Just how hyped was 1975?

by MuadDib 45 Replies latest jw friends

  • TMS


    The explanation about the indefinite period between Adam and Eve's creation was well discussed before the release of "Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God" in 1966 and the subsequent hype about 1975. Even the book "All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial" published in 1963 has a thorough discussion of this topic in the chapter entitled "Chronology." (I no longer have a copy or I would give you the page and paragraph number.)

    This whole matter was a subject of discussion in my congregation in Washington state prior to the 1966 conventions. My uncle, Russell Poggensee, returned from a refresher KM School course barely able to contain himself about the new light. He sort of botched its presentation though. All he could say was that the Society had figured out exactly when 6,000 years of human history would end and the thousand year reign begin. Others in the congregation found the above information in the SI book and refuted his claims.

    I'm sure my uncle felt vindicated post '66 convention, but the arguments still stood. What surprises me the most is that many who knew the '75 prediction was bogus are still witnesses.


  • flyphisher
  • RunningMan

    Hi Muad: Here's a little story about someone you know. My cousin (Randy B) has always claimed that the society never said that the end would come in 1975. However, a few years back, I was at his house for a get together in honor of his 25th anniversary, and they played an audio tape that was recorded at their wedding. At one point, brother Wagner sang a song about the new couple. One of the lines of the song was "If you can make it through to 75, you can make it for a thousand years." Well, that line caused a little silence in the room. So, you can rewrite history, but only if there isn't any actual history still around.

  • flyphisher

    Hi all.
    I remember a lot of JW`s took out high loans or mortgages before (or in) 1975. They did not believe to have to pay back the money one day. Some brothers never got rid from paying and paying, and from poorness.
    The mortgage and loan rates had been very high in those days. Compare those rates between 1970 and 1990 with the rates now in 2006. Its incredible and amazing...

    see the historical rate chart: http://mortgage-x.com/general/indexes/codi_history.asp

    ... and compare with recent rates: http://mortgage-x.com/x/indexes.asp

  • DannyHaszard
  • MuadDib

    "Well, that line caused a little silence in the room."

    Ha ha ha, I can only imagine! I'm sure Brother Wagner brought that line out loud and clear.

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