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100 Years Since October 2, 1914–Is It Significant?

On October 2, 1914–a hundred years ago today–Charles T. Russell announced, “The Gentile times have ended; their kings have had their day.” For almost 40 years, among other predictions for that year, 1914 had been looked to as the end of Armageddon, ‘false’ religion, and all governments, and the beginning of paradise on earth and the resurrection. Nothing predicted for 1914 ever came to pass.

On that October 2 morning, Russell said, “Anyone disappointed? I’m not. Everything is moving right on schedule!” Now a hundred years have passed. Confident predictions were made, among other things, about the year 1925, about 1975, about the generation living in 1914 never dying off before the end. A hundred years and still no Armageddon . Sadly, not one prediction made has ever materialized.  

Deuteronomy 18:22 says, “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.”

Were the Watchtower’s predictions “food at the proper time” made by God’s channel of communication? Or were they spoken “presumptuously”? Deuteronomy 18:22 is very frank advice that might make us uneasy. The question is: will we heed it?

If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses who has been wondering about these matters, there is no time like the present to begin a period of deep research. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Make sure of all things.” There is nothing to fear in such a search. The more a matter is examined, the more truth holds up to scrutiny, the more a lie crumbles.

But where would you begin?

Perhaps by exploring whether 1914 marked the beginning of the Last Days:

For further on this see: http://www.jwlove.org/1914ad/

Or by examining what Jesus meant by “this generation will by no means pass away”:

Or dig a little deeper to explore whether 607 BC was the date of Jerusalem’s destruction, a date that is integral to the Gentile Times equation:

For further on this see: http://www.jwlove.org/607bc

This website and videos should not be the endpoint in your research, but the beginning. Scrutinize everything…including the articles and videos on this website.

The Overlapping Generation and Matthew 24:34

When I was growing up, the Generation teaching was a big deal. For many years, the Awake posted this in every issue: “This magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.”

GenerationThe fact that the generation that saw 1914 was getting older and older in years was used as a yardstick as to the closeness of the end.

In 1984, the cover of the Watchtower boldly proclaimed that the generation who saw 1914 would not pass away, illustrating the point with a display of elderly adherents who were part of that generation. Sad to say, every one of these folks on this cover has since passed away.

I remember a conversation that occurred in my home, a pioneer who was living with my family in the early 90’s voiced her concern saying, “What if the Society decides they’re wrong about of the Generation?” In my youthful naivety, I blurted out, “Oh, that will never happen!”

Then, in 1995, the unthinkable happened: The Generation teaching changed. The generation was then defined as the wicked characteristics of humanity since 1914.

In 2008, the teaching changed again. The generation meant the ‘anointed’ and that there would still be ‘anointed ones’ on Earth when the Great Tribulation began.

In 2010, for the third time in 15 years, this teaching changed again to something even more puzzling: the Overlapping Generation. The January 15th, 2014 Watchtower ‘clarified’ this teaching further by saying:

We understand that in mentioning “this generation,” Jesus was referring to two groups of anointed Christians. The first group was on hand in 1914, and they readily discerned the sign of Christ’s presence in that year…The second group included in “this generation” are anointed contemporaries of the first group. They were not simply alive during the lifetime of those in the first group, but they were anointed with holy spirit during the time that those of the first group were still on earth.

However, is this what Jesus was saying at Matthew 24:34? Or was he saying something much simpler? How would we be able to weigh the veracity of the overlapping interpretation? Hopefully the short video above will help.