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Jehovah's Witnesses Governing Body explains why God is Delaying Armageddon

Jehovah's Witnesses Governing Body explains why God is Delaying Armageddon

Jehovah's Witnesses

According to the teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses, their global evangelical work is the fulfillment of Revelations 7:9 in which the Apostle John says:

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

The Jehovah's Witnesses in their teaching, claim that the "Great Crowd"  in Revelation refers to ordinary members of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization and that they are  different from a special select group of "144000" represented in the present world by the leadership of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization referred to in affected modesty as the "discrete slave class."  The special class of 144,000, according to the Governing Body of the Jehovah's Witnesses which sets the doctrines and teachings of the group, will rule as spirit beings with Christ in heaven while the "Great Crowd which no man can  count" have no hope of going to heaven but will live forever in paradise on earth under the government of Christ and his "spiritual brothers" that is, the 14,000.

According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, Jehovah God has largely completed the gathering of the anointed 144,000  which began with the down-pouring of the holy spirit on Pentecost  and members of the Jehovah's Witnesses leadership are the remnant of this specially anointed and privileged group. The present global evangelical work of the Jehovah's Witness is God's program for ingathering of  "sheeplike ones" (as distinct from the rest of us "goat-like" ones whom God will destroy in the battle of Armageddon) who will be earthly subjects of God's Kingdom ruling from heaven. Only those who accept the gospel as preached by Jehovah's Witnesses and become part of  "Gods visible organization on earth,"  i.e. the Jehovah's Witnesses, will survive the prophesied Armageddon in which God will destroy all non-Jehovah's witnesses (as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be at Armageddon).

But why is God delaying execution of judgment on us wicked folk for so long? The 1914 Generation which is supposed to see the end of this "wicked system of things" has passed, yet God is withholding his wrath against the stiffnecked majority of humanity who have refused to join themselves to Jehovah and his only true organization on earth.

According to the website Jwfacts.com,  the Jehovah's Witnesses leadership quotes 2 Peter 3: 9:

Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.

The Jehovah's Witnesses leadership claims that God has in recent times been speeding up the growth of the Watchtower Society to fulfill the ingathering of "sheeplike ones" from all nations, tongues and races, a "Great Crowd" which no man can count  and who will survive Armageddon into God's new paradise on earth.  (They make this claim even though statistics show that in recent times the rate of growth of  the Jehovah's Witnesses organization has slowed down significantly.)  Watchtower Magazine, explains:

JEHOVAH is now speeding up the ingathering of sheeplike ones. Surely, then, this is no time for his people to slow down in their Kingdom-preaching and disciple-making work. (Isaiah 60:8, 22; Matthew 24:14; 28:19, 20) ? Indeed, increased witnessing activity by so many more publishers and pioneers is now stirring up the world field. And the momentum of this joyous ingathering will yet grow.?Isaiah 60:11?

A quick calculation by jwfacts.com website shows, however, just how monstrously faulty the Jehovah's Witnesses excuse for God's delaying of  Armageddon really is. According to the site,  on the average, more than 200,000 people are born worldwide , but the daily increase in Jehovah's witnesses as at 2005 was only 224 persons. This means that for each day Armageddon delays God will have to destroy approximately an extra 200,000 people.

Surely, Jehovah God would do better to speed up Armageddon and get the gory job done rather than delay endlessly!

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  • John

    For almost all of the 20th century this religion preached that Armageddon would arrive before the 1914 generation passed away. In 1995 they ended that connection with 1914 but then watched as their membership numbers started to decline. Luckily though in 2010 Jehovah God provided His chosen people with “increased light” on this issue. Apparently Armageddon is now scheduled to occur before the generation that overlaps the generation that witnessed the year 1914 passes away. No, I am not making this up – see the April 15, 2010 Watchtower magazine. So what happens when this overlapping generation passes away? I can guarantee that God will provide yet more increased light delaying the apocalypse one more time. Good grief Jehovah’s Witnesses, wake up! How much longer will you allow your intelligence to be so grossly insulted by the scammers who head your immoral and dishonest organization?

    • That's not even Biblical.

  • Betty

    I am new to this site looking for something else and this is interesting but does the author have an axe to grind with jehovah witnesses? That is all the news he writes on.

    • doesn't the writer write about anything else?–you may go through the archives for an answer to that interesting question. Does the writer have an axe to grind with the JWs? In a sense yes–I am sure you recall the recent Harold Camping fiasco, people spending their life savings, abandoning their jobs etc, and the psychological trauma to the lives of many that was the aftermath. I think its about time for more of us to begin taking more than just a passing interest in debunking groups which promise a second coming of Jesus or some Krishna and set dates for the fairy never never event–End of the world cultism is not a nursery ring-a-roses game Betty, the consequences to the lives of millions of people are just too serious for us to continue being indifferent. Did you read the Danny Haszard story? For every Danny Haszard who finds a voice in public there are thousands out there who don't have a voice but suffer in silence while the responsible groups continue to thrive and prosper shamelessly literally feeding on the lives and souls of susceptible but innocent people who fall into their well laid trap . I almost fell into the JW trap in my youth too–a very close JW friend almost converted me to the cult. But soon after he also left the cult and now he is a top banker and we talk over the phone once in a while with bitter reminiscences of delusional hopes though he thanks his stars that he did not go the way of most of his former ex-jw mates who neglected getting a good education because Armageddon is just a few years away! (and i recall very clearly an older relative of my JW friend saying in my presence that he and other family members had to force my JW friend to get a university degree after he finished from high school)

    • I happen to like how he writes about the JWs. The only thing I would change is to come straight out and call them at cult in the article. The truth is, even the Council of Churches considers them a cult or at least last I knew. So I don't think he has any axe to grind. He's just telling the truth and maybe soft-shoeing it a bit. Then again, that's probably why I stay in my section and don't write about cults and alike much. When it comes to expressing myself about religion, I don't exactly pull any punches.

  • Max Shilkin

    The author doesn't even know the subject the writes about. I don't know what sort of Jehova's Witnesses he spoke to, if he did at all. But I have never heard of the more childish explanations of JW's beliefs. Let him try being a witness first, then speak! Easy thing to talk of us without making a single smallest movement for God's sake. If he were busy in Gods' work he'd hardly have enough time to think out his dull ideas.
    Regarding Armageddon – please think over Matthew 24:14.

    • Ellen

      And here comes the smug, arrogant, JW apologists. I was born in and raised in this horrible, insipid cult and what the author said is all true. The Watchtower flip-flopped its doctrine several times through out my stolen childhood. 90% of my family are still JWs and they insist on forcing Watchtower literature on me. And yes, the most recent flip-flop on the generation allows, in theory, for the Watchtower to endlessly stretch out Armageddon.

      All the more time to build wealth and rob people of their lives.

      If Armageddon is soooo close, then why is the Watchtower making investments in the stock market, futures, and buying up property? Isn't that a silly thing to do considering that after Armageddon, everything will be theirs anyway? Hmmmm?

      People like you, Max Shilkin, make me sick.

      • ReplytoEllen

        And here comes the smug, arrogant disgruntled exJW. I always find it very hypocritical when people that act like you find it that they are better persons by speaking abusively about their former religion.

        You folks call your former brethren smug and arrogant. However ALL I've ever seen from "90%" of those people on these comment logs and forums are even worse attitudes. You'd figure now that you left the "cult" you would be a better person. If indeed these people are what you say they are, then live by example and start with how you talk about others on public forums. It would be best though, that you simply go on about your own life. But no, it is well documented how disgruntled ex[insert religion here] are always THE SAME. Even worldly experts speak about such people in a poor light. Your post is such one example.

        • Ellen

          YOU were the one who accused the author of not knowing what he is talking about. He does. You were the one arrogant enough to dictate what the author should, or should not do. A definite JW trait.

          Your organization robs people of their lives, shelters pedophiles, and hypocritically goes against its own doctrine, like becoming a NGO of the UN (until their cover was blown), and playing the stock market.

          And what are you doing reading content critical of the Watchtower, hmmm oh faithful JW? Doesn't your organization instruct JWs to not read critical and/or apostate content. And definitely not to interact with ex-JWs. So, it appears that you're a hypocrite as well. Color me unsurprised.

        • All you that bash those that bash Watchtower teaching are like minded with the satan's religious leaders of Judaism who bashed Jesus for the bashing he delt them.

          • Oooooooooooo!!! We're scared!!!!!

            • Um… Since you understood CW, Dakota… What did he say? He didn't make much sense.

              • Well, he was threatening the wrath of God on those of us who dare criticize the Watchtower or JWs…LOL!

            • Oh how nice. He's threatening us. Interesting how that works. When people threaten harm, sometimes the police look into it in case of actual potential harm and sometimes such threats have to be taken seriously, BUT if someone brings their invisible friend into the mix, they get away scot free, despite the fact they are the ones threatening and not their invisible friend. Of course, JWs are the worst with this mental illness. We really do need to find a cure for this psychosis.

    • dear shilkin(if that really is your name). I quote you:The author doesn't even know the subject he writes about. I don't know what sort of Jehova's Witnesses he spoke to, if he did at all. But I have never heard of the more childish explanations of JW's beliefs

      Answer: You would have done much better to point me to any error in my description of the Jehovah's Witnesses doctrine. I am not a JW but i dare say that i am more familiar with JW literature than you suspect and besides i have interacted with JWs continuously for many years…

  • They have been proclaiming the end of the world since the 1870s. One of the dates was for human extinction was 1925. When it did not happen, they lost 3/4 of their members. Again, in 1975 the world was supposed to end.

    Each time they come up with some excuse why it didn't happen. Judge Rutherford, who led this cult after Charles Taze Russell, had a house built in San Diego (1930s?) for the resurrected saints. Embarrassingly, the saints were a no show.

  • Thought

    It is important to remember though, this 'sense of urgency' is not unique to Jehovah's Witnesses. The apostles themselves and Jesus Christ himself and Jehovah God himself often spoke of the End or "Great Day of God Almighty" as very close. So you can't really blame them. The Apostles often said how the end was so near even to them. Christ indeed wanted them to continue with this sense of urgency as did Jehovah as we can tell from Habakkuk. Jesus often told his disciples to prove yourselves ready and did the apostles. Heck even Paul spoke in a manner as if it was imminent. The point is, setting dates isn't something we should do, but at the same time, remaining lax about the times we live in is equally terrible and UnChristian. In fact when Harold Camping made his prediction recently, one of the reporters said she spoke to some religious wig (that was trained theologically) and reported that he stated, 'most of us do not believe it will come soon, or in our lifetime.' What a great way of keeping your sheep alert there.

    If fault can be found with these brothers, may it be found by Jehovah and not by those who continue to sleep.

    • The truth is that the entire christian religion is built on the common fantasy of the second advent: the only fault of "cults" like the Harold Campingnites and JWs is that they take the entire fantasy too seriously and make silly predictions which disrupt peoples' lives

  • I do not think that god wants armagedon as you describe it. God want peace and love but sometimes in order to be there – you need to let the old die for the new to bloom.

  • Brock

    Isn't the history of first century Christianity one of the Apostles (Paul, John and others) constantly on the lookout for the "end"?

    To me, an equally valid observation regarding religion is – why aren't more "Christian" religions looking for the end times? Isn't that the example given by the church fathers in the first century?

    Instead, most "modern" christian religions have adopted teachings the first century Christians clearly rejected. Christmas, Easter, etc. etc. etc

    • I guess modern Christians simply realize that living for the mythical end isn't a wise way to live, when you have bills to pay and babies to raise etc. it all boils down to pragmatism…if you know what i mean

  • Why Armageddon? Can it not be just gaining Awareness? What purpose does God have to destroy this beautiful world? People need to grow up and take responsibility of their own "life". Don't whine, complain, be depressed all the time and anxious. Instead, be awareness. Be right here, right now and deal with whatever situation you are in. Improve your outlook on life, improve our world.

  • oliver

    If you believe in such things as "armageddon", how are you any different than any other people that also believe in this "armageddon" scam? Not setting dates makes you different, really?

    I don't believe in armageddon because there haven't been any armageddons in more than 2000 years. That means I've more than 2000 reasons to think it's nothing but a fantasy.
    Sorry but you can keep preaching armageddons for other 2000 years I still won't believe it.

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