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’.

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