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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
“Their second president Rutherford explained that in addition to the 144,000 "anointed" who would be resurrected — or transferred at death — to live in heaven to rule over earth with Christ, a separate class, the "great multitude," or the “other sheep” would live in paradise, or the “restored earth.” From 1935, new converts to the movement were considered part of the slave class as the number of 144,000 ‘anointed’ was complete. [Wikipedia.]
“The faithful and discreet slave class” is the term used by Jehovah's Witnesses to describe the group's Governing Body in its role of establishing doctrines and teachings. This group is described as a "class" that operates under the direct control of Jesus Christ [actually the archangel Michael] to exercise teaching authority in all matters pertaining to doctrine and articles of faith…”
All this bickering over ‘classes’ among the JWs is totally unscriptural. Paul explained in 1 Cor. 12:13-31 that the believing body of Jesus,’ of whom He Alone is the Head, (Col. 1:18,) whether they are Hebrews or from the Gentile (non-Jewish) nations, are all one in Christ. “There is therefore [spiritually] no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female; all are One in Christ Jesus,” (Gal. 3:28.)
JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES’ “GREAT TRIBULATION”
Wikipedia reports, “Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the United Nations is the "image of the wild beast" referred to in Revelation 13:1-18 and the fulfilment of the "disgusting thing that causes desolation" from Matthew 24:15. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that God will use the United Nations to destroy "false religion", wherein all institutionalized religions except Jehovah's Witnesses will be destroyed They further believe that after all other religions are destroyed, "a coalition of nations" will then turn against Jehovah's Witnesses to destroy them, but Jehovah will intervene and destroy all political elements. They believe this act of divine intervention will be Armageddon, the final part of the Great Tribulation.”
Of course, the Great Tribulation, which Jesus warned about in Mt. 24 and elsewhere in New Testament Scripture, is an escalating process of worldwide political and religious oppression that will culminate just before the His return. The very existence of churches, societies and establishments that twist and abuse God’s Holy Word to sustain their dogmas, norms, and forms like the JWs do, are all part of this tribulation. In fact, these religions that attach themselves to Christianity and were birthed by Roman Catholic Jesuits, typify the age we are now living in, and which Jesus warned to seriously about in Mt. 24:11-14, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many [for the Truth of God, His Word, and His true disciples] will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this [true Gospel of the Bible] will be preached [like never before,] and then the end will come.”
Armageddon and annihilation not ‘hell’
Outside the ‘ark’ or their ‘spiritual home,’ which, supposedly, is this ‘organization of salvation,’ the whole world with all its other beliefs systems, religions, (Christianity too,) and political systems is “dominated by Satan the Devil, whose end at the battle of Armageddon is imminent.” Of course Scripture states that “the whole world [without the real Truth of Christ or Jesus Himself,] is under the sway [or deceptive power] of the evil one,” (1 Jn. 5:19,) but true believers have the freedom in Christ to enter where ever the Holy Spirit leads them, and to live and work in peace among even true unbelievers in this world. Christ Jesus is the God of this world and His entire creation, (Heb. 1:1-4.) It is only the people who reject Him and disobey the truth of His Word, who are “in the power or under the sway of the evil one.” Remember, we are not talking about the real, Biblical Kingdom of God, which is “inside all true believers, which is inside them (Lu. 17:21) through the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16,) ” but a religious system, which attempts to take the place of the Savior, the born again spiritual body of Christ, and the Kingdom of God. For this reason, their churches are called “Kingdom Halls!”
Allegedly, Armageddon will be the annihilation of all the evil systems in this world not the world itself as 2 Pt. 3:10-14 describes – all the systems, which are not under JW control, that is. In this way, God will change or ‘renew’ this fallen world by purging it from all governments and non-Witnesses, to establish a society of ‘true worshippers’ here on earth.
As someone fittingly commented, “Basically, if you are not one of them, your will perish at Armageddon. End of story.” Now, one can understand why all Jehovah’s Witnesses are preachers on a mission to spread the ‘the truth’ and the ‘good news’ that their organization is the only way out of the Tribulation and Armageddon. They firmly believe the organisation is the only hope of escaping annihilation, because only Jehovah’s Witnesses will survive Armageddon to live in Jehovah’s New World Order here on earth – or in paradise won. (This Order is pure masonic language and dogma, of course, therefore, it is commonly known as the ‘new system.’)
All other people and systems will be annihilated.
Satan and his demons will then be thrown into the abyss for a thousand years.
Until then, devout JWS will still be “on trial,” to see if they would remain faithful to the organisation in thought and deed. Henceforth, the whole world will be under control of the Organization!
They all hope that, should they pass this ‘final test,’ (to remain unwavering in their allegiance to the organization,) Jehovah will ‘reward’ them with eternal life on earth, which He will restore to a new Paradise, akin to the Garden in Eden.
"The Time is at Hand," 1889 issue, page 101, prophesied, "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 rule…” Of course, this was one of their greatest blunders. The Jehovah’s Witness Watchtower announced that it is the Prophet of Jehovah of 1972! Yet, Armageddon should have occurred in 1874, 1914, 1915, 1925, 1957, and in 1975! As we all know, the evil world and all its religious systems continue to this day!
Nevertheless, despite their continual failure to predict the end of the world correctly, (the evil systems of the world, not the world itself as the real Bible teaches in 2 Pt. 3:1014 and throughout New Testament Scripture,) the Russellites fear this day of their own invention. Even the promises that they will not be annihilated with the ‘unbelievers,’ (non-Witnesses,) cannot quall their fears! Because God promised in 1 Ths. 5:9 that He “assigned us, not to wrath, but to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” one really needs to feel sorry for them. Their Organization keeps them in incredible fear by making them believe that the “wrath of God that will be poured out upon wicked mankind during the Great Tribulation and the Battle of Armageddon.” The same ‘wrath’ will also be ‘poured out’ upon JW’s if they allow themselves to be polluted with the lies of Satan, (or actually, the truth from the real Bible.)
“The only way they will have a chance of surviving God’s wrath, is to serve the organization diligently in the hope that Jehovah will spare their lives when He pours out His judgement on all the evil systems of Satan,” sparing only Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The reality of eternal hell according to Jesus’ own Word
They deny the reality of hell as eternal punishment for not believing in Jesus as God, Savior, Lord, and Christ. JWs teach complete annihilation after death. They say only the 144,000 of the “ruling class” (Rev. 14, which clearly states these are Hebrews from the 12 Tribes of Israel,) was allowed to go to heaven. Punishment, except for the annihilation of non-Witnesses, does not exist. “What is the condition of deceased JWs of the ‘slave class’?’” someone asked. They recite Eccl. 9:5, “As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” Allegedly, their deceased remain unconscious until after Armageddon when they will be resurrected as spirits to live in the ‘restored paradise on earth. At death, those who are not in the organization are simply annihilated.
In context, the truth of Scripture states the following in Eccl. 9:5-6, “The dead knows nothing [about what is going on here on earth because they are either in heaven or hell…] Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun.” Context, context! As soon as someone takes anything out of context, either from Scripture or anything else, they make truth into a lie!
The human spirits of the deceased (1 Ths. 5:23,) both those in heaven and those in hell, are clueless about life on earth, but they are very much aware of everything else. Jesus explained this vividly in Lu. 16:19-31 in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. “So when the beggar died, the angels carried him to Abraham’s bosom, [the Hebrew allegory of heaven] and the rich man also died and [his physical body] was buried. And being in torment in Hades [the realm of the ‘ungodly dead…’] he cried… ‘Have mercy on me… for I am in torment in this flame…”
Rev. 20:15, “Anyone not found written in the Book of Life, [heaven’s population register of true believing disciples in Jesus Christ,] was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 21:8, “The cowardly, unbelieving… and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone…”
All those who did not obey the Holy Spirit’s leading in obeying Jesus’ Moral Law, (Jn. 13:34,) will be judged by Jesus, (Mt. 7:21-24.) This has nothing to do with belonging to a church or society such as the JWs. He therefore said in Lu. 25:46, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous [all Jesus’ personal believing, sincere disciples] will go into eternal life.”
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS’ BAPTISM
JW’s water baptism is not a ‘saving sacrament’ but an open declaration of allegiance to Jehovah – and of course, to the Society. Witnesses undergoing baptism are required to publicly confess that they are aligning themselves "with God's spirit-directed organization," [the Jehovah’s Witness Establishment,] “thereby submitting themselves to its direction and judicial system.” What is more, this is the “strongest declaration they can make to Jehovah and His teachings.”
These teachings are undoubtedly from the Society’s point of view and therefore not truly Biblical. Jesus commanded that Scriptural water baptism must be according to His own immersion in water – but it is only after His own teachings and not manmade substitutes were preached to make personal disciples for Him and not for any church, organization or society. These sincerely believing disciples of the True God of the Bible, Who is Christ Jesus Himself, must then be “an open declaration” that they have died to sin to live eternally in and through Jesus Christ. This baptism must then be in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, (Mt. 28:19-20; Gal. 2:20-21.)
IS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN IMPERSONAL FORCE LIKE ELECTRICITY OR FIRE?
From the fist page in the Bible to the last, the Holy Spirit is revealed, not as a mere manifestation of God in the form of wind or fire, (not fire of wind itself,) but as God Himself.
It is not “What is the holy Spirit?” as JWs ask, but “Who is He?”
An electrical force is a creation of God. It is an “element” like wind and fire, and thus just as impersonal, without emotion or intelligence, and incapable of performing any kind of task by itself. That is why we cannot lie to an electrical force or to the wind, but Scripture states we can lie to the Holy Spirit because He is a Person. We cannot quench the work of wind, blaspheme against wind, or grieve the wind, (Acts. 13:2-3; Eph. 4:30; Jn. 14: 26; 16:7-14; Rom. 8:14-16; Lu. 12:10; Acts 5:3; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.)
The Holy Spirit is God Himself. For instance, when the Holy Spirit speaks to us, it is God Himself speaking to us. Because the Holy Spirit is the Living God Himself, the Spirit can choose disciples and send out His workers. He convinces humanity of His Scriptural truth, and convicts them of their lost spiritual condition without a saving knowledge of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. As God Himself, the Holy Spirit adopts sincere believers in Christ as His spiritual children. He builds the believing body of Christ; searches all things, leads His disciples into all truth, gives them spiritual gifts; testifies to their salvation, and comforts them in trials and tribulation, (1 Cor. 2:10; 12:11; Acts 20:28; Jn. 14:26; 16:13.)
DID JESUS CLAIM EQUALITY WITH GOD, SUPPOSEDLY “MAKING HIMSELF ‘A’ GOD LIKE LUCIFER,” AND NOT “THE” GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH?”
The following are serious questions JWS, other Unitarians, and Muslims too, pose. They ask, “If Jesus was God, who ran the universe for three days while He was in the grave?” And, “If Jesus is God, Who was He praying to in the garden?”
Such questions attack the complete humanity and complete Divinity of the Man Jesus, as well as the inseparability of the True Biblical Godhead. If we read the whole Bible and especially the New Testament for ourselves, we will find that the Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is inseparably Jesus God Himself, (Col. 2:9.) God is not three separate gods: one on the throne, one on the cross, and a third hovering somewhere in the air. God is not merely omniscient, (all-knowing) and almighty, but omnipresent or everywhere at the same time. God doesn’t divide Himself to be omnipresent. God is God; no human mind can fathom the depths of His Being. What we do know from the true context of both the Old and New Testaments, is that God is One God: the true Godhead of the Bible; inseparably Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When Jesus was born as a human here on earth, He was still inseparably God in heaven at the same time. (And this is not Jesus-Only doctrine, but Scriptural truth.) When Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, it was not because one god was separated from the other god, but because the Son in human form, (in His frail ‘flesh,’) was ‘encased,’ so to speak, in human flesh and bone. If one really wants to dissect The Godhead of the Bible, one would either go mad or make up wild stories such as three separate gods in agreement, therefore in unity, and therefore in oneness.
Jesus did not merely claim ‘equality’ with God! Jesus announced that He Himself Is God! (Heb. 1:1-12; Col. 2:9.)
The words of the God of the Old Testament, like Jesus God’s Son in the New Testament, ring true in both the Old and the New Testaments, proclaiming, “Understand that I Am He, [YHWH.] Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.”
(Jesus said, “I Am the Beginning and the End… (Rev. 1:8; 22:13.) I, even I Am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior… I Am God. Indeed, before the day was, I Am He… Thus says The Lord, [meaning Yehowah] your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel… I Am the Lord, [YHWH -Yehowah] the Creator of Israel, your King…” (Is 43:10-17.)
Jesus, the One Who Is to return to earth to execute judgment, Is the Almighty God, (Rev. 1:6-8.)
“God is revealed in the flesh…” (1 Tim. 3:16.)
“Before Abraham was, I Am…” (Jesus, YHWH, Was, Is, and Is to come…” (Jn. 8:58.
In Him, [Jesus] dwells [present tense] all the fullness of the Godhead [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] bodily!” (Col. 2:9.) Jesus is the embodiment or ‘flesh’ of The Godhead of the Bible: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
“[Jesus] being in the form of God [Being the Divine Essence of God Himself…]” (Phil. 2:6.)
“Christ, Who is the [human or physical] Image of God…” The exact picture of Who God is! 2 Cor. 4:4.) “…He who believes in Me has [present tense] everlasting life. I Am [YWHW] the bread of life…
Jesus said to the Jews in Jn. 8:23-24, “[…You are from beneath; I Am from above. You are of this world; I Am not of this world. Therefore, I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I Am He, you will die in your sins….”
“(Jn. 6:34-40.) “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins…” (Mark 2:10.) “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin, according to the riches of His grace…” (Eph. 1:7.)
“For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He wills! [Only God Himself can give life!] For the Father judges no one, but has delivered all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father Who sent Him... Most assuredly I say to you, he who hears My Word and believes in Him Who sent Me has [now already, complete and in full] everlasting life and shall not come into judgment, but has [past tense] passed from death into life… the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear [His voice] shall live!’” (Jn. 5:21-29.)
In all Bible translations, except those ‘bibles’ spawned by JWS and their God-denying contemporaries, Jesus declared over and over again that He Is God Himself!
Not ‘a’ god, or as JWS say, “a god of this world like the devil,” but the Highest God, (Jn. 1:1-13.) The devil is absolutely no god. Satan is a mere creature of Jesus God, whom God, for the time being, allows authority to deceive people who choose to be deceived, (Heb. 1:1-14; 1 Jn. 5:19.)
There does not exist an Old Testament God and a separate New Testament God. Likewise, there does not exist an Old Testament savior and a separate New Testament Savior; an Old Testament and New Testament Redeemer; an Old Testament and New Testament Creator! God [Elohim] does not have an Old Testament and a New Testament Kingdom. God is One God; there is no other.
Neither is Jesus a Lord of lords, a King of kings, nor one of the ‘Great I Ams.’ Jesus’ “I Am” (or YHWH) declarations are numerous, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life, I Am the Door, I Am the Good Shepherd, I Am One Who died and lives…”
Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, He declared that His Spiritual, New Testament dispensation Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, is ‘in you,’ meaning inside His true disciples, (Lu. 17:21.)
And when He stood before Pilate, He declared Himself the King of kings, saying, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would [physically] fight so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (Jn. 18:36.)
This statement of the King of kings completely refutes the JW allegation that Jesus is ‘a god’ or evil ruler of the evil world system, as Satan currently still is. In fact, there is simply nothing true in anything the Jehovah’s Witness Society teaches. They are indeed, as J.W. Thomas writes in his book, ‘Masters of Deception!’
Jesus is unmistakably the one and same Yehowah of both the Old and the New Testaments. In the context of Scriptural truth, have never and will never be ‘two gods,’ [Mighty God and Almighty God,] ‘two fathers,’ [Everlasting Father and Heavenly Father,] ‘two lord of lords,’ ‘two firsts and lasts,’ ‘two beginning and ends,’ ‘two creators,’ or any other form of duality (a double-natured god of both good and evil) in the God of the Bible!