1925 versus 1975
Most here are familiar with the failed prophecy of 1975. There were large increases in '74 and '75 and declines for the next three or four years after failed prophecy. Now, the impact was far more devestating in 1925. I just ran into some interesting numbers on this subject. In 1918, there were 25,000 believers. By 1925, the number had increased four fold, to 100,000. After the failure in 1925, the number of members dropped to 17,000 by 1928. The number of members did not come back to the 1925 level until 1941, the last full year of Rutherford's life. So, Rutherford with all of his books and bombast did not accomplish much, except for turmoil and heartache for the believers.