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Who is Jehovah God and who are Jehovah’s witnesses?

 

In Exodus 3:15, ”God said moreover to Moses, “You shall tell the children of Israel this, ‘Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.”

 

In Exodus 17:14,15, ”God said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under the sky.” Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah our Banner.”

 

In Isaiah 42:8, ”I am Jehovah, that is My name; and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to engraved images.”

 

These quotes show that JEHOVAH is that name which the Eternal One assumes for Himself and which remains in close connection with His purpose towards His people.

 

Jesus Christ is the beloved Son of God and the main witness of Jehovah, as written in Matthew 3:17; Revelation 1:5; Isaiah 55:4.

 

Jesus authorized all His followers to be His witnesses to the ends of the world, in fulfilment of the words in Deuteronomy 28:10 and Acts 1:8. Jehovah’s witnesses are the people chosen by Jehovah from all the nations. Jehovah has always had witnesses on Earth starting with Abel and until today, as written in Hebrews 11 and 12:1. Their name was not given by a man, but Jehovah decided this name.  Isaiah 62:2; 43:10-12.

 

Jehovah God is very different from this world, as we find written in Isaiah 55:8,9 and similarly His witnesses are different from all the sects and religions of this world. Esther 3:8; Romans 12:2.

 

Christianity or religion

 

The Bible makes a clear distinction between religion and christianity.

 

Christianity means the obedience to and the following of the commands Jesus Christ gave, as written in the Bible. John 8:31,32,51; Judah 3.

 

Religion is based on the words of a creature, traditions, ceremonies, ancestral customs. Matthew 15:1-9; Galatians 1:13,14; Acts 17:22; Colossians 2:8.

 

Jehovah’s witnesses do not practice any kind of religion, but a clean worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24.

 

 

Keeping yourself unblemished by this world

 

Jesus Christ stayed away from any compromise or friendship with this world, to avoid any kind of blemish on His service. John 18.36; 14:30.

 

All the faithful ones will follow Jesus and will fight together to bring a clean worship to God,  free from any uncleanness from this world. James 1:2.

 

This world is ruled by unseen demons, and by commerce, politics and religion. To God, it is defiled and unclean. It is the incorrigible enemy of God and of all christians, who are devoted to God’s Kingdom. To admire this world, to find pleasure in it’s ways and to seek friendship with it, means to switch sides to the enemy and to commit an unfriendly act towards God. 1 John 2:15-17; Romans 12:2; Proverbs 4:14,15.

 

Because religion and it’s sects are inseparably united with the unclean, evil world, by their adulterous friendship they are defiled and stained to God.

Baptism

 

Baptism means that someone wishes to do the will of God and shows to others his decision by being submersed in water (baptised). God has allowed man to have the free will to decide his actions, whereas religions and sects claim that God decides instead of a person, by ordering the baptism of children. This doctrine is an insult addressed to God.  Jesus Christ was baptised at a mature age, according to God’s Law. Luke 3:21-23; Numbers 4:3,35, 37,43, 49.

 

The doctrine and practice of sects and religions, based on traditions of men, according to which baptism is practiced at an early age is completely groundless and against the teachings of the Bible.

 

The Bible shows us that the baptism is done following a personal decision by one that has the discernment to choose his own course of action.

 

In 1 Peter 3:21, the apostle shows us that baptism is not a cleaning of sins, but the confession of a good conscience before God. Could an infant have the confession of a good conscience before God? Certainly NOT!

 

In 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 the apostle Paul shows us that the Izraelites were baptised following their decision to obey God’s commands. In Matthew 3:11,12 John the evangelist says that  Christ ”will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”.

 

Other verses that prove the above: Ephesians 5:26; John 3:5; Hebrews 10:22.

 

The soul

 

Unlike the sects and religions of this world, Jehovah’s witnesses teach from the Holy Scriptures about the human soul:

 

-          that the soul is the man himself

-          that the man (the soul) is mortal

-          that after death it does not rejoice nor suffer, but is unconscious

 

These truths are discovered in Jehovah’s Law for Adam.

 

The soul is the human person made of the material part – ground and the breath of life which God gave to man. Genesis 2:7.

 

Without twisting the Scriptures, it is seen that the human soul is mortal and that the Almighty God can put it to death for sin. Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 6:23; Psalm 89:48.

 

Contrary to the doctrines of religion, according to which the human soul is immortal, God’s Word of truth clearly teaches: Ezekiel 18:4,20; Psalm 78:50; James 5:20.

 

That the soul does not go to torment or to heaven, but in the grave or pit is shown in the following Scriptural texts: Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 9:5,10; John 3:13.

 

Eternal torment

 

The doctrine of eternal torment is not in harmony with the wisdom, justice and love of God, therefore He did not create such a place for eternal torture for sinners, and this thought has not even came into His mind. Jeremiah 19.5.

 

Jehovah’s witnesses do not believe nor teach this doctrine. On the other hand, it would be impossible for sinners to be sent in such a place, because at death, the sinful soul dies and ceases to exist. Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4,20; Ecclesiastes 9:5,10.

 

If people were tormented for sins, that would mean God would change the announced punishment for sin, which was declared as being death. But God does not change. Genesis 2:17; James 1:15. Death, NOT eternal torment. Malachi 3:6.

 

To those honest who meditate on God’s Word, we address the following questions for consideration:

 

  1. In which creation day was the place of eternal torment made and where was it placed?

 

  1. If fire burns there and you could hear screams of pain and sorrow, why does the Bible say that it is a place of darkness and silence? Psalm 115:17; Job 3:13-19.

 

  1. If even Satan will be destroyed forever, who will torment the souls? Romans 16:20.

 

Free yourselves from doctrines which dishonor GOD !!!

 

Priests

 

Jehovah’s witnesses do not have priests among them, and recognize only Jesus Christ as priest, as the Bible declares in Hebrews 7:24,25. The first priest and also king mentioned by the Holy Scriptures was Melchizedek. Genesis 14:17-20.

 

In ancient times, Jehovah God made prophetic images which find their fulfilment in reality, from Jesus Christ onwards. Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; Hebrews 10:1. Melchizedek foreshadowed Jesus Christ. Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:1-4; 5:5,6. For His faithfulness, Jesus was rewarded with immortality, which He received at His ressurection from the dead. 1 Peter 3:18. Because Jesus lives forever, He received a priesthood which does not need descendants nor successors. John 5:26; Hebrews 7:24.

 

Where did today’s priests receive their priesthood from, if that of Jesus Christ did not pass from one to another?Jesus Christ was on Earth when He spoke words of disapproval about priests, teachers and pharisees. Matthew 15:1-9; 23:9.

 

Some priests of the first century understood they were on a wrong path, and sided with the apostles and disciples of Jesus Christ. Acts 6:7.

 

It would be good if the preasts and preachers of today’s religious cults would follow the course of action of those who followed Jesus and the apostles. Hebrews 4:1; Acts 17:30,31.

 

Trinity

 

Jehovah’s witnesses acknowledge and worship only one true God, whose name is JEHOVAH and they acknowledge Jesus Christ as His Son.They are not one person, to form a trinity together with the Holy Spirit, meaning a god formed of three persons equal in power, substance and eternity, as the worshippers of trinity claim. 1 Timothy 6:16; 1 Corinthians 8:5,6; 1 Timothy 2:5,6.

 

Jesus acknowledged the supremacy of His Father and He never claimed to be equal to God. Philippians 2:6; John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 15:28.

 

The worshippers of trinity teach that the Holy Spirit is a person, but the Bible says of the Holy Spirit that it is a power which both the Father and the Son and even the apostles use. Acts 1:8; 20:22; 2:2-4.

 

Religionists use the words of Jesus in John 10:30 where He said ”I and the Father are one”, but there is no mention there of a third person nor does it say that they are one in person, but one in purpose, action and work, as the apostles too were one in this matter with the Father and the Son. John 17:21.

 

Were allof them in this case o single person? Certainly not.

 

The doctrine of trinity is false, borrowed from the pagan religions, introduced among so-called christians by Tertullian, and in the year 325, supported by the roman emperor Constantine. It is not found in the Bible and dishonors God’s Name.

 

Idols – worshipping idols

 

Jehovah God, through His prophet Jeremiah, makes a clear distinction between the evil customs which the pagans practice and advises His people how to honor the only true God, by making a comparison between Him and idols. Jeremiah 10:1-10.

 

The covenant people of God, Israel, was forbidden from worshipping idols in the first command of the ten commands, given in Exodus 20:3-6.

 

Jesus has also forbidden worship of idols and taught the disciples to worship exclusively Jehovah God, in spirit and in truth. John 4:22-27.

 

The final decision, following discussions among the apostles, elders and brothers, was this: Acts 15:28,29. To keep themselves from worshipping idols. Even the worship of faithful men (witnesses, apostles, such as Paul and Barnaba) was forbidden. Acts 14:11-18.

 

Think, beloved searchers, does God approve of what religions today practice: worship of bones, statues, idols, images and faces?The Bible answers through the words of the apostle John: ”Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”1 John 5:21; Psalm 97:7.

 

The Sabbath

 

People are tired of wars and feuds and long for rest. How will it come to them? The Holy Scriptures speak of rest as sabbath, which was instituted only for the Hebrew people, by the Law of Moses,expressed in Exodus 20:8-11. No commandment of keeping a day of rest was given before the Law of Moses or from Jesus Christ onward. Jesus Christ, by coming to Earth and dying on the stake, put an end to the Law of Moses. Romans 10:4; Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 10:1; Galatians 3:24-26.

 

The followers of Jesus, lead by the Holy Spirit, have decided for the faithful who have joined them from the nations, to not be put on them any other weight, then what is shown in Acts 15:28,29. Therefore no day of sabbath. Hebrews 4:1-11. Jesus broke the day of sabbath. John 5:17,18. Christians today live under grace and not under the Law. Romans 6:14.

 

Although the Bible writes in Galatians 4:9-11 to not keep days, months, seasons, years as a day of celebration, or day of sabbath, yet some religionists hold Saturdays, Sundays or other days as sabbath. Galatians 5:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:8.

 

The Christian and the war

 

There is a great difference between Jehovah’s witnesses and the other people when a war ignites. The christian will obey all laws of any nation and will gladly abide by them if those laws are in harmony with God’s Law. However, when the law of the land is against God’s Law, the christian cannot hesitate and will submit himself to God’s Law, and by that he certainly does not do any evil nor commits any illegality.

 

Which is the positive attitude of God’s children towards war, of which we know it destroys human lives? The Word of God clearly teaches His people – ”Do not kill!” The christian who kills people in war, not only breaks the expressed command of God, but also breaks the eternal covenant of God and thus loses God’s approval and is prevented from attaining the blessings of His Kingdom. Genesis 9:5,7; Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21; Isaiah 24:5; 1 John 3:15; Isaiah 9:5.

 

No true christian can go to war, without endangering his position before God. His duty is to stay away from the business of the nations tangled in war and to consecrate himself to the Lord, even though he may fall under the wrath of the nation which ordered him to go to war, rather than drawing the wrath of God’s Law for disobedience to His commands. It is better to follow the examples of those in the ancient times, shown in Hebrews 11:36-38, than to go to war under the blessing of some preachers and priests, to kill each other in the name of Christ.

 

 

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