Continuing along the old lines, a 1985 issue of The Watchtower said:
"Before the 1914 generation completely dies out, God's judgment must be executed." (The Watchtower, 1 May 1985, p4)
In 1988 issue of Awake! magazine stated:
"Most of the generation of 1914 has passed away. However, there are still millions on earth who were born in that year or prior to it....Jesus' words will come true, 'this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened.'" (Awake!, 8 April 1988, p14)
Reasoning from the Scriptures lets us know that time is running short:
"The 'generation' that was alive at the beginning of the fulfillment of the sign in 1914 is now well along in years. The time remaining must be very short. World conditions give every indication that this is the case." (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1989, p239)
Any Bible-believing Christian reading the WBTS material will follow the advice that the Society are so fond of quoting, but hope all Jehovah's Witnesses will never do properly, follow the advice from Acts 17:11:
'Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so'.
So, let us examine the Scriptures and see if there is one explicit and direct statement in Scripture indicating that 1914 is the precise year around which prophetic calculations are to be made regarding end-time chronology?
If you have been brain-washed into believing the lies of the WBTS, which are chronicled here in detail, you will cling to their ludicrous statements based on laughable false prophecies. Another of their delusions is the claim that 'there have been many signs in the world indicating that 1914 is the critical year'.
We must warn anyone believing the WBTS claims (that the number of wars, earthquakes, famines etc. has increased dramatically in the last century or so) that careful evaluation of these matters reveals that both the practical events of the signs themselves, and more importantly the scriptural context, prove beyond doubt that neither gives any evidence of the Lord Jesus Christ's invisible return in 1914.
And, regarding the "generation" that was alive in 1914 that is supposed to see the culmination of all things prophetically: as you have read, over a fifteen year period or so the WBTS gradually changed the age of that group from fifteen years old, to ten years old, to babies? Does this strike anyone (reasonably familiar with the Bible) as the actions of genuine Christian leaders or true prophet(s) of God?
We must consider at least one other example used by the WBTS to try and excuse their false prophecies by citing Jonah and his prophecy regarding Nineveh:
The New World Translation renders Jonah 3:4- 10 and 4:1-2:
"Finally Jonah started to enter into the city the walking distance of one day, and he kept proclaiming and saying: 'Only forty days more, and Nineveh will be overthrown.'... And the [true] God got to see their works, that they had turned back from their bad way; and so the [true] God felt regret over the calamity that he had spoken of causing to them; and he did not cause [it]."
The WBTS teach Jehovah's Witnesses to cite this verse to prove that Biblical prophets sometimes made mistakes in their predictions. After all, what Jonah predicted about Nineveh's destruction did not come to pass. Yet, Jonah was not condemned for this. Therefore the WBTS argue that they should also not be condemned for their prophetic errors.
The simple refutation of the WBTS claim is obvious: Jonah did not make a mistake - firstly, because he told the Ninevites exactly what 'Jehovah' God told him to say (read Jonah 3:1; NWT):
1 Then the word of Jehovah occurred to Jo´nah the second time, saying: 2 "Get up, go to Nin´e·veh the great city, and proclaim to her the proclamation that I am speaking to you." 3 At that, Jo´nah got up and went to Nin´e·veh in accord with the word of Jehovah. Now Nin´e·veh herself proved to be a city great to God, with a walking distance of three days. 4 Finally Jo´nah started to enter into the city the walking distance of one day, and he kept proclaiming and saying: "Only forty days more, and Nin´e·veh will be overthrown."
Since Jonah was speaking the very words of God (Jonah 3:1), how can the WBTS say Jonah was in error? There is another side of prophecy that is important to recognize: in some Old Testament prophecies there is a "repentance clause" built into them (sometimes called a 'but if' clause). This is exactly what Jonah's prophecy to the Ninevites entailed. It is obvious that how the Ninevites responded, after they clearly understood the truth of the warning from God through His prophet Jonah, could influence 'Jehovah' God - as these verses prove (Jonah 3:5-10):
'5 And the men of Nin´e·veh began to put faith in God, and they proceeded to proclaim a fast and to put on sackcloth, from the greatest one of them even to the least one of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Nin´e·veh, then he rose up from his throne and put off his official garment from himself and covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the ashes. 7 Furthermore, he had the cry made, and he had it said in Nin´e·veh, by the decree of the king and his great ones, saying: "No man and no domestic animal, no herd and no flock, should taste anything at all. None should take food. Even water they should not drink. 8 And let them cover themselves with sackcloth, man and domestic animal; and let them call out to God with strength and come back, each one from his bad way and from the violence that was in their hands. 9 Who is there knowing whether the [true] God may turn back and actually feel regret and turn back from his burning anger, so that we may not perish?" 10 And the [true] God got to see their works, that they had turned back from their bad way; and so the [true] God felt regret over the calamity that he had spoken of causing to them; and he did not cause [it].'
The Ninevites clearly understood Jonah's prophecy to mean that Nineveh would be toppled in forty days unless they repented (John 3:5-9). Based on how the Ninevites responded to Jonah's prophecy (and who can criticize zealous repentance that even caused sackcloth to be put on un-reasoning animals!), God withdrew the threatened punishment - thus making it clear that Almighty God viewed the prophecy as hinging on how the Ninevites responded. If we read (Jer. 18:7-8):
"If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned".
This principle is clearly illustrated for us in the case of Nineveh and it is noteworthy that God is often seen showing mercy where repentance is evident (cf. Exod. 32:14; 2 Sam. 24:6; Amos 7:3, 7).
You should also note that Jonah responded in this way to God's loving-kindness (Jonah 4:1-2):
'1 To Jo´nah, though, it was highly displeasing, and he got to be hot with anger. 2 Hence he prayed to Jehovah and said: "Ah, now, O Jehovah, was not this an affair of mine, while I happened to be on my own ground? That is why I went ahead and ran away to Tar´shish; for I knew that you are a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness, and feeling regret over the calamity.'
These passages clearly reveal that God sometimes chooses to withdraw a punishment in cases where the people against whom the judgment was issued have repented, so that the very grounds for the threatened punishment have disappeared - and, the text plainly states, Jonah knew this! God is loving and merciful and not to change in such cases would go against His essential quality of justice and mercy.
In view of these facts, it is clear that Jonah's prophecy does not in any way lessen the guilt of the WBTS in its numerous false predictions - none of which were akin to the conditional prophecy in the Book of Jonah. Since Jonah spoke exactly the words God gave him to say, it is clear that it is illegitimate for the WBTS to cite Jonah's prophecy to lessen its guilt in setting forth continuous false prophecies and they are utterly wrong in saying that Jonah made a mistake. The Book of Jonah therefore lends no support to the WBTS.
Jehovah's Witnesses should understand that it is impossible to try and explain away the fact that the WBTS has claimed to be God's prophetic voice to the world and yet has been shown - many, many, many times - to be in error?
Another irony also reveals the evil, judgemental attitude of the WTBS: if they had recognised this merciful quality of 'Jehovah' God (and they claim a special relationship with Him!) - they could have claimed that He stayed His judgement on the earth and its many disobedient peoples because they had repented and turned from all the supposedly evil attributes that the WTBS has so often pointed the finger at over the last 100+ years.
But it is a fact that it is only the most Biblical churches on earth who remain unchanged and the majority - including the cult of the WTBS - have become progressively worse in these End Times which will only bring the return of the Lord Jesus Christ when the God of the Bible determines it. And only He knows the time!