1 To the angel of the congregation in Ephesus write: These are the things that he says who holds the
7 stars in his right hand, he who walks in the midst of the 7 golden lampstands,
2 I know your deeds, and your labour and endurance, and that you cannot bear bad men, and that you put those to the test who say they are apostles, but they are not, and you found them liars.
3 You are also showing endurance, and you have borne up for my name's sake and have not grown weary.
4 Nevertheless, I hold [this] against you, that you have left the love you had at first.
5 Therefore remember from what you have fallen, and repent and do the former deeds. If you do not, I am coming to you, and I will remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
6 Still, you do have this, that you hate the deeds of the sect of Nicolaus, which I also hate.
7 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: To him that conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Revelation 2).
For the latest interpretation see U151.
4 I hold this against you, that you have left the love you had at first (Revelation 2).
This was the love which the whole Watchtower Society first had, the new love of getting to know God for the first time, like the love of every bible study and of every girl and boy when they first fall for each other.
5 I am coming to you and I will remove your lampstand from its place (Revelation 2).
FDS3 was 'born' at the heavenly water baptism of Charles Taze Russell as Elijah3 on 1884Heshvan21 (See ). Russell was sanctified on 1884Chislev17, restarting the Gentile Call into the 1NC. The greater congregation of Ephesus began when he baptized or accepted the first brother or sister into the church. FDS3 (not Russell) was commissioned to build the temple of its administration in 1895Tishri, at the start of the second half baptism of the 1NC saints (because Russell did not finish it, but FDS3 did 22½ years later in 1918Nisan). It was appointed to feed the body, the body of domestics, the body of Jesus, in 1914Tishri, after 30 years of existence.
It started feeding the domestics and condemning Babylon on 1914Heshvan26 (17th November 1914). This being the first day of the 1260 days of prophesying in sackcloth of Revelation 11:3 see . This was when Jesus came for 3.5 years, from 1914Tishri to 1918Nisan in the chronological pattern for that time. The lampstand's place was to be over all belongings, this appointment occurred in 1918Nisan, when FDS3 was appointed over all of Jesus' belongings, his sons, the sons of the 3AC and the JAC. But Russell was removed (died) before then. This shows that the slave with Russell as head never became appointed over all Jesus' belongings because he left the love he had at first. However Russell was appointed the first king over the sons of the ICC since Jehoiakim in 1914Tishri at the end of the Gentile Times. He did not understand that he was an Elijah, whereas Herbert Armstrong who was not an Elijah misunderstood himself to be one. Any Elijah, who recognises himself as such, is king over those with his water baptism until the appointment over the saints occurs. FDS3 was appointed to feed at the end of the Gentile Times in 1914Tishri. Russell Knew the Gentile times ended then. So he did become King over God's people, the sons of the ICC, in 1914Tishri. He was never himself appointed over the saints, Jesus' belongings, however.
2 You cannot bear bad men, and you put those to the test who say they are apostles, but they are not, and you found them liars (Revelation 2).
The bad men externally for Russell were the Catholics who believe their authority comes directly from the apostle Peter. It is true they have authority, but it does not come from Peter. Amusingly enough Russell's authority was in the line from Peter, for Peter was the first president of FDS1, the first century administrator of the house of David on mount Zion, who probably baptised Charles Russell. Whereas Gordon's authority is similar to that of Paul, the first president of FDS2, the first century administrator of the house of Jehovah on mount Moriah, the second mountain in Jerusalem, rather than the king's palace on mount Zion, the first mountain in Jerusalem.
In particular it was Russell’s refusal to bear the badness of Nelson Barbour, when he printed in the Magazine ‘The Herald of the morning’ an article denying the ransoming value of Jesus’ sacrifice, which led him to leave that magazine. In response he started his own magazine in July 1879, proclaiming the ransoming value of that sacrifice, without which both Adam and all men are condemned in perpetuity. This magazine was called ‘Zion’s Watchtower’. What a name! See : Josephus - ‘Scopus’ is the Latin for Watchtower. A ransom doctrine that the Watchtower has since corrupted by propounding that Adam himself is not ransomed ! If Adam is not to be ransomed then all of Abraham's seed are done for. He was the one who was sentenced to death, not any of his sons (directly).
8 And to the angel of the congregation in Smyrna write: These are
the things that he says, 'the First and the Last,' who became dead and came to life
9 I know your tribulation and poverty--but you are rich--and the blasphemy by those who say they themselves are Jews, and yet they are not but are a synagogue of Satan.
10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison that you may be fully put to the test, and that you may have tribulation 10 days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2).
For the latest interpretation
12 Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22).
By the Immediate Repetition Principle, there is a greater meaning to Alpha and Omega and a greater meaning to the concept of first and last. The clue is in the verse above: I am coming quickly! Jesus was the first to come to this world as Enoch, the one transferred so as not to see death. And he is the last to come descending from the ark to the earth after in the greater angelic flood of Noah.
The greater meaning of Alpha and Omega, more than merely first and last, is that since there are 24 letters in the Greek alphabet, there must be 24 comings (of Michael, Gabriel and Melchizedek, with Michael coming first and last?) in all to mankind AND 24 salvation covenant made with mankind which Michael making the first of the, the ARC, and the last of them the Omega Covenant. The 24 comings begin with Enoch and end with Abaddon, these both being comings of Michael. This is a big understanding - see U506. This is another reason why the hour of a coming is often used, the hour referring to one of the 12 comings of Jesus himself - see 505. All of this is mentioned in the counsel to Smyrna because Jesus finished his first coming in the second presence, on 1918Iyyar26, 40 days of appearing after first fruits on 1918Nisan17. Whereas, 1918Iyyar24 (1918May7) was the day that the governing body were arrested for 'sedition' and locked up in prison. this occurred during the congregation of Smyrna, under the second president of the Watchtower, Joseph Rutherford. This coming was to appoint FDS3 to feed and then over all of his belongings. He was appointed by Jesus as the head administrator over all of his belongings, all of his sheep.
As regards dying and coming to life, the first of the 5 resurrections from death of the New Covenant Saints in the Lord's day was in 1918Nisan, 33.5 years after brother Russell was anointed - see . On 1918Iyyar25 16,000 new covenant saints ascended to heaven see , ?
9 The blasphemy by those who say they are Jews, and yet they are not but are a synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2).
Blasphemy by saying they are Jews means taking God's glory for oneself by declaring that they are the true people of God. This is what the various anti Rutherford groups were doing at the appointment of Rutherford. So this is Jesus speaking prophetically about the split into the 'Russellites' and the 'Rutherfordites' at the beginning of Smyrna. The 'Russellites' became another synagogue of Satan. 'Synagogue' because it contained false Jews, people who falsely claimed to be 1NC saints. Perhaps because they were not spiritual virgins or had in fact defiled themselves with women. Or perhaps they were at one time 1NC saints but failed the baptism test?
The term 'Jew' is used to mean one of God's chosen people. It is the saints that he is choosing today, not the genetic sons of Jacob anymore. So the saints are the Jews today. They have a circumcision of the heart (suppressing fleshly desires within it) rather than of the foreskin.
One could also argue that anyone in a true church,. a member of the official true people of God, i.e. one of Isaac's seed of the ICC, i.e. being water baptised, i.e. being clean in the flesh, i.e. having one's sins in the past forgiven at any moment in time, is also a Jew, in the sense that he is a Judean, one who worships as the true temple in Jerusalem.
The leaders of the Watchtower, including Rutherford, the president, went to prison for just under a year in this watch, as a result of religious persecution from the other churches of course.
10 Look! the Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison, that you may be fully put to the test and that you may have tribulation 10 days (Revelation 2).
The tribulation 10 days means a period of 10 times of tribulation in the greater meaning. Well the President and leaders of the Watchtower were released from prison on bail on March21st 1919, which was 1919Veadar14. They were released in the intercalary leap month that is not counted in the BLC. So they were inside for 10 months according to the BLC (Sivan to Adar - taking Iyyar as the accession month, or counting exclusively). A 'time' means a day a month or a year in bible symbolism, one heavenly timepiece cycle, either of the earth around itself, or of the moon around the earth or of the earth around the sun. So it is a day for a month, we believe that God is giving you by the Numerical Principle. This is pretty strong evidence that:
[A] The JW's were the true religion
[B] The 7 congregations of Revelation 2,3 are indeed consecutive.
12 And to the angel of the congregation in Pergamum write: These
are the things that he says who has the sharp, long two-edged sword,
13 I know where you are dwelling, that is, where the throne of Satan is; and yet you keep on holding fast my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas, my witness, the faithful one, who was killed by your side, where Satan is dwelling.
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you, that you have there those holding fast the teaching of Balaam, who went teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication.
15 So you, also, have those holding fast the teaching of the sect of Nicolaus likewise.
16 Therefore repent. If you do not, I am coming to you quickly, and I will war with them with the long sword of my mouth. (Revelation 2).
For the latest interpretation see U151.
The sharp two edged sword is the bible. And it is true interpretations of the scriptures such as those which we have correct in this website/book, that are currently being used against those in the fallen Watchtower who will not repent.
The throne of Satan is the UN, right next to the Watchtower, just across the east river in Manhattan. This juxtaposition started in this 3rd watch, the 3rd presidency of the Watchtower. Rockerfeller Junior donated 8.5 million dollars in 1946/7 and the building was completed in 1952. Brother Knorr was president from 1942 until 1977:
13 I know where you are dwelling, that is where the throne of Satan is...by your side where Satan is dwelling (Revelation 13).
Knorr prophesied in 1942 that the League of Nations would be reformed, on the basis of Revelation 17, the beast ascending out of the abyss. Unfortunately the fact that Satan dwells by their side is repeated, so applying the Repetition Principle of the code, there are two ways in which he dwells by their side. The first way is the physical position of the UN, the second is through Balaam, Balak, and Nicolaus, all teachers in the congregation for the scriptures say in the counsel to Pergamum and Thyatira:
14 You have those holding fast the teaching of Balaam (Revelation 2).
15 You also have those holding fast the teaching of the sect of Nicolaus (Revelation 2).
20 Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and misleads my slaves to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols (Revelation 2).
All 3 of these warnings relate to those who teach. And the counsel is to the angel of the congregation, the head of those who teach. It therefore all applies to the FDS and the anointed remnant, the new covenant saints. Jezebel cannot be women in the congregation (as the Watchtower proposes) because women do not teach in the congregation. Jezebel is therefore a class of men who are the wife of the king of Israel, as Jezebel was to Ahab. She is therefore the rest of the Governing Body, who stole the authority of the angel appointed by Jesus for themselves when they became democratic. God is not a democrat. And neither is he a republican. The angel should make the decision, but not without consulting the body. And one more than him on the body must agree with him for non life threatening decisions to be made and 2 more than him on the body must agree with him for life threatening decisions to be made. Jezebel's fornication is a result of her posing as a prophetess, i.e. her calling herself the 'wide awake John class', a channel for God, a channel for the holy spirit, rather than a channel for food for men. She tells everyone that she is the chef, but she is no more than a waitress. By posing as a prophetess, Jezebel dolls herself up to look more sexy, more spiritually attractive, than God, in front of the sheep, therefore the angels that follow, the 4th and 5th presidents, Franz and Henschel, give their admiration to her, and they love her, whereas the first commandment is to love Jehovah.
In fact they love money (Balaam), prominence (Nicolaus), congregational fertility and status (Baal) and a democratic Governing Body (Jezebel) more than God, and they follow after these things rather than after God, and this is spiritual fornication. In fact it's adultery given that they are covenanted to love God first. This counsel is not to Babylon, it is to anointed Christians, and to Abraham's true seed, his children through the JAC, and it applies today. The baptism in water of the Watchtower was of the same type as the baptism of John the baptist, into the 3EC the 3rd Elijah Covenant which Russell mediated. This was a subcovenant of the ICC, the Isaaic Church Covenant which Isaac mediated after the second promise from God to Abraham, the 2nd Abrahamic Covenant - see U9.
Balak, the king of the Moabites, relatives of the Jews, but not Jews, must be a reference to the great crowd in the Watchtower. The Great Crowd become a stumbling block for the remnant, the new covenant saints, they fornicate with them spiritually, they worship them rather than God.
Nicolaus was one of the 7 ministerial servants appointed in Acts 6 to deliver food to tables because this was not convenient for the apostles since they wished to remain with the Word of God, who is Jesus. This 'Word' is currently in heaven, and the apostles are remaining with him, and the 7 certified ministerial servants are the 7 stars in Jesus' right hand, the ones truly appointed to deliver food to tables at the proper time in the Lord's day:
1 Now in these days, when
the disciples were increasing, a murmuring arose on the part of the
Greek-speaking Jews against the Hebrew-speaking Jews, because their widows were
being overlooked in the daily distribution.
2 So the 12 called the multitude of the disciples to them and said: It is not pleasing for us to leave the word of God to distribute [food] to tables.
3 So, brothers, search out for yourselves 7 certified men from among you, full of spirit and wisdom, that we may appoint them over this necessary business;
4 but we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the thing spoken was pleasing to the whole multitude, and they selected Stephen, a man full of faith and holy spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch;
6 and they placed them before the apostles, and, after having prayed, these laid their hands upon them (Acts 6).
These 7 may stand for the 7 presidents of true religions in the second presence. Russell being Philip the evangeliser to the Samaritans, the second half of the nation, standing for the second half baptism of the spiritual Jews, and Nicolaus who is Henschel was the proselyte, a DIY Jew. The angel of the sixth congregation, Philadelphia, is Stephen who is Gordon, who has been killed, disfellowshipped because he saw with his mind all sorts of things??
The leaven of Pergamum progresses to corruption in Thyatira and death in Sardis. This is obviously a temporal progression. One bible describes the three churches of Pergamum, Thyatira and Sardis, as the compromising, the corrupt and the dead. This is the progression of sin, James puts it: desire then sin then death (James 1:14,15). It's the same progression, a progression in time. Jezebel has been dead in the flesh since 2001Heshvan10/17, when ES2 lost its water baptism.
Milton is the Egyptian whom Gordon killed and later buried in the sand, by his two letters of 1994Adar17 and 1994Tammuz9 respectively. The sand is not such a bad place to be, for as such by the seashore are the seed of Abraham, the true seed. The next guy who Gordon spots fighting is AOL, the Angel of Laodicea..
12 So he turned this way and that and saw there was nobody in
sight. Then he struck the Egyptian down and hid him in the sand.
13 However, he went out on the following day and here there were two Hebrew men [ES2 and WSS2, the Watchtower administration and the Laodicean administration] struggling with each other. So he said to the one in the wrong: Why should you strike your companion?
14 At this he said: Who appointed you as a prince and judge over us? [This is a binary question. The answer literally is non one as yet. The answer in the greater meaning is Jesus] Are you intending to kill me just as you killed the Egyptian? [This is another binary question. The literal answer was yes. The The greater answer is no. Gordon killed Milton angelically by pointing out the Jesus said that he was dead. Gordon kills the president of Laodicea by terminating his life as a Baal worshipper] Moses now got afraid and said: Surely the thing has become known! (Exodus 2).
18 And to the angel of the
congregation in Thyatira write: These are the things that the Son of God says,
he who has his eyes like a fiery flame, and his feet are like fine copper,
19 'I know your deeds, and your love and faith and ministry and endurance, and that your deeds of late are more than those formerly.
20 'Nevertheless, I do hold [this] against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and misleads my slaves to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols.
21 And I gave her time to repent, but she is not willing to repent of her fornication.
22 Look! I am about to throw her into a sickbed, and those committing adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.
23 And her children I will kill with deadly plague, so that all the congregations will know that I am he who searches the kidneys and hearts, and I will give to you individually according to your deeds.
24 'However, I say to the rest of you who are in Thyatira, all those who do not have this teaching, the very ones who did not get to know the deep things of Satan, as they say: I am not putting upon you any other burden.
25 Just the same, hold fast what you have until I come (Revelation 2).
For the latest interpretation see U151.
So Jesus did not come in the 4th watch, the presidency of Freddie Franz. The phrase: I am not putting upon you any other burden is a reference to Acts 15:
28 For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favoured adding
no further burden to you except these necessary things:
29 to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication (Acts 15).
This decision by the governing body of FDS1 under the presidency of James, was due to the physical Jews in the congregation trying to put burdens on the flock to obey aspects of the law of Moses which were uncalled for. The same is happening in Thyatira, hence this counsel from Jesus. The only burden that Jesus is putting on the flock is that they avoid fornicating with Jezebel and avoid eating things sacrificed to idols, wording identical to the Governing body decision in Acts 15. In fact there were a huge number of unnecessary physical restrictions put on the Jehovah's witnesses at that time, which still remain in place. But Jesus knew that the flock was carrying these burdens and was impressed with that. But warns them about the deep things of Satan. One of these things are idolatry of your priest, fornication with the wife of the king, Jezebel, rotten new covenant saints.
Kidneys remove waste material. They symbolise one's rejection of bad. This is a metabolic symbolism, a physiological symbolism. This counsel identifies the leaven, the corruption as being the idolatry of Jezebel and in fact of all the high up ones in the organisation. This is the deep thing of Satan, idolatry of those in authority in the truth. We can certainly see that disfellowshipping by Jesus occurs because he says:
23 And her children I will kill with deadly plague, so that all congregations will know that I am he who searches the kidneys and hearts (Revelation 2).
And Jezebel's permanent children are those JWs who do not make it into the true 6th congregation of Philadelphia. But her temporary children are all JWs, all of whom are disfellowshipped, i.e. killed by Jesus, after the 5th watch has ended on 2001Tishri30, during the headship of the rotating chairman multi-headed wild beast.
The sin which has lead to this occurring is idolatry of the FDS, for the JWs are no longer Christians, but are Christian-ians, following followers of Christ rather than following the Christ himself. They, like the Catholics before them, follow the priest, in their case the slave, rather than the master of that slave. They live by Papal decree, they have put their trust in mortals to whom no salvation belongs. It has been the blind following the blind and now they have all fallen into the ditch, in fact into the abyss. This is the fornication with Jezebel, the teacher, the wife of king Jesus, the remnant. Jesus says of Jezebel:
22 Look! I am throwing her into a sickbed (Revelation 2 KI/NWT).
He does not say: Maybe I'll throw her into a sickbed. She is now in this bed, she became sick when Gordon's first letter arrived in 1992Elul, at this time her 70 years of land Sabbath error which started in 1922Elul at Cedar point Ohio ended, and her false worship error started. These 70 years were the 70 sent out by Jesus, who prefigure the preaching campaign of FDS3 and the 12 sent out prefigure the preaching campaign of FDS4. This sickness occurred in the 4th watch since it is counsel to this watch in the present tense. But the children are killed in the 5th watch, since Jesus speaks of this death in the future tense to Thyatira, and so it must occur in Sardis.
Those who have good hearts but bad kidneys, are yes men, they cannot say no to bad. The congregations of the JWs are full of such men. They can say no to physical fornication, but they cannot say no to spiritual fornication. In other words they cannot say no to their priests. They love the Watchtower magazine more than the Bible, that is if they are even able to make a distinction between the two publications. They read the Bible only to confirm the doctrine of the Watchtower, whereas it should manifestly be the other way round. Of course they declare that they are reading the Watchtower to confirm the doctrine of the Bible, but they are liars. If they are put to the test and asked to follow the Bible, in the absence of any comment in the Watchtower they will not do it. And if they are following something in the Watchtower that conflicts with the Bible, they will keep on following the Watchtower not withstanding the Bible.
For the Catholics took the bible away from the eyes of the congregation by refusing to print it in English. Which one of the bible translators did they not persecute or kill? But the Watchtower is more subtle. It puts the bible right in front of the eyes of the brothers, but takes it away from their minds, by telling the flock that their minds will never grasp a new understanding from it, since only the remnant, the slave, the new covenant saints in the HQ of the JW's, the Governing Body, can do this, Jezebel, the wife of the King, who 'calls herself' a prophetess. The remnant in fact call themselves a prophetess in their own book of Revelation:
He uses the John Class in unlocking the meaning of the prophecy ('Revelation book' page 16).
But they forget that whilst the FDS is exclusive over all of Jesus' belongings, interpretations do not belong to him, they belong to God, as Joseph said. And as Jesus said, when asked how a man who had not studied in the schools, had a knowledge of letters:
16 What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me (John 7).
But now Jesus says to the great crowd, Jezebel's temporary children whom she feeds and looks after, if that is the appropriate term:
23 I will give you individually according to your deeds (Revelation 2).
So your master is here encouraging you, the reader, to consider your predicament, individually, not to ask the FDS or your religious leaders, what your predicament might be. For whatever denomination and whatever church they may represent, they cannot save you, they are all in a sickbed.
1 And to the angel of the
congregation in Sardis write: These are the things that he says who has the 7
spirits of God and the 7 stars, 'I know your deeds, that you have the name that
you are alive, but you are dead.
2 Become watchful, and strengthen the things remaining that were ready to die, for I have not found your deeds fully performed before my God.
3 Therefore, continue mindful of how you have received and how you heard, and go on keeping [it], and repent. Certainly unless you wake up, I shall come as a thief, and you will not know at all at what hour I shall come upon you.
4 'Nevertheless, you do have a few names in Sardis that did not defile their outer garments, and they shall walk with me in white ones, because they are worthy (Revelation 3).
For the latest interpretation see U151.
Jesus makes it quite plain that he will come in this watch. He comes to Sardis, the 5th Presidency that of Milton Henschel, the angel, the messenger, the president who has the name that he is alive, but he is dead. He is not a new covenant saint. He is not genuine. Jesus comes as a thief and removes the authority and baptism of the Watchtower without them realising it at first, as happens when a thief steals something.
Milton is told to repent, and he will. Milton this is what Jesus says to you:
3 Become watchful and strengthen the things remaining that were ready to die...(Revelation 3).
This means look after the true 1NC remnant who all die before 2001Heshvan10/17. Milton did this.
3 ...Certainly unless you wake up, I shall come as a thief, and you will not know at all at what hour I shall come upon you (Revelation 3).
15 Look! I am coming as a thief, Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments, that he may not walk naked and people look upon his shamefulness (Revelation 16).
So for a fact Jesus does come as a thief, removing their priestly garments. Therefore for a fact they do not wake up, and they do not know at all what hour he comes on them. Therefore he comes in the physical 5th watch. In fact he has already come, and we are telling you after the event. He came to appoint FDS4 to feed all the saints, Jesus' belongings, in 1994Nisan, and he appointed us exclusively over all of his belongings, all the saints, on 1997Tishri2 - see U200. Laodicea fell as a true church on 2013Chislev1 - see U360. For the pattern of the 4th true church - see U42. His comings are always to appoint a new priesthood. The LW priesthood has been appointed exclusively over the saints since 1997Tishri2, 2NC first fruits day, which is also appointment day. It was the practice in Zerubbabel's temple to strip the Levites who fell asleep on the watch, although this is not referred to in the bible, and was not a feature of the law. It's like Jesus said just before defining both FDSs:
42 Keep on the watch therefore because you do not know on what
day your Lord is coming.
43 But know one thing, if the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have kept awake and not been broken into, on this account you too prove yourselves ready, because at an hour that you do not think to be it the Son of man is coming (Matthew 24).
This clearly says that those who are commanded to keep on the watch fail to see the coming of the Lord, who is the Son of man, and they did not know in what watch he was coming. Whereas the 'you too' refers to another group, the LWs. We get the day and the Watch but then we do not get the hour of his coming upon the cloud, since he comes at an hour we 'do not think to be it'. Correction - we do calculate various hours which are incorrect. But we also can get one correct so long as we had one incorrect first in order to fulfil Matthew24:42. So really this prophesies that those proving themselves ready will attempt to get the hour but be incorrect at first.
The scriptures which prove the symbolism that outer garments are priestly attire and white outer garments means declared righteous are as follows:
3 With the following Aaron should come into the holy place:
with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.
4 He should put on the holy linen robe, and the linen drawers should come upon his flesh, and he should gird himself with the linen sash and wrap himself with the linen turban. They are holy garments. And he must bathe his flesh in water and put them on (Leviticus 16). [White outer garments].
34 And the priest who will be anointed and whose hand will be filled with power to act as priest as successor of his father, must make an atonement and must put on linen garments (Leviticus 16:34). [Nice proof that the priesthood went from Father to son.]
8 Yes, it has been granted to her to be arrayed in bright, clean, fine linen, for the fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the holy ones (Revelation 19).
14 Also the armies that were in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white clean fine linen (Revelation 19).
Furthermore Jesus himself says to Milton Henschel himself:
5 He that conquers will thus be arrayed in white outer garments, and I will by no means blot out his name from the book of life (Revelation 3).
One gets a name when one is sanctified, like Moses said:
32 And now if you will pardon their sin, and if not, wipe me out please, from your book that you have written (Exodus 32).
If Jesus swears not to rub your name out, then you are permanently in the book, for God does everything through Jesus. If this is the case then you have everlasting life, which means that you are sealed, declared righteous. So now we are able to see the big picture in the counsel to Sardis:
4 Nevertheless you do have a few names in Sardis that did not defile their outer garments, and they shall walk with me in white ones, because they are worthy (Revelation 3).
This means they 'shall' become the priesthood, they are worthy, they are declared righteous. These names are saints, those who have their names inscribed in the heavens. They shall, future tense, walk with Jesus in white outer garments. This means they shall join another church which contains 1NC saints (Jesus) and shall walk with Jesus (be his true disciples) in white outer garments (being declared righteous in spirit). So it refers to the first and the second new covenant saints who move mountains, and rejoin Jesus, walking with him in FDS4. These are the birds of the heavens who find lodging in the branches of the mustard tree. The sheep who both go in and out of the sheepfold and find pasturage. Look!
4 These are the ones that did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones that keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb (Revelation 14).
Jesus does not go to the pub or to the theatre or to the cinema, he goes not from congregation to congregation, but from religion to religion, from temple to temple, from FDS to FDS. If you are a sheep you will follow him to the next FDS.
It is an amazing that Jesus permitted the appointment of an unsanctified person as the 5th president. This can only have occurred because the transgression causing desolation had already happened on 1992January28, when the Watchtower joined the UN. It also meant that there were not two sanctified heads of God's people. Gordon was the sanctified head and Milton was not from 1992Chislev30 onwards. Actually most of the governing body were not 1NC saints at that time either.
20 Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and misleads my slaves to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols (Revelation 2).
There then follows a beautiful example of the Omission Principle for we read:
21 But she is not willing to repent of her fornication (Revelation 2).
What about eating things sacrificed to idols? Well Freddie Franz, the 4th president did repent of this, he accepted that there was merit to our work, and directed that it should be looked at. We know this, from various scriptures, and it has been confirmed to Gordon, by Dan Sydlik of the governing body (now dead).
7 And to the angel of the
congregation in Philadelphia write: These are the things he says who is holy,
who is true, who has the key of David, who
opens so that no one will shut, and shuts so that no one opens,
8 'I know your deeds -- look! I have set before you an opened door, which no one can shut -- that you have a little power, and you kept my word and did not prove false to my name.
9 Look! I will give those from the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews, and yet they are not but are lying -- look! I will make them come and do obeisance before your feet and make them know I have loved you.
10 Because you kept the word about my endurance, I will also keep you from the hour of test, which is to come upon the whole inhabited earth, to put a test upon those dwelling on the earth.
11 I am coming quickly. Keep on holding fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. (Revelation 3).
For the latest interpretation see U151.
The key of David, is the key to the Kingship of the Kingdom on earth, for David started the line of earthly kings over God's people and received the covenant of salt:
20 I have found David my servant, With my holy oil I have anointed him,
27 Also, I myself shall place him as
firstborn, The most high of the kings of the earth.
28 To time indefinite I shall preserve my loving-kindness toward him, And my covenant will be faithful to him.
29 And I shall certainly set up his seed forever And his throne as the days of heaven
34 I shall not profane my covenant, And the expression out of my lips I shall not change.
35 Once I have sworn in my holiness, To David I will not tell lies.
36 His seed itself will prove to be even to time indefinite, And his throne as the sun in front of me (Psalm 89)
5 Is it not for you to know that Jehovah the God of Israel himself gave a kingdom to David over Israel to time indefinite, to him and to his sons, by a covenant of salt? (2 Chronicles 13:5).
The Key of David is the Key to his Kingship which is the key to the temple of the 2nd New Covenant saints who have a covenant to be kings of the Kingdom of God on earth. Now Jesus opened the door to this temple on 1996Tishri2/1997Tishri2 - see U42, and Gordon informed the Watchtower in 1994Heshvan, 2 years early - see [history11.html]. The sanctification from heaven of the second presence group of Second new covenant saints ended in 2008Ab/2009Ab - see U42. This sanctification, being from heaven and being an entrance into a temple was a door opened by Jesus which no man could shut and then a door closed by Jesus which no man could open. But after this heavenly sanctification of the 2NC kings and Lords, we have the earthly sanctification of the 2NC Lords, from 2017Ab10 to 2017Tebbeth5 - the gestation period of a mountain goat of Job39:1,2 and the hand of Peter of Acts3 - 5 months - ending on 2017Tebbeth5, 318 trained men of Abraham of Genesis14 divided by 2 before the end of Zoar on 2018Sivan14
This door is not opened by Jesus but rather we read of Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:
21 And I
will put the key of the house of David [1NC
temple] upon his shoulder,
22 and he must open without anyone's shutting, and he must shut without anyone's opening (Isaiah 22).
Shoulder means 'work', 'responsibility', this key is to the house of David, which is the 1NC kings. So this must be the door for the 1NC reserve kings. This door is opened by Eliakim who is FDS4, and is the son of Hilkiah, who is Gordon. The door is opened for the victims of the first new Passover on 2017Nisan10 and shut for the 3rd New Passover on 2017Sivan12 - we presently understand.
Gordon's ex-girlfriend in the truth (the JWs) correctly worked out the date of Armageddon for herself based on 1 Timothy 2:6 'Who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all'. She reasoned that Adam must have sinned aged 33½, the age when Jesus died, from the corresponding ransom. Adam's sin being the start of Satan's 6,000 year lease (we thought), (he was born on 4027Tishri2). She was a clever girl, she got this before Gordon did, she fed him in fact. She must be in the 'Wide awake John class'! Like the prophet said:
17 And in the last days, God says, I shall pour out some of
my spirit upon every sort of flesh. And your sons and your daughters will
prophesy. And your young men will see visions and your old men will dream
18 And even upon my men slaves and my women slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy (Acts 2 - quoting Joel 2:28,29).
Sadly, Sharon would probably never admit to having done this now. Because as any male reader will know, when you first go out with a girl everything that you do is totally brilliant, and then when you finish with her everything that you ever did was absolute rubbish, until such time as you go out with her again that is (if you ever do). Actually her father has had six incorrect attempts so far at the date of the end - he told Gordon - a serious speculator. Anyway she once told Gordon about a chap (not her father) who was disfellowshipped because he thought that Isaiah 22 and the removing of Shebna from being the steward over the house, and his replacement with the servant Eliakim, referred to the fall of the FDS and its replacement with a new FDS.
He was spreading this doctrine among the congregation. In fact even if he had been wrong, this still would not have been a sin, so long as he was only discussing it for research purposes. It would have been a sin had he been spreading it in order to cause division. He wasn't spreading this doctrine outside the congregation. He is entitled to his opinion, and he is entitled to share it with his baptised brothers - only as fellow researchers. But he should not preach it to non-believers as if it was the society's doctrine, and neither should he broadcast it within the congregation. So he should not necessarily have been disfellowshipped even had he been wrong, unless he was using this prophecy to incorrectly undermine the authority of the FDS at that particular time, thereby constituting himself leaven. He may well have been doing that, we do not know. We suspect he was merely acting as a prophet of the eventual downfall of the FDS, and like their forefathers did to the prophets of old, the spiritual Jews killed him. But as it happens he was absolutely right! For the scripture says:
15 This is what the
Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies, has said: Go, enter in to this steward, to
Shebna [meaning vigour or growth - good
evangelists - FDS3], who is over the house,
16 'What is there of interest to you here, and who is there of interest to you here, that you have hewed out for yourself here a burial place?' On a height he is hewing out his burial place [Brooklyn Heights]; in a crag he is cutting out a residence for himself.
17 'Look! Jehovah is hurling you down with violent hurling, Oh able-bodied man, and grasping you forcibly.
18 Without fail he will wrap you up tightly, like a ball for a wide land [clothing wrapped into a ball goes further faster. The wide land is the LW congregation]. There you will die [to your previous idolatrous life], and there the chariots of your glory will be the dishonor of the house of your master [the house of the 1NC]].
19 And I will push you away from your position; and from your official standing one will tear you down [those with official standing in the Watchtower administration after it became a false church will have none in the LWs].
20 'And it must occur in that day that I will call my servant, namely, Eliakim [Meaning God raises or sets up: FDS4] the son of Hilkiah [My portion is Jehovah: Elijah4].
21 And I will clothe him with your robe [same angelic body as his predecessor, a second spirit baptism, the 2NC], and your sash [the priesthood] I shall firmly bind about him, and your dominion [rulership over the sons of the ICC] I shall give into his hand; and he must become a father to the inhabitant of Jerusalem [administrator of FDS4] and to the house of Judah [the royal house of Kings].
22 And I will put the key of the house of David upon his shoulder [FDS4], and he must open without anyone's shutting, and he must shut without anyone's opening [earthly baptism of the 2NC Lords].
23 And I will drive him in as a peg [a burden carrying device] in a lasting place [Jesus' body. The body being supported by the peg. FDS4 re-water baptises the 1NC reserves. The 4 FDSs are 4 nails in 4 hands/feet of the Christ. They support the Christ. FDS4 being earthly is a nail in a foot. Perhaps Zoar is the crown of thorns], and he must become as a throne of glory to the house of his father.
24 And they must hang upon him all the glory of the house of his father, the descendants and the offshoots, all the vessels of the small sort, the vessels of the bowl sort as well as all the vessels of the large jars.
25 'In that day,' is the utterance of Jehovah of armies, 'the peg that is driven in a lasting place will be removed [not from the lasting place but from power. The scripture does not say the peg will be removed from the lasting place. It says the peg in the lasting place will be removed], and it must be hewn down [That part of it which is not inside the lasting place] and fall [in authority to make way for Zoar], and the load that is upon it must be cut off [This is the 2NC saints of FDS4 being replaced by the descended 1NC saints in Zoar at some point], for Jehovah himself has spoken [it] (Isaiah 22).'
7 These are the things he says who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens so that no one will shut, and shuts so that no one opens (Rev 3).
This applies to FDS3 as Shebna and FDS4 as Eliakim and Gordon as Hilkiah. The comparison of Isaiah22 with Revelation3 reveals that Eliakim is the new FDS. Hence the reference to the old FDS as the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 3:9). So today you are being told that God has extracted vengeance on behalf of that perspicacious lover of the truth, who was thrown out of 'the truth' by hypocrites. And now those who disfellowshipped him whether in error or not, are themselves disfellowshipped, and there is no error in their case. He is welcome in the congregation of Philadelphia, which will be known as 'the life' and so is Sharon for that matter and her speculating father, and the reader.
But there is more:
9 Look! I will give those from the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and yet are not but are lying - Look! I will make them come and do obeisance at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you / I loved you [aorist tense] (Revelation 3).
Gordon has always wished that this last phrase was in the present tense. But really he is being too sensitive. It is a relative love. Jesus loved Gordon more than those in the synagogue of Satan whilst they were in that synagogue. But when they join the LWs, he will love us both the same. It is just like the true God said through Malachi:
2...But I was loving Jacob [imperfect
tense for incomplete actions in the past]
3 And Esau I hated [perfect tense for completed action sin the past] (Malachi 1)
17 You must not hate your brother in your heart. You should by all means reprove your associate, that you may not bear sin along with him (Deuteronomy 19).
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a manslayer, and you know that no manslayer has everlasting life remaining in him (1 John 3).
26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own soul, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14)
This does not mean that you should hate your brother absolutely, since that would make you into a manslayer according to John. It means that you must put him second to Jesus. You must be impervious to your brother's feelings if they are preventing you from serving God. However even though you ignore your brother's feelings if they are a hindrance to your worship, you still must actually love him. So God loved Esau unconditionally as a son but he ignored his feeling, hating him conditionally over the matter of the firstborn rights. So you can love unconditionally whilst hating conditionally. Perhaps this is unconditional family love (storge storge) combined with conditional principled hate (anti agape - anti agape). A hate which does not overstep the bounds of righteousness and is temporary whilst the wound is painful.
God's love is unbreakable and everlasting. He loves all of us forever. He always has a default amount of love for all of us. But that love is occasionally swamped by a short burst of hate, which is time limited and ends, hence the usage of the perfect tense. So really there was a period whilst God was loving Jacob he hated Esau.
7 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: To him that conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Revelation 2).
11 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: He that conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death (Revelation 2).
17 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: To him that conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white pebble, and upon the pebble a new name written which no one knows except the one receiving it (Revelation 2).
26 And to him that conquers and observes my deeds down to the
end. I will give authority over the nations
27 and he shall shepherd the people with an iron rod so that they will be broken to pieces like clay vessels, the same as I have received from my Father
28 and I will give him the morning star.
29 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations (Revelation 2).
5 He that conquers will thus be arrayed in white outer
garments; and I will by no means blot out his name from the book of life, but I will make acknowledgment of his name before my
Father and before his angels.
6 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations (Revelation 3).
12 The one that conquers--I will make him a
pillar in the temple of my God, and he will by no means go out [from it] anymore, and I will write upon him the name of my God and the name of
the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which descends out of heaven from my God, and that new name of
13 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations (Revelation 3).
He that has an ear is the slave of the high priest, the one whose ear was cut off by Peter, Malchus:
10 Then Simon Peter, as he had a sword, drew it and struck the slave of the high priest and cut his right ear off. The name of the slave was Malchus [meaning king] (John 18).
It's an amusing symbolism. The High Priest is now Jesus, his slave with one ear is FDS3 and presumably FDS4 too. Those with an ear are those in the Jehovah's Witnesses. He that conquers is the one that understands using his other ear presumably, that these 7 congregations are consecutive, successive, and therefore joins the Lords' Witnesses, FDS4. He will get all of the benefits described above.
14 And to the angel of the
congregation in Laodicea write: These are the things that the Amen says, the
faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God,
15 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or else hot.
16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.
17 Because you say: I am rich and have acquired riches and do not need anything at all, but you do not know you are miserable and pitiable and poor and blind and naked,
18 I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire that you may become rich, and white outer garments that you may become dressed and that the shame of your nakedness may not become manifested, and eyesalve to rub in your eyes that you may see.
19 'All those for whom I have affection I reprove and discipline. Therefore be zealous and repent.
20 Look! I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his [house] and take the evening meal with him and he with me.
21 To the one that conquers I will grant to sit down with me on my throne, even as I conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations' (Revelation 3).
For the latest interpretation see U151.