Exposing The Jehovah’s Witnesses (Part 1)
By: Brian A. Yeager
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses are organized and overseen by an organization they call the “Watchtower” (http://www.watchtower.org). You’ll not read of this in the Bible. Christ oversees His church and the
Notice, to the right, what the sign on their building says.
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses Errors Concerning The “Last Days”
The Watchtower proclaims this: “BOOM! On June 3, 1991, with a reverberating rumble, Mount Fugen in Japan spewed out a torrent of volcanic gases and ash… We may not all live near an active volcano. Yet, what if we were facing a global catastrophe, putting all of us in a danger zone encompassing the entire globe? A book that has proved to be a reliable source of prophetic information warns us of a coming worldwide disaster and describes it this way: ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. . . . All the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation’. (Matthew 24:29, 30)… We can learn a lesson from the tragedy at Mount Fugen and discern the gravity of what lies ahead. Please consider the timely article ‘Stay Out of the Danger Zone’!” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20000215/article_01.htm).
When you look at the “Stay Out of the Danger Zone” garbage, you read this: “In the same chapter of the Bible that warns about an impending global catastrophe, we can read this description of preliminary developments: ‘Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. . . . Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness the love of the greater number will cool off. . . . And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.’—Matthew 24:7-14. We do not need to be news analysts to discern the current fulfillment of this prophecy. Especially since 1914, we have experienced it. This century has seen two world wars, a great number of civil wars, local warfares, and racial and religious conflicts. Mankind has suffered food shortages as a result of such wars, in addition to privations caused by natural disasters. Many lives have been swallowed up by earthquakes. Cults with dubious leaders and fanatic followers have sprung up. ‘The increasing of lawlessness’ has turned people away from showing love, and neighborliness is no longer the norm” (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20000215/article_02.htm). In the event that these articles are removed from their website, I have copies for reference.
Are we in the last days? Yes, we most certainly are. However, that did not begin in 1914 as they claim above and in many other publications the Watchtower produces. We know, through the Scriptures, that the last days began in Acts chapter two (approximately 33 AD). How do we know this? The text says so. Notice what Peter preached: “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:14-17).
The New Testament continues to prove that the last days were not to come in the future, but were and have been since the first century. Notice this Scripture: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
As you read the Jehovah’s Witnesses false teachings on the Second Coming of Christ, you’ll notice that they heavily lean on the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew. They specifically seem to reference the first thirty-three verses of Matthew chapter twenty-four. This is a grave error on their part, for it makes them very easy to expose. They teach, as we saw above, that Matthew 24:7-14 points towards wars, natural disasters, etc. which they claim shall mark the end of the world as we know it. They go on to teach, which we will discuss later, the idea of an eternal earth and only 144,000 making the grade for eternity in Heaven. That aside for now, we can easily put to rest the argument that the signs in Matthew chapter twenty-four point towards the end of the world.
The Truth About Matthew Chapter Twenty-Four
If you will open your Bible and begin reading in Matthew 23:34 through Matthew 24:36 you will quickly find out that the verses the JW’s use for their doctrine are ripped from their true context and twisted (cf. II Peter 3:16-18). Here are some contextual keys to seeing the truth of these chapters. First, notice the point Jesus was making was about the destruction of Jerusalem that occurred in THAT GENERATION: “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:34-39). Do you know any 1900+ year-old Jews?
Secondly, Jesus is asked two questions in Matthew twenty-four, which He will answer in order. They questioned about the destruction of the temple and then the end of the world. Here is the evidence: “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world” (Matthew 24:1-3)?
Thirdly, as we noticed in the beginning of the context of this discussion Jesus is having, these things were to come upon that generation: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:29-34). Sometimes people get lost in the language of seeing the Son of Man coming, etc. We must understand that there have been many nations that were judged and such language was used (Isaiah 13:1-22, Isaiah 23:17-24:23, etc.). This did not mean the end came then. It simply meant that man really irritated the Lord and He judged them. There have been many judgment days, but there will only be one “universal” Judgment Day (Matthew 25:31-46 and II Thessalonians 1:7-10)! We will later see, in this article, that there will be no earth for anyone to live on after the final Judgment Day.
Finally, we must understand that even Jesus does not know when He will return and the Judgment Day will commence. In fact, no one but the Father knows this information (Matthew 24:35-36). Notice this proclamation from His own mouth: “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13:31-33). In Mark’s account, that parallels Matthew chapter twenty-four, we have too much clarity to ignore. Jesus was able to give signs of the destruction of Jerusalem for He knew that time. He is unable to give us signs of His coming, for He does not know Himself. So understand this, there are no “hints” or “hidden clues” or even outright prophetic signs of the Second Coming of our Lord recorded in the Scriptures (cf. I Thessalonians 5:1-3). No one knew when He was coming back to hint to it. Jesus is the author of the New Testament (John 14:26; 16:13, and Hebrews 1:1-2). One cannot foretell something they do not know! Now consider that this is only the surface of the JW errors on the Second Coming of Christ.
The Jehovah’s Witness False Doctrine Of 144,000 In Heaven
The JW’s say: “Many readers of the Bible, however, are aware of Jesus' words: ‘In the house of my Father there are many abodes. . . . I am going my way to prepare a place for you.’ (John 14:2, 3) Does this not contradict the idea of life everlasting on a paradise earth? These teachings are not contradictory. In fact, one supports the other. To begin with, the Bible states that only a limited number of faithful Christians—namely, 144,000 of them—are raised as spirit creatures to live in heaven. Why are they given this wonderful reward? Because they make up the group that John saw in a vision who ‘came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a thousand years.’ (Revelation 14:1, 3; 20:4-6) " (http://www.watchtower.org/e/20001001/article_02.htm).
Let’s first put to rest the idea of a one thousand year reign of Christ on earth. The Bible shows that Jesus will not be on earth again. Notice: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:13-17). Jesus is our high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). Jesus will never cease being our high priest (Hebrews 7:22-24). If Jesus were ever on earth to reign, He would have to cease being our high priest (Hebrews 8:1-4). Therefore, He will never again be on earth!
Having put that error to bed, let’s consider the doctrine of the 144,000. To understand when we are talking about something figurative or something literal the context often leaves us with more that just a clue. Notice something: “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb” (Revelation 14:3-4). If one takes these verses to literally mean those who will be in Heaven then you must, based on those same verses, conclude they are already there, they’re male, and they’re virgins. JW’s, listen up! You cannot be one of the 144,000 since they’re already in Heaven! Women, you have no hope of Heaven. Men, have you had sexual relations with your wife as Hebrews 13:4 authorizes? You’re out too! To reality, we know this context, as well as chapter seven in Revelation, is figurative. The 144,000 represent those of both the Jewish economy and New Testament Christians. The blood of Christ saves both (Hebrews 9:15-17). It’s that simple. We preach Christ and prepare everyone who obeys the Gospel to have an eternal presence in HEAVEN because that is what the Scriptures teach (Matthew 7:21, Matthew 18:3-4, I Corinthians 15:50-58, II Corinthians 4:14-5:11, Colossians 1:5, and I Peter 1:3-4). What’s even worse than their perversion of the “144,000” is that they teach everyone else can inherit the earth.
If You’re Not One Of Their Mythical 144,000 You Can Have A Spot On Their New Earth
Pictured to the right is the JW doctrine of a new earth. This error is taught with these pictures on the JW’s official website: “When you
One, don’t ever trust your feelings (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25) or what your heart tells you (Proverbs 28:26 and Jeremiah 17:9-10). Second of all, the forever that applied to David’s seed (Psalms 89:35-37) has come to past in Christ as all mankind are welcome in God’s kingdom rather than just the seed of Abraham, David, etc. (Galatians 3:24-29 and Ephesians 2:11-17). The promises that were “forever” or “everlasting” in the Old Testament were never intended to continue literally forever (Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Colossians 2:14). Things such as the Passover (Exodus 12:14; cf. I Corinthians 5:7), the Sabbath (Leviticus 16:31; cf. Acts 20:7), the priesthood of Aaron (Leviticus 6:22; cf. Hebrews 7:11-14), circumcision (Genesis 17:1-13; cf. Galatians 6:15), etc. were said to be forever, but ended in Christ. The truth - the earth will not be eternal (II Peter 3:9-14). We will need a new dwelling place, a new earth and heaven. That is being prepared for the faithful right now (John 14:1-3). You won’t be petting lions or having a family in what God has really planned (Matthew 22:23-32). We should be preparing to meet the Lord (Matthew 24:42-51 and Matthew 25:1-30), not planting ourselves here (Colossians 3:1-4)!
It is not difficult to expose the errors of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is hard to pick which ones to expose. We will continue this series in the next article. I have yet to decide which, of the MANY, errors of JW’s we will expose. Please continue reading this series of articles.
Volume 10 – Issue 5 - October 25th, 2009