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The Watchtower

The Watchtower: Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom is a magazine published twice monthly by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.

The Watchtower was first published by Charles Taze Russell in 1879. According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, it now prints over 61 million copies of each issue in 300 languages.1 2

The magazine is colorfully illustrated and contains about 30 pages of articles of religious and moral interest based on the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses.

According to the inside cover of all issues of the Watchtower:

This magazine, The Watchtower, honors Jehovah God, the Ruler of the universe. It comforts people with the good news that God’s heavenly Kingdom will soon end all wickedness and transform the earth into a paradise. It promotes faith in Jesus Christ, who died so that we might gain everlasting life and who is now ruling as King of God’s Kingdom. This magazine has been published continuously since 1879 and is nonpolitical. It adheres to the Bible as its authority.1

The Watchtower is intended both as a resource for Witnesses and as a tract to hand out to non-Witnesses. The inside cover of all issues provides this offer:

Would you welcome more information or a free home Bible study? Visit www.jw.org, or send your request to one of the addresses below.1


  1. “The Watchtower and Awake! Magazines [online].” , PDF, p. 2.  

  2. “The Watchtower—No Other Magazine Comes Close.”  

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