By Lisa Haven
“Christian Persecution – A religious persecution that Christians sometimes undergo as a consequence of professing their faith, both historically and in the current era. In the two thousand years of the Christian faith, about 70 million believers have been killed for their faith, of whom 45.5 million or 65% were in the twentieth century according to “The New Persecuted.”
Right now Jehovah Witnesses are being jailed for their faith in multiple countries. If this is happening to them, Christians, amount others, may be next….
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I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jehovah’s Witnesses are indeed Christians. They recognize Jesus Christ as the son of God, they recognize his father Jehovah as the true and living God. They are indeed being persecuted in Russia and some other parts of the world. In Russia their meeting places have been raided, people manhandled roughly, literature confiscated and destroyed, meeting bldgs. confiscated, homes raided and men women and children arrested, some jailed or imprisoned. All Jehovah’s Witnesses religious activities and meeting have been forbidden by the government. They have been branded insurrectionists although Jehovah’s Witnesses are well known worldwide for not taking part in any government activities such as voting and they do not prevent others from doing so. They believe in God’s Kingdom as described in the Bible by Jesus Christ. That is the government that they have allegiance to. It is this that gets them into trouble with many governments. They refuse to be involved with worldly governments and also refuse to fight in their wars or join their armies. However they do not oppose those who choose to do so. Something people might not realize is that Adolph Hitler hated Jehovah’s Witnesses and sought to destroy them. He put all of them he could find in concentration camps. They were assigned an identifying purple triangle to wear on their prison clothing. There is a section of the holocaust museum dedicated to them. The thing that was different about Jehovah’s Witness prisoners was they could get out of the concentration camp if they merely disavowed their faith and signed a paper saying this was the case. With very few exceptions they did not sign the paper and chose to be imprisoned or even killed rather than disavow their God Jehovah and his son Jesus Christ. One thing many people don’t know is that Jesus was also a worshiper of Jehovah. Jehovah is the name of God. In fact the name Jesus has meaning behind it. It is literally translated ‘Jehovah is Salvation’. That is what the name Jesus means. Why this is important is that Jesus knew that the salvation of mankind was by his heavenly father Jehovah. Jesus was Jehovah’s only begotten son, directly created by Jehovah, and he willingly came to earth and gave his perfect human life as a ransom sacrifice to buy back what Adam lost for all of mankind. After Jehovah resurrected Jesus he returned to the spirit realm to be with his father awaiting the time when God would bring an end to the current ungodly Satanic system we now live under and then Jesus would lead the charge against Satan and remove him from the earth once and for all time. This is all in the Bible and I will make quotations below. But before Jesus and his angelic soldiers remove Satan for good in the war of Armageddon there will be persecution of Christians. It is prophetic, Jesus foretold that it would happen and it cannot be avoided. But Christians are told by Jesus to take their stand in opposition and suffer the persecution until God moves into action to end it. This is all a test we are being put under by Satan and his demons. We are being tested much like Job was tested. God knows we will not give in to Satan and that we will stand fast in the truth and not deny God, which is Satan’s goal, to turn people away from God. Remember Satan tempted Jesus himself and Jesus stood firm and did not deny his heavenly father Jehovah God. We can expect similar treatment, Jesus has forewarned us. But we can maintain our integrity like Jesus did, we have been assured by Jesus himself that this is so. We know we are getting very near the end of the current Satanic system and persecution of Christians is part of the sign of when that is very close. Some scriptures in support of the above.
(Jeʹsus) [Lat. form of the Gr. I·e·sousʹ, which corresponds to the Heb. Ye·shuʹaʽ or Yehoh·shuʹaʽ and means “Jehovah Is Salvation”].
(Isaiah 43:10-12) . . .You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and have faith in me And understand that I am the same One. Before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none. 11- I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.” 12 “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 42:8) . . .I am Jehovah. That is my name; I give my glory to no one else, Nor my praise to graven images.
(Psalm 83:18) . . .May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.
(Romans 5:12-14) . . .That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned—. .. Nevertheless, death ruled as king from Adam . . .
(Romans 5:17-21) . . .For if by the trespass of the one man death ruled as king through that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of the undeserved kindness and of the free gift of righteousness rule as kings in life through the one person, Jesus Christ! 18 So, then, as through one trespass the result to men of all sorts was condemnation, so too through one act of justification the result to men of all sorts is their being declared righteous for life. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one person many will be made righteous. 20 Now the Law came on the scene so that trespassing might increase. But where sin abounded, undeserved kindness abounded still more. 21 To what end? So that just as sin ruled as king with death, so also undeserved kindness might rule as king through righteousness leading to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(John 5:25-30) . . .“Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
(John 20:17) . . .Jesus said to her: “Stop clinging to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.’”
(Psalm 110:1-6) . . .Jehovah declared to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.” 2 Jehovah will extend the scepter of your power out of Zion, saying: “Go subduing in the midst of your enemies.” 3 Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day of your military force. In splendid holiness, from the womb of the dawn, You have your company of young men just like dewdrops. 4 Jehovah has sworn an oath, and he will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever In the manner of Mel·chizʹe·dek!” 5 Jehovah will be at your right hand; He will crush kings on the day of his anger. 6 He will execute judgment against the nations. . .
(Luke 4:5-8) . . .So he brought him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. 6 Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 If you, therefore, do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours.” 8 In reply Jesus said to him: “It is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.. . .
(John 15:18-25) . . .If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. 20 Keep in mind the word I said to you: A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have observed my word, they will also observe yours. 21 But they will do all these things against you on account of my name, because they do not know the One who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me also hates my Father. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have both seen me and hated me as well as my Father. 25 But this happened in order to fulfill the word written in their Law: ‘They hated me without cause.. . .
(Luke 21:12-19) . . .people will lay their hands on you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name. 13 It will result in your giving a witness. 14 Therefore, resolve in your hearts not to rehearse beforehand how to make your defense, 15 for I will give you words and wisdom that all your opposers together will not be able to resist or dispute. 16 Moreover, you will be handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all people because of my name. 18 But not even a hair of your heads will perish. 19 By your endurance you will preserve your lives. . .
(John 16:2-4) . . .In fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he has offered a sacred service to God. 3 But they will do these things because they have not come to know either the Father or me. 4 Nevertheless, I have told you these things so that when the hour for them to happen arrives, you will remember that I told them to you.. . .
(Matthew 10:24-39) . . .“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to become as his teacher, and the slave as his master. If people have called the master of the house Be·elʹze·bub, how much more those of his household? 26 So do not fear them.. 28 And do not become fearful of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Ge·henʹna. 29 Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32 “Everyone, then, who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father who is in the heavens. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will also disown him before my Father who is in the heavens. 34 Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth; I came to bring, not peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to cause division, with a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 Indeed, a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and whoever has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not accept his torture stake and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his soul will lose it, and whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it.
(2 Thessalonians 1:4-10) . . .we ourselves take pride in you among the congregations of God because of your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and the hardships that you are suffering. 5 This is a proof of the righteous judgment of God, leading to your being counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you are indeed suffering. 6 This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you. 7 But you who suffer tribulation will be given relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels 8 in a flaming fire, as he brings vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9 These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength, 10 at the time when he comes to be glorified in connection with his holy ones and to be regarded in that day with wonder among all those who exercised faith, because the witness we gave met with faith among you.
(Revelation 6:1, 2) . . .And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder: “Come!” 2 And I saw, and look! a white horse, and the one seated on it had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went out conquering and to complete his conquest.
(Revelation 19:11-16) . . .I saw heaven opened, and look! a white horse. And the one seated on it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness. 12 His eyes are a fiery flame, and on his head are many diadems. He has a name written that no one knows but he himself, 13 and he is clothed with an outer garment stained with blood, and he is called by the name The Word of God. 14 Also, the armies in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean, fine linen. 15 And out of his mouth protrudes a sharp, long sword with which to strike the nations, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. Moreover, he treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his outer garment, yes, on his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
(Revelation 19:19-20:3) . . .And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army. 20 And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur. 21 But the rest were killed off with the long sword that proceeded out of the mouth of the one seated on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. 20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon, the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for 1,000 years. 3 And he hurled him into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not mislead the nations anymore . . .
(Revelation 21:1-7) . . .And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga, the beginning and the end. To anyone thirsting I will give from the spring of the water of life free. 7 Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
Jehovah’s Witnesses probably receive the least sympathy from the rest of the Christian world. Here’s why:
Very simply, JWs believe Christ was only human and not God – not “consubstantial with the Father.” This is the same heretical spirit that blinded the Aryans of the Fourth Century. There were hundreds of thousands of Aryans in the 4th century – even with seminars – promoting the lie that Jesus Christ was not God and man but merely human. The rest of the Church at that time showed where this was clearly wrong. Today we have the same demonic spirit in the JWs which by traditional Christian definition makes it a cult. True Christianity worships Jesus Christ as both God and man.
Many important books and videos authoritatively expose the JW cult. One classic freely available at Abebooks is “Thirty Years a Watch Tower Slave” by former Jehovah Witness William J Schnell. Happily, as with tens of thousands of other former Jehovah Witnesses, author William Schnell became a liberated convert to true Christianity. In the final chapter of this classic work, Schnell issues a strong Warning about JW as a “totalitarian form of worship.” He warns, “In the place of grace freely given those having faith in the blood of Christ Jesus they established a pattern of works to supplant salvation in Christ. Theirs is a mechanical routine and has taken the place of the walk in the Spirit in newness of life into which Jesus led his disciples… They lead their victims into an area study for brain washing and indoctrination… A person becomes a slave or Jonadab, and gives up every claim of being a Christian.” (Pp. 204-205)
Why in God’s Sovereignty are JWs being arrested worldwide? Quite possibly, to reach a point – as did Schnell and tens of thousands of others who were deceived – where they cry out to Jesus Christ as God and man and then to experience His Liberty, rather than as a mechanical Watch Tower slave. May Stan (above) and tens of thousands of others like him, truly reach that liberating point, forsake the JWs and become truly liberated in Jesus Christ!
JW Conflict with Christianity
What does the JW Organization and the Watchtower magazine teach that is in conflict with orthodox Christianity?
1.. That Jesus is a created being – a creature.
2.. That Jesus is actually Michael the Archangel.
3.. That Jesus was not resurrected bodily, but as a spirit being.
4. That Jesus returned in 1914 (secretly to the Organization).
5. That Jesus was only a man when on earth, not “the Word become flesh.”
6. That the Holy Spirit is only an active force, not the Person of God.
7. That hell is simply the grave.
8. That heaven’s doors are open to only 144,000 people.
9. That the majority of Witnesses must remain on earth
10. That salvation is found only though the Organization
11. That Satan is the author of the doctrine of the trinity.
12. 12. That Jesus cannot be given worship, but only honor as Jehovah’s first creation.
Jehovah Witnesses do not believe or teach some of the very basic tenets of Christian doctrine. They deny:
1. The trinity (Dr. Walter Martin published that a major sign of a cult is their denial of the Trinity)
2. The deity of Christianity
3. The bodily resurrection of Christ
4. The visible return of Christ
5. The Person of God the Holy Spirit
6. The promise of heaven to all believers
7. The necessity of new birth for all believers
8. The Lord’s Supper for all believers (not only for the 144,000)
9. The eternal security of the believer
10. The conscious eternal punishment of the lost