The Watchtower claimed that for numerous decades, the United Nations (UN) were the scarlet colored wild beast of the Revelation book (Revelation 17:3). They also accused other religions, such as the Catholic Church to be prostitutes to them.
Here is what the Watchtower says in its book Revelation, it's grand climax at hand! (1988) chap. 34, p. 248, par. 6 :
"The UN, then, is actually a revival of the scarlet-colored wild beast."
And in chap. 33, p. 244, par. 23 :
Believe it or not, The Watchtower did the same thing and supported to UN for 10 years from 1991-2001! Until one day things blew up between the two and they pulled out from their association with the UN claiming that they did not have to work with them since they were a non-governmental organization (NGO) to have access to their library. Nevertheless, the UN declared that it was not necessary to be a NGO to have access to their library. Such hypocrisy coming from the Watchtower. The following is the proof posted on the UN's website:
Old link : http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/pdfs/watchtower.pdf (curiously this link doesn't work anymore...)
*It can still be found using internet archives on :
The letter to the Guardian and to the Branches is quite untruthful. There are over 400 UN libraries worldwide that can be accessed by anyone. Since 1946 these libraries have had the same access rules, with no change in access requirements in 1991.
1946, the Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations Secretariat in
Even if it were true that access to the UN library required becoming an affiliated NGO, the Society has made quite clear to its followers that membership with a political organization is never justifiable and certainly access to a library is the poorest of excuses.
The Watchtower justification fails at many levels.
Library access is not an acceptable reason for breaking its own rules
There was no requirement to join the UN in order to access the library
There was no change to the application process specifically in 1991
The Watchtower was required to lodge annual applications between 1992 and 2001
The UN affiliation was only revoked due to media publicity. If a Witness confesses only after their sin is public knowledge there is high probability elders will not see their confession as a sign of repentance
If a Witness can be disassociated for membership with political organizations, the same standard should apply to the Watchtower Society
What was the real reason that the Watchtower Society affiliated itself with the United Nations? Without an honest statement from the Watchtower this can only be speculated, though most likely it was in order to gain political favour to enhance Watchtower rights in countries under ban.
When the League of Nations was initially established the
“We cannot but admire the high principles embodied in the
Later, the Watchtower became vocal in regular condemnation of the
“True, the 138 members of the United Nations organization know that Jehovah’s Christian witnesses are no part of Christendom,
no, no part of harlotrous
“Human governments have schemed to form the most brazen and
defiant conspiracy against divine rule that has ever existed. (Compare Isaiah 8:11-13.) They have done so, not once, but twice, creating
It was somewhat surprising when in the 1990’s a number of complimentary articles were written praising the work of the United Nations.
““THE preamble to the United Nations Charter expresses these noble aims: “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, . . . and [desiring] to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, . . . have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.”
Did the UN “accomplish these aims”? Did
it get the nations to unite their strength and maintain peace and security? No, not so far, although the UN has sincerely tried to
be a significantly better way than the
…Jehovah’s Witnesses firmly believe that the United Nations is going to play a major role in world events in the very near future. No doubt these developments will be very exciting. And the results will have a far-reaching impact on your life. We urge you to ask Jehovah’s Witnesses in your neighborhood for more details on this matter. The Bible clearly paints a picture showing that the United Nations will very shortly be given power and authority. The UN will then do some very astonishing things that may well amaze you. And you will be thrilled to learn that there is yet a better way near at hand that will surely bring eternal peace and security!”
Awake! 1991 September 8 p.10
“WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, . . .”—Preamble to the charter of the United Nations.
“OCTOBER 24, 1995, marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. All 185 current member States are committed to the organization’s original principles and goals as expressed in that charter: to maintain international peace and security; to suppress acts of aggression that threaten world peace; to encourage friendly relations among nations; to protect the fundamental freedoms of all peoples without discrimination based on race, sex, language, or religion; and to achieve international cooperation in solving economic, social, and cultural problems.
“For 50 years the United Nations organization has made notable efforts to bring about world peace and security. Arguably, it may have prevented a third world war, and the wholesale destruction of human life through the use of nuclear bombs has not been repeated. The United Nations has provided millions of children with food and medicine. It has contributed to improved health standards in many countries, providing, among other things, safer drinking water and immunization against dangerous diseases. Millions of refugees have received humanitarian assistance.
In recognition of its accomplishments, the United Nations organization has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize five times. Yet, the lamentable fact of life is that we still do not live in a world without war.
“… In Bible prophecy, human governments are often symbolized by wild beasts. (Daniel 7:6, 12, 23; 8:20-22) Hence, for many decades the Watchtower magazine has identified the wild beasts of Revelation chapters 13 and 17 with today’s worldly governments. This includes the United Nations, which is depicted in Revelation chapter 17 as a scarlet-colored beast with seven heads and ten horns.
“However, this Scriptural position does not condone any form of disrespect toward governments or their officials. The Bible clearly states: “Let every soul be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. Therefore he who opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will receive judgment to themselves.”—Romans 13:1, 2.
“Accordingly, Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are maintaining strict political neutrality, do not interfere with human governments. They never foment revolution or participate in acts of civil disobedience. Rather, they recognize that some form of government is necessary to maintain law and order in human society.—Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1.
“Jehovah’s Witnesses view the United Nations organization as they do other governmental bodies of the world. They acknowledge that the United Nations continues to exist by God’s permission. In harmony with the Bible, Jehovah’s Witnesses render due respect to all governments and obey them as long as such obedience does not require that they sin against God.—Acts 5:29”
Watchtower 1995 October 1 p.3,7
The Awake! 1998 November 22 devoted a number of pages to discussing the fine efforts of the United Nations as did the Awake! 2000 December 8.
The turnaround in Watchtower discussion on the United Nations during the 1990’s clearly coincides with the UN application requirement for affiliated NGO’s to publicly support their Charter.
In the 1960’s the Watchtower decreed that Malawian Witnesses were not to hold a political card in a one party state. This resulted in many thousands of deaths, rapes and displacements of innocent Witnesses between 1963 and 1992. (Yearbook 1999 pp.149-223) Whilst these atrocities were occurring to followers of Watchtower regulation, their headquarters were ignoring the same regulation by being politically affiliated with the “blasphemous” United Nations. The Society freely wields its power to disfellowship its constituents for associating with or working for organizations that are acting contrary to Watchtower principles, and praises followers who die upholding Organization regulation. Yet they violated their own principles; for a library card. Never has there been an apology or admission of wrongdoing, rather there has been no more than a brief and dishonest attempt to make this indiscretion appear justifiable. Is it any wonder that Witnesses have left the Organization in disgust at such hypocrisy?