GROUP 1: Anointed ones who saw the beginning of the fulfillment of the sign in 1914
GROUP 2: Anointed ones who were contemporaries of the first group; some of
these will live to see the great tribulation (God's Kingdom Rules!, pages 11-12)
Notice the illustration above extends the destruction of the present system after the first group dies. This is the Watchtower's most recent explanation, found in the same book:
- The term “generation” often refers to people of varying ages whose lives overlap during a particular period of time.....
all the foretold events during Jesus’ presence, from its beginning in 1914 until its culmination at the “great tribulation.”
- The generation consists of two overlapping groups of anointed ones—the first is made up of anointed ones who saw the beginning of the fulfillment of the
sign in 1914 and the second, anointed ones who for a time were contemporaries of the first group. At least some of those in the second group will live to see the beginning of the coming tribulation.
The two groups form one generation because their lives as anointed Christians overlapped for a time.
- What may we conclude? ....the anointed ones who are still alive and part of “this generation” are getting on in years; yet, they will not all die off before the great tribulation begins. Therefore, we can conclude that
very soon indeed God’s Kingdom will come and exercise its rule over the earth. (God's Kingdom Rules!, pages 11-12)
It is quite clear the Watchtower's new explanation is their attempt to buy more time.
Don't miss this drastic change the Watchtower made...
- Some of those in the second group will live to see the beginning of the coming tribulation. (God's Kingdom Rules!, page 11)
Take special notice! It's NOT those in the first group who will live to see the beginning of the coming tribulation, but some of those in the second group! Notice also that the illustration
shows the end will come after the first group dies off. Compare this to what Reasoning From the Scriptures says Jehovah's Witnesses are to believe?:
- Some who saw the events of 1914 will also see the complete destruction of the
present wicked world. (Reasoning From The Scriptures, page 200)
clearly the first group!
So which one is
right? Both cannot be true.
Either... Reasoning From the Scriptures is wrong
according to God's Kingdom Rules!
Those who saw the events of 1914 WILL NOT be alive to see the complete destruction of the present wicked world.
Or... God's Kingdom Rules! is wrong according to Reasoning From the Scriptures.
Those who saw the events of 1914 WILL be alive to see the complete destruction of the present wicked world.
Or... Both are wrong!
Perhaps the organization should consider their announcement of the events of 1914 is not a fulfillment of Matthew 24.
There would be too much at stake if the governing body of the Watchtower said they were wrong about 1914. But it would be the right thing to do.
This is no small matter! The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society claims God's Kingdom rules the earth solely through them with Jesus Christ
leading the way! These are not merely mistaken ideas. They are what Jehovah's Witnesses were told they must believe. These prophetic utterances of the end times have a huge impact on people's lives! Read how their past false prophesies are viewed. Instead
of apologizing, they say, "God’s people have had to adjust their understanding on a number of occasions." And, "In our zeal to see God’s promises fulfilled, we have on occasion drawn wrong conclusions." This is what the governing body of the
Watchtower says on pages 37, 38 and 50 about these false prophesies they made about the end times:
- Jehovah’s servants have faith that all the promises in God’s
Word will come true. They show humility when they admit that they misunderstood exactly how those promises would be fulfilled. (God's Kingdom Rules!, page 37)
- Because God’s people are humble and willing to be corrected, Jehovah has allowed our understanding of his purpose to become more
complete. True knowledge has become abundant! (God's Kingdom Rules!, page 38)
- Do mistaken ideas such as these cast doubt on whether Jesus was guiding those faithful ones by means of holy spirit? Not at all! (God's
Kingdom Rules!, page 50)
I give a resounding, "Yes, it should cast doubt!"
The Bible says:
“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name
of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? 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.”
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 KJV
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