Watchtower whitewashes failed 1975 prophecy in 2017 convention video
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The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is notable for making prophetic statements that fail to come to pass.

From foretelling the resurrection of ancient bible characters into 1920’s San Diego, to predicting 1874 being the start of Christ’s second coming, a close study of Watchtower history throws up many, many instances of failed prophetic dates.

Dates such as 1975.

For a detailed breakdown of the full story, please check this extensively researched article at jwfacts.com, but the basic facts of the case are that Watchtower leadership in the 1960’s decided that Biblical chronology indicated that 1975 would mark 6000 years of human existence. Thus, they felt it would be very fitting if Jehovah God were to bring Armageddon at that time.

This belief was featured and taught in many Watchtower publications and public events, and so once 1976 rolled around without Armageddon taking place, things got a little…awkward.

Whilst Watchtower has indeed since suffered many other instances of prophetic failure, 1975 remains as one of the most enduring and embarrassing instances of the religion’s grand proclamations going unfulfilled.

Now, it appears that one of the videos for the 2017 Regional Convention, entitled “Don’t Give Up,” will address the 1975 teaching. The full video (video 49) can be viewed here on the AvoidJW.org website, and is part of a larger teaching segment with the theme of remaining faithful to the Watchtower organisation despite trials.

However, the video is extremely deceptive in the way it presents the events of the late 60’s and early 70’s to the audience.

In fact, I would go so far as to call it a whitewash.

I’m going to break down line-by-line the statements made in the video about 1975, and place them against statements from Watchtower publications written at the time, so that you can make your own judgement as to how truthful you think this video is being about one of Watchtower’s most infamous failures of prophecy.

1975: Where did the expectation come from?

The video starts discussing the 1975 issue around the 1:43 mark, when the character narrating the video says:

“Back then, some were looking to a certain date as signifying the end of this old system of things.”

Now firstly, it’s interesting that this video refers to “a certain date,” rather than specifically mentioning 1975 as the year. In fact, nowhere in the video is the year or the teaching given by name. This has the effect of muddying the waters; many younger Witnesses will not have heard of this 47 year old teaching and by being vague, Watchtower makes it harder for them to pinpoint and research this incident. However, much more concerning is the phraseology;

“Back then, some were looking to a certain date as signifying the end of this old system of things.”

Who are this “some?” We are never told, but this use of words subtly disassociates the belief from official Watchtower doctrine. It gives the impression that the 1975 expectation was simply the product of a few rogue Witnesses, spreading their own teachings in the backroom of Kingdom halls. But do the facts taken from Watchtower’s own publications support this?

Here is just a handful of the many Watchtower publications at the time which discussed the possibility of a 1975 armageddon date.

“The published timetable resulting from this independent study gives the date of man’s creation as 4026 B.C.E. According to this trustworthy Bible chronology six thousand years from man’s creation will end in 1975, and the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E. So six thousand years of man’s existence on earth will soon be up, yes, within this generation. So in not many years within our own generation we are reaching what Jehovah God could view as the seventh day of man’s existence. How appropriate it would be for Jehovah God to make of this coming seventh period of a thousand years a sabbath period of rest and release, a great Jubilee sabbath for the proclaiming of liberty throughout the earth to all its inhabitants! This would be most timely for mankind. It would also be most fitting on God’s part, for, remember, mankind has yet ahead of it what the last book of the Holy Bible speaks of as the reign of Jesus Christ over earth for a thousand years, the millennial reign of Christ. It would not be by mere chance or accident but would be according to the loving purpose of Jehovah God for the reign of Jesus Christ, the ‘Lord of the Sabbath,’ to run parallel with the seventh millennium of man’s existence.” Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God 1966 pp.26-30

“Does God’s rest day parallel the time man has been on earth since his creation? Apparently so. In what year, then, would the first 6,000 years of man’s existence and also the first 6,000 years of Gods rest day come to an end? The year 1975. It means that within a relatively few years we will witness the fulfilment of the remaining prophecies that have to do with the “time of the end”.” Awake! 1966 Oct 8 pp.19-20

“Another speaker, F. W. Franz, the Society’s vice-president, forcefully impressed on the audience the urgency of the Christian preaching work.
He stressed that, according to dependable Bible chronology, 6,000 years of human history will end this coming September according to the lunar calendar. This coincides with a time when “the human species [is] about to starve itself to death,” as well as its being faced with poisoning by pollution and destruction by nuclear weapons. Franz added: “There’s no basis for believing that mankind, faced with what it now faces, can exist for the seventh thousand-year period” under the present system of things. Does this mean that we know exactly when God will destroy this old system and establish a new one? Franz showed that we do not, for we do not know how short was the time interval between Adam’s creation and the creation of Eve, at which point God’s rest day of seven thousand years began. (Heb. 4:3, 4)
But, he pointed out, “we should not think that this year of 1975 is of no significance to us,” for the Bible proves that Jehovah is “the greatest chronologist” and “we have the anchor date, 1914, marking the end of the Gentile Times.” So, he continued, “we are filled with anticipation for the near future, for our generation.”—Matt. 24:34.” Watchtower 1975 May 1 p.285

“The immediate future is certain to be filled with climactic events, for this old system is nearing its complete end. Within a few years at most the final parts of Bible prophecy relative to these “last days” will undergo fulfilment.”Watchtower 1968 May 1 p.272

And if the publications at the time were dropping very very heavy hints, some of the public talks given by senior Watchtower officials were positively explicit. Take for example the following talk which was given at the 1967 District Convention in Wisconsin, by District Overseer Charles Sunutko. (audio available at jwfacts.com)

“Well now, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, as runners, even though some of us have become a little weary, it almost seems as though Jehovah has provided meat in due season. Because he’s held up before all of us, a new goal. A new year. Something to reach out for and it just seems it has given all of us so much more energy and power in this final burst of speed to the finish line. And that’s the year 1975. Well, we don’t have to guess what the year 1975 means if we read the Watchtower. And don’t wait ’till 1975. The door is going to be shut before then. As one brother put it, “Stay alive to Seventy-Five“”

I could go on and on. Watchtower teaching material at the time was saturated with this. Here is a chart from an October 8th, 1971 Awake that explicitly states the Millennial Reign of Christ will start on the 6000’s year of human history i.e 1975

 

So as we can see, the Witnesses alive at this time had this expectation because the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society were publishing and preaching teachings that specifically cultivated this expectation.  

1975 was not a product of rogue Witnesses; it was official Watchtower doctrine.

1975: Who encouraged Witnesses to sell homes and quit jobs?

The narrator in the video goes on to say:

A few went so far as selling their homes and quitting their jobs.

In the context of the video, this is presented as having been an unwise thing to do. It is indeed true that Witnesses at the time sold homes, quit jobs, delayed surgical operations and so forth because they expected the world to end. I personally know of one Witness family that, in the present day, still suffers a significant financial shortfall because of actions taken back in the 70’s to sell properties and abandon financial investments.

However, what was the Watchtower response at the time to the actions of these Witnesses? Was it to warn against such rashness?

Hardly.

Take for one example an article printed in the Kingdom Ministry of May 1974.

“Yes, since the summer of 1973 there have been new peaks in pioneers every month. Now there are 20,394 regular and special pioneers in the United States, an all-time peak. That is 5,190 more than there were in February 1973! A 34-percent increase! Does that not warm our hearts? Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.” Kingdom MinistryMay 1974 p.3 How Are You Using Your Life?

Far from advising caution, or presenting such activity as rash or unwise, Watchtower actively encouraged such ones to sell up and abandon their jobs, due to the “short time remaining.” In other words, Watchtower in 2017 is frowning upon the conduct of Witnesses who were simply doing what they were encouraged to do by Watchtower in 1974!

1975: Who sounded a scriptural note of caution?

The narrator continues:

I admit, I was ready to see this old system go away too, but something just didn’t seem right. Both at meetings, and in my personal study, I was reminded of what Jesus said: “No man knows the day or hour.”

Again, is this accurate? Were witnesses being reminded at meetings of this scripture, in the context of trying to dispel any premature expectations about 1975? Let’s take a look at one such paragraph, taken from an article which was heavily hinting at a 1975 armageddon date and using Bible chronology to back up this expect

35 One thing is absolutely certain, Bible chronology reinforced with fulfilled Bible prophecy shows that six thousand years of man’s existence will soon be up, yes, within this generation! (Matt. 24:34) This is, therefore, no time to be indifferent and complacent. This is not the time to be toying with the words of Jesus that “concerning that day and hour nobody knows , neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matt. 24:36) To the contrary, it is a time when one should be keenly aware that the end of this system of things is rapidly coming to its violent end. Make no mistake, it is sufficient that the Father himself knows both the “day and hour”! Watchtower 1968 Aug 15 p.494 Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975?

We see again that, instead of Watchtower sounding a note of caution that maverick Witnesses failed to heed, quite the opposite is true. Witnesses were being explicitly told at meetings not to use this scripture to raise doubts.

Technically, the brother in this video is going against the council of the Governing Body of his era.

What would have happened to the brother in the video had he voiced these doubts about the 1975 expectations, and used this scripture to support his argument? In a worst case scenario, if he publicly refused to relent, he may have been disfellowshipped for apostasy.

1975: Who took responsibility?

The video’s coverage of 1975 concludes with the narrator saying:

After that year came and went, most of those who had wrong expectations made the needed adjustments.

Again, this use of words infers that the matter was the fault of individual Witnesses “running ahead of Jehovah’s Chariot”, whereas we have seen that all evidence clearly shows these wrong expectations came as a direct result of official Watchtower publications and public talks. The membership figures for 1976 and onward show that many left the religion as a result of this debacle. Others suffered in terms of lost income, property, life opportunities, postponed surgeries and the choice to defer having children.

Did Watchtower make adjustments? Did it ever apologise for what was clearly a huge error of judgement that essentially amounted to false prophesy? Did it ever acknowledge the pain and suffering that these rash predictions, which ran contrary to scriptural advice, had inflicted upon many faithful Witnesses who acted in good faith on what they were told?

Sort of.

Five years later, the following appeared in the Watchtower magazine.

“With the appearance of the book Life Everlasting-in Freedom of the Sons of God, and its comments as to how appropriate it would be for the millennial reign of Christ to parallel the seventh millennium of man’s existence, considerable expectation was aroused regarding the year 1975. … Unfortunately, however, along with such cautionary information, there were other statements published that implied that such realization of hopes by that year was more of a probability than a mere possibility .” Watchtower 1980 Mar 15 p.17

Now, that might strike you as something of a mealy mouthed, evasive apology, and you’d be correct, but to get even this from an organisation so historically loathe to admit error as Watchtower demonstrates how bad the damage was at the time.

We get a similar apology in the 1993 Proclaimers book, a book which endeavoured to provide a comprehensive history of the Witness movement from the 19th century onwards. Whilst the book is in reality a very sanitised and biased account of the founding and growth of Watchtower, it nonetheless does address the 1975 issue, probably because it simply had no other choice given the large number of Witnesses in the early 90’s who would still have vivid memories of the incident, and would note any conspicuous absence of it from Watchtower’s “official” history book;

“Brother Franz then referred to the many questions that had arisen as to whether the material in the new book meant that by 1975 Armageddon would be finished, and Satan would be bound. He stated, in essence: ‘It could. But we are not saying . All things are possible with God. But we are not saying. And don’t any of you be specific in saying anything that is going to happen between now and 1975. But the big point of it all is this, dear friends: Time is short. Time is running out, no question about that.’ … However, other statements were published on this subject, and some were likely more definite than advisable.” Jehovah’s Witnesses – Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom p.104

Again, not exactly the humble repentance one would hope for, featuring a very selective quote that is clearly not representative of the more hysteria-inducing articles and speeches being given at the time. Yet both these excerpts establish the following fact;

In 1980 and 1993 Watchtower admitted the fault was with them, not the with the rank and file Witnesses.

Yet now, in 2017 that same religious organisation is putting out a video implying the exact opposite.

This video is presented in such as way as to whitewash any responsibility Watchtower had for the debacle, and to denigrate as foolish the faithful Witnesses of the 1970’s who were simply following the teaching and council Watchtower gave them.

1975: Why now?

Why would Watchtower even discuss this topic in a video? Much like the ongoing child abuse scandal, 1975 is a topic that the organisation usually pretends does not even exist, only acknowledging it obliquely when absolutely necessary. So why make it a subject of a convention video that all Witnesses will see, albeit in a whitewashed, victim blaming fashion that even manages to avoid even stating the discredited date?

I can’t be certain but I can think of two possible reasons:

  • The video very strongly stresses the idea of not serving God with a date for Armageddon in mind, and focuses on the need not to get discouraged when expected prophecies fail to materialise. Watchtower has recently been struggling to get its absurd “Overlapping Generations” teaching fully accepted by the rank and file. This teaching came in around the time I began to leave the religion and I remember how many of the witnesses I knew were privately uncomfortable with it, admitting it was hard to “prove it from the Bible.” If Watchtower’s repeated attempts to drum the teaching into the Witnesses are anything to go by, this is probably still the case. Some Witnesses may well be unsettled that the New World, once so close at hand, seems to be receding further and further into the distance by the day, and that the teachings being used to pinpoint its arrival appear to getting flimsier and flimsier with every revision. Thus, by referring to the 1975 incident in this way, Watchtower might be trying to condition its followers for further dissapapointments when the overlapping generation teaching is also abandoned, or when another decade rolls past with no New World appearing

 

  • This video may also be an attempt to rewrite the history of 1975 so that Watchtower appears blameless for the mistake. This is possibly due to the fact that, although the number of Witnesses alive during the events of 1975 is shrinking, the newer witnesses are becoming more and more aware of the embarrassment due to discussion in the ranks and also from internet exposure to this infamous incident from “apostate” websites and online comments on youtube, twitter and so forth. So this might be an attempt at damage control; to present an “acceptable version” of the debacle to Witnesses who are hearing the truth from other sources, even if this version clashes with Watchtower’s own previously published version of events.

Whatever the motivation, I think the final word should go to the Bible book of Deuteronomy 18:22, where God is telling the nation of Israel how to view those who speak false prophesy.

When the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word is not fulfilled or does not come true, then Jehovah did not speak that word. The prophet spoke it presumptuously. You should not fear him.’

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* Many thanks to Paul Grundy and his website JWfacts.com for the reference material and information presented in this article.

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148 Responses to Watchtower whitewashes failed 1975 prophecy in 2017 convention video

  1. Truth seeker says:

    “The immediate future is certain to be filled with climactic events, for this old system is nearing its complete end. Within a few years at most the final parts of Bible prophecy relative to these “last days” will undergo fulfilment.”Watchtower 1968 May 1 p.272

    Regarding this quote above. Please see paragraph 8 of the same article on page 272 & 273 of the may 1st 1968 watchtower.

    This gives watchtowers understanding of Mark 13:32 in relation to the year 1975.

  2. Adam Heckathorn says:

    An article would be written about 94′. It was another absolute last possible date when I came in. “70 or 80 years”
    from 19 14

  3. messenger says:

    A very well written article Covert Fade. Thank you for your commitment to truth.

    messenger

  4. Sharon Christensen says:

    This is such an awesome article! I remember it all like it was today…the meeting, what was said…what I as a kid wore even…looking over, passed my two brothers sitting between me and my parents.., When ,something like this would be said…I always looked over to see my Fathers expression…Father was shaking his head…then Mom gave him a dirty look…I dreaded the ride home, as from most mtngs, 35miles or so…my stomach tightened up….on the way home Father said…these men should NEVER take it upon themselves to say such things…Bible says…No one knows….It will affect toooo many peoples lives…Mom proceeded to give him the usual lecture …not to spk against the Faithful Slave….Who was right? The GB can not deny what they said…People sold homes, held off families…went into debt thinking would not have to pay back…some when ’75 was a no show committed suicide….when “the end “was fortold to come… in earlier days, people never made hay or prepared for the winter ahead for themselves or their livestck, back home…Father said good thing Grandpa had extra…yet he told them….you mk incase it does not happen…Granfather and Father have been gone a long time…still no end. So many times as kids we would sit quietly as our parents argued as to what the publications said…Father was always checking…Mom believed and did not question a word they said…for fear of…developing a wicked heart…speaking against the…”Holy Spirit”! I used to fear they would split up over and then what would happen to me and my bros. I am a writer and artist of sorts…I see life in cartoons…or tend to look for comedy etc., that is how I coped with my abuse ….I realize everyone is not that way and can not understand or see it like I do…That is why I like John Cedars way of doing things at times…He never fails to put a smile on ones face…He has gone thru a lot I am sure and still does as we all have in different ways…He dresses just fine…It is not what is on the outside…it is the genuineness of ones heart. Sometimes we have to mk ourselves smile in one way or another…I write my hubby a note every morning, I usually draw him a cartoon to mk him laugh…life for him has always been serious….We need to be happy, despite what we have come thru….otherwise we are a victim. I know a lot of hard work and study goes into this …thanx to those who can do this…I am tooo tired, sick and in pain most of the time…yrs of stress has taken it’s toll…so nice to just read all and say…oh yeah I remember that…THANX SOOO MUCH! I found it funny….Watching movie…”Throw Mama From The Train”…. When Billy Crystal crawls out on window ledge to get away from Danny Devitos Mama who is soo abusive, when Danny(Owen) asks him why he is out there…His response …Selling the WT what do you think! ;-)). I know…Not many Wts are happy with the…”cart”, or Sopia and Caleb…plastic…They are saying….What next! Time will tell….Thanx again”.

  5. Sharon Christensen says:

    Hello it is me…Adele Zzz? .For Normal folk…hds up…I never liked playing charades….Like June on Honey Bobo…It is what it is…But we had “Big Smoke” here today to, I can not blame farmers…Barbeques with wrenches apprtly…upon chking of late, snippin and a talkin going on, I have twins! Rebekah was not only won! Harey, curly…horns or not….Russeled and all…I am off to make a burnt kake… Cuz apparently ET is a comming…the fourth long gone…May? Not much of a space saver….anyhow…Got to dig it and you no? Like a certain someone said….If you can no find me in the springz….perhaps in the Mat Ruzz….Signal Finally cleared! duh…I always have severe hd pain…No thinking kleirly! Letter mite have wrked.! like Father would have said at Beaver Pond….Fyre Away! Got it!!!! Duh! Other folk, do not even bother trying to get this… !!!apptly…smokey signal …zup!…..Just have you no…ocifers pasted agin today….and sand in car…someones a sitting at night, brk in st Bat Serum, ol hut, not sure or conky donkey klicnk. Chk locate….and fuzz signalled…picture tk udder day….psted instant, falls Rapid…Leisure…Not sure if this a help….

  6. nelfox07 says:

    Stop your prophecy. Idiot.

  7. Paul says:

    I have tried explaining this to the occasional door knocker who wasn’t around back then, but they don’t know what I’m talking about. To them, I’m just some old fart who misunderstood things at the meetings when I was a kid. So thank you for laying out what happened.
    BTW. You need “loath” for “loathe” in your article (sorry!) 🙂

  8. Just read your article. Oh my!
    I guess ‘the’ question can be answered now. The GB do know what they’re doing.
    This is 1984.
    It’s not just mind control, it’s ‘let us reprogram your memories’ as well.
    To take the dignity from the elderly, turn on your most faithful followers, put them in stocks to have fruit thrown at them before banishment by their community.
    And worst of all to KNOWINGLY destroy peoples faith right at the end of their loyal lives.
    Despicable!
    I used to think the WTBTS was a juggernaut. Not any more.
    It’s a totalitarian cult.

  9. ScotWm says:

    One of the most outrageous Watchtower follies is the San Diego mansion called Beth-Sarim – House of Princes. This elaborate, palatial estate was financed with “dedicated funds” as ordered in 1929 by self anointed Watchtower president Joseph Rutherford. This mansion was deeded to ancient biblical princes, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David, who Rutherford had prophesied would be resurrected in the near future.

    When Rutherford was asked by reporters how he would be able to distinguish the real biblical heros from imposters, he replied, “The men whom I have designated to test the identity of these men are officers of my societies and have consecrated themselves to the Lord, they will be divinely authorized to know impostors from the real princes.”

    Today, instead of just one lunatic false prophet leading the Watchtower cult, we have seven lunitic false prophets. Recently, these seven Governing Body members have admitted that they are not inspired, that they make errors in doctrine and that the spiritual food they feed Christ’s sheep is imperfect. In spite of these disclaimers, the Watchtower leaders insist that they represent Jehovah”s organization on earth. Do as they say or be disfellowshipped and shunned.

    http://www.quotes-watchtower.co.uk/beth_sarim.html

  10. chantal says:

    Well, dear readers, I as well was present at that frightening (yes) , and life changing pre-1975 anxiety ridden furor. It was just as described by others in this post. i was only 16 at the time, but had total doubts from earliest memory, even though a born-in. However, years of indoctrination had me believing this nonsense. Changed my life radically with poor choices. I want them EXPOSED!

  11. messenger says:

    I started studying in 1975. I can’t remember the month, but I believe it was near the start of that year. Because of having relatives that were JWs I started going to the hall early on during my study. I don’t recall the 1975 hype then. However, I asked my relatives when I read about it around 1980, and they confirmed it. More recently I read more telling info about it.

    I never hung my hat on the WT teaching the end would happen during the 20th century. I never served God for that reason, the reason the end was coming soon, in my lifetime.

  12. Meredith J says:

    So so pathetic. What a lame excuse for a spiritual video. They sound like robots. The story is so cheesy. So ‘Stay Alive Till 75’, well well well. They made a big deal about this in the 80’s that I remember. Some were whispering then that the Watchtower’s comments about how some somehow misunderstood what the society was saying was not really true.

    How dare they have condemned people for selling their houses to go pioneering. That is so despicable and evil. Considering, that their policy was to pioneer and Jehovah will look after your needs. To think that they called these self sacrificing ones foolish is beyond me. Some obeyed what the society was saying, only to find that they had been totally misled. How dare these people say that these people left because they were weak and were impatient and unworthy of the prize of everlasting life. Hypocrites! Offspring of vipers!

    The people who left were smart and being led by the principles of Jesus Christ and that is in Matthew 7 about the fruits that a religion produces. In this case it was lies. Therefore it was a false religion, back in 1975. I have also read that in the old pictures that we used to see where the halls were filled with ‘brethren’ in the early 1900’s that many of them had left in a few years as they had realised that the bible students were fake.

    • Big B says:

      @ Meredith J:

      “The people who left were smart and being led by the principles of Jesus Christ and that is in Matthew 7 about the fruits that a religion produces. In this case it was lies. Therefore it was a false religion, back in 1975”.

      Actually all Adventist movements, including this one, have roots in the falsehoods of the the Millerites who were the followers of the teachings of William Miller. In 1833 Miller first shared publicly his belief that the Second Advent of Jesus Christ would occur in roughly the year 1843–1844. When it did not occur there occurred what came to be called “the Great Disappointment”.

      The lies have just continued from that point onward with many groups branching off this Millerite “advent” doctrine. By mid-1845, doctrinal lines among the various Millerite groups began to solidify, and the groups emphasized their differences, in a process George R. Knight terms “sect building”. During this time, there were three main Millerite groups—in addition to those who had simply given up their beliefs. The Jehovah’s Witnesses (International Bible Students) along with the Seventh Day Adventists came from
      this Millerite nonsense.

      The Great Disappointment is viewed by some scholars as an example of the psychological phenomenon of cognitive dissonance and True-believer syndrome. The theory was proposed by Leon Festinger to describe the formation of new beliefs and increased proselytizing in order to reduce the tension, or dissonance, that results from failed prophecies.

      According to the theory, believers experienced tension following the failure of Jesus’ reappearance in 1844, which led to a variety of new explanations. The various solutions form a part of the teachings of the different groups that outlived the disappointment.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Disappointment

      The expectations of 1975 therefore, are nothing more than a continuation of the “Great Disappointment”. It is what Adventism is all about namely; whipping up religious fervor on the impending event, Jesus is a commin’ or the end is nigh. Then when the expected event does not come well it’s excuse time. His presence (coming) was in 1914, it was just invisible; yeah that’s it, INVISIBLE!

      Almost all the predictions for 1878, 1881, 1914, 1918 and 1925 were later reinterpreted as a confirmation of the eschatological framework of the Bible Student movement and Jehovah’s Witnesses, with many of the predicted events viewed as having taken place invisibly. Further expectations were held for the arrival of Armageddon in 1975, but resulted in a later apology to members from the society’s leadership.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Tower_Society_unfulfilled_predictions

      So the lies continue and the ‘Sheeple’ are still enamored with the falsehoods they are being taught. The cognitive dissonance must be eliminated by the faithful and discreet slave thus New Light or new understanding must be implemented to keep the flock in line. Otherwise the flock may leave and run off a cliff like a bunch of lemmings.

      • Meredith J says:

        Ha, thanks for the interesting information of the history of these fake predictions Big B. Every Witness should make it their business to investigate the history of this fake church. You owe it to yourselves.

  13. Sharon Christensen says:

    I remember as a kid…my brother and I, playing in Granmas old summer kitchen, where Granfathers old book library was…scarry pics in those books for sure…weird and wonderful…like a comment earlier….hell depicted as the comment said…those pics are still so vivid in my mind many yrs latter, the feelings that came along with the sight of them, as well as the sound of JF Rutherfords force full talks on the old gramaphone we would wind up, we listened and were in fear of….Was it He who stated…Millions Now Living Will Never Die At All! ? …..That made many people happy, including us kids…Never having to say good bye to our beloved Granparents and Parents, relatives of any kind…Unfortunately another lie they told so as to enslave good folk. The time to brk the chains that bound us all is long overdue. Many are still young enough to enjoy their life yet…but for many of us who are older….They took the moments that can never be returned,no monitary compensation can return them, and many who heard that talk are long gone….A Fairy Tale? Like in Mr. Beans movie…was it Johnny English one….where he whipped up some Cardinals frock…and wriiten across his bttm…Look Busy Jesus is comming! Sound familiar?

  14. Sharon Christensen says:

    I can not complete my survey, i have tried to go into sooo many sites and I try utube videos from Apostale sources not Jw.org, no messages come thru only weird and wonderful, I could not vote on the charitable status thing Chiafade said about. When I read my survey it always goes away…this has gone on for a very long time…other things come thru fine…but not these things…I have forwarded info. to relatives I read on the Survey when it came thru before and at times…I was always blaming my brother, hence previuos comments when I could get thru…I figured he is up to no good on my comp….He is mad at me and I at him…Is it possible that my info thru here is getting interferred with by JW.Org….I have Jw friends and relatives on my husbands side that have been over and driving by and a neighbor lady that is. She is or was the human resource teacher in local school, I have been diligent around here telling about Jw abuse etc., because she has trouble childern in her care…there is no mystery that my Fther in law was hated in New York by Orgy…I see now why you use diff names, but I am not ashamed of being an apostate. People who know me can vouch for my personality…my haters can hate me all they want. What I say I say because of my experiences and how I have been treated. I did my best when I was being a Wt…It still was not good enough, they always found fault. My family and friends know what I am like, if they want to ridicule me and shun me that is their choice. I, like soo many on this site are just glad to be free…If things do not improve with my Survey comming thru, my husband said he shall get a diff. comp. for me and try that…does anyone else ever have this prob…or is it just me? Ps…could not find the real Kool Aid…Does $Store / no name brand work to mk the statement…or must be real one? Thanx….just wunderin.

  15. TG says:

    I noticed in this video the two year texts that are shown are from 1975 and then 1976. Just an observation

  16. Sister drifted says:

    I cannot find this video anywhere- help please

  17. Willows says:

    The Watchtower has a history of printing dates in their publications and distributing them to Watchtower members and the General Public.

    1. Studies in the Scriptures. The dates proved in time to be wrong.

    2. Watchtower Rutherford 1925. Proved to be wrong.

    3. Watchtower 1975. This date also proved to be wrong.

    Who gained from these publications … $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  18. bunter says:

    I wonder why they do not state the year 1975 explicitly in the video – when it is obvious that it is indeed referring to 75. Guess it makes it more real to younger ones who may only have heard rumors about a 75 failure

  19. Hillary says:

    I just had a day dream about being at the convention and screaming out, “1975! 1975!” during the video. lol Would it be worth the hour’s drive and parking madness? Maybe I could join the sign holders that I used to stare at as a kid as we drove in. Hhmmm…

  20. bunter says:

    Missed out half my post…

    I wonder why they do not state the year 1975 explicitly in the video – when it is obvious that it is indeed referring to 75. Guess it makes it more real to younger ones who may only have heard rumors about a 75 failure

    My personal take on the video – with a tip of the hat to Covert and Paul Grundy at JWfacts

    • Sister drifted says:

      Is this the actual video from the convention??

      • bunter says:

        yes – but i doubt if they will include my observations on Friday afternoon 🙂

        • Will says:

          This convention video is wicked. I don’t use that world lightly. This is deliberate deceit. What a horrible religion!!!

          • outandabout says:

            The watchtower, in fact all of U.S. style fundamentalism began and survives on deceit. It simply cannot operate on anything else. The internet is now seeing to that, trouble is, WT is moving away from print and can now alter or delete anything they need to online. Can they last long enough to pull it off before crumbling under the weight of lawsuits and exposure and the dying off of all who remember their past. Once everybody who is in possession of written material is dead and their old WT literature has gone to the dump, where is the proof. Hopefully, online.

    • Free Thinker says:

      Can this video be accessed through a “neutral” URL like from Youtube? I would like to forward it to several people (JWs), but not as being posted on an “apostate” website, for this would defeat the purpose.

      Thank you.

  21. Doc Obvious says:

    Watchtower, the brotherhood is not there for you to exploit them financially due to bad policies enacted by your legal departments lack of leadership.

    We will not finance your 1,000 plus building projects. Your brotherhood lives a simple life and are looking forward to a new system where money is not everything.

  22. Bad Penny says:

    TO ALL YOU JWs – Read these words from Ezekiel 22: 27-30 and ask yourselves who could these words really apply to?…. ‘Her princes in the midst of her are like wolves tearing prey in shedding blood, in destroying souls for the purpose of making unjust gain. And her prophets have plastered for them with whitewash, visioning an unreality and divining for them a lie, saying: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said,’ when Jehovah himself has not spoken……..Their way I will bring upon their own head,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.’
    Open your eyes, remove the blinkers, the Governing Body are NOT inspired of God. They are false prophets. Jesus warned us ‘Look out that nobody misleads you…’ You do not need any human mediator or G.B. to lead you to Christ. Look for yourselves at scripture without the undue influence of Watchtower doctrine, and see if it does not open up before your eyes.

    • greytower says:

      Well said. Jehovah’s Witnesses should also pay heed to Jesus’ warning in Matthew 24:48-51. In this PARABLE, where Jesus speaks of the faithful and wise servant (or faithful and discrete slave) who looks after the master’s household while the master is away, he goes on to draw this comparison:

      “But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time’, and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

      Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the master returned (invisibly) in 1914 and started to rule from heaven. But he has not yet returned, and in spite of claiming Armageddon would be over some time after 1975 and before the end of the 20th century, the “slave” has turned to beating his fellow servants into greater activity. The servants are being abused and manipulated by the very men who claim to be the faithful and discrete slave, appointed by Jesus to look after his household. Those men are the Governing Body. Their reward will be in keeping with the wicked way they have treated the master’s household.

  23. Diane Dolbee says:

    I graduated high school in 1974 and was offered scholarships which I turned down as I KNEW the end was at hand. In fact, I had been told most of my life that I wouldn’t graduate high school. Like all of us, so many lost opportunities.

    I do recall finding a diary I had written at the age of eight and the entry for the day said, “Only 11 more years until Armageddon.” As if a kid could make that stuff up.

    I finally made my escape in 1986, but I’ll bet if I’d had the internet, it would have been a whole lot sooner.

    Best to you all,

  24. Eyes opened says:

    This is a great article! I’m from that time period. This article and many of the comments are very perceptive and thought provoking. Perhaps it was mentioned, but which talk is associated with the infamous video “49”? That info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Regards

  25. Whip It says:

    Through the economic decisions my parents made, led them to both die without any money & having to be helped by children, in fact they became financial burdens,

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