*sorry I'm late with the text...(bad headache today)...also some of the info in today's text discussion I had posted as 'extra reference info' back in the August 3rd entry which you can compare if you want.
Sunday, September 6th, 2009
"What will be the sign of your presence?"
Unlike unbelievers, Jesus’ disciples would not only see the sign of his presence but also understand its significance. They would “learn” from the features of that sign and “know” their true meaning. They would fully appreciate that “he is near at the doors.” (Matthew 24:32, 33) While it is true that both unbelieving Jews and faithful anointed Christians saw a limited fulfillment of Jesus’ words in the first century, only his anointed followers back then could learn from these events—could understand the true meaning of what they saw. The modern-day John class have also understood the true meaning of the sign. As a class, these anointed ones make up the modern-day “generation” of contemporaries that will not pass away “until all these things occur.” (Matthew 24:34) This suggests that some who are Christ’s anointed brothers will still be alive on earth when the foretold great tribulation begins.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 5:1, 14, 15)
*here's some excerpts taken from the 'Revelation-Its Grand Climax At Hand' book, in regards to understanding the meaning of modern-day events and signs that reveal we are living in the last days. Since many people misunderstand the term 'Apocalypse' the same way they misunderstand the meaning of the word 'Armageddon.'
Apocalypse-What Is it? (pg 6)
"Is not Revelation also called Apocalypse?..."revelation" being the English translation of apoka'lypsis in the Greek text. Many people equate Apocalypse with world destruction by nuclear warfare...Though dictionaries define it by using terms such as "an imminent cosmic cataclysm," the Greek apoka'lypsis basically means "unveiling" or "uncovering." Thus, the last book of the Bible is properly entitled "A Revelation." Here we find, not a mere fatalistic message of world doom, but an uncovering of divine truths that should build in our hearts radiant hope and immovable faith."
The Channel of Communication and the 'John Class' (pgs 15 & 16)
"The apostle John introduces this grand prophecy with the words: "A revelation by Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to show his slaves the things that must shortly take place." (Revelation 1:1a) ...The apostle John, who wrote down Revelation, describes himself as such a slave. He was the last surviving apostle and one of the select spirit-anointed group of "slaves" ...
Revelation 1:1b, 2 continues: "And he [Jesus] sent forth his angel and presented it [Revelation] in signs through him to his slave John, who bore witness to the word God gave and to the witness Jesus Christ gave, even to all the things he saw." Thus John received the inspired record...God had a channel of communicating Revelation in John's day, and John was the earthly channel. Likewise, God has a channel for giving spiritual nourishment to his 'slaves' today. Jesus identified the earthly part of this channel as "the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time." (Matthew 24:3, 45-47) He uses this John class in unlocking the meaning of the prophecy."