"When Adam and Eve sinned, they didn't just disobey, they questioned Jehovah's sovereignty, or Jehovah's right to rule. Jehovah allowed the rebels to keep living because he devised a way to restore mankind to imperfection while also demonstrating his right to rule."
An extrapolation of this idea actually helped contribute to one of my little wake-up moments.
Supposedly, God had allowed "This Old System" to continue on so long in order to demonstrate unequivocally that any attempt by humanity to govern itself was doomed to fail, and that Armageddon was - ostensibly - His "step-in" moment (when that inability had manifested itself in a way that was undeniable).
It occurred to me that - by that logic - the ultimate expression of "humanity's inability to rule" would be bringing itself to the brink of extinction... therefore, the Big A couldn't happen unless humanity actually got to the verge of wiping itself out.
Despite what some may say, however, we're actually a long way from that... kinda hard to get rid of 7 billion of anything, after all; global warming and peak oil notwithstanding.
Therefore, "Armageddon" had to still be a ways off.
This conclusion dovetailed nicely with my own realization that the farther we moved away from the conditions of the old 20th Century Cold War, the longer it would take for the geopolitical climate to swing back around to a state wherein the specific pattern of events unique to WT eschatology could actually take place...
...suggesting again that "Armageddon" had to be even further off, particularly if it was to happen the way the WTS expected it to.
Then, realizing that terrorism, climate change, and peak oil (the real threats humanity faces) would affect everybody and show no favorites based on religion, I couldn't help but start to wonder, "just how much value does affiliation with the WTS actually have???"