Every single Bible Student/Jehovah's Witness who has ever lived, has been indoctrinated to believe that a catastrophic great tribulation would very soon engulf the entire earth, causing untold death & destruction.
This spurious teaching is drummed into every J.W.'s head and used by them as a major recruitment tool.
#2 THE GREAT TRIBULATION
What the Org says:
w95 2/15 p. 14 par. 6 - "While Jerusalem’s destruction in 70 C.E. did indeed bring "great tribulation" on that religious city, the major fulfillment of Jesus’ words is yet to be realized."
it-2 p. 1127 Tribulation - "However, since the prophecy at Matthew 24:4-22 clearly has a dual fulfillment.......might the "tribulation" referred to at Matthew 24:29 and Mark 13:24 be the "tribulation" during the second and final fulfillment of what was foretold at Matthew 24:21? Viewed in the light of the Bible as a whole, this seems most likely. Do the terms used in the Greek text allow for such a view? Definitely."
The Org insists that the great tribulation which Jesus mentioned at Matthew 24:21- "for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again" - is the same one spoken of at Revelation 7:14 - "These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood".
But What Does the Bible Really Teach?
The NWT/RNWT deceptively cross-references Revelation 7:14 with Matthew 24:21 and Mark 13:19 in order to "prove" their false teaching that a cataclysmic tribulation is soon going to hit the earth. The deception is based on the fact that the phrase "great tribulation" appears in each of those verses. However, the "great tribulation" which is recorded at Acts 7:11 is not cross-referenced with the other verses. Why not? Because it is patently clear that it is speaking of a very different great tribulation.
Likewise, the great tribulation spoken of at Revelation 7:14 cannot possibly be the same one Jesus spoke of at Matthew 24:21 - for two blindingly obvious reasons:
a) The great tribulation which is spoken of at Revelation 7:14 is contextually a clear reference to the same great tribulation mentioned five chapters previously at Revelation 2:22 - a tribulation which Christ himself would instigate against those who were corrupting the congregations, and one which the Org apparently avoids discussing. The angel was describing a future tribulation. He was not discussing one which had occurred almost 30 years previously between 66 - 70 CE.
b) Regarding the Matthew 24:21 great tribulation, Jesus said "....no, nor will occur again".
How can something which was never to be repeated, have a "greater fulfillment" in the future?
Repetitition for emphasis: it was never to be repeated!!!!!!