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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER XVIII

Constructive, Lifesaving Activities

THE members of the New World society are not a fanatical crowd of unrealistic people, impractical, idle dreamers, moved with false hopes. They are the greatest realists, facing the actual facts of this "time of the end" since 1914 and courageously putting the meaning on them that God's Book of prophecy puts on them. With trust in him they calmly look to the destruction of this unsuccessful world in the "war of the great day of God the Almighty." They are organizing now to go into action in the postwar period to do the enormous reconstruction work then. They do not try to hasten the destruction of this world by in any way subverting its political governments of any kind, and it is likewise contrary to God's will for them to engage in any violence during the battle of Armageddon. Christ's command to them is: "Pay back, therefore, Caesar's things to Caesar, but God's things to God." (Matthew 22:21, NW) They cannot save this doomed, not-worth-saying world from destruction by Almighty God, but in his most practical way they can try to save as many people as possible from that sudden destruction. Reasonably they cannot take part in any reconstruction of this old world but must let it fall to its destruction. Yet they are the most constructive people, specializing on constructive work the effects of which will pass through the


l. How are the New World society a most realistic people, life-benefiting and constructive in their work for lasting good?
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demolition of this world and last forever. They work for the coming new world.

2 The Sacred Scriptures foresaw the activities of the New World society in the time of the end. A historical picture of them is presented in the tenth man in the line of descent from Adam, Noah, and his family. Noah, too, lived in a time of the end, the end of the preflood world; and Jesus, in his prophecy, declared that the happenings of Noah's day were typical of things to happen in the time of the end of this postflood world. He said: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away. Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father. For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as people were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be. Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Master is coming." (Matthew 24:35-39, 42, NW) From Noah any person seeking survival can learn what is practical now.

3 The violence and moral corruption of the world since A.D. 1914 find their correspondency in the like things of Noah's day. But Noah and his family were different; so must the members of the New World society be now. Noah leading his family walked with the true God; so must the New World society under Christ do today. Noah and his family were righteous in God's sight in his genera-


2. In whom is there given a picture of the New World society in doing what is practical now for survival?
3. How must the New World society be like Noah and Ms family morally and religiously?
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tion; so must the members of the New World society be now. Noah was a "preacher of righteousness," an upbuilding, constructive preacher; so must the New World society preach what Jesus foretold they should preach, "this good news of the kingdom" for a witness.

4 Noah, at the command of God the supreme Architect and Builder, built a huge ark or chest to preserve human and animal life through the flood of which God warned. "By faith Noah, after being given divine warning of things not yet beheld, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving of his household, and through this faith he condemned the world, and he became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." (Hebrews 11:7, NW) Noah's works of faith were different, being works of righteousness and of obedience to God. Thus by such works of faith he condemned the world for its wicked, faithless works. He showed that it deserved to perish, but that he and his household were worth preserving. Similarly through faith proved by their works of obedience to God the New World society condemns this world. It gives practical, visible proof that there is a better organization than this world and that this world deserves to perish but the New World society is the practical thing, worthy of being preserved and perpetuated.

5 Armageddon will not be a global flood, for God said there would be no repeating of such a flood. So the New World society does not build an ark for survival through Armageddon. The ark was typical of something greater, and Jesus Christ is the antitypical Noah who builds it. The apostle Peter refers to it in these words: "The patience of


4. How does the New World society, like Noah, condemn this world?
5. Of what was Noah's ark typical, and what baptism for salvation did Noah's family experience?
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God was waiting in Noah's days, while the ark was being constructed, in which a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water. That which corresponds to this [or, which thing as an antitype] is also now saving you, namely, baptism, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request made to God for a good conscience,) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is at God's right hand, for he went his way to heaven, and angels and authorities and powers were made subject to him." (1 Peter 3:20-22, NW, margin) The ark, therefore, typifies the new system of things that the resurrected, glorified Jesus builds. (Hebrews 1:2, NW) The seven human souls with Noah were not saved by being baptized in the flood the way the ancient world was, but were saved by being baptized into Noah in the ark, just as centuries later the Israelites and the "mixed crowd" with them were baptized into Moses by means of the Red Sea and the cloud of Jehovah overhead. (1 Corinthians 10:1, 2, NW)* Today the New World society is the organization of Jehovah's witnesses and it must get into the "ark," the new system of things that God builds through Jesus Christ.

6 The members of the organization or New World society must be baptized into the antitypical Noah, Jesus Christ, by being submerged into him as their Leader and Commander, to obey and copy him and to go where he goes. That results in the "good conscience" that they request from God. If they are baptized into him, then where he goes as the Head they will go as the body under him. Now they must keep close to him within the antitypical ark, the new system of things. As with the Israelites at crossing the Red Sea, which typified


* See chapter VII, pages 123, ¶25, to 125, ¶27.
6. What is the baptism of the New World society that now leads to salvation through Armageddon?
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surviving Armageddon, so with the New World society at Armageddon: they will there in a special sense be baptized into the Greater Noah by means of the fiery baptism of Armageddon.

7 Since A.D. 1914 Jesus Christ, "the Son of man," has been present in his kingdom. Since then we have been living in the "presence of the Son of man," when it is to be "just as the days of Noah were." As Noah typified the exalted Jesus, Noah's wife well typified the "bride, the Lamb's wife." On earth today she is represented by the remnant of the "bride" class, those who, like a "chaste virgin," are promised in marriage to the "one husband," the Christ. (Revelation 21:9; 19:7; 2 Corinthians 11:2, NW) The three sons of Noah, namely, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and their three wives typified those who are with the remnant of the "bride" class within the new system of things under Christ, namely, the "other sheep" whom the Right Shepherd has gathered and whom he has made "one flock" with the remnant under the one Shepherd. Through bringing the life-giving good news of the Kingdom to these "other sheep" and helping them into the way that leads to everlasting life the remnant of the "bride" class has mothered these "other sheep" and they have become the children-to-be of the "Everlasting Father" Jesus Christ. — John 10:16; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Isaiah 9:6, 7.

8 During the time of the end of the ancient world Noah and the family of which he was the head were engaged in lifesaving activities to keep the human family and the family kinds of the many


7. Since when have we been living in the "presence of the Son of man," and who were typified by Noah, his wife, and his three sons and their wives?
8. How were Noah and his family engaged in life-saving activities, and how are Jehovah's witnesses likewise now engaged?
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beasts and birds in existence for the future world. Likewise the organization of Jehovah's witnesses in the new system of things under Christ must be engaged in lifesaving activities. They are no part of this old world that is insanely preparing for a third world war of death-dealing power to practically all mankind; no, rather, that is bringing on its own violent death by fighting against Jehovah and his kingdom by Christ. By preaching the Kingdom news and warning of the approaching "day of vengeance of our God" they upbuild people in righteousness and help them to get into the only destruction-proof shelter for Armageddon, the new system of things with its baptism into the Greater Noah, Jesus Christ.

9 Nuclear scientists of today may doubt the possibility of mankind's surviving a world war with nuclear weapons, but Jehovah's witnesses with their "wisdom from above" know from that type of Noah's experience that Almighty God can preserve them through the world's end at Armageddon, and that this education of the people in the Bible and obeying the commandments of Jehovah God is the only scientific way that leads to preservation. "Certainly if God did not hold back from ... punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a deluge upon a world of ungodly people; ... Jehovah knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people for the day of judgment to be cut off." — 2 Peter 2:4-9, NW.

10 The old world's "time of the end" is the time


9. From the type of Noah's experience, what do Jehovah's witnesses know respecting preservation?
10. (a) The world's time of the end is a time of restoring whom? (b) Like whose restoration of old is it, and who was anointed to declare a restoration of a larger kind?
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of the beginning of the "new heavens" for bringing in a completely new world. It is a time of founding the "new earth" by forming the New World society. It is a time of restoring those who were recently captives of the old world and in peril of being destroyed with it. (Isaiah 51:14-16) It is a time like that of the restoring of the captive Israelites from Babylon to their Palestine homeland that had lain desolate for seventy years, with its cities, even Jerusalem, in ruins and its fields and vineyards uncultivated, running wild. Much reconstruction work was then needed; the pure worship of Jehovah God needed to be started there anew by his legitimate Aaronic priests and their Levite ministers or assistants. To declare real restoration and to invite the liberty-loving, true worshipers to take advantage of it, Jehovah anointed his Son Jesus Christ with holy spirit that he might say: "The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me, because Jehovah hath anointed me to announce glad tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of Jehovah, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto [the mourners of Zion], that beauty should be given unto them instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness: that they might be called [oak trees] of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified." — Isaiah 61:1-3, Da; AT.

11 During his first presence nineteen centuries ago the anointed Jesus did preach such a message


11. How did Jesus accomplish such a restoration work during his first presence, and how does he continue this restoration during his presence in the time of the end now?
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and accomplish a joy-giving, life-bringing restoration work among Jews who mourned because of their religious captivity to Judaism with its law-transgressing traditions, its man-made commands and its religious oppressors. That restoration work continued on till Jehovah's "day of vengeance" came upon unfaithful Zion or Jerusalem A.D. 70 and the adherents of Judaism were scattered to the ends of the earth. A continuation of that restoration, but on a greater scale, has come in this "time of the end" during the "presence of the Son of man" in his heavenly throne. He has restored the remnant of spiritual Israelites from their religious captivity in antitypical Babylon, doing this by means of the spirit with which the remnant have been anointed and by means of the truth. As he said: "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32, NW) Instead of dry ashes, mourning and the spirit of heaviness, they have spiritual beauty, shine with the oil of joy, and wear the praises of God like a garment of identification. They droop no more, but have become like strong oaks producing righteous fruits, planted by Jehovah and therefore rooted and grounded in his organization, that they may serve to His glory, proving that he is God.

12 Their earthly condition was specially desolated during World War I. But the reconstruction work in Jehovah's pure worship that the joyful, delivered remnant now do in it the prophecy concerning Jehovah's anointed goes on to describe symbolically thus: "And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the places desolate from generation to generation." — Isaiah 61:4, Da.


12. What work do the remnant do in their formerly desolated earthly condition, and how did Isaiah 61:4 foretell this?
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13 Since 1919 this has gone on. The spiritual remnant, the original part and those who have been added to them since 1919 and down to 1931, have done great spiritual reconstructive work, converting their once desolate-looking earthly estate into one that resembles the paradise of Eden. They have built up their citylike organizations, their congregations, and have fortified them spiritually before Armageddon. (Fortified cities will not be needed after Armageddon.) They have been comparatively few in number, in a hostile world. It is clear that, not by might nor by power but by Jehovah's spirit or active force, the prophecy has been fulfilled concerning them: "And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, whereas it was a desolation in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited." (Ezekiel 36:34, 35, AS) This beautiful transformation becomes noticeable from the fact that the congregations of Jehovah's remnant grew not only in size but in number. Whereas in 1919 they had to employ outside factories to do all their printing of Bible literature, they had a number of their own factories by 1931 to do their own printing in and outside the United States of America. Whereas in 1919 they reorganized the work with about 14 branches outside America, there were 38 such branches in 1931, and the Watch Tower literature was published in a corresponding number of different languages.

14 However, the restored remnant were not to enjoy this spiritual paradise to themselves. Addressing the anointed remnant of spiritual


13. How have they transformed their once desolate-looking earthly estate and built fortified cities, and how was the growth to be noticed from 1919 to 1931?
14. Were they to enjoy this spiritual paradise to themselves, and how does Isaiah go on to say whether or not?
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Israel, Isaiah's prophecy goes on to say: "And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your ploughmen and your vine-dressers. But as for you, ye shall be called priests of Jehovah; it shall be said of you: Ministers of our God. Ye shall eat the wealth of the nations, and into their glory shall ye enter. Instead of your shame [ye shall have] double; instead of confusion they shall celebrate with joy their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double; everlasting joy shall be unto them. For I, Jehovah, love judgment, I hate robbery with wrong; and I will give their recompence in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are a seed that Jehovah hath blessed."  — Isaiah 61:4-9, Da.

13 To natural Israelites, if strangers and sons of the alien fed their flocks and were their plowmen and vinedressers, it would be something remarkable. For the terms "strangers" and "sons of the alien" did not refer to such people in Israel as the temporary residents or immigrants or the Nethinim temple slaves or the non-Israelite singers or the servants of Solomon, but referred to those who came from outside the land, foreigners. When dedicating the temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, King Solomon prayed for such in these words: "Also as to the foreigner who is no part of your people Israel and who actually comes from a distant land by reason of your name (for they shall hear of your great name and of your strong hand and of your stretched-out arm), and he


15. How was strangers and sons of the aliens' serving in these occupations something remarkable for Israel, and how did Solomon pray for such ones at the temple dedication?
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actually comes and prays toward this house, may you yourself hear from the heavens, your established place of dwelling, and you must do according to all that for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may get to know your name so as to fear you the same as your people Israel do and so as to know that your name itself has been called upon this house that I have built." (1 Kings 8:41-43, NW; 2 Chronicles 6:32, 33) Thus the strangers or foreigners were to be drawn to Israel because of Israel's worship of the true God and because of his favor upon Israel.

16 The fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy and the answer to the temple prayer of Solomon, typical of the One greater than he, Jesus Christ, are to be seen distinctly since 1931. Of course, from February of 1918 on the anointed remnant preached the message "Millions Now Living Will Never Die," but from 1931 on they turned their attention to marking with the Kingdom truth the foreheads of the people who were grieved over spiritual conditions in the world, especially in Christendom. From house to house, from city to city, from nation to nation, they went doing the marking. (Ezekiel 9:1-4) Jehovah blessed the work and many marked "strangers" and "sons of the alien," that is, many not of the remnant of spiritual Israel, came to Jehovah's visible organization in its spiritual prosperity. They did not let persecutions or the breaking up of natural home ties prevent them from coming and associating with Jehovah's remnant. They recognized the remnant as being "priests of Jehovah" and "ministers of our God," that is to say, as being members of a "chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people


16. Because of what work since 1931 have such "strangers" and "sons of the alien" come, and as what have the remnant been recognized by them?
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for special possession," so that with these it was necessary to worship Jehovah as God. (1 Peter 2:9, NW) As time has gone on they have come from all parts of the earth to form what the apostle John saw in vision, "a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne [of Jehovah] and before the Lamb [Jesus Christ]." And Jehovah has done what these have called to him for at his temple.

17 The prophet Zechariah, who was raised up with Haggai to encourage the Jewish remnant to rebuild the temple, also foretold the coming of the great crowd from all nations and their attaching themselves to the remnant of spiritual Jews. Zechariah encouraged the remnant to be a joyful, glad and cheerful people and to love truth and peace, and then added: "Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Yet again shall there come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to supplicate Jehovah, and to seek Jehovah of hosts: I will go also. And many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek Jehovah of hosts in Jerusalem, and to supplicate Jehovah. Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: In those days shall ten men take hold, out of all languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you [people]; for we have heard [that] God is with you [people]." (Zechariah 8:18-23, Da) Thus the great attraction to strangers and sons of the alien of all nations is, not the remnant of spiritual Jews in themselves, but the God to whom they are priests and ministers and also the truth and peace with which God has blessed them.


17. Who did Zechariah foretell would attach themselves to spiritual Jews, and what is it really that attracts these?
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18 These antitypical "strangers" and "sons of the alien" come to serve God with the remnant. They cannot become spiritual priests and ministers of Jehovah, for God has not called them to that spiritual service; but they become, as it were, feeders of the flock in the charge of the spiritual remnant and plowmen and vinedressers of theirs. The membership of the New World society has grown so, the congregations of Jehovah's witnesses have increased so, to over 14,500 throughout the earth by 1955, under 75 branch offices of the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, that it has become needful to make many of these strangers and aliens responsible servants with oversight of congregations in most cases. This has prominently been true since the publication of the article "Company Servant" in the issue of May 1, 1937, of The Watchtower. But all these strangers and aliens have engaged in a general pastoral work of hunting and finding the other sheep and feeding them spiritually and inviting them to come up to Jehovah's house and worship him. They have also done figurative plowing up of the ground for the scattering of the seed of the Word of God and done vinedressing for toning up the vine of the organization to produce fruits of righteousness to make God glad and make Jehovah-fearing men glad.

19 The prophet Isaiah, after telling Zion or Jerusalem to arise and shine in Jehovah's glory, said to her: "And the sons of the alien shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee." (Isaiah 60:10, Da) When the Jewish remnant left Babylon in 537 B.C. and returned to Jerusalem to rebuild it and its temple, not only were there non-


18. How have these antitypical "strangers" and "sons of the alien" served as feeders of the flock and as plowmen and vinedressers, and particularly since when?
19. What case is there of "sons of the alien" engaged in building up the walls of ancient Jerusalem, and what has been the antitype of this in the time of the end now?
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Israelite Nethinim or "temple slaves" that went along but also Gibeonites are listed with those returning: "the sons of Gib'e-on, ninety-five." (Nehemiah 7:25, 46-56, 60, NW) When governor Nehemiah came from Shushan in Persia to Jerusalem to repair or rebuild its walls, he assigned portions of the wall not only to the families of the Israelite inhabitants but also to the non-Israelite Gibeonites: "At their side Mel-a-ti'ah the Gib'e-on-ite and Ja'don the Me-ron'o-thite, men of Gib'e-on and Miz'pah, did repair work, for the throne of the governor beyond the River." (Nehemiah 3:7, NW) So in Israel's case there was a partial fulfillment of the prophecy that the sons of aliens should build up the walls of the city where Jehovah had placed his name. But in this time of the end of the old world it has been overwhelmingly true that antitypical "sons of aliens," those not of the remnant, have done fortification work in the New World society corresponding to the rebuilding of the walls of ancient Jerusalem.

20 The constructive, lifesaving activities of the New World society continue to expand. The growing numbers of the "great crowd" work alongside the remnant and in support of them. All carry out the "one law" that is to "exist for the native and for the temporary resident," which law is: "Also in all the nations the good news has to be preached first." — Exodus 12:49 and Mark 13:10, NW.


20. So with whom does the "great crowd" now work, and what "one law" do all carry out together?


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