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Documented FACTS the Watchtower Society Doesn't Want You to KNOW Paperback – August 30, 2012
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Christina Darlington is the Director of Witnesses for Jesus, a ministry to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Latter-day Saints (Mormons). As a devoted Christian, her passion is to alert the Christian community to the doctrines of these groups and to train and equip Christians to be effective witnesses to those ensnared by these counterfeit religions so they can find true spiritual freedom in Christ. Witnesses for Jesus Inc PO Box 50911 Colorado Springs, CO 80949 USA 4witness.org * 4jehovah.org
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There are currently over 7 million reported members of the Jehovah's Witness religion, but surprisingly few of them are aware of their origins, or how much their beliefs have changed over the last 135 years. If you have ever spoken to a JW about religion, you have no doubt heard about the false teachings and pagan traditions that have pervaded all of Christendom today. As a Bible student, you would be encouraged to examine the origins of pagan celebrations like Christmas, birthdays, and Easter, along with the symbols used today, such as the cross. They are so proud of their knowledge about origins of things you might even find harmless, such as merely saying "bless you," after someone sneezes, or "good luck" to a friend. These utterances should be avoided, due to their origins and true nature... yet...
Instead of being curious about the origins of their own religion, or examining the "truth," the followers are discouraged from investigating their own past. Ask a Jehovah's Witness about the palace in San Diego, once called Beth Sarim, built by Judge Rutherford. They will not look at any evidence about this great mansion, built to house the resurrected Kings of the Old Testament. They were supposed to return in 1925, but when they did not, Beth Sarim became a luxury residence for the earthly leader of the Jehovah's Witness society. Your JW friend will deny this bit of history, even though it is well-documented.
One thing the Watchtower loves to do, is see itself in print. This is coming back to bite them today, in this mass information age.
Their current belief is that Jesus came to begin his reign on earth in 1914, and appointed the Jehovah's Witnesses as God's exclusive channel to the world (see Watchtower, July 2013). This appointment occurred in 1919, after Christ spent 5 years "inspecting" the world, and finding the Bible Students to be fit to dispense all spiritual food until He returns (or arrives or comes) again. The Watchtower Society now has taken full control of the lives of millions, who sadly are unaware of the true nature of the organization they serve.
The chapters focus on 4 main points. Each statement includes a reference to a photocopy of the actual printed publication from the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (formerly known as Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence). Here are just a few of the claims they have made, that are listed in this very interesting book.
1. A Busy Religion
• people must "come to Jehovah's organization for salvation." (Watchtower 1981)
• JW's are discouraged from associating with non-JW friends, participating in after school activities or sports, and furthering their education by going to college (multiple references 1962, 1983, 1986)
• If a certain JW fails to follow the guidelines set up by the organization, he is then subject to "disfellowshipping" in which the individual is shunned by all his friends and relatives in the organization (Watchtower 1981)
2. Historical Background
(Lots of strange teachings from Russell, along with some truths that have changed over the century)
• Russell studied with a splinter group of Second Adventists (proclaimers 1993)
• Russell used the symbol of the sun god Ra on the cover of his books
• Russell used the Masonic Knights Templar logo of the Cross and Crown on his issues of Zion's Watchtower
• Russell warned them to "beware of forming a visible organization." (1895)
* Russell taught that Christians are "divine beings... Gods"
• Russell taught that Jesus should be worshipped and that he is not Michael the archangel (1891)
• Russell approved of celebrating birthdays, Christmas, holidays, and joining the military, as long as you didn't shoot anybody (1898)
• White skin is better than black skin
• The shape of one's brain determines his responsiveness to God
• Jehovah governs the universe from the star "Alcyone" in the Pleiades constellation
3. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
In 1919, Rutherford took over, and took the remaining followers and called them Jehovah's Witnesses. Being directed as God's holy channel, there should have been no more errors. In 1950, the Watchtower came out with a new translation of the bible. None of the authors or translators will take credit for this version of the Holy Scriptures. When interviewed in 1954, Governing Body member Fred Franz claimed to have checked the translation against the original Hebrew in the Old Testament. Upon further questioning, he admitted that he did not speak Hebrew. There is a transcript of this interview included in the book.
There is also a section of this chapter, which compares the original Hebrew text, alongside the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. There are some places where words have been changed to support their doctrine, instead of to reflect the original text of the scriptures. They are shown in photocopies of the original documents.
The Jehovah's Witnesses came out with a new translation of the New World Translation in the fall of 2013. This new Bible is currently available in English. The original 1950 version is available in many languages.
4. The Watchtower Prophet
• 1914: "... the battle of the great day of God Almighty, which will end in AD 1914...
• 1915: "... the battle of the great day of God Almighty, which will end in AD 1915...
• 1918: "... in the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by the millions...
• 1925: "... 1925 shall mark the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old ... millions now living will never die
• 1940's: "It would therefore appear that there is no reasonable or Scriptural injunction to bring children into the world immediately before Armageddon, where we are now
• 1975: "Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world's end.
Watchtower has predicted the end of the world on several dates: 1914, 1915, 1918, 195, 1940's, 1975. Does that make them a false prophet? This book contains a long section exploring this question.
Jesus did warn us that in the last days, false prophet will arise and claim that He came back when He did not:
"Then if anyone says to you, 'Look! Here is the Christ,' or 'There!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will give great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones." - Matthew 24:23-24
Jehovah's Witnesses presently believe that Jesus' presence began in 1914 and that he has been reigning invisibly in the heavens ever since. However, from 1879-1929, they proclaimed that Christ's presence began in 1874.
Every quote and claim made in this book, is backed by a photocopy of the original document published by the Watchtower. There are many interesting quotes, including confessions by former leaders, that errors and even false prophecies had been made.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in facts about the Watchtower. It will probably not help you in reaching any active Jehovah's Witness, however. They do not wish to see the truth about the "Truth." For help in reaching a loved one who is being controlled by this destructive religion, I recommend Steve Hassan's book: Freedom of Mind.
It is Hebrew for the Americanization of "Jehovah" and in Hebrew, there are no vowels in the tetragramaton. It is "popular" approximation of God"s name. It does not mean the name is perfectly correct. Thanks to Adam and Eve, the human condition is imperfect; so that man may NOT comprehend the Bible unless that person sincerely, honestly and lovingly turns to God in prayer. Only God chooses to lift the veil of "scales" from ones' heart so as to perfectly understand the INTENT of the spiritual meaning and thus become qualified to share (some call it preaching) lessons one has experienced.
There has never been time when Jehovah's Witnesses, as an organization, denied being imperfect. In fact, they discuss the fact on nearly every occasion!
I think this author is in spiritual denial and desperately needs God's help, through the blessed name of Jesus.
Such a huge waste of words to bully others with misinformation.