This blog will no longer be in use -though it will be left up- as we have moved to a new location here on Word Press. The new blog is at http://razorswift.wordpress.com/. I had high hopes and many ideas for this blog, but life simply got in the way. Hence, the few number of posts. What do I mean by that? Well, some of you may know that I’ve had a debilitating back injury, and that since 2007 I haven’t been able to work much because of it. As time has gone on, I’ve since learned (by numerous doctor visits) of more issues that have been compounding my problem. I’ll spare you the details but just ask you to pray. Through all the physical, emotional, and financial pain etc that I’ve experienced in these recent years, it has forced me to dig deep into myself and ask existential questions about what I know and what I think I know. It has been a challenge, but has forced me -in a good way- to research many of the topics, issues, etc that I previously didn’t have time for. It’s still a daily struggle to make sense of it all (I’m tired of doctors hehe), how/if I’ll get better, but I know one day this situation will be used for a purpose. With this new blog, I hope to be much more active and have provoking thoughts and ideas that will make people think. Since it appears that my drumming days are over, I would like in the future to pursue going to school at Southern Evangelical Seminary. It only takes money…
The Watchtower claims that they are the only true organization/religion that’s approved by Jehovah God, and that they were definitively chosen in 1919. Read below…
This is an astounding claim to many, considering all of what the Society teaches, especially what they were teaching back in 1919. Though we don’t have the space to examine every doctrine they were teaching at the time, we’ll include a good amount to see if their statement could possibly be true.
THE WBTS WAS CHOSEN BY JESUS IN 1919 DESPITE:
1. Teaching the worship of Charles Taze Russell-
2. Teaching the worship of Jesus-
3. Teaching that Jesus became king in 1878 (not 1914)-
4. That one of their main magazine editors was demon possessed-
5. Promoting books dictated by fallen angels to humans-
(1924 Angels and Women)
“I made some inquires, and was told that it was a book that a fallen angel dictated to a woman, showing a desire to come back in harmony with God; and that Pastor Russell approved of the book.” -1924 Dec 3rd Golden Age page 50
6. Preaching racism-
“While it is true that ‘of one blood God hath made all nations of men nevertheless under present imperfect conditions a wise segregation is probably an advantage to all concerned.”-1919 The Golden Age page 8
7. Preaching the cross-
8. Teaching that Jesus returned invisibly in 1874-
9. Teaching that the 1000 year reign of Christ started in 1874-
10. Teaching that the “other sheep” were to be in Heaven and number approximately 411,840,000-
“The number of the Great Company (other sheep) will apparently exceed one hundred millions. Num. 4:46-48 and Ex. 28:1 indicate but one priest to each 2,860 Levites, which would make the number of the Great Company approximate 411,840,000.—T118, 119; Dan. 7:10. 5:12. Saying with a loud voice—The Great Company will be very enthusiastic workers on the other side of the veil…“-1918 The Finished Mystery page 102-103
11. Teaching that Charles Taze Russell was the Faithful and Discreet Slave, hence no Governing Body-
12. Teaching that World War 1 is Armageddon-
13. Teaching that Michael is the pope-
14. Teaching that the pyramids were God’s witness stone-
Charles Taze Russell loved the pyramids so much that he requested in his will to have one placed next to his grave site. The Society carried out his request.
15. Promoting the pagan “winged sun disk”-
16. Promoting Masonic symbols-
17. Falsely prophesying the end of the world in 1918-
18. Celebrating holidays-
If you haven’t read Part 1 please do so before reading this post CLICK HERE…it’s the law lol j/k. In this installment of the “Kingdom of God” I would love to share some more interesting verses on this subject. I “discovered” these verses below.
Isa 60:19-21 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but Jehovah will be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down, neither shall thy moon withdraw itself; for Jehovah will be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. 21 Thy people also shall be all righteous; they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
The obvious observation is that this scripture is in the Old Testament. So logically one can conclude that this scripture and the “thy’s” and the “thee’s” are directed at Israel and the patriarchs. This passage of scripture has some interesting cross references to the New Testament. Where in human history has the sun and moon not shown nor been needed for light etc? Well, yes this is a trick question it hasn’t happened yet but will happen in the future according to Revelation 21:23 and 22:5.
Revelation 21:23 And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof is the Lamb.
Revelation 22:5 And there shall be night no more; and they need no light of lamp, neither light of sun; for the Lord God shall give them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
These passages refer to the time after (ya eternity) the thousand year reign of Christ or “new millennium” as some call it. The JW’s will say that the “other sheep” will benefit from the light of Jehovah and the “Theocratic Reign” from Jesus and the 144K, but only from “paradise earth”. There’s a city that was mentioned in Revelation 21:23, lets see if this has a cross reference that we can connect to. Well, in Hebrews it mentions that Abraham looked for a city whose builder is Jehovah below…
Hebrews 11:8-10 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Wait a minute here, what city was built by Jehovah that Abraham was waiting for? Perhaps this city is Jerusalem? There must be another scripture to clarify where this city is located. Read below…
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
Ok so we can see that this city is “heavenly” but who are the they according to Hebrews 11? Apparently it’s Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sarah etc. Make sure to read this chapter to verify this information. Lets make sure we know the name of this heavenly city before we conclude. According to Revelation 21:2 it is Jerusalem, well the “NEW JERUSALEM”. Read below…
Revelation 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
Why does the Watchtower insist that heaven is only for the 144K despite the Biblical evidence showing it’s for ALL who are obedient to Jehovah? I’ll let you decide the answer of that 😉
(NOTE: All scripture references are from the American Standard Version)
Earlier we discussed that the 144K class (according to past JW theology) was already fulfilled within the first few centuries A.D CLICK HERE. What sticks in current JW theology is that Jehovah chose the anointed Christians in 1919 as his faithful and discreet slave to be his representatives (1).This slave class is said to give “food at the proper time” or “meet in due season” (2). Interestingly enough is that there is a two class system of Christians within the Watchtower Society. The “Little Flock” (144k/anointed) are the ones said to be going to heaven while the “Other Sheep” are the ones with an earthly hope (3). So to reiterate here, the “Little Flock” are considered to be ONLY the anointed class and no one else. There is one main problem that one may find with this arrangement however. In the early days of the WBTS they viewed ALL true Christians as the “Little Flock” and that there was only ONE calling, which is the heavenly calling. Read the 1888 Watchtower June pg. 7 below…
The 1993 Proclaimers book pg. 160 admits this fact as well. Another interesting fact is that the Society once included Trinitarians like Wesley, Calvin, Luther, and Knox as part of the “Little Flock”. Read the 1883 Watchtower March pg. 5 below…
The Society also taught that “All must eat the flesh and blood of our Lord Jesus” (communion/partake of the emblems). Read the 1887 Watchtower February pg. 2 below…
So, if the WBTS has claimed that the “Little Flock” are all true Christians, then who have the other sheep been all along? To be continued…
(1) 1988 Revelation It’s Grand Climax At Hand paragraph 18 pg. 63.
(2) 1995 Knowledge Book pg. 161.
(3) 1989 Reasoning From The Scriptures pg. 166.
Can a simple misplacement of a single comma change the meaning of an entire scripture? You betcha, consider the following. The Watchtower Society has a peculiar comma placement in Luke 23:43 (see below). The section highlighted red is where the comma should be but instead they put it after the word “today”, this highlighted in blue. By moving the comma, it makes the meaning be that Jesus is proclaiming a statement today that the criminal will be in future paradise (in the millennium according to the JW’s) rather than that very day. This reflects their view of “soul sleep”. They teach that once a person dies there is nothing left of them that survives death. Hence, rejecting the teaching that we have a soul but rather we are the soul. (NOTE: TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEIR TEACHINGS ON SOUL READ THEIR 1989 “REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES” PAGE 375.)
(New World Translation) Luke 23:43
And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today,You will be with me in Paradise.”
To read this scripture from their own Bible CLICK HERE
Below is a sample comparison of other translations that show the comma in the correct place.
(New International Version)
Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(New American Standard Bible)
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
And He answered him, Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.
(New Living Translation)
And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(King James Version)
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
(American Standard Version)
And he said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.
(Young’s Literal Translation)
and Jesus said to him, `Verily I say to thee, To-day with me thou shalt be in the paradise.’
In the Watchtower’s 1969 “Kingdom Interlinear Translation” pg. 408 (below) they explain why they omit the comma before the word “today”. They do so because there are no commas in the Greek.
This seems like a logical explanation but one may ask, after having the correct placement of the comma in their (written by Benjamin Wilson a non JW) 1942 “Emphatic Diaglott” pg. 305, why would they change it in their translation? To clarify here, the WBTS bought the copyright of the “Diaglott” in the early 1900’s. See below…
Unfortunately, the Society has a history of making Bible “revisions” to tailor scriptures to fit their doctrines. This is just one small example of their willingness to do so.
As harmless as aluminum is for us today (has always been), the Society used to have a strong vendetta against it, for reasons I’m not sure. The Society had labeled it a “curse to humanity” and that “after syphilis…[aluminum] is the most common source of toxemia…not to mention that it’s “killing the whole
According to the 1936 the “Golden Age”, Sept. 23 pg. 803 “the unseen guests at the aluminum-dinner table” apparently are food poisoning, cancer, and death. See below…
In the same issue on page 806 they pictured a slaughtered goat (the public) that was “killed” by the “evil” men that endorse aluminum. Below…
According to this 1930 April 2nd “Golden Age” pg. 438 (below) “The Scientific American, The Literary Digest, most of the M.D.’s are dead wrong,” that aluminum is safe. They are “immune to facts or reasons as the D.D.’s are on the “hell” question. By the way D.D. stands for “Dumb Dogs”. Many groups that disagreed with JF Rutherford were often called this slander…how sincere he was.
Evidently, according to the “Golden Age”, Sept. 8, 1937, p. 771 (picture below) the rich greedy men were not too concerned about all of those “sick” people going to the hospital because of aluminum.
In the same issue on page 773 (below) the children were being loaded up “for the tomb”. Evidently, one of the children contracted insanity from aluminum.
Even as late as 1949, the Society was publishing comments from doctors on how harmful aluminum was. What I find interesting is that most of the doctors only had their initials listed, kinda makes it it hard to verify this information huh? Read the 1949 Awake Aug. 8th pg.16 below…
Finally we got new light (in 1962) that “At present the great majority of authorities in medical and scientific fields gave aluminum a rather clean bill of health.” This was printed in the 1962 June 22nd “Awake!” pg. 8. May the soup kitchens of the world rejoice.
The Watchtower Society tells it’s members that the Kingdom of God is his heavenly government and only the 144k (anointed) are included in this arrangement. Refer to the 2009 April Watchtower. I looked up the Greek word for “KINGDOM” in the Watchtower’s 1988 “Insight” book (also E Sword) and found the word “basileia”. Here’s the definition of it below…
1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
1a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom
1b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah
1c) of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom
2) a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king
3) used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah
As we can see from the definition above, “Kingdom” is also the TERRITORY that is “subject to the reign of a king”. I repeat, this word doesn’t only mean government/rule, but land and territory also. The Greek word for “GOVERNMENT” is “kuriotēs”. Here’s the definition below…
1) dominion, power, lordship
2) in the NT: one who possesses dominion
mastery, that is, (concretely and collectively) rulers: – dominion, government.
Here’s the problem with saying that the “Kingdom of God” is ONLY his government. The word government (kuriotēs) is NEVER used in the Greek where the word “KINGDOM” is mentioned! It’s always the word “basileia”, that is used in all of the 70+ times that the phrase (Kingdom/of God) shows up. I have cited a couple of scriptures below that say “Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets” will be IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. According to JW’s, the Old Testament saints won’t be in heaven but rather on earth, for eternity. Below are some scriptures that say otherwise.
Luke 13:28 “There is where [YOUR] weeping and the gnashing of [YOUR] teeth will be, when YOU see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside.”
Matt 8:11“But I tell YOU that many from eastern parts and western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens;”
According to this scripture below you have to be born again to SEE the Kingdom of God?!? Well, that’s what it says…
John 3:3 “In answer Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
(NOTE: ALL SCRIPTURES CITED ARE OF THE “NEW WORLD TRANSLATION”)
To see a video I made concerning this topic CLICK HERE.
To hear a recent Bible study I had with a JW on this subject (a Ministerial Servant) CLICK HERE. I admit that I could have said some things clearer but I know that our study got to him. He hasn’t returned since though we had been meeting fairly consistently for over 10 months. The audio tells the story.