What If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Right About Armageddon?

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.:I’M AFRAID OF BEING DESTROYED AT ARMAGEDDON. —What If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Right After All?

“I’m still one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I have many doubts and questions as to whether or not the Watchtower Organization is really ‘The Truth.’  I’m so confused, and I feel like I just want to walk away, but what keeps me here is the fear that Armageddon will come. I don’t want to be destroyed!  I want to be on Jehovah’s side, but I’m so afraid. What if Jehovah’s Witnesses are right about Armageddon, after all?  If I leave will I be destroyed by Jehovah FOREVER?  I don’t want to die! I just don’t know what to do… I feel so trapped!” Continue reading “What If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Right About Armageddon?”

Preparing Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses for Child Custody

Anne Marie.:I’M FIGHTING MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EX-SPOUSE FOR CHILD CUSTODY. Do You Have Any Literature I Can Present to the Court to Help My Case?

My wife started studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses five years ago and recently left me, taking our children with her. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are not encouraging her to go back to me even though according to their policies, she doesn’t have Scriptural grounds for a divorce because there was no fornication involved. She filed for divorce and is dragging me into a custody battle over our children. Watchtower lawyers are assisting her free of charge while I am spending thousands of dollarswith a lawyer who knows little to nothing of how destructive and deceptive the Jehovah’s Witnesses are. I am worried that if she gains full custody of our children, the Jehovah’s Witness belief system will alienate them from me, just as it did to my now ex-wife.

For example, the other day, my five-year old daughter told me that she is afraid that I will ‘die’ when Armageddon comes because I am not a Jehovah’s Witness. When I asked her where she got this idea, she told me that the people at the Kingdom Hall have been telling her that I am ‘bad’ because I ‘don’t serve Jehovah’ and that only Jehovah’s Witnesses will be ‘saved’ when Jehovah kills all the ‘bad’ people at the end of this system. I am concerned how being exposed to this kind of teaching will affect my relationship with my kids, and I think this religion is indeed a destructive cult. Do you have any literature that I can present to the court to help me show the dangers of this religion and gain legal custody of our children?Continue reading “Preparing Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses for Child Custody”

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?” Continue reading “Did Jehovah’s Witness Predict the End of the World in 1975?”

Trish – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 42 years, literally born and raised. My father was baptized when he was young but fell away then came back to the organization when he and my mother started studying again shortly before I was born.  My great-grandmother was one of the 144,000 “anointed ones” (special JW group that goes to heaven) so my background is pretty extensive!

I am the youngest of 5 children. I had a number of cousins who all lived in the same neighborhood, attended the same schools and went to the same Kingdom Hall.  This made it really easy to keep an eye on each other and to “tell” on each other when someone wasn’t following the rules.  Guess who that usually was who reported bad behavior?  No, it wasn’t me!  I was terrified of making waves and having anyone find out I wasn’t who they thought I was. (I had seen what happened to those who didn’t measure up!) It was one of my sisters. She was always challenging the rules and the authority given and sneaking out to be with boys.  They labeled her “crazy” and someone “in need of medication.” Continue reading “Trish – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

tammie.: TAMMIE – Former Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

Raised by Jehovah’s Witness parents (her father an elder), Tammie was confident she was in the only true religion. Pioneering in her 30’s (spending at least 90 hours per month), she reported an average of 10 “Bible studies” and placed 100’s of Watchtower magazines and books monthly. As a skilled debator, Tammie gave frequent “talks” and “demonstrations” at Theocratic Ministry School from age 7. She was considered the model “Witness” by her family and friends, until the conditional love she had embraced failed and everything in her life fell apart. Only in Christ, did Tammie find what she had been looking for. Continue reading “Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Jason – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF JASON – How God Rescued Me and My Family

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My story is similar to many ex-Witnesses. My father attended the Pentecostal church and revivalist meetings in and around the Boston area in rural Lincolnshire England during the 1960’s. My mother was christened into the Anglican Church although she was not active there. When I was born in 1971, my father and mother did not attend church but still had an inner love of God.

In the early 1970’s, my uncle Derrick (who was married to my father’s sister) began a study with the Jehovah’s Witnesses from the Horncastle Congregation. He had been raised a Catholic, but with the help of the Witnesses, quickly accepted the Watchtower Society’s theology. In a short time, he was converted and baptised.  My uncle was articulate in his defense of Watchtower doctrine and he would tie my dad up in knots with biblical quotes. My uncle as a new convert was very zealous. However, he failed to convince his wife and after the 1975 failed Watchtower prophecy about the end times, he became inactive. As the years went by, he became more and more depressed, feeling he had let God down (a common trait in those who drift away from the organisation). Continue reading “Jason – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

David H. – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF DAVID H

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I was born in London, England in 1947. My mother and father had both been badly injured during the second World War and were raising us in post War Britain. I had a younger brother and sister and can remember our early life together as being warm and loving as our mother was a wonderful woman—even though she had lost a leg in the final part of the War.

During the early 1950s our lives changed suddenly when two Jehovah’s Witnesses called at our door and told my dad why the World was in such a terrible mess. They explained that it was not God who caused all the Wars—but Satan the Devil. They started a Bible Study with my parents and within 6 months, they were baptized.

From that moment on, my dad became a fanatical preacher of the Watchtower message. Before the War, my dad had been a nominal Catholic and my mother an Anglican, so I had been christened in both churches and then baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness when I was only seven years old. Continue reading “David H. – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Anne Marie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: ANNE MARIE – Disfellowshipped but Saved by Jehovah!

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I was that young and pretty sister you might have seen at the Kingdom Hall. You know, the one with “all those kids.” The one who struggled to raise her children in “The Truth” alone. The one who was rarely considered as “wife material” because she was “damaged goods.” After all, “No one is going to want you and all your burdens!” as it was put to me by a well-meaning pioneer sister.

Like many of you, I was raised from a tender age to be a Jehovah’s Witness. I truly loved Jehovah all my life. I loved my Brothers and Sisters, and I truly believed that IT (the Watchtower Organization) was “THE Truth.” I grew up in San Francisco, during the Vietnam War, the Black Panthers, riots, protests, and the “Hippie” movement, and I became disillusioned with “the truth,” leaving it at age fifteen, since I believed Jehovah God was going to “kill me anyway” because I would never be “good enough.”  Also, I was sick of the gossip, the judgments, and the fear of Armageddon…which was always “just around the corner.” But pregnant with my fourth child at nineteen, (after my children’s father had walked out on us in late 1974), the Jehovah’s Witnesses asked me, “How can you let your children die just because you don’t want to live up to Jehovah’s righteous requirements? Do you REALLY want your children’s blood on your hands?” Continue reading “Anne Marie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Allison – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: THE TESTIMONY OF ALLISON

My parents raised me as a Jehovah’s Witness.  As early as four years old, I can remember attending the meetings and going out in field service door to door.  Our family times consisted of weekly Bible studies using the publications of the Watchtower Society.  Continue reading “Allison – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Dennis – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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 .:THE TESTIMONY OF DENNIS

I was born and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. From about 7 years old, I was active in the Jehovah’s Witness ministry and enrolled in the Watchtower Theocratic Ministry School. The biggest thing I remember about my childhood was constant fear. I took the Watchtower idea of “Armageddon” seriously. (The Watchtower teaches that Armageddon is a battle God will bring to the earth that will end all world governments and destroy all wicked people, including unworthy Jehovah’s Witnesses). I was afraid that if I or any of my siblings did anything wrong, Armageddon would come and we would not survive. Continue reading “Dennis – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

LB – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:LB’S STORY OUT OF THE ANTI-TRUTH “SOCIETY” OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

Because I was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than thirty years, I tell you that the quality of my life was destroyed by this sect that claims to be inspired of God.  As a child, born and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in the 1950s, I remember my parents taking me to meetings three to four times a week. During these meetings, we were supposedly instructed about the Bible.  However, what we really were taught was what the Jehovah’s Witnesses wanted us to believe—that we were the only “true” religion and anyone not associated with us was of the “world.”  We were instructed not to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, or any other holiday.  We were taught that the world was going to end “any day” by a battle of God called, “Armageddon”. We were taught that all the other churches of the world were under Satan’s influence and that their followers would soon be destroyed at Armageddon. Continue reading “LB – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Shereen – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I’m a 23 year old mother of two boys. I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness: Five meetings a week, breakfast bible study, tea bible study, family bible study, weekends spent knocking doors and hours of preparation for the meetings were a normality for me. The amount of daily time we spent “studying the bible” through the Watchtower literature, I can only compare to nuns at a convent.

My father was an “Elder” which meant we rarely saw our dad—let alone spent fun time with him. He would come home from work and eat his meal with us. Then, he’d disappear off to his room to do, yet more religious study and preparation for meetings he would be leading. He rarely did anything in the house for my mother or us.

When I started school, my eyes saw happy, loved children with happy loving parents. It was so opposite to my life. The children would laugh when I said my prayers. They cried and screamed when I told them that they would soon die at Armageddon because they worshipped Satan. (I caused a few problems for my parents for telling that Jehovah’s Witness belief at school.) As a child, my prepared speeches were designed to simulate knocking on the doors of adults, not the doors of 5 to 9 year olds. Some of my teachers were afraid of me because they believed that I as well as my parents was “possessed” by some kind of evil power. Slowly, I learned to be different at school, to hide my family and lifestyle, and slowly, the bullying from my classmates faded. Continue reading “Shereen – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Douglas Lee – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF DOUGLAS LEE

As ill-luck would have it, I was born in 1964 to an unyielding Witness father who, as I was to discover, was intent on proving himself to be more holy than Swiss cheese. If that weren’t enough to be getting on with, my two older siblings and I regularly suffered the effects of his violent nature as well as his compulsive behaviour. So obsessed was he with his religion, that his life revolved around straining every last self-righteous drop of meaning from the Society’s non-stop outpourings.

My earliest memories as a Jehovah’s Witness were that of being dragged mercilessly backwards and forwards to the Kingdom Hall and from door to door, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom.  Even then, the regimen and strict organisation of our lives seemed, to me, to be bordering on the ridiculous. Continue reading “Douglas Lee – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Will the “Great Crowd” be on Earth when Armageddon breaks out?

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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 him sacred 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?”

Jehovah’s Witnesses and False Prophecy

 

20 Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on False Prophecies of the Watchtower Societyprophesy

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1. How can we know the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet?

“True, there have been those in times past who predicted an ‘end of the world,’ even announcing a specific date. …Yet, nothing happened. The ‘end’ did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? …Missing from such people were God’s truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them.”—Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 23 **

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What You Need to Know to Rescue Your Loved One from Jehovah’s Witnesses

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO RESCUE YOUR LOVED ONE FROM JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES —How to Open the Closed Mind of a Jehovah’s Witness Friend or Relative

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What You Need To Know To Reach Your Loved One

bullets 1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Warned That Satan Will Use Their Non-Jehovah’s Witness Loved Ones To Try To Get Them To Leave The Watchtower.

bullets 2. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are More Concerned About Your “Motives” In Talking To Them Than They Are About The Facts You Present.

bullets 3. Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe That They Alone Have “The Truth” And That Everyone Outside Their Religion Is Deceived By Satan.

bullets 4. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Programmed To Reject Any Type Of “Critical Thinking” Against Their Religion.

bullets 5. Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Trust Your Interpretation Of The Bible Or Their Own Ability To Understand And Interpret The Bible For Themselves.

bullets 6. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Programmed To Protect The Watchtower’s Reputation At All Times.

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Dialogue 4: How close is the end?

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(WDGR LESSON 8: “Family Life that Pleases God”)

Is the end so close that one should not live a “normal” life? Do Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be inspired prophets? What does the record show? Are Watchtower “speculations” false prophecies? Continue reading “Dialogue 4: How close is the end?”

What would it be like to survive the end?

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Only Jehovah’s Witnesses… have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system…” —The Watchtower, September 1, 1989, p. 19

“During Jesus’ Thousand Year Reign, faithful humans will work to turn the whole earth into a paradise.”—What Does God Require of Us?, p. 11 Continue reading “What would it be like to survive the end?”

How will you survive Armageddon?

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“The pressing question is: Will you survive the destruction at Armageddon to enjoy the endless peace? You may ask, ‘What must I do to survive?’” —The Watchtower, February 15, 1985, p. 7

Who Will Survive?
“…The message is clear: If we want to survive Armageddon, we must remain spiritually alert and keep the symbolic garments that identify us as faithful Witnesses of Jehovah God.” —The Watchtower, December 1 1999, p. 18

Whose “Garment” are You Wearing? Yours or Christ’s?
“And we become like someone unclean, all of us, and all our acts of righteousness are like a garment for periods of menstruation.” —Isaiah 64:6, NWT Continue reading “How will you survive Armageddon?”