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’.

WILL THERE BE ANOTHER WORLD WAR?

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NO – The Watchtower 10/15/1955 p. 638 Questions From Readers

But where they really are leading the ‘kings’ (the rulers) of the entire inhabited earth is to the greatest war of all times, not a mere World War III with hydrogen bombs

MAYBE – The Watchtower 4/15/1959 p. 229 par. 2 The Perfect Government for All Mankind

Like it or not, all of us are subject to one common danger. This is recognized by the human leaders of the day as being World War III, which will be global in its consequences.

NO – The Watchtower 4/1/1966 p. 196 Missionaries to Fill the Need

“Look at what people are facing,” Franz urged. “Not exactly the outbreak of World War III, a battle between men, no, but what you are facing and people in your assignments are facing is foretold in the Word of God.”

MAYBE – The Watchtower 12/15/1967 p. 749 par. 22 “In All the Nations the Good News Has to Be Preached First”

What about the possibilities for tribulation, destruction and horror of another world war, with nuclear bombs carried to their targets by long-range missiles

NO – Reasoning from the Scripures p. 240 par. 2 Last Days

The end of the present global system will come, not as a result of indiscriminate slaughter in nuclear war…

POSSIBLY – Awake! 6/8/1981 p. 11 Hope of Escaping World Destruction

Will this nationalistic “pushing” match result in World War III? Possibly.

NO – The Watchtower 4/1/1997 p. 8 Are These Really the Last Days?

If there was a World War III, with all of today’s nuclear powers deploying their weapons, the aftermath would likely find this earth a charred waste… Could wars and pollution simply continue to worsen until man has destroyed himself and this planet? No; for the Bible itself decrees that the earth will last forever.

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.

HOW LONG WAS THE TRIBULATION FOR JERUSALEM IN 70CE?

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4 YEARS – The Watchtower 12/15/1968 p. 748 par. 32 “Your Deliverance Is Getting Near”

Has no “great tribulation” occurred again since 70-73 C.E. that compares with the Jewish disaster of those years

4 MONTHS 25 DAYS – Insight on the Scriptures Vol. 2 p. 47 – Jerusalem

In just 4 months and 25 days, from April 3 to August 30, 70 C.E., the conquest had been effected. Thus, the tribulation, though intense, was remarkably short.

4.5 YEARS – July 15, 2013 WT.

Chart on pages 4 & 5 indicates it lasted 66 C.E – 70 C.E

WHEN DO THE 1260 DAYS BEGIN AND END (Da 7:25, Da 12:7, Rev 11:2, 3, Rev 13:5)?

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During the 1800’s the Watchtower claimed this was prophetic of 1260 years. Now it is said to be a period of days that correspond approximately to 1260 literal days.

There have been at least 11 teachings, spanning 9 different periods of time.

Source Begins Ends Duration
Zion’s Watch Tower Apr 1880 538 AD 2/15/1798 AD 1260 years
Zion’s Watch Tower 1898 Sep 1 and 15 539 AD 1799 AD 1260 years
Zion’s Watch Tower 1915 Aug 1 325 AD or 539 AD 1585 AD or 1799 AD 1260 years
Watchtower 1929 Dec 15 1 Oct 1914 1 Apr 1918 1278 days
Light 1 (1930) 7 Nov 1914 7 May 1918 1277 days
Watchtower 1951 1 Oct 1914 1 Apr 1918 1278 days
Finished Mystery (1969) 4 Oct 1914 26 Mar 1918 1269 days
Incoming World Government (1977) 28 Dec 1914 21 Jun 1918 1271 days
Revelation Climax (1988) 28 Jul 1914 Early 1918
Watchtower 1993 Nov 1 pp.9-10 Dec 1914 21 June 1918
Kingdom Ministry Sep 2006 p.5 Dec 1914 Jun 1918

As the 1260 days do not line up exactly with any relevant, literal time period of importance to the Watchtower, numerous adjustments have been made, most not even 1260 days. These have related to:

  • Papal Rule
  • World War One
  • The End of the Gentile Times
  • The arrest of Rutherford
  • The sentencing of Rutherford