The Watchtower, February 1, 1938, No. 3, p35 - the WBTS claimed:
'As far back as 1880 The Watchtower pointed to A.D. 1914 as the date marking the end of the world, at which time great trouble would come upon the nations; but at that time it was not seen by God's people on earth that the trouble would be the battle of Jehovah against Satan's organization. For many years it was believed by them, and so stated in The Watchtower, that "the time of trouble" would be a terrific clash between the various elements of the earth, such as capital and labor. Not until 1925 was "the time of trouble" Scripturally understood. The Watchtower in its issue of January 1, 1925, forcefully stated for the first time that the "time of trouble" would be the battle of the great day of God Almighty, led by Christ Jesus against Satan and all his forces, resulting in complete triumph of the Lord. In the May 1, 1925, issue of The Watchtower there appeared the article "For the Elect's Sake", showing the relationship of God's servant class on earth to the great time of trouble upon the world and why and by what means it is shortened or "cut short".'
As we have seen, while the WBTS make this claim regarding 'A.D. 1914 as the date marking the end of the world ' and even claim that 'Not until 1925 was "the time of trouble" Scripturally understood , the truth is very different.
We can certainly see that the 'the end of the world ' is coming very, very slowly - a hundred years and still counting type of slowness!
Still, the WBTS think we should be grateful that:
'All this information came not from or by one man, but by the Lord God, being given to his people gathered under Christ at the temple and these things learned by them in the secret place or temple the Lord commanded should be told by them from the house-tops, that is to say, publicly (Matt. 10: 27) Thus the Lord made known to his people the cause of the trouble, how it would come about, and what would be the result.'
Why do you think the WBTS tried to hide the fact that C.T. Russell claimed to be ''the discreet and faithful slave' for years and the 'Governing Body' decided to take over the rôle but were just as hopeless and continued to prophesy falsely?
The WBTS claim these things were 'learned by them in the secret place or temple [and] the Lord commanded [they] should be told by them from the house-tops, that is to say, publicly' but Brooklyn, New York is hardly a secret place or temple, is it?
In the reference they give (Matt. 10:27) we read:
'What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs'.
Genuine orthodox, Bible-believing, Christians believe God's Word is only found therein and that the Lord Jesus Christ promised the Holy Spirit would lead us 'into all truth' (John 14:26; 16:7ff. etc.).
How can anyone believe that the blatant false prophecies and un-Biblical doctrines of the WBTS are, in any way, connected to His Truth?