Monday, August 13, 2012

Daniel Flip-Flop Belief

This past Sunday at conventions and Kingdom Halls, Jehovah's Witnesses were instructed through the June 15, 2012, Watchtower.  Interestingly, the Watchtower Society went back to an old favorite regarding the statue described in the Bible book of Daniel.  Here is what the Watchtower stated as "truth" on page 14, paragraph 11:

"When describing the image, Daniel does not mention the number of toes. Therefore, the number seems no more significant than the fact that the image had multiple arms, hands, fingers, legs, and feet."

So the toes of the statue have no significance or at least that is what Jehovah's Witnesses are taught to believe now.  Historically, they have been told:

Watchtower, May 15, 1959, page 313:
"The number ten being a Biblical number symbolizing earthly completeness, the ten toes picture all such coexisting powers and governments."

Watchtower, June 15, 1978, page 13 "Human Governments Crushed by God’s Kingdom":
"There does not appear to be any prophetic significance to the image’s having ten toes. This is a natural human feature, just as the image has two arms, two legs, and so forth."

Watchtower, July 1, 1985 page 31 "Questions From Readers":
"Various views have been expressed about the ten “toes.” But since “ten” is often used in the Bible to signify completeness as to things on earth, the ten “toes” appear logically to represent the entire global system of rulership at the culmination of the days"

To summarize, "ten toes" have:

1959 - Meaning
1978 - No Meaning
1985 - Meaning
2012 - No Meaning

That's clear flip-flopping direction, instruction, and Bible truths coming from the only true organization that God is using to direct His people.  Too bad, it seems we have another example of God being confused, because it couldn't possible mean the Watchtower Society running and controlling Jehovah's Witnesses doctrine and teachings just makes this stuff up or haphazardly guesses.