The Watchtower says this, 'This “prophet” was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah’s Christian witnesses. ... Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a “prophet” of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to review the record. What does it show?', The Watchtower magazine, April 1, 1972, Article: ‘They Shall Know that a Prophet Was Among Them’, subtitle IDENTIFYING THE “PROPHET”
'JEHOVAH GOD is the Grand Identifier of his true messengers. He identifies them by making the messages he delivers through them come true. Jehovah is also the Great Exposer of false messengers. How does he expose them? He frustrates their signs and predictions. In this way he shows that they are self-appointed prognosticators, whose messages really spring from their own false reasoning—yes, their foolish, fleshly thinking!' Watchtower 1997 May 1 p.8. par 1
Though boastful about their exclusive relationship with God, the Watchtower's predictions since 1889 have not come true! According their own words they are 'false messengers' and 'foolish'! i.e. their messages 'from God' are complete nonsense.
If you're a JW and cherish the truth, take a look at the Watchtower's predictions since 1889.
Which Watchtower predictions have come true? Have any come true? Which ones? If they're God's prophet, ALL predictions should come true. Are they God's prophet? Or are they 'false messengers' and 'foolish'? Take a serious look at the Watchtower's messages from Jehovah, and let the historical record speak for itself.
Since God is a spirit and the organization claims to be Jehovah God's channel of communication, they must be speaking on behalf of God and in his name. They are channeling messages from God, just like Christians do when God answers prayer.
As 'God's channel of communication', rebellion against the organization is thought to be virtually the same as rebellion against God.
The Watchtower says this about their organization. 'By word or action, may we never challenge the channel of communication that Jehovah is using today. ... we should cherish our privilege to cooperate with the slave class.' Watchtower Nov 15, 2009, article, 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
In the above article, the organization cautions Jehovah's Witnesses against disobedience, disrespect, and a spirit of independence. JW's are told to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead.
(Note: If you are not familiar with the term 'slave class', it refers to God's channel of communication today, i.e. the 'anointed' ones of the 144,000, ( 144000 ) the Governing Body and leaders who interpret the Bible for all Jehovah's Witnesses. For a better understanding of the channel of communication Jehovah's Witnesses refer to, please take a look at this article, God's Slave)
The Watchtower says this about their 'spirit-directed' organization. 'The Scriptures repeatedly mention the baptism of believers. ... Only if the individual answers in the affirmative and also understands that his dedication and baptism identify him as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization can he acceptably undergo water immersion.' Watchtower Jan 15, 1989, Article: 'What Prevents You From Getting Baptized?', par 18 (As an interesting aside, this Watchtower article uses the masculine words 'his', 'him', and 'he' when referring to an individual wanting to be baptized. See Gender Equality)
1. Many Christian religions also have a negative opinion of psychics, astrologers, and those who predict the future. Ironically though, the 'gift of prophecy' is highly respected in some Christians churches. In addition Christians pray to God and expect answers (i.e. 'messages' from spirit). Therefore even Christians receive intuitive guidance from spirit.