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What about the Types and Antitypes ?




The famous account of the Gibeonites is used in the Pursue Peace Assembly as a way to coarse rank and file jws to accept any kind of instructions that come out of the mouth of the governing body. This account is found in the book of Joshua 9:3-9:

The inhabitants of Gibʹe·on also heard what Joshua had done to Jerʹi·cho and Aʹi. 4 So they acted shrewdly and put provisions into worn-out sacks on their donkeys, along with worn-out wineskins that had burst and had been mended; 5 they also had worn-out and patched sandals on their feet, and they were wearing worn-out garments. All the bread of their provisions was dry and crumbly. 6 Then they went to Joshua at the camp at Gilʹgal and said to him and the men of Israel: “We have come from a distant land. Now make a covenant with us.” 7 But the men of Israel said to the Hiʹvites: “Perhaps you are living near us. So how can we make a covenant with you?” 8 They replied to Joshua: “We are your servants"

So the governing body is using this account as a type and antitype pattern in order to impose their authority.If you don't know what that means this is the famous Romans 15:4 principle:

For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope

And that of course has given over the past 2000 years amunition to every Christian cult parts of the old testament that really don't apply to them. In actual fact it wasn't too long ago that the current governing body decided to publicly walk away from these types and antitypes.

The following is from a "Questions from Readers" article from 2015:

"In the past, our publications often mentioned types and antitypes, but in recent years they have seldom done so. Why is that?

The Watchtower of September 15, 1950, defined a “type” and an “antitype” this way: “A type is an image or representation of something that will come to pass at some future time. The antitype is the reality of the thing which the type represents. The type may properly be called a shadow; the antitype, the reality.”Many years ago, our publications stated that such faithful men and women as Deborah, Elihu, Jephthah, Job, Rahab, and Rebekah, as well as many others, were really types, or shadows, of either the anointed or the “great crowd.” (Rev. 7:9) For example, Jephthah, Job, and Rebekah were thought to represent the anointed, while Deborah and Rahab were said to foreshadow the great crowd. However, in recent years we have not drawn such comparisons. Why not?Humans cannot know which Bible accounts are shadows of things to come and which are not. The clearest course is this: Where the Scriptures teach that an individual, an event, or an object is typical of something else, we accept it as such. Otherwise, we ought to be reluctant to assign an antitypical application to a certain person or account if there is no specific Scriptural basis for doing so."

Of course you, in order to do that you need to rely on a solid theological base ,which they don't, and be good theologians that can rely on other aspects of Biblical theology like prophesies or doctrines. It is clear for everyone to see that this governing body is the most illiterate when it comes to Biblical understanding, they can hardly put 2 verses together Also in recent most of the Jw theology has been debunked mainly due to the exjw relentless activism.If there was one thing that could rely due to these 2 massive weakness was the way that the Watchtower has especially under the reign of Frédéric Frantz used "types and antitypes" to create their theological framework. You must either be dead confident or outright stupid to want to remove the last trick out of your bag that let's you write meaningful articles but guess what that is what they did. As a result current Watchtower Study articles are nothing more than meaningless word salads that words are being re arranged weekly to produce another study article.

Of course, it is easier said than done, in order to create the false teaching of the "faithful and discreet slave " they relied heavily on types and antitypes, the "John class", the "Jonadab class" the "Elijah class" these are all types and antitypes and by removing them they have nothing to fall back anymore to make their false claims.

That is why by using the story of the Gibeonites they just revert to their old ways.

By the way the types and antitypes they use in that story are all wrong, they make put that Joshua is Jehovah and the governing body that are directing us whereas the rank and file Jehovah’s Witnesses are the Gibeonites that gave to carry their water (or whiskey, in Tony Morris case).

In reality based on their own older publications, Joshua is a type for Christ, the Israelites a type for the anointed and the Gibeonites a type for the great crowd, but they are so divorced from their past that can not even what they wrote 20 years ago on the same subject.


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