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EHOVAH GOD is interested in having

people know him. . . . They can know
what to expect from him and what he
expects of them. . . . One . . . by observing
creation. . . . second . . . through his Word
of truth, the Bible. . . . third. . . through his
representatives. In ancient times he sent
prophets as his special messengers. . . .
People today can view the creative works.
They have at hand the Bible, but it is little
read or understood. So, does Jehovah have
REVIEWING THE RECORD
a prophet to help them, to warn them of
No mere imperfect human counsel, but
dangers and to declare things to come?
"the .counsel of the Most High", you are
sure to find in the multitude of booklets
IDENTIFYING THE "PROPHET"
These questions can be answered in the here listed:-Safety, p. 6 1.
affirmative. Who is this prophet? . . . This
THE TIME IS AT HAND
"prophet" was not one man, but a body of . . . we consider it an established truth that
men and women. It was the small group of the final end of the kingdoms of this world,
footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known and the full establishment of the Kingdom
at that time as International Bible Stu- of God, will be accomplished at the end of
dents. Today they are known as Jehovah's A.D. 19 14.- p. 99 (editions prior to 1908)
Christian witnesses.- Watchtower, 4/ 1/72,
. . . 1914 .. . at that date the Kingdom
p- 197.
of God, for which our Lord taught us to
TESTING THE "PROPHET"
pray, saying, "Thy Kingdom come," will
Without question, Micah proved t o be a obtain full, universal control, and that it
true prophet of the one God, meeting the will then be "set up," or firmly established,
three basic requirements. That is to say: in the earth, on the ruins of present
(1) He spoke in the name of the true God. institutions.-p. 77 (editions prior to 1908)
(2) His prophecies came true. (3) His
Be not surprised, then, when in subseprophecies tended and worked t o turn quent chapters we present proofs that the
honest persons t o the one true God.- setting up of the Kingdom of God is
Watchtower, 12115/72, p. 743.
already begun. . . . and that the "battle of

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The Bible invites such
a test. (1 John 4: 1; Isa.
45: 11) To conduct such
an examination, we must
have a standard, a set of
requirements. The Bible
itself establishes the rules
for testing a prophecy, at
- Deuteronomy 18:20-22
and 13: 1-3: (1) It must
be spoken in Jehovah's
name and at his command; (2) it must come
-to pass; (3) it must be in
harmony with God's commandments and
thus promote right worship.-Watchtower,
3/1/65, p. 151.
Of course, it is easy to say that this
group acts as a "prophet" of God. It is
another thing to prove it. The only way
that this can be done is to review the
record. What does it show?- Watchtower,
4/1/72, p. 197.

-Zion's Watch Tower.the great day of God Almighty" (Rev..-pa 484 Also. which will end in A. that the old order of things.. WAKE UP! . . 62 1 Bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning. is now present. then. Jacob and the faithful prophets quent chapters we present proofs that the of old. but for the end of the time of trouble. We did not say positively that this would be the year..-p. based upon the promises set forth in the divine Word.-p. . earth in 1925. 485 . .-~. and that the "battle of condition of human perfection.Watch Tower. 16: 14). culminating in 1918. . 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership. it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell to learn the meaning of the downfall of Christianity. in the year 1918.-p. 1915 .1975 . ..Watch Tower. we consider it an established truth MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE . the complete overthrow of earth's present the old world. I m c . 101 (editions prior to 1908) In the coming 26 years all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved. we that the final end of the kingdoms of this may expect 1925 to witness the return of world. .10 1 passing away. .-p.JUNE 29.-p. it is tures (Rev. .D. Jacob and other faithful ones.. 1915. p.-p. Then. is already commenced. 62 It is the Day of Vengeance. . p. . . . 7/15/94 . 676 . 16: 16-28). when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions. when in subse. Isaac. . ARMAGEDDON.-The Battle of Armageddon. October. 88 Therefore we may confidently expect near the end of A. to the already begun. t o remove it with a stroke or plague . 99 (later that 1925 will mark the return of Abraeditions) Be not surprised.particularly the early months. Scriptures definitely fix the fact that there will be a resurrection of Abraham. 325 . p. is already commenced. We p. the appointed King. Based upon the qrgument heretofore set 16:14). then. 98-99 (1889 edition) Our Lord.of old. 89 the great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 11/1/14. and the full establishment of the these faithful men of Israel from the Kingdom of God. it is possible that Armageddon may begin next Spring. . particularly those named -by the setting up of the Kingdom of God is Apostle in Hebrews chapter 11. . . 261 .D. 1914. will be accomplished condition of death. the present war reasonable to conclude that millions of cannot last much longer until revolution people now on the earth will be still on the shall break out. . is ending and is therefore rulership. since October 1874. which will end in A. . and that 1925 shall mark the The present great war in Europe is the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old beginning of the Armageddon of the Scrip. . which began in the world war of 19 14 and which will break like a furious morning storm in 1918..-Pastor Russell's Sermons.ham. . 9/1/14. THE FINISFED MYSTERY the Spring of 1918 will bring upon Christendom a spasm of anguish greater even than that experienced in the Fall of 1914. and that the new order is (later editions) coming in.p. the year just before us ..D. as nearly as we were able to reckon. 1915 with forth. 404 Until 1878 the nominal church had been in a sense God's sanctuary or temple. and that these will have the first favor.and the beginning of reconstructiop. but he was from then on.

. . and that Beth Smim mean "House of the Princes". WAKE UP!. throughout the earth. 9/1/22. but the Lord's breaks. and Judge Rutherford instructed the child. . p. and they also learned to quit fixing the name of Jehovah and showing faith in dates for the future and predicting what his announced purposes. but the Lord did not state so.-Salvation.. might be some tangible proof that there are those on earth today who fully believe God VINDICATION and Christ Jesus and in His kingdom. and There was a measure of disappointment who believe that the faithful men of old on the part of Jehovah's faithful ones on will soon be resurrected by the Lord.and building the house was that there thing. on which. there was built a house. Receiving the gift. . 106.. Later the faithful learned that these well and pleasing to God that the aforedates were definitely fixed in the Scrip. 3. . which disappointment lasted for a visible affairs of earth .-Vol. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. indicated by t h e Scriptures than BETH-SARIM 1914. when their imaginations burst asunder.Watch Tower. The year 1925 is here. 232. 1/1/25..must reach the positive and indisputable provided instrument for most effective conclusion that millions now living will work in the remaining months before Armageddon. posited in The Arena were now opened. 1.p. be earth concerning the years 19 14.Watchtower. . never die. 10115/25. thereof. p. p. This may be accomplished. and while the unbelievers have mocked concerning it and THE BOOK. served as a testimony to many persons . . 262. p. it was thought time."CHILDREN" spoken contemptuously of it. p.there as a testimony to Jehovah's name. 338.mentioned houSe be built as a testimony to tures.1975 . and the purpose of acquiring that property they were inclined to throw away every.-Watch Tower. 3 1 1. that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during this year. there is a small Some anticipated that the work would piece of land. 97 The date 1925 is even more distinctly p. yet it stands Cartons of Children that had been de. . 9/15/41. The Hebrew words their imaginations beyond reason. .-Watch Tower 4/1/23.The Scriptures give good reason to believe ing children clasped it to them. . and take charge of the 1925.. California. p. The house has would come to pass on a certain date. in the year 1929. end in 1925. 1918 and back on earth. Many have confidently expected . 288. the march.JUNE 29. those faithful men of old may be ren how to come and each get a copy expected back from the dead any day now. . At San Diego.-Watch Tower. pot a toy or that it shall be shortly before Armageddon plaything for idle pleasure. . Our thought is that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. which is called and The difficulty was that the friends inflated known as Beth-Sarim. .

that is the word that Jehovah did not speak. . Later the faithful learned that these dates were definitely fixed in the Scriptures. You must not respect him. . . a direct contribution was made for the purpose of constructinga house in sari D~~~~ for Brother Rutherford's use. and divination. . WAKE UP! . Jehovah. Jehovah's witnesses are serving as God's modernday "prophet" and they are acting under the direction of God's holy spirit.JUNE 29. 353. was built. 104. LETTERS TO READERS Jehovah's anointed witnesses are the modernday "prophet" to the nations . They were guilty of false prophesying. .1975 .Matthew 12:36-37 NWT (1950 ed.-Jeremiah 14: 14 ASV.). by not fulfilling the false predictions of such self-assuming prophets. but inside they are ravenous wolves.-Paradise Restored to Mankind. And in case you should say in your heart: "How shall we know the word that Jehovah has not spoken?" when the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word does not occur or come true. 286 JEHOVAH'S "PROPHET" VINDICATED I tell you that every unprofitable saying that men speak. With presumptuousness the prophet spoke it. the prophet who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak or who speaks in the name of other gods.Kingdom all or writing to Brooklyn. --vindication. 1918and 1925. . Be on the watch for the false prophets that come to you in sheep's coverings. 1 sent them not. 338. and a thing of nought. .-To Steve Robbins from Watchtower (EF:ES). neither have I commanded them. and they also learned to quit fixing dates for the future and predict@ what would come to pass on a certain date. for by your words you will be vindicated. The most recent facts show that the religionists of this doomed world are gnashing their teeth because of the testimony H of the ~ Princes" ~ ~bears~ to which that the new world.In this expectation the house at San Diego.Deuteronomy 18:20-22. the ~~d of the true prophets. p. 2/ 1/74 A LESSON LEARNED? . p. . and by your words you will be condemned. p. neither spake 1 unto them: they prophesy unto you a lying vision. BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS True. However. in 1930. Briefly it may be said that Brother Rutherford. 3/21/74 Jehovah's witnesses are . . 23. It is now held in trust for the occupancy of those princes on their return. .." even announcing a specific date. . 1018168. which house has been much publicized with malicious intent by the religious enemy.-19 75 Yearbook. The "end" did not come.-~he N~~ world. and the deceit of their own heart. will put all false prophets to shame. There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah's faithful ones on earth concerning theyears 1914. p.In time. meaning "House of the Princes".-AN Scripture is Inspired of God and Beneficial.went to San Diego under a doctor's treatment. p. . they will render account concerning it on Judgment Day. fulfilling the role of Jehovah's " ~ r o ~ h e tin" his time of the end. 194. and named "Beth-Sarim". Vole 1 p.-Awake. It does no good to use Bible chronolog~ for speculating on dates that are still future in the stream of time.-Matthew 7: 15 NWT. there have been those in times past who predicted an "end to the world. . which disappointment lasted for a time. . the prophets prophesy lies in my name.To Shirley Van Buskirk from Watchtower (EF:ER). . California. Everything in the article above is quoted directly from official Watchtower sources. Then Jehovah said unto me. . . that prophet must die. and may be verified by visiting your nearest .

Stevenson." to run parallel with the seventh millennium of man's existence. 8115/68. . 29-30. 19. . This seventh day.000-year reign of Christ to go before its end. p.E. Paradise Valley Unit of Jehovah's Witnesses. God's rest day. . C.000 years of man's existence and also the first 6. would the first 6. . p. the "Lord of the sabbath. for the reign of Jesus Christ.-Awake. How appropriate it would be for Jehovah God t o make of this coming period of a thousand years a sabbath period of rest and release." even announcing a specific date. . The "end" did not come. Why? What was missing? Missing was the full measure of evidence required in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. True. 23. It would also be most fitting on God's part. . . the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C. Box 1641. . the fact that we are nearing the end of the first 6. .. (Rev. 10/8/68. . Section B. .000 years. . After six thousand years of toil. 494. . But what about today: Today we have the evidence required. . . Page 7. . They were guilty of false prophesying. . 7) This seventh 1. . ." even announcing a specific date.000-year period of human existence could well be likened to a great sabbath day.000 years of mm's existence is of WAKE UP! . circuit servant. . The "end" did not come.Watchtower.O.000 years of God's rest day come to an end? The year 1975. Hence. 1975 will mark the end of 6. . . there have been those in times past who predicted an "end to the world.True. AZ 85252. According to Errol1 Burton. . all of it. This would be most timely for mankind. 8/24/69. then. Missing from such people were God's truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them. And it is overwhelming!-Awake. Look around your neighborhood.-Life Everlasting .1975 great significance. 10/8/66.-Awake. 20:3. . mankind is due to enjoy a rest . . They were guilty of false prophesying.In Freedom of the Sons of God. p. or at the most five years. you will find one of us or write P. . . has progressed nearly 6. Scottsdale. Does God's rest day parallel the time man has been on earth since his creation? Apparently so. Why? What was missing? . . . . . .-Arizona Republic. 23. . the end of the world as we have known it will occur and a thousand-year reign of Jesus will begin.-W. . 10/8/68.000 years of human history since Adam's creation. . Within months. p. In what year. Does the Watchtower Society have God's truths? Thousands of people in the Valley of the Sun and millions around the world who have the evidence that God is guiding and using them will gladly discuss this question with any and all honest sincere seekers of truth. now it is fiimly maintained that by the autumn of the year 1975 the Battle of Armageddon will have been fought and God's new world will have been established.JUNE 29. . there have been those in times past who predicted an "end to the world. and there is still the 1. . p. .

according to The New Bible. no single thing was created without him." The writer to the Hebrews describes the Son of God as being "without beginning or days or end of life. there was Christ. Clarence Jordan: "When time bee Idea already Today 's English Version (also known as ws for Modern "From the very . was with God at the beginning." And the extremely popular Living Bible: 'Before anything else existed. the Wor was." Paul explains. (Regarding . The New World Translation o f the Christian Greek Scriptures conveys the thought perfectly." * THE WORD ALREADY WAS Of course. C. the Word already was.Colossians 1 : 17 see: J." NEB: "He exists WAKE UP! . But that is not 'what John tells us.1975 ."-Col 1 : 17 Jerusalem Bible. "He is both the first principle and the upholding principle of the whole scheme of creation. The New Testament in Modern English. and through him all things came to be. also was. James Moffatt's New Translation o f the Bible (1922) reads: "The Logos existed in the very beginning." He is said to preexist all created things.JUNE 29.ALL THINGS \V HEN BEGAN. he existed. "When all things began.when God was. with God." The Rotherham Version reads: "Originally was the Word. He has always been alive and is himself God. "Before anything was created." That is how the first thr of the apostle John's account of the life of Jesus Christ read. Nor do any of the other Bible writers. "Originally the Word was. the Bible reader who uses the generally accepted versions or translations will be more familiar with the phrase: "In the beginning was the Word. The Greek word translated "Word" is logos: and so Dr. Williams' The New Testament A Private Translation tn the Language o f the People. The Word. then. Micah ( 5 : 2 )tells us that the one who is to be born at Bethlehem is "from everlasting. B. The Word dwelt with Go what God was. O t h e r readings e: The Cotton Patch by Dr. Thus at the very beg' ning of John's accoull~ the very first one to be introduced to us is someone who is called "the Word. B." The Bible An American Translation h-Goodspeed) ads: "In the beginning t h e Word existed. the Word already was." So does D r . . . Phillips. 3od's first and only direct creation." 'Jnitarians tell us that the Word or Logos ." so does The Concordant Version of the Sacred Scriptures.." But we are compelled to point out that this translation is so familiar that perhaps it blunts the full force of the first phrase of John 1: 1.

and all things are held together in him. Vol. coproducer of the famous Westcott and Hort Greek text of the Christian Scriptuies: "The predicate (God) stands emphatically first." Dr. amateur grammarians sometimes try to confuse faithful ones by pointing to the absence of the definite article ho before the word theos in the phrase theos en ho logos. which simply affirms the true deity of the Word. take the following examples: Kenneth Wuest's The New Testament. V) "See the claim of Jesus to eternal timeless existence in John 8:58. tr he Living Bible readd"is Himself God. F." (Page 3. B." And AT: "He existed before all things. . as in iv." In view of the descriptive nature of the predicate noun for "God" in the original Greek.but of being (in some sense) directed towards and regulated by that with which the relation is fixed (v. p. Word Studies.JUNE 29.1975 WHAT GOD WAS. saying. A.) "The idea conveyed by it is not that of simple coexistence. emphatic." Following the Greek word order. IV) THE WORD DWELT WITH GOD The first phrase of John 1:1 tells us the Word is eternal." (Gospel According to St." ." Dr. "is remarkable. No idea of inferiority of nature is suggested by the form of expression. 17:5." An Expanded Translation: "And He Himself antedates all things. THE WORD WAS. 1971. 3. It is necessarily without the article (theos not ho theos) inasmuch as it describes the nature of the Word . See also Rev. Says the noted scholar Westcott. "The phrase. the Father. . the Beginning (arche) and the End (telos). Robertson when he says that John-1 :1 "conveys no idea of origin for God or for the Logos. with and in personal communion with God. Westcott. Clarence Jordan's Cotton Patch Version reads: "The Idea was at home with God. Vol. "God. . simply continuous exis&nce. Williams translates." Is God perfect? So is the Word! Is God eternal? So is the Word! Is God allpowerful? So is the Word! Is God uncreated? So is the Word! Is God to be worshipped? So is the Word! Certainly the matter was not confused in the mind of the apostle John when he wrote those words in the common Greek of nineteen centuries ago for international Christian readers." The 1971 edition of Today's English Version attempts to convey this concept in fewer words. so God Himself. Agreeing with the New English Bible. the 1966 edition of Today's English Version reads: "What God was. The Concordant Literal New Testament reads: "God was the Word. The second phrase speaks of his equality with God. A New Translation by William Barclay (1968) renders John 1:1: "the nature of the Word was the same as the nature of God. T." The Amplified Bible translaw it the same. 19)..before everything." Wuest's Expanded Translation says: "The Word as to His essence was . and all coheres in him. C." Mo: He is prior to all. 22: 13 where Christ calls himself the Alpha and the Omega. . An Expanded Translation reads: "The Word was in fellowship with God the Father. 24. the Word "was the same as God." The New English Bible: "The Word dwelt with God." says B. and he sustains and embraces them all. For instance.") Here we agree with Dr. The personal being of the Word was realized in active intercourse. the Word also was. "the Word was God Himself" with a footnote saying. Williams' The New Testament A Private Translation in the Language of the People renders: "The Word was face to face with God. Word Studies in the hew Testament. John." (Page 479." Many of our newer modern translations try to bring this thought into English in a few words. Today. and in Him all things cohere." WAKE UP! .

and apart from him not even inadequate because it quotes only a part of one thing came into existence. To believe that Father tended the gospel writers regularly placed created His Son is to disbelieve God's Word the predicate noun after the verb. The evidence appears to was created without him. Also that you not quote it or me in any of your publications from A SHOCKING MISTRANSLATION In an article by the title.of which I am co-author.JUNE 29. Mantey wrote: "(1) Your stateAny person of good will reading these ment: 'their work allows for the rendering three verses cannot help but see that John found in the Kingdom Interlinear Transla. . ~es'tament. Mantey says: "A Manual Grammer of the Greek New apologize in the Watchtower magazine.. . "When was ever meant to imply that "a god" was a all things began. is since my words had no relevance to the quoted in the appendix. absolute Deity." (2) Since Colwell's and Harrier's articles in And 3) of the same essence. "All things came into existence (3) Your quotatiop of Colwell's rule is through him." self included) was created unless he created "In view of the preceding facts. (4). .suddenly introduces us to one he calls "the tion of the Greek Scriptures at John 1:1." permissible translation in John 1:1.it. we are now in position to slating John 1: 1. 3:14).was." Nothing (hirnbe. . his findings." grammerical support. obsolete and incorrect such a rendering. .Word made flesh.' Word" and that in three brief phrases he' There is no statement in our grammer that points to the Word as: 1) Eternal.created himself. 52. WAKE UP! . p. IT MEANS OUR SALVATION They quoted me out of context. and both of truth. espe. read it out of context. This passage is in complete harmony cially because you have been quoting me with Colossians 1: 16-20. espe. It means our salvation. 'god was the Word' or determine which of those several translathat 'The Word was a god' is without tions is correct. Pain"Since we have examined so much of staking research has recently discovered what John wrote about Jesus who was the plenty of convincing evidence that tran. .to quote the Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament again. 1974. and none in John 1:1 is not indefinite and should not took place without him.1975 . omitting material in brackets. Julius R. Both scholars If Christ was created . the Word already was. . "All Colwell and Harner have stated that theos creation took place through him." cially that of Harner. ." ." .He must have wrote that when indefiniteness was in. it is neither scholarly In verses two and three we learn that the nor reasonable to translate John 1:1 "The Word is with God and 4) is the Source or Word was a god". pp." Translation of the Greek Scriptures. which you have been doing for 24 years." Mantey translates: "The Word was Deity. . "The Word dwelt with God.99% against them. Phillips be translated 'a god'. Word-order has made Origin of God's creation (see also Rev.Who Is He? According to In a letter to the Watchtower dated July John. Look it up. 11. "What God the Journal of Biblical Literature. which declares. I herewith request you not carefully.J. the Bible." The Word . the Word was." NWT. Watchtower writers Did He create himself or is He unappear to be the only ones advocating such created? The NEB reads: "No single thing a translation now. "Also that you publicly and immediately Mistranslation. Dr. 1158-59 by absence of the article before theos in the translators of The Kingdom Interlinear John 1:1. 2) Equal. B. A Shocking this time on.