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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World


Benefits Flowing from the Temple

IT IS at the one spiritual temple of unified worship that the remnant of the "royal priesthood" and the "great crowd" serve the one living and true God. That has come about because of the life-bringing benefits that are flowing from the temple for all who desire to partake. True, "it is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God," and in the spring of 1918 Ado-nay' Jehovah and his Angel or Messenger of the covenant came to the temple for the judgment proceedings and that meant a severe time to follow. But even this judgment has been of incalculable benefit, for it has resulted in a needed purification and straightening out of vital matters. The prophet Malachi, foretelling the coming of A-do-nay' and his Messenger to the temple, went on to describe the judgment work and the desirable results, saying: " 'Who can endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he shall be like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap. And he shall sit down as a refiner and cleanser of silver, and shall cleanse the sons of Levi. He shall purify them like gold and silver, so that they shall become for the LORD [Jehovah] men who bring him offerings in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem shall be pleasing

1. (a) Where and because of what do the remnant and the "great crowd" carry on a unified worship? (b) What kind of time was to follow the coming of Jehovah and his Angel to the temple, but of what benefit did Malachi say this would be?

to the LORD [Jehovah], as in the days of old and as in former years. Then I will draw near to you for judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and adulterers, and against those who swear to falsehood; and against those who oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the orphan; and those who defraud the resident alien, and do not fear me,' says the LORD [Jehovah] of hosts." — Malachi 3:2-5, AT.

2 When Jesus Christ, as Jehovah's Messenger, came to the temple the question arose, Which professing Christians will be able to endure the tests of loyalty and zeal that will be applied? Who will stand approved before him for his future service? He himself was to be a great test to those claiming to follow him; he himself would be like a gold and silver refiner's fire and like a clothes cleaner's lye or alkaline solution, which God would apply. Would they show up like precious metal to Him, purified by their acceptance of His Messenger Jesus Christ as the Foundation Cornerstone laid in Zion, as Jehovah's enthroned King? Would their garments of identification as Christians show up clean by taking to themselves Jehovah's Messenger as their Leader and Commander and as the one to be copied? Those who accepted Jehovah's Messenger in the royal, spiritual offices with which Jehovah clothed him were found precious and purified. Those not doing so did not endure the test, could not stand approved and were rejected. (1 Peter 2:4-8; Isaiah 8:13-15, AS) They proved they were not antitypical Levites and were disqualified from serving as priests or ministering at Jehovah's spiritual house. They were not offering right sacrifices.

2. At the coming of Jehovah's Messenger to the temple, what main questions arose, and how was he himself like a gold and silver refiner's fire and like a clothes cleaner's solution?

3 Jehovah's Messenger also sat down at the temple like a refiner and cleanser of silver, and the ones to be cleansed first were the antitypical "sons of Levi." (In Israel the priests and the temple ministers were taken from the tribe of Levi. According to Numbers 3:40-51, they were taken by Jehovah in exchange for the first-born of Israel that had been spared alive on the passover night down in Egypt. They therefore typified the "congregation of the firstborn who have been enrolled in the heavens," mentioned in Hebrews 12:23 [NW]. The remnant are the last on earth of this congregation of the "firstborn" and are therefore antitypical "sons of Levi.") On coming to Jehovah's temple in 1918 his Messenger applied the fire to them, testing them by organization arrangements on their loyalty to Jehovah's organization rather than to human leaders, testing them by service instructions and provisions as to their zeal and devotion for Jehovah's worship and witness work, testing them by revealed truth as to their love of it. What a fiery time it was!

4 He called his professed followers and servants before him for an accounting. Those who proved to be an "evil slave" class indulging themselves and abusing the faithful slave class; those who proved to be a "wicked and sluggish slave" class, a "good-for-nothing slave" class, he deprived of service privileges in Jehovah's organization and threw them out. Those who proved to be a "faithful and discreet slave" class, a "good and faithful slave" class, like purified gold and silver, he retained in service. He entrusted them with more interests of Jehovah's worship and more Kingdom

3. Who are the antitypical "sons of Levi," and how did Jehovah's Messenger at the temple sit like a silver refiner and test them as by fire?
4. How did his accounting with his professed followers and servants turn out?

interests. — Matthew 24:45-51; 25:14-30 and Luke 12:42-48; 19:11-27, NW.

5 The beneficial result of this has been that the remnant of antitypical "sons of Levi" have become for Jehovah "men who bring him offerings in righteousness." They have a higher regard for his spiritual temple; they do not consider his altar to be a contemptible table on which any defective sacrifice can be laid; they have inspected carefully and tried to offer to him wholehearted sacrifices of praise and good works, doing service out of love and not for hire. — Malachi 1:6 to 2:9; Hebrews 13:15,16; Philippians 4:18.

6 They have gradually been led to a theocratic form of organization, ruled from God on top. Their sacrifice of preaching the Kingdom news in all the inhabited earth has been offered with greater appreciation, devotion and efficiency, being participated in by all the antitypical "sons of Levi." Jehovah, the theocratic Ruler of the organization, has been a swift witness against those engaged in any spiritistic practices, those guilty of adultery physically or spiritually, those false to their vows to God, those unjust and oppressive toward others who are weak and helpless and entitled to wages, and those not giving the due to people like a "resident alien" in Israel, the "great crowd" from all nations. Against such spiritual Israelites Jehovah has caused an exposure and has either brought about their correction and purification or cast them out, disfellowshiped them. In consequence the spiritual offering to God by the purified remnant has become "pleasing to the LORD [Jehovah], as in the days of old and as in former years," as in the days of the primitive congregation in the

5,6. (a) Of what beneficial result has this been to the antitypical "sons of Levi"? (b) Against whom has Jehovah at the temple been a swift witness? (c) How has the spiritual offering by the remnant now become, and what do noticers of this call them?

time of the "twelve apostles of the Lamb." So Jehovah has blessed his restored remnant with delightful spiritual prosperity. The "great crowd" in all nations have taken note of this and the prophecy goes into fulfillment: "And all nations shall call you blessed; for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith Jehovah of hosts." — Malachi 3:10-12, Da.

7 The life-bringing benefits that have flowed from the temple of pure worship the prophets liken to a stream of precious water of life. In speaking of the time of the remnant's restoration and of their spiritual prosperity the prophet Joel says: "And a fountain shall come forth from the house of Jehovah, and shall water the valley of Shittim." (Joel 3:18, AS) The place where, figuratively, only the shittah trees or acacias of the waste places or deserts would grow becomes well watered, more productive and lovely in appearance. Since the house of Jehovah, his temple, was in Jerusalem, the prophecy would thus be fulfilled: "It shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one." (Zechariah 14:8, 9, AS) Thus to the Dead Sea to the east and to the "great sea," the "sea of the Philistines," the Mediterranean Sea, to the west the life-giving waters from Jehovah's temple would go after he and his Messenger of the covenant came to the temple.

8 Ezekiel prophesied of the destruction of the temple built by Solomon. When he got a vision of Jehovah's temple rebuilt, he said this of it: "And

7. To what were the life-giving benefits flowing from the temple likened at Joel 3:18 and at Zechariah 14:8, 9?
8. In his vision, what did Ezekiel see flowing from the rebuilt temple, and in what direction and with what increasing depths?

he [a glorious man with a measuring reed in his hand] brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the front of the house was eastward. And the waters came down from under, from the right side of the house, south of the altar. And he brought me out by the way of the gate northward, and led me round outside unto the outer gate towards [the gate] that looketh eastward; and behold, waters ran out on the right side. When the man went forth eastward, a line was in his hand; and he measured a thousand cubits, and he caused me to pass through the waters: the waters were to the ankles. And he measured a thousand [cubits], and caused me to pass through the waters: the waters were to the knees. And he measured a thousand and caused me to pass through: the waters were to the loins. And he measured a thousand: it was a river that I could not pass through, for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed through." — Ezekiel 40:3; 47:1-5, Da.

9 This stream had its source in Jehovah's restored temple and as it moved eastward did not dry up but grew deeper every fifteen hundred feet until it became a river a man could not ford. This pictures the flow of truth by publishers, beginning from the temple in 1919. At the beginning it flowed to only a small restored remnant. But as time moved on and the remnant, like Ezekiel, moved forward toward the light, the flow of truth by its publication through the spoken word and on the printed page increased. By 1931 it became a deep river that even the rise to power of Fascists and Nazis and Communists and Catholic Action could not check, no, not even World War II. That meant that not only more Bible literature was published by the Watch Tower Society and its foreign

9. What was pictured by this river and by its increasing depths?

branches but there were more publishers of the Kingdom news to distribute it and to preach by word of mouth. The full number of the remnant came in to do the publication as Jehovah's witnesses.

10 The prophet Ezekiel now tells how his guide led him back to the riverbank. "When I returned, behold, on the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said unto me, These waters issue out toward the east district, and go down into the plain, and go into the sea; when they are brought forth into the [Salt] sea, the waters [thereof] shall be healed. And it shall come to pass that every living thing which moveth, whithersoever the double river shall come, shall live. And there shall be a very great multitude of fish; for these waters shall come thither, and [the waters of the sea] shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that fishers shall stand upon it; from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim shall be [a place] to spread forth nets: their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. But its marshes and its pools shall not be healed; they shall be given up to salt. And by the river, upon its bank, on the one side and on the other, shall grow all trees for food, whose leaf shall not fade, nor their fruit fail: it shall bring forth new fruit every month, for its waters issue out of the sanctuary [Jehovah's temple]; and the fruit thereof shall be for food, and the leaf thereof for medicine." — Ezekiel 47:6-12, Da.

11 This river of life-giving water from Jehovah's

10. Into what did the river empty, what was the effect upon its waters, who took up activity along it, and what grew on each bank of the river?
11. Who are pictured by the trees on the river banks, and what does this river figuratively do that the Jordan River never has done?

temple with symbolic trees lining its banks would be unlike any literal river on earth. Like shore-lining trees it has the fruitful members of the remnant of spiritual Israelites, "the planting of Jehovah." As the river of Ezekiel's vision emptied


into the Salt Sea, or Dead Sea, it produced a miracle. The Jordan River pouring into that Dead Sea had never sweetened it or made it suitable for fish. But the river from Jehovah's temple did heal those waters. It turned them sweet, so that fish came to life in those waters.

12 Because of the abundance of fish that grew in the no more dead or salt sea, a fishing industry grows up and fishers spread their nets to haul in great catches of fish. What a prophetic picture this is of how the waters of Kingdom truth from Jehovah's temple being borne by the remnant of the temple class to the circumstances in which the "great crowd" or numberless "other sheep" are found heals those circumstances, makes those circumstances livable! Before the Kingdom truth from the temple reached them, they were living in the "shadow of death," in a dead world under doom of destruction at Armageddon. But when they received and drank up the waters of Kingdom truth, the circumstances changed for them. They came out from a lifeless element, a world dead in its sins, out from under the threat of destruction at Armageddon, and became alive to God. They are becoming like the fish of the "great sea," whom no man is "able to number." Noting their presence, the remnant of spiritual Israelites have become "fishers of men" and they unitedly set out their nets for them and haul them in, bringing them into the New World society. There they feed on the spiritual food that the "faithful and discreet slave" class, like ever-fruitful trees along the temple river banks, serve to them. — Matthew 4:19.

13 In its antitypical meaning this resembles the

12. What is pictured by the growth of a fishing industry on the shores of the former dead or salt sea, and on what do those fished in feed?
13. In its antitypical meaning, whose healing does this resemble, and how did this non-Israelite come to be healed of his affliction?

healing that came to Naaman the Syrian general who had fought against Israel. His life was marred by the fact that he was a leper, unclean to the society of Jehovah's people. His wife had a little Israelite girl that had been captured. As a witness of Jehovah this girl expressed faith in Jehovah's prophet Elisha as able to cure the husband of her mistress. The faith of this little witness led at last to General Naaman's being sent to Elisha in Israel and riding up to his house in Samaria. Elisha sent out word to him to bathe seven times, not in any of Syria's clear rivers, but in Jordan's muddy waters. At first offended and unwilling, Naaman was persuaded to humble himself in faith and be obedient. "At that he went down and began to plunge into the Jordan seven times according to the word of the man of God, after which his flesh came back like the flesh of a little boy and he became clean."

14 At this miracle Naaman became convinced that Elisha's God Jehovah is the only God: "Here, now, I certainly know that there is no God anywhere in the earth but in Israel." When Elisha refused any financial reward for God's gift through him, Naaman said: "If not, please, let there be given to your servant some ground, the load of a pair of mules, because your servant will no more render up a burnt offering or a sacrifice to any other gods but to Jehovah. In this thing may Jehovah forgive your servant: When my lord [the king of Syria] comes into the house of Rim'mon to bow down there and he is supporting himself upon my hand and I have to bow down at the house of Rim'mon, when I bow down at the house of Rim'mon may Jehovah, please, forgive your servant in this respect." Elisha replied: "Go in peace." — 2 Kings 5:1-19, NW.

14. Of whose godship did Naaman become convinced, and what requests did he make regarding future worship?

15 Because he could not remain in Israel to worship Jehovah there, Naaman took two mule loads of Israelite earth that even in the midst of Syria he might worship Jehovah on Israelite soil. On that transplanted soil Naaman doubtless worshiped toward Jehovah's temple in Jerusalem, praying toward it as King Solomon described in his prayer. (1 Kings 8:41-43) His bowing in the house of the false god Rimmon in Damascus was only a formal convenience to his lord, the king of Syria, who, leaning upon Naaman then, would have to have him bow to make his own bow to Rimmon. But Naaman showed this was only a formal convenience, because he refused to offer any sacrifice to Rimmon or any other false gods.

16 Naaman, too, typifies those of the "great crowd" who worship Jehovah today at his spiritual temple. Once condemned with this world, doomed to death like a leper, they seek the assistance of the remnant class, confess their sins, ask Jehovah's forgiveness through Christ, obediently bathe a complete number of times in the life-giving, cleansing water of Kingdom truth now flowing from Jehovah's temple, and are cleansed and made fit for the New World society. They take up the exclusive worship of Jehovah, who can cure believers in him spiritually for eternal life in the new world.

17 Through the apostle John, the exalted Jesus Christ revealed the happy privilege of those who partake of the lifesaving benefit of the river of truth that flows forth from Jehovah's temple. Seeing a vision quite like Ezekiel's, John says: "And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of

15. How did Naaman worship after that, and how was his bowing in the house of Rimmon only a formal convenience?
16. Whom does Naaman typify, and in what respects?
17. What vision of a river did the apostle John see, and out from where does this river now flow?

the Lamb down the middle of its [the New Jerusalem's] broad way. And on this side of the river and on that side there were trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their fruits each month. And the leaves of the trees were for the curing of the nations. And no more will there be any curse. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his slaves [the 144,000] will render him sacred service, and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads." (Revelation 22:1-5; 14:1, NW) A-do-nay' Jehovah has come to his temple and sits enthroned there for judgment, as seen in Isaiah's vision. (Isaiah 6:1-5) Jesus Christ as Messenger of the covenant has come with him to the temple and also sits enthroned there. It is out from under their throne that the "river of water of life" flows.

18 Since the New Jerusalem seen in the vision symbolizes the "bride, the Lamb's wife," and the river of water of life courses down through the broad way of the New Jerusalem, it pictures that the life-giving waters of Kingdom truth flow through the "bride" class, represented on earth by the present-day remnant. Also the ever-productive fruit trees on both sides of the river symbolize the members of the remnant, who must continually produce the 'fruits of the Kingdom,' especially for the food and curing of the "other sheep." (Matthew 21:43, NW) Their responsibility toward this "great crowd" is further shown in what the apostle John saw and heard after beholding the river of water of life: "And the spirit and the bride keep on saying, 'Come!' And let anyone hearing say, 'Come!' And let anyone thirsting come; let anyone that wishes take life's water free." (Revelation 22:17, NW) The remnant of the "bride" class must

18. (a) What does the river's flowing down the city's broad way picture, and who are pictured by the fruit trees on both sides? (b) How do the spirit and the bride now say to come to the water?

extend the gracious invitation* to the thirsty other sheep to come to the stream of life-imparting Kingdom truth that now flows like an irresistible river. The remnant must do the inviting in full harmony with the spirit of the prophecies of God's Word, including Ezekiel's vision. Not only the spirit of God's prophecies that apply now says, "Come!" but God's active force or spirit is operating upon the remnant of the "bride" toward having the invitation extended to people of all nations.

19 Anyone hearing the invitation should come, if he is really thirsty through a consciousness of his spiritual need. But he should not enjoy the water only to himself. Realizing its benefit, he should want to share it with others and should tell others to come. Otherwise he would be selfish, grossly so, especially when there is plenty of water and it is free to all and all others need it. No one may make money off this water of life, like water vendors over in the Orient who sell water for so much a drink. The remnant of the "bride" must instruct the thirst quenchers to join in inviting others to come, and must train them to do so by teaching them to be preachers of the Kingdom message. The "great crowd" must therefore take up the invitation and extend it to still other thirsty ones. It must not be withheld from anyone because of race, color, family or language. God's spirit or active force will work with the obedient ones in passing along the invitation and helping and directing others to the river of water of life from the heavenly throne. It is the drinking of this water and inviting others that lead to survival during Armageddon into God's new world.

* See the article "Gracious Invitation" In The Watch Tower of March 15, 1929.
† See Lamentations 5:4, RS.
19. (a) Who should come, but what should those coming also do? (b) What should the remnant of the "bride" class do, and what will God's spirit do?

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