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I found an article from the Jehovah’s Witness official web site that indirectly answers your question. It uses the example of governments using income taxes to pay for wars and points out that it is the responsibility of governments to decide how tax payers’ contributions are spent: Watchtower 1 April 1975 – Are you guided by a sensitive Christian ...


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First of all, there were two sieges of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II: 597 BCE: a military campaign carried out by Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon. In 605 BC, he defeated Pharaoh Necho at the Battle of Carchemish, and subsequently invaded Judah. According to the Nebuchadnezzar Chronicle, King Jehoiakim of Judah rebelled against Babylonian rule, but ...


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No, of course Jehovah's Witnesses do not consider themselves to be polytheists. That is because they make sure they do not give any worship to Jesus Christ. It is strictly 'taboo' for any JW to pray to Jesus (as prayer is an act of worship), or to bow down on one's knees or to prostrate themselves in the name of Jesus (which is an act of worship). They speak ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses believe that according to Romans 13, we must pay taxes even if they are used to fund something that we disagree with, such as war, abortions, or blood transfusions. At first this might seem to be offensive to a person's conscience, but we try to see God's perspective, that these governments are temporarily allowed to operate only by his ...


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It has not been canceled. Many congregations will be using videoconferencing, but if someone would like to attend and they aren't in contact with a congregation, there is also the option to view a pre-recorded Memorial talk on jw.org. To check what the congregations are doing in your local area, check this Memorial meeting search. For the bread and wine, ...


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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves to be polytheists? No, because they do not worship Jesus. They worship only Jehovah God. Jesus is not the Almighty God, but is merely “a god” who was created by Jehovah as a mighty spirit creature. He is divine but he is inferior to Jehovah God. Here is the official Jehovah’s Witness view from the February 2006 ...


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From the official web-site of the Watchtower Society, I read the article, “Who is the Antichrist?” as posted by them at http://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/wp20150601/who-is-the-antichrist/ From their own statements in that 1 June 2015 article they say that “the antichrist is, not an individual, but a collective term. People or organizations ...


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Although you specifically ask about the designation ‘First and Last’, there is a clear biblical link to that and the oft-concurrent designation ‘Alpha and Omega’, which is abundantly clear in the book of Revelation, and in JW literature. See https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/alpha-omega/ Who or What Is “the Alpha and the Omega”? “The Alpha ...


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The short answer, taken from the 2016 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses is for reasons of economy: Speeding Up Kingdom Hall Construction: To speed up the work in the most cost-effective way, the Governing Body has been implementing adjustments to our various construction departments. Construction: Standardized designs and materials will be suited to local ...


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It is usually thought that the first one to crack the code of the mystery of the Hebrew kings, their reign lengths and their start and end dates was Edwin Thiele, an American Seventh Day Adventist who published the book “The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings” in 1951, which was the product of his doctoral thesis. Not so well known is the work of ...


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This is what Jehovah’s Witnesses believed in 1984 regarding the meaning of the 1914 generation: “This generation [of 1914] will by no means pass away until all things occur.” (Luke 21:32) And Jehovah, who is the source of inspired and unfailing prophecy, will bring about the fulfillment of his Son’s words in a relatively short time.—Isaiah 46:9, 10; 55:10, ...


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The organization of Jehovah's Witnesses is guided by the Governing Body. In contrast to most other religions, the Governing Body does not claim to be inspired or infallible. The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in doctrinal matters or in organizational direction. In fact, the Watch Tower Publications Index includes ...


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Jehovah’s Witnesses take seriously the direction in the scripture to “pay back Caesar’s things to Caesar.” We are obliged to pay the taxes that are demanded by the governments under which we live. Much of these funds go to beneficial things and much goes toward things we may object to on a personal level. For example the funding of military expenses that ...


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No Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that the gift of prophecy is given in our day. We believe that the gifts given to early Christians served a special purpose in establishing that Gods favor had shifted away from the nation of Israel and was upon the followers of Jesus Christ the Messiah. However those gifts like healing ,speaking in tongues, ...


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Should a Baptist marry a Jehovah's Witness? That is a decision only you can take. You must ask yourself how important your Christian faith is to you and whether you are prepared to compromise your religious beliefs. The U.K. Baptist church I became a member of (when I first became a Christian) is Trinitarian, unlike Jehovah's Witnesses who say the Trinity ...


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The answer is in The Watchtower that you cite in your question. The Word” was with Jehovah God “in the beginning,” when “the heavens and the earth” were created. He was the one to whom God said: “Let us make man in our image.” (John 1:1; Genesis 1:1, 26) Jehovah’s firstborn Son was there at his Father’s side, actively working with him. At Proverbs 8:22-31,...


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I have answered this once before, with: One of their secret teachings is that men must not have a beard! Strange, but I think its true. Its not explicit in any of their manuals, but if you want to get ahead in the Kingdom of Jehovah then shave it off immediately!! ..... or anything resembling facial hair above the lip... its gotta go. Sideburns too... ...


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Not wishing to re-invent the wheel, I will not repeat the biblical basis in user9485's answer regarding the Jehovah's Witness doctrine that only 144,000 people will ever get into heaven, that number being culled from the time of Christ up until the still future point at the great tribulation, when JWs say the 'heavenly calling' will end, all those remaining ...


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Here is what C.T. Russell said about "NEW LIGHT": “If we were following a man undoubtedly it would be different with us; undoubtedly one human idea would contradict another and that which was light one or two or six years ago would be regarded as darkness now; But with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, and so it is with ...


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Question: Based on Hebrews 1:5 and 13 you ask how Jehovah's Witnesses can say that Jesus is the archangel Michael. You also ask, what is the distinction between the Son of God and the angels? In order to find an answer it is necessary to first understand what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe regarding the relationship between Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses do not ascribe different importance between the so-called Old and New Testaments. They view the Bible as one unified message. Certainly, the Law of the Hebrew Scriptures was brought to a finish by Jesus Christ, but there are also many timeless facts contained in the Hebrew scriptures about God, one of which is his name. I am Jehovah. ...


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The name Im·manʹu·el means "With Us Is God", and Jehovahs Witneses (JWs) believe that is the translation of that name it-1 pp. 1187-1189. Not necessarily everyone with that name is a god, but we also consider the meaning of the name to be true in the case of Jesus. Jesus is a God, but we do not consider him to be equal or the same as Jehovah or ...


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You have unintentionally, I suggest, created a straw man argument by overlooking the usage of the word before, as found in the passage you cite from Isaiah 43. Jehovahs Witnesses do not believe Jesus was a god who was created before Jehovah existed. They believe Jesus was created after Jehovah God already existed. In other words, Jesus Christ was the first ...


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Jesus is not a created god anymore than the men who were called gods in psalm 82:6 by Jehovah were created gods. The context of Isaiah 43:10 is important in understanding what is being said by God here. The following is a summary of what Albert Barns says on the subject. In the previous chapter he had severely rebuked the Jews, as being deaf, and blind, ...


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There is no issue with a female Jehovah’s Witness evangelizing to a male. Within the congregation women do not generally teach from the stage. Exceptions would be in isolated groups where a man is not available. When this becomes necessary a sister wears a head covering. Head covering protocols are explained here Your baptism would not effect this since ...


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E 1. 240 grams of flour  60 ml of water  Mix untill the dough does not stick on the wall of the (glass) potter. Take the dough on the table and with a bit dried flour mix it about 5 min. Separate the dough in 2 pieces and make them into round balls and then stretch them like round plates of about 3 mm. Put the dough plate in a slightly oiled Pan and ...


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Unlike Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe there is no place of eternal torment. Like Seventh Day Adventists they believe that the dead are unconscious and know nothing (soul sleep). They both believe in a final and everlasting destruction of the wicked (soul annihilation). Jehovah’s Witnesses quote 1 John 4:8 which says, “God is love” and ...


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To answer this question properly, we must begin by clarifying the terms of discussion. The doctrine of the Trinity, properly speaking, does not touch upon the subject of the incarnation (i.e. the Word of God having become flesh - John 1:14) or of anything relating to Christ's human nature. It only deals with the nature of the Godhead per se, and teaches that ...


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Answer Summary: I'm not certain this speaks for Jehovah's Witnesses as a whole, but the method of interpreting these references to being "first and last" by some adherents seems to involve considering the phrase to have different meanings based on the context. Explanation: A summary of this hermeneutical method is given by this blog: The answer is, of ...


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I don’t know how I missed that link provided by Kris either! I searched online for two hours but got drawn into a bewildering array of articles, none of which specifically answered that question. Even when I keyed in “jehovah witness beliefs” I did not find that link. I had to go to their Bible Based Books web site to find it. Clearly, their web site ...


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