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

Why so many kingdom halls for sale?

QUESTION: Why is the Watchtower closing down and selling so many kingdom halls? Are that many JW’s leaving the organization? I really have no insight into the Watchtower’s financial state. The Watchtower is a private corporation and is not required to publicly disclose its financials. What I do know, though, is that the leadership of [...]

2018-07-17T21:22:45+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

How does Armageddon come about?

I've heard you say before that what actually triggers Armageddon is when the Beast and/or Gog murders the remaining seed of chosen ones. This is a very impactful and weighty truth that highlights the significance of their role in representing the Kingdom. It also shines a light on what I see happening with the Organization’s [...]

2018-06-18T06:19:25+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

The love of the greater number will grow cold

QUESTION: Do you agree with the WT explanation of Matthew 24:12 regarding the love of the greater number growing cold? The context seems to possibly hint otherwise. (Questions from Readers in October 1, 1984, Watchtower- 2nd question) Frankly, no. The Watchtower article linked to by the questioner was published 34 years ago. In the interim, [...]

2018-06-10T10:51:48+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

Does Israel in the Middle East factor into prophecy?

QUESTION: I am wondering if perhaps the moving of the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is part of the disgusting thing on holy ground? In a word, No. Although it is the central feature of end-times theology for various evangelical sects and cults, the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 has nothing [...]

2018-05-20T18:45:15+00:00 May 20th, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

Noah’s Flood and Kangaroo Migration

I may have just debunked the Bible: Q: If the Genesis account is to be believed, how would we explain: 1. How did Kangaroos make it all the way to just Australia from the Mountains of Ararat ? In geologic studies there are two schools of thought —Uniformatarianism and Catastrophism. The dominate view that [...]

2018-05-19T13:19:13+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

Did the League of Nations fulfill prophecy?

QUESTION: (Rev. 13: 14,15)  Is it true that the WT teaches that the wild beast that received the sword-stroke was the League of Nations?  —and that the healed beast was/is the revived League now known as the U.N.? This is how I always interpreted their teaching. To me this makes sense when looking back at [...]

2018-08-03T07:39:16+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

Delusions, past and present

QUESTION: Is there any Bible example(s) where Israelites or early Christians were under a "deluding influence"? The deluding influence --formerly called an “operation of error”--is a unique phenomenon associated with the return of Christ. In context, Paul was warning the brothers —who, as it turns out, is us —not to accept any announcements as authentic, [...]

2018-04-22T07:33:33+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

Then there will be great tribulation

QUESTION: Jehovah’s Witnesses have long understood the facets of the sign of Christ’s presence to be a description of conditions that would precede the great tribulation. My question is, are the various facets of the sign that Jesus describes merely a description of the great tribulation, rather than events that lead up to it? There [...]

2018-04-10T14:26:48+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Mailbag|0 Comments

The Grand Master among Jehovah’s Witnesses

QUESTION: You've written at various times about the influence of Masonry within the Watchtower organization over the years, so I would like to have your thoughts on a recent adjustment in the New World Translation. In the 1984 edition, at Hosea 12:14, the NWT translators chose to use "Grand Master," and likewise at Malachi [...]

2018-03-10T08:55:17+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Mailbag|125 Comments

Might Jehovah alter his timetable?

QUESTION: Does the "inspired" recorded story of Jonah set a precedence for Jehovah to change his mind and delay the world’s destruction? —Especially upon those nations which have little to no say in world affairs or at the U.N. or who "know not their left hand from their right?" (Hindus, Buddhists, Shintoists, Islamists, etc... including third [...]

2018-03-04T11:11:02+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Mailbag|30 Comments

Is Satan divided against himself?

QUESTION: Luke 11:18,  Jesus: "If Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” If all of the world's kingdoms are Satan's, and, if the Anglo-American world power is to be the last before the Kingdom stone not cut by hands strikes the feet of the Daniel image; and, if Great Britain and America became [...]

2018-03-04T04:57:56+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Mailbag|63 Comments

The wars of Jehovah

QUESTION: The Bible says that young David unnecessarily obtained an extra 100 foreskins, killing/mutilating an extra amount of men for King Saul and yet the Bible says that Jehovah’s spirit "continued with him" after this dirty deed. The Bible also says: "Do not become mutilators of the flesh..." and "look out for those who mutilate the [...]

2018-02-26T07:00:21+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Mailbag|32 Comments

The Harvest is a Conclusion of a System

QUESTION: With 8 million JW's being so misguided, how are we to explain/understand/apply Jesus’ parting words at Matt. 28:20 ? Was the "conclusion" he was referring to including or only the destruction in 70ce? Being "with you all the days..." -Who has he been "with" for all what days? "All" means all, or does [...]

2018-02-24T06:38:09+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Mailbag|9 Comments

Guarded Secrets You Have not Known

QUESTION: Will you write an article for me and others to help with a response when talking to sisters and brothers? I appreciate your zeal and willingness to try to reason with Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is not an easy thing to do. In fact, it is near impossible. It may help to understand the underlying [...]

2017-11-21T18:35:58+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Mailbag|138 Comments

It will crush all these kingdoms

QUESTION: Is the stone hitting the feet/toes of the Daniel image the equivalent / same as Armageddon, or, the start of the "great tribulation? And does the not mixing of the iron and clay indicate that not all peoples will support the "eighth king" / world order dictatorship with the kind of order/unity that Hitler [...]

2017-11-03T07:40:13+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Mailbag|111 Comments

Is the great crowd in heaven or on earth?

Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the great crowd will live on earth when Revelation 19:1 clearly says the great crowd is in heaven? It is problematic when a single verse is used as the proof of a particular teaching. Yes, obviously, Revelation 19:1 states that John “heard what seemed to be a loud voice [...]

2018-01-19T19:11:49+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Mailbag|45 Comments

Who is the false prophet of Revelation?

QUESTION: Who is ‘the false prophet?" And why is he called such? Revelation 16:13 is the first mention of the false prophet. It reads: “And I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out [...]

2017-11-18T20:26:53+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Mailbag|112 Comments

Who is the one acting as a restraint?

QUESTION: Who is "the one who is acting as a restraint?" --and why does God "let" anyone be fooled by a lie? God of love, really? The question is based upon Paul’s prophecy regarding the presence of a man of lawlessness, wherein the apostle revealed: “And now you know what is acting as a restraint, [...]

2017-10-24T13:16:09+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Mailbag|137 Comments

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|315 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|90 Comments
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