WILL “EVERY EYE” SEE JESUS (REV 1:7)?

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NO – The Watchtower 3/15/2007 p. 5 What Christ’s Coming Will Accomplish

With regard to Christ’s coming, the Bible says: “Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him.” (Revelation 1:7) People will not see him with their literal eyes.

YES – The Watchtower 2/15/1994 p. 20 par. 21 “Tell Us, When Will These Things Be?”

When Jesus comes with clouds of invisibility, opposing humans worldwide will have to recognize that “coming” because of a supernatural demonstration of his kingly power.—Revelation 1:7.

NO – The Watchtower 5/1/1993 p. 22 par. 6 Deliverance at the Revelation of Jesus Christ

Oh, those enemies will not actually see Jesus with literal eyes

YES – The Watchtower 12/1/1981 p. 8 Could Christ Return Without Being Seen?

Jesus himself spelled it out clearly, saying: “Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” That obligatory recognition of Christ’s presence will come too late for their good. This will mean destruction for those who have not paid heed.—Matt. 24:30; Rev. 1:7; 11:18.

NO – The Watchtower 12/15/1974 p. 751 Who Will See “the Sign of the Son of Man”?

When he comes “with the clouds, and every eye will see him” he will be invisible to fleshly eyes. (Rev. 1:7)

YES – The Watchtower 1/15/1966 p. 40 “The Sign of the Son of Man”

The day will come when “every eye” must see this “sign,” as Revelation 1:7 indicates.

NO – The Watchtower 7/15/1953 p. 447 Questions From Readers

If Christ came in a human body certainly not every eye on earth could see him at once; so that must not be literal.

YES – 1877 Object and Manner p. 39

This scripture does not necessarily teach that every eye will see Him at the same moment. A similar statement is made of the Resurrection. “All that are in their graves hear the voice of the Son of Man and come forth.”

HAVE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES EVER SAID NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT MINORITIES?

 

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Golden Age 1926 May 5th p. 483. Races of the British Empire

OF THE grand total of the population of the British Empire, which is calculated to be 463,000,000, only one person in seven is of European stock. The remaining 397,000,000 are governed only by the superior mental, moral or physical force of their white rulers. This superiority is disappearing and the powers of the colored races are expanding.

ARE BLACK PEOPLE FROM THE CURSE OF NOAH’S TIME?

YES – Golden Age, July 24th 1929:

Is there anything in the Bible that reveals the origin of the Negro? It is generally believed that the curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the Black race. Certain it is that when Noah said, ‘Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren,’ he pictured the future of the Colored race. They have been and are a race of servants.. There is no servant in the world as good as a good Colored servant, and the joy that he gets from rendering faithful service is one of the purest joys there is in the world.

NO – The Watchtower 8/1/1953 p. 478 Questions From Readers

Incidentally, when some try to say this curse caused some men to be black-skinned they show ignorance of the Bible record, for colored peoples did not descend from the cursed Canaan.

NO – Awake! 10/8/1975 p. 11 A Book of Myths or a Misrepresented Guide?

The man Noah pronounced a prophetic curse on his grandson Canaan, but no divine curse was ever pronounced upon the black race.

The Watchtower taught that black people will be made perfect and white in the new system:

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“Can The Ethiopian Change His skin color? …what the Ethiopian cannot do for himself God could readily do for him. The doctrine of restitution has also raised the question. How could all men be brought to perfection and which color of skin was the original? The answer is now provided. God can change the Ethiopian’s skin in his own due time. Julius Jackson, of New Frankfort, Montana, a negro boy of nine years, began to grow white in September, 1901, and is now fully nine-tenths white. He assures us that this is no whitish skin disease; but that the new white skin is as healthy as that of any white boy, and that the changed boy has never been sick and never has taken medicines.”

Interestingly, the organization ridiculed the Catholics for saying the same thing 100 years ago, that the WT had said just 48 years earlier:

Awake! 10/8/1977 p. 29

Even up to a hundred years ago the Catholic Church held the view that blacks were cursed by God…What great harm has resulted from the misapplication by churchmen of this Biblical curse! The slavery of African blacks, and their mistreatment since the days of slavery, can in no way be justified by the Bible. The truth is, blacks are not, and never were, cursed by God!

Finally adding:

Awake! 2/8/1982 p. 14

“How foolish it is to interpret God’s curse on Canaan as referring to a dark-skinned people.”

HOW DID WATCHTOWER VIEW HISPANICS?

Golden Age 1927 Nov 30th p,141

“Centuries before, anticipating the settlement of North America by a liberty-loving people, Satan had sought to forestall it through the voyages of Columbus and the resulting effort to people it with Spaniards and other backward races under the influence of Rome.”

TO WHOM DOES 2COR 11:13 APPLY?

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(2Co 11:13) ‘For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.’

Misinformed religionists – w51 5/15 p. 309 par. 10 Leaves of Healing

False apostles in the congregation – w51 5/1 p. 272 par. 13 The Prayer of Faith During Sickness

Those in the Lord’s organization – w52 8/15 p. 501 par. 16 God’s Spirit Essential to Maturity

The clergy in general – w53 5/1 p. 263 “Keeping a Tight Grip on the Word of Life”

Spiritualists – w56 2/15 p. 112 par. 13 Triumphing over Wicked Spirit Forces

Satan’s ministers – w57 9/15 p. 550 The Great Contest

False religious guides – w57 8/15 p. 503 par. 14 The Fight of Faith of the Peaceable

Roman Catholic priests – w58 9/15 p. 574 Is Catholic Action Christian?

Jesus’ appointed overseers – w58 1/15 p. 47 par. 25 Overseers in Apocalyptic Times

The leaders of Christendom – w60 7/15 p. 420 The Truth Shall Stand

Religious zealots – w61 8/1 p. 454 Satan—the Genius of Deception

Religious Christendom – w61 7/1 p. 398 par. 27 Right Associations Lead to Life

The Pope – w68 7/15 p. 446 The Pope Is Not Infallible

Supposedly Christian religions – w68 3/1 p. 136 The Devil Is “the Ruler of the World”

False religious organizations – w69 2/15 p. 103 The Last Days of This Wicked System of Things

Congregation of God’s people – w72 3/15 p. 192 Questions From Readers

Christendom – w75 12/1 p. 729 par. 5 What Does It Mean to Be a “Minister”?

Religious leaders – w75 4/15 p. 253 Rebellion Against God Comes to Light

Ambitious men – w78 5/1 p. 22 par. 5 “Roll Your Works upon Jehovah”

Fellow worshipers of Jehovah – w79 8/15 p. 4 To Whom Does It Apply?

Present-day Christendom – w81 5/1 p. 14 par. 9 Which Organization—Jehovah’s or Satan’s?

The members of Jehovah’s family – w82 6/1 p. 19 par. 13 Loyally Submitting to Theocratic Order

Seemingly benevolent religious and political fronts – w83 6/15 p. 26 Insight on the News

False brothers in the congregation – w84 2/1 p. 23 par. 8 ‘Oneness of Spirit’ in a Rapidly Growing Flock

Apostates – w86 3/15 p. 14 par. 15 ‘Do Not Be Quickly Shaken From Your Reason’

The Christian congregation – w88 9/1 p. 3 Satan—Is He Real?

Apostates – w90 8/15 p. 16 par. 6 Loyally Working With Jehovah

False religion – w90 2/1 p. 24 par. 17 Exposing “the Man of Lawlessness”

The clergy – w90 2/1 p. 11 par. 10 Identifying “the Man of Lawlessness”

The clergy class of Christendom – w94 7/1 p. 5 A Divided Church—Can It Survive?

The “evil slave,” – w00 10/15 p. 9 Should You Investigate Other Religions?

Apostates – w02 3/1 p. 11 par. 14 Divine Light Dispels Darkness!

Propagandists – w03 7/15 p. 22 Think Straight—Act Wisely

False brothers – w03 5/15 p. 11 par. 6 Christ Speaks to the Congregations

“Babylon the Great” – w06 12/1 p. 6 The Antichrist Exposed

Churches of Christendom – w06 9/1 p. 5 Religion—What Good Does It Do?

False religion – w12 5/1 p. 16 What Is the Good News About Religion?

WHO IS “THE TRUE LORD?” (Mal 3:1)

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Jehovah God – The Watchtower 1/15/1976 p. 41 par. 5 The “Ax” and the Chopper

Jehovah God – The Watchtower 2/15/1980 p. 12 par. 18 Joyful Festivals

Jesus Christ – The Watchtower 7/15/1980 p. 19 par. 10 The “Fine Shepherd” and the “Little Flock”

Jehovah God – The Watchtower 4/1/2007 p. 22 par. 4 Loyal to Christ and His Faithful Slave

Jesus Christ – The Watchtower 7/15/2013 p. 8 par. 17 “Tell Us, When Will These Things Be?”

Note: The Revised NWT quotes Malachi saying “the true Lord” but no other translation adds the word ‘true’. This makes you think it is talking about Jehovah and not Jesus. The older NWT used brackets to indicate this, saying “the [true] Lord”!

HOW MANY ‘KEYS OF THE KINGDOM’ ARE THERE?

Up until October 1979 there were TWO. The 1st for the Jews, the 2nd for the Gentiles.

The Watchtower 2/15/1966 p. 126 Does Peter Now Use the Keys of the Kingdom? NO MORE KEYS NEEDED

The question arises, Did Peter continue to carry these keys of the Kingdom around with him to open to those whom he would and to close to others the opportunities for entering the Kingdom? Are there more keys besides the two? The answers are shown in the following facts. Up to this time Jehovah had divided up mankind into just two classes: the Jews, whom he dealt with as his special people, and the people of the nations, the Gentiles. So only two keys were needed.

After 1979 there were THREE. The 1st for the Jews, the 2nd for the Samaritans, the 3rd for the Gentiles.

The Watchtower 10/1/1979 p. 18 par. 12 The “Keys” of the Greatest Government Put to Use

Peter had been promised, not one key, but “the keys of the kingdom of the heavens.” This meant at least two keys. So, when was he given the second key, and in behalf of whom?

The Watchtower 5/15/2008 p. 30 Highlights From the Book of Acts

PETER USES “THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM” (Acts 1:1–11:18) After receiving the holy spirit, the apostles give a bold witness. Peter uses the first of “the keys of the kingdom of the heavens” to open the door of knowledge and opportunity for Jews and proselytes who “embraced his word” to enter the Kingdom. (Matt. 16:19; Acts 2:5, 41) A wave of persecution scatters disciples, but this results in expansion of the preaching work. Upon hearing that Samaria has accepted the word of God, the apostles in Jerusalem dispatch Peter and John to them. By opening up the Kingdom opportunity to the Samaritans, Peter uses the second key. (Acts 8:14-17) Perhaps within a year of Jesus’ resurrection, an amazing transformation takes place in Saul of Tarsus. In 36 C.E., Peter uses the third key, and the free gift of the holy spirit is poured out upon uncircumcised people of the nations.—Acts 10:45.

Editor’s note: Special thanks to reddit user wemusthavethefaith for the references.

WILL THE MEN OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH BE RESURRECTED?

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1879 YES – The Watchtower July 1879 p.8

1951 ‘UTTER IMPOSSIBILTY’ –  The Watchtower 5/1/51 p.287

1952 NO – The Watchtower 6/1/52 p.338

1965 YES – The Watchtower 8/1/65 p.479

1967 NO – The Watchtower 7/1/67 p.409

1974 YES – Awake! 10/8/74 p.20

1982 NO – You Can Live Forever in a Paradise on Earth p.179 para.9 (Old Edition)

1988 NO – The Watchtower 6/1/88 p.31

1988 SOME WILL – Insight On The Scriptures, Vol.1, p.616 (released June 17th 1988)

1988 YES – Insight On The Scriptures, Vol.2, p.985*

1988 NO – Revelation – Its Grand Climax p.273

1989 NO – You Can Live Forever… p.179 Para.9 (New Edition)

*Note: Insight vol. 2 p. 985 says it was only the cities that underwent everlasting destruction and not the people, as if the houses, roads and buildings committed the sins! Compare Jude 1:7 “as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example…”

1935 AND INCREASING MEMORIAL PARTAKERS

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The Watchtower 3/1/1954 p. 153 par. 16 “Restoration of True Religion Today”

Since this identification, each one in the theocratic organization has known whether he is one of the few “remaining ones” called to the heavenly Royal House or one of those called to the earthly position before the throne. True religion holds both classes in their proper place, both having the hope of life in God’s new world. Since 1935 one class has been decreasing in numbers on earth…

The Watchtower 5/15/1955 p. 314 TWELVE REQUIREMENTS FOR CHRISTIAN CHANNEL TODAY

Eleventh, the congregation of Christ must realize a change in her work from that of gathering a little flock for heavenly privileges to that of gathering out the “other sheep” to become prospective Kingdom subjects to live happily forever on a paradise earth that is destined to continue unendingly in fulfillment of the great Abrahamic promise. Only the anointed remnant have experienced this since the years 1932 and 1935.

The Watchtower 12/1/1970 p. 732 Teaching All Nationalities with a View to Baptism

Since it appears from the facts that the ones eligible for the heavenly kingdom were for the time completed in number by about 1935, does that mean that those baptized since then are baptized as being of the “great crowd” of “other sheep”? No… But at this time when it is principally to an earthly hope that God is pointing those who become his servants, what if anyone recently baptized should suddenly conclude that he or she was spirit-begotten? It would be well for such a one to do some self-examination as to whether that conclusion was truly based on the witness or the testimony of God’s spirit.

The Watchtower 2/15/1995 p.19

“Logically, the calling of the little flock would draw to a close when the number was nearing completion, and the evidence is that the general gathering of these specially blessed ones ended in 1935.”

The Watchtower 8/15/1996 p.31

“There is every reason to believe that the number of anointed ones will continue to decline as advanced age and unforeseen occurrences end their earthly lives.”

The Watchtower 1/15/2000 p.13 “Six Convincing Lines of Evidence” that we are in the Last Days.

Sixth, the number of genuine anointed disciples of Christ is dwindling, though some will evidently still be on earth when the great tribulation begins. Most of the remnant are quite elderly, and over the years the number of those who are truly anointed has been getting smaller.

The Watchtower 5/1/2007 p.31

“Thus it appears that we cannot set a specific date for when the calling of Christians to the heavenly hope ends.”

The Watchtower 8/15/2011 p.22 (Note: the number of partakers had been increasing for 6 years!)

“Memorial partakers. This is the number of baptized individuals who partake of the emblems at the Memorial worldwide. Does this total represent the number of anointed ones on earth? Not necessarily. A number of factors — including past religious beliefs or even mental or emotional imbalance — might cause some to assume mistakenly that they have the heavenly calling.”

(Note: ALL of the current Governing Body (7 persons as of 2015) were born AFTER the 1935 ‘cut off’)

IS FIELD SERVICE IS VOLUNTARY AND DO PUBLISHERS REPRESENT THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY?

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You are first interviewed: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book p.79

“The presiding overseer will arrange to have two elders (one being a member of the congregation service committee) discuss the matter with you and the bible student.”

You must qualify: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 81

“Once the elders determine that the bible student qualifies to engage in the field ministry, he is eligible to receive his own copy of Organized to do Jehovah’s will book”

The Watchtower Society has minimum requirements to meet: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 87

“Auxiliary, regular, and special pioneers as well as missionaries have hour requirements to meet. Congregation publishers are likewise encouraged to put the Kingdom interest first and exert themselves in the ministry to accomplish all that they can in the field according to their circumstances”

The Society has rules to cater for exceptions: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 87

“Time spent in the field service should be reported in full hours. An exception to this is made when a publisher is very limited because of advanced age, is shut in , is confined to a nursing home, or is otherwise incapacitated. Such a publisher may report field service in 15-minute increments rather than in the full hours. Even if he gives a witness for just 15 minutes during a month, He should report this time so that he can continue to be counted as a regular Kingdom Publisher”

The Watchtower’s elders uphold the rules: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will Book page 87

“This provision is made, however, only for those who are very limited in their activity. The congregation service committee will determine whether a publisher qualifies for this arrangement. “

The Society trains you: Kingdom Ministry 3/04 p. 4 par. 3 A Cavalry Charge That Involves You

By means of the Theocratic Ministry School and other congregation meetings, God’s ministers have been trained to speak God’s message with authority.

And equips you: Kingdom Ministry 3/04 p. 4 par. 6 A Cavalry Charge That Involves You

Trained, well equipped to deliver God’s message, and working under angelic direction, Jehovah’s people are an irresistible force. Let us continue to play our part in the fulfillment of this thrilling prophetic vision.

And organises you: Kingdom Ministry 7/12 p. 5 par. 4 Before Preaching, You May Need to Search

the body of elders, particularly the service overseer, should organize and oversee the search work

And tells you what to wear: Kingdom Ministry 3/96 p. 3 par. 6 Preparation—Key to Success

In addition to preparing and practicing your presentation, you should also ask yourself, ‘Is the clothing that I plan to wear suitable for the ministry?’

Then you must report back to the organization: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 86

“It is important to submit an accurate report of Hours in field Service.”

BUT you are not representatives: Kingdom Ministry 2/89 pp. 3-4 Our Identification as Jehovah’s Witnesses

Therefore, publishers do well to avoid representing themselves as agents or representatives of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., or any other corporation used by “the faithful and discreet slave” to advance Kingdom interests.—Matt. 24:45-47… If any publishers use a personal name card in connection with their field service activities, they should not print thereon that they are representatives of the Watchtower Society.

You are not affiliated with the Watchtower Society: Kingdom Ministry 4/09 p. 4 Question Box

Congregations or individuals should not use logos or names of the organization’s legal entities, or variations thereof, on their Kingdom Halls, signs, letterhead, personal objects, and so forth. Such use of the organization’s logos may cause confusion for public officials, publishers, and others about the legal affiliation of the congregation with the organization’s legal entities.

Only the paid ministers are representatives: 1970 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses p. 315 1969—A Year of Praise

The WTB&TS gives financial assistance to the circuit and district servants, special pioneers and missionaries around the world. We very much appreciate the assistance that the congregation publishers gave the traveling representatives of the Society by entertaining them in their homes wherever possible.

You are on your own and are personally liable: Body of Elders letter dated July 15 2014 Para. 4

Any application to use a mobile cart or to set up a table or kiosk to display literature must be filled out in the name of an individual publisher, not in the name of the congregation, any corporation used by the organization, or “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” If a small administrative fee is needed in order to acquire space in a public area, it is to be paid by the individual publisher, not the congregation. Publishers should carefully review any such applications to see what responsibility they are taking upon themselves with respect to liability. Publishers who apply to distribute literature at these areas are doing so on their own initiative as part of their personal ministry.

HOW LONG IS A CREATIVE DAY?

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Zions Watchtower Dec 1881 The Creative Week

“If the seventh period of creation in which the Father rested is seven thousand years long – as shown above – so are the other six periods; and so we have seven times seven thousand years…”

The Watchtower 1/1/1951 p. 27 The Christian’s Sabbath

7,000 years for each of the creative days as well as the rest day is consistent with the Scriptures.

The Watchtower 8/1/1954 p. 478 The Purpose of Your Witnessing

Each creative day was 7,000 years in length. See “New Heavens and a New Earth”, pages 40-43.

Awake! 11/8/1982 pp. 6-9 Science and the Bible

The Bible record, together with verifiable history, indicates that the seventh day of that creative week covers a period of 7,000 years. Hence, each of the six preceding “days” would be of the same length.

The Watchtower 1/1/1987 p. 30 Questions From Readers

a study of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and of our location in the stream of time strongly indicate that each of the creative days is 7,000 years long.

The Watchtower 1/1/1993 p. 4 Our Grand Creator and His Works

In an orderly sequence of six ‘creative days,’ each thousands of years in length

The Watchtower 4/1/1996 p. 13 par. 10 Praise the King of Eternity!

Wonderful developments took place on earth during the six creative “days” of Genesis chapter 1, each day covering thousands of years.

The Watchtower 2/1/2003 p. 4 How to Cultivate a Balanced View of Work

at the end of the six creative “days,” or long periods of time, “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good”

Awake! 9/22/2003 p. 21 Science Was My Religion

the creative days lasted aeons

Awake 1/22/2004 p. 23 Why I Believe the Bible—A Nuclear Scientist Tells His Story

the creative “days” encompass thousands of years

The Watchtower 4/1/2004 p. 6 Identifying the Wild Beast and Its Mark

God’s creative week comprises seven ‘days,’ or extended time periods

The Watchtower 1/1/2004 p. 28 par. 3 Highlights From the Book of Genesis—I

the six creative “days,” or time periods of special creative works

The Watchtower 2/15/2011 p. 8 par. 10 Holy Spirit—At Work in Creation!

These are not 24-hour days but are epochs.

Awake! 11/2011 p. 9 Which Approach Is More Reasonable?

Each day evidently involved a considerable length of time.

Awake! 3/2014 p. 5 How Long Did God Take To Create The Universe?

each of the six creative days could have lasted for thousands of years.

Note: Why has this view changed? It is not because of a revealing of new light by Gods Holy Spirit, but it is due to the incontrovertible discoveries of science. Holy Spirit should have known this all along, but perhaps it was just the speculations of ill informed men all along.

IS IT LATER THAN YOU THINK?

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IT IS! – The Watchtower 6/1/1949 p.174 Para.5

We had arrived in the middle of their district assembly, which began on Friday, March 4. Brother Knorr was scheduled to talk to the English speaking people of Lima who were interested in the truth. That meeting was held on Saturday afternoon. There were 49 who heard his talk on “It Is Later than You Think!”

IT IS! – The Watchtower 6/15/1949 p.191 Para.9

The brethren and people of good will had been notified that the president of the Society would be with them on the evening of March 16; so that night 64 attended a gathering and packed out the little Kingdom Hall, some standing and some sitting on the stairway, to hear “It Is Later than You Think!”

IT IS! – The Watchtower 7/1/1949 p.204 Para.7

The public meeting had been advertised for 8 p.m. … Brother Knorr spoke on “It Is Later than You Think!”

IS IT? – Awake! 10/8/1968 p. 24 Cover Page “Is It Later Than You Think?”

IS IT? – The Watchtower 4/1/1991 p. 7 Is It Later Than You Think?

But time is running out; it is later than they think. Is it later than you think?

IS IT? – Kingdom Ministry 2/12 p. 4 Announcements

The special talk will be given on the weekend after the Memorial and is entitled “Is It Later Than You Think?”. (Talk No. 181- TO BE COVERED IN 30 MINUTES 2011 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society)