1914 was pointed toward world change
The Time Is at Hand (1889 ed.)several years before 1914
the great "time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation," will reach its culmination" The Time Is at Hand (1889 ed.) page 77 - page 78
"the Day of Vengeance ... will end in October, 1914"
Thy Kingdom Come (1911 ed.) p.228 3 years before 1914
"the deliverance of the saints must take place some time before 1914"
Studies in the Scriptures - The Time is at Hand (1889) 1911 ed. p.99
we consider it an established truth that the final end of the
kingdoms of this world, and the full establishment of the Kingdom of
God, will be accomplished near the end of A.D.1914."
Watch Tower 1911 Jun 15
"October, 1914, will witness the full end of Babylon"
The Zions Watchtower knew from bible chronology 1914 would bring a change the Gentile times would end in 1914 so logically they expected the actual end of this present world,they understood Satan the Devil would be ousted in 1914 as the great war would break out in heaven since Christ would become King
Rev 11 NWT
And there were loud voices in heaven, saying: “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord+ and of his Christ,But the nations became wrathful
Rev 12 NWT
And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el*+ and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled
8 but they did not prevail,* nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven.
9 So down the great dragon+ was hurled, the original serpent,+ the one called Devil+ and Satan,+ who is misleading the entire inhabited earth;+ he was hurled down to the earth,+ and his angels were hurled down with him.
On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea,+ because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger
great sorrow or distress, sadness, unhappiness, heartache, heartbreak, despondency, desolation, despair, dejection, depression, gloom, melancholy,sorrows," "stresses," or "troubles,
affliction, agony, anguish, distress, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait(s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation
World war 1 in 1914 brought all these woes to the earth just as Rev 12 predicted
What happened next after the Devil was ousted from heaven :
Rev 12 -17 NWT
So the dragon became enraged at the woman and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her offspring,*+ who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness concerning Jesus.+
Since he couldnt cause any more problems in heaven his target was
Who were these?
Warrants were issued for the arrest of Rutherford and seven other Watch Tower directors, who were charged under the 1917 Espionage Act
of attempting to cause insubordination, disloyalty, refusal of duty in
the armed forces and obstructing the recruitment and enlistment service
of the U.S. while it was at war. On June 21 seven of them, including Rutherford, were sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment
The Watchtower accurately predicted 1914 as the end of the gentile times but that didn't culminate in the anointed going to heaven and the end of this present world
they didn't understand the passage as the beginning of distress not the end of troubles
Matt 24 NWT
8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.
At the time didn't understand Jesus comparison of his presence and the days of Noah
Matt 24 NWT
For just as the days of Noah were,+ so the presence* of the Son of man will be.
This passage shows his presence lasts for many years from 1914 until the end since the days of Noah were decades before the world wide destruction then his presence would be decades as well.
This verse eliminates the disciples asking about his coming since his coming would be a one day event where those saved would be ushered to heaven that same day and it wouldnt take decades like the days of Noah ,so coming dont harmonize with the long time period of Noah only presence does.