The Watchtower

The Watchtower is a monthly illustrated religious magazine, printed and published by Jehovah's Witnesses via the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania in Wallkill, Ulster County, New York and branch offices around the world. The title comes from Isaiah 21:8. It is known worldwide as the major publication (along with its companion magazine, Awake!) distributed by Jehovah's Witnesses in their door-to-door ministry.

Jehovah's Witnesses are trained to get people talking about "the state of the world" and lead the discussion in such a way that their religion will appear to be your only hope. If you are not prepared for their indoctrination procedure, you may conclude that only Jehovah's Witnesses can fill your life with meaning and protect you from the trials and tribulations of life. The first thing they do is cultivate your fear.

All of us are afraid of the unknown. What will happen tomorrow? Will I be fired? What if there's a nuclear war? What if I get sick? These 'what if' questions are the sparks that the Witnesses will fan into a flame.

The Witnesses at your door have a purpose in mind: to convert you to their religion. If you ask them point-blank if that is their purpose, they will usually deny it. They will say that they are there to discuss "the state of the world" or "the Bible" or "a hope for the future". This evasiveness is understandable; if they blatantly told people they were there to convert them, they wouldn't get anybody to listen!