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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: Continue reading “Watchtower Chronology and Daniel’s 70 Weeks”

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Tom – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

Uncle Joe: A Christian Family Deals with Sexual Abuse

UNDERCOVER AT THE WATCHTOWER MEETINGS

My name is Thomas, and I am sorry to say that I am currently serving time in prison for sexual abuse. God has totally forgiven me for this crime, but the damage I have done is irreversible.

I am currently 68 years old. I joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses at age 19, in 1966, with no prior religious knowledge or experience, and remained in the organization until my divorce in 1975. In 1986, my 14-year-old son and I both gave our lives to Christ. Continue reading “Tom – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Melissa – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

MELISSA – FROM HURTING TO HEALING

Twice a month, Melissa shares her experiences leaving the Jehovah’s Witness religion after being raised in the Watchtower. Her “Hurting to Healing” broadcast on Blogtalk’s Healing X Outreach channel offers hope to those going through the process of leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses and reaching loved-ones still involved in this religion.

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Presenting the Gospel – Effective Methods in Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses

PRESENTING THE GOSPEL – Five Questions Leading Jehovah’s Witnesses to Jesus

Click Here to Listen to the MP3 Audio of Arnold Hoffman’s A Few Effective Methods in Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses that presents how to use these questions most effectively in reaching Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “Presenting the Gospel – Effective Methods in Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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Is Jesus Christ the Angel of the LORD? Appendix – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity

Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity book

At John 8:56, Jesus made an interesting statement regarding His appearances to humankind prior to the incarnation.  He said to the Jews: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”  He also alluded to the fact that He was directly involved in Old Testament history when at Luke 24:27: “…beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”  Likewise, at John 5:39-40, Jesus chided the Jews with this statement: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”  In all their studies of the Old Testament Scriptures, the religious experts of the day missed the whole point of the Scriptures: “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10)  Continue reading “Is Jesus Christ the Angel of the LORD? Appendix – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity”

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Did the Hebrew writers of the New Testament call Jesus YHWH (Jehovah)? – Chapter 10 – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity

 

Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity book Throughout the years, Hebrew translations of the Christian Greek New Testament Scriptures have been made.  Some of the earliest Hebrew translations that we possess today are DuTillets Matthew confiscated from the Jews in Rome in 1553 A.D. and Shem Tobs Matthew transcribed in approximately 1380 A.D.  Other Hebrew manuscripts include The Old Syriac Gospels, The Peshitta New Testament which may have come into existence at the time of Josephus, and The Crawford Aramaic version of Revelation purchased by Earl of Crawford around 1860. 1.  The Watchtower refers to these Hebrew translations as “J” manuscripts and these documents provide most of the manuscript support for the Watchtower’s insertion of God’s name “Jehovah” into the New Testament portion of their New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.2. Continue reading “Did the Hebrew writers of the New Testament call Jesus YHWH (Jehovah)? – Chapter 10 – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity”

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Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58 – The Great “I Am” – Appendix – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!

Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity bookSHOULD EXODUS 3:14 AND JOHN 8:58 BE TRANSLATED AS “I AM” OR “I WILL PROVE TO BE” AND “I HAVE BEEN”?

By Justin T. Alfred, MA 1.

NEW AMERICAN STANDARD

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION

EXODUS 3:14:  “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.” ’ ” EXODUS 3:14:  “At this, God said to Moses: ‘I SHALL PROVE TO BE WHAT I SHALL PROVE TO BE.’  And he added: ‘This is what you re to say to the sons of Israel, “I SHALL PROVE TO BE has sent me to you.” ’ ”2.
JOHN 8:58: “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.’ ” JOHN 8:58: “Jesus said to them: ‘Most truly I say to YOU, Before Abraham came into existence, I have been.’ ”

The identity of Jesus’ statement in John 8:58 with God’s revelation of Himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14 is the primary issue of John 8:58.  The argument presented by The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures is as follows: Continue reading “Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58 – The Great “I Am” – Appendix – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!”

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Gloria – An Fifth Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves

Gloria's Horse PhotographyGLORIA – A 5th Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves the Watchtower

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Hello, my name is Gloria and I was a fifth generation Jehovah’s Witness. My story goes back over 100 years to the time of my great grandmother. She was born in 1884 and came across Kansas to Oklahoma in the covered wagon.  President Hayes had just opened up the land known as Indian Territory for the settlers to homestead, and they rode horse back in a race to stake their claim on the land.  At 18, she was married and gave birth to a son.  When he was 2 years old, while my great grandmother was shelling peas, he grabbed one, put it in his mouth, chocked and died.  This tragedy lead my family to seek God.  Unfortunately, Charles Taze Russell had a radio program on at that time, and was coming into town.  When Pastor Russell came to town, he came in a carriage pulled by elegant striking black horses, and he was dressed in a black robe.  He was quite the showman.  They were simple country folks, looking for answers.

So started the journey of my entire family giving up their lives to follow the teachings of one man.  They not only followed the teachings of Russell, they became special pioneers and eventually put in 150 hours a month traveling from town to town in the Midwest, showing the photodrama of creation.

That was one of the first talking movies (before talking movies even came to be) and so it drew in many people.  At that time, Russell’s group was called the International Bible Students.  I had 7 aunts, uncles and great grandparents of the anointed 144,000 (the only ones who as Jehovah’s Witness’s get to go to heaven, which means they actually partook of communion).  Most Jehovah’s Witnesses of today do to not partake of communion. Instead, they pass the bread and wine and touch it, but they would not think of actually putting it in their mouths and swallowing it…Yes Jesus at John chapter 6 says, “eat it, partake, or you have no life within yourselves.”    Continue reading “Gloria – An Fifth Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves”

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Why did the Jehovah’s stop being my friends when I stopped studying with them?

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.:WHY DID THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES STOP BEING MY FRIENDS WHEN I STOPPED STUDYING WITH THEM?

“I have been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses for a year and attending meetings.  When I decided to stop studying for a while, all those friends are now no longer there.  I had stopped studying because I found it hard to believe that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true religion.  I also couldn’t understand why they wanted me to take my 11-year old son out of Karate and not to prepare him for college.  I know they want him to serve Jehovah, but he also lives with his dad who is Catholic.  I miss my friends, but then again, they are only friends if I attend the Kingdom Hall.  I am so confused!” Continue reading “Why did the Jehovah’s stop being my friends when I stopped studying with them?”

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Why should I consider another religion after leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses

.:WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER ANOTHER RELIGION AFTER LEAVING JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?

I would like to know why a person should take the time to consider another religion after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I have several family members in this religion that will not even speak to me now that I have left.  I am so hurt that I really don’t feel like thinking about ‘God’ or ‘spirituality’ anymore.  What should I do?” Continue reading “Why should I consider another religion after leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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Testimonies – What people are saying about our website

 

jwsaveI have to tell you how your website saved my life.

 “I have been a baptized Witness since 1995, and I have to tell you how you have saved my life. Every couple of years I get this gnawing sense that this is not quite right, that I am not 100% vested in what the Watchtower Society says.  …Lately, I have stopped attending meetings and my daughter, 13, has begged me not to make her go back. So I have been praying and chatting with friends outside the organization…

I can’t tell you my sense of relief when I stumbled upon your site and started to read the articles. I want to cry, but I’m at work. I can’t wait to get home because I am so excited I can barely stand it! Please, please, how can I meet others who feel this way? I sure could use the fellowship. Again, thanks for the work you do.” Continue reading “Testimonies – What people are saying about our website”

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How can I help my student who is a Jehovah’s Witness?

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I AM A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER AND ONE OF MY STUDENTS IS A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS. —How can I help my Jehovah’s Witness student feel welcome?

I am a public school teacher and I have a young lady in my class whose father just informed me that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Please tell me what types of activities my Jehovah’s Witness student might not be allowed to participate in. As a geography teacher, I show many videos based upon subject matter describing different cultures. I don’t want to offend.” Continue reading “How can I help my student who is a Jehovah’s Witness?”

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Are Hebrew Scripture Patriarchs In Heaven? – John 3:13

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”

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Quick Answers to Frequent Objections to the Trinity Doctrine – Chapter 14 – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!

Jesus of Jehovah's Witnesses - Photo taken from the Watchtower Brochure Should You Believe in the Trinity? p. 2Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity book

 

QUICK ANSWERS GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST

 

Below is a list of common questions raised by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other anti-Trinitarians.  Following the questions are brief Biblical responses and references to chapters and sections within this book that will aid further research on the topics being addressed.

 

How can Jesus be God when He can only do what He sees the Father do (John 5:19)?

Just as a human “son” is able to physically do what a human “father” is able to do, so Jesus demonstrates His power as the “Son of God” by claming that He can do everything His “Father” God does (John 5:19, 21-23). Continue reading “Quick Answers to Frequent Objections to the Trinity Doctrine – Chapter 14 – Yes, You Should Believe in the Trinity!”

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Kojo – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I joined the Watchtower in 1996 after graduating from Junior high school at the age of 15 years, on my own volition without any prior studies from the Watchtower Organization as was and is the practice. Not a single member of my immediate and extended family expressed interest in the Watchtower Organization, but this did not bother me.

Almost immediately, I started engaging in preaching from house to house with an un-baptized Jehovah’s Witness. In 1997 and in 2000, I dedicated myself to God by water baptism. After baptism, I became more zealous and committed to preaching and teaching throughout the period of my Secondary, Post Secondary and University Education.

This was so because I had been convinced by the Watchtower twisted doctrines that this religion was God’s only earthly organization to lead all who heed the preaching message to salvation because I was taught that all the existing Christians denominational churches were false. I became convinced sincerely because I learned that for a particular denomination to pass the test of truth, all of its core doctrines and beliefs must be founded in the Bible. I was taught that this was not the case with the existing denominations because they taught the following teachings and views: Celebrating Christmas and Birthdays, Not preaching the Kingdom message from house to house but on medium of communications, teaching of eternal torment of the wicked in fire, Immortality of the soul, Trinity doctrine and heavenly hope for all righteous people, just to mention a few of the doctrines rejected by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “Kojo – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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My Jehovah’s Witness Aunt is fighting cancer and is very fearful. How can I help her?

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MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS AUNT IS FIGHTING CANCER AND IS VERY FEARFUL.  HOW CAN I HELP HER?

My aunt has been a Jehovah’s Witness for over 30 years and is battling with cancer.  She is extremely fearful.  I have experienced this cancer battle with my husband. We are both Christians who believe that the Bible is an open book to us as God speaks to us through it.  What is my aunt facing relative to being a Jehovah’s Witness with cancer? How does a Jehovah’s Witness cope when she is faced with life threatening news?  I’d like to know if she is able to obtain peace and comfort through her reading of the Bible and how this can be accomplished if its words are primarily for the 144,000?  I hope that you can help me and pray for my aunt, not so much for her physical recovery, but for her spiritual deliverance.” Continue reading “My Jehovah’s Witness Aunt is fighting cancer and is very fearful. How can I help her?”

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How Can I Reach My Jehovah’s Witness Sister?

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HOW CAN I REACH MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS SISTER?

“My sister converted to the Jehovah’s Witnesses years ago. I’ve tried to witness to her by sending letters and emails about the problems I’ve found with the Watchtower and why their beliefs will not lead her into eternal life.

However, she has not answered any of my correspondence and I wonder if she is even reading the letters.  Now, I just found out that she is planning to attend a wedding with all of our other relatives.  My hope is that when she is here, I will be able to have a talk with her about her faith. I am not sure how this will be accepted, but I’m thinking of showing her my New American Standard Bible and giving her examples of how her Bible has been changed.  I have also studied Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses that provides questions to challenge Jehovah’s Witness’ thinking.  Do you have any other suggestions?”

OUR RESPONSE:

It is encouraging that you will get a chance to see your sister at the wedding. Will it be in a Christian church?  If so, it is surprising that she will be there since Jehovah’s Witnesses are warned that churches are under the control of demons; so many are afraid that demons will jump on them if they enter a church.  If indeed the ceremony is held in a church, you will need to be extra careful in the way that you approach her since she will automatically be on “guard” against what she would view as an “attack” on her beliefs from Satan. Continue reading “How Can I Reach My Jehovah’s Witness Sister?”

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What Can I Say To My Jehovah’s Witness Brother?

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WHAT CAN I SAY TO MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS BROTHER?

I’m a Christian, but my brother is a Jehovah’s Witnesses. He started studying when he was about 19 years old. That was 21 years ago. Recently, we started an open dialogue about our beliefs.

It is frustrating at times. He seems so happy and sincere. I feel like he might be saved but just in this controlling organization. He seems to have an answer for everything. I love my brother but some of the things he says are ridiculous. I thought I knew my brother, but I had never really asked him about his faith. Now, I’m not sure I know my brother after all. I’m not sure how to help him. I’ve quoted John 14:6 about Jesus being “the Truth” and the only One we are to go through to get to God, but I don’t think he let himself really hear what that verse is saying. Do you have any suggestions on what I can say to get through to my brother? Continue reading “What Can I Say To My Jehovah’s Witness Brother?”

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I’m frustrated! How can I get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses?

 

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I’M FRUSTRATED! HOW CAN I GET THROUGH TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?

“I’m discouraged.  It just seems like to me that there is NO WAY to reach Jehovah’s Witnesses. As an evangelical Christian, I do not want to slam my front door in their faces, like some people do.  I really do want to talk them, but not on their terms—only on my terms.  After all, the burden of proof lies with the one making the claim.  They must prove to me that the true name for God is indeed “Jehovah.”  They must prove to me that the Watchtower is God’s only true means of communication with mankind.  At any rate, I have stayed awake at night trying to figure out a way to reach these people with convincing and powerful arguments from the Bible, and I come up with a blank slate every time.  Perhaps you can give me an encouraging word.”

Dear friend,

We truly do understand your frustration.  We’ve been there many times.  I think the mistake many make in trying to reach Jehovah’s Witnesses is thinking that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe what they do because it makes sense.  While that may be true to some extent, it is only partially true. Continue reading “I’m frustrated! How can I get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses?”

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