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Religion

CHAPTER X

RECOMPENSE

Joel 3:1-6

JEHOVAH makes it clearly to appear that he always squares the account with the enemy. For a long period of time God permits the enemy to carry on without let or hindrance and then Jehovah chooses his own due time to fully pay the enemy for all they have done. The present time is the day of Jehovah and the time when his faithful witnesses must declare the "vengeance of our God". This must be done before the pay-off. The religionists now make a great controversy with Zion, God's capital organization, which is represented on the earth by the faithful witnesses of Jehovah, and so Jehovah says: "It is ... the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion." God first informs his faithful servants of his purpose to duly recompense the enemy, and then he sends his witnesses forth to serve notice on the enemy that within a short time God will destroy them. — Jeremiah 51: 6, 56; Isaiah 34: 8.

Today "Catholic Action" is extremely vicious within every part of "Christendom". The Roman Catholic Hierarchy-Nazi combine, in their bitter opposition to the Theocracy, make war upon Jehovah's witnesses. By threats and by the practice of boycott against the commercial dealers the men of the Hierarchy get themselves exalted and praised by the newspapers, and this

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at the expense of others. The Hierarchy try to make themselves and others believe that they are actually riding on the top of the world and that they shall rule the world in the place and stead of God's King, Christ Jesus. The clergy are proud, boastful, arrogant and cruel, and at the same time they show their cowardice. Unable to longer hide from the honest people their practice of a religious racket, the clergy send out the vicious young Nazi element to commit assaults upon Jehovah's witnesses. The real criminals, guilty of such vicious assaults, are the higher-ups of the Hierarchy. They think out the means of performing wicked deeds and have others to do such deeds for them. They think they can get away with their wicked deeds committed against those who serve God and his King. In his due time the Lord God will take a hand and bring down that self-exalted Hierarchy; nor will the religious racketeers come to their end in peace, but their end will be in war at the hand of Christ the King.

King David was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is written of David that the word of God was in his mouth and that he spoke as the spirit of God directed him. (2 Samuel 23:2) The "serpent" breed of Saul pictures the religionists, and that enemy had cruelly fought against David, the Lord's anointed. In his last days David gave to Solomon the charge that he should duly recompense those who had persecuted him and carried on a campaign against David, and which cruel campaign pictured what today is called "Catholic Action" against Jehovah's anointed ones now on the earth. David

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named some of the leaders of that wicked campaign against him and their specific deeds of wickedness, and among which was Joab. Concerning him David said: "Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace." (1 Kings 2:6) Shimei cursed and assaulted David, even as the Hierarchy and their deluded agents have cursed and assaulted Jehovah's witnesses. Shimei means "renowned"; even as the big men of the Hierarchy now are renowned. Both Shimei and the Hierarchy are the seed of the Serpent. The prophet of Jehovah said of that wicked persecutor Shimei, and which words of the prophet apply with even stronger force to the wicked Hierarchy, to wit: "Now therefore hold him not guiltless; for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood." (1 Kings 2:9) As the Lord through David directed Solomon what to do, he thus foreshadows what He will shortly bring to pass with reference to the Catholic Hierarchy and wicked allies.

The Hierarchy and Nazi combine have heaped affliction upon Jehovah's witnesses, committing many cruel deeds of wickedness against them, and they continue to do so. So concerning them the Lord says: "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" — Luke 18: 7, 8.

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his purpose toward the enemy. Furthermore, with reference to the just recompense that God will visit upon the Hierarchy, the leaders of the religious organization and religious persecutors which compose the Devil's organization called "Babylon", the Greater David, Christ Jesus, says: "For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her; for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." (Revelation 18: 5-7) Such is the judgment of Jehovah written against that wicked, religious crowd that has defamed his name. Let the faithful followers of Christ Jesus now know that these things were written in the Scriptures for the information, aid, comfort and hope of those who now proclaim the theocratic government while the enemy heaps upon them great persecution. (Romans 15:4) Jehovah's witnesses in Germany and other places have suffered and continue to suffer at the hand of the Nazis and Hierarchy conspirators; but let such faithful followers of Christ continue for a little season, fully trusting in God. He will square the account and see to it that those religious conspirators shall not go down to the grave in peace. What follows in the prophecy of Joel discloses what Jehovah will do to the religious conspirators who fight against his witnesses and his government by Christ the King. First God informs his people

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what he purposes to do, and then discloses to them how he will do it.

From 1918 onward is the period known as "those days" and "that time", which words are used by the prophet; and it is the time in which the Lord gathers unto himself his people, anoints them, commissions them and sends them forth to do his work, and within that time God also assembles the enemy, gives them notice and warning, and then administers a just recompense of reward; and therefore he says through his prophet: "For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem." (Joel 3:1) Particularly since 1922 the Lord has brought out of captivity those of "Judah" and "Jerusalem" and has put them to work.

In this part of the prophecy Jehovah foretells that in "those days" when he pours out his spirit upon his people he calls upon the remnant to come to Zion to be anointed and commands them to have a part in his work, as mentioned in Joel 2:29. At that time, that is, after the Lord appears at the temple for judgment, he brings his faithful people out from Satan's organization and sets them free from fear of Satan's crowd that they may boldly and fearlessly serve God and his King. This is the first time the prophecy of Joel mentions the captivity of God's remnant, the faithful oppressed ones who, after 1918, were brought out of captivity for a purpose, and concerning which faithful ones God, by his prophet, declares: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together, and all that

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took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name; he shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon." (Jeremiah 50: 33, 34) This shows that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Field Marshal of Jehovah who commands His warriors, comes forth fully prepared for war when a just recompense shall be ministered unto the enemy.

Jehovah then begins to maneuver the enemy into a position for their destruction, and these who compose the enemy on earth are gathered from all the nations. "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." — Joel 3:2.

All parts and all elements of Satan's visible representatives are gathered. This prophecy is further corroborated by the testimony of another prophet of Jehovah, to wit: "Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy." — Zephaniah 3:8.

The gathering work of the Lord begins after the outpouring of the holy spirit upon his approved ones. The facts show that this has been done since 1922. How is the gathering done? Jehovah sends forth his duly commissioned wit-

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nesses to declare (and who do declare) his message of vengeance, that his time of final settlement of the account which will vindicate his name is come. He also causes his witnesses to proclaim that his anointed King and his kingdom are come. Instead of compromising with the Devil's organization the faithful witnesses under the command of Christ Jesus serve notice that within a short period of time the Lord will cut the enemy to pieces.

The inevitable effect of the proclamation of God's message aforementioned is to expose the Catholic Hierarchy and their religious allies, clearly disclosing that religion is a fraud and a snare and the means of carrying on a racket by those who are agents of the Devil, and which crowd defame Jehovah's name and turn the people into the way of destruction. Stung by God's message of truth, the Hierarchy and agents urge all the nations and the ruling element thereof, as well as the hoodlums, to join in a world-wide conspiracy against the witnesses of Jehovah and hence against the Theocracy. The Hierarchy of Authority joins dictators of totalitarian governments in an effort to crush the witnesses who bear testimony for Jehovah's kingdom. The complete proof of this conspiracy against Jehovah's King and kingdom is daily brought to light. For instance, a Catholic priest, in a radio speech, recently said: 'If the American people would stand up on their hind legs they could destroy Jehovah's witnesses within an hour.' That priest is the agent of the Papacy, acting with the full approval of the pope and the others of the Hierarchy, even though the Hier-

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archy tries to hide this fact. In its efforts to hide the truth of its relationship to this priest the Hierarchy resorts to lies, even as the Lord Jehovah foretold in Isaiah 28:15. The ambition of that radio priest is to be the dictator of America when the Papacy takes over the control of the American nation. Similar programs are progressing in other nations of the earth. Thus the enemy are playing right into the hand of Jehovah's Executioner, Christ Jesus, that they may be destroyed at Armageddon.

The enemy forces must be brought to the site of battle, and therefore says Jehovah: "I . . . will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat." The enemy must be brought there in order to see and be convinced that Jehovah is supreme and the One whose power must prevail against the totalitarian rulers and all other parts of Satan's organization, all of which oppose the Theocracy. The enemy forces are not brought down to the so-called "valley of Jehoshaphat" which is shown in the maps of modern days. The Bible expression "valley of Jehoshaphat" does not apply to such literal valley. This statement of Joel is the only place in the Bible where the expression "valley of Jehoshaphat" occurs, and it is certainly symbolic and refers to the same thing pictured by the valley where Moab, Ammon and the hordes of Mount Seir fought it out and were destroyed. (2 Chronicles 20) Thereafter King Jehoshaphat called that place "the valley of Berachah" because there his people blessed the name of the Lord for the vindication of His name, which He had done by the complete destruction of the

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enemy. (2 Chronicles 20: 26) The name "valley of Jehoshaphat" means "Jehovah judged" or "Jehovah vindicated" and shows that the battle site refers to the time of the complete vindication of his name by his anointed Vindicator, Christ Jesus, the great Judge and King.

Further says the prophecy: "And [I] will plead with them there for my people." The pleading here named does not mean that it will be done by petitions, protest, warning, or other means employed by Jehovah's witnesses during the period of his "strange work". It means much more than that. When the pleading here mentioned takes place the "strange work" of Jehovah will have been completed. The Hebrew word here rendered "plead" is shaphat, and which word is a part of the name of the valley of Jehoshaphat. This is proof that the valley is symbolic and does not refer to the valley of Palestine where the Jews buried their dead, but is symbolically applied to the time and place when Jehovah will perform his "strange act" resulting in the complete destruction of the enemy.

God does not plead for "Christendom", but his pleading act is in behalf of his people who bear his name, to wit, the faithful servants of the Most High. At Armageddon Jehovah will deal with all nations and peoples and will cause them to know and fully realize that the faithful witnesses whom he has anointed are truly his own people who serve him without compromise. He will show the nations that Jehovah's witnesses, whom the religionists and allies hate and denounce as unpatriotic and against whom

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the enemy applies many wicked epithets, are truly God's anointed ones who bear his holy name and who now represent him on the earth.

The people in whose behalf Jehovah pleads, as the prophecy says, are "my heritage". Such are the 144,000 members of the body of Christ and are the ones that Jehovah inherits of the earthly people; that is to say, Jehovah takes them out from and away from the earth and they are his firstfruits and rightly belong to him, and he takes them for his service in heaven with Christ Jesus. Concerning this it is written: "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps; and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders; and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." (Revelation 14:1-4) These faithful ones being God's "firstfruits" and his "heritage", no one can with impunity touch them or use them for selfish purposes. Any creature or class of creatures that try to destroy Jehovah's anointed people shall bring upon their heads their own destruction. These great truths the

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nations must learn when at Armageddon Jehovah pleads for his people, and that is the time he will vindicate his name and his people who bear his name.

God declares his purpose to have in mind at Armageddon his people whom the enemy has persecuted and do persecute, and this is seen when he says: "Whom they [the enemy] have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." During the World War the religious enemy and allies broke up the world-wide work of Jehovah's people operating together as a Society. The enemy did not then want to believe that these faithful Christians were Jehovah's servants and representatives on the earth. The enemy do not believe it now, because they continue in their efforts to destroy Jehovah's witnesses and the work in which they are engaged. A striking example of the enemy's efforts was made manifest on June 25, 1939. Madison Square Garden was the key assembly point from which originated the program of Jehovah's witnesses which throughout the English-speaking part of the world was heard by other assemblies. The enemy made a desperate effort at New York and at London and at other places to break up that convention of God's people, but, by God's grace, the enemy did not succeed. True to his promise, "they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 1:19) God thus put his hand over his servants and over the work they were doing.

Now the Lord has gathered his people into his spiritual temple by Christ Jesus, and hence-

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forth no matter what the totalitarian nations made up of religionists and dictators may do to the physical body of the various members of the temple company, or to their material possession, the enemy cannot put the anointed out of the temple or break up their spiritual unity in Christ Jesus their Head. He who is The "Faithful and True" Servant of the Most High will defend those who are with him. The vicious acts of the enemy toward Jehovah's witnesses increase constantly. Such vicious acts of violence are incited by the clergy or leaders amongst the religionists, and it is to be expected that such acts of opposition and violence will increase until Armageddon. The Scriptures show that, immediately before Armageddon begins, the Devil's host will, by Gog, the field marshal of Satan, come against all those who are on the side of Jehovah in an effort to destroy those faithful to the Lord and that such horde of wicked ones will not succeed in their efforts, but, on the contrary, Christ will gain the victory over them. — Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

RESISTANCE

Shall the people of Jehovah God resist with force the efforts of Satan's agents to prevent the forward work of proclaiming the message of the kingdom I If that question is answered in the affirmative, how can such course of action be harmonized with the scriptures which follow: "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of Strong holds"? (2 Corinthians 10:4) Religionists, particularly the Roman Catholic Hier-

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archy, in an effort to make the people acknowledge and obey their religious tenets, have used and continue to use and employ force and violence. All who will not become religionists and support the Roman Catholic Hierarchy are denounced as heretics, and says the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, "The killing of heretics may be rightly done by Catholics whenever Catholics are strong enough." During the Inquisition the Hierarchy employed carnal weapons to compel the people to become submissive to the Papacy and practice the Hierarchy's religion, and many people suffered cruel punishment and the destruction of their property and life because they refused to obey the demands of the Hierarchy to become Catholic.

In contrast to such wicked action the apostle Paul, under inspiration of the holy spirit, points out what is the proper course for God's servants. Jehovah's witnesses now go forth to preach the truth of God's kingdom, and not to compel anyone to accept that truth. They place the message of the kingdom before the people, and it is the privilege of the people to accept it or reject it. They are commanded that in doing their work they shall not employ carnal weapons, as the Catholics have repeatedly done to make others accept their doctrines. The weapons of God's people consist of "the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God", and which is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. The words of the apostle, therefore, apply strictly to the means of carrying on their work of preaching this gospel of the kingdom. Jehovah's witnesses are messengers of peace, telling forth

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the purposes of God, and they have no need of carnal weapons to compel the people to hear the Word of God.

Another scripture that is often used in this connection is this, spoken by Jesus: "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5: 39) "Evil" is properly defined as that which brings just punishment upon the wrongdoer. God says: "I . create evil." (Isaiah 45:7) All of God's creation is right and perfect, and therefore "evil" here used is far different from wickedness. (Deuteronomy 32:4) The law covenant of God with Israel inflicted just punishment upon the violators of that covenant, and that punishment was evil to the Israelites justly administered. Jesus was addressing the Israelites, and his language employed at Matthew 5:29-42 surely does not literally mean that a man should pluck out his physical eye or cut off his hand. His speech was used symbolically. Jesus used figures of speech in pointing out to the Israelites what was and should be their proper attitude toward their adversary, that is to say, the law covenant. As further proof of this Jesus said: "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison." — Matthew 5: 25.

If one suffered from his adversary, the law covenant, that was evil which proceeded justly from God and was not to be resisted, but, in further corroborative phrase, the Lord Jesus

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said: 'If the wrongdoer was smitten upon one cheek, he should even turn the other and receive a just smiting, rather than to resist; thus he would show his submissiveness to the will of God.' All the scriptures are consistent, and none are contradictory. The words of the foregoing text (Matthew 5: 39) could not be literally applied to such as Joshua, who led the army of Israel against the enemy, and many other like instances which are recorded in the Bible. Jesus, in speaking of being smitten on the cheek, was addressing his words specifically to the Jews who were under the law covenant and which law covenant was their adversary to keep them in line and punish them when they violated the terms of the covenant. The non-resisting of evil, as those words were used by the Lord Jesus in addressing the Israelites, therefore, could not mean that God's people are to willingly submit to a beating at the hands of others who assault God's servants while they are preaching the gospel of the kingdom. Jesus had no reference to such when thus addressing the Israelites; rather his words must mean that if evil comes upon those in the covenant from the adversary, the law covenant, they must not resist, but receive the same as a just punishment from the Lord, and to further prove their willingness they must go the limit of their ability in obeying their lawful adversary. In support of this note the context, to wit: "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain." (Matthew 5:40,41) Note here also that Jesus said noth-

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ing about resisting wickedness. One who assaults the servant of the Lord in the performance of his duty is acting wickedly.

When Jesus was arrested Peter cut off the ear of one of the high priest's servants and Jesus commanded Peter to put up the sword: "And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"  — Matthew 26: 51-53.

Note the reason why. It was not the proper time to engage in physical combat, because Jesus' time had come for him to be taken. Before Pilate Jesus said: "My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews." (John 18:36) "This world," as here used by Christ Jesus, would mean this wicked world over which the Devil is the god and which Jesus was not permitted to interrupt until God's due time, in 1914, when Jehovah sent him forth to rule. The clear inference to be drawn from the words of Jesus here is, there would in the future be a proper time to fight, but Jesus must wait until that due time fixed by Jehovah, and then he will fight to a finish. (Psalm 110: 2, 6; Revelation 19:11-20) There is a time for everything. "A time of war; and a time of peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) The foregoing scriptures do not mean that the Chris-

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tian can with impunity go about hunting trouble and getting into a fight; nor do they mean that the Christians must willingly permit the agents of Satan to destroy their efforts to preach God's kingdom message.

DEFENSE

Do the Scriptures approve of a Christian's defending himself against an unlawful assault and using force to repel such assault? Self-defense is the right of every man to ward off an attack and to use such force as to him appears to be necessary to safeguard himself from personal injury or injury to his property. The same right of self-defense may be exercised by him for the protection of his near relations or close friends, his brethren. Such is the law of the nations or states, but that law does not rest upon tradition, nor upon the conclusions of men alone, but finds complete support in the Word of God.

Moses saw an Egyptian smiting his Hebrew brother, and Moses, to protect his brother from such assault, slew the Egyptian. (Exodus 2:11,12) Moses fled from Egypt that the Egyptians might not kill him. Moses did not receive any punishment or even a rebuke from Jehovah God for what he had done. Afterwards God specifically used Moses to do and perform service particularly picturing Christ Jesus the Messiah and his work. God also made Moses his prophet and used him to write the first five books of the Bible. Since then every nation has invoked the law of self-defense, extending that right of self-defense to the protection of near-of-kin.

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The law of self-defense is further emphasized by what is written in the Scriptures which show that it is right and proper for Jehovah's servants to prepare in advance for self-defense. Nehemiah, the approved servant of Jehovah God, led a company of his brethren, whom Jehovah brought forth from captivity and sent to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. When those faithful men in obedience to God's commandment began the building of the wall, Sanballat (picturing the religious leaders who oppose God's kingdom) and his followers made repeated threats against Nehemiah and his brethren, which threats were brought to the attention of Nehemiah. Then Nehemiah prayed to God, and this was his prayer: "Hear, 0 our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity; and cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders." — Nehemiah 4:4, 5.

The enemy had conspired together to fight against Nehemiah and his brethren; as it is written: "But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, and conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it."  — Nehemiah 4: 7, 8.

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to be smitten on that also? Did Nehemiah tell his brethren to quit work and hole up to safeguard themselves from the attacks of the enemy? He certainly did not, but made ready for self-defense, and his answer is written in the Scriptures, to wit: "Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses." — Nehemiah 4:13,14.

In order that the Jews might work and that they might not be stopped in their work by reason of the enemy's assaults, Nehemiah further says, "they which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me." — Nehemiah 4:17,18.

Surely the Jews did not have those swords there merely as a bluff, but to be used when necessary to protect themselves and to prevent the enemy from interfering with the work which God had commanded them to do. Can anyone successfully contend that the enemy of God's kingdom can compel the servants of God to now cease their work which God has commanded them to do in order that they might avoid trouble? Did not Jesus command that they must

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go forward with their work without regard to threats and without fear of those who might kill their physical body? (Matthew 10:28) The watchfulness of Nehemiah and his brethren, who even slept with their clothes on in order to be ready, is a striking example for those to whom the Lord has committed the kingdom interests at the present time.

Again the Lord God approves the use of force to be applied against one "breaking up" that which does not belong to the 'breaker-up': "If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him." (Exodus 22: 2) One who attempts to commit an unlawful act against another may be dealt with, and against such wrongdoer such degree of force may be used by the one assaulted as may to him appear to be necessary to protect his property or himself or kin from an assault of the wrongdoer. Jesus used whips to drive the disorderly ones out of the temple, and he did not invite them to smite him on the cheek. — John 2:15.

Now Christ Jesus, the antitypical Moses, is present. His kingdom is come. He sends forth his representatives under command to proclaim "this gospel of the kingdom". No one has the right to interfere with the execution of that command. Even the law of the land provides that when one unlawfully attempts to "break up" a meeting or assembly of people who have come together to hear proclaimed the Word of God such disturber or 'breaker-up' is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be dealt with accordingly.

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On the 25th of June, 1939, approximately 20,000 people assembled peaceably and lawfully at Madison Square Garden, New York, to hear proclaimed the message of God's Word concerning his kingdom. Persons who oppose God's kingdom had repeatedly made threats that they would break up that assembly, and these threats had been brought to the attention of the Lord's people. Even the police officers had been notified of such threats. On the day of the meeting several hundred of such wicked ones entered the Madison Square Garden meeting after the program had begun, and made a violent attempt to "break up" that meeting. Ushers, whose assigned duty was to keep order, commanded the disturbers to stop their disturbance or else leave the building. Instead of complying with that request the disturbers violently assaulted the ushers. Some of the ushers in the exercise of their God-given and lawful rights resisted such assaults and used reasonable and necessary force to repel such wrongful assaults. In doing so the ushers acted strictly within their rights and in the performance of their duty and certainly have the approval of the Lord in so doing. The ushers were not using carnal weapons in order to preach the gospel, but they were using force to compel the enemy to desist in efforts to prevent the preaching of the gospel.

ADMONITION

In the exercise of self-defense caution must be strictly observed and no one should act hastily and without warrant. Christians must obey the law. They must not use physical force in

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repelling an assault unless it appears to them as reasonably necessary for their own protection and the protection of their brethren and of their property or work. The Christian should do what he can to avoid physical combat and should never seek physical combat. But when, in the lawful performance of his duty, a Christian is attacked by the enemy and the enemy attempts to destroy the Christian's property or to violently assault the Christian, then the Christian may use such force as at the time appears to him to be necessary to ward off such an assault. When going about in the service of the Lord, and by distributing literature pertaining to his Word or in performing other like and proper service, if Jehovah's witnesses are attacked by a mob, and if it appears necessary that such witnesses employ force to repel or ward off such assault, then they may properly use such force as to them appears to be necessary for their protection or defense of themselves and their property. They should employ physical force only as a last resort for their self-protection against the wrongdoers. But no one, because he is a Christian, is compelled to willingly and without resistance submit to an attack of a ruffian or others who attempt to prevent him from going lawfully about his work of preaching the gospel. This gospel of the kingdom must be proclaimed, and it will be proclaimed. God has warned his people that the enemy will fight against them, and has plainly told them that the enemy shall not prevail. Hence they should go forward without fear in

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the performance of their duty, exercising their lawful rights.

If an officer of the law in the exercise of his official duty places a Christian under arrest, then the person so arrested should not resist the officer but should go quietly with the officer and await the proper time to have a hearing and make his defense before the properly constituted tribunal. Such course is acting in an orderly and proper manner. The officer may have no right to arrest the Christian or interfere with his work, but the officer is acting in behalf of the state and there is a proper place to determine the question as to whether he is right or wrong.

When Christians are assembled together to hear discussed the Word of God or to study the Word of God no one has the right to attempt to break up that assembly, and when any person or crowd of persons attempt to do so they may properly be resisted and dealt with, and in so resisting them such physical force may be used against the disturbers as may to the ones peaceably assembled appear to be reasonably proper. At Madison Square Garden meeting a crowd of lawless men entered for the expressed purpose of breaking up the meeting. They started a riot without any excuse. One of the rioters struck an usher a terrific blow on the head, and that assault was resisted. Then the wife of that rioter rushed forward and grabbed the usher by his secret parts. God foreknew that the Devil would put in operation such wicked tactics, and he made provision in his law for such, and which law of God reads: "When men strive together

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one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets; then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her."  —Deuteronomy 25:11,12.

Although complaint was made against this woman, she was not arrested. All of God's laws are just and right, whereas the law of nations and the enforcement thereof often comes short of what is just and right. We must let the Lord properly recompense such wrongdoers. Jehovah's witnesses and companions are here admonished to walk circumspectly and strictly within the pale of the law and never seek a controversy. They should act in a dignified and considerate manner with all. But when wrongfully assaulted by representatives of Satan who oppose God's kingdom and the proclamation of the kingdom message, then it is the privilege and duty of those who fully trust and serve God to resist such unlawful assault.

The ushers at Madison Square Garden carried light walking sticks as a means of identification. They had been threatened by lawless ones, and it now appears to have been well, for the safeguarding of themselves from cruel assaults, that they had such walking canes. According to the law of the land and the law of God, when one is threatened with bodily harm, he has the perfect right to arm himself for the purpose of self-defense.  —Nehemiah 4: 7-18.

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unlawful assaults of the religionists who tried to break up the Madison Square Garden assembly. Those cases were tried before a court of three judges of New York and Jehovah's witnesses were acquitted and fully exonerated. Religionists, and particularly the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, are never diligent to abide by the law of God, nor even by the law of the land, unless it suits their convenience. The Hierarchy proceed according to their own rules, and that without regard to the rights of others, and many of their chief men advocate cruel punishment of all those whom they call "heretics", even to the point of killing of men who do not agree with

"RIGHTLY DEATH
FOR HERETICS"
New Brunswick (N. J.) Priest
Says Catholics Would Thus
Stop Spread of "Errors."

"I do not doubt, if they were strong enough, that the Catholic people would hinder, even by death if necessary, the spread of heretical errors among the people, and I say rightly so."
This was the statement made by the Rev. Mr. Harney, a Paulist Father in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, in New Brunswick, N. J., Friday evening. The Paulist Fathers have been conducting a mission for the last three weeks in that church. Last week the services were for the benefit of non-Catholics.
A feature of last week's services was a "question box." This question was read by Father Harney on Friday night: —
"Does the Catholic Church regard Protestants as heretics, and does it not believe and teach that heretics should be punished, even with death if necessary?"
Father Harney's answer was: — :
"In a way, I say yes. Certainly the Church does consider Protestants heretics, in a way. A formal heretic is one who knows he is perverting the truths of God and the Catholic Church. No man, by sinning himself, should be allowed to lead others into sin.
"I do not doubt, if they were strong enough, that the Catholic people would hinder, even by death if necessary, the spread of such errors through the people. And I say. rightly so.
"As human society protects itself against murderer and the man who proves a traitor to the government, so the Church of God has the right to protect itself. The Catholic Church never dreamed of punishing one who is materially a heretic — one who believes things to be true that are not true — any more than a father would punish his child who does wrong unintentionally. The History of the church has been a history of toleration.
"The Catholics have proved more tolerant than the Protestants."
In an interview last night, Father Harney stated that his remarks on Friday evening, as above quoted, were correct. He said they expressed his personal convictions and were in accord with those of the Catholic Church.

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their Catholic doctrines. The foregoing expresses the Roman Catholic sentiment.

God foreknew and foretold this very thing by and through his prophet. Note now that in these "last days" God makes known to his people the true condition and calls attention to the wrongful acts of religionists and tells his people in advance of such ill-treatment of his faithful servants. Such persecutors shall soon receive at God's hand a just recompense. (Joel 3: 7) Concerning ill-treatment it is written: "And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink." — Joel 3: 3.

Mark the indisputable facts showing fulfillment of this prophecy: "They have cast lots for my people." During the World War the religionists conspired together to destroy Jehovah's witnesses, and in that conspiracy they were aided by that "extinguished" Papal "Knight of St. Gregory" who held some of those Christians in prison without bail, while that man, bearing the title of a high judicial officer, betrayed the nation and sold his judicial decisions for filthy lucre; concerning which unlawful commercial dealings with his high judicial office, and concerning his conviction of that crime, the Catholic press today remains absolutely silent. During the World War faithful Christians, who were endeavoring to inform the people of God's gracious provision for their salvation, were captured by religious conspirators and then were debased to the level of mere stake or prize money of common gamblers, acting exactly as the former religionists, the Edomites, had done

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toward God's typical people. (Obadiah 11) The religionists treated Christ Jesus cheaply, when he was impaled on the tree, by casting lots for his garments. (Matthew 27: 35) To this day the religionists continue to devise and practice violence against faithful followers of Christ Jesus, and also to incite the ignorant to use violence towards God's servants.

In this day chance or lot-casting no more decides into whose possession or control God's faithful people shall fall. God has his hand over his own, and he will avenge them in due season.

Further citing examples of the wicked acts of religionists, which acts point to what the Roman Catholic Hierarchy has long since been doing, the prophet of God says: "And have given a boy [of Judah, that is, those who serve and praise Jehovah God] for an harlot." Such exchange is a gross insult to God. In order to commit illicit acts (which are commonly called "fornication") with Satan's world, the clergy have handed over the young and faithful servants of God to their worldly allies that such faithful Christians may be traded and dealt with by political and judicial men as though they were the most debased of earth. The clergy have thus been willing to surrender up the servants of God and Christ, whom the clergy had sworn to serve, in order to deliver over the true servants of God and Christ that the religionists might receive the favor of political rulers of the land. The Scriptures plainly set forth God's conclusion concerning such, to wit: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever there-

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fore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." — James 4:4.

Further describing the wicked practices of religionists towards God's faithful covenant people his prophet records: "And sold a girl [of Judah, that is, those who serve and praise Jehovah] for wine, that they might drink." Bather than stand for the defense of the Lord's true servants, the religionists have commercialized them for the sake of imbibing the wine of Satan, who rules this world, that they may act hilariously with the visible rulers of the world. For this reason the religious leaders, particularly the Hierarchy, indulge in crooked politics of the land and create and boldly operate a political machine and brazenly carry on their work under the pretense of serving God, and thus deceive the people by naming their organization a "religious" one. In order to gain such worldly exhilaration the religious leaders surrender all their privileges of serving God and receiving his approval. Not only did they betray the Lord's cause and kingdom during the World War, but they still continue to do so, approving and aiding the persecution of Jehovah's witnesses in Germany and in other totalitarian states. They oppose freedom of assembly and freedom of speech and freedom of worship and urge their fanatical and benighted dupes to indulge in violence against those who peaceably assemble for the true worship of God and Christ.

TYRE AND ZIDON

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Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head." (Joel 3:4) Literally, according to the Revised Version, this text reads: "What are ye to me?' That is to say, What acts have you to settle with me that you feel justified in persecuting those who represent me and who belong to me? The Bible record shows nothing that would furnish an excuse, much less any justification, for Tyre's malicious conduct toward the typical people of God. Ancient Tyre had been permitted to remain in the land of Palestine, although God had given the land to the Israelites according to his promise to Abraham. — Judges 3:1-3.

Tyre was a type of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy organization, and modern Tyre has long been permitted by the Lord to operate her political racket without interference. Jehovah's faithful servants have never been guilty of violence or any unlawful acts against the Hierarchy. They have never even called in question the liberty of that organization to practice their religion. They have never objected to their freedom of speech. Jehovah's witnesses have only obeyed God's law and commandments in pointing out to the people the distinction between religion and the practice thereof and the true worship of Almighty God properly called "Christianity". This Jehovah's witnesses have done and are doing in obedience to the Lord's commandment.

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much older and from which the Papacy sprang. Concerning such Jehovah's witnesses have only pointed out the truthful facts about all religions, and none of such religions have either excuse or justification for ill-treating Jehovah's witnesses in doing this in obedience to God's law. These heathen religionists, operating in Japan and other places, led by and working with the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, are included in the word "Zidon" used here. To all religionists, and particularly their leaders, God says: "Will ye render me a recompence?" That is to say, Are you trying to pay me for exposing your crookedness and pointing out that you have been and are serving Satan, my adversary? Is it your purpose to do acts of opposition to me as if you could get away with it, and thus show your contempt of me? Do you think yourself immune from punishment, as if you were independent of and superior to me? As described at Joel 3:2,3, religious leaders who pretend to serve God have treated Jehovah's witnesses contemptuously and are therefore in line for due recompense at the hands of the Lord, because he says to them: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my [servants], ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40) Furthermore says the Lord: "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily." — Luke 18:7,8.

Now in these "last days" it is not, "If ye recompense me," as stated in the language of the prophecy, but, having done their wicked

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deeds, as the prophet foretold, in their contempt and defiance of Jehovah God, therefore the day of settlement has arrived and the account will be settled at the battle of Armageddon, when the enemy will be completely paid off for their wrongdoing. The Lord is now at the temple and plainly says that as soon as the witness work, which is God's "strange work", is done, there will be no delay in the settlement of the account with the enemy, for then "sudden destruction cometh upon them", and none shall escape.

God says to his opposers: "Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples [of Devil worship] my goodly pleasant things." (Joel 3:5) The capital organization of Jehovah is symbolized by gold. Thus the religionists and allies forcibly and wrongfully snatch up the servants of Jehovah and throw them into prison. Such wrongful seizure of the things belonging to God has been indulged in by religionists at many times in the past, foreshadowing what modern-day religionists have done and are doing to those who serve Jehovah and his kingdom today. One of the wrongful acts in the type is set forth at 1 Samuel 5:1, 2, where the account shows that the Philistines took the Lord's ark of the covenant and "brought it into the house of Dagon". Again it is noted, the Babylonians got their religion from the Devil, as did Nimrod, and the Babylonians carried off the vessels of the house of the LORD, Jehovah, and put them in the temple of Babylon. (2 Chronicles 36: 6, 7; Daniel 5:1-4) Truths of the Bible, like silver, set forth in the publications by Jehovah's witnesses have been seized by the religion-

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ists and destroyed. In their religions newspapers they have roasted, and some maliciously lied about, the Lord's people and have misapplied Bible texts, and therefore tried to make it appear that Jehovah's witnesses are unpatriotic, anti-Christian and seditionists. Everything that belongs to the Lord and that should be devoted to his service the religionists have seized hold upon and used for their religious temples, to make it appear that Jehovah's witnesses obey a God who is weak, feeble and unable to protect those who faithfully serve him.

Continuing to recount the wicked deeds of religionists, God, through his prophet, says: "The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border." (Joel 3:6) "Judah" and "Jerusalem" refer to those who serve and praise Jehovah God. The religionists have sold Jehovah's witnesses unto Devil worshipers, the enemies of God, who war against his people, and therefore God says to them by another prophet: "I have . . . raised up thy sons, 0 Zion, against thy sons, 0 Greece, and made thee [Zion] as a sword of a mighty man." (Zech. 9:13) Religionists, led by the Hierarchy, deal with and treat Jehovah's witnesses as a thing for sale or commercial gain. They have also "sold themselves" to do wickedly in the sight of God and "to provoke him to anger".  — 2 Kings 17:17.

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God, even as the Devil claimed he could do. The effort of the religionists is to deliver Jehovah's witnesses to their foes and to deprive them of their liberty to serve God. Thanks be unto Jehovah that the time is at hand when he will render a just recompense to the enemy, because the day of his vengeance is at hand; and now mark what God says he will do, and the manner of his doing, to the vindication of his own great name.



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