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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER XV

Fighting for Life Now as Jehovah's Witnesses

WHEN Jehovah God enthroned Jesus Christ as King on the heavenly Mount Zion A.D. 1914 and sent out the scepter of his might, he said to the new King: "Rule in the midst of thine enemies." (Psalm 110:1, 2, Da) This meant letting the enemy remain for the length of the "time of the end" to permit them to display whether they would peaceably submit to the new theocratic King, yield their national sovereignties to him and give up their ideas of world domination or not. During the more than forty years since the new King's installation the nations of earth, and particularly those that claim to be Christian, have proved that they are foes of the kingdom of Jehovah God by Jesus Christ. As a symbol of their purpose to hold control of the earth by their own means of preserving peace and security, the nations formed the international organization, the United Nations, in 1945, immediately after World War II. Outstandingly the clergy of Christendom have approved of this political successor to the defunct League of Nations and they pray and hold religious masses for it and trust in it to prevent the self-suicide of the nations. In complete contrast with this, Jehovah's witnesses have raised up the Signal of God's kingdom and have advertised it as the only world gov-


1. What shows that since 1914 Jesus Christ has had to rule in the midst of enemies, and why have Jehovah's witnesses been obliged to stand and fight for their lives?
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ernment to which to pin mankind's hope. Down to the present moment they have done this by an ever mightier fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy concerning this time of the end: "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for the purpose of a witness to all the nations, and then the accomplished end will come." (Matthew 24:14, NW) This has required Jehovah's witnesses on earth amidst their King's enemies to stand and fight incessantly for their lives.

2 All this is simply in agreement with the typical picture in the Bible. Jesus Christ who reigns since 1914 is the Son of David and was typified by King David. From his days as a shepherd boy David was a fighter, engaging in combat not only with a lion and a bear but also with the Philistine giant named Goliath, whom David vanquished with a stone to the forehead from his shepherd sling that he swung in the name of Jehovah of armies. So David began fighting the "wars of Jehovah" in theocratic warfare. (1 Samuel 17:34-54; 25:28, NW) Saul the king of Israel came to be jealous of David's popularity and tried various ways to bring about his death. Finally he outlawed him. David fled for his life. King Saul persistently hunted him down, but without success. In all his fight for survival David never fought against King Saul, for Saul was anointed at Jehovah's command. David never dared to do Jehovah's anointed one harm, but waited upon Jehovah to remove the unfaithful king and make way for David to come to the throne of Israel.

3 King Saul had a son named Jonathan, twenty-five to thirty years older than David. David's


2. How does their experience agree with that of David before becoming king?
3. What were Jonathan's attitude and conduct toward David?
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exploits as a fighter of the wars of Jehovah awakened no jealousy in the heart of Jonathan the heir apparent to the throne. They only caused him to love David with a love that surpassed that of a man for a woman. He tried to shield David and aided in his escape to safety. He entered into a covenant with David for continuous peaceful relations between his own household and David's. Jonathan went to David in the wilderness and encouraged him, saying: "The hand of Saul my father will not find you and you yourself will be king over Israel and I myself shall become second to you." (1 Samuel 18:1-3; 23:16-18, NW) Jonathan did not begrudge David the throne of Israel, for he recognized him as Jehovah's anointed. He submitted to the theocratic decision.

4 The persecutions upon David picture those upon the faithful anointed followers of Jesus Christ, the spiritual Israelites, and notably so in the "time of the end." David's lover Jonathan failed to come to the throne of Israel and pictures lovers of the Greater David, Jesus Christ, who do not come to the heavenly throne. In being so much older than David and in having fought the wars for Jehovah for more than twenty-five years before David, Jonathan may well picture that long line of witnesses of Jehovah before Christ, which extends all the way back to Abel the first martyr for Jehovah. All these witnesses entertained loving hopes for the coming of the Messiah or Christ. John the Baptist, the last of the pre-Christian witnesses, loved Jesus Christ, the Greater David, and was pleased to work for His increase. (Hebrews 11:1 to 12:2, NW; 1 Peter 1:10-12; John 3:27-30) That none of the pre-Christian witnesses will be in the heavenly throne with him, Jesus showed in his comment on John the Baptist: "Among those born of women there


4. Before meeting David, whom may Jonathan well picture?
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has not been raised up a greater than John the Baptist; but a person that is a lesser one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he is." (Matthew 11:11, NW) These ancient witnesses gave proof of their faith in Jehovah and of their hope in his Messiah, just as Jonathan did before he met David, the anointed of Jehovah.

5 Again there has appeared a loving class like Jonathan since the coming of Jesus Christ to the temple and the sealing of the remnant of the 144,000 spiritual Israelites. Notably since 1932 they have been gathered together into association with the remnant. They have heard "this good news of the kingdom" and have set their affections upon the enthroned Jesus Christ as Jehovah's Anointed and as the rightful ruler of the new world. They love him as King and tender their unbreakable allegiance to him, following in His footsteps. They recognize that the spiritual remnant are the last members on earth of the "body of Christ" and that they are, what Jesus called them, "the least of these my brothers." So they do not let themselves be influenced by the hatred and persecution upon the remnant by the rulers of Christendom, typified by King Saul, David's persecutor. They express practical love for the remnant of the "body of Christ" by doing good to them, shielding them, helping them out of their difficulties, risking their lives for them, and aiding them in preaching the "good news of the kingdom."

6 They do not begrudge the remnant an exalted place with Jesus Christ in his heavenly throne, but recognize the theocratic arrangement and


5. Since Christ's coming to the temple and sealing his remnant, what loving class like Jonathan has appeared, and how have they been expressing their love?
6. How are they theocratic-minded, and what conduct of David toward Jonathan's house shows whether they will be spared?
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are gratefully pleased to take a secondary place, remaining on earth under the kingdom of the new world. For this loving devotion Jesus the Greater David will spare them, seeing to it that they gain earthly life in the new world, just as King David spared Jonathan's offspring, not holding them guilty because of their family relationship to King Saul. Jonathan's descendants survived to at least ten generations after his son Me-phib'o-sheth. (2 Samuel 9:7, 8; 19:27-30; 1 Chronicles 8:34-40) Thus Jonathan, after he met David the giant killer, pictured the "great crowd" in white robes who hail Jehovah on his throne and his Lamb with palm branches.

7 King Saul and his oldest son Jonathan died in the battle of Mount Gilboa not far from Megiddo. The tribe of Judah then made David their king at the city of Hebron. About seven and a half years later he was anointed as king over all twelve tribes of Israel. Not long afterward he established his national capital at Jerusalem.

8 In the theocratic warfare that King David waged for subjugating all the Promised Land, he had valiant Israelite armies under courageous, Jehovah-fearing commanders. (1 Chronicles 11: 10 to 12:39) Whom did these typify? The remnant of the spiritual Israelites on earth today since 1919, who are the joint heirs of the Greater David, the King Jesus Christ. The Kingdom is not earthly, but heavenly, spiritual. Correspondingly the remnant's warfare is not a warfare with earthly governments, with human armies, nor with earthly weapons of the flesh. "For," says the apostle Paul, "though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage warfare according to what we are in the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare


7. How did David become king, with his capital at Jerusalem?
9. Whom did King David's armies of Israelites typify, and how do these war?
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are not fleshly, but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things. For we are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are bringing every thought into captivity to make it obedient to the Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, NW) Now, by preaching the "good news of the kingdom," the remnant are fighting the Devil's anti-Kingdom propaganda and are endeavoring to bring the thoughts of the sheeplike people into captivity to make their thoughts obedient to the reigning Christ.

9 In this fight in support of Christ's kingdom the remnant are bitterly opposed by the policy makers of this world, especially the religious rulers and guides like jealous King Saul. The remnant are subjected to intense persecution and world hatred. But they do not fight back with material weapons of the flesh, for they are not authorized by the great Theocrat Jehovah to fight with such. They know that the intent of such opposition and persecution is to make them quit preaching the good news and living for the new world. They know the ones who are invisibly behind all this antagonism and persecution and that the fight is really a spiritual fight with such invisible forces. They know they have to "stand firm against the machinations of the Devil; because we have a fight, not against blood and flesh, but against the [nonblood and flesh] governments, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:11, 12, NW) They know, too, that the Dragon, Satan the Devil, has been cast out of heaven down to the earth and that they, as the remnant of the royal seed of God's "woman," are the target of the


9. With what are the remnant fighting back the visible opposition, and against whom do they really have their fight?
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Dragon's attack: "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 12:17, NW) It would be useless and untheocratic now to resort to worldly weapons of the flesh. On this account the remnant obey the inspired command to take up the "complete suit of armor from God." In this armor they are making a victorious fight for life as His witnesses. — Ephesians 6:13-18, NW.

10 The remnant are not now alone on earth in this fight, and the ancient type illustrated this fact. In the wars of ancient Israel there were engaged on their side not only the registered armies of natural Israel but also Jehovah-fearing foreigners of real devotion, and not mere mercenaries. The divine Record mentions with honor that in David's armies there were enlisted such foreigners as Uriah the Hittite; Zelek the Ammonite; Ithmah the Moabite; Ittai the Gittite, a Philistine of Gath, together with six hundred other Gittites; and also King David's special bodyguard known as the Cherethites and the Pelethites, who appear to have been non-Israelites. (2 Samuel 11:6-17; 23: 37-39; 1 Chronicles 11:26, 46; 2 Samuel 15:18,19; 8:18; 20:7, 23; 1 Kings 1:38, 44; 1 Chronicles 18:17) They were sanctified for theocratic warfare the same as the Israelites.

11 In whom do those non-Israelite theocratic warriors of ancient Israel find their antitype today? In the "great crowd" of those not spiritual Israelites whom the Right Shepherd, the Greater David, gathers to the side of the remnant of the "little flock." By lining up with the remnant they


10. Are the remnant now alone on earth in this fight, and how was it shown in the type of King David's armies?
11. In whom do such ancient non-Israelite warriors; find their antitype today, and why?
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make themselves also targets of the wrathful Dragon. They, too, have to engage in the theocratic war against him and his invisible spirit forces. They are valiant fighters, expert at using the same spiritual weapons that the remnant does. In the fight they keep unity with the remnant and unity in their own ranks. Together with the remnant they march forward under their invincible Leader and Commander, Jesus Christ the Greater David.

12 Not being sealed spiritual Israelites or members of the "chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession," they are not "saints" or sanctified ones. (1 Peter 2:5, 9, NW) They are not part of the "ones chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, with sanctification by the spirit," and in the new world they will not share in the heavenly "inheritance among all the sanctified ones." (1 Peter 1:1, 2 and Acts 20:32; 26:18, NW) They are not of that congregation of spiritual Israelites, "who have been sanctified in union with Christ Jesus, called to be holy ones [or, saints]." (1 Corinthians 1:2; 14:33, NW) However, since in ancient times wars were "sanctified" and those in the armies of Israel were sanctified for the theocratic warfare, the "great crowd" today who are not spiritual Israelites are only sanctified as theocratic warriors and as such they are required to measure up to the holy standards of the theocratic camp in order to engage in today's theocratic warfare. That is, they are sanctified for the warfare and must aid in keeping the camp of the theocratic warriors clean, unworldly, pleasing to God. — Jeremiah 51:27-29; Isaiah 13:1-4 and Joel 3:9, AS, marginal reading.


12. Though not spiritual Israelites, for what are they specially sanctified, and so what standards must they measure up to?
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13 Today Jehovah's witnesses are making a stand for their lives in the face of mounting opposition, international hatred and the world-wide threat to blot them out. This was foreshown in the prophetic drama of Mordecai and Esther, in the fifth century before Christ. Medo-Persia, the fourth world power, was dominating the earth, with 127 provinces from India on the east to Ethiopia on the southwest. In the preceding century a remnant of the Jews had gone back to Jerusalem, rebuilt the temple of Jehovah and restored his worship at the place where he had put his name. The province of Judah under Jerusalem was one of the 127 provinces of Persia, where Jews were to be found. Mordecai had not returned to Jerusalem, but he sat officially in the gate of King Ahasuerus at the imperial capital, Shushan the Castle. He had adopted his much younger cousin Hadassah, that is, Esther, for she was orphaned.

14 Embarrassingly King Ahasuerus' authority was challenged by his wife Vashti. So he deprived her of her queenship. Later his counselors advised that he send commissioners throughout all the Persian empire and collect together at Shushan the Castle all the beautiful virgin young women to be given a beauty treatment and the one that pleased the king most should be made queen instead of Vashti. To this the king agreed. Esther was found to be a beautiful virgin and was brought from Mordecai's home to the king's house of the women for her twelve-months-long treatment. One after another the fully conditioned virgins were individually brought in for a visit with the king. In time Esther's turn came. She was brought in to the king's royal palace. He


13. In what prophetic drama in the Persian empire was it foreshown that Jehovah's witnesses would make a stand for their lives?
14. How did Esther come to be made queen of Persia?
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came to love her more than all the other beautiful virgins. So he put the royal headdress upon her and made her queen instead of Vashti. But he did not know that she was a Jewess, for Mordecai had told her to keep quiet about it.

15 Mordecai now uncovered a plot to kill the king. Through his cousin Esther he notified the king, the two conspirators were hanged on stakes, and the matter was recorded in the king's books for Mordecai's future rewarding. Then difficulty arose. The king advanced a certain Haman to be chief of all his princes. So now all the king's servants in the gate gave him the respect due his office by bowing low or prostrating themselves before him, all except Mordecai. Why not Mordecai? He knew that Haman was an Agagite, which meant that he was a royal Amalekite; and Jehovah had decreed that his people Israel should not honor the Amalekites, but should war against them to their extermination. (Exodus 17:8-15) King Saul the Benjaminite had displeased God for failing in this regard, and now would Mordecai, also a Benjaminite, come under divine disapproval? Mordecai's refusal to bow down or prostrate himself was a flat No to the question. Naturally Haman was incensed at Mordecai. When he learned that Mordecai was an Israelite or Jew, he saw an opportunity to kill off, not only Mordecai, but also all the hated Jews in all the 127 provinces of Persia, including Judah.

16 It was the twelfth year of Ahasuerus' reign, and in the first month Haman had the Pur, or lot, cast before him to decide upon which day of which month he should order the Jews to be


15. How did Mordecai come in for future rewarding, but how did his faithfulness under trial bring Jews throughout the empire into peril of their lives?
16. How did Haman decide on the day for their extermination, how did he present his case before the king, and what was he then permitted to dictate?
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exterminated. The lot or Pur fell, not in favor of an early extermination, but of a late one, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth and last month A-dar'. Haman now put his case before the king, painting up the Jews as seditious and a security risk: "There is one certain people scattered and separated among the peoples in all the jurisdictional districts of your realm, and their laws are different from all the people's, and the king's own laws they are not performing, and for the king it is not appropriate to let them alone." (Esther 3:8, NW) So Haman asked for a law to have them destroyed and offered to pay money into the king's treasury to finance the destroyers. The king then permitted Haman to dictate the law, not realizing he was decreeing the destruction of his own beloved Esther. The law was then published in Shushan the Castle and throughout all the realm.

17 At the publication of the law Mordecai was grief-stricken. He advised Esther the queen of the danger to her as well as her people and appealed to her to appear before the king and plead for her people. To appear unbidden before the king could be punished with death. So Esther asked Mordecai to have all the Jews fast three days for her, she and her attendants doing so also: "Upon that I shall come in to the king, which is not according to the law, and in case I must perish, I must perish." (Esther 4:16, NW) But she did not perish. The third day when she went in uncalled, the king held out his golden scepter for her to be spared, and she touched the scepter's top. She then invited the king and his chief prince Haman to a banquet that day. At the banquet Esther asked that they come to a like banquet the next day, on which occasion she would make her urgent request known. Afterward Haman bragged


17. What did Mordecai advise Esther to do, what action did she take, and what was Haman then induced to do?
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about it to his wife and friends and ordered a stake seventy-five feet high to be set up in his courtyard on which to hang Mordecai without delay.

18 That night, unexpectedly, the king decided that Mordecai should be honored for exposing the plot against his life. Next day when Haman came to the king to ask for Mordecai to be hanged, the king maneuvered Haman into having his own self, Haman! to do the public honors to Mordecai. After rendering these, to his own great inward chagrin and humiliation, Haman was taken to Esther's banquet. Here before Haman Esther asked the king for her life. Her people were decreed to be destroyed and this would be to the king's own damage, for she his queen was a Jewess. Asked who had engineered such a policy, Esther said: "The man, the adversary and enemy, is this bad Haman." Vainly Haman pleaded with Esther for his life; the king ordered him to be hanged on the stake he had set up for Mordecai. — Esther 7:6-10, NW.

19 King Ahasuerus then made Mordecai his prime minister. At Esther's request he permitted Mordecai and Esther to draw up a law to counteract Haman's law that still stood unchangeable, for the Jews in all the provinces to stand for their lives against all attackers on A-dar' 13 and to kill them. When this fighting law was published in all 127 provinces it brought hope to the Jews and great joy. They prepared for the day. It came. Haman's law fell due. But so did Mordecai and Esther's, and the Jews stood for their lives. They slaughtered their enemies. In Shushan the Castle


18. How was Haman humiliated into doing public honors to Mordecai, how was he afterward exposed, and to what was he sentenced?
19. How was Haman's law counteracted, what did the Jews do on the day of peril, and by what festival did they begin commemorating the victory?
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they had an extra day of slaughtering, and Haman's ten sons were killed and also hanged one above the other on the stake meant for Mordecai. The yearly commemoration of this victory of the remnant of Jews is the annual festival called Pu'rim or Lots, in reproach of Haman.

20 No less so the remnant of spiritual Israelites have been misrepresented as seditious and a security risk to modern governments. Their extermination has been decreed by the modern-day Haman class, the religious leaders, whom Jehovah has decreed to be destroyed like antitypical Amalekites. In the drama King Ahasuerus (thought to be Xerxes the Great) pictured regal power as now wielded by Jesus Christ. His power permits such an attempt to be made upon the life of the remnant of spiritual Israelites under such false accusations, all for a test of the remnant's obedience to God and for an opportunity to show God's preserving power on their behalf. Mordecai the older representative of the Jews pictures the older part of the remnant who lived through World War I and who survived the fiery spiritual tests when the King Jesus Christ came to the temple A.D. 1918. Esther pictures those who became members of the remnant since 1919, the year of the remnant's reorganization; hence she typifies the spiritually younger part of the remnant. At the risk of life both parts act together as one for the sake of the common interest in the face of the common danger, as Mordecai and Esther did of old.

21 The regal power in the hands of the King Jesus Christ, while permitting the remnant of


20. How have the spiritual Israelites been misrepresented by the Haman class, and who were pictured by King Ahasuerus, Mordecai and Esther?
21. What has the regal power in Christ's hands allowed the remnant to do, and how have they done this, and with what effect?
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spiritual Jews to come under world-wide danger because of their obeying God's laws rather than man's laws, also allows for the remnant to stand for their lives against their foes. The fight is to preserve their spiritual lives as witnesses of Jehovah and preachers of his kingdom by Christ, and it must be fought with spiritual weapons, especially the "sword of the spirit, that is, God's word." (Ephesians 6:13-17, NW) In this fight, especially since 1931, the remnant have stood for their lives in God's "full suit of armor." They have never resorted to fleshly weapons; they have never used illegal means but have taken advantage of what the law allowed. With their spiritual weapons and the use of legal means they have killed many attackers, that is, the power and influence of enemies who have tried to kill them literally or work for their spiritual death by making them stop witnessing and worshiping Jehovah God. They still preach the "good news."

22 Anciently, when God's power became manifest in favor of the Jewish remnant by the publication of Mordecai and Esther's counterlaw, something prophetic of our day happened: "Many of the peoples of the land were declaring themselves Jews [or, were Judaizing], for the dread of the Jews had fallen upon them." Also when the Jews turned the tables on the enemy on A-dar' 13, "not a man stood his ground before them, for the dread of them had fallen upon all the peoples. And all the princes of the jurisdictional districts and the satraps and the governors and the doers of the business that belonged to the king were assisting the Jews, for the dread of Mordecai had fallen upon them." — Esther 8:17; 9:1-3, NW, margin.


22. When Mordecai and Esther's counterlaw was published, what happened prophetic of our day?
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23 True to that ancient type many people not spiritual Israelites have been impressed both by God's provision for the remnant of spiritual Israelites to stand for their lives and by their actual fight by all God-given and legal means to preserve and exercise those things that mean spiritual life for them. The dread of God's power backing up the spiritual Jews has fallen upon them. As a result, a "great crowd," whose numbers keep growing as the fight goes on, have come over onto the side of the remnant and they, too, have become Jehovah's witnesses. They have dedicated their lives to the God of the witnesses and have joined forces with them. In thus declaring themselves fellow worshipers they have exposed themselves to the same danger as the remnant and have obligated themselves to stand with them for their spiritual lives and to fight on victoriously against the enemies of the new world.

24 Even men in high worldly station who stand in dread of the righteous principles for which Jehovah's witnesses stand lend what official or judicial assistance they can in the fight. In doing so they act wisely in accord with the advice of Psalm 2:10-12. The antitypical Haman and his ten sons may be already dead and strung up, in that their malicious designs have been exposed and the effect of Haman's law has been killed and has worked for the enemy's own slaughter, but the fight must go on. Regal power in the hands of Jesus Christ, pictured by King Ahasuerus, fully approves of this fight. It will be extended till God's own executional fight at Armageddon. Then will come rest from the enemies.  — 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8.


23. True to that ancient type, who have been "declaring themselves Jews," and how, and with what obligation to themselves?
24. Also how have men in high worldly station acted, in accord with Psalm 2:10-12, and how long must the fight be extended?


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