The Watchtower speculates a lot. Words like “evidently”, “likely” and so on are peppered throughout their articles. I some books entire paragraphs are nothing but fanciful speculation. Even some fundamental doctrines are nothing but fanciful speculation with no basis in the Bible.
“Jehovah allowed Satan to rule the world”
The idea that suffering exists because Jehovah allowed Satan to rule the world for a while to prove that only his rule is good is a basic teaching of the Watchtower. This is a teaching that is patched together from a handful of scriptures and a lot of speculation. But there is not a single place in the Bible that actually says that Jehovah handed over the rule of the earth to Satan.
Deity of Jesus
Denying the deity of Jesus is the first brick in a domino effect which leads to one misinterpretation or misunderstanding after another, often leading to contradictory and sometimes dangerous teachings.
Changing the Bible
Explaining away rather than explaining
It seems that when the Watchtower comments on a scripture that more often than not, they are not explaining it, but rather explaining it away.
“Every eye will see him”
Revelation 1:7 says Jesus “is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him”. Mark 13:25 says “they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory”. Acts 1:11 says “Jesus who was received up from you into the sky will come thus in the same manner as you have beheld him going into the sky.” Matthew 24:30 says “they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”. It seems rather obvious that Jesus will come in the clouds and everyone will see him. This is further emphasized by scriptures like Matthew 24:27 compare it to a lightning flash which is a wthat escapes no one’s notice.
The Watchtower however already falsely predicted Jesus to come in 1914, so when that didn’t happen they had to reinterpret it and now say that these scriptures mean the opposite of what they mean: That Jesus came invisibly and that not everyone saw him, except a few select ones.
The Rich man and Lazarus
Jesus tells of how