DECEIT ON THE INTERNET
BY THIEVES OF GOD'S NAME
(Investigator 70, 2000 January)
The Watchtower Society – the legal corporation of Jehovah's Witnesses – has launched a second web site for the benefit of the media.
A page titled Jehovah's Witnesses and the Year 2000 says in part:Jehovah's Witnesses do not point to the year 2000 as the specific year in which God will act…This is superficially correct but deceitful – an example of WTS doubletalk. How so?
Many associate the fulfillment of Bible prophecies with the year 2000…
Others fear a cataclysm – end of the world. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not share these dramatic hopes and fears for the coming year.
Investigator No. 51 had an article titled Armageddon By 2000 AD Says Jehovah.
Yes, Armageddon By 2000 AD.
The WTS prediction, taught since 1946, is that Armageddon would occur by 2000 AD but not necessarily in the "specific year" of 2000 AD. But now that 2000 AD is here, it means Armageddon should occur this year. Not mentioning these points makes the Internet page misleading.
The Investigator No. 51 article gave some WTS quotes regarding Armageddon in the 20th century. For example:Shortly within our twentieth century, the "battle in the day of Jehovah" will begin against the modern antitype of Jerusalem, Christendom.The article also showed that the JW leaders claim to get all their "interpretation" from "Jehovah God". For example:
(The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah – How? 1971 p. 216)Jehovah God is therefore the only Supreme Court of interpretation of His inspired word… He merely uses the "servant" class to publish the interpretation after the Supreme Court by Christ Jesus reveals it.The Investigator 51 article went on:
(The Watchtower 1943 pp. 202, 203)…it follows that if Armageddon by 2000 AD fails to occur the "Jehovah" of the JWs will be exposed as a liar. (p. 45)The article concluded:JW prophecies are known to have failed for many other dates. These include 1878, 1881, 1906/1907, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1930s, 1935/1936, 1942, 1940s, 1970s.Since 2000 AD is the final year of the 20th century and since the WTS web site denies Armageddon will occur in 2000 AD, we seem to have an indirect acknowledgment that their "twentieth century" prophecy is false.
Generalizing from this trend of failure the prophecy of "within our twentieth century" should prove to be false. (p. 45)
Therefore it follows that the "Jehovah" of the JWs – but not necessarily the "Jehovah" of the Bible – is a liar.
"Jehovah" is in effect therefore a collective term for the men who invent the JW doctrines.
The JW book Paradise Restored to Mankind By Theocracy (1972) says that prophets who dream up false dreams and preach them in God's name are thieves:Since the commandment against thievery was given over God's name Jehovah, the thieving person is disregarding God's name and assailing it as being of no force or importance…
They [false prophets] put on an appearance of being a prophet by saying, as if under inspiration: "An utterance!" Then they really steal the name of Jehovah by attaching it to their own "utterance" to which it does not belong.
They dream up false dreams for the future so as to influence the people against Jehovah’s true mouthpieces. Because of their false dreams and their boasting regarding the future, they cause the people to go astray religiously and spiritually and leave them unprepared for the real things to come. Jehovah did not send them or command them, for which reason they have no right to steal God's name from its rightful place and use it for their deceptive purposes. Such thieves benefit no one. (pp 211 – 213)
The prophecies of JWs involve numerous prophetic dates and all have turned out false. Since the interpretations are attributed to "Jehovah", the "Jehovah" of the JWs is a liar and is merely a collective term for the JW leaders who invent the doctrines.
As judged from words in their own book such leaders are "thieving persons" who "steal the name of Jehovah…for their deceptive purposes."(BS)