I just blew it off, I knew they were wrong. Strangely I don't feel that sure this time.
Violias, what you need to recognise is that the JW concept of Armageddon was constructed by Joseph Rutherford out of a grab bag of OT and NT scriptures that suited his own tastes for divine revenge on those who didn't swallow his interpretation of a jealous, punitive God. Russell's view of Armageddon was quite different and it was no more or less logical or scripturally accurate than Rutherford's version ... or indeed a version created by you, me or Billy Graham.
For proof of this, track down the book "Counting the Days To Armageddon" by Robert Crompton; it's an excellent forensic examination of how the whole JW system of dates was developed -- dates arbitrarily chosen, then later abandoned. What today's JWs have ended up with is a system that works for them today, but could be abandoned just as easily as the old chronology beliefs were. I swallowed it all when I was a JW without checking anything. I believe in God, but I now I have no belief in any Armageddon brought on by God. That fear has gone.