WERE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES EXPECTING PERSECUTION OR DEATH IN 1915?

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PERSECUTION – The Watchtower 11/1/1993 pp. 9-10 par. 12 Daniel’s Prophetic Days and Our Faith

By the end of the year, the anointed remnant were expecting persecution, as seen from the fact that the yeartext chosen for 1915 was Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Are ye able to drink of my cup?” based on Matthew 20:22, King James Version.

PERSECUTION – Our Incoming World Government – God’s Kingdom (1977) chap. 8 p. 130 par. 21 Marked Days During the “Time of the End”

Persecution was then expected for the congregations of the International Bible Students, for, under the heading “1915—Our Year Text—1915,” the same issue of The Watch Tower opened up by saying: “We have chosen as a text for the year the Master’s words uttered just before His crucifixion to two of His dear disciples, who had asked to sit with Him in His Throne. We have selected the Master’s reply as the text for this year: ‘Are ye able to drink of My cup?’ “

Editor’s Note: The reality is that they were not expecting persecution, but had stated for 34 years that they were expecting Armageddon and death by 1915, believing Jesus had already come 40 years earlier in 1874.

The Watchtower misrepresents this expectation in order to look prophetic and profound. Actually they are deceitful. – Splash

DEATH – The Watchtower 12/15/1914 p. 370 – 1915 YEAR TEXT

As our Year Text we have chosen the Master’s words so full of meaning, “Are ye able to drink of My Cup?” These words gain in force and weight as we ponder them.

DEATH –The Watchtower 12/15/1914 p.382 – “DRINK YE ALL OF IT” 

Our Lord stated the matter very plainly, asking James and John, “Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They did not understand these words in full, but perceived that it meant some kind of death.

DEATH – The Watchtower June 1880 p. 7

“Are ye able to drink of the cup (death) that I shall drink of, and to be baptised with the baptism (death) that I am baptised with?”

WILL “EVERY EYE” SEE JESUS (REV 1:7)?

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NO – The Watchtower 3/15/2007 p. 5 What Christ’s Coming Will Accomplish

With regard to Christ’s coming, the Bible says: “Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him.” (Revelation 1:7) People will not see him with their literal eyes.

YES – The Watchtower 2/15/1994 p. 20 par. 21 “Tell Us, When Will These Things Be?”

When Jesus comes with clouds of invisibility, opposing humans worldwide will have to recognize that “coming” because of a supernatural demonstration of his kingly power.—Revelation 1:7.

NO – The Watchtower 5/1/1993 p. 22 par. 6 Deliverance at the Revelation of Jesus Christ

Oh, those enemies will not actually see Jesus with literal eyes

YES – The Watchtower 12/1/1981 p. 8 Could Christ Return Without Being Seen?

Jesus himself spelled it out clearly, saying: “Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” That obligatory recognition of Christ’s presence will come too late for their good. This will mean destruction for those who have not paid heed.—Matt. 24:30; Rev. 1:7; 11:18.

NO – The Watchtower 12/15/1974 p. 751 Who Will See “the Sign of the Son of Man”?

When he comes “with the clouds, and every eye will see him” he will be invisible to fleshly eyes. (Rev. 1:7)

YES – The Watchtower 1/15/1966 p. 40 “The Sign of the Son of Man”

The day will come when “every eye” must see this “sign,” as Revelation 1:7 indicates.

NO – The Watchtower 7/15/1953 p. 447 Questions From Readers

If Christ came in a human body certainly not every eye on earth could see him at once; so that must not be literal.

YES – 1877 Object and Manner p. 39

This scripture does not necessarily teach that every eye will see Him at the same moment. A similar statement is made of the Resurrection. “All that are in their graves hear the voice of the Son of Man and come forth.”

WHO IS “THE TRUE LORD?” (Mal 3:1)

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Jehovah God – The Watchtower 1/15/1976 p. 41 par. 5 The “Ax” and the Chopper

Jehovah God – The Watchtower 2/15/1980 p. 12 par. 18 Joyful Festivals

Jesus Christ – The Watchtower 7/15/1980 p. 19 par. 10 The “Fine Shepherd” and the “Little Flock”

Jehovah God – The Watchtower 4/1/2007 p. 22 par. 4 Loyal to Christ and His Faithful Slave

Jesus Christ – The Watchtower 7/15/2013 p. 8 par. 17 “Tell Us, When Will These Things Be?”

Note: The Revised NWT quotes Malachi saying “the true Lord” but no other translation adds the word ‘true’. This makes you think it is talking about Jehovah and not Jesus. The older NWT used brackets to indicate this, saying “the [true] Lord”!

HOW MANY ‘KEYS OF THE KINGDOM’ ARE THERE?

Up until October 1979 there were TWO. The 1st for the Jews, the 2nd for the Gentiles.

The Watchtower 2/15/1966 p. 126 Does Peter Now Use the Keys of the Kingdom? NO MORE KEYS NEEDED

The question arises, Did Peter continue to carry these keys of the Kingdom around with him to open to those whom he would and to close to others the opportunities for entering the Kingdom? Are there more keys besides the two? The answers are shown in the following facts. Up to this time Jehovah had divided up mankind into just two classes: the Jews, whom he dealt with as his special people, and the people of the nations, the Gentiles. So only two keys were needed.

After 1979 there were THREE. The 1st for the Jews, the 2nd for the Samaritans, the 3rd for the Gentiles.

The Watchtower 10/1/1979 p. 18 par. 12 The “Keys” of the Greatest Government Put to Use

Peter had been promised, not one key, but “the keys of the kingdom of the heavens.” This meant at least two keys. So, when was he given the second key, and in behalf of whom?

The Watchtower 5/15/2008 p. 30 Highlights From the Book of Acts

PETER USES “THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM” (Acts 1:1–11:18) After receiving the holy spirit, the apostles give a bold witness. Peter uses the first of “the keys of the kingdom of the heavens” to open the door of knowledge and opportunity for Jews and proselytes who “embraced his word” to enter the Kingdom. (Matt. 16:19; Acts 2:5, 41) A wave of persecution scatters disciples, but this results in expansion of the preaching work. Upon hearing that Samaria has accepted the word of God, the apostles in Jerusalem dispatch Peter and John to them. By opening up the Kingdom opportunity to the Samaritans, Peter uses the second key. (Acts 8:14-17) Perhaps within a year of Jesus’ resurrection, an amazing transformation takes place in Saul of Tarsus. In 36 C.E., Peter uses the third key, and the free gift of the holy spirit is poured out upon uncircumcised people of the nations.—Acts 10:45.

Editor’s note: Special thanks to reddit user wemusthavethefaith for the references.

WILL THE MEN OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH BE RESURRECTED?

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1879 YES – The Watchtower July 1879 p.8

1951 ‘UTTER IMPOSSIBILTY’ –  The Watchtower 5/1/51 p.287

1952 NO – The Watchtower 6/1/52 p.338

1965 YES – The Watchtower 8/1/65 p.479

1967 NO – The Watchtower 7/1/67 p.409

1974 YES – Awake! 10/8/74 p.20

1982 NO – You Can Live Forever in a Paradise on Earth p.179 para.9 (Old Edition)

1988 NO – The Watchtower 6/1/88 p.31

1988 SOME WILL – Insight On The Scriptures, Vol.1, p.616 (released June 17th 1988)

1988 YES – Insight On The Scriptures, Vol.2, p.985*

1988 NO – Revelation – Its Grand Climax p.273

1989 NO – You Can Live Forever… p.179 Para.9 (New Edition)

*Note: Insight vol. 2 p. 985 says it was only the cities that underwent everlasting destruction and not the people, as if the houses, roads and buildings committed the sins! Compare Jude 1:7 “as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example…”

IS IT LATER THAN YOU THINK?

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IT IS! – The Watchtower 6/1/1949 p.174 Para.5

We had arrived in the middle of their district assembly, which began on Friday, March 4. Brother Knorr was scheduled to talk to the English speaking people of Lima who were interested in the truth. That meeting was held on Saturday afternoon. There were 49 who heard his talk on “It Is Later than You Think!”

IT IS! – The Watchtower 6/15/1949 p.191 Para.9

The brethren and people of good will had been notified that the president of the Society would be with them on the evening of March 16; so that night 64 attended a gathering and packed out the little Kingdom Hall, some standing and some sitting on the stairway, to hear “It Is Later than You Think!”

IT IS! – The Watchtower 7/1/1949 p.204 Para.7

The public meeting had been advertised for 8 p.m. … Brother Knorr spoke on “It Is Later than You Think!”

IS IT? – Awake! 10/8/1968 p. 24 Cover Page “Is It Later Than You Think?”

IS IT? – The Watchtower 4/1/1991 p. 7 Is It Later Than You Think?

But time is running out; it is later than they think. Is it later than you think?

IS IT? – Kingdom Ministry 2/12 p. 4 Announcements

The special talk will be given on the weekend after the Memorial and is entitled “Is It Later Than You Think?”. (Talk No. 181- TO BE COVERED IN 30 MINUTES 2011 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society)

WILL THERE BE ANOTHER WORLD WAR?

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NO – The Watchtower 10/15/1955 p. 638 Questions From Readers

But where they really are leading the ‘kings’ (the rulers) of the entire inhabited earth is to the greatest war of all times, not a mere World War III with hydrogen bombs

MAYBE – The Watchtower 4/15/1959 p. 229 par. 2 The Perfect Government for All Mankind

Like it or not, all of us are subject to one common danger. This is recognized by the human leaders of the day as being World War III, which will be global in its consequences.

NO – The Watchtower 4/1/1966 p. 196 Missionaries to Fill the Need

“Look at what people are facing,” Franz urged. “Not exactly the outbreak of World War III, a battle between men, no, but what you are facing and people in your assignments are facing is foretold in the Word of God.”

MAYBE – The Watchtower 12/15/1967 p. 749 par. 22 “In All the Nations the Good News Has to Be Preached First”

What about the possibilities for tribulation, destruction and horror of another world war, with nuclear bombs carried to their targets by long-range missiles

NO – Reasoning from the Scripures p. 240 par. 2 Last Days

The end of the present global system will come, not as a result of indiscriminate slaughter in nuclear war…

POSSIBLY – Awake! 6/8/1981 p. 11 Hope of Escaping World Destruction

Will this nationalistic “pushing” match result in World War III? Possibly.

NO – The Watchtower 4/1/1997 p. 8 Are These Really the Last Days?

If there was a World War III, with all of today’s nuclear powers deploying their weapons, the aftermath would likely find this earth a charred waste… Could wars and pollution simply continue to worsen until man has destroyed himself and this planet? No; for the Bible itself decrees that the earth will last forever.

HAS MATTHEW 24:14 BEEN FULFILLED?

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YES – The Watchtower 10/1/1951 p. 601 par. 7 – Laying the Stone in Completion

The Gentile times ended in 1914 and the prophecies were fulfilled exactly as foretold at Matthew 24 and Luke 21, but have not been heeded by these millions.

NO – The Watchtower 10/15/1955 p. 621 par. 1 – The Triumphant Message of “The Kingdom”

Today, in this year 1955, the temple of Jerusalem is no more, as he foretold that it would not be, but his prophecy concerning “this good news of the kingdom” is being fulfilled.

YES – Worldwide Security Under the “Prince of Peace” chap. 7 p. 61 par. 9 Settling Accounts Over the Use of Christ’s Funds

To mark his return, two wars of world proportions, accompanied now by many other wars of lesser proportions, have bloodied our earth. As predicted, these have been accompanied by famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, and by the increasing of lawlessness and the preaching of “this good news of the kingdom” in all the inhabited earth. This has fulfilled the details of what Jesus said would be “the sign of [his] presence and of the conclusion of the system of things.”—Matthew 24:3-15.

IT APPLIES TO THE 1ST CENTURY – The Watchtower 6/15/1992 p. 14 par. 14 Serving as Fishers of Men

For the needs of the first-century Christians, Jesus’ prophecy at Matthew 24:14 was fulfilled before Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 C.E.

YES – The Watchtower 5/1/1992 p. 22 par. 19 Keep Awake in “the Time of the End”

As we look back over three quarters of a century, we can see how one prophecy after another has been fulfilled—the restoration of true worship; the deliverance of the anointed remnant, along with their companions, into a spiritual paradise; the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom on a global scale; the appearance of the great crowd.

NO – The Watchtower 5/1/1993 p. 12 par. 7 – Shedding Light on Christ’s Presence

Each Yearbook of JW’s adds to the evidence that these aspects of the sign are being fulfilled.

YES – The Watchtower 9/1/1995 pp. 17-18 par. 17 Christian Witnesses for Divine Sovereignty

Jesus said: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.” Has this prophecy been fulfilled? Indeed, it has.

NO – The Watchtower 8/15/1997 p. 14 par. 11 Living for Today or for an Eternal Future?

There is also Jesus’ prediction that “this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) Today, Jehovah’s Witnesses carry out their work in 233 lands, island groups, and territories. True, untouched territories still exist, and perhaps in Jehovah’s due time, a door of opportunity will open.

HOW LONG WAS THE TRIBULATION FOR JERUSALEM IN 70CE?

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4 YEARS – The Watchtower 12/15/1968 p. 748 par. 32 “Your Deliverance Is Getting Near”

Has no “great tribulation” occurred again since 70-73 C.E. that compares with the Jewish disaster of those years

4 MONTHS 25 DAYS – Insight on the Scriptures Vol. 2 p. 47 – Jerusalem

In just 4 months and 25 days, from April 3 to August 30, 70 C.E., the conquest had been effected. Thus, the tribulation, though intense, was remarkably short.

4.5 YEARS – July 15, 2013 WT.

Chart on pages 4 & 5 indicates it lasted 66 C.E – 70 C.E