DAN:1895The Watchtower in it’s mission statement: "This journal … is not dogmatic, but confident; for we know whereof we affirm, treading with implicit faith upon the sure promises of God. It is held as a trust, to be used only in his service; hence our decisions relative to what may and what may not appear in its columns must be according to our judgment of his good pleasure, the teaching of his Word, for the up building of his people in grace and knowledge. And we not only invite but **urge our readers to prove all its utterances by the infallible Word **to which reference is constantly made to facilitate such testing."
1889 - “[T]he ‘battle of the great day of God almight’ (Rev. 16:14), which will end in A.D.1914 with the complete overthrow of earth’s rulership, is already commenced.” Studies in the Scripture, 1889, 2:202
1891 - “[W]ith the end of A.D. 1914, what God calls Babylon, and what men call Christendom, will have passed away, as already shown from prophecy.” Charles T. Russell, Studies in the Scriptures, 1891, 2:101.
1894 - “The end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble.” Zion’s Watch Tower, 15 July 1894.
1904"It is not our intention to enter upon the role of prophet to any degree, but merely to give below what seems to us rather likely to be the trend of events–giving also the reasons for our expectations." March 1,1904 Watchtower
1897 - “But now we are in the end of this Gospel age, and the Kingdom is being established or set up. Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present, since October 1874, according to the testimony of the prophets, to those who have ears to hear; and the formal inauguration of his kingly office dates from April 1878 A.D.,” Studies in the Scriptures, 4:621.
"Someone may ask, Do you, then, claim infallibility and that every sentence appearing in The Watch Tower publications is stated with absolute correctness? Assuredly we make no such claim and have never made such a claim. What motive can our opponents have in so charging against us? Are they not seeking to set up a falsehood to give themselves excuse for making attacks and to endeavor to pervert the judgments of others?" Zion’s Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Presence, 15 September 1909.
1914 - "The present great war in Europe us the beginning of the Armageddon of the Scriptures (Rev. 16:16-20). It will eventuate in the complete overthrow of all the systems of error which have so long oppressed the people of God and deluded the world, "Pastor Russell’s Sermons, publ, 1917, 676.
1916 - “The six great 100 year days beginning with Adam are ended, and that the great 7th day, the 1000 years of Christ’s reign began in 1873,” The Time Is at Hand, 1923 edition.
1918 - “Therefore, we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the faithful prophets of old. . .to the condition of human perfection…” Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 89.
Early on in this publication the reader is invited to “examine each point carefully …compare the argument with the Scriptures cited, and view the same in the light of present day events which are discernible to all eyes, and upon this evidence reach a conclusion.” Page 13
"The Bible is the only true source of knowledge upon which man can base a hope for the future.…Nothing, then but an understanding and appreciation of the Word of God can lead man into the right way and unfold to him visions of the blessings that are to come." Page 68 “Millions Now Living will never die”, Joseph F. Rutherford
1922 - “The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures [than 1914] because it is fixed by the law God gave to Israel,” The Watchtower, 1 Sept., 1922, 262.
1923 - “Our thought is , that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures, marking the end of the typical jubilee. . . .As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge,” The Watchtower, 1 April 1923, 106.
1924 - “The year 1925 is a date now definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914,” The Watchtower, 15 July, 211.
1925 - “We should, therefore, expect shortly after 1925 to see the awakening of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Melchisedec, Job, Moses, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, John the Baptist, and others mentioned in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews,” The Way to Paradise, 1924, 224.
1925 - “The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. . .Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire during this year that they would fail to joyfully do what the what the Lord would have them do,” The Watchtower, 1 January 1925, 3.
1926 - “Some anticipated that the work would end in 1935, but the Lord did not state so,” The Watchtower, 1 August 1926, 232.