Not on the front page, not in the study articles, but carefully camouflaged in the “questions from readers” on page 18 (Watchtower March 15, 2015). You can bet most JW’s won’t even read it.
There is no apology…just the usual excuses.
First, they situate their error “in the past”, “many years ago”. Then they minimize their wrongdoing by using the term our publications “mentioned” types and antitypes. Next they explain their falling into the trap of “seeing types everywhere” by telling us they weren’t the only ones who did. Finally they let us know the ‘others’ were worse. The ‘others’ had much more outlandish ideas. And that brothers, is why they aren’t apologizing.
Here are some things to think about:
For decades talks were given, books were published and book studies were conducted for months on end discussing divine types and antitypes. Missionaries were subjected to special insight into deep Watchtower type/antitype doctrine by GB members. If the missionary didn’t grasp just who the modern day Elijah and Elisha was, he was deemed unfit to represent the organization. Finally, in the ministry, these antitypical applications were touted as the revealed truth to anyone studying with the Witnesses. Can this type and antitype indoctrination be truthfully termed “mentioning”?
The Watchtower points out that for good reason it has seldom mentioned types and antitypes in recent years. Doesn’t this indicate that the GB has actually known for years that their explanations were erroneous and “far-fetched”?
The Watchtower’s new rule is “The clearest course is this: Where the Scriptures teach that an individual, an event, or an object is typical of something else, we accept it as such. Otherwise, we ought to be reluctant to assign an antitypical application to a certain person or account if there is no specific Scriptural basis for doing so.” What about Ezekiel and Revelation. If we follow the rule the Society’s explanations of these books are now automatically classified “far-fetched”?
And what about ‘crazy Nebuchadnezzar’ + the banded tree + the 7 times + the 2520 years = 1914 idea? Shouldn’t it now be designated “far-fetched” nonsense?