Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus & the ‘Atlas Syndrome’

Atlas

A Challenge to Corrupt Watchtower

Denials of Jesus, the Lord of Glory

by Mark Mountjoy

It is not a secret that Christians regard Jesus, not only as a Savior and redeemer but also as truly God, equal in his nature and Beingness to the Father and the Holy Spirit; this is because a salient feature of the New Testament depiction of Jesus of Nazareth, as the Word of God, shares the identity of God and is, likewise, the creator, sustainer, and Lord of everything that exists, visible and invisible (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:3).

This short essay hopes to highlight why Watchtower denials of who and what Jesus is does harm and has also transformed him into a creature who must endure an impossible responsibility of doing something that could only be successfully achieved by a being who is nothing short of Almighty God.


The Apostle John says that all things were made by Jesus and without him was not anything that has been made (John 1:2-3).  The Apostle Paul also wrote that by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him. And he is before all things, and by him, all things consist.

The Hebrew writer also wrote highly of Jesus naming him as being the brightness of God's glory and the express image of his person and upholding all things by the word of his power.

Because Jesus is worshiped by the angels (Hebrews 1:8) he could not be the person ascribed as “Michael the Archangel” by the Watchtower Society who falsely insist that Jesus made their organization a "Faithful and Discreet Slave" in 1919 and then, in 2013, they turned around and denied that Jesus ever did any such thing!1

Important quotes from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society positively establish that this organization is guilty of deception, misinformation, and complicity on an epic, vast and dangerous scale!

JW.Org supplies the following quote:

“THE spirit creature called Michael is not mentioned often in the Bible. However, when he is referred to, he is in action. In the book of Daniel, Michael is battling wicked angels; in the letter of Jude, he is disputing with Satan; and in Revelation, he is waging war with the Devil and his demons. By defending Jehovah’s rulership and fighting God’s enemies, Michael lives up to the meaning of his name​—“Who Is Like God?” But who is Michael?

At times, individuals are known by more than one name. For example, the patriarch Jacob is also known as Israel, and the apostle Peter, as Simon. (Genesis 49:1, 2; Matthew 10:2) Likewise, the Bible indicates that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ, before and after his life on earth. Let us consider Scriptural reasons for drawing that conclusion.

Archangel. God’s Word refers to Michael as “the archangel.” (Jude 9) This term means “chief angel.” Notice that Michael is called the archangel. This suggests that there is only one such angel. In fact, the term “archangel” occurs in the Bible only in the singular, never in the plural. Moreover, Jesus is linked with the office of the archangel. Regarding the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 states: “The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice.” Thus the voice of Jesus is described as being that of an archangel. This scripture, therefore, suggests that Jesus himself is the archangel, Michael.”

Army Leader. The Bible states that “Michael and his angels battled with the dragon . . . and its angels.” (Revelation 12:7) Thus, Michael is the Leader of an army of faithful angels. Revelation also describes Jesus as the Leader of an army of faithful angels. (Revelation 19:14-16) And the apostle Paul specifically mentions “the Lord Jesus” and “his powerful angels.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7) So the Bible speaks of both Michael and “his angels” and Jesus and “his angels.” (Matthew 13:41; 16:27; 24:31; 1 Peter 3:22) Since God’s Word nowhere indicates that there are two armies of faithful angels in heaven​—one headed by Michael and one headed by Jesus—​it is logical to conclude that Michael is none other than Jesus Christ in his heavenly role. *2

In three instances and in a fourth (Revelation 4:11) Jesus is acclaimed as Lord, contrary to Watchtower teachings and notions. For these reasons, we encourage Jehovah’s Witnesses to reconsider all available Scriptural evidence and come to terms with these serious discrepancies and confess Jesus to be the Lord (Romans 10:9-10; James 2:1 cf. 1 Corinthians 2:8; 1 Peter 3:15-17).

We have no sophisticated arguments to present here, but only the simple truth of the Scripture. We say to you today that the same Jesus who was dead is the same Jesus who arose. We further confess that the same Jesus who arose is the same Jesus who lives and is alive forevermore (Revelation 1:18).

The Governing Body and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society deny these truths and teach contrary notions—all to the detriment of the salvation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Atom gifNow, it should be noted that the New World Society worshiped Jesus in 1919 (when they claim he chose them); then they continued to worship him for the next 35 years, till they repudiated the worship of him in 1954.3

Why was it O.K. to worship him when he supposedly singled them out but, suddenly, in 1954 they backed away from something he was obviously okay with?  We urge you to review and reject their council and instead believe and receive what the Bible says about Jesus. We pray that God will open your spiritual eyes to the brazen religious deception that engulfs and surrounds you, not only about the elusive end of this system of things, but also about the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth, who is much more than a mere man, and far above any angel (Hebrews 1:5).

Endnotes

1 Dear Jehovah’s Witness: We earnestly implore you to look into this matter on your own. Ask yourself why, if the Governing Body was really chosen by God in 1919, did they later deny that God did any such thing in Watchtower July 15, 2013, which reads as follows—

“Jesus’ arrival to appoint the faithful slave over all his belongings did not occur in 1919 but will take place during the great tribulation”— (Watchtower July 15, 2013, p. 8, par. 19).

Thus, according to the 2013 edition of the Watchtower, by their own admission, no Faithful and Discreet Slave was ever chosen to begin with! On what grounds, then, do they have authority to say who or what Jesus is when they both affirm and deny that they occupy a position of oversight, authority, or trust under Jesus? Research and find answers to these serious questions!

2 Who is Michael the Archangel? JW.org https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/bible-teach/who-is-michael-the-archangel-jesus/

3 Examine documentation of these serious changes by clicking this link. The so-called “fact” that Jesus “chose” the Watchtower society when they worshiped him like every other church should tell anyone that Jesus had no problem with that, otherwise how does it make sense that they were singled out from the rest of the churches?

First caption: Atlas. Source: pinterest.com.
Second caption: Michael the Archangel. Source: aleteia.org.
Third caption: atom gif. Source: gify.com.

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