We are all imperfect. We all make mistakes. Then again, not many of us claim to be God’s sole channel of communication with mankind. How do such religious leaders handle failed predictions like, to name a few–1914, 1925, or 1975? They mention how even the Apostles had misplaced expectations, citing Acts 1:6.
Acts 1:6,7 does give us insight into how truly faithful and discreet servants of God handle such matters. Here the Apostles set the example of what to do and what not to do. The passage says, “ 6 So when they had assembled, they asked him: “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” 7 He said to them: “It does not belong to you to know the times or seasons that the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction.”
Note: The Apostles did NOT go on a worldwide campaign proclaiming, “The Kingdom of Israel is being restored at this time!” They simply asked a question. They were told it did not belong to them to know, such things were only in our Heavenly Father’s jurisdiction, nobody else’s. Therefore, if a person is truly guided by God’s word, should that not be the end of the matter? If someone goes beyond the things that are written, and makes a prediction, either overtly or subtly, is that faithful and discreet?