Millions Then Living Did Not Survive
It's almost 2018, almost 100 years since 'Judge' Rutherford confidently prophesied that 'Millions now living will never die!'.
So how many of those millions are left? Well, since it was 100 years ago, all we need to do is find out how many people of age 100 and above are currently living. Most estimates put the worldwide figure at roughly 450,000, not even half a million.
Oh dear, not so much 'Millions now living will never die!', more 'Half a million now living will still be alive in 100 years time, and none of them will be in very good shape!'.
Give it another 20 years and they'll all be gone, poor Rutherford. Oh, and what of the 'Judge'? Well, he died not even a quarter of a century later, in 1942.
To survive, never die, you have to be a baptized Watch Tower subscriber [to doctrine] in good standing or a toddler of one of them.
How many faithful centenarians are there among the ~8000k members? even the overlappers? dont forget, all members in 1918 were of the partaker class. How could they go to heaven but never die? The doctrine was not even wrong. like the anointed generation now.
The offshoot, The general generation of OS is overlapping too.
News flash: Everybody dies! Religious beliefs do not change the facts of life and death.
See, that just highlights the key to success of the "end of the world" prediction game.
Set your "end" date far enough out so that, by the time it is proved false, you (and all the poor rubes who believed you) are all dead anyway.
Rutherford was talking about the heavenly creatures. Wont be surprised if WT spins it like this.
He was very specific, he said that it applied to everyone, not just bible students (as they were then known), and that it would be on Earth, with the New System and resurrection beginning in 1925.
And all those millions died not realizing they wasted their lives for that cult, without the possibility of being resurrected.
I purchased and read the thick Booklet "Millions Now Living Will Never Die". I'll be polite, as far as "food at the proper time", It was pure garbage. 70 Jubilee's of 50 years equalling 3500 years beginning with something Moses did in B.C. and ending in 1925?
Rigggghhhht!. There was a different climate in 1800-1900's in the gullibility of the general population. Unlike our current information age where "truth" doesn't hide under a rock for centuries, and until this free process is bought or influenced to our disadvantage, we are in a great time period that frauds will have to be more sophisticated to be successful.
I used to joke, "Millions now living are now DEAD"
Luckily for frauds, there are at least 8 million incredibly gullible people out there.
To think, that based on such proclamations, he, Rutherford and the rest of the then non-existing GB was selected and appointed in 1919 to be the once and only F&DS. now in the overlapping generation.
Appointment of a few resulting in disappointment for the many.