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.
Instead of the vision representing a set of years to mark a period of time leading to the “last days,” the vision was only representative of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon’s reign in which he spent a period of years living in the fields and eating grass like cattle to humble him and show him that Jehovah is King over all. It has nothing to do with the “last days” end times that we now live in.
However, there are verses in the Bible that speak of what Jesus is doing now. Since His resurrection, He has been reigning over God’s Spiritual Kingdom of Christian believers as these verses show and disprove the Watchtower’s view that Jesus didn’t start His reign until 1914.
Hebrews 10:12-13: “But He [Christ], having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.”
NOTE: So Jesus is sitting at God’s right Hand waiting until all enemies are under his feet, right? So what is He doing while he is waiting? See the next set of verses.
Matthew 28:18: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
NOTE: If all power was given to Christ at His resurrection, what authority was left to be given in 1914?
1 Corinthians 15:25-26: “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”
NOTE: If Paul the Apostle says that Jesus MUST REIGN UNTIL all enemies including death are “under His feet”, how could He NOT be reigning while he is waiting for God the Father to subdue His enemies (Hebrews 10:12-13)?
1 Corinthians 15:28: “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”
NOTE: If the Son Jesus is “subjected” to the Father when “all things” are put under Him, how could Jesus still be waiting to rule His Kingdom? Obviously His Kingdom rule began in the 1st Century.
WHEN DID THE “LAST DAYS” START?
The Bible shows that the “last days” started in the 1st Century according to these verses below, NOT in 1914 as the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach:
Hebrews 1:1-2: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these LAST DAYS spoken unto us by his Son…”
Acts 2:1, 4, 15-18: “And when the day of Pentecost …they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterances. …For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet JOEL; And it shall come to pass in the LAST DAYS, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh…And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”
NOTE: So Joel 2:28 was prophesying of the “last days” which Peter says started at Pentecost 33 A.D — NOT in 1914 as the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach!
So to answer the question, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God RULING UNTIL the last enemy which is death is destroyed at which point He will hand over the Kingdom to God the Father to rule. His reign began in the first century when Pentecost began the period we know of as the “last days”. Learn more on this topic at:
DID JESUS RECEIVE HIS AUTHORITY IN 1914? (4jehovah.org)