What is the Jehovah’s Witness Memorial?

Celebrating the Memorial Meal of Bread and Wine

Every year on Nisan 14 (the day before the Passover on the Jewish Calendar), Jehovah’s Witnesses gather to observe the anniversary of the death of Jesus. It is similar to the Christian celebration of “Maundy Thursday” or the “Last Supper” that Jesus partook with His disciples just before He died to atone for our sins. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate Christ’s Resurrection or Easter, this is the only event they celebrate in His life. They call it “an observance of the Memorial of Jesus’ Death.” Continue reading “What is the Jehovah’s Witness Memorial?”

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Why do modern Bible translations render God’s Name as “LORD” instead of “Jehovah”?

The Hebrew Tetragrammaton (YHWH)

The name “Jehovah” is a name for God that is derived from the Hebrew Tetragrammaton or Four Consonants (YHWH) which are translated “LORD” (all capital letters) in the Old Testament text of most modern Bible translations. The name “Jehovah” was chosen by some Bible translators because the original Hebrew text does not contain vowels (only consonants) and the Jews have not pronounced God’s name for hundreds of years to avoid violating the 3rd Commandment to Keep God’s Name Holy. So nobody today knows how to pronounce it. Continue reading “Why do modern Bible translations render God’s Name as “LORD” instead of “Jehovah”?”

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If God’s Name wasn’t known until Moses why is His name mentioned throughout Genesis?

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ARGUMENT: God’s Name was Known Before Abraham

I have a question about Exodus 6:2-3 where God states “I am the LORD; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name, LORD (YHWH), I did not make myself known to them.”  When I mentioned this passage to my Jehovah’s Witness friend, he countered by pointing out that all three of these men DID call on God’s Name. Genesis 12:8 says that Abraham “Built an alter there and called upon the name of the LORD (YHWH).” Genesis 28:16 says that “Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the LORD (YHWH) is in this place, and I did not know it.’  In my New American Standard Bible, “LORD” is in all capital letters, so I’m assuming that represents the four consonants of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton “YHWH”. Is that right? What is your understanding of how the Exodus passage reconciles with the Genesis passages containing God’s name? Continue reading “If God’s Name wasn’t known until Moses why is His name mentioned throughout Genesis?”

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Do you know if Jesus was born on December 25?

The Bible doesn’t give a date for the “birth” of Jesus. Some claim it was in the Spring or Fall because shepherds were in the fields, but this is a misunderstanding of the Jewish winters that actually had shepherds in the fields around Jerusalem in the winter because winters in Israel are mild with light snow in the mountains. Continue reading “Do you know if Jesus was born on December 25?”

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When did Jesus become the Christ?

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that it was at Jesus’ baptism when the Holy Spirit came down as a dove that Jesus became the “Christ.” (See the Watchtower’s book, Holy Spirit–The force behind the coming new order, 1975, p. 90.) But this belief is inconsistent with the Biblical testimony that says that Jesus was proclaimed the “Christ” at His birth!  See these verses below: Continue reading “When did Jesus become the Christ?”

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What is Jesus Doing Now?

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS QUESTION: “What is Jesus doing now?”

Some Jehovah’s Witnesses ask this question in an attempt to prove their end-time chronology.  Yet, Jehovah’s Witnesses completely misinterpret Daniel’s vision of the Tree at Daniel 4:10-16 for a prophetic set of years from 607 B.C. to 1914 C.E.   Continue reading “What is Jesus Doing Now?”

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Why Do Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls Not Have Windows?

Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall

WHY DO JEHOVAH’S WITNESS KINGDOM HALLS NOT HAVE WINDOWS?

“As I’ve been driving across the United States, I’ve noticed a bunch of Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses that do not have windows. Most of the Christian churches have windows. So, why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses have them? Is it to keep their people from looking out the windows while they are trying to brainwash them? Is it to keep others from looking in and observing their meetings?” Continue reading “Why Do Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls Not Have Windows?”

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Are the wicked tormented after death? – Matthew 25:46

Mark and Loly 

AT DEATH DO THE WICKED GO TO ‘ETERNAL PUNISHMENT’ OR ‘EVERLASTING CUTTING-OFF’? –-Does Matthew 25:46 support the Watchtower’s view of annihilation?

MATTHEW 25:46:

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Are human souls unconscious after death? – Ecclesiates 9:5

Mark and LolyEcclesiastes 9:5: “the dead do not know anything…for their memory is forgotten.”  – Are human souls unconscious after death?

ECCLESIASTES 9:5-6: “For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under  the sun.” 1.

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Is Water Baptism essential for Salvation?

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IS WATER BAPTISM ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION?

Some religious groups that claim to be Christian, including Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, teach that in addition to professing faith in Jesus Christ, one must also be physically baptized for salvation.

This belief, also called “baptismal regeneration,” forms the basis for a works plus faith doctrine that requires physical water baptism to be performed upon a new convert by authorized personnel within the religious institution before members consider the convert “saved.” There are several problems with this belief. First of all, when Scripture expounds on the salvation process, rarely is physical water baptism even mentioned. Instead, emphasis is given to faith (belief/trust) in Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and repentance (confessing and turning away from sin) to make Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. Secondly, as the following Scriptures explain, salvation is said to be “by faith” alone, apart from the works of human righteousness. Notice that baptism is not even mentioned in any of these verses: Continue reading “Is Water Baptism essential for Salvation?”

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