Luke 21:23 " Woe to the pregnant woman and the ones suckling a baby in those days! For there will be great necessity upon the land and wrath on this people.
The Society always applied this scripture, which was talking about the destruction of Jerusalem, to the last days and the destruction of this system of things. The big 1975 push was in full swing when my Mother found out she was pregnant with my youngest sister. After she told her good news about being pregnant, to some of the sisters in a car group she was in, they brought this scripture up and began discussing it. It frightened my Mom and sent her into a bit of a panic. I remember my father, a non Witness, calmed her down and reassured her that if God was as loving as they say he is, he would watch out for her.
When my little sister was born I was only 12 but she was my pride and joy...it was as if she were my own child. I had constant nightmares about how I, as her big brother, was going to protect her from the tribulation that was coming, and was going to be so terrible, that unless God cut short the days...no man would survive. What if "they" (whoever they was supposed to be) said to me "renounce Jehovah or were going to kill your sister" What would I do ?? There was no way I would let anything happen to my little sister ! I'd lay awake at nights devising escape plans, that in my childish mind, would surely save us. I didn't trust Jehovah to help, because he was going to kill my non Witness Dad and besides,I'd heard at the meetings, all about all the Brothers and Sisters in Malawi who he was allowing to be brutally killed.
Fast forward to today....that baby is 42 years old. My Mother often said she wished she had enjoyed her last pregnancy more and hadn't spent it sick with worry. Until her death at 57, she and my Sister were the best of friends and my little sister was a real comfort to my Mother when the rest of us began leaving the nest and during her battle with Cancer.
Nobody wants to hear a middle aged man still resenting something that happend so long ago...but I do still resent this and there's nobody else to tell.
It was all so unecessary...and such a waste.