Exposing The Jehovah’s Witnesses (Part 2)
By: Brian A. Yeager
We know that the Lord hates liars (Proverbs 6:16-19). Liars have an eternity of Hell to look forward to (Revelation 21:8). Those who are “false witnesses”, have much to be concerned about. Consider this Scripture: “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish” (Proverbs 19:9). The best Bible definition I can think for “Jehovah’s Witnesses” is this: “He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit” (Proverbs 12:17). When you think about what a witness is, you have the very first lie the JW’s tell by claiming to be witnesses of / for Jehovah.
The Lie Of Being “Jehovah’s Witnesses”
When one claims to be a witness of something, they are claiming to have seen something. The term “witness” is defined as: “a person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident” (New Oxford American Dictionary). The Scriptures support this definition of what a witness is (Acts 1:21-26, Acts 2:32, and Acts 3:15). The Lord has not shown these fakers anything for them to be witnesses of (Isaiah 43:10-12). God has not given them the Holy Ghost to be witnesses of anything (Acts 5:32 and Acts 15:8). We know this because Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 2:1-4 and Acts 10:44-48) has ceased (Ephesians 4:5; cf. I Peter 3:20-21) and there are no Apostles to give the Spirit now (Acts 8:12-24 and Acts 19:1-7). If they claim they have the Spirit, it is easy to ask them to prove such by doing a miracle (Hebrews 2:4). Most certainly, we know they have not seen God to be a witness in that manner (John 1:18 and I John 4:12). Therefore, by all definitions of the word “witness”, we know they are LIARS by claiming to be Jehovah’s Witnesses! This is even proven more by the fact that what they claim to be “witnessing” is false!
The Lies (False Prophecies) About The Coming Of Christ
What does the word of God tell us about those who prophesy something that does not come true? Notice the answer to our question: “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul… But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him… Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD… But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways [note: I find this interesting seeing as how the JW’s boast of the millions among their numbers – B.A.Y.]; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3, Deuteronomy 18:20-22, Jeremiah 23:30-32, and II Peter 2:1-3).
Understand also, those who believe false prophets are not excused from God’s judgment. Believing a lie does not mean you’re innocent of something wrong. Notice: “Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them” (Jeremiah 14:13-16). The “young prophet” was told a lie, his following of that lie lead to his death at the hand of God (I Kings 13:1-32). We are all instructed to thoroughly examine all who claim to tell us of God’s will (Matthew 7:15-20 and I John 4:1). We must test those who teach us with the word of God (Acts 17:10-11). Now prepare to be amazed at the false prophecies of the JW’s.
Notice these failed prophesies:
1888: "In this chapter we present the Bible evidence proving that the full end of the times of the gentiles, i.e., the full end of their lease of dominion, will be reached in A.D. 1914; and that the date will be the farthest limit of the rule of imperfect men. And be it observed, that if this is shown to be a fact firmly established by the Scriptures, it will prove; Firstly, that at that date the Kingdom of God, for which our Lord taught us to pray, saying, Thy Kingdom come, will obtain full, universal control, and that it will then be set up, or firmly established, in the earth, on the ruins of present institutions" (The Time Is At Hand, 1888, p. 76, 77).
1889: "In the coming 26 years, all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved" (C.T. Russell, Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 98-99, 1889).
1889: "Remember that the forty years' Jewish Harvest ended October A.D. 69, and was followed by the complete overthrow of that nation; and that likewise the forty years of the Gospel age harvest will end October, 1914, and that likewise the overthrow of 'Christendom,' so-called, must be expected to immediately follow" (Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 245).
1894: "We see no reason for changing the figures - nor could we change them if we would. They are, we believe, God's dates, not ours. But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble" (Watchtower July 15, 1894, p 266; p. 1677).
1897: "Complete destruction of the 'powers that be' of 'this present evil worlds - political, financial, ecclesiastical - about the close of the Time of the Gentiles; October A.D. 1914." (C.T. Russell, Studies in the Scriptures, IV, p. 622, 1897)
1908: "In view of this strong Bible evidence concerning the Times of the Gentiles, we consider it an established truth that the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished at the end of A. D. 1914." (The Time Is At Hand; 1889; 1908 ed.; p. 99)
1914: "Studying God's Word, we have measured the 2520 years, the seven symbolic times, from that year 606 B.C. and have found that it reached down to October, 1914, as nearly as we were able to reckon. We did not say positively that this would be the year" (Watchtower, November 1, 1914, p. 325). What of their quote from 1894? Now they have a reason to change the figures, right?
During WWI (before 1918): "The present great war in Europe is the beginning of the Armageddon of the Scriptures (Rev 19:16-20). It will eventuate in the complete overthrow of all the systems of error which have so long oppressed the people of God and deluded the world. We believe the present war cannot last much longer until revolutions shall break out" (C.T. Russell, Pastor Russell's Sermons, p. 676). Why are they still writing in 1915? They prophesied that all things were to end in 1914.
Believe it or not, the JW’s currently explain their failed prophesies of the past by saying the kingdom of Christ began in 1914 (http://www.watchtower.org/e/bh/appendix_10.htm). Bible students know that the kingdom has been in existence since the first century (Colossians 1:12-13 and Revelation 1:9). Thinking people can see that what they’ve prophesied in the past has failed!
The JW’s have many failed prophesies. According to the Scriptures we’ve read, they are not to be listened to after one failure. More could be said, but what more needs to be said? We will have another article on the JW’s next week. I am not yet sure which of their many errors we’ll address next.
Volume 10 – Issue 6 - November 1st, 2009