Jehovah's Witnesses believe we're living in the time of the end and armageddon is 'right around the corner'. At many times in their brief history, they predicted armageddon was just a matter weeks or months away.
According to Jehovah's Witnesses, armageddon refers to an event where God destroys wickedness and establishes his Kingdom. They believe the earth will not be destroyed. They believe that everyone who does not belong to their religion is wicked because their beliefs are different. Thus Jehovah must destroy billions of people to restore world peace.
Armageddon is truly doomsday in the most extreme sense of the word. To say they don't believe in doomsday, is an outright lie.
Although they avoid mentioning this to the public, anyone who does not belong to their religion is thought to be part of Satan's organization regardless of how loving, kind, and generous they are. JW's are expected to believe that they are the only ones who have any scriptural hope of surviving Armageddon. Watchtower Sept 1, 1989
There is no middle ground with the Jehovah's Witnesses, or possibility that people who belong to other religions can be saved. They believe that only a few will be spared when Jehovah executes his rage upon the wicked who don't belong to Jehovah's organization. They believe that Jehovah will destroy everyone, - men, women, and children. Only a few, - the most righteous among the Jehovah's Witnesses will survive.
Thus even Jehovah's Witnesses are not sure that they'll survive Armageddon. Jehovah's Witnesses believe they are saved on the basis of how hard they work for Jehovah's organization. However, how does one know if they've done enough for Jehovah?
Even though individual Jehovah's Witnesses are never certain about their salvation, they believe that at armageddon you either belong to Jehovah's organization or the devil's organization. They are given only Two Choices. That's why leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses and attending another church is thought to be one of the worst things a you can do to make Jehovah angry. It almost guaranteed you would not survive armageddon unless you repent and return to the safety of Jehovah's organization before it's too late.
If Jehovah destroys people who are examples of God's love, just because they didn't correctly guess which religion is the best one, Jehovah would be even more wicked than the people he destroys.
Imagine worshipping a God who's so evil, that he willfully slaughters billions of innocent adults, children, and newborns at armageddon. There only crime? They are not Jehovah's Witnesses. Watchtower Sept 1, 1989
Even if they are Jehovah's Witnesses, there is no guarantee of eternal life. They must do everything Jehovah requires as explained by the organization. They must be 100% loyal, at least until the day after armageddon.
Only those who did the most for Jehovah's organization have any hope of making it through armageddon alive. Only a few out of billions will survive. ('Just like in the days of Noah, ...' Matthew 24:37-39)
Contrary to what the organization teaches about Jehovah, God is love. 1 John 4:16. He doesn't expect us to be perfect. Critics say that doomsday is a fear tactic that compels Jehovah's Witnesses to do everything the organization says without asking any questions.
The organization has become a symbol of salvation for Jehovah's Witnesses just like the 'ark' was in Noah's day. Everyone needs to get into the safety of the ark before the rains come and wipe billions of people off the face of the planet.
God created us to be free. Adam and Eve were given only one simple commandment. They could believe anything they wanted and do whatever they pleased. Freedom is a basic human right that men have died for to preserve.
If a perfect man and woman could not keep one simple law of Jehovah, how can Jehovah expect imperfect people to be as perfect as the organization requires? Is God setting up people for failure? Of course not! A God of love does not look forward to slaughtering billions of good people because a few of them are dangerous to society.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the only way for God to create lasting world peace is to slaughter billions of people who are not Jehovah's Witnesses.
They believe that after armageddon world peace will be certain because everyone will belong to 'Jehovah's organization' and no one will disagree. It will then be easy to love one another.
Unfortunately they haven't thought things out. What they believe makes no sense whatsoever. Taking away people's freedom has never led to peace. It always leads to rebellion and war. That's why millions have left the Watchtower Society. They prefer to be shunned, than forced to believe in things they don't believe.
Jesus had it right when he did away with the rules of Jehovah and gave a new commandment. Jesus said he is the path to eternal life. His path is simple but very hard for most people to do.
Warning people that they will die if they don't join your religion is not love. It is mind control through fear. Love is acceptance and honoring the beliefs of others even when you strongly disagree. Love is not bigotry, religious intolerance, and ending relationships with close family members who leave your faith. See the Watchtower's Shunning Policy and Religious Persecution
This is an interesting email we received from a Jehovah's Witness about armageddon. This JW says that the 'lady' who wrote this article is wrong (about God's compassion). Take a close look what JW's really believe but are too embarrassed to admit publicly
Aug 23, 2011. 'This lady is talking nonsense... For Jesus himself said: 13) "Go in through the narrow gate, because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going through it.14) Whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it - Matthew 7:13,14 (In other words, God will destroy many [billions], and few will survive). Just like in the days of Noah - God saved 8, Noah and his family - and he destroyed many...along with their children. ... We know this happened. And again, this is Jesus quoting the scriptures of how his presence will be just like the days of Noah...Luke 17:26 (Many will be destroyed, and they are wicked according to God)'
Continued: Which Religion IS God's Organization?
Jehovah's Witnesses generally assume that everyone in God's Kingdom will believe exactly the same things because God will be teaching them his will through 'his' organization. Being 'like-minded' and 'speaking in agreement' is extremely important to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Since everyone in God's Kingdom will supposedly belong to the same religion and believe in the same things, it is thought that world peace will be lasting.
What no one thinks about is what it will be like after armageddon, when everyone must be Jehovah's Witnesses and no one will be free to practice a different religion.
There is evidence that God the Father of Jesus is not the same god as Jehovah. The Father sent his son, so that we all may know God's true nature. 1 John 4:9. Compare what the old testament says about Jehovah, with what Jesus says about God the Father. See Jehovah vs Jesus