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Then they returned to Jerusalem from a mountain,
being called the [one] of Olives,
which is near Jerusalem, having the way/route
of the sabbath.
13 So, when they had entered, they went up into the upper-chamber, where they were staying, both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alphaeus and Simon, the zealot, and Judas of James.
14 All these were persisting like-mindedly in prayer, together with women and Mary, the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.
INC Jerusalem, Mountain, Way of Sabbath, Upper-chamber, Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James of Alphaeus, Simon, Zealot, Judays of James = 16
15 And in these days [temporal disconnect but the same apostolic story and cast so the same account] Peter rose up in the midst of the brothers [partitive] and said the crowd of names was all together as [wV] one 120:
16 Men, brothers, it was necessary for the scripture to be fulfilled, which the holy spirit spoke beforehand by David's mouth about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus,
17 because he had been numbered among us and he obtained a share in this ministry.
18 This very man, therefore, purchased a field with the wages for unrighteousness, and pitching head foremost he noisily burst in his midst and all his intestines were poured out.
19 It also became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that that field was called in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his lodging place become desolate, and let there be no dweller in it,' and, 'His office of oversight let someone else take.'
21 It is therefore necessary that of the men that assembled with us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 starting with his baptism by John and until the day he was received up from us, one of these [men] should become a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 So they put up 2, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed and said: You, Oh Jehovah, who know the hearts of all, designate which one of these 2 [men] you have chosen,
25 to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas deviated to go to his own place.
26 So they cast lots over them, and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was reckoned along with the 11 apostles (Acts 1).
The noun count and the sense shows that Acts 1:12-26 is all one account. So the 120 names in the upper room represent the length of each presence being 120 years of upper room saints, heavenly saints, 1NC saints. Furthermore no upper room can exist without a lower room. So there must be an earthly new covenant, the 2NC.
Or putting this more simply...
37 For just as the days of Noah were[the days given to Noah for both the warning period before the flood and the max length of a human life after Moses. This max lifespan was 120 years to the day, the exact length of the life of Moses], so the presence of the Son of man will be [120 years to the day].
Just as Noah has 120 years warning to the day, before the flood came, so Jesus'
presence ends on 2011Shebat10, 120 years after it began on 1887Ab10, but with a
4˝ year gap of
Daniel12 from 2001Heshvan10 to 2006Iyyar10 (in order that the Laodicean 1NC
reserves could correctly celebrate the Passover on 2006Iyyar14)! So the
Laodicean 1NC reserves were baptized into Laodicea to start the second part of
the second presence on the late or the second Passover entry day. And Charles
Russell was sanctified as the 12th half apostle starting the 2nd presence on
1887Ab10, whereas Jesus began the first presence on 10Tishri10, atonement day.
Now we can
deduce from John 21 that Peter is mislead by the first true religion for 10
years... 18 Most truly I say to you, When you were younger, you used to gird
yourself and walk about where you wanted. But when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and another [man] will
gird you and bear you where you do not wish. Stretching out ones hands is a witness to 10 full years, or 10 years to the
month or 10 years but not 11 years. 22 Jesus said to him: If it is my will for him to remain until I
come, of what concern is that to you? You continue following me (John 21:22). The concern to Peter was that he had to change religions when Jesus came. 6 And so he came to Simon Peter. He said to him: Lord, are you washing my feet? Peter will understand when his feet are washed by Paul. The 1NCs from what
became the Roman Catholic church were baptised into TCC2 by a washing of the
feet at a Passover. Now Acts 10 tells us that Cornelius was baptised 4 days after a fast and that
he was righteous. So the fast was the atonement day fast, the only one in the
Hebrew festival calendar. So he was converted on Tishri14. But Cornelius was a centurion, a leader of 100 men, and he was the first
Gentile to be converted, and was therefore a leader of a 100 fold gentile call
(from the parable of the sower, 30, 60, 100 fold). So the Gentile call lasted
from 36Tishri14 to 136Tishri14. The first presence started with the entrance of
Immanuel/Jesus into law on 10Tishri10, when Jesus baptised and possessed by Michael. It did not start, as we once thought, with the birth of Jesus on
2Heshvan21 BC. We understand that it had a gap of 10 years in it from Daniel12 - see
U152. We know
that 5,000 men of Mark 6 were fed for 50 years upon green grass (with a water
baptism) from 30Nisan-Tishri - 80Tishri10 (since water baptisms in the first
presence ended on atonement day) John was raising up children to Abraham (through Isaac) from the stones
he was making through baptism into the 1EC. Jesus entered into law aged 11 on
10Tishri10 (atonement day). So the whole first presence looked like this... 10Tishri10 - 80Tishri10 (70 years) This means that there were no first new covenant
saints alive as humans after 140Tishri10 until Charles Taze Russell was sanctified
into the 1NC on 1887Ab10. The stretched out hands of Peter in John 21 show us that Peter was mislead for 10 years
after the end of the 1EWC water baptism and the first part of the first presence
until the start of the 2nd part of it - see
U42. There were 7 Roman
Emperors ridden by 1NC saints in the fallen Roman Catholic Church (Vespasian to
Antoninus Pius) - we deduce this
from Revelation 17 - see
Vespasian 69July1 - 79June24 (69Tammuz22-79Tammuz4/5) FDS1 fell over the saints on 75Tammuz16, 46 years of John2 after 29Heshvan29,
the baptism of Peter, the first stone - see U42.
The Chronology of the First Presence
19 This he said to signify by what sort of death he would glorify God. So, when he had said this, he said to him: Continue following me (John 21).
7 In answer Jesus said to him: What I am doing thou doth not understand at present, but thou will understand after these things (John 13).
We know from Daniel9 that Jesus died in the middle of the 7 year week of the LCC extension, the covenant that was kept in force for 7 years from the appearance of the Messiah, when Jesus was baptised and Michael entered him until the conversion of Cornelius. So Cornelius was converted in 36Tishri, 7 years after Jesus' baptism on 29Tishri10. In fact Cornelius was converted on 36Tishri14 - see U193 for more.
80Tishri10 - 90Tishri10 (10 year gap of Daniel12 and John21 in the first presence)
90Tishri10 - 140Tishri10 (50 years of feeding of 1NC saints in FDS2 with a water baptism)
Titus 79June24 (79June22 Gregorian = 79Tammuz4/5) - 81September13 (81September11 Gregorian = 81Elul17/18)
Domitian 81September14 - 96September18
Nerva 96September18 - 98January27
Trajan 98January28 - 117August7
Hadrian 117August11 - 138July10
Antoninus Pius 138July10 -161March7
Now we can deduce from John 21 that Peter is mislead by the first true religion for 10 years...
18 Most truly I say to you, When you were younger, you used to gird
yourself and walk about where you wanted. But when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and another [man] will
gird you and bear you where you do not wish.
Stretching out ones hands is a witness to 10 full years, or 10 years to the month or 10 years but not 11 years.
22 Jesus said to him: If it is my will for him to remain until I come, of what concern is that to you? You continue following me (John 21:22).
The concern to Peter was that he had to change religions when Jesus came.
6 And so he came to Simon Peter. He said to him: Lord, are you washing my feet?
Peter will understand when his feet are washed by Paul. The 1NCs from what became the Roman Catholic church were baptised into TCC2 by a washing of the feet at a Passover.
Now Acts 10 tells us that Cornelius was baptised 4 days after a fast and that
he was righteous. So the fast was the atonement day fast, the only one in the
Hebrew festival calendar. So he was converted on Tishri14.
But Cornelius was a centurion, a leader of 100 men, and he was the first Gentile to be converted, and was therefore a leader of a 100 fold gentile call (from the parable of the sower, 30, 60, 100 fold). So the Gentile call lasted from 36Tishri14 to 136Tishri14. The first presence started with the entrance of Immanuel/Jesus into law on 10Tishri10, when Jesus baptised and possessed by Michael. It did not start, as we once thought, with the birth of Jesus on 2Heshvan21 BC. We understand that it had a gap of 10 years in it from Daniel12 - see U152. We know that 5,000 men of Mark 6 were fed for 50 years upon green grass (with a water baptism) from 30Nisan-Tishri - 80Tishri10 (since water baptisms in the first presence ended on atonement day)
John was raising up children to Abraham (through Isaac) from the stones he was making through baptism into the 1EC. Jesus entered into law aged 11 on 10Tishri10 (atonement day). So the whole first presence looked like this...
10Tishri10 - 80Tishri10 (70 years)
This means that there were no first new covenant saints alive as humans after 140Tishri10 until Charles Taze Russell was sanctified into the 1NC on 1887Ab10.
The stretched out hands of Peter in John 21 show us that Peter was mislead for 10 years precisely, after the end of the 1EWC water baptism and the first part of the first presence until the start of the 2nd part of it - see U42.
There were 7 Roman Emperors ridden by 1NC saints in the fallen Roman Catholic Church (Vespasian to Antoninus Pius) - we deduce this from Revelation 17 - see U159.
Vespasian 69July1 - 79June24 (69Tammuz22-79Tammuz4/5)
FDS1 fell over the saints on 75Tammuz16, 46 years of John2 after 29Heshvan29, the baptism of Peter, the first stone - see U42.
We have also seen that Adam's first 33˝ years followed the same pattern as the first 33˝ years of Jesus' first presence, and we have seen that the second presence is the same length as the first presence, both being 120 years long. Now we have discovered a precise correspondence between the ministry of Jesus in the first presence and the ministry of the first of the two witnesses of Revelation 11, the Jehovah's witnesses, in the second presence. The symbolism of Revelation 11 is explained in section . The Lords' Witnesses are the second of the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
So we just thread on the rest of this 33˝ year pattern to the second presence and the result is that it starts in 1882Sivan9, the 1NC Pentecost) 30 years (module Pentecosts) before the first witness is appointed to feed on 1911Tishri2 (2NC first fruits), as in the case of Jesus, being present 30 years before his baptism. Here is the correspondence that we deduced in section .
|Witness||Appointed to feed||Started Feeding Saints||Appointed over all belongings||Stopped feeding||Duration|
|Jesus' ministry to Jews||29Tishri10 (Baptism)||29Heshvan29 Peter sanctified, Jewish call into the 1NC||33Nisan16||33Sivan1 (Jesus ascends, ministry ends)||42 months|
|Watchtower ministry to Christendom||1911Tishri12||1914Heshvan24/25 start of prophesying in sackcloth and ashes for Babylon||1915Nisan18 (1NC first fruits)||1918Iyyar24/25 (May7) (Governing Body locked up in Prison)||42 months|
|Lords' Witnesses ministry to Watchtower||1994Nisan U42||1992Elul11 First book: [Letter to Society] hand delivered to Watchtower HQ||1997Tishri2, the 2NC first fruits day after 1997Elul28 - see U42 - see U200||1995Adar11 Gordon disfellowshipped. End of 1260 day sackcloth and ashes for Watchtower.||42 months|
In fact since Jesus' wife, although a composite body, is living after Moses, who lived exactly 120 years to the Hebrew day (1594Adar1 to 1474Adar1) - see [31a], and since as Josephus observed and as we prove in section , Moses' age at his death is the upper limit for the age of any man today or any composite woman, we know that the presence must last at most 120 years.
2 and said to them: 120 years old I am today. I shall no more be allowed to go out and come in, as Jehovah has said to me, You will not cross this Jordan (Deuteronomy 31).
Paul informs us that:
For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all
will be made alive.
23 But each one in his own rank: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence.
24 Next, the end, when he hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power (1 Corinthians 15 NWT adapted from Greek).
Christ is called a plural firstfruits as regards his resurrection, because he was resurrected on Nisan16, the day of the Jewish festival of the firstfruits of the barley harvest. The Greek word (aparch) translated as 'firstfruits' is in the singular. But actually, there were two resurrections of Jesus - see [14b], and there are two presences of the Christ, both of which Paul refers to as one generic presence. But the new covenant saints, those who belong to Christ (as his wife), during his presence, actually define his presence. And these are resurrected first, before the Kingdom of God is handed to God by Jesus, he having won the battle of Armageddon. In fact before the kingdom of God starts since it lasts 120 years to the day and it had a gap between 2001Heshvan10 and 2006Iyyar10.
In fact they are resurrected in 5 tranches, 4 of which occur during the presence and the last of which occurs on the 3rd day after the last one dies see , . This happens in both the first and the second presences.
Here is the order of events
3. Man of lawlessness starts operating
6. Man of lawlessness revealed to closest disciples (apocalypse, manifestation to the disciples)
7. Shepherd struck in Jerusalem & flock scattered
8. Jesus is absent for 3 days in the heart of the earth
9. Man of lawlessness destroyed
10. Jesus manifested in a new body in Galilee to the chosen ones
11. Sealing and outpouring of gifts of the spirit in Jerusalem
The above pattern is the pattern of Jesus 3˝ year first century ministry as we shall see . It is also the template which reveals to us the pattern of events in both of his two 120 year presences. For God operates in a fractal manner...
 Elijah comes first (John the baptist).
However, the disciples put the question to him: Why, then, do the scribes say
that Elijah must come first?
11 In reply he said: Elijah, indeed, is coming and will restore all things.
12 However, I say to you that Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him but did with him the things they wanted. In this way also the Son of man is destined to suffer at their hands.
13 Then the disciples perceived that he spoke to them about John the Baptist (Matthew 17).
This also shows that Elijah will come again to restore all things.
 Then Jesus' first coming to the temple to throw out abusers in 30Nisan:
13 Now the passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And he found in the temple those selling cattle and sheep and doves and the money brokers in their seats.
15 So, after making a whip of ropes, he drove all those with the sheep and cattle out of the temple, and he poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
16 And he said to those selling the doves: Take these things away from here! Stop making the house of my Father a house of merchandise! (John 2).
 Then Judas, the archetypical man of lawlessness, went sour:
70 Jesus answered them: I chose you twelve, did I not? Yet one of you is
71 He was, in fact, speaking of Judas [the son] of Simon Iscariot; for this one was going to betray him, although one of the twelve (John 6).
 Then Elijah comes a second time. This Elijah sent his disciples to question Jesus:
19 So John summoned a certain two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to
say: Are you the coming one or are we to expect a different one?
20 When they came up to him the men said: John the Baptist dispatched us to you to say: Are you the coming one or are we to expect another? (Luke 7).
Quite obviously this cannot be the chap who baptised Jesus, because he kept crying out: See the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). He was in no doubt as to who was the coming one! So how can this be??
Well Jesus Christ was not baptised by John the Baptist, the son of Zechariah. To see why, see . It was Gabriel who baptised Jesus, because he is God's high priest and he sacrificed Jesus and presided over the entry of Michael on behalf of God. This new Jesus would validate the first abrahamic covenant with his human body and ransom Adam with his angelic soul - see . This is the meaning of his words:
4 It is not possible for the blood of bulls and of goats to take sins away.
5 Hence when he comes into the world he says: Sacrifice and offering you did not want, but you prepared a body for me (Hebrews 10).
For it is not possible for a priest such as Michael, a cherub, the holder of a master covenant with God to enter into a non priestly human vehicle. And no son of Israel under law could become a priest until he was 30 years old...
3 From 30 years old upward to 50 years old, all those going into the service group to do the work in the tent of meeting (Numbers 4).
Jesus was 30 years old when Michael entered his body. Gabriel said to Zechariah, John's dad...
19 In reply the angel said to him: I am Gabriel, who stands near before
God, and I was sent forth to speak with you and declare the good news of these things to
you (Luke 1).
Standing near before God means God's high priest, it is a Euphemism.
15 And as for the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who took care of the obligation of my sanctuary when the sons of Israel
wandered away from me, they themselves will come near to me to minister to me, and they must stand before
me to present to me fat and the blood, is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord
Jehovah (Ezekiel 44).
Look! Gabriel is telling us that he is going to act as a priest before God.
The point of Luke 7:19,20 is that a second Elijah had now come, namely the original John the baptist himself, back in his own body, which was shortly to be decapitated to please a condemned woman, as a result of a promise for half a kingdom. It was this original John who did not know who Jesus was ! He was a second Elijah, albeit in the same body as the first Elijah who was Gabriel.
This is why John the baptist said to the Pharisees that he was not Elijah, whereas Jesus said that he was Elijah. Both statements were true.
21 And they asked him: What, then? Are you Elijah? And he said: I am not. Are
you The Prophet? And he answered: No!
22 Therefore they said to him: Who are you? that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?
23 He said: I am a voice of someone crying out in the wilderness: Make the way of Jehovah straight, just as Isaiah the prophet said.
24 Now those sent forth were from the Pharisees.
25 So they questioned him and said to him: Why, then, do you baptize if you yourself are not the Christ or Elijah or The Prophet? (John 1). Good question, this is a Reader Question.
13 For all, the Prophets and the Law, prophesied until John;
14 and if you want to accept it, He himself is Elijah who is destined to come (Matthew 11).
 Then Jesus made a second coming to the temple to throw out abusers on 33Nisan10:
And he entered into the temple and started to throw out those
who were selling,
46 saying to them: It is written: And my house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a cave of robbers (Luke 19).
Now they came to Jerusalem. There he entered into the temple
and started to throw out those selling and buying in the temple, and he
overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling
16 and he would not let anyone carry a utensil through the temple,
17 but he kept teaching and saying: Is it not written: My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it a cave of robbers (Mark 11).
And Jesus entered into the temple and threw out all those
selling and buying in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money
changers and the benches of those selling doves.
13 And he said to them: It is written: My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a cave of robbers (Matt 21).
 Then the son of destruction, the man of lawlessness, Judas was revealed, at the last supper, to Peter and John.
 Jesus enters the heart of the earth. He becomes the focus of all of God's heavenly organisation, for 3 days and 3 nights (being in trouble the whole time, so he did not sleep in death - having no angelic statis unit - he went to Tartarus to preach to them and then to Gehenna to preach to them - see U251.
41 And he himself drew away from them about a stone's throw, and
bent his knees and began to pray,
42 saying: Father, if you wish, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, let, not my will, but yours take place.
43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him (Luke 22).
 Then Jesus is impaled and the apostles become scared, stumbled, scattered and confused
31 Then Jesus said to them:
All of you will be stumbled in connection with me on this night, for it is written, 'I will strike
the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered about.'
32 But after I have been raised up, I will go ahead of you into Galilee (Matthew 26).
33 Therefore Jesus said:
I continue a little while longer with you before I go to him that sent me.
34 You will look for me, but you will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.
35 Therefore the Jews said among themselves: Where does this [man] intend going, so that we shall not find him? He does not intend to go to the [Jews] dispersed among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, does he?
36 What does this saying mean that he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me, and where I am you cannot come'? (John 7).
Literally Jesus was impaled, and went to Galilee after his resurrection and then went to heaven to meet his Father who sent him. In the greater first presence fulfilment of this, God struck FDS1, and after its fall, Peter (in FDS2) and James (of FDS2) both wrote to the 12 tribes 'scattered about', whilst Jesus was with FDS2 in the greater Galilee teaching the Greeks (binary question – by the power principle, the wrong answer must have some validity).
1 James, a slave of God and of [the] Lord Jesus Christ, to the
12 tribes that are scattered about: Greetings! (James 1).
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the temporary residents scattered about in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and
Bithynia, to the ones chosen (1 Peter 1).
 Then Judas committed suicide
3 Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing he had been condemned, felt
remorse and turned the 30 silver pieces back to the chief priests and older men,
4 saying: I sinned when I betrayed righteous
blood. They said: What is that to us? You must see to that!
5 So he threw the silver pieces into the temple and withdrew, and went off and hanged himself (Matthew 27).
 Then Jesus was resurrected and he manifested himself to his disciples:
1 After these things Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; but he made the manifestation in this way (John 21).
This pattern holds true for both of his 120 year presences, the presences of his body, his wife, the living stones of the temple of the new covenant saints, as follows...
 Then the holy spirit was poured out at Pentecost. The apostles were sealed and the physical gifts of the spirit of the first century were received.
|Physical Presence||First Presence through water baptised 1NC saints||Second Presence through water baptised 1NC saints|
|John the baptist start baptising||John starts baptising in water||Russell starts baptising in water|
|Jesus comes to temple in Jerusalem to throw out abusers, makes a whip of ropes||Jesus appoints FDS1, the law falls||Jesus appoints FDS3, Babylon falls|
|Judas starts stealing money from the money box||FDS1 starts to become corrupt in the 4th watch, of Epaphras||FDS3 starts to become corrupt in the 3rd watch of Knorr|
|John (no longer possessed by Gabriel) sent to Jesus, asking him: Are you the one or are we to expect a different one? (binary question)||Paul is clean to start water baptising into the congregation of FDS2, he is the different one||Gordon is clean to start water baptising into the congregation of FDS4, he is the different one|
|Jesus comes again to the temple which has become a cave of robbers||Jesus rejects FDS1, it becomes WSS1, he appoints FDS2||Jesus rejects FDS3, it becomes WSS2, he appoints FDS4|
|The traitor Judas is made known to Peter and John||Paul identifies Jude as running WSS1, from scripture.||Gordon identifies Henschel as running WSS2 from scripture.|
|Jesus enters the heart of the earth, becoming the focus of all the attention of God's heavenly organisation. But is absent from humans||Paul becomes the focus of all heavenly attention for the 3 days of the 5th watch of FDS1, WSS1 and GNS1. When WSS1 falls, becoming the excommunicated GNS1, Jesus is no longer present. All 1NC saints lose their water baptism, until they join FDS2, if they do.||Gordon becomes the focus of all heavenly attention for the 3 days of the 5th watch of FDS3, WSS2 and GNS2. When WSS2 falls, becoming the disfellowshipped GNS2, Jesus is no longer present. All 1NC saints lose their water baptism, until they join FDS4, if they do.|
|Jesus is impaled and the apostles are stumbled||Paul is excommunicated, the governing body of WSS1 is stumbled by their jealousy of his understandings. Cain kills Abel again.||Gordon is disfellowshipped, the governing body of WSS2 is stumbled by their jealousy of his understandings. Cain kills Abel again.|
|Judas feels remorse and hangs himself and bursts in his midst||Many in GNS1 start feeling repentant and internal divisions begin to appear, GNS1 is about to be cut in two||Many in GNS2 start feeling repentant and internal divisions begin to appear, GNS2 is about to be cut in two|
|Jesus is resurrected and made manifest to his disciples||The manifestation of the first presence, just after 109 AD||The manifestation of the second presence, from January 2000 onwards - when this website was first published.|
|Pentecost, the apostles are sealed and the gifts of the spirit are poured out||The 1NC saints join FDS2, and see all the new understandings. Those who join are the sealed ones.||The 1NC saints join FDS4, and see all the new understandings. Those who join are the sealed ones.|
We can see that there was a second coming in the first presence because Jesus said to Peter respecting John:
Accordingly, when he caught sight of him, Peter said to Jesus: Lord, what will this [man
22 Jesus said to him: If it is my will for him to remain until I come, of what concern is that to you? You continue following me.
23 In consequence, this saying went out among the brothers, that that disciple would not die. However, Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but: If it is my will for him to remain until I come, of what concern is that to you?
24 This is the disciple that bears witness about these things and that wrote these things, and we know that the witness he gives is true (John 21).
The apostle John was still alive at this second coming which was actually to knock down the first Christian temple of the New covenant saints, which had Jesus as the cornerstone and as the foundation rock mass, and to build a second Christian temple, under the covenant of Bilhah, with Paul as the foundation stone, in temple buildings symbolism and as the second of the 4 cornerstones in overall temple symbolism. Paul was the second Elijah, who came first, being baptised in 34Nisan - see .
The manifestation of the first presence did not occur until the last hour, because John says:
18 Young children, it is the last hour, and, just as you have heard that antichrist is coming, even now there have come to be many antichrists; from which fact we gain the knowledge that it is the last hour (1 John 2).
28 So now, little children, remain in union with him, that when he is made manifest we may have freeness of speech and not be shamed away from him at his presence (1 John 2).
The last hour was the last twelfth of the 120 year presence, i.e. the last 10 years, from 109Tishri to 119Elul.
The manifestation in the first presence was possibly the visions given to John, the book of Revelation, we think. In particular the solving in Revelation 17 of the mystery of the man of lawlessness, who is identified as being related to the mystery of the woman on the beast. The woman is the corrupt true church, the man is her head, the president of this church. This man of lawlessness, who leads this woman of fornication, is brought to nothing by the spirit of Jesus' mouth at the manifestation of the presence, as we shall see below.
8 Then, indeed, the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will do away with by the spirit of his mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of his presence (2 Thessalonians 2).
Whenever Jesus comes during a presence it is to appoint a new religion. Since we now know that he comes twice in each presence, we know that he appoints 4 new Christian religions in total, 2 in each presence. It is the spirit of Jesus' mouth, or scriptural understanding, that does away with FDS1 and FDS3, and this understanding is given to FDS2 and FDS4 - see .
There was a small gap in the first presence, when the 1NC saints in GNS1 were excommunicated, before they joined FDS2 and were baptised again in water. This is why James and Paul advise Christians to be patient waiting for the presence of the Lord.
4 And when the chief shepherd has been made manifest, you will receive the unfadable crown of glory (1 Peter 5).
The sealing of the new covenant saints occurs at or before the manifestation.
14 That you observe the commandment in a spotless and irreprehensible way until
the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 This [manifestation] the happy and only Potentate will show in its own appointed times, the King of those who rule as kings and Lord of those who rule as lords,
16 the one alone having immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom not one of men has seen or can see. To him be honor and might everlasting. Amen (1 Timothy 6).
If you keep faithful until the manifestation, then you are sealed, baptised into the name of the holy spirit - see .
19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of exultation--why, is it not in fact you?--before our Lord Jesus at his presence? (1 Thessalonians 2).
13 To the end that he may make your hearts firm, unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the presence of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones (1 Thessalonians 3).
23 May the very God of peace sanctify you completely. And sound in every respect may the spirit and soul and body of you [brothers] be preserved in a blameless manner at the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5).
8 From this time on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me as a reward in that day, yet not only to me, but also to all those who have loved his manifestation (2 Timothy 4).
He meant his physical manifestation. But the greater meaning applies to the manifestation of his presence. New covenant saints who remain faithful until then, get the crown of righteousness themselves.
It is most apparent from Matthew 24, that at least one faithful and discreet slave is appointed during each presence, since its definition is in the response to the question: what will be the sign of your presence? So the existence of an FDS is a 'sign of the times', just like wars, famines and earthquakes. The slave is a feature of a presence, not of the absence of Christ. It is not true however that no presence means no FDS. But a Presence means the existence of an FDS, and since existence of a FDS is a sign of a presence, the FDS does not exist all the time. So there is at least one period of non existence of the FDS between the two presences. It's like the parable says:
34 When the season of the fruits came, he dispatched his slaves to the cultivators to get his fruits (Matthew 21).
His faithful and discreet slaves appear in the seasons of fruits. Why, does not nature declare the impossibility of a continuous new covenant saint baptism? Which tree produces fruit all year round?
For an exposition of all of the 6 Comings of Jesus after his birth - U505.
1 However, brothers, respecting the
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we request of
you 2 not to be quickly shaken from
your reason nor to be excited either through an inspired expression or through a verbal
message or through a letter as though from us, to the effect that the day of the
Lord is here.
3 Let no one seduce you in any manner, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness gets revealed, the son of destruction.
4 He is set in opposition and lifts himself up over everyone who is called "god" or an object of reverence, so that he sits down in the temple of The God, publicly showing himself to be a god.
5 Do you not remember that, while I was yet with you, I used to tell you these things?
6 And so now you know the thing that acts as a restraint, with a view to his being revealed in his own due time.
7 True, the mystery of this lawlessness is already at work; but only till he who is right now acting as a restraint gets to be out of the way.
8 Then, indeed, the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will do away with by the spirit of his mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of his presence.
9 But the lawless one's presence is according to the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and portents 10 and with every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth that they might be saved (2 Thessalonians 2).
The manifestation of the presence is the decoding. This reveals the lawless one. Love of the truth, which the decoding tests, is the path to salvation. The 'man of lawlessness' is in the temple of God, the previous true religion, claiming to be a saint (for saints have associated angels, being born again of the spirit, and therefore have a divine constitution) and he is following Satan. He appears in each presence.
The man of lawlessness must be a king, a law giver who is abusing his position. So he was a head of the Christian congregation. Gordon has to say, that at first sight one might well apply this scripture to him, since he has sent exciting letters to the Governing Body, he is the head of a tiny Christian congregation and some would say he has manufactured his own temple. But he does not falsely set himself up as a saint as Milton Henschel did. And Gordon did not sit down in the temple, he was thrown out of the temple, for attempting to wake up its stones! Neither does Gordon act as a restraint, quite the opposite in fact. He acts as a rocket engine. He is the earthly means of the gathering together again of all things in the Christ in the final presence of the Lord, which follows the manifestation of the presence.
The man of lawlessness is a restraint on bible understanding, a stultifier, a spiritual prison warden, an emotional and intellectual straight jacket. Whereas Gordon is the messenger and mediator of a second new covenant, he is the last cornerstone of the temple. His message in this letter/speech is, the day of the Lord is not here, not until the 1NC saints get rebaptised in water.
The man of Lawlessness is actually the president of the Wicked and Sluggish Slave of Matthew 25 in each presence, who is the 5th president of FDS1 (Jude) and the 5th president of FDS3 (Henschel). The presidents who succeed Jude and Henschel are running the Good for Nothing slave of Matthew 25 in each presence - see .
Henschel resigned October 7, 2000 it was not long after this that the lawlessness of the WT was revealed.
7 True, the mystery of this lawlessness is already at work; but only till he who is right now acting as a restraint gets to be out of the way (2 Thessalonians 2).
5 And upon her forehead was written a name, a mystery: Babylon the Great, the mother of the harlots and of the disgusting things of the earth (Revelation 17).
These are the only two incidences of ‘mystery' (musthrion) in the bible (other than Revelation 17:7). So we apply the No Coincidences Principle and deduce that the man of lawlessness is also a woman, a harlot church. Rotten new covenant saints.
The Lord's day is mentioned elsewhere in the bible by Paul in connection with a man who committed loose conduct fornication:
5 Hand such a man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh in order that the spirit be saved in the day of the Lord (1 Corinthians 5).
This scripture incidentally answers the question, will any of those who were judicially killed in the day of the flood or in the day of the destruction of Sodom, or due to the death penalty under the law of Moses, actually be resurrected? The answer is yes. The destruction of the flesh on judicial grounds does not condemn the spirit. Of course the man referred to by Paul was not physically killed, but Paul was using the symbolism of the Law of Moses in his condemnation of this man. Gordon has always believed that a man who committed murder or adultery under law, and who of his own volition owned up to the high priest knowing that this would mean certain death, and was indeed stoned by the people as a result, would certainly be resurrected. For his confession was the triumph of his faith over his sin (it seems to him). The physical is so often the very antithesis of the spiritual.
Peter also mentions the Lord's day saying:
Yet the Lord's day will come as a thief, in which
the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being
intensely hot will be dissolved, and [the] earth and the works in it will be
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion,
12 awaiting and keeping close in mind the presence of the day of the Lord, through which [the] heavens being on fire will be dissolved and [the] elements being intensely hot will melt (2 Peter 3).
Repetitive or what? See the Repetitions Principle of the code. The Lord's day means the 1,000 years sabbath over which Jesus is Lord, in the cases of 2 Peter 3 and 1 Corinthians 5.