8 Important Series to read on Narrow is the Way!


A few of you here are new. You’ll notice I sometimes use an odd structuring of English when I speak. Kind of a throwback to growing up in New England, and also a throwback to growing up speaking Yiddish. Mostly that. A Little.

Anyway, many of you who are new aren’t familiar with some of my earlier articles. I thought I’d give a list to the ones I thought were the most important.

  1. Evolution. My series on Evolution was the liveliest one I ever did. Atheists flocked to it, and we actually had some good exchanges. One thing I found in this series was many Atheists don’t like being called atheists, they prefer agnostic. I told them over and over again their definition of their beliefs was not agnostic, and they’d get upset. But it was a surprisingly respectful conversation with many of them. A couple of really insulting and aggressive ones popped in, but for the most part, really good responses. I was proud of this series, because I really hammered Evolution in many ways, including ways most other people have never brought up. I don’t think anyone else really ever dealt with the Warm Little Pond theory before I did, and I destroyed that one. I actually visited a link back someone placed on an article in this series, and it was an atheist telling others to go read my description of Hell “if they could take it”, so they could know what Christians really believe. To know my less than vivid descriptions of Hell were having an effect on Atheists means a lot – I pray the Lord some of these smart and yes, sometimes very funny men get saved. Atomic Mutant, still praying for ya, buddy!

  2. Jehovah’s Witnesses
    . This one I was REALLY proud of. I love how it turned out. I had a few nasty comments, including some from a Christadelphian who was incensed that I called Russell a Seventh Day Adventist. I wish I’d had Evernote back then, because I found an official SDA webpage where they’d admitted they consider Charles T Russell to be a Seventh Day Adventist, which was why I put the comment up. Once my article hit the web, suddenly that SDA page was edited to remove the admission. But on the whole, I dealt with every aspect of their theology and debunked it. For over two years, someone was coming back every day and re-reading the articles. Then suddenly three or four a day. I only hope I  meet just one person, just one in Heaven, who says “I left the Watchtower Society because of your blog.” Everything will be worth it to hear that.
  3. Roman Catholicism. This one produced a lot of hate. Funny how I’m Catholic bashing, but they’re not Baptist Bashing. And one of them responded in anger how offended he was that I claimed to be Jewish. So I answered him with some Yiddish, and he was perplexed. I guess his assumption was that if he was a catholic, he was a Jew. Mine is the only series I’ve ever seen where anyone dealt with the Magisterium first. A Catholic apologist once left a comment on my web site he wanted to see someone answer Rome without using the “same old defeated arguments”. I reposted the entire series and he said not a word. One that gave me the most trouble was so nice – but to no avail. He simply would not listen to reason, and I cut the whole exchange off.
  4. Word Faith/Charismatic. Surprisingly, this still remains one of the top draw items to my blog – not the entire series, just article #10, where I present a timeline people can download. Despite EVERYTHING I wrote in this series, a Charismatic came on to the blog and proceeded to tell me I was studying the Bible too much, and needed to let go, let this be my moment of desperation, my moment of expectation, and I would begin speaking in tongues… needless to say, after a couple of exchanges, she left, and I still don’t speak in tongues.
  5. Church Planting. I sincerely hope that since bloggers consider this kind of in depth series an “evergreen” article, that someone out there uses it to start a church plant. I got right into naming the church, starting it, materials, church covenant, statement of faith and by-laws, etc. If you feel called to the ministry, here you go – I’ve done EVERYTHING for you!
  6. Messianic Judaism – the series that started a thousand angry responses… on other websites. To my knowledge, I’m one of the only blogs ever to take on Messianic Judaism. There’s another I’ve seen, but as far as I know.. That’s it. Everyone else is just content to sit back and let them lead people astray with nary a comment. Read this, borrow the principles I’m using, and write your own articles on why Messianic Judaism is heresy. Most of the responses I got was people on their own websites challenging me to debates, resorting to straw man arguments, then knocking those down. In reality, my arguments were on my website, and.. They never addressed the points I raised, merely repeating their own flawed and overly circular reasoning. This one I may end up re-doing!
  7. Textual Criticism series. Good series. I made a number of people angry with this one, though, and it eventually led to my decision to stop allowing comments.
  8. Seventh Day Adventist series. Also very good. I was happy with this one, but got nary a comment except from an Adventist over 18 months later, who wouldn’t admit he was an Adventist – which of course a quick internet search revealed the fact that not only was he SDA, but his family heralded back to those who knew Ellen G. White. His technique was the tried and true method of repeat yourself until we both get annoyed and you leave. I put the entire comment exchange online.

One series I wasn’t happy with was the Mormonism series. It was correctly deduced by one Mormon that I had never read the book of Mormon. However, I just don’t have the time to engage in a lengthy study of the BoM, PGP and D&C to refute them – so this series never really lived up to its potential (I should mention that it was enthusiastically received by other Mormon apologetic sites at the time). It will have to wait until I retire to fully deal with this series.

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Updates! What’s been happening lately?


According to my stats, the Jehovah’s Witnesses series and the Word Faith 10 Timeline continue to get hits. Apparently, they’ve gotten into the search engines, and a few people who’re in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and is questioning their movement have been visiting.
Praise God for that.

If you’re new here, don’t just read what I post every day… I may hit a point where I’m too busy to write! That happened a couple of weeks ago, and fortunately, I’d written so far in advance (I save the posts scheduled to publish) that the blog took care of itself.

I encourage you to go to the categories on the right hand side of the page and read the posts there. I can honestly see a time in the near future when someone will leave a comment like, “Hey, when are you going to write on the King James issue, or the Jehovah’s Witnesses?” and my answer will be… “two years ago…”

I’ve written over 320 posts, some stretch back to 2 years ago. When I signed up here on WordPress, I took my blog public from where it was hidden on my laptop, to now public. It means uploading over 110 posts. That meant anyone who was watching was seeing 12 to 15 posts a day materializing on my blog.

I’ve covered a lot of topics over the last few years. And something I’ve written in the past could be something you didn’t know, or could help you. Like my Bible software reviews, which ALSO continue to get hits.

And of course, please continue to leave comments! That and liking posts help me to know if what I’m writing is helping you… or just help me feel better by complaining loudly!

I also continue to get visits by Christadelphians. Please – I urge you to read what I’ve written on the deity of Jesus Christ. Your eternal fate rests on that issue, It will be little consolation to have been sincere as you struggle to stay afloat on the lake of fire throughout eternity, suffering in torment. I’m trying desperately to reach you with the Gospel!

Being wrong does have eternal consequences.

Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses 32


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 29 – The Finished Mystery 6


One post left on the Finished Mystery after today. Almost done with the Watchtower Society for now – I’ve got other topics to write on. For instance I still need to finish writing about the Roman Catholic Church. I’ve got Atheism to deal with, and many more posts on correct doctrine.

I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth

.— The Little Flock, commissioned to carry the message of Present Truth to the remotest outposts of civilization. “They shall gather together His Elect from the four winds.”— Matt. 24:31. Page 163

Yeah, um… no. It means what it says. The four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, are literally four angels. They are literally going to stop the wind for a time. it will stop blowing. Literally. This isn’t some spiritual thing.

Holding the four winds of the earth.— “The winds of the earth referred to here are, of course, symbolic.”

No, they are NOT! And quite a few Witnesses will become aware of that when the winds do literally stop worldwide for a time. Alas, it’s going to be too late for them to go in the Rapture, as it has long passed by this time.

We do not understand that this will be a physical whirlwind, but this symbolic expression is used to convey the thought of a severe strife of the powers of the air. These ‘powers of the air,’ or ‘winds,’ are not powers of natural air, but are the powers referred to by St. Paul when he speaks of Satan as ‘the Prince of the power of the air.’ (Eph. 2:2.)

Well, that’s because you’re literally wrong. It’s literally four angels, stopping a literal blowing of literal winds. I’m going to have to move on here, or i’m going to get an ulcer! Literally.

Argh.

There was silence.— “Assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the Lord our God hath put us to silence.” (Jer. 8:14.) “They (the clergy) somehow realize that neither reason nor Scripture supports their false doctrines, and that the wisest method is to keep silent, in the shadow of old superstitions and under the protection of so-called Christian governments.”— C158.

In heaven.— In the nominal ecclesiastical heavens.

About the space of half an hour.— On the scale of a year for a day this would mean but a week, and indicates that, as soon as the full number to complete the Body of Christ have been sealed with the Present Truth, persecution in a public way, and on an unprecedented scale, may be expected to begin almost immediately. (This verse should properly be included in Chapter 7.)

Well, it wasn’t. It’s Revelation 8:1. Good to know that Charles Taze Russell feels he has the authority to correct God.

Again, this is a literal silence in heaven, for 30 minutes. i’m going to be standing there at that time. I’ve pictured this moment over and over again, of the silence as the seven Angels walk in procession holding the trumpets. It’s going to be chilling, because the Saved understand the absolute horror the Earth is about to undergo.

And to them were given seven trumpets.— Bugles with which to blow bugle-blasts of liberty from the oppressions of the papacy, leading up to and including the final blast of “Liberty throughout all the land unto all, the inhabitants thereof.”— Lev. 25:10.

NOOO!!! The seven trumpets are trumpet judgments. They release drastic and catastrophic events – wildfires that destroy 33% of all vegetation on earth, something crashing into the sea (LaPalma Island? A Meteor? A Comet?) and killing a third of the ocean life, the drinking waters become bitter, worldwide darkness, two separate attacks by literal demonic forces that torture and kill, and then… the beginning of the vial judgments.

This has nothing to do with the Pope! Nothing whatsoever!!!

And another angel.— Not the “voice of the Lord,” mentioned in the preceding chapter, but the corporate body— the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, which Pastor Russell formed to finish his work. This verse shows that, though Pastor Russell haspassed beyond the veil, he is still managing every feature of the Harvest work. “The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society is the greatest corporation in the world, because from the time of its organization until now the Lord has used it as His channel through which to make known the Glad Tidings.” — Z.’17-22; Rev. 14:18; 19:17.

um… no. It literally means another angel. I could say it represents the Boston Celtics, and the Watchtower Society would have absolutely no scriptural room to refute me. Once you start spiritualizing and allegorizing Scripture, anything goes!

Don’t you think, if Pastor Russell truly were in heaven, directing the activities of the Watchtower Society (notice how they place him above God… that quote must shock any witnesses reading it!!!) – don’t you think he’d be a little upset over what Joseph Rutherford said that contradicted him? Or Don Alden Adams, or William Henry Conley, or Fred Franz, or Nathan Knorr, or… you get the picture. The Watchtower Society feels free to re-interpret their doctrine, changing it frequently as they see fit.

And I saw a star.— John Wesley became a star in the Anglican heavens in 1728, at which time he was ordained a priest by Bishop Potter.

Fall from heaven unto the earth.— For many years Wesley had no thought of forming a sect; and yet, unconsciously, he began to do so from the time he was ordained.

Wow. really? Here’s what the Bible really says here.

1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. Revelation 9:1-11 (KJV)

This isn’t the formation of the United Methodist denomination. This is the falling of a devil from heaven to earth, which opens the very spot where large numbers of devils are released, forced to inflict punishment on those who take the mark. By the way, the mark of the Antichrist is a literal mark, just in case any witness was wondering.

Again, read the Bible, understand it literally, read it in context, let it interpret itself. When you do that, you’re shocked by these words. This is going to be a horrible punishment against those who reject the Lord. And i’m telling you, it’s only a taste of the punishment they will endure for all eternity.

From page 210:

All Methodists believe that Bishop Coke, the first Bishop of the Methodist Church received some “apostolic succession” from the original line described in comments on Rev. 2:13. These brethren have grieved that Pastor Russell did not get his ordination from the same source.

Uh… wait! Doesn’t this contradict what The Finished Mystery said earlier about Pastor Russell having two ordinations, one from man and another from God??? Or is this a reluctant admission that what Russell confessed in a Canadian courtroom is true – he never was ordained by either???

And – is the Watchtower Society calling Witnesses “Methodists”? Unless i’m wrong – that’s EXACTLY what this quote from page 210 is saying!!!

Witnesses, better get a copy of the Finsihed Mystery and take it to your local Kingdom Hall, and ask someone for help understanding this verse. Of course, if you get in trouble for this, it’s just a clue that you’ve been in a cult this whole time! Come out of her, my people, and touch not the unclean thing.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered 28 – The Finished Mystery 5


Two posts left on the Finished Mystery. If you’ve been reading along, it’s overwhelmingly obvious that I’ll never make it through the book – there are WAY too many things wrong with it.

Two days ago you read a quote from pg. 84 that completely invalidates the claim of the Watchtower Society to being God’s Chosen Organization, based upon the Finished Mystery, which itself makes the claim that the judgment was completed on 1878 – 49 years before the Finished Mystery was published. So, one of them is lying. And no matter who is lying, the claim is now invalid.

Yesterday you read how Leviathan was a steam locomotive. It was never defined if it was a 4-4-0 American, a 4-8-4 Northern, or even a 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy”. Russell just identified it as a steam locomotive.

I should point out that Diesel locomotives, although smaller, have more power. Compare the pulling power of a GP38 to a 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy”. Five GP38’s can drag a mile long consist of freight, weighing in the hundreds of thousands of pounds. So, is the Diesel Behemoth? No. Behemoth means “Beast.” It must be a living thing. So too, if you pause to read Job 40-41 is Leviathan. Not a locomotive. That’s just… silly.

Was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.— The number of the Great Company will apparently exceed one hundred millions. Num. 4:46-48 and Ex. 28:1 indicate but one priest to each 2,860 Levites, which would make the number of the Great Company approximate 411,840,000.— T118, 119; Dan. 7:10. 5:12

This is almost as silly as Leviathan. We don’t know the number of the great multitude. we’ll see it and be astounded in Heaven. But we won’t be able to look back at Exodus 28:1 and grab a calculator and say, “Huh! I know the number!!!” Suffice it to say it’s a LOT of people!

If this were earth, parking for this event would be stressful and annoying, and many would turn around and go home. “We’ll watch it on TV, kids. Too hot, no parking, and not enough bathrooms.” So Paradise Earth (which we’ve already dealt with) is given another blow here – at this point kicking a dead horse, because we demolished the Paradise Earth theory over a week ago.

Which is in Heaven.— “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Heb. 1:6.) “Worship Him, all ye gods.”— Psa. 97:7.

Who, what, when where….

1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrews 1:1-14 (KJV)

Interesting that Russell here quotes a verse in the midst of a chapter that refutes EVERYTHING he teaches about the Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Psalm 97:7 (KJV)

Hm. Interesting. Russell quotes half the verse out of context. I don’t know why, as Russell normally takes a strong view against idolatry, and Psalm 97:7 is a strong condemnation of graven images, commanding them to bow and worship the true God. It is written of the Lord Jesus Christ that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

And behold a white horse.— The doctrines, teachings of the Lord and the Apostles recognized as the one and only rule of faith and practice of God’s Church.

And he that sat on him.— The Bishop of Rome, the embryo Pope, the personal representative of Satan.

Um. well, sorta. The white horse holding a bow without arrows, conquering and to conquer, is the Antichrist. The Pope is an antichrist – but then, so also is Charles Taze Russell, as he denies the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the deity of Christ as well. So, I could easily say that “he that sat on him” is Joseph Rutherford, and the white horse as Charles Taze Russell – but that would be eisogesis, and not exegesis.

The horse is that which brings the Antichrist to power. He that sat on him is THE antichrist. (Cue the chantings in Latin, please.) To say that the white horse is the doctrines of the church is utterly ridiculous.

I have to ask, is Russell making this stuff up as he goes along? Again, supposedly the Lord Jesus Christ read this book and all the gross errors in it and chose the Watchtower Society as His chosen organization?

I’m not buying it. At all.

Had a bow.— “They bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant’ for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not Me, saith the Lord.”— Jer. 9:3.

And a crown.— Great honor and authority in the Church.

Sorry, trying not to show disdain or exasperation here, but… Noooo!!! Not even CLOSE! The bow without arrows shows that the Antichrist will conquer by means of peace, false treaties which he breaks rapidly. The crown is not ‘authority given by the church’, but political power. The Antichrist will attempt to be the first world ruler. He’ll get close, but never succeed. I’m sure he’ll surpass Alexander the Great’s territory.

And he went forth conquering, [and to conquer] AND HE CONQUERED.— Thus we see the apparent defeat of Infinite Justice in this first epoch. Apparently, God forsook His Church, having jeopardized all its interests by placing the power in the hands of a self-seeking ecclesiastical system. But worse things are coming!

again… NO! Not even close! You don’t even get an “attaboy” this time! this verse is speaking of the Antichrist conquering the world by peace and treaty… and lies. Again, eventually he breaks this peace in the attempt to conquer the world. It has nothing to do with Ecumenism, a corrupt ecclesial system, or anything to do with the churches!

Wow… a book that supposedly the Lord deemed so correct – and it can’t even get simple things like who Leviathan is and who THE Antichrist is right! I’m wondering which “Lord” it was that read the Finished Mystery and deemed it doctrinally pure! Someone who loves lies and error, and twisting Scriptures to suit his needs, I’m guessing. See Genesis 3, 1 Chronicles 21:1, Job 1, Psalm 109:6, Zechariah 3:1-2, Matthew 4:1-11, John 8:44, etc.

That may sound harsh, but if the Watchtower Society is going to stick by their story that some Angel who calls himself lord read their book and claimed it doctrinally pure (when it contains error after error, lies and misapplications of Scripture) – I can only come to that conclusion. Now, if they’d like to back off that claim, I’ll retract these words and make a public correction of what I wrote here. Just come out here and say that Russell had no clue and was making it up as he went along, and i’ll print a retraction.

Come out of the Watchtower Society. Do it now, while there’s still time.

 

Thinking of leaving the Witnesses? By Ray Aldridge


If my words and more importantly, what the Bible says is reaching you… please read this article. It has practical advice on how to leave the Witnesses.

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Leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses – Practical guide to next Steps

There is not a lot more daunting in one’s life than to consider leaving from somewhere you been for many years, whether it is leaving a Company that you have worked for, a club, or if you are religious, leaving your church/religious group. When you leave there is always going to be the issue of what happens to all your friends you have grown close to, as you now contemplate what to do next. In terms of a job or club, the prospects as sad as they are, are generally manageable over time, as chances are you will be able to at least keep in contact with some of your acquired friends, and it is reasonably likely you could find an alternative club/Co to join. But when it comes to religion it is a different proposition as it is more…

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