Can Jehovah’s Witnesses Survive the Internet?

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A recent arti­cle from salon.com sug­gests that reli­gion may not sur­vive the Inter­net.  This may already be the case with Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es. A new report pub­lished by JW Sur­vey com­pares the 2012 world­wide mem­ber­ship sta­tis­tics against Inter­net sat­u­ra­tion.  Coun­tries with high Inter­net avail­abil­i­ty are slow­ing in reli­gious growth com­pared to oth­er less devel­oped areas.

It used to be much eas­i­er for a high-con­trol reli­gion to keep embar­rass­ing and neg­a­tive infor­ma­tion from mem­bers and poten­tial recruits.  The Watch­tow­er Bible & Tract Soci­ety, the moth­er orga­ni­za­tion for Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es, has been quick to use copy­right laws to remove secret infor­ma­tion from the Inter­net.  For exam­ple, in 2010 when the secret man­u­al used by con­gre­ga­tion elders leaked online, Watch­tow­er Legal issued a flood of DMCA take­down orders to have it removed.

A more recent and dis­turb­ing exam­ple is an Octo­ber 2012 let­ter sent to con­gre­ga­tion elders updat­ing their pol­i­cy in deal­ing with accused child moles­ters in their ranks.  A con­cerned whistle­blow­er elder leaked the infor­ma­tion to the Inter­net and it was post­ed with com­men­tary on JW Sur­vey. The let­ter con­tained shock­ing state­ments like, “It can­not be said in every case that one who has sex­u­al­ly abused a child could nev­er qual­i­fy for … ser­vice in the con­gre­ga­tion.” Again the Watchtower’s legal depart­ment sprung to action, cit­ing copy­right infringe­ment which lead to a tem­po­rary take­down of the pop­u­lar web­site.

Per­haps more sur­pris­ing is the lengths that the Watch­tow­er will go to remove its pub­licly avail­able infor­ma­tion from unof­fi­cial sources. From its incep­tion, the reli­gion has been geared toward the pub­lic dis­tri­b­u­tion of its print­ed mes­sage, which it believes is the ful­fill­ment of Jesus’s prophe­cy that the “good news of the king­dom” would be spread through­out the earth.  It may be assumed that a reli­gion that seems great­ly con­cerned that its mes­sage be wide­ly avail­able would be grate­ful for expo­sure on pop­u­lar Inter­net sites like YouTube. How­ev­er this is not the case.

In 2012 atten­dees of the Watchtower’s world­wide con­ven­tions were pro­vid­ed a free ani­mat­ed children’s video.  One seg­ment con­tained the sto­ry of a young Jehovah’s Wit­ness child who brings home an action fig­ure giv­en to him from a school­mate.  The moth­er quick­ly deter­mines that the action fig­ure uses “mag­ic” and guilts the child into throw­ing it away. With­in the care­ful­ly con­di­tioned Jehovah’s Wit­ness com­mu­ni­ty the video hard­ly pro­voked a response, but to out­siders it was seen as an exam­ple of cru­el emo­tion­al manip­u­la­tion and indoc­tri­na­tion  The video was uploaded to YouTube and viewed by thou­sands before it suf­fered a quick take­down by the Jehovah’s Wit­ness lawyers.

The Watchtower’s use of the strong arm of copy­right law has gone beyond this.  In 2005 it sued an ex-mem­ber who set up a web­site only offer­ing short, if embar­rass­ing, quo­ta­tions from their pub­licly avail­able lit­er­a­ture. The reli­gion asked for $100,000 in dam­ages.  Lack­ing the resources to defend him­self against the wealthy religion’s in-house legal team, the own­er was forced to remove the crit­i­cal web­site.

For orga­ni­za­tions like the Watch­tow­er, absolute con­trol of their mes­sage is para­mount.  It will not even allow its own adher­ents to spread their “good news” online. The Novem­ber 1997 Our King­dom Min­istry (an inter­nal bul­letin) man­dates: “There is no need for any indi­vid­ual to pre­pare Inter­net pages about Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es, our activ­i­ties, or our beliefs. Our offi­cial site (www.watchtower.org) presents accu­rate infor­ma­tion for any who want it.”

While the Watch­tow­er has had some suc­cess in stymy­ing the release of dam­ag­ing infor­ma­tion on the Inter­net, it has not been able to stop it all. Such things as doc­tri­nal flip-flops and past false end-of-the-world pre­dic­tions are read­i­ly avail­able to ques­tion­ing Wit­ness­es and poten­tial recruits.

Pri­or to the Inter­net, the Watch­tow­er tried to down­play its cul­pa­bil­i­ty in pre­dict­ing the end of the world in 1975.  It blamed some of the mem­bers for unwise spec­u­la­tions.  How­ev­er, quotes from the lit­er­a­ture point­ing to the year in var­i­ous ways are avail­able online. For exam­ple a 1969 issue of the Awake! mag­a­zine urges young Wit­ness­es: “If you are a young per­son, you also need to face the fact that you will nev­er grow old in this present sys­tem of things. Why not? Because all the evi­dence in ful­fill­ment of Bible prophe­cy indi­cates that this cor­rupt sys­tem is due to end in a few years.”  Anoth­er YouTube video offers a pub­lic talk giv­en by a Watch­tow­er rep­re­sen­ta­tive in 1968 who urges a crowd of thou­sands to “stay alive until ‘75”.

Anoth­er threat the Inter­net pos­es to the Watch­tow­er, is that it allows the free exchange of ideas among Wit­ness­es keen on exam­in­ing the truth­ful­ness of their reli­gious teach­ings. About this their lead­er­ship warns,  “a few asso­ciates of our orga­ni­za­tion have formed groups to do inde­pen­dent research on Bible-relat­ed sub­jects. Some have pur­sued an inde­pen­dent group study of Bib­li­cal Hebrew and Greek so as to ana­lyze the accu­ra­cy of the New World Trans­la­tion. … ‘The faith­ful and dis­creet slave’ does not endorse any lit­er­a­ture, meet­ings, or Web sites that are not pro­duced or orga­nized under its over­site.” (King­dom Min­istry, Sep­tem­ber 2007)

Despite stern warn­ings, web forums, such as jehovahs-witness.net, have pro­vid­ed a safe haven for active Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es to exchange in free com­mu­ni­ca­tion with each oth­er, and even ex-mem­bers. On the Inter­net, doc­trines, poli­cies, and per­ti­nent news is open­ly dis­cussed in way that could nev­er hap­pen in a King­dom Hall. This cir­cum­vents one of the high-con­trol group’s most effec­tive tools in quaffing free thought, the harsh, rit­u­al shun­ning of ex-mem­bers.

Pri­or to the Inter­net, dis­fel­low­shipped Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es, often fad­ed away into obscu­ri­ty.  Their friends and fam­i­ly in the reli­gion were for­bid­den to speak to them.  Dis­fel­low­shipped ones had lit­tle means to net­work with each oth­er, let alone cur­rent Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es.  Web sites like Jehovah’s Wit­ness Recov­ery offer ex-mem­bers an oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­nect with oth­ers for sup­port and heal­ing. Pop­u­lar social net­work­ing sites like Face­book help Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es to stay in touch with dis­fel­low­shipped fam­i­ly mem­bers, much to the leadership’s con­ster­na­tion.

High con­trol reli­gions like Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es have good rea­son to fear the Inter­net.  By its nature, it bypass­es the restric­tion on infor­ma­tion and secre­cy that allows cults to obtain and retain mem­bers. It seems that the Watch­tow­er rec­og­nizes this threat. In a 2012 brochure intend­ed to edu­cate the pub­lic about Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es, they warn: “Some web­sites have been set up by opposers to spread false infor­ma­tion about Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es. … We should avoid them.”  How­ev­er as the evi­dence sug­gests, the pub­lic, or even its own mem­bers, are not heed­ing the religion’s warn­ings. As Inter­net avail­abil­i­ty grows, becom­ing acces­si­ble to all, the future looks grim for the Jehovah’s Wit­ness reli­gion.

¶ Despatched on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 4:25 pm and sorted in Essays. ¶ { ReTweet }

29 Responses

exJanuary 19th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Very well writ­ten arti­cle here. Thanks for your hard work, with fac­tu­al evi­dence. Well done Antho­ny!

Danny HaszardJanuary 20th, 2013 at 12:14 am

The Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es Watch­tow­er is an oppres­sive author­i­tar­i­an cult,a tru­ly Orwellian world.They teach Jesus ‘return’ or his ‘invis­i­ble’ sec­ond com­ing Octo­ber 1914.-Danny Haszard

(Yes,“help today is just a mouse click away”)

big mamaJanuary 20th, 2013 at 12:20 am

The Truth will win out.….whether by means of the Inter­net or some default. The soon­er the bet­ter.

TrappedJanuary 20th, 2013 at 8:14 am

Excel­lent arti­cle!
It’s obvi­ous that the WBTS is fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle.
Like it’s been said,truth should have the strength to with­stand scruti­ny.

Lifelong HumanistJanuary 22nd, 2013 at 5:49 am

Thank you for a well-writ­ten, fair and hon­est essay. The Watch­tow­er reli­gion — Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es — are def­i­nite­ly strug­gling to pre­vent their exist­ing mem­ber­ship, far less poten­tial new con­verts from check­ing out what oth­er informed peo­ple have to say online about their bul­ly-boy tac­tics to devi­ous­ly indoc­tri­nate and guilt their fol­low­ers to fol­low their mind-con­trol meth­ods of reten­tion. Clear­ly, many are not afraid to exer­cise their right to go online to find out exact­ly what they teach. I hope that find­ing out what JW’s real­ly prac­tice will cause many more to exit the reli­gion, and scare any would be JW’s enough to want noth­ing what­so­ev­er to to do with their dan­ger­ous, nasty cult!

Denis van PaassenJune 30th, 2013 at 3:56 am

They will not only sur­vive the Inter­net.. they will rule it. See Alexa.com for stats. Since the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es changed their online pres­ence (sept 2012) on http://WWW.JW.ORG this web­site man­aged to get a place in the top 2000 of most vis­it­ed sites around the world. Keep in mind that there are about 635 Mil­lion dif­fer­ent web­sites in the world.

And from all reli­gious and spir­i­tu­al sites and denom­i­na­tions the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es are NO.1 , again, accord­ing to Alexa.com. The only site that is one place ahead of them is the Bible itself (biblegateway.com)

So in many sec­u­lar coun­tries most reli­gions are shrink­ing rapid­ly and indeed in those coun­tries the growth rate of JW’s is not high. But at least in such cas­es they man­age to stay as big as they are or post a small net gain. Com­pare that with those oth­er chris­t­ian denom­i­na­tions like the protes­tants and catholics.. clos­ing church after church.

Kind­est regards from the Nether­lands

Darrin HartOctober 17th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Excel­lent site! Love the humor! The Inter­net is caus­ing many among Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es to study, read and search for answers as to why they aren’t hap­py. The answers to so many ques­tions are now acces­si­ble. The his­to­ry, cur­rent prac­tices and print­ed word of the Watch­tow­er Bible & Tract Soci­ety are being exposed more and more each day.

http://www.leavingjehovahswitnesses.org

Monty EhrichOctober 26th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I am a sur­vivor of the Watch­tow­er cult, and I pray that this mar­velous tool to share knowl­edge, the inter­net, helps vic­tims of the Watch­tow­er to find their way to free­dom.

DavidDecember 1st, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I think it is naïve to believe that the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es will not sur­vive the anti-Wit­ness web­sites, blogs and net­works on the Inter­net. I say that because pri­or to the Inter­net many indi­vid­u­als were giv­en and hand­ed anti-Wit­ness books, includ­ing those by Ray­mond Franz, and yet many of those indi­vid­u­als, when com­par­ing what the Bible says with what oth­ers were say­ing, decid­ed that the Jehovah’s Chris­t­ian Wit­ness­es were teach­ing the truth. We get many peo­ple that tell us they read this or that on the Inter­net about the Wit­ness­es. How­ev­er, when the we respond to the false alle­ga­tions, most peo­ple tend to agree with us. The Bible truth can­not be hid­den, we come with the spir­i­tu­al “sword” of truth, the Bible, that demol­ish­es all false­hoods against us. I for one think that in most cas­es that books by apos­tates and their tac­tics tend to back­fire. How many peo­ple, includ­ing at least 15 that I know of, thought they were well pre­pare to argue against the Wit­ness­es, using how to Wit­ness to JWs books or guides, only to per­suad­ed by a Chris­t­ian Wit­ness that was pre­pare to defend his or her faith in the Bible truths and Christ (1 Peter 3:15)? How many Wit­ness­es do I know were told that the NWT Bible is dif­fer­ent, even giv­en entire books against the NWT, and when chal­lenged by the Wit­ness­es to com­pare dif­fer­ent Bible ver­sions, have come to agree that the NWT, in cer­tain Bible texts, is accu­rate­ly trans­lat­ed as many Catholic and Protes­tant Bibles, includ­ing those spon­sored by Evan­gel­i­cals, agree with the NWT ren­der­ing in either the main text or in the foot­notes?
With regard to 1975, the WT pub­li­ca­tions nev­er said that the end WILL come in 1975. 99.9% of the active Wit­ness­es who read the pub­li­ca­tions care­ful­ly did NOT come to the con­clu­sion that the end was com­ing in 1975. The WT clear­ly stat­ed that while there was a pos­si­bil­i­ty, it was cer­tain­ly not def­i­nite, and the no man know the hour, quot­ing the words of Jesus.
“What about the year 1975? What is it going to mean, dear friends?’ asked Broth­er Franz. ‘Does it mean that Armaged­don is going to be fin­ished, with Satan bound, by 1975? It could! It could! All things are pos­si­ble with God. Does it mean that Baby­lon the Great is going to go down by 1975? It could. Does it mean that the attack of Gog of Magog is going to be made on Jehovah’s wit­ness­es to wipe them out, then Gog him­self will be put out of action? It could. But we are not say­ing. All things are pos­si­ble with God. BUT WE ARE NOT SAYING. AND DON’T ANY OF YOU BE SPECIFIC IN SAYING ANYTHING THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND 1975. ” (The Watch­tow­er, 15 Octo­ber 1966, page 631 — empha­sis added)

The May 1st 1967 issue of the WT stat­ed “1975 marks the end of 6,000 years of human experience…Will it be the time when God exe­cutes the wicked…It very well COULD be, BUT WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.”

The WT arti­cles were clear­ly spec­u­la­tive, nev­er stat­ing the END WILL come in 1975…articles using words that any­one with a grade school edu­ca­tion would under­stand, such as MAY, COULD, and POSSIBLY. They nev­er used the words DEFINATELY, WILL, or MUST when it allud­ed to what MIGHT or MIGHT NOT hap­pen in 1975. And the fact the no man knew the day or the hour was stressed, as empha­sized in the Truth book which was the main text book used to intro­duce new ones to the basic teach­ings of bib­li­cal Chris­tian­i­ty.

The Octo­ber 8, 1968 issue of Awake! clear­ly states after dis­cussing the 1975 “Does this mean that the above evi­dence pos­i­tive­ly points to 1975 as the time for the com­plete end of this sys­tem of things? SINCE THE BIBLE DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY STATE THIS, NO MAN CAN SAY.”

The fact that cer­tain indi­vid­u­als mis­quot­ed and mis­rep­re­sent­ed what the WT said, leav­ing out per­ti­nent details, gives the WT every right to sue and demand that they remove the mis­quot­ed and mis­rep­re­sent­ed data off their sites.

CarlJanuary 6th, 2014 at 6:54 am

The Watch­tow­er Organ­i­sa­tion will maybe fall down, like the “Berlin­er Mauer” -soon­er or lat­er.
It already starts.

scotthomanJanuary 9th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

JW’s will “rule” the inter­net! HHAAAA­ha­ha­ha­haaaa… If they are con­trolled enough they will spend count­less hours defend­ing the very sys­tem which con­trols them. You can even sense the des­per­ate emo­tion in the writ­ing above that they have been hurt by this arti­cle.

Thanks for the arti­cle. I’m an athe­ist with a long JW past.

I’ve read about the 1975 issue a lot and even seen arti­cles print­ed in lat­er decades with the ‘bound vol­umes’ of the mag­a­zines in reprint com­pared to arti­cles print­ed pre-1975. They’ve gone back and changed their pre­dic­tions to exclude them. How 1984 is that?!!!

Just because some leader or writer says that 1975 isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly what you’re hop­ing for doesn’t negate the arti­cle that says bla­tant­ly that 1975 will mark the destruc­tion of this present sys­tem of gov­ern­ments, the begin­ning of the great tribu­la­tion and then the begin­ning of heaven’s direct rule over the earth and then final­ly the bliss­ful and peace­ful slav­ery (but every­one will be hap­py). That was a pret­ty big cor­po­rate screw up and there is no cov­er­ing it up. 29 years lat­er and peo­ple are still try­ing to deny it ever hap­pened. Imag­ine your­self as a holo­caust denier. Get over your­self. You’re not doing your­self or any of the read­ers any favors. this is a sil­ly endeavor…please stop that.

Paul WisemanFebruary 15th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

There will always be Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es, like there will always be virus­es and belief in God. It goes with sur­vival of the bas­tard, who wants to stay alive. Evo­lu­tion doesn’t care about destroy­ing hope, but God doesn’t want any­one to be destroyed, so stay in your iso­lat­ed sin­less void and hope to god you nev­er be tempt­ed by such.

d-boy4ChristFebruary 19th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Clear­ly there are those who refuse to believe the truth, and will con­tin­ue to remain loy­al to their taint­ed beliefs no mat­ter what.As the post before this one is a clear exam­ple of “some­one bond­ing with their abuser” …tho, that may sound harsh but, any­one who has done any research what so ever into the his­tor­i­cal ori­gins of the founder (Charles T. Rus­sel) and his beliefs, and the con­tin­u­al butcher­ing of GOD’s Word; via chang­ing of scrip­tures to suit it’s/their pur­pose, can/ would be able to see the many red flags!!! There are numer­ous errors and mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tions with­in the pub­li­ca­tions, study books and the New World Trans­la­tion bible, no Greek or Hebrew Schol­ars used dur­ing the trans­la­tion of this ver­sion, as well as,being ruled with an iron thumb of a few over­seers. Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es are some of the most beau­ti­ful peo­ple I’ve ever met, the orga­ni­za­tion how­ev­er, (i believe) has used scare tac­tics for years to induce mem­ber­ship and still does with the threat of “dis-fel­low­ship” which is com­plete­ly harsh, judg­men­tal and void of love! We must read and study God’s Word for our­selves and NOT be strict­ly under man’s inter­pre­ta­tion of it. The Bible clear­ly states “test all things by the Holy Spir­it” and “right­ly divid­ing the Word!” John 1:1–3,14 clear­ly and plain­ly express the posi­tion of JESUS being LORD; which ties into Elo­him (im in the orig­i­nal Hebrew indi­cates plur­al) walk­ing through the Gar­den of Eden and GOD the Father says “let us make man in our image!” Who was The FATHER speak­ing to??: JESUS and THE HOLY SPIRIT! This all ties cohe­sive­ly into John-10;30; where JESUS states “I and the FATHER are one” note;it reads this way in both ver­sions of the bible. The KJ and the NWT. I encour­age all Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es to read for them­selves and to research the beliefs of their (18 years old at the time) founder and who trans­lat­ed their bible.As I would also be care­ful to stop deny­ing GOD his full amount of respect,praise,honor,glory, and wor­ship by the lim­it­ing and deval­u­a­tion of Jesus (to Micheal the Arc-angel) and de-per­son­al­iza­tion of the HOLY SPIRIT (mere­ly GOD’s active force).….. read and study for your­selves!

Maeve CourteauMarch 16th, 2014 at 10:23 am

David,

The Watch­Tow­er Cor­po­ra­tion shuts down friends who study the Bible with­out “autho­riza­tion”.

There is nothing–NOTHING–more damn­ing than that sin­gle thing.

All your argu­ments above are weak in regard to the fact that the Brook­lynn men inter­ject them­selves between God and men in a fash­ion undreamed of by the Jesus of the Gospels.

Cozette TylerMarch 17th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I’m an X Jehovah’s W. When I was a mem­ber I often was dis­ap­point­ed. Because I was being left out of things in the orga­ni­za­tion. I was not allowed to par­tic­i­pate in bible stud­ies. I had a very hard time prepar­ing talks.The school over­seer looked at me like I was dum.And said you know how to pre­pare a talk I should make you give the talk over again. My mom actu­al­ly wrote the talk out and I gave it. By the broth­er say­ing that to me made me feel dum. He want­ed me to feel that way by say­ing that. I should make you do it over again. I felt very sad that night. Because the talk wasn’t my work it was my mom’s. I was get­ting cred­it for my mom’s work. Not any­thing that I did on my own. I felt real­ly bad that night I did not sing songs of praise with them. Or bowed my head in prayer with them. I cried say­ing to myself to the lord. Lord get me out of this help me find the true reli­gion

Cozette TylerMarch 17th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I also want to say some­thing about what the young man David here who was giv­ing his comment.you men­tioned no man knows the hour. Nei­ther the son of man knows the hour of God’s war. This is what the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es was first teach­ing. That Jesus did not know the hour and day of God’s war. They taught this from the Bible for many years. Now it’s changed the jehovah’s Wit­ness­es are now say­ing that jesus christ now know the hour and day that the father is going to bring about this great war. Because at first they Jeho­vah wit­ness­es said this was kept a secret for many years. I tell you anoth­er teach­ing that the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es have changed. For many years from the the time of 1914. The Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es taught from their bibles and their mmagazines. That Jesus Christ has begin rul­ing as king since the year 1914.They also taught the dates from the time of King Nev­er Chad naz­er lead­ing up to the year 1914. I would like every­one to look thus infor­ma­tion up and do research for your­self. Now the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es are teach­ing that jesus has not begin rul­ing yet until after God’s great day his war. Right now the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es are say­ing sat­en is ruling.Jesus is still wait­ing to rule this is what their teach­ing now.look up when they said jesus began rul­ing as king.And when Jesus said no man knows the hour and day. Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es have changed their teach­ing.

Cozette TylerMarch 18th, 2014 at 4:55 am

Anoth­er teach­ing I want to bring out about the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es. Now they teach that 1914 was not the tear Jesus began rul­ing as king.But rather the year he start­ed cleans­ing out his orga­ni­za­tion. Mean­ing the sep­a­ra­tion of church from the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es orga­ni­za­tion. It also explains what stared in the orga­ni­za­tion. Such as the Theo­crat­ic min­istry school. The first body of Elders. When dis­fel­low­shiped started.In 1914 that is when the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es say Jesus sep­a­rat­ed true reli­gion from false. That was also the year a lot of the faith­ful and dis­creet slave class went to heav­en the one that have died. Jesus is still wait­ing at the right hand of the father to rule.After God’s great war.

Cozette TylerMarch 18th, 2014 at 5:36 am

That arti­cle David was explain­ing was changed after 1975. Now the Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es are say­ing they nev­er said the world would end in 1975.

ElijahovahApril 30th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

How many words con­sti­tute a legal copy­right. They have a 2013 Bible date of the book of Joshua com­plet­ed in 1450bc. This is Ruther­fords 40 years in Sinai 1515–1475bc and 25 years Joshua. But cur­rent 1513–1473bc requires 1447bc death. Jose­phus agrees it is 18 years from his death to Judge Oth­niel, but two anceint Chris­t­ian chronologers clear­ly unveil 25 years upon the­bor­ders of Israel which is 1467–1442bc of which the cur­rent 19-year Jew­ish cal­en­dar starts its 19-year cycle with 1443bc, and Baby­lon with 1442bc. So are two words such as 2013 and Bible, or NWT Bible, or Joshua 1450bc? are these all copy­right­ed quotes LOL. I want all to know i wor­ship Jeho­vah, i do not wor­ship Watch­Tow­er­dom. I want them to know Jeho­vah clear­ly points out that the CITY wall to the WHOLE CITY between the holy Tem­ple and Watch­Tow­er­dom will sep­a­rate the two and destroy Watch­Tow­er­dom. It does not rep­re­sent the tem­ple. It is like Per­sian Haman sit­ting at Jew­ish queen Esthers table (wife of king Jesus), like Judas sit­ting at the table of Jesus. Jesus is not about to reject Jeho­vah if Roman sol­diers or Phar­isees kill his moth­er Mary. Unlike many imma­ture elders who tor­ture my moth­er to affect me, and have done so since i was 9. Not to men­tion they were there in the hos­pi­tal and did NOT stop the blood trans­fu­sion that she demand­ed not be giv­en here. What good are elders, if i say to a nurse DO NOT RAPE MY MOTHERS CONSCIENCE because still in after-surgery shock she was still aware enough to say no blood, (pop­ping her eyes out in fear of the nurse) and still a bag of plas­ma was then put on her the next day, and i was the only real chris­t­ian to find out what that was hooked up to her that day. Now that i made my stand here in this post, my point is that was neglect. But i do not neglect. In fact elders thru a fit over who is respon­si­ble on her blood card, not whether she gets blood or not. In fact i proud­ly state that every­thing writ­ten by me for 30 years is free-pub­lic domain, no copy-right because what Jeho­vah gives to me free, i give free. The bible needs no copy­right to pro­tect its truth no mat­ter what lan­guage or who tin­kers with it; so nor does the rev­e­la­tions giv­en to me form that same God. And since my works of writ­ing are worth bil­lions more than any church because it poten­tial­ly tells 8 bil­lion peo­ple right now how to sur­vive an aster­oid, i respect NO COPYRIGHT. If youre a church then try to sue me. I need no wealth nor per­mis­sion to defend Jeho­vah. I stood on Mount Ararat hav­ing got­ten there with no mon­ey and no mil­i­tary per­mit. And it taught me not to fear. Morde­cai said to Esther, wake up, get up, com­ply to Jeho­vah or you will be replaced and youre house will die. If 10,000 of 144,000 obey 10-bad spies of Canaan or 8 bad spies of NYC, then all 10,000 will be replaced as Esther, just as all 600,000 in Sinai were replaced with the next younger gen­er­a­tion. Jeho­vah will cor­ner Oba­ma to announce the date of the aster­oid the com­put­ers and tele­scopes will defi­nate­ly find, and at that time Esther com­plies, or Jeho­vah will replace her. If Esther fol­lows the 8 spies who have not wok­en up, then she will be replaced in the days before aster­oid strikes, because as with Ish­mael and Isaac and babay Jesus, it is the child who is saved, must be saved, thru Armaged­don. This is not about sav­ing the moth­er of the great crowd, the wife of Jesus, should she be like Vashti, Athali­ah, Mary, etc. Min­utes before his arrest Jesus referred to his death and him­self as a preg­nant woman about to give birth.

ElijahovahApril 30th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

PS the 100 years is sig­nif­i­cant. The birth of Ish­mael to Abram was ONE GENERATION in 86 years (2000–2001 Moslem). The birth of Isaac was the promised gen­er­a­tion at age 100. Schol­ars dick­er whether being in Egypt 4 gen­er­a­tions is the same as being in Egypt 400 years. Last­ly, this is the 40th year of 1975, as in Israel was pun­ished to walk in Sinai wilder­ness 40 years because they were ALL WRONG in their behav­ior and atti­tude, and their chil­dren then got the promised land. Prov­ing Watch­Tow­er wrong and unwill­ing to admit it is proof Jeho­vah is cor­rect and true. The hour is here. The Lamb will be slaugh­tered, the sheep scat­ter, and the Lamb will appear 40 days in flesh to the very day of aster­oid impact. You dont have to believe this crap of mine. Wait for the aster­oid, and then recall this was the answer what to do about it.

ElijahovahApril 30th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Anoth­er PS. I am not aware of God’s king­dom not rul­ing in 1914. If they change that, then they have spit on the license Jeho­vah has pro­vid­ed, say­ing it means noth­ing legal­ly. Case#1, words in Ezra are holy sacred word of God, this includes quot­ing the legal license a mar­riage license of build­ing a tem­ple of God in the words of a pagan king Cyrus. Case#2, pagan Britain rec­og­nized the extreme rare frozen Dutch har­bor crush­ing its ships when they pro­claimed war on Britain as bring an Act Of God, and in return they gave to God what they regard­ed as 6000 years in 1763 as also then end of 2300 years after Daniel’s death. So they gave to God (and His peo­ple) the right in all British lands to have reli­gious license as pro­tect­ed reli­gious sanc­tu­ary. Case#3, the Dutch gave up Amer­i­can new Ams­ter­dam to the British to become New York. Case#4, a British license was giv­en to the IBSA of NYC in 1914 on June 1 (the mayan new year 360-day tun), 20 days after the real new year came on May 12 as year 6001 com­plet­ed 4344 years from 2370bc. CONCLUSION: To deny this license as mere­ly pagan coop­er­a­tion with nations, is to deny Ezra’s includ­ing the legal license of Cyrus as being holy word from God. Jesus had a cousin Eli­jah, and Esther has a cousin Morde­cai, that’s me. Wake up bitch, or your death will be like Judas, instead of hon­or­able like Jesus. Jeho­vah will com­plete his 144,000 in heav­en before the aster­oid date announced by Oba­ma. Satan must lose. Satan will lose. This tri­al will win as it did with Jesus.

MaryJune 20th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I was bap­tized as one of Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es in 1971, after attend­ing the meet­ings since infan­cy. The Watch­tow­er Soci­ety did teach that Armaged­don was com­ing in 1975.

YouTube JehovahsElijahJuly 7th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

With no intend­ed defense of them or any­one i know the books well enough to say that 1975 was nev­er out­right pre­dict­ed. In all cas­es it was insin­u­at­ed and implied so that no com­mit­ment could or would be made to it. Remarks such as Would it not be fit­ting, and would it not be log­i­cal to expect it. very vague lan­guage was kept in all times, and it was elders and pio­neers and mem­bers who then said claimed it was defi­nate and that say­ing it may be 1976 or 1978 or 1980 meant you defied the goven­ring body and did not have FAITH like they do. Those who insist­ed 1975 was com­ing and would hap­pen are those who abused oth­ers who could see the mate­r­i­al was not spe­cif­ic and allowed time. Then those guilty of say­ing it left because it did­nt hap­pen, and many oth­ers guilty of say­ing it then went into wicked lying denial that they had nev­er read the mate­r­i­al that way, when they had. The guilty are not the books nor writ­ings, but rather the liars in all the small Halls who lie and deny that form their lips they were say­ing it. The lies were not in the books that all of you pub­lish try­ing to expose, the lies were from bap­tized mem­bers on the small laity lev­el. AND they are still there lying say­ing THEY did­nt say it, and will accuse me or oth­ers of accus­ing the org head Gov­ern­ing Body of lying. The indi­vid­ual liars are hid­ing their sin in the light of the rul­ing corp and claim­ing the accu­sa­tion is against that Leader not against them the indi­vid­ual. But that is not true. It was them the peo­ple, who are still there, not the books not the Leader. Elders would do this same game too. An elder abus­es, finan­i­cal­ly, sex­u­al­ly, pedophile etc, and when approached by a non-elder mem­ber then would accuse the con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber as being not against them (the one sin­ning per­son) but would hide his sin by say­ing your against us the whole body of elders. Peo­ple are this way at work too. One per­son who doet like you will shout out WE dont like you. They ral­ly. So you see the wicked who ral­ly exist in the world, get bap­tized as JWs, and do not change, they will still ral­ly and kill YOU to save them­selves.

50 YR VET KEN BREWER EX JWNovember 25th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

how won­der­full let.s all be polit­i­caly cor­rect, fight nice now . only in this illu­sion of free­dom is this possible.THIS ORGANIZATION IS CRIMINAL!!!! Crime boss,s reap­ing lives and mon­ey. WHERE IS THE MOVEMENT!!! THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED !!! an like war crime brought to JUSTICE. AND STOPPED!!!!

CamilleSeptember 30th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

I am a Jehovah’s Wit­ness and it is def­i­nite­ly not a cult. And when u say that there has been a decrease in the mem­bers u r wrong. There is 5 new King­dom Halls made every­day and church­es r being closed. And why would u think it is a cult? U have prob­a­bly nev­er been inside the King­dom Hall. And u think u know so much about the religon, well I think u got a lot of that infor­ma­tion from Wikipedia or ran­dom rumors spread online. I don’t mean to be hurt­ing anyone’s feel­ings but seri­ous­ly.

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