According to the Watchtower’s game plan, the triggering event of Armageddon will be when the United Nations instigates “the great tribulation” by destroying all religion (all except the Watchtower religion, of course.)
When the U.N. turns its destructive attention to the Watchtower religion, all Armageddon breaks loose, as Jesus intervenes and destroys the U.N. along with all other governments of the world. Then he — along with 144,000 “anointed” Jehovah’s Witnesses (all of whom will then be living in heaven) — will murder every person in the world who is not a Jehovah’s Witness (yes, this includes nearly 2 billion children and babies.)
Finally, once everyone else is dead, the Jehovah’s Witnesses will begin the work of disposing of billions of dead bodies. But in this massive, gruesome undertaking [pun intended] they will have help.
According to the Watchtower’s post-game plan, new bodies will be created into which will be injected the memories and personalities of everyone who ever died (other than those who died at Armageddon.) This is the Watchtower’s version of resurrection. It has never been clear to me why Jehovah is going to create these replicants of long-dead people. It won’t do those dead people any good for surrogates to be running around with their memories; those people will still be dead forever and unaware of these impostors.
Now, if you’re done laughing at the Watchtower’s vision of the future, we can ask: Just how likely is the above scenario?
Let’s start by focusing on the triggering event: the destruction of religion by the United Nations. How, exactly, does one destroy a religion? A religion is a set of beliefs. It doesn’t even matter if anyone currently holds those beliefs; it’s still a religion. For instance, I haven’t met many Druids lately, but Druidism is still a religion; you can’t destroy it anymore than we can destroy alchemy.
Well, what the Watchtower originally meant by “the destruction of religion” was the killing of people:
“…when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions…”
— The Finished Mystery (WBTS, 1917, p. 485)
But, true to form, the Watchtower has changed its mind on this point, or at least clarified it as far as the role of the UN is concerned. In their 2014 book God’s Kingdom Rules, the Watchtower makes the following major doctrinal change in a footnote [note that “Babylon the Great” is their term for all other religions]:
Who or what will carry out the attack against “Babylon the Great”? A “wild beast” with “ten horns.” The book of Revelation indicates that this wild beast refers to the United Nations (UN).
(Footnote: It seems reasonable that the destruction of “Babylon the Great” refers mainly to the destruction of the religious institutions, not to a wholesale slaughter of all religious people. Hence, most of Babylon’s former adherents will survive that destruction and, at least openly, will then likely try to distance themselves from religion, as indicated at Zechariah 13:4-6.)
–God’s Kingdom Rules (WBTS, 2014) p. 223
The above change may be another deceptive attempt to make their religion appear less cult-like to outsiders. Elsewhere the Watchtower has specified that the “wild beast” of Revelation is “the worldwide political system” and that the “image of the wild beast” is the UN specifically. The Watchtower’s New World Translation of the Bible clearly states that this “image of the wild beast” will kill people:
And it was permitted to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who refuse to worship the image of the wild beast.
— Rev 13:15 (NWT)
So, the United Nations is due (according to the Watchtower) to start destroying religious institutions any day now (even today!) Though it now sounds like they won’t engage in “wholesale slaughter” it does sound as if they will be murdering at least some people based on their religious affiliation (just not “most” of them.) [Maybe they should refer to this as “retail slaughter”?!] Again we ask: how likely is that?
Well, exactly what kind of an organization is the United Nations? Do they go around engaging in destruction? Do they have an intolerant attitude towards religion? Do they kill people based on their religion?
The United Nations is a peace-keeping organization. Think about that. Here is one of a very few organizations in the world that has been specifically setup to avoid war and its killing.
As for being intolerant towards religion, let us read from the United Nations charter:
To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion
Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state
…assisting in the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.
the United Nations shall promote: …universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.
And, in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we read:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
I feel as though I am cheating you by only quoting the above excerpts from the declaration. It is one of the most important and beautiful documents ever produced by the heart of humankind. Please read all of it here. Then ask yourself if your government (or “theocracy”) violates one or more of the articles. I know my government (U.S.A.) most certainly is a flagrant violator of several articles. I also know the Watchtower organization violates articles 12, 18-21, and 26.
To think for one moment that the U.N. would ever be guilty of destroying religious institutions, or executing people based on their religious affiliations, is beyond absurd: if it hasn’t completely crossed the line, and borders on insanity.
The more I think about it the more I wonder: What part of the Watchtower religion did I ever find believable? [Oh yeah: that there was no hell, and that other religions were ridiculous — things atheists had known long before the Watchtower was ever thought of.] Religion in general is pretty far-fetched stuff, but the Watchtower seems to outdo all others [well, maybe not the Scientologists and the Mormons] when it comes to stretching our credulity way past the breaking point. They have taken one of the world’s greatest forces for peacekeeping and cast it into the role of the instigator of the greatest war of all time. That’s going some even for a fundamentalist cult.
But back to the Watchtower’s story. After the U.N. destroys all false religious institutions [whilst the more numerous armies of those religious people’s nations evidently sit back and watch] Then the son of the god Jehovah “destroys all government” — this means killing people, not just dismantling governments (since governments lost their right to rule way back in 1914 with the “end of the Gentile Times” — and the son of the god Jehovah has been ruling ever since, at least in heaven don’tcha know.)
At some point in this story the “wholesale slaughter of religious people” does indeed occur, along with everyone else who is not a member of the “right religion.”
Whenever I think about Witnesses burying or burning masses of bodies in their “New Order” I can’t help but call to mind those black and white images of the Nazis with their murdered victims. In fact, the “New Order” of the Watchtower’s vision has several similarities to the new order of the Third Reich. Both look forward to a genocide of all but the “master race” or “members of God’s organization,” after which the survivors will rule the world and everything will just be honky-dory for them for a thousand years. And, of course, both require unquestioning obedience and unswerving loyalty to the leaders of the organization.
Next: Part II. You won’t want to miss the exciting conclusion: