Jehova witness dating
However, Rutherford continued to promote Russell's interpretation of the dates for the 1700's, 1800's and 1914 until the 1930's.Many of the date prophecies were re-explained between 19; the remainder were adjusted in 1943."However, when that one arrives, the spirit of the truth, he will guide YOU into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to YOU the things coming." John Whereas doctrine is subjective and un-provable, time prophecy leaves no room for error.On a number of occasions the Watchtower put a line in the sand when saying a specific event was going to happen on a specific date.Studies in the Scriptures - The Time is as Hand and Zion's Watch Tower 1889 discussed this as relating to the 1799 date. The prophecy of the 1355 days was similarly calculated to extend from 539 A. to 1874, another key date in Russell's understanding of the end times.
II, showing the parallels between the Jewish and Christian Dispensations, makes prominent four dates, viz., (1) October, 1874; (2) April, 1878; (3) October, 1881, and (4) October, 1914;" Watch Tower 1911 June 15 p.190 "The careful student will have observed that the period designated 'The Time of the End' is very appropriately named, since not only does the Gospel age close in it, but in it, also, all prophesies relating to the close of this age terminate, reaching their fulfillments.
Scant mention is made of the incredible list of dates that had been abandoned.
Nor does it clarify that it was not until 1943 that the beginning of Christ's presence was specifically changed from the year 1874 to 1914.
Many of the following quotes are from the Watchtower Society's Studies in the Scriptures Series.
Links to free scanned copies of these books are at Historical Publications.308) This was touched on in Studies in the Scriptures - The Day Of Vengeance (1897) p.604; The time of darkness, the first sign of the end, was caused by fires in New England and was confined mostly to the North-Eastern part of the United States. In 1889, Russell changed the last days from 1798 to 1799, based on a new understanding that papal rule started in 539 A. Few Witnesses today are aware of the relevance of the year 1799, that this year is pivotal to the very existence of Jehovah's Witnesses. "The Day of His Preparation" is another name given to the same period." Studies in the Scriptures - Thy Kingdom Come p.23 In 1796, George Bell postulated that the Pope was the Antichrist and would fall in 1797.