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JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES – TRUE WITNESSES OF GOD

Jehovah’s Witnesses – True Witnesses of God

(A Closer Look in Proving Their Identity as True Christians and God’s People)

The dictionary defines the word witness (v) as to see or hear an occurrence of something. Another meaning is to view or perceive. The first meaning refers to the first witnesses who have an actual experience of seeing or hearing an event. In the Bible, these witnesses are the chosen people of God none other than the Israel. While the second meaning of witness refers to the first Christians who have an actual witness of the truthfulness of the words of Jehovah and his power through Jesus and the early apostles and those Christian witnesses of today who are testifying about the words of Jehovah and for Jesus Christ. The word “perceive” means understanding of something in a particular way thus it means knowing factual things through senses.

In the Bible, the word witnesses whom Jehovah claimed as his witnesses can be read in Isaiah 43:10.

Isaiah 43:10 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” – KJV

Notice the word used to refer to those witnesses. Jehovah said they are “his servant” (singular) and not “servants”. Thus a single word for a person can be characterized as a group of people. These witnesses (the early Israel) have seen and heard the fulfillment of the prophecies and power of Jehovah. We know from the beginning, Israel had been a witness to the power of God most especially on the time when they were freed from Egyptians. From that time and unto their next generations, Israelites have seen that no one from the words of Jehovah have failed to come. So Jehovah called his nation (Israel) as his witness – meaning someone who can testify the truthfulness of the words of Jehovah. The word “servant” refers to the spiritual teachers of Israel before and now refers to the faithful and discreet slave of Jesus or the Governing Body who is in charge for the spiritual food at the proper time. This was explained in the Watchtower magazine. Take note when Jehovah said verse Isaiah 43:10 he is not only referring to the current Israel of that time but on the first Israelites whom he freed from Egyptians through his power. They are the original witnesses of Jehovah while the witnesses of that time when he said his words are his present witnesses on that time. These witnesses have witnessed the words of Jehovah about the fulfillment of the prophecies and judgment of Jehovah.

However, witnesses of Jehovah not only include the first Israel (or the literal Jews) for in Isaiah 43:5-7 it says

5Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Jehovah assured his words that the first Israel would have offspring from the east and unto west part of the world. This verse definitely would mean that there are new witnesses of God to come, for the nation of Jehovah before was the Israel only. So when does these witnesses of Jehovah have come to exist? This was first fulfilled on the time of Jesus. His apostles and early Christians before became witnesses of Jehovah and himself for they have seen the truth through Jesus. But in Acts 1:8 it says

8”But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” – KJV

8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” – NASB

Jesus did not say that they “are his witnesses” but rather they “will become my witnesses to (just like in other versions) [emphazise pls] Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the most distant parts of the world. However, when Jesus told this to his apostles he did not mean it in present tense but on future tense. The best proof of his words can be seen in the book of Luke in 24:44-48 which says

44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48And ye (are?) witnesses of these things. – KJV

44Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

45Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

46and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,

47and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

48You (are?) witnesses of these things. – NASB

At the time Jesus said “you (?) my witnesses of these things” – these things here are his resurrection after 3 days, the preaching of the apostles and Christians to all nations and the salvation through his name. At that time apostles were only preaching to Jerusalem and Paul and the other apostles and his colleagues were the one who preached the gospel to gentile nations. So definitely the word could be sense in the future tense for they haven’t witness yet the gospel of Jesus to the Gentiles at that time. Jesus was telling them what had happened – his resurrection after 3 days then the preaching of the gospel in all nations and forgiving of sins through his name. The latter is not happening yet but on the coming days. So it must appropriately render it as “you are to be witnesses of these things” just what the NWT renders it. The word “to be witnesses” means they will become witnesses who “will testify” rather than just being a witness of the events. They will testify to these events to the Gentile nations. And when Jesus talked to his apostles and said this, he was not limiting his words to the apostles as his witnesses but on the future days to come.

Luke24:44 – 48

44 He now said to them: “These are my words which I spoke to YOU while I was yet with YOU, that all the things written in the law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms about me must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened up their minds fully to grasp the meaning of the Scriptures, 46 and he said to them: “In this way it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from among the dead on the third day, 47 and on the basis of his name repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preached in all the nations—starting out from Jerusalem, 48 YOU are to be witnesses of these things. – NWT

And Acts 1:8 talked about the Holy Spirit (Helper as Spirit, see John 15:26 that will testify to the truth) that will come to his 12 apostles as well as the other disciples and it proves in Acts 2:1 – 11 when the Holy Spirit also came to a group of Christians before and they have miraculously speaks of different languages and they became “witnesses” (for they testified about the word of God) to other people in their new own language. – Thus the word of God started to grow in many nations because of different languages spoken of the early apostles and Christians and so the word of God started to grow.

John 15:26″When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, – NASB

26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: – KJV

The Spirit of truth is now being seen only with the true religion by sharing the biblical truth with the people of the world. Thus, the spirit of truth which is the holy spirit that comes from God is being poured with the true Christians of the world. So to take the summary of it, how must we be viewed the word “witnesses” in the Bible.  When Jesus resurrected and appeared and talked with his apostles and disciples within in 40 days, he told to them “you shall become my witnesses to many nations and therefore it should be written the other text as “you are to be witnesses of these things”. It is true that some of the witnesses to many nations did not got actual chance to see Jesus and his death but they are considered witnesses of Jesus and Jehovah for they are testifying about the truth. So how I am sure that this refers to witnesses of the next generations? If the phrase of Jesus was like this “You are witnesses of these things” then definitely that is in present tense. Meaning they are already witnesses of Jesus about his resurrection and the preaching of the gospel to the nations. But that grammar would not be appropriate to use “are” because as we know Jesus was saying that the gospel will be preach starting from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. His words indicate of an event to come. That is why it should not be written as “are witnesses” which gives meaning of being an actual witnesses but rather the words should be “are to be witnesses” which gives accurate meaning of becoming witnesses in the future who will “testify about the truth” to the people of nations which is in line with the time that the context is showing. This is also in relation to the promise and aim of Jehovah to get a new nation for his own that will come from other nations. – Hoseas 2:23; Acts 15:17-19

Hosea 2:23And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. – KJV

Acts15:17 SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD,
AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,
18SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

19“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from   among the Gentiles, – NASB

Thus, these witnesses were not only witnesses of the power of Jehovah shown through Jesus Christ and in Jesus’ name but rather a more relative and deep meaning of witnessing that is bearing witness or testifying truth to all nations about Jehovah and Jesus Christ.

With this article, I am sure that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the true witnesses of Jehovah in union with Jesus Christ.

So why Jehovah’s Witnesses is correct? In Isaiah 43:10 Israel are witnesses of Jehovah on the past and on that current time yet verse 5 – 7 of Isaiah 43 just as to repeat again that these witnesses will have offspring from the east and west part of the world which is the Gentiles of the early Christians. We can see that there are modern Jews around the world but they do not believe with Jesus as the Son of God and as the Messiah and so they are not Christians. Therefore, the Israel’s offspring does not literally mean the literal Jews around the world but rather the modern Christians of today who are all over the world. Of course there are some literal Jews who are Christians because they are Jehovah’s Witnesses but they are only few. The offspring of the first witnesses or the Israel definitely includes the Christians of the Gentile nations. So I believe Christians before and of today are both witnesses of Jehovah just like his witness before – the Israel. The present day fulfillment of Jehovah’s Witnesses all over the world can be found in Acts 15: 16 – 19 and Amos 9:12.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are clearly identified in Revelation 12:17 where the dragon (Satan) is making war with them.

For additional information please see the following links:

https://fromthesunrising.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/the-name-of-god-should-we-used-it-or-not/

https://fromthesunrising.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/the-divine-name-in-christian-greek-scriptures-new-testament/

https://fromthesunrising.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/the-name-of-god-should-we-used-it-or-not/