February 2014- Watchtower Public edition now available!

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  • Cadellin

    The WT's strategy is curious, if desperate. There is no doubt that WWI, WWII and the Spanish Flu were among the worst disasters to hit humanity. But the WT conveniently ignores the fact that since the end of WWII, which was approx 70 YEARS AGO, the world has entered a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity, also known as the Pax Americana. So, they have no choice but to cling to WWI and the Sp Fl as signs of the times, b/c they have precious little else to which to point.

    You'll notice in the sidebar on the Ride of the Four Horsemen, that they simply offer broad numbers (70 million people died from hunger, etc.) without--as usual--offering any context, the context being the fact that more people were alive during the 20th cen. than any other time in history, mostly because they WERENT dying of pestilence, food shortages and other disasters like they had been in earlier times. It's interesting that the WT does use the term "localized" to describe warfare since WWII. Also no mention of the fact that there are now more people overweight on the planet than malnourished.

  • Bobcat


    But seriously, I believe there's a Questions From Readers

    It's the Watchtower 1972 6/1 p.352:

    [Start quote]

    ● Why did the beginning of World War I not coincide with the early part of October, when the “appointed times of the nations” ended?—U.S.A.

    As has often been shown in this magazine, the conferring of kingship over the nations on Christ Jesus took place in 1914 C.E., at the expiration of the “appointed times of the nations” or the Gentile Times. (Luke 21:24; Dan. 4:16, 17, 31, 32) Those “appointed times” began 2,520 years earlier, after the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. and the assassination of the Jewish governor Gedaliah. The murder of Gedaliah in the month of Tishri (September/October) (“at the seventh new moon,” Byington translation) prompted those Jews left remaining in the land of Judah to flee. (Jer. 41:1, 2; 43:2-7) By the time the fearful Jews fled to Egypt it must have been at least the middle of Tishri, to allow enough time for the events mentioned in the Bible as taking place between the assassination and the flight. (Compare Jeremiah 41:4, 10–42:7.) This would place the start of the Gentile Times about Tishri 15, 607 B.C.E.

    At the end of the Gentile Times, about Tishri 15 (October 4/5), 1914 C.E., Revelation 11:15 was fulfilled: “The kingdom of the world did become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.” By enthroning his Son Jesus Christ, Jehovah God took his power to rule as King over the world of mankind. The rulership of the great Adversary, Satan the Devil, was due to end.

    Being the ‘ruler of the world’ of mankind alienated from God, Satan certainly did not want to see the Kingdom take full control of earth’s affairs. (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) Over nineteen centuries earlier he maneuvered matters in such a way that, had it not been for divine intervention, Herod the Great would have killed the infant Jesus. (Matt. 2:13) Similarly, even before the birth of the heavenly kingdom, Satan readied himself and his demons for an attack. This is symbolically described at Revelation 12:3-5, where we read: “Another sign was seen in heaven, and, look! a great fiery-colored dragon, with seven heads and ten horns and upon its heads seven diadems; and its tail drags a third of the stars of heaven, and it hurled them down to the earth. And the dragon kept standing before the woman who was about to give birth, that, when she did give birth, it might devour her child. And she gave birth to a son, a male, who is to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. And her child was caught away to God and to his throne.”

    It should not be surprising, then, that World War I broke out about two months before the end of the Gentile Times, and hence before the birth of the symbolic “son” or heavenly kingdom. Satan the Devil did not need to wait until after kingship over the nations had been placed in the hands of Jesus Christ to maneuver the nations into a large-scale war. The start of that sanguinary conflict was doubtless part of his scheme to blind persons to what had happened in the heavens in fulfillment of Bible prophecy and also, if at all possible, to hinder the Kingdom from ruling over the world of mankind.

    [End quote]

    Take Care

  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions

    That's it! ^^^^^^

    Thanks BOBCAT

    The last paragraph of their "answer" is an Absolute Bullshit Classic. . . . love it!!!!

  • Billy the Ex-Bethelite
    Billy the Ex-Bethelite

    LOL. Like anybody is going to take the advice of people who waste their time knocking on door about time management. Are they going to recycle an article on fashion advice next?

    And they trot out another JW "scientist". He marvels at deadly microbes as evidence of God's loving design. Clearly another thoughtless attack on evolution... when JWs advocate that the millions of species alive today and those died in recent history all "evolved" from the very few animals that could have fit on Noah's mythical ark.

  • Listener

    "The start of that sanguinary conflict was doubtless part of his scheme to blind persons to what had happened in the heavens in fulfillment of Bible prophecy and also, if at all possible, to hinder the Kingdom from ruling over the world of mankind."

    The question is, if WW1 had not occurred earlier then how would it have been evident that the Kingdom had been given to Jesus in Oct 1914? They have clarified their claim by using the words 'if at all possible'. It is just a nonsense piece of speculation.

  • suavojr

    How can we believe such nonsense? Because the average JW does not stop to think about the things we are taught and they win our trust in such a conniving way that we simply do not pay attention. But when you sit down to understand their teachings it just screams CULT!!!!

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