These are my notes on the new generation teaching i am preparing to give to someone. If anyone here wouldn't mind reading over them and giving them a quick fact check, I would appreciate it. Right now these are just rough talking points for me. If I actuall give them to someone, they will be cleaned up, formatted for reading.
Thanks in advance.
No scriptural backing for overlapping groups making up generation. Matthew 24:34 says " this generation".
This used to mean the 1914 generation (first, all persons that were aware of what was happening in 1914, then changed all those born by 1914), then meant wicked people, then meant all anointed born at any time, then meant two overlapping groups of anointed starting from 1914.
"It usually refers to people of varying ages whose lives overlap during a particular time period; it is not excessively long; and it has an end."
No dictionary definition I could find says that, clearly not a usual definition. Checked Miriam-Webster, www.dictionary.com and Google definitions. Exodus 1:6 is used to mean this by referring to Joseph and his brothers as one generation even though they are different ages, but that clearly refers to the matching definition "the offspring of a certain parent or couple, considered as a step in natural descent". In any event, ALL offspring of a couple will be different ages, even if they are identical twins as one must be born first.
"The fulfillment of the various features of the sign clearly indicate that the tribulation
must be near."
Russell and group first said end would come in 1871, then 1874, then 1912, then 1914. The year 1914 is calculated using day for a year calculation and 7 times meaning 7 years, so 2520, 607 B.C. to 1914 A.D. is 2520 years. However, this only works if you use years that are 360 days in length. Insight book says "In Prophecy. In prophecy the word “year” is often used in a special sense as the equivalent of 360 days (12 months of 30 days each). (Re 11:2, 3)." If a real year is used, this gets us to 1949 A.D.
Revelation 11:2,3 says "2 But as for the courtyard that is outside the temple [sanctuary], cast it clear out and do not measure it, because it has been given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. 3 And I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days dressed in sackcloth."
There is no mention of saying a year is 360 days long. It says the holy city will be trampled for 42 months and that two witnesses would prophesy for 1260 days. It in no way connects the length of the prophesying with the trampling of the city.
Things Not in the Bible
No one going to heaven prior to 1914 (2 Corinthian 12:4 says otherwise)
Matthew 8:11 says Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be in heaven. Nothing in Bible supports those being a figurative representation of Jehovah, Jesus and Holy Spirit.