What 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.