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1914 stands as a very important and critical date for the WTS and Jehovah’s Witnesses.  It stands as a pinnacle of their apocalyptic doctrine.  According to the WTS’ doctrine it is the year when “the times of the Gentiles “ended, and Jesus became King of God’s heavenly Kingdom.  There has been a variety of different mathematical calculations, comparisons made to worldly events, and timetables used to convey the eminent doom that is always hovering over our heads.

                                                          HISTORY

The WTS and the Jehovah’s Witness reject most of Pastor Russell’s teachings, including his doctrine on 1914.  Though Russell considered his doctrine to be inspiration from God, it origins are more earthly.  The doctrine rest on several different origins.  Numerology, {the custom of manipulating numbers to discover hidden meanings}.   Pyramidlogy {the belief that the pyramids held great hidden knowledge and revelation of future events}.   Williams Miller {whose followers started the Second Adventist and Seventh-day Adventist Movements}.

WILLIAMS MILLERThroughout history there has been a parade of end-time prophets and messiahs.  The most famous and influential of these was Williams Miller.  After a two year in-depth study of the Bible which led to his conversion in 1818 he formed this opinion.  “I was thus brought, in 1818, at the close of my two year study of the Scriptures, to the solemn conclusion, that in about twenty five years from that time all the affairs of our present state would be wound up.”  Miller began to publicly present his findings in 1831.  He based his doctrine on the book of Daniel, and calculated that Jesus would appear 2300 years from the time Ezra was told he could return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.  The date of Ezra’s return even was calculated to be 457 B.C.  If we subtract 457 from 2300 we come to the date of 1843.  Miller claimed that Jesus Christ will return in 1843, and later refined to March 21, 1843.  When March 21, 1843 came and went it was changed to March,21 1844, and then to October 22, 1844.  “The great disappointment” as it was later referred to, saw the beginning of the breakup of the Millerites which then numbered to about 100,000. It was later regrouped into different groups such as The Seventh Day Adventist and the Second Adventist.  Below is the calculation that led to the prediction of October 1844.

In Daniel 8:14 the prophet speaks of 2300 days.  Many scholars took these days to stand for years.  Now we take the seventy “weeks” mentioned in Daniel 9:24 and multiply by “seven times” in Daniel 4:23 we get 490 years, then we subtract from 2300 years and we arrived at 1810 years.   It was assumed that Jesus died in 31 with 3 ½ years remaining in the 70th week, found in 9:27, {he assumed that the 70 week ended somewhere in 34 A.D.}  Now we do the math, 3.5 + 31+ 1810= 1844.5 A.D. give or take a month, which was calculated to be October 22, 1844.  He also used worldly events of that time {such as war and famine} to match the sequence of events in Daniel chapter 11.

Now the Seventh Day Adventist solved the problem of Jesus not appearing in 1844 by proclaiming that he returned invisible.  Nelson Barbour of the Second Adventist argued the Miller simply got his math wrong and the right date was 1874.  Then when 1874 failed Barbour took the easy way out and claimed that Jesus came back invisible, and the physical appearance to happen in 1914.

 In 1876 Russell read a copy of "The Herald of the Morning", an Adventist publication produced by Nelson H. Barbour.  The concept that Christ returned invisibly in 1874 captured Russell’s attention. In the summer of 1876 Russell and Barbour met to discuss theological beliefs and Russell’s financial support for Nelson’s failing publication. Russell became an assistant editor, and contributed articles. Russell’s small group became affiliated with Barbour’s.  Russell and Barbour believed and taught Christ invisible return in 1874, with the Rapture to occur in 1878. When the Rapture failed to occur in 1878 Barbour came up with new revelations.  Russell however did not agree with Barbour quite the position of the Adventist magazine and started his own.  It was called Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence.

An interesting side note: After the great disappointment a tiny group led by  James and Ellen White {husband and wife}  became the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which would branch off to give birth to the suicidal apocalyptic cult , the Branch-Davidians.

Pyramidlogy and Numerology:

Pyramidologists used elaborate measurements to discover hidden codes built into the halls, chambers, and dimensions of the Great Pyramid.  They tried to link measurement to events in Christianity in an attempt to prove that their idea of what the Bible said was literally true.  Pyramidlolgy has historically been practiced by occultists, and misled Christians.

Numerologists manipulate numbers to discover hidden meanings.  It is easy to come up with a starting calculation that leads to a hidden revelation.  Finding these hidden revelations is just a “Pick and Choose --Hit or Miss” game.  Numerology has been practiced by sorcerers, fortune tellers and astrologers.

Below are excerpts from Thy Kingdom Come, Millennial Dawn Vol, III 1891-1905 edition, and Thy Kingdom Come, Studies in the Scriptures Vol.III 1910 edition. “Testimony of God’s Stone Witness And Prophet, The Great Pyramid In Egypt”, is the title of the chapter from which the following paragraphs were taken from.  In this chapter {which is found in both editions} Russell explains his idea of how the Great Pyramid in Egypt is in full harmony with the Bible, God’s plan for mankind, and testifies that 1874 and then 1914 was the key date in God’s timetable. Notice how the measurements have been changed from the earlier edition to arrive at the 1914 date.

So, then, if we measure backward down the "First Ascending Passage" to its junction with the "Entrance Passage," we shall have a fixed date to mark upon the downward passage. This measure is 1542 inches, and indicates the year B.C. 1542, as the date at the point. Then measuring down the "Entrance Passage" from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the "Pit," representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3416 inches, symbolizing 3416 years from the above date, B.C. 1542. This calculation shows A.D. 1874 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble; for 1542 years B.C. plus 1874 years AD. equals 3416 years. Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1874 was the chronological beginning of the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation--no, nor ever shall be afterward. And thus it will be noted that this "Witness" fully corroborates the Bible testimony on this subject. {Thy Kingdom Come 1891-1905 ed. pg 342} .

                                                                                                                            

"So, then, if we measure backward down the 'First Ascending Passage' to its junction with the 'Entrance Passage,' we shall have a fixed date to mark upon the downward passage. This measure is 1542 inches, and indicates the year B.C. 1542, as the date at that point. Then measuring down the 'Entrance Passage' from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the 'Pit,' representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3457 inches, symbolizing 3457 years from the above date, B.C. 1542. This calculation shows AD. 1915 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble; for 1542 years B.C. plus 1915 years AD. equals 3457 years. Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1914 will be the beginning of the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation -- no, nor ever shall be afterward. And thus it will be noted that this 'Witness' fully corroborates the' Bible testimony on this subject. {Thy Kingdom Come 1910 edition pg. 342.} 

Winged Solar Disk

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This is a form that the god Horus Behudety (Horus of Edfu) takes in his battles with Seth.  The god Thoth used his magic to turn Horus into a sun-disk with splendid outstretched wings.  The goddesses Nekhbet and Uazet in the form of uraeus snakes joined him at his side.  This emblem has been found on Russell’s publications for over fifty years.  Also proof that his writings were influenced by Egyptology.

         Pre 1914 Predictions and Calculations

The date of its beginning was at the overthrow of the Osirogothic monarchy, which occurred in 539 A. D…In Biblical symbology a “time” means a year of twelve months of thirty days each, or 360 days.  Each day is considered for a year, as the prophet says: “I have appointed thee each day for a year.”  {Ezek. 4:6}  Here are mentioned, then, three and a half times of 360 prophetic days each, or a total of 1260 pro-phetic days, which would mark the beginning of the time of the end of this beastly order.  Twelve hundred and sixty years from 539 A. D. brings us to 1799, which is another proof that 1799 definitely marks the beginning of “the time of the end”.  This also shows that it is from the date 539 A.D. that the other prophetic days of Daniel must be counted. {Creation pg. 294-294}

Napoleon began this Egyptian campaign in 1798, finished it, and then returned to France on October 1 1799.  The campaign is briefly, yet graphically, described in the prophecy, verses {Dan. Ch.11} 40-44; and its being completed in 1799 marks, according to the prophet’s own words, the beginning of “the time of the end.{Creation pg. 293.}

The Scriptural proof is that the period of his pres-once and the day of God’s preparation is a period from 1874 A. D. forward.  The second coming of the Lord, therefore, began in 1874; and that date and the years 1914 to 1918are specially marked dates with reference to his coming. {Creation pg. 289.}

The Scriptural proof is that the second presence of the Lord Jesus Christ began in 1874 A.D. {Prophecy 1929 pg. 65}

The Bible chronology herein presented shows that the six great thousand-year Days beginning with Adam are ended, and that the great Seventh Day, the thousand years of Christ’s Reign, began in 1873.  The events of these 43 years, which this Volume claims as the beginning of the Millennium, we still find fully corroborating Bible prophecies, as herein set forth.  During these 43years, nearly all the inventions of our day have been accomplished.  The sewing machine, one of the first, began to reach its perfection 43 years ago.  Since then, we have all kinds of farming and cheap—through human invention.  These are shortening the hours of labor, and doing away with the “sweat of face,” which the Bible declares to be identified with the curse.{The Time is At Hand pg.2}

Be not surprised, then, when in subsequent chapters we present proofs that the setting up of the Kingdom of God is already begun, that it is pointed out in prophecy as due to begin the exercise of power in A.D. 1878, and that the “battle of the great day of God Almighty” (Rev. 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1915, with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership, is already commenced.  The gathering of the armies is plainly visible from the standpoint of God’s Word.{The Time Is At Hand pg 101}

In view of this strong Bible evidence concerning the Times of the Gentiles we consider it an established truth that the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished near the end of A.D. 1915.{ The Time Is At Hand}

 

                                                             607 B.C.

In that important year the 'appointed times of the nations,' 2,520 years long, ran out.   If we measure back that many years from 1914 we come to the ancient date of 607 B.C.  That year was marked for the overthrow of the earthly "throne of Jehovah" and for the destruction of the throne city of Jerusalem and its sanctuary and for the total desolation of the land of the kingdom of Judah."{Your Will, 1958, pp. 309-310}

The only city in all the earth upon which Jehovah place his name was Jerusalem. {1 Kings 11:36} It was also the capital of a God-approved earthly kingdom typical of God’s heavenly Kingdom.  Therefore, the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 607 B.C.E. was very significant. {Knowledge That Leads To Everlasting Life. Pg.96}

That period began with the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E., and Daniel indicated that it would go on for “seven times.”  {Daniel 4:23-25}  How long is that?  The Bible shows that three and a half “times” equal 1260 days. {Rev. 12:6, 14} Twice that period, or seven times, would be 2520 days. But nothing noteworthy happened at the end of that short period of time.  By applying “a day for a year” to Daniel’s prophecy and counting 2520 years from 607 B.C.E. , however, we arrived at the year 1914 C.E.{ Knowledge That Leads To Everlasting Life Pg 97}

At Thus we conclude that 607 B.C. becomes the foundation for this equation.  But is it correct?   The following encyclopedias and books differ with the date in question.

Babylonian Exile also called Babylonian Captivity; the forced detention of Jews in Babylonia following the latter's conquest of the kingdom of Judah in 598/7 and 587/6 BC.  The exile formally ended in 538 BC, when the Persian conqueror of Babylonia, Cyrus the Great , gave the Jews permission to return to Palestine.  Historians agree that several deportations took place (each the result of uprisings in Palestine), that not all Jews were forced…{Encyclopedia Britannica.}
 

Babylonian captivity, in the history of Israel, the period from the fall of Jerusalem (586 BC) to the reconstruction in Palestine of a new Jewish state (after 538 BC).  After the capture of the city by the Babylonians some thousands, probably selected for their prosperity and importance, were deported to Mesopotamia. {Encyclopedia.com}

The age of the Gentiles began with Babylon’s destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and the exile of the Jewish people. {Life Application New Testament Commentary pg. 344.}

Babylonian Exile:  The exile of the Judeans to Babylonia in 586 BC was a major turning point in Israelite religion.  The prior history of Israel now was reinterpreted in light of the events of 586, laying the foundation for the traditional biblical Pentateuch, prophetic canon, and historical books. {Encyclopedia Encarta.}

Now the question that we should ask, how did the WTS verify the date of 607? Remember this becomes the pinnacle date of this and many other theories.  According to archeological and historical facts the date is between 587 and 586 B.C.  Thus the evidence shows that the WTS was not putting the spiritual interest of it followers first, by continually redefining its doctrine of1914 with incorrect data.

                                           THE GENERATION

“But there are people still living who were alive in 1914 and say what was happening then and who were old enough that they still remember those events.  This generation is getting up in years now.  A great number of them have already passed away in death.  Yet Jesus very pointedly said: “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.”  Some of them will still be alive to se the end of this wicked system.  This means that only a short time is left before the end comes!  So now is the time to take urgent action if you do not want to be swept away with this wicked system.” {The truth that leads to eternal life pg.94, 95.}

For many years the WTS has preached that the generation of 1914 will not die out completely before seeing the extermination of this wicked system of things, and the establishment of Jehovah’s government on earth.  The question is what constitutes this generation?  The definition of “this generation” has been changed over the years, as a result of “this generation” dying out.  I was taught it was anyone who was old enough to understand the events of 1914 as they occurred {around fifteen years of age}.  Then the age of understanding was changed to 10 years of age around the early 80’s.  During the mid 80’s “the generation” was changed to anyone born during 1914 or before.  Now with time running out around 1995 the Governing Body started putting away it aging “generation” doctrine changing it to anyone who experiences the troubles of Matt. 24 and witness Christ return to dispense justice by thus eliminating another embarrassing timetable.

"Even if we presume that the youngsters 15 years of age would be perceptive enough to realize the import of what happened in 1914, it would still make the youngest of 'this generation' nearly 70 years old today." {Awake, 10/8/68, pp 13-14}

"It is the generation of people who saw the events... from 1914 onward.   If you assume that 10 years is the age in which an event creates a lasting impression..." {Watchtower, October 15, 1980, p. 31}

Babies born in 1914 will live to see Armageddon ...If Jesus used 'generation' in that sense and we apply it to 1914, then the babies of that generation are now 70 years old or older...Some of them will by no means pass away until all things occur (Luke 21:32)." {Watchtower, 5/15/84, p. 5}

"Rather than providing a rule for measuring time, the term 'generation' as used by Jesus refers principally to contemporary people of a certain historical period..." {Watchtower, 11/1/95, p. 17}

Therefore, in the final fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy today, "this generation" apparently refers to the peoples of the earth who see the sign of Christ's presence but fail to mend their ways.  In contrast, we as Jesus' disciples refuse to be molded by the life-style of "this generation. {Watchtower 11/1/95, p. 19}.

The generation would end in 1975"To calculate where man is in the stream of time relative to God's seventh day of 7,000 years, we need to determine how long a time has elapsed from the year of Adam and Eve's creation in 4026 B.C.E.  From the autumn of that year to the autumn of 1 B.C.E., there would be 4,025 years.  From the autumn of 1 B.C.E. to the autumn of 1 C.E. is one year (there was no zero year).  From the autumn of 1 C.E. to the autumn of 1967 is a total of 1,966 years.  Adding 4,025 and 1 and 1,966, we get 5,992 years from the autumn of 4026 B.C.E. to the autumn of 1967.  Thus, eight years remain to account for a full 6,000 years of the seventh day. Eight years from the autumn of 1967 would bring us to the autumn of 1975, fully 6,000 years into God's seventh day, his rest day.

"...The seventh day of the Jewish week, the Sabbath, would well picture the final 1,000- year reign of God's kingdom under Christ.  Hence, when Christians note from God's timetable the approaching end of 6,000 years of human history, it fills them with anticipation.  Particularly is this true because the great sign of the 'last days' has been in the course of fulfillment since the beginning of the 'time of the end' in 1914.  Some of the generation that discerned the beginning of the time of the end in 1914 will still be alive on earth to witness the end of this present wicked system of things at the battle of Armageddon. Rev. 16:14, 16" {Watchtower, 1 May 1968, pp. 271-72}.

Generation to end in 1989 "J. A. Bengel states in his New Testament Word Studies: 'The Hebrews... reckon seventy-five years as one generation, and the words, shall not pass away, intimate that the greater part of that generation [of Jesus' day] indeed, but not the whole of it, should have passed away before all should be fulfilled. ' This became true by the year 70 C.E. when Jerusalem was destroyed.  Likewise today, most of the generation of 1914 has passed away.  However, there are still millions on earth who were born in that year or prior to it.  And although their numbers are dwindling, Jesus' words will come true, 'this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened'" {Awake, 8 April 1988, p. 14}.

Generation to end in 1994 "When the term 'generation' is used with reference to the people living at a particular time, the exact length of that time cannot be stated, except that the time would fall within reasonable limits.  These limits would be determined by the life span of the people of that time or of that population.  Today, much as it was in the time of Moses, people living under favorable conditions may reach 70 or 80 years of age.  Moses wrote: 'In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; and if because of special mightiness they are eighty years, yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things; for it must quickly pass by, and away we fly.' (Ps 90:10)  Some few may live longer, but Moses stated the general rule." {Insight on the Scriptures, Vol. 1, pp. 917-18}.

During the late 1990’s the WTS attempted to distance its self from dating the generation. The governing body proclaimed that the generation refers principally to contemporary people of a certain historical period, and shied away from using the generational doctrine. But the threat of imminent doom is a great motivator, and without it an apocalyptic based organization does not work as hard.  The fear of eternal distruction is a great motivator that keeps people working.  So the WTS introduced new words in place of generation. They inserted era, time, day, age, period and of course “generation”.  This is a back door attempt to return to the “generation” concept.

                                                      Daniel Chapter 4

One of the main factors in the 1914 doctrine is the “seven times” found in Daniel 4:23.  This story of Nebuchadnezzar was given by the king himself.  The king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar was a daring rival with God, claiming to be a god on the earth, and unaccountable to none.  The king had a disturbing dream of a great tree which grew large and reached unto heaven and was seen to the ends of the earth.  The tree was cut down and was cursed to live in the field with the heart of a beast, till seven times passes over him.  Daniel interpreted the dream for the king and warned Nebuchadnezzar that the tree in his dream was the king himself.  God was going to punish the king as a result of the great sins the king had committed.  God decreed that he, the Most High, rules all the earth and at His pleasure set up whom He wills, and takes them down also.  This came to pass upon the king.  When the kings understanding and memory was gone, he spoke and took glory and credit that was due to God only.  The consequences of his actions resulted in him running stark mad for seven years.  Upon recovering his reason, Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges God as Ruler over all.

 Daniel’s interpretation of the king’s dream is that (A) the tree represents Nebuchadnezzar; (B) Nebuchadnezzar will go mad for "seven times" until he realizes that God, is sully responsible for the greatness of the Babylonian kingdom; and that (3) the throne of Babylon will be waiting for Nebuchadnezzar when the "seven times" ends and he will be king of Babylon again.

The Jehovah's Witnesses have an individual way of interpreting Daniel 4, they claim that: (A) the tree represents God’s supreme rulership, (B) the cutting of the tree represents the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and God ending his own rule in 607 B.C., (C) the "seven times" constitute 2,520 years. Because in Revelation, 1,260 days are equal to 3 and 1/2 times, then twice that amount is 2520 years which is equal to seven times. Now according the “rule of one year per day” adding 2520 to 607 B.C. we should get 1914 A.D. the year Jesus returned triumphantly invisible to rule God’s heavenly government. There just exists one problem.  The factor of seven times found in Daniel 4 does not come into harmony with Rev. 12:6, 14.  Note the 1260 days mentioned in 12:6 corresponds with time, times, and half a time { three and a half years} found  in 12:14, and  also corresponds with 42 months found in 11:2.  3 ½ years = 42 months x 30days {per month} = 1260 days.  In Rev. 12:6,14 the woman will be protected during a time of persecution, {11:2} time trampling of the holy city, or{13:5}the time of the Anti-Christ. The emphasis is that God has a place of protection during the time which Satan will raise havoc across the earth.  It is clearly seen that Daniel 4 and Rev. do not have a connection that could theologically compute and give us a result of 1914.

With Revelation aside there is nothing found in Scripture that conveys a model for applying "seven times" to the WTS equation beginning at 607 B.C. that brings us to 1914. In WTS fashion they made a model of their own but it does not match with Daniel 4. The WTS says that God { the subject} cut his own rule in 607 B.C. { a reflective action} and started it again in 1914. In Daniel 4 God {the subject} cuts down {simple action} Nebuchadnezzar {definite object}. The major problem is a lacking of harmony between both models, with the WTS's model lacking the major component of a definite object.

 

 

                                                  Matthew 24

Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus when he was coming and when the end of the world would be.{Matt 24:3}. Jesus did not know and could not tell them exactly when he was coming back, but he did tell them about the things that would happen before he would come.  Just as we could tell by looking at a tree budding and know that summer is near, so Jesus told his disciples that by seeing and experiencing the signs, they will let them know that his coming was close.  All signs have a message. These will tell us that Jesus is near {Matt 24 32-33}.  He clearly explained that the exact day and time was only known by the Father {Matt 24:36}.  No one can predict by science or scripture the coming of Jesus.  The emphasis is on preparation, not calculation {Matt 24:44}.  But being the loving savior that he is he gives us an edge on knowing.  We don’t have the time but we know what will happen before his coming.

 Because people will be looking for a sign of his coming, they will become susceptible to deception {Matt 24:4}. Many believers will be misled by false prophets coming in Jesus's name possessing counterfeit signs of spiritual power and authority.  They will claim to receive messages from God, but they will say what people want to hear {Matt 24:5, 11}.

Jesus’ coming will be obvious, unexpected, sudden, and in a twinkle of an eye be seen by all, just as if lightning would flash from the eastern horizon across the sky to the western horizon, filling the whole space. So will the return of the Christ be {Matt 24:27}. He will not be in any secret place or out in the desert.  His return will be unmistakable {Matt 24:26}. Will we be caught off guard?  Just like in Noah’s day we will be going about our daily business.  There will be no time for last minute repenting or bargaining, whatever choice we make will determine our eternity.  Just as the judgment during the flood caught them unaware, so will the return of Christ catch us unaware {Matt 24:38}. There will be deep mourning among the people of the earth, because unbelievers will suddenly realize that they had chosen the wrong side {Matt24:3}. 

Will you be caught on the wrong side?  Will you be surprised to find that Jesus did not return invisible?

                                                           The Debate

Easter is Christendom’s chief religious holiday, said to be held in memory of Christ being raised from the dead.  History books tell us that Easter was not celebrated by early Christians and that it is based on ancient pagan practices.   It is of pagan origin and therefore displeasing to God.  What about Christmas?   Says the Catholic Encyclopedia, “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church…The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt.”  What then, of the date December 25, celebrated by many the birthday of Christ?   The World Book Encyclopedia says:  “In A.D. 354, Bishop Libereius of Rome ordered the people to celebrate on December 25.  He probably chose this date because the people of Rome already observed it as the Feast of Saturn, celebrating the birthday of the sun.”  Since the date of Christmas is of pagan origin, it should not seem strange that the customs of Christmas are also of pagan origin.  Also, The Encyclopedia Americana points out that among the customs borrowed from the pagan Roman feast of Saturnalia was “the giving of gifts.”  There is no escaping it; Christmas is of pagan origin.  Knowing this, we should pay attention to the apostle Paul’s warning against mixing the true and the false.  He says that even “a little leaven ferments the whole lump.”  How much more important it is for true Christians today to shun a celebration that was never authorized by God, that stems from pagan Babylon, and that falsely bears the name of Christ! {The Truth That Leads To Everlasting Life. Pg. 147-149}

According to the writer or writers of “The Truth That Leads To Everlasting Life,” the WTS goes to great lengths to instill that anything of pagan origin, or association direct or indirect is displeasing to God.  As we have clearly seen with the evidence above the doctrine of 1914 had a false origin with Williams Miller. It was collaborated with the practice of Pyramid logy and Numerology.  The doctrine was changed on countless occasions to conform to the times. The definition of the “generation” was altered to keep up with the depletion and the eminent end of the “generation.” If the association rejects Christmas and Easter because of an indirect association with a pagan holiday, than it should stay true to its word and denounce the doctrine of 1914 with its overwhelming association with false teachings and pagan origins.

In its defense the WTS states:

 Jehovah's Witnesses, in their eagerness for Jesus' second coming, have suggested dates that turned out to be incorrect.  Because of this, some have called them false prophets. Never in these instances, however, did they presume to originate predictions 'in the name of Jehovah.'  Never did they say, 'These are the words of Jehovah.” {Awake!, 3/22/93 p4}.

But on the contrary:

The WTS published that it was “the Creator’s promise” that the new world would come “before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away” {Awake 8/22/95 p.4}

The Watchtower surly cannot use the excuse that 1914 was always taught as a "none divinely inspired" doctrine. The Watchtower plainly said that it was "the Creator's promise" that the new world would come "before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away." Elsewhere they even called this prediction for the 1914 generation, Jehovah's prophetic word.

From a purely human viewpoint, it could appear that these developments could hardly take place before the generation of 1914 disappears from the scene.  But fulfillment of all the foretold events affecting the generation of 1914 does not depend on comparatively slow human action.  Jehovah's prophetic word through Christ Jesus is:  'This generation [of 1914] will by no means pass away until all things occur.'  (Luke 21:32)  And Jehovah, who is the source of inspired and unfailing prophecy, will bring about the fulfillment of his Son's words in a relatively short time. {Watchtower 5/15/84 pg 6-7}

Now by altering their doctrine of the generation and the date of Jesus’ return the WTS and its originators have changed their prediction.  In doing so “The True Organization” has confessed that the old doctrine which they claimed to be written in stone “Jehovah’s prophetic word,” and “the Creator’s promise,” to be a lie.

The WTS itself agrees.

True, there have been those in times past, who predicted an 'end to the world,' even announcing a specific date... Yet, nothing happened. The 'end' did not come.  They were guilty of false prophesying.  Why?  What was missing?  Missing was the full measure of evidence required in fulfillment of Bible prophecy.  Missing from such people were God's truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them" {Awake!, 11/8/68, p. 23}.

The Bible teaches that predictions spoken in God's name which do not come true are evidence that the prophet really does not speak for God.  The Lord's people are commanded not to "fear” this prophet.  In fact, under the Old Testament law, this prophet was sentenced to death.  The Society has a clear understanding of Deuteronomy 18.

Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

18:21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

The Society has held onto 1914 for almost a century as the "final curtain" for the wicked system of things, soon to be followed by co existence with God on a paradise earth.  In anticipation of this, thousands have sold their homes, given up careers or job advances. They have given up higher education for a lower-paying job and a leaner and more “Godly” way of life. Others have forfeited marriages and having children to devote more of their time to the Watchtower.  Many others have bitten the bullet and gone out on cold and rainy days or night to preach and distribute the twisted words of a few antiquated old geezers from Brooklyn who amazingly control the minds of millions.  And for many of the old timers whose hopes have shattered when they found out that all that comes form Brooklyn is not inspired from God.  But many have opened the Trojan Horse and found only silly old men gazing into a crystal ball and prophesizing.   Let's hope that all who cry out for help find the love of God, manifest in Jesus. 

If the Jehovah’s Witness’ believe that they are “Jehovah’s Chosen Organization” who have only “Kingdom interest” then they should stand “shoulder to shoulder” and accept that the WTS and its originators, have over the years been laying brick on top of brick to build this great wall of lies known as the doctrine of1914, to keep them separate form THE ONLY TRUTH THAT WILL LEAD THEM TO ETERNAL LIFE.

Sources for the Greek translation: Elis Ultra Bible, Crosswalk.com, Thayer’s and Smith’s Bible dictionary, and Theological Dictionary of the New Testament.

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