(Questions #3 & #4) Has the Society ever taught anything scripturally incorrect? (See Prophecy Blunders of the Organization). Might the Society be teaching anything scripturally incorrect now?
The questioner apparently spent a lot of time researching the Watchtower’s “prophecy blunders,” assuming that the knowledge of such will dissuade Jehovah’s Witnesses from pursuing their faith, which is obviously the intent.
The inspired Psalmist wrote of those who are seeking to find a lie. That seems to describe the motive of many exJW’s and others who go to great lengths to “expose” the Watchtower. But what does one have when finding the lie they seek? A lie. That is all. Conversely, ought we all not be seekers of truth, rather than seekers of lies?
The truth is, the commonality of the organization’s “prophecy plunders” is their inseparable attachment to 1914 and the subsequent proclamation that the presence is Christ has begun and the day of Jehovah is here.
Amazingly, this is exactly what Paul forewarned at II Thessalonians the 2nd chapter, where he wrote: “However, brothers, concerning the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you not to be quickly shaken from your reason nor to be alarmed either by an inspired statement or by a spoken message or by a letter appearing to be from us, to the effect that the day of Jehovah is here. Let no one lead you astray in any way, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness gets revealed, the son of destruction.”
Speaking to those who expect to be gathered to Christ in Heaven and who would be on earth when Jesus finally arrives and whose manifestation will ultimately destroy the man of lawlessness, Paul warned against being taken in by authoritative announcements that the presence has already begun and the day of Jehovah is here. It is apparent that the seemingly inspired statements and proclamations emanate from the man of perfidy and are backed by Satan himself with every powerful work, deceptive signs and wonders.
It is undeniable, which the questioner’s research unintentionally, graphically verifies, that the very thing Paul foretold – namely, inspired statements, spoken messages and written letters announcing the day of Jehovah is here – are interwoven, embedded into the core doctrine of the Watchtower Society. And Jehovah’s Witnesses, unfortunately, have been shaken from their reason in various ways.
However, what is more disconcerting, the Lord Jesus himself sternly forewarned that during his actual presence there will be many false prophets and false Christ’s, and those claiming the Christ is here, in the inner chambers, and there, in the wilderness. Jesus said the deception will be so convincing that if it were possible even the chosen ones would be deceived by the delusion. Obviously, the faux parousia comes immediately before the actual presence of Christ.
Reasoning on the matter further, the chosen ones of God are unified in one body, one organization prior to the second coming. However, the man of lawlessness is permitted to infiltrate and take control of that organization concurrent with the commencement of the conclusion, so that he sits down in the temple of God, showing himself to be a god. This is why Jesus indicated that the deception would be so authentic that if possible even the chosen ones would be fooled. The Judas-like man of lawlessness is in their very midst, albeit presently unrecognized.
At the present time Jehovah’s Witnesses have no inkling of the deception that has been set in operation as a potential trap. And certainly exJW’s have absolutely no clue either. Yet, when the world is turned upside down, then the issue will come to the fore and Jehovah’s judgments will be accomplished.