"The Finished Mystery" Revisited
Through the years it has become a tradition for Jehovah's Witnesses to attack the Christian church. They have recently renewed their attack with a vengeance in
the April and May issued of the Watchtower. They claim that the church has fallen: "Babylon the Great
has fallen! But she is not yet destroyed.... she will exist
a short time longer as Satan's masterpiece of deception,"
(Watchtower, 4/15/89, p. 7)
In the May 1, 1989 issue of the Watchtower, they refer
to a commentary published in 1917 on Revelation entitled The
Finished Mystery: "This book exposed the clergy of Christendom,
including their involvement in the Great War that was then
raging in Europe," (p. 4).
Since the Watchtower so proudly mentions The Finished
Mystery in the May 1, 1989 issue, and they have claimed to
be God's prophet (see Watchtower, April, 1972, pp. 197,
200) review the record and see what The Finished Mystery
has to say:
"Until 1878 the nominal church had been in a sense God's
sanctuary or Temple; but He was from then on, culminating in
1918, to remove it with a stroke or plague or erroneous doctrines
and deeds divinely permitted," (p. 484).
"Also, in the year 1918, when God destroys the churches
wholesale and the church members by millions, it shall be that
any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell to
learn the meaning of the downfall of `Christianity.'" (p.
"In the year 1918, when Christendom shall go down as a system
to oblivion, (Sheol) to be succeeded by revolutionary republics,
God will cause mourning," (p. 513).
In light of these false prophecies, it is indeed baffling that
the Watchtower would mention The Finished Mystery. Perhaps they believed that since copies of the book were no
longer available, the average Jehovah's Witness and the Christians
they talk to would see the mention of this book as real historical
support for the Watchtower Society.
Whatever the reason, the Watchtower has spoken presumptuously
in Jehovah's name so that they can scare Christians into Kingdom
Halls and keep Jehovah's Witnesses deceived. The Bible says that we need not be afraid of them (Deut. 18:22).