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Jehovah's Witnesses

WBTS False Prophecies - and the Lying Cover-ups! - 31

In 1968 the WBTS taught that Jehovah's Witnesses who were 15 years of age in 1914 would be alive to see the consummation of all things but, realising they were running out of time, in 1980 they made a slight adjustment ('… assume that 10 is the age at which an event creates a lasting impression....")

In 1968, the WBTS made it clear that they were teaching that Jehovah's Witnesses who were 15 years of age in 1914 would be alive to see the consummation of all things, as can be seen by the Awake! (October 8, 1968, p13 - below) magazine that stated:

The Awake! (October 8, 1968, p13 - above) magazine stated:

"The fact that fifty-four years of the period called the 'last days' have already gone by is highly significant. It means that only a few years, at most, remain before the corrupt system of things dominating the earth is destroyed by God.  How can we be so certain of this?

And the WBTS wrote of "this generation":


"Jesus was
obviously speaking about those who were old enough to witness with understanding what took place when the 'last days' began.  Jesus was saying that some of those persons who were alive at the appearance of the 'sign of the last days' would still be alive when God brought this system to its end.  Even if we presume that youngsters 15 years of age would be perceptive enough to realize the import of what happened in 1914, it would still make the youngest of 'this generation' nearly 70 years old today.… Jesus said that the end of this wicked world would come before that generation passed away in death."

This was clearly a false prophecy and ultimately led to about a million Jehovah's Witnesses leaving 'the organisation'!


The WBTS continued:

The WBTS wrote (in The Truth That Leads To Eternal Life, 1968 ed., p95 - above):

"But there are people still living who were alive in 1914 and saw what was happening then
and who were old enough that they still remember those events. This generation is getting up in years now. A great number of them have already passed away in death.  Yet Jesus very pointedly said: 'This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.' Some of them will still be alive to see the end of this wicked system. This means that only a short time is left before the end comes!"

The WBTS repeated this claim the next year (The Watchtower, February 15, 1969, p101 - above)::


"However, there are people still living who were alive in 1914 and saw what was happening then and who were old enough that they still remember those events. This generation is getting up in years now.  A great number of them have already passed away in death. Yet Jesus very pointedly said: 'This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.' Some of them will still be alive to see the end of this wicked system. This means that only a short time is left before the end comes!"

So we can see that the WBTS continued to insist that Armageddon was near and 'only a short time [was] left'!

Two years later the WBTS showed signs of nervousness as they predictably began to remind their followers that life has been so much better for them with the wonderful prophetic guidance of the Society instead of what 'men of this world offer':

"Men of this world offer you nothing stable, nothing sure. Their promises and predictions of better things have failed time and again. Why let yourself be carried along with them in a steadily downward course to ultimate disaster due to rejecting God's will? God's prophetic Word has not failed. Time has confirmed its truthfulness, its unerring accuracy. The generation that saw the start of the time of distress that began in 1914 is now dwindling in numbers. Before it passes off the scene the prophesied 'great tribulation' will come. You can be among the joyful survivors, experience deliverance from a world system that has proved oppressive, unworkable and death dealing." (The Watchtower, February 1, 1971, p69 - above)

Interesting that the WBTS that have falsely prophesied time and time again can write of others: 'Their promises and predictions of better things have failed time and again'!

Some seven years later the WBTS realised the problem was growing and emphasised it in this way: "Thus, when it comes to the application in our time,
the 'generation' logically would not apply to babies born during World War I" (The Watchtower, 1 October 1978, p31).

Clearly, even a few years later, the WBTS continued to hold out the hope that those who were teenagers during 1914 would see the culmination of all things but, as time went on and the years ticked away, it became obvious to the Governing Body that someone fifteen years old in 1914 would be eighty-five years old in 1984 and the 'generation that will not pass away' was now almost gone by the mid-1980s.
The WBTS false prophecy was about to become obvious to the most faithful.

So the WBTS had to admit that they could not go so far as to suggest '
babies' could have seen and remembered anything in 1914!  But '10'?  Yes, the gullible and the unobservant would accept '10'!

However, once again the WBTS could not admit the false prophesy - so they chose to simply find a way to add more years to the 'generation from 1914' and so, in a 1980 issue of
The Watchtower magazine they said of "this generation":

"It is the generation of people who saw the catastrophic events that broke forth in connection with World War I from 1914 onward....
If you assume that 10 is the age at which an event creates a lasting impression...." (The Watchtower, 15 October 1980, p31)

Hence, WBTS leaders reduced the age from 15 to 10 in order to allow for five more years for a "generation" that was quickly dying off - and they could now carry on talking about the prophesy as before:

"And the remaining ones of that generation of 1914 are still talking about it. Some of them will be talking about it right down to the time when the 'great tribulation' wipes Satan's wicked system of things off the face of our globe.  For Jesus Christ himself assures us: 'Truly I say to you that this generation [the generation that saw the 'beginning of pangs of distress' in 1914] will by no means pass away [completely] until all these things occur. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.' - Matthew 24:3,8,34,35." (The Watchtower, May 1, 1982, p15 - above)

But the 1980 adjustment was only a temporary solution and a further step or two was necessary.

See the title page (next page) of The Watchtower, May 15, 1984 magazine!

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