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 as his punishing agents. And then he brought judgment upon those empires and liberated his people and restored them to his favor.
The Watchtower recognizes that God’s judgments to come are woven throughout the prophecies pertaining to Israel and Judah. For example, although ostensibly speaking of the restoration of “Israel” the prophets foretell events to occur in the final part of the days, such as that found in the second chapter of Isaiah, which states: “In the final part of the days, the mountain of the house of Jehovah will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, and it will be raised up above the hills, and to it all the nations will stream.”
Of course, the Watchtower teaches that virtually every prophecy has already been fulfilled, including the cited prophecy above. The International Bible Students were released from centuries of bondage to the greater Babylon back in 1919. That is when Christ supposedly liberated them from all restraints imposed by false religion. According to Bethel’s prophets the only aspect of prophecy left unfulfilled is the overthrow of Babylon the Great and the attack of Gog, and of course —Armageddon. The upshot is, that all of God’s judgments have either been off-shifted to the past or redirected to Christendom.
In this the Watchtower itself is fulfilling prophecy. The leading men are those spoken of in Isaiah who say: “We have made a covenant with Death, and with the Grave we have made an agreement. When the raging flash flood passes through, it will not reach us, for we have made a lie our refuge and we have hidden ourselves in falsehood.”
The lie in which they have taken refuge is the very foundation of the Watchtower —the falsehood that Jesus Christ began ruling in his Kingdom in 1914. The irony is, it is the coming of Christ, the foundational stone in heavenly Zion, that will initiate the flash flood that will sweep away their refuge. That is made plain in the next verse, which states: “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘Here I am laying as a foundation in Zion a tested stone, the precious cornerstone of a sure foundation. No one exercising faith will panic. And I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the leveling tool. The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will flood out the hiding place. Your covenant with Death will be dissolved, and your agreement with the Grave will not stand. When the raging flash flood passes through, you will be crushed by it. As often as it passes through, it will sweep you away; for it will pass through morning after morning, during the day and during the night. Only terror will make them understand what was heard.”’ —Isaiah 28
The coming flood of tyranny will sweep away the Watchtower’s intricate myth. There will simply be no way for the Governing Body to spin it. The organization will be no more. Instead of boasting of having been set free from Babylon Jehovah’s Witnesses will find themselves crushed by the beast and dominated by the harlot. What a humiliation that will be! But that is the price that must be paid for taking refuge in a lie.
Only then will Jehovah’s Witnesses be truly receptive to what Jehovah has to say, even as the prophecy goes on to say: “Give ear and listen to my voice; pay attention and listen to what I say. Does the plower keep plowing all day before he sows seed? Does he continually break up and harrow his ground? When he has smoothed out its surface, does he not then scatter black cumin and sow cumin, and does he not plant wheat, millet, and barley in their places and spelt around the edges? For He teaches him the right way; His God instructs him. For black cumin is not crushed with a threshing sledge, and a wagon wheel is not driven over cumin. Rather, black cumin is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a staff. Does a person crush grain for bread? No, he does not thresh it incessantly; and when he drives the roller of his wagon over it with his horses, he does not crush it. This also comes from Jehovah of armies, whose counsel is wonderful and whose achievements are great.”