‘Woe to those who yearn for the day of Jehovah! What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean for you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be like a man who flees from a lion and is confronted by a bear, and when he enters his house and leans his hand against the wall, a snake bites him. Will not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light; will it not have gloom, and not brightness?" - Amos 5

"So the Presence of the Son of Man Will Be"

Since the Bible Students came into association under Charles Taze Russell, they were led to believe in an invisible parousia. In fact for many years after 1914 the Watchtower continued to teach that the presence of Christ had commenced in 1874. It may be said that the ongoing invisible parousia is inextricably woven into the very fabric of the organization - a threadbare cloth to be sure. 

Of course, now Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ’s powerful parousia began in 1914. And the Watchtower explains that the Scriptures allow for the presence and conclusion to cover an extended period of time. 

Here is what Jesus said: “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father. For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” 

Concerning the verse above the Watchtower states:

“Notice that Jesus did not liken his presence to the relatively short period of time during which the Flood occurred in Noah’s day. Rather, he compared his presence to the much longer period of time that led up to the Flood. Included therein were Noah’s building of the ark and his preaching work, right up until the time that the Flood finally arrived.” (See Feb, 15, 2008 Watchtower)

But was Jesus really comparing his presence to the extended period of time that preceded the actual Deluge? Consider the context. Jesus prefaced his remarks about the Flood by saying: “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.” 

The unknowable day and hour is in reference to the parousia. Clearly, Jesus was not likening his presence to the years leading up to the Flood, but rather, the day and hour that Noah went into the ark and the hand of God closed the door behind them. Surely Jesus was not implying that the 120 year period that Noah worked on the ark was "the day and hour." Nor is there any justification for the assumption that Jesus was referring to the day and hour for the beginning of the great tribulation. The context explicity pertains to the day and hour of the coming of the Son of man to commence his presence. 

That is made apparent in the supplementary explanation Jesus related regarding the sudden separation of persons. “Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

In this brief illustration there is nothing to indicate an extended preceding period. The coming of the Lord initiates the sudden presence of the Son of man; therefore, the coming and beginning of the presence is the deadline - the commencement of the judgment, at least as far as the anointed are concerned. 

The Watchtower’s 1914 invisible parousia is most certainly a delusion. To be sure, it is the “deluding influence” that Paul foretold God allows to go to those that they may get to believing the lie in order that they may be judged. (Official site of Jehovah's Witnesses)

The truth is, the actual parousia has not begun. And its beginning cannot be divined using a contrived chronological formula. However, its duration is knowable. The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation reveal it to be roughly three and a half years. 

The Visible Presence of Christ

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‘Alas for the day!’ for a day is near,

yes, a day belonging to Jehovah is near. 

A day of clouds, an appointed time of nations

it will prove to be

Ezekiel 30:3

The Downfall of America

The coming of Christ in his Kingdom will be the most profound and far-reaching event in the history of mankind. While the first order of business for the incoming Kingdom will be the judgment of the house of God - the congregation of Christ - it will take place before the backdrop of the horrifying collapse of the mighty American superpower. The takedown of America is foreshadowed in prophecy by Egypt, which was symbolized in Ezekiel as a giant cedar tree, the shade of which covered the earth. The tyrants of the nations were commanded by Jehovah to chop it down to earth. The felling of the massive cedar is said to initiate a day belonging to Jehovah - otherwise known as judgment day. 

The Downfall of America

"You did not discern the time of your being inspected"

e-Watchman condensed

The Watchtower Society has served to restore the basic truth, lost since the apostasy of the second century. And in so doing the organization has served as a rallying point for those whom God has called into his kingdom. But just like the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the original congregation, elements within the Society have become apostate. Consequently, all of Jehovah’s Witnesses are under the influence of the foretold man of lawlessness. A great hour of test lies ahead.

The foretold apostasy subsequent to the manifestation of Jesus Christ is reflected in the Watchtower’s secret 10-year partnership with the United Nations, as well as their ongoing efforts to crush victims of child abuse. Jehovah’s Witnesses have also fallen victim to organizational idolatry. e-Watchman calls attention to the Watchtower’s unseemly doings and places the Society in the light of God’s prophetic denunciation to be enunciated at the coming of Christ. However, it seems most probable that the apostasy will become manifest even more so in the future, when the system collapses.

1914 and all that the Watchtower has attached to it, is the foretold “operation of error,” or as the newly revised NWT words it: “That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie.”

e-Watchman re-sets the parousia and time of the end to the immediate future, the advent of which will discredit the Watchtower beyond repair and stumble many who do not accept the truth, as Jesus foretold. Then, though, the spirit will be poured out upon the faithful in full measure, as never before, in order for a final witness to be given to the world – “and then the end will come.”

The Watchtower has mis-interpreted virtually every prophecy relevant to the time of the end – because of the “deluding influence” God allows. Hence, the seven-headed beast has not received its mortal head wound yet. The beast has not ascended from the abyss yet. Mankind has not received the 666 mark of the beast yet. The king of the north has not launched into his final campaign and subjugated the king of the south yet. The king fierce in countenance has not brought the holy ones to ruin yet. The upshot is, we are facing World War Three, global financial collapse and the imposition of a tyrannical one-world government and world-wide genocide.