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

//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, we are most dominantly influenced to call on the name of Jehovah, which I understand why. But why did the disciples and even Jesus himself highlight the significance of his name? Does Romans chapter 10 verse 13 refer to the Tetragrammaton, or could it have referred to Jesus name? Particularly when the gospel account speaks so much of Jesus’ name being the way to salvation? How do you get your head around that whole idea if Jesus said you will be objects of hatred on account of my name, not his Fathers, that after the Great Tribulation no doubt all religion will be destroyed, so if the chosen ones were the only ones representing Christianity, you could understand how the nations and people would hate Jesus name.

ANSWER: The 24th chapter of Matthew is probably the most frequently read, quoted and cited chapter by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the entire Bible. And, of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that it has almost all been fulfilled already, except for the great tribulation.

At the present moment it is impossible for JW’s to even conceive of the possibility of a future coming of Christ to initiate the conclusion of the system of things. Yet, that is exactly what we are facing — the coming of Christ and the beginning of the time of the end.

Still, there are no words, no amount of reasoning; there is nothing that can be done to counter the deluding influence that the Watchtower has cast over Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

The 1914 doctrine is appropriately described in prophecy as being like a whitewashed partition wall that is maintained by those who consider themselves to be God’s spokesmen — his prophets. However, the reality of Christ’s powerful presence will shatter it.

Certainly international war and a world-rocking crash of many great institutions that seem so permanent now, along with food shortages and pandemics, will bring Jehovah’s Witnesses into a new reality. It is in that setting that Jesus said: “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”

To underscore the point, part of the grand delusion has been to convince Jehovah’s Witnesses that all the things Jesus foretold have already been fulfilled, including that which is stated above. But have you personally known anyone who has been handed over to authorities or been put to death? Even in places where Jehovah’s Witnesses are banned it is rare for one to be killed for the faith.

And to put things in perspective, undoubtedly the most common reason that Jehovah’s Witnesses are imprisoned is due to their refusal to allow themselves to be conscripted into the military. But Jehovah’s Witnesses are not singled out for persecution. Other conscientious objectors suffer the same fate. It is just that Jehovah’s Witnesses are more numerous and therefore, more conspicuous. But in the Americas and in Europe and many other lands as well, Jehovah’s Witnesses enjoy great freedom; freedom to pursue their ministry; freedom from governmental harassment; freedom from persecution in general – at least for the time being. 

But as has been demonstrated in the past, that situation can change very quickly under conditions of war. And in the event of martial law and a military dictatorship Jehovah’s Witnesses will likely come under ban with no legal recourse.

A STRONG ANGEL DESCENDING FROM HEAVEN

Now, consider a vision from Revelation as regards ‘the things that must shortly take place’: “And I saw another strong angel descending from heaven, arrayed with a cloud, and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs were like pillars of fire, and he had in his hand a little scroll that had been unrolled. And he set his right foot on the sea, but his left one on the earth, and he cried out with a loud voice just as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.”

You may not be aware of it, in fact most people are not, but the “strong angel” has already set down upon this earth and roared like a lion. The seven thunders have also spoken — at least according to the Watchtower.

In spite of the fact that the vision reveals that the descent of Christ — the “strong angel” — is accompanied by the announcement that there will no longer be any delay, at which point the sacred secret of God is brought to a finish, Jehovah’s Witnesses are laboring under the belief that Christ descended to claim ownership of the earth and conclude the Christian era over 100 years ago. It is truly amazing that the seven thunders are so easily ignorable and the return of Christ is such a non-event — at least in the minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

But the reality is, Jesus has not roared like a lion to announce his return. The seven thunders have not spoken. And the sacred secret of God has surely not been brought to a finish. That being the case, consider the implications of what is portrayed in the vision regarding the little scroll.

“And I heard the voice out of heaven speaking again with me and saying: ‘Go, take the opened scroll that is in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the earth.’ I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. He said to me: ‘Take it and eat it up, and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet like honey.’ I took the little scroll out of the hand of the angel and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet like honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. And they said to me: ‘You must prophesy again about peoples and nations and tongues and many kings.’”

The notion of a “John class” is a valid concept. The timing is simply off. 

If you recall, John, along with Peter and James, was an eyewitness to the magnificent Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, which Peter said was a glimpse of the Parousia. So it is, John’s participation in the vision of Revelation was a pre-enactment of the presence of Christ too. That is evident from the fact that the strong angel’s face shone as the sun, exactly as did Christ during the Transfiguration. (The two witnesses in the following chapter of Revelation are depicted as Elijah and Moses, who also appeared in the vision of the Transfiguration. The two witnesses symbolize the chosen ones after they have seen Christ. See article: The Revelation of Christ and the Two Witnesses.)

The significance of the encounter and his ingesting the little scroll portrays the revelation of Christ to the chosen ones and their being commissioned to “prophesy again.” 

Their obedience to Christ’s command to give a final witness is what will surely bring upon them the hatred of the peoples. Because the brothers of Christ will be acting directly under Christ’s command then — no longer even associated with the legal entity known as the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses — for that reason the hatred expressed towards them will be because of the name of Jesus. And as a consequence “people…will kill you.”

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2016-12-08T15:10:57+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Mailbag|13 Comments
  • rajan

    Brilliantly put Brother Robert – I agree with your as the primary responsibility will lie with the chosen ones – the other men and maid servants I believe will be to assist these brothers of our Lord Christ
    best regards
    Rajan

  • Besorongola Rainisoa

    Which form will the “prophesy ” of the chosen ones take? As an organisation, as lone wolf like e-watchman?

    • ewatchman

      There will come into existence a completely new organization, a new nation – the Kingdom of God.

      • Brian

        Are you saying what is said in Ephesians 1:10 “for an administration at the
        FULL limit of the appointed times, to gather all things together in the
        Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth. Yes, in
        him”
        I have taken this to be the gathering together of ALL of the anointed chosen ones at the end, i.e. when the Kingdom arrives and starts the judgement of the house.

        • jacob

          According to scriptures, it appears the “house” is comprised of these anointed chosen ones.

          Heb 3:6 – “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”

          “FOR IT IS TIME FOR JUDGMENT TO BEGIN with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Pet 4:17

          “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” 1 Cor 3:17

          “Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever. “1 Sam 2:35

          “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Cor 3:9

          Robert King: “Their obedience to Christ’s command to give a final witness is what will surely bring upon them the hatred of the peoples. Because the brothers of Christ will be acting directly under Christ’s command then — no longer even associated with the legal entity known as the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses — for that reason the hatred expressed towards them will be because of the name of Jesus. And as a consequence “people…will kill you.”

          What Robert wrote I believe is being fulfilled now, and all the remaining anointed ones are being judged as to their loyalty, whether they “come out” and choose Christ as their sole leader or remain under the organization’s leadership. This “killing” is spiritual, symbolic – a title of supposed “spiritual death” by God as implied by the organization when we are disfellowshipped for our testimony to Christ and rejection to authority over them given by men. John 16:2

          Once this judging of each anointed one’s heart is completed, then the New Covenant promise is fulfilled allowing its intended purpose to bring life to all creation, as the Kingdom. Rev.21:2,3; 22:2 The completed “144,000” is the promise/Temple part of Christ and the Father and united as the Holy City, the source of life.

          Today, Jesus is gathering his righteous ones out of the organization. Rev 12:17 Prophetically, this fulfillment can be found in 2 Thess 2:1-4

          “Now, brethren, concerning the COMING our Lord Jesus Christ and OUR GATHERING TOGETHER TO HIM, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, AS THOUGH THE DAY OF CHRIST HAD COME.(1914) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, (1 Cor 3:16,17) showing himself that he is God.”

          The man of sin, of lawlessness, lords it over God’s Temple – his chosen ones; elder “princes” are given authority to judge the entire flock whether anointed or not anointed.

          “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (Rev 16:13,14) and with all unrighteous deception (1 John 2:18) among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, (John 14:6) that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, (Isa 66:4) that they should believe the lie, (1914; earthly Zion, etc.) that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (Jer 5:31) 2 Thess 2:9-12

  • e.v.g

    It will be a great event the culmination of these prophecies, the wild beast will absorb all religions around the world including the watchtower society, the holy ones will have to prove that they are fatithful to God similar to Jesus. Excellent article brother Robert.

    • ewatchman

      I am glad that there are a couple of people out there who get it.

      • Besorongola Rainisoa

        “a couple of people”? already a good thing. I never met a single one simple JW who understand and can explain the 1914 theory.

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    The interpretation of I took the little scroll
    out of the hand of the angel and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet
    like honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. And
    they said to me: ‘You must prophesy again about peoples and nations and
    tongues and many kings.’” is a fantastic explanation by Brother Robert king no one has ever done so even our WTS. This indeed proves that Robert has backing of Jehovah’s holy sprit. Keep it up Brother Robert King! Keep it up! May Jehovah Bless your through Jesus.
    Best Wishes from Basavaraj

  • Merton

    This is interesting. Jehovah’s witnesses are persecuted because they refuse to worship the Triune God that the vast majority of Christendom worship. They are persecuted because they worship the very same God that Jesus himself confessed to worship. What does that tell you? 🙂

    A very interesting question then to trinitarians: Do you worship the same God as Jesus worshipped? Jesus was a unitarian, it’s all over the new testament. He worshipped one God one person, the Father not one God 3 persons. So why do trinitarians deem it necessary to worship more than the 1 person whom Jesus worshipped? Isn’t he supposed to be the example to follow? Isn’t that what it really means to be Christian (lit. Christ like)? Are you Christ-like if you worship a different God to Jesus?

    • Kevin b

      Great point, thanks.

    • Brian

      Jehovah’s Witnesses are not persecuted as much as they would like to be or think they are! If they think they have all of the “anointed” why doesn’t Satan really persecute them, I mean full on give it to them? Satan knows that the anointed/chosen are not locked up in the JW’s camp, obviously/maybe there are some there but he obviously knows the game, they are not easy for him to spot at this moment, what makes humans think they can “spot” them?!

      • jacob

        If Satan’s ploy is to kill off Christ’s seed, then your answer is actually found in your statement:
        If they think they have all of the “anointed” why doesn’t Satan really persecute them, I mean full on give it to them?

        The anointed ARE within the organization, and held blind and asleep in captivity. The chosen ones are God’s “sanctuary”, “temple”, his holy place – they are part of Christ’s Body. 1 Cor 3:16 ; Heb 8:1,2

        “ Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.” John 2:19,22

        The situation the chosen face within the organization is a spiritual abomination, according to God. How so? Elders rule with a supposed blessing of holy spirit, and based on scriptural guidance. The outpouring of holy spirit on a chosen one is from God; which Robert K will tell you. 1 Pet 2:5,9 Yet elders, who come and go, are given free judgment over anointed ones and all sheep. They are no more than false shepherds leading the flock astray. An anointing of priests comes with it requirements:

        “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. 8 But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. 9 “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.” Mal 2:7-9

        If an anointed one turns away from pure knowledge, they not only defy Christ and the Father, but also stumble the flock with their own false teachings handed down to them. Actually, within the organization they are despised and humiliated through the admonishment to keep quiet under this elder “gentile” rule, and bend to a “wicked slave” who “beats” them into doing so. God’s Temple is violated in this manner, and it has happened before:

        “The Lord said to me, “Son of man, look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you concerning all the regulations and instructions regarding the temple of the Lord. Give attention to the entrance to the temple and all the exits of the sanctuary. 6 Say to rebellious Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Enough of your detestable practices, people of Israel! 7 In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant. 8 Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary. 9 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites. Ezek 44:5-9

        Those within the Body of Christ, spiritual “Jews”, are such:

        “No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, (an elder body) but from God.” Rom 2:29

        Allowing elders to rule over them is a disgusting thing according to scriptures, and desolates the unification of the Body of Christ. Mark 13:14

        This alone is a hidden persecution by Satan; the crescendo is felt when these chosen ones wake up to their captivity and speak against the ruling body, resulting in disfellowshipping. It is Satan’s ultimate attack to silence them for their testimony to Jesus. John 16:2 They are “beheaded”, not allowed any words to justify their position. Rev 20:4; 12:11

        So, ask yourself, just where would Satan’s “synagogue” reside, if not among those he desires to kill? Rev 2:9; 3:9; Gen 3:15 He can set a trap of “peace”, baited with a little truth, knowing full well how to teach about God; yet he chokes on any words of pure significance relating to Christ. Rev 13:10; Jer 8:11; 1 Thess 5:3

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