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How Bibles and Bible Based Publications Are Created
Tours At Watchtower Educational Centers in Patterson and Wallkill, NYClick thumbnail to view full-size
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Print Millions of Top Rated Bibles and Bible Based Publications Each Year
God's word the #Bible, is the most popular book in the world. To have the grand privilege to see how it is printed, along with other publications was intriguing. The video above features dynamic audio versions created at Patterson's Watchtower facility in New York. The outstanding Biblically based paintings in this video presented to visitors during our tour of Patterson's location. We discovered how, some of the world's most famous publications are created such as; #New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, Watchtower, and Awake magazines, hundreds of videos and other sources of Bible-based information is made available for readers. Visitors were also able to see printing facilities, as well as offices, eating facilities and numerous other exciting mementos during our visit to the Patterson location.
Within the above video, we also visited the Wallkill Printing facility, in New York. This location is involved in the printing of such vital magazines as #The Watchtower. Imperative and truthful information featured in such articles as to May 15, 2016, Watchtower entitled, You Can Fight Satan-and Win! This article went on to explain, "Many scoffs at the idea that Satan even exists. To them, Satan and the demons are fictional characters of novels, #horror movies, and video games. Such people feel that no intelligent person believes in wicked spirits. Now, do you think that it bothers Satan that he and his invisible cohorts have relegated to the world of folklore? That is not likely! After all, it is easy for Satan to blind the minds of those who doubt that he exists. (2 Cor. 4:4) Promoting the idea that spirits do not exist is one of the many ways that Satan uses to mislead people." That is the sole purpose of New York's Patterson and Wallkill printing facilities, featured in the video above and information given within this article which is to share Bible-based truths through the preaching of the good news of God's Kingdom throughout the world. This kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ, through the appointment of his Heavenly Father, Jehovah God, will bring peace where there is no sickness, pain, sorrow or death for all humankind.
Our Visit to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Facility
On December 25th, while the majority of the world celebrated this national holiday, some family members and friends boarded a luxury bus to visit the #Watchtower Educational Center, U.S. Branch in Patterson, New York. This facility consists of such departments as Graphics and Designs, Legal, Art and Service. More than 1,525 volunteers, called Bethelites from more than 48 different countries reside at the Bethel, Patterson facility. Each year more than 70,000 visitors come for tours in more than 36 languages. Videos and art designs are created not only for Bible publications but also the "world's most translated website, jw.org." More than 400,000 publications produced around the world through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Exquisite paintings grace the walls of #Patterson's Educational Center. Such pictures as Jesus' ascension to heaven as his disciples looked on, Jesus sending his disciples into the preaching work by twos, Apostle Peter's visit to the home of Cornelius and the resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus. Careful research is compiled to create appropriate settings and costumes for the period of each painting or photograph. These stunning pieces of artwork, create a worldwide appeal as thousands of visitors take the time to photograph them.
Audio and video publications are created at Patterson's facility to reach the hearts of our young people. Such animated characters as Caleb and Sophia, help young ones understand the Bible and how they can live their lives daily. Our tour guide, Nathan Wheeler explained how the paintings, videos, and illustrations could, "reached the heart and moved people to acts of faith. This can strengthen our hope and build confidence in God's word." Within the tour, he also expressed how photographs taken at the facility for the publications, reflect the various cultures around the world. Admirable black and white photos displayed that tastefully demonstrate how the preaching work was accomplished all over the world in the early 1900s. Phonographs were used from door to door, along with the first film of sound and moving pictures called The Creation, as well as boats, bicycles, and cars. Similar methods are used today to reach as many people as possible with the promise of God's Kingdom to rid the earth of all problems that exist today.
The Legal Department located at Patterson Facility "works to protect our legal rights to worship and work to defend the truth all the way to the Supreme Court. A legal case in Ohio appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. This applied to the public ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses. Since 1919 Jehovah's Witnesses have obtained 50 victories before the Supreme Court," stated Nathan. Numerous victories obtained in the Court of Human Rights. The Witnesses firmly believe it is vital to stand up before all humanity and express, "We must obey God as ruler rather than men." (Acts 5:29)
#Volunteers Help to Maintain this Bible Teaching Facility
A video was shown during our tour to demonstrate how the volunteers who reside at Patterson, are responsible for the maintenance and care of each other. These Bethelites or volunteers work in such areas as laundry, housekeeping, medical care and food preparation. No salaries paid to individuals and their focus on spirituality is vitally important. Regardless of their race, they must love Jehovah God, his son Jesus Christ, their brothers and sisters as well as humankind. These 1,525 individuals act as a united family where they not only share meals together that may include more than 70 gallons of coffee, more than 3,200 pancakes and more than 1,900 pastries per day for breakfast which starts at 7:00 a.m. Morning worship includes Bible discussions that are also scheduled daily. Lunch and dinner are prepared daily as well for this sizeable spiritual family of all nations.
Schools for Travelling Overseers, Elders and Pioneers held for volunteers at Patterson, where Bible students who are Jehovah's Witnesses taught how to proclaim the good news to others. Just as Jesus trained his disciples and sent them out by twos; Jehovah's Witnesses try to follow in his footsteps. (Luke 10:1) The various departments at #Patterson Educational Center, effectively contribute to the printing process of God's word the Bible and Bible-based publications. Once we completed our tour at Patterson, it was time to attend Wallkill, New York's printing facility of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Invitations to one of the most critical events in the history of Jesus' ministry which is the memorial of Jesus' death. On the night before he died, Jesus told his followers to commemorate his death; He said: "Keep doing this in remembrance of me." -Luke 22:19 This extraordinary event will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018. In connection with this event, a special Bible talk in thousands of locations around the world on Sunday, March 25th, 2018. The topic is 'Who Really Is Jesus Christ." It is vital that we recognize the role Jesus played in giving his life for all humankind. Without this sacrifice by Jehovah God and his awe-inspiring son Jesus Christ, our hope for life eternally would not be possible. "Please join us for the annual commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ." This critical date held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at your local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. To find out your time and location go to jw.org, for where this special event will be held in your community.
The Watchtower's Printing Facility in Wallkill, NY
How Printing by Jehovah's Witnesses Are Accomplished at Wallkill, NY Facility
Printing of the omniscient thoughts of our Heavenly Father, is accomplished at the Wallkill facility by over 2,000 volunteers. Congregations throughout the world receive spiritual literature from this printing facility. Barcodes are scanned to help decide where these publications are sent. Darlene, our Tour Guide, explained the process of printing from beginning to end. She described how previously conveyor systems took up more space. Now the "pic to cart is used which is more effective." To arrange orders properly," a wiring system is embedded in the floor which guides the pallet trucks so when they go down the aisle, it can pick up what it needs to."
Darlene demonstrated how plates previously used where words appeared and spelled backward. Now everything is computerized for printing purposes. She went on to explain how "we are not a printing facility, but we do this because we need Bibles. Once #Jehovah's Witnesses decided to make their Bibles and books, they decided to start printing, and they learned how to do it." Large presses showed to our group that was behind glass displays. This protects the printing process from dust particles in the air. After the literature came off the press, it was cut and trimmed. Such publications as the Bible, are placed in stacks on blocks. These pallets are stored within the facility. From the 19th century up until the present time, Bible production has developed through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in harmony with its translation services.
Our tour guide Darlene also expressed how "Files are arranged electronically. These electronic files are used to make printing plates." She then went on to describe how "the pressroom transfers ink to the paper. In graphics, they figure out how they want everything situated. On the page, they start with a plate that has a chemical process that is receptive to the plate. Then they put the plate on the press. They keep making the same plate, and it is printed over and over again." One signature may is used as many as 94,000 times. In the end, this will be more than one page. This signature is the size of a study article within the pages of the Watchtower magazine which is usually about 32 pages.
The Watchtower and #Awake magazines printed at the same time due to this technology. A type of dryer is used to dry the ink. The paper is cooled down by a chiller before the cutting procedure occurs to create the book or Bible. This was just some of the fascinating information presented even how "it takes about 14 seconds to make a congregation order of 350 magazines. The signatures get folded together then trimmed to make a book." Once the book is trimmed it is placed in a box. A Gathering Machine is used to complete this process. The spine of the book is also trimmed before it is glued and bound. Each book receives a cover "then it goes to an embossing machine to get heat and pressure. Then the text is glued to the cover. A ribbon is placed within the book, and it is sanded down. When the book comes out, it has 90-degree corners. It then goes through another machine where it is glued together. This process of book printing can travel as much as a quarter mile, especially in the process of hardcover publications from start to finish." A sign was displayed which indicated how on March 1, 1973, the first issue of the Watchtower magazine was printed at the Wallkill facility.
We were then taken on a tour of the "Imitate Faith Hallway" which led to the dining room and was also near the volunteer residences. Organization and cleanliness are vital for the maintenance of dining room. "It must be cleaned and set up within two hours," Darlene explained how dinner is served around 5 p.m., until 5:30 p.m., during the weekdays. On the weekends from 5 to 6:30 p.m., where all Bethel family members eat together, including breakfast as well which starts at 7 a.m. A Nutritionist is available to plan all menus for Patterson, Wallkill and Brooklyn Bethel facilities. Dental and medical offices are located in the facility.
The locations of Patterson and Wallkill, exist for the sole purpose of spreading the good news of Jehovah God's kingdom to people throughout the world. These volunteers work diligently with the help of God's spirit to provide free Bibles, Bible-based publications, and even videos are available for anyone who desires to learn more about God, to draw close to him. (James 4:8) May each individual accomplish this tremendous blessing.
The tours ended as we returned to our bus. We decided to stop by TGI Friday's Restaurant for dinner. We enjoyed a day of tremendous spiritual encouragement. It was now time to chow down on a Jack Daniel's Platter, with chicken fingers, fried shrimp, and spareribs. Other family members and friends feasted on tasty hamburgers, salads, French onion soup and fries. It turned out to be a perfect day. We were tired because the tours do consist of a lot of walking. There are wheelchairs available for anyone who may need one.
These tours should be considered by individuals who may genuinely want to see, how Bibles and Bible-based publications created. The answers to the world's problems can be found in the Bible. #President Obama's summit based on his statement, "We are not at war with #Islam. We are at war with people who perverted Islam." The ultimate way we can teach our children and others not to become radicalized by these groups such as #Isis is to teach them the truth based on what the Bible says. Psalms 119:165 states, "Abundant peace belongs to those who love your law. Nothing can make them stumble." When we study God's word, it makes us stronger because these are the thoughts of the Most Powerful Being that exist. Jehovah God defeated all false gods in the Hebrew scriptures, and he continues to beat any false god or religion today, that is not in harmony with his will. It indeed gives each person that visits the facilities a unique source of appreciation for their Heavenly Father and how he continues to communicate, with his people in these critical times we are living in.
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- Jehovah’s Witnesses—Official Website: jw.org
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