Jehovah’s Witnesses go full Doomsday Cult

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Not a Jehovah’s Witness? Expect to die, then. This, among other things, is the essence of an article in a current Watchtower which is nothing less than an Armageddon How-to hiding under would-be Bible analysis.

The “Study Edition” of the Watchtower is the internal version of the toned-down issue for the public. Internal means it is not pro-actively distributed in the streets but is available to anybody online. And the current issue is an absolute must-read for readers looking for proof that Jehovah’s Witnesses are being prepped by JW.org to go full Doomsday Cult.

This comes only a couple of months after the now infamous Kingdom Hall-turned-into-a-bunker issue and the May 15 Watchtower entitled “Is the End near?”, indicating things are getting serious.

You can read it in full here but I’ve extracted a few quotes in the following paragraphs.

I’ll begin with my favourite one:

No doubt God’s people will proclaim a hard-hitting judgment message. This may well involve a declaration announcing that Satan’s wicked world is about to come to its complete end.

This is exciting. Will we have a JW Broadcasting newscast with Anthony Morris III damning everyone left right and centre, actually saying the words the end is nigh? No matter how this plays out, I do plan on being there to enjoy the clusterf*ck it will turn out to be. Imagine the Governing Body going all Glen Beck nationwide!

Here is an overview of the most Doomsday Cult quotes from that issue – including my interpretation. Do you agree?

To remain faithful, will we be willing to experience material loss? Will we be ready to do whatever is required of us to prove our loyalty to Jehovah? Just think! At that time, we will be the only ones following the example of the ancient prophet Daniel by continuing to worship our God no matter what.

This echoes the statement found in the notorious November 2013 Watchtower, where the Governing Body already called for unconditional loyalty: “At that time, the lifesaving direction that we receive from Jehovah’s organization may not appear practical from a human standpoint. All of us must be ready to obey any instructions we may receive, whether these appear sound from a strategic or human standpoint or not.” As a former Jehovah’s Witness, I know what loyalty to Jehovah stands for: Loyalty to the “faithful and discreet slave”.

Another explicit Drink-the-Koolaid moment in current JW.org literature. David Koresh or Jim Jones, anyone? Little wonder this is the quote that has the majority of this blog’s readers worried. All of us have beloved family or friends still in – and it is truly disturbing to read these kind of excerpts again and again. This is a narrative that was also supported in the November 2014 Watchtower: “If, therefore, we wish to benefit from Jehovah’s protection during the great tribulation, we must recognize that Jehovah has a people on earth, organized into congregations. […] If we are to please Jehovah, we must hold firmly to his laws and principles, never adopting an unholy, compromising attitude toward them.”

The initial part of the future great tribulation will be “cut short” because of “the chosen ones.” The political “ten horns” will not be allowed to annihilate God’s people.

What JW.org is actually saying: Whatever developments they expect to escalate will be halted because of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Believing to be chosen is typical Cult thinking.

Spiritually speaking, God’s people will stand out as unique, “in the center of the earth,” as it were. This will be too much for the nations. Yes, they will be eager to attack Jehovah’s anointed ones as well as their associates.

JW.org are preparing their people to be persecuted by “the nations”. Interestingly, this is what William H. Bowen from Silent Lambs reported the other day: “JWorg UK does damage control for future sanctions from charity commission. At the ‘special meeting’ today all congregations in UK and Ireland (ie all those under UK Bethel) were told that government was beginning the persecution and that the brothers were not to be afraid. That they would hear stories and tales – but not to let them get frightened – that they would be protected by Jehovah.”

Will the fulfillment of this prophecy include frightening signs and events in the literal heavens? We will have to wait and see. But whatever the case, the signs will cause terror and panic in the hearts of God’s enemies.

This speculation is a slight contradiction of what we read in the May 2015 Awake!. JW.org there stated what The End would not be: THE END IS NOT AN EPIC, FLAMING DESTRUCTION OF THE EARTH. […] THE END IS NOT TRIGGERED BY HUMANS OR BY DEBRIS HURTLING THROUGH SPACE.” They seemed pretty sure in that issue. They apparently aren’t anymore.

How will the goats [people who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses] react when they realize that “everlasting cutting-off” awaits them? They “will beat themselves in grief.”

This is a pretty explicit threat to all people who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses who are labeled goats in this article: They will face an everlasting cutting-off, meaning death. In other words: If you are not a Jehovah’s Witness, expect to die. This assumption is based on the latest interpretation offered by JWorg and is taken from the March 15, 2015 Watchtower. Quote: ““The sheep” and “the goats” represent individuals from all nations. These ones are not anointed by holy spirit. What about the timing of the judgment? This judgment will occur toward the end of the great tribulation just ahead. And what of the reason why people will be judged as either sheep or goats? The outcome hinges on how they have treated the remaining ones of Christ’s spirit-anointed brothers on earth.” End of Quote. As Jehovah’s Witnesses are basically the only ones who endorse their group of “spirit-anointed” it is safe to assume Jehovah’s Witnesses refer to non-Jehovah’s Witnesses when speaking of Goats. Hence, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the majority of non-JW will be killed in Armageddon. Find out more about this on JW Facts.

Therefore, while we do not use the term “rapture” here because of its wrong connotation, the remaining faithful anointed will be gathered together in an instant of time.

Very telling: Jehovah’s Witnesses actually expect their anointed to go to heaven at one particular, visible-to-all moment.

Together with his 144,000 corulers in heaven, Jesus will come to the rescue of God’s people here on earth. The resulting war of Armageddon will lead to the magnifying of Jehovah’s holy name.

Again: Classic cultic thinking. Being chosen and expecting to be rescued in a Doomsday scenario. Nothing new but interesting to see it written out once again.

At that time, all goatlike ones “will depart into everlasting cutting-off.” The earth will finally be cleansed of all wickedness, and the great crowd will pass through the final part of the great tribulation.

You’ve got it all there in one quote:

  • Non-Jehovah’s Witnesses will be killed
  • In a worldwide mass genocide Jehovah’s Witnesses actually think of as a cleansing
  • They will be saved and pass on into a better life

This issue of the Watchtower leaves no doubt: JW.org is getting their people ready for The End. They are fostering elitist thinking and condemning billions of people to death. Typical signs of a Doomsday Cult.

UPDATE: Here is another interesting perspective on the Watchtower article.

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