WHERE IS THE GREAT CROWD?

INTRODUCTION:

Some of the JWs I have spoken to regarding this topic usually consider that the idea that the great crowd is not on earth is coming from ‘ex-JWs,’ ‘antagonists,’ and ‘sympathetic supporters from mainstream churches.’ The idea proposed is that these individuals do not see the two classes of saved men. It would Read more…

Feb 11 Webcast: Do the Bible Prophecies about Israel Apply to the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

If you missed the Friday, February 11, Webcast, you can hear and watch the recording right here:

http://biblestudents.na5.acrobat.com/p46086277/

Former JW, Bethelite and Bible Student elder David Stein will interview Bible Student elder Kenneth Rawson as they investigate and discuss this topic together. Both elders are deep students of prophecies that are directed at Israel.

Kenneth Read more…

Egypt – Desperation Ignites Middle East Fire Storm!

A firestorm is spreading throughout the Arab world. It ignited when a 26 year old university graduate could not find steady employment and had to resort to selling produce in the streets to earn money for his family. The authorities seized his fruits and vegetables robbing him of his livelihood and dignity. In protest the Read more…

Israel in Prophecy – Arabs, Russia, Gog & Magog – Ken Rawson explains

In our February 11 Webcast, Ken Rawson discusses whether Bible prophecies about Israel apply to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He will also consider Bible prophecies that relate to the Arab-Israel conflict of today, including the Gog/Magog invasion and other aspects of how Bible prophecy explains many of the events taking place in our day. If you Read more…

How can I grow the Fruits of the Spirit in my life?

Robert Seklemian, a Bible Student Elder and former JW speaks on the Fruit of the Spirit of Love and helps show how are can develop this fruit in our lives. Hear this discussion by clicking below.

Fruit Of The Spirit

In an interesting issue of THE HERALD Magazine, a list of Christian attributes are treated. Read more…

Attributes of the Heavenly Father should encourage you, not make you afraid

Jehovah’s grand attributes are love, justice, wisdom and power. We are told in John 3:16 that, “”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…” (NASV). His character is manifest in the very fruits of the spirit that he directs us to develop. Galatians 5:22, 23 says, ” But the fruit Read more…

Is the Day of Judgment something to look forward to? …or to dread!?

 

When we read the prophets in the Old Testament we notice that their prophecies were primarily for the nation of Israel, whether to the Northern kingdom of Israel, to the Southern kingdom of Judah, or to both. Occasionally, the prophets and their messages were for other nations, (Jonah and his prophecy of the Read more…

Stunning Video on the Life and Mission of Christ

This outstanding video delves deeply into the scriptures regarding the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as a “ransom for all.” Beginning at the fall of man and tracing the affects of sin this video sheds light on what God is doing today. You will see that we are at the very threshold of God’s Kingdom on Read more…

What would it be like to attend a Bible Students Convention?

You can find out by locating the Bible Students Convention nearest you at a convenient time by clicking here.

http://hosting.brownbearsw.com/WB/Conventions

Nothing is like the experience of actually being there, to have the freedom to share your personal experiences, discuss your scriptural thoughts and ask questions about the Bible. The spirit of liberty, Read more…

WHO ARE THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES OF ISAIAH 43:10?

Isaiah 43:10 – YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that YOU may know and have faith in me, and that YOU may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be Read more…

LINKS FOR JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ON BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS

We are grateful that Mrs. Researcher has put together Internet links of some of the best articles for understanding this very serious life and death issue. Perhaps you have some you would like to recommend as well. Here is what she has to share with us:

• On all blood transfusion topics: Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses Read more…

Jehovah is Our Refuge – Don’t Lose Hope!

Don’t be worried. Don’t be fearful for the future.

Psalms 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble, therefore we will not fear though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea

Bible Student Elder, Todd Alexander speaks Read more…

When Jesus became God – Historical Development of Trinity

The apostles who walked with Jesus during his ministry, and led the Church in the first decades of the Christian era, knew Jesus as Messiah, the anointed of God. He was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). He had existed from the beginning of God’s creation. Later he was “made flesh,” Read more…

What does the Bible say about the Birth of Jesus?

Former JW and Bible Student Elder, Robert Seklemian, speaks about the child Jesus and his birth.

The Child Jesus

Bible Student Elder, Russ Marten discusses what the Bible has to say about the birth of Jesus.

Of Christ And Christmas

Relating to the birth of Jesus, Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariahs and the Angels all had Read more…

What Do You Love More, the Watchtower Society or the Brethren?

1John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.”

1Pet 2:22-25 says, “Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth, through the spirit, unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another Read more…

How can I handle discouragement and depression?

Approximately seven per cent of Americans, nearly fourteen million, experience depressive disorders. Since the bride of Christ is to go through the same experiences as the rest of the race (1 Corinthians 10:13), it is no surprise that true Christians often experience the same disorder. This issue of The Herald is dedicated to taking a Read more…

Who Replaced Judas as the Twelfth Apostle?

In the very first verse of Romans Paul identifies himself as an Apostle. Throughout his letters he re-iterates and supports his claim to Apostleship. If Paul was an Apostle, what does that make Matthias, who was chosen by the other eleven Apostles as the Apostle to replace Judas (before Paul’s conversion)? There are two choices:

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Where is the real Christmas?

Jesus was not born on December 25, yet at this time we can’t help thinking about him, his birth, his life and his mission. On Dec 26, the radio program Christian Questions broadcast a beautiful devotional and musical journey with scripture readings and discussion, all surrounding the birth and mission of Jesus, our Savior.

Where Read more…

The Real Story Behind the Council of Nicaea

Bible Student elder Tom Gilbert tells the real story behind the Council of Nicaea. This is the story behind the debate. Who were these men, Arius and Athanasius? What were their motives? What was the character of the time and historical events? This is the story about the people who drove this debate. Click here Read more…

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT DISFELLOWSHIP?

Should apostates and sinners be disfellowshipped from the congregation?

“Apostate” is a term used by the governing body and JW organization, but let’s look at the Bible list of unacceptable behavior.

SINS PREVENTING INHERITANCE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Various sins prevent people from inheriting the Kingdom of God.

Gal 5:19-21 says, “Now the Read more…

Gideon And The Altar Of Baal – Speaker Ex-JW Robert Seklemian

Hear the Story of Gideon and the Alter of Baal as told by one of the Bible Students most cherished speakers, Ex-JW Robert Seklemian. Enjoy this inspiring tale that everyone who loves Jehovah will want to hear. Robert Seklemian is a beloved and heart warming speaker who, by bringing this marvelous story to life, will Read more…

How to Grow in Love and Faith – Speaker Harry Wildblood

What is love? Can we define it? Can we develop love and grow in it? What are the different types of love? For which type of love should we aspire? With selfishness being in our very nature, how can we develop selfless love? How can we develop Faith along with Love? Is growing in Read more…

Do you want to help Bible Students broadcast worldwide the message of the Ransom for ALL?

For over ten years, a talk radio program is trying to do just that. It is called Christian Questions and it has been in the Connecticut radio market. In 2009, this talk radio program expanded to the Indianapolis market and this year it is in Kentucky. The total potential listening audience is now over 2 Read more…

Just How Merciful is Jehovah and Jesus? Just How Merciful are You?

Bible Student Speaker, Michael Nekora reveals just how merciful God is. Is Jehovah harsh and unforgiving? How should we be? Do you think about ways to get revenge about something that has been done to you?

Ex 34:6-7 (NASV) “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and Read more…

How Does Perfect Love Cast Out Fear?

1 John 4:18 (NASV) says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”

2 Tim 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a Read more…

DEC 3 WEBCAST – REVIEW OF JW MOVIE – FAITH IN ACTION

HISTORY OF EARLY WATCHTOWER

You can view the Webcast (video and audio) by clicking below:

http://biblestudents.na5.acrobat.com/p52379978/

The audio only of this webcast is available by clicking here:

2010-12-03 – Discussion re- JWs Faith In Action DVD

The New Jehovah’s Witness Movie, “Faith in Action” covers the history of the early Watchtower, focusing on the life Read more…

Ex-JW David Stein Speaks About Love and Forgiveness

Just this past Thanksgiving weekend, former JW and host of the “Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses Webcasts,” spoke to a crowd of Bible Students at the New Albany, Kentucky convention. David Stein explores examples of God’s love in the Bible and explains how if God is love, a love motivation can be found for every thing Read more…

The Inspiring Story of Daniel in the Lions Den as told by former JW Robert Seklemian

Hear the Story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den like you have never heard it before. This is not just a childrens story, but an inspiring tale that every adult who loves Jehovah will want to hear. Robert Seklemian is a beloved and heart warming speaker who, by bringing this marvelous story to life, will Read more…

Learning How to Pray from the Bible

There are few subjects closer to the Christian’s heart than that of prayer. In times of distress it is his lifeline. In times of joy it enables him to share that joy with his heavenly Father. In times of confusion it opens the way to clarity. In times of sin it is the Read more…

What We Can Learn From Where God’s People Went Wrong

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So wrote the philosopher George Santayana. Short memories do seem common enough as we see examples of past mistakes being repeated over and over.

The Bible describes many who made bad decisions. How could they do what they did when the consequences were Read more…

SPIRITUAL AND HUMAN NATURES SEPARATE AND DISTINCT

Failing to see that the plan of God for mankind in general contemplates a restitution to their former estate–the human perfection lost in Eden–and that the Christian Church, as an exception to this general plan, is to have a change of nature from human to spiritual, Christian people generally have supposed that none will be Read more…

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses and Bible Students testify

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses and Bible Students testify about providential experiences from Jehovah which drew them to consecrate (symbolized by baptism) and to accept the Truth. The moderator interviewing the brethren is Bro. Irving Foss. You can read his “eye witness” testimony on the Testimony page, where he describes how the Chicago Bible Students broke away Read more…

Epochs of Time in God’s Plan

Each Epoch in the Bible is a stepping stone toward the completion of God’s Plan!

Imagine walking down the street of a big city and seeing a fenced-off section with noisy blasting, dust flying and piles of debris. If we peeked through a hole in the fence, we might cry out, “What a mess! Whoever Read more…

DOES JESUS HAVE A BODY OF FLESH?

DEFINITION OF SPIRIT

pneuma ^4151^ primarily denotes “the wind” (akin to pneo, “to breathe, blow”); also “breath”; then, especially “the spirit,” which, like the wind, is invisible, immaterial and powerful. (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words) (Copyright (C) 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

HEAVEN AND IT’S OCCUPANTS ARE INVISIBLE

Col 1:16: For by Him all Read more…

THE SCRIPTURAL CASE FOR JESUS’ PRE-HUMAN EXISTENCE

What is The Word?

John 1:1, “In the beginning was The Word”. [He had a beginning.]

John 1:14, “The Word [already existing] was made flesh and dwelt among us…”

1 John 1:1, “That which was from the beginning…our hands have handled the Word of Life.” [Clearly, “the Word” is Jesus]

Revelation 19:13 “…His name is Read more…

How should a church (or Kingdom Hall) be organized according to the Bible?

On Sunday November 7, elder Russ Marten gave the annual election discourse (talk or sermon). The Chicago Bible Students have this type of discourse once a year, the week before Church elections of elders, deacons and other church offices. Brother Russ speaks about the order and organization within the Church of which the Read more…

YOU CAN NOW LISTEN TO OUR NOV 5 WEBCAST – PERSONAL AND CONTROVERSIAL QUESTIONS WERE ASKED OF EX-JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ROLANDO RODRIGUEZ

You can listed to our Nov 5 Webcast which aired on Friday, November 5, 2010 – 7:00 pm CDT by clicking on the link below.

https://biblestudents.adobeconnect.com/p23773076/

David Stein interviewed Rolando Rodriguez, a former JW and now a Bible Student elder, who has a ministry reaching out to JWs. Born and raised a Catholic, Rolando was Read more…

ONLY THE CONGREGATION HAS AUTHORITY TO DISFELLOWSHIP

The whole purpose of addressing sin in our brother is to win or gain him back! Jesus himself gives directions for handling sin in our midst. In Matthew 18, Jesus said to his disciples that they must be humbled “like children” before being “greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (vss1-6). Jesus then further explained that Read more…

Why Was Charles Russell a Christian Zionist?

Didn’t the Jewish people reject and crucify their Messiah, Jesus Christ? Although a few accepted Jesus, didn’t Israel as a nation reject Jesus? Don’t all the promises originally to Israel now belong to Christians?

Certainly, Apostle Paul explains, “With the breaking off of some ‘natural branches’ of the figurative olive Read more…

The Day of Judgement

A very vague and indefinite idea prevails in regard to the Day of Judgment.

The view generally entertained is that Christ will come to earth, seated upon a great white throne, and that he will summon saint and sinner in rank and file before him to be judged, amidst great convulsions of nature–earthquakes, opening graves, Read more…

Do the Bible Students have a governing body?

Here is the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Although the Bible Students are few in numbers, they are spread all over the world—America, Canada, England, France, Germany, Lithania, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, India, Africa, Brazil, South America, etc.. . . .Generally, when possible, they are gathered together in “ecclesias.” This word “ecclesia” comes Read more…

CREATION VERSES EVOLUTION

The Herald Magazine investigates Creation Verses Evolution. It begins with an examination of the creative days of Genesis chapter one. In elegant language, God has provided an account of the central work of each of seven epochs preparing Earth as the everlasting home for his human family. The details of these days are examined in Read more…

IN WHOSE NAME ARE WE TO BE BAPTIZED?

In whose name is the Christian baptized? Many quote the great commission of Matt 28:19 to prove we are baptized into the Trinity, not into Jesus Christ alone.

Matt 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Read more…

Do we all worship the same God?

Our Multi-Religious Culture

A Cultural Revolution is creeping across our country. We are in a fundamentally different religious environment from what our grandparents or even our parents encountered. No longer can we think and speak in terms of a Christian society. The United States is fast becoming a multi-religious culture. The world we live Read more…

Did the Apostles believe in the Trinity?

We respect all who accept Jesus as their savior. The following is offered in the spirit of dialog.

Our Trinitarian friends define the Trinity as one God in three persons—Father, Son, and holy Spirit—who are co-equal and all three are without beginning and end.

If the Apostles believed in the Trinity, why was it Read more…

From 1964 recording, hear Bethelite and Colporteur recount their experiences in the Early Watchtower

During the time of C.T. Russell, in the days of the early Watchtower, Norman Woodworth and Russell Pollock were colporteurs going door to door full time offering subscriptions from the Watchtower and selling the Studies in the Scriptures books. Norman later went to work at the Bethel and C. T. Russell assigned Read more…

The Great Pyramid Witness to Jehovah

Was Charles Taze Russell a Pyramid Occultist? From his 77 chapters of his Studies in the Scriptures of six volumes—Charles Russell devoted only one chapter to “The Corroborative Testimony of God’s Stone Witness” (Vol. 3, Study X)

Occultism—as generally called in Christian circles—refers to demonic influence including spiritism and witchcraft. Charles Russell, in fact, constantly Read more…

Meet the Early Bible Students – J.F. Rutherford called them Evil Slaves

This 45 minute video takes you through testimonials and music from the Early Bible Students of Pastor Russell’s day. Video Clips from the Photodrama of Creation are included. The people you see testifying are among the 75% of Bible Students who left the Watchtower because they would not follow J.F. Rutherford in his takeover of Read more…

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF PASTOR C.T. RUSSELL

This passage is taken from page 274 of the book, “Pastor C.T. Russell: Messenger of Millennial Hope” which you can find by clicking this link.

Already in 1907, Pastor Russell had executed his Last Will and Testament, which was amended slightly the following year and once more in 1910. Even earlier he had donated his Read more…

THE TRUTH ON BAPTISM

CHRISTIAN people are in agreement in understanding that the New Testament teaches baptism, although there is a great diversity and confusion of thought respecting its mode and significance.

The great falling away from the faith, alluded to by the apostles in the New Testament, had gained such headway by the second century that very superstitious Read more…

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT DIVORCE, REMARRIAGE AND ADULTERY?

As Christians, should we avoid the most sensitive and difficult Christian issues? Or should we study and learn God’s will in advance. We think the later. When problems arise, will we act out of impulse, emotion and our own reasoning or with knowledge and out of obedience to God’s instructions in the scriptures? When we, Read more…

IN FIRST WEBCAST FORMER JEHOVHAH’S WITNESSES SHARES HOW HE BECAME A BIBLE STUDENT

Former JW and Bethelite, David Stein shares his personal journey, from his youth as a Catholic, to his conversion to the Jehovah’s Witnesses at age 17, his time at Bethel and finally his discovery of the original Watchtower teachings and the Bible Students. Many ask questions and share comments with David. Here is the link Read more…

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE AND HAVE IT MAKE SENSE

An Age-Old Conflict

The Bible has for centuries been a source of confusion to men everywhere. Many people have concluded that it cannot be a reliable source of information because so many contradictory theories claim to be based upon its contents. The purpose of this section is to show that the Bible, carefully studied, can Read more…

HOW THE WATCHTOWER GOT STARTED

Pastor Russell explains the history that led up to the starting of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (R5909 : page 170)

HARVEST GATHERINGS AND SIFTINGS

MANY are the inquiries relative to the truths presented in the STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES and THE WATCH TOWER, as to whence they came and how they developed Read more…

WHY IS ISRAEL AT THE CENTER OF WORLD TURMOIL?

How ironic that the “City of Peace” is the center of bitter world controversy! Not only is East Jerusalem contended between Israel and the Arab world, but world political and religious leaders also join in the fray.

Let’s get some historical perspective. During the height of the Arab Empire’s rule over the land of Israel, Read more…

September 11 Attack – Is Koran Burning right?

The Christian Questions radio program considers the events of 9/11 and brings it up to date with current events, including the recent plans for Koran burning. Was the Pastor right in wanting to burn the Koran? You can find this discussion at: http://christianquestions.net/Christian_Questions_2010.cfm Once at this site, scroll down to the September 12, 2010 program: Read more…

Did Jesus Die on a Cross or a Torture Stake?

On Nov 5, former JWs will talk. Part of their discussion will include the question: Did Jesus Die on a Cross or a Torture Stake?. Find out more about this Nov 5 Webcast and how you can participate here.

Why do Bible Students use the symbol of the cross and crown? Would displaying a cross Read more…

The Life of Christ

How can any one today hope to have the life of Jesus affect them in the same way that it affected those who lived with him? We can only read the words that describe the tender way he interacted with the sick and needy. But we miss the atmosphere and the specific circumstances surrounding each Read more…

Effectively Debating the Trinity

If you are a JW going door to door, no doubt you often are drawn into discussions about the Trinity. You may feel pretty set with your debate points on the topic, but it never hurts to get some more help, especially when you occasionally face Christians who have made proving their view of the Read more…

How did J.F. Rutherford Succeed in Seizing Control of the Society against the Instructions of Pastor Russell?

The passage below is quoted from the book, “Pastor Russell, Messenger of Millennial Hope,” pages 275-277. Supporting references can be found in this book.

Rumblings of Conspiracy and Intrigue

At the headquarters office, an alleged plot began to unfold that one historian dubbed a “bitter palace intrigue.” It has also been likened more to Read more…

What Does the Ransom Accomplish? David Stein – former Bethelite – answers.

“And He [God] shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:20,21

The theme of “restitution of all things” when Jesus Christ returns Read more…

Why Does God Permit Evil and Human Suffering

Evil is anything bad or morally wrong which causes unhappiness, injury, suffering, pain, ruin, or death. Perhaps there is nothing more challenging and confusing to man’s faith in a loving and just God than the dominance of evil in our world. All of man’s sorrows trace back to one cause—sin. Why did not God prevent Read more…

Richard Rawe of Six Screens of WT interviews Bible Student Jim Parkinson

On August 21, 2010, Ex-JW Richard Rawe interviewed Bible Student Elder, Historian and Scholar, Jim Parkinson, on the Six Screens of the Watchtower. Richard Rawe asks Jim Parkinson questions about his family history with the Watchtower and his wife’s experiences as a JW. Richard also asks questions about Bible Manuscripts and the accurate translation of Read more…

How can I leave the JWs without losing my family?

(Editorial note added 8/22/10: If you are happy as a JW, we are not advocating that you leave, nor are we advocating division among the Lord’s people. What we are expressing here is that Christians in any Church should have the freedom and liberty to express their views of scriptures, based on personal and honest Read more…

Can I get some practical advice on Christian Living?

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.—2 Peter 1:3

Nothing is as important to the true Christian than copying the character of his Lord and Master. The very purpose of Christianity is Read more…

How to Live the Sermon of Matt. 5-7

“The preaching of Jesus was a breath of fresh air to the masses who heard him. The traditions of the scribes and Pharisees consisted of legalisms which distorted the true spirit of the Mosaic Law and fed the pride and position of those teachers of Israel. By contrast, Jesus spoke with a simplicity and purity Read more…

July 17 Six Screens of WT conference call with Bible Students

On Saturday, July 17, 2010 five Bible Students were interviewed by Rick Fearon, an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness. We don’t have exact numbers, but we are told that probably over 200 people called in to the conference call. While this interview will likely be posted on the moderator’s web site, sixscreensofthewatchtower.com, the recording of this call is Read more…

How can I understand the book of Revelation?

Get a basic overview and explanation of the book of Revelation in the book called, How to Study Revelation and Have it Make Sense and in the July/Aug 2001 issue of the Herald Magazine and also try the Revelation website.

Who is the Antichrist?

Few subjects have intrigued the student of prophecy more than the Antichrist—“Man of Sin.” Small wonder, all Bible-believing Christians with the Apostle John long to be united with our Heavenly Bridegroom at his return, the event which will bring the satisfying grand fulfillment of “that blessed hope” (Titus 2:13). Excited by Paul’s clue in 2 Read more…

How do you put on the Armor of God?

Therefore put on the complete armour of God, so that you may be able to stand your ground on the day of battle, and, having fought to the end, to remain victors on the field.—Ephesians 6:13, Weymouth

Read the January/February 2009 Herald of Christs Kingdom which is dedicated to covering the Armor of God in Read more…

The Seven Churches of Revelation

The seven churches of Revelation, as described in chapters two and three of that Book, have intrigued Bible expositors down through the age. Were the messages to these churches intended mainly for the congregations to which they were sent during the apostolic period? Were they intended to be instructive in a general way to the Read more…

Book: Pastor Russell: Messenger of Millennial Hope

You can order the book:

Book: Pastor Russell: Messenger of Millennial Hope

What Bible Prophecy events are yet to be fullfilled regarding Israel?

Listen to the radio program Christian Questions topic “What next for Israel in Prophecy?” hosted by Bible Student Elder Rick Suraci, with guest Elder David Stein (former JW). Look for program dated June 27, 2010.

Here are my notes (Peter K.)

THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

What do the scriptures say about the Arab-Israeli conflict? Enemies plan Read more…

From Where did Pastor Russell Get His Beliefs? Part II. Historical Links

The information provided in these parts comes from the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

From “The Christian Connection” to the Miller Movement and Second Advent Movement

The great awakening of Adventism in the early 1800s was paralleled by an even more Read more…

Is our character development important to Jehovah?

Character development is the whole point of our Christian walk. The responsibility of the 144,000 on Paradise Earth, as Christ’s body members, will be to be earths Kings (Rev 1:6 ) , Priests (Rev 20:6) and Judges (1 Cor 6:2). Jehovah will only give that power and responsibility to those who have developed a Christ-like Read more…

How shall we deal with all the dangers we face during these Last Days?

From the MAY 1, 1899 Watchtower, page 99 [Reprint 2459], the article “In the Last Days Perilous Times,” Pastor Russell said the following:

“This know, also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural Read more…

FROM WHERE DID PASTOR RUSSELL GET HIS BELIEFS? Part 1 – His Contemporaries

Pastor Russell never claimed to be the originator of Bible Truths. He was a good investigator and we suggest that Jehovah put him in contact with the right people to piece together and assemble the complete Truth that had been gradually getting clearer since the time of the Reformation.

This is quite an involved question, Read more…

Did Pastor Russell claim to be the originator of Bible Truths?

Pastor Russell never claimed to originate Bible truths, but to recover truth held by the early church. In his own words (from the May 1899 Watchtower, pages 86 & 87, (Reprint #2453):

“We found that for centuries various sects and parties had split up the Bible doctrines amongst them, blending them with more or less Read more…

Was Pastor Russell wrong about 1914?

After 1948, Hal Lindsey and many fundamentalists, on the basis of Israel and the generation of Luke 21:29-31, predicted that Jesus would return within 40 years of 1948. Excited over the new state of Israel, Billy Graham in 1950 told a rally in Los Angeles, “Two years and it’s all going to be over.” For Read more…

What does the Bible say about the Times of the Gentiles?

Bible Students today still believe as Pastor Russell taught that the Times of the Gentiles ended in 1914. We see evidence of this in Jesus words In Luke 21:24 “And they [the Jews] shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden Read more…

What Happened in 1914?

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

So what did happen in 1914? Is there any evidence to support or deny the position of Pastor Russell? The outbreak of an unprecedented world war caused the following reaction from the publisher of a noted periodical. Read more…

When were the Jehovah’s Witnesses Founded?

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

Now that three quarters of the Bible Students of Pastor Russell’s era were purged and the remainder of the Bible Students submitted to the doctrinal changes, a new movement could be founded.

In 1931, fifteen years after Read more…

Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Claim Pastor Russell as their Founder?

If the Governing Body admitted that Pastor Russell was the Founder of the Bible Students, would that be an admittion that JF Rutherford illegally took the assets of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society away from the Bible Students?

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Read more…

How and Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Were Founded

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

An unfortunate scrap of history provides the answer as to the origins to “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” After the death of Pastor Russell in 1916, the purpose of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society changed drastically. Joseph Rutherford, Read more…

Tribute to Raymond Franz

Some of the friends may be interested in this touching tribute:

Just how popular was Pastor Russell?

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

“The Overland Monthly, a noted periodical of that time, reported in 1909 that Studies in the Scriptures, by Charles Taze Russell, was one of the world’s three most circulated works surpassed only by the BIBLE and the Read more…

Welcome

WELCOME TO THIS CITY OF REFUGE AND SANCTUARY FOR STUDIOUS AND INQUIRING MINDS.

You are anonymous here. You can speak to other Jehovah’s Witnesses, former Jehovah’s Witnesses, Bible Students and other Christians. When posting your comments, you will be able to use a Pen Name. Your e-mail address and website info are completely optional. No Read more…

An Eye-Witness Account by Br. Irving Carl Foss

An Eye-Witness Account by Br. Irving Carl Foss (Elder), Elder of the Chicago Ecclesia in 1933 [Recorded for his granddaughter, Alys Schneider, on 3/28/83] . Yes, it was about Aug. 1, 1933 that some of us left The Watch Tower Organization and started what is now The Chicago Bible Students Class. Prior to this, some Read more…

What prophecies regarding Israel’s regathering have already been or are being fulfilled?

The fact that they would be regathered to the land (Isa. 43:5-6 & Jer 30:3), never again to be removed (Amos 9:14) on the (millennial) day (Isa 11:11) First Jewish settlement called Petiteekvah (meaning, “door of hope” – Hosea 2:15) established in 1878 A.D. following permission from Berlin Congress of Nations. Fishers (Zionism) & Read more…

Who does Jehovah make the New Covenant with?

Most Christians believe the New Covenant promised to Israel was transferred to spiritual Israel, the Church. Yet if God made an unconditional promise to natural Israel, to break it would make him a liar. It is impossible for God to lie (Heb 6:18). Without realizing it, many well meaning Christians have made God out to Read more…

Who will occupy the land of Israel in Paradise earth?

The Bible teaches that the land of Israel was promised to Jacob and his descendants forever and that the land of Israel will be the center of Gods kingdom on earth.

Afflicted with anti-Semitism the traditional churches developed “Replacement Theology.” Some early church theologians wrongly concluded that Israel as a people was eternally rejected by Read more…

Will the wicked get an opportunity to repent in Paradise earth?

Isa 60:14 –all those who despised you will bow themselves at the souls of your feet; And they will call you the city of the LORD. The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. – NASV

Rev 3:9 – I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan…to come and bow down at your feet”

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Have People Received Final Judgment for the Past 6,000 years or will they have an Opportunity for Judgment and Restitution on Paradise Earth?

Although many Christians believe that people will be judged based on whether they accepted Christ before they died, the Bible actually teaches that people will be judged based on their behavior, progress and decisions during the Millennium.

Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And Read more…

Will Everyone Be Resurrected from the Dead?

Some might argue that “ALL NATIONS, PEOPLES AND LANGUAGES” worshiping the Lord in His kingdom only includes the small number of those who survive Armageddon and does not include all the billions of people who died prior to that. If true, then the wonderful provision of these “times of restitution spoken of by the mouth Read more…

Will Present Unbelievers Serve and Worship Jehovah on Paradise Earth?

Yes. The Bible teaches that present unbelievers will have an opportunity for future judgment based on their response to Christ’s Millennial Kingdom on Paradise earth. At that time, most of them will accept Jesus and they will worship and serve Jehovah.

Phil 2: 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Read more…

What is the future mission of the Anointed for which they are now being prepared?

ON A RESCUE MISSION

1 Peter 1:9 – “Being about to bear away the end of your faith––a salvation of souls:” Rotherham

The “end” [purpose, aim, objective] of our Faith is the “salvation of souls” [our characters being prepared to be like Christ’s character so that we may assist in teaching, spiritually healing and blessing Read more…

Will the Unbelieving World Have an Opportunity to be Saved on Paradise Earth?

1 John 2:2 – “He is an atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. – Weymouth

1 Tim 4:10 – God…is the Savior of ALL men, especially of those who believe. NKJV

Rev 22:17 – “the bride say, “Come!”… Whoever desires, let him Read more…

Will Jehovah Bless ALL People?

Acts 2:18 – “on My menservants and… maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days” NKJV

And so God poured out His holy spirit upon the Church “in those days” on Pentecost.

Acts 2:17 – “in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on ALL flesh” NKJV

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Does Jehovah want to Save ALL People?

It is in Jehovah’s Character to want to save and bless. He sent Jonah to preach and spared Nineveh. The Bible tells us of Jehovah’s desire to save ALL people.

2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is … longsuffering …not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ASV

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Did Jesus Die a Ransom for Many or a Ransom for All?

1 Tim 2:6 (NWT) “who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all- this is what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times.”

Matt 20:28 (NWT) “Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.””

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Who did Jesus Die a Ransom for?

The reason everyone is born in sin and dies is because of Adam. Rom 5:12 says, “…just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned-.” (NWT). When Adam disobeyed, he lost his right to live and he lost Read more…

Technically, what is the Definition of the Word “Ransom?”

By definition of the word RANSOM, it is an exact and equal exchange – one life perfect life (Jesus) for one perfect life (Adam) – NOT one life for many lives.

Following are definitions provided by New Testament Greek Scholars:

Adam Clarke’s Commentary: Verse 6. Who gave himself a ransom The word lutron signifies a Read more…

What is the Purpose of Jesus Second Presence?

This question is answered by the founder of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Pastor Charles Taze Russell) here: [First click on question above, then click on “here”]

This is taken from chapter 6 of volume 1, the Divine Plan of the Ages, of his Studies in the Scriptures series.

Why does God Permit Evil and Human Suffering?

This question is answered by the founder of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Pastor Charles Taze Russell) here:

This is taken from chapter 7 of volume 1, the Divine Plan of the Ages, of his Studies in the Scriptures series.

You can find the thoughts of Bible Students on this question here:

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As the Path Shines Brighter, does the Truth Change?

Proverbs 4:18, “But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.” (NWT)

Since the bright light is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established, should we expect to see changes, corrections and improvements in the Truth message?

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Who are the “other sheep” of John 10:16?

As JWs you believe that In the resurrection, those who died faithful to God are included in the ‘other sheep’ and will receive the “resurrection of the righteous” (“just” KJV) mentioned in Acts 24:15. (The Watchtower 2/15/95 p. 11 par. 12) Those of the ‘other sheep’ who are alive today, some of whom survive through Read more…

Is the Great Crowd to be in heaven or on earth?

Since the Levites picture the Great Crowd, the fact that the Levites had no inheritance in the Land (Deut 18:1-2; Josh 13:14, 33) illustrates that the Great Crowd has no inheritance on earth. Actually, the Great Crowd is described as being in heaven (Rev 19:1). You will recall that the Levites replaced the firstborn (Num Read more…

What is the role of the Great Crowd on Paradise Earth?

As noted in the answer to the prior question, “…they are before the throne of God; and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple;” (Rev 7:15 NWT).

Just as in the Old Testament the Levites provided service for the tabernacle (then later the temple) and supported the greater work Read more…

Are the Great Crowd the same as all the people in Paradise Earth?

Just as the Anointed 144,000 (the Little Flock) are selected “out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9 NWT), so are the Great Crowd (Rev 7:9). Neither of these two groups are the world, but they are both taken “out of” the world. This larger group (the world) from which these Read more…

Should we really want to be on earth rather than heaven? Does the Bible give us that option?

All of the wonderful Jehovah’s Witnesses that have come to my door have expressed no desire for a heavenly hope. Their desire is to be on Paradise Earth forever. And what could be wrong with good food, a nice house, domesticated wild animals and beautiful scenery?

The problem is the difficulty in Read more…

Why have the Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses set up this site? What is your purpose?

Our purpose is to provide comfort, encouragement, friends and resources to our brothers and sisters in the Society who feel they are not permitted the liberty to freely study and inquire regarding Jehovah’s Word, without the fear of disciplinary action, disfellowship and separation from your family members. This website is a resource to help our Read more…

Who are the Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have created this website?

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Pastor Russell Founded the Bible Students, Not the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The picture is clear. The historical data reveals beyond a doubt that the Bible Students founded by Pastor Russell and Jehovah’s Witnesses founded by Judge Rutherford are two separate movements.

Pastor Russell founded the Bible Students. The movement had its beginning in 1872 at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, where a newly formed Bible Class selected Charles Taze Read more…