Matthew Chapter 24
Verse 50 and 51 “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looks not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
“Weeping and gnashing of teeth” means disappointment. Those who followed (and likewise proclaimed) the teaching of the evil servant and were led astray only to later awaken to the truth of the situation experienced great disappointment. It is hard to see why some brethren stayed in the Watchtower Society so long (after it became corrupted by the influence and teachings of the evil servant). For one thing, the Judge said character development was not important, the Pyramid was a wives’ fable, and the Tabernacle was of the devil.
The weeping and gnashing of teeth does not necessarily apply to the Judge. The effects of his ministry were such that it resulted in others having a terrible experience. The Judge said the faithful and wise servant was neither an individual nor a class but an office (like the presidency). Therefore, when the Pastor died, the Judge supposedly came into the office and became the wise and faithful servant. This thinking was contagious because Johnson reasoned similarly. He agreed that the faithful and wise servant was an office and claimed to be the third or epiphany servant. Moreover, he was supposed to be the last, all the others coming afterward being of the Levite, Jonadab, etc., class.
In regard to the weeping and gnashing of teeth, many identified themselves with the Watchtower (the New Organization) by giving over all their belongings and money and then living and working there. When they realized error was coming out, they had no independent means of support. One prominent brother cried because he was old and, not having a penny to his name, could not take a stand. Many were like prisoners—without money or profession— and could not get out. The mistake was in not keeping a measure of reserve.
No matter how helpful, brilliant, or holy in walk an individual is, we always need to have a measure of reserve, and no one should be offended. We should have this reserve even in regard to an individual we feel we are being blessed by, for our first responsibility in our consecration is to be a follower of Christ. If that is our sole guideline, then our respect for others is predicated on their nearness to Christ. The moment one deflects, we should disassociate ourselves. That would be having a proper reserve.
Some do not want others to have any reserve—they want others to be 100 percent for them or their organization. We should be careful of anyone who has this attitude. Sometimes the thought is not expressed in these words, but instead a person will say he wants 100 percent cooperation. Others are expected to be blind robots. Back there the Judge instilled such an idea, and many were caught in the net. Later the error and evil were revealed, and those involved could not help but see certain things. They had wasted time, effort, and money in being wed to the individual or institution.
The judgment of the evil servant is probably more severe than the “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” which applies to those under his influence for a time but not associated with his practices. The evil servant was cut asunder and appointed a “portion with the hypocrites.”
Although the evil servant did not speak audibly but in his heart that the Lord did not come in A.D. 1874, he did try to change the Jubilee cycle, which pointed out the Lord’s presence. He said the terminal date of the Jubilee cycle was 1925. In other words, he did not say anything, but by making that change to 1925, he was automatically revealing what was in his heart. He thought the Ancient Worthies would come then, and he began the Seventh Day (the 7,000 years) there.
The True Bible Chronology confirms that the first 6000 years ended in A.D. 1874, there the Seventh or Millennial Day began.
Question: Concerning the starting points of the 120 years in antitype, does Matthew 24 teach two starting points (1874 and 1878) and hence two completion points?
Answer: Yes. There are two aspects with regard to Noah’s going into the Ark: (1) when he entered the Ark and (2) when the Flood came. The first aspect pertained to the specially approved class (of eight individuals) being shut in the Ark (comparable to the Church going home), and the second aspect pertained to the trouble (or Flood) on the world (comparable to the great Time of Trouble when the fallen angels will be loosed en masse just before God’s deliverance of Israel and the establishment of the Kingdom). In the end of the Gospel Age, there will be a time period between the rapture (the translation) of the feet members and the trouble to come on the world followed by the Kingdom Age.
Thus we conclude our study of Matthew Chapter 24, the Lord’s Great Prophecy.
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