CDs ABOUT JWs
Society (WTS) produced a CD-ROM of Jehovah's
Witness (JW) publications titled "Watchtower Library 1993".
followed at intervals — currently 2007.
The CD includes The
Watchtower from 1950, but other
publications from 1970 or later.
The CD omits first editions of revised
publications, convention reports, hymn book, and sundry minor
frequency of use in the literature on the CD, together
with references and context, are searchable in seconds.
shows how often certain JW buzz-words appeared in
JW publications on the CD-ROM.
to door 1,117
to house 4,416
of truth 235
Library 2007 opens easily and
displays an efficient search function at the top. Type any word or
phrase — upper or lower case, it's not case sensitive — and click the
adjacent question mark. Up comes a list of all occurrences including
references (i.e. publication, date, and page).
have quote marks to bring up references of the
entire phrase and not individual words in it. Each search takes only
seconds. After that, a click on any item in the list brings up the
text, which can be scrolled up and down.
how often certain
Bible verses were referred to, use brackets
rather than quote marks. (Psalm 90:10) gives the same search result as
(Ps. 90:10). Psalm 90:10 puts life expectancy at 70 to 80 years, and
was cited increasingly in WTS publications as the doctrine of the 1914
generation surviving until Armageddon approached refutation. (1970s—33
Library we can trace the WTS's promotion of
anticipation for Armageddon.
article Why the
Rising Tensions World Wide? (Awake! 1965
attributes political tension to Satan having being thrown out of heaven
in 1914 and knowing "his end [is] near", in the "immediate future" and
"shortly". The last days began in 1914 and: "the end of these last days
is positively insight … it will be in this generation." World tensions
"will quickly reach their peak." The "annihilation of wickedness…comes
on apace" and occurs "shortly".
comment read almost
weekly persuaded many JWs to cease education
or employment and go door to door more.
that express the nearness of Armageddon and/or
paradise, and their frequency.
is near 15
its end 47
now near 5
the end 29
to strike 9
much longer 15
the brink 19
at hand 44
this late date 47
near at hand 38
remaining months or years
at hand 78
in the last days 5
in the time of the end 28
thousand years 286
into the last days 11
near to 18
into the time of the end 16
little time is
not delay 69
ever closer 15
few years remaining 1
on apace 6
near future 516
time is growing shorter 1
very close now 1
is so little time
last days 811
deep we are into 1
is running out 74
before us 6
our time 577
very near 2
very soon 1
this very decade 1
time remaining 2
there is still time 16
closer than 10
there is yet time 53
at hand 282
a few years at most 1
than most people think 3
every repetition of every phrase in Table 2 refers to
Armageddon's nearness, because sometimes the phrase is used in other
of "about to strike", for example,
one refers literally to a clock. Of the 20 occurrences of "well
advanced" only seven refer to being "well advanced" into the final days
or last generation. Of 47 occurrences of "nearing its end", only 36
occur in end-of-the-world contexts. Of 18 occurrences of "so near to",
only six refer to Armageddon or the "new world".
Jehovah" beginning in A.D. 1914 is far spent and the
accomplished end of this world is at hand. (w1950 4/1 103)
verge of entering into the righteous new world.
Though so near to our glorious goal, there is still danger of
falling... (w1951 4/15 231)
advanced in these "last days." (w1965 8/1 462)
nearing its complete end. Within a few years at
most the final parts of Bible prophecy relative to these "last
will undergo fulfillment… (w1968 5/1 271)
years after World War II closed in 1945 and a
portion of the anointed remnant of elect ones are still here and the
war at Armageddon is still ahead, although getting very close now… But on April 1 of the
1969…only 10,368 partook of the bread and
wine. This included quite a number of the remnant who experienced the
"beginning of pangs of distress" during World War I. A number of
should survive still longer to see and go through the war of
Armageddon, in harmony with Jesus' words, at Matthew 24:33-35.
are living deep
the time of the end. (w1972 4/1 216)
its zero hour. So close is it that people who
were alive in 1914, and who are now well along in years, will not all
pass off the scene before the thrilling events…come to pass. (Survival
Into a New Earth, 1984, 184)
could survive until the end of the century.
But there are many indications that "the end" is much closer than
(w1984 3/1 12)
who refuse to submit to God's sovereignty is
drawing perilously near. (w1990 10/15 19)
the JW leaders
began fanning anticipation for 1975 with
articles like Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975? (w1968
WTS publications referred to the secular book Famine 1975
(published 1967) eleven times until 1975, and then no more.
are out of copyright and several anti-JW
ministries sell CDs of them.
International offers CDs with ten years of The
Watchtower per CD. Any word or phrase can be searched and its total
occurrences and all pages on which it appears ascertained.
example, the word
"Armageddon" appeared the following number of
times in The Watchtower during the 1940s:
Armageddon were regularly supplemented with expressions
such as "very near", "now approaching" and, in 1948, "just ahead of
International also produces The Pastor
Anthology CD containing material written by Pastor Russell
his Watch Tower articles).
groups that split
from the WTS and published literature of their
own are also now reproducing it electronically. The New Covenant
Fellowship in Australia offers a "memory stick" containing The New
Covenant Advocate (1909 to 1944).
Fellowship began in 1908 and was led by two Americans,
and wife Rose Ball (the same Rose Ball who 15 years earlier often
kissed Pastor Russell and sat on his lap).
Library only to baptized JWs who are
instructed not to loan it out.
However, some JWs disenchanted by the
ever-changing "Bible truth" permit use of their CD.
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