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Jehovah's Witnesses

  Genesis 9:4
  Isaiah 43:10
  Matt. 23:37,38
  Matt. 24:3
  Rev. 7:4; 14:3
British Israel
of Christ


Carbon Dating

& Inaccuracies

Preliminary Points

In discussions with J.W.'s a familiar pattern can be observed. What begins as a Biblical discussion on a point of doctrine, soon results in the J.W. sorting through his book bag for the appropriate Watchtower publication, which then serves as a prop throughout the remainder of the discussion. The pattern is indicative of the reliance placed on the Watchtower organization by the lay J.W. (in many respects comparable to the regard a Roman Catholic has for the hierarchy of his church.) The following factors contribute to the trust a lay J.W. has in the Watchtower organization (and also suggest ways in which the organization is able to maintain its totalitarian-like control) :

  1. The organizational structure in Brooklyn, New York, is headed by those who claim to be among the 144,000 destined to reign in heaven at the instant of death.1 These "anointed sheep" of the "remnant class" are said to be led by "Jehovah's spirit" to new "revealed" truths. These new truths are indoctrinated into J.W.'s throughout the world by mid-week classes in Kingdom Halls. Watchtower articles are studied in repetitious question and answer sessions similar to those conducted so effectively by the Jesuits of the Roman Church.2
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  2. Prophecies especially in Revelation are interpreted by the Watchtower as being fulfilled in the development of the organization. These interpretations are "revealed" to lay J.W.'s through the Watchtower magazine and other books. For example, the seven vials of Revelation 16 are related to seven Watchtower proclamations issued (1922-1928)3, and the "times, times, and a half" (Dan. 12:7) is applied to the disruption of Watchtower activities with the sentencing of the president and other members of the Watchtower organization to eighty years imprisonment.4 Prophecy, therefore, gives sanction to the organization and serves to legitimize its activities.
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  3. To the lay J.W. the Watchtower organization is the scholarship centre. The library in the Gilead ministry training school, the numerous books released at past conventions, and the issuing of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, provide guarantees to the lay J.W. that Watchtower materials have the backing of sound research.
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  4. Watchtower publications give prominence to persecutions suffered by J.W.'s in the war years. Although J.W.'s have fought many legal cases in the courts, persecutions are interpreted by Watchtower writers to indicate the self-sacrificing character of J.W. preaching and the divine nature of the work. Did not Jesus say that his followers would be persecuted?5 Stress is also placed on the numbers attending conventions, number of books printed, and number of lands in which J.W.'s are working. The effect of which is to confirm to the J.W. that the Watchtower must be a theocracy.6


  1. Judge Rutherford's removal as vice-president in 1945 is stated in a J. W. publication to be for this reason: "{His} resignation was not an evasion of responsibilities, but was rather an effort to comply with what appeared to be the Lord's will, namely, that all the members of the directorate and the officers be of the anointed remnant (144,000). His hope was to be one of the 'other sheep'." Jehovah's Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, (Brooklyn, N. Y.: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1959), p. 197. As of Jan. 1, 1969, 10,619 J.W.'s now living claim to be among the 144,000. The Watchtower, (Jan. 1969), No. 1, Vol. XC, p. 25. Return

  2. In the "Plan of Studies" of the Jesuits, "every main issue was settled, every procedure was already outlined . . . The Jesuit teachers depended in no small measure for their effectiveness upon constant repetition." Luela Cole, A History of Education, (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961), pp. 317, 322. Return

  3. "Babylon The Great Has Fallen!" God's Kingdom Rules! (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of N.Y., Inc., 1963), pp. 530-557. Another example further illustrates this point: Dan. 8:14 - (the cleansing of the sanctuary) is interpreted to refer to the cleansing of the Watchtower organization when it changed from democratic election of officials to selection and confirmation by the society's executive or manager. A Watchtower publication comments as follows: "The announcement in the Watch Tower magazine of October 15, 1932, at the exact end of the time period mentioned in Daniel's prophecy, was the official notification made by Jehovah through his visible channel of communication that his sanctuary [i.e., the Watchtower organization] had been cleansed and had been restored to its rightful state as regards the elimination of this democratic procedure in electing elders." Jehovah's Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1959), p. 127. Return

  4. "Your Will Be Done On Earth", (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of N.Y., Inc., 1958), pp. 330, 331. Return

  5. See for example, "Babylon The Great Has Fallen! God's Kingdom Rules, (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1963), p. 550; Jehovah's Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1959), pp. 166-174, 186, 192. Return

  6. This point is illustrated in the following J.W. publication: "In the thirty-three years from 1919 to 1952 inclusive, Jehovah's witnesses distributed more than half a billion bound books and booklets, hundreds of millions of oral testimonies, in over 90 languages. Only by God's spirit and power could this witness have been given in the face of world-wide opposition and persecution; and the witness still continues." "Let God Be True", (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1952), pp. 200-201. Return