Variety of topics related to the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower

storm approaching in open plains

The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies

A common thread that runs through most of the books known as the prophets is the exile and repatriation of the Israelites and the Jews. Through Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the so-called major prophets, to Micah, Amos, Hosea, Zephaniah and Joel, the theme is the same. God used both the Assyrian and Babylonian empires
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Chariot of fire

Jehovah Has Become King – Introduction

This article was originally published as the introduction to the Final Edition of Jehovah Himself Has Become King. The Bible is unique in many ways. It provides a succinct account of the beginning of creation —even the existence of a world that preceded ours in the spirit dimension. From the happy start of Adam
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Stephen Lett, Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses

Has Jehovah turned against the Watchtower?

When the Israelites crossed the Jordan after their 40 year wilderness trek the first fortified city they encountered in the Promised Land was Jericho. As a vivid demonstration that the invaders had the support of a powerful God the protective walls of the city fell flat when the priests blew their trumpets. What confidence
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Should I stay or should I go?

Since I have been online these past 15 years I have received dozens, probably hundreds, of emails from Jehovah’s Witnesses asking the same basic question: Should I stay or should I leave the organization? There are many and various reasons why Jehovah’s Witnesses might come to the point of questioning their faith. But usually
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To Babylon You Will Come

To Babylon You Will Come

Babylon was the third empire of Bible prophecy. It came into the dominant position after overthrowing the Assyrian capital of Nineveh around 632 B.C.E. About seven years later the combined armies of Assyria and Egypt were decisively defeated at the battle of Carchemish, not far from the modern Syrian city of Aleppo that has
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The Beginning and the End

The Beginning and the End

Transcript of video (below) Once there was nothing. Just the blackness of oblivion. Then, in an instant of time, from a mere dap of concentrated matter, it began —Creation. Scientists have euphemistically dubbed that beginning — the Big Bang.  The Big Bang theory harmonizes with the truth expressed in the opening words of the
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On the Edge of the Abyss

Over the past few years a new and significant dynamic has emerged in the world in the form of the Russia/China alliance. Other nations are orienting themselves to the newly emerging power, including Iran, Turkey, Japan, the Philippines and many nations of Asia. Up until last year America acted as the world’s sole hegemon,
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Jesus weeps over Jerusalem

You Did Not Discern the Time of Your Being Inspected

“And when he got nearby, he viewed the city and wept over it, saying: ‘If you, even you, had discerned on this day the things having to do with peace—but now they have been hidden from your eyes. Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification
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missing piece of jigsaw puzzle

10 Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses

1.) For a long time Jehovah’s Witnesses had been taught that Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish virgins was fulfilled in 1918. But the July, 2013, Watchtower adjusted the coming of the bridegroom to a point in the future. Previously the Watchtower had explained that the International Bible Students had “nodded off” during
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What Do The Seven Times Mean?

What Do The Seven Times Mean?

This article was prompted by a question from a reader. For more questions from readers see the Mailbag. If Christ's presence didn't begin in 1914 like Jehovah's witnesses teach, how do we explain the chronology Jehovah's witnesses use to lead up to 1914, that is, the seven times, or 2520 days?  _____________________   It seems reasonable
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demons expelled from heaven

The Devil Has Come Down to You

“On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”  ___________________ The world we all inhabit is about to change in ways that
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The Coming Judgment of Jehovah

The Coming Judgment of Jehovah

(This article was contributed by one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Edited by Robert King) In the near future those who love and worship Jehovah God, and who desire to follow and obey his Son, will have a life and death decision to make. Their lives and the lives of their children and their families will
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Apocalyptic scene, tidal wave, fireballs from the sky

The Day the Stars Fall from Heaven

With the recent developments in Ukraine, developments intended by the Empire to push Russia into war, a war that will unavoidably go nuclear, it seems timely to consider the phenomenon known as EMP (Electromagnetic pulse). Since the USSR was disbanded 20-some years ago the defensive posture of the Anglo-American powers has subtly shifted from
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Destruction of Jewish temple

A Tale of Two Cities

This article is part two of a response to a question regarding the meaning of the 14th chapter of Zechariah. Because of its important role in the outworking of God’s purpose Jerusalem and Zion are used as symbols. Jehovah’s Witnesses are blessed to understand this important truth. However, the Watchtower Society has perverted the
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Yes, The Watchtower Society Does Protect Pedophiles

Yes, The Watchtower Society Does Protect Pedophiles

SHIELDS GAZETTE - DAILY MAIL ONLINE    - THE JOURNAL    - THE SUNDERLAND ECHO "CHURCH officials hushed up a child sex scandal in their ranks and refused to co-operate with police." Over the years the Watchtower Society has been accused over and over by hundreds of child abuse victims and their advocates of enforcing policies upon congregation elders that
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Is Your Elder a Known Child Molester?

Is Your Elder a Known Child Molester?

Over the past 10 years the Watch Tower Society has been rocked by allegations of covering up child sexual abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses. After paying out millions in low-profile out-of-court settlements, in 2012 the Watchtower lost a widely publicized lawsuit in what has amounted to the largest dollar judgment in any case of this
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Their Heart Has Become Hypocritical

Their Heart Has Become Hypocritical

Since the rebellion in Eden God’s purpose has been to produce a seed. Because of his faith Abraham was chosen as the one through whom the seed would eventually come. Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, had twelve sons that produced the twelve tribes of Israel. For that reason in later
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WatchTower's Stunning Loss

WatchTower’s Stunning Loss

It is being called an unprecedented ruling. And it has gone against the Watchtower Society.A California jury has ruled against the Fremont North congregation elders, and also against the Watchtower in New York, and awarded damages totaling $28 million to Candace Conti, who was sexually abused by a congregation member when she was nine
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mushroom cloud nuclear

The Day of Jehovah Is Near!

“And I will give portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun itself will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah.”   A new dark age is coming – characterized as a breakdown
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30 Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses

The apostle exhorted Christians to “make sure of all things.” The Watchtower Society even published a minister’s handbook by that title that is intended to aid Jehovah’s Witnesses to help others see the falsity of many of Christendom’s teachings. However, ought not Jehovah’s Witnesses also make sure of what the Watchtower teaches, particularly with
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stumbling blocks

Many Will Be Stumbled – Will You Be?

On the night of Jesus’ arrest and trial he forewarned his apostles that they, one and all, would be stumbled in fulfillment of prophecy. When Peter protested and vowed that even if all the others should fall he would never do so, Jesus issued his own prophecy, of sorts, foretelling that Peter would deny
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Jesus returns, hands scroll to anointed

The VISIBLE Presence of Jesus Christ

The belief that an invisible  presence of Christ began in 1914 is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Watchtower Society’s teachings. The importance of the parousia doctrine  to the  theology of Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot be understated. It is,  in fact, the basis  for the Watchtower Society's ecclesiastical  authority, as well as the  organization’s very existence.   
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The Unfinished Mystery of God

The Unfinished Mystery of God

In the Revelation the apostle John was transported by inspiration to the Lord's Day not only to witness, but also to directly participate in a dramatic prophetic vision with Christ, similar to his transfiguration experience. In the 10th chapter of Revelation, John witnessed a powerful angel coming down from heaven and standing astride the
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Abaddon - The Terminator

Abaddon – The Terminator

In the Revelation chapter of Jehovah Himself Has Become King the idea was put forward that the opening of the seventh seal and the blowing of the first four angelic trumpeters has to do with the judgment upon the house of God, after the final sealing has taken place.  That all of the chosen ones have
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destruction of Jerusalem

What is the Great Tribulation and Holy Place?

Although Jesus indicated that the desolation of Jerusalem in the 1st century would result in a great tribulation unlike any before, he also went on to say that the tribulation will be a time of unprecedented distress upon all the nations of the earth (not just Jerusalem), of such severity that the continued existence of humanity
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Imagining Paradise

It is not uncommon for persons to suppose that living forever in paradise would be boring. This is an edited reprint of a previous Mailbag question from the week of April 20th, 2003, discussing the topic. I feel really depressed and mixed up because I have this feeling that maybe the New World after
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A Closer Look @ 1914

A Closer Look @ 1914

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been taught and whole-heartedly believe that the sign of Christ’s parousia has been evident since 1914. In fact, according to the Watchtower 1914 is the most important date in all human history. But in spite of the belief that Jesus Christ has been invisibly present in some fashion for over a century
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question mark in the clouds

Where is this Promised Presence of His?

Whether or not you believe in the Second Coming of Christ, most people throughout the world at least know something of the concept—even those who do not even consider themselves to be Christians. Perhaps even more widespread than the various forms of Christian eschatology, though, is the knowledge of Noah’s Flood.   Again, whether persons
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The Visible Parousia of Jesus Christ

When Jesus walked the earth during his brief three and a half year ministry he explained to his closest followers that although the Hebrew prophecies foretell that the Messiah would reign forever, and Jesus was indeed the appointed Messiah, or Christ, he must first 'go away.' But later he would return. The disciples did
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Coming Fall of the House of God

A consideration of a portion of the prophecy of Zechariah The temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem was one of the grandest structures of the ancient world. It also had the unique distinction of being the only edifice on earth (other than the portable tabernacle) where God maintained a visible manifestation of his presence. There,
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Subliminal Imagery in Watchtower Literature

Subliminal Imagery in Watchtower Literature

A subliminal image is a picture within a picture u2013 a graphic cleverly imbedded within another image that is intended to bypass the conscious mind undetected, but which is perceived on a subconscious level.  How a person might be affected subconsciously is a matter of debate.I first became aware of subliminals back in the
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See that You Are Not Terrified

See that You Are Not Terrified

Fear can be a good thing. Or it can be bad. It can motivate us in the right way, or it can be paralyzing or tempt us into a fatal compromise. Jesus spoke of both kinds of fear when he said the following: “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above
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Who Is the Woman of Prophecy?

Who Is the Woman of Prophecy?

In the opening pages of the Bible (Genesis 3:15) we are introduced to an enigmatic woman who is destined to give birth to the serpent-stomping messianic seed of God. Later on in prophecy, the mystery woman is depicted as Jehovah’s figurative wife. In the concluding book of the Bible God’s heavenly “woman” ultimately gives
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Let the Reader Use Discernment

Let the Reader Use Discernment

As Jesus neared the end of his earthly ministry, he went to Jerusalem one last time in order to observe the Jewish Passover festival. On that occasion he threw out the moneychangers and also pronounced judgment upon the temple and the nation. Not quite grasping what Jesus had done, the disciples evidently sought to
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Jehovah's Witnesses and the Holy Place

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Holy Place

"Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place…then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again." —Matthew 24:21 What is the great tribulation and what is the
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Hebrew YHWH jehovah is here

Jehovah’s Witnesses – A People for his Name?

What’s in a name, you ask? Everything— that is, if the name happens to be the personal name of God.  While scholars may debate the exact pronunciation of YHWH until the world ends, the simple fact of scripture remains: The biblical deity whom we call Jehovah in English, emphatically states in his word that he will have
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the golden calf

The Idolization of ‘Jehovah’s Visible Organization’

(From 2004 - slightly revised) The issue of worship dates back to the Garden of Eden; when Adam and Eve were originally presented with a convenient alternative to the exclusive worship of Jehovah God. Since that time Satan the Devil has continually tempted Jehovah's people with countless diversions in an effort to subvert or
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Devil behind the Watchtower 1914 doctrine - concept

Who is Behind 1914, really?

Jehovah’s Witnesses frequently refer to themselves as being “in the truth.” That is because the faith itself is referred to as “the truth.” Actually, Jesus himself first used the expression, when he said concerning the Devil: “He did not stand fast in the truth.” So, according to Jesus Christ the Devil was once “in the truth,” just like Jehovah’s Witnesses claim
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Does the Light Get Brighter & Brighter?

Does the Light Get Brighter & Brighter?

This is a slightly edited, revised reprint of an article previously published on the original e-watchman site in 2007. ______________________________ .  Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God is directly responsible for gradually enlightening the Watchtower Society over the course of many decades, professedly in fulfillment of numerous prophecies. But is that really the case? This
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Concept of Jehovah's Witnesses looking to God

Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Divine Purpose

God has a purpose, even a grand intention, certain to be fully realized. And it may be confidently stated here with little need for clarification, that the Bible is a record and revelation of God's will and purpose towards his creation.  God’s express will and intent was published in the book of Genesis; encapsulated in
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