“It was in B.C. 606, that God’s kingdom ended, the diadem was removed, and all the earth given up to the Gentiles. 2520 years from B.C. 606, will end in A.D. 1914."
Barbour and Russell held that the end of the "Gentile Times" in 1914 was distinct from the commencement of Christ's presence in 1874. They were separated by a forty year, "harvest work."
None of the examples I gave involved the end of the "Gentile Times" because that has always been 1914 and is actually the one single time element from the Russell era that is still retained today.
I haven't ever observed that any of Jehovah's Witnesses, the Governing Body and Watchtower writing committee included claim to be visionaries. If this is what some expect you should probably call upon God for a supernatural vision into the future. Untill then I think you should admit these exceptions are a bit high and are unreasonable.
There's nothing wrong with the fact that the significance attached to the years 1799, 1878, 1874 was eventually discarded. I have been very clear about that, making statements to that effect twice on this thread.
However in view of the fact that those dates were once taught, there are certain things that obviously cannot be said today about the Bible Students prior to 1914:
It cannot be said that they pointed forward to 1914 as the date for Christ's invisible return.
It cannot be said that they pointed forward to 1914 as the date for the heavenly birth of God's kindgdom
It cannot be said that they preached the good news of that heavenly established kingdom at or before 1914.
It cannot be said that they pointed forward to 1914 as the date for Christ to receive kingly power
It cannot be said that they pointed forward to 1914 as the beginning of the "Time of the end."
You could write it off to imperfection and poor research if you like, but there is no denying that statements do appear in modern literature that clash with Bible Student history fairly regularly.
Are incorrect statements of this type in JW literature really that hard to acknowledge?