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Jehovah's Witnesses

WBTS False Prophecies - and the Lying Cover-ups! - 29

Into the 1980's the WBTS occasionally offered grudging apologies while making sure they did not admit to being false prophets and continued to try and stem the loss of adherents by warning them not to read warning material - from people like us!

The Watchtower, December 1, 1984, p17 (above) - the WBTS occasionally offer grudging apologies while making sure they do not admit to being false prophets:

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Admittedly, it was thought that the establishment of the Kingdom would mean the immediate destruction of earthly kingdoms and that anointed Christians would be "caught away" to join deceased anointed Christians due to be resurrected at the time of Christ's presence. (2 Thessalonians 2:1)'

Anyone reading 2 Thessalonians 2:1-6 will find the verses and warnings are self-explanatory:

'Now we beseech you, brethren,
touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him; to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand; let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.'

The warning is as true today as it was in the days of the apostles and Paul makes it absolutely clear that none of this will occur until '
the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God'.

Who is '
the man of sin [who] sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God'?  Paul makes it clear in his explanation about the Day of the Lord and the Man of Sin when he warns the Christians in his day because they had been told (falsely) that the Day of the Lord was already upon them.  Paul explains that certain events must take place before this day of wrath and judgment can come to the world:

I. The Apostasy Must Take Place  (2:1-3) The word "apostasy" means "a falling away." Here it refers to a falling away from the truth of the Word of God. While there were certainly false teachers in Paul's day, the church at large was united on the truths of the Word of God.  We are living in apostate days right now (and the WBTS are part of it), which indicates that the coming of the Lord is near, but everywhere we look there are professing Christians who have departed from the faith.

II. The Temple Must Be Rebuilt  (2:4-5) Paul promises the rise of a world dictator, the "
man of sin...son of perdition" (v3). He is not talking about a world system, but a person who will head up a world system. This "man of sin" contrasts with Christ, the Saviour from sin - and He is the son of perdition; Christ is the Son of God. He is the liar; Christ is the Truth.  We commonly call this man "the Antichrist," which means both "against Christ" as well as "instead of Christ."  This world ruler will be energized by the devil and will unite the nations of Europe in a great federation (the ten horns of Daniel's image, Dan. 7). According to Revelation 17, the Antichrist will cooperate with the apostate world church in his rise to power, and then will destroy this religious system when he doesn't need it anymore.  The program is as follows: (1) the church of true believers will be raptured and meet Jesus in the air above earth; (2) the Antichrist will begin his rise to power in a peaceful way; (3) he will unite Europe and make a seven-year covenant with Israel to protect it (see Dan. 9); (4) after three and one-half years he will break that covenant and invade Israel; (5) he will abolish all religion and set himself up to be worshipped (Revelation 13); (6) at the end of the seven-year tribulation period (Day of the Lord), Christ will return to earth and destroy the Antichrist and his system. Both the Old Testament and New Testament predict the return of the Jews to Palestine and the rebuilding of the Jewish temple.  When the Antichrist sets himself up in this temple, this will mark the "abomination of desolation" of Dan. 11:31 and Matt. 24:15

The WBTS state:

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But who can blame them for not fully understanding at that time that a great ingathering work had to take place ...'

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We understand these things today, thanks to the increasing light that has been shed on God's Word by means of '"the faithful and discreet slave" class ...'

Here the WBTS are merely pretending to accept that their teaching was inaccurate while hoping Jehovah's Witnesses will forget that they had always claimed that 'Jehovah' was guiding them and they alone were the organisation who could supply this incredible, infallible, guidance to those who remained 'meek and teachable'.

Nothing the WBTS write or say can stop them being identified as 'false prophets' by Scripture!

The Watchtower, March 15, 1986, p12 - after clearly telling anyone reading their magazines (in The Watchtower, November 15, 1963, p688) that:

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It is not a form of religious persecution for anyone to say and to show that another religion is false [and] not religious persecution for an informed person to expose publicly a certain religion as being false, thus allowing persons to see the difference between false religion and true religion'

we now find the WBTS warning Jehovah's Witnesses (
in the highlighted section above):

'Now, what will you do if you are confronted with apostate teaching - subtle reasonings - claiming that what you believe as one of Jehovah's Witnesses is not the truth?
For example, what will you do if you receive a letter or some literature, open it and see right away that it is  from an apostate? Will curiosity cause you to read it, just to see what he has to say? You may even reason: 'It won't affect me; I'm too strong in the truth. And, besides, if we have the truth, we have nothing to fear. The truth will stand the test.'  In thinking this way, some have fed their minds upon apostate reasoning and have fallen prey to serious questioning and doubt.'

Of course, all we are doing here is supplying the actual false prophecies in genuine photocopies from the WBTS magazines and books.

If the facts prove that the WBTS are false prophets - as they clearly do - how could any reasonable person possibly object?

We have had the personal evidence of handing material such as this to Jehovah's Witnesses at the Cardiff Arms Park and seeing a 'more mature' Jehovah's Witness ripping it out of the younger person's hand and throwing it into a nearby bin even though they said, 'But I want to see what they have written!' 
It is these kinds of reactions that cause Jehovah's Witnesses to remain trapped in this evil cult.

On page 19 of the same magazine we find:

Comment: by the time 1986 came around the WBTS tried harder to avoid the word 'prophesy' or 'prophet' when talking about their actions and so they tried to pretend that the problem was with 'chronology' (however, see the Awake!, August 6, 1986 quote below).

So now they only talk about the real issue in this way:

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Some opposers claim that Jehovah's Witnesses are false prophets.  These opponents say that dates have been set, but nothing has happened.'

We have examined the WBTS record and it reveals that dates were clearly set, yet the dishonest nature they have always exhibited results in them writing 'some opposers claim' - as if their dates were not false - before they have the gall to ask: 'What is the motive of these critics?'  They then dare to accuse these 'opposers' of 'trying to justify themselves for falling back into sleepy inactivity'.

Now the WBTS try and use their 'new' approach in dealing with the fact that they are 'false prophets' by using the word 'expectations' (a ploy we have already totally refuted at the beginning of these pages).  Their other excuse is 'eagerness, we have hoped for the new system earlier than Jehovah's timetable has called for it'.

The WBTS continue:

'Moreover,
the need to revise our understanding somewhat does not make us false prophets or change the fact that we are living in "the last days," soon to experience the "great tribulation" that will pave the way for the earthly Paradise.'

How the WBTS think '
the need to revise [their] understanding somewhat ' does not confirm their repeated failures as 'prophets' and therefore establish that they are 'false prophets' needs to be explained to their 'Governing Body'.

Finally, the WBTS accuse:

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How foolish to take the view that expectations needing some adjustment should call into question the whole body of truth! '

Again, the WBTS try and use the '
wrong expectations' excuse we have already debunked.  And should they really use the word 'some' in all their years (1874 to the current day!) of 'adjustments' of their false prophecies?!

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