Jehovah's Witnesses

WBTS False Prophecies - and the Lying Cover-ups! - 14

What un-Scriptural methods did the WBTS use to come up with their 1874 false prophecy date of the visible/invisible return of Jesus and how - and what 'indisputable facts … show that the "time of the end" began in 1799'?

The WBTS used more than one un-Scriptural method to calculate their 1874 false prophecy date. 

One method involved adding the 1,335 days mentioned in Daniel 12:12 - using the false 'day for a year rule' and then adding it to 539 A.D. - the date when the Ostrogothic monarchy (see later) was overthrown.

The '1779 date' that the WBTS strained to introduce was repeatedly emphasised in their works of a century ago, e.g.:

The indisputable facts, therefore, show that the "time of the end" began in 1799 .." (The Watchtower, March 1, 1922)

From the previous photocopies we can see obvious questions being asked:

From what date can we say the Second Coming (or 'Presence' - remembering the WBTS twisting of their false prophecy!) of Christ took place?

When was Satan ousted from heaven?

When did the Lord come to His temple?

When was Christ's return due?

What date marked 'the beginning of the end of time'?

We have already seen that real evidence for WBTS claims simply does not exist and their vain imaginations were forewarned by the inspired Word of God:

Colossians 2:8: 'Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ'.

1 Timothy 6:20:  'O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called'.

2 Timothy 2:16: 'But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness'.

Titus 3:9: 'But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain'.

The WBTS strained to support the '1799 date' in
Creation, 1927, p293-4 (above - depending on edition) and also p314:

Napoleon began this Egyptian campaign in 1798, finished it and returned to France on October 1, 1799. The campaign is briefly, yet graphically, described in the prophecy, verses 40 to 44 (Daniel 11:40-44); and being completed in 1799 marks, according to the prophet's own words, the beginning of the 'time of the end'.'

Straining to make the prophesy of Daniel 11:40-44 apply to Napoleon, the WBTS continued (p294):

In Biblical Symbology a "time" means a year or twelve months of thirty days each.  Each day is considered a year, as the profit says : 'I have appointed thee each day for a year.' (Ezekiel 4:6) Here are mentioned, then, three and a half times of 360 prophetic days, which would mark the beginning of the time of the end of this beastly order.
Twelve hundred and sixty years from A.D. 539 brings us to 1799, which is another proof that 1799 definitely marks the beginning of "the time of the end". This also shows that is from the date 539 A.D. that the other prophetic days of Daniel must be counted '.

As with all the WBTS false prophecies the claims lack any kind of support in terms of exegesis or factual support.

As noted earlier, Watchtower leaders now admit that the 1874 date was wrong - as were all the other dates!

But we can see how they continued to build on this false foundation in the same 'Creation' book (excerpts below):

The Watchtower, September 1, 1925, p262 (above) - the WBTS always strive to keep the 'faithful' working, regardless of their own continuous failed prophecies and ludicrous false teachings!

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