Prophecies of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES CLAIM TO BE PROPHETS
The Watchtower of April 1st, 1972, page 197, had this statement,
“So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them dangers and
to declare things to come?…These questions can be answered in the
affirmative. Who is the prophet?…This “prophet” was not one man, but
was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep
followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible
students. Today they are known as Jehovah’s Christian witnesses…Of
course it is easy to say that this group acts as a “prophet” of God. It
is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to
review the record. What does it show?
Since the J.W.’s claim to be God’s prophet, we are free to put them
to the Bible test for a prophet, found in Deuteronomy 18:18-20. Verse
22 of this same chapter says, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the
LORD (YHWH), if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the
thing which the LORD has not spoken.” Verse 20 plainly says, “that
prophet shall die”.
False prophecy cannot be “explained away” and treated lightly. The
Watchtower has invited us to examine their record, and we will! All
quotes are from publications of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
and available at headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Some of these
publications may also be found in local Kingdom Hall libraries. Judge
this self-proclaimed “prophet” for yourselves!
6,000 YEARS OF HUMAN HISTORY OF PROPHECIES
6,000 years of human history ended in 1873. (The Time is at Hand,
p.33). 6,000 years of human history ended in 1972. (The Truth Shall
Make You Free, p. 152, 1943 edition). 6,000 years of human history
ended in 1975. (Awake!, October 8th, 1968.)
Armageddon would end in 1914. (The Time is At Hand, Page 101, 1889
Edition). Armageddon would end in 1915. (The Time is At Hand, Page 101,
Today, J.W.’s expect Armageddon any minute!
THE RETURN OF CHRIST PROPHECIES
Since Christ failed to show up for any of the Watchtower dates,
J.W.’s altered their teaching to make his coming conveniently
Christ returned in 1874. (The Finished Mystery, pages 386, 295, 1917
Edition). The Watchtower publications taught this 1874 date right up to
1929. The “Prophecy” book, published in 1929, states on page 65, “The
Scriptural proof is that the second presence of the Lord Jesus Christ
began in 1874 A.D.”
Christ returned in 1914. (The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, p.
THE MILLENNIUM PROPHECIES
The Millennium began in 1873. (Thy Kingdom Come, page 305). The
Millennium began in 1874. (Finished Mystery, page 386).
PROPHECIES ON THE RESURRECTION
The resurrection would occur in 1878. (Thy Kingdom Come, page 234).
Abraham, Issac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old would return
in 1925. (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, page 89).
The Watchtower Society even published a book telling their followers
to add a room onto their houses, and get an undertaker to decorate it.
Undertakers, of course, would be looking for employment, since there
would be no more deaths in 1926. When the room was completed,
Watchtower devotees were to call up Jerusalem, where Abraham would have
an office, and request that their parents be “awakened” from death.
They would soon appear in the new room! (The Way to Paradise, pages
PROPHECIES ON SPACE TRAVEL
“Man cannot by airplane or rockets or other means get above the air
envelope which is about our earthly globe…”(The Truth Shall Make you
Free, p. 285, 1943 edition).
THE BOOK OF RUTH
The Book of Ruth is “not prophetical”. (Watchtower Reprints IV, p.
3110, Nov. 15, 1902). The Book of Ruth “is prophetic”. (Watchtower
Book, “Preservation”, pages 169, 175, 176).
PROPHECIES ON SODOM AND GOMORRAH
Sodom and Gomorrah will receive a second opportunity. (Man of Ages,
Sodom and Gomorrah will receive no second opportunity. (Watchtower,
March 1965, p. 139).
THE “HIGHER POWERS” OF ROMANS 13:1
“Higher Powers” refers to earthly governments. (The Time is at Hand
(1889) p. 81).
“Higher Powers” refers to Jehovah God and Jesus. (The Truth Shall
Make You Free, p. 312).
“Higher Powers” refers to earthly governments. (Man’s Salvation…at
Hand p. 326). Notice how the “brighter light” dimmed back again!
THE REVELATION NAME “ABADDON-APOLLYON”
Refers to Satan. (Studies in the Scriptures, Vol.7). Refers to Jesus
Christ. (Then is Finished the Mystery of God, Page 232). Quite a change!
THE “ALPHA AND OMEGA” OF REVELATION
Refers to Jehovah God. (Awake! August 22, 1978, page 28). Refers to
Jesus Christ. (Watchtower, October 1, 1978, p.15).
Notice the rapid change of “truth” and “interpretation of scripture”
in just two months!
THE FAITHFUL AND DISCREET SLAVE
Refers to their founder, Charles Taze Russell. (Watchtowers from
Dec. 1, 1916 to March 1, 1923, p. 68).
Refers to the “Remnant of Spiritual Israelites” (the supposed
remnant of the 144,000 “heavenly class”). (From Paradise Lost to
Paradise Regained, page 193).
Although the official publication of the Jehovah’s Witnesses claims,
“…Jehovah’s Witnesses today make their declaration of the good news
of the kingdom under angelic direction and support” according to the
Watchtower of April 1, 1972, page 200, they have proved to be an
embarrassment to the angels!
Undaunted, the Watchtower of July 1st, 1973, page 402, goes on to
claim, “Consider too, the fact that Jehovah’s organization alone in all
the earth is directed by God’s holy spirit or active force.”
Obviously the Holy Spirit did not prompt these false prophecies!
Not only does the Bible give us a simple test for prophets, which we
considered at the beginning of this tract, namely that their prophecies
will fail, but the word of God has more to say about prophecies and
The Bible reveals three sources for prophecy. One, it is from God,
and inspired by Him. Two, it is from the Devil and inspired by him.
Thirdly, prophecies can come out of “the flesh”, or out of our “own
Since the Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s witnesses has so many
failed prophecies, we know they are not prophesying by God’s direction,
and through His Holy Spirit, or by the angels.
This leaves us with two alternatives for the false prophecies of the
Watchtower Society. They are from Satan, or they are from “the flesh”.
The Watchtower has chosen the latter, claiming that “we all make
mistakes” etc. “We have new light”. Is this an “out” for them? No, for
Jehovah’s Witnesses should carefully read Ezekiel, chapter 13. This
chapter is a judgment of God on prophets who hope for a fulfillment of
their words, after prophesying falsely. Verse 8, says, “Because you
have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore, behold, I am against
you”, declared the Lord God.”
The Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a proven false
prophet, and the Lord, by His own decree, is against them.