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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 [...]

January 6th, 2017|Mailbag|12 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 [...]

December 3rd, 2016|Mailbag|101 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 [...]

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, [...]

October 11th, 2016|Mailbag|66 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 [...]

September 20th, 2016|Mailbag|25 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 [...]

July 10th, 2016|Ezekiel, Mailbag|33 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 watchmanspost@gmail.com or via the form below. If you [...]

April 14th, 2016|Mailbag|19 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

March 27th, 2016|Mailbag|30 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 [...]

February 24th, 2016|Mailbag|31 Comments

When was Jesus given the Kingdom?

QUESTION: If the times of the gentiles is in future, as e-watchman claims, how are we to understand the scripture at Ezekiel 21:25-27, used as a principle proof text of the Appointed Times of the Nations (Insight volume), that the Gentile Times started when Jerusalem was destroyed sometime between 607-587 B.C.E.? (Question slightly edited) ANSWER: The [...]

February 16th, 2016|Mailbag|8 Comments

How Will Zechariah 8:23 Be Fulfilled?

QUESTION: The January, 2016, WT study article stated that anointed persons are not necessarily more spiritual than non-anointed Christians. I understand the importance of humility and of never feeling superior to others, regardless of your privileges in God's service.  But how can it be said the anointed do not have any more holy spirit or [...]

February 14th, 2016|Mailbag|6 Comments

What about the “false prophet” of Revelation?

QUESTION: How are we to understand the identity of the false prophet, recorded at Rev 16:13? ANSWER: The Watchtower identifies the false prophet as the same entity as represented in the 13th chapter of Revelation as the two-horned beast that rises up from the earth and begins speaking as a dragon. This seems to [...]

January 26th, 2016|Mailbag|88 Comments

No one knows the day or hour – but of what?

QUESTION: At Mark 13:32 Jesus said: "Concerning that day or hour nobody knows, neither the angels nor the Son…” Is Jesus talking about his presence, which Jehovah’s Witnesses believe began in 1914, or is he talking about Armageddon? ANSWER: The simple answer is, Jesus was referring to the day and hour for the beginning [...]

January 17th, 2016|Mailbag|72 Comments

What about the eighth king of Revelation and the feet of iron and clay?

QUESTION: If the stone strikes the image upon its feet and toes during the time of the end, where in the stream of time does that leave the eighth king of Rev. 17:11? Is it possible that these two events mentioning differing numbers of kings/rulers could years or even centuries apart? I do not [...]

January 10th, 2016|Mailbag|23 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses & World War III

QUESTION: I am a bit confused. Can you help? Dangerous world situation followed by solution. Result: Peace and security declared. Then, instant disaster —great tribulation. Ok so far. Jehovah intervenes to prevent total annihilation. Rev. 16:12-15. Armageddon! With the Syrian war pulling in more hardware and more countries with vastly differing agendas. The situation seems [...]

November 29th, 2015|Mailbag|9 Comments

How are Jehovah’s Witnesses persecuted for the name of Jesus?

QUESTION: Jesus said at Matthew chapter 24 verse 9, ‘on account of my name you will be hated’, etc. Do you feel that we downplay the name of Jesus or the role of Jesus in relation to the name of Jehovah in the time of the end or during the Great Tribulation? As Jehovah's Witnesses, [...]

November 24th, 2015|Mailbag|13 Comments

Is it true the Watchtower orders elders to destroy evidence?

QUESTION: I am not sure if you have heard of this or even care to give it consideration, but I discovered this info about an alleged "checklist" from the Watchtower to congregational elders, directing them to destroy “evidence.” I know you were an elder and have dealt with many organizational duties. I find this to [...]

November 20th, 2015|Mailbag|4 Comments

Whenever they say “peace and security” – Then what?

QUESTION: We have read all your "peace and security" articles and someone already posed the question if it is possible that the declaration of peace and security might come after the world war and you said ‘no that is not possible’, but then on another article someone asked you in the comments and you said [...]

November 14th, 2015|Mailbag|2 Comments

Aliens, Demons and Scary Monsters!

QUESTION: What are "the things coming upon the inhabited earth?" We've read about aliens or the demons showing up on earth. Are the demons going to show themselves? There is a card game called "Illuminati cards" and most of the big things like 9-11 were predicted, together with the NWO agendas such as population control or [...]

November 6th, 2015|Mailbag|22 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Last Days

QUESTION: In reading Acts 2:14-21, Peter quotes from Joel chapter 2. How do you reason that Joel’s prophecy applies to the modern day parousia, when Peter applied those verses to their time? Frankly, how could Peter have applied those prophetic words to then? Did the sun darken, moon into blood, people calling on the name [...]

October 29th, 2015|Mailbag|25 Comments

Will You Return to Jehovah’s Temple After the Purge?

Question: Just curious if you will return to Jehovah's temple to be part of the last witness to the world after the coming of Christ and the removal of that which causes stumbling? Answer: It is not going to work that way. And unfortunately, or rather, by divine providence, Jehovah’s Witnesses have no knowledge of [...]

October 15th, 2015|Mailbag|7 Comments

Question concerning the prophecy of Zechariah

QUESTION: The last chapter of Zechariah, talking about the end times and what will happen to certain 'nations' after Armageddon, indicates that those leaders of nations who are not God's followers will have to go to Jerusalem once a year and pledge their allegiance. Is this alluding to a number of countries and their residents [...]

October 14th, 2015|Mailbag|3 Comments

Does Jehovah even have anything to do with Jehovah’s Witnesses?

QUESTION: I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses.  I am not disfellowshipped nor have I disassociated myself.  I still go to meetings on occasion, but I'm what is considered inactive.  My interest is that you still hold true to the teaching of Jehovah's witnesses but yet not everything.  Although I was raised a Catholic, I never [...]

October 3rd, 2015|Mailbag|5 Comments

What is the wild beast in Revelation that was, but is not?

QUESTION: The Scriptures depicting the eighth king, seem more like a riddle, such as Samson's riddle to the Philistines, than a statement. For instance, how can a kingdom "that was", still not be around or already present? Since this takes a mind with wisdom, isn't Revelation telling us that the 8th king is already here? [...]

September 28th, 2015|Mailbag|32 Comments

Consequences for the Watchtower’s Child Abuse Policy

QUESTION: Dear Robert, how is it that that sex offenders out in the world have to go on a sex registry that lets parents know of child molesters living in their neighborhood, that secular law prohibits sex offenders from living within range of a school or park... and yet a sex offender could be sitting [...]

September 26th, 2015|Child Abuse, Mailbag|3 Comments

The Anglo-American Special Relationship

My question is regarding a verse in the book of Revelation. It is Revelation 17:10: How is it that the seventh king is said to “remain a little while,” yet the Anglo-American world power has been around for a while, hasn't it? Or was there an interruption between the 6th and 7th kings domination (Rome [...]

September 25th, 2015|Mailbag|8 Comments

144,000 sealed and the Revelation of Christ

QUESTION: How is the number 144,000 inclusive of (if literal) ALL who will go to heaven? A unique feature of the 144,000 sealed ones is indicated at Rev. 6:11 where it says they wait under the altar until "the number was filled of their fellow slaves and their brother WHO WERE ABOUT TO BE KILLED [...]

September 18th, 2015|Mailbag|19 Comments

Who are the 24 elders in Revelation?

QUESTION: Who are the twenty four Elders in the book of Revelation? ANSWER: According to the Watchtower the 24 elders represent the 144,000 as a group. I agree with their interpretation. The first mention of the 24 elders is in the fourth chapter of Revelation. It reveals that 24 elders sit upon thrones and wear [...]

August 28th, 2015|Mailbag|3 Comments

What about the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

This is part three of a series of three questions in the Mailbag 3) If the WT has been in such egregious error before Jehovah purporting a supposed lie of 1914, and willfully doing so....how do we explain Jesus backing and blessing the preaching work of the last 100 years? Honestly, I’ve never understood how we [...]

August 22nd, 2015|Mailbag|3 Comments
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