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The disbelief of Christ’s deity was the last of the JW theology to lose its hold on me. However, as I began (and as I continue to study) God’s Word —  with the mindset of completely ridding myself of any preconceived notions — just taking it as it is laying itself out before me — I began to see a connection between the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the New Testament.   The words Jesus used to describe himself are clearly the words of God’s in the Old Testament.  The God the prophets spoke of were fulfilled in the person of Christ.  The “I AM” statements of YHWH–are the same I AM statements of  Jesus.  The God the prophets spoke of have clearly been fulfilled in the coming of the Messiah. *

If there is something good to be said about the religion of the JW it is the concept of the Bible being the inspired word of God.  I say concept because, while they submit themselves to the scriptures as far as their theology is concerned they are far from being actually being “enslaved” to them.  They believe only what they can explain.  If they can’t explain it, (to borrow a bit from a sermon of Paul Washer) than the scriptures must not be saying it and hence they have to throw out or twist or change some of the text or scriptures to fit their reasoning. (An examination of the WTBTS’s  own Kingdom Interlinear will make this quite apparent to any skeptic.)   The scriptures say that there is one God, but scripture also attributes deity to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  If you are to submit yourself as a slave to the Word – than you must accept this as truth.

*I will continue with part 2 with a list of some key scriptures to back my above statement.  In the meanwhile, I challenge you to pull out your New World Translation, the WTBTS Kingdom Interlinear (see my links if you don’t have one for the PDF version), maybe if you dare, several other bible translations and an interlinear from another publisher (easily found online) and answer the following two questions for me:

Who is the Alpha and Omega spoken of in Revelation 1? and
When did Jehovah die?

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Holy Spirit Rain Down

Spirit, rain down, rain down
Oh, Comforter and Friend
How we need Your touch again
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down

Let Your power fall
Let Your voice be heard
Come and change our hearts
As we stand on Your word
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down

Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Oh, Comforter and Friend
How we need Your touch again
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down

Let Your power fall
Let Your voice be heard
Come and change our hearts
As we stand on Your word
Holy Spirit, rain down

Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Oh, Comforter and Friend
How we need Your touch again
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down

Let Your power fall
Let Your voice be heard
Come and change our hearts
As we stand on Your word
Holy Spirit, rain down

No eye has seen, no ear has heard
No mind can know what God has in store
Open up Heaven, open it wide
Over Your church and over our lives

Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Let Your power fall
Let Your voice be heard
Come and change our hearts
As we stand on Your word
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, rain down
Please rain down
Please rain down
I need you
Fill us, fill us, Lord
Change us
We need Your to change us now
Rain down, thank you Lord

(Natalie Grant)

JOHN 16:13 NKJ
13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you . . . .

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Of Umbrellas

You and I are blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Jesus Christ. However there are some

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connected to that also. God loves you and wants to shower you with His blessings. But you can put up an umbrella of indifference, you can put up an umbrella of sin, you can put up an umbrella if stepping out of the will of God. When you do that, the sunshine of His love won’t get through to you. You must put down your umbrella to experience His spiritual blessings. – J Vernon McGee

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JEHOVAH

Zechariah 14: 1 Lo, a day hath come to Jehovah, And divided hath been thy spoil in thy midst.

2 And I have gathered all the nations unto Jerusalem to battle, And captured hath been the city, And spoiled have been the houses, And the women are lain with, Gone forth hath half the city in a removal, And the remnant of the people are not cut off from the city.

3 And gone forth hath Jehovah, And He hath fought against those nations, As in the day of His fighting in a day of conflict.

4 And stood have His feet, in that day, On the mount of Olives, That [is] before Jerusalem eastward, And cleft hath been the mount of Olives at its midst, To the east, and to the west, a very great valley, And removed hath the half of the mount towards the north. And its half towards the south. – Young’s Literal Translation

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CHRIST

Acts 1: 6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.

11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. – New American Standard Bible

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John 4 tells the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well and after hearing what the Messiah had to say, she:

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

I love this story because it reflects the true simplicity of the gospel message and the joy that can be found in sharing this wonderful invitation.

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Hebrews 10:12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for [a]sins for all time, sat down at the RIGHT HAND of God, – NASB

The fact that Jesus Christ is at the “right hand of God” was a sign to the disciples that Jesus had indeed gone to heaven. In John 16:7-15, Jesus told the disciples that He had to go away and He would send the Holy Spirit. So the coming of the Holy Spirit in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13) was proof that Jesus was indeed in heaven seated at the right hand of God. This is confirmed in Romans 8:34 where Paul writes that Christ is sitting at God’s right hand making intercession for us. We have a high priest who has the ear of God.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.

Heavenly Father: Thank you for the wonderful gift you have given us in your Son, our Lord and Savior, our ruling King Jesus Christ.

Dear Reader, I have decided to keep the main portion of my blog about my spiritual journey in Christ and have added a page entitled The Truth about the Truth which I will be updating with research on the background of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and it’s theology, stay tuned.

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…does everything seem to show that the Devil has far more to do with the affairs on Earth than God has? Ah, it depends upon whether we are walking by faith, or walking by sight. Are your thoughts, my reader, concerning this world and God’s relation to it, based upon what you see? Face this question seriously and honestly. And if you are a Christian you will most probably bow your head in shame and sorrow, and acknowledge that it is so….

Who is regulating affairs on this earth today-God or the Devil? What sayeth the scriptures?…

I am currently reading the book entitled The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink. Whatever your views on predestination are, I highly recommend it. It really (using the Bible) gets you thinking on how gloriously Holy and supreme our God really is.

You can download a free copy by going to: http://m.ccel.org/browse/bookInfo?id=pink/sovereignty

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