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ARE WE OF GOD OR OF MEN?

(Being a response to those who say we Brethren of Christ are not of God)

 Throughout God's Holy Word, there are at least two categories of teaching:

  1. "Fundamental doctrinal" content, and
  2. Many "feel good "subjects that can be extracted, that have little or nothing to do with the fundamental “word of God,” or bear indirectly upon it. 

Such subjects are of men and not of God.    For instance, in the "feel good" matters, there is no difference in the Brethren in Christs teachings and the teachings of the Apostasy. That which divides those of the true ecclesia from apostate religions are the doctrines that Jesus and his apostles taught during the ministry of Jesus and the ministries and journeys of the apostles.

         Consider the subject regarding the position the saints occupy with God when we are regarded by Him as "precious Jewels" (Malachi 3: 17); and will be even more precious as we become immortal (Revelation. 4:3 compared to Revelation. 20: 9-11). That truly is a "feel good" subject and is very interesting, but it certainly is not a truth that will cause anyone to fail to enter the kingdom of God because they don't know that God referred to His servants as “precious jewels.”  

However, no one shall enter the Kingdom who fails to understand and believe in the fundamental doctrines that Jesus and his apostles taught during their ministries. Everyone is aware that when I personally take the stand in a class or lecture, I will more than likely be dealing with the fundamental doctrines of God's word. Some have even been heard to declare, "I am so tired of hearing about the "doctrines of Christ."

The prophetic messages of Jesus and his apostles did forecast that there would be those who would reject the message that was of God, and who would accept doctrines of "demons" or false teachers (false religions). 

 Jesus declared in Matthew 24: 5, and 11: 24 that false Christs and false prophets would arise after Jesus' departure from the earth.

 I Timothy 4: 1-16 - the importance of maintaining the doctrine of Jesus to save others and themselves.

 I Peter 2: 1-3 foretells that apostasy was to come just as it came to Israel in that they taught doctrines of men rather than doctrines of God (Matthew 15: 8-9).

IS THE METHOD OF REPROOF AND CORRECTION ACCEPTABLE? ( 11 Timothy 3: 16-17 ;  1 Corinthians 15: 35; I John 2: 19-22; 4:1-3; 2 John 11-13; 3rd John 9-10).

QUESTION: ARE THE BRETHREN OF CHRIST “OF GOD?” 

ARE OUR CONCLUSIONS BASED ON BIBLE TRUTH?

 1.  EXAMPLE OF REASONING THAT IS OF GOD, AND NOT OF MAN.

 On the third day (Genesis 1: 9), God removed the water from most of the earth so the dry land could appear. A reasonable question is, Did God make that water on the first day of the creation week, or on the second day?

 Answer:  Neither! The very first act of the creative power of God was to create light (Verse 3). God created no water on the first day nor the second day. The water was there before day ONE as God's Spirit power began to move, upon the "face of the deep" prior to creating light. The water must have already been in existence from a previous time. (Job 38: 9).

 Therefore, Genesis 1: 1-2 speaks of long ages (before 6000 years ago) as the earth "became" without form and void (Jeremiah. 4: 22-27;  Isa.. 44: 24.

 2.  Question #  2:  Did God only test Moses when He told him he was of a mind to disinherit and destroy Israel and make a great nation of Moses or was He telling Moses the truth that because of Israel's great disobedience, He was truly of a wrathful mind toward Israel?

 Psalm 106: 23 - 26 gives us the inspired answer. It declares that the reason Israel was not destroyed, was that Moses turned away God's wrath and God "pardoned" Israel because His wrath was turned away (Numbers 14: 20). This pardon permitted Israel to beget a new generation, and that generation, by sinning against God, perished during the next 40 years. The thing that the turning away of God's wrath accomplished was that the destruction of that generation was delayed and was not immediate.  Only the "new generation" entered into the Promised Land.

 GOD ONLY SPEAKS THAT WHICH IS TRUE AND HE DOES NOT DECEIVE US.

THE TRUTH ABOUT DEATH:

 This is by far the most erroneous error that exists in the departure from the truth. 

 The truth can be determined by noting that the creation of man had three areas of activities:

 1. The man was formed of the dust. He received breath in his nostrils.  

3. He became a living soul. (Genesis 2: 7)

 DEATH IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE

His breath goes forth.” 2. “He returns to the dust.” 3.“His thoughts perish; and he is then a dead soul.  (Psalm 146: 3-4; Ezekiel 18: 4, 20). 

FACT: Death is viewed by the apostasy as not being dead at all.  Death is explained by them as entering into a better life. If that is true, death would be a friend of mankind, and really, a reward. Instead, death is to be understood to be the enemy of mankind (I Corinthians. 15: 26), really a punishment of God for sin (Romans 5: 12; 6: 23).

 If the view of the apostasy concerning death is correct, and if Adam was told that if he disobeyed God, that God would take him out of that body, and take him off into heaven to live with God and His angels, who would not have chosen to disobey God's commandment and go to be with God? This apostate view is of man and is not of God.

 Isaiah 38: 1-22.  Why was Hezekiah so disturbed by the news that he was going to die if death is such a friend as the apostasy claims?

 Consider the following Scriptures:  (Ecclesiastes 3: 17-22; Ecclesiastes 9: 3-10).

 THE REWARD OF THE RIGHTEOUS:

 (A)            Those who think we are "of man" (that is, the entire Apostasy) have their own private ideas in reference to the "reward of the righteous."

 Consider these truths:

 1.   Christ was given a crown at the end of his race for life and after his resurrection, was rewarded with immortality and eternal life. Christ is the forerunner of all of the saints of Jesus (Hebrews 2: 7, 9).

 2.  The faithful, after judgment, are said to receive a crown also (II Timothy 4: 8). What is "that day" to which Paul refers?  See I Peter 5: 4; (when Christ appears); James 1: 12; II Peter. 3: 10; Revelation 4: 4.

 Notice: Both Paul and Peter had been in the Roman "Babylon" where the Roman games and races were held. In the races in Rome, it was after the race was over that the winners were crowned. In the Roman Coliseum, was a "bema, or throne of judgment” where the race results were examined, and rewards were given. Compare Paul’s judgment of truth with that fact  (Corinthians 5: 10; Romans 14: 10-12).

 Hebrews  6: 20. Jesus then was taken to heaven after he had finished his race for life. The apostasy reasons that we also are taken to heaven after our race is over. But consider these writings:

Proverbs 10: 30: Psalm 115: 16; John 3: 13;  John 7: 24; John 8: 21 with John 13: 22;   Acts 2: 34; Psalm 37: 9, 11, 19, 29; Matthew. 5: 5.  

 Compare Psalm 104: 5 with Proverbs 10: 30.  The word "mot" is translated “removed;” "mot" cannot mean, ‘shaken’ as apostates claim, for that would contradict Isaiah 2: 21; Haggai 2: 6-7; Isaiah 13: 13. See Ecclesiastes 1: 4 and we see that "removed” is the correct translation.

 Here is an example: the apostasy feels they find proof that Paul expected to go to heaven at death, for he is there made to say, "I have a desire to depart." (Philippians 1: 23). 

 The Greek term for depart is Strong's number 360 which is "analuo" (analuo).  Yet, in Luke 12: 36, that same word "analuo" is translated "return." The word cannot have two meanings that are opposite to each other. One or the other of the references has been mistranslated. Paul actually said in Philippians 1: 23, "I have a desire for the return and being with Christ."  Try putting the term "depart" at Luke 12: 36 and it destroys the meaning.  There is never any expectation given of "being with Christ" prior to the return of Jesus from heaven.

 Thomas Williams points out on pages 61-62 of The Great Salvation that the Greek term "analuo" was a term used of maritime activities in which a ship "looses (raises) its anchor" in a foreign port and returns home with its cargo (Revelation 22: 12). True to form, Jesus leaves heaven and returns to earth with his cargo (the reward of the saints – Revelation 22: 12).  You don't open the door at the home of the bridegroom as he leaves his home for the wedding. You open the door to him when he returns home to his servants and to His Bride. Jesus left earth 2000 years ago to go to "a far country" (heaven) to receive a kingdom as well as to bring the saint's (the Bride’s) reward back with him (Matthew 25:14); Revelation. 22: 12).

 Scripture gives us the principle of the return of Christ in order to receive our reward (John 14; 1-3; Philippians 3: 20-21; Acts 15: 13-18; Revelation 22: 12; Matthew 24: 29-31; Matthew 25: 31- 46; Matthew 5: 5.  No passage speaks of heaven-going in order to receive a reward. See John 3: 13   

 Notice:  Again, the translators are responsible for causing the world to believe in a soul that cannot die or be killed in Matthew 10: 29.  For information on this, See Thomas Williams on Page 50 of The Great Salvation. Then see Matthew 16: 24-26. Then compare Matthew's version  (10:28) with Luke's in Luke 12: 4-5, which clearly states that men can kill you, but cannot do anything further and that God can either raise anyone up and give eternal life; or destroy his life eternally in Gehenna.

 Notice: Elijah restores the widow's son's soul I Kings 17: 17-21. First of all, remember, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die," Ezekiel 18: 4, 20; and Joshua 10th chapter where they destroyed "all the souls." It is important that we realize that the Hebrew term "nephesh" is also translated as "life" - (Genesis 9: 4; Leviticus 17: 11; Deuteronomy 12: 23). The soul is the life which contains all the 5 senses:  1. taste, 2. touch, 3. sight, 4. smell, 5. hearing.

THE WATCHTOWER ON THE 144,000.

The Watchtower people would teach us that 144,000 of the saints will ascend to heaven and live there. However (Proverbs 10: 30; Revelation 14: 3; Revelation 5: 8-10) clearly declares that the righteous will forever remain on the earth Twenty four Elders and four living Creatures represent all the redeemed and are to be “a kingdom of priests” to reign on the earth.

THE WATCHTOWER 

Some years ago the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society prepared and circulated an issue of their magazine which contained an article that denies that Brethren in Christ are “of God.”   The charges against us were false charges, and their charges were clear examples of misunderstanding and error.   

CHARGE NUMBER ONE:  "JEHOVAH's  OLD TESTAMENT NAME"  is the name to be worshipped and used solely to the exclusion of any other name they claim. 

From the 1962 Watchtower, p. 174 paragraph. 4:

            The doctrine of Brethren in Christ  “... first of all, comes short in that it knows nothing of the issue of universal sovereignty, nor does one become aware from reading its many publications that the vindication of Jehovah's name is more important than the salvation of human creatures." 

"From page 178: " Yes, at first glance Brethren in Christappear to be of God, but not upon close examination ... it's ignoring the importance of the name of Jehovah and the issue of universal sovereignty..." 

We respond:  First of all, the Old Testament was written in Hebrew along with small portions of the Chaldean language which is Aramaic.  If The Divine, Eternal one in heaven had desired, even demanded, the pronouncing and the emphasis on "Jehovah," then certainly He would not have delivered to the Hebrews, a language which did not even contain the ability to write, read or speak the term "Jehovah."  To determine this, one has only to consider that neither Hebrew, Greek nor Aramaic contains a "j" sound. The Hebrew name for God was “YHVH,” and never once was it “JHVH.” The name “Jehovah” never once appears in the Old Testament, and the Watchtower’s claim that it does appear over seven thousand times is an absolute error. 

Again, there is absolutely no "J" in the Hebrew alphabet, therefore it is totally impossible that any Israelite ever read or pronounced the term "Jehovah." JWs are fond of replying to us that we pronounce "Jesus" and "Joshua" with a "J." However, that does not correct their erroneous claim, for we admit that we pronounce the name "Jesus," only because of the English pronunciation rendered by the translators, and the Bible was never translated into English for over a thousand years after the time of Jesus' birth, death, and ascent to heaven. The JWs claim that the Old Testament name for the creator was "Jehovah;" but that is false because it is also a fact that the Tetragrammaton was "YHVH" and not JHVH. 

Since there is also no "W" in Hebrew, God's name was not spelled Yahweh even as many persons pronounce the name, but was "Yahveh" from "YHVH." The Hebrew alphabet contained only consonants and no vowels. The Hebrews would never have seen the name Yahweh spelled out with a "W” and certainly not in the form "JEHOVAH." 

The New Testament is written in Greek which also has no "J" in the Alphabet. Therefore, the names Jesus and John are found in the English text, but not once in the Greek text from Matthew to Revelation. The English name "Jesus" is translated from the Greek Ishou. 

Fact:  God revealed Himself by a number of names that show Him as being connected to plans and purposes which the names pointed out. He always required that He Himself be recognized, worshipped and hallowed; however, he never required the appellatives by which he revealed Himself to be hallowed and revered. 

In Matthew, 5: 9 we see the statement, "hallowed be Thy name." Here the term "name" relates to the “intentions and purposes” for which Jesus was sent in God's name. The term "name” also points out various facts to be known about any person in the scriptures and defines the person being referred to. 

God even allowed Himself to be addressed very often by the Chaldean pagan name "Elah" while Judah was captive in Babylon and even after the captivity, for they had lost the ability to speak Hebrew while in captivity.  See Ezra 4; 24 through 6: 18; 7: 12-26; and Daniel 2: 4 through 7: 28. All are written in the Chaldean Aramaic language. The terms "god" and "lord" in these passages are the terms Babylonians used to address their "gods" and "lords; as well as for the God and Lord of Israel during and after their Babylonian captivity. 

We see in Exodus 34: 5-7 where Yahveh sent his angel down to declare THE NAME OF THE LORD to Moses and not one of the names by which God reveals himself was emphasized. To declare the name of the Lord, therefore, is to speak truths about Him, or His purpose. 

The cry of Jesus as he expired on the cross included his Father's name in Aramaic –  Eli, Eli (Matthew 27: 46) or "Eloi, Eloi" (Mark 15: 34). If the claims of men were true, we should see Jesus' last words as "Yahveh," or supposedly the JWs "Jehovah."   Those names were not spoken by Jesus as he died. The names were spoken in the language that all Jews understood, and that is Aramaic.  The Babylonian language and the name Jesus addressed was the same name God responded to when Israelites were captive in Babylon. 

The New Testament does not contain the name "Jehovah" one time.  Neither Jesus nor his apostles ever taught anyone of that name, rather they taught about Kurios (Lord) and Theos (God).  If God was so concerned about the name "Jehovah," why did He allow it to fade into forgetfulness? It was not once referred to in the New Testament at A.D. 4 to 70 A.D. 

Some will claim the N.T. was written in Hebrew. We challenge that and ask for proof. There is not one bit of evidence that anyone ever saw a copy of Matthew in Hebrew. Jerome thought he had found such a work but had to conclude that what he found was the spurious "Gospel of the 12 apostles," a work which is in this writer’s library.  My copy is an English translation of the work. 

The name "Jesus" with a "J" is the name in which we are to trust and to obtain redemption, not Jehovah.  The "J" is found in English only because there is no "J" in Hebrew or Greek. No Bible writer ever penned the term "Jesus" from Matthew to Revelation. They penned the name “Isous”  (isoun) , sometimes ihsous)  It was the name of Isous (Jesus) who God sent that we might achieve salvation (John 3: 16). Jesus was sent in his Father's name (John 5:  43), not Jehovah nor even Yahveh but in the name (purpose) of salvation and "hope of Israel" (Acts 28: 30).  See the following passages: 

John 2: 23 - "many believed in his name"

John 3: 16 -  "Whosoever believeth in him" (both Jesus and his Father)

John 3: 18 -  " ...because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son...

John 14:  13- 14 "Whosoever shall ask in my name..."

John 14: 26  "Who the father shall send in my name"

John  16: 23-24  "in the name of Jesus Christ."

Acts 2:21      "the name of the Lord"

Acts 2: 38     "Be baptized in the name of..."

Acts  3: 6      "In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

Acts  3: 16    "And his name, through faith in his name hath made this man strong..."

Acts  4:  10   "by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ...by him doth this man stand before you."

Acts 4: 12    "... no other name is given among men whereby we must be saved."

Acts 9: 14    "to bear my name among the Gentiles".

Acts 9: 21    Paul had ”destroyed them that called on this name in Jerusalem..."

Acts  9: 29  "...spoke boldly in the name of Jesus Christ."  

In the New Testament, the name KURIOS is the Greek term that is translated "Lord." 

The Greek term "Theos" is translated "God." Both terms were the terms the pagans used for their Gods. However, the God of Israel continually responded to those pagan names being addressed to Him, as long as the individuals believed His Truth.

 It is a fact that the world of Christendom does not believe the same as we do any more than do the JWs, although Christendom also disagrees with most JW doctrine. Therefore, they (the world of religion) would also charge that Brethren in Christ are "OF MAN." However, Brethren in Christ stand ready to take the stand in proof of our doctrine as we obey the Father, as in I Timothy 4: 12-16.

 The following doctrines of Christendom are in opposition to Bible teachings of Brethren of Christ. 

THE RETURN OF JESUS TO THE EARTH 

Those who charged that Brethren in Christ are of man and not of God show that they themselves are “OF MAN” when they assert that Jesus will never again set foot on the earth. 

They make the claim that the Greek term "parousia" only means "presence" and does not speak of a literal, physical presence. However, notice the following: 

11 Corinthians 7: 6 - Here some were comforted by the “coming of Titus.” How would only a mental presence be of any comfort that helps anyone? 

Luke 12: 43- “The Lord delayeth his coming.”  The claim that “Parousia” is only a non-physical presence would mean that the care and attention of Jesus was not with his faithful believers as he promised it would be.  The brethren were anxious for the “coming” of Jesus from heaven.  See John 14:1-3.  Jesus had told his apostles in John 13: 33, “Where I go, ye cannot come.”  However, he also said in John 14: 3, “If I go, I will come again, and receive you unto myself.” 

The Greek word “Parousia” never once means a non-physical coming or presence. The term is only translated “presence” two times, and both times the passage is speaking of the literal presence of the Apostle Paul (11 Corinthians. 10: 10; Philippians 2: 12). 

THE ONE GOD 

1.  The Pagan world endorses the doctrine of the Trinity (three gods in one, co-equal and co-eternal). Jesus will live as long as God lives, as will the worthy, but Jesus has not been from "everlasting to everlasting" as God has.(Psalms. 90: 2) 

NOTICE:  John 17: 3; Ephesians. 4: 4-6; I Corinthians. 8: 6; John 14: 9, 28; Isaiah 43rd; 44th; 45th chapters; Deuteronomy. 6: 4, 4: 35, 39. 

Consider the term "Elohim, a plural. Does God not say in Isaiah. 44: 6, 8, "Is there a God beside US”?   NO!  He said,  "There is no God beside ME;  See Mark 12: 29-33. 

God is often referred to as “Elohim” because of His many attributes.  Many times God is spoken about as Elohim, because the individual that is present is God’s angel, and God is “in him” as in Exodus 23:20-21.  The angel is one individual, but God who is “in Him” is a second individual and that creates a plural, an Elohim.  So it is in every instance where God manifest Himself is a second individual.  See the instance where God was “in Christ  (11 Corinthians 5: 19).  To see either the angel or to see Christ was to see God, for God was “in them.” 

2.  Most apostates hold that the soul of man is a separate entity and is immortal and cannot die. 

NOTICE: Bible doctrine proclaims that the man (made of dust) BECAME a living soul and "the soul that sinneth shall surely die" (Ezekiel 18: 4, 20). See also Job 14th chapter; Ecclesiastes 3rd and 9th chapters. 

3. The whole world of Apostasy (of over 400 denominations) rejects and opposes Bible truth that man is mortal and DOES NOT go to heaven to God's presence when he dies. 

NOTE:  Man is mortal - Job 4: 17; Romans 6: 12; 8: 11; I Corinthians 15: 53-54; 2 Corinthians 4: 11; 5:4;    Isaiah 38: 1-19; John 3: 13; Ecclesiastes 9: 3-10; Ezekiel 37th Chapter;  Isaiah 26:  19-20; Psalm 115: 16-17.  I Corinthians 15:12-19, 35-56. 

Only God is undeniably immortal.   Immortality is what we are seeking to achieve and hope to receive (Romans 8: 23-25). The word immortality occurs 5 times only and is what God has and/or what we hope to have. 

Notice:

Romans. 2: 7

I Corinthians.15: 53, 54

I Timothy. 6: 16;

2 Timothy. 1: 10 

3.  THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS THE CHRIST. 

There are three positions on this subject. They are as follows: 

A.  Practically the whole apostate world of Christendom endorses the belief that Jesus Christ existed prior to Adam, as (1) One of the angels; (2) As one-third of a triune God. Either one of the two positions would require Him to be existing before Adam as an immortal Being and not qualified to redeem fallen man (Galatians 3: 13). 

B.  Jehovah's Witnesses endorse apostate doctrines. They also believe that Jesus existed prior to Adam. They take the position that, even before Adam was created and  became mortal  and  under a sentence of death, Jesus existed as God's "firstborn.” As they profess, Jesus was a mortal man. Yet, mortality came by sin.  He was sent, they admit, to redeem mortal man from condemnation. Truly, to qualify for this he had to have appeared as a descendant of Adam.  JWs believe Jesus' purpose prior to Adam was to be the creator of all things  (John 1: 1-3-14). 

C.  The Truth of God which we endorse is that the promise of God regarding a redeemer appeared only in a promise in God's purpose in Genesis 3: 15. The Redeemer was to be a descendant of the sinning woman. See Galatians. 3: 13. Jesus was literally sent by God when he was born of a woman (Galatians 4: 4). If he was sent prior to Adam and Eve, what woman prior to Eve is ever mentioned as his mother? And through whom he was born? The redeemer had necessarily to be born as a descendant of Eve. 

      See Genesis 3: 15; Galatians 4: 4; I Corinthians 15: 21; 23; Psalm 1: 7 w/ Acts 13: 32- 33; I Timothy. 2: 5; John 8: 51-58. "Before Abraham was, I am." See and explain  John 17: 5; Psalm 89: 27; I Corinthians 8: 6; Ephesians 4: 4-6.

 DO DIVISIONS INDICATE THAT PERSONS

OR COMMUNITIES ARE NOT OF GOD?

 Divisions even in the Body of Christ were foretold (I Timothy 4: 1-3; II Peter 2: 1-3; Luke 18: 8). Divisions also existed in the first-century Ecclesias when Jesus' apostles lived and guided the Ecclesias (I Corinthians 1: 10-14; Galatians chapter 1; I John 2: 19-22; 4: 1-4; II John 7-9) where divisions are actually advised by inspiration from God. 

IS IT REQUIRED THAT TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD, A GROUP MUST BE ACTIVELY SPREADING THE TRUTH OF GOD AND OF CHRIST TO THE ENTIRE WORLD? 

ANSWER:  Scripture declares that the time of the return of Jesus there would be few believers (Luke 18: 8), and “it shall be at that day as it was in Noah's day” (Luke 17: 26-27). Noah was daily working on the ark with his sons, so he was not moving about all over the world at all times. Also, the result of Noah's preaching did not produce one convert outside his own family. There simply were not enough faithful believers to do God's work of preparing the world for coming judgment and gaining converts. 

UNIVERSAL RESURRECTION;  OR LIMITED RESURRECTION.  WHICH? 

Romans 6: 5 – “If you have been planted together (baptized Verse 3) in the likeness of his death, ye shall be in the likeness of his resurrection.” 

1 Thessalonians 4: 15-  “The dead in Christ shall rise first,” meaning before the living are called. 

QUESTION:  Can Adam, who brought death upon us, bring life to those to whom he brought death? (I Corinthians 15: 2). Which man brought death and which man brought life? 

Question:  Does natural birth take one into Christ? (Consider Job 14th Chapter and Ecclesiastes 9: 3-10) ... from being "sons of Adam" to "sons of God?" And being invested in white garments?  See John 1: 12.  Only those “in Christ” are “sons of God.” 

Resurrection: denotes "having died." 

WHAT IS DEATH? 

(A)    The scattering of Israel was the death of the nation of Israel (Romans 11: 13-15; Ezekiel 21: 25-27; Ezekiel 37th CHAPTER (people of the Valley of dry bones resurrected). Coming to their borders is the resurrection of the nation, not the raising again of persons who have died.

(B)     Is it not the wisdom OF GOD that declares that death sends us home TO GOD (as the world believes); but it is of God we will rise again (Romans 6: 1-5).

(C)    All the righteous who died, slept with their fathers, and saw that their reward was “afar off” ( I Thessalonians 4; 14, 16, Hebrews 11: 13, 14; 11: 13, 40). 

NOTICE: DEATH IS A SLEEP

Abel & Abraham – Genesis 25: 7-11; John, 8: 51-58; Hebrews. 11: 13, 40).

David - I Kings 2: 10, 11: 21; Acts 2: 30, 29 "slept”)

Solomon slept - I Kings 11:43.

Jeroboam - slept as did Abram and David. I Kings 14: 20.

Ahab slept as had others I Kings 22: 40.

Matt. 27:52- Saints that slept.

Dan. 12: 2-  "many of those who sleep" John 5: 28-29.

I Thessalonians 4: 14, 16  "Those who sleep in Jesus."     

RESURRECTION IS THE ONLY MEANS OF FUTURE LIFE - I Corinthians 15: 21; John 11:23-25; Job 14: 14-16; Job 19: 25-27; Isaiah. 26: 13-14; 19-20. 

WITH WHAT BODY DO THEY COME?  (I Corinthians. 15: 35-57). 

Notice that Paul's message has nothing to do with the question of "With what body or nature do they GO?” 

Notice again that in I Corinthians 15: 36, Paul does state that that which is sown must die in order to proceed forth into new life. Explain this. 

Then, in verse 37, Paul explains that “The body that rises is ‘not the body that shall be’”  but something which shall progress into new life AFTER it is raised. 

Verses 39 - 40 - Different kinds of flesh, heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. 

Verse 42 - "SO is the resurrection "of the dead" the burying of the dead?"  No! 

Verse 43 - "IT IS SOWN - from Greek term "speirw" (spiero) - to scatter or cast out (Isaiah. 26: 19-20. 

Verse  44 - Natural body - soma yucicon (soma psukikon) i.e. a body with the 5 senses, or a live body, "the principle of animal life." 

5 senses:  1. sight  2. hearing   3. smell   4.  taste    5.   touch. 

Verse 45- 49. Adam was made a living soul. (Genesis. 2: 7) a living body with the senses. The verse proves the point of raising a living body in the resurrection. 

Verse 50.  But, simply a body with the 5 senses is not enough, for flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom as participants, 

Verses 51-54  Therefore, the resurrection to mortal life occurs at verses 42-44; while a further raising to immortality occurs in 51-54. Death is then swallowed up in victory- Verse. 54. 

WAS THERE A PRE-ADAMIC EXISTENCE OF JESUS?

The following are supposed by some to teach “the Pre-human existence of Jesus:"

 1. John 1:  1-14, In the beginning, was the word..."

2. John 8: 50-56 - Before Abraham I Am ..."

3. I Corinthians. 15: 1: 23 - "...Jesus Christ the firstfruits..."

4. Colossians. 1: 15-18   - "The firstborn of every creature...from the dead."

5. Psalms 1: 7 w/ Acts 13: 32 - This day have I begotten thee ... Being raised to immortality fulfilled: Psalms. 2: 7. 

Every Christian religion in the world would agree with the Watchtower on that matter, for only the Brethren of Christ endorse this truth. Everyone else believes that Jesus pre-existed in one way or another. 

1. As a part of the Trinity.

2. As God’s "firstborn."

3. As an angel. 

However, See the Bible truth on this from the following passages. 

1.  I Corinthians. 15: 21-  By "man" came the resurrection from the dead.

2.  Hebrews. 2: 14-18 - Jesus took part of flesh and blood in order to destroy death.

3.  Genesis. 3: 15 - The seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.

4.  Galatians. 3: 13 -  In order to free from a curse the redeemer had to be one of them.

5. Isaiah.  9: 6-7 -  Unto us a child is born.

6. Micah 5: 3-6 - Whose goings forth...

7. Deuteronomy. 18: 18-     "I will raise them a prophet (from the midst of thee vs. 15).

8. Luke 1: 31, 35 - Conceive in thy womb... "...that is born of thee..."

9. Galatians. 4: 4        ".. sent forth His Son born of a woman"

10 I Timothy. 2: 5 - "...the man, Christ Jesus."

11. Hebrews. 5: 1-7  " Taken from among men..."

12. I Corinthians. 15: 45-47 "...the second man..."

13. John 6: 33, 38, etc. "...came down from heaven".

14. Micah 5: 2, 5 - "This man shall be the peace..."

15. Job 14: 4;25: 4 – No clean person can be born of a woman: Galatians. 4: 4; Hebrews. 2: 14. 

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD 

Question # 1:  Is there such a thing as the "spiritual  kingdom of God?" 

Question # 2:  Was the kingdom of Israel ruled from heaven during its 1400 year history or was it ruled by a mortal king THROUGH a city on earth? 

Fact:  God ruled the kingdom from heaven and over the course of time, He always ruled through the Judges He had established on the earth. Later physical kings were enthroned who ruled over His kingdom. God’s plan and purpose was to restore Israel’s judges as at the first (Isaiah 1: 26).  Those judges according to God’s truth will be the 12 apostles ( Matthew. 19: 27-29). Also, as at the first, God 1: 26). Those judges, according to God's truth, will be the twelve apostles (Matthew 19: 27-29).  Also as at the first, God will reign through a king (Isaiah. 32:  1; Zechariah. 14: 9). 

Ezekiel. 36: 11-37; 34: 22-25. It is God's intention to restore the kingdom to Israel as in days of old.

CAN ANYONE GIVE A REFERENCE TO ANY KINGDOM OF GOD, OR A PROPHECY RELATING TO ANY KINGDOM OF GOD OTHER THAN THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL WHICH ONCE EXISTED ON THIS EARTH? No?  (SEE AMOS 3: 7). 

A.  THE NEW TESTAMENT BEGAN WITH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM. 

THE KINGDOM OF APOSTATE TEACHERS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RESTORATION OF THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL BUT HAS TO DO WITH A THRONE IN HEAVEN RULING OVER EARTH. MUCH OF THEIR DOCTRINE HAS TO DO WITH EVERYONE HAVING GONE TO HEAVEN. But see John 3: 13; Psalm 115: 16; Revelation 5: 8-10. 

THESE PROPHECIES AND PROMISES HAVE TO DO WITH THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL'S KINGDOM Ezekiel 21: 26-27;  Isaiah 3: 2-5 w/ Matthew. 19: 27-30;  Isaiah. 1: 26 ; Isaiah. 2: 2-5; Ezekiel 36: 1-25 ; Jeremiah. 33: 15-22; Hebrews. 8: 8-13; Acts 1: 6, 11. 

As John and Jesus began their ministry, Jesus proclaimed; "THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND."  Discuss!  How was "THE KINGDOM AT HAND? 

MATTHEW. 23: 37-39: Jesus had come, ready to restore the kingdom to Israel any moment they accepted him; saying "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." However, Jesus and his Father knew they would reject Jesus (Acts 15: 18). 

The JW gospel of the kingdom is a kingdom without Jesus in it if the kingdom was set up around 1914 A.D. 

THE PHRASE "REIGN OVER THE EARTH" DOES NOT MEAN "REIGN FROM ABOVE THE EARTH".  Notice "OVER THE EARTH" in the following passages (II Samuel 3: 21; II Samuel 17: 50; Zechariah  6: 14: 9; 6: 12-13; Acts 15: 16; Jeremiah 3: 15-21; I Kings 1: 35; Jeremiah 1: 14; I Kings 1: 35; Matthew. 24: 5; Revelation. 2: 26; Revelation 3: 21. 

The Kingdom Jesus will establish is a kingdom in which Jesus shall be physically  present in the earth;  Zechariah 14: 4 "his feet shall stand at that day upon the Mount of Olives." Notice in the previous verse is the noun Yahveh." However, notice Psalm 110: 5, for there it says that the Lord that sits on God's right hand is in view in all the battles that are fought upon the earth at the times of the Gentiles wind down. 

Notice also the following passages dealing with the term "over:" I Samuel 7: 10-17; Luke 1: 32-35; Zechariah 6: 12-13; Zechariah 14; Jeremiah 3: 15-21; Ezekiel 37: 11, 21-22; Ezekiel 20: 33- 44.: 9; Acts 15: 16.         Wayne R. Tanner 

    Jehovah’s Witnesses: of God ... or of Men?

          In the library of the writer is a book published by Jehovah’s Witnesses that is entitled, You Can Live Forever in Paradise On Earth.  Our attention in this response, concerns the many errors from page 142 to Page 147.  In those five pages there are more denials of God’s Truth than I have ever witnessed in any other work.

         For instance, on page 145 in the second paragraph, the book reads, “While Jesus appeared to Thomas in a body similar to the one in which he was put to death, He also took on different bodies when appearing to his followers.”

         Search as we are able and we cannot find where the word of God mentions the imaginations of that book.  The book speaks as though a person may change to be a number of other persons.  On page 72 the book reads, “Notice, however, that the Bible does not say that God gave the man a soul. Rather, it says that after God started man breathing “the man came to be a living soul. “ 

         There is not a word in scripture of any person changing from being one person to being another person, or a number of other persons.  Throughout the life of Jesus, he was never anyone other than the person who came forth out of the womb of Mary.  In that manner, he became “the Son of man” for his mother was of the race of man (Galatians 4: 4).  The very suggestion that Jesus could change from being the son of Mary to being someone else or another copy of himself is absolutely a figment of the imagination.  The Bible knows nothing about such an idea.

         Let us continue a little further with the fact of Jesus being “the Son of man.” From the time he was born, He was still “the Son of Mary” as he hung on the tree of Calvary and suffered for his own and for our salvation (Hebrews 7: 27).  Was he not still the Son of man when he was resurrected?

         It was the Son of Man that was invited to sit at God’s right hand, the same “Son of man” who despised the shame of the cross, the same “Son of Man” who is at the right hand of the Father is the same Son of man who is to return and sit on the throne of David (Luke 1:  32-33; Acts 15:  16-18).

         Let us consider the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary (Luke 1: 26-35).  Gabriel promised Mary that her son that was to be born unto her would be given “the throne of David” which was fallen down at the time that the angel promised Mary that Jesus would sit and rule the house of Jacob (meaning Israel).  Jesus, in Acts 15: 16, is said to be going to return and build again that ruling house over Israel

         Therefore, Jesus returning and building that house of David, since it has not yet happened, is an event of the future. That fact is a death blow to the doctrine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They clearly teach in this portion of their book that the body that was Jesus for 33 ½ years is not the Jesus who rose from the dead.  They claim it was a newly created body and not the body that was born of the Virgin Mary.  But the angel promised Mary that the Jesus who was born of her would sit on the throne of David and reign over the house of Jacob forever.

         How can that be so, if God replaced the body that was Jesus and raised that replaced body instead of the body that suffered and died on the cross?  Yes, the claims of the Jehovah’s witnesses would mean that God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary to promise her things that could never happen since the person born of her would sleep the sleep of death forever, while God raised up a newly created Jesus to fulfill Mary’s expectations regarding the angel’s promise.

         Jehovah’s Witnesses write of Jesus during his days on the earth after his resurrection as though he was still in his mortality for forty days.  That is an absolute error.  Jesus entered into a room that was locked (John 20: 19), shortly after his resurrection. Mere mortals cannot perform that task!

         Also, after Jesus had appeared to his followers after his resurrection, we are told in Mark 16: 12 that Jesus later appeared to his follower in “another form.”

         Yes, we are aware of the false claims that verses 9-20 of this chapter of Mark were later added.  That is an absolute error, inserted long before the New Testament was put into printed form. This portion of Mark was quoted from as early as the second generation by the early “church fathers” Irenaeus and Hippolytus (The Ante Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1, Page 388, 426).

 The Promises of Jesus

         In John 13: 33 Jesus tells even his immediate apostles that, “where I go, ye cannot come.”  In John 14: 3, Jesus tells those same apostles:  “IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN.”

If the same Jesus that came the first time does not come the second time, the term “again” is indicative of a falsehood.  Yet the Jehovah’s Witnesses' own Bible also uses the term ”again” in that passage.  If God replaced the Jesus that came the first time by a different body, that was another person.  That book speaks as though a “change of nature” indicates another body or person.

         That is an error of immense proportions.  In I Corinthians 15: 53-54 reads, just as does the Jehovah’s Witness Bible does, and we quote from their own Bible: “For this which is corruptible must put on incorruption, and this which is mortal put on immortality.”

Let us be clear.  That which is corruptible has to be there in order for that which is corruptible and mortal to put incorruption and immortality.  Jehovah’s Witnesses’ arguments fail to deliver that truth.

         Let us recognize this divine truth.  Jesus was our forerunner (Hebrews 6: 20) He walked the path ahead of us all.  If our corruptible and mortal body puts on incorruption and immortality, then Jesus as our forerunner did the same.  The language speaks of a change of nature for the body, not a change to a different body.

         There is a point that Paul makes in I Corinthians 15: 35-37 that Jehovah’s Witnesses miss. In that passage, Paul points out that as the body comes forth in the resurrection, it does not come forth as the body that shall be.  Jesus, being our forerunner, did not come forth as the body that was to be.

        Would the Jehovah’s witnesses try to teach us that the body that sits at God’s right hand (Psalms 110:  1; Hebrews 12: 2) is a different body than was born of the Virgin Mary?  The language of the book surely seems to be saying that.

         Also, if the Jesus that was crucified was not the same Jesus that rose from the dead, and now sits at his Father’s right hand, then the angel Gabriel surely told Mary a lot of falsehoods.  It is a fact that after the Son of Mary had completed the work for which he was born, his nature was changed to his Father’s nature.  Jesus’ change of nature is said in Acts 13: 32-33 to be the fulfillment of Psalms 2: 7, “This day I have begotten thee.” Acts 13: 32-33 declares that was fulfilled when God immortalized Jesus to be like Himself.

Hebrews 9: 27:  ”Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time

without sin unto salvation.                                                                                                   

        The book we are considering claims that when the Son of Mary was crucified and buried, that the real Jesus  never rose from the dead. The book declares on Page 144, the second paragraph, that God removed the body of Jesus from the tomb. They continue on, indicating God replaced it with a different, newly created body that rose to life.                              Hebrews 13: 20 declares that “Jesus was raised from the dead.”  However,  Jehovah’s Witnesses declare that the Jesus that died and was buried did not rise from his death, that a newly created body that was never dead took his place and rose up in his place.  If the body that emerged from the Virgin Mary did not come forth from the dead, the angel Gabriel promised Mary things that Jehovah’s Witnesses claim never did happened and never will happen.

Regarding the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.  Hebrews 13: 20 declares that he rose from the dead on the basis of his own “blood of the covenant.”  If the person who rose from the dead was not the same body that was crucified, and who shed the blood of the everlasting covenant, then the body that rose up did not do so by means of his own blood.

 “To Thee and to Thy Seed”

The seed of the woman (Genesis 3: 15) was the Son of Mary, of whom that seed was born (Galatians 4: 4).

         The promise to Abraham was to “thee and thy seed.” Galatians 3: 16 reveals that Jesus, the Son of Mary was the Seed who was foretold to share inheritance forever with Abraham. Also, the Seed of David was Jesus (Acts 2: 30).

Jesus was crucified and was buried.  Jehovah’s Witnesses tell us this Son of Mary never was resurrected, that God created another person to take the place of Jesus.   Again, Jesus was the Seed of all of those promises mentioned above. 

Jesus was a descendant of all those persons to whom th0se above promises were made.  But to them, the imaginary person who Jehovah’s Witnesses claim took the place of Jesus is someone who they say God replaced.  It is also a fact that the so-called newly created Jesus that took the place of Jesus would not be the descendant of Eve, Abraham or David.  We are asked to accept the claim that God created that replacement.  Therefore, he was not a member of the race of man, and certainly was not a descendant in any of those three covenants of promise.  Therefore, those covenants of promises would no longer be of any value to mankind

         On page 144 and paragraph 3, Jehovah’s Witnesses remark that “Jehovah saw fit to remove Jesus’ body, even as he had done before with Moses’ body.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses think that Jesus’ flesh body was a different body than his later immortal body. It is obvious that Jesus’ immortal body was his fleshly body raised to immortality.  Both were the same body, in a different nature. 

Again, Jesus is our forerunner (Hebrews 6: 20).  Philippians 3: 20-21 declares that “Jesus will come and change our lowly, fleshly body to be like his glorious body.”  It will be the same body in both instances. Before the change, our body will be a lowly body.  After the same body is refashioned, it will be like his glorious body.

Paul said the same thing in I Corinthians 15: 53 “this mortal must put on immortality.”  It is the same body as before except its nature is changed from mortality to immortality.

         Keep in mind that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe is that Jesus who is at God’s right hand is a Jesus created to replace the Jesus that was crucified.  That belief does not harmonize with the “word of God.” The Jesus of the truth of God, says sixty years after his crucifixion, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore.” 

This is the Jesus of true believers.  The Jesus of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a Jesus created to replace the Jesus that died. There is no doubt, the above fact shows clearly who it is, that is “of man” instead of being “of God.”  They lay claim to a Jesus that never died but was created to replace the Jesus that did die.  Believers of truth endorse a Jesus who was dead but now lives forevermore.  Therefore the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the ones who “are not of God.” 

There are many more points that could be made. 

However, I wish briefly to refer to the four “shortcoming” which the Jehovah’s Witnesses charge Believers with possessing.

1.       “The shortcoming of not emphasizing the sovereignty of the name Jehovah.  It is a fact that the name “Jehovah” is impossible to be written or spoken in Hebrew.  Yet, Jehovah’s Witnesses repeatedly claim that the name “Jehovah” appears nearly seven thousand times in the Old Testament.  That is an error.   The letters that form the divine name in the Old Testament are “yod,”  “He,”  “Vau,”  and “He” (YHVH).  Jehovah’s Witnesses repeatedly apply a “J” sound to the Hebrew letter “Yod,” which definitely requires a “Y” sound.  The Hebrew alphabet does not contain a letter “J” sound, nor does the Greek alphabet.  The Hebrew Bible never uses the name JHVH; that is an impossibility in the absence of a “J” in the language!

Also,   YHVH is not the only name to which God has historically responded as claimed by Jehovah’s Witnesses.  It is a fact that from Chapter 2 of Daniel to Daniel 7:28, Daniel repeatedly referred to the God of Israel using the Babylonian name of “Elah” many times.  Yet, God responded to Daniel throughout those chapters.  Also in the Book of Ezra, the Babylonian name for God is consistently used from Ezra 4: 24 through Ezra 7:25 and God responded to that Pagan name.  Are we to accept the fallacious claim that God only responds to the name Jehovah?  Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves say that YHVH is the spelling of God’s name in the Old Testament.  Yet, they insist on giving the letter “yod” the sound of “jod,” a letter which does not occur in the Hebrew alphabet.

 

2.     The second “shortcoming” Jehovah’s Witness charge against Believers is the fact that we have suffered divisions.  They claim a divine need for unity as though God demands of his people an association with error.  That is another error. In the Apostle John’s day, the error concerning Jesus’ nature caused some to “go out from the apostles” (I John 2: 19; 4:  1-3; 2 John 7-11). The error taught that only Jesus came in a nature that did not need atonement. The apostle John taught in 2 John 7-11 that whoever received those teaching that error, “were partakers of their evil deeds.”  That is God’s estimation, with which Jehovah's Witnesses disagree.  The divisions in our community are over that same doctrine, except the Amended group applies that error to all mankind rather than just to Jesus as in John’s day.  So we throw that “shortcoming“ into the wastebasket where it belongs. Also, in Romans 16: 17, the inspired apostle Paul admonishes believers to avoid those who teach “contrary to the doctrine.”  Jehovah’s Witnesses do not agree with God.  Our community does!

 

3.      The third one concerns whether or not we as a community spread the truth as do Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The apostles never went through cities knocking of people’s doors. Were they not “of God?”  Our community spreads the truth in the same way the apostles did.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not. God’s urging of unity in the ecclesia is meant to prevent anyone from going off on false doctrines.  It is not meant to cause believers to tolerate errors in their midst.

 

4.      Resurrection in Christ.   The Apostle Paul taught in Romans 6:  5, if you have been baptized into Christ, you shall be in the likeness of his resurrection.”  Also, I Thessalonians 4: 16 declares that those in Christ will rise before the living are called to the judgment.  Paul did not include anyone yet in Adam.  Our adherents do the same things.  If that is a shortcoming, we still insist on imitating the inspired apostles.               Wayne R. Tanner


Other Jehovah’s Witnesses Errors

Part Two

          Continuing, we must again call attention to the fact that the Jehovah’s Witness book entitled You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, on pages 143 through 145 clearly denies that the Jesus who lived and died never was raised from the grave, because of his mortal, deficient nature.        

It must be pointed out that the Jehovah’s Witness treatment of the Hebrews 2:  14-18 in their Bible truthfully sets forth that it was necessary for Jesus to be of “flesh and blood” nature as we all are.  The reason spelled out in their Bible agrees with the message set forth in our Bible also. 

The reason set forth is that Jesus was of our nature so that as he sits as our Savior making intercession by pleading for us (Romans 8:26; Hebrews 7: 25), he could better represent his followers since he himself had experienced the same nature which tempts everyone to be drawn into sin (James 1: 13-15).  The belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses from the above-mentioned book claims that Jesus, who shared our lowly nature, was never resurrected because of possessing that lowly nature.          

That error completely destroys the fact that Jesus experienced our same nature in order for him to be an understanding capable, intercessor.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that a new, immortal Jesus was created and raised up; and that the new Jesus they think, never experienced the sufferings of the original Jesus.  The new Jesus they say was created by God to replace that former “flesh and blood” Savior.  Therefore, Jesus, they say, Who exists today in heaven, never was flesh and blood.  Therefore, neither did He die, but simply replaced Jesus who was born of Mary, and who was of “flesh and blood” nature so He would be an understanding Savior.

Therefore, the reason given in Hebrews 2: 14-18 for Jesus being flesh and blood in order to be an appropriate, understanding savior is rendered null and void.  That is a doctrine of men rather than the truth of God.

 Jesus as our Forerunner

  The Jehovah’s Witness Bible, as well as our Bible, declares that Jesus is in heaven as our high priest after the Order of Melchizedek and that he is in heaven as our forerunner.       

Therefore, Jesus traveled the way that we are to follow in order to make a successful journey down the way of the tree of life (Genesis 3: 24).  Therefore, Jesus, born of a woman (Galatians 4: 4) was provided to tread the way of the tree of life ahead of all who were to follow. Again, Jesus is our forerunner on the pathway to life.  However, Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus never reached the end of that pathway to life, for, they say, “Jesus died and never rose again,” and never will, in spite of Jesus having foretold that he would rise at the end of three days and three nights (Matthew 12: 40).

It is also a fact that Jesus as the head of the multitudinous body of Christ, declares in Revelation 1: 18,”I became dead, but look! I am living for ever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of hades” (Jehovah’s Witness Bible).  Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus who is alive forever, was once dead but now lives forever.  However, the new Jesus of Jehovah’s Witnesses was never dead, he was created in order to replace the former Jesus because he had a defiled nature.        

Notice the contradiction!  In their book mentioned above, the Jehovah’s Witnesses argue for several pages that Jesus, after he died and was buried never rose from the dead, and that God created a new body to continue in the place of Jesus who had lived and died. They say that “Jesus nature was such that he could not abide in heaven,” so God created a new, immortal, incorruptible nature to take the place of the Son who had lived and died.”

         Again, remember Jesus as our forerunner. He experienced as our forerunner, what we are all to experience.                                    

       Notice Philippians 3: 20-21 even in the Jehovah’s Witness Bible:  “As for us, our citizenship exists in the heavens, from which place also we are eagerly waiting for a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will refashion our humiliated body to be conformed to his glorious body…” (New World Translation).

This foretells that we shall have this present mortal body changed and that this same body will become an immortal, incorruptible body.  Since this is to be what happens with the followers of Jesus, he, being our forerunner had the same experience happen with him, as our forerunner.  Jehovah’s Witnesses only see the eternal destruction of this lowly body; and the creation of a different body in us all. God’s word clearly teaches the bestowing of incorruption and immortality on this mortal, corruptible body.   The Jehovah’s Witness Bible teaches this as does all our Bibles.  Notice the following out of the New World Translation: Philippians 3: 20-21:  speaking of Jesus, “... who will refashion our humiliated to be conformed to his glorious body.”

I Corinthians 15: 53-43:  “For this which is corruptible must put on incorruption and this which is mortal must put on immortality.” Verse 54: “But when this which is corruptible puts on incorruption and this which is mortal puts on immortality then the saying will take place which is written: death is swallowed up forever.”

Romans 8: 11: “If, now, the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through his spirit that resides in you.”

There it is!  Their Bible declares the refashioning of our lowly bodies, but their book which is before me as I write clearly teaches the eternal destruction of Jesus’ and our bodies, and the creation of new, immortal bodies.  That is not the message of the word of God but is the kind of heresy mentioned by Peter in 2 Peter 2: 1.        Wayne R. Tanner

                                                                     

 Every Eye Shall See Him

In the Jehovah’s Witness book entitled, You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, on page 142, the book declares:

“At his return, Jesus does not come to live on the earth.  Rather, those who are to rule as kings with him are taken up to live with him in heaven.”

First of all, no one is destined to rule as “kings” with Jesus.  In Isaiah 32: 1 God informs us: A king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall reign in justice.”  No passage foretells more than one king.  Zechariah 14: 9 declares that “The Lord (Jesus) shall be king over all the earth, in that day shall there be one Lord and his name one.” There are a few places where the translators mistakenly cause passages to read “kings and priests,” where the passages should read, “a kingdom of priests” as in Exodus 19: 6.  Revelation 5: 10 should read the same way, as it does in the Schofield Bible. The authors of the JW book, knowing that Revelation 1: 7 refutes their hypothesis when it foretells: “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also who pierced him; and all kindred of the earth shall wail because of him.” Jehovah’s Witnesses have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to advance their own thoughts in the face of God’s own declarations.  In this instance, they do the same thing.  On page 156, they treat us to their own ideas which contradicts the clear evidence of Revelation 1: 7.  

Notice: How is it He is “Seen By Every Eye?” How then are we to understand the word of Revelation 1: 7? There the apostle John writes: ‘Look, he is coming with the clouds and every eye shall see him, and those who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth shall beat themselves him in grief because of him.’  Here the Bible speaks of seeing not with the physical eye, but in the sense of discerning or perceiving.”

Notice that the Bible declared “Every eye shall see him.”  He does not say that every mind shall discern him as Jehovah’s Witnesses teach. In the next paragraph, they say, “Those who actually “pierced” Jesus is no longer alive on the earth.”  This error shows the lack of understanding of Jehovah’s Witnesses as they seek to influence us all to follow their departures from understanding

What demonstrates such a lack of understanding?  The fact that Peter was inspired by God as he spoke to that entire assembly of Jews.  In verse 36, Peter accused that entire crowd with these words, “Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”  See also verses 13 through 15.  The entire crowd of hundreds of Israelites were charged with piercing Jesus in his crucifixion.  We must remember that the crowd of Jews in Matthew 27: 24-27, told Pilate that the responsibility for refusing Jesus would be upon themselves and their children, and their children’s children.  In other words upon them all, even of future generations.

Revelation 1: 7, therefore, refers to all Israelites, for God charged the whole nation with piercing Jesus.  It was the Romans who actually pierced him; but God knew that the nation of Israel had demanded that the Romans do what the Romans did.  Peter’s inspired words to the Jews prove that.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses know all this, but they had a point they wished everyone to believe, so they failed to refer to the whole truth.

Then, out of their own Bible, we see at Matthew 24: 30 that John the revelator referred to actual eyesight in Revelation 1: 7.  Notice: “And then the sign of the son of man shall appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall beat themselves in lamentation. And they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (underlining is mine).              Even if we should accept their explanation that Revelation 1: 7 speaks of discernment instead of actual eyesight, it matters not, for if everyone discerns that Jesus is there instead of seeing him, it is proven that he is actually there, and that is our point.

Jehovah’s Witnesses purpose in denying that Jesus will actually be seen by all the occupants of the earth, is to maintain their error on page 142 of the book that, “at his return Christ does not come to live on earth.” They should believe their own Bible for it prophesies in Ezekiel 37:21: “And speak to them, The is what the Lord Jehovah has said: I am taking the sons of Israel from among the nations to which they have gone, and I will collect them together from round about and bring them onto their own soil.”

Verse 22. “And I shall actually make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king is what all of them will come to have as a king, and they will no longer continue to be two nations, nor will they be divided any longer into two kingdoms.”

Now, out of their own Bible, we shall allow them to tell us whether Jesus will live on the earth after his return, or not.  Who will Israel’s one king be?  In Luke 1: 31-33, God’s angel Gabriel will answer that question for us: “and look!  You shall conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you are to call his name Jesus.  Verse 32: “This one will be great and will be called Son of the most high: and Jehovah God will give him the throne of David his father.  Verse 33: And he will rule as king over the house of Jacob forever, and there will be no end of his kingdom.”

We have to wonder why Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrine does not agree with their own Bible.  Let us notice again, in their own Bible, Jesus’ own words in Acts 15: 16: “After these things, I shall return and rebuild the booth of David that is fallen down; and I shall rebuild its ruins and erect it again.”                                                  

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ own Bible teaches that Jesus is to sit on David’s throne eternally in Jerusalem (Jeremiah 3: 17) ruling Israel forever without end.  Are we to believe that with Jesus in Jerusalem eternally, partaking of the bread and wine with his apostles (Matthew 26:29 in their Bible), that no eye will literally see him?

What foolish error!  We appeal to of JW friends, Please believe you own Bible, at least this once and proclaim God’s truth to the world as you say you are seeking to do.

In Job 19: 25-27,  Job declared in verse 27 that “his eyes” would see the redeemer.  He did not say, “who my mind shall perceive;” he said, “my eyes shall behold.”  Revelation 1: 7 also declares, “every eye shall see him.”  It does not say, Him “who every mind shall perceive, as Jehovah’s Witnesses teach.           Wayne R. Tanner

                                                                                                         

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                    

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