"Shortly, WITHIN OUR TWENTIETH CENTURY*, the "battle in the day of Jehovah" will begin against the modern antitype of Jerusalem, Christendom."
(The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah; 1971; 2nd ed.; p. 216)
Fearmongering or scaremongering is the spreading of frightening and exaggerated rumors of impending danger or the habit or tactic of purposely and needlessly arousing public fear about an issue.
When I was a teen in 1973, my first congregation ''book study'' was ''The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah.'' The book was rather bizarre.... mostly made up fearmongering and exaggerations taken from the book of Ezekiel. The book was about flaming swords, riding chariots, death, birds eating all the dead, the burial of all the bones after Armageddon, and the attack from United Nations against the ''true'' religion, Jehovah's Witnesses.
That was a really frightening read. I told myself, ''I better get baptized or I'll be one of the dead when Armageddon arrives.''
Forty-five later, not one thing has ever come true from this book or any other material ever written by the WTBTS.
Is ''fearmongering'' the greatest ploy the Watchtower Society use against its members and newly converted?