Are Jehovah's Witnesses False Prophets?

Jehovah's Witnesses have published tens of millions of words since it begun publication over 125 years ago. Some evangelical Christians claim that Jehovah's Witnesses are "false prophets" who claim to be inspired and the critics back this up by using selective quotations, taken out of context, from Watchtower publications that are often over 100 years old! They also point to supposed "failed prophecies" that Jehovah's Witnesses have made over the years as further proof. We will now examine each supposed "false prophecy" made by Jehovah's Witnesses and see if the evidence shows that the Watchtower claimed to be making an inspired prophecy.

False Prophecies or Bible-based predictions?

1874
This year could not have been claimed as an "inspired prophecy" because Charles Taze Russell was not aware of the date until 1876 and The Watchtower was not published until 1879.

1914
Zion's Watch Tower of January 1, 1908 says in regards to 1914:
"We are not prophesying; we are merely giving out surmises… We do not even aver that there is no mistake in our interpretation of prophecy and our calculations in chronology. We have merely laid these before you, leaving it for each to exercise his own faith or doubt in respect to them."

1925
The Watch Tower, January 1, 1925, p. 3 states:
"The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all memebrs of the body of CHrist will be changed to heavenly glory during this year. This may be accomplished. It may not be. In his own due time God will accomplish his purposes concerning his people. Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire this year."

1975
The Watchtower, 15 October 1966, p. 631 says:
"What about the year 1975? What is it going to mean, dear friends?’ asked Brother Franz. ‘Does it mean that Armageddon is going to be finished, with Satan bound, by 1975? It could! It could! All things are possible with God. Does it mean that Babylon the Great is going to go down by 1975? It could. Does it mean that the attack of Gog of Magog is going to be made on Jehovah’s witnesses to wipe them out, then Gog himself will be put out of action? It could. But we are not saying. All things are possible with God. But we are not saying. And don’t any of you be specific in saying anything that is going to happen between now and 1975."

After looking at each individual year, it is clear that the Watchtower never even claimed to be making a 100% correct interpretation let alone an inspired prophecy!

Are Lutherans, Methodists & Baptists also false prophets?

Many prominent Protestant figures too have made predictions about Christ's return, yet we do not see evangelical Christians labelling them "false prophets". For example:

Martin Luther believed the end would come in his day, that the Turkish war would be when "Christ will come to destroy Gog and Magog and set free His own."

John Wesley (Methodist founder) wrote: "1836 - The end of the non-chronos, and of the many kings; the fulfilling of the word, and of the mystery of God; the repentance of the survivors in the great city; the end of the 'little time,' and of the three times and a half; the destruction of the east; the imprisonment of Satan."

Billy Graham (United States evangelist), said in 1950: “I sincerely believe that the Lord draweth nigh. We may have another year, maybe two years, to work for Jesus Christ, and, Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe it is all going to be over … two years and it’s all going to be over.”

Were first-century Christians false prophets?

John 21:20-23 says: "Upon turning about Peter saw the disciple whom Jesus used to love [John] following … when he caught sight of him, Peter said to Jesus: 'Lord, what will this man do?' Jesus said to him: 'If it is my will for him to remain until I come, of what concern is that to you? You continue following me.' In consequence, this saying went out among the brothers, that that disciple would not die. However, Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but: 'If it is my will for him to remain until I come, of what concern is that to you?'"

Peter and other first-century Christians predicted and taught others that Jesus' would return before John died. Does this mean that Peter was a false prophet? Of course not! He simply misunderstood.

When we weigh up all the evidence, we can see that calling Jehovah's Witnesses a "false prophet" is simply another biased attack from opposers and apostates trying to decieve and draw away weak ones from the Truth.

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