As a major city of the northern kingdom under Jeroboam, Bethel, once prominent as a place of revelation
by the true God, now became renowned as a center of false worship. ...
) With its
own religious house and altar, a specially invented festival time, and priests selected from among the non-Levitical tribes, Bethel became a symbol of rank apostasy from true worship.
it-1 pp. 294-297 - Insight, Volume 1
The congregation’s inner workings, its problems, its public preaching, its other privileges, and its hopes are dealt with in the 21 letters that follow the historical section.
it-1 pp. 442-444 - Insight, Volume 1
Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand!:
dx86-14 - Index 1986-2014
Some argue that since Revelation contains highly symbolic language, all numbers found in this book, including the number 144,000, must be symbolic. ... Granted, Revelation contains numerous symbolic numbers, but it also includes literal numbers.
w04 9/1 pp. 30-31 - The Watchtower—2004
Immediately after disclosing the number 666, Revelation mentions 144,000 followers of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, who have his name and the name of his Father, Jehovah, written on their foreheads. ... Thus, the mark, whether on the right hand or on the forehead, figuratively speaking, is a symbol that identifies its bearer as one who gives worshipful support to the beastlike political systems of the world.
w04 4/1 pp. 4-7 - The Watchtower—2004
of Jesus Christ, which God gave him . . . ...
Some take the view that what is meant is that the Son was ‘the beginner of God’s creation,’ that he was its
rs pp. 405-426 - Reasoning (rs)
While many commentators apply this title both to God and to Christ, a more careful examination of its use restricts its application to Jehovah God.
it-1 pp. 80-81 - Insight, Volume 1
In the book of Revelation
, Jesus Christ, through the angelic messenger, proclaims seven happinesses. ...
(Re 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 22:14
) The book declares, in its
introduction: “Happy is he who reads aloud and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and who observe the things written in it” (Re 1:3
), and in its
conclusion says: “Happy are those who wash their robes, that the authority to go to the trees of life may be theirs and that they may gain entrance into the city [New Jerusalem] by its
it-1 pp. 1032-1034 - Insight, Volume 1
) The people’s motive was wrong; yet Jehovah God granted their request not for their sake primarily but to accomplish his own good purpose in the progressive revelation
of the “sacred secret” of his future Kingdom by the “seed.” ...
Human kingship would bring its
problems and expense for Israel, however, and Jehovah laid the facts before the people.
it-2 pp. 159-170 - Insight, Volume 2
Aside from what is here written in Revelation about the sect of Nicolaus, nothing else is known of it, either of its practices and teachings, which are condemned, or of its origin and development.
it-2 p. 498 - Insight, Volume 2
word), but that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by Divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit. ... In the ordinary sense a mystery implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed.
it-2 pp. 836-838 - Insight, Volume 2
The book of Revelation speaks of the time when Michael would be active as King. ... It states: “War broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven.
g 4/08 pp. 4-7 - Awake!—2008
Therefore, would it not be appropriate that the revelation from God be made available in the form of a book? ... “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness,” states one of its writers.
w05 7/15 pp. 4-7 - The Watchtower—2005
Brother Russell knew that he could not force the light to shine upon the book of Revelation any more than an anxious hiker can coax the sun to rise before its appointed time.
w00 3/15 pp. 10-15 - The Watchtower—2000
For more information, see pages 180-6 of the book Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand!,
w00 1/15 pp. 9-14 - The Watchtower—2000
The book of Revelation. ... The book of Revelation concludes the Holy Scriptures with one of the most outstanding concentrations of illustrations found in the entire Bible.
it-1 pp. 1174-1184 - Insight, Volume 1
He apparently did not recall the full contents of the dream, for he demanded of his wise men and priests that they reveal both the dream and its interpretation. ... By divine help Daniel was able to reveal not only the dream but also its meaning.
it-1 pp. 1184-1187 - Insight, Volume 1
Will bring its practicers eternal destruction. ... As for Babylon the Great, which is to be hurled into the sea, never to be found again, one of the sins charged against her is stated in the Revelation: “By your spiritistic practice all the nations were misled.”
it-2 pp. 1027-1030 - Insight, Volume 2
Yet, insofar as archaeology relates to the authenticity and reliability of the Bible, as well as to faith in it, its teachings, and its revelation of God’s purposes and promises, it must be said that it is a nonessential supplement and an unrequired confirmation of the truth of God’s Word.
it-1 pp. 147-156 - Insight, Volume 1
The congregation at Laodicea was one of the seven in Asia Minor to which the glorified Jesus Christ, in a revelation
to John, addressed personal messages. ...
It needed “gold refined by fire” to enrich its
personality (compare 1Co 3:10-14; 1Pe 1:6, 7
), white outer garments to give it an irreproachable Christian appearance with no unchristian features that were as shameful as bodily nakedness.
it-2 pp. 204-205 - Insight, Volume 2
3 (P47) is a fragmentary codex of Revelation containing ten somewhat damaged leaves. ... Since Hebrews does not give its writer’s name, its composition by Paul has frequently been disputed.
it-2 pp. 312-318 - Insight, Volume 2
The well-known sight of a cluster of scavenger birds gathered around a carcass often served as the basis for an ominous warning to an enemy (1Sa 17:44, 46
), and repeatedly formed part of divinely inspired prophetic warnings to the nation of Israel and its
rulers (De 28:26; 1Ki 14:11; 21:24; Jer 7:33; 15:3
) as well as to foreign nations. ...
) Desolation of a city or land was depicted by its
becoming the habitat of certain birds of solitary nature (Isa 13:19-21
; compare Re 18:2
) or by the disappearance of all bird life.
it-1 pp. 316-318 - Insight, Volume 1
The book of Revelation contains a series of visions seen by the aged apostle John. ... The book’s Greek name, A·po·kaʹly·psis, meaning “Uncovering” or “Disclosure,” is apropos, for Revelation does uncover matters, disclosing many events of the distant future, far beyond the time of its composition.
it-2 pp. 1158-1160 - Insight, Volume 2
The book of Revelation presents in symbolic expression much information relating to Christ’s presence and his manifestation and revelation.
it-2 pp. 676-679 - Insight, Volume 2
The authenticity of the book of Ezekiel is supported by its harmony with the other books of the Bible. ... Although it is not quoted or cited directly by any of the writers of the Christian Greek Scriptures, allusions to some of its statements and similar expressions are, nevertheless, frequent.
it-1 pp. 793-795 - Insight, Volume 1
Since Paul says that “the creation” is waiting for this revealing, and will then be “set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God,” it is apparent that others aside from these heavenly “sons of God” receive benefit from their revelation in glory. ... Paul refers to it here as being in “eager expectation,” as “waiting,” as “subjected to futility, [though] not by its own will,” as being “set free from enslavement to corruption [in order to] have the glorious freedom of the children of God,” and as “groaning together” even as the Christian “sons” groan within themselves; these expressions all point conclusively to the human creation, the human family, hence not to creation in general, including animals, vegetation, and other creations, both animate and inanimate.
it-2 pp. 996-1001 - Insight, Volume 2
Jehovah describes how his organization, including its heavenly part, operates. ... For example, he tells us that he first gave a revelation to Jesus Christ, who then “sent forth his angel and presented it in signs through him to his slave John, who bore witness.”
w11 3/15 pp. 17-20 - The Watchtower—2011
For a verse-by-verse consideration of the book of Revelation, see Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand!
w09 2/15 pp. 3-5 - The Watchtower—2009
) Since holy spirit is given according to what its
operation needs to accomplish, the expression “the seven spirits” denotes the fullness of its
operation in giving understanding and bringing blessings to those who pay attention to the prophecy.
w09 1/15 pp. 30-32 - The Watchtower—2009
Megiddo’s history and its strategic location doubtless have a bearing on the figurative use of the word “Armageddon.” ... Although that word occurs only once in the Bible, its setting in the book of Revelation makes it very clear that Armageddon will touch the lives of everyone on earth.
w08 4/1 pp. 5-8 - The Watchtower—2008
The time period during which “this generation” lives seems to correspond to the period covered by the first vision in the book of Revelation. ... See Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand!
w08 2/15 pp. 21-25 - The Watchtower—2008
The master of ceremonies at the circus gave me a book that he had received, entitled Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand!*
g 6/07 pp. 14-15 - Awake!—2007
) In a vision reported in the book of Revelation
, Jesus is seen as a King riding forth victoriously on a white horse. ...
) This horse and its
rider picture warfare, and the great sword represents the unprecedented destructiveness of modern warfare with its
w05 9/1 pp. 18-22 - The Watchtower—2005
How encouraging this revelation must have been for childless Abram! ... Next, God commanded: “Get up, go about in the land through its length and through its breadth, because to you I am going to give it.”
w01 8/15 pp. 20-24 - The Watchtower—2001
In the Christian Greek Scriptures the word Pan·to·kraʹtor occurs ten times, nine of them in the book of Revelation. ... Its use in the Christian Greek Scriptures lends weight to the understanding of the Hebrew term Shad·daiʹ as meaning “Almighty One,” since otherwise there would be no corresponding term for Pan·to·kraʹtor in the Hebrew Scriptures.
it-1 pp. 77-79 - Insight, Volume 1
“the vine of the earth” is thrown into a winepress and trodden roughly with the shod feet of horses, the blood coming “as high up as the bridles of the horses, for a distance of a thousand six hundred furlongs [296 km; 184 mi].” ...
) So great a depth of blood covering such a distance represents the tremendous scope of the destruction wrought by the angels and reflects the fact that the winepress is big enough to catch all and allow escape for none who make up the symbolic “vine of the earth” at the time of the fullness of its
it-1 p. 367 - Insight, Volume 1
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, in its Greek dictionary (1890, p. ... 419) says: “The word implies that this was done by divine revelation: for it has generally this signification in the New Testament, and is rendered ‘warned from God’ or ‘warned of God,’ even when there is no word for GOD in the Greek.”
it-1 pp. 439-442 - Insight, Volume 1
The fig tree’s ‘putting forth its leaves’ toward the middle of the spring season was used by Jesus as a well-known time indicator. ... oʹlyn·thos) is shaken to the ground by high winds is used as a simile by the writer of Revelation.
it-1 pp. 830-831 - Insight, Volume 1
The valley plain at its feet became the site of many decisive battles. ... Therefore, the book of Revelation fittingly names the coming “war of the great day of God the Almighty” Har–Magedon (from Heb.,
it-1 p. 953 - Insight, Volume 1
The Zered is an even more formidable canyon, its steep cliffs dropping some 1,190 m (3,900 ft). ... This burial in a deep place by the Dead Sea likewise finds some parallel in Revelation’s description of the disposal of the opposers of God’s Kingdom by their being cast into the symbolic lake of fire, and by the abyssing of Satan.
it-1 pp. 980-981 - Insight, Volume 1