The Advantages of Hindsight
Whether this reference is meant to refer to the literal eye or not, there is no doubt that according to the Bible, Jesus will make himself known. The Watchtower Society overcame this discrepancy by saying that Jesus returned in a sense in 1914 to take up his presence invisibly. He then came again in 1919, also invisibly, to take the deceased members of the Society to heaven. They had originally taught that Jesus had returned in 1873.
If Jesus did return in 1914, why did no one see him? Even the Witnesses, then known as “Bible Students,” were still waiting for him to come in 1918. Not until years later in 1929, did the Society “realize” that Jesus had returned in 1914 and that they had failed to notice! Despite expecting Jesus, they missed him.
Did the Bible say that Jesus would not be noticed even by his chosen nation of Jehovah's Witnesses when he returned? "Behold, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him…(Revelation 1:7 NE)
They are still waiting for his third return which will be any day now and seen by all the world.
Taken from the Book - Opening the Door to Jehovah's Witnesses by Trevor Willis - available on Lulu