Perhaps some will be completely bewildered by this title. Perhaps many will say - are you crazy, James? What does it matter?
Well, this observer is totally bewildered by the antics of the past week on the 607 date and its relevance to anything religious today (other than as a point of historical interest). Yet here we have a series of unreadable, illogical, and angry threads on something equally silly as what year Broadway Joe won the SuperBowl while wearing ladies pantyhose. One got bad enough to garner correction from a moderator.
Let's think about this for a moment...the issue is ludicrous upon it's face. Scholar and ThirdWitnesses are arguing over approximately 25 years discrepency in a chronology fixed not by the Bible, but only by secular dating references. In the face of overwhelming agreement amoung real historical reference, they still want to fix their own date for destruction of the temple, etc. So why do the JW apologists have their shorts tied in a knot over this insignificant date?
It is really quite simple. They need the date to be just that to hang on to their precious 1914. Let me give you guys a wake-up call: what Russell prophecied in 1914 was the end of the world, not the "invisible coming of the lord". He thought that the lord had already come "invisibly" years before and that 1914 was the big one. His twisted chronology defies logical description. So, 1914 did not work out as a prophecy. It is time to get over it. There is in WT prophecy today, no other relevant connection to 607BCE that I can currently discover - to wit:
1975 is lost to the watchtower as a prophetic cause. Not only did they "never say it", (yeah, sure), but they have given up the 7000 year creative days it was based upon.
The "Generation" that saw the events of 1914 is lost to the watchtower as a prophetic cause. They admitted it themselves amongst great contraversy in the 1990s. The stated lifetime of that generation did not happen, and they had to retract their words.
World War One as a prophecy is lost to the watchtower as a prophetic cause. A far bigger war happened a few decades later, and Rutherford totally blew the chance to make any kind of prophecy that made sense about that one. It even culminated in the first use of the atomic bomb. Anyway, they did not prophecy a 4 year long European war, but rather the end of this system of things.!!!!
Lets face it, 607 enthusiasts and prophetic apologizers...you are not discussing God, Jesus Christ, Good & Evil, or anything of any remote religious value with this junk history - the prophecies derived from the phony 607 in themselves are a bust!
Come on now, third witness, didn't you yourself feel a little twinge of the creeps when they told you the Generation of 1914 didn't mean what they used to say? Don't we all have some better issues than this one with which to occupy our time?