When did the organization first start claiming that Jesus chose them in 1919? Does anyone know? It wasn't in 1919, was it? -- Thanks ahead of time.
I know 1914 remains an important date. And 1925 they have failed prophesies. I’m not farmiliar with 1919 being a big date, I didn’t see anything on jwfacts about 1919 either.
I have a vague memory that it was at least a decade after 1919 when the claim was first made. For confirmation I should imagine the people who run this blog spot : http://truthhistory.blogspot.com/
being experts on early JW history may well be able to supply you a definitive answer.
Let us know what the answer is please, if you get it ?
The organisation has always said that Jesus came to inspect and clease the earthly part of the temple in 1919.
Here's a relatively recent Question from Readers which touches on this topic. I hope that's of some help to you.
[ w16 March p. 29-p. 32 par. 8 ].
"When were God’s people held captive by Babylon the Great?"
It was J Rutherford's proclamation that his organization was god's chosen as means to validate his doctrines and the man he succeeded C T Russell , both who were head editorial writers for the WTS.
In 1919 the WTS was still teaching Pyramidology , so really must have been god's chosen organization.
The doctrines made by the WTS weren't supported by the bible, making the WTS a commercialized false Prophet (Charlatans) who some people were unfortunately ignorant and naive to involve themselves with.