Who Or What Are The Jehovah's Witnesses?


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Anonymous Profile
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Oh my god! Wow! That response did not clear things up...Let me help out a bit.    Jehovah's Witnesses DO believe Jesus died for our sins. They beleive that 144,000 annointed ones will go to Heaven to serve as kings and priests beside Jesus. The rest will be living on a paradise restored life here on this earth which according to the bible was Gods original plan that will be fulfilled. Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas as it originated as a Pagan Holiday and the sheep and sheppards were out in the fields at the time fo Jesus birth so therefore Jesus was not born on Dec 25th. They DO celelbrate the passover-the Lords Evening meal. The other Holidays are also of pagan descent so are not celebrated. Birthdays celebrated/noted in the bible had horrible events occur on them so they too are not celebrated and the bible also states better is the end of things than the beginning as in end of a life span in what was accomplished etc than it's beginning.    ...Charles Taze Russel made this religion in its inception and the followers were called Russellites. The name was then changed. Charles Taze Russell's Bible Student movement (from which the Jehovah's Witnesses emerged in 1931 following a schism in 1917) had connections at the very beginning with the Millerite movement Pls do not fear asking one of Jehovah's Witnesses...they will not bite and they will answer your questions. Nor will they try to force you into their religion. They will ask you and wish to study with you...and you can say yes or no. But it's kind of wierd to aks who are jehovahs witnesses and get answers from someone that does not really know.  Pls look on youtube or on the internet just type it in and some info should come up as well.
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Deemarcas Day
Deemarcas Day commented
Very good answer. They also call God by his name, Jehovah.
Diane Harrison
Diane Harrison commented
Yes Jehovah Witnesses will be more than happy to answer your questions and tell you about themselves from the Bible. And at Revelation 3:14 calls Jesus the faithful and true witness the beginning of the creation of God. This shows that God has always had it witnesses here on earth.
Dash TwentyOne
Dash TwentyOne commented
Very good answer! The only amendment I would make, concerns the "Russellites", who refused to appreciate the commission to preach the "good news" (Mt.24:14), and elected to focus their attention on Charles Russel, rather than Jehovah. The "Russellites" refused to become Witnesses of Jehovah, and have never been associated with Jehovah's Witnesses, apart from heritage and misinformation. I would not advise Youtube or general internet sites as an accurate source for information on Jehovah's Witnesses, as Anonymous is correct, it is best not to get answers from those who don't really know. Nice reply, however!
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Chris Hickman answered
These are members or a Christian religious sect founded in the USA in 1872 by Charles Taze Russel. When he died he was succeeded by Joseph Rutherford who died in 1942.
The members attach great importance to Christ's second coming. It was predicted to occur in 1914 but lack of evidence to it not having happened doesn't seem to have diminished their belief that it soon will.
After the second coming occurs there will be a final judgement and Armageddon in which all will be destroyed except for the Jehovah's Witnesses. They will be taken up to heaven but the Earth will remain the abode of humanity. The chosen will consist of 144,000 who will live with Christ in heaven.
Among other things the Witnesses abjure military service and because of their understanding of biblical beliefs that eating blood is forbidden they refuse blood transfusions and neither will they give them.
The Watch Tower Bible Tract and Watch Tower Student organisation form part of the organisation.
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Vishva Kumara answered
Jehovah's Witnesses basically focus on the Revelations. They do not hesitate to go door to door to tell people and get them converted. They expect their god to come back to the earth. They believe that the prophet Jehovah who is to come in future is the same God believed by Christians. They will come to your home and tell you to join with them to their future kingdom, and if you not come… then see… Anyway they are nice people. They publish many magazines like Watchtower and another magazine they distribute for free.
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dev net
dev net commented
Conversion is not the aim of going door to door for them...The ultimate goal of door to door is to start Bible studies...and they don't care which Bible you use.

Either way, they don't care as long as they have a chance to show you what they believe using the Bible.
Diane Harrison
Diane Harrison commented
The Bible says at Proverbs 18:13 : When anyone replies to a matter before he hears the facts, it is foolish and humiliating. With that being said when you are talking about Jehovah's Witnesses make sure you have the facts.
Cookie Hill
Cookie Hill commented
Vishva Kumara, you are right they are nice people, and the reason why is from studying the Bible and apply what is says in their lives. Their focus is on God's kingdom which Jesus taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9-10, not Revelations. Going from door to door is to offer any who would like a Bible study so they can benefit from those Kingdom blessings if the so choose. Jesus will never come back to earth as a human, he accomplished what he was sent here to do. The earth will be transformed into a paradise by means of God's kingdom. Jehovah is not a prophet, he is a Spirit, the most high of the Universe. Jesus,God's son is the one that will soon come as a Mighty Spirit person and destroy all wickedness on the earth. Psalms 37:9-11. I hope now you have a better understanding.
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Anonymous answered
Jehovah's witness go to the kingdom hall for there services. This is not called a church. Witness believe that you have to work inorder to get in to heaven. They also do not believe that jesus christ died for our sins. They think he has not returned to earth yet but will in the future. Hope this helps
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Diane Harrison
Diane Harrison commented
Jehovah Witnesses do believe that Jesus died for our sins and if you would like to know the truth about us you can go the website JW.Org and read our September 2015 Watchtower .
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Dash TwentyOne answered

Understanding this contrast, may also help answer the question:

Jehovah's Witnesses are not associated with Christendom, which did not exist, prior to the 4th-century, and developed in Europe.

Jehovah's Witnesses are associated with Judaic Christianity, whose roots stretch back well before Christ, but was born with the appearance of Jesus and his disciples, and the early Christians, in the 1st and 2nd century.

The contemporary name 'Jehovah's Witnesses' was selected, after serious consideration, and examination of the scriptures. 

Worship of man's "heavenly father", "Jehovah", had been discarded by 4th-century Christendom, in favor of worship of Jesus as God.

Contemporary Christians wishing to remain in agreement with Christ and the early Christians, returned to worshiping "Jehovah" as God, through a "mediator" (1 Timothy 2:5)- Jesus Christ; that is, Jesus' "righteousness" offset the "unrighteousness" of those who place their trust in Christ, which permits humans to personally approach God in prayer, and serve Him, within that framework.

This was what Christendom discarded, in the 3rd and 4th-century.

Not the ransom sacrifice of Christ, itself, but its purpose of permitting corrupted humans to gain access to Jehovah, and worship Him in a way that is acceptable to Him, until such time that they can stand before Him as clean, "righteous" individuals, themselves. 

When this arrangement was discarded- in 4th-century Rome- Jesus became the'end', rather than the 'means'  (for corrupted humans to approach God cleanly). And this distinguishes Jehovah's Witnesses, from the divisions of Christendom.

Returning to the popular superstition of removing God's identifying name from the Scriptures, made deleting God, easier to accomplish. And made it easier to worship Jesus as God; along with a few other alterations in the Hebrew- and then Greek- Scriptures.

The "Bible Students" (who existed from 1870 to 1931) served as the nuclei for Jehovah's Witnesses, and were not by definition in conflict with Christendom. But Jehovah's Witnesses, because of their own intrinsic definition- could no longer maintain any level of reconciliation with Christendom, who they did not actually spring from, as the "Bible Students" did.

Thus it was the detailed 'awareness' of that departure from Judaic Christianity, that set the stage for its reappearance and life, in the contemporary environment, today.

Jehovah's Witnesses did not return to an "Old Testament", but they opened it as the "Hebrew Scriptures", and fully apply its inspired, prophetic text, just as Jesus did.  And they valued it as God's accurate word, along with the "Greek Scriptures"; no division between "old" and "new".

The Greek Scriptures are actually rich with quotes from the Hebrew Scriptures, both direct, and in the form of teachings.

So, acting as "witnesses" to the above-mentioned events, contemporary Judaic Christians- not to be confused with 'Jews'- selected the name 'Jehovah's Witnesses', because it best describes who they promote as God, and the activity they engage in, to accomplish that.

Consideration of Jesus' prayer, at John 17:20-26, along with many other texts, helped lead to this prayerful decision.

“I am the One who declared and saved and made known, when there was no foreign god among you. So you are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “and I am God."- Isaiah 43:12

So Jehovah's Witnesses have restored the divine text, to its original condition, which may, of course, appear alien to those unaccustomed to reading it, in the form that Jesus did; and his disciples did, with the publication of the Greek Scriptures, later on.

Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept the popular spiritistic concepts that were adopted by 4th-century Christendom, and used to reformulate Christian teaching, and declare tenants and creeds, since these were expressly adopted from Roman/Grekko/Egyptian/ Babylonian religions, and melded with the use of Greek philosophies.

The Trinity, the immortal soul, predestination, hellfire, emphasis on 'salvation' over responsibility, are some examples of these ancient, popular Gentile teachings.  Jehovah's Witnesses do not subscribe to them.

Examples of scripture that inspired the contemporary selection of the name: "Jehovah's Witnesses":   

"Sym′e·on has related thoroughly how God for the first time turned his attention to the nations to take out of them a people for his name."- Acts 15:14

"And in that day you will say: “Give thanks to Jehovah, call on his name, Make his deeds known among the peoples! Declare that his name is exalted."- Isaiah 12:4

"And many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will instruct us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.”- Isaiah 2:3

“You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen.  ...before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none."- Isaiah 43:10

"Happy is the nation whose God is Jehovah, The people he has chosen as his own possession."- Psalm 33:12

Christianity and Christendom are often confused with one another, but note these simple contrasts (then and now):

Christianity: Non-political, Non-commercial

Christendom: Highly-political, Highly-commercial.

Other examples: Then and now:

Christianity: >Distributes the "good news" (mt.24:14, Acts 5:42) for open consideration. >Are not- and never were- "mainstream". > Worship Jehovah as God, recognizing Christ Jesus as a "mediator" (1 Timothy 2:5) between man and God. 

Christendom: >Labors to 'Christianize' nations and their political and social systems. >Is "mainstream".  >Worships Jesus as God.

There is a great more to say, to answer the question: 'Who or What Are The Jehovah's Witnesses?

But clarifying the contrast between them and who they might be confused with, is a start.  And  understanding why their selected name turns attention to God, and not themselves, helps one to focus on Jehovah, rather than His witnesses.

"Righteous Father, the world has, indeed, not come to know you, but I know you...and...I have made your name known to them and will make it known"-  (Jesus' words) John 17: 25-26

“For I am Jehovah; I do not change."- Malachi 3:6

Felicia Profile
Felicia answered
I am a jehovahs witness and have been all my life, which is 13 years.
I love being a Jehovah's witness even tho at times it can be difficult, but I manage.
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ashley john answered
First of all there are no perfect people. Adam and eve put a hold on that since they sinned. Yes Jehovahs Witnesses may have made mistakes in the past as far as religion and changing their names but no religion is perfect. My uncle attends a church and they have 2 have all of this information about their W2s . Now if that doesn't sound like an issue or a money scam you voice your opinion. Maybe people don't want you 2 know how much they are making. Or you see some poor kids being molested or raped right in the churchs. I know one fact they are the only religion to provide the same information throughout the world not just the united states, AFRICA etc. ANYWHERE DO YOUR HOMEWORK. The information is not harmful. They make nice watchtowers like SEVEN STEPS TO BETTER PARENTING OR HOW TO UNDERSTAND DEATH AND WHY WE SUFFER IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY ALSO PRINT IN OTHER LANGUAGES. Its funny how people are quick to judge without the correct information. Honestly now days church is nothing but a fashion show. I hate to wake in the middle of the night to find some weird show on about priest or whatever etc. So called healing people . They don't have the power to do so and if they are possessing power of some source here on earth its not from God its definitely satanic . But for some of you people you need to stop judging so much and stop n listen to the music they make now days then. I dare you play it back and you will see how satanic this world and half the materials in it is . I know one thing I learned you can't take any of these things here on earth with you when you do die. Just pray n even if you are at home alone pick up a bible and study at home or with your loved ones. Yes if you study you will learn we are living in the last days its proof ex.food shortages ,earthquakes ,war,and lack of love but no man or woman knows the day or hour . The worse you can do is ignore the truth when someones tryna show you the light don't be like the People in the bible that laughed at Noah when he built that ark they thought he was joking 2 so their is an extra fact to think and sleep on.
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Shezan Shaikh answered
Jehovah's Witnesses are said to be an International Christian society or denomination that has its origins in the United States along with the 19th century Millerite and the Bible Student Movements. Jehovah's Witnesses were previously known as the 'Bible Student Movements', however they later renamed the organization to Jehovah's Witness. This change took place in the year 1931 under the presidency of Joseph Franklin Rutherford.

The followers known as Jehovah's witnesses normally reject the traditional Christian doctrines such as the trinity. They also don't believe in the eternal torment in hell and also in the immortality of souls. The teachings are also published in the Jehovah's official magazines; these magazines are namely: - The Watchtower and Awake.

One of the most important teachings of Jehovah's witnesses is that they don't believe in blood transfusion.
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They originally started as a christian doomsday cult called the millerites in 1833 by william miller, a farmer and baptist layman. He predicted the world would end on oct 23 1843 but when it didn't he recalculated it to be april, then july, then october of 1845. That didn't work out either but he still was popular and the church morphed into the j.w.'s. Look up millerites or william miller.

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