So far we’ve established:
- Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians, as two of the cardinal doctrines of Christianity include the Godhood of Jesus Christ and the Trinity.
- The translators of the New World Translation were not “experienced, anointed Christians” as the Watchtower Society claims – but rather untrained, inexperienced Jehovah’s Witnesses
- It would take doctorate degrees in Greek and Hebrew to be qualified to translate the Bible
- According to Ray Franz, only one of the Translators knew any Greek, and no Hebrew
- There is no good reason to withhold the list of the translators of the NWT, and suggest the Watchtower Society has something to hide by concealing the names of the translators.
- Fred Franz, who served on the translating committee of the NWT, was incapable of recognizing a single Hebrew word in court, or even a single Hebrew letter – after claiming under oath he knew both Koine Greek and Hebrew.
- The JW’s rely on the United Bible Society text and Kittel’s BHS Hebrew – for what, I don’t know, since their translators don’t know any Hebrew or Greek
- The oldest Greek texts are actually the Textus Receptus, not the Wescott-Hort The majority of the oldest forms of the manuscripts are actually Textus Receptus
- The earliest of church fathers, living in the time of the apostles until AD 130 all quoted from the Textus Receptus.
- If Vaticanus or Sinaiticus were truly the original Greek, then they wouldn’t quote words or verses that those manuscripts leave out
- The NWT has major inconsistancies compared with the Textus Receptus
- The NWT revealed its bias against the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ by forgetting to twist a verse that shows the Lord Jesus Christ willingly received worship, and that some worship Him in vain (Matt. 15:9)
- The usage of “Sheol” in the Old Testament in context means “The abode of the dead”
- Sheol contained both Abraham’s Bosom (Paradise) and Hell, with a great gulf fixed between
- Both the Old and New Testament say that Hell is a place of fire, perpetual torment and burning
- a Grave is cool, and does not torment or burn.
- Luke 16 is a record of fact, and not a parable
- names are never mentioned in parables, but Luke 16 names Abraham and Lazarus
- The rich man in Luke 16 is not named because obviously we don’t need to know who it is.
- Almost every verse in the Bible on Hell is speaking of a literal place of torment and suffering.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is not an Angel
- Angels Are Created beings, hence the terms “sons of God”
- Jesus Christ is eternally God, therefore not a created being, therefore cannto be an Angel.
- The term “Son of God” refers to the relationship between God the Father and God the Son.
- Angels do not permit human beings to worship them – only Fallen angels encourage this.
- The Lord Jesus Christ obviously is not an Angel as He permitted people to worship Him.
- The Lord Jesus Christ stated many times that He was the only way to salvation
- There is no such thing as a small g god in the Bible – only God.
- The Lord Jesus Christ has always existed as God the Son
- Unless you accept and confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, you will be condemned to hellfire and eternal suffering forever.
- Salvation By Grace is available to all, according to the Bible
- The Trinity is a Biblical doctrine
- There is no proof the “144,000” were physically descended from Israel
- the British Israelite theory does not account for descent from individual tribes such as Gad, Asher, Benjamin, Issachar, etc.
- The 144,000 must come after the 5th seal. The 144,000 of the Jehovah’s Witnesses come almost a century before the Tribulation.
- It has been more than seven years after member #144,000 joined the Watchtower Society.
- The tribulation must end 7 years after it begins.
- The Temple in Jerusalem has not been rebuilt
- There’s nothing in the Bible about only the 144,000 are saved by grace or may partake of the Lord’s Supper
- The 144,000 must all be male
- The 144,000 must all be virgins. We have no information that the 144,000 Jehovah’s witnesses are all virgins.
- Elijah and Moses must appear in the Tribulation at the same time as the 144,000. Moses and Elijah apparently are quite delayed, as it’s 99 years later and they’ve never shown up.
- Soul Sleep is not Biblical
- The Bible makes a distinction between the soul and the body in death
- We must read all verses on a doctrine to get the correct understanding of the doctrine
- The Bible portrays the souls of the dead aware, speaking, praising God, and the souls of the unsaved pleading, weeping, begging, in torment
- Charles Taze Russell adopted the unbiblcal doctrine of Soul Sleep from Seventh Day Adventists, and from the teachings of Ellen G. White
- The return of the Lord will be visible. Every eye will see Him return in power.
- The Bible does not speak of an investigative judgment. The concept is an unBiblical doctrine.
- God’s Chosen organization is the local church, not the Watchtower Society
- There is nothing in the Bible referring to a select few within a multi-church organization running that organization
- There is nothing in the Bible about the writing of any future book that will equal the Bible.
- The book Jesus Christ supposedly found so perfect that he chose the Watchtower Society because of it, is the Finished Mystery, by Charles Taze Russell – which Jehovah’s Witnesses are not permitted to own or read.
- The Finished Mystery is an embarrassment to the Watchtower society, as it is so fanciful and ridiculous that any Witness that reads it will realize they’ve been lied to and are in a cult.
- The Watchtower Society will not permit you to celebrate Christmas and your birthday, because you’ll end up spending money that could go to them. Stop paying your tithe to them and see what happens.
- The Watchtower Society will not allow you to have back issues of their magazines, tracts, and publications because it will reduce their control over you. Prove me wrong, ask them for copies of all of their back issues of magazines, books and tracts
- You are saved by grace, and not of works, lest any should boast
- Salvation is available to all, not just the 144,000
- We are not saved by works, but by grace
- Anyone who teaches you you are saved by any other Gospel is under a curse
- The Watchtower Society teaches the very opposite of the Bible
- If you do not get saved by being born again, you cannot enter the kingdom of God, and will die in your sins, and will spend eternity in the very Hell whose existence I’ve demonstrated.
- We are justified not by works, but by faith
- The spirit of the Antichrist teaches the opposite of the Gospel, just like the Watchtower Society
- The spirit of the Antichrist denies the Godhood of Jesus Christ, just like the Watchtower Society
At this point, I think I’ve made a successful case that The Watchtower society, in all its teachings, claims doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible, or are the exact opposite of what is taught in the Bible! This means you have been duped, lied to, misled, enslaved by a cult that manifests the fruits of being of the spirit of Antichrist and is Apostate – the very things that the Watchtower Society claims about “Babylon”, in other words, Biblical Christianity.
Let me deviate for a second, and address something cults do very often. We’re not going to hide the “cult” word anymore, because at this point there’s no use denying you’ve been worried for a while that you actually are in one.
Cults like to do things that remove your identity. Celebrating your birthday is one thing that is a celebration of your identity. So, having a birthday party reinforces who you are. It’s got to go. Besides, that money you were going to spend on someone else’s present could be going into the Watchtower Society’s bank account.
It also cuts you off from your family, which helps to reduce your identity. Unless your family gets brought in. Then you’re all underneath the Watchtower Society, and ALL of you get your identity stripped.
Some countries have a great deal of identity meaning for a person. “I am a Brit” or “I’m a Scotsman” or “I’m an American.” By taking away any pledge of loyalty, display or salute of the flag, and denial of military service, means one loses their national identity.
By taking away celebration of cultural holidays, you’re now stripped of cultural identity as well. Personal, family, national and cultural identities are all removed. You’re just now a “Witness.” And it’s even worse. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have two identities you’re given, “Anointed” or “other sheep.” The moment you take one of those two identities, the last phase of a cult takes effect – the removal of the name. You still get to keep your name, but now you have a new identity added, “other sheep”.
That’s what we’re dealing with today, the last phase. What does “Another Sheep” mean?
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. John 10:14-16 (KJV)
That’s probably a verse you’ve read a lot, trying to get a good understanding of “other sheep” and “Anointed”. Well, we’ve finally found a verse that confirms JW doctrine, right?
No. Let’s read it in context. Remember the rules, always read your Bible in context, it means what it says, the Bible defines itself. So, how does this passage use “other sheep”?
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:1-18 (KJV)
The passage makesi t clear, that the sheep spoken of refer to the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. The saved are the Sheep. Now, who is the Lord speaking to right now? Chapter 10 follows chapter 9, the healing of the Blind Man, one of my favorite passages in the Gospels (Why? He’s simple, direct, and not afraid of confrontation – kind of like me!)
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. 39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:35-41 (KJV)
Jesus is showing Contrastive Thinking, a common Biblical doctrine. Many powerful passages in the Bible contrast opposites, so we can get and maintain perspective. The Pharisees are not among the saved (for the most part – amazingly, most of the Lord’s recruits would end up being from among the Pharisees, such as Nicodemus, as the Lord preached the resurrection of the dead). “The Sheep hear my voice”, “The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”, and… “Ye are not of the sheep.”
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. John 10:26-30 (KJV)
The sheep are further defined as believing that the Lord Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, which I’ve proven at length now is correct biblical doctrine, and anyone who does not believe that is apostate, a heretic, and faces eternal punishment in Hell.
So, if the Lord told this to the Pharisees, who was he talking to and about? How many gentiles were followers of the Lord? None.
“The Sheep” are the Jewish believers in Jesus Christ.
So, who then are the “Other sheep” of John 10:16?
Here’s what the Lord was explaining. “I am building my community of called out ones, a community of saved persons. Right now, it’s all the Jews, the elect. Soon, I’m going to bring in the gentiles, because they’re my children too, and this community will be composed of Gentiles and Jews together, worshiping the Lord.”
That’s how everyone who reads this passage comes away with the understanding of it.That’s the plain sense reading of it. Forget your Awake! magazine and your study guides, just read the Bible in context and YOU tell me what you think it means!
Does any other passage in the Gospels speak on this subject?
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Matthew 15:21-28 (KJV)
Who is the Lord speaking to? A Goy… yes, a Gentile woman. Now the Lord uses specific wording to identify the sheep. “Of the house of Israel.” So, if the sheep are of the house of Israel, who then are the other sheep? The Gentiles. Just like I determined above!
Try this. Read John 9 & 10. Do not consult any Watchtower Society materials, just READ YOUR BIBLE! Read John 9 &10, then read Matthew 15. Decide for yourself!
This is something the Watchtower Society does not like you to do! I’m telling you… do it! It’s what Charles Taze Russell did, right? He read his Bible, and decided for himself. Wrongly, I might add, as I’ve proved at length so far.
If it was okay for Pastor Russell to do it, why isn’t it okay for you to do it?
Who then is the Anointed?
9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless? 1 Samuel 26:9 (KJV)
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel. 2 Samuel 5:3 (KJV)
10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back? 2 Samuel 19:10 (KJV)
In the Old Testament usage, the Anointed was a person, not persons. The King was anointed with oil, as King over Israel. He served as a representative of God, as you know. The kingdom of Israel was a theocracy, right? So the monarchy of Israel was serving as a representative of the Lord. Which makes it all the more clearer WHY the actions of the kings of Israel and Judah were dealt with so harshly by the Lord.
The High Priest was also anointed with oil. The Bible rarely speaks of the High Priest as “the anointed.” However, I mention it because the Bible does.
What about the usage of those who are not kings, or the High Priest?
15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Psalm 105:15 (KJV)
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; Isaiah 61:1 (KJV)
These are prophecies of whom? The Lord Jesus Christ. The word “Anointed” is Mashach, in Hebrew. From that root word comes the often used tense, “Moshiach” – Messiah. In Greek, that is Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ.
Is there any other use of “anointed” to refer to any group of people who are going into heaven, instead of paradise earth? (we’re dealing with paradise earth in the next post).
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. 24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. 2 Corinthians 1:21-24 (KJV)
Look at the beginning verse, the first words… “Us with you…’ the apostles and Paul’s ministry support… “with you..in Christ”… the church at Corinth. “who hath also sealed us… and given the earnest of the spirit in our hearts.”
Us now is referring to everyone named. the church at Corinth and the Apostles are the anointed. The entire church, and by extension, all Christians. How do I derive that? If you have the Holy spirit, you are sealed and anointed. The anointing here is not oil, but rather, the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are not anointed, you are not saved – and hence, not one of the sheep. So if you are saved, you are one of the sheep, AND one of the anointed!
There’s no scriptural support for two classes of believers, the other sheep and the anointed – but rather one class, both anointed and sheep.
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