Sounds a lot like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. ...and the band played on.
Does this look like the WT is going to be around a long time? One Watchtower @ One Awake for the public in 2022
I think the jw's are listed as a cult in a number of books I have read in the past. These were books by cult experts not just Christians, though they could have been. They were college educated, theology, brainwashing, psychology
DOC said, "FACT IS, JW'S DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY BELIEVE."- until the gb tells them what to believe which is subject to change at any time. So much for God being the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, if one is a believer.
"2022 Public Magazines and New Literature Feature: We are pleased to inform you that the Governing Body decided that one new issue of the public edition of The Watchtower and one new issue of Awake! will be produced for 2022. Additionally, it has been decided to reprint two issues of The Watchtower and two issues of Awake! from previous years. Listed below are the subjects of the public magazines for 2022:"
This BOE letter makes it official (straight from the horses mouth) that the Watchtower & Awake magazines will soon be going by way of the DeSoto automobile & Dinosaur!
It is not possible to judge the health of the org. in these times of lockdown.
Who knows how many are really at these zoom meetings?
The test will be when they are called back to the KHall and asked to go door to door and out on the street. The ones I know and are close enough to speak openly don't want to do that again...
" The test will be when they are called back to the K. Hall and asked to go door to door and out on the street. The ones I know and are close enough to speak openly don't want to do that again..."
I am not surprised they don't want to do the knock-knocks again. Nobody liked doing that anyway, and letter writing or whatever is much less painful. But, I would have thought a lot would want to return to the K.H for the social side of things, and for gossiping etc.
But maybe there is reluctance for this too, they can still Socialise, still Gossip, without all the faff of preparing for, travelling to, and then sitting through a boring Meeting.
Covid may have a positive thing or two come out of it !
I wish it weren't so but I believe they could drop 1914 and a large percentage of the people in the organization wouldn't even quiver. From what I've seen it's mostly the older ones who still have some kind of doctrinal understanding and the majority of them are simply incapable of admitting that the organization is fundamentally flawed and consistently dishonest. They will hang on because they can't admit they've been duped for their entire lives in the organization.
I personally don’t think they will have any problems reshuffling 1914 and the last days. It will wake some people up sure, but for the most part people will get excited over the changes and become more zealous as the “light gets brighter.” I can fix 1914, the last days, and the generation teaching for them all in one watchtower study. They can keep 1914 as still prophetic in the Bible so it ties into 1919. Here’s how....
The first Change will be in Matt 24:3 where Jesus is asked about the sign of his presence and the conclusion of this system of things. They can establish that the signs are two separate time frames. The Presence has its own signs, and the conclusion has its own signs.
Matthew 24:4-14 would apply to signs of Jesus presence with an emphasis on verse 8 where it says all these things are beginnings of pangs of distress.
The next paragraph in the watchtower study would say, previously Jehovah's witnesses believed that all of these signs were of the last days. Evidently, Jesus meant that these previous signs were beginnings of pangs of distress with signs for that specific event beginning in 1914. (Doing it this ways allows them to keep 1914 significant so that 1919 can be tied to it)
Matthew 24:15 and on would be the signs of the last days, beginning with the disgusting things standing in a holy place. They could even say that Matthew doesn't mention the word "days" until verse 19. Clearly indicating that this part of the chapter is meant to be a short period of time.
The next paragraph in the watchtower study would say that evidently the last days do not begin until the disgusting things stands in a holy place. A future event, which would coincide with the beginning of the great tribulation. This would indicate that the last days are a short period of time. By reading all of these signs we see that the only signs left are those that indicate the last days. Therefore, we know we are very close to the conclusion of this system of things.
Moving on to the generation teaching. Matthew 24:34 indicates that the generation that sees all of those signs would not pass away. Evidently this is a future generation that has to see all signs described in Matthew 24. Previously Jehovah's Witnessess while being sincere in their desire to understand scripture have incorrectly tried to interpret this prophecy. Through the light getting brighter we now have a better understanding of this prophecy as it is described in the scriptures.
And just like that, everyone would smile and nod and say it didn’t make sense the last days were so long. They would be so glad the governing body gave them a more accurate understanding.
Brilliant Sloppyjoe. It makes so much sense now...this clarification regarding the last days shows the urgency of our times.
Thanks sloppyjoe we can use that! Sincerely, tony