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Does the New World Translation say “Jesus Is God”?

3  He is the reflection of God’s glorye and the exact representation of his very being,f and he sustains all things by the word of his power. And after he had made a purification for our sins,g he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.h Hebrews 1:3 (NWT)

 

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)

 

Even though the Jehovah Wittnesses teach that Jesus is not God and He is just an angel, their Bible translation (New World Translation) says a different thing. As we read Hebrews 1, we see that Jesus is the exact representation or image of Jehovah. Now ask yourself who else in the Bible is described as an exact representation of God?

 

 4  So he has become better than the angelsi to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.j Hebrews 1:4 (NWT)

 

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:4 (KJV)

 

Now heres an interesting thing, the JW’s teach that Jesus is Michael the Archangel, however the Bible, including their translation, says that Jesus is greater than all the angels. The Bible does not teach that Jesus is Michael the Angel or that Jesus is an Angel at all. 

 

5  For example, to which one of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; today I have become your father”?k And again: “I will become his father, and he will become my son”?l  Hebrews 1:5 (NWT)

 

For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:5 (KJV)

 

In fact the Bible teaches, including the New World Translation , that Jesus is the Son of God not an Angel. In fact the scripture says that Jehovah never called any of the angels one of his Sons

 

But about the Son, he says: “God is your thronep forever and ever, and the scepter of your Kingdom is the scepter of uprightness. Hebrews 1:8 (NWT)

 

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:8 (KJV)

 

Now this scripture is the final nail, right here it states the Son (Jesus ) is God. Even the New World Translation declares the Son is God! Now for those who might say this is out of context or a misinterpretation, what scripture is being referenced right here? Its a direct quote from Psalm 45:6

 

 God is your throne forever and ever;nThe scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness. Psalm 45:6 (NWT)

 

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Psalm 45:6 (KJV)

 

If the JW is going to say this out of context, then why would the Holy Spirit quote Psalm 45:6 in the context of Hebrews 1:8 of the Son Jesus Christ? Either the Bible is inspired by God or its not

 

The Bible is clear, even in the New World Translation, that Jesus Is God

Can You Lose Your Salvation?

Can You Lose Your Salvation?

Jehovah Witnesses teach that you can lose your salvation from Jesus Christ. But is this Biblical? Lets take a look at the scriptures JW’s use to support there case. While JW’s are not the only Christians who take this stance, typically this belief is built upon “works based” salvation

https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/what-is-salvation/

However the interesting thing is the Jehovah Witnesses state that salvation cant be earned and is not works based. Therefor the first question is how are people losing their salvation then, if its not works based? What do you have to do to “lose” your salvation?

The scripture JW.org put to support their position is Jude 1:3

 Beloved ones, although I was making every effort to write you about the salvation we hold in common,d I found it necessary to write you to urge you to put up a hard fight for the faithe that was once for all time delivered to the holy ones Jude 1:3 (NWT)

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 1:3 (KJV)

Now to understand the book of Jude, we need to read the entire book of Jude, which is only 1 Chapter. When we pick and choose scriptures, it becomes dangerous because we don’t get the entire context of the scripture.

So reading the entire Chapter of Jude, do we see Born Again Christians eventually denying the faith and becoming dead in their sin again? No what we see is Gods sovereign Free Will being demonstrated to the entire world including Angels. Just because you have knowledge of God doesn’t mean you are saved. The fallen Angels (Jude 1:6) had more revelation about God then we did, however choose to reject God and follow their sinful lust instead of God.

Just because you belong to a religion or group, such as Jehovah Witnesses, doesn’t mean you are saved. Jesus said “You must become Born Again to see the Kingdom of Heaven “ (John 3:3) This is a spiritual transformation not a religious experience.

Read Matthew 25:31-46

All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:32 (NWT)

 

And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: Matthew 25:32 (KJV)

Jesus taught the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, where Jesus will divide the saved from the condemned. Jesus explains there are some who acknowledge Jesus as Lord but didn’t really know him. Just because we have knowledge about God doesn’t mean we are saved.

Just as Jude used the Israelites as an example and the Angels. There were many at Mt Sinai who witnessed Gods power and glory, however they choose to worship a Golden Calf and were condemned, why? Because they never had faith in God to begin with, they never believed in their hearts truly.

So what about our salvation, can we lose it? Well that would imply we have the power to save ourselves. How can we lose something we personally cant obtain ourselves? Secondly God is not dangling a carrot in front of us, saying your saved, now your not, now your saved….This is why a lot of people who believe in a works based salvation usually become Atheists. Because they are trying to maintain a salvation that is unattainable. Only Christ can save you!

Therefore, those in union with Christ Jesus have no condemnation.a  For the law of the spirit that gives life in union with Christ Jesus has set you freeb from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:1-2 (NWT)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 (KJV)

The Apostle Paul makes it clear, there is no condemnation for those in Jesus Christ! If you are truly Born Again and have a relationship with Christ, you are saved, period! Jesus has set you free from sin and death, either we believe the Bible or we don’t.

It’s a salvation that was earned by Christ on the cross, not by our works! Put your faith in Jesus and not yourself! This is the gospel!

 

 

Is The Trinity Biblical?

Is The Trinity Biblical?

One of the beliefs that separates JW’s from most Christian sects is they don’t believe that God is Triune. They believe that only Jehovah the Father is God and Jesus the Son was just a created angel Michael. They also believe that the Holy Spirit is not separate but Jehovah’s power. So lets take a look at the scriptures JW’s use to defend this position:

https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/trinity/

 

 “Listen, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah. Deuteronomy 6:4 (NWT)

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Deuteronomy 6:4 (NKJV)

Now I’m sure many who read this think it’s a slam-dunk here right? But first lets read this scripture carefully, the phrasing the English translation can be confusing. As with the New World Translation is states “Jehovah our God is One Jehovah”, now that doesn’t really make sense does it? Jehovah is the name of God the Father, right? Then how can God be one Jehovah? Theres obviously a phrasing issue here when translating from English, in all fairness the KJV has the same weird phrasing

When we look at the NKJV translation it makes more sense, that Jehovah is One. Ok but does that mean that God is only One? No its saying the Father is One. Just like saying Jesus is the Only Begotten Son, The Son is One also.

30  I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 (NWT)

I and My Father are one.” John 10:30 (NKJV)

 

Jesus said that He and Jehovah are One also. So if you believe that only Jehovah is God, then either Jesus is a liar or maybe you misinterpret the context of the scripture. There is only One Father, there is only One Son, and there is only One Holy Spirit but together they are all One

Another point we need to remember, in the Old Testament , the Son Jesus has yet to be revealed. So if Jehovah stated him and Jesus were One God, would anyone have understood what he was talking about? No because this is the Old Covenant still, they are not in the New Covenant yet with Christ

18  May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah,vYou alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 (NWT)

That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 (NKJV)

First thing, again this scripture is from the Old Covenant, Jesus the Son has yet to be revealed to the world. Therefor if Jehovah mentioned Jesus , they would have no idea what he was talking about. Secondly, one of the main failures to understanding the Trinity is not understanding the roles. The Father , Son , and Holy Spirit are separate but in unity as God

Is there anything wrong with saying Jehovah is above Jesus? No Jesus himself says “The Father is greater Than I” (John 14:28) As a Trinitarian we understand that the Father is greater than the Son. There is an order to the Triunity of God. We must also remember the context of the scripture. At this point Jesus was a human. Of course the Father would be greater than him. This would be the same in the design of a family, the Father would be above the son. Does that mean Jesus isn’t God no? It means there are roles within the Triunity of God

For a child has been born to us,dA son has been given to us;And the rulership* will rest on his shoulder.eHis name will be called Wonderful Counselor,f Mighty God,g Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NWT)

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

If were going to believe scripture, then scripture is very clear Jesus is God. This prophecy of Isaiah 9:6 is very clear. You might not understand how Jesus could be God or how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit coexist but that doesn’t mean its not true

Another mistake is the generic use of the word “God”, when we say God who are we talking about? Most assume we are referencing The Father, however it can also be in reference to the Son or Holy Spirit. Or it could be a reference to all three. See God is a title not a name.

For more information on the Trinity, please check out my site at https://unashamedofjesus.org/trinity/

Is Jesus actually Michael The Archangel?

 

The Watchtower teaches that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are the same person? Is this Biblical? Could Jesus possibly only be an Angel? Lets first take a look at the scriptures the Watchtower mentions, here is a link to their article

https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/bible-teach/who-is-michael-the-archangel-jesus/

 

because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’su voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.v 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NWT)

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV)

The Watchtower claims because the scriptures say “with a voice of the archangel” that means its identifying Jesus as Michael. First off, if God wanted to make this known, don’t you think he would have stated Jesus is Michael? Why would Jesus be called the Only Begotten Son if he is also an Archangel?

Secondly the scripture here doesn’t say “Jesus is the Archangel” the scripture says with a voice of the archangel. Would be the same when the Bible describes Jesus voice as the sound of many waters (Revelation 1:15) does that mean Jesus is a body of water? No its make a description and figurative speech, same as calling his voice like an archangel. Probably meaning power and authority.

But when Miʹcha·elo the archangelp had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about Moses’ body,q he did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms,r but said: “May Jehovah* rebuke you.” Jude 1:9 (NWT)

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. Jude 1:9 (KJV)

Here is the other scripture the JW’s try to prove Jesus is Michael, the ironic thing is the scripture is very clear that Michael is the ArchAngel. Nowhere in this scripture does it reference Jesus being Michael. Now they try to tie together Jude 1:9  with 1 Thessalonians 4:16, but does that make any sense? Because Jesus makes a sound of an Archangel, does that mean he is the Archangel?

Secondly comparing these scriptures , shows you how inconsistent they are in their translation. In Jude 1:9 they translate the original Greek Kyrios as Jehovah. Anyone with basic Greek knows Kyrios is translated as Lord. However in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 they translate Kyrios as Lord correctly, so why are they not consistent in their English translation of Kyrios?

 

So he has become better than the angelsi to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.j  For example, to which one of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; today I have become your father”?k And again: “I will become his father, and he will become my son”? Hebrews 1:4-5 (NWT)

 

 

 

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:4-5 (KJV)

Now when we read in Hebrews , Jesus is greater than ALL the angels and is the Only Begotten Son of God. How can Jesus be an Angel if He is greater than all the angels? Also Begotten means unique and One of a Kind, there is no one like Jesus.

To say Jesus is Michael the Arch Angel would contradict scripture and demote the position and authority of Christ. The real question I have to ask here, is why is the Watchtower pushing this doctrine if its not crystal clear?

Is Jesus The First Horseman?

Is Jesus the First Horseman?

Who is the first horseman in Revelation? The Watchtower teaches that the first horseman is Jesus Christ himself, but is this Biblical? Does this idea line up with the rest of scripture? Lets take a look:

When we compare Revelation 6 with Matthew 24, the answer is clear:

 

And I saw when the Lamba opened one of the seven seals,b and I heard one of the four living creaturesc say with a voice like thunder: “Come!”  And I saw, and look! a white horse,d and the one seated on it had a bow; and a crown was given him,e and he went out conquering and to complete his conquest.f Revelation 6:1-2 (NWT)

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV)

Now the first contradiction you’ll see here in scripture is the Lamb (Jesus) opens the seals. So if Jesus is supposed to be the first horseman as the JW’s state, why is he also opening his own seal? Not saying that it would be impossible for Jesus to do this, but does it really make logical sense?

Second we notice the rider of the first horse is carrying a bow, The bow in the Bible is also symbolic for deceit , reference (Psalm 64:3-4, Hosea 7:16, Jeremiah 9:3, Psalm 78:56-57)

Next lets take a look at Jesus teachings from Matthew 24 known as the Olivet Discourse. You will notice Jesus teachings line up perfectly with the four horseman prophecies in Revelation 6

 In answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads you,e  for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.f Matthew 24:4-5 (NWT)

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:4-5 (KJV)

Jesus is going to give the 4 signs of the end, notice how that lines up with the 4 Horseman. The first sign (Horseman) is the Anti-Christ. Now we can argue if the AntiChrist is one person or a group of people, however the point here is the first horseman is about deception. This would guarantee the first horseman is not Jesus himself

You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet.g Matthew 24:6 (NWT)

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6 (KJV)

When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creatureg say: “Come!”  Another came out, a fiery-colored horse, and it was granted to the one seated on it to take peace away from the earth so that they should slaughter one another, and he was given a great sword.h Revelation 6:3-4 (NWT)

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. Revelation 6:3-4 (KJV)

If you compare Matthew 24 and Revelation 6, you see they line up perfectly and the second sign and horseman is war

When he opened the third seal,i I heard the third living creaturej say: “Come!” And I saw, and look! a black horse, and the one seated on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  I heard what sounded like a voice in the midst of the four living creatures say: “A quart* of wheat for a de·narʹi·us*k and three quarts of barley for a de·narʹi·us; and do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”l Revelation 6:5-6 (NWT)

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. Revelation 6:5-6 (KJV)

For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom,h and there will be food shortagesi and earthquakes in one place after another.j Matthew 24:7 (NWT)

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Matthew 24:7 (KJV)

Notice Revelation and Matthew line up as the third sign and horse will be famine

When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creaturem say: “Come!”  And I saw, and look! a pale horse, and the one seated on it had the name Death. And the Grave* was closely following him. And authority was given them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a long sword and with food shortagen and with deadly plague and by the wild beasts of the earth.o Revelation 6:7-8 (NWT)

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:7-8 (KJV)

Then people will hand you over to tribulationk and will kill you,l and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name.m Matthew 24:9 (NWT)

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Matthew 24:9 (KJV)

The 4th Horseman/Sign is Death. Notice Jesus talks about how his followers will be killed for his name. Another thing to notice throughout all the seals, Jesus opened every seal.

The fact that many people , including the Jehovah Wittnesses, are deceived that the First Horseman is Christ, shows you how deceptive the Anti Christ will be. When he comes many will believe He is the Christ, but he is actually the Son of Perdition (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

In Revelation 19, we see Jesus riding on a white horse and the assumption is made that he is also the first horseman. But there are many differences between the two:

  1. The Anti Christ is carrying a bow (deceit) while Jesus is carrying a sword (Rev 19: 15)
  2. The Anti Christ is riding on Earth, while Jesus was riding from Heaven (Rev 19:11)
  3. The Anti Christ has one crown on his head, Jesus has many crowns on his head (Rev 19:12)
  4. The Anti Christ is not identified while Jesus is clearly identified as the Word of God (Rev 19:13)
  5. The Anti Christ is alone while Jesus is followed by many followers also on horses (Rev 19:14)
  6. The Anti Christ does not have a scepter while Jesus rules with a rod of Iron (Rev 19:15)
  7. The Anti Christ has no identification while Jesus is clearly identified as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords ( Rev 19:16)

 

Please also reference : Zechariah 6, Ezekiel 14:20-21

Did Jesus Return in 1914?

Did Jesus return in 1914?

The Jehovah Witnesses teach that Jesus returned to Earth on 1914, did this really happen? If Jesus did return to Earth, why hasn’t anyone seen him? Didn’t Jesus say that everyone would seem him when he returned?

https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/bible-teach/1914-significant-year-bible-prophecy/

 

Look! He is coming with the clouds,o and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.p Yes, Amen. Revelation 1:7 (NWT)

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7 (KJV)

In Revelation it clearly shows us when Christ returns that every eye will see him. That means everyone in the world will know when Jesus returns to Earth, it won’t be a secret. If Christ did return in 1914, why was it not historically documented anywhere? Not to mention, when Christ returns this will kickstart the judgement of the world according to the Bible

Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened,f and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.g 30  Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief,h and they will see the Son of mani coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.*j Matthew 24:29-30 (NWT)

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:29-30 (KJV)

Jesus teaches us that after the tribulation He will return. Did we go through the tribulation yet? Of course not. As we read further the sun will be darkened and stars will fall from Heaven, was any of this recorded during 1914? No, there is no historical record of any event happening

Next Jesus tells us again everyone will see Christ in the sky and everyone on Earth will mourn. Again was there any historical record of anyone seeing Jesus in 1914. Again the Bible is clear when Christ returns the entire world will see him

36  “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows,o neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father Matthew 24:36 (NWT)

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:36 (KJV)

Jesus goes on to teach that “Nobody” knows the day or hour when Christ will return except the Father. The fact that the JW’s are claiming Christ returned on 1914 is not only wrong, but Biblically it makes them a heretic

So why are the JW’s pushing this doctrine when it clearly didn’t happen and is not Biblical?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Tower_Society_unfulfilled_predictions

Because their founder Charles Taze Russell made false prophecies, so rather than the Watchtower rebuke his false teachings, they conformed their doctrine to fit his false prophecies

Do Jehovah Witnesses Partake in Communion?

Do Jehovah Witnesses partake in Communion?

Once I attended a “Memorial Service” after being invited by the Jehovah Witnesses. Typically this event occurs on Nissan 14 or Passover, which is the day believed that Jesus had the Lords Supper with his disciples before being arrested and crucified.

The service for the most part seemed normal, until it came time for Communion. While the elders passed around the elements (Bread and Wine) everyone refused to partake in communion. This left me bewildered, and I had to research their reasoning for this. As we see from the JW.org website, only the 144,000 are in the “New Covenant” therefor they are the only ones who can partake in communion

https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/lords-supper/

This obviously brings some questions:

  1. If the majority of JW’s are not in the New Covenant, how are they saved?
  2. Jesus commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of Him”, if they are rejecting communion, are they not rejecting Christ?
  3. Where in the Bible does it state the 144,000 should only take Communion?
  4. Where in the Bible does it state the 144,000 are the only ones in the New Covenant?

Next I would like to take a look at some scriptures and compare it to there NWT (New Word Translation)

16  The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of the Christ?v The loaf that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of the Christ?w 17  Because there is one loaf, we, although many, are one body,x for we are all partaking of that one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NWT)

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (KJV)

The Apostle Paul taught pretty deeply about Communion , mostly referenced 1 Corinthians 10 and 11. Here we see in both translations, we ALL partake in Communion. Even in the NWT this is very clear, there is no teaching here that only specific Christians are to partake in Communion.

Notice the Body of Christ (Christians) are One united body. Communion is an outward expression of that unity in Christ. Refusal to take Communion as a Believer, is almost the denunciation of professing Christ as Lord

And as they continued eating, he took a loaf, said a blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “Take it; this means my body.”x 23  And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, and they all drank out of it.y 24  And he said to them: “This means my ‘bloodz of the covenant,’a which is to be poured out in behalf of many.b Mark 14:22-24 (NWT)

And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Mark 14:22-24 (KJV)

In both translations, Jesus clearly says that his body and blood was poured out for many. Jesus didn’t say his offering was only for the 144,000. Jesus also says the blood is the sign of his New Covenant. Anyone who is saved by Christ is in his New Covenant. Jesus never says that only the 144,000 are in his Covenant. Secondly if you profess to be a Christian and are not in the New Covenant, how are you saved? Are you under the Mosaic Law then?

28  First let a man approve himself after scrutiny,y and only then let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup. 29  For the one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment against himself 1 Corinthians 11:28-29 (NWT )

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 1 Corinthians 11:28-29 (KJV)

Here the Apostle Paul teaches that we should examine ourselves before partaking in Communion. Meaning if we should examine our relationship with Christ or have any unrepented sin, before we take Communion we should make sure we are coming to the Lords Table with pure intentions. Paul never says that only the 144,000 are to partake in Communion. As Paul says “Let them partake”

19  Also, he took a loaf,m gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body,n which is to be given in your behalf.o Keep doing this in remembrance of me.”p 20  Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenantq by virtue of my blood,r which is to be poured out in your behalf.s Luke 22:19-20 (NWT)

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20 (KJV)

Jesus clearly commands us to “Do this in remembrance of Him” Anyone who refuses Communion as a Christian is clearly defying the Lords commands. Nowhere in the New Testament does it state that Communion is optional or only specific to the 144,000

In fact if you truly have a personal relationship with Christ, you would want to partake in Communion to be in fellowship with him

 

 

 

 

Who Did Jesus tell us to worship?

Who did Jesus tell us to worship?

Talking to a Jehovah Witness the other day, and he quoted Matthew 4:10 as proof Jesus is not God. So lets compare the scripture

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10  (KJV)

Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship,j and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’ Matthew 4:10 (NWT)

When we compare this scripture between the New Word Translation vs other English translations, theres a big difference. Notice in the NWT it seems pretty clear to worship Jehovah only, but is that what the original Greek text says?

The original Greek word is Kyrion which in English always translates to Lord. Jehovah would not be a correct translation here. His response was “Well what scripture is Jesus quoting”? Ok fair enough, as we see Jesus is actually quoting Deuteronomy 6:13 lets compare this scripture

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.  Deuteronomy 6:13 (KJV)

13  Jehovah your God you should fear,m and him you should serve,n and by his name you should swear. Deuteronomy 6:13 (NWT)

So when we look at the original Hebrew , it is Yahweh here so it can be correctly translated as Jehovah. However if we agree that Jesus is quoting this scripture in Matthew 4:10, think about what Jesus is revealing.

Jesus didn’t use the word Yahweh when rebuking Satan, he used Lord. I think we can all agree Jesus is the Lord. So Jesus essentially is mentioning himself where in Deuteronomy Yahweh is. Therefor I actually think by the Jehovah Witnesses exploiting this scripture, there actually proving that Jesus declared himself God

The New Word Translation incorrectly translates Kyrion as Jehovah in Matthew. You don’t have to be a Greek scholar to know that’s an incorrect translation.

Did Jehovah Create Jesus?

Did Jehovah Create Jesus?

According to the Watchtower , https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/wp20130301/when-jesus-created-why-son/

at some point Jehovah created Jesus. Is this really true? Are there scriptures that back up this claim? As we read Genesis there is no mention of Jehovah creating Jesus, in fact the Bible tells us they made creation together. (Genesis 1:26)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26 (KJV)

26  Then God said: “Let us  make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.”a  Genesis 1:26-28 (NWT)

According to the KJV and the New World Translation they both agree that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were all present during the creation of everything. So when does the Bible say Jehovah created Jesus? The JWs reference a scripture taught by the Apostle Paul Colossians 1:15-16

 

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Colossians 1:15-16 (KJV)

15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16  because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible,whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him Colossians 1:15-16  (NWT)

My first thought is if Jesus was created why wasn’t this mentioned anywhere in the Bible except for possibly here? If Jesus  our Lord was created , don’t you think this would be something God would want us to know! This teaching by Paul was directed specifically to a group of Christians in Colossae

Second as we compare the translations of scriptures , we see it says in KJV “For by Him (Jesus) All Things were created” However in NWT its says “For by means of Him all Other Things were created”, this is a big difference in context

The main question is probably what does the context of the scripture mean “Firstborn of all creation”? If we continue reading the entire chapter we see it says “He (Jesus) is before All Things “ (Col 1:17) “He (Jesus) Is The Beginning” (Eternal)(Col 1:18), “Firstborn from the dead” (Resurrection) (Col 1:18)  “Gods fullness dwelled in Him (Jesus) (Deity) (1:19)

So in this full chapter we see it says Jesus is Eternal, Resurrected, and is Deity. Firstborn of every creature would make sense to mean because of his atonement and resurrection, we can have eternal life, become Born Again because of Christ

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:7-8 (KJV)

 Look! He is coming with the clouds,o and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.p Yes, Amen. I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,”*q says Jehovah* God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:7-8 (NWT)

This is very interesting, if we compare the passages here, obviously its talking about Jesus returning in the clouds , who was pierced (crucified), and Jesus says he is the beginning and the end (Eternal)

However the NWT says that Jehovah is making these statements?  Was Jehovah the one who was crucified? No then why does the NWT translate (Kyrios) (Lord) as Jehovah? This is a blatantly obvious mistake. Its clear here Jesus is declaring that He is Eternal

I think the JWs case that Jesus was created is very weak and obviously very flawed when you compare the context and the original Greek

Did Jesus Call Us Gods?

Did Jesus call us Gods?

One response Jehovah Witnesses will have to their translation of John 1:1 , is that Jesus has called us all Gods. So lets take a look at the context of this scripture in KJV and NWT

 

The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? John 10:33-36  (KJV)

 The Jews answered him: “We are stoning you, not for a fine work, but for blasphemy;d for you, although being a man, make yourself a god.” 34  Jesus answered them: “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said: “You are gods”’?e 35  If he called ‘gods’f those against* whom the word of God came—and yet the scripture cannot be nullified— 36  do you say to me* whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’ John 10:33-36  (NWT)

Here when we compare the two translations, we see a little difference. KJV has Jesus declaring he is God, while NWT says Jesus is only a God. This is a big difference as we see Jesus response stating the Pharisees are “gods”. Therefor the NWT would be making Jesus equal with the Pharisees, while KJV would be stating Jesus is deity over the Pharisees

Jesus is quoting Psalm 82, lets compare these to get the context of the scripture

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. Psalms 82:6-8 (KJV)

  “I have said, ‘You are gods,*jAll of you are sons of the Most High.   But you will die just as men do;kAnd like any other prince you will fall!’”l   Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,mFor all the nations belong to you.  Psalms 82:6-8 (NWT)

Basically the two translations are in agreement with each other here, but what is the context of the scripture? The scripture is referencing “Divine Authority”on Earth. Such as the religious leaders (Pharisees) that Jesus was addressing in John 10

But there is a clear distinction between Jesus as God and the Pharisees as gods. If we lower Christ to the same level as the religious leaders, that we would be just saying he is a mortal man. Then how could Jesus be the atonement for the sin of the world? Jesus has to be deity to be the Son of God as he stated

By this definition , I don’t believe we would all be “Gods” either, unless we have a divine position of authority given to us by God Almighty. Bottom line is if you reject the Deity of Jesus you also reject the atonement for your sins!