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Jehovah's Witnesses: Proclaimers of God's Kingdom Hardcover – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 749 pages
  • Publisher: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.; 1st edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000BKTI7K
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LookForTruth on February 3, 2013
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This book is good only for understanding Jehovah's Witnesses' own understanding about themselves and their own organization (the Watchtower Bible and tract society). It's an autobiography rather than a history book- written by the society about the society.
Some of the "facts" contained in this book don't hold up to other sources of information and some of the truth has been omitted where it might be embarrassing to the society. They have left out certain key parts of certain issues that would make their own followers question the authority of the organization.
This book, like any other source of information (especially autobiographies), needs to be held up to other sources before excepting the contents as truth. There are many reliable sources of information that are easily found by search engine results and library searches on the Watchtower society- newspaper articles, court documentations, etc... also their own changing interpretations printed by the society itself, in form of their regular publications, Watchtower magazine and Awake! magazine). But since Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden to read information printed about the society that is not printed BY the society most of them will never check the validity of their own organization or this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Honest Hearted on December 1, 2010
This book is a good read. There are however some subjects that needed to be elaborated on in my opinion. Some of these things include Beth Sarim and the Great Apostasy and also the Great Disappointment. Their are great articles that give more information found in Wikipedia and Enclyclopedia Britannica. It really opened my eyes. Also there are Bible Students (also sometimes referred to as Russellites) still around and also have very interesting websites and articles on the Web. It has all been very enlightening. I loved learning how the Corporation of the Jehovahs Witnesses found its way into Judge Rutherford's hands. You will find just as I did, if you do your homework, that the original Bible Students are still around and going strong and their beliefs are sometimes very different from what the Jehovahs Witnesses agree on. It did not seem fair to me at all what happened to the Bible Students who did not agree with the Judge's interpretations and changes he made after Pastor Russell's death. But, read the book and you be the "Judge".

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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By unclepenn on November 8, 2009
If Jehovah's Witnesses really knew their history, they would be amazed at how distorted this history book really is. I pray that they would "test everything" instead of just assuming that they are being told the truth. These books are easily accessible now through Ebay and scanned images online. Find out the truth, don't just assume you are being told what happened. Read the original items for yourself!

Review by David Reed

This is the most significant book Jehovah's Witnesses have published in nearly half a century. In 1950 their New World Translation revised the New Testament to support the sect's theology; now Jehovah's Witnesses -- Proclaimers of God's Kingdom reinterprets Watchtower history to thwart criticism.

Christians versed in evangelizing JWs know that the most effective approaches begin not with biblical discussion but with exposure to the sect's disturbing history. Documentation of failed prophecies, doctrinal flip-flops, and bizarre teachings weakens confidence in the Watchtower organization and forces Witnesses to reexamine their faith. The new Proclaimers book, as JWs refer to it, is designed to protect them from such assaults.

Most JWs reading Proclaimers will be coming face-to-face for the first time with information about failed prophecies of the world's end in 1914, 1925, and 1975 (pp. 62, 78, 104, 632-33), founder Charles Taze Russell's failed marriage (645), second president Joseph F. Rutherford's estranged wife Mary and their son Malcolm (89), the role Egyptian pyramids once played in Watchtower teachings (201), and numerous doctrinal reversals and other embarrassing episodes. But why would the Watchtower Society want to expose Witnesses to the very material opposers confront them with?
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Allen on January 15, 2011
I forgot to mention in my review the first time that on page 30 of ' JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES:Proclaimers of God's Kingdom,' it says that Christianity became known as The Way, but that is an error because The Way became known as Christianity, only after the Apostle Paul and Peter were out of the grievous wolves way. ~ Acts 20: 28-30 and 2 Thessalonians 2: 6 ~ As long as the Apostle Paul was alive and their congregation was active he was the restraint that kept Mystery, Babylon the Great at bay. Rev. 17: 1-5

This book is the equivalent of someone with a questionable past, telling their fiance or their children what that past consisted of. It tries to prepare them for what they will hear when they go out into the world, particularly as they go door-to-door!! Which was a wise decision on the part of the governing body to tell their congregations 'before' they heard it somewhere else.

There is a rich history of their beginnings here. But they claim that their governing body whose chief headquarters are in New York, is equal to the True God,Jehovah/Yahweh, and they are not alone, many religions have their headquarters somewhere on earth. The True God does not have headquarters anywhere on earth and no organization on earth is equal to the True God, because He has no equal. His headquarters are the heavens and his footstool is earth. ~Isaiah 66:1~ His Firstborn Son sits on the right side of him on the throne. ~Isaiah 40:25,28; Act 2:33~ Jehovah/Yahweh gave his chosen ones to Jesus, and they know where all of them are on planet earth. ~John 17:2~ If we want to be with them when Jehovah/Yahweh crowns Jesus King of The New Earth, at the beginning of His thousand year reign of peace on earth we must repent and get ourselves ready.
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