Saturday, October 20, 2012

Why does God allow Suffering?

Hello Pearl,
 Why does God allow all the bad things in the world to happen? Surely He has the power to put an end to it.


This is a thought provoking question.
If you are one of Jehovah's Witnesses, you have heard it said that the reason why the God of Love (1John4:8) has not yet ended the groaning of all creation (Rom.8:22), is because mankind has not yet suffered long enough under Satan's rule, in order to learn that we need God's sovereignty. Think about what a contradiction that is! It asserts that God IS Love...and yet He is leaving us to suffer, until we finally get it through our thick skulls, that leaving Him hurts us (Rom.8:20; Gen.3:17,18,19,24); and that having Satan's dominion over us (which Adam and Eve chose Gen.3:13,17) is a failure. Hmmm. That may seem like a reasonable explanation to many. There is SOME truth in it (Rev.8:10). But, what is reasonable to men, is irrelevant (Prov.14:12; Isa.40:13,14; 1Cor.2:14). All that matters is what Jehovah Himself says (John17:17; Rom.3:4).

If we return to Romans8:22...
"FOR WE KNOW that the whole creation has been groaning together in pain together until now."
In truth, is there anyone alive that really needs to be told that life today is frustrating and futile?

When Jehovah told Adam and Eve that they would have a horrible life, and then die;
didn't they and their children, see it happen?
Is not the miserable existence and death of each one of us, proof enough that Satan is an unfit sovereign?
What does God's Word say?

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."

Do we really need 6,000 years to realize that life is futile?
...that man/Satan rule is a failure?
Please, look again at the first three words of Romans8:22.

Certainly, Satan's advice in Eden, was a lie,
-AND WE NOW KNOW IT. wasn't bad enough for Satan to bait our original parents into a death trap with his lies,
but now that we are all ensnared in the same web,
we are believing him again.......that things are so good that we actually need 6,000 years to prove otherwise.

If you can just choose one human being on this whole planet that you think has a great life, even from all of history,
do you think that by the end of their life,
they would still claim that life is perfect?
Even if they were rich and beautiful and smart and powerful,
.......they had family problems, or body guards, or their little girl died of leukemia.

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."

Satan would have us believe otherwise, wouldn't he?
So would the Wicked Steward (Matt.24:45,48,49,50,51; Luke12:45,46)
They paint Jehovah as a spiteful God, who is deriving some sort of satisfaction from watching us suffer without him.
That is the subconscious message that reaches our mind,
when we accept the false God-dishonoring doctrine:
...that the reason the end is not here yet, is because Satan's rule needs to be proven a failure...
...that we need to realize our reliance on, and need for God enough....
...that we have to see that the "knowledge of good and bad" really results in pain and death.
...that God is not yet satisfied that we have suffered enough.


Do we really doubt the reality of the bad consequences of sin?
Satan surely wants us to believe that we do.
He wants us to believe that God is delaying the end, because He thinks we need to suffer long enough....
 to get it through our thick skulls that we need Him,
 and that life without him is a failure.

The universal mind of humanity is being crushed under anxious care.
NO ONE needs to be told that we are "enslaved to futility" (Rom.8:20)....and this we know since Adam and Eve.

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."
ACCORDING TO GOD....Do we now already "know", or not?

SATAN certainly doesn't care if we suffer while he keeps his hold on the world.
He wants us to believe that Jehovah is just like him.
Another lie.

Jehovah was and is, greatly grieved at mankind's fall and it's consequences.
Don't you hear His tone of voice when He said, "What is this you have done!?!?" Gen.3:13
His heart is constantly being torn apart, each and every day since then,
as He observes all the suffering and deaths of every living thing, including all the human friends He has come to know (Gen.6:5,6; James2:23; John16:27; Matt.10:29).


Satan wants us to believe that
all the guiding truths Jehovah has given us within prophecy, (which show us the end of all matters)...
will be revealed within Satan's own realm, the world.
Here Satan is, creating a phony drama on a stage he has total control of (1John5:19; Rev.12:9)....
to distract us away from the reality of the truth.......once again.

Jehovah is not waiting for activity within the Nations, Politics, False Religion, or Commercial economics.
This is not what the Bible teaches us.

"For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God." Rom.8:19

Can you see that what we are all waiting for, is the Kingdom Heirs to be made complete in number, refined, sealed, perfected, unveiled, and installed?
"When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been."

"The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of your enemies! Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Ps.110:2,1)
"For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power." (1Cor.15:25,24)
There are still enemies of Christ (Phil.3:18; 2Cor.11:13; Rev.2:2; 2Thess.2:2,3,8).
All his enemies, have not yet been subjected to Christ (2Cor.10:5; Rev.19:11,14,8; 12:11).

Once this happens,
it can finally end!!!
Yes, that is what GOD tells us!

  "And I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down, who accuses them day and night before our God! 11 And THEY (the sealed anointed) CONQUERED HIM (Satan) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing, and they did not love their souls even in the face of death." Rev.12:10,11; Mark8:35)

Do you see what we are really waiting for, according to God?
The "Watchtower" teaches that Mankind has tried every possible form of government, and that this was necessary for the reality of Jer.10:23; and Ec.8:9 to be proven. They assert that since each form of government has been proven a failure, the judicial basis was set for the arrival of Christ's "Thousand Year" kingdom, in 1914 
("Thousand Years", When?). 
Not so.
Ps.110:1-2 reveals that Christ rules "in the midst of his enemies". He has been ruling since his ascension into heaven 
(1Cor.15:25; Mark16:19; Ps.110:1; 1Cor.15:25; Matt.28:18). 
Through the kings of Zion...
 (Ps.110:2; 2Cor.10:3-5; 6:7; Rom.13:12; Isa.2:3; Mal.2:7; Eph.6:10-17; 2Tim.2:12; Rev.5:9-10), 
...Christ has been "subduing his enemies" of truth, by the truth (Gal.4:16; John8:40; Mark 8:35; 2Thess.2:8; Rev.19:14-15; Prov.2:6; Eph.6:17; Heb.4:12; Rev.19:15), which is also spoken through his ambassadors (Phil.3:20-21; 2Cor.5:19-20,15; 3:6; 6:1-2; Mal.2:7; 1Cor.4:1; 1Pet.4:10; Titus 2:11; 1Tim.2:4). 

All forms of man-rule under Satan 
(John 8:44; Rev.12:7; Heb.1:7,14; 2:16; 1:7; Rev.11:5; Jer.5:14; Luke 21:15; 10:19; 1John2:13; Rev.12:11), 
must be subjugated under Christ's feet (1Cor.15:24-25), after which, he hands his own kingdom, over to God
Only then, does God's eternal Kingdom, commence (1Cor.15:27-28). 
God entrusts His eternal Kingdom, into the hands of Christ and his chosen and faithful kings (Luke 22:29; Rev.3:21; Matt.28:18; Dan.7:13-14,22), including those who have fought and won the last of Christs battles, Armageddon (Rev.17:14; 19:11,14,16; Luke10:19; Matt.23:33).

Which is the last kingdom to fight against Christ at Armageddon... his last enemy?
There is one more form of government Satan is now empowering, that is "different" from those prior to it. 
It is able to "trample" and cause spiritual death, to God's own people 
(Dan.7:23; Luke 21:24,22) 
(1Cor.15:26,55; Rev.9:10,7; Eze.2:6; 1Cor.15:55-58; Rev.12:11). 
The "difference" within that last lethal kingdom, is depicted, at Dan.2:33,41-42. 
All the previous kingdoms which persecuted God's people, symbolically consisted only of metal (Dan.2:32).
The "difference" which the last kingdom possesses, is that the fourth kingdom/Beast, also contains "clay", along with the metal, iron. 
It is only after this final type of kingdom meets with failure, that the eternal Kingdom of God, arrives (Dan.2:34,44; 7:14,18,22).

The fourth spiritually lethal kingdom arises, after Satan's release from the Abyss.....
(Rev.20:7-8; 16:13-14; 17:14; 12:7,11; 11:7; 6:9-11; Rom.6:5).
Through the fourth and last kingdom, Satan successfully tramples God's Chosen people. They are trampled into submissive captivity and slavery to the Beast. They need to repent, slave for the truth of Christ, and join him in righteous Battle.
(Col.2:8; Rev.13:7-8,10; 11:2; Matt.5:13; Luke18:8; 17:26-27; Rev.12:15; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13-14) 
(Eze.22:30; 13:5; Jer.5:1; Isa.59:16; 64:7; Job 14:6-9; Eze.17:21-24,23; Mark 4:30-32; Zech.4:10; Eze.36:8; Dan.2:34,45; Zech.4:7) 
(Dan.8:25; 2Thess.2:8; Rev.17:14; Matt.10:20), 
<<(In response to Satan's release and successful deceptions; 
Christ, and then his faithful "woman"/"two witnesses"/angel messengers/faithful witnesses to follow, 
will also arise 
Rev.11:3-4; 12:15-17,6,14,7; 17:14) (earth-swallows-satans-river)
[For understanding about the woman being in the wilderness, please see 
Part A, paragraph 4, at this link: LINK ]

It is the fourth kingdom, initially consisting of Iron (Dan.2:33), that tramples the holy ones into subjection, in the time of the end (Dan.2:40). The fourth kingdom develops into a combination, within it's feet and "toes", iron and clay (Dan.2:33,42). 
The ten "toes" of it's feet, is a parallel to the "ten kings"/"horns", belonging to the symbolic Beast of Revelation (Rev.17:12-14). 
The "kings of the earth" (Greek meaning "Earth") are kings which should belong to Christ (Rev.1:5; 5:10; 19:16; John18:36; 17:16) (kings-of-earth), but they have rebelliously surrendered their royal authority, to the Beast (Rev.17:12-13; Jer.9:25-26; Amos 9:7; 1Cor.10:11).

By these things, we begin to learn why this Beast is "different" (Dan.7:23).
It's horns, are the ten "kings of the earth"/clay (Rev.16:15-16; Dan.2:44), some of whom have accepted official position as commanders within the Iron/Gentile Beast, supporting it's blasphemies 
(Rev.13:1,5-6; Rom.2:24; Isa.52:5; 2Pet.2:1-3).

Both terms.... "clay", and "kings of earth", reveal the "difference" which the last kingdom power possesses (which power, successfully tramples God's people, causing them to become dead in their sins (Eph.2:1-2,4-5; Col.2:13; Rev.3:1-3; 11:11-12; 4:1; Eze.37:3-8,9-10; Rev.7:9; Matt.5:19).
   After God's refining discipline (Zech.13:9; Mal.3:1-3), "one-third" of them repent 
(and are killed for their faithfulness Rev.11:7)...
 (Rev.7:3; 9:4; 3:19; 14:1; 22:3) (Zech.13:9; Rev.9:18,20), 
The repentant and victorious over the mark of the Beast, 
then battle along with Christ at Armageddon Rev.17:14; 19:11,14,8; 7:14) 

When that decisive battle that is now being fought is won, the final foe of Christ will be "brought to nothing" (1Cor.15:24-26,54-58).
The final powers of death will themselves be consigned to the "second death", the "lake of fire" (Rev.20:10,14-15). The last four entities of power who resist God's Kingdom, will be destroyed forever (1Cor.15:24-26).

So, how do the terms, "kings of the earth", and "Clay"
reveal what is unique to the last kingdom?
Please consider the following links to find out.

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Satan has been ruling the world since Eden.
He is still ruling the world, and so, he is
"deceiving the entire inhabited earth" (Rev.12:9).
Within that deceived "earth", are "Jehovah's Witnesses" (Rev.17:8,13; 13:8).

Only the anointed, even have a chance of seeing truth through the darkness....

 see Isa.43:
10 “YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have CHOSEN, in order that YOU may know and have faith in me, and that YOU may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none. 11 I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.”
12 “I myself have told forth and have saved and have caused [truth] to be heard, when there was among YOU no strange [god]. So YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I am God.
(see 1Pet.2:9; Rev.11:3)

Can you see that God MAKES his CHOSEN WITNESSES hear the TRUTH.....WHEN THEY ARE NOT BUSY WORSHIPING  someone or something else? (that is a requirement for receiving freedom from Satan's deceptions -John8:32; Matt.13:11)

More proof of this, regarding the "CHOSEN" as being the ones given the truth:

20 And YOU have an anointing from the holy one; all of YOU have knowledge. 21 I write YOU, not because YOU do not know the truth, but because YOU know it, and because no lie originates with the truth.. 27 And as for YOU, the anointing that YOU received from him remains in YOU, and YOU do not need anyone to be teaching YOU; but, as the anointing from him is teaching YOU about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught YOU, remain in union with him."

Can Satan ever deceive these ones also?
  "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will give great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones.  Look! I have forewarned YOU."   Matt.24:24,25

The "Chosen Ones" can also be deceived by Satan, if they do not have the protection of Jehovah's Spirit....
which He will remove, if we are worshiping something else.... looking to those "great signs and wonders" which are a part of
Satan's "misleading" deceptions (2Thess.2:9,10,11,12; Rev.13:13,14,15; Matt7:15,21; Rev.9:1; 17:15).

One of those "wonder"ful lies, is the doctrine that the reason the end has not yet arrived,
is because Jehovah is not yet satisfied that we have suffered long enough and
that Satan's rule actually has to be proven a failure.

And where are we supposed to watch to see that prophetic proof unfold?..."Keep a close eye only on the unfolding drama of Satan's world",
which he has total control of!

We all must learn to look to Jehovah's Word for the truth,
not look to Satan's world.
Jehovah gives us the signs of the end that tell us how, why, and when (Matt.24:3; Rev.1:1,3).
They are in the Bible, not the evening news.

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."
"For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God." Rom.8:19,22

Why does Satan not want us to get the sense of Romans 8:19,22?
Because then we will be mesmerized by his tumultuous world, rather than helping the least of Christ's brothers to reach their goal (Matt.25:40)
Heb.6:10 reads:
"God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have ministered to HIS HOLY ONES, and continue to HELP THEM."

We saw at Matt.24:24, that Satan is going to try to mislead the Chosen in the time of the end, by means of Powerful, prominent, "fallen" anointed (Rev.8:10,11; 13:11; 2Thess.2:1,2,4; Luke12:45). What would such a wicked Steward be teaching?

They teach the sheep to look to Satan's world for a premature, counterfeit fulfillment of Prophecy.
They help Satan grab everyone's attention away from the Truth.
They have become Satan's ministers, prompting the sheep to look to Satan's world for the "signs". They are lying signs! (2Thess.2:9)
...and they prompt God's people to seek salvation through slavery to THEM (John7:16,17,18; Rev.13:12,16; 2Thess.2:4), rather than to God (Rev.14:1; Exo.20:5; Psalm146:3; 118:8; Rev.7:10) and the faithful (Rev.11:3,7,8,9,10; Rev.20:4).

 "For such men are false apostles (2Thess.2:2), deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ (Rev.13:11).  And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light.  It is therefore nothing great if his ministers also keep transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness (Rev.13:1,2,8). But their end shall be according to their works."

The truth will not be gleaned from the information coming from Satan's world, nor in it's current events (1John4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15; 1Tim.4:1,2).
17 Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me forth into the world, I also sent them forth into the world. 19 And I am sanctifying myself in their behalf, that they also may be sanctified by means of truth.

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."
"For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God." Rom.8:19,22

Learning to ignore Satan's world and looking to scripture for fulfillment of prophecy is a tough one, even for many anointed.
Yet the book of Revelation exposes the Truth, to those faithful anointed who are blessed with insight (Luke12:35,36,37; Rev.3:20; 1:1,3).
Pray for Spirit, and I also pray for you (Luke11:13). It is true, the entire inhabited earth is being deceived by Satan. Only the faithful chosen have a chance at being set free by truth (1Pet.2:5,9; 1John2:20,27; John8:32; Rev.12:15,16,14; 9:14)...along with those who accept and feed on their sayings (Matt.10:40,41,42)....

"There will be two [women] grinding at the same mill; the one will be taken along, but the other will be abandoned.”  So in response they said to him: “Where, Lord?” He said to them: “Where the body is, there also the eagles will be gathered together.”

Those who are "abandoned"/"left behind" in the field (Matt.24:40,41; Joel1:10; Micah3:12; Eze.33:27;  7:15; Jer.14:18),  will be swept away by the river of lies coming from Satan's mouth, just as the earth was drowned in the days of Noah (Matt.24:39; Rev.12:16). All others will be "taken along" on the wings of the anointed "eagles" of the "woman" (Rev.12:14), to feed on the "body/"slain" "two witnesses", instead (Matt.24:16,28; Luke 17:37) in the "Wilderness".

Matt.10:40 “He that receives YOU receives me also, and he that receives me receives him also that sent me forth. 41 He that receives a prophet because he is a prophet will get a prophet’s reward....And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water to drink because he is a disciple, I tell YOU truly, he will by no means lose his reward.”
I have written a few articles on this subject, if you would like to consider more scriptures related to it:

as well as the current full Directory of Articles:

So, a succinct answer to your question is;
God will use His power to end Satan's world, when all 144000 become sealed.
He does not delight in the suffering of Creation, but rather, is awaiting the just basis to end it (Prov.27:11; Rom.8:21,18,25; Luke22:31; Rev.2:10; Gen.3:15; Eph.2:21,22)
Once the 144000 anointed are sealed and the kingdom arrives, every tear will be healed (Rev.21:4,5; Rom.8:19).
Thank you for your excellent question Samantha. I apologize for widening out my answer....
but the hour is quite late, and I hope to open many eyes as much as possible.

Jehovah bless your search for life and truth,

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