The following blog only quotes the bible and Watchtower publications. My hope that should sincere believers in Jehovah read they will want to study further the past publications of the Watchtower and Bible Tract Society (of the Jehovah’s Witnesses) so they can decide for themselves what to think in this spirit:
1 John 4:1
King James Version (KJV)
4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
There is a call on you in the bible to be skeptical, and to put anyone that makes a prophecy to scrutiny.
King James Version (KJV)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Some highlights include:
1920 “Based upon the argument heretofore set forth, then, that the old order of things, the old world, is ending and is therefore passing away, and that the new order is coming in, and that 1925 shall mark the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old and the beginning of reconstruction, it is reasonable to conclude that millions of people now on the earth will be still on the earth in 1925. Then, based upon the promises set forth in the divine Word, we must reach the positive and indisputable conclusion that millions now living will never die.” (Millions Now Living Will Never Die. 1920 p. 97)
Those worthies including Abraham, Isaac, Joshua etc. How sure should Jehovah’s Witnesses have been in the early ’20s?
1923 ‘1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures…the Christian has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had (so far as the Scriptures reveal) upon which to base his faith in the coming deluge’ (Watchtower April 1, 1923, p. 106)
When 1925 came and went without this prediction coming to pass:
1926 “Some anticipated that the work would end in 1925, but the Lord did not state so. The difficulty was that the friends inflated their imaginations beyond reason; and that when their imaginations burst asunder, they were inclined to throw away everything.” (Watchtower 1926 p. 232.)
Despite an inability to be accurate about various dates for Armageddon, though trying, the Watchtower felt confident enough to set forth this advise on family planning:
1938 “…mark the words of Jesus, which definitely seem to discourage the bearing of children immediately before or during Armageddon….It would therefore appear that there is no reasonable or scriptural injunction to bring children into the world immediately before Armageddon, where we now are.” (Watchtower, Nov. 1, 1938, p. 324)
Needless to say, having been excited by the Great War, World War II also had an impact:
1940 The Kingdom is here, the King is enthroned. Armageddon is just ahead. The glorious reign of Christ that shall bring blessings to the world will immediately follow. Therefore the great climax has been reached. Tribulation has fallen upon those who stand by the Lord. (The Messenger, Sept. 1940, p. 6)
1940 The prophecies of Almighty God, the fulfillment of which now clearly appears from the physical facts, show that the end of religion has come and with its end the complete downfall of Satan’s entire organization.” (Religion, J. F. Rutherford, p. 336, 1940)
Do check out the link for the excitement around 1975.
Still you might say that is the past … Moving on to the 1990s:
1995 “Why Awake is Published” [before Nov 8th 1995] Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.” [After Nov. 8 1995 reference to ‘1914 generation’ deleted] “Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things.”
It is up to you to see how deep the rabbit hole goes, and you will be told that such a journey will take you away from the one true God and his organisation. Have the courage to read the Watchtower publications for yourself, and have confidence that not only can you reason without fear but the bible itself compels you to do so.
Above tract from 1889 Biblical Chronology by Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Bible Student movement and Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Source)
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog