“The Disgusting Thing…as Spoken About by Daniel”

Let the Reader Use Discernment
--Matthew 24:15--

And they will put into place the disgusting thing that causes desolation. And those who act wickedly against the covenant, he will lead into apostasy by means of smooth words. But the people who know their god will prevail and act effectively. And those having insight among the people will be made to stumble by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plundering, for some days. But when they are made to stumble, they will be given a little help; and many will join them by means of smooth speech. And some of those having insight will be made to stumble, in order to do a refining work because of them and to do a cleansing and a whitening until the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed.”—Daniel 11:31b-35

Contents

Introduction

To Our Second Commentary on developments concerning Jehovah’s People

It was mentioned in the previous commentary, entitled, The Modern Movement of Jehovah’s People: As Revealed in the Holy Scriptures that he who leads into apostasy those who act wickedly against the covenant is the UN (Daniel 11:32). [1] The question is, why would Jehovah’s Witnesses allow themselves to be led into apostasy by the UN? The answer, as the last paper explains, is because of the man of lawlessness, who is identified as a group of people in leadership positions among Jehovah’s Witnesses, particularly members of the Governing Body.

What follows is an outline of the Watchtower’s sketchy dealings with the U.N., the so-called “scarlet-colored wild beast” (Revelation 17:3), and how the Society’s shepherds have dealt treacherously with Jehovah’s sheep (Malachi 2:10). These things are a precursor of what is to follow during the time of the end.

The Watchtower and the Beast

In 1991, the Watchtower Society entered into a 10-year relationship with the United Nations by becoming a U.N. NGO (United Nations non-governmental organization). The Watchtower Society states the purpose of this relationship was to gain access to the Dag Hammarskjöld Library and that there was nothing ill-conceived of the relationship God’s people originally chose to enter into with the earthly representative of God’s enemy. ([2], p. 114)

A person or group of persons who have chosen to be identified as jehovahsjudgments.co.uk has produced a work entitled The Watchtower Society as a United Nations NGO. This work refutes the arguments presented in chapter 11 of Robert King’s book, entitled “Strange Bedfellows,” as well as some arguments that don’t appear in his book, but apparently have been put forth by other people who have an issue with the Watchtower’s dealings with the U.N. Upon reading both of those works, it is apparent that there is much back-and-forth and finger pointing on both sides. Oftentimes things are misquoted and taken out of context.

As an example of this, jehovahsjudgments.co.uk said the following concerning Robert King:

The full story about the Watchtower Society’s NGO status as told by the self-appointed prophet-like “watchman of God”, [sic] Robert King (e-Watchman), goes something like this:

The Governing Body has turned apostate, possibly through infiltration by one-world conspirators (influences from the Masons and the Illuminati back in the 19th century cannot be ruled out). Thankfully, God has raised Robert King (e-Watchman) from Michigan as a prophet, or “watchman” to warn Jehovah’s Witnesses of their impending doom when Jehovah comes to execute and destroy the Society for their apostasy. ([2], p. 81)

Notice in this quote that jehovahsjudgments.co.uk does not actually quote anything from King, but instead chooses to make blanket statements about his position on matters without providing context or reference material from which the reader can perform their own investigation. On top of that, they incorrectly state that Robert has claimed to be like a prophet (their exact words were “self-appointed prophet-like ‘watchman of God.’”1 Throughout his website and discussions, King markedly rejects the title of prophet, or even the notion that, like the prophets, his work contains original inspired revelations about future events [3].

This kind of academic laziness is not one-sided, however. Robert King himself is also guilty of the same thing, as he continuously quotes scriptures and individuals without giving references, or giving academically insufficient references. For example, King states: “Upon investigation it turns out that admittance to the United Nations’ Library was not restricted to NGOs at all, as the Watchtower claims—at least not before September 11, 2001. According to a direct e-mail response from the head librarian’s office at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, temporary passes were originally granted to qualified scholars and researchers without their being representative of an organization with associate NGO status.” As a reference for this, King cites an “E-mail from UN library.”

So what’s wrong with this? First of all, who did the investigation, and where can we find the UN letter? Did King himself undergo this investigation and receive this letter? If so, why does he not produce it for others to verify? If it was someone else’s investigation and he got a hold of the email from another source, what is that source so that others can verify King’s claims?2

Another issue with King’s statement presented above is that it ignores some key information that jehovahsjudgments.co.uk was quick to point out. Namely, that apparently access may have been available to the “main library,” for anyone with a temporary pass, but full access to all the library’s facilities, which include things such as “access to meetings” and “briefings” may have required an NGO pass.([2], p. 27)

Whether or not King had this information while he was writing his book is unknown and besides the point. The real point here is the proliferation of misinformation, which is a result of poor research, poor academic conduct in publications (i.e., accurately citing sources in detail), and assumptions of motive without any evidence to support such assumptions.

An example of this type of assumption by jehovahsjudgments.co.uk is in reference to King as one of “the more clever individuals who twist the evidence, ignore select parts, and exploit emotions in order to promote their own agenda”([2], p. 65). Has King really ignored select parts of materials, or is he just neglectful? Does he exploit emotions to further his agenda, or does he feel as strongly about his points as his target audience? Is jehovahsjudgments.co.uk in the place of God that they can discern the intentions of King’s heart?

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What Does Jehovah Have to Say About the Matter?

Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations ~Rev 2:17~

 Despite all this wrangling, both are missing the bigger picture: What does Jehovah think of all of this? Could it possibly be that Jehovah is thinking about how it is that His earthly organization is in bed with this arch enemy (Satan)? Perhaps He is thinking about how He might “make a reply to him who taunts me” (Proverbs 27:11) when His own people are turning to His taunter’s organization for information and answers. Perhaps He is thinking that if His own people are too stubborn to listen to His command to “separate yourselves […] and quit touching the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:17), then He has no recourse but to use sources other than His own organization to deliver His messages.

Feed My Little Sheep

~John 21:17~

The following is a list of some Awake! articles that make reference to the U.N. during the years that the NGO partnership between the Society and the U.N. was alive:3

  • “The Mediterranean—A Closed Sea with Open Wounds” [4]
  • "Tasty Athletes of the Deep" [5]
  • "Plant Varieties Disappearing—Why?” [6]
  • "A Long Job Finished”4 [7]
  • “A view from the 29th Floor”5 [8]
  • “Human Rights for All—A Worldwide Reality?”6 [9]
  • “Singapore—Asia’s Tarnished Jewel” [10]
  • "Effort to Oust Vatican From UN” [11]

Exactly what kind of food was the Society feeding Jehovah’s sheep with the information it gleaned from God’s enemy? Was it healthy food, or was it junk food? Do these titles sound like things that are important to focus on when preaching the good news of God’s Kingdom?

The fact is, Jehovah’s sheep can do without this food; it is neither nourishing nor nutritious. Jehovah’s flock deserves to be provided with nothing but the very best in spiritual food. If a person regularly partakes of junk food, the body and mind begin to break down. In the same sense, a person can become spiritually anemic if not given proper nourishment from God’s Word.

Take the example of the 1st-century Christians. They had no need to go searching out “filler” information to go preaching (Matthew 10:7). And look at their success, simply by relying on Jehovah’s Spirit and Word (1 Thessalonians 1:3-7). If you examine Jehovah’s Word, the Bible, would the things contained therein not be the things He is concerned with?

Jesus reminds us that, although eating physical food is necessary, it will not provide spiritual nourishment: “Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every word that comes from Jehovah’s mouth” (Matthew 4:4). It is the leaders of Jehovah’s people that are supposed to be providing that spiritual nourishment. We do not need more bread; that is out there in abundance.

Tend to the flocks! Do not go looking in the wolf’s den for assistance in doing your God-given assignment. You don’t need to go to the Dag Hammarskjöld Library for this information; if it is absolutely critical to include the superfluous information in the literature, it is in abundance everywhere.

Get Out From Among Them

A pertinent question to ask is, “Does the Society really need information from this source to feed Jehovah’s sheep?” Is it so horrible that the Watchtower doesn’t get the information from the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (which is probably available from other sources)? Is it not better to omit that information than to disgrace Jehovah’s name by associating with the enemy?

Is the Society following the example of Jesus? Did Jesus go into the enemy’s camp (i.e., the Roman army—the 1st century “disgusting thing”) for information to feed his flock, or did he rely on his Father’s Word to nourish, upbuild, and teach?

The Scriptures exhort us to “get out from among them” and to stay out (“quit touching the unclean thing”) (2 Corinthians 6:17). The Society does not need to seek them out to feed Jehovah’s sheep. Instead, nourish the flock with God’s Word. After all, is it not Jehovah who guided you to his sheep, or do you suppose that was the work of your “junk food?”

The gathering of Jehovah’s sheep is to be done Jehovah’s way, armed with the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s Word (Ephesians 6:17). This is the “good food” He gave us with which to feed his flocks. Thus, have you not failed in your assignment?

Since the Society wants to point the finger at the “apostates,” let’s take a look at the definition of apostasy: “total desertion of one’s professed principles, faith, or party.” Who is more apostate than Jehovah’s own organization, deserting the principles He gave us in His Word:

“‘Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing, and I will take you in’” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

Truly, the Society is not listening: “Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations” (Revelation 2:17).

They Will Refuse to Listen To Me

“With the tongues of Foriegners and with the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, and even then they will refuse to listen to me.”—1 Cor 14:21

The Society claims it has disassociated itself from the UN, because “unbeknown to the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the United Nations published ‘Criteria for Association’, stipulating that affiliated NGO’s are required to support the goals of the United Nations.” ([2], p. 113) What the Society fails to address, however, is the fact that the damage has already been done in Jehovah’s eyes (which is the only viewpoint that matters).

It is because of the damage done by the Society’s association with the UN, along with other damage done by the Society that Jehovah is now turning his back on the Society.

Rather than repenting of their sins and trying to repair the damage (not just the Society’s image), the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to make excuses for their misconduct in an effort to keep Jehovah’s sheep under their yoke, and in their efforts they have scattered some of the flock and brought reproach on Jehovah’s name.

But Jesus has offered his sheep a better way. “Come to me, all you who are toiling and loaded down,” Jesus says, “and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for yourselves. For my yoke is kindly, and my load is light” (Matthew 11:28-30, italics ours). So be forewarned: are you “hot” for the Society, and not Jehovah (Revelation 3:15, 17)?

On Stumbling One’s Brother

By your knowledge the man who is weak is being ruined, your brother for whose sake Christ died. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ—1 Cor.8:11, 12

In their work, on page 77, under the heading “Miscellaneous Questions,” jehovahsjudgments.co.uk poses the following question: “Although there was nothing technically wrong with being an NGO with the DPI7 in 1992, should the Watchtower have not avoided anything to do with the United Nations to avoid stumbling the brothers?” Their answer to this question betrays their complete lack of understanding of the foundation of a Christian’s faith.

Their answer is as follows: “No, because if the requirements had not changed the apostates quoted in The Guardian would have had nothing to exploit, and no one would have been stumbled. The actions of the Society were clearly innocent and it’s [sic] letters regarding the matter honest, as the evidence in this work shows. The ones doing the stumbling are the apostates who twist the situation and present misleading evidence to others. To illustrate: if I start slandering a brother in your congregation by using selective evidence, misapplying quotes, and hiding all contrary evidence, who is doing the stumbling? Is it the brother, or myself?”

The majority of this answer (and the author goes on to explain how the relationship between the Society and the U.N. was innocent) is completely beside the point! Even assuming that the relationship was innocent,8 and also assuming that the “apostates” skewed the evidence, the fact of the matter is that the actual evidence (the fact that the Society did indeed enter into association with the U.N.) is what gave those “apostates” fuel for putting stumbling blocks in front of others. Was Jehovah so impotent that his Holy Spirit was unable to persuade his self-proclaimed Spirit-directed organization to foresee that the very association itself, between the Society and the U.N., regardless of the hypothetical innocence of that association, could prove to be a potential stumbling block for some?

As for whether The Guardian would have had nothing to “exploit” if the requirements had not changed, that’s a lie. The title of the October 8, 2001 article is Jehovah’s Witnesses Link to UN Queried: Sect Accused of Hypocrisy over Association with Organization It Has Demonized In the first three paragraphs, the author states, “The United Nations is being asked to investigate why it has granted associate status to the Jehovah’s Witnesses […] which regards it as the scarlet beast predicted in the Book of Revelation. […] The UN itself admitted yesterday that it was surprised that the sect […] had been accepted on its list of non-governmental orginisations for the last 10 years. A former member said: ‘There is a glaring inconsistency which has emerged between the WTBTS’s frequent portrayal of the UN as an evil organization and its behind-the-scenes attempt to curry favor with the organization.” [12]

While it is true that there is an inconsistency with the article’s statement that the arrangement was made “behind-the-scenes” and the Governing Body’s insistence that the arrangement was never meant to be secret, that was not the point of the article. Based on the title of the article9 and its opening paragraphs, it is clear the intent of the article was to address the hypocrisy, and not the secrecy. That others would have viewed the arrangement as hypocritical would likely have been true regardless of whether the deal was made in secret or publicly.

Jehovahsjudgments.co.uk goes on to quote a brother “who formerly believed the apostate’s conspiracy theory: […] ‘…even if it was not a “wise” move [on the part of the Society], who really caused the stumbling? If apostate propaganda did not exist, extreme elaborated stories and theories, the brothers would have humbly accepted the response the Watchtower Society gave, and gone on with their Christian lives.’”

The first thing that needs to be addressed, is, it does not matter whether or not apostate propaganda got out, there was still harm done to Jehovah’s name. And one way or another, the information would have been revealed anyway, for Jesus’ true disciples on earth today will heed his command: “So do not fear them, for there is nothing covered over that will not become uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I tell you in the darkness, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, preach from the housetops” (Matthew 10:26, 27)

That said, there is a glaring concern with this brother’s statement quoted above. How can you be sure that all the brothers would have humbly accepted the Society’s response if extremist literature had not gotten out? Are you in a position to read people’s hearts and do you know all the facts, so that you can say with 100% certainty that every single person who had heard of the incident and learned of the Society’s response would not have been stumbled? Jesus warns us: “Woe to the man through whom the stumbling block comes. […] What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep and one of them strays, will he not leave the 99 on the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying?” (Matthew 18:7, 12)

The Scriptures clearly warn us to be on the watch that we do not do something, even though we may have the legal right, if it will offend the conscience of a weak brother. Concerning knowledge and the right to choose, the scriptures state:

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up, […]. However, not all have this knowledge. But some, because of their former association with the idol, eat food as something sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. But food will not bring us nearer to God; we are no worse off if we do not eat, nor better off if we eat. But keep watch that your right to choose does not somehow become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone should see you who have knowledge having a meal in an idol temple, will not the conscience of that one who is weak be emboldened to the point of eating food offered to idols? So by your knowledge, the man who is weak is being ruined, your brother for whose sake Christ died” (1 Corinthians 8:1, 7-11, emphasis ours).10

Is this not exactly what has happened? The Society, in their “wisdom” or “knowledge” choose to partake of “spiritual food” in the temple of the scarlet-colored wild beast, and because of their weakness, others were “emboldened” to feast at the “table of demons” by doing research and looking at “apostate” material.11 Is this the example the Society is trying to set for Jehovah’s sheep, whom they have the responsibility of caring for? Not only is the Society setting a bad example for Jehovah’s sheep, but then they have the audacity to condemn those weak sheep for taking the exact action that the Scriptures warned they would if they witnessed that bad example!12

Let Jehovah’s words be a warning for the shepherds, “When you sin against your brother in this way and wound their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ” (1 Corinthians 8:12).

Financing the Watchtower

Or Watchtower Greed

The Society has placed its trust in its riches, rather than in Jehovah, being very careful about spending money and using every assembly and convention as on opportunity to announce ways in which Jehovah’s Witnesses can donate to the Organization. It even goes so far as to gently suggest that its members might want to sign over their valuables and their family inheritances to the Society. In the June 2012 Kingdom Ministry, on page 2, there is a Question Box with the heading “What should be kept in mind if we want some or all of our assets to go to Jehovah’s organization upon our death?” Under the heading, “If You Are Asked to Be a Trustee or Executor:” it states, in no uncertain terms, “Any bequests to a legal entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses are dedicated funds that belong to Jehovah’s organization.” [15]

Concerning the greed of Jehovah’s organization, the prophet Amos says:

They lie on beds of ivory and sprawl out on couches
Eating the rams of the flock and the fattened calves
They improvise songs to the sound of the harp
And like David, they invent musical instruments;
They drink wine by the bowlful
And anoint themselves with the choicest oils
But they are unconcerned with the catastrophe of Joseph
-Amos 6:4-6

While many have foregone higher education and a secular career in order to serve full time at Bethel13, recently Bethel has been downsizing. ([16], p. 365) The two reasons given are: (1) “Technology has simplified the work” and (2) “Workers are available to spend more time preaching.” Concerning the second reason given, officials of the Society state, “Because of the mergers, qualified ministers who had been serving in small branch offices can now concentrate on preaching the good news.” Although the Society does admit that for some who are “reassigned to the preaching activity, […] adjusting [their] lifestyle to suit the new circumstances [is] a challenge.” In other words, individuals may not be economically or financially prepared to leave a place that had once been their refuge. [17]

Insightfully, King notes: “But the Bethel princes certainly do not live in poverty. It is as if they are sprawling on couches of ivory and enjoying the finest foods—killing the fattened calves, as it were; improvising their kingdom melodies, like David; living in palatial surroundings, enjoying all the accruements of presiding at the headquarters of Jehovah’s earthly organization; going about their service using the choicest anointing oils; unconcerned that Jehovah’s people under their oversight have been made spiritually sick.” ([16], p. 366)

To illustrate the palatial nature of the Watchtower estate, the Society has decided to move its printing operation and Bethel headquarters out of Brooklyn (the new headquarters is to be located in Warwick, NY and the printing operation is in Wallkill, NY). For this move, the sale of a single complex alone included five building. [18] The Society has also sold an entire hotel in New York, which was used to house former Bethel workers until the Society’s consolidation. [19]

Another example of the Society’s greed is their shutting down of a “massive branch office in Spain.” And moving the printing operation to Germany because the Spanish government was going to require the Society to provide retired Bethel volunteers a small pension14. More information on this can be found in the article Spanish JW’s Upset Over Bethel Move on the website of freelance writer, Anthony Mathenia, along with the letter sent from the Governing Body to Spain informing them of the close, as well as a document by the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security outlining the investigation that led to the government’s decision to require the pensions. [20]

The question is, who do the Society’s funds belong to, Jehovah, or the organization? Are the funds really dedicated to the organization, or are they dedicated to Jehovah? This is a pertinent question to ask in light of the Society’s willingness to sell off buildings that were dedicated to Jehovah. If a slave is put in charge of his master’s belongings, do you expect the master would be happy if, upon returning, the belongings were sold off?

The fact is, the Society is not relying on Jehovah, it is relying on its own ability to raise revenue through the “charitable donations” of its members. As mentioned above, the Society has even gone so far as to suggest that individuals may want to sign over their family inheritances to the organization. Yet another example of this is described in the December 2014 study edition of the Watchtower, which enumerates ways in which a person might donate to the organization, including ways other than outright money donations. The following is a list of the magazine’s suggestions:

  1. Insurance: A donation made by specifying an entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or a retirement/pension plan.”
  2. Bank Accounts: Bank accounts, certificates of deposit, or individual retirement accounts set up as a trust or made payable on death to an entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in accord with local bank requirements.”
  3. Stocks and Bonds: Stocks and bonds donated to an entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses as an outright gift or by means of a written agreement to transfer on death.”
  4. Real Estate: Salable real estate donated to an entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses, either by making an outright gift or, in the case of residential property, by reserving a life estate to the donor, who can continue to live in the residence during his or her lifetime.”
  5. Gift Annuity: Money or securities donated to an entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses under an arrangement where the donor received a specified annuity payment every year for life. The donor may receive an income-tax deduction for the year in which the gift annuity is established.”
  6. Wills and Trusts: Property or money may be bequeathed to an entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses by means of a legally executed will or by specifying the entity as the beneficiary of a trust agreement. This arrangement may provide certain tax advantages.” [21]

The supporting Scripture for this article is 1 Corinthians 16:2, which states: “On the first day of every week, each of you should set something aside according to his own means, so that collections will not take place when I arrive.” What the Society is asking of its members certainly goes beyond what Paul said. Is it not enough for people to “set something aside” each week?

Paul never asked a single person to, or even suggested that anyone should, give up their inheritances. Rather, he asked people to set aside something “according to his own means.” By annually reminding the people of how they might want to give, the leadership is robbing the people of the opportunity to give from their heart, so that instead, people give because they are pressured into doing so.

This is not the work of an organization that’s relying on Jehovah, it is an act of greed. While it is true that Jehovah commanded Moses to take up a contribution “from every person whose heart moves him,” and even specified exactly what types of contributions to accept (Exodus 25:2-7), consider the following question: Where exactly did the materials come from that Jehovah commanded Moses to collect?

Did the contributions come from wealth that the Israelites acquired on their own? No, the Israelites asked the Egyptians for their possessions “and Jehovah gave the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians” (Exodus 11:2-3). Jehovah knew that the Israelites were going to need those materials, and he also knew that the Israelites had no real possessions of their own, because they were coming out of slavery. Did Jehovah ask his already impoverished people to give from what little they did have in order to burden his people even more? No! Jehovah went so far to provide for his people that he made the enemy of his people, the Egyptians, hand over their riches! What a stark contrast between the way Jehovah cares for His people and the way the Society has cared for His sheep! Jehovah can certainly provide for His own people!

Note what John has to say at Revelation 3:14-18:

“’To the angel of the congregation of Laodicea write: These are the things that the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or else hot. So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich and have acquired many riches and do not need anything at all,’ but you do not know that you are miserable and pitiful and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may become dressed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be exposed, and eyesalve to rub in your eyes so that you may see.”’”

Footnotes

1 In another place in their work, jehovahsjudgments.co.uk states directly: “Robert King of Michigan, USA believes himself to be a ‘watchman’, [sic] or prophet of God” ([2], p. 65).

2We are not here suggesting that King’s claims are inaccurate, but merely that his references and citations do not hold up to academic scrutiny.

3 These articles and many, many more can be found by searching the term “United Nations” on the Watchtower Library CD-ROM (2013 Edition).

4 Note that this article actually borders on praising the UN for its human rights efforts. Notice some of the points highlighted in the article: “Writer and Nobel Prize Winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn called the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights] the ‘best document’ ever written by the UN. A glance at its contents shows why many agree. […] Since its adoption, the Universal Declaration has been translated into over 200 languages and has become a part of the constitutions of many countries. Today, however, some leaders feel that the Declaration needs to be rewritten. But UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan disagrees. One UN official quotes him as saying, ‘Just as there is no need to rewrite the Bible or Koran, there is no need to adjust the Declaration. What needs to be adjusted is, not the text of the Universal Declaration, but the behavior of its disciples’” [7]

5 This article is an interview between a UN official and an Awake! staff writer, who actually sought out the interview and accepted the opportunity to enter the official’s office on the 29th floor of the UN building. The purpose of the interview, as stated in the article, was to look “back on five decades of human rights activities” of the UN. [8]

6 While the focus of this article is on the preaching and teaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses, there are many parallels drawn in this article between the Witnesses’ work and the work of the UN in human rights. This raises the question: why?

7 DPI stands for Department of Public Information. Unlike NGOs associated with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which have “consultative status” within the UN, the role of DPI NGOs is the dissemination of information about the UN ([2], p.8-12).

8 This assumption is hypothetical and does not imply that the writers of this work believe there was anything at all innocent about the association, after all, how could any association with God’s enemy be innocent?

9 Quoted in the previous paragraph.

10 As a side note, the Watchtower itself admits the following concerning weak consciences: “In view of the fact that in order to make proper evaluations a conscience must be fully and accurately trained in God’s Word, an untrained conscience may be weak, that is, it may be easily and unwisely suppressed, or the person may become offended by the actions or words of others, even in instances where no wrongdoing may exist” ([13], p. 501) (emphasis ours)

11 The material presented here will surely be considered apostate by the Society, and as such, will be viewed as being from the “table of the demons” (1 Corinthians 10:21)

12 Another thing to consider is this: If Jesus cleaned the organization back in 1919, as the Society claims ([14], p. 11-12), why do these stumbling blocks still exist?

13 It is well noted that the Society uses the Bible’s exhortation to “keep on […] seeking first the Kingdom” (Matthew 6:33) to persuade individuals to pursue positions of stature within the organization in lieu of learning practical skills needed to support one’s self financially.

14 As a sidenote, King notes: "What makes this move potentially disheartening to the Spanish brothers is that the work of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Catholic Spain was not even legally recognized until the early 1970’s, and the first kingdom hall was not even dedicated until the Society gained legal status then. So the brothers and sisters in Spain were thrilled when they received the news that a branch office was going to be built in their country.” ([16], p. 366)

Works Cited

[1] Jehovah's Word. 2015. "The Modern Movement of Jehovah's People: As Revealed in the Holy Scriptures." Religious Commentary, Pennsylvania.

[2] jehovahsjudgments.co.uk. 2007. "The Watchtower Society As A United Nations NGO: a critical look at the conspiracy theory." jehovahsjudgments.co.uk. November. Accessed December 9, 2014. http://www.jehovahsjudgment.co.uk/watchtower-un-ngo/pdf/Watchtower%20NGO%20-%20A4%20-%20November%202007.pdf.

[3] King, Robert. 2013. "Will God raise up a prophet in our day?" The Watchman's Post. August 15. Accessed January 18, 2015. http://e-watchman.com/watchman-of-ephraim/.

[4] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 1999. "The Mediterranean--A Closed Sea With Open Wounds." Awake!, January 8: 14-17.

[5] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 1999. "Tasty Athletes of the Deep." Awake!, September 22: 16-18.

[6] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 1998. "Plant Varieties Disappearing--Why?" Awake!, January 22: 31.

[7] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 1998. "A Long Job Finished." Awake!, November 22: 3-5.

[8] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 1998. "A View From the 29th Floor." Awake!, November 22: 6-7.

[9] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.1998. "Human Rights for All--A Worldwide Reality!" Awake!, November 22: 12-14.

[10] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 1997. "Singapore--Asia's Tarnished Jewel." Awake!, June 8: 21-26.

[11] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 2000. "Effort to Oust Vatican From UN." Awake!, October 22: 31.

[12] The Guardian. 2001. "Jehovah's Witnesses link to UN queried: Sect accused of hypocrisy over association with organisation it has demonised." theguardian. October 8. Accessed December 27, 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/oct/08/religion.world.

[13] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. <1 href="http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/lv/r1/lp-e/0/129" target="_blank">Insight on the Scriptures. Vol. 1. 2 vols. Brooklyn, New York: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.

[14] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 2013. "Look! I Am With You All The Days". The Watchtower: Anouncing Jehovah's Kingdom, July 15: 9-14.

[15] Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. 2012. "Question Box: What should be kept in mind if we want to donate some or all of our assets to Jehovah's organization upon our death?" Our Kingdom Ministry, June: 2

[16] King, Robert. 2009. "Jehovah Himself Has Become King: A Primer for the Apocalypse." Jehovah Himself Has Become King. Accessed December 5, 2014. http://www.jehovah-is-king.com/-pdf/Jehovah%20Himself%20Has%20Become%20King.pdf.

Update on this citation: Robert King's website is in constant flux. He has made a new pdf version of his book available: http://jehovah-is-king.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jehovah-Has-Become-King.pdf. The page references in the body of this text do not necessarily match up to the pages in this updated version. We have a saved copy of the original pdf version of his book available upon request.

[17] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 2012. "Branch Offices of Jehovah’s Witnesses Consolidated." JW.org. September. Accessed January 12, 2015. http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/bethel/jehovahs-witnesses-office-consolidation/.

[18] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 2013. 2013. "Jehovah’s Witnesses Sign Agreement to Sell Complex of Buildings in Brooklyn." JW.org. July 10. Accessed January 12, 2015. http://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/united-states/jehovahs-witnesses-sign-agreement-to-sell-buildings/.

[19] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 2013. "Jehovah’s Witnesses Sell the Former Hotel Bossert." JW.org. January 1. Accessed January 12, 2015. http://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/united-states/jehovahs-witnesses-sell-hotel-bossert/.

[20] Mathenia, Anthony. 2009. "Spanish JW’s Upset Over Bethel Move." Anthony Mathenia. Accessed January 9, 2015. http://www.anthonymathenia.com/spanish-jws-upset-over-bethel-move/.

[21] Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 2014. "How Some Choose to Contribute to the Worldwide Work." The Watchtower: Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom, December 15: 5.