Daniel Foreshadows The Kingdom ~ Jesus Fulfills The Kingdom Prophecy


“In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And

This illustration comes from the Jehovah Witness official website, jw.org. While no one knows the exact time of the arrival of the Kingdom of God, we are near the toes of this drawing, which illustrates all the world powers as they conquered each preceding power. This Jehovah Witness official website is a great resource for all of your questions.

This illustration comes from the Jehovah Witness official website, jw.org. While no one knows the exact time of the arrival of the Kingdom of God, we are near the toes of this drawing, which illustrates all the world powers as they conquered each preceding power. This Jehovah Witness official website is a great resource for all of your questions.

this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever, just as you saw that out of the mountain a stone was cut not by hands, and that it crushed the iron, the copper, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The Grand God has made known to the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.” Daniel 2:44

So what “days of those kings” are being discussed here? They are the days to come when the Kingdom of God that Jesus spent his life teaching about comes to earth, in Jesus second coming. Catholics say at every Mass, in the middle of the Mass, “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” But do Catholics, or the rest of us in any other religion, believe these words?

Jesus says he is coming, as in the days of Noah, when we least expect it. Jesus said not even he knew God’s timetable on this point. He only said that when Jesus brings his Father’s Kingdom to earth, it will supersede all other governments (kingdoms). Thank God.

This Kingdom of God will come to earth, with Jesus as our King. Only in God’s government, God himself will put an end to all other governments. Imagine a time of no voter suppression, voter fraud, mismanaged money, unequal rights, among a host of other present day injustices. God’s government, the Kingdom of God, will not be passed onto any other people. God’s government will reach worldwide, and will be without end. This is what Jesus’ entire Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel in the fifth chapter, is all about.

This will be a time of true justice, not the façade of justice bought with money, corruption, manipulation or bribery. There will be justice brought to every city in the world. Nothing will be hidden. It will be a time of absolute fairness, love, mercy, understanding and forgiveness for all the living and the dead. All will be raised, the just and the unjust. The God of all life will read our hearts and act accordingly.

Based on all the other prophecies that have been foretold and fulfilled, we are nearing the end of the prophecies for our time. Our Heavenly Father always gives advance notice of what he expects of his people, and what will happen if they do not listen to his words. God has never once failed to deliver on his promises.

It is comforting to know, that in these days of wars in the world and unrest in our cities, that the Kingdom of God promises peace and happiness to all who listen to him, as we do our best to be faithful to God and act in ways of loving kindness.

Which Of These Big Questions Concerns You Most? What Is The Meaning Of Life? Is God To Blame For Our Suffering? What Happens When You Die?


Where can we go to find answers to life’s big questions? Are the answers in …

* science?Hippocampal Neurons 1 (1)
* philosophy?mother-earth[1]
* the Bible?

Information and education is always good. Each one of us has our own life’s journey. We each have our own belief system. Each one of us has reached this stage of life based on science, education and philosophy, combined with our personal lived experience. Why then do we still have life’s big questions in our minds?

We grip so tightly either to what our parents and educators taught us when we were younger, including professors of this modern age; or sometimes out of a sense of revolt, we choose a completely opposite point of view. We debate our points of view, as if we were in a psychological game of chess, and we want our opinions to be right. Still, our questions persist. What reliable place can we turn to ponder the deeper questions of life?

Many find continued education and comfort in the Jehovah Witness main website. Don’t laugh, and don’t stop reading. Go online and check this out. Do not let fear keep you away. In the privacy of your own home and your own computer, take a few moments to see what they offer, and how this compares to what you believe.

The Jehovah Witness website starts with the http://www., then jw, then ends in .org. Online, you can read the Bible, which is translated in over 100 different languages; and you can read past and present editions of the WatchTower, and Awake! magazines. There is even a section of Bible-based videos for children, with lessons and songs for children, and advice for teenagers. It is faith in action.

It is also possible to download publications such as the brochure Good News From God!, and the book What Does The Bible Really Teach? Why is this important?

Listen to the words of 20th century university educator William Lyon Phelps who wrote, “Everyone whobible sun scene has a thorough knowledge of the Bible may truly be called educated… I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without a Bible.”

There is a reason why no other religion has grown as quickly as Jehovah’s Witnesses have in this century. Consider these facts: 19,013,343 people worldwide attended the 2012 Memorial Service of the death of Jesus Christ. Also in 2012, 268,777 adults were baptized; 8,759,988 Bible Studies were held; Jehovah’s Witnesses logged in 1,748,697,447 hours of public service.

There are satisfying answers that feed the mind, the heart and the soul, to life’s big questions. It is a matter of considering opening our minds, hearts and even our souls to new information that Jehovah’s Witnesses can offer.

We are promised by Jesus in Matthew 5:5. “Happy are the mild-tempered, since they will inherit the earth.” Jesus is referring to Psalms 37:11, “But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” Notice it does not say we will have to live exhausting life after exhausting life in reincarnation, nor does it say we will float around in heaven, but that we will be able to live infinitely on a peaceful earth, another beautiful promises that can put our minds at ease.

There is more to the meaning of our lives, and the reasons for suffering, among numerous other important questions about our lives. A good suggestion is to invite in a Jehovah Witness when they come around again, even if you have always sent them away before. You just never know when your heart and mind will be ready for new and helpful information.

If anyone is interested in a free Bible Study, please either go online to the Jehovah Witnesses website, or leave me a comment here, and I can see to it that no matter where you are in the world, a Bible Study can be arranged for you.

Meditation And Prayer Reduce Crime In Inner Cities ~ District of Columbia Reduces Crime By 48 Percent


Does prayer and meditation reduce crime in inner cities? Yes, according to the 1993 controlledgirl-praying[1] study done in Washington, reducing the crime rate in the District of Columbia by 48 percent. This study has been written about many times before, but given what is happening in the inner cities of the United States, as well as cities all over the world, now is a good time to remember this study, and how prayer and meditation can benefit us, and the cities we live in.

Effects of Group Practice of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Preventing Violent Crime in Washington, DC: Results of the National Demonstration Project, June-July 1993
John S. Hagelin, Maxwell V. Rainforth, David W. Orme-Johnson, Kenneth L. Cavanaugh, Charles N. Alexander, Susan F. Shatkin, John L. Davies, Anne O. Hughes, and Emanuel Ross

This study presents the final results of a two-month prospective experiment to reduce violent crime in Washington, DC. On the basis of previous research it was hypothesized that the level of violent crime in the District of Columbia would drop significantly with the creation of a large group of participants in the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs to increase coherence and reduce stress in the District.

This National Demonstration Project to Reduce Violent Crime and Improve Governmental Effectiveness brought approximately 4,000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs to the United States national capital from June 7 to July 30, 1993. A 27-member independent Project Review Board consisting of sociologists and criminologists from leading universities, representatives from the police department and government of the District of Columbia, and civic leaders approved in advance the research protocol for the project and monitored its progress.

The dependent variable in the research was weekly violent crime, as measured by the Uniform Crime Report program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; violent crimes include homicide, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery. This data was obtained from the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department for 1993 as well as for the preceding five years (1988-1992). Additional data used for control purposes included weather variables (temperature, precipitation, humidity), daylight hours, changes in police and community anti-crime activities, prior crime trends in the District of Columbia, and concurrent crime trends in neighboring cities. Average weekly temperature was significantly correlated with homicides, rapes and assaults (HRA crimes), as has also been found in previous research; therefore temperature was used as a control variable in the main analysis of HRA crimes. Using time series analysis, violent crimes were analyzed separately in terms of HRA crimes (crimes against the person) and robbery (monetary crimes), as well as together.

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Analysis of 1993 data, controlling for temperature, revealed that there was a highly significant decrease in HRA crimes associated with increases in the size of the group during the Demonstration Project. The maximum decrease was 23.3% when the size of the group was largest during the final week of the project. The statistical probability that this result could reflect chance variation in crime levels was less than 2 in 1 billion (p < .000000002). When a longer baseline is used (1988-1993 data), the maximum decrease was 24.6% during this period (p < .00003). When analyzed as a separate variable, robberies did not decrease significantly, but a joint analysis of both HRA crimes and robberies indicated that violent crimes as a whole decreased significantly to a maximum amount of 15.6% during the final week of the project (p = .0008). Analysis of 1993 data, controlling for temperature, revealed that there was a highly significant decrease in HRA crimes associated with increases in the size of the group during the Demonstration Project.

Several additional analyses were performed on HRA crimes to further assess the strength of the main findings. These indicated that the reduction of HRA crimes associated with the group of participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs could not be attributed to changes in police staffing. These secondary analyses also found that the reduction of HRA crimes was highly robust to alternative specifications of the statistical model-that is, the effect is independent of the isolated details of the models used to assess seasonal cycles and trends. No significant decrease was found in any of the prior five years during this period of time, indicating that this effect was not due to the specific time of year. Furthermore, the intervention parameters for the group size revealed that the effect of the group was not only cumulative with the increase in group size, but also continued for some time after the end of the project.

Based on the results of the study, the steady state gain (long-term effect) associated with a permanent group of 4,000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs was calculated as a 48% reduction in HRA crimes in the District of Columbia.

Given the strength of these results, their consistency with the positive results of previous research, the grave human and financial costs of violent crime, and the lack of other effective and scientific methods to reduce crime, policy makers are urged to apply this approach on a large scale for the benefit of society.

Reference: Hagelin, J.S., Rainforth, M.V., Orme-Johnson, D.W., Cavanaugh, K. L., Alexander, C.N., Shatkin, S.F., Davies, J.L, Hughes, A.O, and Ross, E. 1999. Effects of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on preventing violent crime in Washington D.C.: Results of the National Demonstration Project, June-July, 1993. Social Indicators Research, 47(2): 153-201.

Is Belife In God In Conflict With An Educated Mind? Dr Irene Hof Laurenceau, Orthopedic Surgeon Explains Her Faith


We all have our own faith journey, which may from time to time, involve questioning our faith, and whybible sun scene we believe the way we do. Even people who choose an agnostic or atheistic belief system, do so with conscious reasoning. We only know what we know, when we know it. At first this seems obvious, especially if our train of thought is popular and bolstered by others. But most often in life, as in the faith experience shared by Dr. Irene Hof Laurenceau, who practices orthopedic surgery in Switzerland, what was once taught by college professors and appreciated as a college student, is open for a deeper inspection when the heart and mind still have more questions. In the August 2013 edition of Awake! magazine, both the magazine edition and online through the Jehovah Witness website, Dr. Laurenceau tells her story.

Awake asked, “At first you doubted God existed. What changed your mind?”

“My doubts began in my youth, and two factors in particular influenced me. First, I discovered that certain religious instructors at church were immoral, and this disturbed me considerably. Second, at school, some of my biology teachers believed in evolution—a teaching I came to accept, especially when I went to a university,” she said.

Awake asked, “Why did you accept evolution?”

Dr. Laurenceau answered, “I believed my professors. Additionally, I thought the similarity in anatomy between certain kinds of animals pointed to a common ancestry and supported the notion that genetic mutations lead to new species.”

Awake asked, “Yet in time, you changed your mind. Why?”

“A friend invited me to a meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was impressed by the friendly congregation and the informative talks. Later, a pleasant lady from the congregation visited me, and I asked her, “How can I be sure that the Bible is true?”

“She showed me Bible prophecies about many events that characterize our times. An example is Jesus’ prophecy that the last days of the present world would be marked by international warfare, “great earthquakes,” and rampant “pestilences and food shortages.”* She also pointed out prophecies that foretold the social breakdown and increase in greed and other badness that we see so much of today.* Before long, I began to study the Bible in earnest and soon realized that its predictions always come true. I also began to reexamine my views on the origin of life,” said Dr. Laurenceau.

Awake asked, “Did your medical research help you to reason on the origin of life?”

“Yes. When I started studying the Bible, I was researching knee surgery. Beginning in the late 1960’s, scientists began to understand the knee’s intricate mechanism more clearly. They found that our knee does not only bend on a single axis like a hinge. Rather, it both rolls and glides—an ingenious combination that gives the knee a greater range of movement, enabling us to walk, dance, skate, and do a host of other things.

“For some 40 years, researchers have tried to design an artificial knee. But the complexity of the human knee makes it difficult to duplicate. Moreover, compared with our knee, artificial products have a relatively short life span. Even with improved materials at their disposal, those designers are pleased if their products last 20 years. Our knee, of course, is made of living cells that are constantly renewed. To me, the knee testifies, not to the blind processes of evolution, but to the wisdom of God,” said Dr. Laurenceau.

Awake asked, “What about mutations and the similarity in anatomy between certain species?”

“That similarity points to the same Designer. Moreover, mutations do not improve the designs in living organisms by elevating them to a higher kind. Rather, mutations tend to damage genes. Of course, it is possible that an accident can serve a beneficial purpose—such as when, say, a train crashes into a bridge and wrecks it, thus protecting the city from an invading army. But that accident did not improve the city. Likewise, mutations do not improve organisms. And they could never produce something so brilliantly designed as the human knee—not to mention other parts of the human body,” she explained.

Awake asked, “Why did you become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses?”

“When I began to apply Bible principles, the quality of my life improved markedly. Additionally, in 2003, I went to an international convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses and saw extraordinary family-like unity there, even among delegates who had never met one another before. That was love in action, and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Dr. Laurenceau.

Is Belief In God In Conflict With An Educated Mind? The Faith Story Of A Nuclear Scientist


On January 22, 2004, Alton Williams, a scientist, a nuclear physicist to be exact, was interviewed forHubble Space Telescope Image of Nebula and Star V838 Monocerotis Photo an amazing story that appeared in that edition of Awake magazine. Williams is one of those highly educated people who has melded what some think of as two seemingly opposite trains of thought, science and religion. These are excerpts of that article entitled, “Why I Believe In The Bible – A Nuclear Scientist Tells His Story.”

“For me, being a scientist has proved to be compatible with being a Witness of Jehovah. In 1983, I began working as an astrophysicist at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), also in Huntsville. I worked in both the experimental and the theoretical fields associated with an X-ray telescope. (In 1999 that telescope—the Chandra X-ray Observatory—was successfully launched into orbit by the space shuttle Columbia.) I enjoyed working on that project, which involved the analyzing of X-rays emitted from various stars and galaxies in an attempt to understand the physical universe better.

“My work was doubly enjoyable to me because not only was I working on a scientifically challenging problem but I was also coming to a deeper appreciation of the power and wisdom of the Creator. In fact, Jehovah’s words through the ancient prophet Isaiah took on special meaning for me. The Creator says: “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.” (Isaiah 40:26) The more I ‘raised my eyes high up’ to peer at the vastness, the complexity, and the beauty of the universe, the more I appreciated the work of the intelligent Designer who brought all of it about and established the laws that keep it all together.

“In my years of doing scientific research, I have never encountered a conflict between a proved scientific fact and a teaching of the Bible. Often, seeming conflicts are caused by a lack of knowledge—either of a scientific teaching or of what the Bible really says. For example, some scientists and others erroneously think that the Bible teaches that plants, animals, and humans all developed on earth within six literal 24-hour days. This would be in conflict with known scientific facts. But the Bible does not teach that. Rather, it reveals that the creative “days” encompass thousands of years.

“Confusion also arises from the mistaken idea that faith in God is merely an emotional experience. Far from that, faith in God and the Bible is based on facts that can be verified. As defined in the Bible, “faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration (“convincing evidence,”) of realities though not beheld.” (Hebrews 11:1) Yes, faith is based on evidence. Hundreds of prophecies have been fulfilled in the past and in our day. Thus, even applying the scientific method used by all scientists to establish a scientific theory, we can have complete confidence in the fulfillment of Bible prophecies that pertain to future events.

“I am grateful to Jehovah God for helping me to find the key to true happiness—the wonderful truths found in his Word, the Bible. It is my prayer that still many others, including scientists, may find that precious key,” said Alton Williams.

Is Belief In God In Conflict With An Educated Mind? The Faith Journey Of Dr. Davey Loos


Dr. Davey Loos is a biochemist in Belgium, who was interviewed on the transformation of his religious bible sun scenebeliefs, from a belief in evolution and a purely scientific perspective to a belief in a Creator God. This is a closer look into his science and his faith.

Dr. Loos said when he was little, he used to believe in God, but as he studied with experienced scientists, he began to doubt the existence of God.

When asked why he became interested in scientific research, Dr. Loos said, “When I attended university, I chose to study chemistry. I was particularly interested in proteins and nucleic acids, which are by far the most complex molecules on our planet. In time, I became intrigued by the way certain molecules responded to sunlight.”

“My work as a biochemist involved studying the design of certain molecules found in ocean-dwelling cyanobacteria, which are microorganisms that don’t depend on other living things for food. Some researchers think that these organisms were the first living things on our planet. Using energy from sunlight, the microbes use an extremely complex chemical process, which is still not fully understood, to convert water and carbon dioxide into food. I was also amazed at how cyanobacteria can harvest light with incredible efficiency,” added Dr. Loos.

He noticed how much more efficient these natural microorganisms were at harvesting light than our own technological advances in the mirror human effort of making solar panels.

“I began to wonder if evolution explained the designs found in nature.”

“The deeper you go in the sea, the less light you find. So the cyanobacteria that live there must capture every scrap of light energy that comes their way, and they do this by means of highly sophisticated antennae. The collected energy is transmitted to food-producing centers with nearly 100 percent efficiency. The design of this light-harvesting machinery has even attracted the interest of solar-panel manufacturers. Of course, manufactured solar cells are nowhere near as efficient as the systems found in bacteria,” said Dr. Loos.

“I thought about engineers trying to imitate the marvelous mechanisms found in living things, and I came to the conclusion that life must have been designed by God. But my faith was not based solely on what I studied in science. It was also based on a careful study of the Bible,” he added.

When asked why he was convinced that the Bible was from God, Dr. Loos said, “One of the many things that convinced me was the detailed fulfillment of Bible prophecies. For example, centuries in advance Isaiah described in abundant detail the death and burial of Jesus. We know this prophecy was written before Jesus’ death because the Isaiah Scroll, found at Qumran, was copied about a hundred years before Jesus was born,” said Dr. Loos

“That prophecy says: “He will make his burial place even with the wicked ones, and with the rich class in his death.” (Isaiah 53:9, 12) Remarkably, Jesus was executed with criminals but was buried in the tomb of a wealthy family. This is just one example of the many fulfilled prophecies that convinced me that the Bible is inspired of God. (2 Timothy 3:16) In time, I became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” he concluded.

This interview with Dr. Davey Loos can be found in the Awake magazine October 13, 2013 both paper and online editions, pages 6-7.