Over the centuries there have been countless demon-inspired deceptions perpetrated in the name of God and Christ. The nonsensical doctrine of the Trinity is undoubtedly the most common and pervasive. But surely the Watchtower Society’s 1914 parousia doctrine will eventually be accounted as one of the greatest hoaxes of recent times. That so many could be so thoroughly hoodwinked is all the more astounding in view of the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses are generally the most biblically literate, studious and truth loving.
But Jehovah’s Witnesses can hardly be faulted for believing that the First World War and the horrific Spanish Flu pandemic that swiftly swept the globe in 1918 was a result of the opening of the seals of the Apocalypse. After all, no Christian wants to be grouped with those who would ridicule the presence of Christ.
But on the other hand, neither should we allow ourselves to be quickly shaken from our reason and believe proclamations regarding the presence of Christ and the arrival of the day of Jehovah that are untrue. Did not the apostle Paul specifically warn Christians to be on guard against unreasoningly accepting apostolic-like official announcements and writings that would falsely proclaim that the parousia and day of Jehovah is here?
Most disconcerting, Paul indicated that this fraud would emanate from Satan’s man of lawlessness within the spiritual temple of God and would be directed specifically at the chosen ones and would immediately precede the actual manifestation of Christ. Paul indicated that God would allow an operation of error to go to those who know the truth in order to test their love of the truth at the genuine manifestation of Christ. While the wars and food shortages, pandemics and earthquakes of the past century may be convincing to many who make a cursory examination, other aspects of the conclusion are much less in evidence – that having to do with the judgment of the slaves of Christ.
Keep in mind that when the disciples asked Jesus to explain when the desolation of the holy place would come about and what would be the sign of his presence and the conclusion of the system of things, Jesus also related a series of illustrations emphasizing foremost the settling of accounts with his disciples. By far the most oft-cited illustration by the Watchtower Society has to do with the appointment of the faithful and discreet slave over all of the master’s belongings. In the same context Jesus also related the illustrations of the wise and foolish virgins and the master who entrusted his silver talents to his slaves.
According to the Watchtower all three illustrations have already been fulfilled. (As of 2013 this is no longer the case) But is that reasonable? Does not mere common sense dictate that the judgment occurs at the conclusion of the Christian system, just as the judgment of the Jews occurred at the conclusion of the Jewish system? And is it sensible to suppose that the generation that was supposedly judged in 1918 has long since passed away and been replaced by an entirely new generation of slaves? Of course, the Watchtower papers over that gapping contradiction by claiming that the judgment has been ongoing since 1918. But consider the inherent contradiction in that view: According to the illustration of the wise and foolish virgins once the groom and the wise virgins enter into the house the door is closed to any more entrants. But virtually every anointed person alive today has become such after the time the Watchtower claims the door to the marriage feast was closed! Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot possibly hope to reconcile such incongruities.
As regards the faithful and discreet steward, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been led to believe that Christ appointed a faithful slave over all of his belongings back in 1918. Supposedly the clergy of Christendom were originally assigned to feed the master’s domestic servants, but in 1918 Christ rejected them and appointed the Watchtower Society over all of his belongings.
But if that were true, that would mean that Jesus had legitimately appointed the clergy to their original position, since the slaves are first appointed by the master to feed his domestics and are judged as to their faithfulness in discharging their duties. And it would also mean that all the denominations and sects of Christendom, from Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Lutheran, and Protestant and all the rest, comprise the household over which the slave is assigned to minister.
Furthermore, when the master appoints the faithful slave over all his things he also punishes the wicked slave with the greatest severity. But in what way have the clergy been punished? Surely anyone not under the influence of the Watchtower would find such a notion laughable. For that matter, in what way have the Bible Students who parted ways with Rutherford been punished? Bible Student groups continue to this day and even appear to be thriving. There is no evidence of any weeping and gnashing of teeth on the part of the clergy or those who have left the Watchtower Society.
And contrary to the Watchtower’s teaching, if the clergy are the unfaithful slave that would also mean that Christendom remains the household of God. How so? Because, as anyone reading the illustration ought to discern, when the master arrives as unexpectedly as a thief in the night to inspect the slaves he had put in charge of feeding the domestic servants of the household, he does not reject the household itself. The master will merely discharge the unfaithful slaves and promote the faithful to a second appointment over all his belongings.
The most irreconcilable flaw in the Watchtower’s teaching is the fact that the judgment of the slaves takes place when Jesus unexpectedly arrives like a thief in the night. Indeed, Jesus sternly charged all of his disciples to stay on the watch and be ready for his coming, because they do not know the day or hour.
So, on the one hand, the Watchtower claims that Jesus has already come and appointed them over all his belongings, and that they had even cleverly “calculated” the exact year of his coming (1914). While on the other hand, incredibly the Watchtower contradictorily exhorts Jehovah’s Witnesses to remain on the watch for yet another coming of Christ in the future!
According to the prophecy of Malachi, though, the coming of the messenger of the covenant will be a fiery day of judgment, so severe that the prophet poses the unsettling question: “But who will be putting up with the day of his coming, and who will be the one standing when he appears? For he will be like the fire of a refiner and like the lye of laundrymen.”
But since the Watchtower has consigned the fiery “day of his coming” to nearly a century ago, what are we to expect to happen when Jesus comes again?
Now consider more closely Isaiah 22:15-19 and the Watchtower’s interpretation of it.
“Go, enter in to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the house, ‘What is there of interest to you here, and who is there of interest to you here, that you have hewed out for yourself here a burial place?’ On a height he is hewing out his burial place; in a crag he is cutting out a residence for himself. ‘Look! Jehovah is hurling you down with violent hurling, O able-bodied man, and grasping you forcibly. Without fail he will wrap you up tightly, like a ball for a wide land. There you will die, and there the chariots of your glory will be the dishonor of the house of your master. And I will push you away from your position; and from your official standing one will tear you down.”
As noted above, the Watchtower claims this aspect of prophecy was fulfilled in 1918. Here is what the Society’s commentary on Isaiah states under the chapter entitled, Lessons About Unfaithfulness:
Shebna’s experience reminds us that among those who claim to worship God, those who accept privileges of service should use them to serve others and to bring praise to Jehovah. They should not abuse their position in order to enrich themselves or gain personal prominence. For example, Christendom has long promoted herself as an appointed steward, the earthly representative of Jesus Christ. However, just as Shebna brought dishonor on his father by seeking his own glory, Christendom’s leaders have brought dishonor on the Creator by amassing riches and power for themselves. Hence, when the time of judgment “to start with the house of God” came in 1918, Jehovah removed Christendom. Another steward was identified—“the faithful steward, the discreet one”—and appointed over Jesus’ earthly household.
While the Governing Body condemns the clergy, in reality they judge themselves – at least as an institution. It is as if the Governing Body has carved out an honored and comfortable place for itself within the organization – high up on a crag, as it were. Even at this moment the Governing Body is “cutting out a residence for himself” in planning what is sure to be a grand palatial headquarters, set in the peaceful countryside of New York State – far away from the hubbub and grime of Brooklyn – to be built with the slave labor of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The leadership of the Watchtower continually glorifies itself – praising itself as the infallible faithful and discreet slave that has already received the master’s blessing. It is not uncommon for the Governing Body to publish photos of themselves in their literature, either as a group or individually.
Some years ago the publishers were berated because most did not know the names of the individual members of the Governing Body. The congregations were exhorted to memorize their names, as if they were the twelve apostles of Christ.
(The Governing Body member in the photo – on the left of the assembly hall jumbotron – is the now-deceased, Lloyd Barry. He personally signed off on all the forms the Watchtower was required to submit to the United Nations’ Department of Public Information annually in order to maintain their membership as an associate level NGO. To this day the Governing Body lyingly claims they did not do anything improper. Although the Society hastily dissolved their partnership with the UN when the Guardian newspaper exposed them, they claimed that they were misled by some UN clerk for ten years and that opposers made false accusations.
So, according to biblical standards, the Watchtower Society is unrepentant and therefore must answer to Jehovah for their sin and for stumbling so many by their prideful hypocrisy. They are certain to provide a sobering lesson about the consequences of unfaithfulness when the master of the house arrives.)
It is because of the emphasis upon the “slave” that Jehovah’s Witnesses, from the lowliest publisher to circuit and district overseers, lavishly praise and constantly thank the faithful slave for all his wonderful provisions and place the Watchtower organization on an equal footing with Jehovah and Christ themselves.
The leadership has “hewed out” a burial place for itself, in that they become institutional men whose every need is carried for by the organization. For example, the so-called “faithful steward” has his every need cared for by donations, which in many cases come from those who cannot afford such luxuries as healthcare and dentistry for themselves.
Even in death the Governing Body glorifies itself. For example, while the Society has ordered elders assigned to give funeral talks not to eulogize the deceased, but instead, to use the occasion to give a witness about the resurrection, the same rules do not apply to the Governing Body. Upon their deaths they are eulogized before the millions who read the Watchtower Magazine. Not only that, but special memorial brochures are published in their honor. (See article: The Watchtower’s Ted Jaracz Brochure) In this way he has hewed out a burial place for himself on a height.
Because of elevating themselves in the eyes of Jehovah’s Witnesses and working a massive fraud upon meek and trusting Christians, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be violently hurled down. Their grand organizational “chariots of glory” are a dishonor for their master – Christ. They will be torn away from their position and official standing as the leaders of Jehovah’s earthly organization.
How will this come about? As in times past Jehovah will use an earthly imperial institution to accomplish his will. It is no coincidence that the United States, which up until now has been a safe haven for Jehovah’s Witnesses, has in recent weeks dissolved the constitutional protections previously afforded all American citizens.
Not only that, but the federal government is now taking bids to staff dozens of FEMA camps, which Halliburton has already built. During a time of international war Jehovah’s Witnesses are certain to be declared to be enemies of the state and dealt with accordingly. The Watchtower Society will most certainly be ingloriously dissolved and there is a high probability that some of its high-ranking members might be interred in America’s new concentration camps.
In this way Jehovah will hurl the Governing Body away like a ball into a wide land. (That is not to say that individuals of the Governing Body will all be adversely judged. It is the institution, the office, which will be thrown down.)
In its place Jehovah will provide the true Christ. He will become like a father to those with true faith. And Jehovah will place upon him the key of the house of David – in other words, the kingdom. And as Revelation says of Christ, he will open a door that no one may shut. That is the meaning of the remainder of the 22nd chapter of Isaiah.
“And it must occur in that day that I will call my servant, namely, Eliakim the son of Hilkiah. And I will clothe him with your robe, and your sash I shall firmly bind about him, and your dominion I shall give into his hand; and he must become a father to the inhabitant of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. And I will put the key of the house of David upon his shoulder, and he must open without anyone’s shutting, and he must shut without anyone’s opening. And I will drive him in as a peg in a lasting place, and he must become as a throne of glory to the house of his father. And they must hang upon him all the glory of the house of his father, the descendants and the offshoots, all the vessels of the small sort, the vessels of the bowl sort as well as all the vessels of the large jars.”