Jehovah's Witnesses rally in Germany

11th July 2009, Comments 5 comments

The Christian evangelical movement, which was born in the United States in the 19th century, drew 50,000 in the German capital, up to 45,000 to a stadium in the western city of Dortmund and similar crowds in Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt, organisers said.

Berlin -- Tens of thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses gathered on Friday at Berlin's Olympic Stadium and four other major German cities for an international congress, predicting the demise of the "current global system."

The Christian evangelical movement, which was born in the United States in the 19th century, drew 50,000 in the German capital, up to 45,000 to a stadium in the western city of Dortmund and similar crowds in Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt, organisers said.

Some 30,000 people have arrived from abroad, with services to be held in German, English, Polish and Russian.

"Jesus Christ prophesied a 'sign' comprised of several components which we can observe today and in which it can be seen that the end of the current global system is nigh," the movement said in a statement.

Berlin police put the attendance at the Olympic Stadium at "tens of thousands" but declined to provide a more precise estimate because the event was private.

The gathering will feature a collective baptism for hundreds of people Saturday before wrapping up Sunday.

Jehovah's Witnesses were persecuted under Nazi German rule for their refusal to take up military arms but now have a thriving congregation of about 220,000 in the country.

From June until September, the movement traditionally organises mass gatherings, this year in 16 countries.

AFP/Expatica

5 Comments To This Article

  • Phobe posted:

    on 16th July 2009, 19:57:38 - Reply


    Jehovah's Witnesses are considered a dangerous cult in many European countries and definitely under investigation because governments are concerned by the mind manipulation, child molestation cover-ups, breaking up of families due to shunning, as well as other atrocities taking place within the religion.

    Victims of WT's hard-line organizational policies are speaking up to government officials about their experiences and they are responding with assistance.
  • Dale posted:

    on 14th July 2009, 04:51:35 - Reply

    I love Jehovah and all his Witnesses. It seems to me that Mr Haszard's spiteful message is the stagnate one. The physical and spiritual growth of Jehovah's witnesses, the love and unity they show worldwide - these seem anything but stagnate. All this seems to show they must have God's backing.
  • Mary posted:

    on 11th July 2009, 13:22:43 - Reply

    Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs and practices are harmless at a distance.... until you or your loved one gets tangled up and then burned out from the whole apocalyptic compulsive mindset.


    Do a web search: Jehovah Witness watchtower read the stories
  • Danny Haszard posted:

    on 11th July 2009, 12:44:17 - Reply

    Jehovah's Witnesses dissident speaks.

    Jehovah's Witnesses are noted for their chief doctrine that Jesus had his second coming in 1914 and going door to door with Watchtower magazines.

    The Jehovah's Witnesses conventions are the major source of publicity for the Watchtower society,conventions and the construction of new Kingdom hall church buildings.

    The followers are giving a shot of optimism that the end of this old world is coming any minute,like the carrot to the donkey they just keep coming back year after year while their lives stagnate for this apocalyptic sect that keeps manipulating them.
    --
    Danny Haszard

    http://www.dannyhaszard.com Critical site on Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower

    [On 1975 end of world prediction
    "The fact that fifty-four years of the period called the "last days" have already gone by is highly significant. It means that only a few years, at most, remain before the corrupt system of things dominating the earth is destroyed by God." Awake! 1968 October 8 p.13 ]

    [The shunning practiced by Jehovah's Witnesses is a shame device control tactic and the entire family is cut-off.]
  • Ronald posted:

    on 11th July 2009, 10:33:01 - Reply



    Watchtower apocalyptic vision

    The end of the world is coming someday.. but it won't be the Watchtower society Jehovah's Witnesses fulfillment.

    *Keeping on the Watch* theme is healthy for good measure for all things in life,but not when it's used as a prompt for pushing an end of the world cover for a Watchtower doctrinal structure that has had many flip-flops and back ups.

    If the leaders owned up to their errors instead of white washing they would have more respect.When you go cold calling door to door with something that people have not invited or asked for,it had better be really good or it's just like tele marketers,and could sensitize the real disciples to reject the truth when it does come.

    They set bogus dates over and over...

    Lots of atheist scientist are saying end of the world we need to save the planet (global warming, over-population,plaques asteroids from outer space...)

    The Watchtower JW has made apocalyptic proclamations profitable.