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The term Cognitive dissonance has been described as being anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves of one of his or her habits." -- Random House Webster's College Dictionary 1991 Edition
In others words, cognitive dissonance is a state wherein a person holds 2 proven or factual viewpoints or ideas that amazingly seem to be at variance or total opposition to one another producing great confusion and internal conflict within the person. In such a state, the person lacks clear understanding of the situation, and cannot map out a clear, definitive course of action for himself. Such is the case for 6.5 million Jehovah's witnesses today, as more and more of them find out the very people in whom they felt they could trust most, yes those individuals who they perceive actually taught them genuine Godly "Truth" about the bible itself (including the 40 Basic Truths from God's Holy Word) and introduced them to the God we know as "Jehovah," have now all of a sudden been caught and exposed to be involved in outright wickedness...exactly in the fashion Jesus predicted the brazenly wicked would be exposed. (Luke 8:17) Yes, we are referring to unrepentant involvement in brazen, underhanded activities (past and present) of the Governing Body of Jehovah's witnesses and Watchtower Society leadership -- these one who in true "Judas" like fashion, today have been inevitably revealed as the "man of lawlessness," and "Babylon The Great" respectively, of our modern age. How shocking! -- 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Thess. 2:3-12; Revelation 18:2-4
Indeed...what a dilemma to find oneself, in these "last days" of our time!
However, if we could trace the whole scenario back to its origin, back to the beginning when sin was first introduced to mankind, in the Garden of Eden, we would be able to see exactly where the very first big mistake in interpretation of bible prophecy took place, which has produced so much "cognitive dissonance" among God's Name People today. Let's examine that special prophetic statement again.
At Genesis 3:15 speaking to the newfound "rebel" Satan, Jehovah Himself uttered the first prophetic statement or promise of Holy Scripture. He stated, for the benefit of all wayward descendants of Adam and Eve who was to be shortly cast out of the Garden or God's First Kingdom Government Arrangement upon earth, the following:
"And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel."
First off we notice, Jehovah sets great "enmity" between Satan and the "woman," as well as putting tremendous "enmity" between the 2 "seeds" produced from both (a) Satan and (b) the "woman" herself. Now this seems like such a simple statement, doesn't it? But, ohhhh...it is NOT so easy to understand itself...yes even for the last 6,000 years in fact. It became an amazing mystery of God!
However, the hidden truth or mysterious aspect of this prophetic drama, that has eluded so many for so many years, is the following:
The "woman" referred to is in fact "Eve" herself. And the "seed" of the "woman" referred to in this prophetic drama, is in fact a FLESHLY DESCENDANT OF THE "WOMAN" [EVE] ... correct? Were you aware of this?
Obviously, the Watchtower Society is not aware of this fact. Notice this particular explanation from the April 15th, 1999 Watchtower article entitled The Only Way To Everlasting Life, paragraphs 6, 7:
6 "Who is this "woman" for whom Satan has enmity, or hatred? Just as "the original serpent" is identified in Revelation chapter 12, so is this woman that Satan hates. Observe in verse 1 that she is said to be "adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head." This woman represents God’s heavenly organization of faithful angels, and the "male child" to whom she gives birth represents God’s Kingdom, with Jesus Christ ruling as King.—Revelation 12:1-5, The Jerusalem Bible.
7 "Who, therefore, is the "seed," or offspring, of the woman, mentioned at Genesis 3:15, that will bruise Satan "in the head," thus giving him a deathblow? It is the one whom God sent from heaven to be born miraculously of a virgin, yes, the man Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-23; John 6:38) Chapter 12 of Revelation reveals that as a resurrected heavenly Ruler, this Seed, Jesus Christ, would take the lead in the conquest of Satan and would establish, as Revelation 12:10 says, "the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ."
Therefore we can see the Watchtower Society teaches the actual "seed" of the "woman," is Jesus Christ, with the "woman" being God's Heavenly Organization. Isn't that true? -- See also the November 1st, 1983 Watchtower page 3.
Of course, the problem with that explanation is this: If that were true, wouldn't that make Jesus a "descendant" of God's Heavenly "Woman" Organization made up of myriads and myriads of heavenly angels, is that not true? Which means Jesus Christ would have been produced in some fashion or form, by God's Heavenly Organization of angels...a supposition that quite frankly directly contradicts the facts themselves, as the bible makes quite clear, yes Jesus PRODUCED or brought forth the angelic creation themselves. So then, the opposite would be true. Jesus produced the heavenly angelic creation, not the other way around. Think about it. -- See Colossians 1:15-17.
However, the YORWW Congregation points to a more logical conclusion on this matter, by saying God's Own Word reveals the profound truth that Jesus Christ himself is actually, NOT...not the "seed" of the "woman" referred in the Garden of Eden, nor is he a direct descendant of this "woman" in question either, the "woman" Eve -- the "woman" Jehovah was originally referring to. And indeed, yes that is where the whole problem begins...at this very point.
SEVEN (7) PIVOTAL POINTS TO CONSIDER IN UNDERSTANDING THE PROPHECY OF GENESIS 3:15
1. The Watchtower Society simply assumes the "woman" cannot be Eve because she could not produce a perfect "seed." (But we can ask ourselves, does the "seed" need to be perfect to accomplish God's Will in this instance?)
2. If the "woman" pictures the heavenly organization (as taught by the Watchtower Society), then her "seed" could NOT be Jesus because Jesus was created directly by Jehovah as His "only-begotten," and thus existed before any other spirit creature in heaven. (John 1:18; Colossians 1:15, 16)
3. If the "woman" is Eve, Jesus could not be her "seed" or descendant because no imperfect human male was involved in his conception. This of course means in medical terms, Mary was used ONLY as a "surrogate" mother in giving birth to Jesus. (See footnote below.)
4. The foretold "enmity" spoken of in this verse is strictly between Satan and the "woman" and then, between the "seed" of Satan and the "seed " of the "woman." Isn't that true?
5. Since we know Satan's "seed" is earthly, so must the woman's "seed" be also. Further, they must co-exist together on earth, in order for genuine "enmity" to be expressed between the two, as foretold.
6. Since the foretold "enmity" is between the two earthly "seeds," so must the accompanying "bruising" action be delivered to one another, on earth.
7. The Bible emphatically states Satan is to be destroyed by God, and not by the "seed" of the "woman" or messiah. So the "seed" of the "woman" does not "bruise" Satan or destroy him. (Romans 16:20)
At this point, let's consider a very simple illustration that can reveal the problem in a "nutshell."
Most "christian" bible students will admit the following...2 major points:
- (1) Jesus Christ is a descendant of King David.
Also, they will tell you:
- (2) Jesus Christ is a descendant of Abraham.
This, they all readily admit to you and show you that this all fulfills the biblical requirements of the Messiah of God. However, if you ask them the following:
- (3) Is Jesus Christ a descendant of the "woman" Eve?
What happens? Why, yes...they experience "COGNITIVE DISSONANCE," they are immediately confused. And this is because they have been taught wrong on this most important subject.
PLEASE CONSIDER: If Jesus Christ was a direct descendant or fleshly descendant of King David, and also of the faithful man Abraham, as required by God's Own Prophetic Word, then wouldn't that make him a DIRECT DESCENDANT of EVE also, yes the "mother of everyone living," as her name actually means? Think about it. -- Genesis 3:20
Yes, David himself actually came from the sinner Eve...right? And also Abraham was a direct descendant of the sinner Eve...right? Therefore, how can we say that a perfect man, Jesus...one who was above sin in fact -- how can we say that Jesus came from Adam and Eve? Can we say this?
Actually, we cannot...and that is where the "cognitive dissonance" begins...right at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, with God's first prophetic promise. Logically, we have to say, any descendant of Eve, would have to be a sinner, isn't that right? And God's Word clearly states, the "heir" of the kingdom would actually come from the "loins"...yes the very "loins" of King David, did it not? -- Acts 2:30 ** (See footnote below.)
So then, how could one explain such a baffling matter itself?
JEHOVAH BECOMES THE GREAT "REVEALER OF SECRETS" -- DANIEL 2:28, 47
Therefore the prophetic statement at Genesis 3:15 then, because this simple statement has been greatly misunderstood in the past, and yet it has so much meaning, much "hidden" meaning even for all mankind today, hence mankind has completely, totally misunderstood the bible itself, its entire message, yes God's Sacred message for our day. Nevertheless, this original mysterious statement of God, thus becomes God's Great "Sacred Secret", which possesses such "hidden" meaning within itself, that so very few us can meaningfully and intelligently contemplate or reflect upon at present, as we speak. Whatsmore, the bible tells us that Jehovah Himself, actually wanted it to be that way, since He Himself, actually hid the true meaning of this Great Sacred Secret...WITHIN HIMSELF...yes, it was "hidden in God" to prove that He is "wise alone." -- See Ephesians 3:9; Romans 16:25-27.
Of course, this explains why the Holy Scriptures repeatedly refer to God's Great Sacred Secret as being the "Hidden Wisdom of God," or the "Sacred Secret that was hidden," by God. (1 Corinthians 2:7; Colossians 1:26) And God's Own Word, makes clear to us that this Great Sacred Secret of His, would only be fully understood, only, only during the "time of the end," when His Grand Prophetic Word would finally become "unsealed" at God's Permission. (Isaiah 11:9; Daniel 12:4; Revelation 5:1) It will be during this special time of God's choosing when the magnificent "parables" of Jesus and yes the cryptic, highly symbolic book of Revelation will be understood...when the Great Mystery [Greek: mysterion] of God or "Sacred Secret" of God will be completely "BROUGHT TO A FINISH" by Jehovah's Own Mighty Hand. -- Revelation 10:7.
All of this means of course, when this Grand Sacred Secret of Jehovah would thus, finally be revealed by Almighty God, yes it would automatically become a message that would be totally UNHEARD of at that time. Yes, it would become a "revealed" message that would greatly BAFFLE all mankind itself, yes "STARTLE" them even as bible prophecy indicates, yes when they would first hear it because they have never heard anything like this before. -- Please see John 14:17; Isaiah 52:15.
Indeed, the prophet Isaiah describes the Sacred Secret of Jehovah when finally "revealed" to His People, this way by saying:
"You have heard. Behold it all. As for you people, will you not tell it? I have made you hear NEW THINGS from the present time, even THINGS KEPT IN RESERVE [NWT fnt "kept under safeguard"], that you have not known." -- Isaiah 48:6
This verse agrees perfectly with Revelation 5:1 which says:
"And I saw in the right hand of the One seated upon the throne a scroll written within and on the reverse side SEALED TIGHT WITH SEVEN SEALS."
This verse shows Jehovah God has held His Sacred Secret tight within His Own Hand, as with "seven seals" upon a "scroll" He holds in His almighty grip, so that no one, no human (besides Jesus of course) could possibly figure out His Great "Sacred Secret" and what it meant for mankind before time. Amazing! Yes, Jehovah has kept His Sacred Secret "in reserve" and literally "safeguarded" it, that is the real truth about Genesis 3:15 and what it was to mean for mankind during the "time of the end." This is why no one upon earth has been able to figure out the Great "Sacred Secret" of God over thousands of years, before the appropriate time...during our day, when the book of Revelation was to be fulfilled in the "last days," of this wicked system of things.
Again, the prophet Isaiah explains God's purpose and unexpected action to reveal His Sacred Secret to His Name People during our time by saying,
"I will make the blind ones [God's Name People, Israel] walk in a way that THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN; in a roadway that THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN I shall cause them to tread. I shall turn a DARK PLACE before them into light, and rugged terrain into level land. These are the things that I will do for them, and I will not leave them." -- Isaiah 42:16
Yes as the prophecy clearly says above, when God's Great Sacred Secret is finally revealed to His People, yes it will prove to be a "way that they have not known," and "a roadway that they have not known" at all. When Jehovah reveals his Great Sacred Secret for His Name People, it will be like being in a place where great "darkness" prevailed...only to give way to Great "light" from God's Wondrous Presence before them. This is the way God will reveal His Great Sacred Secret to His Name People, Israel...modern day Jehovah's witnesses themselves. In this way, Jehovah will truly become, the True "Revealer of Secrets." -- Zechariah 14:6, 7; Daniel 2:28; Daniel 2:47
(For more detail information on the topic of God's "Sacred Secret" being revealed through His "New Song," please see the article entitled: Singing A "New Song" Before Jehovah -- What Does It Mean?)
The prophet Jeremiah also paid homage to God's Great ability to "hide" His Grand "Confidential Matters" (Amos 3:7) from His people, till the appropriate time by saying:
"Call to me, and I shall answer you and readily tell you GREAT AND INCOMPREHENSIBLE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE NOT KNOWN." -- Jeremiah 33:3
Yes, the Great Message of God Almighty, could be considered previously before His Grand Revealing Act ...
"...Great and Incomprehensible things that you have not known."
Truly, seemingly "incomprehensible things," yes "UNKNOWN things" about God's Grand Purpose, Jehovah Reveals...in the last days. So much so that the prophet says:
"...Here I am bringing up for her a recuperation and health; and I will heal them and REVEAL TO THEM AN ABUNDANCE OF PEACE AND TRUTH." -- Jeremiah 33:6
Yes, in the last days, Jehovah will Himself reveal ... AN ABUNDANCE OF TRUTH...during the "time of the end." And if Jehovah is going to "reveal an abundance of truth," in the last days, then how can Israel, God's Name People actually think that they already possess Divine Truth...yes, an "abundance of truth," before, yes before God reveals it to His People? That would not be possible, would it? ... Think about it.
Thus when Jehovah finally removes all "cognitive dissonance" from His Own Name People, and finally reveals His Grand Sacred Secret for all to see, believe and understand...then the Great Figurative "Mountain" of cognitive dissonance will be gone forever. Yes, at that time Jehovah God Himself will have removed, yes will have "split" even, that great "mountain" that prevents currently disoriented Future Kingdom Government members (better known as the "Male Child") from understanding the "abundant truths" that lie ahead. (Isaiah 66:5-9; Revelation 12:5) Indeed, Jehovah will at that time have removed that overwhelming "mountain" that obscures clear-sighted vision, that blocks true biblical understanding itself. Thus, when that major "mountain" of "cognitive dissonance," (foretold figuratively in bible prophecy as the "Mount of Olives" which in ancient times prevented easy escape from the ancient city of "Jerusalem,") yes when that mountain itself will be removed by God's Own Hand, and God's Name People can finally understand Jehovah's Glorious Treasures in Truth completely, then the "Truth" will surely "set them free," finally at that time. (John 8:32) Yes, it will become just as the prophet Zechariah foretold by saying,
"And His [Jehovah's] feet will actually stand in that day upon the mountain of the olive trees, which is in front of Jerusalem, on the east; and the mountain of the olives trees MUST BE SPLIT AT THE MIDDLE, from the sun rising and to the west. There will be a very great valley; and half of the mountain will actually be moved to the north, and half of it to the south. And YOU PEOPLE WILL CERTAINLY FLEE to the valley of my mountains; because the valley of the mountains will reach all the way to Azel. And you will have to flee, just as you fled because of the earthquake in the days of Uzziah the king of Judah. And Jehovah my God will certainly come, all the holy ones being with him." -- Zechariah 14:4, 5
Indeed, as you have noticed above, it is Jehovah Himself that will effect Grand Deliverance for His People. Yes, it will be only during "Jehovah's Great Day," that God Almighty Himself will effect Grand Salvation for His Own Name People! Indeed, it will be Jehovah, the Great Revealer of Secrets Himself, during "His Great Day" of revealing His "confidential matters," His Sacred Secrets, that will actually split the Great "Mountain" of Cognitive Dissonance itself, and fully unveil his Glorious Acts toward His People, His "Hidden" Purposes toward them which makes true escape finally possible from wicked "Jerusalem" of our times, the apostate organization of Jehovah's witnesses led by the infidel-Watchtower Society & Governing Body. -- Zephaniah 1:7-10; Zechariah 14:1; Amos 3:7
And what a glorious day that will be!
**All of this of course, means Mary was thus used as the SURROGATE MOTHER of Jesus, giving birth to him only as a "surrogate" parent. Demonstrating this fact, Jehovah miraculously transferred from heaven, the actual life force of Jesus in "embryo" form to Mary's womb, as prophecy does indicate. -- Psalms 139:16
Review Questions for article: "One Big Mistake Made By All Mankind."
1. Cognitive dissonance has what basic meaning and what has caused many Jehovah’s Witnesses to begin experiencing it today?
2. Where was God’s first "kingdom" arrangement on earth located?
3. When rebellion was found in this arrangement and Jehovah told the three rebels how He would restore His kingdom, what mistake have most persons of faith (including the WTS) made as to the identity of the "woman" and her "seed" that will cause cognitive dissonance when finally revealed?
4. Why would you say that Jesus could not be the seed of a "heavenly woman," namely God’s organization of heavenly angels?
5. If as the Bible says at Acts 2:30, the messiah is from "the loins" of David, how does such a statement automatically preclude Jesus?
6. According to Ephesians 3:9, why has no human been able to correctly understand the statement recorded at Genesis 3:15 until now?
7. When Jehovah finally reveals this "sacred secret" to His people, how does Isaiah 42:16 describe the affect it will have on them?
8. According to Jeremiah 33:3, what are Jehovah’s hidden or ‘confidential matters’ described as being?
9. On the basis of Jeremiah 33:3, would you conclude that God’s people at this time, possess divine truth? According to verse 6 of this chapter, what will God’s people possess when they are given divine truth that they do not now have?
10. Zechariah 14:4, 5 reveals that Jehovah will split the Mount of Olives so that His people will have a means of fleeing apostate Jerusalem. What is this figurative ‘mountain’ that Jehovah’s Witnesses face and what will Jehovah have accomplished when He removes it?
Bonus Question: (See the footnote at end of article)
What modern-day medical advance helps us to better understand Jesus’ birth in the correct light relative to his being considered the "offspring" or descendant of faithful men of old like David and Abraham?
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