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Bible Questions and Answers2016-12-08T15:09:35+00:00

Questions from readers – Bible answers. 

Also, check out some other question/answer blogs: 101 Answers to Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses  – 65 Answers to Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses – Mailbag Archives

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 the organization has apparently been tempted to implement a scheme to ...
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Why so many kingdom halls for sale?

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 teachings, which are seeming to put ALL of the other sheep ...
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How does Armageddon come about?

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, a lot has happened. And not necessarily good. At the time ...
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The love of the greater number will grow cold

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
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 whatsoever to do with the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Neither is ...
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Does Israel in the Middle East factor into prophecy?

Noah's ark and the flood
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 scientists are indoctrinated in is the uniformatarian theory. The Doctrine of Uniformity ...
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Noah’s Flood and Kangaroo Migration

throne of the wild beast
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 how they tried to push the League through, but it failed ...
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Did the League of Nations fulfill prophecy?

The brothers of Christ
QUESTION: Matt. 25:31. How do you see this separating actually taking place and over how long of a period of time? 9 billion people, 5 minutes each = mega waking hours. First, we should not suppose that there will not be a drastic population reduction when the horses of the Apocalypse are unleashed. According to Revelation fully one-quarter of mankind will be cut down to Hades ...
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The brothers of Christ

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, no matter how authoritative their source, regarding the return of Christ ...
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Delusions, past and present

Hourglass imposed on earth, concept of time of the end
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 is an initial sequence of events that leads up to the ...
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Then there will be great tribulation

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 1:6 we see the same usage. This has since been adjusted in ...
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The Grand Master among Jehovah’s Witnesses

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 world countries and those opposed to JW's because of their perceived zionist ...
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Might Jehovah alter his timetable?

Michael the archangel
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 a joint world power during WW1, how can it also be ...
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Is Satan divided against himself?

David holding the head of goliath
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 flesh..." -An apparent contradiction? Their kind of warfare was disturbing to say ...
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The wars of Jehovah

harvest of the wheat and weeds
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 it? Amazing how one small verse can open up a whole can ...
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The Harvest is a Conclusion of a System

Elijah ascends on chariot of fire
QUESTION: Who is Elijah, foretold at Malachi 4:5, who comes before the awe-inspiring day of Jehovah? And what will he accomplish? And is he in fact the one that will be appointed over all the domestics to give them food at the proper time? The verse in question also happens to be the very last verse of the entire Hebrew collection, which states: “Look! I am ...
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Who is Elijah who is coming?

Who says "peace and security"?
Please pardon me, I have a bit of a sniffle. Here are links to related articles  ...
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Who says “peace and security”?

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 mindset. As you surely know the Watchtower is all-imposing upon the ...
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Guarded Secrets You Have not Known

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 once achieved in Germany?  As we know, the stone not made ...
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It will crush all these kingdoms

The great crowd come out of the great tribulation
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 of a great crowd in heaven.” The question is, is that the ...
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Is the great crowd in heaven or on earth?

Nuclear summit at Hague 2014
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 of the mouth of the false prophet. They are, in fact, expressions ...
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Who is the false prophet of Revelation?

MAN CONTEMPLATING
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, so that he will be revealed in his own due time ...
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Who is the one acting as a restraint?

human skeleton xray view
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 you by Jehovah’s word, that we the living who survive to ...
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Does Thess 4:17 indicate a rapture?

Glorified 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 the second coming of Christ? Jesus made the statement that the ...
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The Prophets and the Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

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, for it seems to me that the verse applies more to ...
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The First Resurrection on the Last Day

Christians in the first century
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 you learned, and turn away from them.” —Rom 16:17. My question ...
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Look out for those causing divisions

How long is judgment day?
QUESTION: When Christ returns to judge the billions of people for life or death, will it not take years, if not decades, to accomplish this feat/deed? No. The Scriptures refer to it as “that day,” as in the Lord’s day, or Jehovah’s day —indicating that it is a relatively short period of time, as is a 24 hour day. Basically, what people do now will determine ...
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How long is judgment day?

total eclipse of the sun
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 for a few minutes. Jesus, of course, spoke of the sun ...
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Is the eclipse a biblical sign?

Jehovah upon his throne
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 the Bible do we even find the words “vindicate” or “vindication,” ...
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The Vindication of Jehovah’s Sovereignty

collage of 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 it is only the JW's they point to? Aren't all religions ...
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Why Jehovah’s Witnesses?

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 are very much apart of God’s organization. They praise the organization ...
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Addressing Accusations of Apostasy

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