Also, to the other guys, I know that you don't put any merit into God's Word. But time and again it has been proven true. Look at Ninevah. It was said that it never existed for YEARS. But it was discovered, and now it is a historical fact.
This post was meant for those that agree with the Bible as opposed to the WT.
Time and again it has also been proved false.
You can agree with the bible and still admit that sometimes God's "prophets" were simply talking out their ass. Jesus himself could be said to be guilty of such things, since his promises to his disciples as they sat on the Mount never came true, and has resulted in subsequent "generations" believing he was talking about THEIR generation, not THIS generation.
I thought this way when I was leaving, too. Surely their failed "predictions" were evidence of God's disfavor with them, evidence of them being false "prophets". But in this case it seems their argument is sound, biblically speaking.
We simply accept Jonah and Ezekiel and Jesus as "prophets" because they have the good fortune of appearing in the good book, and thus their inadequacies can be glossed over as the WTS does with Ezekiel's failed prophecy, saying "we can simply be confident that this happened, even though there is no evidence of it". Well, if we accept that line of reasoning then we must also accept their line of reasoning on 587 v. 607. Whether we do or not will depend on our biases.
The bible is full of failed prophecies. I don't think the WTS is out of line in pointing to those as excuses as to why they should not be condemned for their failed predictions.
One prominent American religion confidently predicted that the world would end in 1914. Well, 1914 has come and gone, and -- while the events of that year were certainly of some importance -- the world does not, at least so far as I can see, seem to have ended. There are at least three responses that an organized religion can make in the face of such a failed and fundamental prophecy. They could have said, "Oh, did we say '1914'? So sorry, we meant '2014.' A slight error in calculation. Hope you weren't inconvenienced in any way." But they did not. They could have said, "Well, the world would have ended, except we prayed very hard and interceded with God so He spared the Earth." But they did not. Instead, they did something much more ingenious. They announced that the world had in fact ended in 1914, and if the rest of us hadn't noticed, that was our lookout.