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.”

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.

HAS MATTHEW 24:14 BEEN FULFILLED?

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YES – The Watchtower 10/1/1951 p. 601 par. 7 – Laying the Stone in Completion

The Gentile times ended in 1914 and the prophecies were fulfilled exactly as foretold at Matthew 24 and Luke 21, but have not been heeded by these millions.

NO – The Watchtower 10/15/1955 p. 621 par. 1 – The Triumphant Message of “The Kingdom”

Today, in this year 1955, the temple of Jerusalem is no more, as he foretold that it would not be, but his prophecy concerning “this good news of the kingdom” is being fulfilled.

YES – Worldwide Security Under the “Prince of Peace” chap. 7 p. 61 par. 9 Settling Accounts Over the Use of Christ’s Funds

To mark his return, two wars of world proportions, accompanied now by many other wars of lesser proportions, have bloodied our earth. As predicted, these have been accompanied by famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, and by the increasing of lawlessness and the preaching of “this good news of the kingdom” in all the inhabited earth. This has fulfilled the details of what Jesus said would be “the sign of [his] presence and of the conclusion of the system of things.”—Matthew 24:3-15.

IT APPLIES TO THE 1ST CENTURY – The Watchtower 6/15/1992 p. 14 par. 14 Serving as Fishers of Men

For the needs of the first-century Christians, Jesus’ prophecy at Matthew 24:14 was fulfilled before Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 C.E.

YES – The Watchtower 5/1/1992 p. 22 par. 19 Keep Awake in “the Time of the End”

As we look back over three quarters of a century, we can see how one prophecy after another has been fulfilled—the restoration of true worship; the deliverance of the anointed remnant, along with their companions, into a spiritual paradise; the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom on a global scale; the appearance of the great crowd.

NO – The Watchtower 5/1/1993 p. 12 par. 7 – Shedding Light on Christ’s Presence

Each Yearbook of JW’s adds to the evidence that these aspects of the sign are being fulfilled.

YES – The Watchtower 9/1/1995 pp. 17-18 par. 17 Christian Witnesses for Divine Sovereignty

Jesus 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.” Has this prophecy been fulfilled? Indeed, it has.

NO – The Watchtower 8/15/1997 p. 14 par. 11 Living for Today or for an Eternal Future?

There is also Jesus’ prediction that “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.” (Matthew 24:14) Today, Jehovah’s Witnesses carry out their work in 233 lands, island groups, and territories. True, untouched territories still exist, and perhaps in Jehovah’s due time, a door of opportunity will open.

WHO REPLACED JUDAS AS THE 12TH APOSTLE?

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Paul – The Watchtower 12/15/1951 p. 763 Questions From Readers

Paul – The Watchtower 7/15/1957 p. 423 Do the Apostles Have Successors?

Matthias – The Watchtower 11/15/1971 p. 688 par. 3 Appointed Officers in the Theocratic Organization

Matthias – The Watchtower 5/15/1971 p. 320 Questions From Readers

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

JOHN 17:3 “THIS MEANS EVERLASTING LIFE, THEIR TAKING IN KNOWLEDGE OF YOU …”

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The Watchtower 12/15/2002 p. 8 par. 5 “Draw Close to God”

Many translations of this verse differ slightly from the New World Translation. Instead of saying “taking in knowledge” of God, they simply render the verb “to know” God or “knowing” God. However, a number of scholars note that the sense of the word used in the original Greek involves something more—a continuous process, one that may even lead to intimate acquaintance with another.

Oct 2013 Revised NWT released:

John 17:3 – “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you…”

The Watchtower 4/15/2015 p.21 par.7

John 17:3 says: “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” Thus, our objective should be not merely to take in knowledge but to come to “know” Jehovah better as a Person.

Note: So the 2002 Watchtower says “taking in knowledge” is better than “coming to know” God, but the 2015 Watchtower says the total opposite! Why did false religions’ “many translations” have this right all along while the New World Translation had it wrong?

DID SATAN PHYSICALLY TAKE JESUS TO THE TEMPLE WHEN TEMPTING HIM?

1102005133_univ_cnt_1_xlYES – The Watchtower 9/15/1955 p. 569 par. 28 Part 2—What Do the Scriptures Say About “Survival After Death”?

Satan the Devil tried to induce Jesus to perform a levitation to mystify the Jews and win them over at the temple of Jerusalem. On a temple battlement the ruler of the demons said to Jesus: “If you are a son of God, hurl yourself down from here…”

NO – The Watchtower 3/1/1961

…we must reasonably conclude that Satan did not literally, bodily, physically, take Jesus ‘along into the holy city’ and station him ‘upon the battlement of the temple.’

NO – Awake! 10/8/2000 p. 19 “Extreme Sports”—Should You Take the Risk?

likely in a vision, the Devil tempted him to throw himself off the battlement of the temple

WE DON’T KNOW – The Watchtower 3/2016 p. 32

Put simply, we cannot be certain whether Jesus actually stood in the temple or he did so only by means of a vision.

WHOSE WITNESSES SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE?

maxresdefaultThe Watchtower 3/15/2013 p. 24 par. 2 – Honor Jehovah’s Great Name

“Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the other hand, are proud to bear God’s name and to glorify it.”

Acts 11:26 – “the disciples were by divine providence called Christians.”

Matthew 10:18 – “…for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations.”[JESUS]

Mark 13:9 – “…before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them.” [JESUS]

Luke 24:47, 48 “and on the basis of [JESUS] name, repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preached in all the nations… You are to be witnesses of these things”

Acts 1:8 – “You will be witnesses of me…” [JESUS]

John 1:15 – “John bore witness about him…” [JESUS]

John 5:37 – “the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me.” [JESUS]

John 8:18 – “the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” [JESUS]

John 15:26,27 – “…will bear witness about me; and YOU in turn, are to bear witness.” [JESUS]

Acts 4:17,18 – “…upon the basis of this name [Jesus] …. upon the basis of the name of Jesus.”

Acts 10:39 – “And we are witnesses of all the things he [Jesus] did…”

Acts 10:43 – “To him [Jesus] all the prophets bear witness…”

Acts 13:31 – “who are now his [Jesus’] witnesses to the people.”

Acts 22:15 – “because you are to be a witness for him [Jesus] to all men…”

Acts 22:20 – “……the blood of Stephen your [Jesus’] witness was being spilled…”

Acts 23:11 – “….. a thorough witness on the things about me in Jerusalem…” [JESUS]

Acts 26:16 -“I [Jesus]..choose you as an attendant and a witness…respecting me” [JESUS]

1 Corinthians 1:6 – “even as the witness about the Christ…”

Galatians 1:6-8 – “…if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to you as good news something beyond the good news [about Christ] we declared to you, let him be accursed.”

1 Tim. 2:6 – “..what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times.”

2 Timothy 1:8 – “…of the witness about our Lord.. [Christ]”

1 John 5:9 – “the witness God gives…the fact that he has borne witness concerning his Son.”

Revelation 1:9 – “….for speaking about God and bearing witness to Jesus.”

Revelation 3:8 – ….”and you kept my word and did not prove false to my name.” [JESUS]

Revelation 12:17 – “…and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.”

Revelation 17:6 – “…and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.”

Revelation 19:10 -“…the work of witnessing to Jesus…. bearing witness to Jesus.”

Revelation 20:4 – “… for the witness they bore to Jesus.”

Note: 

Isa 43:10 “‘You are my witnesses,’ declares Jehovah” is a reminder about what God had done and will do.

  • Vs 1: God reminds them that he bought them and they belong to him. (Jacob and Israel)
  • Vs 2: God promises to protect them
  • Vs 3: God reminds them that Egypt was their ransom
  • Vs 4: God tells them they are precious in His eyes
  • Vs 5-7: God assures them of his continued being with them
  • Vs 8-9: Now, here’s the key: God issues a challenge to the nations and asks them to produce THEIR witnesses to see who is right: “Let all the nations assemble in one place…Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right…”
  • Vs 10: God then says to the Israelites, “YOU are my witnesses.”

This wasn’t about naming a group of people. This was about who is right and who is wrong. Who could produce witnesses for themselves that could truthfully claim to have been a saviour, protector, etc. This was God’s challenge to the nations, and He names the Israelites as HIS witnesses to that fact.

Then Isa 62:2 adds “The nations will see your righteousness, O woman, And all kings your glory. And you will be called by a new name, Which Jehovah’s own mouth will designate.”

This was fulfilled in Acts 11:26 – “the disciples were by divine providence called Christians.”