The Watchtower is now the world's largest magazine!

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  • life is to short
    life is to short

    Newsmaxs magazine just published an article that the Watchtower is the most read magazine out there it evens surpasses time.

    I have never heard of Newmaxs but I just was emailed this and thought you might find it interesting. I am sorry I do not know how to give the link so I am cutting and pasting. If someone can do the link it would be great. Thanks.

    LITS

    Jehovah's Witnesses - Publishing Titans

    Who knew? Their Watchtower is now the world's largest magazine. But you can't buy it anywhere.

    By Jim Meyers

    Step aside, AARP the magazine. Move over, People. The most widely read magazine in the world is a publication you can't subscribe to or find on any newsstand.

    The Watchtower, the monthly publication of the Jehovah's Witnesses distributed by volunteers in the course of their house-to-house ministry, now boasts a circulation of more than 25 million.

    Last year, the world's 7.3 million Jehovah's Witnesses spent 1.5 trillion hours knocking on doors and handing out The Watchtower, a doctrinal guide to Witnesses' beliefs, according to The New York Review of Magazines. There are plenty of copies to go around. Every month nearly 40 million copies are printed in more than 180 languages for distribution in 236 countries. The closest competitor,AARP The Magazine, has a circulation of just over 24 million.

    The Watchtower - the full name is The Watchtower: Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom - is published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, with headquarters near the East River in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Tract Society also publishes a companion magazine, Awake!, as well as a number of books, brochures, and a Bible.

    The operation is funded entirely by donations, mostly from Witnesses who leave contributions at their meeting places, called Kingdom Halls. The Witnesses' overall income is unknown, but in 2001Newsday listed the Tract Society as one of New York City's 40 richest corporations, with revenues exceeding $950 million.

    The Watchtower's mission statement is printed on the inside cover page of each issue: "The purpose of this magazine is to honor Jehovah God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe. Just as watchtowers in ancient times enabled a person to observe developments from affair, so this magazine shows us the significance of world events in the light of Bible prophecies. It comforts people with the good news that God's Kingdom, which is a real government in heaven, will soon bring an end to all wickedness and transform the earth into paradise."

    The Watchtower, and the Witnesses, had their origin in 1879, when writer and preacher Charles T. Russell released Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence.

    Russell was a former assistant editor of the Second Adventist magazine, Herald of the Morning, and had gathered followers in the years before 1879 through speaking tours and newspaper columns. He parted ways with Adventist doctrine when the world did not end in 1878, as it had predicted.

    His new doctrine stated that Christ would return to earth in 1914 to destroy nonbelievers and allow Witnesses to transform the planet into paradise. The religion adopted the name Jehovah's Witnesses in the 1930s, teaching that Christ did return in 1914 but was invisible. Witnesses now "take a less specific approach to the end of the world," according to the Review of Magazines, published by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

    Each issue of The Watchtower is planned a year in advance by the nine-member writing committee at the Witnesses' Brooklyn headquarters, and a central theme, such a child rearing or divorce, is chosen for that month.

    Members of the 70-person writing department live with about 1,500 other workers in five buildings near the Brooklyn headquarters.

    As originally published in Newsmax magazine.

  • JimmyPage
    JimmyPage

    Most of those copies are piled up inside various closets.

  • sabastious
    sabastious

    950 mil, nice chuck o change.

    I think this is a well written article.

    -Sab

  • sabastious
    sabastious

    I wonder if you did a random survey and asked people if they have ever heard of The Watchtower and then ask them if they have ever heard of AARP, Time Magazine or People Magazine. I would wager that many more people would know about AARP, Time and People significantly more than the Watchtower.

    -Sab

  • 3Mozzies
    3Mozzies
    Last year, the world's 7.3 million Jehovah's Witnesses spent 1.5 trillion hours knocking on doors

    Shouldn't that be billion hours NOT trillion hours?

    The Watchtower, the monthly publication of the Jehovah's Witnesses distributed by volunteers in the course of their house-to-house ministry, now boasts a circulation of more than 25 million.

    Yep 25 million copies per month are printed, then most end up in land fill. What a waste of paper!

    Talk about ruining the earth, how many trees to make 25 million propaganda magazines per month year after year!?!

    (Revelation 11:17-18) God, the Almighty, . . . bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

    3Mozzies

  • braveheart
    braveheart

    My favorite apostate slogan: "Read the Bible...Not the WT"

    What a waste of paper...Nobody reads that crap anymore.

    BH

  • I quit!
    I quit!

    Jimmy Page has it right. People only take the magazines to make the Jdubs go away. No one except JWs eagerly wait the arrival of the latest edition and if the truth be known I doubt whether most of them really care that much about the latest edition. Every JW takes more than they can possibly place to make themselves look good and their closets usually full of them.

    If the public took the Watchtower magazine serious why aren't there more JWs than there are?

  • SweetBabyCheezits
    SweetBabyCheezits

    Wow that's a lot of Charmin for campers.

  • sabastious
    sabastious
    If the public took the Watchtower magazine serious why aren't there more JWs than there are?

    DING DING DING.

    We have a winner, Johnny.

    -Sab

  • OUTLAW
    OUTLAW

    "Watchtower"..

    The worlds Largest Magazine..

    Horded in JW closets,garages and spare bedrooms all over the world..

    "WatchTower"..

    "The magazine Few People Read!"..

    ................. ...OUTLAW

  • 3Mozzies
    3Mozzies
    Jimmy Page has it right. People only take the magazines to make the Jdubs go away. No one except JWs eagerly wait the arrival of the latest edition and if the truth be known I doubt whether most of them really care that much about the latest edition. Every JW takes more than they can possibly place to make themselves look good and their closets usually full of them.
    If the public took the Watchtower magazine serious why aren't there more JWs than there are?

    'I Quit' you are spot on!!!

    I hardly read the magazines when I was in.

    I too took more than I ever placed, waaaay more. In the end my recyclable bin enjoyed them.

    3Mozzies

  • life is to short
    life is to short

    I quit

    I totally agree where you said if the public took the Watchtower magazine serious why aren't there more JW''s.

    I do not know who this magazine is that published the article I have never heard of them it was just sent to me for a very strong JW. If a dub can find anything positive about the religion they latch on to it and email it to everyone to prove that they are the chosen religion for God.

    I was also interested where they said that (The Witnesses' overall income is unknown, but in 2001Newsday listed the Tract Society as one of New York City's 40 richest corporations, with revenues exceeding $950 million. )

    Why not come out each year with how much they are worth. It is interesting that they were listed in the top 40 or the richest corporations in NYC in 2001.

    LITS

  • JimmyPage
    JimmyPage

    in 2001Newsday listed the Tract Society as one of New York City's 40 richest corporations, with revenues exceeding $950 million. )

    We're supposed to be repulsed by the excesses of Christendom, but impressed by the restored Stanley Theater. Justify that!

  • flipper
    flipper

    The way Jim Meyers wrote this article up- you'd almost think HE is a witness from reading the terms and expressions he uses. He HAD to just copy this info practically directly from the WT website. Because it sounds as if he's pushing or promoting the witnesses with all the figures and statistics he gives out. Pretty bizarre. They may print 25 million copies- but most of them end up in the trash or used as paper to start your fireplace. Very strange. Peace out, Mr. Flipper

  • blondie
    blondie

    "widely read"?!

    Just because the WTS publishes (and perhaps distributes a few) doesn't mean they have been "read."

  • Gayle
    Gayle

    Wow, just think how much more AARP, Time and People could get out their mags if they had free and unquestioning labor, getting out their mags, covering their costs, leaving them at laundramats, bus stops, etc, etc.

  • JimmyPage
    JimmyPage

    I think Rolling Stone was the world's largest magazine, but they've reduced their size to more modest dimensions.

  • Balsam
    Balsam

    This always cracked me up when it was mentioned at conventions. I thought of the hundreds of magazines and books stacked on our book shelves at home and no on reading them. Then there is the tons of magazines that end up in landfills as was mentioned by others. The fact they produce all those magazines is totally worthless if their not read or that no one is even interested in them.

    Balsam

  • JimmyPage
    JimmyPage

    The world's largest magazine was the 100th issue of Maxim. It was constructed near Vegas out of vinyl mesh and could be seen from outer space using Google Earth. It had Eva Longoria on the cover. So there!

  • I quit!
    I quit!

    Balsam, If you're a car salesman you get paid when you sell they car. What do you care if the person ever drives it. I think all the WT cares about is moving magazines and books. If once in a while someone gets sucked in all the better. Another unpaid salesperson moving product.

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