Comparing Tenet 22 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible


WATCHTOWER TEACHES

Tenet 22 – Christians should not vote in elections, hold political office, become involved in political affairs in any other way, salute a flag, or serve in the military even in noncombatant roles. wit.irr.org

THE BIBLE TEACHES

Why would we be commanded to pray for or honor these people if they are sinning by holding political offices? If every person belonged to Watchtower Organization, who would hold government positions?

2 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 2 Peter 2:17

For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and you will have his approval. For he is God’s servant for your good. Romans 13:3-4

Did God allow armies?

But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. Exodus 7:4

If we honor God first, are we allowed to honor governments or nations?

Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Romans 13:7

CONCLUSION

Those who serve well in political office are God’s servants, not sinners. We know that God sent armies out to do His bidding, so it is not wrong to serve in the military. It is wrong to pledge greater allegiance to a flag or nation than our allegiance to God. If we specify that the flag or nation is “under God”, we haven’t sinned.

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Comparing Tenet 21 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 21 – Christians should not celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter, other similar Christian holidays, or secular holidays such as Mother’s Day or Independence Day. All such celebrations are regarded as pagan. wit.irr.org

Watchtower seems to have two objections to the above celebrations. 1.) Sometimes these celebrations are celebrated with drinking and debauchery 2.) They believe that Christmas is rooted in ancient pagan festivals, such as the Roman Saturnalia, a celebration dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture and that Trinitarians celebrate Easter. Watchtower wrongly teach that Christianity is a false religion and therefore it is wrong to celebrate Easter. They say the holidays do not please God.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

These holidays did not exist when the Bible was written. 

I find that Children learn much about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ our Lord during these holiday seasons if we celebrate them as unto the Lord.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col. 3:17)

Children are to be told the story of God and His great love from generation to generation:

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. Psalm 145:4

Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. Joel 1:3

When we are accused we must remember that God has said:

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” (Colossians 2:16)

“One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.” (Romans 14:5-6a)

Is it wrong to be forced by a religion to observe certain holidays such as Lent or Sundays in Advent? Is it sinful to celebrate a person’s birthday? Joyful Heart Ministries has some interesting observations on these questions.

Isn’t Easter A Pagan Holiday?

Dr. Wilson, at the above site, reminds the Christian that each day of the week and each Month of our calendar is named for pagan gods. That doesn’t mean that we refuse to acknowledge when Monday, or Friday, or March rolls around. At Easter and Christmas we can worship the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father in the Holy Spirit. We should not miss this opportunity to worship and share the gospel, but rather:

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

As for observing Lent or other special days only because we’ve been told that we must, remember what we just learned:

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” (Colossians 2:16)

“One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.” (Romans 14:5-6a)

Again, we should observe special days that help us worship our Lord and Savior and give Him glory, but do so out of love, not legalism.

Birthdays, Independence Day, and anniversaries fall into a different category. They are not Christian or religious holidays. Birthdays are celebrating people, so, is it sinful to celebrate on someone’s birthday? The Bible does not directly address this.

At got?questions.org we read:

Whether or not a Christian celebrates a birthday, he should strive for a clear conscience and love of his brothers and sisters in Christ. Those who celebrate birthdays should not despise those who don’t, and those who don’t celebrate birthdays should not look down on those who do. As with all issues not specifically addressed in Scripture, we have the freedom to celebrate or not celebrate birthdays, according to personal preference.

For further reading: Is Birthday Celebration a Sin

CONCLUSION

God does not forbid any of these celebrations. Each person must decide according to his conscience and how well he understands the liberty we have in Christ, but Christians have a responsibility to teach each generation the story of Christ and His love. Christmas and Easter should be a time of worship, celebrating God’s love and teaching the younger generations. We should make certain that Christ is lifted up and that God gets the glory during these seasons and on these holidays.

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Comparing Tenet 20 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 20 – Christians must neither give nor accept blood transfusions, even to save their lives or the lives of others. Jehovah’s Witnesses who violate this rule are subject to being disfellowshipped. wit.irr.org

Watchtower holds this tenet because of the Old Testament verses:

But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Genesis 9:4

Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, No person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood. Leviticus 17:12

For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off. Leviticus 17:14

Two questions immediately come to mind. 1.) Is a blood transfusion the same as eating blood? and 2.) If it were deemed to be so, are we still bound by the Mosaic Law i.e., are we under the Old Covenant?

THE BIBLE TEACHES

The New Testament doesn’t address Genesis 9:4 or Leviticus 17 :12-14 specifically, however, Jesus said:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

In  Galatians Paul addressed the keeping of the law:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1, NIV)

“You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” (Galatians 5:4, NIV)

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6, NIV)

See also, What Does the Bible Say About Eating and Drinking Blood?

Because blood transfusions were unheard of during Biblical days, the subject is not mentioned in the Bible. What is addressed, is love.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

Since the life is in the blood, the gift of blood for a transfusion becomes a very precious gift.

CONCLUSION

We are given freedom in Christ and are told to serve one another in love.

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Galatians 5:13-14

Giving blood to someone who has lost blood is an act of love and since we are free, I see no reason that a person cannot give or receive blood by a transfusion.

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Comparing Tenet 19 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 19 – Wicked people will not suffer eternal punishment but will simply be destroyed, that is, annihilated, ceasing to exist as the only sentence for their wickedness. Hell is merely the common grave of all mankind and in no sense a place of suffering or punishment. wit.irr.org

Watchtower uses the verses found in 1 John 4:8 and Psalm 145:20 to support this claim.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

The question then is: “Do verses such as these rule out God’s using hell as an eternal punishment for some people?”

THE BIBLE TEACHES

There is no doubt that Satan and the beast and false prophet will be tormented forever in a lake of fire and sulfur.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

Who will be there with them?

Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire. 

Verse 15 tells us that “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Jesus had already foretold that people will be in this place because He told the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Jesus said:

Luke 23:22 The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in hell, as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 24 So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’

Also, Jesus warned people:

Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50 “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”


Mark 9:43, 48-49 “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire…where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire.”

This certainly proves that the wicked, the unredeemed, will be cast into the lake of fire. Is it possible they will be annihilated there? With God, all things are possible, however, the story of the rich man and Lazarus does not support this. The rich man was awake and aware after death. Also Jesus said there would be weeping. A person must be in a state of awareness to weep.

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness reading this, please know that God is a loving God. God loves us in that:

But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.Romans 10:13

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17

For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son…

CONCLUSION

God is a God of love and compassion. We are given every opportunity to accept His gift of salvation, but if we refuse the gift, we will be choosing to spend eternity separated from Him. He bore the punishment for our sin, however, when we refuse to accept His redemption, we must bear the punishment for that sin. He provides life abundantly. Choose life…

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Comparing Tenet 18 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS 

Tenet 18 – Human beings cease to exist when they die physically, and so in the future will be re-created by Jehovah God who in the meantime remembers them perfectly. To be “re-created” after ceasing to exist is what is meant by resurrection.

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Tenet 18 is conjecture. Rather than accept this as doctrine, we do well to look at what the Bible has to say about life after death and the resurrection.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

Jesus said:

I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26

Jesus’s words to the thief on the cross: 

And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke  23:24

Jesus referred to death as sleep as did Daniel and many writers through-out the Bible.

John 11:11 These things said he: and after that he said to them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus to them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Paul’s words:

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:6-9

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

In Revelations 20, we learn more about the resurrections. John said:

4Then I saw the thrones, and those seated on them had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image, and had not received its mark on their foreheads or hands. And they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years were complete. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection! The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

11Then I saw a great white throne and the One who sat on it. The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne.

And there were open books, and one of them was the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their deeds, as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead, and each one was judged according to his deeds.

14Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. 15And if anyone was found whose name was not written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

CONCLUSION 

Tenet 18 is not supported by scripture. Death is referred to as sleep, not as ceasing to exist. The term re-created is not biblical. Also, scripture teaches that if we live and believe in Christ we will never die. While our earthly bodies will return to dust, we do not cease to exist and there will be a resurrection day.

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Comparing Tenet 17 of Watchtower to the Words of the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 17 – Only 144,000 people (consisting of early Christian believers, a few scattered Christians over the centuries, and a select group of Jehovah’s Witnesses) are “born again,” members of the Christian congregation (the church), and members of the new covenant, and only they will live in heaven in the presence of God and Christ. Christ is the Mediator only for the 144,000, since only they are participants in the new covenant. Only these 144,000 are “spirit-anointed,” and they are known as the “anointed class.” The rest of saved humanity, known as the “other sheep,” will live forever on Paradise Earth and will have no direct contact with God, Christ, or their loved ones in heaven. The “other sheep” who constitute the vast majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses are called the “great crowd.” wit.irr.org

The various components of this tenet will be addressed separately.

WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 17 teaches that “Christ is the Mediator only for the 144,000, since only they are participants in the new covenant. Only these 144,000 are “spirit-anointed,” and they are known as the “anointed class.”

Watchtower is wrong and teaching a deadly doctrine to their people. When they say that only 144,00 are participants in the New Covenant they are saying that the rest of humanity are still under the Old Covenant. They say some of these (Jehovah’s Witnesses to be precise) will live on earth while the 144,000 will live in heaven.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34

What is this New Covenant?

Hebrews 7:22 22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.  

Hebrews 9:15 Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord. Hebrews 13:20

Luke 22:19-20 “This is My (Jesus) body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my (Jesus) blood. 

Jesus is the author of the New Covenant. Under Watchtower Doctrine all who are not in the 144,000 number are still under the Old Covenant which is the law. The writer of Hebrews reminds us”

In speaking of a new covenant, He makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:13

Paul has told us that those under the Old Covenant or Testament are lost:

But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:14

Those in Christ, Christians, are covered under the more excellent ministry, the New Covenant.

But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. Hebrews 8:13

WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 17 –Christ is the Mediator only for the 144,000, since only they are participants in the new covenant.

Watchtower is teaching that there are people who are not in the 144,000 who are  considered worthy to live on planet earth eternally. They say these are not covered by the New Covenant, but rather by the Law. According to their doctrine, these are deemed worthy to live on earth eternally, but they have not been born again nor do they have Christ as their Mediator.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

All who sin apart from the Law will also perish apart from the Law, and all who sin under the Law will be judged by the Law. Romans 2:12

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! Ephesians 2:4-5

Christ is mediator for all who come to Him and those who refuse Him are lost for all eternity!

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…

John 2:2 teaches that Jesus died for ALL mankind… “And he  is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the one of life. And the dead were judged out of the things having been written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead, and each one was judged according to his deeds. And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone was not found having been written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12-15

John, while seeing a vision on the isle of Patmos, heard who the 144,000 were. They represent Jews. (Most likely these are Jews who are saved out of the tribulation)

4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. 5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, 6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, 7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

We know that there will be others in heaven because Jesus has said:

…many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 8:11

WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Watchtower teaches that only the 144,000 will be born again.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

Jesus said for all to read and know, “You must be born again.” This was recorded by John when Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. Nicodemus was a Pharisee. If anyone could work their way to heaven, Nicodemus would have been among that number.

John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know You are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born?”

5 Jesus answered “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh is born of flesh, but spirit is born of the Spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes. You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” Jesus replied, “and do you not understand these things? 11Truly, truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, and yet you people do not accept our testimony.

12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

19 And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”

CONCLUSION

The New Covenant is not just for 144,000. It is for whosoever will repent and receive Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The Bible speaks of two groups of people, saved and unsaved. Jesus called them at one time goats and sheep. Another time He called them the clean and unclean. (Matthew 25:33, John 13:10-11) At no time does Jesus or the Bible teach three groups. We are either saved by the blood of Jesus or we are lost.

Jesus is the Lamb. Jesus told us that He is the light of the world. He is also the truth. We must turn from our sins and to the light. We must believe the truth and trust the Lamb who was slain. This offer extends to ‘whosoever’ will. Those who trust Him will be born again and live with Christ forever. Those who refuse are condemned.

Thanks to Jesus, WHOSOEVER WILL may come and can partake freely of the gift of salvation and life.

17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17

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Comparing Tenet 16 of Watchtower to the Words in the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER TEACHES

Tenet 16 – Jehovah will eliminate the present system of things—its religions, governments, nations, economic systems, and human institutions—in the battle of Armageddon.

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THE BIBLE TEACHES

This tenet is right in that this present system will be destroyed. Jesus will one day return and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

And the seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were great voices in heaven, saying: “The kingdom of the world has become that of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign to the ages of the ages.” Revelation 11:15

The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ teaches us that in the Day of the Lord all things become new. John said:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2

The bride is the Church and the husband is God in the Person of Christ.

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.

Hosea 2:19-20 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.

Revelation 19:7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 

Presently, the earth, itself, is under the curse of sin:

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:18-22

Just prior to Armageddon there will be a time of tribulation during which God will send His angels to pour out wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth, as Jesus said:

Revelation 16:15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Immediately after the sixth bowl is emptied on earth the Bible teaches in Revelation 16 that:

Revelation 16:16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. 17The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

In Revelation we learn there will be a period of peace on earth when Satan is chained and Christ reigns:

Revelation 20:1. And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. 4I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

CONCLUSION 

Christ Jesus our Lord will be a central figure at the time of the end of this age. He is coming again and there will be a restoration and a resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. 

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