“Wrong expectations” sounds much nicer than “false prophecies.” Accordingly, the Watchtower often defends itself against a charge of being a false prophet by comparing itself with Bible prophets who had misunderstandings.
Let’s examine this defense in some detail and consider how to respond. Continue reading
As we examine the defenses the Watchtower makes against claims that it meets the Bible’s definition of a false prophet, let’s look at the one it uses most often. Continue reading
The Watchtower’s own translation of Deuteronomy 18:20-22 reads as follows: “If any prophet presumptuously speaks a word in my name that I did not command him to speak or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. However, you may say in your heart: ‘How will we know that Jehovah has not spoken the word?’ When the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word is not fulfilled or does not come true, then Jehovah did not speak that word. The prophet spoke it presumptuously. You should not fear him.”
In recent weeks, I’ve documented false prophecies the Watchtower has made concerning the years 1914, 1918, 1925, and 1975.
When Christians present this documentation and accuse the Watchtower of being a false prophet, how do Jehovah’s Witnesses respond? The Watchtower has trained them to present several defenses. We will look at two of them today. Continue reading
The Watchtower got Jehovah’s Witnesses excited about a new date for Armageddon and the beginning of Christ’s millennial kingdom—1975. Continue reading
The Watchtower predicted wholesale destruction of Christendom’s churches for 1918 and the resurrection of the patriarchs for 1925. Obviously, they were wrong on both counts. Continue reading