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The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
This part of the wedding parable symbolizes those outside the WTBTS organization…
I am reading this more carefully, thanks, but for now as way of reply we say:
(Matthew 23:13) . . .“Woe to you, scribes and [Bethel] Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut up the kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on their way in to go in.
Obviously we see that in the Bethel true non-familial “message” DISCOURAGING people to exert themselves:
(Luke 13:23-25) He said to them: 24 “Exert yourselves vigorously to get in through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will seek to get in but will not be able, 25 when once the householder has got up and locked the door…
So many “press forward” of ALL SORTS of men and women, girls and boys:
(Luke 16:16-17) “The Law and the Prophets were until John. From then on the kingdom of God is being declared as good news, and every sort of person is pressing forward toward it. 17 Indeed, it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one particle of a letter of the Law to go unfulfilled.
But further exertion aids the process to SEIZING it:
(Matthew 11:12) 12 But from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of the heavens is the goal toward which men press, and those pressing forward are seizing it.
Of course John the Baptist, Elijah, pressed the issue to death like Jesus. So, it shall be SEIZED today, by ANYONE – PRESSING to the FREE GIFT of GOD, by Jesus Christ the King:
(Matthew 21:31) Jesus said to them: “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and the harlots are going ahead of you into the kingdom of God.
Jesus aint joking, God aint joking, I AM NOT joking, NO MAN dictates those God can and WILL choose and draw to finality. It would be easier “for heaven and earth to pass away than for one particle of a letter of the Law to go unfulfilled”, including:
(Isaiah 8:18) Look! I and the children whom Jehovah has given me are as signs and as miracles in Israel from Jehovah of armies, who is residing in Mount Zion.
The whole point of Bethel being desolated (SOON, but it drags on as per pophecy), judged, and desolated again (Isa9) is to CLEAR THE WAY for those FEELING THE SPIRIT calling them to what is FREELY OFFERED TO A N Y O N E willing. To drink the cup and seal one’s soul to the One who owns it anyways, JEHOVAH ALMIGHTY GOD, by purchase of Christ the “hidden treasure”, for whom all things have been created and caused to exist. (ALL things, including the his dogs they shall slaughter at the pound today, somewhere, 24, 7, 365 for thousands of years of history);
THEREFORE THE KINGDOM COMPLETION IS YAHWEH’S OWN NUMBER IS GUARANTEED, BUT NOT YET FULLY SEALED:
(Isaiah 40:25-26) “But to whom can you people liken me so that I should be made his equal?” says the Holy One. 26 “Raise your eyes high up and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who is bringing forth the army of them even by number, all of whom he calls even by name. Due to the abundance of dynamic energy, he also being vigorous in power, not one [of them] is missing.
Whose number is Jerusalem related:
(Psalm 147:2-4) Jehovah is building Jerusalem; The dispersed ones of Israel he brings together. 3 He is healing the brokenhearted ones, And is binding up their painful spots. 4 He is counting the number of the stars; All of them he calls by [their] names.
And it includes the Isaiah 40:22 grasshoppers, dogs, cats, horses, etc (Eze47:9):
(Isaiah 34:16-17) Search for yourselves in the book of Jehovah and read out loud: not one has been missing of them; they actually do not fail to have each one her mate, for it is the mouth of Jehovah that has given the command, and it is his spirit that has collected them together. 17 And it is He that has cast for them the lot, and his own hand has apportioned the place to them by the measuring line. To time indefinite they will take possession of it; for generation after generation they will reside in it.
So as we embark on our ministry now in the scattered state of Babylon, Christendom and soon Bethel, (whose sheep are even now spiritually scattered), and it is going to get WORSE, and go on for some years, we bring the message (Rev10:11), in PREVIEW form, as usual, to DRINK UP, if a person so discerns the meaning of the body and blood, no forcing anyone, it is FREE.
But also the message is, the message (little scroll), is going to get far more detailed, and include humans beings who desire to never die, and live forever, because someone will fulfill the “image of God” in human form, because that is where it began, and that is Satan’s original accusation.
HUMAN BEINGS MUST RECLAIM THEIR OWN sovereign free will, and ONLY human beings can decide, BUT God and Christ for that familial group, shall decide.
God is not abandoning his IMAGE brought into ill repute, or the FACT a human being can live forever, and Genesis 1:26-28 is the “will of God done ON EARTH” that Christ spoke of at Matt6:10. The KINGDOM under Christ, is what becomes Christ’s Bride, who of course is not barren, as Isaiah 54 takes on final meaning under Eternal Father, and his Eternal Wife, and Christ is not father of his brothers and sisters, but of human beings in Last Adam “gathering all things on earth” in ultimate meaning. (Heb2:14);
Plain and simple some people are perfectly fine with planet Earth, as was Jesus (it was a sacrifice for real), as is the case with many anointed. God is not making a mass exodus to “heaven” and the “lake of fire”, EARTH is still an option of the MANY abodes.
I am reading what you say more carefully. But we know TEMPLE JUDGMENT of anointed Christians, and Bethel’s override of that ministry (and why they are to be desolated, from within by apostates and impostors (Dan11:30-32; 8:11-13), STARTS the final CALL to the sheep. And that must hit in time, and drag on for a while, for MANY SHEEP yet exist not knowing it yet:
(Matthew 25:37) Then the righteous ones will answer him with the words, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry [?]…
SOON they will see the hungry. And loving one’s neighbor never hurts the prospect:
(Romans 2:14-16) …although not having law, are a law to themselves. 15 They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them and, between their own thoughts, they are being accused or even excused. 16 This will be in the day when God through Christ Jesus judges the secret things of mankind, according to the good news I declare.
And that “in the day” (2Thess2:1-2) is coming up as dawn of the daystar in our own time, it is all going to happen, we get a preview, and for a purpose.