The Watchtower, December 1, 1984, p17 (above) - the WBTS occasionally offer grudging apologies while making sure they do not admit to being false prophets:
'Admittedly, it was thought that the establishment of the Kingdom would mean the immediate destruction of earthly kingdoms and that anointed Christians would be "caught away" to join deceased anointed Christians due to be resurrected at the time of Christ's presence. (2 Thessalonians 2:1)'
Anyone reading 2 Thessalonians 2:1-6 will find the verses and warnings are self-explanatory:
'Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him; to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand; let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.'
The warning is as true today as it was in the days of the apostles and Paul makes it absolutely clear that none of this will occur until 'the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God'.
Who is 'the man of sin [who] sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God'? Paul makes it clear in his explanation about the Day of the Lord and the Man of Sin when he warns the Christians in his day because they had been told (falsely) that the Day of the Lord was already upon them. Paul explains that certain events must take place before this day of wrath and judgment can come to the world:
I. The Apostasy Must Take Place (2:1-3) The word "apostasy" means "a falling away." Here it refers to a falling away from the truth of the Word of God. While there were certainly false teachers in Paul's day, the church at large was united on the truths of the Word of God. We are living in apostate days right now (and the WBTS are part of it), which indicates that the coming of the Lord is near, but everywhere we look there are professing Christians who have departed from the faith.
II. The Temple Must Be Rebuilt (2:4-5) Paul promises the rise of a world dictator, the "man of sin...son of perdition" (v3). He is not talking about a world system, but a person who will head up a world system. This "man of sin" contrasts with Christ, the Saviour from sin - and He is the son of perdition; Christ is the Son of God. He is the liar; Christ is the Truth. We commonly call this man "the Antichrist," which means both "against Christ" as well as "instead of Christ." This world ruler will be energized by the devil and will unite the nations of Europe in a great federation (the ten horns of Daniel's image, Dan. 7). According to Revelation 17, the Antichrist will cooperate with the apostate world church in his rise to power, and then will destroy this religious system when he doesn't need it anymore. The program is as follows: (1) the church of true believers will be raptured and meet Jesus in the air above earth; (2) the Antichrist will begin his rise to power in a peaceful way; (3) he will unite Europe and make a seven-year covenant with Israel to protect it (see Dan. 9); (4) after three and one-half years he will break that covenant and invade Israel; (5) he will abolish all religion and set himself up to be worshipped (Revelation 13); (6) at the end of the seven-year tribulation period (Day of the Lord), Christ will return to earth and destroy the Antichrist and his system. Both the Old Testament and New Testament predict the return of the Jews to Palestine and the rebuilding of the Jewish temple. When the Antichrist sets himself up in this temple, this will mark the "abomination of desolation" of Dan. 11:31 and Matt. 24:15
The WBTS state:
'But who can blame them for not fully understanding at that time that a great ingathering work had to take place ...'
'We understand these things today, thanks to the increasing light that has been shed on God's Word by means of '"the faithful and discreet slave" class ...'
Here the WBTS are merely pretending to accept that their teaching was inaccurate while hoping Jehovah's Witnesses will forget that they had always claimed that 'Jehovah' was guiding them and they alone were the organisation who could supply this incredible, infallible, guidance to those who remained 'meek and teachable'.
Nothing the WBTS write or say can stop them being identified as 'false prophets' by Scripture!