Leaving Jehovah's Witnesses -Is This Really 'the Truth?'
1914 - 99 Years Later
Has there ever been a more troubling time for Jehovah's Witnesses?
2014 will mark the 100 year anniversary of when Jehovah's Witnesses claim Jesus Christ took his heavenly throne, ruling over the 'last days' of mankind as we know it here on earth. Their claims have been that since 1914, the world has seen unprecedented misery. World War I, World War II, famines, disease, crime, earthquakes, hurricanes, genocides... you name it, they are all used by the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society as part of a sign, that since 1914, the world has seen nothing but untold 'hell' on earth. This, of course is supposed to run parallel with Jesus 'presence' in the heavens... and mark 'the end of the end.'
"Since long before World War I Jehovah's Witnesses pointed to 1914 as the time for this great event to occur." Watchtower 1954 Jun 15 p.370
Unfortunately, ninety nine years later, we are still here, there is a Starbucks on every corner and most of them are filled with Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday mornings, taking a break from preaching this message at our doors.
If you really want to dig into the history of 1914 according to Jehovah's Witnesses, you will be surprised that at one time, 1914 was actually THE end of the world... but this was only after they were claiming 1874 was the beginning of Christ's presence.
… the battle of the great day of God Almighty … The date of the close of that "battle" is definitely marked in Scripture as October 1914. It is already in progress, its beginning dating from October, 1874." Zion's Watch Tower 1892 Jan 15 p.23
The entire infrastructure of Witness doctrine is built around 1914. In fact, they use 1914 as a starting point for identifying themselves as the only true religion on earth. Many of their publications and certainly the Watchtower, feature 1919 as the year Jesus, while sitting on his throne, chose Joseph Rutherford and his comrades as God's mouthpiece to mankind. Why is this alarming?
Well...never mind that most people immediately want to know what Jesus was doing for five years. It becomes even more unnerving when you consider they didn't actually teach this 'doctrine' until some 30-40 years later, meaning, that while Jesus chose them as HIS organization here on earth, they simply didn't realize it! Huh?
Don't forget that during this time following 1914, Jesus also found a way to overlook the veneration of pyramids, pagan symbols on literature, aluminum was demonic, they had some miracle wheat advertised in the WT and blood was considered edible food for Christians. All that meant nothing to the Son of God...these were his people...they were different. They knew about 1914.
Only...they didn't. No one was looking at 1914 as a pivotal date at all...these "Bible Students" thought Jesus had been around since 1874. On and on the bizarre history of 1914 goes... all of it in print for any Jehovah's Witness to consider. Yet, the vast majority never do. Ignorance is bliss.
Needless to say, without 1914, you can't get to 1919. Without 1919, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society cannot be chosen by Jesus as the 'faithful and discreet slave' currently feeding his people with spiritual truths here on earth. (Matt. 24). Suddenly, you have a real problem on your hands. With no traceable authority given to them by God as claimed, all of the Governing Body's teachings, rules and control... go right out the window.
Governing Body - "Let's Overlap!"
Through the years, the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, leaned heavily on Jesus words found at Matthew 24:34... a moment captured in time between Jesus and his apostles as they were overlooking Jerusalem:
"Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur." - Matthew 24:34
In 1984, a full seventy years into Jesus kingship in the heavens, they boldly produced a Watchtower featuring 'the generation that will not pass away.' It is now 2013. Take a look at the cover. They have all passed away.
Tragically, this article, along with hundreds more. all exist within the Watchtower Library, made available to Jehovah's Witnesses at their local Kingdom Hall. Tragically, many don't study, nor have any desire to discuss or consider such wild claims of the past twenty years. They simply ignore it and repeat what they hear at congregation meetings.
However, this presented a significant problem for the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. As they claimed, how would God's prophet here on the earth explain that this 'generation' was in fact all dead? What would be the impact on 1914 and the past several decades of warnings they had been giving the world and their own people? How would they maintain authority as Jehovah's mouthpiece to mankind?
The answer? Suddenly...and without any foundation, it became possible for 'generations' to overlap. If you're having trouble understanding what that means...you're in good company. Not only does modern day society have no clue what that means, neither do Jehovah's Witnesses.
"How, then, are we to understand Jesus words about this generation? He evidently meant that the lives of the anointed who were on hand when the sign began to become evident in 1914 would overlap with the lives of other anointed ones who would see the start of the great tribulation. That generation had a beginning, and it surely will have an end. The fulfillment of the various features of the sign clearly indicate that the tribulation must be near."--Watchtower 2010 Apr 15 p.10 Holy Spirits Role in the Outworking of Jehovahs Purpose
For those of us still struggling to understand what that means, take a look at this picture:
How many generations do you see pictured?
The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society are saying that Jesus meant ONE generation, that overlapped! To take it further, more emphasis is put on how close we are to the world's end.; that it could be within the lifetime of an anointed Witness that was a contemporary of another anointed Witness alive in 1914. Interesting, no? If the end of this system doesn't occur, the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses can simply say that the 'overlapping' is ongoing, applying it to an anointed Witness who knew an anointed Witness who knew an anointed Witness in 1914 - in other words, they've created a time frame that has no end; but it's still all tied to 1914!
The true irony and dare I say...disgrace...to this entire 'new teaching' is that it has zero basis in scripture. The Bible does not support the term 'overlapping generations' and most feel very confident in stating that Jesus had no such intention while sitting there on the Mount of Olives talking to his disciples.
2014 - Happy Anniversary Watchtower!
The big question in circles of Jehovah's Witnesses is "what does this mean for 2014?"
The real question should be "why are you still holding onto 1914 as a pivotal date in man's history?" But it never enters the minds of the common Jehovah's Witness. With all the proof of major errors over a ninety nine year period sitting on most of their book shelves, they trudge on bringing the message of the 'last days' to their neighbors.
However, some have wondered if there will be special events surrounding the 100 year anniversary of Jesus taking the throne. It seems apparent that it never dawns on anyone that Jesus has been around a long, long time... and 100 years isn't but a milli-second in his personal calendar.
Whatever the case, it seems evident that Jehovah's Witnesses will try to get some mileage out of the 100 year anniversary of Christ's invisible kingship in heaven. What does that look like? What does that include? At this point, it is truly anybody's guess. Jehovah's Witnesses have utilized everything from pyramids and phrenology to explain their 'insights' on matters.
One can't help but feel somehow one of their most famous members....Prince...yes, that Prince of Purple Rain fame... might just change the lyrics to his famous party song 1999 to include "tonight we're going to party like its 2014!"
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© 2013 Darrin Hart