There are some who make spectacular predictions of the world’s end to grab attention and a following, but others are sincerely convinced that their proclamations are true. They are voicing expectations based on their own interpretation of some scripture text or physical event. They do not claim that their predictions are direct revelations from Jehovah and that in this sense they are prophesying in Jehovah’s name. Hence, in such cases, when their words do not come true, they should not be viewed as false prophets
Typical sleigh-of-hand crap reasoning from Zion.....I mean, Bethel. When you read what Deut 18: 20-22 says about identifying a False Prophet, it doesn't say anything about if a group of senile old men "sincerely convinced that their proclaimations are true", that they shouldn't be viewed as a False Prophet. It clearly states that if they predict something and it doesn't come true, then they fit the bill of being a False Prophet, end of story:
"...But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death. You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him..."