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?”

WHEN DID BABYLON THE GREAT HOLD GOD’S PEOPLE CAPTIVE?

CAj_uiuUsAAKZ43What have Jehovah’s Witnesses historically taught regarding Babylon the Great in Revelation holding God’s people captive?

1918 – The Watchtower 12/15/1951 p. 748 par. 2 – Release Under Way to the Ends of the Earth

Hence, when the visible organization appeared desolated beyond repair in 1918 and the power of great Babylon over her seemed unbreakable, Jehovah sent his Servant to the rescue.

1919 – The Watchtower 12/15/1954 p. 753 par. 17 – Prospects of Fearers of Jehovah for 1955

Historically, this was true of the spiritual remnant in 1919. At that time they were lying in the darkness of bondage and oppression under the great organization of darkness, mystic Babylon.

1918 – The Watchtower 12/15/1955 – p. 749 par. 15 The Test That Leads to a Blessing

So the judgment began first with Jehovah’s witnesses after he came to his spiritual temple in 1918…Then especially they came into a captive, exiled condition like that of the ancient Israelites in pagan Babylon.

1914-1918 – The Watchtower 11/15/1967 p. 686 par. 8 – “Let Down Your Nets for a Catch”

But along came World War I, which was fought during 1914-1918 mostly by the nations of Christendom. During this war these separated congregations of truly dedicated, baptized Christians came into bondage to Christendom. Thus, since Christendom is the most powerful part of religious Babylon the Great, they went into a captivity like that of the Jews who went into exile in ancient Babylon

1918 – The Watchtower, 12/1/1970 p. 726 par. 26 – The Desolating of Christendom by the “Disgusting Thing”

Fleeing out of the antitypical unfaithful Jerusalem (Christendom) has been the right thing for them to do at any time since the end of World War I in 1918. Such fleeing out of Christendom has meant also fleeing out of Babylon the Great, for Christendom is also an integral part of religious Babylon the Great. And, as modern history shows, the anointed “chosen ones” of Jehovah God have been fleeing from bondage to Christendom and Babylon the Great since the year 1919

1918 – The Watchtower, 3/15/1992 p. 11 par. 18 – Do Not Miss the Purpose of God-Given Freedom

In 1918 Jehovah’s servants came into a measure of bondage to Babylon the Great.

2nd Century CE through 1919 – The Watchtower 3/2016 p.29 par.1 – When were God’s people held captive by Babylon the Great?

That spiritual captivity lasted from the second century C.E. to 1919.