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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
JESUS’ “INVISIBLE RETURN” or “Secret Rapture” in 1914
JWS do not believe, as the Bible teaches, that Jesus will visibly return to the earth. They say He was raised as a ‘spirit’ and He will return as a ‘spirit.’ They believe in the failed prophecy of 1914, and they used the First World War as proof that Armageddon had begun, despite the continuance of all the evil world systems. Then, they did some damage control by alleging that “this generation” (of those 15 years old in 1914) will not pass away before His return! When this prophecy too, was proved that they are governed by false teachers, they changed the 1914 return to “something that already happened,” and named it the “invisible return of Christ!”
However, the real Bible declares, Jesus will return visibly on the clouds, just as He ascended into heaven, “Every eye will see Him; even those who pierced [crucified] Him. And all the tribes of the earth [who rejected Him] will mourn because of Him!” - (Rev. 1:7.) “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, two men stood by them in white clothes, who said, ‘Men of Galilee… the same Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heave, will so come in like manner as you saw Him so into heaven,” (Acts 9-11.)
Apparently, JW’S now believe in “the [secret] rapture.” “Notice this curious doctrinal change in the controversial July 15th, 2013 Watchtower: One of the events mentioned in these verses is the ‘gathering of the chosen ones.’ (Matt. 24:31) Hence, it appears that all anointed ones who still remain on earth after the initial part of the great tribulation has passed will at some point be raised to heaven before the outbreak of the battle of Armageddon. - Watchtower, July 15, 2013, p. 8 (Endnote #2 for Paragraph 8) - [Emphasis added]”
IS IT POSSIBLE TO LEAVE THE ORGANIZATION?
“Once you become baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, if you ever decide to leave the society, you will be viewed as an “apostate” — someone who is in “rebellion against Jehovah.” Even if leaving is a personal decision because the person desires to follow God without the Watchtower organization and its control, you will be shunned by friends and family members in the organization, and they will be told to “hate” you with “Godly hatred.” (See The Watchtower, October 1, 1993, p. 19 and The Watchtower, April 15, 1988, pp. 26-28)
As an “apostate,” you will not even be allowed to communicate with former Jehovah’s Witness in writing or telephonically, because they are commanded by the Watchtower to reject “apostates” on all levels of life. (See The Watchtower, March 15, 1986, p. 12-13.)”
However, Jesus foresaw such hatred and manipulation of especially those closest and dearest to us when He warned in Mt. 10:25-26, “A disciple is not above his Teacher… If they called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of His household! Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known…” And in Mt. 10:34-39, “Do not think that I came to bring [outward] peace on earth… but a sword… A man’s enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother [spouse or child or brother] more than Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life [in human acceptance] will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it [for all eternity.”
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