Hundreds of Jehovah’s witnesses swell Rarotonga population for regional gathering

Monday September 09, 2019 Written by Published in Local
A Rarotongan Jehovah’s Witness family pause for lunch during the regional convention at the National Auditorium – from left: Tania Williams, Tearii Scheel, Manuae Williams, Janie Manson, Rebekah Manson and Cheryl Burgemeister. 19090864/GRAY CLAPHAM A Rarotongan Jehovah’s Witness family pause for lunch during the regional convention at the National Auditorium – from left: Tania Williams, Tearii Scheel, Manuae Williams, Janie Manson, Rebekah Manson and Cheryl Burgemeister. 19090864/GRAY CLAPHAM

Rarotonga’s Jehovah’s Witnesses following swelled from 300 to 1700 at the weekend as brothers and sisters from all over the world gathered for a regional convention in Avarua.

Global warming is just one of a number of signs that the world as we know it is coming to an end, the Jehovah’s Witness community believes.

And even though the overriding message at this weekend’s Jehovah’s Witness Regional Convention on Rarotonga is that “God’s love heals all”, God’s not going to step in at the last minute and save the planet.

That’s according to Terry O’Brien, Jehovah’s Witness regional coordinator for Australasia, the man in charge of the three-day convention at the National Auditorium which has attracted a crowd of over 1700 people from Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world to Rarotonga.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the destruction of the present world system is imminent, and that the establishment of God’s kingdom over the earth is the only solution for all problems faced by humanity.

O’Brien says Jehovah’s Witnesses are not predicting the “end of the world” – but rather the end of the system that has governed the world since Satan entered the Garden of Eden.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that instead of obediently listening to God, the first human pair – Adam and Eve – chose a course of defiant independence, which the majority of mankind have followed down to this day.

Global warming is just one of the indicators that the “end times are coming”.

“The scriptures are clear,” O’Brien says. “The Creator is going to bring to ruin those who are ruining the Earth. Solutions to global warming can only come from the Creator. And by reading scientific reports it seems we’ve gone past the point of no return in a lot of areas.”

This weekend’s convention focussed on several of modern society’s ailments – and the answer to all can be found in the scriptures.

“We find the Bible tried and tested,” O’Brien said. “It’s from God, so the answers in the Bible must work if they are obeyed.”

On the problem of drugs, especially, meth, in the Pacific region, O’Brien refers to the theme of this weekend’s convention – “Love Never Fails”.

“God gave people free will. If a person really loves God they will do what God says. ”

He says there are many shared experiences from people overcoming their ruinous life situations by embracing the Jehovah’s Witness spiritual view.

The solution to the problems that inflict the world are imminent, he says,when God takes over the running of the world from men.

“There’s not much left to be fulfilled – the time is close.”

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