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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 return to earth visibly on the clouds, just as the angels prophesied while His disciples were watching Him ascend into heaven, (Acts 1:11!) JWs erroneously believe that Jesus was raised from the dead as a ‘spirit’ and He will return as a ‘spirit.’ They believe their failed prophecy of 1914, and use the First World War as ‘proof that Armageddon had begun;’ despite the continuance of all the evil world systems — churches and JW kingdom halls included. Then, they did some damage control by alleging that “this generation” (of 15 years old in 1914,) will not pass away before His return! When this prophecy too, proved that they are governed by false teachers and prophets, they changed the ‘1914 return’ to “something that already happened.” They named it the “invisible or spiritual return of Christ.”
Apparently, JWs now believe in the so-called “secret rapture.” Note this drastic change in the July 15th, 2013 edition of the 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, but will at some point be raised to heaven before the outbreak of the battle of Armageddon.”
Þ This false dogma is one of Apostolic founder Edwin Irving’s additions to the Truth of God’s Word. It is the so-called ‘rapture of the church,’ which Christians from all denominations are deceived to believe. I often wonder how many church buildings will fit into heaven — and will they leave their steeples, the absolute sign of masonic sun worship, behind? (O yes, they say Christians are that false building, ‘the church,’ while God does NOT dwell in buildings made with hands, Acts 7:44-50!) The truth is that the Holy Spirit or God Himself indwells ALL sincere, Scripturally born believers as His living, spiritual temple here on earth! (Jn. 1:12-14; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:15-20!)
The Real Bible declares, Jesus will visibly return on the clouds, just as He ascended into heaven. “Every eye will see Him; even those who pierced [or crucified] Him. And all the tribes of the earth [who rejected Him] will mourn because of Him!” (Rev. 1:7.) “And while the disciples [of Acts 1:10-11] looked steadfastly toward heaven as Jesus went up, two men stood by them in white clothes, [angel spirits,] who said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, will so return in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Jesus will as suddenly, unexpectedly, and visually return as a global “lightning strike that flashes from the one end of the earth to the other.” Ever saw a ‘secret’ lightning strike? So, when we test a doctrine, we may freely read the Scriptures in context. God gave us ALL His truth about everything in His Ever-living Word, (Mt. 24:27-31; Philippians 2:10-11.)
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 Matthew 10:25-26, “A disciple is not above his Teacher… If they called the Master of the house Beelzebub, [the devil,] 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 Matthew 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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