Right at the outset, I want to say that this is not a mean-spirited attack on Jehovah's Witnesses. This is an examination or comparison of what the Watchtower teaches side by side with what the Bible teaches. I pray it would be helpful to those who desire to share the truth in love with their Jehovah's Witnesses friends and eye-opening to Jehovah's Witnesses who may have not seriously considered these issues previously.
The group known today as the Jehovah's Witnesses started out in Pennsylvania in 1870 as a Bible class led by Charles Taze Russell. Charles T. Russell began writing a series of books he called “The Millennial Dawn,” which stretched to six volumes before his death and contained much of the theology Jehovah’s Witnesses now hold. The headquarters of the movement is in New York. The Jehovah Witnesses bases its beliefs and doctrines on the original and expanded teachings of Charles Taze Russell, Judge Joseph Franklin Rutherford, and their successors. The governing body of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is the only body that claims authority to interpret Scripture. In other words, what the governing body says concerning any scriptural passage is viewed as the last word, and independent thinking is strongly discouraged. That is how the Jehovah’s Witness mind has been indoctrinated. That causes them to not interpret the Bible on their own, but merely receive whatever they are taught from Brooklyn. Hence, the teachings communicated by the local JWs, who come to our doors is what is written in the various Watchtower Bible and Tract Society publications.
CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL (1870-1916)
Founded Zion's Watch Tower and Tract Society in 1884.
Published Zion 's Watch Tower & Herald of Christ's Presence in 1879.
Stated people would go into darkness without the aid of his Studies.
JOSEPH FRANKLIN RUTHERFORD (1917-1942)
Replaced some of Russell's interpretations of theology with his own.
Changed the name of the organization from International Bible Students to Jehovah's Witnesses in July 1931.
NATHAN HOMER KNORR (1942-1977)
Aided in the production of the Watchtower's own translation of the Bible, which alters Scripture to support false Witness theology.
FREDERICK WILLIAM FRANZ (1977-Present)
Here are a few of their core beliefs:
- Their Church (The Watchtower) is God's only means to salvation.
- The Bible can only be understood by Jehovah's Witnesses.
- Jesus Christ returned invisibly in 1914.
- Deny the Deity of Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is really only a created being known as Michael the Archangel.—not God
- Deny the Trinity (God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).
- Deny the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Deny the Personality of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is merly a force.
- Only 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses will go to Heaven (no one else).
- Salvation comes only through being a Jehovah's Witness and doing ALL that the Watchtower asks you to do.
- Deny hell.
- Deny the Visible Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
- Deny Man's Eternal Soul.
- Deny a Heavenly Home for All Believers.
1. How can we know the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet?
“True, there have been those in times past who predicted an ‘end of 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 from such people were God’s truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them.”—Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 23
2. Has the Watchtower Society claimed to be God’s “prophet”?
“So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? …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. …Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a “prophet” of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to review the record. What does it show?” —The Watchtower, April 1, 1972, p. 197 Do the Witnesses claim to be the prophet of God? Yes, they do.
Deuteronomy 18:22, defines how to know a false prophet.
"If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him." If someone makes a false prophecy and they have claimed to be a prophet of God, then they are false prophets and are not to be listened to.
It is documented clearly that the Watchtower organization has made a number of false prophecies. Here are just a few of many documented failed prophecies.
they predicted the second coming for 1884 (book The Harp of God, pgs. 236, 239-240).
Then they set the 'beginning of the end' for 1899 (The Harp of God 1928 edition, pgs. 235-239)
Then later they predicted Armageddon for 1914 (from the book The Time is At Hand, 1911 edition, p. 101).
Then Armageddon was changed to 1918 (book The Finished Mystery, 1917 edition, p. 485).
Then Armageddon was changed to 1925 (The Watch Tower magazine, July, 15, 1924, p. 211).
Then they predicted the return of Abraham and other prophets of old in 1925 (book Millions Now Living Will Die, 1920, p. 89-90).
Next they said that 1914 was really the 'starting date for the last generation before Armegeddon, (The Watchtower, November 1, 1950, p. 419.)
Then, 6000 years of human history come to an end in 1975 (Awake! magazine, October 8, 1966, p. 8).
Then they said that 'anyone born by 1914 will see Armageddon' (The Watchtower, May 14, 1984, p. 5).
Then they said that 'anyone who sees the events signaling the End, regardless of any relationship to 1914, will see Armageddon' (The Watchtower, November 1, 1995, pgs. 17-20).
A Jehovah's Witnesses might say that the organization is still learning. If that is so, then how can they trust what they are taught now by the Watchtower? Will what they are being taught now change also?
Do you agree that people should no longer trust false prophets “as safe guides”?
“Their prophecies did not come true. Therefore they are false prophets; and the people should no longer trust them as safe guides…”—The Watch Tower, May 15, 1930, p. 156
VERSES USED BY JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES TO DISPROVE JESUS' DEITY
Colossians 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach…
To Jehovah’s Witnesses, this verse obviously “proves” that Jesus had a beginning at a point in time since He is the “firstborn over all creation”. They teach that God created Jesus, known as Michael the archangel before His incarnation, and then Jesus created all [other] things. He was brought into being some-time in eternity past (before the creation of the world). So, because that is the case, obviously Jesus can’t be the eternal, Almighty God.”
“the Scriptures identify the Word (Jesus in his prehuman existence) as God’s first creation, his firstborn Son.” (Aid to Bible Understanding, 1971, pg. 918)
The Bible teaches…
The Jehovah’s Witnesses confuse the word firstborn [Greek: prototokos] with the word first created [Greek: protoktsis]. Protoktsis or first created is never used of Jesus in the New Testament. Firstborn means “heir, superior and pre-immanent in rank above all.” In other words, Jesus is “heir and superior over all creation.” In Hebrew culture, the “firstborn” was the son in the family who was in the pre-eminent position and not necessarily the one chronologically born first.
For example, in Genesis 41:50-51, Ephraim was physically born after Manasseh yet Ephraim was the “firstborn” or pre-eminent according to Jeremiah 31:9.
Again, David was the last child born to Jesse (1 Samuel 16:10-11) but God says in Psalm 89:20, 27 that He “will make him My firstborn”, in other words, His pre-eminent.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach…
Jehovah Witness: “Ahh! Look at that! Jesus says he was begotten! So, even if the word “firstborn” (Col. 1:15) doesn’t mean "first created," this verse surely indicates that he was created and therefore not the eternal God.”
To the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Father (Jehovah) begot Jesus the same way as earthly fathers. In other words, Jesus was the sole creation or the “only-begotten son" “However, by virtue of his being the sole direct creation of his Father, the firstborn Son was unique, different from all others of God’s sons, all of whom were created or begotten by Jehovah through that firstborn Son.” (Aid to Bible Understanding, 1971, pg. 918)
The Bible teaches…
The Jehovah Witness organization has taught its members that this phrase “only begotten” (monogenes in the Greek) means “created.” Well, they’re wrong again. The word does not mean that. And a wealth of Greek scholars and lexicons say the same. The Greek word monogenes comes from two Greek terms: monos meaning “one” and the noun genes which means “kind” or “type.” So, you put these two words together and you have monogenes which means: “unique,” “only,” or “one of its kind.”
That’s what Jesus is talking about in John 3:16. He is not saying that God the Father created Him. He’s saying that He is God’s only, unique, one of a kind Savior! This is why Peter could boldly pronounce to the Sanhedrin that “...there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:12
For example; Abraham not only had Isaac, but he also had Ishmael but it was through Isaac’s line that the Jewish nation was born and ultimately the Messiah and so Isaac as the “only-begotten son” or in a very sense the special, favored or unique son. This is the sense in which the word “only-begotten son” [Greek: monogenes] is intended since Scripture demonstrates that Jesus did not have a beginning (John 1:1; Colossians 1:15). Jesus was the unique Son of God.
Robert Bowman points out the illogical conclusion to the Jehovah’s Witnesses reasoning, “it would suggest a conclusion rather embarrassing to JW’s. For if God is Jesus’ Father ‘in the same sense that an earthly father…begets a son,’ then it would seem that Jesus must have had a heavenly Mother, as well as a heavenly Father.”
Jesus is the “only-begotten” or unique Son of God, something no one else can claim. Jesus is the “monogenes,” the only, one of a kind Savior! There is salvation in no one else. That’s what John 3:16 is saying.
Revelation 3:14 ~ “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, “These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God…”
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach…
Jehovah Witness: “Well, here we have another reference to the fact that Jesus had a beginning. Jesus calls himself the “Beginning of the creation of God.” Notice that! He says very plainly here that he is part of the creation of God. If Jesus had a beginning or if he is any part of the creation of God, he surely cannot be Almighty God.”
The Bible teaches…
Well, how might we respond to this interpretation? Was Jesus saying that He had a beginning, confirming that He was a created creature? No. The Greek word here for “Beginning” (Rev. 3:14) is the word “arche.” It’s the word from which we get our English word architect. It doesn’t imply in the slightest that Jesus had a beginning (as the cults often teach).
Greek scholars say that this word (“arche”) can be properly interpreted as: Origin, Source, Designer, Supervisor, First Cause, Ruler. This is why God the Father can also refer to Himself with the very same word in Revelation 21:6!
In fact, Revelation 21:6 is a great cross-reference to Revelation 3:14. Notice what Revelation 21:6 says. I’ll start in v. 5 for context:
“Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning [arche] and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” So, notice that, God the Father refers to Himself with the very same title, the arche, the Beginning.
So, back to the verse in question (Rev. 3:14); Jesus is not saying that He had a beginning or that He is the first thing that God made. He is saying that He is the One who began all of creation, that He is the designer, origin, the first cause, or ruler of all creation! And this is exactly what other passages in the Bible teach about Jesus. For example, John writes in...John 1:3 “All things came into being [How?] through Him.” Through Jesus. He’s the designer. He’s the architect. Speaking of all things coming into being through Jesus,
Something to consider for my Jehovah’s Witnesses friends is this:
Is Jesus the creator?
Jehovah Witness: “Well, we believe Jesus is a creator in a sense. After God created Jesus, Jesus helped God create the other things.”
My Jehovah’s Witness friends look at Isaiah 44:24 Notice what it says:
“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the LORD [YHWH], am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens [How? With someone else’s help? No.] by Myself, and spreading out the earth [with help? No.] all alone."
If God created everything “all alone” as this passage (Isaiah 44:24) says and Jesus created “all things” (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17) you have to conclude that Jesus must be that God, the God of the Old Testament—Yahweh!
John 5:25 ~ Jesus, The Son of God
What about all the verses in the Bible, where Jesus is called the “Son” of God? If you’re the Son of God, surely you can’t be the eternal Almighty God.
The Bible teaches…
This is another common objection to the deity of Christ that the cults bring up. –They believe the title “Son of God” somehow means that Jesus is inferior to the Father. Well, they’re mistaken. What did Jesus mean when He said that He was “the Son of God”? Was this a way of saying that He was less than God, as Jehovah’s Witnesses contend? Not at all. In fact it was actually a claim to deity (equality with God).
Let’s examine the context of a few verses; We’ll see that Jesus’ original listeners knew exactly what Jesus was saying.
In John 5:18, John writes:
“Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, [Why?] because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father [implying that He was the Son of God], making Himself [What?] equal with God.”
Referring to God as His Father and Himself as the Son of God as He did here in John 5:25 and elsewhere John 3:16 was the equivalent of making Himself what? “Equal with God” the apostle John says.
During His trial before the Jewish leaders, the High Priest demanded of Jesus, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God” (Matthew 26:63). “’Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied. ‘But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven’” (Matthew 26:64). The Jewish leaders responded by accusing Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 26:65-66). Later, before Pontius Pilate, “The Jews insisted, ‘We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God’” (John 19:7). Why would His claiming to be the Son of God be considered blasphemy and be worthy of a death sentence? The Jewish leaders understood exactly what Jesus meant by the phrase “Son of God.” To be the Son of God is to be of the same nature as God. The Son of God is “of God.” The claim to be of the same nature as God—to in fact be God—was blasphemy to the Jewish leaders; therefore, they demanded Jesus’ death, in keeping with Leviticus 24:15. Referring to God as His Father, referring to Himself as the Son of God, was the equivalent of making Himself “equal with God.”
For example: Here are some of the New Testament examples of the non-literal use of the word "son." In John 17:12 where Judas is described as the “son of perdition.” John 6:71 tells us that Judas was the son of Simon. What does John 17:12 mean by describing Judas as the “son of perdition”? The word perdition means “destruction, ruin, waste.” Judas was not the literal son of “ruin, destruction, and waste,” but those things were in his nature or the identity of Judas' life. Judas was a manifestation of perdition.
Another example is Barnabas (Acts 4:36) was so named because the word literally means "son of consolation." He was called that because he was a consoling person by his very nature. "Sons of thunder" was the appellative applied by Jesus to James and John (Mark 3:17) because it signified something outstanding about their nature.
"Son of peace" (Luke 10:6) refers to a peaceful person. "Sons of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2) are those characterized by disobedient nature.
In the same way, Jesus is not God’s Son in the sense of a human father and a son. God did not get married and have a son. God did not mate with Mary and, together with her, produce a son. Jesus is God’s Son in the sense that He is God made manifest in human form (John 1:1, 14). Those listening to Him understood that a son is of the same nature, the same species, the same essence, as his father. And so they immediately understood what Jesus was saying by referring to Himself as the Son of God. And they sought to kill Jesus for making Himself equal with God. So this title “Son of God” actually helps to verify Jesus’ deity rather than overthrow it.
John 14:28 ~ Jesus says the father is greater
Jesus here is speaking to His disciples on the eve of His crucifixion…
“You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.”
“Look at that! Jesus says right here that his Father is “greater” than him (Jn. 14:28). You keep saying that Jesus is equal in nature with the Father; but that contradicts what Jesus himself said!”
The Bible teaches..
Well, once again we need to look a bit more closely at the word in question in the original Greek. The Greek word for “greater” in John 14:28 is the word meizon. This word is a quantitative term, not a qualitative term. Let me explain. – A quantitative term describes quantities, levels, positions, etc. – A qualitative term describes qualities, character, nature.
When I say, “The amount of water in this glass is greater than the water in that glass,” I’m speaking quantitatively. I’m not saying that the water in this glass is better than the water in that glass. When Jesus spoke of His Father being “greater” than Him (John 14:28), He was speaking quantitatively (as the word meizon implies). Jesus was referring to His Father’s position, not His nature. He was not saying His Father was better than Him or more worthy of worship. That would contradict what the Bible says elsewhere.
For instance, notice what Hebrews 1:3 says. Speaking of Jesus, it says:
“He [Jesus] is the radiance of His glory [God the Father’s] and the exact representation of His nature."
Jesus is absolutely equal in nature to God the Father. But in John 14:28, while Jesus was here on the Earth having “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant” (Phil. 2:7), having been made for “a little while lower than the angels” (Heb. 2:9), it was completely appropriate to speak of His Father being greater than Him (positionally). He was not saying that the Father was better than Him in character or in nature.
Here’s an analogy that might help: The President is greater than us in position of authority. But in nature he is absolutely equal with us, isn’t he? We are all 100% homosapien. Here’s another analogy: Children are absolutely equal in nature with their parents (we’re all humans). But children can rightly speak of their parents holding a higher office. The fact that the parents are greater in their position of authority does nothing to negate the fact that their children are perfectly equal to them in nature. And the same is true with Jesus’ statement there in John 14:28.
When it comes to Jesus and the Father’s nature, Jesus said...
“I and the Father are one."
So identical in nature are they that Jesus could tell Philip in John 14:9...
“He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
Matthew 19:16-17 ~ Jesus is not good?
Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
“Look at that. Jesus says, no one is good but God! Jesus was saying, in effect, ‘Whoa, watch who you are calling good. Don’t call me good!’ This a clear denial that Jesus is equal with Almighty God.’”
The Bible teaches..
Well, hold on a second here. Was that what Jesus was saying to this man? Not at all. I like to ask people two questions when they bring up this verse thinking it disproves the deity of Christ. Two Key Questions:
1. Is it true, according to the Scriptures, that God alone truly is good? What do you think the answer is to that question? Is it true, according to the Scriptures, that God alone truly is good? The answer is Yes.
The Bible makes it clear that the hearts of men are desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), all of mankind like sheep have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6), there is “none righteous; no not one” (Romans 3:10) and Jesus even called His own disciples evil: “If you then, being evil…” (Luke 11:13). And Jesus Himself just said, “No one is good but One, that is, God,” here in the verse we’re examining (Matt. 19:17).
So, accourding to Matthew 19:17 we can answer the first question: Is it true that God alone is good? They should have no qualms about answering YES. now lets look at the second question
2. Was Jesus good? What’s the answer to this one? YES.
Uh-oh. The person who thinks Matthew 19:17 disproves the deity of Christ is trapped! Why? If God alone is good (as Jesus Himself said in Matthew 19:17) and Jesus is good, that means Jesus is God. But, rather than concede that their beliefs about Jesus don’t correspond with the Bible, you’ll hear some people say something like…
Jehovah Witness: “Well then, maybe Jesus wasn’t good!!”
Lets look at a couple verses..
Notice Hebrews 7:26, speaking of Jesus, it says: “For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens.” Jesus was holy? Innocent? Undefiled? That’s pretty good! That’s better than good. Jesus was perfect!
And next, notice this in John 10:11, Jesus even calls Himself good: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
So again, if God alone is good and Jesus is good, that means: Jesus is God. See how that works? So then, why would Jesus challenge this man (in Matthew 19:17) with the question: “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” Many believe it was because Jesus wanted the man to examine the implications of what he was saying when he called Jesus “good.” Jesus was, in effect, asking him, “Do you realize who you are saying I am when you call Me good? Are you saying that I am God?” So, Matthew 19:17 in no way diminishes the goodness or the deity of Christ. In fact, it actually helps to affirm those qualities.
Mark 13:31-32 ~ Jesus doesn't know the day or hour?
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
“Well, look at that! Do you believe Almighty God knows all things? [Yes.] Well, then Jesus certainly cannot be that God, for he plainly states here (Mark 13:32) that there are certain things he doesn’t know!”
The Bible teaches..
This is a common verse cited by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Well, what’s the solution to this? It’s not complicated. Although Jesus was God and is God, at the incarnation Jesus took on a human nature. He had two natures. He was both God and man.
As a man, Jesus cooperated with the limitations of being a man; He often chose to experience the normal limitations of human knowledge (Mark 13:32); He experienced hunger (Luke 4:2), weariness (John 4:6), and the need for sleep (Luke 8:23). We even read in Luke’s Gospel that He grew in wisdom (2:40, 52) and that He “learned obedience” through His sufferings in Hebrews 5:8. So, we have no problem here in Mark 13 with Jesus speaking from the vantage point of His humanity, saying He knew not the day of His Second Coming. His statement in Mark 13:32 is not a denial of Him being God, but a confirmation of Him being man.
Proverbs 8:22-30 ~ Jesus was brought forth?
“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an Earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.
“So, here in Proverbs 8 we have an Old Testament text wherein the Messiah who was to come (Jesus) tells us that He was brought forth (v. 24) or created by God.”
The Bible teaches...
Sadly, the Watchtower Society has taught its members that Jesus is the one speaking here in Proverbs 8. Well, there’s a huge problem with that. Let’s back up and look at verse 12. (It’s always good to examine the context!) Solomon, the author of this Proverb, tells us here who’s speaking:
“I, [Jesus? No. Messiah? No.] wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.
Solomon was using a common literary device called personification. To personify means to give human-like characteristics to an inanimate object. In this passage (Prov. 8), Solomon was not personifying Jesus; he was personifying the inanimate virtue of “wisdom” (v. 1). Solomon was making wisdom to come alive, as if it were a person, and address the reader about how wise God is. To further verify that Solomon was not talking about Jesus (the Messiah who would come), notice with me in verses 1-3 that the word “wisdom” is personified as being a female! This is hardly applicable to a male Messiah!
1 “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. 3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors:”
So, you can be absolutely confident that this is not about Jesus as the Watchtower Society would like us to believe.
Is Jesus Christ the Archangel Michael?
Nearly every theological heresy begins with the misconception of the nature of God and the Jehovah’s Witnesses are no exception. One of the false teachings propagated by the Watchtower Society is that Jesus Christ, before His incarnation was Michael the archangel. In other words, they teach that Jesus, the first Being created by Jehovah, was Michael in His prehuman state, then became a perfect human being while on earth, died and returned to heaven as Michael the archangel.
“there is Scriptural evidence for concluding that Michael was the name of Jesus Christ before he left heaven and after his return.” The Watchtower May 15, 1969, p. 307
“‘Michael the great prince’ is none other than Jesus Christ Himself.” The Watchtower December 15, 1984, p. 29
Scriptures relating to Michael:
Daniel 10:13 says,“Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the Kings of Persia.”
Biblical point being made:
Michael is only one of several other “chief princes.” He is not unique.
Is this Jesus Christ:
Jesus is never called “Chief Prince” in the Bible. It is not one of His titles. However, He is called “King of kings” and “Lord of lords”
Scriptures relating to Michael:
Daniel 10:21 says, “But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.”
Biblical point being made:
Michael is portrayed as "your prince" - that is, the "prince" for the exiled nation of Israel, who fights for them. This battle is between angelic forces.
Is this Jesus Christ:
Jesus does have angelic forces with Him when He fights (Matt. 25:31), but He is never referred to as the "Prince" of these forces, rather He is identified as " the King" (Matt. 25:34, 40)
Scriptures relating to Michael:
Daniel 12:1 says, "At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people"
Biblical point being made:
Michael is here portrayed as a " great prince" - who stands guard over Israel-obviously a guardian angel.
Is this Jesus Christ:
Jesus is never called a "great prince" in the Bible, nor a guardian.
Scriptures relating to Michael:
1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, " The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first."
Biblical point being made:
The Lord Himself descends.
- "with" shouting
- "with" the voice of the archangel
- "with" the trumpet of God.
Is this Jesus Christ:
The Lord Jesus is identified.
All things are "with" Christ: " a shout," " the voice of the archangel," and "the trumpet of God." If this verse is saying that Jesus is an archangel because the voice of the archangel is with Him, then we must also say that Jesus is "a shout," and "a trumpet"!
Scriptures relating to Michael:
Jude 9 says, " Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, " the Lord rebuke you!"
Biblical point being made:
- Michael is an archangel. The New American Standard Concordance, p.1636, list the meaning of "archangel" as a "chief angel" This agrees with Daniel 10:13.
- Michael did not dare to rebuke satan.
- Michael spoke of "the Lord" (Kurios in Greek) rebuking satan.
Is this Jesus Christ:
- Jesus is not a "Chief angel", nor is He a "chief over the angels."
- Whereas Michael did not have the power to rebuke the devil, Jesus rebuked him many times (Matt. 17:18 ; Mark 9:25 ; etc.) Therefore Jesus is not Michael.
- Michael referred to "the Lord" as seperate from himself. "The Lord" is a New Testament reference to Jesus and an old testament reference to YHWH.
Scriptures relating to Michael:
Revelation 12:7 says, "And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angles fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angles fought.
Biblical point being made:
Michael is fighting at the head of his angles, which is only proper, since he is a chief angel.
Is this Jesus Christ:
Revelation 12:5,6, just previous to this scripture, portray Christ as a "male," a "son". Verse 10 calls Him "Christ." Jesus is not called an angel in the book of Revelation.
Where in the Daniel 10 and 12 verses are there any explicit statements that Michael is Jesus Christ? If Jesus Christ is the first and highest of all created beings, as the Watchtower Society teaches, and if Jesus was Michael in His prehuman state, then why is Michael called “one of the chief princes” in Daniel 10:13?
Hebrews 1:5, 6 says, “For to which of the angels did [God] ever say: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten you’? And again: ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son’? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’” If no angel can be called God’s son and if Jesus is in fact the Son of God (Matthew 8:29; 14:33; 26:63-64; 27:43, 54; Mark 1:1; 3:11; 15:39), then doesn’t this prove that Jesus cannot be the archangel Michael?
Obviously, in order for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to claim that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel means they are guilty of “eisegesis” or “reading into” the Scriptures instead of “exegesis” or “taking or drawing out” the meaning from the text.
Angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshipped (Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9). The Bible says that only God is to be worshipped yet time and time again we see Jesus being worshipped in the New Testament (Matthew 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 15:25; 28:9; 28:17; John 9:38; 20:28; Hebrews 1:6) and these people are never rebuked by Jesus – you have to ask yourself why? Even the apostle Thomas who called Jesus, “The Lord of me and the God of me” was not rebuked by Jesus but was instead commended when Jesus replied “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:28)
Perhaps the best proof text to demonstrate that Michael the Archangel and Jesus are not the same person is found in Jude 9. The Lord Jesus would not have to call on the name of anyone else in order to rebuke the devil because the Lord Jesus is God in flesh. However, we see that Michael the Archangel said, "The Lord rebuke you," thereby demonstrating that he is not the Lord.
Jesus Christ, we must conclude from the Scriptures, is not the archangel Michael and thus we end with our first premise that nearly every theological heresy begins with the misconception of the nature of God and the Jehovah’s Witnesses are no exception.
Did Jesus Christ Rise Physically From the Dead?
According to the Jehovah's Witnesses He did not. The Bible speaks of a literal and physical resurrection, but the Watchtower Society teaches that Jesus only rose from the grave spiritually.
Their literature speaks for itself:
". . . So the King Christ Jesus was put to death in the flesh and was resurrected an invisible spirit creature." (Let God Be True, pg. 138)
"Therefore the bodies in which Jesus manifested himself to his disciples after his return to life were not the body in which he was nailed to a tree. They were merely materialized for the occasion, resembling on one or two occasions the body in which he died..." (The Kingdom Is At Hand, pg. 259)
"Our Lord's human body . . . did not decay or corrupt . . . whether it was dissolved into gasses or whether it is still preserved somewhere . . . no one knows." (Studies In The Scriptures, Vol. 2, pg. 129)
The Bible teaches...
According to the words of Jesus Christ Himself, He is NOT merely a spirit being. He is a literal and physical risen Savior. In Luke chapter twenty-four, beginning at verse thirty-six, the disciples see the risen Christ and they supposed they had seen a spirit (vs. 37); but Jesus cleared the matter up for everyone when He said,". . . Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." (Luk. 24:38-39) He then SHOWED them His hands and feet, and they believed. What did they believe? They believed that He was a literal and physical being in a literal and physical body.
When Jesus appeared to Thomas He said, ". . . Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing." (John. 20:27) The risen Christ had the crucifixion scars in His body to PROVE that He had been physically resurrected from the dead. If Jesus didn't rise physically then He lied in John 2:18-22 when He said that His "body" would rise in three days. He didn't say His spirit would rise. He said that His BODY would rise. When He arose His disciples actually REMEMBERED this prophecy and believed.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus appeared in different bodies after His so-called "spiritual resurrection." Their "proof" for this is the fact that the Emmaus disciples didn't recognize Him in His resurrection body, so it couldn't have been the same body. That's nonsense. Luke 24:16 tells us why they didn't recognize Him. It had nothing to do with a spiritual body. The problem was their EYESIGHT: "But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him."
The bodily resurrection of Christ is a fundamental Bible doctrine. The salvation of a person's soul rests upon this doctrine, because if Jesus didn't physically rise from the dead AS HE SAID HE WOULD, then we're all lost and going to Hell according to 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Is God A Trinity?
According the Bible, God is a Triune Being.
- In Genesis 1:26, God said, "Let us make man in our image. . ."
- In Genesis 11:7, God said, ". . . .let us go down, and there confound their language. . ." The terms "us" and "our" obviously refer to the Holy Trinity. So the Trinity is found in the very early chapters of the Bible.
- In the New Testament, we can see all three Members of the Trinity at the Baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3. God the Father is speaking from Heaven. God the Son is being baptized, and God the Holy Ghost is descending like a dove.
- When Jesus gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, He said in verse 19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
- 1 John 5:7 tells us that there are THREE that bear record in Heaven: ". . . the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." (The "Word" is Christ according to John 1:1-3, 14, and 1 John 1:1-3.)
God is a Trinity. He isn't three Gods, but He is ONE Triune God. As a man is a soul, a body, and a spirit, God the Father is the Soul of the Trinity, God the Son is the Body, and God the Holy Ghost is the Spirit.
According to Psalm 19:1 and Romans 1:20, God's creation actually declares the Trinity doctrine. One can see PROOF of the Trinity everywhere in the universe.
The universe consists of three parts: Time, Space, and Matter.
Time consists of three parts: Past, Present, and Future.
Space consists of three parts: Length, Width, and Height.
Matter consists of three parts: Energy, Motion, and Phenomena.
There are three heavens in 2 Cor. 12:2, and on earth there are three forms of life: Man, Plant, and Animal.
These forms of life are found in three places: Land, Sea, and Air. God is continually showing us through His creation that He is a Trinity.
A perfect example of this is the sun.
The sun has three kinds of rays: chemical rays, light rays, and heat rays.
Chemical rays cannot be seen or felt, but they can be very powerful. When one receives a sunburn, it is from the sun's chemical rays. This is a type of God the Father. Light rays are sometimes visible to the human eye. This is a type of Jesus Christ, the "light of the world" (John 8:12) and the "Sun of righteousness" (Mal.4:2). Heat rays are a type of the Holy Ghost for they bring comfort to us by warming our bodies, just as the Holy Ghost, the Comforter (John 16:7), brings comfort to us. So one can clearly see that God's word and God's creation both testify to the fact that He is a Trinity.
Colossians 2:8,9 says, “...ABOUT CHRIST. FOR IN HIM DWELLETH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY.” This Scripture teaches us that there is a Godhead, one God who has manifest Himself to mankind in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Look back to Colossians 2:2, “...to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.” Even the Word of God tells us it’s a mystery. Some things weren’t meant to be understood, just believed. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face…” (I Corinthians 13:12). The problem with so many people is that they refuse to believe in something they can’t understand. They rely on their HEAD for guidance. II Corinthians 3:14- 16 tells us that people’s minds are blinded because of the hardness (veil) upon their heart. JW’s whole religion is based on “what makes sense." They may say..“That doesn’t make any sense." It might not make good sense, but IT’S GOOD BIBLE! Why is this such a surprise? Many things don’t make sense: people don’t make sense, the boss doesn’t make sense, government doesn’t make sense, etc. Faith is believing what you cannot understand.
The Bible does teach that there are things in the Scriptures that are hard to understand. Peter says in 2 Peter 3:16 that Paul, in his letters, wrote about...
2 Peter 3:16
“…some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction...”
In Isaiah 55, verses 8 and 9, God says…
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Our three and a half pound brains are incapable of fully understanding everything about God and His ways. This leads Paul to declare in Romans 11:33...
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”
The Jehovah's Witnesses cannot UNDERSTAND the Trinity, so they CONDEMN the Trinity. They fail to realize that it is not our job to tell God WHAT HE IS or to even FULLY UNDERSTAND how He can exist. Our responsibility is to BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYS, AS HE SAYS IT, WHERE HE SAYS IT, WITHOUT CHANGING A SINGLE WORD. The Scriptures already presented in this study clearly show that God is a Trinity. Your responsibility is NOT to attempt reasoning out the eternal decrees of God in your small finite mind. Your responsibility is to BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS. Now either you DO, or you DON'T. The JW's DON'T.
The Holy Spirit
The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Holy Ghost is only "God's active force." They believe that the Holy Spirit is not a person. But there are many examples of his personhood in Scripture. Consider this: "To qualify as an intelligent person, does one need to think, act, communicate, and have a will? We believe the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit has all these attributes of a person. They deny the scriptural teaching that the Holy Ghost is a Member of the Holy Trinity: Not only do the JW's deny the DEITY of the Holy Spirit, For Jehovah's Witnesses Satan has been exalted ABOVE the Holy Ghost!
The reason given by the Jehovah's Witnesses for the personality of Satan is that:
". . . the Bible calls Satan a manslayer, a liar, a father (in a spiritual sense) and a ruler. (John 8:44, 14:30) Only an intelligent person could fit all those descriptions." ("Awake!", December 8, 1973)
I agree, but how can any honest person say that and then DENY the personality of the Holy Ghost? The Holy Ghost ALSO has attributes that only a PERSON can have.
(1) Only a person could SPEAK, uses a personal pronoun of himself, and can be obeyed.which the Holy Spirit does (Acts 2:11; 13:2; Rev. 2:7).
(2) Only a person could TEACH and COMFORT (Jhn. 14:26 , 16:7, 13).
(3) Only a person could have a MIND/SEARCHES (1Cor 2:10; Rom. 8:27).
(4) Only a person could possess the POWER that the Holy Spirit possesses (Rom. 15:19).
(5) Only a person could have EMOTIONS and be INSULTED and GRIEVED (Heb. 10:29; Eph. 4:30).
(6) Holy Spirit has a will. (John 16:7)
(7) Holy Spirit testifies. (John 15:26)
(8) Holy Spirit issues commands. (Acts 8:29)
(9) Holy Spirit intercedes/prays. (Romans 8:26)
So the Holy Ghost certainly has attributes that only a PERSON can have, but more than that, He is GOD, the Third Member of the Holy Trinity.
There are several scriptural proofs for the Deity of the Holy Ghost:
(1) In Acts 15:3 Peter accuses Ananias of lying to the Holy Ghost, and then in verse four Peter tells him that he had lied unto GOD. The Holy Ghost is God.
(2) The Holy Ghost says in Acts 13:2, "Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work where unto I have called them." GOD is the one who calls men to do His work (Rom. 8:28; Gal. 1:6; 1 Ths. 2:12; 4:7; 2 Ths. 2:13-14); so, the Holy Ghost is God.
(3) Only God could perform all the great wonders that the Holy Ghost performs (Psa. 104:30; Jhn. 14:16, 26; 16:8-14; Job 33:4; 1 Cor. 6:11; Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
(4) The Holy Ghost is God because blasphemy against Him shall not be forgiven (Mat. 12:31).
(5) The Holy Ghost is God because He is ETERNAL (Heb. 9:14).
(6) The Holy Ghost is God because He is OMNIPRESENT (Psa. 139:7-8).
(7) The Holy Ghost is God because He has the power to give life (John 3:6; 6:63).
(8) The Scriptures are God's word, and 2 Peter 1:21 says that the Holy Ghost INSPIRED the Scriptures. Therefore the Holy Ghost is God.
The Bible clearly reveals to us that the Holy Ghost is a Member of the Holy Trinity. To deny this truth is to openly deny God's word. My Jehovah’s Witnesses friends Given these clear examples that the Holy Spirit is more than just a force, but is in fact a person of the godhead, can you see that the Watchtower's teaching about the Holy Spirit is incomplete?
The Jehovah's Witness "Jesus"
what Jehovah's Witnesses confess and what they mean are two totally different things:
For Example JW's will say: "We believe in Jesus, but what we believe about him is that he was created, not eternal...we believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel."
Jehovah’s Witnesses will tell you that they believe in accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. The problem is that your being led to a false Jesus. The Apostle Paul warns us in II Corinthians 11:3,4 of those who would corrupt us by preaching “ANOTHER JESUS.” There are many false Jesus’ in the world today because of multitudes of people tampering with God’s Word. Peter said they do it to their own destruction.
The Islamic Muslims don’t believe that Jesus was crucified, nor is He the Savior.
The Mormons deny Christ’s deity as do the Jehovah's Witnesses
Buddhists deny Christ as Savior and God.
On and on we could go, If a man persuades you to accept Jesus as Savior but then tells you that Jesus was really Bozo the clown incarnate, would you believe him? Of course not! So why believe the Jehovah’s Witnesses when they try to tell you that Michael the archangel became Jesus? This is ludicrous and totally unscriptural.
WHO IS THE REAL JESUS ?
Jesus Christ Is Deity
(1) In Zechariah 12:10, Jehovah speaks of the future return of Christ and says, ". . . They shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourne for him, as one mourneth for his only son . . . ." This is spoken again in Revelation 1:7, which is clearly a reference to Christ Himself, but in Zechariah 12:10 GOD said, ". . . They shall look upon me whom they have pierced . . . ." The One that they pierced was Jesus Christ! So, in Zechariah 12:10, God is saying that He is Jesus Christ.
(2) In John 1:1, John 1:14, 1 John 1:1, and in 1 John 5:7, Jesus is called "the Word," and John 1:1 says that "the Word was God."
(3) Thomas referred to Jesus as "My Lord and my God" in John 20:28, and Jesus did not see the need to correct him.
(4) Isaiah 7:14 gives us the prophecy of the Virgin Birth of Christ and states that His name would be "Immanuel." Matthew 1:23 tells us that this word means "God with us."
(5) In Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called "Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." The Bible certainly would not say this about anyone less than God.
(6) In John 10:30, Jesus says, "I and my Father are one." Jesus is not a lesser god; He is ONE with the Father.
(7) Micah 5:2 tells us that Jesus is "from everlasting."
(8) In John 8:58, Jesus tells the Pharisees, "Before Abraham was, I am." He claimed to be the "I AM" of Exodus 3:14, which is God Almighty.
(9) Jesus allowed others to worship Him (John 9:38; Matt. 14:33; and Luke 24:52), which was forbidden, unless He was God (Rev. 22:9).
(10) Jesus forgave sins (Mark 2:5), which only God can do (Mark 2:7).
(11) The Lord Jesus Christ is omnipresent (Matt. 18:20; 28:20; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7). We know He is God because He is capable of being everywhere at once.
(12) Jesus is omniscient (Mark 11:2-6; Matt. 12:40). He is God because He knows all things.
(13) The Lord Jesus is also omnipotent (Rev. 19:6; Matt. 28:18). He has all power.
(14) According to John 1, 1 John 1, Colossians 1, and Hebrews 1, Jesus Christ is the Creator of Genesis 1!
(15) Jesus never sinned! Romans 3:23 says that ALL HAVE SINNED and come short of the glory of God, but Jesus did not sin (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18). So Jesus had to be God.
Now, if you've taken time to check these references, then the Holy Spirit has attempted to show you one great truth: The LORD JESUS CHRIST IS GOD. That much is clear to any honest Bible student. The Jehovah's Witnesses are not honest Bible students. One only has to pick up a copy of their "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures" to see how dishonest and unfaithful they are with God's word.
Numerous titles and attributes of Jehovah found in the Hebrew Scriptures are applied directly to Jesus in the Christian Greek Scriptures.
- Jehovah knows “all things.” (1 John 3:20; Psalm 147:5) Jesus knows “all things.” (John 16:30)
- Jehovah is the only one who knows the hearts of all men. (1 Kings 8:39; Jeremiah 17:9-10) Jesus knows the hearts of all men. (John 2:24-25; Rev. 2:18, 23)
- Jehovah is our sanctifier. (Exodus 31:13) Jesus sanctifies us. (Hebrews 10:10)
- Jehovah is our peace. (Judges 6:23) Jesus is our peace. (Ephesians 2:14)
- Jehovah is our righteousness. (Jeremiah 23:6) Jesus is our righteousness. ( 1 Corinthians 1:30)
- Jehovah is our healer. (Exodus 15:26) Jesus heals us. (Acts 9:34)
- Jehovah God dwells in us. (2 Corinthians 6:16) Jesus is in us. (Romans 8:10)
- Jehovah is the giver of life who will not allow His people to be “snatched” out of His hand. (Deuteronomy 32:39) Jesus is the giver of life who will not allow His people to be “snatched” out of His hand. (John 10:28)
- Jehovah’s voice is “like the roar of rushing waters.” (Ezekiel 43:2) Jesus’ “voice was like the sound of rushing waters.” (Revelation 1:15)
- Jehovah is present everywhere. (Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 23:24; I Kings 8:27) Jesus is omnipresent. (John 1:48; Matthew 18:20; 28:20)
- Jehovah’s nature does not change. (Malachi 3:6) Jesus’ nature does not change. (Hebrews 13:8)
- Jehovah is the only God we are to “serve.”
(2 Kings 17:35) Jesus is to be served. (Col. 3:24)
- Jehovah is the only God to be “worshipped.” (Exodus 34:14) Jesus receives the same honor and “worship” that the Father receives. (John 5:23; Revelation 5:11-14 compare with Rev. 4:10-11).No angel can receive “worship.” (Revelation 22:8-9)
- Jehovah the Lord is to be set apart as holy. (Isaiah 8:12b-13) Jesus as Jehovah is to be set apart as holy. (1 Peter 3:14b-15)
- Jehovah’s glory is not to be given to another (Isaiah 42:8) Jesus shares Jehovah’s glory. (John. 17:5)
- God’s name is Jehovah (or Yahweh–YHWH). (Isaiah 42:8) Jesus has Jehovah’s name. (John 17:11; John 16:14-15)
- Jehovah is the only God to be mentioned in prayer. (Exodus 23:13) Christians are to pray to Jesus.
- Calling upon Jehovah (Joel 2:32) is the same as calling upon Jesus. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:9-13)
- Jehovah “the true God” is called “eternal life.” (1 John 5:20) Jesus is called “the eternal life.” (1 John 1:2)
- Jehovah is the “mighty God.” (Jeremiah 32:17-18; Isaiah 10:20-21) Jesus is the “mighty God”
(Isaiah 9:6) who is “Almighty.” (Revelation 1:7-8) THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. (1 Timothy 1:17; Isaiah 44:8)
- Jehovah is an “everlasting light.” (Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 60:19-20) Jesus is the light of men and the everlasting light of the future city. (John 1:4-9; Revelation 21:23)
- Jehovah is “the first and the last.” (Isaiah 44:6; 48:12) Jesus is the “first and the last.”
(Revelation 1:17-18; 22:12-13, 20)
- Jehovah is the “Alpha and the Omega.” (Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:6-7) Jesus is the “Alpha and the Omega.” (Revelation 22:12-13, 20)
- Jehovah’s title is “the Holy One.” (Isaiah 47:4) Jesus is “the Holy One.” (Acts 3:14; John 6:69)
- Jehovah is the “stumbling stone” of Israel.
(Isaiah 8:13-15) Jesus is the “stumbling stone” of Israel. (1 Peter 2:6-8)
- John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jehovah. (Isaiah 40:3) The Jehovah who came was Jesus.
(Mark 1:1-4; John 1:6-7, 23)
- Jehovah is the one who was “pierced.” (Zechariah 12:10) Jesus is the pierced Jehovah. (John 19:34; Revelation 1:7-8)
- The Jehovah who was sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:13) is Jesus. (Matthew 27:2-6)
- Jehovah is Lord of the elements. (Psalm 89:8-9) Jesus is Lord of the elements. (Matthew 8:26-27; John 2:7-9)
- Jehovah is the great Judge who gives life to whom he wishes and who renders to each man “according” to his “deeds.” (Psalm 98:9; Deuteronomy 32:39; Jeremiah 17:9-10) Jesus is the only judge who gives life to whom he wishes and renders to each man “according” to his “deeds.” (John 5:21-22; Revelation 2:18, 23)
- Jehovah is the only one who can forgive sins. (Mark 2:7; Daniel 9:9) Jesus forgives sins. (Mark 2:10-11; Luke 24:46-47)
- Jehovah is the great “shepherd” who leads his people to “the spring of the water of life.” (Psalm 23:1-2; Revelation 21:6-7) Jesus as the “shepherd” of His people, leads them “to springs of the water of life.” (John 10:11-18; Revelation 7:17) THERE IS ONLY ONE SHEPHERD –John 10:16.
- Jehovah is “Lord of Lords.” (Deuteronomy 10:17) Jesus is “Lord of Lords.” (Revelation 17:14; 19:16) The Father is Lord of all. (Matthew 11:25;
Acts 17:24) Jesus is “Lord of all.” (Acts 10:36) THERE IS ONLY ONE LORD. (Jude 4)
- Jehovah is the Savior. (Isaiah 45:21-22) Jesus is the Savior. (Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:1) THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVIOR. (Isaiah 43:11)
- Jehovah created the universe. (Psalm 102:25-27) Jesus created the universe. (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-19;10. Hebrews 1:10-12) . THERE IS ONLY ONE CREATOR. (Isaiah 44:24)
- Isaiah saw Jehovah. (Isaiah 6:1-5) The Jehovah that Isaiah saw was Jesus. (John 12:41)
Could it be that Jehovah gave Jesus all these qualities, and therefore, Jesus is a “lesser God” under Jehovah? No! For Jehovah declares:
“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.”—Isaiah 46:9
“You are My witnesses…Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me.…there is no savior besides Me.”—Isaiah 43:10-11
Is the New World Translation a Valid Version of the Bible?"
The New World Translation is unique in one thing – it is the first intentional, systematic effort at producing a complete version of the Bible that is edited and revised for the specific purpose of agreeing with a group's doctrine. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society realized that their beliefs contradicted Scripture. So, rather than conforming their beliefs to Scripture, they altered Scripture to agree with their beliefs. The “New World Bible Translation Committee” went through the Bible and changed any Scripture that did not agree with Jehovah’s Witness theology. This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that, as new editions of the New World Translation were published, additional changes were made to the biblical text. As biblical Christians continued to point out Scriptures that clearly argue for the deity of Christ (for example), the Watchtower Society would publish new editions of the New World Translation with those Scriptures changed. Here are some of the more prominent examples of intentional revisions:
Below are a few of many well-known New World Translation perversions:
John 1:1 in the New World Translation says that "the Word was a god," instead of "the Word was God." The definite article "the" is replaced with "a," and the capital "G" is replaced with a lower case "g." The most revealing evidence of the Watchtower's bias is their inconsistent translation technique. Throughout the Gospel of John, the Greek word theos occurs without a definite article. The New World Translation renders none of these as “a god.” Just three verses after John 1:1, the New World Translation translates another case of theos without the indefinite article as "God." Even more inconsistent, in John 1:18, the NWT translates the same term as both "God" and "god" in the very same sentence.
The New World Translation does not translate the Greek words sheol, hades, gehenna, and tartarus as "hell” because Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in hell.
The New World Translation gives the translation "presence" instead of “coming” for the Greek word parousia because Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ has already returned in the early 1900s.
In Colossians 1:16, the NWT inserts the word “other” despite its being completely absent from the original Greek text. It does this to give the view that “all other things” were created by Christ, instead of what the text says, “all things were created by Christ.” This is to go along with their belief that Christ is a created being, which they believe because they deny the Trinity.
The last half of 1 John 5:7 is omitted in the New World Translation, because it says that the Father, the Word (which is Christ in John 1:14), and the Holy Ghost "are one."
They attack Jesus' deity by changing Zechariah 12:10 to read, ". . . they will certainly look to the one whom they pierced. . . ."
The Virgin Birth is attacked in Isaiah 7:14 of the New World Translation by translating "maiden," instead of "virgin," even though Matthew 1:23 TOLD THEM that it should read "virgin!"
They change "from everlasting" in Micah 5:2 to read, "time indefinite," which is not the same at all.
John 8:58 is where Christ said, "Before Abraham was, I am." This matches God's statement to Moses in Exodus 3:14, meaning that Christ is God. However, the New World Translation says, "Before Abraham came into existence, I have been."This destroys the valuable cross reference to Exodus 3:14. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus was "a god" before the time of Abraham, but that He was NOT the "I AM" of Exodus 3:14.
In John 9:38, Matthew 14:33, and Luke 24:52, the JW's have replaced the word "worshipped" with the words "did obeisance," which is not the same (See Gen. 37:7, 43:28; Exodus 18:7; 2 Sam. 1:2; 2 Chr. 24:17).
The matter is clear: the Jehovah’s Witnesses will attack the Lord Jesus Christ every time they have a chance.
Their "bible" proves it.
Their WRITINGS also prove it.
Is Hell A Literal Fiery Place?
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have traditionally believed and taught that there is no eternal punishment for the wicked:
". . . the Bible hell is mankind's common grave..." (Let God Be True, pg. 92.)
"The doctrine of a burning hell where the wicked are tortured eternally after death cannot be true . . ." (Let God Be True, pg. 99)
The Bible teaches...
It was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ who first used the term "hell fire" (Mat. 5:22), and it was Jesus Christ who said in Matthew 25:41, ". . . Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." When the JW's attack the Hell doctrine they are attacking the very words of Christ.
A Jehovah’s Witnesses believes that Hell is only the grave that everyone goes to at death. He believes that the saved ones in the graves will be given eternal life on earth after the White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15, while the unsaved in the graves will be annihilated once and for all in the Lake of Fire. JW's refuse to believe that God will punish the wicked forever in the Lake of Fire. Of course, the Scriptures say something entirely different:
(1) There is no FIRE in the grave, but there certainly is fire in the "hell" of the Bible (Luk. 16:23; Deu. 32:22; Mat. 5:22; 18:9; Jas. 3:6).
(2) No one PRAYS from the grave, but they certainly do in Hell (Luk. 16:24; Jon. 2:2).
(3) Hell was originally made for the Devil and his angels (Mat. 25:41), but the grave was not.
(4) A Christian's SOUL does not go to the grave at death (Phi. 1:21-23; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; 1 Ths. 5:10). Only the BODY goes to the grave. An unsaved man's body also goes to the grave at death, but his SOUL goes to a place of TORMENT and FLAMES (Luk. 16:22-23).
(5) The grave cannot possibly be Hell because Jesus said it would be better to enter into life (eternal life) without a hand, a foot, or an eye, than to go to Hell (Mat. 18:8-9). How could it be "better" if Hell is only the grave where there is no suffering at all? According to Jesus Christ, Hell is a lot WORSE than losing a hand, a foot, or an eye forever.
(6) Annihilation cannot be true because the Bible uses such terms as "shame and everlasting contempt" (Dan. 12:2) and "torment . . . forever" (Rev. 14:11). Shame and torment are sufferings that are experienced by a LIVING BEING, not an annihilated corpse.
The Watchtower bases its beliefs and doctrines on the original and expanded teachings of Charles Taze Russell, Judge Joseph Franklin Rutherford, and their successors. The governing body of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is the only body in the cult that claims authority to interpret Scripture. In other words, what the governing body says concerning any scriptural passage is viewed as the last word, and independent thinking is strongly discouraged. This is in direct opposition to Paul's admonition to Timothy (and to us as well) to study to be approved by God, so that we need not be ashamed as we correctly handle the Word of God. This admonition, found in 2 Timothy 2:15, is a clear instruction from God to be like the Berean Christians, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if the things they were being taught lined up with the Word.
There is probably no religious group that is more faithful than the Jehovah’s Witnesses at getting their message out and I believe they are very sincere Jehovah’s Witnesses . Unfortunately, the message is full of distortions, deceptions, and false doctrine. My prayer and hope is that God would open the eyes of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to the truth of the gospel and the true teaching of God’s Word.