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Religion

CHAPTER VIII

THE FAITHFUL ENCOURAGED

Joel 2:19-27

JEHOVAH'S witnesses, like Christ Jesus I their Head, are often reproached. When his faithful servants are in distress God greatly encourages them by his precious promises. "David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." (1 Samuel 30: 6) So likewise do all who are fully devoted to the great Theocrat.

Jesus stood firmly against all the religious influence of the Devil and his crowd, and because of his faithfulness to Jehovah Jesus was caused by the religionists to bear the same reproach which the enemy had heaped upon Jehovah's name. All followers of Christ Jesus, that is, all Christians, must suffer reproach. Because such faithful ones withstand religion and remain true to Jehovah they must continue to suffer reproach at the hands of the enemy. (Psalm 69: 9; Romans 15: 3, 4) In the years of 1917 and 1918 God's faithful servants suffered great reproach at the hands of religionists. Those who really loved God and served him cried unto the Lord and, in substance, said: "Spare thy people, 0 Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach." That prayer had been foretold by Jehovah through his prophet Joel: "Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, 0 Lord, and give not thine heritage to re-

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proach, that the heathen should rule over them; wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?" — Joel 2:17.

During that period known as the World War (1914-1918), when the Devil and his religious agents were heaping reproach upon God's people, their condition looked very desolate. Jehovah foreknew everything concerning that condition, and so he foretold it through his prophet; and now after several years of prosperity upon those who have been faithful to the Lord he has revealed to them the meaning of Joel's prophecy, and this revelation gives them increased faith and courage and causes them to greatly rejoice. Let all who love Jehovah and his kingdom, and who hate religion, now read the prophecy of Joel and rejoice. In answer to the prayer of the distressed faithful ones Jehovah by his prophet says: "Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people." — Joel 2:18.

He heard the cry of his devoted servants: "Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith; and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen." (Joel 2:19) This is the promise of Jehovah long ago made for the benefit of his devoted ones now on the earth.

Then in 1919 Jehovah began the fulfillment of this part of his prophetic promise. But at that time the consecrated did not know that the prophecy foretold to them the favor of Jehovah God. Later they must, by his grace, learn the meaning. In the summer of 1919 Jehovah's people assembled in convention at Cedar Point,

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Ohio, and there began to realize that the "Elijah work" was done and had passed on and that they were about to enter upon the work foreshadowed by the prophet Elisha. (2 Kings 2:11-15) Prior to that time they had been standing still by the "waters" (the people rushing on to final judgment), even as Elisha in the type had stood by the banks of the Jordan after Elijah had been taken away. As Elisha awoke to the importance of his work he immediately smote the waters of the Jordan and crossed over to his work. Likewise, the people of God in 1919 awoke to the responsibility that had been placed upon them and they busied themselves by beginning to prepare for their work. Then they began to move into action and their hopes began to rise.

According to Rotherham this part of Joel's prophecy literally says: "Behold me [Jehovah]! sending you" the things needed to satisfy the hungry souls. There Jehovah began to open to his faithful people a new and clearer vision of his purposes toward them. From that time onward Jehovah has continued to send his faithful people, as foretold in Joel's prophecy, "corn," that is to say, "the finest of the wheat," upon which his people feed, "bread which strengtheneth man's heart"; and "wine", yea, the very best wine, "that maketh glad the heart of man." (Pss. 147:14; 104:15) The Lord Jesus was then at the temple, and even those of his faithful followers did not at that time know it; but under the lead of the Master, as Jesus had promised them, they there began to drink new wine with Him in the kingdom. (Matthew 26:29) That meant active service in the Lord's vine-

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yard (Matthew 20:1-16), and after the work began it then meant the drinking of the wine joyfully with the Lord. Thus the faithful began to appreciate their privilege of again engaging in the service of the King, and their joy began to increase.

Furthermore, said the prophecy of Jehovah: "Behold me! sending you . . . oil." For what purpose? 'Oil makes the face to shine.' The new truths revealed and the opportunities of service were a great refreshment to God's people due to the fact that the remnant were now taken into the covenant for the kingdom. Then the organization of the Lord on the earth began a forward movement, and since then the blessings of Jehovah and his King have been ever increasing upon them.

And what did Jehovah say would be the result upon the faithful ones? "And ye shall be satisfied therewith." God's people began to rejoice and to cease sorrowing because of the reproaches that had come upon them in times past. This was in harmony with what God had foretold by another prophet, to wit: "My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips." (Psalm 63:5) His people there began to realize the prophetic promise of God, to wit: "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's." (Psalm 103:5) Before that the faithful had borne their affliction in sorrow, and so they now prayed unto Jehovah: "0 satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days

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wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil." — Psalm 90:14,15.

Jehovah responded to that sincere prayer of his faithful servants, as previously foretold through his prophet: "Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 31:13,14) And also by another prophet, to wit: "I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation; and her saints shall shout aloud for joy." — Psalm 132:15,16.

Because his consecrated people during the period of the World War had yielded to fear and had held on to some of their religious practices Jehovah was angry with them. Yielding to the persecution heaped upon them by the Devil's religious agents, God's people had stopped preaching the gospel, fearing worldly powers, and still recognizing the earthly rulers as "the higher powers". For that reason Jehovah was angry with them. But when the faithful awakened to their privileges, having a clearer vision of God's purposes, and then flung their fears of men to the winds, they marched right on into the service of the King and Jehovah's anger was turned away from them; and this he had foretold by his prophet: "And in that day thou shalt say, 0 Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast

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angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me." — Isaiah 12:1.

As to the effect of Jehovah's loving-kindness toward his consecrated and faithful people in sending them the "bread", "wine" and "oil", they were so refreshed that there was no longer any reason why they should go about in an apologetic way in the service of the King, because Jehovah by his prophet Joel had foretold their increased happiness and had said to them: "And I will no more make you a reproach among the nations [the religionists]." (A.R.V.) Why? Because the time now approached for the vindication of Jehovah's name and those who faithfully and boldly declared his name and who continue to do so are not at all ashamed of the reproaches that come upon them by reason of their faithful service, and hence the reproaches of the religionists cast upon them do not disturb them nor deter them from service.

In 1918, because Jehovah's people were restrained of liberty and service the religionists, and particularly the high clergymen, were much at ease, and so Jehovah says concerning that situation: "And I am very sore displeased with the heathen [the religionists, who claim to serve God but who do not] that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased [with my consecrated people in 1917 and 1918], and they [the religionists] helped forward the affliction [upon my faithful servants]." (Zechariah 1:15) Thus the religionists did by heaping reproach upon God's consecrated people, claiming them to be enemies of God and calling them by all manner of false names and shamefully treating them.

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Who was responsible for the persecution of God's people during the World War? Without any question of doubt the responsible ones were the Devil's agents, his chief agent being Gog, leading the host of wicked angels which was said by the prophet to be the army coming from the north and which invisible ones employed religious agents, men on the earth, to persecute God's faithful witnesses. (Ezekiel 38th chapter) Foreknowing their adverse action, God said concerning them: "But I will remove far off from you the northern army [(Rotherham) the Northerner will I remove far from you], and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea; and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things." — Joel 2: 20.

During the "Elisha work" since A.D. 1919 the enemy forces had been measurably held back or restrained by the Lord that God's faithful witnesses might proceed, but not yet have they been fully removed far off. Therefore this prophecy must be taken as an assurance from Jehovah that at Armageddon the enemy will be completely removed by destruction. Concerning the enemy forces under Gog Jehovah says: "And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel." "Thou shalt fall upon the open field; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God."  — Ezekiel 39: 2, 5.

Says Jehovah by his prophet concerning the enemy: "And [I] will drive him into a land bar-

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ren and desolate." This Jehovah will do, as the prophecy says, "because he [the enemy] hath magnified to do" great things. (Margin) The Devil and his religious host have tried to make themselves appear as very great. They boastfully strut about and attempt to exhibit their greatness. Thus the enemy is gathering all his forces against Jehovah's government and his King, including his faithful witnesses now on the earth. The enemy is turning the mass of earth's population against Jehovah and his King, and this is done in preparation for the final showdown at Armageddon. The result at Armageddon will be such that the "stink" of the slain enemy shall be greatest ever known: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel [memorializing the vindication of Jehovah's name], the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea; and it shall stop the noses of the passengers; and there shall they bury Gog, and all his multitude; and they shall call it, The valley of Hamon-gog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown, the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God." (Ezekiel 39:11-13) There shall the greatness of the enemy cease for ever, and there the reproaches upon God's name will be taken away for ever.

ASSURANCE

This is the day of war, and God's promises give full assurance to his people. These precious

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promises were long ago recorded, and now God reveals to his faithful ones the meaning thereof. The kingdom message uncovers the wickedness of religion, and that makes mad the Devil's earthly agents who promote religion. It exposes their duplicity and uncovers their racket. It is to be expected that the agents of Satan would use all possible means at their disposal to hinder the work of Jehovah's witnesses, and the facts that daily come to pass show that this is even so. Here the Lord's prophecy, the meaning of which is now revealed, is an assurance coming from God to his own people: "Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice; for the Lord will do great things." — Joel 2: 21.

An invasion of the "land" or condition of Jehovah's witnesses, such as by an army of locusts, would tend to work great injury to them, but the Lord assures his people that they need not fear because of such invasion. The enemy will not be able to destroy the earthly state or prosperity of the work of the remnant now on the earth. Regardless of all opposition the faithful remnant must and will push on with zeal and with rapidity, because we are now in the day of Jehovah; and hence the prophecy long ago written applies: "In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing." — Zephaniah 3:16,17.

Continuously since 1922 there have been and still are those things which threaten to stop the

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progressive work concerning the kingdom. Concerning such the Lord gives assurance to his faithful people in these words, to wit: "Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field; for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength." — Joel 2: 22.

The words here employed, "ye beasts of the field," do not apply to or symbolize living creatures in the fulfillment of the prophecy, but rather refer to those things which are actively employed to promote the kingdom work. The burdensome part of the work is done by mechanical means, labor-saving devices and transportation facilities, which Jehovah's witnesses have employed to do the work committed unto them. Such burden-bearers are, to wit: manufacturing plants for the production of the message in printed form; the radio; sound-cars; phonographs; motorcar service; service organizations, and such things. The radio was used as long as it appeared to be the will of the Lord and to the extent that his will was performed; and this was done without regard to the bitter opposition of the enemy. It has continued to be used only occasionally as the Lord permits. Jehovah's witnesses' speaking to the people when meeting them face to face affords a better opportunity than radio does to prove their faithfulness and to maintain their integrity and to claim the attention of those of good will. When it appeared that the radio could not be used much longer, some of the Lord's children became deeply concerned; but the faithful were assured by the Lord that there was no cause for fear. The

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sound machines are now even more effective than the radio, and the results much greater.

It appears that some who claim to be servants of God have lost their spiritual zeal and interest in the kingdom; but this does not hinder the work; since the Lord has brought others into the field, particularly the Jonadabs, to do the witness work. More than forty thousand phonographs, with many recorded speeches, are employed to carry the kingdom message to the people. Such zealous work has brought about fruitful results. So, as the prophecy foretold, "the pastures of the wilderness do spring" forth with green and refreshing growth. And why? "For the tree [picturing the living creatures who witness] beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength." These the Lord protects against the vicious efforts of the enemy, and his kingdom interests march triumphantly onward.

Therefore the Lord says to his faithful ones by and through his prophet: "Be glad then, ye children of Zion [that is, the remnant brought forth after the trying experiences of 1918], and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." — Joel 2:23.

Those faithful ones who show their loving zeal for Jehovah he commands to "rejoice in the Lord your God". This part of the prophecy speaks concerning the great blessings which the Lord promised to send and which he has sent upon his people, particularly since 1922. Such

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blessings are not to be attributed to any man, but all honor and praise is due Jehovah: "For he giveth you the former rain in just measure." (R.V.) Before 1922 the blessings from the Lord, likened unto rain, came upon God's people moderately and in a just measure according to righteousness. As Rotherham puts it: "For he hath given you the seed-rain in right manner"; and, from 1922 onward, "yea he hath caused to descend for you a down-pour." God, through Christ Jesus, has bestowed these blessings upon his people because it is his due time to thus shower his blessings upon those who are faithful and uncompromising in their service to him and his kingdom interests.

The facts showing fulfillment of the prophecy disclose that "the former rain" was had in that period of time between 1919 (when the work began to revive) and the year 1922, when the kingdom-interest work began more zealously and effectually, and in a better organized manner. 'Downpours' of truth from the temple and sent upon God's faithful people were sent from 1922 onward, and such downpours of blessings continue with increasing force. Such have been a great refreshment to the Lord's remnant, greatly blessing them and gathering them to the service. They have brought forth and continue to bring forth the fruits of the kingdom, and those who are forming the "great multitude" are joining zealously in this work. In beautiful and heartening poetic phrase the Lord through another prophet states the matter in these words: "Ask ye from Jehovah rain in the time of the latter rain, Jehovah who causeth flashes

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of lightning, and rain in abundant showers giveth he unto them, to every man herbage in the field." — Zechariah 10:1, Rotherham.

Copious downpours of rain in season not only refresh and enliven the fields, but result in abundance of crops; and applying this figure of speech to Jehovah's people and their blessings, the prophecy says: "And the [threshing] floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats [vats] shall overflow with wine and oil." (Joel 2:24) The Lord uses three staple products to illustrate the productiveness and prosperity of his kingdom interests: wheat, olive oil, and wine; that is to say, bread from the wheat, giving strength and sustenance; oil, causing the face to shine with real pleasure; and wine, to make glad the heart. Particularly since 1922 Jehovah's faithful witnesses, by zealous activity, well fulfill the picture seen at the threshing machines, and at oil and wine presses; and in doing this work they have greatly rejoiced in preparing such things for the use and enjoyment by those who will form the "great multitude". To this end the Lord has put laborers in his fields, vineyards, and factories, as had been pictured in the language at Matthew 20:1-16. Those who have labored joyfully, looking always to the praise of Jehovah, have received their pay.

The World War and attending conditions from 1917 to 1919 made the fields of activity of God's people appear as though the same had been invaded by a great swarm of pests; but when the Lord brought again his people from captivity he said to them, according to the prophecy: "And I will restore to you the years

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that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you." (Joel 2: 25) This part of the prophecy shows that God's consecrated ones received affliction according to the will of God. And why?

They were fearful, and hence delinquent in their service, and that was due to religion and religious practices. God's people must be cleansed from such things as religion, and their garments (identification) made clean, and it must be clearly seen that they are the ones that stand out boldly and fearlessly to the honor of Jehovah's name. Hence Jehovah permitted them to be chastised, particularly in the year 1918, and that chastisement or discipline resulted to the good of those really devoted to Jehovah, and the very opposite was the result to those who were moved by selfishness in claiming to be the servants of God. "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." — Hebrews 12:6-8.

The great blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon his faithful since 1922 has made up for, and much more, what the faithful suffered prior to that time. That exact condition and blessing God foretold in the prophecy concerning Job, showing that Job was a picture of God's faithful people: "And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:

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also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house; and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him; every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters." — Job 42:10-13.

In 1922 God's faithful people, learning that Christ Jesus is at the temple, began to pray and thereafter continued to pray: "Save now, I beseech thee, 0 Lord: 0 Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity." (Psalm 118:25) That prayer of the faithful remnant, foreshadowed by the prayer of Job, was answered, and Jehovah has sent upon his people not only one blessing, but many, greatly increasing the same, and including the carrying of his life-giving message to those who will form the "great multitude" and fill the earth with a righteous people. Note that all the blessings mentioned with reference to Job are designated by the numeral "ten" or multiple of ten, thus indicating the bringing of blessings upon an earthly company by the Lord, and in which he uses the faithful members of his body.

Now Zion is builded up and the Lord appears in his glory, and all who love him proclaim his praises. In the past the curse came upon those

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who had covenanted to do God's will but who became derelict in the performance of that covenant. But now concerning the faithful ones this promise from Jehovah through Christ Jesus is given: "And there shall be no more curse; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads." (Revelation 22:3,4) God's remnant, now continuing in faith and faithful in the service, are referred to in the following prophecy, to wit: "Thus saith the Lord God, In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities, I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, and desolate, and ruined cities, are become fenced, and are inhabited." (Ezekiel 36:33-35) The revelation of the meaning of these prophecies in this day is for the benefit of the faithful people of God, for their comfort and for their increased hope.

Today the religious crowd on earth continue to fume, fuss and fight and howl against the people of the Lord, and while they are doing so, the faithful remnant are abundantly fed by the Lord and rejoice, and to them Jehovah says through his prophet: "And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you; and my people shall never be ashamed." (Joel 2: 26) No person on the earth today who

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is wholly on the side of Jehovah and his King can have any cause to be ashamed, and none of the faithful are ashamed to declare uncompromisingly their devotion to the Theocratic Government. Those people on the earth who hold to religion, even though they may make themselves believe that they are Christians, have great sorrow of heart and great vexation of mind. They are without food. They have neither spiritual bread, nor oil, nor wine. God's people have these things in abundance. God, by his prophet, forcibly contrasts such religionists with his faithful people who are feeding at his table: "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen; for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name." — Isaiah 65:13-15.

The faithful remnant see that their greatest privilege is to have some part in the vindication of Jehovah's name. They see that Jehovah through Christ Jesus has dealt marvelously with them, and they praise his name and advertise his kingdom, as foretold by the prophet of God. "And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon [(margin) proclaim] his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord;

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for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth." — Isaiah 12: 4, 5.

All such must be witnesses to the name and majesty of Jehovah and his kingdom, and hence they cannot keep back the songs of praise. They are not ashamed to confess the name of Jehovah as their Father and the name of Christ Jesus as their Redeemer, Lord, Head and King; but with boldness, born of love, and without fear of the enemy, they proclaim the name of the Most High, and his Governor and his King. They delight to make known to the people that The Theocracy is the only hope of mankind. This is exactly in keeping with the words of the apostle written under inspiration long ago: "For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Romans 10:11) "As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence; and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." — Romans 9: 33.

Religionists bow to idols in the form of hailing men and saluting flags, which stand as symbols of men for protection and salvation, and such shall be confounded. Exactly on the contrary, those who are of Zion maintain their integrity toward God and praise him and, continuing faithful, they shall never again be brought into captivity or shame; as it is written: "They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. But Israel [those of God's organization maintaining their integrity] shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation; ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end." — Isaiah 45:16,17.

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In 1919, after the consecrated began to emerge from the depths of distress, Jehovah began to open to them the meaning of his prophecies. Now after a few years of faithful service Jehovah opens to his people the meaning of the prophecy recorded by Joel, and he shows that its fulfillment toward them began in 1922. No longer, therefore, is there any reason for the faithful to fear that Jehovah has forsaken them or ever will forsake them again. To those who have completely forsaken religion and given themselves wholly and uncompromisingly in loving devotion to the great THEOCRACY Jehovah says: "And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else; and my people shall never be ashamed." — Joel 2: 27.

Jehovah is the everlasting Friend of his chosen ones, and no power can prevail against them, and hence they boldly go forward in his service. Further giving assurance to the faithful ones the Lord says: "Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore." — Ezekiel 37:26-28.

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THE THEOCRACY. Under the misleading influence of religion the Lord's people for a time divided their attention with other things and neglected or failed to carry out their commission. They must be made free from religion and entirely cleansed from every part of Satan's organization. Jehovah by his representative, Christ Jesus, appeared at his temple and accomplished that cleansing work and since then has continued to open to the faithful the meaning of his prophecies. Jehovah's name and his government are now made clearly to appear to the faithful as that which is of highest importance. He has put his name upon his people, fully revealing to them that he is the Almighty God, whom they must serve with joy. Now the faithful see that religion has reached its end, is doomed, and shall shortly be destroyed, and that Jehovah and his government alone shall be loved and served. From this time onward only those who give their full allegiance and devotion to THE THEOCRACY will please God and receive his everlasting blessings. Truly Jehovah, according to his Word, has guided his faithful servants in their devotion as to what course to take, even as promised, to wit: "The meek will he guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach his way." (Psalm 25: 9) The "meek" are anxious to learn. "Judgment" means decision reached as to which way one should go. Jehovah has taught and guided them that have heeded his admonition, to wit: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." — Proverbs 3: 5, 6.

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And now Jehovah through Joel his prophet says to his people: "And my people shall never be ashamed." (2: 27) This promise includes the remnant and Jonadabs, all of whom are for THE THEOCRACY. These are not ashamed of the name of Jehovah, but, on the contrary, delight to make known that holy name. With full confidence these go forth now as servants of the Most High and in obedience to his commandment expose the fallacy of religion, to the end that those of good will toward God may flee from religion and have part in the vindication of Jehovah's name.

According to the Hebrew, at verse twenty-seven the second chapter of Joel's prophecy ends, and chapter three begins with verse twenty-eight. (See the translation by Leeser, the American Revised Version, margin, and Rotherham.) It was in 1922 that Jehovah, by Christ Jesus at the temple, sent his witnesses forth to make known the fraudulent things of religion, at which time something new and of great importance toward Jehovah's people came to pass.



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