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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER XVII

Living Now in the New World Society

TO GAIN life in the new world of God's promise the life seeker has to begin now before the end of the old world to live according to the standards of the new world. The effort to meet this requirement now in this "time of the end" of the old world has resulted in the forming of a New World society. Such a thing as a New World society was first mentioned at the first international assembly of Jehovah's witnesses at Yankee Stadium, New York city, in the summer of 1950. Such a society actually exists. It is not incorporated according to the laws of any Old World nation, for its members are found all over the earth and not even the 60-member United Nations is in position to authorize or incorporate it. Yet it is a real society with a constantly growing membership. Its members live according to a common standard, Jehovah's Word or Bible, and act in unity, preaching the "good news of the kingdom" in the entire inhabited earth. They have a common worship, imitating Jesus Christ and his apostles, and they hold to common beliefs, meeting together regularly to build one another up on their "most holy faith" and to further their common, God-given work. They are organized, not democratically or communistically,


1. As a result of what has the New World society been formed, and how is it really a society and for the new world?
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but theocratically, with Jehovah ruling from above as God and King and through his Son Jesus Christ as his "leader and commander to the peoples." (Isaiah 55:4) They are not working like the United Nations to perpetuate the doomed old world. They live for the new world that follows Armageddon, and they are preparing to live in it for its duration, forever. They try to live now as they must live then.

2 A strengthening, impelling, joy-inspiring power to them is Jehovah's ancient promise through his prophet Isaiah: "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create." (Isaiah 65:17, 18, Da) Seven centuries later the apostle John had this promise confirmed to him, for he wrote: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. And the one seated on the throne said: 'Look! I am making all things new.'" — Revelation 21:1, 5, NW.

3 The apostle Peter gave still further Christian confirmation to Jehovah's promise through Isaiah. Symbolically describing the passing away of the present heavens and earth that make up Satan's world or system of things, Peter wrote in words that especially apply to true Christians today: "Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. Yet Jehovah's day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot


2. What promise of Jehovah, as confirmed by him to the apostle John, is a power to this society?
3. How did Peter give still further Christian confirmation to Jehovah's promise through Isaiah?
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will be dissolved, and the earth and the works in it will be discovered. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of -godly devotion, awaiting and keeping close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which the heavens being on fire will be dissolved and the elements being intensely hot will melt! But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell. Hence, beloved ones, since you are awaiting these things, do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace." — 2 Peter 3:9-14, NW.

4 Those of the New World society, therefore, do not have a depressing outlook that stops all progress, stifles all righteous ambition and deadens all interest in what is going on. They are the greatest optimists for the future. They wisely do not waste time, effort and sentiment on trying to preserve the old world that is doomed and fast nearing destruction. They live under a continual sense of urgency, keeping close in mind the day of Jehovah's execution of the satanic heavens and earth and his replacing of these with righteous new heavens and a new earth, new heavenly ruling powers and a new organization of human society. They know God is not slow or dillydallying but will be unchangeably on time in carrying out his promise of a new world. So now, without any delay, they must take advantage of his patience, which he is still exercising, that some may have time to repent before his time is up and destruction overtakes all those who are part of the old world. Without loss of time and motion they do their utmost to co-operate with God in


4. Why do the New World society not have a depressing outlook, and how do they try to avoid being caught unawares by Jehovah's great day?
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his lifesaving purpose. By continual watchfulness as to their right conduct and by constant activity in Jehovah's service they want to avoid being caught unawares by the great "day of Jehovah." They want to survive it under his approval into his new world.

5 Since eternal life is God's gift through Christ Jesus our Lord, the worship of the God of the new world must mark the New World society. The members must identify themselves as being undividedly for Jehovah and must therefore be his witnesses. The spiritual remnant must display the "seal of the living God" in their forehead. The "great crowd" who have joined the remnant in Jehovah's worship must display the mark in their forehead put there by the remnant, the symbolic 'man clothed in linen, with a writer's ink-horn by his side.' (Revelation 7:1-4; Ezekiel 9:1-4) All must, as it were, put on garments of identification as worshipers of the only living and true God and must show they are in heart accord with his purpose through Christ to destroy all worshipers of false gods at Armageddon. The vitalness of this part of New World living was typified in the relations of King Jehu and Jehonadab.

6 In the tenth century before Christ, Elisha the prophet sent and had general Jehu anointed to rule over the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel for a special purpose, to wipe out the descendants of the unfaithful King Ahab, who officially set up the worship of the pagan god Baal in Israel, and to overthrow Baal worship among Jehovah's chosen people. Jehu promptly set himself to carry out the divine commission. He not only exterminated


5. Whose worship must mark the New World society, and what garments of identification must they put on before Armageddon?
6. How did Jehu become king, how did he proceed with fulfilling his commission, and what typical figure then stepped upon the stage?
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Ahab's wicked descendants but also rode his war chariot over the pagan promoter of Baal worship, Ahab's widow Jezebel. The sympathetic friends of Ahab's house who came from the kingdom of Judah also met with destruction at Jehu's executional sword. Here there steps upon the stage of action a figure typical of the "great crowd" of today, Jehonadab the son of Rechab, from whom the later Rechabites took instructions. (Jeremiah 35:1-11)* Jehu's executional program as Jehovah's anointed King had become well known to Jehonadab. Did he approve of it?

7 "As he was going along from there he got to encounter Je-hon'a-dab the son of Re'chab [coming] to meet him. When he blessed him, he [that is, Jehu] accordingly said to him: 'Is your heart upright with me, just as my own heart is with your heart?' To this Je-hon'a-dab said: 'It is.' 'If it is, do give me your hand.' So he gave him his hand. At that he made him get up into the chariot with him. Then he said: 'Do go along with me and look upon my toleration of no rivalry toward Jehovah.' And they kept him riding with him in his war chariot. Finally he came to Sa-mar'i-a [the capital city]. Now he went striking down all who were left over of A'hab's in Sa-mar'i-a until he had annihilated them, according to Jehovah's word that he had spoken to E-li'jah." — 2 Kings 10:15-17, NW.

8 Jehonadab plainly said he was in heart harmony with King Jehu in his executional work in fulfillment of Jehovah's words against the house of Ahab by the prophet Elijah. He openly made known this fact by publicly riding alongside King


* See chapter IV, pages 64, ¶21, to 67, ¶26.
7, 8. (a) How did Jehonadab show he approved of Jehu's executional program? (b) Whom did King Jehu typify, and how does the antitypical Jehonadab go along with the antitypical Jehu?
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Jehu in his chariot, thus going with Jehu to witness how he tolerated no rivalry in Israel between Baal and Jehovah. In this prophetic drama King Jehu typified the One whom Jehovah has anointed as his leading executional officer, his enthroned King Jesus Christ. The name "Jehu" means "Jehovah is He," not meaning that King Jehu was Jehovah himself but well suiting the king who championed Jehovah as being the true God. Jesus Christ is the antitypical Jehu and he is represented on earth by the remnant of the members of the "body of Christ," who proclaim Jehovah's judgments against the house or seed of the antitypical King Ahab, Satan the Devil. In 1932 the remnant became familiar with the antitypical Jehonadab.* Jehonadab was no Israelite but was a Midianite temporary resident in Israel who worshiped Jehovah. His name means "Jehovah is liberal (or, has impelled)." His descendants, the Rechabites of Jeremiah's day, typified the "great crowd" of Jehovah's worshipers not spiritual Israelites. Jehonadab their forefather typified the same group. The Jehonadab class of today give their right hand of co-operation to the remnant to show they are uprightly in heart accord with Jesus Christ in his executional work against the Devil's organization. They join with the remnant in 'declaring the day of vengeance of our God.' They publicly go along with the remnant as these show that they tolerate no rivalry toward Jehovah God in the New World society.

9 In this connection, remember that the unfaithful ten-tribe kingdom of Israel under King Ahab


* See The Watchtower as of July 1 to August 1, 1932, presenting the series of three articles on "Jehovah's Executioner." Also see pages 77-87 of Volume 3 of the book Vindication, released on July 18, 1932, at Brooklyn, New York.
9. What did the unfaithful ten-tribe kingdom of Israel under King Ahab's house typify, and what worship will the Greater Jehu not tolerate in its antitype?
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and his house pictured Christendom. She divides her worship between what she considers God and the unclean, materialistic god Baal, whom the antitypical Ahab, Satan the Devil, has introduced into Christendom. At the capital city, Samaria, King Ahab built an altar and temple to Baal. Did Jehu tolerate it as a rival to Jehovah's worship? No more than the Greater Jehu will tolerate modern Baalism in Christendom. "Further, Je'hu collected all the people together and said to them: 'A'hab, on the one hand, worshiped Ba'al a little. Je'hu, on the other hand, will worship him a great deal. So now call all the prophets of Ba'al, all his worshipers and all his priests to me. Do not let a single one be missing, because I have a great sacrifice for Ba'al. Anyone that is missing will not keep living.' As for Je'hu, he acted slyly, for the purpose of destroying the worshipers of Ba'al."

10 From the ancient type it is made clear why the King Jesus Christ now ruling in the midst of his enemies still permits modern Baalism to go on in Christendom as well as in the rest of the world. It is to put men to the test, to let them prove whom they worship, Jehovah or Baal, and thus whether they deserve preservation or execution. "And Je'hu went on to say: 'Sanctify a solemn assembly for Ba'al.' Accordingly they proclaimed it. After that Je'hu sent through all Israel, so that all the worshipers of Ba'al came in. And not a single one was left over that did not come in. And they kept coming into the house of Ba'al, and the house of Ba'al came to be full from end to end. He now said to the one who was over the wardrobe: 'Bring out garments for all the worshipers of Ba'al.' So he brought the attire out for them. Then Je'hu entered with Je-hon'a-dab the son of Re'chab into


10. How does the ancient type show why the King Jesus Christ still lets modern Baalism go on in Christendom and the rest of the world?
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the house of Ba'al. He now said to the worshipers of Ba'al: 'Search carefully and see that there may be here with you none of the worshipers of Jehovah, but only the worshipers of Ba'al.' Finally they came in to render up sacrifices and burnt offerings, and Je'hu himself stationed eighty men outside at his disposal and went on to say: 'As for the man that escapes from the men whom I am bringing into your hands, the one's soul will go for the other's soul.' "

11 The antitypical Jehu of today will corner every one of the modern Baal worshipers by the time of Armageddon. He sees to it that all worshipers of Jehovah are gathered out into the New World society. That includes the Jehonadab class. Even though many claim to be Christians, the Greater Jehu forces all worshipers of Baal to don their garments of identification, proving they are at heart and in fact Baal worshipers, not worshipers of Jehovah. He forces this putting on of identification garments for his own guidance at execution time, and he does so by setting the vital issue of Jehovah's worship before mankind and then letting them show how they stand toward Jehovah's witnesses who promote His worship. When people oppose and persecute, they are allowed to do this as a way of putting on their garments of Baal worship. They thus mark themselves for sure execution. By Armageddon all will have marked themselves.

12 When King Jehu had the Baal worshipers all bottled up by themselves and actually engaged in the false worship he ordered his executional forces into action. Not a Baal worshiper escaped them. Then they destroyed all the idolatrous furniture


11. How will the antitypical Jehu have cornered all worshipers of Baal by Armageddon, but where will Jehovah's worshipers be?
12. How did King Jehu then annihilate Baal out of Israel?
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and lastly Baal's temple itself and made its location a public latrine. "Thus Je'hu annihilated Ba'al out of Israel." — 2 Kings 10:18-28, NW.

13 Jehonadab witnessed the destruction of Baal worshipers and of Baalism out of Israel. His worship of Jehovah saved him from execution. So, too, in the immediate future. With all the worshipers of Jehovah's rival fully identified by the time of Armageddon, his anointed and commissioned King Jesus Christ will lead all his angelic executional forces into action and catch the false worshipers red-handed and will make no mistake in annihilating them down to the last man. None will survive Armageddon; neither will the temple of false religion. But the remnant of spiritual Israelites will, and the Jehonadab class will. In the New World society they now uncompromisingly render exclusive devotion to Jehovah as God. Together they will witness the complete execution of the false worshipers at Armageddon and will survive to carry forward Jehovah's pure worship in the new world.

14 Another picture of the relationship between the remnant and the Jehonadab class is to be found in the relations of Israel with Hobab. He was Moses' kinsman by marriage but a fleshly relative of Jehonadab. He was a Midianite temporary resident among the Israelites in the wilderness of Arabia. Moses had built the tabernacle of worship and inaugurated Jehovah's worship at it. The time came for the Israelites to move from the region of Mount Sinai toward the Promised Land of Canaan. Although Jehovah's cloud would go before the Israelites to lead them in the general direction


13. What saved Jehonadab from execution, and how will it be similar in the immediate future at Armageddon?
14. By what other typical figure was the relationship between the remnant and the Jehonadab class pictured, and what invitation and promise did Moses extend to him?
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and to determine their stopping places, the eyes of a good scout could be used in searching out the local territory, its water supplies and its pasturage. Here Hobab would prove useful. "Then Moses said to Ho'bab the son of Reu'el the Mid'i-an-ite, the father-in-law of Moses: 'We are pulling away for the place about which Jehovah said, "I shall give it to you." Do come with us and we shall certainly do good to you, because Jehovah has spoken good concerning Israel.' But he said to him: 'I shall not go along, but I shall go to my own country and to my relatives.' At this he said: 'Please, do not abandon us, because for the reason that you well know where we may encamp in the wilderness you must serve as eyes for us. And it must occur that in case you should come with us, yes, it must occur that with what goodness Jehovah will kindly deal with us we in turn will kindly deal toward you.' So they went marching from the mountain of Jehovah." — Numbers 10:29-33, NW; Exodus 2:15-22.

15 As typified by Hobab, the members of the "great crowd" come along with the remnant of spiritual Israelites through the wilderness of this "time of the end." The remnant invite them into the New World society, which Jehovah has promised to bless and preserve and usher into the new world toward which they are journeying. To do this, the members of the "great crowd" must cut their ties with their earthly country and worldly relatives. Yet they do it to be of assistance to Jehovah's remnant under the Greater Moses, Jesus Christ. They have served as "eyes" to the New World society, especially in going forth as missionaries and pioneer publishers of the Kingdom news to new lands and territories, to open them up


15. How does the antitypical Hobab come along with the remnant, and how does the remnant deal with them in turn?
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for the extending of the New World society to those regions and establishing congregations of Jehovah's witnesses. Because they come along as loyal companions and tender their valuable services, the remnant does good to them, especially spiritually. The goodness with which Jehovah kindly deals with his remnant they share lovingly with the "great crowd" typified by Hobab.

16 Hobab later had a relative by the name of Heber the Kenite. Hobab was a Midianite of the tribe of Kenites. The Kenites came with Israel into the Promised Land and kept up their attachment with them by settling on the southern border of Judah, toward the wilderness to which the Kenites were adapted. (Judges 1:16; 1 Chronicles 2:55) Heber the Kenite, however, moved his family northward and settled near the city of refuge, Kedesh-Naphtali. (Joshua 20:1-7) "Incidentally He'ber the Ken'ite had separated from the Ken'ites, the sons of Ho'bab, whose son-in-law Moses was, and he had his tent pitched near the big tree in Za-a-nan'nim, which is at Ke'desh." (Judges 4:11, NW) While Heber was here an event took place that set a pattern of action that the "great crowd" of today must follow in the New World society before Armageddon.

17 After Israel settled in the Promised Land without a visible human king, Jehovah raised up judges to administer justice to them. Because of their falling away from Jehovah's worship Jehovah let the Israelites come under harsh oppression for twenty years by Jabin the king of Canaan, whose army chief was named Sisera. Then Jehovah used Deborah a prophetess to call Barak the


16. Where did Hobab's relative, Heber the Kenite, move to put his tent in a place of typical action?
17. How did a typical battle of Armageddon take place before the prophetess Deborah and Judge Barak, but for whom was the "crowning feat" reserved to be performed?
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son of Abinoam, of the tribe of Naphtali, to serve as judge for the overthrow of the enemy and the deliverance of Israel. Barak, accompanied by the prophetess Deborah, gathered an army of ten thousand at the city of refuge Kedesh, and then went up to Mount Tabor, not quite fifteen miles northeast of Megiddo. Sisera now brought his nine hundred war chariots with iron scythes and his mighty army of footmen up against Barak. By a miraculous act Jehovah knocked the war chariots out of action and put the army of Sisera to rout. It was a typical battle of Armageddon. (Judges 5:19-23, NW) Barak and his ten thousand chased after the enemy and cut them down till none remained. That is, except one, Sisera. He got down off his chariot and fled on foot. In his case Deborah's prophecy to Barak had to come true: "The crowning feat will not become yours on the way that you are going, for it will be into the hand of a woman that Jehovah will sell Sis'e-ra." (Judges 4:8, 9, NW) To perform this crowning feat meant a test for the woman. How?

18 "As for Sis'e-ra, he fled on foot to the tent of Ja'el the wife of He'ber the Ken'ite, for there was peace between Ja'bin the king of Ha'zor and the household of He'ber the Ken'ite. Then Ja'el came on out to meet Sis'e-ra and said to him: "Turn this way, my lord, turn this way to me. Do not be afraid.' So he turned aside to her into the tent. Later she covered him with a blanket." At his request for water she gave him milk to drink. As he lay in her tent, violating the sanctity of a woman's tent, he told her to stand at the entrance and steer away any Israelite pursuer. The test of Jael was now on. Would she side with King Jabin with whom her husband Heber was at peace at the time and try to help his army chief to escape?


18. How was Jael the wife of Heber put to the test in connection with Sisera, but what action did she take?
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Or would she show loyalty to Jehovah's people among whom she was a temporary resident? Would she aid in their deliverance? Sisera fell asleep. "And Ja'el the wife of He'ber proceeded to take a pin of the tent and to put the hammer into her hand. Then she went to him stealthily and drove the pin into his temples and beat it into the earth, while he was fast asleep and weary. So he died," — Judges 4:17-21, NW.

19 Had Jael tried to harbor an enemy it would have led to her execution as an ally of those who fell at Megiddo. Her courageous strike for Jehovah won his blessing in the victory song of Deborah and Barak: "Ja'el the wife of He'ber the Ken'ite will be most blessed among women, among women in the tent she will be most blessed. Water he asked, milk she gave; in the large banquet bowl of majestic ones she presented curdled milk. Her hand to the tent pin she then thrust out, and her right hand to the mallet of toilers. And she ham-


19. From what did Jael's strike for Jehovah safeguard her, and what blessing did it win for her?
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mered Sis'e-ra, she pierced his head through, and she broke apart and cut up his temples. Between her feet he collapsed, he fell, he lay down; between her feet he collapsed, he fell; where he collapsed, there he fell overcome." — Judges 5:1, 24-27, NW.

20 Jael produced the strongest evidence that she was loyal to Jehovah's sovereignty over Israel and that she approved of his slaughter of the enemy by his executional forces. "Look! there was Ba'rak pursuing Sis'e-ra. Ja'el now came on out to meet him and said to him: 'Come and I shall show you the man you are looking for.' So in he went to her and, look! there was Sis'e-ra fallen dead, with the pin in his temples." — Judges 4:22, NW.

21 Judge Barak is listed as one of the pre-Christian witnesses of Jehovah. (Hebrews 11:32 to 12:2, NW) Deborah was also one. She pictured God's "woman," his universal organization of which Jesus Christ is the head member. Barak typified the Deliverer Jesus Christ, who has a remnant of members of "his body" still on the earth in these pre-Armageddon days. These ask and choose to act always under the direction and with the help of God's universal organization, the antitypical Deborah, in declaring the day of the vengeance of our God and proclaiming his judgments against the foes and oppressors of spiritual Israel. The oppressor, King Jabin, an accursed Canaanite, pictures Satan the Devil, the accursed original Serpent. Army chief Sisera pictures the visible agents, the ruling factors of this wicked system of things, whom Satan has used in oppressing Jehovah's remnant, the nucleus of the New World society. The battle fought at and near Megiddo pictured the battle of Armageddon, in


20. What evidence did Jael produce of her loyalty and backing?
21. Who were pictured by Deborah, Barak, King Jabin and army chief Sisera, and what was pictured by the battle near Megiddo?
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which Jehovah will fight by his Chief Executioner, Jesus Christ, for the vindication of his universal sovereignty and for the rescue and relief of his witnesses.

22 Whom, then, does the non-Israelite woman Jael typify? The same as Hobab, the same as Jehonadab, the same as her other kinsmen the Rechabites. She typifies the "other sheep" who do good to the remnant of spiritual Israelites, the 'least of these Christ's brothers,' doing it the same as to him. This "great crowd" of his "other sheep" dwell as "temporary residents" in among the spiritual Israelites. No matter what the friendly ties of their close relatives may be to this old world, the Jael class cannot approve of the oppression of world rulers upon Jehovah's people. Their choice is to be loyal to the Greater Barak, Jesus Christ, and to the New World society of Jehovah's witnesses. They cannot harbor the enemy oppressors of Jehovah's remnant. They use their wisest strategy to hammer to death the influence, power and effect of the worldly ruling factors in their endeavors to oppress Jehovah's people and reproach His name. They must do this before Armageddon, not after when none of the enemy will remain. Even at the risk of their life they show their sympathy with the coming execution of Jehovah's foes. Even after Armageddon has begun and the organized forces of false religion have been overthrown, they will have to display stanch allegiance to the Greater Barak and loyalty to his remnant and proclaim with them Jehovah's judgments yet to be executed upon the enemies left, including the Devil himself. That way they will escape execution themselves and will continue to live in the New World society until its joyful entry into the "new earth" free from enemies.


22. Who was typified by Jael, and in what special respects?


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