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 embarassment 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
- Cults try to strip you of your identity to maintain control of you – as does the Watchtower Society
- The Sheep are the Jews, and the other sheep are Gentiles. Once in the local church, they then are one group, the body.
- There is no “two classes of believers” other sheep and anointed – all of the sheep are anointed, or they are not saved.
- There’s no scriptural support for two classes of believers, the other sheep and the anointed – but rather one class, both anointed and sheep.
- Paradise Earth is not in the Bible
- The Great Multitude, according to the Bible, is in heaven, not earth.
- Paradise is not on earth, but according to the Bible, is in heaven.
It’s time to start turning our attention to the achilles’ heel of the Watchtower Society – failed prophecies.
This has been the most difficult of things for the Bible Students, the Zions Watchtower Society, and the Watchtower Society (ever wonder why they changed their names several times? There you go – it’s due to the failed prophecies).
Pastor Russell claims to be the messenger of the Laodecian age. If so, he should have enough clear light to be able to know what’s going on, right?
Incidentally, the word “Angel” when referring to the church is taken by all to mean the “pastor” of that church, as he is its messenger. So to say you are the “Angel” or “Messenger” of the church at Laodecia, behold – you are saying you are its pastor. To claim to be the messenger of the Laodecian age is to claim to be a universal pastor over all churches – kind of a hefty claim, and one that the Jehovah’s Witnesses would be the FIRST to claim as prtesumptuous and unBiblical. Why?
There is no example ANYWHERE in the Bible of a person pastoring more than one church at a time, or of ANYONE being over the pastor of a church. There is no hierarchy of clergy, nor of laity!
In essence, if he was aware of this, Pastor Russell would be claiming to be the Pope. From what I’ve read of his writings, it’s clear to me he was unaware of the implications of his prideful boast, as I believe if I had Pastor Russell in front of me and I were to tell him this, he would loudly denounce any such interpretation.
Which is odd, especially when we see the formation of a Governing Body in 1944, that does just that, rule over the churches, underneath the leadership of a pope – excuse me, the president of the Watchtower Society.
Interestingly enough, there is more of a corporation about the Jehovah’s Witnesses than there is Biblical example and structure. The Biblical model is one of a Pastor over a local church, acting as God’s representative in one sense, but as the servant of the congregation in the broader sense.
One of the biggest problems Pastor Russell ran into is this – he was completely unable to understand the Bible, from what I’ve seen. He did well when with the adventists, and sitting under their teachings (and doing their printings with Mr. Barbour). But when on his own, the only way he could reason out the Scriptures was consistantly from an allegorical point of view.
Using Newspaper eisogesis, he scanned the headlines, and then would rush to the Bible to see if he could find anything remotely resemlbing it in the Bible. If he was able to compare it to ANY Bible passage, lo and behold, it was a fulfillment – whether the context of that passage had anything to do with it or not.
“The fact is that the entire Gospel age has been a period of tribulation referred to in Matt. 24:9-12, and now in verse 29. (1) The early Church was persecuted by civil Rome, while later, when Papal Rome got control, all who refused to approve her abominations were persecuted by her (Jezebel) directly, or indirectly by the civil powers to which she was wedded (Ahab). And they were given into her power, and she wore out the saints of the Most High for a time, times and a half time – 1260 years – until A.D. 1799. And this long persecution, in which ‘many were purified and made white and tried,’ and in which the Mother of Harlots was ‘drunk with the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus’ (Rev. 17:6) ended as we have already shown, practically in 1776 and actually in 1799 when the Pope and his authority were humiliated before the World.” (Charles Taze Russell)
Here we see newspaper eisogesis (or history book eisogesis, actually) at its worst, combining with a fanciful allegorical mix of 1 Kings 19-21.
The problem with allegoricalizing of the Bible is this – anyone can wrest any symbol into meaning ANYTHING THEY WANT IT TO MEAN. I could say myself that Ahab represents the Ford motor company, and Jezebel represents Lockheed Martin Corporation. Or Dell Computers and Hewlett-Packard. Or Beany and Cecil.
The curse of William Miller lingers, in the fact that the day age theories form the basis of Pastor Russell’s predictions. Which means in fact, Russell was setting himself up for the same inevitable dissapointment that William Miller and followers expereinced in 1844 and 1845.
Russell was convinced that the theory was sound, and the key to unlocking the scriptures. And so, he sat wth paper and pen in hand, trying to calculate the Lord’s return.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:6-7 (KJV)
The Bible simply does not say when it will be. Indeed, we are told it is not for us to know. At some point, Russell must have decided that since the Hebrew calendar averages to 360 days in a year, that must be the number of days in a Biblical year.
Here’s the fallacy of that – the Hebrew year DOES average 360 days, over 10 years. However, the Hebrew calendar is very complicated. Over 17 years, Chanukah can wander almost to the New Year, all the way back to during Thanksgiving. One would have to average out over 17 years, and then what do you have? An average.
If I shoot 50 bullets, and 47 of them hit in the black rings on the target, you could say I have a 94% average. What do I really have? 50 holes in paper, 47 of them in the black part.
If I have one year with 348 days, one with 354, and one with 370 days, what do I have? Three years with three different numbers of days. The only way to accurately calculate how many days in a year would be to sit with Hebrew calendar rules, and figure it out, and actually count it up. Gong back 1,260 years would take months to calculate. And then what do you have?
Lots of wasted paper, wasted time, and a headache. Why? It was William Miller who decided on the day-age theory, and we have no Scriptural basis for this. If the Scripture says 1,260 days, we should assume the Lord means what He says. Otherwise, we end up with a tribulation 2,520 years long! Why? 360 days * 7 years, transform into day/age, and voila, you now have the Tribulation ending in the year 2520! Well, add 30 for the date of 30 AD, and you get the nice round number of 2550! Halleluyah, I’ve figured out when the Lord will return!
Except – I’ve made so many unSCriptural conclusions, it’s ludicrous.
The entire system is flawed in that we have NOTHING to go by in saying that prophetically one day equals one year. We could also assume that since the Hebrew Calendar is based upon sevens, one prophetic day equals seven actual years. In which case the Tribulation would be over in another ten thousand years. WE start by assuming William Miller was right. Hm, let’s ask his followers.
Well, most of those left. Why? They sold homes, businesses, belongings, and traveled with him to the place he determined the Rapture would occur at first. When NOTHING happened, they left. Sick at their stomachs that they’d ruined themselves financially, and sold off family herilooms, family businesses, and sometimes even gave away the money, and now were BROKE. Deceieved and ruined.
Kind of sounds like many childless Witness families, who delayed having children in the seventies becuase Armegeddon was so close, only five years away! And then held on, because what if they were off by a year or two? And today, have no children, no grandchildren, missing all those possible chances to raise a child, watch him experience all those great things in childhood, then graduate high school, get a family of his own, and grandchildren…
…because like the Second Adventists, they were deceived. By Fred Franz. Byn the Watchotwer Society and their habit of guessing when Armageddon would be.
“Well, it’s clear light, and as we get closer, the light gets clearer…”
Do you REALLY buy that? You REALLY believe that?
What you’re saying is that your prophet has NO CLUE. He’S GUESSING WILDLY.
If I have a map, and I see New Jersey is below New York, I should be able to find the Garden State Parkway no problem! (listen for the honking horns, I know).
If I can Read the map, that means I can find where i’m going, and be RIGHT every time.
If I have NO CLUE what the map is saying, I’m going to stumble around, say, “Ah! This must be New Jersey! Hello? Anyone Home?” “Como Esta?” “Ooops, well, as the light gets clearer…”
If i’m guessing wildly where New Jersey is, and just start driving, I’m liable to end up ANYWHERE.
You’re saying your prophet is incapable of interpreting the Bible. If there really is a code in there that we MUST interpret, and if Pastor Russell/William Miller was in fact right – you’re saying that your prophet is in fact incapable of understanding that code.
I’m telling you that there is no code. I’m telling you the Bible means what it says when it says we are not permitted to know.
And that when Pastor Russell was wrong every time with every prediction, and Joseph Rutherford, and Mr. Franz, and Mr. Knorr…all wrong every time – it was inevitable.
You have a one in 365 chance if you knew the Rapture (yes, that thing you don’t believe in, despite the many passages in the Bible that speak of it) was in 2014. 1 in 730 if you KNEW it was either 2014 or 2015. If you have absoultely no idea what year, then the number of chances of being right falls dramatically, as now its 1 in several million. How many days have occurred since AD 30? If anyone was guessing (I meant, prophesying) back then, the odds of being right were astronomical.
Here’s a statistic I’ve noticed. Every person that has ever predicted when armegeddon would be, was 100% wrong.
So. Here’s the list.
1915. (shades of the Great Dissapointment of the Adventists. 1844! 1845! We have no idea!)
1975/76 (The Watchtower Society first announced the 1976 date back in the ’50s, then changed their minds and went with 1975. I liked 1976 personally, because it was a great summer, not too hot, a cool breeze. Oh, and tall ships! Anyone else remember that???)
These dates were uttered “Thus sayeth the Lord”. They were wrong. You don’t get a second chance to be a prophet. Pastor Russell announced 1914 on his own (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt while under Barbours influnce…) and was wrong. According to the Bible, that makes him a false prophet. You know it, I know it.
Judge Rutherford announced another one… and was wrong. False prophet. He’d even purchased a luxury home, planting palm and olive trees on the property for King David, Moses and Elijah to live at called Beth Sarim, house of the princes. By 1940, they’d sold it, as it was an embarassing testimony to being false prophets.
1976 was the last straw for many. They awoke from their slumber, and left, mourning the time they’d spent under the influence of the cult.
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. Deuteronomy 13:1-5 (KJV)
bottom line – wrong prophesying once, false prophet.
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