Page 4: Nowhere in Scriptures do we find mention of these things, nor is there any evidence that the early disciples of Jesus gave them any credence.
Correction: The cross is an important part of the gospel message.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2.
Page 6: After dismissing the traitor, Judas, Jesus "took a loaf, said a blessing, broke it and gave it to them, and said: 'Take it, this means my body.' And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, and they all drank out of it. And he said to them: 'This means my "blood of the covenant," which is to be poured out in behalf of many.' "--Mark 14:22-24.
Note: The Watchtower advises people to follow the example of Judas and not partake of the memorial supper.
Page 7: God has limited the number of those who will rule with Christ in the heavens to 144,000, a relatively small number compared with all those benefiting from Christ's ransom. (Revelation 14:1, 3) The selection began in Jesus' day, so it follows that today there are only few partakers. And as death overtakes some of them, that number should decrease. Why might one wrongly partake of the emblems? It may be due to previous religious views--that all the faithful go to heaven.
Correction: God has not shown partiality to just a relatively small number of people.
For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20.
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.Philippians 1:1
Note: Since the book of Philippians is written only to people who will be in heaven, why does the Watchtower quote from it in other editions to the great crowd?
Page 8: The hope that God has put before most of mankind is that of eternal life on a paradise earth.
Correction: The hope is for all of mankind.
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Jude vs. 14-15.
Page 8: Those with earthly hopes celebrate the Lord's Evening Meal worthily by their attendance and respectful attention, even though they do not partake of the bread and the wine.
Correction: Whoever wants eternal life should receive Jesus into their lives and partake.
Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:54.
Page 9: What are these fine works? They include the preaching of the good news, but our exemplary conduct is also an important part.
Clarification: The work of God is putting your sincere belief in Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Jesus Answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." John 6:29.
Page 9: The Witness explained that the truth can be found only in the Bible and that in order to find it, she had to study the Scriptures carefully and pray to God for his spirit and direction.
Note: How true!
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105.
Page 11: Jehovah, the Creator of the extremities of the earth, is a God to time indefinite.
Note: So is Jesus!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8.
Page 11: Yes, Jehovah is the King of eternity!
Note: So is Jesus!
But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom." Hebrews 1:8.
Page 11: Jesus Christ said in prayer to Jehovah: "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ."
Note: The Watchtower must teach that Jesus Christ is a false god at John 1:1.
In (the) beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. NWT.
Page 13: Wonderful developments took place on earth during the six creative "days" of Genesis chapter 1, each day covering thousands of years.
Correction: Whenever a number appears before the word day, it is a 24 hour period of time.
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:5.
Page 13: For the true God himself will bring every sort of work into the judgment in relation to every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad. (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14)
Clarification: Jesus Christ is the true God.
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Matthew 16:27.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts; and then each one's praise will come from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5.
Page 14: You should, for everything that is truly lovely has as its source Jehovah, the King of eternity.
Clarification: So is Jesus!
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you. 1 Corinthians 1:4-6.
Page 16: Thus, in the fourth century, apostate Christianity began to combine forces with the Roman Empire. Some centuries later the Holy Roman Empire, with ties to the pope of Rome, came to rule over a large section of mankind. In time, the Protestant Reformation rebelled against the wicked excesses of the Catholic Church, but it failed to restore true Christianity. Nevertheless, as the end of the 19th century approached, a sincere group of Bible students was again busy preaching and extending to 'all creation under heaven the hope of the good news.'
Note: The Watchtower contradicts itself in the same issue.
Page 14: The libretto of an 18th-century oratorio by Joseph Haydn states in praise of Jehovah: "Give Him thanks, all ye His works so wondrous! Sing His honor, sing His glory, bless and magnify His Name! Jehovah's praise endures forevermore, Amen, Amen!
Page 16: On the basis of their study of Bible prophecy, this group pointed forward more than 30 years to the year 1914 as marking the end of "the appointed times of the nations," a period of "seven times," or 2,520 years, that began with the desolating of Jerusalem in 607 BCE.
Correction: Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 BC.
In 588 BC Zedekiah led a revolt against Chaldea, and two years later (586 BC) Nebuchadnezzar's army destroyed Judah and razed Jerusalem. Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Volume 15, page 57.
Page 16: Historic events took place in heaven as well. It was then that the King of eternity placed his associate King, Jesus Christ, upon a heavenly throne, preparatory to sweeping all wickedness from the face of this earth and reestablishing Paradise.
Correction: There is only one throne in heaven.
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Revelation 5:6-7.
Page 16: In 1914 this Messianic King, Jesus, moved into action.
Correction: Jesus will move into action after the tribulation not before.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Page 16: In the Bible he is also named Michael, meaning "Who Is Like God?," for he is intent on vindicating Jehovah's sovereignty.
Correction: Jesus Christ is not Michael the archangel.
Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Jude vs. 9.
And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' " Luke 4:8.
Page 17: This means deliverance for integrity keepers, who have exercised faith in Jesus' precious ransom sacrifice.--Proverbs 10:2; 2 Peter 2:9.
Clarification: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1.
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26.
Page 17: The loud voice in heaven went on to declare: "On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.
Clarification: You can avoid this wrath by placing your faith in Jesus Christ!
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 1 Thess. 5:8-9.
Page 18: In this age of satanic woe, can mankind find hope for the future? Why, yes, for Matthew 12:21 says of Jesus: "Indeed, in his name nations will hope"!
Clarification: By placing your trust into the name of Jesus, your will be saved!
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13.
Page 18: Concerning that Kingdom, Jesus further says: "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come."
Correction: The gospel or "good news" is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world that through faith in Him we will have eternal life.
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
Page 19: First, Christendom and all other branches of Babylon the Great will suffer the execution of Jehovah's judgment.
Correction: The start of the tribulation begins with the revelation of the anti-christ.
Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a white horse. And he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
Page 20: They remove Jehovah's precious name from their Bible translations but seem oblivious to the fact that "Hallelujah" means "Praise Jah"--"Jah" being a shortened form of "Jehovah."
Correction: The name Jehovah is a mistranslation.
Jehovah, name of the God of the Hebrew people as erroneously transliterated from the Masoretic Hebrew text. Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Volume 15, page 24.
Page 20: There can be only one truth, hence only one true religion. Our gaining eternal life depends on finding that religion and obeying its God.
Clarification: Jesus Christ is the answer!
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20.
Page 20: The Bible directs us to him at Psalm 83:18, which reads: "Thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth."--King James Version.
Correction: The King James Version writers made a wrong guess on the name of God.
These characters, yod-he-waw-he, were the formulation known as the Tetragrammaton-the name of God, written in consonants only and at one time deemed too sacred to say aloud. Its original pronunciation having been lost, the writers of the King James version of the Bible in 17th-century England used "Jehovah" as a guess; modern linguists consider "Yahweh" to be a closer approximation. Lost Civilizations: The Holy Land, Time-Life Books, page 14.
Page 20: The apostle Paul quoted the inspired prophets and concluded: "Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved." (Joel 2:32; Zephaniah 3:9)
Clarification: Paul was referring to Jesus Christ when he quoted Joel 2:32.
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9.
For "whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved." Romans 10:13.
Page 21: That will lead to our living for all eternity under the arrangement that this mighty King describes, as found at Isaiah 65:17, 18: "Here I am creating new heavens (Jesus' Messianic Kingdom) and a new earth (a righteous new society of mankind); and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.
Correction: God will not be separated from mankind.
And I heard a loud voice form heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21:3.
Page 21: The King of eternity will lead us tenderly through to the end of these last days, for David assured us: "Jehovah is guarding all those loving him, but all the wicked ones he will annihilate."--Psalm 145:16, 20.
Clarification: Jesus will guard the believers from the evil one.
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 2 Thess. 3:3.
Page 24: For instance, Jehovah's Witnesses used to wear a pin with a cross and crown. But then we came to understand that Jesus was executed on an upright stake, not on a cross. (Acts 5:30) So wearing these pins was discontinued.
Correction: Jesus did not carry a telephone pole (torture stake) through Jerusalem.
And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. John 19:17-18.
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