Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered – clear light


I first addressed the JW’s about a year and a half ago. The pages still get visited by Witnesses who are starting to suspect that everything that the Watchtower society tells them is not true.

They’re right.

Actually, very little of what the Watchtower Society tells them is true.

One of the watchtower buzzwords is “clear light”. If you’re former Watchtower, you may know that phrase. “clear light” is the theory that the watchtower society operated in darkness at its beginning, but the day is growing, and now they see with more light than at the beginning.

um… if that’s the best you can do for “we messed up, we contradicted ourselves, and now we have to try to explain ourselves somehow.”

Where in the Bible do we see this teaching? Nowhere.

Well, they justify it by citing Proverbs 4:18, which does contain the phrase “clear light.” In modern perversions of the Bible. THe King James cites it more accurately…

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18 (KJV)

“The path of the just.” let’s look at that  phrase first. This means those who pursue God. This is talking about ACTIONS. If you’re seeking after righteousness, once you’re born again, you walk in more and more righteousness.

It refers to behaviour. It refers to Godliness. It refers to growing in sanctification after salvation. it does not anywhere speak of “understanding of the Bible.”

5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. Isaiah 2:5 (KJV)

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12 (KJV)

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. John 11:9 (KJV)

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. John 12:35 (KJV)

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:8 (KJV)

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 (KJV)
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.John 11:10 (KJV)
So, let’s apply John 11:10  to this Watchtower society understanding of this meaning as they apply it, and see how they do.
“But if any man cannot understand the Bible, he is doomed, because he doesn’t understand the Bible.”
Okay, that makes zero sense. So you’re saying that “Pastor” Russell – who was never ordained – understood the Bible LESS clearly than the current President of the WatchTower Society?
Yes, that’s what they’re saying.
So, what does this do to the essential JW doctrine of the Investigative Judgment? You know, the story that in the 19th Century Jesus Christ supposedly locked himself in the Holy of Holies and began to read the writings of all Christians denominations, and ruled that the Watchtower Society was the most correct?
Well, it trashes that theory. Completely.
Because if they walk with the most light now, why would the Lord do this back in 1874 or whenever they’re saying now it would happen? Why would the Lord pronounce “The Finished Mystery” the most correct book of all books?
“Well, they’re walking in darkness, and don’t have all their writings together, but hey, I’m feeling generous today, so…”
Nope. Not buying it.
Look, the Finished Mystery is either the most correct book as you put it…
Or its not, and the Bible is the most correct book.
I’m going with option #2 there.

You should too.


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Because We Don’t Read our Bibles


12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12 (KJV)

2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalm 138:2 (KJV)

Do we hold our Bibles that highly? God considers it more important than His name. Do you consider the Bible that highly? Do you consider it more important than food?

I remember the Sabbath when my Rabbi found me sitting downstairs in his kitchen drinking coffee with his sons, and all he had to say was, “I hope you all said the shema before you honored yourselves with coffee.”

That was a big hit-home message.  It was far more important to quote Deuteronomy 6:4-8 than it was to stop and get a nice, warm cup of Folger’s coffee. I normally drank Maxwell House back then, but hey, Folger’s made coffee in teabag-style singles, so you could make coffee on the Sabbath.

I have esteemed the words of His mouth…. more than my necessary food.

Do you?

How many times have you read the Bible all the way through? Do you have at least ONE VERSE highlighted in every book of the Bible? All I’m asking is that you highlight 66 verses! I guarantee when my wife bought me a leatherbound King James Bible, I highlighted at least that many the first night.

Do you pour over God’s word? How well could you do in a Bible trivia game? It reveals a lot, by the way!

I know a Christian who was embarrassed that a page fell out of his Bible in front of me. I told him I didn’t know why he was embarrassed – I told him, “show me a Christian who’s Bible is falling apart… and I’ll show you a Christian whose life is not.”

Okay, I’m not the originator of that quote, but yes, it’s a true story. He’s probably gonna laugh at me at work later this week that I told everyone.

What is the result of not reading your Bible?

Well, this blog, for one. I’m so dumbfounded at Christianity not knowing its Bible I had to start a blog on my laptop a few years ago, and we decided to take it public almost three years ago.

If we read our Bibles, nobody would be an Evangelical. You’d all be Fundamentalists. And yes, there’s a difference.

If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d have dismissed Evangelicalism’s blatant Ecumenism.

If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles,we’d have recognized the ultimate goal of New Evangelicalism and Ecumenism was to build the one-world religion that the Antichrist will use to propel himself into power.

We’ve all read the verses that say…

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:6-9 (KJV)
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (KJV)
We read those verses… and then we go ahead and accept people as Christians who think that being sprinkled with water as a baby makes them a Christian. That’s not a Christian.
Ye must be born again.We read those verses, and think we should accept people who think they will someday become gods and goddesses. we think we should accept people who call themselves Christians, but advocate you must keep the law after salvation to KEEP that salvation.
We read those verses, and think we should accept people who use prayers in vain repetitions as the heathen do, who burn incense and pray to idols, who teach salvation by works.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles,we’d have separated from all of them immediately, and warned them unless they repent and are born again, accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour in a spiritual rebirth by Faith…. that they will all perish in the fire that is not quenched, and their worm dyeth not.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d have rejected the lunacy that passes for the attitude we should accept a pastor whose doctrine agrees with ours only 90%. That sounds fine and admirable, but what does the Bible say? If that 10% we disagree on includes accepting everyone who names the name of Christ whether saved or not, infant Baptism, questioning the Bible, Baptismal regeneration, the deity of Christ, inspiration of Scripture, salvation by works, idolatry, or the Trinity – they’re a heretic. Why should I accept them?
You know, really, when you start looking at some cults (you know, the ones everyone used to agree on were cults before one of them ran for President as a Republican Candidate!!!), you start to see we agree on some things. Should I accept Mormons as Christians because we agree on a few things? Or Jehovah’s Witnesses because we agree on possibly a few more? No. The Bible says one promotes Universalism and Idolatry. The other denies the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, and manages to somehow mangle their entire Bible into meaning the exact opposite of what the Bible says.

 

If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d have rejected Billy Graham in the 1950’s when he spoke in favor of Baptismal Regeneration, and began involving Roman Catholics in his “crusades”. And we’d have rejected him even more forcefully when he denied the existence of a literal Hell in the 1960’s. And when he began offering Halley’s Bible Handbook to people – with every reference to Roman Catholic massacres and tortures of Christians removed.

If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d reject teachers like Joyce Meier, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Crefloe Dollar, Myles Munroe, E. W. Kenyon, Benny Hinn, Gloria Copeland, Rod Parsley, and many, many, many others we tolerate. It sickens me to hear Baptists quote Gloria Copeland or Joyce Meiers, when we should KNOW better!

If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles,we’d probably all have rejected the new modern perversions of the Bible, upon seeing that they removed or called into question THOUSANDS of words and even entire verses!

People. I cannot say this strongly enough. Open your Bibles. Make it a habit to read them, to know them. Make it a habit to study them. Do NOT make a pet doctrine of yours the basis for your Bible knowledge, make the Bible provide you with your doctrines.

I’ve recently had some debates on this blog where Christians tried to argue for their pet doctrines, heard my Scriptural basis for my doctrine, and proceeded to try to argue logic with me, without resorting to Scripture. If you did that, that’s a major warning sign.

You know what the very first warning sign is your doctrine is off? Questioning the Pre-Trib Rapture. I’ve noticed when Christians begin doing that, just like ballistics, their aim gets further and further off the father they go.

And I’d be willing to bet that if you’re reading a modern translation, you’re shocked at the things I’m talking about today.

People, make it a PRIORITY to read your Bible, study your Bible.

Campbellites Answered 4


Ever hear these names?

  • Sidney Rigdon
  • Parley Pratt
  • Oliver Crowdery
  • Orson Hyde
  • Lyman Wight
  • Edward Partridge
  • John Corril
  • Isaac Morely
  • John Murdock

No?

They’re all early Church of Christ devotees.

Now, the Lord told us, “by their fruits ye will know them.” (Matt. 7:20). If the Cambellites were of God, you’d expect to find a few false converts, because the Bible tells us indeed there would be some.

But all of these men left. All of them. Okay, men become false converts, and leave churches all the time.

All of these men left and became Mormons. If you recognize the names Sidney Rigdon and Orson Pratt, and Oliver Cowdery, you’ll recognize these were Original Witnesses, the men who supposedly saw the golden plates and the angel. Well, their stories changed a lot, so I can’t say for sure.

According to Faith Defenders – and I have no reasons to doubt its veracity – Sidney Rigdon taught the concept of the “restoration” doctrine to Joseph Smith, who borrowed it and improved on it. Except it’s no longer Alexander Campbell who’s the chosen Restorer of God, but instead…. Joseph Smith.

This also explains why the Mormons place a high emphasis upon Baptism, but wrapping the cultic “Baptism of the Dead” concept into it, making it even more weird and cultlike than it is with Campbellites.

It got so bad that Campbell denounced the Mormons as “Satan’s Counterfeit of the Church of Christ.” Which really is bizarre, as the “church of Christ” is in itself Satan’s counterfeit of Christianity.

Now, let’s look at the “Restoration” doctrine. Basically, what this is is the same thing advocated by dozens of cults. The basic premise is – God’s “church” has disappeared. Lost. And one chosen person, a new “messiah” is selected to “restore” it, deliver it.

Like Joseph Smith.

Alexander Campbell

John Dowie

Frank Sandford.

Charles Taze Russell

Ellen G. White

Sung Myun Moon

David Koresh

Marshall Applewhite

Messianic Jews

Michael Rood

The names change, but the doctrines are the same. The “church” supposedly failed, disappeared, lost.

Some special guy has the responsibility, the quest, to retrieve it. To rebuild it, to restore it.

And usually, along with that, the plain sense reading of the Bible that everyone else does, isn’t good enough. Why, there’s some special doctrine that this person alone has found, that is a requirement to salvation.

So, for one thousand eight hundred years, men have been reading the Bible, and never noticed this?

If it’s not cultic, and I’m wrong… well, I was baptized in obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at my Baptist church. That’s good enough, right?

Oh, no – it has to be done at a Campbellite church.

So… how were men saved for almost two thousand years, then?

Sad, really, all those men who died for Christianity, burned alive by Catholics – but they weren’t saved. Like Balthazar Hubmeier, whose very story would have you praising God for such a brave man who risked everything and paid it all. Well, he wasn’t baptized by a Campbellite, so he’s not saved.

Martin Luther… not baptized by a Campbellite.

Neither was Charles Spurgeon.

Nor Matthew Henry.

Matter of fact, so many legendary names, great Bible teachers, men who’ve risked their very lives for the Gospel, or spent their lives preaching, teaching, at the very cost of their health. I’m sure Spurgeon’s death was hastened by his overwhelming work load.

But none of them were Baptized by Campbellites, so any Church of Christ person would have to tell you they weren’t saved. Amazing.

Okay, so, by their fruits will ye know them. Let’s look at all the GREAT Bible teachers who’ve emerged from the Campbellites, whose commentaries have enriched Christians and furthered our knowledge of Bible and doctrine since they came out in the early 19th century.

Wow, that’s an impressive list. None.

The problem with cults, is that you have to put on some kind of rose colored glasses to see the Bible with their eyes. And once you do that, it makes it nearly impossible to write a commentary. Because now you’ve got to explain away all the verses that completely contradict your heresies. And in most cases, the word of God triumphs over cultism.

What’s the big conflict with the Campbell heresies? They disparage the Cross of Christ. The death of Jesus is not enough according to their doctrine. They have to help. So, Jesus Christ is not enough for the Campbellite.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30 (KJV)

The bible says that our salvation is accomplished at the Cross of Christ. No mention is made of the baptismal.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 (KJV)

The Bible says that the churches of Jesus Christ will never be destroyed, that hell will not prevail.

Didn’t any of these Campbellites read their Bibles? Didn’t any of them immediately think when hearing this nonsense that the bible teaches something different?

If you really want to watch a TV show about Christians, sure, okay. But keep in mind that reality TV is not going to give you anything more than the Duggars, and the only thing that keeps them on TV is the fact there’s so many of them.

But the Duck Dynasty people are Campbellites, not Christians. Christians believe Jesus paid it all.

I may revisit the Church of Christ again in the future. Stay tuned.

Prevailing Attitudes


At the turn of the 20th Century, Christianity was in a much better, stronger position than now. Over a century ago, Christians everywhere understood – for the most part – that if your soteriology is wrong, you’re going to Hell.

Soteriology, for those who do not know, is the doctrines of salvation. It’s simple ,really. If you don’t teach people how to get saved, they won’t know. Most people won’t open their Bible, although I’ll say a century ago more people were conversant with the Bible than anywhere else. Over a century ago, if you wanted your children saved, you simply could open the family Bible to John chapter three, and walk away. Sooner or later, they’d see it and read, and get saved, I’ve read of exactly one occasion where a future foreign missionary was saved in exactly that way.

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:14-22 (KJV)

The point here being, as this dispensation entered its last era, for the most part, Christianity was adept at at least one thing – they understood how to be saved.

They were blind to one thing, though – the doctrine of separation. Oh, sure, they understood once they got saved to avoid entangling themselves in the things of the world – but they simply trusted blindly all those who name the name of Christ. Methodists trusted Presbyterians, who trusted Baptists, who trusted Lutherans, who trusted….

The one thing they were GOOD at, was noticing when a new group popped up, if they had aberrant doctrine. They WOULD practice separation from those. When Mormons popped up 72 years before that, they immediately understood this was a cult, and that Joseph Smith was a false teacher. Ever read Sherlock Holmes? If you had the collections, you should remember the story where Holmes dismissed the Mormons as a cult, and referred to them as “Jack Mormons from Utah.” Certainly the creator of Sherlock Holmes was not in any way saved, as he was so caught up in Theosophy, witchcraft and every mystic practice he could get his hands on – but even he recognized that Mormons were a cult.

Today, we rush to embrace them.

When the Jehovah’s Witnesses emerged as the Bible Students, Christians everywhere dismissed them as a cult.

Were that we were so wise today.

They, a century ago, were willing to engage in open debates – which people flocked to – with the Church of Christ, who they dubbed “Campbellites”.

Today we can buy t-shirts with the bearded faces of a family of Campbellites, simply because they’re tv stars who publicly stand for the name of Jesus.

It’s a different Jesus, but we don’t care. Hey, I’ve met someone who’s name is Jesus. It’s pronounced Hey-soos in his language, but hey, he’s a Jesus! He’s not the Jesus of the bible. But neither is the Jesus of the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Roman Catholics, or the Campbellites.

Where did they fail a hundred years ago? Simple. They trusted everyone who named the name of Christ.

Point one: We must recognize that not everyone who names the name of Christ is a Christian. If their doctrine does not conform to the Bible in the aspects of salvation, the deity of Christ and the Trinity, then they’re not Christians. They’re probably not saved.

Point Two: We must understand that in the last days heretics and false teachers would DOMINATE Christianity. If you haven’t been paying attention, we’re pretty close to the time of the Rapture. That means of course we’re in the seventh age of Grace, the Laodecian era. That means that obviously then, Christianity is FLOODED with false teachers.

Point Three: If any denomination teaches any other method of salvation other than what is presented in the Bible, they are to be dismissed as a heretic. I don’t care how much you may like them. I can think of some Atheists who are pretty nice guys. But I think we all agree that “ye must be born again”. If anyone teaches any other method for salvation than “ye must be born again”, they’re a heretic.

Why is my blog only one of a very few decrying Messianic Jews? Why is my blog only one of a few calling the Duck Dynasty show a group of heretics?

One Century ago, most Christians understood that Roman Catholics needed to be saved. Lo and behold some Baptist preachers arose who called Catholics “Christians” out of some form of sentimentality, and we fell apart.

Point four: It doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t matter what I want to believe or what I choose to believe. If I am saved, then Jesus Christ is my Lord. He says, I do. Bottom line.

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV)

23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23 (KJV)

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)

It’s hard, I know. I would love to be a lovey-dovey-accept everyone Christian. I would love to wallow in Ecumenism, just accept everyone who writes a book or has a tv show about Christianity. But the Bible tells me otherwise. Paul admonishes us otherwise. Peter and John teach us differently. Jesus Christ commands us otherwise.

It’s a fact, that the Lord chooses to reward us for obedience – when we don’t even deserve to be saved in the first place. Rewards ONLY come when you’re doing what the Lord requires.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 2 Timothy 3:13-14 (KJV)

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)

If anyone teaches any manner besides “ye must be born again”, they are a heretic. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny the deity of Christ, Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they claim to believe in the deity of Christ but deny the virgin birth, they’re liars. You cannot say you believe Jesus is God and yet deny the virgin birth. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they preach salvation by works, they deny the cross of Christ. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny the Trinity, they are heretics. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny salvation by faith through grace, they deny the cross of Christ. Reject them. “From such, turn away.”

If you agree with the above, then you must reject:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

C. S . Lewis

the “duck Dynasty”

Sid Roth

Kenneth Copeland

Kenneth Hagin

Benny Hinn

Charles Taze Russell

E. W. Kenyon

Joyce Meyers

James Trimm

Batya Wooten

David Stern of the Jewish New Testament

Angus Wooten

Joseph Smith

William Branham

Ellen G. White

F. F. Bosworth

Frederick K. C. Price

Avi Ben Mordecai

and many many others.

Date Setting


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)

Rapture Date Settings

1843 Rapture William Miller

1844 Rapture William Miller

1914 Rapture Jehovah’s Witnesses

1916 Rapture Jehovah’s Witnesses

1925 Rapture Jehovah’s Witnesses

1975 Rapture Jehovah’s Witnesses

1975 September 6 Rapture Dr. Charles R. Taylor

1979 Rapture Eldon D. Purvis

1980 April 1 Rapture Elijah Two

1980 Rapture Mikkel Dahl

1980 Antichrist Sets up Kingdom Emil Gaverluk

1984 Rapture Jack Van Impe

1988 Sept. 11, Sept. 13 Rapture Edgar C. Whisenant

1988 September 12 Rapture About 6:pm Jerusalem Time Rick Henry Hall

1989 October 1 Rapture Joseph R. Civelli

1992 October Rapture Bang-Ik Ha

1992 October 28 Rapture COC Mission

1994 September Second Coming Harold Camping

1996 September 14 70th Week Begins. Barney Fuller

1996 Rapture Sid Roth

1996 Millennium Begins C. G. Ozanne

1996 November 2 Rapture James McCutchan

1997 October 16 Millennium Begins Joseph R. Civelli

1998 May 31 Rapture I (first rapture) M.J. Agee

1998 November Armageddon Ends Robert Bartel 46

2000 Rapture Clarence Larkin

2000 Rapture Avi Ben Mordecai

2000 March Rapture Marvin Byers

2000 October 9 Armageddon E. Berkeley Hammond

2000 October 19 Rapture James McCutchan

2001 Rapture David Webber / N.W. Hutchings

2002 October 7 Rapture 6:00pm Jerusalem Time Colen Deal

2003 September 27 Second Coming James McCutchan

2007 September 13 Second Coming James McCutchan

2007 September 13 Millennium Begins M. J. Agee

2008 April 21 Armageddon Begins M. J. Agee

2012 doomsday (contemporary interpretation by nameless peyote smoking new ager based upon the Mayan Calendar)

2012 Second Coming Harold Camping

I’m a little surprised that in the writing where I found most of the list above (THE ESCHATOLOGY WARS: Brutal War Against Bible Prophecy By David A. Lewis) some of these names were left out. Either it was not intended to be an accurate, complete list -or it was decided not to put Jack Van Impe’s prediction on the list. My understanding is he’s done this twice, although I can’t find today the exact date. I’m thinking he’d said 1992, but hey… I don’t have it, so I won’t put it.

Everyone makes a big deal about Harold Camping being wrong twice, but nobody bats an eye about Jack Van Impe or Sid Roth. I wonder why?

I’m inclined to calculate the date at Feb. 31, 1975, and Armageddon at Sept. 31, 1982. We all missed it, due to impending excitement over a Celtics game (it’s plausible – Larry Bird was playing…) the next week.

Seriously. No man knoweth the day nor the hour. It is not given to us to know. The Bible speaks plainly. It’s a wonderful thing to get excited about the Lord’s Return. And we get all into reading Daniel, which is also a good thing.

But when you reach for that calculator, STOP. We cannot know the day nor the hour. And we’re all excited about watching Hollywood movies about some guy sitting there with ancient books, and can calculate the actual date that the sun will shine on the Sneffels volcano and reveal the hidden treasure or whatever.

But the Bible is the word of God. It’s not a secret decoder ring. The Lord is amazingly blunt. If the date had been in there, He’d have cautioned us that the date is in there, but woe to the man who calculates wrongly!

Instead, we’re told no man knoweth the date or the hour.

Want my prediction? The Lord can come at any moment. It’s been that way since 30 seconds after His ascension, and will be all the way until the very moment of the Rapture. Need a date? What more do you need than this?

Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered 31


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 inconsistencies 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 cannot 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 unBiblical 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 that 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.
  • Pastor Russell was never ordained.
  • The Finished Mystery book three times invalidated itself as the book that allowed the Lord to choose the Watchtower Society as the “Faithful slave”.
  • The Finished Mystery says the faithful slave was not the society, but Charles Taze Russell.
  • dates and events in the Finished Mystery do not line up with actual historical events.
  • The Finished Mystery contradicts established Jehovah witness doctrine.

At last, drawing to a close on the Watchtower Society. I may return to this subject in the future, but I think I’ve systematically answered just about all the major issues with this cult.

And you know it’s the truth if you’ve been following all of these posts. You’ve always had doubts about what the Watchtower Society, and I’m sure that if you’re honest with yourself, I’ve demolished all of their claims.

Except one, and a challenge that a Witness Apologist aimed at me in a confrontational and very aggressive fashion. So, I’m going to answer those here, and then sum up the arguments, and I’ll be done with this issue and ready to move on.

Ready?

The Watchtower Society claims there is no biblical evidence for a bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is one of those arguments they tend to bring up in-house only. Why?

To be honest, it’s the weakest and most embarrassing doctrine they have, besides the blood issue.

There’s more proof for the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ than for the existence of Hammurabi or the Greek poet Homer.

I like to point at the Garden Tomb, also known as Gordon’s Calvary. It’s just outside Jerusalem, it has the most likely spot for the crucifixion right above it. And… it’s empty.

Tombs don’t stay empty in Jerusalem very long. Real Estate there is kind of at a premium, which is one reason why there’s so much bickering about it over there. I’m not going to get into all the other varied reasons here, just suffice it my point is made.

Tell me, why if Jesus Christ did not physically rise from the dead, why that tomb was not used by an entire family over the years? I can think of only one reason why nobody was placed in that tomb.

Because they put someone in it, and they didn’t stay dead.

“Don’t use that tomb, you remember what happened last time!”

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:19-31 (KJV)

We’ve mentioned the events of Lazarus before. It’s not a parable, as I’ve proved earlier. And the points of the story are this: There is a hell, a paradise, and… most men will not believe the Gospel, even if one rises from the dead.

Now, if the Lord did not physically rise from the dead, then this passage makes no sense. Because a ghost is… still dead. Saying the Lord only raised spiritually, and not physically is denying the Resurrection. If I meet the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln, he didn’t raise from the dead – he’s STILL DEAD. He’s a ghost. Most of us define a ghost as “someone still dead.”

You can’t say Jesus was a ghost, and then say He rose from the dead “spiritually”.

That point made, the Gospels mention a resurrection, seen by many. As many as 500 saw the Lord in a risen state. To prove He was physically risen, He invited them to touch Him, and ate with them.

36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them. Luke 24:36-43 (KJV)

There you go. The Bible says He physically rose from the dead. It also says He ascended bodily into Heaven.

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. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:6-11 (KJV)

If He was a ghost, as the Watchtower Society claims, then He would have just… vanished.

It’s a weak argument, and utterly without any merit to claim no physical resurrection. If the Lord was the earnest of our resurrection, then wouldn’t it also stand to reason we also would not physically resurrect. But you’ve already seen, the Watchtower Society has downplayed the Lord Jesus Christ at every opportunity, another reason why I say that they are not Christianity, as Christianity is based upon the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have to assume a phrase for Witnesses, then call them “Michaelites” or “Mikianity”.

Next argument.

The blood.

10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Matthew 12:10-13 (KJV)

23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:23-24 (KJV)

The principle here is, life is more important than mere religious practice. That’s what the Lord was teaching in these verses. If a Witness needs a transfusion, and the Watchtower Society prevents it… then they will have to account for that before the Lord. It’s already quite a lengthy list of things they have to account for, I’m sure on that day all the members of the Governing Body will be regretting a great deal.

Last issue.

“You are scared to post the truth. Answer the question. Who gave Jesus all authority in Heaven? Matthew 28:18 Himself? ROFL”

By your own words…

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)

Here’s your answer.

23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? 24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. Matthew 21:23-27 (KJV)

For the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ, this is His answer. For those who honestly want to know,

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 5:25-27 (KJV)

Really. A quick check of the Bible (a real one) would have revealed the answer.

That’s the method used by Witness apologists – question dropping. They try to throw out questions (to attempt to raise doubts) without answering them.

I draw your attention at long last to my last point. Why did I invest this much work? To bash the Society? out of hatred for anyone? No, I did this because I don’t want you to suffer in the Hell you vainly try to deny. And at night, on your bed, the terror of Hell momentarily grips you, before you can dismiss it. You know Hell is real. You know its the truth. And you know that unless you repent and get saved, it’s your destination.

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 5:25-27 (KJV)

What is the judgment on?

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24 (KJV)

Witnesses deny that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. They may say “a god”, but the Bible doesn’t make that distinction.

Anyone that denies the deity of Christ will not enter into heaven. And I’ve already proved there is no “paradise earth”. Anyone not going into heaven is going into Hell. Forever.

This is the moment. You know I’m telling you the truth. Repent. pray to the Lord and acknowledge you are a sinner, deserving nothing but punishment in Hell forever for your sins. Ask Him to forgive your sins, and take them away. Do this in your own words. Ask the Lord to save your soul.

Take as long as you need! It’s the most important prayer you’ll ever make.

After that, what next? Find a good Bible believing church. Here’s what I want you to do, even though it sounds counter productive. Let the pastor know you’re a former witness, and ask for help.

Then don’t go to the sunday night service. Don’t go to the wednesday night service. Just go Sunday mornings for a while, until you’re healed. Why? The Society has you enslaved, and you’re required to do this and that and this study and that class and weekly doorknocking and…

Take some time off and heal. Just go to church once a week until that healing is done. Then slowly you can build back up by going to the Wednesday night prayer service. Then the Sunday night. And finally, Sunday School.

The one thing I aask you to do (and this is the most important) is learn to read the Bible by yourself. Read it through all the way once. I’d really cram it in, seven or eight chapters a day. Force yourself to read. Get that word in you. Then get a notebook or the Wordsearch Basic bible program (it’s free) and begin STUDYING. Take lots of notes in the Bible Notes window. Check back on this blog, because I’m going to be shortly working on some posts on how to study your Bible.

Be free.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36 (KJV)

Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered 30 – The Finished Mystery 7


JThis has no doubt been an eye opening reading of the very book the Watchtower Society claims so impressed the Lord He supposedly rejected all other organizations, and chose the Watchtower Society as His “Faithful and discreet slave”.

Well, the Finished Mystery corrects that claim, by telling you Pastor Russell himself was the faithful slave.

The Finished Mystery tells you Pastor Russell was ordained by both men and God. It also tells you he wasn’t ordained.

The Finished Mystery boldfacedly questions what the Bible says (“yea, hath Goid said…?”), and then contradicts what the Bible says, again and again (“Ye shall not die”) and then never misses a chance to exalt the Witnesses (well, some of them, the Little Flock) to the highest, over the Angels, and Pastor Russell we saw yesterday was exalted over God (“Ye shall be like God, knowing good from evil…”)

We’re almost done with it. The next quote, from page 511 (by the way, I wasn’t looking for these – I just scrolled to a page in the PDF and started writing!) sounds pithy at first… until you reflect on what it says as contradicting the Watchtower Society at the very end of the quote.

Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.— Christ promised that at His Second Advent He would raise up a “faithful and wise servant,” or “steward,” who should watch and give forth in due season meat for the Household of Faith.

This one should be given charge of all the Storehouse, the Word of God, to bring out of it things new and old. (Matt, 24:44-47; Luke 12:42-44.) The Prophet Ezekiel types this servant. As Ezekiel was among the Lord’s people, the Hebrews, in captivity in literal Babylon, this servant was among those in captivity in Mystic Babylon, beside the great river Chebar (“Joining”), the stream of commerce which joins the nations, on which Christendom is founded, and from which she draws her support, as did in a literal sense Babylon from her great river, Euphrates. In the early seventies Charles Taze Russell found himself engaged in commerce, but earnestly studying the Word of God, and striving to teach what he found therein. In fulfilment of the Divine promise the Heavenly things were opened to him (Matt. 3:16), and he saw the significance of the visions, prophecies, given in olden times by the Almighty. He was given a crystal-clear understanding of the character of Jehovah.

Uh-huh, I… ok, well…wait a minute! I thought the position of the Watchtower Society is that the older writings of the watchtower society were as the early morning sunlight, dim, but showing the way. And that new writings were written in clearer light!

And here the Finished Mystery claims that a Christ-Denier was given a crystal clear understanding of God!

Both positions cannot be right. As a matter of fact, the position of the Watchtower Society itself abrogrates any claim of the Finished Mystery being the correct and pure doctrine of the Lord. Why? It was written in “morning light” and is too dark to give “clear light”. So, the writings of the Watchtower Society during the Investigative Judgment would not have been pleasing to the Lord, as they weren’t “pure doctrine” yet!

Think on that for a good, long time. I’ve uncovered things from the Watchtower Society’s own writings that have invalidated this claim no less than three times!

Isn’t it time you abandoned faith in an organization that tells you what to do, what you cannot do, what you can think and cannot think… that enslaves you???

Come out of her. You know in your heart that they’re wrong, you just are afraid of not being one of the great multitude!

By now, over 30 days of posts examining the Watchtower society, I have not only disproved everything the Society teaches and claims, but I have proven the claims of the Bible that the Society disputes.

I’ve proved the Deity of Christ. I’ve proved the accuracy of the Bible and idsproved the claims of the New World Translation. I’ve proved the reality of Hell. I’ve proved salvation by faith and not of works. I’ve proved you must be born again.

Are you born again? Is Jesus Christ your lord and saviour? You’ve been trained to say “Yes” when you know it isn’t true – in other words, trained to lie. Are you prepared to lie to God? He requires you to repent and be born again, to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ, that he is not only the Christ and Son of God, but God With Us, Emmanuel. Unless you believe that the Lord Jesus is God, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven, but will endure torment in Hell forever.

Ask yourself if its true. Better yet, pray to the Lord and ask Him to tell you. You’ll see it’s true.

Leave the Watchtower Society, and repent, and be born again. Before it’s too late.