The Fruit Bearing Tree

[this post was contributed by Alex Rover] How would you illustrate these two verses? “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.” (John 15:8 AKJV) “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs...

Anointed – Why me?

[this post was contributed by Alex Rover] One of the first questions when I first realized my election as a chosen child of God, adopted as his son and called to be Christian, was: “why me”? Meditating upon the story of Joseph’s election can help us...

The Earthly Hope Paradox

When one of Jehovah’s Witnesses goes out knocking on doors, he brings a message of hope: the hope of eternal life on earth. In our theology, there are only 144,000 spots in heaven, and they are all but taken. Therefore, the chance that someone we might preach to will...

The Emptiness of life

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] We did not exist for an infinite amount of time. Then for a brief moment, we come into existence. Then we die, and we are reduced to nothing once more. Each such moment starts with childhood. We learn to walk, we learn to...

Memorial Partakers 2014

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] The number of memorial partakers from the Jehovah’s Witnesses yearbook for 2014 is now known: 14,1211. 2012 partakers: 12604 [i] 2013 partakers: 13204 2014 partakers: 14121 Which gives an increase of 600 between...

Bringing Many to Righteousness

[This post was contributed by Alex Rover] Daniel’s final chapter contains a message that would be sealed up until the time of the end when many would rove about and knowledge would increase. (Daniel 12:4)  Was Daniel talking about the internet here? Certainly hopping...

Do You Have "a Heart to Know" Jehovah?

(Proverbs 26:5) . . .Answer someone stupid according to his foolishness, that he may not become someone wise in his own eyes. Isn’t this a great Scripture?  It provides such an effective technique in reasoning with someone who is perpetrating a silly notion. Take the...

144,000 – Literal or Symbolic?

Back in January, we showed that there is no Scriptural basis for our claim that the “little flock” in Luke 12:32 refers only to a group of Christians destined to rule in heaven while the “other sheep” at John 10:16 refers to another group with an earthly hope.  (See...

Isaiah's Foreigners

[This post is by way of an essay, and I would very much appreciate getting feedback from regular readers of this forum to help in better understanding what Isaiah is referring to.] In last week’s Watchtower study (w12 12/15 p. 24) titled “Temporary Residents United in...

Who’s Who? (Little Flock/Other Sheep)

I’ve always understood that the “little flock” referred to in Luke 12:32 represents the 144,000 kingdom heirs. Likewise, I’ve never before questioned that the “other sheep” mentioned in John 10:16 represent Christians with an earthly hope.  I’ve used the term “great...