This article title leapt out at me and I thought that at last we may see some solid argument as to why the WT teaches what it does, some "reasoning on the Scriptures ".. Well..
No Watchtower, you will have to do better than that if you want to be convincing that you really have "the Truth". At least Freddie Franz would delve into scripture and spend pages confirming his reasons for the conclusions he reached ...even if the conclusions were doo lally...! Perhaps that is the problem, is there nobody today who knows, or cares why . They are just told to keep the faith and believe, but even as the old song says " You've Got to Have A Reason To Believe"
I think I agree with where you are coming from. In a 1970 snapshot I feel JWs did have "the truth", atleast they were engaging for spiritual thrillseekers and adventurers in a unique way. I can see now when world government as a natural process of the nation-state itself does finally crystallize I will see JWs did point out it's classic root system as the internationalist "League of Nations" in 1919. Now true, others see this past and present, but JWs did make it a parallel theme of "God's Kingdom come", a world government is the apex form of rivalry to a "Kingdom" JWs were also preaching at that time, in a live and real-time fashion. JWs gave "Armageddon" the two clear players for that world government "showdown of all showdowns". JWs made it real for the first two UN presentations, they were in the ring.
I mean JWs were "cutting edge" in 1950 as far as global geo-politics and globalization without ever mentioning those words not yet coined at that time. JWs were making the "world government" climax more real. They were bringling on the "chicken" game with world government coming down a one way road and God and Christ "Kingdom" was coming up the other way. They were naming names (like the Anglo-American national alliance and the UN elites) and they were making elite enemies and Rutherford, Knorr and Franz could give a flying finger who they "disturbed", they called it as they saw it, they saw it leading to "Armageddon", it was the most exciting religion, in my opinion, because of this balance of dancing on a volcano, this brazen taunting of a sleeping lion.
Even if they were making it all up it was a rush to see someone slapping the global elite king in the face. JWs used to be spiritual daredevils.
But then it all changed, but JWs do not realize it all changed, it changed oh so gradually. In time the second UN placement of 1945 faded, and a 3rd UN placement in 1990 was not only fully ignored, instead Bethel joined the global promo as UN NGO. When the next UN salvo of adrenaline pumping presence came forth in 1990, that should have been the biggest news to hit Bethel since UN 2.0 of 1945, an opportunity to send a flaming retort and revamp the high, JWs didn't even show up for the fight. The stay hungry attiude had a flat spare tire. JWs saw nothing special in a 3rd UN globalization era triggering world governemnt "new world order" statement and presentation world tour.
Now when the removal of the USSR to Anglo-American expansion occurred sparking the "new imperialism" jolt, Bethel said nothing. Now when socialism was scrapped by Russia, China and India adding 2 billion people to the late-capitalist 2.0 globalization effort, Bethel acts like it is still 1970. Now when Russia, China nd India JOIN the Anglo-American internationalist wave of global domination, Bethel acts like it is 1960. Though globalization is the main "gathering" (Rev16:13-16) force of world government, Bethel says nothing. Now even Ron Paul has more to say on the world government subject live and real-time, Bethel is a fossil, a picture of the past, a dated commentary, a dated world view, a backward projection. That there are therefore obviously four UN cycles total, to the world government end, is fully ignored by Bethel. Bethel no longer keeps up with world reality, and applies NOTHING of note to prophecy that was not already done by 1970.
In other words Bethel is in a time warp, Bethel is a boring facade of a once vibrant "cutting edge" religious in your face ministry. Bethel is a broken record, and it uses that endlessly parroted past to make JWs think it still is "the truth". In fact Bethel repetitive plagiarism of itself aids it's waving watch hypnotic quality. JWs are drunk with the Bethel wine. Bethel is a complacent satisfied unadventurous burnout.
The only "truth" left at Bethel, is Bethel is the classic apostasy if ever there was one.
They join the UN-DPI as UN NGO, they cover up post 1990 as the greatest era of globalization in stats that are a tsunami of evidence of this reality, they hoodwink JWs as if they are "cutting edge", they sell a glam, literally retarded, "attractive religion", and they distract JWs with echoes from the past, and over-organizational busy body hypnotics. Bethel is a big Kabuki, a play, a production, an act, a sham, a bottle, a crate of sleeping pills. Backwardness is Bethel's business, downward spiraling JW growth and spiritual progress is their main product, making it look like a monumental work of productivity is their main sham of claims, walking off with 4 billion in JW assets is their payday. And part of the effectiveness of this delusion is keeping JWs in a snapshot of the past, in a worldview time warp as well, progressing no further than 1970. Now YouTube, 12 year olds and rappers explain world government far better and fresher than dated JWs.
Bethel is a bore now, totally irrelevant except as a classic case of top down apostasy sold as "the truth", and diverted with attention to everyone else as the "apostates" when in fact at the center of Bethel sits the modern men of lawlessness LITERALLY "lifting themselves over everyone" while they cover up the final two UN world government cycles. Bethel even has the opposers considering themselves as "apostates" while the Bethel apostates subvert both JWs and even their critics' identities, and JWs eat it up as if it was 1955...
But it's not 1955, nor is it 1970, it is 2014 and JWs are 50 years behind world developmental times, and have derailed in their prophecy tracking assignment aborted at 1970 relevance, it too is 50 years behind. Even if it was all bull, might as well keep it ballsy by at least acting relevant, but now JezeBethel is instead a self-neutered sow comfortable in it's own mire, selling it to JWs as a pearl of truth. It is worse than boring, it is comatose and actually kinda sad, the branding of irrelevance on yesterday's glories. A 1950 Jehovah's witness wouldn't be caught dead in that abomination called the Bethel ministry of today. It's a classic case of spiritual corruption at terminal proportions and maturity. The only way is down to make it all official.
Obviously the 1976 "Governing Body" experiment in spiritual tyranny has something to do with this spiritual abandonment. In fact it is the primary guidance system puppet show that guides the delusion under the "Moses" accepted claims, but they replace even Christ and the Bible for the "commands of men".