Yes, as redvip2000 says, we were always told that during the TRIBULATION, we would only be able to meet under ban in small group study home arrangements........stuckinarut2
For the sake of a little history, redvip2000 and stuckinarut2 are absolutely right - the bookstudy was, among other things, meant to be a meeting place in times of persecution which was always 'just around the corner.' Below is a quote from the Watchtower magazine.
“The Value of the Congregational Book Study.” Strategic location is important because of its being a service center; its conductor must set a good example in field service and be kind and patient. It serves as a training ground for new ones, to start out in the field and speak up at meetings. It is of special value in times of bans when only small groups can come together.” (W 10-1-53 p591) (bold added)
Of course the Great Tribulation is still just around the corner but now it will have to happen without JWs having an organized place to meet. So sad.