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The suggested answers provided to all questions below are based on and in harmony with the views of the original Watchtower Bible and Tract Society when under the guidance of Pastor Charles Taze Russell.  Comments will often include a link to Pastor Russell’s own explanation.  However, in any case, we leave your conclusions to your own personal study, prayer, conscience and the influence of the Holy Spirit.

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  • Noel

    How can I watch the Edward Fudge movie? I’m trying to look for it in the internet (the full movie), but can’t find it.

  • Noel Bordoy

    Exodus 3:14, NWT says, “I shall prove to be what I shall prove to be.” Other translations says, “I will be what I will be.” I like the NWT because of the Hebrew verb (if I remember it correctly it’s Yehwah). But is really correct?

    • greg (Bible Student)


      Wow! What an exquisitely wonderful joy I am having at reading your question!

      I do not believe there is any single right answer. Many Bible researchers have studied this passage and I believe that most would agree that there’s no simple way of putting into human words the name and character of God.

      To illustrate, when Moses wrote in Genesis 2:7 that God made Adam out of dust from the ground, he neither lied, nor conveyed the full richness of the reality. We who live today are probably acquainted with scientific models such as molecular theory, and so we can likely more fully appreciate the simplicity, the rich beauty, and the truthfulness of Genesis 2:7.

      Similarly, as we learn and study more about God, His nature, His character, the things He has created, and His Divine Plan, we become more able to appreciate the ineffable nature and character of God and His name.

      For example, one thing I’ve learned in my studies that I find very exciting is that God’s name seems to also suggest timelessness, that is to say an existence outside of time itself. And it seems to me that your question is along those lines, isn’t it? “Will be” versus “Prove to be”? They both seem to me to be trying to convey an indefinite tense. That’s not an easy thing to do in English, nor in many other languages. Most languages tie actions to a specific times – past, present, future, completed, yet-to-be-started, finished, ongoing, one-time, recurrent, etc.

      It’s my understanding that God isn’t bound by time. That’s consistent with the understanding that God created time as well as the universe. How do I put that into words though? And even if I try, how do I fully understand the concept and explain it to someone else in a way that they can easily and fully comprehend and appreciate?

      I believe Jehovah God faced a similar challenge when he answered Moses: How much does He say in just a few minutes? How much does He omit? How does He answer clearly and briefly? How does He possibly limit Himself by fitting Himself into a tiny “box” of human letters, words, sounds and concepts?

      Maybe someone else here will share their thoughts on your question. In any case, I thank you sincerely for asking it. I always find it a joy to revisit studies from my past that I was very passionate about. And considering our great God and Creator always inspires a deep sense of awe and reverence within me. Thank you!


      • Noel Bordoy

        Hi Br. Greg, thanks for the reply. I’m sorry, I made a mistake. What I mean is KJV and other versions says “I am what I am”, compare to NWT’s “I will become what I choose to become.”

        • greg (Bible Student)

          Hi Noel,

          No worries at my end. 🙂 My reply would have been the same. However, I’m wondering if maybe you are left with some concerns or questions that haven’t yet been addressed?

          Warmly and sincerely,

      • Richard Tazzyman

        Bro Greg,Greetings from Australia,I am going to send you a e/mail copy on the Subject “THE I AM”.It is from a talk I gave in Australia.I am also going to send one to Bro Noel as well.Regards, Bro Richard.

        • greg (Bible Student)

          Br. Richard,

          Ooooh, Goody!! 🙂 I’ll eagerly anticipate the email. I enjoyed the last one’s you sent. Thanks again.

          Cheers and gratitude, my dear friend and brother.


  • Noel Bordoy

    Is fasting with prayer still applies to God’s people at this present age?

    • greg (Bible Student)


      Since Jesus fulfilled the law given to Moses by nailing it to the cross, no one needs to keep the Law of Moses. Whereas the law of Moses condemned everyone to death, only the law of the Christ redeems everyone from their death sentence. Thus fasting is no longer a requirement. It’s neither righteous, nor unrighteous. Neither does it constitute one righteous or unrighteous. It need not be encouraged, nor discouraged.


      • just stay sweet and good

        I’ve noticed that when I’m under extreme pressure I just “fast” naturally. In other words, the regular pleasures of life take a back seat in extreme situations and then we are usually fasting and praying. Remember Daivd when he was watching his little boy die? It is only natural to set aside every day pleasures when we are beseaching Jehovah God for direction and more of the right spirit to endure.

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Some religious people do fast even today and the Bible does not mention it as a requirement to please God nor does it condemn it for Christians or even followers of Islam or any religion as I see in the Bible.
      We do have something very special snce Christ and it is the helper, the Holy Spirit of God to teach us now. I also like this thought:

      “Fasting is a practice found throughout Scripture. A fast in the Bible is usually a voluntary, total abstinence from food for a set time for the purpose of devoting oneself to seeking God. Fasting denies our flesh what it wants so that we can focus more clearly on strengthening our spirits.

      It doesn’t seem that Jesus fasted often. In fact, His critics condemned Him for “eating and drinking” (Matthew 11:19). There is only one recorded instance in Scripture of Jesus fasting. This fast immediately followed His baptism (Matthew 3:13), which inaugurated Jesus’ public ministry. Matthew 4:1 says that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to fast for forty days and nights. During that time of fasting, Jesus was repeatedly tempted by the devil. This testing time prepared Him for the three-year ministry that would change the world.

      During those forty days, when Jesus’ flesh was at its weakest, He endured relentless temptation from Satan. Satan offered Him alternatives to God’s plan, compromises that would satisfy His natural desires, and attacks upon His very identity as the Son of God (Matthew 4:3). Jesus used the Word of God, not His own strength, to defeat those temptations and remain victorious over sin. He demonstrated for us that fasting can strengthen us spiritually when we use it to draw closer to God.

      After Jesus’ fast, the devil left Him and “angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:11). Luke 4:14concludes the account of this testing time by saying, “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.”

  • Noel Bordoy

    Hi everyone. The anointed ones fully consecrates themselves to God, sacrifice themselves. But as of the present they are still humans, subjects to sin and weaknesses. When they sin and repent, do they retain their election and God’s promises?

    • Noel Bordoy

      I mean the 144,000

    • greg (Bible Student)

      Greetings and Welcome Noel.

      It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

      To be clear, to be “chosen” can mean more than one thing. One can be chosen to be invited. That does not in itself guarantee admittance. All who consecrate themselves are responding to an invitation to run in a race. They are not “chosen” because they’ve already won the race.

      All who consecrate themselves embark on a lifelong journey of learning, growing, refining, and polishing. Therefore, one’s consecration is not the end, but merely the beginning. It is the opportunity to step through a doorway and begin a very exciting, very fulfilling, and very rewarding journey that’s filled with discoveries, questions, challenges, obstacles, hardships, many certainties as well as many doubts. Throughout it all, there is no guarantee that one will be elected. There is only the guarantee that one will be considered as an applicant, a would-be suitor. Jesus is the one who decides who qualifies to be chosen and given administrative responsibilities in his Kingdom.

      While one cannot be counted perfect by their own actions, one’s desire to work at aiming for perfection, and one’s subsequent striving to continuously improve is a demonstration of one’s faith, one’s hope, and one’s sincerity of character. One’s efforts while yet imperfect are, in a way, a measure of one’s true potential and the dependability and trustworthiness they will maintain when they are made perfect.

      Before I say more, I want to check in to see if my expressions contribute to clarity, or confusion for you?


    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Hi Noel and welcome. I agree that all Christians are still imperfect and sinners. I am not so much in agreement with the definition of “anointed” in the understanding of the witnesses. I understand that we Christians are all running for the upward call of Christ and at death only will you be judged for your reward. So they sin probably without knowing so I don’t think one would have to be worried about not retaining the promise made by Jesus. I do often hear the phrase “I want to make my calling and election sure”, almost as a mantra. My thought for myself is to be the best follower of Christ and accept whatever he gives me as a reward. Matthew and Revelation does not mention as a requirement we be focused on sin and weaknesses common to all mankind living and those that have died. The witnesss view of “anointed” is it makes them special, I think of the run for the upward calling as I should be grateful and thankful.
      To one of the Churches he says:
      Rev 2: 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. [f]Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’

      Matthew 10:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
      “22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”

  • TedR Bible Stusent

    According to the JWs John 7:53 thru 8:11 is not in the original manuscripts. Any insight on this?

    • Richard Tazzyman

      Hello Ted.These verses are not in the oldest & most accurate documents.If you go to the Bible Student site:Pastoral bible Ins(PBI)Under the Magazine ;The Herald of Christs Presence.At the top right hand side of the page you will see :Read the RVIC(revised version improved & corrected)You will see that at the footnotes of John 7.52-8.12,Bro James Parkinson sets out the same Info that the JWs do in the NWT.Hope this is of benifit to you.Bro Richard,Australia

    • ZionsHerald

      Hi Ted!

      Check out the Wiki on this text. It has the manuscript evidence showing it was a later insertion into the text.


  • Ellis Green

    Just been watching a documentary about a 3rd temple being built in Jerusalem and I was wondering – is such a thing prophesied in the Bible? Apparently, since President Trump stated Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, there’s rumours he wants a new temple built as he believes it’ll bring peace to the region. I’m skeptical about all this so I keep an open mind. What does anyone here think?

    • just say sweet and good

      The third temple is a reference to the temple of Ezekiel which brother rutherford tried to establish in a spiritual sense in the WTBS. He outlined his plans in the books: Vindication 1,2 and 3. Those plans of his were implemented into the structure and policies of the society. Thats what gave people such power when they would say “The society wants this or that, or are you questioning he society” Much has changed since then, but the Ezekiel temple template was what started it all off when brother rutherford took over.

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