Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
They have said: "Come and let us efface them from being a nation." (Psalm 83:4)
In Psalm 83, the psalmist begs Jehovah to take action so as to uphold His sovereignty and make His name known. The psalm must have been composed some time after Solomon's death. Why? Because during the reigns of David and Solomon, Tyre's king was friendly toward Israel. By the time Psalm 83 was composed, the inhabitants of Tyre had turned against Israel and had sided with its enemies. It is evident that Jehovah God inspired the writing of this prayerful song at a time when his nation was in danger. The psalm also provides encouragement for God's servants today, who throughout their history have faced one attack after another by enemies determined to destroy them. And it will surely strengthen us in the near future when Gog of Magog marshals his forces in one final attempt to destroy all who worship God in spirit and truth. —Ezekiel 38:2, 8, 9, 16.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 3:3, 5, 8)
It's important to keep this in mind, (especially living in America or a country where we're used to having religious freedom), so that we aren't overly surprised or worried when people turn on us, since events within the past century, (as well as recent history), have shown that governments and political rulers, who were once friendly or tolerant of Jehovah's Witnesses at one time, have quickly changed their stand to one of intolerance and persecution.
-Which tends to happen during time periods when feelings of patriotism and nationalism are running high...such as wartime, or when a country is experiencing alot of inner turmoil and political reform.