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:Continue reading “Watchtower Chronology and Daniel’s 70 Weeks”
IF JESUS WAS THE FIRST TO ASCEND TO HEAVEN, WILL ELIJAH AND OTHER OLD TESTAMENT BELIEVERS BE IN HEAVEN?
John 3:13: “And no one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man.”
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ARGUMENT:
The Watchtower Society teaches that only 144,000 people will live eternally in heaven while the rest of faithful mankind will only have the prospect of living forever in “Paradise” earth. Believing that this 144,000 heavenly group began at Pentecost (33 AD), Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that “there is nothing in the Scriptures to show that a heavenly hope was held out to God’s servants prior to the coming of Christ Jesus.”1. Thus, they assert that “David, Job and John the Baptizer” as well as “all faithful men and women who died before Jesus died.…will be resurrected to become some of the earthly subjects of God’s kingdom.”2. In support of their belief that none of the Old Testament servants of God will be in heaven, Jehovah’s Witnesses reference John 3:13, Acts 2:34 and Matthew 11:11. Continue reading “Are Hebrew Scripture Patriarchs In Heaven? – John 3:13”
“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.” Continue reading “Subliminal images in Watchtower literature”
.:ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ALLOWED TO STUDY THE BIBLE BY ITSELF?
“I am studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and one thing I read on your website said that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to study the Bible on their own without Watchtower literature. However, the Jehovah’s Witness brothers I study with often encourage me to read and study the Bible whenever I get the chance, even if I’m by myself. So, why would they encourage me to read and study the Bible by myself if they had something to hide? Even at the meetings, we are not just told about the Scriptures, we are instructed to look them up with the brother who is teaching us, and he goes through the Scriptures in detail so that nothing is missed. We are all encouraged to read the Bible by ourselves, all the way through from Genesis to Revelation. I would like to know who told you the wrong information you have on your website about Jehovah’s Witnesses?” Continue reading “Jehovah’s Witness View of Bible Study”
.:HOW DO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES VIEW TRANSGENDERS, HOMOSEXUALS AND LESBIANS?
“Hello, I have a quick question. I am wondering what do the Jehovah’s Witnesses think of someone who is transgender? Do they reject them as they do homosexuals and lesbians?”
Although your question is a quick one, it does not have simple answer. Whether you are a transgender yourself or are asking this question for a friend of yours, the issues surrounding this subject are complex. Jehovah’s Witnesses view a transgender as a homosexual. So, in spite of the sex change, a transgender would not be accepted into the Watchtower organization any more than a homosexual or lesbian would be accepted, because they would view a transgender in the original gender that they were born with. For justification of their position, Jehovah’s Witnesses would appeal to the Bible’s condemnation of this practice at Romans 1:24-27: Continue reading “Jehovah’s Witness View of Transgenders, Homosexuals, and Lesbians”
WHAT JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHRISTMAS
There is a historical basis for the December 25th date of Christ’s birth. Justin Martyr (100-165 A.D.) wrote Marcus Aurelius that Jesus was born at Bethlehem ‘‘as you can ascertain also from the registers of the taxing.” (Apologia I, 34). Tertullian (160-250) noted “the census of Augustus—that most faithful witness of the Lord’s nativity, kept in the archives of Rome” (Against Marcion, Bk. 4, 7). Cyril of Jerusalem (348-386) asked Julius to assign Christ’s birth date “from census documents brought by Titus to Rome” from which Julius assigned the date of December 25th. Likewise, John Chrysostom who lived about 347-407 wrote that Christ’s December 25th birthday was supported by the tax or census records still existing in his day that showed their registration at Bethlehem. Continue reading “What Jehovah’s Witnesses Need To Know About Christmas”
CHART 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 Continue reading “Changes in the Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses”
WHAT DO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES BELIEVE ABOUT PHYSICAL HEALING?
I have a sister who I rarely see who has been a Jehovah’s Witness for over 35 years. Last week, I was visiting another sister and my Jehovah’s Witness sister showed up, much to my surprise and delight. In a conversation with about ten of our family members, I said something about how I had been healed of Multiple Sclerosis, but this was received with a quick glare from my Jehovah’s Witness sister. My church family, my husband and I had been praying for a long time for my healing. I had taken a shot every day to keep the symptoms at bay, until God miraculously healed me. I stopped taking my shots, and not only have the daily symptoms gone away, but my physical abilities that the disease had robbed me of have now returned. I can now taste and smell, my short-term memory has improved, and I now have the ability to walk farther than ten feet without having to sit and rest. Why did my sister react when she heard about my healing? Someone told me that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that healing is from Satan. Is this true? Has the Watchtower ever addressed this issue? I have plenty of Scripture from the Bible on healing, but what are they being told? Continue reading “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Healing Miracles”
.:WHY DO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES REFUSE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS? —Did they also prohibit vaccinations and organ transplants?
“I am interested in the Jehovah’s Witness religion. However, I am curious why Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions. I am aware of the verse in the Bible that talks about not eating blood, but can you explain how eating blood refers to blood transfusions? I have also heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses used to ban vaccinations and organ transplants. Is this true?”
Your question is a good one because there is a major inconsistency between the Jehovah’s Witness interpretation of the Biblical passages condemning the eating of blood and the actual act of transfusing blood into the body. Orthodox Jews are much more meticulous about following these Scriptures in the Law of Moses than the Jehovah’s Witnesses are. Yet, they have no problem accepting blood transfusions, and of all the Christian churches and denominations that claim to uphold the Bible’s principles, the Jehovah’s Witness religion is the ONLY religion that claims that these verses (Genesis 9:3-4; Leviticus 17:13-14; Acts 15:28-29) that speak of not physically eating blood also apply to the transfusion of human blood in the veins of the body. Continue reading “Jehovah’s Witness Ban on Blood Transfusions”
.:HOW CAN I FORGIVE MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS FATHER WHO ABUSED ME AND THE ELDERS WHO DID NOTHING ABOUT IT?
“I am emailing you because I have been very angry at the elders from the Jehovah’s Witness congregation I attended when I was growing up. My father was mentally sick and beat and molested us. The elders in the Kingdom Hall did nothing. At 14 years old, I confronted one of the leading elders and asked him why he didn’t do anything about my dad’s abusive behavior. He said: ‘What should I have done about it?’ It’s the same old thing: ‘Let Jehovah take care of it’ which basically means to ignore his behavior and pretend like it didn’t happen. I am now 32 years old and have a hard time not emotionally exploding when the Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door. I tell them what happened in my family to let them know that something was horrible in their congregation and justice wasn’t served. I know that I need to ‘forgive’ as I am now a born again believer in Jesus Christ, but I can’t help but become angry that they call me an ‘apostate.’ I have even had to threaten to call the police to get one elder to leave my doorstep after I told him my past and why I left. I am angry at the whole organization. They are sick! Anyway, that is what I am dealing with now.” Continue reading “Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses and How to Forgive”
.: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?” Continue reading “Did Jehovah’s Witness Predict the End of the World in 1975?”
.:IS THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESS BIBLE, THE NEW WORLD TRANSLATION, A GOOD TRANSLATION?
It is a well-known fact that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses denies the Deity of Jesus Christ. To this end, when they produced their own translation of the Bible (The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures), they went to great lengths to make it appear that the Scriptures do not support the idea that Jesus Christ is God (Jehovah). In an attempt to shift the emphasis off of Jesus Christ as God, they inserted the derivation “Jehovah” (an adaptation from the original Hebrew “YHWH” for God’s Name) in place of theos (God) and Kurios (Lord) in multiple verses in the Christian Greek Scriptures (New Testament). Thus, they created a distinction between Jehovah God and Jesus Christ that is not warranted in the text. In addition to inserting God’s Name where it is not supported by the text, they have also mistranslated many verses that support the Deity of Jesus Christ to justify their own anti-Trinitarian dogma. The following list (prepared by Chris Stire of Life After Watchtower Support Ministries) provides a record of the verses where the Watchtower Society’s anti-Trinitarian bias can be seen in their New World Translation. We encourage readers to verify these errors with any Greek/English Interlinear, including the Kingdom Interlinear Translationof the Greek Scriptures published by the Watchtower Society. NOTE: All references to brackets in the list below are from the 1984 edition of the New World Translation because in 2006, the Watchtower Society updated their version of the New World Translation Bible to remove the brackets that they used to have around words that they inserted that are not found in the Greek text. Thus, all editions of the New World Translation except the ones between 1984 and 2006 have words deceptively added without the brackets to make it seem as if these words are found in the original Greek text even though they are not in the text. Continue reading “Jehovah’s Witness Bible Translation Examined”
WILL THE “GREAT CROWD” BE ON EARTH WHEN ARMAGEDDON BREAKS OUT?
Revelation 7:9, 15: “…look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…That is why they are before the throne of God; and they are rendering himsacred service day and night in his temple…” —New World Translation
For years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have taught that the vast majority of their followers will resurrect to everlasting life upon an Earthly Paradise and that only a select group of 144,000 followers will live and reign with Jesus Christ in Heaven. These two groups of followers are called “the Earthly Class” and “the Heavenly Class.” The “Earthly Class” is also called “the Other Sheep” of John 10:16 and “the Great Crowd” of Revelation 7:9, while the “Heavenly Class” is called “the Little Flock” of Luke 12:32, “the Anointed Class” of 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and “the 144,000” of Revelation chapters 7 and 14. These terms are used frequently to reinforce this two-class structure of the Watchtower belief system. Continue reading “Will the “Great Crowd” be on Earth when Armageddon breaks out?”
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. Continue reading “Facts the Watchtower Society doesn’t want you to know”
EVIDENCE 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. Continue reading “Why 1914 and 607 are False”
The Watchtower teaches that the soul and spirit of a person constitutes the life-force of the individual, and thus, the Society claims that this life-force (soul and spirit) ceases to exist at the point of death. Does the Bible teach that the human soul and spirit become annihilated at death? The following verses demonstrate the fallacy of such reasoning: Continue reading “Is the Human Soul and Spirit Immortal?”