An article from the July 2016 online edition of The Watchtower provides a great illustration of how the Watchtower organization takes symbolism from the Old Testament, applies it to itself, and uses it to teach its doctrines.
The “Questions from Readers” section contains the following: “Ezekiel chapter 37 describes two sticks that became one stick. What does this mean?”
The first sentence of the answer states, “Through his prophet Ezekiel, Jehovah foretold that his people would return to the Promised Land and that they would be united as one nation again.” The article goes on to explain that the two sticks represented the southern kingdom of Judah (which consisted of two tribes of Israel) and the northern kingdom of Ephraim (which consisted of the other ten tribes).
So far, so good.
But then it says Continue reading