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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER X

Gathering the Great Crowd to the Temple

SINCE A.D. 1918, when A-do-nay' Jehovah with his Angel of the covenant came to his spiritual temple,* we have, as it were, been living in the calm center or "eye of the hurricane," the period of lull before the final resumption of the destructive whirling stormwind. The universal war of Armageddon is likened to a death-dealing tempest or windstorm, in Jeremiah 23:19; 25:32, and it will bring to a culmination the days of tribulation upon the Devil's organization, its invisible heavens and its visible earth or human part. Jehovah God, in full command of his angelic battle forces, is holding that destructive war in check, although, while he does so, wickedness and violence continue to mount in the earth. Not that he is in sympathy or in alliance with the doers of wickedness, but he tolerates with much long-suffering the human vessels that are made fit for destruction, in order that in the meantime he may have mercy upon those "vessels" that he is preparing for heavenly glory, for a place in his heavenly temple. He has cut short the days of tribulation upon Satan's organization on account of these chosen ones, these "living stones" for his heavenly


* See Chapter VI, entitled "A-do-nay' Comes to His Temple," page 85.
1. Since 1918, in what have we been living, figuratively speaking, and what has God's further toleration of the wicked permitted him to do for his chosen ones?
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temple. He has an important work with them and for them on earth before the storm resumes and Armageddon strikes. — Romans 9:22-26; Mark 13: 20.

2 This key fact is portrayed in sign language in chapter seven of the Revelation, written down by the apostle John about twenty-five years after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and its temple A.D. 70. What he there describes referred to the future, the "time of the end," when the final trouble threatened and worldly men would "keep saying to the mountains and to the rock-masses: 'Fall over us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?' " (Revelation 6:14-17, NW) John describes invisible actors behind the scenes and helps us to understand why Armageddon's windstorm has not yet struck, as he writes: "After this I saw four angels standing upon the four extremities of the earth, holding tight the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow upon the earth or upon the sea or upon any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrising, having a seal of the living God, and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying: 'Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.' And I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel." Then John lists twelve thousand sealed out of twelve Israelite tribes, namely, Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin (but


2. How does the apostle John show in picture language at Revelation, chapter 7, why Armageddon's windstorm has not yet struck, and thus who and how many have been sealed?
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not Dan and Ephraim), totaling 144,000 Israelites sealed. — Revelation 7:1-8, NW.

3 The angel whom John saw ascending from the east and having a seal of the living God Jehovah is the Angel of the covenant who accompanied A-do-nay' Jehovah to his temple in 1918. In ancient Israel the temple of Jerusalem faced the east and was entered from the east. Fittingly it is from that direction that the Angel with God's seal ascends. In the war in heaven, which resulted in hurling down Satan and his demons from there to the earth, the angels fought alongside the archangel, this special Angel of the covenant who has God's seal. As he comes to the temple he calls for a cutting short of the days of tribulation at the earth to which Satan the Devil has been hurled down with his demons. (Revelation 12:7-13) He, as the archangel, calls upon his fellow warrior angels to hold back the four winds from converging upon the earth and the sea to produce a harmful windstorm, as it were. The storm must be held back until he has finished his God-assigned work, of sealing 144,000 slaves of God in their foreheads, all Israelites.

4 Here the seal is a symbol of the holy spirit or active force of God. It is with the holy spirit that Jehovah God seals the 144,000 members of the temple class or congregation, and it is by his Angel of the covenant, Jesus Christ glorified, that he does the sealing with the holy spirit. From the day of Pentecost A.D. 33 God began the sealing work by means of this Angel. The apostle Peter was one of those sealed with the spirit that very day, and he revealed whom God used as his Angel to do the sealing, saying to the gathered multitude:


3. Who is the angel with the seal, why does he ascend from the east, what does he call for, and why?
4. What is the seal, and whom did the apostle Peter at Pentecost reveal to be the Angel whom God used to do the sealing?
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"This Jesus God resurrected, of which fact we are all witnesses. Therefore because he was exalted to the right hand of God and received the promised holy spirit from the Father, he has poured out this which you see and hear," that is, this spirit that was accompanied by a rushing stiff breeze and tongues as of fire upon the sealed ones and that inspired them to speak in foreign languages. — Acts 2:1-4, 14, 32, 33, NW.

5 Previously the assembled multitude of unconverted Jews had accused these disciples of Jesus of being slaves of Beelzebub the Devil; but now by seeing and hearing these evidences of the holy spirit poured out upon these disciples those Jews saw that they were sealed with the holy spirit as slaves of God. That was a fact now plain to the public eye beyond all mistaking or denial. The seal of the holy spirit was promised only to Jehovah's "men slaves" and "women slaves," according to Joel 2:28, 29. Those disciples together with Peter had that spirit poured out upon them, and this fact stamped them, sealed them, made them recognizable as "slaves of our God." It gave proof that the natural twelve tribes of Israel were now no longer the chosen people of God, no longer his "special property," his "own possession," his "congregation," but that these spirit-begotten believing disciples of Jesus Christ were now his "congregation," his spiritual Israel, and that they had reserved for them a heavenly "inheritance" as "heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ." (Exodus 19:5; Romans 8:15-17, NW; Galatians 6:15, 16) In support of this fact the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in the Christ at the city of Ephesus: "By means of him also, after you believed, you were sealed with the promised holy spirit,


5. (a) According to Joel 2:28, 29, by that spirit whose slaves were Christ's disciples stamped as being? (b) Of what was that spirit with which they were sealed a token in advance?
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which is a token in advance of our inheritance, for the purpose of releasing by a ransom God's own possession, to his glorious praise. Also do not be grieving God's holy spirit, with which you have been sealed for a day of releasing by ransom."  — Ephesians 1:13,14; 4:30, NW.

6 Paul also showed that the congregation at the city of Corinth were likewise sealed with the spirit, when he wrote: "He who guarantees that you and we belong to Christ and he who has anointed us is God. He has also put his seal upon us and has given us the token of what is to come, that is, the spirit, in our hearts." (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22, NW) Paul had been a natural Jew of the tribe of Benjamin; those to whom he wrote at Ephesus and at Corinth were, for a large part, non-Israelites according to the flesh. (Ephesians 2:11-19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Consequently, since natural Gentiles believing were sealed with God's holy spirit by Christ the same as natural believing Israelites, and since only 144,000 slaves of God are thus sealed in their foreheads, it is unavoidable to conclude that the 144,000 sealed symbolic Israelites of Revelation 7:4-8 are spiritual Israelites, members of the twelve tribes or complete organization of spiritual Israel, and that they include believing Gentiles or non-Israelites as well as believing Israelites, all being circumcised in their hearts, all being Jews inside rather than outside in the flesh. (Romans 2:28, 29) The sealing of the believing natural Israelites began at Pentecost, A.D. 33; the sealing of the believing Gentiles or non-Israelites began three and a half years later, A.D. 36, when the apostle Peter preached to the first Gentile converts at the home of Cornelius, the Italian cen-


6. (a) Of whom were the congregations of sealed ones at Ephesus and at Corinth made up according to the flesh? (b) Hence whom do the 144,000 at Revelation 7:4-8 include, and when did the sealing of each group begin?
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turion stationed at Caesarea. — Acts 2:1-42; 10:1-48.

7 In 1918, when A-do-nay' Jehovah came with his Angel of the covenant to his temple, the sealing of the 144,000 was not yet complete. At the time there were a number of sealed ones, a remnant, lying in captivity in antitypical Babylon. Had the symbolic "four winds of the earth" not been held back at that time from blowing and battering this antitypical Babylon to pieces, this captive remnant of sealed ones would not have had a chance to flee out of it and 'no flesh would have been saved.' But by ordering the four angels to hold the winds back, the days of tribulation were cut short, an opportunity to flee was afforded (Revelation 18:1-4), and thus the remnant in the flesh could be saved for the sake of Jehovah's holy name. (Ezekiel 36:21-24, AS) Many who associated with the remnant and who claimed to be part of it fell out during the fiery trials of World War I and also because of urgent demands made upon them to carry forward the world-wide Kingdom witness during the postwar period. But this loss to the loyal remnant was offset.

8 During the postwar era, as its history down to 1932 shows, many thousands all over the earth heard the preaching of "this good news of the kingdom" and by it they caught sight of the royal Signal that God had raised up. They fled out of antitypical Babylon and assembled to the Kingdom Signal, never to forsake it. As loyal upholders of it they dedicated themselves unconditionally and unreservedly to A-do-nay' Jehovah at his temple,


7. If the symbolic "four winds" had not been held back in 1918, what would have been the case with the sealed ones?
8. During the postwar period how was the loss to the loyal remnant by the falling out of many during and after World War I offset, in a final fulfillment of Joel 2:28, 29?
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dedicating themselves to him through his Angel of the covenant, Jesus Christ. In undeserved kindness Jehovah chose them to become part of the remnant of "living stones" for his heavenly temple, and in a final fulfillment of his prophecy at Joel 2:28, 29, 32 he poured put his holy spirit upon them, anointing them to his royal priesthood under the High Priest Jesus Christ. This meant that Jehovah's Angel from the sunrising had sealed them in their foreheads with the seal of the living God to be his slaves. It meant that they had been made spiritual Israelites, with the opportunity to become members of the 144,000 making up the twelve tribes of spiritual Israel, the seed of the Abrahamic covenant in whom all the families of the earth will bless themselves. — Genesis 12:3; 22:18; Galatians 3:16, 29.

9 They thus replaced the unfaithful ones that had dropped out or been cast out. (Matthew 22:8-14) They displayed the seal of the outpoured spirit in their foreheads by laying up treasures in heaven, engaging in temple work, offering to God the spiritual sacrifices of praise to his name, and keeping themselves without spot from the Babylonish nations of this world. They are determined to keep the seal of the living God in their foreheads, until the four winds are let loose. The eastern Angel's work of sealing them had to be done before Armageddon. Jehovah's Angel of the covenant will not fail in this sealing work.

10 However, a new thing was revealed to the eyes of the remnant. They were not the only ones to benefit from the holding back of the four winds


9. How did those who replaced the unfaithful display the seal of the spirit in their foreheads?
10,11. (a) What new thing was revealed to the remnant as to the benefit from the holding back of the four winds? (b) In 1935 the remnant had an experience corresponding with that of John in connection with what vision?
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that the days of tribulation might be cut short. There was to be a great crowd of others who were not spiritual Israelites, not members of the 144,000. The twelve tribes of spiritual Israel being limited to the 144,000 sealed ones, then all other peoples on the earth today would be classified as Gentiles, non-Israelite nations, spiritually speaking. In the spring of 1935 the remnant of spiritual Israelites had the experience corresponding with that of the apostle John, who had a vision of the sealing of the 144,000 and then wrote:

11 "After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying: 'Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.' And all the angels were standing around the throne and the persons of advanced age and the four living creatures, and they fell upon their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: 'Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.' "  — Revelation 7:9-12, NW.

12 It is significant that this great crowd stands before the throne on which God sits and before Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29, 36, NW) This position shows that they have seen the Signal upraised by the remnant over the peoples and they have gathered to it, that is, to the kingdom that God established in the heavens in 1914 by enthroning the Lamb Jesus Christ. That implies that


12. (a) What does the standing of this great crowd before the throne of God and before his Lamb indicate? (b) What does their attributing their salvation to God and the Lamb signify?
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they recognize that Jehovah God is universal Sovereign, with the rightful power and authority to determine who should rule the earth at the close of the "appointed times of the nations" in 1914. They have learned that the nations, tribes and peoples out of which they have come are doomed to destruction at Armageddon, and so they have experienced a great salvation by having their eyes opened to see the Kingdom Signal and to gather to it as God's rightful government for all the earth. There is no salvation except from Jehovah: "Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah." (Psalm 3:8, AS) For the salvation of mankind he has established his kingdom, and by the sacrifice of his Lamb Jesus Christ he has provided for the ransoming of his subjects from sin and its penalty death. With good reason the great crowd turn away disappointed from man-made arrangements and say unashamed: "Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb." Thus they publicly bear witness to Jehovah and Christ.

13 In their symbolic white robes they are in a clean, acceptable appearance before the great King Jehovah God and his Lamb. The palm branches in their hand mark them, not as dead martyrs, but as living witnesses to God's kingdom in the hands of his Lamb. The palm branches carry the same meaning as when Jesus rode in kingly fashion into Jerusalem or Zion and went to the temple and cleansed it. As it is recorded: "The next day the great crowd that had come to the feast, on hearing that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of palm trees and went out to meet him. And they began to shout: 'Save, we pray you! Blessed is he that comes in Jehovah's name, even the king of Israel!' But when Jesus had found a


13. What does their being in white robes and with palm branches in their hands symbolize, and what does their cry about salvation show they become?
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young ass, he sat on it, just as it is written: 'Have no fear, daughter of Zion. Look! your king is coming, seated upon an ass's colt.'" (John 12:12-15, NW; ED) Like that great crowd of Israelites expecting the Kingdom nineteen centuries ago, the "great crowd" foreseen in vision by the apostle John ascribe their salvation today to the universal Sovereign, Jehovah God, who in 1914 took his great power and began ruling as king toward this earth. They also hail his beloved Son, the Lamb, who has come into the kingdom to wield power in Jehovah's name and to save all who assemble to the Kingdom Signal. They gratefully acknowledge that by Jehovah's shortening of the days for his chosen ones' sake He has worked for their salvation also. Enthusiastically they become witnesses of Jehovah.

14 With a united "Amen!" all the members of God's holy universal organization, his heavenly angels, back up the great crowd in their praising and witnessing to Jehovah, and they ascribe to God forever a perfect number of things, seven things, blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and strength.

15 For many years, specially from the October, 1879, issue of the magazine Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, the same question has been raised that was put to the apostle John: "These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?" In 1935, or seventeen years after A-do-nay' Jehovah came with his Angel of the covenant to the temple and began cutting short the days of tribulation, the white-robed "great crowd" were first correctly


14. How do all members of God's universal organization back up the great crowd in praising Jehovah?
15. Since when, in particular, has there been a question as to the identity of the great crowd, but when and by what means was the true-to-fact answer given, similarly as to the apostle John?
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identified. By then there were many thousands of them, the world over, that had assembled to the Kingdom Signal and that were standing here on earth in loyal allegiance before God's throne and before his Lamb. First in a convention at Washington, D.C., May 31, 1935, and later in the issues of August 1 and 15, 1935, of The Watchtower, in the serial article entitled "The Great Multitude," the true-to-fact answer as to their identity was given in fulfillment of this answer given to John: "These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That is why they are before the throne of God, and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will hunger no more nor thirst any more, neither will the sun beat down upon them nor any scorching heat, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them, and will guide them to fountains of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes." — Revelation 7:13-17, NW.

16 From the inspired answer to John the "great crowd" must be sheep of the Lamb, Jesus Christ the Right Shepherd. They were not spiritual Israelites and hence they were not members of the "little flock" of 144,000 sheep to whom the heavenly Father has approved of giving the heavenly kingdom with the Lamb Jesus Christ. This great crowd is one that no man is able to number because God has not revealed the number as he has done concerning the little flock. The "great crowd" of sheeplike followers of the Lamb must be no others than "other sheep" whom the Right Shepherd long ago said he had to gather in due time. The great crowd are those of the "other sheep"


16. From the answer to John, of what general group is this great crowd, and when is it gathered?
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whom he gathers after he comes to the temple and before the outbreak of the battle of Armageddon. This is made certain to our understanding by the statement: "These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation."

17 This "great tribulation" is not persecution or martyrdom; it is the tribulation the climax of which comes when the four angels on the earth's four extremities release the four winds of the earth. It is the tribulation that Jesus said would mark this "time of the end" and that would be cut short because of its terribleness that some flesh might be saved. (Matthew 24:21, 22) During this interval in between the forepart and the final part of this tribulation, when the remnant of God's slaves are being sealed by his Angel in their foreheads, it is then that the "great crowd" come out. The vision of them is not a picture of after Armageddon but is one of the present time, particularly since 1931, before Armageddon.

18 If they did not now wash their robes and make them white in the Lamb's blood before Armageddon, they would never get through that universal war alive and enter the new world. They do not get sealed in their foreheads with the seal of the living God the way the 144,000 spiritual Israelites do, but they do make themselves presentable to God on his throne, confessing faith in the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ. On the basis of this faith they dedicate themselves to God through Christ. This does not make them "saints" or sanctified ones such as the twelve tribes of spiritual Israel, the "holy nation," are, but they do enjoy the forgiveness of their sins and are in God's sight righteous persons. Jesus' parable of the sheep and the


17. In what sense do they "come out of the great tribulation"?
18. Why is their washing their robes and whitening them in the Lamb's blood necessary before Armageddon, and so how does God favor them and view them?
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goats speaks of them as the sheeplike "righteous ones" whom he puts at the right side of his throne. (Matthew 25:37, 46, NW) So they have favored recognition from God's throne.

19 They are not chosen and sanctified to be "living stones" in God's spiritual temple, but they get in touch with the remnant of such temple stones and engage with them in the worship of Jehovah, who has come to his temple. Today finds hundreds of thousands of them "rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple." In doing so they fulfill the picture of the Nethinim, the non-Israelite temple slaves, who were the drawers of water and the gatherers of wood for the typical temple.* As the Nethinim were assistants at the typical temple in Jerusalem and returned with the remnant from captivity in Babylon, so now the "great crowd" come out of the antitypical Babylon and become assistants to the remnant of the "royal priesthood" at the temple.

20 In connection with the typical temple at Jerusalem, King Solomon its builder was a type of "something more than Solomon," namely, Jesus Christ, the builder of Jehovah's spiritual temple. (Matthew 12:42, NW) Solomon's building operations would therefore be typical of things today having to do with the spiritual temple at which the "great crowd" serve God day and night For Solomon's temple cedar timbers and juniper timbers were needed. A supply of such was to be found in Mount Lebanon under the jurisdiction of Hiram the king of Tyre, a faithful friend of Solo-


* See chapter VIII, pages 142-148.
19. In what do they engage with the remnant at the temple, and what picture of ancient temple slaves do they thus fulfill?
20, 21. (a) Why is it here fitting to refer to Solomon's building of the temple at Jerusalem? (b) How were many non-Israelites from outside as well as inside of Israel put to work in preparing for Solomon's temple?
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mon's father David. Because the Phoenicians or Lebanese were such expert woodcutters, Solomon applied to King Hiram for cedar and juniper timbers for the proposed temple: "Now command that they cut for me cedars from Leb'a-non, and my servants themselves will prove to be with your servants, and the wages of your servants I shall give to you according to all that you may say, for you yourself well know that there is among us no one knowing how to cut trees like the Sidonians." So Solomon and Hiram entered into an agreement, Solomon to provide helpers from Israel and also wages to Hiram's woodcutters and Hiram to send out his woodsmen to the forest of Lebanon and to send the cut logs in rafts by the Mediterranean Sea south to the Israelite seaport of Joppa, from which Solomon had them transported to Jerusalem. Hiram also provided native stonecutters to quarry temple stones from the mountains. These worked with the burden bearers and stonecutters that King Solomon sent up.

21 "Accordingly the king commanded that they should quarry great stones, expensive stones, to lay the foundation of the house with hewn stones. So Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders and the Ge'balites did the cutting and they kept preparing the timbers and the stones to build the house." For this purpose Solomon took advantage of the many thousands of non-Israelite sojourners or temporary residents in his realm. "Then Solomon took a count of all the men that were temporary residents, who were in the land of Israel, after the census that David his father had taken of them, and there came to be found a hundred and fifty-three thousand six hundred. So he made seventy thousand of them burden bearers and eighty thousand cutters in the mountain and three thousand six hundred overseers for keeping the people in service." (1 Kings 5:6-18 and 2 Chronicles 2:8-18, NW) There were thus many thousands of non-

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Israelites, foreigners as well as temporary residents in Israel, that did work preparatory to building Jehovah's typical temple.*


22 In Solomon's building program after finishing the temple he continued to use laborers conscripted from the non-Israelite temporary residents in his realm: "As for all the people that were left over of the Hit'tites and the Am'or-ites and the Per'iz-zites and the Hi'vites and the Jeb'u-sites, who were no part of Israel, from their sons that had been left behind them in the land, whom the sons of Israel had not exterminated, Sol'o-mon kept levying men for forced labor until this day. But there were none out of the sons of Israel that Sol'o-mon constituted slaves for his work, for they were war-


* Compare Ezra 3:6, 7, concerning the rebuilding of the typical temple at Jerusalem by the remnant restored from Babylon.
22. After the temple, whom did Solomon continue to use as laborers in his building program, and what does this typify?
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riors and chiefs of his adjutants and chiefs of his charioteers and of his horsemen." (2 Chronicles 8:7-9, NW) This well typifies that there would be antitypical sojourners or temporary residents, who had been spared alive, whom the Son of David, the King greater than Solomon, would use as his willing slaves in the theocratic building program before the war of Armageddon.

23 In comparing the type with the antitype, Solomon's conscripted non-Israelite builders and Hiram's foreign builders and the men of Ge'bal who cut down timbers and quarried stones for building Jehovah's temple picture those of the "great crowd" whom John saw rendering sacred service to Jehovah at his temple day and night. The temple service that this white-robed crowd with palm branches render in close unity with the remnant of spiritual Israelites is that of praising God's name and declaring his salvation through the Lamb Jesus Christ and raising aloft the Signal by advertising Jehovah's King, the Greater Solomon. Theirs is a continual service to God, day and night, keeping their robes white by a constant pursuit of righteousness and being ever on the watch to advance the worship of the one living and true God. In appreciation Jehovah spreads his tent of protection over them, and it will continue over them all through his war of Armageddon. Thus they will survive.

24 In likening this "great crowd" to sheep under the tender care of God's Lamb, the apostle John drew upon language found in Isaiah, chapter 49: "They shall feed in the ways, and their pasture shall be on all bare hills. They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor sun smite them;


23. (a) Thus whom do Solomon's conscripted builders and Hiram's foreign builders and the Gebalites picture? (b) What kind of service to God is theirs as to time?
24. In likening the great crowd to sheep, upon what prophecy of Isaiah did John draw as to expressions?
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for he that hath mercy on them will lead them, and by the springs of water will he guide them. And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be raised up. Behold, these shall come from afar; and behold, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim [in the south]. Shout, ye heavens; and be joyful, thou earth; and break forth into singing, ye mountains: for Jehovah hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted ones." — Isaiah 49:9-13, Da.

25 But to know and feel the leading and shepherding of the Lamb who is in the midst of God's throne they must obey the command, "Go forth," and, "Shew yourselves." To begin with, these "other sheep" are prisoners of the spiritual "world-rulers of this darkness"; they are in the darkness of antitypical Babylon, which is in political and religious confusion and has no ray of hope and no light of Jehovah's favor, but only his condemnation. The members of the remnant of the 144,000 spiritual Israelites were once there themselves at the beginning of Babylon's "time of the end." But they answered the call of God through his written Word: "Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues. For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind." (Revelation 18:4, 5, NW) Jehovah God raised up his great Servant, the Greater Cyrus, Jesus Christ. This Conqueror of antitypical Babylon broke her power over the spiritual remnant and led them back to his free, enlightened theocratic organization, to engage in rebuilding Jehovah's temple,


25. (a) To know the shepherding by the Lamb, what command did the great crowd have to obey, and why? (b) How did the once-captive remnant come to be associated with the Greater Cyrus in proclaiming liberation to those yet in modern Babylon?
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that is to say, restoring, building up and extending the pure worship of God. God accepted their repentance in this time of shortening the days, and it has been a "day of salvation" for them. Then Jehovah associated this restored remnant with his great Servant, the antitypical Cyrus, to proclaim liberty to the captives yet in modern Babylon and the opening of the prison to those yet bound there.

26 That Jehovah raised up his Servant at the temple and then associated with him the delivered remnant, he shows, saying: "Thus saith Jehovah: In a time of acceptance have I answered thee, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant [a guarantee, a pledge] of the people, to establish the land [of the theocratic organization], to cause to inherit the desolate heritages [desolate during the exile and captivity of Jehovah's people]; saying to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves." (Isaiah 49:3, 5, 8, 9, Da) That the remnant come within the time for God's acceptance and within the day of salvation from the enemy, Jehovah inspired his apostle Paul to show by writing to his fellow Christians: "Working together with him, we also entreat you not to accept the undeserved kindness of God and miss its purpose. For he says: 'In an acceptable season I heard you, and in the day for salvation I came to your help.' Look! Now is the especially acceptable season. Look! Now is the day for salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:1, 2, NW) Enjoying that divine acceptance and partaking of the salvation of this day, the remnant must now act as a servant class, united with the Lamb, the great Servant, at the temple. They must call to the


26. (a) How does Paul's quotation from Isaiah 49 show that Jehovah raises up his Servant at the temple and now associates the delivered remnant with him? (b) So what must the remnant now do in behalf of the other sheep?
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"other sheep" to go forth from Babylonish imprisonment. They must tell these bedarkened ones who are out of sight in places of restraint to show themselves as worshipers of the Almighty God, to reflect the light of his truth to still others.

27 Particularly since 1931* Jehovah's great Servant, through his remnant on earth, has commanded the other sheep to go forth to freedom and to show themselves as supporters of God's kingdom, followers of his Lamb and sympathizers with the remnant in their preaching of "this good news of the kingdom" all over the earth. They must take their stand unashamed before God's kingdom. They must acknowledge his Lamb and wash their robes white and clean in the blood of his sacrifice, that they may be forgiven their sins in Babylon. They must enthusiastically take up the festal palm branches and hail God's anointed King, Jesus the Messiah. They must come to the temple of Jehovah's presence and there render him sacred service day and night, turning their backs on the worldly service of Babylon. Already hundreds of thousands of them have done this.

28 In their case we see the divine promise being carried out. Their spiritual hunger and thirst are continually being satisfied by Jehovah's Right Shepherd. No longer does the sun of divine chastisement beat down upon them or the scorching heat of his fiery judgments broil them because of partaking in the sins of antitypical Babylon. They are a cleansed people, and the Lamb, Jehovah's great Servant, gives them the best shepherd's care even under the most unlikely circumstances, like


* See chapter XII, page 212, ¶15, ff.
27. Since when particularly has the command through the remnant gone forth, and in obedience what have hundreds of thousands already done?
28. How is the best shepherd's care being given to them, and why does Isaiah call upon heaven, earth and mountains to rejoice?
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bare hills. He leads them to the life-giving water of Kingdom truth. They are a most grateful and happy people. By his provisions through his Shepherd, God has wiped every tear from their eyes, removing all causes for weeping over their spiritual state. From east, north, west and south he brings them, bringing them into co-operation with the remnant of "living stones" at the temple. No wonder Isaiah in prophesying over this called upon the heavens to sing, the earth to be joyful and the mountains to burst out in singing! It is no time for those on earth at the temple to weep, nor for the angels of heaven.

29 Jesus long ago said at the house of Zacchaeus the publican or tax collector, who showed himself a "son of Abraham" by reforming in order to be a blessing to others: "This day salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:9,10, NW; Genesis 22:17,18) The sheep of God's people were "what was lost"; hence Jesus said to his apostles, when sending them out to preach the Kingdom: "Go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 10:6, NW) Now Jesus Christ at the temple sends out his sealed remnant to engage in pastoral work and seek the lost sheep, this numberless great crowd of other sheep. By now hundreds of thousands have been found and brought to the temple of worship. The pastoral work still goes on, being joined in by those other sheep already found and restored. A shepherd rejoices over finding and saving his lost sheep. So all those in the holy heavens and all those on earth in Jehovah's pastoral work rejoice at the rescue of the lost sheep from this Babylonish world, and they ascribe the power of this salvation to God by his Christ. — Luke 15:3-7.


29. What is now being found that has been lost, to cause great rejoicing in heaven and on earth?


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