Did the Church get it wrong for the first 1900 years?
Charles T. Russell is the founder of the Jehovah Witnesses. Although raised a Protestant, he departed because he did not agree with the teaching of eternal judgment (hell) and the Trinity. He predicted that Jesus would return in 1874. After that did not happen, he recalculated to 1914. Once this event was not apparent he said Jesus in fact returned as a ghost. Joseph Franklin Rutherford took over in 1916 after Russell’s death. Rutherford determined that Jehovah Witnesses constituted God’s government on earth and decreed all other Christian sects as satanic. Witnesses do not pledge allegiance to any country. They deny the incarnation and bodily resurrection of Jesus and declare that Jehovah alone is God. Jesus is really Michael the Archangel. Rutherford predicted Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would return to earth between 1925 and 1929. He also predicted that only 144,000 people would go to heaven. When Witness membership exceeded this number in 1935, he said everyone who became a Witness after 1935 would live in a new paradise on earth. He died in 1942 being proven a false prophet. The same year Nathan H. Knorr took over. He created a new version of the Bible which fits Jehovah Witness doctrine. Knorr predicted that Armageddon would occur in 1975. By 1976 over one million Witnesses left their religion. Knorr died in 1976. After all these failures Witness now believe the organization is the prophet. To reject the organization is to reject God. Only their decrees are true. They believe the Trinitarian doctrine was inspired by Satan. Jesus was not killed on a cross, but rather on a straight poll. Only his spirit resurrected.
Rev. 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Rev. 21:5-7 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Rev. 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Rev, 1:17-18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Acts 8:29, “the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’
Acts 13:2, “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’”
John 14:26, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 16:13-14 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.
The false prophets of the Watchtower declare that Jesus is not God and the Holy Spirit is not God. How can we say that these men, who made numerous false predictions, knew the truth when the scripture that they claim to represent testifies against them? The Lord God who is the First and the Last and is also the one who was dead but now lives. Jesus declared the Holy Spirit is a person. The Holy Spirit also spoke and referred to himself as “me and I”. May our blessed Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit have compassion upon the Witnesses who have great zeal to bring them to the knowledge of the truth in Jesus the Son of God.
Jehovah Witnesses believe in one God Jehovah. Jesus was an incarnation of an angel and the Holy Spirit is an it. Jesus died on a straight poll but only his spirit resurrected. He could not and did not die for our sins. Only 144,000 of the best witnesses get to heaven. They ignore that the 144,000 in revelation are made up of 12,000 from each tribe of Israel not 144,000 non-Israelite Gentile Witnesses. A series of proven false prophets have removed them from any semblance of Biblical Christianity.