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. This is also seen in their April 2010 Watchtower:
- "What does this explanation mean to us? Although we cannot measure the exact length of “this generation,” we do well to keep in mind several things
about the word “generation”: It usually refers to people of varying ages whose lives overlap during a particular time period; it is not excessively long; and it has an end. (Ex. 1:6) 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 indicates that the tribulation must be near. By maintaining your sense of urgency and
keeping on the watch, you show that you are keeping up with advancing light and following the leadings of holy spirit.—Mark 13:37."
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?:
That's 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.
Perhaps the organization should consider
their announcement of the events of 1914 is not a fulfillment of Matthew 24.
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)
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
- 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:
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.”
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