I have to ask: Is this scholar guy for real? If so, his comments seem a testament to the statement "never underestimate the power of denial".
For those of you Newbies who are asking about scholar, let me sum it up real quick for you: The guy's an idiot. He's been coming on this board for quite some time now trying to defend the Organization's teaching that Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE, even though there's absolutely no evidence whatsoever that it did. All the historical, archaeological and biblical evidence proves it was destroyed around 586/587BCE.
Even so, it really makes no difference, because the Society's vastly confusing "interpretations" about the " 7 times", 1914 and 1918 have no absolutely no biblical basis whatsoever and it's easy to prove. First, the "7 times" that they talk about is NOT talking about 2,520 years (and you can only reach this dumb conclusion by having a lobotomy). Daniel chapter 4 clearly shows that it's referring to Nebuchadnezzar:
Daniel 4: 10-28: "....Thus were the visions of my head on my bed: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth; and its height was great. The tree grew, and was strong, and its height reached to the sky, and its sight to the end of all the earth............He cried aloud, and said thus, Cut down the tree, and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves, and scatter its fruit: let the animals get away from under it, and the fowls from its branches.......Nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of the sky: and let his portion be with the animals in the grass of the earth...let his heart be changed from man's, and let an animal's heart be given to him; and let seven times pass over him.
The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the sky, and its sight to all the earth.....it is you, O king, that are grown and become strong; for your greatness is grown, and reaches to the sky, and your dominion to the end of the earth.
this is the interpretation, O king, and it is the decree of the Most High, which is come on my lord the king: that you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field, and you shall be made to eat grass as oxen, and shall be wet with the dew of the sky, and seven times shall pass over you; until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will......Whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree; your kingdom shall be sure to you, after that you shall have known that the heavens do rule...........All this came on the king Nebuchadnezzar
The 7 Times simply means the 7 years that Nebuchadnezzar would live like an animal in the field and after that, according to the bible, his kingdom would be given back to him. There is absolutely NOTHING in these verses that even hints that it's referring to Jesus' Second Coming being "invisible" in 1914----that's simply an invention by the WTS.
Secondly the "trampling of the Nations" that's referred to in Luke 21 is talking about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70CE. The WT claims that this trampling "began centuries earlier" with absolutely nothing to back up their statement. When you read Luke 21: 20-24, it's obvious that it's referring to Jerusalem being destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE:
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is at hand. (
WT says this is talking about what happened in 70CE)
Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (yep, still talking about 70 CE) Let those who are in the midst of her depart. Let those who are in the country not enter therein. For these are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (still talking about Jerusalem being destroyed by the Romans in 70CE). Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days! (70CE) For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people. (Happened in 70 CE) They will fall by the edge of the sword (talking about 70 CE), and will be led captive into all the nations (happened in 70CE). Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (oh, suddenly, this is not talking about 70 CE---it's talking about something unrelated that happened centuries earlier because the WTS says so).
So in reality, even if Jerusalem had been destroyed in 607 BCE (which Honesty and others have proven that it wasn't), it would make absolutely no difference whatsoever because the other scriptures that the Society uses to try and back up their bizarre claims have absolutely no foundation whatsoever----it's built on sand.
According to CoC, Freddie Franz and the other members were made well aware of the fact that their interpretations were way off, but they refused to change them for the simple reason that they would no longer be able to make the claim that they were chosen as the Faithful and Discreet Slave in 1918 or 1919 or whenever the hell that was.