Some additional thoughts on the article:
R. T. France, in the NICNT-Matthew commentary noted that the prayer could be properly referred to as "the disciples prayer," in contrast to John 17, which is more aptly "the Lord's [Jesus'] prayer.". . . the Lord's Prayer . . .
Several points of interest here: The term "anointed Christians" is never used in the NT. In fact, it is somewhat of a tautology. (See the breakdown of the Greek word group that includes "anoint" here.)Anointed Christians, who have been begotten as God’s sons with heavenly life in view, rightly address Jehovah as “Father” in the fullest sense. (Rom. 8:15-17) Christians whose hope is to live forever on earth can also address Jehovah as “Father.” He is their Life-Giver, and he lovingly provides for the needs of all true worshippers. Those with this earthly hope will in the fullest sense become God’s children after they have reached perfection and have proved their loyalty in the final test.—Rom. 8:21; Rev. 20:7, 8.
Christians receive the promised spirit in response to their faith in Jesus (Acts 2:38, 39; Gal 3:14). Were a "Christian" without this, he would "not belong" to God (Rom 8:9). At least, that is how Paul saw things.
Notice Jesus' statements in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:3-10. Mt 5:3, 10, which frame the 'beatitudes,' state that the "Kingdom of the Heavens" belong to such ones. Matthew 5:8 states that the peacemakers "will be called sons of God." Even resurrected ones become "children of God" upon being resurrected (Luke 20:34-36) But the WT grants no such hope to most.
The quoted statement in the WT is patently false.
This statement will raise nary an eyebrow among most JWs, a testament to the mental conditioning the WT has engaged in. But it is an example of how the WT has created "class distinctions" among Christians (Jas 2:1-9). Are not all of Jesus' disciples to "keep following him"? (Mt 16:24) Are not all disciples "brothers"? (Mt 23:10-12) Does not the "great crowd" 'render [God] sacred service day and night in his temple'? (Rev 7:15) And the 144,000 "keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes." (Rev 14:4) Where is there any place for a "part-time" servant of God and Christ?. . . they are doing God’s will in the full-time service.
Really? Does it even matter what the NT says? For example, Col 1:13 has Jesus already with a kingdom given to him by God. Heb 1:5-8 has Jesus already with a "throne." Heb 2:5-9 twice refers to Jesus as already "crowned."When the time approached for God’s Kingdom in the hands of Jesus to start ruling from heaven, Jehovah helped his people to understand the timing of events.
So, who was it, in the 1800s, that "helped" C. T. Russell & friends to "understand" that Jesus was not yet ruling? It wasn't the NT that "helped" him.
At least this is a true statement: "The article" has to do the linking of the "seven times" of Dan 4 to "the appointed times of the nations" of Luke 21:24. It had to. The Bible does no such linking of these two things.The article linked the “seven times” of Daniel’s prophecy with “the appointed times of the nations” spoken of by Jesus.—Dan. 4:16; Luke 21:24.
Matthew 24:4-7 says that these things are NOT an indication of the end. He also said that some would use these things to "mislead" people. Jesus also said that his "presence" would be visible to all (Mt 24:23-28). There is no "invisible presence" of Jesus. And again, Jesus indicated in those verses that an invisible or hidden "presence" would be the idea of those trying to mislead Christians.Thus [in 1914] “the sign” [about wars, food shortages, and pestilences] that Jesus had given to identify his invisible presence as earth’s new King started to be fulfilled.
Also, were pervasive war, food shortages, and pestilences new to the 20th century so as to indicate something had changed in human history? What about the Dark Ages?
So, each and every one of JWs are "striving to live in harmony with that prayer" and "do[ing] so by their way of life and by having a zealous share in the disciple-making work." And no one else among any other Christians are doing so.But today we are privileged to be alive at a time when about eight million Witnesses not only are praying for God’s will to take place on earth but also are striving to live in harmony with that prayer. They do so by their way of life and by having a zealous share in the disciple-making work.
It really makes one wonder how detrimental to ones' spiritual health regular reading of the WT could be. (1Co 10:12)