B J Kotwall
(Investigator 21, 1991 November)
Jehovah's Witnesses have been told
by the Watchtower Society (WTS) that:
Awake! magazine (1968 October 8 p. 13) defines the generation even more specifically by saying:
Someone 15 years old in 1914 would be 91 years old this year. The "generation that will not pass away" was almost gone by the mid-1980s. The prophecy was about to fail like many previous ones. But rather than admit the failure the WTS began to indicate instead that the generation would include:
These babies previously specifically excluded were now to be included! By including the babies the WTS gained a further 15 years.
But soon "this generation" even though extended by 15 years will have elapsed!
So what does the WTS do now? The following incredible statement appeared in the WT:
The above remarkable statement, that no one can say that the end would come within a given century, now rescinds their long-held teaching that the world, as we know it, will not survive this century. It’s quite shocking that the WTS could suggest this. Of course the above statement in the WT is true in a Scriptural way, but it cannot be true when the WTS anchors its prophecies to the generation of 1914.
In the WT of 1989 (January 1 p. 12) the claim was made that the missionary work of Paul laid the: "foundation for a work that would be completed in our 20th century."
However, in the bound volume of the 1989 WT this sentence is altered to read: "He was also laying a foundation for a work that would be completed in our day."
Why would the WTS publish the above remarkable statement in the WT of January 1 1989 and then alter the corresponding sentence in the bound volume?
The answer is plain. The chronological cornerstone (1914) of the Watchtower theology is crumbling along with the doctrines that rest on it. It is apparent that the WTS is laying the groundwork for dealing with the failure of the 1914 generation to see the end of the world.
Witnesses should think about
and look out in their publications for "new light" to emerge!
[True to Mr Kotwall's prediction the JW
introduced "new light" in 1995 by redefining the meaning of the word