In the last episode of the podcast (LBM Podcast 0004) we covered a false prophecy of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. I am going to outline this false prophecy in this post and provide the documentation so you can use this in your discussions with JWs.
In Deuteronomy 18:20-22 God gives us the requirements for a prophet that is from Him. If the prophet makes a prediction about anything that does not come to pass he is a false prophet and should not be trusted.
Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’ 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. ESV
The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society published a book prior to 1975 entitled Life Everlasting in which they predicted the end of the 6th age of human history and man’s existence on earth in the fall of 1975. This obviously did not happen and is the reason for a big drop in membership in the Society after that date. Most JWs today do not even know about this event. Ask them if the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society meets the Biblical standard for a prophet. Ask them if the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society was not trustworthy in past prophecies why are they trusting them with such a thing as critical as their personal salvation.
Link to full book: Life Everlasting
Page 29 in Life Everlasting:
A reader of this site recently gave me an additional argument. It is a fantastic one so I want to lay it out here. In the book What Does The Bible Really Teach?, which every JW carries with him, on page 38 there is a picture of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist. The caption on the picture says “At his baptism, Jesus became the Messiah, or Christ”. Ask the JW if they believe that Jesus became the Christ at his baptism. They will have to say yes. Ask them to read Luke 2:11 from their NWT (New World Translation) “For today there was born to you in David’s city a savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Ask them how they resolve the conflict that the Scriptures say that Jesus was born the Christ.
Link to full book: What Does The Bible Really Teach?
Page 38 in What Does The Bible Really Teach: