Most Poorly Written JW Book
The Revelation Book - Talk about writing yourself into the Bible. For example, on page 172 we discover amazing insider information concerning the timing of the seven trumpet blasts outlined in Revelation chapters 8 – 11.
“When the sounding of the seven trumpets got under way in 1922, the Bible Student convention at Cedar Point, Ohio, (Rev.8:7) featured a talk by the president of the Watchtower Society, J. F Rutherford, based on the scripture, ”The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Revelation Its Grand Climax at Hand. p. 172
On the very next page of the same commentary, we get the highlights of when and where all seven trumpets of Revelation sounded.
“1. 1922 Cedar Point, Ohio: A challenge to Christendom's leaders in religion, politics, and big business to justify their failure to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness. Messiah's Kingdom is the panacea.
2. 1923 Los Angeles, California: The public talk, "All Nations Now Marching to Armageddon, but Millions Now Living Will Never Die," called on peace-loving "sheep" to abandon the death-dealing sea of humanity.
3. 1924 Columbus, Ohio: Ecclesiastics indicted for self-exaltation and refusal to preach Messiah's Kingdom. True Christians must preach God's vengeance and comfort mourning humanity.
4. 1925 Indianapolis, Indiana: A message of hope contrasting the spiritual darkness in Christendom with the bright Kingdom promise of peace, prosperity, health, life, liberty, and eternal happiness.
5. 1926 London, England: A locust-like plaguing of Christendom and its clergy, exposing their rejection of God's Kingdom, and hailing the birth of that heavenly government.
6. 1927 Toronto, Canada: An invitation, carried as by armies of cavalry, calling on people to forsake `organized Christianity' and give heart allegiance to Jehovah God and to his King and Kingdom.
7. 1928 Detroit, Michigan: A declaration against Satan and for Jehovah, making plain that God's anointed King, enthroned in 1914, will destroy Satan's evil organization and emancipate mankind.”
I have not seen any of the recent literature, it all sounds awful.
The books about Revelation and Daniel offered up all sorts of speculative interpretation with no evidence to indicate why this was so.
I remember studying the "Eternal Purpose" book shortly after I was baptized. It quickly disappeared after 1975, probably because of references to that year, and the fact that it was so poorly written.
back in my late teens / early 20's i rarely read any of the literature or magazines. i had no interest in it at all--and found the fonts and page layout to be difficult to even focus on.
i made the break at 23.
Vanderhoven7 it is amazing how they can use their past as a fulfillment of bible prophecy while revealing so little about what they were actually teaching at that time. If Witnesses went back and read some of these books and talks they would see how ridiculous it all is. I think most don't want to know because they are afraid of what it will mean for them.
Mankind's Search for God, c.'91, was pretty uneven. After touching briefly on a few religions, it quickly navigated into JW doctrine.
In 1967 I noticed that the Awake! had an article "The Christian View of Rock n Roll" or something similar. I quickly ordered 100 extra copies, expecting some exhaustive probe into the background of the Beatles, Stones, Dylan, backward masking, druggery(remember that word?), but all I got was a lame two pagers saying almost nothing.
Babylon the Great Has Fallen! God's Kingdom Rules, plagiarizing The Two Babylons was a cumbersome book study book, lengthy and requiring an additional question booklet. At that time there was no required number of pages to be covered each week. Some study groups blitzed through the material, leaving others hopelessly behind. Finally, we were told to skip over the first part of the book. Did we ever finish it? I don't recall.
The Babbling book. You know. That thick RED thing that NOBODY on planet earth could make sense of.
Do I have a SECOND for this?
Marvin, I second that vote. I will never forget that twisted illogic - Babble, indeed.. xx
"Then is Finished the Mystery of God" This is the one that made me say. "wait what?"
The UN responsible for an attack on religion? Ya that.
not read any of the recent tat nor do I ever care to, The Revelation Book must hold the most awards for a) stupidity, b) poor writing,c) utter cringe worthy bullshit, The Live Forever Book cant be far behind though. I do actually remember one particular mind numbing book study ( I was completely active) that the Revelation Book was so ridiculous it was almost comical, they had made the entire thing up with the trumpet blasts etc.
My dad used to refer to those books as 'deep', when in fact they were just plain bad. They were boring and unintelligible because they were badly written and their logic and analysis were just wrong. I am referring to all the 384 page books up to the 70's, and the 192 p books in the 80's and 90's. Oddly the only one I liked was the Commentary on James, and found out later it was written by an apostate!