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Beliefs Unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses are Unscriptural

Beliefs Unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses are Unscriptural

Approved association with Jehovah’s Witnesses requires accepting the entire range of the true teachings of the Bible, including those Scriptural beliefs that are unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses. What do such beliefs include? …

“That there is a ‘faithful and discreet slave’ upon earth today ‘entrusted with all of Jesus’ earthly interests,’ which slave is associated with the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Matthew 24:45-47) That 1914 marked the end of the Gentile Times and the establishment of the Kingdom of God in the heavens, as well as the time for Christ’s foretold presence. (Luke 21:7-24; Revelation 11:15–12:10) That only 144,000 Christians will receive the heavenly reward. That Armageddon, referring to the battle of the great day of God the Almighty, is near. (Revelation 16:14, 16; 19:11-21) That it will be followed by Christ’s Millennial Reign, which will restore an earth-wide paradise. That the first to enjoy it will be the present “great crowd” of Jesus’ “other sheep.”—John 10:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 21:3, 4.
(The Watchtower, 4/1/1986 p. 31, Questions From Readers) read more

Jesus’ Resurrection – Contradictions?

Jesus’ Resurrection – Contradictions?

All of the gospels tell the same basic story, but with divergent details. This gives strong evidence they are telling the truth, rather than copying from a single fictional account.

Below are some of the divergent details about the crucifixion of Jesus:

Barrabas

·         Mt 27:16 – notorious

·         Mk 15:7 – murderer, seditionist

·         Lk 23:18 – murderer, seditionist

·         Jn 18:40 – revolutionary, insurrectionist or domestic terrorist, political extremist read more

Sudden, unexpected end of this world

Sudden, unexpected end of this world

“At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.” (Mt 24:23-26)
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.” (Mk 13:21-23)
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Lk 21:25-28)
The end will be sudden, unexpected.
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Signs of the End

Signs of the End

Warnings not to be mislead:

  • “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)
  • “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.” (Luke 21:8)

The Bible says not to set a time, but rather, be ready at all times. (Mt 24:42-44; Mk 13:33-35)

Can you see a sign? “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” (Mathew 24:30) No, the “sign of the Son of Man” is not seen yet. Do you (or will you) need someone such as a preacher, scholar or group to tell you Jesus has returned? “When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.” (Luke 21:30) No, everyone on earth will see it then. read more

The Last Days – What will be the sign?

The Last Days – What will be the sign?

What was Jesus’ response to the question at Matthew 24:3? “Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, ‘Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?‘”
What will be the sign?

First, “Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.'” (Mt 24:4)

Mark recorded: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. ” (Mk 13:5-6) read more

Can anyone predict the end of the world?

Can anyone predict the end of the world?

End of the World
Can anyone predict the end of the world based on world events?

World events will not enable anyone to predict when the world will end.

Let’s take a look at some scriptures to support this idea.

Mt 2:4-5; Mk 13:5-6; Mk 13:22; Lk 21:8 – Many deceivers are foretold to come, saying the time is near. See 2 Thess 2:1-2

Mt 24:6-14; Mk 13:7-8; Lk 21:9-12 – Upheavals, wars, fights and troubles, false prophets are all predicted, but this doesn’t mean the end. The gospel is also predicted to be preached to the entire earth.

Mt 24:36-39 – Like the global flood – the end will come suddenly, catching people off guard. 1 Pt 3:21 – This water symbolized baptism, which is protecting Christians, like the ark from the flood. read more

False Prophets/Prophecies – How to Identify Them

False Prophets/Prophecies – How to Identify Them

All verses from the New Living Translation (NLT)

  • The Bible tells us to discern the origin of prophecies. “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.” (1 Th 5:19-22)
  • Real prophecy strengthens the church. “Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.” (1 Cor 14:1-4)
  • Let the others evaluate what is said to access whether it is indeed a word from God. “Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said.” (1 Cor 14:29)
  • Don’t be easily excited or alarmed by purported prophecy. “Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.” (2 Th 2:2)
  • Test prophecies against Bible teachings. “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.” (1 Jn 4:1-3)
  • Gauge the character of “prophets.” “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” (Mt 7:15-20)
  • Christian discipleship is not confirmed by prophecy. “On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.'” (Mt 7:22-23) Rather, Christian discipleship is confirmed by obedience. “Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” (Mt 7:21b)
  • Don’t panic or be alarmed by those who say the day of the Lord has already begun. “Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.” (2 Th 2:1-2) “And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.” (Mt 24:6)
  • Remember Jesus’ warnings of deceit and false prophecy. “Jesus told them, ‘Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.'” (Mt 24:4-5) “And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.” (Mt 24:11) “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time. ‘So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it!” (Mt 24:23-26)
  • Any prophet whose prediction fails must be branded as false, even if he claims to speak for God. “But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die. But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.” (Dt 18:20-22) The mere claim is insufficient if it goes unfulfilled. Check any prophecy against the Bible. “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” (1 Jn 4:1) God never contradicts Himself. “Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before—do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the Lord your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you. Suppose someone secretly entices you—even your brother, your son or daughter, your beloved wife, or your closest friend—and says, ‘Let us go worship other gods’—gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known. They might suggest that you worship the gods of peoples who live nearby or who come from the ends of the earth. But do not give in or listen. Have no pity, and do not spare or protect them. You must put them to death! Strike the first blow yourself, and then all the people must join in. Stone the guilty ones to death because they have tried to draw you away from the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of slavery.” (Dt 13:1-10)
  • False prophets will try to hide who they really are. They disclaim the responsibility for accuracy that goes with the office. “On that day people will be ashamed to claim the prophetic gift. No one will pretend to be a prophet by wearing prophet’s clothes. He will say, ‘I’m no prophet; I’m a farmer. I began working for a farmer as a boy.’ And if someone asks, ‘Then what about those wounds on your chest?’ he will say, ‘I was wounded at my friends’ house!'” (Zech 13:4-6)
  • God’s Holy Spirit could never be the source of error. “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” (1 Jn 2:27)
  • False prophets invent their own prophesies from their own imaginations. “Then this message came to me from the Lord: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the false prophets of Israel who are inventing their own prophecies. Say to them, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: What sorrow awaits the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all!'” (Ezek 13:1-3) “Now, son of man, speak out against the women who prophesy from their own imaginations.” (Ezek 13:17)
  • The Bible predicts that there will be false prophets and what will happen to them. “But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.” (2 Pt 2:1) In fact, it speaks of many false prophets. (1 Jn 4:1)
  • False prophets are like straw, but God’s word is like grain. God’s word is like a hammer that pulverizes rock. (Jer 23:25-32)
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    The Last Days – When?

    The Last Days – When?

    The last days started with Christ’s first coming. How do we know this?

    Acts 2:17 – vs. 14-16 – Let me explain this to you… this is what was spoken through Joel – NIV – Peter said the last days had begun then, and quoted Joel’s prophecy.

    1 Tim 4:1 – vs. 6-7 – instruct the brothers in those things – NKJV; avoid myths (7)
    NIV – Avoid speculations

    2 Tim 3:1 – vs. 5b – “last days” – turn away from these people (NKJV) – The last days were going on then. read more

    DNA lets sharks take a bite out of cancer

    DNA lets sharks take a bite out of cancer

    Researchers are finding clues to cancer in shark genes.

    USA Today published an article on January 30, 2017 entitled: “Could sharks be the key to solving human cancer?

    A new study of shark DNA shows that unique evolutionary changes in immunity genes may explain how sharks’ open wounds heal so fast and why the ocean’s top predator rarely gets cancer.

    But, scientist warn, simply eating shark meat or other parts won’t help humans battle cancer. In fact, eating sharks could be detrimental to human health because of high levels of mercury found in these “apex predators.” read more

    Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

    Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

    “The figure was carved from granite in an era when there were no metal tools available”

    BBC News posted an article on February 14, 2017 entitled: “Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma.'” The article says the carved object is 7,000 years old, prior to the time that humans had developed metal tools.

    Too bad they ignore the Bible, since the Bible accurately reports that within the first eight generations, humans had developed metal tools. (Gen 4:1; Gen 4:17-22 NJB) Tubal-cain, the Bible reports, “was the ancestor of all who work copper and iron.” This would demystify scientists’ “enigma.” read more

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