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”!

WHAT IS THE ‘NEW NAME’ IN ISA 62:2?

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(Isaiah 62:2) And you will be called by a new name, Which Jehovah’s own mouth will designate.

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” – July 26 1931 convention resolution adopted at Columbus Ohio

“BE IT RESOLVED:… we joyfully embrace and take the name which the mouth of the Lord God has named, and we desire to be known as and called by the name, to wit, Jehovah’s witnesses.—Isa. 62:2”

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” – The Watchtower 9/15/1931 p. 279

therefore we joyfully embrace and take the name which the mouth of the Lord God has named, and we desire to be known as and called by the name, to wit, Jehovah’s witnesses.-Isa. 43: 10-12; 62: 2;

NOT “Jehovah’s Witnesses” – The Watchtower 10/1/1957 p. 607 Questions From Readers

we see that these texts in Isaiah [62:2] do not specifically refer to the name “Jehovah’s witnesses”

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” – The Watchtower 5/15/1985 p. 17 par. 18 The Finest Friendship Endures in an Unfriendly World

So, in the spirit of Isaiah 62:2, God’s spirit-begotten organization, gathered in convention at Columbus, Ohio, in 1931, joyfully adopted the name “Jehovah’s witnesses.”

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” – The Watchtower 5/1/1987 p. 28 Looking Back Over 93 Years of Living

And how thrilling it was for me to be at the Columbus, Ohio, convention in 1931 when Brother Rutherford submitted the ‘new name’ Jehovah’s Witnesses, and all of us adopted it enthusiastically! Immediately afterward, all the congregations of Jehovah’s people around the globe adopted that ‘new name.’—Compare Isaiah 62:2.

NOT “Jehovah’s Witnesses” – Proclaimers Book (jv) 1993 chap. 11 p. 156 How We Came to Be Known…

Although the evidence points persuasively to Jehovah’s direction in selection of the name Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Watchtower (February 1, 1944, pp. 42-3; October 1, 1957, p. 607) and the book “New Heavens and a New Earth” (pp. 231-7) later pointed out that this name is not the “new name” referred to at Isaiah 62:2

NOT “Jehovah’s Witnesses” – Isaiah’s Prophecy Vol. 2 (2001) chap. 23 pp. 337-338 “A New Name”

What does Jehovah have in mind for Zion, his heavenly “woman,” represented by ancient Jerusalem? He states: “The nations will certainly see your righteousness, O woman, and all kings your glory. And you will actually be called by a new name, which the very mouth of Jehovah will designate.” (Isaiah 62:2)

Jehovah now confirms the changed condition of Zion by giving her a new name. That new name signifies the blessed condition and honored status enjoyed by Zion’s earthly children beginning in 537 B.C.E. It shows that Jehovah acknowledges Zion as belonging to him. Today, the Israel of God is thrilled to be the object of Jehovah’s delight in this way, and the other sheep rejoice with them.

WHERE DID THE NAME ‘JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES’ COME FROM?

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In 1911, H.A. Ironside (Plymouth Brethren) used the term in “Lectures on Daniel the Prophet” when referring to the Jews to whom the promises of Isa.43 would be fulfilled, noted on page 152:

“These shall be Jehovah’s witnesses, testifying to the power and glory of the one true God, when apostate Christendom shall have been given up to the strong delusion to believe the lie of the Antichrist.”

Then in 1931, the name was adopted by Jehovah’s Witnesses. – Proclaimers Book (jv) chap. 11 p. 152 – How We Came to Be Known as Jehovah’s Witnesses

“In contrast, A. H. Macmillan said concerning that announcement by Brother Rutherford: “There is no doubt in my mind—not then nor now—that the Lord guided him in that, and that is the name Jehovah wants us to bear, and we’re very happy and very glad to have it.”

Which viewpoint do the facts support?

Was the name ‘a stroke of genius’ on the part of Brother Rutherford, or was it the result of divine providence?

The Proclaimers book continues:

“… therefore we joyfully embrace and take the name which the mouth of the Lord God has named, and we desire to be known as and called by the name, to wit, Jehovah’s witnesses.”

The Watchtower 2/1/1980 p. 11 The Divine Name in Later Times

Interestingly, Raymundus Martini, a Spanish [Catholic] monk of the Dominican order, first rendered the divine name as “Jehova.” This appeared in his book Pugeo Fidei, published in 1270 C.E.— 750 years ago.

(Isaiah 62:2) “And you will be called by a new name, Which Jehovah’s own mouth will designate.”

Note: What does the Bible indicate this name would be?

(Acts 11:26) It was first in Antioch that the disciples were by divine providence called Christians. 

Note: Interestingly, when the name was adopted in 1931, all ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ were said to be of the anointed (it was prior to the 1935 cut off date). After the two classes were identified in 1935, ONLY the anointed could call name ‘Jonadabs’.

WHO DO JW’S BELIEVE THE “ALPHA AND OMEGA”OF REVELATION 22:12 REFERS TO?

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Jesus – Light (1930) p. 268

Jehovah – The Watchtower 1/1/1953 p. 31

Jesus – The Watchtower 7/1/1955 p. 387

An angel (speaking for Jehovah) – Awake! 6/8/1966 p. 28

Jehovah – The Watchtower 11/15/1967 p. 680

Jehovah – Awake! 8/22/78 p.28

Jesus – The Watchtower 10/1/78 p.15 ( A major change in just 2 months!)

Jehovah – Revelation Grand Climax (1988) p. 316 para. 6

Jehovah – The Watchtower 12/1/1999 p. 19

Jesus – The Watchtower 12/15/2003 p. 21

Jehovah – The Watchtower 1/15/2009 p.30