StinkyPantz sent me a couple of quotes from "the past" that brought back a lot of memories, including this one (bold added):
*** Awake! October 8 1966 pp.19-20 ***
In what year, then, would the first 6,000 years of man's existence and also the first 6,000 years of God's rest day come to an end? The year 1975. This is worthy of notice, particularly in view of the fact that the 'last days' began in 1914, and that the physical facts of our day in fulfillment of prophecy mark this as the last generation of this wicked world. So we can expect the immediate future to be filled with thrilling events for those who rest their faith in God and his promises. It means that within relatively few years we will witness the fulfillment of the remaining prophecies that have to do with the 'time of the end.'
So, did the 1975 debacle teach the WTS any lessons? LOL, yeah, right. Just a few examples:
*** w95 4/15 p. 17 Jehovah’s Fear-Inspiring Day Is Near *** God Comes Near in Judgment
11As to the immediate future of mankind, the prophecy of Malachi throws light on what is about to happen.
*** w95 2/1 p. 9 A Great Crowd of True Worshipers—From Where Have They Come? ***
TOWARD the end of the first century C.E., the apostle John saw visions of marvelous events in connection with Jehovah’s purpose. Some of the things that he saw in vision are being fulfilled right now. Others are due to be fulfilled in the immediate future.
*** g93 1/8 p. 13 Our Changing World—What Does the Future Really Hold? *** Reasons for Optimism
Rather than being overcome by pessimism, the Witnesses have an optimistic outlook because they know that the best and greatest changes are soon to take place on this earth. Events since 1914 have fulfilled the prophecies that Jesus gave, marking the time of his invisible presence in Kingdom power and indicating that we are in the time of the end for any human-inspired "new world disorder," as a French writer in Le Monde described the prospects of the immediate future. Jesus said: "When you see these things occurring, know that the kingdom of God is near."—Luke 21:7-32.
*** w91 4/1 p. 9 Now Is the Time to Seek Jehovah ***
3Therefore, we can see why it is so important that we help others to seek Jehovah now. There are still millions of people who have never met one of Jehovah’s Witnesses or heard the "good news of the kingdom." And how much greater in number the "great crowd" will turn out to be before "the great tribulation," we do not know. But there is certainly the potential for more to seek and find Jehovah God in the immediate future before it is too late. The question now is, What can we do to help myriads more to find God?—Matthew 24:14; Revelation 7:9, 14.
Talk about not-so-subliminal messaging. Even weather forecasters usually have enough sense not to stick their necks out past next week.