The Jehovah's Witnesses deny Jesus Christ existed eternally or everlastingly, how do they reconcile this with Micah 5:2?

jamesh

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Micah 5:2, "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you one will go forth for Me to be the ruler of Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."
This prophecy is quoted by Matthew at Matthew 2:6, "And you; Bethlehem, land of Judah, Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; For out of you shall come forth a ruler, Who will Shepherd My people Israel." This is referring to Jesus Christ the Messiah.
The Jehovah's Witnesses agree with me.

There is no doubt that, from the prophecy of Micah 5:2, Satan the Devil knew where the birth was to take place.... 16. How did Micah 5:2 indicate where the Messiah was to be born?16 Micah 5:2 reads: “And you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, the one too little to get to be among the thousands of Judah, from you there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in Israel, whose origin is from early times, from the days of time indefinite.

w81 7/15pp. 11-16 -The Watchtower--1981
The prophecy states in the last sentence, "His goings forth/Jesus Christ/Messiah goings forth from long ago, From the days of eternity." The following is from Strong's Lexicon on the word "eternity." Strong's word number 5769 https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/h5769/kjv/wlc/0-1/
It's Bible usage:
Outline of Biblical Usage [?] long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world
ancient time, long time (of past)
(of future)
forever, always
continuous existence, perpetual
everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity
Notice the Jw's word "indefinite" is used with "everlasting, unending future, eternity."
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/kdo/micah-5.html
shows the point of view of one who interprets Micah 5:2 as proof of the externality of Jesus
So again, how do Jehovah’s Witnesses reconcile this apparent contradiction when you say Jesus Christ did not exist eternally or everlastingly?

IN GOD THE SON,
james
 
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