The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society claims to be God's sole channel of communication today (WT 7-15-60, p.439; WT 12-1-81, p.27). They believe that Jehovah commissioned them as His sole representative in 1919 and that only by serving God as a part of this organization can one ever hope to receive everlasting life (Vindication, Vol. 3, p.250; WT 2-15-83, p.12). This is a very bold claim that should not be taken lightly. If, in fact, God is using the Watchtower as His channel, we would do well to heed to their publications as truth. If God is not using them we should not only flee from them, but also warn others of their counterfeit religion.
So, how can we test this group to see if it really is the one true religion? One excellent way is to review their own writings and publications. Let's just concentrate on one topic right now. Since they have claimed to be Jehovah's prophet (WT 4-1-72, p.197), have they ever predicted anything that failed to come to pass? Let's review the record!
1888 The Time Is At Hand, (1911 ed.), p.101 "....the setting up of the Kingdom of God is already begun, that it is pointed out in prophecy as due to begin the exercise of power in A.D. 1878, and that the "battle of the great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership, is already commenced."
1894 Zion's Watch Tower, 7-15, p.226 "We see no reason for changing the figures-nor could we change them if we would. They are, we believe, God's dates, not ours. But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble. We see no reason for changing from our opinion...."
1917 The Finished Mystery, p.485 "Also, in the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell to learn the meaning of the downfall of 'Christianity'."
1920 Millions Now Living Will Never Die, p.89-90 "Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection."
1924 The Watchtower, 7-15, p.211 "The year 1925 is a year definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914...."
1925 The Watchtower, 1-1, p.3 "The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during the year. This may be accomplished. It may not be."
1925 The Watchtower, 9-1, p.262 "It is to be expected that Satan will try to inject into the minds of the consecrated the thought that 1925 should see an end of the work...."
1931 Vindication, p.338-339 "There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah's faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1914, 1918 and 1925, which disappointment lasted for a time. Later the faithful learned that these dates were definitely fixed in the Scriptures; and they also learned to quit fixing dates for the future and predicting what would come to pass on a certain date...."
1941 The Watchtower, 9-15, p.288 "Receiving the gift, the marching children clasped it to them, not a toy or plaything for idle pleasure, but the Lord's provided instrument for most effective work in the remaining months before Armageddon."
1942 Consolation, 5-27, p.13 "Further proof that these princes will shortly take office upon earth as perfect men is found in the prophecy of Daniel....Proof is now submitted that we are living at the "end of the days", and we may expect to see Daniel and the other mentioned princes any day now."
1969 Kingdom Ministry, June, p.3 "In view of the short time left, a decision to pursue a career in this system of things is not only unwise but extremely dangerous....Many young brothers and sisters were offered scholarships or employment that promised fine pay. However, they turned them down and put spiritual interests first."
1974 Kingdom Ministry, May, p.3 "Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world's end."
Are there any questions? The Watchtower organization has incriminated themselves over and over again. There can be no doubt that they are not a true prophet of God, but a false one. The bible gives no slack to false prophets. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 commands that when a prophet claims to speak a word in the name of the Lord, and the thing spoken does not happen or come to pass, that prophet shall die. Even according to the Watchtower's own standards, they are false prophets. Consider the following:
The Watchtower, 5-15-30, p.154 asks, "How are we to know whether one is a true or a false prophet?....If he is a true prophet, his message will come to pass exactly as prophesied. If he is a false prophet, his prophecy will fail to come to pass."
Awake, 10-8-68, p.23 says, "True, there have been those in times past who have predicted an "end to the world," even announcing a specific date....The "end" did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing?....Missing from such people were God's truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them"
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Obviously, we should not heed to the Watchtower's publications as God's truth, but flee from them. Remember Jesus's words: "Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing". (Matthew 7:15) We would do well not only to flee from the Watchtower organization, but also to witness to and pray for those honest, God-fearing men and women held in bondage by this false religious system. May they find peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Ro. 5:1).
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