False Prophecy Part 3 With A Jehovah’s Witness Elder

JW Kitty 1975JW: All I need is this (pointing to his Bible) and this (pointing to the “Teach” book).

KW: (Pointing to my Bible) All I need is this. If the Watchtower did imply that 1975 was going to be the end of the world, and obviously it hasn’t happened, then that would concern me.

JW: Let’s say I was afraid to search it out. What would that change between us sitting here discussing things?

He had sort of a sad look in his face at this point. I got the impression that he thought I would no longer study with him if he refused to look at the references. From the looks of him, he didn’t like that thought.

KW: What do you mean by, “What would change?”

JW: Why do we need to talk about this in the first place?

KW: Because it is stuff we talked about last week. I mentioned TV preachers and false prophecy and you said that because some Jehovah’s Witnesses believed the end of the world was going to occur in 1975, the Watchtower has been accused of being a false prophet.

JW: There are a lot of things people believe about us.

KW: I know and I want to know the truth. If the Watchtower never said anything about 1975, then there is no reason to fear looking for it.

He started looking at his phone again so I started reading the web page about 1975.

KW: (After a long pause) Are you familiar with the book, “Life Everlasting and Freedom in the Sons of God?

JW: No.

KW: This 1980 Watchtower supposedly talks about it.

I wanted to make note of that book in hopes that he would look at it on his own. Unfortunately, it is not on the Watchtower library CD-Rom. He kept reading his phone so I kept reading my iPad. I told him that some of the quotes go back to 1966.

KW: Does your CD go back to 1966?

JW: I don’t know.

He kept reading his phone so I kept reading the article on my iPad.

KW: What is a district overseer?

JW: It is a traveling brother, an elder who travels from one congregation to another.

KW: This web site supposedly has an mp3 of an overseer named Dugan who announced at a Pampa Texas assembly, “not really a full 83 months remains, so let’s be faithful and confident and … we will be alive beyond the war of Armageddon…, which therefore slated Armageddon for October 1975.”

JW: (Ignoring my quote) Well, I found something about 1975, but I can’t click on the link. I’ll have to look it up at home.

We both went back to reading. He finally put down his phone, opened his “Teach” book and asked, “Are we still going to study?”

KW: Sure. Hang on a sec.

I then quoted something I read from the article. I read the chart title aloud;

KW: 6,000 Years Of Human History Ending In 1975. So are you going to look this stuff up for me?

JW: No, not from there.

KW: I’m not asking about the web site. I’m asking about the CD-Rom.

JW: I already found something, but I can’t click on the link. I’ll look it up on the CD.

KW: Yeah, that is what I’m asking, Look something up on the CD for me.

JW: What for?

KW: Because false prophecy is a pretty serious issue. I thought we agreed on that last week.

JW: Yes, but I will not accept anything that remotely comes from an apostate. I will not check that out.

KW: I’m not asking you to. I’m only asking you to look things up on your CD. That’s it. This way, you can show me that whoever made these claims against the Watchtower is wrong. My Mom taught me to look both ways before I cross the street. I don’t know why you are, but I am not against looking at both positions and making my decision based off of Scripture, logic and reason. No one can make an informed decision unless they are informed. I’ve got to take all the evidence…

JW: (Interrupting) I haven’t talked about this issue in a long time about 6,000 years of human history ending in 1975. There are some people who read too much into that. That didn’t mean that the end would come in 1975.

KW: According to a 1968 Watchtower quoted here, “it may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years.”

JW: That’s what the web site says.

KW: It has a reference here. This is what I want to know, did the Watchtower actually say that or did somebody else say it?

JW: Even if they did say it, it doesn’t mean that we stop being on the watch.

My Witness friend started talking about how the Bible says the thief comes in the night and if you are told that he is coming to come at 11:00, but doesn’t, then that doesn’t mean that you can go to sleep because he might come later in the night. I explained that I was not talking about lowering my guard. I wanted to investigate a possible false prophecy.

It strikes me now as irony that not investigating is actually dropping your guard. I told him that I wanted to know why the chart can confidently claim that 6,000 years of Man’s history will end in 1975. To know when 6,000 years ends, you would first have to know when it began. How would anyone know when history began? I wanted to know why the Watchtower was teaching it and on what basis. I told him again that I’ve never read anything about 1975 in all my years of Bible reading. When I asked about the significance of 6,000 years he replied;

JW: (Laughing) I don’t know and I don’t care.

KW: Let me ask you a question. This will be, uh… an interesting question. IF the Watchtower was a false prophet, would you want to know about it?

JW: It is not.

KW: IF

JW: The Bible contains prophecies. The Watchtower doesn’t contain any prophecies.

KW: If whoever is running the organization, if they are false prophets, would you want to know?

JW: They are not.

KW: But if they were, would you want to know?

JW: They are not.

KW: I’m not saying they are. I am asking if they were. If they were, would you want to know?

My Witness friend started to explain how out every other religion in the world the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the closest thing to what the Bible teaches. I pointed out that he only says that because he is a Jehovah’s Witness and that a person from any another religion would say the same thing.

I also told him that I know what God says about false prophets and those who follow them. I wouldn’t want to be guilty of following a false prophet because the same judgment falls on the followers of false prophets (Ezekiel 14:10).

KW: If the Watchtower was a false prophet, I would want to know because I do not want to be under the same judgment.

JW: If the Watchtower claimed to be inspired by God, which they are not, then it would be a different story, but you don’t find any prophecies in the Watchtower. They just look at the Bible and see how it pertains to us.

He then tried to change the subject to what we talked about at the end of our meeting last week. I managed to get it back on topic quickly.

JW: What you maintain is “once saved, always saved.” That is not true.

KW: You don’t even believe you are saved anyway so it doesn’t make any difference.

JW: That’s true, but it would be deceiving to believe you are saved when you are not saved.

KW: It could also be deceiving to hold the view you hold, if you were taught it by a false prophet.

JW: No, I could look it up myself.

KW: That is all I am asking you to do.

JW: I could look it up in the Bible.

KW: The Bible doesn’t say anything about 1975.

JW: I am not interested in 1975.

KW: Why is the Watchtower? Some of these quotes go back to the 60’s.

JW: I have no way of looking it up. The CD only goes back to the 70’s and I don’t have any books that go back that far.

KW: You don’t know anyone who has books that old?

JW: No.

KW: Really? Hmmm.

I know this is not true. The Awake magazines go back to 1970 on the CD, but the Watchtower magazines go back to 1950. Also, in every Kingdom Hall I have visited, they always have a small library with bound volumes and other books that go back into the 1950’s. He was lying because he didn’t want me to continue to pester him about looking up references. It didn’t work.

JW: I could look and see how far the CD goes back, but I’m pretty sure it stops in the 70’s.

KW: Okay, then let me give you one reference from before the 70’s and if you can’t find it, then you can’t find it.

JW: No.

KW: You don’t even want to look at one reference from a Watchtower? If it isn’t there, then you will not find it.

JW: I already told you I found one reference that I will look up when I get home.

KW: Yes, I want to see that, as well as these other quotes. Show me something from 1969.

I quickly started reading one of the quotes from the JWFacts.com web site. I failed to recognize that it was a quote from an Awake magazine until after I read the whole quote aloud. Since it is from 1969, it will not show up on his CD. Still the quote led to an interesting discussion.

KW: “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. Of the generation that observed the beginning of the “last days” in 1914, Jesus foretold: “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.”-Matt. 24:34. Therefore, as a young person, you will never fulfill any career that this system offers. If you are in highschool and thinking about a college education, it means at least four, perhaps even six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But where will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way toward its finish, if not actually gone! Awake! 1969 May 22 p.15.”  You wouldn’t want to look that up?

My witness friend then started looking for every possible escape hatch to evade the point of the quote. He said that he knew we were in the time of the end. I explained that if I was in high school in 1969 and was told not to go to college because the end of the world could happen before I finished, I’d be pretty upset 44 years later if I was working as a janitor because I didn’t  go to college.

He then said he was not encouraging his son to go to college because he could spend his time “more wisely.” I told him he was missing the point and asked if he would to quit his job and do the preaching work if the Watchtower recommended it. He started talking about how everyone has their own personal decisions, again missing the point. He then took it further by talking about how we are not to live materialistic lifestyles and we should be satisfied making less money. At this point, he was purposefully missing the point and talking about how people don’t need degrees to be able to provide for their family.

KW: It concerns me that someone who is claiming to speak for God, tells me, “Don’t go to college because you probably will not even finish your degree anyway before the world ends.” I don’t get it. I don’t know why you are so adverse to looking at 1975.

JW: Because it doesn’t matter.

KW: Tell me why it doesn’t matter.

JW: Because of the verse which says no one knows the time.

I agreed then reiterated how concerned I would be if someone led me to believe that the end of the world was going to happen in 1975 and I made important life decisions based off of that information, decisions that would affect me decades later. He went back to looking at his phone so I took the opportunity to find a good quote from the web page I was skimming. I found a quote and asked;

KW: Tell me how you would respond to this. You go to the Kingdom Hall and get the new December 2013 Kingdom Ministry and it says this, “Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.” How would you take that?

JW: That the end is imminent.

KW: What is the Watchtower encouraging you to do?

JW: Spend your time wisely.

He was avoiding my point.

KW: What else are they encouraging you to do?

JW: What?

KW: Sell your home and property.

JW: That’s what some people would do if they decided to.

KW: Here is the Watchtower encouraging me to sell my home and property…

JW: (Interrupting) No, no.

KW: They just said, “Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.” I’m placing myself in your shoes. If I am a Jehovah’s Witness and I get the December Kingdom Ministry and it tells me that a good way to spend my time is to sell my home and property so that I could, “finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service,” I’m thinking if I sell my stuff, I will have enough money to get me through before the wicked world’s end. Would you not take that seriously?

JW: The idea is to live a simple life and do as much as you can in service for Jehovah preaching the good news.

KW: But would you expect the end to come before you ran out of money?

JW: I’m sorry. Most Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have a house to sell.

KW: But you do. Would you sell your property and use that money to live so you can do your service and expect that the end of the world would come before you ran out of money?

JW: All that counts is this year.

KW: Then why did they tell them to do that in 1974?

JW: How do you know that is a direct quote?

KW: That is what I want you to look up for me. I’ll tell you what, if this May 1974 page three Kingdom Ministry doesn’t say that, I will email this guy and tell him he is a liar. I’d also ask him why he thinks he can make up lies like this. But if this Kingdom Ministry does say that, then I would want to know why the Watchtower was encouraging people to do something in 1974 that would not give them enough money to make it to 2013.

JW: The idea is to be ready for when the ends comes.

KW: If you don’t have enough money to live, you’re not ready.

JW: If that is really true and they had to correct the view, then what does it matter?

KW: Because people were misled by someone to sell their homes and property.

JW: Well, okay. I’d have to look that up at home.

KW: I want to know if they really said that, if the Kingdom Ministry really said that. Will you look up that reference for me?

He reluctantly looked for a pen and asked for the reference. After he wrote it down, he pointed to Matthew 6:33 and said, “That is all that counts.” I informed him that this was one of the first verses I memorized as a Christian. Once I got him to write down the reference, I completely backed off of him. He rambled on about unrelated things and I just let him talk. We talked about apartment living and somehow ended up looking on Google maps for the place he grew up and spent most of his life. He excused himself to go to the restroom and I noticed that it was a little after noon. When he returned to the table, I offered to buy him lunch, but he said he had a dental appointment and needed to go.

This was the most difficult discussion we have had to date. I pushed harder than I ever have before because he was much more rigid and obstinate than he has ever been. As I look back on our discussion, I don’t think I was ever in danger of having him bail on me and stopping our discussions. In fact, I think it is the opposite. I think he was worried that I would stop meeting with him. That thought is gratifying and sad at the same time. I am happy that he wants to keep meeting with me, but then I wonder what his personal life is like and if he has many friends. I think he values our friendship and that is good, but I sense a bit of desperation there too. I am puzzled why he put up with as much pressure as I gave him, but somehow, I knew he would. I only hope it is God working on his heart.

I know the things he will find in his research can crush him. Please join me in prayer for my Jehovah’s Witness friend.

40 Thoughts on “False Prophecy Part 3 With A Jehovah’s Witness Elder

  1. Good job

  2. You are correct, it can be crushing – imagine living a lie for decades. I know, I did it.

    You are a patient person for sure, I hope you can help him out of the cult.

  3. Like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Great efforts! I asked the same question, and got an eager response that our teacher would bring the article we wanted. Sadly, he returned the following week with a TRANSCRIBED, TYPEWRITTEN COPY of the article. It was so obviously a fake, we pitched it, along with our bible study.

    Instead of focusing so much energy on old teachings, have you considered looking at their current ones? I’m amazed at the conversation you are having. I wonder if your teacher will actually remain your “Friend” after this discussion. How long have you been studying with him?

    • Thanks for the compliment!

      Yes, I have looked at some of the newer teachings. Let me give you a little history on how all this started. I go to the Memorial every year and have done so for probably 10-13 years. I met this elder at the Memorial this past March and we have been meeting almost every week since then.

      It started off with us talking about what just about every Jehovah’s Witness wants to discuss, the Trinity, Deity of Christ, etc. I almost lost him because he was frustrated by my answers. I managed to get him to keep meeting with me and go through the “Teach” book. As different topics come up, we sometimes chase rabbits evidenced by the fact that we only just now finished chapter two in the book. Yeah, we chase rabbits alright.

      If you want to follow the whole discussion, start with my “Memorial report” and then work your way through my “A Conversation With A Jehovah’s Witness Elder” tag (<---They are linked). They are listed from newest first so you will have to go back to the beginning. Thanks for your comments and interest in my conversation. It has been quite the ride!

      • I am so glad to have been sent to your blog! I was studying with the JW’s for a few years. We chased some rabbits also, but I wasn’t as knowledgable or prepared as you. I almost became a JW! Thankfully, God protected me. I think He was preparing me for something else… Sadly, my parents and sister did decide to join, and now our family is ripped into two parts, and I am on the receiving end of some shunning. Someday, I hope they will wake up. When they do, I will do my best to help them with their recovery. I am still healing from the false teachings and mind control.

        Of course, there is a lot more to the story. I am actually studying the Bible, with a focus on the book of Matthew this year. As I read the actual words of Jesus, I am stunned at the lies I believed! Lies!

        I have a great compassion for the JW’s, and love to see the work you are doing! Thanks for the great example. I will be studying your blog, and sharing the link with interested friends. Awesome!

        • FW,
          Glad to help! I’m thankful you were sent here too and the fact that God protected you from the Watchtower. If there is anything I can do to help with your family or your recovery, don’t hesitate to ask.

          Thanks also for sharing my blog. PLEASE do that. There are so many facebook groups and forums that I do not participate in simply because I can’t do them all. I can’t keep up with all of them, but if other folks share the links, I’m better able to keep up with the comments here.

          Thanks again.

  5. I’m an atheist because of leaving the JW’s and I actually commented on one of your other articles recently. This article had me cringing becaus of how he reacted in the exact same way my grandmother and so many of the elders would – voiding the question. He did nothing the entire time but dodge, dodge, dodge, the ultimate defense mechanism. I tried doing it too as a JW, but unfortunately for the JW’s I wasn’t a complete idiot and I realized that the person (Your spiritual predecessor in this case) was completely right and I was wasting my time as a JW.

    This article has almost a certain comedic edge to it if it weren’t so, so sad.

    • Klonk,
      As I was writing up the previous report (false prophecy 2), I actually did laugh at the part where I realized that he was talking about the online library and I was on Google. I couldn’t have planned that any better. That alone is just about enough to let you know there is a God involved here. 😉

  6. Jo Smith on November 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm said:

    As I read this I start to feel sick that I was once so blinded. I actually feel panic for him. To begin seeing how blinded you are. My mom is still a jw. I asked her about false prophecy and the WT and she hands be the new light line. I asked her how do you tell the difference between new light and false prophecy. She said, I don’t know. Priceless.

  7. This one topic (looking at WT history and prophecies) has gotten me no where.

    One side of their mouth they are saying i”t is God’s spirit directed organization dispensing the proper food at the proper time and you better believe the GB or else.” Or the other side “they are only human”

    They won’t look at any literature unless they brought it. This includes anything written by the WT even like a few years ago… Frustrating!

    • Very frustrating. It takes awhile before they realize the cognitive dissonance.

    • Rob,
      you said , ” This one topic ( looking at WT history and prophecies has gotten me
      no where . ”

      What do you base this opinion of yours on ? Remember, IF you use the issue
      of WT history and failed predictions correctly — i.e. always ASK Jw’s questions
      and be careful to NEVER TELL them , otherwise their thinking process will change
      and they’ll not ponder what you’ve said . We plant seeds, we need to rest in that fact.
      So don’t beat yourself up thinking you’re not getting anywhere in your ministering
      with these people . Keep on the firing line ! If we make time to share with Jw’s
      then God will do the rest . You have a burden for them and you’re attempting to help
      them —- that’s awesome . Keep going .

  8. Keath Carly on November 16, 2013 at 10:45 am said:

    *** w66 10/15 p. 631 Rejoicing over “God’s Sons of Liberty” Spiritual Feast ***
    THE YEAR 1975
    At the Baltimore assembly Brother Franz in his closing remarks made some interesting comments regarding the year 1975. He began casually by saying, “Just before I got on the platform a young man came to me and said, ‘Say, what does this 1975 mean? Does it mean this, that or any other thing?’” In part, Brother Franz went on to say: ‘You have noticed the chart [on pages 31-35 in the book Life Everlasting—in Freedom of the Sons of God]. It shows that 6,000 years of human experience will end in 1975, about nine years from now. What does that mean? Does it mean that God’s rest day began 4026 B.C.E.? It could have. The Life Everlasting book does not say it did not. The book merely presents the chronology. You can accept it or reject it. If that is the case, what does that mean to us? [He went into some length showing the feasibility of the 4026 B.C.E. date as being the beginning of God’s rest day.]
    ‘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.

    But the big point of it all is this, dear friends: Time is short. Time is running out, no question about that.’

    Who are showing themselves ready? Mt. 24:42-44

    • Your quote is from 1966. The newer quote I included in my blog post is very clear that those living then should not pursue education because they will never grow old. If someone was 18 then, they would be 62 now. Do 18-year-olds think that someone in their 60’s has grown old?

  9. The leadership of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society , claiming to be Jehovah’s
    modern day prophet , is quite possibly the most text book example of a false prophet
    to come along in the last century or so . Matt 24:11

    God help the sincere people who submit to this prophet . May they do the right thing and
    be loyal to God by asking for His strength to walk away from a man made organization .

  10. jeffro77 on November 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm said:

    If the elder thinks 1975 doesn’t matter, try getting him to defend 607 instead.

    • He hasn’t told me about 607 yet so I can’t bring it up without raising suspicions.

      • jeffro77 on November 17, 2013 at 2:05 am said:

        Fair enough. However, their selection of 1975 is based on when they say Adam was created, which in turn is based on counting backwards from their assumptions about 607. If you were to ask about how they arrived at 1975, the response would be hinged around 607. And their beliefs about 1914 are directly associated with their dogmatic selection of 607.

  11. U will not find it any publications. But u will find that 1975 was mark year for Adam and Eve
    Existence sence there fall in the garden according to Bible chronology. Some thought it also be the end of inperfect mankind but rumors were started in calif but quickle by the faithful slave as a misunderstanding but never spread to other state .

    • The Watchtower plainly stated that human history was to end in 1975. If it did not end, then they are false prophets. Are we or are we not still considered within human history?

  12. Ended by the slave because it was incorrect.

  13. Hey Keith – thanks for taking all the time to blog your conversations – I just finished reading the last 3 or 4 posts. Wow – I would pay for this if I had to – its that good. I will continue to pray for your friend and for you and the Family. Love you Brother!

  14. Thanks! We love and miss you and your family.

  15. There is no articles! And you cannot Produce such a article . Give me the year and the mouth it published .

    • I’m glad you asked. Here is the quote and reference.

      “Are we to assume from this study that the battle of Armageddon will be all over by the autumn of 1975, and the long-looked-for thousand-year reign of Christ will begin by then? Possibly, but we wait to see how closely the seventh thousand-year period of man’s existence coincides with the sabbathlike thousand-year reign of Christ. If these two periods run parallel with each other as to the calendar year, it will not be by mere chance or accident but will be according to Jehovah’s loving and timely purposes. Our chronology, however, which is reasonably accurate (but admittedly not infallible), at the best only points to the autumn of 1975 as the end of 6,000 years of man’s existence on earth. It does not necessarily mean that 1975 marks the end of the first 6,000 years of Jehovah’s seventh creative “day.” Why not? Because after his creation Adam lived some time during the “sixth day,” which unknown amount of time would need to be subtracted from Adam’s 930 years, to determine when the sixth seven-thousand-year period or “day” ended, and how long Adam lived into the “seventh day.” And yet the end of that sixth creative “day” could end within the same Gregorian calendar year of Adam’s creation. It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years.” Watchtower 1968 Aug 15 p.499

      Weeks, months, but NOT YEARS. It has been DECADES.

  16. Did jesus apostles beleave they were liveing in the last days?

  17. Ray,
    you’re kicking a dead horse here . You’ve mentioned about some rumors about the
    year 1975 being started by “some ” in California but not spreading to other states and
    that Watchtower leaders stopped those rumors . Not sure what you exactly mean by that
    but concerning the date 1975 the spotlight remains on those who picked that date in the
    first place , and we know who that was . It was not some rank and file Jw’s . It was the
    W.T. prophet . Beleaguered by it’s track record of introducing faulty teachings about
    dates in the past ( 1874, 1914, 1925 ) , the W.T. prophet was clever enough with 1975
    that it introduced just enough to ignite a new extreme sense of urgency among rank and
    file members , this would result in more field service and sell more literature . It worked .
    There’s nothing like the fear of Armageddon / end of the world etc that propels Jw’s into
    into a frenzy and produces new members —this has been the W.T. prophet’s m.o. for
    a long , long time , all based on the W/.T. prophet’s exclusive claim to be the sole
    channel that God uses to interpret His prophecies and inform mankind of His truths .

    Now it goes without saying that some Jw’s might have said things that would be only
    rumor , but why did the W.T. prophet state : ” Why are you looking forward to 1975 ?”
    Why pick a date ? Look what happened to many Jw’s who trusted their prophet to
    know something about this date that they were only privileged to now know because
    something huge was soon to transpire —- it was said that Armageddon is , ” very close indeed ” . What ???
    The W.T. prophet resorted to something similar in attempting to link World War 2 with
    Armageddon . Incredibly many sincere Jw’s put off marriage because they were told
    by their prophet that the scriptures warned against marriage at this time because it
    would hinder their witnessing work . Likewise in the short time left before 1975 arrived
    the W.T. prophet spoke approvingly upon hearing reports of Jw’s selling their homes
    to devote more time in the pioneer service .

    True prophets speak what the Lord tells them but false prophets are those who speak
    their own dreams or guesses and will often use God’s name as a way to get people to
    believe their false teachings —-Jer 14: 14
    The Watchtower prophet is a false prophet . It has led sincere people into error and
    personal loss . Though it was more crafty in how it pushed the 1975 date as
    compared to it’s past behavior with dates it introduced, still this date was created in the
    minds of a few men in New York and was allowed to cause personal damage to people .
    It never should have appeared in print in the first place .
    Jw’s deserve better treatment than this . No wonder Jesus warned everyone about
    false prophets coming —Matt 24:11 .
    Jw’s : be loyal to Jehovah and walk away from the Watchtower prophet , salvation is available outside of this man made organization .

  18. Luke 21:8 is a powerful scripture that can really get that elder thinking, if used in conjunction with JW history of false end time dates – and I’m talking all the way back to the days of C.T. Russel.

    You can read him Luke 21:8 in the ESV ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2021:8&version=ESV ) In that verse, Jesus tells his followers not to go after those saying “The time is at hand”. Then show him a non-apostate site advertising C.T. Russel’s book entitled . . . “The Time is At Hand!” (here’s a non-apostate link: https://archive.org/details/TheTimeIsAtHandByCharlesTazeRussell ) Tell him that in the book C.T. Russel made some end time date predictions that never came true. Then ask him:

    “If Jesus told his followers not to go after those saying “the time is at hand”, would I be obeying him if I joined an organization started by a men who made that very claim? Would Jesus choose as his faithful and discreet slave, the very kind of people he warned his followers not to go after?”

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