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The Watchtower Society Claims

they receive angelic inspiration and direction?

Could this be so....?


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:

1. very 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 happen?)

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 earth?)

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 Society.

4. or, a satanically inspired scheme to mislead the leadership and their followers.

I think we would have to choose between these last two options.

There are no other sources.

Following are some of the claims the Watchtower printed in this time period.

"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. 218).

"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. 64).


"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. p. 12).

". . .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 Witnesses.

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 of angels.

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 Jehovah's Witnesses.

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