I’m asking this because the Watchtower 1976 Yearbook literature quoted a book called “Independent African” about a “Watch Tower prophecy that the world would end in October 1914 was about to come true”, and the Yearbook confirmed it as such. How is a “Watch Tower prophecy” in this…
1914 was the end of the “time of gentiles”, and is the starting point of Christ receiving the kingdom of David, his forefather. It wasn’t our “prophecy”, but a revealing of the scriptures that God had set a time to take action.
Many people, not only in Africa, saw the outbreak of World War I, as relating to the warning of coming events that was published for almost 4 decades before it hit.
On August 30, 1914, the arresting headline “End of All Kingdoms in 1914” blazed across page 4 of the Sunday magazine section of The World, a leading New York newspaper. “The terrific war outbreak in Europe has fulfilled an extraordinary prophecy,” stated this feature article. “For a quarter of a century past, through preachers and through press, the ‘International Bible Students [Jehovah’s Witnesses],’ best known as ‘Millennial Dawners,’ have been proclaiming to the world that the Day of Wrath prophesied in the Bible would dawn in 1914. ‘Look out for 1914!’ has been the cry of the hundreds of traveling evangelists who, representing this strange creed, have gone up and down the country enunciating the doctrine that ‘the Kingdom of God is at hand.’”
How do secular historians view the year 1914?
“People of the World War II generation, my generation, will always think of their conflict as the great modern watershed of change. . . . We should be allowed our vanity, our personal rendezvous with history. But we should know that, in social terms, a far more decisive change came with World War I. It was then that political and social systems, centuries in the building, came apart—sometimes in a matter of weeks. And others were permanently transformed. It was in World War I that the age-old certainties were lost. . . . World War II continued, enlarged and affirmed this change. In social terms World War II was the last battle of World War I.”—The Age of Uncertainty (Boston, 1977), John K. Galbraith, p. 133.
The world did change that year, for the worse. And as you read 2 Timothy 3, you will see that Paul’s description of the attitudes of people fits to the tee these last days. Turn on any news, via TV, Internet, or newspaper, you find the results of these last days in the lives of people around the world.
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The phrase “Watch Tower Prophesy” is a term used by the writer of the “Independent Africa”.
As far as the term prophesy goes, it was correct. The authority of the earthly governments came to an end, and Jehovah set his Son in the position as the rightful ruler of the earth.
(Psalm 2:6-9) 6 [Saying:] “I, even I, have installed my king Upon Zion, my holy mountain.” 7 Let me refer to the decree of Jehovah; He has said to me: “You are my son; I, today, I have become your father. 8 Ask of me, that I may give nations as your inheritance And the ends of the earth as your own possession. 9 You will break them with an iron scepter,
(Psalm 110:1-3) 110 The utterance of Jehovah to my Lord is: “Sit at my right hand Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.” 2 The rod of your strength Jehovah will send out of Zion, [saying:] “Go subduing in the midst of your enemies.” 3 Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day of your military force. In the splendors of holiness, from the womb of the dawn, You have your company of young men just like dewdrops.
Both Psalms show that God would appoint his Son as King, and this was while there were still enemies that opposed his authority.
This ties back in to the book of Daniel where he sees the “son of man” receiving this authority.
Daniel 7:13 “I kept on beholding in the visions of the night, and, see there! with the clouds of the heavens someone like a son of man happened to be coming; and to the Ancient of Days he gained access, and they brought him up close even before that One.
We know that Jesus hasn’t destroyed those enemies yet, and it is for a purpose. To give time for those spoken of in Psalms 110 to “offer themselves willingly” to do the will of God. It also allows the time for people to take action in another way.
This time period, since 1914, has allowed millions to decide who Christ’s brothers are, and to take positive action to support them.
So, whatever term you want to use, the year 1914 is a solid link to Christ’s rulership. The world recognizes that the year was a turning point, one that mankind hasn’t recovered from, and that the selfish attitudes that Paul wrote to Timothy has become even stronger in the passing years.
Many concepts that the Watch Tower uses to this day were started by Russell.
(see link 1) The Watch Tower has twisted the scriptures to suit their own doctrines. Jehovah’s Witnesses represent a faith system that has knowingly produced false prophecies. The Watch Tower seeks to separate members from family ties. Jehovah’s Witnesses indoctrinate their children into the doctrines of demons. Jesus warned of this kind in Matthew 7:15 to 23.
“August 30, 1914, the arresting headline “End of All Kingdoms in 1914.”
The Reality –
No Kingdom ended in 1914 and by the End of the first ‘world war’ (actually an European conflict for the most part) all major nations remained in tacked albeit parts were devastated by the war.
Is this the kind of backing it takes to convince a JW of the Watch Tower’s propaganda? Weak is it not?
The Truth –
Three countries were formed out of Austria-Hungry, Poland was formed, and Germany grew over 20% larger.
Cut and paste comment from The Age of Uncertainty (Boston, 1977), John K. Galbraith, p. 133.
Every generation that is deeply affected by a war works out there own particular issues some by writing a book that seeks to understand the changes.
Mr. Galbraith’s work is a narrow world view and parochial in manner which seeks to piull readers’s into his point of view.
“In social terms World War II was the last battle of World War I”
This does not take into any veiwpoint other than a sliver of an European/American religious worldview. This does not take into account any of the factors of the Japanese being choked by BP nor the devastation of China or the mass murder in the Phillipines or IndoChina.
Millinial Dawn and Golden Age are Masonic names and examination shows evidence that Watch Tower from it’s origin and today are under satanic influences and referred to as Enochian majick by researchers.
(see link 3)
After the 1975 prophetic blunder the Watchtower Writing dept. began to scramble to look for any prophecies (ok just for the jw “expectations”) that they could point to as accurate. 1914 was the only date left that still could be maneuvered into a positive light. Pun intended, the application of ‘new light’ as regards the ‘invisible presence’ of Jesus and the establishment of the long awaited Kingdom of God, was just the ticket they needed to mollify the already disappointed membership.
By 1977 the ‘governing body’ was well on their way to a new policy. No more dates, just more signs and portents. Within a just a few years they even had to abandon the most publicized and touted prophecy of “this generation’ found in Mathew 24. They started to systematically remove any mention of their former teaching as regards the date 1914 and ‘this generation’,
They removed mention of this generation ending before the 20th century. And started a new tack, still holding onto the year 1914. It was this missed opportunity to abandon that 1914 date, that will inevitably cause their religious downfall. To proud to simply add 1914 to the very long list of other years already in the scrap heap of false ‘expectations’, they stuck with the date. Very soon now most jw with a lick of sense, will see thru the ruse and recognize the pure simple fact. Jehovah’s Witnesses are no different than any other religious body of men, who tie on the mantel of God’s very spokesman on earth.
They are simply men who THINK they have an inside track with God.
What about the 1925 debacle? Beginning in 1919, the Bible Students began predicting Armageddon to begin in 1925. One famous quote says something like “the date 1925 is even more firmly fixed from the scriptures than 1914”.
Remember that talk “Millions now living will never die”? That talk was given prior to 1925. The Bible Students had a “gentler” view of Armageddon back then – the “millions who would never die” were non-Bible Students who were good-hearted and who would survive Armageddon in 1925.
1925 came and went, and no Armageddon. 2 massive, colossal failures in 11 years was too much for the majority of Bible Students.
This 1925 debacle was brought to you by none other then the drunken Joseph Franklin Rutherford, who also gave you the tourcher stake and took away the cross of Jesus. He condemned the observance of traditional celebrations such as Christmas and birthdays, the saluting of national flags and the singing of national anthems. He introduced the name “Jehovah’s witnesses” in 1931 and the term “Kingdom Hall” for houses of worship in 1935. He also brought to you, Beth Sarim (Hebrew for ‘House of the Princes’) is a ten-bedroom mansion in San Diego, California, constructed in 1929 in anticipation of various resurrected Old Testament biblical patriarchs or prophets such as Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah and Samuel. Judge had also purchased fort his private use 2 of the most expensive Cadillacs with the V-12 engines. Rutherford also had exclusive use of “luxurious” and “expensive” residences in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Germany, and San Diego. Rutherford’s drinking habits were “notorious” and former Brooklyn Bethel workers who told of occasional difficulties in getting Rutherford to the podium to give public talks due to inebriation. He made changes for control purposes, the cross was changed due to the fact he didn’t like the woman at Bethel to wear their crosses on the dresses. He did away with many holidays due to many of workers not working on those days. Rutherford was mean and a drunk and loved money. He brought about so many changes in this movement that directly opposed that of Russell. The 1914 date was made due to math errors, so they say, when the dates didn’t work out for the 1874 date. Even though their math still does not work out today. They are following one drunk mans ideals and concept. Not some people that is anointed with the spirit. They make think so but that are not! They follow a concept that makes the Watchtower lots and lots of money. Through out history there have been many date setters and they soon come to fade away within a couple of hundred years. These too will go by the wayside, someday, after many a soul has been lost.