The Watchtower End Of The World Prophecies List

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The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has a laundry list of false prophecies dating back to the late 19th century. I’m making this list available to those that want to see the reality of what was really said in their history as an organization. It’s been an unfortunate case that the Watchtower’s latest history book (the 1993 “Proclaimers” book) has both misquoted their own publications and misrepresented their previous position(s). The purpose of this list is not to sling mud but merely to make available failed prophecies that the Society would like to hide from it’s members. And from there, give each member a fair chance to make an informed analysis of their organization’s claims. I could add many more publications (showing such failed predictions) to the list, but what I have presented below will be suffice. Here’s a passage to keep in mind when reading the list:

 Deuteronomy 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.

1914

“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 for the END of the time of trouble.” 1894 Watchtower July 15th pg. 226 [IMAGE]

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. -1911 Edition The Time Is At Hand page 101 [IMAGE] (compare to the 1915 edition below)

1915 

“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.” -1915 Edition The Time Is At Hand page 101 [IMAGE]

“The Gentile Times prove that the present governments must all be overturned about the close of A.D. 1915; and Parallelism above shows that this period corresponds exactly with the year A.D. 70, which witnessed the completion of the downfall of the Jewish polity.” -1915 Edition The Time Is At Hand page 242 [IMAGE]

1917/1918 

“The present great war in Europe is the beginning of the ARMAGEDDON of the Scriptures (Rev 19:16-20). It will eventuate in the complete overthrow of all the systems of error which have so long oppressed the people of God and deluded the world. We believe the present war cannot last much longer until revolutions shall break out.” -1917 Pastor Russell’s Sermons page 676 [IMAGE]

“Also, in the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell to learn the meaning of the downfall of ‘Christianity’.” -1917 The Finished Mystery page 485 [IMAGE] 

1925 

“Therefore we may CONFIDENTLY expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the prophets of old particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfect.” -1920 Millions Now Living Will Never Die pages 89-90 (NOTE: THE SOCIETY ALSO BUILT TWO HOUSES FOR THESE MEN IN SAN DIEGO, ONE WAS CALLED BETH-SHAN THE OTHER BETH-SARIM. This was the prophesied 7 thousandth year for the reality of paradise earth.) [IMAGE]

“There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah’s faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1914, 1918 and 1925, which disappointment lasted for a time. Later the faithful learned that these dates were definitely fixed in the Scriptures; and they also learned to quit fixing dates for the future and predicting what would come to pass on a certain date, but to rely (and they do rely) upon the Word of God as to the events that must come to pass.” -1931 Vindication pages 338-9 (semi apologies for false predictions) [IMAGE] [IMAGE]

1940’s Armageddon 

“Receiving the gift, [Rutherford’s book, Children] the marching children clasped it to them, not a toy or plaything for idle pleasure, but the Lord’s provided instrument for most effective work in the remaining MONTHS BEFORE ARMAGEDDON.” -1941 Watchtower September 15th page 288 [IMAGE]

1975 

…ONLY A FEW YEARS, AT MOST, remain before the corrupt system of things dominating the earth is destroyed by God. -1968 October 8th Awake page 13

…the end of that sixth creative day could end within the same Gregorian calendar year of Adam’s creation. It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, NOT years. -1968 WT August 15th pg. 499

“If you are a young person, you also need to face the fact that you will NEVER GROW OLD in this present system of things. They also said Bible prophecy indicates that this corrupt system is DUE TO END in a few years.” -1969 Awake! May 22 page 15

2000 

Shortly within our twentieth century, the battle in the day of Jehovah will begin…” -1971 “The Nations Shall Know” book page 216 (NOTE: ARMAGEDDON IS TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE YEAR 2000)

“He (Paul) was also laying a foundation for a work that would be completed in our 20th century” -1989 Watchtower Jan. 1st page 12 (NOTE: KINGDOM PREACHING TO BE DONE BEFORE 2000)

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About Razor Swift

Rich Christian who is the founder of Razor Swift, seeks to open hearts and minds through the platform of apologetics. It's his desire to approach Biblical, faith, and other issues from a different perspective rather than just preaching to the choir in the Christianese dialect. He maintains that faith and reason mustn’t necessarily be at odds with each other, but can be complementary. May no stone lay unturned.
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2 Responses to The Watchtower End Of The World Prophecies List

  1. Gloria Davis says:

    My husband and I were watching all about this on the John Ankerberg show (I THINK it was on Day Star Channel). They had 4 ex-Jehovah’s witnesses on. They are going to continue the program next Sunday at 6:00 in LA.

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