Has the Society concluded its date-setting activities or has it prophesied other dates such as 1975? It continues submitting new dates. A classic example is an entire article devoted to a prophecy concerning the year, 1975. This was calculated to be the year of the end of this present age. Its title: “Why Are You […]
When 1925 arrived did the Society begin to back down on its prophecies about the significance of that year?
Yes. “The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during the year. This may be accomplished. It may not be. In his own due time, God will accomplish his purposes
As certain as any date could be. This is evident by various statements including the following: 1) “The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures because it is fixed by the law God gave to Israel.” Watchtower, Sept 1, 1922, p.262 2) “Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the
Has the Society predicted that the visible, physical return to earth of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would take place in 1925?
Yes. “…Since other Scriptures definitely fix the fact there will be a resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and other faithful ones of old…we may expect 1925 to witness the return of these faithful men of Israel from the condition of death, being resurrected and fully restored to perfect humanity and made the visible, legal representatives
Yes. “The Bible chronology herein presented shows that the six great thousand-year days beginning with Adam are ended, and that great Seventh Day, the thousand years of Christ’s reign, began in 1873.“ The Time is at Hand, 1916 ed., p.ii
Yes. “Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present since October, 1874, A.D.” Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. IV, p.621 2D. Has the Society declared that the Millennium
Yes. The Society made such a prediction in 1908: “..the ‘Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty’ (Rev. 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership, is already commenced” (i.e., it began before 1908). The Time is at Hand, 1908 ed, p.101
Does the Society claim to be a true prophet of God, and does it ask that we examine its prophecy record?
Yes. The Society states this explicitly when it says: “So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help…and to declare things to come? These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet?…This ‘prophet’ was not one man, but was a body of men and women…known…as International Bible Students. Today they are known as
Does the Society believe that it is the only organization that has God’s Spirit or can understand the Bible?
Yes. It has made this clear when it said, “…Jehovah’s organization alone, in all the earth, is directed by God’s holy spirit or active force… To it alone God’s sacred Word, the Bible, is not a sealed book.” Furthermore, it claims that “God by his holy spirit” has directly “revealed” things to its “early Bible
Yes. The Society published a six-volume work entitled Scripture Studies which it described as “the Bible in an arranged form.” It amounted to a running commentary on the Bible. The Society claims that if someone were to “ignore” the Scripture Studies “and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years…within two years he