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angelic inspiration and direction?
Could this be
When one examines the history of the
Watchtower Society one must ask: Where do some of their
peculiar teachings come from? In their publications during
the 1930's until the 70's they were claiming they had
"divine angelic" direction. Supposedly God used angels as
messengers to communicate with the "anointed" on earth (in
Brooklyn) who then spread their message to the world through
their many publications.
Looking back now at the many changes
in their doctrines since that time period one has to wonder
who's angels were they that were giving the messages. If
they were true messages from God then they should never
change. The late president F.W. Franz even claimed while
under oath in a court trial in Scotland that "Jehovah God
was the editor of The Watchtower".
If the messages that were supposedly
brought to the leadership or the "anointed" ones at Brooklyn
turned out to be in error in later years then we must ask
who's angels or messengers were they?
If God is unchangeable and would not
lie then either the angels were:
careless and unreliable in bringing their messages
to the governing body and the writers of The
Watchtower, (Can we believe God would pick
such messengers and allow this to
2. they were
actually evil deceiving angels passing on erroneous
messages to confuse people. (Again could you
believe that God would not be able to recognize
this and check them out before passing on Godly
information to his anointed followers on
3. it was a
totally man made theory to try and give credibility
to their peculiar doctrines presented by the
President and the leadership of the
4. or, a
satanically inspired scheme to mislead the
leadership and their followers.
think we would have to choose between these last
no other sources.
Following are some of the claims the
Watchtower printed in this time
"Again the Lord sent his
angel to carry out matters of great importance as
pertaining to his people on earth. He caused his
representatives or deputies, who are invisible to
men, to direct what should be done by his visible
servants on the earth. This is further proof of the
completeness with which Jehovah keeps his hand in
all his work"
(Light. Volume I. 1930. p.
"There cannot be a question
or doubt that Jesus Christ can and does direct
every division of his organization and that he can
and does use his holy angels to carry into
operation his orders and direct the course of the
remnant on earth, regardless of the fact that the
remnant cannot see these agents or ambassadors of
the Lord and can have no direct or audible
communication with them." (The
Watchtower. September 1. 1932. p. 263).
"Visible human creatures had
to do with that message, yet. in fact, it was a
message of the Lord sent through his invisible
angels, because without a doubt these are clothed
with authority to direct the course of earthly
members of God's organization". (Light.
Volume 1. l930. P- 106).
"Again God put in the the
mind of his people, by his angel, to act and carry
out his purposes
" (Light. Volume I.
l930. p. 120).
"The Lord used The Watchtower
to announce these truths. Doubtless he used his
invisible deputies to have much to do with it"
(Light Volume 1. l930. p.
"Jehovah has made the
necessary arrangements within his organization to
instruct his people, and all recognize that for
some years The Watchtower has been the means of
communicating information to God's people. That
does not mean that those that prepare the
manuscript for The Watchtower are inspired, but
rather it means that the Lord through his angels
sees to it information is given to his people in
due time. . ." (Riches 1936. p. 316).
". . . the servant class on
earth are directed by the Lord through his duly
constituted deputies or angels. (Light.
Volume II.1930 p. 20).
"Doubtless the Lord uses
these holy angels to direct the course of his
people on earth; what they shall take and what they
shall do. The angels are a part of God's
organization . . ." (Light Volume II. 1930.
". . .the heavenly messengers
or angels of the Lord now used by the Lord in
behalf of the remnant. These angels are invisible
to human eyes and are there to carry out the orders
of the Lord. No doubt they first hear the
instruction which the Lord issues to his remnant
and then these invisible messengers pass such
instructions to the remnant" (Vindication,
Volume III. 1932 . p. 250)
"Certain duties and Kingdom
interests have been committed by the Lord to his
angels, which include the transmission of
information to God's anointed people on the earth
for their aid and comfort" (Preparation
1933. p. 36).
". . . angels of the Lord at
the temple are used to enlighten and comfort the
anointed ones and to bring them refreshing truths.
Those of the remnant being honest and true, must
say. We do not know; and the Lord enlightens them,
sending his angels for that very purpose"
(Preparation, 1933. p. 67).
"This would indicate that
Jehovah's Witnesses today make their declaration of
the good news of the Kingdom under angelic
direction and support . . . the nations will see
the fulfillment of what these witnesses say as
directed from the heaven" (The Watchtower.
April I. 1972 P- 200).
F. W. Franz
during a court trial in
Scotland (1954) was asked these questions under oath. (P.
39-40 from court transcript) (Franz later became the
President of the Society)
ATTORNEY: 'In the fifth place, it is
an article of belief that there is an innumerable number of
angels which operate under divine direction?
ATTORNEY: And that they have a
supervisory charge in relation to those who are Jehovah's
FRANZ: Yes. The
Apostle Paul says so is Hebrews 1:14.
ATTORNEY: This matter of the angelic
creation and their function in relation to Jehovah's
Witnesses, is that to your knowledge a unique belief?
FRANZ: No. there are
other religious denominations which believe in the existence
ATTORNEY: That is not unique?
FRANZ: That is not
unique in itself.
ATTORNEY: But is there any unique
element in the association between the belief in the
existence of the various ranks of angels and their
activities in relation to Jehovah's Witnesses?
FRANZ: Well. we
believe that the angels of God are used in directing