The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been predicting the end of the world “Armageddon” since the creation of the movement by Charles Taze Russell in the late 19th century.
Some of their earlier predictions had specific dates, but as these came and passed, and they came up with explanations as to why the dates were not correct (generally that God was revealing more truth and making things clearer now…) COVID-19 has their apocalyptic juices flowing.
The JW’s are run by a group of old men called the “Governing Body.” There is a lot to know about the JW’s and my good friend “John Cedars”/Lloyd Evans (@lloydevanscedars on Facebook and @cedarsjwsurvey on Twitter) is one of the world’s leading experts on the subject.
I merely wanted to note the fact that just like scientology, the JW’s are seeking to turn the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to motivate their followers.
My personal favorite among the Governing Body is Stephen Lett. I have watched quite a number of his cartoonish video presentations (like scientology, the JW’s do “TV” propaganda) — I call him “Howdy Doody” because he is just such a bizarre stereotype of a weird religious leader who takes himself oh so seriously. The Onion or Saturday Night Live would have a hard time coming up with a parody that tops him. Here he is, explaining about the end of times being upon us.
This is like scientology promoting OT IX and X. The final days are the ultimate “payoff” for JW’s. Their sacrifices, time and commitment will all bear fruit as they alone are saved from the Armageddon that will end the world…
Scientology and Jehovah’s Witnesses have a lot more in common than disconnection (called disfellowshipping by the JW’s). They both promise things that never actually come about as a carrot to keep the flock in line and contributing. They scare their adherents into staying with the program otherwise they will “lose their eternity”. They expect absolute obedience to every edict handed down from the leaders. And they have goofy guys at the top who talk in a very strange way and say very weird, often unintelligible things.
Here’s the JW’s version of David Miscavige.