ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Who are Jehovah's Witnesses?

Updated on December 26, 2016

Jehovah's Witnesses is a society of Christians who all share personally in promoting study of the Bible and spreading their beliefs. Witnesses believe their founder to be Jehovah, who has had his witnesses on earth since Abel. The modern organization began in the 1870's with Charles Taze Russell of Pittsburgh, Pasadena, as an outstanding representative, who preached the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. He was the first president of what became the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, legal agent for the Witnesses and publisher of their voluminous literature.


Jehovah's Witnesses base their beliefs solely on the Bible. They worship Jehovah as the true God and teach that Jesus Christ is his Son. Unlike Trinitarian Christians, they hold that Jesus is not God but a spirit creature, the first of God's created works. They believe that by an act of God he was born as a perfect man and thereafter sacrificed his humanity as a ransom for all of Adam's offspring, who through Adam's sin were born without right to eternal life. Resurrected and restored to spirit life in heaven, Jesus is able to administer the benefits of his sacrifice as atonement for sin to all who have faith in him.

The Witnesses publicly proclaim that in 1914 Jesus Christ was enthroned in his Messianic kingdom in heaven. They point to the imminent end of the present world system in a divinely ordained "great tribulation," culminating in the Battle of Armageddon, which will rid the earth of wickedness. Thereafter will begin the millennial reign on earth of Christ with 144,000 glorified disciples. The earth will become a paradise of righteousness and peace. Billions of persons now dead will, by an earthly resurrection, live again as humans and have the chance, by demonstrating loving obedience to Jehovah, to live forever in perfection.


The Witnesses, who regard Jesus as their head, are directed by a Governing Body from international headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. The headquarters staff publishes six versions of the Bible in English, besides many foreign translations. It also publishes two periodicals: The Watchtower, with a circulation of about 40 million in 180 languages, and Awake, and numerous books and booklets.

Local congregations are presided over by bodies of elders consisting of men meeting scriptural qualifications. Witnesses, who are all considered unsalaried preachers, attend five congregational meetings a week to train for their systematic house-to-house visits. They must also refrain from any form of political or military activity, which is held to be ungodly, and from other behavior they consider unethical.

The Witnesses have often aroused the opposition of civil governments for their public preaching, distribution of literature, and refusal to salute the flag or do military service.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      7 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I like your hubs, straight info no judgement.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)