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I was right.

“It’s goin’ down y’all….. like this system of things.”

Prince’s closing comments on the end of his performance of 3121 at the 2006 BET Awards just confirmed my theory of what 3121 means.

You’ll remember a few months ago, I speculated:

Going back to my ‘theory’ earlier, 3+1+2+1 all added together equals 7. Biblically, the number seven is associated with God. Perhaps, Prince is simply presenting a ‘hedonistic’ view of God in 3121 where our hearts’ delights are satisfied.

Everyone who’s studied ANYTHING in countercult ministry and evangelism knows JW-talk when you hear it. Terms like ‘System of Things’ (taken from the NWT’s rendering of the disciples’ questions at Matthew 24) are part and parcel ‘Jehovah-talk’.

I must admit…. his semi-veiled attempts at Watchtower indoctrination are well done. I don’t think he’d deny it if you asked him. But hey, these are just thoughts of one black man in one corner of cyberspace who’s read too many theology books and listened to too many previous Prince CDs….what me know ?

Next, I’m off to find out WHO put the bop in the bop-shoo-bop-shoo-bop….. stay tuned….

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  1. I applaud your blog your Prince commentary is spot on!

    Dissident JW member speaks out.

    The core dogma of the Watchtower organization is that Jesus had his second coming ‘invisibly’ in the year 1914.Their entire doctrinal superstructure is built on this falsehood.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses door to door recruitment is by their own admission an ineffective tactic (nobody’s home). They have lost membership in all countries with major Internet access because their false doctrines and harmful practices are exposed on the modern information superhighway.

    There is good and valid reasons why there is such an outrage against the Watchtower for misleading millions of followers.Many have invested everything in the ‘imminent’ apocalyptic promises of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and have died broken and beaten.

    Now if you wanted to know about the quality of a product,would you listen to the seller’s pitch or a longtime customer?

    Respectfully,Danny Haszard http://www.freeminds.org (consumer report on the Watchtower organization)

  2. Since our common era began, every turn of the century has seen its share of apocalyptic prophets announcing the end of the world or “Armageddon.” They claim to have special knowledge revealed to them alone. The term apocalypse is from the Greek and means “revealed” or “unveiled.”

    “Armageddon” is mentioned only once in the Bible- at Rev. 16:16. This Greek word translates “mountain of Megiddo.” The ruins of Megiddo (Tel el-Mutsellim), an ancient Canaanite city, occupy about twelve acres of a small plateau overlooking the Plain of Jezreel (Esdraelon). This plain was the scene of many decisive military victories throughout history. As there is no literal “mountain of Megiddo,” the term “Armageddon” is most likely symbolic of God’s great and final battle at the End Time. Entire theologies have been built around this single verse.

    A number of abusive churches create a fear of Armageddon, reinforced with guilt in order to dominate and maintain membership. Cults use this as a tool of emotional control. By implanting fear and creating guilt, abusive groups manipulate their members into performing free service.

    Fear is the major motivator. It binds in two ways: (1) It creates an outside enemy who threatens or persecutes the member. This results in the “us versus them” world view, and (2) fear of failing the organization or fear of discovery and punishment by the leaders if you are lax in doing your job. What job? Why, serving the organization, of course! “Are you REALLY doing all you can to serve God?” (A typical introduction to guilt.)

    Guilt is a good enforcer, but it won’t work unless you can make people feel guilty about something. Note this subtle example: “Now that you have an understanding of God’s purpose wouldn’t you like to share it with others? We know God will destroy all wicked people shortly. Since we have knowledge of this we have a responsibility to warn others. If we don’t do this God will find us bloodguilty at Armageddon. You wouldn’t want to be held bloodguilty, would you?”

    Cults need a bogeyman. The Watchtower’s bogeyman is Armageddon. Fear of eternal annihilation and fear of being found bloodguilty by God at Armageddon assures the continued service of the “faithful.” Such fear adversely influences plans for marriage, college, careers, and the pursuit of happiness. It robs one’s peace of mind and destroys one’s quality of life.

    Fear is effectively used to attract new members as well. A little Bible prophecy, some statistics and current events, a few dates and the trap is set. Once the new convert buys into it, out jumps the bogeyman to motivate and manipulate.

    Prince has invited the bogeyman in because he is getting older and more insecure, so rather than look to his own talents and strengths to move ahead, he is standing behind the Armageddon banner of the Watchtower. Perhaps he doesn’t see the tens of thousands who have done the same thing since 1879, when the Watchtower began. Wake up Prince, the road is littered with their failed prophecies.

  3. John [Visitor]

    Hey yall. Don’t believe either of these idiots. Talk to Jehovah’s witnesses on your own and come to your own conclusions. Apparently the bogeyman for these 2 guys is a personal grudge they both have that everyone else knows about. Daniel Haszard spends his time bad mouthing Jehovah’s witnesses because someone hurt his little feelings. Just ignore them both.

  4. Sheila Rae~ [Visitor]

    Hello there “John” (the visitor) I’m Sheila Rae (the visitor) /-)

    You are much in error. I have been born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness and had no idea that the WT Society had been teaching (and preaching) that Jesus had returned (invisibly ) in 1874!

    This is what shocked me out of the WT Society: This date (teaching) continued to be taught until the 1929 (and even later)

    So if Jesus had returned in 1914, he would have found the WT Society teaching that he had already returned. (He would have found that they “pushed ahead” and presumptuously began to teach that he had come already.

    And if Jesus had returned in 1914-1918, why did they continue for years afterwards teach that he returned in 1874? This shows that Jesus did not return for if he had, they would not have continued to teach the 1874 teaching many years after 1914. As I said, they didn’t change that date( 1874) to 1914 until many years afterwards.

    There are other errors but too many to go into detail here. If you don’t believe what I am saying, go find “The Harp Of God book” this book in it’s ocntinued editions, continued to have tha 1874 teaching in it clear down to the 1932 edition! Get a copy of the “Prophecy” book (1929 edition) It teaches that Jesus returned in 1874. Look at pgs 65, 67, 70, and 181 and other pages.

    Yes, just as the WT Society admits, they make “adjustments” in their teachings. Well one of the “adjustments” was to slide the date of Jesus return (1874), to 1914 *instead*.

    So they taught this 1874 teaching for over 50 years. This is why C.T. Russell began to publish the Zion Watchtower magazine in order to herald Christ’s return and to let the world know that he had returned invisibly in 1874.

    In Jesus parable of the 10 virgins, he said that when he returns, and the “Bride” who was ready, enters the door, it is then that the door gets shut. (The foolish virgins will try to get in but as Jesus states, it will be too late. They should have been ready.) So Christ’s door is not shut until he actually does return and it won’t be an invisible one and he said that when he returns, it will be as the “days of Noah”.

    So why did CT Rutherford teach that Christ’s door was shut in 1935! (Since according to the WT Society (now) he returned in 1914 and according to the WT Society, the resurrection took place in 1918? According to Jesus parable, then wouldn’t it have been shut in 1918 instead of 1935?

    Of course, I no longer believe that Jesus has even returned at all. We are still waiting and so the door to Christ is still open. The WT Society has now “shut christ’s door” twice now. First in 1881, and second, in 1935.

    What the WT Society teaches concerning this is just not Scripturaly supported.

    May I suggest that you turn to God and ask Him to help you learn His Word without the WT Society’s spectackles? Put your trust in Jehovah, and stop putting your trust in men. It is a *big mistake* to trust men. I have ocme to the conclusion that we as Jehovah’s Witnesses, were following the WT Society (of men) instead of following Christ, after all, isn’t Christ suppose to be the head of the church?

  5. “John” (no last name) is an active practicing Jehovah’s Witness troll who stalks Danny Haszard all over the web.

    1914 is a lie which means that there was no “sealing of the anointed” in 1918 so all of the Watchtower command and control is bogus.

  6. Timothy N Noulles [Visitor]

    JW’s use double-talk. One religion in print; another in practice. One viewpoint among themselves; another version for the public. Rather than dealing with any points raised, they mistakenly conclude that any who leave have an ax to grind. Bottom line – WT organization is NOT what it claims to be! Thanks!

  7. John, you and your false prophecies and false teachings aren’t welcome here. Stalk Danny elsewhere. Future posts from you will be deleted.

  8. I have to admit that my “old nature” enjoys Prince songs, especially the ones from the ’80s….

  9. Billy [Visitor]

    “The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.”