Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses

//Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Wednesday, June 8

A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.John 15:20.

More than once, Paul was persecuted because of his faith.  One such incident occurred in Lystra. After healing a man who was lame from birth, Paul and his companion Barnabas were hailed as gods. The two had to beg the ecstatic crowd not to worship them! All too soon, however, Jewish opposers arrived, and they used slander to poison the minds of the people. Quickly the tide turned! The people now pelted Paul with stones and left him for dead. After visiting Derbe, Paul and Barnabas “returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch. There they strengthened the disciples, encouraging them to remain in the faith and saying: ‘We must enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations.’”

COMMENTARY

The persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in modern times is fairly well known. Perhaps the most infamous was the Nazi persecution, which is documented in the Jewish Holocaust Museum.

There was the persecution in Quebec in the 1950’s. Also, the African nation of Malawi openly attacked Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 1970’s. Other instances of sanctioned persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses are listed on a Wikipedia page. (Here is a PDF document produced by the American Civil Liberties Union in 1941 documenting the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in America

But for the most part Jehovah’s Witnesses enjoy government protection. Especially has that been the case in America. Although extremely unpopular the Watchtower organization has thrived because of the constitutional guarantees, which have been the bedrock of the nation.

Of course, persecution can come in much more subtle forms, such as opposition from family or acquaintances. At times Jehovah’s Witnesses are threatened or accosted in their ministry.

But the safe haven environment afforded by so-called democratic, free nations, is only a temporary provision of God. Yes, that’s right, God has blessed America, as they say, and seen to it that there has been a relatively prosperous and peaceful environment in order to facilitate his work. 

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In some small towns in the USA in the 1930’s Jehovah’s Witnesses were arrested for preaching

Keep in mind that the nations stand in their relative positions by God, as Paul stated when discussing a Christians relationship with the civil authorities.

To underscore the point, the angel who provided Daniel the prophecy of the kings of the north and south prefaced his revelation by saying that he had fought against the demonic prince of Persia and stood up as a strengthener to Darius, the king of Persia. The reason that was done was to benefit Jehovah’s people who were in Persia after the fall of Babylon. So, even though Satan is the ruler of the world Jehovah at times overrides the Devil’s authority as it suits his purpose.

THE COMING STORM OF PERSECUTION

Given the tendency of nations to become tyrannical it is apparent that Jehovah’s angels have resisted the dark princes in modern times too, who would use their earthly minions to snuff out the truth.

However, what happens when the evangelical phase of God’s work is concluded? Then God allows the nations to come under complete control of the demons, which also will serve his purpose. The present democratic order will be crushed. In its place a global government that more than likely will be communistic in nature. Of note, the foremost communistic nation today, China, is anti-religion.

The persecution that will be unleashed will serve as discipline from God. The development that will bring the present system down will coincide with the ouster of Satan and the demons from heaven in advance of the final confrontation at Armageddon.

Jehovah’s Witnesses will then find themselves in unchartered waters —inundated in a raging flood of persecution with no legal protections. This is what is foretold in numerous prophecies. For example, the 28th chapter of Isaiah likens God’s judgments to a flash flood and thunderous hailstorm.

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2016-12-08T15:10:17+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Commentary|23 Comments
  • Burt Reynolds

    Is there anything in the scriptures to indicate the powers of control that the demons would have? Do they have governance over language for instance? I think we have some degree of evidence in that but I wondered if there might be expected an holistic governance on earth in opposition to Jehovah, or if the bible is simply pointing to the wholesale persecution of religion.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Excerpt From Aliens, Demons and Scary Monsters!. Read more. https://e-watchman.com/aliens-demons-and-scary-monsters/

      Nearly 2,000 years ago the book of Revelation foretold that there will be “expressions inspired by demons and they perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.”

      • Burt Reynolds

        Sorry. I don’t have a Twitter account. The only twittering I have here is the birds on the bird table!

        • Joe Dman

          I don’t have a Twitter account either but you can still go view the tweets.

          • Burt Reynolds

            It keeps asking me to sign in. Maybe it’s something odd about me….

            • Joe Dman

              Hmm. I don’t remember signing up for one but these days who knows. There’s so many agreements you have to agree to, one may have included a Twitter account. It took 2 hours to set up my new smart tv.I was determined to read all the agreements but i finally gave up and just hit “agree to all”. There was probably a statement that i missed to agree to take the mark of the beast.

        • i dont know why it is people tell me ‘i dont have a twitter account’ after i give them a link that directs them to an article to read but im not implying you should have one

  • The scenario in which the Watchtower Society will come under attack, will originate from the enraged Devil who will be intent on crushing those who have the work of bearing witness to Jesus and who keep the commandments of God.

  • There are two phases of the coming attack. The first phase will be an expression of God’s anger and will accomplish the harvest. Once the separation has taken place then God seals the chosen ones and grants them full membership in the heavenly kingdom. At that point God will have set matters straight and the full number of “Israel” will have been achieved. The attack of Gog comes upon those who will then have God’s unreserved favor, which will bring about a more or less instantaneous destruction of Satan’s world. Where will the Watchtower Society be then? It will not exist.

  • Kevin b

    It makes prefect sense. Of course it’s never been explained that way to me before. Thanks Robert.

  • Yuri Fisher

    Thank you for reminding us (not blind witnesses) about persecutions. We must be ready now. But you forgot about inner persecution of JW. It is also very powerful persecution. I am persecuted for many years by elders in my cong. They do every thing to degrade me and my wife. They never call us or visit us for years. No parts in meetings are given to me or my wife. They hate us openly. You can see it by their behavior toward us. So many of brothers ans sisters in our situation. Most of them leave the congregation after some time of persecution. I know few brothers that left.

    Yuri Fisher

    • Beverly kenyon

      I’ve just read your post and was horrified at the sad situation you and your wife are in.How you’re both being treated is not right! I’m so happy you’ve found Brother King’s site and I hope it’s provided you a better insight into bible prophecies and answers into why these sort of things are happening in Jehovah’s house and that it also brings some comfort to know that shortly there’s going to be change.

      • Yuri Fisher

        Hello Beverly

        Thank you for your encouragment. I am glad to find this site of Robert King. I get a lot of encouragment from his site and truthful information about bible prophesies. JW now in deep darkness. They do not see obvious things arround them. So we need light from Jehovah.

        Thanks for everything

        Yuri Fisher

        Israel

        • Beverly kenyon

          Wow, Yuri, what a lovely surprise hearing from you. Now and again I wondered what happened to you and your wife regarding your horrific unchristian treatment within your congregation and I used to feel sad about it. I’ll tell the truth and I have to say it makes my blood boil! I can’t understand a fellow witness treating another witness badly…no one if they fear Jehovah God and love him and want to please should do such an unkind thing…it’s unbelievable! Since I posted to you Brother King wrote a piece where he mentioned such things happened in the early Christian congregations and particularly mentioned an unpleasant and nasty individual called Diotrephes who treated other Christians really badly..he was bad! Perhaps you can read the account 3John:9,10 and I hope it gives you some comfort and strength to keep going. I thought you were from Russia, so I’m surprised to see you’re from Israel…that’s amazing…is your roots Jewish? I know I’m being a nosey neighbour but I’m fascinated that you’re from Israel!! I’m so happy to hear you get encouragment and truth from Brother King’s site because as you know from the bible truths about prophecy we read about here on this site, world events are gathering pace….so hopefully through Jesus Christ, the Kingdom will be here soon!
          Once again Yuri it’s lovely to hear from you and I hope you and your wife are well as can be.

    • After the removal of that wicked slave, God will bring back into his fold the many of his sheep who were scattered and lost on account of the wicked shepherds: “‘I myself shall feed my sheep, and I myself shall make them lie down,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘The lost one I shall search for, and the dispersed one I shall bring back, and the broken one I shall bandage and the ailing one I shall strengthen, but the fat one and the strong one I shall annihilate. I shall feed that one with judgment.'” (Ezek. 34:2-16) Then the congregation will again function as it did in the first century, and we will see God’s holy spirit in action upon his holy people as it was back then.

  • Teleologist

    Robert, you said:
    “Then God allows the nations to come under complete control of the demons, which also will serve his purpose….The persecution that will be unleashed will serve as discipline from God.”
    What exactly have JW’s done that makes them deserving of discipline in the form of
    extreme persecution?

    • ewatchman

      Primarily it is punishment for the leadership, in accord with the principle Jesus stated in connection with the faithful slave: “Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him, and the one who was put in charge of much will have more than usual demanded of him.” That includes elders to a lesser extent, which is in accord with the stated principle that teachers will receive a heavier judgment.

      But Joel 1:18 states “And the flocks of sheep bear the punishment” – that is, they bear the punishment of the leaders.

      However, we shouldn’t suppose individuals are totally guilt free. Many JW’s live double lives. There is hypocrisy and unkindness. And generally just a lack of faith and reliance on God. And lets not forget the idolatrous worship given to the Governing Body.

      Keep in mind, though, that when the Israelites were condemned to wander in the wilderness for 40 years it was because of the bad report of 10 out of the 12. But the two who were true, although forced to endure the wilderness trek too, eventually entered the Promised Land, whereas the faithless did not.

      • This was a very good explanation of the leadership and individuals in the congregation. Just think only 3 out of 10 will be worthy of the new paradise earth. I remember when I was new to the “spiritual paradise ” being a electrical Contractor I took on a custom home builder who was a pillar in the congregation. Imagine my shock and horror when I discovered that he was unfaithful & a womanizer. I’ve seen this over and over on my journey for Truth. This is why I always get a good laugh when I hear them say “spiritual paradise “.

        • some of visitors here need to get our act together and im one of them. dont want to “expire”. only hope i have for myself is Jehovah’s love for me.

          • Remember, too,D.A. whatever our hearts may condemn us of, God is stronger than our hearts, as the apostle John stated. “Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, because you do not know that God in his kindness is trying to lead you to repentance?” —Romans 2:4

    • Woe to the Shepherds Who Have Become Feeders of Themselves – https://e-watchman.com/woe-to-the-shepherds/

  • Leighton Williams

    I’ll post something from a researcher named Serge Monast :

    If you cannot see, if you cannot learn, if you cannot understand, then you and your family and friends will succumb to the fires of the crematoria that have been built in every state and every major city on earth, built to deal with you. No one is safe in a totalitarian police state!

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