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?”