Questions from readers concerning Bible doctrines and issues confronting Jehovah’s Witnesses

Does Thess 4:17 indicate a rapture?

QUESTION: In view of 1 Thessalonians 4:17, will there perhaps be some anointed in the end who will not be killed, but will simply be "raptured"? Would appreciate your thoughts on this. The answer is no and yes. Allow me to explain. In context the verse in question states: “For this is what we tell [...]

2017-08-26T12:38:27+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Mailbag|177 Comments

The Prophets and the Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

QUESTION: Here is a quote from one of your articles I don't understand "Just as Jesus indicated that the Law and the Prophets were until John (the Baptizer), secondarily, or rather – primarily – the Prophets are until the second coming of Jesus Christ." Where do you get your understanding on the prophets are until [...]

2017-08-23T05:38:45+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Mailbag|76 Comments

The First Resurrection on the Last Day

QUESTION: At John 6:44 Jesus said no one can come to me unless the father draws him. The application always seems to be made by witnesses regarding that verse that it applies to all basically who become baptized witnesses or servants of Jehovah members of the other sheep. I have a hard time accepting that, [...]

2017-10-23T07:26:11+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Mailbag|174 Comments

Look out for those causing divisions

QUESTION: As a long time reader of what you've shared through the years, I'm curious as to your view of Paul's words to the followers of Jesus living at Rome: Rom 16:17 “Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which [...]

2017-08-24T06:57:23+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Mailbag|36 Comments

Is the eclipse a biblical sign?

QUESTION: Do you think the upcoming total eclipse is a biblical sign? In a word, no. An eclipse, though rare, is a natural phenomenon that occurs on a regular, totally predictable schedule and has since God created the heavens and the earth. Furthermore, an eclipse is only visible to certain geographic areas and only lasts [...]

2017-08-21T19:58:44+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Mailbag|32 Comments

The Vindication of Jehovah’s Sovereignty

QUESTION: The June 2017 Watchtower has a couple of articles entitled Keep Your Eyes on the Big Issue and Uphold Jehovah’s Sovereignty. The “big issue” is explained to be the ‘vindication of Jehovah’s sovereignty.’ The Watchtower has used this phrase since back in the 1930’s when Rutherford published a book called Vindication. But nowhere in [...]

2017-08-15T10:23:56+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Mailbag|93 Comments

Why Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Question: While you do make very good and fascinating points, the question I have is the following: Everything in Prophecy (Ezekiel, Isaiah, etc.) you point to the JW's as per the fulfillment. Is it not possible that these prophecies can also point to say the Adventists, Mormons, Baptists, Christadelphians, etc? How can you be so sure [...]

2017-07-08T08:48:15+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Mailbag|265 Comments

Addressing Accusations of Apostasy

This is a response to an email I recently received from one of Jehovah's Witnesses.  Satan has long used apostates in his efforts to seduce God's servants (Matt.13:36-39) Apostates may claim to worship Jehovah and to believe the Bible, but they reject the visible part of his organization. This is not true. The real apostates [...]

2017-10-20T17:37:46+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Mailbag|272 Comments

Trump, Fake News, the Deep State and Bible Prophecy

Question: I noticed you tweet a lot of political news. Can you possibly explain what the correlation is between prophecy and the current political scene? I find this president extremely repulsive, immature, and full of drama. I can't tell what news is fake or real. I thought we should be expecting a financial collapse soon, [...]

2017-07-03T17:31:37+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Mailbag|44 Comments

In the time of the end – a pushing

QUESTION: Do you see the Trump vs The Globalist "pushing" as truly the "pushing" as prophecy states or is it just a distraction? It certainly seems to be a conflict between the Iron and Clay. “In the time of the end the king of the south will engage with him in a pushing, and against him the [...]

2017-06-07T07:06:12+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Mailbag|103 Comments

If Jehovah knows all, why did he bother?

Question: If Jehovah is all-knowing, then he had to have known that Satan would rebel and that Adam and Eve would follow. Since God had to have known beforehand, why did he go through with it and allow all the misery and mayhem? Doesn’t that make him responsible for all of the evil in the [...]

2017-05-25T15:15:50+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Mailbag|269 Comments

Until the Son of man arrives

QUESTION: Given the current and developing situation for the brothers and sisters in Russia, when can we expect the Watchtower organization's leadership to admonish and encourage the friends in Russia to follow Jesus' advice at Matthew 10:23? “When they persecute you in one city, flee to another; for truly I say to you, you will [...]

2017-05-02T20:15:39+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Mailbag|132 Comments

If Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses…

QUESTION: I've been watching the development of the story out of Russia where Jehovah's Witnesses are evidently being accused of extremism by the Russian government, which is surprising since I thought Jehovah's Witnesses hold to neutrality and have since their beginning, not even taking up arms against others. How is it, then, that they [...]

2017-04-17T07:54:11+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Mailbag|118 Comments

What is the constant feature and when is it removed?

QUESTION: What is the "constant feature" mentioned in Daniel chaps. 8, 11, 12? The “constant feature” is what the Watchtower has explained it to be. Most translations either use the phrase “daily sacrifice” or “continual burnt offering.” The most literal rendering is “continual sacrifice” —alluding to the sacrifices associated with the physical tabernacle and temple attended [...]

2017-04-10T21:06:23+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Mailbag|73 Comments

What will you do when the end comes?

QUESTION: Jehovah's Witnesses expect there to be opposition from Satan and his agents, but given that the Watchtower's leadership is making decisions contrary to God's just and loving principles and likely to result in harassment from the authorities Jehovah has in place to punish wrongdoers, and given that the typical brother and sister has no [...]

2017-07-31T07:25:32+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Mailbag|59 Comments

Who Should Partake of the Memorial Emblems?

I am not claiming that all partakers are chosen to go to heaven. But not partaking isn't scriptural, for a couple reasons. 1 Timothy 4:1-5. But if all food can be consumed, so can the emblems. And this scripture may be referring to the WT, as they are the only group of people who believe [...]

2017-03-23T17:50:28+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Mailbag|314 Comments

Has the first resurrection begun?

QUESTION: I have a question for you. What is your understanding of Revelation 6:10,11? The Watchtower interprets it in a way so that they may support their 1918 resurrection dogma. In their Revelation Climax book and in W07 01/01 they say that the Christian martyrs' receiving white robes represents their being resurrected in 1918 while [...]

2017-03-27T14:44:45+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Mailbag|25 Comments

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses preaching a false message?

Apologies: For some unknown reason messages sent to me from the contact form were either not being delivered or were sent to my spam folder. This question from a JW reader was recovered. QUESTION: You say in some of your videos that despite some flaws, Jehovah's Witnesses are doing God's will on earth, namely [...]

2017-06-25T20:14:44+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Mailbag|89 Comments

Will the people of Sodom be resurrected?

QUESTION: The Watchtower has changed their position on this several times. I would like to know your opinion. Will the people of Sodom be resurrected or not?  Pondering the question of whether or not the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected is really peculiar to Jehovah’s Witnesses, since the mainstream churches do not [...]

2017-03-17T15:54:14+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Mailbag|69 Comments

How will we know when Satan is cast down?

As regards your video The Beginning and the End, how do you know that Satan and his angels were not thrown out of heaven in 1914? And if it happens in the future, how will we know it? As Jehovah’s Witnesses well know the Watchtower’s “evidence” for 1914 is primarily based upon chronology —the so-called [...]

2017-02-14T17:54:12+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Mailbag|149 Comments

Why do you attack the Governing Body?

QUESTION: Before I ask this question I just wish to make it clear that this is not a personal attack on you, so please do not take offense.  Okay, so I acknowledge that you have often clearly stated that you are not anti-JW, or bitter about having been disfellowshipped, and that you actively encourage those [...]

2017-08-30T09:04:04+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Mailbag|13 Comments

What about the 144,000 and 12 tribes?

QUESTION: The seventh chapter of Revelation tells us that the 144,000 are taken from the 12 tribes of Israel —12,000 from each tribe. What do you believe these 12 tribes represent and what does the selection of 144k from these tribes indicate? What of those who are not taken and when does this selection take [...]

2016-12-03T11:30:15+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|Mailbag|105 Comments

Why did the WT build a new headquarters?

Why would the Watchtower organization invest the tremendous amount of money required to build their new facilities if they believed the end is as near as they proclaim it to be? And is this a parallel to the Jews continued pouring of money into Herod’s second Temple building project, even though it was all destroyed [...]

2017-03-18T10:33:41+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Mailbag|177 Comments

Is the preaching work a sign of his presence?

If Jesus’ presence did not occur in 1914 how is it that one of the most prominent signs of his presence —the world wide preaching of God’s Kingdom —is being fulfilled? The last thing Jesus said before he ascended to heaven was: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth. Go, [...]

2017-06-02T11:09:39+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Mailbag|66 Comments

Is the Earth Flat or Round?

QUESTION: Just wanted to ask your opinion on the flat earth movement circulating the internet. If the Bible supports such a claim that we live in a "terrarium" made by Jehovah's hand through his son. Reason I'm considering it is because if the earth was flat and the sun and moon and stars revolve around [...]

2016-12-08T15:09:53+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Mailbag|28 Comments

The Lord’s Day is Coming Exactly as a Thief in the Night

QUESTION: I was reading one of the study articles called "Why Keep on the Watch,” and in paragraph 12, I found this interesting statement about what's to come in the future. 12 Do not let the apathy of others discourage or dissuade you from keeping on the watch. You know better. Paul wrote to fellow [...]

2016-12-03T11:37:10+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Mailbag|25 Comments

Downfall of America and Rise of the Beast

QUESTION: Robert, when do you see the coming fatal blow to the 7th head, and is there a name attached to the deliverer of it? The short answer is, no one knows the day or hour. And the name attached to the “deliverer” of the mortal blow is “the tyrant and tyrants of the nations.” [...]

2017-03-18T10:50:42+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Mailbag|90 Comments

The Secretary’s Inkhorn

QUESTION: Whats your take on the new June 2016 WT, page 16, Question from Readers: "Whom do the man with the secretary's inkhorn and the six men with smashing weapons described in Ezekiel’s vision symbolize?" ANSWER: The Watchtower’s recent “adjustment” is correct. The man with the inkhorn and the six men with smashing weapons symbolize [...]

2017-08-07T05:58:48+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Ezekiel, Mailbag|33 Comments

Brexit and the Beast

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the “Brexit”? Does this have anything to do with Bible prophecy? ANSWER: Britain’s exit from the European Union seems to have taken everyone by surprise. Except it should be pointed out that it is not a done deal yet. The referendum may be nullified or overturned. That said, whether [...]

2017-03-18T10:34:23+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Daniel, Mailbag|34 Comments

Before the Day of Jehovah’s Anger

QUESTION: We have been taught that only those baptized will be saved, using the example of the Jews all being "baptized through the Red Sea" (1 Cor 10:2). And the example of Noah, at 1 Pet 3:21 "Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:11+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Mailbag|11 Comments

Got Questions?

Do you have questions related to the material presented on e-Watchman, or general Bible questions? Or perhaps questions regarding doctrinal matters and beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses or issues about the Watchtower that cannot be discussed in the congregation? Then feel free to submit them to me at or via the form below. If you [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:26+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Mailbag|19 Comments

Who Will Be the Next President of America?

QUESTION: Since, the citizens of the United States (not me) will be electing a new president this year and in view of the coming World War III, whom do you believe will be the next President correlating with Bible prophecy to bring about World War III? I know the Father puts it into the [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:29+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Mailbag|139 Comments

Why Does the New World Translation Omit Verses in John?

QUESTION: Can you please provide any information as to why John chapter 8, verses 1 through to 11 have been omitted from the New World Translation? It is my understanding that scholars believe that the earliest  manuscripts we have of the gospel of John did not include those words from Jesus. Could it be that [...]

2016-04-26T09:46:59+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Mailbag|3 Comments

Jesus, Mary and Joesph

QUESTION: Since Jehovah God is the father of Jesus, how is it that on Matthew 1:16 listing the genealogy of Jesus says that he is related to Joseph? Joseph never had relations to Mary until after Jesus' birth, so his genetic material was never part of Jesus' conception.  Thus, how is it that Jesus is [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:31+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Mailbag|3 Comments

The Presence of the Son of Man

QUESTION: Why do you teach that the 'authentic' parousia will involve greater wars, when the Bible says that everything will be just normal? Matthew 24:36-39 tells us of a completely different situation concerning Christ’s presence. “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the [...]

2016-03-27T08:15:43+00:00 March 27th, 2016|Mailbag|30 Comments

What about the 7,000 who are killed?

QUESTION: An article in the January, 2016, Watchtower, on paragraph 14, states that the Bible does not say how many of the anointed will be left at the time that the tribulation begins. However, I have understood from previous podcasts and articles of yours that there will be 7000. I take it this means that [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:34+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Mailbag|28 Comments

Is God’s Will Being Done in Heaven and Earth?

QUESTION: Concerning the model prayer, where Jesus said “Let your Kingdom come, let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” So my question is, if Jehovah’s will is taking place in heaven would that not mean that Satan was cast down 2000 years ago? (Slightly edited)  Keep in mind that our lifespan [...]

2016-12-08T15:10:38+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Mailbag|31 Comments
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