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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER XXIII

Individual Decision Now for Surviving Armageddon

EACH informed individual is now faced with the need to make the decision upon which depends his fate at Armageddon. He cannot look to Christendom for guidance, for her fruits make her known as not Christian. She is a light that has failed amid the deepening world darkness, and her appeals for a great spiritual revival will continue to prove vain. In this "time of the end" she has shown herself to be like unfaithful Israel of old, a shameless nation, refusing divine discipline, making no spiritual improvement and displaying no religious cohesion. She is doomed and her silver and gold will not be able to deliver her from her foretold end. Do not try to hide in her. In the face of the approaching day of the Lord Jehovah's wrath upon her it is now the time for individual decision and action. Amid a situation that typed ours of today the prophet Zephaniah, whose name means "Concealed by Jehovah," advised the only course to take that leads to concealment from harm:

2 "Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O shameless nation: before the decree bring forth the day when one passeth as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD [Jehovah]


1,2. (a) Why is each informed individual now faced with the need to make a decision, and why may he not try to hide in Christendom? (b) What did Zephaniah, amid a situation like ours today, say in advice on the only course leading to shelter?
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come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD [Jehovah], all ye humble of the earth, that have executed His ordinance; seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger." — Zephaniah 2:1-3, So.

3 The humble are the ones that the Lord Jehovah has promised to save. He has anointed his faithful remnant to preach the good news to the humble. His proverb says: "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; and before honor goeth humility." If you do not want destruction at Armageddon, be humble, seek humility in the fear of Jehovah. You stand to gain by it. "The reward of humility and the fear of Jehovah is riches, and honor, and life." (Proverbs 18:12; 22:4, AS) As it is Jehovah's anger that is to be expressed at Armageddon, it is Jehovah whom we should seek now while he may be found and his favor may be won. What he has ordained for the humble to do in this critical day is what we should execute. All self-righteousness we should abandon, and his righteousness we should seek through Christ. Sheeplike humility under Jehovah's hand we should seek. Only by that course may you hope to be "hid in the day of Jehovah's anger" and survive. — AS.

4 This is no occasion for gambling with time. In the past you may have squandered your opportunities to enjoy the love, care and provision of the heavenly Father like the prodigal son of Jesus' parable. If you now appreciate the spiritual famine that is ruining Christendom and all the na-


3. To be hidden in the day of Jehovah's anger, why is humility important, and what kind of righteousness, and what is the ordinance that we should execute?
4. Those who have been squandering their opportunities to enjoy the heavenly Father's provision should now act like whom, in full assurance of what joyful outcome?
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tions, come to your senses like the impoverished prodigal son, leave the doomed, spiritually starving world, repentantly return to the Father, Jehovah God, and humbly confess your sin against him. He will come out to meet you as you draw near and will be lovingly forgiving. He will make a great rejoicing over you within his theocratic organization and will treat you as a son. Any who object to this he will rebuke. (Luke 15:11-32) You will enjoy living in his New World society.

5 Make time count now for your deliverance. Accept the help of Jehovah's witnesses to speed your getting out of this doomed modern Sodom. If you are greatly distressed by the lawless, loose people of this world, then remember Lot and his daughters in Sodom, for ancient Sodom is prophetically used as a type of this world in its "time of the end." (2 Peter 2:6-10; Jude 7; Luke 17:28-30) After Lot warned his sons-in-law in vain of the impending fiery destruction, Jehovah's two angels seized hold


5. Whose help should you now accept to speed your escape, and how were Lot and his family an example?

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of the hands of Lot, his wife and two daughters and hastened their getting out of doomed Sodom. Outside they were told to move quickly out of the danger zone: "Escape for your soul! Do not look behind you and do not stand still in all the District! Escape to the mountainous region for fear you may be swept away!" By the speediest movement out of the doomed area their lives were spared, except that of Lot's wife, who stopped, turned and looked back selfishly and disobediently. — Genesis 19:1-29; Luke 17:32, NW.

6 Show faith like Lot, sound the warning to others in modern Sodom, and get out from being any part of this doomed, iniquitous system. Move without delay. Never slow up for any regrets and look back. "Remember the wife of Lot." God does not send two angels to you visibly, but he does send His witnesses under angelic guidance. Entertain them and try to shield and protect them from harm and interference. Act humbly, wisely, on their advice.

7 Imitate Jesus' ancestress, Rahab. In ancient Jericho she showed faith in Jehovah by receiving the Israelite spies, hiding them, aiding their escape and acting on their advice. When Jehovah's miracle collapsed Jericho's walls, the part on which her house stood remained standing. When Jehovah's Israelite executioners moved in for the kill, Rahab and her relatives in her house were spared. Rahab is set as an example for you now before Jehovah wrecks this modern Jericho and his executioners under Christ move in for the destruction of all the faithless worldlings. Be like Rahab and be hidden and spared at Armageddon. — Joshua 2:1-24; 6:1-25; James 2:25; Hebrews 11:30, 31; Matthew 1:1-6.


6. How may you show faith like Lot, acting on advice of those who are under angelic guidance?
7. How may you imitate Rahab of Jericho, and with what assurance?
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8 In view of all the other ancient types and prophecies the safe course is clearly marked out before you. You are not left alone, with no place to go, with nothing tangible with which to associate. Jehovah God has built up his New World society on earth, and it teems with happy, fear-free, faith-practicing members and overflows with spiritual prosperity. He keeps it covered under the shadow of his protective hand, to preserve it for his righteous new world. He gives it his guarantee of survival through the "war of the great day of God the Almighty."

9 Those dwelling in the New World society live not on material bread alone, but on the utterances out of Jehovah's mouth. Regularly they study his Word, the Bible, and faithfully endeavor to live by it. You are welcomed to study it with them. Learn of Jehovah's provisions for your everlasting life in his new world through Jesus Christ. In humility and loving appreciation, in imitation of Jesus Christ himself, dedicate your life to the One who is the Source of all life and goodness, Jehovah God, and symbolize your dedication as Jesus did, by immersion in water. Then prove your dedication by undertaking His service as prescribed in His Word, preaching "this good news of the kingdom" and declaring the "day of vengeance of our God." Do this in unbreakable unity with the New World society, keeping your personal integrity toward the Universal Sovereign under all tests that may come and enduring them to the finish. Joyfully following this Scripturally outlined course, then "YOU MAY SURVIVE ARMAGEDDON INTO GOD'S NEW WORLD."


8. Why are you not left alone, with no place to which to go in hope of survival?
9. What course is recommended to you as regards God's Word, Christ's example, Jehovah's service and his New World society, so as to apply to yourself the theme of this book?


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