19. – “Only Jehovah’s Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the “great crowd,” as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.”
Watchtower 2007 Dec. 15 p.14 “But Jehovah’s servants already belong to the only organization that will survive the end of this wicked system of things. ”
If correct, then the angel’s promise of great joy for ALL people (Luke 2:10) is of little encouragement, since billions of mankind would never benefit from that promise. Bible Students agree and hope that many of the living Jehovah’s Witnesses will survive Armageddon. However, we also find scriptural evidence that many others will survive Armageddon as well as explained in the materials here linked to.
Here are more quotes:
You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth p.255 - “Do not conclude that there are different roads, or ways, that you can follow to gain life in God’s new system. There is only one. There was just one ark that survived the Flood, not a number of boats. And there will be only one organization- God’s visible organization – that will survive the fast-approaching “great tribulation”. . . You must be part of Jehovah’s organization, doing God’s will, in order to receive his blessing of everlasting life. ”
Watchtower 2006 May 15 p.22 “Are You Prepared for Survival?” Paragraph – “During the final period of the ‘ancient world’ that perished in the Flood, Noah was a faithful ‘preacher of righteousness.’ (2 Peter 2:5) In these last days of the present system of things, Jehovah’s people are making known God’s righteous standards and are declaring good news about the possibility of surviving into the new world. (2 Peter 3:9-13) Just as Noah and his God-fearing family were preserved in the ark, survival of individuals today depends on their faith and their loyal association with the earthly part of Jehovah’s universal organization. ”
Does the Bible support this frightening prospect. Will friends and family of JWs who are outside of the organization be eternally destroyed, if they die at the time of Armageddon? Are you afraid?
1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint. Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love. – NWT
Hebrews 13:6 (Amplified Bible) – So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?
If 1 John 4:8 says “God is love,” then shouldn’t love, not fear, be our motivation to serve Jehovah? Are you serving Jehovah in a certain way because you are afraid/fearful of being destroyed in Armageddon?
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Date: May 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 pm Central and 4:00 pm West Coast
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