Jehovah’s Witnesses Misunderstand Daniel 11


While the Living Church of God rarely owns church buildings, Jehovah’s Witnesses normally do.


Did you know that the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the United States is the prophesied King of the South in Daniel 11?

Well, the JWs have a variety of misunderstandings in that area of prophecy.

Amazingly, they teach about the USA & Britain are the King of the South, even though they should realize that there own writings suggest it is impossible. Notice in their booklet titled Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy! the Jehovah’s Witnesses correctly teach,

The designations “the king of the north and “the king of the south” refer to kings north and south of Daniel’s people, who were freed from Babylonian captivity and restored to the land of Judah (p. 218).

But, of course, the USA is almost entirely NORTH of Judah.

Notice what else the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach in Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy!:

When World War I broke out in 1914, Egypt belonged to Turkey…Britain…declared Turkey a British protectorate. Gradually forming close ties, Britain and the United States of America became the Anglo-American World Power. Together, they came into position of the king of the south (p.247).

This causes the Jehovah’s Witnesses several problems as they indicate with the image of Daniel 2 that the Anglo-American World Power formed over 100 years prior to WWI, plus the fact that since Britain and the USA no longer control Egypt that they are not south of Judah (actually, all of Britain and the USA, with the exception of the Falkland Islands and some minor territories, are north of Judah).

A chart that the book Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy! has on page 284 shows that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that “Anglo-American World Power” became the “king of the south” around WWI, were also the king of the south in WWII, were also the king of the south during the time of the “cold war”, and will be at the final end.

In addition, unlike the LCG, the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach:

Similarly, the king of the south is not destroyed by the king of the north (p. 285).

But the New World Translation of the Bible (the version that the JWs use) shows:

And in the time of [the] end the king of the south will engage with him in a pushing, and against him the king of the north will storm with chariots and with horsemen and with many ships; and he will certainly enter into the lands and flood over and pass through (Daniel 11:40).

Sadly, the misunderstanding of prophecy that many groups (like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and even many who are affiliated with some of the COGs) will deceive them about end-time events.

They, and others, need to read their Bibles and realize that that the USA and Britain are not the King of the South and that the Bible DOES SHOW that the King of the South will be destroyed by the King of the North.

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