ok, so we have a jw here at CAF, and i’d like to have a logical debate with him, or any other witness. and all of you can ask your questions here.
i don’t want to get into us verses them. that is not what this thread is about.
this thread will focus on the inconsistencies of the watchtower organization, and i’d like to have our witness friends if they would be so kind as to answer why they had inconsistencies in their belief. and why the governing body allowed these inconsistencies to be believed and then they changed their belief when the inconsistencies proved wrong.
one thing, please don’t get into attack mode. all i want is a logical question and answer session. if either poster doesn’t know the answer, can you please go to the library here, or google it? that would be appreciated.
Ok, here is from the CA library, the end dates that the witnesses
held as fact in their belief. my question to the jw’s here is why did the watchtower organization say these things, publish them, and uphold them as true facts? remember what the scriptures say, no man knows the hour or the day when the end will come. that being the case, how can the society try to state for fact that the end was coming on these dates, considering the Bible itself says no man knows the hour or the date when the end will come?
I’d like to ask our witness friends to please explain the above question posted to you.
Here is the end dates predicted by the watchtower society in the past:
WTS predicted the following:
1889 "The ‘battle of the great day of God almighty’ (Rev 16:14) which will end in AD 1914 . . . " (Studies, Vol. 2, 1908 edition, 101).
1891 “With the end of AD 1914, what God calls Babylon, and what men call Christendom, will have passed away, as already shown from prophecy” (Studies, Vol. 3, 153).
1894 “The end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble” (WT Reprints, 1-1-1894, 1605 and 1677).
1897 “Our Lord is now present, since October 1874 AD” (Studies, Vol. 4, 1897 edition, 621).
1916 “The six great 1000 year days beginning with Adam are ended, and that the great 7th day, the 1000 years of Christ’s reign began in 1873” (Studies, Vol. 2, p. 2 of foreword).
1917 “Scriptures . . . prove that the Lord’s Second Advent occurred in the fall of 1874” (Studies, Vol. 7, 68).
1918 “Therefore, we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the faithful prophets of old” (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 89).
1922 “The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the scriptures than 1914” (WT, 9-1-1922, 262).
1923 “1925 is definitely settled by the scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge” (WT, 4-1-1923, 106).
1925 “The year of 1925 is here. . . . Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire this year” (WT, 1-1-1925, 3).
1931 “There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah’s faithful ones on earth concerning the dates 1914, 1918, & 1925 . . . and they also learned to quit fixing dates” (Vindication, 388, 389).
1939 “The disaster of Armageddon is just ahead” (Salvation, 361).
1941 “Armageddon is surely near . . . soon . . . within a few years” (Children, 10).
1946 “Armageddon . . . should come sometime before 1972” (They Have Found a Faith, 44).
1966 “Six thousand years from man’s creation will end in 1975, and the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E” (Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God, 29).
1968 “The end of the six thousand years of man’s history in the fall of 1975 is not tentative, but is accepted as a certain date” (WT, 1-1-1968, 271).