"You're going to die in Armageddon"
And! Interestingly, these very words were said to me when I attended a JW funeral a few years back. A few people were asking me, "So what hall are in you now..?" and various similar questions (they always need to check your status, don't they??)
And it was so gratifying, so wonderful, to say almost casually, offhand: "Do you know, I'm not really sure... We haven't been to meetings for quite a while and I'm sure the boundaries have changed by now..."
And then to watch the expression on their face change, and then to hear those ridiculous words: "Not going to meetings! But you must go to meetings or you will die at Armageddon!!" THREE different people told me that at this one funeral.
I thought to myself, "Is that all you've got? Is that really supposed to encourage me to come back? Threats of death and destruction?" I just sort of smiled and said, "Well, it was nice seeing you again, take care." and walked away. They have no power over me any more. They are as deluded as I once was, and it is *good* to be out and away from it.
So my father tells me last night in reference to being destroyed at Armageddon:
"And just as it is painful for the demons to hear the reminder of their fate, it hurts, bothers you what's coming your way."
You know what really hurts/bothers, is Painful for JW`s to Hear?
1)..You're in a Cult.
2)..You`ve lived a Wasted Life.
3)..You`ll be Dead before your Fictitious Armageddon arrives.
Tell them you are going to be raptured out of here before anything really bad happens.
Send them down a theological rabbit hole. It always fucks them up.
"You're going to die at Armageddon!" is just the JW equivalent of "you're going to Hell!".
However, if you're getting it repeatedly (from, like, an asshole family member or something), to the point where it's really annoying and offensive, and you no longer care if they think you're an "apostate", counter it with...
..."I'd rather die at Armageddon than live forever with the Watchtower's boot on my neck."
I guarantee you, the look of utter shocked silence on their face will be fucking priceless.
There is no Armageddon to come.
The bible likens the coming of Armageddon (Jesus' second coming) to the Flood of days of Noah's day (Matthew 24:37-39).
There was NO FLOOD, so there is no Armageddon!
Been told this too. My response now is " Nope, going to die just like you and every other person who has ever lived."
Ugh. Why do parents say these things? its because they are desperate. Take some pity on them, even while they say these horrible things to you. Find strength, and respond with it.
My mother said to me that I was sentencing my children to death. They are very small. I looked at her and said, "Mom, I know you are very hurt. Its because of that, that i am going to let that comment slide this time. But don't you ever say anything like that again to me. Do you understand?"
She said she understood, and has not said anything like it since.
In Megiddo will be a big pile. cremation preferred? Still remember Fred Franz's high pitched voice voice " -- Har. M..."
ps: deegee local flood, local Har-megiddo.
The one active JW that still initiates contact with me for social reasons told me she has plenty of non-JW friends, so she doesn't have a problem with associating with me. Also, if I want to choose suicide with my adult children (I have made it clear that I refuse to shun my kids.) over living forever in paradise, It's my choice. I don't call her.