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About Dismal_Bliss

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    Head Programmer
  • Birthday 11/10/1975

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    Happily married to my lovely wife Crystal
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    Northeast Ohio
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How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    I grew up in a divided household. My parents fought like cats and dogs, and as a result, I didn't want to hear about religion. But at 13 years old I wanted to fix my family, and so I prayed to whoever might be up there listening and purchased my first bible, a New Revised Standard Version, and began reading. In time, I became passionate over Koine Greek and translation issues, and the more I read the Bible and the deeper I dug into spiritual things, the clearer it became to me that Jehovah's Witnesses were in complete harmony with the word of God.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    Family - doing things together with my wife and children is wonderful - a family that plays together (and prays together), stays together. I'm a Bible teacher and much of my interests center around following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:21). I'm also an internet junkie - probably not a good thing.
  • My favorite books
    God's Word, the Holy Bible (I've collected over 40 translations of this book in Hebrew, Greek, English, and Spanish).
    Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament by Jason David BeDuhn
    The Role of Theology and Bias in Bible Translation by Rolf Furuli
  • My favorite music
    Such a broad range that it is too much to list. Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Peeping Tom, Mondo Cane, and more), The Cure, Andrea Bocelli, and classical music too. Popular music is okay, until it has been played to death. Probably shouldn't mention some of these. Sadly, you have to listen to an album and weed out the bad songs on just about anything these days.
  • My favorite quotes
    And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free - Jesus at John 8:32

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  1. Dismal_Bliss

    Banning of religion

    The slave makes a distinction between Gog of Magog and the KOTN. I had said.... It seems to me that my original statement didn't need correcting. The comment that spurred my answer was whether Gog attacks false religion instead of the United Nations. Revelation is clear that the United Nations is instrumental in false religions demise. However, the UN as an organization might not be directly involved in armageddon, as the bible doesn't specify. Revelation does say "the kings of the earth" and "the wild beast" (political system) is involved. Naturally, this would include both the king of the north and the king of the south of Daniel's prophecy, as well as Gog of Magog. Gog of Magog may Ezekiel's way of referring to "the kings of the earth" in general, including the KOTN and the KOTS. Or, Gog of Magog may be a reference to a coalition of nations that doesn't necessarily include every single nation. Gog of Magog may be *led by* the King of the North, but "we cannot say with any certainty" says the slave.
  2. Been gone a few days. 125 notifications. 😮 

    1. cerebral ecstasy

      cerebral ecstasy

      Here's another to make it 126 :whistling:

    2. Spechellekaye


      Welcome back!

  3. Dismal_Bliss

    Banning of religion

    No, it's still the United Nations. “And the ten horns [smaller kingdoms] that you saw and the wild beast [the United Nations], these will hate the prostitute [false religion] and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire [total annihilation]. For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought, yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished.” - Revelation 17:16, 17 Gog of Magog refers to a coalition of nations (compare Revelation 20:7-8). Maybe not much. However, Gog of Magog is a more generic term while the United Nations is quite specific. Revelation 20:7-8 speaks of another Gog of Magog at the end of the 1000-year reign. This may be a coalition of "nations" but certainly not another United Nations, as this image of the beast is destroyed at armageddon. Jehovah uses the UN to execute judgment on false religion, and then Satan tries to do the same thing by using the kings of the earth to attack Jehovah's people. Satan's efforts may not necessarily be a UN mandate. “And I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs [satanic propaganda] come out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan] and out of the mouth of the wild beast [satan's political system] and out of the mouth of the false prophet [the anglo-american power]. They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and they perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.” - Revelation 16:13, 14 ^ It would appear that this is the original wild beast (Satan's political system) and not the image of the beast (the UN) that became scarlet-colored when it came to life. I agree with this, although Gog is not synonymous with the King of the North. Gog may likely include nations that are also part of the King of the North. However, since Revelation 16:13-14 shows that the King of the South is in on this too, we're better of sticking to the slave's definition of Gog, namely, "a coalition of nations".
  4. I'm going to Uber for the first time this evening.

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    2. Tortuga



      Are you still with us?


      We Ubered for the first time last month in New Orleans. We needed a hotel transfer and there wasn't a cab so the bellman called an UBER for us.

    3. Dismal_Bliss


      I'm alive, lol.

    4. Miss Bea

      Miss Bea

      I was concerned, too. Did he make it back to us. Apparently so! Excellent! 

  5. Dismal_Bliss

    Banning of religion

    And remember, JEHOVAH himself will use the United Nation to destroy false religion, and these little nations will jump on the bandwagon.
  6. Dismal_Bliss

    Wol.jw.org off line?

    I mean that the Branch probably pulled the Watchtower Online Library offline on purpose to add more literature, languages, or functionality which would both require updating the database. This is similar to when I pull JWTalk offline when I do maintenance and upgrades. Not your phone, you silly goose, lol
  7. Dismal_Bliss

    Newsweek coverage continues

    It's a test for our brothers and sisters their. As a worldwide fellowship, may we continually pray that they may maintain their integrity.
  8. Dismal_Bliss

    Wol.jw.org off line?

    Oooooh! Upgrade time!
  9. I thought that said "midgets" 🤣
  10. If you say 'gullible' very slowly it sounds like 'oranges'.

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    2. Vinnie


      odd, sounds like a fish underwater to me....:lol1:

    3. Sharon


      Got me!  !haha

    4. shali


      I had been reading this for days and just figured it out! If we believe what you say, then we are gullible! dah! I never see the obvious first. It should be considered a disability.

  11. "And he [the king of the north] will come all the way to his end, and there will be no helper for him." - Daniel 11:45 😉
  12. That video feels like watching the 10 horns of the wild beast all in one clip. I could see a similar new clip where they are giving their power and authority to the UN for "one hour"
  13. I remember when the economy collapsed back in 2008, many people were thinking the end was near because things were so bad. @trottigy would state that things would have to get better first, or else how could the world have this feeling of 'peace and security'. He was right, and here we are with a booming economy. The US and China have the biggest powerhouse economies on the planet if I recall correctly. This isn't likely to change. I don't expect another major economic meltdown before the end myself. I think we're at the end and world events are leading up to those final moments of this system of things. Things will appear all hunky-dory until Jehovah exercises judgment against false religion, and *then* things go bonkers.

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