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WBTS False Prophecies - and the Lying Cover-ups! - 26

These 1974-5 publications reveal how the WBTS made it clear that they approved of 'brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service ... a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world's end' - then claimed ' ..these publications have never said that the world's end would come then [in 1975!]'  - and tried to blame 'considerable individual speculation on the matter'

See what the WBTS had to say about lying and deception in The Watchtower, January 15, 1974, p35 (below):

But, while they continued with their horrendous hypocrisy that ruined the lives of millions on earth - and sent them to a lost Christ-less eternity - still they ploughed on with their false prophecies, claiming that Armageddon was now due in 1975!:

Kingdom Ministry, May 1974, p3 - the WBTS made it clear that they approved of this kind of sacrifice:

'Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world's end. - 1 John 2:17.

The Watchtower, May 1, 1975, p285 - the WBTS began to lose its nerve as the months passed:

'F. W. Franz, the Society's vice-president,
forcefully impressed on the audience the urgency of the Christian preaching work. He stressed that, according to dependable Bible chronology, 6,000 years of human history will end this coming September according to the lunar calendar. This coincides with a time when "the human species [is] about to starve itself to death," as well as its being faced with poisoning by pollution and destruction by nuclear weapons.  Franz added: "There's no basis for believing that mankind, faced with what it now faces, can exist for the seventh thousand-year period" under the present system of things.

Does this mean that we know exactly when God will destroy this old system and establish a new one?  Franz showed that we do not, for we do not know how short was the time interval between Adam's creation and the creation of Eve, at which point God's rest day of seven thousand years began. (Heb. 4:3, 4) But, he pointed out, "we should not think that this year of 1975 is of no significance to us," for the Bible proves that Jehovah is "the greatest chronologist" and "we have the anchor date, 1914, marking the end of the Gentile Times." So, he continued, "we are filled with anticipation for the near future, for our generation."  - Matt. 24:34.'

We should also remember that:

Awake!, October 8,1966, p19 - the WBTS wrote:

"In what year, then, would the first 6,000 years of man's existence and also the first 6,000 years of God's rest day come to an end?
The year 1975."

Of course, most Jehovah's Witnesses in 1966 would not know that a much earlier issue of The Watchtower magazine (The Watchtower, July 15, 1894, p1675) had declared that the 6,000 years of man's history would end in 1873!

This, in spite of 'God's channel' supposedly being in touch with 'Jehovah ... "the greatest chronologist"'!

The Watchtower, June 15, 1974, p376 - the WBTS remind the majority of Jehovah's Witnesses that most of the wonderful God-breathed New Testament verses were written for the 'anointed remnant' - but not for them!

Of course there is not a single word in the Bible to support such a view - but when did that ever bother the WBTS?! (see next page)

The Watchtower, October 15, 1974, p635 - the WBTS began to soften its stance just a little
: "The publications of Jehovah's Witnesses have shown that, according to Bible chronology, it appears that 6,000 years of man's existence will be completed in the mid-1970's. But these publications have never said that the world's end would come then. Nevertheless, there has been considerable individual speculation on the matter."

The WBTS now try and pin the impending failure on 'individual speculation' - again!

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