Watchtower false prophet

Is the Watchtower a false prophet?

When we consider false prophets of today the Jehovah Witnesses are often mentioned. It is also questioned is the Watchtower a cult? Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christian?

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Among the Jehovah Witness beliefs is that the Watchtower speaks for God. The Watchtower organization claimed to be a prophet of God. There are also numerous Watchtower predictions.

The Bible tells us that one false prophecy makes one a false prophet. Well the Watchtower organization has made numerous false prophecies. According to the Bible we should not listen to a false prophet.

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Is the Watchtower a prophet of God?
The Watchtower is a self proclaimed prophet of God
How do you tell a true prophet from a false prophet?

Does the Watchtower measure up to this test?
False prophecy in the New York Times

Also Millions now living will never die



To accurately answer the question, “Is the Watch Tower a Prophet of God?” the following questions must also be answered.

  • Has the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (which writes the literature for the Jehovah’s Witnesses) claimed to be a prophet of God?
  • How does the Bible say to distinguish a false prophet from a true prophet?
  • Does the Watch Tower measure up to this test?

Throughout this study, all quoted references followed by (JW) or (NWT) is material printed by Watch Tower. [(JW) = Jehovah’s Witnesses; (NWT) = New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.]

  • Has the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (which writes the literature for the Jehovah’s Witnesses) claimed to be a prophet of God?

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The Watch Tower is a self-proclaimed prophet of God.

Following is a Watch Tower quote.

The Watch Tower, April 1, 1972, p.197 (JW) (PDF pg. 197)

'They Shall Know that a Prophet Was Among Them'
“JEHOVAH GOD is interested in having people know him. Though he is invisible to human eyes, he provides various ways by which they can know his personality. They can know what to expect from him and what he expects of them.

“One can come to understand that Jehovah is a God of surpassing wisdom by observing creation. This also reveals the loving care with which he designed things for man's welfare and enjoyment. A second way to know God is through his Word of truth, the Bible. Herein one finds the full expression of Jehovah's purpose toward mankind —why man is on the earth and the blessings that God has in store.

  A third way of coming to know Jehovah God is through his representatives. In ancient times he sent prophets as his special messengers. While these men foretold things to come, they also served the people by telling them of God's will for them at that time, often also warning them of dangers and calamities. People today can view the creative works. They have at hand the Bible, but it is little read or understood. So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come?

These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet? The clergy of the so-called ‘Christian’ nations hold themselves before the people as being the ones commissioned to speak for God. But, as pointed out in the previous issue of this magazine, they have failed God and failed as proclaimers of his kingdom by approving a man-made political organization, the League of Nations (now the United Nations), as ‘the political expression of the Kingdom of God on earth.’

However, Jehovah did not let the people of Christendom, as led by the clergy, go without being warned that the League was a counterfeit substitute for the real kingdom of God. He had a ‘prophet’ to warn them. This ‘prophet’ was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian witnesses. They are still proclaiming a warning, and have been joined and assisted in their commissioned work by hundreds of thousands of persons who have listened to their message with belief.” (End Quote)

The Watch Tower claims to be the only channel of God's truth.

Following is another Watch Tower quote.

The Watch Tower, Feb. 15, 1981, p. 19 (JW) (PDF pg. 119)

“We can benefit from this consideration. If we have once established what instrument God is using as his ‘slave’ to dispense spiritual food to his people, surely Jehovah is not pleased if we receive that food as though it might contain something harmful. We should have confidence in the channel God is using. At the Brooklyn headquarters from which the Bible publications of Jehovah's Witnesses emanate there are more mature Christian elders, both of the ‘remnant’ and of the ‘other sheep,’ than anywhere else upon earth.

“True, the brothers preparing these publications are not infallible. Their writings are not inspired as are those of Paul and the other Bible writers. (2 Tim. 3:16) And so, at times, it has been necessary, as understanding became clearer, to correct views. (Prov. 4:18) However, this has resulted in a continual refining of the body of Bible-based truth to which Jehovah's Witnesses subscribe. Over the years, as adjustments have been made to that body of truth, it has become ever more wonderful and applicable to our lives in these ‘last days.’ Bible commentators of Christendom are not inspired either. Despite their claims to great knowledge, they have failed to highlight even basic Bible truths-such as the coming Paradise earth, the importance of God's name, and the condition of the dead.

“Rather, the record that the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization has made for the past more than 100 years forces us to the conclusion that Peter expressed when Jesus asked if his apostles also wanted to leave him, namely, ‘Whom shall we go away to?’ (John 6:66-69) No question about it. We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the Scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization.” (End Quote)

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  • How does the Bible say to distinguish a false prophet from a true prophet?

When we look to the Bible we can soon learn how to distinguish a false prophet from a true prophet. We are also told why it is important to do so.

  • Matthew 7:21-23: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me…”

Here we learn that there are those who prophesy in Jesus’ name and even perform miracles, but that does not mean they are from God!

  • Acts 3:22-23: "Moses said, 'The Lord God shall raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed in everything He says to you. And it shall be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'”

In this passage we can see why it would be important to distinguish a false prophet from a true prophet. It certainly does not sound wise to ignore what someone has to say, if that person is truly a prophet of God.

  • Deuteronomy 18:18-22 (NAS): “18) I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19) And it shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. 20) But the prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.' 21) And you may say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?'22)When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
  • In verses 18-19, we see that we should listen to a true prophet or answer to God for it.
  • In verses 21-22, we see that it is easy to tell the difference between a true prophet and a false one. If a true prophet speaks, and he tells us something about the future, it will come to pass. Notice there is no mention of any exceptions — one false prophecy makes one a false prophet.
  • As we can see in verse 20, God does not take the matter of false prophets lightly.

One might ask how God can judge the false prophets so harshly. Think about it; a false prophet is claiming that God said something that God knows he did not say. God Himself is the One Who causes prophecy to come true. Man, when he is involved, is only an instrument God uses. Following is some Scripture that shows this.

  • Ezekiel 12:22-25: "Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The days are long and every vision fails'? Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, I will make this proverb cease so that they will no longer use it as a proverb in Israel.’ But tell them, ‘The days draw near as well as the fulfillment of every vision. For there will no longer be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I the LORD shall speak, and whatever word I speak will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, for in your days, O rebellious house, I shall speak the word and perform it,’ declares the Lord GOD."
  • Habakkuk 2:2-3:“Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.’”

In these verses we can see that the Lord is the One Who fulfills prophecy and the fulfillment of it is certain. We know that God does not lie and nothing is too hard for Him (Hebrews 6:18, Jeremiah 32:27).

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  • Does the Watch Tower measure up to this test?

The Watch Tower has made numerous false prophecies. I have found that for the average person, many of these false prophecies are hard to verify. The local library does not collect old publications by the Watch Tower. It can be difficult (but not impossible) to find these old publications. I have decided to share one false prophecy that was printed on page 8 of the October 5, 1914 edition of the New York Times... I have chosen this false prophecy from among many others, because  the average person can obtain it from the local library. I found it on microfilm at Southern Oregon University. If your library does not have it, simply ask if they can borrow it from another library, or if the library can photocopy the requested page from microfilm. The library will charge a small fee for this service.

You can also obtain an entire book of false prophecies, including this one, which was originally found in the New York Times. You can obtain the Book titled “How to Answer a Jehovah's Witness by Robert A. Morey. It was published by Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, MN, 55438. ISBN 0-87123-206-5

Another false prophecy can be found on this website on the Free PDF Book page.

Open the book titled Millions now living will never die. A paperback version of this book is for sale at Amazon.

Millions now living will never die pg. 97 by J. F Rutherford (PDF pg. 98)
"Based upon the argument heretofore set forth, then, that the old order of things, the old world, is ending and is therefore passing away, and that the new order is coming in, and that 1925 shall mark the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old and the beginning of reconstruction, it is reasonable to conclude that millions of people now on the earth will he still on the earth in 1925. Then based upon the promises set forth in the divine Word, we must the positive and indisputable conclusion that millions now living will never die.

To read more go to PDF pg. 89-91, pg.98 & 111

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Back to our Oct. 5, 1914 New York Times quotation. The following pages are the text as it appeared in the New York Times; I have re-typed it so all of the words are legible and easy to read. Copies from microfilm are readable, but not always easy on the eyes.

Read the article then answer the following questions:

  • What battle was prophesied to follow World War 1?
  • When will the kingdom be established on earth?
  • What date was assigned as the close of the 6,000 years since Adam’s creation?
  • Is this a true or false prophecy, and how should you respond according to the Bible?

New York Times, N.Y, Monday, Oct.5, 1914

“Pastor Russell addressed a very intelligent audience last evening at the New York City Temple. His discourse was based upon the text, ‘Upon the earth distress of the nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing for fear and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth,’ (Luke 21:25, 26) He said:

‘Our Honorable President with praiseworthy intent has requested all Christian people to make this a day of prayer for peace in Europe. I have been asked to sermonize accordingly. However I cannot concur with our worthy President in this matter. Much as I appreciate peace — and I have labored all my life to be a peacemaker — I cannot pray the Almighty to change His plans to conform to those of our honored President.

For 2,500 years, God through the Bible Prophets, has been telling His people about this great war and concerning the more terrible Armageddon which will follow it; and can we expect Him to reverse this programme at our behest?
‘The prayers of these millions praying for the prosperity of the Germans and the extermination of the Allies, and the prayers of other millions for the successes of the Allies and the annihilation of the Germans, and the prayers of the Pope and our President and other good people that this awful war shall promptly cease will all go unanswered if I read my Bible aright. The war will proceed and will eventuate in no glorious victory for any nation, but in the horrible mutilation and impoverishment of all. Next will follow the Armageddon of anarchy.

‘After that, peace, everlasting peace, may be hoped for because God has declared it!
It will be brought in by Messiah’s Kingdom, for which so long we have prayed — “Thy Kingdom come!”

‘For forty years I have been proclaiming this very war and its glorious outcome by sermons oral and printed, and in my books on Bible study in twenty languages. Now, when the very year has come and the prophecy is being fulfilled, could I consistently ask the Almighty to change his programme? Nay! Rather my discourse will be, as announced, from the Master’s words respecting the present “distress of nations with perplexity, *** men’s hearts failing for fear of those things about to come upon the earth.”

Doubtless many will be shocked with my declaration that this war and the resulting greater calamity or of Divine permission and arrangement, clearly prophesied in scripture. The gathering of the nations to this present struggle is referred to in the prophecy of Joel, where the weak nations are called upon to assert their strength and where all of them are commanded to go down to the valley of Jehoshaphat — the Valley of Graves —the cemetery outside the city of Jerusalem being used by the Prophet in illustration of terrible slaughter now going on.

‘Surely this war brought more to the grave than any previous war; and it is only beginning. For years the nations, in harmony with Joel’s prophecy, have “beating their plowshares into swords, and their pruning-hooks into spears.” in the sense that they have been spending for military purposes money, which should properly have been spent on agricultural implements and developments.

‘Apparently all the nations will yet be involved. Happy would it be if our own land shall escape! Our president [sic] and our Secretary of State are men of peace, and will surely do all in their power to avoid complications and war itself. Nevertheless the great nations of Europe, realizing how much they will be weakened by this war, will do all in their power to ensnare these United States, lest all conclusion of the war we should tower above the others financially and otherwise.

‘Only as we look at the Divine Plan as a whole can we understand God’s relationship with this bloody war-- and with all war. To the majority it is confusing to think that God would bring about any war. There is surely something wrong or there would not be such perplexity, for the Lord tells His people concerning this time of trouble that they “need not be in darkness that that day should overtake them unawares.” God’s people should have general information regarding His plans and arrangements.

‘Meaning have seen only small portions of the Divine Plan, and so have failed to grasp the great lengths, breadths, heights; and depths of God’s great purpose. But whoever has an understanding of the great plan of God will ever after be able rightly to appreciate and to locate not only the events of today, but also everything that is coming: for the Bible outlines the history of man.

‘The Scriptures clearly teach that our earth is the only rebellious province in all God’s fair creation. In this little planet God has permitted sin to take its course-- to bud, to blossom, to bring forth its fruitage — that both men and angels may see the dire results of opposition to the Divine Government.

‘The Bible tells us how this world became rebellious. It tells us that God did not create mankind imperfect, as we are today. Man was created perfect, an earthly being in the image of his Heavenly Creator. In the sense of having a moral character, but limited to earthly conditions. This perfect man was place was placed in a perfect home, in every way adapted to his needs. This Eden was especially prepared for him and he was to enjoy it. He was the king of the whole earth; and therefore his Creator instructed him that as his family increased he was to subdue the earth and develop it. Had mankind remained in harmony with God the world would have become as Eden.

‘God foreknew just what would occur; however, He foreknew Adam’s sin and fall, as well as the mental, moral, and physical degeneracy, which would result from the disobedience of our first parents. He foreknew our weakness and imperfection, our attempts at moral, religious, and mental reform and at mental and physical health. Yet He permitted all to come to pass. Sin entered the world, and has continued to rest upon the human family for six thousand years.

‘God’s penalty upon man is death, and it matters not whether that death come through war or pestilence or famine or by slower processes. Meantime, God would use all of man’s experiences of the past six thousand years as a great lesson on the exceeding sinfulness of sin and on the utter hopelessness of any other help than that which God Himself has provided.

From the creation of Adam until now has been a period of six thousand year [sic] —days—man’s work week — during which he has been permitted to try everything he could imagine for his own relief from sin and its penalty of death.

‘So far from gaining life everlasting for our race, all our efforts of [sic] accomplished nothing. Our most learned physicians and specialists declare that the world is on the verge of collapse; and that at the present rate of increase there would not, in one hundred and sixty, [sic] years, be enough sane people in the world to care for the insane. They tell us that various diseases are increasing so rapidly as to endanger the race in a very short time; and that this is so not withstanding the fact that sanitary conditions are made necessary even to the extent of individual drinking cups.

‘Our only hope lies in the great Seventh Day, the antitypical Sabbath. In it Messiah, associating with Himself the saintly ones of this Gospel Age, will set up the Divine Kingdom amongst men—a spiritual Kingdom, not an earthly one, but ruling amongst mankind, blessing and uplifting them. For a thousand years the work of uplifting will progress until all the willing and obedient will have attained again the lost likeness of their Creator; and the whole earth will be their Paradise.

Times of the Gentiles
‘Amongst other lessons which God has been teaching mankind is the fact that they are incapable of establishing a government such as is necessary for the real blessing and uplifting of the race. God appointed Israel after the flesh to be His typical Kingdom for a time and selected King David and his posterity to be rulers. By and by He cut these off, discontinuing the earthly typical Kingdom.

‘The last monarch of David’s line was King Zedekiah, of whom we read: “O thou profane and wicked Prince, whose time has come that iniquity shall have an end. Remove the diadem, take off the crown. *** I will overturn, overturn, overturn it until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.” (Ezekiel xxi., 25-27). Messiah is the One whose right it is— Jesus the Head, the Church His Body — on the spirit plane.

‘Certain Scriptures indicate that the period during which God’s Kingdom would be removed would be seven prophetic Times, each 360 years long. Seven Times would therefore equal 2,520 years. Reckoned from the time of King Zedekiah, that period ends this year; for, according to the Scriptures, King Zedekiah’s crown was taken away in 606 B.C. If so, with the close of the present year Messiah should take to Himself His great power and begin His glorious Reign of a thousand years, the beginning of which according to the Bible will be a very dark hour— “a Time of Trouble such as was not since there was a nation,” “no, nor ever shall be” the like again. —Daniel, xii, 1; Matthew, xxiv, 21.

‘When God removed His typical Kingdom, 606 B.C., He gave to the Gentiles authority or permission to do their best in governing the world in bringing it in righteousness and happiness. That we might know all this, He gave a dream to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and sent the interpretation of that dream though the Prophet Daniel. The dream showed a great image, whose head was of gold, representing Babylon; its breast and arms of silver, representing the succeeding government of the Medes and Persians; the belly of brass, representing the Grecian Empire, which followed the Medo-Persian; and its legs of iron, representing Rome, the government of the Caesars. Each of these governments has had universal sway, each has shown the best it could do for humanity, and each has failed.

‘Next came the feet of the image which were of iron smeared with clay, thus made to resemble stone feet. These iron feet represented the Holy Roman Empire, which was really a part of the Roman Empire and the divisions of which are at war with each other today. The dream and its interpretation showed that a stone cut without hands stuck the image in its feet, ground them to powder and utterly destroyed the entire image. This stone represented Messiah’s Kingdom, which will ultimately fill the whole earth, according to this prophecy.

‘The clay smeared on the iron feet, making them like stone, represented the fact that the present Roman governments Europe claim to be Christ’s Kingdom. On their coins, and otherwise, they claimed to represent God. They have been deceived into thinking and speaking of themselves as Christendom, which signify Christ’s Kingdom. In reality they are the last representatives of Gentile power— “kingdoms of this world”— the toes of the image of Gentile supremacy of which King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed.

The present war will weaken the nations, draining not only their life blood, but also their wealth: and it will demonstrate the inefficiency of all Gentile Kingdoms to bring to the world peace, righteousness, satisfactory government. But Messiah’s Kingdom, which will then be inaugurated, will be “the desire of all nations.”

The Prophetic Forecast
This war, and anarchy of Armageddon, which will follow it, will prove conclusively the need of Divine interposition in human affairs. As Jesus said, speaking of the present trouble and the resulting anarchy, “Unless, those days shall be shorten, there would be no flesh be saved.” So virulent, so selfish would that strive be that our civilization would perish did not God through Messiah’s Kingdom, the Elect, intervene to bring order out of chaos.

‘Doubtless earth’s great rulers have done the best they knew how to do for their peoples. Some of our very best laws came from Julius Caesar, in combination with the Mosaic code. Some of the world’s rulers today are also doing their best: but they are confused. Having a false idea of what constitutes Christ’s Kingdom, they seem to think it their mission to conquer the world. They also believe that they foresee a general upraising of socialism, and their hearts are failing them, fearing the things coming upon the earth.

‘While they knew that this would be the worst war ever known, yet they preferred it to that which they were striving to ward off and which they have succeeded in keeping off for the present. But they have lost their best blood, their best energy, their money, commerce & c.: [sic] and when the war is ended, these nations, sorrowful and famine-stricken will be greatly angered at their rulers. Then will come the determination something like socialism. This the Governments will endeavor to put down, into some extent they will succeed. Then will come the great explosion the Armageddon of the Scriptures. Then will be the Time of Trouble, immediately preceding the Messianic Kingdom, which will inaugurate the long-promised Peace on Earth.’”

After reading the article you can answer the following questions:

  • What battle was prophesied to follow World War 1?

(Answer — Armageddon)

  • When will the kingdom be established on earth?

(Answer — At the close of that present year in 1914, or at the end of World War 1 and Armageddon)

  • What date was assigned as the close of the 6,000 years since Adam’s creation?

(Answer — 2,520 years after 606BC; 2,520-606 = 1914. The time of the article was 1914. This is shown not only in the math by the dates he gave us, but he also stated "that period ends this year".)

  • Is this a true or false prophecy, and how should you respond according to the Bible?

(Answer — It is a false prophecy because it did not happen as stated. The test of a prophet was given earlier.)

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