For JW’s then, Christ is not coming, He is already here! But He is here invisibly and He is directing His activities through His theocratic organization in Brooklyn, New York! The reason that this Russellite rendering is so dangerous is that it attempts to prove that “parousia” in regard to Christ’s second advent really means that His return or “presence” was to be invisible and unknown to all but “the faithful” (JW’s, of course).

 

If the Watchtower Society were to admit for one moment that the Greek word “parousia” can be translated “coming” or “arrival” in the passages that speak of Christ’s return the way all scholarly translators render it, then Pastor Russell’s “invisible presence” of Christ would explode in their faces. Hence, their determination to deny what all recognized Greek authorities have established.

 

Paul, contrary to the claims of JW’s, never believed in an invisible return, not did any bona fide member of the Christian church up until the fantasies of Charles Taze Russell and his “parousia” nightmare, as a careful look at Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians plainly reveals.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 says, “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven (visible) with a shout (audible), with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”

 

For further information relative to this subject, consult any standard concordance or Greek lexicon available, and trace Paul’s use of the word “coming.” This will convince any fair-minded person that Paul never entertained the Watchtower Society’s fantastic view of Christ’s invisible return.

 

-The Atonement of Christ:

The infinite atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is one of the most important doctrines of the Bible; since it is the guarantee of eternal life through the complete forgiveness of sins to whosoever appropriates the cleansing power of Christ’s blood. The Old Testament clearly teaches that, “It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Lev 17:11).

 

Hebrews 9:22 corroborates this beyond doubt, for in truth “without shedding of blood is no remission.” The Lord Jesus Christ became the one blood sacrifice for sin that ensures everlasting life, as John said upon seeing Jesus in John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 

 

The Scriptures give vast testimony to the redeeming power of the Lamb’s blood in the following verses,

          - Romans 3:25, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

          - Romans 5:9, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

          - Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

          - Hebrews 9:22, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

          - 1 Peter 1:18-19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

          - Revelation 5:9, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.”

 

JW’s argue that the Atonement is not wholly of God, but rather half of God and half of man. Jesus, according to their argument, removed the effects of Adam’s sin by His sacrifice on Calvary, but the work will not be fully completed until the survivors of Armageddon return to God through free will and become subject to the Theocratic rule of Jehovah.

 

For JW’s, the full realization of the matter is reconciliation with God, which will be completed in relation to the Millennial Kingdom. This utterly unreasonable and illogical interpretation of Scripture does away with the validity of the “infinite atonement” of Christ’s blood unconditionally administered by God and through God for man. Russell and JW’s have detracted from the blood of Christ by allowing it only “partial” cleansing power!

 

But the truth still stands, it is either all-sufficient or insufficient; and if the latter were the case, man would be hopelessly lost in an unconnected maze of irrelevant doctrines that postulate a finite sacrifice and a finite god.

 

-The Physical Return of Christ:

JW’s declare that Christ returned to the temple in 1914 and cleansed it by 1918 for judgment upon sinful men and Satan’s organizations (organized religion). They affirm that since He did not rise physically, neither will He return physically.

 

The physical return of Christ is the “blessed hope” of Christendom. Titus 2:13 says, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” The language used to portray His visible return is most explicit! In Titus 2:13, the Greek word for “appearing” is also interpreted as “manifestation” or “visible” or “to make manifest or visible.” The language used here is self-explanatory. When the Lord returns with His saints, every eye shall see Him.

-Matthew 24:30, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

- Revelation 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

 

How then can JW’s claim that He has already returned and is invisible? The answer is that they cannot and still remain honest scripturally!!! To further establish these great truths, the apostle Paul writing to Timothy in I Timothy 6:14 clearly states that the Lord Jesus will appear physically by using a different form of the word that denotes visibility or manifestations. I Thessalonians 4:16-17 reveals the Lord’s Return as being visible and audible, not invisible, as JW’s affirm contrary to Scripture.

          - Acts 1:9-11, “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

 

It is obvious that the Lord’s ascension was visible, for the disciples saw Him rise, and in like manner the angels declared He would return!

 

-JW’s and Human Government:

JW’s refuse to pay homage in any way to the flag of any nation or even to defend their own individual nation from assault by an enemy. Patriotism as displayed in bearing arms is not one of their beliefs, since they claim to be ambassadors of Jehovah and as such deem themselves independent of allegiance to any government other than His. But of course all their arguments come to no avail because in Romans 13:1-7, Paul clearly outlines the case for human government as instituted by God. Paul goes through great lengths to stress that the “higher powers” (human government rules) are allowed and sanctioned by God.

          - Romans 13:1-7, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”