Awake!, March 22, 1993, p4 - the WBTS continue their attempts to hide their past:The Lord Jesus Christ advises - Do Not Go After Them!
"Jehovah's Witnesses, in their eagerness for Jesus' second coming, have suggested dates that turned out to be incorrect. Because of this, some have called them false prophets. Never in these instances, however, did they presume to originate predictions 'in the name of Jehovah.' Never did they say, 'These are the words of Jehovah.' The Watchtower, the official journal of Jehovah's Witnesses, has said: 'We have not the gift of prophecy.' (January 1883, page 425) 'Nor would we have our writings reverenced or regarded as infallible." (December 15, 1896, page 306) The Watchtower has also said that the fact that some have Jehovah's spirit 'does not mean those now serving as Jehovah's Witnesses are inspired. It does not mean that the writings in this magazine The Watchtower are inspired and infallible and without mistakes. (May 15, 1947, page 157) 'The Watchtower does not claim to be inspired in its utterances, nor is it dogmatic.' (August 15, 1950 page 263) 'The brothers preparing these publications are not infallible. Their writings are not inspired as are those of Paul and the other Bible writers. (2 Tim. 3:16) And so, at times, it has been necessary, as understanding became clearer, to correct views. (Prov. 4:18)' - February 15, 1981, page 19."
In 1959 the WBTS wrote:
'Who have answered the call to the work and have done it down till this year 1958? Whom has God actually used as his prophet?' (The Watchtower, January 15, 1959, p40-41)
It is amazing how often they can hypocritically forget their past history of 100% prophetic failure and here they do not even put the word (prophet) in italics and openly show how they viewed themselves as they boast about their supposed work for God!
And, again, looking back to 'The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah, 1971 ed., p58-59 we find that the WBTS clearly bragged of 'being 'the modern-day counterpart of Ezekiel ... a composite body, made up of many members ... All the members were together to do the will of Jehovah, who is the Creator of this modern 'Ezekiel' ... Who, then, are the group of persons who, toward the beginning of this 'time of the end,' were commissioned to serve as the mouthpiece and active agent of Jehovah? In order to determine this, check the history of 1919, the first postwar year after the first world war."
The WBTS obviously think that they can dodge responsibility for their false prophecies by claiming that 'Never ... did they presume to originate predictions 'in the name of Jehovah.' Never did they say, 'These are the words of Jehovah.'
The truth shows clearly that the WBTS thinks it can get away with lying just a short while after - in this case only 22 years - making it clear that they claimed to be prophesying in the name of 'Jehovah' because they said they 'were commisioned to serve as the mouthpiece and active agent of Jehovah'.
Why should anyone trust the WTBS?
The structure of the WTBS is essentially the same as that found in the Mormon Church, the Papal Roman Catholic Church and any number of other cultic sects and denominations. The first obvious clue in each of these groups is the way they have done away with the New Testament leadership roles of elders (also known as pastors or bishops) and deacons (as clearly identified in 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus) in each ekklesia (the correct New Testament name which Papal Rome changed into 'church') which is also autonomous (independent!). Deceptive groups replace this simple order with an invented order as proven by the WTBS which divides each Branch in their 'organisation' with a committee of three that is over an entire nation, which is divided into Districts that is in turn divided into sections known as Circuits which has within each Circuit several congregations that have their own leaders. Each step is responsible to the one above it. Pioneers make up a select group who, having met the proper requirements, are appointed by the top authorities to roam like evangelists who have to put in 100-150 hours a month making contacts and selling literature (how many people do you know who could put in this amount of time while earning wages to pay for the upkeep of a family and spending time teaching their children how to be good Christians?).
The WBTS claims that their organization is identical to the first century Christians and is modelled precisely upon the Scriptures and is identical with the primitive church - claims that are easily refuted from the Bible.
The WTBS claim that the early 'church' was a door to door preaching organization and house to house ministry group and that it had a government which was initially through the Lord Jesus Christ and the twelve associated apostles. After His death at Calvary the apostles continued to reside at Jerusalem and are considered (by the WBTS) as the 'governing Body of the Church'. So the Church at Jerusalem run by the apostles and elders is considered to be the 'governing body of the church' by the WBTS - without a single shred of Biblical evidence! This supposed basis for the WBTS organisation was revealed by Haydon C. Covington, the WBTS legal counsel and Board member at the infamous 'Scotland Trial' (ref. 1952, p302).
The Bible shows a very different view and reveals that the Jerusalem church did not have any controlling power over other 'churches'. The reason for the consulting of some Apostles and elders at Jerusalem (read Acts 15) was because false teachers had been coming down to Antioch from Jerusalem and Paul and Barnabas travelled to Jerusalem to find out why. The letter correcting the situation that was sent back to the 'churches' was an inspired statement from the Apostles guided by the Holy Spirit. The 'churches' in the New Testament were autonomous (independent units) and it is noticeable that, in the early days of the WBTS under Russell, their congregations were independent units with elders and deacons.
Then, in 1932, the Society fell further into error and, by 1938, had un-Scripturally removed all semblance of independence from its congregations. All positions became Society appointments as the Brooklyn leaders took complete control of all Witnesses, but from the top down. As we can see from their arrogant claims in the photocopies here they considered that the Society was God's organization and should rule completely. Their control is more complete than any religious organization in present existence, including Papal Rome and Mormonism - although the claims of all three are essentially the same. The extent of the WBTS stranglehold through their organisation is easily seen when all aspects of their history are considered.
Direct Inspiration Is Claimed By WBTS Leaders
For Jehovah's Witnesses, to obey the voice of the WBTS is to obey the voice of God. The WBTS, to them, is God's organization. It has been drilled into them that the WBTS is the "faithful and wise servant" and they should only receive their spiritual food from it (using Matthew 24:45). For years Jehovah's Witnesses have been told that the WBTS is their only home and refuge and Romans 13:1ff has been used for years to 'prove' that the "powers that be" were the WBTS leaders:
1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
The WTBS argue that Paul wrote that 'Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities' so all Jehovah's Witnesses must be subject to the WBTS. However, verse 7 makes it clear that 'the authorities' are the public servants to whom we pay 'what you owe ... If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor'!
Notice that the leadership, from C.T. Russell to the current WBTS leadership, have always claimed their writings came directly from God and could not possibly be in error, e.g.:
"Only this organization functions for Jehovah's purpose and to his praise. To it alone God's Sacred Word, the Bible, is not a sealed book." (The Watchtower, July 1, 1973, p402)
Yet we find that Russell and many of his teachings were rejected by 'Judge' Rutherford who also claimed to be infallible in what he taught. Then Rutherford and many things he taught were abandoned - even by Rutherford himself. As the WBTS developed over the years, one thing after another was abandoned and replaced with "new light" which, as we have proven, was often contradictory and hypocritical.
We have also seen that the WBTS requires blind acceptance of anything they produce on pain of dis-fellowship. A famous example of their treatment of those who they have issues with the WTBS is found in the case of Raymond Franz, who was the nephew of the President of the WBTS (Fred Franz) as well as a member of the Board of Directors, but was manoeuvred (thrown out!) of the WTBS because he dare to be associated with the dis-fellowshipped/disassociated former Jehovah's Witness, Peter Gregerson (who had also discovered the extent of the WTBS deceptions) - in that he made the mistake of eating at the same table when lodging in Gregerson's property!
In his personal memoir, Raymond Franz said that at the end of 1979 he reached a personal crossroad:
'I had spent nearly forty years as a full time representative, serving at every level of the organizational structure. The last fifteen years I had spent at the international headquarters, and the final nine of those as a member of the worldwide Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. It was those final years that were the crucial period for me. Illusions there met up with reality. I have since come to appreciate the rightness of a quotation I recently read, one made by a statesman, now dead, who said: "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." I now began to realize how large a measure of what I had based my entire adult life course on was just that, a myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. (Franz, Raymond, 2002, Crisis of Conscience, p273; Commentary Press. ISBN 0-914675-23-0)
After he was dis-fellowshipped, Franz published two books, Crisis of Conscience (1983) and In Search of Christian Freedom (1991), presenting detailed accounts of his experiences as a Jehovah's Witness, a Governing Body member, and his experiences throughout various levels of the organization. In Crisis of Conscience (p296) Franz quoted a Watchtower District Overseer as follows:
"If the WBTS told me that this book is black instead of green, I would say, 'Y'know, I could have sworn that it was green, but if the WBTS says it's black, then it's black!'"
The evidence against the WTBS is monumental and overwhelming and has been amply demonstrated in quotes, such as:
"If we were following a man undoubtedly it would be different with us; undoubtedly one human idea would contradict another and that which was light one or two or six years ago would be regarded as darkness now: But with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, and so it is with truth; any knowledge or light coming from god must be like its author. A new view of truth never can contradict a former truth. New light never extinguishes older light, but adds to it. If you were lighting up a building containing seven gas jets you would not extinguish one every time you lighted another, but would add one light to another and they would be in harmony and thus give increase of light. So is it with the light of truth; the true increase is by adding to, not by substituting one for another." (The Watchtower, Feb. 1, 1881, Reprints p188)
'In this volume we offer a chain of testimony on the subject of God's appointed times and seasons, each link of which we consider Scripturally strong...It is beyond the breadth and depth of human thought and therefore cannot be of human origin. (Studies In The Scriptures, 1889, vol. 2, p15)
'There is no organization today clothed with such divine authority to imperiously command mankind...though we are well aware that many of them in theory claim that they ought to be permitted to do so'. (The Watchtower, Sept. 1, 1893, p266)
Regarding the false view of Romans 13, remember that C.T. Russell wrote:
'Beware of "organization." It is wholly unnecessary. The Bible rules will be the only rules you will need. Do not seek to bind others' consciences, and do not permit others to bind yours. Believe and obey so far as you can understand God's Word today'. (The Watchtower, Sept. 15, 1895, p216).
"It is here interesting to note that Jesus said, 'Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing' Verily, I say unto you that he shall make him ruler over all his goods.' Thousands of the readers of Pastor Russell's writings believe that he filled the office of 'that faithful and wise servant,' and that his great work was giving to the household of faith meat in due season. His modesty and humility precluded him from openly claiming this title, but he admitted as much in private conversation." (The Watchtower, December 1. 1916. p356-386)
The arrogance, conceit and lying deception is appalling and the same from Russell's day and throughout their history right up to the present day. It will continue to deceive all Jehovah's Witnesses who know little about Russell's works and the subsequent history.
Perhaps nothing exposes the WTBS more than the trial held in the Scottish Court of Sessions (in November, 1954) that was filed by a Jehovah's Witness, Douglas Walsh, seeking to be excluded from military service. Walsh was attempting to establish that he was an ordained minister of a religious organization.
Among the witnesses called were Fred Franz, then vice-President of the WBTS and Haydon Covington, legal counsel of the WBTS and Grant Suiter, Secretary-Treasurer of the WBTS. President Nathan Knorr and Covington did not get along and Covington was dis-fellowshipped in 1963. But, at this time Covington was an avowed Witness as well as a member of the Board and he was questioned by the government attorney, as follows:
Question: Let us follow that up just a little. It was promulgated as a matter which must be believed by all members of Jehovah's Witnesses that the Lord's Second coming took place in 1874?
Answer: I am not familiar with that. You are speaking on a matter that I know nothing of.
Question: You heard Mr. Franz's evidence?
Answer: I heard Mr. Franz testify, but I am not familiar with what he said on that, I mean the subject matter of what he was talking about, so I cannot answer any more than you can, having heard what he said.
Question: Leave me out of it.
Answer: That is the source of my information, what I have heard in court.
Question: You have studied the literature of your movement?
Answer: Yes, but not all of it. I have not studied the seven volumes of "Studies in the Scriptures," and I have not studied this matter that you are mentioning now of 1874. I am not at all familiar with that.
Question: Assume from me that it was promulgated as authoritative by the WBTS that Christ's Second Coming was in 1874.
Answer: Taking that assumption as fact, it is a hypothetical statement.
Question: That was the publication of false prophecy?
Answer: That was the publication of a false prophecy, it was a false statement or an erroneous statement in fulfillment of a prophecy that was false or erroneous.
Question: And that had to be believed by the whole of Jehovah's Witnesses?
Answer: Yes, because you must understand we must have unity, we cannot have disunity with a lot of people going every way, an army is supposed to march in step.
Question: You do not believe in the worldly armies, do you?
Answer: We believe in the Christian Army of God.
Question: Do you believe in worldly armies?
Answer: We have nothing to say about that, we do not preach against them, we merely say that the worldly armies, like the nations of the world today, are a part of Satan's Organization, and we do not take part in them, but we do not say the nations cannot have their armies, we do not preach against warfare, we are merely claiming our exemption from it, that is all.
Question: Back to the point now. A false prophesy was promulgated?
Answer: I agree to that.
Question: It had to be accepted by Jehovah's Witnesses?
Answer: That is correct.
Question: If a member of Jehovah's Witnesses took the view himself that that prophesy was wrong and said so he would be dis-fellowshipped?
Answer: Yes, if he said so and kept persisting in creating trouble, because if the whole organization believes one thing, even though it is erroneous, and some body else starts on his own trying to put his ideas across then there is disunity and trouble, there cannot be harmony, there cannot be marching together. When a change comes it should come from the proper source, the head of the organization, the governing body, not from the bottom upwards, because everybody would have ideas, and the organization would disintegrate and go in a thousand different directions. Our purpose is to have unity.
Question: Unity at all cost?
Answer: Unity at all costs, because we believe and are sure that Jehovah God is using our organization, the governing body of our organization to direct it, even though mistakes are made from time to time.
Question: A unity based upon an enforced acceptance of false prophecy?
Answer: That is conceded to be true.
Question: And the person who expressed his view, as you say, that it is wrong, and was dis-fellowshipped, would be in breach of the Covenant, if he was baptized?
Answer: That is correct.
Question: And as you said yesterday expressly, would be worthy of death?
Answer: I think ---
Question: Would you say yes or no?
Answer: I will answer yes, unhesitatingly.
Question: Do you call that religion?
Answer: It certainly is.
Question: Do you call it Christianity?
Answer: I certainly do.
H.C. Covington, Scotland Trial, pp340-343
As we can easily see the view Covington expressed is consistent with the teaching revealed in these photocopies and as imposingly arrogant as that of the Popes of Papal Rome. The WBTS is a dictatorship of the worst sort and involves not just the bodies, but the souls of men. When they speak of Jehovah's Witnesses as "slaves," that is exactly what the WBTS wants them to be and if one does not blindly follow what they are told to believe and do, they are kicked out.
The following is a revealing view of Fred Franz on the stand in the same trial in Scotland:
Question: Where upon that particular point does the adherent find any enlightenment?
Answer: In the publications that he reads.
Question: Must he read all of them to arrive at the fact that upon this one point Judge Rutherford was in error?
Answer: It isn't necessary for him to read that Judge Rutherford is in error on that point. What he is interested in is present truth, the up-to-date truth.
Question: Yesterday's errors cease to be published do they?
Answer: Yes, we correct ourselves.
Question: But not always expressly?
Answer: We correct ourselves as it becomes due to make a correction, and if any thing is under study we make no statement of it until we are certain.
Question: But may one not assume that Judge Rutherford did not publish until he also was certain?
Answer: He published only when he was convinced, and he withheld publication until he was convinced that he was correct.
Question: So that what is published as truth today by the Society may have to be admitted to be wrong in a few years?
Answer: We have to wait and see.
Question: And in the meantime the body of Jehovah's Witnesses have been following error?
Answer: They have been following misconstructions on the Scriptures.
Answer: Well, error.
There is much more that could be cited but this is clear enough to show the unthinking regimentation enforced on all Jehovah's Witnesses who must blindly accept whatever they are told at whatever time it is given to them.
'Judge' Rutherford's reign
'Judge' Rutherford was even more pointed in declaring his calculations, prophecies and dates as emanating from God than was Russell. He repeatedly insisted that God guided him. But he was just as much a failure as Russell, as these quotes reveal:
"Based upon the argument heretofore set forth, then, that the old order of things, the old world, is ending and is therefore passing away, and that the new order is coming in, and that 1925 shall mark the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old and the beginning of reconstruction, it is reasonable to conclude that millions of people now on the earth will be still on the earth in 1925. Then, based upon the promises set forth in the divine Word, we must reach the positive and indisputable conclusion that millions now living will never die." (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1920, page 97)
"The period must end in 1925. The type ending, the anti type must begin; and therefore 1925 is definitely fixed in the scriptures. Every thinking person can see that a great climax is at hand. The Scriptures clearly indicate that the climax is the fall of Satan's empire and the full establishment of the Messianic kingdom. This climax being reached by 1925, and that marking the beginning of the fulfillment of the long promised blessings of life to the people, millions now living on earth will be living then and those who obey the righteous laws of the new arrangement will live forever. Therefore it can be confidently said at this time that millions now living will never die." (Golden Age, Jan. 4, 1922, p217).
"We have no doubt whatever in regard to the chronology relating to the dates of 1874, 1914, 1918, and 1925. It was on this line of reckoning that the dates 1874, 1914, and 1918 were located; and the Lord has placed the stamp of his seal upon 1914 and 1918 beyond any possibility of erasure. What further evidence do we need? Using this same measuring line…. it is an easy matter to locate 1925, probably in the fall, for the beginning of the anti typical jubilee. There can be no more question about 1925 than there was about 1914." (The Watchtower, May 15, 1922, p150).
"It is on the basis of such and so many correspondences - in accordance with the soundest laws known to science- that we affirm that, Scripturally, scientifically, and historically, present-truth chronology is correct beyond a doubt. Its reliability has been abundantly confirmed by the dates and events of 1874, 1914, and 1918. Present-truth chronology is a secure basis on which the consecrated child of God may endeavor to search out things to come." The Watchtower, June 15, 1922.
"This chronology is not of man, but of God. Being of divine origin and divinely corroborated, present-truth chronology stands in a class by itself, absolutely and unqualifiedly correct…." The Watchtower, July 15, 1922 p217.
"1914 ended the Gentile Times…The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures…by then the great crisis will be reached and probably passed' The Watchtower, September. 1, 1922, p262.
Under Knorr and Franz
In The Watchtower (November 1, 1956) the WBTS stated that 'no group of men, no clergy, no pope, no hierarchy, no council controls the society, but "THE LIVING GOD, JEHOVAH," is the DIRECTOR of the theocratic Christian organization'.
This claim by the Society leaders is as foolishly arrogant as that made by any pope, hierarchy, council, or cult leader in all history. To dare to claim that they are inspired in their pronouncements so that every Jehovah's Witness is obligated to accept their bald lying prophecies and laughable doctrinal 'flip-flops' on pain of dis-fellowship, even if the pronouncement or doctrine is clearly shown to be in error later (as has happened so often) is to claim to be God! Logically, claiming to be inspired in the first place obviously means they would never, ever, be in error and therefore need to change anything? To claim otherwise is to accuse God of making mistakes!
To return to the eye-opening Scotland Trial (p22-25) - consider these replies to questions made by President of the WBTS, Fred Franz:
Question: Could I pause now to ask you your understanding of the word theocratic as applied to the organization known as Jehovah's Witnesses?
Answer: Yes. Theocratic means simply, God-ruled. It means that Jehovah God is the Creator, the Former and Founder of the organization, and that he is its directive Head; that the organization therefore is ruled from the top down and not from the bottom up; that is, therefore, not a democratic organization deriving its authority from the people, from the members of the organization but is governed by Jehovah God the Most High.
Question: I would like if I may to explore that in a moment or two. Do I put it fairly this way in your view that it is theocratic because it is the essential element of the belief of Jehovah's Witnesses that authority comes from the top downwards.
Answer: That is true.
Question: And that at the top is Jehovah God?
Question: Who is able to make known His Commandments through the medium of an organization which he uses on earth?
Question: Is it your view and belief that that organization is the body, the voluntary association of Christian persons who call themselves and are called Jehovah's Witnesses?
Answer: Yes. That is the visible theocratic organization on earth today.
Question: Are these directions and commands carried out today through the executive body, which is in the end of the world, is to be found in the President and Directors of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society?
Question: And we shall hear how that Society is formed and ordered. Is that regarded by Jehovah's Witnesses as the visible agency which Jehovah God is using at the present time?
Question: To conduct and direct the work which he wishes done on earth today?
Question: That is your belief?
Question: Is it for that reason that Jehovah's Witnesses accept without question doctrines and Biblical interpretations as expounded by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society through its Directors?
Question: In publications both periodical and in book form?
Question: Issued by and with the authority of the President and Directors of that Society?
These clear claims by the WBTS were made more than once in the Trial - Jehovah's Witnesses must accept without question whatever the WBTS declares to be the truth from 'Jehovah' and they give lip service to freedom of choice while it remains obvious there is no freedom of choice.
In a later exchange (page 133 of the trial), Franz admits the obvious:
Question: Is there any hope of salvation for a man who depends upon his Bible alone when he is in a situation in this world where he cannot get the tracts and publications of our incorporation?
Answer: He is dependent upon the bible.
Question: Will he be able to interpret it truly?
Again we find the arrogant claim that no one can understand the Bible apart from the Society publications - a claim made initially in the days of Russell, even though most of his teachings are now rejected or contradicted by the Society! Grant Suiter was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society at this time and he also was examined at the Scotland Trial - and this is how he answered (see p499) the question of the role of a Jehovah's Witness:
Question: Isn't he expected to familiarize himself with the publications of the Society?
Answer: He certainly is.
Question: Indeed can he in the view of Jehovah's Witnesses have an understanding of the Scriptures apart from the publications of Jehovah's Witnesses"
Question: Only by the publications can he have a right understanding of the Scriptures?
Answer: That is right.
Question: Is that not arrogance?
We have already seen that, just like Papal Rome, even if error is taught the Witnesses must accept it as the truth and act upon it on pain of dis-fellowship. Then, when the error is corrected or replaced by another error (as is almost inevitable as we will reveal in time with dozens of examples!), they must accept that as the truth and abandon their former belief.
Thus the arrogance of the quote we supplied earlier is utterly transparent:
"So does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet?...This "prophet" was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian Witnesses." (The Watchtower, April 1, 1972)
Really - 'Whom Can You Trust?
The WBTS make a point of emphasising that readers can place their trust in the publications of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, particularly the periodicals known as Awake! and The Watchtower. These magazines also claim that their organization is the "sole collective channel for the flow of Biblical truth to men on earth" (The Watchtower, September 15, 1960, p439). The Bible instructs believers to "examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:21) and - the verse the WBTS are so fond of quoting - Acts 17:11 informs us that the believers at Berea were commended for testing the words the Apostle Paul preached by the Scriptures. Clearly it is essential for all believers to carefully check out any teachings they read or hear and Jehovah's Witnesses should do the same when they are told to trust material printed in the Watchtower publications.
Our spiritual life is of the utmost importance for, if our faith is in error, it can mean eternal separation from God. Who would trust their eternal destiny to a presumptuous fraudster (we haven't yet mentioned C.T. Russell's embarrassing court appearance in which he was exposed as a fraud as a theologian and his honesty as a husband and businessman was found equally wanting) who claimed that Jesus Christ returned in 1874 (The Time Is At Hand, p170), when we know the important warning given in Matthew 24:23-27 and can clearly see that this event has not taken place?
It is no wiser to have faith in statements that claimed World War I would end with the glorious outcome of Messiah's Kingdom (Watchtower Reprints, September 1, 1916, p5951) or Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would be resurrected and living on earth by 1925 (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, p89-90) and then insisting this 1925 date was definitely marked by Scripture? (The Watchtower, September 1, 1922 p262).
It is clear from the abundance of evidence presented in these pages that we should not place our spiritual trust in those who proclaim such obvious errors. The Lord Jesus Christ warns us to "take heed that you be not misled; for many will come in My Name, saying 'I am He' and, 'The time is at hand;' do not go after them" (Luke 21:8). These prophetic words of our Saviour are being fulfilled today by the adherents of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and it is clear that they have been peddling this lie for more than a century!
Again, if we examine the covers of The Watchtower magazines for January 15, 1979 and October 15, 1979 we find that each proclaim that the time is at hand.
The Lord Jesus Christ advises - Do Not Go After Them!
The founder of the WBTS, Charles T. Russell specifically published a book entitled The Time Is At Hand!
As we have seen, many of the false prophecies proclaimed by the Watchtower publications are dismissed by them as mere mistakes in order to attempt to avoid the charge of being a false prophet. The 1980 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses (p63) attempted to pass off the 1925 failure (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to be resurrected and living on earth) as only a mistake! Keep in mind that many so sincerely believed in this prophecy that homes and other possessions were sold to further the Society's work and many Jehovah's Witnesses gave up the opportunity to have children or further their education and progress their prospects.
The Watchtower organization's effort to minimize their "mistakes" does not take away or change God's clear instructions to believers concerning false prophets. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 - and the other Scriptures quoted earlier - gives us divine instruction not to follow or give attention to prophets whose predictions do not come to pass. The many clear claims by the WBTS, such as The Watchtower, April 1, 1972, claim to being a prophet of God (titled: "They shall know that a prophet was among them") in which they asserted that 'the prophet' is the group known as Jehovah's Witnesses. Furthermore, they also claimed that they are the "only organization on earth that understands the deep things of God" (The Watchtower July 1, 1973 p402). This "prophet" organization again and again predicted events that did not come to pass and demonstrated beyond question that they are false prophets and that the publications promoted by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society cannot be trusted.
Nobody should place their trust in the books and magazines of a moronic religious organization, but only in the living Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ who loves you and created you to have fellowship with Him. The loving relationship man once had with God has been broken by sin and mankind has turned away from God in horrendous, sinful rebellion which we see in the behaviour of people in every walk of life - as Romans 3:23 tells us:
'For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God'.
God still loved us and sent His Son Jesus to provide a way for us to be forgiven and to restore this fellowship so that Scripture tells us (Romans 5:8):
'But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us'.
The vilest side of cult leaders is the manner in which they reveal that they are led by Satan and this is easily proven by the way in which they make it appear that you must work hard for your salvation and hide the fact that eternity in heaven is not earned but is already guaranteed as a free gift by the sacrifice made at Calvary by the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10):
'... for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them'.
Can you understand and receive this simple instruction?:
salvation is a gift;
you cannot pay for a gift;
it is not earned by doing good things (works!);
therefore no man can boast that he got to heaven by being good;
we were created in Jesus to do good works after we were saved;
God had prepared these 'good works' for us to do ('walk in them') because He knows who will accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour;
we can only please God by accepting Jesus first and then trying to do the 'good works' - but no works ever play a part in our salvation!;
trying to do 'good works' to please God without accepting Christ will never get us into heaven!
Can you now understand why the WBTS offer of 'Paradise on Earth' is an utter insult to the God of the Bible?
For you to receive this restored fellowship (thus receiving the gift of eternal life) you must do two things:
Repent of sinful, selfish ways, turning to God for forgiveness (Acts 3:19);
receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord (John 1:12);
only then can you immediately receive the gift of eternal life and come into a loving relationship with the living Saviour;
Remember, eternal life is God's gift to you (Ephesians 2:8-10), not something you have to earn.
To be saved immediately just pray to the Father God and acknowledge you are a sinner and that you cannot by any means save yourself. Then proclaim your trust in Jesus, that He died and rose again to save you from eternal death. Thank the Lord for His forgiveness and His gift of eternal life. Ask Him to take control of your life and then turn your life over to Him. Remember that, after you have sincerely prayed this prayer, you have eternal life - the Bible gives us assurance of this (1 John 5:11-14):
'And the witness is this, that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath the life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life. These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us'.
We have already read many of the Bible verses dealing with how true and false prophets are identified. But the One True God of the Bible has also given us other information about the dealings of false prophets:
Jeremiah 5:30-31 A wonderful and horrible thing is come to pass in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Jeremiah 14:14 Then Jehovah said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake I unto them: they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their own heart.
Having examined the record we must logically and Scripturally conclude that, beyond any reasonable doubt, the WBTS is a false prophet and is not 'Jehovah's' means of communication to man today or at any time in their past history.
No person (or Jehovah's Witness) should be afraid or even slightly influenced by the false prophets of the WBTS and ever let them interpret the Bible. As already shown, the Lord Jesus Christ promised that the Holy Spirit would lead every sincere believer 'into all truth' (John 14:26; 16:7ff. etc.).
Are you willing to trust God and His Word?
Are you going to obey Moses and Jesus Christ and reject the false prophet called the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society?
That is what the God of the Bible clearly tells you to do!