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N011---In The JW’s Revelations Book of 1988 (Latest print update 2006) they tell this about their history
The International Group of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Ever since 1879, these (Bible Students) have been digging
out from God’s Word spiritual riches that they freely share with others. But
during World War I, they met up with intense hatred and opposition, partly
because they did not get caught up in the war fever and partly because they
were fearlessly exposing the errors of Christendom. The persecution that they
received at the instigation of some of Christendom’s leaders came to a head in
1918 and was comparable to what the Christians in
8 A wave of persecution in the
9 During Nazi rule in
10 As the Lord’s day has proceeded, the Serpent and his seed have never ceased to fight against the anointed Christians and their companions. Many of these have been imprisoned and viciously persecuted. (Revelation 12:17) Those enemies have continued to ‘frame mischief by law,’ but Jehovah’s people steadfastly insist: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.” (Psalm 94:20, King James Version; Acts 5:29) In 1954 the Watchtower magazine reported: “More than seventy countries at one time or another during the past forty years have made restrictive decrees and have persecuted Jehovah’s witnesses.” Where it has been possible to fight for religious freedom in the courts, these Christians have done so and have come through with resounding victories in a number of countries. In the United States Supreme Court alone, Jehovah’s Witnesses have won 50 victories.
11 No other group has been so
conscientious in obeying Jesus’ command to pay back Caesar’s things to Caesar.
(Luke 20:25; Romans 13:1, 7) Yet, no other group has had members
imprisoned in so many lands under so many different forms of government, and
this continues to the present time in the
12 To fortify God’s people against
tribulation, the John class has continually reminded them of the substance of
Jesus’ words to the Christians in
13 Truly, the Christian Witnesses of
Jehovah are suffering physical persecution and other testings
for a symbolic ten days. Like the Christians back in
About 60 years after
John died, 86-year-old Polycarp was burned to death in
See The Watchtower
1. (a) What congregation next receives a message from the glorified Jesus? (b) By calling himself “the First and the Last,” of what did Jesus remind the Christians in that congregation?
2. Why are all Christians comforted by the words of the One who “became dead and came to life again”?
3. (a) What
encouragement did Jesus give the Christians in
4. From whom did the Christians in
5. What trials lay ahead for the
6. (a) Why
should the Christians in
7, 8. Like the congregation in
9. How were Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nazi Germany treated by Hitler, and with what reaction by the clergy?
10. (a) As the Lord’s day has proceeded, what persecution have Jehovah’s Witnesses faced? (b) What often resulted when Christians fought for religious freedom in the courts?
11. What prophecy of Jesus concerning the sign of his presence has been fulfilled upon Jehovah’s Witnesses during the Lord’s day?
12. How has the John class fortified God’s people against persecution?
13. Like the Christians
[Box/Picture on page 39]
For many years, historians have been providing testimony regarding the integrity of the German Witnesses of Jehovah during the Nazi regime. The book Mothers in the Fatherland, by historian Claudia Koonz, published in 1986, has this to say: “The overwhelming majority of all Germans from non-Nazi backgrounds found ways of existing under a regime they despised. . . . At the other end of the statistical and ideological spectrum were the 20,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses who, practically to a person, unequivocally refused to render any form of obedience to the Nazi state. . . . The most cohesive group of resisters were sustained by religion. From the first, Jehovah’s Witnesses did not cooperate with any facet of the Nazi state. Even after the Gestapo destroyed their national headquarters in 1933 and banned the sect in 1935, they refused to do so much as say ‘Heil Hitler.’ About half (mostly men) of all Jehovah’s Witnesses were sent to concentration camps, a thousand of them were executed, and another thousand died between 1933 and 1945. . . . Catholics and Protestants heard their clergy urge them to cooperate with Hitler. If they resisted, they did so against orders from both church and state.”
The Above Was From Chapter 8 of Their Revelations Book of 1988 (latest print update 2006) of JW’S
In 1984 JW’S Big Volume Bible is full of detailed foot-notes about now they built it (manuscript info ect.) is explained in the Preface –
at the bottom of pages and within and in the appendix pages --this was reviewed after what is written in THE SBT Page --SBT has found
In the songbook produced by Jehovah’s people in 1905, there were twice as many songs praising Jesus as there were songs praising Jehovah God. In their 1928 songbook, the number of songs extolling Jesus was about the same as the number extolling Jehovah. But in the latest songbook of 1984, Jehovah is honored by four times as many songs as is Jesus. This is in harmony with Jesus’ own words: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) Love for Jehovah must be preeminent, accompanied by deep love for Jesus and appreciation of his precious sacrifice and office as God’s High Priest and King.
From Chapter 7 [Box on page 36] Loving Praise to Jehovah and His Son
Repeat if 17:3,8,18,21,23 doesn’t open
Concerning WT’s date prophesying
down through the years since 1879--- This is in No 10 also No10.htm
Their Revelations Book of 1988 (Latest print update 2006) States the following on page 9
The Grand Theme of the Bible
Interpreting the Scriptures The mysteries locked up in the book of Revelation have for long baffled sincere students of the Bible. In God’s due time, those secrets had to be unlocked, but how, when, and to whom? Only God’s spirit could make known the meaning as the appointed time drew near.
(Revelation 1:3) 1:3 Those sacred secrets would be revealed to God’s zealous slaves on earth so that they would be strengthened to make known his judgments. (Matthew , 11) 13:10- 13:11 It is not claimed that the explanations in this publication are infallible. Like Joseph of old, we say: “Do not interpretations belong to God?” (Genesis 40:8) 40:8 At the same time, however, we firmly believe that the explanations set forth herein harmonize with the Bible in its entirety, showing how remarkably divine prophecy has been fulfilled in the world events of our catastrophic times.
Chapter 7 Page 33
Rekindle That First Love!
12 At a historic convention, attended
by 18,000 of these Christians, at
Jehovah's Witnesses are an international Christian denomination whose members
believe that their faith is the restoration of first-century Christianity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah%27s_Witnesses
We cannot stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard.—Acts . 4:20
Suppose you were called to testify in court against a ruthless criminal. You know that the criminal has a powerful organization and will use every means to prevent you from exposing him. For you to bear witness against such a criminal would require courage as well as confidence that the authorities would protect you from him. We are in a similar situation. In bearing witness to Jehovah and his purposes, we testify against Satan the Devil, exposing him as a manslayer and a liar who is misleading the entire inhabited earth.
your stand for Jehovah and against the Devil requires both faith and courage.
Jehovah is, of course, the Supreme One. His power is infinitely superior to
that of Satan. We may be sure that Jehovah is not only able but also eager to
protect us as we serve him loyally.—2 Chron.
16:9 16:9 . w
Any weapon whatever that will be formed against you will have no success.—Isa. 54:17. 54:17
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