Prophesies by

The Jehovah’s Witness Organization

 

 

As is also consistent with Mormon teachings, Jehovah’s Witness teachings include Prophesies about future events.  It is important to remember the two Old Testament verses regarding prophesy and whether the prophet is from God:

Deuteronomy 18:22  "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him."

1 John 4:1 "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."

How does the Jehovah's Witness prophesies stand up in light of these two verses?

1872 – Breaking Into Pieces of the Kingdoms of This World

“In this chapter we present the Bible evidence which indicates that six thousand years from the creation of Adam were complete with A.D. 1874; and hence that, since A.D. 1872, we are chronologically entered upon the seventh thousand or the Millennium - the forepart of which, the 'Day of the Lord,' the 'day of trouble,' is to witness the breaking into pieces of the kingdoms of this world and the establishment of the Kingdom of God under the whole heavens.” (Charles T. Russell: Studies in the Scriptures vol.2 - The Time Is At Hand, 1913 ed . p.33)

Studies in the Scriptures Vol.2

https://archive.org/details/studiesinscriptu02russ/page/n35

Does what has happened in the world for the past 100+ years show that there has been any “breaking into pieces of the kingdoms of this world and the establishment of the Kingdom of God under the whole heavens”?

 

1914—A Significant Year in Bible Prophecy  (Jesus return)

www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/1914-a-significant-year-in-bible-prophecy

The 8th paragraph states, “Just as Jesus predicted, his “presence” as heavenly King has been marked by dramatic world developments—war, famine, earthquakes, pestilences. (Matthew 24:3-8; Luke 21:11) Such developments bear powerful testimony to the fact that 1914 indeed marked the birth of God’s heavenly Kingdom and the beginning of “the last days” of this present wicked system of things —2 Timothy 3:1-5”.

This refers to one of the earlier of the Jehovah’s Witness prophesies about Jesus Christ’s returning, and the link is from the official Jehovah’s Witness site.  This talks about 1914 marking “the birth of God’s heavenly Kingdom and the beginning of “the last days” of the present wicked system of things”  As there have been over 100 years since this prophesy, do you see any evidence that God’s Kingdom has come into being, or any specific details of this in what was written?

 

Here are a few of the sites indicating many of the Jehovah’s Witness inaccurate prophesies.

Jehovah’s Witnesses/ Watchtower Prophecies

www.letusreason.org/JW47.htm

Watch Tower Society unfulfilled predictions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Tower_Society_unfulfilled_predictions#1914:_The_end_of_human_rulership

Jehovah's Witnesses of the Watchtower False Prophecies

www.truthandgrace.com/WTfalseprophecies.htm

Prophecy blunders of Jehovah's Witnesses

www.bible.ca/Jw-Prophecy.htm

Changed Dates : Failed Predictions

www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/1800s.php

Jehovah's Witnesses and their many false prophecies

https://carm.org/jehovahs-witnesses-and-their-many-false-prophecies

 

When we consider the Jehovah’s Witness prophesies, we find that they are also similar to Mormon prophesies in their lack of accuracy.  Again, the Bible shows us how to tell if a prophesy is from God or not.  And again, The Old Testament also shows how serious it was for a person to say they had a prophesy from God.  

Deuteronomy 18:22 "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him."

   1st John instructs us to test the prophecy claiming to be from God.

1 John 4:1 "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."

And again, what was the punishment for a false prophet, showing the seriousness of this to God?

Deuteronomy 18:20 "But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die."

Deuteronomy 13:5 "That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the LORD your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you."

The Bible has proven itself true through its accuracy over time and through prophecy.  How does the emphasis on the Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell compare to the Bible’s accuracy and warning about adding to the Bible?

Again, Charles Taze Russell’s quote:

"If anyone lays Scriptural Studies aside even after he has become familiar with them, after he has read them ten years, and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness"

"If the six volumes of Scriptural Studies are practically the Bible topically arranged, with Bible-proofs given, we might not improperly name the volumes, The Bible in Arranged Form. That is to say, they are not merely comments on the Bible, but they are practically the Bible itself"            Charles Taze Russell

Watchtower, September 15, 1910, page 298.

www.scripturessay.com/a-reply-to-a-jehovahs-witness/9

Considering the Studies in the Scriptures “are practically the Bible itself”, this quote sounds as though one could just ignore the Bible.  How does this sound compared to the commands in the Bible?

2 Timothy 3:15-17 “… from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”

Revelation 22:18-19 “For I testify together to everyone who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add on him the plagues that have been written in this Book. And if anyone takes away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which have been written in this Book.”

 

2 Timothy 3:15-17 shows that the Bible is fully sufficient for everything necessary for a Godly person.  Revelation 22:18-19 indicates the punishment God has for anyone adding anything to or taking anything away from the prophesies of the book of Revelation and possibly the entire Bible.   

Whether the Revelation passage applies to only the book of Revelation or the entire Bible, can you think of any reason why any of these works which contradict Biblical Teaching wouldn’t fall under God’s warning of “adding to or taking away from”?  If these works (Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, The Watchtower, Awake, and Studies in the Scriptures) and failed prophesies qualify, do you really want to put your trust in one of these religions?

We have seen that the Bible teaches that there is only one God, that God knows everything, and knows of no other Gods.  This one and only God doesn't share His glory with any other, and is the only one to be worshipped.  The Bible teaches that Jesus created everything, that He has always existed, and that He received Glory and accepted worship.  The Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit has personal characteristics, and even Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as “Him”.  The only logical conclusion regardless of whether we fully understand the implications is that there is only one God; and The Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are that one true God, and are also separate persons from one another.  The teaching of the Trinity by the Bible is clear.

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