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The Watchtower's promises

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What are Jehovah's Witnesses waiting for?


Jehovah's Witnesses have been on the edge of their seats waiting for an event that has been promised to them by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. The Watchtower has made a bold promise to a generation of their followers since 1935 and this promise has caused their followers to put their full trust in an organization that claims to speak for God. The promise that Jehovah's Witnesses today are clinging tenaciously to is the promise that the 'great crowd' of Jehovah's Witnesses that had its beginning in 1935 will be the generation of Jehovah's Witnesses who survive Armageddon and enter alive into the new earth. They will be the only ones who will be fully human as we know it today. According to the Watchtower this special group of Jehovah's Witnesses that God has been gathering since 1935 will be the only people brought alive into the new earth who will be capable of marriage, capable of having sexual relations and capable of producing children. Everyone else will have died and be resurrected on the new earth but their resurrection will make them incapable of marriage, incapable of having sex and incapable of producing offspring. Revelation, It's Grand Climax at Hand, 1988 pg 128 says, You of the great crowd will be unique among mankind as the "millions" that did not even have to die! Yes the Watchtower has indeed made the 'great crowd' a unique and special group that has existed since 1935. Their promises have been very bold and specific as they claim God allowed them to identify in 1935 the special group destined to enter the new earth alive.

How does the Watchtower define the 'great crowd'?


To be certain what the Watchtower means by the term the 'great crowd' let's look at the April 15, 1995 Watchtower on page 31 where the question is asked about the difference between the 'other sheep' and the 'great crowd'. The article defines the term 'other sheep' as true Christians who are not of the heavenly class or 'little flock'. The 'great crowd' is also of the 'other sheep' but they are a specific group that has been given the promise of surviving Armageddon. The Watchtower says, So the "great crowd" is composed of those who come out of, or survive, the great tribulation…In summary, we might remember "other sheep" as the broader term, encompassing all of God's servants having the hope of living forever on earth. It includes the more limited category of sheeplike ones today who are being gathered as a "great crowd" with the hope of living right through the impending great tribulation. Most of those loyal Christians alive today are of the "other sheep," and they are part of the "great crowd" as well.

Does the Watchtower claim this is God's interpretation?


Does the Watchtower claim that the 'new light' about the generation that started in 1935 is their own interpretation of the 'great crowd'? Or does the Watchtower claim that a brilliant sparkling light from God revealed the generation of people destined by God himself to be the ones who will enter alive into the new earth following the destruction of Armegeddon? The answer to this question is found in the Watchtower's Revelation Its Grand Climax At Hand on pages 119-129. On page 119 in the box at the bottom, the Society says that Interpretations Belong to God. They say that it is only when the fulfillment is due that the correct interpretation is given by God.

How did this happen in 1935? One page 122 under the heading Confirming the Identity of the Great Crowd, they say, How can we state so positively that the great crowd is this modern-day group of dedicated Christians who hope to live forever on God's earth? This follows their statement on page 120 that, The understanding of Revelation 7:9-17 was now about to burst forth in all its sparkling brilliance. On page 120 the scene describing the revelation of the 'great crowd' is described. They say, The Watchtower magazine had repeatedly expressed the hope that a convention scheduled for May 30 to June 3, 1935, in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., would be "a real comfort and benefit" to those pictured by Jehonadab. That it proved to be! In a stirring talk on "The Great Multitude," delivered to about 20,000 conventioners, J. F. Rutherford, president of the Watch Tower Society, gave Scriptural proof that the modern-day other sheep are identical with that great crowd of Revelation 7:9.

At the climax of this talk, the speaker asked: "Will all those who have the hope of living forever on the earth please stand?" As a large part of the audience stood up, the president declared: "Behold! The great multitude!" There was a hush, followed by thunderous cheering. How elated was the John class-and also the Jehonadab group! On the following day, 840 new Witnesses were baptized, most of these professing to be of that great crowd.

In the spring of 1935 a large portion of the 20,000 people in attendance were told that they had been identified by God as the 'great crowd'. Of those 20,000 people the young adults in attendance that day who were a mere 20 years old are now approaching 90 years old in 2005, if they are even still alive. Those that were in attendance that day who were 35 years old and older are long dead and buried and the mere babies in their mother's arms who were not even capable of standing on their own two feet when asked who has the hope of living forever on the earth will be turning 70 in the year 2005.

Time is running out for those promised marriage, sex and children


For the new-born babies in attendance that day, the time clock is ticking away as we are fast approaching the end of the 70 year generation, the farthest limit possible to the generation of 1935. Where are the promises that Judge Rutherford made to that group of people? Where is the large portion of that group ready to enter the new earth alive, the only ones of humanity the can have sex, marriage and babies?

J.F. Rutherford did not tell the truth that day when he identified the group of people gathered in 1935 in Washington, DC as part of the Great Crowd with the hope of entering the new earth alive. He did not tell the truth to the crowd of people gathered at the convention that day when he claimed God as the source of the new light about the identity of the great crowd. He certainly did not tell the truth to those 20,000 people when he said that they could enter the new earth alive to marry, have sex and produce babies.

Those 20,000 people are almost all dead. They were given broken promises about being the special group that would have the mandate to populate the earth. Rutherford spoke as a representative of the Watchtower Society that day but he certainly didn't speak as a representative of the true God who cannot lie. By 2005 the Watchtower will have to face up to the fact that they have only broken promises to offer their followers as the generation of 1935, the promised generation of Watchtower survivors has been lied to.

What are you going to do?


Who are you going to believe for your eternal life? If you trust in the Watchtower to give you accurate light from God, you will die in your sins, never receiving the promises. Psalms 118:8 says "It is better to trust in YHWH than to put confidence in man." When you trust in an organization to give you life you have broken God's commandment not to have any other gods before him. We are not to trust in man's word to give us life, but in God alone. Pick up your Bible and start reading it without the Watchtower helps and see what God really has to say. Pray to YHWH to reveal truth to you through his word. Take your New World Translation and place other translations beside it and let God show you what his truth is not what the Watchtower says is truth. Follow the words of Jesus in the New Testament because he is the only spokesman for God. Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." If you are going to God through any organization, through any other way than Jesus alone, you will die with broken promises.


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