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1972 IDENTIFYING THE "PROPHET" - "So, does Jehovah have a
prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet? . . .
This "prophet" was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as
International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian Witnesses . . . Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a "prophet"
of God. It is another thing to prove it." WT 4/1/72 p. 197 (See Deut.18:21)
"THE WATCHTOWER' an INSPIRED PROPHET?"
For many years the Watchtower Society taught that numbers contained in the pyramids of Egypt foretold all kinds of events for people on earth. They
carefully applied every measurement and translated it into years, months and days. And they would come-up with an "absolute date" or an "absolute year" (WT
1922 6/15 p.187). This was by methods such as allowing 'an inch for a year' (Great Pyramid of Gizeh). Most public libraries with a good book on Pyramidology
indicate the occult roots of this group and that many occult groups named 1914 due to pyramid studies. The WT Societies interest in numerology started with
Charles Taze Russell, who accepted the signs of the Zodiac and astrology as given by God (see p.6-8 Pagan Roots of JW).
The WT Society Headquarters have played the part of a prophet to their followers. They have used the bible to make dates while deliberately covering over false dates.
And even altering their bible while claiming it is accurate.
1799…. "Definitely marks.. the time of the End" (Creation. p294 Russell)
1874…. "Christ's presence... invisible Return (Creation p306 Russell) "Our
understanding is that this great day of the Lord begun chronologically in October 1874.... the evidence is too strong to be disputed..."
(Zion's WatchTower 1907 Oct/1). "Our Lord the appointed King, is now present since October 1874" Studied in the Scriptures.
1878 "setting up of the kingdom has already begun.... in 1878" (Proclaimers 1993 632-3)
1889…. "The `battle of the great day of God Almighty'
(Rev.16:14), which will end in AD 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's preset rulership is already commenced." THE TIME IS AT HAND, p. 101
1914…. (WW1) "The present great war in Europe is the
beginning of the Armageddon of the Scriptures." (Pastor Russell's Sermons p676) "Some of the generation living in 1914 will see
the end of the system of things and survive it" Regarding Mt.24:34 14. Jesus "meant the generation of people who were living in
1914. Those persons yet remaining of that generation are now very old. However, some of them will still be alive to see the end of this wicked system. So of
this we can be certain: Shortly now there will be a sudden end to all wickedness and wicked people at Armageddon" (p.154 You Can Live Forever in Paradise
on Earth, 1982)
1915…. Armageddon "will end in AD 1915" (Proclaimers 1993)
1916…. "The Bible chronology herein presented shows that the six great 1000 year days beginning with
Adam are ended, and that the great 7th Day, the 1000 years of Christ's Reign, began in 1873." THE TIME IS AT HAND, p. 2 (Forward)
1918…. "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 11, to the condition of human
perfection." MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE, p.89
1922…. "The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures than 1914." WT 9/1 1922, p.262.
1923…. "Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has
much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge." WT, p. 106, 4/1/23
1925…. "The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that
all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during this year. This may be accomplished. It may not be. In his own due time God will
accomplish his purposes concerning his people. Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire this year." WT, 1/1 1925 p.3
Sept. 1925… "It is to be expected that Satan will try to inject into the minds of the consecrated, the thought that 1925 should see an
end to the work." WT, p. 262
1926…. "Some anticipated that the work would end in 1925,
but the Lord did not so state". WT 1926 p. 232. "The difficulty was that the friends inflated their imaginations
beyond reason; and that when their imaginations burst asunder, they were inclined to throw away everything." WT 1925, p. 56 par. 51
1931….."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. . . and they also learned to quit fixing dates." VINDICATION p.338
1938…."They had preached that in an early time God would overthrow Christendom". Many had
emphasized the year 1925 as the date, and then when that date did not materialize the date was moved up to 1932. Again, 1932 came and "Christendom"
was not destroyed, and now it was discovered that "Christendom" would be spared for a while longer for the sake of the Jonadab class, and this made the proud
"elective elder" crowd very mad." WT 2/15 1938 p.54
1940... "The year 1940 is certainly to be the most important yet, because Armageddon is very near. Informant. May 1940.
1941…… "Receiving the gift, 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." WT 9/15 1941, p.288
1942... "Those who are convinced that the "Watch Tower" is publishing the opinion of a man should not waste their time
looking at it at all... Those who believe that God uses "The Watch Tower" as a means of communicating to his people, or of calling their attention to his
prophecies, should study "The Watchtower" with thankfulness of heart..." WT 1/1/1942 p.5
1968… "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 from such people were God's truths and the evidence
that He was using and guiding them." AWAKE 10/8/68 (See Luke 21:8). "Why Are You Looking Forward To 1975?" WT 8/15/1968 p.494.
1973.... "...Jehovah's organization alone, in all the earth, is directed by God's holy spirit or active force." WT
1975…. "Discussion of 1975 overshadowed about everything else. “The new book compels us to realize
that Armageddon is, in fact, very close indeed" WT 1966 10/15 p.629. "Even
if one cannot see beyond 1975, is this any reason to be less active? The apostles could not see even this far; they knew nothing about 1975." WT
1968 8/15 "By 1975 civil disorder, anarchy, military dictatorships, runaway inflation,
transportation breakdowns and chaotic unrest will be the order of the day in many of the hungry nations.” WT 1969 2/1 p70.
1980... Millions will die. End of the world. "…there may be even less than a fifty-fifty chance of the human race
surviving until 1980" Awake 2/22 1970 p.30. "The cold, hard
facts have forced scientists and the press to recognize the truth about what is happening. Man is indeed taking a course that could lead to his extinction."
Awake 1971 4/22 p.5. "God’s Word, the Bible, foretold this time of unprecedented pressures. The events experienced since 1914 fulfill Bible
prophecy with amazing accuracy…. ESTIMATED MINIMUM DATE OF CRISIS 1970 1975 1980 1985" Awake 1971 10/8 p.17.
And so 1980 arrived - "As we see the things foretold for “the last days” taking place before our very
eyes, we have strong confidence that “the great tribulation” and the dawning of God’s righteous new order are right at the doors."
WT 1980 8/1 p.22. Did millions die?
What happened in 1980? What a fizzer, "THE evening of Monday,
March 31, 1980, after sundown, will mark the biggest event of the year on the Christian calendar." WT 1980 3/15 p.32. What happened? The Jehovah's
Witnesses had their convention!!
1981... "Bible prophecies also reveal that the “generation” that saw the events beginning in
1914 would also see the “conclusion of the system of things.” WT 1981 2/15 p10. "So
of this we can be certain: Shortly now (1982) there will be a sudden end to all wickedness and wicked people at Armageddon"
(p.154 You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, 1982)
There have been 44 predictions about the impending
arrival of Armageddon (ie 1914 1925 1926 1972 1975 1981 1982). The first resurrection (1878 1925 1926 1972 1975) Human history ends (1972 1873 1972
1975). There have been more false prophecies than any other religious group on record, and no prediction ever occurred.
The Watch Tower admits false prophesies. But does admission to false prophesies make you a false prophet? "Does
this admission of making mistakes stamp them as false prophets? Not at all, for false prophets do not admit to making mistakes" (WT 11/1/72 p.644)