Hi, For example Rob? Jazak Allah khayr, I have fixed the typo. The following is the text of the article that appeared in The Bible Students Monthly, January, 1914, issue.Written by Charles Taze Russell, the article relates his viewpoint concerning "the end of the world," and how he was not expecting the "end of the world" in 1914. Those who have built with gold, silver, precious stones [the promises of God's Word], shall be fireproof in that Day; while those who have built with the wood, hay and stubble of tradition-Higher Criticism, Human Evolution, etc.,-will find their faith structure amenable to the fire; and they will suffer the loss of faith and have tribulations accordingly. After telling of our Lord's obedience to the Father's will in humbling Himself to death, even the death of the cross, he adds, "God hath highly exalted Him" - "far above angels, principalities and powers." With it would be the “overthrow of all present governments”, a matter that would “culminate quickly”. The Bible everywhere tells of the glorious results that will follow, when the shackles of darkness, sin and error shall be broken, and when all the spiritual powers surrounding mankind will be good and helpful, as in contrast with those of the wicked spirits now operating through mediums, by clairvoyant and clairaudient powers, to ensnare, to deceive, to bewilder mankind. We thrown into existence and we just follow what everyone else is doing or our whims and desires and we are happy with a temporary life that will end. On this basis it exerts tremendous control over just about every aspect of the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Yet, the Apostle explains, such will themselves be saved, but these very fiery trials will destroy their misconceptions. We have left the twentieth century behind. Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in the Trinity, © 2020 - Many Prophets, One Message - A Call to The Truth. It looks as though this year would mark the beginning of the "flaming fire" of judgments upon the world which will mark the closing of this Age and the inauguration of the New Dispensation of Messiah's Kingdom, when "justice shall be laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet," and when the ignorance, superstition and darkness which so long have hindered us will begin to be broken. With the November 8th, 1995 issue, the statement was altered to read “this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things”: The accompanying footnote contains the following: The argument of the Watchtower Society is that if one does not use expressions such as “this is a direct revelation from Jehovah”, and avoids applying such terms as “infallible” and “inspired” to himself, then the things said and the claims made by him are to be viewed as essentially harmless voicing of mere opinion. It now went so far as to provide the exact month in which the world would end, October 1914: This short item appearing in the July 15th, 1894, issue of the Watchtower reveals how they viewed world conditions of that time as clear proof that the world was then about to enter its final throes, with its last gasp coming in 1914. An example of this is found in what was for many years the official history of the organisation, the 1959 book “Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Divine Purpose”, page 52: We can see that rather than taking responsibility and admitting that Russell and Watchtower teaching on a core doctrine were completely wrong, instead the blame is pinned on those who have no choice but to blindly follow such teachings. For example, two years later, another book by Russell, “Thy Kingdom Come” was published in 1891, and on page 153 we find the same prediction about 1914 repeated: The next year, 1892, in the January 15th issue, the Watchtower stated that the final “battle” had already begun. The fulfilling of various features of the sign clearly indicate that the tribulation must be near," (Watchtower, April 15 2010). So I ask Jehovah’s Witnesses to reflect on the following. (Revelation 12:7-12) The Present world system had entered its final days. He thus explains that the time between the invisible return of Christ and the end of God's judgment of the world would be well within one generation.1 In spite of the fact that this failed to transpire, Watchtower literature continued to hold to the 1874 return of Christ through the 1920's. Assuredly it will be the same Jesus that will come again - the same One who died for us, the same One who left the glory for us before He was born the Babe of Bethlehem. “The Lord gives interpretation to his prophecies and causes the same to be published… As certain as the Lord has caused these truths to be published in The Watchtower.” [Watchtower, 1936 Mch 1 p.72–73] As we’ve seen, the Watchtower Society would like nothing more than to sweep these false prophecies under the carpet. I have been trying to find information on just what Russel believed about 1799. The Watchtower claims that their founder is Charles Taze Russell and predicted the date of 1914 many decades prior as an important aspect of history. Russell moved it six months later into the spring of 1799.I haven't really presented full research on how Russell viewed the end of the time of the end from 1904 onward. If the Watchtower Society can be fundamentally wrong on issues that relate to its own founding principles, while claiming that its understanding is backed up by Scripture and that it is the absolute truth of God, then the question has to be asked – what else is the Watchtower Society wrong about that Jehovah’s Witnesses the world over believe to be the truth upon which they are basing their salvation? -- RRD, Sr. Charles Taze Russell - Examining the Facts, Hell, Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, Lake of Fire, The Beginning of the Time of Trouble (Quotes From Russell), https://www.biblestandard.com/studies.html, Click Here for our sites on many different topics, The JW Organization, Armageddon, 1914, and Russell, Russell and the Alleged Occult Connection. Our Lord, in describing His Second Presence, clearly indicated that it would be unnoticed by the world until the cataclysm of trouble should come. I am prompted in the selection of my text by reading an extract from the sermon of a Canadian minister delivered recently. Even as late as 1994, adjustments were still being made in order to cover up the embarrassment of 1914. His statement allowed the inference that he holds the view common to nearly all the creeds; namely, that the earth is to be burned up and the human race blotted out; and that, incidentally, Christ will come a second time, to see that none of the Church are included in the destruction. Our English word coming is used to translate several very different Greek words. With the realisation that 1914 was a false prophecy, the Watchtower publications initiated a cover-up. -- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6. Founder of the Watch Tower Society which became the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1931. What is our purpose? [Deuteronomy 18:21-22]. It wasn’t long before Russell was providing specific dates for the end of the world.