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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World


Separating the Peoples for Life or Destruction

SURVIVING the universal war of Armageddon into God's new world will not be our experience without our intelligently choosing between life and destruction. To choose understandingly one must know first which path of conduct leads to life and which path to destruction. Today there are only the two outlooks. This is not the case because now the means of warfare have become so deadly that mankind must either keep the peace, never letting a "cold war" between nations get hot, or else fight and bring on the ruin of civilization. No; but it is the case because Jehovah's theocratic government by Jesus Christ has been established in the heavens and it must rule the universe. The vital choice that determines life or destruction is not between democracy and communism; choosing either one still leaves us a part of this world. The choice is between God's kingdom by Christ and Satan's world, of which both communism and democracy are a part. Jehovah God's universal sovereignty is the chief question in dispute before heaven and earth, and his kingdom by Christ is what will prove God the rightful universal sovereign; his kingdom by Christ will vindicate his universal sovereignty. It is therefore over the

1. To choose understandingly between life and destruction now what must one know, and over what question are all peoples being separated to the right or to the left?

question of God's kingdom that all peoples today are being separated, to the right or to the left. It is a separation of them for life or for destruction, for the choice of God's kingdom results in eternal life, the choice of this world in destruction.

2 The separation of all peoples for life or for destruction is now in progress in this "time of the end." Jesus Christ foretold that this would be so in his prophecy on the evidence of his invisible presence or parousia and the consummation of this system of things. He included several parables or illustrations in his prophecy, the last one of which describes this separation of the peoples over the Kingdom issue. In it he said: "When the Son of man arrives in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will put the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left." (Matthew 25:31, 32, NW) This separation of people from one another does not take place in a 24-hour day, nor does it take place during the thousand-year reign of Christ after Armageddon. It takes place during this "time of the end" and specifically after A-do-nay' Jehovah comes to his temple accompanied by his Messenger of the covenant, for it is at the house of God or temple that judgment must begin. It is the judgment of Jehovah's Messenger Jesus Christ at the temple that separates people of the nations to the right or to the left.

3 By the parabolic expression "the Son of man"

2. In what prophecy did Jesus foretell this separating of the people, and how, and when specifically does the separating take place?
3. In Jesus' parable the sitting of the Son of man upon his glorious throne pictures the fulfillment of what prophecy of Daniel, and who are the "saints" to whom the kingdom is given?

Jesus Christ meant himself, and when he sits down on his glorious throne it means he has come and is present in his kingdom. Over five centuries before the Christian era Daniel had a prophetic dream of this: "I beheld till thrones were placed, and one that was ancient of days did sit: his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire. I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. And the kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." (Daniel 7:9, 13, 14, 27, AS) The "saints" or sanctified ones are the anointed followers of the Son of man, Jesus Christ, and the 144,000 of them are to reign with him in his heavenly kingdom. It was after he came with A-do-nay' Jehovah to his temple in the spring of 1918 that he began judging and raised his saintly followers, asleep in death, to life in his heavenly kingdom as his royal joint heirs.  — Revelation 11:15-18.

4 The "saints" or sanctified ones are the spiritual brothers of Jesus Christ, for they are all begotten by the spirit of the same heavenly Father to spiritual life in the heavens. Jesus Christ the only-begotten Son of God is Jehovah's Chief Agent

4. Whose spiritual brothers are these saints, and why is he not ashamed to call them brothers? So through what test does he help the remnant to pass?

in their gaining the heavenly salvation. By his own sufferings for righteousness he showed them that they top must suffer innocently to have a part in the vindicating of Jehovah's universal sovereignty. "For it was fitting for the one for whose sake all things are and through whom all things are, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Chief Agent of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he who is sanctifying and those who are being sanctified all stem from one, and for this cause he is not ashamed to call them 'brothers', as he says: 'I will declare your name to my brothers; in the midst of a congregation I will praise you with song.' For in that he himself has suffered when being put to the test, he is able to come to the aid of those who are being put to the test." (Hebrews 2:10-12, 18, NW) The remnant of these 144,000 saints are still alive in the flesh on earth, and they are being aided in passing through the test of their integrity to Jehovah's universal sovereignty by their oldest spiritual brother, Jesus Christ, at the temple. It is only by passing through the test successfully that God can bring them as his spiritual sons to the heavenly glory for which they are now being sanctified. They must conquer the world by their faith.

5 On account of this remnant of those chosen for the Kingdom Jehovah God cut short the days of tribulation on Satan's organization in 1918. (Matthew 24:21, 22) They had proved faulty during the trials of World War I and had been led into Babylonish captivity. In 1919 he set them free that he might put them to the test in the great witness that had to be given to the Kingdom before this "time of the end" closed and complete destruction came upon this world. Taking part in this wit-

5. For what purpose were the remnant of these saints set free in 1919, and how have they met the test that this meant for them?

ness work in all the inhabited earth would bring a severe test to them, for it would mean suffering many disagreeable things, hunger, thirst, nakedness, sickness, homelessness and imprisonment, not to speak of death in many cases. History of the remnant of these spiritual brothers of Christ since 1919 verifies that in preaching the good news of the Kingdom for a witness to all nations they have been tested by such sufferings as to their obedience to Jehovah as his witnesses. But never amid all their sufferings in all nations have they let the glorious Signal of the Kingdom fall. They have kept it upraised over all peoples that lovers of theocratic government might assemble to it.

6 In connection with these things that the remnant of Christ's brothers have been suffering, the peoples of all the nations have themselves been tested to determine whether they should be separated to the right or to the left of the Shepherd King Jesus Christ. Never should anyone think that Jesus does not care what happens to his remnant of spiritual brothers on the earth. He feels with them; he suffers with them; he takes what is done to them as being done to himself. He said to them: "He that receives you receives me also, and he that receives me receives him also that sent me forth." (Matthew 10:40, NW) This is because they are "ambassadors substituting for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20, NW) Jesus Christ the King, attended by all his angels, makes it clear that the separating of the peoples is according to the way they treat his ambassadors, his spiritual brothers. It will be useless, when the separating work is complete and the execution of judgment is due, for anyone to say: "Well, if we had actually seen you with our physical eyes and known it was you, we

6. As shown by the parable, the separating of the people is according to what conduct on their part, and why? And will they be excused for not having to do with Jesus personally?

should have acted differently." The religious Jews of Jesus' day saw him, heard him and touched him, but that did not make them act differently; they killed him because he was Jehovah's Sent One, his Ambassador, and as such faithfully delivered God's message to them. They did not like God's Ambassador because they did not like God's message by him.

7 When the separation of the sheeplike people to the right and the goatlike people to the left is complete and the time for judgment to be executed is due at Armageddon, how does the Judge Jesus Christ emphasize this fact? "Then the king will say to those on his right: 'Come, you who have my Father's blessing, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the world's foundation. For I became hungry and you gave me something to eat, I got thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you received me hospitably; naked, and you clothed me. I fell sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to me." The sheeplike ones who are thus to be ushered into earthly blessings under the Kingdom that God has prepared to rule over them now show that they do not see Jesus Christ on his throne directly with their literal eyes, but that his presence or parousia is invisible and he is only visibly represented by his remnant of brothers, his ambassadors on the earth in this time of the end. "Then the righteous ones will answer him with the words: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty, and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and receive you hospitably, or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to you?' " It was only indirectly, through his rem-

7. At the time of executing judgment how does the Judge Jesus emphasize that fact, and how do the sheep show they do not see the King on his throne literally?

nant of spiritual brothers. "And in reply the king will say to them: 'Truly I say to you, To the extent that you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' " They loved the good news these brothers of his brought them.

8 There are no blessings on earth under God's kingdom for the goatlike people at the King's left to inherit. Their eternal portion is the same as that for Satan the Devil and his demon angels, fiery destruction beyond all rescue. "Then he will say, in turn, to those on his left: 'Be on your way from me, you who have been cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. For I became hungry, but you gave me nothing to eat, and I got thirsty, but you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger, but you did not receive me hospitably; naked, but you did not clothe me; sick and in prison, but you did not look after me." That these goats will include Christendom, which has the boldness to address Jesus as "Lord" although she does not slave for him or copy his example, Jesus now shows, saying: "Then they also will answer with the words: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to you?' " But Christendom will not be able to plead she has done many charitable works and, if she had seen Jesus in such a plight with her literal eyes, she would have included him in her charitable works. "Then he will answer them with the words: 'Truly I say to you, To the extent that you did not do it to one of these least ones, you did not do it to me."

9 Christendom will yet hear these stinging words of condemnation unveiling her hypocrisy spoken

8. What is the eternal portion for the goatlike ones to the left, and how is Christendom shown to be included among the goats?
9. Despite her charitable works, how has Christendom treated the least of the King's brothers, and with what words will he reject her?

to her at Armageddon. She loudly boasts of her charitable works, parades them before the public eye and takes up collections of millions of dollars, aside from the bingo gambling racket, to draw support of such charities from others. But it is a historical fact, undeniably backed up by the records in the courts of law, that she has had no charity for the remnant of Christ's brothers, even the least of them. She has not given them any comfort or support in their ambassadorial work of preaching the good news of God's established kingdom for a witness to all the nations and begging the sheeplike people: "Become reconciled to God." She has been the stiffest opposer and the most rabid persecutor of the remnant of Christ's spiritual brothers who are heirs of the heavenly kingdom. Pleading that Jesus Christ on his glorious throne has been invisible in this "time of the end" will not excuse her mistreatment of his least brothers on earth. She knows what the glorified Jesus said to Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus: "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? ... I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting." And Jesus had been invisible to Saul when this persecutor was abusing Jesus' followers. (Acts 9:1-5, NW) So the enthroned King will reject goatlike Christendom with the words that he gave in warning in his sermon on the mountain: "I never knew you at all. Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness." (Matthew 7:21-23, NW) She will meet an end like the Devil's.

10 We are living in the "time of the end" when Jesus' prophetic parable is being enacted by living people on the earth. Which part are we acting on the stage of world action? To which side of the King are we being separated? Jesus' parable or

10. How can we tell whether we are being separated for life in God's new world or not, and what is the everlasting cutting-off (kólasis) for the goatlike people?

illustration helps us to know for certain by examining whether we are acting like sheep or like goats. From that we can determine whether we are being separated for life in God's new world or for destruction, for Jesus ended the parable and prophecy, after telling of the goats, saying: "And these will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life." (Matthew 25:31-46, NW) That everlasting cutting-off or kólasis for the goatlike people is the same as the "everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels." It is not a death inherited by being born from Adam, but it is a death inflicted because of becoming a son of the Devil, a part of the seed of the original Serpent. Revelation 20:10, 14; 21:8 interprets it to be "the second death," the "everlasting destruction" with which the Lord Jesus will execute them at the battle of Armageddon when he is revealed from heaven in flaming fire of destruction to his goatlike foes. — 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, NW.

11 The sheeplike ones go into an exactly opposite reward: "the righteous ones into everlasting life." This judgment of the King being enforced at the time of the universal war of Armageddon, it means that these sheeplike ones will live through the war and witness the everlasting destruction of the goatlike ones and then enter upon the opportunities for everlasting life in the new world.

12 Jesus' parable or illustration foretells that, like a shepherd, he would separate such sheeplike righteous persons from the doomed goats and would put them to the side of his favor, the right side. Though not expressly stated in the parable,

11. Into what reward will the righteous ones go, and what will this mean for them at Armageddon?
12. (a) Being gathered to the King's right side, the sheeplike righteous persons are gathered into company with whom? (b) So what does Jesus call them, and will he be through gathering all such at Armageddon?

that right side is also where the spiritual remnant, "the least of these my brothers," are. So by the time that the judging and separating is complete and the outbreak of Armageddon is due all these sheeplike righteous people will have been gathered to the King's right side into company with the remnant of his spiritual brothers to whom they have rendered their good deeds, doing them as though they were doing them directly to the Shepherd King, Jesus Christ himself. Because they are not part of the "little flock" of Kingdom heirs to whom the heavenly Father has approved of giving the Kingdom, Jesus spoke of them as his "other sheep" in his parable of the Right Shepherd. After telling how he would shepherd the little flock of the Kingdom fold, he looks down to the time of the present-day remnant of his Kingdom sheep and says: "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:16, NW) The great droves of other sheep whom the Right Shepherd Jesus Christ gathers into company with the remnant at his right side before Armageddon are merely the first of all the other sheep for whom he surrendered his soul, laying down his human life. After Armageddon he will gather all the rest of these other sheep, starting the gathering work then by the resurrection of all of them that are in their graves. — John 5:28, 29.

13 This time of separating the people of all the nations that are gathered before Christ's throne by the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom is the blessed time for the gathering of the sheep under divine favor and protection. Jehovah God, of course, is the great Shepherd. (Psalm 23:1, AS) He is chiefly responsible for the gathering of the

13. Who is chiefly responsible for the gathering of the sheep, and since when? And how has he used the gathered ones?

sheep since 1919, after he came to his temple with his Messenger of the covenant, the Right Shepherd. The first sheep he began gathering were the remnant of the Kingdom class, Christ's spiritual brothers, who had been scattered in the cloudy and dark day of World War I. Then he used these re-gathered ones themselves to engage in shepherding activities by going out with the Kingdom message and searching for the "other sheep" and bringing them in and feeding them with spiritual food.

14 All these sheep of both classes he has now made one co-operative company or flock, all being heirs of life in the new world. He has delivered them from the false, greedy, oppressive shepherds of Christendom's religious and political systems and has placed them under the tender care of a shepherd who loved them all so much as to lay down his earthly life for them, Jesus Christ, the Son of David the shepherd. Jehovah has faithfully done as he long ago said: "I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I, Jehovah, will be their God, and my servant David prince among them; I, Jehovah, have spoken it. And ye my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord Jehovah." — Ezekiel 34:11,12, 23, 24, 31, AS.

14. What has Jehovah done as to both classes of sheep, and how has he done as he said at Ezekiel, chapter 34?

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