Jehovah’s Witnesses and False Prophecies

nov02Like the Mormons, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have made many false prophecies. In fact, this seems to be the case with practically all cults.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, as they are now called, were founded by Charles Taze Russell in 1879 as a splinter group from the Adventist Church. He claimed that Christ did appear in 1874 but invisibly.

Russell’s new church was called the International Bible Students Association. He also printed his own magazine called Zion’s Watchtower wherein he proclaimed his errant doctrines.

For example, Russell used measurements of passage ways in the great pyramid in Egypt as the basis for his false prophecy of Christians being raptured and Christ’s return in the flesh in 1914. That was supposedly when the battle of Armageddon should have taken place.

nov02aRussell also broke with the doctrine of the Trinity, claiming it was unscriptural. Because we mere mortals can’t comprehend a triune being, he had the nerve to claim that God wasn’t three beings yet one in essence.

Russell’s followers thought of him as that faithful servant mentioned in Matthew 24:45 which says, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” The context of the parable is that Christ meant each faithful believer, not one leader or a group of people.

Joseph Franklin Rutherford took over in 1916 when Rutherford died. He consolidated power and ran the sect from his office. He also changed the organization’s name to Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1931.

Among Rutherford’s failed prophecies was that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be resurrected in 1925. He, a disbarred lawyer, died in 1941 and was succeeded by Nathan Homer Knorr.

nov02bThe leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses issued many other prophecies and fiats which would take me too long to write here. I’ll be writing more about the supposed rapture of the Witnesses in 1975 and other failed prophecies in future blogs.

I also will expand upon these errant doctrines and bogus prophecies in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Cults like the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses twist the scriptures and block people’s access to the Kingdom of Heaven. I wish nobody would fall for their lies so that’s why I’m exposing them.

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15 thoughts on “Jehovah’s Witnesses and False Prophecies”

  1. I recently have had discussions with Jehovah’s Witnesses concerning the truth of Scripture against their false doctrine. I have been researching their history and beliefs and have been amazed at the depth of their error. I appreciate this post as it compliments that pursuit. I also write with an apologetic tone and evaluate opposing world views/false teachings in several of my writings. Feel free to check out my blog

  2. You write “The Jehovah’s Witnesses, as they are now called, were founded by Charles Taze Russell in 1879 as a splinter group from the Adventist Church.” which is totally untrue. Charles Taze Russell may be called the founder of the American Bible Students but is not the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, like they unrighteously claim. The JW are a schism group of the International Bible Students and was formed around Rutherford.

  3. C.T. Russel’s claim that God is not a three-headed being is very Scriptural, because the Bible is very clear on that, there is only One true God, the God of Israel, the elohim Hashem Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus and his disciples.

    1. You just contradicted yourself. The Bible, the one real Christians study, shows that God is one in essence but three in personhood. Neither does he manifest himself in three different ways but the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each individuals. Neither is this personification and anthropomorphic but there really do exist three eternal beings in one. Study the scriptures without your theological blinders and you’ll see that the Trinity is the ONLY logical conclusion.

      1. The bible shows that god is an eternal omniscient omnipresent eternal Spirit Being no man can see and live. That God also declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son, whilst that son of God and son of man declared not to be a spirit and not able to do anything without God Who is greater than him (Jesus).

        The Trinity teaching is totally unlogical and makes God into a very cruel and lying being, whilst the God of the Bible is a God of order and of no confusion.

          1. that is very true, but Jesus is not given all power on earthnor in heaven. When you look at the Messianic Scriptures you clearly shall see that Jesus himself also declares he cannot do anything without God. It is God Who works through him, like god can also use others to bring something over, like the many prophets God has used throughout the times. They are men of God and for that reason very special.

            Even when human beings are created in the image of God they never can be of the same essence as God. Also the prophet and master teacher Jeshua (Jesus) knew that and shows also to his disciples and followrs that he is just a man of flesh and blood and no spirit (and as such people who believe he is God should come to see that Jesus cannot be god, him not knowing everything, him not able to be everywhere, him not being a spirit, him being able to be tempted etc.)

              1. You seem to forget Who is saying He is the alpha and the omega:
                “ I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, {1 } who is and who was and {2 } who is to come, the Almighty. {1) Or he who 2) Or who cometh } (Re 1:8 ASV)

                Jehovah God is the alpha and omega:
                “ Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I, Jehovah, the first, and with the last, I am he.” (Isa 41:4 ASV)

                It was Jesus who was sent by God to bring the Words of God:
                “ for the words which thou gavest me I have given unto them; and they received them, and knew of a truth that I came forth from thee, and they believed that thou didst send me.” (Joh 17:8 ASV)

                It no where says God came down to earth to fake a sif He would be tempted and would have been killed by man (because He Himself Who does not tell lies, says He cannot be tempted and man can do Him nothing).

                1. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” The context in Revelation also shows that it’s jesus speaking.

                  When God said he can’t be tempted, he meant that he can’t be effected by temptation.

                  And what about John 8:58 where Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I Am.” The pharisees saught to stone him for blasphemy because he said he was the son of God. “Son” in his case doesn’t mean biological or even spiritual offspring but the prime one.

                  1. “Before Abraham was, I am.” is an expression or even an idiom of which a similar still exist today like “He was before Abraham” or “He has seen Abraham”

                    This passage is connected with (#Ex 3:14) where God says to Moses, “I am that I am.” From these references two conclusions are drawn:

                    a) Since Christ was before Abraham, Christ must have existed prior to his birth on earth.

                    b) Since Christ says, “I am” he is alluding to the divine name, thereby in effect telling the Jews that he is “Very God.” though Jesus did not say “I am that I am” what God said or ” I Am the Being” or “I Am Who Is”

                    1. Christ’s reference to Abraham is to affirm his (Christ’s) pre-eminence, not pre-existence. The Jews had claimed that Abraham was their father (#Joh 8:39) and so Christ establishes his pre-eminence in the divine purpose by stating that before Abraham was, “I am.” He did not say “before Abraham was, I was” as it is frequently misread. But the Jews, like modern-day trinitarians, misunderstood Jesus. He was not claiming to be literally older in years than Abraham. This is indicated by his prior remark: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” (#Joh 8:56). Abraham, to whom the gospel was preached (#Ga 3:8), “saw” the day of Christ through the eye of faith. Christ was “foreordained before the foundation of the world, but manifest in these last times.” (#1Pe 1:20). He was foreordained in the divine purpose, but not formed. Similarly in the divine purpose he was the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (#Re 13:8) but literally he was not slain until his crucifixion in the time of Pilate.

                    2. There is no proof that Christ alludes to the divine name (imperfectly rendered by the A.V., “I am that I am”). Jesus simply uses the present tense of the verb “to be.” Even if this verse were intended to be read as an allusion to the divine name, this is not proof that Christ was claiming to be “Very God.” The divine name declared “I will be what I will be.” (#Ex 3:14) (R.S.V. mg.). The name was a prophetic declaration of the divine purpose. Jesus Christ was “God manifest in the flesh” (#1Ti 3:16), “the word” (Greek: logos) “made flesh.” (#Joh 1:14). As such, he was the expression of the divine character, “full of grace and truth” (#Joh 1:14) (cf. #Ex 33:19). and became the “firstborn among many brethren.” (#Ro 8:29). Christ was the result of the word made flesh, not the originator of the dvine plan. As he himself said, “I proceeded forth and came from God neither came I of myself, but he sent me.” (#Joh 8:42).

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