THE WACKY WORLD OF THE WATCH TOWER SOCIETY.
ASK any Jehovah’s Witness where the dwelling place of God is and you will almost certainly be told He resides in the Heavenly realm.
But, has this always been the teaching of the WTS?
Unsurprisingly the answer is no.
In fact the Watch Tower Society’s first and second presidents could be a lot more precise about God’s location than present day leaders.
According to Messrs Russell and Rutherford, Jehovah could be found on one of the seven stars forming the Pleiades constellation! Alcyone to be more precise.
Yes, according to Rutherford’s book, Reconciliation, printed in 1928 Witnesses were told, on page 14, that;
…one of the stars of that group is the dwelling place of Jehovah… because the Pleiades is the place of the eternal throne of God.”
Rutherford got his theory from Russell’s Studies in the Scriptures, volume three, where on page 327 it said;
Alcyone, the central one of the renowned Pleiadic stars… from which the Almighty governs his universe.”
But this teaching was dropped later on by the society when, in the Watchtower of November 15, 1953, on page 703, readers were told:
…It would be unwise for us to try to fix God’s throne as being at a particular spot in the universe.”
But, even since then, the society has hinted that Jehovah does have one place where He lives, when it said in the Watchtower magazine of February 15, 1981, on page six;
God, being an individual, a Person with a spirit body, has a place where he resides, and so he could not be at any other place at the same time.”
The Watch Tower Society made another space-age blunder under its third president Nathan H. Knorr, when it boldly predicted that man would never be able to travel into space.
In the book The Truth Shall Make You Free, printed in 1943, it says on page 285;
Man can no more get rid of these demonic “heavens” than man can by aeroplane or rockets or other means get up above the air envelope which is about our earthly globe and in which man breathes.”
The Watch Tower’s assumption was proved false as early as 1957, when the Soviet Union put its Sputnik satellite into orbit, and in the years since then when men themselves have ridden rockets above the atmosphere, even all the way to the moon and back.