The leaders of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have often taken liberty with God’s Word, inserting themselves into the Scriptures, claiming that they are the literal fulfillment of certain Bible prophecies. While many have taken exception to their claims, we have found at least one verse in which they do fulfill.
The scripture can be found in 1 Timothy 4:1- 3, where it reads:
“However, the inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons, by the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, marked in their conscience as with a branding iron; forbidding to marry, …
You may ask, how does this apply to the Watchtower Society? We find the answer within the Watchtowers history. During World War II, Jehovah’s Witnesses put almost twice as much effort into making converts as they do today. According to the November 1940 Informant, the average hours per month per Jehovah’s Witness was 15.9, today it is much less. Why is that? Because they felt Armageddon was near.
Witnesses were told that the Bible warned against marriage at this time because it would hinder their witnessing work. Is there proof that the leadership of the Watchtower prohibited Jehovah’s Witnesses from marrying?
Let’s look at the booklet Face the Facts authored by Judge Rutherford in 1938. We read:
“Would it be scripturally proper for them to marry and rear children? No, is the answer, which is supported by the scriptures …. The scriptures fully support the conclusion that the filling of the earth is not due to begin before, but after Armageddon. … It will be far better to be unhampered and without burdens, that they may do the Lord’s will now, as the Lord commands, and also be without hindrance during Armageddon … Those Jonadabs* who now contemplate marriage, it would seem, would do better if they wait a few years, until the fiery storm of Armageddon.” [pages 46,46, 50] [* an early reference to the rank and file Jehovah’s Witnesses]
In that same year The Watchtower magazine had this to say:
“… mark the words of Jesus, which definitely seem to discourage the bearing of children immediately before or during Armageddon … it would therefore appear that there is no reasonable or scriptural injunction to bring children into the world immediately before Armageddon, where we now are.” [The Watchtower, 1938, p. 324]
Rutherford’s last endeavor to warn against marriage and raising children was found in his last book Children, published in 1941. in it he admonished the rank and file not to marry, and those already married not to have children.
“Should men and women, both of whom are Jonadabs or “other sheep” of the Lord, now marry before Armageddon and bring forth children? They may choose to do so, but the admonition or advice of the Scriptures appears to be against it.” [Children, page. 311]
The July 17th issue of Time Magazine had this to say in 1950:
“Some Witnesses believe the coming is so imminent that they put off marrying or having children until Armageddon.”
In the 1970s the Watchtower leadership were still warning their followers against raising children before Armageddon.
“Today there is a great crowd of people who are confident that a destruction of even greater magnitude is now imminent. The evidence is that Jesus’ prophecy will shortly have a major fulfillment, upon this entire system of things. This has been a major factor in influencing many couple to decide to not have children at this time. They have chosen to remain childless so that they would be less encumbered to carry out the instructions of Jesus Christ to preach the good news of God’s Kingdom earth wide before the end of this system comes.” [Awake!, November 8, 1974, p. 11]
Here again, we see the deceiving of sincere Jehovah’s Witnesses, causing them to trust in manmade rules, to the point of putting off marriage to please the leadership of the Watchtower Society. The Scriptures do not say to put off marriage before Armageddon. They do however warn us against those who would suggest it.
Trust in the Scriptures!