In the last 20 years How Many Changes Have Occurred in Watchtower Beliefs?

by minimus 38 Replies latest jw friends

  • minimus

    Jehovah's Witnesses say that they have the truth and the truth is constant. They believe that what they teach is the truth that comes directly from Jehovah God.

    Can you think of anything that has changed in the last 20 years to show a Jehovah's Witness that the truth is not necessarily the Truth.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    dropping the 7000 year creative day rubbish.

  • Londo111

    That was pocket vetoed sometime in the 80's.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    it was one of my main objections back in the late 60's. no-one could come up with an explanation. it was derived from working back from 1975. i only found out it had been dropped when i started reading threads on this site in recent years.

  • MacHislopp

    Hello everyone and minimus,

    I do believe I can answer your question.

    In the last 45 years i.e. from the year 1971 to the year 2016

    the Society's "Governing Body" has made

    96 changes of beliefs/clarifications/adjustments

    in their teachings/doctrines for a total of 347 publications pages.

    I have made a cery detailes summury for each change.

    If anyone whishes to have a copy send me a message.


    J.C. MacHislopp

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    July 2013 WT. The ''Faithful and Discreet Slave was not chosen in 1918-19 when Jesus came to inspect Religions, but it is a future event, during the Great Tribulation'', ,,, not sure of the exact wording, but it was along those lines.

    A complete reversal of ''understanding'' taught repeatedly over the decades.

  • MacHislopp

    Hello again ,

    sorry for the typing errors. It should be read as:

    " I have made a very detailes summary for each change."

    I do apologize.


    J.C. MacHislopp

  • Giordano

    MacHislopp your research is a great idea and I appreciate the work and effort.

    Would it be possible to get a list of the changes and just a citation if we need to add details. It's easy for a number of us to get bogged down in an information overload and infinite details.

    In my experience when talking to a 'we have the truth' JW one may only have time for one change that we can point out. I am aware of many changes and has a comprehensive list of flip flops but your research may add to that work or provide a different way to approach the changes.

    Minimus you seem to be coming up with very excellant provocative questions these days that call on us to think......... not just react.

  • darkspilver

    It's no secret, in fact the GB proudly highlight the changes they've made.....

    Listed in the Index under the heading 'Beliefs Clarified':

    All the changes from 2000 include online links to the various publications explaining the change/s.

    And yes - as per MacHislopp post above - the GB do list 96 changes since 1971.

    FWIW below is the list from the sheep and goats change in 1995


    • “sheep” and “goats” (Mt 25)
    • “this generation” (Mt 24:34; Mr 13:30; Lu 21:32)


    • acceptability of customary (tribal) marriage
    • civilian service in lieu of military service
    • “flesh” saved through “great tribulation” (Mt 24:22)
    • great tribulation “cut short” (Mt 24:22)


    • transfiguration vision (Mt 17; Mr 9; Lu 9)


    • duration of new covenant (Heb 13:20)
    • Ezekiel’s vision of restored temple and land (Eze 40-48)
    • nations blessed through Abraham’s seed (offspring) (Ge 22:18)


    • ‘disgusting thing standing in a holy place’ (Mt 24:15; Mr 13:14)


    • blood fractions
    • use of one’s own blood


    • “divorce certificate” for Judah (Isa 50:1)
    • ‘doves to birdhouse holes’ (Isa 60:8, 9)
    • worshipping Jehovah “with spirit” (Joh 4:24)


    • courtyard in which “great crowd” serve (Re 7:15)


    • meaning of baptism of Jewish believers at Pentecost 33 C.E.
    • why some early Christians observed features of the Law


    • start of heavenly resurrection
    • when calling to heavenly hope ceases


    • illustration of dragnet (Mt 13)
    • illustration of leaven hidden in flour (Mt 13; Lu 13)
    • illustration of man casting seed (Mr 4:26-29)
    • illustration of mustard grain (Mt 13; Mr 4; Lu 13)
    • Mary’s pain during Jesus’ birth
    • “this generation” (Mt 24:34; Mr 13:30; Lu 21:32)


    • “all creation that is under heaven” (Col 1:23)
    • head covering for female interpreters for the deaf at meetings
    • resurrection hope for baby dying in womb


    • illustration of wheat and weeds (sowing of seed) (Mt 13:24, 38)
    • illustration of wheat and weeds (wheat brought into storehouse) (Mt 13:30)


    • entering Jehovah’s rest (Heb 4)
    • feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream image (Da 2)
    • Jesus “a corresponding ransom” (1Ti 2:6)
    • olive tree (Ro 11)
    • Peter in Rome


    • “all these kingdoms” (Da 2:44)
    • Mordecai and Esther “divide spoil” in fulfillment of Genesis 49:27
    • ruin caused by “king fierce in countenance” (Da 8:23, 24)
    • toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream image (Da 2)
    • when seventh world power emerged


    • anointed not to survive Armageddon on earth
    • ‘Assyrian invades our land’ (Mic 5:5)
    • chosen ones gathered (Mt 24:31; Mr 13:27)
    • “evil slave” (Mt 24:48-51)
    • “faithful and discreet slave” (Mt 24:45-47)
    • great tribulation
    • illustration of wheat and weeds (Mt 13)
    • Jesus comes, arrives (Mt 24, 25)
    • Jesus inspects spiritual temple 1914-1919 (Mal 3:1-4)
    • meaning of name Jehovah


    • appointment of elders and ministerial servants
    • basis first-century Jews had for being “in expectation” of Messiah (Lu 3:15)
    • drinking an alcoholic beverage before engaging in sacred service
    • duration of cleansing of spiritual temple (Mal 3:1-4)
    • marriage in resurrection (Lu 20:34-36)
    • “solid foundation of God” (2Ti 2:19)
    • two witnesses (Re 11)


    • Gog of Magog (Eze 38, 39)
    • head covering for sister conducting Bible study
    • illustration of talents (Mt 25)
    • illustration of ten virgins (Mt 25)
    • paradise Paul saw in vision (2Co 12:1-4)
    • types and antitypes


    • captivity of anointed to Babylon the Great
    • congregational expression of joy over reinstatement of someone
    • Jesus taken by Satan to battlement of temple (Mt 4:5; Lu 4:9)
    • man with secretary’s inkhorn (Eze 9)
    • meaning of two sticks (Eze 37)
  • minimus

    Mac,,,,, So good to see u!!!! I'd love to see you put a few items here if possible because JWs should see it too.

    G... thanks for your comment

    darks..... interesting list but we would not know what the differences are so if you don't mind elaborate please

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