Re Theosophy – I take your point. But all their ‘parousia/presence’ stuff is reflected in Theosophy. For example take this song by Blondie, ‘I am always touched by your presence dear’ part way through the song she starts on about ‘theosophy.’
Would you perhaps be referring to a "parousia" that is not EXACTLY like the one that JEHOVAH has promised yet again for OUR time period? Would this promised "ascension" into a "golden age of enlightenment" or "new world order" be something that is NOT QUITE the same as the foretold "Millennial Reign" of Jesus? As it continues to manifest itself, could it perhaps ALREADY be proving to unfold in much the same manner that the modern day state of Israel has? the one that even the vast majority of the global "CHRISTIAN" community was continually led to be so excited about? An "Israel" yes, but evidently one that is not EXACTLY like what the HOLY SCRIPTURES have long ago promised for what would actually qualify as SPIRITUAL Israel IN OUR immediate future. Could it perhaps actually be the case that Jehovah's words have been true all along? namely that a broken "holy covenant" would always result in a "putting in place" of a kind of Christ in Jehovah's "holy sanctuary" that is not EXACTLY the same as the one that it would replace? as if it were a counterfeit "ANTIChrist? (Da 11:30-32) (Mt 24:15, 16)
Please do not imagine I am being sarcastic my dear sister. I'm also not assuming that you don't already understand perhaps even most if not ALL that I intend to cover here. Simply taking advantage of an opportunity to drive home a point or two that Jehovah's word has been directing toward the anointed ones for over two millenniums now.
The word antichrist literally means ---replacement anointing which in turn is precisely what is described for us in accounts like Daniel 11:31 or 2 Thessalonians 2:4 at the foretold times in which a kind of Absalom entity would manage to overthrow the headquarters of what is much more a kind of King David empire. (Strong's #473 #5547) Yes please don't make the mistake in this demonic world of simply looking up the word antichrist in a Bible dictionary. To get the definition already laid out in the scriptures you would unfortunately need to first look up the word –anti and then the word- Christ. Contrary to popular opinion, the issue here is NOT things like whether or not the members of the governing body of the Watchtower Corporation are anointed. If anything the question would be—WHICH anointing have they experienced?
You see if we are truly learning to tune out all the relentless false programming of the antichrist by obeying divine commands in these time frames such as to "flee" from before the "face" of this "serpent" by "getting out from among and separating ourselves" (as illustrated with King David and his loyal followers when this overthrow of Jehovah's "sanctuary" occurred?) from what are now nothing but false religions on the earth, this will ultimately go a long way in helping us to INSTEAD begin TRULY directing our attention to the actual scriptures themselves. (Re 12:14) (2 Cor 6:17) The picture Jehovah has painted for us from the very beginning is that our human for-bearers unwittingly chose to reject the loving care and protection of their creator and instead place themselves and all their offspring at the mercy of a malevolent and rebellious angel with a level of power and intelligence that even JEHOVAH felt obliged to acknowledge as unusually tremendous! (Eze 28:12-15) Yes I realize you are well aware of this; but unfortunately ALL of us (including myself) have a very strong tendency to underestimate the crafty wiles of this figurative Absalom entity while at the same time OVER estimating our ability to see through them without genuinely making Jehovah our refuge. So what is the point I am getting at?
So since we have every reason to be aware that we are ultimately dealing with a war for the hearts and minds of the entire human family between two UNIMAGINABLY intelligent beings, we of course have all the more reason to pay CLOSE attention to what the scriptures actually have to say about it. What accounts like 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 and Daniel 11:30-32 are actually conveying to us is that we should be thinking of all this in the following manner:
Let's imagine that as opposed to your salvation, the priceless artifact that satan is coveting at the moment is the painting of the "Mona Lisa" by the late Leonardo da Vinci. Well in the case of a mere human, managing to steal it AT ALL would of course require a rather unusual degree of mental prowess. But what if you were so powerful and intelligent that you could pull off this heist in a way in which basically nobody would even realize it was missing in the first place? Yes if you could put a fake copy in its place that at least for a time would APPEAR to be exactly like the original, you would not even have to worry about an INVESTIGATION into this crime, let alone a CONVICTION for it. But even better, with this approach you CONTINUE to be in a position to carry out ANY NUMBER of horrible crimes!
This is largely or basically the story of the antichrist. The problem for satan in this case is that his intense hatred for both Jehovah and the people who desire to serve him prohibits him from keeping up this charade for any real length of time. He of course harbors an overwhelming desire to not only begin horribly oppressing these people that he just overthrew with a broken kingdom covenant, but also to begin teaching them basically everything CONTRARY to the truth of the Bible. For this reason it is now essentially the story of the frog in the pot of water. If your intention is to COOK it you must begin turning up the heat GRADUALLY so it doesn't feel inclined to simply jump out. Nevertheless at least in the case of the anointed ones, the ever increasing degree of false teachings and oppression will eventually help them to "catch sight" of the fact that a rather "disgusting thing" has once again managed to overthrow what WAS Jehovah's earthly temple. (Mt 24:15, 16) (1 Cor 3:16, 17)
So in other words since we know we are ultimately dealing with a great spiritual war between two incredibly capable opponents, another way of illustrating these same factors would be with a literal battle between two contenders who could be recognized as genuine masters of the martial arts. Some of us might be aware of the fact that these people are well trained to ROUTINELY and CONTINUALLY endeavor to use the weight, strength and momentum of their opponents AGAINST them. Mastering this approach will of course minimize the amount of energy that YOU need to expend on the endeavor. But how exactly does this work or apply in the SPIRITUAL war that we continue to witness and experience even at this very moment?
This brings us right back to my opening questions in connection with things like a foretold paradise or promised new world. With so much weight or momentum behind the hopes and dreams of even BILLIONS of people in connection with such things, why would a master deceiver endeavor to openly and directly oppose them if he could simply present his own fake VERSION of them and accomplish his same evil objectives ANYHOW? Wouldn't this approach make even MORE sense when we bear in mind that this spiritual overthrow of Jehovah's temple has once again positioned Satan as a COUNTERFEIT Christ?
You see on each and every foretold occasion in which this figurative "thief in the night" would manage to break into Jehovah's house and steal mankind's salvation, by this time you would have millions if not BILLIONS of people that are completely and rightfully sold on genuine scriptural teachings such as these. (Lu 12:38-40) Why choose to take on or confront all this momentum DIRECTLY when you could simply begin gradually TWEAKING all these teachings just a bit? Oh yes, you absolutely MUST honor and obey your cherished leader and exemplar. In fact if you TRULY appreciate him, you will prove it by even WORSHIPING him! (Re 22:8, 9, 16) Yes Jehovah's command for us to exercise faith in his ransom provision is a PERFECT example of this motes operand i of Satan. Why not simply TAKE ADVANTAGE of all this weight and momentum and endeavor to make it work FOR you instead of against you? Now that we are genuinely beginning to take a more scriptural approach to this ongoing great spiritual war, are things beginning to make much more sense to us?
Let's not lose sight of the fact however that in the end Satan has chosen to make an enemy out of someone who is even a MUCH GREATER contender than he is. The point I have been making in connection with the desperate attempts of Satan and his minions to minimize the damage that THEY are now experiencing at the hands of Jehovah is really all about this very same phenomenon. Just as foretold in accounts like Psalms 7:14-16, Jehovah is once again simply using the very weapons and traps of his enemies AGAINST them. (Es 7:9:10)
By the way, I was very encouraged (Marina) by the bold way you handled the situation you mentioned at your former place of employment. Also I am greatly appreciating your continued input on this topic of Covid-19. I'll insist it is tremendous.