Pirata said More than a few Christian groups thoroughout history have tried to guess what a prophecy means, make up a "second fulfillment", or try to make it fit modern day events (an occurence among different Christian religions it seems, I remember a Christian studen''ts report in high school applying a prophecy in Isaiah where "arrows" were a prophesy of "rockets" in the Middle East conflicts.). In regards to the Watchtower Society, it seems that that after the 1975 incident, and with the change that the governing body must decide on any new or changes in official teachings, that we will not see any individuals guesses/predictions allowed to make it into official teachings. The organization now seems to be following the advice given that same year.:
I am wondering whether guessing or interpreting a prophecy could lead someone to be labelled a false prophet? One of the gifts that God gave his followers was the ability to interpret dreams, one of these persons (I think) was Daniel. His interpretations were 100% correct because he was inspired by God. As the JWs claim they are not inspired their interpretations would not be 100% correct. What they do do is claim they are speaking the truth and their current teachings must be believed and only their interpretation is right (until new light reveals otherwise).
Even though they claim they do not prophecy (fortell a future event) they make many interpretations of prophecy. They do not allow individual opinions or discussion of different views even when based on bible texts. They proclaim themselves as being right and don't qualify their interpretations as many bible scholars would. Surely at best they should be qualifying themselves by stating - this is our current view based on 'such and such' however 'this' should also be considered and although 'this' is being taught at the moment we are not dogmatic on this interpretation, we may gain deeper insight as we reflect and consider other facts, the bible and other viewpoints. In many cases they do not do this and expect their followers to accept interpretations as the truth and promote it to all others as such.