Then there will be great tribulation.
How will the great tribulation begin? The book of Revelation answers by describing the destruction of “Babylon the Great.” (Rev. 17:5-7) How appropriate that all false religion is likened to a prostitute! The clergy have prostituted themselves with the leaders of this wicked world. Instead of loyally supporting Jesus and his Kingdom, they have given their support to human rulers and have compromised godly principles just to gain political influence. They stand in stark contrast with the clean, virginlike anointed ones of God. (2 Cor. 11:2; Jas. 1:27; Rev. 14:4) But who will destroy the harlotlike organization? Jehovah God will put “his thought” into the hearts of “the ten horns” of the “scarlet-colored wild beast.” These horns represent all the present political powers that give support to the United Nations, an organization pictured by the “scarlet-colored wild beast.”
Song 49 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Do You Keep Your Promises?”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
—What is the “permanent covenant,” and who are included in it? (w88 9/15 17 ¶7)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Eze 16:28-42
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Fulfill Your Marriage Vow Even When You Are Disappointed With Your Marriage: (10 min.) Talk by an elder based on the March 2014 Awake! pages 14-15.
Become Jehovah’s Friend
—Be Truthful: (5 min.) Play the video Become Jehovah’s Friend —Be Truthful. Afterward, invite selected young children to the stage, and ask them questions about the video.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr chap. 15 ¶1-8
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 73 and Prayer