In just a few weeks, this year will end and a new one begins. Nothing special, just 2006.
But when you analyse the JW doctrine, it is another nail in their already 91 nail studded coffin.
The Watchtower has for decades taught that Jesus' presence and rulership began in 1914. Since changing the Generation of 1914 doctrine, a whole decade has passed, with little in the way of anything new.
A couple of years ago, a poster here said that at a District convention in Britain, Peter Ellis commented that, "there is no new light on 1914."
One has to ask oneself, why would Jesus wait over a century to bring about the Messianic Kingdom? What would be the purpose?
I mean, you have a king, but no active rulership - you have subjects of that Kingdom, but no manifestation of the promised New Order.
Recently, the Watchtower abandoned its decades old doctrine that the calling of the anointed ended in 1935, by adding two NEW members of the Governing Body - men in their fifties who weren't even born before 1935. In the United in Worship of the Only True God, page 83, there is a question for meditation that reads: "The gathering of the final members of what group was given prompt attention after Christ was enthroned?" The supporting scriptures were Matthew 24:31 and Revelation 7:1-4. Now, in the Worship the Only True God, page 98, the question for meditation reads: "The gathering of the remaining members of what group is being given attention since Christ was enthroned?" The supporting scriptures are Revelation 14:1-3. Compare the two questions and you will see the revised thinking that the gathering work of the anointed has not been completed.How quickly ten years has gone by since then. There are only 9 more years till 2014, at which time the "Kingdom" will be 100 years old - a Kingdom which has not delivered. What will the Watchtower be like in 2014? Probably more streamlined (and hardlined) than it is now. Perhaps the WT will be a monthly edition, with 4 study articles in it. Membership will continue to stagnate and baptisms will for the most part consist of children of Jehovah's Witnesses. The youth exodus will continue, perhaps more so, as university and college are seen as "the devil." Expect more talks at meetings, assemblies and conventions, glorifying the "faithful and discreet slave" - only those who have the "mark" will be in good standing. Expect more dumbing down (could it really be any worse?) of WT articles and bible-based publications. More demands for cash and material resources. As the group shrinks in number, it's paranoia will increase as the self-perpetutating machine called The Watchtower struggles to keep spinning. 2014, if it comes and goes will be more embarassing for the Society than 1975 ever was.