B J Kotwall
(Investigator 26, 1992 September)
The Watchtower Society (WTS) has once again argued that "prophecy" mainly means to "tell forth God’s mind". This is indeed one of the correct definitions of the word "prophecy" in the Bible.
The article in The
February 1 pp. 3-7, however, ignored Deuteronomy 18:22:
article titled "False
Prophets Today" conveyed that a false prophet is one who does not
and preach the Kingdom of God. To the WTS this means Christ’s invisible
return in 1914 and his management of affairs through the WTS New York
No mention was
made in the
article of the numerous false prophecies of
the WTS such as the following:
…all the evidence in fulfillment of Bible prophecy indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years. Of the generation that observed the beginning of the "last days" in 1914, Jesus foretold: "This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur." - Matt. 24:34.
Therefore, as a young person, you will never fulfill any career that this system has to offer. If you are in high school and thinking about a college career, it means at least four, perhaps even six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But where will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way toward its finish, if not actually gone! (Awake! 1969 May 22 p.15)
Its vast publishing empire churning out literature in 111 languages, and over 4 million distributors of it, makes the WTS the most widely read false prophet in the world.
That, however, did not disconcert the WTS from presenting a large, blazing, cover-title saying "Beware of False Prophets"! (For details on false prophecies see Investigator Nos. 4, 9 10, 17, 20)
The article criticised Martin Luther for saying that "The worldly government…may be called God's Kingdom" although the WTS is itself a man-made government exercising complete control over JWs.
show the WTS’s extensive
domination of the followers as "God's organization":
We must take seriously what his Word says and what his organization reveals… Would not a failure to respond to direction from God through his organization really indicate a rejection of divine rulership? (The Watchtower 1976 February 15 p. 124)
The Bible cannot
properly understood without
Jehovah's visible organization in mind.
October 15 p. 587)
[Note: In JW theology the "remnant" of the 144,000 is collectively God's prophet.
The Governing Body heads the "remnant" (but rarely consults them) and also heads the Watchtower Society.
Mr Kotwall seems to call the WTS "false prophet" rather than the "remnant" as a shortcut to avoid going into doctrine and theology. Ed.]