Are Jehovah's Witnesses a Cult?

The Watchtower Brazenly Contradicts the Bible Regarding the End Times

Many people know that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the trinity doctrine; they believe that Jesus was a creation of god, his first creation, who resided in heaven until his existence was miraculously transferred to Mary. They also believe that Jesus remains separate from god even now that he’s resurrected and has ascended to heaven. (See this website for more information on their beliefs.) One scripture they use to back this claim is Matthew 24:36, where Jesus himself said, regarding the start of Armageddon and the end times:

“Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.”

That seems straightforward enough; Jesus himself admitted while he was alive that he didn’t know the “day and hour” of this event.

The July 2016 study edition of the Watchtower, however, has made a very bold claim that completely contradicts this scripture. To understand the statement, first understand that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Armageddon is god’s war, to be fought by Jesus, and this event is going to start any day, any minute now. They believe that after Jesus ascended into heaven, he was made a king and is now waiting for when this war of Armageddon will begin. Note what the Watchtower said about it:

But Christ has been empowered in heaven to wage war against Satan’s world. (Rev. 19:11-16) Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that Jesus now knows when Armageddon will occur.

As many readers know, I don’t consider myself a Christian so I’m not always concerned with arguing doctrine; however, I can spot a brazen contradiction between what the bible says and what religious literature says. Nowhere in the bible does it say that Jesus would be given this information in the future, and making such a claim shows an obscene arrogance. The writers of the Watchtower now know what is going on in heaven, they know more than what the bible has told them? They are allowed to draw conclusions that are actually in direct contradiction to the bible itself?

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Showing up on time for an appointment doesn’t mean you actually know when your meeting will begin.

In all fairness, I can understand what they’re saying here; their argument is that Jesus is in heaven, waiting for Armageddon to begin, so he must know when it will start. However, this is not a foregone conclusion. Let me illustrate. Suppose you’re told to show up for a job interview at 11:00 a.m. You arrive on time, check in with the receptionist, and then have a seat in the lobby. Your interview doesn’t necessarily start at 11:00 a.m., as any job seeker will tell you. Your interview will start when the other person is ready for you, and sitting in the lobby, waiting, doesn’t mean that you magically know the exact moment; it could be another five minutes or another 20 minutes. To say that Jesus is in heaven so he must know when Armageddon will start is faulty, for the same reason. He’s there, waiting, ready to go, but he doesn’t necessarily need to know the exact day and hour of when god will start this war that he’s assigned to lead.

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Illustrations aside, it’s the bold contradiction of what the bible says, and the brazen privilege that Jehovah’s Witnesses seem to think they have of going “beyond the things that are written” (1 Corinthians 4:6) in their own bible that is disturbing. There is nothing, absolutely nothing to support the idea that they can draw their own conclusions on such matters and make such statements. Yet, despite this obvious blasphemy on their part, no doubt too many rank-and-file Witnesses will continue to believe that they do have this privilege and that they do know so much more than other people, even those who are following the bible exactly as it’s written and not outright contradicting it.

 

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12 replies »

  1. Hi Alexandria, I love watching your videos on youtube. The JWs have always hinted at “Jesus must now know” since the 70s. I remember reading one of my mom’s bound volumes years ago when I was a middle school kid and the questions from readers asked this very question. Their answer was “since he was given all power in heaven it is reasonable he now knows”. So I believe it is not really a flip flop but just speculation.

  2. Flip flop doctrine because Watchtower used to teach that Jesus did not know the day or hour. They taught that Jesus was seating at the left hand of Jehovah waiting to stand when Jehovahs said so. That no one knows the day or hour only Jehovah. So I am not too shocked by another change in doctrine!

  3. He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. – Luke 21:8

  4. Great points Alexandra. I was reminded of Revelation 22:18 (NWT) where it states “if anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add him to the plagues that are written in this scroll.” The writers of the Watchtower frequently take liberty with what they claim is their sole guidance, the Bible.

      • Proverbios 30:5-6 “Todo dicho de Dios es refinado.” Es un escudo a los que se refugian en el”. 6 No añadas nada a sus palabras, para que no te censure, y para que no se te tenga que demostrar mentiroso.
        1 Tesalonicenses 5:1-2 Ahora bien en cuanto a los tiempos y a las sazones, hermanos, no tienen necesidad de que se les escriba nada. 2 Porque ustedes mismos saben bastante bien que el día de Jehová viene exactamente como ladrón en la noche.
        En Hechos 1:6-7 Jesús dijo al Cuerpo Gobernante del siglo primero, “Pues bien cuando se hubieron congregado, se pusieron a preguntarle: “Señor, ¿estás restaurando el reino a Israel en este tiempo?”. 7 Les dijo. “No les pertenece a ustedes adquirir el conocimiento de los tiempos o sazones que el Padre ha colocado en su propia jurisdicción.”
        Tito 1:9 que se adhiera firmemente a la fiel palabra en lo que toca a su [arte de] enseñar, para que pueda exhortar por la enseñanza que es saludable y también censurar a los que contradicen.
        Es evidente que estos, y otros textos bíblicos los señalan, según la sensata definición de Mr Jackson (mienbro del CG)
        ante la Real Comisión Australiana sobre el abuso de menores, “Un apóstata, es alguien que activamente se opone a lo que la Biblia enseña”.

    • They will also tell you that passages that contradict their teachings and practices are outdated and not applicable to them. Trust in ‘The slave” they will tell you. KJV makes clear that Matthew 24:45 asks “who is A faithful and discreet slave?” not “who is THE faithful and discreet slave?” The entire printing company is currupt from its very founding on up. This house built on mud will eventually topple.

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