The new public Watchtower magazine gives more chilling visions of an anticipated apocalypse
The new public Watchtower magazine gives more chilling visions of an anticipated apocalypse

Not content with telling Witness children they may die if they don’t listen at meetings, Watchtower is making sure its doomsday message is heard loud and clear in the latest May 2015 public edition of the Watchtower magazine.

A striking image of disheveled Armageddon survivors clambering over rubble adorns the front cover, accompanied by the question “Is the End Near?”

On turning the cover, readers are greeted by a photoshop mock-up of a lady staring through a car window as fireballs rain down from the sky consuming buildings while terrified people flee the destruction through city streets.

A similarly apocalyptic image from the January 2013 Watchtower
A similarly apocalyptic image from the January 2013 Watchtower


The gruesome imagery is a re-working of another Watchtower front-cover (above), released only as recently as January 2013, in which similar scenes of fireballs raining from the heavens in an urban environment formed the backdrop to the title “Should You Fear the End of the World?”

An image from the book "Learn From the Great Teacher" - a children's book
An image from the book “Learn From the Great Teacher” – a children’s book


And Witness children will be only too familiar with the above image from page 242 of their “Learn From the Great Teacher” books in which screaming women are depicted running from (you guessed it) fireballs and burning/collapsing buildings, with angelic forces riding overhead in the fiery sky.

The front cover of the May 2015 Watchtower
The front cover of the May 2015 Watchtower
From page 3 of the May 2015 Watchtower
From page 3 of the May 2015 Watchtower


This growing collection of apocalyptic artwork betrays the true nature of Jehovah’s Witness doctrine. Yes, Witnesses are peaceful people, and believe that one day the whole earth will be rid of wickedness – but this “wickedness” from which the planet must be cleansed includes anyone who passes on the opportunity to join the Witness faith.

As I mentioned in a recent article (and in this week’s interview on the David Pakman show) – take a shovel and start digging around in the hypothetical paradise, and you will find it has been built on the corpses of billions of people whose only crime is to not want to be Jehovah’s Witnesses.



Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they alone will walk away from the coming apocalypse unscathed, as the above illustration (which has been reworked countless times over the decades in various books and magazines) depicts.

Apparently, without so much as a speck of blood or smear of debris on their clothing, Witnesses will one day stroll in an orderly line with their smiling children straight from the smouldering wreckage of Armageddon into flowery meadows.

Unfortunately, lots of Witnesses who glance at this artwork won’t bother to stop for a moment and consider that the above vision is impossible according to their own teachings. Why? Because disobedient humankind EVERYWHERE will be destroyed. There will be no convenient demarcation between where the good and ‘bad’ people live. There will be no sweeping grassy pastures to walk towards to escape the carnage. The carnage will be everywhere.

As my video below shows, Governing Body Gerrit Losch has even given disturbingly detailed consideration (in multiple talks, no less) to the fact that teams of Witnesses will one day be required to bury the mountains of dead bodies left behind in Armageddon’s wake. There will be no rest for the righteous when it comes to getting rid of the evidence of the earthwide bloodbath.

In case you need me to spell it out for you: Jehovah’s Witnesses are a doomsday cult. But this new magazine has all its bases covered, and tries rather feebly to mount a case for the defense…

doomsday-prophetsThe above paragraph offers a classic example of Watchtower denying being (or doing) something by redefining what that thing is. For example, the organization denies that it espouses creationism by redefining creationism to refer only to young-earth creationism.

In the latest JW Broadcasting episode, Governing Body member Sam Herd denies that Jehovah’s Witnesses are brainwashed by implying that brainwashing is essentially tantamount to a group of people all agreeing on the same thing, as in learning algebra in a math class.

In this article, Watchtower is yet again deploying word games in the hopes that its readers are stupid. Apparently “doomsday” doesn’t refer to an apocalyptic religiously-inspired day of judgment, but to the WHOLE planet earth being obliterated as though it has fallen prey to the Death Star.

Watchtower’s vision of the future, in which everyone who doesn’t want to be a JW is slaughtered, is therefore a “positive message,” because at least there will be survivors, and a planet for them to live on.

Basically if the shoe fits, Watchtower doesn’t always like to wear it – especially when it comes to words like “doomsday” or “creationist” that make them look bad.

Thankfully, though, not everyone falls for the subterfuge. Non-Witnesses in particular will balk at these magazines once they start adorning the public witnessing carts, and doubtless even a few Witnesses standing near those carts will wince in shame.

There is simply nowhere to hide if you are a doomsday cult. Your morbid, apocalyptic visions of the future will find expression sooner or later and, if you’re deluded enough, you will depict them front and center on your literature for all to see.










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169 thoughts on ““Great balls of fire!” – More doomsday artwork in new May 2015 Watchtower

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    That comment about Spanx was meant to be in reply to Jefro about showing that the fleeing mass were wearing jeans. Sorry for the misplacement of comment.

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Alone in MD, what are they going to need the money for? I would have thought that they could have helped themselves to the shabby remains of anything left on the planet after the owners of these businesses are destroyed. Oh, I’ve just had a thought! Maybe it’s to pay for stuff from the businesses owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses. They’ll still be around and will want to be remunerated in cash for any merchandise or service.

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    While we’re on the topic of ‘hypothetical paradise,’ here’s a question that I don’t recall seeing in Watchtower questions from the readers:

    I am interested in a sister in my congregation who is married to a man professing to be of the anointed. If her husband is really of the anointed, he will eventually leave her and go to heaven. If he is partaking of the Memorial unworthily, he will be ‘cut off from God’s people’ and ineligible for a resurrection. Either way, this sister will need a new husband. Would it be proper for me to let this sister know that I would be honored to be her next husband, if she would have me?

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    “Would it be proper for me to let this sister know that I would be honored to be her next husband, if she would have me?”

    Let me speak for the Governing Body, ScotWm. That brain of yours needs an even more thorough washing than it’s already getting from attending 5 or however many meetings we have nowadays. I suggest you also attend the meetings of the congregation who use the same hall as the one you’re attending now for at least six months. Hopefully in that time you will have learnt to keep the appendage between your legs in the place it’s supposed to be – in your pants!!! Tee hee!

  • February 23, 2015 at 4:59 am

    I remember looking at stuff like this when I was probably only 4 years old. Good job; Way to traumatize a kid. I remember my mother telling me about how the government was going to attack the JW’s. Soldiers might come in the middle of the night and drag us off to “concentration camps”. There I would be asked to renounce Jehovah or die and of course I was supposed to just DIE FOR JEHOVAH (a.k.a. Governing Body). Oh and they might hold a gun to my brothers head and threaten to kill him if I don’t renounce Jehovah. But execution by firing squad is no biggie =) because Jehovah can resurrect us! yay!
    That type of crap was constantly being jammed into my impressionable 4-5 year old brain, and let’s not forget the “no blood” cards.
    Sheesh it seems like I was I constantly being told that I should be willing to die or withstand torture for the Watchtower’s Governing Body during my childhood.
    Watchtower nonsense has rendered my mother insane.
    Freedom of religion like any other freedom has limits. I would say the Watchtower has gone way beyond these limits by promoting needless death (and imprisonment in foreign nations ).
    Freedom of religion be damned; WT doesn’t even recognize children’s rights anyways. This sick doomsday cult needs to go. It’s almost funny how the WT has been preparing it’s slaves for “persecution” for decades because they know what they are doing is mala in se and they can’t hide behind America’s 1st amendment forever. Think about that; they love America’s 1st amendment even though they say America is ruled by none other than SATAN HIMSELF MWHAHAHA!!!!
    The Faithful and Discreet SLAVE. They are obsessed with making slaves. The type of slavery the constitution cannot abolish. Inferior existing for the superior. The slave is a tool, extension or even A PART of the master. The GB say’s they are A PART of God as God’s slaves. The average JW, believing they are Jehovah’s slaves, is like an empty shell of a person, yet filled only with the will of their masters. Very sad.
    BANNING the Watchtower and imprisoning it’s governing body wouldn’t even be a blow to freedom in my opinion. Slippery slope? yes. Blow to freedom? NO. Shutting down a fascist theocracy that promotes slavery and death is hardly a blow to freedom in my opinion.
    OK . I’ve vented. Thanks for taking the time to read my comment if you did =)
    What do y’all think about freedom of religion? how far does it go? Especially for those of us who know this WT is just a propagandizing cult that NEVER had good intentions since the days of Rutherford. I would like to know what people think of outlawing the Watchtower . Seriously. My mother’s side of the family are already empty vessels with no will of their own; they are just tools/slaves/parts of their masters. I don’t see any huge injustice in depriving JW’s of their freedom of religion. They already waived their rights to be respected as rational, free, intrinsically valuable human beings when they started committing manslaughter against their own children.
    Or maybe I’ve just developed a fascist thinking style

  • February 23, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Listen, I was terrorized by these drawings since the 50s.
    I learned to read out of the orange paradise book. I spent my youth obeying everything they said, but was sick
    And unfortunately was not able to be a star in the eyes
    Of the Elders. it made me feel inferior and rather unacceptable. I will not put my grandchildren through
    Those kinds of exercises in terror. Life in General does

  • February 23, 2015 at 5:33 am

    “A SPIRIT VERSION OF JOSEPH RUTHERFORD” looolol Thanks for that=) lolllollol. it’s making me laugh as I type this. I’m remembering how hateful his speech was and his letter to Hitler. How hilariously miserable would things be if he was telling the truth? Joseph Rutherford sitting on a cloud next to Jesus in Brooklyn pointing out “this wicked system of things”. Hurling fireballs and shouting insults with all the powers of the darkside at his disposal. Makes me think of Emperor Palpatine laughing his @ss off while throwing stuff at Yoda. Can I use this idea? I want to write my own Spirit of J. Rutherford comic now lol

  • February 23, 2015 at 5:58 am

    A firebomb!! thank you=) Laughter is healing to the soul and my soul needs healing after being raised by JW’s

  • February 23, 2015 at 9:14 am


    Your mention of the millionaire tennis sisters reminded me of Prince. Everyone (including non-JWs) seem to be enamored with the fact that he became a jehovah’s witless. But I’m a little confused. Didn’t jesus himself tell the rich man to sell his belongings, give it all to the poor, and follow him?
    So A. Why is Mr. “Prince” – and those tennis chicks – still clinging to their Millions?
    And B. Why is no one in the “organization” (including the GB) calling them on it?
    Could the JWs be suffering from Hero Worship, just like their counterparts in “the World”?
    There’s another one or two items to add to the ever-growing Hypocrisy Files.

  • February 23, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I’m sick of ALL the Fearmongering in this world.


  • February 23, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Peter Sutcliffe, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’, a man imprisoned in the UK for heinous crimes against women, has allegedly become a Jehovah’s Witness, according to the British press. Perhaps he will think of his victims when he views those blood-curdling images in the Watchtower.

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Does anyone remember the 4-mag-series “Armageddon – is it near?” (or so) from Jan & Feb of 1982? I think I had just started with 4-color-print of the mags in my country at that time, so these (previously dull-looking WTs and AWs) now looked “spectacular” and drew a lot of attention. One had a fighter jet and bombs on the front cover page, the others something with fire & smoke, tanks etc. I had just started pioneering, and remember vividly being out in “Street Witnessing”, being morbidly ashamed of holding this doomsday stuff into peoples’ faces. Yes, I was a hopelessly naïve, idealistic and “enthusiastic” dumb and deceived kid back then, there’s no wiggling out of it. Wasted my talents, wasted A LOT of possibilities for “Full Time Service”, the “highest career this side of Armageddon”. Of course, I never expected to “grow old” in this system of things, let alone facing retirement etc., bec “Armageddon was NEEEEEAR, the end was coming SOOOOOOON, it was IIIMMMMMMINENT …”. Right now, I am working heftily on not being obliged to sleep under bridges in 10 years or so, trying to make good as much as I can of at least some of the squandered opportunities.

    Back to topic: How long ago is that by now? Over 30 years??? Meaning: In 30, 60, … years there’ll be again such “Armageddon – is it near?”-mags – provided the WTS is still around by then, which might well be the case (the world would be a better place). Of course, what do they care for their blabber of yesterday? The old ones die away, none of the now young ones know how many times they already have issued exactly the same “Urgent news: The end is nigh”-nonsense before, always using the then current “frightening” world situation as a backdrop for their vain utterings. Back then, it was the “Cold War”, now it’s ISIS, who knows what it will be in 30 …. years, but there’ll always be something going on in the world they can use to fuel peoples’ anxiety and fears for their – the WTS’s – own interests (keeping the witness army stalwartly marching from dtd).

    This is as ridiculous as it is disgusting, all this obvious fear-mongering and anxiety-fueling. Let’s whip out those 1982-mags and hold them under today’s JW’s noses to remind them that as regards WTS-“theology”, history repeats itself. Always the same strategies, there’s nothing new under the sun. The wheel keeps spinning round and round. No need for panic, no feed for fear.


  • February 23, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Innocent Son, it may seem like thirty wasted years but William Schnell wrote a famous book entitled ’30 Years a Watchtower Slave’ and it helped a great number of people find hope in Christ.

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Sorry for the typos: I meant to write “THEY (the WTS) had just started with 4-color-print.” I didn’t print them, just to make this clear. ;-) And also: The word would be a better place WITHOUT the WTS. Obviously.

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

    @Neil Krouni, Hi Neil, It would be good to interview the girls
    after a match, and ask if they they were gonna give the
    winners cheque to the poor. I guess it would be a very short

    Conscience wise they could always point to the org. who don’t
    do much in the way of charity either. And I don’t see
    Sam Herd giving his Rolex to some guy on skid row.

    Good point about hero worship, JWs, like to drop a few names,
    I suppose it boosts morale.- So what if the generation prophecy
    has failed? We’ve still got Prince, and the Williams sisters !

    Well now there’s two more to add to the list. Two serial killers.
    Somehow I think they’ll keep quiet about those two.

    Best wishes.

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Neal, sorry for mis-spelling your name. Actually I do
    have an opticians appointment coming up.

  • February 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I remember answering at the Watchtower some years ago and I thought at the time, that everyone who didn’t convert to being a Jehovah’s Witness was going to be killed in a fire storm and I remember almost crying during my answer because earlier in that year, I had been traveling in the country near to a town and the road had been closed down because of an accident on the highway. A semi-truck driver had been hit by a woman in a car who had crossed the center lane and the two hit head on and the truck was in in the front yard of a house and it was burning and the driver was trapped inside and died. I could see the truck burning from where I was on the road. That image was so sad to me that I won’t ever forget it. The Watchtower magazine that day had been describing a death like what I had seen and that is how I pictured all my relatives being killed at Armageddon.

    I think these Watchtower articles are meant for the already indoctrinated Witnesses more than the people that take them at the door because these images are put into Witnesses head so much, over and over again to make them feel guilty if they don’t get out there and pioneer so as to save the lives of the many who will die if they don’t become Jehovah’s Witnesses. To me, it’s meant more for them to feel guilty at not pioneering than anything else. The more gruesome the images, the more guilty the Witnesses will feel if they don’t pioneer.

    Also, about 20% (I think) already believe in the earth being destroyed but don’t care because they think that they will go to heaven so it won’t affect them anyway. That article does nothing for the householder because they couldn’t care less about the earth standing forever if there’s nobody left on it. I ask again, what is so great about the earth standing forever if there’s nobody left on it? That is the part of the articles that is supposed to be reassuring????

  • February 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    According to GB Theological Interpretation the anointed after 1914 went up to heaven in a TWINKLING of an EYE!!… ISN’T that SWEET & Gives you Heartwarming Feel!! That our TEETOTAL??? Dear Brother Rutherford & Our Kind Pyramid Worshipping Brother Russell & Our Expert Bible Translator ,Dear Brother Franz are now ORGANISING the ANNIHILATION of 7 BILLION Men,Women & CHILDREN SHORTLY??? At ARMAGEDDON!! Sort of gives you a WARM GLOW!!

  • February 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you James,I’ll try to bear that in mind and not be bitter about 30 wasted years,I just hope that I’m still around to see the Watchtowers’ demise and very public fall from grace mis-representing and deceiving so many people for so long..Peace to all..

  • February 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Someone asked me the the other day what happens to someone who dies in a disfellowshipped state. Their family member who died was held back from being reinstated for many years because of grudges held by elders toward this particular person. I thought to myself how sad these people must be to think that their loved one is condemned to death by men & how desperate they must be to get their family members to go back before the end.

  • February 23, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I have noticed the fever getting strong, i recall this happened, in 1925,1975, during the eighties, remeber one assembly them was “Responsible child baring in the time of the end”, during the nineties we had the daniel book released, i recall with exitment wanting to read the new info on the king or the north/south etc, so we went away waiting for these things to unfold, i also keep looking at the ban thats is going to come on religion, nothing is showing & yet we keep getting these articles, you are right the young don’t have the history to reflect back on.

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Grace, their theology is not very well thought out. They have changed their minds so many times on whether those destroyed at Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected, it’s really difficult to keep track.

    I was speaking to one of my sisters recently (both of them feel quite comfortable talking to me in spite of the fact that I’m disfellowshipped, as long as it’s not about religion) and she asked me how I was. I told her that I had slowly weaned myself off some drugs that I was on for a particular health problem and that I had started taking some natural remedies that were working on the cause of the problem. She said to me, “Is that wise?”, clearly concerned that I might put myself at risk. When I had hung up I thought to myself, “Now hang on a minute! She clearly wants me to live till Armageddon (just around the corner, as we all know) and be destroyed forever, instead of dying now and possibly being resurrected in the new system because they had changed their mind about some of the beliefs I had disputed (the cause of my disfellowshipping). I’m sure that didn’t even occur to her, but it just shows how silly this whole business is.

  • February 24, 2015 at 1:17 am

    @ Charles Costante

    “Business” is a very accurate way of putting it! Thanx!

  • February 24, 2015 at 1:20 am

    The WT’s Doomsday images are simply insulting.

  • February 24, 2015 at 1:22 am

    “Money is not Power. Belief is Power.”

  • February 24, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Ha ha! I wasn’t thinking of that when I used that word, Neal, but yes, it is a business where people get ripped off not only financially but also emotionally and psychologically.

  • February 24, 2015 at 1:35 am

    You’ve heard of inconsistencies in the bible. Here’s a new one. “King” Solomon, supposedly “the wisest man on Earth”, counseled males to not seek the services of a prostitute. Yet, he had no problem with going out and getting himself 800+ wives! WTF???
    That’s beyond inconsistency – that’s hypocrisy.

  • February 24, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Until recently, I’ve never visited an “apostate” website, or even met another “apostate”. After reading so many comments, I’ve come to conclude that so-called “apostates” are intelligent, discerning, perceptive individuals with a real sense of ethics, and a sense of humor, as opposed to those who choose to remain in the WT “organization”, who are basically silly, clueless dumbasses. WE are not the outcasts.
    It’s as if our negative experiences in WT has made us better, happier people. “What does not kill you makes you stronger.” So don’t mourn lost time. It’s just one example of turning a Negative into a Positive.

  • February 24, 2015 at 3:21 am

    All those 50 years I was in the organization, I never really believed in Armageddon but yet all those years, I had a nagging feeling “what if they are right?” It took me several months of getting by mind clear of all the false indoctrination from the Society last year and a crisis in my own life that the elders could not help me with, to realize that there was no way that if there really was a God after all, that he’d be supporting and backing any organization that outright lied to it’s followers. I am still watching videos to keep my mind from being scared again from all the scare tactics that the Society likes to spew out.

    Last night I came to another reason why I don’t take the book of Revelation seriously. I don’t take the Bible seriously. There were 2 trees in the Garden of Eden, one that if Adam and Eve ate from it, they would die but another one that if they ate from it, they wouldn’t die, right? Why didn’t Satan (if he was real) he have them eat from the tree that they wouldn’t die from eating from it???? That is what he told them would happen if they ate from the tree that they’d die if they ate from it. He had 2 trees to have them eat from, so he has them eat from the tree that did the opposite of what he said would happen. It doesn’t add up. There are so many things about the Bible that don’t add up.

    I didn’t come to that conclusion from reading apostate stuff or even Crisis of Conscience that this was not God’s true and only organization on earth. It was a householder about 10 years ago that said if I read the account about Judah in the beginning of the Bible, that the years and the account didn’t make sense so I went home and diagrammed the entire book of Genesis and sure enough, the numbers didn’t add up. But it took me years and years of nagging doubts and then reading Crisis of Conscience to fully convince me that God would not be backing an organization like the Watchtower.

  • February 24, 2015 at 3:58 am

    @ anonymous

    I like your point about not really believing in Armageddon, but still having that “What if…” feeling. All religions use this element of doubt. They know they can’t prove any of their doctrines (I don’t take the bible or any other “holy” book seriously either), but they scare people into submission by using the CONCEPT of punishment, death, destruction, eternal damnation, Hellfire, or whatever. FEAR has always been the easiest, most efficient tool to control the masses.

  • February 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I found a very interesting article in the 1959 Watchtower June 1 article on page 351 questions from the readers. The question is: What is the “place that is called in Hebrew Har-Mageddon” (Rev. 16:16), and how can it be said that Jehovah’s witnesses are assembled at that place now, and since when? – see The Watchtower as of Nov. 1, 1956, page 671.
    The first part talks about Megiddo but this is where it gets interesting:

    “The three symbolic frogs, or the three inspired utterances that come out of the mouths of the devil, his beastly governing agency on earth and the Anglo-American world power acting as a false prophet, gather the visible rulers of this earth and their armies to Har-Magedon. Why? Well, the kings or rulers are too practical to be gathered to a mere unoccupied place or battlefield, just for the march that it would take to get there. Rulers could be induced to go with their troops to a certain place or location only because there was an object of united attack for them. The kings or rulers know whom they are attacking; it is not something imaginary or symbolic. The worldly rulers are natural men and do not discern spiritual things. So they must have some visible, tangible enemies there to attack. Whom? The name Megiddo means “rendezvous or assembly of troops.” Har-Magedon would consequently mean “the mount of the assembly of troops.” This explains why the armies of the “kings of the entire earth” move there. They march to attack the troops that are already assembled at Mount Megiddo. Megiddo used to be in the land of Jehovah’s chosen people. So the people or troops already assembled their must be he remnant of the anointed followers of Jesus Christ, in this time of the world’s end, for they are the object of hatred by all the nations of the world and are the target of their attack. (Matt. 24:9) Thy are engaged in a spiritual warfare as they advertise God’s kingdom, and are equipped with the complete suit of the armor from God. This is why all the nations and their rulers feel emboldened to attack them in order to stop their proclamation of God’s established kingdom. Jehovah’s remnant or spiritual Israel, the remnant of anointed footstep followers of Jesus Christ, are thus identified with Har-Magedon. They are really represented by Har-Magedon, the place, or the Mount of the Assembly of Troops. The place is not what is under attack; it is the people that are there on their own territory, Jehovah’s people.”

    So, I learned something I never saw before. Har-Magedon is not a place but the remnant of the 144,000. The kings of the earth and their troops are going to attack the remnant, which is not a place of course, since literal armies can’t attack a spiritual place.

    I showed that to my born in husband and even he didn’t know that.

  • February 24, 2015 at 8:04 am

    So, then adding to my last comment, why is the Great Crowd supposed to be scared of Armageddon since the Watchtower clearly shows that the Kings of the Earth are going to attack the remnant who are still left on earth after the Great Tribulation and are represented by the place that is called Har-magedon? Why wouldn’t Jesus Christ just take all those of the remnant who are still left on earth up to heaven so they don’t have to get attacked by the Kings and all their troops?

  • February 24, 2015 at 10:06 am

    @ anonymous

    Good points. Of course, the “governing body” loves to fabricate fairy tales, and fairy tales are usually pretty inconsistent.

  • February 24, 2015 at 10:52 am

    From what I have seen over the years, the GB has a very limited set of patterns and they run their playbook by. And it seems to be often predictable and even cyclical. Take the next Watchtower and see if you can see any of the following:

    – Fear Factor: Armageddon is coming so get busy and obey…

    – New Light: Small or Big change in doctrine to keep people interested and feeling that there is still new things to learn and shiny stuff to keep people preoccupied. Or as a subtle “ret-con” to correct a mistake that was made in the past. Note: It will often be introduced with the work “Evidently…”

    – Shunning: Remind people to shun family and friends to show loyalty. Remind people that it is for the shunned’s own good. This helps reinforce obedience.

    – We are Special: By “we” we mean the GB. In the past few years the GB have also served to equate themselves to the authority and voice of “Jehovah”. And, once that happens, it is no longer possible to question the GB.

    – “Only Jehovah’s Witnesses…”: JWs are special and unique which reinforces the “in group”.

    – Satan is to Blame: The world is ran by Satan and it is trying to kill you. This inoculates the members from “independent”/critical thinking and it is protection against criticism from the “out group” and media.

    – Blood from Stone: Can you not do more and give more?

    – ‘Don’t get smart without me…’: Avoid higher education, critical thinking, etc. “The WBTS publications and should be the only source of knowledge in your lives”, which emphasizes information control.

    – Persecution Complex: Criticism is equated to “Persecution” which adds a messianic sense of importance to the group.

    I have probably missed a few, but I don’t think they have that many tricks up their sleeve. “Wash, Rinse, repeat…”

    • February 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Oops. Forgot one more that always troubled me even when I was in years ago…

      “Who is the modern day (insert bible character, parable, etc.)?”: Whole WT studies dedicated to a story in the Bible in excruciating detail, followed by “Who is the modern day…?” to connect it to some group, doctrine, etc. Eisegesis at its finest…

  • February 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    @anonymous. As we know, Armageddon is an obsession with
    JWs. If we have had decades of that obsession imprinted on our
    minds, it’s not surprising those thoughts try to re surface and
    maybe cause some anxiety.

    They are only thoughts though and without any substance
    whatsoever. My own view, is not to let these ideas take root
    again by giving them even the slightest credence. Just kick em
    back to where they came from.

  • February 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    @Ted, Thank you for the advice but I don’t believe any of that nonsense anymore. I don’t think I ever really did believe it, but my born-in husband hangs on every word coming from the Watchtower as if it’s written in stone from Jehovah himself.

  • February 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    That article in the 1959 doesn’t make any sense at all because the Watchtower now says that all the remnant of the 144,000 are going to be in heaven BEFORE ARMAGEDDON.

    So, then, is it back to all the kings of the earth fighting against Jehovah who is a spirit? Who are they (kings) going to be fighting against? It’s clear that Jesus is going to win the fight and he tells all the birds of the heavens to eat all the fleshly parts of the kings and their horses etc. and cohorts, but who exactly are the Kings fighting against?????

    If it’s against the great crowd who are living through the Great Tribulation then if I thought I was of the Great Crowd, I’d be scared.

    The Watchtower wants everyone to think that in order to survive Armageddon, you have to be worshipping Jehovah but remember the war is between Jehovah and the Kings of the earth.

    Supposedly any person alive at that time will be siding with the Kings of the earth in fighting against Jehovah.

    So, since Jehovah is a spirit, who are the people who are left over after the Great Tribulation fighting against? It would have to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. Again, if it was them that all the kings of the earth and their hordes are fighting against, I would be scared to be alive at that time. Oh yes, I remember the Revelation book. Jehovah is going to protect them as a people. He will let some die, but most he will let live but not to worry because if they die, God will resurrect them.

    So, the question for the Society concerning the householders who will be getting this magazine is: Why give them this magazine since they are the ones (if they don’t become a Witness) who are going to be fighting against Jehovah Witnesses (changed from the remnant to the average JW survivor of the Great Tribulation)? By this time, all the Governing Body will be safely in heaven and not any help at all with all their literature.

    This is all in the 19th chapter of Revelation. Also, notice in the 19th chapter of Revelation, verse 13, Jesus is called the Word of God. The word Word is capitalized. Wouldn’t that negate John 1:1????? I looked up Har-Magedon in the Insight book and Jesus is called the Word of God two times there.

  • February 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Samson talked in RIDDLES & was Destroyed & Betrayed by a Woman !The GB talk in Riddles & will be Destroyed by Women who will wake up when they realise the Danger from pedophiles to their children in their midst because of Stupid Policies of the GB that go around in Riddles !!!

  • February 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    @Pickled brain. Speaking in nonsensical riddles is the only way the Watchtower can speak. If the followers can’t make sense of what they read, they just assume it is because they are just too stupid to “get it” and just let the Society do all their thinking for them then. It is their plan and it works.

  • February 24, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    So when Armageddon is finished and the earth is just a pile of rubble, how do they think they are going to survive? Maybe Jehovah will provide Mana again? To bad 99% of them won’t know how to make food from scratch. Since most of them didn’t go to school and took up employment as janitors and window washers, what do they plan on doing when they have to go to the washroom with no running water. No electricity, no heat when the snow starts (it’s cold right now in Canada), no shelter, not to mention TV and I would just love to see the chaos after they realized how heavily they relied on “the wicked worlds” infrastructure, and when it sets in that they are screwed. Not to mention when the resurrection starts and crazy loons start coming back from the dead, you know the ones I mean. Men that liked to leave their families to the mobs and have them raped and cut up in to little pieces. I’m sure they will love being dressed in a slightly damaged suit from Sears. Too bad it won’t happen, I would get a good chuckle. I can dream though…

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