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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World


Shortening the Days for the Chosen Ones' Sake

THE Foundation Cornerstone of God's spiritual temple is his High Priest, the King Jesus Christ. Because he was not born in the tribe of Levi and in the priestly family of Aaron, and because he offered his own perfect humanity as a better sacrifice than bulls, sheep and goats, the nation of Israel did not accept him as the only priest of God who could make real atonement for their sins and save them from death, the penalty for sin. Their very rejection and killing of him worked for his being sacrificed in support of Jehovah God's universal sovereignty and for the ransoming of believing, obedient men from sin and death. But because of Jesus' faithfulness, God did the opposite of what the nation of Israel did. He chose him, by his own oath swearing his Son into office as a royal Priest like Melchizedek. He made him a "living stone," the chief and all-necessary "living stone" in the spiritual temple of God's true worship. So he is Jehovah's precious Chosen One, Jehovah's Elect One. His true followers must come to him as such in order to become part of the true temple of worship: "Coming to him as to a living stone, rejected, it is true, by men, but chosen, precious, with God, you yourselves also as living stones are

1. As to the temple, how did the Jews' action and Jehovah's action toward Jesus differ, and how are his followers today thus like him?

being built up a spiritual house for the purpose of a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:4, 5, NW) Jesus' true followers are like him in being rejected by the religious systems of Christendom and of the world but in being chosen by Jehovah God for his temple class. They are his chosen ones or elect ones.

2 The grand day approaches when all the 144,000 chosen "living stones" will be built up in heaven into a glorious temple upon the Foundation Cornerstone Jesus Christ. Today, after God has spent nineteen centuries in selecting and preparing these living temple stones for his "spiritual house," only a remnant of them is still alive in the flesh on the earth. These are the ones that have survived till the presence of the Lord Jesus at the temple as the Angel or Messenger of the covenant. Those who were asleep in death at his coming to the temple were raised in a spiritual, hence invisible, resurrection, to be united with him there at the temple.

3 In support of this the apostle Paul wrote for the information of the remnant today: "For this is what we tell you by Jehovah's word, that we the living who survive to the presence of the Lord shall in no way precede those who have fallen asleep in death, because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel's voice and with God's trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first. Afterward we the living who are surviving will together with them be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with the Lord." (1 Thessa-

2. How is it that today there is only a remnant of the temple's "living stones" alive on the earth?
3. However, how are the remnant in union with the Lord Jesus at the temple, and why is this vitally necessary for them?

lonians 4:15-17, NW) Now discerning in the light of the revealed Scriptures and of the fulfilled prophecies that the Lord Jesus is present at the temple of A-do-nay' Jehovah, the faithful remnant are, although still in a tabernacle of flesh, yet in union with him at the temple. They have been caught away from this world's system of things and been united with him in the worship and service of Jehovah God.* This is vitally necessary to their being spared during Armageddon and surviving that war, when the stones of Christendom's temples will go crashing down in ruin.

4 After Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem's temple and his disciples asked him privately when such an astounding thing would occur, he uttered his inspired prophecy on the end of the present system of things. Christendom's temple or system of religion was typified by Jerusalem's temple, and so by prophesying about Jerusalem's temple Jesus associated the destruction of Christendom's religious organization and the end of this entire system of things together. We are now in the "time of the end" of Christendom and all the rest of this system of things. (Daniel 11:40; 12:4) It began in 1914 when the "appointed times of the nations" ended and the kingdom of God was set up in the heavens to dash all these nations to pieces at Armageddon and to usher in a new world or system of things. The correct timing of the start of the "time of the end" was proved by the raging of World War I in 1914, followed by all kinds of distress worldwide. This proved the infallible truth of Jesus' prophecy concerning this time: "Nation will rise

* See the book "This Means Everlasting Life", pages 232-235.
4. How, in his prophecy, did Jesus associate the destruction of Christendom's religious organization with the world's end, and why are we now in its "time of the end"?

against nation and kingdom against kingdom, there will be earthquakes in one place after another, there will be food shortages. These are a beginning of pangs of distress." — Mark 13:8, NW.

5 It was during this "beginning of pangs of distress" that the nations, particularly those of Christendom, brought great trouble upon the remnant of the temple class in an attempt to destroy the "spiritual house" of God. Because of such an attempt Christendom made her own coming destruction all the more deserved, as it is written: "Do you not know that you people are God's temple and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you people are." — 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17, NW; Ezra 6:11, 12.

6 During the first world war of 1914-1918 the remnant of Jehovah's temple class came under a serious measure of God's disfavor. Jesus had predicted that his followers would then come under great persecution among all nations and there would even be difficulties and divisions within the organization of his own followers; and he added: "You will be objects of hatred by all people on account of my name. But he that has endured to the finish is the one that will be saved." (Mark 13:9-13, NW) The remnant, because of having themselves recently come out of Christendom's religious confusion, were still soiled religiously in a number of important respects. This fact resulted in the trials' proving to be quite hard upon them in those crucial years, and their spiritual weaknesses were shown up. Their course in this world

5. During the "beginning of pangs of distress," how did Christendom make her own destruction all the more deserved?
6. How did the remnant come under a serious measure of God's disfavor, and how might no flesh have survived Armageddon?

was not altogether true and in strict conformity to God's requirements. They were not carrying put an absolute neutrality toward this world and its conflicts and were not fully 'obeying God as ruler rather than men.' The fear of men both within their organization and without led them into a snare that threatened the loss of God's favor and his bringing destruction upon them together with all other flesh on earth in the great tribulation. (Proverbs 29:25) Had they been destroyed during this time of fear-inspired captivity to the world at war, there would have been no flesh to survive the battle of Armageddon.

7 The dangerousness of the situation was foretold by Jesus in these words: "Those days will be days of a tribulation such as has not occurred from the beginning of the creation which God created until that time and will not occur again. In fact, unless Jehovah had cut short the days, no flesh would be saved. But on account of the chosen ones that he has chosen he has cut short the days." — Mark 13:19, 20, NW.

8 Especially from the year 1925 on it has been appreciated how Jehovah God cut short the days of tribulation for the sake of his elect or chosen ones yet on earth.* The cutting short of those days is now taking place by causing a break in the tribulation between its commencement in heaven and its finish at earth in Armageddon. In 1914 Jehovah God, for the sake of vindicating his universal sovereignty, enthroned his King-Priest Jesus Christ at the close of the "appointed times of the nations" that year. He commanded

* See the article "For the Elect's Sake" in The Watch Tower of May 1, 1925.
7. In what words was the dangerousness of the situation foretold by Jesus?
8. (a) How have the days of tribulation been cut short for the sake of the chosen ones? (b) In 1914, after the enthronement of the King, what did the time come for?

him to rule in the midst of his enemies until Jehovah by him made all his enemies his footstool. (Psalm 110:1, 2, AS) That meant war, such a war as was implied in Jehovah's warning to Satan the Devil in the garden of Eden: "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 3:15, NW) In 1914 the time came for open hostilities between the enthroned King and the original Serpent, Satan the Devil, and all his seed in heaven and earth. What the Revelation foretold to take place on earth from that year forward has visibly taken place, and we may be absolutely sure that what The Revelation told to take place in the heavens at the same time has taken place, although invisibly to our eyes. The enthroned Jesus Christ is the "Angel [or, Messenger] of the covenant" and in heaven, both before his human birth and since his ascension to heaven, his name has been "Michael the archangel." He is the "great prince" who stands for the children of Jehovah's people and at whose standing up in power there comes a "time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time." (Jude 9; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21, 22) Reporting Michael's fight, The Revelation says:

9 "She [that is, God's womanly organization in heaven] gave birth to a son, a male, who is destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. And her child was caught away to God and to his throne. . . . And war broke put in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. So down the great dragon

9. In what descriptive words does The Revelation report Michael's fight and the outcome?

was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven say: 'Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down, who accuses them day and night before our God! And they conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing, and they did not love their souls even despite the danger of death. On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.' Now when the dragon saw it was hurled down to the earth, it persecuted the woman that gave birth to the male child. . . . And the dragon grew wrathful at the woman, and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her seed, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus." — Revelation 12:5-17, NW.

10 That war in the invisible heavens meant great tribulation for Satan the Devil and his entire organization, heavenly and earthly, for it meant an unequaled defeat. For the first time in his thousands of years of existence Satan the Devil, together with his demon angels, had been excluded from the heavens, and that for all time to come. Even at the time when his visible organization on earth was destroyed by the global flood of Noah's day Satan the Devil had not been excluded from heaven, for he was reported as still

10. How did that war in heaven result in an unequaled defeat for Satan and his demons, and what effect has this had upon him?

having access to heaven in the days of patient Job centuries after the Flood. (Job 1:6 to 2:7) Now following the war in heaven that began at the King's enthronement in 1914 Satan the Devil has for the first time been hurled out of heaven, with no place any more up there for him and his demon angels. That humiliating defeat served notice upon him that it will not be long now before he is bruised in the head by the enthroned Seed of God's woman. The One whose heel he once bruised at Calvary outside Jerusalem now has him under his heel at this earth, of which Jehovah God says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool." (Isaiah 66:1, A8; Acts 7:48, 49, NW) Not strange, then, that he should be violently wrathful, determined to bring woe to the earth and sea and going off to "wage war with the remaining ones of [the woman's] seed, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus." Quite in agreement with this, too, was it that the worldly nations of whom Satan the Devil is ruler and god should be at one another's throats in the first global war for the domination of the earth.

11 Jesus called the first world war, together with the earthquakes, food shortages and pestilences, all of which ran at the same time as the war in heaven, "the beginning of pangs of distress" for the present system of things. That indicated that the war in heaven and World War I and accompanying sorrows on earth were not all there was to be to the tribulation or trouble upon Satan's organization. There was more to follow at Armageddon, ending up with none of the wicked organization left alive on earth. But Jehovah God through his enthroned King did not follow up the hurling of Satan out of heaven by fighting the

11. On whose account did Jehovah God "cut short" the days of tribulation, and how?

battle of Armageddon immediately. He "cut short" the days of tribulation upon Satan's organization by causing a break in the hostilities, not by any agreed-upon armistice or "cease fire" with Satan the Devil, but for his own purposes in fulfillment of the prophecies. It was "on account of the chosen ones that he has chosen," that is, the remnant of his woman's seed who observe his commandments and have the work of witnessing to Jesus the enthroned King. So, at the hurling of Satan and his demon angels down to the earth the victorious, princely Archangel Michael did not at once seize Satan and his demons and bind them with a great chain for a thousand years and hurl them into the abyss, there shutting them up under a seal, to mislead the nations no more for a thousand years. To have gone that far with the invisible part of Satan's organization would have meant also the dashing of all the nations of earth to pieces and consequently 'no flesh would have been saved.'  — Revelation 20:1-3, NW.

12 To the contrary of this it was Jehovah's purpose to have survivors on earth of the battle of Armageddon, primarily the remnant of the seed of his "woman." Hence he cut short the days of tribulation by a halting of battle action on His part and he left Satan the Devil and his demon angels and the nations remain at his footstool, the earth, but only for a "short period of time" longer. Of course, this allowed time for Satan to send out his demons and gather the rulers and their armies to the field of Armageddon at the close of the "time of the end"; but at the same time it allowed Jehovah to have mercy upon his remnant yet in the flesh.

12. Whom, specially, did Jehovah want to survive Armageddon, and so what did his allowing Satan to remain a short time longer permit him to do toward them?

13 At the beginning of the year 1919 the remnant of the seed of God's woman, the remnant of living temple "stones," did need divine mercy. Because of yielding to the enemy pressure during the "beginning of pangs of distress" they had earned his displeasure and he had let them become captive to the enemy organization and be restrained from their free and open public witness work concerning God's kingdom by his enthroned King-Priest Jesus Christ. Leaders in the witness work were even then in a literal prison in the United States of America; and a reduced staff of workers had removed from the headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, to small quarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, continuing to publish the magazine The Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence. Their connections with others of the remnant of witnesses throughout the earth had been badly broken up by World War I. Much of their literature was banned by warring governments. They were in a condition like that foretold in The Revelation, witnessing in a depressed condition, as though "dressed in sackcloth," during the course of World War I.

14 "And when they have finished their witnessing [thus in sackcloth], the wild beast [Satan's visible organization of nations] that ascends out of the abyss [the sea] will make war with them and conquer them and kill them. And their corpses will be on the broad way of the great city which is in a spiritual sense called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also impaled. And some persons of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their corpses for three and a half days, and they do not let their corpses be laid in a tomb. And those dwelling on the earth rejoice

13. Why did the remnant need divine mercy at the beginning of 1919?
14. When they finished their witnessing thus "in sackcloth," what took place as described by The Revelation?

over them and enjoy themselves, and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those dwelling on the earth." (Revelation 11:7-10; 13:1; Romans 10:7, NW; Deuteronomy 30:13) The witnesses to Christ's presence in his heavenly kingdom were thus shown to be hated internationally, and once their haters had them killed (as they thought), they did not want them remembered or resurrected from the death state, as pictured by refusing to "let their corpses be laid in a tomb."

15 Although Jehovah God was displeased with his faltering remnant on earth, he was not pleased either with the nations who, unitedly like Satan's beast, had risen up and killed their witness work in 1918. A-do-nay' Jehovah with His Messenger of the covenant had come to his temple in the spring of 1918, after which the faithful Christians whose preparation as temple stones had ended with their death were resurrected unseen to human eyes, because it was a spiritual resurrection, in a "spiritual body," to put them in their places in the heavenly temple. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44) In this way the judgment had started at the house of God with a favorable judgment rendered to the faithful ones of the temple class who had finished their earthly preparation. As it had been written: "It is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God. Now if it starts first with us, what will the complete end be of those who are not obedient to the good news of God? 'And if the righteous man is being saved with difficulty, where will the ungodly man and the sinner make a showing?' " (1 Peter 4:17, 18, NW) However, with a remnant of the temple stones still on earth in the

15. How did the judgment at the temple start out with a favorable judgment, and for the heavenly temple to be completed what was necessary respecting the remnant on earth?

flesh, and that in a displeasing condition, the heavenly temple was still incomplete. It was necessary for the remnant to be brought to a finished state as temple stones, even if it meant their "being saved with difficulty," because of their then disapproved condition. This situation called for God's mercy, and he did exercise it because the remnant turned in repentance and called upon him. — Psalm 102:13-20.

16 The beginning of 1919 found the remnant of anointed witnesses of Jehovah God lying like dead corpses "on the broad way of the great city which is in a spiritual sense called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also impaled." More than thirty-four centuries previously Jehovah had delivered his Israelite people from captivity and abject slavery in ancient Egypt at passover season, and the passover lamb that they then killed and feasted upon before marching out free from Egypt typified the Lord Jesus Christ at his death on the tree outside Jerusalem. (Exodus, chapters twelve and thirteen; 1 Corinthians 5:7) Now, in 1919, Jehovah carried forward a greater deliverance of his faithful Christian witnesses, his spiritual Israelites. His Messenger of the covenant with Him at the temple served as a Greater Moses to lead them out. (Acts 3:20-26) From the temple Jehovah God had exercised his stupendous power by his Messenger Jesus Christ to raise the faithful temple members asleep in death to heavenly life with the Foundation Cornerstone of the temple. Now from his temple he would exercise his reviving power to restore his witnesses lying inactive in the broad street of spiritual Egypt to free and fearless action in his witness work among all nations. Beginning his judgment at the house of God, he rendered a

16. How did the beginning of 1919 find the remnant, and how did God render a merciful judgment to them?

merciful judgment to his repentant remnant of temple stones on earth. He energized them to lively activities in temple work, beginning with the spring of 1919. The Revelation says:

17 "After the three and a half days [of lying like dead in the broad street of spiritual Egypt] spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon those beholding them. And they heard a loud voice out of heaven say to them: 'Come on up here.' And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them. And in that hour a great earthquake occurred, and a tenth of the city fell, and seven thousand persons were killed by the earthquake, and the rest became terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven." — Revelation 11:11-13, NW.

18 To the consternation of their international enemies Jehovah's remnant of anointed witnesses came to life in his service in 1919 solely by the deliverance of Jehovah God through his Greater Moses and by the power of his spirit or active force. They began freeing themselves from the binding restraints of the fear of men and they reorganized world-wide for the mighty witness work that they now learned lay ahead of them. In September of that year they held their first postwar general assembly at Cedar Point, Ohio, U.S.A. There the then president of the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society addressed the convention on the significant subjects, "Blessed Are the Fearless" and "Announcing the Kingdom," and then a public audience of about 7,000 on "Hope for Distressed Humanity." To the continued publication of the magazine The Watch Tower there was to be added from that year on a new magazine

17. What followed, according to The Revelation?
18. How, in 1919, did the remnant come to life for Jehovah's future service?

entitled "The Golden Age," now known as "Awake!"

19 The revived remnant gratefully responded to the commanding call from heaven, "Come on up here," and they entered into the witness work in union with Jehovah's Messenger at the heavenly temple. This elevating of them from the dust of inactivity to a part in Jehovah's lofty service distinct from this world (antitypical Egypt) was like having them ascend to heaven in the sight of their frightened enemies. The cloud of Jehovah's presence at his temple and of his favor and protection accompanied them. This corresponded with the apostle's prophecy concerning this remnant: "Those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first. Afterward we the living who are surviving will together with them be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17, NW) This reviving and exalting of the remnant of anointed witnesses stirred spiritual Egypt and shook her like a devastating earthquake, from which she has not recovered to this day. Unwillingly she had to acknowledge the power of Jehovah God in behalf of his witnesses.

20 This has occurred during the "short period of time" by which Jehovah God has interrupted the days of tribulation upon Satan's organization. Armageddon, the "war of the great day of God the Almighty," lies yet ahead and will climax those days of tribulation, bringing destruction upon spiritual Egypt and abyssing its false god, Satan the Devil, and all his demon angels. Indeed, Jehovah God has cut short the days of tribulation

19. How did the remnant respond to the call from heaven, "Come on up here," and go up in the cloud, and with what effect upon spiritual Egypt?
20. During what period of time has this occurred, and with what yet ahead?

"on account of the chosen ones that he has chosen." Otherwise they would have been destroyed with spiritual Egypt and "no flesh would be saved."

21 For this life-giving mercy to them the remnant joyfully thanked God in fulfillment of the prophecy: "And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria; like as there was for Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. And in that day thou shalt say, I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah; for though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid: for Jehovah, even Jehovah, is my strength and song; and he is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." (Isaiah 11:16; 12:1-3, AS) Wrathfully the Dragon, Satan the Devil, has gone forth to make war with this remnant of the Seed of God's woman, but by their continuing faithfully in the witness work until the finish in obedience to God's commandments the remnant will be saved, finally being made part of the heavenly temple.

22 However, this spiritual remnant of living temple stones will not be the only ones on earth to be spared and carried alive through the oncoming battle of Armageddon. Jehovah's cutting short the days for the sake of the survival of his chosen or elect ones results mercifully in the preserving alive through that battle of an earthly class of people who are not "living stones" of God's "spiritual house." This earthly class of people who are

21. In fulfillment of what prophecy have the remnant thanked God for this life-giving mercy, and how will they finally be saved?
22. Will Jehovah's cutting short the days for the survival of his chosen ones result mercifully to others, and to what ancient typical rescue do we look for an answer?

not spiritual Israelites but who will survive Armageddon into the new world were typified amid the things that happened to the natural Israelites when Jehovah by his Angel and the prophet Moses rescued his people from captivity and slavery in Egypt in 1513 B.C.

23 There were many non-Israelites in Egypt that sided with the Israelites because they worshiped the true God and had his promises. Indicative of this, Jehovah made these regulations concerning the celebration of the passover for the sake of having their first-born children and animals spared alive during the tenth and last plague upon Egypt: "This is the statute of the passover: No foreigner may eat of it. But where there is any slave man bought with money [thus becoming your property] , you must circumcise him. Then first he may eat of it. And in case a temporary resident should reside for a while with you and he must celebrate the passover to Jehovah, let there be a circumcising of every male of his. First then he may come near to celebrate it, and he must become like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised man may eat of it. One law is to exist for the native and for the temporary resident who is residing for a while in your midst" (Exodus 12:43, 44, 48, 49, NW) Becoming circumcised, these bought slaves and temporary residents became proselytes to the faith of the natural Israelites and thus subjected themselves to those laws that were to apply equally to them and to the natural or native Israelites.

24 Doubtless the Israelites during their long stay

23. How did God's law concerning the passover indicate there were many in Egypt that sided with the Israelites, and what did those complying with that law become?
24. (a) What did those who threw in their lot with the Israelites form, and what did they do when the Israelites marched out of Egypt? (b) Where are they last reported as being, and what does this show?

in Egypt had made many marriages with the Egyptians. There were also Egyptians themselves or other foreigners who chose to throw in their lot with the Israelites, especially in the light of the ten marvelous plagues that Jehovah brought upon the oppressive nation of Egypt, to demonstrate that he was the only true God and that the many gods of the Egyptians were false. (Leviticus 24:10) Such persons formed what was called a "mixed company," not purely Israelite. When Pharaoh the king of Egypt lost his first-born son in the tenth plague and finally yielded to Jehovah's demand that Pharaoh let the Israelites leave the country, this mixed company joined the Israelites in their march to freedom. The Record says: "The sons of Israel proceeded to depart from Rameses for Succoth, to the number of six hundred thousand able-bodied men on foot, besides little ones. And a vast mixed company also went up with them, as well as flocks and herds, a very numerous stock of animals." (Exodus 12:37, 38, NW) Did this mixed company go with them only as far as Succoth in Egypt? No; for more than a year later the mixed company were reported as being with the Israelites in the wilderness of the Arabian peninsula. Not favorably the Record says: "And the mixed crowd that was in the midst of them expressed selfish longing, and the sons of Israel too began to weep again and say: 'Who will give us meat to eat? How we remember the fish that we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers and the watermelons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic!'" (Numbers 11:4, 5, NW) Their presence in the wilderness means that they had completely left the land of Egypt, for the Red Sea separated Egypt from the Arabian peninsula.

25 This fact also means that the mixed company

25. What did they therefore experience at the Red Sea, to make their escape from Egypt complete?

of non-Israelites had followed Moses and the Israelites as on dry land through the Red Sea, in striking contrast with the pursuing Egyptians upon whom the parted waters of the Red Sea closed in, destroying all those charioteers and horsemen and their horses. As the Israelites themselves marched through the sea, with the piled-up waters on their right hand and their left and with the cloud of God's presence overhead protecting them, they received a baptism, a symbolic baptism into Moses the prophet of Jehovah and their visible leader. Making this explanation, the apostle Paul writes: "Now I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea and all got baptized into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea." (1 Corinthians 10:1, 2, NW) It was only by continuing to follow the Israelites and being baptized with them into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea that the mixed company were saved from death in the Red Sea and made their escape from demon-controlled Egypt complete.


26 Miraculously Jehovah destroyed the Egyptians' pursuit armies in the Red Sea after Moses, safe on the Arabian shore, stretched his hand out over the sea. That pictured God Almighty's war against his enemies, the antitypical Egyptians, to their complete annihilation at Armageddon. As Moses then described him in a victory song: "Jehovah is a manly person of war. Jehovah is his name. Pharaoh's chariots and his military forces he has cast into the sea, and the choice of his warriors have been sunk in the Red sea. . . . Your right hand, O Jehovah, is proving itself powerful in ability, your right hand, O Jehovah, can shatter an enemy. And in the abundance of your superiority you can throw down those who rise up against you; . . . Jehovah will rule as king forever and ever." (Exodus 15:3-18, NW) Moses there pictured Jehovah's Greater Prophet, the glorified Lord Jesus Christ, who leads all of Jehovah's witnesses safely through the battle of Armageddon without their fighting in it, to complete freedom in God's righteous new world.

27 The mixed multitude's being saved along with the Israelites foreshadowed that not only will a remnant of the spiritual Israelites be preserved through Armageddon, but also a great crowd of persons who are not spiritual Israelites, who are not of the 144,000 members of the temple class of "living stones." To be spared and to pass through the Red Sea of Armageddon, this antitypical mixed company must imitate and keep with the remnant of spiritual Israelites and be baptized into the antitypical Moses, the Greater Moses, to follow him as Jehovah's Mouthpiece and Leader for us.

26. Jehovah's destroying the Egyptian armies in the Red Sea pictured what, and whom did Moses there picture?
27. What was foreshadowed by the mixed multitude's being saved along with the Israelites, and so what must the antitypical mixed company do?

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