Jehovah's Witnesses and Thanksgiving

Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Thanksgiving

Jehovah's Witnesses have various reasons why they don't celebrate many holidays. Thanksgiving is one of those that doesn't seem to make sense. Wouldn't a Christian organization enjoy the opportunity to give thanks to god? Strangley enough this is one of the reasons they don't celebrate it. Here is a quick breakdown of the major reasons Jehovah's witnesses don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

  • God never asked for this holiday in the bible.
  • Thanksgiving promotes gluttony and drunkenness.
  • We should worship god not just one day but everyday.
  • The Watchtower society tells them they can't.


How do Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs differ from Christianity?

Looking at the bible, and using logic we can see weather their view of Thanksgiving is religiously logical.

1. God never asked for this holiday.

That's great, but the bible does promote the worship of the Christian god. It also mentions praying and giving thanks to god.

So we can safely assume that god will not have a problem with a group of people coming together and giving thanks to him.

2. Gluttony and Drunkenness

They have a valid argument on this one. We all look forward to the food and drink around Thanksgiving. Drink may even be necessary when you add that this holiday is spent with large portions of our family. This would be a pretty good reason to look down on Thanksgiving if Jehovah's Witnesses were to stick with this belief in all aspects of life.

Unfortunately for their case however, they do celebrate wedding anniversaries. If an anniversary party doesn't at least promote drunkenness, I don't know what does. Many of them promote gluttony as well. It is difficult to condemn one celebration for a particular reason and to condone another that promotes the same thing.

3. We should worship God everyday

You would be hard pressed to find a Christian or even a religious person whom is not christian that disagrees with this. Not only does the bible agree with this, but the bible also states that god is more than thrilled if you reserve a day just for him. The bible even speaks against judging people for having their days for god.

Romans 14:5-9

5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

4. The Watchtower says they can't

This is the main reason it is so hard to get your Jehovah's Witness friends and family to join in your Thanksgiving festivities. The Watchtower Bible and Track Society is their gospel source. What they say goes. If the "Society" told them that they had to pluck all of their nose hairs with rusty pliers, they would start soaking their pliers in water. The "society says no Thanksgiving and that is the final word.

Conclusion

As long as your worship and thanksgiving is pure, it is OK to celebrate Thanksgiving. The bible instructs that no one should tell you when you can worship god. With that said, the Watchtower is wrong for comanding people not to give thanks with their family. They are men just like everyone else, and they have no right to judge anyone. They have no right to say what day is holy and what day is not.

If you are going to come together with your family and give thanks for the love, forgiveness and grace that has been given to us by god, may nothing stop you. If you do not feel that November 25th is a day you should get together with your family and praise God, then I encourage you to pick a day that you feel you can.

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dee 6 years ago

Most JW don't celebrate Thanksgiving because it isn't in the Bible. And nothing is wrong with that. Each person has their own reason for not celebrating. The Watchtower encourages you not to particpate in things that are not bible based. But if you want to visit your family and friends during the holidays that's your choice. Most people don't because family and friends says your celebrating by being there. I don't understand why people give JWs such a hard time.


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levicolemagic 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV Author

I appoligise to dee for making it seem like I was attacking JWs as individuals, I was not. I was attacking the Watchtower however. I was also attacking the doctrine. I believe I made it quite clear at the end that if you do not want to get together on Thanksgiving, then it is not my place to tell you that you have to. But, the watchtower has no business telling people they are sinning by celebrating Thanksgiving.

It is your choice to celebrate or not, however according to the bible scripture above, if a fellow brother or sister does celebrate it, it isn't anyone place to tell them that day is not for god.

I will clarify again, I have no problems with JWs as people. Most of them are nice genuine people that raise their children with good moral principles. They are honest and hardworking. I think the Watchtower Society has sadly misguided them on much of the dogma they are taught. It is my hope that as many witnesses as possible take a look at the gospels in the bible and truly find Jesus. As for the Watchtower and it's governing body, judgement day is coming.

Thank you for your comment dee and God Bless.


Errol Kane 5 years ago

Place your Hope In Gods Kingdom with Jesus as his King who is now ruling in heaven. Take a good look at world conditons and how it has become worst since 1914. Take a look closer as the Bible prophecied just 7 world powers and how you are now living during this last world power. take a look ah how Jesus said you would know his 'Presence' when the world would be as it is now in the book of Matthew.

No Part of the world because Jesus was no part of the world.

The world would hate us and that is ok. They hated Jesus. I know the world is not hating you because I have been there before. In false religion. Baptist, Apostolic and even Black Muslim. No one on the face of the earth is keeping following Jesus commandments but true Christians who have come out of false Religion soon to be destroyed by his Father Jehovah.

Worldwide, people are coming out of False Religion everywhere. We pray for God to santify his NAME, for his Kingdom government to come and for his will to be done on this earth as it is in heaven. Yes, my hope to live on this beautiful earth as God intended in Genesis and will make his Purpose, not plan because only man plans and their is a difference, will come true. To live as perfect human beings forever.

And no, the world will not be destroyed, everyone is not going to heaven. If that was true, what need would there be for a resurrection. And if fire is going to destroy heaven and earth, then perhaps you have figured out how fire will destroy the heavens when fire is physical and heaven is in the spirit realm? Hmmmm....

People will not die and be tormented forever by fire and why? Because the Bible says 'The wages of sin is death'

They paid their wages. So to be burning in a so called hell forever really makes no sense.

And the earth Psalms 37: 9, 10, 11, 29,

For evildoers themselves will be cut off,

But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth.

10 And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more;

And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be.

11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth,

And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

29 The righteous themselves will possess the earth,

And they will reside forever upon it.

Yes, False religion will be destroyed, Babylon the Great, Political System and commercialism, then Satan will attack Jehovah's servants to no prevail Zechariah 2: 8 ,For this is what Jehovah of armies has said, ‘Following after [the] glory he has sent me to the nations that were despoiling YOU people; for he that is touching YOU is touching my eyeball.

Jehovah is certainly speeding up the time as this terribly system crumbles.

I hope you find the truth before he stops the preaching work of his Kingdom. Man's only salvation through Christ Jesus. This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations and then the end will come. No one is doing that But the Witnesses. No matter how you hate them, despise them, no matter how 'YOU' think they are wrong. Look at who is doing what in all the earth and who is not.

The world is fond of what is it's own. Don't stay fond forever.


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lionswhelp 5 years ago

Hello Errol,

The Pilgrims kept Thanksgiving in the early Days of this country before it became a nation. I doubt if it was a day of gluttony and drunkeness to them. They were a very religious people and part of the Seperatus Church that came from England (Seventh Day - Sabbath or Seventh Day Baptist). It doesn't say if this was one of the Fall Holidays like The Feast of Trumpets or the Feast of Tabernacles.

These people were doing it in the fall after the harvest of their crops. However, there have been pagans that also kept a day of thanklsgiving to their god at the Harvest time. I think It is matter of choice as to whether we should keep it or not. It became a national day of Thanksgiving here in the USA when Abraham Lincoln declared it as a holiday to give thanks to God. I do not see anything wrong with this.

The Jehovah's Witnesses were founded by Charles Russell many years later so they have their own point of view as to what they think they should keep. We should always look to the Bible to see which Days God says we should keep.

God's Word the Bible has specific Holy Days that God says we are to keep at certain times of the year which picture God's true plan of salvation for us all, see Leviticus 23. These Days are called Feast Days to God Starting with the Seventh Day Sabbath which is to be kept weekly as a Feast Day. The other Days start with the Passover & Feast Days of Unleaven Bread( the First day and Seventh Day are High Days of that Feast),and Pentecost. These are the three Spring High Holy Days. In the Fall there are four Holy Days starting with the Feast of Trumpets,Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day. They will be restored for everyone to keep when Jesus Christ returns and will be kept forever, Leviticus 23:2-3,4-21,31,41; Isaiah 66:22-23; Zechariah 14:16-21, Isaiah 19:17-25. I hope this helps you all. Jesus Christ and his original disciples kept them. So do his true followers today. Yes, we are to worship God o every day but also areto keep these specific days, Leviticus 23:1-2, because God says to!


Errol Kane 5 years ago

Hello Lionwhelp,

Words are so very important so, when will people realize that God does not plan. God as a name and that very unique name is Jehovah which means 'He causes to become' and his purposes is always realized. Man plans and sometimes his plans fall short which is the reason why the Bible tells us not to put your trust in nobles. And most people on this earth do.

All of Jehovah's purposes for mankind will be realize soon.

The United States has it's constitution and forefathers and most people here would die for it. True followers of Jesus Christ have their hope in the Heavenly Messianic Kingdom and place their trust and hope in Jehovah.

Jesus is now ruling as King in heaven and has made his return. He came back in the same manner in which e left, invisible, and now ruling in the Midst of his enemies which is False Religion which will soon be destroyed.


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lionswhelp 5 years ago

Jesus will soon return and rule with his saints after the Great Tribulation on the earth, Hebrews 1:2-3;1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 24:21-22, Jeremiah 30:7-9, Revelation 19:11-21; Revelation 20:1-4. He is now sitting at the Father's side waiting for permission to return and rule on the earth, Revelation 11:15-18, Revelation 5:6-10. For everyone that is left alive shall see him, Matthew 24:30. It is for certain that the kings and leaders on earth will be gathered at Armageddon to fight against Him at Jerusalem, Revelation 16:15-16. He will fight against all false religions and governments, Joel 3:1-2, Zechariah 14:1-9.


Errol Kane 5 years ago

Lionwhelp,

my next Hubs will be on 'Presence' Jesus's, and 'Saints' Thank you. The Bible views. Also, I want you to notice that I never say what 'I believe' when it concerns the bible because I would then be rendering my own opinion which would be wrong and misleading and not truthful when in fact, the bible clearly has it's own rendering when it concerns Bible truths.

You ever notice how many people who claim they are christian say that?

Much like they say 'God plan is to....'

God doesn't plan, man does. God purposes and his Purposes always come true. That is Why God's unique name 'JEHOVAH' means 'He causes to become' and which is the reason why he told Moses at Exodus 3: 13 - 15,

Nevertheless, Moses said to the [true] God: “Suppose I am now come to the sons of Israel and I do say to them, ‘The God of YOUR forefathers has sent me to YOU,’ and they do say to me, ‘What is his name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 At this God said to Moses: “I SHALL PROVE TO BE WHAT I SHALL PROVE TO BE.” And he added: “This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘I SHALL PROVE TO BE has sent me to YOU.’” 15 Then God said once more to Moses:

“This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘Jehovah the God of YOUR forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to YOU.’ This is my name to time indefinite, and this is the memorial of me to generation after generation

Now sir,

Some, on the basis of texts speaking of Jesus’ being seen “coming in clouds with great power and glory” (Mr 13:26; Re 1:7), conclude that his presence must be a visible one. When Jesus ascended into heaven, his work here on the earth as a visible human being was finished. Again, you can't cancel out one saying of Jesus such as, 'the world will behold me no more' and yet say, 'we will see Jesus coming on a cloud' because that is what you (generalizing) thought the bible must have ment. Is it reasonable to think that, that statement could have been taken in another way?

Let's examine that Lionwhelp because, either Jesus was lying when he said, 'the world will behold me no more', or that statement had another meaning.

Jehovah, whom no man can see and yet live, symbolizes his presence by a cloud. At Mount Sinai, at the time of giving the Law to Israel, a dark cloud covered the mountain; out of the cloud came lightnings and thunder, the blare of a trumpet, and a loud voice. (Ex 19:16-19; 24:15; Heb 12:18, 19)

Jehovah told Moses that he appeared in this manner in order that he might speak to Moses and that, on hearing it, the people might put faith in Moses as God’s representative.—Ex 19:9.

Jehovah sent an angel in a cloud as “his own personal messenger” to lead Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness. (Isa 63:9) By means of the angel, Jehovah representatively looked out of the cloud to throw the camp of the Egyptians into confusion. (Ex 13:21, 22; 14:19, 24, 25) Jehovah also used the cloud to baptize them as a nation into Moses, the waters being at the sides of them and the cloud above and behind. Thus they were “baptized into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea.”—1Co 10:2; see also Nu 14:14.

When the tabernacle was set up in the wilderness, the cloud resided over it and “Jehovah’s glory filled the tabernacle,” so that Moses was unable to enter. (Ex 40:34, 35; compare 1Ki 8:10-12; Re 15:8.) After this the cloud stood over the Most Holy, in which was the ark of the covenant, and the cloud became a pillar of fire at night. Doubtless this cloud was visible from any part of the camp, marking the camp’s center. When it rose, Israel prepared to break camp. When it moved, they followed its direction to the next camping place, although the exact site to set up the camp may have been selected with the help of Hobab, who had a good knowledge of the land, including watering places and other features necessary to a camp of such tremendous proportions.—Ex 40:34-38; Nu 10:29-32.

Inside the Most Holy, over the ark of the covenant, was a cloud that was very brilliant, the only light to illuminate that compartment. (Le 16:2) In post-Biblical Hebrew, it was called the Shechinah. When the high priest went into the Most Holy on Atonement Day with the blood of animals, he was symbolically standing in the presence of Jehovah. At other times, when he did not go into the Most Holy but stood before the curtain to present a matter of importance to Jehovah for his answer, he was considered as standing before Jehovah.—Nu 27:21.

In one instance Jehovah’s own voice was heard out of a bright cloud, expressing approval of his only-begotten Son. This was the brilliant cloud overshadowing Jesus and his three apostles Peter, James, and John on the mount of the transfiguration.—Mt 17:5.

Now, when Jesus ascended into heaven, according to the record, “a cloud caught him up from their vision.” (Ac 1:9) The disciples did not see Jesus riding away on a cloud, but rather, the cloud obscured their vision of him. This helps us to understand Jesus’ words concerning his presence: “They will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory,” and Revelation’s statement: “He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him.” (Lu 21:27; Mt 24:30; Re 1:7) In past cases (as the Bible has just shown you) clouds represented invisible presence; but observers could “see” the meaning with their mental “eyes.” In this case the physical occurrences that are visible would cause the one looking to “see” or realize that Christ is invisibly present. Very important that you read this again, Mt 24; Mr 13; Re 14:14.

When Jesus came to earth, with all the identifications of the Messiah, the Jews selfishly refused to acknowledge him because they demanded as a proof of his Messiahship that he literally fulfill the vision at Daniel 7:13, 14, where the Son of man is shown coming with the clouds of the heavens before the Ancient of Days, Jehovah God, to receive his kingdom. They confused his presence in Kingdom power with his first coming. He told them that no such sign would be given them.—Lu 11:29.

Some, on the basis of texts speaking of Jesus’ being seen “coming in clouds with great power and glory” (Mr 13:26; Re 1:7), conclude that his presence must be a visible one. Yet, as shown, the use of clouds in connection with other divine manifestations suggests invisibility rather than visibility. So, too, ‘seeing’ can refer to figurative sight, perception with the mind and heart. (Isa 44:18; Jer 5:21; Eze 12:2, 3; Mt 13:13-16; Eph 1:17, 18) To deny this would be to deny that the opposite of sight, namely, blindness, could be used in a figurative or spiritual, rather than literal, sense. Yet Jesus clearly used both sight and blindness in such a figurative or spiritual sense. (Joh 9:39-41; Re 3:14-18; compare also 2Co 4:4; 2Pe 1:9.) Job, being spoken to by Jehovah “out of the windstorm” (likely accompanied by clouds), afterward said: “In heresay I have heard about you, but now my own eye does see you.” (Job 38:1; 42:5) This, too, must have been by perception of mind and heart rather than the literal eye, in view of the clear Scriptural teaching that “no man has seen God at any time.”—Joh 1:18; 5:37; 6:46; 1Jo 4:12.

Evidence weighing against Jesus’ presence as being a visible one (in the sense of Jesus’ appearing in a bodily form that could be seen by human eyes) is found in Jesus’ own statement that by his death he would sacrifice his flesh in behalf of the life of the world (Joh 6:51) and in the apostle Paul’s declaration that the resurrected Jesus “dwells in unapproachable light, whom not one of men has seen or can see.” (1Ti 6:14-16) Jesus therefore could tell his disciples that “a little longer and the world will behold me no more.” True, his disciples would behold him, not only because he would appear to them after his resurrection but also because in due time they would be resurrected to join him in the heavens and ‘behold the glory that his Father had given him.’ (Joh 14:19; 17:24) But the world in general would not behold him because after his resurrection to life as a spirit creature (1Pe 3:18), Jesus restricted his appearanc


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levicolemagic 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV Author

Errol Kane,

Lets start with the English language on this one.

purpose: something set up as an object or end to be attained

plan: a method for achieving an end

A plan is the method of achieving a purpose.

Both words are right when talking about GOD. The bible tells us god's "purpose" for us and it even lets us know what his "plans" are in achieving that purpose. Yes GOD always achieves his "purpose" and the reasons for this is, his "plans" for achieving them are perfect.

Second, who are you to tell me if I am following Christ? You are very assuming for someone who does not know me. I will ask that you remove the rafter from YOUR eye, my brother, before you extract the straw from mine.

You said,

"Also, I want you to notice that I never say what 'I believe' when it concerns the bible because I would then be rendering my own opinion which would be wrong and misleading and not truthful when in fact, the bible clearly has it's own rendering when it concerns Bible truths."

Yet, you say,

"And no, the world will not be destroyed, everyone is not going to heaven."

That means that you believe when the bible says that the earth will be destroyed it isn't speaking literally. Even if you don't say "I believe" you are stating your interpretation. (Or you are regurgitating someone else's opinion on the bible.) Try not to be so sanctimonious it's what got the Pharisees in trouble.

You also said,

"This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations and then the end will come. No one is doing that But the Witnesses."

A current success story is the Jesus Film Project. At www.jesusfilm.org

At http://www.gideons.org it discusses the preaching work of the Gideons;

Pentecostalism is the world's fastest-growing Christian movement with over 150 million adherents, growing at an estimated 19 million members per year.

The greatest preaching work of all have been by the Catholic Church, who boast over 1 billion members, and who virtually all other Christian groups owe their existence to. This work continues to our day and at http://www.catholicmission.org/ quotes Pope John Paul II as saying "I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes (to the nations.)" The site outlines the joy of joining in with spreading the message of Christ.

The reason that Christianity is the world's largest religion with billions of followers is centuries of preaching work by self sacrificing Christians globally. Many millions of missionaries devote their lives to the preaching work, and hundreds of millions informally discuss the good news. Great disservice is shown to these individuals whenever it is said that only Jehovah's Witnesses participate in the work Jesus described.

Since you are a Jehovahs Witness, you should consider these questions.

If the organization did not actually prophesy the end in 1925 and 1975, then how come so many Witnesses left the faith immediately afterwards? ("They lost roughly three-quarters of the movement between 1925 and 1928, then suffered huge losses after 1975, when the end didn't come as they had implied over and over again," said Jim Penton, an ex-Witness who writes entries on Jehovah's Witnesses for the Encyclopedia Americana.)

If the Watchtower organization rejects others calling them "inspired" yet the Watchtower organization does call themselves "God's Spirit-directed Prophet" what is the difference? Is there such a thing as an "uninspired prophet"?

Has the Society ever taught anything scripturally incorrect?

Might the Society be teaching anything scripturally incorrect now?

Since the Organization has received "new light" regarding the 1914 generation, and completely changed their view on this, does this mean that all the former Jehovah's witnesses who were disfellowshipped years ago for the same view the organization is now teaching will automatically be accepted into fellowship again? Were these Ex-Jw's in fact disfellowshipped for truth and knew things that the governing body did not?

Can Jehovah's Witnesses hold and discuss openly with other Jehovah's Witnesses opinions that differ from orthodox Watch Tower doctrine?

Can individuals read & understand the Bible alone, or do they need an organization and it's publications to do so?

How do you prove from the Bible that 1935 was the year for the selection to heaven stopped due to being filled?

What is the difference between a Catholic appealing to "what the organization tells him" about December 25 being the date of Jesus’ birthday and a Jw’ appealing to "what the organization tells him" about the date 1935? Is it not hypocritical when you chide the "poor deluded Catholic" that his faith cannot find a Bible passage to support it, when the same goes for you and 1935?

How do you know that there were any vacancies, if any, in the 144,000 class if Jesus offered this to first century Christians? How can the organization know the exact number of vacancies today without any records from the first century?

Why are you called, "Jehovah's Witnesses" and not "Christians"? Since Jehovah's Witnesses appeal to Isa 43:12; 44:8 for scriptural support that they should be called, "Jehovah's Witnesses" then what was the "new name" prophesied in Isa 62:2? Can't be "Jehovah's Witnesses", for God already used it 20 chapters earlier. Could the new name be "Christian" after our savior "Christ"?

Why would the name God gave to His people not be "Christians" since Acts 11:26 says, "The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch"?

Why is the name "Jehovah's Witness" found nowhere in the New Testament, if that is God's divine name for His people under the new covenant? Why would God wait almost 2000 years to suddenly start using the name "Jehovah's Witness". Does this mean that first century Christians were not known as Jehovah's Witnesses"?

If the name Jehovah is so important, then why is it never used in the entire Greek New Testament? If men edited out the name of God, "YHWH" when they copied the New Testament, as only the Watchtower organization claims, then how can we have any confidence in any of the New Testament? Should we discard the New Testament or the Watchtower organization as unreliable?

If the name "Jehovah" is so important, then why does Acts 4:12 say, "There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name [v10 Jesus Christ] under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved"? Would this not have been the logical place for God to have used the name "YHWH"?

What is the correct spelling of God's proper name "Yahweh" or "Jehovah"? If Jehovah's Witnesses maintain that "Yahweh" is more proper, why do they misspell it "Jehovah"? If the name of God is so important, then should you not only pronounce it correctly, but spell it correctly too? Is not spelling more important than pronunciation?

Since the Jehovah's Witness organization currently rejects most of the teachings of its founder Charles Taze Russell (who was president of the organization from 1879-1916), and since they also reject "Judge" Joseph Franklin Rutherford, who succeeded Russell as president from 1916 - 1942, how can we be sure that in 25 more years, Jehovah's Witnesses won't also reject the current president, Milton G. Henschel (1992 - present), as they did Russell and Rutherford?

What kind of confidence can anyone have in an organization that rejected its founder and first two presidents for the first 63 years of its existence? This represents about 53% of the time they have existed!

Since the Watchtower organization claims "apostolic succession" who was it that "passed the torch of God's Spirit" to C. T. Russel when he founded the organization?

In the NWT, every time the Greek word "proskuneo" is used in reference to God, it is translated as "worship" (Rev 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, 19:4, Jn 4:20, etc.). Every time "proskuneo" is used in reference to Jesus, it is translated as "obeisance" (Mt 14:33, 28:9, 28:17, Lk 24:52, Heb 1:6, etc.), even though it is the same word in the Greek (see Gr-Engl Interlinear). Especially compare the Greek word "pro


Errol Kane 5 years ago

I'm not here to argue with you, fact is, the world knows Jehovah as Jehovah and that, whether you accept it or not, is a fact.

JEHOVAH and his 'Purpose' not Plan, will be accomplished.

Thank you for your definition of purpose however, I am aware as to the meaning of that word but I rather be in tune of the biblical meaning of it when it concerns the only true God, JEHOVAH.

There ae only 7 million people on tis earth, preaching and teaching about God's Kingdom worldwide as Jesus commanded his true followers to do and it isn't those in Fasle Religion which I was once in, believing in hellfire, Soul Leaving the Body, All good People Going to heaven, The world being destroyed by fire, and the trinity, to which those that believe in it don't truly understand it and all that believe in it aren't in agreement with each other. To honesthearted people with common sense, reasonable and with thinking abilities, such lies and confusiion should make them think. Some know the truth. But soon, False Religion will be destroyed and I pray you find the truth before it's too late.

Sorry this conversation was short. You Have a very nice day. This is where I shake the dust off my feet and move on. There will be no other responses.


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levicolemagic 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV Author

I appreciate the response. You responded as I would have expected you to. When faced with any of the difficult questions concerning JW's that I posed, many are instructed and will respond with the "I'm right, you are wrong. We are done." response and terminate the the debate. I don't blame you or your character for that response. It is the wool that the watchtower pulls over it's followers eyes that make it very difficult to actually debate with a JW. But the fact of the matter is, the organization has made prophecies that have not come true.

Deuteronomy 18:22:

22(A) when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken;(B) the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

The following taken from

http://christian-truths2.blogspot.com/2010/12/fail...

CLAIM TO BE PROPHETS

"The Watchtower of April 1st, 1972, page 197, had this statement, "So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come?...These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet?... This "prophet" was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian witnesses...Of course it is easy to say that this group acts as a "prophet" of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to review the record. What does it show?"

Since the JW's claim to be God's prophet, we are free to put them to the Bible test for a prophet, found in Deuteronomy 18:18-20

6,000 YEARS OF HUMAN HISTORY PROPHECIES

6,000 years from Adam ended in A.D. 1872. (Daily Heavenly Manna, inside cover page).

6,000 years of human history ended in 1873.(The Time is at Hand, p.33)

6,000 years of human history ended in 1972.(The Truth Shall Make You Free, p.152, 1943 edition).

6,000 years of human history ended in 1975. (Awake!, October 8th, 1968, page 15).

ARMAGEDDON PROPHECIES

Armageddon would end in 1914. (The Time is at Hand. page 101, 1911 Edition).

Armageddon would end in 1915. (The Time is At Hand, page 101, 1915 Edition).

Today, JW's expect Armageddon any minute!

THE RETURN OF CHRIST PROPHECIES

Since Christ failed to show up for any of the Watchtower dates, JW's altered their teaching to make his coming conveniently "invisible".

Christ returned in 1874. (The Finished Mystery, pages 386, 295, 1917 Edition). The Watchtower publications taught this 1874 date right up to 1929. The "Prophecy" book published in 1929, states on page 65,

"The Scriptural proof is that the second presence of the Lord Jesus Christ began in 1874 A.D."

Christ returned in 1914. (The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, p.87).

THE MILLENNIUM PROPHECIES

The Millennium began in 1873. (Thy Kingdom Come, page 305).

The Millennium began in 1874. (Finished Mystery, page 386).

PROPHECIES ON THE RESURRECTION

The resurrection would occur in 1878 (They Kingdom Come, page 234).

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old would return in 1925. (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, page 89).

The Watchtower Society even published a book telling their followers to add a room onto their houses, an get an undertaker to decorate it. Undertakes, of course, would be looking for employment, since there would be no more deaths in 1926. When the room was completed, Watchtower devotees were to call up Jerusalem, where Abraham would have an office, and request that their parent be "awakened" from death. They would soon appear in the new room! (The Way to Paradise, pages 228,229).

PROPHECIES ON SPACE TRAVEL

"Man cannot by airplane or rockets or other means get above the air envelop which is about our earthly globe..." (The Truth Shall Make You Free, p. 285, 1943 edition.)

THE BOOK OF RUTH

The Book of Ruth is "not prophetical". (Watchtower Reprints IV, p.3110, 12/7/02).

The Book of Ruth "is prophetic". (Preservation", p. 169, 175, 176.)

PROPHECIES ON SODOM and GOMORRAH

Will the men of Sodom be resurrected?

1. Yes....Watchtower 7/1879 page 8.

2. No.....Watchtower 6/1/52 page 338.

3. Yes....Watchtower 8/1/65, page 479.

4. No.....Watchtower 6/1/88, page 31.

5. Yes...Live Forever (old Ed.) page 179.

6. No....Live Forever (new Ed.) page 179.

7. Yes...Insight, vol. 2., page 985.

8. No...Revelation book, page 273.

These changes are more like flashing lights, on and off again. How can they be trusted?

THE "HIGHER POWERS" OF ROMANS 13:1

"Higher Powers" refers to earthly governments. (The Time is at Hand (1889) pg. 81.)

"Higher Powers" refers to Jehovah God and Jesus. (The Truth Shall Make You Free, pg.312).

"Higher Powers" refers to earthly governments. (Man's Salvation...at Hand (p.326)

Notice how the "brighter light" dimmed back again!

THE REVELATION NAME "ABADDON-APOLLYON"

Refers to Satan. (Studies in the Scriptures, (Vol. 7 pg. 159).

Refers to Jesus Christ. (Then is Finished the Mystery of God, page 232).

Quite a change!

THE "ALPHA AND OMEGA" OF REVELATION

Refers to Jehovah God. (Awake! August 22, 1978, page 28).

Refers to Jesus Christ. (Watchtower, October 1, 1978, p.15).

Notice the rapid change of "truth" and "interpretation of scripture" in just two months!

THE FAITHFUL AND DISCREET SLAVE

Refers to their founder, Charles Taze Russell. (Watchtowers from 12/1/16-3/1/23, pg. 68.)

Refers to the "Remnant of Spiritual Israelite" (the supposed remnant of the 144,000 "heavenly class"). (From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained, page 193).

THE 1914 GENERATION FIASCO

Until October 22nd, 1995, each 'Awake' magazine proclaimed,

'...the Creator's promise of a peaceful and secure new world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.'

Beginning with the November 8th, 1995 'Awake', the reference to the 1914 disappeared. Why? Because it is another false prophecy! 1914 plus 80 years (the longest time possible for a 'generation' by their own admission) ran out in 1994. This prophecy was attributed to Jehovah as 'the Creator's promise'. Therefore this particular false prophecy was done in the name of the Lord, and is subject to His condemnatory judgment on false prophets. There is not escape! Time is the enemy of a false prophet.

IN CONCLUSION

Although the official publication of the Jehovah's Witnesses claims,

"...Jehovah's witnesses today make their declaration of the good news of the kingdom under angelic direction and support" according to the Watchtower of April 1, 1972, page 200, they have proved to be an embarrassment to the angels!

Undaunted, the Watchtower of July 1st, 1973, page 402, goes on to claim,

"Consider too, the fact that Jehovah's organization alone in all the earth is directed by God's holy spirit or active force."

Obviously the Holy Spirit did not prompt these false prophecies!

Not only does the Bible give us a simple test for prophets, which we considered at the beginning of this tract, namely that their prophecies will fail, but the word of God has more to say about prophecies and prophesying.

The Bible reveals three sources of prophecy. One, it is from God, and inspired by Him. Two, it is from the Devil and inspired by him. Thirdly, prophecies can come out of the "flesh", or out of our "own spirit".

Since the Watchtower society of Jehovah's witnesses has so many failed prophecies, we know they are not prophesying by God's direction, and through His Holy Spirit, or by the angels.

This leaves us with two alternatives for the false prophecies of the Watchtower Society. They are from Satan, or they are from "the flesh".

The Watchtower has chosen the latter, claiming that "we all make mistakes" etc. "We have new light". Is this an "out" for them? No, for Jehovah's witnesses should carefully read Ezekiel, chapter 13. This chapter is a judgment of God on prophets who hope for a fulfillment of their words, after prophesying falsely. Verse 8, says,

"Because you have spoken falsehood and seen lie, therefore, behold, I am against you", declares the Lord God."

The Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses is a proven false prophet, and the Lord


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Darrin Hart 2 years ago

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lupandiomo 2 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

N/B:To all those who want to have an ACCURATE knowledge of the Bible,the best way to learn is to study with JWs because Jws are the only true Christians today ..Theirs is the only true religion...it is that simple!Forget the prophecies for that would be too narrow-minded(predictions are not possible even with the best of technology)....just take a look at their FIRM stand in Hitler- burning- Germany days and America during the world wars one and two, their neutrality during Rwanda 1994 genocide,Kenya2007 postelectionviolence and in many other parts of the world and you will see very CLEARLY that they are the only true CHRISTLIKE followers as a group.Second, if you learn the overall THEME of the Bible(namely vindicating God's sovereignty challenged over 6000 years ago and clearing his name of reproach through the messianic Kingdom over a period of 1000 years of recreation and restoration of conditions here on earth)then there you go: only Jws' DOCTRINES tie in with that message ! and everybody in the world knows this including the author of the hub himself/herself.....No question about that no wonder the author asked one too many questions which means he/she has a pretty good idea who Jws are all about !in my opinion that's the greatest indication of a powerful witnessing of Jws preaching work......When judgment day comes,this is what will judge a man namely BEING JUDGED ON THE BASIS OF KNOWLEDGE,BEING ABLE TO STAND TRIAL ON THE BASIS OF KNOWLEDGE and not whether you actually became a JW yourself.....That's entirely a personal choice.....but with CONSEQUENCES even FATALISTIC ONES at that!!!! LET YOUR KINGDOM COME(2)..... LET YOUR WILL TAKE PLACE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN(3) .....LET YOUR NAME BE SANCTIFIED(1)

NAME,,,,,KINGDOM,,,,,,,EARTH,,,,,HEAVEN (keywords) I LOVE THE BIBLE'S MESSAGE OF HOPE AND I LOVE THE MESSENGERS OF THAT TRUTH TODAY:THANK GOD FOR WITNESSES .....YOU ARE THE ONLY TRUE CHRISTIANS ALIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY!!!!!!!


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levicolemagic 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV Author

lupandiomo,

I appreciate your comment though you parotid many of the Jehovah's Witnesses who left comments on this article. You simply state that Jehovah's Witnesses have the true religion. I refer to an earlier comment as opposed I made which proves using the Jehovah's Witnesses own material that The Watchtower Society fit the characterization of false prophet. before professing that you have the one and only true religion it would be a good idea to learn all you can about said religion instead of following a group of 12 people blindly and not accepting or even looking into opposing viewpoints.

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