J.F. Rutherford, Communism and Satan

by MacHislopp 4 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • MacHislopp

    Hello everyone,

    just to share with you, the following:

    *** w50 8/15 p. 251 Answering the Foes of His Government ***

    5 We challenge that British Jesuit to harmonize, if he can, his accusation with the public declaration by J. F. Rutherford, then president of the Watch Tower Society, from London’s Royal Albert Hall, Sunday, September 11, 1938. Delivering his speech “Face the Facts”, which was beamed by radio and carried by direct wire to more than 50 cities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania, and also broadcast by a transcontinental chain of 118 U. S. radio stations,

    Mr. Rutherford said:

    “Fulfilled prophecy shows that in 1914 Jehovah enthroned Christ Jesus and sent him forth to rule, while Satan still exercises his power in the world. (Psalm 110:1, 2)

    In 1917 SATAN BROUGHT FORTH IN RUSSIA A COMMUNIST OR BOLSHEVIK GOVERNMENT, which was the first appearance of a totalitarian rule, and which opposes God and his kingdom. It declares that the State is the supreme power, and it persecutes those who serve God and Christ Jesus.”

    (capital letters in the original )

    and also this :

    *** w50 8/15 pp. 253-254 Answering the Foes of His Government ***

    . Throughout the earth the witnesses use the corporation Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society as their legal and publishing servant. They use the publications of said Society in their work of educating the people on the Holy Bible. From earliest times the Watch Tower publications have exposed communism as a world menace and have shown it to be impractical, doomed to failure, and contrary to God’s kingdom by Christ. As early as its third issue, The Watchtower of September, 1879, in its leading article entitled “The Day of the Lord” (paragraphs 7 and 14), said the following, and as you read this we want you to remember this was published, not in 1950, but away back seventy-one years ago:

    13 “Very many Scriptures seem to teach that the kingdoms of earth will be overthrown by a rising of the people: goaded to desperation from lack of employment and seeking relief from the oppression of bloodthirsty governments. Such a rising and overturning, Socialists, COMMUNISTS, and Nihilists of today would gladly bring about if they could. Now the Scripture recognizes wrong and oppression as existing in the nations and foretells this as the way in which they will be overthrown, and says: ‘Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for the misery that shall come upon you. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth.’ “

    and in paragraph 14:

    14 In its issue of June, 1883, The Watchtower (page 8) said: “In other words, remove the element which advises prudence, morality, and right-doing, from the counsels of the restless masses—from the Labor leagues and other associations, and let the lower element control itself, and the result would quickly be the destruction of life, property, laws, and peace—a grand reign of anarchy in the name of communism.”

    15 In its issue of January, 1884, The Watchtower (page 5) published the article “Light in Darkness” and quoted, in paragraph 5, the statement of Blackwood’s Magazine: “How humiliating, too, is the thought that . . . the dangerous classes, and ‘dissolving forces’ are becoming more formidable than ever, and that the ‘social revolution’—Atheistic Communism and Nihilism—may yet shake to its foundations the entire system of civilization which modern Europe has been so slowly perfecting as the highest product of the Aryan Community of nations.”

    And also this:

    *** w66 9/1 p. 518 World Communism as God Views It ***

    This widely published stand of Jehovah’s witnesses has hardened world Communism more and more against them and the Communists have shown themselves to be in the ranks of the symbolic goats of Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats. Jesus explained that these would be manifest at the time of the end of this world or system of things and that the goats would be cut off from all existence. (Matt. 25:31-46) This parable, as explained by President Rutherford at a Los Angeles (California) convention, was published shortly afterward in The Watch Tower, in its issue of October 15, 1923.”

    Finally this information:

    *** w66 9/1 World Communism as God Views It ***

    "For a full discussion of the Communist “king of the north” as prophesied in Daniel, chapter 11, see the 384-page book “Your Will Be Done on Earth,” published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1958)."

    Greetings, J.C.MacHislopp

    "Ab Uno disce omnes " (Virgilius , Eneide, II , 65)

  • Utopian Reformist
    Utopian Reformist

    Great post Mac! Nice research. I wil have to check this out with the older CD-ROM's so I can have it handy. It's funny how political involvement is a DA offense, and yet consider the propaganda in those older articles. What hypocrisy!

  • TheOldHippie

    So much for staying neutral. In Chile 1973, they accepted fascist dictator Pinochet's offer to replace the labour union workers who had been arrested, tortured and killed because of their support for the legally elected left-wing President Salvador Allende Gossens. Out with the labour union activists and socialist - in with the Witnesses on the request by the fascists. What do you think the other workers thought about that? What did they think of the new group leaders?

  • MacHislopp

    Hello Utopian Reformist and TheOldHippie,

    I'm glad that you liked this research. Surely

    many ..are not aware of it.

    Greetings, J.C.MacHislopp

  • Listener

    I've bumped this thread because of another Watchtower the Organization wrote about their stand against Communism. It went much further than just writing about it and explains how JWs made a public declaration against it at assemblies around the World. Watchtower leaders, including Fred Franz made these declarations known on behalf of all JWs publicly through radio presentations.

    This is from the Watchtower 1957 8/1 and is centered on Franz's visit to the Phillipines -

    The public relations servant arranged for newsmaking interviews. So, on the morning of the assembly’s opening day, Tuesday, January 15, Brother Franz, accompanied by this servant, went to two radio stations for engagements. The first one, DZFM (The People’s Station), is owned by the Philippine government. The program director was very friendly. Despite not feeling too well he graciously kept his appointment for the interview. He even canceled a thirty-minute paid program over the radio in order to accommodate the vice-president of the Watch Tower Society. The half-hour interview was “right off the cuff” and was broadcast direct from the studio. The program director was pleased with the information of public interest that Brother Franz gave in replies to many questions, especially the stand of Jehovah’s witnesses toward godless communism. The Philippine Islands have no diplomatic relations with the Soviet government of Russia....
    For the evening’s features the crowd increased appreciably, from 5,768 in the afternoon to 6,353 now. The vice-president’s talk to them on backing up Jehovah’s visible organization proved to be most timely as well as giving them a viewpoint many had not had previously. This gave them a basis for better understanding and more fully appreciating the climactic feature that followed, the presentation of the special resolution, which, since early last summer, had been undergoing adoption by assemblies of Jehovah’s witnesses around the globe. The matter, presented first in English, was translated simultaneously by interpreters to the speaker’s right and left into Ilocano and Tagalog. When the speaker raised his hand for the vote to be expressed upon the motion before the assembled 6,353, there was enthusiastic applause with the viva voce adoption of this courageous, forthright resolution against Communist persecution,...
    The summary of the previous day’s program, especially the special resolution against communism, was presented at those dialect meetings.

    This goes against everything they claim about being neutral.

    Someone over at Reddit had started a thread saying that they could not access a 1957 article on voting on their version of the Watchtowers library on CD.

    They no full well why the Russian Government has serious problems about their organization and are responsible for inciting persecution in the past. It may well explain their continued ban in China.

    This must be another reason why JW org only goes back to the year 2000.

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