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2013 service year ~ notes on the annual general meeting page 2
What the brothers of the faithful slave (Governing Body) had to say at theOctober 6th 2012 (2013 Service Year General Meeting)Brother Anthony Morris of the Governing Body began the program and acted as chairman throughoutthe Annual Meeting program.Brother Morris started by presenting 1Corinthians 14:26 "What is to be done, then, brothers? When YOUcome together, one has a psalm, another has a teaching, another has a revelation, another has a tongue, anotherhas an interpretation. Let all things take place for upbuilding."This is the purpose of the Annual Meeting. To educate and upbuild the brotherhood. He thenrecounted many historic dates. 1919 when several members of the Society were in prision.October 2, 1982 was the first time the Corporation meeting was not held in U.S., instead itwas held in Canada that year. September 13, 1983 was the first time the annual meeting washeld in Britain. In 1984 was the Centennial Meeting. There was a special brochure presentedat that meeting. Brother Morris showed his copy of the brochure, full of notes andobservations. 2009 was the clarification on the "Generation".After this portion, a video was shown that presented the work that has been completed aroundthe world with the money collected from the worldwide building fund. It also showed thatover the years the percentage of contribution from the local lands to construct theircongregations has been rising and rising, despite the economic hardships in many of thesedeveloping countries. Here are several photos from the presentation. Many of them were inwww.jw-archive.org
"before", and "after" presentations of the improvements made. There were also photosshowing the repairs made after natural disasters had occurred.After Song 120 was sung, Brother Jeff Jackson began his talk entitled "How is spiritual foodprepared?" Here are some highlights. Rev. 1:1-2 shows the flow of information flow occurs fromJehovah to Jesus to the Angel and eventually to John for distribution to followers here on earth. Twoprinciples are used when preparing spiritual food.1. Daniel 12:4 “And as for you, O Daniel, make secret the words and seal up the book, until the timeof [the] end. Many will rove about, and the [true] knowledge will become abundant.” Thus the writingdepartment brothers are roving about in the scriptures looking for spiritual information to present.2. 1Corinthians 4:6 Now, brothers, these things I have transferred so as to apply to myself and A·pol′los for YOUR good, that in our case YOU may learn the [rule]: “Do not go beyond the things that arewritten,” in order that YOU may not be puffed up individually in favor of the one against the other."The things written do not go beyond what can be found in the scriptures.Where do ideas for articles come from? Brother Jackson said that some of you have been in themeeting room of the Governing Body. He said as you have noticed, "There is no hole in the ceiling."Ideas do not drop from heaven into their meeting room. Ideas come from suggestions from Branch,District, Circuit overseers. Reports from around the world show trends that may lead to an article.Those reports show what problems and challenges our brothers are facing and articles are written toaddress them. Some articles come from publishers who have questions that have arisen during theirpersonal study programs.www.jw-archive.org
Next Brother Garrit Losch gave the talk "Which channel is Jehovah using." He discussed Matthew25:45-47 dealing with the Faithful and Discreet Slave. He asked, who really is this slave? There havebeen differing views inside and outside our organization like, each faithful Christian, each anointedmember, the great crowd were included. These are all not correct.His establishment of the new and up to date understanding was presented very rapidly so I couldntget really detailed notes but here is the end result. Every member of the anointed are not part ofthe Faithful and Discreet Slave.He stated that the "Belongings" that the Slave has the oversight for are "All kingdom facilities onearth, the preaching work, and the members of the great crowd." He said there was not a worldwidenetwork that would allow each anointed member to be involved in providing food at the proper time.So who is the F&D Slave, he said.....Stay tuned into the next couple of talks.www.jw-archive.org
Next Brother Guy Pierce gave the talk "Tell us when will these things be?" He discussed the fact thatDan. 12:4 says that information would be "sealed up." The light would get brighter and brighter. In1914 Jesus became King but did not become a Judge at that time. He has not been judging thesheep and goats since 1914. The judgement time if referring to the time of the great tribulation.He asked, then "When did the F&D Slave come into existence. Matthew 24:29 "Immediately after thetribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the starswill fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken."The context of this is in the last days. The F&D Slave came into existence after the start of hispresence in 1914, NOT 33 C.E.. In 1919 the F&D Slave was appointed to feed the domestics food atthe proper time. The second appointment is when all things are turned over to the Slave.Matthew 24:30 "And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes ofthe earth will beat themselves in lamentation, and they will see the Son of man coming on the cloudsof heaven with power and great glory."Matthew 24:42 and 44 all relate to Jesus coming when he ends this system of things. Verse 46"Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so." Thats when all belongings areturned over. So Brother Pierce said the F&D Slave came into existence in 1919 not 33 C.E. and thesecond appointment of all belongings in verse 47 happens at Armageddon when Jehovah throughChrist destroys this system of things.www.jw-archive.org
Next Brother Samuel Herd gave the talk relating to the feeding work in application of the scripture atMatthew 14:14-21. The followers of Jesus said it is late, send them away so they can buy food.Jesus said "YOU, GIVE THEM" food. And the miracle followed. The flow was from Jesus, to hisdisciples, to the crowd. This was not a taste, it was a full meal. Then he stated this principle slowlyand with emphasis "Feeding Many Through The Hands Of a Few."How would feeding continue? The 12 Apostles carried this on after Jesus death. Jesus had giventhem training in preaching and ministerial training along with personal council as needed. He wasgrooming them for the oversight they would have to implement. Jesus said "Feed my sheep."From 33 C.E. onward the Apostles were first used then the "Older Men" with them made up theGoverning Body in Jerusalem. They were "Feeding" his sheep. Then after the 1st century, theforetold apostasy happened. After the death of the restraining force (the Apostles) really took off. Theharvest season began in 1914 at the end of the growing season for the wheat and weeds. How didJesus use the principle "Feeding the many through the hands of a few?" He restated that pattern"Feeding many through the hands of a few." He said, stand by and listen to the next talk.....(Thesuspense is killing me!)www.jw-archive.org
Brother Steven Letts talk title was "Who really is the Faithful and Discreet Slave." He said previouslywe thought it was the "Composite group of the anointed on earth at any one time." He said thatquestion was raised because there would be an "unknown" associated with the identity of that slave.If the F&D Slave had existed since 33 C.E. there would be no "unknown" or question associated withits identity because miracles were performed back then and there was would be no question if theF&D Slave had actually existed since 33 C.E. so they couldnt have existed back then.In 1914 the harvest begins with many imitation Christians claiming to be legitimate. So the question isvalid and crucial. "Who is the F&D Slave?" Is it all anointed members on earth? NO.Is it individual Governing Body members? No. Here is the new definition of who the F&D Slave is."A small group of anointed brothers during Christ presence who are DIRECTLY involved inpreparing and dispensing spiritual food."The individual Governing Body members are not the F&D Slave, only when they are working as asmall body with others and are directly involved preparing and dispensing the information being sentout the worldwide brotherhood. While we believe there may have been those of the anointed on earthfrom 33 C.E. onward it wasnt until 1919 that the first selection of the F&D Slave began and after thattime there was a "clear channel" for spiritual feeding.The next new point was relating to the Domestics. Simply put the Domestics are "All those who arefed spiritually." This involves the Great Crowd. Even individual members of the Governing Bodywhen they are being spiritually fed are members of the Domestics.When does Jesus appoint the F&D Slave over all his belongings. His belongings are not just earthlythings. It includes the Kingdom that was established in 1914. Jesus appoints the Slave over all hisbelongings when he "Comes" to destroy this system at the time of the great tribulation.Will the F&D Slave receive a greater reward in heaven? NO. Luke 22:28 relates to the covenant fora kingdom, which extends to all the anointed.www.jw-archive.org
Brother David Splane gave the final talk entitled "What does all this really mean? He summarized theprevious talks. He stated that Matthew 24:45-47 happens during Christs presence. Who is the F&DSlave? "A small group of anointed brothers serving during Christ presence who are directly involvedin producing and dispensing spiritual food." They were appointed in 1919 to provide this food to theDomestic, involving the great crowd.When did the slave appear? Previously we thought 33 C.E. He stated "The Slave is not 1900 yearsold." There is no first century application to that scripture, it is fulfilled during the time of the end.He restated that the Apostles in the 1st century were not part of the F&D Slave. We believe therewere anointed on the earth since 33 C.E. but there was no "Clear Channel" for dispensing spiritualfood through the ages.Then he asked again "Who really is the F&D Slave?" Our old idea was all the anointed on earth atany one time. Now we understand that the Slave was appointed in 1919 after the cleansing of thetemple. During Charles Russels time the F&D Slave was "taking shape" and "being formed."He used the illustration of a Ministerial Servant that handles the work of an elder but is not yetappointed. When he is appointed some may say "I already thought he was an elder." The same wastrue of the development of the F&D Slave with a final appointment in 1919.Who are the Domestics? They are not just the anointed. All those who are fed spiritually, anointedand other sheep are all the Domestics. He said this really "dignifies" the other sheep in a way notpreviously understood.www.jw-archive.org
When with the F&D Slave be appointed over all Christs belongings? This happens at Christs arrivalto destroy this system at the start of the Great Tribulation.Then Bro. Splane said "So what will change come Monday morning? Nothing!". We will carry on aswe are doing now. Jehovah is our source of spiritual food. We are just like cooks and waiters, usinghis ingredients to put together tasty spiritual meals.He next announced the year text for 2013 = Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Becourageous and strong. Do not suffer shock or be terrified, for Jehovah your God is with you whereveryou go.”Attendance Stats: Last year 14,529...This Year:4,948 Jersey City3,025 Brooklyn3,140 Patterson3,459 Wallkill 942 Canada__________________ Total:15,514Next years annual meeting will be on October 5, 2013 and a new arrangement! The meeting will betied into selected assembly halls transmitted in English only. No direction as to who will be ableto attend.Brother Morris during one of his parts made this statement about some new statistics. I think it canrelate to many areas of our life. He said "Well, youll never hurt your eyes looking at the brightside of things."How are the articles produced? This is done at the world headquarters. The Governing Body isvery involved. They preview any information prior to printing. If editing is needed it is done at thattime. All the Govern Body members read the information before it is printed, some reading it 2-3times. Even if a Govern Body member submits an article it still goes through the 70 step process thatevery article goes through. 70 different checks and reviews are done for EVERY ARTICLE.How are new truths revealed? Brother Jackson stated "First of all, the truths are already there." Aquestion comes up about an idea so research is done. The research goes back to the GoverningBody. Bro. Jackson said emphatically "This is not a rubber stamp process!" If all the GB members donot agree on the matter it is put on hold and revisited at another time, sometimes a year or two goesby.Some treasured ideas have gone through this process, like the use of the cross, birthday andChristmas celebrations. It was "Faith and Humility" that allowed these changes to take place as theydid with revisions in understanding on topics like the spiritual temple in 1972, or the SuperiorAuthorities in 1962. There were revisions on understanding of the Keys of the Kingdom in 1979, 2007the calling to heaven, and the Dragnet in 2011. He said we are always moving ahead and that newwww.jw-archive.org
adjustments were coming. Then he said "You will just have to listen to the next couple parts tosee what they are."Info from http://andreandclaudia.blogspot.co.uk/Presented by S4Gwww.jw-archive.org