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Watchtower Chronology and Daniel's 70 Weeks

DID DANIEL'S 70 WEEKS PROPHECY START WITH ARTAXERXES' 20TH YEAR DECREE IN 455 OR 445 BC?

Daniel 9's 70 weeks prophecy is significant because it not only proclaims when Jesus, the Messiah, would come to earth "to make an end of sin... to bring in everlasting righteousness... to anoint the most holy place" but it also proclaims how long God would continue to work strictly with the literal nation of Israel when it proclaims that Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city...” providing us a framework of when God would open up the Gospel to the Gentiles (non-Jews) in offering salvation to anyone who would believe. Daniel 9:24-27 states:

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Subliminal images in Watchtower literature

ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES PART OF THE ILLUMINATI?

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“Are Jehovah’s witnesses part of the Illuminati? Why do some Watchtower publications have weird drawings in the pictures like the Revelation—It’s Grand Climax At Hand! book page 159 where there is a face in the palm of Jesus? And on page 52 of the Revelation book there is a demon hand on the left side of Jesus? Yes, I do believe in Jehovah as our God, but I’m just really confused. I’ve been raised as a Jehovah Witness, but now I just don’t know what to think about this religion.”

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Changes in the Beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses

jwparadoxCHART OF SOME OF THE MAJOR CHANGES IN WATCHTOWER DOCTRINE

“It is a serious matter to represent God and Christ in one way, then find that our understanding of the major teachings and fundamental doctrines of the Scriptures was in error, and then after that, to go back to the very doctrines that, by years of study, we had thoroughly determined to be in error. Christians cannot be vacillating— ‘wishy-washy’ — about such fundamental teachings. What confidence can one put in the sincerity or judgment of such persons?” —The Watchtower, May 15, 1976, p. 298

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Did Jehovah's Witness Predict the End of the World in 1975?

1975.:DID THE WATCHTOWER REALLY SAY THE END WOULD COME IN 1975?

“I’ve been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses for a year and I am thinking about getting baptized, but I wanted to do some research into the history of the organization before I made my decision. Recently, I ran across statements on the Internet that claim that Jehovah’s Witnesses taught that the world would end in 1975, so I asked my bible study teacher about that. She flat out denied that the Watchtower ever taught that 1975 would be the end of the world. She said that a few individual Jehovah’s Witnesses thought the end would happen in 1975, but she said that the Watchtower Society never officially gave that date for the end of the world. I am confused! If the Watchtower Society never gave the 1975 date for the end of the world, why does Anne Marie on your website say that they did in their 1966 publication, Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God? Is there anyway I can get the documentation that Anne Marie talks about in her story?”

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Jehovah's Witness History, Beliefs and Practices

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WHO ARE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES? - Their History, Beliefs and Practices

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1.  History of The Watchtower Organization:

  • 1852 Founder Charles Taze Russell was born
  • 1870’s Russell studied the doctrines of Second Adventists: George Storrs, Jonas Wendell, George Stetson and Nelson Barbour
  • 1879: Russell began publishing Zion’s Watchtower And Herald of Christ’s Presence (Precursor to The Watchtower magazine)
  • 1881: Main Legal Entity Founded - Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania
  • 1909: Headquarters Moved to Brooklyn, New York - Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc
  • 1916: Charles Taze Russell died
  • 1917-1942: Second Watchtower President “Judge” Joseph F. Rutherford
  • 1931: The name “Jehovah’s Witnesses” adopted.
  • 1942-1977: Third Watchtower President Nathan H. Knorr
  • 1978-1992: Fourth Watchtower President: Frederick W. Franz
  • 1992-2000: Fifth Watchtower President: Milton George Henschel
  • 2000: Change in Organizational Structure:
    • Three Corporations Formed: Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Religious Order of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Kingdom Support Services
    • Watchtower “Governing Body” relinquished control of the organization to the Board of Directors, under Don A. Adam
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Facts the Watchtower Society doesn't want you to know

JW Facts Book
Fully documented with photocopies of statements from rare Watchtower publications, this book reveals many facts the Watchtower Society tries to hide from Jehovah’s Witnesses and investigators of this religion. Click HERE to Order this book for $9.99.

A BUSY RELIGION

  As of 2010, there are over 7 million active Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, spending approximately one billion hours each year serving the Watchtower organization. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are active in over 230 countries and are the fastest growing religion in the former USSR.

Claiming that people must “come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation,” 1. the Watch Tower Society places great pressure on Jehovah’s Witnesses to perform according to their guidelines. In addition to attending several meetings each week, Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to spend many hours each month distributing Watchtower articles, conducting Watchtower “Bible studies,” and researching various topics in Watchtower literature for discussion during their meetings. Witnesses are forbidden to serve in the military, salute the flag, say the pledge of allegiance, vote in elections, take blood transfusions, celebrate birthdays and holidays including Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas, and are forbidden to read literature critical of the organization. Over the years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have also been discouraged from associating with non-Jehovah’s Witness friends, participating in after school activities such as sports, and furthering their education by going to college.2.

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The Watchtower And The United Nations

.:THE WATCHTOWER AND THE UNITED NATIONS - The Watchtower Severs Its 10-Year Association With The United Nations After Public Exposure

For many years, the Watchtower Society has taught that the United Nations is “the present form of the ‘image of the wild beast’” of Revelation. The Society's 1963 publication: Babylon the Great Has Fallen!” God's Kingdom Rules! states on pages 593-594:

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Why 1914 and 607 are False

JW Facts BookEVIDENCE 1914 A.D. AND 607 B.C. DATES OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ARE WRONG

WHY 1914 A.D. IS IMPORTANT TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

The date 1914 A.D. has played a dominant role in the eschatology of the Jehovah’s Witnesses from its inception in 1879 with the writings of Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. For over a hundred years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been teaching that 1914 marks the conclusion of a prophetic time period they call “the Times of the Gentiles” or “appointed times of the nations” which they claim began with the fall of Jerusalem in 607/606 B.C.

Prior to 1914, Jehovah’s Witnesses proclaimed that the end of this period would culminate in the destruction of all earthly governments in the “Battle of Armageddon.” 1. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, it seemed to them that such prophetic declarations by the Watchtower Society were indeed being fulfilled and that the new system of things under Christ’s millennial reign of 1,000 years was just around the corner. Heralding such statements, Jehovah’s Witnesses flocked to the streets, urging prospective converts to join the Watchtower organization in order to avoid the impending doom that they claimed would occur near this date.

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