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We welcome all potential and present Jehovah Witnesses (JW) that attend Kingdom Halls around the world. Here we will explore prophetic pronouncements that were given to the world by the JW organization (1914, 1925 & 1975). We go way back to the beginning of a very young Watchtower movement, then called Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society or International Bible Students. We will be visiting events that cannot be overlooked or ignored. These events, we believe, demonstrate the credibility of the organization that sometimes refers to itself as God's representative to the world.  Our time travel will begin and finish by establishing or demolishing the prophetic teachings of the Watchtower Society. In this article we will provide you with information that will give the honest reader a better understanding on what the JW organization is built on (its foundation). It will equip you somewhat with JW's prophetic history that most JW do not even know.

 

IMPORTANT Note: 

This research article will only be using documents that were provided by the Watchtower Society's library. No third party documents will be used in this article. However, we have provided links to credible sources outside of the organization. This was done to provide an outside perspective of some of the mentioned events during the period.  

 

We welcome any JW to contact us to dispute any of the listed documents. It is our pledge at TTGM to recant any falsehoods shared in this article that are proven to be untrue in a heartbeat.

 

JWs documents have been on this site for more than 10 years, and to this day, no one has ever contacted us to dispute any of them.   

 

We do apologize for the quality of some of the documents presented; some are quite old and the reproduced copy is not the best. You will still be able to make out what they are saying and we have added highlights to help you in the reading. We encourage you to study on; your eternal destiny may depend on it. Believe it or not copies of the same documents can be sourced directly from the Watchtower Society library.

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The following documents are prophetic requirements as summarized by the Watchtower Society.

Book Date

JW Book Reference 

Page No.

Book Comments

February 1881

Zion's Watch Tower

188

As underlined it states: "A new view of truth never can contradict a former truth. "New light" never extinguishes older "light" but adds to it.."

June 15, 1985

The Watchtower

12

The boxed portion and underlined section encourages JW students to locate and study older publications (Historical research).-  This we fully agree with and will do.

October 8, 1968

Awake

23

As underlined: "True, there have been those.....who predicted the "end of the world," even announcing a specific date........ They were guilty of false prophesying" 

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The Nations shall know that I am Jehovah

58

The Watchtower refers to themselves as equal to the prophet Ezekiel. 

 

May 16, 1930

The Watchtower

155

As underlined: "In the New Testament, and in our day, the word "prophet" has a thought similar to that of our word "teacher", in the sense of a public expounder. Hence when the term "false prophet" is used, we shall get the correct thought if we think of a false teacher."

 

Was 1914 truly a prophecy as described by the then Watchtower; headed by the then founder Charles T. Russell?

Book Date

JW Book Reference 

Page No.

Book Comments

Before 1914

The Time is at Hand

76-77

As underlined: "In this chapter we present the Bible evidence proving that the full end of the time of the Gentiles, i.e., the full end of their lease of dominion, will be reached in A.D. 1914; and that that date will be the farthest limit of the rule of imperfect men."

Before 1914

The Time is at Hand

99

As underlined: "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 by the end of A.D. 1914"

Before 1914

The Time is at Hand

101

As underlined: "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. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership, is already commenced. The gathering of the armies in plainly visible from the standpoint of God's Word." 

July 15, 1894

The Watchtower

226

As underlined: "Now in view of recent labor troubles and threatened anarchy, our readers are writing to know if there may not be a mistake in the 1914 date. They say that they do not see how present conditions can hold out so long under the strain. We see no reason for changing the figures-nor could we change them if we would. They are, we believe, God's dates not ours. But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but the end of the time of trouble."

 

Was 1975 truly a prophecy as described by the then Watchtower; headed by the then leaders Nathan H. Knorr & Fred W. Franz?

Book Date

JW Book Reference 

Page No.

Book Comments

Before 1975

Why Human Creation will be set Free

29

As underlined: "According to this trustworthy Bible chronology six thousand years from man's creation will end in 1975, and the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E."

Before 1975

Life Everlasting -In Freedom of the sons of God

30

As Bracketed it states: "It would not be by mere chance or accident but be according to the loving purpose of Jehovah God for the reign of Jesus Christ, the "Lord of the Sabbath," to run parallel with the seventh millennium of man's existence.

May 1, 1968

The Watchtower

271

As underlined: ".... This helps us to determine with great accuracy where we stand in the stream of time....."Hence, when Christians note from God's timetable the approaching end of 6,000  (in 1975) years of human history, it fills them with anticipation" 

May 1, 1975

The Watchtower

285

As underlined: ".Does this mean that we know exactly when God will destroy this old system and establish a new one? Franz showed that we do not, for we do not know how short was the time interval between Adam's creation and the creation of Eve, at which point God's rest day of seven thousand years began." -see Watchtower edition 1968

 

Was 1925 truly a prophecy as described by the then Watchtower; headed by the then leader Judge Joseph Franklin Rutherford?

Book Date

JW Book Reference 

Page No.

Book Comments

Before 1925

Millions Now Living Will Never Die

89-90

As underlined: "As we have heretofore stated, the great jubilee cycle is due to begin in 1925. At that time the earthly phase of the kingdom shall be recognized"......."Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection."

Jan 9, 1922

The Watchtower

262

As underlined: "The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures because it is fixed by the law God gave to Israel. Viewing the present situation in Europe, one wonders how it will be possible to hold back the explosion much longer: and that even before 1925 the great crisis will be reached and probably passed."

Jan 4, 1923

The Watchtower

106

As underlined: "Have we more reason, or as much, to believe the kingdom will be established in 1925 than Noah had to believe that there would be a flood"........"1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures,"......"people will begin to realize the presence of the Lord and his kingdom power"...."As to Noah, the Christians now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had (so far as the Scriptures reveal) upon which to base his faith....".

Jan 15, 1924

The Watchtower

211

As underlined: "The year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914"

Jan 1, 1925

The Watchtower

3

As underlined: "The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during the year. This may be accomplished, it may not be. In his own due time God will accomplish his purpose......"Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire during this year that they would fail to joyfully do what the Lord would have them to do" 

After 1925

Salvation

311-312

As Bracketed: "........that there are those on earth today who fully believe God and Christ Jesus and in his kingdom, and who believe that the faithful men of old will soon be resurrected by the Lord, be back on earth, and take charge of the visible affairs of earth"..... WE INVITE YOU TO READ THE ENTIRE PAGE.. ALSO SEE on "Beth-Sarim" (also on page 312)

After 1925

The New World

104-105

As underlined: "hence those faithful men of old may be expected back from the dead any day now"......"In this expectation the house at San Diego, California, which house has been much publicized with malicious intent by the religious enemy, was built in 1930 and named "Beth-Sarim", meaning "House of the Princes". It is now held in trust for the occupancy of those princes on their return

After 1925

Yearbook

194-195

As Bracketed: "In time, a direct contribution was made for the purpose of constructing a house in San Diego for Brother Rutherford's use. It was not built at the expense of the Watch Tower Society (see pg 311 [vested in trust to WTBTS -Salvation). Concerning this property, the 1939 book Salvation stated: "At San Diego, California, there was built a house, which is called and now known as Beth-Sarim." ......see additional comments

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