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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER IV

The Universalness of the Conflict

IF WE have the Scripturally based hope of surviving the coming universal conflict, "the war of the great day of God the Almighty," we do not grow stiff with terror at the thought of this unavoidable war nor refuse to face the facts about it. Concerning those who fear and obey the Almighty God, Jehovah, it is written: "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in Jehovah." (Psalm 112:7, AS) The confidence of such ones is expressed in these words: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change, and though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains tremble with the swelling thereof." (Psalm 46:1-3, AS) The universal conflict will result in the "end of the world," that is, the end of this present system of things of which Satan the Devil is the god and ruler. But since the earth will survive the conflict, there will be human and animal creatures that will survive with it. Trusting Jehovah regarding this conflict, we enjoy freedom from fear.

2 In the universal conflict of Armageddon the


1. By having what Scripturally based hope shall we not be terrified at the thought of Armageddon, and how will any survive since it means the "end of the world"?
2. What nations will be included among those that will perish at Armageddon, and why such ones?
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nations of this world will perish forever, including the so-called "Christian nations" of Christendom. "Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye peoples: let the earth hear, and all its fulness; the world, and all that cometh forth of it. For the wrath of Jehovah is against all the nations, and [his] fury against all their armies: he hath devoted them to destruction, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. And their slain shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up from their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of the heavens shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll; and all their host shall fade away, as a leaf fadeth from off the vine, and as the withered [fruit] from the fig-tree." (Isaiah 34:1-4, Da) Christendom pretends to be made up of God's people, but she is really made up of those who do not live up to God's Book, the Holy Scriptures, but who go in the ways of the pagan nations. Christendom is hypocritical in her pretense of being Christian: "Isaiah aptly prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. It is in vain that they pay respect to me, because they teach as doctrines commands of men.' Letting go the commandment of God you observe the tradition of men." (Mark 7:6-8, NW) God hates hypocrites, for hypocrites bring reproach upon his name and oppose his universal sovereignty. Logically, God hates Christendom. Soon he will destroy her with the rest of the world. — Proverbs 6:12-19.

3 Backsliding or apostate Christendom was foreshadowed by the ancient rebellious nation of Israel, whose capital city was Jerusalem. Jehovah


3, 4. (a) By whom was backsliding or apostate Christendom foreshadowed? (b) Regardless of what provisions and advantages did the nation of Israel fall away, and how so?
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God had chosen them as his people because they were the descendants of his friend Abraham through faithful Isaac and Jacob. He had delivered their entire nation out of slavery in the land of Egypt and brought them into the land he promised to Abraham centuries before. On the way there he gave them a God-made law through his prophet Moses and brought them into a covenant with himself on the basis of that divine law. He took the city of Jerusalem out of the hands of its pagan occupiers and put it in the possession of faithful King David. Then Jehovah put his name on the city by having Solomon, the son and successor of King David, build a magnificent temple there to take the place of the sacred tabernacle or tent that Moses had built in the wilderness of Arabia. At this temple the priests of the family of Aaron, assisted by the Levites, carried forward the worship of the Almighty God Jehovah for the entire nation of Israel. To encourage them to be correct and faithful in their worship of him he sent his prophets to act as his spokesmen to them and to write the Holy Scriptures.

4 Regardless of all those provisions, helps and advantages the nation of Israel fell away. They mixed pagan idolatrous worship in with their form of worshiping Jehovah, polluted his temple and even killed his prophets whom he sent to warn the Israelites and set them straight. They became religious hypocrites such as the prophet Isaiah described them to be. In this course ancient Israel typified modern Christendom.

5 Any open-minded examination of Christendom in the light of the Bible, which she claims as her Book, will prove she is practicing an adulterated, degraded form of Christianity, not the pure Bible


5. What about Christendom shows she was typified by hypocritical Israel, and according to what divine rule Is her destruction certain at Armageddon?
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kind of Christianity, not the real imitation of Jesus Christ. She claims to be in relationship with Almighty God, not by the law covenant of ancient Israel, but by the new covenant that Jesus Christ mediated between Jehovah God and his congregation, the true Christian church. Christendom claims to be the spiritual house of God or temple, applying to herself the words addressed to the true congregation of Christ's anointed followers: "Do you not know that you people are God's temple and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you people are." (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17, NW) By bringing pagan doctrines and practices into her organization, which she claims to be the temple of God, and by persecuting those whose lives and teachings show they are members of that spiritual temple, Christendom has in effect been engaged in destroying Jehovah God's temple. There is only one possible outcome of this: God will destroy Christendom. Her certain destruction at Armageddon was typified by Israel's.

6 The first destruction of the ancient Jerusalem and its polluted temple came at the hands of the Babylonian armies under Emperor Nebuchadnezzar in the year 607 B.C. About fifty years before the city's destruction Jehovah raised up his prophet Zephaniah and inspired him by holy spirit to say:

7 "I will utterly consume all things from off the face of the ground, saith Jehovah. ... I will stretch out my hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of [the false god] Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarim [foreign-god priests] with the priests; and them that wor-


6, 7. When and by whom did Jerusalem's first destruction come, and fifty years before that what did Jehovah inspire Zephaniah to prophesy?
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ship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship, that swear to Jehovah and swear by [the false god] Malcam; and them that are turned back from following Jehovah; and those that have not sought Jehovah, nor inquired after him. . . . The great day of Jehovah is near, it is near and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of Jehovah; the mighty man crieth there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the fortified cities, and against the high battlements. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against Jehovah; and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he will make an end, yea, a terrible end, of all them that dwell in the land."  —  Zephaniah 1:1-18, AS.

8 Likewise the antitypical unfaithful Jerusalem, hypocritical Christendom, will be destroyed. That will mean that the end of this world or system of things has begun. She stands first to be destroyed in the oncoming universal war in the great "day of Jehovah," and all the silver and gold of the Vatican and of all the big businessmen of Christendom will be unable to ransom her from total annihilation at the hands of Jehovah and his Christ. That Christendom's destruction is the first part of the end of this entire system of things is shown by the fact that, after describing ancient Jerusalem's destruction, the prophet Zephaniah goes on to foretell the destruction of neighboring


8. What will Christendom's destruction mean, and how was this fact shown by the order of Zephaniah's prophecies?
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heathen nations, Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Ethiopia (and hence also Egypt) and Assyria with its capital Nineveh. (Zephaniah 2:4-15) This fact is also proved by the prophet Jeremiah, who was a contemporary of the prophet Zephaniah, and who actually saw the first Jerusalem destroyed in 607 B.C.

9 Likening the destruction that he was going to make worldly nations drink to a highly intoxicating potion in a wine cup, God told Jeremiah prophetically to pass this cup to all the nations and force them to drink of it. Who was made to drink of it first? Listen, as Jeremiah prophetically passing the cup says: "Then took I the cup at Jehovah's hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom Jehovah had sent me: to wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah." Ah, Jerusalem with its temple was first in line for destruction, after which the cup of divine wrath was passed to Egypt, Uz, Philistia, Edom, Moab, Ammon, Phoenicia, Dedan, Tema, Buz, Arabia, Zimri, Elam (Persia), Media and "all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach [Babylon] shall drink after them." — Jeremiah 25:15-26, AS.

10 It is true that Christendom is most guilty of all the world because of her hypocrisy and her claim to be the city or institution that is called by God's name and so she justly deserves destruction at the hands of the God whom she has defamed. But the rest of the nations of this world need not think that they will escape destruction because of being less guilty. They are guilty as being a part of this wicked world or system of


9. How did Jeremiah also show this same fact prophetically?
10. Why should not the rest of the worldly nations think they will escape because of being less guilty than Christendom, and how does Jeremiah show they must be destroyed?
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things of which Satan the Devil is the god and ruler. All worshipers and slaves of Satan the original Serpent must be destroyed, as they deserve to be. To those nations outside Christendom, who are now rising in rebellion against her yoke, Jeremiah's prophecy says: "Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Drink, and be drunken, and vomit, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword that I will send among you. And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup from thy hand to drink, then shalt thou [Jeremiah] say unto them, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Ye shall certainly drink." For what reason? "For behold, I begin to bring evil on the city that is called by my name [the antitypical apostate Jerusalem, Christendom], and should ye be altogether unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished; for I call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith Jehovah of hosts." — Jeremiah 25:27-29, Da.

11 Then to show that the "war of the great day of God the Almighty" will be a universal conflict sucking all the nations down to their everlasting destruction, the same prophecy continues: "The noise shall come to the end of the earth: for Jehovah hath a controversy with the nations, he entereth into judgment with all flesh; as for the wicked, he will give them up to the sword, saith Jehovah. Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great storm shall be raised up from the uttermost parts of the earth. And the slain of Jehovah shall [be] at that day from [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the face of the ground. Howl, ye shepherds [political and religious rulers and leaders], and cry; and wallow yourselves [in the


11. Then how does Jeremiah show that Armageddon will be a universal conflict sucking all nations down to destruction?
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dust], noble ones of the flock: for the days of your slaughter [for you to be slaughtered] are accomplished, and I will disperse you; and ye shall fall like a precious vessel. And refuge shall perish from the shepherds, and escape from the noble ones of the flock." — Jeremiah 25:31-36, Da.

12 For anyone to find safe refuge and to escape with his life amid such global destruction will be a most difficult thing beyond the power of any and all modern scientists to provide. Yet there will be survivors. Not that we say so, but that Jehovah of hosts himself says so. You may be among them. How? Jehovah, who is interested in the salvation of his true people, tells us how. After warning of the destruction to come upon unfaithful Jerusalem and her realm of Judah in the day of his wrath, Jehovah addresses himself to the nation that was weak in its worship of him and divided in its devotion between him and false gods, and he says: "Collect yourselves and gather together, O nation without shame, before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass away as chaff, before the fierce anger of Jehovah come upon you, before the day of Jehovah's anger come upon you. Seek Jehovah, all ye meek of the land, who have performed his ordinance; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger." — Zephaniah 2:1-3, Da; see also RS; AT; Mo.

13 Jerusalem, with all her Israelite adherents in the land of Judah, proved to be a nation without shame before God. The modern counterpart of


12. Despite its being beyond the power of scientists to provide, how does Jehovah say through Zephaniah that some may find safe refuge and escape with their lives?
13. (a) How has Christendom, like her ancient type, proved to be a shameless "nation"? (b) By what course were some in Judah and Jerusalem hidden and safeguarded, and who were among them?
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that ancient nation, namely, Christendom, has likewise proved to be a shameless "nation" before Jehovah God and his Christ, and to this day she has not repented of her hypocritical, selfish, unchristian course that has resulted in two world wars since 1914 and now threatens a third one. But there were meek ones in the ancient city of Jerusalem and in Judah who were striving to carry out his ordinance by keeping right relations with him and his worship. These could not turn aside the doom of the shameless nation of apostate Israelites, yet they could pursue a course of action that resulted in their being hidden and safeguarded in that wrathful day when the whole land would be devoured by the fire of Jehovah's jealousy. That course was to seek Jehovah: "The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." (Proverbs 18:10, AS) That meant seeking Jehovah's righteousness and giving up trying to justify oneself; it meant seeking meekness by being submissive to His judgment and lowlily accepting his correction and discipline and reforming oneself in accord with his will. In ancient Israel such seekers of Jehovah and of his righteousness and of meekness were hidden in the day when his fiery, destructive anger was poured out upon unfaithful Jerusalem and Judah and all the surrounding nations. Such survivors of that day of divine anger that then brought an end to those conditions picture those who will ho hidden and carried through alive in the coming universal war of Armageddon, in the "great day of God the Almighty." Among such ancient survivors there were the prophet Jeremiah, Ebed-melech and the Rechabites. Whom do they picture?

14 In the reign of the same king during whose


14. Despite what experiences did the prophet Jeremiah survive Jerusalem's first fall and also bear witness in Egypt?
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reign Zephaniah prophesied, Jeremiah began to prophesy, exactly forty years before Jerusalem was first destroyed in 607 B.C. When he started prophesying under the spirit of Jehovah, Jerusalem was unchangeably doomed, and Jeremiah was inspired to prophesy of her certain destruction by the armies of Babylon under Emperor Nebuchadnezzar. He urged the people of the doomed country to go out peaceably and submissively to the foretold conqueror, the king of Babylon, and in that way escape the terrible hardship of the siege and destruction of the rebellious, corrupted, oppressive city of Jerusalem. For faithfully and uncompromisingly preaching the word of Jehovah to the shameless nation he was threatened with death. He was accused of sedition and thrown into prison. He was moved from one place of detention to another. Although forced finally to live on bare bread and water during the terrible famine of the besieged city, he survived its fall and desolation. He was taken out of prison at the conquering king's orders and was left to his own free choice as to where he would go. When eight hundred and thirty-two were carried off captive to Babylon, Jeremiah was left behind with some poor Jews who were left in the land. In the seventh Jewish month of that year these people took him with them down into Egypt. Even down there he continued to be a faithful witness of Jehovah, proclaiming the inescapable vengeance of God against the faithless, disobedient ones of the shameless nation.

15 Jeremiah, whose name means "Jehovah is high," was a priest of the family of Aaron as well as prophet and writer of parts of the Bible. He is included among those ancient witnesses of Jehovah beginning with the first martyr Abel and who are mentioned in Hebrews, chapter eleven,


15. Whom did Jeremiah typify, and why properly so?
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who "received their trial by mockings and scourgings, indeed, more than that, by bonds and prisons." (Verse 36, NW) As such Jeremiah typified those of Jehovah's witnesses of today who belong to the priestly 144,000 followers of Christ. These today are comparatively few in number. They are a mere remnant of this entire "body of Christ," the anointed congregation of which Jesus Christ is Head and High Priest. "He is the head of the body, the congregation." To this congregation it is said: "Now you are Christ's body, and members individually." — Colossians 1:18 and 1 Corinthians 12:27, NW.

16 The entire congregation of 144,000 under Jesus Christ have been Christian witnesses of Jehovah. The remnant of them today still in the flesh on earth must imitate Jeremiah's course. They must uphold the universal sovereignty of Jehovah and the purity of his worship; they must declare the day of his vengeance against antitypical Jerusalem, Christendom, and all the rest of the world. They must also advise the people to do as they have done: seek Jehovah and his righteousness and meekness, and put themselves on the side of his great Servant and King, Jesus Christ, if they want to be hidden and kept alive during Armageddon. Jehovah God is particularly interested in preserving this Christian remnant clear through the destruction of Christendom and of all this world into the godly new world. Even though now, as in Jeremiah's case, they have to endure hardships, opposition, false charges of sedition and communism, threats of death, and bonds and imprisonment, Jehovah will hide and preserve them through Armageddon, as he preserved Jeremiah through the first destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.


16. How must they imitate Jeremiah, and, in turn, what will Jehovah do for them?
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17 Jeremiah's friend, Ebed-melech, also survived Jerusalem's destruction. He was no Israelite or Jew. He was a foreigner, an Ethiopian, and a eunuch in the palace of Jerusalem's last king of David's line, Zedekiah. Some of the king's princes accused Jeremiah of obstructing the war against the enemy and doing "fifth column" work of disloyalty inside the besieged capital city and being a security risk, and they begged for his death. With the king's consent they lowered Jeremiah to the miry bottom of the dungeon or pit in the court of the guard, there to die without food in the mire. Ebed-melech heard of this wicked action of shameless Israelites and protested to King Zedekiah: "My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die in the place where he is, because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city." At the king's command Ebed-melech took thirty men with him to the dungeon, let down ropes with rags for under Jeremiah's armpits and drew him up out of the miry dungeon. After that Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard until the city was captured by the besieging Babylonian armies. So Ebed-melech's action worked toward Jeremiah's survival. — Jeremiah 38:1-28, AS.

18 Ebed-melech thus sought Jehovah and his righteousness and meekness, and this worked to his own survival, although his action made bitter enemies for him. While Jeremiah was still imprisoned in the court of the guard, Jehovah's word came to him, saying: "Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good,


17. Who was Ebed-melech, and what action of his does the Bible record?
18. What promise did Jehovah give him through Jeremiah?
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and they shall come to pass before thy face in that day. And I will deliver thee in that day, saith Jehovah; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid; for I will certainly save thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thou shalt have thy life for a prey; for thou hast put thy confidence in me, saith Jehovah." — Jeremiah 39:15-18, Da.

19 A precious promise this, that there shall be others besides the Jeremiah class, the remnant, who will witness the destruction of antitypical Jerusalem, Christendom, at Armageddon and be delivered from their enemies there and survive the end of this doomed world. They are not members of the 144,000 or priestly class, not spiritual Israelites who have been "enrolled in the heavens," and so their destiny is not a heavenly one with Christ. But they put their confidence in the God of the spiritual Israelites, Jehovah. They are of that great crowd of Armageddon survivors with an earthly destiny in the new world. They see the injustices done to the anointed, priestly remnant of Christ's body by persons in power in Christendom and the attempt that is made upon the remnant's life to stop their preaching of Jehovah's message concerning this world and the only hope of salvation. At the risk of making enemies and exposing themselves to danger for their own lives, they protest. Then they use their position and influence and secure help and bring relief to the remnant in their danger of being killed.

20 Just as the name of the typical Ebed-melech means "King's servant," so these are servants of the universal Sovereign Jehovah God and of his anointed King Jesus Christ. This class will


19. To whom today is this a promise, and how do these imitate Ebed-melech's course?
20. How is Ebed-melech's name fitting for them, and how will the promise be fulfilled toward them?
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enter into the war of Armageddon, but they may take to heart the divine promise to Ebed-melech, really spoken and recorded for their benefit and comfort today. Jehovah will hide and save them, not only through the first part of the universal conflict, Christendom's destruction, but clear through it into his new world.

21 Obedience to Jehovah God leads now to survival through Armageddon. This fact was illustrated by the Rechabites, who also were not Israelites. They were called Rechabites because they descended from Jonadab the son of Rechab. Since the Rechabites were Midianites of the tribe of Ken'ites (coppersmiths), Jonadab was related to Hobab, the brother-in-law of the prophet Moses. Their forefather Jonadab was a friend of Jehu, whom Jehovah by his prophet had anointed to be king over the ten northern tribes of Israel that he might execute the apostate Israelites who worshiped the demon god Baal. It was this tribal chief Jonadab that commanded his tribe, the Rechabites, not to drink wine and not to live in houses or engage in agriculture, but to continue living as nomads in tents, thus leading a sober, simple life, free from self-indulgence, and living as strangers in the land. For over 890 years, or since the days of Hobab, they had lived in among the Israelites, under Israel's theocratic form of government and in harmony with their worship of Jehovah, at the same time carrying out the commandments of their tribal chief Jonadab the son of Rechab. They feared Jehovah God.

22 About 620-618 B.C., or during the last three years of the reign of King Jehoiakim, the Recha-


21. Who were the Rechabites, what were their family connections, and what did their forefather command them to do?
22. How did the Rechabites come to live in Jerusalem's houses, to what test did Jehovah subject them by Jeremiah, and how did Jehovah use the result of the test?
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bites took up living in the houses of Jerusalem. This was only because the Chaldeans or Babylonian armies under Nebuchadnezzar had come against Jerusalem and made King Jehoiakim tributary to Babylon. For safety against the army of the Chaldeans and the army of the allied Syrians the Rechabites were living at Jerusalem like city people. But were they breaking their forefather Jonadab's command respecting wine? For the purpose of showing proper obedience to a father, Jehovah had the Rechabites put to the test. He had his prophet-priest Jeremiah bring the Rechabites into the temple at Jerusalem and there set cups of wine before them and tell them to drink. However, the Rechabites faithfully refused out of respectful obedience to their forefather Jonadab. At this Jehovah was pleased and he used this demonstration of unswerving obedience to an earthly father to show up the ungodly disobedience of the Israelites to the Creator and universal Sovereign Jehovah. Said Jehovah to the Israelites:

23 "I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking, and ye have not hearkened unto me. And I have sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them; and ye shall dwell in the land that I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not Inclined your ears nor hearkened unto me. Yea, the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father which he commanded them, but this people hath not hearkened unto me; therefore thus saith Jehovah the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced


23. After the test of the Rechabites, what did Jehovah say through Jeremiah to the Israelites?
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against them, because I have spoken unto them, but they have not hearkened, and I have called unto them, but they have not answered." About eleven years later the desolation did come upon Jerusalem and Judah and the land was rid of all its human inhabitants. — Jeremiah 35:1-18, Da.

24 Jehovah gave a rewarding promise which has powerful prophetic meaning for today. After the test he inspired Jeremiah to say to the house of the Rechabites: "Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his injunctions, and have done according unto all that he hath commanded you; therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, There shall not fail to Jonadab the son of Rechab a man to stand before me, for ever." (Jeremiah 35:18, 19, Da) The obedient Rechabites were therefore not wiped out at the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C. They continued to have representatives of their tribe to stand with acceptance before Jehovah. Likely, in due time after Pentecost A.D. 33, some of them became Christians.

25 In these final days of the antitypical disobedient Jerusalem and Judah, namely, Christendom, the situation presents the same features. Since A.D. 1919 in particular Jehovah has been sending his mouthpieces, the Christian witnesses of Jehovah; but Christendom, which claims to be in relationship with God by the new covenant, refuses to take Jehovah's witnesses seriously and to turn to God's Word and obey his commandments like his children. So Christendom's religious system will be destroyed at the universal war and her people will be moved out of existence. But


24. What promise did Jehovah give to the Rechabites, and how was it fulfilled?
25. How has Christendom been like the disobedient Israelites, but how have some been like the Rechabites, and what promise is now called to their attention?
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there are those today like the Jonadab Rechabites: they are in the same class as those pictured by Ebed-melech the Ethiopian. Although not members of the remnant of the 144,000 priestly followers of Christ, they do fear Jehovah and they dedicate themselves to him through Jesus Christ, the King of the New Jerusalem. They associate themselves unbreakably with that remnant of spiritual Israelites and worship the same God with them and live and work under the same theocratic rule with them. Thus they live like strangers alienated from the world to which they once belonged, and they live soberly, sensibly and simply, abstaining from indulgence in the ways of this selfish world. Their obedience stands out in greatest contrast with the stubborn,, proud disobedience of Christendom. By his anointed, priestly witnesses Jehovah now calls to their attention his promise and purpose to spare them through Armageddon and to keep their kind always standing acceptably before him on earth in the new world. In reward for their obedience they will not perish with Christendom.

26 Thus, in spite of the universalness of the war of Armageddon, Jehovah will preserve all through it those who meet his approval, the modern-day antitypical Rechabites or the Ebed-melech class and the anointed remnant of his witnesses like the prophet-priest Jeremiah.


26. Thus, in spite of the universalness of Armageddon's war, whom will Jehovah preserve through it?


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