Do Angels Give Light to the Watchtower Society
By: The John Ankerberg Show
|By: Lorri MacGregor; ©November 2000|
|Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to receive “angelic direction.” In light of Scripture, is this a good practice, or a dangerous, potentially harmful one? Lorri MacGregor examines both Watchtower literature and the Bible to reach her conclusions.|
Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that they receive “angelic direction” for their activities. Theirwritings from the 1930’s are rampant with references to “angelic direction.” We’ll consider a few.
First we must explain that they give their own meaning to the biblical term “remnant” whom they consider to be their special “governing body” chosen from those 144,000 members who have a heavenly hope. This “remnant” claims to rule spiritually from Brooklyn, New York.
The Watchtower publication, “Vindication,” volume III, l932, page 250 reads, “…the heavenly messengers or angels of the Lord now used by the Lord in behalf of the remnant. These angels are invisible to human eyes and are there to carry out the orders of the Lord. No doubt they first hear the instruction which the Lord issues to his remnant and then these invisible messengers pass such instruction on to the remnant.”
What an admission! The Governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses consisting of several very elderly men, claiming to be “the remnant,” form all doctrine for Jehovah’s Witnesses. How, you may well ask? According to a book by a former member of the Governing Body, it wasn’t by prayer or study of the Bible (Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz). It was supposed to be under “angelic direction,” but Raymond Franz left because he felt it was a man-made organization.
However, the Watchtower Society has frequently made the claim that all they do is by “angelic direction.” By their own admission, this happens invisibly. This is odd, because angels appeared many times to God’s chosen ones and were seen.
Since the “remnant” doesn’t actually see these angels, by their own admission, what is going on? One can only assume that they “hear voices” or perhaps receive “truths” by “automatic handwriting” or some such procedure.
If this body of men really are the remnant referred to in the Bible, as Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, then they must fulfill Revelation 14:5 which speaks of this special group of the 144,000, “And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.”
Not only do we have a history of lying going back over 100 years, but what about these “angels” who direct them?
They do admit they have things “put in their minds.” Consider their admission of this in “Light,” volume 1, l930, page 120: “Again God put it in the mind of his people, by his angel, to act and to carry out his purposes.”
I can’t find a single Bible precedent for angels putting things in the minds of believers. The Holy Spirit can motivate us, perhaps at times through our minds, but angels? The warning on angels and men preaching a false gospel has direct application, I believe, to the Watchtower Society. Galatians 1:8,9 reads, “But even though we, or an angel from heaven should preach to you a Gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.”
What kind of angels are directing the Society and its “gospel”? They are not preaching the same gospel as the apostles, but a contrary one.
Also disturbing is the claim that angels direct the writing of the Watchtower Magazine, the prime channel for Jehovah’s Witnesses: “The Lord used the Watchtower to announce these truths. Doubtless he used his invisible deputies to have much to do with it” (Light, Vol. 1, l930, p. 64).
Did God really send His angels to the Watchtower Organization with these false dates for the end of the world? 1874, 1879, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1925, 1941, 1975? Of course not! If these false dates did not come from God (and they didn’t!), can we just then excuse them as “honest mistakes”? No, they cannot be excused on the basis of Jeremiah 23:16: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility. They speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the LORD.’”
Again, the truth of prophecies are shown by their fulfillment, as in Jeremiah 28:9: “The prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then that prophet will be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent.”
In biblical times, a prophet whose prophecies failed was taken outside the city gates and “rocked to sleep,” or literally, stoned to death.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been misled by false prophets again and again down through their history. This is not of God. Pagan practices, however, always produce false predictions. One has only to read the horoscopes to see how many of the predictions of our modern-day stargazers have failed miserably, proving they never were really inspired.
Jehovah’s Witnesses down through the years have adopted pagan practices like numerology, stargazing, the zodiac, false predictions, demonic sources, and deliberate mistranslation of the Scriptures to bolster their organization’s teachings, but their record stands for itself. They are consistently false.
We join with Jeremiah, a true prophet, who chastised the false prophet Hananniah: “…Listen now, Hannaniah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie.”
There is now no longer any excuse for Jehovah’s Witnesses to “trust in a lie.” There are many internet sites devoted to exposing Jehovah’s Witnesses’ false teachings and predictions. That is why the Society has had to forbid their followers to use the internet at all, for fear that they will find “apostate” sites and come free from their bondage. We rejoice to report that the numbers of converts are dropping in all but third world countries, due in large part to the information on the internet with articles such as these. Why not check it out?