Alternative Daily Text for Wednesday, June 18, 2014
“I … am a prophet … and an angel himself spoke to me by the word of Jehovah … (He deceived him.)” (1 Kings 13:18, NWT 1984)
During the days of Jeroboam, some old man claimed to be a prophet of Jehovah and to speak “the word of Jehovah.” But in actual fact “he deceived” those listening to him, even causing the death of at least one other prophet. (1 Kings 13:18, 24) “Whatever might have been the old prophet’s motive, he lied. Perhaps the old man had at one time been a faithful prophet of Jehovah. At this point, however, he was acting deceptively. The Scriptures strongly denounce such conduct.” – The Watchtower, August 15, 2008, page 9.
Something similar is happening in our time. However, “today, Jehovah does not inspire prophets as in the past; instead, he has commissioned a faithful slave class.” (The Watchtower, October 1, 2002, page 17) Like with the prophets of Biblical times, “the [faithful and discreet] slave’s will is Jehovah’s will” and “rebellion against the slave is rebellion against God.” (The Watchtower, June 1, 1956, page 346) But in fact “he deceived” his followers. From 1920 on, for example, he claimed “that there will be a resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and other faithful ones of old … [in] 1925,” and “those who ….accept the … [Watchtower doctrines] shall be restored to perfection of body and mind and live on the earth forever.” –Millions Now Living Will Never Die!, pages 88, 98.
This has not come true, like so many other prophecies – for example that the preaching work “would be completed in our 20th century,” or that soon after 1929 “airplanes may float without engines and men may step out of a window into the air without fear of falling.” (The Watchtower [original printed edition], January 1, 1989, page 12; The Golden Age, June 12, 1929, page 586) Above all, their “promise of a new world in which death and mourning will be no more” has not come true, not 1914, not 1925, not in the 1940s, not 1975, and not “before the generation of 1914 ‘passes away.’” – The Watchtower, November 15, 1995, page 4; October 1, 1973, page 583.
Whatever might have been the ‘faithful and discreet slave’s’ motive, he lied. Perhaps he had at one time been a faithful prophet of Jehovah. Today, however, he is acting deceptively. The Scriptures strongly denounce such conduct. Thus we should heed the following advice regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses: “Their promises and predictions of better things have failed time and again. Why let yourself be carried along with them in a steadily downward course to ultimate disaster?” – The Watchtower, February 1, 1971, page 69.