It is amazing that Jehovah, editor and Chief of the Watchtower, changes his editorial mind so much on so many issues. Take for example the issue of Sodom's future.
- 1879 - Will be resurrected
- 1955 - Will not be resurrected
- 1965 - Will be resurrected
- 1967 - Will not be resurrected
- 1974 - Will be resurrected
- 1988 - Will not be resurrected
- 1988 - Will be resurrected
- 1989 - Will not be resurrected
a. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected]
***Watchtower 1879 July 1 page 8 *** Sodom & Gomorrah: Resurrection?
b. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will NOT be resurrected]
*** Watchtower 1952 June 1 p.338 ***
No sane person would believe a camel could squeeze through a needle's eye. Yet if this obviously impossible thing were said to be easier than something else, would that not powerfully emphasize the utter impossibility of the other thing? So Jesus forcefully made the point that rich ones loath to part with their wealth would not enter the kingdom. Similarly, Sodom did not endure its judgement day, had failed completely, and the Jews knew its fate was sealed. Their opinion of Sodom was the lowest possible. So when Jesus told them that it would be more endurable for utterly depraved Sodom than for these Jewish cities they got the powerful point.
c. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected]
*** Watchtower 1965 August 1 p.479 Questions from Readers ***
Questions from Readers
• Since Jude 7 shows that Sodom and Gomorrah became a "warning example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire," does that not bar the inhabitants of those cities from a resurrection?-A.C., U.S.A.
Reading only that verse, without our taking into consideration what the rest of the Bible has to say on the matter, one might draw such a conclusion. But other scriptures present additional facts that cannot be ignored if we are going to arrive at a sound conclusion….Similarly, at Matthew 10:15 are recorded Jesus' words: "Truly I say to you, It will be more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than for that city" where the people would reject the message carried by Jesus' disciples. For it to be "more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah" than for others, it would be necessary for former inhabitants of that land to be present on Judgment Day. It is not the literal land, the ground, that is to be judged. Revelation chapter 20 shows that it will be persons raised from the dead who will stand "before the throne." Nor will judgment be passed on them as groups, as former inhabitants of certain lands, but they will be "judged individually according to their deeds" during the time of judgment. So apparently individuals who used to live in that land will be resurrected.-Rev. 20:12, 13.
What is it, then, that underwent "the judicial punishment of everlasting fire"? While the inhabitants of the cities were certainly destroyed, apparently it was not the people but the cities themselves that were everlastingly destroyed.
d. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will NOT be resurrected]
*** Watchtower 1988 June 1 p.30-31 Questions from Readers ***
Questions from Readers
• Do Jesus' words at Matthew 11:24 mean that those whom Jehovah destroyed by fire in Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected?
There is an interesting similarity in phraseology between this description and what Jude said occurred in the case of Sodom. Furthermore, Matthew 25:31-46 and Revelation 19:11-21 indicate that "the goats" cut off in the coming war of God will experience "everlasting cutting-off" in "the lake of fire," which symbolizes permanent annihilation.-Revelation 20:10, 14.
Consequently, in addition to what Jude 7 says, the Bible uses Sodom/Gomorrah and the Flood as patterns for the destructive end of the present wicked system. It is apparent, then, that those whom God executed in those past judgments experienced irreversible destruction.
e. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected.]
*** Live Forever (1982 edition) p.179 ***
f. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will NOT be resurrected]
*** Live Forever (1989 edition) p.179 ***
Will such terribly wicked persons be resurrected during Judgment Day? The Scriptures indicate that apparently they will not. For example, one of Jesus' inspired disciples, Jude, wrote first about the angels that forsook their place in heaven to have relations with the daughters of men. Then he added: "So too Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities about them, after they in the same manner as the foregoing ones had committed fornication excessively and gone out after flesh for unnatural use, are placed before us as a warning example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire." (Jude 6, 7; Genesis 6:1, 2) Yes, for their excessive immorality the people of Sodom and of the surrounding cities suffered a destruction from which they will apparently never be resurrected.-2 Peter 2:4-6, 9, 10a.
g. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will NOT be resurrected]
*** Revelation -- Its Grand Climax at Hand! (1988) p.273 ***
"Epistle to Sodom and Gomorrah"
Jesus Christ also knew what he thought and stated it in explicit terms. He said that it would be "more endurable for the land of Sodom on Judgment Day" than for the religionists who spurned his message. (Matthew 11:23, 24) Jesus was here using hyperbole to show that those religious leaders who rejected the Son of God and his teaching were even more reprehensible than the Sodomites. Jude 7 states that those Sodomites underwent "the judicial punishment of everlasting fire," meaning eternal destruction. (Matthew 25:41, 46) How severe, then, will be the judgment of so-called Christian leaders who blindly lead their blinded flocks away from the high moral standards of God's Kingdom into the permissive, debauched ways of this world! (Matthew 15:14) Concerning false religion, Babylon the Great, the voice from heaven calls with urgency: "Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues."-Revelation 18:2, 4.
h. [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected]
*** Insight Volume 2 (1988) p.984 ***
Jude mentions that "Sodom and Gomorrah . . . are placed before us as a warning example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire." This would not conflict with Jesus' statement about a Jewish city that would reject the good news: "It will be more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than for that city." Sodom and Gomorrah were everlastingly destroyed as cities, but this would not preclude a resurrection for people of those cities.-Jude 7; Mt 10:15; compare Lu 11:32; 2Pe 2:6.
It seems that the "light" of the only true religion keeps flickering on and off somehow. And it is imperative that you keep up-to-date with the latest WTS position and talk the party line to stay on the good side of the org. or you too will be disassociated only to be destroyed at Armageddon for your lack of submission.