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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World


The Basis for Survival

NOT just to live through the coming universal war and to die afterward, but to continue living afterward in God's new world — that is the solidly based opportunity set before people of this generation. That means that many will not die off the face of this earth. They will keep living to enjoy the earth in a paradise condition forever. This earth has had many generations of humankind live upon it; and the inspired saying has been true: "A generation goes, and a generation comes, hut the earth remains for ever." (Ecclesiastes 1:4, RS) Here the generations have been literal, and so the "earth" here meant is also literal. Many of the present generation of mankind may have the privilege of remaining on earth as long as the earth remains — forever. Up till now the reason for the coming and going of generation after generation has been a death to which all the race of man has been condemned. Wars have killed off countless multitudes, but those surviving the violence and hardships of such wars have sooner or later fallen victim to the inescapable condemnation resting upon all men and have died. They have had to die, without exception. So the basis for any to survive Armageddon and to enjoy living on a transformed earth forever must be the removing or lifting of the condemnation of death that has cut short all human life till now.

1. What is the solidly based opportunity set before people of this generation, and what is the basis for such opportunity?

2 Animals lower than man do not have the life value of man. The Creator did not make them to live forever. (2 Peter 2:12) Man was created to live forever as a man on earth. This was why Jehovah created the first man in human perfection, in God's image and according to His likeness, and put him in a perfect garden spot, a paradise. There food supplies grew in their perfection to keep man going in perfect condition forever. If after a test man proved himself worthy of God's justifying him to the right to live in this earthly paradise forever, man was to be granted the privilege to "put his hand out and actually take fruit also of the tree of life and eat and live forever." (Genesis 3:22, NW) That the man might have satisfying companionship and raise a family to fill the entire earth with perfect, uncondemned children, Jehovah God gave the man a perfect wife, made of the man's perfect flesh and bone. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25) God made no mention to the man of dying, except if the perfect man acted against Jehovah's sovereignty over man's life and did so by the simple act of eating of one fruit prohibited at that time, the fruit of the "tree of the knowledge of good and bad." Eating from that tree before the Creator lifted the prohibition was to be punished with death at God's hand. (Genesis 2:15-17, NW) The test upon the perfect man was that of perfect submission to the universal sovereignty of his Creator, in even the smallest thing, submitting out of perfect love to his heavenly Father, the God whom he imaged as a "son of God." — Luke 3:38.

3 Now rebellion against Jehovah's universal sovereignty broke out, not first on earth among man-

2. For how long was perfect man created to live, and what was the test upon him shown to be?
3. How did Jehovah name the first rebel against his universal sovereignty, and how is his sentence against the rebels vindicated?

kind, but in heaven among invisible sons of God. To name the spirit son of God properly who led off in this rebellion the Sovereign of the universe called him by the new name "Satan," which means "resister" or "opposer." To mark the way by which Satan proceeded to lead mankind to rebel with him, Jehovah God gave Satan the title "the Devil," which means "the Slanderer" or "the False Accuser." He also called him "the original serpent," because of the use Satan made of the serpent in paradise to slander God or falsely accuse him. (Revelation 12:9, 13-17; 20:2, NW) God told the first man Adam he would die if he ate from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and bad. Satan the Devil by means of the serpent told Adam's wife: "You positively will not die. For God knows that in the very day of your eating from it your eyes are bound to be opened and you are bound to be like God, knowing good and bad." (Genesis 3:1-5, NW) Satan thus brought reproach upon God's name by saying that God was a liar, unable to carry out the penalty for breaking his law, and was afraid of haying Adam and Eve become like God, able to decide for themselves what is good and bad, right and wrong. God now pronounced the sentence of death upon the three rebels. In vindication of Jehovah's sovereignty and of the truth of his law, Adam and Eve did die, Adam at the age of 930 years, Eve at an unstated age. Satan the Devil will also die everlastingly, about seven thousand years after his rebellion, after God's purpose in letting him live that long has been served. — Genesis 5:1-5; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:7-11,14,15.

4 In pronouncing sentence upon Satan, the original Serpent, Jehovah set his own beloved, only-

4. In pronouncing sentence upon Satan, the original Serpent, what arrangements did Jehovah make, and what had to be done to fulfill the prophecy?

begotten Son against the great Serpent, and the heavenly organization of holy angels under his beloved Son against the future organization of the great Serpent. Jehovah spoke of his heavenly organization as a fruitful woman and said to the original Serpent or Deceiver: "Because you have done this thing, you are the cursed one . . . And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel." (Genesis 3:14, 15, NW) For this prophecy to be fulfilled, the heavenly Son of God had to come forth from God's woman (or universal organization) and be born as a perfect baby on earth. His heavenly Father had to perform the miracle of transferring his Son's life from the spirit realm of God's universal organization to the egg cell in the womb of a virgin maiden who was a descendant of King David. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22, 23) To be bruised in the heel, God's Son as a perfect man had to suffer death at the hands of Satan the Devil, but only temporarily. To bruise the original Serpent in the head and destroy him thus, it became necessary for the Son of God to undergo another miracle of God by being resurrected or raised from the dead, not as a man to live again on earth, but as a divine, immortal, spirit Son of God to live again in the invisible heavens where the original Serpent, Satan the Devil, was living.  — 1 Peter 3:18, RS; also NW; Ro; AT; Mo.

5 By not taking back human life Jesus the Son of God sacrificed that perfect humanity that he had enjoyed on earth for thirty-three years and a half. He could now use the value of his sacrifice for the benefit of human creatures who wanted to become perfect sons of God on earth as Adam had

5. By not taking back human life what was Jesus able to do, and what is the bruiser of his heel also called at Leviticus 16:8?

been in the paradise of Eden. Thus he was to be able to rescue the human race and also bruise the original Serpent. "Therefore, since the 'young children' are sharers of blood and flesh, he also similarly partook of the same things, that through his death he might destroy the one having the means to cause death, that is, the Devil, and might emancipate all those who for fear of death were subject to slavery all through their lives." "The Devil has been sinning from when he began. For this purpose the Son of God was made manifest, namely, to break up the works of the Devil." (Hebrews 2:14, 15 and 1 John 3:8, NW) As a bruiser of the heel of this Seed of God's "woman" the Devil is also called "A-za'zel," which is understood to mean "powerful against God." — Leviticus 16:8, 10, 26, NW; AT; Mo; RS; Ro.

6 God called his Son Jesus Christ to this course of sacrifice on earth and thus made him his High Priest. "So, too, the Christ did not glorify himself by becoming a high priest, but was glorified by him who spoke with reference to him: 'You are my Son; today I have become your Father.' Just as he says also in another place: 'You are a priest forever after the likeness of Melchizedek.'" "Seeing, therefore, that we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold onto our confessing of him." (Hebrews 5:5, 6; 4:14, NW) He was to act as God's High Priest in behalf of mankind, for it was a human sacrifice, himself as a perfect man, that Jesus Christ offered up to God.

7 This was necessary because God is just. For sin and its penalty death to be canceled, he requires a corresponding ransom or price of release. All mankind find themselves sinful and therefore

6. Who made Jesus Christ a high priest, how, and to act in whose behalf?
7. Why are all mankind now in sin, and for its penalty to be canceled what did God's justice require?

under God's condemnation of death. The true reason for this is stated in these inspired words: "Thy first father sinned, and thy teachers [interpreters] have transgressed against me." Our first human father was Adam, not when he was perfect in the paradise of Eden but after he had sinned and was driven out under sentence of death. "Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned — . For .. . death ruled as king from Adam." (Isaiah 43:27, AS; Romans 5:12-14, NW) Mankind could not inherit perfect life from sinful Adam through his sinful wife Eve. It therefore became necessary for the perfect Son of God on earth to surrender his sinless human life in behalf of Adam's descendants. This was in satisfaction of God's just law: "You must give soul for soul, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, branding for branding, wound for wound, blow for blow." — Exodus 21:23-25, NW.

8 Jesus was born a Jew or Hebrew, a member of the ancient nation of Israel. As such he was a descendant of God's friend, Abraham the Hebrew, to whom God said: "I shall bless you and I will make your name great; and prove yourself a blessing. And ... all the families of the ground will certainly bless themselves by means of you." "By means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves due to the fact that you have listened to my voice." (Genesis 12:2, 3; 22:18, NW) But Jesus Christ is God's High Priest, not for just the Jews or Israelite nation, but for all mankind who are to bless themselves by means of him as the promised Seed of Abraham. (Galatians 3:8,16) The Jews or Israelite nation had their priestly family, of whom Aaron the brother of the

8. How was Jesus born as a descendant of faithful Abraham, and how was he, in spite of his birth in the tribe of Judah, to be like ancient Melchizedek?

prophet Moses was made the first Israelite high priest. The male members of Aaron's family, his sons, were made underpriests. Aaron was of the tribe of Levi, and all the male members of the tribe of Levi were made sacred servants of the priestly family of Aaron. Aaron offered sacrifices for the nation of Israel; and these sacrifices consisted of clean, acceptable animals. However, Jesus was born, not in the tribe of Levi or in the family of Aaron, but in the tribe of Judah and in the family of King David. So Jesus was born to be, not a priest for the nation of Israel, but a king; and God his Father also called him to be a high priest for all mankind. Jesus was therefore to be a King-Priest, like ancient Melchizedek. He did not offer up animal sacrifices, but offered up his perfect human life on earth. — Hebrews 7:14-27; Psalm 110:4, AT; Mo.

9 In sacrificing himself, however, Jesus was typified or prefigured by Aaron the high priest of Israel. For more than fifteen centuries Jehovah God dealt with the nation of Israel and used them to make types of things to come in the future. A type is a prefiguring symbol, that is, a symbol that prefigures or pictures beforehand something that is to occur in reality in the future. The Old Hebrew Scriptures set out many types, but the Christian Scriptures written in Greek set out the fulfillment of many of such types. The fulfillment of the type is called the antitype.

10 Types foreshadowed things to come. For that reason a type is sometimes spoken of as a shadow, and the antitype as the reality that was foreshadowed. Thus Aaron the Israelite high priest was a type. Jesus Christ whom Aaron typified was the

9. In what way was Jesus typified by high priest Aaron, and what is a type and what an antitype?
10. How can a type also be called a shadow, and what nation did Jehovah use to make many shadows or types, and why?

antitype. In other words, Aaron as sacrificing high priest foreshadowed Jesus the Son of God who sacrificed himself. That Jehovah God used the nation of Israel to provide many types or shadows is stated in these words respecting Israel: "Now these things became our examples [or, types], for us not to be persons desiring injurious things, . . . Now these things went on befalling them as examples [or, for a typical purpose] and they were written for a warning to us upon whom the accomplished ends of the systems of things have arrived." (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11, NW, marginal reading) Also, concerning the Law that God gave to Israel and the animal sacrifices that Aaron offered up, it is written: "Since the Law has a shadow of the good things to come, but not the very substance of the things, men can never with the same sacrifices from year to year which they offer continually make those who approach perfect." (Hebrews 10:1, NW) Hence the perfect human sacrifice of Jesus was necessary to make those who approached Jehovah God through Jesus Christ perfect.

11 Looking at Israel as a typical nation, we note that Jesus' sacrifice for all mankind was pictured on the yearly "day of atonement" or Yom Kippurim of Israel, on the tenth day of their seventh month, Tishri or Ethanim. (Leviticus 23:26-32) "Atonement" here means simply "covering" or "exchange." The thing exchanged or taken instead of another thing must exactly cover that other thing or correspond with it or duplicate it. The English word "atonement" is drawn from the expression "at one" and must be understood with the Bible meaning. That is, the thing which makes satisfaction for another thing that has been lost or

11. How was Jesus' sacrifice typified on Israel's day of atonement, and what is the Bible meaning of atonement?

forfeited must be "at one" with that other thing, covering it, coinciding with it or being exactly equivalent to it. This meaning shows what must be required of the sin offering that the High Priest Jesus Christ had to offer: It must correspond perfectly with the thing for which it atones or makes just satisfaction; it must neither overlap nor come short but must measure equal. The human life that Jesus Christ laid down in sacrifice must be exactly equal to that life which Adam forfeited for all his offspring: it must be a perfect human life, no more, no less. It must be a "corresponding ransom." This is just what Jesus gave, not for just the Israelites only but for men of all kinds. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all — this is what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times." (1 Timothy 2:5, 6, NW) This corresponding ransom was pictured or typified by the sin offering offered on the day of atonement.

12 Now aside from the tribe of Levi with its priestly family of Aaron, Israel was divided up into twelve tribes, of which the tribe of Judah was the royal tribe or tribe with the promise of kingship. On the day of atonement the male members of the tribe of Levi served in connection with the sacred tabernacle or temple of God, but the other twelve tribes of Israel gathered to the east of the sacred tabernacle or temple, where its entrance was located. In this position the twelve tribes of Israel typified, in their self-affliction or abstaining from work, all those repentant, obedient ones of mankind who will gain everlasting life on earth by means of the sin offering of the great High Priest Jesus Christ. Included among such ones will be a

12. On the day of atonement whom did the twelve tribes of Israel typify, and whom did the special tribe of Levi typify?

numberless crowd of survivors of the war of Armageddon, who must, as it were, 'wash their robes of identification and make them white in the blood of Jesus' sacrifice.' However, the tribe of Levi, which was taken out from all the original tribes of Israel to serve at the tabernacle or temple, pictured Jehovah's High Priest Jesus Christ and those special followers of Christ whom God calls to sacrifice their earthly existence forever that they may enjoy heavenly life with Christ in the everlasting kingdom of God above. God's Word reveals them to be only 144,000 in number under the High Priest Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God." "These were purchased from among mankind as a firstfruits to God and to the Lamb." — Revelation 14:1-5, NW.

13 These 144,000 antitypical Levites will attain to heavenly life by a resurrection from the dead, not as creatures of blood and flesh, which they sacrificed, but as immortal spirit creatures like their great High Priest. (1 Corinthians 15:44-54) They serve in a priestly way with Jesus Christ in behalf of mankind. So they are the first ones to benefit directly from Jesus' sin offering, in order to be in a position to serve God in behalf of the rest of mankind. The rest of repentant, obedient mankind benefit afterward from the sin offering of Jehovah's great High Priest. This is shown in the order of events on the ancient typical day of atonement.

14 A full description of Israel's day of atonement may be read in the sixteenth chapter of the book of Leviticus. The daylight hours of the day of atonement that were occupied by the offering up

13. How will the 144,000 antitypical Levites serve, and when do they receive the benefit from Jesus' sacrifice, and why then?
14. What was the antitypical day of atonement, and from when to when do the benefits of it continue to be applied? To last how long?

of the sin offering pictured the period of time from when Jesus presented himself as a human sacrifice and was anointed with holy spirit as Jehovah's High Priest, namely, autumn, A.D. 29, till he died as a martyr and was buried and was raised from the dead and ascended into the heavens into the presence of God to present to him the value of his human sacrifice, A.D. 33, spring. The applying of the benefits of his sin offering extends from then until the end of his reign over mankind for a thousand years after the battle of Armageddon. In the ancient type the benefits of the sin offering of the day of atonement lasted only for a year, until the following day of atonement. Christ's sin offering benefits forever.

15 On the typical atonement day Aaron the high priest foreshadowed Jesus Christ, the great High Priest who was sworn into office by Jehovah God himself. (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:4-10; 7:15-28) Aaron was anointed with holy anointing oil to be high priest. Jesus as his antitype was begotten by God's spirit immediately after his baptism in the Jordan River to be a spiritual Son of God and then he was anointed with the holy spirit by his heavenly Father and God, to be a priest forever like Melchizedek of old. To make atonement for all Israel, Aaron sacrificed two animals, the bull of the sin offering and the goat of the sin offering. Although two animal sacrifices, they typified the one human sacrifice of Jesus Christ but viewed from two different standpoints. In proof of this Hebrews 9:11-14 (NW) states: "When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come to pass through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this crea-

15. On atonement day whom did the anointed high priest Aaron foreshadow, and what did the sin-offering bull and the sin-offering goat typify?

tion, he entered, no, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but with his own blood, once for all time into the holy place and obtained an everlasting release for us. For if the blood of goats and of bulls . . . sanctifies to the extent of cleanness of the flesh, how much more will the blood of the Christ, who through an everlasting spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works that we may render sacred service to the living God?"

16 The sacred tabernacle or tent was divided into two compartments, and in the second or rear compartment there was placed the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This chest contained the law of the covenant that God made through the prophet Moses with the nation of Israel. As a cover for the Ark there was a solid gold lid, on top of which were two golden cherubs facing toward each other with their outstretched wings. "In a cloud I shall appear over the cover," said Jehovah God to Moses. That cloud represented the invisible presence of Jehovah God in that innermost room, so that the innermost room or Most Holy symbolized heaven itself, God's dwelling place. "For Christ entered, not into a holy place made with hands which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, now to appear before the person of God for us." (Leviticus 16:2 and Hebrews 9:24, NW) On the atonement day the blood of the two animals sacrificed as a sin offering was taken into the innermost room or Most Holy and sprinkled toward and before the cherub-mounted lid or cover. Likewise Jesus Christ the antitypical High Priest presented the value of his sacrifice to God when he ascended to heaven forty days after his resurrection from the dead.

16. What did the Most Holy of the tabernacle typify, and what was presented there as foreshadowed on Israel's atonement day?

17 The typical high priest Aaron, being a sinful descendant from Adam, could not offer himself in sacrifice for anybody but had to include himself under the benefit of the animal that he sacrificed as a sin offering. "Aaron must present the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and he must make an atonement in behalf of himself and his house.... and he must slaughter the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself." (Leviticus 16:6, 11, NW) Aaron's house, for which he made atonement, meant not only his own household but also the entire tribe of Levi to which his household belonged. Since Aaron typified Jesus Christ and the entire tribe of Levi typified the 144,000 priestly ones under the High Priest Jesus Christ, the bull of the sin offering pictured Jesus' human sacrifice in its sin-atoning benefits for these 144,000 Christian fellow sacrificers. These have no part in the sin offering; that is, they have no part in providing the ransom sacrifice.

18 Before Aaron entered into the Most Holy with the bull's blood he took a gold fire holder in and put special incense upon the fire before the cloud of Jehovah's presence, that the smoke of the incense might "overspread the Ark cover, which is upon the Testimony, that he may not die." (Leviticus 16:12, 13, NW) This unusual fragrant incense paved the way for Aaron to bring in safely the bull's blood. It pictured Jesus' faithful course here on earth, coupled with the fire of his zeal and sustained by sincere prayers of praise and petition to God. (On this, note Hebrews 5:7, 8; Luke 1:9,10; Psalm 141:2 and Revelation 8:3, 4.) Jesus kept his faithfulness and integrity toward his universal

17. For whom did Aaron make an atonement with the sin-offering bull, and so what specially did that bull picture?
18. Before taking the bull's blood into the Most Holy what did Aaron burn there, and why? And what did this typify?


Sovereign amid the trials in this world and all the while praised Jehovah God and prayed his help. This was as a most pleasing, divinely prescribed incense to God. It proved Jesus Christ worthy of being saved out of death by a resurrection that he might ascend into God's presence and offer the value of the human sacrifice, which he had kept unspoiled.

19 Why was the bull offered for Aaron's house and its blood sprinkled before the Ark cover in the Most Holy first? This was to typify that the value of Jesus' human blood is used or applied first for the sake of the 144,000 faithful believers and followers, that they may be cleansed from their sins due to Adam and be justified by God and thus be able to be accepted by God in sacrifice of everything earthly. This paves the way for God to give them life as his spiritual sons and make them underpriests under his great High Priest Jesus. This benefit has been going to them since the day of Pentecost, A.D. 33. It will continue toward them, even after Armageddon, until they lay down their earthly lives and are resurrected to life in the heavens with Christ.

20 After sprinkling the bull's blood in the Most Holy, Aaron came out and gave his attention to the goat for Jehovah. Before the sacrificing began, this goat for Jehovah had been selected from two goats that were presented before Jehovah. Both goats were exactly alike in their sound, unblemished condition, but the goat for Jehovah was selected by drawing lots. The other goat became the goat for A-za'zel, that is, for the one "powerful against God," Satan the Devil, the original Serpent, who was to bruise the Seed of God's woman

19. To typify what fact was the bull sacrificed and its blood sprinkled first, and how long will this benefit go to the beneficiaries?
20 After the bull, to what animal did Aaron give attention, and for whom was it used?

at the heel. For whom was the goat of the sin offering to be used? For all the rest of the people of Israel, the twelve tribes who had furnished the two goats. "Next he must slaughter the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, and he must bring its blood inside the curtain and do with its blood the same as he did with the bull's blood, and he must spatter it toward the cover and before the cover." — Leviticus 16:15, NW.

21 The goat of the sin offering therefore pictured the one sacrifice of Jesus but from the standpoint of benefiting all those of mankind who gain eternal life on the paradise earth in God's new world. It is this sacrifice of the antitypical goat of the sin offering that lays the basis for an unnumbered crowd of this present generation to survive Armageddon and live on endlessly in the new world without ever dying and going into the grave and needing a resurrection. The fact that the blood of Jehovah's goat was sprinkled last shows that the benefits of Jesus' sacrifice are extended to believing, obedient mankind after the 144,000 typified by Aaron's house have profited from the value of Jesus' sacrifice, the antitypical bull. An innumerable crowd of believing earthlings are already beginning to enjoy benefits from Jesus' blood now before Armageddon, but his blood will be applied in heaven in behalf of the twelve tribes of antitypical Israel immediately after that "war of the great day of God the Almighty." The benefits will continue to be poured out upon these antitypical twelve tribes, dead as well as living, during Christ's millennial reign.

22 Aaron having made the prescribed use of the

21. What did the sin-offering goat typify specially, and who are already beginning to enjoy benefits from it? Upon all whom will its benefits be poured out, and when?
22. After disposing of the blood, to which animal did Aaron next turn his attention, and what did the treatment of it typify?

blood of the bull and the goat, he now turned his attention to the other goat, still alive, the goat for A-za'zel. "And Aaron must lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in all their sins and he must put them upon the head of the goat and send it away by the hand of a ready man into the wilderness. And the goat must carry upon itself all their iniquities into a desert land, and he must send the goat away into the wilderness." (Leviticus 16:20-22, NW) This live goat for A-za'zel also pictured Jesus Christ, but from the viewpoint of his being the one bearing away the sins of those for whom he died sacrificially, under great test at the hands of Satan the Devil, the real A-za'zel. The man that led the live goat away symbolized God's holy spirit under the power of which Jesus moved and acted upon earth. Remember how Jesus, "full of holy spirit, turned away from the Jordan, and he was led about by the spirit in the wilderness for forty days, while being tempted by the Devil." (Luke 4:1, 2, NW) The sins he bears away forever, contrary to the wishes of A-za'zel, are the sins mankind have inherited from the sinner Adam which they repentantly confess before God with faith in Jesus Christ the High Priest.

23 Thus the live goat for A-za'zel was disposed of, but what was done with the carcasses of the bull and the goat of the sin offering? The divine instruction was: "He will make the fat of the sin offering smoke upon the altar." (Leviticus 16:25, NW) Jehovah always claimed the fat of a sacrifice and the Israelites were not permitted to eat it. Jehovah likewise claimed the strength, zeal and devotion of his self-sacrificing, sin-atoning Son, and Jesus rendered these up to God as a

23. What was done with the fat of the bull and goat of the sin offering, to typify what?

sweet savor to him. — Leviticus 4:31; 3:16; Deuteronomy 6:5.

24 The remainder of the carcasses of the bull and the goat of the sin offering was now taken away from the court of the tabernacle and brought

24. What was done with the remainder of the carcasses of the bull and goat of the sin offering, to typify what?

outside the camp of the Israelites. "And they must burn their skins and their flesh and their dung in the fire." (Leviticus 16:27, NW) In the antitype Jesus Christ did not take his flesh and bones, his human body, into the Most Holy or "heaven itself," but he suffered fiery persecution in the flesh until he laid down his humanity in its perfection. He took the value of his human life, pictured by the blood, into heaven to present to God for believers on earth. (1 Corinthians 15:50) Due to the enmity of the original Serpent, who was to bruise him in the heel, he was considered as an outcast, rejected by those pretending to be God's people, and he was put to a violent death in public disgrace, as a vile stench in the nostrils of self-righteous religious society. He was persecuted, misrepresented and reproached, and he was condemned to death as a blasphemer and lawbreaker by his false accusers and was executed outside the gates of the holy city of Jerusalem.

25 Jesus' faithful followers are called upon to bear the same reproaches that he did. In this light of this typical picture it is written to his faithful followers: "The bodies of those animals whose blood is taken into the holy place by the high priest for sin are burned up outside the camp. Hence Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us, then, go forth to him outside the camp, bearing the reproach he bore, for we do not have here a city that continues, but we are earnestly seeking the one to come. Through him let us always offer to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips which make public decla-

25. Outside where are Jesus' faithful followers called upon to bear his reproach, and how did the city outside the gates of which he suffered prove to be no continuing one?

ration to his name." (Hebrews 13:11-15, NW) The city of Jerusalem outside the gate of which Jesus was hanged upon a torture stake till dead in a national rejection of him did not prove to be a "city that continues." Thirty-seven years later, or A.D. 70, it was destroyed at the hands of pagans in the greatest time of trouble that ever befell a city, 1,100,000 Jews dying within it inside a few months and 97,000 being led away captive into all nations.

26 The "city" to come, which the 144,000 priestly followers of Jesus Christ have been seeking, is the heavenly Jerusalem, the kingdom of God under his great King Priest, Jesus Christ. (Revelation 21:2, 9-27) It will be the Government of the new world, and through it the cleansing, ransoming, reconciling benefits of Jesus' atonement sacrifice will flow to the antitypical twelve tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28, NW) Hundreds of thousands of these are already having a foretaste of these blessings now in their association with the remnant or still remaining ones of the antitypical tribe of Levi, the antitypical house of Aaron, who are bearing Christ's reproach and yet offering to God a sacrifice of praise, using their lips in making public declaration of His name. Those increasing hundreds of thousands know that only the people who now accept the sin offering of Jehovah's great High Priest, Jesus Christ, may hope to live through the greatest trouble ever to be recorded in human history. For his sin offering is the only basis for anyone's surviving the destruction during that time and living on into the new world. There in that new world the value of Christ's sin offering will be applied in mankind's behalf.

26. What is the "city" to come that Jesus' priestly followers are seeking, and for what attitude toward the sin offering may any hope to live through Armageddon? Why?

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