by 2000 AD:
by God to Spur JWs to Act
(Investigator 67, 1999
Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs)
what spurs are to horses – they motivate!
of the Watchtower Society (WTS) – the corporation which manages JW
and financial matters – wrote:
Lord has provided time-prophecies as a spur to quicken
us fully, and keep us active in his service. (Russell. C T 1889
Time Is At Hand p.
One of many
in The Time Is
At Hand stated:
chapters we present proofs
that the setting up of the Kingdom of God is already begun, that it is
out in prophecy as due to begin the exercise of power in A. D. 1878,
that the "battle of the great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 16:14.), which
will end in AD, 1915, with the complete overthrow of earth's present
is already commenced. (p. 101)
Russell, it was claimed:
us in these last
days a Prophet of the Lord... (The Watch Tower 1917 June 1 p. 163)
Still Spur JWs
The article Armageddon
by 2000 AD says
Jehovah in Investigator 51 showed that Jehovah's
to teach that Armageddon would occur in the 1970s and [that they] still
believe in Armageddon by 2000 AD.
gave at least
six plain quotes from WTS literature including:
twentieth century the
"battle in the day of Jehovah" will begin against the modern antitype
Know That I Am Jehovah –How?
1971 p. 216)
As in C T
time the idea behind
such prophecy was still to spur or to motivate:
Let it be
that our paying attention
to the prophetic word should not just be for the purpose of gaining
Far from it! That word should stimulate us to act on that knowledge,
us to do God's will, and especially now, "in the final part of the
(The Watchtower 1983 November 15 p. 21)
statement, aimed at
making teenagers quit school, illustrates the idea:
If you are a
person, you also need
to face the fact that you will never grow old in this present system of
things. Why not? Because all the evidence in fulfillment of Bible
indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years. Of the
generation that observed the beginning of the "last days" in 1914,
foretold: "This generation will by no means pass away until all these
occur." – Matt. 24:34.
person, you will never
fulfill any career that this system offers. If you are in highschool
thinking about a college education, it means at least four, perhaps
six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But
will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way
toward its finish, if not actually gone! (Awake! 1969 May 22 p. 15)
Witnesses have actually
made false predictions for almost thirty dates! See the list in Investigator
No. 56. For example in 1913:
manner in which some
are going about matters it would seem that they expect about fifty more
years of harvest. We expect that harvest will be ended in about a year
from now. (IBSA Convention Report 1913 page 320)
effective back then
before 1914 is seen from a letter published in The Brooklyn Daily
Very many have
far as to sell their
homes over here, expecting to die before 1914 (at the latest), and many
others have so arranged their affairs as to last till that date only.
also effective in
the 1970s – when Armageddon was scheduled for the mid 1970s – is seen
the American edition of the meeting guide titled The Kingdom
brothers selling their
homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in
this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to
spend the short time remaining before the wicked world's end.
Reproduced in Investigator No. 45)
Sorts of Prophets Distinguished
22 pp. 3-4 drew
a distinction between a "prophet who speaks in the name of Jehovah"
"others...voicing expectations based on their own interpretation of
The latter, the
says, "should not
be viewed as false prophets..."
It's clear that
leaders wished to
put themselves in the second group but they did so without citing any
the their own failed predictions involving almost 30 dates.
Prophets Speak In The
Name of Jehovah
1943 claimed that
"Jehovah God" does all the interpreting and:
‘servant class' to
publish the interpretation..." (July p. 202)
The WTS also
expressed in The Watchtower... (1931 November p.
teach in their
evangelizing work upon the Bible. (The Watchtower 1992 September 1 p.
approved by God must
agree in all its details with the Bible. (The Truth that leads to
Life 1968 p. 14)
Bible is infallible
and inspired by God. If then JWs "agree with" the Bible "in all its
and "base everything ... upon the Bible" then it follows that the WTS
are "inspired of God". This conclusion is so obvious that JWs
call certain prophecies "the Creator's promise".
From 1982 to
example, the statement
of purpose on page 2 or 4 of Awake! referred to:
of a peaceful
and secure new order before the generation that saw the events of 1914
C.E. passes away.
leaders are of the first
sort of the two sorts of prophets they distinguished. The WTS leaders –
Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses and the successive presidents of
the organization – are "prophets who speak in the name of Jehovah".
18:20) Their prophecies, it follows, allegedly come from God!
The Inspired Prophet
The book "The Nations
Shall Know That
I am Jehovah – How?" (1971) claims that the 7th
BC prophet Ezekiel was:
prophet of Jehovah.
to prophesy the
destruction of Jerusalem supposedly has a modern counterpart in JWs
the destruction of Christendom:
whose message and conduct corresponds with that of that ancient prophet
of Jehovah? Of whom today was he a "sign" or "portent"? Not some
man, but of a group of people. (p. 58)
is claimed to be
the "remnant" (about 10,000 people) still alive of the 144,000 who in
theology will go Heaven.
They were, says
as the mouthpiece
and active agent of Jehovah. (p. 59)
"commissioned" in 1919 (p.
baptized anointed class of servants to speak to all the nations in His
Name. (p. 66)
Jehovah the Sovereign
Lord. (p. 291)
In practice it's not
the entire "remnant"
who invent the prophecies and theology of JWs. Rather, at present it's
the "governing body" and until 1970 it was almost exclusively the
and officers of the WTS.
If JW leaders
"counterpart" of "a
true inspired prophet of Jehovah" and serve as "the mouthpiece...of
speak to all nations in his name" as a "true spokesman for Jehovah" we
would expect their message to be inspired and infallible.
To believe such
would truly "spur"
and "stimulate" the believers.
JW leaders deny
being "inspired" or "infallible". In view of the above evidence such
are simply self-contradictions.
Prophecy To Fail Again
intimidated and "spurred"
into joining JWs and "stimulated" to trek door to door with The
The article Armageddon
by 2000 AD Says "Jehovah" concluded:
JW prophecies are
known to have failed for
many other dates. These include 1878, 1881, 1906/1907, 1912, 1914,
1918, 1920, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1930s, 1935/1936, 1942, 1940s, 1970s.
from this trend of failure, the prophecy of "within our twentieth
should prove to be false. (Investigator No.