Who Raised Jesus Christ From the Grave?

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The Watchtower recommends all their Bible Students use only the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

Using the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures the diligent student will find the following study on who raised Jesus Christ from the dead most enlightening.

2 Timothy 2:15 encourages us to “do your utmost to present yourself approved to God, a workman with nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of the truth aright.”

Also we should “make sure of all things and hold fast to that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. And “keep testing whether you are in the faith, keep proving what yourselves are.” 2 Corinthians 15:1-2.

After reading the following scriptures from the NWT, fill in the answers who raised Jesus from the dead.

Acts 2: 24 says,

“But God resurrected him{Jesus} by loosing the pangs of death because it was not possible for him to continue be held fast by it.”


Acts 10: 40 says,

“God raised this One up on the third day and granted him to become manifest.”


Gal 1: 1 says,

“Paul, an Apostle, neither from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him up from the dead.”


Eph 1: 20 says,

“..with which he {God} was operating in the case of Christ when he raised him up from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.”


1 Peter 1: 21 says,

“who through him are believers in God, the one who raised him up from the dead and gave him glory..”


The answer is very plain to all that Jehovah by himself raised Jesus Christ from the grave on the third day and seated him beside him on the right hand side and gave him glory.{A note here Jehovah shares His Glory with NO ONE. Is 42: 8, 48: 11.}

Now again using the NWT translation we read this in Romans 8: 11,

“If, now, the spirit of him{God} that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will make your mortal bodies alive….”


Here it is plain that it is the spirit of Jehovah that did the work. That creates a problem. Did the two of them in conjunction with each other do the raising? Who is the Holy Spirit to the Watchtower organization?

“"The Holy Scriptures tell us the personal name of the Father-Jehovah. They inform us that the Son is Jesus Christ. But nowhere in the Scriptures is a personal name applied to the holy spirit." Reasoning from the Scriptures 1989 pp 406-7.

“Nowhere do we read of Jehovah God and Jesus as being referred to by neuter pronouns, which is the case in regard to the holy spirit. 'It is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot obtain that Spirit, because it does not see it or recognize it; you recognize it because it stays with you and is within you.' (John 14:16, 17, AT; Acts 2:33).” AT stands for "The Complete Bible - An American Translation" by J.M. Powis Smith and Edgar J. Goodspeed. © 1939; the Society refers to the edition printed in 1951.

“It is similar with God. He is in the heavens. Yet his holy spirit, which is his invisible active force, can be felt everywhere, over all the universe. By means of his holy spirit God created the heavens, the earth and all living things. ... He can send out his spirit, his active force, to do whatever he wants even though he is far away." (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, (1982), p. 37).

The Watchtower Society teaches Jehovah's Witnesses that the Holy Spirit is not a Person but rather "God's active force". It is taught that this force is impersonal and is often likened to electricity.

This immediately gives rise to the question of how can an active force {like electricity} raise Jesus Christ from the dead?

But despite the claims of the Watchtower, the Personality of the Holy Spirit is clearly threaded throughout the Bible:

Jesus used personal pronouns when referring to the Holy Spirit:

“Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth, it is for your benefit I am going away. For if I do not go away, the helper will by no means come to you. But if I do go my way I will send {him} to you. And when that one arrives {he} will give the world convincing evidence concerning sin..” John 16: 7-10.

“I have many things yet to say unto you but you are not able to bear them at present. However, when that one arrives, the spirit of truth, {he} will guide you unto all the truth, for {he} will not speak of {his} own impulse, but what things {he} hears he will speak, and {he} will declare unto you the things coming.” John 16: 12-13.

Clearly Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as a person in the above scriptures.

What makes up a person?

A person has a mind and can think. Does the Holy Spirit think?

“For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of a man that is in him? So, too, no one has come to know the things of God, except the spirit of God.” 1 Cor 2: 11.

A person must have a will. Does the Holy Spirit have a will?

“But all these operations the one and same spirit performs, making a distribution to each one respectively just as he wills.” 1 Cor 12: 11.

A person has emotions. Does the Holy Spirit have these?

“Also do not be grieving God’s holy spirit with which you have been sealed for a day of releasing by ransom.”Eph 4: 30.

Clearly the Holy Spirit qualifies to be a person.

The translators of the Watchtowers New World Translation agree

1} That God is a Spirit and a person.

2) The angels are spirits and persons.

3) The demons are spirits and are persons.

4) Jesus is a spirit and a person.

5) Satan is a spirit and a person.

They also agree the Holy Spirit of God is a spirit but is NOT a Person!!!

The Watchtower in an article about the Devil, list some requirements of what qualifies one to be a person:

"You will note, too, that these accounts relate conversations between the Devil and God, and between the Devil and Jesus Christ. Both Jehovah God and Jesus Christ are persons. Also, the Bible calls Satan a manslayer, a liar, a father (in a spiritual sense) and a ruler. Only an intelligent person could fit all these descriptions." (Awake!, December 8, 1973, p.27)

Is the Watchtower saying the Devil qualifies as a person who has a mind and can reason and speak but the Holy Spirit who has the same attributes cannot be a person. That is unreasonable logic. Clearly we have shown that He is a person and He raised Jesus Christ from the dead. No force can contain a personality.

Who else raised Jesus Christ from the dead?

“In answer Jesus said to them: “break down this Temple, and in three days {I will} raise it up.” Therefore the Jews said “This Temple was built in forty six years, and will you will you raise it up in three days?” But he was talking about the temple of his body.”

Notice the little phrase “I will". Now we have three different persons raising the body of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Who is Jesus Christ to the Watchtower Organization?

Watchtower 1991 2/1 p. 17 Honor the Son, Jehovah’s Chief Agent

“Jesus Christ further deserves honor because he is Jehovah’s chief angel, or archangel. On what basis do we reach that conclusion? Well, the prefix “arch,” meaning “chief” or “principal,” implies that there is only one archangel. God’s Word speaks of him in reference to the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. We read: “The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.”

In this first quote from the Watchtower Magazine, Jesus Christ is the Archangel Michael. But wait a minute they changed their mind just two weeks later they say,

Jesus is not an Angel

Watchtower 1991 2/15 p. 14 A Corresponding Ransom for All

“God did not send some angel to rescue mankind. He made the supreme sacrifice of sending his only-begotten Son, “the one he was specially fond of".

Notice the dates on these Watchtower articles. Remember, these teachings are coming from an organization that claims to be God's only spirit directed organization, the only true religion in the world. Two entirely different statements, two weeks apart! Something to think about indeed!From towerwatch.com

According to the Watchtower Jesus is just a recycled angel, even be it the archangel Michael. They make the statement in Reasoning from the Scriptures. Page 218.

“So the evidence indicates that the Son of God was known as Michael before he came to earth and is known also by that name since his return to heaven where he resides as a glorified spirit Son of God.”

Let us look back in time to Zions Watchtower and the Herald of God’s presence, November 1879 page 48.

“His {Jesus} position is contrasted with that of men and angels, as he is Lord of both, having “all power in earth and heaven”. Hence it is said, “let all the angels of God worship him”; {that must include Michael the chief angel , hence Michael is not the Son of God…. For it pleased the Father that in him all fullness should dwell.”

Dear Jehovah Witness how do you explain firstly that your truth has changed over the years, and even over two weeks. Secondly how could a mere angel raise himself from the dead. According to your Watchtower it took Jehovah to create Jesus as the firstborn, so only Jehovah has the ability to give life.

Now we have three different identities raising Jesus Christ from the dead.

I must take time here to refute the current teaching of the Watchtower that Jesus is an angel, even if it is the mightiest one, Michael.

Hebrews 1: 5 declares “For example, to which one of the angels did he {Jehovah} ever say: “You are my son: I, today, have become your Father.” Here Jehovah does not say “It was Michael.”

Verse 7 continues, “Also, with reference to the angels he{Jehovah} says : “And he makes his angels spirits, and his public servants a flame of fire.” But with reference to the Son: “God is your throne forever.”

Verse 13 continues “But with reference to which of the angels has he ever said ;”Sit at my right hand, until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.” Obviously He did not say again “It was Michael."

Clearly no angel has been asked to be His Son; no angel is invited to sit on the throne beside Jehovah.

Never in all the scriptures is Michael called the name Jesus.

Jude 9 is a passage referring to Michael.

“But when Michael the archangel had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about the Moses’s body, he did not dare to bring judgement against him in abusive terms, but said “May Jehovah rebuke you.”

Jesus clearly was able to deal with Satan in the temptations in the wilderness even in a greatly weakened state. He rebuked the storm caused by Satan. Matt 8: 26. He told Satan to get behind Him when Peter protested Christ's mission to the Cross. Matt 16: 23.

In Daniel 10: 13 Michael, one of the chief princes, is called to help an angelic messenger in battle with the Prince demon of Persia. Jesus is never called “a Chief Prince” however He is called “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” and again “The Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last” just the same as Jehovah in Revelation.

Revelation 1: 17-18 says,

“And when I saw him I fell as dead at his feet, and he laid his right hand upon me and said: “Do not be fearful. I am the First and the Last and the living one; and I became dead {when did Jehovah die?} but, look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”

Dear Jehovah Witness, open your eyes! Can you not see that Jesus cannot be just an angel, even if it is the archangel Michael?

Could Michael raise himself from the dead? John 2: 17-19.

Was Michael invited to sit on the right hand of Jehovah? Hebrews 1: 13.

Could Michael be "the First and the Last?" Revelation 1: 17-18.

Did Michael die and become alive again? Revelation 1: 17-18.

The only way the three identities could be involved in the act of raising Christ from the grave is that they are one! A mathamatical equasion is "Things equal to the same thing are equal to each other." It is not too late; you can repent for being led astray by these false prophets.

1 John 1: 9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.”

Do not delay, I believe we are in the last days, Jesus is coming back soon, and we must be ready.