I have compiled the grand totals of the world wide preaching work of Jehovah’s witnesses. The data comes from the official year book reports from 1991 to 2019, and older data comes from a table in the book “Jehovah’s Witnesses – proclaimers of God’s kingdom”. These stats only cover every 5th year from 1935 to 1985, so the intervening years have been estimated as a linear average between these years.
Everyone has their own idea about who and what Jesus was. The YouTube channel Truth Unedited put out a good video about how to identify the real Jesus. Have a look.
This is a photo of the Our Kingdom Ministry for November 2006 which had a handy-dandy list of which blood fractions are acceptable and which ones are not. Notice that some fractions have a certain percentage point, like albumin being 4% of plasma. So I decided to do a little bit of digging to find out exactly what was in the rest of the blood components
Blood Plasma components
Blood plasma consists of these components:
- Water (ca 95%)
- Clotting factors
- Carbon dioxide
The Watchtower only mentions Albumins, Globulins and Clotting factors as being a matter of conscience, so there must be something among the other components that is not a matter of conscience, something that a Jehovah’s Witness couldn’t possibly accept. Let’s go through the list.
Plasma consists 95% of water. Is water something that Jehovah’s witnesses can not ingest or inject into their bodies? Definitely not. You’d die within days without water.
Proteins – Fibrogens
The two other types of proteins present in plasma – albumin and globulin – are OK for Jehovah’s Witnesses to use if their conscience allows it. What about Fibrogens? Fibrogens are a type of protein that is one of the clotting factors, and clotting factors are allowed, so fibrogens are also allowed.
Glucose is sugar. I know of no ban against sugar among Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Although some of the brothers in the Governing Body could probably benefit from a lower glucose intake.)
It’s what plants crave. Blood plasma’s got electrolytes. Blood plasma has got what plants crave.
Electrolytes are nothing but electrically charged minerals, found for example in many sports drinks, such as Brawndo- The Thirst Mutilator.
Blood plasma contains regular human hormones. As far as I know there is no restrictions on hormone treatments. Insulin, estrogen, as well as thyroid and adrenal hormones help many people live healthy lives. The Watchtower does not condemn them.
It’s the gas you expell when exhaling. It’s what green plants loves and what’s causing such a ruckus in the Gaia worshiping population lately. But it’s not condemned in the Bible.
You need oxygen to survive for more than a minute. It’s not condemned in the Bible.
Conclusion about Blood Plasma
There is no single component in Blood plasma that is condemned either by the Bible or by the Watchtower. So if you in theory took all the components and mixed them together, it would be a mixture they consider completely OK to transfuse. However if you have the exact same components in blood plasma, for some reason it’s wrong. That’s like saying it’s wrong to eat bread, but it’s ok to eat flour mixed with yeast, sugar, salt, water, kneaded and baked in an oven. Just doesn’t make sense.
Red Blood Cells
Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, are very simple cells. They don’t even have a nucleus with DNA in them. Apart from the cell membrane they only contain hemoglobin. Hemoglobin contains hemin. Since both hemin and hemoglobin are allowed by the Watchtower, the question is, is there something wrong with cell membranes?
All human (and animal) cell membranes are made the same way, so if you eat one, you can eat the other. If you eat meat, fish, fowl, you are eating cell membranes that contain the exact same components as red blood cell membranes. Also it is impossible to remove all red blood cells out of meat, so if you have ever eaten meat, you have eaten red blood cells. Furthermore as you will see in the section about white blood cells, we humans also ingest other humans’ cells at least at some point in our lives, so the argument can’t be made that somehow ingesting human cells is different.
White Blood Cells
White Blood cells come in 5 different varieties:
- Neutrophils (62%)
- Lymphocytes (30%)
- Monocytes (5.3%)
- Eosinophils (2.3%)
- Basophils (0.4%)
Yes, Jehovah designed humans so that mothers feed their babies this blood fraction for several months. Breast milk contains all sorts of goodies that bootstraps and boosts the baby’s immune system, including white blood cells. One drop of breast milk contains around a million white blood cells.
And this is true for other species as well, cows, goats, you name it. If you have ever drunk milk, eaten butter or cheese then guess what, you have eaten blood fractions by the billions.
If the Watchtower wants to disfellowship people for eating blood fractions, then they must disfellowship everyone who has ever been breastfed, eaten butter, cheese or drunk milk.
According to Wikipedia, platelets are “cytoplasmic fragments of bone marrow megakaryocytes”. This means that they are tiny parts of bone marrow that break off and enter the blood stream.
Animal bone marrow was apparently used for food by the Israelites. (Compare Mic 3:2, 3.) It has a very high nutritional value, being rich in protein, fats, and iron. Jehovah’s banquet for all the peoples, therefore, fittingly includes symbolic “well-oiled dishes filled with marrow.”—Isa 25:6.
The Israelites ate bone marrow. Micah 3:3 describes how they used to do:
Micah 3:3 – Smashing their bones, crushing them to pieces, Like what is cooked in a pot, like meat in a cooking pot.
And in Isaiah 25:6 it says:
In this mountain Jehovah of armies will make for all the peoples A banquet of rich dishes, A banquet of fine wine, Of rich dishes filled with marrow, Of fine, filtered wine.
So Jehovah offers you platelet-filled bone marrow. Will you accept it?
There doesn’t seem to be one single blood fraction that is actually prohibited by the Watchtower. Therefor the four main components – Red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets – can’t be wrong to use either. So if anything, only whole blood could be said to be prohibited.
Leviticus 17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood…
Blood is truly life giving, and as you can see from this brief overview. The Watchtower says “There was only one use of blood that God ever approved, namely, for sacrifice“, but as you have seen, God has even created us to automatically transfuse blood to our offspring, so apparently the Watchtower is jumping to false conclusions. Their previous, more strict view of blood fractions has already cost the lives of thousands of brothers and sisters. Some day you may give your life for a policy that they may change a day later. This kind of frivolous deaths for religious reasons is no different than the human sacrifices to Molech that Jehovah condemns over and over again.
But notice that the Bible only ever prohibits the eating of blood, so using it’s components for medical purposes would be in line with the principles we learn in Matthew 12:10-12:
10 and look! there was a man with a withered hand! So they asked him, “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?” so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them: “If you have one sheep and that sheep falls into a pit on the Sabbath, is there a man among you who will not grab hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do a fine thing on the Sabbath.”
The Jewish rabbis had a principle called “Life before law”, which mean that when life was on the line, you were allowed to break the law. They tested Jesus by seeing if he would heal on the Sabbath. If it was a matter of life and death they would also agree that it was right to save the life of someone on the sabbath. But Jesus elevated this principle as he healed the man, even though it wasn’t life threatening. “It’s lawful to do a good thing on the Sabbath.”
If it is ok to break the law to cure an infirmity, then it is much much more ok to break the law to save a life.
If the religious leaders who were so headstrong that they opposed Jesus were asked if it was right to use a blood component to save a life, they would say an emphatic yes! Isn’t it then sad that the religious leaders that call themselves the “Governing Body” believes that it is better for you to die than to use blood components?
If Jesus were here, he’d run into their conference room with a whip of ropes, flip the table over and drive them out while shouting curses at them for sacrificing thousands of their followers to Molech. That’s what he’d do.
Should you pray to Jesus?
If you were a Jehovah’s witness before 1954 then worshiping Jesus was part of your belief (making it a polytheistic religion), but after that worshipping Jesus was seen as wrong. Before 1954 you could be disfellowshipped for not worshipping Jesus, and after 1954 you could be disfellowshipped if you did worship Jesus. That’s quite a big change.
But what about the first Christians?
There are several examples that the first Christians worshipped Jesus. They did this, and modern Christians do too, and that’s no problem for them. They can do so without being polytheistic because the Trinity doctrine states that Jesus the same God, albeit a different person.
But let’s see an example.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 — 8 Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it would depart from me. 9 But he said to me: “My undeserved kindness is sufficient for you, for my power is being made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly, then, I will boast about my weaknesses, in order that the power of the Christ may remain over me like a tent.
Here Paul says he begged the Lord, in other words he prayed. But to what Lord? The Father, or Jesus?
The Lord answers “my power is being made perfect in weakness”. So the power comes from this Lord. What power is this?
Paul continues saying it’s “the power of the Christ”. The power of the Lord equals the power of Christ, hence this Lord equals Jesus Christ, thus we see that Paul was praying to Jesus Christ.
And you should too.
The Watchtower says that in the first century all Christians were anointed. This is interesting because the place where we get the number 144.000 is in the book of Revelation. It was written by the end of the first century. And according to scholars, by that time there were already around 500.000 Christians.
So if the Watchtower is correct and all first century Christians were anointed, the 144.000 anointed were already fulfilled 3 and a half times over by the time the number is even mentioned in Revelation. So either the Watchtower is wrong about all Christians being anointed, or they are wrong about only 144.000 being anointed.
If you do a search for “knee” and “bend” in the NWT Bible, you get three results from Isaiah, Romans and Philippians. Let’s see the first one:
Isaiah 45:23 By myself I have sworn; The word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, And it will not return: To me every knee will bend, Every tongue will swear loyalty
If you look at the context this chapter talks about Jehovah. Every knee will bend and every mouth will acknowledge him. So far so good. Let’s see the next one:
Romans 14:11 For it is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says Jehovah, ‘to me every knee will bend, and every tongue will make open acknowledgment to God.’”
Romans obviously quite or paraphrase Isaiah here. It says that every knee will bend and every tongue acknowledge him. Who is he? Here the NWT alters God’s word by adding “Jehovah” where the manuscripts say “Lord”. Ironically trying to sneak in Jehovah here only makes things worse when we have a look at the third scripture:
Philippians 2:9-11 – For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, 10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground—11 and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
So Philippians shows that inserting “Jehovah” in Romans was a dumb idea, because here it reveals before which name every knee shall bend and every tongue acknowledge: Jesus.
So the one whom every knee will bend before and whom every tongue shall acknowledge is Jesus. And as we read in Isaiah the same one is called Jehovah. This shows that Jesus is Jehovah if the Old Testament. Jesus just means “Jehovah saves”. This also explains why the name Jehovah has no place in the New Testament and why scriptures like Romans 14:11 are mistranslated in the NWT.
After all, Jesus is the name above every other name, including the name “Jehovah”. So if you put the name of Jehovah as the primary importance, you’re not honoring God the proper way, by giving glory to Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16,17 — All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.
You know it, I know it, you’ve used it a billion times. But have you ever thought about what it means when it comes to how you should read your Bible?
The Watchtower has long claimed that without their literature there is no way for people to understand the Bible. Even Russell wrote:
if he then lays [The Studies in the Scriptures] aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness.
So the question is, can we understand the Bible ourselves, or do we need someone to interpret it for us?
Think of the wording of 2 Timothy 3:16,17. “All Scripture is inspired of God”. All of it. This is in stark contrast to what the Watchtower says about the spiritual guidance of the Governing Body, that it’s “neither inspired nor infallible”. So which one is the wisest to trust?
After listing the benefits, verse 17 goes on to say why the scripture is inspired by God. “so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” God inspired the Bible so that reading it, and it alone, we will be fully competent and completely equipped.
What does fully and completely mean?
They mean that there is nothing else to add. In other words, the Bible contains all the information we need.
But what if there’s something we don’t understand?
We sometimes need help to understand the Bible. Jesus knew this, but did he tell us to “Look it up in the Insight book” or “Search the library for an article from the Watchtower about it”?
No, this is what he said:
John 16:13 — However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, **he will guide you into all the truth**, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come.
Our Helper, the Holy Spirit is the one who will guide us into all the truth. Not the Watchtower. The Holy Spirit. And God has promised to give Holy Spirit to everyone who asks for it.
John further underscores this in his first letter:
1 John 2:27 — And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but the anointing from him is teaching you about all things and is true and is no lie. Just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.
Is there other help?
I’m glad you asked. There are many many excellent concordances, dictionaries and Bible commentaries with which you can do research and see what scholars say about different passages. But remember that you should never trust any human completely in their interpretations of the Bible, just as you should not trust the Watchtower’s interpretation without checking with other sources.
Especially considering that the Watchtower Society is notoriously uneducated. They basically have no scholars of their own but rely heavily on cherry picking Christendom’s scholarly research.
For example, the reason why the NWT translation committee wanted to stay anonymous is because of their lack of education. Only one of them had even a rudimentary understanding of Greek, the rest, none. They basically just copy-pasted other English works and added, removed and changed words to fit their doctrine.
The Bible tells us
1 John 4:1 — Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The Bible commands you to not trust the Watchtower but to test their statements to see whether they are false prophets or not.
So read only the Bible, let the Holy Spirit guide you, look up words and context you need to understand. But if you want to see what other humans have said about it, compare many scholars and be sure to not put your complete trust in any particular interpretation, but let Holy Spirit guide you.
This series of articles aim to not convince, but explain mainline Christian views to Jehovah’s witnesses.
The phrases “little flock” and “other sheep comes from two different scriptures, one in Luke and one in John.
Luke 12:32 “Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has approved of giving you the Kingdom.
John 10:16 “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
Jesus often referred to his disciples as sheep and lambs and himself as the shepherd. The “little flock” is mentioned in passing in the middle of one of his sermons, while the “other sheep” is part of a longer series of illustrations he gave at another time.
In John chapter 10 Jesus describes his followers as sheep and him as the good shepherd. He calls his sheep and they listen to him. He warns of false shepherds. Then he mentions that he has other sheep that he will bring and they will all become one flock.
Who were Jesus addressing?
Often the question of what is meant is answered by simply asking who it was directed to, when, and under what context? When Jesus used these illustrations he had not yet died, so the New covenant was not instituted. He spoke solely to Jewish people. He speaks to large crowds. So when he says “you” “little flock”, he’s talking to the Jews who followed him.
This is contrasted with “other sheep”. What other people started following Jesus after his death and became the same big flock thanks to the new covenant?
The little flock were Jewish believers.
The Other sheep were gentile believers.
Simple as that.
This article series is not meant to convince, but to inform Jehovah’s witnesses about what most Christians actually believe.
If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, the Great Tribulation and Armageddon is a central part of your life. It’s the time we all look forward to when Jehovah will come and kill 99.9% of the world population, but protect his people and let them live in a Paradise on earth.
Mainline Christians also believe in the Great Tribulation and Armageddon, but they are not as concerned about it. They’re more focused on the here and now and what they can do for Jesus than about getting their Go-Bag ready. Why is that?
The Great tribulation – For whom and how long?
Most Christians are not so concerned about the trials of the Great Tribulation, because of dispensations. Dispensations is the concept that God deals with different people in different ways at different times and different places. For example, the Israelites lived under the dispensation of the Law, or the Old Covenant, while Christians live under the dispensation of Grace, or the New Covenant, where our salvation is not because of works, but because of faith. The Dispensation of the Law targets the ethnic and cultural Jewish people, who were God’s chosen people from Moses until Jesus. God stopped dealing with the Jews and started dealing with the Christians around the time of Jesus’ death. BUT he is not done with the Jews yet.
In the Book of Daniel, chapter 9, there’s a prophecy about the Messiah, Jesus, which you may be well acquainted with. The Archangel Gabriel tells Daniel:
Daniel 9:24-27 – 24 “There are 70 weeks that have been determined for your people and your holy city, in order to terminate the transgression, to finish off sin, to make atonement for error, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and to anoint the Holy of Holies. 25 You should know and understand that from the issuing of the word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem+ until Mes·siʹah the Leader, there will be 7 weeks, also 62 weeks. She will be restored and rebuilt, with a public square and moat, but in times of distress. 26 “And after the 62 weeks, Mes·siʹah will be cut off, with nothing for himself.
“And the people of a leader who is coming will destroy the city and the holy place.+ And its end will be by the flood. And until the end there will be war; what is decided upon is desolations. 27 “And he will keep the covenant in force for the many for one week; and at the half of the week, he will cause sacrifice and gift offering to cease. “And on the wing of disgusting things there will be the one causing desolation;+ and until an extermination, what was decided on will be poured out also on the one lying desolate.”
You may be well aware of the prophecy of the 70 weeks of years. It states that after 69 weeks, the Messiah would appear, and then be cut off (executed) “with nothing for himself”1. And please note that this whole prophecy concerns “your people”, i.e. the Jewish people. It does not concern Christians. This will be important later.
Also notice that after Messiah is cut off, there is a gap in the text, even though it is in the same verse number. This is where the 70th week begins. But since the Jews rejected their Messiah, God rejected the Jews, for a while. This gap is where the “church age” takes place, i.e. the New Covenant. God has saved the last week of Daniel for the end times. Right now we’re in the dispensation of Grace, but God has not given up on his Jewish people. He’s just giving them time to come back to him.
So the later part of verse 26 and 27 concerns the future of the Jewish people. There will be a period of 7 years where there will come a political leader. He will make a covenant with the Jewish people, which he will break after half the week (3.5 years) after which he will try to annihilate the Jews and the nation of Israel.
This ties in with what Jesus told his diciples (also Jews) about the end times and the Great tribulation in Matthew 24. That’s why he’s talking about the abomination causing desolation of the book of Daniel. He’s talking about this very verse of this prophecy. That is going to be the sign for them.
The book of Revelation also brings up thee things, speaking of two periods of 3.5 years (totally 7 years) during which the Antichrist will come and make himself out to be a God in the temple of Jerusalem. The Jews alive at that time must accept the true Christ and reject the Antichrist. If they reject the Antichrist they will be beheaded. But if they reject Christ they will end up in Gehenna.
So the Great Tribulation is going to be a period of 7 years, 3.5 not so bad and 3.5 really bad. And the Jews are going to have to accept Jesus as their Messiah and endure till the end of they want to get saved.
I know that this is the fate that you are looking forward to, or rather fearing. That’s why you prepare your Go-Bag, watch the dramatic videos of Witnesses hiding like cockroaches ina ttics and basements or being chased through the forrest. But Christians don’t believe that the wrath of God is to come upon his Children, so they are not even worried about this. The Christian hope is thus:
1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 – because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first. 17 Afterward we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord.
So at the moment the Great Tribulation begins, all who put faith in Jesus will have their reward by being caught away into heaven without a scratch. The only ones left to fend for themselves for 7 years are the ones who rejected Jesus as their Saviour.
But you may think: That’s only for the Anointed. Well, why would God be so cruel as to treat a random selection of people with loving care and catching them out of harms way, while leaving you and your family behind to experience the horrors of the Great Tribulation? Christians believe that everyone who has faith in Jesus is in fact anointed and have this hope of salvation.
(Stay tuned for an upcoming article about Armageddon.)
1Some translations render it “cut off, but not for himself”, showing that Jesus would be killed not for his own sins, but for our sins.