World War III – Can you Survive?

Russia threatens nuclear war over the NATO reaction and response to the annexing of the Ukraine. It is an issue that is frightening many is that this conflict will lead to the Bible War of Armageddon.

There are clear difference between the War in Europe, Nuclear and Armageddon. These are worth reviewing. Humanity is threatened by the posturing of Russia and there could be a nuclear incident but is this Armageddon?

Well lets check the Bible description – Revelation 16: 14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” then verse 16 “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

Nations are not fighting each other they have a common opponent – GOD! This war is further described in Revelation 19: 19 “And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army”.

The Nations Join together

The Bible refers to the coalition of Nations who decide to turn against religion, and the idea that God’s Kingdom has any right to rule. So they gather themselves, led by the international mouth piece – again identified in the Bible, this global grouping of the nations thinks it has established peace as the words in 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 “Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, you need nothing to be written to you.2 For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape

The entertainment and film industry have long projected to people that this is a war they can win. However, fighting the power and armies of God is not like fighting “Aliens”. The human resolve will fail in this battle and the outcome is one that individuals find unpalatable because they assume the Religions reflect what Theocracy is like. For example, Islam and some sects of Christianity (like Catholicism) have painted God to harsh, unforgiving and cruel.

Life now is brutal, cruel, worthless and without hope, be honest with yourself do you really see this way of life prevailing and establishing real peace? Humans can’t rule humans because they dominate and damage.

So will the conflict and threat of Nuclear War herald Armageddon? No! This is a war between Governments and Humans Armageddon is a war against God.

The outcome is assured there are those who will survive so now is the time to do all we can to understand what is really happening in the World. We do not need to be afraid, although facing an uncertain period we know and are confident that Jehovah God has provided the route for survival but like all survival guides you have to read it , consult it and follow it. Something billions are not prepared to do.

The answer is simple to find out more let the Bible answer the question

The survival guide is the Bible, it is in most homes and available for free online – download a copy to your device and read it everyday.

Please comment if you would like to ask questions we are happy to answer from the Bible. Be courageous and strong because deliverance or rescue is very near, so reach out for the saving hand because soon it will be gone as the world decides to confront the creator and it won’t end well for the political, social and commercial systems of this earth. No one can fight against God and be victorious

End of Suffering – How can the Bible help

Wherever we live in the world we are facing increasing problems in daily life. Due to the environment, financial problems and those caused by conflict to name just a few.

So how can the bible help us now, and in the future?

Although written many years ago the bible offers practical help in all sorts of areas – how to find true friends, how to find family happiness. By applying its principles in daily life millions of people are living happier and purposeful lives.

But the bible also answers the big questions – will evil and suffering ever end? Does God really Care about me? and, how can I get to know God?

All of these things are covered in our online bible study course, the publication – “Enjoy Life Forever” supported with online video, audio and articles.

Follow the link above or visit jw.org to request support with your bible study program form a local minister.

The comfort we find in the Bible assures all those searching for God that in the near future Psalm 37: 10  Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;+ You will look at where they were, And they will not be there.+11  But the meek will possess the earth,+ And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.+

We Obey God as Ruler!

Are Christians seditionists as the precedence set by Jesus and the Apostles is absolutely clear. Here is the principle set out in scripture Acts 5: 29 “In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.”

Jesus words add to this John 17: 14 “I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.”

The mainstream Christian Churches have taken the principle at Romans 13: 1 “Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God.2 Therefore, whoever opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will bring judgment against themselves.” to mean that Governments are placed in power to do God’s will and that they rule ‘by the grace of God’.

Let’s go back to a reference that Jesus made the full account is found in the context of Matthew 22: 15 “Then the Pharisees went and conspired together in order to trap him in his speech.16 So they sent their disciples to him, together with party followers of Herod, saying: “Teacher, we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not seek anyone’s favor, for you do not look at the outward appearance of people.17 Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay head tax to Caesar or not?”18 But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: “Why do you put me to the test, hypocrites?19 Show me the tax coin.” They brought him a de·narʹi·us.20 He said to them: “Whose image and inscription is this?”21 They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”22 When they heard that, they were amazed, and they left him and went away.”

So Jesus and the Apostle Paul were clearly distinguishing between the authority of God and the right of the human Government. Both were accused of speaking against the Roman Emperor of their time and many branded them as blasphemers, some translations and commentators ranked this as sedition.

Was it the fact that the Roman Empire wasn’t Christian at that time? No, both recognised just what subjecting themselves to God means. Remember the Lords Prayer – priorities were listed as the sanctification of God’s name (Jehovah), the vindication of God’s rulership and that his kingdom come.

In the first century the Apostles had learned through their upbringing the Messiah would appear during that period but he would be cut off and that there were two sides. Acts 4: 23 After being released, they went to their own people and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24 On hearing this, they raised their voices with one accord to God and said: “Sovereign Lord, you are the One who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all the things in them,25 and who said through holy spirit by the mouth of our forefather David, your servant: ‘Why did nations become agitated and peoples meditate on empty things?26 The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers gathered together as one against Jehovah and against his anointed one.’27 For truly both Herod and Pontius Pilate with men of the nations and with peoples of Israel were gathered together in this city against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,28 to do what your hand and counsel had determined beforehand to occur.29 And now, Jehovah, give attention to their threats, and grant to your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness,30 while you stretch out your hand for healing and while signs and wonders occur through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

The Governments took their stand against God’s Kingdom, so Christians have to make a choice. Human Kings and Governments are appointed by people, they use their authority to provide security and order in many countries, to do this they require taxes and Christians follow Jesus example – we pay the tax, keep the laws up to the point they are directly opposed to Gods kingdom.

Why? The principle “We obey God as Ruler” Jehovah God appointed Jesus Christ to reign in his Kingdom so as Christians we hold that Kingdom as the ultimate standard.

1 John 5: 19 “We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” Jesus stated his disciples were no part of the world that includes the political structures, do they intend to undermine Satanic back rulership note the words of Micah 5: 15 “In anger and wrath I will execute vengeance On the nations that have not obeyed.”

Isaiah 61: 2 To proclaim the year of Jehovah’s goodwill And the day of vengeance of our God, To comfort all who mourn,

To round this off with balance Romans 12: 17 “Return evil for evil to no one. Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of all men.18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men.19 Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.”20 But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.”21 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good.”

Jesus has been appointed to rule, he is appointed as judge and his law trumps any that restricts a Christians responsibility to advocate the “King and His Kingdom”.

The battle isn’t ours, Governments take their stand against God’s Kingdom, as Christians we do nothing to undermine human rulers, we stay out of the political circus and have no opinion on the decisions made. Compliance is assured up to the point where God’s standards are higher and require specific public action. This is why hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been imprisoned in countries around the globe, reasonable people putting God’s Kingdom ahead of human Government.

Our everlasting life doesn’t depend on the Presidents, Kings, Prime Ministers and Religious leaders rather on John 17: 3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

So are Christians seditionists? Here is Webster Definition

Definition of sedition

incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t suggest any member take up arms, rather for as long as human governments are permitted we observe the guidance at Romans 13: 1 and emphasise the Acts 5: 29 is the ultimate standard.

Governments have labelled Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremists, seditionists and decided that the peaceful message preached around the world that God’s Kingdom is the only hope for humankind as anti-government. Ultimately, as the future unravels we will see great events unfold and part of that is the allegation that those who are waiting on God’s Kingdom are to be hated.

All religion faces the ultimate test in the coming months and years but Psalm 37: 9 “For evil men will be done away with, But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.”

“10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

On the United Nations Building a scripture appears but notice the full text Isaiah 2: 3 “And many peoples shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem.4 And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

God’s Kingdom achieves this look at how it is happening know on the Official Website of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Honest Government

The weeks roll by and the political powers limp from one crisis to the next. Socialist, Conservative, Autocracy, Federal, Globalist and Human theocracy they all struggle and will continue to struggle. There is one critical point that they all have in common – a shared flaw Psalm 146: 3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” [KJV] No matter how well intentioned they fail to deliver the dream because they die.

Then we have the words of Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt” [KJV]

What can we learn from Jesus and how he spoke of leaders?

Let’s start with Luke 22: 24 And it came to pass that there was a rivalry also among them, as to which of them seemed to be greater [than the rest]. [Rotherham] Jesus had explained to his Apostles and Disciples that in his Kingdom they would be rulers, Kings! Therefore, the contention was who would be the first or greatest amongst them, the leader. Now Jesus responded with something that is at the heart of true equality in Government when he continued to say in Luke 22: 25 And he said unto them—The kings of the nations lord it over them, And they who wield authority over them benefactors are called.26 But ye not so! On the contrary—The greater among you Let him become as the younger, And he that governeth As he that ministereth, [Rotherham]

Jesus was amongst them and serving them, they had already acknowledged him as the Messiah, the Crown of David had passed to him. The equivalent of King Charles III serving food to the guests at a banquet, today it wouldn’t happen and yet Jesus was stating clearly that is the role of those who have the responsibility. There is a work, to meet the needs of the subjects of that Kingdom.

Honest Government requires leaders that serve. That is clear, but what about the subjects?

Again the scriptures are very clear. Let’s start with Ecclesiastes 12: 13 The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man. [RNWT]

What did Jesus emphasise? First Matthew 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’38 This is the greatest and first commandment.39 The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’40 On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.” [RNWT]

So the love of god is required and this is explained in 1 John 5: 3 For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,[RNWT]

So we are required to keep God’s commandment’s – a basic set of rules to live by. There’s no ambiguity or personal interpretation we need to follow the course Jesus did, subject ourselves to God.

We won’t need to fight wars, crime will be a thing of history, prejudice and hatred will be cast away. James the Brother of Jesus made this point James 1: 26 If any man thinks he is a worshipper of God but does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he is deceiving his own heart, and his worship is futile.27 The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world. [RNWT]

We need to examine ourselves against that bible standard for example, James 2: 14 Of what benefit is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but he does not have works? That faith cannot save him, can it?15 If any brothers or sisters are lacking clothing and enough food for the day,16 yet one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but you do not give them what they need for their body, of what benefit is it?17 So, too, faith by itself, without works, is dead. [RNWT] Do my works indicate that I am searching for Honest Government? If it is clear that God’s Government is the only Honest Government am I prepared to change or will it have to change to my standards?

Putting the needs of others first seems to be odd when we talk of Jehovah God, the way religions represent him and what they teach about Hell and eternal punishment, the immortality of the soul, how the dead can haunt the living, that God supports one country or religious group over another as the whim takes him. This is not the God of the Bible.

Consider this one scripture John 3: 16 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. [KJV] then ask is this consistent with the teaching of superiority in Human Government.

Now is the right time to search for Jehovah God. To study his word the Bible and to start living up to our commitment as Christians to follow the Christ and keep those commandments. No watering down and no personal views let the Bible speak.

The End of Suffering – End of Warfare

Since 1914 the modern world has been affected by warfare globally. Every continent, region and social group has been affected. Even those who do not live in war torn lands are affected by the conflicts.

We see the number of refugees displaced by the conflicts, the ravages of war through the Television and Internet reporting, we see the shortage of vital commodities that lead to food shortages and rising prices.

However, whatever the reason for the conflict and in whatever cause is promoted God does not approve of war. We know because Jesus, the son of god, gave his disciples – later labelled Christians – a new commandment at John 13: 34 “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another.35 By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.”

Love is the identifying evidence of a Christian, the absence of conflict isn’t enough but it indicates the determination to follow that command. War is brutal, carnal and fails to achieve its aim if the combatants are saying they do this in God’s name.

Jesus disciples recognised the importance of Isaiah 2: 2-4 they do not learn war anymore.

So what did Jesus say these wars are a sign of for his disciples Matthew 24: 7 “the last days”. How did he know? Simply explained he is the one who will end all warfare when the kingdom of God is a reality here on the earth. We have prayed for it in the Lords Prayer. Promoting the law of love brings peace now, and create the fertile ground to attract those lovers of peace.

Find out more with the online Interactive Bible Study Course for more on this topic read What is Gods Kingdom?

What is Life?

The big question. Does Life require a sense of existence to be counted as life? Is a plant alive once the germination process has started, or a single celled organism two lives at the moment it begins to reproduce?

What a ridiculous set of questions? We can’t associate human life with the life cycle of animals and vegetation! But, we have to.

All life depends on the understanding that the embryo is separate from the host carrying the child to full term. The DNA separates the child from the parent and that is already part of the embryo structure.

Aah but the child can’t live outside the host? This is true but it doesn’t make it any less a person. I often use host propagation techniques to bring on new plants only separating them when the younger plant is healthy and strong enough to survive without the parent. They are still two plants.

Okay I have the right to decide what happens with my body! That is a great statement, it identifies that individuals have a responsibility and accountability for their actions. The termination of a life is only a start of the problem.

For example, I have a match and a pile of dry grass, both are fine until I strike the match, this increases the risk of fire. For good reason the Bible sets out a course of morality that those who don’t have faith reject. The clear counsel is sexual intimacy outside or before marriage is a reckless course and can lead to serious consequences, for example, unplanned pregnancy.

So the key point for all those who follow Jesus remains that we keep God’s Laws and set them above our individual rights recognising the responsibility and accountability we have before God.

Note all the actions that are included in the admonition to Christians 1 Corinthians 6: 9 “Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.11 And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.”

Many choose to focus on the same sex acts in these verses but it begins with sexually immoral but it includes far more. Notice the next words that explain the Christians attitude towards God’s standards 1 Corinthians 6: 12 “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful for me, but I will not let myself be controlled by anything.13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will bring both of them to nothing. The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.”

We exercise free will – everything is lawful to the one without faith as the Apostle’s words explain.

So how does that affect the personal choice to terminate the life of an unborn child? The answer is very simple, the parent has free will and can choose for themselves and the unborn child, however, those who claim to have faith are proving themselves false to that claim as their accountability is to God.

We cannot judge the person. We can express our own faith and if we come into a similar situation due to our lack of self control or circumstances beyond our control (incest or rape) we have to go with our bible trained conscience.

This post doesn’t judge another person’s choice, rather it emphasises that for a Christian the issues started long before the unplanned pregnancy and more thought, self-control and principled love needed to be shown.

The Political leaders looking forward to the next 20 years often realize that there are too few births in their country now to pay for the spending and there is no way to pay the money back without economic migration, their are vain and half-hearted attempts to prevent the influx but long-term planning indicates that many developed economies require higher birth rates to sustain the economic growth required.

The impacts are moral, spiritual and social, when terminations become the norm in society life becomes worthless. So before everyone thinks Christians condemn abortions remember we recognise the right of another human to exercise their freewill, we don’t agree with it and wouldn’t take that option under any circumstances.

Those Prolife groups and those who campaign for choice should remember that we answer to the greatest authority, Jehovah God the creator of life. There are steps that can be taken to avoid unplanned pregnancies, for example respecting your own body, exercising self-control and of course we don’t get it right all the time so take responsibility for the mistakes we make.

I’m certain that when we are faced with a personal choice it is the relationship we have developed with God that will guide our actions.

The views expressed here are personal.

The Bible Gives Real Hope

We all hope for many things. Often, this involves hopes for the future, hope that everyday things will improve. But are our hopes realistic? Is there any real basis for them?

The Bibles promises of hope is different. First they come from our creator, the one who gave us life. The bible also explains why things are what they are and shows what the things are what they are, and shows what the solution will be. To believe it’s promises and to hope in them we first have to build our trust in the one who made them. This establishes the evidence to show that they have a real basis, we have to as Acts 17: 11” Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thes·sa·lo·niʹca, for they accepted the word with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” The focus is Carefully examine the scriptures daily. We need to complete our own research and establish the truth for ourselves.

As we do so we will be able to put trust and believe in the hope the Bible offers us.

Among these are:

An end to “suffering, illness and death”

  • Isaiah 25: 8 He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, For Jehovah himself has spoken it.
  • Isaiah 33: 24 And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error.

An End to War and the trauma caused by war

  • Psalm 46: 9 He is bringing an end to wars throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the military wagons with fire.
  • Psalm 37: 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
  • Psalms 37: 28, 29 For Jehovah loves justice, And he will not abandon his loyal ones. ע [Ayin] They will always be guarded; But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with. ע [Ayin] 29 The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

These are just a few bible promises we can hope for with certainty of their fulfilment. To find out much more and see how the Hope the Bible gives can help everyone of us in our lives today, tomorrow and forever.

For more information please follow the link to JW.org and learn more about how we can Enjoy Life Forever Chapter 2 The Bible Gives Hope for the Future.

Preach the Word!

2 Timothy 4: 2 “Preach the word; be at it urgently in favourable times and difficult times; reprove, reprimand, exhort, with all patience and art of teaching.”

There is no doubt in the we limp from crisis to crisis, there is so much pressure created by the pace of change in our lives.

What “word” are we to Preach? Should we be shouting about tolerance, inclusion, setting the world to right through some social activity or civil disobedience?

Jesus was clear about the message he told his disciples to share Matthew 10: 7 “As you go, preach, saying: ‘The Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.’

Again in Matthew 24: 14 “And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

The Global Preaching Work

The most powerful message we have on earth today is that the Kingdom of God is here and from the Bible prophesy we can be certain we live in the “last days”. Who is preaching about “God’s Kingdom and his Anointed King”? Who are doing this Globally? The Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses!

During June 2022 millions of Witnesses have returned to their Public Ministry, privately, you may have met them in parks, received letters or telephone calls. The Preaching of the Word has not stopped.

Wherever you are, whatever language you speak Jehovah’s Witnesses introduce everyone to God’s Word the Bible, encourage people to examine the Bible for themselves. Oh yes they are labelled, ridiculed and persecuted for this. In the Russian Federation elderly Witnesses have been imprisoned for their faith, these are ordinary people, many are grandparents, carers and important family members.

What is the issue for those who poke fun, or have decided that they are a radical group brainwashing others to pay their taxes, obey the Cival Authorities, live honestly, promote fidelity and be good neighbours? One point Jesus explained – he described his followers as those who were no part of this world! Those who prayed for God’s Kingdom and of course like the Christ they are popular with those who know them, but hated by those who love the things God’s Kingdom will remove.

How sad it is that when the Cry is Salvation is at hand! the majority of the population respond we’re not interested.

Therefore, if you want to find out more detail on what the Kingdom is then stop at one of the public witnessing carts in your town, or visit http://www.jw.org

Jehovah’s Witnesses have the message of salvation, it costs nothing to ask the questionand then with support you can open the Bible for yourself and establish how John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” Is the promise that assures us of a future without stumbling from crisis to crisis

How Does the Bible help us today?

Many people view the Bible as simply a book, an old book, a ‘good book’ also as an out-of-date and ‘irrelevant” to modern life.

Yet the Bible has answer to the questions we all have, what does the future hold? What happens when we die? and will we ever see peace on earth?

It says of itself in Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp to my foot, And a light for my path.

This describes the Bible as the Light that can guide us. As well as answering the big questions, it also gives solid advice on everyday things:-

  • how to find and keep a good friend
  • how to cope with stress
  • how to find a real purpose and contentment in life

It also as Romans 15: 4 For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope. The scriptures offer us comfort that we might have hope. The hope is the prospect of being able to “Enjoy Life Forever” in a paradise here on the earth free from war, hunger and death.

For more information please visit JW.org where you can request a free study of the bible – online or in your home

The Bible, Politics and Christianity

For almost 2,000 years there has been a group called Christians, in the same period Political change has occurred moving to accountable governance and the Bible included the books of the New Testament – or Christian Greek Scriptures.

So from history we know the Apostles and disciples wrote to the early Christians to build their faith because they were persecuted. The title Christian was used to describe the followers of Jesus the Nazarene. This group were hated, persecuted particularly by Rome, Judaism and society.

Set Apart

When Jehovah created a covenant or contract with the nation of Israel he made it clear that they were to separate, their religious activities and Government from all the other nations around. This isolationist or separatist policy was designed to demonstrate they had dedicated themselves to God and recognised his right to rule.

Jesus made a new covenant with the Spiritual Israel of God and he again separated them, this meant that they were identified as different – they were Christians!

The Impact

The Governments stood up against the Christians, persecution followed, men like Peter, Paul, James the Apostle, Stephen and so many others were cruelly treated. Why?

Three Reasons:

Jesus was hated by the Jews and Rome

Jesus told the Apostles they would be hated because they followed him

Christians promote an alternate government God’s Kingdom that will destroy human rulership

John 15: 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you

John 17: 14 I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.

Matthew 6: 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.

For at least 250 years Christians continued to be persecuted. So the Political Governmental Power decided to “accept” Christianity but it required those leaders to compromise, which many refused to do.

The bright sparks in Government suddenly thought, “lets establish a Universal form of Christianity” locate it in Rome and encourage people to adopt it by linking festivals and services with the pagan religions. That way they exercise control of society.

So in the 4th Century Modern Christianity was established. Jesus had described this as weeds being sown amongst the wheat. So Original Christianity and Modern Christianity would exist alongside each other.

Note what happens to those who are deceived by the propaganda Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

Pseudo-Christians are left at the time of inspection thinking they had followed Christ but he will not recognise them, why? verse 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock.” Hears and does.

Original Christians Today

The scrutiny of the Bible in the last 500 years has impressed on some of the those deceived ones a need to return to the saying of Jesus Christ.

This has made them unpopular with Governments and Modern Christianity, for example Tyndale translating the Bible into English, Wycliffe and so many others who were persecuted, murdered by the state for their honest desire to get the Bible into the hands of the common person.

Society changed Modern Christianity fragmented to accommodate the differing needs of those who started to study the Bible. Morality changed and people accepted standards and practices that fly in the face of the Bible. Religion, especially Christianity is truly universal all are welcome, with or without a faith in God. Sounds odd but it is true.

Who Are Identified as Different

Globally the Bible Education Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses is unparalleled in scale and impact, the common unity that they support God’s Kingdom and obey God as ruler, following closely the steps of Jesus Christ. You may know them for the medical stance, or that they won’t join the military, you will never be fighting against a practicing Jehovah’s Witness on the frontline. For example, Russia and Ukraine have no Witnesses in their fighting or Government Forces.

This is religious group that seems to get a “Marmite” reaction. Love them or hate them their stand for God’s Kingdom in Jesus Christ’s hands as the only solution sets them apart, just like the Original Christians.

Check out what they teach, what the Bible teaches and what the Original Christians accepted in the first and second centuries.

What happens when someone practices sins that are contrary to the Bible standards the congregation follow the bible direction.

Persecuted for not supporting the state, labelled as extremist although not a threat to the Government. In the UK the Government’s own review of extremism identified Jehovah’s Witnesses as a pacifist group that hold extremist standards, the same label is attached to them in Russia and in European countries and the threat is they undermine the nationalistic spirit that enables the countries to go to war, invest in weapons and exploit people.

So Governments cry and security when they invest in war, they persecute those who have found the Original Christian way and follow it.

If this has raised questions or you are interested in finding out more please visit www.jw.org

This not an official voice for Jehovah’s Witnesses but to be persecuted for the same reasons as the Original Christians is something all Modern Christians should be interested in because if it is easy to be a Christian today we need to ask Am I following Christ or Modern Christianity?