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Jehovah's Witnesses is a False Religion

Rich Kelsey


Jehovah's Witness at door



Answers for Jehovah's Witnesses:


For the first 63 years the Watch Tower Society claimed Christ's presence / return / second coming, began in 1874.


Here are some examples of the 1874 return-of-Christ doctrine as spelled out in Watch Tower publications:




"Christ came in the character of a Bridegroom in 1874 ... at the beginning of the Gospel harvest." (Watch Tower, Oct 1879, p. 4)


"The fact of our Lord's second coming is definitely settled by the Scriptures.. The Scriptures show that his second presence was due in 1874.. This proof shows that the Lord has been present since 1874 .. The indisputable facts, therefore, show that ... the Lord's second presence began in 1874." (Watch Tower, Mar 1 1922, p. 67)


"Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present, since October 1874, A.D., according to the testimony of the prophets ..." (Battle of Armageddon, 1913 ed, p. 621)


"Bible prophecy shows that the Lord was due to appear for the second time in the year 1874. Fulfilled prophecy shows beyond a doubt that he did appear in 1874. Fulfilled prophecy is otherwise designated the physical facts; and these facts are indisputable." (Watch Tower, Nov 1, 1922, p. 333)


"The Scriptural proof is that the period of his presence and the day of God's preparation is a period from A.D. 1874 forward. The second coming of the Lord therefore began in 1874 ..." (Creation, p. 310)


"Surely there is not the slightest room for doubt in the mind of a truly consecrated child of God that the Lord Jesus is present and has been since 1874." (Watch Tower, Jan 1, 1924, p. 5)



Reinventing the Watchtower Society — 1943:


In the 1930s and 40s, Jehovah's Witnesses were facing a crisis: People were losing faith in the 1874 return of Christ teaching. So, The Watch Tower Society changed the teaching by choosing the year 1914 to mark the beginning of Christ's presence; before that 1914 was understood to be the year Armageddon would take place.


In 1943, which is 63 years after the Watch Tower Society first announced Christ's 1874 presence, the change in the year of Christ’s return from 1874 to 1914 became official doctrine.


Here is a quote on the supposed 1914 return:


"Christ returned and began ruling in the midst of his enemies in the year 1914" (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society 1982).


The first publication to mention a 1914 return is The Golden Age magazine, 1930 p. 503, in which Judge Rutherford spelled out,

"Jesus has been present since 1914."


However, Rutherford gave no supporting chronology for this statement. Then in 1932, in the publication What is Truth?, it was written,


"…the second coming of Christ dates from the fall of the year 1914."


It's interesting that from 1930 to 1940, other Watch Tower publications, such as The Harp of God, 1940 edition, continued to maintain the old 1874 date for Christ’s return.

One thing is certain: The primary reason Charles Russell got into the publishing business in the 1870s was to herald the message that Jesus Christ had already come; and, Russell maintained that Christ was present from 1874 on, until he died in 1916:


Russell maintained,


The Greek word generally used in referring to the second advent— Parousia, frequently translated coming — invariably signifies personal presence, as having come, arrived... (THE OBJECT AND MANNER OF OUR LORD'S RETURN, by C. T. RUSSELL)


Let's do some math: For the first 134 years, the Watchtower magazine insisted that, at one time and in one way or another, Jesus Christ had already returned.



Reinventing the Watchtower Society — 2013:

In the year 2013, Jehovah's Witnesses were once again facing a crisis: 99 years had passed since 1914. The 100 year anniversary of Christ's supposed 1914 invisible return was at the door; and, people were losing faith in the 1914 return of Christ teaching.


So, the Watchtower abandoned the 1914 "coming" and or "arriving" of Jesus teaching by stating:


"In the verses that lead up to Matthew 24:46, the word "coming" refers consistently to the time when Jesus comes to pronounce and execute judgment during the great tribulation. (Matt. 24:30, 42, 44) Also, as we considered in paragraph 12, Jesus' 'arriving' mentioned at Matthew 25:31 refers to that same future time of judgment." (Watchtower, July, 2013, “Tell Us, When Will These Things Be?”)


Yet, they still kept 1914 as an important year:


 "... the harvest season began in 1914. In that year, a number of important developments began to unfold. Jesus was enthroned as King, and the last days began. (Rev. 11:15) From 1914 to the early part of 1919, Jesus accompanied his Father to the spiritual temple to do a much-needed inspection and cleansing work. * (Mal. 3:1-4) Then, starting in 1919, it was time to begin gathering the wheat. Was it finally the time for Christ to appoint one organized channel to dispense spiritual food? Yes, indeed!" (Watchtower, July, 2013, Feeding Many Through the Hands of a Few)


Now, the Watchtower maintains that Christ's presence / coming / arriving, is a future event; yet, Christ still picked the Watch Tower Organization in 1919 as the,


"...  one organized channel to dispense spiritual food".


Does history tell a different story?


In 1909, Russell wrote these words:


"... of his [Christ’s] presence, he [Jesus] would bring forth from the storehouse of Grace, Wisdom and Truth things ‘new and old,’ and that he would select at that time one special channel through which those blessings would be called to the attention of the household of faith—" (Watch Tower, October 1, 1909, p. 292.)


What Russell expressed in that 1909 Watch Tower magazine is the understanding that the Watch Tower Society had been selected by Christ as the,


“one special channel,"


in 1878. (see documentation)


Obviously, the significance of Christ picking the Society in 1919 is completely lost if they had already been picked as the


“one special channel"


 which God was using for the past 41 years.



1874 Continued:


"Applying the same rule then, of a day for a year, 1335 days after 539 A.D. brings us to 1874 A.D. at which time, according to Biblical chronology, the Lord's second presence was due." (Creation 1927, p. 298)


Notice how Daniel's prophecy in the afore-mentioned quote pointed to the year 1874; then, in the following quote, a similar prophecy from Daniel points to the year 1914:


"Applying the prophetic rule “a day for a year,” the 2,520 days represent 2,520 years. Therefore, the “seven times,” or 2,520 years, would end in October 1914.—Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6." (JW.org. current teaching)


Starting with the 2013 Watchtower magazine, Daniel's prophecy is no longer about Christ's coming; now it points to the year


"God’s Kingdom was established in heaven."


And, the 1874 second presence doctrine is something the Watch Tower Society would like to erase from their history.



Concluding statement:


A close look into the Watch Tower Society's past publications demonstrates that something is seriously wrong:


"In the year 1918 God will destroy the churches wholesale and the church members by the millions. Any that escape shall come to the works of pastor Russell to learn the meaning of the downfall of 'Christianity.'" (The Finished Mystery, 1917, p. 485)


And, that is just the tip of the iceberg!



"True, there have been those in times past who predicted an 'end to the world,' even announcing a specific date... Yet, nothing happened. The 'end' did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? Missing was the full measure of evidence required in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Missing from such people were God's truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them" (Awake!, 8 October 1968, p. 23).



For more information:

●  Apocalypse Now? Part I — The Great Disappointment

●  Apocalypse Now? Part II — The Story of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

●  Jehovah's Witnesses 1914 and 1919 Doctrines Examined