Speaking of Luther, there were some very strong statements about him in the book, The Finished Mystery p.48 (published in 1917 by the WTS), saying he was one of the stars in Jesus' hand (Rev. 3:7) the Messenger to the Church at Philadelphia.Here's the book in question (published by the Watchtower): The Finshed Mystery (pdf). Check this out:
And the seven stars.—
How each of the Lord's messengers was kept! St. Paul had (supposedly) eight years of liberty after his first imprisonment, planted the Gospel in Spain and revisited the scenes of earlier labors; St. John is said to have been thrown into a caldron of boiling oil, but escaped unharmed and died of old age; Arius died a natural death; as did Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther and Charles T. Russell, although all had reason to expect martyrdom at the hands of ecclesiasticism.
Here are the comments on Revelation 3-4.
And [to] BY the angel.—Also:
The next messenger to the Church was Martin Luther. "There is considerable similarity between the work begun on Pentecost and that of Luther. The Reformation was, in a sense, the beginning of a new era, a dawning of light where all had been darkness, a new start in the way of Truth."—Z.'16-347. (page 48)
Write.— Luther wrote the first translation of the Bible into German.
These things saith He that is [holy] TRUE.—
The direct reference is to Christ (1 John 5:20);but characteristic of Luther was his great love of truth. When the Papal legate came demanding that he recant, he replied, "I stand by the truth. I will not take it back"
He that is [true] HOLY.— See Mark 1:24.
Luther's special message was "Justification by faith"— real holiness. One of the theses on the door was, "Those who truly repent of their sins have a full remission of guilt and penalty."
He that hath the key of David.—
"All power in Heaven and earth." (Matt. 28:18; Luke 1:32.)Luther's theses were antagonistic to the system actually ruling all over the world. When a representative came warning that his death would surely follow failure to recant, and asking him where he could go when all had orders not to harbor him, he replied, "I will abide under the cope of heaven."
And shutteth and no man [openeth] SHALL OPEN.—
The door of opportunity for the Roman Catholic Church to repent swung shut the day Luther was excommunicated. (Rev.2:21.) "Luther was not in the least disconcerted by this sentence, which he had for some time expected.He renewed his appeal to the general council; declared the pope to be that Antichrist, or Man of Sin whose appearance is foretold in the New Testament; declaimed against his tyranny with greater vehemence than ever; and at last, having assembled the University he cast the canon law,together with the bull of excommunication, into the flames."— Buck.
I know thy works.—
A striking feature of Luther's character was his promptness to do whatever he saw to be the Lord's will. When the great test came, Luther said to Erasmus: "You desire to walk upon eggs without crushing them." Erasmus replied: "I will not be unfaithful to the cause of Christ, at least so far as the Age will permit me." "I will go to Worms," shouted Luther, "though the devils were combined against me as thick as tiles upon the housetops!"
Behold I have set before thee an open door.—
See 1 Cor. 16:9; Acts 14:27.
[And] WHICH no man can shut [it].—
"While the Roman pontiff thought everything safe and settled, and all pious and good men were nearly in despair of the religious reformation, so earnestly desired, a certain obscure and inconsiderable monk in Saxony, a province of Germany, suddenly opposed himself singlehanded with incredible resolution to the power of Rome. This was Martin Luther."—Mosheim.
For thou hast a little strength.—
"Compared with the mighty hosts of their enemies, the little band of Reformers had but ‘a little strength;' but they knew that they had the Truth, and they fully trusted the Giver,"—Z. ‘16-847.